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Carnival Village to lead or not to lead

Notting Hill Carnival, that magnificent juggernaut that comes around every last Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday in August, is almost upon us. In a scenario that played out like an episode of fantasy drama Game of Thrones, the (Kensington & Chelsea) council became Kingmaker. On 26 February, they awarded their 2018 Notting Hill Carnival funding to Carnival Village Trust; what happens going forward is anyone’s guess.…


Added by Icom on May 22, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Heart of Carnival in Luton

Luton International Carnival are bringing the love to Luton by celebrating ‘Home is Where the Heart Is’. With Luton Town Football Club promoted to League One, the party atmosphere will continue on 27 May when the streets of Luton will be transformed to display the finest, most colourful and creative of carnival costumes.

Luton is always proud to be the first carnival of the UK season and this year they’ve…


Added by Icom on May 22, 2018 at 11:27am — No Comments

Juggling careers with motherhood: Soca mums give us the scoop

Life is demanding as a soca artiste. From back to back gigs during Carnival to constantly flying all over the world during the year, life as a performer is demanding. Throw in a family and children into the mix and life becomes a constant case of juggling and scheduling to ensure you keep the fires burning on both ends. We spoke to three top soca stars about motherhood and how they cope with raising their children and managing their…


Added by Icom on May 15, 2018 at 5:37pm — No Comments

Saint Lucia Carnival, a hidden Gem

Saint Lucia Carnival remains a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. In recent years the carnival has developed significantly, both through local talent and by incorporating elements from some of the island’s Caribbean neighbours.

Until 1998, Lucian Carnival was a pre-Lenten affair, culminating on the two days before Ash Wednesday. Then, in 1999, the organisers moved it to July to attract more tourists by…


Added by Icom on May 15, 2018 at 5:32pm — No Comments

Andrea Rivera ready to defend Soca Monarch title in Cayman Islands

If all goes Andrea Rivera’s way, she will one day become the Cayman Island’s biggest musical export.

The red-haired beauty with Puerto Rican roots is well on her way to stardom starting right at home.

Come Friday, Rivera will defend the…


Added by Icom on May 15, 2018 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Batabano hits de road!

First, there was the J’Ouvert Parade and Breakfast Fete; then Junior Batabano last Saturday. Now, after many months of preparation and costume launches, the Outta De Blue Festival and the Adult Parade are finally here.

Islanders should be ready for a weekend of celebration and dancing as…


Added by Icom on May 10, 2018 at 9:32pm — No Comments

Producer to the Soca Stars, Juelio Nelson Ready to Take The Spotlight

Producer to the Soca Stars, Juelio Nelson Ready to Take The Spotlight

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad – There’s nothing in the entertainment rulebook that says a music producer cannot be an artist. You’ve heard the name Juelio Nelson, haven’t you?

The young, Moruga Trinidad native is one of Trinidad and Tobago’s fastest rising music producers, having worked with Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin, Superblue for whom he…


Added by Icom on May 10, 2018 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Machel Montano's Jamaica carnival better than T&T's' remark triggers beef with Soca artist BLAXX

Soca entertainer Blaxx, real name Dexter Stewart, has released a video statement on the widely circulated statements he made about Machel Montano on Sunday morning.

Blaxx, who was performing at the Mawning Neighbour event in Point Fortin Borough Day celebrations, was filmed on stage telling the crowd “F*** Machel” and calling him the devil.

In his statement,…


Added by Icom on May 10, 2018 at 9:00pm — No Comments

A final look back at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz Fest

Save a light sprinkle of rain on its second Saturday, the 2018 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival played out under sunny skies and mostly mild temperatures. Big crowds gathered at the big stages on some days, but overall the fest felt manageable.

Some takeaways from my 29th Jazz Fest, the 49th overall:

The highlight?: I witnessed many strong…


Added by Icom on May 10, 2018 at 9:00pm — No Comments



The streets of New Providence were alive on Saturday  with the sights and sounds of Bahamas Carnival  as thousands turned out for the full weekend of fetes and concerts featuring…


Added by Icom on May 7, 2018 at 11:11am — No Comments

It’s Carnival Time!

SOCA enthusiasts have been warming up for weeks now, attending fetes and preparing their costumes. But tonight is the night, and the main event, the Bahamas Carnival Experience, is finally here. It promises to be 72 hours of non-stop partying, with entertainment provided by top international acts like DJ Khaled, Machel Montano and Destra Garcia.…


Added by Icom on May 7, 2018 at 11:08am — No Comments

Soca on the Seas makes epic trip to Dubai in 2019

HOUSTON – Dubai may be a city with dazzle and flair but come 2019, it will become a city of one love as Soca on the Seas makes its maiden trip to the United Arab Emirates.

Come 2019, Soca on the Seas will debut the Dubai One Love Music Festival At Sea as it makes its first trip to the UAE.

The region’s top soca and dancehall acts along…


Added by Icom on May 7, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Soca star Montano to headline Heroes Weekend

The king of soca is to return to Bermuda for National Heroes Weekend.

Machel Montano, a Trinidadian headline artist, will perform for the first time at a holiday associated with Bermuda’s growing carnival scene.

Promoter Declan Harris said Mr Montano was “the number one soca artist, coming for a weekend with a lot of soca-related events — which is huge for fans…


Added by Icom on May 2, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

We Asked the Women of ‘Pretty Mas’ About the True Essence of Trini Carnival

During the two days before Lent, the backdrop of the sweltering Caribbean sun sets the stage for Trinidad’s capital Port of Spain to host arguably one of the world’s most joyous street parties. Lined with revelers flocking "down d road" in a euphoric state powered by soca’s driving rhythms, spirited by libations, and coloured with revealing costumes, Trini Carnival is definitely one of those times to spread your hands and let go.…


Added by Icom on May 2, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Ding Dong: a crowning moment for new dance king at Carnival

By the end of Carnival in Jamaica this year, the artiste on the lips of many visitors was Ding Dong.

In soca fetes and on the parade route, Ding Dong’s songs, ‘Dweet (Genna Bounce)’, ‘Fling Yuh Shoulda', 'Flairy' and 'Lebeh Lebeh', proved the most popular when it came to moving the crowd with their accompanying dances.

The singer, real name Kemar Ottey, is still…


Added by Icom on April 30, 2018 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival to be promoted in Switzerland

Caribbean Vybez International plans the launch of a Swiss targeted marketing campaign for Trinidad Carnival 2019 titled 'Take Me To Carnival 2019'.

The launch event will be the first J'ouvert-themed concept in Switzerland and held at one of the well-known venues Village Du Soir on May 25. “We wanted to try and increase tourism numbers for the largest Caribbean Carnival and with themed events and…


Added by Icom on April 26, 2018 at 9:55am — No Comments

Record turn-out expected for Guyana’s 52nd Independence celebration in NY

Organizers say Guyanese pride will be on full display when the New York Diaspora unites for one celebration of Guyana’s 52nd Anniversary of Independence from June 3-10 in Brooklyn.

The celebration will be held under the theme, “Celebrate Guyana to the World.”

Nevlon Duguid, director of communications for the organizing group, Guyana Independence Celebration…


Added by Icom on April 26, 2018 at 9:50am — No Comments

Party It Up at Barbados Crop Over Festival (Summer 2018)

The traditional Crop Over festival used to be called, “Harvest Home” and it started on Barbados’ sugar cane plantations. The old-time Crop Over festivals were lighthearted events. They celebrated the end of the sugar harvest…and the end of the hard work involved with bringing in the sugar harvest! The first Crop Over Celebration happened way back in 1687. Today, the Crop Over tradition lives on. If you decide to attend, you’re in for a thrilling,…


Added by Icom on April 26, 2018 at 9:45am — No Comments

Not an ordinary cruise: UberSoca Cruise to host ultimate pump to Haiti

Imagine a soca-fuelled five-day cruise to a beautiful private island with your crew and some of your favourite artists and DJ’s in tow.

UberSoca Cruise is inviting you to do just that from November 1 to 5 aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas, set for Labadee, Haiti. Dubbed as the largest soca festival on the seas, UberSoca Cruise is changing the way we think of cruises giving its…


Added by Icom on April 26, 2018 at 9:42am — No Comments

Bunji Garlin and Shenseea's New Remix Is a One-Way Ticket to Carnival

Carnival may be a staple of Caribbean culture, but each country alters it's pulse to their respective rhythm. Over the last few years, the sound of Trinidad's Carnival – known to many as the biggest bacchanal in the West Indies – has had a great exporter in the vocalist Bunji Garlin, a soca singer whose gravelly voice dances against horns and steel pans in a vibrant echo of the slurry, sunny party. Garlin's also seemingly always had his eye on…


Added by Icom on April 26, 2018 at 9:34am — No Comments

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