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Manchester Carnival continues after shooting

A shooting incident after the first day of Manchester Caribbean Carnival failed to stop thousands of people enjoying the second day of the 46-year-old event.

The event in Alexandra Park in Moss Side on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August was agreed by visitors, police, organisers and councillors to have been happy, peaceful and successful. The theme was ‘Windrush Bacchanal – Celebrating 70 years of the Empire…


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City of Vaughan clarifies why it cancelled Caribana event [VIDEO]

Why the City of Vaughan cancelled big Caribana event!

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Jumpy soca monarch admits shock

The newly crowned Jumpy Monarch, Tian Winter, says nabbing top spot came as a surprise.

Winter won the jumpy section of the competition for his performance of All For One.

He was visibly surprised when the judges’ decision was announced, looking back at his fellow competitors in disbelief as he approached centre stage.…


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Thousands at Farley Hill

Last Sunday, Soca On De Hill proved why it has been a staple event in the Crop Over calendar for years.

It was all about the good vibes as thousands of soca enthusiasts landed at the picturesque Farley Hill National Park for over eight hours of non-stop soca. From as early as 1 p.m., throngs of soca lovers descended upon the St Peter park in long lines with their coolers…


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A Grand Kadooment

Scores of Barbadians and visitors braved the scorching heat and turned up at the National Stadium in Waterford, St Michael this morning to witness the parade of costume bands at Grand Kadooment, signalling the climax of the 2018 Crop Over Festival.

While five registered bands failed to turn up, this did not diminish the impact, which the other…


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Toronto’s Caribana Festival Gets A Special Nike Air Force 1 Release

During early August every year, Toronto celebrates is budding Caribbean community with its esteemed Caribana Festival filled with parades, events, and a cant-miss nightlife. This year, Nike is kicking things up a notch with two colorful and iconic selections to celebrate this cherished event. While you have already seen the wildly designed Air Max 95 for Caribana, we are now here to bring you a detailed look at a bold Air Force 1 Low as well. Equipped…


Added by Icom on August 8, 2018 at 11:36am — No Comments

Caribana’s ‘Carnival Kingdom’ event cancelled with little notice, leaving concert-goers furious

Ticket-holders vented their anger on social media after a popular Caribana event was cancelled less than two hours before it was scheduled to begin Saturday night.

Carnival Kingdom, which had been running for seven years, was cancelled out of the blue by the city, said Katherine Andrews, one of the event’s backstage/hospitality co-ordinators.…


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Caribana Parade [VIDEO]

One of the city's most vibrant parades, down by the water! Details from organizers below:

"The road becomes the stage for the masqueraders and steelpan performers. It truly is something you can’t miss. Toronto Caribbean Carnival's Grande Parade continues to attract local, regional, national, and international attention by visitors and media as it is the highlight of the…


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Cricket Stadium tranforms into a Soca Kingdom for a Night

Someone once told me he knew only two people who disliked soca music and he gave them as wide a berth as he could. He reasoned: there had to be something very wrong about a person who did not enjoy a good melody and a call from a soca singer to loosen up and enjoy life, if only for a few minutes! Hundreds came out on Wednesday night to do just that at the Daren Sammy Cricket Stadium, attracted by the Dennery Segment and soca kings Machel…


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Soca Monarchs crowned as regional Carnivals heat up

Lil Rick is having a bumper Crop Over. The singer, known as Hypa Dawg, has won the Sweet Soca Monarch title in Barbados, bringing the total of his 2018 titles to two.

Rick won the first International Bashment Soca Monarch with his popular song 'Breakfast in Bed'.

He won the Sweet Soca title at Soca Royale on Sunday.…


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I Want to Celebrate Freedom for All Bodies at Carnival

Its runways often centre conventionally sized, racially ambiguous, fair skinned women.

Liberation looks different for everyone, but for me it involves a healthy serving of soca (sometimes dancehall), illustrious costumes and heavy wining. I get all of this and more playing mas (or masquerading) during Carnival. If you’ve ever had the…


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British tourists are trapped on 'Soca on de Sea' party boat overnight [VIDEO]

Over 300 people, including several Britons, were left stranded at sea for hours after a party boat's steering broke off the coast of Barbados.  

Hundreds crammed on board the MV Dream Chaser as it left port at Bridgetown on Saturday night as part of a late night music festival.  



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Carnival Village betrayed! Finance officer jailed for massive fraud

Former finance officer of Carnival Village Trust (CVT) Nadia Deone Chase-Ali has started a six-year jail sentence for stealing nearly £800,000 from the charity.

Between March 2014 and December 2016, the 34 year old Trinidadian made 530 transfers into her private account disguised as payments to legitimate suppliers, service providers and HM Revenue & Customs. In total, Isleworth Crown Court heard,…


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Sirius soca

SiriusXM is home to the voice of iconic American radio broadcaster Howard Stern and rapper MC Lyte. Now it has also given voice to TT’s own soca.

SiriusXM channel, The Joint 42, known primarily for reggae, will now have soca in its rotation.

TT has to thank soca DJ ambassador Darryl “D-Life” Payne for this achievement. He will be deejaying every Saturday on…


Added by Icom on July 23, 2018 at 11:13am — No Comments

TORONTO CARNIVAL KICKOFF: Get out your costumes and dance shoes!

Move over, Toronto Pride!

There’s a much more colourful and happier festival happening in Toronto.

The Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting four-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine and revelry.

It is the largest cultural event in Canada and the largest outdoor festival in North…


Added by Icom on July 14, 2018 at 4:35pm — No Comments

Saint Lucia Carnival 2018 Calypso Monarch finalists

The finals of the National Calypso Monarch competition will be held this coming Saturday 14 July 2018 at The Sab, Vigie, Saint Lucia.

Here are the calypsonians set to compete against defending monarch Mighty Pep:


Lady Leen



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Carnival in Vogue

Even international Vogue has cottoned on to the wonder and source of joy that is Carnival. Last month, the magazine published an article online detailing five Caribbean carnivals not to be missed, and, alongside Grenada’s Spice Mas, Barbados’ Cropover and Bermuda and Saint Lucia’s carnivals, our very own Notting Hill spectacular was one of them.

The article, which also includes a short glossary of important…


Added by Icom on July 14, 2018 at 4:28pm — No Comments

Alison Hinds heads to Rotterdam

The Queen of Soca herself, Alison Hinds, is replacing Wyclef Jean on Saturday 28 July as part of the Rotterdam Unlimited five-day festival. After Wyclef unexpectedly had to cancel his entire European tour, organisers Ducos Productions and Mojo Concerts are happy to welcome one of the world’s best-known soca stars to Rotterdam. Mojo Concerts stage 150 shows annually, hosting performers like Beyonce and Ed Sheeran. The outdoor stage show at Hofplein, a…


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Fireman Hooper retains Soca Monarch crown with an Amen {VIDEO}

By the sound of it – and from the videos we’ve seen – the 2018 Vincy Ragga and Soca Monarch competitions were a big success. Fireman Hooper retained his crown with a performance of Amen, his 2018 Vincy carnival hit.

The results are as follows.

Ragga Soca Monarch:

1st. Fimba…


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

Cheats trying to enter Crop Over events with fake tickets

Event promoters are being encouraged to be on the look out this Crop Over season for an ever increasing number of people who are trying to get into events with fake tickets.

Several individuals were turned away from fetes last weekend after they showed up with knock-off tickets.

And while there have been such attempts in…


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