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Caribbean Festivals

The Caribbean melting pot is a forge that year in and year out cranks out truly epic parties. Blend Afro-Caribbean music and a cupful of rum and you've got yourself a bashment that knows no boundaries.

The region hosts hundreds of celebrations annually, from casual local "jump-ups" to world-class cultural festivals to knee-walking, all-night blowouts. Here's a forecast of the early spring and summer frolics…


Added by omar on April 19, 2017 at 9:44am — No Comments

Carnival in The Bahamas Postponed With Elections In The Air


The popular Junkanoo Carnival has been delayed but general elections are definitely on in the Bahamas.

Twenty-four hours after Prime Minister Perry Christie announced that Parliament would be dissolved next  Tuesday, April 11, officials revealed that the annual festival will now be held from May 18-20, two weeks behind the…


Added by omar on April 5, 2017 at 4:25am — No Comments

Portela Samba School Crowned Champion of Rio Carnival 2017 {VIDEO}

Portela, one of Rio de Janeiro’s best-known samba schools, has been crowned the champion of this year’s Carnival parades. This is the school’s first winning title in 33 years, earning a score this year of 269.9 points with an allegorical story about the importance of water and its relationship to human life.

Portela performing in 2017's samba parade competition, photo by Raphael David/Riotur. Brazil, Brazil News, Rio de Janeiro, Samba Schools, Carnival, Carnival 2017, Samba parade competition, Grupo Especial, Portela, Portela Samba School, Champions Parade, Special Group

This is Portela’s 22nd title in its 93-year history, making it Rio’s most…


Added by omar on March 4, 2017 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Machel dethroned as Road March king - MX Prime's mega hit storms to victory {VIDEO}

The Ultimate Rejects. Their song was played 556 times

The three-year reign of Soca superstar Machel Montano is over. The band Ultimate Rejects has won the Road March 2017 title with their smash hit “Full Extreme”.

The song ruled the stage as it was played a total of 556 times, solidifying predictions that it would be the anthem for…


Added by omar on March 3, 2017 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Chutney Soca Monarch and World Ultimate Chutney Challenge Results | Trinidad and Tobago 2017 {VIDEO}

The Show went into the early hours of Sunday and when the results came it there was a sigh... it was a tie for first place. Omardath Maraj and Ravi B tied for first place with last year's winner, KI Persad, in third place.

Omardath Maraj sang his very popular 'Ramsingh' at position number nine while Ravi B sang his sing entitled 'Budget' at number seven. Last year's winner KI Persad sang in position…


Added by omar on February 28, 2017 at 6:21pm — No Comments

Carnival chaos: Samba float collapses crushing Rio dancers in second horror accident in two days leaving almost 40 people injured

A performer from the Unidos da Tijuca samba school is carried into an ambulance

  • At least 17 people have been injured in the most recent accident involving a float
  • Top of the float buckled during Rio de Janeiro's iconic parade early on Tuesday
  • Six of the 17 injured were taken to hospital - one person with serious head trauma
  • One of Paraiso de Tuiuti samba school's floats crashed…

Added by omar on February 28, 2017 at 6:06pm — No Comments

CHALKIE 9 TIMES {VIDEO} Sparrow's National Calypso Monarch record broken


Ninth time National Calyspo Monarch winner Hollis Liverpool “Chalkdust” copped the first place in the Calypso Monarch competition with his composition “Learn From Arithmetic” at the…


Added by omar on February 28, 2017 at 3:30am — No Comments

Trinidad & Tobago Carnival 2017 Crowns Its King and Queen

Gloria Dallsingh portrays “Glamour Queen” for the band Kallicharan Carnival. Photo by Damian Luk Pat, used with permission.

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival prides itself on its …


Added by omar on February 28, 2017 at 3:28am — No Comments

Massy Trinidad All Stars crowned Panorama champions

Massy Trinidad All Stars were crowned the winning Large Band of the year at the 2017 Panorama finals.…


Added by omar on February 26, 2017 at 7:14pm — No Comments

Usain Bolt parties up a storm at Trinidad Carnival

Usain Bolt bumps and grinds with a bevy of twerking woman at carnival in Trinidad {VIDEO} Bump and grind: The fastest man in the world, 30, was seen grinding on a party of pretty women as they partied up the storm

He landed himself in hot water following last year's post-Olympics partying. 

But Usain Bolt didn't let that stop him having a whale of a time at the Trinidad carnival over the weekend.

The fastest man in the world, 30, was seen grinding on a party of pretty women as they partied up the storm.

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Added by omar on February 26, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Voice repeats as “Soca Monarch” champion {VIDEO}

Far from finished: Aaron "Voice" St Louis captured his second International Soca Monrach title in succession when he defeated a strong field at the national Stadium, Port of Spain, on Friday.

Aaron “Voice” ST Louis repelled the challenges from a quality field mixed with veterans and breakout artistes to win the 2017 International Soca Monarch title at the National…


Added by omar on February 26, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Top 10: The Best Caribbean Carnivals

Planning a Caribbean vacation to coincide with one of the region’s many Carnivals provides a ton of added value. When Carnival is being celebrated at a Caribbean destination, the whole island hums with energy and good vibes. During a Carnival week, a traveler can still enjoy the gorgeous beaches and tropical scenery — but if they choose, they can take the party levels up to maximum by immersing themselves in Carnival…


Added by omar on February 23, 2017 at 9:22pm — 3 Comments

CALYPSO ROSE wins World Album of the Year at French ‘Grammys’

GLOBAL STAR: Calypso Rose (Linda McArtha Monica Sandy-Lewis) reacts after receiving the Best World Music Album award during the 32nd Victoires de la Musique, the annual French music awards ceremony, yesterday at the Zenith concert hall in Paris, France. —Photo: AFP

The first woman to win the Road March and Calypso Monarch titles, Linda McArtha Monica Sandy-Lewis, better…


Added by omar on February 11, 2017 at 1:10am — No Comments

Introducing Xaymaca 2017 Carnival Costumes


A new entry in the Jamaican carnival experience, Xaymaca is backed by one of Trinidad’s premier bands: Tribe, who along with a number of select partners aim to ensure a great time is had by all. Xaymaca looks to upgrade the current Jamaican carnival reality into a true road adventure. Below are photos of the various costumes on offer.






Added by omar on February 7, 2017 at 12:46pm — No Comments

Monk Meets Viking: Listen to Machel Montano + Bunji Garlin’s “Buss Head”


The biggest rivalry in soca music has come to an end. Soca’s two biggest stars have released a joint tune, which, with considering its star power alone, could very well dominate the 2017 Carnival airwaves.

Machel Montano and Bunji Garlin have ruled the soca…


Added by omar on February 7, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments


Added by omar on December 31, 2016 at 9:57pm — No Comments

TRINIDAD Carnival Schedule 2017

Added by omar on November 17, 2016 at 10:48pm — 1 Comment

Crucian Christmas Carnival 2016 - 2017 {VIDEO}

The 2016-17 Crucian Christmas committee announces its 2016-2017 theme titled “Honoring 100 Years of our Centennial Past, Embracing our Present and Future to Last.” The theme was created by committee members with suggestions from various governmental officials and the VI Centennial Commission. The committee members recognized the importance of highlighting this significant time in our Virgin Islands history.…


Added by omar on October 30, 2016 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

ONE AFRICA Music Fest @ The Toyota Center::OCT 22, Houston


Unveiling Special Performances By 2Face, P-Square, and Dbanj alongside an…


Added by omar on October 15, 2016 at 2:29pm — 1 Comment

How to Survive the Best Party on the Planet: Trinidad Carnival

Trinidad Carnival is two months of "fetting" and "liming." It's as if India’s Holi festival did P90X on steroids. Here's the skinny on this Trini bacchanal and how to survive your comedown.

All photos by the author unless otherwise credited.

Before I begin, I want to clarify that I didn’t go gallivanting…


Added by omar on October 15, 2016 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

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