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SOCA STAR AND RADIO PERSONALITY, DEVON MATTHEWS HAS DIED

Hours before his death, Devon Matthews started filming the video for his 2017 hit “D Journey”, a collaboration with Ella Andall.

In a voice note he left on my phone at 2.41 am on Saturday, he said the video would be…

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Added by omar on July 16, 2017 at 11:46pm — No Comments

Court Orders Soca Star Destra to Pay for Rupturing Man’s Bladder During Performance {VIDEO}

DESTRA GARCIA AND FERNANDO OLIVA DURING THE INCIDENT THAT THE BELIZEAN SAID RESULTED IN HIS BLADDER BEING RUPTURED.

 

Destra Garcia’s energy on stage makes her one of the Caribbean’s most popular soca artistes, but it has landed her in trouble with the Belize Supreme Court.

The court has ordered the Trinidadian to pay just over US$8,000 after it found that she injured Belizean Fernando Oliva while…

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Added by omar on July 9, 2017 at 1:50am — No Comments

5 Caribbean Carnivals You Can Still Make It To This Year

Spice Mas, Grenada If you haven't been to Grenada, you need to add it to your list… and soon. Affectionately known as the "Spice Island," it's only right that their annual carnival would be known as "Spice Mas." The most anticipated event of the year for locals and tourists alike, Spice Mas transforms the island of Grenada into a celebration like none other. Jab Jabs, which are unique to…

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Added by omar on May 27, 2017 at 3:18pm — No Comments

CARNIVAL ROAD MARCH WINNERS FROM 1930 - 2017

The Carnival Road March is the musical composition played most often at the "judging points" along the parade route during Carnival. Originating as part of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, the term has been applied to other Caribbean carnivals.

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Added by omar on May 27, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The Soca Paradise Trinidad & Tobago

In terms of historical standing in the Caribbean region, few can match the overall impact of Trinidad & Tobago. This twin republic has given the world: limbo (the dance form), calypso (the music style) and steelpan (the musical instrument), in addition to just enough cultural oddities to make those islands stand out. The landscape, the language, the food and especially the people all are a part of the potpourri that makes the islands a…

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Added by omar on May 8, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

UPDATED: CARNIVALS AROUND THE WORLD

November 18th - January 8th, 2017
St. Kitts…
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Added by omar on May 3, 2017 at 12:00am — No Comments

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…

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

Carnival in The Bahamas Postponed With Elections In The Air

BAHAMAS PRIME MINISTER PERRY CHRISTIE SAYS HE WILL ANNOUNCE THE ELECTION DATE SOON.

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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

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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…

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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 …

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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