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Another French honour – and a date in London for Calypso Rose

At the age of 78, prolific Tobago-born calypsonian Calypso Rose is having the best time of her career. Next month she will collect yet another honour for her contribution to music, the Grand Prix des musiques du monde, which will be presented at a special ceremony in Paris as part of the Sacem Grand Prix.

SACEM is the French-based Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music. Each…

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Added by omar on November 18, 2018 at 8:00pm — No Comments

The Original De Fosto Himself passes at 64

Another son of the soil has left us, The Original De Fosto Himself (Winston Scarborough).

Only days before the veteran calypsonian had paid tribute at the funeral of another fallen hero, Winston Bailey, The Mighty Shadow.

Scarborough, who was just 64, died on Friday 2 November after suffering a heart attack. He had been…

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Added by omar on November 18, 2018 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Eddy Grant awarded Honorary Doctorate {VIDEO}

Eddie Grant, a Guyana-born, world-renowned, phenomenal artist, was last Saturday conferred Doctor of Letters for excellency in music by Professor Eon Harris at the University of Guyana’s first such historic distinction, during the institution’s 52nd convocation ceremony at the National Cultural Center in Georgetown.…

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Added by omar on November 18, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments

St Kitts and Nevis your perfect music festival paradise

Shanna Raymond, St Kitts Music Festival 2017

St. Kitts and Nevis are the sort of islands that dreams are made of: a lush tropical landscape, pristine beaches, luxury hotels, gourmet restaurants and…

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Added by omar on October 6, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Tobago Loves Soca

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Randy Glasgow Promotions, one of Trinidad and Tobago’s leading promoters, is preparing to launch a brand new festival in 2019, in the peaceful and scenic island of Tobago. Randy Glasgow has had many years of experience hosting top acts from around the Caribbean, including developing the International Soca Monarch Show and running many of the other signature events during the T&T Carnival celebrations.…

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Added by omar on October 6, 2018 at 1:54pm — No Comments

Pannist, Ken 'Professor' Philmore has died {VIDEOS}

Ken “Professor” Philmore - steelpan arranger, composer and ace pannist – died at the Intensive Care Unit of the San Fernando General Hospital on Sunday.

Philmore, 58, succumbed to severe internal injuries suffered in a crash on the Republic Day holiday.

He sustained broken ribs and his lungs…

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Added by omar on September 30, 2018 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Reggae on the Hudson Saturday, September 22nd with live performance by Freddie McGregor {Big Ship Sailing On The Ocean} CLICK PIC BELOW TO BUY TIX

Reggae on the Hudson Saturday, September 22nd…

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Added by omar on September 6, 2018 at 6:18pm — No Comments

Rio Carnival 2017- 2018 [HD] - Floats & Dancers | Brazilian Carnival | The Samba Schools Parade {VIDEO}

Bright colours, scantily clad women and some of the world’s best dancers - it must be Rio's Carnival.

Carnival is one of the biggest events on the Brazilian calendar and one of the biggest festivals in the world.

An estimated two million people line the streets of the five day long festival which is held each year before Lent.…

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Added by omar on August 29, 2018 at 3:30am — No Comments

Antigua Carnival T-shirt Mas 2018

Added by omar on August 9, 2018 at 3:25am — No Comments

WIADCA president dies at 75

Just less than a month before the massive West Indian American Day Carnival Parade takes place on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, the president of the organizing group has died.

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is celebrated as a…

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Added by omar on August 9, 2018 at 2:54am — No Comments

Notting Hill Carnival: maligned and misused

“Six more stabbings in a night – now urgent review of police crime tactics is launched.”

No, the Evening Standard headline of 9 May wasn’t referring to what it likes to call “carnage…

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Added by omar on August 9, 2018 at 2:30am — No Comments

WIADCA president dies at 75

Just less than a month before the massive West Indian American Day Carnival Parade takes place on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, the president of the organizing group has died.

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is celebrated as a public holiday in the United States.

William R. “Bill” Howard, the African American-born president of the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), was found dead in his…

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Added by omar on August 9, 2018 at 2:30am — No Comments

Mr Blood has his Pic-O-De-Crop @ Barbados carnival

The finals of the 2018 Pic-O-De-Crop competition were held at the Kensington Oval, Barbados. There were 10 contestants in the running for this year’s competition but the night belonged to Mr Blood (Anderson Armstrong) who performed…
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Added by omar on August 9, 2018 at 2:30am — No Comments

Lil Rick takes four of seven Crop Over titles

Lil Rick and Nandi as Mudda Sally in his Party Monarch performance at Soca Royale.…
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Added by omar on August 7, 2018 at 3:00am — No Comments

Saint Lucia 2018 Groovy and Power Soca Monarch results

Ricky T & Teddyson John

King Arthur continues his reign as Groovy Soca Monarch and Ricky T adds another title to his ever-growing list of wins as he captures the Power Monarch title.…

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Added by omar on July 23, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Spicemas: The Summer Festival Experience You Didn’t Know You Needed

Pure Grenada has the distinction of hosting the last and arguably the best Carnival experience and this year it is carded for August 13th and 14th.  Book now and you can look forward to wonderful tropical weather, upbeat island music, colour, splendour and our course, a culturally authentic awakening experience. Grenada’s signature festival is enriched by the costumes and masquerades that display the destination’s deep…

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Added by omar on June 24, 2018 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

Will Smith performs on Stage with KES in Trinidad

Added by omar on May 12, 2018 at 7:21pm — No Comments

When will carnival in Jamaica have it’s OWN soca? + The 10 Hottest Costumes We Saw at Jamaica Carnival This Week

The 10 Hottest Costumes We Saw at Jamaica Carnival This Week

So for years this has been a pet peeve of mine. Jamaica has a vibrant and growing Carnival, arguably one of the major carnivals in the Caribbean, and yet from ash Wednesdays to good Friday there are essentially only one or 2 soca releases meant specifically for Jamaica.

For those of us that #dothedouble (Trinidad…

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Added by omar on April 15, 2018 at 5:00pm — No Comments

HAPPY EASTER, HAPPY PASSOVER

HAPPY EASTER, HAPPY PASSOVER

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Added by omar on April 1, 2018 at 6:29pm — No Comments

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