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April 2020 Blog Posts (15)

Coronavirus shuts down carnivals across the globe

The future of many carnivals around the world is under threat as the Covid-19 coronavirus…
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Added by omar on April 21, 2020 at 12:00pm — No Comments

'Aunty Mia' promises Barbados' children a party after COVID-19

Prime Minister Mia Mottley has made a big promise to the children of the nation.

Known for her Crop Over event, the country's leader told her youngest citizens that she has a big gift for them when the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

Recognising that the curfew and the call for social distancing are not only taking a toll on adults and seniors, but also on the minors,…

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Added by Icom on April 18, 2020 at 6:13pm — No Comments

Carnival in St Thomas Is Going Virtual

With the Carnival Virgin Islands postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic, the popular St Thomas festival is going virtual.

That means you can bring the rhythm of one of the Caribbean’s hottest carnivals right into your home.

The US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism’s Division of Festival has launched what it’s calling “Home Wuk,” a series of online social…

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Added by Icom on April 18, 2020 at 6:06pm — No Comments

Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2020 cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic

Organizers of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival said in a statement this year’s events are being cancelled due to COVID-19.

“For the past 52 years, the Toronto Caribbean Carnival (formerly Caribana) has delivered an exciting summer festival featuring elaborate costumes, Caribbean music, and food in our Grand Parade. This festival is a labour of love created by our extraordinary talented artistic stakeholders,…

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Added by Icom on April 18, 2020 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Denise Belfon rides the wave of the Put Yuh Back In It Challenge

Denise Belfon’s 1998 release ‘Work’ is the song that keeps giving.

In 2002, the song earned Belfon a performance at the M.O.B.O awards in Miami where she won an award along with Masters of Work for the remix and in 2010, legendary EDM DJ David Guetta played a remix of the song before thousands at Tomorrowland.

Now, thanks to DJ Flex, an American with Ghanian…

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Added by Icom on April 18, 2020 at 5:54pm — No Comments

Campari to host virtual Jamaica Carnival Road March on Sunday

Carnival in Jamaica may be down but it’s certainly not out.

Given the recent COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent cancellation of our social lives and every event possible, Campari is giving Carnival in Jamaica a tune-up on Sunday, albeit via live stream. Here’s why…

Campari is known locally and regionally for the association of its easy-mix cocktails perfect for…

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Added by Icom on April 18, 2020 at 5:50pm — No Comments

Soca fans log on in thousands for Lyrikal's energetic online show

When Lyrikal entertained thousands via his first virtual live concert on Thursday night, he did so with a heavy heart and mind.

While he was providing cheer to those of us stuck at home, he couldn’t stop thinking about his friends in New York who contracted the coronavirus, one of them who has been hospitalised.

“Thursday morning when I got up, I call a brethren…

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Added by Icom on April 6, 2020 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Saint Lucia Carnival cancelled, but will return in 2021

Saint Lucia is the latest country to announce that its carnival has fallen victim to the coronavirus, Covid-19.

The carnival, scheduled for Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 July this year, has been postponed until July 2021, according to a statement released on Friday 27 March 2020 by the Government of Saint Lucia.

The statement explained that holding the carnival would…

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Added by Icom on April 6, 2020 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Novel coronavirus hits the Barbados entertainment industry

The rapid spread of coronavirus disease 2019 is making headlines across the globe and leading to numerous postponements, cancellations and bans.

Cases of the novel virus are being discovered in new countries almost daily.  On Wednesday (March 11), the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it a global pandemic, with approximately 118,000 cases in 114 countries and near 4,300 deaths.…

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Added by Icom on April 6, 2020 at 3:08pm — No Comments

Caribbean Music Festivals and Carnivals Face Economic Uncertainly During Pandemic

For many Caribbean islands where tourism is the primary revenue earner, the coronavirus-sparked ban on large gatherings as well as airline and cruise travel has brought widespread postponements and cancellations to the region's spring/summer music festival season. From the Bahamas chain just below Florida's southern tip to Trinidad and Tobago, many Caribbean islands utilize music festivals to attract visitors to their shores, especially during the…

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Added by Icom on April 6, 2020 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Carnival seeks fairer treatment from Arts Council

The Arts Council of England (ACE), which for many years has been an important funder of Carnival, has published its strategy for the next 10 years.

The glossy 68-page document, Let’s Create, has been described as “verbose, repetitive and somewhat vague”. Nevertheless, because it is going to be the framework for arts funding until 2030, it is essential reading for anyone involved in making grant…

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Added by Icom on April 6, 2020 at 2:54pm — No Comments

A New Journal For Carnival Arts

Studying Carnival arts will never be the same again. Research will be so much easier after a new academic journal dedicated to the subject has launched later this year.

The International Journal of Carnival Arts (IJCA) represents a new approach to writing about and recording our core Carnival artforms – steelpan, calypso and mas.

The IJCA is not intended to be a…

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Added by Icom on April 6, 2020 at 2:52pm — No Comments

How Coronavirus Crippled The Entertainment Industry, Artists Get Innovative With IG Live

Many of the entertainment industry’s biggest and most anticipated events continue to suffer indefinitely in the wake of the COVID-19 scare. Will it take a long term toll on music artists’ careers?

This tragic development for the music industry with cancellations and postponements of events being at a record high, means less income for the industry on a whole, especially the subset of low skilled workers of…

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Added by Icom on April 6, 2020 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Is Notting Hill Carnival 2020 still on, What are organizers saying?

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted carnival organisers around the world to reschedule or cancel, but organisers in London are determined to hold Notting Hill Carnival on Sunday 30 and Monday 31 August 2020, as planned.

In a letter sent yesterday to some (but not all) mas bands, Notting Hill Carnival Limited (NHCL) assured band leaders: “We are doing everything we possibly can to continue to plan for a…

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Added by Icom on April 6, 2020 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Trini Soca Artiste Urges Caribbean To ‘Hold On’

There is no specific season or reason for soca music, said Erphaan Alves, who has been pushing the ‘No Seasons’ campaign that promotes the release of soca music all year round. A true ambassador of the genre of his birthplace, Trinidad and Tobago, Alves told The Gleaner that he wants to change the way soca is perceived.

“Over the years, soc, has been stigmatised as carnival music – about the…

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Added by Icom on April 6, 2020 at 2:30pm — No Comments

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