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Featured Blog Posts – June 2018 Archive (23)

More than Carnival: Caribbean events you don’t want to miss in July/Aug

The July/August vacation is here. Known as summer in temperate countries, this is the time of year when people are travelling and looking for fun events to attend. In the Caribbean and the diaspora, this is the time of year when there is a slew of Carnivals from St Vincent to New York but in the region, there is so much more happening in addition to Carnival. So if Carnival is not really your cup of tea, here are seven major non-Carnival events you…


Added by Icom on June 28, 2018 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Top Caribbean entertainers & DJs for 2018 DC Carnival Experience

Washington, DC (Sonique Solutions) – Following a collection of highly successful warm up events commencing in the month of March, all roads now lead to ‘Destination DC Carnival Experience’ which will feature exciting, major Caribbean cultural festivities.

These events will not only coincide with the US’ 4th of July celebrations but will showcase key artistes and DJs from…


Added by Icom on June 28, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Bunji Garlin, Fay Ann Lyons and Shenseea Rocked BET Experience Live

This past weekend, the star-studded BET Experience Weekend hit the Staples Center in Los Angeles, leading into the BET Awards held Sunday June 24th. On Friday, July 22nd BET Experience Live featured VP Records artists Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons. The show also featured a special 25th anniversary Reggae Gold Tribute by dancehall sensation Shenseea whose "Nothing Dem Nuh Have Ova Mi" is featured on this year's album. Other artists who performed…


Added by Icom on June 28, 2018 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Soca preliminaries qualifiers announced

On Friday June 29th, 2018 from 6pm, the National Cultural Center Grounds will be ablaze, as one of the signature sounds of Carnival, Soca music, takes center stage in the first leg of the Groovy and Power Soca Monarch Competitions.

Over sixty national soca artistes, have registered…


Added by Icom on June 28, 2018 at 12:22pm — No Comments

The Caribbean Carnivals You Don’t Want to Miss This Summer

This is the eighth time I’ve found myself squeezed between strangers belting out lyrics in unison below a truck’s booming music. “Vibes up from the time that we reach. Drinks up, now the madness release. We having a good time, having a good time. We don't have no time for bad mind.” We raise our plastic cups to the moving bar beside us to receive another splash of rum, our energy drink of choice for the next eight hours.…


Added by Icom on June 26, 2018 at 1:19pm — No Comments

The 2018 Barbados Soca Bashment competition

Twenty five performers are taking part in the semi-final of the Yello International Bashment Soca Monarch Competition, and it’s an online vote to decide who goes into the final – so you get to choose. The competition has now reached beyond the shores of Barbados, and includes entries from the likes of Dynamite from St. Vincent, Da Real Champ from St. Lucia and, from Guyana, Rubber Waist.

Vote for your…


Added by Icom on June 26, 2018 at 12:16pm — 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…


Added by omar on June 24, 2018 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

Vincy Mas 2018 Soca Monarch semi-finalists

Vincy Mas introduced their Soca Monarch Semi Finals in 2017 to make the overall competition for the crown of Soca Monarch a fairer one. It meant that the artists’ live performances, as opposed to recorded music, are judged at an earlier stage.

A great success last year, the event has been retained for the 41st Vincy Mas in 2018. The semis begin at 8pm on Saturday 23 June, at the ET Joshua Tarmac in Arnos…


Added by Icom on June 20, 2018 at 4:04pm — 2 Comments

Granddaughter of Trinidad's 'Father of Soca' Eyes BET Music Award

Nailah Blackman nominated for BET award The 20-year-old granddaughter of Trinidad's 'Father of Soca,' Nailah Blackman's catchy Caribbean compilation has won support across the region.

Music lovers from across the continent have embraced young Caribbean artist Nailah Blackman and may yet win her Black Entertainment Television's (BET) Viewer's Choice: Best New International…


Added by Icom on June 20, 2018 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

Review: Machel Montano ‘Pure’ Music Concert

Bermuda Heroes Weekend came alive early Monday morning when soca king Machel Montano graced the stage at Pure.

The annual white fete, put on by Wild Apache Promotions, was set to be the biggest event of the weekend and it certainly lived up to expectations.

Bermuda Carnival or #BHW is now in its fourth year and this is the first year Machel has performed at the…


Added by Icom on June 18, 2018 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

Saint Lucia's Carnival Fete Calendar: Get Ready to Party

St Lucia’s Carnival is almost here and already the vibe is in the air for what promises to be another exciting Carnival.

As we countdown the days to Carnival on July 18 and 19, we are getting our shoes, outfits and energy together for the next few weeks of partying. If you haven’t planned your parties yet or don’t know which party to attend, here is a list of fetes you don’t want to…


Added by Icom on June 16, 2018 at 11:31am — 3 Comments

International Superstars Music Artists Perform at the Hollywood Carnival’s Culture Village Saturday, June 23 @ Hollywood Blvd

The 7th Annual Los Angeles Culture Festival (LACF)returns, bigger and better than ever! On Saturday, June 23, 2018, Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles will miraculously transform into a Grand Carnival and Street Extravaganzawith a parade that ends at the Carnival Culture Village.

Soca Music King Machel…


Added by Icom on June 16, 2018 at 11:28am — No Comments

Carnival atmosphere in St James

The final event of this year’s WeBeat St James Live took on a Carnival-like atmosphere with pan music ringing out for most of the night, then a parade of traditional mas characters and finally masqueraders of the Brite Nite Band, parading up and down the Western Main Road on Saturday night.

NGC Couva Joylanders was joy to listen to as the band came to the fore of the amphitheatre playing Sweet Soca Man, and…


Added by Icom on June 16, 2018 at 11:26am — 1 Comment

7th Los Angeles Culture Festival & Parade- Saturday June 23rd at Hollywood Blvd

The 7th Annual Los Angeles Culture Festival (LACF) returns, bigger and better than ever! On Saturday, June 23, 2018Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles will miraculously transform into a Grand Carnival and Street Extravaganza with a parade that ends at the Carnival Culture Village.

The Los Angeles Culture…


Added by Icom on June 11, 2018 at 2:00am — No Comments

Party With A Purpose: Soca Lovers Help Heal Dominica

THE CLOSING lines of The Last Poets much-celebrated 1970 track When The Revolution Comes make the claim that when the revolution comes, black people far too often just want to “party and b******t”. Think soca music and you might be inclined to envision gyrating hips revved up by pulsating carnival rhythms. Because of this, you may not necessarily think of this happy-go-lucky, vibrant music, originating in Caribbean islands such as Trinidad, St…


Added by Icom on June 11, 2018 at 1:52am — No Comments

What you didn't know about Destra Garcia

Destra Garcia, known as the Queen of Bacchanal, Destra Garcia has built a large Caribbean following for her energetic performances and catchy songs.

Destra has been performing in Jamaica for years and has been the main feature at Bacchanal Jamaica events. In 2016, she gave soca fans a scare when she fell through a stage in Bermuda and broke her ankle. She has since had surgery and has been performing…


Added by Icom on June 9, 2018 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Flow launches Hottest Summer Ever

Things are really heating up with Flow for summer 2018, with the unveiling of the company’s seasonal promotional campaign. The glitzy media launch, including Carnival bands, some of Saint Lucia’s most outstanding musical talent and more, took place on Thursday evening, June 7th 2018, at Flow’s Baywalk retail outlet.

Of course, Flow is Platinum Sponsor of Saint Lucia Carnival 2018. This year, leading up to…


Added by Icom on June 9, 2018 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Luton International carnival 2018 review

The 2018 UK carnival season began in style, with Luton International Carnival celebrating its 42nd year on 27 May. Commissioned by Luton Borough Council in partnership with UK Centre for Carnival Arts (UKCCA) and Luton Culture, this has become a significant event in the town’s cultural calendar.

Luton International Carnival is now an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) for 2018 to…


Added by Icom on June 9, 2018 at 12:06pm — No Comments

St Lucia prepares for ‘Soca Kingdom’ Machel Montano tour

Two of the biggest names in the Caribbean entertainment world will touchdown on the sun-drenched Caribbean island of Saint in what is being lauded as the most anticipated and exciting event this year.

Come Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Saint Lucia will be the first stop in a series of regional and international concerts forming the ‘Soca Kingdom’ tour that features Trinidad &Tobago soca mega-sensation and…


Added by Icom on June 9, 2018 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Machel Montano plans to open music program in Belize

Last year September Machel Montano visited Ecumenical High School and promised that he would return for prom.

World renowned Trinidadian soca superstar, Machel Montano, is currently in Belize to fulfill a promise he made to students at Stann Creek Ecumenical to perform at their prom but also, to begin work on establishing a musical program at the institution.

Montano arrived in the country earlier this week, and news of his arrival quickly spread. It was even erroneously…


Added by Icom on June 9, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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