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Featured Blog Posts – July 2018 Archive (19)

Caribana Parade [VIDEO]

One of the city's most vibrant parades, down by the water! Details from organizers below:

"The road becomes the stage for the masqueraders and steelpan performers. It truly is something you can’t miss. Toronto Caribbean Carnival's Grande Parade continues to attract local, regional, national, and international attention by visitors and media as it is the highlight of the…


Added by Icom on July 31, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Cricket Stadium tranforms into a Soca Kingdom for a Night

Someone once told me he knew only two people who disliked soca music and he gave them as wide a berth as he could. He reasoned: there had to be something very wrong about a person who did not enjoy a good melody and a call from a soca singer to loosen up and enjoy life, if only for a few minutes! Hundreds came out on Wednesday night to do just that at the Daren Sammy Cricket Stadium, attracted by the Dennery Segment and soca kings Machel…


Added by Icom on July 31, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Soca Monarchs crowned as regional Carnivals heat up

Lil Rick is having a bumper Crop Over. The singer, known as Hypa Dawg, has won the Sweet Soca Monarch title in Barbados, bringing the total of his 2018 titles to two.

Rick won the first International Bashment Soca Monarch with his popular song 'Breakfast in Bed'.

He won the Sweet Soca title at Soca Royale on Sunday.…


Added by Icom on July 31, 2018 at 3:54pm — No Comments

I Want to Celebrate Freedom for All Bodies at Carnival

Its runways often centre conventionally sized, racially ambiguous, fair skinned women.

Liberation looks different for everyone, but for me it involves a healthy serving of soca (sometimes dancehall), illustrious costumes and heavy wining. I get all of this and more playing mas (or masquerading) during Carnival. If you’ve ever had the…


Added by Icom on July 31, 2018 at 3:51pm — 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.…


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

British tourists are trapped on 'Soca on de Sea' party boat overnight [VIDEO]

Over 300 people, including several Britons, were left stranded at sea for hours after a party boat's steering broke off the coast of Barbados.  

Hundreds crammed on board the MV Dream Chaser as it left port at Bridgetown on Saturday night as part of a late night music festival.  



Added by Icom on July 23, 2018 at 11:24am — No Comments

Carnival Village betrayed! Finance officer jailed for massive fraud

Former finance officer of Carnival Village Trust (CVT) Nadia Deone Chase-Ali has started a six-year jail sentence for stealing nearly £800,000 from the charity.

Between March 2014 and December 2016, the 34 year old Trinidadian made 530 transfers into her private account disguised as payments to legitimate suppliers, service providers and HM Revenue & Customs. In total, Isleworth Crown Court heard,…


Added by Icom on July 23, 2018 at 11:18am — No Comments

Sirius soca

SiriusXM is home to the voice of iconic American radio broadcaster Howard Stern and rapper MC Lyte. Now it has also given voice to TT’s own soca.

SiriusXM channel, The Joint 42, known primarily for reggae, will now have soca in its rotation.

TT has to thank soca DJ ambassador Darryl “D-Life” Payne for this achievement. He will be deejaying every Saturday on…


Added by Icom on July 23, 2018 at 11:13am — No Comments

TORONTO CARNIVAL KICKOFF: Get out your costumes and dance shoes!

Move over, Toronto Pride!

There’s a much more colourful and happier festival happening in Toronto.

The Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting four-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine and revelry.

It is the largest cultural event in Canada and the largest outdoor festival in North…


Added by Icom on July 14, 2018 at 4:35pm — No Comments

Saint Lucia Carnival 2018 Calypso Monarch finalists

The finals of the National Calypso Monarch competition will be held this coming Saturday 14 July 2018 at The Sab, Vigie, Saint Lucia.

Here are the calypsonians set to compete against defending monarch Mighty Pep:


Lady Leen



Added by Icom on July 14, 2018 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Carnival in Vogue

Even international Vogue has cottoned on to the wonder and source of joy that is Carnival. Last month, the magazine published an article online detailing five Caribbean carnivals not to be missed, and, alongside Grenada’s Spice Mas, Barbados’ Cropover and Bermuda and Saint Lucia’s carnivals, our very own Notting Hill spectacular was one of them.

The article, which also includes a short glossary of important…


Added by Icom on July 14, 2018 at 4:28pm — No Comments

Alison Hinds heads to Rotterdam

The Queen of Soca herself, Alison Hinds, is replacing Wyclef Jean on Saturday 28 July as part of the Rotterdam Unlimited five-day festival. After Wyclef unexpectedly had to cancel his entire European tour, organisers Ducos Productions and Mojo Concerts are happy to welcome one of the world’s best-known soca stars to Rotterdam. Mojo Concerts stage 150 shows annually, hosting performers like Beyonce and Ed Sheeran. The outdoor stage show at Hofplein, a…


Added by Icom on July 11, 2018 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Fireman Hooper retains Soca Monarch crown with an Amen {VIDEO}

By the sound of it – and from the videos we’ve seen – the 2018 Vincy Ragga and Soca Monarch competitions were a big success. Fireman Hooper retained his crown with a performance of Amen, his 2018 Vincy carnival hit.

The results are as follows.

Ragga Soca Monarch:

1st. Fimba…


Added by Icom on July 10, 2018 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Cheats trying to enter Crop Over events with fake tickets

Event promoters are being encouraged to be on the look out this Crop Over season for an ever increasing number of people who are trying to get into events with fake tickets.

Several individuals were turned away from fetes last weekend after they showed up with knock-off tickets.

And while there have been such attempts in…


Added by Icom on July 10, 2018 at 10:26pm — No Comments

How to party like Rihanna at Crop Over, Barbados

As a general rule, I am never the last one standing at a party. My ideal night out ends before the clock strikes midnight. So it was unusual to find myself at a party in Barbados that didn’t start until midnight — and ended at 7am. 

The Foreday Morning Jam is one of the highlights of Crop Over, the 200-year-old Barbados carnival that celebrates the end of the sugar-cane season and fills the summer with…


Added by Icom on July 10, 2018 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Barbados: Soca on the Beach cancelled after complaints about endangering turtles

Hours after the Sea Turtle Project accused the organisers of the Soca on the Beach of endangering the sea turtle habitat at Drill Hall Beach, the event has been cancelled.

This afternoon representatives from Yello Barbados and 4D Entertainment met with acting Prime Minister Santia Bradshaw; Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey; Minister of the Environment and National…


Added by Icom on July 6, 2018 at 8:56pm — No Comments

Understanding the Business of Carnival

The OECS Commission has partnered with The Business of Carnival – a video series designed to educate persons based in the Caribbean and across the world about the legal and business matters associated with the carnival industry.

Through its talk show format, host and show producer Carla Parris chats with a selection of major stakeholders in the industry such as photographers, events producers, carnival…


Added by Icom on July 6, 2018 at 8:44pm — No Comments

1st Klase to the world: Super producer soars to new heights

There was a moment in the Carnival landscape when it seemed impossible to escape the 1stKlase signature in soca.

From Swappi’s ‘Bucket’ to Kes the Band’s ‘Stress Away’ the young producer has been a force on the Trinidad and Tobago musical landscape since 2012.

Now he has taken his talents internationally and if you’ve noticed his somewhat reduced…


Added by Icom on July 6, 2018 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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