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September 2020 Blog Posts (9)

Reading Carnival: Caribbean community 'let down' as licence revoked

Volunteers have told how the Caribbean community will feel "let down" after Reading Carnival lost its licence.
On Thursday Reading councillors…
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Added by Icom on September 17, 2020 at 11:30am — No Comments

Future Mas launches for Notting Hill Carnival 2021

Saturday 5 September saw the launch of a new children’s mas band, Future Mas, a collaboration between UCOM and Caribbean Sessions. For the launch event they were joined by Gemz Mas, who also have a section in the band; their theme is Ashanti Safari.

Future Mas’ theme for 2021 is ‘Moonlight over the Serengeti’, and you can view their costumes at futuremas.co.uk from the 14 September. There are three…

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Added by Icom on September 17, 2020 at 11:30am — No Comments

Reggae Icon Toots Hibbert Dies at age 77

Is Toots Hibbert Critically ill and need Blood?

One of the most coveted names in reggae, the man who helped to name the genre Toots Hibbert has passed away on September 11th at age 77.

The Reggae legend has been in the hospital for some time now and was earlier reported to be in critical but stable condition by Minister Grange who also urged…

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Added by omar on September 12, 2020 at 6:56pm — No Comments

King Swallow, calypso icon of Antigua and Barbuda, has died

Caribbean mourns another giant: King Swallow Dead at 78

King Swallow, calypso icon of Antigua and Barbuda, has died

Legendary Calypsonian Sir Rupert ‘King Swallow’ Philo is dead at age 78.

King Swallow, one of Antigua and Barbuda’s greatest gifts, passed away on September 11th, 2020, after a prolonged battle with kidney disease.

King Swallow was born on February 14, 1942, in the historic village of…

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Added by omar on September 12, 2020 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Zinaida makes a Big splash in the Soca Industry

Despite the cancellation of the Saint Lucia 2020 carnival season, the ever-enterprising Zinaida McNamara-Phillip has added the title of Executive Producer to her list of business ventures, with her involvement in the production of the Big Mood Riddim. The riddim, which was released in June and features Shemmy J, Jadel, V’ghn, Skinny Fabulous and Hollywood HP, was built by Miguel Joseph of Vibez Productionz.…

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Added by Icom on September 11, 2020 at 11:51am — No Comments

Soca star Nailah Blackman evermore radiant

Trinidadian soca star Nailah Blackman will be evermore radiant as she performs virtually on Friday during the West Indian American Day Carnival Association’s (WIADCA) first ever virtual Brass Fest.

Born on Dec. 2, 1997, Blackman is not only a singer but also a songwriter.

Her grandfather, the late Garfield Blackman, also known as Lord Shorty or Ras Shorty I,…

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Added by Icom on September 11, 2020 at 11:47am — No Comments

With new album, Kes the Band seeks to broaden soca's appeal

On August 31, while American R&B stars Monica and Brandy gave the Verzuz platform its highest number of views on Instagram — 1.2 million—Kes the Band was entertaining soca fans from Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and around the world. 

The soca band drew over 500,000 viewers across its social media platforms and the Tego app, for what was a concert to celebrate T&T’s 58th Independence…

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Added by Icom on September 11, 2020 at 11:45am — No Comments

J'Ouvert 2020 To Honor Essential Workers: What You Need To Know

Instead of its usual Labor Day parade, the annual festival will include a ceremony honoring essential workers during the coronavirus crisis.

Annual Predawn J'ouvert Celebration In Brooklyn Marks Starts Of Caribbean Carnival, 2017.

The J'Ouvert festival — which typically sends thousands of people streaming through Brooklyn to kick off Caribbean Carnival celebrations — will look different this year thanks to the coronavirus crisis.…

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Added by omar on September 7, 2020 at 7:30am — No Comments

West Indian Day Carnival 2020 Goes Virtual: What You Need To Know

Annual West Indian Day Held In Brooklyn, 2018.

New York's Carnival celebrations will fill a "virtual road" this year instead of the streets of Brooklyn.

The West Indian American Day Carnival Association has announced plans for two virtual events to replace its usual Labor Day Weekend parade through Crown Heights.

The…

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Added by omar on September 7, 2020 at 7:00am — No Comments

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