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Featured Blog Posts – November 2019 Archive (35)

EveryBODY Is Welcome! The Curvy Girl's Guide To Carnival Costumes

You’ve heard of Caribbean carnivals – the epic fetes aka parties, the nonstop partying, the intoxicating soca music, lack of sleep and countless stories of it being an absolute must experience for any traveler. You’ve also seen pictures of beautiful costumes adorned with feathers, jewels, and beads, and probably said to yourself that only skinny or fit women can wear those costumes. That couldn’t be further from the truth! If you are a woman with a…


Added by Icom on November 28, 2019 at 1:07pm — No Comments

Church not the place for bikinis (Opinion)

Change is a con­stant, but go­ing too far is what we are wit­ness­ing in our dai­ly lives when or­gan­is­ers of a fash­ion show with biki­nis think that a church or any re­li­gious build­ing, is okay to stage a show of women in a state of un­dress.

Shame on all of you or­gan­is­ers and mod­els, and those who said it was “too late to stop the show when the biki­nis came…


Added by Icom on November 28, 2019 at 12:51pm — No Comments

BVI Food Fete Offers a Tantalizing Taste of the Caribbean

In more than 20 years as a travel writer, I’ve visited the British Virgin Islands (BVI) at least twice. It may be three times. Honestly, I’ve forgotten. Anyway, those stopovers were all one-day affairs. Each time I was a cruise passenger aboard a ship calling at Road Town in Tortola, the territory’s capital.

A single day provides plenty of time for a hike in Sage Mountain National Park or some Road Town…


Added by Icom on November 28, 2019 at 12:32pm — No Comments

Ja Moi — Moving to the beat of his own drum

JUST when you think you’ve heard every genre of music that could be dreamed of and conceived, another artiste arrives on the scene and gives you reason to think again. That was the case when the band Ja Moi Kollekssun took to the stage as guest artistes at the show “Vaughnette Bigford Live in Concert” and blew the audience away with their rousing, energetic performance.

Ja Moi Kollekssun is like nothing…


Added by Icom on November 25, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Nicki Minaj Reveals Her Interesting 'desi' Connection You Didn't Know About

Onika Tanya Maraj, popularly known as Nicki Minaj, is one of the few female rappers who has managed to create her own space in the music industry with delivering innumerable successful compositions. Best known for her work in Anaconda and Bang Bang, Nicki Minaj is also loved for her various charity campaigns which she runs in India. In a recent media interaction, Nicki Minaj revealed that she is one-fourth Indian, and the…


Added by Icom on November 25, 2019 at 11:57am — No Comments

Sugar Mas 48 Officially Opens

BASSETERRE, St.Kitts (Friday 22nd November 2019) – In observation of this year’s winning theme ‘Why Wait? Let’s Celebrate Sugar Mas 48.’, the annual festivity was officially opened on Friday 15th November 2019 before a massive crowd gathered at The Circus in the heart of the island’s capital Basseterre.

Among the highlights of the night saw the official introduction…


Added by Icom on November 24, 2019 at 4:39pm — No Comments

2020 Fete Report: Karukera Festival comes to T&T for Carnival

The Karukera One Love Festival is coming to Trinidad and Tobago for Carnival 2020.

The festival, which originated in Guadeloupe, will be held on Carnival Friday, February 21, in partnership with Caesar’s Army.

Jules Sobion, head Roman of the popular party brand, told Loop the Karukera One Love Festival will be coming to T&T for the first…


Added by Icom on November 24, 2019 at 4:32pm — No Comments

Julius launches patriotic soca anthem ‘What’s Your Name’

“Trinidad” is the refrain to “What’s Your Name”, the lit Soca anthem launched recently by the New York-based artiste Julius (Rodney Julius). “It’s a powerful patriotic song… and it will still have you going in a fete,” said Julius on his trip home to Trinidad and Tobago in October.

“When Trinidadians the world over listen to this song, it must ignite them to come home for 2020 Carnival, and walk bare foot…


Added by Icom on November 24, 2019 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Bermuda’s Carnival Showed Me That Curves Can Rock the Road

There’s no party quite like a Caribbean Carnival, but what’s all the hype about? Carnival is a cultural tradition that dates back to slavery and celebrating freedom. This festival doesn’t have ferris wheels or fried Oreos; it’s days of parties all leading up to "playing mas" on the road for carnival. Playing mas is simply celebrating by rocking a costume with a band and dancing through the streets of the carnival. The festival is deeply rooted in…


Added by Icom on November 24, 2019 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Carnival girls’ lime phenomena

As Carnival takes over airwaves, we can explore its representations of music, culture and sexual pleasure. These representations are often contradictory, drawing us into debate. They are sometimes more important than first appears, charting a historical moment, or highlighting generational change or US influence, or showing what adolescents, tuned in on Instagram and Youtube, are learning from us about empowerment and gender.…


Added by Icom on November 21, 2019 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Vanessa James Goes Behind The Fete To Uncover The History of Carnival

It was 2:30 one February morning. I had just landed at Trinidad’s Piarco International Airport on a red-eye flight from Miami for my first carnival of the season. Going home to sleep wasn’t an option. My crew and I were headed straight to a fete that started promptly at 4 a.m. As we made our way along Maracas Bay, I could feel the bass thumping in the distance. The vibration from the oversize speakers intensified as we drew closer, signaling that we’d…


Added by Icom on November 21, 2019 at 1:30pm — No Comments

SOHO 2019: Brunch for Lunch, Dance for Dinner

UWI Mona's SOHO 2019 was the perfect Caribbean party. It had a little bit of everything we love about our culture - from the colourful fashion, the scrumptious food, the pulsating Dancehall and Soca music, and yes, the daredevil dance moves. Although it was to be a brunch party, most patrons remained true to their Caribbean sense of time, arriving closer to 3PM - just an hour…

Added by Icom on November 21, 2019 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Review: “Charlie’s Records” is the ethos of New York Liberty Star Tina Charles

In her first feature film, Tina Charles allows viewers to learn what makes her tick off the court.

In 1883 Emma Lazarus defined what it meant to exist in the United States. With her sonnet “New Colossus,” she gave America an identity and a responsibility to freedom and liberty.

This past August, Ken Cuccinelli, the acting head of Citizenship and Immigration…


Added by Icom on November 20, 2019 at 12:49pm — No Comments

Repositioning STB at 60

In 1991 when VP Records launched its Strictly The Best (STB) compilation album, dancehall music was primed for take off on American pop radio and in hip hop clubs. The series is still popular but as the company prepares to launch its 60th instalment on Friday, their marketing has moved with the times.

Like its initial release 28 years ago, Strictly The Best 60 will be released on…


Added by Icom on November 19, 2019 at 3:19pm — No Comments

Females for Best of the Best

It's all about the female artistes for the 220 staging of Best of the Best.

The popular stage show, held in Miami, Florida, is set for May 24 at Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami, and the first round of announcements regarding the line-up for the event sees a star-studded listing of female acts spanning the reggae, dancehall and soca genres of Caribbean music.…


Added by Icom on November 19, 2019 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Coquito Caribbean Christmas Show

Don’t Pass the Peppa Sauce will host a “Coquito Caribbean Christmas Show” at The Tank Theatre on Nov. 16, 2019, at 10 pm.

This is the third show Don’t Pass the Peppa Sauce has curated since the company’s inception in 2019.

“Don’t Pass The Peppa Sauce” is a Caribbean sketch comedy team dedicated to creating an environment of inclusion and opportunity for Caribbean…


Added by Icom on November 18, 2019 at 8:59pm — No Comments

Parang, Parang!

The National Parang Association of TT (NPATT) is ready to set the trends for parang, steering its evolution while preserving and promoting the artform.

Alicia Jagassar, president of the association, said, “We have come to the realisation that we can’t say we just want it to remain like in the days of Papa Goon and Daisy Voisin. What we want to do is preserve it while allowing for it to…


Added by Icom on November 18, 2019 at 8:57pm — No Comments

Rain can’t stop Unity Festival

  A large crowd showed up at Festival Village early in anticipation and many were still in line shortly after 9:00pm when the rain came down.

  A cast of local artistes set the stage for the evening, which included reigning four-time Power Soca Monarch King Vers and reigning Groovy Soca Monarch Kelvin “King” James who performed their well-known songs.

  The crowd…


Added by Icom on November 15, 2019 at 4:40pm — No Comments

‘Famalay’ frenzy

The three regional powerhouses, Skinny Fabulous, Bunji Garlin and Machel Montano, took the party fever pitch high as they exploded onto the stage at Bushy Park, St Philip in the latest installment of Bim Tipsy last Saturday night. This would have been the first time that the dynamic trio performed the massive collaborative hit Famalay in Barbados which has claimed road march titles, both regionally and internationally.…


Added by Icom on November 15, 2019 at 4:34pm — No Comments

Nicole Dookie takes chutney soca news to the world

It’s in her blood. Journalism that is. Or so it seems to Nicole Dookie.

She thought she could put it on hold because as the mother of two children, her family needed her. But she felt adrift; she needed to create. Tearing herself away from the media permanently was simply not an option.

Dookie, 32, has been a media practitioner for more than 13 years. She has…


Added by Icom on November 14, 2019 at 11:21am — No Comments

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