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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

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

Drake's Barbados Takeover Included His Private Jet Stopping Traffic And A Meet-Up With Rihanna's Brother

Jet setting to the tropical island about a week ago, Drake spent most of his time bonding with friends, pool hopping, and taking photos with fans.…

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Added by Icom on August 11, 2020 at 2:26pm — No Comments

‘Chill Sundays’ with Trini Soca artiste

Trinidadian soca artiste Anslem Douglas, the original singer of the Grammy Award-winning song “Who Let the Dogs Out,” is chilling out on Sundays in hosting a new show, “Chill Sundays with Anslem Douglas.”

Douglas told Caribbean Life on Monday that the event, which started on March 1, takes place every Sunday evening at the American Legion, 1130 E 92nd St., Brooklyn.…

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Added by Icom on August 11, 2020 at 2:18pm — No Comments

‘Back to Love’ for virtual NY Caribbean Carnival 2020

After cancelling this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival parade amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), organizer of the annual carnival spectacle, has announced “Back to Love” for a virtual New York Caribbean Carnival 2020.

On Friday, Aug. 28, WIADCA said it will present International Youth Fest 2020, at 6:00 p.m, comprising…

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Added by Icom on August 11, 2020 at 2:15pm — No Comments

Nailah enters the Academy

This year is proving to be another successful one for soca superstar Nailah Blackman; she has been invited to become a member of the Recording Academy’s ‘Class of 2020’. The Recording Academy, which organises the annual Grammy Awards, announced that Blackman was one of the 2,300 musicians, singers, producers and engineers from across the world who are being invited into the organisation this year.

Once…

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Added by Icom on August 11, 2020 at 2:13pm — No Comments

Arts of Conflict – The discourse of Notting Hill

London’s Notting Hill Carnival is coming under increasing pressure and attacks from the British press, politicians, police and local residents who consider it an event of conflict.

That was the picture decades ago – and little has changed. This is the story of that controversial event, from its inception out of the 1950s London race riots to its present-day controversies, where it’s still perceived as a…

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Added by Icom on August 11, 2020 at 2:08pm — No Comments

Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons’ film debut

Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons-Alverez made the big leap from the stage to the silver screen on July 31, when they made their debut appearance in the film Tijuana Jackson: Purpose Over Prison, a spin-off from Trini-American actor Romany Malco’s series Prison Logic. The movie tells the story of Tijuana Jackson’s quest to become a world-renowned motivational speaker.

Malco, who has had roles…

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Added by Icom on August 11, 2020 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Sly looks back at life-changing Groovy Soca Monarch reign

Not being able to enjoy Carnival 2020 is quite a bummer but speaking to King Sly, the 2019 Groovy Soca Monarch has given me quite a rush of anticipation for 2021.

The 28-year old multi-talented artist and member of the Vye Twizeen Boyz from Belle-Vue, Vieux-Fort, captured the hearts of many music lovers with his first major release in 2018 entitled, ‘Mahjee With Yourself’.…

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Added by Icom on July 10, 2020 at 3:31pm — No Comments

Vincymas Brand to be featured in Baltimore / Maryland One Virtual Caribbean Carnival

The Vincymas brand will be prominently highlighted at the Baltimore / Maryland One Virtual Caribbean Carnival this weekend.

This virtual showcase of Caribbean culture would see participation from Caribbean countries where they would provide recordings of virtual concerts of their carnival. There would be a one-hour showcase for the Vincy segment which is scheduled to take place this Sunday, July 12 at 4:00…

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Added by Icom on July 10, 2020 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Caribbean music icon Destra talks bringing unity to the Soca genre and uplifting her LGBTQ fans: 'For me, it’s about the heart'

"It's all about unity, togetherness" — these are the opening lyrics to one of Caribbean Soca sensation Destra Garcia's most recognizable hits, "Fly," and they perfectly signify the energy her music exudes. With a career spanning over 20 years, the Trinidadian songstress remains one of the most recognizable, respected and relevant faces in the Soca music scene.

In celebration of Caribbean American Heritage…

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Added by Icom on July 10, 2020 at 3:23pm — No Comments

What to expect from virtual Toronto Carnival

To participate in the Grand Parade, all you need is Zoom and a costume – an oldie or something slapped together at home.

Last year, Toronto Caribbean Carnival’s chief administrative officer Chris Alexander was dealing with grumbling over new bands entering the treasured Grand Parade.

“New things always create anxiety,” he said at the time. He ain’t seen nothing…

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Added by Icom on July 10, 2020 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Soca Gold out July 31st

NEW YORK – While 2020 has seen a halt to travel and carnivals due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the vibrant sounds of soca music cannot be dismissed.

VP Records brings a solid collection of 17 soca tunes with this year’s Soca Gold, out July 31st.

The albums lead track comes from Barbados’s own Jus D with “Touch.” The Bajan artist was named as…

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Added by Icom on July 10, 2020 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Miami-Broward Carnival is still on despite COVID-19, but who is willing to perform?



It has been awhile since controversy erupted inside the ranks of South Florida’s most colorful street parade and party celebrating Caribbean culture.

And now, thanks to the global COVID-19 pandemic, it seems the tension is back.

The desire of the Miami-Broward One Carnival host committee to have this year’s show go on…

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Added by Icom on June 16, 2020 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Reshaping Carnival for the age of coronavirus

By Vincent John, leader of DUKA Mas Domnik UK Carnival Band

The belated cancellation of Carnival by Notting Hill Carnival Limited was no surprise, particularly as many mas bands had no intention of parading on the streets due to Corona Virus.…

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Added by Icom on June 16, 2020 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The new Carnival: Stakeholders make changes for post-covid19

The covid19 pandemic has brought many challenges across the Carnival and entertainment sectors, however, practitioners are seeing the lockdown as an opportunity to be innovative and to find new ways of operating in 2021.
The way forward was discussed on Monday at the University of Trinidad and Tobago’s (UTT) webinar called Coronavirus and the TT Carnival: Impact and opportunities to rebound after the…
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Added by Icom on June 2, 2020 at 12:28pm — No Comments

Guyana carnival should use current dry spell as time of reflection

The independence anniversary in Guyana last Tuesday crept by without flourish or fanfare – quiet, but under a pall of disquiet, imposed by the still threatening coronavirus in collusion with a pervading political siege. Silence overpowered the city in the stark absence of the imported carnival, in whose memory breathless, loquacious DJs tried in vain to ignite an air of excitement on various radio stations.…

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Added by Icom on June 2, 2020 at 12:25pm — No Comments

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