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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…


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.…


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…

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.…


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

Fans want new calypso and soca music despite Carnival being cancelled

A call is being made for Saint Lucia's calypso and soca artists to release new material despite Carnival being cancelled this year.

On the local scene, the majority of artists usually wait on the Carnival season to release music. With COVID-19 causing Carnival to be completely skipped in 2020, fans are still eager to hear from their favorite artists.



Added by Icom on June 2, 2020 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Hackney Carnival regulars to create films for a virtual edition this summer

Twelve groups that regularly feature in Hackney Carnival are to produce a series of films for a virtual edition this summer.

It follows the Town Hall’s recent announcement that the annual September parade will not take place this year as it focuses resources on the coronavirus crisis.

To make up for the loss, the council is funding carnival groups to make a…


Added by Icom on June 2, 2020 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Bermuda Carnival accepts the inevitable

Bermuda Carnival events will not go ahead, the organisation behind the four-day party said yesterday.

BHW Ltd explained it “must make decisions that are best for everyone” as Bermuda and the world battled Covid-19.

The organisers added: “Rest assured, as soon as a clearer picture of our status has emerged, we will announce a date when we can safely and securely…


Added by Icom on May 11, 2020 at 7:37pm — No Comments

A passion for pan – a tribute to Frank Rollock Snr

The following article originally appeared in the 24 August 2001 issue of Hot Tickets magazine and is reproduced here, with minor edits, as a special tribute to Frank Sylvester Rollock, 13 Oct 1937‑20 Apr 2020.

“The steel drum has something in it so that when you get into it, or it gets into you, you don’t want to play any other instrument.”…


Added by Icom on May 11, 2020 at 7:35pm — No Comments

Grenada and Statia lose carnivals to Covid-19

Two more Caribbean carnivals have succumbed to the bacchanal-eating virus that’s swept the world of most major cultural and sporting events this year.

In Grenada, Spicemas, which had been due to launch on Monday 2 May and run through to the climax on 11 August, is now officially off the calendar until 2021.

Spicemas Corporation said in a statement: “The size and…


Added by Icom on May 11, 2020 at 7:31pm — No Comments

Caribbean islands cancel more festivals and events

Barbados canceled its annual Crop Over Festival, which was slated to kick off in June, one of many festivals and events across the Caribbean that are being canceled or postponed due to Covid-19.

A statement posted on the Caribbean Tourism Organization site called the decision "difficult," and it called the Crop Over Festival the island's "premier" arts and culture showcase, a two-month affair of craft…


Added by Icom on May 4, 2020 at 12:43pm — No Comments

Brush1Chromatic ready for carnival with ‘All A Wi’

Before the world has settled into its new normal, some entertainers have decided to carry on with business as usual, like aspiring all-rounder Brush1Chromatic. Last week, he released ' All A Wi' alongside 'Circa11', a brand new soca song to add to his growing, determinedly versatile catalogue. Interestingly, ' All A Wi' is tagged with 2021 - a confident proclamation that revellers will be ready for the road again by next…


Added by Icom on May 4, 2020 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Is Melé cruise still on? change in date possible

Tribe and Machel Montano’s Melé cruise is still on for 2021.

However, the organisers say they will consult with patrons regarding a possible change in the date of the event which is scheduled for May 2021.

Rhiannon Pemberton, project manager for Melé, told Loop that a survey will be sent out to those who registered for the cruise to determine their comfort levels…


Added by Icom on May 4, 2020 at 12:30pm — No Comments

'Aunty Mia' promises Barbados' children a party after COVID-19

Prime Minister Mia Mottley has made a big promise to the children of the nation.

Known for her Crop Over event, the country's leader told her youngest citizens that she has a big gift for them when the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

Recognising that the curfew and the call for social distancing are not only taking a toll on adults and seniors, but also on the minors,…


Added by Icom on April 18, 2020 at 6:13pm — No Comments

Carnival in St Thomas Is Going Virtual

With the Carnival Virgin Islands postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic, the popular St Thomas festival is going virtual.

That means you can bring the rhythm of one of the Caribbean’s hottest carnivals right into your home.

The US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism’s Division of Festival has launched what it’s calling “Home Wuk,” a series of online social…


Added by Icom on April 18, 2020 at 6:06pm — No Comments

Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2020 cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic

Organizers of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival said in a statement this year’s events are being cancelled due to COVID-19.

“For the past 52 years, the Toronto Caribbean Carnival (formerly Caribana) has delivered an exciting summer festival featuring elaborate costumes, Caribbean music, and food in our Grand Parade. This festival is a labour of love created by our extraordinary talented artistic stakeholders,…


Added by Icom on April 18, 2020 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Denise Belfon rides the wave of the Put Yuh Back In It Challenge

Denise Belfon’s 1998 release ‘Work’ is the song that keeps giving.

In 2002, the song earned Belfon a performance at the M.O.B.O awards in Miami where she won an award along with Masters of Work for the remix and in 2010, legendary EDM DJ David Guetta played a remix of the song before thousands at Tomorrowland.

Now, thanks to DJ Flex, an American with Ghanian…


Added by Icom on April 18, 2020 at 5:54pm — No Comments

Campari to host virtual Jamaica Carnival Road March on Sunday

Carnival in Jamaica may be down but it’s certainly not out.

Given the recent COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent cancellation of our social lives and every event possible, Campari is giving Carnival in Jamaica a tune-up on Sunday, albeit via live stream. Here’s why…

Campari is known locally and regionally for the association of its easy-mix cocktails perfect for…


Added by Icom on April 18, 2020 at 5:50pm — No Comments

Soca fans log on in thousands for Lyrikal's energetic online show

When Lyrikal entertained thousands via his first virtual live concert on Thursday night, he did so with a heavy heart and mind.

While he was providing cheer to those of us stuck at home, he couldn’t stop thinking about his friends in New York who contracted the coronavirus, one of them who has been hospitalised.

“Thursday morning when I got up, I call a brethren…


Added by Icom on April 6, 2020 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Saint Lucia Carnival cancelled, but will return in 2021

Saint Lucia is the latest country to announce that its carnival has fallen victim to the coronavirus, Covid-19.

The carnival, scheduled for Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 July this year, has been postponed until July 2021, according to a statement released on Friday 27 March 2020 by the Government of Saint Lucia.

The statement explained that holding the carnival would…


Added by Icom on April 6, 2020 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Novel coronavirus hits the Barbados entertainment industry

The rapid spread of coronavirus disease 2019 is making headlines across the globe and leading to numerous postponements, cancellations and bans.

Cases of the novel virus are being discovered in new countries almost daily.  On Wednesday (March 11), the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it a global pandemic, with approximately 118,000 cases in 114 countries and near 4,300 deaths.…


Added by Icom on April 6, 2020 at 3:08pm — No Comments

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