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Despite the physical lockdown of Carnival 2021, many organisations and artistes are working around covid19

Despite the physical lockdown of Carnival 2021, many organisations and artistes are working around covid19 restrictions and hosting virtual concerts and fetes.

And similar to any other year, the party is starting right after Christmas.

For example, there were at least three virtual concerts on Boxing Day including Kes the Band, Neil “Iwer” George,…

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Added by Icom on December 29, 2020 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Nadia Batson seals social media presence with YouTube talk show

With the entertainment industry shut down and soca artistes grounded, some have ramped up their social media presence, connecting with their fans in ways they never had time to before.

If there was a contest for the artiste with the best social media presence now, that title would probably go to Nadia Batson.

From very early in Trinidad and Tobago’s lockdown in…

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Added by Icom on November 18, 2020 at 1:00am — No Comments

Blaxx out of hospital

Soca artiste Dexter “Blaxx” Stewart has been discharged from hospital. He had been hospitalised since October 13 with lung and kidney issues. A GoFundMe page was set up to raise funds to assist with medical expenses.

His manager Giselle Gellineau-Penrose told Newsday on Thursday that the singer was discharged from hospital on Wednesday and is resting comfortably at home after successful…

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Added by Icom on November 18, 2020 at 12:56am — No Comments

Blaxx out of hospital

Soca artiste Dexter “Blaxx” Stewart has been discharged from hospital. He had been hospitalised since October 13 with lung and kidney issues. A GoFundMe page was set up to raise funds to assist with medical expenses.

His manager Giselle Gellineau-Penrose told Newsday on Thursday that the singer was discharged from hospital on Wednesday and is resting comfortably at home after successful…

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Added by Icom on November 18, 2020 at 12:56am — No Comments

Ola says Don't Stop the Carnival in new single

Olatunji Yearwood says don't stop the Carnival.

That’s the gut-wrenching plea from the energetic singer in the face of the postponement and possible cancellation of Carnival 2021.

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley put every masquerader on high alert when he recently hinted that the festival may not be possible, given the current circumstance of the global COVID-19…

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Added by Icom on November 18, 2020 at 12:50am — No Comments

JuliansPromos Taking Soca Next Level As His Platforms Hits One Million Subscribers

In recent times Soca has emerged from being a local style of music to one of the top genres in the Caribbean, thanks to lovers of the genre that have pushed Soca as a way of life.

One of those Soca lovers is Julian Hackett, whose music platform JuliansPromos, recently became the first 100% Soca Music YouTube channel to surpass 1 million subscribers worldwide.…

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Added by Icom on November 18, 2020 at 12:47am — No Comments

DJ Close Connections calls it a Day

K-Mix & Socaboy who were known together as DJ Close Connections (CC) have announced an end to their era. Close Connections which was started by Soca Flex as a crew in 2003 took to their social media last weekend to share the rather unfortunate news which came as a shock to many Fans.

In the past Close Connections have released at least 15 mixes a year, including Mixtape of Kings of NYC, Soca…

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Added by Icom on November 18, 2020 at 12:44am — No Comments

Savanna makes music her own

For many, it’s about getting the likes and being popular on as many social media platforms as possible. But for Karyce “Savanna” Phillips it's about singing and creating music because she loves it.

Savanna is no stranger to the music industry as she is the sister of Kyle and Kasey Phillips of Precision Productions, and the daughter of WACK 90.1 FM’s owner, Kenny Phillips. She recently released her first…

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Added by Icom on November 18, 2020 at 12:38am — No Comments

Former Byron Lee and The Dragonaires Musician Courtney Robb Has Died

Musician Courtney Robb, a former member of legendary Jamaican band, Byron Lee and The Dragonaires, has died in Florida. Frankie Campbell, chairman of the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artists and Affiliates (JAVAA) and bass player for Fab 5 band, told The Gleaner that Robb, who had been battling health issues, passed away last Friday.

Robb, a bassist, played an integral role in pioneering ska,…

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Added by Icom on November 18, 2020 at 12:30am — No Comments

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

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