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Icom's Blog – September 2017 Archive (20)

Country and Food & Rum Festivals Update for St. Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) – In February of 2017 The Events Company of St. Lucia Inc. (ECSL) launched the Soleil Saint Lucia Summer Festival, which kicked off with Saint Lucia Jazz, followed by Roots & Soul in June, and Carnival in July.

ECSL is currently preparing to stage the Blues Festival from September 28th to 29th, 2017 at the Sandals Halcyon…


Added by Icom on September 26, 2017 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Six Weeks To Go Until 6th Barbados Open Water Festival – Survives Hurricanes

Barbados has been extremely fortunate and remains largely unaffected by the passage of several major hurricanes through the Caribbean.  Barbados did experience some heavy rainfall, rough seas and power outages as Hurricane Maria passed 100 miles north of the island. Residents and businesses in Barbados are already involved in relief efforts for neighboring islands, donating critical supplies and money, in the…


Added by Icom on September 26, 2017 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Panmen create history in Kazakhstan

A quartet of pan musicians from Trinidad created history three months ago by being the first local pan musicians to perform in Astana, Kazakhstan. The musicians are Kwesi Paul (Pandemonium), Terry Guischard (Skiffle) and, Andre Rikky Robley and Carlon Morris (Desperadoes). The tour was made possible by Asia Events and the Caricom Secretariat.

Astana Expo 2017 finally came to a close on September 10 in Astana,…


Added by Icom on September 25, 2017 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Carnivalists urged to join Monday’s debate on Notting Hill’s future

A meeting of everyone involved in Notting Hill Carnival – masqueraders, pannists, calypsonians, band leaders, spectators, residents, community groups and cultural activists – has been called for 6.30pm Monday 25 September at The Tabernacle, Powis Square London W11 2AY. 

Under the banner ‘Time to Reclaim our Carnival’, the meeting’s organisers are campaigning for Notting Hill Carnival to take a new direction. If…


Added by Icom on September 25, 2017 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Carnival will crown Seychelles’ celebration of culture

In Britain, October is Black History Month, when we celebrate our culture in music, poetry, dance, art, discussion and much more. In faraway Seychelles, it’s the month for the Festival Kreol, when everything connected with the country’s rich Creole culture is celebrated in song, dance, theatre, debate and traditions – not forgetting food, of course!

This year, the…


Added by Icom on September 25, 2017 at 12:13pm — No Comments

There’s a Toronto Music Benefit to Help Islands Devastated by Hurricane Irma (and Maybe Maria)

Anyone who has spent time anywhere in the Leeward Islands has to be heartbroken about the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma. Much of Sint Maarten/St. Martin is just…gone. Barbuda is uninhabitable. The Virgin Islands, Anguilla and St. Barts will take years to recover. And to make matters worse, Hurricane Maria seems to be on track to hit these same islands again. All of these islands depend almost entirely on tourism and this upcoming season has pretty…


Added by Icom on September 18, 2017 at 12:43pm — No Comments

Ricochae drops two new jams [VIDEO]

Since the days he would leave high school to lime with musicians in Port-of-Spain, singer and producer Ricardo “Ricochae” James said he knew he wanted to be a performer.

The son of JMC 3Veni lead singer Jimmy Seenath and brother of producer and singer Jason Lee, James grew up in and around music, so it seems inevitable he would follow suit.…


Added by Icom on September 18, 2017 at 12:36pm — No Comments

Soca shakes San Andres in Colombia

The power of soca music to unify and energise people of all creeds and races was on display last weekend, as Kes The Band performed at the 30th annual Green Moon Festival in San Andres, Colombia. 

This relatively unknown island paradise is owned by and recognised as a part of Colombia, but is actually located 750 km from the mainland and sits much closer to Nicaragua and Panama.…


Added by Icom on September 18, 2017 at 12:26pm — No Comments

It’s a vibe: Bajan rapper Teff brings Afro-Caribbean Hip Hop to the world [VIDEO]

Teff Hinkson doesn’t sound like your average rapper.  The Barbados-born artist is bringing a fresh sound to music that captures the best of his home island and the diaspora.

His “Afro-Caribbean chill hip hop vibe” as he describes it, perfectly rides the new wave of Afrobeat and Caribbean music genres increasing in U.S. popularity.…


Added by Icom on September 14, 2017 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Why You Need to Visit the Barbados Food and Rum Festival

If you’re hungry for a Caribbean vacation (or just plain hungry) you’ll want to know about the Barbados Food & Rum Festival, scheduled for November 16 to 19.

Now in its eighth year, the event celebrates the cuisine of the island, and will be headlined by Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens and feature other talents such as Jean-Georges Vongerichten from the United States and Canadian chef Chris De La…


Added by Icom on September 14, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Bunji Garlin's album 'Turn Up' debuts at #3 on Billboard Charts

It's safe to say that Bunji Garlin is having a stellar year.

Following 'Buss Head', the massive hit collab that he dropped with Machel Montano, he's gone on to headline at Drake's OVO Fest and Notting Hill Carnival in London. He also just recently performed and soca's first concert in an Apple store.  

And now, his album, Turn Up, which dropped on September 1, debuted…


Added by Icom on September 13, 2017 at 7:05pm — No Comments


There’s no doubt that Bashment Soca music has grown by leaps and bounds this year. In fact, one could even say that Bashment Soca dominated Crop Over 2017.

But just where do these catchy rhythms come from?

Bajan Vibes recently sat down with Haskell DJ Spider Greenidge, the man responsible for producing many Bashment Soca…


Added by Icom on September 13, 2017 at 6:56pm — No Comments

Steelband documentaries debut at this year’s T&T Film Festival

Three documentaries about steelbands will make their debut at this year’s T&T Film Festival, which takes place from September 19-26 at MovieTowne Port-of-Spain, San Fernando and Tobago, as well as the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine.

James O’Connor’s film To Be A Renegade, captures the story of the BP Renegades through an examination of the violent beginnings of pan, the era of change, and its…


Added by Icom on September 13, 2017 at 6:48pm — No Comments

Calypso and cricket inseparable umbilical cord of Caribbean Cricket

TORONTO, Canada – Calypso was a nymph in Greek mythology, who lived on the island of Ogygia, where she detained Odysseus for seven years. Calypso generally said to be the daughter of the Titan Atlas and Pleione.

But in the game of cricket calypso is amalgamation of music and poetry. It romanticizes the sport and its culture.…


Added by Icom on September 12, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Inside Grenada's Spicemas

If you’ve ever set foot in a Caribbean carnival, then you’ve experienced the truest form of the region’s spirit and soul. But if you’ve never set foot in Grenada for Spicemas, then you’ve never experienced Jab Jab, the most elemental form of Carnival bacchanalia that ever was.



Added by Icom on September 12, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Check out Zimbabwe's Carnival [VIDEO]

From September 1 until today, the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority has been hosting the Harare International Carnival.

Carnival is a concept involving street festivities which take part in many countries. Originally it was held by Roman Catholics during Lent in Roman Catholic countries, but the concept has spread the world over to include other countries outside religious…


Added by Icom on September 11, 2017 at 9:56am — No Comments

2 shot at Cambridge Carnival, followed by second shooting in Cambridgeport

According to the Cambridge Police Department, two people were shot late Sunday afternoon at the Cambridge Carnival.

In a statement issued to the media Sunday night, the department reported two people sustained non-life-threatening, lower body gunshot wounds at about 4:44 p.m. near the intersection of Main and Albany Streets in Kendall Square.

This year’s Carnival included a…


Added by Icom on September 11, 2017 at 9:49am — No Comments

Cali takes Soca Coast2Coast

New York-based soca starlet Cali Gray will represent soca music and T&T at the American Coast2Coast Live artiste showcase this month.

Cali, real name Calika Grayson, is the only soca act to be selected for the 16-act showcase, carded for October 17 at the Hall of MP, Brooklyn, New York. The event will feature the best young hip hop, R&B and pop music talent in the Tri-State area.…


Added by Icom on September 11, 2017 at 9:44am — No Comments

Soca Star Brings New Album, Calypso: The Unsung Legacy

MULTI-FACETED soca star GBM Nutron has dropped his eagerly awaited debut album, Calypso: The Unsung Legacy.

Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and based in Brooklyn, New York, Jason ‘GBM Nutron’ Carter is a bonafide triple threat who has been igniting the Caribbean music scene for years now, first as an acclaimed producer and talented songwriter, and now as an…


Added by Icom on September 11, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Labor Day Parade in Brooklyn, New York [VIDEO]

Check out how Labor Day Parade in Brooklyn, New York went down!

Another one: …


Added by Icom on September 5, 2017 at 10:14pm — No Comments

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