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Port of Spain, Trinidad - August 15 2017: Soca music will be well-represented in Europe during the month of August, as Trinbagonian-born superstar Farmer Nappy tours the continent in front of thousands of Soca fans. He kicked off a series of appearances with a live performance at Antilliaanse Feesten - the premier Caribbean festival in the heart of Belgium. The singer and songwriter, known for his smash hits such as “Big People Party”, “Flirt” and “My House”, ..

Port of Spain, Trinidad - August 1 2017: D’ All Starz is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Ian Pantin as the new General Manager of the band. Mr. Pantin, a highly experienced Music and Film Manager, met recently with Carlysle “Juiceman” Roberts, Musical Director and Principal Shareholder of D' All Starz, to finalize details of the agreement.

M·A·C and Lost Tribe, Carnival 2018

M•A•C is announcing its partnership with THE LOST TRIBE for their 2018 Carnival presentation.  M•A•C Director of Makeup Artistry, Romero Jennings, has worked with Executive Creative Director for THE LOST TRIBE, Valmiki Maharaj, to design the makeup looks for the 2018 Costume presentation. 

Boston - Friday, July 28, 2017 Boston Carnival village will launch an exhibition titled “Kids Must Play”. The exhibition will be on display at the Caribbean Arts Gallery located on 155 Washington St, Dorchester, MA 02121. The 100 piece collection will be open to the public from Monday, August 21, 2017 and can be seen daily through Sunday, August 26, 2017. It is free for the week.

Some consider July to be the apex of Summer. In Trinidad and Tobago, July is the beginning of our Carnival season or what we call Band Launch season. Colourful feathers, gorgeous ladies and stunning gents hit the stage ...

Toronto, Ontario (Sonique Solutions) – The Canada 150th anniversary weekend gained an extra dose of spice as Toronto Raptors assistant coach, consultant and team ambassador Jamaal Magloire recently held his annual all-inclusive extravaganza entitled “ESCAPE”.
Through this event, Magloire who is also the bandleader for Carnival mas band Toronto Revellers and a steadfast community advocate celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday ...

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. July 12th, 2017 - Portmore, Jamaica definitely has a way with music, doesn’t it? The latest hit creator from the Jamaican garrison is an artiste who resides in the Baltimore DC area, but has independently managed to make it to #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart. The world is about to switch gears even further as dancehall music and ...

Soca Gold 2017 Debuts at Number 1

New York, NY –  Soca Gold 2017 has made its debut on the Billboard Reggae Chart, landing at number one this week. For twenty years, the annual series has set the standard for carnival music, bringing a taste of the Caribbean Islands with a current sample of the best Caribbean carnival hits.

Miami, FL - July 4, 2017 - The fireworks started early in South Florida. And you knew this if you experienced the titillating rhythms, subtle drumbeats present in the interstices of silence, the hard hitting bass, syncopated melodies, the oh-so-sweet sound of soca and the hypnotic cyclical sounds of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) at Electric Karnival in the historic Virginia Key section of south Florida at Virginia Key Beach Park on the 3rd of July.

The bubbling, wining and waving was married with bouncing, jumping, and fist pumping as the genres and communities of EDM and Soca were blended in an official capacity in a festival for the first time ever. The promoters, DJs, performers and attendees had an opportunity to be a part of history as Electric Karnival superseded all expectations Monday night.

In the EDM community there is a motto which they live by and support and that is one of "PLUR."  It stands for PEACE, LOVE, UNITY and RESPECT.  And for me, July 3rd cannot come fast enough. I cannot wait to jump up and experience another "Karnival" for the year and share some good vibes with good people.

Electric Karnival is ~not a fete or a party~. It is a music festival, an experience, a life event created by Caribbean people for Caribbean people in order to enhance and improve our culture and promote diversity.   It was also created for YOU. Because Electric Karnival is We.  And we are more than rum, road, soca and fetes. We are a movement. We are ELECTRIC.

If you've jammed to Machel's "Waiting On The Stage" or Major Lazer's "Soung Bang" featuring Machel, then you have been jammin' to the hybrid fusion of Soca and EDM that we call Caribbean Dance Music (CDM) which is literally doing one of the best things that we can do right now in life... And that's not blend genres of music, but that's blend different groups of people. And I love how music brings us all together.

The Reggae Gold compilation series from VP Records has presented the best of dancehall, roots and lovers rock reggae for over two decades. Now in its 24th year, Reggae Gold continues its run as the ultimate reggae music compilation for reggae mavens and those new to the genre. The 2017 edition of Reggae Gold offers current hits and future classics plus, multiple exclusive tracks from some reggae's biggest stars. Now available for pre-order, the album is in stores July 21st.

Flow Unveils 2017 Carnival Partnerships

Castries, Saint Lucia, June 23, 2017 – With the launch last week of Saint Lucia Carnival 2017, we are officially into the third leg of the Soleil Saint Lucia Summer Festival, and the island's biggest cultural showcase is well and truly underway.

Flow, Saint Lucia and the Caribbean’s leading telecommunications service provider, and the Platinum Sponsor of Soleil, will be very much part and parcel of the fabric of Carnival.

New York, New York - June 2017 (Irish and Chin) - What happens when the forerunning producers of Caribbean entertainment and media in the U.S. team up? An exciting and musically charged celebration of sound system entertainment and culture dubbed "Sound Fest Vibez in the Park” on Saturday, July 30, 2017 in Roy Wilkins Park, Queens, New York.

Castries, Saint Lucia – June 20, 2017 – Hundreds of students from over a dozen secondary schools have been impacted in recent days by the latest edition of an innovative music and arts education initiative. The undertaking is led by one of the island's most exciting young talents, in collaboration with the island’s leading telecommunications service providers, and the Government of Saint Lucia.

When Chutney Meet World Beat Music

Trinidad and Tobago:- It's an explosion of world rhythms when Chutney music meets World Beat music, on a night when the biggest names in the business are featured here in TT. This is definitely the largest musical event ever to be staged outside of Port of Spain, according to producer Randy Glasgow Productions (RGP).

The Bar Has Been Risen for Atlanta Carnival Weekend Fetes

Atlanta-Dekalb Carnival has now surpassed 15,000 people coming out to participate in celebrating Caribbean Carnival, clearly with more people playing mas that means more demand for higher caliber fetes.  Thankfully, Atlanta’s Caribbean community is ready for the challenge and raised the bar themselves.

Port of Spain, Trinidad - June 17 2017:- Reigning International Soca Monarch King, Voice, continues to dominate the international Soca circuit, as he delivered a rousing performance of his well-loved hits with veteran band D' All Starz during Bermuda Heroes Weekend (BHW) 2017.

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago.  June12th, 2017 - Globally, strife and anarchy present hardship for millions. For many, the challenges of life present overwhelming realities, and the ability to relate to a person’s journey, although thousands of miles away, show how connected the world’s people truly are. Trinidad and Tobago’s Matthew Greenidge has been on quite a life journey himself. He says he can now speak to the challenges faced by millions, and even in so doing, he can share the positive outcome that is a reflection of who he is today.

Toronto, Ontario (Sonique Solutions) – Toronto based special events promotions group Frenz Promotions created unforgettable pre-Caribana memories for party goers at their recent 2017 Spring All Inclusive. After successful Fall and Winter events, the Frenz team garnered an awesome turnout for their Spring edition and satisfied patrons’ thirst for a true Caribbean-style all-inclusive fete.

Port of Spain, Trinidad - June 12th 2017 - After 37 years of iconic contributions to the music industry in the Caribbean and the world at large, D' All Starz is excited to enter into an evolved brand phase, as the Trinidad and Tobago-based veteran band formally announces its new name.

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. June 6, 2017 - Jamaican dancehall sensation Charly Black continues to represent well for the Caribbean. He’s earning high praise by international music connoisseurs but amid it all, his Caribbean realness remains untouched. Earlier this year, Trinidad and Tobago music producer, Shane Howell, a young singer and music producer who is best known in entertainment circles by his sobriquet, Lawless, connected with Black ...

New York, NY -  VP Records announces the completion of a new album deal with Grammy(R) winning R&B artist Estelle. The full length reggae album is scheduled for a fall 2017 release. The first single, ‘Love Like Ours’ featuring reggae star Tarrus Riley is available June 16th with a music video to follow.

Lyrikal Heads To Ghana To 'Dance Calypso'

Trinidad and Tobago’s Soca sensation Lyrikal has embarked on another musical journey, this time to Africa. He has teamed up with one of the fastest rising female entertainers in Ghana, Mz Vee to create a track titled “Dance Calypso.” The element of this infectious track promises to bridge cultures and is proof that music knows no barriers.

Port Of Spain, 15 May 2017, Get ready for the largest and one of the longest running pop culture events of the year. On the last weekend in July (28th to 30th) hundreds of young, passionate Trinbagonians will gather at the largest convention hall of the Center of Excellence, Macoya to represent their fandoms and survival factions under the ALIAS Entertainment Expo (AEX) 2017.

Go Or No Go?

This fete is a 100% "Go!"   

If you do Orlando Carnival,  ILAN All Inclusive and the Flag Fete are musts.  Those fetes should be on your itinerary and you should work everything else around that. Real talk. But the ILAN fete not missing me.  It was a well presented fete from top to bottom. After going to Carnival in Jamaica, I am real critical of all-inclusive fetes. The ILAN fete hit the mark for sure.

Pumpa Chants "Ayayay" To His Own Beat

There are men and women all over the world who will nod their heads admitting to sharing a collective “Ayayay” moment with their counterparts. The moment we are specifically referring to is at the point where the same subject has caught their attention together. Now, do not get confused, it is one of the ways that their compliments are shared and understood.

So, Memorial Weekend is upon on and that means it's Carnival Weekend in ATLANTA!  With Machel, Bunji, Destra, Kerwin, Lyrikal, Voice, Teddyson John, Skinny Fabulous, DJ Private Ryan, DJ Stephen, Majah Hype, and so many more descending on the ATL - here's why you need to find a way to add this Soca Injection Weekend into your Carnival Calendar. 

We're here to explore the reasons why it's so vital to have Caribbean Carnival hosted in major metropolitan areas across North America ...... this is a movement - so let's take a look at what's making Atlanta the place to be the end of May every year.

On the 22nd of April of 2017, I attended my favorite fete during Carnival in Jamaica, the Bazodee fete.

This fete was my favorite because of the ambience, the food, the vibes and the coffee.

Let me start my story from my most favorite part first.

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. May 24th, 2017 - A weekend reminder that rest and relaxation does exist. Soca heartthrob, Ricardo Drue spent last weekend on the beautiful island of St. Lucia where he bore witness to the marriage of two of his very close friends. It was a good reality check for the ‘Stamp Yuh Name’ singer whose been jetting across the region and internationally for months. With several projects high on his priority list, Ricardo shows  ...

Miami, FL-May 24, 2017 - The Griots’ Art Gallery invites the public to the opening of In the Spirit of Collaboration: Sam Gilliam and Lou Stovall exhibition on Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 1 – 4 pm with brief remarks at 2 pm.  Griots’ Art Gallery is located at 8260 NE 2nd Ave, inside the Center for Haitian Studies. The show will feature jointly made silkscreen prints by master artists Sam Gilliam and Lou Stovall from their collaboration ...

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. May 22nd, 2017 - Penetrating the music market in the Caribbean is harder than it sometimes seems.  Consistency and persistence are required. K Kay Joseph understands this more than many. He’s been on the grind, persistently delivering new music with faith that his sound will give him the passage needed to be among the top music creators of his time.

Miami, FL-May 8, 2017 - Miami Carnival is Mas. Miami Carnival is Steel Pan. Miami Carnival is Pageantry. The cultural Miami backdrop of the beach, perfect weather and heritage neighborhoods is a massive draw for those on the Carnival circuit.  Miami Carnival is a celebration of Caribbean culture. Each year in May, the Miami Broward ...
Admittedly, I went to Carnival in Jamaica for one reason only. Because my friend Winston Williams told me to go in order to experience the Sunrise Breakfast Fete. He informed me that this breakfast fete was one of the best service and fetting experiences on the planet. So quite honestly, I booked my trip to Jamaica on the strength of that urging, alone.

Port of Spain, Trinidad - May 10 2017 - Roy Cape All Stars did not disappoint with its "Season of Brass" tour stop during the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival celebrations last weekend in the vibrant city of Nassau. Fans who traveled far and wide for the festivities were treated to stellar performances from the band's resident artistes - Blaxx, Ricardo Drue, Teddyson John and reigning International Soca Monarch King, Voice - over three nights of entertainment. Other live band performances included Bunji Garlin & Fay-Ann Lyons with the Asylum Band and Machel Montano (also known as Monk Monté) and his full band.

Port of Spain, 9th May 2017 - Three of Trinidad and Tobago's finest vocalists, Edward Cumberbatch, Raymond Edwards and Nigel Floyd joined together to prove that good music can be 'Quite Exquisitely Done'. The group's individual members have made quite a name for themselves over the years as solo artistes. As friends, they decided to come together to make an even more beautiful sound.

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. May 8th, 2017 - Globally, strife and anarchy present hardship for millions. For many, the challenges of life present overwhelming realities, and the ability to relate to a person’s journey, although thousands of miles away, shows how connected the world’s people truly are. Trinidad and Tobago’s Matthew Greenidge has been on quite a life journey himself. He says he can now speak to the challenges faced by millions, and even in so doing, he can share the positive outcome that is a reflection of who he is today.

St. Lucia (May 8, 2017) - Celebrated Trinidadian chef Richardson Skinner asserts firmly that the Caribbean can do much more to promote its cuisine to attract interest and travel to the region. "In the past, visitors came to the Caribbean for sand, sun and sea and the food was just simmering on the back burner," reflects Richardson Skinner, the executive chef at Ti Bananne Caribbean Bistro and Bar, located at the award-winning Coco Palm hotel in Rodney Bay Village in St. Lucia.

Port of Spain, Trinidad - May 4 2017 - It was far from business as usual for Darryl "Farmer Nappy" Henry in Nassau, The Bahamas last evening. The Soca superstar, responsible for such Soca hits as "Chippin'", "My House" and "Big People Party" was treated to a surprise birthday celebration at Mario's in Nassau on Wednesday evening, which was organised by New York-based DJ Giselle D'Wassi One and friends.
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