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Washington, DC (Sonique Solutions) – With all the excitement and anticipation for the upcoming 2018 edition of the annual Hookie DC weekend, festival fanatics are anxiously awaiting the return of the famous fete ‘Shine’ which will this year join the lineup of cherished events on Saturday 23rd June.

Toronto, Ontario (Sonique Solutions) – Vocal Powerhouse Kolette Easy has been touching the masses through her unique gift of song, with shows ranging from intimate venues in her homeland of Canada to lavish performances at several international festivals.
The beloved R&B songstress will continue her musical momentum with the release of her latest album “Believe” which will be launched at a live concert soiree on June 23rd 2018.

ILAN All Inclusive 2018 Review


For the second year in a row I was blown away, amazed and more than pleased with this fete. As I do all fetes that I review, I walked around and viewed the signage, the food stations, the bar serving process and the bathrooms.  And just like last year the ILan fete met my expectations and surpassed them.

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. June 4th, 2018 - One of dancehall’s leading contemporary artistes is on his way to Trinidad and Tobago for the highly anticipated and much talked about Inferno concert being held on Saturday at the Jean Pierre Complex. Busy Signal’s been creating major waves in the hemisphere and further afield in the past few weeks, having teamed up with Brazil’s MC KevinHo on a track called ‘Loko’, that’s also shared with Brazil’s Tropikal Bass Killers and the prolific, Major Lazer.

New York, NY- 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the iconic compilation series Reggae Gold. Now available for pre-orders and out July 27th everywhere, this milestone will be celebrated with a throwback mixtape by the legendary RoryStoneLove, featuring classic reggae jams from the likes of Maxi Priest, Capleton, Buju Banton, Beres Hammond and more from Reggae Gold albums in the 90’s.

Washington, DC (Sonique Solutions) – J’ouvert and Mas are 2 essential elements which have become synonymous with the Caribbean festival experience. The upcoming Hookie Weekend will showcase the unbridled freedom of ‘dutty mas’ along with the excitement and glamour of pretty mas in the forms of the events ‘Lion’s Pride J’ouvert’ and ‘Riddim & Road’ 2018.

Bermuda Carnival - The #BHW2018 Line Up!


True Carnival people know that it takes multiple elements seamlessly aligning to make a festival spectacular. For a start you need a lively crew and unlimited drinks served with delicious bites like the kind supplied by the Bermuda Pie Company. More importantly, and maybe most importantly, to absolutely enjoy yourself, the events you attend have to be top notch and full of joyous vibes!

ESPN Caribbean Presents the 2018 NBA Finals


The 2018 NBA Finals – featuring the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, led by Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, with All-Star LeBron James – start Thursday, May 31 at 9 p.m. ET and continue through June 17. All games air live on ESPN Caribbean and stream live on ESPN Play.  ESPN Play will also offer exclusive live streaming of pregame and postgame action.

Xhosa Barbados continues its philanthropic work in the community with its newest Xhosa Cares project; Xhosa in the Classroom thanks to the kind support of Promotech Inc.

This new partnership between Xhosa and Promotech Inc. has further equipped Mrs. Keisha Thompson’s Class Two, at the Elliot Belgrave Primary School, Boscobelle, St. Peter with a state of the art printer. Mrs. Thompson’s students are now able to make copies and print creative teaching and learning tools for the class, especially as this is promotion exam time.

St. Georges, Grenada (Sonique Solutions) – In keeping with its mission to continually provide top quality events to the Grenadian Carnival landscape, the diligent team at Spice Addiction Entertainment (SAE) will once again be bringing forth its premium event line-up during week leading up to the 2018 edition of the famous ‘Spicemas’.

Washington, DC (Sonique Solutions) – Hot on the heels of a successful edition during Jamaica’s Carnival weekend, Hookie Life Entertainment will once again be unleashing their epic weekend of events to the Washington DC metropolitan area.
Hookie Weekend brings the very best of Caribbean culture and entertainment to the nation’s capital on June 21st-24th 2018.

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. May 15th, 2018 - Reggae veteran, Clifton Bailey who’s best known by his stage name, Capleton, has been given the all clear to travel following Monday’s court appearance in Jamaica. He will perform in Trinidad at the INFERNO concert event on June 9th at the Jean Pierre Complex.

Washington, D.C. – May 2018 (Acclaim PR) - Hush Weekend returns for a 3rd Annual staging over the course of Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-27, 2018. Revelers from far and wide are set to descend upon the Nation’s Capital (and greater Metro area) for 5 fun events that span 4 days. Billed as a culturally-infused destination event, Hush Weekend showcases the vibes, energy and attractions of one of the hippest cities in the U.S., Washington, D.C.

Hamilton, Bermuda – May 14th, 2018 - The bright festivity of the Pretty Mas in the Parade of Bands is well known around the globe as a shiningsplendor, which comes alive under the Sun’s magnificent rays. But what of the moonlit sister of this grand Parade, which embraces the dawning of a new morn... J’Ouvert? Have you ever sunken deep into the water, oil, and paint abandonment that J’Ouvert in Bermuda’s Hero Weekend offers?

 Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. May 7th, 2018 - There’s nothing in the entertainment rulebook that says a music producer cannot be an artist. You’ve heard the name Juelio Nelson, haven’t you? The young, Moruga Trinidad native is one of Trinidad and Tobago’s fastest rising music producers, having worked with Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin, Superblue for whom he produced ...

New York, NY -  Carnival lovers unite once again, with “Soca Gold 2018.” The compilation, available for pre-order now and out everywhere May 25th, features a curated selection of the past year’s biggest soca tunes that are sure to start a party wherever it’s played. This announcement comes on the heels of Beach Road Trip Weekend (BRT Weekend) in Dominican Republic starting today...

Ministry of Tourism supports Batabano


Cayman Carnival Batabano is proudly celebrating its 35th anniversary as the national carnival of the Cayman Islands (since 1983), with the ongoing sponsorship and support of the Cayman Islands Ministry of District Administration, Tourism, and Transport.

Cayman Islands Deputy Premier and Minister of District Administration, Tourism, and Transport, the Hon. Moses Kirkconnell, said ...

The vibrant artwork on the T-shirts that will be worn by marshals, teachers, parents, and other volunteers at the Junior Batabano Street Parade and Family Fun Day this Saturday April 28th, 2018, was designed by 15-year-old St. Ignatius student Samruddhi Tagalpallewar, who won the carnival’s annual T-Shirt design competition to capture the honor, along with a digital Table.

George Town Primary School (GTPS) returns to the Junior Batabano parade this year after a few years’ hiatus, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Sagicor Life of the Cayman Islands.

The school’s costumes have been designed by local costume designer, Reba Dilbert, who has been making the costumes on-site at the school along with the assistance of teachers, parents, and students who have been ...
Mike Gaudioso is probably one of the oldest members of the Philadelphia Latin Dance Community.  I am sure you have seen this dapper dressed gentleman on the dance floor many times.  What you do not know if that he was supporting many newbies across the years and serves as an Organizer on Philly Salsa meet up and the its sister-Meetup, the Philly Bachata Meetup.  Let us learn at the feet of a wise and probably the longest standing active Latin dancer in Philadelphia as of the time of this writing.

St. Lucia (April 21, 2018) - On the occasion of Earth Day this Sunday, the theme of which is "End Plastic Pollution", St. Lucia's Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain resorts are reaffirming their commitment to the environment with the elimination of 90 percent of single-use plastics from their operations.

Imagine this, you wake up on the adventurous side and decide to go salsa dancing.  You put on your favorite clothes, the ones that spark great joy and you set out for the salsa social.  You park your car in a sea of cars and you know the dance is going to be great.  You wish you arrived a bit earlier since the dance is clearly packed and it seems like you might be the last to arrive. 

As you open the door and enter the main room a stiffening feeling suddenly overcomes your body.  Your brain has just registered that everyone seems to know everyone else and none of these faces are familiar to you.

There is a cool crew laughing in one corner and the pretty girls are all huddled together.  Many of the awesome dancers are cliqued near the DJ and each seem to pass between each other like the baton in a relay team. 


Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. April 20th, 2018 - Beyonce Knowles is this month, the talk of the town. The Internet remains abuzz, singing her praise for a job well done at the recent Coachella music festival, in California. The Caribbean meanwhile, is pretty quiet and one man who’s been a part of the entertainment landscape for some time, thinks there’s no reason why this cultural hub, should ever be quiet.

Kingston, Jamaica (Sonique Solutions) – The recent Jamaica Carnival weekend was indeed one for the books. Adding to this mix of epic events was the inaugural ‘Hookie Jamaica’ experience which gave fete lovers an opportunity to beat the daytime heat with a pool party extravaganza complete with both breakfast and lunch offerings and an unbeatable collection of Soca selectors.

April 2018 - New York, New York - The first ever Caribbean Rumble went out with a bang just as dawn approached on the beautiful island of Antigua on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018. The premiere sound clash event, produced by Irish and Chin and King of the Vybz 92.8 FM, converted Sir Vivian Richards Stadium into an intriguing musical war - which saw Antigua's own 3 Sevens Sound as the winner.

Xhosa Barbados launches their Barbados Crop Over Masquerade Band for 2018 with its signature Cooler Party on Sunday April 15, 2018 from 4 p.m. at the National Conservation Commission's
Botanical Gardens, adjacent to its headquarters at Codrington, St. Michael, (opposite the West Entrance of the National Stadium).

Bacchanal Jamaica: Spectacular on the Road


Liguanea was a hive of excitement on Sunday morning as costumed groups, individuals, music trucks and all parties involved in the Bacchanal Jamaica road march descended on the area. The vibes increased as friends linked up, the music revved up and the trucks rolled down Hope Road blasting the soca beat. Vibes masters Narity, Sanjay, Richie D, Kevin Crown, Miami Dream Team ...

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. March 28th, 2018 - Trinidad and Tobago promoter, Glenroy Watson is today expressing apology and regret to organizers of the Love and Harmony Cruise where, earlier this week, an erroneous report insinuating that Buju Banton’s first performance, post prison release, would be in Trinidad and Tobago. Watson today said this is incorrect.

Hello! You ready? We ready, we ready, we ready for the roooad! It’s time to hit the road to Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in Priory, St Ann where Bacchanal Jamaica will host the annual fete of fetes – Beach J’ouvert – on Saturday 31 March.

All is in readiness for the party. The venue is being prepared for the comfort of all revelers to facilitate easy access to food and drink. The stage is being strategically placed to give all fans a good view of the acts no matter where they are in the venue.

Destra Enthralls Mas Camp Crowd


Destra’s scintillating performance of over one hour on the Mas Camp stage at Bacchanal Live left no  doubt that she is, indeed, the undisputed Queen of Soca.  It was difficult to believe that her high energy routine was done with the handicap of a lame ankle. Her first song “Fallin” was a tribute to her Jamaican soca family, which had shown her such warm and generous support after her accident through their many social media messages.

Kingston, Jamaica (Sonique Solutions) – Following numerous requests, the highly anticipated event which has become a staple in the Caribbean & North-American Carnival calendars is finally making its first appearance in scenic Jamaica on April 5th, 2018.

In the last decade, Silent Morning, the annual ‘breakfast boat ride party’ and cooler cruise concept has literally and figuratively made waves within the Caribbean islands and diaspora with landmark editions in New York City, Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada.

Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad – After 2 decades of being in operation, popular Trinbagonian food establishment “The Original BAR-B-QUE HUT” is still going strong in delivering its beloved brand of ‘Halal-friendly’ barbecued offerings to locals and visitors alike.
 
From its humble origins in the late 1990’s as a small venture on South Trunk Road, Bel Air, La Romaine to its current expanded location on San Fernando’s vibrant Cipero Road, The Original BAR-B-QUE HUT has always catered to the dietary needs of the Muslim community serving the very best of clean Kosher cuisine and condiments

Destra, Queen of Soca, and Bakanal the Band will command the Mas camp stage on Friday 23 March when Downsound Bacchanal live wraps up the six-series party carnival event of 2018. “Destra’s 2018 appearance is being sponsored by our new Bacchanal partner Downsound Entertainment (DSE), led by outstanding music entrepreneur and producer, Joe Bogdanovich”, said Michael Ammar Bacchanal Jamaica director. He expanded ...

Kingston, Jamaica (Sonique Solutions) – After 8+ years of unforgettable events in Washington DC, Bermuda and Miami, the Hookie life team is taking its flagship event, ‘Hookie’ to Jamaica for its debut on Friday April 6th, 2018 as part of the island’s Carnival’s festivities.

Hookie, comes from the term ‘playing hookie’ and means to skip out on one’s obligations in order to have fun, will bring its ‘stay home from work to fete’ concept to beautiful Jamaica in fine fashion.

Patrick the Hype Man, DJ Private Ryan and DJ Cruise kept the Bacchanal Jamaica Rum for Breakfast party vibes high going into the afternoon last Saturday.  Patrons reluctantly filed out of the party venue at the Hope Zoo only after DJ Cruise turned the music off. “This is, bar none, the best soca party I have attended in a really long time” said one satisfied fan. “The music was hype, the food was good and the liquor great, a perfect menu for a soca breakfast”, said another.

Trinidad and Tobago, March 14th, 2018 - After the incredible success of the first workshop in St. Lucia, and many requests on social media, Precision Productions’ Audio Essentials
Workshop will make its debut in Trinidad this March.It will consist of five (5) days with Kasey Phillips the Owner, CEO, and Head Producer at Precision Productions, who has produced such hits as Machel Montano’s “Mr. Fete”,“Bacchanalist” by Kerwin Du Bois, and 2018’s Physique Riddim.

Port Of Spain, 6 March 2018, This month, the debut of a musician comes to the forefront, pianist and composer Jeanine S. Ruiz launches her first and highly anticipated album ‘This Is Me’ comprising a combination of eclectic styles and flavours of her short but potent musical career. Ruiz has a wide-ranging scope of influences that are comparable to multi-instrument and multi-genre greats across the global landscape.

ESPN Caribbean Presents Live Coverage of the  2018 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers

West Indies Aim to Qualify for 2019 World Cup

ESPN presents exclusive coverage of the 2018 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers live from Zimbabwe. West Indies matches from the Group Stage will be covered from March 10 on the ESPN Caribbean television network with Super Six action then bowling off March 15. All matches can also be streamed live via ESPN Play (www.espnplay.com) — ESPN’s multiscreen live and on-demand broadband service.

Bacchanal director Michael Ammar announced a new partnership for Bacchanal Jamaica as it pursues its mission of Rebirth for 2018. He noted that, “Downsound Entertainment, through its Reggae Sumfest Brand, will be the presenting sponsor of Bacchanal Live, to be held on Friday March 23 at the Mas Camp; the first live event of the season which will feature Queen of Bacchanal Destra and the Bakanal band.

Salsa dancing will stimulate at least 4 of our 5 senses.  The ones that are most impacted are sight, hearing, smell, and feel.  I am not sure if taste comes into everyone’s dance experience, so I will leave that one to the dance commandos.

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