Milton Junior Primus

About the Author Milton Junior Primus

Junior “Production Sounds” Primus love of Caribbean music is matched only by his lifelong involvement in sharing it with audiences and party-goers from Trinidad and Tobago to Canada. Son of a legendary T&T disc jockey, Proddy has been hosting a weekly show, Soca Sessions on CKUT 90.3.

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Ottawa Parade looks up Montreal’s looks sideways

Is Carifiesta and CCFA really blighted? More and more members of our community are voicing their opinions that both the Montreal Carnival (Carifiesta) and the CCFA that organizes it are blighted. You may consider ‘blight’ a problematic word that is originally about plant diseases but sad to say, this is how most people will describe our CCFA. Recent developments such as the increasing number of costume bands refusing to take part in this year’s parade, which falls on July 7, and the recent video posted on social media of the Montreal Carnival Vibration band president venting about the CCFA and …

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Buju Eying T&T for first Concert

While I’ve been a bit overwhelmed by my trip to Trinidad and Tobago carnival, a lot have been happening on the reggae/dancehall scene around the world. Big news announced recently that Buju Banton is set to perform in Trinidad upon his release from prison and Bob Marley statue will stand in Africa. Buju (given name Mark Myrie) is currently completing a nine-year sentence at the McRae Correctional Facility in Georgia for the 2009 drug conviction. He was found guilty of conspiring with two other men to traffic 11 pounds (5 kg) or more of cocaine in Sarasota, Florida. A 12-member …

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This Spring: Montreal is Soca

The weather in Montreal can be a nuisance and the winter’s cold may kill our partying spirit, but have no fear as Spring is here, even though you couldn’t tell from looking outside. As the calendar tells us, Spring 2018 arrives Tuesday, 20th March at 9:16 am to Thursday, 21st June, And as the  warmer days approach, so to are an exciting lineup of  Soca-based events. It might even be safe to say the Soca scene here in Montreal is growing more exciting….. Montreal Is Soca. Here’s a list of a few of the events to look out for: Hello …

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Carnival over. More to come

Now that the 2018 Carnival season has ended in Trinidad and Tobago, life may be returning to normal for most of us. But for many Soca artistes and international Djs such as myself, we know that spreading the love of carnival and Soca music has only just begun. So we prepare for the many carnivals to come here in North America and beyond. Here is the final follow-up of the 2018 Trinidad carnival: Congratulations to the new International Soca Monarch – Aaron “Voice” St. Louis. He sang “Year For Love” and topped the field on Fantastic Friday night. It’s a …

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TRINIDAD & TOBAGO TRANSFORMED INTO A SOCA KINGDOM

Soca, Chutney, Calypso, Steelband And Masquerade One of the biggest events in the Caribbean calendar will soon be upon us. Trinidad and Tobago carnival, with its usual display of costumes, fetes, music and energetic celebrations comes on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which falls this year on February 12 and 13. On those two days and the weeks leading up to them, the country is transformed into a boiling-pot of music and activities showcasing why it’s known as the land of steelpan, calypso and masquerades. And a highlight of the carnival is the crowning of the champions in …

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In the land of carnival comes The Soca Kingdom

Excitement in the T&T Road March race As we get closer to February 12 and 13 the dates of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Monday and Tuesday this year, Soca lovers are expecting real time information about the festivities  every time they open the Contact. So let’s first start with the Chutney Soca Monarch as it’s one of the first major competitions during the Carnival season. 10 Chutney Soca artistes have joined the defending champions to compete for the 2018 Play Whe Chutney Soca Monarch title on Saturday, January 27, at Skinner Park in San Fernando. The Semi Final round held …

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What are your culinary traditions?

The foods we eat and the drinks we enjoy during the Holidays… Here’s a question for my readers: How many Christmas Caribbean    traditions and customs do you practice or celebrate in your    household? Caribbean tradition provides an important connection with the past.    Roots, heritage, core values are often part of that connection and give value and meaning to our lives. Understanding and sharing our Caribbean traditions, heritage and belief systems can provide insight into present-day life. That being said, December 25 will mark my 11th year hosting the Annual Christmas Show, “Island Riddims”, live on CKUT 90.3F. This year, the …

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Ninja Man Goes to jail. Destra engaged

We’re less than a month away from Christmas, the season of love, giving and sharing. So, let me give you a quick update on some of the most talked about subjects in the world of Soca in the Caribbean. The ‘Don Gorgon’, aka Ninja Man, was recently found guilty by a 7-member jury and convicted of murder in Kingston, Jamaica. Jamaican artist Chronixx has been nominated for the first time for a Grammy Award. Laventille-born singer and Queen of Bacchanal, Destra Garcia is finally engaged to the love of her life. Ninja Man, whose given name is Desmond Ballentine, and …

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Adversity aside. Success in Red

There are no secrets to success. It’s the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failures. Hard work does pay off and the success of my annual event, Touch Of Red, is evidence of that. Every year I encounter something different but for some reason this topped the charts. Many have no clue as to what happens behind the scenes when promoting an event. Well check this out: I had to change the venue for Touch Of Red 5, with only 48 hours notice. When planning this event I decided to go outside the box and take it to …

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Say Red on Nov. 11

This year, Montreal’s biggest end-of-season fete, Touch Of Red, is coming back with a bang. On Saturday, November 11, Touch Of Red is celebrating its fifth edition and this one is guaranteed to be better than the others. Touch Of Red always features an international soca star, but this year there will be two. And as the date draws near, Touch Of Red 5 appears to be the most anticipated event of 2017. Some say because of the artist and DJ line-up while others say that the event has fallen on a time when Soca music is craved the most. …

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