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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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Spotlights HIP HOP CULTURE IN MONTREAL

The CONCEPT Contact STAFF For long, hip hop artistes in Montreal have been trying to stake their place in a massive and unpredictable industry where the meaning of success is as fluid as the rhymes and rhythms that flow from the lips of the emcees. So far a handful of them, mainly from the French sector, have made it to the big times and have been taking the beats of Mont Real to other shores, mainly in Europe, but certainly none to the status or stature of Drake who has established The Six as a serious hip-hop joint. Enter Kogi …

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On Soca, Reggae, Jail and Carnival…

First and foremost, I would like to wish all Community Contact readers a Happy and prosperous New Year. I believe 2018 is definitely the year of hope and good things to come, as it is evident in both the Dancehall and Soca/Carnival arena. Hope is seeing the light in spite of being surrounded by darkness. Is this the year both Vybz Kartel and Buju Banton are released from prison? After a 17-years absence in the Road March race, can Iwer George take it this year? International Chutney Soca Monarch Competition was cancelled until the Government stepped in to help. We …

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Kris Bonaparte to headline at Comedy works in January

Contact Staff He’s back. Before he picked up his bundle and headed down the 401, Kris Bonaparte had his place well staked out on the Montreal comedy scene: he was a regular at the various clubs across the city and he was well respected by those club owners and other comedians on the circuit. For those who know him, his popularity is understandable: laid back, smart, eloquent and not one to miss an opportunity to tell audiences who he really is. “Kris Bonaparte is the truth.” In a telephone conversation with the CONTACT recently, the Montreal-born comedian and a former …

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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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A calendar of Hip Hop’s History

Duke Eatmon brings his arsenal of musical knowledge to Chuck D Presents: This Day in Rap and Hip Hop History  Egbert Gaye In Montreal, probably in all of Canada, Duke Eatmon, with his unique ability to research and retain details on artistes, industry, and trends or movements, stands as one of the most knowledgeable voices on music, especially those that really pique his interest. Chuck D has been described as one of the most influential voices in Hip-Hop, a master craftsman of the genre who brought intellectual heft to his compositions to accompany his creative heft. He is the MC …

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The spectacle of Diwali and the music continues

Let me first say Happy belated Diwali to all my Hindu friends and readers. I know it’s late but hoping your Diwali was sparkling and full of fun and frolic. October 18th was Diwali, which is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains for a variety of reasons, but the main theme Is the triumph of light over darkness, and good over evil. This time of the year is when they take a look at one of the most significant festivals in the East Indian culture: Diwali, the festival of lights. The fall season is here, Miami carnival is over, and …

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