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Three of T&T cultural icons gone in less than two months

Have you ever heard the saying: Death comes in threes? Skeptics say its superstition. But here’s a pretty good example: in Trinidad & Tobago, we lost three cultural icons within the space of eight weeks. On September 30, the nation virtuoso panman, composer and arranger Ken “Professor” Philmore died at the age of 58 from severe internal injuries suffered in a crash on the Republic Day holiday. He sustained broken ribs and his lungs had collapsed. Philmore was driving his Toyota Hilux north along the Solomon Hochoy Highway when he skid near Claxton Bay at around 8.45 AM. The vehicle …

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International Stephen and Shadow in the news

The Soca Community has been on an emotional roller coaster  couple weeks ago Social media. From witnessing the Soca wedding of the  decade to the passing of a legendary calypso icon. On October 13, world-renowned Soca Dj International Stephen married the love of his life, St Lucian mas bandleader and attorney, Zinaida McNamara. The two got engaged last year  aboard the Uber Soca Cruise while Soca artist Kes serenaded them. Their wedding was dubbed carnival/Soca royalty. It took place at the Biltmore Resort in Coral Gables, Miami and was attended by so many celebrities of the international Soca fraternity such …

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Staying True to Hip Hop

Consciousness is key by Rosie Awori &  Egbert Gaye After 24 years on the scene, Dominic Laforce, known on the hip-hop circuit as DaForce, is not happy with the way the music is going. In a recent CONTACT interview, he talks about being disheartened by how commercial music has become and hopes the culture of music consumption can change. “These days people are not interested in the message, they consume too fast, they don’t care about content and it reflects on our society,” DaForce says. “Some artists take advantage of ignorance and tailor their music towards that instead of trying …

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Trinidad’s popular reggae singer Million Voice dies

In less than 60 days incarcerated entertainer Buju Banton will be a free man. Touch Of Red 6, Montreal’s biggest end-of-season fete will feature “International Stephen” for the first time. Reggae artiste Kevin “Million Voice” Young died on Friday October 5 around 8 a.m. at the Sangre Grande Hospital. Million Voice’s family and friends sought to raise funds for the ailing musician in 2017 after he had been diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer. Although he responded well to cancer treatment, the 41-year-old musician passed away from kidney failure due to complications arising from cancer. He was the brother of another …

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Up Next Miami Carnival

Summer is over, so whats next? The changing of season brings with it asense of loss and a feeling of being a bit down. While students findthemselves dreading the return of a daily routine, full of exams,homework, studying and assignments as they headback to school. Others wonder what lies ahead besides the cold weather? During this time of the year most Soca lovers head south not only for warmth but their final Carnival fix in Miami. You may say thats its Hurricane season but that never enough to stop Miami Broward Carnival. The Carnival is set to take place on …

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T&T Olatunji and The X Factor

Talk about having the best couple weeks ever. The popular Soca artist, Olatunji, has become a mainstream topic worldwide after  making  it through to the next round of the United Kingdom’s X Factor show. The popular Trinidad performer  after delivering an energetic performance of his hit “Bodyline” on one of the show on Sunday, September 2 and celebrated his birthday on September 3rd. If you are asking yourself what is The X Factor and who is Olatunji here’s the answer. The X Factor is a British reality television music competition show seeking new singing talent. The contestants are aspiring singers …

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Trini Day at John Abbot College

This year , Montreal Trini Day faced a few obstacles. For one, the location of the venue, the lack of substantial promotion of the event and then there was the $5 entrance fee that troubled some people. But in spite of everything, Trini Day was still nice because as we have come to learn: you can take us out of Trinidad & Tobago but you can’t take Trinidad & Tobago out of us. It was nice to see patrons of all ages turn out to the event. My grandmother always says “when people support each other incredible things happens”. For …

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For the love and respect of soca

Cancellation of Carnival Kingdom and Big People Fete but Trini Day is on I always say to my Soca lovers: If you don’t respect your culture, don’t expect others to do so. Many people were shocked and disappointed at Caribana 2018 as our culture was disrespected. I know it’s a last-minute thing, but finally Montreal Trini Day is on. Many have taken to social media to demand answers as to why the city of Vaughan cancelled the two biggest Caribana events, “Carnival Kingdom and Big People Fete”, which was schedule to be held Caribana Saturday and the other on Sunday. …

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About James Bond,Vybz Kartel and Popcaan

I confess that I have been covering a lot of Soca-oriented topics in my articles this summer. It’s only because this is a period when Soca music and Caribbean Carnival festivals are in a rage all over North America. For lovers of Dancehall and Reggae there’s a lot goings-on, including news that Vybz Kartel is awaiting the verdict of his appeal and Popcaan’s new album, “Forever”, is considered to be one of the best dancehall projects released in the past few years. But before I get into the international reggae news, let me take this moment to congratulate someone who …

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A summer of Carnivals

Montreal Carifiesta is over. Soca Rama 7 was full ah vibes. Now all eyes are on Toronto Caribana. This year will be my first time Djing on the road for the big Toronto Costume band “Carnival Nationz.” Before continuing I would like to remind you that my main goal in our community is to promote our culture and support each other. I try to do as much as possible by doing parties, supporting small business and giving back when I can because I want to see us all succeed one way or another. Anyone who really knows me, know that …

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