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NEW Jamish Riddim Feat. Destra, Alison Hinds, Skinny Fabulous, Motto & More 

You give me di Jamish Feelin! and so it goes TeamfoxxMusic launches off its first riddim for the 2019 Carnival season called the #JamishRiddim. A hot and peppery riddim seasoned up with your favorite artist across the islands,call it a callaloo. Skinny Fabulous, Lavaman, Motto and for the first time ever, 2 of our Soca Queens featured on the same beat, Destra & Alison Hinds.  Its certain to raise your bacchanal fever. Jamish Riddim brings us way back, to the good ole groovy days, resonating some classic Zouk tones and drums along side some generic modern instruments – this riddim redefines classic soca! #BringBackClassicSoca2019 #JamishRiddim

Another French honour – and a date in London for Calypso Rose 

At the age of 78, prolific Tobago-born calypsonian Calypso Rose is having the best time of her career. Next month she will collect yet another honour for her contribution to music, the Grand Prix des musiques du monde, which will be presented at a special ceremony in Paris as part of the Sacem Grand Prix. 

SACEM is the French-based Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers of Music. Each year, the organisation’s directors choose those artistes they feel have made outstanding contributions in song writing, music publishing, humour and classical contemporary music. 

This is not the first time Calypso Rose (Linda McArtha Monica Sandy-Lewis) has been honoured in France. Her 2016 release, Far From Home, proved hugely popular there and last year it won the World Music Album category at Les Victoires de la Musique.

Machel Montano to receive Honorary Doctorate  

Share to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to LinkedInShare to WhatsAppShare to MessengerShare to EmailShare to TelegramShare to More1.1K Soca king Machel Montano will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT). Montano will receive the Honorary Doctor of Arts from the University when it holds its graduation on November 14.and 15.Montano is among five special awardees. The others are: Pearl Eintou Springer (Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts), Alvin Corneal (Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters), Leo Martin (Honorary Doctor of Science) and Roy Augustus (Honorary Distinguished Fellow). UTT will be awarding 1700 students with Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees when the graduation ceremony is held. Among those will be two Masters of Philosophy and seven Doctors of Philosophy degrees.

Trini Soca Star Rising 

Young Trinidad and Tobago soca star Nailah Blackman has been nominated for one of the 2018 Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) Awards — the Viewers’ Choice: Best New International Act. To have a good chance, she would need the help of all Trindad and Tobago by voting and hashtagging her picture #ipicknailahb18. The awards show comes off on June 24 at 8 pm.
On her Instagram account, Blackman expressed excitement at having being nominated, writing: “OMG OMG, I am so excited.” “I am the only Caribbean artiste representing in this category. Winning an award like this will get our music and our culture recognized. I’m doing this for Sokah / Soca Music! She will compete with other world artistes for the award, including MC Soffia (Brazil), Miniola (Nigeria) NOT3s, and Prince Waly (France) Blackman was born into music. Her grandfather, the late Ras Shorty I, was one of the founders of soca music and her mother calypsonian Abbi Blackman was part of the extended family in music.
Last year she shot into the limelight with “Work Out,” a collaboration with Kes Dieffenthalier, a track that has received more than one million views on YouTube.

Saint Lucia 2018 Groovy and Power Soca Monarch results 

King Arthur continues his reign as Groovy Soca Monarch and Ricky T adds another title to his ever-growing list of wins as he captures the Power Monarch title. Here are the results: Groovy Results 1st King Arthur Mama (415pts)...2nd Sedale Stick On You (398pts)...3rd Ezra D’Fun Machine Money Dance (372pts)...4th Kisha Vaval (362pts) Power Results 1st Ricky T Sha Leh Sho (402pts)...2nd Ezra D’Fun Machine X (382pts)...3rd Soca Psycho Jab Jab (Fork Up) (379pts)...4th Mantius Get Wild (366 pts)


Japanese Soca fans surprised Bunji Garlin on Thursday night when they presented him with a birthday cake after his performance at Club Cactus. Garlin, real name Antonio Alvarez and his wife Fay-Ann Lyons are in Japan for their first tour there. The soca couple performed at Club Cactus to the cheers of adoring fans dressed in Trinidad and Tobago colours and paraphernalia. Bunji's Big Bad Soca was a huge hit and the  Viking also delighted the crowd with songs such as Red Light District, Truck on de road, and Differentology. Lyons held her own, energising the crowd with Heavy T Bumper, Girls and Raze. Garlin told the crowd it was always his dream to visit Japan and he was happy to be able to visit for his 40th birthday with his lovely wife. Garlin will celebrate his 40th birthday in T&T with a party cruise on July 20.


The Edinburgh Festival Carnival will take place this year on July 15 as part of the Jazz and Blues Festival, two weeks before the deluge of international tourists and performers flood the city in August. The wee carnival procession suits a capital with only half a million people. Now in its seventh year, having replaced the well-established Cavalcade that traditionally marked the start of the festival season, the carnival will see a parade of bands from all over Scotland and the rest of the world. 

Although the Caribbean community resident in Edinburgh numbers less than a thousand, there’s normally a Caribbean presence or influence in some form or other. In 2014, there was a tassa band from Trinidad and a Junkanoo band from the Bahamas, who held a pop up mas camp and led some dance sessions to prepare participants. In 2016, Jonelle Cheri Caraballo, a finalist for Miss T&T UK 2016, brought a little flavour of Trinidad Carnival to Edinburgh in a costume designed by her mother, Gail Auguste. This year Edinburgh has its own mas camp (inspired by Brazil), and bands arriving from Trinidad (3Canal) and Martinique (Gwanaval). 

This year, participants can do it all over again by taking advantage of the special coach to take them across to Carnival in Glasgow on August 4. Glasgow’s parade route runs through the city centre and Merchant City, and this year enjoys a special exchange with carnivalists from Berlin.


By the sound of it – and from the videos we’ve seen – the 2018 Vincy Ragga and Soca Monarch competitions were a big success. Fireman Hooper retained his crown with a performance of Amen, his 2018 Vincy carnival hit. The results are as follows.