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Fya Empress grabs Calypso Monarch title

Saint Vincent and Grenadines has a new double calypso winner. Fya Empress was declared the winner of the Calypso Monarch competition. The contest, held on Sunday 9 July at Victoria Park, was a highlight of Vincy Mas 2023, which ran from Friday 30 June to Tuesday 11 July. Her winning song, The Price Of Neglect,…

Lord Kitchener: Blue plaque unveiled in Manchester

Aldwyn Roberts – known to the world as calypsonian Lord Kitchener – and famously captured on Pathé newsreels singing London is the Place for Me as passengers disembarked the HMT Empire Windrush on 22 June 1948 at Tilbury Docks, was honoured with a prestigious blue plaque on Wednesday 21 June, a day before the 75th…

Celebration Time at the Caribbean Experience in Kensington

Imagine arriving at a London hotel, being greeted by a woman in carnival feathers and treated to a (nice and strong) complimentary rum (or fruit) punch, as the sweet sound of live steel pan music playing calypso classics caresses your ear buds. Then your reverie continues as you sit with your guests in the spacious…

Keep Blazing

“Never let the fire in your spirit die down…Keep your fiyah Blazing”. Produced By Riff Raff (Nebilus Records) Source

Edinburgh Festival Carnival – colourful cover-up

Scotland’s capital city has many charms, but a balmy Mediterranean climate isn’t among them. Rain and bracing breezes are common, so it’s no surprise that bikini-and-beads costumes were noticeable by their absence at Edinburgh Festival Carnival (EFC) on Sunday 16 July. The 2023 edition, produced by former Brouhaha supremo Giles Agis, took place in Princes…

Spotted: Chlöe Bailey playing her first mas in Saint Lucia

Chlöe Bailey, American singer-songwriter, record producer and actress, has for the past few days been enjoying Saint Lucia Carnival, lapping up the carnival celebrations and playing mas with local band Legends Carnival. Chlöe rose to fame with her twin sister as one half of the musical duo Chlöe x Halle, and has appeared in numerous…

Floral feteing – Flagz goes to Jersey’s Battle of Flowers

One of Notting Hill Carnival’s biggest bands, Flagz, is to headline at the famous Battle of Flowers on the Channel island of Jersey. It’s believed this is the first time a mas band has been invited to participate in the 121-year-old event. It probably breaks new ground for soca music too. The Battle of Flowers…

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