The International Soca Monarch finals took place on February 9th at the Hasley Crawford Stadium in Trinidad. As predicted, Aaron "Voice" St. Louis is the Soca Monarch winner for three years in a row Okay, so we were not surprised by that. However, what was surprising was the order of the other winners.
The time is here, folks! The Road March race is on. For those who are not familiar with the term, Road March is the song that is played most when masqueraders cross the stage in front of the judges. True masqueraders live for this moment. Playing mas in a beautiful costume, chipping through the streets, drinking, bouncing up old friends and making new ones. All of this builds up to the moment when they approach the judging point and they are encouraged to "get on" and show off. So whose song will inveigle this response?
2017 was better to me than it was to Cardi B! I went to amazing parties, traveled to new Carnivals, and collaborated with other bloggers who love soca as much as I do. All in all, not a bad year. I decided to compile a list of the five events that made my 2017 epic.
Why The Caribfluencers Panel at Blogalicious was a BFD
Corporations are partnering with bloggers to help bring awareness to their brands and trends in their industries. Many bloggers are earning a living by becoming industry influencers. As a result Blogging conferences are becoming increasingly popular in the United States. Blogalicious is one of the more popular events as it empowers bloggers by creating a space for us to share what we've learned and what we struggle with as we try to build our brands and influences. This year, Caribbean bloggers were given a platform to share our experiences and provide insights on how to turn your passion into power - the Caribbean way!
My summer kicked off innocently enough with a relaxing trip to Guyana. That was the last bit of relaxation I had before the summer party season kicked off. Although I wanted to go to other events including Cropover in Barbados, family and health concerns forced me to miss out. However, just because I couldn't take advantage of all of the Carnivals and fetes, I found the highlights to bring you my can't-miss events from Summer '17.
5 Reasons To Visit the Only English-Speaking Country in South America
27 years is a long time. I hadn't been back to my parents' home country since I was a child. As I stepped off the plane at Cheddi Jagan International airport and felt the rush of humid air suddenly dampening my skin, I realized this was a foreign land. However, after only seven days, I found 5 reasons I will be making more trips to Guyana.
Not to be confused with Junkanoo in December, the Springtime Carnival has the nightlife and parade of bands standard in a Caribbean celebration. In only its third year, The Bahamas competes with other newbies like Bermuda and Cayman to appeal to outsiders. However, it is the uniqueness of the mas itself that may set Junkanoo Carnival apart.
Post-Carnival Depression, while not yet a medically diagnosed condition, is a severe case of nostalgia for carnival that can affect the lives of many feters. New York promo team Shorblu Events, Live by the Henny, and B2B Ent offered a cure that included live performances by Skinny Fabulous, Sekon Sta, Dawg E. Slaugher, and “Mr. PCD” Lyrikal.
The International Soca Monarch competition takes place on the Friday prior to Carnival called Fantastic Friday. Artistes compete to see who will take home the title of Soca Monarch and the cash prize. Notably absent was the Ultimate Rejects whose hit "Full Extreme" has been making mashing up fetes and headlines in the global soca world. The 2017 show was perhaps evidence of the declining relevance of Soca Monarch.
With Trinidad Carnival fast approaching and noted outrage over what seems like discriminatory practices, such as requesting photos and personal information to get into fetes and mas bands, it's good to see a carnival that is taking steps to be inclusive.