Hurricane Irma: Florida faces 15ft sea surges and tornadoes storm closes in
Hurricane force winds are whipping the state as the storm takes down power lines and roofs in Cuba. Follow all the latest developments here A tale of two Irmas: how Miami’s rich and poor prepare for the storm Irma’s destruction: island by island Where is Irma heading? Mapping the... Read more
Jus’Caribbean – food, drink and music in the sun
The first day of the Jus’Caribbean expo ended in the golden light of a summer evening. That seemed appropriate for a day of good food, enjoyable music and a laid-back atmosphere. If you wanted to sample something like Notting Hill’s food and drink stalls without the noise, jostling and... Read more
Ricky T captures the 2017 Saint Lucia Carnival Road March
1st. Scully – Ricky T (46 plays) 2nd. Bend Up Your Back – Mac 11 (11 plays) 3rd. Bad In Bum Bum – Subance (10 plays) 4th. Knock It Already – Ambi (8 plays) You can catch Ricky T performing in London on Sunday 27 August at the Hot Carnival Party – Beach Edition. SOURCE : www.socanews.com Read more
Notting Hill Carnival promises a media makeover
Notting Hill Carnival’s relationship with the media has often been stormy and occasionally abusive. For 40 years, journalists and NHC leaders have eyed each other with suspicion, if not downright hostility. Carnival’s high profile and sometimes amateurish management make it an easy target. Papers and TV alternately demonise and... Read more
Stiffy retains his Bashment Soca title for another year
The finals of the Bashment Soca competition took place last night at the Kensington Oval in Barbados and in the early hours of this morning the results were announced. For a second time, Stiffy is once again king and will reign for another year. There were six other competitors... Read more
Notting Hill Carnival unlikely to see major changes in 2017
According to press spokesman Andrew Hillier, the route and timetable for Notting Hill Carnival are likely to remain unaltered this year. That means the Calypso Monarch Finals will take place at the Tabernacle on Thursday 24 August, Panorama from 7pm to 10pm on Saturday 26 August at Emslie Horniman’s... Read more
Rihanna talks education with world leaders on Twitter
Rihanna might be having ‘Wild Thoughts’ in her big summer release, but the 2017 Harvard Humanitarian of the Year and Global Partnership for Education Global Ambassador is also thinking about education for the most vulnerable communities around the world. Following a January 2017 trip t Malawi, Rihanna urged her... Read more
Soca Videos are the new norm
In 2009, only a handful of soca artists understood the importance of having a music video. They were few and far between, and they represented the best of the industry. In those times, making a video was an added expense that not every soca artist could afford. Even in... Read more
Fire horror exposes the best and worst of Notting Hill
Wednesday’s devastating fire that engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower in north Kensington, not far from Ladbroke Grove, has left at least 17 dead and raised serious questions about the quality and management of public housing in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC). In response to the tragedy... Read more
New terror attack hits Europe. Will tourists keep coming?
Europe has been hit by another deadly terrorist attack that could prompt tourists to rethink plans to visit the region. The attack on Monday evening at an Ariana Grande concert in the British city of Manchester killed at least 22 people, including children. It was the worst terror attack... Read more