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Imagine this, you wake up on the adventurous side and decide to go salsa dancing.  You put on your favorite clothes, the ones that spark great joy and you set out for the salsa social.  You park your car in a sea of cars and you know the dance is going to be great.  You wish you arrived a bit earlier since the dance is clearly packed and it seems like you might be the last to arrive. 

As you open the door and enter the main room a stiffening feeling suddenly overcomes your body.  Your brain has just registered that everyone seems to know everyone else and none of these faces are familiar to you.

There is a cool crew laughing in one corner and the pretty girls are all huddled together.  Many of the awesome dancers are cliqued near the DJ and each seem to pass between each other like the baton in a relay team. 


Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. April 20th, 2018 - Beyonce Knowles is this month, the talk of the town. The Internet remains abuzz, singing her praise for a job well done at the recent Coachella music festival, in California. The Caribbean meanwhile, is pretty quiet and one man who’s been a part of the entertainment landscape for some time, thinks there’s no reason why this cultural hub, should ever be quiet.

Kingston, Jamaica (Sonique Solutions) – The recent Jamaica Carnival weekend was indeed one for the books. Adding to this mix of epic events was the inaugural ‘Hookie Jamaica’ experience which gave fete lovers an opportunity to beat the daytime heat with a pool party extravaganza complete with both breakfast and lunch offerings and an unbeatable collection of Soca selectors.

April 2018 - New York, New York - The first ever Caribbean Rumble went out with a bang just as dawn approached on the beautiful island of Antigua on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018. The premiere sound clash event, produced by Irish and Chin and King of the Vybz 92.8 FM, converted Sir Vivian Richards Stadium into an intriguing musical war - which saw Antigua's own 3 Sevens Sound as the winner.

Xhosa Barbados launches their Barbados Crop Over Masquerade Band for 2018 with its signature Cooler Party on Sunday April 15, 2018 from 4 p.m. at the National Conservation Commission's
Botanical Gardens, adjacent to its headquarters at Codrington, St. Michael, (opposite the West Entrance of the National Stadium).

Bacchanal Jamaica: Spectacular on the Road


Liguanea was a hive of excitement on Sunday morning as costumed groups, individuals, music trucks and all parties involved in the Bacchanal Jamaica road march descended on the area. The vibes increased as friends linked up, the music revved up and the trucks rolled down Hope Road blasting the soca beat. Vibes masters Narity, Sanjay, Richie D, Kevin Crown, Miami Dream Team ...

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. March 28th, 2018 - Trinidad and Tobago promoter, Glenroy Watson is today expressing apology and regret to organizers of the Love and Harmony Cruise where, earlier this week, an erroneous report insinuating that Buju Banton’s first performance, post prison release, would be in Trinidad and Tobago. Watson today said this is incorrect.

Hello! You ready? We ready, we ready, we ready for the roooad! It’s time to hit the road to Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in Priory, St Ann where Bacchanal Jamaica will host the annual fete of fetes – Beach J’ouvert – on Saturday 31 March.

All is in readiness for the party. The venue is being prepared for the comfort of all revelers to facilitate easy access to food and drink. The stage is being strategically placed to give all fans a good view of the acts no matter where they are in the venue.

Destra Enthralls Mas Camp Crowd


Destra’s scintillating performance of over one hour on the Mas Camp stage at Bacchanal Live left no  doubt that she is, indeed, the undisputed Queen of Soca.  It was difficult to believe that her high energy routine was done with the handicap of a lame ankle. Her first song “Fallin” was a tribute to her Jamaican soca family, which had shown her such warm and generous support after her accident through their many social media messages.

Kingston, Jamaica (Sonique Solutions) – Following numerous requests, the highly anticipated event which has become a staple in the Caribbean & North-American Carnival calendars is finally making its first appearance in scenic Jamaica on April 5th, 2018.

In the last decade, Silent Morning, the annual ‘breakfast boat ride party’ and cooler cruise concept has literally and figuratively made waves within the Caribbean islands and diaspora with landmark editions in New York City, Trinidad & Tobago and Grenada.

Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad – After 2 decades of being in operation, popular Trinbagonian food establishment “The Original BAR-B-QUE HUT” is still going strong in delivering its beloved brand of ‘Halal-friendly’ barbecued offerings to locals and visitors alike.
 
From its humble origins in the late 1990’s as a small venture on South Trunk Road, Bel Air, La Romaine to its current expanded location on San Fernando’s vibrant Cipero Road, The Original BAR-B-QUE HUT has always catered to the dietary needs of the Muslim community serving the very best of clean Kosher cuisine and condiments

Destra, Queen of Soca, and Bakanal the Band will command the Mas camp stage on Friday 23 March when Downsound Bacchanal live wraps up the six-series party carnival event of 2018. “Destra’s 2018 appearance is being sponsored by our new Bacchanal partner Downsound Entertainment (DSE), led by outstanding music entrepreneur and producer, Joe Bogdanovich”, said Michael Ammar Bacchanal Jamaica director. He expanded ...

Kingston, Jamaica (Sonique Solutions) – After 8+ years of unforgettable events in Washington DC, Bermuda and Miami, the Hookie life team is taking its flagship event, ‘Hookie’ to Jamaica for its debut on Friday April 6th, 2018 as part of the island’s Carnival’s festivities.

Hookie, comes from the term ‘playing hookie’ and means to skip out on one’s obligations in order to have fun, will bring its ‘stay home from work to fete’ concept to beautiful Jamaica in fine fashion.

Patrick the Hype Man, DJ Private Ryan and DJ Cruise kept the Bacchanal Jamaica Rum for Breakfast party vibes high going into the afternoon last Saturday.  Patrons reluctantly filed out of the party venue at the Hope Zoo only after DJ Cruise turned the music off. “This is, bar none, the best soca party I have attended in a really long time” said one satisfied fan. “The music was hype, the food was good and the liquor great, a perfect menu for a soca breakfast”, said another.

Trinidad and Tobago, March 14th, 2018 - After the incredible success of the first workshop in St. Lucia, and many requests on social media, Precision Productions’ Audio Essentials
Workshop will make its debut in Trinidad this March.It will consist of five (5) days with Kasey Phillips the Owner, CEO, and Head Producer at Precision Productions, who has produced such hits as Machel Montano’s “Mr. Fete”,“Bacchanalist” by Kerwin Du Bois, and 2018’s Physique Riddim.

Port Of Spain, 6 March 2018, This month, the debut of a musician comes to the forefront, pianist and composer Jeanine S. Ruiz launches her first and highly anticipated album ‘This Is Me’ comprising a combination of eclectic styles and flavours of her short but potent musical career. Ruiz has a wide-ranging scope of influences that are comparable to multi-instrument and multi-genre greats across the global landscape.

ESPN Caribbean Presents Live Coverage of the  2018 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers

West Indies Aim to Qualify for 2019 World Cup

ESPN presents exclusive coverage of the 2018 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers live from Zimbabwe. West Indies matches from the Group Stage will be covered from March 10 on the ESPN Caribbean television network with Super Six action then bowling off March 15. All matches can also be streamed live via ESPN Play (www.espnplay.com) — ESPN’s multiscreen live and on-demand broadband service.

Bacchanal director Michael Ammar announced a new partnership for Bacchanal Jamaica as it pursues its mission of Rebirth for 2018. He noted that, “Downsound Entertainment, through its Reggae Sumfest Brand, will be the presenting sponsor of Bacchanal Live, to be held on Friday March 23 at the Mas Camp; the first live event of the season which will feature Queen of Bacchanal Destra and the Bakanal band.

Salsa dancing will stimulate at least 4 of our 5 senses.  The ones that are most impacted are sight, hearing, smell, and feel.  I am not sure if taste comes into everyone’s dance experience, so I will leave that one to the dance commandos.

Fatima Fete 2018 delivers supreme festivity


POS, Trinidad (Sonique Solutions) – A splendid time was enjoyed by all who attended the 2018 Fatima College All-Inclusive fete themed “You are the Star”.

The producers of the famous T&T Carnival staple, the Fatima Old Boys’ Association (F.O.B.A.) went all out to deliver beyond their patrons’ expectations.

POS, Trinidad (Sonique Solutions) – The unprecedented momentum of T&T’s Carnival went into full gear with the successful 2018 staging of the ever-popular “Soca Brainwash” extravaganza. The famous Carnival event was produced by the world-renowned DJ Private Ryan and took place on Carnival Saturday fresh on the heels of the inaugural edition of his ‘Soca Starter’ event series.

T&T Carnival Week Chronicles


POS, Trinidad (Sonique Solutions) – In the lead up to the greatest show on Earth i.e. T&T Carnival, our team was fortunate to attend and highlight some of Carnival Week’s key events which attract a perfect mix of local and visiting Soca Junkies.

First on the agenda was Kairi People’s “Different”.  This particular event has become a staple in the T&T Carnival calendar and continues to grow in popularity for being the most affordable and value-for-money all-inclusive fete during the season.

POS, Trinidad (Sonique Solutions) – The recent T&T Carnival weekend gained an extra dose of spice as popular venue Estate 101 recently held its annual ultra-premium all-inclusive extravaganza.

Now its third year, this event has truly raised the bar on Carnival Saturday feting and provided its patrons with an opportunity to celebrate the splendor of the Soca Kingdom in fine style during the Greatest Show on Earth.

Toronto, Ontario (Sonique Solutions) – Special events promotions group WAD Events created unforgettable pre-Carnival memories for party goers at their recent 2018 Kasava Blu-Food All-Inclusive.

After a successful 2017 debut, the WAD team garnered an awesome turnout for their 2018 edition and satisfied their patrons’ thirst for a true Trinbagonian-style all-inclusive fete.

CaribPR Wire, MIAMI, Feb. 12, 2018 :  Love is in the air and so is the buzz around Season 4 of Caribbean’s Next Top Model (CNTM) as it expands to include aspiring young hopefuls from The Bahamas when it kicks off on Valentine’s Day, February 14 at 9pm on Flow 1. According to Garry Sinclair, Caribbean President, C&W Communications, “We’re delighted to be on-board once again for the 4th season of CNTM which continues to draw bigger and bigger audiences as a platform for young Caribbean women to develop careers in the fashion industry.”

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (February 4, 2018) - The Caribbean's largest tourism marketing event will be held in Jamaica next year. The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) officially announced that the 37th edition of Caribbean Travel Marketplace will be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from January 29 to 31, 2019. 

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. February 8th, 2017 - Exactly one month ago, a new artiste emerged, excited and ready to show his true potential, not only as a musical force, but more than that, a creative in the holistic sense. Séjoux Lëo-Star is a force on the entertainment circuit. Not only is he an entertainer, but this young Trinidad and Tobago national is an international fashion designer, actor, model, athlete and artiste.

POS, Trinidad (Sonique Solutions) – In this current carnival climate that offers consumers several generic all-inclusive, cooler-fete & mass market party options, WAD Events is bringing back its signature annual ‘Kasava Blu-Food All-Inclusive’ to add some spice and diversity to T&T’s Carnival Sunday fete line-up.

P.O.S. Trinidad – In a bold move to keep up with the global technological evolution, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) under the guidance and leadership of CEO Dr. Ronald Walcott recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with iGOVTT to market and implement E-Tender as a service to ministries, divisions and agencies, thus taking local tendering processes to a new pinnacle of world-class efficiency.

Central Bank's all-inclusive achieves '18'


P.O.S. Trinidad (Sonique Solutions) – The major all-inclusive Carnival event held under the patronage of the Governor of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago celebrated its 18th edition and was filled with non-stop entertainment from an action packed line up of performers that left even the most sedate of patrons dripping wet.

Bacchanal Jamaica’s pre-season “Soc’n Wet Fete”, held at Morgan’s Harbour, Port Royal recently, was hugely successful in priming revelers for the 2018 carnival season which begins with the first Bacchanal Friday on February 16. As one excited patron put it “Water, sun, sand, liquor and soca music – a great combo!”

POS, Trinidad (Sonique Solutions) – After its landmark 2016 & 2017 editions, the Estate 101 All-Inclusive returns to appease the needs of the premium partying public at its lush Maraval, P.O.S. venue on Saturday 10th February 2018. 

This event is not only geared to be the perfect occasion for both local and visiting Carnival enthusiasts to mix, mingle and let loose in a first-rate venue but also presents a perfect partying platform for those priming up to hit the road on Carnival Monday & Tuesday.

POS, Trinidad (Sonique Solutions) – February 4th 2018 will see the inaugural edition of the annual ‘Pan Inclusive’. This ultra-premium pan lime will combine all the best elements of a true Trinbagonian all-inclusive fete experience while placing emphasis on the islands’ one of a kind cultural facets namely Steelpan, Soca and supreme cuisine.

Fete with the Saints has done it again.  Four years after relocating from their Fredrick street campus, to "down grounds" the school's recreational facility, the quality, atmosphere, and service, remain exceptional.  One of five events that I attended this weekend with the Pumpers crew, and I can safely say that FWTS sets the standard for all inclusive carnival fetes. 

Young bands shine at Yorke's 2018 Fete


POS, Trinidad (Sonique Solutions) – The 2018 annual Yorke All-Inclusive Carnival fete was a true musical extravaganza and this year shined a spotlight on Soca’s talented up and coming entertainers.

The premium all-inclusive event has become a staple in the annual T&T Carnival and continues to be a true standard-bearer for fetes in east Trinidad boasting a loyal following of party-goers while continuously attracting new patrons.

New York, NY - VP Records artist Bunji Garlin and dancehall vixen Shenseea, have collaborated right in time for the peak period of Trinidad & Tobago’s 2018 Carnival Season with a remix to his 2017 hit single “Big Bad Soca”, out on February 2nd. Produced by Jus Now, the fusion of Shenseea’s energetic vocals with Bunji’s iconic captivating sound gives listeners a 3-minute earful of carnival vibes.

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. October 23rd, 2017 - Sport can change minds; Sport can change lives. The 2018 Carnival, the Centre of attention in Trinidad & Tobago at present, one Sport & Cultural Club is beckoning the general public to attend their 2018 fundraiser, “The Ultimate Seaside Cooler Fete”, the proceeds of which will be directed to the development of youth in Trinidad & Tobago.

Port-AU-Prince, Haiti (January 21, 2018) - One of Haiti's historic hotels is encouraging travelers to visit the Caribbean destination to celebrate Carnival 2018 next month.

Marc Pierre-Louis, General Manager of Le Plaza Hotel, said this year's festival, the theme of which is "Ayiti sou wout chanjman" (Haiti on the road to change), is "a celebration of who we are as a people. It is a time when the whole nation comes together. The music is transcending, the energy is pulsating . it's a much needed break from the stresses of life for locals as well as for our guests, it is a remedy for the soul."

Estate 101 Benefits Bishops 2018 fete


P.O.S. Trinidad (Sonique Solutions) – For Carnival 2018, the Bishop Anstey High School (BAHS) Old Hilarians’ Association received a major boost from local special events venue Estate 101 for the staging of its annual all-inclusive fundraiser. 

The 2018 Bishop’s all-inclusive fete which usually takes place on the school’s Keate Street, P.O.S. compound was this year held at Estate 101 in Maraval.

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. January 15th, 2018 - The absence of radio personality and entertainer, Devon Matthews from the Carnival scene in Trinidad and Tobago this year, has not gone unnoticed. His sudden death last year continues to tug on the heartstrings of many, among them, his close friend and fellow radio personality, Ancil ‘Blaze’ Isaac II.
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