St Maarten Carnival troupes mandated to depict more of the country’s culture

St Maarten Carnival troupes mandated to depict more of the country’s culture

  Carnival is looking too much like Trinidad-style costumes The St Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has mandated that all troupes taking part in the Grand Carnival Parades must have a section of 15 persons or more, depicting St Maarten’s culture, at the front of their troupes. Alternatively, should troupes not be able to field […]

This summer 5,000 revellers will be “unmask” – Louis Saldenah

This summer 5,000 revellers will be “unmask” – Louis Saldenah

By Stephen Weir How fitting.  The Louis’s Saldenah Carnival (formally the Mas K Club) holds the record of 21 “Band of the Year” titles for the annual Caribbean Carnival parade and will be starting their campaign to get Win 22 on, wait for it, April 22nd. Saldenah recent winner of an Impact Award told the […]

Wrong winner named in calypso queen competition

Wrong winner named in calypso queen competition

The Montserrat Arts Council has apologised to the 10 contestants, who participated in the Queen of Queens Regional Female Calypso Competition, after announcing the wrong winner last evening. Kenneth Silcott, Director of the Montserrat Arts Council, explained that “human error” led to defending champion Karene Asche being announced as the winner when she was actually the […]

Black Stalin – The Caribbean Man – dies at 81

Black Stalin – The Caribbean Man – dies at 81

Black Stalin, who has died aged 81, was a modern calypsonian of the old school, dedicated to keeping political and social commentary at the heart of his music when other exponents of the art were becoming purveyors of frivolous party music. His determination to stick to what he saw as the righteous course allowed Stalin […]

Singing Francine dies at 79

Singing Francine dies at 79

Barbados-born calypso artiste Francine Edwards, better known onstage as Singing Francine, died in Queens, New York last Friday. She was 79. She was reported to have suffered a heart attack. Singing Francine won the National Calypso Queen competition in Trinidad in 1972, 1973,1981 and 1983. A news release from the Trinbago United Calypsonians Organization (TUCO) […]

Christmas present to Caribana fans

Christmas present to Caribana fans

The best carnival film gets its redux this weekend By Stephen Weir It was the best movie almost no one saw at the opening night of September’s Caribbean Tales Film Festival (CTFF).  The good news is that the Bell Fibe TV service is delivering a Christmas present to subscribers and showing the movie on December […]

The passing of Jaqueline Irving Forde – a great loss to Toronto Mas community

The passing of Jaqueline Irving Forde – a great loss to Toronto Mas community

By Stephen Weir Toronto’s Mas community is in utter shock after learning of the passing of Jaqueline (Jackie) Forde, a long-time designer, writer, mas camp leader and cultural champion.  She passed away on Sunday. She was born in Nova Scotia, went to high school in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and attended the Ontario College of Art and Design. Mrs. […]

After Christmas, Etienne Charles invites you to jam with him at T&T Carnival  

After Christmas, Etienne Charles invites you to jam with him at T&T Carnival   

By Stephen Weir While Toronto Caribana revelers have put away their mas costumes and glitter and brought out their Christmas decorations, Trinidadian music man Etienne Charles wants Caribbean Camera readers to come dance with him in the streets of Port of Spain in a couple months. That’s right, forget about winter holidays, suddenly it is […]

Jamaica Xodus Carnival mas band launches for 2023 Carnival season 

Jamaica Xodus Carnival mas band launches for 2023 Carnival season 

Twas the first official band launch for the 2023 Carnival season, and patrons and stakeholders alike were rearing to get on bad. Since Xodus Carnival and Bacchanal Jamaica dropped the plot twist for Carnival Road in March 2023, the costume reveal has been the talk of the town. The general interest was evident from Saturday’s […]

‘When we light someone else’s candle, we make the room brighter for all of us ‘ Mary Anne Chambers at the Impact Awards

‘When we light someone else’s candle, we make the room brighter  for all of us ‘  Mary Anne Chambers at the Impact Awards

Dr. Mary Anne Chambers, Chancellor of Guelph University, told a gathering at last Sunday’s Caribbean Impact Awards ceremony that “challenges and hardship certainly exist and will always exist. “But I believe it’s how we deal with the challenges and the hardship that defines us and also makes us stronger and more likely to persist, ultimately […]

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