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AdvoKit Production ups the ante for the 2016 Trinidad Carnival season with its new hit compilation Road Trip Riddim, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on January 15, 2016, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. AdvoKit Productions ended 2015 on a high note with its massively successful Kan Kan Riddim being one of the top releases in soca music, and looks forward to delivering these new anthems for the soca massive globally. The smooth and groovy Road Trip Riddim spawns four tracks and is helmed by soca starRead More
Congrats to Dr. Witty aka Mervyn Carter Tropicalfete’s 2015 recipient of Tropicalfete’s Award of Excellence. The award honors the accomplishments & contributions of persons and/or organizations that have had a role in the development of the Caribbean Community. The achievement of the awardees is significant on an international level where their work had a positive impact to the Caribbean community in the areas of culture, social, sports & economics. Past awardees: The Madd Stuntman – Artist – I like to Move it Move it 2009, Michelle Anglin – Playwright “LostRead More
2015 Top 100 International Caribbean Songs for the year is a ranking of recorded music according to popularity. The Popularity is determined by air play, music sales, club play and online hits. Our Chart is not limited to genre. It shows the diversity and the creativity of Caribbean people around the World and most of all their impact on the global audience. Therefore, Reggae, R&B, Dancehall, Hip Hop, Zouk, Kompa, Soca, Reggaeton, Salsa, Calypso, etc. make up Tropicalfete Count Down Top 100 International Caribbean Songs for the year. Weekly ChartsRead More

Posted On December 16, 2015By altonIn art, ensemble, life, music, News, song

Opera and Steel: Introducing Joslynne Sealey

TORONTO, ON, Canada: Having made its international debut on August 8th, 2015 in Trinidad, Joslynne Sealey – Famous Arias has fulfilled her fans’ requests for a definitive CD of her operatic vocal work. Throughout her circa 25-year-career of singing professionally, she is most proud of her collaborations with Trinidad & Tobago’s national instrument; the steelpan. Proudly featured on her CD are six collaborations between Sealey and Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra. They invited her to be a featured performer at their biennial gala Christmas concerts, “Classical Jewels” (1979, 1981 andRead More

Posted On December 13, 2015By altonIn art, Fashion, Program Related

Congolese Cultural Creations

Contributing cultural fashions to New York Fashion Week is always welcomed in a city of cultural diversity. During market week in September, African elegance arrived at New York’s Plaza Hotel. The Kapy Bash Mode collection debuted in a collective showcase of international presenters to an audience of style enthusiast, fashion influencers and media makers. Kapy Bash Mode offers African ethnic gowns that are inspired by cultures from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Kapy Bash Mode uses liputa, ankara, french lace, bazin, satin and linen fabrics. There is aRead More
PURGATORIO Directed by Martine Jean 12 minutes | Haiti/USA | 2014 At the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Rosa Jean-Louis fights for her life and the survival of her child. This film is a depiction of the impact of the Dominican Republic Constitutional Tribunal’s decision of September 2013 on Dominicans of Haitian descent. The ruling rendered thousands stateless.Read More
Ongoing conflicts between undocumented immigrants from Haiti living and working toward a better life in the adjoining island nation of the Dominican Republic, and the more recent hostilities this past summer with the deportation of Haitian men, women, and children born there to non-citizen parents, is the inspiration behind the new feature film, Cristo Rey. A selection at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, this vibrantly shot and contemporary update of Romeo and Juliet, is a powerful indictment of the racism and poverty in the Dominican Republic. Set in theRead More

Posted On December 1, 2015By altonIn art, music, Music Reviews, News, song

Welcome To JamRock Reggae Cruise 2015

The Two Back-to-Back Cruises on Norwergian Pearl Leaving from Miami with Jamaica Destinations Features Performances by Reggae’s Most Renowned Arists and Top Sound Systems Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Julian “Juju Royal” Marley, Kymani Marley, Super Cat Sly & Robbie, Mykal Rose with Sly and Robbie, Maxi Priest, Bounty Killer, Capleton, Jah Cure, Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal, Elephant Man, Barrington Levy, Third World, Morgan Heritage, Cham, Tanya Stephens, T.O.K, Protoje, Popcaan and Christopher Ellis. Stone Love, King Jammy’s Sound, Saxon Sound (feat. Tippa Irie, Papa Levi, Musclehead, MickeyRead More

Posted On November 28, 2015By altonIn art, life, News

Launch of the Plum Tree by Martha A. Blanchard

Last evening saw the launch of ‘The Plum Tree’ by Martha A. Blanchard, at The Cultural Development Foundation Conference Room. The function was attended by fellow artistes, family and friends who came to celebrate a great milestone in the literary society of Saint Lucia and welcoming the newest author and children’s writer. “The Plumb Tree is about two friends Pella and Stacia who have big plans for a summer of fun on Helen island. When tragedy strikes, for Pella’s family, her life changes as do her chances for excelling atRead More