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contents 107| JUNE 2014

REGULAR

FEATURES

07 NEWS

10 CARNIVAL VILLAGE

For all the latest UK and Caribbean based news stories.

24 ISIS MAS

13 MUSIC

26 EUPHORIA

15 CARNIVALS &

28 LAGNIAPPE

Top 10 Charts

FESTIVALS

19 EVENTS

Where to go and what to do

WHERE WILL YOU BE?

ON SOCA MONARCH SATURDAY

SAT 16 AUGUST 2014

FEELING LEFT OUT? If you’re a promoter, artist, producer, carnival organiser, mas band, steelband, soca sound, community group or other participant who’s feeling left out because we didn’t mention your event, music, band or just something about which you think the world should know, the remedy is in your hands. Use them to pick up the telephone now: dial + 44 (0) 3452 577 622 and tell us about your plans; or write to us at: Soca News, Joseph Charles Publishing, 86-90 Paul Street, London, EC2A 4NE; or email us at: info@socanews.com. Remember, Soca News is the only magazine dedicated to the music and culture of Carnival. Our readers include soca-lovers, band-leaders, promoters, DJs and carnival arts funders. If you don’t tell Soca News, we can’t tell our readers!

The views expressed in Soca News are not necessarily the views of the editor or the publisher. All material contained within this publication is the copyright of Soca News. No material, written or photographic may be reproduced in any way without the written permission of the publisher. No liability will be accepted for any errors which may occur within the magazine.

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EDITOR'S

LETTER I can hear a song in the faint distance: “Beat the drum, sun or rain, it’s carnival time again”. It’s unbelievable how far in advance we start thinking about the next carnival. No time is lost when one finishes, we’re straight into the next, reminding ourselves that in another 363 days we will be doing this all over again. But maybe that’s the only way for the human mind to cope with the closing of such an intense, life-affirming time. London has seen an explosion of new mas bands, and I applaud those who are brave enough to commit to creating costumes and all the hard work required. The UK Soca Monarch competition is upon us again. We have extended the closing date for entry to midnight of Monday 16 June, so it’s time to find your inner crooner (well, for the Groovy section, anyway). The final will take place at The Garage on Saturday 16 August. I started to write this letter and thought why is it I do this? After all there’s no fame, fortune, females or fast cars that come with this genre of music that has infected us, for which no one can seem to find a cure. It must be love. We are always looking for new writers, and I have been told that everyone has at least one good story in them. If you’re interested in contributing to Soca News, please do get in touch; email us at info@socanews.com, and let’s get your name in print. For the month of June we are also giving away free 12 month subscriptions to the magazine, so if you would like to get Soca News delivered direct to your door, sign up now at socanews.com/ subscriptions and we will do the rest. Yours in soca

Joseph Charles The Editor

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PAN! OUR MUSIC ODYSSEY WORDS. NICOLE-RACHELLE MOORE

Over three years ago, filmmaker and pan lover Jean Michel Gibert set about making Pan! Our Music Odyssey, a ‘transmedia project promoting the steelband movement internationally, with an 80 minute docufiction telling the human adventure of pan from its genesis through re-enactment stories to its propagation all around the world.’ Gibert and his team continue to work tirelessly to have the film and its message of peace seen and understood by the world. Approximately $50,000 / €36,000 must be raised in order to complete the film’s post production in time for its first professional screening on 26 June at La Rochelle, in France. Post production costs include an updated promotional trailer and package and accommodation for pannists from Trinidad and Tobago while in La Rochelle for the screening. The legendary composer and soloist Ray Holman is amongst those due to travel to France from Trinidad. Passionate about pan? Gibert and his team ask for your support by contributing to post production costs for PAN! Our Music Odyssey. This may be done by going to indiegogo.com and following the on-screen instructions about how to make a financial donation. Be an active part of this movement to take the beauty and message of pan to the world!

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PICTURE OF: LUCKY JORDAN, DOWN TOWN PORT OF SPAIN, 1947. PHOTO COURTESY: RAFY

12 bridges of london sponsored walk The Anse-La-Raye (St Lucia) Association UK is hosting a sponsored walk on the 22 June. The organisation continues to raise awareness of Lupus, a debilitating autoimmune condition (where the immune system attacks healthy cells), which is becoming more prevalent in the black community. The most potentially fatal type of Lupus is Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), which may affect one in every 625 Afro-Caribbean women in the UK (compared to one in every 5,000 Caucasian women). Symptoms of the condition can include anxiety, depression, hair loss, skin rash and swelling, and it can be life threatening. Anse-La-Raye is aiming to raise £3000 from the walk, which will be split between Lupus UK, the St Lucia Arthritis and Lupus Association, and towards the cost of a day trip for disabled and senior citizens. Soca News encourages its readers to work and walk with Anse-La-Raye, helping them to raise the money for such a worthy cause. Donations may be made via text to 70070; if you wish to donate £10, the format would be (ALRA15 £10). JUNE 2014 SN 7


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grenada’s spicemas 2014 begins Thousands of carnival lovers in Grenada’s capital, St George’s, welcomed the launch of Spicemas 2014 on 2 June. This year’s launch was described as the biggest ever, drawing an enormous crowd from all over the island. A carpet effect was created in the street, as patrons lined the length of the city’s Port Highway. The launch featured several artists, including the current Calypso Monarch Katurah George, Groovy Monarch Blacka Dan, Panorama champions Coyaba New Dimension and Soca Monarch and Road March winner Boyzie. Senator Brenda Hood, Grenada’s Minister for Culture and Heritage, revealed the theme of this year’s Spicemas as ‘Uniquely Rooted in Our Rich Ancestral Traditions; Spicemas 2014: An Explosion of Soca and Calypso’. As the crowd roared its approval, Senator Hood went on to urge corporate citizens to support Spicemas 2014. The minister similarly called upon patrons to show their support by attending various events throughout the season, especially those with an emphasis on calypso and steelpan, and also by playing mas. Spicemas continues into June, July and August with numerous carnival-related events. The action will be heated by Friday 8 August, and the climax is on Tuesday 12 August. For more information please visit www.spicemasgrenada.com. 8 SN JUNE 2014

SHORTKNEE : IMAGE COURTESEY SPICEMAS CORPORATION

miami carnival 2014 celebrates 30 years Miami Broward Carnival takes place this year on Sunday 12 October in South Florida, and celebrates 30 years of carnival. Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee Inc. (MBOCHCI) is a collaboration between Miami Carnival Inc. (MCI) and Broward Caribbean Carnival Inc. (BCCI). Both entities renewed their event management agreement before confirming that the carnival would be taking place this year; venue details are yet to be announced. There had been deep concern recently in the community about the announcement of the change of date of the Miami Carnival, but this seems to have been assuaged by a press release from the MBOCHCI stating that the original 12 October date remains accurate. The official launch of the 30th anniversary of the Miami Broward Carnival takes place on 19 July at the Sun Life Stadium (2269 NW 199th St. Miami Gardens, FL 33056). For more information please visit www.miamibrowardcarnival.com


AERIAL SHOOT OVER QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK

kinetika reAches higher Kinetika, the design and masquerade band, has moved into three ultra new studios at the renowned High House Production Park in Thurrock, Essex. The studios are part of the High House Artists’ Studios, an award winning building. Kinetika now counts The Royal Opera House and the Creative & Cultural Skills Academy as neighbours. The design team’s first project since moving was the making of huge flags, which were painted by local school children and members of the community for the Isle of Wight Carnival Trail, which took place from 3 to 7 May and was led by Ali Pretty and Richard White. Moving to Thurrock is seen as part of a wider initiative of cultural engagement in which Kinetika is involved. Led by Arts Council England and the Thames Gateway Partnership, the aim is to encourage and inspire young people through accessibility to meaningful cultural and creative experiences, as well as with education in these areas. Kinetika has been commissioned to lead a schools project in Epping, which will be creating flags to line the route of this year’s Tour De France.

Great British Carnival parades into Queen elizabeth Olympic Park On Sunday 27 July, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will host a carnival to celebrate the second anniversary of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Marking the mid point between the London and Rio Olympics, the free event will open at 12pm, with the finale at 8.30pm; the day ends at 9.30pm. In homage to Rio’s most famous cultural export, London and UK carnivals are keen to show off what Britain has to offer. The Great British Carnival will create a breathtaking event of dance, infectious music, performance and costume. International and local carnival artists will perform alongside local carnivals: Newham, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. The best of UK carnival arts will feature an exciting programme of pop-up parades, mask-making workshops and superb family entertainment across three stages, as well as the world premiere of The Carnival of the Animals, a twilight crescendo of costumed performers, 300 dancers, giant carnivalesque creatures and extraordinary illumination. This event sounds like another must for keen carnivalists. But let’s just hope that in the future we’re not fighting for Notting Hill Carnival to stay out of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - after all, it has less grass to be trampled than Hyde Park. JUNE 2014 SN 9


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carnival village WHERE IN LONDON CAN YOU HAVE A RED SOLO WITH A CHICKEN ROTI? DRINK AN ICE-COLD CARIB WITH SOME CARIBBEAN FISH CAKES? LEARN TO PLAY A TUNE IN 15 MINUTES AS PART OF A 20-INSTRUMENT STEEL ORCHESTRA? WORDS. TARA HOBSON

Witness a musical tribute to the Mighty Sparrow? Marvel at the sculptures of Carl Gabriel? Research archives on pan, calypso or mas? See unique exhibitions of paintings, photos and installations? Listen to the mauvais langue of limers on a Saturday night? Attend a ballet class or a story telling evening? Watch the cognoscenti of North Kensington promenade by? There might be answers to some of those, but the ONLY place you can do ALL of these things is at Carnival Village - The Tabernacle and The YAA Centre. The Carnival Village Trust manages both of these key London venues, representing four major partners - Mangrove Steelband, Ebony Steelband, Association of British Calypsonians and YAA Asantewaa. The Tabernacle in Notting Hill, built in 1869, has had a lively and colourful history occupying a pivotal role in the local community. It offers one of the most beautiful and intimate performance spaces in London with its theatre, rehearsals and exhibition spaces, dance studios, meeting room, bar and restaurant. The Tabernacle is also home to Mangrove Steelband. Known as The Factory in 1979, The YAA Centre in Maida Vale is a major player in promoting African Caribbean arts and culture. In 2012, it reopened as a new arts centre with purpose-built facilities. The centre boasts a multimedia suite which offers a range of digital courses, and is the home of Ebony Steelband.

Since its inception, The Carnival Village Trust has steered the development of these two venues to become major repositories of all things Carnival, and they are key players in recording, celebrating and promoting the arts of Carnival. The Trust recognises that Carnival is not a singular art form, but an integrated framework for live performances that are rooted in a diversity of art disciplines involving the human body, space - and bacchanal! Carnival thus embraces various types of artistic expressions – music, text, movement and masquerade – performed on contested terrain – the public realm. The programmes offered by these two venues reflect this diversity of art forms and performance platforms. If you need to know anything about Carnival, or want to experience any of its diverse art forms, then The YAA Centre and The Tabernacle are the places to visit. Based on its engagement with carnivalists and research findings, the Trust has declared 2016 as the 50th anniversary of the Notting Hill Carnival and has initiated plans to develop a major programme of activities to mark this significant milestone. The opening event is the launch in August 2014 of a seminal piece of work, The History of Notting Hill Carnival, by local filmmaker and carnival historian, Ishmahil Blagrove. But WE know that carnival arts are for 365 days of the year, and not just a weekend at the end of August. So why not check us out this year? Find out more at carnivalvillage.org.uk, twitter.com/ CarnivalVT and facebook.com/CarnivalVillageTrust JUNE 2014 SN 11


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top 10 soca tracks The following top 10 chart is based on the songs most played throughout socanews.com.

1 R.U.D.E

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RUDY

YOUR WAYS LUTENANTS

3 I IZ A REVELER

SUPERMAN HD

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DRAG ME OUT JAMESY P

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR MUSIC To submit your music, send your tracks to music@socanews.com accompanied by a BIO, high resolution image plus all of your contact details including all Social Networking Links.

7 IN DI MIDDLE OF DI ROAD

NICOLE DAVID FEAT. RICKY T

8 WOI WOI

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SIZWE

9 LIGHT UP (REMIX)

SKINNY FABULOUS FEAT. KERWIN DU BOIS

10 DUTTI

HYPASOUNDS

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Soca on the airwaves and web SUNDAY 1-4pm Smokey Joe’s Soca Beats with Smokey Joe and Danny D, Bang Radio 103.6 (www.wearebang. com) 5-8pm Mega Mix Show with DJ Cris, www.vibesfm.com 5pm

Highnoon Showdown, DJ Lone ranger, The Frontline Radio, thefrontlineradio.com

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The Caribbean Affair, Martin Jay, bakahnalradio.com

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Soca Session, DJ Soca Flex, The Frontline Radio, thefrontlineradio.com

8-11pm The Calalloo Show with Digga D, largeradio.com 9pm Soca Stop, DJ Soca Junkee, The Frontline Radio, thefrontlineradio.com

MONDAY 8-10pm Soca Jam Show, DJ Ratty, largeradio.com 10-12pm Bacchanal Vybes of Soca, Soca Devil, RJR 98.3FM (www.radiorjr.com)

TUESDAY 7-9pm Soca City, Mz Tiney Winey, Supreme FM 99.8 (supremefm. com)

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Caribbean Sessions Showcase, DJ CJay, bakahnalradio.com

SATURDAY 12-2pm Caribbean House Party, Feminine Touch, Supreme FM 99.8 (supremefmlive.ning.com). 3.30pm Drive Time, Mr Hype & D’Mighty Hitman, The Frontline Radio, thefrontlineradio.com 3.30pm Show Time, Mr Hype & D’Mighty Hitman, The Frontline Radio, thefrontlineradio.com 10-1am

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QT 2Hype & DJ Bones, Bang Radio 103.6 (wearebang.com)


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NORTHAMPTON CARNIVAL NORTHAMPTON, UK

Sun 29 June

PRESTON CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL

sat 5 July

ACTON CARNIVAL ACTON, UK

PRESTON, UK

MORE INFO

01604 779 024 northamptoncarnival@yahoo.co.uk

Sat 21 June

HOLLYWOOD CARNIVAL HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA, USA

MORE INFO

laculturefestival.com

Thur 26-Sat 28 June

ST KITTS MUSIC FESTIVAL ST KITTS

The St Kitts Music Festival features a rich and protean mix of musical styles including calypso, hip hop, jazz, reggae, RnB and soca, and attracts both local and international music-loving patrons. Past performances by artists like Regina Belle, Toni Braxton, Beres Hammond, John Legend, Stephen Marley, Lord Nelson, T-Pain and Dionne Warwick have augmented the festival’s reputation as one of the Caribbean’s premier music events. MORE INFO

www.stkittsmusicfestival.com

Present day carnival across the world has its roots in an amazing range of nationalities, cultures, life styles and belief. Well-documented evidence of carnival exists in the form of celebrations, masquerades, songs and traditions of West African slaves, through Europe’s Romantic period of the 1600th century, to the post emancipation period of colonial Europe in the Caribbean. Carnival in Britain has it roots in the Caribbean. Like many things in life, Caribbean Carnival in Preston started somewhat spontaneously. In an attempt to remember the great carnival back home, West Indian immigrants organised a small procession through a few streets in Preston. They begged, bought and borrowed a host of materials, carried costumes and steel drums through some of the cobbled streets, in order to bring at least one day of sunshine and fantasy to Preston. MORE INFO

info@prestoncarnival.co.uk www.prestoncarnival.co.uk

fri 20 june

OSLO KARNEVAL

MORE INFO

12pm -7pm events@ealing.gov.uk

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ST PAULS AFRIKAN CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL LTD ST PAULS, BRISTOL, UK

The story of St Pauls Afrikan Caribbean Carnival is one of a community’s success, from its small beginnings in the late sixties to the present day. The whole event now takes over the neighbourhood of St Pauls in Bristol, and involves schools, community groups and host professional performers. Until recently, St Pauls has had a large Afrikan Caribbean population, demonstrated by the strong community spirit shown in this annual carnival.

NORWAY

MORE INFO MORE INFO

www.karnevalioslo.no

0117 944 4176 info@stpaulscarnival.co.uk www.stpaulscarnival.co.uk www.facebook.com/pages/ St-Pauls-Afrikan-CaribbeanCarnival/530012327114389 www.twitter.com/stpaulscarnival JUNE 2014 SN 15


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PARIS AND ILE DE FRANCE TROPICAL CARNIVAL 2014 PARIS, FRANCE

MORE INFO

http://int.rendezvousenfrance. com/en/events/paris-and-ilefrance-tropical-carnival-2014

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VINCY MAS

ST VINCENT & THE GRENADINES

MORE INFO

www.carnivalsvg.com

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HUDDERSFIELD CARNIVAL GREENHEAD PARK, HUDDERSFIELD, UK

MORE INFO

01484 536 542 www.huddersfieldcarnival.co.uk

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WYCOMBE COMMUNITY FESTIVAL

THE RYE PARK, LONDON ROAD, HIGH WYCOMBE, BUCKS HP11 1BJ, UK Wycombe Community Festival is one of the largest free outdoor cultural community events in the Wycombe Calendar. MORE INFO

01494 459449 www.sv2g.org.uk www.facebook.com/pages/ SV2G/122157334471466 www.twitter.com/sv2g 16 SN JUNE 2014

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LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL CARNIVAL TOXTETH, LIVERPOOL, UK

Liverpool International Carnival 2014 is the city’s largest artistic parade, bringing together people and communities from across the region and beyond to celebrate the diversity and creativity that is ‘Carnival’. Carnival 2014, themed ‘Our Commonwealth’, sees the presentation of 1000 costumes as well as new large-scale carnival structures and costumes. Dance along to the mighty drumming sound of KalentuRa from the Netherlands; be amazed by the costumes of the Junkanoo Commando’s from the Bahamas; catch the highest stilt walkers around from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; sing along to latest 2014 soca hits. So come down and join us on the road, in civvies or in costume; there’s something for the whole family as we wine our way through Toxteth, coming to rest in Princes Park. MORE INFO

0151 709 3334 office@brouhaha.uk.com www.brouhaha.uk.com https://www.facebook.com/ Brouhaha.Int) www.twitter.com/Brouhaha_Int

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ZOMER CARNAVAL ROTTERDAM, HOLLAND

Carnival in the Netherland Antilles is usually celebrated in the winter or early spring, but as that time would be too cold for such outdoor festivities in Europe, carnival in Rotterdam, Holland - which is derived from that in the Dutch Antilles - is celebrated during the summer. First held on August 4, 1984 in Rotterdam as the ‘Antillian Summer Carnival’, the festival, which attracted around 900,000 visitors annually from 2004 to 2007, is now called Zomercarnaval - Dutch for Summer Carnival. Some of the most anticipated pre-carnival events are the official Zomercarnaval Queen Election, the Zomercarnaval Beach Party and the Battle of Drums competition. The climax of the Rotterdam Summer Carnival is the street parade, which is held on the Saturday. However, during and after the street parade there are two live stages, at the Coolsingel and the Churchillplein, until late in the evening. MORE INFO

www.rotterdamunlimited.com


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Sat 7th June 2014 CARNIVAL VILLAGE TRUST IN ASSOCIATION WITH TALK YUH TALK

KAISO LIME!

@ Carnival Village, Tabernacle, Powis Square, London, W11 2AY. Live Acts Live Calypso artistes at the Tabernacle Bar. Every First Saturday Feat. Tobago Crusoe & Friends inc. Coco P and Miguel Barradas. ‘A Tribute to the Mighty Sparrow’. Host Martin Jay. Price Free Entry. Time 7pm - 10.30pm. www.tabernaclew11.com HOLIDAY INN LONDON KENSINGTON FORUM

CARIBBEAN NIGHTS

@ Holiday Inn London - Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4DN. Price From £39pp. Time 7.30pm - 1am. Tel 020 7341 3099 (see pg6) lonhi.caribbeanexperience.com www.hikensingtonforumhotel.co.uk

Fri 13th June 2014 SHIPWRECKED

LAVA FRIDAY AFTER WORK DRINKS

@ Ruby Blue, 1 Leicester Place, London, WC2H 7BP. Price Free. Time 5.30pm - 3am. Tel 07990 587 333. SOCA MASSIVE & ZOOMER D

BIG PEOPLE PARTY

@ Island Arts Studio, 278 Milkwood Road, London, SE24 0EZ. Music By Soca Massive, Zoomer D. Price £5. Time 10pm - 3am. Tel 07958 319 954. BAJAN REVELLERS

SPRING BLING 2014 - OLD SOCA VS OLD DUB

@ Euphoriom Night Club & Bar, 1-3 Acton High Street, London, W3 6NG. Host Bajan Revellers. Music by Shep Beats, Supreme Blessings Sounds. Price £8, £10. Time 10pm - 3.30am (no entry after 1.30am). Tel 07403 008 566. 18 and over bajanrevellersuk@gmail.com www.bajanrevellers.co.uk

PSV AND SOCA FRENZY RADIO

SOCA FRENZY 6TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY FETE AND THANK YOU PARTY @ The Scala , 275 Pentonville Road King´s Cross, London, N1 9NL. Live Acts Various Artist and the SCANDAL-US Carnival Section Launch. Music By Shaker HD (Soca Frenzy), DJ Tate, DJ Bones, Triple M, DJ Flex, DJ Red Boy, DJ Rickman, Mr Migz, Trist-T. Host DJ Matchiz. Price £8, £10, £15 VIP tickets £18 at the door. Time 11pm - 5am. Over 20 socafrenzy@gmail.com www.socafrenzy.com

Sat 14th June 2014 CO2 PRODUCTIONS

UNITY VIBES

@ Flyover, Portobello, 3 – 5 Thorpe Close, London, W10 5XL. Live Act Dee Vine, BL Fresh & Golden Child. Host DJ Terry Bee. Price £7 early bird £10 thereafter, motd. Time 10pm - 3am. Over 18, ID Required JUNE 2014 SN 19


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D.A. CONNECTIONS

MINI SKIRTS & LEGGINS PRE SUMMER SEWO JAM

@ The Equal Chance Club, 74-76 St James’ St, Walthamstow, London, E17 7PE. Music By DJ Red Boy, De Crazy 1. Price £10, £15 thereafter, motd. Time 10pm - 6am.

Sun 15th Jun 2014 HOLIDAY INN LONDON KENSINGTON FORUM

FATHERS DAY JAZZ LUNCH

@ Holiday Inn London - Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4DN. Price £28 Adult £14 Kid’s 5-12 Free under 5. Time 1pm - 4.30pm. Tel 020 7341 3099 (see pg6) lonhi.caribbeanexperience.com www.hikensingtonforumhotel.co.uk ADDICTED MAS

2014 COSTUME BAND LAUNCH - 05-50

@ La La Brasserie, 2 – 4 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, London, W6 9DX. Music by Triple M & DJ Frisko. Price £5, no ticket no entry. Time 7pm - 1am. Tel 07506 672 699 ID required www.specialist-events.com

Sat 21st June 2014 HOLIDAY INN LONDON KENSINGTON FORUM

CARIBBEAN NIGHTS

@ Holiday Inn London - Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4DN. Price From £39pp. Time 7.30pm - 1am. Tel 020 7341 3099 (see pg6) lonhi.caribbeanexperience.com www.hikensingtonforumhotel.co.uk

Fri 27th Jun 2014 SUN BAILANTE

THE MEGAFOAM PARTY – WORLD CUP EDITION >>> REPRESENT YOUR COUNTRY!

@ Fire Club, South Lambeth Road 20 SN JUNE 2014

Vauxhall, London, SW8 1RT. Music By Sun Bailante, D Tee, QT 2Hype, Djahman & Triple M. Price Limited £10, £12, £15 adv. motd. Time 11pm - 6am. 18 Plus, ID required www.sunbailante.com

BARBADOS CULTURAL ORGANISATION (BCO)

ANNUAL CHARITY BALL

@ Holiday Inn London - Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London, WC1N 1HT. Live Acts Wayne ‘Dibby’ Rollins. Host Angie Greaves. Price £55. Time 7.15pm - 2am.

CANDY MAS & BURROKEETS

ITZA SWEET WORLD (CUP) HALF TIME LIME

@ The Worlds End, 21-23 Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park, London, N4 3EF. Music By Lyrical Louix. Price £5 adv., motd. Time 7pm - midnight. 18 Plus. RELEASE D RIDDIM

EPIC

@ Clause, 1 Lovat Lane, off Eastcheap, London, EC3R 8DT. Music By DJ Bliss, Mr Hardwine, Credable, DJ Dukes, Cappachino & Mr XL. Price £10, £15, £20 on the door. Time 10pm - 4am. Tel 07950 715 598. 21 Plus www.releasedriddim.com

Sat 28th June 2014 HOLIDAY INN BLOOMSBURY

TROPICAL RENDEZVOUS

@ Holiday Inn London - Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London, WC1N 1HT. Music by Martin Jay. Price £27; includes a glass of sparkling wine. Time 7pm - 12.30am. Tel 020 7923 6665 for enquiries and bookings. lonbl.caribbeanflavour@ihg.com www.hilondonbloomsburyhotel.co.uk THE HIGH COMMISSION FOR SAINT LUCIA

SAINT LUCIA GALA AWARDS DINNER IN CELEBRATION OF SAINT LUCIA’S 35TH YEAR OF INDEPENDENCE

@ The Chelsea Harbour Hotel, Chelsea Harbour, London, SW10 0XG. Live Acts Ronald “Boo” Hinkson, Barbara Cadet. Host His Excellency Dr. Ernest Hilaire - High Commissioner for Saint Lucia to the United Kingdom. Price £150, £100 VIP. Time 6pm - 1am. Tel 020 7341 0157.

MAD MAN PROMOTIONS

SOCA REWIND

@ Anambar, 3 Chapel Market Islington, London, N1 9EZ. Music By QT 2Hype, Mr Hype & Mr Wotless. Price £5, £7 thereafter. Time 9pm 3am. Tel 07999 915 016. 18 Plus, ID required PURE LIME

BAND LAUNCH & BAR-B-QUE

@ The World’s End Pub, 21-23 Stroud Green Road, London, N4 3EF. Time 2pm - 1am. Tel 07973 784 202 DAME DU SHOW

BOOM BOOM

@ The Wine Tun, 2-6 Cannon Street, London, EC4M 6XX. Music By DJ Cinde Rella (Dame Du Show). Host Soulja - Universal Sound. Price £10, motd. Time 10pm - 4am. Tel 07967 738 419. 23 Plus, ID required info@damedushow.com www.damedushow.com

Sat 5th july 2014 CARNIVAL VILLAGE TRUST IN ASSOCIATION WITH TALK YUH TALK

KAISO LIME!

@ Carnival Village, Tabernacle, Powis Square, London, W11 2AY. Live Calypso Acts At the Tabernacle Bar Cleopatra, MC Tobago Crusoe. Price Free Entry. Time 7pm - 10.30pm. Tel 020 7221 9700 www.tabernaclew11.com

You are strongly advised to check with the event promoter, as details sometimes change and cancellations may occur; all information was correct at the time of going to print.


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ISIS MAS RENAISSANCE

At the GENESIS of a re-emerging world, the souls arise to a new SHINING DAWN. The intensity of the sun’s fierce, fiery light ignites the PHOENIX REBIRTH. Odds and ends, materials, once dead, discarded and ignored, find essence and NEO TINKER into form and life, and now it’s dusk. With night upon us an ALPHA NEW MOON rises to predictable, haunting, howling life. Introducing this year’s theme: RENAiSSANCE. The 50th anniversary of Notting Hill Carnival is approaching, so this year Isis Mas’ costumes are phenomenal. They resulted from the Isis Mas Design Contest, where 5 sections were picked from 50. Isis Mas have created a fresh approach, and given new designers the opportunity to showcase their talent. The average costume price is £135, depending on section and package. Adult packages include a FREE Sunday T-shirt, food, drink and security – and there’s a special VIP option. On Carnival Monday, they leave from Barlby Road, W10 at 11am. Isis Mas are a welcoming, friendly, family orientated, multicultural band. Their aim is to have as much fun as possible in a safe and pleasant environment. Expect the finest musical entertainment with a spectacular line-up. Bring on the year of "Renaissance". 24 SN JUNE 2014

CONTACT DETAILS 07535 476 099 INFO@ISISMAS.COM WWW.ISISMAS.COM WWW.TWITTER.COM/ISISMAS WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/ISISMAS


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EUPHORIA

BAHIA - A TERRA DA FELICIDADE

Euphoria presents Bahia - a terra da felicidade (the land of happiness), for Notting Hill Carnival 2014. They will take to the streets of London’s Notting Hill and transform them into an explosion of colour and happiness. The band will embody the essence of Bahia and celebrate its rich, diverse history, the energy and vibrancy of its people, and the spectacle that is Salvador Carnival. Euphoria features two costumed sections, Sol and Oceana, and Euphoria’s very own fun mas brand: Party Man and Party Woman. Prices range from £105 to £265, and include costume, breakfast, lunch, snacks, premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks all day, music and security. Bahia’s capital is one of the oldest cities in the Americas, and was Brazil’s first official capital. Salvador da Bahia was founded by the Portuguese in 1549 and is the third most populous Brazilian city. It is also known as Brazil’s capital of happiness, due to its countless popular outdoor parties and street carnival, and is where the unique Afro-Brazilian mix of dance and martial arts, Capoeira, originated; it combines agile dance moves with unarmed combat techniques. Euphoria will bring the best of the best together: London’s Notting Hill Carnival meets Bahia, Brazil’s Salvador Carnival. 26 SN JUNE 2014

CONTACT DETAILS WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/EUPHORIACARNIVAL WWW.TWITTER.COM/EUPHORIAMASBAND WWW.INSTAGRAM.COM/EUPHORIACARNIVAL# WWW.EUPHORIACARNIVAL.COM


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LAGNIAPPE JEWEL OF THE NILE

The 2014 presentation, ‘Jewel of the Nile’, re-awakens the opulence and glamour of the ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses. The intricately designed costumes will transport you to a time of beauty, glamour and sun worship, fused with the pulsating rhythms of soca music from one of the most welcoming bands on the road. Lagniappe embody their love for carnival through their attention to detail and quality delivery. From their premium costumes and award winning sound system, to their professional team, they give their masqueraders the ultimate carnival experience. Lagniappe are one of the most experienced teams on the road for NHC. Band leader Roddy Maharaj was the longest serving Operational Director for Notting Hill Carnival, and heads a team who collectively have over 100 years of carnival, culture and arts delivery experience within the UK and internationally. They were the pioneers behind much of what is considered a part of the Notting Hill mas experience today, and have become the benchmark for service and sound. Lagniappe means ‘a little more, a bonus or an extra gift’, and that is what they deliver. For newcomers or seasoned masqueraders, Lagniappe Mas provides all that is needed to have the carnival experience of a lifetime. 28 SN JUNE 2014

CONTACT DETAILS CARNIVAL@LAGNIAPPE.CO.UK WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/LAGNIAPPEUK?REF=H


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ADVERTORIAL

CLEAN FROM THE INSIDE OUT

If, like me, you grew up in the Caribbean, you would recall that during school vacations, on a day ordained by your mother, granny or tanty, all the children in the household underwent an uncomfortable ritual – a purge. First thing in the morning, everyone would line up and, with much foreboding, accept a tablespoon or more of the most foul-tasting concoction. The mixture – which in my house included molasses - was guaranteed to cause you and the toilet to become intimately acquainted. But why have a ‘clean out’ in the first place? Waste, or toxins – substances harmful to the body – are the by-product of metabolic processes in the cells, and also come from the food we eat, the air we breathe, and chemicals we absorb through the skin, for example from the personal care and household products we use. Our bodies are detoxifying every day, and we normally get rid of waste via the lymph system, liver, kidneys and colon. But, because we are exposed to a huge number of chemical pollutants – more now than at any other time in human history – our bodies struggle to perform optimally. The fast-paced, high-stress lifestyle we now lead, and our reliance on alcohol, tobacco, caffeine and processed foods along with prescription and narcotic drugs, only compound the problem. The results are any amongst a myriad of symptoms: fatigue, lethargy, headaches, poor concentration, dark circles or bags under the eyes, irritability, weight gain, difficulty losing weight, constipation, diarrhoea, haemorrhoids, unpleasant body odour, yeast (candida) infections, skin problems, excess mucous, food allergies and fluid retention. If your body needs a boost, the Clean 9 programme from Forever Living Products can help. It is easy to follow and combines all-natural supplements with a calorie-controlled diet and exercise to put you on the path to a cleaner, healthier, happier body in just nine days.

It includes: • Organic aloe vera gel, a great health tonic which contains 200 nutritional compounds, cleanses the digestive system and improves absorption of nutrients • Bee pollen, which provides a wide spectrum of essential nutrients including all of the B-complex vitamins, which boosts energy and mental clarity • Garcinia Plus, which helps to enhance the metabolism and maintain healthy blood sugar and pres sure levels • Forever Lite Ultra, a protein shake which provides 100% of the recommended daily amounts of vitamins and minerals, along with all eight essential amino acids. The programme is great on its own or as an invaluable first step in making a lifestyle change, including losing weight.

For further information, including a free consultation, please email natashaofosu@yahoo. com or telephone 07809 745 236. If you choose to undertake the Clean 9 programme, full help and support will be provided. 30 SN JUNE 2014


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Soca News Magazine | June 2014  

Soca News | June 2014 | Issue 107

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