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EdITOR’s Letter Welcome to the October issue of Soca News. We trust you had a good summer, and an even better Notting Hill Carnival. If you didn’t then we’d be interested to hear from you; tell us your stories, good and bad. Did you not get the service you paid for? Was your costume unrecognisable? Email us at, and let us know. A meeting, which was held in September to discuss reclaiming Carnival, will hopefully lead to some improvements to our favourite time of year. See page 12 for a full report.



Very much on all our minds recently, of course, have been the Caribbean islands devastated by hurricanes Irma and Maria - in particular those that are independent so will now need to muster their own resources. We’d like to add our voices to ask everyone to give what they can to help. Two appeals that we know of are the Rebuild Barbuda Appeal Fund and the Dominica National Development & Disaster Fund (DNDDF). YOURS IN SOCA. Joseph Charles EDITOR

PUBLISHER & EDITOR Joseph Charles CREATIVE Joseph Charles SUB EDITOR Katie Segal CONSULTING EDITOR Stephen Spark



WORDS Angela Chappell, Ionie Benjamin, Joseph Charles, Katie Segal, Nicole Rachelle Moore, Shabaka Thompson, Shareen Gray & Stephen Spark

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Soca News | October 2017  

In this month’s issue, read our exclusive report on the reclaiming of Notting Hill Carnival. Also check out our interview with Chef Hasan De...