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Humming Bird for Garlin Soca star Bunji Garlin (Ian Alvarez) has been awarded The Humming Bird Medal (Silver) for his contribution to culture and music, in a ceremony that took place on Sunday 24 September at the National Academy for the Performing Arts, Portof-Spain. The National Awards of Trinidad and Tobago recognise the contributions of those citizens and non-nationals who have had a significant and positive impact on the twin-island republic.

A New Beacon New Beacon, the black bookshop established back in 1966, has reopened after a six week refurbishment process. The book store, whose official re-launch was on Saturday 7 October, launched a gofundme page in April where they managed to raise more than their ÂŁ10,000 goal. The shop now has a new shop front, and updated logo to match. Along with the new look are new opening times: Tuesday to Saturday, 11am - 6pm, plus late night closing at 8pm on Thursdays. You can find New Beacon at 76 Stroud Green Road, London N4 3EN; telephone 020 7272 4889 or visit their website,

Come Drink a Rum! The UK Rum Fest is back for its 11th year. The event will feature up to 400 different varieties of rum from around the world, available both for sampling and purchase. It’s worth a visit - at least once! Rum Fest will be held at ILEC Conference Centre, SW6 1UD on the weekend of Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October, kicking off from midday on both days.

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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...