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The hidden stories of Carnival - From music schools in the community to the big stage, Panorama 2018

We see the shimmer of the costumes; a multitude of colours that engulf the streets of Port of Spain, San Fernando and at Regional Carnival celebrations, we hear the fierce and passionate lyrics of our musicians as they compete for coveted Monarch titles, we feel the energy of the steel drums whose sound beckons that invisible carnival spirit that lives in all of us.

But little is told about the dreams that come true for the world’s greatest eruption of euphoria. The journey of the Music Schools in the Community is one such hidden story.

Machel supports separate Carnival for Tobago

Road March winner Machel Montano has thrown his support behind the initiative for Tobago to have its own Carnival.

Since 2011, there have been calls for Tobago to have its own Carnival instead of having celebrations the same time as Trinidad.

Montano gave his take on the issue during his performance at the Call to Paradise premium all-inclusive event at the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort on Saturday.

Montano urged those in authority to be brave and grasp the opportunity for Trinidad and Tobago to have separate Carnivals on each island.

Ban use of paint during J’Ouvert

Woodbrook residents have put forward four proposals to their Member of Parliament in a bid to stop masqueraders and J’Ouvert revellers from defacing their properties annually during Carnival celebrations.

Chairman of the Woodbrook Residents Committee Lynette Dolly in a recent meeting with Port-of-Spain South MP Marlene Mc Donald suggested that unregistered J’Ouvert bands be shifted from Woodbrook to Port-of-Spain for Carnival 2019.

Ronnie & Caro is Band of the Year

The National Carnival Commission (NCC) has announced the results of the Parade of the Bands, with Ronnie and Caro winning this year.

K2K was adjudged the winner of the medium bands category.

The results were announced by NCC chairman, Colin Lucas today.

Large Bands:
1. Ronnie & Caro
2. Lost Tribe
3. Paparazzi

Medium Bands:
1. K2K
2. Exodus
3. Just Wee and Friends

Small Bands:

1. Call of the Tribes
2. Folklore
3. Masters of the Art

Mini Bands:

'Soca Kingdom' is Road March 2018

Machel Montano and Austin "Superblue" Lyons have won this year's Road March with "Soca Kingdom'.

The song was played 336 times at judging points.

Iwer George's  "Savannah" came in second with 140 plays while Patrice Roberts was third with "Sweet Fuh Days", played 112 times.

The result was announced by the Trinbago Unified Calypso Organisation (TUCO).

This is Montano's 9th Road March title and Superblue's 10th.

Only late calypsonian, Kitchener, has more Road March titles, with 11.

 

Florida resident crushed to death by music truck in Port-of-Spain

A 77-year-old Florida man is dead after being crushed by a music truck in Port-of-Spain.

According to police reports, around 1 pm today, Kingsley Rhodareya was behind a music truck on Duke Street near Victoria Square.

Police believe the music truck reversed to negotiate a bend and hit him.

Officers say he was knocked to the ground and one of the wheels rolled over him.

He died at hospital from severe chest injuries.

 

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