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Jacob Desvarieux, Kassav co-founder has died

Co-founder of Kassav, Jacob Desvarieux who was born on the 21 November 1955, passed away yesterday Friday 30 July 2021 at the age of 65. …

Pantonic steel celebrities

Pantonic Steel Orchestra were pan celebrities this summer

A carnival is born!!!

On Sunday 3 September, following two years’ preparation involving local groups and artists, Hull, City of Culture

‘Time for action!’ – carnivalists demand change at Notting Hill

“It is time to reclaim our carnival” was the strident demand on the pre-event flyers

Notting Hill carnival’s first £1000 mas section

UCOM (United Colours of Mas) have set out their stall for Notting Hill Carnival 2018 by introducing the first £1,000 mas section

Soca Music Awards set to return in 2018

The Soca Music Awards will return in 2018

Barbados Food and Rum Festival Whets the Appetite

Barbados will host its annual celebration of indigenous fine and fun cuisine from November 16 to 19

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!

ACUK to launch Calypso in London book on 26 October

This year the London Calypso Tent enjoyed its best season yet. Now it has even more reason celebrate

Ros Price: a celebration of love and creativity

On 9 September, Oval House witnessed a wonderful celebration of the life of Ros Price

A New Beacon

New Beacon, the black bookshop established back in 1966, has reopened after a six week refurbishment process

Gloria Cummins

The well-known leader of Flamboyan mas band – one of the oldest in Notting Hill Carnival – passed away in St Mary’s Hospital

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

Dominica ‘worse than a war zone’, says hurricane-wrecked island’s PM

Severe damage and 15 deaths have been reported from Dominica after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria. Because of restricted communications, people concerned about their relatives should text rather than try to telephone

Carnivalists urged to join Monday’s debate on Notting Hill’s future

A meeting of everyone involved in Notting Hill Carnival – masqueraders, pannists, calypsonians, band leaders, spectators, residents

Carnival will crown Seychelles’ celebration of culture

In Britain, October is Black History Month, when we celebrate our culture in music, poetry, dance, art, discussion and much more

After Irma, now it’s Maria threatening the Caribbean

Islands in the eastern Caribbean are waiting anxiously for the arrival of Hurricane Maria

Paint and powder bands protest at Notting Hill Carnival

Judges at Notting Hill Carnival were greeted by protests from several big ‘dutty mas’ bands on Carnival Sunday.

Second hurricane spares Caribbean as islands count cost of Irma

After Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc last week, leaving 25 people dead, scores injured and thousands homeless

Hackney carnival takes place today

For more than four decades Hackney has been finding good reasons to celebrate on the streets

Barbuda evacuated as Hurricane Irma aid effort gathers pace

All 1,600 inhabitants of hurricane-ravaged Barbuda have been moved to the larger and less severely affected island of Antigua

Notting Hill Carnival 2017 CMA Soca on the Move results

CMA Soca on the Move, Sunday 27 August 2017

Notting Hill Carnival 2017 On the Road Results

Here are the results for Notting Hill Carnival 2017

Calypsonian All Rounder honoured in London

Pressure of news during Notting Hill Carnival prevented us from mentioning that the Association of Calypsonians UK (ACUK, formerly ABC)

UK ‘too slow’ to send aid to hurricane-wrecked Caribbean

The Queen and Prime Minister Theresa May have both sent messages of sympathy to people affected by Hurricane Irma.

Irma turns hurricane-force fury on Turks & Caicos and Bahamas

The islands of Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas archipelago are bracing themselves for 180mph winds, torrential rain and potentially

Mighty Chalkdust to be honoured with award

After more than half a century of entertaining and educating his many fans across the world, calypsonians Dr Hollis Liverpool

Calypsonian Swallow taken ill in New York

Antiguan calypsonian King Swallow (Sir Rupert Philo) is in hospital in New York after falling ill while performing in the run-up to Labor Day.

Hurricane Irma leaves Barbuda ‘barely habitable’ but spares Antigua

Irma, one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record, is reported to have “devastated” Barbuda on Wednesday

V&A Museum uncovers the ‘hidden Caribbean’

London’s Victoria & Albert Museum is inviting visitors to take a trip through Caribbean art, crafts, design, trade and culture, spanning 300 years from colonialism to modernity.

Harare International Carnival reaches climax on Saturday

It’s still only a few years old, but in terms of attendance Zimbabwe’s Harare International Carnival (HIC) has become one of the biggest in Africa. This year the theme is ‘One Love: Our Unity, Our Pride’.