Arts

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.

 

American rapper Cardi B given Tribe costume

American rapper and Grammy nominee Carbi B, has been given a Carnival costume by the mas band Tribe.

However, despite many thinking that she was playing with the band, the rapper has been posting photos on her Instagram page, showing her at events at New York's Fashion Week.

Tribe posted a photo of the singer on it's Instagram page with the caption, "Guess what? It’s Carnival Monday!!!Masqueraders, get in ya section."

US university students enjoy J'ouvert in Sangre Grande

Chairman of the Sangre Grande Regional Corporation Councillor Martin Terry Rondon joined Carnival revellers as they celebrated Jouvert in the town of Sangre Grande this morning.

Rondon congratulated Inspector Baran and his officers from the Sangre Grande Municipal Police as they came out in full capacity to ensure the safety of everyone. 

Rondon said he was delighted and proud to see that even University Students from the United States of America enjoyed J'ouvert celebrations in Sangre Grande as they came out with a mas band.

 

Helon Francis is new Calypso Monarch

Helon Francis is the new Calypso Monarch, dethroning Hollis "Chalkdust" Liverpool in Sunday night's final at the Dimanche Gras show on the big stage at the Queen's Park Savannah.

Francis, singing "Change" before the judges and savannah audience, pipped Soca Monarch Aaron "The Voice" St Louis, who placed second with his song, "Year For Love", the same song that won him his third Soca Monarch in a row on Friday.  

Rondell Donawa placed 3rd with "De Problem".

Commissioner: "Carnival is still under threat"

Acting Police Commissioner, Stephen Williams has told the media that there still remains a threat to Carnival at this time and is calling on citizens to be vigilant.

Three more people have been arrested, bringing the number of suspects to 7.

Williams addressed a news conference in Port-of-Spain on Saturday, where he also downplayed the role of the United States in the investigations.

He refrained from using the term "terrorist" when pressed by reporters, describing the threat as "unusual criminal acts of various forms, including violence".

Soca Monarch hattrick for 'Voice'

Aaron St Louis, 'The Voice' has done it again, wining the 2018 Soca Monarch competition, making it a hattrick of victories in the competition.

Voice, performing in position number 11 with "Year of Love" was once again the judges favourite, following on victories with "Cheers to Life" in 2016 and "Far From Finish" in 2017.

Dexter "Blaxx" Stewart placed 2nd with "Hulk", while Orlando Octave was adjudged 3rd with "Love you so".

Trevor Turner was fourth with "Champions".

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