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    Native American with a twist as YUMA launches 2017 designs

    YUMA, one of Trinidad and Tobago’s large costume bands, is going Native American with a touch of Europe, Africa and India for Carnival 2017. The band launched its latest theme, ‘The Origins, From Whence We Came’ on 6 August at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, to a hugely

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    New monarchs and history made at Vincy Mas 2016

    Skinny Fabulous achieved his aim, as his absence from St Vincent and the Grenadines’ 2016 carnival music competitions has opened the way for two new monarchs to be crowned. Chewalee Johnson, whose first name is also his sobriquet, won the ragga soca title withRumist, an ode to the golden tipple

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    Will it be wind, washout or scorcher at Notting Hill Carnival?

    We’ve had two years in succession of chilly rain drenching Carnival Monday, so Notting Hill’s party pilgrims could be forgiven for thinking that a Higher Power was demonstrating its displeasure at west London’s annual festival of bacchanalian excess. So what can we expect this year? First indications are that it’s

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    A new Hart for British calypso

    She’s 15 years old, has the voice of an angel and plays steelpan too, we’re told. McKenzie Hart won the hearts of the audience at The Tabernacle on the opening night of the ABC London Calypso Tent on Friday 5 August. There is always an air of anticipation as the

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    Notting Hill at 50 – more than just a party

    Fifty years ago, a small festival that was intended to spread a bit of hope and happiness in Notting Hill and North Kensington proved a success beyond the organisers’ wildest dreams. But even those dreams didn’t envisage a massive, iconic annual event attracting up to a million revellers from around

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