Apr 25, 2014
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Posts tagged: Trinidad

Minister Montano: Machel’s “Ministry of Road” Campaign

Words by Tishanna Williams—

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Throughout the month of February, LargeUp will be reporting on all things related to Trinidad Carnival ahead of the big event March 3 and 4. First up is Tishanna Williams’ breakdown of Machel Montano’s plans to establish a “Ministry of Road” for Carnival 2014.

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AUDIO: Bunji Garlin, “Truck On D Road”

Words by Natalie Weiner–
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2013 has been quite a year for Bunji Garlin – already an International Soca Monarch several times over, Garlin continued his reign (at least metaphorically) with international hit “Differentology.” The song won the Soul Train Award for Best International Performance, is currently in rotation on HOT 97, and was even featured on Grey’s Anatomy (!?). He even brought the tune to LargeUp, performing it for us at the Okayplayer Holiday Party with the Roots, and the LargeUp Sessions just a few weeks ago.

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Toppa Top 10: The Biggest Soca Tunes of 2013


Words by Jam Central, Tishanna Williams and Jesse Serwer—
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Toppa Top 10: Jillionaire’s 2013 Best of Everything List

Words by Jillionaire

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Trini Christmas, 101: Parang Season, When Trinidad “Goes Spanish”

Words by Tishanna Williams—

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Trini culture expert Tishanna Williams brings us the second in our series spotlighting unique cultural traditions surrounding the Christmas season in Trinidad & Tobago. Read the first installment, “How to Make Punch De Creme,” here.

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NEW AUDIO: Fay-Ann Lyons, “Catch Me”

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Trinidad’s soca power couple are doing their best to get us hyped for Carnival 2014 – first, we had Bunji Garlin’s Major Lazer and Kubiyashi track “It’s a Carnival,” and now Fay-Ann Lyons is dropping “Catch Me,” a soca-rock-EDM banger.

The track was produced by New York’s Richie Beretta, who brings his own interpretation of soca, complete with big drops, heavy guitars, and (of course) Lyons’s soaring vocals. Like Major Lazer, he is not a producer normally associated with major soca artists — if this trend continues, it looks like soca crossover songs might just be some of this Carnival’s biggest hits.

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