Trinidad Carnival Through the Lens of Maria Nunes

Maria Nunes

Maria Nunes

This week Trinidad and Tobago hosted the largest Carnival in the Caribbean and one of the most known and imitated Carnivals and street parades. We have decided to showcase the work of Maria Nunes, a photographer from Trinidad and Tobago with special interests in capturing imagery related to the performing arts and in documenting cultural heritage, especially traditional Carnival portrayals. Below you can get a taste of the festivities and visit her site for more work.  The images focus on traditional mas, award winning designer Peter Minshall and costumed moko jumbies (stilt walkers). Hope you enjoy the images and see you in Trinidad 2019.

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“In a World of Their Own”, a book of Maria Nunes' carnival photographs, will be published by Robert & Christopher Publishers very soon. Stay tuned!

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Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley wins 3rd GRAMMY Award

Just exactly a week before his father's birthday, Damian Marley wins his 3rd GRAMMY Award for Best Reggae Album with his album Stone Hill. The announcement was made during the pre-telecast at the Madison Square Garden in New York City Sunday 29th, 2018. 

Damian, who has been nominated 5 times had the company of 2016 GRAMMY award winners Morgan Heritage, first-time GRAMMY-nominated artist Chronixx and Common Kings and finally, second-time GRAMMY-nominated artist J Boog. Just last year his brother Ziggy Marley won his 8th GRAMMY giving the winner a back to back win for the Marley's. 

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Stony Hill was released in July 2017. It spent several weeks atop the Billboard Reggae album chart. It has to date sold more than 18,000 copies in the United States according to Nielsen Music.

Coppershot Sound (Jamaica) comes to Geneva

Coppershot Disco is seen as the next step in entertainment having been performing their art for over Sixteen years and consistently being on top of the game. Founded in 1994 through a merger with Sage Enterprises, Coppershot boasts an impressive and energetic crew of hardcore music loving Jamaicans. Over the years this sound has been tested, tried and proven true, building a strong following in Kingston and the whole of Jamaica. Despite having been dubbed an ‘uptown sound’ Coppershot has proven they have the ingenuity and the right flavor for all crowds.

Having started from the aspirations of three young Campionties Matthew Gray, Jason Henriques and Shaun Anderson, Coppershot has since grown into an enterprise. They have expanded to ten members adding a variety of styles and enabling them to widen their scope to extensive play outs. The members include top selectors such as ‘Jigzagula AKA Jay-Z, Nero P, Mr. Shaun, DJ Donny, DJ Small Voice, Sanjay,   Cutty, DJ Marc Chin and Dj Ash . The Coppershot name is so popular that if one looks at all the hottest party posters one will no doubt find their distinctive logo as the stand out selectors.

The sound is known for their versatility, playing at all kinds of events from birthday parties, weddings, stage shows, clubs, parties and more. Always holding true to their word and professional standards the sound has been enlisted by all the major corporate sponsors to play for their events. These include recurring jobs with Digicel, Red Stripe, Bmobile, Appleton and Smirnoff Ice. From the sound’s inception its talented crew have been consistently working alongside other popular sounds such as Stone Love, Tony Matterhorn, Fire Links, Bass Odyssey and Renaissance; proving themselves on par in the entertainment business

OUR PICK FOR THE TOP 30 SOCA SONGS OF 2018 *SO FAR*

It's a new year so that means Trinidad Carnival is around the corner and since Caribbean Vybez International will host its first event in Geneva around the same period I have been listening to the offerings of 2018 and I must say it's sounding good. Based on feedback from friends on Facebook I can see that Patrice Roberts has something good for the season so congrats to her, will she actually have a fighting chance only time will tell as we know it's still too early to really tell for road march. 

So this is just my opinion and keep in mind this is from someone not living in Trinidad at the moment so based on what I've seen and heard on my own with no radio or fete help. 

In no particular order... 

RELEASED EARLY IN 2017 BUT FOR 2018 SO STILL COUNTS... 

BONUS - KES AND MAJOR LAZER