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2010 Chutney Soca Monarch Results

Ravi B of the band Karma has been crowned the 2010 Chutney Soca Monarch.

Here are the top 6 placements and their respective chunes.....

1st place - Ravi B - "Ah Drinka"

2nd place - Rikki Jai - "Barman"

3rd place - Moses Charles - "Indrani"

4th place - Kris Persad - "Ketch Meh Lover"

5th place - Omadath Maharaj- "The Army"

6th place - Lalchan Babwah (Hunter) - "Bring d Puncheon"

Carnival Nationz 2010 Band Lauch Date


Tribe Toronto update

Check out Karabana's blogfor an update on this whole Tribe Toronto situation.....Is it just me or don't you think it would have been good business practice to have received approval from the Toronto Mas Bands Association before advertising that Tribe Toronto was making their debut at Caribana and even going so far as to saying the band would be #8 in the parade??? Potential masqueraders probably thought those details had already been taken care of.....I guess not!! Anyway, Karabana's blog offers some great insight into the bandleaders' thoughts on the inclusion/exclusion of Tribe Toronto.

2010 International Soca Monarch Finalists

The Caribbean Prestige Foundation for the Performing Arts has unveiled the finalists for the 2010 Groovy Soca and Power categories..... GROOVY-Fay Ann Lyons - TBA Kerwin Du Bois and Farmer Nappy - ’Pavement’ Shurwayne Winchester - ’Murder’ Patrice Roberts - ’Wuk It’ Chucky - ’Drifin’ Rikki Jai - ’Barman’ Zoelah - ’More Water’ KMC - ’Nah Bad Talk Man’ Nnika Francis - ’Survivor’ Bitts - ’Careful’ Ainsley King - ’Bawl Out’ TC (Barbados) - ’Hot Sun and Rhythm’
POWER CATEGORY - Fay-Ann Lyons - TBA Blaze & JW - ’Palance’ Farmer Nappy - ’I Pay Fuh Dis’ Blaxx - ’Hunting’ Tallpree - ’Wicked Jab’ Shal Marshall and Screws - ’Police’ Sugar Jigga TC- ’Template’ KMC and Ronnie McIntosh - ’While U Can’ Iwer George - ’Party Hard’ Daddy Chess (Dominica) ’Ready or Not’ Tian Winter (Antigua) ’Soca Rebel Skinny Fabulous (St Vincent) - ’The Beast Let Go’ Mr Killa (Grenada) - ’Swing It Away’

The finals take place on Fanatastic Friday, February 12, at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain.

2010 Soca Video Alert: Patch - Pipe

Tribal Knights Blog

Hey readers,

Check out Tribal Knights' Blog for Caribana 2010:

Great way to keep masqueraders informed.....and loving this Tribal Knights policy:
New band TruDYNASTY is offering its masqueraders the opportunity to play mas in Atlanta. Check out the FB message below.....

Thea Jackson sent a message to the members of I wanna play mas with TruDYNASTY Carnival. --------------------
Subject: Hey Hey!!!

Hey Everyone!!! Hope you all are having a great start to the year and are sticking to your resolutions if you have any ;) Just wanna give you an update about what's been going on! SO!!! Experience The VIBE -Thea & Dario have their own band. It is called TruDYNASTY Carnival and we are READY to give you an absolutely AMAZING experience! Not only will you be able to take part in Toronto's Caribana Parade BUT we also have a band in ATLANTA Carnival and you can jump up with us down there as well!! If you have EVER played mas with us and still have your costume (or at least pieces of it) you can join us in Atlanta. (those who have not played with us are welcome too but you cannot use your costume) Their parade day will be May 29th…

Woi......more Tribe Toronto Bacchanal!!!

This message was sent to all members of Tribe Toronto's Facebook group today:

Andre De Freitas sent a message to the members of TRIBE TORONTO.


Good Day Members, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for joining our group. Day by Day our group continues to grow and you can imagine how we will be down the road for 2010. "Nothing but Madness"

However this note to inform you that many big bands are trying to bring downTRIBE TORONTO, and we will not have this. We just wanted you to be aware of what the behind scenes look like.

My Question is are they afraid of competition and a new generation? Are they afraid that they will not be able to meet TRIBE TORONTO standards?

They have called a meeting this Saturday to try and vote us out but according to the RULES & REGS this is not possible.

We will publish the names of the bands so you can see where your loyalty should stand!

Have your say o…


To All,

First of all I would like to thank all of you who have supported me in the past and who continue to support me to this very day; whether it may be through my father Ken De Freitas, Evolution Carnival, or All Spice Carnival.

Sadly, as life changes-so do people. Therefore, it is with deep regret that I announce my separation from the All Spice Carnival family in order to pursue my own ventures in life. In doing this I would like to also thank the rest of the All Spice family (Godfrey Wickham & Curtis Eustace) - for their past support and enlightenment in all aspects of business and would like to wish them nothing but unparalleled success, not only now but also in the future wherever their paths lead them.

Most are wondering why is this change happening? Well the real reason is because I am pursuing a much bigger venture that is about to shake the streets of Toronto and will bring Caribana to a “higher level”. A much needed added “spice” that Toronto Masqueraders are missing. A…

All Spice and Tribe Toronto

If you were wondering about the fate of All Spice Carnival for Caribana 2010 then check out this blog entry from Trinidad Carnival Diary. In their press release All Spice reveals that they will not be bringing out their own band for 2010 but will instead be joining Saldenah Mas K Club to present two sections. This year Saldenah Mas K Club's presentation is entitled "Portraits" and All Spice's sections are: Portraits of Indonesia & Portraits of India. The press release also confirms that Andre De Freitas is no longer with the All Spice team, however, Daryl Cox (IslandPride out of Boston) remains as a designer.

Well after claiming victory in 2009 as Band of the year Category B &C, its a bit disappointing that All Spice is not returning to competition even bigger and better with their own presentation. However, all is not lost for those masqueraders who enjoyed their All Spice experience last year. Best of luck to the All Spice crew with their sections.....

And go…

Its a girl.....for Destra!!!

Girl baby for Destra
Deborah John Features Editor

Friday, January 15th 2010

Soca siren Destra Garcia gave birth to a bouncing baby girl yesterday afternoon, one day earlier than the expected due date. Father, Brian Morris, said the baby whose name is Xaiya, weighs 6lbs 15ozs and both mother and baby were doing well. The new mother explained that the name Xaiya was their alternative to the name Isiah. ’I wanted an unusual first name like mine and we searched around a lot,’ Garcia explained. In a recent interview, the soca star, known for her hits like ’Trimble It’, ’Sassiness’, ’Bonnie and Clyde’, ’I Dare You’, ’Obsessive Winers’ and ’Carnival’ described herself as being on ’standby’ with her baby bag in the car. The baby room was ready, she had said, and decorated in pink. Garcia said the labour had been long but she was ’happy, though very tired’. ’It was everything I thought it would be. Now I have to learn how to be a good mum. She is so innocent. Right now she is just sleeping a lot…

Slammer Cutter's New Video.... Bad Weather

United Relief Effort......


Canadian Gov't to match donations dollar for dollar

Government of Canada to Match Generosity of Canadians in Response to the Devastating Earthquake in Haiti2010-01-14

Ottawa―The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced that Canada will match individual donations to registered Canadian charitable organizations to support humanitarian and early recovery assistance to people affected by the earthquake in Haiti on January 12th.

"Many Canadians are deeply concerned about the suffering and loss of life as a result of this catastrophe in Haiti," said Minister Oda. "Canadian citizens have shown time and again their generosity with countries in urgent need, and our government is prepared to match their contributions dollar for dollar."

The Government of Canada will match the contributions of individual Canadians to eligible Canadian charitable organizations in support of humanitarian and recovery efforts in response to the earthquake in Haiti, up to a total of $50 million. The Canadian …

Haiti.......How to help

For those readers interested in helping the victims of Haiti's earthquake here is some info from Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (

The best way to help: Donate money - not clothing or food - to
experienced humanitarian organizations
Why should you donate cash instead of goods?

Because cash donations are quick, efficient and adaptableCash donations are the fastest, most efficient way to get help to people living in a disaster zone. They allow relief agencies to purchase quickly supplies based on the specific needs of the affected population.Cash donations allow relief agencies to purchase goods and services in the affected country or neighbouring areas. Your financial contribution, in other words, is helping to 1) get aid to affected populations as quickly as possible, and 2) regenerate the local economy, which may have been seriously affected by the disaster. In most cases, it is more cost-effective to purchase goods locally than to airlift s…

Corinne Bailey Rae

Maxwell......Sade........and now Corinne is back!!! I love good music......her new album "The Sea" is to be released January 26, 2010.

Tribe Toronto in 2010

Well, well, well readers......It appears that Tribe (that infamous Trinidad Carnival Band) is set to make an appearance here in the Tdot!!!

Check the media release:
Toronto, ON – Monday January 11, 2009 - Every summer thousands gather to celebrate Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival (CARIBANA) festivities. To no surprise 2010 is shaping up to offer the most illustrious surprise yet. As if the multitude of upcoming festival events was not enough to stir excitement, a long awaited band will be making its first ever appearance down the Lakeshore. The Trinidad Mas band known as TRIBE has announced its grand entrance into the festivities for CARIBANA 2010.

Bringing their inimitable Carnival experience from the streets of Trinidad, TRIBE challenges Toronto to envision a Carnival which redefines the possibilities and offers the unexpected. From prestigious parties, flavorful concerts and luscious costumes, TRIBE has come to reshape the very essence of CARIBANA. Although launch dates have yet to be rel…

Sade is BACK!!!

Wow.....first the return of Maxwell and now Sade is set to release a new album on February 8, 2010......Soldier of Love......can't wait.

Snowflakes on Steel