Last weekend, iUP, a festive carnival event that should be on ever fetters annual calendar, was hosted at the Five Islands Amusement Park, Car park in Chaguaramas. It was a pretty awesome event, to say the least. Among the artistes present were Bunji Garlin, Machel Montano, Skinny Fabulous, Kees, Iwer George, Voice and Ravi B, but hey… truth is, you’ll find these guys at almost every event this season so rather than bore you with what they did or didn’t do, we’ll hit you up with some sound water fete advice to get you through the season!
WATER FETE DO’S AND DON’TS…
- Ladies, if you don’t want to get your bundles wet, please get yourselves organised from the get go. Get yourself a fashionable water resistant shower cap like this one on the right. Click the link to check out purchase options. Please don’t be putting plastic bags and ordinary shower caps on your heads out there! It ain’t cute! PERIOD.
2. If you’re heading to a water fete, always walk with a change of clothes. The key to acing the water fete thrill is being prepared to be wet. After the event however, no vehicle owner wants to transport drunk, soaking wet, half asleep fetters. Do the driver a solid and prepare to change out of those wet threads after the event.
3. If, in no uncertain terms, you do not want to be drenched in water, find a location in the venue that is away from the crowd. Don’t be trying to run out of the crowd as the water’s about to be sprayed. That makes no sense You’ll look like a fool and everyone will question your logic. Water fetes often mean that there will be water trucks strategically placed around the venue, to maximise on soaking everybody in sight. BE PREPARED.
4. Avoid wearing too much clothing. Now this is, in our opinion, the one type of carnival feting experience, outside of Carnival Monday and Tuesday that warrants the use of bikinis, monokinis or tankinis and cover ups (if necessary), by ladies. If it’s not a water event, wearing swimwear is just plain tacky. Know your events, know your dress code. Think about it. Would you wear a bikini to church? TIME AND PLACE. Get your act together!
5. Don’t get angry when people start splashing around in the water. Remember, this is Carnival! The thrill and euphoria of the season and the freedom it comes with, provokes a spirit that could see excited fetters stomping in puddles and potentially splashing water on folks they never met. Chill out. If you didn’t sign up for that kind of experience, take your butt to the back. And as a footnote… don’t wear your most expensive footwear to a water fete! It’ll be more than likely, soaked by the time the event ends.
If you’d like to add to this list, feel free to drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you. Big shouts to the iUP promotional outfit who catered to their fetters in a great way last weekend. We anticipate what’s to come in the future from the team.
Trinidad and Tobago Furious over Launch of Michael B Jordan’s ‘J’ouvert Rum.’
He may be a well loved actor by Caribbean people around the world but today, Trinidad and Tobago’s people are kicking up against the launch of a rum by ‘Creed’ and ‘Black Panther’ actor, Michael B Jordan. He has coined the new liquor, ‘J’ouvert Rum!’
No… Trinbagonians are not happy at all.
Overnight, as the actor and his team launched the rum, voices began to erupt in utter shock and disgust for what some referred to as the blatant ‘theft’ of a Trinbagonian term that, while not trademarked, is well known worldwide as a creative piece of terminology for the Carnival festival’s pre-dawn, dirty Mas tradition.
Distinguishably packaged to include a small bottle of Trinidad and Tobago’s Angostura bitters, the launch night token for guests, which was set in a wooden box, held in its engraving, the true essence of the new Rum’s origin. “Derived from the Antillean Creole French term meaning Daybreak, J’ouvert originated in the pre-dawn streets of Trinidad as celebrations of Emancipation combined with Carnival season to serve as the festival’s informal commencement. Crafted on those same islands, J’ouvert Rum is a tribute to the party start,” it reads.
Frantically, some took to social media calling on Trinidad and Tobago’s government to intervene. Radio personality, Abeo Jackson emotionally wrote, “Trinis we eh fed up of ppl seeing the value of we ting more than we? So much so that many attempts at theft/columbusing/appropriation/neocolonial capitalism happens continuously under our noses. How we protecting and gate keeping? Sometimes we need to effect same for our “own” who would sell “us” upriver for a buck.”
The popular US actor was surrounded by friends and international influencers on Saturday night as he launched the J’ouvert rum, all of whom celebrated his entrepreneurial move.
Beauty and lifestyle “guru,” Khat Brim wrote, “There was no better way to celebrate #Juneteenth than with friends and fam witnessing the launch of a new black owned business✊🏿💯 I’m so proud of my brah brah @michaelbjordan as he continues to raise the bar high! I know for sure he’s making our ancestors proud with every great achievement🙌🏾 Therefore, I salute him & his entire team on the release of @jouvertrum 🥃🚀 #letsgo #blackboyjoy.”
Superstar Producer Reveals Long Term Impact of COVID-19 Infection on His Health.
While the Caribbean continues to feel the effects of COVID-19, many islands maintaining public restrictions, a popular Jamaican producer has expressed his personal experience having contracted the virus in October 2020.
A major force in the dancehall industry, Tarik Johnston, who’s best known as Rvssian, told fans on Twitter that he hasn’t gotten back his sense of smell since contracting COVID-19 back in October.
He is quite possibly one of the first Caribbean music influencers to openly state that the virus has affected his health. “Covid caused me to taste a rust taste when I have a Coca-Cola and a lot of food and drinks,” he tweeted. Prior to that, he said, “I had Covid in October 2020. I still havent got my smell back. 0%.”
Rvussian is popularly known for his production of Jamaican dancehall artist, Vybz Kartel‘s single “Life Sweet” back in 2010. In September 2020, his name was credited for the production of one of the year’s most enjoyed reggae singles, “Lighter” by Tarrus Riley featuring Shenseea.
Responding to his tweets, fans offered advice, many suggesting home remedies which include the use of Apple Cider Vinegar. Many were happy that he used his platform to openly share his experience, triggering an open conversation on a topic that has been met with tremendous global skepticism and conspiracy theories.
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