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National Geographic Travel features T&T's Carnival on its Instagram feed.

National Geographic Travel features T&T’s Carnival on its Instagram feed.

No Bikinis and beads mas for National Geographic Travel- the globally known portal that continues to highlight awesome destinations across the world. Nope. They wanted the underlying truth of T&T’s much touted “Greatest Show On Earth” and in an Instagram feature, the recognised travel voice chose to shine its light on the infamous Blue Devil carnival character- a carnival staple no doubt.

Over  eight million people may now get a chance to see, and through Nat Geo’s explanation of what a Blue Devil is, gain clarity on the fictitious Carnival character that has been a part of traditional carnivals in the Caribbean, for decades. Already, the photo posted by the international media house, has amassed over 20 thousand likes, and over 190 comments on the subject had been posted up to the time of this feature by EBUZZTT.

In its explanation, National Geographic Travel writes,“Carnival is not just the bikini and feather displays that most Travel magazines showcase every year. Its origins are much more interesting and raw and often dark. In the #TraditionalMas of #PortofSpain#Trinidad you will see Bats, Dragons, “Fancy Indians,” #MidnightRobbers#MokoJumbies#PierrotGrenade, and in this photo – BLUE DEVILS! The blue devils are the most energetic traditional characters in the Carnival of Trinidad and come out of the tradition of the #JabMolassie, French vernacular for “Molasses Devil.” The jab malassie would carry chains, and wear locks and keys around his waist, and carry a pitch fork. In this case the whole body is smeared with blue paint and the young men wear Wolf masks. The Blue devil “wines” (gyrates) to a beat that is played on tins or pans by his imps. Other devils or imps hold the chains or ropes around their waists, restraining their masked companions as they lunge savagely at the crowd screaming and showing their teeth, thrusting single fingers in the air to express their demand for money, sometimes receiving it with a net.”

Ronnie and Caro are the 2016 Champs of the Road!

Ronnie and Caro are the 2016 Champs of the Road!

True Carnival’s traditions, some say, have been replaced by a bikini and beads culture that has encouraged a lack of appreciation for the authentic Trinbago carnival culture. Two years prior to this year’s festival, pan ensemble, All Stars copped the top position on the masquerade route with their traditional Fancy Sailor presentations in both years. This year however, contributors to the art form, Ronnie and Caro have sealed the deal with their presentation, “Tears Of…” In an online post, Carol Mc Intosh said, “Congrats to our R&C Family. This win is not only ours but to our masqueraders, our committee, friends, sponsors, family- we sincerely thank you.”

Carnival Tribe’s The Lost Tribe came in second while Trini Revellers took the third place spot in the Large band category this year. K2K Alliance emerged victorious in the medium band category with their presentation, “Searching for Shangri-La”, a presentation that boldly fused fashion with mas.

 

 

 

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Global Carnival Convention Launches in Trinidad and Tobago This Evening.

Tribe, Caesar’s Army and Eventology Unite for Greatness.

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It may be the move to catapult the carnival industry to the very next level. There should be no doubt that the concept of the Caribbean carnival- the model initialised by Trinidad and Tobago, has extremely far reaching potential. With global festivals such as Coachella, OvO Fest, and Summerfest among others, drawing thousands to their venues, there’s no reason why a Caribbean carnival concept, should not be among the ‘Music Festival’ big wigs that the world talks about annually.

Tribe’s Dean Akin, together with Eventology’s Derrick Lewis and Caesar’s Army’s Jules Sobian with the help of Jamie Stewart of Commune Sports and Entertainment, are credited with conceptualising the CarniCon convention. This evening’s launch at the National Academy for the Performing Arts in Port-of-Spain will feature a Keynote and Masterclass by brand evangelist and world leading digital futurist, Bonin Bough who’ll enlighten the audience on how digital innovation can transform value streams and generate revenue for governments, Carnival stakeholders and brands.

According to the team, with Carnival being an integral part of Trinidad and Tobago’s culture and tourism product, the convention aims at establishing this country as the owner and leader in the practice, execution and business of Carnival to an attentive global audience of practitioners and enthusiasts in 2020.

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Patrice Shows Off Post Baby Body Like Never Before Seen, Wows The Web.

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Don’t be fooled by Patsy’s coy demeanour. She’s undoubtedly got that insatiable Caribbean fire burning inside. In the past two years, Patrice Roberts has left a mark on the Soca industry that few others have been able to challenge. Her packaged soca effect, which comes complete with glam, fashionable looks and good music, has amped up the competition on the soca scene, and nobody can deny that.

Patrice Roberts has been giving the world that subliminal sex appeal.

This past week, Roberts along with several other Caribbean entertainers made their presence felt on the Uber Soca Cruise. In several photos posted to social media, Roberts reminded us that she’s still in charge, delivering eye candy for her fans and leaving the naysayers dumbfounded, to say the least. One image posted earlier in the week was the topic of much chatter over whether the entertainer has been lightening her skin. Patrice has remained mum on that allegation. Despite the controversial passing comments from onlookers, the mom of one who has already released three new singles ahead of C2K20, including a single called, “Real Woman”, has maintained her appeal.

Patrice, Ricardo Drue and Nailah Blackman

With a banging body that has kept both men and women intrigued, Patrice Roberts is out the gate and certainly ready for the upcoming season. On Thursday, the entertainer was spotted posing with her child’s father, entertainer Ricardo Drue, and fellow sex siren, Nailah Blackman, aboard the Uber Soca Cruise. Patrice’s sexy physique was on display as was Nailah’s – both female artistes throwing out the goods for the world to know they’re both here to stir up the heat.

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