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Archived: National Geographic Shares Trinidad Blue Devils With Millions

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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True Carnival’s traditions, some say, have been replaced by a bikini and beads culture that has encouraged a lack of appreciation for the authentic Trinbago carnival culture.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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Sexy, Dominating, Bossy. Hoodcelebrityy’s So Pretty Alongside Kash Doll.

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Female star power can no longer be categorised as merely sporadic, or dismissed as isolated, as this past year has seen the ladies topping the charts and holding their own alongside their male-counterparts. Among those who trod on fiercely, carrying the flag of female empowerment are Jamaican-born dancehall singer-songwriter Hoodcelebrityy and rapper Kash Doll. 

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On a mission to unite and entertain the world through music, the multi-talented pair have released “SO PRETTY”, a hit-bound track celebrating women’s beauty and independence worldwide. According to a media statement issued by Destine Media, the song is an anthem for women everywhere to unite with each other and embrace their differences. It is the call for women to use their power, unite with who they truly are, and liberate themselves from patriarchal standards. 

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Known for her self-esteem boosting international chart topping singe, “Walking Trophy”, Hoodcelebrityy spoke on the song’s inspiration, and her collaboration with BET Award nominee for Best Female Hip Hop Artist Kash Doll, saying, “I wrote the song “So Pretty” to let women of all nationalities know that they are all beautiful. I wanted to show my appreciation for diversity and that beauty comes in all shades. I also wanted to let girls know that beauty can stem from confidence in oneself . That’s why I had to get Kash Doll on this. She exudes confidence and has such a boss mentality. Her independent mindset is inspiring,” she said. 

As this tumultuous year comes to a close, let us not forget that 2020 marks the year of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting the woman’s constitutional right to vote. It is therefore only right to celebrate women’s independence and “SO PRETTY” does just that. 

Paired with a provocative, sexy video, which premiered on Complex, “SO PRETTY” is available worldwide beginning today, on all major streaming platforms and digital outlets, and even on Hoodcelebrityy’s  official YouTube channel.

SOURCE: Destine Media PR.

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Machel’s Melee Cruise Offering Refunds, but Date Moved to 2022.

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Machel Montano’s proving to be a stand up guy. You know how some companies hate giving refunds?…well, seems like the Monk and his cohorts at Tribe Carnival, understanding of the current climate, and the global economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, are extending an olive branch to fetters.

In a YouTube message posted last week, Machel is heard explaining why the inaugural Melee cruise, which was originally carded to sail in May 2021, has been pushed back.

He said plans are still ongoing, but explained that for those who have been strongly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, forcing them to reconsider sailing with the Melee family, refunds would be afforded.

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