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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True Carnival’s traditions, some say, have been replaced by a bikini and beads culture that has encouraged a lack of appreciation for the authentic Trinbago carnival culture.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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New Groom, Machel Montano Performs at Army Fete Tonight.

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Social Media is abuzz as news continues to spread of soca star, Machel Montano’s marriage to Renee Butcher in Port-of-Spain, today. The two, in what appeared to be a very simple and quaint ceremony at the Red House, were caught by unofficial paparazzi, happily enjoying the moment.

Machel Montano and wife, Renee Butcher.

Machel is the headline act at tonight’s blockbuster carnival fete- Army Fete, a carnival event that is a major staple annually. Montano is known to deliver a high energy, impactful show and we can only assume that the new groom will be on his best tonight when he hits the stage at Army.

Today’s ceremony at the Red House saw Machel and Renee flanked by family members inclusive of Montano’s parents, Elizabeth Montano and Winston Montano. Machel’s brother, pilot, Marcus was also among the guests.

Army Fete takes place at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port- of- Spain from 9pm. On Monday, Machel’s annual Machel Monday concert event, which has been aptly themed, ‘The Wedding’, takes place at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. Machel has told fans this will be the final instalment of the Machel Monday concept.

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Newspaper Report Misleading. Mr. Killa Will Not Perform at International Soca Monarch In Trinidad.

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Despite reports yesterday that Trinidad and Tobago’s crowned 2019 International Soca Monarch King, Grenada’s Mr. Killa would be performing at the competition next week Friday, there is word today that this is totally untrue.

The artist whose real name is Hollice Mapp, officially withdrew from the competition last week, citing several issues that were left untreated by the organizing committee at ISM. To date, Ebuzztt understands that both parties have met, however sources close to Mr. Killa told us that the artist has no intention of performing at the competition.

On Thursday, the Newsday newspaper in Trinidad and Tobago, reported that the artist would in fact be performing. The Caribbean Prestige Foundation and ISM have since issued the following statement:

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