Wednesday, September 17. 2008
The 2007 Classic Winner relives his experience
Three German teams confirmed for 2008
From the Guardian Arena magazine:
Thursday, July 10. 2008
The inaugural edition of 'Caribbean Summer' took place in Dortmund this past weekend. Several thousands showed up in Westfalenpark to enjoy the festivities on Saturday evening. There were a number of steel bands on hand comprised of 180 musicians including a local band from Dortmund's Pan Kultur, Bäng Bäng, also Delaware Steel from the USA, and Ebony from London.
On Sunday there were workshops for kids and a carnival style parade through the park. Steely Wonder, another steel band from Finland also made an appearance.
This edition of Caribbean Summer was sponsored by the tourist board of the Bahamas. It is hoped that this festival will become an annual event.
A full report in German from Ruhr Nachrichten follows after the YouTube clip. Go directly to their website for promotional photos and pictures from the event itself.
Here's a clip of a performance by PanGang, the youth pan orchestra of Pan Kultur:
Friday, July 4. 2008
On July 2 T&T Newsday reports:
MEMBERS of the Predators Football Club of Cunupia proudly wearing the jerseys adorned in the Deutschland colours handed over by the German Ambassador
Predators Get Football Gear
Friday, June 20. 2008
Lord Melody's Mama Look A Booboo is perhaps one of the most recorded calypsos ever. One version was even recorded in German by Swedish singer Alice Babs. The lyrics, however, have been changed to protect the ugly daddy. Instead, the song's more innocuous wording written by Hans Bradke tells of a happy Caribbean family whose mother is Cuban and father is Jamaican, and who sing cheerful music together as father sails off in his banana boat. It is rather typical of the popularized calypso genre of 1957 and even references Belafonte's singing voice.
To have a listen pop over to the the music page. (Also recently added is another football classic: Lancelot Layne's Target from 1989.)
The lyrics follow below:
Friday, June 20. 2008
The Trinidad Express Women's Magazine profiles a German jewelry designer who landed in Tobago.
Some Girls Have Other Best Friends
Sunday, June 8. 2008
The Soca Twins of Berlin have been nominated for the third year in a row at the International Soca Awards 2008. They are once again up for category 13, International Soca DJ of the year, and their mix CD, Addicted 2 Soca, is up for category 28, Best DJ Soca Mix CD of the Year. In the past two years they were denied a win, but possibly the third time is the charm. You can vote for them and all other categories here.
The sixth annual International Soca Awards are going to be presented live from St. Kitts this year on October 18th. The awards ceremony will be available online at socatvonline.com.
Saturday, May 31. 2008
From the Trinidad Express:
Soca Soars In Germany
Friday, May 30. 2008
The twelfth annual Carnival der Kulturen in Bielefeld takes place on June 6 and 7. This year's theme is "Call of Nature". The parade will take place on at 3pm on Sunday the 7th beginning on Schloßhofstraße and ending in Ravensburger Park. At 5:30pm the parade participants will present themselves on the stage in the park. All other parties and activities surrounding the carnival are listed at carnival-bielefeld.de.
Some of the participants slated for this year include:
Tuesday, May 27. 2008
The Faluma Caribbean Music Shop is back online after a two week hiatus with a new look. Faluma is Europe's specialist for soca and calypso CDs and vinyl. They are continuing to add new products to the new store front.
Monday, May 19. 2008
Heitersheim in Baden-Württemberg is celebrating its first Caribbean Night on Saturday, May 31. It is sponsored by the Männergesangverein (MGV), the men's choral association in town. The Caribbean Steelband from Rheinfelden will provide entertainment, along with Latin group, Blue Bananas. Doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 8pm. Cover is 7€.