Judging in single pan prelims begins Tuesday

Pan Trinbago’s National Panorama Single Pan preliminaries will run off in all regions over an 8-day period with a total of 63 registered bands.

Bands will be judged at their respective panyards/communities on their designated day.

Listing of the bands, dates and times is attached.

South/Central Region bands will be the first group to face the adjudication panel on Tuesday January 22 (4) and Wednesday January 23 (6).

The following day, Thursday January 24, is earmarked for Tobago based bands.

Some six (6) bands will go through their paces.

TUCO opens registration for Road March, Calypso Monarch, Extempo

The Trinbago Unified Calypsonian's Organisation (TUCO) has begun registrations for Carnival 2019 competition.

The registrations began on Wednesday, 16 January for all competitions and will run to Tuesday, 29 January at 12 noon for the Calypso Monarch.

TUCO says the Road March registration will end on Fantastic Friday (March 01) at 12 noon while the Extempo registration ends on Monday 18 January at 7pm, when the preliminary round starts.

The registration fee for financial members is $100. The fee is $250 for non-financial members and $500 for non-members.

Farmer Nappy's 'Hookin Meh' the top pick of pan bands

Farmer Nappy's 'Hookin Meh' has been hooking pan men.

Of the 14 pan bands that have announced the songs they will play for judges in Panorama 2019, 'Hookin Meh' leads them all.

Five bands have selected Farmer Nappy's song.

They are Bp Renegades, Shell Invaders, Birdsong, FCB Supernovas and CAL Skiffle.

Nailah Blackman's 'Iron Love' and Superblue's 'Rag Storm' are running second, with three bands choosing each.

Despers, Redemption and Sound Setters have chosen 'Iron Love' while RBL Exodus, Silver Stars and Tropical Angel Harps have chosen 'Rag Storm'.

Mitchell commends Patrice Roberts on patriotic song

Minister of Tourism Randall Mitchell has met with soca artiste, Patrice Roberts whose song, “This is the place” and its accompanying video are generating interest for destination Trinidad and Tobago.

The patriotic song, which was written by Jason “Shaft” Bishop, highlights the various tourist sites and attractions, including Maracas Beach and the Temple in the Sea, with breath-taking views.

Minister Mitchell commended Roberts for her "timely and appropriate song" during today’s meeting.

Machel, Shaggy confirmed for CARIFESTA Super Concert at QPS

Machel Montano and Shaggy have been booked for a CARIFESTA Super Concert to be held at the Queen's Park Savannah in August this year.

The announcement was made on Wednesday by the CARIFESTA XIV Secretariat.

The statement said that Jamaica’s Shaggy and T&T’s Machel Montano are booked and will headline the Island Beats Super Concert, which will also feature Ricardo Drew from Antigua and CARIFESTA brand ambassadors, Neval Chatelal, Nishard Mayrhoo, and Nailah Blackman. 

Farmer Nappy, Nailah on tonight's cast for start of Eye Slam Concert Series

The bMobile Eye Slam Concert Series kicks off tonight, and it's promising to be a bumper start with a cast of over 10 artistes performing.

The concert series, which was created and produced by Slam 100.5FM, is now into its 8th year.

Bmobile is the title sponsor of the event.

Tonight's line-up include Farmer Nappy, Nailah Blackman, Erphaan Alves, Shal Marshall, Ricardo Drue, Preedy, Turner, V’ghn, Jaiga, Kris Kennedy & last year's Eye Slam Super Star Tevin Hartman.

Power, Groovy return to Soca Monarch

A lit­tle bit of old and a lit­tle bit of new as new­ly- ap­point­ed chair­man of the In­ter­na­tion­al So­ca Monarch, Fay Ann Lyons-Al­varez con­firmed that the Pow­er So­ca and Groovy So­ca cat­e­gories have made their way back in­to the com­pe­ti­tion brand­ed “Fan­tas­tic Fri­day.”

Speak­ing to re­porters at a press con­fer­ence held at the Hy­att Re­gency yes­ter­day, Lyons-Al­varez said, “Any­body who is a So­ca Monarch fan knows that Pow­er So­ca is So­ca Monarch. That’s the ba­sis of So­ca Monarch.”

Machel drops 13th soca for 2019, but one other has released more

Let's step away from the Machel and Iwer mash-up song-clash for a moment (and if you're still wondering if they're bitterly at war, they're not).

We're taking a look at who has released the most songs so far this Carnival (and yeah, yeah, we know it's not a competition but we're counting it anyway).

And if you're thinking that Machel Montano tops the list, go to the back of the class with your utterly wrong self.

A lady rules this roost at present, and her name is Patrice Roberts.