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New Crop-Over band Krave launches – did they live up to the hype?

It’s always tricky launching a Crop-Over/Carnival band especially in this day and age when we can see hundreds of costumes from bands across the whole Caribbean and its diaspora. On the surface, it seems easy enough to tick off all of the boxes for ‘what makes a sexy costume’. So feathered back-pack – check, tiara […]

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Zulu International’s band launch might have taken Crop-Over to a whole new level

Wings at last, wings at last, thank goodness, WINGS! AT! LAST! Can you tell I’m excited? Zulu International’s band launch was last night and wow – what a difference a year makes! After basically killing it for Crop-Over last year (Rihanna jumped with them. Need we say more?), Zulu has a whole new host of […]

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A sneak peek and a full look at two hot Crop-Over bands

Zulu International dropped a sneak peek yesterday of what people can expect to see from them come May 3rd when they launch their Crop-Over 2014 presentation, Once Upon A Time. The video came out yesterday, featuring Banks calendar girl Faith Callender as Little Red Riding Hood wandering through a forest of magical Crop-Over creatures.   […]

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Talk about early! Fantasy Barbados is first out of the gates for Crop-Over 2014

In what must surely be the earliest Crop-Over band presentation ever seen in Bim, Fantasy Barbados launched their Crop-Over 2014 presentation Great Empires at the Hilton’s Charles Fort last night. Yes, you read that right – in the middle of March – nearly five months ahead of Kadooment Day. Crop-Over has definitely gone to another […]

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Islandista Original Fashion Editorial: She Ready to Get On

Do you have a Carnival tabanca yet? Trinidad Carnival is now over (sigh) but if you missed it or if you went and returned and you are still missing it, check out another one of our throwback fashion editorials.

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Islandista on the Rise – Nina Compton’s bringing islandista flavours to Top Chef (literally!)

First it was Anya. Then it was Tessanne. And now the latest islandista bringing Caribbean flavour to the finals of prime time reality television is Chef Nina Compton who has made it to the top 3 of Bravo’s Top Chef!

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Awards season so far: the islandista angle

This awards season has definitely been a mixed bag thus far, islandista-wise! We’re only two awards shows in (the Golden Globes last week and the SAG Awards last night) and already there’s so much to discuss – fashion hits and misses, snubs and superb wins. Despite starring in some of the year’s biggest movies and […]

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Glamour Magazine goes for back-to-back islandista covers as Rihanna fronts November issue

Glamour Magazine has outdone itself with back-to-back covers starring islandistas! Following their October cover with Scandal star Kerry Washington, the magazine has┬áBarbados’ superstar Rihanna on the cover of their the November issue. The interview and shoot was done in Barbados while she was home for Crop-Over and fittingly, she explains the difference between Robyn (her […]

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Dear Tiana, your school is wrong: a letter from the islands

I had so many emotions when I saw this news clip circulating online yesterday. It is from Tulsa Oklahoma, where 7 year old Tiana was forced to change schools after being continually harassed by the school’s management over her dreadlocks. Tiana’s father Terrance Parker told Fox 23 that he was forced to make the decision […]

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Is Foreday Morning becoming like ‘Monday mas’?

With Foreday Morning now officially the biggest event of the Crop-Over festival (46 bands and 21,000 revellers this year), there has been much debate about the direction of the event. Foreday started out as a j’ouvert-type, ‘dutty mas’ street party, a mud-and-paint-and-chocolate alternative to the pretty mas of Kadooment Day. But at some point a […]