Trinidad Carnival is the annual two-day festival held before the observance of Lent. It features street processions of costumed masqueraders as well as a season of partying or feteing . The festival features performances of soca , calypso and steelband music. It is a season of gay festivity that dates back to the 1830’s when freed slaves took to the streets in a joyous expression of freedom and mimicked the masquerade balls of the French slave masters.
Valz, Dubz and Gizee are back for Season 3! We kick things off joined by guest host, the self claimed “Pone’ Star Jerome ¨Rome¨ Precilla (pray-see-ya). Rome aka The ‘Pone Annie’ man chats with the team about his journey to becoming a force in the soca-parang, soca and now chutney-soca music arenas. He shares great stories about growing up performing and the coming into his own as a performer, business man and professional. Listen out for great stories including the high and lows of performing in major competitions such as Soca Monarch and Chutney Soca Monarch’, the first time he was booed off stage and his time in Canada as the Drake of Chutney.
Get familiar with this entertainer extraordinaire here
The drink of choice for this episode : Angostura 5 year Old.
Every year, Trinis look forward to THE SONG….The Carnival Rap Up. So we thought there was no better way to wrap season 2 of the podcast than with a post carnival wrap. And no better person to take us through the paces than the Post Carnival Rap Up Rapper himself, Chromatics. Matics, as he is fondly called, is a master of picong, which he liberally spreads throughout his compositions.
Chromatics is a lyricist extraordinaire. He weaves the satire and double entendre that we so often hear in calypso, throughout his hip hop styled lyrics. We found ourselves chuckling, cackling out loud and nodding in agreement at the lyrics of the song.
This year he also brought us the Woi riddim, featuring fellow artiste, Dawg E Slaughter and Sekon Star. You might have heard the song but didn’t realize that he was the man behind it all. Though hip hop is his chosen genre, he is unmistakably and apologetically Caribbean. You can find him touring the US and other countries, spreading his special brand of soca hip hop and repping the 868 hard. Back at home, this man with a heart for the development of young Caribbean Culture continues to be inspired and inspire up and coming rap artistes.
CARNIVAL RAP UP is available exclusively as part of an EP containing not only the fan favourite track of the same name, but a collection of some of Chromatics’ latest Carnival releases and more. Listen to the episode for a sample of the song that has brought Matics accolades locally and abroad. Say it with us…”Rap it Up Matics!!”
If you plan on visiting Trinidad and Tobago for Carnival or any other time, then you would be wise to learn the Trini Slangs. Whilst the official spoken language is English, natives more often speak in a broken English. In the Trinbago dialect words and sayings have unique meanings and interpretations.
In this episode the Rum Club Hosts took a road trip to Maracas Bay with Ashanna Arthur, the host of Interviews with Ashanna. On the trip we discussed some of the everyday Trini slangs and the lingo. More importantly, we share the hidden meanings, nuances and contextual use of the sayings.
Learning the Trini Slangs is a prerequisite for anyone planning on visiting our shores. This Trini Lingo 101, is the episode for you to learn it all. So, sit back and listen…the class is in session
Thanks to Ashanna Arthur for inviting us along for the ride! Be sure to Check out Ashanna’s YouTube Channel at and her website for more of her FUN vibes!
Carnival Fêtes are a part of the fabric of Trinidad Carnival. This quintessential carnival entertainment combines music, dancing and food in a way that produces the Madness that Trinidad Carnival personifies.
Trinis, known for their love of the party scene, have an insatiable appetite for the celebrations. From December through to February / March of each year there is a proliferation of fetes that mark the feteing season. Although the “official” carnival fête season is from December to Ash Wednesday, some events happen before December and a few after Ash Wednesday.
The lyrics of Machel Montano’s Mr Fete relate the attitude of most fete loving Trinis at Carnival time. “Feting is we name/ we do play / we going night and day/ no fete can tire we”. There is little doubt that Trinis treat their Carnival Fêtes as serious business. As a result, Carnival Fêtes now differ by size, location, type or variety of entertainment and price.
In this episode, the hosts discuss some of the categories of fetes, citing a few of the more popular ones with blogger “Saucy”, the creative force behind Trinidad Carnival Diary. Saucy breaks down the details explaining the differences between a Breakfast fete and the Boat Ride. Carnival fetes continue to grow and evolve just as the Carnival does. There’s a fete for every taste, whatever type of fete you fancy, you are in for a hella good time!