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This is BrukOut! Seani B's weekly column

HE'S BACK: Seani B

ONE OF the things we will be doing here at BrukOut is celebrating the many and varied goings on around the Caribbean. There is such a rich industry across the region, and we will be bringing you all the news and action to keep you firmly in the know.

We’re starting with Trinidad and Tobago, and preparations for the forthcoming carnival are well under way, with the usual deluge of releases hitting the market.

“The level is up and the vibe is present,” says T&T event producer Joel “Signal 2 Noise” Morris. “A significant amount of music is being released for the carnival period and the standards are very high.”

The biggest song at the moment is Full Extreme by Ultimate Rejects featuring MX Prime. Look out for an extended interview with Soca don Bunji Garlin here very soon. I might have to reach down to the twin isles next year to sample what is called “the greatest party on earth”.

Grenada marks the 43rd anniversary of independence on February 7, and as usual, the island will be celebrating in the best possible way! As well as the multiple festivities taking place across the spice isle, the UK will also be marking the occasion with a special gala and concert at London’s Camden Centre. The night stars Tallpree, Skinny Banton, Shortpree and Valene Nedd and promises to showcase the best in what they have to offer.


VIBRANT: Organisers of this year’s Trinidad and Tobago carnival have promised a party

February is truly the Caribbean month of celebration as another very proud nation stands up – Guyana’s Mashramani (or Mash as it is known) happens on February 23. It’s a celebration of their establishment as a republic state, but shouldn’t be confused with their Independence Day which is on May 26. The first Love And Harmony Cruise sets sail from Miami on February 27 and promises to be another showcase event for reggae.

Featuring a stellar line-up, with Beres Hammond, Shabba Ranks, Konshens, Wayne Wonder, Third World, Elephant Man and I Wayne, amongst others (including my brother Robbo Ranx from the UK). The journey takes in Jamaica with a scheduled stop in Ocho Rios. Should be a good one.

Over to one of my favourite places – Barbados. It was recently announced that they will play host to the 13th Carifesta Arts Festival for the second time since its inception. The 14-day event begins on August 17 and showcases the region’s cultural industries.


IN THE PARTY SPIRIT: Crowds at Carifesta festival

Minister of Culture, Sport & Youth, Stephen Lashley said that he expects the event to attract a “significant number of visitors which will translate to heightened economic activity”, and added that this presented a great opportunity for Barbados. The theme for 2017 is “asserting our culture, celebrating ourselves”.

So, as you can see, there are a lot of great things happening down in the Caribbean – if you are attending any of these events, let me know how they were by tweet me: @seanibremix.

Finally, I have some good news to share. As well as being a newspaper column and a club night in west London, BrukOut is now also a record label!

I agreed a deal with Polydor Records and we will be bringing some of the hits that you and I love to the widest possible audience.

Look out for more news coming soon.

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