TGIF! For the love of Soca (Carnival, Trinidad & Tobago and Machel Montano)

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TGIF! with Tawiah and Carnival this weekend

Tawiah

Just discovered Tawiah and the song below with its fantastic guitar riff (thanks Lus!). Enjoy it and have a wonderful weekend.

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The African roots of Carnival

African-roots-of-carnival

 With Europe's largest street festival – the Notting Hill Carnival in London – on the horizon (and the New York Carnaval a week away), I thought I'd look at the African influences on one of the major celebrations throughout the Diaspora.

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