by Susan Mangatal - 

  Greetings Online Family:

This weekend is an important one for DC Caribbean Carnival because they need (more than ever) the financial support from all in the community and from our on-line family.  This Sunday, May 1st, they will be holding their big “May Day…May Day” Fundraiser, and they have a wonderful line up of bands and artists scheduled to perform for you.  Below are some words from the Executive Director Mr. Loughton Sargeant.

Yes, DC Caribbean Carnival needs the community financial support more than ever.  The DC Caribbean Carnival, are going through some major challenges that will directly impacted the 13th Annual Caribbean Carnival Extravaganza.  Your tax-deductible contribution will go a long way in ensuring that some of these major financial obligations will be met.  We look forward to your presence on Sunday, where we can celebrate the start of the 2005 Carnival Season in Washington DC.  

--Loughton Sargeant

A Message from DC Caribbean Carnival







For those who are out of town and surly will not be able to attend this Carnival Fundraiser, please feel free to send your tax-deductible donations to the address above (DC Caribbean Carnival, Inc., 4809-A, Suite 112, Georgia Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20011.)  Click Here and Scroll Down for Details.

This week I got word from a member of the Tobago Association of Metropolitan Washington DC, that they will be hosting a Caribbean Style Mother’s Day Brunch.  The proceeds from this event goes toward helping the schools in Tobago with their school supplies.  This is a really good cause, because as we all know our kids in the islands need to have the proper supplies to make their learning experience a more enjoyable one.   The price is really reasonable ($10.00), so please go out and support this organization, and enjoy their delicious variety of foods.  Also, enjoy their live entertainment and talent showcase. As they indicated to me, they want all on our on-line community to “Come out and celebrate this Mother’s Day with delicious food, and good company, and don’t forget to invite all your friends”.  Scroll down to our Events to get all the details and the variety of foods at this event or Click Here!

Excitement is in the air!!!!

I am hearing lots of talk and receiving lots of e-mails from folks who are interested and excited about Klassik Productions "Mothers Day Caribbean Gospel Festival" (Sunday, May 8th).  Many of you had questions about the artists and several other inquires, so this week I have decided to share with you information on each of the artists scheduled to perform at this event.  To the many who had other questions and needed specific details, I have forwarded your e-mail to Klassik Productions.  If you have not heard from them yet, be assured that an e-mail well be forthcoming.  Below you will see I have included the bio of Sam Archer on this page, however please click on the respective names to continue meeting each of the Artists (Roger George, and Signal Hill Gospel Choir) who will be performing at this great gospel festival as well.  Additionally, I have included information on the company out of Atlanta (Wilbourn Exclusives who will be presenting a wonderful fashion extravaganza at this event..

Sam Archer 

Sam Archer began his musical career in Tobago at age five when he was introduced to the piano.  By age eight he began playing for school assemblies and church functions, and joined an orchestra called The Joyful Noise where he played the Melodica.  He started writing songs and poems at age nine, and seven years later teamed up with two schoolmates to create a gospel group known as Hi-Lite.  In 1988 Sam left Tobago for New York and started a band which was also named Hi-Lite.  Along with a fellow Tobagonian, Sam ministered in song around the Tri-State area.  Over the years his group developed, boasting four-part harmony, and making an impact on the local gospel circuit with its cutting edge street sound.  Their first single was called “Do You Love Me” which received heavy rotation on local radio stations and resulted in invitations to share the stage with various artistes including Witness, Yolanda Adams, Commissioned, Hezekiah Walker & LFC Choir, Monique Walker, and Ron Winans.  In 1996 Sam decided to venture deeper into his musical roots with a project known as Soca Therapy.  This project launched Sam as a singer as well as a musician and allowed him to perform on WNBC’s telethon for Hurricane George Relief alongside Tito Puente, Junior Jazz and Voices of Theory.  In 1999 he was invited to perform in Senegal, and upon his return produced a highly inspirational and positive album with a gospel flavor, aptly named “The Return”.  During this era Sam’s music addressed social issues, and he was also involved in record production for various artistes including a song entitled “Baby Girl” recorded by R&B’s B2K on the Sony/Epic label.  Sam’s first gospel album, “De Gospel According to Sam” was released in 2002, a compilation of eleven songs glazed with a Caribbean flavor.  This album solidified Sam’s standing in the world of gospel music and created a splendid fusion of gospel and soca.


Remember tickets to this concert is a great Mother's Day Gift.  It is going to be a wonderful way to celebrate Mother's Day.

Click Here For More Details!



We are receiving tons of inquiries about BWIA Invaders Steel Orchestra coming to Baltimore, Maryland on Mother's Day.  Yes, that is a fact!  One of the Carnival Associations in Baltimore (CCDC) is celebrating "Mother's Day" with a Pan concert featuring BWIA Invaders Steel Orchestra.  Scroll down, or click here to view the details.  

We got a lot of responses from people who were wondering why there are so many soca events taking place, and not much reggae.  There is 1 main reason for that!  We must keep in mind that the Carnival season has begun here in DC and around the U.S.; therefore, many promoters are contacting us and using our service to expose their events.  On a personal level, (just to answer a few) of course we welcome and encourage every reggae promoter to contact us to use our service (in order for us to share their information regarding their events to you our on-line family.)  On the real, as summer progresses there will be plenty of reggae events, so to all who are inquiring “Hold Tight”.

Before I close I want to share some information I received from a friend and a member of our on-line family.  I think it is a very important issue and you must be informed about it.  It’s the “Building The Dream” Foundation to support a memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial has been authorized for construction on the mall in Washington DC.  Congress passed the resolution in 1996.  The four-acre site is on the Tidal Basin, adjacent to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, in what is known as the “monumental core” of the Mall.  NO PERSON OF COLOR HAS EVER BEEN HONORED THERE.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity began the project.  The have thus far raised $35.5 Million for construction.  However, $100 million is actually needed to complete the entire project.  It has been extremely difficult to get African American people to contribute.  This plea comes from actual witness who has seen people who don’t want to give anything, and have seen others who have given a $1.00. 

What is Going On?

This memorial site is monumental to our history and culture as a people.

This legacy is something that will serve to provide us with a little more self-respect, dignity, acknowledgement from other cultures and a more sound position in the development of the History of the United States of America.

The supporters of this event is not asking that you give your life savings, just give as little or as much as you can afford. 

Remember we are rarely written in the books or sculpted on the Mall, so take pride by saying that you are part of making this happen.


The Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. launched the BAND TOGETHER TO BUILD THE DREAM wristband campaign on February 14, 2005.   For a donation of $5 or more, you will receive a "Build the Dream" wristband.  Your support brings us one step closer to building this memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.   Click here to enter the contributions page for additional details  Help us honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his vision for America.  Help us “Build the Dream.”  For a list of persons/places to send your contributions for this MLK Memorial, please visit

Please know this, the memorial to Martin will send a message to the world that this country is a place of inclusion , rather than exclusion. This memorial will serve as a place of peace and reflection. It will embody the spirit of the man and the people he came to lead."

-- Mrs. Coretta Scott King


Back to the party “tip” check out the “Short Pants vs. Mini Skirt party at the T&T Club House on Saturday.  Check below for details or log on our “Events” Page.  Remember you must come out and support the DC Caribbean Carnival, Inc. “May Day” Fundraiser.  Click Here for details.

Until next week!  Have a great weekend!; 



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CaribNation Moved to SUNDAYS

CaribNation, the longest running US-Based Caribbean Television program in the world, will now be seen at 10:30pm on Sundays, on PBS affiliate WHUT, Howard University Television, Channel 32 (or check your local cable/satellite listing)

CaribNation monthly schedule is available on line

Click Here To Log on to view Monthly Listing!


Atlanta, GA Carnival Memorial Day Weekend May 27-30, 2005



Join The Minister & Garage Connection as they present their annual Bus Trip To Atlanta Carnival 2005 “A memorial Weekend Adventure”.  The bus will be departing Kmart Parking Lot at Riggs and Sargeant Road in Maryland on May 26th at 12 Mid. and will return May 30, 2005.  Call Vasco for all the details at 301-964-3746 or Harold 301-864-9265 & 301-277-6168.  Deposits for Trip is due on April 30th, so call them for details on the price and what the trip includes.  It’s sure to be lots of fun.




Orlando, Fl. Carnival Memorial Day Weekend May 27-30, 2005




Virginia Beach Carnival

June 10th-12th






Washington DC Caribbean Carnival!

Look out for their upcoming Fundraiser on May 1st, 2005

DC Caribbean Carnival

June 25th & 26th

Click Here and scroll down to view May 1st "May Day...May Day" Fundraiser  Flyer!





Baltimore Caribbean Carnival

July 15th, 16th & 17th, 2005




Boston Carnival 





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Click The Star Above to enter the "EVENTS" Page for More Details or Click Here!

PanMasters Steel Orchestra

2005 CD Release Launch "On De Road"

At their panyard on Friday, April 29, 2005

CDs will be available for sale at this event, or click here to access the link to purchase!

April 30, 2005

Fox Creations, ICE Entertainment and Radio Boyz 


"Short Pants vs. Mini Skirts"

at the T&T Clubhouse, 5123 Georgia Avenue, NW, WDC

Music by New York's Baddest DJ Spice; DJ Osei from Howard U; MixALot and special Guest Fireburn

For more details click here and scroll down to locate flyer or e-mail 

May 1st, 2005

"May Day!!!May Day!!!

2005 - Still We Coming!

Fundraiser for

DC Caribbean Carnival, Inc

DCCC needs the community's financial support for Carnival 2005

Featuring: The Image Band, DKGB Reggae Band; Trankill Haitian Band; Oasis Band; Pan Jammers Steel Orchestra; La Musicale Dance Works; Sam-O; Poetry & Hugh Higgins (Pan Vibes)

DJs: Shiloh Int'l; Andy Mix; Sprang Int'l; New Generation; Smallie, Wayne, Bobby's Music Machine; Hazzard & other local DJs

Mc's: John Blake, Neil Mattie, Hollis "Flash" Lashley; Tony Carr; Dr. Claire Nelson & Sidrach Franklin

Click Here to enter the "Events" Page and Scroll down to view flyer for all the details!

A Caribbean Style Mother's Day Brunch

Presented by Tobago Association of Metropolitan Wash. D.C.

Sunday May 8, 2005
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

GE Peters Elementary School Auditorium
6305 Riggs Road, Hyattsville MD
On the campus grounds of
The Metropolitan SDA Church

Cost: $10.00

. Live Entertainment
. Talent Showcase
. Caribbean and American Cuisine

----Ginger Beer
----Cakes & Cookies
----Rice and Peas
----Roast Bake
----Fry Bake

The proceeds go towards school supplies for Tobago.

Celebrate this Mother's Day with delicious food and good company, and don't forget to invite your friends!

For More Information Contact:
Cynthia Reid (Cindy), 301 434-8115
Marelyn McFarlane, 301 559-3445
Sharon Carrington, 301 853-1278
Joan Pierre, 571 244-1062

Sunday, May 8th, 2005

"1st Annual Caribbean Gospel Festival"

on Mother's Day

Come out, with your mom and celebrate her day in a special way!

With The Signal Hill Alumni Choir from Tobago

Gospel Recording Artist Sam Archer

& Soca Sensation Roger George

all backed by

The Image Band

 Enjoy the Fashions to "Soothe the Soul", courtesy Wilbourn Exclusives of Atlanta Georgia.  (Two of their outfits will be presented as door prizes) Showtime 6pm

Host of Ceremonies: Hollis "Flash" Lashley.

The University of District of Columbia Auditorium, 4200 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington DC 20008

For More Details please call Crown Bakery at 202-291-3009

Partial Proceeds to benefit the T&T Women's College Scholarship Fund and The Grenada Hurricane Relief Fund

Click Here, and scroll down To View Flyer on our "Events" Page

Caribbean Carnival Development Committee, Inc. (CCDC)


BWIA Invaders Steel Orchestra

Live in Concert

on Mother's Day

Sunday, May 8th, 2006

at Patapsco Arena

3301 Annapolis Road, Baltimore, Maryland

Tickets $25 in advance & 30 at door (Cash Bar and Free Buffet)

Contacts: CCDC: 410-235-6955; Mark Kendal: 410-866-0250; Winston Barclay: 410-627-3948; Erica Faustin: 410-485-3370 & Miguel James: 443-631-0335

Check The Events Page and scroll down to view flyer for Additional Details or click the STAR Above

Friday, May 13th, 2005

Still working on the Details for My Birthday Party!

  Please be sure to clear your schedule and join us!

Hit me back if you can make it!

Look out next week for all the information!

Caribe's 2005 DC Caribbean Carnival presentation is “Dreamscape.”  

This year, Caribe will be presenting an all-inclusive children’s section entitled, “Neptune’s Children.”  

Saturday, May 21st, 2005

  Caribe will be launching “Kiddies Cabaret” at the T&T Association 5123 Georgia Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.  3:00 – 7:30 p.m.   $7.00.  Children from ages 5 to 12 are invited to participate in this “mini band” launching.  

The price includes food, music and a fun workshop on how to design a costume and a short talk about the history of carnival will be given.  A panel of judges will be on hand to select the team who decorates the best costume. 

Millie: 301-772-1765; Keisha: 240-606-6639; Clyde or Joyce Thompson: 301-248-1306

Check The Events Page and scroll down to view flyer for Additional Details or click the STAR Above


Shout Outs

Special Birthday Greetings to John Blake (host of Caribbean Experience every Saturday on WHUR 96.3FM 12mid.-5am!


Happy Birthday Greetings to Shortmas (Shortmus Productions).   Look out for Shortmus Productions new website launching soon where he will be featuring his 2005 Portrayal for DC Carnival "GEM OF THE ANTILLES"! 

Congratulations to the Newly elected Executive board members of the St. Lucia DC Association.  

President-Tessa Charlery, Co-President-Laurence Paul, Treasurer-Juliet Garnier, Vice Treasurer- Dawn Joseph, Events Coordinator-Carleen Anderson, Secretary-Magilta
Louis, PRO-Kay Charles, Assistant PRO-Vernon Alexander, and Member-At-
Large-Veronica Henry



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