Trini Carnival 2010

The countdown is on, and the Trinidad Carnival 2011 road march is set to happen on March 7 and 8. Will you be there? Make your Caribbean travel arrangements today! As usual, it promises to be an exciting, fun-filled affair with revellers coming from far and wide, local and abroad, to participate in the road march and events leading up. To get the latest Trinidad Carnival 2011 updates on events and happenings, be sure to log on to Trinidad Carnival 2011.Com, the ultimate Trinidad Carnival 2011 site featuring pictures, updates and more.

The Mighty SparrowDespite persistent recent rumors about his death, Slinger Francisco – more popularly known as THE MIGHTY SPARROW, the undisputed Calypso King of the World – is still alive, but not in the best of health. The living icon underwent emergency surgery on Sunday (July 25), after collapsing at a concert in Maryland, USA the previous day. The 75 year old Sparrow had to be rushed by ambulance to Montgomery General Hospital in Maryland, where he underwent emergency surgery. The surgery came a mere week after a frail-looking, wheelchair bound Sparrow appeared at NAPA Fest in T&T, where he was barely able to perform, and did so from a chair which was placed in the centre of the stage before the stage lights went on.

According to reports, Sparrow (who lives in New York), is suffering from diabetes, which is taking a severe toll on his body. According to Sparrow’s wife, simply walking has been causing Sparrow severe pain over the past month, and doctors in the US have been unable to pinpoint the cause. She reportedly said that she was hoping that the results of tests he had taken recently would shed some light on the precise nature of the affliction soon.

A medical report that was prepared by a doctor who was at hand to assist Sparrow at the Maryland concert on Saturday, stated that he had suffered an acute attack of the right groin while performing at the venue. He was administered emergency care and was stabilised, before being rushed to hospital, where emergency surgery was performed the following day for an incarcerated right inguinal hernia. Sparrow was released from hospital and is reportedly recuperating at a private home in Silver Springs, Maryland.

Too late for Trinidad Carnival 2010, but just in time for Jamaica Carnival 2010, is this brand new single called “Put It Pon Me”, a Jamaica-T&T collaboration featuring Aisha Davis (Jamaica) and Dawg E Slaughter (Trinidad). It was produced by Master Lee of Code Red Records and Trevor Forrest of Secret Chunez; check it out below.

Despite the fact that the carnival bands were much smaller in size, T&T Culture Minister, Marlene McDonald, has described the 201o Trinidad and Tobago two-day carnival celebrations as one of the best over the years. The Trinidad & Tobago Government spent TT$35 million to host this year’s carnival, and Tourism Minister Joseph Ross has said more than 40,000 visitors came in for the carnival (although immigration authorities are disputing that figure).

Highlights and details of T&T Carnival 2010 here.

A young woman participates in the Red Cross Children’s Carnival competition at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on February 6. Photo via Corbis.