June is recognized as National American-Caribbean Heritage Month
The week-long celebration of Caribbean Culture will begin Saturday, June 22, with a Children’s Caribbean Carnival and culminate Saturday, June 29 with the Afro-Caribbean Carnival Finale.
The AfroCaribbean Carniva festivities will feature local artists, drummers, dancers and steel pan players. Attendees and passersby will enjoy a street parade featuring the best of Carnival inspired fashions, entertainment and arts; as well as witness the crowning of Charlotte’s first Carnival Queen. A highlight of the festival will be the Afro-Caribbean Village strategically placed in the epicenter of Charlotte’s cultural community at the Charlotte Open Air Market located at 5471 Central Avenue.
Olatunji “Soca Superstar”‘s BioOlatunji is a soca artist from Trinidad and Tobago with numerous titles to his credit including the Groovy Monarch (2015) for his breakout hit “Ola”. Born to parents Edward Yearwood, a well -known composer and mother Mairoon Ali, a local actress, radio personality and teacher it was evident that Olatunji or “Ola” as he is widely known, would be a talent to be reckoned with.
Ola’s rise to prominence began in 2002 at the age of 16, when he entered the Junior Calypso competition where he would place 2nd in the NYAC Emancipation Competition and 2nd in the Sunshine Snacks Junior Calypso Competition. 2003 saw continued success as he placed in every competition he entered including 1st in the Sunshine Snack Junior Calypso Monarch. He was also named the “Most Outstanding Calypsonian” and “Most Promising Act”.
Yearwood spent 5 years with the Roy Cape All Star and also studied the performing arts in London. His unique style can be described as World-Beat Soca.
If you are interested in joining a Mas Band to participte in the parade on June 29th, 2019 at 2p.m please visit the website to contact the Mas Bands directly. www.charlottecaribbeancarnival.com.
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