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Trinidad Connection and Friends was the first band to play strictly soca music on the roads of Rotterdam for the Rotterdam Zomercarnaval.
Trinidad Connection & Friends was founded in 1996 by Deems Warner and a couple of his good friends.
Like a true Trinidadian Deems went back to Trinidad every year to year to experience the Greatest Show on Earth: Trinidad Carnival!
Celebrating carnival was a very important aspect of his life and he wanted to share that with the folks in Holland. They started off with “soca parties” which were kept about 3-4 times a year. These soca parties were like nothing they had ever experienced in Holland, they were different, the atmosphere was great and people had fun. They were a huge success.
Deems Warner heard about a "zomercarnaval" that was held every last Saturday in July in Rotterdam. After seeing what it was all about he decided that Triniconnecion should be a part of it. How could you have a carnival without soca music?
Triniconnection’s first participation in the Rotterdam Zomercarnaval was in 2001. The group started off small but with the infectious soca music they rapidly added new members from different nationalities. At the moment our group reflects the multicultural society that we live in with people from Trinidad, Suriname, Curacao, Jamaica, Guyana, Holland, Germany, France, UK, Norway, Sweden, Aruba, Grenada, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Martinique, etc. Triniconnection hasn’t missed a carnival since then!
Deems Warner is no longer with us but we are sure he’s smiling down on us knowing how far we’ve come since 1996.