MINI CULTURAL EVENT: Raymond Ramnarine performs Sunday.

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NAPA's the place to be this weekend

Promoter Randy Glasgow holds his own "Napa fest" this weekend with a series of shows to celebrate the nation's 48th Independence anniversary.

The mini cultural festival began last night with "Master of The Arts—The Concert" featuring David Rudder, Stalin, Boogsie Sharpe and Super Blue with musical accompaniment by Charlie's Roots. The show airs tonight and tomorrow as well from 8.30 p.m. with tickets available at the NAPA Box office and other advertised venues.

Glasgow said he had been asking for the use of NAPA since the previous administration but permission had not been forthcoming as his vision had not been shared. He said that he is really grateful to Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism Winston Peters for allowing the venue to be made available for the series of shows.

From calypso the show crosses cultures to the next performer to take the spotlight - Raymond Ramnarine who comes to NAPA this Sunday on August 29.

Showtime is 5 p.m. when Ramnarine will, accompanied by his band Dil-E-Nadan as well as dance troupes, deliver a full-length concert performance during which he will perform from classical East Indian songs to Bollywood, Indian

pop, chutney and soca. The concert will be broadcast to the United States and Canada where it will be available to pay-per-view subscribers.

Ramnarine was only nine years old when he first took the stage alongside his father and uncle in the band Dil-E-Nadan, which was formed in 1957.

Even then Ramnarine had a great appreciation for classical East Indian music as well as for the songs that came from Bollywood films. As he grew, Ramnarine developed a liking for other musical genres especially for calypso, soca and of course chutney.

Following successful tours of Canada and the United States between 1985 and 1988, Ramnarine who was now composing and producing music composed in 1989 the test-piece titled "Dostaana" for the Saaj Sammelan competition. Later in 1991 Ramnarine competed in the Mastana Bahar competition placing second in the grand finals after having topped the preliminaries and semis. He also took chutney music to Jamaica with much success.

Ramnarine continues to be considered a heartthrob among his female fans and a source of inspiration for young male singers coming up. Having won the title of Best Music Band on the road for Carnival, Dil-E-Nadan under the direction of Ramnarine and his siblings continues to make inroads to places such as Europe, Japan and South America that are now being introduced to chutney and other forms of music from Trinidad and Tobago.

And on the night before the Independence holiday, August 30 the pace shifts yet again to comedy as with Learie Joseph. Billed as the Caribbean King of Comedy Joseph takes his brand of comedy to NAPA where he will be featured in concert in his first appearance at this venue.

Also appearing are Tommy Joseph, Kenneth Supersad, Knuts Landing, Saint The Drunken Master, Delores, Dr Pee Wee and others. For more information call 622-0834 or 628-9158. —DJ

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