Monday, January 22, 2018

Chutney Brass a night of love


WORKING THE CROWD: Raymond Ramnarine of the band Dil-e-Nadan performs during Chutney Brass at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre, on Saturday night. —Photos: DAVE PERSAD

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More than 100 artistes from 16 music bands kept a massive crowd entertained at the Glasgow Production's Chutney Brass event at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre, on Saturday.

The celebration ran from 8 p.m. to the early hours of yesterday morning and saw scores of couples celebrating Valentine's Day.

They were not disappointed.

Each band took the stage for 40 minutes and played a number of favourite love songs as well as chutney soca and calypso music.

While Black Rose filled their time with romantic songs, Indi Art changed the mood with "Nani wine", "Roll up de tassa", and other popular Carnival party songs.

Partygoers had a chance to enjoy the music of the top bands.

Just after midnight BMRZ took over with Sarika Mahabir inviting a dancer on stage to demonstrate dance steps for several songs that kept the crowds dancing.

Lead singer Anil Bheem filled the rest of the time allotted to the band with Hindi love songs like "Gata rahay mere dil" (Straight from the heart), "Dil ke rishtay" (Relationship of the heart), and "Janam janam ke saath hai" (Partners in several lifetimes).

He also sang verses from Kenneth Salick's "Radica" and Lalchan "Hunter" Babwah's "Jep sting Naina".

BMRZ was followed by Divya with Kavita Maharaj and a host of singers, Dil-e-Nadan with the Ramnarine brothers, Melobugs featuring last year's chutney soca finalist Arti Butkoon and second place winner this year, Ravi Bissambhar with his hit song "Dularie" and other popular hits.

Ravi B is the leader of Karma.

Former chutney champion Adesh Samaroo flirted with the crowd, singing his hit tunes and seeking justification for "Rum Till I die" as partygoers lifted bottles and glasses of White Oak rum and sang and danced along.

Three coolers were distributed to the largest crews (party groups) by Angostura Ltd, official sponsor of Chutney Brass this year.

Digicel also offered free top-ups to mobile phones.

A food court on the southern side of the stage conducted brisk trade.

Salick sent the crowds in a frenzy around 2 a.m when he performed "Radica" with the Dil-e-Nadan orchestra.

The 46-year-old Sangre Grande handyman joined Dil-e-Nadan after winning the crown recently and will be travelling abroad for performances.

The Ramnarine brothers Richard, Raymond and Rennie, were also in top form lighting up the night with fast and sweet dance music.

The versatile singers delivered a range of songs and music proving once again to be among the best.

This year's top singers including five-times monarch Rikki Jai, Hunter, Neeshan "Hitman" Prabhu and others also performed.

This year Chutney Brass commanded a larger crowd with twice as many performers, stronger security and also provided the best in chutney soca and carnival entertainment.

Glasgow earlier staged Girls Night Out at Samar's Entertainment Centre, Penal, for his season's celebration.