CRUISING TO THE MUSIC: Chutney Soca Monarch Raymond Ramnarine during a victory party and Valentine's cruise on board the First Lady cruise ship, in the Gulf of Paria, on Saturday night. —Photo: TREVOR WATSON

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Kamal Khan on stage with Raymond

Zee Cine Awards winner coming

By Carolyn Kissoon carolyn.kissoon@trinidadexpress.com

Kamal Khan, winner of the 2010 edition of India's reality singing competition, will be performing alongside newly crowned Chutney Soca Monarch, Raymond Ramnarine, at the Guardian Life Everybody Loves Raymond, a post-Valentine's Day concert.

The annual concert takes place at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya, on March 2. The show begins at 8 p.m.

Producer Rafi Mohammed said the concert was delayed to facilitate Ramnarine's hectic Carnival season.

Khan was the recipient of the Zee Cine Awards Fresh Singing Talent 2012, for the song "Ishq Sufiyana" from the film The Dirty Picture.

Ramnarine said he was looking forward to sharing the stage with the international singer.

Ramnarine would be accompanied by his singing brothers Rennie and Richard, alongside the family band Dil-e-Nadan.

Entertainment will also be provided by the Gayatones orchestra led by Rishi Gayadeen, chutney singer and comedian Kenneth Supersad and teenage singer Avinash Maharaj.

Khan, 24, started learning music at age five from his uncle Shauqat Ali Dewana, who became his musical mentor. Later he left his studies as he started taking part in singing competitions and musical shows.

His career turn-around came when in 2010, when he was selected as a contestant in singing reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar.

Raymond Ramnarine has performed alongside Bollywood playback singers Ash King, Monali Thakur, Zubeen and Raghav in previous years.

He said his band has already started working on its performance for the concert.

Ramnarine won the 2013 Lotto Plus Chutney Soca Monarch title last month. He is expected to perform selections from popular Bollywood movies and a range of local songs, including his winning single "I ain't marriding no more".

For further information of the Guardian Life Everybody Loves Raymond concert visit: www.rafimohammed.com

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