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Shurwayne plans first-class show for fans

Shurwayne Winchester has embraced Trinidad as his home, but Tobago is still the place where he slips away when he needs to reconnect with his soul.

The sister isle is where mommy and daddy are and, also, all the memories of his childhood.

Among those memories is hearing the music of Calypso Rose, who was one of his heroes and one of the people who indirectly influenced him towards a career as a singer/songwriter.

This is why for his upcoming "Shurwayne Winchester in Concert" event, the former national road march champion and former international power and groovy soca monarch is bringing "Tantie Rose" as one of his special guests.

The concert is on for one night only, Tuesday, at Queen's Hall, St Ann's, beginning at 8 p.m.

Winchester will take the audience back to the beginning of his career and all the way up to his 2013 Carnival releases.

Winchester says he is doing this concert with a specific purpose in mind and not simply because he wanted to do a show at Carnival.

He believes while there are the fetes, all-inclusives and calypso tents that offer various types of activities in the season, there is still room for something more.

He has taken a pattern from events such as "Under the Trees" at the Normandie and the series of jazz concerts held at Queen's Hall.

"For a while now, I've wanted to do a concert at Carnival in which the ladies can dress elegantly and come to enjoy a laid-back evening with their men or even their girlfriends.

"The band and I are arranging the songs with a bit of a difference that will have the audience relaxed and able to enjoy the nuances of the music. We will be doing the songs from way back in the early days of my career and will also explore some other musical styles to showcase our versatility as a band and me as a singer," he told the Sunday Express recently.

"I have a vision for this concert in that I want it to grow and become one of the signature events of the annual Carnival. We are indoors now, but what I would like to see happen is the show eventually becomes an event for the outdoors where we can include other bands, not only soca, and bring in other artistes to showcase their styles of music and musical expressions.

"For now, however, I am focusing on delivering an exciting and first-class, intimate show for the fans. I promise this concert will leave patrons very pleasantly surprised," Winchester said.

Along with Calypso Rose, the concert will also feature performances by the sweet soca man Baron, the original wetting man Johnny King, Denise "Saucy Wow" Belfon, Blaxx, Bunji Garlin and others.

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