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Friday, December 19, 2014

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A Trini Christmas brew

Christmas in Trinidad and Tobago is unique. Everyone regardless of religion, social status or ethnicity gets involved in one way or another. You will see even Hindus and Muslims decorating their homes with lights, Christmas trees and even Santa with his sleigh and reindeer. It seems that for those weeks leading up to December 25 everyone forgets whatever differences they may have and all that matters is making merry together, just like Carnival time. Read more »

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NCBA gives thanks for the mas

The National Carnival Bands Association (NCBA) held its annual Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on Sunday at Bishop Anstey High School, Chancery Lane, Port of Spain. Following the greetings by NCBA president, David Lopez, chairman of the Tobago region, Terrence Sandiford and National Carnival Commission’s CEO, Michael Guyadeen, ten awards were presented to persons who have excelled in the mas arena. Read More »

Gospel artiste creates Castilian style rhythm

An acoustic composition set in the Castilian style rhythm, popular in Trinidad and Tobago during the Christmas season is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. The melodic instrumental piece titled “Mandolin Man” was recently released by gospel singer/songwriter Stephen John and features well-known musicians such as percussionist Tamba Gwindi, flautist Anthony Woodroffe, guitarist Theron Shaw and Enrico Camejo on the mandolin. Read More »

Continuing to rise on

To bring truth to the people and encourage them to live right and live well is the mission of the artiste known as Rizon. Although a man devoted to Jesus Christ and focused on sharing the Word of God through his music, Rizon is not to be defined as a gospel artiste. His reach is far beyond the pews of the churches and Christian concert events. Rizon goes wherever people need to hear good news and everywhere he goes, people are refreshed and reinvigorated, just as they were over 2,000 years ago when Christ walked the earth teaching the masses. Read More »

Bridges to love

Last year when the Bridges to the Heart Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) was launched, its intention was to bridge gaps in society—including generational and relational. Read More »

3Canal, CARPHA bring ‘MORE LOVE’

Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and 3Canal are teaming up to show MORE LOVE across the Caribbean. Read More »

Top tassa bands take the spotlight

The Tassa Association of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) held its 2014 National Tassarama prize-giving function last Tuesday at the Reception Hall, Cruise Ship Complex, Dock Road, Port of Spain. Read More »

Tobago group wins most promising

Chaotic Tassa band copped five awards. They topped the junior bands, along with Best Dressed, Best Presentation, Best Dancers and People’s Choice. Read More »

‘Welcome Home’ to UWI Fete

The UWI fete, brainchild of Professor Max Richards, then principal of the St Augustine Campus and former president of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, started in 1990. It was the first public “All Inclusive” Read More »

Andy ventures into new soca

Andre “AndyýVenture” Allong is back with a banger for Carnival 2014 and the message is simple, “Watch, but doh touch”. His latest offering, “See You” is a glowing tribute to the Caribbean woman’s passion for wining. The theme celebrates the rhythmic and dynamic movement of the species and invites all and sundry to bear witness — just as long as they don’t disrupt her flow. Read More »


House to house parang is a most wonderful experience with its merriment, music and of course the wide assortment of eats and drinks. Read More »

Raving in the ‘Sunset’

Ravers are talking about December 21 when two Electronic Dance Music (EDM) icons six-time Grammy awardee Skrillex (Sonny John Moore) and Diplo himself a Grammy nominee come together for the Sunset Festival at O2 Park, Chaguaramas. Read More »

Granny going and going hard

Move over Bunji Garlin, take a seat Fay-Ann Lyons and rest your laurels Machel Montano. There is a new power-soca superstar on the scene and she is gearing up to outshine and outwine all you young’uns come Carnival 2015. The much loved Hottmouth Granny Gladys has released her first soca single, “Go Granny”, which took off immediately upon release last Friday. The song is as popular with senior citizens as with the youth who have always adored Granny. Read More »

Hall of Fame award for Fitzroy Coleman

“Fitzroy Coleman fingers dancing on the fret (dancing on the fret) And when you think that he through, he eh start nothing yet….” From the song “Calypso Music” by David Rudder—1987. Read More »

Sweet pan in ‘D Rosa’

The fourth annual “Pan in De Rosa” came off last weekend at Lime Boulevard, Santa Rosa Heights, Arima with performances by some of the top steel orchestras in Trinidad and Tobago. Read More »

Bringing ‘Comfort and Joy’

With a cast of approx­i­­mately 175 young musicians, along with the Euangelion Singers, the Trinidad and Tobago Youth Philhar­monic, under the direction of Kenneth Listhrop, will host its annual Christmas production, “Tidings of Comfort and Joy” , on December 14, from 5.30 p.m., at the auditorium, Bishop Anstey High School East/Trinity College, College Avenue, Trincity. Read More »

Rudolph a holiday special

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer premiered on television December 6, 1964, and is now one of the holiday season’s perennial favourites. The story of the reindeer who saves Christmas is beloved among children and adults alike. Read More »

Great movements in Dancefest 2014

From workshops to competitions and even dance productions “Dancefest” 2014 came and wowed audiences from all walks of life. Rey Del Ritmo Dance School lead by Nari Hemraj Rambharat and Gina Pinheiro, pioneers for this event, saw this multicultural dance show evolve yet again in different areas that kept its audience, performers and competitors wanting for more. Read More »

For the love of it

When her daughter Zoë was born Camille Antar-Brooker decided to take time off from her job as a teacher to nurture her. Once Zoë started pre school, Antar-Brooker gave birth again — not to a baby this time but to Inspire Creations, a hobby that is slowly growing out of its pastime status. Read More »

Musical showcase this month

Rosemand’s Vocal and Performance Academy (RVPA) will host a musical showcase on Saturday, at the University of Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain from 7 p.m. Rosemand’s, led by a team of professionals committed to the development of professional careers in the arts, will stage a series of workshops aimed at unlocking participants’ creative potential. Read More »

An education in pan

The Pan in Schools Coordinating Council (PSCC) held its 15th anniversary celebration at the House of Angostura on Sunday last where several people were honoured for the role they played in the organisation. The evening was filled with Christmas cheer with performances by Sarik and Eran Ramasar and Amantes De Parranda gave performances for the occasion. Read More »

Arrive Alive hosts Remembrance Day for road traffic victims

UN World Day of Remembrance was commemorated last Sunday at the Queen’s Park Savannah, with a great turnout of cyclist, walkers and runners together with family and friends of those who have lost loved ones on our nation’s roads. Despite reports of inclement weather around the country, the conditions were perfect over the Arrive Alive Remember Me Walk and Ride. Read More »

‘Christmas Suite’ this month

Operatic soprano, Tahirah Osborne, has returned to Trinidad and Tobago to share with you Christmas Suite on December 13, 7.30 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Abercromby Street, Port of Spain. The accompanists are Alan Cooper and Darren Shillingford. Christmas Suite is her first self-produced concert since earning a Bachelor of Music (first class honours) and Master of Arts (distinction) in Vocal Performance from the Royal Academy of Music in London. The programme seamlessly melds several genres from classical to spirituals, gospel and well-known Christmas songs. Read More »

Ballet Creole puts a soulful twist on Handel’s ‘Messiah’

Trinidad-born choreographer Patrick Parson has almost run out of music but does not see this as a problem. In fact, when it happens, it will be quite an accomplishment. In 2002, Parson, founder and artistic director of Toronto’s Ballet Creole, fell in love with the critically acclaimed, Grammy Award-winning album Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration. Earlier that year he choreographed a spiritually dark work that expressed his emotional response to the human catastrophe of September 11. Read More »

Spreading the Christmas cheer with carols, classics

Today the Regency Ballroom at the Hyatt comes alive with the sights, tastes and sounds of “Carols and Classics 2014”. This is United Way’s eighth year of what has become a premier event to raise funds to support its operational expenses. The organisation assists NGOs who provide much needed services that positively affect the lives of many vulnerable citizens especially our children and youth. Read More »

The Museum of Difficult Women

Theatre and dance enthusiasts are invited to The Museum of Difficult Women by the Continuum Dance Project – an experimental collage of ideas of contemporary Caribbean womanhood, with a focus on those who have chosen a less traditional life path. Read More »

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