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Saturday, February 28, 2015

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It's been rough...but I'm thankful

Days after winning the International Groovy Soca Monarch title, Olatunji Yearwood is still soaking it all in and also preparing himself for what is shaping up to be several very hectic months ahead. Last night he left for Guyana to perform, and that was after fulfilling his obligations at the “Live at the Hyatt” concert series at the Hyatt Regency, Port of Spain. Read more »

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Clarissa ‘not ashamed of her curves’

Clarissa Edwards is Miss Plus Size Universe 2015. The curvaceous St Vincent-born, beauty won from a field of 23 contestants at the pageant held at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre in Port of Spain recently. Read More »

Sparrow’s supreme collection

The Mighty Sparrow came face to face with the dramatic embodiment of his breakthrough song, “Jean And Dinah” when, during the opening ceremony of the exhibition of his memorabilia titled, “Treasures From The Hideaway”, actresses, Rhoma Spencer and Penelope Spencer resurrected the title characters of their play based on Sparrow’s classic calypso about the turn of the tide following the departure of American forces after the war. Read More »

Video app available for children

YouTube is going to release a mobile app that will only show video clips suitable for young children to help parents control what their kids are watching on the Internet. The YouTube for Kids app, scheduled to be released for Android devices tomorrow, features thousands of child-focused channels that provide both entertainment and education. The content is mostly meant for children two to eight years old. Clips are selected by computer algorithms and human review. Read More »

‘Party Done’ —the play

Raymond Choo Kong will on Thursday premiere the production titled, Party Done for the Freak Next Door at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s. The play will run until March 1. Read More »

Guyanese writer honoured at international award ceremony

Guyanese-American author Christopher HK Persaud was recently honoured in Miami, Florida, USA, at the 2014 Readers’ Favourite International Book Award ceremony. The award was the author’s fifth international award. Read More »

Dulé does Carnival

The last time Hollywood actor Dulé Hill came to Trinidad he played mas with Tribe Carnival mas band and, as he vividly recalled, he had such a good time jumping and waving that he got his toes, “jacked up from wearing the wrong shoes.” This past Carnival, to ensure that history did not repeat itself, Tribe’s founder, Dean Ackin presented the doe-eyed West Wing and Psych actor with not only comfortable looking neon green Tribe brand sneakers but also a costume for the band’s Wings of Desire and the Red Ant’s Jouvert band presentation Mexicants. Read More »

Jamaican chef is ‘Carnival VIP’

When he entered the Western Union Parade of Prizes promotion, Raymond Darby had no ambitions of winning the grand prize which allowed him and a companion to participate in the most significant cultural event on the Trinidad and Tobago calendar. Read More »

Foundation spreads LOVE to children

Every year Gift For Life Foundation (GFLF) encourages citizens to spend their Valentine’s Day with children who live within children’s homes. The best gift a person can give to a child is the gift of love. This year on 15th February, GFLF treated more than 200 children with a Valentine’s Dinner and Concert at Green Meadows, Santa Cruz. The beautiful 5-acre ranch was selflessly sponsored by the owners. Read More »

Destra brings down the house

The very first concert of Queen of Bacchanal Destra Garcia was a huge success, with thousands of fans turning up at the O2 Park in Chaguaramas on Wednesday, February 11. House of Bakanal was a celebration of over a decade of Destra’s sweet music- with hits from as far back as the ‘Pigtail Riddim’ days to her most recent work. Read More »

A Carnival wake-up call

The Dimanche Gras will tonight be much more than the finals of the National Calypso Monarch competition and a grand pageant featuring mas, pan and other cultural expressions of Trinbago. Producer of the event, Carl “Beaver” Henderson told the Express the show will be one that will leave audiences at the venue, at home watching on television and around the world in shock and awe. Read More »

Super Novas, Angel Harps champs in Arima

The Supernovas Steelband and Arima Angel Harps Steel Orchestra are the joint champions in the Conventional catetory in the Arima Panorama competition, the finals of which took place at the Arima Basketball Court on Wednesday. Supernovas, the defending national Small Band champion performed, “Dr Samaroo” arranged by Amrit Samaroo, while Arima Angel Harps played, “Toco Band” arranged by Sheldon Besson. Both bands scored 285 points for their efforts, four points ahead of the dethroned Melodians. Read More »

Diplo on the Island

The last time I was in Trinidad, I lived with a senile white banana farmer. He’d inherited his house from his deceased granny, and every morning, he’d complain about noise at night while he watered his weeks-dead bushes in his umbrella hat. There is some­thing strange and fascinating about white people with Caribbean accents, I always think. Read More »

The prayerful Farmer

There’s nothing more sobering than hearing the Lord’s Prayer while wining down low in a fete. Read More »

Half a bread is better than none

Rikki Jai secured his seventh Chutney Soca Monarch victory last weekend jointly winning the 2015 title with Ravi B. The duo performed, “CSM 20” in honour of the 20th anniversary of the competition created by George Singh of Southex Promotions. The duo that has given themselves the moniker, “Team Raja” also captured first place in the Traditional Chutney Music category of the competition. Read More »

Back and Bad

Say the name Alison Hinds and immediately the songs “Faluma” and “Roll It Gal” are cued up on the stereo in your head. Read More »

Band of Brothers

When the Dieffenthaller brothers, Kees (vocals), Hans (drums) and Jon (guitars) announced they had left Imij and Co in 2005 to start their own band with childhood friend, Riad Boochoon (bass), many in the local music arena thought they were insane. Read More »

Soca music comes alive

The second edition of the “Live at the Hyatt” Carnival concert series was recently launched and is presently on-stream to provide an alternative Carnival affair to the major fetes and calypso tents. Read More »

Pandemonium at semi-finals

The 2015 National Panorama semi-finals can certainly be classified as one of the largest and most impactful for several of those in attendance. The green of blink | bmobile was ever present in the Northern Greens section of the Savannah as the network’s “Pan Lime” contributed its unique blend of energy and culture to the pan semis’ patron experience. Read More »

Arima Carnival Committee to host Panorama competition tomorrow

The Arima Carnival Committee, in conjunction with Pan Trinbago, will host its Panorama Competition at the Arima Basketball Court tomorrow from 7 p.m. Admission is free. Read More »

T&T music to feature in SXSW Festival in March

Trinidad and Tobago’s music will be showcased from its own stage at South by Southwest (SXSW) – arguably the largest and most influential music festival in the world. Seven T&T musicians and groups will play in a special Trinbago session at the festival in March, garnering international exposure and bringing more attention to the talents in our twin-island nation. Read More »

Gone too soon

Dear Readers: He has gone too soon. I had not expressed in my columns the sadness I felt at the death of Raoul Pantin. This was because so much has already been written and because I know the family so well — a friendship I treasure — I did it personally and privately. Read More »

Pan fuh so!

Pan Sunday is here. This is the day that many people from all walks of life across the two islands anxiously look forward to from the start of the Carnival season and for different reasons. Read More »

A LIL' Piece of Bitts

Her slight stature has never stopped Shivonne Liesl-Ann Churche from showing the world that in the area of music she is a triple threat. Read More »

Machel speaks his mind

Defending Power Soca Monarch, Machel Montano plans to launch a company entitled MONK (Movement of New Knowledge) on March 3. Read More »

Don’t miss Pan Jazz Nights for Carnival 2015

For three nights on February 6, 8 and 10, jazz musician Chantal Esdelle and her band Moyenne will host Pan Jazz Nights at 51 Cornelio Street in Woodbrook. Featuring pannist Earl Rodney and drummer Richard Bailey as special guests, the shows will also highlight performances of commissioned works by well-known calypso jazz exponent Clive ‘Zanda’ Alexander. Read More »

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