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Sunday, March 1, 2015

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Disbanded - Rebranded

For some 38 years the band most recently known as 3Veni excelled in every facet of the local music arena. With its roots in classical Indo-Trinbagonian music the band evolved from there adding chutney music to its repertoire and eventually becoming the first “Indian” band to crossover into the mainstream soca arena and from there add reggae, pop, rock and other genres to its portfolio. Read more »

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Party Done, play time start

The Carnival is over and so the various theatre companies have begun to present their new productions. Among these is Raymond Choo Kong’s production of Party Done, For the Freak Next Door, which had its moments on opening night, last Thursday evening at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s. Read More »

Humble Unkle Joe

There was a royal audience of sorts on Wednesday in Cunupia when 2015 National Calypso Monarch, Chucky (Roderick Gordon) along with pannist/composer Ray Holman, visited the home of songwriter, Fazad “Unkle Joe” Shageer who penned the lyrics of “I Believe” alongside Chucky and Holman who composed the music. Read More »

Passion enjoys a perfect season

This was Passion’s second year on the road and the band’s theme was Neverland. The band featured nine sections including an all female section and 10 individual costumes. Work has already begun on Passion’s 2016 presentation. Here are some photos of the band on the road this year. Read More »

Win prize package to play mas in Crop Over

The National Cultural Foun­dation (NCF) of Barba­dos, in partnership with telecommu- ni­cations company Digicel, is for the second consecutive year offering a prize package to participate in “the sweetest summer festival” —Crop Over. Read More »

Loving Raymond again and again

Jeffery Iqbal, intends to sing his way into the hearts of local fans at the post-Valentine concert, Everybody loves Raymond, next weekend. The 31-year-old American will perform alongside local entertainer Raymond Ramnarine and his band Dil-e-Nadan. He will be accompanied by his band and one of North America’s top drummers Jomy George. Read More »

Last soca hurrah at Bacchanal Sunday

The mayhem and mania of Carnival 2015 was fully expressed at Fatima Grounds just before Jouvert as all the stars of the season assembled for one last hurrah onstage at Bacchanal Sunday, and in testament to the theme, the Queen of Bacchanal herself, Destra Garcia, made her first-ever appearance at the event. Formerly known as “Mania”, the event enjoyed a decade of memories at its previous venue in Maraval. Read More »

Carlos Guzmán exhibits at Horizons Art Gallery

Cuban artist Carlos Guzman will exhibit at the Horizons Art Gallery, Mucurapo Road, St James from March 3 until March 13 during the hours of 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Read More »

24th annual Kendra Phagwa Festival next weekend

Twelve finalists will next Sunday vie for the Kendra Phagwa Festival’s pichakaaree championship. The 24th edition of the annual festival was launched on the occasion of Vasant Panchami on January 25 with the traditional ‘chulha boiling’ of the first abeer and the vibrant sounds of chowtaal by the Sumatee Dabha Ramayan and chowtaal group. Organisers and contestants have since been busy with preparation for the two grand events, holikaa Friday and pichakaaree Sunday. Read More »

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 »

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 »

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