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Monday, September 22, 2014

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The festival of Ramleela

WITH only a week left, Ramleela groups are deep into preparations at recreations grounds across the country for the annual festival in celebration of the Hindu incarnation of God, Lord Rama. The festival was launched by the National Ramleela Council of Trinidad and Tobago, at a function held at the St Augustine Community Centre two weeks ago. Read more »

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A "purrrfect' performer

Winner of the award for Best Female Solo Soca Artist of the Year at the 2014 Anguilla Music Awards, Catriona “Cat” Lake is seeking to make an impact at next year’s Carnival celebrations here in Trinidad. The multi-faceted artiste who composes her own songs and also produces her music videos is scheduled to arrive in mid-January on a promotional tour that will see her performing at several events as she introduces herself and her music to the people of this island. Read More »

In search of a nation’s soul

“Journalists are the first historians,” was the poignant statement of iconic journalist, Owen Baptiste when he delivered remarks at the launch of his most recent book In Search of America’s Soul (Conversations with Americans about the Presidency of Barack Obama and the Declining Power of the American Empire). Read More »

At the GREEN market today

The future of healthy successful individuals, families, nations and indeed, the planet is in food. Not too much, just enough. And as close to fresh as possible. The dizzying array of choices from places far from our shores is seductive and deceptive. Such choice dulls the palate and starts the unhealthy desire for more foreign food. Read More »

‘Pan!’ opens November 5

Pan! Our Music Odyssey will open in cinemas across Trinidad and Tobago in November. The eagerly anticipated new docu-drama, Pan! Our Music Odyssey, that tells the story of the national instrument, the pan will open in cinemas across Trinidad on November 5. The film premiered to a packed audience at Globe Cinema on Tuesday at the opening of the 9th Annual trinidad+tobago film festival. Read More »

Awakening creative spirits

TrinidadIAN, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, Angela Hunte added the proverbial icing to a rich, wholesome cake baked by the Copyright Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago (COTT) in the form of their recent “Creators Symposium” which was held at the Yara Auditorium, Arthur Lok Jack GSB, Mt Hope. Read More »

No pappyshow from 3Canal, just 'MORE LOVE'

In celebration of the nation’s 52nd anniversary of Independence, Rapso trio, 3Canal recently staged an engaging production entitled, More Love at their brand new headquarters on Murray St, Woodbrook, Port of Spain, dubbed the Big Black Box. Live performances from the group were featured, alongside theatrical interludes from the newly formed “Big Love Squad” and the longstanding “Pappyshow Posee”, the production served to launch the new space, which will serve as an art gallery, performance and rehearsal centre, as well as an event venue for rental. Read More »

The sweetest ‘Trouble’ maker

The very first impression one gets when speaking with Jamaican artiste, Nyanda is that this is a very pleasant, intelligent, focused and gifted young woman. She clearly loves people, is family oriented and has a deep passion for music. Read More »

The final ‘Scandal’

The play, Scandal written by Richard Ragoobarsingh makes its final run today at the Naparima Bowl, San Fernando from 6.30 p.m. Scandal follows the story of the challenges faced by an administration and an embattled prime minister who has a media manager who protects as best as she can a burgeoning series of scandals while keeping faith that the administration will make the country a better place. Read More »

Jazz notes IN SOCA

Jazz musician Clifford Charles is at it again. Last Saturday the Central based musician released Homeward Bound. By the next day, he was on the road delivering copies to fans across the country, who were anxiously awaiting the release of the disc. Read More »

The mighty Croun of caps

Damian Thompson wants young men and women to see themselves differently to what the American hip hop videos say they should be — starting from their heads. “A lot of youths are going towards clothes and hats just because they look good but they don’t know what meaning lies behind what they are wearing.” Read More »

Art by women for all to enjoy

The Women in Art Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago will present its 17th Annual Art Exhibition tomorrow at Gallery at Fine Art Limited, Warren and Rosalino Streets, Woodbrook . Approximately 20 artists will showcase their work using acrylic, watercolour, oil and mixed media, in an exhibition that will run until September 20. Read More »

Expressions in talent at U.WE

“U.WE SPEAK” is an opportunity for the expression of raw talent. The event was conceptualised by Muhammad Muwakil and Niku Davis and is held regularly on the greens of the Student Activity Centre at The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine Campus. Read More »

Elechi Todd ‘s first joint exhibition

Elechi Todd sees the world through surrealist eyes. Todd has been doing art since secondary school and since then it has always been his favourite way to express himself. Read More »

‘Silk Cotton Tree’ takes root this week

“Differentology” collaborator, Nigel Rojas is back in the mix with “a bag of new songs” set to impact on Carnival 2015 and the music industry worldwide. The Orange Sky founder and lead vocalist only began writing songs for and about the Carnival season last year, after witnessing the success of his collaboration with Soul Train Award Winner, Ian “Bunji Garlin” Alvarez and being formally introduced into the Carnival industry. Read More »

Is the Glamour Boys again...

The Glamour Boyz Again: The Mighty Sparrow and Lord Superior on the Hilton Rooftop will be staging its World Premiere on Wednesday September 3, at the Caribbean Read More »

Machel lights up Zomer carnival

The Zomer carnival is a three-day festival with over 900,000 people from 189 countries taking over the streets of Rotterdam, making it the biggest street festival in Europe. This year it celebrated its 30th anniversary. Read More »

The show must go on

Even as they bade farewell to the founder and inspirational leader, Ainsley Mark, the QRC Foundation’s event organising committee was planning the 2014 (13th) edition of the T&T Steelpan & Jazz Festival, as a welcome return to its roots. Read More »

Taking ‘Solis’ in his music

In the midst of political crisis, senseless bloodshed, rising murder toll and violence, Richard Solis’ music brings a nation, and by extension the world, simple, pure and much needed peace. Read More »

Promoting the use of ICTs in agriculture

The Second Caribbean Science and Agriculture Film and Video Competition launched in October 2013 was a huge success and attracted over 80 entries. The focus of the competition was Adding Value to Local Foods. Read More »

Brooklyn jouvert tomorrow

The Tankalanka Productions, whose band leader Susan Leung Yuen, won the Queen of Traditional mas during Trinidad Carnival 2014 with her winning portrayal of “Madame Dame Loraine” is all set to portray various traditional mas characters. Read More »

The enduring panman

Hillary “baga” rezende grew up at 114 Charlotte Street in Port-of-Spain and he was indeed a well known fellow. At the age of ten he had a keen interest in making music out of cans. So he began developing his sound on butter cans and then found himself learning the ways of the pan at “Hellyard” in the early 40s, home of All Stars. Read More »

The double threat monarch

UK-based, Trinidad-born calypsonian, Sheldon Skeete took home top honours in the UK Groovy Soca Monarch competition in London last weekend. Skeete tied for first place with defending champion, Nikisha Reyes-Pile with his song entitled, “Groovy Song”. Read More »

A Millien musical concepts

An Interactive entertainment platform which enables a large following of fans to connect with grassroots talent through an interactive web series product is creating a buzz in the local entertainment landscape and online. Read More »

Nikki smashes Vevo

Nikki Minaj’s much-discussed “Anaconda” video smashed Vevo’s record for the most views in 24 hours, racking up 19.6 million clicks in the first day of its release. Read More »

‘Cynthia Sweetness’ coming

Ralph Maraj announces his new production, Cynthia Sweetness coming to the Naparima Bowl on September 19 to 21. This is a story of youthful love, ruptured by class conflict amidst the turbulence in the 1970s in Trinidad and Tobago. Read More »

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