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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

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The Spiritual Shouter Baptists enhanced Trinbago culture

Among the earliest recordings of the music of Trinidad and Tobago in 1914 thereabouts were the rhythms and chants of the Orisas, Shango Baptists and the Spiritual Shouter Baptists. Before then and since, the Shouters have played an integral role in the development and evolution of the music of this nation and its culture as a whole. Read more »

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Enjoyable swim at the Bocas

Local prize-winning author, Lawrence Scott, launched his new book Leaving By Plane, Swimming Back Underwater on Wednesday at the National Library. In the first of this year’s pre-festival readings, Scott, regional winner of the 1998 Commonwealth Writers Prize, was in conversation with two-time winner of the Commonwealth short story competition, writer Barbara Jenkins. Scott’s new short story collection, his second, is both satirical and ironical, tackling serious issues with humour and a lightness of touch that entertained the audience. Read More »

Remembering Roderick

Roderick Joseph Sanatan was a true renaissance man who was once the Secretary General of the Caribbean Telecommunications’ Union. He was a teacher, broadcaster, lecturer and culture lover. The following are excerpts from the eulogy written by UWI literary giant Gordon Rohlher and read by him on Saturday last at the ceremony celebrating the life of Roderick Sanatan. Read More »

RAPP hosts calypso competition and Easter bonnet parade in La Horquetta

The Retiree Adolescent Partnership Programme (RAPP) of the Ministry of Community Development hosted its Calypso Competition and Easter Bonnet parade at the RAPP Centre in La Horquetta, Arima on March 21. The event, entitled “RAPP-O-RAMA,” allowed participants from all five RAPP centres (La Horquetta, Couva, Valencia, Laventille – Shekinah and Belmont), the opportunity to showcase their talents in the areas of pan and calypso. Read More »

Chutney gearing up for 2016

The National Chutney Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago will begin rehearsals for next year’s competition later this year. This was revealed Wednesday by NCFTT consultant and developer Dr Vijay Ramlal-Rai during the 2015 Schools National Carnival Chutney Soca Monarch prize giving ceremony at National Carnival Commission’s VIP Lounge, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain. Read More »

The positive princess

Months ago when the Cinderella trailer was released, someone commented that it contained too many spoilers, but who doesn’t know this eternal tale of love beyond class. In fact one of the lessons taught to young listeners who first hear the story, is that if you remain good and believe in yourself, positive things will happen. Read More »

Trinbago artistes excel at SXSW

High praise for and congratulations to the Trinbago contingent continue to flow in the aftermath of their performances at the just concluded SXSW (South by Southwest) Music Festival in Houston, Texas, USA. The local artistes are receiving the greater share of accolades for their groundbreaking “Callaloo Night” showcase event, held at the Karma Lounge. Read More »

Trinis tear-up Texas

The Trinbagonian artistes and musicians at the SXSW Music Festival (South by South West) in Houston, Texas have been giving great accounts of themselves and representing this nation well before the audiences at the various events there. On Thursday night, Mungal Patasar and Pantar kicked off Trinbago’s weekend expose with a thrilling performance on the WOMEX stage at a venue known as Flamingo Cantina. Read More »

Celebrating the ‘Resurrection’

Hoping to positively impact the lives of people; particularly the youths in Trinidad and Tobago, Nobility Entertainment and Aspire Agency are having a fundraising concert. Resurrection The Concert is a gospel event which will takes place on Saturday at Ambassador Hotel, Long Circular Road, St James, at 7 p.m. and will feature Jamaican gospel-reggae artiste, Nicholas Eccleston, more popular known as DJ Nicholas. Read More »

A metamorphosis experience

An art exhibition featuring more than 60 works from pupils and teachers was held recently at St Joseph’s College in the community of St Joseph. The exhibition, which featured the works of pupils from Forms 4 and 5 showcased art created in almost every medium possible including drawings (pen, pencil, pastelles), paintings (watercolour, acrylic, mixed media), graphic design (freehand, digital), creations using fibre along with various decorative arts, sculpture and ceramics. Read More »

Marx for the moms

American soft rock artiste, Richard Marx will on May 9 join Michael Bolton at the Hasely Crawford Stadium for “Enchantment” the Mother’s Day concert being presented by the Ricky Raghunanan Group of Companies. Read More »

Cinderella dances into IMAX

In celebration of the showing of Disney’s Cinderella at the IMAX Theatre, the cinema’s management in partnership with Peter Elias Clothing will reward two lucky movie patrons with $1,500 gift certificates for a “Ball Worthy” shopping spree at any Peter Elias Clothing outlet nationwide. Read More »

...The Youth Mini Music Festival provides great performances to empty seats

There was no National Music Festival last year primarily because of the lack of Government and corporate support. The Trinidad & Tobago Music Festival Association is hoping to revive the biennial festival next year, but decided that in spite of the financial challenges they would present at least a series of mini versions of the festival this year through their recently established regional committees (North, South and Tobago). Read More »

It’s official: Everybody loves Raymond

Local entertainer Raymond Ramnarine broke down in tears as he began his performance at “Everybody Loves Raymond” - post-Valentine’s Day concert at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya last Saturday night. Ramnarine entered the stage singing “Aap Kay Kareeb” - one of the most popular songs on local East Indian radio stations. Read More »

Scenes from the ‘HillsView’

Expressing their creativity through photographs, the members of Hillview College Photography Club held its Photography Exhibit recently. Utilising the main auditorium on the college grounds located at El Dorado Road, Tunapuna, pupils put on an impressive display with a 242-piece collection. The exhibition had a Hollywood concept and was aptly titled, “Lights, Camera, Action!” Read More »

Michael Bolton coming again for Mother ‘s Day

American easy listening singer, Michael Bolton will on May 9 perform at the Hasely Crawford National Stadium. The show is titled, “Enchantment” and is being presented by the Ricky Raghunanan Group of Companies. T Read More »

Launch of the ngc Bocas Lit Fest 2015

The NGC Bocas Lit Fest, the Trinidad and Tobago literary festival, an annual celebration of stories, words and ideas, with a Caribbean focus and international scope, is celebrating its fifth year. The 2015 festival, which runs from April 29 to May 3, takes a slightly different focus this year while it brings together readers and writers from Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean, and the wider world for five days of readings, talks, performances, workshops, discussions, film screenings, and more, plus a full programme of activities for the young. Read More »

‘The Freak’ goes to SAPA

Returning for a third consecutive run, Party Done for the Freak Next Door, will run at the Southern Academy for the Performing Arts (SAPA) from March 20 to 22. This is the final run of the production. Read More »

Caribbean film mart, database to launch in September

The Caribbean Film Mart and Caribbean Film Database will be launched this September during the tenth annual trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), which takes place from the September 15-29. The project is co-financed by the ACP Cultures+Programme, funded by the European Union (European Development Fund) and implemented by the ACP Group of States. Read More »

Local artistes off to the SXSW Music Festival

“Ladies and gentlemen, our music, our culture, our food—even the way that we speak is in high demand all over the world,” stated Ask Promotions CEO, Stephen Howard. “The world is ready for us. Are we ready? Y’all are going to see some artistes today who are ready…” Read More »

9 writers compete for region’s top literary award

Authors from five territories make the longlist for the 2015 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, sponsored by One Caribbean Media (OCM), owner of the Express news­paper, TV6 and the OCM radio network. The prize longlist includes three genre categories: poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction. The winners in each category will be announced on April 1, and the prize will be presented on May 2 during the fifth annual NGC Bocas Lit fest in Port of Spain. The overall winner will receive a US$10,000 award, with smaller awards for the other winners. Read More »

2015 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature longlist

POETRY Sounding Ground —by Vladimir Lucien (Peepal Tree Press) The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion —by Kei Miller (Carcanet) The Merchant of Feathers —by Tanya Shirley (Peepal Tree Press) Read More »

Bootman connecting with his Trini roots

ARTIST and illustrator Colin Bootman has come a long way since he drew his first action figure - Spiderman- at the age of seven after stumbling across his first comic book. In the years that followed, Bootman received many accolades and his work as an illustrator of children’s books and textbooks has won a number of awards including the Coretta Scott King Honour, the Comstock Award and The Teachers Choice Award, just to name a few. Read More »

Celebrating achievements, calling for equality

All around the world on March 8 every year, people come together to celebrate women and the incalculable impact they have had on the world. Women’s equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements while focusing attention on areas requiring further action. International Women’s Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality. Read More »

Indigenous top 7 songs

Indigenous is an initiative of ACTT to promote local content quotas, aired on Power 102.1FM on Tuesdays from 8.30 p.m. Supported by artistes, fans, Sunday Mix, Simon’s Musical Supplies Ltd, Mega Drugs Ltd, West Bees Supermarket, Blue Waters, Clorox, Calvo, Chef Choice Co and blink\bmobile. Read More »

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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