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Saturday, November 29, 2014

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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 »

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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 »

Barbie frozen out as top girls’ toy by Disney princesses

Barbie has long reigned supreme as queen of the girls’ toy market but this year she will be dethroned by two princesses from Frozen, the Disney film blockbuster. The iconic figure is being “frozen out” by Elsa and Anna, the stars of the computer-animated reworking of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale, The Snow Queen. Read More »

‘Parang in a Pot’

St Joseph’s Convent Port of Spain held its second Annual “Parang in a Pot” on November 15. The concept of this event is to build community and to showcase the talent of our young people. It is also an opportunity for the pupils and their families to support the fundraising ventures of the school in a fun filled environment while exposing them to this very important aspect of our culture — parang music Read More »

Making music for and eternity

Over the past decade or so there have been several young voices asserting themselves on the soca-parang arena previously dominated by the likes of Crazy, Scrunter, Baron and Kenny J. Read More »

Making the hit-makers

Bunji Garlin and KMC are unarguably two of the most successful soca artistes to date and they each excel not only on stage and in the studio, but in the boardroom as well. While both artistes are phenomenal talents who easily create hit songs, have great charisma on stage and have made success a walk in the park, they both shared a common denominator that helped to build their respective international careers and bank accounts. Read More »

Youth keeping calypso alive

Those lines from Brother Mudada’s classic, “Ever living Calypso” rang through at the Mas Camp Pub when the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO) hosted, “Youth in Calypso” recently as part of the Calypso History Month celebrations. Read More »

Driving soca from Mr Benz

He’s one of the newbies on the local entertainment scene but Mr Benz (Anthony Renold Mc Nicol), is ready for Carnival 2015 with a recently released groovy soca offering titled “Party Holic”. The song, which is inspired by Trinis’ love for partying has a catchy bridge, fancy rhymes, a melodious pre-chorus and an electrifying chorus. Mr Benz has spent some time studying the entertainment playing field and knows exactly what the masses would gravitate to come Carnival 2015 and beyond. Read More »

Panyard upgrades coming

Fifty-six panyards are earmarked for refurbishment and renovation in a few weeks under the Panyard Development Programme I to make them centres of excellence. Read More »

Myron B stages Christmas concert

The Incredible Myron B will celebrate a decade in soca parang today with a Christmas concert in his home town of Maraval. Read More »

Back to the barrackyard

The self proclaimed “Last Badjohn of Calypso”, Kurt Allen is using “The Barracky Yard Experience” to bring Trinidad and Tobago up to date with technology and a new concept in the calypso tent. Read More »

UWI Festival of Plays ends today

The season for the UWI Festival of Plays ends today at the Learning Resource Centre, University of the West Indies, St Augustine. These productions are put on annually by the students of the Directors 2, Technical Theatre and Production 1A courses, under the Department of Creative and Festival Arts (DCFA) at The University of the West Indies. Read More »

Make a smart movie choice this weekend

This weekend…be smart..go see Dumb and Dumber To the most eagerly awaited comedy sequel ever is here! Read More »

The soca vagabond

“The way that ah jammin in de band deh callin me ah hooligan, (Ah hooligan, ah hooligan). The way that ah wine on every gyal deh callin me ah vagabond, (Ah vagabond, ah vagabond).” Read More »

Spoken word goes to school

The second annual COURTS Bocas Speak Out Intercol got underway recently with nine dynamic poets of the 2Cents Movement visiting seven secondary schools, introducing 3,500 pupils every week to the very popular Spoken Word art form. Read More »

Christmas Magic with Holman next month

Christmas will come a bit early this year for lovers of live music and pan aficionados alike, as pan virtuoso, Ray Holman stages his third annual Christmas concert at the Little Carib Theatre on December 13 from 8.30 p.m. and December 14 from 6 p.m. Read More »

Top 12 Indigenous songs

01) “More Than Want You”-Bongah Chops (up from 4, 1 week @ #1, 2 weeks on charts) Read More »

Adieu Allison

Emotions overflowed at the VIP Lounge of the Queen’s Park Savannah recently as management and staff of the National Carnival Commission (NCC) said farewell to Chairman Allison Demas. It was quite evident that many people in the organisation and beyond felt that a female chairperson of the NCC would present problems but it turned out that Demas is regarded as one of the best ever. Read More »

Fay-Ann Lyons enjoying a full life without boredom

Being a female soca artiste is challenging enough as it is and adding marriage, motherhood, studies and business to the equation makes things that much tougher. Fay-Ann Lyons would, however, have it no other way. The three-time National Road March Monarch has a packed daily schedule that would cause most people to drop at some point, but she keeps in stride and maintains excellence. Read More »

Knock, knock... Come een KMC

Having made a successful re-entry to the local arena with the song, “Ting” a couple months aback KMC has found a new drive for soca and intends to release a number of singles between now and Carnival. His most recent song is a groovy soca track titled, “Found Love Again” recorded at Optimus Studios in Vistabella. The song is reminiscent of his single, “Soul On Fire” that led to to his first international deal several years ago. Read More »

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