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Monday, November 24, 2014

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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 »

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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 »

Magical mysteries from Venus

As quickly as one can say, abracadabra, local master magician Venus (Vinoo Lochandass) was catapulted into the spotlight. The magician, who recently opened for American illusionist Jonathan Pendragon, has received rave reviews since that last stage performance. Although the professional entertainer has been on the scene for the last three years, he is still largely unknown. Venus, however, has been continuously developing his routine with a plan to keep going bigger and better. Read More »

NCC launches Regional Carnival 2K15 in Cumuto

The National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago (NCC) will launch on November 29 at the Cumuto Recreational Ground, Rochard Douglas Road, Barrackpore the 2015 series of Regional Carnival events from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free to the public. This launch features the parade of over 1,000 traditional Carnival characters, which include, moko jumbies, pierrot grenades, dame lorraines and fancy Indian sailors, with entertainment by Iwer George, Crazy, tassa groups, comedy skits and popular DJs. Tommy Joseph will act as Master of Ceremonies. Read More »

‘Pan’ runs for another week

The locally produced film Pan! Our Music Odyssey has been held over for another week at MovieTowne, Port of Spain because of the enthusiastic response from the public. People can catch two daily screenings at 12.40 p.m. and 2.45 p.m until Tuesday. Read More »

Christmas begins at Queen’s Hall

Christmas at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s, begins this weekend with the Cascade Festival’s ballet showpiece, A Christmas Carousel, today. This will be a fusion of classic ballet and con­temporary styles, with a range of different dance pieces, including a romantic Victorian skating scene to a taste of the Christmas Nutcracker. Read More »

Rising above adversity

Fazal Mohammed hails from the Village of Preysal, the home of the likes of Inshan Ali and Ranjy Nanan and lives just a stone’s throw from where Dinesh Ramdin grew up. Fazal is a simple, unassuming man whom I met about eight years ago on Ramsaran Street, Chaguanas where he sells lovely orchids and other beautiful plants off his truck. Read More »

‘Solar’ on display

Since the dawn of history, the Sun has been regarded as a bestower of light and a point of orientation for animals, hunters and farmers. Indeed, the Sun is an energy source that links all life. It is also regarded as an ‘all-seeing’ eye of justice and equality. Read More »

Soaking in advice from Richard Pursel

Richard Pursel looked more like a too-cool biology teacher with his spectacles and tattoos, than an animation writer for popular cartoons like The Ren and Stimpy Show and SpongeBob SquarePants. Pursel was in town last week for the Animae Caribe Festival at the University of Trinidad and Tobago John S Donaldson, Port of Spain Creativity Campus, Wrightson Road last week. Read More »

A call to give Choko his just due

Journalism pioneer Patrick Chookolingo deserves greater national recognition. That was the consensus coming out of what started as a lecture, but in the true memory of the man, evolved into an open dialogue about the impact of Chookolingo’s life work on local journalism at the AV Room of the National Library, Abercromby Street, Port of Spain. Read More »

King Khan does it again

Having done movies like Baazigar (1993), Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998) and Om Shanti Om (2006) released during Divali and all were runaway hits starring the King of Bollywood – Shah Rukh Khan and the superstar’s latest release Happy New Year is NO exception! The film opened abroad on Divali and broke box office records having crossed the 100 crore mark in its opening weekend - becoming the first film to reach the century club, in such a short space of time. Read More »

‘Pan! Our Music Odyssey’ premieres Wednesday

The locally produced film, Pan! Our Music Odyssey opens at cinemas across the island on Wednesday. The film brings together in docu-drama format, a fictional account of the birth of the pan 70 years ago, with a present day story of how musicians come from all over the world to participate in the annual Panorama competition in Trinidad. Read More »

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