On July 8 thousands gathered at Gilbert Park in Couva to celebrate 19 years of broadcasting excellence with the nation's top East Indian Station, 103FM, the First, the Finest.
The annual Anniversary Mela began at 2 p.m. with the station's very own DJ Naim "D Selecta" but this was just the appetiser for the nonstop entertainment that was to follow. Taking the stage soon after were two of this country's most dynamic dance groups, the Premala Dance Academy and the Extreme Breakers who had the massive crowd captivated by their movements. 103FM also kept its vision for the future by featuring some of this nation's young stars with its special "Kids Show" segment. Accompanied by Rishi Gayadeen and the T&TEC Gayatones, those in attendance caught a glimpse of the future of East Indian Entertainment from 12-year-old Avinash Maharaj to 7-year-old Stephan Jaikaran. The St John's United Tassa Group also made sure there was never a dull moment in between performances.
Dominating the stage was Dil e Nadan featuring "the Showstopper" Raymond Ramnarine along with Rennie and Richard Ramnarine, General Imran and Dr Seales. Number one cross over band JMC 3VENI ended the night featuring reigning Chutney Soca Monarch KI along with Nishard Mayhroo, Neval Chatelal and a sultry performance by Sally Sagram.
Government Ministers also took part in the festivities as Dr Lincoln Douglas, Minister of the Arts and Multiculturalism as well as Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Rudy Indarsingh. Indarsingh told 103FM news that celebrations such as these contribute to keeping culture alive in a progressive nation.
103FM also kept its annual promise of hosting safe and family oriented events. Members of the Police and Fire Services maintained order and safety in the massive crowd as well as members of the Radio League ensured parking was a safe and smooth operation. This station maintained its reputation of hosting incident free events.
103FM's Executive Director, Yaseen Rahaman says this year's Mela allowed the station to start its 20th year of broadcast in style. It also gave 103FM the chance to pay tribute to its fans who over the past two decades, have and continue to make it the top East Indian Station and Trinidad and Tobago...truly the First and the Finest.