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  • Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dead at 74 
    Posted on February 5, 2016 at 8:44 am

    NEW YORK (AP) — Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums and made hits like "September," ''Shining Star" and "Boogie Wonderland," died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, his brother Verdine said. White, who was 74, suffered from Parkinson's Disease and had retreated from the public even as the band he founded kept performing. "My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep," Verdine White, also a member of the band, told The Associated Press on Thursday. "While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes." Earth, Wind & Fire, a nine-piece band centred featuring the two White brothers, singer Philip Bailey and the distinctive horn section, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. The band's most successful period started with the 1975 album "That's The Way of The World" and continued through the rest of the decade. Other hits included "Serpentine Fire," ''That's the Way of the World" and a cover of the Beatles' "Got to Get You Into My Life." Chris Rock tweeted his condolences Thursday with a photo of White and the lyrics, "You can't hide love." Nile Rogers called White "one of the most amazing innovators of all time" on the social media platform, while Diane Warren said "this world just got a lot less soulful." White publicly revealed he had Parkinson's at the time of the band's Hall of Fame induction, but he had shown symptoms of the neurological disease back in the 1980s. He stopped touring with the band in 1995 because of weariness from the road combined with his health problems. White said in an interview with The Associated Press in 2000 that he wanted the band's music to inspire instead of just entertain. "That was the whole objective, to try to inspire young people to believe in themselves and to follow through on their ideas," he said. "We've touched so many people with these songs." A former session drummer, White founded the band Salty Peppers in the Chicago area in the late 1960s and had some modest success in the Midwest. After relocating to Los Angeles and ditching all of the band members except Verdine, he renamed the outfit Earth, Wind & Fire after the three elements in his astrological chart. Bailey's bright falsetto defined many of Earth, Wind & Fire's hits. "We experienced pure magic together," Bailey said during the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, standing next to White. The band's early sound was jazzy, but evolved into an exuberant, horn-driven mix of jazz, funk, gospel and Big Band music. Their appeal wasn't just on records but on stage, their concerts a whirl of dancing, fog machines, multi-coloured lights and glittery costumes. Earth, Wind & Fire performed everywhere from the Super Bowl to the White House. Maurice White also had a substantial side career producing other artists, including Barbra Streisand and Cher. In the 1970s, he co-wrote and co-produced the Emotions' No. 1 hit "Best of My Love." White was born in Memphis in 1941, the son of a doctor and grandson of a New Orleans piano player. He showed musical gifts at an early age, studying at the Chicago Conservancy. During the 1960s, he backed Muddy Waters, the Impressions and others and worked as a session drummer in Chicago. The band performed in the movie, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and had hits with the ballad "After the Love Has Gone," ''All 'n' All," ''Let's Groove" and "Fall in Love With Me." The band took a four-year hiatus in the 1980s and then returned its primary success then on the road. "We live in a negative society," White told Newsweek at the height of the band's success. "Most people can't see beauty and love. I see our music as medicine." White's memoir, "Keep Your Head to the Sky: My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire," is scheduled to be released Sept. 13 by Amistad. The book features a forward by Steve Harvey and an afterword by David Foster. Earth, Wind & Fire are to be honoured at the Grammy Awards on February 15. […]

  • Bess FM's Steve James reviving Real Rock
    Posted on February 5, 2016 at 8:12 am

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – He may host one of Jamaican radio's most respected reggae shows, but Steve James is not a household name a la Barry 'Barry G' Gordon or Richard 'Richie B' Burgess. On Bess FM's weekly Real Rock programme (Thursdays from 7--10 pm) James offers artistes whose music is rarely played on mainstream radio a chance to be heard. "The airwaves are currently dominated by dancehall and most radio stations are rotating the same songs constantly. My philosophy is that as long as the song sounds good, and the lyrics are clean it should get airplay," James reasoned. "It does not matter who the singer is, if the singer is well known then that is just a plus."  In recent weeks, James has interviewed deejay Macka B and singer Empress Ayeola. Both are British acts promoting new albums which are not heard much on mainstream radio. James, who has followed the British reggae scene for over 30 years, believes artistes in the United Kingdom are overlooked in Jamaica. It was a different tune in the early 1980s when the likes of Aswad, Steel Pulse and Maxi Priest were heard regularly on Radio Jamaica and the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation. A determined James is out to change that. "There is so much good music that is being made, but some of these artistes are being stifled and struggle to get their voices heard in Jamaica. Macka B, Empress Ayeola, Bitty Mclean and Vivian Jones are just some of the artistes who fall into this category," he said. "They all appear on major festivals in the UK; some of their tracks are made by Jamaican musicians but they struggle to get airplay and bookings here in Jamaica." But for a short break, James has hosted Real Rock since its inception in 2008. While its listenership is nowhere near that of Bess FM's more established rivals, he says his refusal to limit his playlist to dancehall music attracts a wide fan base. "In the eight years that Real Rock has been on air the listenership has grown tremendously. Our online listenership has quadrupled," he noted. "Bess FM has all-island coverage and our dedicated online listeners have increased in London, Toronto, the Caribbean and various parts of the United States. We constantly get calls from overseas from artistes who want to be a special guest on the Real Rock because of the international audience that we enjoy." In addition to interviews and music, Real Rock's regular features include Live In Concert, Hospitality Lounge and Real Rock E-news. James is banking on this mix to expand his audience even more in 2016.  "This year, we are looking to increase our video and audio online listenership and  unearth more exclusive interviews. We are also currently in discussions about rebroadcasting the Real Rock on radio stations in London, Brazil and Singapore," he said. Howard Campb […]

  • AFTER 12: All hail Mr Wacky
    Posted on February 5, 2016 at 3:00 am

    Cheers Bar & Grill on Collie Smith Drive was the scene of the 11th Mr Wacky Memorial on January 23. The annual dance, held in memory of dancer Bogle, pulled a large crowd. And, of course, any event recognising the dancer will feature the latest steps. OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY was on assignment. […]

  • Students take spotlight at Evoke on Saturday
    Posted on February 5, 2016 at 3:00 am

    EVOKE, a fashion show aimed at exposing the talent of young designers, is scheduled for Whitebones Seafood Restaurant on Mannings Hill Road in Kingston tomorrow at 7:00 pm. Organiser and principal of Liquid Gold Modelling Agency, Jaime Rose, shared his vision for the event. “We’ll be exposing 10 designers from the Garmex HEART Academy, UTech (University of Technology), and Edna Manley (College of the Visual and Peforming Arts),” Rose, 53, told Splash. “It is a great opportunity for students to showcase their designs, network with store and gift shop owners, and get advice and, perhaps, sell some of their items. It’s a good platform for the students,” he continued. Rose said he hopes to jump start the declining clothing-making sector. “I’m from a neighbourhood in Portland where seamstresses and tailors were an integral part of the economy. That sector is now dying as everyone is purchasing imported clothing. With this sector active like previous years, it could create employment and save the country whole heap of foreign exchange,” he said. A former insurance salesman and teacher, the dimunitive Rose started Liquid Gold Modelling Agency in 2007. He, however, came up with the idea to showcase the students’ work last year. “I had students from one institution at a time. However, this year, I thought the more we could expose the better it is,” he said. The make-up will be provided by students from D’Marie School of Makeup Artistry. — Brian Bonitto […]

  • No registration so Skatie disqualified
    Posted by jbirch101 on January 28, 2016 at 3:26 am

    The Trinbago Unified Calypsonians' Organisation (TUCO) has disqualified Skatie from this year’s National Calypso Monarch Competition. In a release yesterday, it said Skatie, whose real name is Carlos James was given a hearing earlier in the day at its headquarters into allegations that he had breached the registration process of the competition. The statement said Skatie accepted that he breached the rules of the process and was unable to produce a receipt to confirm that he had paid the registration fees for the competition. TUCO said: “In light of this the council was left with no choice but to declare Mr James invalid and void for the competition due to his lack of registration.” It said Joanne Foster, the first reserve would now replace Skatie as a semi-finalist at Saturday’s event at Skinner Park, San Fernando. TUCO also announced that Jameeka Mundy is now deemed the first reserve while Wayne Pierre, aka Wayne P, is now second reserve. […]

  • KI cops Chutney Soca crown
    Posted by jbirch101 on January 25, 2016 at 2:31 am

    Priceless and elated! This is how Chutney artiste Kris “KI” Persad feels about being crowned Chutney Soca Monarch and capturing the million dollar first prize at Saturday’s show at Skinner Park, San Fernando. Performing last before hundreds of spectators, KI closed the show with an entertaining performance of Same Gyal Twice, which saw him dressed like a super hero and taking a shower on stage. Cupping first place in the traditional category was chutney artiste Rooplal Girdharie with 479 points, taking home the $150,000 prize.  In an interview yesterday, 29-year-old Persad, who attained 499 points, said he was happy that hard work by his team and himself paid off. Admitting that the competition this year was stronger, he said he kept positive and gave it his all. Persad who also won the competition in 2012 and 2014 said he was impressed by the performances this year and expects the art form to continue to grow stronger. Nishard Mayrhoo’s performance was also a strong contender for the crown but he was beaten into second place by nine points, taking home a prize of $750,000 for his rendition of Therapy.  Defending champions Ravi B (Ravi Bissambhar) and Rikki Jai (Samraj Jaimungal) who teamed up last year, came into third and fourth places respectively. Coming on stage in gold chariot, mimicking the Cinderella story, Ravi B went into the crowd with a beautiful shoe looking for Cinderella in her performance of his rendition Personal. In a Whats App message, Rikki Jai who won the title seven times said when one enters a competition, one has to abide with the results of the judges.  Jai who sang Leh We Fete, added: “My team did our best, will have to look back at the results to really comment on results. Congrats to all finalists and winners.” Southex director George Singh, in a release, said patrons took advantage of the free entry before 9 pm, offer which saw thousands of patrons lined up at the gates as early as 6 pm to witness the 21st show. “The Chutney Soca Monarch staged a magnificent comeback last night not only with the largest crowd in more than five years, but it made a comeback musically and lyrically with some of the strongest and best songs ever in the competition. Performances were also very grand, with some artistes coming on stage were accompanied by more than 50 dancers and performers.” Chutney Soca Monarch, he said, has always been the biggest stage and production for Indo-Caribbean culture in the world, and last night was no different. RESULTS Chutney Soca results: 1-KI Persad 2-Nishard Mayrhoo 3-Ravi B 4-Rikki Jai Traditional results: 1-Rooplal Girdharie 2-Shiva Lakhan 3-Heeralal “Hero” Rampartap 4-Asha Kamac […]

  • Local cast to star at Reggae on the Bay
    Posted by alexk on October 22, 2015 at 4:05 am

    Hennessy Artistry’s Reggae on the Bay will feature a slate of powerful and conscious singers from T&T who will rep the 868 alongside some of the world’s biggest acts. I-Sasha, King David, Queen Omega, Levi Myaz, Freetown Collective and rising local hip-hop artiste Inzey will star alongside headliners Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Born Jamericans, Protoje and Canadian reggae group Magic on October 31 for what will be undoubtedly be the biggest Reggae on the Bay (ROTB) to date, a release said. Coming off a high-profile political season in which his song for the People’s National Movement, Let’s Do this, swept the nation by storm, I-Sasha will be the leading the local charge at ROTB. One of T&T’s premiere reggae voices, I-Sasha is known for unforgettable hits such as Don’t you know, Who Jah Bless and I know Jah which he sang with Million Voice.  Standing shoulder to shoulder with I-Sasha is David King David Nieves, another artiste who uses his positive lyrics to uplift downtrodden communities with songs such as Oh Laventille, Sea Lots and Life.  The son of the late Richard “Nappy” Myers, Levi Myaz is a strong upholder of positive reggae in T&T.  He has opened for the likes of Everton Blender, Jah Mason, Gyptian, Jah Cure and Capleton and has performed in various parts of the US and Europe.  Myaz is known for songs such as Word, Power and Sound, Every Move and a remake of his father’s hit song Ole Time Days. The lone woman on the cast, Jeneil Osbourne aka Queen Omega, is a powerhouse on the reggae circuit.  With songs such as Make a Sacrifice, Judgement and Highest High, the Queen of Reggae has collaborated with the likes of Capleton, Sizzla and Anthony B and performed alongside the who’s who in reggae. The versatile local cast also includes the musical might of Freetown Collective. Comprising Muhammad Muwakil, Lou Lyons and their three soulful backup singers, Freetown is known for soul-stirring and thought-provoking songs such as Me on my TV, Jerusalem, Represent and Time Will Tell. Opening for Junior Gong will be Jaundis-I, the Rock/Reggae outfit headed by rocker Nigel Rojas and his brother Nicholas.  The four-member group also includes Robert Bedon and Arthur Reid. Jaundis-I, known for songs such as Self Defiance, Prayer and Broken Promise reunited on Boxing Night last year and recently completed a performance at the Boomtown Festival in England. The lone hip-hop artiste on the cast, Inzey has been a rising star on the music circuit, engaging fans with his energetic performances and original lyrics in songs such as King’s Temper and Loner.  Inzey has collaborated with the likes of Christian Kalpee and Mark Hardy and is hailed by many as the artiste to watch. He will be at Reggae on the Bay with his band Dopeskis. Hennessy Artistry’s Reggae on the Bay is brought to you courtesy Hennessy in collaboration with Digicel. The show will be hosted by Leah Marville and will be staged at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. Gates open 6 pm, showtime is at 7 pm. n For more information, visit www.reggaeonthebay.com or call our Hotline at 352-4792. […]

  • Superwoman flies into Trinidad concert
    Posted by alexk on October 15, 2015 at 8:43 am

    An ambitious young brother/sister promotion team is sending teenagers across the country into a frenzy over the upcoming Superwoman concert.  Sareeta Bridgelal, 32 and her brother Randir own and operate Wunderlust Productions and on October 17, they will bring YouTube sensation Lilly Singh, better known as Superwoman, to perform at the Centre of Excellence in Macoya. Described as “the Tina Fey of Punjabis” in one article, Canadian Singh has an immense following of teens and young adults worldwide, with over six million subscribers to her YouTube channel. Her videos, which are mostly comedy with some motivational speaking, have been viewed close to a billion times. So there is no surprise that T&T youngsters are extremely excited about her impending visit. Many waited for hours in line for tickets that sold out within 40 minutes at each of the three outlets and the e-ticket website crashed several times because of the volume of requests.  In an interview with the T&T Guardian, Sareeta said despite being fans of Superwoman themselves, she and her brother never expected the response they have been getting from fans. “Nobody expected that kind of response, there were about 12,000 people trying to log in to the online ticket site the first time,” Sareeta said. “This is our first major show and we were blown away by the response.” She said for most event promoters, ticket sales usually trickle in and start to heat up immediately before the event takes place. “According our original plan, we were supposed to do two shows, catering for about 800 people in each one. Now, we are doing one show only and we have already sold 2,500 tickets, we are just awaiting approval to sell more.” Sareeta said Singh has agreed to do a meet and greet session with fans following her performance. “She requested that only 200 meet and greet tickets be sold though, as she does not want to be overwhelmed by fans at the event.” The concert will run for 90 minutes, during which Singh and her 14-member dance entourage will perform. Then, there is another 90 minutes allocated for the meet and greet. Speaking about an incident at Gulf City Mall just over a week ago when police were called in to control rowdy fans during ticket sales, Sareeta said, “We announced tickets would be there for a certain time, people were waiting from 12 o’clock in the day and we got into the location but it is a small store. Then a lot of people were cutting in the lines and there was some uproar over this, but there were not any fights.” Asked how Wunderlust plans to handle over-enthusiastic fans on the night of the concert, Sareeta said extra security measures have been put into place.  “We are hiring a lot of security and there will be ushers taking fans to their seats, we are trying our best to ensure the security of all Lilly’s fans.” With the show just a few days away, Sareeta is warning fans against falling prey to scalpers. “We have tried our best to regulate tickets, but there are many unscrupulous people, who are not only trying to sell tickets, but Lilly’s official merchandise as well. “We are advising people to buy from her website but not from these people, as there is no way to guarantee you are getting official merchandise.” Sareeta said there would also be merchandise on sale at the event. Tickets for the show range from $380 for meet and greet, $300 for VIP and $240 for general admission. […]

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Like the rivers that flows to the seas.
Like the sea flow into oceans.
Like the oceans that contact the world.
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The Movement

Our goal is to reach people across the globe, not only those who are aware of the beauty and sounds of our culture & heritage, but those who can also gain, appreciate and become a part of what we are so very proud of. RAS FM Reggae And Soca Freedom Movement. The Freedom to create, produce and promote without restriction. So that the Movement of Reggae and Soca music will continue to the grow and help unite the world.

News & Entertainment

  • Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White dead at 74 
    Posted on February 5, 2016 at 8:44 am

    NEW YORK (AP) — Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White, whose horn-driven band sold more than 90 million albums and made hits like "September," ''Shining Star" and "Boogie Wonderland," died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles, his brother Verdine said. White, who was 74, suffered from Parkinson's Disease and had retreated from the public even as the band he founded kept performing. "My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep," Verdine White, also a member of the band, told The Associated Press on Thursday. "While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes." Earth, Wind & Fire, a nine-piece band centred featuring the two White brothers, singer Philip Bailey and the distinctive horn section, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. The band's most successful period started with the 1975 album "That's The Way of The World" and continued through the rest of the decade. Other hits included "Serpentine Fire," ''That's the Way of the World" and a cover of the Beatles' "Got to Get You Into My Life." Chris Rock tweeted his condolences Thursday with a photo of White and the lyrics, "You can't hide love." Nile Rogers called White "one of the most amazing innovators of all time" on the social media platform, while Diane Warren said "this world just got a lot less soulful." White publicly revealed he had Parkinson's at the time of the band's Hall of Fame induction, but he had shown symptoms of the neurological disease back in the 1980s. He stopped touring with the band in 1995 because of weariness from the road combined with his health problems. White said in an interview with The Associated Press in 2000 that he wanted the band's music to inspire instead of just entertain. "That was the whole objective, to try to inspire young people to believe in themselves and to follow through on their ideas," he said. "We've touched so many people with these songs." A former session drummer, White founded the band Salty Peppers in the Chicago area in the late 1960s and had some modest success in the Midwest. After relocating to Los Angeles and ditching all of the band members except Verdine, he renamed the outfit Earth, Wind & Fire after the three elements in his astrological chart. Bailey's bright falsetto defined many of Earth, Wind & Fire's hits. "We experienced pure magic together," Bailey said during the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, standing next to White. The band's early sound was jazzy, but evolved into an exuberant, horn-driven mix of jazz, funk, gospel and Big Band music. Their appeal wasn't just on records but on stage, their concerts a whirl of dancing, fog machines, multi-coloured lights and glittery costumes. Earth, Wind & Fire performed everywhere from the Super Bowl to the White House. Maurice White also had a substantial side career producing other artists, including Barbra Streisand and Cher. In the 1970s, he co-wrote and co-produced the Emotions' No. 1 hit "Best of My Love." White was born in Memphis in 1941, the son of a doctor and grandson of a New Orleans piano player. He showed musical gifts at an early age, studying at the Chicago Conservancy. During the 1960s, he backed Muddy Waters, the Impressions and others and worked as a session drummer in Chicago. The band performed in the movie, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and had hits with the ballad "After the Love Has Gone," ''All 'n' All," ''Let's Groove" and "Fall in Love With Me." The band took a four-year hiatus in the 1980s and then returned its primary success then on the road. "We live in a negative society," White told Newsweek at the height of the band's success. "Most people can't see beauty and love. I see our music as medicine." White's memoir, "Keep Your Head to the Sky: My Life with Earth, Wind & Fire," is scheduled to be released Sept. 13 by Amistad. The book features a forward by Steve Harvey and an afterword by David Foster. Earth, Wind & Fire are to be honoured at the Grammy Awards on February 15. […]

  • Bess FM's Steve James reviving Real Rock
    Posted on February 5, 2016 at 8:12 am

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – He may host one of Jamaican radio's most respected reggae shows, but Steve James is not a household name a la Barry 'Barry G' Gordon or Richard 'Richie B' Burgess. On Bess FM's weekly Real Rock programme (Thursdays from 7--10 pm) James offers artistes whose music is rarely played on mainstream radio a chance to be heard. "The airwaves are currently dominated by dancehall and most radio stations are rotating the same songs constantly. My philosophy is that as long as the song sounds good, and the lyrics are clean it should get airplay," James reasoned. "It does not matter who the singer is, if the singer is well known then that is just a plus."  In recent weeks, James has interviewed deejay Macka B and singer Empress Ayeola. Both are British acts promoting new albums which are not heard much on mainstream radio. James, who has followed the British reggae scene for over 30 years, believes artistes in the United Kingdom are overlooked in Jamaica. It was a different tune in the early 1980s when the likes of Aswad, Steel Pulse and Maxi Priest were heard regularly on Radio Jamaica and the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation. A determined James is out to change that. "There is so much good music that is being made, but some of these artistes are being stifled and struggle to get their voices heard in Jamaica. Macka B, Empress Ayeola, Bitty Mclean and Vivian Jones are just some of the artistes who fall into this category," he said. "They all appear on major festivals in the UK; some of their tracks are made by Jamaican musicians but they struggle to get airplay and bookings here in Jamaica." But for a short break, James has hosted Real Rock since its inception in 2008. While its listenership is nowhere near that of Bess FM's more established rivals, he says his refusal to limit his playlist to dancehall music attracts a wide fan base. "In the eight years that Real Rock has been on air the listenership has grown tremendously. Our online listenership has quadrupled," he noted. "Bess FM has all-island coverage and our dedicated online listeners have increased in London, Toronto, the Caribbean and various parts of the United States. We constantly get calls from overseas from artistes who want to be a special guest on the Real Rock because of the international audience that we enjoy." In addition to interviews and music, Real Rock's regular features include Live In Concert, Hospitality Lounge and Real Rock E-news. James is banking on this mix to expand his audience even more in 2016.  "This year, we are looking to increase our video and audio online listenership and  unearth more exclusive interviews. We are also currently in discussions about rebroadcasting the Real Rock on radio stations in London, Brazil and Singapore," he said. Howard Campb […]

  • AFTER 12: All hail Mr Wacky
    Posted on February 5, 2016 at 3:00 am

    Cheers Bar & Grill on Collie Smith Drive was the scene of the 11th Mr Wacky Memorial on January 23. The annual dance, held in memory of dancer Bogle, pulled a large crowd. And, of course, any event recognising the dancer will feature the latest steps. OBSERVER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY was on assignment. […]

  • Students take spotlight at Evoke on Saturday
    Posted on February 5, 2016 at 3:00 am

    EVOKE, a fashion show aimed at exposing the talent of young designers, is scheduled for Whitebones Seafood Restaurant on Mannings Hill Road in Kingston tomorrow at 7:00 pm. Organiser and principal of Liquid Gold Modelling Agency, Jaime Rose, shared his vision for the event. “We’ll be exposing 10 designers from the Garmex HEART Academy, UTech (University of Technology), and Edna Manley (College of the Visual and Peforming Arts),” Rose, 53, told Splash. “It is a great opportunity for students to showcase their designs, network with store and gift shop owners, and get advice and, perhaps, sell some of their items. It’s a good platform for the students,” he continued. Rose said he hopes to jump start the declining clothing-making sector. “I’m from a neighbourhood in Portland where seamstresses and tailors were an integral part of the economy. That sector is now dying as everyone is purchasing imported clothing. With this sector active like previous years, it could create employment and save the country whole heap of foreign exchange,” he said. A former insurance salesman and teacher, the dimunitive Rose started Liquid Gold Modelling Agency in 2007. He, however, came up with the idea to showcase the students’ work last year. “I had students from one institution at a time. However, this year, I thought the more we could expose the better it is,” he said. The make-up will be provided by students from D’Marie School of Makeup Artistry. — Brian Bonitto […]

  • No registration so Skatie disqualified
    Posted by jbirch101 on January 28, 2016 at 3:26 am

    The Trinbago Unified Calypsonians' Organisation (TUCO) has disqualified Skatie from this year’s National Calypso Monarch Competition. In a release yesterday, it said Skatie, whose real name is Carlos James was given a hearing earlier in the day at its headquarters into allegations that he had breached the registration process of the competition. The statement said Skatie accepted that he breached the rules of the process and was unable to produce a receipt to confirm that he had paid the registration fees for the competition. TUCO said: “In light of this the council was left with no choice but to declare Mr James invalid and void for the competition due to his lack of registration.” It said Joanne Foster, the first reserve would now replace Skatie as a semi-finalist at Saturday’s event at Skinner Park, San Fernando. TUCO also announced that Jameeka Mundy is now deemed the first reserve while Wayne Pierre, aka Wayne P, is now second reserve. […]

  • KI cops Chutney Soca crown
    Posted by jbirch101 on January 25, 2016 at 2:31 am

    Priceless and elated! This is how Chutney artiste Kris “KI” Persad feels about being crowned Chutney Soca Monarch and capturing the million dollar first prize at Saturday’s show at Skinner Park, San Fernando. Performing last before hundreds of spectators, KI closed the show with an entertaining performance of Same Gyal Twice, which saw him dressed like a super hero and taking a shower on stage. Cupping first place in the traditional category was chutney artiste Rooplal Girdharie with 479 points, taking home the $150,000 prize.  In an interview yesterday, 29-year-old Persad, who attained 499 points, said he was happy that hard work by his team and himself paid off. Admitting that the competition this year was stronger, he said he kept positive and gave it his all. Persad who also won the competition in 2012 and 2014 said he was impressed by the performances this year and expects the art form to continue to grow stronger. Nishard Mayrhoo’s performance was also a strong contender for the crown but he was beaten into second place by nine points, taking home a prize of $750,000 for his rendition of Therapy.  Defending champions Ravi B (Ravi Bissambhar) and Rikki Jai (Samraj Jaimungal) who teamed up last year, came into third and fourth places respectively. Coming on stage in gold chariot, mimicking the Cinderella story, Ravi B went into the crowd with a beautiful shoe looking for Cinderella in her performance of his rendition Personal. In a Whats App message, Rikki Jai who won the title seven times said when one enters a competition, one has to abide with the results of the judges.  Jai who sang Leh We Fete, added: “My team did our best, will have to look back at the results to really comment on results. Congrats to all finalists and winners.” Southex director George Singh, in a release, said patrons took advantage of the free entry before 9 pm, offer which saw thousands of patrons lined up at the gates as early as 6 pm to witness the 21st show. “The Chutney Soca Monarch staged a magnificent comeback last night not only with the largest crowd in more than five years, but it made a comeback musically and lyrically with some of the strongest and best songs ever in the competition. Performances were also very grand, with some artistes coming on stage were accompanied by more than 50 dancers and performers.” Chutney Soca Monarch, he said, has always been the biggest stage and production for Indo-Caribbean culture in the world, and last night was no different. RESULTS Chutney Soca results: 1-KI Persad 2-Nishard Mayrhoo 3-Ravi B 4-Rikki Jai Traditional results: 1-Rooplal Girdharie 2-Shiva Lakhan 3-Heeralal “Hero” Rampartap 4-Asha Kamac […]

  • Local cast to star at Reggae on the Bay
    Posted by alexk on October 22, 2015 at 4:05 am

    Hennessy Artistry’s Reggae on the Bay will feature a slate of powerful and conscious singers from T&T who will rep the 868 alongside some of the world’s biggest acts. I-Sasha, King David, Queen Omega, Levi Myaz, Freetown Collective and rising local hip-hop artiste Inzey will star alongside headliners Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Born Jamericans, Protoje and Canadian reggae group Magic on October 31 for what will be undoubtedly be the biggest Reggae on the Bay (ROTB) to date, a release said. Coming off a high-profile political season in which his song for the People’s National Movement, Let’s Do this, swept the nation by storm, I-Sasha will be the leading the local charge at ROTB. One of T&T’s premiere reggae voices, I-Sasha is known for unforgettable hits such as Don’t you know, Who Jah Bless and I know Jah which he sang with Million Voice.  Standing shoulder to shoulder with I-Sasha is David King David Nieves, another artiste who uses his positive lyrics to uplift downtrodden communities with songs such as Oh Laventille, Sea Lots and Life.  The son of the late Richard “Nappy” Myers, Levi Myaz is a strong upholder of positive reggae in T&T.  He has opened for the likes of Everton Blender, Jah Mason, Gyptian, Jah Cure and Capleton and has performed in various parts of the US and Europe.  Myaz is known for songs such as Word, Power and Sound, Every Move and a remake of his father’s hit song Ole Time Days. The lone woman on the cast, Jeneil Osbourne aka Queen Omega, is a powerhouse on the reggae circuit.  With songs such as Make a Sacrifice, Judgement and Highest High, the Queen of Reggae has collaborated with the likes of Capleton, Sizzla and Anthony B and performed alongside the who’s who in reggae. The versatile local cast also includes the musical might of Freetown Collective. Comprising Muhammad Muwakil, Lou Lyons and their three soulful backup singers, Freetown is known for soul-stirring and thought-provoking songs such as Me on my TV, Jerusalem, Represent and Time Will Tell. Opening for Junior Gong will be Jaundis-I, the Rock/Reggae outfit headed by rocker Nigel Rojas and his brother Nicholas.  The four-member group also includes Robert Bedon and Arthur Reid. Jaundis-I, known for songs such as Self Defiance, Prayer and Broken Promise reunited on Boxing Night last year and recently completed a performance at the Boomtown Festival in England. The lone hip-hop artiste on the cast, Inzey has been a rising star on the music circuit, engaging fans with his energetic performances and original lyrics in songs such as King’s Temper and Loner.  Inzey has collaborated with the likes of Christian Kalpee and Mark Hardy and is hailed by many as the artiste to watch. He will be at Reggae on the Bay with his band Dopeskis. Hennessy Artistry’s Reggae on the Bay is brought to you courtesy Hennessy in collaboration with Digicel. The show will be hosted by Leah Marville and will be staged at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. Gates open 6 pm, showtime is at 7 pm. n For more information, visit www.reggaeonthebay.com or call our Hotline at 352-4792. […]

  • Superwoman flies into Trinidad concert
    Posted by alexk on October 15, 2015 at 8:43 am

    An ambitious young brother/sister promotion team is sending teenagers across the country into a frenzy over the upcoming Superwoman concert.  Sareeta Bridgelal, 32 and her brother Randir own and operate Wunderlust Productions and on October 17, they will bring YouTube sensation Lilly Singh, better known as Superwoman, to perform at the Centre of Excellence in Macoya. Described as “the Tina Fey of Punjabis” in one article, Canadian Singh has an immense following of teens and young adults worldwide, with over six million subscribers to her YouTube channel. Her videos, which are mostly comedy with some motivational speaking, have been viewed close to a billion times. So there is no surprise that T&T youngsters are extremely excited about her impending visit. Many waited for hours in line for tickets that sold out within 40 minutes at each of the three outlets and the e-ticket website crashed several times because of the volume of requests.  In an interview with the T&T Guardian, Sareeta said despite being fans of Superwoman themselves, she and her brother never expected the response they have been getting from fans. “Nobody expected that kind of response, there were about 12,000 people trying to log in to the online ticket site the first time,” Sareeta said. “This is our first major show and we were blown away by the response.” She said for most event promoters, ticket sales usually trickle in and start to heat up immediately before the event takes place. “According our original plan, we were supposed to do two shows, catering for about 800 people in each one. Now, we are doing one show only and we have already sold 2,500 tickets, we are just awaiting approval to sell more.” Sareeta said Singh has agreed to do a meet and greet session with fans following her performance. “She requested that only 200 meet and greet tickets be sold though, as she does not want to be overwhelmed by fans at the event.” The concert will run for 90 minutes, during which Singh and her 14-member dance entourage will perform. Then, there is another 90 minutes allocated for the meet and greet. Speaking about an incident at Gulf City Mall just over a week ago when police were called in to control rowdy fans during ticket sales, Sareeta said, “We announced tickets would be there for a certain time, people were waiting from 12 o’clock in the day and we got into the location but it is a small store. Then a lot of people were cutting in the lines and there was some uproar over this, but there were not any fights.” Asked how Wunderlust plans to handle over-enthusiastic fans on the night of the concert, Sareeta said extra security measures have been put into place.  “We are hiring a lot of security and there will be ushers taking fans to their seats, we are trying our best to ensure the security of all Lilly’s fans.” With the show just a few days away, Sareeta is warning fans against falling prey to scalpers. “We have tried our best to regulate tickets, but there are many unscrupulous people, who are not only trying to sell tickets, but Lilly’s official merchandise as well. “We are advising people to buy from her website but not from these people, as there is no way to guarantee you are getting official merchandise.” Sareeta said there would also be merchandise on sale at the event. Tickets for the show range from $380 for meet and greet, $300 for VIP and $240 for general admission. […]

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