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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

  • Back with a Venjahnce
    Posted on August 31, 2015 at 2:00 am

    Singjay Venjahnce, a veteran of the western Jamaica club and dance scene, is upbeat about the release of his latest song, The Village. His first project since 2008, it is a comeback single for the diminutive artiste who has been recording for over 20 years. "I'm recording some new songs, some of them will be released as singles before the end of the year but most of them will come out on my EP in 2016," he said. Venjahnce (real name Verol Stevens) is from Sheffield, Westmoreland. His previous song, Jah love Sweet, was produced by entertainment publicist Ralston Barrett for his Reggae Nation Music label. The Village is the first single from the Village Rhythm EP Vol 1 which is scheduled for release in late November. That beat also features songs by artistes such as Ginjah, Tony Anthony, Tasha T, Jericho, Kashu, Nesbeth, Culture Brown and Hefla Nyah Back with a Venjahnce - 2 --> […]

  • Sharlene's ready for the Universe
    Posted on August 31, 2015 at 2:00 am

    Twenty-four-year-old Sharlene Radlein, who wore the sash Miss Eskay Catering, is Miss Universe Jamaica 2015. Radlein, who lives in New York, was a popular winner at the coronation which took place Saturday at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. She had been a strong contender since the launch of the pageant one month ago. Radlein won a cash prize of $1 million, and will represent Jamaica at the Miss Universe finals. Miss Lasco Lasoy, 24-year old Tasmin Golding, daughter of justice minister Mark Golding, was runner-up. Shana Simpson, a former Miss Jamaica World runner-up, came third. Michaela Ramlal, Kellon Williams and Rohannia Mooyin, completed the top six. The jam-packed venue had numerous cheering squads for contestants. Most had placards bearing the names of their favorites while others knocked pot covers to show support. Despite a spate of production glitches, promoters Uzuri International produced a decent show. The 25-strong field was reduced to 12 which also included Melissa Tulloch, Tanya Mair, Tracyann Malcolm, Anita Clarke, Danisha Scott and Maurita Robinson. The contestants appeared in swimwear courtesy of Loran V Designs then evening wear from Uzuri. After the interview segment, there was entertainment by singers Gem Myers, Karen Smith and former Ebony member Patricia Edwards. They had patrons singing along to covers of Doris Troy's Just One Look and What You Gonna Do; as well as the Bee Gees' To Love Somebody. Singer Francois Medley did reasonable interpretations of Sam Smith's Stay With Me and Omi's Cheerleader. Sectional prize winners were: Social Media Award: Kellon Williams, Public Vote: Tasmin Golding, Runway Star: Tricelle Powell, Best in Swimwear: Danisha Scott, Most Congenial: Chloe Clarke, Essence Of Style: Kerissa Nelson, Best in Evening Wear: Sharlene Radlein, Photogenic: Samantha Williams, Most Aware: Melissa Tulloch and Best Personality: Nicole Stoddart […]

  • OMI parties like its 1989 with Taylor Swift
    Posted on August 31, 2015 at 2:00 am

    BILLBOARD chart-topper OMI's celebrity continues to grow. The Jamaican singer shared a stage with country star Taylor Swift on Saturday at Petco Park in San Diego, California, the latest leg of her 1989 Tour. Prefacing his stint, Swift spoke glowingly of the Clifton 'Specialist' Dillion protégé. "He could be absolutely anywhere in the world tonight, [but] he chose to be in San Diego, California," she proclaimed. The statement was met with screams from 50,000 fans. OMI entered the stage through a trapdoor wearing his signature sunglasses and hat. His performance of his massive hit Cheerleader elicited the obligatory sing-a-long from the crowd. Following the concert, Swift tweeted: "Thank you @omimusiconline for singing Cheerleader tonight in San Diego!! You're amazing': #1989toursandiego". Omi replied: "@taylorswift13 it was amazing singing with you tonight! Thanks again for inviting me :) #1989TourSanDiego". OMI joins an impeccable list of guest performers on the 1989 Tour. Avril Lavigne, Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Alanis Morissette, Mary J Blige, and the Dixie Chick's Natalie Maines have made appearances. OMI is currently number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, for the sixth week, with Cheerleader. […]

  • Anju Priest is Happy & Free
    Posted on August 31, 2015 at 2:00 am

    IT has been 11 years since singer Anju Priest's first album Stages was released. And though he has released songs in the interim, he recently teamed with singjay I-Octane on a single he believes will reintroduce him to fans. Happy & Free is the name of the song. Initially released in the Cayman Islands where the dreadlocked artiste has lived for 12 years, it is the lead single from The Essence of Life, his second album. "The first thing I did differently with this album was the collaboration with I-Octane which brought a new sound to the music. With this song, the team and I deliberately infused reggae with dancehall,hip hop and salsa," Priest said in an interview with the Jamaica Observer. Preceded by an EP of the same name, the album has two covers -- Rick Astley's 1987 international dance hit Never Gonna Give you Up, and the Dan Hill ballad Sometimes When we Touch. The originals are popular with Jamaicans. Happy & Free was actually released one year ago in the Cayman Islands where Priest settled shortly before Stages was released. For The Essence of Life Priest worked with several producers, including Stephen McGregor, Rohan Dwyer, Jervis Elliott and Diavallan 'Dia' Fearon. The break between album, he noted, has made him a better artiste. "Stages did very well as it had songs like Miss You, In My Vision, Divine Message and Price Gone Up, which all did well. I would say I've grown a whole lot; the new album shows more maturity," he said. Born Andrew Elliott, Priest is from the Ballards Valley region of St Elizabeth, a district that has impressive reggae credentials. His cousins are singers Maxi Priest, Jacob Miller, Fred Locks and the rapper Heavy D, whose roots are steeped in Ballards Valley. For much of the 1990s, he toured with the London-born Maxi who was one of the biggest names in reggae. Though the Cayman Islands is home to hundreds of Jamaicans, Priest said reggae is not thriving in the British territory. "The reggae scene is not that vibrant, but we have a few shows now and again in the clubs, hotels and bars." -- Howard Campb […]

  • Gamescon takes gaming up a notch
    Posted by alexk on August 27, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Leja Angelove Like most gamers, Kevin Le Platte had his beginnings with a Nintendo 64. Eventually upgrading to the PlayStation 2 and 3, he noted, “After that I didn’t bother getting anymore gaming consoles because computer gaming is the best for me!” If you name it, he’s probably conquered or at the very least, played. Laughing, he revealed, “My parents used to call me an addict, but I thought I was being professional by dedicating my hours training—because I felt like I was training for something big.” The idea of establishing the E Sports Caribbean League began when Kevin attended a gaming event in November 2013, at One Woodbrook Place, late last year. It was here, he met his business partner—and formed an official team geared towards making their dream to bring professional competitive gaming to the Caribbean. No stranger to the stereotype of gamers, Kevin wishes to change the public view of video gaming, from fun and games to an Electronic Sport (E-sport) in which one can pursue a viable career path as a professional athlete/gamer. As a knowledgeable member of the gaming community, Kevin noted, “One of the biggest challenges we face is that gaming is looked at as just a hobby—especially to parents who think video games are generally a waste of time—they believe you’re not learning anything and it’s not helping you in a future career. We may have our own perceptions in T&T, but internationally, gaming is a professional and lucrative industry where you can literally play video games as a career and earn a salary every month on a national team.” With sponsors like Movietowne, livecube and Republic Bank supporting their modern business, Gamescon 2015 will be hosted at The Teaching Learning Complex, UWI St Augustine—and is ECSL’s fourth event. Featuring ten gaming tournaments inclusive of Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution and Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, Gamescon 2015 also hosts a cosplay competition—all with huge prizes to be won! Providing a chance for all gamers, they have catered to it all; from console and PC gaming to fighting and adventure games.  Kevin said, “One of our biggest challenges has been acquiring sponsors. It’s coming very slowly, but I hope to see that change in due time because while nobody has really approached us and said hey, we like what you’re doing—when we approached Slam 100.5FM—they did, and gave us the support we needed.” The ESCL has hosted three gaming events prior to this. The first got four teams, their second, six teams—but their third, got twelve teams—and this is where the ESCL decided to branch out into varying tournaments. Kevin said, “We didn’t want to limit ourselves to Leagues of Legends tournaments when we’re trying to establish a company that promote electronic sports.” Another struggle for the gaming community is the presence of many gaming associations who keep to themselves. According to Kevin, “It’s all been a competition… I don’t think we have all come together as one to form any sort of real association to represent our country or ourselves to a governmental body in order to become an official sport. I honestly think that we only have a chance of making a change if we unite together to increase the awareness and professionalism of video gaming.” Despite these challenges, Kevin maintains that, “It’s difficult to remain neutral and avoid getting one anyone’s wrong side, but unity is priceless.” The first of its kind event promises a gaming experience even for non-gamers.  Gamescon 2015 will host performances from local bands to entertain the public. Tickets cost $50 and are selling out. More info To register your team for a tournament, please visit http://www.esportscaribbean.com or check their Facebook page @ESportzCaribLtd for details. […]

  • Pan on D’Avenue 4 coming
    Posted by alexk on July 30, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Having being denied funding by some government ministries and state entities, and with no assistance from any business in its catchment area, the Woodbrook/St James Community Association is confident that its fourth instalment of Pan on D’Avenue, scheduled for August 22, would be a success.  Chaired by former councillor Cleveland Garcia, Pan on D’Avenue IV was launched on Tuesday and corporate secretary Allima Garcia revealed that the venture will be sponsored by the Prime Minister’s Sport & Culture Fund, Ministry of Community Development, TSTT Blink bMobile, National Gas Company, Petrotrin, National Carnival Commission, Carib Brewery, First Citizens Bank and Republic Bank. Other sponsors include Cepep, The Achievement Centre Limited, Simon’s Musical Supplies, Nestle and Medical Associates. Garcia said: “This event is held to foster unity in Woodbrook. We have held this event for three years and (knock on wood) it has been completely incident free. At least four generations of Woodbrook residents come out in the thousands to support the event in a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment.”  The parade is scheduled to begin at the corner of Ariapita Avenue and Taylor Street at 6 pm and ends at Colville Street. Ariapita Avenue will be closed off to all vehicular traffic from 5 pm and side streets off the avenue would be opened to allow access for residents. No parking would be allowed on the avenue. Garcia said that a special deck would be set up at the corner of Ariapita Avenue and Petra Street to facilitate residents, especially the elderly and those unable to make the trek along the avenue. Carib will also erect its Brew House at the corner of Rosalino Street. This year’s Pan on D’Avenue is being held in memory of late radio personality Holly Thomas, a founder of the event, and as a tribute to Black Stalin.  Twenty-six steelbands are listed to parade, along with traditional Carnival characters and moko jumbies. Special demonstrations are also billed by members of the T&T Fire Service and Defence Force. The programme, scheduled to commence at 6 pm, also includes a cultural presentation at Adam Smith Square with dance and tassa, and a presentation of awards to 15 pan tuners and five pan manufacturers. Pan Trinbago is also to be honoured.  Registered in 2011 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Woodbrook, each year the Pan on D’Avenue committee pays tribute to a stalwart cultural figure. In 2012, the first King of Carnival Colin Edghill and the first Queen of Carnival Kay Christopher were honoured. The steelbands performing that year were limited to Woodbrook and St James.  The following year, in 2013, Pan on d’Avenue II, saw the route being changed from West to East and included steelbands from the East, South Central and Northern regions of Pan Trinbago. This parade was in tribute of Anthony Williams and in memory of Ralph Mac Donald. In 2014, Pan on d’Avenue III teamed up with The Ministry of Health and included Zumba to the sweet sounds of pan.  Thirty-three steelbands paraded and a total of 16 top steelband arrangers were honoured. They each received an award; a hamper from Nestle and a cheque. Some of the arrangers got executive medicals courtesy Medical Associates. Prior to the parade of steelbands at 6.30 pm, Stryke Stars single pan ensemble would be performing at French Street corner from 6 pm to entertain spectators before the parade reaches that area.  More info Steelbands from three Pan Trinbago regions to parade at Pan on D’Avenue: SOUTH / CENTRAL 1. Pan Elders 2. NGC Couva Joylanders 3. Old Tech EAST 4. Tunapuna All Stars 5. Super Novas 6. Republic Bank Exodus 7. SIS Harmonites NORTH / WEST 8. Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove 9. BP Renegades 10. Witco Desperadoes 11. Massy Trinidad All Stars 12. PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars 13. CAL Invaders 14. White Oak Starlift 15. Carib Woodbrook Playboyz 16. Brimblers 17. Harvard Harps  18. Scrunters Pan Groove 19. St James Tripolians 20. Uni Stars 21. Laventille Serenaders 22. Defence Force  23. Fire Services 24. Ovalteens 25. City Sun Valley 26. Blue Diamond […]

  • 3Canal brings Fire This Time
    Posted by alexk on July 16, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Fans of 3Canal know their reputation for calling out corruption and "politricks" in their music—as well as for bringing down the house when they're performing for their faithful. The New Fire team is expecting just that when the veteran rapso soldiers take the stage at this month's instalment of the concert series at De Nu Pub. Tonight, New Fire will present 3Canal in concert with their full band the Cut+Clear Crew, in The Fire This Time. Also slated to perform will be Curious Ringo and Osei Jackson. Patrons will be offered free, secure parking for the show at the Woodbrook Government Secondary School. Doors at the hallowed kaiso venue (formerly the Mas Camp Pub) open at 8 pm. The New Fire series is a monthly showcase of local music across various genres.  Previous shows have featured jazz singer Ruth Osman, hip hop artist Make It Happen and rock band Orange Sky. […]

  • Reggae pioneer Shervington in action on Saturday
    Posted by alexk on July 16, 2015 at 7:20 am

    For those who appreciate and would love to hear old-school reggae and calypso, Pluto & Co (Pluto Shervington and his full band) will be appearing live at La Cantina Pizzeria on Victoria Avenue, Port-of-Spain, on Saturday, from 8 pm to 2 am. The group, which includes vintage reggae and calypso in its repertoire, will be performing two sets, the first of which will begin at 9 pm.  Pluto Shervington, also known as Pluto, was born Leighton Shervington, on August 13, 1950, in Kingston, Jamaica. He is a reggae musician, singer, engineer and producer who began his career in the early 1970s as a member of the showband Tomorrow's Children. Inspired by the success of Ernie Smith's Duppy or a Gunman and Tinga Stewart's Play de Music, both delivered in heavy patois, he recorded Ram Goat Liver in a similar style. His follow-up single—Dat—about a Rastafarian trying to buy pork (without naming it aloud), contrary to his faith, so that he could afford marijuana—achieved considerable chart success internationally in 1976, reaching the number six spot in the UK Singles Chart. Trojan Records capitalised on this success by reissuing his first single, which peaked just outside the top 40 in the UK. Tickets for the event, costing $350 each, include a complimentary cocktail on entry. They are available at La Cantina. In addition, free parking for patrons will be available on the compound of Tranquillity school, located opposite La Cantina. Shervington moved to Miami, Florida, in the early 1980s. He continued to record, and reached the UK top 20 again when Your Honour, originally recorded in 1975 but never previously released, was re-issued in early 1982 together with a new recording—No Honour Among Tiefs. Shervington often performs live in Miami, and periodically returns to his homeland for performances.  Since 2007, he plays solo at Bahama Breeze in Kendall, Florida, and every other Sunday at Black Point Marina in Cutler Bay with a five piece band. Pluto appeared at the St Kitts Music Festival in June 2007, sharing the bill with Steel Pulse and Sean Paul, among others. In addition to his work as a singer, Shervington has gained a reputation as a talented bass guitarist, and recording engineer, notably engineering Little Roy's 1974 album, Tafari Earth Uprising. […]

Music is like water. Let it flow,
Like the rivers that flows to the seas.
Like the sea flow into oceans.
Like the oceans that contact the world.
Let RAS FM connect you.
Blazing Reggae and Soca everyday. Just press play!

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

  • Back with a Venjahnce
    Posted on August 31, 2015 at 2:00 am

    Singjay Venjahnce, a veteran of the western Jamaica club and dance scene, is upbeat about the release of his latest song, The Village. His first project since 2008, it is a comeback single for the diminutive artiste who has been recording for over 20 years. "I'm recording some new songs, some of them will be released as singles before the end of the year but most of them will come out on my EP in 2016," he said. Venjahnce (real name Verol Stevens) is from Sheffield, Westmoreland. His previous song, Jah love Sweet, was produced by entertainment publicist Ralston Barrett for his Reggae Nation Music label. The Village is the first single from the Village Rhythm EP Vol 1 which is scheduled for release in late November. That beat also features songs by artistes such as Ginjah, Tony Anthony, Tasha T, Jericho, Kashu, Nesbeth, Culture Brown and Hefla Nyah Back with a Venjahnce - 2 --> […]

  • Sharlene's ready for the Universe
    Posted on August 31, 2015 at 2:00 am

    Twenty-four-year-old Sharlene Radlein, who wore the sash Miss Eskay Catering, is Miss Universe Jamaica 2015. Radlein, who lives in New York, was a popular winner at the coronation which took place Saturday at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. She had been a strong contender since the launch of the pageant one month ago. Radlein won a cash prize of $1 million, and will represent Jamaica at the Miss Universe finals. Miss Lasco Lasoy, 24-year old Tasmin Golding, daughter of justice minister Mark Golding, was runner-up. Shana Simpson, a former Miss Jamaica World runner-up, came third. Michaela Ramlal, Kellon Williams and Rohannia Mooyin, completed the top six. The jam-packed venue had numerous cheering squads for contestants. Most had placards bearing the names of their favorites while others knocked pot covers to show support. Despite a spate of production glitches, promoters Uzuri International produced a decent show. The 25-strong field was reduced to 12 which also included Melissa Tulloch, Tanya Mair, Tracyann Malcolm, Anita Clarke, Danisha Scott and Maurita Robinson. The contestants appeared in swimwear courtesy of Loran V Designs then evening wear from Uzuri. After the interview segment, there was entertainment by singers Gem Myers, Karen Smith and former Ebony member Patricia Edwards. They had patrons singing along to covers of Doris Troy's Just One Look and What You Gonna Do; as well as the Bee Gees' To Love Somebody. Singer Francois Medley did reasonable interpretations of Sam Smith's Stay With Me and Omi's Cheerleader. Sectional prize winners were: Social Media Award: Kellon Williams, Public Vote: Tasmin Golding, Runway Star: Tricelle Powell, Best in Swimwear: Danisha Scott, Most Congenial: Chloe Clarke, Essence Of Style: Kerissa Nelson, Best in Evening Wear: Sharlene Radlein, Photogenic: Samantha Williams, Most Aware: Melissa Tulloch and Best Personality: Nicole Stoddart […]

  • OMI parties like its 1989 with Taylor Swift
    Posted on August 31, 2015 at 2:00 am

    BILLBOARD chart-topper OMI's celebrity continues to grow. The Jamaican singer shared a stage with country star Taylor Swift on Saturday at Petco Park in San Diego, California, the latest leg of her 1989 Tour. Prefacing his stint, Swift spoke glowingly of the Clifton 'Specialist' Dillion protégé. "He could be absolutely anywhere in the world tonight, [but] he chose to be in San Diego, California," she proclaimed. The statement was met with screams from 50,000 fans. OMI entered the stage through a trapdoor wearing his signature sunglasses and hat. His performance of his massive hit Cheerleader elicited the obligatory sing-a-long from the crowd. Following the concert, Swift tweeted: "Thank you @omimusiconline for singing Cheerleader tonight in San Diego!! You're amazing': #1989toursandiego". Omi replied: "@taylorswift13 it was amazing singing with you tonight! Thanks again for inviting me :) #1989TourSanDiego". OMI joins an impeccable list of guest performers on the 1989 Tour. Avril Lavigne, Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Alanis Morissette, Mary J Blige, and the Dixie Chick's Natalie Maines have made appearances. OMI is currently number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, for the sixth week, with Cheerleader. […]

  • Anju Priest is Happy & Free
    Posted on August 31, 2015 at 2:00 am

    IT has been 11 years since singer Anju Priest's first album Stages was released. And though he has released songs in the interim, he recently teamed with singjay I-Octane on a single he believes will reintroduce him to fans. Happy & Free is the name of the song. Initially released in the Cayman Islands where the dreadlocked artiste has lived for 12 years, it is the lead single from The Essence of Life, his second album. "The first thing I did differently with this album was the collaboration with I-Octane which brought a new sound to the music. With this song, the team and I deliberately infused reggae with dancehall,hip hop and salsa," Priest said in an interview with the Jamaica Observer. Preceded by an EP of the same name, the album has two covers -- Rick Astley's 1987 international dance hit Never Gonna Give you Up, and the Dan Hill ballad Sometimes When we Touch. The originals are popular with Jamaicans. Happy & Free was actually released one year ago in the Cayman Islands where Priest settled shortly before Stages was released. For The Essence of Life Priest worked with several producers, including Stephen McGregor, Rohan Dwyer, Jervis Elliott and Diavallan 'Dia' Fearon. The break between album, he noted, has made him a better artiste. "Stages did very well as it had songs like Miss You, In My Vision, Divine Message and Price Gone Up, which all did well. I would say I've grown a whole lot; the new album shows more maturity," he said. Born Andrew Elliott, Priest is from the Ballards Valley region of St Elizabeth, a district that has impressive reggae credentials. His cousins are singers Maxi Priest, Jacob Miller, Fred Locks and the rapper Heavy D, whose roots are steeped in Ballards Valley. For much of the 1990s, he toured with the London-born Maxi who was one of the biggest names in reggae. Though the Cayman Islands is home to hundreds of Jamaicans, Priest said reggae is not thriving in the British territory. "The reggae scene is not that vibrant, but we have a few shows now and again in the clubs, hotels and bars." -- Howard Campb […]

  • Gamescon takes gaming up a notch
    Posted by alexk on August 27, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Leja Angelove Like most gamers, Kevin Le Platte had his beginnings with a Nintendo 64. Eventually upgrading to the PlayStation 2 and 3, he noted, “After that I didn’t bother getting anymore gaming consoles because computer gaming is the best for me!” If you name it, he’s probably conquered or at the very least, played. Laughing, he revealed, “My parents used to call me an addict, but I thought I was being professional by dedicating my hours training—because I felt like I was training for something big.” The idea of establishing the E Sports Caribbean League began when Kevin attended a gaming event in November 2013, at One Woodbrook Place, late last year. It was here, he met his business partner—and formed an official team geared towards making their dream to bring professional competitive gaming to the Caribbean. No stranger to the stereotype of gamers, Kevin wishes to change the public view of video gaming, from fun and games to an Electronic Sport (E-sport) in which one can pursue a viable career path as a professional athlete/gamer. As a knowledgeable member of the gaming community, Kevin noted, “One of the biggest challenges we face is that gaming is looked at as just a hobby—especially to parents who think video games are generally a waste of time—they believe you’re not learning anything and it’s not helping you in a future career. We may have our own perceptions in T&T, but internationally, gaming is a professional and lucrative industry where you can literally play video games as a career and earn a salary every month on a national team.” With sponsors like Movietowne, livecube and Republic Bank supporting their modern business, Gamescon 2015 will be hosted at The Teaching Learning Complex, UWI St Augustine—and is ECSL’s fourth event. Featuring ten gaming tournaments inclusive of Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution and Call of Duty Advanced Warfare, Gamescon 2015 also hosts a cosplay competition—all with huge prizes to be won! Providing a chance for all gamers, they have catered to it all; from console and PC gaming to fighting and adventure games.  Kevin said, “One of our biggest challenges has been acquiring sponsors. It’s coming very slowly, but I hope to see that change in due time because while nobody has really approached us and said hey, we like what you’re doing—when we approached Slam 100.5FM—they did, and gave us the support we needed.” The ESCL has hosted three gaming events prior to this. The first got four teams, their second, six teams—but their third, got twelve teams—and this is where the ESCL decided to branch out into varying tournaments. Kevin said, “We didn’t want to limit ourselves to Leagues of Legends tournaments when we’re trying to establish a company that promote electronic sports.” Another struggle for the gaming community is the presence of many gaming associations who keep to themselves. According to Kevin, “It’s all been a competition… I don’t think we have all come together as one to form any sort of real association to represent our country or ourselves to a governmental body in order to become an official sport. I honestly think that we only have a chance of making a change if we unite together to increase the awareness and professionalism of video gaming.” Despite these challenges, Kevin maintains that, “It’s difficult to remain neutral and avoid getting one anyone’s wrong side, but unity is priceless.” The first of its kind event promises a gaming experience even for non-gamers.  Gamescon 2015 will host performances from local bands to entertain the public. Tickets cost $50 and are selling out. More info To register your team for a tournament, please visit http://www.esportscaribbean.com or check their Facebook page @ESportzCaribLtd for details. […]

  • Pan on D’Avenue 4 coming
    Posted by alexk on July 30, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Having being denied funding by some government ministries and state entities, and with no assistance from any business in its catchment area, the Woodbrook/St James Community Association is confident that its fourth instalment of Pan on D’Avenue, scheduled for August 22, would be a success.  Chaired by former councillor Cleveland Garcia, Pan on D’Avenue IV was launched on Tuesday and corporate secretary Allima Garcia revealed that the venture will be sponsored by the Prime Minister’s Sport & Culture Fund, Ministry of Community Development, TSTT Blink bMobile, National Gas Company, Petrotrin, National Carnival Commission, Carib Brewery, First Citizens Bank and Republic Bank. Other sponsors include Cepep, The Achievement Centre Limited, Simon’s Musical Supplies, Nestle and Medical Associates. Garcia said: “This event is held to foster unity in Woodbrook. We have held this event for three years and (knock on wood) it has been completely incident free. At least four generations of Woodbrook residents come out in the thousands to support the event in a relaxed, comfortable and safe environment.”  The parade is scheduled to begin at the corner of Ariapita Avenue and Taylor Street at 6 pm and ends at Colville Street. Ariapita Avenue will be closed off to all vehicular traffic from 5 pm and side streets off the avenue would be opened to allow access for residents. No parking would be allowed on the avenue. Garcia said that a special deck would be set up at the corner of Ariapita Avenue and Petra Street to facilitate residents, especially the elderly and those unable to make the trek along the avenue. Carib will also erect its Brew House at the corner of Rosalino Street. This year’s Pan on D’Avenue is being held in memory of late radio personality Holly Thomas, a founder of the event, and as a tribute to Black Stalin.  Twenty-six steelbands are listed to parade, along with traditional Carnival characters and moko jumbies. Special demonstrations are also billed by members of the T&T Fire Service and Defence Force. The programme, scheduled to commence at 6 pm, also includes a cultural presentation at Adam Smith Square with dance and tassa, and a presentation of awards to 15 pan tuners and five pan manufacturers. Pan Trinbago is also to be honoured.  Registered in 2011 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Woodbrook, each year the Pan on D’Avenue committee pays tribute to a stalwart cultural figure. In 2012, the first King of Carnival Colin Edghill and the first Queen of Carnival Kay Christopher were honoured. The steelbands performing that year were limited to Woodbrook and St James.  The following year, in 2013, Pan on d’Avenue II, saw the route being changed from West to East and included steelbands from the East, South Central and Northern regions of Pan Trinbago. This parade was in tribute of Anthony Williams and in memory of Ralph Mac Donald. In 2014, Pan on d’Avenue III teamed up with The Ministry of Health and included Zumba to the sweet sounds of pan.  Thirty-three steelbands paraded and a total of 16 top steelband arrangers were honoured. They each received an award; a hamper from Nestle and a cheque. Some of the arrangers got executive medicals courtesy Medical Associates. Prior to the parade of steelbands at 6.30 pm, Stryke Stars single pan ensemble would be performing at French Street corner from 6 pm to entertain spectators before the parade reaches that area.  More info Steelbands from three Pan Trinbago regions to parade at Pan on D’Avenue: SOUTH / CENTRAL 1. Pan Elders 2. NGC Couva Joylanders 3. Old Tech EAST 4. Tunapuna All Stars 5. Super Novas 6. Republic Bank Exodus 7. SIS Harmonites NORTH / WEST 8. Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove 9. BP Renegades 10. Witco Desperadoes 11. Massy Trinidad All Stars 12. PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars 13. CAL Invaders 14. White Oak Starlift 15. Carib Woodbrook Playboyz 16. Brimblers 17. Harvard Harps  18. Scrunters Pan Groove 19. St James Tripolians 20. Uni Stars 21. Laventille Serenaders 22. Defence Force  23. Fire Services 24. Ovalteens 25. City Sun Valley 26. Blue Diamond […]

  • 3Canal brings Fire This Time
    Posted by alexk on July 16, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Fans of 3Canal know their reputation for calling out corruption and "politricks" in their music—as well as for bringing down the house when they're performing for their faithful. The New Fire team is expecting just that when the veteran rapso soldiers take the stage at this month's instalment of the concert series at De Nu Pub. Tonight, New Fire will present 3Canal in concert with their full band the Cut+Clear Crew, in The Fire This Time. Also slated to perform will be Curious Ringo and Osei Jackson. Patrons will be offered free, secure parking for the show at the Woodbrook Government Secondary School. Doors at the hallowed kaiso venue (formerly the Mas Camp Pub) open at 8 pm. The New Fire series is a monthly showcase of local music across various genres.  Previous shows have featured jazz singer Ruth Osman, hip hop artist Make It Happen and rock band Orange Sky. […]

  • Reggae pioneer Shervington in action on Saturday
    Posted by alexk on July 16, 2015 at 7:20 am

    For those who appreciate and would love to hear old-school reggae and calypso, Pluto & Co (Pluto Shervington and his full band) will be appearing live at La Cantina Pizzeria on Victoria Avenue, Port-of-Spain, on Saturday, from 8 pm to 2 am. The group, which includes vintage reggae and calypso in its repertoire, will be performing two sets, the first of which will begin at 9 pm.  Pluto Shervington, also known as Pluto, was born Leighton Shervington, on August 13, 1950, in Kingston, Jamaica. He is a reggae musician, singer, engineer and producer who began his career in the early 1970s as a member of the showband Tomorrow's Children. Inspired by the success of Ernie Smith's Duppy or a Gunman and Tinga Stewart's Play de Music, both delivered in heavy patois, he recorded Ram Goat Liver in a similar style. His follow-up single—Dat—about a Rastafarian trying to buy pork (without naming it aloud), contrary to his faith, so that he could afford marijuana—achieved considerable chart success internationally in 1976, reaching the number six spot in the UK Singles Chart. Trojan Records capitalised on this success by reissuing his first single, which peaked just outside the top 40 in the UK. Tickets for the event, costing $350 each, include a complimentary cocktail on entry. They are available at La Cantina. In addition, free parking for patrons will be available on the compound of Tranquillity school, located opposite La Cantina. Shervington moved to Miami, Florida, in the early 1980s. He continued to record, and reached the UK top 20 again when Your Honour, originally recorded in 1975 but never previously released, was re-issued in early 1982 together with a new recording—No Honour Among Tiefs. Shervington often performs live in Miami, and periodically returns to his homeland for performances.  Since 2007, he plays solo at Bahama Breeze in Kendall, Florida, and every other Sunday at Black Point Marina in Cutler Bay with a five piece band. Pluto appeared at the St Kitts Music Festival in June 2007, sharing the bill with Steel Pulse and Sean Paul, among others. In addition to his work as a singer, Shervington has gained a reputation as a talented bass guitarist, and recording engineer, notably engineering Little Roy's 1974 album, Tafari Earth Uprising. […]

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