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Horrendous jazz fest experience
Saturday, May 5th 2007


The devil, it is said, is in the details and boy was he present big time at the Plymouth Jazz Festival. Never me again!

How do you have great music and a great audience yet still contrive to deliver such a horrible customer experience?! Imagine, ticket holders having to rent chairs and chairs running out in the VIP section!Â

Imagine curtailing the foreign acts that were the main drawing card and the complete disrespect shown to Diana Ross by interrupting her while on stage! Imagine walking for nearly a mile after the show before being picked up by the shuttle service!

Oh well-St Lucia, here I come.


Via e-mail

'Drunk' man falls into drain, breaks neck
Stephen Doobay South Bureau

Saturday, May 5th 2007

DEAD: Bisnath Lall Beharry

A man who was found dead in a drain at Butler Village, Waterloo, yesterday is believed to have been drunk when he fell and broke his neck.

Bisnath Lall Beharry, 54, had just left a nearby bar when the incident occurred, police said.

They are investigating reports that Beharry, a labourer of Butler Village, tried to sit on a culvert on the drain at around 1.15 p.m., which was dry, and overbalanced.

Beharry's sister, Dolly Seenath, told the Express he was a bachelor" but his life was very entertaining (and) he was quiet and friendly."

Chaguanas police are investigating.

Other Sports / Five Yardies on T&T fight card in Point Fortin
« on: May 03, 2007, 03:11:25 PM »

Five-man Ja team on T&T fightcard tonight
Courtney Wallace
Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Jamaica's five-man boxing team to the Pan-American qualifiers in Trinidad & Tobago will tonight be among the featured acts on the second largest festival in the twin-island republic.

The team, led by gold medallist and Caribbean champion Nicholas Walters, will take on local boxers in the main event on the Point Fortin Borough Day celebrations in Southern Trinidad tonight.

Walters last week set the Pan-Am qualifiers alight with his dazzling style, and an excited chief organiser Shaun Barrette said they were looking forward to having the Jamaica team on show.

"Listen man, it's an honour to have the Jamaica contingent in the country because we wanted to bring a... contingent which has respectability based on their achievements.

"Trinidad & Tobago loves Jamaicans so much not just because of their music, but also because of their culture. If added all up, it's a beautiful package and we're really thankful that the Jamaicans were willing to accept..."
Barrette, speaking on the festival itself, said "Trinidad & Tobago has two large festivals, Carnival and Point Fortin Borough Day Celebrations.

"Ask anybody they will tell you half of Trinidad & Tobago comes for Carnival the other half... for the Point Fortin Borough Day Celebrations.

"It's reminiscent of Carnival and the fact that we have almost 15,000 foreign-based nationals, plus tourists, for this event is a major boost and we've been marketing the Jamaicans and... we gonna get a great turnout..."

Point Fortin is one of three boroughs in Trinidad and is celebrating 27 years. Tonight's event starts at 6 o'clock Trinidad time with the fightcard set to get under way around 9:00.

It's being billed as a boxing picnic and will take place on a football field. Patrons are allowed to take food and drink for a "lyme".

The card will also feature female boxing, which is a big hit in the land of soca. Trinidad's six-time world junior middleweight champion Giselle Salandy, who holds the WBA and WBC belts, will be honoured, along with other top names from the community, including Trinidad-born and former Jamaica national coach Fitzroy Giuseppe, who died while working at a boxing event in Portmore a few years ago.

The Jamaica team last week saw two boxers qualify for the Pan-American games, while two others mined bronze medals for a total haul of four - one gold and three bronze.
Featherweight Walters (gold) and welterweight Ricardo Smith (bronze) are the qualifiers. Lightweight Shaun Wheatly and heavyweight Gerrington Richards won bronze medals, while middleweight Kevin White missed out after being beaten in the first round.

The team is coached by Kingsley Barrette and Job Walters and managed by Kingsley Goodison.


Chalkdust delights audience at Harquail Theatre

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Chalkdust used a combination of spoken and musical techniques while delivering the CNCF 2007 Cayfest Distinguished Lecture.

“Calypso – The Definitive Art for Caribbean Unity” was the topic of his presentation during the Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF) 2007 Cayfest Distinguished Lecture held last week.

Through a combination of music and conversation, he explained how the musical art form of calypso has helped towards the goal of Caribbean unity. Dr Liverpool, known as Chalkdust in the calypso world, is a world-renowned Trinidad & Tobago calypsonian, historian and university professor.

During his presentation he covered a wide-range of topics but that of calypso played an integral part. He described it as an editorial in song and an art form that captures our history in the Caribbean.
In relation to regional integration, Dr Liverpool mentioned some negative and positive attempts.

One negative area was insularity, described as the cause, to a certain extent, of the downfall of the West Indies Federation.

The issue of differing monetary values was also mentioned. Dr Liverpool said it can be a cause of confusion and also highlighted the fact some people feel they are better off because the currency in their country is valued more than that of other territories.

He lamented that it took the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 to get some Caribbean countries to ease travel restrictions. He mentioned how Americans used to whizz though immigration at Caribbean airports without having to present a passport while West Indians needed passports to travel within their own region.

Dr Liverpool also spoke about some positive efforts to regional integration. Some of those mentioned included CXC, CARIFTA, CARIFESTA and CARICOM – bolstered by CSME.

Even with all of these initiatives, Dr Liverpool said it is a musical art form that leads the way towards regional integration. “Of all the agents vying to bring about regional integration none can be as defining as our calypso.”

He described it as a form of creolized rhythm in the Caribbean and said calypso music in carnival touches a special nerve in people.

Dr Liverpool said that over the years more and more calypso tunes have been recorded and there are songs that are deemed ‘Caribbean songs’ and are not necessarily associated to have originated from one country or another.

“To me David Rudder’s ‘Rally Round the West Indies’ is the anthem of the region,” he commented.

He also highlighted that Trinidad used to be known as the centre of carnival but today carnival exists in most Islands.

According to Dr Liverpool, carnival celebrations are so important that some countries have shifted dates to accommodate people traveling to participate in the festivities.

To underscore the importance of carnival in the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago he said that after oil and gas, carnival is Trinidad’s biggest revenue earner.

“Without calypso there is no carnival,” he said. “Music appeals to our senses, it as a medium of celebration.”

The sport of cricket being an important tool towards regional integration was also highlighted in Dr Liverpool’s presentation. He told his audience that throughout the years there have been many calypsos written about the sport.

During his presentation he sang a verse or two of several well-known calypsos, giving the audience a taste of the art form and highlighting various points he’d made.

Chalkdust quipped, “You think Shakespeare could write that?” after singing a verse of a calypso song, which highlighted the creativity and use of language in the musical recording.

Some of the song samples he gave were Federation by Sparrow and the self-penned Sea, Water and Sand.

“Calypso records history and servers to remind us of our common background,’ he explained. “Calypso has helped to bring the Caribbean close together.”

After Dr Liverpool’s presentation, Artistic Director of the CNCF, Henry Muttoo thanked the Ministry, board and sponsors – Office of the Complaints Commissioner and Cable & Wireless – for their help in making the event a success.

What about Track & Field / Watkins on Fire
« on: May 01, 2007, 11:43:34 AM »

Watkins on fire
Greaves in fine form at West Virginia Champs
Kwame Laurence

Tuesday, May 1st 2007


Reigning world junior women's long jump champion Rhonda Watkins earned double gold at the USC/UCLA Dual Meet, in California, USA, on the weekend.

The UCLA student won the women's long jump with a 6.54 metres leap and cleared 1.75m to top the high jump field.

At the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) Championships, in West Virginia, Daniel Greaves struck gold twice and picked up a couple silver medals as well.

The Wheeling Jesuit University athlete won the men's 400m hurdles title in 55.62 seconds and claimed the 110m hurdles crown in 15.14. In the 200m, Greaves got home in 22.08 seconds to finish second, two spots ahead of another Trinidad and Tobago/Wheeling Jesuit athlete, Andre Walcott (22.29). In the 400m, Greaves (48.10) and Walcott (48.80) were second and fourth, respectively. And in the 100m, Walcott copped fourth spot in 11.16 seconds.

Kevin Huggins cleared the bar at 1.96m to take top honours in the men's high jump at the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) Championships, in Kansas. The Lindenwood University student bagged bronze in the long jump with a 6.72m leap. He also competed in the triple jump, finishing sixth with a 12.36m effort.

At the Don Kirby Memorial Invitational, in New Mexico, University of New Mexico quarter-miler Jarrin Solomon grabbed men's 400m gold in 46.89 seconds.

Marcus Duncan was also in winners' row. The Central Arizona College sprinter bolted to the line in 10.55 seconds to whip his rivals in the men's 100m dash at the ACCAC Phoenix meet, in Arizona. Duncan's teammate and compatriot Rocky Caruth finished third in 11.08. In the 200m, Caruth (22.62) was sixth.

Sherridan Kirk produced an impressive one minute, 47.24 seconds run to snap up silver in the men's 800m special, at the Drake Relays, in Iowa. The T&T half-miler finished behind Puerto Rico's David Freeman (1:46.94) and ahead of Kenyan Jackson Langat (1:47.28).

Renny Quow was third best in the men's 400m special, T&T's reigning world junior champion completing his lap of the track in 46.47 seconds.

And in the university/college women's 100m dash, Lincoln University of Missouri sprinter Nandelle Cameron was fifth in a wind-assisted 11.73.

Danille Prime's 1.65m clearance earned her second spot in the women's high jump, at the Rice Twilight meet, in Texas.

In Florida, South Carolina State University (SCSU) student Natalie Dixon clocked 24.37 seconds to finish second in the Golden Knight Twilight women's 200m event. Florida International University athlete Jurnelle Francis was 12th overall in the 200m in 25.90 and eighth in the 100m in 12.41. SCSU's Shari Sampson got home in 57.04 seconds for fifth spot in the women's 400m.

Kelsey Toussaint seized women's 400m silver at the SIUE Twilight Open, in Illinois. She clocked 57.16 seconds. Toussaint was fourth in the 200m in 25.33. University of Wyoming sprinter Dwight Neptune finished fourth in the men's 100m dash, at the Wyoming Invitational, in Wyoming. He got to the line in 10.55 seconds.

At the Sparky Adams Invitational, in Ohio, Shayne Cooper clocked 15.19 seconds for fourth spot in the men's 110m hurdles. The Slippery Rock University student was 16th overall in the 100m dash in 11.44.

Sadiki James finished fourth in the men's 100m and sixth in the 200m at the University of Washington/Washington State University Dual Meet, in Washington.

The Washington State athlete clocked 11.23 seconds in the 100m and 23.64 in the longer sprint.

Colby Community College freshman Sandino Nero returned a time of four minutes, 12.68 seconds to finish 11th in the men's 1,500m, at the UNK Twilight meet, in Nebraska.

And at the ULM Warhawk Classic, in Louisiana, University of Southern Mississippi student Lyndon Modeste was 23rd overall in the men's 100m in 11.12 seconds.

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Machel brings Lara to tears
« on: May 01, 2007, 07:27:59 AM »

WARM WELCOME: Retired West Indies star batsman Brian Lara, right, acknowledges the warm reception he received after he was invited on stage by soca star Machel Montano HD for a special tribute during the Plymouth Jazz Festival in Tobago on Sunday night.

Machel brings Lara to tears

Plymouth Jazz Festival finale
by Michael Mondezie

Tuesday, May 1st 2007

Soca star Machel Montano recovered from a nightmare week and found his Carnival form to close the Plymouth Jazz Festival in emphatic fashion on Sunday night at Plymouth, Tobago.

The Siparia-born star dedicated his performance to recently retired West Indies cricket captain Brian Lara and seemed as surprised as everyone when the world double record holder decided to join him on stage.

"Keep going, keep moving, don't you ever stop. The road is long and rocky but I know you're gonna' make it," he began, singing the lyrics to his 2005 Carnival hit "We Not Giving Up", bringing tears to the eyes of the batting star. Montano embraced the emotional Lara and sang a new song he had written especially for "the world's greatest".

"Anything they can do, you can do it better because you are the greatest,"

Montano sang to the former skipper who was at this time drying his eyes with his hands.

Lara took the microphone from Montano and turned to the packed Plymouth recreation park to offer his gratitude.

"Thank you so much for the love and support. The difference between me and Machel is every time he comes out here he scores a century. He doesn't know about failure," Lara joked.

It was a storybook finish to the biggest music festival to be hosted in Tobago.

Even the sceptics couldn't deny the perfection and timing of Lara's impromptu appearance.

Montano capitalised on Lara's appearance and romped home with a slew of his soca hits, even dropping a verse from his school boy hit "Too Young to Soca" during an impressive hour-long set.

He told journalists minutes before his performance that the events of the last week made it "difficult to focus" on preparing a set for the show.

Montano and his entourage were accused of being involved in a fracas outside Club Zen in Port of Spain last week.

One patron was seriously injured.

The Signal Hill Choir joined him on stage to create a colourful opening of his Carnival hit "Higher Than High" before Zan, Montano's "hype man" for the night, rushed out on stage to provide ad libs and background vocals.


Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Sean Paul snubs fans in Tobago
« on: April 29, 2007, 10:51:30 PM »
Sean Paul snubs fans
Michael Mondezie

Saturday, April 28th 2007


Jamaican dancehall star Sean Paul created quite a stir when he snubbed fans and media personnel upon his arrival at the Crown Point Airport in Tobago yesterday.

The multi-platinum selling artiste refused to acknowledge fans and media and headed straight for a gold-coloured Prado SUV parked outside the arrival gate.

When photographers attempted to approach the vehicle, they were warded off by a man identified only as Steve, who claimed to be the artiste's manager.

The man said Sean Paul would not be providing a photo op and said all fans would see him at the concert.

When informed that it was Trinidadian media requesting the photo op, the man responded by saying, "We don't care about Trinidad."

The event was the only sour note on a beautiful Friday morning in the sister isle, that saw hundreds of Trinidadian music lovers begin to arrive by sea and air for this weekend's Plymouth Jazz Festival at the Plymouth Recreation Park in Plymouth.

It seems April is becoming the new August, as more and more local tourists are planning their weekend vacations around Plymouth's big show in lieu of the traditional Great Race activities.

Prime Minister Patrick Manning was the most noticeable arrival. He touched down at Crown Point Airport with his wife, Education Minister Hazel Manning, around noon yesterday.

The Prime Minister is expected to make an appearance in the VVIP section at tonight's opening of the festival, which features Sean Paul and veteran US-rapper/actor LL Cool J.

Both were reportedly already on the island following checks with the promoter yesterday, as well as opening act local soca band Kes.

On a cloudless Friday morning, organisers said all systems are go for the much anticipated show.

An all-star women's cast, including Trinidad-born Heather Headley, R&B divas Gladys Knight and Diana Ross and Mary J Blige will perform at the Plymouth ground today.

Of that line up, only Knight and Headley were already reportedly on the island.

Organisers said Mary J Blige and Ross were scheduled to arrive late yesterday.

Meanwhile, British pop legend Sir Elton John, the centre of much controversy in Tobago because of his homosexual preference, is expected to arrive tomorrow.

Despite protests from clergymen on the island, Sir Elton will perform
alongside legendary US-funk Earth Wind & Fire and veteran R&B crooner Al Green, both of whom are also expected tomorrow.

Soca music will also have its say at the festival, as both Destra Garcia and Machel Montano are scheduled to appear today and tomorrow, respectively.

Just reminding allyuh where de bess women in T&T come from.....Just stating de facts doh get vex   


verse 1]
Dis woman strolling down Frederick Street
She bum bum rollin', she looking sweet
Men start suit'n, a fella shout
Darlin whey yuh from, she say I from South
And with dis sweet refrain
She start to explain

Is de oil in de coil
Dat have meh looking so
Ah want dem town men and dem to know
Is de oil in de coil
South woman must look good
We using oil with fire wood

[verse 2]
She say meh name is Annabella
And ah living Marabella
Well what again yuh want to know
Know yuh find out whey have meh looking so
Ah eating plenty grease
Ah bound to increase

Is de oil in de coil
Dat have meh looking so
Ah want dem town men and dem to know
Is de oil in de coil
South woman must look good
We using oil with fire wood

[verse 2]
De woman round like a butterball
She say ah oil man controlling all
Looking like a thoroughbread
She could make any mister bounce he head
And watching cocoyea, but watch de same thread


A want dem town men and dem to know
A want dem town men and dem to know
repeat til end

General Discussion / Dis knighting ting!
« on: April 29, 2007, 07:12:27 AM »
Why do some Trinbagonians still request that our national heroes be knighted by the Queen of England when T&T already have our highest medals of honour established since the 1960's?...(for example some people are requesting that Brian Lara be knighted by the Queen of England)..Now I do admire the entire knighting of the Queen process but I believe our highest medal of honour is more significant than anything that any other country can give us...The last time I checked we replace the Queen with a our President since 1976 and since 1970 T&T was a REPUBLIC....some islands still have the Queen as their Head of State so I understand the Head of their states knighting their heroes but how does T&T fall into that category?..Trinbagonians need to let go of this "colonised" mentality and learn how to admire our own establishments..I hear soem people in T&T (especially the older generations) talk about  "how great it woul be for our national heroes to be knighted by the Queen of England" ...sowhat the hell does that mean!!..Steupse...We broke off all those type of ties with them a long time ago!!

Not because we were once a British colony or because we are a member of the commonwealth means that we should consider the knighting honour (which is a foreign and not national honour) higher than our own genuine honours..America (who was colonised by the british) could care less about that entire knighting ordeal because they believe their own honours that are given to their heroes are more signficant than what a foreign nation can give to an American hero..but in T&T we see other countries honours as more significant than ours..Is it because we have a lack of patriotism?.....So the Trinabagonians who beleieve that our national heroes should be knighted by the Queen of England...please explain why?

I believe we Trinbagonians should acknowlege our Trini language as ah standard and seperate language (like spanish, English, French..etc)...Ah doh believe we language is English and people who keep on sayin dat eh facing reality...Haiti language is rooted from french but their authorities has classified it as ah sperate standard language because its not French..Ah lot of Trini words are not rooted from de English language....I do believe English should be taught in schools like Spanish because in dis day and age its beneficial to be bi-lingual.....De local media should start printin in we native tongue and someone should print ah Trinbagonian dictionary......Our language is one of de main tings dat seperate we from de rest of de world and something we should cherish and be proud about....wat is allyuh opinion?

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Boycott Zen..?
« on: April 26, 2007, 07:15:57 AM »
Boycott Zen, says Job-Davis
Kimberly Mackhan

Thursday, April 26th 2007

The owners of the Zen nightclub should be held responsible for the lewd act performed between R&B/hip-hop superstar Akon and 15-year-old Danah Alleyne at a recent concert held at the club, Minister in the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs, Eudine Job-Davis, has said.

She added that patrons should now boycott the nightclub to protest what she described as "that kind of behaviour".

Job-Davis stressed that the simulated sex act, which the teenager indulged in, should be resolved between the child and her parents.

"I can tell you that that hurt me to my core to see a young Trinidad and Tobagonian girl being treated that way by a man," Job-Davis said.

"I want to say, I am not excusing the young lady by any means, she has to take responsibility for her actions.[/b] But it is a matter between her and her parents and they should know how to discipline their daughter.

"I also want to say that the owners of club should be held absolutely and totally responsible for that what happened there."

Job-Davis made the statements during her contribution to the Equal Opportunities Bill at yesterday's special sitting of the House of Representatives in Port of Spain.

She told members of the Lower House that before she arrived at the Parliament, she received an e-mail that featured a video clip of the incident.

The video showed Alleyne dancing in a provocative manner with Akon on stage during his performance at the Port of Spain nightclub two weeks ago. It has been displayed on several well-known websites, including links on VH1 and YouTube-Broadcast Yourself.

When Princes Town MP Subhas Panday asked Job-Davis what sanctions she would recommend for the owner of club Zen, Job-Davis replied: "I really don't have the answers for the sanction. I just would like to see now what you can do is boycott the club. Maybe people can do that. They ought to be held responsible if that is the kind of behaviour that they are going to promote in this country."

Job-Davis added that the issue had generated a lot of concern among the local population.

"I think that all the men who were present that night in that club should really hang their heads in shame because they allowed it to continue. Yes, the young lady has to take responsibility for her actions, but as a society, we should not have allowed that to happen in that way," she said.

"It goes even wider and deeper than club Zen and the young girl. It speaks to the issue of the internet, it speaks to the issue of our television, it speaks to the issue of monitoring more closely our children.

"I want to say to parents, that we are not immune from what happened there. Our children are not immune from that, it can happen to any one of us and therefore we must learn a lesson from that and pay closer attention to our children and to spend more quality time with them."

What about Track & Field / Brown, Burns in Penn squad
« on: April 24, 2007, 10:14:06 PM »

Brown, Burns in Penn squad
Kwame Laurence

Wednesday, April 25th 2007

Track stars Darrel Brown and Marc Burns will wear Trinidad and Tobago colours at the Penn Relays in Pennsylvania, USA, on the weekend.

Brown and Burns are among five sprinters selected on the T&T squad for Saturday's men's "USA vs the World" 4x100 metres relay. They will be joined in Pennsylvania by Aaron Armstrong, teenager Keston Bledman and Kevon Pierre.

At the 2005 World Championships, in Helsinki, Finland, Pierre, Burns, Jacey Harper and Brown combined for silver in 38.10 seconds-a new national record. Harper was originally selected on the T&T sprint relay squad for the 2007 Penn Relays, but pulled out after sustaining a minor injury.

Bledman, coach Ashwin Creed and manager Dexter Voisin leave for the Penn Relays tomorrow. Jamaica-based Brown, and US-based Burns, Armstrong and Pierre are also expected in Pennsylvania tomorrow.

Voisin, the manager of the T&T team for the 2007 World Champion-ships in Osaka, Japan, told the Express the main goal at Penn Relays is achieving the 39.00 seconds World Champion-ship qualifying standard.

"This is the first time they're competing together for the year. We want to get the guys together and get a qualifying time. There are other athletes, like Richard Thompson and Marcus Duncan, who are not available because of school commitments, but that gives Bledman the opportunity to secure a spot. We'll be mixing the team during the season, based on availability. We're hoping for a pool of eight to choose from for Japan."

T&T have already qualified for the World Championship men's 4x400m event. At the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, in Colombia, last year, T&T earned mile relay silver in three minutes, 02.65 seconds, 65-hundredths of a second faster than the 3:03.30 qualifying standard.


Football / National footballer jailed
« on: April 24, 2007, 10:09:01 PM »
Ex-national footballer jailed
Denyse Renne

Wednesday, April 25th 2007


A former national footballer has been sentenced to four years hard labour by a Sangre Grande magistrate, after he pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

Leon Jackson, 44, of Feria Circular, Guyaguayare, appeared before Magistrate Cheryl-ann Blake on Monday, charged with possession of $60,000 in marijuana.

The court heard that around 3.15 p.m. on Saturday, Jackson was walking along Railway Road, Sangre Grande, when he was spotted by officers of the Eastern Division Task Force.

Upon seeing the officers, Jackson started acting suspiciously and was stopped by them.

A blue and grey knapsack he had on his person was searched and officers found 2.6 kilos of compressed high grade marijuana. Cpl Junior Bernard laid the charge.

Dem fellas saying "Pan in a minor" was de best pan tune ever made...wha bout "Woman on de base"..?...Allyuh think is one of them two or another one?


Turks and Caicos music festival announces superstar line-up
Published on Monday, April 23, 2007

GRAND TURK, Turks and Caicos Islands: The countdown has begun for the 4th Annual Turks & Caicos Music and Cultural Festival set to take place July 30 through August 6. The excitement is beginning to build as this year’s festival brings some of the world’s biggest international superstars to perform in the Islands.

Don Gardiner, Chairman of the Tourist Board, is sure that this year’s line-up will be the best ever. “We have worked hard to attract international superstars from a wide genre of music to come and perform at this year’s Festival. When you mix in the great cultural slate of events, including The Annual Miss Turks & Caicos beauty pageant, it becomes the must do event of the year in Turks and Caicos Islands and perhaps more importantly, becomes the anchor event in promoting Turks & Caicos as the premiere destination for international travellers”.

The Annual Music and Cultural Festival fuses local music and culture with tinges of international flavour making this weeklong festival, the leading event for the Turks and Caicos. The 2007 Festival encompasses international superstars, great artists from Turks & Caicos, and musical legends from across the Caribbean.

Here is the star studded international musical line-up for this year’s Festival.

John Legend
Michael Bolton
Kenny Rogers
Freddie Jackson
Air Supply
The “Art of Soca” featuring David Rudder, Shadow and Kevin Lyttle

The special Caribbean music tribute entitled “The Art of Soca” will feature performances by Soca legends, performing hit after hit, in a gala event that will certainly stir up the passions of all in attendance. Additional international stars including surprise acts as well as the top Turks and Caicos performers are still to be added to the star-studded line-up.

Ralph Higgs, the Deputy Director of Tourism for the Turks & Caicos Islands, is pleased with the diverse range of musical superstars set to perform at this year’s festival. “When you realize that you have Grammy award winners, international superstars that have sold hundreds of millions of records worldwide, current performers on top of the charts today, you understand that the Festival has something for all tastes. By diversifying the line-up we expect more people than ever to attend the Festival, attract more of our permanent residents, bring more visitors from overseas to travel and discover the Turks & Caicos, and include our beautiful country on their future vacation plans as well.”

This year’s festival is being produced by TurnKey Productions, and Walter Elmore, TurnKey's president, is especially excited to be working on the Turks & Caicos Festival. “Turks & Caicos is a beautiful country with probably the most outstanding beaches and water I have ever seen. The ability to bring some wonderful performers to enjoy the destination put on a great show that everyone enjoys and takes pride and ownership in, is why we are working with the Tourist Board and helping stage this year’s event. I have no doubt that this year’s festival will generate tremendous excitement, not only here in Turks & Caicos, but overseas, and help bring additional visitors to this great destination”.

The Annual Music and Cultural Festival put on by The Turks and Caicos Tourist Board was first introduced in October of 2003 at the Turtle Cove Marina in Providenciales and now boasts a following of over 8,000 people.

The 2007 Music and Cultural Festival will be widely advertised throughout the United States in print media and on radio and television stations whose audience share the same demographics as those targeted by the destination.

Additionally, a full one-hour television show with highlights and footage of all concerts will be aired next year prior to the 2008 festival as well as the production of a CD-ROM to be used as part of the Tourist Board’s promotional collateral.

Cricket Anyone / How long would it take...?
« on: April 21, 2007, 04:22:01 PM »
Based on Windies performance these last couple years How long would it take for us to lose our Test staus (like zimbabwe)?....or even faced with the prospect of having to qualify for the world cup (like Canada and Ireland) ?

Another important question...What are the reasons for Trinidad and Tobago not to compete in international cricket and remain a part of the Windies team?....Ireland and Bangladesh have made an impact on this current World Cup and many will argue a T&T cricket team can compete with Ireland and Bangladesh anyday and anytime
Many people would argue that this a bad idea because Windies cricket is tradition and T&T is a major part of this tradition...but its obvious cricket in the region has changed over these last 15 years and more youths are turning to other sports instead of is it safe to say the tradition is now just a thing of the past?.....T&T must not fall in this trap..we should preserve our passion for Cricket, but can we do that by being part of this Windies team and organization?

Vice principal beaten trying to stop fight
Richard Charan

Saturday, April 21st 2007


The vice principal of the ASJA Boys' College, San Fernando was beaten and slashed when he tried to prevent a school bully from beating up on a schoolmate yesterday.

Raymond Carvalho was being treated at the San Fernando General Hospital last night for his injuries.

He was cut across the forehead and punched in the eye during the scuffle which happened in a classroom of the college at Park Street around 1.20 p.m.

Police have arrested a 14-year-old pupil of Williamsville, who is said to be a former inmate of the Youth Training Centre.

Police were told that the violent pupil had tried pushing his way into a classroom but was prevented by the class prefect, who was threatened.

The vice principal was called to the class and was beaten and cut with a knife.

Other teachers ran to help and the police were called in.

The school's principal, Azim Ali, was not at school when the incident took place.

General Discussion / T&T worst dry season in four years
« on: April 18, 2007, 06:02:03 AM »
Worst dry season for T&T in four years
Anna-Lisa Paul

Wednesday, April 18th 2007


Public Utilities and Environment Minister, Pennelope Beckles, was not wrong when she said this dry season has been the worst in the last four years.

Guided by statistics for the period December 2006 to March 2007, officials at the Met Office yesterday confirmed that it has indeed been the driest period within the last four years, as only 293.9 mm of rainfall had been recorded.

This figure can be compared to statistics from previous years, which reveal that from December 2003 to March 2004, 315.9 mm of rainfall was recorded; from December 2004 to March 2005, 516.2 mm of rainfall was recorded; and from December 2005 to March 2006, 564.4 mm of rainfall was recorded.

Addressing the current water crisis last weekend, Beckles lamented the fact that many of the country's reservoirs remained between 65-75 per cent filled-a fact which prompted the Water and Sewerage Authority to ration supplies to many areas.

And with approximately six weeks left before the official start of the rainy season on June 1, officials at the Met Office yesterday stuck to their original prediction that this would be a "normal dry season".

Officials explained that the country has been experiencing long dry spells, along with short wet periods, and while there has not been continuous rainfall, short periods of rainfall have added to the monthly total.

Reiterating that this dry season has been the driest in the last four years, officials said it was normal when compared to the long term average of 304.1 mm of rainfall, with "normal" meaning the deviation from the long term average is still within the 20 percentile range.

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / Soca blends with vintage
« on: April 18, 2007, 05:53:25 AM »
 Soca blends with vintage
published: Tuesday | April 17, 2007

Krista Henry, Staff Reporter

SOCA MOVED vintage last Saturday night at Jamaica Pegasus by the poolside at 'Vintage Meets Soca'. Other than a noticeably missing guest artiste and a late start, the show got patrons out of their seats and on the dancefloor.

Sometime before 1:00 a.m. when the show was winding down, 'wukked-out' audience members started querying the absence of the advertised guest artiste Beenie Man. One patron who was standing outside looked at the banner for the event for confirmation that he was indeed supposed to attend. A male patron commented on the unprofessionalism of the organisers for ignoring the absence of the artiste, as they did not mention why he was not present.

One other drawback of the show was the late start. Advertised as 6:00 p.m., when The Gleaner team arrived after 6:30 p.m., the venue was still being set up for the show.

Only after 8:00 p.m. did acts like Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, Oscar B and Ernie Smith perform a spectacular set. Before that, Peter Phillips Disco kept a vintage vibe going with tunes from John Holt, such as I'm All Right and Number One, as well as some disco classics from the Bee Gees and others.

Late start

The turnout in the early hours was small. After 7:30 p.m., more patrons flocked in and sat poolside patiently awaiting the show. Three lovely ladies in their soca wear came to the front of the stage and started dancing, trying to get the vibe going. Finally, at 9:00 p.m., there was movement on stage as the Dragonaires set up.

The sound of the trumpets ushered in the presence of the band and the start of the show. Patrons got out of their seats and moved to the stage as the female announcer said, "From now we'll be asking you to put the chairs away." The group went into tunes such as Blame It On Di Music, Why Don't You Come Over, Di Road Is Mine, among others. They performed some oldies such as Dollar Wine, Tiny Winey and went into covers of 2007 songs from, among others, Machel Montano and Destra.

The more mature crowd showed their stamina as they jumped, waved their flags from left to right and followed the instructions of the lead singer as he moved them around the venue. They then mixed the vintagewith the soca going into Fresh Vegetable and went back into soca.

After more than an hour, Byron Lee and the Dragonaires ended their first set. After a brief intermission with music by Peter Phillips Disco, Ernie Smith came on. After songs such as Sammy Dead and It Must Be A Duppy Or A Gunman, the crowd wanted more from Smith, who returned for an encore performance.

Bringing a more carnival feel to the party were costume designs from Radical Mas out of Miami. The designs were entitled 'Scorpion Princess', as two ladies came on in gold costumes with huge white and gold attachments in various shapes. The costumes were undoubtedly lovely. Oscar B went on stage last and ended the night with energy as the patrons left, vintage and soca embedded in their minds.

Cricket Anyone / Fans mourn the death of former national cricketer
« on: April 17, 2007, 06:34:53 AM »

CRICKET enthusiasts were shocked over the recent death of former Trinidad and Tobago wicketkeeper, Capil Rabin Rampersad, who had done so much for cricket in the country.

Rampersad passed away last Friday at the age of 46.

The T&T Cricket Board issued a statement yesterday, saying: "The untimely passing of Capil Rampersad takes away from his family and the cricket community of a man in his prime. It is indeed a sad loss and our condolences go out to all of his friends and relatives."

Rampersad made ten appearances for Trinidad and Tobago between 1983 to 1987, scoring 335 runs at an average of 20.93, with a high score of 61, while effecting two stumpings and scooping up 18 catches behind the stumps.

He played his club cricket for Moosai Sports and continued to be involved in the game long after he retired from the field, playing an integral part in the development of cricket for the club and the country at large

What about Track & Field / Borel-Brown safe after shooting...
« on: April 17, 2007, 06:28:23 AM »
T&T's Cleopatra Borel-Brown safe after shooting on university campus
Kwame Laurence

Tuesday, April 17th 2007


Fortunately, Cleopatra Borel-Brown arrived at the Virginia Tech University campus after yesterday's shooting rampage that left at least 33 people dead.

The Trinidad and Tobago athlete is employed as an assistant for the Virginia Tech track and field team. Her office is located across the street from the dormitory where two people were killed in what turned out to be the first of two shootings.

Borel-Brown, a finalist in the women's shot put at the 2004 Athens Olympics, told the Express, yesterday that she was oblivious to the massacre until she arrived at the campus for a training session, early yesterday.

"I went from my house to the track, reaching there about 30 minutes after the second shooting. I met a number of police officers with large weapons, and their cars were parked in the middle of the road. They signalled to me to go back. They were not giving any explanations, but since they had large guns I went. At the time, they apparently were not sure if two gunmen were involved."

When Borel-Brown found out the reason for the heavy police presence at the Virginia Tech campus, she made a number of phone calls.

"I tried to contact the kids on the team, and other individuals. So far, everyone I know is okay."

She added, "The kids affected didn't do anything to deserve this. I'm shocked and really saddened for the parents. It reminds me that you can't take anything for granted, you can't take any day for granted. I'm going to try to focus and do my best."

There are also about 10 Trinidadians attending the university.

One of them, who serves on the Executive of the Caribbean Students Organisation (CSO) at the university, and who requested anonymity, said, "We have been in communication with each other and to my knowledge, I am unaware of anyone from the Caribbean who has been affected.

"People are naturally quite shocked about the incident. This school is located in the mountains in a very small town in Virginia, so you would hardly hear any big stories coming from here."

Officials at the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were unaware of the shootings when contacted yesterday to determine whether any Trinidadian students were involved.

At the US Embassy in Port of Spain, officials were unable to say if any Trinidadian citizens were involved, as the identities of the casualties had not yet been released.


What about Track & Field / Massiah dominates
« on: April 16, 2007, 09:00:35 AM »

Trinidad and Tobago's Dana Massiah was in dominant mood at the Seminole Invitational track and field meet, in Florida, USA, yesterday.

The Florida State University (FSU) student produced a personal-best clocking of 53.66 seconds to grab gold in the women's 400 metres. Massiah was 89-hundredths of a second faster than her closest rival.

Another T&T athlete, Natakki Dasent, was in winners' row in the men's 110m hurdles. The Albany State University student clocked a wind-assisted 15.28 seconds to top the sprint hurdles field. In the 400m hurdles, Dasent finished third in 55.40. And FSU's Pilar McShine bagged bronze in the women's 1,500m in 4:37.76.

At the Washington University Quad meet, in Missouri, Nandelle Cameron came out on top in a thrilling women's 100m dash. The Lincoln University of Missouri athlete and her teammate, American sprinter Karen Robinson, could not be separated by the naked eye, and were both awarded an 11.87 seconds clocking. The photo-finish, however, revealed that Cameron had won, the T&T sprinter getting home just four-thousandths of a second faster than Robinson.

University of New Mexico quarter-miler Jarrin Solomon clocked 46.63 to emerge victorious in the university/open men's 400m, at the Mt SAC Relays, in California.

At the Solid Orange Classic Track Meet, in South Carolina, Jewel Wells triumphed in the women's 3,000m steeplechase. The Alabama State University runner returned a time of 11:50.81. Wells finished fourth in the 1,500m in 5:07.48.

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / MORE FIRE ON SIZZLA
« on: April 15, 2007, 10:54:22 PM »

More fire on Sizzla
published: Monday | April 16, 2007

CASTRIES, St. Lucia (CMC):

Director of the St. Lucia-based Caribbean Drug Abuse Research Institute, Dr. Marcus Day, has called on law enforcement authorities to refuse permission for Jamaican dancehall artiste Sizzla to perform here at a May 5 show.

Dr. Day, in a letter to Police Commissioner Ausbert Regis, called for the artiste to be prevented from performing here because of what he said was his violent, anti-gay lyrics.

He also lashed out at Jamaica for what he claimed was its culture of violence which is being imported into St. Lucia.

Dr. Day requested the commissioner to pay particular attention to this "delicate legal matter" and called on the police to warn the promoters and producers of the show that they might be guilty of aiding and abetting criminal offences by giving a platform to Sizzla.

"This guy should not be allowed to enter St. Lucia as far as I am concerned. These guys who sing this kind of crap should learn that if they want to do that in Jamaica and the Jamaica Government does not want to do anything about it, that's fine; but when they come out in the real world where people are supposed to be civilised then that stuff doesn't cut," he told a news conference Friday.


CALYPSO King of the World, Dr Slinger "Mighty Sparrow" Francisco, is advocating better training for judges of calypso competitions.

He says it is time to judge the judges themselves.

Sparrow was addressing members of the San Fernando City Council during a courtesy visit to Mayor Kenneth Ferguson at the San Fernando City Corporation yesterday. He was presented with a plaque by Ferguson on behalf of the people of the City of San Fernando.

According to Sparrow, the issue of judging is something the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Association (TUCO) should be looking at closely.

"Say exactly what you would like to see and where you would like to see calypso go," Sparrow said.

"This last minute arrangement and going to the back and coming back with a result may not be unfair, because I don't know, but if the judges can be tested-if they can be judged...

Sparrow expressed concern about the disparity in the awarding of points to calypsonians in various competitions.

"If you can show (how you arrived at a particular result), then you can be trusted to judge. Or if you have the electronic system where as a man is finished singing, you press the button and lets see how much points you give him for lyrics, rendition, stage presentation, originality, etc.

"There is no way that you can have a calypsonian receiving 95 (points) out of 100 (points) and in the same competition, same time, same song, somebody gives him 45 (points)."

Sparrow commended those exponents who work assiduously to preserve and promote the calypso artform.

"You feel so good to know that people are thinking about bringing back the traditional calypso that can tell the stories. The calypsonian is the self-appointed mouthpiece of the underprivileged.

"From way back in the good old days or the bad old days, if you want to call it that, we didn't have so many magazines and newspapers and radio and TV and all sorts of different things.

"So who used to have to bring the tales, the stories, the news of the day? The calypsonians were the self-appointed ones. And he used to take it upon himself even if he got himself into a risky situation where he had to pay some kind of penalty...".

General Discussion / South Africa to honour Eric Williams
« on: April 10, 2007, 10:44:55 PM »

PRETORIA, Republic of South Africa (April 8, 2007) — On April 24, 2007, the President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki, will bestow posthumously on Dr. Eric Williams, the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa’s SUPREME ORDER OF THE COMPANIONS OF O.R. TAMBO (Gold). The tribute, in recognition of Dr. Williams’ commitment to peace and co-operation, and his inspiration to South Africa’s own quest for unity and harmony, will be received by his daughter, Erica Williams Connell in Pretoria.

A noted Caribbean statesman, consummate historian and head of government for a quarter of a century until his death in 1981, Dr. Williams was consistently passionate in his denouncement of and activism against apartheid. He led his country to Independence from Britain in 1962 and onto Republicanism in 1976. His seminal work, Capitalism and Slavery (taught in South Africa as a means of resistance during that era and translated into eight languages – Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean, among them), according to Duke University Professor William Darity, “…must be addressed by any serious scholar of slavery and the slave trade,”

“The vision…during our struggle for liberation was…strikingly similar to the vision of that great West Indian historian and prime minister, Eric Williams…[who] directly addressed the great diversity of his country in the cause of national unity:

‘There can be no Mother India for those whose ancestors came from India. There can be no Mother Africa for those of African origin. There can be no Mother England and no dual loyalties. There can be no Mother China even if one could agree as to which China is the Mother; and there can be no Mother Syria and no Mother Lebanon. A nation, like an individual, can have only one Mother and Mother cannot discriminate between her children.’

This is the wisdom that we too apply, in our quest for a single South Africa,” wrote President

Mbeki in his Foreword to the 2005 book: Timol: A Quest for Justice by Imtiaz Cajee.

Dr. Williams’ example continues to be a force in South Africa’s fight against hegemony, and the President praised Williams for the latter’s untiring efforts in this regard in his 2005 feature address at the 50th anniversary of the Bandung Conference, which marked a turning point in the mobilization of Third World peoples against imperialism - both past and present.

Instituted by President Mbeki to reflect the new spirit of South Africa, to create a history of South Africa’s achievements, and to provide motivation to future citizens, the Supreme Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo can be offered in three classes, of which the ‘Gold’ is the pinnacle. It is reserved specifically for foreign nationals and dignitaries - to persons who have made an exceptional contribution to the struggle against apartheid and non-racial democracy in South Africa, and who have established their active expression of friendship towards the Republic.

The award is named after the late Oliver Reginald Tambo, president of the African National Congress in exile. Tambo was highly instrumental in giving a voice to the international movement against racism and apartheid. The Majola, or mole snake, is its symbol. In African mythology, the Majola visits new born babies to prepare them for a safe and successful life. Along with the oval badge, which depicts the watchful Majola and the universal ying and yang, symbolizing the consolidation of diverse spiritual energy, recipients receive a carved walking stick representing the country’s appreciation for the support and solidarity demonstrated, and its pledge of reciprocation. Previous foreign awardees include Mahatma Gandhi, former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda (with whose assistance President Mbeki escaped into exile in England in the early sixties) and the late Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme. The distinction paid to Eric Williams at this time underscores President Mbeki’s intellectual traditions, at a time when South Africa has gained a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

Thabo Mbeki succeeded Nelson Mandela as the second democratic president of South Africa in 1999 and was re-elected for a second term in 2004. Like Dr.Williams, President Mbeki is considered to be an academic who has fought hard for peace and unity in South Africa. His forthcoming official biography by Ronald Suresh Roberts will be dedicated to Eric Williams.


 Hip Hop legend Doug E. Fresh and Soca sensation Machel Montano will host the 26th International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA) at the world famous Apollo Theater located at 253 West 125 Street. The event will take place on Saturday, May 5th at 8:00 pm (general admission), 7:00 pm (VIP ticket holders), and 6:00 pm for nominees, performers, and sponsors.

Top nominees walking the red carpet include Sean Paul; Also hosts and performing nominees for the night include Doug E. Fresh, Machel Montano, Luciano, Macka Diamond, Ce’Cile, Lady G, Gregory Isaacs, Tarrus Riley, Leon & The Peoples, Half Pint, B.B. Seaton & the Gaylads, Tony Matterhorn, Alaine, Dean Fraser, Gyptian, Da’Ville, Ruff Stuff, Katalys Crew, Mutabaruka, Ed Robinson, Winsome Benjamin, among others.

He’s been dubbed the “World’s Greatest Entertainer” for his unrivaled ability to rock a crowd. Harlem native Doug E. Fresh began his musical career at age 13. He is the originator of the human beat box (vocally stimulating the sounds of drums and other musical instruments). Doug E. Fresh is best known for his multi-platinum hits, “The Show” and “La Di Da Di.” He was one of the first rappers to grace stages in Africa and the Caribbean, thus heralding the international popularity of hip-hop musical culture. For a complete biography, visit!
Machel Montano, born in Trinidad and Tobago is a Soca singer, record producer and songwriter based in the Caribbean. He is the front man of the immensely popular Soca band Xtatik. During his over 25 year career, he has recorded alongside: Alison Hinds, Beenie Man, Calypso Rose, Burning Flames, Drupatee, Red Rat, Shaggy, Sparrow, Denise Belfon, Destra, Wyclef Jean, Vybz Kartel, M.O.P, Black Stalin, Mr. Vegas, Doug E Fresh and many others. Over the years, he has won several IRAWMA awards. Machel Montano now stands as the most sought after Soca acts in the World. For a complete biography, visit!
The official announcement of the nominees was released during recent press conference held at the world-famous Apollo Theater in New York by Martin’s International and Associates. For this year’s event Martin’s Inter-Culture has joined forces with individual partners: Austin McBean, Clifton Edwards and Carlton Muldrew as Martin’s International & Associates, LLC to produce the IRAWMA Awards.
More than 150 entertainers and music industry professionals are nominated for the coveted IRAWMA, while others have been selected for special awards by music industry experts across the globe. Among the leading nominees are: Sean Paul and Buju Banton with nine (9) nominations each; Baby Cham six (6); Gyptian, Tanya Stephens and sound selector turned performer Tony Matterhorn with five (5) each; and Luciano four nods.
Oprah Winfrey and International Pop/Rock Star Bono will be given the Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award. Inductees to the IRAWMA Hall of Fame will be Boris Gardner and B.B. Seaton & the Gaylads.

Special Martin’s International and Associates Award of Honor will be given to:
Edmond “Bunny” Lee (King Jammy’s), Ed Robinson (E2 Recordings) and Don One Records. Special Producer’s Respect Award will be given to: Doug E. Fresh, Gregory Isaacs and Half Pint. Special Award of Appreciation will be awarded to: Winston “Niney” Holiness, Jerome Hamilton, WBLS 107.5 FM with Dahved Levy, Lorna Wainwright (Tuff Gong), Bobby (Culture Jam WVIP 93.5FM), and Dave Clark (Friends of Reggae).

Martin’s International and Associates warmly welcomes American Airlines on board as the official carrier for national and international travel to the 26th IRAWMA. American Airlines first inaugurated service in the Caribbean in March 1971 flying between New York and five Caribbean destinations. Today, American and its regional affiliate, American Eagle, fly from more than 13 North American cities to more than 36 destinations in the Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda. Visit!

Martin’s International and Associates also warmly welcomes LaGuardia Marriott Hotel as the official hotel for the 26th IRAWMA. For a special rate, call 800-882-1043 or book via the internet. Visit and enter the code: IMAIMAA!

The 26th IRAWMA is made possible through generous contributions from the following sponsors: American Airlines (AA), Strength of Nature PROFECTIV, Uptown Juice Bar, Café Veg, Gleaner/Star Newspaper, DJ Steve’s Tax Services, D. Wilshire Tuxedo Rental & Limo Service, C. Sea Perkins and Cyberwize Powered by Tunguska Blast; Sam Ash Music Company, Dennis Shipping, Caribbean Food Delights; CVM TV,, Linkup Media for Linkup Radio (WVIP-93.5), Jam Rock Magazine, Plush TV and Caribbean Link Newspaper; Dahved Levy’s Rockin’ You and Caribbean Fever (WBLS 107.5), Irie Jam Media; Trans Continental Express Shippers, The Eye Collection Clothing Co., Jamroppo, Atlas Vacation, Bennett/World Class Limo, Atlas Vacation, Ruff Stuff Studio, Liberty Star Newspaper, Keeling Records, Spencer Financial Services, Golden Krust, Moodie’s Records and Liberty Star Newspaper.

Tickets for this star-studded, made-for-television event are now on sale at the Apollo Theater box office (212) 531-5305 and thru, 212/307-7171 and all Ticketmaster outlets! VIP Diamond box tickets are available only from Martin’s International and Associates at 877/9-REGGAE (973-4423). Prices are: General Admission $58, VIP Gold $102, VIP Platinum $128, VIP Diamond Box $1000/seat or $5000/Box for five persons. Catering for the VIP reception will be provided by Uptown Juice Bar and Café Veg.

Each year, the experts in the Reggae and world music industry select the nominees for the IRAWMA. Reggae, world music fans, and the general public have the opportunity to vote for the winners. Voting may also be completed online at or, or mail in your ballot to: IRAWMA-c/o: Martin’s International and Associates, P.O. Box 5836, Chicago, Illinois 60680. Ballots are available in various newspapers, restaurants and record stores, deadline for voting and ballot submission is April 20th.


TT’s youngest most talented chutney star Adesh Samaroo is scoring big in New York as he is contracted for a record of 15 shows in April and May. His hit songs for the 2007 Carnival “Rum Like That” and “Oh Julay Julay” are very much in demand at both private and public functions in the Big Apple. While he did not score high in the Chutney Soca Monarch (placing fifth), he was able to contract more crossover shows than any other chutney artiste during Carnival 2007.

He has been sharing the stage with all of the big names in calypso, and singing in all of the major fetes.

“Since the release of the song ‘Rum Till I Die’ in 2004, I have been singing in most of the all-inclusive fetes at Carnival. I enjoyed this year’s season as I had the opportunity to perform for a wide cross-section of people occupying the massive crowds. And they all enjoyed my songs,” a beeming Adesh said. “I am a Trinidadian performer and I write songs with this in mind. I write for all my people to enjoy,” he declared.

Adesh said he is proud to share the stage with Machel Montano, Shurwayne Winchester, Destra and others in the calypso fraternity.

Having survived a road accident in 2005 that left him in critical condition, the former Chutney Soca Monarch has bounced back with a string of hits.

In introducing Adesh at a recent fete in Calypso City, an announcer said Adesh Samaroo has achieved as much as many would in a lifetime in only three years in the music industry.

Singer, songwriter, producer, master of ceremony — you name it, Adesh has done it and with great success in the exciting world of chutney. At only 23 Adesh has the talent and ambition to bring the chutney world to his feet in very short time.

Since breaking into the Trinidad chutney scene, Adesh’s name has been on everybody’s lips, having already toured most countries where the spicy rhythms are known. Currently he is the most sought after artiste in Trinidad’s biggest chutney band Triveni, and his blockbuster hit ‘Rum till I die’ is blazing an unending success trail in the Caribbean and North America.”

New York-based producer Alvin Hosein said Adesh is a frenetic component of any show he does in New York. “Apart from galvanizing the huge crowd into action on the dance floor with his renditions, Adesh was charming the crowd and leaving them in stitches at the same time with his witty interjections as Master of Ceremony,” Hosein said. Adesh’s introduction to music was with the dantal instrument. It was the simplest and most modest of starts for any aspiring musician, as he was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Adesh did not benefit from the help of family members or friends to get started.

“It was me alone from the start. There was no idol or anyone for me to look up to,” he explained.

There was clearly no need for any help, such is Adesh’s gift for music, as he excelled in any area he chose.

When he broke out as a singer, Adesh did not require formal training to come up with an appealing sound to chutney lovers or the important players in the industry, and that has made him the most sought-after singer of his style in the Caribbean

His two albums “Rum Till I die” and “Rum did not kill me” have made him the unofficial soca Chutney King of TT.

The success of those albums means the party goers want Adesh to perform at every concert at home and beyond.

Adesh is now a well-known celebrity in the Virgin Islands after a rare chutney show.

Assisted by Fareed Mohammed of FM Studios in San Juan, Adesh’s new releases are ‘Bart Na Kaisa,’ ‘Mathe Gaiyay,’ ‘D Peas Song,’ ‘Hart Mothe Pagalee,’ ‘Nacha Dey,’ ‘Love U Sincerely,’ ‘Ana Ana,’ ‘Love In Vein,’ and ‘Rum Like Dat’.

The music was arranged by Rishi Gayadeen of TTEC Gayatones Orchestra.

Football / Sunderland braced for Calypso coup
« on: April 07, 2007, 07:23:22 AM »
Sunderland braced for calypso coup.
By: Lasana Liburd (Express).

First, Sunderland enticed Trinidad and Tobago national football captain and legend Dwight Yorke while, within months, Carlos Edwards and Stern John joined their compatriot in North-East England. This afternoon, it might seem as though the rest of Trinidad and Tobago has also united with the "Black Cats" as the England Championship Division club is set for a colourful invasion from the Caribbean island.
Sunderland, who is in third spot and chasing promotion to the English Premier League, expects at least 200 Trinidad and Tobago supporters at its Stadium of Lights venue this afternoon for kick off against Wolverhampton.
John, who swapped Coventry for Sunderland in January, is looking forward to a more familiar atmosphere today.
"They told us they would be allowed to bring in steel bands and drums and so on which should be nice," John told the Express.
"It should give the north-east some of the Caribbean flavour and it will be exciting. The most important thing is getting three points but it is definitely an added bonus."
The Trinidad and Tobago contingent includes London-based steelband, the Ebony Steel Orchestra, and the Poison UK girls while Ashton Forde, Information Attaché for the UK-based High Commission, should make presentations to the players as well as Sunderland officials including manager Roy Keane and chairman Niall Quinn.
The Easter trip is the brain child of a London-based football fan who goes by the alias, "Redtrinigirl", on the website.
"I just wanted to visit the Stadium of Lights before the season was over and I thought it would be a great chance to show the boys some support," said Redtrinigirl, "and that we haven't forgotten about them after the World Cup.
"It just snowballed into this great lime and, if you are going over 300 miles, you might as well make a day out of it."
A Sunderland win today could move the ex-Premiership team to second spot and within touching distance of automatic promotion back to the English top flight.

Entertainment & Culture Discussion / 1932-2007...Road March classics
« on: April 03, 2007, 12:23:50 PM »
Aye I jus curious to see wha is allyuh favorite Roard March tunes of all time..Ah didnt even know Kitchener and Sparrow win road March so many times..Which is allyuh favorites?..Yeh and if there was carnival in 1946, then why was their no Road march competition?

What about Track & Field / Baptiste produces world leading 200m
« on: April 02, 2007, 06:50:14 AM »

Kelly-Ann Baptiste emerged victorious in the women's 200 metres event at the Tiger Classic outdoor track and field meet, in Louisiana, USA, on Saturday. The Trinidad and Tobago/Louisiana State University (LSU) sprinter clocked a fast 22.95 seconds to move into the top spot on the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) 2007 outdoor performance list.

Monique Cabral, who is also a student at LSU, topped the women's 100m field in a wind-assisted 11.62 seconds. Another T&T/LSU sprinter, Richard Thompson, clocked a personal best 21.04 seconds to bag bronze in the men's 200m. And in the men's 400m, LSU's Jamaal James finished first in his section and fifth overall in 48.01 seconds. Jameel Wilson (49.82) was 11th overall.

At the Weems Baskin Invitational, in South Carolina, University of South Carolina student Jamil James produced his fastest run in two years-46.93 seconds-to grab gold in the men's 400m. South Carolina State University athlete Natalie Dixon seized women's 400m silver in 54.40. And University of South Carolina student Nikeshia Brown returned a time of two minutes, 24.03 seconds to cop fourth spot in the women's 800m.

Dion Rodriguez bolted to victory in the men's 100m dash, at the Terrapin Invitational, in Maryland. The Bowie State University (BSU) sprinter got to the line in 10.79 seconds. In the men's 200m, Rodriguez (22.22) and Essex County College athlete Reyon John (22.25) were fifth and seventh, respectively. BSU's Ricci Alleyne got home in 1:06.33 for ninth spot in the women's 400m hurdles.

At the Missouri Relays, in Missouri, Lincoln University of Missouri sprinter Nandelle Cameron produced an 11.58 seconds run-a new personal and meet record-to whip her rivals in the women's 100m. Jamaican Peaches Roach was a distant second in 11.71. Lindenwood University's Kevin Huggins finished seventh in the men's high jump with a 2.05 metres clearance.

McNeese State University student Marc Dillon struck gold in the men's 100m, at the McNeese State Cowboy Relays, in Louisiana. Dillon clocked 11.00 seconds.

Pilar McShine earned bronze in the women's 1,500m, at the Florida State University (FSU) Relays, in Florida. The FSU athlete completed her three-and-three-quarter laps of the track in 4:38.56. In the men's 800m, University of South Florida student Carlan Arthur was fourth in 1:54.85.

At the Tom Benich Invitational, in Colorado, University of Wyoming sprinter Dwight Neptune copped fourth spot in the men's 100m in 10.77 seconds.

Mikel Thomas was seventh in the men's 400m hurdles, at the Yellow Jacket Invitational, in Georgia. The University of Kentucky athlete clocked 52.69 seconds. Josanne Lucas finished 15th overall in the women's 200m in 24.58.

Shelly McLean was seventh in the women's 400m final, at the Asics Winthrop Invitational, in South Carolina. The Campbell University student got home in 59.87 seconds, seven-tenths of a second slower than the 59.17 run she had produced in the preliminary round. Gardner-Webb University athlete Carlene McLean was 10th in the women's 800m in 2:20.23.

And at the Stanford University Invitational, in California, Sadiki James finished 27th overall in the men's 100m in 11.20 seconds. In the men's 200m, the Washington State University freshman was 28th in a windy 22.59.

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