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Here’s My Heart to feature talented artistes, groups

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 00:35

Amadi Productions will be holding its annual concert titled Here’s My Heart in two parts: Saturday, April 14 at 8 pm (over 21) and Sunday, April 15, at 5 pm (under 21), at Daaga Auditorium, UWI, St Augustine.

Amadi Productions, a non-profit organisation, started staging concerts in 2005 on an annual basis and has produced 15 to date. The group’s objective is to promote and present educational, social and cultural events with integrity and efficiency, for the purpose of exposing the talents and skills of youths in the performing arts, to aid in their development and consequently, bring about positive social change in our community.

Amadi director Rhona Mohon has observed that there is little opportunity or stage availability for students and graduates from our educational institutions in the performing arts to express themselves. In times past, Trinidad has had the popular Aunty Kay Children’s Radio Hour and there had been more radio and television opportunities, like the late Hazel Ward-Redman’s Twelve and Under series on TTT, where gifted youths would begin their journey to becoming professional artistes in relevant areas of the arts, but these seem to be diminishing. In an effort to build a more creative society and minimise social ills, Amadi Productions’ resolve is to assist in so doing.

Part I of this year’s Here’s My Heart concert will feature five talented voices of Jacqueline Johnson (Contralto); Joanne Pyle (Soprano); Kory Mendez (Tenor); and, Baritones Arnold Phillip and Stephan Furlonge.

Part II will feature our younger artistes including the Drummology Club of St Joseph’s Convent Port-of-Spain; Presentation College Chaguanas Music Makers; Alliyah Boland (Most Outstanding Voice at this year’s Music Festival); young musician Jovanni Carnavon Gibson; powerful vocalist Alyssa Joseph; dancer Anaya George-Chiddick and poet Daniela Bremnor.

Accompaniment will be by Sheldon Morales and the band Earl Carnavon & Friends, including Marva Newton, Junior Wallace and Terrance Sealey. Hosts of the show are Carla Roach and Roger Prince.


Tickets are available at Cleve’s One Stop Shop, Frederick Street, Port-of-Spain.

A weekend of music, colour

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 05:08

Everybody Loves Raymond tomorrow night

Last Friday, I made a monumental error by stating that Everybody Loves Raymond (ELR) would have been held last Saturday at the Centre of Excellence. So wrong was I that I even got dressed to attend the show, organised transport to go and, it was only when the driver arrived in pouring rain, did I realise that the show is fact being held tomorrow night.

So today, Pulse apologises to promoter Rafi Mohammed, Raymond Ramnarine, the members of Dil-e-Nadan and members of the public who perhaps read my report and ventured to the Macoya venue.

Accompanied by his band, popular crossover act Dil-e- Nadan, tomorrow’s headliners include Amit Mishra, singer of hit song Buleya, and new Bollywood singer Avanie Joshi. One of the star attractions as well  will be the young Ramnarines, known as G3, the third generation of Dile- Nadan—Varun, Vinesh, Amish and Arvind Ramnarine.

Led by Raymond, the Dil-e- Nadan frontline will include Rennie Ramnarine, Renuka Mahabir, Andy Singh and Derrick Seales. Tomorrow’s concert begins at 8.30 pm.

Clean family fun at Phagwa It is that time of year once more when communities nationwide are bathed in colour at the observance of the annualPhagwa celebration. This year, festivities can be expected tobe held on Sunday at venues in Chaguanas, Debe, Aranguez, Longdenville and St Augustine. One of the biggest and popular Phagwa productions is being held from 2.30 pm at the Kendra Grounds, Gilibia Trace, off Raghunanan Road, Enterprise Village, Chaguanas.

One major difference for this weekend’s Kendra Phagwa and Pichakaaree Festival, as opposed to previous years, is that the Pichakaaree event won’t be a competition. According to a Kendra spokesperson, “it will be a festival of music.” As usual, aside from participants of all ages dousing each other in coloured abeer, patrons can expect the normal delightful attractions like the Makan Chor, Ranga Bharse, Sada Roti & Condensed Milk eating competition for the children and the singing of traditional chowtal.

For information contact Hindu Prachar Kendra president Geeta Ramsingh (790-6606) or Seeromani Maraj (680-4322) The Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) also has its Phagwa celebrations taking place this weekend. Today, the SDMS has organised Phagwa festivities at all Maha Sabha schools.

Come Sunday, it will hold general Phagwa celebrations at El Socorro South, Munroe Road temple, and the Felicity Recreation Grounds.

MusicTT’s Live Music District begins in PoS

This year is expected to be an exciting one for local musicians as the T&T Music Company Limited (MusicTT) rolls out its Live Music District. After a private launch next week, expect, to hear great things as the Live Music District comes to life.

In October 2017, the plans for the first Live Music District of T&T were released in the Fiscal 2018’s Budget Speech in Parliament.

The creation of this Live Music District is a key strategy being undertaken by MusicTT/ CreativeTT through the Ministry of Trade and Industry in order to not only address the challenges presented by the industry’s stakeholders but to also stimulate a new wave of economic growth through the creative industries.

As such, stakeholders of the local music industry were engaged by the end of October 2017, and the details were released to an extremely receptive and cheering audience.

By then, venue sound assessments had already begun with most owners/ managers expressing excitement at the prospect of adding live music into their weekly mix.

The main areas within the nation’s capital that will be targeted include the heart of Port-of-Spain, St James, St Clair, Ariapita Avenue, as well as most areas consisting of existing hotels, restaurants, lounges and sports bars. These areas were chosen due to the already-present infrastructure suited for live music as well as the existence of a solid customer base who currently frequent these areas.

Charmaine Forde returns home

Having not being home for several years, Belmont songstress Charmaine Forde is due to return home shortly for a one-night-only performance on Sunday, March 11. Aptly nicknamed “Champagne” when she was at the top of local entertainment alongside divas like Mavis John, Carol Addison, Pat Baptiste, Nadie La Fond and the late Annmarie Inniss, Forde migrated to greener pastures in the United States. Her journey has been an eventful one inclusive of hosting her own radio programme on WHTY 1600AM and producing her television show A Touch of Charm.

The March 11 event is billed as We Kinda Jazz and will feature renowned guitarist Mike Boothman and crooner Steven Encinas.

For Forde and Boothman this is a long overdue reunion as back in the 1970’s Boothman produced Forde whose single Waiting For Your Love was a top ten hit on the local charts.

Other big hits for Forde were her remake of Bobby Condwell’s What You Wont Do For Love, Hero and Gonna Dance.

Looking forward to her return to Trinidad, this week Forde told Pulse: “I can’t wait, its gonna be the best time ever. Don’t miss this, it’s a once in a lifetime performance.”

A star in his own right, plus, chief cook and bottlewasher behind successful music aggregations Rockerfellas and Family Tree, Boothman has also produced albums for revered calypsonians Lord Nelson (Hot, Sweet and Jumpy) and the late, great, Maestro who will be remembered for the hit Fiery from the album of the same name.

These were among the first soca albums produced in T&T.

TTFF, Canadian High Commission team up for human rights

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 04:56

The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff ) and Canadian High Commission are teaming up to encouragethe making of local short films on human rights issues, as part of a filmmakers development programme that began in 2017.

The Human Rights on Film training programme encourages filmmakers and writers who participated in a scriptwriting workshop with Canadian-Jamaican film professional, Annmarie Morais, last year, to put their training into practice.

The link with Morais will continue as she mentors them through the writing of a five-minute narrative or documentary film, on a human rights issue of concern to T&T, or the wider Caribbean.

A panel of three judge—including a representative from The National Film Board of Canada and from the Canadian High Commission in Trinidad, will select the best three scripts.

Trinidadian-born, National Film Board of Canada producer Selwyn Jacobs, will then conduct a twoday workshop on how to move from the scriptwriting phase to production and post-production.

The completed films will screen at ttff/18.

According to Annabelle Alcazar, programme director of the ttff:

“This programme marries our interest in developing the skills of local filmmakers and writers, with advancing the conversations on human rights in Trinidad and Tobago.

“We are excited about this project and look forward to seeing how filmmakers rise to the challenge of using their artistic knowledge and skill to bring these important issues alive.”

Also commenting on the project, High Commissioner for Canada, Her Excellency Carla Hogan Rufelds, said: “Human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated. The promotion of human rights is an integral part of Canada’s engagement in the world.

“Canadian human rights efforts include advancing the rights of women and children, LGBTI persons and human rights defenders and freedom of expression, including Internet freedom and civil society space.

“Human rights cinema is an extremely powerful medium that can touch and inspire audiences.

It can challenge us as individuals to expect and demand justice for all, and remind us that personal commitment can make a difference.”

The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff ) celebrates films from and about the Caribbean and its diaspora, as well as from world cinema, through an annual festival and year-round screenings. In addition, the ttff seeks to facilitate the growth of Caribbean cinema by offering a wide-ranging industry programme and networking opportunities.

Power soca to make feet stomp for carnival

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 02:19

Caught up in the year-to-year grind, too many have forgotten the true owners of Carnival…the people.

Masqueraders have missed Power Soca and have raised their voices calling for it to again be front and centre in the mas.

This week, a team of fearless gamechangers answers the call, bringing the people’s desires to full fruition.

AdvoKit Productions, P.A.G.E., Smash Productions, along with Precision Productions, are releasing a pulse-racing EP, aptly called the Power Generation, in tribute to our peers and supporters whose vocal commands are now transformed into pure tuneful energy.

These six radical instrumentals not only reflect the substantial growth Power Soca has experienced, but also highlight the matchless flexibility of this innovative art form.

With this pore-raising EP, feetpounding beat Power Soca is thrust back into the forefront of T&T’s festival.

For the people, by your very own people, and now shared directly to you; Power Generation stands as a body pumping promise, made by these soca trailblazers that musically this genre will never again, be the same.

The Power Generation EP is available for download at: https://itunes.apple.com/ us/album/power-generationsoca- 2018-trinidad-and-tobagocarnival- ep/1338853294

n For more information contact: [email protected]

QRC Fete Royal says Cheers to 5

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 00:27

The Queen’s Royal College Old Boys’ Association (OBA), QRC PTA and the Management Team of the College will be hosting the fifth edition of Fete Royal on Saturday, January 27, from 6 pm to 1 am on the college compound, Hayes Street, St Clair.

The annual event is the biggest fund-raiser on the school’s calendar and its proceeds go towards supporting the college’s infrastructural, educational and co-curricular needs. From the last two fetes, the OBA has been able to contribute to the ongoing restoration of school’s science block. The budget for the restoration is approximately $4,800,000 and the hope is that the profits from this year’s event can make an even bigger impact towards the project’s completion.

From year one, the Fete Royal committee has been paying keen attention to always improving the experience at the event. This being its fifth year, they have developed a High 5 of features that patrons can look forward to: great vibes; wonderful ambiance of the college’s magnificent venue, zone out in the Kings’ and Queens’ Quarters and be treated like royalty, music from five top acts and more and of course, the best food and drinks on offer.

Entertainment on the night will be provided by Kes the Band, Destra & Bakanal, Dil-e-Nadan, Ultimate Rejects, Voice and, recently added, Shal Marshall.

As usual, the menu boasts of a wide array of selections from the usual food providers, such as Tandoori Hut (Rasam), Rib House, Barrow’s Catering, Garden Kitchen, Passage to Asia and Atlantic Caterers to name a few, and for the first time, introducing ‘Local Wild Meat’, and other new items to cater to a variety of tastes.

Pamper zone

The Kings’ Quarters and Queens’ Quarters will be the pampering zones for the male and female patrons, with hairstyling and makeup, and barbering stations, and a brand new Hookah Bar experience, all while premium brands are being served.

Fete Royal must say “Cheers to 5!” with great drink options, which include an Absolut bar, tequila cocktails and shots, and more provided by our main sponsor Massy Distribution as well as the Carib Zone provide by Carib Brewery.

As usual, security will be top notch in and around the venue to ensure the safety of our patrons and their valued property. Secured parking will be available at Tatil Carpark on Maraval Road and around the venue. However, patrons are urged to ensure that they park their vehicles in a responsible manner.

Patrons will also have the opportunity to win two airlines tickets to Miami courtesy Caribbean Airlines Limited and hampers donated by Massy Distribution.

Among the corporate sponsors for Cheers to 5!, and the Fete Royal organising committee is eternally grateful too, are Massy Distribution, Carib Brewery, NLCB, I95.5 FM, Hott93.5 FM, Courts, Blue Waters and TSTT.


Tickets for Cheers to 5! are available from Detour Stores located in West Mall, Port-of-Spain, Grand Bazaar, Trincity Mall, Price Plaza, Chaguanas, Gulf City, La Romaine, Arima, and Gulf City, Lowlands, Tobago, in addition to Champs Fleurs Auto Services and Rumours Sports Bar.

Tickets are also available from Fete Royal Committee members or call 472-4204, 387-2411 and 795-0050, or email [email protected].

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