beautiful squaws enjoy a soca pow wow with Traffiks
Shurwayne Winchester, right, and Sean Caruth.
in hospital wear, the Cleaver Woods Crew have themselves a
ball at the Christmas Day Sleepwell Promotions Pyjama Party
at T&TEC Sports Club in Arima.
exactly 39 days left till the climax of C2K5, the crammed
all-inclusive fete schedule got off to a wonderful start on
Sunday when St Francois Girls College hosted its third
fund-raiser at Lions Cultural Centre.
Bands Traffik and Atlantik were at the top of their game with
Traffik generating a bit more energy.
Playing first, Traffik frontliners Shurwayne Winchester, Sean
Caruth and Candy Hoyte, ably supported by some scintillating
drumming by Kernal Roberts, offered an enticing repertoire.
They were joined on stage by the Carlsberg girls, attractively
costumed in native American outfits, complete with green and
white feathered bonnets.
The bridge between Traffik and Atlantik was filled by calypsonian
Skatie, who performed a mixed repertoire, which included some
vintage kaiso items.
Also providing music were DJs Hurricane George and Adrian
Atlantiks Destra, Terry Seales and Burton Toney were
also outstanding, with Destra premiering her Road March contender
We Say So.
Several notables put aside their Yuletide festivities to support
the St Francois effort, including parliamentarian Keith Rowley
and his wife Sharon, former Tidco boss Dr Brian Harry, promoter
Randy Glasgow, and St Francois alumna and model Abigail Bruno.
The St Francois girls, spanning the four decades
of the schools existence, came out in their numbers.
Some of them even flew home from abroad for the occasion,
like Tecla, a resident of Richmond, Virginia.
For the season-opener, the party deserves a four-star grade
as organisers successfully combined all the required ingredients
for an enjoyable time: good food and liquor, nice people and
some outstanding music.
Added attractions included the use of a large screen which
transmitted images of the party crowd and videos by Shurwayne
Winchester and Destra.
Rachel, go Rachel!
Phlo performs its hit single, Come Baby, on Tuesday night,
at Club 51†
the strains of a driving dancehall rhythm, and chants of go
Rachel, go Rachel! Rachel Price made her entrance in
a flaming backless red dress and proceeded to keep a packed
Club 51† audience enthralled for two solid hours on Tuesday
It was the Clubs final big show for 2004 and it was
a most entertaining finale.
Club bosses Steven Marhue, Theron Marquez, Joe Pires and Dane
Lewis were on hand to welcome guests, offering the odd complimentary
drink to regulars.
Opening the evenings entertainment were artistes on
the very popular Christmas Riddim double CD, including H2O
Phlo, General Grant, Ziggy Ranking and Ginger.
Not since Scrunter took parang soca to another level following
its birth 25 years ago by Crazy has there been a more innovative
Christmas release, with accompanying DVD and video.
Produced by Glenroy Watson and Richard Charsu
Ahong, the release also features Blazer, Denise Belfon, Eddie
Charles, Ghetto Flex and Lil Bits.
But the night belonged to Rachel whose routine spanned a range
of emotions, from reflective when she reminisced on the late
Onika Bostic to outrageously funny when she revealed why she
stopped going to parang in Paramin, to satirical as she lampooned
masqueraders of Harts band.
Rachel was ably assisted by her good friend, DJ Hypa Hoppa
of Radioactive Crew. It was one of the best performances Ive
seen from the Lord Have Mercy sitcom actress and Ive
seen almost every one of her performances on local soil.
by Ginger and members of H20 Phlo, Ziggy Ranking, left, and
General Grant perform the Christmas Riddim at Club 51† on
Two major all-inclusive fetes are on this weekend: Trinity
Colleges Soka in Moka 6, and The New Beginning, hosted
by St Anthonys College and Ian McKenzies Genesis
Both fetes take place on Sunday evening, with Trinitys
being held on the spacious grounds of the college in Maraval,
with music by Atlantik, Destra, Roy Cape All Stars, and Hurricane
St Anthonys College Grounds, at Westmoorings, is the
venue for the other party. Music will be by Atlantik, Caribbean
Vibes Engine Room, Destra, Iwer, Maximus Dan, Scrunter, Shadow,
Blackie, Preacher, Flo PG and Strongy.
Kaiso Royale returns
ONE of the best produced corporate calypso competitions returns
to the Carnival calendar in 2005. Kaiso Royale, an event that
dates back some three decades as the flagship Carnival happening
of RBTT Bank, is being reprised at Chinese Association, St
Anns, on January 30. Kaiso Royale 2K5, with some of
its old producers and participants, like Mary Sui Butt, Bruce
Annansen and Tony Long and Hard Loregnard in the
forefront, is returning as a new and improved product, complete
with a brunch preceding the contest. Kaiso Royale has produced
some of this countrys competent artistes, including
Hollis Wright, Marcia Miranda and Point Fortins Royal
Where the action is
THE worlds most comprehensive C2K5 schedule of events
will be published tomorrow. For all the information on the
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