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Start the mas

The beautiful “squaws” enjoy a soca pow wow with Traffik’s Shurwayne Winchester, right, and Sean Caruth.

Dressed 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.

Photos: David Wears

With 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 Don Mora.

Atlantik’s 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 school’s 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.

Go Rachel, go Rachel!

H2O Phlo performs its hit single, Come Baby, on Tuesday night, at Club 51

To 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 night.

It was the Club’s 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 evening’s 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 I’ve seen from the Lord Have Mercy sitcom actress and I’ve seen almost every one of her performances on local soil.

Backed by Ginger and members of H20 Phlo, Ziggy Ranking, left, and General Grant perform the Christmas Riddim at Club 51 on Tuesday night.


Weekend inclusive

Two major all-inclusive fetes are on this weekend: Trinity College’s Soka in Moka 6, and The New Beginning, hosted by St Anthony’s College and Ian McKenzie’s Genesis mas band.

Both fetes take place on Sunday evening, with Trinity’s being held on the spacious grounds of the college in Maraval, with music by Atlantik, Destra, Roy Cape All Stars, and Hurricane George.

St Anthony’s 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 Ann’s, 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 country’s competent artistes, including Hollis Wright, Marcia Miranda and Point Fortin’s Royal Benji.

Where the action is

THE world’s most comprehensive C2K5 schedule of events will be published tomorrow. For all the information on the big fetes, shows, competitions, calypso tents and more for Carnival 2005, get your copy of the C2K5 newspaper early.



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