Saturday 30th April, 2005


PM Manning for Stalin kaiso festival

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Black Stalin

Prime Minister Patrick Manning has agreed to lend his distinguished patronage to a June 11 calypso festival being staged in the city of his birth, San Fernando, hometown roots he shares with the show’s host and featured artiste, Black Stalin. This was disclosed this week by Festival promoter Randy Glasgow via a press release.

Glasgow also said that Stalin, five-time national calypso monarch and reigning Calypso King of Kings, will have not one but two Caribbean prime ministers as special guests at his upcoming festival, which is being staged atop the southern city’s most famous landmark, San Fernando Hill.

St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonzales has indicated his interest in attending the concert, enforcing the high praise he heaped upon the popular calypsonian last month when Stalin and other top-drawer T&T acts appeared at a major entertainment event in that territory.

At that event, Dr Gonsalves made a public offer of citizenship and diplomatic passports to Black Stalin and event promoter Randy Glasgow, whose outfit (Randy Glasgow Productions) is putting on the San Fernando Hill Festival on June 11. Speculation is that the Vincentian Prime Minister may seize the opportunity to confer these awards although that activity is not yet listed as part of the show’s official programme.

The Black Stalin All-inclusive Kaiso Festival, as the show is billed, will see the host present a number of top-flight acts from the local arena, whose works in the calypso genre have been perennial crowd pleasers. For those who latched onto kaiso late, the show presents an excellent opportunity to also experience Stalin as the show’s co-host.

Come June 11, Stalin will not only give back some of that respect to San Fernando but will bring along a phalanx of top artistes to share in the festivities.

Limited tickets including VIP tickets for Black Stalin’s Kaiso Festival, which will be an all-inclusive affair, go on sale on May 9. For early reservations and information call Randy Glasgow Productions at 622-0834 or email: [email protected]

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