& Co diva Michelle Xavier strikes a sexy pose onstage.
junior calypso monarch Carlene Wells joins Dil-e-Nadan and
shows the Queens Park Oval how to do a good chutney
Photos: Adrian Boodan
A valiant attempt was made on Saturday night by thousands
of romance-smitten couples to shatter a Guinness Book of
Records record. The objectiveto break the existing
record of 5,237 couples kissing simultaneously for 10 seconds,
established last year in the Phillipines.
Up to press time, the jury was still out as the auditing
firm of Ernst & Young had not released the official
number of participants in the bid. However, preliminary
checks estimate that just over 3,000 couples did kiss early
on Sunday morning at the carpark of the Queens Park
Oval, an amazing feat when one considers that T&T population
is just over 1.3M people, compared to the Philippines
This major event was put together by the Trinidad Broadcasting
Company Network and had attracted a wave of couples who
started the rush registering several weeks before the big
event. The pace picked up just days preceding the event.
The show launched with a big party at the Queens Park
Oval shortly after 5 pm on Saturday. Couples started flowing
through the gates from early in the afternoon and had been
feting to music from DJ Shammi of Sangeet 106.1FM.
The wave of live entertainment started shortly after sunset
with CT Vibe 105FM announcer Chris Boynes introducing local
rock band Black Rose. The popular band opened its set with
the German rock song Du Hast.
Black Rose continued its run with nine songs, including
its original composition, How I Feel. Frontline singers
Bobby Ramdeen and Kronic had the rock fans in the audience
going wild with their slick and superb stage craft, a quality
that has earned this band the title of being T&T's top
local rock band.
Black Rose made way for Kees Dieffenthaller and his new
band, Kes. The former Imij & Co vocalist emerged from
behind a black screen, emblazoned with the bands logo
in gold, enveloped in a cloud of blue smoke. The repertoire,
energetically delivered by Kes and band, included covers
of popular rock, classic rock, reggae, R&B and soca
The masses at the Oval particularly enjoyed Ganja Planter
which Dieffenthaller dedicated to the Minister of Agriculture.
Dieffenthaller ended his dramatic performance in style with
multi-coloured confetti cascading over the smoke-filled
stage as he was joined by a bevy of five dancers, including
champion gymnast Kristel Lake, dressed in black, fitted
body suits with skeletal markings.
When big band Dil-e-Nadan then took control of the stage,
it was Ricardo Daddy Chinee Melville running
things in its front line, along with Carlene Wells and Renee
Ramnarine. They did a tasty mix of Indo, chutney and soca
Missing on Saturday night was Dil-e-Nadan heartthrob Raymond
Ramnarine. He is not expected to perform with the band for
the next six months. Ramnarine suffered an injury (playing
basketball and not horseback riding as rumoured) and is
reportedly resting comfortably at his Gasparillo home.
Dressed in a cream suit, the chutney champ Heeralal Rampartap
joined Dil-e-Nadan and performed the ever popular Run for
mih Life, a song that tells a tale of the perils of marital
A seemingly well-rested and calm looking Adesh Samaroo then
appeared in stage and informed his fans that he was progressing
well after his injury, in a vehicular accident, and subsequent
hospitalisation. Samaroo, who did not perform, thanked the
crowd for supporting him through the ordeal. He was presented
with a plaque by David Inglefield, a member of the board
of Trinidad Publishing Co (parent company of TBC), for his
work in the music industry. Samaroo introduced his eponymous
dance group, which performed to a recorded version of his
hit singer Rajindeer Jeem Jeem.
Neeshan The Hitman Prabhoo burst on stage and
welcomed the Skinner Park crowdonly to
realise that he suffered a slip-of-tongue as he was actually
in Port-of-Spain, at the Oval. Prabhoo was easily forgiven
by the adoring audience for this mistake. While rendering
his monster hit, More Rum for me, Prabhoo was joined on
stage by two women, who he volunteered to give wining lessons.
Imij & Co was the next band to perform, showing no noticeable
difference in the wake of the recent departure of a couple
Dressed in an itsy bitsy white mini skirt, Imij
female vocalist Michelle Xavier had some of the men in the
audience going wild as they focused on her shapely legs,
some receiving well-targeted nudges to their mid sections
by their female companions. Denise Saucy Wow
Belfon later joined Imij before the band made way for Machel
Montano & Xtatik.
Around 12.30 am, George announced that the time had arrived...
time for the big kiss-off. He jokingly remarked that a lot
of men may have registered to participate in the event with
a women other than their wives. A few men were then noticed
retreating, away from the media cameras. George gave the
countdown and the big smooch happened.
The crowd partied on afterwards with Machel & Xtatik
serving up an energetic and infectious set. The event completely
Ramdeen of Black Rose.