Poison for 2007
Cheekes of the mega band Poison has officially resigned her
position as the bands communications officer, and there
will be no Poison mas band on the streets come C2K7.
Cheekes, with 16 years experience in the Carnival industry
and the marketing consultant of Poison, announced her decision
this week and will launch an entirely new organisationPoison
8which will have its camp tentatively in Woodbrook.
The decision, she says, is a direct response to the masqueraders
needs to deliver an improved Poison Carnival experience
within a structured and manageable band.
Michael Headley, founder/owner of Poison and Cheekes
mentor, went on record on Wednesday, saying that he wished
her continued success in T&T Carnival and was delighted
at her decision to accept the opportunity presented.
Headley said hes decided to sit out C2K7 and be a spectator
instead. Ive had enough, said Headley, and
Meg and they have my blessings.
Headley gave the assurance, though, that his internationally-famous
Carnival Thursday Escape to Playa del Este all-inclusive fete
in Salybia is on for 2007, adding, that was never part
The new eight-member group (all formerly of Poison) intends
to officially make an announcement at an upcoming media launch,
when its Carnival 2007 presentation will also be revealed.
The Pulse 8 Group comprises Cheek 2 Cheek, DImage TnT,
Cat & Friends, D Coco Crew, Funstation 4,
Sweet Life TnT, Sonia Marcano (Red) and DJ Wendell.
In other C2K7 news, Raoul Garib is returning to the mas scene
and has teamed up with veteran bandleader Glenn Carvalho to
produce a band for next year.
Also beginning plans for C2K7 is popular mas band Tribe which
is seeking male and female models to show off its costumes
for next year. Tribe is looking for fresh faces and aspiring
candidates are invited to come to the mas camp, 20 Rosalino
Street, Woodbrook, by June 15 to register.
Registration days and hours are MondayFriday, 10 am6
tribute to Soca Warriors
In a surprising departure from his trademark black garb,
Shadow was still a memorable treat decked in white.
National Calypso Monarch Black Stalin
Glasgow, left, Prime Minister Patrick Manning and his wife
Education Minister Hazel Manning share a laugh off the jokes
made by Tommy Joseph.
night was a memorable one when Randy Glasgow Productions succeeded
at staging yet another wonderful show at Jean Pierre Complex.
It was the second annual edition of Black Stalins Calypso
Fiesta, a show staged under the patronage of no lesser person
than Prime Minister Patrick Manning, who did attend, accompanied
by his wife, Education Minister Hazel Manning.
Marking half-century of providing calypso lovers with a plethora
of excellent social and political commentary, five-time National
Calypso Monarch and reigning Calypso King of Kings Black Stalin
did not disappoint as he performed almost two hours of hits,
superbly accompanied by Roy Cape All Stars.
On an occasion Stalin chose to pay tribute to the T&T
Soca Warriors, the beloved south bard gave his loyal fans
a special treat in the form of two specially-picked guest
artistes in recently crowned South Calypso Monarch Brian London
and Toronto-based David Rudder.
Joining Stalin to ensure patrons got much more than their
moneys worth were show host Tommy Joseph, Marilyn Williams,
Organiser, Erphann Alves, 3Canal, The Original de Fosto Himself,
Explainer, Ken Professor Philmore, Shadow, and
Sharon Gennivieve Phillips & Flame.
am sure that most of you would not be surprised to know that
this is my last day of work for the month of June. Through
my entire professional career, the two things I dont
do are work on Carnival Monday and Tuesday, and when World
Cup football is being played.
But dont despair, whether I get through last-minute
plans Ive been making to be in Germany, or not, your
favourite column will be here on every Friday. Of course,
most of it will be about World Cup football.
my fault actually, for not sticking with the family
business and going outside to purchase an appliance.
Instead of dealing with the Guardians affiliate furniture
retailer (Standards), I went to the competition to purchase
a washing machine. After being given all the fancy sales talk
and signing all the relevant documents and taking ownership
of the appliance, I was subsequently informed that if I could
not connect the machine to the water supply, I would have
to pay an additional $100 to have the retailer avail me with
one of its technicians to do the needy.
Reminds me of the good old days when car dealers used to sell
vehicles minus clocks and ash trays etc, and expect buyers
to purchase them as accessories. You talk about hidden costs
and fine print.
Sports Club is hosting a Big Screen TV World Cup
Football Lime tomorrow, from noon at the clubs premises
in St James.
Lunch is being provided to members at $25, and non-members
for $40 and entrance is by invitation only. The deadline for
placing orders is noon today.
The menus available are as enticing as the football and include
ochro and rice with pickled meat, parsley cassava, steamed
king fish and green salad; or, pineapple chicken, pigeon peas
and rice, scalloped potato and green salad; or, bhagi rice
with pig tail and smoked bones, boiled plantain, stewed pork
and green salad.