and soca weekend
weekends entertainment opened on an explosive note from
as early as Friday when The Caribbean Shoppe produced The
SuperBlue Road Show. Both the ambience and music at the St
James showplace were exceptional with performances by calypsonians
Dirty Curty, Cardinal, Cro Cro and the eight-time Road March
champion. However, the nights most applauded artiste
was Bubble Man, a novel entertainer whose forte is retro ballads.
Dressed in a shimmering all red outfit, his eyes obscured
by dark sunglasses, and his voice a mix between that of Jackie
Wonder, Sylan Charles and Junior Byron from the 70s,
Bubble Man brightened the small, cozy, dimly-lit performing
den with some popular past hits like Swamp Cookes Sam
Stone and Clarence Carters Patches.
Another memorable vignette on the night was SuperBlues
rhythmic soca version of Michael Jacksons Billy Jean.
The folks at Caribbean Shoppe say their Friday night shows
will definitely be a weekly event, including tonights
which assumes the tone of Emancipation.
On Saturday night I attended one of the most enjoyable parties
Ive been to for a long time. I Love the 90sThe
Upper Level Reunion, held at YWCAs St Clair courtyard,
brought together many of the familiar faces once seen frequenting
the West Mall party centre, as well as directors, promoters,
DJs and entertainers.
Making the night a success was the hard-working committee
of Michelle Foster, Sean Burkett, Ted Maundy and Richard Simply
Some of the party people seen at the Y were Alvin
Dorset and Percy Parker-Williams of the Red Post Posse fame;
directors Hollis Kam, Lindsay Ward, Irwin Mohammed and Roxanne
Brown; DJs Jus Jase, King International, and Joy Juice;
performers Nikki Crosby, Alicia Wellington, Beverly Guevera
and H2O Phlo; and, promoters Island People, Mona Lisa and
Upper Level veterans also seen having fun at the Y
were the deliciously beautiful Salandy sisters from Diego
Martin, Natalia Ramjohn, Charlene Awai, Big Mike
Antoine and Juliet de la Bastide, Hasely Crawford, Nicole
Simmons, Michelle des Vignes, Karen and Allan Hackett, Kendall
and Karen Lowhar, Karlene Fabien, Marlene and Michelle dos
Santos, and Joanne Lewis.
Apart from the countless friendly faces, the real hook on
Saturday night was the music. Successfully capturing the same
allure and charm of Upper Level back in the day were DJs Chris
from Joy Juice, who opened proceedings, Darryl, Richard Simply
Smooth and Ishmael DDemolition Man. So enjoyable was
the party that attendance was hardly reduced by the time the
final note was played at 4 am with most departing patrons
concurring, well be back next year for part two
of the Upper Level Reunion.
This holiday weekends big party is Gentlemans
Ball Gold, hosted by LaFlor & George Bros at the T&T
Hospitality Institute in Chaguaramas, on Monday night. This
week, La Flors David George said: GMB Gold is
the ultimate drinks inclusive event, with tequila shots, wine
bar, cocktail bar and three other main bars for patrons to
just want to remind folks that GMB is about style and class
and dress on Monday night is elegant in royal gold,
sophisticated black or golden traditional African wear.
Last Sundays entertainment menu was a welcome one as
it served as the weekends sobering period, with the
main event being the finale of Taste T&T: A Festival of
Flavours, hosted by the Ministry of Tourism and Tourism Development
Company, at Hasely Crawford Stadium. This culinary nirvana
offered the best in food from 16 of the Caribbeans best
chefs, as well as a dizzying array of indigenous morsels from
across the nation, inclusive of Tobago curry crab and dumplings,
Maracas shark and bake, doubles and an assortment of sweets
Official figures estimate that over 5,000 visitors came to
the stadium on Sunday evening and they were treated to some
fine live entertainment from a star-studded cast that included
elan parle, Nalini Akal and N9 Dancers, Ken Professor
Philmore, Noel La Pierre, St Augustine Chamber Orchestra,
Jeunes Agape and Pantasy Steel Ensemble, plus popular traditional
A special word of praise must be given to Brian Mac Farlane
whose Design Studios did the very impressive design and construction
of the complete transformation of the venue into a virtual
theme park, complete with erupting volcanoes, bridges, illuminated
sculptures by Louise Kimme and lit lanterns.
firebreather was a popular attraction at Sundays Taste
T&T: A Festival of Flavours.
bandleader Big Mike Antoine and his fair
lady, Juliet de la Bastide.
comedienne Nikki Crosby, left, hangs out with her
sister Sabrina Prigeon
Minister Howard Chin Lee welcomes Miss Universe 1977 Janelle
of the calypso
major record producers/distributors in New York and London
are about to be sued to thy kingdom come for piracy by calypsonian
Crazy. Contacting me from his California home in the USA,
the lovable lunatic was breathing fire when he related his
tale about discovering the crime while surfing the Web.
An irate Crazy said: I surfin the web and just
so come up on this German company selling my records on the
web and in stores in Germany. I called the company and they
told me they were given authorisation to sell my work by a
big shot distributor in New York, and another one in London.
intend getting a private lawyer in the US to look into this
and seek my interests, and those of the other calypsonians
whose works are being illegally sold around the world by these
thieves and bandits. This crime must stop. I wish all of them
burn in hell.
He added: The Germans told me they have been selling
my work and that of other calypsonians, like Kitchener and
SuperBlue, for years now.
Imagine I work my tail off, spend real money to produce hits
like Nani Wine, Parangsoca and Cash It, and these people making
a killing selling my labour for at least 18 years, without
giving me a black cent.
Providing the names of all parties concerned, Crazy urged
Pulse to implore Cott to investigate his allegations as hes
of the belief that calypsonians have been ripped off millions
of dollars by these unscrupulous pirates.