the tiger of Tourism
being Indian Arrival Day, its only fitting that I
celebrate the beauty of T&T, via India, motherland of
more than half our citizenry.
On the weekend, I gave photographer ADRIAN BOODAN the enviable
chore of journeying to the Temple in the Sea, with a bevy
of beautiful models, displaying garments from Divas of Ramsaran
Street, in Chaguanas.
Manoo shows off this red and gold garara which she
a trendy blue, copper
and orange sari.
attended both days of Taste T&T at Jean Pierre Complex
on the weekend, I fully endorse Joseph Ross sentiments
expressed in March, its time for the sleeping
tiger of (T&T) tourism to be unleashed on the world.
The weekends food exposition, staged by the Tourism
Development Company (TDC), served to highlight a positive
side of this countrys creativity and style, not to
mention the infinite scope of its cuisine.
Brian Mac Farlane was nothing short of magnificent with
his design of the venue, complete with white vintage automobiles,
foliage and water displays, and the hospitality of the men
and women of the Liz Franco Hospitality Service was exemplary.
Also deserving kudos were twin sisters Judy and Judette
Coward, and their Mango Media Entertainment outfit for the
variety and quality of performances offered.
T&T - Entertainment menu
Zanda, Diamond Vale Government Primary Choir, Clico Shiv
Shakti, Unlimited Soul Project, Keino Swamber, pannist Daryl
Reid, Crazy Catholic, Relator, Jewels of Nature, Kimmy Stoute
Robinson & Friends Limbo Dancers, Jeunes Agape Choir,
Kay Alleyne, jazz and R&B vocalist Samantha Gooden,
Bollywood Indian Dancers, Northwest Laventille Cultural
Movement, Nite Life Susan & Rana Mohip, Ziggy Rankin,
Laventille Rhythm Section, Marcia Charles Dance Troupe,
Dexter Theophille, Alternative Quartet, Nalini Akal &
N9 Dancers, saxophonist Pedro Lezama, Patti Rogers, H20
Phlo, Wendell Constantine and Wendy Sheppard, and Blue Culture.
of T&T highlighted
Behind the scenes personnel like Jason Baptiste, Giselle
Laronde-West and staff of Special Events Security also worked
their butts off to ensure the success of this venture.
Operating off three strategically placed stages, visitors
were treated by the best T&T has to offer. Particularly
outstanding were Digicel Rising Stars 2007 winner Kay Alleyne,
Unlimited Soul Project and H2O Phlo, the latter receiving
a standing ovation following its Saturday night performance.
Also winning the audience on the main stage were Sheldon
Crazy Catholic Narine and his troupe of actors
(DC Shell Family Theatre) who staged their own zany chef
One of the most significant and noticeable aspects of the
weekend event was the large number of families that turned
out. Free before 8 pm, and $25 per head after, Taste T&T
was undoubtedly the best ticket in town for a quality family
To get back to where I started, I think Taste T&T has
achieved its fullest potential in its current form and its
time that Messrs Ernest Littles (president), David Lewis
(chairman) and Joseph Ross (minister) begin thinking of
a much larger and ambitious project, embracing all of the
region. With aggressive and strategic marketing, promotion
and proper planning, Taste T&T could establish our twin-island
state as the mecca of culinary achievement in this hemisphere.
Our superiority in this area, as has also been repeatedly
proven in horticulture, is underscored by the repeated wins
of our national culinary team in international competition.
Charles and his trusted guitar.
had the pleasure of listening to two new CDs that Ive
added to my collection without hesitation. They are Downtown
Scarborough, featuring guitarist Clifford Charles, and Alive,
a 13-track disc by Imij & Co.
With the exception of Tension (Shadow) and Dance with You
(Machel Montano HD), all tracks on Downtown Scarborough
were composed by Charles. The wizard behind the mesmerising
lure of this CD, however, is Ming Low Chu Tung, of elan
parle and Parlemusik. With Ming also responsible for keyboards,
congas and percussion, vocals, and sequencing/drum programming;
drums and percussion overdubs were by Richard Joseph.
Clifford Charles is acclaimed as one of Trinidads
leading jazz guitarists, a fact that is borne out by his
virtuoso playing on this release. In a career that spans
two decades, he has performed with the legendary R&B
group The Drifters, appeared at the Montreal Jazz Festival
with Grammy Award-winning songwriter Anselm Douglas, and
at numerous other festivals in North America, Colombia and
throughout the Caribbean.
Charles released his debut CDJust in Timein
2004, on which he collaborated with former Road March champion
Chris Tambu Herbert on an original song called
Beautiful Island. In 2006, he released a limited edition
live CD albumTrinidad Jazz Flavourcontaining
smooth jazz standards as well as his popular version of
Its Carnival by soca artiste Machel and Destra.
Each cut on Downtown Scarborough receives some kind of special
treatment by the artiste. However, Charles interpretation
of Tension and Dance with you are simply off the radar.
Michelle Xavier and Russell Cadogan adorn the cover of Imij
& Cos Alive, the groups first full-length
CD. The disc sure lives up to its name with something for
all tastes. My favourite track is a racy, chutney-soca-influenced
ditty titled From Meh Mudder, but other enticing cuts include
Big Bottom Gyal, Only You, New Dance Craze, Having a Time,
and a remake of Edwin Yearwoods Wet.
& Co includes guitarist Joey Ng Wai, third from right,
and vocalists Russell Cadogan, second from right, and Michelle
jacket cover of Clifford Charles third CDDowntown
& Co takes a bow after one of its successful performances.
Pan in the spotlight again
last Sundays very successful 8 of Hearts steelband
festival, staged by by the Laventille Steelband Festival
Foundation (LSF) in Laventille (see pages 10 & 11),
pan again holds the spotlight this holiday, this time at
the panyard of Clico Sforzata, located on the Priority Bus
Route in Curepe.
Following a gruelling but exciting month of elimination
competition in all fours, football and cricket, the finalists
will decide whos best in the pan world.
Among the steelbands that participated in this years
competition have been Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars,
Witco Desperadoes, Courts Sound Specialists of Laventille,
Sagicor Exodus, Eastern Credit Union Pamberi, Couva Joylanders,
T&T Defence Force, bpTT Renegades, Birdsong, Curepe
Scherzando, Caribbean Airlines Invaders, Solo Pan Knights
Following todays family-oriented activities, all attention
will be on this evenings Walk wid yuh Sticks and come,
a unique pan extempore event. Each participating
band will be allowed a maximum of five playerstenor,
double second, guitar, bass and drummerand required
to select from a hat one of five Panorama calypsoes from
Organiser Julie Williams said this week: This is pan
ramajay in its purest formits going to be a
MY apologies today to DJ Cutting Crew which provided music
at St James Government Secondary Schools reunion but
for which I named DJ Crosby Sounds in last weekends
Cutting Crew out of Belmont is staging Ladies Night Part
III, usually a bumper back in times party, attended by bevies
of beautiful women.
This years edition, to be headlined by Black Stalin,
is also served by DJs Allan Diaz, Mr Q, DOriginal
Wax, Sound Master One and, of course, Cutting Crew.
The party is scheduled for July 5, at SWWTU Hall, on Wrightson