Friday 26th September, 2008

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A weekend of MAS and DANCE

Just Friends committee members Annmarie Placide and Dune Ali enjoy themselves as they lead models displaying costumes for their C2K9 presentation We Playing Sailor, at St James Amphitheatre. Photos: SEAN NERO

First up, I must thank the many readers who responded to last week’s column headlined “No confidence in Friends,” especially the e-mails received from columnists Rafique Shah and Nasser Khan, and June Cartar.

Before getting into today’s entertainment topics, I must chide those prospering corporate entities nationwide that continue to disrespect the symbols of our sovereignty and republican status, specifically those flying washed out, frayed national flags that actually look like rags atop their buildings, and those that fly the national flag after 6 pm, from unlit poles.

Last weekend was a mixed bag of activities, beginning on Friday evening with some sterling performances by three of the nation’s best youth steelbands—2008 Junior Panorama champion bpTT Renegades Youth Steel Orchestra, St Margaret’s Boys School and Bishop Anstey Steel Orchestras—at the Central Bank Foyer, Independence Square, Port-of-Spain.

Kudos are deserving of Pan Trinbago’s Northern Region for showcasing youth to premiere its 2008 Pan on the Plaza series. In terms of musical competence, our national instrument is in safe hands.

Sunday was a day of pure delight for me, especially in the evening. Foregoing what I expected would have been the glitzy launch of Genesis’ C2K9 presentation Glitz & Glamour at the Queen’s Park Oval, I opted for the much simpler launch of We Playing Sailor, hosted by Just Friends at St James Amphitheatre, and the preliminary of the fourth annual Ballroom and Latin Dance Competition at the Mas Camp Pub.

With a committee comprising mas folk like Chris Humphrey, Dune Ali, Earl Crosby and Annmarie Placide, the sailor band launch, though unpretentious, was extremely enjoyable, served by music from Caribbean Airlines Invaders, SuperBlue and DJ Crosby, plus a complimentary liquor bar, bake and shark, phoulourie and other delicacies.

We Playing Sailor will be an all-inclusive presentation, showcasing mas as it used to be back in the day. On that note, I must also big up D’Harvard Boys for their novel Carnival Tuesday 2K9 all-inclusive band—Douglarisation. Guaranteed to provide masqueraders with sheer enjoyment on the road, the band has scheduled its launch for October 31, at The Harvard Club.

Because I suffer with acute spurs on the soles of my feet I am unable to enjoy a favoured pastime of my youth—dancing. So, you can imagine how envious I was on Sunday evening at the Mas Camp, watching the couples twirl and swirl around the dance floor of the popular Woodbrook showplace.

The Nostalgia Promotions dance contest is something big, and I urge the wider public to come see what great dancers we have. The final preliminary takes place on Sunday, at 9 pm, at the same venue.

T&T Mortgage Finance CEO Ingrid Lashley, left, hangs out with Marilyn Baptiste at Sunday’s launch of Just Friends’ C2K9 presentation We Playing Sailor, at St James Amphitheatre.

With apologies to readers, let me clear up the facts of the story published this week headlined “Band designs stolen....” According to Wee International bandleader Ricky Davidson, the robbery didn’t occur at the band’s mas camp, located on Bournes Road, St James, but at Sheriff’s Studio on Alcazar Street, St Clair.

Among the loot stolen were four cameras valued at $50,000 each; a 42-inch flat-screen, plasma Samsung TV; two desktop computers; a surroundsound system; a case of wine; and, all memory cards of shoots done for the month, including those belonging to Wee International’s C2K9 presentation—The Candy Shop.

Yesterday, Wee International hosted its live Web launch (the blaunch) at Club Ibiza on Tragarete Road, Woodbrook. Last year, the band’s presentation of Passion, Lust & Lies placed second in the Downtown Band of the Year (Small Band) competition.

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