weekend of MAS and DANCE
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
up, I must thank the many readers who responded to last
weeks column headlined No confidence in Friends,
especially the e-mails received from columnists Rafique
Shah and Nasser Khan, and June Cartar.
Before getting into todays 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 nations best youth steelbands2008 Junior
Panorama champion bpTT Renegades Youth Steel Orchestra,
St Margarets Boys School and Bishop Anstey Steel Orchestrasat
the Central Bank Foyer, Independence Square, Port-of-Spain.
Kudos are deserving of Pan Trinbagos 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 Queens 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 DHarvard Boys for their novel
Carnival Tuesday 2K9 all-inclusive bandDouglarisation.
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 youthdancing.
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.
Mortgage Finance CEO Ingrid Lashley, left, hangs out with
Marilyn Baptiste at Sundays launch of Just Friends
C2K9 presentation We Playing Sailor, at St James Amphitheatre.
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 didnt occur at the bands mas camp,
located on Bournes Road, St James, but at Sheriffs
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 Internationals C2K9 presentationThe
Yesterday, Wee International hosted its live Web launch
(the blaunch) at Club Ibiza on Tragarete Road, Woodbrook.
Last year, the bands presentation of Passion, Lust
& Lies placed second in the Downtown Band of the Year
(Small Band) competition.