Unity’s soca advocate

By Wayne Bowman LET’S be real here. There are people who love Machel Montano and there are those who don’t. And many of these always seem to have unkind things to say of the internationally acclaimed musician. One thing none can deny though, is that Machel Montano is the most...

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South mas goes North: Money woes hit kings, queens

Carolyn Kissoon carolyn.kissoon@trinidadexpress.com THE South King and Queen of Carnival will not be judged at the San Fernando pre-Dimanche Gras next week. San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello announced yesterday that a decision was taken to relocate the competition to Port of Spain. The South Dimanche Gras show has been scaled...

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Unsponsored bands get $1.3m from ministry

By Michelle Loubon PAN Trinbago president Keith Diaz said the $1.3 million which was received for 115 community-based steelbands will ensure Carnival participation in areas beyond Port of Spain. Diaz was speaking yesterday after Pan Trinbago East Zone chairman Carlon Harewood collected the cheques from Culture Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-...

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Renegades stays out front

By Wayne Bowman BPTT Renegades Steel Orchestra has maintained their lead in the National Panorama Championships, scoring 282 points for their performance of ‘Year For Love’, arranged by Duvone Stewart, at Sunday’s semis. Interestingly, Desperadoes, also playing ‘Year For Love’, moved up to second place, having placed fifth in the...

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Fete for less in south: Costume prices down

Several mas makers in south Trinidad are feeling the ‘pinch’ as a depressed economy has forced some of them to lower prices on their costumes. Masqueraders at one time spent over $2000 to play in the band of their choice but as consumers continue to ‘tighten their belt’ in the...

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Splinters: I Shal prevail

Michael Mondezie 2018 IS the year of Shal Marshall. The charismatic performer, real name Stephenson Marshall, has made good of his rising trajectory to deliver the fete anthem of the Carnival season in ‘Splinters’. The song is everywhere. You literally cannot go a calypso mile and a half without hearing...

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Refrain from ‘ Playing With Fire’: Calypso Revue singer warns Rowley in song:

Michelle Loubon michelle.loubon@trinidadexpress.com CALYPSONIAN Michelle Henry of Kaylpso Revue is warning Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and the nation to stop ‘Playing With Fire’ and the volatile situation involving ‘so-called community leaders’. Shocked and saddened at the situation at Beetham (November 23, 2017), in which residents blocked the streets, burned...

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De Raj Story’ to open Chutney Soca Monarch finals’

Carolyn Kissoon Carolyn.kissoon@trinidadexpress.com “De Raj Story”, the controversial chutney song penned and recorded by Kenneth Supersad will open the 2018 Chutney Soca Monarch on Saturday night. The grand finals of the competition will be held at Skinner Park, San Fernando at 8 pm. Supersad has promised a mind-blowing performance. The...

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‘Permission to Wine” permits on sale: brothers helping Carnival revelers avoid a jail

Two weeks ago when police warned against “thiefing a wine” on somebody without their permission during Carnival festivities, some faithful fete-goers declared it was the end of Carnival as we know it. But for two brothers, the issue presented a unique business opportunity. 33-year-old Deron Charles, along with his 31-year-old...

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