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From local to London mas and Pantastic Friday today
The Reign of Women
Last Saturday evening, the Wilcox residence at Anderson Terrace, Maraval was transformed into a party space as Rugeri Promotions launched its section for Carnival 2014— Kadinlar Sultanati: The Reign of Women: The Reign of Women—from Trini Revellers’ C2K14 presentation of The Sultans Palace.
The launch attracted a mix of resident Rugeri masqueraders and likely revellers. Rugeri committee member Richard Commissiong explained that his section’s theme is based on the Ottoman Empire in Turkey during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Once again the designs of Jennifer Macintosh didn’t disappoint as the costumes were given the thumbs up by all in attendance including Trini Revellers’ PRO Enrico Rajah, band leader Jeff Gillette and television sports presenter Joel Villafana.
This is Rugeri’s ninth presentation going back to 2006 with Anthony and Cleopatra. Commissiong disclosed that the frontline costume, modelled on Saturday by Sam Kadir, is already sold out.
For another look at this beautiful costume, simply attend Trini Revellers’ band launch, scheduled for September 21, at Pier I, Chaguaramas.
Let the music play
For more on mas, but further afield, Notting Hill Carnival 2013 was held this year in London on August 26 and, as usual, it was a grand affair and the attendance was very high, as people from all over the world took in the street celebrations.
Reports coming out of London state that Mahogany Carnival, led by Clary Salandy and Michael Ramdeen, won the Band of the Year titles this year, in both the kiddies and adult competition, with their presentation—Let The Music Play.
Salandy and Ramdeen are both Trinidad-born artists residing in London and bring out a band each year for the Notting Hill celebrations.
They have won many numerous Band of the Year titles in kiddies and adult bands In the UK. They also designed costumes for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. The name Mahogany Carnival is well known and sought after in Europe.
Pantastic Friday is today
Following a month of sensational live pan entertainment throughout August for Pan Month, the pan feast continues.
In the wake of bumper presentation in Woodbrook by the Woodbrook Community Association and Carib Woodbrook Playboyz, this evening, at 7 pm, Witco Desperadoes host Pantastic Friday, at The Paddock, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain.
Headlined by the legendary Laventille steel orchestra, its impressive list of guest artistes includes reigning National Panorama champion Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove, Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars, and CAL Invaders, plus 2013 Road March champion and joint International Power Soca Monarch SuperBlue and Best Village super group North West Laventille Folk Performers.
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