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Mass showcase of mas
The last of the major large masquerade Carnival bands will unveil its C2K14 costumes on October 13, at Club Zen, Keate Street, Port-of-Spain. Legacy, led by “Big Mike” Antoine and Juliet de la Bastide, will launch Nature’s Touch at 6 pm.
A four-time winner of the coveted Band of the Year (large) title, Legacy is traditionally the final mas band to host a launching, doing so after Miami carnival in October.
In expanding on the band’s theme, Antoine quotes Greek philosopher Aristotle who once said, “in all things of Nature, there is something of the marvellous,” adding “for Carnival 2014, Legacy will celebrate the wonders of nature and the world in which we live.”
In a release this week, Antoine said: “In these fast-paced times, where the focus is on man and his achievements, we often take for granted the marvels of Mother Nature.”
Legacy’s band launch will give masqueraders their first look at sections such as The Cosmos, Beneath the Waves, The Big Bang, Northern Lights, Terra Firma, Precious Gems, Earth’s Energy, Morning Dew and Life. Four section are to be added to this collection.
“It will be a gala event with big door prizes and surprise guest artistes,” promises Antoine.
Antoine has previously stated that with this presentation Legacy will also pay tribute to mas icon Brian MacFarlane in recognition of his great contribution to T&T mas and culture. Antoine explains, “without forgetting our core followers and signature style, we are incorporating a new dimension to our designs, offering a few additional sections to accommodate those looking for something more.”
In catering for both their regulars and for those seeking an alternative, Legacy hopes to keep the diversity in mas alive. Masqueraders will get the full range of on-the-road premium services and facilities Antoine said. Legacy will cross all competition venues.
“We are upgrading our security systems and personnel this year so that masqueraders can party in safety and with peace of mind.
“We know that masqueraders wait an entire year for these two days of revelry and there is nothing like that feeling of anticipation as the band approaches a stage and then, the euphoria and explosion of energy which ensues when masqueraders get their moment in the spotlight. It’s a joy to witness and to be a part of,” Antoine said.
Legacy’s plans are well underway and the band is expected to be a force on the road for C2K14. More information on the band launch and 2014 presentation can be obtained from Legacy’s Roberts Street mas camp in Woodbrook, or at 362-5959, 622-7466.
Tomorrow night, Showtime Trinidad is launching Showtime…The Awakening of Mas at Pier 1, Chaguaramas, from 9 pm and its stage presentation will begin at midnight.
This presentation will honour past T&T Carnival legends and winning Band of the Year presentations. For more information call 342-5747, Godfrey Enile at 681-6117, or email [email protected]
Colour my Culture
Prolific bandleader Rosalind Gabriel launches Follette Eustace’s Colour my Culture on Sunday, at 4 pm, at 26 O’Connor Street, Woodbrook.
Another band launching its C2K14 presentation this month is Splash. Bandleader Wrenwick Brown is promising a night of mas and romance when Splash unveils Elements on October 19, at Issa’s Restaurant & Bar (formerly Kavemar Pub), at 103 Henry Street, Port-of-Spain. This is a unique two-in-one affair as it’s a mas band launch and back in times party, with music by DJs Mr Q, Earth Sound and Cutting Crew.
Prior to these preceding launches, small band Berlin & Associates will launch Diamonds in D Sky this evening, at bpTT Renegades pan theatre, Charlotte Street, Port-of-Spain.
Already launched, Woodbrook mas bands Paparazzi and Sobeit continue their Friday-evening, after-work limes, with lots of drinks and plenty food. With Paparazzi based on Murray Street, opposite Adam Smith Square, Sobeit, which is presenting Sky & Light, has its mas camp at 10 Dennis Mahabir Street.
The newest premier showplace in south Trinidad – Carnival City – began its Idol talent competition on Wednesday night. CC is located in Gulf City, La Romaine, and its competition is open to all artistes, including singers, dancers, musicians, jugglers, comedians, magicians and others. Idol will be held every Wednesday night in October, culminating on October 30 with a gala final. The winner of this contest will take home $10,000 cash and a trophy.
Registration is free for Idol and is allowed on the same day of the competition. A maximum of 16 contestants will be allowed per night, ands each performance is allowed a four-five minute period.
This competition promises to be a fun night out for everyone. During breaks in the competition, when judges are tallying the score, members of the audience will be invited to showcase their talent if they wish to do so. Audience winners will receive hampers or vouchers.
Carnival City Idol will be served by “celebrity” judges, including 2013 Young Kings Monarch Stephen Marcelle, Roots vocalist Moricia Cagan, Ziggy Ranking, Jerome Bissessar and Kerry John of The Millionaire Family.
With Christmas just around the corner and the countdown to the last 100 days of Christmas already begun, songstress Nicole De Couteau has released a CD entitled Christmas Treasures. This release is a definite collector’s item and its ten tracks include standards like O Holy Night, Chestnuts and Trini Christmas, and the popular Sweetest Christmas Riddum. De Couteau, who works ina Port-of-Spain bank, has been singing for many years and was a former vocalist with Blue Ventures.
Also sparking that festive Christmas mood is Trinity All Generations School of the Arts (TAGS), launching its first CD – Tagged for Christmas – on Sunday at the Lions Cultural Centre, Port-of-Spain, at 4 pm.
And a child shall lead them and this is just what nine-year-old Arima Boys’ RC School’s Tyrese Williams is doing. His Parang Season single is promising to be one this year’s big hits for Christmas.
Written by Gregory “GB” and Williams’ mother Susan Figaro, Parang Season is arranged by Myron B. In the first 24 hours of its release last weekend, this CD sold over 100 copies. It was also launched on airwaves this week.
Despite his age, Williams is already the holder of five calypso monarch titles, all won this year. Just a couple months ago he was also a finalist in NJAC/NACC Emancipation Monarch competition.
• Last night’s qualifiers were dancer Ralva Baptiste; singers Raquel Dove, Allison Delicia and Gennet Thorpe; instrumentalist/vocalist Steven Graham; and, flair specialist Jason Ramsubhag.
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