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Come all ye faithful
Malick Folk Performing Company is teaming up with Republic Bank Exodus Steel Orchestra and Signal Hill Alumni Choir (under the acronym MESH) to stage Come All Ye Faithful II at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s, November 22 to 24.
The production, featuring dance, voices and steelpan music with accompanying brass instruments, was first staged at the same venue, last year.
Malick Folk Performing Company has been working assiduously to bring the indigenous art form of folk music to the forefront since 1979.
With a long list of accolades and no signs of slowing down, the group received the 2004 Chaconia Medal (Silver) for its outstanding contribution in the field of culture.
Secretary/public relations officer Jemma Jordan said the production promises to be another one to remember.
She added that the performing company, which holds the record for being the only folk group to win the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition on ten occasions, was doing its part to keep cultural traditions alive.
Even among the most forensic of steelband music critics, the name Exodus is spoken in tones of reverence, that level of respect inspired not by the biblical reference, but earned through the band’s resolve to the untiring pursuit of excellence.
Since its first rehearsal in May 1981, those who have followed the music of the Republic Bank Exodus Steel Orchestra agree that there is something special about this band, an intangible quality that sets it apart from even those of longer standing.
In the ’90s Exodus made the leap to the top and has remained within the top three consistently, since copping the Steelband Panorama title in 1992.
The St Augustine band has also chalked up nine notches overall as East Zone champions.
Signal Hill Alumni Choir is a continuation of the all conquering Signal Hill Senior Comprehensive School Folk Choir which was founded in February 1981, with the aim of participating in the National Biennial Music Festival.
The original school choir made a clean sweep of all the awards in its various classes and its overwhelming success pre-empted the formation of an Alumni.
The alumni choir was established in 1984 with a core of past students and a select number of special friends who have been contributing greatly towards the success of the choir.
The rationale for the event’s title indicates it is an invitation to all faithful supporters of the performing arts (T&T’s culture).
In keeping with the Christmas season and the carol O Come All Ye Faithful, the second half of the programme will focus on Christmas music.
The people behind this production are all well-known for their outstanding work in the sphere of culture.
They are Norvan Fullerton, founder and artistic director of Malick; Ainsworth Mohammed, manager of Republic Bank Exodus; and, John Arnold, founder and musical director of Signal Hill Alumni Choir.
Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (Tuco) continues to celebrate Calypso History Month on November 2, at 8 pm, when its North Zone stages Extemporama 2013 at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain.
With some of the country’s best extempore exponents in the competition, including Gypsy, Black Sage, Lingo and reigning monarch Lady Africa, the event will also include representatives from all Tuco zones.
Emceed by Tommy Joseph and Shirlaine Hendrickson, also billed to perform are Relator, Aaron Duncan, Jeremy Rodriguez and Kevan Calliste.
Extemporama 2013 is being held in tribute to former extempore monarch the late Sheldon John.
Extemporama 2013 zonal participants:
Winston :”Gypsy” Peters
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