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Treasured Voices features vocalists Ruiz, Herbert

Published: 
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Kizzie Ruiz, 2011 national calypso queen, is one of the country’s most respected female entertainers.

First presented in 2006 at the Centre of Excellence in Macoya, Tunapuna, Treasured Voices, the concert, returns in 2016 for staging at the Central Bank Auditorium, Port-of-Spain, on July 31 from 7.30 pm. 

A presentation of JMVP Promotions, this time around the event will feature appearances by vocalists Kizzie Ruiz, Caryl (Trini) Jacobs, Natalie Yorke, Moricia Cagan, and Chris Herbert, along with pan player Dennis Smith. 

“As was the purpose when staged ten years ago, the event will showcase some of the treasured voices of T&T who stood the test of time,” said Junior Hutson, spokesperson for JMVP. 

“It is intended to bridge the musical gap between the young and the old, and to provide a forum for inspiring musical excellence.” 

Kizzie Ruiz, 2011 national calypso queen, has thrilled audiences both at home and abroad with her powerful voice and captivating performances. The former San Juan Government Secondary student won the Junior Calypso Monarch title on two occasions (1996 and 1997), and has since become one of the most respected female entertainers in the country. 

Caryl Jacobs, daughter of soca ambassadors Carl and Carol Jacobs, has been heard on voice collaboration recordings with Machel Montano, Glen Washington and Beenie Man, and was a former front-line vocalist with the Roy Cape All Stars Orchestra. She was bestowed with the nickname Trini by her first management team of Jamaicans who often spelt her given name incorrectly, so resorted to referring to her as “Trini.” 

Moricia Cagan was a lead vocalist with the Divine Echoes Orchestra until it was disbanded a few years ago. She subsequently launched a successful solo career, and has made tours to China, Malaysia, Cuba, and other countries in the Caribbean. 

Natalie Yorke toured all over the world with the Zouk band Kassav, and travelled extensively with local music band Blue Ventures. She also accompanied champion steel orchestra Republic Bank Exodus on a 36-city tour of Japan, singing not only in English but Portuguese, French and Japanese. 

Chris “Tambu” Herbert, founding member of Pelham Goddard’s Charlie's Roots, played a vital role in the evolution of calypso music. Launching his solo career in 1986, he won the Road March competition for three straight years between 1988 and 1990. He relocated temporarily to Boston to attend the Berklee College of Music, and has since become a leading Gospel singer. 

Dennis C Smith is a versatile pan player who is also an accomplished composer, arranger and music producer. During the 1980s he tutored and arranged for Best Village groups and secondary schools, and also arranged music for Panasonic Connection, Hillside Symphony, and Pan Elders Steel Orchestras. He has performed for Fidel Castro and Kay James, the first black astronaut. In 1993 when the first Pan Ramajay soloist competition was introduced, he became the first winner. 

At the event, all artistes will receive musical accompaniment from Pelham Goddard and Roots. Patrons are asked to be seated by 7.15 pm.