with renewed vigor

December 28, 2006

my time off from work has brought some well needed clarity to my previously blurry picture of my life. while i haven’t gotten everything figured out (and i don’t think that’ll ever happen), i do feel much calmer about the future. my good friend sweettrini has joined the junction ranks and has offered to help out wherever she can. one of her first orders of business was to connect me with an artist friend of hers who is in trinidad fighting a very good fight with a.c.t.t. (artist coalition of trinidad & tobago). i learned recently that the gov’t of t&t has decided to go ahead with plans to build a national performing arts centre without consulting the very people who are supposed to use the building, artists. shame! the email below was circulated within the local artists community to expose the injustice and push for artist consultation before ground is broken. Note: the following communication, titled “Artists!!! A call for some presence and some feedback!” was first distributed on November 21, 2006.

On Friday 1st December 2006 construction is to begin on
the National Performing Arts Centre and Academy Building on
the Princes Building Ground. The facility is the very same
one that artists have lobbied for 45years. The major thing
is that artists have not been meaningfully consulted on
these architectural and conceptual plans. We hear that the
Chinese contractors are already in the country and rearing
to go. Are we?
•Kenny De Silva has resigned. Ainsworth Mohammed has
resigned. Emile Elias has said it is illegally tendered.
The sporting bodies and the City Council have made noise
about them not being consulted. All kinds of people are
taking stands on our issues except it seems us. It is time
for us to make our voices heard.
•The $700 Million Savannah Carnival Complex is also due to
start any day now and the Minister has blanked calls for
stakeholder consultation. Three times letters were
submitted signed by more than 12 stakeholder groups, 3 ex-
Directors of Culture, an ex-Permanent Secretary and 3
senior artists and more. 3 times press releases to that
effect were sent into the newspapers to multiple
journalists and editors and have been silenced.
•Guys I know it feels big and monolithic and as if there’s
nothing we can do about it. I however believe that if we
mobilize now we can leverage that ‘say so’ that we should
have been having on all matters that concern us.
The wheels of change have been set into motion and your
presence will
 be welcomed at the official media launch of
the Artist Coalition of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT!) on
Thursday 30th November, 2006 at 10am upstairs the National
Museum opposite Memorial Park, Upper Frederick Street.
ACTT, formerly Entertainment Coalition of Trinidad and
Tobago (EIC), is the organization responsible for
championing a wide range of artist issues since 1997. EIC
organized and led the three (3) major artist marches of
2000, 2001 and 2003. ACTT is an attempt to form the
umbrella organization representing all sects of the
national Arts/Entertainment Industry,
 collectively
numbering an estimated One Hundred Thousand (100,000)
persons. ACTT would comprise the leaders of and/or
appointed members from the stakeholder groups in Trinidad
and Tobago, and will boast a committed secretariat that
will coordinate its members towards the attainment of long
standing goals and the realization of dreams.
ACTT will place emphasis on Culture as a sustainable
resource and will encourage the government to diversify
the economy away from the energy sector by the submission
of viable options.
The cultural industry has the potential to provide more
employment with less government spending, investments
which may result in gainful employment for thousands of
citizens.
 Trinidad and Tobago loses an estimated Ten
Billion dollars in revenue annually from government’s
inaction regarding industry initiatives.
ACTT will also champion international recognition of our
artists as we strive for greater branding opportunities,
both locally and abroad.
As we embark on our journey, we invite to you attend and
take this first step with us. Should you require any
further information, please feel free to contact us.
Thank you in advance for your support.
Yours in Action
_____________________
RUBADIRI VICTOR 797-0949, FABIEN ALFONSO 682-8174

Happy Holidays

December 27, 2006

to all the junction artists and supporters. honestly, you guys have been great! i can’t wait for the carnival saturday launch lime to thank each and every one of you in person. it should be big big fun. by the way, the trinidad express published an article on the junction last saturday (thank you mummy). unfortunately, the article wasn’t included on the online edition of the newspaper so i haven’t been able to share it with you. i’m hoping that mummy will get it scanned or mail it to me or something like that very soon (yes, she is a super cool mummy). i’ve been taking it easy this week, recovering from a cold, working from home, sleeping in late, enjoying my sister’s company before she leaves for argentina, helping dan recover from his cold, etc., etc. i’ll be spending new year’s in montreal – my first trip to canada. it’ll be cold no rass but it should be a wild and crazy trip never to be forgetten. what are you doing to ring in 07? send me some pics so i can post them on flickr and link them to the blog. leave out the boring ones please. i’ll try to do the same.

nikks

ah reach

December 18, 2006

finally finding my way here- better late than never.

this post isn’t actually to say anything, it’s just me figuring out how this works- my usual online haunt is blogger, not wordpress…sooncome, though.

walk good.

Bah Humbug!

December 14, 2006

I’ve been a bad bad blogger!

Unfortunately, I’ll probably continue to neglect the blog for at least the next three weeks. It’s that time of year again and even though I’ve tried to ignore the frenzy that has been filling the air lately, I have found myself becoming busier and more stressed out with each passing day.

Mind you, I haven’t bought a single present or mailed a single holiday card yet. My extreme exhaustion can be attributed to my extraordinary efforts at work (to meet with various teams to discuss ongoing projects and plan for ’07 before people begin to leave for vacation),  my last ditch effort to make each of my four classes of tiny dancers look amazing for their holiday show next week and my superduper, over-active brain.

Hopefully that’ll all change after I’ve had some time off towards the end of the year. All I really need to do is take a break. If I still don’t have time to blog in 07, I might have to rethink this whole thing – maybe I’ll find out that blogging just isn’t for me 🙂 … but only time will tell.

Spotrushaz doing it BIG

December 5, 2006

Thanks to Steller for forwarding this release to me. — Looks like the talented and popular Trini-based R&B, Rap, Soca fusion group, Spotrushaz are about to make a big splash internationally. Big Up to Nigel and the Spotrushaz crew. Keep up the good work!

Trini-Bajan Collaboration Tops Internet Chart

A recent collaboration between local rap group, Spotrushaz and Bajan MC, Trezay (real name: Trevor Goring) of Bajan group, Poundas entitled “Bring It” (Caribbean Stew) is currently ranked number one on the Latin Music Chart of popular internet website, www.artistopia.com.

The spicy collaboration, which also features vocals from Trini-born, Louisiana-based MC, “Truth Universal” (Tajiri Kamau) and local dancehall artiste, “Trilla” (Kervin Prescott) is also blowing up on Bajan radio stations and is currently receiving heavy rotation on three major urban stations in Barbados.

Yet to be released here in Trinidad, the track was recorded on the highly-infectious “Shake It” Riddum: produced by Aaron “Shortman” Peters and put together at Third Degree Studios using various audio files sent via email from the respective contributors.

“The power of the Internet has changed the way we make music,” said Nigel “BDangerous” Telesford. “This is just one of several International collaborations we have initiated and completed via the Internet over the last year. Through trend-setting social networks such as myspace.com and other interactive websites, we have been able to forge associations with artistes, producers and other major industry players without ever leaving these shores.”

“Of course, we fully intend to leave these shores come 2007,” Richard “Chromatics” Raj-Kumar hastened to add, “and we already have several show dates lined up in North America. It’s about time for Spotrushaz to take this Trini talent out and around the globe.”

“We just had to make sure we set up shop and got our business affairs straight first,” concluded Wade “TIM Starr” Christian. “Aside from all the legal, technical stuff, what we did in 2006 was to mobilize our local fans and supporters into action, with the first two installments of The Life We Chose Tour and The Mary Warner Mixtape. Now, its time to spread our wings and see what the rest of the world thinks of this Tiefhead Music.”

Spotrushaz has been in existence for over seven (7) years and more recently, refined their unique sound to include elements of Reggae, Calypso and of course, Hip-Hop, thus creating a genre they call Tiefhead Music. Spotrushaz has opened for such International acts as: Sean Paul, Ludacris, Bounty Killer, as well as hip-hop veterans, Slick Rick and Doug-E-Fresh.

Poundas has existed in Barbados for over ten (10) years, with Trezay being the originator of the genre he calls Chip Hop (a combination of Calypso and Hip-Hop). Poundas were awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 and have opened for acts such as Fat Joe and the Terror Squad.

More recently, Poundas video for their hit single, “Call De Police” has been nominated in the Best Rap/Hip-Hop Video category, with Trezay’s 2006 solo single, “246 Girl” nominated in the Best Rap/Hip Hop Single category for the upcoming Barbados Music Awards, scheduled for January 5th at the Sir Garfield Sobers Gymnasium.

Artistopia is an internet splace for independent artistes to manage and advance their careers via music marketing and productivity tools, peer-to-peer and peer-to-industry collaboration and fan-base ramp-up and interaction.

Click on the following link to hear this exciting Caribbean collaboration, “Bring It” (Caribbean Stew): Spotrushaz featuring Trezay, Trilla and Truth Universal.
http://www.artistopia.com/Music-Charts/Genre.asp?Genre=11&Name=Latin+Music