November 26, 2006
Dubbed La Nuit Victwa, the final night of the Prime Minister’s Best Village Competition was held on Saturday, November 11th at the Jean Pierre Complex in Woodbrook, Port of Spain.
I was pleasantly surprised at the impressive turnout for and organisation of the event. At the start of the show, ushers directed patrons to comfortable seating while guest artistes, who had competed with each other during previous weeks, entertained the audience with their lively pieces. The stage and forecourt were nicely decorated, despite a few “blind” spots caused by media tents and rigs. Overall however, seamless transitions between performances and appearances of contestants for the the most coveted title of “Best Village Queen” made the show a delight to observe. Congratulations to the management team on a job well done.
Noteworthy performances included:
— A dance, complete with life guard, bathing suits, beach football and of course de bake and shark vendor. A creative, lively and well executed concept.
— The drumming was good, the men resplendent in their purple outfits and turbans, buh oh gawd, whey de geh dat lil Indian boy, the chile was like a spring, de boy cud wine.
“IN DE SQUARE”
— Spectacular performance, de lead character cud dance an act, an de singah, de gurl voice sweet sweet sweet.
— Energetic, nice costuming, alyuh doh feel one ah dese days, one ah dem limboers go brake dey waise?
“SWEET FOLK MUSIC”
— Though late due to a delayed flight from Tobago, their performance was fabulous. Good medley, professional stage performance, lyrical sounds. Well worth the wait.
The highlight of the evening’s proceedings however, was the Parade of the Queens. Sixteen beautiful young ladies paraded in costumes and later on, in stunning evening gowns.Their supporters were exuberant in their acknowledgement and support.
The tradition of Best Village is that both costume and gown should incorporate local materials and craftsmanship as much as possible in its design. To this end, gowns were: made of burlap, brown cotton, silk, satin and linen; hand painted, sequined, crocheted, airbrushed; or embellished with pigeon peas, sea shells, wooden rings and other indigenous materials. For the most part, they were stunning creations.
Costumes represented The Midnight Robberess, Mama D’lo, The Poui Tree, Perot Grenade, Fancy Sailor, The Coconut Tree, The Indian Marriage Tent, to name a few. Mention must also be made of Brer Anansi who, appearing to be one of the many props used during the evening, was carried on stage on her “web.” To the astonishment and delight of the crowd, she crawled down her web and gave a stellar performance. The queens were also serenaded by the sweet sounds of the group, H2O Flo, who had the patrons screaming for more.
The winner of both best gown and best costume segments, Ms. Katana Ramboodh, also won the queen title and was crowned by the Prime Minister.
It was a wonderful evening – and to think that I almost did not go. I will definitely be in the 3rd row by the big screen again next year.
October 23, 2006
Though I attended only Trini Revellers’ 2007 presentation, La Revolution
Francaise (The Frnch Revolution) on Sunday October 15th at Pier 1, I have
already judged the mas and have made my prediction. They will win the Band
of the Year title again! There is no competition! (Are there any opposers to
my prediction out there?)
I viewed costumes from other bands on T.V. and in the newspapers and so far,
the “bikini and beads” costumes are still predominant. Yes, they are
pretty, look good on the beautifully sculptured bodies and are in demand
especially by the young svelte masqueraders who are in the majority. Almost
any “bikini and beads” costume could easily fit into any of the “bikini and
beads” bands and could be put in “moth balls” until the following year to be
used yet again!
Now to the launch. Of the twenty something sections presented, I would say
that almost all were eyecatching. Beautiful colours, well made costumes and
yes, beautiful bodies depicted all aspects of the French Revolution. What I
like about this band is that any size person is accommodated. If you want a
bikini or tantiki or whole piece suit, you can get that and feel good in
your section. You could get a “piece-a-skirt” or long skirt if you want.
There was a well endowed young lady in red and gold with gold thongs to
match. She shook her booty to the delight of those who could see. I think
everyone got quite a good view of her assets.
Some of the young models wined and wined, one so vigorously that I thought
she would slip and fall. She didn’t but on her second appearance, she
appeared barefooted, probably in an effort to wine more freely.
This launch was well attended but not sold out; there was enough space to
move about on a cool evening.
Ah, the music. Shurwayne Winchester and the band Traffik were awesome! As
usual, he put on a fantastic performance to an appreciative crowd. He
introduced a new addition to the frontline, a young man named Olatunji
Yearwood who did well for himself. The poor boy was perspiring
all night. Sweat could be seen flying off his face which he kept wiping
with either his hands or a towel. I felt sorry for him, but, he’s young,
has the stamina and would do well. I wish more artists would give the
younger ones a start. Hats off to Shurwayne.
Trini Revellers………..You’ve outdone yourselves again!
Allyuh done win already! Good job!
October 9, 2006
Ok so i attended the Spotrushaz show last night. It was held at the U.W.I. Social Club, St. Augustine, Trinidad.
We were treated to live entertainment before the show, including skilled fire eaters/breathers then a performance from Kind David.
Spotrushaz took the stage between 1.30-2.00 in the morning backed by local dj Jus Jase (the only Trinidadian dj to grace the sets of rap city on BET). They performed to a very scanty crowd but that didn’t stop them from putting up a great performance. Chromatics sang Basement Party, a tribute to the late Andre Tanker, featuring Sheldon Holder from 12 the band.
They closed the show with their latest single Mary Warner which the few members of the audience enjoyed.
Part of their set was a throw back (old school hip hop), with songs from the late B.I.G and Tupac
Review by Steller