UPDATE: February 21, 2011
Chutney Soca Monarch Competition 2011 in pictures
Rikki Jai takes $2m Chutney Soca title
Rikki Jai (Samraj Jaimungal) became the first $2 million monarch of Carnival 2011 when he won the NLCB Chutney Soca Monarch competition at Skinner Park, San Fernando, on Saturday night…
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February 10, 2010
Ravi Bissambhar popularly known as ‘Ravi B’ was crowned the Chutney Soca Monarch 2010 for his winning performance of “Ah Drinka”, becoming the youngest ever Chutney Soca Monarch. Members of the the audience as well as viewers worldwide overwhelmingly voted by text for Ravi B, who tallied 9575 votes to win the $200,000 first prize. Ravi B, who came second last year excited the crowd with his song which told of marital difficulties between a young couple that was caused by the husband’s love for drinking and liming:
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By Derren Joseph’
February 22, 2009
So it’s Carnival Sunday once again. The country is alive with that special energy. Today, I extend a special “welcome home” to those of the Trinbagonian diaspora who are “home” for the festivities. For many who reside abroad, this pilgrimage is an important way of connecting with our “roots.” In the travel and tourism industry, we call these people VFR traffic, that is, those who come to visit friends and relatives.
Derren Joseph logoMy uncle Steve is one of these overseas-based Trinis who visits for Carnival when he can. Last week, Uncle Steve was sharing with me his memories of Carnival growing up. His mother discouraged him from participating in Carnival, because of its association with violence and negativity. In secondary school, Short Pants helped me understand just how important history is. So now, I enjoy talking to the elders about Trinidad in times gone by. We could never know where we are going until we appreciate where we came from. This Carnival I enjoyed my calypso. Despite rumours to the contrary, calypso is alive and well. Kudos to Pink Panther, Brother Resistance, Karega Mandela and the rest of the TUCO executive.
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COTT to honour music icons
The Copyright Music Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago (COTT) will be hosting its tenth annual Music Awards Ceremony on November 6 at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s.
SOME OF this countryâ€™s top chutney artistes will be vying for more than $1million in prizes at tomorrowâ€™s Chutney Soca Monarch and Groovy Monarch finals at Skinner Park, San Fernando.
The finalists in the Chutney Soca segment are Rikki Jai, Heeralal Rampartap, Adesh Samaroo, Neeshad Sultan, Rick Ramoutar. Asha Kamachee, Soca Elvis, Arti Butkoon, Neeshan Prabhu, Edward Ramdass, Rajin Dhanraj, Surendra Ramoutar and Shalleika Hazel. They will be trying to take away the title currently held by Rooplal Girdharie.
Full Article : newsday.co.tt
By Adrian Boodan, guardian.co.tt
Chutney mover and shaker Nirmal â€œMassiveâ€ Gosein plans to dedicate the 2007 launch of his Roving Chutney Calypso Tent in honour of Culture Minister Joan Yuille-Williams.
Massive paid a visit to the Guardian Central Bureau over the weekend to announce plans for the fifth anniversary celebrations of the tent.
He said despite the trials and tribulation and the lack of support for his tent when it got started, the tent has taken on national appeal. Gosein said through the help of the Yuille-Williams and her ministry the tent has been able to get much needed sponsorship which gave a lot of new artistes much needed exposure.
Adding that he is also grateful to the media, the affable impresario said: â€œThe media has supported the tent since its inception and has given us a lot of much needed exposure, so I must convey my thanks to all the media practitioners.â€
Full Article : guardian.co.tt