February 21, 2017

Shervonne Rodney | Junior Calypso Monarch Trinidad 2017

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Shervonne N.A. Rodney dethroned last year's winner Sharissa Camejo with a song entitled "Misconceptions". She is the new Junior Calypso Monarch of Trinidad and Tobago.

Shervonne Rodney is a student of the Arima Central Government School who managed to win the competition from a field of fifteen contestants at the Queen's Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. 

The results are as follows:
  1. Shervonne N. A. Rodney - Misconceptions (Winner)
  2. Sharissa Camejo
  3. Desle Julien 
19 year old sixth form student of the Arima Central Government school, Shervonne Rodney, has copped the 2017 Junior Calypso Monarch.

 
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February 20, 2017

Your Carnival Schedule | Last Lap Week of Events | Trinidad 2017

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Monday February 20th, 2017
Machel Monday - Hasley Crawford Stadium, Port-of-Spain - 6pm - 2am 
Arima Panorama - Basket Ball Court Arima, Trinidad

National Junior Calypso Monarch 
Grand Stand, Queen's Park Savannah 10:00 am

Tuesday February 21st, 2017
Rapso Explosion
Nalis, Abercromby Street Port-of-Spain, Trinidad 

Kings & Queens Finals - Seniors & Juniors
Grand Stand, Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain Trinidad 7:00 pm

Wednesday February 22nd, 2017
Schools National Charnival Chutney Soca Monarch
Grand Stand, Queen's Park Savannah 10:00 am

National Stickfighting Finals 
Skinner's Park, San Fernando Trinidad 7:00 pm

Traditional, Individuals Fancy Sailors Seniors
Adam Smith Square , Port-of-Spain Trinidad 7:00 pm

Thursday February 23rd, 2017
Small Conventional Steel Bands National Panorama Finals
Skinner Park, San Fernando, Trinidad 5:00 pm

Terrific Thursday Kaisorama (Extempo & Categories Finals)
NAPA, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad 7:00 pm

Tobago Calypso Monarch Finals
Tobago 8:00 pm

Friday February 24th, 2017
International Soca Monarch Finals
Arima Veledrome, Trinidad

Re-enactment of Canboulay Riots
Piccadilly Greens, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad

Traditional Carnival Characters Festival
Memorial Park, Victoria Square & Woodford Square 12 noon

Saturday February 25th, 2017
National Panorama Finals Medium and Large Bands
Grand Stand, Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of- Spain Trinidad

Sunday February 26th, 2017
Nostalgia
Piccadilly Greens to Adam Smith Aquare Port-of-Spain 8:00 am

Dimanche Gras (Calypso Monarch Finals)
Grand Stand, Queen's Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain Trinidad

Monday February 26th., 2017
Groovy Soca, J'Ouvert competition, Bomb Competition, Pan and Monday Mas competitions on the road. 


 
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February 19, 2017

Junior Panorama Results | Trinidad & Tobago 2017

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The Junior Panorama Competition took place on Sunday February 19th. 2017 at the Queens Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. It was a bitter sweet day for the Youth Pan Movement on their big day. The joy of competition was evident but that joy they experienced did not translate to the International audience. Unfortunately there was no International broadcast. In other words the competition was not on radio or any Internet feed. 

It is our hope that this will not happen again. Someone has to account for this travesty. It is a shame that we will have to wait another year to have the opportunity to experience this event again. At that time one would hope that better decisions are made and the Internet feed with exist. Here are the complete results for the Junior Panorama Competition:

Primary Schools Category
  1. St. Margaret’s Boys’ Anglican School Steel Orchestra - 277pts (Winner)
  2. St. Paul’s Boys’ Anglican Primary School - 274
  3. St. Mary’s Government Steel Orchestra - 273.5
  4. Gabrielites Steel Orchestra -269
  5. Febeau Pan Giants - 268
  6. Guaico Presbyterian Primary Steel Orchestra - 264
  7. Fifth Company Rising Stars - 259
  8. Tac Pres Treble Makers - 255
  9. Point Fortin A-C Starz - 253
  10. Bien Venue Presbyterian School Steel Orchestra - 242
  11. St. Finbar Girls’ R.C. Steel Orchestra - 235
  12. Carenage Boys’ Government Primary School Steel Orchestra - 234

Secondary Schools Category
  1. St. Francois Girls’ College Steel Orchestra - 275 pts. (Winner)
  2. B.A.T.C.E. Steel Orchestra - 266 pts
  3. St. Joseph Convent, St. Joseph - 258 pts
  4. Providence Girls/QRC Steel Orchestra - 255 pts
  5. Symphony of Saints (St. Mary's College & St. Joseph's Convent) - 251 pts
  6. South East Port-of-Spain Secondary School Steel Orchestra - 250 pts
  7. Bon Air Beacons Steel Orchestra - 248 pts
  8. El Dorado East Secondary “Blue Steel” - 247 pts
  9. Goodwood Secondary School Steel Orchestra - 224 pts
  10. Non Schools - (Elite Category)

Elite Bands Category - (Non Schools)
  1. Renegades Youth Steel Orchestra - 267 pts. (Winner)
  2. Desperadoes Youth Steel Orchestra - 267 pts
  3. Invaders Youth Steel Orchestra - 266 pts
  4. St. Margaret’s Youth Steel Orchestra - 265 pts
  5. Supernovas Youth - 263 pts
  6. St. Joseph's Convent, San Fernando (SJC)/Blue Steel Combined - 261 pts
  7. Trinidad All Stars Youth - 260 pts
  8. Success Stars Pan Sounds - 259 pts
  9. Sangre Grande United Youths - 258 pts
  10. birdsong Academy - 255 pts
  11. Trinity All Generation Steel (TAGS) - 253 pts
  12. LH Pan Academy - 250 pts
  13. San Fernando West/Old Tech Youths - 238 pts
  14. Harmonites Juniors - 237 pts
  15. Laventille Road Police Youth Club - 227 pts
BP Renegades Winning Performance


 
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Junior Panorama Finals Blanked from the Internet | Trinidad & Tobago 2017

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Links to check for audio/video:
http://gisltd.tt/tv4
https://www.facebook.com/ourtv4

Don't be fooled by the advertising above and the links provided to access the Junior Panorama simply take you to pages without any video or audio feed. This is a travesty and just should not happen. What a shame! There is no live feed for the Trinidad and Tobago Junior Panorama Finals taking place at the Queens Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad today.

Read the story below from When Steel Talks... we were looking for a radio or television broadcast on-line but could not find one. Shame on the stakeholders!

When Steel Talks had this to say:
Ball Dropped on Junior Panorama 2017 Steel Orchestra Finalists - Missed Opportunity to showcase Youth to Live Global Audience

“Someone” forgot to plug in the Internet

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. -  It’s 8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (9:00 a.m. local time) February 19, 2017. It’s the morning of the annual National Junior Panorama steelband competition in Trinidad and Tobago featuring steel orchestras from the primary and secondary schools, and junior steelband organizations from around the twin-island nation. Anticipation is usually high for folks around the world who cannot be physically in Trinidad, and so log on to the Internet to watch and listen to these bands.  It is the gathering of the largest number of the best youth steel orchestras anywhere, and they participate in their annual competition, showcasing both the awesome talent of the young pan musicians of Trinidad & Tobago, and the genius of the steel-pan music instrument.

There is only one thing wrong. The Trinidad and Tobago cultural ministry forgot to ensure access to, or lacks sufficient interest in providing - an Internet stream for the world to see these young musicians at their best.

It is ironic that WST (When Steel Talks) received a Facebook alert reminding us to watch the competition on Trinidad & Tobago’s ‘local’ station TV4.  With a list of finalists provided by the organizers earlier in the week, WST alerted tens of thousands on the WST Network to tune in and enjoy the great performances of these musicians. The Internet stream has been generally available and enjoyed by enthusiastic pan music lovers and eager supporters of the youngsters, over the past few years - certainly for the last two or three. When WST contacted the news.gov.tt people about the subsequent surprising lack of a stream, we received a message that said “Unfortunately our streaming service is currently off-line. We apologize for any inconvenience.”

In an age when live-streaming options like YouTube Live and Facebook Live are readily available to virtually anyone - this missed opportunity to show the brilliance of Trinidad and Tobago youth and culture to the world is frankly unacceptable. Oh, and by the way, finding even a simple on-line AUDIO stream from local radio stations has proved fruitless at this point.

In 2006 When Steel Talks journeyed to Trinidad & Tobago and provided exceptional coverage (sans video) to this one-of-a-kind and vibrant youth steel orchestra competition. In the years following as on-line access became the norm, better coverage from Trinidad & Tobago was periodically an option. We hope that 2017’s non-availability of live on-line coverage does not signal a return to a complete ignoring of the Junior Panorama as per its global audience. This provides a platform as a virtual performing arts audition to colleges and performing institutions around the world, as many of these decision-making musical directors are members of the When Steel Talks network and tune in to such events.  It is an excellent tool for recruiting future talent for their programs.

There is absolutely no excuse for this. Folks need to get their act together and not shortchange the young pan musicians. All ‘local’ is global now. And all things global are primarily local within a day.
http://www.panonthenet.com/tnt/2017/news/ball-dropped-junior-panorama.htm

 
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Calypso Monarch Finalists | Trinidad & Tobago 2017

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© photo courtesy CNC3
Calypso Fiesta was a success in many respects. However, there was one performance that caught everyone by surprise; that performance was simply brilliant. Just take a look at the dramatic photo that captioned this post. Terri Lyons was the belle of the ball and before a packed audience at Skinner Park, the daughter of Austin 'Super Blue' Lyons, roared and amazed everyone at Skinner Park. The performance of Terri Lyons is the one that will be talked about for a very long time regardless of the outcome of the finals on Dimanche Gras night. 

The talent on display was amazing and the people got their monies worth! Devon Seale, the reigning monarch, will have to bring his "A Game' to retain his title on Dimanche Gras night. We look forward to witnessing a wonderful show.

Next Up:
'Robbery with violence'... 'how dey go do that, they cyar do dat'! How in heavens name did Lady Gypsy end up as a reserve and not in the finals list?

We have to address this subject and we will call it the 'sour note' for the event. If you noticed below the reserve artiste is Lynette Steele aka Lady Gypsy. Lady Gypsy's song, 'Plight of My People' is one of the most popular songs in Trinidad and Tobago. It has always been said that if you sing against the PNM government 'yuh cyar make it to the finals' unless you are larger than life like Cro Cro or Chalkdust! Lynette Steele has an outside chance to perform but 'reserve singer' will not take away the sour taste she has in her mouth today. We wish her all the best and everyone fortunate enough to make it to the finals. 

Here is the list of the fifteen (15) contestants who qualified to take the stage against Mr. Devon Seale to try and wrest the title from the reigning Calypso Monarch.

The Finalists Calypso Monarch 2017 
  1. Weston Rawlins aka Cro Cro
  2. Winston Peters aka Gypsy
  3. Victoria Cooper Rahim aka Queen Victoria 
  4. Terri Lyons
  5. Sasha Ann Moses
  6. Rondell Donowa
  7. Roderick Gordon aka Chucky 
  8. Miguella Simon 
  9. Marsha Clifton aka Lady Adanna
  10. Lornette Nedd Reid aka Fya Empress
  11. Kurt Allen aka Last Bad John of Calypso
  12. Karene Asche
  13. Heather Mc Intosh
  14. Hollis Liverpool aka Chalkdust
  15. Anthony Hendrickson aka All Rounder
  16. Devon Seale (Defending Monarch)
One reserve Calypsonian was selected for the finals. The reserve singer will perform if one of those selected for the finals is unable to perform.

Reserve Singer
  1. Lynette Steele aks Lady Gypsy
The YouTube player below presents 15 of the seventeen songs of the Finals. We  have added in Lady Gypsy's song since she is the reserve singer. Missing from the list are Terri Lyons with 'The Phrase' and Marsha Clifton aka 'Lady Adana with a song entitled 'Socia Media'. We will add the songs as soon as we are able to get the YouTube editions.

Please be advised that the music is presented here for your listening pleasure and for promotional purposes only ("Fair Use" Musical Content Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976). No copyright infringement is intended! .  We encourage you to promote the artists and their music; please don't share the music and rob the artists of needed income!
♫Please press the music player button below to listen now (small triangle in circle).

 
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Hero The Mixtape | 5Star Akin | Trinidad and Tobago 2017

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Here is an unexpected Carnival gift for fans of 5Star Akil and Soca music lovers all over the World. This is the Mixtape of 5Star Akil's music. He delivered a mixtape of current and past music releases. This is really good music. We love this idea and you can't complain when the music is so damn infectious.

We want to remind you to always purchase the music from the artiste! Now if you love the music you heard and support 5Star Akil, well then if that is the case, then this is where we encourage you to support the artist and the production team. We want you to spread the word about the song and share this post. Please keep in mind that the success of this song depends on your support. Let me say it again, now it is up to you to ensure that this song rides the airwaves. Please call in to your favorite radio jocks and request the song. We invite you to share your thoughts about the song and music production.

Use the comment feature of this post to share your thoughts about the song here with your peers. We will post all comments. Please don't forget to visit us on our new 'Facebook Fan Page'. Use the search term @sokah2soca. Enjoy!

Production Notes/Music Credits:
Song Title: 'Hero' The Mixtape
Performed by: 5StarAkil
Collection: The Hits

Please be advised that the music is presented here for your listening pleasure and for promotional purposes only ("Fair Use" Musical Content Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976). No copyright infringement is intended! .  We encourage you to promote the artists and their music; please don't share the music and rob the artists of needed income!
♫Please press the music player button below to listen now (small triangle in circle).

 
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February 18, 2017

Junior Panorama | Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2017

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"Committed To Youth Development"
The Queens Park Savannah will come alive once again with the sound of the steel pan. This time the youth arm will take to the grand stand stage to determine which band is the best for three different categories of steel bands.

The theme this year is “Committed to Youth Development” in 2017. Pan Trinbago's Youth Arm along with Trinidad & Tobago’s Ministry of Education will co-host the 'Finals of the National Junior Panorama' on Sunday February 19th. 2017.

The adrenalin will be the same as it was for the Senior Panorama competition. There are three categories in this competition. The Primary Schools Category, The Secondary Schools Category and the Elite Category. The real competition will be with the 'Elite Category' where some of the well known bands from the Senior category have youth entrants. Everyone will be watching bands like Desperadoes, All Stars, Supernovas, Harmonites and Invaders Youth when they perform on 'de big stage'.

Tune in tomorrow (Sunday 02/19/2017) starting at 9:00 am. Those whom are in Trinidad  and are able to attend the news is good... ADMISSION/ENTRY IS FREE!

Links to check for audio/video:
http://gisltd.tt/tv4
https://www.facebook.com/ourtv4/

Primary Schools Category
  1. St. Paul’s Boys’ Anglican Primary School
  2. St. Mary’s Government Steel Orchestra
  3. Gabrielites Steel Orchestra
  4. Tac Pres Treble Makers
  5. St. Margaret’s Boys’ Anglican School Steel Orchestra
  6. Bien Venue Presbyterian School Steel Orchestra
  7. Point Fortin A-C Starz
  8. Fifth Company Rising Stars
  9. Febeau Pan Giants
  10. Carenage Boys’ Government Primary School Steel Orchestra
  11. Guaico Presbyterian Primary Steel Orchestra
  12. St. Finbar Girls’ R.C. Steel Orchestra
Secondary School Category
  1. St. Francois Girls’ College Steel Orchestra
  2. St. Joseph “Lil Gems”
  3. Providence/QRC Steel Orchestra
  4. B.A.T.C.E. Steel Orchestra
  5. South East Port-of-Spain Secondary School Steel Orchestra
  6. El Dorado East Secondary “Blue Steel”
  7. Bon Air Beacons Steel Orchestra
  8. Goodwood Secondary School Steel Orchestra
  9. Symphony of Saints
  10. Order of Appearance
Elite Category - (Non Schools)
  1. San Fernando West/Old Tech Youths
  2. Desperadoes Youth
  3. Birdsong Youth
  4. LH Pan Academy
  5. Trinidad All Stars Youth Steel
  6. Trinity All Generation Steel (TAGS)
  7. Success Stars Pan Sounds
  8. Sangre Grande United Youths
  9. Supernovas Youth
  10. Renegades Youth
  11. St. Margaret’s Youth
  12. SJC Blue Steel Combined
  13. Harmonites Juniors
  14. Laventille Road Police Youth Club
  15. Invaders Youth
This list was sourced from: panonthenet.com/junior panorama finalists

 
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Schools Soca Monarch Winners | Trinidad & Tobago 2017

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We have more Carnival results for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2017. These results are from the CNC3 news page.  The results are from the recently concluded Schools Soca Monarch Competition Junior & Senior Categories.

"Sibings Stephan Camejo of Sacred Heart Boy's School and Segio Camejo of Our Lady of Fatima College have topped the Junior and Senior categories of the National Schools Soca Monarch Competition. The competition was held at the Queen's Park Savannah on 02/17/2017".

Here are the results for the Junior and Senior Categories:

Junior Category
  1. Stefan Camejo - Sacred Heart Boys’ - Back On De Road
  2. N'janela Duncan-Regis - Eshe's Learning Centre - Rise
  3. Terry Perez - Arima Boys’ Government - Choose
  4. Sharla Grant - Lower Cumuto Government - Proud Trini
  5. Jason James -  Arima Boys’ Government - Victory Road
  6. Yirah McIntosh - Arima Boys’ Government - Eagles High
  7. Su-Yen Pantin -  Arima New Government - Why
  8. Zakima Grant - Lower Cumuto Government - Ah Want To Go
Senior Category
  1. Sergio Camejo - Our Lady of Fatima College  - Daz Yuh Business
  2. Osei David -  St. George's College - My way
  3. Denisia Martimbor -  St. Anthony's College - Feeling The Vybes
  4. Desle Julien -  St. Mary's College - We Lit
  5. Tsahai Corbin -  St. Joseph's Convent - Too Much Pressure
  6. Ethan Webb -  San Juan South Secondary - True Love
  7. Jennelle Ross - Tableland Secondary - Come Back Again
  8. Shernifa Gibbs -  Guaico Government Secondary - Wet Meh Down
  9. Oduduwa Aluko -  St. Benedict's College - Time of the year
  10. Tyrese Williams -  Holy Cross College - Not Too Young


 
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February 17, 2017

El Chapo Riddim | Grenada Soca 2017

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El Chapo may rotting in jail in the United States but his name lives on in music on the Spice Isle. We have new music for Grenada's 2017 Carnival scheduled to take place late July - August, 2017. The official parade of the bands take place on Aug 14th & 15th, 2017. Today we feature the 'El Chapo Riddim' produced by j Benjamin.

We love the vibe on this Riddim. We are in the midst of Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival celebrations and in two weeks time the nation will be partying on the streets and then there will be calm. But wait, Grenada is yet to come and we will have loads of new music to share with you. The 'El Chapo' Riddim is a good one... let's see if the radio stations in Trinidad pick up the songs.

Now this is where we encourage you to support the artistes and the production teams. We want you to spread the word about the song and share this post. Please keep in mind that the success of this song depends on your support. Let me say it again, now it is up to you to ensure that this song rides the airwaves. Please call in to your favorite radio jocks and request the song. We invite you to share your thoughts about the song and music production.

Use the comment feature of this post to share your thoughts about the song here with your peers. We will post all comments. Please don't forget to visit us on our new 'Facebook Fan Page'. Use the search term @sokah2soca. Enjoy!

Production Notes/Music Credits:
Riddim Title: El Chapo
Performed by: Dashm, Lavaman, Lednek and Mystyk
Produced by: J. Benjamin
Mixed & Mastered by: Stick To The Plan Entertainment

Please be advised that the music is presented here for your listening pleasure and for promotional purposes only ("Fair Use" Musical Content Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976). No copyright infringement is intended! .  We encourage you to promote the artists and their music; please don't share the music and rob the artists of needed income!
♫Please press the music player button below to listen now (small triangle in circle).

 
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Soca Drift Volumes 1, 2 & 3 | DJ Blaque Aquarius | Trinidad & Tobago 2017

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We have volume three of the Soca Drift series from DJ Blaque Aquarius. As a matter of fact and because we love our fans we have included all three volumes for this posting. We will not say much other than the music is awesome and DJ Blaque Aquarius is on fire.

The music on this mixtape is awesome so go out and support the artistes who made it all possible. Go out and purchase the mp3's to get the best possible copy of the song or songs you want from the Mixtape. Just keep in mind that making a copy of  a song from YouTube or passing it from one person to another does not bode well for the industry/artistes and more importantly the copy may have a 'dull sound'.

Now this is where we encourage you to support the artistes and the production teams. We want you to spread the word about the song and share this post. Please keep in mind that the success of this song depends on your support. Let me say it again, now it is up to you to ensure that this song rides the airwaves. Please call in to your favorite radio jocks and request the song. We invite you to share your thoughts about the song and music production.

Use the comment feature of this post to share your thoughts about the song here with your peers. We will post all comments. Please don't forget to visit us on our new 'Facebook Fan Page'. Use the search term @sokah2soca. Enjoy!

Production Notes/Music Credits:
Mix Name: Volume 1, 2 & 3
Mixed by: Blaque Aquarius
Performed by: Various Artists

Please be advised that the music is presented here for your listening pleasure and for promotional purposes only ("Fair Use" Musical Content Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976). No copyright infringement is intended! .  We encourage you to promote the artists and their music; please don't share the music and rob the artists of needed income!
♫Please press the music player button below to listen now (small triangle in circle).

 
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