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Friday, November 03, 2006

COTT Winners

Shurwayne Winchester was the man of the night at the COTT Awards taking home the top honour of Song of the Year. I am also quite pleased to see that Luta, Morel Peters, won Calypso of the Year. Morel has been a friend of my family before I was even born!. Triniscoca has photos from the event for those interested.

Island has a full list of the winners and also a review of the performances that I missed after leaving:

Parang of the Year
Francisca Allard- Yo Me Voy de Parranda

Soca Parang of the Year
Damien Joseph and Melinda Joseph- Chinee Parang

Jingle Of The Year
Machel Montano- You (for Courts Trinidad Ltd.)

Gospel Song Of The Year
Jadee- Baptize

Jazz/World Music Composition of the Year
Mugal Patassar and Pantar- Dreadlocks

Rapso Of the Year
Karega Mandela- Give Thanks

Ragga Soca of the Year
Maximus Dan and Samuel Jack- Fighter

Chutney Soca of the Year
Veerendra Persad- Doi Festival

Chutney of the Year
Rikki Jai- Mortor

Treasured Licensee
Republic Bank Ltd.

Golden Achievement Award
Leroy Calliste Black Stalin

Pan Song of the Year
Kerron Boodoosingh, Mark Loquan, Zan and Destra- Colours Again

Classic of the Year
Colin Lucas- Dollar Wine

Groovy Soca of the Year
Shurwayne Winchester and Sean Noel รข€“Don't Stop
Calypso of the Year
Luta- Kaiso Kaiso

Reggae/Dancehall of the Year
Bunji Garlin, Mario Campbell and Tony Matterhorn

New Male Songwriter of the Year
Clyde Headly

New Female Songwriter of the Year
Shakti Rampartap

TSTT's Peoples Choice Song Of The Year Award
Machel Montano- You

Female Songwriter of the Year
Destra Garcia

Publisher of the Year
Jabberwocky Publishing

Song of the Year
Shurwayne Winchester's Dead or Alive

Songwriter of the Year
Shurwayne Winchester's Don't Stop

The COTT Awards

Last night the hubby and I made our way to Queen's Hall for the 8th annual C.O.T.T. (Copyright Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago ) Awards. Upon arrival at the venue, we walked a short red carpet with a steelpan accompaniment, were given a program of the night's event and kept supplied with beverages (my diet went askew since I indulged in a few glasses of red wine) during the cocktail reception at the foyer of Queen's Hall.

Many of the popular soca artistes, as well as musicians from other genres, made an appearance last night, freely mingling with invited guests, Officials from the Goverment Ministries as well as persons from the corporate sector. Machel Montano looked outstanding in a pin striped suit, one of the best dressed males at the event in my opinion; he later informed us attendees that his mother accompanied him as his "date":

Machel Montano at the COTT awards

I have to speak up though on the few persons who were dressed in jeans and apparel more suited to a nightclub than an award function, especially when most patrons were dressed in semi-formal or formal wear. Apart from certain artistes whose mode of dress reflects their persona, regular patrons attending these events should really put some effort into dressing as the occasion demands.

After cocktails and hors dourves, we were seated and the show began at the scheduled time of 8:00PM. Following the National Anthem was entertainment by Destra, sporting a new hair style, knee high boots and a micro mini; she performed a rendition of "Colours Again" with the Lydian Singers:

Destra opens the show

The first awards of the night soon followed for Parang of the Year, Soca Parang of the year and Jingle of the Year, the latter was was won by Machel Montano for his jingle "You" used on the "Courts" advertisements:

Machel collects his award

I was quite surprised to see Christopher "Tambu" Herbert singing gospel with the Reverend Angela Williams, he has a very good singing voice. After awards for Gospel Song of the Year and Ragga Soca of the Year, which was won by Maximus Dan for "Fighter", the audience was entertained by the Shiv Shakti Dancers and Rooplal G:

Dance by Shiv Shakti

Soon after, awards were presented for Chutney Soca of the Year and Chutney of the Year then it was time for Machel Montano's performance of "Dance With You". That woke the crowd up a bit, as always Machel delivered a stellar, if more sedate, act with Tisha and Jade "dutty wining" to the delight of the audience. Here is a clip of Machel in action:

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Work demands necessitated my early departure from the Awards, but not before the Black Stalin was honoured with the Golden Achievement Award. Unfortunately I was not there for the winners of the "big" awards of Song of the Year and Calypso of the Year. But I am sure the daily newspapers will have a list of all the winners, as many media houses were quite well represented at the event.
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