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Sunday, April 22, 2007

Best Dressed at the Fete

Frenchmen Bazodee (Ja)
I have reprised my Carnival Best Dress choice for the Frenchmen Bazodee fete which took place in Jamaica last Saturday. My choice for Best dressed goes to the lady in the black float dress, kudos for rocking a new trend that I personally think many women cannot pull off without looking a few months pregnant!

Love the clutch, the simple accessories and the hair cut which looks just like mine!


Jamaica Carnival Pics

More photos of the events leading up to Jamaica Carnival such as Soca on the Sand Bar, Bacchanal Jouvert and Frenchmen Bazodee can be seen at I even recognised a few Trinis in the photos representing the red white and black!

Pan in the 21st Century Winners

Silver Stars dazzles
...reclaims Pan in the 21st Century title
Michael Mondezie

Excellent Stores Silver Stars Steel Orchestra dazzled the audience with a dreamlike performance to reclaim the Pan in the 21st Century title on Friday night at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo.

The Tragarete Road-based steelband impressed the judges with a flawless rendition of Andre Webber's classic "The Phantom of the Opera" to reclaim the title they won during the inaugural year of the competition in 2002.

Twelve contemporary large bands clashed at the venue to decide which could best interpret contemporary world music on the national instrument on a night that also saw the single pan bands clash in an oldies competition aptly titled Pan Down Memory Lane.

The stars seemed aligned for Silver Stars on the night as they maintained superiority over their opponents in every category. Their stylistic presentation, realistic costuming and refined sound was enough to hold off a determined, well drilled Sagicor Exodus outfit and beat defending champs WITCO Desperadoes into fourth place.

Arranger Edwin Pouchet's chilling theme was brought to visual life when their male pannists donned the white masks and red cloaks synonymous with the character and greeted their opera ladies, all dressed in matching evening gowns.

It was Exodus, however, that first got the audience out of their seats when their engine room recreated the effect of a rhythmic tabla atop a lively tassa roll during an upbeat reconstruction of Mungal Patasar's "Dread Locks".

The St Augustine-based orchestra announced their arrival with the hook line of Bob Marley's "Exodus" before stripping down and reconstructing the musical structure of Patasar's sitar hit.

It may have been a case of too many chefs for Exdous, however, as not even the combined talents of renowned composers Pat Bishop and Earl Brooks Junior could ensure them the title. Silver Stars were four points better than Exodus on the night, who themselves did well to hold off a challenger of their own by the same point differential.

Harmonities seemed to come out of nowhere with a serious title challenge in the form of Andrea Bocelli's "Time to Say Goodbye".

It seemed on any other night the Earl La Pierre arrangement would have proven a winner, but on Friday the bar proved a tad out of reach for the promising composer/arranger.

Despers, meanwhile, tried to duplicate the smooth transition in dynamics that won them the title two years in a row when they chose to play Robin Thicke's R&B hit "Lost Without You".

The problem, however, in focusing on recreating the magic they failed to do anything new. It sounded like the band was continuing a three year marathon performance as the arrangement resembled that of their 2005 rendition of John Legend's "Ordinary People" and last year's performance of Ne-Yo's "So Sick"..

Earlier, Ken "Professor" Philmore's Scrunters Pan Groove grabbed the Pan Down Memory Lane title with an impressive interpretation of Swamp Dogg's "Synthetic World".

The St James band just managed to hold off Pan Family, playing John Lennon's "Yesterday" and Trinidad East Side Symphony, playing Abba's "Dancing Queen"who tied for second with one point less during a close finish.

Crowd favourite Angostura Woodbrook Playboyz was made to settle for fourth spot with 274 points, four less than the winners.
SOURCE: Trinidad Express
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