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Monday, April 30, 2007

Divas Dissed

Well you know this is sweet Trinidad and Tobago and no event occurs without a heaping dose of bacchanal. With all the hype surrounding Jazz festival one would have thought patrons shelling out big bucks would have gotten their money's worth of BIG stars. Alas, that was not the case on Saturday night; according to reports by the Trinidad Guardian seems like Destra was the biggest Diva of them all, overstaying her alloted time on stage to the detriment of the many fans waiting to see Diana Ross, Mary J Blige and Gladys Knight.

Diana Ross left the Plymouth Jazz Festival and Tobago an extremely angry woman, complaining bitterly and loudly that she had never been asked to cut short her performance at any time in her 48-year career.

But before she left these shores, her last song was—I will survive.

While her fans were upside down shouting and screaming: “Diana, we love you,” Ross came from backstage where she had just changed her red gown to another in white, and announced she was asked to leave the stage.

“Apparently, opening acts were too long. I’m being kicked out the stage,” the legendary Motown singer said and then sang her last song of the night—I will survive.

The audience briefly booed when she finally left the stage.

Sources told the Guardian that local soca diva Destra sang too long and this may have added to problems, since the show started about one hour and 20 minutes late.

Now I suppose the organizers of Jazz festival have a big part to play in this as well, could they have not ushered off Ms. Destra when her time was up the same way they did Diana Ross? This is the third year running for the Jazz festival and you would think after having the brilliant idea to jack up prices that they would also jack up the management of the event. And it is not that I am not in favour of supporting our local artiste , but Destra was not the star billing of the night, she was merely the opening act! Could you imagine if the same thing was done with Elton John replacing Destra with Machel Montano? Trinidad and Tobago would have been ridiculed on VH1's Best Week ever a third time straight, especially coming after the controversy surrounding Elton John's performance.

No matter how much we love out local talent, the 50,000 plus patrons who visited Tobago over the weekend did not fly and ferry over to the sister isle to see Machel and Destra. I mean we saw MORE than enough of them for Carnival already, though it was nice to include our local acts in the Jazz lineup! Diana Ross, legend extraordinarie unceremoniously kicked off the stage at Jazz, imagine that! Of course all the newspapers are reporting that she was hopping mad, and no one could blame the Diva at all.

So it is with much embarrassment that I read this on Today's Guardian:



Even though the headline is pure sensationalism it is out there for the international community to read about the way Diana Ross was treated at Jazz festival in Tobago! I cannot wait to hear all the stories about what really went down from my mother as well as friends who came from other islands just for Jazz.

Sometimes I have to wonder why can't these "organizers" just get it together and for once have an event where everything goes off with as little problems as possible. Maybe they should look into hiring an event management team from TRIBE and Island People (the party outfit) for next year's Jazz festival! After all ONE Fete, Bliss and Blue Range were well managed and Island People has been involved in several events such as the TIDCO food festival with great success. And I thought only Carnival was bacchanal!

Vincy Mas - Costumes!

Vincy Mas 2007 takes place from June 29th to July 10th and celebrates 30 years of Carnival this year. Mas Bands have already debuted their presentations which can all be seen on the official Vincy Mas website.

The following are the mas bands and their presentation for 2007; click on the photo of each costume to be taken to individual websites where you can view other costume options. It is a pity there is not an actual prototype of the costumes on display as some of the designs look quite nice while others are very interesting!

Wizards Mas Camp
"Dreamland"



Owen Ralph and the Professionals
"Dream of our Lives"



Digicel Nelson Bloc
"Carnival at Large"



Blondie Bird and Friends
"Paradise in the Grenadines"



KFC SVG Players International
"Beauty Beneath the Sea"



Lynx Organization
"Abracadabra"



My Imagination
"Grenadines Splendour"

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