arts/culture

Holocaust survivor thanks QRC

A Jew­ish man who fled with his fam­i­ly to T&T from the Nazi holo­caust re­turned to his for­mer al­ma mater, Queen’s Roy­al Col­lege, to give thanks for the school’s im­pact on his life.

Dr Pe­ter La­band, 92, a den­tal sur­geon who now lives in the Unit­ed States, was full of praise for his QRC as he walked across the school’s court­yard ac­com­pa­nied by mem­bers of the Queen’s Roy­al Col­lege Old Boys’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

“It start­ed right here. With­out this, it would not have been pos­si­ble. In a way, I came to say thank you,” he said.

Bolton to headline Tobago Jazz 2019

Gram­my Award win­ner Michael Bolton is ex­pect­ed to head­line at the To­ba­go Jazz Ex­pe­ri­ence 2019.

The sur­pris­ing an­nounce­ment was made via the To­ba­go Fes­ti­vals Com­mis­sion’s Face­book page yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

It stat­ed: “With 2019 mere days away, how are you sup­posed to live with­out your past for the next To­ba­go Jazz Ex­pe­ri­ence?

Here’s some mo­ti­va­tion to get you ex­cit­ed and ready! We re­veal one of the head­line acts for 2019, Gram­my Award Win­ning Mu­si­cian Micheal Bolton.”

T&T rich in culture and cuisine

The Por­tuguese have their gar­lic pork, the Venezue­lans their ja­mon, the Fil­ipinos brought their le­chon and T&T is rich­er cul­tur­al­ly and cui­sine-wise for it. Some peo­ple have been for­tu­nate to learn how to cook these eth­nic pork dish­es taught to them by im­mi­grant fam­i­lies.

One of Richard Lau’s child­hood friends is of Por­tuguese lin­eage, his dad Son­ny De Souza was in­stru­men­tal in pass­ing on this tra­di­tion since they were in St Mary’s Col­lege and is still main­tained to­day.

Traditional African funeral for Mighty Composer

The Mighty Com­pos­er (Fred Mitchell) was giv­en an in­ti­mate tra­di­tion­al African fu­ner­al at­tend­ed by close fam­i­ly, friends and a few for­mer politi­cians on Mon­day.

Dressed in African garbs and re­ferred to by his African name — Awise Olu Sino Amono Ifay­o­mi — the late ca­lyp­son­ian was re­mem­bered as a man of wis­dom who des­per­ate­ly want­ed to up­lift his Afro-Trinida­di­an broth­ers and sis­ters by get­ting them out of the so­cial con­di­tion­ing of slav­ery.

No NAPA funeral for Lord Superior

A plan by Lord Su­pe­ri­or’s fam­i­ly to host his fu­ner­al at the Na­tion­al Acad­e­my for the Per­form­ing Arts has been dashed af­ter the re­quest for the fa­cil­i­ty was de­clined by the Com­mu­ni­ty De­vel­op­ment, Cul­ture and the Arts.

Dr An­drew Mar­cano, bet­ter known of Lord Su­pe­ri­or, died in New York on No­vem­ber 25. The Rio Claro-born ca­lyp­so leg­end was 79.

Since then his fam­i­ly had been in talks with the min­istry in the hope of hav­ing his memo­r­i­al cer­e­mo­ny at NA­PA.

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