Havana added to Machel Monday

Machel Mon­day 2019 “The Great­est of All Time” wel­comes Ha­vana, Cu­ba to T&T in a bid to pro­mote Caribbean iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and Caribbean Uni­ty.

This was an­nounced by the so­ca king of T&T Machel Mon­tano dur­ing a me­dia con­fer­ence held at the Na­tion­al Car­ni­val Com­mis­sion’s VIP Lounge, Queen’s Park Sa­van­nah, Port-of-Spain.

Mon­tano said he re­cent­ly vis­it­ed Cu­ba up­on an in­vi­ta­tion from the Cuban Am­bas­sador in T&T and was able to share so­ca mu­sic to the lo­cals there and able to get a taste of their cul­ture in re­turn.

No new rules for music trucks

There are no new pro­ce­dures for mu­sic trucks, be­ing used for Car­ni­val, to get ap­proval from the Li­cens­ing Au­thor­i­ty, ac­cord­ing to Trans­port Com­mis­sion­er Bas­deo Go­sine.

In a tele­phone in­ter­view with Guardian Me­dia on Thurs­day, Go­sine said: “Over the years, we have a long es­tab­lished pro­ce­dure to deal with that is­sue and that pro­ce­dure has not changed since I as­sumed of­fice.”

Ac­cord­ing to Sec­tion 49 of the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles and Road Traf­fic Act:

Don’t photograph Carnival mas without permission - TTOC

Video­g­ra­phers, pho­tog­ra­phers, broad­cast­ers and so­cial me­dia users (in­clud­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic) who in­tend to cap­ture any as­pect of work of mas use in any form of com­mer­cial in­tent di­rect­ly or in­di­rect­ly with­out prop­er ac­cred­i­ta­tion for this year’s Car­ni­val can face a hefty fine of $250,000 or a ten-year im­pris­on­ment.

This was the warn­ing sent yes­ter­day dur­ing a me­dia con­fer­ence by pres­i­dent of the T&T Copy­right Col­lec­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion Dr Vi­jay Ram­lal.

Renegades tops large band prelims

BP Rene­gades has topped all large bands in the pre­lim­i­nary stage of this year's Panora­ma com­pe­ti­tion.

Rene­gades amassed 273 points, well ahead of Shell In­vaders which came in sec­ond.

The top 14 large bands will per­form in this Sun­day's se­mi-fi­nals at the Queen's Park Sa­van­nah.

The fol­low­ing is how the large bands placed.

1. BP Rene­gades - 273

2. Shell In­vaders - 265

3. Trinidad All Stars - 264

4. Phase II - 261

5. First Cit­i­zens Su­per­novas - 260 tie

5. Des­per­a­dos - 260 tie

NCC requests additional $73 million for Carnival 2019

Two weeks after the Finance Ministry released $25 million to the National Carnival Commission (NCC) for Carnival 2019, the NCC has requested an additional sum of $73 million.

Culture Minister Nyan Gadsby-Dolly confirmed this in the Senate replying to Opposition queries from UNC Senator Wade Mark.

She said funds are released by the Finance Ministry to the NCC upon request.

She says another request was made for another tranche of money to be released for Carnival celebrations and will certainly be processed as expeditiously as possible.


Machel: No disrespect to Hindu community

So­ca su­per­star Machel Mon­tano last night said his chant­i­ng of Hin­du de­vo­tion­al songs dur­ing a re­cent per­for­mance was not meant as a dis­re­spect to any­one and apol­o­gised to any­one who was of­fend­ed by it.

Af­ter video footage of Mon­tano singing the Hin­du chants at a re­cent per­for­mance at Wood­ford Cafe sur­faced on so­cial me­dia, Pun­dit Satyanad Ma­haraj yes­ter­day is­sued a let­ter say­ing "many de­vout Hin­dus are in­censed that the pop­u­lar artiste should des­e­crate Hin­duism by singing Hin­du de­vo­tion­al songs at such a li­cen­tious event."

San Juan East Side Symphony is new Single Pan champs

San Juan East Side Sym­pho­ny is the new Na­tion­al Panora­ma Sin­gle Pan Band cham­pi­on.

The band, play­ing at po­si­tion 16 amassed 283 points with the Car­lan Hare­wood arrange­ment of Ald­wyn Roberts’ “Iron Man” to de­throne two-time win­ner New­town Play­boys Steel Sym­pho­ny.

They tied with La Cre­ole Pan Groove for fourth place with a to­tal score of 273 points. 

The Pan Trin­ba­go pro­duced event took place at the Bas­ket­ball Court, Ari­ma, on Sun­day.