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The 'Fantasy' is over

The Fantasy is over.

Fantasy Carnival will not produce a band for next year's Carnival, the band announced on Thursday.

In a statement titled, "Farewell to the Road", Fantasy thanked masqueraders for their support over the last eight years.

"For the last 8 years Fantasy Carnival has become a household name in Mas in Trinidad and Tobago," the statement said.

It added: "After much consideration, the management of the band has decided to shift their focus to other projects, as such, we're saying Farewell to the Road!"

Au­thor ded­i­cates book to East In­di­an folk­lore, su­per­sti­tion

Some 174 years ago when the Fa­tel Raza­ck brought 227 in­den­tured labour­ers from In­dia to Trinidad, they brought with them their cul­ture in the form of food, fash­ion, re­li­gion and mu­sic.

They al­so brought along their su­per­sti­tions and folk­lore, things that writer of Sug­ar Cane Val­ley Vashti Bowlah thinks are not high­light­ed enough.

That is the rea­son she de­cid­ed to write a book ded­i­cat­ed to East In­di­an folk­lore and su­per­sti­tion.

“If you don’t know where you came from how will you know where you’re go­ing?” Bowlah asked.

Kamla: Rekindle the courage of our forefathers to build a better T&T

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says it is imperative that we rekindle the courage of our forefathers to build a better, stronger Trinidad and Tobago. 

Persad-Bissessar's remark formed part of her 2019 Indian Arrival Day message:

"I join the national community in offering Indian Arrival Day greetings to the citizens of our nation. This significant event which changed the course of our history has also added to our beautiful diverse culture and enriched our unique heritage.

Photo Gallery: Here are the 10 finalists for Miss World T&T

The 10 finalists for the Miss T&T World Pageant have been selected.

The candidates were chosen at a national screening held on May 5th, and will now go forward to compete in the final on June 8th.

The organisers say the candidates will now embark on an intense training and development programme starting from today.

They will make their first public appearances in a ceremony where they will be sashed according to the communities they represent, at O2 N' Style Me Caribbean next Saturday at O2 Park.

Saint Lucia Jazz ends on high note of praise

Sounds of praise went up on Sun­day from the fi­nal venue which host­ed the grand fi­nale of the 2019 Saint Lu­cia Jazz Fes­ti­val.

Shangri-La Es­tate in Rod­ney Bay, Saint Lu­cia, was the home to Chris­tians and non-Chris­tians alike who came out to sup­port and en­joy the fi­nal show of the six-day fes­ti­val which be­gan last Tues­day.

From far, some of the el­der­ly came with their walk­ers, while fam­i­lies brought pic­nic blan­kets and chairs to make their time spent "in the house of God" a com­fort­able one.

Reeves in emotional Jazz tribute to mom

In her clear, crisp voice, five-time Gram­my-award win­ner Di­anne Reeves man­aged to get all the way to the end of her trib­ute song to her moth­er, ti­tled “I Re­mem­ber,” be­fore she briefly broke down at Jazz at the Lin­coln Cen­ter, The Ramp, Rod­ney Bay, at the Saint Lu­cia Jazz Fes­ti­val. Be­fore pre­sent­ing the of­fer­ing on Fri­day night, she told the au­di­ence the day marked the an­niver­sary of her moth­er’s tran­si­tion–a woman who in many ways, she said, was the pil­lar that held her up.

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