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.
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:
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.
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
The annual PREStige premium all-inclusive took place on Presentation College, San Fernando, on Sunday February 10 on the college grounds.
Guardian Media's Rishi Ragoonath captured these images.
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.
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."
Inspector Wayne Mystar speaks to CNC3 about the comments of a caller on a talk show he was participating in on CCN TV6.
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.