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Friday, January 12, 2018

Cocktails, denim and diamonds in Maraval

Fetes for Carnival 2018 go to a higher level this weekend with a few popular all-inclusives scheduled nationwide.

For starters, the annual Old Hilarian party— Cocktails, Denim and Diamonds —has moved from the courtyard of Bishop Anstey High School (BAHS) to the more spacious Estate 101 in Maraval, and will be held tomorrow evening.

Bouyant with the possibility of former Hilarian Justice Paula Mae Weekes being named as the nation’s next president, the girls have promised to produce their best effort in 21 years of party-planning. They are also determined to raise funds from the fete for the restorative, maintenance and repair works and providing resources for the students at BAHS.

Apparently the choice of most promoters this year, Dil-e-Nadan heads the cast of performers booked for tomorrow. In addition to “surprise bands and guest artistes,” music will also be provided by DJs Alicia D Duchess and King International.

Tickets for the fete are available at How’zat Sports Bar and Cutters Stop (163 Tragarete Road, Woodbrook); Street Party Mas Camp (84 Tragarete Road, Newtown; 360- 0144); and, the School Office (285-9199).

Another big all-inclusive fete on tomorrow’s agenda is Roots Fever, to be held Under the Trees, The Normandie, St Ann’s, at 5 pm. Expected much nostalgia at this one as music is by Pelham & Roots, Moricia Cagan, Nigel O’Connor, David Rudder, 3 Canal, Anslem Douglas, Brimblers Steel and others.

The premier all-inclusive in the East is Soca with HOBA 2, hosted by Hillview College OBA.

Scheduled to begin at 5.30 pm at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya, the music goodies will be delivered in full by Kes the Band, Dil-e-Nadan, and DJs Marcus Williams and Dr Dominic.

Sunday’s high point is eagerly awaited Caesar’s Army-fuelled UWI fete on the Principal Grounds, UWI, St Augustine.

Branded The Secret Garden, don’t expect spirits to be dimmed by the passing of UWI Fete founder Prof George Maxwell Richards as music for this all-inclusive will come from Machel Montano, Kes the Band, Dil-e-Nadan, Voice, Allison Hinds and more. The party begins at noon.

While the opening of Tuco East Zone’s Kaiso Karavan calypso tent has been postponed to a date to be announced, Kalypso Revue will have its traditional Arima opening tomorrow night at The Velodrome, at 8 pm.

Fete Just for a worthy cause

A group of fun-loving, kind-hearted women continue to hold one of the best all-inclusive fundraisers in the East and are predicting that Just Fete 2018 will be bigger and betterwith great good, premium bar and DJ and live entertainment.

February 4 is the date to save and tickets are available at just $475 from committee members.

Last year, funds raised at the event were given to Petra Phillips-Nixon and Caleb Johnson. Just Fete 2017 allinclusive fund-raiser last Carnival was a huge success thanks to the many companies, organisations, individuals and supporters who made valuable contributions.

Among the contributors were Table Tops Unlimited, Caribbean Airlines Ltd, Caribbean Bottlers T&T Ltd, Century 21 Janitorial Services, Nutrimix Feeds Ltd, Premium Wedding Services, Seafood Enterprises and Tribe the band.

Not only was the 2017 well attended, but patrons who got more than they expected and were thrilled to the fantastic performance of soca artiste Patrice Roberts.

This year, this premium fete will be held at the Khans’ Valsayn North residence, at 30 Palm Road.

The Eyes of God touches the Soul of T&T

He’s back! Yes, celebrated designer, artist, mas man Peter Minshall is teaming up with Ainsworth Mohammed (AM), manager of Republic Bank Exodus Steel Orchestra, to produce a Carnival band. It is not the first MM (Minshall and Mohammed) have collaborated with Exodus as last year’s Minshall’s Spiritus Mundi was a special section with Exodus on Carnival Tuesday. About this year’s presentation Mohammed said: “We are particularly excited about the profound message Peter Minshall, in this band, would be sending to the world.”

T&T’s traditional soul food— black eyed peas and rice—will be celebrated in The Eyes of God for Carnival 2018 and the production is being defined as “it is true mas revisited and revived —the sailor, the pan and the flag woman.”

But, for Minshall, it carries an even stronger message to the nation, as he fears “The carnival is relentlessly cavorting down the road to the mindless beat of debauchery and depravity. Once upon a time there was spirit and soul and meaning in the mas. People would play mas as much for attainment as for entertainment.

“We need to get that spirit back. We need to express and show the spirit of the thing, not just the flesh. We need to feed the soul.”

When The Eyes of God: Blackeye Peas and Rice hits the street it will seek to capture the artist’s vision expressed in his quote, “All men are equal in the eyes of God; Would that all gods were equal in the eyes of Man.”

Matching Exodus’ signature black and white, the 2018 mas presentation embodies these colours and delivers the profound message with, quite appropriately, a minimum of fuss.

Registration for The Eyes of God: Blackeye Peas and Rice continues at Trinidad Theatre Workshop, 6 Newbold Street (opposite Kapok Hotel), St Clair, daily, from 10 am to 6 pm.

For more information, contact 760-9689 or Email: eyesofgod.minshallmas2018@gmail.com

Also visit Masman Minshall on Facebook and Instagram.