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Archived: Destra Restarts. Sets Perfect Tone for ‘Bacchanal’ for Years to Come.

Destra does it right. Her Festival of Bacchanal can only get better now. HERE’S WHY…

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It can only get better. On Wednesday- Carnival Wednesday night in Trinidad and Tobago, the energy of Destra Garcia’s team could not be suppressed. They’d been planning for the delivery of Destra’s ‘Festival of Bakanal’ for months and even as other fetes boasted a high buzz on Wednesday, the show at O2 Park, Chaguaramas, would go on as planned.

Machel Montano was a surprise act at Festival of Bacchanal.

In 2016, Garcia was forced to cancel the event in a last minute move, however this year, it was all a go, and while the kick off seemed a bit late, with the first performer coming on after midnight, the energy would essentially build and true fans would not be deterred. David Rudder, one of the Calypso fraternity’s greatest, was the first to touch the stage and with ‘Give Praise’ making the crowd rock from side to side, the Caribbean music legend set the pace for greatness to follow. Destra was subsequently queued in by Rudder for his hit single, ‘Bachannal Lady’. She responded as only she could, walking onto the stage in a red costume, that reflected her ability to transform into a stage presence that is truly to be admired. The show would move on steadily and with each song delivered by the Laventille native, the energy of the intimate crowd, would increase.

Destra later brought on Ravi B, Shal Marshal and even made mention of fellow artiste and friend, Shurwayne Winchester during her performance of ‘Come Beta’ – a song they’d sung together. Shurwayne had been watching the show from the VIP area. Other artistes who would go on to deliver strong performances for the Queen of Bacchanal’s event were Devon Matthews, Ravi B, Shal Marshal, Nadia Batson, Alison Hinds, Denise Belfon, GBM Nutron, M1, Orlando Octave and in a surprise entry, Machel Montano. The soca king had been at Hyatt’s LIME charity event earlier, but made it his business to be at Festival of Bacchanal for the artiste many say is the female version of him.

Destra’s Festival of Bacchanal was truly a well produced show. We certainly look forward to next year’s event and encourage all carnival lovers to support it when it rolls around in 2018.

DESTRA AND MACHEL MONTANO PERFORMED TOGETHER. 

 

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Entertainment Professionals Make Genuine Effort, Starting with T&T’s Youth.

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It’s as easy as ABC for three entrepreneurs who aim to make a positive impact at some of Trinidad and Tobago’s most negatively impacted secondary schools. Last Tuesday, the ABC project got underway at the Morvant Laventille Secondary School. It was there that forth form pupils of the school gained insight into the entertainment industry through the personal stories of each of the initiative’s stakeholders. The project is spearheaded by media personality Hans Des Vignes, who has enlisted Montage Productions and Way Up 868 clothing Managing Director Romano Francois and BUZZconcepts founder Brendon Brathwaithe. The men urged students to remain optimistic and focused on their goals in order to succeed in life. Soca artiste, Nailah Blackman joined the project’s stakeholders in encouraging the teenagers to find balance between school and their passions before treating them to a performance.

Over the past year, Des Vignes, Francois and Brathwaithe noted with concern the negative attention some schools garnered across local media platforms. With the goal of boosting positivity in the school environment, they joined forces to create the ABC project.
“I believe if we each do something to help our country be a better place, it will be,” Des Vignes said. “This is what we are trying to do. We believe if we do our small part to impact on the lives of some young people, we will eventually impact all. Imagine if each citizen were to do their small parts,” he added.

Montage Productions and Way Up 868 clothing Managing Director, Romano Francois (second right) pose with Morvant Laventille Secondary School students who, participated in the ABC Project initiative at their school last Tuesday and, won t-shirts from his company.

ABC stands for Attitude, Belief and Consistency. Young people, the founders stated, should equip themselves with these attributes to achieve school and personal goals.“The initiative is not sponsored by corporate Trinidad and Tobago and it is a way for us to give back to our beautiful island,” the founders stated. The project targets Form Four students and hopes to provide inspiration and career guidance through interaction with the project founders and entertainers.

“Each of our stakeholders will speak on their careers and what is required to be involved in the entertainment industry. The session will also feature a question and answer segment and will end with a short performance from a top soca artiste,” the founders explained. The Project will continue  on Tuesday (January 23) at the San Juan North Secondary School.

 

“I believe if we each do something to help our country be a better place, it will be.” – Hans DesVignes

 

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Machel, SuperBlue Team Up to Cause Chaos in Port-of-Spain.

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Machel and Superblue spotted in musical conference it would seem, prior to the release of the track.

Machel Montano’s power is never to be questioned. For years, this King of the art form has proven his worth as a Caribbean musician and a revolutionary. In 2018, he has once again given Carnival lovers something to hold on to, something that would make masqueraders move with ease when the curtains are drawn on Carnival Monday. Machel Montano has collaborated with Austin ‘SuperBlue’ Lyons on a 2018 Road March contender called, “Soca Kingdom”.

The race is now for the  resilient. Prior to this song’s release overnight, the Road March race seemed to be a two man race between Patrice Roberts and Iwer George. Iwer had spoken effectively ahead of his song’s release, warning everyone who wondered, that he would be coming after the Road March crown. For a few weeks, ‘Savannah’ had been building powerfully and as the fetes erupted, Iwer was proving that he has a special secret to get the people on his side.

 

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