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Archived: Hundreds Enjoy T&T Film, HERO. Set To Entertain School Audiences, Soon.

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Frances-Anne Solomon’s HERO — Inspired by the Extraordinary Life and Times of Ulric Cross has won the People’s Choice Award at the Trinidad and Tobago International Film Festival, following a packed World Premiere at the 1500-seat Lord Kitchener Auditorium at Trinidad’s National Academy for the Performing Arts  (NAPA), and sold out screenings across the country,

“The People have spoken!” said Lisa Wickham, Executive Producer of the film. “Without a doubt, HERO is a big hit with audiences  from all age groups and backgrounds. The general public was blown away by the technical quality and compelling, brilliantly crafted film storytelling.” “This is the best news we could get,” added Frances-Anne Solomon, the film’s director. “We are grateful to the enthusiastic audiences, who turned out in their hundreds to see the film, proving once and for all that local audiences are hungry to see themselves on screen, and that well-made Caribbean films can be viable in our home countries and by extension, internationally.”

HERO tells the story  of a young man from Belmont Trinidad, who leaves home in 1941 to join the RAF, where he becomes the most decorated West Indian ex-serviceman.  His life takes a different path when he is recruited by fellow Trinidadian George Padmore to go to Africa post independence to work as a lawyer.  It was shot in Trinidad, the UK, Ghana and Canada. The film’s title sponsor is Republic Bank with additional funding provided by the Sports and Culture Fund, The TT Civil Aviation Authority and the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and The Arts, Telefilm Canada and private donors.

“This is a great beginning to what we know will be a long and successful conversation with audiences around the world.” said Wickham, adding that wide cinema release is planned for Trinidad and the rest of the Caribbean, as well as festival screenings and cinema releases in Canada, Africa, and Europe.  The film will also be widely available to schools, in the near future.

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Kes the Band Not Suing Apple or Remi Wolf.

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Trinidad and Tobago’s Kes the Band is not filing litigation proceedings against tech giant Apple, or US artist, Remi Wolf. A statement on the matter has been issued by the band.

Earlier this week, news broke that Kees and his team would be initiating litigation against Wolf over the similarity of the lyric “Hello” in Wolfe’s track “Hello Hello Hello,” which has been used by Apple for their new iPhone commercial.

“While we too have noted the similarity, we do not intend to take legal action against Apple, Remi Wolf or Island Records. However, we do wish to use this moment to call attention to the global resonance of soca music,” the statement reads.

The band explains that while borrowers of Trinidad and Tobago’s cultural capital have sometimes credited the original sources, in many instances they have not. “Similarly, interpretations of our music have often gained access to promotion and corporate investment that is simply not afforded to our own local musicians, producers and songwriters,” it continues.

Rationally, the band says they hope that people from all over the world will recognize the soca/calypso genre as the treasure that it is and, when they hear aspects and elements of it in music from other places, understand and appreciate where the influences comes from. “We will always fight for the genre, and the music of Trinidad & Tobago,” the statement concludes.

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Lyrikal Gets Real. “We Gotta Find A Way to Live Through This Or We’ll End Up Homeless.”

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Soca artiste Lyrikal is coming as real as it gets. Several new songs released over the pandemic period, Lyrikal admits it hasn’t been easy. Based in New York, where the coronavirus proved to have devastating effects over the past nine months, Lyrical says the potential has been there, for many in the Entertainment industry to go into a deep state of depression.

“It’s been overwhelmingly frustrating,” he says to us in a virtual interview. “The fact that we as human beings can’t function in the manner that we’re used to mentally, emotionally and financially, we tend to do things that may seem inappropriate and irresponsible to some,” he said.

For months, as Trinidad and Tobago remained under heavy restriction as a result of the pandemic, Soca lovers and fans questioned the apparent disregard shown by some artistes for the health epidemic that has plagued the world. In our chat, Lyrikal said, “In all reality people must keep in mind that as much as it is extremely important to practice the safety measures- wearing masks, social distancing and so on, people still have to live.”

The “Freedom” singer who recently released a song called “Magical” on the Fig Leaf riddim, said nobody wants to die from Covid19, but the pandemic has changed the world. “Imagine you had $50,000 before the pandemic hit. You’ve been out of work for about six months. Your rent or mortgage, light bill, water bill, gas bill, phone bill etc hasn’t decreased. As a matter of fact all the utilities increase because you’re at home and using them more. What is your financial position in that six months with that $50,000 now? We have to be real,” he urged.

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