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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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Youths Spiraling Out of Control in Trinidad and Tobago. RKG Stands Up.

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As the crime situation in Trinidad and Tobago continues to leave many on the twin island with a bitter taste in their mouths, another local artiste has stood up in protest, using his platform to draw attention to the problem. RKG’s new single, ‘Flatline’ comes on the heels of a recently released track by Gospel singer, Jaron Nurse, that deals with the same issue of crime.

Drug abuse and gang warfare are plaguing the country. RKG says he had been in studio, prepared to lay the vocals for another ladies anthem when something struck him. “I suddenly felt like I needed to contribute something positive,” he said in a chat with EBUZZTT. The song speaks about a young man who got caught up with guns and was murdered. The second verse speaks about a young woman who got caught up with a gangster. She also died. The track’s message deals with the inevitable consequences that face people who choose negative lifestyles.

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Beenie Man to Hit South Trinidad Stage Tonight.

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Beenie Man is a dancehall legend in these parts. The King of the Dancehall is in Trinidad for what’s expected to be quite a show when he hits the stage at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba, South Trinidad later this evening.

Beenie, who recently fathered a baby girl with partner, Krystal Tomlinson, last performed in Trinidad and Tobago at Fully Loaded in May 2017. Months prior, he performed at Machel Monday to an eager crowd of Soca and dancehall music lovers. Beenie Man remains a dancehall heavyweight with timeless dancehall tracks like, “Sim Simma,” “Who Am I”, “Murderer”, “King of the Dancehall” and countless others.

Beenie Man with his new daughter.

For months, the Freedom concert has been advertised in T&T, many eager to be a part of the excitement. The cast of veteran hit makers like Super Cat, Sanchez, Cutty Ranks and Beenie, along with top notch DJs in Trinidad and Tobago, like Dr. Hyde and Howie Tee has enthused many who’ve been yearning for a taste of the Golden years, when, as many argue, music was good!

Gates open at 9pm this evening at the Brian Lara Stadium with the show set to end at 4am. For further info, visit Freedom The Concert on Instagram.

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