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Panorama in Miami Set to Bring Big Vibes and Excitement on October 6th.

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Attendees will not only be in for an exciting music performance, but they’ll also get to witness fierce competition. “At this year’s event, we’re going to have seven bands competing for the trophy,” said Dexter Bleasdell, Panorama Manager for the Miami Carnival. “Aside from the competing local groups, we have bands from St. Thomas, New York City, and Trinidad and Tobago.” 

“Carib Brewery USA is thrilled to be part of the vibrant celebration at Miami Carnival, where Carib Beer is proudly recognized as the official beer of Miami Carnival. Our commitment to quality and culture aligns perfectly with this event, and we’re excited to raise a toast to unity, diversity, and the spirit of Carnival in Miami. Join us from October 6 to 8 for an unforgettable weekend of fun and flavor as we make memories that will last a lifetime. Enjoy responsibly,” said Malissa Sylvester, CEO of Carib Brewery USA.

The steelpan originated in Trinidad and Tobago and holds special significance as the only new instrument invented in the 20th century. T&T’s first Panorama event took place in 1963, and the event has been adopted in the Caribbean, the United States, and some European countries. 

Miami Carnival’s Panorama kicks off a weekend of activities for Miami Carnival that include J’ouvert on Saturday and Sunday’s parade of bands and concert. In past years, the steelpan competition has attracted multigenerational audiences. 

“At Panorama, people come out to celebrate the steel drum,” Bleasdell says. “You have grandparents who love the instrument, which debuted more or less around their time. The older generation is excited to see their kids and grandkids participate, so you could easily have three generations sitting in the stands.” 

The judges for the competition hail from South Florida, Trinidad and Tobago, and other Caribbean islands and are well-versed in the musical tradition, some having been in a steelpan band themselves. During the competition, bands are judged on arrangement, performance, tone, and rhythm, and this year, the reigning Panoramaband winner, Lauderhill Steel Ensemble, is back to defend their title. 

“This event is so special because of the number of pan players who come from all over the world,” says Lauderhill Steel Ensemble band frontline player Jeremy Phillips. “The Miami Carnival always pays tribute to steelpan music, and this is an event I look forward to every year.” 

Preparation for the competition takes nearly a year, and the organizers of the Miami Carnival are committed to preserving the steel band tradition with the annual competition. 

“One of the best parts of the Miami Carnival is the signature Panorama event,” Bleasdell said. “It’s an event that everyone can enjoy, and Miami’s Carnival attracts people who want to enjoy the rich Caribbean culture that they were either introduced to or born into.” 

For more information about Miami Carnival, visit: https://miamicarnival.org/.

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Sizzla Kalonji Is Ready to Take The Stage, At Redemption 9. Promoters Conscious of Social Responsibility.

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Organisers, Tropix Entertainment, Java Nation and Johnny Q Limited, have made a major commitment to presenting the people of T&T with an elevated level of entertainment, the likes of which will see Steel Pulse, Collie Buddz, Christopher Martin, SuperCat, Jamelody and Mr. King, hit the stage, alongside Kalonji. 

SuperCat is ready to deliver.

This year’s concert follows a 2023 show, which was headlined by Buju Banton. “Reggae music is powerful and resolute in its affirmations of positivity,” said Java Nation’s Ian Pantin. The team’s unwavering effort to bring Trinidad and Tobago back to a place of peace, comes from a place of personal compassion for country. “There is no denying the fact that society’s moral compass has shifted somewhat and we see this in the news headlines daily. As partners in the entertainment business, we believe it is our social responsibility to direct our people onto a more positive path,” said Pantin. 

Each year, the tone for the show is depicted in the artistes chosen. Over the years, Tarrus Riley, Anthony B, Jah Cure, Sanchez, Luciano, Glen Washington, Beres Hammond, Morgan Heritage and countless others, have brought a variation of sweet reggae music. It is anticipated that this year, the addition of Super Cat will add some momentum – the artiste well known for hit dancehall tracks like, ‘Dolly My Baby’, ‘GirlsTown,’ ‘Cry Fuh De Youth,’ ‘My Girl Josephine’ and many others. 

Collie Buddz

Patrons, confident in the Redemption brand, have already expressed excitement for ‘The Way Forward,’ indicating their loyal support for the concert that has certainly stood the test of time. “We are truly pleased and humbled by the support shown to Redemption over the years- by both patrons and sponsors who we consider partners. Executing a show of this magnitude annually, is no easy or simple feat. We work dedicatedly behind the scenes, trying our best to accommodate every partner, while presenting live entertainment that is purposeful and enjoyable. It’s never easy,” said Pantin. 

Together with the team, Pantin says each year, patrons’ views are taken into consideration and efforts made to return one year later, with a show that is better than previously experienced. This year, one lucky patron will be the winner of a signature, gold and ruby encrusted, Redemption pendant, worth approximately $20,000TTD. 

Christopher Martin will be there.

For further details, persons can follow Redemption the Concert on Facebook and Instagram or call 780-SHOW (7469). 

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A Powerful Journey. Calypso Rose Fought All Odds. Queen of the Road Musical, A Necessary Reminder.

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Technology, social media and the ease of life we’ve all become so used to in this 21st century, is a far cry from the odds faced and overcome by so many who paved the way. This past weekend in Trinidad and Tobago, the delivery of ‘The Queen of The Road’ musical reminded patrons of this fact, and much more in its walk down memory lane which highlighted the life and times of the incomparable, Calypso Rose.

Queen of the Road, written and directed by Rhoma Spencer, was presented by Yes Productions on both Saturday and Sunday in Trinidad. It was first presented as a workshop in Canada in 2019 before premiering in Tobago in October 2023. The musical begins with Rose’s acceptance of the The Victoire de la Musiq Award- the French equivalent of the Grammy. She won the award in 2017 after releasing the album, ‘Far From Home.’ In her production, Spencer rewinds the life of the 84-year-old, taking the audience on a whirlwind- sometimes harsh, often humor filled, consistently thought-provoking adventure through the childhood, adolescence and adulthood of Calypso Rose.

Thara Howe (centre) plays young Calypso Rose.
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Her story, a remarkable testament of each human being’s purpose from birth, is unraveled bit by bit in the musical, with a young Rose played by 11-year-old, Thara Howe- a student of St.Patricks Newtown Girls Primary School. Throughout her on-stage performance, members of the audience could be heard gushing at the effortless ease by which Howe executed her part of the matriarch calypsonian, in her childhood years. “She has a big future ahead,” said one person in the audience.

The adult Rose, played by 2018 Calypso Queen, Stacey Sobers was undeniably the perfect casting. An almost too-close- to- understand re-enactment of the Bethel, Tobago entertainer hears Sobers deliver with ease, songs like, ‘Tempo’, ‘Fire in Me Wire’, ‘Her Majesty’, ‘Leh We Punta, ‘ Young Boy’, and many of the artistes other memorable hit singles. Supporting cast members included, Kearn Samuel as The Mighty Sparrow, Karen Francisco as Rose’s aunt Edith, Theresa Hope who played the very important role of Calypso Rose’s grandmother and Fabrice Barker who played the role of her father – a preacher who went on to leave Rose’s mother and their family for another woman.

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