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Rihanna Was a Sight at the Academy Awards. Caribbean People Are Proud.

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Rihanna stunned in black at the Academy Awards on Sunday

Stop the press. If the Caribbean isn’t proud, something’s definitely wrong. Rihanna represents for the people of not only her homeland, Barbados, but she reps for all Caribbean islands that have, maybe unknown to her, adopted her. On Sunday, the ‘Lift Me Up’ singer gave every little Caribbean girl, a glimmer of hope in a world that can sometimes feel harsh and unkind. Rihanna stood tall and powerful at the 95th Academy Awards, delivering a flawless performance on stage, and before that, proving that she is as warm and embracing as she is professional and talented.

The Fenty Corp owner has accumulated countless accolades, she became America’s youngest self-made female billionaire in 2022, recently performed spectacularly at the Superbowl – baby in womb, and on Sunday, March 12th, Rihanna gracefully strutted the red carpet at the Academy Awards. Prepped to show off her rising baby bump for a second time, she cheerfully engaged photographers, smiling heartily and unhesitatingly answered to their calls for varied poses. Rihanna killed it, to say the least.

Born in Barbados as the world knows, Rihanna has never shied away from her roots. In fact, she has, time and time again, shown us all, what true representation and patriotism is. For that, she was declared a National Hero in her home country, in 2021. “May you continue to shine like a diamond,” said Prime Minister Mia Mottley in presenting Rihanna with the title two years ago ; And shone bright like a diamond, she certainly has.

On stage at the Academy Awards on Sunday, Rihanna performed, ‘Lift Me Up’ the soundtrack of the ‘Black Panther : Wakanda Forever,’ Marvel movie. The song was written by fellow vocalist, Nigerian artists, Tems. The women, together with co-writers, Ludwig Goransson and Ryan Coogler, had been nominated for Best Original Song, but did not win the award. Despite that, 35-year-old Rihanna once again reminded the world that her name and worth go beyond the confines of territory and organization, this as she lifted her voice to the world looking on, whether via television, social media or otherwise. Rihanna had done what we all anticipated. She made the world stop, stare and remember that she is an undeniable force, hailing from the West Indies.

As social media excitedly pushed out photos and videos captured of the superstar entertainer who is soon to be a mother of two, the Caribbean stood watch, happy to once again witness one of its own, deliver like she always has.

Rihanna received a standing ovation from the audience following her performance.

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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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