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Celebrities Share Valentines Love
wise man once said that the best thing about Valentine’s Day is that if you don’t have a lover, you badly remember to get one. Global statistics shows that on Valentine’s Day, spending amounts to $13.19 billion, 180 million cards are exchanged, 196 million roses produced, and yes, 11000 children are conceived. While cards, candy, flowers and dining out remain popular choices, local celebrities here in T&T give their insight into what they would like for Valentine’s Day and send some special wishes.
Soca star Chucky Gordon would like to send Valentine’s Day greetings to his female relatives inclusive of his mom, two aunties and sister as they are a “major source of support and inspiration.” He says that he would love a new phone for Valentine’s Day, as his current one doesn’t store conversations.
Stephanie Ramlogan, personal fashion stylist and recent costume designer for the upcoming Carnival band Passion, sends Valentine’s Day wishes to all her
friends who got engaged and are busy planning weddings. She says “For Valentine’s day I definitely appreciate something spontaneous. Not necessarily a bought gift, but some unexpected thoughtful action like a boat ride or to go ride horses.”
Vimalesh Subeeksingh is a pilot in training and male model, building his image with Mon De Bleu, a new fashion trend by an upcoming designer Leo Star. He would like to send Valentines wishes to “all the beautiful, single and independent ladies of Trinidad and Tobago.” He states that as fast paced as things are in life with studying and doing different things, “a nice get away from the busy life would be awesome…just my significant other and I.”
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one that has captured my heart and fills my life with joy, to the one that makes me smile every moment, wipes my tears and ignites my passion.” Admitting to be a hopeless romantic, she says she’s the kind of girl that would love to actually have a candle light dinner under the stars…even if it's in the backyard because it’s all about the “moments and the memories.” Daren Ganga would like to send all his love and best wishes to his beautiful wife, but unfortunately she would not be spending the day with him. He laments that his life is a bit of an “anomaly”, as his international cricket career that demands constant training and touring has led to these significant days being “swept under the rug.” But he gives us some great
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advice that we should all remember amidst the gift giving this year…”Valentine’s Day is a day to respect love itself and all the significant people in your life. We should all cherish the people we love because life is so volatile and unpredictable.”
Hema Ramkissoon, host of CNC3’s popular Early Morning Show wishes everyone a day filled with love and laughter, joy and precious moments. But her Valentines shout out goes to “the www.etntweekly.com •
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Bollywood Star Sunidhi Chauhan
To Light Up Chutney Brass
hutney Brass 2014 will be bara aura behatara. With its new title sponsor Super Industrial Services Limited, the world’s biggest East Indian music event boasts of spectacular new surprises. The show will feature Bollywood’s biggest female superstar, Sunidhi Chauhan. Described as the modern version of Asha Bhosle, Chauhan is best known for her “lively and foot-tapping” numbers. She appears alongside the best in the local industry, including Dil E Nadan, Karma, JMC 3 Veni, BMERZ, Melo Bugz, Gayatones and the new band SIS Fusion Factory. Patrons can look forward to a grand food court and full service bars, stocked with East Indian Cuisine, local and international favorites from T&T’s top food vendors, premium alco-
holic drinks and fresh fruit juices. Chauhan is in high demand throughout the Caribbean and has a hectic schedule touring England, Australia and the Far East. But Randy Glasgow Promotions has obtained exclusive rights for her performances during the Car-
nival season. CEO Randy Glasgow states that the investment to bring Chauhan to T&T will give “exposure to chutney music to a wider cross section of the international music community.” Also, he believes the move will entice more tourists to attend the show and stay for the Carnival season. In previous years, Chutney Brass has attracted patrons from Japan, Spain, Holland, England, Australia, Guyana, Suriname, St Lucia, Antigua, Barbados, Canada and the US. He expects that many of her fans will come to T&T as she will not be performing in any of those countries in the near future. Chauhan’s career began at the age of four and she is now credited with over 2000 Bollywood film songs. She has been nominated for a number of awards
and won several, including Filmfare, Star Screen, IIFA, Zee Cine, Kelvinator GR8! FLO Women and the Chevrolet Global Indian Music Award. Off screen, Chauhan sang the Windows Vista Song for Microsoft and collaborated with Enrique Iglesias, on a song titled “Heartbeat.” She performed at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Asian Games and sang for the Hindi-dubbed version of High School Musical. She appeared as a judge on Indian Idol and released her first single in the Electronic Dance Music genre in 2013. So T&T fans will be in for a real treat from Chauhan on February 22 at Guaracara Park, Point-a-Pierre, whose voice has been described as “powerful, amazing, husky and sensuous.”
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one are the days when we could afford to hit all the fetes with gay abandonment. This rounds the dollar is being watched with a fine tooth comb and every penny counts. Over the years Carnival as an entity has become more and more commercialized and as such the opportunity cost is an increase in the costs of everything carnival related. That said, one must now decide what fetes to go too based on ultimate vybe potential and cost effectiveness. Of course the goal is value for money so as a smart feter you’d want to know if you’re getting value for money. It’s been said on countless occasions that fete prices are robbery to the nation. So we at ET&T decided to get the scoop for you so you know whether or not it’s worth it to sacrifice your hard earned cash. We got insight into production costs for the cooler fete and the all-inclusive. Carnival is a business first and foremost. As a feter you may only see the party aspect of the
event but there are two sides to a coin. The cooler fete incurs a few costs that include: venue rental, security, stage and Av equipment, light, minimal décor and let’s not forget why you went in the first place, the artistes. Of course these costs are easily covered as patrons flock in their thousands to these events. The biggest cost may be to the artistes whose rate goes from $15,000 and upwards and that’s just for
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a half hour and we haven’t even considered their full band. A cooler fete’s price ranges from $250- $375 if you get our tickets on time. These days they are selling like rare gold with patrons willing to pay $1000 at the door just to get in on the action. Yes you read correctly! The goal of the event is to incur a profit but one may ask why pay $350 and still have to bring yuh own drinks? Apparently people like the option to conjure up their own spirits. On the other hand, an all-inclusive takes on an even greater burden to production costs. According to Kenrick Harrinauth President of QRC’s old boys Association there is a lot that goes into an all-inclusive that the public may not be privy to. Allinclusive fete prices now range from $700 to $1200. The difference in cost is simply the experience because you can get the same artistes, food and drinks at a $700 all-inclusive that would be at one costing $1200. Apart
from basic set up costs for the event along with artiste fees, food and drink can be quite a burden on your event budget. An all-inclusive must ensure that they have a consistent supply of food and drinks throughout the event. This can be quite a task as some patrons come with the intent to buss the bar and eat all the food. As patrons dine and enjoy themselves it is also their duty to ensure that all structures put in place are OSHA certified. Suppliers must also be certified and properly licensed. The event itself needs a license and it has now become proper event protocol to possess event insurance which costs well within the millions. Fetes are big money and some actually try to limit costs to patrons and still incur profits. There are still a few that shall remain unnamed that try to bleed you dry. However, despite the varying costs involved that cause the prices to increase, choose wisely as not every fete has your best interest at heart.
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e remains one of the most loved local artistes because even though he is known on the international stage he has never lost the common touch. In his renewed journey back to the top of the music charts, “Fireball” in his artistic transformation will now be known as “Fireball: The Ground General”. His transformation – name and music- comes after he has spent time writing and re-en-
International Artiste Rohan “Fireball” Richards Is All Ready And Fired Up To Entertain His Fans In 2014
gineering his sound and making his music available to every household by doing the real
ground work. In fact audiences in 2013/14 will hear the European influence in his music tracks. Already “Fireball: the Ground General” has taken the local market by storm and has gone viral with his 2014 return - releasing his latest in time for Trinidad and Tobago carnival - “Don’t Wanna Go Home” and “Move It”. He also recently released “Another Big Song” and “Bad Gal” - both showing his versatile vocal range.
Later this year, Fireball: the Ground General”, intends to release a number of tracks from his upcoming album including “Take You There”, “Baby”, “Beautiful” and “Street Life”. Late last year he represented Trinidad and Tobago in the first Caribbean Voice contest in Martinique. The show premiered live via television and broadcast throughout the Caribbean with the partnership and technical expertise of France television.
Nikkiland Offers All-Inclusive Experience For Everyone T
here has been much consternation about the price of fete tickets this year, especially all- inclusive ticket prices. However, all-inclusive fete fans have something to smile about in the form of the popular Nikki Land. Conceptualized by comedienne Nikki Crosby, this popular children-themed event costs a mere $150.00, but it provides almost all the trappings of a regular allinclusive event. The action takes place on Sunday 9th February 2014 from 1:00pm-5:00pm at the Center of Excellence Car Park, Macoya. While Nikkiland is aimed
at entertainment for kids, there will be enough action to satisfy the older heads as well. The entertainment provided will rival any of the adult-oriented events as the show will boast performances by Bunji, Fay Ann, Destra, Benjai, Patrice, Farmer Nappy, Blaxx, Olatunji, 5 Star Akil and more! Apart from the stars from Socaland, there will be culinary fare fit for both kids and the young at heart with KFC, hotdogs, drinks, snacks, ice cream, lollies, sno-cones, cotton candy and more on hand. The venue will be trans-
formed into Mas Land as well with several popular kid-friendly characters such as Dora, Elmo, Barbie, Shrek and more mingling with the children in the party atmosphere. There will also be face painting and body art available. This year, Nikkiland will also introduce Babesland (No, not that kind of babes). It is a section specially prepared for toddlers. The rest of the kids and those who wish to relive their youth can take part in the atmosphere at Playland. There will be a selection of rides and games such as go-carts, bouncy castles, chair
planes, rock climbing, obstacle courses, pony rides and more! As usual, the promoters promise good, wholesome family fun with safety at the forefront of the proceedings. Nikkiland promises the full all-inclusive experience for a fraction of the price and without the barriers of exclusion. Are you ready to relive your inner child?
PATRICE ROBERTS SIGNS ENDORSEMENT DEAL WITH NESTLE
ffected on Monday 27th, January 2014, Patrice Roberts became the brand ambassador for Nestlé's Orchard Vibe. Orchard Vibe juices comes in (4) four flavours, Orange, Fruit Punch, Passion Fruit and Mango, all made with natural ingredients. Ms Karina Hyland, Consumer Marketing Manager commented, "Nestlé's ORCHARD VIBE Fruit Drinks are now endorsed by Patrice Roberts. One of our imme4
diate actions will see Patrice add her vocal flavour to promote the brand through a revised rendition
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of her 2014 hit "Doh Rough Meh ". ORCHARD VIBE's very name "VIBE" encapsulates everything about the feel and rhythm of the people of Trinidad & Tobago " Nestle is looking to increase Orchard Vibe visibility in the market place and sees Patrice Roberts as a natural fit to do so. Patrice Roberts manager Ian Pantin said "This is all part and parcel of Patrice's growth and viability as an artiste to assist in
bringing additional recognition to corporate entities". Patrice was quick to point out that for her this is a campaign for self-growth and the growth of PatriceRmusic. You can continue to see Patrice Roberts on stage and part and parcel of HD family as well as her own brand PatriceRmusic. See more on her signing on https://www.facebook.com/PatriceRMusic
Film Festival Announces l a Loc Its Carnival Lineup Film Series returns with News Carnival more vintage treasures from Ray Funk C
No Bois Man No Fraid
oming off an extremely successful 2013, the Trinidad and Tobago film festival (TTFF) kicks off its programme of events for the new year with its Carnival Film Series (CFS). Now a firm fixture on the annual Carnival calendar of events, the CFS, in its fourth year, is a showcase of films about Carnival and its related art forms. The series is sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company (TTFC) and the National Carnival Commission (NCC). Technical support is provided by North Eleven, the TTFF’s media and projection partner. This year, the CFS takes place over six nights in February. Two of these nights will be given over to presentations by renowned calypso, pan and mas researcher and historian Ray Funk. These presentations follow on from Funk’s extremely popular presentation at last year’s CFS at NALIS in Port of Spain, and will again feature vintage Carnival footage, much of it never before seen in T&T. As ever, admission to all screenings is free of charge. There will be refreshments on sale, and giveaways. All events begin at 7pm. Saturday 08 February Paramin Recreational Grounds and Cool Breeze Bar, Paramin. Shorts film package comprising the following: Between the Lines Director: Abigail Hadeed 2012/T+T/Experimental/3mins An exploration of the frenzied, chaotic, moving shadows cast on the roads by Moko Jumbie Carnival characters And They Say, Don’t Play with Poison Director: Natalie Wei 2006/T+T, Canada/ Experimental/3mins An examination of notions of gender, identity and belonging in the contemporary Carnival 6
Between the Lines/And They Say, Don’t Play with Poison/Beneath the Mas/Kings of the Gayelle/Dance de Calypso/y-ning?/After Mas Thursday 13 February MovieTowne, Tobago
in the discipline of Kalinda (Production sponsored by NCC.) Dance de Calypso Director: John Barry 1996/T+T/ Documentary/46mins An exploration of the history and evolution of the different ways people dance to calypso music
Beneath the Mas Director: Dinesh Maharaj 2013/T+T/ Documentary/10mins A look at some traditional mas-making techniques and Carnival characters, particularly the art of wire-bending, the fancy Indian, the Jab Jab, the Midnight Robber and the bull mas. (Production sponsored by NCC.) Kings of the Gayelle Director: Christopher Laird 2013/T+T/ Documentary/11mins A portrait of two stickfighters, King Kali and King Tony, who have distinguished themselves
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Y-ning? Director: Emilie Upczak 2010/T+T,USA/ Documentary/13mins An “academic music video” that explores wining as a dance language with a history and identity born out of the Caribbean experience After Mas Director: Karen Martinez 2013/T+T, UK/ Narrative/20mins A story of love that flourishes under the cover of darkness during J’Ouvert on the streets of Port of Spain. In the cold light of day, will these young lovers from very different backgrounds stay true to their desires? Sunday 9 February Trevor’s Edge, St Augustine Shorts package
Beneath the Mas No Bois Man No Fraid Director: Christopher Laird 2013/T+T/ Documentary/72mins Keegan Taylor and Rondel Benjamin are young martial arts experts from Trinidad and Tobago. In this uplifting and eye-opening documentary, they embark on a discovery of their roots by setting out to learn the local martial art of stickfighting. In the process, they receive guidance from living legends such as Congo Bara, King Stokely and King Kali, and set out to compete in the annual national stickfighting championships. Friday 21 February San Fernando Hill Recreational Grounds Kings of the Gayelle Beneath the Mas A presentation by Ray Funk Saturday 22 February Saith Park, Chaguanas Shorts package Between the Lines/And They Say, Don’t Play with Poison/Beneath the Mas/Kings of the Gayelle/y-ning?/ Dance de Calypso/After Mas Sunday 23 February NALIS Amphitheatre, National Library, Port of Spain Kings of the Gayelle Beneath the Mas Now in its ninth year, the Trinidad and Tobago film festival is presented by Flow, and given leading sponsorship by bpTT and TTFC. For more information visit ttfilmfestival.com.
regional news cial issues. The lead single on Love Situation is Dem a Watch, which will reportedly debut on local radio this week. “The message and tone of this single shows the diversity of Tarrus Riley and his team,” Riley’s camp said in a statement. “With a unique-styled musical composition and the socially-charged lyrics which articulate perseverance despite what the masses may say or do to try discredit you. Dem A Watch is a single which will only tease your musical palette.” The album is described as ‘100% rocksteady,’ dedicated to the genre popularized in the 1960s prior to Reggae music’s emergence.
Jamaica bobsleigh team qualify for Sochi Tarrus Riley To Release New Album This Month Jamaican Reggae singer, Tarrus Riley is set to release his fifth studio album this month, dubbed Love Situation. The album, co-produced by Dean Fraser, Shane Brown, Jordan McClure and Mitchum ‘Khan’ Chin, features 17 tracks, speaking on varying topics, from love to political and so-
Jamaica’s bobsleigh team will end their 12year absence from the Winter Olympics next month after being awarded a place at the Sochi Games. Driver Winston Watts and brakeman Marvin Dixon will compete in the two-man bob in Russia. Watts, who says he has spent £100,000 of his own money in an attempt to ensure qualification, added: “It means the world to Jamaica. We have dominated in summer sports like ath-
Police say he had a neck wound and was taken to Kalamazoo’s Bronson Methodist Hospital, which says it has no information on his condition. Detective Sgt. Jim Martens tells the Battle Creek Enquirer that officers recovered the knife and found Blige’s ex-girlfriend with blood on her clothing. She’s in the Calhoun County jail and is expected to be arraigned.
letics and now we’ve qualified for the Winter Olympics.” Only 30 teams will compete in the men’s two-man competition in Sochi and Jamaica’s prospects of reaching the Games looked in jeopardy after Watts finished the qualification period on Sunday ranked 39th. However, nine nations ahead of them were unable to take up the final Olympic berth as they had already qualified their maximum number of sleds – which resulted in Jamaica taking the final berth for the Games, which begin on 7 February.
er Braun; music producer Dr. Luke; Spotify CEO Daniel Ek; recording executive Jimmy Iovine; and Ryan Seacrest also made the list.
Jay Z, Beyoncé Top Billboard Power 100 List
Mary J. Blige’s Father Stabbed
Beyoncé and Jay Z share the top spot on Billboard's Power 100 list. Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge and Red Light Management founder Coran Capshaw follow the performers on the annual list of most influential people in the music industry. Grainge and Capshaw placed first and second last year, respectively. Billboard editors compiled the list after analyzing market share, revenue and other data. Jay Z and Beyoncé each founded their own companies, Roc Nation and Parkwood Entertainment. Justin Bieber's manager, Scoot-
Michigan police say the father of multi-platinum-selling singer Mary J. Blige has been stabbed and critically injured. Police say his ex-girlfriend is in jail on an attempted murder charge. Battle Creek police say the attack happened last Thursday morning at the apartment of 63-year-old Thomas Blige. 8 ET&T • FEBRUARY, 2014 • www.etntweekly.com
Shah Rukh Khan Suffers Minor Accident On Set Actor Shah Rukh Khan suffered minor injuries while shooting for filmmaker Farah Khan's next effort, Happy New Year, at a suburban five-star, JW Marriott on Thursday. He was rushed to Nanavati Hospital. The accident is alleged to have occurred when a door fell on him.
However, SRK is stable now and is likely to resume shooting soon as well. Dr Ashok Hatolkar, medical superintendent at Nanavati Hospital, says, "He (SRK) has sustained a minor bruise, which the doctors have taken care of. He is completely fine." An official statement from SRK's office reads: "Shah Rukh Khan had a minor accident on the set while shooting. He has a minor injury and has got the necessary medical aid. He is absolutely fine now. Thank you for all your wishes!”
GUY Name: Richard Pantoja Age: 25 Height: 5/11" Weight: 175 lbs Career: Electronics salesperson Boxers or briefs: Briefs Favorite scent: Chocolate Favorite thing: Sports Describe your dream girl: A slim, tall, curvy girl with a great sence of humor and a great personality. You were heartbroken: Yes. Your hero: Brian Lara. Favorite food: Cou cou. The way to your heart is: Being yourself. You'd never do: I will never disrespect my mother. What about pets: Love them. The one thing he wants to do before he dies: Help the less fortunate. Favourite artist: R.Kelly. Favourite music: R&B. Favourite place for a meal: Home. Have you ever cheated: Yes :) The freakiest thing you have ever done: Sex in a public place. Where's your weak spot: M neck Keys to your carnival body: Gym Whatâ€™s your motivation: Myself
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model mania Name: Maia Parker Age: 18 Hometown: Lowlands Tobago This Tobago talent is fast
becoming one of the most talkedabout names in the industry. She started her modeling career roughly two years ago at 16 when she graced the runway at Tobago Fashion Week, now Maia is ready to take her craft and look to the next level. Asha and Ayanna Diaz, Rochelle Parris, Sean Griffith and Lori Antoinette Williams all clothed this model for runway gigs and photographers such as Gregory Reyes and foreign- based
Brent Denoon captured her exotic look on camera. Now she is busy building her repertoire while she puts things in place to achieve her goal of working in the aviation field. She recently graduated high school and is now embarking on studies in Aviation Management. Both her modeling and aviation passions stem from her love for travel, which she hopes to experience. Apart from that, Parker is a trained ballet and tap dancer and
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she swam professionally as well. She also plays the national instrument. That’s what we call talent. These pastimes have helped her to achieve her fit and curvy look which she also attributes to walking on mornings and occasional trips to the gym. Otherwise, Maia describes her sense of style as versatile and admits she looks up to Tyra Banks. In terms of peeves, she can’t stand people who lack humility as she is remarkably down to earth
Readers Spread Valentine’s Love
et’s face it. Things in our beloved twin island republic aren’t so swell these days. The crime situation is ridiculous and it seems that many a time common courtesy has been taking a back door to other unsavory behaviours. We think the missing denominator in all of this is Love. That’s why, commercial as it may be, we give Valentine’s Day a forward. It’s a time to express your love. Instead of getting lost in the Carnival season of fete and debauchery, we dedicated some time and a page to get some of your valentines shout outs to the masses.
and Rodelle Phillips respectively... I love you all.
Danielle Alfonso: Happy Valentine’s Day to my loving boyfriend Stephen George. Hugs and kisses.
Aldon Cowie: I’m not ashamed to say I’m a momma’s boy. I want to send lots of love and a Happy Valentine’s Day to my mom Janice Toney-Cowie. She means the world to me.
Gemina Edwards: Happy Valentine’s Day to my very special friends: Eulalie Phillip, Meritta Hyacinth, SOPCC crew… You are all very dear to my heart. Love Gem.
Kedisha: "To the love of my life Jasani, Happy Valentines Day. I'm anticipating the celebration of our four year anniversary later this month. From your baby Kedisha." Melissa Gibbs: This Valentine's Day is an exceptionally special day for me. After 7yrs together I am honored to celebrate this year as husband and wife... I love you always sweetheart, Happy Valentine's Day!
ET&T would also like to wish all our fans, readers and contributors a Happy Valentine’s Day.
Junior Botswain: "Happy Valentine's Day to my wife Mercedes. wouldn't trade her love for anything in the world." Kerron Richards: To my loving fiancée Shemella Wilson I wish you a Hapy Valentine’s Day and I look forward to spending more of them with you.
Revon Phillips: Happy Valentine’s Day to the ladies in my life. To my girlfriend Amanda Lara, my mother and my sister Claudette 14 ET&T • FEBRUARY, 2014 • www.etntweekly.com
Stacey: "I never thought I would have found love like this. I will love you today, I will love you tomorrow and I will love you forever. Happy Valentines day baby."
Fadda Moses CHAT
ET&T: Do you have any regrets on your journey through life this far? MOSES: I don’t have any regrets. I watch past experiences as lessons.
evon Moses, aka Fadda Moses is coming off a bumper 2013. Now, the rising star is promising that things are only going to get wetter in Carnival 2014 and beyond. In the midst of all the entertainment action, the entertainer recently became a father last month and ET&T caught up with him for a Chit Chat.
ET&T: So far what year has been your best? MOSES: My best year has to be 2013 hands down. ET&T: Has anyone ever told you they thought a Jamaican sang Sample? MOSES: Oh yes! I get that a lot!
ET&T: Congrats on the newest member of your family. How does it make you feel? MOSES: Blessed and proud to be a dad
ET&T: Tell us something about your dancer who performs the song. MOSES: Her name is Shana. She was born in Canada, but lived in Trinidad all her life. Dancing is her passion and I believe she will go very far doing such.
ET&T: Are you presently working on anything new? MOSES: Yes I am always working on new material, it keep the momentum and creative juices flowing. I just dropped my carnival bomb at the end of January. Just get ready to get wet.
ET&T: Who gave you the name Fadda Moses? MOSES: Well my surname is actually Moses and friends just added in the father for whatever reason and it stuck ever since I knew myself.
ET&T: How long have you been in the industry? MOSES: Since 2006. ET&T: Are there any artistes you would like to or are dying to work with? MOSES: I’m willing to work with any established or upcoming artiste, but off the top of my head Kerwin Dubois, the Mighty Shadow and Machel Montano. ET&T: Can you name some of the fetes we can see you in? MOSES: I have been booked for quite a few fetes in February also for a Carnival show in Guyana in February' also not sure of names and dates. Management has all that information ET&T: As a father what best advice can you offer to others? MOSES: To all the young fathers especially, buying milk and pampers is not all in minding your child, be there for them
teach them, spend time with them and support their mom no matter if the relationship did not work out. ET&T: With all the crime that has been taking place, do you think it would hamper the season? MOSES: Yes it will definitely hamper the peace of mind of the revelers and may also affect turnout in some instances. ET&T: Do you feel parents are neglecting passing on moral values to their children? MOSES: Yes, but some parents nowadays were never taught
moral values in the first place, so they have nothing of positive substance to pass on to their kids. ET&T: What are your views on lost talent in Trinidad and Tobago? MOSES: I don’t agree with the term "lost." I think they just have not figured their path to success as yet. ET&T: Are you doing anything else besides entertaining? MOSES: Well I am an electrical technician, but of late music is consuming a lot of my time. However, when I can I continue to do that trade.
ET&T: Tell us something the public doesn't know about you. MOSES: I talk to myself a lot and sometimes answer (lol). ET&T: Is there anyone you want to give thanks to for your achievements thus far? MOSES: Thank God for giving me life in the first place to do what I do, then my mom and dad. Also to my management team, producers I’ve worked with and to all of my fans… nuff thanks and blessings to you all. ET&T: Is there anything else you would like to share with your fans? MOSES: Look out for a lot more from Moses in the near future.
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Kerwin DuBois and aura on stage and his obvious and recognizable talents.
Photographer: Nyamke Sylvester Wardrobe: Bang Bang Stylist: Maria Naomi Bugros Venue: All Out Sports Bar and One Woodbrook Place
ET&T: If you had to pick three pillars of creating a great song, what would it be? KDB: For me they are Melody, Vibe and Theme.
ET&T: Apart from your own music, whose 2014 selection is your favourite thus far? KDB: Off the top of my head since I am in a hot seat *laughs* I would have to say Lyrikal’s Conquer and Drink Something – Shal Marshall
n form entertainer Kerwin DuBois hooked up with the good people of ET&T for a rare photo shoot and the obligatory interview. The soca bard is without a doubt one of the most consistent forces in the industry over the last three years and ET&T wanted to know a little bit about the man behind the music and his methods for creating hits and staying successful. ET&T: What is the best perk of being an entertainer? KDB: To be quite honest, I do not consider any of the privileges that artistes are given to be perks but opportunities. Being able to travel the world and make people happy through music definitely it for me. You see that moment when people are willing to stop whatever they are doing to sing along or dance is something that I really cherish. ET&T: What is your favourite thing about Carnival? KDB: The vibe…It is different here in Trinidad and Tobago and everywhere else. The energy that Caribbean people have is astonishing to say the least. The fact that I get to see people let go and let loose is one thing that I really do enjoy. ET&T: What led you to migrate? KDB: It was the opportunity to expand my musical knowledge. Sometimes we have to take risks and go after the opportunities that we want. ET&T: You are known as a prolific soca writer/ 16
producer. Do you also write and produce content in different genres? KDB: I can write and produce other genres, but I haven’t really sat down and explored the outer limits yet. Of course, as time progresses you never know what would happen as far as other genres are concerned, we will just have to wait and see. The only thing I’ve done outside of Soca is a track called “I Sea Lots”, which was sung by Machel Montano & Morgan Heritage. ET&T: Which of your releases this year did you feel the most confident about? KDB: Anyone who knows me and my creative process will attest to the fact that if I am not confident about my music I would never release it. What I am trying to say is that I was confident about all my releases, but if you want me to
pick out some I would say Press a button, Too Real and Forget about it. I felt that every track had an element that would resonate in the heart and mind of the masses. ET&T: What was your most memorable performance and what made it stand out? KDB: This seat is getting hotter you know. To be honest every time I step on stage a new memory is created. I do not think that there is one specific moment that could come to mind at this point in time. I feel you will have to check me back and ask that question again after some more time has passed. ET&T: If you had to watch any of your soca peers in concert who would it be and why? KDB: Hands down it would be David Rudder simply because of his wealth of experience, his vibe
ET&T: Considering the current crime and road accident climate. Do you think artistes should be more socially responsible with their messages? KDB: Consideration should be given to the type of messages we put out because there is extreme power in our words. People look up to us so therefore they listen and we must be careful what we incite, but at the same time the onus is not on us only. It’s like a parent trying to tell a child what to do, at the end of the day that child is going to do whatever he or she wishes; you can make the child, but not their mind. ET&T: Which makes you happiest? Food, sex or money? KDB: I would say food *laughs*…. I mean which man does not enjoy sex, but in order to perform at my best and to earn money I have to be well nourished. So this food situation is serious and I do not play when it comes to eating. ET&T: Your personal credo. KDB: I will give you one because I know we do not have space for my list. I believe and support something that the great Nelson Mandela said and that is “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.”
hot seat Kerwin is Too Real in this dangerous denim ensemble
The road ahead looks almost as good as he does
Feeling nice as he surveys the scene
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hen it comes to mega carnival fetes, Tribe’s One fete is one W of the most popular. Over the years this event has become a staple for those who can afford it and patrons usually leave
with the feeling that their money was well spent. A stellar entertainment cast which featured the likes of Machel HD and the Asylum Vikings kept the vibes flowing despite disturbances from the rain. Top notch drinks and food were also available all night long. Here’s some of the action.
A Roger Jackson sighting
Promo girls keep getting hotter
Aren’t we mellow?
Machel surveys the crowd
Solo and smiling
The Viking and ViQueen
Adding to the visual ambiance
Good people, good vibes
I’ll drink to that
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QRC’s Fete Royal
ast and even a couple present Royalians, as well as friends, family and a bunch of P plain old fete fanatics took to the Queens
Royal College grounds for their annual fete. The all-inclusive event attracted a nice crowd who were ready and willing to throw their inhibitions away despite their obvious class. ET&T was at the event and we have the pics to prove it. For more photos, check us out on facebook or see our new website www.amgtt.com.
They did their duty with smiles
A happy trio
Nappy in the big people party
Part of the nice mix
Not bad at all
What the media do in their down time
Ziggy Rankin spotted behind the scenes
Bunji does call and response
They had fun
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resentation college was the venue for this event which is fast growing into a Carnival fete force. P Evolve was everything you could ask for in a party.
Lovely ladies, non-stop drinks and vibes fuh so. ET&T has the action in abundance on our facebook page and www.amgtt.com site, but we are sharing a bit of it here.
What sorcery is this?
Part of a cool crowd
They had a blast
Feeling the feeling
The antics never stop
He has his hands full
Swappi still doing his thing
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In Full View
T&T was In Full View of all the action at this epic E event and we were not disappointed. People in the south side really know how to party and it was
evident when the rain came pouring down and it did nothing to stop the vibes. Patrons enjoyed a plethora of free cocktails, shots and more in great ambiance, while entertainers such as Kes, and 5 Star Akil kept the crowd moving.
That’s what we like to see
Sexy X 3
Loving this duo
Ladies are better in twos
Well dressed ladies
Enjoying some of the culinary fare
A 5 Star hail out
Showing her colours
Where’s your belt Sachy?
Jamming in the rain
Why thank you
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r e c u d o r p E L I F PRO Name: David Millien Soubriquet: Millbeatz Age: 25 Instruments Played: I play traps, percussions, keys and I’m learning to play guitars. Favourite Genre: R&B and Reggae. Strengths: I create my own tones. I build sounds from scratch. Programs/Tools used: I started off using Reason, but now I use Logic Pro and Ableton Live. Mentors: Yohan of Mad Men Studios, Precision Productions, Neil Bernard and Shell Shok. Catalogue: Some of the most memorable are Machel and Druptee’s ‘Indian Gyal’, Fadda Moses’ ‘Sample’, Buhwamoders ‘Bend Right Over’, Chucky’s ‘My Bad Ting’ and the Palance Road Mix. Recent Highlights: Did the Classic 60’s Riddim, The Curry
Que riddim (which is the first Chutney riddim ever produced), The Millject Riddim and Book Bag Riddim. What Next? Just wrapping up
work for the season. Worked on 49 releases for the Carnival. We started early in August 2013 and I’m just mixing work for Tallpree and Voice from Grenada. After
the Carnival I will be focusing on bringing out local R&B and Reggae talent. We are also thinking of launching a band later in the year.
Rain only stops cricket. We ketch yuh feting through a shower like nobody’s business. Is wetting after wetting.
We ketch yuh letting loose (Doh mind yuh friend in the front in shock). Yuh wait whole year, now is time to spread those hands and let go!
Even we are embarrassed to say what we ketch yuh doing? Dude… Is that a 6:30? Lord save us all. www.etntweekly.com •
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Feting Fashion Fails
all for feting and having a time. However, this must be done responsibly. No excessive drinking and for Pete’s sake faux pas. Look at these recent fails. Wenoarefashion You think it’s okay to party the night away barefoot huh? Well, you’re wrong. Fashion is functional. Wear shoes that feel comfortable. Having to take off your footwear to party is a no-no. Not to mention it is unhygienic and unsafe. It’s a good thing we saw you in the background and saved you from doing yourself more harm.
You like and feel confident about your body so you wear clothing that shows it off. However, your open back top also exposes the fact you chose to wear a bra with visible straps. It may not hurt anyone else, but it is not fashion forward. Therefore, the squad is forced to do their duty.
This is nothing short of a travesty. There are so many components to this outfit and they do not work together. Not only is the outfit mismatched, but there are also other fundamental fashion flaws to take into account. Stockings with leggings, a reptile-skin belt with mismatched boots and a white and green dress that altogether looks like an ad for outpatient swag. Sigh!
The beautiful Katrina G strikes a pose for paparazzi at In Full View
DJ. Dane’s Taliban swag in full effect at a recent event
DJ. Jus Jase is spotted at the In Full View event
Mr. Renzo, Nisha B and Ravi B gather for a photo at Evolve
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Name: Wendy Joan Williams Age: 49 (July 18, 1964) Profession: Talk show host, actress, author, radio personality. Claim to Fame: Wendy Williams spent 20 years as a popular radio host in New York and Philadelphia before making it on television as the host of her own daytime talk show. A New Jersey native and graduate of Northeastern University (1986), Williams
got her start in Boston radio as an intern. After stints in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Washington, D.C., she landed in New York in 1989, where she gradually gained an audience for her sass-and-brass approach to regular callers and celebrity interviews. Williams called herself the "Queen of Radio" and her indiscreet personal questions put to celebrities brought her fame as the creator of awkward
Valentines Movies V
alentine’s Day usually ends up with couples enjoying dinner and a movie. With the current economic recession, some might even skip the dinner. Now that emphasis is on movies, here are two options that are just right for the occasion.
About Last Night A modern reimagining of the classic romantic comedy, this contemporary version closely follows new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world. The original version in 1986 starred James Belushi, Rob Lowe and Demi Moore. This version
takes an ethnic twist and features Michael Ealy, Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Paula Patton and more.
Winter’s Tale Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, "Winter's Tale" is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. The story follows a burglar who falls for an heiress as she dies in his arms. When he learns that he has the gift of reincarnation, he sets out to save her. Several huge stars are in this film including Russell Crowe, Colin Farrell, Will Smith and Jennifer Connelly.
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but compelling radio. Her radio show, The Wendy Williams Experience, was formatted for a VH-1 television series in 2006, and in 2009 she left the radio business behind for cable daytime television. Part RuPaul and part Oprah, her hosting job on The Wendy Williams Show includes commentary on celebrity gossip, talk of the ups and downs of daily life and occasional heartfelt in-
terviews with celebrities. Wendy Williams also appeared as a contestant in the 12th season of Dancing With the Stars (2011). Wendy Williams had a catchphrase on radio, "How ya' doin'?", that was originally used to insinuate that a celebrity was homosexual; she kept the catchphrase for her television show, but stopped using it in that context... Williams was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2009.
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