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Issue No. 014

Friday, May 23, 2014

Tiffany Megnath

Atisha Gaskill

Ayana Whitehead

Rebekah London

Rafieya Husain

Cherese James


s the search continues for our next beauty ambassador, eight beautiful, intelligent and elegant young ladies will be clashing head on with the intention of winning the coveted title of Miss World Guyana, 2014. The delegates will take centre stage on Monday, May 26 at the National Cultural Centre where they will be competing in the final round of the talent, swimsuit, evening gown and intelligence segments of the pageant. There were several preliminary competitions that were held leading up to pageant night. The contestants, who are representing various administrative regions, are all adding their fi-

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nal touches on their various pieces that are expected to captivate the hearts of the judges. The first competition, a beach beauty photo shoot, was held at the Pegasus poolside, with six of the eight delegates competing. This was followed by the interview segment which was held on May 16. This was a fierce competition where the delegates showcased their intellectual capabilities. At the end of this segment, it was a clear indication that it will not be an easy final leg come May 26. The fitness competition was held on May 18 and the delegates used the opportunity to show off

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their perfectly toned and curvaceous bodies. Most of the delegates have been in and out of the gym at the Pegasus Hotel with the aim of getting their bodies sculpted into the right shape, as they vie for the title. The fitness competition was judged closely and closed to the public. The delegates also participated in the talent segment where they performed a talent piece of their choice. As expected again, the delegates gave their best and the audience is in for a treat on pageant night. That competition was held on May 20. The final preliminary competition will be held on Sunday, May

25 with the supermodel competition. All preliminary segments will allow the contestants to earn bonus points towards their preliminary scores. Preliminary scores for the interview and special skills competition will be added to the final round. Those competing for the coveted title are Rebekah London, Gericia Francis, Rafieya Husain, Cherese James, Denicia Williams, Atisha Gaskill, Ayana Whitehead, and Tiffany Megnath. The Miss World Guyana pageant commenced in May 1966 and crowned its first Title-holder, Umbilita Van Sluytman, who was

also known as the Independence Queen and became Guyana’s first placement and semi-finalist in the Miss World 1966 pageant. The Miss World pageant is the first international pageant that Guyana achieved repeated successes in. As a result, Guyana is known for having one of the longest consecutive placements in the history of the Miss World pageant. On May 26, 2013, Natasha Martindale was awarded the franchise from Miss World Chairwoman and CEO, Julia Morley. Tickets for the pageant are available at the National Cultural Centre and cost $2500, $2000, and $1000.


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Reflections, A

fashion extravaganza entitled “Reflections, A New Dawn” is set for Theatre Guild this Saturday and hopes to make a difference and inspire others. The brainchild of local designer Nelsion Nurse, his team has joined forces with the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) to host not only a day of fashion, but a blood drive starting from 08:30h to 13:00h at the Theatre Guild, Parade Street, Kingston before show time. The Reflections team believes that it is a person’s social, as well as national duty, to assist our fellow human beings, especially those in need at the nation’s hospitals. In doing this, one may save the life of another by assisting the NBTS in their role to provide a constant and fresh supply of healthy blood, which is needed at all times t o provide Guyana’s health system with the required blood components. Blood donors and potential donors are invited to support this worthy cause. While potential donor smight have misgivings about needles, the professional phlebotomists at the NBTS will be there to assist and guide you through the short and painless procedure that lasts just about 10 minutes. After fulfilling one’s social duty, patrons can sit back and enjoy the Reflections runway show which kicks off at 19:00h and is scripted to tell the story of euphoria. A dialogue with one’s spirit, it tells of the journey through life’s challenges, trials and accomplishments as we reflect on our past; embrace our present and celebrate the things to come in the future. Reflections will be more than a fashion show, as it is a fashion story and there is also a very relevant connection between designing art and the performing arts...they co-exist to produce ‘style’. With this vision in mind, the Theatre Guild becomes paramount for facilitating such. Joining the models on

stage will be Jackie Hanover, Road March Queen Melissa “Vanilla” Roberts, Y3K, the National Dance Company, along with dances choreographed by Allison Glasgow and Colvin Andrews. Designers on board to showcase their pieces are Nelsion Nurse, Mwanza Glenn, GFW 2013 Young Designer awardees Colwyn Abrams, Wynette Jone, Paula Evans Roxanne King, and Kim Gomes, along with jewellery designers Roger Evelyn, Deborah Mathias and Natasha David. Also joining the line up is world renowned designer Sonia Noel; Guyana’s Fashion icon and one of the Caribbean’s leading designers. Some of the more prominent models would be past winners of Guyana Model Search, such as Allana Phoenix, who will also be joined by visiting models out of Suriname. Tickets for the event can be bought at the following ticket locations – Sonia Noel Designs, Barr Street, Kitty and the Theatre Guild,

Parade Street, Kingston, Georgetown. Tickets are $2500 and $4000 for VIP.


uyana is rapidly becoming an ideal location for the production of movies, films and documentaries. Australian Writer/Director Max De Bowen is presently in Guyana scouting for locations and casting of supporting roles for the production of a feature film “A Bitter Lime”. This is his third visit to the country and he is very excited about the production. The film is based on a man who was tired of living his life in Los Angeles and wanted a place to escape to, only to find out that his problems stand with him. It will be shot in September of this year and apart from a production team that will be coming from Canada, Los Angeles, USA and Singapore, he will also be working with a local team to be headed by Melissa “Vanilla” Roberts. This will be one of the many films that have been shot in Guyana over the past three years. Casting auditions will be held on Independence Day,


he place to be tonight is the spacious and fabulous Club Next, Princess Hotel and Casino, Providence, East Bank Demerara, for “PANDEMIC”.

May 26 at 13:00h at the SideWalk Café for the following supporting roles: George: 30-40 year-oldmale Rastafarian taxi driver. Must be friendly but very rough and hard to understand. Detective Primo: 40-55-year-old male, well spoken, career in law enforcement in the US and Guyana. Kat Turner: 30-40-yearold antagonist who is rough, aggressive, but possesses human charm. Street store seller: 30-50-year-old female who

is serious, friendly and assertive. Venue photographer: 18-25-year-old male photographer with a cool personality. Waitress: 20-30-yearold female who is cute and friendly. Thug: 25-35-year-old large male. Character has thug-like characteristics. B u s i n e s s m a n : 35-45-year-old male with small build, soft and nerdlike personality. C o m p a n i o n : 25-35-year-old female who is weary, very laidback and down-to-earth. Character speaks Creole. Receptionists (2): 25-35-year-old female, routine-driven, professional. Schoolgirls (3): 1418 years old female. Conventional, yet cute and friendly. There are also required roles such as theatre patrons, restaurant patrons and club patrons. Interested persons can call telephone number 2236020 for additional details.

Dubbed the official ‘After Exam Party #AXP’, come and party the night away and let go of all the stress life has thrown your way. The best deejays from the Fusion family – Gully Ras and Selector Diamond – alongside Club Next DJs, LI Mad and Smith are set to light things up with the

best party sounds. Admission to the event costs $1000 and all UG students with their UG IDs are free before 23:00hrs. There will also be lots of drink specials. “PANDEMIC” – the epic party of 2014…Fail or Pass, come out and have a blast! The event is powered by Purple Link Entertainment.

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Miss World Guyana 2013,

Ruqayyah Boyer says goodbye… O

n May 26, our 48th Independence Day, Ruqayyah Boyer will be tasked with the crowning of her successor. The honour is indeed hers and it is with much anticipation that she looks forward to this moment as she has utmost faith and confidence that whoever wins the crown and the prestigious title of Miss World Guyana 2014 will definitely be someone who would be able to live up to the Miss World ethos of “Beauty With A Purpose”. At the time she was crowned Miss World Guyana 2013, Ruqayyah was still the reigning Miss Guyana Universe 2012 queen, however, the transition into her new post with the assistance, guidance and support of both the new Miss World Guyana Franchise and Miss Guyana Universe organisation, was smooth and seamless, giving her the opportunity to rise to the

occasion and reign proudly as Guyana’s 2012 and 2013 beauty Ambassador to the world. One of the main tenants of the Miss World Pageant is being a beauty with a purpose; someone whose main role is to help people around the world who are suffering from various types of social ills. To a greater extent, it focuses its energies on disadvantaged children worldwide. During her tenure, she championed the issue of domestic violence and bullying in Guyana. Before travelling to Indonesia in September of 2013, she undertook several medical outreach programmes here, starting with several villages in Berbice with the Operation Dream Catchers group out of the United States.

Guyana Times Entertainment




or the second consecutive week, John Legend’s “All of Me” remains at the top on the Guyana Times Entertainment Top 10. “Happy” is heading down and quite possibly off the charts as this week, Eminem and Rihanna scare the Happiness away with a little bit of “Monster”. No new songs on the charts this week, but definitely some quantum leapers with Paramore’s “Aint It Fun” leaping seven spots to take the number three position. The soundtrack from the movie Frozen “Let Me Go” also jumps two places landing at number six. Remember, persons can vote up to 10 times per track and can text the name of their favourite track to 592-654-7804 or 592687–8893 to vote.


John Legend – All of Me Eminem featuring Rihanna – Monster


Pharrel Williams – Happy

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Paramore – Aint It Fun

Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azaela – Problem 6 Idina Mendez – Let It Go Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne and Tyga – Loyal DJ Snake featuring Lil Jon 8 – Turn Down For What Jason Derulo featuring Snoop Dogg – Wiggle Wiggle


Katy Perry featuring Juicy J – Dark Horse Keep voting.

Vote: 654- 7804 or 687-8893

Following this event, she partnered with the Caribbean American Domestic Violence Awareness group and travelled to Trinidad for two weeks, carrying out various

workshops around the island pertaining to this issue of domestic violence. Next was her trip to New York, where, with the help of the newly founded Miss World Guyana team, she trained and worked on various areas that make up the Miss World contest. These events included the beauty with a purpose segment, Miss World Top Model contest, beach beauty, sport fitness,

talent, interview, high fashion show – all competitions that our local delegates have been tasked with during this year’s miss world Guyana contest. In 2013, she

received two awards – one by the New York City Council honouring her for her work in relation to the issues of domestic violence and bullyism, and the second award bestowed upon her at the Linden Town Committee Award Ceremony, where she was bestowed with the title of Queen of the Year and congratulated for her contribution to pageantry in Guyana.

A t the Miss World pageant, she managed to place in the talent semi-finals, placing 13th out of 130 countries in the people’s choice award and make it to the beach beauty top 32, but failure to score big or win another fast track event wiped her chances of being in the final 15 for the grand coronation event. The disappointment at not being able to bring the crown home for Guyana was there but on return to Guyana, she resumed her post and continued to work on her beauty with a purpose project pertaining to domestic violence and bullyism. During the Christmas holiday season, she held two successful toy drives in Georgetown and her hometown, Linden which saw over 50 children receiving toys donated by Les meus Deux Jewellery Store out of NYC. Her most major and successful project to date would have to be the national school tour where she visited over 40 secondary school across Guyana and held interactive sessions on bullyism and domestic violence. The joy and candour that she experienced while interacting

with each of the students gave her hope that Guyana would one day be in the hands of a generation that would lead with great vision, love, fairness and dependability. Apart from school tours she was afforded the opportunity to host and perform at numerous shows around Guyana, such as the beauty of Christmas with the National Communications Network and the recently concluded Guyana’s Newest Top Model reality runway show hosted by the Millennium Manor Hotel. Additionally, in January of 2014, she started her own radio programme called ONDABLOC with the Guyana Music Network which airs every Saturday. Work also commenced on her online help and shelter forum for the Hope Phoenix Foundation, which is scheduled to be launched later this year. Being Miss World Guyana was one of her many dreams in life and Ruqayyah remains grateful to Almighty God, family, friends and all of her sponsors and supporters who stood by her side during the process.

Jackie Hanover launches new single “Money”


uyanese reggae and dancehall artiste, “Jackie Jaxx” Hanover has been creating some excitement on the airwaves with new releases like “Nakupenda”, “Fight Over Man” and “Slow Jam”, but this time around, she has outdone herself with a brand new track titled “Money”. The single was recorded with the “Na Na” riddim and was produced by DP Studio, Mc Doom, East Bank Demerara. Artistes such as Adrian Dutchin, Charmaine Blackman, Jory Hector, and Kwasi Edmondson have all recorded songs with the “Na Na” riddim. “Money” has been described as the girl’s anthem and tells of the everyday struggle in the country with regards to the lack of money. “Once you have money, then you’re in business”, the songstress said. The song was released on the BOOM station and is due to be released on other major radio stations over the weekend. She will soon release at least four videos for “Nakupenda”, “Slow Jam” and two others. The young

budding artiste will also embark on a 13 song album which will be promoted in the US, UK, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. She

sees the Caribbean as her major target area and will be focusing her marketing strategy there. The album will have

popular dancehall, reggae, soca and free style and is expected to hit local airwaves in the new month.



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ikel Andrews, originally from Bartica, attended the Bartica Secondary School where he attained his secondary education before coming to the capital city. Back in his secondary school years, the performing arts was just a place where he used his talent at school functions to portray different aspects of the performing arts. He never one day got the motivation or encouragement to perform on a wider stage. In his private time, he would dance and perform poetry for his mom and sometimes to himself. Two weeks after he moved to Georgetown, he clearly remembers passing the National Culture Centre, where a poster caught his eye. It was an advertisement for an upcoming dance production titled “Outrageous”. He recalled stopping his car, reading the poster over and over again and realising it was

a Classique Dance Company production. He went to the ticket office and purchased two auditorium front tickets but did not have a companion at that time. Surprisingly, that same week, he noticed that one of his friends posted a picture of the same production on his Facebook page. Commenting on the photo, he wrote “Wish I could be in the line up one day”. The next day the person replied and informed him that the dance company, at the time, was accepting applications for membership. He leaped at the opportunity and the following week, he enrolled with one of the most prestigious dance groups in Guyana. He remembered his first class being taught by one of the dance company members, Kester Andrews, but he was just filling in for the designated dance instructor Paul Charles, whom he considered a ‘legend’ in the Art. He began training in the contemporary style of dance. After several months of dance training, he was promoted to the advance level. It was during that level of his training that he felt totally connected to every movement he made. Andrews is still learning with much room for improvement. He attributes his new found confidence to the experiences gained through the dance

company. He went on to say that initially, he had no interest in taking part in the pageant, but that changed after a friend encouraged him to give it a try. He recalled that on audition day, he performed a dance piece to Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking ball”. There, he made a little fall, but quickly improvised and it was never noticed. The young man added that although the competition is competitive thus far, he is thoroughly enjoying it. He intends to put his best foot forward at every level with high hopes of doing well. All of the experience has helped him to lay the foundation and shape his life with attributes that will assist him throughout his lifetime. He is also very privileged to be among the first batch of students to graduate with a diploma from the National School of Theatre Arts and Drama. The skills he learnt would definitely impact his artistic works in lighting, sound, projection, stage setting and costume. Today, he consider himself a very positive individual – one who walks this earth strong, determined and full of


ith a hiatus close to a year, George Anthony Abrams, more popularly known as “Chiney”, is set to make a comeback in the music industry with his newest single called “Fi-Yuh”. The song was written by the artiste and was recorded in the Code Red Studio in Silvertown, Linden. The song showcases his versatility and his strong vocals. The song is all about a party session with the guys doing everything to get a dance from a particular female on the dance floor. The riddim is somewhat similar to Hispanic beats, so its anticipated that it will create the right party mood for partyholics.

merit. He believes there’s a time and place for everything and more so, he has a need to believe in something greater than himself. As an aspiring journalist and entrepreneur, he never settles for less than his heart really desires. Besides aiming to achieve his goals, he enjoys swimming, acting, dancing and spending time with family and friends. He personally considers being a part of the Mr Guyana Talented Teen pagent 2014 a privilege as it gives him the chance to express himself in a universal language, only spoken through dance. “Fi-Yuh” will be released on the BOOM radio and in Linden over the weekend. It will also be launched on other major radio station in the new week. The artiste added that he will also be shooting the official video for the song in a few weeks time. Speaking a little on his time away from the music scene, Abrams said it took some time to get settled under his new management which falls under Enamic Studio. He hopes that this song will be a hit that his fans will love. His last major public appearance was made when he participated in the Carib Soca Monarch competition in 2013.


et the tissue packed in your bags and your best face on as the seventh edition of popular satirical comedy show “Nothing to Laugh About” is slated for the National Cultural Centre (NCC) on Friday May 30 to Monday, June 2. Those who have seen this side-splitting laughter fest are already storming the NCC for tickets, as newcomers prepare to be consumed by the professionalism and satirical nature of the play. As always, “Nothing to Laugh About” has the 411 on all those little spicy stories that went down throughout the year, along with other hot issues. The director, Lyndon “Jumbie” Jones, promises that the seventh edition is expected to create havoc, leaving patrons falling out of their seats and breathless. He added that the team had a whole year to plan and write the script and promises that this sequel will be the best of the rest. The theatrical presentation, which will run for four days and is expected to be explosive, will see a cream of the crop, top class cast including veteran comedian Henry Rodney, Leza “Radika” Singh, Michael Ignatius, Clemencio Goddette, Mark Kazim, Kirwyn Mars, Chris Gopaul, Simone Persaud, Leon Cummings, Alana Craigen, Gerard Gilkes, Johann David, Zoya Moore, Jermaine Grimmond, Brian Goodman, Ryan Benschop, Shantel Mc Lean, Colin Barker and other young rising stars. Tickets for the shows cost $1000, $1500 and $2000 and can be purchased at the usual outlets: Upscale Guyana Restaurant and Sport Bar, Hinck Street; Giftland OfficeMax, Water Street; Nigel’s Supermarket, Robb Street; Gizmos and Gadgets, Wellington Street; Payless Variety Store, Elegance Jewellery and Pawnshop, A and H Wireless City, and the National Cultural Centre, Homestretch Avenue. The event is sponsored by Upscale Guyana Restaurant and Sport Bar, Giftland OfficeMax, Banks DIH Ltd, Dinar Trading, Payless Variety Store, Elegance Jewellery and Pawnshop, Survival Supermarket and Roger Hinds Service Station. “Nothing to Laugh About 7” is produced by Maria Benschop with actress, Sonia Yarde as stage manager.


resses brought to life – the embodiment of beauty through fabric, the model’s curves perfectly enhanced, the bodaciousness of their appeal – this is how Mwanza Mainza Glenn embraces fashion. Designing, one of his first loves, has been one of the many talents this young designer displayed from an early age. Influenced and encouraged mainly by his mother who is a seamstress and who used many of his designs for her customers, along with the several wraps he created, is how Mwanza Mainza Glenn continually persevered in order to enhance his ability as a budding designer. “I was further inspired when at the age of 11, I used one of my sketches for an art examination and was awarded an excellent grade. I can still remember my art teacher, telling me, that was very creative, and don’t ever stop doing it.” In 2009, Glenn applied to be part of the Facts Three designer competition and was accepted. While he reminisced about his feelings going into the competition, he said he remembers feeling very confident and thought that he was the only teenager with his level of ability, but soon came to the realisation that Guyana truly has a lot of undiscovered talent. He went on to say that as the competition went on, he learned from his colleagues as well as the experienced designers. He was also taught how to bring costumes to life. This adventure opened his eyes to the wider world of fashion on a whole new level. In the year 2010 he launched his first collection “Blaque Buzz” at Guyana Fashion Weekend. It was a partnership with another designer. The experience was quite enlightening as he brought his designs from concept to reality. As a result of the exposure, he was contacted by several clients who were enthralled with his work


he Princess Fun City Entertainment Centre celebrates its first Anniversary by introducing two 3D digital movie theatres in Guyana. The 3D theatres, the first of its kind in Guyana, offers family Fun and entertainment with the seating capacity of 186 combined (93 seats in each theatre). With 10 shows every day, each week, the entertainment centre provides the latest releases in Hollywood, children and Bollywood movies. In an ever changing world where technology keeps improving, movie studios are phasing out the 35mm reels and introducing 2D and 3D digital theatres, with over 90 per cent of cinemas around the world converted to digital already. This has eliminated the short comings with 35mm reels. Movies goers can now enjoy a more vivid screen, brighter co-

lour projection with life like images. Princess Fun City Entertainment Centre aims to provide family fun entertainment by delivering the ultimate movie experience that would last a lifetime. Guyanese can now have the same opportunity as the rest of the world. The goals is to bring families together. The management and staff of Princess Fun City Entertainment Centre wish to express our sincere appreciation to our customers, friends and employees for their loyal support as we celebrate out first year in business. We could have not come this far without your support for the Princess team. The 3D theatre opens today to the public with Gozilla and X-Men at 19:00h.

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and requested a few pieces, one of which was African wedding attire. With new-found confidence and a greater sense of dedication and determination, Glenn started 2011 with preparations for the annual InterSchool Mash Costume competition. He designed and created two costumes for Richard Ishmael Secondary School and much to his delight, the designs placed first in the individual category and third in the group category. On a roll, the young and talented designer moved on to his next project with vigourous with preparation for Theatrical Spectacular, a show that was staged in April. This show celebrated the evolution of fashion and featured Glenn as the main designer in the final part of the show, which depicted the afro-centric theme for Guyana Fashion Weekend 2011. Weeks after, he was one of the featured designers in the annual Easter Hat show, where three of his African headdresses were showcased. Because of his artistic background and experience, Glenn was soon after contacted and offered the position of Art Director of “Beached,” one of the many movies aired at a film festival. In July of 2011, his designs were featured at the Culture, Youth and Sport Ministry’s African Show and Exhibition at the Square of the Revolution, Georgetown. His designs were later showcased at the IFA House of Santeria, pre-Emancipation Grand Cultural Extravaganza; the launching of Guyana Fashion Weekend, and at “African Celebration” – a production staged by the National Dance Company of Guyana. Working under the Label Wanza’s Designs, his designs have graced numerous stages; such as the Guyana Folk Festival, New York; best high fashion piece at the Miss United Nations Pageant 2012, which was worn by Soyini Fraser; the Mother and Daughter Pageant 2012 winners; the Miss Guyana Universe Pageant and the Miss Bartica Regatta Pageant. Showcasing his pieces at the Inter-Guiana’s Cultural Festival 2012, The Baganara Resort Mother’s Day getaway, the Help and Shelter Foundation Charity Fashion Show and Auction, and several other showings at Wedding Expo, Mwanza Mainza Glenn and Wanza’s Designs has become a household name in Guyana. Glenn was specially selected to represent Guyana at Mission

Catwalk (Season 3); the Caribbean’s reality fashion designing competition filmed in Jamaica in 2013. Mwanza’s pieces are currently available in two stores – Sonia Noel Designs, Barr Street, Kitty; and Roxiann Fashion and General Designing Show Room, 301 Church Street, South Cummingsburg, Georgetown. He will soon add a third location at K and Y Exclusive, 195 Camp Street, Georgetown. In addition to sketching, measuring and designing, Glenn says he sees himself as a multitalented individual. He is also a member of the National Dance Company of Guyana, an actor appearing in a series aired on radio and a dance teacher. He enjoys volunteering, peer educating and being involved in all positive aspects of youth development.

We behavin bad’ on August 9 when Jamzone Summer Break will be hosted in New York City, USA. Creating quite a buzz with his 2014 release “Behaving the Worst”, Skinny Fabulous is the most recent artiste to be added to the Jamzone NYC edition line up. Already set to perform at the much anticipated event is Mavado, Timeka Marshall and X2. Gamal Doyle, better known by his stage name “Skinny Fabulous”, is unquestionably the most talented soca artiste from St Vincent and the Grenadines. This versatile artiste demonstrates his passion for work with his quick wit and his ability to mesmerise the crowd while on stage.

Skinny Fabulous is always willing to push the boundaries of Caribbean music


with energetic performances and with his own twist to the art; his style may some-

times be considered soca-dancehall, two genres that surely invigorate any crowd. Skinny Fabulous is both a singer and songwriter, but it was in 2008 that he made a major impression on the soca arena with the release of “Head Bad’ for Vincy Mas of that year. With that release, the St Vincent Soca Monarch was named and Skinny Fabulous’ career skyrocketed. He later collaborated with some of the top soca artistes such as Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin, FayAnn Lyons, Peter Ram, Kevin Lyttle, etc. Among some of the songs Skinny Fabulous is highly recognised for are “De Beast Leh Go”, “Summer Body”, “Badder than Everybody” and

“Fetting On”. Jamzone NYC, which is slated for August 9, at The Village, Ralph Avenue, Brooklyn, is promised to be nothing less than adrenaline-charged and plans have definitely kick-started in this direction with the first set of bookings and what’s more exciting, additional performers are yet to be announced. While this will be the first year for Jamzone to be hosted in the US, the event is in its 14th year in Guyana where it has been established as the greatest calendar event for the August holidays. Promoters are aiming for Guyana’s most anticipated event to make a similar impact on the international scene.


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Guyanese models this Sunday


s Guyana celebrates its 48th Independence, there are several parties to commemorate this milestone you just dont want to miss over the weekend. Club Next is the place to be this Sunday as we celebrate Guyana’s independence with a bang and more so, some exciting entertainment. On Sunday, reigning Carib Soca Monarch Kwasi “Ace” Edmondson and reggae/dancehall artiste and member of the Heatwave Band, Jackie Hanover also called “Jackie Jaxx” will be performing live. With their versatile performances, patrons are expected to have a blast with some excellent soca, reggae and dancehall vibes. Music will be provided by Boom deejays Energy and the Deejay Madd and Selector Smith from Club Next. Patrons can buy one bottle of Eldorado 12-year-old rum and get another bottle absolutely free until mid night. There will also be special prices on all local drinks during the night, along with bottle specials. Admission to the event cost $1500 and ladies will be admitted free until midnight. Dress to impress in red, yellow and green, this Sunday.


he newly established Traits Model Management Agency has started its search for Guyanese models and will on Sunday host a “Model Call” at the Gravity Lounge commencing at 17:00h. The agency will be based in Guyana with the main objective of creating an avenue for young men and women to make themselves marketable, both regionally and internationally. The agency is looking for ideal persons who have the potential of becoming Guyana’s fashion ambassadors. If you are between the ages of 17 and 25 years old, five feet, eight inches tall and over, then this is the opportunity to become the face of Guyana, while being given the mantle to promote Guyana’s cultural diversity. Once selected, the potential models will go through rigorous training that will mould them and make them marketable. Behind the backdrop of having the best models in South Africa, Jamaica or Brazil, the founder, Junior Kennedy feels that Guyana has tremendous beauty and talent and can compete on an international level. The auditions cater for aspiring male and female models. Additionally, experienced models are welcome to sign up to be a participant in the audition event. Those desirous of auditioning are reminded to be natural in appearance – no make up, no hair extensions or weave, etc. For more information, kindly contact Junior Kennedy on telephone number 658-5338.



hich Candy do you prefer??? Chocolates or gummies? Lollipops or candy sticks? It is a night which will give patrons the right to use any candy when Hits and Jams Entertainment brings to you another addictive concept with “Candy Crush”. The addiction party is set for this Saturday, May 24 at the new and improved Palm Court, Main Street, Georgetown. Come out and party with the ultra sexy “Candy Girls” with the best selection of music by Boom deejays,


G u l l y Ras,

Selector Diamond, Deejay Sizzle and others who are definitely going to put you in the party mood for the entire night. Ladies in groups of five will be admitted free before 22:00h. Make sure to walk with your favourite candy as you party with Hits and Jams Entertainment this Saturday. The addiction party… It’s gonna be Sweet!

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ollywood’s dream girl Hema Malini, who has won the Mathura Parliamentary seat on a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ticket, is determined to prove all the cynics and smirkers wrong. She says she’s not in politics to “pose for pretty pictures in beautiful saris”, but to bring “changes needed in the way the constituency is run”. “They were making fun of me because they thought I was just here in Mathura to pose for pretty pictures in beautiful saris. They forgot that I’ve spent six years in the Rajya Sabha before attempting to contest the Lok Sabha elections. So I am not a glamorous star whiling away my time,” said the veteran actress. “Now those cynics will sit and watch my performance. They will say, ‘Let’s see what she does.’ Well, all I can say to them is they will get to see a lot of me in Mathura,” she

added. The actress, who celebrated her victory with her daughters Ahana and Esha, feels her physical presence in her constituency is not enough. “It would be simple enough for me to visit Mathura once a month. But that isn’t enough. There’s work to be done and many changes needed in the way the constituency is run,” the 65-year-old said. She doesn’t deny that the Narendra Modi wave helped her win. “Of course the wave gave an edge to all BJP candidates. I won because of Modiji. But the wide margin by which I won was because of my own personal standing in the constituency. “People in Mathura knew I was there with a serious agenda. Now I need to prove myself,” she said. She feels the entire nation is watching her party. “Everyone has great hopes from Narendra Modiji and all his party members, like me, who have been elected. We can’t afford to let them down.” (


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ari comes to Naren’s house. Naren emotionally kisses her forehead. Ankita watches them silently. (

hey come to Guru ji’s ashram. A girl produces light from glass that hits Gunjan’s eyes. She sees the girl peeking outside from a broken window. (

he Indian film industry’s iconic couple, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will exclusively host the “Cinema Against AIDS” AMFAR dinner soiree on May 22 at the Cannes Film Festival. Held at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc ,the evening will be attended by some of the biggest names from the world of fashion, music and business including Kenneth Cole, Heidi Klum, Sharon Stone, John Travolta, Kelly Preston and Lewis Hamilton to name a few. Cinema Against AIDS is a world-renowned charitable fundraiser held each year since 1993 during the Cannes Film Festival, and it is the most coveted ticket of the film festival. The black-tie event is celebrated for its glittering guest list, its unpredictable live auction, and its unrivalled success in generating funds for AMfAR’s lifesaving AIDS research programmes. The evening will flag off with a champagne reception and dinner, followed by a live auction, a fashion show and performances by Robin Thicke and Lana del Ray, closing with a glamorous after party. (

e recently heard that Karan Johar will be adapting Amish Tripathi’s book, Immortals of Meluha for the big screen. For this film, Karan Johar was looking for a fresh and young actor who has the ability to look closest to Lord Shiva. Tiger Shroff, who will be seen in his debut film “Heropanti”, seems to be the perfect choice for the role because of his acting skills. Tiger’s strength, physicality and discipline have been talked about a lot. His real life persona will make it easier for him to play the role of this deity. Ironically, Shroff is a huge devotee


alal whispers to Jodha that we have to talk about the child tonight, Jodha looks at him and says “this is why you called me”, Jalal says its very important. Jodha angrily looks at him and is about to go but her dupatta get stuck under Jalal’s elbow, Jalal says look your dupatta is also in mood of naughtiness, Jodha is speechless. (

of Lord Shiva. He attributes all his strength and discipline to Lord Shiva. Shroff practises martial arts for about six to seven hours on a daily basis, when not in a shoot schedule. He is a firm believer and takes immense inspiration from Shiva’s stories. Also before any auspicious event in his life, he seeks the blessings of Lord Shiva. So who better than Tiger Shroff to portray the role. When contacted he said “Ma’am, there have been a lot of projects that I have been approached for. But I can only talk about them once it is finalised.” (


uperstar Shah Rukh Khan, a co-owner of an Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, is now going to attend pro-Kabaddi league matches. He confirmed his presence at the tournament in a series of tweets exchanged between himself and Ronnie Screwvala; owner of a kabaddi franchise. When the “Don” star tweeted about the recent victory of his IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders in Hyderabad, Screwvala responded to it by posting: “Congrats SRK – force be with you on this and at HNY (‘Happy New Year’) too.” The actor then requested Screwvala to call him for kabaddi. Screwvala then posted: “July, last week – we have a date! Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi.”

Shah Rukh, a sport enthusiast said he will be there for his team as well as for actor Abhishek Bachchan, who has bought the Jaipur franchise of Pro-Kabaddi, a professional Kabaddi league. “Ronnie Screwvala, will be there for your team and Abhishek’s team,” replied Khan, who played the sport in his film “Pardes”. Meanwhile, he was ecstatic that his team KKR won an IPL match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. “My mom would be proud of my KKR boys. Love you. Need to kiss you all. Will come to Kolkata and do it. Umesh (Yadav) you are the sweetest. Absolutely deserving of the Man-of-Match. Me and my daughter have kind of gone mad with happiness,” SRK further posted Monday on Twitter. (


friDAY, may 23, 2014

Sara Ali

Rene Chester

he Guyana Music Network in collaboration with the African Cultural and Development Association (ACDA) will be kicking off the 76th Emancipation celebrations with the staging of a talent show and competition. “Centre Stage”, as it is deemed, will be in the form of a stage show and will feature new and upcoming artistes who are members of the Guyana Music Network or who would have been identified as youths with potential by other members of the network. It is a one of a kind

competition, spearheaded by Kross Kolor Records and is open to young Guyanese singers, dancers, designers, instrumentalists and comedians between the ages of 12-24 years. It’s main objective is to discover new talent in the various creative fields. The main objectives of this event are to provide a stage for creative expression, to provide a professional setting for proper expression, to enable youths to express themselves to a captive audience, to provide guidance and training for upcoming artistes to express their talent



he Gravity Lounge will come alive this Saturday when the Heineken Brand, the best of football and great entertainment come together in one spectacular location…all roads will lead to Gravity for the finals of t h e UEFA Champion League viewing party and concert. Be among the elite few who will be there to view the finals of the UEFA Champions League in a unique atmosphere designed to enhance, while viewing the game. The Gravity Lounge will be transformed into the Heineken party grand venue, which will be fully decorated to reflect Heineken Premium Brand status. The event begins at 12:30h and the game starts at 14:00h; football enthusiasts are encouraged to secure their seats early to view the most prestigious football tournament in the

in a professional manner and to provide a platform for free expression. Unlike any other competition that has been held in the country, “Centre Stage” will be produced in two phases, with the grand auditions being the first of which a total of 26 persons will be selected by an esteemed panel of judges in the various creative fields to compete for the top prizes in the finale. Interested persons can register as a group (maximum of six persons), solo, duo or trio and can also register under more than one category. The grand audition will be held on June 28, (time and venue to be announced) and the finale will take place on August 1 at the National Cultural Centre. Prizes will be awarded to the top three performers in each category. Registration can be done online at www. and application forms can also be uplifted from Kross Kolor Records, Duncan Street; The National School of Dance, Thomas Lands; Classique Dance Company, Hadfield Street; Theatre Guild Playhouse, Parade Street, Kingston and The National School of Music, Brickdam and College Roads, Georgetown. The closing date for all applications will be June 20.

world. Half-time entertainment will also feature great entertainment by Jamaican artiste Tanya Stephens, apart from the great food and lots of cold Heineken which will be sold at special prices. Also, after the finals, fans will be treated to another performance by the Jamaican artiste who intends to thrill her fans. Persons who would like to attend this event can only gain entry by participating in the current Heineken promotion, that is, with every six-pack purchased, they get a chance to win a ticket. The ticket however, has a special number that can see persons winning fabulous prizes, including a trip to any destination in Europe to watch the UEFA tournament in 2015. Heineken has been a proud sponsor of the UEFA Champion League since 1994.


eron Oliver Williams, also called “Geronimo”, a professional cyclist, was born to Glen and Gemma Williams, 23 years ago and was raised in humble home in Meadow Bank, East Bank Demerara. He started his young education at the Tender Care Playschool on Brickdam, Georgetown before moving on to Kingston Nursery and Sacred Heart Primary respectfully. His first few years of high school were spent at Gamaliel Academy before he transferred to St Rose’s High School. “Adventures” and “countless explorations” were the expressions used to describe his childhood. Although he grew up in Meadow Bank, he spent a lot of time travelling to Kuru Kururu on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway to visit his aunt and grandmother. When he was younger, Kuru Kururu was not very populated and most of the small surrounding creeks were still clean and in their pristine natural state. Williams said he would leave for hours at times with his cousin, trekking through the heavily forested areas just for fun, eating whatever fruits they could find. But the city life brought different adventures. While in Georgetown, he participated in various sports such as cricket, football, basketball and even riding his bike through the streets. This, the young man described as “crazy fun.” It seems as though this “crazy fun” would evolve into a career unknowingly to Williams. He received his first bike on his first birthday. “My parents said that I was hyper-active and the bicycle was to help me burn some energy, little did they know at that time, they were giving me a tool to carve my name in sporting history in Guyana and elsewhere”. He participated in his first bicycle race while attending Kingston Nursery School at the Inter-Nursery School Championships. At that race, he rode against some very fierce

competitive cycling, he has raced at different levels and it is hard to come to grips with being dropped or dropping out of a race when you know that you are in the best form of your life. More so, after you would have prepared for months for a certain event. Even though he is probably enjoying one of his best seasons on the bike, he is still thinking about the future of it. Five years from now, Williams sees himself starting a family and more importantly, he will still be involved in cycling, but most likely in a different capacity. “I would like to help bring in a new era of cycling to Guyana. There is so much that could be done to develop cycling in Guyana a n d

young wheelers and came out victorious. Racing official Joseph Britton was there that day and urged his father to

have him

s t a r t racing the BMX races in the National Park. At six years old, he won his first 1st place trophy, competing in the six-nine-year-old category in the National Park. In an interview with Guyana Times Entertainment, Williams said “cycling chose me”, with a little grin. “There were other sports that I played as a boy, I had football shoes, countless cricket bats but after playing those when I got home, I always ran for my bike… from them it became a part of me”. Cycling, he posited, is an interesting sport, noting that it has ways of changing a person’s entire demeanour and character. Throughout his 17 years in

sooner or later, folks will begin to realise how much raw talent is lurking around us,” the young cyclist said. He listed his parents and his only sibling, Veneta Williams as his inspiration, noting that without them, he would not have been the person he is today, while professional cyclist, Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland is his role model. Some of his accomplishments include the Juvenile Caribbean Road Race Championship, 2006; Ride for Life Five Stage winner, Junior and Senior Category, in 2009; the Commonwealth Road Race, Delhi, India – 31st Place in 2010; and 2nd overall in the recently concluded Independence Three Stage Road Race, Guyana. In his leisure time, he enjoys a good movie or even an interesting book if he could find one that would hold his attention. White, black, green, and turquoise are just a few of his colour preferences. He is a huge food fanatic and loves Italian dishes and lots of pasta. He also loves sandwiches, but is a bit biased to a cheese, turkey and spinach Panini.

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