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All Stars celebrate 70 with Classical Jewels

Friday, October 13, 2017
Raymond Edwards, left, and Nigel Floyd perform with Massy Trinidad All Stars during the concert ‘We goin’ down Sando’. PICTURE TONY HOWELL

Classical Jewels XI, scheduled for November 18 - 19, is being branded as “the ultimate steelband concert for 2017.” Headlined by Massy Trinidad All Stars the event is titled From Jules to Jemmott, two of the band’s iconic arrangers.

This year’s edition of this even is significant in that it marks 70 years since the steel orchestra adopted the name Trinidad All Stars, spawned out of Hell Yard in Port-of-Spain, previously named Hell Yard Cross of Lorraine and Second Fiddle.

In the year when All Stars appointed Neville Jules as its captain, he initiated a culture of discipline, innovation, dedication and commitment to excellence, traits that remain alive today and which have fuelled the Classical Jewels series of biennial concerts.

Classical Jewels is a blue riband event for All Stars as revenue generated from the concert goes towards the orchestra’s academic and social programmes, geared toward reducing the crime rate among the young people in the East Port-of-Spain community, as well as assist in the implementation of its adult literacy and other personal development programmes and enhance its pan theatre.

Since its premiere 33 years ago, Classical Jewels has been served by some of this land’s renowned musical figures including Fitzgerald “Jerry” Jemmott (Uncle Jem), the late Nelson Villafana and Gillian Nathaniel, and Derek Nurse.

Daryl Joseph, All Stars’ PRO, said this week, “In a year which began with a historic tenth National Panorama victory for us we consider Classical Jewels XI to be the pinnacle of 2017.”

A release from the band revealed that Classical Jewels XI will showcase the best of Massy Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra.

The culmination of several months of hard work, this 11th edition of the beloved series which began in 1974, is dedicated to Trinidad All Stars’ heroes, former leader Jules and former Music Director Jemmott.

On concert night Trinidad All Stars will pay musical tribute to these icons, in the process transporting the audience through a tantalising musical tapestry accompanied by an exciting constellation of guests including violinist Eleanor Ryan, soprano Rahel Moore, vocalist Sheldon Reid, the UWI Arts Chorale, and the Duke Street steelband’s very own super pan musician Dane Gulston.

Music Director on this November journey will be Deryck Nurse along with guest conductors June Nathaniel, Jessel Murray, Mia Gormandy, Sule Sampson and Junior Orchestra Music Director Kygel Benjamin.

The concert, to be held at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA), Port-of- Spain, is scheduled to begin at 8 pm on November 18 and at 6 pm the following evening.

Tickets are priced at $300 and are available at key Massy Food Stores; NAPA’s box office; and, at the Orchestra’s theatre, 46-48 Duke Street, Port-of-Spain (627-2127). Part proceeds will be donated to Goodwill Industries Vocational School for children with special educational needs.

Brother Superior goes to Nelson Island

The National Trust of T&T will host its third annual Vintage Calypso on Nelson Island on Saturday, October 21, from 3 pm to 7 pm, at the Nelson Island Heritage Site. This event is in commemoration of Calypso History Month and features Lord Superior with supporting acts which include: Lord Relator, GB, Poser, Lady Adanna and Abebele.

Andrew Marcano, christened Lord Superior when he entered calypso more than six decades ago, is a multi-talented artiste who began singing calypso at the age of 16 at the Victory Calypso Tent, Port-of-Spain and later at the Young Brigade Calypso Tent with fellow calypsonians Mighty Sparrow and King Fighter.

His contributions to calypso has paved the way for many in the fraternity. He was the first calypsonian to produce a record on his own record label; the first to perform at the Madison Square Gardens, New York, USA and the first to produce a full length calypso musical.

Answering to the stage name of Brother Superior since the ‘70s, this calypso living legend celebrated his Diamond Jubilee in 2014, and was awarded the Hummingbird Medal (silver) in 2015. This year, he will receive an Honorary Doctors of Letters (DLitt) at the 2017 graduation ceremony at University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus.Tickets are available at the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago’s Office, 68-70 Sackville Street, Port-of-Spain, and the San Fernando and Portof- Spain Water Taxi Terminals.

For further details about the event please contact the National Trust of T&T (225 4750 / 330 0630; Fax: 226 1008 or email: chenelle.spooner@

De Legacy is on this weekend

Following of its very successful July concert, The Codrington Pan Family is back with another dynamic night of entertainment for the entire family.

Billed as De Legacy, the concert will be held tomorrow at TLC, UWI, St Augustine. The show, which begins at 7 pm, will feature performances by the Soul Oasis Cultural Ambassadors (SOCA) and of course, hosts Codrington Pan Family.

This is the first concert to feature the Codrington’s re-branded look, which is in keeping with the ensemble’s strong commitment to family and community.

It is also indicative of the Codrington’s sterling contributions to the international music industry by way of the steelpan. In 2015, the group was the first steelband to premiere at the legendary SXSW in Texas.

On a more sober note the concert is also being hosted to assist the ensemble’s founder, Cary Codrington with medical expenses related to his treatments for cancer.

To date, Cary is the only arranger to have taken birdsong Steel Orchestra to a large band national Panorama final. In 1999, he founded The Codrington Pan Family, from which his children, Keisha and Khari, are remembered for their historic feat at the Pan is Beautiful XII Steelband Music Festival. Their other siblings, Kareem and Kaijah, are also involved in steelpan tuning and manufacturing.


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