Published on May 3rd, 2017 | by Peter Ray Blood Trinidad Guardian Newspapers0
Beautiful pan music in the East and West
Beautiful music was the common note which threaded entertainment activity last weekend, though the entertainment menu actually began the previous Wednesday when Q’s Place on Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain, was the venue for an evening of calypso and comedy. The stand up comedic aspect of the show was supplied by Tommy Joseph and Nuts Landing while the calypso cast included Bro Alpha, Hamidullah, Myron B, Johnny King and Humorous Calypso Monarch Brother Ebony.Several artistes, promoters and calypso aficionados were in attendance including past national calypso monarchs Chuck Gordon and Duane O’Connor, Contender and Bunny B, Carl Jacobs, Robin Foster, Roderick and Frank Ward, Junior Hutson and Diane Holdip.
Solidly booked for weekend fetes until August, Q’s Place is the latest calypso venue in the nation’s capital since De Nu Pub was destroyed by fire in March. As a promoter, Blackie has big plans to continue producing mid-week calypso shows at this venue and other showplaces and among the artistes he intends showcasing are Barbados’ Edwin Yearwood and Baron. Friday evening’s agenda began early when Western Credit Union (WESCU) hosted its 2017 prize-giving ceremony at its Fitt Street, Woodbrook, head office for winners in its first ever calypso, rapso and chutney competition which was held during the carnival season. A stone’s throw away, on Tragarete Road, Woodbrook, Modernaires Single Pan band was premiering its first Friday-evening, after-work production.
Two blocks away, the panyard of 2017 National Panorama (Single Pan) champion Newtown Playboyz was venue for Now is the Time—Music for Change, staged by Concerned Individuals for Pan. The large crowd in attendance was thoroughly entertained by performances by Ken “Professor” Philmore, Earl Brooks, Dane Gulston & Family, The Martin Cain Family, Dennis Smith, Allan Cardinal, Crazy, De Original De Fosto Himself, Anslem Douglas, Oscar B and Adrian Philbert. Among the attendees at this event were Muslimeen Imam Yasin Abu Bakr, former Pan Trinbago vice president Byron Serrette and Pan Trinbago executive members Gerard Mendez and Earl Morris, as well as members of Friends of Pan Trinbago.