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Naparima Bowl Celebrates Golden Jubilee
The Naparima Bowl celebrated their 50th Golden Jubilee year on Monday 27th August.
In recognition of this great milestone, the Bowl held an Interfaith and Thanksgiving Service on Thursday 2nd August and also hosted a Gala event and Honorary Awards Night this past Sunday the 19th of August, 2012. Naparima Bowl presented 36 awards to individuals and organizations. Some of the honorees were: Deborah Jean-Baptiste Samuel, for her contribution to drama; Mr. Robert Montano, first Chairman of the Bowl; Eugene Joseph for his involvement in the dance community; Leroy Calliste, also known as the Black Stalin; Dennis Hall, widely known as Sprangalang and Junia Regrello of Junior Sammy Group Skiffle Steel Orchestra, among many others.
The Chairman, Mrs. Sandra Sawak-Allum delivered here welcome address followed by the Honourable Minister Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, Minister of Public Administration who brought greetings on behalf of the Ministry. Also in attendance was the Honourable Minister Errol Mc Leod, who assisted with the presentation of awards.
Opening the programme was Xavier Strings whose performance delighted the audience. Also performing was Black Stalin accompanied by the Junior Sammy Group Skiffle Steel Orchestra whose pulsating performance was well acknowledged.
The Bowl also published and distributed their first-ever newsletter, a special ‘fifty-year’ edition which featured testimonials of significant persons, the history of the Bowl and also a photo gallery.
The celebration came to a close with a free concert to the public on August 25th, 2012 entitled “An Era in An Evening”. There was an explosion of performing arts, namely the Southernaires Choir, Arawaks Dance Group, Les Enfants Dance Company, San Fernando Theatre Workshop, among many more outstanding artistes. The event took place at the compound of Naparima Bowl located at 19-21 Paradise Pasture, San Fernando. All three events were wonderfully managed by Trinidad & Tobago Business Etiquette and Protocol Specialists Ltd.
The Naparima Bowl was officially opened on August 27th 1962, and soon became a popular venue with your-round activities. Many local acts had their beginnings at Naparima Bowl and still frequent the hall today.
We wish to thank all those who have supported us throughout the decades, and we look forward to your continued endorsement as we move into the next fifty years.
May Naparima Bowl continue to be a haven for the Arts.
San Fernando mayor Dr Navi Muradali believes involvement in the arts and sports ...
Students of Point Fortin East Secondary School, Presentation College, San Fernando, and Naparima College with Mayor Navi Muradali and president of the Val Turton/Carl Osborne Foundation yesterday at City Hall, San Fernando. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
Members of the Junior Sammy Group Skiffle brass section accompany calypsonian Black Stalin during his performance. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
For the Junior Sammy Skiffle to put on a two and a half hour concert, with a repertoire of 20 songs, less than one month after the National Panorama, is no mean feat. But that is what the San Fernando band did on March 16, at the NAPA South, at their concert, Skiffle Through the Years. CLICK FOR FULL STORY
Director of The King and I, Raymond Choo Kong, foreground, in rehearsal. Photo: Kearra Gopee
Scene from The King And I
The well-known lyrics of “dance de bele, doux doux, dance de bele” echoed through the Naparima Bowl, as dance groups from villages around the country took part in the semi-finals of the bele dance category of the Prime Minister’s Best Village trophy competition on Saturday night.
The week began with East Indian dancing and ended with bele as scores of groups vied for a place in the finals later this year.
Photographer EDISON BOODOOSINGH captured the scenes of the keen contest.
The beauty of bele
...Best Village dancers delight at at Naparima Bowl
Energy flows from this member of Mayaro Folk Performers.
International music industry executives and specialists who were in T&T for the 2013 Artistes Managers Music Business Conference (AMMBCON) have left with glowing words of praise for the talent they discovered here. ASK Promotions CEO, Stephen Howard, is predicting that as a result of 2013 AMMBCON, several local artistes might embark on world tours within the next year or so, given the enthusiasm of the international executives.
The business side of the creative industries development conference ended August 16, following three intensive days of workshops, networking sessions and training, with a series of local and international facilitators. However, the real conference wrap-up was on August 17 when top local artistes took to the stage at Zen Nightclub for a concert titled Fanmania. The very best artistes and exponents of the T&T music industry were on show, including Mungal Patasar, Michael Boothman, Los Alumnos de San Juan, H2O Phlo, Shurwayne Winchester, Freetown Collective, Orange Sky, Jamelody, Llettesha Sylvester, Ruth Osman, and many others.
Mungal Patesar and his son Prashant take centre-stage alongside band-mates in Pantar
Howard said the international music executives expressed interest in several of the local acts showcased at Fanmania and intend to work closely with the artistes and ASK Promotions to get them international exposure. AMMBCON 2013 was organised by ASK Promotions, with the full support and partnership of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment. The Ministry was the primary sponsor, and the conference is in partial fulfilment of its mandate to develop and help maximise the commercial potential of this country’s creative industries.
Hinds band skipping 2014 after 44 years..
Published: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
For the first time in 44 years there will be no 2014 Carnival offering from renowned Owen Hinds mas band, now known as the Owen Hinds Foundation. Convenor of the San Fernando Carnival Committee Junia Regrello said he was saddened that the band would not be participating in the 2014 festival. Regrello, an avid masman, said he hoped that was just a temporary setback and that the new management would be able to preserve the most significant Hinds legacy. The failing health of the foundation’s chairman, Ainsley Matthews, is the reason put forward for them bowing out of this year’s competition. “It is unfortunate that this band, with such a rich legacy, which has been around for so long and has produced so many monumental costumes and productions, will be no more,” said Regrello, also San Fernando’s deputy mayor.
He said over the years Hinds, who died in November 2010, was one of the few mas leaders who held on to traditional portrayals as opposed to the modern offering. The band paid tribute to the veteran masman in 2011 with Hats Off To Owen Hinds and From the Sea they Came in 2013. Regrello added: “Hinds was more than a masquerader. He wore so many hats. “He was a former King of the Bands, chairman of the National Carnival Bands Association, president of a trade union and politician, but, to me, the mas band was his most significant legacy. “The absence of the band from the celebrations this year will certainly leave a void. I hope this is just temporary and the interim chairman will regain his full health and return the band to its glory days.”
Matthews, who also stepped into Hinds’ shoes as head of the Contractors and General Workers Trade Union, returned to the job yesterday after an absence of several months due to ill health.
In an interview, Matthews confirmed it was the first time in 44 years the band would not have a production. He called on the foundation’s loyal supporters to hold strain, saying he would never let Hinds’ legacy die. He said while many of the players had opted out of playing mas this year in support of the band’s position, some have registered with other bands but he is confident the band would bounce back next year. Matthews assured: “It is not the end of Owen Hinds mas band. We will be coming back next year stronger than ever.” He said the band had already started drawing and designing the various sections for Carnival 2015.
Models have a good time in costumes from the band Nature’s Beauty, together with Curtis Hinds, left, Owen C Hinds and Owen C Hinds Jr, right.
Members of Skiffle playing Ray Holman's The Wedding on Wednesday night during South/ Central Region National Large Conventional Preliminaries judging rounds at their panyard on Coffee Street, San Fernando. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL