Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 16th 2015 Contents Jevanni Clairmont, 14, grandson
of Massy Trinidad All Stars pioneer
Hugo "Big Sarge" Pechier, and one
of the young stars in the movie
PAN! Our Music Odyssey from
Belgrade Street, Laventille, is
among finalists of the recently held
Scholarship Competition of Tal-
ented Teenagers (Scott) competi-
He played pan in the competition
which was held on January 11 at
Bishop Anstey High School, Port-
of-Spain. The young, talented Massy
Trinidad All Stars pan musician has
qualified to represent T&T and com-
pete in the international competition
in Hollywood, USA but is having
difficulties in raising the US$7,850
needed for airfare, ground transport
and hotel accommodation for Clair-
mont, his mother and grandmoth-
er.The local competition has been
held for the past 13 years, organised
by Lee Princess Keith, head of the
Women Federation for World Peace,
an affiliate of the United Nationals
and arm of the Family Federation
for World Peace (FFWP). Rehearsals
for the competition are held at the
FFWP headquarters in Diego Mar-
tin.Speaking from her Belgrade Street
home in Laventille, Clairmont's
mother, Takeisha expressed "extreme
pride" in her son's achievement and
described the St James Government
Secondary School student as "an
inside-the-house boy child."
Clairmont added: "Jevanni has
been playing pan since the age of
ten. His talent comes from my back-
bone. Aside from my father, my big
son, Jevon, and daughter, Jeanille
play pan with All Stars, as well as
my nephews and nieces, my family
is full of serious pan people."
Clairmont continued: "Outside of
mastering pan, there is very little
else that interests Jevanni. He used
to run for Memphis Athletic Club
but gave that up to focus entirely
on pan. He will start studying music
when he gets to Form Four. Jevanni's
mentor is his tutor, veteran All Stars
musician Johann Popwell.
"Jevanni is an easy child to please.
He doesn't like eating vegetables but
loves pelau. Jevanni lives in the pan-
yard. Beside school that is his life."
About Jevanni going to compete
in Hollywood, Clairmont said: "We
don't have the necessary money so
we are sourcing sponsors and intend
to have donation sheets to raise the
Keith has an excellent track record
at identifying talented, youngsters
who excel after participating in her
competition. Former Scott achievers
have been Darnell Brandon Thomas,
Rozelle-Anne Polydore, Celes Bhola
and Denilson Gulston.
A former student of Bishop Anstey
High School, Polydore is currently
a Music and French professor at
Clark University, Atlanta, Georgia.
Thomas is a former St Mary's
College student. Playing the steelpan,
he won the 2008 local competition
and went on to Hollywood to win
the world junior grand champi-
onship. Thomas subsequently
enrolled at Toronto's York University
where he obtained his Bachelors and
Masters degrees. He is currently the
musical director of the ARAS Musical
Theatre Company, Toronto, Canada.
A Naparima Girls College gradu-
ate, Bhola won in 2009 as a drama-
tist and was awarded a scholarship
to the New York School for Film &
Gulston's father, accomplished All
Stars musician Dane Gulston, said
when his son participated in the 2013
Hollywood competition, the expe-
rience enhanced his son's develop-
ment as a musician and lauded
Friday, January 16, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
UWI Fete 2015, one of the biggest fund-raising
events on the entertainment calendar, takes place
on January 18 on the grounds of the university
principal on the St Augustine campus.
Organisers of the event known to be sticklers for
punctuality, say that gates will be opened promptly
at noon, with brunch served until 2 pm. This will
be followed by a sumptious and delectable lunch
from 2 pm---6 pm.
The brainchild of Professor Max Richards, then
principal of the Campus, started in 1990 and has
been hailed as "the first public all-inclusive Carnival
fete." Contribution to the fete 25 years ago was an
admission fee of $100. Patrons were greeted with
the welcome drink of Brandy Alexander, socialised
with colleagues and feted on the tennis court to
the music of one band and one DJ.
UWI Fete prides itself on its eclectic, international
menu and huge spread of local gastronomic delights.
With the passage of time its menu has been expand-
ed to include gluten-free, vegetarian and lactose-
free dishes. For the non-drinkers, bartenders will
serve special non-alcoholic cocktails, with an edge.
Organisers claim that the UWI Fete is the cor-
nerstone of the UWI Development and Endowment
Fund. The Fund also organises the UWI Golf Chal-
lenge which is held on September 24 each year.
UWI Fete and the UWI Golf Challenge provide
the funds necessary to grant bursaries to deserving
students. Over the past 23 years more than 3,000
bursaries have been awarded by the fund. In 2010,
to celebrate 20 years of awarding bursaries prin-
cipally earned through the UWI Fete, the fund dis-
tributed 200 bursaries valued at $1 million.
Regarded by many as the the most prestigious
Carnival all-inclusive fete there is, UWI Fete has
spared no effort by having only premium artistes
perform on Sunday, including Machel Montano,
Roy Cape All Stars, featuring Blaxx and Darnella
Simmons; KI & JMC 3Veni; Dil-e-Nadan, featuring
Raymond Ramnarine; St James Tripolians; Rhapsody
NG and popular disc jockeys.
(Reporting by Peter Ray Blood)
Soca at high noon
UWI Fete is 25 years old
Daube du jarret d'Agneau: Braised Lamb
shank cutlets, caramelised in olive oil and red
wine, tossed with red onions and bell
Vindaille de poisson: Salmon fillets in
mustard sauce, turmeric oil and vinegar,
blanched with crunchy onions and Chilly
Lintilles Ragout: Stewed lentils simmered
in smoked olive oil and cilantro, with baby
carrots and coconut milk.
Legumes Ritz: Well seasoned "tossed up"
long grain rice in olive oil with vegetables.
Salade Verte: Torn lettuce leaves with
water cress and diced purple onions
arranged with croutons, served with olive oil,
wine vinegar and black pepper.
UWI Fete lunch menu:
Young Massy Trinidad All Stars player Jevanni Clairmont performs with the Duke Street steel orchestra.
To get Jevanni to Hollywood, a
deposit of US$500 is required
by March 1, with the balance
due by May 1. The tour
commences on July 8 and the
contingent returns on July 19.
Lee Princess Keith can be
contacted at 482-4592 or 365-
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