Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 16th 2015 Contents By Ian MS Royer
Kenneth Richards has had a busy
year in 2014. We took a moment to
catch up with him and get an idea of
his plans for this short Carnival Sea-
son. If you remember, last year he
had a breakthrough hit "Go Down", a
song that dropped a wicked base
line that had every waistline bub-
bling for the season.
Since then, Richards has been trav-
eling with his music, having toured to
the Cayman Islands, Guyana, Canada
for Caribana and other performances,
New York, Florida, Boston and many
other small islands in the Caribbean.
With this much mileage, it's safe to
say he has broken ground in his career,
and yet he still manages to remain ex-
2015 he admits is a hard year for
new artistes, "Basically, you're battling
for airplay and bookings in a short
space of time with veterans, it's a hard
time for a new artist and next year will
be even shorter.", he said.
This didn't stop him from producing
four amazing tracks for the year -- "I
Doh Care", "Keep Bouncing". "Come
Over", and "Baddest", a song that he
co-wrote. Having followed Kenny's ca-
reer since his days as a Rock-and-Roll
artistes, he has come a very long way
as a performer, singer and writer.
What we enjoy is that he is quite pos-
sibly one of the few artistes making
Main Stream Ready Soca that infuses
different styles and rhythms but still
remaining true to the Soca art form.
His offerings this year are Groovy and
also very Pop friendly, but our
favourite is "Baddest", it's very inter-
esting to hear the Afro Beat elements
to the song and the bravery to include
lyrics that draw from the Shango Bap-
tist religion -- one of the influences of
our traditional Carnival roots. He plans
to do a star studded video for this
song, and given his track record with
videos -- it's going to be sexy.
Look out for K. Rich at every YUMA
fete, Panorama Semis on the bMobile
Stage and follow him on social media
@868kric. Check out the links for his
Issue 168• Friday, January 16, 2015
: A person who participates in every part of the
festival held before Lent that includes music and
dancing with Caribbean Themes and cultural influ-
ences especially from the island of Trinidad and To-
: A person who heavily indulges in the forms of
entertainment that surrounds any Carnival Festival
Here are some tell tale signs that you or some-
one you know is a Carnivalist:
1. The Pre Carnival Jumbie: Around June or July you start
playing every single popular Calypso or Soca Song from at
least the 70s to present
2. You never discard your costumes, you actually have a
small museum of them, well preserved and ready to display or
ready for use at any Carnival Styled festival worldwide
3. You're pre-registered for your favorite band and they
know you by face and on first name and quite possibly your
credit card number
4. Christmas is just a Pre-Carnival Pump to get you ac-
quainted with the upcoming year's Soca Offerings
5. Style by Elsa Clench has nothing on your Carnival
Wardrobe... it's at ready and on point
6. Soca does give you your powers
7. Crossing the Savannah stage is a religious and euphoric
experience, basically crossing any stage in the world
8. You are one of the rare species of person that can tone the
body in 3 months with Gym Memberships and Carbs are your
Kryptonite, (except for Christmas -- Santa takes them away)
9. You have energy that can take you through 4-6 weeks of
weekly feteing, take you on the road for J'Ouvert, Carnival
Monday and Tuesday and still allow you to go to work fully
functioning during the season and on Ash Wednesday
10. In addition to these things you quite possibly have
booked your vacation around International Carnivals as well.
If 5 or more of these things hit home, then you are a Carni-
valist -- Congratulations! All in all, your season has begun, so
enjoy it to the max, just be responsible.
Courtesy Pan Trinbago
Calypso music from years gone by are the preferred selections of the ma-
jority of the steelbands participating in this year's edition of Panorama Single
Pan Preliminaries which commence on Friday 16th and runs until Monday
Less than five (5) bands have opted for current releases inclusive of Sound of
Music of Morvant with "The Holy Grail" composed and sung by Thecia Rodriguez.
Selections from the repertoire of Aldwyn Roberts(Kitchener), Alston Cyrus
Becket (Becket) Austin Lyons (SuperBlue), Chris "Tambu" Herbert, Winston Bai-
ley (Shadow), Alphonsus Cassell (Arrow), Robert Nelson (Lord Nelson), to name a
few are some of more popular choices of the bands.
In fact, Aldwyn Roberts has the most plays to date. These include: "Ka Ka
Roach", "No Wuk For Carnival", "Pan In A Minor" and "Rainorama".
The National Single Pan Preliminaries in all Regions begin on Friday January
16th in the North at The Paddock, Queen's Park Savannah at 6:00pm. Then it's
onto the East at The Arima Velodrome, Arima.
On Sunday, bands in South/Central will take centre stage at the Petrotrin
Sports Club Car Park, Guaracara, Point-a-Pierre. Showtime is 7:00pm.
Tobago bands will face the judges' panel on Monday 19th January at the Buc-
coo Integrated Facility, Bucco, from 7:00 pm. Admission to each of the competi-
tions is $60.
A total of seventy (70) steelbands have registered for this category.
He has a face that looks like it's still
full of mother's milk, but this young
man has passed 'the bar' exams and is
representing the local mixologist com-
munity with nuff creativity and level
Miguel Cruickshank, better known as
'Migs' in the Barchef community, is fast
becoming one of T&T's respected mixolo-
gists. His speciality is creating Tiki cock-
tails and he has excelled in this area. In
2014 he copped the enviable industry
prize, the Mount Gay rum Mixology Ses-
sion (with fellow competitor, Christian
Migs is also a mover and a shaker
(pun intended). He plans to launch sev-
eral cocktail-related events in 2015, shar-
ing his passion and insight in drink
mixology. Look out for more from this
ambitious young professional.
He's already loved for his speciality Tiki
cocktails, where he works in one of the
country's top dining and liming spots. His
speciality cocktails include a throwback
cocktail called 'Stadium 1747 Riot' (the
name is based on an historical event).
This Carnival, Migs is generously offer-
ing tips on how to make quick and easy
cocktails and other drinks, to those want-
ing to mix up their own 'special sips' at
fetes and 'on de road'.
Here is the first of Migs' drink sugges-
tions, designed specifically for Carnival
• White cranberry -- 1 oz (small) 2 ozs
• Grenadine syrup -- a dash (small)
And for those Carnival limes at home
you could try Migs' speciality throwback
craft cocktail, Stadium 1747 Riot.
• 1 1/2 oz Bacardi Coconut Rum
• 1/2 oz Cointreau Liqueur
• 1/2 Peach Liqueur
• 1/2 oz Caribbean Club Rum Punch
• 1 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
• 1 oz Orange Juice
• I Barspoon of Guava Jam
• 3/4 Mango Puree
• 2 Pineapple wedges
• 1 Orange Slices
• 4 Cherries
• 1/2 Grenadine Syrup
• 1 1/2 oz White Sugar
• 2 Dashes Orange Bitters
Method: Muddle Fruits and Jam with
white sugar. Next, add spirits and
liqueurs then Dry Shake for 10 sec-
onds and Wet shake for 3 minutes.
Strain over ice in Hurricane Glass.
Garnish: Tropical Fruits and Grenadine
With the short Carnival season upon us, we are beginning to see the Carnivalists of our
nation in full swing parading the party circuit, and soon, the streets of Port of Spain.
What is a Carnivalist you may ask?
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