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Grammy and Academy award winner Jen-
nifer Hudson, neo-soul singer Jill Scott and
legendary soul band Kool & The Gang have
been announced as the headline acts for the
2015 Tobago Jazz Experience.
The revelation was made on Monday at the
launch of the event at the Paprika Restaurant
in St Clair, Port-of-Spain.
This year s festival is themed Much More
Than Music and will run from April 18 to 21.
Hudson will be the main performer on
World Music Night while Scott and Kool &
The Gang will bring down the curtain on the
Beach Jazz Fiesta on the last night of the event.
THA Tourism and Transportation secretary
Tracy Davidson-Celestine said the entire event
is estimated to cost around $13 million. Accord-
ing to Davidson-Celestine, the figure is based
on last year s expenditure when they invested
$3 million and received $10 million in revenue.
Tickets prices for the Tobago Jazz Experience
will see a slight increase. Event co-ordinator
John Arnold did not give a reason for the
increase but he believes patrons will not be
greatly affected by the changes. The Division
is also reviewing the option of online ticketing
to improve accessibility to patrons.
Last year, many of the earlier events were
free while admission to the highly anticipated
shows ranged from US$50 to US$150. He also
revealed that the General and VIP sections
will be divided vertically at the Pigeon Point
Heritage Park. This will allow both sections
the opportunity to be close to the main stage.
Arnold said this was necessary to keep energy
levels up at the event. A similar layout was
used during the Plymouth Jazz Festival, the
predecessor of the Tobago Jazz Experience.
The shuttle service that was heavily criticised
for being inefficient in 2014, is also being
reviewed. Arnold said the festival saw a 100
per cent growth in patrons in 2014 which
caused some new challenges for the event.
Last year, the National Operating Centre
assisted with the creation of traffic, security
and evacuation plans for the Tobago Jazz Expe-
THA Tourism and Transportation marketing
manager Avion Hercules, said one of the Jazz
Experience events will be held at the new
Shaw Park Cultural Complex. The multi-
million dollar arts and cultural centre
is expected to be opened soon. The
Tobago Jazz Experience will be one
of the first big cultural events to
be held at the venue.
The THA estimates that
around 60 per cent of the
usual patrons of the Tobago
Jazz Experience are locals.
The division is hoping to
support for the 2015 edi-
tion. Hercules said they
will continue to do press
ads across various coun-
tries including the United
States, Germany and Brazil.
Greater emphasis will also
be placed on social and
online promotion of the
event. Work is also being
done alongside hoteliers
to build competitive accom-
modation rates and pack-
Tickets for Tobago Jazz
Experience are expected
to go on sale from Feb-
Auditions for the
Tobago Jazz Experience
will be held on Sunday at
the Signal Hill Senior Com-
prehensive School from 9 am
Interested people can also audition
online for a spot at this year s fes-
This evening, the Cloth Propaganda Space
located at 24 Erthig Road, Belmont, will begin
its 2015 Unconquered series of Carnival con-
versations and actions with a panel discussion
on the Indigenous presence in the mas.
A release from the organisers said today s dis-
cussion centres around the invisibility of T&T s
First People s from the national conversation and
Carnival as a space for engaging with indigenous
identity, spirituality and ritual.
The panel will consist of Christo Adonis
Pa ai/Shaman of the Carina community in Arima,
journalist and Jouvay Ayiti convener Sunity
Maharaj and Anderson Patrick, leader of the War-
riors of Huaracan mas band.
The Unconquered series began in Carnival 2014
and culminated with the band Black I, a contem-
porary Black Indian band that collaborated with
the traditional Black Indian masqueraders Warriors
Black Indian masquerade is a merging of Indige-
nous and West African masking rituals that can
be found in Trinidad, Louisiana and South Amer-
ica.There are special dances, songs and rituals that
accompany the masquerade. The warriors also
communicate in their own language which is a
Creole derived from Aruacan, Yoruba and patois.
This evening s talk is part of Unconquered---
a series of interactive Carnival Conversations and
Actions, and is free and open to the public, starting
Scott, Hudson bring soul to Tobago Jazz
Political satire dominates
Couva calypso auditions---B11 Conversations on
Indigenous in mas
at The Cloth
The announcement that Jill Scott will be
performing at the Tobago Jazz Experience
has elicited a huge buzz on social media.
Jennifer Hudson was a
2004 American Idol
contestant who won
an Oscar for her
a Grammy for
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