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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, July 16, 2015
The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad
and Tobago (the Authority) is inviting proposals
for consultancy Services for the design and
implementation of an Enterprise Wide Records
Purchase of Documents
Tender packages will be available from Monday
June 29th 2015 between 8:00AM and 4:00PM
(Mondays to Fridays excluding public holidays) at
the following address:
Telecommunications Authority of
Trinidad and Tobago
#5 Eighth Avenue Extension
(off Twelfth Street)
Tel. 675-8288, 221-8288, 222-8288
In order to purchase a tender package
prospective bidders must -
i) Pay a registration fee of TT$100.00 by way of
cash or certified cheque made payable to the
"Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad
ii) Provide contact information including the
company name, contact person, business address,
telephone number, fax number and email address.
Submission of Documents
Completed documents should be labelled:
PROPOSALS FOR CONSULTANCY
SERVICES FOR THE DESIGN AND
IMPLEMENTATION OF AN ENTERPRISE
WIDE RECORDS MANAGEMENT
PROGRAMME FOR THE
TELECOMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY OF
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Requests for clarification on this tender should be
made in writing no later than Monday 13th July
2015 at 4.00 pm and addressed to:
of Trinidad and Tobago
#5 Eighth Avenue Extension
(off 12th Street)
Closing Date For Submissions
The closing date for submission of tenders is Friday
7th August 2015 at 12 Noon.
"Calypso is not like a course you are going to take.
It is a God-given talent. I never went anywhere to
learn this thing; it just developed. It has to come
from somewhere. Once you realise that, you have
to use it in a very positive way. It isn t easy with the
odds sometimes, but then we do understand why.
I have the understanding, so it doesn t bother me.
I just do what I have to do, and continue doing it.
This is where I am at presently, still doing what I
am supposed to do," said Brother Valentino during
an interview ten years ago, in 2005.
On July 8 at his 74th birthday celebration at De Nu
Pub in Woodbrook, he was again doing what he was
supposed to do, but this time he had a little help from
his children---Josanne, Jandell, Giselle, Jenelle, Joel,
Jasani, and Aide---who were present to help him cel-
ebrate the occasion.
They performed as a group to sing the Happy Birth-
day song, and later, with gusto, rendered two of their
father s stellar compositions---Trinidad Is Nice and
Mad On A Soca Fad. We were also entertained by
Josanne and Joel who presented separate mini-concerts
of their own in which they performed admirable cover
Valentino celebrates birthday with help from children
versions of several popular R&B songs and
ballads. Jasani assumed the role of show host,
capturing the audience with his outgoing
personality and sharp wit, calling himself
The Trendsetter, and cleverly referring to his
siblings singing group as The Offsprings.
Also supporting the celebration were
Valentino s fellow calypsonians Soft Touch
(Emerold Peters), Impulse (Wayne Modeste),
Dee Diamond (Denison Moses), and Brother
Mudada (Alan Fortune). Among the well-
received selections they offered were How
Yuh Does Feel (Soft Touch), Ah Frighten To
Live (Impulse), Eyes On The Hill (Diamond),
and Good Time Pioneers (Mudada).
Valentino eventually appeared on stage at
12.05 am. With crackling musical accompa-
niment from Cummings and the Wailers,
and melodious chorus work from seasoned
veterans Kathleen and Ramona, the "people s
calypsonian" delivered an enchanting four-
song repertoire from his extensive songbook
of outstanding compositions that included
Calypso In Trouble, Birds That Fly High,
Stay Up Zimbabwe, and Life Is A Stage.
Valentino has proven his worth as a riveting
performer, expressing his political and social
awareness through those songs. Repeatedly,
he has expressed his love for the calypso art
form, the struggles of aspiring calypsonians,
as well as the behind-the-scenes ordeals of
calypsonians. He walks us through his life
experiences and the ups and downs of the
calypso world, which is largely unknown by
those outside the realm. He is a calypsonian
that tells it as it is.
"My art form takes care of me," he said
at the end of the celebration. "It is like a
miracle. The most important thing is to be
true to what you are doing, love what you
are doing and be honest with yourself, and
I think everything else would work for itself."
action on Saturday
One of Pluto Shervington's hit albums, Pluto.
For those who appreciate and would love to
hear old-school reggae and calypso, Pluto & Co
(Pluto Shervington and his full band) will be
appearing live at La Cantina Pizzeria on Victoria
Avenue, Port-of-Spain, on Saturday, from 8 pm
The group, which includes vintage reggae and
calypso in its repertoire, will be performing two
sets, the first of which will begin at 9 pm.
Pluto Shervington, also known as Pluto, was
born Leighton Shervington, on August 13, 1950,
in Kingston, Jamaica. He is a reggae musician,
singer, engineer and producer who began his
career in the early 1970s as a member of the
showband Tomorrow s Children.
Inspired by the success of Ernie Smith s Duppy
or a Gunman and Tinga Stewart s Play de Music,
both delivered in heavy patois, he recorded Ram
Goat Liver in a similar style. His follow-up sin-
gle---Dat---about a Rastafarian trying to buy pork
(without naming it aloud), contrary to his faith,
so that he could afford marijuana---achieved con-
siderable chart success internationally in 1976,
reaching the number six spot in the UK Singles
Chart. Trojan Records capitalised on this success
by reissuing his first single, which peaked just
outside the top 40 in the UK.
Tickets for the event, costing $350 each, include
a complimentary cocktail on entry. They are avail-
able at La Cantina. In addition, free parking for
patrons will be available on the compound of
Tranquillity school, located opposite La Cantina.
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