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The annual fund-raising show
For the Love of Dance returns on
August 19- 20, to the Little Carib
Theatre, Woodbrook. Dancer and
choreographer Juan-Pablo Alba
Dennis has staged the show for the
past three years as a fund-raiser
for his studies at the Fordham/
Ailey programme in New York.
Now in his final year, the multi-
talented performer has returned to
stage the concert and recital again.
In addition to Dennis, For the Love
of Dance 4 promises to feature per-
formances from Metamorphosis
Dance Co, Creative Expressions
Dance Co, 2 Cents Movement,
Cherysh La Touche, Kevin
Humphrey and Monique La
"This year we are back at the Lit-
tle Carib Theatre with a unique
blend of collaborations and energy
to share," said a note on the event's
Facebook page. "Dennis will be pre-
miering new works as well as pre-
senting some of his favourites in his
And this is not the end of For the
Love of Dance, though it marks the
start of the young artist's final year
as an undergraduate.
"As FTLOD has been instrumental
in successfully supporting him while
completing his studies, there are
plans underway to continue forward
with its conversion into a foundation
to support other young dancers in
T&T," the note added.
Tickets are $200 and $100 with
student ID. Showtime is 7.30 pm.
More info: Contact Elizabeth-
Anne Dennis at 475-5475.
Pablo Alba Dennis.
Dennis to stage 4th
T&T rapper Kellon Bishop is on
a mission to bring a positive mes-
sage to young people with his new
album Freedom. The 28-year-old
Princes Town resident, known in
hip hop as "K Bishop", has been
rapping since age 14, when he
realised it was genre where "you
could say so much and really
He said two major events led to
his decision to take his music in a
positive direction. The first was the
release in 2014 of the police officers
involved in the killing of Mike Brown
and Eric Garner in the US. The other
event was the murder of Daniel
Bostic, a high school friend, at a
mosque during Ramadan in 2015,
while another friend is on trial for
murder. He references these events
in his songs.
"That really solidified what I want
to do with my talent, because what
I hear on the radio and what the
youth are exposed to is mostly neg-
ative. I'm not one to complain about
radio or what these artists put out---
because that's their art, they could
put out what they choose---but I
want to influence the youths so
they'll have positive direction."
Bishop hesitates to call his music
"conscious", as he said there are pos-
sibly off-putting connotations
attached to that description. "When
youths hear conscious music', they
actually shy away from it. They think
they know what they're going to
hear, which is that the music is basi-
cally going to be boring.
"I really wanted to use my skill
to put messages in my music, but
make it musical, fun and easy on
the ear to listen to, so that is what
Bishop thinks his music could
appeal to everyone who hears it,
regardless of age.
"I would describe the type of
music as soul music, especially the
instrumentals. I always say it's time-
less music, it's not a fad that will
die out. It's a new type of conscious
music. People compare me to [hip
hop] artists like J Cole, Kendrick
Lamar and Chance the Rapper
because of the content of my music."
He said some of his musical influ-
ences include rappers Nas, G-Unit
and Jay-Z. "Musically I would say
I've mastered my own craft. Before
I was able to do that, I would sound
like other artists, but now I think
I've found my sound and who I am
musically." Ideologically he draws
inspiration from iconic black activists
like Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael
and Marcus Garvey.
Bishop said that for this project
the music was done by a producer
from Anthony "Tone Jonez" Johnson,
as Bishop wanted to focus on song-
writing and lyrics.
"One takes away from the other
when you try to do both at the same
time, so the lyrics might not be as
strong as your beats, or your beats
might not be as strong as your lyrics."
The rapper called on corporate
T&T to invest in good quality local
music instead of importing outside
talent or waiting for outside endorse-
Bishop said the album speaks to
social injustice and how we need to
liberate our minds to exit the situ-
ation. "If you look at the album
cover, you see holes in the image of
me with birds flying through the
head/brain. That represents mental
freedom to me. So that's why the
album is called Freedom because it's
a form of freeing yourself mentally,
You can find Freedom by K Bishop
on Soundcloud and iTunes. The
artist said he thinks his music has
global relevance, as it speaks to topics
such as police brutality and crime.
"'Hate' talks about police brutality,
which happens in Trinidad and the
US also. I don't even think it's a race
issue, I think it's a class issue or a
sense of power issue. I think my
music could be applied basically
anywhere because I think that sort
of injustice is present everywhere."
"I want my music to be global,
because it's really the messages in
the music I want to get across; that
is what is important to me. I per-
sonally don't care too much for fame,
once my music could reach people
and touch lives."
K Bishop finds his 'Freedom'
T&T rapper Kellon Bishop, aka K Bishop.
PHOTO COURTESY JODY HECTOR
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