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The Revelation Institute for Performing Edu-
cation (Ripe) is no stranger to the sweet music of
the national instrument and this year the band
will be the newest Small Band in the East Zone to
enter the National Panorama competition. The
band will face the preliminary round judges on
February 1 at 6.30 performing the Baron's classic
Say Say, arranged by Danté Pantin.
In order to help defray the costs associated with
its Panorama performances, the band will host two
fundraisers at the Moonlighting Pub, Eastern Main
Road, Tunapuna. The events, titled We Love Pan, will
take place on February 2 and 16 from 6--9 pm and
will include performances by Ripe and guest artistes.
The first event on February 2 will feature Ziggy
Ranking and Chris Garcia and at the second event
the band will give a special performance with Baron.
Admission is a mere $20 and the inclusive experience
(admission and food) is $100. Food and drinks will
be on sale.
Ripe is a non-profit youth organisation established
in 2013 with the aim of developing children into
well-rounded, useful citizens and leaders through
the performing arts and academics. The executive
team includes chairman Richard Gordon and musical
director Maureen Clement with acclaimed musicol-
The young members of the Revelation Institute for Performing Education (Ripe)
Steel Orchestra perform at a recent concert. PHOTO COURTESY: RIPE
ogist and co-founder of the organisation, Desmond
Waithe, acting as musical grandmaster.
Ripe comprises of over 50 young members from
age five to 25. The band has participated in three
Junior Panorama competitions in the Non-Schools
Category, placing fourth in 2014, second in 2015 and
third in 2016.
The band has also competed in the 2016 Musical
Festival, hosted Youth Steelband Festivals in 2014,
2015 and 2016, completed a tour with performances
in Maryland, Washington DC, and Toronto, Canada,
and hosted Christmas Thanksgiving for children's
homes in the Tunapuna area for four consecutive
years---2013 to 2016.
• For further information on We Love Pan, call 678-1287,
Ripe enters Panorama competition
• From Page B3
In early 2011, Peru was asked to become one of
the elite chosen chefs and culinary facilitators at
the newly established Fanatic Kitchen Studios in
Port-of-Spain where he conducts live culinary
showcases to the public and runs culinary work-
shops in a live cooking arena and forum. He claims
to be the first chef to launch the opening of Fanatic
Kitchen Studios to the public, which received over-
Peru travels extensively with Fanatic Kitchen
throughout the Caribbean to present culinary
expositions and gastronomic showcases through
symposiums and seminars. Very recently in 2013, he
was the only Trinidadian chef, on Fanatic's behalf,
to be invited to the Jamaican Food Awards to present
live cooking demonstrations at the two-day food
seminar and Jamaican Observer Critic awards event.
To this day Peru continues to work fervently in the
culinary field, even fulfilling three monthly cooking
columns in local published magazines. He has also
been featured three times in Caribbean Bell Fash-
ion Magazine as an "elite Fashionable Chef in the
Industry" in their Branded New Sexy Showcase.
He was also featured in Johnson & Wales' Culinary
University Magazine, in their Success Issue, as their
T&T Alma Mater Chef of 2010.
In collaboration with the continuing television
media presence of his culinary shows, Peru ventured
into the music industry in 2015 with the production
of his first Chutney Soca hit single---Bubble With
Me---which debut on the local music charts within
two weeks of its release. His presence on local ra-
dio and building international music recognition
has raised awareness and helped open him to new
demographics and markets.
With his singing/recording career set to soar, Peru
is collaborating with some of the premier recording
studios and producers in the Caribbean, produc-
ing music yearly for both competitive reasons and
He said: "As far as singing and performing are
concerned, I do this when time allows. Singing is
something I love, like a hobby." Rice, Peru's single
for 2017, was composed by Peru, KI and Veekash
Sahadeo. He added: "I am satisfied with what the
song has done so far. Thus far, it has placed me in
this weekend's Chutney Soca semifinals and it is
enjoying good rotation on the airwaves."
With all these projects and continual momentum,
Peru has proved that he is journeying to build a
template for what a true entertainment and showbiz
chef should be. He's building a brand and a name
for himself that inspires others.
Doing what he loves
and inspiring others
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