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Songshine, the groundbreaking
open-mic series that ran from 2004-
2009, returns for the first time with A
Very Special Songshine. It is planned
for the Kaiso Blues Café, Woodford
Street, Newtown, today.
Songshine was the creation of singer/
songwriter Gillian Moor. The event is the
second fund-raiser toward her upcoming
first album, Everchanging.
The concert series was an intimate stage
for emerging singers, musicians and poets,
said a press release on the show. Those
emerging talents had the opportunity to
perform in front of a supportive audience,
often sharing the stage with top T&T talents
like 3canal, Mungal Patasar, Earl Lovelace,
Network Rapso Riddem Band and jointpop.
The show took place monthly at Trevor's
Edge in St Augustine before branching out
to Mangoes, Sky Bar and other venues in
Hundreds of performers participated
in Songshine, which was also hosted and
produced by Moor. Now she is presenting
a special edition of the show, to help with
her "Crab Starter" fund, in conjunction with
Future Crab Studios.
"Songshine was a kind of miracle. I was
lucky enough to be part of making it hap-
pen," said Moor in the press release on the
show. "Performers came and made the show
happen with their amazing talent. The au-
dience came and nurtured the performers
with their warmth. Songshine was love. I'm
looking forward to opening up that space
again, with some old favourites and some
new guests, too."
Featured performers tonight will include
Moor, Freetown Collective, Ruth Osman,
Ozy Merrique, Paula Obe, David "Da Face"
Hamilton, Colin Robinson, Neisha Khan,
Yvan Medoza and Ivory Hayes.
Open mic performers will be welcome
and should register from 6 pm.
Doors open at 6 pm, open mic from 7 pm,
and featured guests from 9 pm.
More info: Call: 760-4655.
UWI St Augustine's 19th annual Campus
Literature Week runs from April 3-7. Its
theme is Create Life. Write. UK-Caribbean
writer Courttia Newland will close the week
with a gala reading.
The annual celebration leads with noontime
readings every day at the AV Room in the Alma
Jordan Library on the main campus. Readings
start at noon daily. Featured readers will vary
daily and include: Dr Barbara Lalla, Jared Kevin
Hosein, Sharon Millar, Barbara Jenkins, June Am-
ing, Deseree Noel, Garvin Tafari Parsons, Randy
Ablack, Verne Guerrin, Rebecca Cave, Mootilal
Boodoosingh, Kirk Budhooram, BD Maharaj, Gil-
berte O'Sullivan, Anna Levi, and others.
Courttia Newland is the current campus writ-
er-in-residence, a position previously held by
Lawrence Scott, Shani Mootoo and Rachel Manley,
among others. A prolific and celebrated author and
playwright, Newland is British born of Jamaican
and Barbadian parents. Newland co-edited IC3:
The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain.
The gala begins at 5 pm at the auditorium of the
Centre for Language Learning, UWI, St Augustine.
The National Drama Association (Ndatt) is
making its return after lying dormant since
October 2014. In a meeting held at the Lit-
tle Carib Theatre on March 20, 2017, Ndatt's
caretaker committee announced the imme-
diate launch of their membership drive, and
plans for an AGM and a general election in
In an official statement, Dr Efebo Wilkinson,
chairman of the Ndatt caretaker committee, said
that membership fees have been reduced signifi-
cantly to facilitate the drive. To become an Ndatt
member individuals may now pay $25, students
$10 and groups $100.
"This is a provisional arrangement to increase
membership and see us through to the AGM and
resulting elections," Wilkinson said.
The association is a non-profit organisation
founded in 1980 by James Lee Wah, who felt that
the drama fraternity could gain from a united body
to promote drama and the interest of drama groups.
After two years of inactivity, the group's trustees
Dr Helmer Hilwig and Tony Hall, upon receiving
legal advice, assembled a caretaker committee to
begin the process of revitalising the organisation.
Members of the caretaker committee are Wilkin-
son (chairman), Hilwig, Trevor Jadunath (Ndatt's
outgoing president), Hall, Theresa Awai, Michael
Cherrie, Penelope Spencer and Safa Niamat-Ali.
More info: Call: 350-0202 or 463-5059; or email:
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
The members of Ndatt's caretaker committee: from left, Michael Cherrie, Penelope Spencer, Theresa Awai, Dr Efebo Wilkinson, Dr Helmer
Hilwig, Safa Niamat-Ali and Trevor Jadunath. Photo courtesy National Drama Assocation/ Triston Wallace
Gillian Moor and Ravi
Maharaj of Future Crab
Photo courtesy Jon Otway
UK-Caribbean author and playwright Courttia
to read at UWI
Ndatt plans revival
'A Very Special Songshine' today
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