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When audience members take in
vocalist Moricia Cagan at her solo
show on September 9, they will
be seeing and hearing the results of a life of
She was a track athlete talented enough to
secure a sport scholarship to a US university.
She was a model and beauty pageant con-
testant. And after testing the calypso waters
this year by entering a few small competitions,
she s aiming to perform in a tent next year.
At the September 9 show, which will come
off at the La Cantina Pizzeria on Victoria
Avenue, Port-of-Spain, the performer better
known for jazz, R&B and gospel will aim to
satisfy a wide range of tastes.
"I m doing a varied set," she said in a recent
interview, "some of the current hits and some
old-school reggae and calypso. I m going to
do some Swahili and Spanish (songs)---a little
bit of everything."
Cagan s show is the latest in a series called
Songbirds Live, which highlights artistes whom
organisers believe are the best underexposed
female vocalists in the Caribbean. The series
began in 2009, organised by Production One
Ltd, the 11-year-old live entertainment com-
pany responsible for the annual Jazz Artists
on the Greens festival.
The purpose of Songbirds, said marketing
director Rolf Doyle, is to introduce audiences
to deserving performers of whom they might
not have heard.
"We tend to feature people who may be on
the fringe, or not well known by many people,"
The series ran for two years before going
on hiatus in 2011 and 2012. This year, it s run-
ning between July and December, featuring a
new artist on the first Monday of every month.
Cagan got into music after her track career
was cut short by injury, which also forced her
to give up a sport scholarship to Long Island
She dabbled in modelling with House of
Jacqui, in 2002 winning the Miss T&T Talent
pageant organised by the designer and rep-
resenting T&T at other pageants in the region.
She had been a vocalist for Divine Echoes,
the orchestra that was at the centre of political
controversy in 2010. The band, which had
been formed and funded by the PNM gov-
ernment, had their funding cut and their
instruments confiscated by the new People s
Partnership government. The group has since
changed its name to Echoes the Band and has
been trying to fund itself, but it s been difficult.
"That political cloud is still there," said
Cagan. "It s extremely difficult to secure as
many gigs as we would like. We had a couple
gigs booked the other day, and coming closer
to the date, when they realised it was us, they
Cagan earns a living solely through her
musical performances, which makes oppor-
tunities provided by the Songbirds series par-
"In Trinidad the industry is saturated with
performers," she said. "I m trying to get my
name out, and shows like these are certainly
giving me that kind of advertisement, for want
of a better word.
"I m being seen by the public and show-
casing my talent," she said.
Paul Pryce is once again flexing his Shakespeare muscles on
a US stage.
Last seen as Fortinbras in a Yale Repertory Theatre pro-
duction of Hamlet in April, the T&T actor is now playing
the role of Mark Anthony in the Shakespeare tragedy Julius
The production is being staged by the Elm Shakespeare
Co, New Haven, Connecticut, and is directed by Alvin Epstein.
It is scheduled to close tonight.
Epstein, 88, is a storied master of the US stage and has
been performing for 65 years.
"It has been a privilege to be a part of this extraordinary
production of Julius Caesar helmed by such a master in the
American theatre," Pryce said in a press release.
"Alvin is one of those special artistes that you don t pass
up the opportunity to collaborate [with]. Plus, to tackle such
a tremendous role in such a timeless play was a no-brainer."
The role of Mark Anthony has been played on screen by
such actors as Charlton Heston and Marlon Brando.
Although Brutus, another character, takes the spotlight for
most of the play, Mark Anthony says the famous line, "Friends,
Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears", and the oratorical
masterpiece of a speech that follows it.
T&T s annual Animae Caribe Festival conducted
animation workshops and screenings at the recently
concluded Carifesta XI in Suriname, the T&T
festival organisers said in a press release.
Trainer Shane Young Sing, a graduate of the
UTT Animation Studies programme, conducted
workshops with 3D trainer Kylie Homer, a graduate
of Full Sail University. Supported by the T&T Film
Co, Caricom and USAids, the workshops exposed
150 teens from Suriname to animation technology
for the first time.
"This was a fantastic opportunity for the Animae
Caribe trainers and the participants; this kind of
exchange allow the young trainers to expand their
teaching skills and at the same time share their
knowledge with youths like themselves," said Ani-
mae Caribe Festival Director Camille Selvon-Abra-
hams in the release.
Animae Caribe screened animated films from
the 2013 graduates of the UTT Animation Pro-
gramme at Carifesta.
The 12th annual edition of Animae Caribe is
scheduled to run from October 28- November 2,
T&T actor Paul Pryce as Mark Anthony in the Elm Shakespeare Co
production of Julius Caesar. PHOTO COURTESY MIKE FRANZMAN
songbirdslive.com or call 620-6920. Tickets
are available at the venue.
Vocalist Moricia Cagan, set to sing solo at Songbirds. PHOTO COURTESY MORICIA CAGAN
Songbirds series presents
versatile Caribbean singer
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