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SALE BY MORTGAGEE
Offers are invited for the purchase of the following property:-
Parcel of land comprising approximately 3,113 square
metres situate at Lot 28 The Buoys, Dhein's Bay, Carenage.
623-9091 ext. 2428/2532
Send sealed bids to:
The Manager (Property Sale)
Commercial Workout Unit
3rd Floor 45 Abercromby Street
Bids must follow the guidelines herein given to ensure they are duly con-
Bids, in a sealed envelope, must be received by
3:00 pm on November 15, 2013.
Late bids will not be considered.
The Mortgagee does not bind itself to accept the highest or any offer.
The property will be sold subject to all rates taxes or other outgoings
that may be due at the time of sale.
Unsuitable bids will not be acknowledged
Back in the mid-80s to early
90s, concerts featuring R&B, rap
and pop stars, usually at the
height of their game, were a reg-
ular feature in this country.
Boyz II Men, C&C Music Fac-
tory, MC Hammer, Queen Latifah,
Colour Me Badd and Run DMC,
were among those who filled the
National Stadium as young Trinis
flocked to hear and see their
favourite stars in a pre-Internet,
pre-YouTube, pre-urban radio sta-
Perhaps it was with this mem-
ory, the organisers of the Redlight
Concert Series chose the Hasely
Crawford Stadium as their venue
of choice for their first concert
featuring R&B sensations Ne-Yo
and R Kelly.
It was an ambitious effort to
say the least taking many factors
The concert fell on Divali
weekend, it was held the day after
many were supposed to be in Bar-
bados for the now-postponed
Rihanna concert, and it was held
a month before Christmas, mak-
ing it difficult for some to part
with their gift money or costume
savings for that matter.
Add in the facts that these stars
have a track record of not show-
ing up and that R&B music is
now confined to Sunday night
love shows and adult contempo-
rary stations and what you got
were a plethora of empty seats
on Saturday night at the stadium,
a vast space, which easily holds
up to 70,000 on Fantastic Fri-
Empty seats and rain aside, the
promoters, Pollen Nation, P2 Pro-
ductions and Parsons Creative,
kept their promise to deliver a far
superior experience to what we
have become accustomed.
The Black Diamond and Red-
light Lounge areas, the two VIP
spots with ticket prices well over
$1,000, were well equipped with
bars and food stations.
The butler service in the Red-
light Lounge seemed to be work-
ing all night and the bathrooms
were kept clean and stocked by
attendants. Even when rain fell,
attendants offered paper towels
to patrons to wipe up their seats.
On the performance end, the
headliners met expectations.
Ne-Yo, who flew in on Thurs-
day and spent some time getting
to know the country, seemed
relaxed and at ease on stage as
he delivered in CD quality vocals,
hits such as Miss Independent,
Addicted, Closer and So Sick,
among many others.
He further won over the locals
when he brought on surprise
guest artistes Jamaican dancehall
star Popcaan and Kees Dieffen-
thaller. Popcaan was not impres-
sive as a live singer but Kees
delighted his fans with some of
his hits including Wotless, during
which he tried to show Ne-Yo
how to wine in what was clearly
the highlight of the night.
The hour-long wait for R Kelly
killed the vibe for many, but when
the Pied Piper of R&B finally
deigned to regale us with his
presence, after ensuring backstage
was cleared of any onlookers, he
did not disappoint.
He was not as engaging as Ne-
Yo but his vocals were on point
especially when he did a rendition
of one of his biggest songs I
Believe I Could Fly.
The supporting acts, Machel
Montano HD and Bunji Garlin
with Fay Ann and Asylum,
seemed liked odd ingredients to
the mix but we were promised
performances in keeping with the
mood of the night.
I missed Asylum s performance
due to an earlier assignment but
from all reports they did mix up
their repertoire, with Fay Ann
particularly showing off her vocals
with Bruno Mars songs.
Stating that he was warned to
take it down, Montano brought
Bajan saxophonist Arturo Tappin
on to add a nice reggae vibe to
songs such as Make Love To You,
Bend Over and One More Wine.
His voice seemed strained but
sounded smooth in a lower reg-
ister when he did a cover of Tar-
rus Riley s One Drop and his own
I See Lots.
Less is sometimes more and
really, Montano alone could have
carried his set without bringing
on Patrice Roberts, Farmer Nappy
and his Sealots Project cast: Pos-
The most popular act of the night---Ne-Yo, with his dancers.
itive, Collis Duranty and Prophet Ben-
jamin. None of them added to his time
on stage and mic problems plagued
The highlight of Montano s per-
formance was the premiere of his 2014
hit Happiest Man Alive, since it s
release last week, the groovy soca song
has been getting a fair bit of airplay.
Kudos must be given to DJ Kaotic,
the Soca Specialist, who kept the vibes
going between the long band
changeovers with a range of music
from R&B to dancehall.
The event was billed as a sit-down
affair but between his music and the
rain, sitting was not in the cards that
Ne-Yo wows crowd at Redlight concert
Patrice Roberts performed with Machel Montano
and sang her well received 2012 hit, A Little Wine.
Patrons in the VVIP section flock to touch R Kelly.
PHOTOS: EDISON BOODOOSINGH
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