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Over the past year friends of Sean
"Gruff" Grovsner donated the proceeds
of $75,000 from his parang party organ-
ised by Scot Fabres, Michael Moses, Sam
Salloum, Kirt Colliers, Derek Cummings
and many others to Just Because Foun-
dation, Immortelle School, Reach for
Recovery and Finbar Ryan Geriatric
Grovsner was a founding member of
Triniposse and is fondly remembered
for his love of music, especially as he
was the first resident DJ of Triniposse,
more than 20 years ago.
The 2013 edition of Gruff s Parang
Party is on November 16, at 6 pm, at
St Andrew s Golf Course, Moka, Maraval.
On the topic of Triniposse, condolences
to founding member Sameer "Sam"
Salloum on the passing of his mother
May Salloum last Saturday.
Parang music is expected to ignite the
air when the community of Lopinot
hosts a parang street procession, cul-
minating at the community basketball
court, on November 24, from 9 am.
Before these events, CAL Invaders
Steel Orchestra will hold its annual Pan,
Parang & Pork, on Sunday, at 5.30 pm,
at Queen s Park Oval, Elizabeth Street,
St Clair. Always a steelband Christmas
production with much innovation and
variety, billed to perform this year are
Ninja, Kenny J and Marcia Miranda.
This is the 11th year of Pan, Parang
& Pork, and past guests artistes have
included Scrunter, Baron, Los Alumnos
de San Juan, Los Paranderos de UWI,
Mucho Tempo, H2O Phlo, Skatie, Carl
& Carol Jacobs and St James Tripolians.
As far as steelband productions for the
year are concerned this is a definite red-
BESS band launch
Belmont Exotic Stylish Sailors (BESS)
is the name of the newest traditional
sailor mas band to be launched in
Trinidad. The band will officially launch
its Carnival 2014 presentation---The Saga
of Jason Griffith---on Sunday, at the VIP
Lounge of the Hasely Crawford Stadium,
Port-of-Spain, from 5 pm to midnight.
Music will be supplied by "on the road
music" DJ Cutting Crew and a popular
The Saga of Jason Griffith has seven
sections, selected from Griffith s mas
presentations from 1980 to 2000. The
band will produce two kings and a
queen, 15 individuals, and will enter the
Small Band of The Year category, par-
ticipating in all competitions.
BESS was formed in April 2013.
Between July 1-5, the band paid tribute
to Master Sailor Griffith, by displaying
many of his mas pictures for bands pro-
duced between 1980 and 2000 at the
National Library, Port-of-Spain. Further
expositions are planned for 2014. Griffith
played sailor mas from 1946 to 2000,
producing many memorable mas pre-
BESS executive committee member
Keith Simpson told Pulse this week:
"We are happy that we can continue in
this vein and in the process ensuring
that the King Sailor mas continues to
Close to 210 students of Eugene
Joseph s Trinidad Dance Theatre will
appear in this year s showcase tonight
and tomorrow at the Southern Acad-
emy of the Performing Arts (Sapa),
Titled Expressions, the show will
highlight all dance styles taught at the
school---ballet, folk, hip hop, Latin and
ballroom---and will focus on the talented
children with the spotlight also shining
on the talented adult dancers.
"We want to give the students a
chance to perform," Jessica Joseph, wife
of renowned choreographer Eugene
Joseph, said in a media release.
"The last grand performance was
three years ago, so the school felt it
was time for the students to be back
on stage again. The school has been in
existence for over four decades and it s
sustained by passing the tradition of
dance from one generation to the next.
In addition to which, the school has a
relentless pursuit of excellence in train-
ing, performance and experimentation,"
Eugene Joseph is one of T&T s most
respected choreographers. Among his
achievements are his extensive travels,
performing throughout the Caribbean,
Venezuela, Europe, the United States
He has conducted master classes in
Caribbean Dance and Traditions at the
Hong Kong Academy of Performing
Arts, Syracuse University and Medgar
Evers College in New York.
Joseph is also the recipient of a
national award, the Humming Bird
Medal (Silver) for his contribution to
Tickets cost $150 and are available
at any of the theatre s schools in
Arima, San Fernando, Curepe and
Dance theatre Expressions
to showcase at Sapa
Pulse continues From Page B1
Left: Cindy Edwards performing The
Battle is the Lord's.
on stage, the
UBDC at the
at Gulf City
Above: Akeisha Lewis singing Loses
to Win placed fourth.
PHOTOS: TONY HOWELL
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