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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, January 9, 2014
JMC 3Veni, acclaimed by many as the Caribbean s
premier crossover band, kicked off the New Year
alongside international recording artistes John Legend
and Beres Hammond at the Guyana National Stadium,
The band, fronted by Chutney Soca Monarch KI,
was ecstatic to have performed on such a big event
after a ten-day family vacation in Toronto, Canada.
3Veni also performed for West Indian cricketer
Ramnaresh Sarwan at his recent wedding in Guyana.
KI s singing sidekicks, Nishard M and Neval Chatelal
are overwhelmed by the magnificent reception to their
Carnival 2014 releases.
Thus far, 3Veni has released KI s Runaway, remixed
with Olatunji; Professor Feter, on the Bad Influence
Riddim, featuring KI, Nadia Batson and Lyrikal; and
Lolita, with vocals by KI and Neval Chatelal. Nishard
M is also the voice on the chutney soca single Mammy
Speaking to the T&T Guardian this week, KI said:
"Look out for more as we ve only just begun releasing
songs for the season, and there are a lot more to come,
including one of the first ever Chutney Soca Riddims
(CurryQue Riddim) produced by MillBeatz Ent.
The handsome young singer added that 3Veni also
intends releasing No Conduct, produced by he and
Rishi Mahato of Maha Productions; Tremble It, on the
CurryQue Riddim; Chip, produced and written by
Rich Persad, KI s younger brother; and, Carnival Symp-
toms, produced by Precision Productions and London
KI said the band will be repre-
senting T&T "on a different scale
this year." In September 2013, the
aggregation did a 14-day cultural
exchange to China for the ninth
annual China Folk Art Music Fes-
Veerendra Persad, KI s father,
3Veni founder and keyboardist,
expressed gratitude to all who have
supported the band through
the years. He said he is looking
forward to the hectic Carnival sea-
son and being on the road with
The band will also be on the road
for J Ouvert, providing music for
First Trace. The band is one of the
few that still play live music for
masquerade bands on Carnival days.
JMC 3Veni was founded in 1977 as a local East-Indian oriented
band. Initially the band brought East-Indian culture to the forefront,
playing music focusing on film songs, playback and more. Within a
few years of existence, 3Veni (then known as Triveni) had
captivated the hearts of many Indo-Trinidadians with its music.
The band had successfully brought to the larger audience of T&T a
vibrant and captivating East-Indian music band capable of standing
its ground on stages with other bands focused more on soca or
calypso; sometimes even captivating its audiences more than the
conventional music band of that time.
The year 1987 was a major turning point for the band, as it, for
the first time, ventured into the soca/calypso arena as Triveni
Brass, having successfully conquered the East-Indian audience.
Triveni Brass was hired to play on the road for Carnival mas band
Rabs Immortelle and was awarded second Best Sounding Band for
that year. It was then, the band was dubbed "the premier
crossover" band, becoming the band of choice for many popular
Carnival mas bands including Showcase, Raoul Garib, Max Awon, D'
Midas & Associates and, for the past 12 years, three-time Band of
the Year winner Trini Revellers.
In 1993, the band partnered with JMC Entertainment (Mohan
Jaikaran) out of New York City, under the leadership of master
musician/keyboardist Veerendra Persad, becoming JMC Triveni.
Persad has since then lead the band to its current success, working
diligently to promote the music and culture of T&T internationally
over the past years. Seven years ago, Persad had reinvented the
band's image once again, changing the spelling of the name to
Apart from being a premier band at many of the Carnival fetes
and all-inclusive parties, the band plays a major role in all of the
Chutney Soca events throughout the season, including The
Chutney Soca Monarch, Chutney Glow and Chutney Brass. Having
won the Crossover Band of The Year award at the 2010
International Chutney Soca Awards, 3Veni continues to work
vigorously to hold the title of the Best Crossover Band out of T&T.
3Veni once again won the title for Best Sounding Band on the
Road for Downtown Carnival in 2012.
JMC 3Veni now boasts of its talented frontline of KI, Nishard M
Travelling to North America, South America, the Caribbean, and
Europe annually, the band has managed to attain many merits to
their name, including;
Sunshine Award winners---four consecutive years
Indo Caribbean & TnT Awards---three consecutive years
Awards at the 103 FM Annual Hall of Fame Awards
Best Crossover Band, The International Soca Awards at the
Apollo Centre, New York
Crossover Song of the Year 2006---Doi Festival, The COTT
The opportunity to perform for former New York mayor
Rudolf Giuliani---four consecutive years
Six-time winners of the Best Sounding Band, Downtown
Carnival, Trinidad, including 2012
Crossover Band Of The Yea ---International Chutney Music
Awards 2010 -- NAPA
Crossover Band of The Year---National Chutney Awards 2012
Most Performed Chutney Soca Band Locally---National
Chutney Awards 2012
ABOUT JMC 3VENI
and KI Persad
KI and 3Veni kick off
with Legend, Hammond
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