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Music of the Diaspora marked the contribution
of the UWI Intermediate Steel and Indian Classical
Ensembles to the current series of musical recitals
produced by the Department of Creative and Festival
Music directors Satnarine Baboolal, Mikhel Carter
and Deryck Nurse combined to produce an interesting
musical potpourri often combining oriental and western
instruments and sounds while showcasing the steelpan
in a variety of musical genres.
The opening Tabla Recital in Teental did little to
engender great confidence in what was to come, but
by the time Yadav Chaitram on the bansuri (flute),
Shea Alexander and Jhovan Samuel on the concert
flute, Arun Seepersad and others on the tabla and
Anand Maharaj on the harmonium came on, the story
The group played
Baboolal's Raaga Bhu-
pali and generated the
first honest applause
for the evening.
There were few low
points from that point
onward. Students of
the Introduction to
World Music class
delighted with a jazzy
rendition of the tradi-
tional Japanese folk-
song Cherry Blossom.
Vocalist Anya Carty excited with Pe Na Strada by
Portuguese composer/singer Sara Tavares and the
Indian Classical Music class came back on stage to
perform Pehli Nazar Mein and Bollywood favourite,
Kal Ho Na Ho, sung by Jael Griffith.
Carter's Afro-Caribbean Drumming Ensemble is a
competent bunch, delivering two lively pieces--- Bonnie
Lasson and a "fusion" piece---which took drummer,
the talented Jeanine Ruiz, back to her more familiar
keyboard for an upbeat version of Bill Withers' Just
the Two of Us.
Nobody, though, is going to forget pan player Adrian
Jaikaran. His contribution to the evening's entertain-
ment came at the end when the Steel Ensemble took
Playing Andre Tanker's Forward Home, but remem-
bering that the late music pioneer had originally spoken
of "coming back" home, Jaikaran brought out the best
voices in the audience out when he invited everyone
to sing along.
This is an exciting young talent who is already
recognised within the pan fraternity as bearing the
flag for coming generations of pan composers, players
and arrangers. He has performed internationally on
the pan but is more than merely a competent singer.
The evening ended with a Rudy Wells arrangement
of Shades of Port of Spain and a selection of Yohan
Popwell arrangements for pan including Somewhere
Out There, Mi Gualupta and a moving interpretation
of Portrait of Trinidad by the Mighty Sniper.
Jaikaran contributed with a spicy arrangement of
Congo Man by the Mighty Sparrow. Flautists Shea
Alexander and Jhovan Samuel brought the crowd into
the act with Pie in the Face Polka originally composed
by Henry Mancini.
Music of the Diaspora done, audiences can now
look forward to the upcoming visual arts exhibition
at the Exhibition Hall of the Creative Arts Centre in
St Augustine on May 18.
Adrian Jaikaran's talent is
well-known among the
pan fraternity where he's
highly regarded as a hope
of the future. PHOTO:
This is an exciting young
talent who is already
recognised within the pan
fraternity as bearing the
flag for coming
generations of pan
composers, players and
arrangers. He has
on the pan but is more
than merely a competent
When Michael Jackson's record label released his
first posthumous album in 2010, a year after the
King of Pop's sudden death, producer Rodney "Dark-
child" Jerkins was asked to work on the project.
"I was asked to be on that album and to produce
like five songs, but I turned it down," he said. "I just
felt like it wasn't time."
Years later, the hitmaker for Destiny's Child and
Whitney Houston---who worked heavily on Jackson's
2001 comeback album Invincible---says he now feels
comfortable producing Jackson's music again. He pro-
duced the title track from the upcoming album, Xscape,
out May 13.
"For me it wasn't about the label, it wasn't about
the estate's approval; it wasn't about all of that," he
said. "I had a personal relationship with Michael, (so)
it was about, What would he want from this? What
would he want it to sound like now?'"
Xscape was executive produced by Timbaland and
includes songs Jackson recorded in the 1980s and
1990s. Some of the tracks are taken from early recording
sessions for successful albums such as Bad and Dan-
Jerkins said he and Jackson originally started work
on the song Xscape in 1999 when they recorded the
Invincible album. He revisited the track in 2003 and
retouched it this year for the new eight-track album.
Posthumous MJ album
due out May 13
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