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Berklee College of Music student
Richarde Bereaux feels the world is
absolutely ready for T&T s music. However,
there s a "but."
"The world is ready, but we need to be
ready to lyrically connect with the audiences
outside. To the DJs of T&T: support your
local people. If you block your own people
on the radio, (the industry) will never suc-
ceed. Plus, there are so many other Trini
artists doing music other than soca!"
Originally from Cocoyea Village, San Fer-
nando, the son of vintage calypso performer
David Bereaux is scheduled to graduate from
Berklee with a major in professional music
studies in May 2015. He is back in Trinidad
this month for a series of fundraising con-
certs toward the final leg of his education.
"Anyone who says they are associated
with the music industry in T&T needs to
understand their identity and stop trying
to be like everybody else," Bereaux said. "Be
original and unique. Be whoever you are:
be colourful, be Carnival, be hype. Just be
He was introduced to pan at the age of
five under the direction of Curtis Pierre of
Dixieland Steel Orchestra. At St Benedict s
College, he recalled, there was no real sup-
port for musically-inclined students. How-
ever, he pushed himself even harder to attain
success in music---"out of pure bad mind."
He has also played with south steelband
Skiffle Bunch and then on to Golden Hands
Steel Orchestra under the baton of Franka
Hills-Headley. He stayed with Golden Hands
for the rest of his adolescence and attained
the majority of his accolades and awards
through the biennial T&T Music Festival.
In 2007, he entered the University of the
West Indies to pursue a BA in musical arts
and received a scholarship from the Music
Literacy Trust for outstanding skill on the
He formed his first band On_da_grong,
a joint collective with T&T spoken word
artist Kyle "Skeeto" Amos. His current band
Lutionaires---with some 12 members---made
its debut performance at a 2013 concert at
Sapa entitled Moving On. It was Bereaux s
first Berklee fundraising effort.
"The name of the band is a derived from
the word revolutionaries . We want to create
something so different it would be a rev-
The band hosts a second fundraiser,
#NewLife #NewRoots, on August 10 at the
same venue. "For this show there will be
three different keys players: Emile Fortune,
Ron Charles and Aiden Hagley. On bass will
be Jeremy McIntosh; two drummers, Darron
Roberts, Alpha Simpson; percussionist Tinika
Davis; and on guitar, Kashiff Wilson."
Bereaux plays tenor pan in the ensemble.
"We do covers as well as my originals, but
the aim is to do different types of music,
so we do jazz primarily, and throw in reggae,
hip hop, R&B, soca and soul. We do anything
that feels good."
Bereaux is one of only two student pan-
nists currently at Berklee. He lives his mes-
sage of working together as musicians to
face challenges at the school.
"There is not much of a pan programme
at Berklee, but now the steelpan has its own
space within the percussion department.
Apart from me, the only other pannist is
a guy from Canada with Caribbean roots.
So we cohesively tried to work together. It s
the only way to achieve progress".
Bereaux said the Caribbean is represented
at Berklee by students from the Bahamas,
Barbados, Antigua, Grenada and Trinidad.
"We (the Caribbean students) did an
ensemble concert this semester. We basically
had a sold out crowd and when you see the
appreciation that foreign people have for
our culture it s amazing. They were going
crazy in the place where we performed!
"We did three genres, zouk, reggae and
soca, and we tried to focus on Caribbean
artistes such as Bunji Garlin, Tarrus Riley
Even though his principle instrument is
the steelpan, Bereaux has been working on
vocals, song writing, music production and
making networking connections in the US
industry. His plan is to release a seven-track
album with a few videos for distribution in
a Electronic Press Kit at the end of Carnival
"Whoever that artiste is for Trinidad to
do that worldwide thing is still coming.
Bunji is doing it right now and he is starting
to push the door open further, but the only
way to continue to break down those barriers
is to support one another and come together.
"There is no secret to success; everybody
just needs to be on the same page. There
The T&T Film Festival has extended a
call for volunteers for the 2014 Festival.
The ninth edition of the Festival will run
from September 16-30 and will feature
local and regional documentaries, features
and short films. Volunteers will receive
a festival pass and free access to film
screenings and other festival events.
"Volunteers add depth and breath to the
festival, with their enthusiasm, energy and
a willingness to go the extra mile to ensure
the event is a success," said Festival Public
Relations Director Magella Moreau. "No
Festival would be the same without them."
The application form can be found at
Berklee music student Richarde Bereaux, left, and schoolmate Dejehan Hamilton at the Berklee College of Music's Caribbean Ensemble
Recital, April, 2014. C C A B A
Volunteers wanted for Film Fest
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Young Bereaux calls for musical unity
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