Exodus changes tune for finals

Four-time Panora­ma cham­pi­ons Re­pub­lic Bank Ex­o­dus Steel Or­ches­tra has changed their tune of choice for the up­com­ing Panora­ma fi­nals, as arranger Pel­ham God­dard be­lieves the judges are not in­ter­pret­ing his arrange­ment of Austin "Su­per Blue" Lyons' Rag Storm the way he would like them to.

In­stead, Ex­o­dus will now be play­ing Kees Di­ef­fen­thaller's Sa­van­nah Grass in the fi­nal on March 2.

Ex­o­dus will be en­ter­ing the Panora­ma fi­nals in the sec­ond to last po­si­tion with 265 points.

NIHERST, bmobile host first ever Carnival Science Week

Communications company bmobile has joined forces with NIHERST to host Trinidad and Tobago’s first ever Carnival Science Week; a six-day educational event that explores the relationship between science and Carnival.

The event, which is open to the public, will take place at the NIHERST National Science Centre Headquarters in D’Abadie from February 18 to 23.

Carnival Science Week will showcase the impact of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) on our country’s most renowned cultural festival, with activities, workshops and seminars for children and adults.

Machel Monday tickets for good road practices

Soca superstar Machel Montano is the latest artiste to show support for the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), by donating 40 tickets for his premier event, Machel Monday, to its ‘I Support Our Service’ (ISOS) initiative.

During a brief meeting with Commissioner of Police (CoP) Gary Griffith, at the CoP’s office, at the Police Administration Building today, Montano shared his excitement to see the various innovative ways the TTPS has chosen to address crime in the country.

Renegades tops large bands in pan semis

Bp Renegades has retained its lead in the National Panorama competition topping the semi-final round three points ahead of pan rival Desperadoes with an aggregate of 279 points.

The defending champion playing a Duvone Stewart arrangement of Batson/George/Galt/Hilsmeier/Henry collaboration of “Hookin Meh” vocalized by Farmer Nappy performed at position four in the large band category.

Also maintaining its lead in the medium band category was Pan Elders.

Patrons complain about North Park

The North Park at the Queen’s Park Sa­van­nah got mixed re­views from pa­trons at yes­ter­day’s Na­tion­al Panora­ma se­mi-fi­nals for medi­um and large bands. The fa­cil­i­tieswere in­tro­duced this year by the Na­tion­al Car­ni­val Com­mis­sion (NCC) in an ef­fort to in­crease prof­itabil­i­ty at Car­ni­val events.

Some pa­trons com­plained about the lack of in­for­ma­tion on the new rules and poli­cies at the venue.

Cro Cro out of Calypso Monarch race

Con­tro­ver­sial ca­lyp­son­ian Cro Cro (We­st­on Rawl­ins) has failed to make in­to the se­mi-fi­nals of this year’s Ca­lyp­so Monarch com­pe­ti­tion.

The four-time monarch was no­tably miss­ing from the list of 40-semi­fi­nal­ists re­leased yes­ter­day the Trin­ba­go Uni­fied Ca­lyp­so­ni­ans’ Or­gan­i­sa­tion (TU­CO) who will com­pete in Ca­lyp­so Fi­es­ta at Skin­ner Park, San Fer­nan­do, next Sat­ur­day.

Havana added to Machel Monday

Machel Mon­day 2019 “The Great­est of All Time” wel­comes Ha­vana, Cu­ba to T&T in a bid to pro­mote Caribbean iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and Caribbean Uni­ty.

This was an­nounced by the so­ca king of T&T Machel Mon­tano dur­ing a me­dia con­fer­ence held at the Na­tion­al Car­ni­val Com­mis­sion’s VIP Lounge, Queen’s Park Sa­van­nah, Port-of-Spain.

Mon­tano said he re­cent­ly vis­it­ed Cu­ba up­on an in­vi­ta­tion from the Cuban Am­bas­sador in T&T and was able to share so­ca mu­sic to the lo­cals there and able to get a taste of their cul­ture in re­turn.

No new rules for music trucks

There are no new pro­ce­dures for mu­sic trucks, be­ing used for Car­ni­val, to get ap­proval from the Li­cens­ing Au­thor­i­ty, ac­cord­ing to Trans­port Com­mis­sion­er Bas­deo Go­sine.

In a tele­phone in­ter­view with Guardian Me­dia on Thurs­day, Go­sine said: “Over the years, we have a long es­tab­lished pro­ce­dure to deal with that is­sue and that pro­ce­dure has not changed since I as­sumed of­fice.”

Ac­cord­ing to Sec­tion 49 of the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles and Road Traf­fic Act:

Don’t photograph Carnival mas without permission - TTOC

Video­g­ra­phers, pho­tog­ra­phers, broad­cast­ers and so­cial me­dia users (in­clud­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic) who in­tend to cap­ture any as­pect of work of mas use in any form of com­mer­cial in­tent di­rect­ly or in­di­rect­ly with­out prop­er ac­cred­i­ta­tion for this year’s Car­ni­val can face a hefty fine of $250,000 or a ten-year im­pris­on­ment.

This was the warn­ing sent yes­ter­day dur­ing a me­dia con­fer­ence by pres­i­dent of the T&T Copy­right Col­lec­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion Dr Vi­jay Ram­lal.

Renegades tops large band prelims

BP Rene­gades has topped all large bands in the pre­lim­i­nary stage of this year's Panora­ma com­pe­ti­tion.

Rene­gades amassed 273 points, well ahead of Shell In­vaders which came in sec­ond.

The top 14 large bands will per­form in this Sun­day's se­mi-fi­nals at the Queen's Park Sa­van­nah.

The fol­low­ing is how the large bands placed.

1. BP Rene­gades - 273

2. Shell In­vaders - 265

3. Trinidad All Stars - 264

4. Phase II - 261

5. First Cit­i­zens Su­per­novas - 260 tie

5. Des­per­a­dos - 260 tie