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Sunday, 23 September 2012

Veteran masman Viera Sr passes on

Trinidad and Tobago's Newsday : :

He may have won only one “King of Carnival” title with his portrayal “The Might of Rome” from the band Trini Revellers in 2006, but Geraldo Viera Sr, was a true masquerader and mas craftsman.
Yesterday, the local Mas fraternity mourned the passing of this pioneer, who spent his life projecting TT’s Carnival and its mas.

Up until the time of his recent death in the United States, Viera was an executive member of the National Carnival Bands Association (NCBA), and the representative for the “King” category of entrants.

Viera’s work with Mas spanned over 50 years, after producing “Fruits and Flowers” in 1959 with popular mas designer “Cito” Velasquez (deceased). Viera went on to work in every imaginable area of expertise within the sphere of Carnival masquerade.

In a release yesterday, the Ministry of the Arts and Multi-culturalism said it was “deeply saddened by the recent passing of Geraldo Viera Sr, former King of Carnival, masquerader and mas’ craftsman.”

The ministry said the collective memory will always celebrate Vieira’s production skills and direct input into innumerable kings and queens of grandeur to have crossed the festival stage locally and internationally.

Minister of the Arts and Multi-culturalism, Dr Lincoln Douglas, extended deepest sympathies to his son, Geraldo Viera Jr (himself a distinguished mas designer), his family and close relatives during this time of mourning.

“We believe sincerely that the Carnival fraternity and the country as a whole have lost an authentic and committed artist,” the ministry stated.
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Friday, 21 September 2012

Monday, 10 September 2012

Raffique Shah - Sparrow through the eyes of Indo-Trinidadians

Raffique Shah - Sparrow through the eyes of Indo-Trinidadians

Raffique Shah - Sparrow through the eyes of Indo-Trinidadians

Raffique Shah - Sparrow through the eyes of Indo-Trinidadians

'Charm' for Carnival

One of the new mas bands that is expected to take to the streets on Carnival Monday and Tuesday 2013, with its presentation Charm, is being produced by Robert Amar and his wife, Sharon, along with a team of experts in the arena they've assembled.
Amar is a businessman who took over his father's successful auto dealership in the 1980's and, from there, branched into several other ventures, including the Caribbean Sound Basin Recording Studios and the Kiskeedee Karavan.
Having served as an executive member of the team producing the mas band known as D'Krew for some time, Amar is now seeking to employ the experience gathered there into creating a new experience for masqueraders of Charm. The band was officially launched on September 1 at the car park of the Gravity nightclub in St James.

This model displays the design for Captivate
Amar said at the launch that he will ensure all members of Charm the highest quality service possible on the road throughout Carnival Monday and Tuesday. "I believe that it's time to raise the bar a notch as it relates to how masqueraders are serviced," he said.
Charm offers an all-inclusive service and will also feature a number of amenities not previously available to masquerders. " The public will see new systems in bar service and overall fun and excitement when the band Charm hits the streets of Port of Spain on Carnival Monday and Tuesday in 2013," Amar said. 

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