October 23, 2016

All set for Westside Sound Fest on Saturday evening at Tuschen ground

The deejays and selectors are adding that final hit to their list as they prepare for one of the most talked about ‘sound fests’ on the Westside. The event titled “Westside Sound Fest” is billed for Saturday at the Tuschen Community Centre ground, East Bank Essequibo.
So far, several deejays have signalled their intention to participate in the event which is expected to be epic. The deejays slated to impress the audience come this Saturday are “Magnum”, “Turner”, “Supreme”, “Mikelory”, “Dillon”, “Adrian”, “Famous”, “Akeemo”, “Danny”, “Antzman” and “Redantz”.
In addition, at least eight selectors will take to the console to select the trending hits and more so, those hits that have an impact on the audience. The selectors that are ready to rumble are “Dellon”, “Bullet”, “Wizz”, “Charlie”, “Touches”, “Madantz”, “Scatta”, “Swag” and “Brian”.
However, apart from the deejays and Selectors, four top sounds on the Westside will battle for supremacy.
The four music systems that will be creating some stir are Big Life Sound, Royal Vybez, Power Sonic and Ghost Rider. Fans of the four biggest systems will definitely flock the venue as they show support for their favourite sounds.
The event is promoted by Westsiders Entertainment and is sponsored by Stag and Sky Vodka. Tickets for the event cost $1000 in advance and more at the gates. Vehicle passes also cost $1000.

PEPSI Concert for Berbice on November 5

The Port Mourant Community Centre ground, Corentyne, Berbice, will definitely come alive on November 4, when the Pepsi Concert 2016 is held. Since the announcement, the Ancient County is preparing itself for what can be deemed the biggest concern there for the year. pepszi-300x167
Apart from Clash of the Titans and others, the Pepsi Concert will be off the hook, especially with the lineup that is slated to perform. The lineup includes former International Chutney King, “Ravi B” and the entire Karma Band, including “Nesha B” and some of the best on the drums and keyboard.
In addition, Chutney Queen “Drupattie” is part of the cast and is well known for her performances that will have patrons begging for more. Also known for her sensual moves and melodious voice, Sally Sagram will be there to entertain, mix and mingle.
Rounding off the performances is no other than upcoming chutney star, “Rooplall G” out of Trinidad and Tobago, who is also known for his versatility. All the artistes have recently released new hits and without a doubt, they will give patrons their money’s worth. Berbicians will also have an additional treat on the night of November 5, since popular television personality Joel Gansham will host the show.
However, those desirous of being a part of the concert are asked to get their invitations at the earliest opportunity. Tickets will not be on sale but rather Pepsi drinkers can purchase any case of 1 litre or 2 litres of the beverage and instantly win themselves an invitation.
The offer is only extended to Berbice. As a matter of fact, 87 stores in Berbice have the promotion running and it will end on the day of the concert. There will also be other on the spot promotions in and around the Ancient Country leading up to the show.
The event is sponsored by Seven Up, Pepsi and Slice. Sound, Stage and lighting will be powered by Crown Vibes International Sound Company.

GHDS motorcade kicks off this Saturday on EBD

The Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha, East Bank Demerara (EBD) Praant will host its annual Diwali Motorcade and Cultural show on Saturday, October 22 at the Diamond Market Tarmac, Diamond New Housing Scheme. float-3-199x300
In excess of 15 floats have confirmed their participation and are adding the final touches for the grand event. The well illuminated floats will leave Timehri, EBD, at 17:00h to assemble at G3 building for the first phase of the judging at 18:30h.
Other attraction includes performances by Prince Wazir and Band, Nachgana Dance Academy, artistes from various Mandirs, and a special appearance by Miss India Guyana Britney Singh. Admission to the event is absolutely free and no alcohol will be allowed.
However, on Sunday, October 23, motorcades will be held at Canje ground, East Berbice; Bath Community Centre ground, West Berbice; Port Mourant Community Centre ground, Central Corentyne; and Tagore High School, Upper Corentyne.
Thereafter, the Essequibo Praant will host its motorcade on October 27 at the Anna Regina Community Centre ground. On Friday, October 28, the West Coast Demerara Praant motorcade is fixed for the Oceanview Mandir compound.
The final and largest motorcade will be held on the eve of Diwali – Saturday, October 29. The beautifully decorated floats will leave Shri Krishna Mandir, Campbellville and make their way along Seawall road to the La Bonne Intention Community Centre ground, East Coast Demerara, where there will be a spectacular cultural presentation.

Eddie Neblett

live in concert at MSC Ground on November 18

Guyanese gospel singer Eddie Neblett will be performing live on Friday, November 18, at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground, Linden, in a highly anticipated gospel concert titled “Lift Every Praise”.
Neblett was born and raised in Georgetown, Guyana, South America. His mother raised him in the church and put him in the choir at the age of seven. In addition, Eddie simultaneously annoyed and entertained everyone by beating incessantly on sticks and cans as he created his own rhythms. His mom would later urge him to enter and sing in various shows.edadie-300x250
One of Neblett’s greatest assets is creating lyrics on the spot to compliment a track he likes. As he grew in experience, he recorded his first song “We can make it” followed by his breakthrough hit “Love N’ Unity” with its infectious beat, catchy lyrics, and his now famous trademark, rapid-rap style.
Neblett teamed up with his band “Second Coming”, to produce what is his favourite song, “Anointed”. His major musical influence has been Bob Marley, but his musical talent spans many genres, including reggae, soca and R&B. He has won numerous awards but none more prestigious than the two Accolade awards in November 2008 for Best Gospel Artiste and Song.
He has performed at shows in Brazil with Second Coming and also in Barbados, Suriname, St Lucia, St Vincent and Trinidad. He was featured with the top gospel reggae band, Christafari, while they performed in Georgetown.
In 2008, Neblett released his compilation album “Prophecies”, which features 12 of his original compositions. He has since migrated to the United States where he continued his musical career. He has returned several times to perform in Guyana and this concern on November 18 will be one to remember.
He will be joined by several other gospel artistes including Candy Duke, Rene Winter, Redeemers Band, Malika Boyd, Samuel Medas and many others.
Tickets for this anointed night cost $1000 and are available at the Muslim Top Up Shop. The event is promoted by Tag Productionz and Devine Entertainment.

Butches and Barbies Costume Ball for Saturday

The Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination will host its highly anticipated “Butches & Barbies” Costume Ball this Saturday, October 22, at the Tower Suites Hotel on Main Street, Georgetown.barbies-152x300 butch-157x300
The party starts at 21:00h. Mix Master Tony is on board to keep persons energised by playing the best hits in all genres of music. Added attractions include signature cocktails and shots. Partygoers are urged to come out with their best ‘butch’ or ‘barbie’ costumes in order to win special prizes.
Limited pre-sold tickets for the event cost $1000 and can be purchased from the Vintage Wine Bar and Lounge, Lamaha Street; Oasis Cafe, 125 Carmichael Street; Tower Suites Hotel, Main Street and SASOD’s Office, 169 Charlotte Street. Admission at the door is $1500.
All proceeds from this fundraising event go towards SASOD’s Community Shelter Fund to build an emergency shelter for members of the society and victims of violence.

National Diya

to be lit at Rahaman’s Park on SundayAs Guyanese prepare to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu Swyamsevak Sangh will be lighting the biggest diya on Sunday evening at Rahaman’s Park, Greater Georgetown, which signifies the beginning of the festival of lights.
This is in keeping with Guyana’s Jubilee celebrations to mark the country’s independence anniversary. However, the first Diya was lit in 2015 at the same location and would have illuminated the entire area.
As usual, the event will be attended by Government officials and members of the Opposition, the Indian High Commission, heads of leading Hindu and other religious organisations.
Diwali coincides with the Hindu New Year and celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.
The festival usually falls between the middle of October and the middle of November, although this is decided upon by the Hindu lunar calendar. While each organisation has its own reason to celebrate the festival, one of the most popular stories told is the legend of Lord Rama and his wife Sita returning to their kingdom in northern India from exile after defeating the demon King Ravanna.
Meanwhile, the aim of the national Diya lighting is to promote, preserve and spread awareness of oneness and national unity. This event will commence at 18:00h and conclude at 19:30h.

NTN wins 6th annual duck curry competition

After a perfect mix of spices and well cooked duck meat, Bramha Persaud of National Television Network (NTN) walked away with the top prize of the 6th annual Digicel Duck Curry competition at  Number 63 Beach, Corentyne, Berbice, on Sunday last.
Outshining 19 other competitors, the NTN crew, lead by its owner, walked away with $275,000 as the first prize, while Devesh Darpat who came in second place bagged $175,000 and Looknauth Durbiji who came in third took away $125,000. Coming in fourth was Robert Singh and his team winning $100,000.
Upon receiving his award from Director of Marketing, Jacqueline James, Persaud explained that in the past, his team “Bombay Massala” created quite a stir but of recent, they made a decision to change the name while nothing that his mother who is an excellent cook would have prepared the mixture to cook and marinate the duck meat.
However, he was thankful to his team for the hard work they put in to make preparations for the big day. A member of his team afterwards thanked Digicel for hosting the competition, nothing that they had lots of fun; although reluctant to release the recipe that gave them the top spot.  duck-curry-1-300x169 duck-curry-2-300x169 duck-curry-300x169
This year’s competition took on a different dimension since those who participated had the opportunity to show off their cutlery skills.
Digicel’s Public Relations Officer Vidya Sanichara explained that the company received an overwhelming response with respect to registration, adding that the company even received two registrations after the cut-off date – they had already received the quota to participate.
However, due to the amount of registration forms received, the company is hoping that the next competition caters for more participants. “We want as much people to participate and next year we are going bigger and better,” Sanichara noted.
As the sun set on the day’s competition, the crowd was entertained by Trinidad’s Chutney Sensation, Nishard M and Guyana’s own, Jumo “Rubber Waist” Primo who definitely put on a show.

Emerging Voices winner Vishalie Sukram to perform in Toronto this weekend

E-Networks Emerging Voices Season One winner, Vishalie Sukram, will be performing in the Atif Aslam Concert on Saturday, October 22 at the Hershey Centre in Toronto, Canada.

Vishalie Sukram

Vishalie Sukram

Atif Aslam is one of Bollywood’s most sought Playback singers with super hits such as “Pehli Nazar Mein”, “TuJaane Na”, “Piya O re Piya”, “Tera Hone Laga Hoon” and “Jeena Jeena”.
The concert is expected to be sold out. The Guyanese songstress will be opening the show, singing both Bollywood oldies and some of today’s hit songs.
Since winning Emerging Voices in 2014, Vishalie has performed extensively around Guyana and also went to India on a training programme, compliments of E-Networks. She currently resides in New York where she is continuing her musical training and career.
E-networks Emerging Voices Season 2 will be aired soon.

Deejay Garwin Bash set for November 5

Although Guyana’s most versatile Deejay – Deejay Garwin – of Slingerz Family, celebrates his birthday on October 31, his big birthday bash is billed for November 5 at California Square, East Ruimveldt, Georgetown.  garwin-1-1-261x300 garwin-2-300x300 garwin-253x300
Also the brand ambassador of Xtra Beer, his birthday bash titled “Gaza Run Road” will be one to talk about for a long time. For the first time the birthday bash will be held  in such grandeur.
It will feature “Froggy” and “Mad Squad” out of Toronto; Kannabis Sound out of Antigua and Guyana’s own, Skinny Hype Platinum. The event will also feature Gully Rass and Diamond out of Fusion Sound, Deejay Magnum, 71 Sound System and the birthday man himself who will also juggle some tracks.
From all indications, the good, the bad and the indifferent will be shelling down the vibes on November 5. The birthday bash is sponsored by Xtra Beer. This is one event you don’t wanna miss!

All set for 6th annual Digicel Duck Curry competition at 63 Beach on Sunday

All preparations are in place for the hosting of the 6th annual Duck Curry Competition this Sunday at Number 63 Beach, Corentyne, Berbice. The event will see the winners carting off more than $1 million in cash and prizes.
Word out is that the reigning champion, Viyjmol Saroop, is coming strong to defend the title but 19 others are hoping that they can cook their way to impress the judges. The entries in this year’s competition are from Berbice, Demerara and Georgetown.
The winners will walk away with $275,000 while the second place winner will pocket $175,000 and third place winners will collect $125,000. The fourth place winners will receive $100,000.
The participants are to take to the venue a minimum of 1.5 kilograms (3.3 pounds) of duck meat which must be marinated and cooked at the venue. They are also required to take along their cooking utensils and ingredients.
The organisers of the event will be given a ready-to-use stove. The cooking kick starts at 11:00h but the judging will commence at 14:30h.
However, as the sun sets, the party commences with the stage show featuring International Chutney Monarch finalist, Nishard M and Guyana’s own Jumo “Rubber Waist” Primo. In addition, the winners from the Amateur Deejay Competition – Selector Keston, Deejay Vibes and SmiDJit – will spin a few tracks to entertain the crowd.
There will also be several other attractions for the entire family. Admission to the event is absolutely free.