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Semi-Final Line up set for Southern Marines Steelband Foundation’s
9th Annual Talent Expression

Marabella, Trinidad & Tobago, WI -   The preliminary round of the ninth edition of the Talent Expression competition organised by the Southern Marines Steelband Foundation and held Saturday 24th October at the Southern Marines Pan Palais, Marabella was of such a high standard that all twenty-six contestants - including technically superb panist Opal Murrel - have been included in the semi finals to be held at the same venue on Saturday 7th November. Twelve finalists will be chosen, then, to contest the finals on Saturday 21st November.

Leading the race into the semi-finals is veteran calypsonian James “Durango” Samuels followed closely by jazz singer Kerlene Joseph and pop vocalist Marsha Cagan. But the smart money knows that there is many a slip between the cup and the lip and that early form does not necessarily reveal eventual winners. Much attention is being paid to the fortunes of dramatist Gregory Sherwood, dynamic ten year old soca star Ferdinand Smith and technically superb panist Opal Murrel.

The leading ten going into the semis also include dance duo cousins Ferrone Rostant and Derron Griffith, duet vocalists Roxanne Singh and Anthony Callender, Talent Expression veteran Nigel O’Connor and the thrilling Princes Town singer Melissa Phillip.

The draw for positions for the semi final will take place on Saturday October 31st 2009 at the Southern Marines Pan Palais at 5:00 p.m.

Talent Expression is open to performance artistes and has more than TT $36,000 in prize money at stake with a first prize of TT $5,000. 


More info: contact Rae Samuel at 1 (868) 774-9110
From the news desk of:  Southern Marines Steelband Foundation


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