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It’s WeBeat 2012 in St. James:  Élan Parlé, St. James Tripolians, Silver Stars, Desperadoes & much more

Desperadoes Steel Orchestra
Desperadoes Steel Orchestra

Trinidad & Tobago, W.I. - Jazz, Steelpan music and Vintage Calypso will each have its day as WeBeat continues at the St. James Amphitheatre, Western Main Road, St. James in western Trinidad.

Come Wednesday 6th June, jazz aficionados can look forward to yet another exciting event featuring Élan Parlé & Vaughnette Bigford, Mungal Patasar & Pantar and The Trinidad & Tobago Police Band.

Pan takes centre stage on Thursday 7th under the banner “Pan Explosion” with some of the biggest names in steelband slotted to perform. This year’s cast comprises former National Panorama champions PCS Nitrogen Silver Stars and WITCO Desperadoes along with St. James Tripolians and the T&T Chinese Steel Ensemble.

Friday 8th is WeVintage Kaiso with the focus on the exponents of the art form. The cast is made up of Black Stalin, Denyse Plummer, Singing Francine, De Mighty Trini, Scrunter, Rootsman, Contender and Duane O’Connor backed by Pelham Goddard & Roots. Comediennes Nikki Crosby & Penelope Spencer and CG will share duties of Master of Ceremonies.

The curtain comes down on Saturday June 9th with the Steelband Parade and Traditional Mas Characters along the Western Main Road. A new feature has been added to this year’s parade in that persons are invited to wear their mas costumes.

All events start at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are priced at TT $125.00.  However, advance tickets are priced at TT $100.00 and are sold at Crosby’s Music Centre, Western Main Road, St. James.

WeBeat is indigenous to St. James. It started as an event in commemoration of the 63rd anniversary of St. James being incorporated into the City of Port-of-Spain in 2001.

One of the major features of this program is the “honoring of St. James residents” who have made sterling contributions in their field.  2012 Honorees are Denyse Plummer, Keith Simpson and Daniel “Trinidad Rio” Brown.  Mayor of Port of Spain, Alderman Louis Lee Sing, is the Patron.

From the News Desk of St. James Community Improvement Committee
Angela A. Fox

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