Commentary

by Susan Mangatal - susanmangatal@ariousentertainment.net 

  Greetings Online Family:

 

Spring is here, along with the beginning of the warm weather, which is certainly welcome!  

 

As the weather warms up we start to feel like getting out and enjoying ourselves, and from all the communications we have been receiving from local promoters, it seems like it's going to be an exciting spring and summer season.  I have dedicated this entire e-mail to promoting all the exciting upcoming events leading up to DC Carnival.  Which incidentally is moving along as planned and should be more exciting than ever.  There are some great surprises in store for you for this years' event.  If you are coming into town for the Carnival, hit me back and let me know.  If you want to participate in a band or have questions, please hit me back, and we will lead you in the right direction in order for you to have the most enjoyable time here in DC.  If you have an event you would like to advertise relating to DC Carnival contact us, because we will be devoting much of the next  2 months to things happening in and around DC Carnival and around National Caribbean Heritage Month (June).

 

For the next few weeks, we in DC, MD & VA will be in for a treat with some great events.  Things start heating up with Denise Belfon (Ms Saucy Wow) and Bunji Garlin this weekend, and on Saturday, April 23rd join T&T Masqueraders (on of DC's Carnival Mas Band) for their "Ultimate Jersey Fete"  Click Here and Scroll Down for Details.

 

The fun continues next weekend with Pan Masters Steel Orchestra as they release their 1st CD on Friday, April 29th.  Join them at their panyard located at 4559 Rhode Island Avenue, North Brentwood, Maryland , as they launch this new CD.  There will be food, fun, and lots of steel pan music.  Scroll down for more details!

 

Then on Saturday, April 30th, Fox Creations in association with I.C.E. Entertainment and Radio Boyz will be presenting their "Short Pants vs. Mini Skirt" Event.  This takes place on Saturday, April 30th at the T&T Clubhouse on Georgia Avenue, NW in DC.  Click Here for details!

 

On Sunday, May 1st 2005, DC Caribbean Carnival presents their "May Day...May Day" Fundraiser.  This event is one you can't miss because DC Caribbean Carnival absolutely needs your support.  Not only should you come out and support, but you can not miss the wonderful line up of bands and artists scheduled to perform for you at this exciting fundraiser.  Click Here for Details!

 

Then, the following Sunday May 8th is Mother's Day, and on this day some wonderful ladies who call themselves "Klassik Productions" will be bringing you their "1st Annual Caribbean Gospel Festival".  What a way to celebrate Mother's Day with your mom!  Two of the ladies in this organization I had the wonderful opportunity to work with several years ago as we all were working together to make the Carnival Bandleaders Association here in DC a profitable, reputable organization.  These ladies actually brought one of the first Kids band in DC Carnival.  From working with these ladies, I can certainly say, this "Gospel Festival" is sure to be a great event.  Below you will find some details about "Klassik Productions" that I want to share with you.  Thanks to Mrs. Selman for taking the time out of her busy schedule (running her business Crown Bakery) to send me these details.

 

"Klassik Productions"

A Production Company

Mission: "Empowering Our Community Through Giving"

by Jennifer Selman

Klassik is made up of three women, Glenda Dickonson, Grace Arrindell, and Jennifer Selman, who recognizes the value of preserving and maintaining good will within our community. We are hosting our First Annual Caribbean Festival on Mother’s Day, May 8, 2005, to be held in the Auditorium of the University of the District of Columbia, under the patronage of Her Excellency Marina Annette Valere, Ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago to the United States.  

Partial proceeds from this event will benefit two charitable causes (1) The Trinidad & Tobago Working Women's College Scholarship Fund; and (2) The Grenada Hurricane Relief Fund.  To understand why these two groups have been selected, below is some background information about each.  

The Trinidad & Tobago Working Women’s College Scholarship Fund is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC.  They have been providing four $1,000 scholarships annually to students of Caribbean Heritage who are college bound.  Recipients of these scholarships are based on financial need.  Our goal is to assist in increasing the number of scholarships provided for the incoming freshman class of 2005.

The Grenada Hurricane Relief Fund: In 2004 90% of the island of Grenada was devastated by Hurricane Ivan. Although rebuilding of the country is underway, it will take many years before restoration can be complete.  We believe that when one member of our Caribbean Family is hurt, we all feel the pain, and until Grenada is rebuilt, contributions should be ongoing.  Klassik is committed to assisting, to the best of our ability in the rebuilding of the Island of Grenada.

We envision that this concert will serve as an opportunity to unite our community through an evening of celebration.  

We decided to present our concert on Mother's Day to celebrate mothers in a special way.  We plan for this two-fold venture to be a wonderful, spirit-filled, first rate gospel concert featuring the Signal Hill Alumni Choir from Tobago, Gospel Recording Artist Sam Archer, Soca Sensation Roger George, backed by the Image Band.  Additionally, a Fashion show with Fashions to Soothe the Soul, courtesy Wilbourn Exclusives of Atlanta Georgia. (Two of their outfits will be presented as door prizes).

Tickets to this concert is a great Mother's Day Gift.  It is going to be a wonderful way to celebrate Mother's Day.

Click Here For More Details!

 

 

 


I understand that BWIA Invaders Steel Orchestra will be in concert here in Baltimore Maryland on May 8th.  Details on this is forthcoming.

Until next week!  Have a great weekend!  

susanmangatal@ariousentertainment.net; susan@ariousentertainment.com 

 

PSA
 

Caribbean Vibes Radio (Internet 24-7 radio)

SIZZLING THURSDAYS!!!  Be sure to join the rejuvenated &  energized maestro "Fabulous" for "Sizzling Thursdays". Showtime Thurs. 9:00pm-12 mid..  Don't forget Daylight savings time began here in the US, so make sure you are listening at the appropriate time (9:00pm est.)  

Click Here To Log on & listen!

Feel free to share this information/link with friends and family across the globe.  Email your requests, shout-outs to caribbean@im4radio.com or toll free 1-866-ONE-VIBE

REMEMBER Wednesday from 9:00pm for "Under Pressure" with DJ Gusma-T from Italy.  Nuff vibes and sweet melodies for one HOT hour. Show repeats on Thurs. 1pm-2pm.  E-mail DJ Gusma-T & send him some love djgusma@djgusma.com

BRAND NEW!!!!

 
Caribbean Vibes proudly presents a new show "Island Groove"with DJ Solo and T-Man hailing from Jamaica and Trinidad. They both reside in Houston, Texas.  Embrace their groove every Saturday 8p-10pm (est) at Caribbean Vibes Radio. We hear the show is "WICKED". Listen on Saturday, and Email ilangruv@yahoo.com with comments.

 


 

CaribNation Moved to SUNDAYS

CaribNation, the longest running US-Based Caribbean Television program in the world, will now be seen at 10:30pm on Sundays, on PBS affiliate WHUT, Howard University Television, Channel 32 (or check your local cable/satellite listing)

CaribNation monthly schedule is available on line

Click Here To Log on to view Monthly Listing!


 

Atlanta, GA Carnival Memorial Day Weekend May 27-30, 2005  www.peachcarnival.com

 

 

Join The Minister & Garage Connection as they present their annual Bus Trip To Atlanta Carnival 2005 “A memorial Weekend Adventure”.  The bus will be departing Kmart Parking Lot at Riggs and Sargeant Road in Maryland on May 26th at 12 Mid. and will return May 30, 2005.  Call Vasco for all the details at 301-964-3746 or Harold 301-864-9265 & 301-277-6168.  Deposits for Trip is due on April 30th, so call them for details on the price and what the trip includes.  It’s sure to be lots of fun.

 

 


 

Orlando, Fl. Carnival Memorial Day Weekend May 27-30, 2005

 


 

 

Virginia Beach Carnival

June 10th-12th

www.virginiacaribbeancarnival.com

 

 


 

 

 

Washington DC Caribbean Carnival!

Look out for their upcoming Fundraiser on May 1st, 2005

DC Caribbean Carnival

June 25th & 26th www.dccaribbeancarnival.com

Click Here and scroll down to view May 1st "May Day...May Day" Fundraiser  Flyer!

 

 

 


 

Baltimore Caribbean Carnival

July 15th, 16th & 17th, 2005

 

 


 

Boston Carnival 

www.BostonCarnival.Org 

 


 

EVENTS
 

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Click The Star Above to enter the "EVENTS" Page for More Details or Click Here!

Trinidad & Tobago's Denise Belfon (Ms SaucyWow) along with Bunji Garlin in Town this weekend!

It's all about exposing the music!!!!!!

April 23, 2005

T&T Masqueraders Mas Band presents "The Ultimate Jersey Fete"  

Check The Events Page and scroll down to view flyer for Additional Details or click the STAR Above

PanMasters Steel Orchestra

proudly presents

"On De Road"

Their 2005 CD

Launching on Friday, April 29, 2005

at the PanYard, 4559 Rhode Island Avenue, North Brentwood, Maryland

301-864-2619 or www.panmasters.com

There will be lots to eat, drink and music performed by PanMasters.

www.panmasters.com for details!

CDs will be available for sale at this event, or click here to access the link to purchase!


 
April 30, 2005

Fox Creations, ICE Entertainment and Radio Boyz 

Presents

"Short Pants vs. Mini Skirts"

at the T&T Clubhouse, 5123 Georgia Avenue, NW, WDC

Music by New York's Baddest DJ Spice; DJ Osei from Howard U; MixALot and special Guest Fireburn

For more details click here and scroll down to locate flyer or e-mail icemadness@aol.com 

May 1st, 2005

"May Day!!!May Day!!!

2005 - Still We Coming!

Fundraiser for

DC Caribbean Carnival, Inc

DCCC needs the community's financial support for Carnival 2005

Featuring: The Image Band, DKGB Reggae Band; Trankill Haitian Band; Oasis Band; Pan Jammers Steel Orchestra; La Musicale Dance Works; Sam-O; Poetry & Hugh Higgins (Pan Vibes)

DJs: Shiloh Int'l; Andy Mix; Sprang Int'l; New Generation; Smallie, Wayne, Bobby's Music Machine; Hazzard & other local DJs

Mc's: John Blake, Neil Mattie, Hollis "Flash" Lashley; Tony Carr; Dr. Claire Nelson & Sidrach Franklin

Click Here to enter the "Events" Page and Scroll down to view flyer for all the details!

Sunday, May 8th, 2005

"1st Annual Caribbean Gospel Festival"

on Mother's Day

Come out, with your mom and celebrate her day in a special way!

With The Signal Hill Alumni Choir from Tobago

Gospel Recording Artist Sam Archer

& Soca Sensation Roger George

all backed by

The Image Band

 Enjoy the Fashions to "Soothe the Soul", courtesy Wilbourn Exclusives of Atlanta Georgia.  (Two of their outfits will be presented as door prizes) Showtime 6pm

Host of Ceremonies: Hollis "Flash" Lashley.

The University of District of Columbia Auditorium, 4200 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington DC 20008

For More Details please call Crown Bakery at 202-291-3009

Partial Proceeds to benefit the T&T Women's College Scholarship Fund and The Grenada Hurricane Relief Fund

Click Here, and scroll down To View Flyer on our "Events" Page


Friday, May 13th, 2005

Look out for Details on My Birthday Party!

  Please clear your schedule and join us!

Hit me back if you can make it!


Caribe's 2005 DC Caribbean Carnival presentation is “Dreamscape.”  

This year, Caribe will be presenting an all-inclusive children’s section entitled, “Neptune’s Children.”  

Saturday, May 21st, 2005

  Caribe will be launching “Kiddies Cabaret” at the T&T Association 5123 Georgia Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.  3:00 – 7:30 p.m.   $7.00.  Children from ages 5 to 12 are invited to participate in this “mini band” launching.  

The price includes food, music and a fun workshop on how to design a costume and a short talk about the history of carnival will be given.  A panel of judges will be on hand to select the team who decorates the best costume. 

Millie: 301-772-1765; Keisha: 240-606-6639; Clyde or Joyce Thompson: 301-248-1306

Check The Events Page and scroll down to view flyer for Additional Details or click the STAR Above

 

Shout Outs
 

Congratulations to Jennifer Selman from Crown Bakery, and her partners on their Production Company and Upcoming Event!

 

Big Up Shortmas (Shortmus Productions) on his 2005 Portrayal for DC Carnival "GEM OF THE ANTILLES".  Look out for Shortmus Productions new website launching soon!

 

Thanks to Patricia Phillips, Deanne Samuels and all the Ladies of the T&T working women's committee for the kind words and their sincere appreciation for what we do.  You are truly putting on some nice events.

 

Special Shout Out To DJ Roger Ranks!  We hope you come through for DC Carnival.  It's going to be "off the hook".  For sure "Jacob" is coming, so you know it's going to be fun!

 

BJ:  We hope you are having fun in the "Cultural Capital of the World"!!!  Be good and safe, and don't take in too much culture, because we'll indeed be "schooled" on it, and will never hear the end.  Enjoy, and we'll see you soon!!!

 

 

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