Sunday 17 December, 2017

Etienne Charles to launch 2018 edition of We the People

Photo credit: Maria Nunes

Photo credit: Maria Nunes

If you missed Etienne Charles' Carnival Monday band, you have a chance to join the action in 2018.

After a successful debut last Carnival, We the People will return to the streets of Port-of-Spain in 2018 with a new theme: Street Party.

Charles, an acclaimed jazz trumpeter who has played at the White House, will start the party with a launch on September 30 at the Government Campus Courtyard on Richmond Street, Port-of-Spain.

Dedicated to preserving our history through music, Charles decided to bring live music back to the streets of Trinidad and Tobago after observing that such music no longer ruled the road on Carnival Monday and Tuesday.

He assembled his musicians and singers Lima Calbio, Gregory Prescott, the soca artiste formerly known as Designer and David Rudder to lead a 1000-member band that included Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and his wife Sharon.

The band performed music from Shadow, Kitchener, Sparrow and a range of soca classics.

The overwhelming response reinforced to Charles that there was indeed a void that needed to be filled.

“It lifted me just to see people lifted. People say people don’t want live music on the road and they come up with all these excuses as to why people don’t want live music on the road. When we started playing “Rainorama” that was one of the high points, everybody started singing,” he said.

The launch of “Street Party” will see performances from Etienne and Friends, with special guest David Rudder. In addition to the food on sale, patrons will be served complimentary corn soup and doubles.

Secured parking will be available at The Parkade at $30.

Tickets for the launch are $300 and are available at How’zat Sports Bar and Cutters at the Lotto booth at 169 Tragarete Road. For more information please call 360-0144.