WATCH: Rosalind Gabriel trophy to be awarded for Big Bands at Kiddie's Carnival
Former Kiddie's Carnival mas designer Rosalind Gabriel will be honoured for her work and will have her namesake attached to the big bands for the Red Cross Children's Carnival trophy.
Southex CEO, George Singh made the announcement last Friday during the Chutney Soca Monarch launch. Southex had been recently confirmed as the producers of the Red Cross Children's Carnival and their aim has been to transform the annual show and make it bigger and better.
"In 2017, the Red Cross Children's Carnival will adopt a new theme--one big playground! A magical celebration and parade of music, theatre, pageantry and dance. It is our intention to create an event that is almost like a children's Dimanche Gras--with every aspect of the event involving the children of our nation. From the playing of the national anthem to our headline entertainment acts--it will all be the children of our nation," said Singh.
Headlining Kiddie's Carnival is soca artist Aaron Duncan. Singh has been so impressed with Aaron's work that he expressed certainty in seeing the young artist grace the stage for larger competitions in the future. "Aaron has to be one of the most talented young men that I have seen in recent times and I can't wait to see him compete somewhere in the near future on the Chutney Soca and International Soca Monarch stages. The future of our carnival and our mas is in good hands," Singh added.
He went on to reveal that the Kiddie's Carnival trophy for big bands will be named after veteran mas designer Rosalind Gabriel.
"Rosalind Gabriel has had a long and illustrious career as one of the leading bandleaders in our country. So I called her up with the intention of finding a way to embrace her and still keep her involved and I'm proud to announce that the trophy for the big bands category will now be known as the 'Rosalind Gabriel Challenge Trophy--Big Bands Category'.
The trophy has been donated by Rosalind Gabriel herself.
"It's a small way to recognise such a big contribution but I'm sure in years to come, Rosalind Gabriel will be recognised in a much bigger way."