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Culture explodes at Zangalewa

Published: 
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Carnival 2012
Dil-e-Nadan’s Raymond Ramnarine demonstrates his musical prowess as Derrick Seales looks on.

 

The Carnival 2012 edition of UWI Fete brought a welcomed dosage of warmth to the university campus on a day plagued by unseasonal rainfall. Hundreds of fete-a-holics braved the rainy weather to come out to this all-inclusive affair that has become a staple of the fete season and a mainstay in the T&T event calendar. The bmobile-sponsored UWI Fete bore the theme Zangalewa…It’s Time For Africa  and this theme was quite evident throughout the grounds of the principal’s office, as several guests and performers held nothing back in adorning the appropriate ethnic wear inclusive of dashikis and African-patterned dresses, skirts and head-wraps. 
 
Although placing emphasis on the African continent this year, the UWI fete organisers kept the fete uniquely Trini by mixing East Indian, Arabic, Greek and Chinese cuisine amidst the traditional African food offerings served at the famed all-inclusive. Interestingly enough, several foreign based Trinbagonians flew down to join their friends for a pre-Carnival party at the UWI event. One female patron from New York shared, “I’ve been coming to UWI for the past eight years and every year it gets better. I flew into town just for this fete because it offers a diversity that I can’t encounter at any other party.” Senior Counsel, Martin Daly was present at the fete with his wife and friends, and echoed similar sentiments as he acknowledged the evolution of this particular event over the past years and lauded the organisers’ ability to maintain a classy, upscale affair while simultaneously encompassing an authentic Trini experience for all.
 
Bmobile’s chutney soca band, Dil-e-Nadan kept the day’s theme alive in their musical set, as frontliners Raymond Ramnarine and Derrick Seales played African drums, while vocalists Candy Hoyte and Imran Beharry performed African folk dances. Also adding to the entertainment was The Roy Cape All Stars with Blaxx, JW & Blaze, Kerwin Dubois, Karma and Ravi B, Lord Nelson and Ronnie McIntosh. Since 1990 this annual all-inclusive has been the cornerstone for the UWI Development & Endowment Fund that awards scholarships to undergraduates. More than 3,000 bursaries have been awarded since its inception. Bmobile continues to pledge its support to this event and is also committed to the provision of scholarships to the university and by extension the general development of professionals in society. 

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