One hundred and fifteen (115) unsponsored steel bands have received cheques to assist them in their operations.
Minister of Community Development Culture and the Arts, Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, has already presented Tobago’s cheques to Carlan Harewood, Pan Trinbago representative from the Eastern Region, due to the unavailability of the representative from Tobago.
The Board of the Copyright Music Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago (COTT) has selected a new president.
John Arnold will serve as the President of COTT until late 2019.
Arnold is a well-respected musician and is the founder and musical director of the Signal Hill Alumni Choir and has received a Humming Bird Medal Gold in 2010 for his contribution to Culture.
He holds a Certificate in Harmony and Arrangement from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
The Trinbago Unified Calypsonians' Organisation (TUCO) has announced the forty (40) semi-finalists as well as the two reserves for the National Calypso Monarch SemiFinal, which takes place at Skinner Park, San Fernando on Saturday.
The list contains some of the top names in the artform.
The following is the complete list.
1. AARON ST. LOUIS aka VOICE
"YEAR FOR LOVE"
2. ALANA SINNETTE-KHAN aka LADY WATCHMAN
3. ALEX GIFT aka TOBAGO CHALKIE
"WHO IS THE FAKE "
4. BRIAN LONDON
BpTT Renegades has topped the Large Band category of the Panorama Semi-Finals.
The following are the placings for the final, following Sunday's show at the Queen's Park Savannah.
3. Phase 11
4. Trinidad All Stars & Skiffle
6. FC Supernovas
7. Silver Stars
11. T&TEC Tropical AngelHarps
12. NLCB Fonclaire