Hello All! Goodbye All!

Many of you may have notice we have not been posting for a while. Apart from being short on staff, we had to move away from the MoSo name for legal reasons.

That prompted a rethink. We are pleased to announce that MoSo iRadio and news updates will now be hosted at www.ramajay-iradio.com . We hope you join us there for loads of new content. It is building up slowly.

This I’m afraid is the final post. For those of you who won’t be joining us there, thank you for taking the time to read our updates and all the best!

Ramajay iRadio Team
formerly MoSo Radio

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National Junior Parang Festival 2013

Last weekend, it was the National Junior Parang Festival 2013, in Trinidad. First time participants, Trinity College capture the championship title, for the secondary schools division, and Sacred Heart Boys R C, won the Primry Schools division

A total of 16 secondary schools showed off their musical talents on Saturday, while 15 schools competed in the primary schools division on Sunday. Each group had to perform two songs.  Trinity’s delivery of their two selections, Cantando Gloria and Rio Manzanare, also secured Michael Bristol, the Best Lead Male Singer title.

Sunday competition was Sacred Heart Boys’ RC, displace last year’s champions, Newtown Boys’ RC, to second place. Both schools were presented with, a Challenge trophy and won a cash prize of $8,000 each. Runners-up in each division got $6,000, while third place finishers receive $4,000.

A People’s Choice Award, was run for each category. Voting was facilitated by texting specific codes, as well as using the Facebook page, of the major private sector sponsor. All the major sponsors hope to see more schools enter the competition in the year to come. To ensure the standards also increase, with more musical instruments being utilised, the private sector sponsor, will invite schools to register their students for training workshops during the Easter and August vacation periods.

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Carnival 2k14 Launch Party for Destra And Her New Band

Destra Garcia kicked off her carnival 2014 season, with a new look band at the Zen Nightclub, on November 10th. The band, now called Bakanal, features two new male vocalist, Olatunji Yearwood, and Stuart Silva.
It was also, Destra’s birthday and her sponsors presented her with a large red, D shaped birthday cake, while her band gave her,a large bouquet of red roses.

Destra and Bakcanal’s first official performance, will be at a prestigious golf course in Dubai, on November 23rd.

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Denyse Plummer’s 1st Christmas Album

Former national calypso monarch, Denyse Plummer, launched her first Christmas CD, titled – Happy Christmas, at the St Andrews Golf Club, in Moka, Maraval, last week. The ten festive tracks include a mix of popular local and traditional music.

The tracks on the album include:

Happy Christmas (John Lennon and Yoko Ono)
Old Christmas Card (Jim Reeves)
Ribbons (Gregory Ballantyne)
Feliz Navidad (Jose Feliciano)
Go Light Your World (Chris Rice)
O Holy Night (Adolphe Adam)
Little Drummer Boy (Katherine Kennicott Davis)
Away In A Manger (W J Kirkpatrick)
Old Toy Trains (Roger Miller)
Auld Lang Syne (Robert Burns).

Supporting Plummer on the night, was show host and vocalist Marcia Miranda, who also performed some of her well-known Soca Parang hits, along with leading local R&B vocal group, H20 Phlo, who provided listeners a taste of their brand new single – Christmas Time Again. No Trinbago Christmas show would be complete, without parang music and this was amply provided by Alicia Jagessar, and Los Alumnos de San Juan parang group.

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Pan Is Beautiful XII – Soloist & Ensemble Results

The first two, finals of the National Steelband Music Festival; Pan Is Beautiful XII, was held on Friday 8th of November, at National Academy for the Performing Arts (Napa), in Port-of-Spain.

Golden Hands, one of Trinidad & Tobago’s premier youth steel orchestras, struck gold twice. Scoring 542 points in the ensembles category, they won the championship trophy and $100,000 first prize with their tune of choice, Michael Jackson’s Earth Song and the test piece, Respect The Steelband, written by Black Stalin (Dr Leroy Calliste). In the Soloists category, Golden Hands’ tenor player, Joshua Jabari Bedeau’s interpretation of, Vanessa Alexandra Headley’s composition Call Me Hero, was awarded a top score of 280 points and the $10,000 first prize.

Only one point separated Petrotrin Hatters and the champions. Their presentation of the test piece and tune of choice, The Renewal, composed, adapted and conducted by Dr Jeannine Remy, earned the group a combined total of 541 points and $75,000 prize.

Defending champion, Stryke Stars, secured third place and $65,000. They scored 523 points for with their interpretations of the test piece and tune of choice, Journey To The Promise Land, ccomposed by Kenneth Guppy.

The other placings in Ensemble category were as follows:

Fourth place, Fusion Steel, Play Mr Pannist , 520 points.
Fifth place, Success Stars Gems, Pan In A Minor, 517 points.
Sixth place, Longdenville Claytones, playing Nat “King” Cole’s  – Tenderly, 502 points.

On the panel for the Ensembles category were Lambert Phillip, Merle Albino-DeCoteau, Michelle Huggins-Watts and Joslynne Sealey.

Other placings in the Soloists category were as follows:

Second,Keisha Codrington, Pan In Harmony, 278 points
Third, Khari Codrington, Pan Night and Day, 267 points
Fourth, Avery Attzs, Caught In A Loop, 260 points
Fifth, Kern Summerville, Rainorama, 255 points
Sixth, Anthony Phillip, Life At La Paix Road, 252 points
Seventh, Dachelle Morrison, Fiddle Faddle, 246 points
Meagann Taitt, Written In August, 245 points

Judges for the Soloists category were Dr Anne Marion Osbourne, Michelle Huggins-Watts, Mia Gormandy and Joslynne Sealey.

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Pan Is Beautiful XII – The Finals

For those die hard pan fans out there, here is the line up for the Soloists and Ensembles.

Order of Appearance


  1. Keisha Codrington
  2. Khari Codrington
  3. Kern Sumerville
  4. Dachelle Morrison
  5. Meagann Taitt
  6. Avery Attzs
  7. Joshua Jabari Bedeau
  8. Anthony Phillip


  1. Success Stars
  2. Petrotrin Hatters
  3. Fusion Steel
  4. Stryke Stars
  5. Golden Hands
  6. Longdenville Claytones

The soloists and ensemble finals will be held on Friday 8th November, at NAPA in Port of Spain. The show kicks off at 7pm.

On Saturday the 16th November, it is the turn of the conventional steel orchestras. The finals will be held at the
Queens Park Savannah, Port of Spain, start time 7.00 pm

The order of appearance for the eight bands is as follows;

  1. Pan Elders
  2. NGC Couva Joylanders
  3. T & TEC Tropical Angel Harps
  4. Republic Bank Exodus
  5. BP Renegades
  6. Codrington Pan Family
  7. Diatonic
  8. CAL Invaders

For further details check Pan Trinbago’s website.

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Pan is Beautiful XII – Orchestra Prelims

Over the weekend, fourteen conventional steel orchestras were vying for eight places in the National Steelband Music Festival, Pan Is Beautiful twelve, at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain. Each band played the test piece, Black Stalin’s Mr Pan Maker and a tune of choice.

For this competition an orchestra can be any combination of pan players/musicians playing steelpan instruments with a minimum of 35 players and not exceed 50, inclusive of rhythm. Playing time is limited to 18 minutes. The Adjudicators for this category were Dr. Anne Marion Osbourne, Merle Albino-De Coteau, Lambert Phillip and Joslynne Sealey. Over one million dollars is at stake in this leg of the competition with the winner receiving $250,000.

Top honours went to Codrington Pan Family follow by Tropical Angel Harps, Invaders, Exodus, Renegades, Couva Joylanders, Diatonic and Pan Elders in 8th place.

The schedule for the finals are as follows; the Soloists/Ensembles on Friday November 9th, Single Pans on Sunday November 10th, and Orchestras on Saturday November 16th. All finals will be held at the National Academy for the Performing Arts, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

For further details check Pan Trinbago’s website.
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Pan is Beautiful XII 2013

Pan is Beautiful XII opened at Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, on Saturday the 5th of October. This year’s festival is entitled Festival is Respect The Pan, Play It With Pride. The set test piece, Respect The Steelband, was composed and sung by Dr Leroy Calliste, better known as Black Stalin.
On Saturday, the first of two preliminary rounds featured eleven soloists and five ensembles who performed before the adjudication panel and a small audience. The second round took place on Sunday 6th of October, and San Fernando based Golden Hands took top honours, with Fusion Steel taking seond place. Third place went to defending champions, Stryke Stars of Laventille.

In the soloist category, Keisha Codrington placed first and Joshua Jabari Bedeau placed second. There was a tie for third place, between Khari Codrington and Anthony Phillip of CAL Invaders.

In total, six pan ensembles and seven soloist will compete in the finals on Friday 8th of November, at the National Academy for the Performing Arts in Port-of-Spain.

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Soca Music Represented at The Soul Train Awards 2013

Soca music has gained futher recognition at the Soul Train Awards 2013. Bunji Garlin and Machel Montano are flying the Trini flag and rag , being nominated in the Best International Performance category. The two Soca stars are up against Emeli Sande, P-Square and Iyanya.

Both Machel and Bunji have met the criteria which requires artists to have a strong identity in the international music scene, in part on album sales, world digital sales, radio spins and their projects were released within the eligibility period.

This is the second outing for Machel at the Soul Train awards. In 2011, along with Kes the Band, each were nominated for their releases entitled, Bend Over and Wotless respectively.

The awards will be presented November the 8th, at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, and will be aired on 1st of December, on BET and Centric.

Voting closes shortly, so use this URL to vote!


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October Launch for T&T Carnival 2014… and Changes?

The Trinidad & Tobago NCC has scheduled a launch of the Carnival 2014 festival, for October 26th to the 27th, at a venue to be announced shortly. Apart from disclosing how much the organisation will spend on Carnival, it is also expected to reveal the format of events and any changes that might be made in the structure, and production of the national festival.
NCC chairman Allison Demas, said the organisation will start rolling out plans for the festival this week. There are some significant changes planned for the parade route particularly in Port-of-Spain. For many years, congestion to the stage and judging point, at the Queen’s Park Savannah, has been a sore point for band leaders, and masqueraders. Many suggestions have been put forward to the NCC e.g. allocating slots on the day,  with very little feedback returned. However, signs are hopeful that incoming CEO, Michael Guyadeen along with other new post holders may usher in a new era for T&T’s biggest festival.

Other areas that need addressing include; increasing monetary awards to the carnival kings, queens and individuals, and a response to returning the Dimache Gras to the Carnival Sunday schedule, with calls have been made to return this show to Carnival Sunday night, with all its components, inclusive of the National Calypso Monarch final, and the finals of the King and Queen competitions.

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