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Tribe's Festival of the Bands now reduced to one day, new venue

This weekend's Festival of the Bands that was due to take place over two days on Saturday and Sunday, has been reduced to just one day - Saturday and the venue has been changed to the Jean Pierre Complex.

The announcement was made of Tribe Carnival's Facebook page, attributing the change to the weather.

Nailah misses out on BET award despite best effort of fans

Despite the best efforts by fans, Nailah Blackman did not cop the "Best New International Act" category of this year's BET Awards.

Blackman faced a field of 10 other nominees from Brazil, Nigeria, the UK, France, South Korea, South Africa and Ghana.

The award went to Sjava of South Africa.

The award is a people's choice award as fans were asked to register their votes on Instagram and the BET website.

The annoucement was made on the BET website prior to tonight's BET Awards in Los Angeles.  

VIDEO: Bunji, Fayann perform at BET Experience concert in Los Angeles

Many across the country will be holding their breath during the BET awards on Sunday evening, hoping that local soca songstress, Nailah Blackman wins the Best New International Performer for which she has been nominated.

But on the fringes of the awards, two other Trinidad and Tobago soca artistes are in the limelight as Bunji Garlin and Fayann Alvarez performed at the BET Experience (BETX) concert in Los Angeles around 4.30 pm LA time (7.30 pm TT time) today.

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Rosalind Gabriel appointed to NCC board

Popular bandleader Rosalind Gabriel has been appointed to the National Carnival Commission’s (NCC) Board of Commissioners.

The presentation was made today by Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly at the ministry’s head office in Port of Spain.

Gabriel is a longstanding member of the carnival fraternity and current President of the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Bands Association (TTCBA).

She is considered a local authority on Children’s Mas, having produced several children’s bands for more than four decades. 

St James to turn into mini-Carnival Saturday night for WeBeat Parade

Thirteen (13) mobile steel orchestras, three stationary steelbands, Traditional Mas Characters and Brite Nite Bands will on Saturday transform the Western Main Road into a mini Carnival as the St James Community Improvement Committee (St. James CIC) brings down the curtain on this year’s WeBeat St. James Live festivities.

No vehicular traffic will be allowed, instead from 7 pm the Western Main Road will be the playing field for hundreds of steel pans and players continuing until 2 am on Sunday.

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