The new DVD launched by the National Chutney Foundation, feature chutney songs in the Intellectual category. (Image courtesy NCFTT Facebook)

The National Chutney Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago (NCFTT) reports it has produced a DVD featuring 12 songs, which it says can be seen and heard on its YouTube channel (chutney foundation) and on its Facebook page (National Chutney Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago).

The DVD has been produced just in time for Arrival Day celebrations this year, heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including the NCFTT’s 2020 Arrival Day Competition, which has been cancelled as a result.

According to a release issued today by the NCFTT, all the songs featured on the DVD fall under a new chutney category created this year—Intellectual Chutney.

The NCFTT was created via an Act of Parliament (Act 6 of 2000) and has been responsible for establishing the various categories for the artform featured in its various competitions, namely Chutney Soca; Traditional Chutney; Parang Chutney; among others.

The Foundation explains that the new Intellectual Chutney category “stands out as being quite explicit as it contains beautiful melodies, lyrically strong, educational and can be played to all regardless of age and race”.

Chutney music veteran, Edward Ramdass, performing his Intellectual Chutney song titled ARRIVAL IN TRINIDAD, on the new NCFTT DVD. (Image courtesy NCFTT YouTube Channel)

The premier song in the 2020 Intellectual Chutney album was recorded by a veteran of the Chutney Soca Monarch competition, Edward Ramdass, and is titled, ARRIVAL IN TRINIDAD.

Other artistes featured on the DVD include: Nermal ‘Massive’ Gosine, Rakesh Yankaran, Hit Man, Adesh Samaroo, Marcia Miranda, Rasika Dindial, Aaron Duncan, Ramdeen ‘Falko’ Maharaj, Marva Mac Kenzie, and Anthony Batson.

The NCFTT says the songs will be appreciated globally for the knowledge shared therein and points out that both children and parents have given great support towards the creation of the new Intellectual category.

The Foundation is inviting any suggestions for new categories for the artform. Interested persons can contact NCFTT via email at [email protected]