Members of the Laventille Steelband Festival Foundation
July 12, 2006
Posted: July 14, 2006
The Laventille Steelband Festival Foundation presented the GLOSS Awards 2006 on Wednesday, 12th July, at the Angostura Limited Glass Room at 7pm sharp. "GLOSS", which is the acronym for, Gems of Laventille Outstanding Spirit Soul, was certainly the main spirit of the occasion as awardees glowed with talent and the ambience shimmered to the delight of the guests.
The night began with the National Anthem which was played on the pan by Mia Gormondy and an invocation by Reverend Wilford Carrington.
Following this was the welcome address by Mr. Michael Cooper, Chairman of the LSF, who thanked the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, His Excellency, Professor George Maxwell Richards for his presence, Senator the Honourable Joan Yuille Williams, the Minister of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs, for her support despite her unavoidable absence, as well as the specially invited guests present. He also thanked the Soca Warrior football squad, especially those emanating from the vicinity of Laventille for their successful entry into the World Cup Tournament in Germany.
Subsequent to this was a musical interlude by pannist Mia Gormondy, accompanied by her father, Mario Gormondy on the keyboard, giving wonderful renditions of Mariah Carey's "Hero", The Carpenter's "This Masquerade", and "Pan Talent" by the Mighty Terror.
After this well-received interlude was an address by His Excellency, Professor George Maxwell Richards, the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. He made public his appreciation for the decision to award fellow Laventilleans for their enormous contribution to the society. He also made mention of the posthumous awardee, Mr. Clyde Bradley for his tremendous contribution to the steelpan movement in Trinidad and Tobago and the rest of the world. His Excellency also suggested that music literacy is the way that pan should venture for its further development and success.
His Excellency, Professor Richards, also commended other musical talents such as the guitar and the Calypso art form for contributing to the proliferation of music in the country.
The six Soca Warriors that battled in the World Cup campaign were also praised by the President of the State who intimated that, "Social conditions can be an obstacle but certainly not a permanent barrier," stressing that all could achieve success despite conditions such as poverty.
Willard Harris, 'The Lord Relator' appeared next to woo the guests with a few Calypso renditions. The audience seemed quite pleased with Relator's performance pieces which included some of the hits by Calypso legends the Mighty Bomber and the Mighty Terror.
Following the entertainment was the presentation of the Special Individual Awards. The awardees and the categories for their awards are as follows:
|Fitroy Coleman||Contribution to Music|
|Fitzgerald 'Mighty Terror' Henry||Contribution to the Calypso Art Form|
|Lincoln "Delgado" Noel||Contribution to the Steelpan Movement|
|Clive Bradley (Posthumous)||Contribution to the Steelpan Movement|
|Maureen Lawrence||Long Service in the Community of Laventille|
|Daisy Mc Clean||Contribution to the Steelpan Movement|
|Michael Paul||Recognized Community Service|
|Special Awardees for Contribution in Sports included:|
|Russell Latapy||Soca Warrior Performance in World Cup 2006|
|Brent Sancho||Soca Warrior Performance in World Cup 2006|
|Dennis Lawrence||Soca Warrior Performance in World Cup 2006|
|Jason Scotland||Soca Warrior Performance in World Cup 2006|
|Densill Theobald||Soca Warrior Performance in World Cup 2006|
|Aurtis Whitley||Soca Warrior Performance in World Cup 2006|
|Youth of the Community recognized for their contributions were: |
|Keisha Codrington||Youth Award for Culture|
|Tammy Timothy||Youth Award for Education|
Following these award presentations was a grand performance by Clifton 'Mighty Bomber' Ryan who sang some of his popular hits to the guests at the Angostura compound who expressed their appreciation by singing along to every tune that he sang. These songs included: "U.S.W.I" (United States of the West Indies), "Mr. Unfortunate", "Proverbs" and "Joan and James".
The distribution of awards continued afterwards with a presentation to the Angostura Limited Company accepted by Michael Cabillo for their contribution to the economic development of the area.
Lord Relator came on stage once more to perform a few hits by Fitzgerald 'Mighty Terror' Henry to the delight and appreciation of the audience.
Coming close to the end of the programme, presentations were given to the First Lady, Dr. Jean Ramjohn Richards, and to the President, Professor George Maxwell Richards, as a token of the Laventille Steelband Festival Foundation's respect and appreciation.
The closing remarks were given by Mr. Julien Cudjoe, the Vice President of the LSF, who thanked all for coming to celebrate the auspicious occasion and at the end of the ceremony, guests were treated to cocktails and entertainment on pan by the Woodbrook Playboys.
The ambience of the Angostura Limited Glass Room was marvelous. It is hoped that event planners in future, could take note and implement tight programme schedules and proper planning to ensure that their guests feel as welcome as they are comfortable.
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