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Steelpan, dance, chutney soca for Siparia Fete

By SEETA PERSAD Friday, April 19 2013

Roy Cape All Stars Orchestra will share the stage with former Chutney Soca Monarch KI Persad and his band JMC 3Veni at this weekend’s Siparia Fete.

Siparia Fete is an annual community festival built around the celebration of the mysterious appearance of the patron Saint La Divina Pastora also called Siparee Mai by Hindus. This festival attracted nationwide participation primarily because of the ancillary activities organised on the occasion of the Festival.

Top named steelbands and Best Village bele dancers will be in competition for Siparia Fest 2013. This year’s events start tomorrow at noon at the Classic Clipper Resturant where there is an open “link-up” party at noon. This fete will continue throughout the night until Sunday morning. Tomorrow at 6 pm “Steel in Motion” will begin on the Main Road Siparia when more than 20 steel orchestras will be in competition, vying for top prizes given out by the Siparia Regional Corporation.

Among those making the journey for this contest are Arima All Stars, City Sun Valley, Curepe Polyphonics, Gonzales Sheikers, Harlem Syncopators, Pan Stereonettes, Scrunter Pan Groove, TT Fire Service, Fyzabad 4th Dimension, TT Defence Force, Trinidad East Side, Woodbrook Modernaires, La Romain Super Vibes, Highlighters, San Juan East Side, La Famille United Steel Orchestra and Kings Row Retro Riddims.

Organised by Diatonic Pan Institute, this year’s steel competition is dedicated to calypsonian Robert (Lord Nelson) Nelson, 82. Originally from Plymouth, Nelson began singing in the late 1950s and produced hits such as “Meh Lover”, “La La”, and “King Liar”. The Tobago-born Nelson migrated to the United States after high school and subsequently served in the US Army. Following his military service, Nelson lived in New York during the 1960s and sang calypso there. He had a hit song in 1961 with the “Garrot Bounce”.

Bands for Siparia Fest this year will assemble at the corner of Mary Street between Coora Road and Edward Street, proceed right onto Edward Street, then right onto George Street, east along George Street, north onto Daisy Voison Street, west onto High Street, disbursing at the corner of High and La Pastora Street. They will be vying for the top prize of $10,000.

On Sunday morning, a procession and holy mass will be held at the La Divina Pastora RC Church. There will also be a parade through the streets of Siparia from 1 pm by the arms of the protective services including Cadets, Police, Regiment, Fire Service, and the Coastguard. Then the various village-dancers will stage their Bele show at the Siparia Basketball Court from 1.30 pm.

The final party gets on the way at 6 pm with Roy Cape and JMC 3Veni at Irwin Park.

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