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Friday, April 27, 2007

Guardian newspaper reviews Greenlight Network Concert

Newcomers Tie Dye Kitty came out with a bang, performing a strong lyrical song Ask the Dust. Photos: Angelo Marcelle


The Greenlight Network staged an environmental concert featuring a diverse range of artistes on Saturday to coincide with World Earth Day.

Global warming also seemed to be the unplanned theme behind the Nature of Sound Concert held at the Trinidad Theatre Workshop, Woodbrook.

The air-conditioning unit broke down once again, producing an actual global warming effect in the jam-packed indoor venue.

The concert, a compilation of environmentally and socially-conscious music, was the launchpad for the long-awaited environmental CD —Greenlight Network Vol 1—featuring an eclectic mix of 16 musicians and original artwork covers by local artists.

Mark Ng Wai, a talented 18-year-old reggae artiste and guitarist opened the show just after 6 pm, with an environmental song he wrote for the CD called Supreme Creator.

He was followed by punk rock band Anti-Everything, who stirred the audience with an exhilarating song from the CD entitled The Way We Live Our Lives, protesting against injustice, corruption and racism.

Don’t Panic also sang a song about racial unity, while a screen behind the stage projected images of people holding placards with Fix T&T, Fix Crime, and Every Creed & Race Find an Equal Place.

Founding member of the Greenlight Foundation Elspeth Duncan noted, “I am hearing a lot of songs about standing up for a cause and not being oppressed by those in power.

“We must allow our creative spirit to emerge, instead of our destructive spirit.

“We all have a heart and we all care or else we would not have been here. Everybody can make a little drop in the bucket,” said Duncan.

She said that the Foundation would be hosting an environmental concert on an annual basis.

Tie Dye Kitty, one of the newest pop/rock bands in T&T consisting of vocalist/keyboards Richard Hall from Orange Sky, guitarist/vocalist Sean Young Wing formerly of Smith Tuttle, bassist Arron Ramkelawan of Opium Mystic and drummer Triston Khan of Anti Everything, used this concert to make its premier appearance.

Coming out with a bang and a bunch of high octane adrenaline rush lyrics, they left a lasting impression on the audience.

Hall, who made jokes about osmosis evaporation as he wiped the sweat from his brow, sang a song he wrote for the environmentally conscious CD called Ask the Dust, which addressed the potential extinction of the plant.

Rahil Babooram came on next with a satirical composition about animal rights, drawing applause and laughter from the audience with such lyrics:

“Why must the animals bleed... don’t they realise one day it will be the other way around... and the animals will take you to town.”

He was followed by rock band 5 o’Clock Shadow which performed another track from the CD called Mother Nature’s Warning.

Mike Ross (of 95.1FM) and his two guitarists roused the audience with impressive vocals and lively, rhythmic tunes such as The Cleansing, awakening people about environmental pollution.

Jointpop, another local rock band, ended off the night with Who Shot Paradise, a catchy tune containing a strong environmental message which could also be heard on the CD, and The Water Supreme, a crowd favourite.

The limited edition CD, which also features Brother Resistence, Elspeth Duncan, Sheldon Manoo, Glenford Bhagat, Malik, John Pollard, Namid Lancaster and Ozymajiq, will be offered for sale at a cost of $100 at venues to be advertised.

For more information, please call

645-0016, 758-7915 or 786-0789

Monday, April 23, 2007

Nature of Sound concert a sell out success

Last night's Greenlight Network concert, Nature of Sound, held at Trinidad Theatre Workshop in Belmont, was a sell-out success. Members of the audience were wowed by thought-provoking, environmentally inspired performances by some of the musicians featured on the long awaited compilation CD ... Greenlight Network Vol. 1: The Nature of Sound

Below are a few photos from the event.

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The special first edition of the CD, on display in the concert venue's lobby. Each CD had a unique cover created by a local artiste. Most of these CDs were sold on the night, but some are still available for those who wish to own a collector's item. Contact Glen at 645-0157 to make your purchase, or e-mail Greenlight at the address provided in the sidebar.
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Opening act, Mark Ng Wai, honours The Supreme Creator
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Brian Khan of Anti Everything moved the crowd with an acoustic rendition of "The Way We Live our Lives"
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Glenford Bhagat courageously made his solo debut with two 60's style renditions
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Don't Panic didn't panic. They simply gave a performance which won rave reviews from those in attendance.
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Tie Dye Kitty was hot ... in more ways than one. Global warming?
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Sir Rahil Babooram was a powerful voice for animal rights.
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Anil (lead singer of 5 O'Clock Shadow) gives us "Mother Nature's Warning"
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Special guest, Mike Ross, had the crowd clapping and singing along to "The Cleansing".
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Jointpop asked the important question: "Who Shot Paradise?"

(Photos: Elspeth Duncan)

The Nature of Sound concert was merely an appetizer. Stay tuned for the larger concert to come ... Woodstock style, featuring all of the performers on the CD ... and more.

Thank you to all who invested their time and energy to make our first environmental concert a resounding success. May we all continue to play our role in bringing healing and consciousness to our inner and outer environments.

All proceeds from ticket and CD sales benefit future Greenlight Network creative environmental projects.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Nature of Sound: The Concert

Spread the word! There's never been a concert like this ...

For ticket information please call Shivonne at 758-7915.

Above is the flyer for Greenlight Network's upcoming concert on Earth DaySunday 22 April 2007. This concert, Nature of Sound, will be the launchpad for the long awaited environmental CD: Greenlight Network, Volume 1 ... featuring an eclectic mix of local musicians (both solo and group):

5 O'Clock Shadow
Anti Everything
Brother Resistance
Don't Panic
Elspeth Duncan
Glenford Bhagat
John Pollard
Mark and Joey Ng Wai
Navid Lancaster
Ozy Majic
Rahil Babooram
Sheldon Manoo
Tie Dye Kitty

At the Nature of Sound concert we will be selling 50 special first edition Greenlight Network CDs, each sporting a unique CD cover with original artwork created by different local artists.

Seating for 60 only, so buy your tickets now!
All proceeds benefit environmental projects.