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Internationally acclaimed cricketer Dwayne "DJ" Bravo will be making a special appearance alongside a few of his friends from Bollywood and with a camera crew in tow for this year's Chutney Brass Festival.
The Randy Glasgow Productions (RGP) event will also feature a slew of artistes such as Raymond Ramnarine and Dil-E-Nadan, Ravi B & Karma, Neeshard, Gregory & Nisha B, KI and The Band With Neval, Gyatones, Rikki Jai and the Jaimasterz, Anil Bheem and BMRZ, Sally Sagram and Xtreme and Neval with D Rampersad Indie Art.
Several DJs including Big Daddy’s Sounds, DJ Ana, DJ Greg and Big Rich will be performing between the live acts.
In a release, Glasgow said when the Chutney Brass Festival (CBF) was introduced some 15 years ago some said it would not last, simply because placed it up against the Caribbean Brass Festival, taking place on the same night of the massive fete, which was back then a signature event of Carnival having run for a couple decades.
While the Caribbean Brass Festival is no more the CBF has developed into an event of international repute that has over the years featured artistes from as far as India, South Asia and even top rock bands out of the United States as RGP sought to present an event that would prove entertaining for not only chutney music lovers, but those who appreciated chutney soca, soca and other genres, regional and international.
"From attracting just over 4000 patrons on its debut run, CBF is now considered to be the largest Indo music event in the world, outside of India, boasting audiences exceeding 17,000 and featuring not only Trinbagonians, but people from places such as Guyana, Suriname, Florida, Canada, Asia, Throughout the United States and even as far as Australia," said Glasgow.
He said these foreigners organise groups to make the trip here, booking hotels and guest houses way in advance of the Carnival season, planning their vacation around Trinidad’s Carnival aiming to arrive in time for the CBF and to attend other Carnival events such as the National Panorama, Soca Monarch as well as visit the calypso tents and other events.
"RGP is aware of this because when booking their CB tickets people ask us about what events are taking place and what activities there are, including what mas bands still have costumes available," he said via the release.
The 2018 Chutney Brass Festival – Bring Your Cooler Edition takes place on Saturday, February 3 at Guaracara Park, Point-a-Pierre. Patrons are invited to bring coolers packed with their choice of drinks in plastic bottles. Of course, there will still be bars offering premium drinks strategically placed throughout the venue as well as food stations where patrons will have a wide assortment of cuisine, local, East Indian, Asian, European and more to choose from.