by Susan Mangatal - firstname.lastname@example.org
who attended the Shabba Ranks show that took place here in Maryland this
past Saturday, may agree with me that the Show was good, there were
really no disappointments, except that he sang to "tracks"
instead of a live band, but all in all it was a good show.
“Talk about people”…if yo see the amount of people that
attended the show”. The crowd was so large/tight and “off the hook” that they
actually had to turn people away; and to everyone’s surprise, to
accommodate those who were turned away, they announce that another show
would be held the following day (Sunday).
performance wasn’t bad, I was very pleased to see how he looked
“pretty buff”, how he delivered his songs, and how he treated and
interacted with his audience/fans. He really did great!!!!
After several hours of performing all of his hits (too many to list), he
continued dancing on the stage, which seemed to last for another hour,
and then he began signing autographs and mingling with his fans (mind
you, not in the VIP area, he was out on the floor with his fans).
Very good PR! From
the crowd’s reaction to his songs, they too were very happy that
Shabba was here in DC, and is back on the scene.
Good job, and much respect to Shabba on Saturday night!!!!!
as much as I hate to be negative, I feel it is very important to respond
to my on-line family who attended the show, and who sent me e-mails
regarding the disappointing Sunday Night show.
You are not alone! Todd
and I were pretty baffled with what transpired.
We actually spent some time pondering over the situation, and
came up with some interesting thoughts.
Anyway, the situation was Shabba did appear on Sunday night, but
claimed he had a sore throat/was hoarse, and refused to perform.
How unfortunate!!!! He
simply refused to perform…can you believe this?????
there are 2 scenarios that you have to keep in mind.
The first is: The business owner/promoter, what do they do in
this situation? The first question that must have ran through everyone’s
mind was, did Shabba get paid for Sunday Night?
If so, then he is obligated to perform, especially if contracts
were signed...correct? Then,
the business owner obviously would have “hit the roof” and demanded
that the artist at least go out on stage and try to sing, or “lip
sync” if necessary, especially since the artist was singing to tracks
anyway; most people may not have noticed, but would have been pleased to
see Shabba, and hear all their favorites.
I’m I right?
second is: Yes, there may be a possibility that Shabba didn’t get
paid, hence his excuse for having a sore throat.
However, this I will have to eliminate since I know for a fact
all the artists that play/perform at this venue gets paid.
Which leaves me to think, Shabba made a bad decision by not
trying to sing. Yes,
if indeed Shabba was hoarse (as Shabba and the DJ indicated), don't you
think as an artist, who is just “coming back out on the scene”,
would have tried to sing to re-gain your fan base, and most importantly
please your fans? I truly
believe once he started performing and the crowd realized that he was
hoarse, they may have understood.
Now, checking all of this out behind the scenes was amazing,
because instead of Shabba leaving immediately to get rest, or whatever,
he stuck around and partied in the VIP (dancing, drinking, talking with
his entourage, playing pool and enjoying himself). So how sick
could he have been? Which as a business owner I would not have
tolerated, since my customers were left disappointed by him not
We were "tripping" about this, and are still quite baffled about this situation, because as a business owner myself. My customers or on-line family (in my case) are all that matters to me; they are the base of my existence, and therefore, whatever I promise them, I will deliver. If, for some reason I cannot; I will make it a point to address them, or even offer a future discount, or return part of the entrance fee to correct something that turned wrong. I could never leave them “hanging” and amazed over this “disappointing/bogus” 2nd show, without a proper announcement. Damn, just make an effort to address the people and make amends. It’s so simple!!!!! Right?????? Well, I do hope we get an explanation of what happened Sunday night, so I can share it with you. Please feel free to continue sending me your thoughts on this situation.
The T&T Women’s Committee of Washington DC, Sunday Brunch, was very, very nice. Todd and I normally never make it out on time for their brunch, but this time we decided to get out of the house early, so we could enjoy this much talked about brunch. Well, nice is not the word, it was wonderful. The breakfast (bake, hops and Buljol, Salmon Cakes and Accra) was good and so were the lunch items. Of course, we had to sample both. The peas and rice, stew chicken, fried fish, macaroni pie, stew peas, ground provisions, callaloo, and much more were really delicious. For the time we were there, the line never stopped, so clearly it was a successful event. What impressed me was the nice "Stop Violence Against Women" Blue Scarf giveaway that was distributed by the members to all the ladies who were in attendance. That was a nice token especially since this month Women are being honored. Below is a message from Ms. Deanne Samuels a member of the T & T Women’s Committee of Washington DC.
To The DC Reggae Awards
I want to send a special Thank you to the Organizers of the DC Reggae Awards for awarding us with their “Dennis Brown” Award. Thank you for recognizing our efforts, and maximum respect for the hard work you have put into making the Reggae Awards possible. Congratulations to all the winners, especially Willie Paul ((1) Best Male Reggae Singer, (2) Best Song and Song Writer of the Year; and (3) Best Reggae Recording of “Turning Point”); Anita Malcolm from Positive Vibrations Band for winning “Best female Performer”; and Bamboo Station for winning “Best Band of the year”. Big Up To Bashmentlinkup.com on their win as well, and all the others too vast to mention that received awards. In the next few weeks DC Reggae Awards will be hosting a “Thank You” event for all who supported, so check out their site for all the details www.dcreggaeawards.com.
I can't believe nothing really is happening in town this weekend (it’s kind of dead), after all the big excitement last weekend with Shabba, we are now left searching for something to do (this weekend.)
On Monday night though, CeeC Promotions begins their “Moet Monday’s” where you will experience the unique blend of Reggae and Go Go from Ras Lidi and Lil Benny as they perform their hits at “Moet Mondays”. Click here for all the details.
Yes, the Carnival Season has begun!
This week a beautiful young lady took the time to introduce herself to me, and indicated that she always wanted to meet me, but never had the opportunity. I want to thank her for her support and most importantly her kind words. This young lady is the first place winner "Queen of the Band - 2004" from Aming and Associates! Look out for her next year!!!! Again, thanks for the kind words, we really appreciate it and your support!!!
Remember next weekend DC Caribbean Carnival, Inc. will be hosting their first fundraiser (Saturday, March 26th, 2005). Their Annual Glorious Saturday Fete @ The Caribbean Style Restaurant. Check the Events page for all the details.
Several new bands will be participating in the Carnival this year, which is very exciting. Look out for Upcoming Band Launchings from "DeRaschalz", "Washington Rampage", and from the all the new bands and old.
on helping the people of Guyana from recovering
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contact your Local Guyanese
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Until next week, please have a safe and wonderful weekend!
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DC Caribbean Carnival - June 25th & 26th
March 26, 2005 - Glorious Saturday Fundraiser Fete
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Special Birthday Greetings is being extended to Andy R.
You will definitely see us at Andy's party this weekend, and of course
we will be celebrating with Andy as we always do in pure Trini style.
Special Happy Birthday greetings is being extended to Karen D-T.
Congratulations to Bambo Station on their New CD Release!
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