Trinidad, W.I -- Soca powerhouse Destra Garcia will make her world debut as a featured theatre actor in the upcoming production of ‘RIDDIM NATION’ at the National Academy for the Performing Arts. ‘RIDDIM NATION’, which is presented by We Are CZAR and its , will take place on Carnival Monday and Tuesday nights, with doors opening at 6:00 PM and showtime at 7:30 PM. The event is supported by Platinum Sponsor – The Prime Minister’s Sport and Culture Fund, Gold Sponsors - Republic Bank and the Ministry of Community Development Culture and Arts, Silver Sponsors - Bmobile and Carib and Bronze Sponsor – Angostura Tamboo. This fully-staged theatrical production, written, produced and directed by Penny Gomez, will feature a star-studded cast of actors, musicians and entertainers, across a wide range of musical styles including: Calypso, Soca, Chutney, Brass and Rhythm. Destra stars alongside Kearn Samuel, Syntyche and Derron Sandy. Tickets for RIDDIM NATION are 350 dollars, and now available at the NAPA Box Office and online at www.islandetickets.com.
RIDDIM NATION will feature all the best that Carnival has to offer in theatre, musical performances and entertainment all wrapped up in the story of 'Broko', a Moko Jumbie in training with no ‘rhythm’. ‘Riddim Nation’ takes us on Broko’s journey to find the ‘riddims’ of Carnival, where he will explore all the musical genres of the festival, featuring performances by:
Soca Stars: Destra Garcia, Farmer Nappy and Shurwayne Winchester. Chutney Soca Legend: Drupatee Ramgoonai, Chutney Soca Monarch title holder: Nishard M, Calypso Kings: Mistah Shak and Brian London and Reigning Calypso Monarch, Terri Lyons!
The story of Broko will be brought to life by our talented cast led by Kearn Samuel (Broko), Syntyche Bishop (Sexy Sue, Broko's girlfriend), Destra Garcia (making her theatrical debut in the role of 'Singing Shirley' Broko's mother), Zakiya Gill (as the Pierrot Grenade), Marie Guerra (as the Baby Doll), Carol Serrette -Thomas (as the Dame Lorraine) and Spoken Word/Poet Derron Sandy (as the Midnight Robber).
In the Riddim Nation engine-room we bring to you!
The Shooting Stars Tassa Group, Desperadoes Steel Orchestra & Desperadoes Riddim Section, Muzik Mansion, Lois Lewis and the Jeunes Agape Folk Choir, The Egbe Omo Oni Isese Traditional African Association Tamboo Bamboo Riddim Section, Pannist, Johann Chuckaree, Keyboardist, Geiron Mang and more!