– Show follows completion of 10/10 Tapeball finals
By Rawle Welch
Organisers of the Kares Engineering / Bushy Park Sawmills Inc 10/10 Tapeball Cricket Competition announced a packed programme of entertainment for the September 4 finals which will be played, at the National Stadium, Providence.
According to Head of the Organising Committee Radesh Pameshwar among the confirmed artistes scheduled to appear on the entertainment segment billed as the ‘Kares Caribbean Bacchanal’ which immediately follows the completion of the finals are Grammy award winner Jamaican Shaggy, who will be accompanied by his band, while other top Caribbean entertainers listed to perform are chutney king Rikki Jai, Hunter, Peter Ram, Melobugz band out of Trinidad and Tobago and a host of local artistes.
Pameshwar made the announcement during a press briefing which was conducted yesterday at the GCC Pavilion where he described the list of performers as a good blend that was specifically chosen to compliment the diverse makeup of the Guyanese society which comprises six races.
The tournament’s Head said that the Committee decided to conclude the tournament which started on July 9 with a show of that magnitude to demonstrate their appreciation to the fans that’ve supported the event from its inception.
“ The after finals concert is to show our appreciation for the support we received throughout the competition and we’ve decided to contract artistes from right across the Caribbean that will be performing different types of music that we are certain will be appreciated by all the races of this beautiful country,” Rameshwar stated.
He informed that it will be a mixture of chutney, soca, reggae and R&B, the genres of music that are very familiar with Caribbean culture which Rameshwar opined is aimed at creating a fusion among our people as stated at the launching of the tournament.
“We still would like to achieve our stated objective,” he reminded.
He disclosed that special prizes will be given out to fans that attend the cricket matches, while they will also enjoy discounts for attending both events.
The price of admission for those wishing to attend both the cricket and concert is $3,000, while those that intend to go to the concert only will have to pay the same price for admission.
VIP tickets will be sold at $5,000 per person and tickets go on sale in 8-9 days time at strategic locations across the country. Meanwhile, commenting on the cricket competition, Rameshwar said they are extremely happy that despite the inclement weather, they were able to play a total of 594 matches to date and this weekend will increase that amount that will keep them on schedule to complete the matches to accommodate the date set for the finals.
He added that the support to date has been beyond their expectations, the response tremendous and they are optimistic that come September 4, there will be a huge turnout at the National Stadium.
Rameshwar repeated that they are not competing against any other entity, but rather to work in partnership with them.
Eight matches are slated to be played with the Boys and Girls finals in the schools categories, semi-finals and finals of the open divisions among the games listed.
The winner and runner-up of the Men’s category will receive $1million and $500,000 respectively, while the Ladies segment will see the winner take home $500,000 and loser $300,000, while the Most Valuable Players of the tournament and finals will be awarded scooters.
School winners and losing finalists will be given $400,000 and $200,000 respectively, but that will go to the schools in the form of equipment of their choice.
The MVP’s will be awarded lap tops.
Entertainment will be provided throughout the day in all the stands.
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