Saturday, March 30th – Caribbean (Jamaican) Delights

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Delightful Cuisine – The Door
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Delightful Music – Steppaz
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Delightful Cinema – “Dancehall Queen”

Delightful Music: Steppaz – Steppaz was established in 2013 to fill a void in the New York Entertainment Scene. This band offers a diverse and versatile approach to music with their ability to perform reggae, jazz, soul, pop and everything between. The band consists of five members. keyboardist (Joel Edwards), drummer (Allan Wellington), lead guitarist (Jerome Donegan), bass guitarist (Jayson Whitely) and the lead singer (Dreama). Steppaz has made a name performing at numerous events throughout the year and has also produced their own show — STEPPAZ UNITE — which featured many of New York’s premier independent artists and established the band as a serious contender in the industry.

Delightful Cinema: “Dancehall Queen” – A single street vendor disguises herself for a dance contest, and pits her enemies against each other.
Directed By: Rick Elgood, Don Letts
Written By: Suzanne Fenn, Don Letts
Starring: Audrey Reid, Carl Davis, Paul Campbell

Delightful Festival events have a capacity of ninety-nine participants. Reservations for Delightful Festival events are not required, but recommended. Among other things, reservations help us order the right amount of food. Click here to make a reservation!

Saturday, April 6th – Caribbean (Guyanese) Delights

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Delightful Cuisine – Sybil’s Bakery & Restaurant
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Delightful Music – Randy Recklez Ramdin
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Delightful Cinema – “Guiana 1838”

Delightful Music: Randy Recklez and the HQ Band – Randy Recklez Ramdin born and raised in New York City and comes from an culturally infused family out of Guyana. Being musically influenced and still advancing since the age of 2, his overall mission has always been to preserve the customs of yesteryear in todays world while allowing modernization to allow generations to be bridged. Over the years he’s traveled to many parts of the world and performed along many prominent entertainers. Behind him up this evening is the HQ Band, a prominent Caribbean live band experience, who always leaves the crowd wanting more and always full of vibes!

Delightful Cinema: “Guiana 1838” – The abolition of slavery in the British Caribbean in 1834 prompts Gillanders, Arbuthnot & Company in Calcutta, a part of the East India Company, to recruit Coolies from India to fill the resulting labor void. The company hires Sinha, a fierce small-timer to sell dreams of El Dorado to the unsuspecting, impoverished Coolies who are signed to five-year contracts as indentured servants. Upon the Coolies’ arrival in British Guiana in 1838, the British planters promptly enslave them to ensure that the growth of sugar in the British West Indies will continue uninterrupted. John Scoble of the British and Foreign Anti Slavery Society arrives on the colony a year later to discover a new form of slavery; this time on the backs of Indians.
Director: Rohit Jagessar
Writer: Rohit Jagessar
Stars: Aasheekaa Bathija, Thomas Garvey, Kumar Gaurav

Delightful Festival events have a capacity of ninety-nine participants. Reservations for Delightful Festival events are not required, but recommended. Among other things, reservations help us order the right amount of food. Click here to make a reservation!

Saturday, April 20th – Caribbean (Trinidadian) Delights

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Delightful Cuisine – Singh’s Roti Shop & Bar
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Delightful Music – Lima Calbio
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Delightful Cinema – “Play The Devil”

Delightful Music: A living legend in Trinidad, Lima Calbio is known throughout the Caribbean for her vocal versatility, musical mastery and her command over the audience, having them at her beck and call. As a solo artist and member of such iconic bands as Blue Ventures and Byron Lee & the Dragonaires, she has traveled the world over Perfoming calypso, soca, ragga, reggae, dancehall, zouk and more. In 2012 Lima migrated to the US where she continues to perform as a solo artist while constantly expanding her repertoire to include R&B, pop, jazz and even rock.

Delightful Cinema: “Play The Devil” – Set against the backdrop of Trinidad and Tobago’s mystical Carnival, a gifted and struggling young man becomes the object of intrigue for an older, well-meaning businessman until their worlds collide. Maria Govan is a self-taught filmmaker from the island of New Providence in the Bahamas. After working on sets in Hollywood, she returned home and began making small guerilla-style local documentaries, including “Junkanoo: The Heartbeat of a People,” “Where I’m From: HIV and AIDs in the Bahamas,” and “A Man with a Voice: The Life of Norman Solomon,” to name a few. In 2004, she moved to New York and began writing her first narrative film, “Rain”, which premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and won numerous awards internationally. numerous awards internationally.

Delightful Festival events have a capacity of ninety-nine participants. Reservations for Delightful Festival events are not required, but recommended. Among other things, reservations help us order the right amount of food. Click here to make a reservation!