Up to now football and Germany have not been subjects often touched upon by kaiso and soca artists. Only a few examples exist in the history of Trinidad's musical tradition. Way back in 1956 the tune "Girls from Germany" appeared on the flip-side of Young Killer's debut hit single, "Tight Tight Pants". In the same year Lord Kitchener released "Manchester Football Double". The Mighty Popo sang "Football Season" back in 1962. A decade later in 1973, coincidentally right before T&T lost out to Haiti for a spot in the last World Cup in Germany, Kitch came with "Mas in Germany" on the LP We Walk 100 Miles. Then in 1978 on the LP First Time Around Jeff 'Pelay' Elva recorded "One Nite in Germany".
FIFA has opened the ticket exchange portal on their site. You can now give back tickets for resale or transfer tickets to others under certain conditions. Resale and transfer will be initially offered between the 27th of March until the 9th of April and again from the 1st of May 2006. It is accessible through the Customer Service area. To try to snag any dropped tickets go to the usual Ticket Shop, but as usual they go fast!
Monique coming back from her journey to T&T was so inspired by the good spirits and the cheerful nature of all Trinbagonians. Therefore, we women of Pans 'n Roses would like to give all the people the same warm welcome. You can meet and join us in the city of Dortmund, in the 'Kreuzviertel' - an area near the stadium - or at the stadium on June 10, 2006.
"Now it's really time for Spring. Just about no one can deal with the snow and freezing temperatures anymore. A messenger has just now reported: Fresh from the Caribbean a shipment of beer has arrived and may be sampled forthwith. The "yellow juice" with 5.2% alcoholic content is available at the bowling center "Space Bowl". So the Lime party on April 3rd can be started in style."
Speaking of the Lime Party: It will be held at the "Pferdemarkt" in Rotenburg on April 3 from 6pm. It will serve as a kick-off for the countdown to the World Cup. A T&T television production crew will be there to tape it. The Wümme-Jumbies queen will be crowned. All children are encouraged to dress up in "jumbie" costumes for a costume contest. The stage is open - anyone wanting to perform contact the information office.
Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25 at Solendo by the Dortmund Harbour. For a complete rundown of the program and tickets see Pan-Kultur.de.
On Friday the program goes from 1pm to 4pm with workshops and demonstrations with live music from 8pm to 10pm. On Saturday there will be a street parade in downtown Dortmund from noon featuring Nostalgia and Bäng Bäng steelbands. The event finishes back at Solendo at 7pm with Caribbean food and cocktails.
A gigantic 4,000 bed fan camp will be set up in Dortmund at the convention hall right next to the stadium. The price of 35 Euro per night, which is available to football fans who stay three nights, includes local transport not only to the Dortmund stadium, but to stadiums in Cologne and Gelsenkirchen as well. The fan camp concept is aimed at fans who have tickets to World Cup matches, but are struggling to find cheap accommodation in light of rising hotel prices. See fancampdormund.de for complete information and on-line booking.