Ravi B and Karma represent T&T to the fullest in Orlando

The excitement and energy emanating from venues the likes of Disney World and Universal Studios was challenged recently by the electricity of Orlando’s 2012 Carnival. Adding to the high-powered festivities was a virtual menu of musical talent featuring a Chutney-Soca flavoured main course from Trinidad and Tobago’s very own Karma.

A sweat-drenched Ravi B stands takes in the energetci, excitable Orlando audience

During this year’s celebrations the famed crossover band victoriously flew the flag of T&T high in Orlando while simultaneously creating a frenzy among both Caribbean and non-Caribbean audiences with its appearances at the weekend’s string of major events. The band members which included lead vocalists Ravi and Nisha Bissambhar and their brother Anil (who serves as the band’s engineer) were all thrilled to be a part of Orlando’s 25th anniversary Carnival.

Nisha B sings out to the capacity crowd at the festival field Orlando

Karma, which is known for its versatility and mastery of music genres, pumped up the patrons at the “D’ Ultimate Day Wet Fete” with its lively performance. The band had the attendees singing along to each song in its diverse repertoire which included everything from Soca smashes and Chutney hits to Pop favourites and classic Bollywood ballads. Most notably, the Chutney-Soca ensemble also headlined the major post-parade concert at the Festival Field in Orlando. With its vibrant Soca set Karma spearheaded a cast comprising Soca stars Shurwayne Winchester, K-Richand a host of Florida’s finest entertainers much to the delight of the capacity crowd.

The Bissambhar siblings re-unite at recent Orlando Carnival performance (from left, Ravi, Nisha, Nalini and Anil Bissambhar)

In addition to being cultural ambassadors for T&T, on this tour Ravi, Nisha and Anil were reunited with their sister Nalini Bissambhar-Sankar who resides in Florida. Nalini, much like her Trinidad-based siblings is also musically gifted and spreads Caribbean culture throughout the ‘Sunshine State’ and greater US with her band called Dimensionz.

Members of the Orlando Carnival Cultural Association (the organizers of Orlando’s Carnival), Gemini Production (Top US/Caribbean event producers) as well as fans and participants have expressed their pleasure and appreciation for Karma’s presence in this year’s Carnival and their desires for another performance from the dynamic band in the not too distant future.

Flag-bearing fans enjoying Karma's performance during this year's Carnival festivities

Former Chutney-Soca Monarch Ravi B revealed that as Karma gears up to release a monster collaboration with one of Soca’s hottest performers and to launch the Ravi B and Karma mobile app on Blackberry, Nokia and Android platforms the members are also in preparation mode for a feature performance at the first “Chutney Fire Fete” on July 1st in Toronto, Canada.

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