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West Indian Association brings Caribbean to Okinawa

Date Posted: 1998-11-20

Hello again party people. This week the Partyman is pleased to announce yet another international event for you to enjoy. Read on for details of the West Indian Associationís gala event (and your chance at a free ticket) and other happenings around the island. Also, remember to send in your bids for the Pick of the Week for the big, big Halloween weekend coming up. Do you know where youíre going to party yet?

Backbeat- If you havenít attended one of the Kadena Rocker Club all-nighters, then you have missed one of the best party events on the island. They do it each month, so check it out.

The Partyman was there and had a blast. Thanks to all my dance partners, and new and old friends (Celeste, Holly, Sharon, Ronetta, Memory, Too Sexy Emily, Maria and Cheryl the dancing machine) for making that a great night. If you missed it, you have another chance on Oct. 23.

Out on Gate 2, the word on the street was that Clay Sun Union rocked the house Fujiyama during the FujiFest which featured eight bands. There are two things to say about Fujiyama: Good music and sweatiní bodies.

In Naha this week, Pescaderia presents a night of Jazz and Blues with Yoshi Nomura in a midnight concert on Oct. 17. Nomura, also know as "Yo-chan," will start with his drummer and bass guitarist. Then as the show goes on, guitar player Yutaka will join in as well as vocalist Shota and his horn section from his own band. Tickets are •3,000 in advance and •3,500 at the door. Call 852-1500 for more information. Pescaderia has unlimited, free parking and no IDís are required. Dollars and yen are accepted. UPDATE: In the event the typhoon hits, this event may be rescheduled. Please call the above phone number after noon on Saturday for complete information.

A little farther North, Club Human Stage puts on a Latin Party on Oct 17 from 11 p.m. Ďtil 6 a.m. Come Salsa and Merengue until the sun comes up. Tickets are $20/•2,000 for hombres and $10/•1,000 for mujeres (men and women). Look for Club Human Stage on Hwy 330 going away from Camp Foster and towards Naha. Itíll be on the left after two of the overhead bridges. No information available.

The Pick of the Week for this week is the West Indian Associationís "Opening Night" event on Oct 17, and the Partyman has a ticket for you. The West Indian Association uses events like this one to share the culture and foods of the Caribbean with the rest of the world. This is a definite "dress-to-impress" event and a chance to enjoy some fine West Indian cuisine and music. The West Indies are the islands of the Caribbean Sea, including The Bahamas, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Haiti to name but a few. The cultures have a mix of African, Spanish, British and French influences, depending on which island youíre talking about, giving each a distinctive look, feel and sound.

Pierre M. Batraville, MSgt USMC, is the featured speaker for the event. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. and during the evening there will be two separate performances from a local dance ensemble featuring a unique mix of West Indian and African dances. Tickets are $15 /•2,100 and may be purchased through agents of the Association at: 637-3463/Kinser, 646-4679/Foster, 622-8589/Courtney and 643-7294/Nihongo.

Call, write or email the Partyman for your chance to win one free ticket to this event. The evening concludes with open dancing to island music. This week, dance to an island beat.

Wanted: A person of irresistible charm, lightning wit and deep humility to take the place of the Partyman starting in Nov. Do you think you have what it takes to be the PartyMan? Submit a writing sample of a recent event to the media listed below. Good oral and written skills are a must and flexibility and appreciation of a wide range of music comes in handy. Itís not necessary to be bilingual, but it surely would help. Internet access and computer skills are a definite plus for hopeful applicants.

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