I'd only requested a press pass to Unforgettable, the big Georgetown Christmas night show featuring reggae acts Tameka Marshall, Konshens, Jah Cure, and R&B singer, Ashanti. I called Shanghai, of Kashif and Shanghai International at about 11am on Christmas morning to check on the status of my request. Kashif and Shanghai handle marketing for events, mainly football matches, though they dabble in concerts, all over South America and the Caribbean. "Call back at noon", he said. At noon, I got more than I was expecting. "We're at the State House. Can you come now? Right now?" I had just finished dressing for lunch with family. "Yes, Ashanti is here with the President, having breakfast. Come." It took about 5 minutes of reasoning with the armed gatekeepers to on New Market St. to gain entrance. I didn't notice that President Bharat Jagdeo was even in the room until he answered, "Yeah?", to an aide's, "Mr. President?". He was just so casual in a white linen shirt and khakis. I only snapped this photo, which I made Ashanti's manager take. He was not happy, but he did it anyway. There was no way I could leave Guyana's State House without a photo. We only spoke for a few minutes about being from Queens before she declared, "I love the pepper pot!" (traditional Guyanese dish of meat and casrip), and left for sound check. From there I shadowed Shanghai to a television station, where I watched Konshens do a live spot before snagging my 3 VIP bands. Took my mom to the show. I'll post video on my Vimeo channel in the next few days.