My Carnival 2011 soca picks

There’s a lot of good music out there this year, methinks. These are my favourites for 2K11. Would love to hear yours, since I’m sure there are any I haven’t heard, forgot, or should revisit! 🙂 So in alphabetical order, but categorised a la Soca Monarch…except for a list of things I’m ashamed to say are growing on me. *sigh* I’ve put asterisks by the ones … Continue reading My Carnival 2011 soca picks

Arts criticism/reviewing in Trinidad & Tobago: is there any?

Why isn’t there a culture of real feedback, reviewing or criticism in T&T? It’s something I’ve heard artists and (good) journalists & editors complain about for years: that there isn’t a real core of reviewers and “critics” (however infuriating they me be) to actually give feedback on our cultural products. I can’t remember the last time I read a proper review of local art, music, … Continue reading Arts criticism/reviewing in Trinidad & Tobago: is there any?

“Fare you well, my dear, I must be gone, / And leave you for a while…”

In loving memory of Aunty Astra Da Costa Fare you well, my dear, I must be gone, And leave you for a while; If I roam away I’ll come back again, Though I roam ten thousand miles, my dear, Though I roam ten thousand miles. So fair thou art, my bonny lass, So deep in love am I; But I never will prove false to … Continue reading “Fare you well, my dear, I must be gone, / And leave you for a while…”

Come see “Weekend Comedy” aka “Foursome in Toco”

They call it Foursome in Toco, but it’s really a localised adaptation of Sam & Jeanne Bobrick’s Weekend Comedy… but apparently that won’t “sell” in Trinidad, so foursome it is with a raunchy and kinda tacky ad to match. In any case, it comes from the producers of the last hit comedy Sex, Lies & Money (that I was also in, and which played for … Continue reading Come see “Weekend Comedy” aka “Foursome in Toco”

Looking back at the (Trinidad) Carnival…

It’s been a week since the reign of the Merry Monarch came to an end. I grew up just outside Port of Spain, to a Carnival-avoiding papa and a pan-loving, mas-playing, culture-crazy mama, with access to the home of an adopted grandmother who lived right on Ariapita Avenue (opposite where the popular Corner Bar now is). In other words, I’ve always been a Carnival baby, … Continue reading Looking back at the (Trinidad) Carnival…

Love after love | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2008 Painting the Spectrum: A Celebration of Love It takes a fair amount of courage to put on a film festival in the Caribbean. Resources are often limited in terms of funding, venues, and sourcing Caribbean-oriented material. Nevertheless, in the last few years, festivals have emerged in several Caribbean nations, including Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, St … Continue reading Love after love | Caribbean Beat

All tied up at Music Festival Championships

I may be a bit harsh, but as we say in Trinidad – you cyah play sailor mas and fraid powder. And competitions, theoretically, should be spirited contests to be the “best”, however subjective and controversial the end results may be. But I’ve been a little dissatisfied with this year’s Music Festival progress in Port of Spain, because it seems the Canadian adjudicator – as … Continue reading All tied up at Music Festival Championships

More upsets at Dimanche Gras 2008: favourite King goes uncrowned, while Aloes takes one off Cro Cro

It was another evening of upsets and crowd-displeasing results at the Dimanche Gras 2008 show. The evening ended earlier than it typically does, winding up just after 12:30am early Carnival Monday morning. For the first time in years (ever, perhaps?), Dimanche Gras fans may even be able to get some shut-eye before J’Ouvert. Or not. In any case, the most startling upset in the costume … Continue reading More upsets at Dimanche Gras 2008: favourite King goes uncrowned, while Aloes takes one off Cro Cro