“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…”

Susan Boyle’s answers to Larry King (check & mate)

LARRY KING: Susan, you’re single. In fact you say you’ve never been kissed. Now you’re getting piles of fan mail. How will this change your life? SUSAN BOYLE: I won’t be lonely. I certainly won’t be lonely any more! LK: Will you date? Will you change the way you look? Your dress, your hair, your style? SB: Why should I? Why should I change? It … Continue reading Susan Boyle’s answers to Larry King (check & mate)

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…

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

Bound to SHINE this Carnival

We’ve been in rehearsal for the upcoming 3canal Carnival show, SHINE, learning the music and choreography in anticipation of another electric offering from the 3canal camp. I’ve loved their music for a long time, so it’s fantastic to be working with them this Carnival season. Check out a video clip of the first rehearsal last week, led by vocal director, Glenda McSween-Collens… It also includes … Continue reading Bound to SHINE this Carnival

Music Pirates: Time to Walk the Plank

Trinidad and Tobago has made an immense contribution to regional and international music with calypso, the steel pan, soca and more. But unfortunately, we have not done enough to support these local artists and inventors by buying legal copies of their music, from which they might actually garner some income. Instead, via illicit music downloading and sharing, and most lucratively for pirates on the streets … Continue reading Music Pirates: Time to Walk the Plank