Red man again

Marlon James reads at The Big Black Box during Bocas Lit Fest 2019. Photo by Marlon James ( A review of Marlon James’ Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Mark Lyndersay. There’s a line I continue to find resonant in Marlon James’ new book, Black Leopard, Red Wolf. It goes like this: “The truth eats lies, […]

Everything I know about Ian Alvarez I learned from Bunji Garlin

Above: Bunji Garlin (right) and Nigel Rojas perform Differentology during an interlude in the 2013 Carnival Kings and Queens competition at the Queen’s Park Savannah. All photos by Mark Lyndersay. Album artwork copyright the respective artists. By Mark Lyndersay. Originally published in Caribbean Beat Issue #131 for January/February 2015 In the year 2000, when all […]


Mood music for very strange moments

Above: A slice of the EP’s cover, featuring art by Xala Ramesar and Cass’Moshe Centeno. A review of Weird Sounds by Mikhail Gibbings by Mark Lyndersay. Originally published in Sunday Newsday, November 18, 2018 Across four spectral, tightly orchestrated tracks, Mikhail Gibbings, a young musician releasing his first collection of music, Weird Sounds, offers up a […]

RBC is just not that into you

RBC St James after the closure of the branch. Text and photos by Mark Lyndersay. It’s always hard to point to exactly when it happened. That moment when you realise that everything you presumed in your relationship simply wasn’t true. When everything you were promised turned out to be just talk. When it became clear […]


The Culture of Cultural Development: A Look at Trinidad and Tobago

Above: The Strange Tale of an Island Shade (2009), examines shade and race in Trinidad and Tobago. Choreography by Sonja Dumas – photo by Jeffrey Chock By Sonja Dumas, June 17, 2018, first published in four installments in NewsdayTT in July 2018. Back in the late 90s, I began writing articles about cultural development as it […]

Bespoke bee stings

Above: Bees on honeycells. Photo by Irochka/DepositPhotos. A consideration of Kei Miller’s recent essay for Pree, by Mark Lyndersay. It seems like overkill to consider writing an essay about an essay. It’s the sort of thing literary folk do, not journalists, but Kei Miller’s essay for Pree, a new online website, struck me in that […]

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A state of media confusion

Above: Unesco World Press Freedom Day 2018 graphic. Courtesy Unesco. By Wesley Gibbings A version of this commentary previously appeared in the T&T Guardian. So today, May 3, we observe World Press Freedom Day. Wait and see. It will mainly be journalists who will be believing this has anything to do with them. It always […]

An offset pressroom.

And in today’s news

Above: An offset pressroom. Photo by Borabajk/DepositPhotos By Nicole Duke-Westfield The late Caribbean journalist, George Radcliffe John, in his book Freedom and Responsibility: The Dean Speaks, recounts the 1995 statement by Appeal Court Justice Sat Sharma when he accused the media of “pandering to sensationalism to ensure their circulation swells”. Justice Sharma was at the […]

Shaping the Road March

Above: The Mighty Sparrow, circa 1959. Photo by Kingsley Lyndersay, By Mark Lyndersay. Originally published in the January/February 2018 issue of Caribbean Beat At the end of February 2017, MX Prime, the performer formerly known as Maximus Dan and christened Edghill Thomas, was announced as the winner, along with his production and performance team, Ultimate […]

Calypso’s long coda

Above: Musicians perform in a calypso tent in the late 1950’s. Photo by Kingsley Lyndersay/ By Mark Lyndersay Whether the Kalypso Revue closes this year or manages to squeeze some more cash out of the Culture Ministry, there’s one thing you may be sure of – not a thing will have been learned from this humiliation. […]