Patrice Roberts – Shy No More

ABOVE: Patrice Roberts. PHOTO: PATRICE ROBERTS In the latest edition of Talk ‘Bout Us, Franka presents the fourth installment of our Carnival 2019 series, The Re-release. Our featured performer started in the calypso arena, winning the national Junior Calypso and Junior Soca Monarch titles in 2001. By 2006, she was part of the band Xtatik […]

Kes – Singing for the people

ABOVE: Kees Dieffenthaller performs at Fete With the Saints on February 2 in Port of Spain. PHOTO: ADMIT ONE CARIBBEAN Talk ‘Bout Us speaks to Trinidadian performer Kees Dieffenthaller for its Carnival 2019 series The Re-Release. Dieffenthaller, lead vocalist of Kes The Band, is one of the Caribbean’s most versatile performers with a stack of […]

3canal – Vibrating the Space

Above: 3canal in a promotional shot for the 2019 concert Zingaytalala. PHOTO: MARIA NUNES In this episode, of Talk ‘Bout Us, we are into the second part of our special Carnival 2019 series – The Re-Release. The men of rapso collective 3canal talk to Franka about the songs that have meant the most to them […]

Nadia Batson – Our real Caribbean Girl

Above: Nadia Batson performs at Fete With the Saints on February 9, 2019. Photo by K. Smith Photography. It’s Season Two of Talk ‘Bout Us! What a time to start a brand new season, it’s the height of Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago and the country is pulsing with the excitement of parties, sweet music […]

Rudder at 65: A Retrospective

Above: David Rudder performs as a guest at the Calypso Monarch Finals, 1995. All photos by Mark Lyndersay. A consideration of David Rudder on the eve of his 65th birthday by Mark Lyndersay So here’s how this started. Dennis Ramdeen, who helps David Rudder with marketing and promoting his shows, contacted me (and a whole […]

Caribbean dance music’s new Vanguard

Above: Caribbean dance music producer Tyronn “Blasé Vanguard” Wilson. Photo courtesy More Time Records. by Lisa Allen-Agostini Blasé Vanguard’s Caribbean dance music song MAMA has been included on a fund-raising music compilation released by the edgy UK based record label and feminist creative collective Femme Culture for the UN Women HeForShe campaign. The collection includes […]

Shadowing The Shadow

Above: Shadow at Dimanche Gras, 2003. Photo by Mark Lyndersay. A life as stalking penumbra Story and photos by Mark Lyndersay. Originally published in the Newsday Carnival Souvenir 2018. The Mighty Shadow (Winston Bailey) struck a chord in my soul when I was a teen and like a crazed tuning fork, it’s resonated throughout my life. […]