Frolic with Full Bloom

ABOVE: Costumes from Frolic Nation’s 2019 Notting Hill Carnival band, Full Bloom. Photo courtesy Frolic Nation When Claudia Jones and the Caribbean immigrants started a parade fashioned after Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival in the mid-1960s, they had no way of knowing that it would one day become Europe’s biggest street festival. Notting Hill Carnival is […]

Prendergast, pastelles and parang

ABOVE: David Prendergast, right, chats with Franka at the Jamaican High Commission in St Clair, Port of Spain. David Prendergast is a Jamaican who loves parang and pastelles. He developed a penchant for these uniquely Trinidadian things during his four-year tenure as High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago. This edition of Talk ‘Bout Us, features […]

David Rudder – Griot for our time

Above, David Rudder. PHOTO: Chad Santana  In this edition of Talk ‘Bout Us, we conclude our Carnival 2019 series The Re-Release with a heavy hitter – David Michael Rudder. Rudder is without a doubt, one of the Caribbean’s most influential musical storytellers. His thought-provoking and incisive lyrics have enlightened the Caribbean consciousness with songs […]

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 […]