A fitting tribute to Shorty’s genius

Above: Blackman children, from left, Marge, Abbi, Nehilet and Isaac lead the cast in singing Watch Out My Children. Photo by Rhianna McKenzie. A review of The Journey – From Lord Shorty to Ras Shorty I by Franka Philip. Garfield Blackman has been described as a genius by many of his peers. Known more commonly […]

Is Carnival a bacchanal?

In Part One of the Carnival 2018 review on Talk ‘Bout Us, Franka and Ardene are joined by radio broadcaster Sterling Henderson for what turns out to be a pretty feisty discussion. Henderson has been covering pan, calypso and mas on Trinidad radio station i95.5FM for more than ten years and has some strong views on […]

A Black Panther story

A consideration of Marvel’s Black Panther by Mark Lyndersay. Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther is a sensation and a success. The film has made money for its financers, brought acclaim to its actors and kindled a phenomenon of black pride that’s rarely been associated with a mainstream movie release. One reason is the overwhelming presence of […]

Machel Montano and Superblue perform at Machel Monday 2018. Photo: Jermaine Cruikshank

In Machel’s Soca Kingdom

Above: Machel Montano and Superblue perform at Machel Monday, Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain, February 5 2017. Photo: Jermaine Cruikshank As we look back at Carnival 2018, Trini Good Media reflects on the biggest events of the season. First up, Franka Philip reviews Machel Monday, the annual concert held by soca superstar Machel Montano on […]

More chip than breakaway

A review of Michael Boothman’s new EP, Break Away. Originally published in NewsdayTT on February 01, 2018. There haven’t been nearly enough recordings of Michael Boothman’s work on the guitar. Almost four decades ago I wrote, rapt, about the release of Heaven, an album that was deeply in sync with the jazz I was listening […]

Etienne Charles

Etienne Charles takes a musical deep dive

In Carnival – The Sound of a People 2.0, Etienne Charles takes indigenous music to a new level with a deep exploration of societal issues.      by Franka Philip Etienne Charles and his band of top notch musicians staged the world premiere of Carnival – The Sound of a People 2.0 for a packed […]