The grounding of Anthony Joseph

A review of Anthony Joseph’s People of the Sun by Mark Lyndersay People of the Sun is, whether poet Anthony Joseph knows it or not, the peak moment of a trilogy of albums that have seen him circling in ever more incisively on a vision of Trinidad and Tobago that is both nostalgic, brutally honest […]

Right back atcha

Band photo of Jointpop by Sam Sheppard. A review of Jointpop’s To Trinidad with Love (May, 2018), by Mark Lyndersay. There’s a persuasive sense of assuredness in the new Jointpop album that’s at once defiant and playful, the work of a band and composer confident in their game and their ability to play it. Let […]

Brydens/Diageo cocktail event

Don’t drink more, drink better

by Franka Philip Global drinks giant Diageo doesn’t want you to drink more, it wants you to drink better. The company which boasts a wide portfolio of popular spirits like Johnnie Walker, Ciroc and Smirnoff has embarked on a worldwide campaign centred around its Reserve portfolio – premium spirits Don Julio tequila, Tanqueray gin, Ron […]

Edward Cumberbatch, Raymond Edwards and Nigel floyd

A safe ride down memory lane

Above: Edward Cumberbatch, Raymond Edwards and Nigel Floyd of QED TT during their June 3 concert at Queen’s Hall, Port-of-Spain. Photo courtesy Don’t Sleep T&T Photography A review of QED TT’s concert Down Memory Lane – Remixing the Jam by Franka Philip One’s an attorney, the other a broadcaster and the third is a scientist. […]

Finding grace in cruel memory

The cover of Caribbean Roots, Scene With Two Blue Devils art by Che Lovelace. Right from the start of his new album, Caribbean Roots, Anthony Joseph declares his intentions. “The Kora narrates a poetic journey along his beginnings. Where is he going? Where is this? We moved through the din and dank covered market Warped […]

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 […]

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 […]