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 […]

Samsung Note 9

This Note is an investment

Part Two of a review of the Samsung Note 9 by Franka Philip If I charged everyone who slipped into my DMs to ask for a Fortnite skin whenever I posted about the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, I’d have a tidy sum by now. What is a Fortnite skin? Fortnite is a hugely popular video […]

Section view of the Samsung Note 9

Samsung for Sound

Part One of a review of the Samsung Note 9 by Franka Philip.* The more appropriate subhead for this is probably, “the only time Franka tried her hand at mobile phone reviewing”. I played boldface and asked someone if they thought Samsung would let me review the Note 9. I didn’t expect them to say […]

The grounding of Anthony Joseph

A review of Anthony Joseph’s People of the Sun by Mark Lyndersay. A version of “The grounding of Anthony Joseph” appeared first in the TTNewsday on August 10, 2018. 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 […]

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 […]