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 […]

Fete promoters urge greater support

ABOVE: Paige de Leon of the Fete Promoters Association; Jules Sobion, commander-in-chief of Caesar’s Army and Brevard Nelson, President of St Mary’s College Past Students Union discuss the success and challenges of 2019 Carnival at Uncorked Wines and Spirits. PHOTO: LoopTT Carnival fetes are driving the success of the season and promoters want the authorities […]

Is sport’s future really female?

Above: Trinidadian Olympic shot putter Cleopatra Borel Four-time Olympian Cleopatra Borel is the star on this edition of Talk ‘Bout Us. She joins Franka to speak about women in sport – the athletes and the journalists. “Cleo” speaks frankly about her challenges as she attempts to compete in her fifth Olympic Games in Japan in […]

Spyro Gyra kicks off Jazz Season 2019

Above, the American smooth jazz band Spyro Gyra. PHOTO: Spyra Gyra A visit by American jazz giants Spyro Grya kicks off what has now come to be known as “Jazz Season” in Trinidad and Tobago. In this bonus episode of Talk ‘Bout Us, Franka speaks with Carl “Beaver” Henderson, promoter of the concert titled Sunset […]

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 […]

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What is Freedom?

 As Trinidad and Tobago celebrated Independence Day, Franka asks, What is Freedom? She speaks with Roger Roberts and Wendell of the rapso collective 3Canal, writer Tracy Assing, writer and literary critic Shivanee Ramlochan and engineer/lighting engineer Stephen Seepaul. We also hear the song Here and Now by Andre Tanker. This podcast was recorded on […]