Rudder at 65: A Retrospective

Reading Time: 6 minutesAbove: 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 […]

Shaping the Road March

Reading Time: 11 minutesAbove: The Mighty Sparrow, circa 1959. Photo by Kingsley Lyndersay, LyndersayDigital.com By Mark Lyndersay. Originally published in the January/February 2018 issue of Caribbean Beat At the end of February 2017, MX Prime, the performer formerly known as Maximus Dan and christened Edghill Thomas, was announced as the winner, along with his production and performance team, Ultimate […]

Shadowing The Shadow

Reading Time: 5 minutesAbove: Shadow at Dimanche Gras, 2003. Photo by Mark Lyndersay. A life as stalking penumbra Story and photos by Mark Lyndersay. Originally published in the Newsday Carnival Souvenir 2018. The Mighty Shadow (Winston Bailey) struck a chord in my soul when I was a teen and like a crazed tuning fork, it’s resonated throughout my life. […]

Calypso’s long coda

Reading Time: 7 minutesAbove: Musicians perform in a calypso tent in the late 1950’s. Photo by Kingsley Lyndersay/lyndersaydigital.com By Mark Lyndersay Whether the Kalypso Revue closes this year or manages to squeeze some more cash out of the Culture Ministry, there’s one thing you may be sure of – not a thing will have been learned from this humiliation. […]

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