Breakfast with: Nina, Debbie and Kashia

Above: Kashia Cave, Debra Sardinha in conversation with Franka. PHOTO: Ardene Sirjoo   Welcome to our first episode of Breakfast with! This episode featured some brilliant Caribbean women who have established a reputation for excellence in the culinary world. Debra Sardinha is from a family synonymous with “sweet hand”. Chef Debbie is the daughter of […]

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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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Can we pick the winner of this unpredictable World Cup?

Who is going to take home the Fifa World Cup trophy in 2018? Talk ‘Bout Us asks for predictions from investigative sports journalist Lasana Liburd, founder of popular website Wired868. He looks to the form guide to pick a winner of this year’s unpredictable tournament. Lasana and Franka also discuss the future of Trinidad and […]

Vaughnette Bigford

In Trinidad, jazz is an adjective

Above: Vaughnette Bigford performs at Jazz Artists on The Greens in 2017. Photo by Stuart Patrick, courtesy Production One Ltd.    On the weekend when Trinidad & Tobago’s most popular female jazz vocalist, Vaughnette Bigford hosts her first solo show in the capital Port-of-Spain, Franka and Ardene explore the ‘jazz economy’. Music analyst and concert […]