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 […]

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 […]

Ras Shorty I

Shorty – The man who united a musical movement

 In this bonus episode of Talk ‘Bout Us, Franka speaks to children of the late musical pioneer Garfield Blackman, the man who created two musical genres in his lifetime. As Lord Shorty, the sexy, charismatic calypsonian, he is credited with inventing soca in the 1970s – which he originally called sokah. Soca music is […]