Why I Would Have Shaken A Tambourine

Originally posted on Under the Saltire Flag:
? On the Eve Of the Battle Right on the eve of battle, there was dissent. While the Tambourine Army, a band of fierce Jamaican feminists, were getting ready to blow the abeng and stage their Womenโ€™s Empowerment March, the British/Jamaican Blogger and activist, Emma Caroline Lewis, took to her keyboard and blogged โ€˜Why I wonโ€™t be Shaking… Continue reading Why I Would Have Shaken A Tambourine

Carnival Escape into Colour.

I have it. Jade Gadeon’s Carnival, adult colouring book. Jade has realistically rendered the costumes, colour and music of Trinidad Carnival. You can tell that the book was made by a mas playing Trini. I was surprised by the Minshall costumes that she included in the book. She clearly had access to his work. I got mine from Caboodles on Long Circular Road. It’s signed … Continue reading Carnival Escape into Colour.

Affair in Trinidad – A Film Review

Affair in Trinidad was the 1952 comeback vehicle for the Hollywood sex symbol and actress Rita Hayworth. She had spent 4 years away from the big screen because of her marriage to Prince Ali Khan. But when that marriage ended Hayworth needed to make her return in a big way. Affair in Trinidad is a film noir that reunites Hayworth with most of the principals … Continue reading Affair in Trinidad – A Film Review

Pretty Bitch Therapy

Local designer Ryan Chan has just released an adult colouring book. You know that I’m obsessed with them. Especially Caribbean colouring books. To the point where I had promised myself that I’m only allowed to buy Jade Gedeon’s Carnival Escape colouring book. I going to break that promise to include this gem. Some pages from Pretty bitch therapy ! Get it tom ! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ A … Continue reading Pretty Bitch Therapy

Stickfighting: Gi Dem Bwa!

My new favourite thing for Carnival isn’t new at all. It’s a traditional martial art, or fighting style, that was born in Trinidad to African and Indian parents and seems to be having a revival. It’s called Kalinda or Stickfighting. I first went to Stickfighting last year, and had a blast. My favourite thing are the singers and the drums. The grio singing style, the … Continue reading Stickfighting: Gi Dem Bwa!

Calypso Rose Returns Victorious

Dr. McCartha Linda Sandy-Lewis is back in Trinidad, having arrived safely from Paris. Victoire de Music, we’ve been referring to it as the French Grammy. Her manager says she’s still breaking ground. She is the first Caribbean person to win a Victoire, and to receive a standing ovation at the ceremony for her performance Save She says an new album is coming. But Far From … Continue reading Calypso Rose Returns Victorious

The Caribbean Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

Robert Young’s band Vulgar Fraction’s presentation for 2017 is called the Caribbean Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. The models were people Robert selected from the crowd. He dressed them and they began twirling. The band has a loose structure, but I was surprised by how I was warming to it. The costumes, the concept, the possibility of playing mas with the band. … Continue reading The Caribbean Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea