Bahamas Carnival just ended and Machel Montano and Bunji Garlin were there. It was the first time the pair performed their soca hit Busshead outside of Trinidad. The duo were interviewed about their collaboration, and careers, on ILTV’s chat show The Stew.
They’ve (the show’s producers) posted the entire episode online, so you can fast forward to the 19.28 mark for the Bunji and Machel interviews.
That said, I ended up watching the entire programme because they spoke about the epic failure that was Fyre Festival. In a nutshell Fyre Festival was supposed to be an ultra-exclusive music festival on the Bahamian island of Great Exuma. It failed miserably, with lawsuits being filed, but of particular concern for us here in the Caribbean is where it would affect the tourist interest in our music festival, like Tobago Jazz. I like this article in Billboard for exploring those concerns nicely.
I liked the conversation on The Stew, because it’s a Bahamian chat show, so it was nice to hear their perspective on the fiasco.
And I’ve just noticed something, last post I shared Dionne Jackson-Miller’s All Access, today I shared The Stew. I wish we had more local and regional content on our televisions in Trinidad. That’s something I want to discuss, and will probably do so in another post soon.
I’d never heard of The Stew before, but I know Aneka Stewart from her Insta-account @caytostyle. She’s fab. And I may start watching the show on the regular.
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
She says an new album is coming. But Far From Home is in heavy rotation on local radios. Really!
Brand new soca parang for Christmas 2017. This one features many of our soca parang faves and was written by Jason Seecharan, Myron Bruce, Roland Yearwood and Mark Abouhamad.
I think that this is a first for Iwer. The Bum Bum master has released a soca parang for Christmas 2017.
WOMEX drew to a close for its 22nd edition with the Award ceremony Sunday, 23 October. Delegates gathered in Santiago de Compostela’s Auditorio Abanca to celebrate the careers and achievements in artistry and professionalism by three key world music players.
Calypso legend Calypso Rose (Trinidad & Tobago) was presented with the WOMEX 16 Artist Award; Colombian hip-hop school 4Elementos Skuela received the Professional Excellence Award (represented at WOMEX by founder Henry Arteaga); and the Label Award went to Glitterbeat Records for the third year running.
Henry Arteaga delivered his acceptance speech in part via a capella rap, and also stated the importance and symbolism of the WOMEX Award: “Our neighbourhood and our school are more alive and happier than ever and it is them who really deserve the applause. I am ashamed that in my country thousands of people think more can be achieved through war instead of through peace. Music on the other hand, born from the soul, is made to connect one another. The WOMEX Award ancient goddess figurine represents a mother – and we may have forgotten it, but this signifies something very special – love. This Award thus for me is a symbol of what we need now for rescuing my country and its future.”
Receiving her award, Calypso Rose told the WOMEX delegates “I would especially like to thank WOMEX, the World Music Expo…but now I want to keep you on your feet by dancing!”
The ceremony itself then ended with a bang: a special performance saw Calypso Rose joined on stage by the all-star ‘Calypso Sound System’ featuring Drew Gonsalves and other members of Kobo Town, and left the audience dancing in the aisles.
The Calypso of the Year is Paradise by Helon Francis. The video above is his Dimanche Gras performance. Below is his performance from Calypso Fiesta.
In commemoration of Calypso History Month, the National Trust will host its 2nd Vintage Calypso On Nelson Island on Saturday 22nd October 2016, with Lord Superior and a full cast accompanied by the Reflection Band.
This year we will have the pleasure of hearing Bro. Valentino, Bro. Mudada, Twiggy, Abebele along with the iconic Lord Superior. We can look forward to an exciting evening of nostalgia with calypsos from the 50’s through the 70’s.
· Place: Nelson Island Heritage Site
· Date: Saturday 22nd October 2016
· Time: 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
· Transportation: Water Taxi Service
· Cost: Members : $200, Seniors: $225, Non-Members: $250 and Juniors $150
·Tickets are available at: National Trust Office, 68 – 70 Sackville Street and Water Taxi Terminals, San Fernando and Port of Spain.
The Water Taxi will depart from the San Fernando Water Taxi Terminal at 1.30 p.m. and from the Port of Spain Water Taxi Terminal at 2.30 p.m.
Come out and support our iconic calypsonians, take the opportunity to learn about the Nelson Island Heritage Site and the Five Islands and enjoy a relaxing evening of old time calypsos.
For further information and to confirm a booking for tickets, please contact the office of the National Trust at 225 – 4750 or 277 – 6105 or by return e-mail.
Appropriately taking place within Calypso History Month