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.
What? I’m supporting local! That’s allowed. Pretty Bitch Therapy: The Colouring Journal is available at The Little Black Dress in West Mall.
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 drums and the patwa lyircs make for an infectious combination.
This is my story about the finals competition last year.
This year I made it to the preliminary competition which took place at St. Mary’s Basketball Court in Moruga.
I missed the semis in Arima on Friday because of Army Fete. But my camera man went so I wrote up the story.
Did you see those match ups? Kinda bummed that I missed the action live.
These competitions are being organised by the National Carnival Commission, and they’ve just released the results. These are the Gayelles you will see on Wednesday in Skinner’s Park:
- VALIANT BROTHERS Oniel Odle
- ST. MARY’S NO. 1 Roger Sambury
- RIO CLARO Michael Hernandez
- BOIS ACADEMY Rondell Benjamin
Remember, if yuh cyah breaks, doh play!
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!
My favourite jewellery designer Gillian Bishop held a fashion show with a difference this morning at the Normandie Hotel. It combined the fashion available at The Shop accessorized with her jewellery.
My cousin is one of the jewellery designers whose Carnival collection was on display.
Here are a few of my snaps.
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.
The mas camp is based at Propaganda Space, 24 Erthig Road in Belmont. Check them out there or virtually via their Facebook page.
See you (maybe) on the road.
The Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival tries to showcase Trinbagonian and Caribbean films outside of the traditional festival period. Their Carnival Film Series (to diffrentiate it from its main festival) has been going on for a few years now. This year they decided to take a look back.
The Film Series will feature 3 feature length films, one from Brazil.
Black Orpheus is a retelling of the classic tale set in Brazil’s favelas. Bachannal Time is Kamalo Deen’s farcical story of two stickfighters trying to get to the finals in Skinner Park, and King Carnival is a documentary filmed during Carnival 1973.
Try to catch them before the series ends.
If you are coming to Trinidad for Carnival bookmark this post because it has the dates of all the must-see, never-been-to-but-want-to, and regional Carnival events for Carnival 2017.
This first is from the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts.
The Second is from the National Carnival Commission. This one is the one to bookmark for stickfighting and parades of the bands.