Carnival Calendars

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.culture-carnival-calendar-2017

The Second is from the National Carnival Commission. This one is the one to bookmark for stickfighting and parades of the bands.

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Fetes are an important part of the festivities. Bishop’s was last Saturday and I had a ball. So keep following your Trini friends on Facebook and check the fete calendar here . See you at Army Fete

 

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Jus Now – Alone

I love this song, and look at that, the video has just been released. Jus Now is the Trini-UK duo of Kashav Chandradath Singh aka LAZABeam and Sam Interface (really Chadburn).

Listen to their catalogue, it’s really good. They’ve done a lot of work with Bunji Garlin. But recent projects has seen them spreading the love quite a bit, and with great results. Take a listen to Laventille. It’s hauntingly beautiful.

Their sample library for Indigisounds should make it easier for producers to use steelpan and the percussive sounds of the Laventille Rhythm Section in their music.

The Alone video is Kiwan Landreth Smith directorial debut. You’ve probably seen him playing guitar for 3Canal’s Cut+Clear band. The video was obviously partially filmed in St. James. Their Facebook page says it was also shot at Villa Being in Tobago, where vocalist Chalmer John is from, Friendship Stables and various beaches.

Enjoy.

A Place for Birdsong Academy

On August 15th the Marshal of the High Court had the authority to return possession of the property on the corner of Connel and St. Vincent Streets in Tunapuna to the landlord. When I visited Birdsong on D-day they were defiant in the face of eviction.

When the Marshal arrived, it was very early on Monday 29th August to remove Birdsong’s belonging from the land, and put up a fence.

The Academy’s directors are now trying to find an alternative space for the school to hold it’s acclaimed after school programme this September. At the Town Hall meeting they held at Friends Recreational Club, mere steps away from their former home and obliquely opposite their proposed new site, Birdsong assured the community that this was not a wake, but a hurdle to cross.

This is a developing story, and I’ll keep you abreast as the news comes to hand.

To help put this story in further context here’s my report from the press conference Birdsong held on the 8th August to make public their plight.

Bird Song Needs a Home

It was a pretty high powered panel that came out on Monday to speak about the eviction notice that was handed out to Birdsong Academy. The owner, Ramdath Maharai will take possession of his property on March 15.

Birdsong say they will not challenge his order but they need 2 years to find a new space.

They already started paying down on this lot of land a short distance from their current location on St. Vincent Street. The land was owned by the Tunupuna Rising Star Friendly Society, but because the friendly society is closing down its assets are under the control of the Registrar of Friendly Societies. There is no Registrar at present so the sale of the land can’t be finalised at this time.

The academy is staying positive, their annual concert takes place this Saturday at Queen’s Hall.

I think the take away from this incident is that we need a national policy on culture, and on pan in particular.