Culture and The Arts

Pain For Those Who, like Selvon and Marcano, ate the Cascadura

The folklore in Trinidad and Tobago about  the  prized member of the catfish family known  as the Cascadura (and in Guyana and Brazil as Hassar), speaks ominously of: “Those who eat the Cascadura will, the native legend says, wheresoever they may wander end in Trinidad their days,” For wanderlust T+T native  sons like Sam Selvon …

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Caribbean stars bringing home Chee$e.

Caribbean film enthusiasts can expect a sumptuous treat of original Caribbean creativity when Chee$e, the movie opens the  Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival at the IMAX Cinema, Roxy Roundabout, St James, from September 21-28 after a two-year hiatus.  He might have been first seen as a 32-year old Caribbean-island novice newly-arrived in California to pursue an acting career.  But  …

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How Indian Music Served as a Good Dose of Medicine for TT’s Positive Development

It wasn’t by chance that Indian music  featured prominently in the recent 60th Anniversary of Independence celebrations here. That’s because the Indians who came here as indentured labourers – which some say was a “milder” form of slavery- brought their music with them as one of the foundation tools for preserving their culture which would …

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T+T Actors Winning and Waiting

Even as Trinidad and Tobago’s Mishael  Morgan was triumphantly brandishing her Emmy Award in LA on  the  night of Saturday June 25, another young talented Trini named Akil Gerard Williams was quietly working a New York stage at  this year’s edition of BAMcinemaFest, a vital annual showcase of independent filmmakers. “The Young and the Restless” …

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Checking out the Many Hidden Benefits Of the Sleeping Giant Called Carnival

Observing the deluge of exciting  artistic moveable feasts  which have spontaneously erupted on the TT landscape with the opening up of the country after two years of COVID – 19 repression, one is forced to surmise whether the authorities are really abreast with the real benefits gained  from what seems to be a super wealth- …

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SXSW’s Lineup For Return To In-Person Festival Includes Movies With Sandra Bullock, Nicolas Cage, Pete Davidson, Rose Byrne & More

By Anthony D’Alessandro Anthony D’Alessandro Editorial Director/Box Office Editor SXSW After being online the past two years because of Covid, SXSW’s film festival returns with a vibrant in-person edition for its 29th edition, which will run March 11-20, 2022. The lineup revealed Wednesday includes the types of rollercoaster, Hollywood event films for which the Austin-based fest is …

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The Sweet-and-Sour After-Taste of T+T Carnival 2020

Unlike the usual Carnival Tuesday mornings  we have come to  know, Trinidad and Tobago is not currently a scene of constant reverberations of positive celebrations  under a warm Caribbean sky. There are no hordes of Mas players and musicians pumping on trucks in quiet sensual frenzy, waiting impatiently  to break out into  prancing and dancing …

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