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Hoping Minshall’s Fake Death News Will Bring Life to a Carnival Bereft of Ideas

As far back as 1981, when he brought the costume Tiger Tiger Burning Bright as part of his presentation of the band Jungle Fever, it was obvious to Carnival aficionados that Peter Minshall  was not just a one-shot designer looking for approval from the establishment,but a new force to be reckoned with. This new thinking …

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It’s Time to Celebrate Pan as the Internationally Identified Agency of Cultural Revolution in the History of the People of Trinidad and Tobago

It’s in the wee hours of the morning as  thirteen groups of tired  steel pan players gather ruefully in small, dim spotlights of illumination around the Queen’s Park Savannah. Observing these soldiers of a nation’s fortune reflecting in hushed tones about their performances and the points they had earned in the  the Trinidad and Tobago …

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Celebrating the Magic of Trinidad Carnival

As the tiny Caribbean democratic republic of Trinidad and Tobago (Approximately 1.6 million diverse people packed n 1,864 square feet of land) prepares to set the world on fire with her  mass dramatic cultural  event known as Trinidad Carnival or the Greatest Show on Earth, a number of thought-provoking issues rear their head, including: How …

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Navigating Black Stalin’s Footsteps out of his Russian Namesake’s Cruel Prisons as Pooran Ferociously Defends his people on and off the field of Play

The news about Black Stalin’s passing hit each citizen of Trinidad and Tobago in a special kind of way, both at home and in the diaspora. A story on the avalanche of tributes by Edison Boodoosingh in the Trinidad Guardian amply demonstrated the kind of reverence with which the Caribbean man was held. Describing him …

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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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STATE OF THE NATION

Big Mike’s Carnival Rubber Talk Falls Flat on the Savannah Stage

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It was a classic case of black  success  shooting itself in the foot  when, at the height of the Carnival, the legendary masquerade king Michael Big Mike  Antoine – who is also admired by all for his splendid personal architectural configuration – fell from national disgrace on the Queen’s Park Savannah stage, Port of Spain. …

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How TT Saga Boy Got Eclipsed The Real Prophets of Carnival

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The spectacular rise and fall of the sexual masters of TT Carnival has been quietly eclipsed by the ascent of the prophets of  good news whose welcome predictions  and projections loudly herald the expectation of brighter days in a twin-island Caribbean republic that has been deprived of its vital safety valve for the past two …

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Rowley’s Dragon Field Band Hitting the Road for Carnival

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After years of taking merciless blows from various quarters for groundless accusations of incompetence in managing this complex little Caribbean twin-island republic, relief has finally come from an unexpected quarter for the bruised and battered government led by Dr Keith Rowley. Speaking at a hastily called news conference on Wednesday January 25, Rowley  announced the …

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