Monday May 21 , 2018 Neville Jules turned 91 this week. At the Duke Street panyard, even the young players call him Cap. They see him around Hell Yard, a shrine to pan, but can’t fully fathom his weight. Founder of Trinidad All Stars, Jules led the band and arranged its music for 25 years … Continue reading THE PANMAN WHO RELEASED THE “BOMB” TURNS 91 BY DALTON NARINE
A MOTHER & HER SON SHARE A SPIRITUAL ODYSSEY by Dalton Narine USS Cole survivor succumbed to a violent panic attack in bed a week after his 31st birthday, 12 years following a terrorist strike on the guided missile destroyer. A memorial to a Navy son whose special bond between him and his mom comes … Continue reading A MOTHER & HER SON SHARE A SPIRITUAL ODYSSEY
Stick fighting, "kalinda" was bought to Trinidad by our African slave ancestors , and has always been a part of Trinidad's culture , though of course it was never really approved by society. Also called "creole wood" , " bois" , " battaille bois" the tradition has endured into the modern era. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiYoBGgTRxo Today , … Continue reading Culture , kalinda (stick fighting) and me.
My life changed in 1962 when I decided to leave the prestigious Naparima College in San Fernando one year prior to graduation , to become an apprentice at the Texaco Oil Refinery at Pointe -a- Pierre , Trinidad. After an unsuccessful attempt to join the Royal Air force ( I failed the physical due to … Continue reading I’m still thankful that I once learned a trade!
Pan pioneer Ellie Mannette has died. He was 90. Born Elliot Mannette in San Souci, Trinidad on November 5, 1927, Mannette passed away on Wednesday August 29 , 2018 at a hospital in West Virginia, USA. As long as the art-form related to the steel-pan endures , the name Ellie Mannette will not be forgotten. … Continue reading R.I.P Dr. Elliot “Ellie” Mannette
Far be it for my to criticize my Trini people from afar , but sometimes I think we live in a bubble , and do not think real world events can affect us. For example , all the talk about Petrotrin seems to be centered on politics , I see little discussion about the business … Continue reading What now , Petrotrin ?
I have always maintained that Trinidad's Carnival has suffered in quality as steel-band participation in the carnival parade has diminished. The most visible demonstration of this over the last few years is the fact that while rest of the carnival parade has deteriorated into a semi pornographic display of beads , bikinis and flesh , … Continue reading Why we should consider moving panorama away from Carnival, and increasing the steelband’s participation in the Carnival street parade.
Fate. Destiny. "Fate is just a helping hand from God while our destiny lies in us." A lot has been written about fate and destiny, and lately I've reflected on these subjects, as I look back on my high school days at Naparima College in San Fernando , Trinidad, and at a significant event that … Continue reading Fate, destiny, and the (former) Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago
I was born in the year World War II ended , 1945 , and my first home was in the city of San Fernando in Trinidad. My early memories are of Broadway , now Independence Avenue , and we lived in the shadow of Naparima College. I remember we lived in a small apartment on … Continue reading A tribute to San Fernando , Trinidad