It began in the 1950's, when a foreign tune called "The Happy Wanderer " won the road march in Trinidad.Instead of using the opportunity to inspire our artists to work harder at being competitive, in response we banned foreign competition for the Road March.Over the years , whenever our artists were challenged by foreigners , … Continue reading Its All About the Music !
It may be difficult to convey to those not of that era the special connection we had with our local steel-bands , back in the days before electronic noise overpowered the sweet sounds of steel-bands at carnival. Before big trucks and DJs , the sweetest sound at carnival was the sound of a steel-band "coming … Continue reading Steelband coming down !
From time to time, I've heard of police officials of T&T seeking to learn about urban policing from Donald Trump's lawyer and media mouthpiece Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City. I hope this is not the case. The historical records show that the tactics employed by the police under Giuliani, particularly the … Continue reading Police in T&T seeking advice from Rudy Giuliani? I hope not!
Whenever we discuss the future of the steelband, we keep hearing these tired old arguments about "changing times" and "old school", and "pushing pans" which have nothing to do with my ideas when I speak of modern steelbands participation in carnival beyond panorama My entire argument is simple. The steelband , even after all these … Continue reading Trinidad’s Carnival culture and the role of the Steelband.
The inescapable fact is that the steelbands of T&T and its representative organization Pan Trinbago have no choice but to find alternative sources of income besides dependence on government subsidies. Looking objectively at Pan Trinbago's main event the Panorama , we can see that there is no way it can be cost-effective , when we … Continue reading Steelbands of Trinidad and Tobago , Pan Trinbago , and money
Christmas is rapidly approaching , and in the Spirit of Christmas , let's reminisce a bit about Christmas in our past , growing up in the fifties , sixties and seventies.in Trinidad Simpler times. I would like to share my Christmas experiences growing up in Trinidad , to which I'm sure many can relate, so I wrote this story. In my blog , I included a couple musical selections you may have not heard in the recent past , and which are sure to bring back memories of Christmas , back in our youth.
Another veteran calypsonian has passed. Andrew Marcano , The Lord Superior was another of our calypso legends. Hailing from Rio Claro in Trinidad , he was a two time winner of the South Calypso crown , and a finalist ( forth place ) in the National competition. "Supie" was one of our … Continue reading Andrew Marcano . The Lord Superior , has passed.
A once in a lifetime gathering of Calypso Kings of the past occurred at Dimanche Gras , Carnival 1988, when they gathered together to honor the first calypso Monarch, the Growling Tiger , the Calypso King of 1939. Among the artists featured were The Mght Duke (Kelvin Pope) , The Mighty Sparrow ( Slinger Francisco … Continue reading A gathering of Calypso Kings
Written by Candice Maharaj Image: Melton Prior, Carnival in Port of Spain Trinidad, 1888, Illustrated London News. Carnival is a festival that is celebrated annually during the weeks leading up to Lent. It is a period of celebration that involves music, costumes, processions, feasting and a lot of alcohol. Traditionally, during Lent people had to … Continue reading The Origins and Evolution of Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago — Retrospect Journal | History, Classics and Archaeology Magazine
We Trinidadians always seem to be seeking international recognition for our stars , yet the best of them from yesteryear are soon forgotten.Talented jazz and classical pianist , movie star , singer and bandleader Hazel Scott is such a one.Hazel was born in Port of Spain,Trinidad in 1920 , and her parents moved to Harlem … Continue reading Remembering Hazel Scott ,an iconic Trinidadian star of yesteryear.