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For followers of Chinese astrology, 2012 is the Chinese year of the water dragon. According to one source, the dragon is a major symbol…

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Rough Ahead For J’ca

Jamaicans have entered the New Year in a season of economic turbulence. Layoffs and rising prices are the order of the order due to…

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This is a cleverly written book because it employs a series of signifying practices in order to communicate the story of a young Trinidadian woman who has touched international celebrity status, dealt with it elegantly, and returned home to life…

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You wouldn’t guess that Roy Geddes is seventy. Clad in his trademark Kangol and jeans Guyana’s celebrated Professor of Pan looks a full ten years younger.…

Negotiating Pan’s Labyrinth

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Munilal Sagar Sookraj was a veritable storehouse of knowledge on East Indian music in Trinidad and the Caribbean. He was a singer, percussionist and…