On Being Carib-being

“…hidden within the samba there are the ancient pulsations brought by the African diaspora, the memory of sacred drums and the words of the griot. But there are also…

Morning After Musings

By Dario Euraque and Milla Riggio Writing on behalf of our colleagues, we from Trinity College, Hartford, CT.,  want to thank the Lloyd Best Institute of the West…

Thank You

For eight days of sheer wonder and marvel, We the People and Friends of the Caribbean gathered under the auspices of the Common Sense Convois in communities throughout…

Sailing From Heart To Heart

By LAURIE ANDALL  On January 13th 1995 Lloyd Best blessed Scherzando panyard with his presence and gave an historic lecture entitled “Schools in Pan”, the seminal thesis on…

Disempowered Democracy

Trapped In The Excruciating Paralysis of the Fevered Dreamer The sheer dross of what passes for politics in this country is enough to weigh the soul down with…

Pan In De Mas

Every pan aficionado has that moment of epiphany when the music transcends us into another place where nothing else matters but rubber on tinnin’ and friends, lovers, acquaintances…

The Religious State Of Mind

Religious leaders and organisations hardly ever confine themselves to what they claim to be their primary mandate: to nurture the spiritual well-being of their members and humanity in…

Moko Jumbie Love

Within minutes of my entering the Keylemanjahro moko jumbie yard in Cocorite over the Carnival season, a tiny girl comes up to me, tilts her head teasingly, and…

A Visual Sanctuary

Amidst all of the confusion, cacophony and political hubris being bandied about during our Carnival Season, and now during the Lenten Period, it was refreshing, if not reassuring…

Worrying Impact Of Judging On Panorama

Panorama 2012 is now concluded, and as in the past, there is lingering dissatisfaction from a number of stakeholders. …

Tribute

Whitney Houston is dead! A cloud, we never imagined to be darker than night, rushes across the sky, reviving in us such depth of melancholy; we are forsaken!…

Out Of A Muddy Pond…

So we have come to the end of another season of fete. For many participants and non participants alike, this annual ritual is nothing more than therapeutic relief…

Browsing Through Life

As I get older, the attractions of foreign travel and the lures of encountering new places and fresh faces are rapidly fading. …

Rhythms To Revive The Spirit

Music from cultures across the Caribbean, mixed with 3-Canal, Steelpan, Mungal Patasar and the voices of the Freetown Collective will come together in a single production designed to…

Love. Pure Common Sense

Until we settle our relationship with this place, the culture of ambivalence that keeps us disconnected from yesterday and unattached to tomorrow will continue to define our responses…