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…

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…

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. …

Carnival Is Not Woman

Some years ago a young male student told me that while on the streets for carnival, video camera in hand, he was surprised by the reaction from the…

From Mask To Masquerade

The carnival offers the chance to have a new outlook on the world, to realize the relative nature of all that exists, and to enter a completely new…

Happy 76th Birthday, Bertie!

Bertie Marshall, an enduring legend of pan, turns 76 today and we of the Lloyd Best Institute of the West Indies wish him good health, great times and…

Geniuses In The Homeless Kingdom Of Pan

Post 1970 , with the windfall of consciousness, many of us began to re-examine the colonial education passed down to us by men like J.O. Cutteridge about…

From Folklore To Philosophy

In the beginning before the Great War the Tamboo Bamboo carried the tempo of the people’s street carnival but its staccato rhythms anchored the arms and limited the…

Jouvay Goes Gold

The Jouvay Ayiti band that was spawned at the Department of Creative and Festival Arts (DCFA) at UWI last year, has evolved into a Mas Camp-Us of the…

The Panorama Pilgrimage

After the eras of Reagan and Thatcher and the fall of the Berlin wall, heralding the self destruction of the communist empire, capitalism, tasting the blood of Karl…

Building A Cultural Bridge To London 2012

As Stratford prepares to welcome 80,000 people on July 27 for the opening of the London Olympics, with another 80,000 expected to view it on big screen…

50/50 Independence Project Comes Alive

Speaking on the final panel of a conference in Jamaica last week, Haitian professional Marie-Jose N'Zengou Tayo admitted that her first reaction in seeing the conference title “Challenges…

Rikki Jai Building Bridges

As a young Indian boy growing up in Friendship Village South Trinidad, Samraj “Rikki” Jaimungal had been determined to stand on a calypso stage and stake his claim…

Fine-tuning Pan Excellence For The World

Panorama 2011 is going to be a significant season for a number of reasons.…

Legacy Of The Now

For people to say I am good I must be in the Museum of Modern Art. To hell with the Museum of Modern Art! I am building my…
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