Portrait Of An Unsung Singer

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

Negotiating Pan’s Labyrinth

It might have been said that there he was only protecting his own. From the first he had been admitted to live in the intimacy of the family…

When Chutney Goes Bollywood

Rasika gestured towards the page in her hand. “Seven verses! You mad? You think people here going to stop and listen to all that? Here you does sing…

Dom Basil Matthews: God’s Pedagogue

By Winthrop R. Holder “The country … seems to be trapped in a state of in-betweenity.” —(DBM) Finding, the almost-hidden, “Dom Basil Matthews: Nihil Omnino Christo” in the back…

Agirlnameking, Remedy For Illness

Diana King is a dreamer, a quintessential singer-songwriter who has immense willpower and boundless belief in the ability to achieve whatever you dream.…

Defining The Pan Song

Panorama, Trinidad and Tobago's national steelband competition, has been a key avenue through which the art of arranging for steelbands, which requires a very specific skill set, has…

All Trumps

It is fair to say that every single patron at the Eight of Hearts Concert on May 8, 2010 would have heard about the game of All Fours,…

Guyana’s Professor Of Pan

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.…

Of Magic And Music

Monday 23rd November 2009, was a night for nobility on the St Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies.…

Birdsong Fills The Air

And so it was. The Homecoming. From Daaga Hall to Daaga Auditorium. Almost 36 years later, to date, birdsong returned to the UWI St Augustine campus, in the…

Exploring The Annual Rite Of Chaos

Panorama judges are responsible for determining who earns bragging rights for the flagship steelband competition in the world. However, year after year, controversy swirls around the results of…

Highest Of The High

The 46th anniversary of Independence brought overdue prominence to the national instrument of Trinidad & Tobago, as two important pioneers and one engineer received the highest award—The Order…

A Kaiso Doctor

Give Praise and Thanks! Winthrop Holder offers a wide-ranging appreciation of Black Stalin’s ‘Hard Wuk’ as the University of the West Indies prepares to confer the Honorary Doctor of…