Archive for January 1st, 2012

Ashraph leads his 2010 band, Cobotown. Photograph by Georgia Popplewell

Last-minute mas

Judy Raymond watches artists Ashraph and Shalini Seereeram whip up a Cat in Bag Carnival band full of style and satire .

Photograph of Negro Aroused, Manley’s iconic 1935 statue,  Silver gelatin print, 24 x 19.6 cm, courtesy: Onyx Collection. Photograph by Denis Gick

The icon of an age

James Ferguson on the sculpture that was the start of Jamaica’s national collection of art.

Vincent Chin. Photograph courtesy VP Records

VP Records – a VIP label

Garry Steckles tells the story of a driving force in Jamaican music.

Rachel Price. Photograph courtesy Rachel Price

Rachel Price: it started in the kitchen

T&T comedian Rachel Price feeds Franka Philip macaroni pie and memories.

Shurwayne Winchester. Photograph by

Music for the mas

The new music that is reflecting the region right now.

A rare conch pearl is set in a gold “cup” to appear as if it is floating. Photograph courtesy the Goldsmitty

I got it at the Goldsmitty

Bridget van Dongen digs up a jewel of a store in Antigua.

Detail of the Aron Kodesh (the Holy Ark), showing the Ten Commandments in Hebrew. Photograph by Roy Tijn

Paramaribo’s oasis of peace

Jonathan Ali on the European Jews who found refuge in Suriname four centuries ago.

Taspo gives its first performance at the South Bank Exhibition in 1951, under Lt Griffith. Photograph by George Konig/Keystone Features/Getty Images

When steelband took London by storm

Kim Johnson explains the musical and social importance of Taspo, T&T’s first national steelband .

Dawn on South Quay. Photograph by Abigail Hadeed

Trinidad All Stars: Fleet’s In

Photographer Abigail Hadeed follows All Stars, the oldest steelband in T&T, from its panyard in east Port of Spain.

3Canal’s performance is streamed live on Carnival TV. Photograph courtesy Carnival TV

Monitoring the mas

Anywhere in the world, you can now watch T&T Carnival online. Desiree Seebaran on a pioneering project.