Author: Attillah Springer

Culture, Music, Festivals and Events, People, Trinidad and Tobago

Vance Umphrey: “Living a dream” | Snapshot

American musician and educator Vance Umphrey on the love of steelpan that brings him to Trinidad Carnival year after year — as told to Attillah Springer

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Community, People, Caribbean Diaspora

A movement of Maroons | Inspire

Descendants of Maroon peoples in the Caribbean diaspora have been working tirelessly to be recognised as Indigenous. Attillah Springer takes us inside this important work

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Arrive, Festivals and Events, Trinidad and Tobago

Carnival is love | Backstory

T&T Carnival is tradition and originality, ritual and rebellion, the sacred and the profane — and a million love stories. Here are three of them, from Attillah Springer, Amanda Choo Quan, and Georgia Popplewell

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Immerse, Film and Television, Trinidad and Tobago

Tony Hall (1948–2020) and Dennis “Sprangalang” Hall (1949–2020) | Icon

Attillah Springer explains the roles of T&T’s irreplaceable theatrical brothers in the ongoing struggle for cultural self-determination

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Immerse, Festivals and Events, History, Trinidad and Tobago

Kambule: on morning ground | Snapshot

Early each Carnival Friday morning, before dawn breaks, crowds assemble at Piccadilly Greens in east Port of Spain for a re-enactment of a key event in the history of Trinidad — and of Carnival itself. Attillah Springer gives an intimate account of Kambule, when the spirits of the ancestors are invoked in a ritual of memory, story, song, and resistance

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Immerse, Culture, Music, People

The Mighty Shadow | Icon

Attillah Springer writes a letter to T&T’s late calypsonian-philosopher

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Immerse, Music, Trinidad and Tobago

Every Trinidad Road March ever — and our top 10

Of the 80+ songs that have won the official Road March title at Trinidad Carnival, some are little remembered, some have become “back-in-times” favourites, and a few are considered landmarks — whether for their musical qualities or for trends they ushered in. Here are all the recorded Trinidad Carnival Road March winners from 1930 up to the present — and our picks for an all-time Road March top 10

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Embark, Festivals and Events

Word of mouth (March/April 2015)

Beat it Attillah Springer explains why Trinidad’s old tradition of the Good Friday bobolee remains more relevant than ever The Good...

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