Author: Essiba Small

Culture, Music, Trinidad and Tobago

Music for the mas

Up-and-comers She’s been in the junior calypso arena since she was nine. Now 18, former Junior Calypso Monarch Megan Walrond is hitting...

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Culture, Lifestyle, Trinidad and Tobago

The magic of mehndi

As a student at the Lakshmi Girls’ High School, in St Augustine, Trinidad, Risa Raghunanan used to draw hearts on her hand with a pen...

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Reviews, Music

CD reviews (September/October 2008)

Alive Imij & Co “Alive” aptly describes this latest disc from one of Trinidad and Tobago’s leading soca bands.It kicks off with...

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Reviews, Music

CD reviews (May/June 2008)

Mixty Motions Ralph MacDonald ARI “My heart lies in two places: New York and the Caribbean, and so my music is always filled with mixed...

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Music, Culture, Arts

De Red Boyz: red hot and happening

To their friends they are Mikey Hulsmeier and Scott Galt, but to their clients they are De Red Boyz. Musicians with a combined 36 years of...

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Music, People, Barbados

Rihanna: “I try to remain true to who I am”

I was in Barbados, living a normal life, going to school at Combermere Secondary School, when I was discovered. A record producer from New...

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

Chutney Soca Succession

It’s fitting that the man who created soca music, by combining soul with calypso, was the one who also birthed chutney soca. Back in...

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Embark, Reviews, Culture, Music

Caribbean Playlist (May/June 2013)

  Santiman, by The Creole Choir of Cuba (Real World) With this follow-up to their 2011 album Tande-La, the Creole Choir of Cuba...

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