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Music, History, People, Trinidad and Tobago

Soca gold — soca music turns 50 | Backstory

It’s been 50 years since soca music emerged in Trinidad & Tobago. Nigel A Campbell looks back at the birth and evolution of the music that’s become the soundtrack to Caribbean carnivals around the world — and continues to seek a commercial life beyond it

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History, People, Dominica

JR Ralph Casimir: Garvey’s disciple | Icon

Lennox Honychurch explores the life of the late Dominican activist JR Ralph Casimir — an early Pan-Africanist, Garveyite, and poet — who is also the subject of a powerful new biography

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History, People, Suriname

Anton de Kom: reclaiming “Papa de Kom” | On this day

Suriname’s great freedom fighter Anton de Kom was born 125 years ago. His work — including We Slaves of Suriname, which has recently been published in English — and his short, tragic life deserve to be much better known, writes James Ferguson

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Homepage Slider, History, Dominica

La Soye: Dominica’s town beneath the sand | Discover

Archaeologists in Dominica are unearthing an abandoned town which, explains Paul Crask, may fundamentally change our understanding of Dominica’s history

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Literature, History, People, United States, Jamaica

Claude McKay: the Black Bolshevik | On this day

James Ferguson profiles Jamaican poet and revolutionary Claude McKay, whose landmark collection Harlem Shadows was published a century ago

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History, People, Science, Barbados

Alain Bombard: the voluntary castaway | On this day

Seventy years ago, Alain Bombard journeyed from the Canaries to the Caribbean in a 15-foot dinghy to prove that man could survive on water, fish, and plankton alone. James Ferguson tells the tale

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Immerse, History, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago

Royal dissent | On this day

Like Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica celebrates its 60th anniversary of independence in August and, as James Ferguson reports, is among the countries in the region likely soon to become a republic

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