Arts, People, Canada

On view: the work of the late Denyse Thomasos | Art buzz

In a special career retrospective, the work of the late Trinidadian-Canadian artist Denyse Thomasos is on show in Canada

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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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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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Culture, People, Trinidad and Tobago

Shynel Brizan: “You have a special power when you are on stilts” | Own words

Two-time Queen of Carnival Shynel Brizan on how she got into stilt-walking and moko jumbie mas; balancing the demands of Carnival with motherhood; and the experience of winning her second title last year while four months pregnant — as told to Caroline Taylor

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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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Fashion and Jewellery, People, Trinidad and Tobago

Trishelle Leacock: voyage of discovery | Fashion buzz

Tobago-born, US-based designer Trishelle Leacock — a former national track and field athlete — has sprinted into the world of fashion design. And she’s already turning heads, earning recognition in Marie Claire and Essence magazine earlier this year. She shares more about her brand (Kaiso. Swim), and her new collection, VOYAGE. — as told to Shelly-Ann Inniss

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