Caribbean Beat Magazine

Every Trinidad Road March ever — and our top 10

Of the eighty-plus 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 2020 — and our picks for an all-time Road March top ten

Kees Dieffenthaller. Courtesy Kes The Band

Trinidad’s Road March | Backstory

Trinidad & Tobago’s Carnival is full of rivalries and competitions, and none is more fierce than the annual Road March battle. Mark Lyndersay traces the history of the musical title that reflects the will of masqueraders on the street — and we dare to share our picks for the top ten Road March songs from the 1930s to the present day
The 1993 Road march King, SuperBlue. Photograph by Abigail Hadeed

Ever-blooming Calypso Rose

She’s a musical legend: the first woman to win T&T’s Calypso Monarch title, beloved by generations of Caribbean listeners. Now her latest album is winning her fans across Europe, and taking her sixty-year career in an unexpected new direction. Joshua Surtees profiles the inimitable Calypso Rose

What’s fun and fresh in the Caribbean this month

Buzzworthy: Tanya Stephens speaks her mind about sex and power; Nigel Harris heads back to UWI; Ria Ramkissoon creates high-drama handbags; Christopher Chambers is a man of mystery; Imran Khan calls it like he sees it; Michelle Henderson makes sweet creole jazz; and Sugar Daddy teaches Europe the soca beat. Catch this month's reading picks and new music releases to get you in the groove- from soca to pan
Tanya Stephens. Photograph courtesy VP Records