Stories about Trinidad & Tobago from December, 2005
Caribbean: R.I.P. Kerry Packer
Ryan Naraine and Richard Jobity remember Kerry Packer, the Australian media baron whose controversial World Series Cricket tournament was a key factor in the development of West Indies cricket. Packer, who died on December 27, was also the inspiration for a famous calypso by the Mighty Sparrow.
Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela: Why Trinis speak Spanish at Christmastime
English may be the official language of Trinidad, but at Christmastime the country sings in Spanish. De Cooler : Soca News announces the results of the National Parang Championships, the competition which showcases Trinidad's traditional Christmas music, while Caribbean Free Radio plays a few parang tracks and explains the genre's...
Caribbean: Ginger Beer and Sorrel
Both Cayman Time and Simian Scratchings let out the secret recipes of two of the English-speaking Caribbean's favorite Christmas drinks: ginger beer and sorrel.
Trinidad and Tobago: Wining
Some of us prepare for a vacation by poring over travel books, but not the South African tourist who wrote to Caribbean Beat magazine requesting information on “wining” (the gyrating dance Caribbean people do to soca and calypso music – an inability to do it properly is one of the...
Trinidad and Tobago, UK: Composer Dominique Le Gendre
Georgia Popplewell of Caribbean Free Radio sits down with Trinidad-born composer Dominique Le Gendre in her London home and offers several peeks of Le Gendre's forthcoming opera.
Selections from the Caribbean blogosphere
Barbados – Campfyah, writing from Caracas, fills us in on some of his Christmas activities and Barbados's participation in an international Christmas charity fair. – In a post which sparks a healthy string of comments, Jdid spares a thought for Stanley “Tookie” Williams on the day of the latter's execution...
The week in the Caribbean blogosphere
I'm starting to write this on Wednesday 7 December, as tomorrow I leave for London to attend the Global Voices '05 Summit, so apologies in advance for not including anything posted in the latter part of this week. A couple of days ago I posted the meeting agenda at Caribbean...
Trinidad and Tobago: Concepts of Race
Karen Walrond posts the email of a reader who attacks her multi-ethnic identity. The post inspires a small mountain of comments offering their support and analysis of race perceptions in Trinidad and Tobago compared to the United States.
The talk in the Caribbean blogosphere
I'm writing this post on December 1st, which is also World AIDS Day. There were 24,000 AIDS-related deaths in the Caribbean this year, and as Abeni of St. Vincent & the Grenadines pointed out, “in the Caribbean the infection rates are second only to Sub Saharan Africa.” Here are a...
Caribbean: “Why We Hate Homosexuals So Much”
Alien In The Caribbean digs deep to find the roots of homophobia in the Caribbean.
Trinidad and Tobago: 3canal
Caribbean Free Radio debuts the first 2006 single by musical group 3canal in podcast episode 37 while Sweet Trini reviews the 3canal album, “Jab, Jab, Say …”