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 markers of foreignness). As Nicholas Laughlin remarks on the Caribbean Beat Blog, “Video footage would certainly give a better idea than a written description.” Caribbean Free Radio continues the discussion by pointing to an actual medical case study of a wining-related injury co-written by a Trinidadian surgeon who, earlier this year, was freed of the charge of murdering his wife. The same surgeon is pictured in the article demonstrating the action which may have led to the injury.

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