Sunday, March 26, 2017

Features

Returns home to follow his heart*

Mar. 26, 2017, 1:48 AM AST Comments

Calypso music beats in the heart of 25-year-old singer/songwriter Lani K. Lani K (Jelani Kojo), was quite literally birthed in the genre. Son of popular calypsonian Twiggy (Ann-Marie Parks-Kojo) and songwriter Oba Kojo, he found himself in the middle of the tent circuit at the tender age of five. He

Reflection and rethinking Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe*

Mar. 26, 2017, 1:44 AM AST Comments

Hanging out with music genius Len “Boogsie” Sharpe and friends at Panorama Semi-finals 2017. Boogsie’s genius has given to pan music worldwide a musical sophistication that has not yet been realised and valued. Fifty years of compositions solely for pan with a pan theatre and labo


Raymond rocks Centre of Excellence*

Mar. 26, 2017, 1:40 AM AST Comments

Chutney crossover superstar Raymond Ramnarine and Dil-e-Nadan rocked the Centre on Excellence on March 18 as thousands of patrons packed into the popular venue for the 2017 edition of the highly anticipated Everybody Loves Raymond concert. Ramnarine had loyal fans screaming from the time he took the


‘Bazodee’ triumphs at film festival*

Mar. 26, 2017, 1:29 AM AST Comments

Coming off successful sold out double screenings at the 19th London/Asian Film Festival locally produced movie, Bazodee starring Machel Montano, Kabir Bedi, Natalie Perera, Valmike Rampersad and featuring a host of local actors and technical crew, picked up two major awards at the festival. The movi

NCC distributes Carnival awards*

Mar. 26, 2017, 1:19 AM AST Comments

The top achievers in mas, pan and calypso were honoured and rewarded, on Sunday night, at the National Carnival Commission's Carnival 2017 awards ceremony at the Queen's Park Savannah, Port of Spain. Awards and monetary prizes were presented in 72 categories, at both junior and senior level, with a


Editor's Note

Mar. 25, 2017, 2:8 AM AST Comments

A blessed and happy Sunday to you. I do hope all is well with you and yours. Another harrowing week has passed and we have to hope and have faith that the coming one will be better. Why kill another? That’s all I ask. In life there will be challenges and obstacles, but giving up and giving in


A Vessel of Hope*

Mar. 25, 2017, 1:29 AM AST Comments

THERE is a saying by C S Lewis that goes like this: Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny. That saying is not lost on the likes of Denyse Simeron-Tyson. Coming from a life of poverty, Simeron-Tyson has taken lessons she’s learned (some bitter, others good) from


Overcoming Manic Depression*

Mar. 25, 2017, 1:23 AM AST Comments

My name is Nicole Cowie and I live with bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression). This is a revolutionary idea in a country that so heavily stigmatises mental illness. The core and basis of my activism and indeed my life is that you can live a good and productive life with a mental illness,

A Cold-Blooded 'Friend'*

Mar. 25, 2017, 1:18 AM AST Comments

Snakes, possibly the most highly misunderstood creatures on earth, have always fascinated me! I marvel at their beautiful skin. Growing up, I would be excited to find a snake in our yard and became very upset with my father for killing the innocent creature. Over the last decade, working with these


The Power of Your Love*

Mar. 25, 2017, 1:15 AM AST Comments

Have you ever been, or do you know someone who was completely won over by someone else’s love for them? Often times, people are confused about love, they “fall in love” for frivolous, shallow reasons or they tell someone, “I love you” because they believe that’s w


PARIS IN TRINIDAD*

Mar. 25, 2017, 1:11 AM AST Comments

WHEN I was young, my mother told me to always be ready for new experiences and to open my mind to different cultures and different tastes. “Think outside of Sangre Grande,” she said. “Trinidad and Tobago is too diverse for you to be one-dimensional. Discover India, Africa and China


Be Your You, Not Theirs*

Mar. 25, 2017, 1:7 AM AST Comments

The office in which I work has more women than men. Unfortunately, though I am proud of the strides we women have made, I am worried at how some tend to bad-talk others in the same office. There is a particular group who seem to be professional hypocrites. They are close to the female supervisor and


Endometriosis: Health system 'oblivious to suffering'*

Mar. 25, 2017, 1:1 AM AST Comments

March is in Endometriosis Awareness Month and with one in ten women affected by the disease, chances are you know a woman who has it. With no dedicated medical professional for endometriosis, women “have to become their own expert”. Endometriosis as common as asthma and diabetes In 2016