Michael Mondezie

Ganja, guns and girls, is the cynical response in verse from rapso artiste Ataklan to the proverbial question: What runs the world? The Morvant-born chantuelle, Ataklan (Mark Jiminez) has never shied away from opining on local society throughout his near three decades in music.

Marcus Braveboy says he finally understands himself as an artiste. The rapso cum hip hop cum trapso artiste is no stranger to reinvention. He has toured the world and worked with music producers on both sides of the Atlantic and everywhere in between.

A High Court ruling by Justice Devindra Rampersad has granted temporary sole use of the Harts Carnival brand name to Tribe Carnival founder Dean Ackin.

Chutney soca artiste Nishard M is living his best life. The back-to-back Chutney Soca Monarch (CSM) won his second consecutive title alongside Neval Chatelal with “Fyah” at Carnival 2019. Since then he has been selected along with Chatelal as the official musical ambassador of the biannual regional cultural showcase of the Caribbean Festival of the Arts (Carifesta). And he broke new ground in June as the first chutney soca act to perform at Atlantic City carnival in New Jersey, United States.

These are among the heart-tugging messages scrawled between painted images of love, unity and world peace currently on the walls of the basement level of the Medulla Art Gallery, on Fitt Street, Woodbrook, Port of Spain.

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