Apr 19, 2014
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Posts tagged: Trinidad

Film Fete: The Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2013

Words by Tishanna Williams—

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Today marks the official start of the 8th annual Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, or ttff/13. A venture of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company, the event, known for offering the best films within the Caribbean Diaspora and contemporary world cinema, is the largest of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean. This year’s edition, which kicked off yesterday with TKTK, runs through Oct. 1 and includes over 120 films, with screenings held at locations ranging from large cinemas to amphitheatres and parks.

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BOIS!: Reviving Trinidad’s Stickfighting Traditions

Words by Tishanna Williams—


Kalinda is a dance-like marital art brought to Caribbean slave plantations from the Congo and Angola, fought with a specially-crafted and spiritually-prepared stick or ‘bois’ (bwah) of about 4 feet in length.

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Celebrating Caribbean Culture: 50 Years of Trinidad & Tobago’s Best Village Competition

Words by Tishanna Williams—


One year after celebrating 50 years of Independence, Trinidad and Tobago is in the midst of commemorating another half century with the 50th Anniversary of the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition.

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Best of Both Worlds: Trinidad’s Tea-Infused Chai Rum

Words by Tishanna Williams—


It’s National Rum Day here in the U.S., so we thought we’d scour the Caribbean for something new to drink. Trini correspondent Tishanna Williams has the scoop on a chai rum launching from her island.

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Island Bop: Watch Etienne Charles Speak On Caribbean Jazz

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Etienne Charles’ highly praiseworthy Caribbean jazz LP Creole Soul—remember we told you about it last week?—is out today. To celebrate, Revivalist, in partnership with LargeUp, is presenting an album release performance tonight at LPR in NYC. (Told y’all about that last week, too.)

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EVENT + Interview: Etienne Charles’ Creole Soul

Interview by Eric Sandler, Photos by Jati Lindsay —


The title of trumpeter Etienne Charles’ new album Creole Soul refers to the mixture of influences on the project  and his own ethnically diverse background as a Trinidadian. Though the base of his sound is in jazz, Charles’ music includes influences from the French, Spanish and English speaking Caribbean as well as North America, from Haitian Creole chants and blues to rocksteady, reggae and calypso.

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