The world-famous Brain Coral

IN JEOPARDY: The world-famous Brain Coral at the Buccoo Reef is in jeopardy. –Photos courtesy Island Girl Tours via Google

THE reef covers a 7km2 area, according to Australia Caribbean Coral Reef Collaboration (ACCRC), and is home to a multitude of biodiverse species, both flora and fauna, including patch reefs, seagrass beds, parrot fish and sea turtles.

Healthy coral reefs provide ecosystem services which are invaluable to the Caribbean’s economy. These services include, but are not limited to, protection of up to 50 per cent of Tobago’s shorelines from erosive wave energy, a safe environment for fish nurseries, and a source of food and livelihood. However, many of these are glaringly overlooked, resulting in the mistreatment of reefs in such a way that the long-term economic benefits they offer are diminished.

The ACCRC reported that in 2006, around 40 per cent of visitors engaged in reef-based tourism which, through direct visitor spending and indirect supporting goods, generated a total of $101-130 million for the island, about 15 per cent of Tobago’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Tourism is the mainstay of Tobago’s economy.


For the past four years the intro “Motto Deh, Motto Deh” has signalled the start of a soca hit.

The popular song ID was first heard on the 2016 hit “Bend Down”. It surfaced again on “Lit” on the Pim Pim Rididm featuring New York-based soca act Lyrikal (Devon Martin) in 2017, “One Woman” on the Ole Ting Riddim and “Jamish Feeling” on the Jamish Rididm in 2019.

PICTURES of models in bikinis and stilettos parading through the aisles of the Holy Trinity Cathedral last November drew widespread criticism and condemnation.

A fresh outlook, a pivotal move; soca artiste, Ricardo Drue is proudly asserting himself as a mainstay to the Carnival energy, continuing on his mission to deliver great music, no matter what. This year, even as he stands solo, having exited the frontline of the All Starz band, Drue is driven to give the masses more than they ever expected.

Calypso icons and our current soca stars will once again be sharing the stage at “Calypso Spektakula Thru the Years”, February 1 at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s; February 7 at Centre of Excellence in Macoya; and February 8 at the Southern Academy for Performing Arts, San Fernando. Can the current soca stars withstand the experience of our calypso legends as they display their versatility in the art form?

The conversation was, during the past couple weeks: What for the road, boy? SuperBlue with “Strange Things”? Mabey Kees Dieffenthaller with his, “Proud,” or the trio of Machel Montano, Skinny Fabulous and Iwer George with “Conchshell”.

In the midst of the euphoria of Carnival there is pain and loss. This duality is part of our daily existence, and playwright Ronald Amoroso together with the National Theatre Arts Company (NTAC) will once again bring this theme to life in Master of Carnival on January 31 and February 1, 2020, at the Naparima Bowl in San Fernando from 7.30 p.m.