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. His latest offering “Ganja, Guns and Girls”, a remix of a track previously recorded with Swedish production team Jamtech, takes a hard look at the root causes of the growing drug and gun culture in Trinidad and Tobago.

He sings: Hey politricks man, we check yuh mix man/take yuh licks blindfold excursion/flood out the town with drugs and ammunition/tables turn don’t you beg for compassion/thief all we money, no need to confess/ghetto youths vex, yuh make we whole life stress/know how it feels to be powerless/as we take control of this mess.

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For many of us, mosquitoes are a daily annoyance, and one that we would happily stay far away from for the rest of our lives. But Renee Ali looks at these flying nuisances a little differently.

There are so many skilful make-up artists in the beauty world, it’s getting hard to keep up! Angel Joseph is one of them. But she isn’t just keeping up with the trends in a fast and growing industry; she also aims to change the game. 

Maloney Story is an open expose of the life of soca star Preedy. The 27-year-old entertainer grew up in the Maloney Gardens housing scheme just off the Churchill Roosevelt Highway in D’Abadie during the late 1990s. Choosing to title his first EP (extended play) album Maloney Story, after the community, is the ultimate tipping of the hat to a place he still calls home.

I was blind-folded, dressed in cotton apparel, and placed on the earth/ ground in a room specially sanctified for that purpose. My mourning ritual had a stipulated time/ period which ran from days to weeks depending on spiritual direction.

Vengan todos los Fielses — O Come all Ye Faithful. That’s the open call from the National Parang Association of Trinidad and Tobago (NPATT) to parangderos the island over as the 2019 season strums off.

YOU’VE probably already observed them on the highways, a group of brave and extraordinary women dressed in their branded shirts and embellished helmets as they blaze the trails on their powerful motorbikes.