Caricom flags

Caricom flags fly high near the entrance to the Grand Market at the Queen’s Park Savannah, alongside facades of the Chamberlain Bridge and Clock Tower in Barbados and the St Johns Cathedral in Antigua/Barbuda—which is the host country for Carifesta XV in 2021.

Everyone is talking about the facades at the Caribbean Festival of the Arts (Carifesta) Grand Market. Artistic impressions of the Twin Towers from downtown Port of Spain, the Chamberlain bridge from Bridgetown, Barbados, Cuban town houses and Bob Marley’s statue from Kingston, Jamaica are among the most photographed elements coming out of the 14th edition of the festival. Today is the final day of Carifesta XIV which began in T&T from August 16.

The entire concept of the marketplace is the brainchild of the festival’s artistic coordinator Jamie Thomas. Thomas assembled a talented team to bring his vision to life including architect Aaliyah Juman, project manager Narine Singh, sculptor and builders Enaldo Bynoe, Ben Gyah and Max Munroe. Administrators Rodelle Phillip Simmons, Michael Christopher, Sandra Carr and Ms Neverson also worked on the project.


I enlightened a patient about the ills of wearing flats; her eyes widened with doubt. Her refrain was, “ I always thought flats were good”. As I indicated to her, she and a vast portion of the population, especially pregnant women, are of this erroneous view.

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.

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”.