Travellers passing through the Passenger Terminal of the Piarco International Airport in Trinidad since December 12th 2012 have been able to learn a bit more about Spain and Trinidad and Tobago’s 300 years of shared history. The Spanish Government (through its Embassy in Port of Spain), in collaboration with the Spanish foreign exchange company, Global Exchange, has recently donated a collection of digital reproductions of various manuscripts and maps of inestimable historical value to the Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT). The originals can be found in the General Archives of the Indies in Seville, Spain, the archive containing the largest documental heritage on the centuries of Spanish administration in the Americas. They were selected and printed by the Nao Victoria Foundation, based in Seville, Spain, which plays an active role in promoting a deeper knowledge of the history of Spanish presence in the world. Read more
So you read our Behind the Music piece in the January/February 2013 issue of Caribbean Beat … but maybe you wondered why we didn’t include well known soca producers like Precision Productions? Unfortunately, they were squeezed out of the print version (darn all those lovely ads!) but luckily we’ve got unlimited space here on the internet. So not only do you get a great story in print, you also get cool extras online. Read on to find out who are the big production teams behind the soca biz.
Caribbean Beat presents …
Behind the Music extras – The Producers – UNCUT
by Laura Dowrich-Phillips
There was a time when names like Darryl Braxton, Carl “Beaver” Henderson, Leston Paul, Sheldon “$hel $hok” Benjamin (deceased), Nicholas Brancker, Neil Bernard, Kenny Phillips and Junior “Ibo” Joseph dominated the soca production.
But today, the still-active old guard has given way to a younger generation of producers, who fearlessly mix soca with other genres to create new hybrids. And they’re all looking to push soca out of the West Indian diaspora into the mainstream music industry.
No matter where you are – in Trinidad, the Caribbean region, or across the Caribbean diaspora – it’s almost impossible to ignore the heavy Carnival vibrations in the air. The heart beats in the bosom of Trinidad’s capital, Port of Spain.
To take you right into the thick of things is the latest edition of the Caribbean Beat (#119: January/February 2013), which is on Caribbean Airlines and Air Jamaica planes; in the mail (or already delivered!) to subscribers; and online, where you can also access a complete flip-book of the current issue - free! Read more