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Behind the Music extras – The Producers

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.

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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.

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Hikes and history in Barbados

Hikers going through grassy fields, with beautiful vistas in the background. Photos courtesy Hike Barbados.

If we were asked to come up with a way to combine a healthful hike with historical tidbits, we couldn’t have done better than the Hike Barbados programme. Run by the Barbados National Trust, Hike Barbados takes locals and visitors on three-hour treks across the island to enjoy the open air and learn more about the island’s history.Keep readingHikes and history in Barbados

Caribbean Fever takes regional music to new places in NY

If you’re a fan of Caribbean music in New York and Hurricane Sandy left you with at least one dry outfit, you’re probably headed over to the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn to see some of the best artists in Caribbean music take the stage. From dancehall with Baby Cham to hip hop with Doug E. Fresh to HD soca with Machel Montano, once it’s music from the West Indies, you’ll probably hear it tonight at the Caribbean Fever Music Festival (CFMF).

Other acts include Slick Rick, Mr. Vegas, Alison Hinds and reggae family Morgan Heritage, reunited for the first time in five years.
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Nathalie Taghaboni: across the world, still from yaad…

Thwarted love, high mas and family bacchanal under a Trinidad and Tobago sky … that’s one of the ways to describe Nathalie Taghaboni’s second book, a Caribbean novel called Across From Lapeyrouse. It follows the coming of age of Jeneva Savanoy and all the romance, personal growth and just plain drama that comes with that. This book is a great read, but Taghaboni herself is just as fascinating and funny as her books: a Trini raised in Toronto, Canada, living in the US with her Iranian husband of 20 years and two children and causing all kinds of bacchanal on her Facebook page daily. Find out for yourself…

Nathalie Taghaboni, author or Across From Lapeyrouse

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