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John Legend headlines Tobago Jazz Experience 2014

John Legend to headline the Tobago Jazz Experience 2014

Each year, dating from the days of the Tobago Jazz Festival through to its successor the Tobago Jazz Experience (TJE), the April event has always featured some of the world’s top jazz, R&B, neo-soul, fusion and of course local and regional acts. Their sixth edition – which runs Saturday 19th – Sunday 27th, 2014 – looks to be no exception. As always, the event is designed to showcase all that Tobago has to offer by taking visitors on a tour of the island through concerts hosted in villages across the island.

This year’s edition will be headlined by nine-time Grammy winner, John Legend, as was announced today at a press conference hosted by Trinidad & Tobago at the World Travel Market in London, UK. It was also today at the WTM that we at MEP unveiled our latest issue of Discover Trinidad & Tobago magazine, which will be all new for 2014, and with a new website launching over the coming weeks.Keep readingJohn Legend to headline the Tobago Jazz Experience 2014

Tobago International Cycling Classic

The Tobago International Cycling Classic 2013

Describing the event as a “silver lining for Trinidad & Tobago sport tourism”, the promoters of this year’s Tobago International Cycling Classic (TICC) are gearing up to host over 200 international, regional and local cyclists for the 6-day event, which runs 1–6 October, 2013.

The action culminates with the UCI Tour of Tobago Race, which takes riders over a 112km course across the varied and sometimes brutal terrain of Tobago’s scenic Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean coasts.Keep readingThe Tobago International Cycling Classic 2013

UPDATED: Jehue Gordon gets the gold, wants Trinbagonians to believe in themselves

The celebrations have begun in earnest now that Trinidad & Tobago is on the leaderboard at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow with their first gold medal (or any medal) at the Championships, won by Jehue Gordon in the 400m hurdles.

Then he spoke about his desire to Trinidadians and Tobagonians to believe in themselves:Keep readingUPDATED: Jehue Gordon gets the gold, wants Trinbagonians to believe in themselves

Spending the day with Deepak

English: Deepak Chopra speaks to the Microsoft...

English: Deepak Chopra speaks to the Microsoft PAC on January 13, 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I knew about this man, I followed him on Twitter and liked his page on Facebook; I invited him into my life when I decided to pay attention to my spiritual self and redirect my dharma. It was at a yoga class given by my amazing teacher Jacqueline Quesnel that I first got wind of the fact that he was going to be paying us a visit – here – in Trinidad. I wasn’t even aware that he had already been to our shores, but I knew that I had to be part of this audience.

Elder Associates Limited – a private service firm that offers specialised counselling and psychological services to both organisations and individuals – were celebrating their 20th anniversary. Founder and Executive Director Dr. Patricia Elder decided that bringing Dr. Chopra down would be the most fitting way to do this. In her words, she wanted to give the attendees a ‘wow’ experience – and to also help them realise their full potential as human beings. Makes perfect sense to me, and being given the chance to sit and listen to him speak was an opportunity that I would always be grateful for.Keep readingSpending the day with Deepak

Trinidad & Tobago and Spain: Sharing a Past, Building a Future

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.Keep readingTrinidad & Tobago and Spain: Sharing a Past, Building a Future

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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The Trinidad Carnival 2013 issue of Caribbean Beat

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!Keep readingThe Trinidad Carnival 2013 issue of Caribbean Beat