DUB POETRY: LSX – New Year.New Voices

The members of LSX: Clayton Lynch, Jerome ‘Sage’ Butler and Dwayne ‘X’ Tucker, were initially part of a bigger group called Jah Children. That group also included Joel Ellis, a guitarist, vocalist and a drummer. However, the group split in 2003 because of a misunderstanding.

Since then LSX has been on a journey, one that has been difficult at points but Lynch said they also got the opportunity to perform at various events across the island.

-Read more at http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20110410/ent/ent4.html

CARIBBEAN STORYTELLING: Anansi ~ An African / Jamaican folktale | Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington narrates a hillarious story about “Anansi da spider big man in da bush. Him teeny-teeny, but animals dem give him big big respect, ’cause him own all da stories in da world.”

An animated Jamaican cartoon told by Denzel Washington, accompanied by the music of reggae band UB40. It is a celebration of African /Jamaican cultural traditions. Illustrations by Steven Guarnaccia. Written by Brian Gleeson.
1991… released 1992


Born Thelma Ermintrude Knights, Aunty Tek took the name Phillip after marriage.

A long time resident of Belmont in St George, Aunty Tek as a pioneer among women in Grenada, breaking long-held stereotypes — from being among the first women to own and drive a car on the island, to a career as a teacher and principal.

But it was folk tales that truly defined her career — as a raconteur, she was said to be rivaled only by the late Jamaican folklorist Louise “Miss Lou” Bennett-Coverley and Trinidad-born and Grenada-raised Paul Keens-Douglas.

-Read more at: http://www.caribjournal.com/2011/12/15/grenada-mourns-its-greatest-storyteller/


Jamaican Comedy: Oliver Samuels – It Must Be a Duppy

Oliver Adolphus Samuels is a Jamaican comedian and actor. He is often described as the Jamaican “King of Comedy”, performing both stand-up and comic theatre.

Samuels found fame on the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation’s television series Oliver At Large, which was created by producer Calvin Butler and playwright Aston Cooke. In this series, Oliver played his alter ego Olivius Adams, aka Oliver. The series featured sketches from Oliver’s exploits, often with his sidekick, Maffi. Several spin-off theatre pieces have been created for the Oliver character including Large Abroad, Oliver’s Posse (1999), Oliver and Pinocchio (2001), and Oliver and the Genie (2002).
Oliver Samuels, known by most through his vastly popular television series, Oliver at Large, has combined a career in marketing with life on stage, touring every year between spring and summer before returning home for his executive offices at Mack D’s—the Kingston-based company where he is a director and head of marketing and public relations.
Abroad, he is known as Jamaica’s Bill Cosby, and is a brand name that is synonymous with Jamaica and laughter. Samuels is widely regarded as one of the funniest talents to emerge from the Caribbean.
In addition to his work with the local car company, Oliver Samuels was recently selected by the wire transfer service Unitransfer to star in a series of advertisements that will market their products to Florida’s Caribbean community.
Samuels also, in recent times, piloted the launch of Oliver’s Yaad Cyaad which features Samuels giving instructions in Patois and standard English. The unique feature of Patois prompts is a first for the international calling-card industry. Oliver Samuels is known to speak perfect patois!
As well as having a large following in Jamaica and other Caribbean islands, Samuels frequently tours Britain and North America, playing to the Caribbean ex-pat community.

-Read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Samuels

Storytelling: Jan Blake “The Leopard Woman”

storytelling Jan Blake was born in Manchester of Jamaican parentage. She has an international reputation for dynamic, witty, exciting storytelling. Specialising in stories from Africa and the Caribbean Jan is currently one of Europe’s leading female storytellers. She has featured at all the major storytelling festivals in the country, performs, runs storytelling workshops and teaches and performs all over Europe. Jan has worked as an artist in residence at various theatres throughout Britain and in doing so has developed close links with theatres such as The Southbank Centre, The Royal National Theatre, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, The National Concert Hall of Ireland, The Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, Battersea Arts Centre, & The Unicorn Theatre for Children. She is committed to passing on skills that can help storytellers develop their expertise. Jan works with a range of audiences, in a range of venues, from schools to the corporate boardroom, performing teaching and training. She designs storytelling and visual arts programmes for delivery in schools and the community and is also a Storytelling consultant at the National Theatre. Jan is currently involved in a four year global Educational Storytelling project The Storytellers’ Olympiad, with The Company of Common Sense.


-Read more at http://www.applesandsnakes.org/page/84/Jan+Blake/233


Paul Keens-Douglas was born in Trinidad but spent his early childhood in Grenada, where his family resides, and where he attended Presentation Boys College. He holds diplomas in Commercial Broadcasting and Radio & Television Production from Announcer Training Studios and RCA Institutes of New York, an Honours Degree in Sociology from Sir George Williams University (Concordia), Montreal, Canada, and has done two years post-graduate work at the University of the West Indies, Mona. Jamaica.

Active in drama from an early age, he has a wide and varied background in Theatre and the Creative Arts. Since his return to Trinidad in 1974, he has focused on highlighting the Trinidad & Tobago and Eastern Caribbean vernacular in poetry, storytelling, dramatic presentations, and advertising, both as writer and performer.

A self-published author, he has to his credit seven volumes of works, twelve albums and one video. He has produced several radio and television storytelling series, and is the founder/producer of the annual Tim Tim Storytelling Show and the Carnival Talk Tent which focuses on the oral traditions. His work has been featured in several anthologies and well known international publications. and has been highlighted on the BBC and on Canadian and American radio and television.

An active Rotarian, he is a founding member of the Association of Black Storytellers of America, and holds the Zora Neale Hurston Award. the Caribbean American lntercultural Organisation Award, Washington, and the Beryl McBurnie Foundation for the Arts Award, Trinidad. A total professional in control of his management, talent and properties, he makes regular tours of the Caribbean territories and metropolitan countries lecturing, performing and doing workshops.

A former Creative Director with McCann-Erickson (Trinidad) Ltd. Paul now freelances within the Advertising Industry, developing programmes, concepts and promotions for a variety of clients. With this wide and varied background. it is not surprising that he has moved into the field of Management and Staff Training, focusing on inter-personal and cross-cultural communication. and is as much sought-after conference presenter and after-dinner speaker.


-Courtesy of http://www.search.co.tt/trinidad/paulkeen/more.html


Dub Poetry: Benjamin Zephaniah – Touch


Sister Ava – Woman In Rapso


RAPSO POETRY | 3 Canal – Talk Yuh Talk

3canal are recording artists from Trinidad & Tobago. Their style of music is called Rapso.
Rapso is conscious music and is more of a philosophy and stance than an identifiable musical signature. It has been termed “The Power of the Word in the Rhythm of the Word”, “The Poetry of Calypso” and “The Consciousness of Soca”.

They began their musical journey in 1997, with the song “Blue”, a song which marked a turning point for the music industry of TnT. It became a benchmark for the new Sound of the music of Trinidad’s Carnival. Two years later they recorded “Talk yuh Talk” [1999] a hard hitting response to all “mocking pretenders of society”. This went on to become an anthem for the dispossessed and voiceless.

-Read more at http://www.3canal.com/?section=bio