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All posts by Caroline Taylor

writer & editor • actor, singer, producer & director • egalitarian • animal & nature lover • island girl • water baby • perennial discoverer

A menacing blue devil intimidates the crowd. Photo by Atiba Williams

Trinidad Carnival: the birth & evolution

Central to understanding much of the Trinidadian psyche is to understand the festival culture of the island. And no festival is greater than the Trinidad Carnival. The dynamism of the festival has sparked its reproduction throughout the rest of the Caribbean island chain, and as far away as Toronto, New York, Miami and Notting Hill. But everyone knows that Trinidad is the “mother of all West Indian carnivals”, which attracts visitors from all over the world, including international celebrities like Halle Berry. Its roots are here

Heather Headley of Trinidad & Tobago

Heather Headley: written in the stars

Trinidadian-American star Heather Headley talks to Caroline Taylor about her Trinidad childhood, a new album, Whitney Houston, and The Bodyguard on the West End

The twins. Courtesy Karen & Kathy Norman/K2K

K2K Carnival’s Karen & Kathy Norman

Twin designers Kathy and Karen Norman have generated a lot of buzz around their new medium-category, all-inclusive Carnival band “The Waters – Seas of Consciousness”. They talked to Caroline Taylor about the story behind their designs; the journey to making the band; Trinidad’s vs Brazil’s Carnival; and re-claiming Trinidad’s mas.

A leatherback makes its way to the sea at Grande Riviere. Photo: Stephen Jay Photography

Top 10 things to do & see in Trinidad

Our top 10 picks for what to do and see in Trinidad

Invaders Steel Orchestra performs at Panorama. Photo by Edison Boodoosingh

The steelpan — from creation to Panorama to the world

The steel pan (it’s really a bit of a faux pas to call it a steel drum!) is one of Trinidad’s proudest exports. It distinguishes itself by being the only acoustic, non-electric instrument invented in the 20th century, and one incubated in Laventille, Port of Spain, during the Second World War