A Shadow in the Dark

Alright O.W., here is another installment of “Monday Morning Madness.” I actually set up 1D4TW as a permanent Monday Morning Madness, but I will revive it here too for now. This is Ataklan again, with more video of Trinidad of a quality and nature that I could only hope to make myself. We have heard […]

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The New Blog: One Day for the Watchman (1D4TW)

My hint in a previous post about creating an offshoot blog was “1D4TW”, which stands for One Day for the Watchman, which is now live. “One day for the watchman” is a line from a Trinidadian proverb, about everyday being for thieves, but only one day is for the watchman, that one day which is […]

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Ethnographic Wining: A German in Trinidad

Of course, it’s Monday Morning Madness again, and on this blog when “we” (readers, correspondents, myself) are not laying intellectualized explosive devices on the highway of imperialized knowledge, we’re wining! This is probably the fourth time that wining has been the subject of a post, and this time it comes thanks to a German comedian, […]

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A few more notes on “wining”

Following up on the last post that featured wining, a Trinidadian blogger in the UK, Sheree Mack, who authors the Every Day Creativity blog, has posted two items on wining. One is a simple poem, akin to a soca road march at Carnival time, and with some key lyrics that coincidentally will reappear in my […]

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Monday Morning “Mor Tor”: Wine it up just so…for the Video Notes from the Indian Diaspora, Part 2

Aside from being an installment of “Monday Morning Madness,” I need this video as background for at least two coming posts, especially for readers unfamiliar with Trinidadian or Indo-Caribbean cultures, with their dances, and some of the terminology that is used. This post follows the previous (Video) Notes from the Indian Diaspora. This video, featuring […]

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Ataklan Walks Naked

This week’s installment of “Monday Morning Madness” (missed last week’s I am afraid, as the real madness of an imperial anthropologist seemed much more entertaining). You won’t be seeing Trinidadian artist Ataklan walking naked in this video, not literally anyway. One of Ataklan’s messages in this interesting video, which takes us with him from a […]

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The Sun Starts to Rise

Monday Morning Madness Trinidad & Tobago’s Ataklan urges optimism in the face of despair. Ataklan has gone through a real transformation over the years, acquiring a new music style and producing some of the more interesting contemporary songs and videos. I envy these videos for the beautiful filming of Trinidadian villages, countryside, street scenes, and […]

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Walk Cautiously where Shame and Confusion Lurk

Monday Morning Madness, the sixth installment — and not that much madness today in fact…some sobriety for a change. I love this video, featuring Ras Shorty I and The Love Circle, one of the most serene modern calypsos ever composed, and a gorgeous video that shows the beauty of Trinidad’s landscape and its children (and […]

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That’s Just Ole Rum Talk…

The fifth episode of Monday Morning Madness introduces a theme that will reappear this week, having to do with that lethal muse, that graceful killer, the best and last spouse, rum. (Having enjoyed many of the fine benefits of a variety of rums, as well as cane liquor, I am not sure why rum beats […]

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