The man behind the Green Screen

Carver Bacchus is pioneering the use of film and special events, to raise awareness and encourage dialogue on  environmental issues. He is the founder of SustainTT – a non-profit focused on environmental sustainability and he is also the man behind The Green Screen, the  only environmental film festival in the English speaking Caribbean. He shared some of his wisdom and insights with the crew over a bottle of Mount Gay Pure Silver.

Listen to this change -maker’s story and be inspired to make better decisions for your environment, health and well-being.

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The Pone Annie Man

Valz, Dubz and Gizee are back for Season 3!  We kick things off  joined by guest host, the self claimed “Pone’ Star Jerome ¨Rome¨ Precilla (pray-see-ya). Rome aka The ‘Pone Annie’ man chats with the team about his journey to becoming a force in the soca-parang, soca and now chutney-soca music arenas. He shares great stories about growing up performing and the coming into his own as a performer, business man and professional. Listen out for great stories including the high and lows of performing in major competitions such as Soca Monarch and Chutney Soca Monarch’, the first time he was booed off stage and his time in Canada as the Drake of Chutney. 

Get familiar with this entertainer extraordinaire here

The drink of choice for this episode : Angostura 5 year Old.

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Carnival Rap Up

Every year, Trinis look forward to THE SONG….The Carnival Rap Up. So we thought there was no better way to wrap season 2 of the podcast than with a post carnival wrap. And no better person to take us through the paces than the Post Carnival Rap Up Rapper himself, Chromatics. Matics, as he is fondly called, is a master of picong, which he liberally spreads throughout his compositions.

Chromatics is a lyricist extraordinaire. He weaves the satire and double entendre that we so often hear in calypso, throughout his hip hop styled lyrics. We found ourselves chuckling, cackling out loud and nodding in agreement at the lyrics of the song. 

This year he also brought us the Woi riddim, featuring fellow artiste, Dawg E Slaughter and Sekon Star. You might have heard the song but didn’t realize that he was the man behind it all. Though hip hop is his chosen genre, he is unmistakably and apologetically Caribbean. You can find him touring the US and other countries, spreading his special brand of soca hip hop and repping the 868 hard. Back at home, this man with a heart for the development of young Caribbean Culture continues to be inspired and inspire up and coming rap artistes. 

CARNIVAL RAP UP  is available exclusively as part of an EP containing not only the fan favourite track of the same name, but a collection of some of Chromatics’ latest Carnival releases and more. Listen to the episode for a sample of the song that has brought Matics accolades locally and abroad. Say it with us…”Rap it Up Matics!!”

 

Drink of Choice: 10 Cane Rum

Chune fih buss: The carnival Wrap Up 2018

 

 

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Wild Meat, the sweetest meat!

Whether or not you’ve have sampled these delicacies, it is rare to find a local without knowledge of wild meat. Neotropical animals called wild meat in the local vernacular form an important part of Trinidad and Tobago’s cultural culinary landscape.

These peculiarly distinctive animals are sought after for various reasons with most Trinis look forward to the open hunting season (October to February) every year to acquire their portions of wild meat.

Some, such as the iguana with its two penises have been endowed with aphrodisiac powers. Its female eggs are sought after as a cure for impotence. Others like the lappe, have been embedded in indigenous folklore where it is told that tickling the nose with the whiskers of a labba will encourage easy childbirth. There is even an age-old Guyanese saying that ‘If you eat labba and drink creek water you’ll always return to Guyana.’

Some have funny names like “Tree Mutton” which is a green monkey and “Mountain Chicken” which is a giant ditch frog. Some have multiple names, so it is not unusual to refer to a Quenk as Wild Hog. Similarly, a Sally Painter is the same as a Matte or Tegu.

Call them what you will, from agouti and lappe, to tatoo and manicou, they are all loved for the gamey taste of the meat. The wild flavour is directly related to what the animal eats. Most of them feed on seeds and plants and found while foraging on the forest floor. As an added bonus, the meat is extremely lean and has higher protein and less fat than chicken.

Listen as we discuss traits of the various species, how the meat is prepared and cooked and share our experiences with foodie, local photographer and vlogger David Wears.

 

Chune fi buss: Square One and Allison Hinds – Wild Meat

Drink of Choice: Johnny Walker Black Label Scotch

 

 

 

 

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Trini Slangs

If you plan on visiting Trinidad and Tobago for Carnival or any other time, then you would be wise to learn the Trini Slangs. Whilst the official spoken language is English, natives more often speak in a broken English. In the Trinbago dialect words and sayings have unique meanings and interpretations.

In this episode the Rum Club Hosts took a road trip to Maracas Bay with Ashanna Arthur, the host of Interviews with Ashanna. On the trip we discussed some of the everyday Trini slangs and the lingo. More importantly, we share the hidden meanings,  nuances and contextual use of the sayings. 

Learning the Trini Slangs is a prerequisite for anyone planning on visiting our shores. This Trini Lingo 101, is the episode for you to learn it all.  So, sit back and listen…the class is in session

Thanks to Ashanna Arthur for inviting us along for the ride! Be sure to Check out Ashanna’s YouTube Channel at and her website for more of her FUN vibes!

 

 

 

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Trinidad Carnival Fêtes – The Madness

Carnival Fêtes are a part of the fabric of Trinidad Carnival. This quintessential carnival entertainment combines music, dancing and food in a way that produces the Madness that Trinidad Carnival personifies.

Trinis, known for their love of  the party scene, have an insatiable appetite for the celebrations. From December through to February / March of each year there is a proliferation of fetes that mark the feteing season. Although the “official” carnival fête season is from December to Ash Wednesday, some events happen before December and a few after Ash Wednesday.

The lyrics of Machel Montano’s Mr Fete relate the attitude of most fete loving Trinis at  Carnival time. “Feting is we name/ we do  play / we going night and day/ no fete can tire we”. There is little doubt that Trinis treat their Carnival Fêtes as serious business. As a result, Carnival Fêtes now differ by size, location, type or variety of entertainment and price.

In this episode, the hosts discuss some of the categories of fetes, citing a few of the more popular ones with blogger “Saucy”, the creative force behind Trinidad Carnival Diary. Saucy breaks down the details explaining the differences between a Breakfast fete and the Boat Ride. Carnival fetes continue to grow and evolve just as the Carnival does. There’s a fete for every taste, whatever type of fete you fancy, you are in for a hella good time!

Feel free to check their “Know your fetes” article .

Big Chunes: Shal Marshall – Splinters and Bunji – Fete is Fete

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Caribbean Music Legends & SOKAH

Caribbean music legends are those celebrated musicians who have pioneered and paved the way for the art forms. We recognize these artistes and the indelible impressions they made on the world. Most of all, they are the entertainers whom we love and cherish because they have touched our lives forever.

The musical expression of this culturally rich and diverse region has given rise to various genres of music. The Caribbean has given the world the music genres of Calypso, Soca, Reggae and Dancehall. The tradition of toasting over the music in Reggae is credited with influencing the development of hip hop. Other perhaps less known genres include Zouk, Salsa and Bachata from the non English speaking islands.

We will all agree that perhaps the most prodigious contributor to Reggae music is the much revered Bob Marley. Bob, alongside Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh  and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry took reggae music from likkle Jamaica and around the globe. In Trinidad & Tobago, where Calypso is the main genre, none can dispute the legendary status of kaisonians like The Lord Kitchener and living legends like the Mighty Sparrow and Calypso Rose.

Perhaps one of the greatest contributions is by Ras Shorty I, the creator of soca. Shorty’s legacy lives on in the music by modern day artistes like Machel Montano and Bunji Garlin. In this episode, we discuss the icons who we consider to be legendary contributors to Caribbean Music with singer, songwriter and granddaughter of the late Ras Shorty I, Nailah Blackman.

Nailah pays homage to the legacy of her grandfather, while blazing her own trail. Her mission is to create music to excite and engage younger generations in the culture. Nailah’ s EP, SOKAH with title track of the same name will certainly have you engaged in some wining. Sokah is also the moniker for her band and upcoming concert. The spelling used is the original spelling which Shorty intended when he named his fusion style music in the 70sThe SO denoting the Soul of Calypso and KAH meaning divine in Hindi.  For Naila, SOKAH is a movement. 

Listen out to hear if your Caribbean music legend made the list.

 

Drink of Choice: Angostura Royal Oak

Big Chunes by Nailah Blackman: &

 

 

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