A tabanca of potential

Above: Legendary masquerader Charles Peace makes his final appearance on the Savannah stage. Photograph by Mark Lyndersay. BitDepth#1082 for February 28, 2017 The technician leaned conspiratorially across the counter at Marty Forscher’s repair store.  “Were you deployed to Afghanistan?” Um. What?  It turned out that the only other times they had taken apart cameras in […]

Contemplating Carnival copyright

Above: Stageside crowd control on Carnival Tuesday evening in 1993 as Peter Minshall’s Donkey Derby crosses the Queen’s Park Savannah stage. Photo by Mark Lyndersay. BitDepth#1081 for February 21, 2017 Copyright is a legal conceit designed to manage the exploitation of intellectual property. It posits, in its simplest form, that a unique creation can be […]

Carnival: The greatest SME show on Earth

BitDepth#1027 for February 09, 2016 It took an absurdly long time for me to realise it, but by following the script of Carnival coverage I met all the way back in the 1980s; I was actually missing the entire point of the festival itself. It wasn’t a bad time, after all.  Mary and Noel Norton were always […]

Carnival: the state of disunion

Above: Revellers in Tribe’s Wings of Desire at the Socadrome in 2015. Photograph by Mark Lyndersay. BitDepth#1026 for February 02, 2016 Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival looks set for interesting times. No less a person than Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has explained that for his government managing an economic downturn, “other priorities will fall in place […]

When steel whispers

Above: There are fans and then there are pan supporters. Which band in the world has an audience that acts as its road crew? Photo by Mark Lyndersay. BitDepth 759 for November 30, 2010 Invited, at quite short notice, to offer a talk to steelband leaders on November 20 the challenge proved not to be what to […]

‘It’s a party invitation’

Above: Ferreira’s collaboration with Anya Ayoung-Chee for Tribe. Photo courtesy Laura Ferreira. BitDepth#1008 for September 29, 2015 Late last week, the Internet exploded. That’s a bit of an exaggeration of course, though social media, which thrives on the viral, is given to multi-megaton blasts of uninformed opinion and nuclear scale sharing at least twice a […]

The siloed Mas agenda

BitDepth#984 for April 14, 2015 I’d already committed to attending the Carnival Studies annual Mas Colloquium, signing up for my Eventbrite ticket online, when convener Kenwyn Murray asked me to substitute as a moderator for one of the panels. My perspective on the event, held under the rubric Mas Aesthetics: Exploring the Art of Mas, […]

Why the Carnival stop so

BitDepth #975 for February 17 These masqueraders from Yuma were in the first section to “bless” the Socadrome stage in 2014. Photograph by Mark Lyndersay. Carnival in 2015 might best be described by the four growth poles that are its popular vectors. In common discussion (and at least one advertisement), we are variously identified as being […]

Remaking the road to walk

BitDepth#943 for June 30 The National Carnival Commission was being congratulated on Saturday for getting started early on the festival’s 800 pound gorilla, the parade route for the bands on Carnival Tuesday. By the measure of serious Carnival practitioners though, things were actually pretty late. The night before, Harts had hosted the first band launch […]

NCC/WIPO Carnival Copyright consultations

In cooperation with the The Government of the Republic of The Trinidad and Tobago Intellectual Property Office, The National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), a consulation on Carnival copyright issues will be held in at the VIP Lounge, Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain on July […]