Carnival’s future, reflected in brass

Above:Sound engineer Robin Foster (left) discusses loading logistics with Etienne Charles on Carnival Monday afternoon as the band prepares to leave its assembly point. Photo by […]

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 […]

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 […]

Waiting on the stage, but first…

Above: A masquerader in Tribe takes a moment for a selfie as the band crosses the stage at the Socadrome. Photo by Mark Lyndersay. BitDepth#1028 for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

TTCO’s first copyright shot misfires

It’s Carnival again and the Trinidad and Tobago Copyright Organisation (TTCO) is back on the beat making bold claims about copyright and collection. But does the […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Copyright, huh, what is it good for?

BitDepth 946 for July 22 Over the first fourteen hours of the National Seminar on Copyright in the Carnival Industry, I’d had no problems keeping my […]

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 […]