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Edwin Carrington; CARICOM Secretary General

Trinity Cross recipient, Edwin Carrington

Trinity Cross recipient, Edwin Carrington

When describing the Caribbean, Edwin Carrigton can be quoted as saying that CARICOM:

“continues to strive with dedication and commitment in building and in serving a Community for all.”

Carrington applaudes the diversity of the regional integration movement, stating that in addition to the original English-speaking Members, CARICOM included the full participation of Dutch-speaking Suriname and French-speaking Haiti as Member States and of Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands as Associate Members, and possibly, Spanish-speaking Dominican Republic, sometime in the future.

More on Edwin Carrington:caribbeannetnews.com


Pat Bishop’s Works: The Lydians

Pat Bishop contributed emence creative direction to The Lydians

Pat Bishop contributed immense creative direction to The Lydians

In 1987  Pat Bishop has been musical director of The Lydians from then to the present time. She has not only led the choir, but has also fused the singers with her other love, the steelband. At first, the choir was accompanied by various steelbands, Witco Desperadoes, Amoco Renegades, but eventually, miss Bishop, along with Mr. Ben Jackson and Miss Loraine Granderson, nurtured the Lydian Steel, a group of very capable youngsters who are music literate and who are making waves and raves here and abroad. She has also introduced African and Tassa drummers, and dancers from folk and Ballet disciplines.

More: thelydians.com


Pat Bishop: A Woman in Pan


“I suppose that my presence in so many pan yards over the years must have rustled some masculine feathers but they have kept that a deep, dark secret from me- which is just as well since I dont’t suppose that I would have taken any notice.”

Pat Bishop is not only a pioneer of the arts but she is also a pioneer of the Caribbean woman. Her strids in the steel pan arena, thought to be a male dominated industry, is a remarkable example of the strength and perseverance of the caribbean woman.

More on Pat Bishop: www.panonthenet.com

A Life in Culture: Dr. Patricia Bishop


Pat Bishop, art and music icon of Trinidad and Tobabgo

Dr. Pat Bishop is also an artist. She was garlanded and given a silver trophy for work exhibited in the Shankar’s Children Art Competition held in India in 1958. She has exhibited her work in Jamaica; London; Grenada and Trinidad. Her work has been acquired by numerous local corporations such as the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago; Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia; and various private collections in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Perhaps, we can call music her life or say that her life is filled with music. She sang with the Esso Tripoli in 1967; arranged music for Fonclaire, Birdsong, Skiffle Bunch and Desparadoes Steel Orchestra among other groups; conducted Trinidad All Stars, Phase II, Renegades and other steelbands; performed with Desperadoes at Carnegie Hall, New York, Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Philadelphia Academy of Music. She also appeared on programs with Nancy Wilson, Liza Minelli, Ralph MacDonald and many other “stars.” She has taught classes for the local music festivals; directed music for the Morne Diablo Folk Performing Company; and worked with Daisy Voisin’s La Davina Parang Group.

Read more:Trinicenter.com

Pat Bishop: Pioneer of the Arts

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Trinity Cross recipient, Pat Bishop

Pat Bishop is currently one of the most versatile Caribbean women of our day. A citizen of Trinidad and Tobago by birth, she was a National Scholarship winner from the Bishop Anstey High School. She proceeded to King’s College, Durham University where she studied Art. Upon completion of this degree, Miss Bishop returned to Trinidad where she taught Art at her Alma Mater for a few years. However, her restless spirit led her to U.W.l. Mona where she subsequently received her MA in West Indian History, her thesis being “Runaway Slaves in Jamaica, 1807 to 1823”. Bishop lectured history at U.W.l. at both the Mona and St. Augustine campuses for some eight years. She was also a lecturer in the History of Art and Design at the Jamaica School of Art 1970 to 1972.

It was this combination of study in both the Arts and History of the Caribbean that later blossomed into her deep interest in, and pioneering work with the steel band movement in Trinidad. She focused this interest with the WITCO Desperadoes Steel Orchestra and as its conductor took the band on eight major USA tours including two major concerts at Carnegie Music Hall. She was the first to conduct a combined steel band and symphony orchestra, this being the Desperadoes and the New York Pops Symphony in mid 1980’s.

Extract from:thelydianstt.com

Ties that Bind: Walcott on African Heritage

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Derek Walcott is known for his illustration of identity and heritage through his poetry and plays. One such poem is ” A Far Cry From Africa”, which speaks of  African identity, full of imagery and symbolism, this poem illustrates ties to African heritage and a colonial past.

A Far Cry from Africa

Derek Walcott

A wind is ruffling the tawny pelt
Of Africa. Kikuyu, quick as flies,
Batten upon the bloodstreams of the veldt.
Corpses are scattered through a paradise.
Only the worm, colonel of carrion, cries:
“Waste no compassion on these separate dead!”
Statistics justify and scholars seize
The salients of colonial policy.
What is that to the white child hacked in bed?
To savages, expendable as Jews?
Threshed out by beaters, the long rushes break
In a white dust of ibises whose cries
Have wheeled since civilization’s dawn
From the parched river or beast-teeming plain.
The violence of beast on beast is read
As natural law, but upright man
Seeks his divinity by inflicting pain.
Delirious as these worried beasts, his wars
Dance to the tightened carcass of a drum,
While he calls courage still that native dread
Of the white peace contracted by the dead.
Again brutish necessity wipes its hands
Upon the napkin of a dirty cause, again
A waste of our compassion, as with Spain,
The gorilla wrestles with the superman.
I who am poisoned with the blood of both,
Where shall I turn, divided to the vein?
I who have cursed
The drunken officer of British rule, how choose
Between this Africa and the English tongue I love?
Betray them both, or give back what they give?
How can I face such slaughter and be cool?
How can I turn from Africa and live?

Works of Derek Walcott

Derick Walcott Dec 1993-2

Walcott,'the ancient war between obsession and responsibility would never finish' Sea Grapes.

Derek Walcott had his first play performed in 1950. His collection of poems In a Green Night: Poems 1948-1960 (1962), celebrating the Caribbean, brought him to public attention. Since then many other poetry collections have been published. In The Gulf and Other Poems (1969) and The Castaway and Other Poems (1965) he explores his feelings of conflict and isolation, caught between European culture and the black folk culture of his native Caribbean. In Omeros (1990), an epic poem and his most ambitious work, he invokes the lives and voices of the people of the Caribbean through Greek myth and epic, drawing on Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. The book won the WH Smith Literary Award in 1990. Walcott’s own version of the Odyssey, The Odyssey: A Stage Version (1993), which shares the Homeric/Caribbean background of Omeros, is the result of a commission by the RSC.