Caribbean American Arts Review aka CAAR

Caribbean American Arts Review aka CAAR CAAR identifies, discusses, preserves & showcases the music, dance, theatre, poetry, fine arts, books, modeling, fashion and films of Caribbean Americans.
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Caribbean American Arts Review (CAAR) is about identifying, objectively discussing & preserving the music, dance, theatre, poetry, fine arts, books, modeling, fashion and cinematography of the Americas. In every way possible, the management of CAAR will endeavour to: 1) scrutinizingly put the spotlight on the creators, movers and shakers behind the art products of the Americas; 2. appropriately showcase and promote the actual products of the various artforms; and 3) effectively plan and execute, as well as co-sponsor and co-organize fora, workshops, seminars, conferences and showcasing eve which feature the arts of the Americas. The founder and chief executive officer of Caribbean American Arts Review is Gerry Hopkin, an experienced consultant in corporate communications, mass media (print/broadcasting/social media), law, public relations, marketing and government affairs, with degrees in mass communications and political science (BA) and law (JD).

06/09/2020
Enough is Enough - A#keem & Costa Rebel

Caribbean American Arts Review | CAAR presents:

A NEW RELEASE from a RISING STAR in REGGAE — AKHEEM [A#HEEM]

"Enough is Enough" is a song geared to bring awareness to the injustice and crimes against humanity by the elected leaders. It speaks of the general attitude of greed, as well as highlights the possible consequence of oppression.

Produced by Costa Rebel 🇨🇷 and performed by A#keem 🇬🇩, this song will surely provoke a mind stimulating experience.

Enjoy and share:

https://youtu.be/xe5iRL2UZ4U

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3s0TZkECHFTe2KCjdC97aW?si=HpszGwetTEqdjXMNpZRlvA Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/album/enough-is-enough-singl...

Not to be missed...
05/08/2020

Not to be missed...

The fun continues again this Friday as we relive Part 2 of our Beyond Horizons concert!

Coined by the Trinidad and Tobago Newsday as "The best steelpan concert ever produced". Hosted by your very own BP Renegades

Spread the word...It’s all about Steel + Vibes

When: This Friday
Time: 8:00pm
Where: Right here on our page

#iamarenegade #renegades2020 #steelpan #beatthePANdemic #flattenthecurve #stayhome #staysafe #healtheworld #beatthePANdemic

05/02/2020
Terri Lyons performing 'Meghan' at the Back To Basic Kaiso Tent

TERRI LYONS, the reigning Calypso Monarch of Trinbago, as she delivers "Meghan" at a Feb. 2020 Back to Basic Calypso Tent Event |

#VintageKaiso

Terri Lyons performing 'Meghan' at the Back to Basics Kaiso Tent #TerriLyons #Meghan #BackToBasicsKaisoTent

05/02/2020
Caribbean Connection - We Got This

"WE GOT THIS" — one Caribbean united in song and dance with a message of solidarity for all and an expression of appreciation to all of our frontline workers, during our ongoing battle with the CoronaVirus.

YOUTUBE ABOUT NOTE:
In a Caribbean cultural collaborative unlike any before in the region, 25 West Indian-born singers, including internationally acclaimed stars, award winning vocalists and various calypso and soca monarchs and reggae artistes, have come together to gift their talent to the fight against a dreaded pandemic, the CoronaVirus.

The Caribbean artistes are:
- [iWeb] Barbados | [College Boy Jesse] Trinidad
- [Claudette Peters] Antigua | [Tasha Peltier] Dominica
- [Motto] St. Lucia | [Karisia Willett] St. Kitts
- [Shaunelle Mckenzie] St. Vincent | [Queen B] Anguilla
- [Timeka Marshall] Guyana | [Jadine] Monserrat
- [Marzville] Barbados | [Adrian Dutchin] Guyana
- [Adana] Tobago | [Devine Songz] Dominica
- [Rochelle] Barbados | [Victor O] Martinique
- [Arthur] St.Lucia | [Tara Lynne] Bahamas
- [Khiomal] Barbados | [Drew Dean] Nevis | [N I S A] Trinidad
- [Shontelle Layne] Barbados | [Josh Berkeley] Grenada
- [Kaay Jones] Jamaica | [Mahalia] Barbados
- [Riddim Tribe] Barbados

They all said "yes" to the inspirational project, which was written by Water Street Boyz — Cheyne Jones and Ian Webster. The varying tones, textures and accents of the voices come together beautifully to underscore the need for all walks of life to unify in the battle against COVID-19.

Award winning producer Chris Allman captures the mood of the world at this time with his work at the temporary "Slam Home Studio," while Selwyn Browne of Vibe Barbados was instrumental with the fantastic production of the music video.

Caribbean Connection says to the region - "WE GOT THIS!"

It would be appreciated if you would spread the Youtube link attached here, as far and as wide as you can.

WRITTEN by WaterStreet Boyz | PRODUCED by Chris Allman @ Slam Home Recording Studio | KEYS, DRUMS AND BASS by Chris Allman | KEYS by BARRY HILL | RECORDED @ CASA FUEGO | MIXED by ANTHONY LOWHAR @ CMI (HOME) | VOCALS EDITED @ IWEB ENTERTAINMENT

Caribbean people, WE GOT THIS!

WRITTEN BY: Waterstreet Boyz PRODUCED BY: Chris Allman @ Slam Home Recording Studio KEYS, DRUMS AND BASS BY: Chris Allman KEYS BY: BARRY HILL RECORDED @ CASA...

04/16/2020
Reggae Dancehall Vault

Talent galore!
Memories for so!
The kind ah DJing that keeps you wanting more and more...

Flourgan, Courtney Melody, Daddy Lizard & Johnny P (BBC 1Xtra)

04/04/2020
Mikey Hutchinson

TERRI LYONS BEAUTIFULLY SAYS "STAY AT HOME, DON'T GO OUT AND ROME" in extempo, and challenges other artistes, near and far

Terri Lyons Is Killing The Extempo Challenge.

04/02/2020
Laura Lisa - Better Days (Official Music Video)

LAURA LISA sings "Better Days are Coming"

This talented Caribbean artiste, by way of Grenada, beautifully sings "Better Days are Coming" — a song that's apt for this period of high stress in the lives of so many.

The lyrics are telling and the afro-infused Groovy Soca beat is refreshingly uplifting.

Adding great value to the wholesome nature of this music video is the direction which was given by producer Kaiem "Sonix" Joseph and playwright Urias Peters.

Listen and enjoy the voice, and also appreciate the words, the optics and the story as rendered by Laura Lisa — a rising star, whose other pieces of recorded work are also unreservedly recommended.

- Gerry Hopkin, JD
Managing Editor and Consultant
Caribbean American Arts Review | CAAR

#LauraLisa
#BetterDaysAreComing
#AReviewNoteByCAAR
#CaribbeanAmericanArtsReview

Official Music Video for "Better Days" by Laura Lisa Written By Laura Richardson Produced & Mixed By Xpert Productions Additional Vocals By J. Xavier Directe...

03/12/2020
Reggae Dancehall Vault

#BujuBanton interview in Kenya (NRG Radio, Feb. 14, 2020) |
Pay attention to Buju's responses to questions regarding true development, social problems, the solidarity exhibited by Caribbean artistes, youths and violence, and the importance of positive messaging in musical content/lyrics.

- Gerry Hopkin, JD
Managing Editor and Consultant
Caribbean American Arts Review | CAAR

#BujuBanton interview in Kenya (NRG Radio, Feb 2020)

Not to be missed, especially  if you are in Carriacou and Petite Martinique
02/23/2020

Not to be missed, especially if you are in Carriacou and Petite Martinique

01/23/2020
Shortpree - 38 Grams (Video)

ANOTHER SWEET GROOVY SOCA, "38 GRAMS," FROM THE MELODIOUS SHORTPREE

The American Heart Association (AHA), advises that the maximum amount of added sugars an average man should consume in a day, should amount to no more than 150 calories or 37.5 grams (9 teaspoons). However, in his latest 2020 release, "38 GRAMS," Shortpree, a prolific songwriter and recording artiste, admits that he has no problem consuming more than the prescribed amount of sugar/sweetness.

The prolific songwriter and smooth performer, has already released five songs for the 2020 season — 1) "38 Grams" (below), 2) "Plenty," 3) "Culture Is We," 4) "I See," and 5) "Take It."

Already, the relatively young Shortpree has won three Groovy Crowns in Grenada: 2012 - "Spice Island Summer"; 2014 - "For the Sake"; and 2015 - "Dis Mas". Additionally, Shortpree has won Carriacou Carnival Roadmarch in 2001, 2012 and 2014; and Carriacou Soca Monarch in 2008.

- Gerry Hopkin, JD
Managing Editor & Consultant
Caribbean American Arts Review | CAAR

https://youtu.be/Jp8DCH1-TYs

Produced By Xpert Productions Connect With Xpert Productions: https://twitter.com/GoodFellaXpert https://fb.com/xpertproductions http://instagram.com/xpertpr...

01/19/2020
Who is Grammy Award winning musician Casey Benjamin

MEET THE CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN BROTHER WITH TWO GRAMMYS ('13&'15) + A NOMINATION ('09)

Born in Queens, NYC to a Grenadian father (Gentle Benjamin) and a Panamanian mother (Julieta Benjamin), CASEY BENJAMIN is a humble, quiet person, who is an extraordinary musician and a most deserving double Grammy Awardee.

Meet him or be reacquainted in the attached video:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=EZUaekrtowY

Caribbean American Arts Review (CAAR), salutes Casey and the other members of the band, The Robert Gasper Experiment, for their contributions to the corpus of credible, quality jazz music.

Casey Benjamin is a Grammy Award winning saxophonist, vocoderist, keyboardist, producer, songwriter and one of the original members of the Robert Glasper Exp...

CARIBBEAN-BORN SPOKEN WORD ARTISTE, JANELLE PARIS JOLLY, SET TO LAUNCH HER SECOND ALBUM — "SHE IS A RIVER"NYC; Jan. 9, 2...
01/09/2020

CARIBBEAN-BORN SPOKEN WORD ARTISTE, JANELLE PARIS JOLLY, SET TO LAUNCH HER SECOND ALBUM — "SHE IS A RIVER"

NYC; Jan. 9, 2020 — In an interview with Caribbean American Arts Review (CAAR), the St. Vincent and the Grenadines-born spoken word artiste, Janelle Paris Jolly, said the following about her new CD album of poetry:

"This project has been a fulfilling labour of love for me. The poems shared in this album are about self empowerment and using our God-given gifts to maximize our potential and realizing our purpose — the power of right surrender.

Regarding this release, I must first thank some awesomely talented Vincentians, whose work is featured in this production: Annette Stowe - for my cover design; Daneth “Doppie” Dopwell - who recorded, mixed and mastered the production; and Kerville Cosmos Jack - who shot the candid back cover photo. The lovely young lady on the back cover is my niece, Makyah, whose ‘response’ to “Girl in The Mirror” is a powerful piece called “I OWE IT TO MYSELF.”

Exceptional American photographer, Nick Carter, who captured the album cover photo, must also be thanked.

Thank you to all, for your love and support.

My Father, you did say:
'See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.' (Isaiah 43:19)

I am forever Yours, Lord." End of quote.

Objectively speaking, everything about this album is inspiring. The relevance of the topics chosen, the depth and scope of the treatment of each one, and the quality of the delivery of each — all compellingly inspire one to strive to realize her/his full potential, which translates into empowerment of communities and reversal of societal deficits.

To date, "She Is A River" has evolved beyond being a poem and spoken word piece. According to Janelle, "Besides being my album title track, 'She is a River' has already been presented on stage as musical theatre and those words will be the title of a book of poetry and prose, which will be released later this year."

"It’s a journey that has as it's primary purpose, spreading the redemptive power of God’s love and grace through the realization of our God-given potential," adds the Caribbean-American poet, Janelle Paris Jolly.

For now, copies of this outstanding poet's spoken word album, "SHE IS A RIVER," can be obtained by inboxing her at 'Jolly Reflections' on Facebook and direct messaging her at 'JollyReflections' on Instagram. Later on, copies will be made available online (www.jollyjanelle.com, etc.) and in record stores.

This is Janelle's second spoken word album. Her first one which was released in 2018, is entitled "Spirit Soul and Body." The beautiful, talented and brilliant Janelle is also a former National Netball player of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). Additionally, she is a trained journalist who previously served as an anchor/reporter on SVG TV and subsequently at Marpin TV in Dominica.

- Gerry Hopkin, JD
Managing Editor & Consultant

THE GLORY XPERIENCE | 3.14.2020 | B'KLYNThe GLORY XPERIENCE is not just another gospel concert. Instead, it's a positive...
01/09/2020

THE GLORY XPERIENCE | 3.14.2020 | B'KLYN

The GLORY XPERIENCE is not just another gospel concert. Instead, it's a positive, uplifting, well-established and beautifully branded, popular, community event which celebrates spirituality and cultural talents — singing, dancing, playing of musical instruments — all to the GLORY of GOD.

FOR MORE INFO, you may inbox Producer, Songwriter, Singer & Evangelist, IJEAL A. JOSEPH, on his page, or give him a CALL at 347-777-6362. Additionally, you may CALL 347-350-4285 — Hopkins Consulting Group LLC.

TAKING STEELPAN MUSIC FURTHER — in every school | Just in case you missed this recently announced, awesome initiative fo...
01/05/2020
MoE to hire 120 music instructors for Pan in All Schools project

TAKING STEELPAN MUSIC FURTHER — in every school |

Just in case you missed this recently announced, awesome initiative for the preservation, full appreciation and continued development of steelpan music in Trinidad and Tobago — Pan In All Schools Project.

May every carnival celebrating nation in the Caribbean, adopt a similar policy.

http://www.looptt.com/content/moe-hire-120-music-instructors-pan-all-schools-project

Education Minister Anthony Garcia is hopeful that some of the negative feelings students experience which contribute to their disruptive behaviour, will be eliminated thr

KURT "BARDJOHN" ALLEN RELEASES AN INSTANT CARIBBEAN CLASSIC, ENTITLED "JUSTICE" |  Shortknee Soca is HereBy Gerry Hopkin...
12/30/2019

KURT "BARDJOHN" ALLEN RELEASES AN INSTANT CARIBBEAN CLASSIC, ENTITLED "JUSTICE" | Shortknee Soca is Here

By Gerry Hopkin, JD

NYC; Dec. 29, 2019 — Kurt "Bardjohn" Allen, Andy "Lakay" Purcell, The Hermitage Shortknee Masqueraders, producer Andrew “Hitz” Phillips and music engineer Parry Jack, would as of today be to the Shortknee beat in Soca music, what Flying Turkey, Singing MC, Tallpree and Moss International were decades ago to the Jab Jab beat in Soca. Just as the latter artistes and musicians brought the Jab Jab beat off the streets and into the studio and then on our airwaves and into our dancehalls, so too, the singer of this song – Bardjohn, the writers of this song – Bardjohn and Lakay, the producer – Andrew “Hitz” Phillips, and the background vocalists – Choc’late Allen and the Hermitage Shortknee Masqueraders, along with engineer Parry Jack, have taken this ole mas beat to the studio, into our listening devices and onto the floors of our clubs.

So thanks mainly to Kurt "Bardjohn" Allen, a new sub-genre in soca is born — and we may call it 'Shortknee Soca.'

This well rendered composition by Kurt "Bardjohn" Allen, is certainly destined for greatness. Allen lucidly captures the spirit of folk-Kaiso with stirring, poignant, telling social commentary. Then he takes this captured spirit and he marries it to a Shortknee tempo within the established 100 to 140 beats per minute bracket, which qualifies the song as a classic groovy soca.

This he does, ably complemented by Lakay and the background singing Shortknee Masqueraders of Hermitage, St. Patrick Grenada. Together they epitomize the folk sound of Trinidad & Tobago's and Grenada's carnival, with the call-and-response chants and the hypnotic beat of the Shortknee mas.

Only a true bard and an authentic group of Shortknee mas players working with a brilliant producer (Phillip) and sound engineer (Jack) could have given us this one.

A note regarding who may have indirectly or directly inspired Kurt "Bardjohn" Allen and all the others who contributed to this watershed/landmark tune: Let's be sure to give credit where it its due. I would be remiss if I fail to here mention and recognize the early work of Grenada's deceased Tangler, himself a Shortknee player and an artiste who previously explored using some elements of the vocal intonations and the sound of the tiny bells utilized by Shortknee masqueraders, in his 2002 tune, "No Work, No Food Tonight" and in his 2007 song, "Clothes in the Road." Although Tangler didn't go all the way (as far as Kurt "Bardjohn" Allen has just gone) with the infusion of the Shortknee style and formalities in his renditions, there is certainly a hint of the Shortknee beat in those earlier songs. However, Bardjohn along with Lakay, Phillips and the Hermitage Shortknee Masqueraders, have now completely taken the incorporation of the Shortknee beat into Soca, all the way — with all of the bells and whistles included.

And now for another note, this one regarding Grenada's Shortknee Mas: a traditional form of mas which incorporates African practices with European fashion, to weave a uniquely Grenadian cultural product, which has spread to Trinidad and Tobago and elsewhere in the Diaspora.

Shortknee can be seen and heard doing their street theatre in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, Trinidad and Tobago and in Brooklyn, NYC, during carnival celebrations in those locations. In fact, they can be seen and heard from almost a mile away, based on the following features: a) the hovering clouds of powder (which they throw as they dance and move, especially when approaching spectators who may pay-up if they want to be spared a powder bath) identifying their path from a distance away; b) colorful costumes, masked faces and light-reflecting mirrors on their fronts and backs, which can't be missed; and c) ringing bells held and attached to various parts of the bodies and costumes of masqueraders, which complement and maintain the beat of the cutting lyrical call-and-response chants. Generally, the chants or songs sung by shortknee masqueraders, tend to cover controversial local political topics and breaking news, and Bardjohn's song makes no exception.

Music writers, analysts and historians, would be writing and talking about Kurt "Bardjohn" Allen's landmark song, "Justice," for quite a while — and justifiably so.

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- Gerry Hopkin, JD
Managing Editor & Consultant
Caribbean American Arts Review | CAAR

LINK to Kurt "Bardjohn" Allen's Song — "JUSTICE":
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3QQdxsYZAI&feature=emb_share#

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