ETA: We’re also in the classroom. See this this Teachers’ Guide to Popreel to see how the producers and education administrators are creating intersections between popular culture (Antiguan, global) and the (Swedish) classroom.
Pamela Taivassalo Wikholm travelled from Sweden to Antigua in 2015 and interviewed a handful of local artistes – Joanne C. Hillhouse (writer), Tian Winter (singer), Mark Brown (painter); see interview links for all three below.
w/Joanne C. Hillhouse (on Popreel radio):
“The writers from here that I knew, and I have great respect for them, were the calypso writers -people like Shelly Tobitt and Marcus Christopher -because when I was coming up calypso was the literature that I would hear that had some relevance to my community; the other literature that we read was mostly from America or from Britain.”
“The characters come to me. They don’t always reveal their stories fully, so for me writing is a journey of discovery. Like I can’t always see where it’s going but I’m kind of wandering my way through it and trying to figure out what is it all about.” – Antiguan and Barbudan writer Joanne C. Hillhouse on Sweden’s Popreel TV.
“If it’s singing, just sing; someone will hear you, something will happen.”
“If you have a dream, don’t let anybody, no one, not your mother, not your brother, no one, kill that vibe, kill that dream out of you, don’t let them out that fire.” – Antiguan and Barbudan soca artist Tian Winter on Sweden’s Popreel radio.
w/Mark Brown (on Popreel radio):
“I need to paint things that people are not saying enough, and people find hard to say, and hard to encounter, and hard to read, and hard to speak about.”
“At that time I didn’t know what it was called but I knew that I lived in a very imaginary world.” – Antiguan and Barbudan artist, Mark Brown’s interview on the Popreel TV programme on Swedish TV.