I shared this back in 2015 but just retrieved the video link and felt like sharing again. It’s from Season 2 of the Swedish programme Popreel. Producer Pamela Taivassalo Wikholm came here and interviewed a number of local artistes.
Including yours truly.
The globe trotting programme explores different cultures and is even used in schools in Sweden.
Episode one of season 2 includes pan players from the Antigua Girls High School with a number of the players explaining where pan fits in to their school, life, and culture. “It’s really electric and it makes you want to dance,” one (Ken-Nyse Lynch) said.
Episode two spotlights some of the opportunities opened up for young sailors in Antigua and Barbuda via the sailing academy. “After I’ve finished being a dinghy instructor here I’m going to try to get on a boat…something on the ocean where you could just go round, see the world; that’s what I really want to do, travel the world,” one (Janeild Smith) said.
I am in episode 3. I shared a reading from my novel Musical Youth and talked about how my history and culture and “this pepperpot of language” informs my work.
Episode 4 spotlighted visual artist Mark Brown and per the show’s teaser “a naked, pregnant nun” from his Angel in Crisis series. “The main aim of the Angel in Crisis series was to bring a sort of humanness …to the people who have to bear the burden of conforming to what society thinks of them,” Mark said.
Episode 5 begins with soca star Tian Winter who spoke about wanting to sing and about his hopes that soca and calypso will someday be as big as other global art forms. “If you have a dream, don’t let anybody, not your mother, not your brother, kill your vibe.”
Can’t argue with that.
Watch all the episodes of season 2 of Popreel here.
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