Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 12th 2016 Contents JOANNE BRIGGS
Last Friday was Ozy Merrique’s
final day at the spot he has kept at
Cipriani Boulevard for the past year
and half. The spot was his creative
space to paint and make music.
Now he has decided to move on
because he has a bigger project in
Ozy Merrique was known in earlier
days as leader of the rapso group
HomeFront which was popular in
the 90s when Kiskadee Karavan pre-
sented and produced the next gen-
eration of T&T creatives.
After a successful run, Merrique
continued working on music—he has
four albums since then. He was also
producing art, starting off with t-
While some used the power of
commercial enterprise, Merrique pre-
ferred the idea of artistic uniqueness,
creating one-of-a -kind pieces that
reflected his trademark style.
“But by the third week, I had to
insert some degree of hustle in selling
the t-shirts,” he said, laughing.
“I so believe in the art and music,
to hard-sell it would mean to dimin-
He has always been a one-man
crew, he said. The space at Cipriani
was meant to be activated for live
performances—which he often
announced via social media.
Facebook became a virtual exhi-
bition of his art on canvas. Before,
he worked from home and now he
returns home to continue his art.
But this time, he has online out-
reach as well as some well-positioned
pieces at a few popular spots in
Woodbrook as his call-card should
anyone want to reach him directly.
His next major task is the launch
of his new collection of music titled
BWA which Merrique said is drawn
from two main sources—Bois
Caiman, a voodoo ceremony in Haiti
and Bois, as in the tradition of the
gayelle which Trinidadians know as
the holding place for stickfighting.
According to The Louverture Proj-
ect online, Bois Caiman, or its krey-
olised name Bwa Kayiman, is the
site of the vodou ceremony presided
over by Boukman Dutty and Cecile
Fatiman on August 14, 1791.
It is widely accepted as the starting
point for the Haitian Revolution.
August 14 is also the date of Mer-
rique’s EP launch.
As for the gayelle, Merrique saw
the fighting ring as the “cauldron”
of many ideas—manhood, lyrical face
offs, the early beginnings of calypso.
The mixture of the two concepts,
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Artist Ozy Merrique gives up Cipriani Blvd
launches EP on Sunday
he said, was about expression of
individuality and independence—
something which he has done for
most of his artistic life.
“I have been recording all the time.
I had an album out almost two years
ago—a Part I called Dog Eye Yampee
and Part II called Twice Bitten.
“Then there was the Electric Mon-
grel and I did eight new songs. This
time, I am combining with some older
music as a collector’s item.
“The challenge is not doing the
work so it wouldn’t be broadcast. My
work is experimental in approach to
“There is no reference point in the
media unless you are listening to me
at Trevor’s (Tavern located in St
Augustine) where I often perform,”
His music does not revolve around
doing music by or before Carnival
season, he added. He will keep his
indigenous, T&T style.
“For the past ten to 15 years, I have
done mid-year shows, had open mic,
different concepts to activate artistes
not inside the Carnival. I can’t say
I have figured it out, but I
have a long list of
what not to do,” he said.
In addition to his music, he wants
to put on film, A Beautiful Place—
a screenplay which he wrote in the
time of the Merikins’ arrival to
Trinidad in 1812.
The mystical love story follows
a young slave girl, Sola on a plan-
tation who fell in love with a soldier.
She also grew up with a boy on
the plantation whom she met in
the forest. Young lovers are always
chosen by the village and once
approved, the couple are allowed
to eat a special fruit in order to find
the Beautiful Place.
Since the village chose the solider
for Sola, the young slave got jealous,
killed him and chopped the tree.
“I want to put that on plate num-
ber one of priority,” Merrique said.
“Hopefully, next year for the
TTFF (Trinidad and Tobago Film
Liquor Licence Act
Notice is hereby given
that by lawful authority
under the Provision of Li-
quor Licences Act Chap-
ter 84:10, the Licensing
Committee for Licensing
District of Caroni has
August 25th, 2016 at
the hour of 9.00 a.m at
Court as the day, hour
and place at which a
Special Session will be
held to hear and deter-
mine the application of:
(a) Terry Jack, Terrence
(b) (b) #75 Corner John &
Vincent Streets Montrose
(c) Special Restaurant
premises situated at #75
Corner John & Vincent
Streets Montrose, Cha-
Dated this Tuesday 2nd
August, 2016 at Chagua-
nas Magistrates’ Court.
Chaguanas Magistrates’ Court
In addition to his
music, he wants to
put on film, A
screenplay which he
wrote in the time of
the Merikins’ arrival
to Trinidad in 1812.
The mystical love
story follows a
young slave girl, Sola
on a plantation who
fell in love with a
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