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The play Anansi and the Poinsettia Tree
tells the story of how trickster Anansi pro-
vides for his family at Christmas during a
recession. Written by Eintou Pearl Springer,
it is being put on by the Indigenous Creative
Arts Network (Ican) and the students of San
Juan South Secondary.
Reheem Bain, the student who plays An-
ansi, said that while he’s a bit nervous, he’s
enjoying the experience and the story. Lashun-
da Waldron, playing Anansi’s wife, said she
finds being in the play really terrific and she
likes that the story is “about how to go about
doing things the right way instead of trying
to cheat your way out of things, so it’s really
encouraging and it’s a learning process.”
Kamiylah Alexander, who portrays the Poin-
settia Tree, said this is her first time acting with
Ican and it’s really enjoyable. “I’m looking for-
ward to when we perform in front of everyone
to let them see what we worked really hard to
Dara Healey, co-founder of Ican, said the
group wanted to do something for Christmas
that “would feature the young people and An-
ansi and the Poinsettia Tree seemed to be the
perfect play because it is such a heart-warming
story about values and sharing and community.
We thought it would achieve a lot in terms of
teaching the children theatre but also using
our local traditions to teach values as well.”
She said Ican has had a relationship with the
school for the last few years, as they worked
with them to produce the Camboulay for the
Junior Carnival. “We realised the students are
very talented and very interested in theatre as
a means of expressing themselves and showing
off their talents, so we thought it would be
good to continue the work we’re doing with
them outside of Carnival as well.”
Healey said one of the main difficulties is
finding a time and place for everyone to re-
hearse, as the school is currently on a shift
system and classroom space is also limited.
Healey is doing movement and choreog-
raphy, while former Copyright Organisation
(Cott) president Ryan Romany is co-ordinating
the parang element. A parang CD produced by
the school will be on sale, along with books and
refreshments, as the event is a joint fund-raiser
for Ican and the students of the school.
Healey said the play is the second fund-raiser
for Ican for the year and the group plans to
continue such fund-raising.
The play will run from December 9- 11 at
the St George’s College auditorium, Barataria.
Find the Indigenous Creative Arts Network, Ican,
on Facebook, email firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call San Juan South Secondary School at
638-2271 or 638-0233.
San Juan teens team up with Ican for Christmas play
It’s that time of the year again. The an-
nual jointpop concert, Noise and Toys, will
he held on December 8, at Shakers on the
For the past 12 years, local rock’n’roll band
jointpop has hosted and performed at this
toy collection concert.
The show also doubles as the jointpop
Christmas office party and it’s always well
attended and a fun-filled night, the band
said in a press release.
This will be the last jointpop gig of 2016.
In August this year the band did its fourth
successful UK tour. It included gigs at the
Belladrum Festival and the Mugstock Festival
They also attended and performed at the
XpoNorth Music conference and showcase
festival in Inverness, Scotland in April.
In March, London-based indie label
Flicknife Records released a four-song EP
by jointpop, This is Radio TNT.
The Noise and Toys concert costs $60
entry, plus a gift-wrapped toy with a label
or note with the information of gender and
the age group of the child. All the toys are
collected on the night and then distributed to
various unprivileged children’s homes across
the country. No toy guns please.
Doors at the venue open at 8 pm and the
live concert starts at 10 pm.
More info: Visit the various jointpop social
jointpop on the Portobello Road, London. PHOTO COURTESY JEFF MOH
Noise and Toys next week
arranged to use some of her jewelry in a
One day Erykah Badu sat at a cafe to watch
a sidewalk show of Sheppard-Duncan's de-
signs. This was just before the singer's career
took off with Tyrone.
“I didn't know who she was,” said Shep-
pard-Duncan. The Essence rep called and
said someone wanted to use her clothes in
a photo shoot. The rep “pulled” some piec-
es, Sheppard-Duncan recalled, “and Erykah
started wearing my clothes.”
Sheppard-Duncan and a partner briefly
ran a boutique in Woodbrook that they even-
tually closed because “funky” stuff “was
hard to sell in Trinidad,” she said. Now she
feels more Trinidadians and Tobagonians
have become more adventurous.
She debuted a clothing collection for the
first time in T&T last year and is also selling
similarly themed home decor items, baskets
and bags under the label Sykadellic Shack.
Her clothing designs, dominated by long
dresses, skirts and long loose pants, often
pair mid-20th-century elegance with the
loud colours and geometric designs of fabric
from Africa and Asia. This year's collection
featured many dresses with bow-neck or
tuxedo blouses, full sleeves and shin-length
“It’s a little bit of Audrey Hepburn in my
funk,” said Sheppard-Duncan, referring to
the late British actress also celebrated for
her elegant style.
This year Sheppard-Duncan added a lot
of shorts and crop tops to her collection.
The standout looks paired short strapless
blouses with playful pom pom fringe, with
shorts made of fabric with intricate patterns.
“I'm now getting a younger generation,”
“I never had 21-, 19-, 18-year-olds really
wanting to wear my collection.
“I usually design for a funky adult woman
because the younger generation wouldn't
understand my kind of funk,” she said.
“But now since they're coming around I
said let me have something for them.”
Sheppard-Duncan's style is heavily in-
fluenced by the Maasai people in Kenya.
They wear brightly coloured togas, layers
of jangling jewelry and long braided hair
extensions. She lived with them for six
months in 2004 and has returned over the
years for shorter visits, including one with
Erykah Badu in 2012.
Warriors Walk Alone opened with two
men dressed similarly to Maasai warriors,
performing a version of the traditional Maa-
sai jumping dance, accompanied by tassa
She first discovered the Maasai while
studying at FIT and she was looking for
inspiration in the library.
“One day I was looking through this mag-
azine and I saw this dude with the clay on
his face, the spear and the wigs. I was mes-
merised,” she said.
“They're funky,” she said. “And they don't
try to be.”
Afrofunkk’s new collection gets funky
From Page B3
Tobagonian designer Delia Alleyne will launch her
new collection and retail space at The Normandie
on December 10. Called the Angel Collection, it is
dedicated to make-up artist Angel Cumberbatch
“for her support over the years to the designer
and for the love of make-up,” said a brief note
sent by the designer’s PR agency the Fashion
Arch. The launch takes place from 3-6 pm, and
there will be make-up demos, a capsule presenta-
tion, and refreshments available.
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