Issue 1.2 - St. Kitts & Nevis

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“I sing everything!” “Before I did Soca, I used to do Reggae, Dancehall, R&B.”

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Editor’s Letter

relevant is higher than before. Expect new ideas on our socials, more videos, live events, more artistes, more content.

This first issue takes us to St Kitts & Nevis’s historical country, where we analyzed the backbone of their culture and enjoy the strides Hello Insiders. made by Sugar Mas. We sampled their mouthelcome to our first edition for 2021. watering main dish and spent some time with Although we are in March, allow me the proud Soca talent – Nicha B. to extend well wishes to you, our readers, for 2021. As we briefly look over our After discovering so much from these two shoulders, we admire the view from the heights beautiful islands, St Kitts and Nevis are we’ve attained. We remember the support and definitely on our to-go list. encouragement we received as we prepare for SPECIAL THANKS the journey ahead. The Inside Soca team would like to express a The year 2020 was a definite challenge and a SPECIAL THANK YOU to the following revelation of all our creativity, determination persons who played an integral part in our first and spirit. We successfully published six issues issue for 2021. of unique content despite not being able to be physically present at any events, socializing and Michelle Mahony ( Angel of Fitness) – Fitness enjoying our culture. We could not have chosen video a more challenging year to launch, but that did Burnell Mckenna – Artist not prevent us from pushing through, heeding Reecie – Junior Artist MIXGOD – Cocktails the call for content while stuck at home. Last year we featured Carnivals from Trinidad Nicha B – Artiste and Tobago/Dominica/Jamaica/Berlin/ Nkese P – Artiste Grenada, and Notting Hill, all overflowing Garcelle Wilson – Video with energy and excitement but displayed their Soca Funhouse - Music unique style. We’ve made a lot of friends along Cliff O’Neill - Food the way and continue to build and cherish those CREATIVE DESIGNS – Hair products Dr Ava Brown (@themangogirl2) relationships. Kadian Pow (@BBNaturalsUK) 2021 brings new hope, new dreams and Tashan (@earth_elixir.haircare) enhanced ambition. We have partnered with Aaron Wallace (@byaaronwallace) several platforms worldwide to continue VP Royals (@vproyal) providing exciting content while discovering Paula Francis (@superfoodlx) and showcasing emerging talent. Although so Murielle (@fychaircare) far this year, we continue to socially distance and remaining at home whilst most Carnivals may again be cancelled, our determination to Kerlon Winchester keep the culture moving and individual talents Editor

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DESIGNERS Creative Designs A platform to showcase the creative work of some talented Designers

HEALTH Health and Fitness

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POLLS PeopleMeter An opinion poll, where you the followers have your say.

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Nicha B Interview with St Kitts and Nevis Rising Star

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Inside the Closet Monochrome Magic

Nkese P Trinidad and Tobago’s latest breakout artiste

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CULTURE Main feature St Kitts and Nevis A historical look at St Kitts and Nevis and the origin of St Kitts and Nevis’ Sugar Mas.

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MUSIC Ultimate Soca Chart

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FOOD Inside the Kitchen A feature of St Kitts and Nevis national dish.

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HEALTH & FITNESS

Movement is the key to maintaining Health and Well Being Written by: Sheryl Moore BSc hons (DN) BSc (Nursing Studies) DipHE (RN)

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he Christmas food fest is over, Valentines Day chocolates all eaten, lockdown in the United Kingdom (UK) continues, although the end maybe near. Now is the time if you haven’t thought about it to get moving and think about doing some form of light exercise. As gyms remain closed, home exercise is the way to go. Home exercises maybe ideal in the first instance if you are not very active or new to exercise, however, you must do it safely. Exercise can also help WWW.INSIDESOCA.COM

with improving your mobility. A healthy balanced diet alongside regular exercise is essential in maintaining physical/mental health and well being, preventing excess weight gain or maintaining weight loss. Nutrition is also an important factor for fitness. Eating a well balanced diet will help to get the calories and nutrients you need to fuel your daily activities (Sullivan-Kilroy 2019). Healthier lifestyles are also associated with improved sleep and mood. Physical activity actually improves brain-related 7

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function and outcomes (Lorenzi et al 2013). The National Health Service (NHS UK) agrees and states that no matter how much you do, physical activity is good for your body and mind. Adults should aim to be active every day, some is good – more is better still (NHS UK). The aim here is to get active, loose weight and quit smoking (if you do). You can find details of where to find this information at the end of this article. Here at Inside Soca Magazine we want to ensure that our readers at least think about starting some simple exercises, at home to ‘get moving’ again. In doing so, we sat down with fitness instructor Michelle Mahoney aka Angel of Fitness, for a chat.

Michelle is a qualified Fitness Instructor and has started her own exercise and fitness brand ‘Angel of Fitness’. Michelle was inspired by Maria Vegas (Kick Box Aerobics) and Delvin Clarke (Vibe Cycle), these were her favourite classes at the gym and who encouraged Michelle to become a Fitness Instructor. Greg Francis (Fit2Fite) also encouraged Michelle to start her brand. In our interview, Michelle shares why she became a Fitness Instructor, her motivation during the coronavirus lockdown, her life and plans for the future. Michelle has also created her own merchandise including baseball hats and t-shirts and towels. T-shirts available are male/female are available in various colours and sizes.

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You can find Michelle on: Instagram: @angel0ffitness Facebook: angel0fittness Email: angeloffitness727@gmail.com Twitter: @angeloffitness.

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Interview with Michelle Mahoney Michelle will be doing a short work out video to get us all started. If you have any underlying medical illnesses, please seek medical advice before you exercise.

Michelle’s short workout video

Sources: www.nhs.uk/betterhealth/get-active Lorenzi et al. Physical activity and the brain: A review of this dynamic bi-directional relationship. Brain Research. 2013: 95-104 Sullivan Kilroy, D. (2019) Eating the Right Foods for Exercise. https://www.healthline.com/ health/fitness-exercise-eating-healthy P1-26 WWW.INSIDESOCA.COM

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PEOPLE METER Where our very own Instagram followers, #Insiders have their say! On the 22nd of February, the UK’s Prime Minister, Mr Boris Johnson, unveiled the plan to end England restrictions by June 21st. On June 21st, it is hoped that all legal limitis on social contact will be removed, with businesses such as nightclubs reopening. With this news, we asked our followers if they’d be taking advantage of this June date for their first fete and do they feel like waiting a little bit longer to be apart of bigger crowds. See their response below: Surprisingly, it was a straight 50/50 split.

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Inside the Closet - WomenBy: R. Okonfo

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Inside the Closet - WomenBy: R. Okonfo

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St. Kitts and Nevis: A Historical Look

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he Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis “The Gibraltar of the West Indies”, serves as one twin island country, separated by “The Narrows” (a 2-mile/3kilometer channel) bordered by the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. St. Kitts, the larger of the two islands is a mere 68 sq. mi, while Nevis is almost half the size at 36 sq. mi with a combined population of approximately 53,200 residents.

of the first islands Christopher Columbus set his eyes on in 1492, naming both islands. St. Christopher, named in his own honor and Nevis, Spanish for Nuestra Señora de las Nieves which means Our Lady of the Snows because of what appeared to be snow on Nevis Peak. At least two other groups of indigenous people inhabited St. Kitts and Nevis, including the Arawak’s and the Kalinago people or ‘Island Caribs’ prior to the arrival of the Spanish. They named St. Kitts, “Liamuiga” meaning “fertile island”, which was very fitting; you can grow almost anything in St. Kitts. Unlike neighboring Dominica, the native people of both islands did not survive the savagery of each group of colonizers that arrived on the twin islands. Sadly there is very little left of their archeological footprint. St. Kitts’ first sustained visitors were the British and then the French in the mid-1600; almost 130 years after Columbus claimed the island for the Queen of Spain, and they subsequently united to massacre the existing natives including the Kalinago people. After killing off their unwanted ‘guests’, both A Map of St Kitts and Nevis the British and French briefly shared areas independently. The tug-of–war that ensued This Eastern Currency destination was one lasted 100’s of years with St. Kitts changing WWW.INSIDESOCA.COM

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hands multiple times, after battles, new treaties and short-lived co-inhabitation. The capital of St. Kitts has a French name, Basseterre and my mother’s birthplace, is a small reminder of their tumultuous past. St. Kitts was the very first island to become a British Colony, a very heavy price to pay for its future unwilling inhabitants for 100’s of years to come. I am feeding you food for thought, chew slowly. I feed you the knowledge to understand why we may be different from other Caribbean islands, we are undoubtedly unique and equally-yoked with other destinations, but must own our place in history as the birthplace of horrendous indigenous genocide, 200 plus years of forced agricultural labour, multiple violent battles for territorial control and its latent impact on the current inhabitants. Due to the importation of African slaves, St. Kitts thrived, however, Nevis was not as successful agriculturally consistently due to natural disasters and repeated battles for European ownership. Nevis became the richest British Colony by 1652 with only 50 years of sugarcane mass produced by slaves. Saint Kitts became the richest British Colony, per capita in the Caribbean at the same time the United States was being formed in 1776. How’s your meal thus far? I assure you the fun part is coming. (This is personal to me. It is a right-of passage to be able to write about my foundation. My grandmother was a Nevisian, my mother and four of my seven siblings Kittians). If we may return to the previous paragraph please. It is hard to imagine what my ancestors were enduring to secure wealth and riches for the same individuals that had been met with a WWW.INSIDESOCA.COM

fierce fight for independence in the Americas simultaneously. Understanding from whence we cometh is essential, at least theoretically to ones trajectory. Needless to say, slavery and all that comes with being classified as property or perhaps as good as livestock, coupled with a life expectancy of approximately 8 to 12 years upon arrival to toil was harsh, unbearable and inhumane. In the 1700’s Africans outnumbered Whites 2:1, yet voyages from the Middle Passage continued for another 180 years to the lush twin island federation. The tale of St. Kitts and Nevis from the 1700’s to the 1800’s is one that is similar to most islands; the desire to garner power and build wealth outweighed regard for humanity for centuries without rescue. No Nanny, no Harriet or Sojourner to lead the captives through the night to safety, freedom and independence; the twin island remained heavily reliant on the production of sugar for 365 years, ending in 2005. St. Kitts and Nevis has weathered their share of storms while remaining tucked neatly under the wing of the Queen of England. Yuh nuh full yet? The 14 parishes of the Twin Island Federation dance to their own beat at times, each holding strong to their political affiliations and allegiances and adjusting to the shift from production to seduction as in attracting tourists. Nevis which is more tourist friendly having more sites of interests such as the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton, Bath Spring and the Bath Hotel which dates back to 1778 was the first resort in the Caribbean. The hotel is now defunct, however you may still indulge in the volcanic springs, especially after your carnival vacation to St. Kitts to experience Sugar Mas!! On St. Kitts, proper sugar production is a thing of the past, with a literacy rate of 97% overall, many residents have administrative careers 15

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attached to not only tourism, government careers, but also in one of the many institutions of higher learning. US, International and Interregional students flock to St. Kitts as a choice and alternate option when unable to secure a seat in a stateside medical school. Windsor University School of Medicine, Ross University of Veterinary Medicine and the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College accept students into their halls of higher learning graciously.

borders have been open since October 2020. Unfortunately Sugar Mas 49 was purely virtual for 2021, but visitors are more than welcome to come down and lime with our very friendly residents and the of course the monkeys!

The monkeys come out after 5pm looking for food and interacting with the tourist. This is Shipwreck Beach Bar and Grill on St. Kitts. Photo by Island Vibes

The Hamilton House, Charlestown, Nevis. Basseterre is home to Port Zante and based The current structure was rebuilt from the on the current cruise ship schedule, Kittians ruins of the house where it was thought that and Nevisians are eagerly awaiting your arrival Alexander Hamilton was born and lived as a on either Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Princess, Windstar or Norwegian Cruise lines. If you young child. Photo by Daniel Farrell want to experience Nevis, hop on a Seabourn, Star Clippers or Silverseas ship for an awesome laid back vacation in the sun less than 3 miles away. The forced indefinite servitude experienced centuries ago still harvests a great deal of longstanding emotional, racial, social and economic costs directly and indirectly to all, however their descendants’ remain resilient, Bath Hotel and Spring House Built in 1778, the Bath Hotel was once a savvy, smart and resourceful and skillful at playground for the rich and famous who came remaining relevant; remaining quietly dormant to Nevis to take in the therapeutic, hot spring like there resident volcanoes and equally hot baths. Photo by Nevisisland.com like lava. Cheers to perseverance, pride and purpose; as Kittians and Nevisian like to say: One last bite. We born “Trong” (minus the S of course, because that would surely make us soft!). The future of St. Kitts and Nevis is stable, but due to the current Covid -19 pandemic there has been a slight decline in tourism, however, their WWW.INSIDESOCA.COM

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Sugar Mas HOW SWEET IT IS Written by: Starrlett Roberts

You Can’t Make Sugar without Sugar Cane: The Cultivation of Carnival

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ach time I write a piece about any Caribbean Carnival, I always reference Trinidad as the initial cultural influencer in the development of most, if not all of the carnivals in the Caribbean diaspora. St. Kitts and Nevis’s National Carnival is no different. African captives brought with them their cultural rituals, customs and ingenuity which heavily shaped the origins of self-expression under harsh conditions. By the 1920’s, “Christmas Sports” (what they playfully called the activities that included performing and dressing in character in celebration of their rich folklore) happened during you guessed it, the Christmas Season. During this short one week reprieve; one and all would take to the streets! Beginning Christmas Eve straight to New Year’s day participating in performance folklore including; Niega/Neaga Business, Clowns, David and Goliath, Cakewalk, The Bull, The Mummies, Actors, Masqueraders, Cowboys and Indians.

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Long before the commercialization of Sugar Mas, St. Kitts and Nevis Nationals assembled in groups or joined “troupes” to partake in the festivities of Christmas Sports in an organized well-thought out manner. This annual artistic depiction of their latent talents’, personal sentiments, social agenda and/or political climate at that present time. Neaga Business troupes notoriously aired out the “dirty laundry” of the day with their skits during Christmas Sports. Surely, the majority populous of indentured laborers’ overall feeling of “All toil and no play 357 days of the year” could never be understated; they were gravely disadvantaged and eagerly awaited their opportunity to be empowered. Middle Class black Intelligentsia were on the rise in St. Kitts and did not necessarily champion this form of representation by the black working class in the presence of the white business and plantation owners an viewed it as a threat. “For the plantation workers, who were always regimented on the estates this was a time to “Leh go”. It was a time when they could make fun of the social sins of the planters and the overseers and the white population

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in general. The often vulgar behavior of the performers became a subject of resentment among the emerging black intelligentsia. They feared that their blackness and their Creole origins would put them on a par with the performers in the eyes of the white administration and that this would diminish their potential to gain status in a white dominated society.” (O’ Flaherty, 2018). Needless to say Christmas Sports participation and performance declined significantly due to the internal opposition, inter-island and international immigration to neighboring islands and to England in the 1950’s. My mother who was born in the 1940’s expressed a great deal of mixed-feelings when speaking of her native island of birth. I recall her describing a very one-sided approach to most things; if you were on the “wrong side”, it appears your perspective would be disregarded. The powerless workingclass fled for better economic/educational opportunities and tucked in their luggage was a great deal of the early culture of St. Kitts and Nevis. Yuh Can’t Plant Corn…. With no true investment nor commitment to the Federations’ first cultural art form from the government; normal citizens assigned themselves the role of “cultural ambassadors’ of Christmas Sports and the beginning of Carnival as we know it today in St. Kitts and Nevis. Against all odds, men like Donald L. Matheson (supported the continuation of Christmas Sports), Selwyn MacDonald “Lalaps” Liddle (legendary Clown Masquerader and Musician), and Basil Henderson (Steel Pan Pioneer) kept the old cultural staples alive even under scrutiny from the powers that be, overwhelming criticism and enormous personal sacrifice.

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Masqueraders 1950’s Carnival finally started to take shape with the addition of Steel Pan and Calypso as further forms of artistic expression thanks to Mr. Henderson. He traveled to, yes you guessed it Trinidad, and upon his return he intended to plant a great deal of musical and inspirational seeds for future harvest: “Basil Henderson, a community organizer had also assessed that Christmas was “losing its flavor,” the state of street folklore becoming worse each year. So at a meeting at Warner Park on 3rd September, 1957 he solicited help from the Basseterre community to form a Carnival committee in the hope that a Carnival would “encourage strangers and enhance trade.” https://www.historicstkitts.kn/items-ofinterest/a-carnival-journey On Dec 18th, 1957 after resounding support from the community and local business owners the first St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival was successfully launched in Warner Park inclusive of old and new cultural traditions that remain 64 years later. Take a peek at the inaugural week of carnival festivities in 1957: December 18th Official opening of Carnival season December 19th Fancy Dress Football Match at Warner Park December 20th Christmas tree lighting at Pall Mall Square 19

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December 21st Calypso contest at Warner Park December 23rd Steel Band recital at Pall Mall Square December 28th Choosing and crowning of Carnival Queen December 30th Procession of troupes, floats from Buckley’s to Warner Park January 1st 1958 Carnival Dance from 12:01am to 6.00am

Amazingly there was little or no interest in incorporating traditions of the past until St. Kitts and Nevis gained there independence in 1983, then a sense of pride started to develop and thus renewed interest in all that they had rejected for close to 30 years It is amazing that the elder Kittian cultural ambassadors, regardless of their agendas at the time, had the national/ racial pride, conviction and foresight to continue to fight for much needed respect, inclusion, and ultimately acceptance into the annual carnival celebrations of St. Kitts and Nevis. Reader, I assure you there is a proverbial silver lining to this journey; Kittians and Nevisians have worked hard over the years to develop their national carnival since it’s official 1971 inception, exceeding everyone’s expectations.’ By the time you are done reading you will be booking your next carnival destination to St. Kitts as an overdue Christmas gift for you and your best fete friends!

Harvest Time: Patience, Purpose, Pride Sugar Mas: The Alpha and Omega of the and Perseverance Caribbean Carnival Season The initial inception of carnival was not without resistance and disappointments; the inclusion of the traditional Christmas Sports in the carnival celebration caused some raised eyebrows from the plantation owners who were not thrilled at the idea of being chastised and mimicked as a form of entertainment. However, three was a great financial opportunity to be seized in investing in the idea of a national carnival and attract much needed visitors annually. Finally in 1971, the National Carnival Committee was formed and much like in the 1950’s and 60’s there was little interest in the formal adaptation of Christmas Sports in any of the carnival festivities. There was much fuss to ensure that their Queen Show Pageants and Calypso Shows were well orchestrated in addition to increasing bands for the road. WWW.INSIDESOCA.COM

St. Kitts Carnival kicks off in November of the previous year and ends in early January of the new year Symbolically, if you return annually, they are the Alpha and Omega of the Caribbean Carnival season! Essentially you end the year and start the New Year in St. Kitts. Why come to St. Kitts for Carnival you ask? Why not? I say. They are authentically original having had a rich history of their own, albeit well over a century after Trinidad’s inclusive inaugural carnival inception in 1834; St. Kitts and Nevis’ National Carnival are in a class by themselves. You have a whole year to prepare for your joyous and eventful voyage. Come see the beautiful lush island and meet their equally beautiful people. A typical in-person visit (funny how we must be very literal these days due to virtual capabilities and access) could

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span the entire month of December, however (2019) so you could experience Bacchanal Flag many visitors arrive two weeks before Last Lap and Wet Fete , however you should not miss . the opening of Sugar Mas Village nor ASAP’s Glow Parade which was on December 16th, 2019.

Revelers; Bacchanal Flag and Wet Fete

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Quiet Bank Street A.K.A “Tek Dat Avenue” transforms during carnival with plenty rum, music, food and fun this is the spot for many in between events or as an exciting night out with your friends. Colonial Bank (now Barclays Bank) was setup by the Royal Charter in 1836 to trade with the West Indies and has been in this vicinity for over 200 years. It is very fitting that the descendants of slaves who unwilling facilitated the generation of enormous wealth subsequently brought to this very location, can now jump up and wuk up freely in front of it. What a great way to say TEK DAT!! Check out Sugar Band on Tek Dat Avenue https://youtu.be/sbpHvAFc-ns

The spirit of carnival is an all-inclusive vibe not matter where you are, but in St. Kitts you just pay a little less! Some of the best fetes of the Sugar Mas 48 Season were: Top Off Brunch, Inception, Soca Seas, Carambola NYE, Real Right Boat Ride, Rotary Club of Liamuiga Charity Ball and Cane Juice Cooler Fete. There’s plenty to do typically each night has at least three events to choice from each day or night. Just in case you were wondering yes other artist come to support carnival, artists like Problem Child, Destra Garcia, Motto, Little Natty and Thunda, David Rudder and Famous DJ’s like DJ Puffy and Dr. Haze Make sure you pour a nice tall alcoholic drink and put on you track shoes as you get a glimpse of over two hours of “de real ting”; Sugar Mas 48 was a fun- filled, excitingly vibrant day. Next year be sure to pick your Carnival NO SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED Band early!! Here are three that are sure to give you an awesome New Year’s Day experience: Ultra Carnival, Majesty Carnival and Luxe “People’s Sugar”: “6 lbs. of sugar/ enh enough lbs. of Carnival Bands their lovely ladies looked sugar/cause de people just can’t get enough /cause it absolutely fabulous and all bands have male SWEET!! selections for you male feter’s. The Nu Vybes International Band claim in their 2001 Road March winning s o n g : h t t p s : / / w w w. y o u t u b e . c o m / watch?v=pw6YWnRFDQw

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During your down time make sure you put on your tourist hat and “darkers” (what the natives call sun shades) and explore St. Kitts and its beauty.

Sugar Mas 49: We’re In This Together!!

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“Come rain or shine/ we know that we’ll be fine/ knowing that/we’re in this together!” –2021 National Calypso Monarch Winner Queeny G Queeny G “We’re In This Together” Senior Calypso Finals December 29th, 2020 Sugar Mas 49- See how the Queen kept her crown! h t t p s : / / w w w. y o u t u b e . c o m / watch?v=W4UrfCqwQxI Unfortunately, after all the excitement you just read, viewed and although St. Kitts and Nevis boarders have been wide open for tourists, Sugar Mas 49 was virtual, with limited in –person audiences. Nonetheless, it was pretty damn good!! I am so proud of the production efforts made to ensure a safe and very streamlined experience via facebook. One thing for sure, all of the participants, artists, performers and technical directors nailed IT! Yet another first for the Twin Island Federation: First Ever Virtual Caribbean Carnival. Yes I know, nothing can beat the real thing, God-willing the 50th anniversary of Sugar Mas will be up close, in-person and back on the road. I hope to see all of you in December 2021, in the meantime remember to remain safe and “we can still stand tall/ knowing that/ we’re in this together!

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Burnell Mckenna

The Artist About the Painting: Original Watercolour Painting Cherry Plum (Prunus Cerasifera) Dimensions: 56 x 76 com/30 x 22 inches Medium: Watercolour on Hahnemuehle cold press watercolour paper Dublin Ireland January 2020 Bursting with rich colour, the juicy cherry plums are dark red and sophisticated looking fruits, They are ready to harvest in late July and early August which is when I spotted the tree’s novel reddish purpley leaves and finely serrated margins. I am a forager of wild fruit and berries and the lush, alluring fruit drew me in on one of my walks in my neighbourhood where the tree hung encouragingly over roadside as if seeking attention. I wanted to create a botanical portrait of the leaves and fruit immediately and upon my return preserved the beauty of a broken branch for a few days while I took the greatest pleasure in putting paint to paper. The painting of the leaves was a bit of a pleasant challenge, I really wanted to capture the mix of blue-green into red-purple of the leave and recreate the richness of the fruit. As a botanical artist I enjoy leaning into the details and found it really enjoyable as the details started coming true to life several watercolour layers later. This painting as many of my paintings do, taps into my deep appreciation of nature and the reason I am always captivated by its beauty and inspiration. This piece features on my website and was entered as one of my pieces in 2020 Sunday Times Watercolour 2020 competition; as well as Association of British Botanical Artists Purely Botanical 2020 Exhibition. I am immensely proud of having been about to capture this wonderful piece of nature. Instagram: @thatwatercolorlife

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Artwork by Reecie A young girl showing off one of her trendy outfits at home during the lockdown. A green crop top with a black skirt, complemented by hooped gold earrings.

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INSIDE THE KITCHEN Featuring the National Dish of St. Kitts and Nevis - Stewed salt-fish, spicy plantains, seasoned breadfruit, and coconut dumplings by Cliff O’Neill.

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STEWED SALT-FISH WITH SPICY PLAINTAINS, SEASONED BREADFRUIT AND COCONUT DUMPLINGS.

STEWED SALTFISH

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450g saltfish 1 green bell pepper diced 1 red bell pepper diced 1 yellow bell pepper diced 450g tomatoes chopped 5 cloves garlic chopped 4 tbsp vegetable oil 2 tbsp butter 6 spring onions finely chopped 1 small onion Salt Black pepper

-Chop, dice or grate the ingredients -Soak the saltfish overnight. -Boil the fish in fresh water until tender, for about 20 minutes. -Drain it before removing bones, scales and flakes. -Heat oil in a large pan. Add peppers, spring onions, onion

and garlic. Cover and cook over low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. -Add the tomatoes and simmer over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. -Add saltfish, butter, salt and pepper. Cover the stew and simmer over low heat for 5 Minutes.

SEASONED BREADFRUIT

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500g breadfruit unsalted and chopped into 2 ½ cm pieces. Roughly 3 cups 2 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tbsp butter ⅓ red bell pepper diced ⅓ green bell pepper diced ⅓ yellow bell pepper diced 1 onion chopped 4 garlic cloves crushed 125ml chicken broth ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp black pepper

-Serve with dumplings, salt-Melt butter in a heavy pan fish and spicy plantains. over medium heat, then add oil. Add onions and cook 5 to 8 minutes until golden, stir often. -Add garlic, thyme and chopped peppers, sauté for 30 seconds. -Remove from heat and add breadfruit with chicken broth or other prepared liquid. -Toss gently to blend and heat through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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COCONUT DUMPLINGS

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75g coconut flakes around ½ cup 220g wheat flour around 1½ cups ¼ tsp salt 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tbsp butter 125ml water

-Place flour, coconut, salt, butter and oil in a bowl. Gradually stir in water to make a stiff dough. -Turn onto a lightly floured board and knead for about 2 minutes. -Make dumplings in desired shape.

SPICY PLAINTAINS Ingredients 3 plantains cut into halves 2 tbsp grated ginger 1 small onion grated ¼ tsp salt ¼ tsp chili pepper finely chopped Vegetable oil

-Slide dumplings into boiling water. Cover and cook for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Instructions -Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Toss until mixed. Fry in batches until golden brown and cooked. -Remove and drain on paper towels.

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St. Kitts Rising Star

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During the final monarch show, a winner is Written By: Starrlett Roberts chosen, “crowned” nationally (from your island of origin) landing your eligibility to eventually compete in Trinidad’s International Soca Monarch, the benchmark for Soca Artists/ It’s hard to pin down a busy man, but we Calypsonians. finally caught up with St. Kitt’s very own Nicha B, who is now a member of Blaxx “During 2011 through 2016 we had the best National and D’Allstars, for an exclusive interview. Calypso Monarch Competition’s ever and then everything just went down the drain.”, you can hear icha B (Neecha B) is one of the the frustration in his voice as he explains; “It most versatile performers out of the became so bad that they ended up having it for free, so I twin-island of St. Kitts and Nevis. just started to do my own thing.” Calypso/Soca serve Nicha B is not one to be “boxed” in, which as a form of expression musically and vocally; is why we wanted to capture him while we it is the eye and ears of the people in many can! Nicha B, a former Secondary History regards. As we continued to speak, it was hard and Electrical Studies School Teacher in St. to contain the eagerness of Nicha B to be his Kitts, has stage performance in his blood. people’s eyes and ears and his disappointment His father, also named Nicha B, was a singer, when he felt he could no longer do so without drummer and songwriter for the “Coca Cola increased national support of his artform. Band” on international cruise ships, as recalled by his son. His mother, Sandra D, was a local Leaving St. Kitts to go to Trinidad was a must Calypsonian/Emcee for Performance Shows for Nicha B, here he explains why: in St. Kitts. Being on a stage is just a part of “I went to Trinidad to further my music.” his DNA! “We don’t have journalists that will publish your stuff or reach out to you like in Jamaica; everything is about When asked about the future of Soca in St. money; the more I grow, the more the journalists will Kitts, he passionately described a time when he grow. We just don’t have that marketing scheme in felt there was a great deal of growth, marking St. Kitts.” “In Trinidad, it is less about money; they the promising alpha in 2011 and the untimely promote their Artistes through marketing in all forms omega in 2016. Nicha B has travelled to many so they can grow and get more exposure”. He further parts of the Caribbean performing and still a speaks about the limited longevity an Artiste bight rising star outside of the 68 square miles has in St. Kitts; “You will be their Artiste for the of St. Kitts, Nicha B is adamant that there time being because if you don’t have a hit song in SK, was a shift in the local appeal for the National they’ll just put you on the shelf. It’s not supposed to be Calypso Monarch competition in St. Kitts over like that.” “They go with what’s trending; they don’t the past five years. seem to respect people who have put in work, and they do not like to pay Artistes’ accordingly.” For the younger readers who have no idea what a Calypso Monarch Show is I will gladly In 2015 after winning the St. Kitts “Groovy bring you up to speed. After months of smaller Soca Monarch” with his signature tune “Can’t performance showcases, individual Soca/ Wait”; Nicha B challenged himself to go south Calypso Artistes are judged and eliminated of the Caribbean Sea to Trinidad for a fresh until the final group perform at the final show. start. Riding the wave of the very happy and

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groovy “Can’t Wait”, he decided to remix really compete with anybody. He has inspired me in a it with Trinidadian Artiste Benjai with great lot of ways to see that you can do what you love to do acclaim! and make money!” Nicha B prides himself as an artist with individuality; indicating that people have a choice to tune into the artistes they like and suit their style. “I don’t really class myself with other Artistes, we all have a different message. Some people may judge them, but they are speaking on what they have lived and learned.” When it comes to Soca/Calypso; Blaxx, Mr. Mention from Nu Vybes International Sugar Band, Machel Montano, Bungi Garlin and David Rudder, the latter of which mostly hail from Trinidad respectively, have inspired Nicha B greatly. I had to inquire if he was sparked by Soca Artistes from any other part of the region; Nicha B clarified that he has forged many friendships with other performers such Motto, Linky First, Voice and Olatunji from various parts of Caribbean whom he considers to be like his brothers, but his inspiration comes from the elders mentioned. Check out exactly how these artistes have influenced him with this tune: “Soca Gumtion” Nicha B was crowned the 2015/16 The Cable from 2019, https://www.youtube.com/ Groovy Soca Monarch watch?v=kqFHR9_aCDg Nicha B subsequently earned the #10 spot of the 59 competitors at the 2016 International Soca Monarch Semi-finals, becoming the first Kittian National to achieve this goal. Interestingly enough, he did not start as a Soca Artiste; he labels himself as “A Versatile Entertainer” exclaiming proudly, “I sing everything!” “Before I did Soca, I used to do Reggae, Dancehall, R & B.” “I do love songs, conscious music… my first break was from dancehall music actually.” I quickly interjected. “Which dancehall artiste inspires Nicha B?” “Popcaan, because of his work ethic; I like the way that he works, I like the way that he pushes himself as an Artiste, and I like his creativity.” “He blocks out everybody and just does his own thing; like he’s in his own race, he doesn’t WWW.INSIDESOCA.COM

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What Band do you jump with in St. Kitts on J’ouvert Morning Can we expect an album from Nicha B, or Of course, with Mention and Nu Vybes! are these just singles? Mention is like my brother! I will be putting out an EP this year with the songs that I have been anticipating to release Of all the animals in the Animal Kingdom, but never got the chance with a few videos to what animal are you like most? push the EP. A goat, it’s a stubborn animal and no matter what, it doesn’t give up! I keep climbing up Tell me a little more about your move to each hill like a goat, full of pride. If a goat is Trinidad; how did they receive you as an on hill at 90 degrees, it will find a way to hold artist from another island? How do you like on and eat upward. I manage my entire life living in Trinidad, were they welcoming? feeling like this; no matter my circumstances, I They were very welcoming to me actually. I have will come out on top. been at a lot of radio stations; I was on OJO World TT (Watch Nicha B Live in the studio When all the borders open up, what carnival on “Midday Scandal with Taquille and Clyde will Nicha B hit first? Tha Outlaw”: https://www.youtube.com/ St. Kitts Sugar Mas of course! watch?v=4rXtwwPHfkA&t=537s (2019). I’ve done much more shows in Trinidad. This What do you want everyone to know about experience is way different to St .Kitts, in St. you personally? Kitts we do shows mostly weekend time. In I’m a nice person! (laughing), I have two Trinidad I was doing shows almost every night children, a boy and a girl. I am between 27-32 or every other night, especially during carnival years old. I am a controversial artist in St. Kitts; time last year. We perform up to eight shows a after I won Kings of Kings, I feel like there has night during the season! In Trinidad I am busier been some resentment towards me on a local I always have something to look forward too, level, but I don’t have any bad feeling toward a breakfast show, a radio interview and event. anyone. It is unfortunate that my own people In Trinidad, I am a more “interactive artiste”, haven’t supported me like I feel they should. I which keeps me in check to always be on have more productive relationships with Artists point. St. Kitts is more laid-back and relaxed, overseas than here in St. Kitts. I am going to less opportunity to market my talents. While change the world with my music, by will or by in Trinidad there is always something that is force. related to music everyday. Former Calypso Monarch King Sweeney lamented in SKN Vibes: “Calypso has served Who do you want to collaborate with? as a vehicle for change, progress and national Blaxx, Beres Hammond, Destra, Popcaan, development, a medium for education, a source Voice, Machel Montano my list is long. of entertainment, a voice for nationhood and a catalyst to promote the advancement of our Where can your new fans hear your music rich cultural heritage.” If Nicha B remains and find you on social media? Humble, Driven, Dynamic, Focused and Fresh, I am on Facebook: Nicha B Music, Instagram: his talents can finally put St Kitts on Soca Map @OfficialNichaB, on YouTube: Nicha B for the years to come we CAN’T WAIT!! Channel accordingly while this year unfolds.

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Nicha B - Good On Meh “2020 Soca”

Nicha B - Humble “2020 Soca”

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STOP Violence Against Women #WakeUp #StandUp #SpeakOut Campaign

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he campaign #Wake Up #Stand Up #Speak Out was engineered by Garcelle Wilson with the help of Inside Soca Magazine.

she needs to speak up and be heard. The perpetrator is the sole reason for assault and must bear the responsibility alone. Call out victim-blaming and counter the idea that it’s on women to avoid situations that might be seen Garcelle Wilson, aged 19, from Trinidad and as “dangerous” by traditional standards. Tobago, had her heart shattered, alongside her family, when her cousin Ashanti Riley’s life Call for responses and services fit for was taken in November 2020. Ashanti left her purpose home one afternoon to visit her Grandmother but sadly never made it there or returned home. Shelters, hotlines, counselling and all support Ashanti struggled with her abductors, who, for survivors of gender-based violence need to after failing to strangle her, brutally stabbed be available for those in need. her to death. Like Ashanti and all the other young ladies whose lives were taken before, Learn the signs of abuse and how you Andrea Bharatt, 22, was the latest victim of the can help increased kidnappings and senseless killings. Gender-based violence is one of the most widespread and chronic human rights violations in our world today. It remains unreported mainly due to the impunity, stigma and shame surrounding it. Although we are fighting a Covid 19 pandemic, the pandemic of gender-based violence has existed too long without any attention to it. Here are some strategies that can be used to help curb the gender-based violence problem.

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Violence can take many forms, including sexual harassment in the workplace and public spaces. Take a stand by calling it out when you see it: catcalling, inappropriate sexual comments and sexist jokes are never OK. Create a safer environment for everyone by challenging Stand against rape culture your peers to reflect on their behaviour and speaking up when someone crosses the line, or Rape culture is the social environment that allows by enlisting the help of others if you don’t feel sexual violence to be normalized and justified, safe. fueled by the persistent gender inequalities and attitudes about gender and sexuality. Naming it From the attitudes we have about gender is the first step to dismantling rape culture. identities to the policies we support in our communities, we can all take action to stand against rape culture. Fund women’s organizations Ending violence against women is everyone’s Donate to local organizations that empower business. women, amplify their voices, support survivors, and promote acceptance of all gender identities

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Ultimate Soca chart Welcome to the Ultimate Soca chart, a new platform developed by our friends at Soca Funhouse (@socafunhouse on Instagram), ranking the top ten Soca tracks every month. Hopefully, you are doing your part for Soca by living, buying and supporting SOCA. United, we can truly make it Global.

Here’s the Chart for January 2021 10: Voice - By any means.

5: Lyrical - Happy place.

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Machel Montano - High Life.

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Nadia Batson - Sugar Daddy.

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Machel Montano - Private Party.

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Voice -Dancing away.

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Voice - Woman.

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Farmer Nappy - Backyard Jam.

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Nadia Batson featuring Don Iko - Counting my blessings.

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Patrice Roberts - Tender.

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