Road March 2015: ERUPT?

Vampire Massive predicts that the Road March title will go to Machel Montano for Carnival 2015. Listen to ERUPT one time and if you know anything about carnival then you know this song has all the bells and whistles (quite literally) to be played nonstop on Carnival Monday and Tuesday. Do you think we’re wrong?…

2015 Soca: Awesome

Trinidad & Tobago is experiencing pure madness right now. The islands are just about two weeks away from Carnival 2015, soca is everywhere and the tourists are pouring in. Here’s a Benjai track that can mellow down a crowd or transition the party from mellow to hyper depending on when it drops, and what gets…

Endless Wuk

Machel Montano does it right any time he does it. Endless Wuk is one of my favorites of 2015 soca music. Vampire Massive members have different opinions. If you’re new to PalmTreeRow you’ll soon come to hear quite frequently about Vampire Massive. It’s the name my cousins and I gave to ourselves one very drunken…

To Accent or Not

Fifteen years later I sound more Yankee than the ones who were born here. We moved from Trinidad in the middle of 8th grade (Form 3). Kids would ask me to “say something…say something” not because I was so intriguing but because my accent was so entertaining. I couldn’t take the attention. Everything at that…

PTR Literature: Lorna Goodison

The Yard Man: An Election Poem When bullet wood trees bear the whole yard dreads fallout from lethal yellow stone fruit, and the yard man will press the steel blade of a machete to the trunk in effort to control its furious firing. He will dash coarse salt at its roots to cut the boil…

Put Your Voodoo On Me

R.Kelly. In Jamaica. Asking that island woman to do for him what he knows only a West Indian woman can do? Sheesh. I love this song. Now, do I wish he shouted out Trini women on this one? Of course. But like we say back home “give Jack he jacket” because Jamaican women certainly hold…

Everybody Has Their Crazy

Women are 3 times more likely to be stalked than raped. I’ve been dealing lately with online attacks by one specific individual. Those attacks led me to research stalkers, mentally troubled people and disillusioned souls. Writing releases me of whichever energy is attempting to affect my serenity. The floetry below was inspired by it all.…