CREATIVE SPACE Catch-up

There have been some additions to my local art and culture series since I posted a round up of the posts by popularity a little while ago. Here’s what you might have missed.

From the 18th installment of 2021 which ran in the September 1st edition of the Daily Observer just ahead of the extended edition being published here on the site, about my visit to the 300 year old historical site, recently re-imagined by art students from our local college (see above), and specifically the recently restored Clarence House –

“The restoration is a mix of historical accuracy and creative license; a metal-galvanize tub upgraded to “this copper fanciness”, an area of expansion where you’ll find “the only cement wall in the house”. The basement which was perhaps rum storage and servants’ quarters back in the day is today, along with the back patio, where the stables used to be, used for events. It is air-conditioned. Upstairs, the original layout is designed to aid natural airflow.”

I list tour details and some of the more salacious details (e.g. the Black mistress who reportedly went back with him to England) about the house’s most famous non-resident and about how the current World Heritage site got its new life on life when the Friends of English Harbour came together in the 1960s and a reminder to explore this space consciously, and more.

Read the whole thing here.

From the 17th installment of 2021 which ran on August 18th 2021 in the Daily Observer, ‘Not Nat, But Cool Like That’ –

“COVID came and I decided I’m going to do something. I need to record. Everyone was like, ‘you’re going to record at this time?’…it’s a good time, in time of crisis people always need music.” – jazz vocalist and musician Foster Joseph talking about his latest project. And about his musical history.

“In terms of exposure, there was the man Foster describes as the father of modern music in Antigua, Arnold ‘Sugar’ Williams. “He took me under his wing, he gave me all the books, and most important thing he gave me all the recordings…he used to live in the United States and he brought back all the major recordings of the major jazz artists…that is my university because I would sit down in the afternoon and listen.” He would go on to play in a trio with Williams in the 70s at venues like Brother B’s and Shorty’s Beach Bar.”

I got him to talk me through the creation of a song, “a smile like you is like sunshine/after a rainy day”, about a certain lady, about his favourite musical milestone – a Lincoln Centre session, and more.

Read the whole thing here.

From the 16th installment of 2021, in which I lean more into culture than art, specifically media culture in Antigua and Barbuda.

“Also emerging in the 1940s was radio, a game changer if ever there was one. Not even TV, coming on stream in 1965 with ZAL, now ABS, nor Cable TV, 1983, made radio irrelevant – its impact and reach is still significant even in the internet age which has loosened and expanded the definition of media.”

A reminder that like any freedom, we must be vigilant about maintaining whatever hard won press freedoms we have.

Read the whole thing here.

Speaking of freedoms, the 15th installment of 2021 is a work of fiction called ‘Times A-Changing’ in which a young girl navigates her neighbourhood and the men on the corner,

‘Their leers and laughter would follow her, unless one of the older ones was there and sober enough to remind the others, “hey, hey, hey, that’s Ms. Arthurs girl. She only 10. She still in primary school. Watch yourself.”

She swallowed to stop herself from gagging and drawing their attention.’

But by the end of the story something shifts not only in the girl but the men, who have to deal with their own sense of powerlessness in the face of the increased police presence in their community.

Read the whole thing here.

I have done my interviews for the next two installments, so watch this space.

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