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Peter Minshall on the road with the band. Photo by George Tang

The history of paradise: on Peter Minshall’s Paradise Lost

Issue 137 (January/February 2016) | 0 comments
It’s the stuff of Carnival legend: the eruption of masman Peter Minshall’s Paradise Lost on the streets of Port of Spain, forty years ago. Now a new documentary, using long-forgotten archival footage, brings the band back to life. Ray Funk tells the story

From Running of the Bulls, Roy Pierre and Associates’ 2014 presentation. Photography by Keith Getter

When mas was mas: Brooklyn Carnival

Issue 135 (September/October 2015) | 1 comment
Far from the streets of Port of Spain, Trinidad Carnival’s tradition of colourful fantasy mas thrives in the midst of Brooklyn’s Labour Day celebrations — and in J’Ouvert, no less. It’s thanks to the vision of masman Roy Pierre and his colleagues, says Ray Funk. Their bands are true to history and to the present moment, all at once

Chanting to the beat of drums, celebrants re-enact Canboulay. Photograph by Jeffrey Chock

Rituals of resistance: the Canboulay Riots re-enactment

Issue 108 (March/April 2011) | 0 comments
Each year, with drums and fire, Trinidad re-enacts a struggle for emancipation. Ray Funk and Jeffrey Chock witness this renewed tradition

Limbo dancers perform in the cabaret section of London's first ever West Indian-style carnival. Photograph by Donald Hinds

Notting Hill Carnival: Mas and the mother country

Issue 100 (November/December 2009) | 0 comments
It's Europe's biggest street festival, but it got off to an unlikely start – indoors, in winter, with a crowd of a thousand people

Belle Rosette and drummers. Photograph courtesy the Ray Funk Collection

Beryl McBurnie: the flowering of La Belle Rosette

Issue 94 (November/December 2008) | 0 comments
Ray Funk traces Trinidadian dancer Beryl McBurnie’s stellar career in 1940s New York

One of San Fernando`s more adventurous steelbands, Golden Hands, costumed for a performance of The Rainmakers. Photograph courtesy Vibert Medford

Golden Hands: Trinidad’s band of gold

Issue 93 (September/October 2008) | 0 comments
Ray Funk profiles Golden Hands, a pan ensemble from South Trinidad, who are travelling to Texas to present their innovative preformance piece The Rain

The Oval Boys in the 1940s before they became Invaders. Photograph courtesy Andy and Jeff Narell

Invaders: the pan yard under the breadfruit tree

Issue 101 (January/February 2010) | 0 comments
Jeannine Remy and Ray Funk mine the rich history of Invaders, one of Trinidad’s oldest steelbands