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  • blog January 23, 2017

    New Musical Perspectives on Jackie Opel

    Jackie Opel may have died in 1970, but his legacy burns bright–even for Bajan artists who weren’t alive during his lifetime. In recent months a number of artists have taken different approaches to exploring Opel’s story. It’s not surprising that … Read more »

  • blog January 23, 2017

    Spouge in the Big Apple

    In 1979, spouge music was waning in Barbados, where it would soon all but disappear. But it was just hitting its stride in New York. That year a promoter rented out the Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden for the … Read more »

  • blog January 19, 2017

    Barbados Independence Week Roundup

    Any concert MC knows that a good way to kill time between artists is to take an audience census: “Who here is visiting from out of town?” That unscientific polling indicated that a lot of expats returned to Barbados in … Read more »

  • program January 19, 2017

    Barbados at 50: Spouge to Soca

    Barbados recently celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence. We look into the rise and mysterious fall of the funky Bajan spouge beat which ruled the island in the ’70s, and discover a few underground musicians who are trying to keep … Read more »

  • interview January 19, 2017

    Iron Pipe: Spouge in the 21st Century

    When I arrived in Barbados’ capital Bridgetown for the 50th anniversary of independence week, I was excited about seeing some of the veterans of the local spouge music in concert and interviewing them about why the music had died out. … Read more »

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