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Fungi, Quelbe, Scratch – the VI’s old-time music

November 16, 2011

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This weekend, Nov. 18-19, is the fifth annual Fungi Fest in the BVI. I am a bone fide fungi fiend; I love the sweet, sassy, and infectious sound of this unique island music. In honor of the upcoming event I am sharing the following from Moon Virgin Islands. “The traditional music form of the Virgin […]

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Mokolution: The Evolution of the Moko Jumbie

September 18, 2011

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Mocko Jumbie masks

Mocko jumbies are the colorful stilt-walkers who perform at parades and festivals throughout the Virgin Islands. Attend any of the islands’ annual carnival parades and you will see them, jumping, balancing and stepping out to the sounds of up-beat soca music. Mocko jumbies have an equally colorful history, as I learned watching Mokolution: The Evolution […]

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Film review: The Heritage and Architecture of Saint Croix: A CHANT Walking Tour

August 24, 2011

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For newcomers or visitors to St. Croix who have not read my guidebook (smile), The Heritage and Architecture of Saint Croix: A CHANT Walking Tour provides a pleasant orientation to the primary historic sites of the island’s two towns, Christiansted and Frederiksted. Local historian Wayne James narrates the tour which begins in Christiansted at the Sunday […]

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