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Meet the ‘saxiest’ horn man: Arturo Tappin

Arturo Tappin, a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, is noted as one of the smoothest, ‘saxiest’ horn men Barbados and the Caribbean have to offer. He has performed and toured with the likes of Roberta Flack, Luther Vandross, hard-bop trumpeter Robert Red Rodney Chudnick, reggae superstar Maxi Priest, Anita Baker and Freddy […]

Mohia’s journey

There can be no doubt that attorney-at-law Mohia Ma’at’s life story is one of resilience and determination. From humble beginnings in St Lawrence Gap, Christ Church, it may have looked to a casual observer that his life would be one in the tourism industry. However, an encounter in Barbados’ law court changed his trajectory, leading this […]

Meet Mr Blood

At 17 years old, he was the youngest calypsonian to grace the Pic-O-De Crop Finals stage in 1985. And even then, the former student of the Lodge School placed fifth in the competition. Anderson Mr Blood Armstrong went on to be accredited as one of the best male entertainers in Barbados, as part of the band […]

Youth on a mission

Keon Watson and Zhara Khan are two of the proudest young people in Barbados today. Pleased, heartened and humbled are some of the words they have used to describe how it felt to take the title of Most Outstanding Parish Ambassadors at the Spirit of the Nation Show to the green rolling hills of St […]

Alive and well

Going to the market early on Saturday mornings is like a breath of fresh air. It is as fresh and as sweet as the fruit and vegetables and ground provisions on sale. And as Barbados marks its 52nd Anniversary of Independence this year, the market tradition is very much still alive—like the hearty laughter of […]

Changing course

Starting a new career after years of service in one discipline is never an easy task. To start in one’s 50s is even more daunting, but that did not stop former Acting Station Sergeant Neville Reid from doing just that. After 35 years of service to the Royal Barbados Police Force, the latter four of […]

Musical doc reviving the music

We are all familiar with the proverb “it takes a village to raise a child”, and as it pertains to the local music industry, composer, pianist and musical all-rounder Dr Stefan Walcott is carrying the future of the island’s musicians on his back. Walcott is a familiar face on the Barbadian music scene, having been […]

Scientific innovation Bajan style

“In Barbados, we have a lot of plants and other natural resources which we may just see as bush or weeds, but many of them have significant medicinal, pharmaceutical and nutritional qualities, and we should really start extracting those properties and creating value added products that can earn us some foreign exchange.” This is the […]

A doc for all seasons

Generations of Barbadian children and parents have grown up with paediatrician, Professor Margaret Anne St John. Even after more than four decades of treating runny noses, fevers, bruises, rashes and the aches and pains of little ones, “Ma”, though retired, is still on call. “Sometimes I have patients that are from generations come to my […]

Overcoming the odds

Peter Griffith is the 63-year-old funeral director and owner of Lyndhurst Funeral Home and Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens. Despite his successes, life was not always a bed of roses for him, as he had to overcome losing both his parents as a young boy – first his mother when he was 10 years old, then […]

On a mission

It is an intriguing twist of fate, perhaps, that in this 52nd year of Independence, Barbados is not only being led by its first female Prime Minister, Mia Amor Mottley, but the Prime Minister-in-waiting is also the first woman to head the party which took this country into independence. Verla De Peiza, a relatively young […]

Energy cahn done!

Very few persons emulate the Barbadian motto of pride and industry like the multi-talented entertainer Kirk Brown. He’s a livewire who is constantly on the go, working on current projects and future works. Not a fan of sleep, Kirk is energy personified, hence the nickname Mr Energy. He has grown esteemed over the last decade […]

Hospitality hero

When Gayle Talma was growing up, she knew her calling was to share her Bajan spirit with hundreds of thousands of people. She wasted no time in answering that call after a little nudge from her father during her secondary school years. “From the time I was young, even when I was in primary school, […]

Mahalia pushing youth talent around the corner

Throughout her career, Mahalia Cummins has walked the unpaved path. But the lead singer of popular local band, 2 Mile Hill is paving the way for the future artistes of Barbados. Her annual show, Mahalia’s Corner, has become a cornerstone event on the Barbadian entertainment calendar, with greats such as Cultural Ambassadors Dr Anthony Gabby […]

Landship ‘dock’ is first ‘Site of Memory’

The folk organisation, the Barbados Landship Association, considered a national treasure, could be among a number of cultural heritage icons to see its fortunes improved, according to Minister of Culture John King, in a call for the revival of intangible heritage arts. The Landship, the 155-year-old benevolent society that is steeped in a unique blend […]

Ann Gill Memorial Methodist Church celebrating 125 years

The Ann Gill Memorial Methodist Church, Fairfield, St Michael is celebrating 125 years as a church congregation. The Church, named after the sole Barbadian female heroine, Sarah Ann Gill, who was a local pioneer for the Methodist Church in Barbados, was previously the Gill Memorial Church, located at Eagle Hall, St Michael. It was given […]

Four lucky winners

Four lucky exhibitors won vouchers compliments Pure Ocean Beachside Dining and Accra Beach Hotel from entering the Barbados TODAY’s fishbowl raffle held at BMEX over the Whitsuntide weekend. Members of the Sales and Marketing Team at Barbados TODAY made the draw for the winners on May 22nd and those chosen were Shon Bowen from KRS Tropical Fish, Liesel Daisley from […]

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