“Black Knight” – Winston Farrell (Barbados)

Watch dynamic Winston Farrell as he performs his classic spoken-word/ dub chant piece “Black Knight”. Yes, the rhythm is catchy but listen to the powerful message in the poem!

Award-winning author & poet, pioneering Bajan spoken-word artist, theatre development specialist, producer and all-round cultural activist (we could go on…believe me!) Winston Farrell, is a consummate Caribbean artist who always settles for nothing less than excellence – someone I’m proud to call my friend and an artist I admire greatly.

Influenced by the late Bruce St. John and our esteemed griot  Kamau Brathwaite, Farrell is one of the early members of VOICES: Barbados Writers’ Collective.

In addition to his award-winning collections of poems ‘Bustin The Blues‘ (2011), ‘Call Of The Quarter Master‘ (2006) and  ‘Echoes of Young Blood’, Farrell has been published in literary journals such as Race Today and The Caribbean Writer Journal (the Daily News Prize for poetry). This stellar writer has also published his anthology ‘Crossing Water’ by the Greenfield press NY, Kyk-over-al, July 1991; Trinidadian New Voices and in Banja, created by The NCF and VOICES: Barbados Writers’ Collective. In 2000, has won the third prize in the Frank Collymore Literary Endowment, and in 2002 the Prime Minister’s Award (NIFCA),

He has also released recordings of his rhythm poetry: ‘Red Ribbons’, ‘Lion on the Loose’ and ‘Earth Spirit’ on which the popular Bus Man’ is featured. His CD ‘Rhythm an’ Word-sound’ is a compilation of his two cassette albums.

He holds a MA in Theatre and Development Studies at the University of Leeds.

The Principal of Kickdust Productions, not only passes his artistic torch to the youth in his work .as s a Cultural Arts Officer at the Barbados Youth Service, but does theatre work with our seniors.

You can also hear his thoughts on the state of writing and more about him HERE.

Connect with Farrell via Facebook and Linkedin and as a member of Caribbean Writers.

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Sandra Sealy is Principal Consultant & Writer for Seawoman Creative Media - seawomancreativmedia.co Her background in public relations in marketing combined with her strong creative writing skills have ably prepared her as a freelance writer/ editor. Sandra covers a number of niches like copy for brochures and websites, advertorials, restaurant and book reviews, press releases, feature and cover stories, pictorial text and more. Sandra's work has been widely anthologised. Some of her writing credits include: CALABASH: A Caribbean Journal of Arts & Letters (USA) ; Arts Etc (Barbados); Her Circle Ezine.com; Caribbean Writing Today (ezine); POUI: The Cave Hill Literary Annual of the University of the West Indies (Barbados); Wedding Guide Barbados; SHE Caribbean Magazine (St. Lucia); Urban Entertainment (USA); In Paradise Magazine:Barbados (Writer/Editor) and the Nation Newspaper (Barbados). Her dèbut spoken-word CD single- "Beauty Of The Bald Head: The Jazzy Spoken-Word Single" (Butterfly Creative Productions/Kolaiah Studios 2003)-was launched on the luxurious Freewinds Cruise Ship in January 2003. The Aquarian was backed by the celebrated Freewinds Band and Dominican singing sensation Michele Henderson. Top Barbadian musicians who also were featured in her CD shared the stage: saxophonist extradordinaire (Chris Harper (founder of "Cool Jazz'); beloved Bajan diva Tamara Marshall and multi-awarding winning Dwain Gill (on trombone). The CD was favourably reviewed in Ejazznews.com. Listen to Seawoman's acclaimed 2-track music set by clicking on the link below. You can read samples of Sandra's work at Contently.com

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