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Where I Am

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Jayron Remy aka DJ Rawkus and I am one-sixth, or at least one part of Freetown Collective.


I play bass for the band. I also produce our concerts and events. And this is my second time around for Trini to the Bone.

I don’t have to give any information about where I’m from because BC Pires put all my business in the papers last January already! But I went to Boston for school for two years and lived by my aunt in Cascade for a couple’ months and, other than that, it’s been Simeon Road, Petit Valley, my whole life.
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No Millionaires

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Malene Joseph and I am one-sixth, or at least one part of Freetown Collective and Trinity, the three supporting vocalists.


I’m also a consultant for cultural and creative industries and manage small and large local and regional projects and contracts. It makes my brain keep working. On days of long Freetown rehearsals, I think, “Should I pack my laptop? Are we going to have downtime?”

I’m a West girl. Born, grow and schooled basically between Diego Martin and the Savannah, Bishop Anstey. Our year at Bishop’s was the last to do Cambridge A’Levels before the switch to CAPE. I almost didn’t escape the “corn-vent girl” accent. Mummy and all her family went Convent. It was a battle but I broke the pattern because all of my friends were at Bishop’s. I was the youngest of our Diamond Vale Government Primary group. [Writer] Ayanna Lloyd was one. It’s important that I went to Woodbrook Sec for form one ‘cause I identify with both school experiences.
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Hold On to Xyon and Freetown

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Shanna Joseph and I am one-sixth, or at least one part of Freetown Collective. I’m also part of Trinity, the three backup singers.


I am the member of Freetown who would RUN in the complete opposite direction from being interviewed. This is not my flick AT ALL. But I do sing in a band with a message to share around the world. So I need to get over the fear of interviews.

I hail from Diego Martin. I’m a Westie. I used to feel like past the lighthouse was FAR! And now I live in the countryside in Central. As a child, I could go in the road in Diamond Vale. It’s not the same now. But the world is not the same.


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Space for Six Hearts

Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay
My name is Lou Lyons and I am the co-founder and one of six members of Freetown Collective. I am a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer.

Originally from Pembroke, Tobago, I lived there until I was 21. I now live in Tunapuna. Both places shaped the person speaking in the present tense.

I come from a classic nuclear family, mum, father, one sibling. But my grandparents were directly in the next yard. And my cousins and uncles in the next village over. I have a family myself, my wife Nickeisia and daughter Naeema Lyons.

There was deliberately no television at home in Pembroke because my parents wanted to cultivate a culture of intellectualism and reading. Even before I was ten, I had read so many books and written so many book reports, I had an aspiration that was not in my cousins.

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(Hopefully Not) Tony Deyal’s Last Scene

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Tony Deyal and I have written a humorous column in Caribbean newspapers for nearly 30 years.


I was born in South Oropouche and lived in Carapichaima until I was ten and my family moved to Siparia, my “spiritual” home. Meaning, where I felt totally at home. Now I live in Lange Park in Chaguanas. But it could have been anywhere.

I lost my father first and then my mother. Sheer effing carelessness for an only child. I’ve had two families myself, two wives, four children. Ena, married at 23, Marsha and George. Indranie, married 1999, had Jasmine when I was 52 and Zubin, 53.

Through many of my own faults, my first marriage ended. I told my two older children how they got along with Indranie was their business, but when it comes to children, I don't deal in halves. They had to treat Indranie’s children like their brothers and sisters. And I don't believe in ‘daughter-in-law’. George’s wife, Sara, is my daughter, to heck with the law. We all try but sometimes any of us can be very trying.


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Where I Am

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Jayron Remy aka DJ Rawkus and I am one-sixth, or at least one part of Freetown Collective.


I play bass for the band. I also produce our concerts and events. And this is my second time around for Trini to the Bone.

I don’t have to give any information about where I’m from because BC Pires put all my business in the papers last January already! But I went to Boston for school for two years and lived by my aunt in Cascade for a couple’ months and, other than that, it’s been Simeon Road, Petit Valley, my whole life.
Read more

No Millionaires

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Malene Joseph and I am one-sixth, or at least one part of Freetown Collective and Trinity, the three supporting vocalists.


I’m also a consultant for cultural and creative industries and manage small and large local and regional projects and contracts. It makes my brain keep working. On days of long Freetown rehearsals, I think, “Should I pack my laptop? Are we going to have downtime?”

I’m a West girl. Born, grow and schooled basically between Diego Martin and the Savannah, Bishop Anstey. Our year at Bishop’s was the last to do Cambridge A’Levels before the switch to CAPE. I almost didn’t escape the “corn-vent girl” accent. Mummy and all her family went Convent. It was a battle but I broke the pattern because all of my friends were at Bishop’s. I was the youngest of our Diamond Vale Government Primary group. [Writer] Ayanna Lloyd was one. It’s important that I went to Woodbrook Sec for form one ‘cause I identify with both school experiences.
Read more

Hold On to Xyon and Freetown

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Shanna Joseph and I am one-sixth, or at least one part of Freetown Collective. I’m also part of Trinity, the three backup singers.


I am the member of Freetown who would RUN in the complete opposite direction from being interviewed. This is not my flick AT ALL. But I do sing in a band with a message to share around the world. So I need to get over the fear of interviews.

I hail from Diego Martin. I’m a Westie. I used to feel like past the lighthouse was FAR! And now I live in the countryside in Central. As a child, I could go in the road in Diamond Vale. It’s not the same now. But the world is not the same.


Read more

Space for Six Hearts

Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay
My name is Lou Lyons and I am the co-founder and one of six members of Freetown Collective. I am a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer.

Originally from Pembroke, Tobago, I lived there until I was 21. I now live in Tunapuna. Both places shaped the person speaking in the present tense.

I come from a classic nuclear family, mum, father, one sibling. But my grandparents were directly in the next yard. And my cousins and uncles in the next village over. I have a family myself, my wife Nickeisia and daughter Naeema Lyons.

There was deliberately no television at home in Pembroke because my parents wanted to cultivate a culture of intellectualism and reading. Even before I was ten, I had read so many books and written so many book reports, I had an aspiration that was not in my cousins.

Read more

(Hopefully Not) Tony Deyal’s Last Scene

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Tony Deyal and I have written a humorous column in Caribbean newspapers for nearly 30 years.


I was born in South Oropouche and lived in Carapichaima until I was ten and my family moved to Siparia, my “spiritual” home. Meaning, where I felt totally at home. Now I live in Lange Park in Chaguanas. But it could have been anywhere.

I lost my father first and then my mother. Sheer effing carelessness for an only child. I’ve had two families myself, two wives, four children. Ena, married at 23, Marsha and George. Indranie, married 1999, had Jasmine when I was 52 and Zubin, 53.

Through many of my own faults, my first marriage ended. I told my two older children how they got along with Indranie was their business, but when it comes to children, I don't deal in halves. They had to treat Indranie’s children like their brothers and sisters. And I don't believe in ‘daughter-in-law’. George’s wife, Sara, is my daughter, to heck with the law. We all try but sometimes any of us can be very trying.


Read more

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