What are the ingredients for success? This seems to be a question on the minds of so many young people. For some, success is having a dream and working diligently towards it, while for others it is a need to fill the void in their lives. However, every now and then you may meet someone who rode the tide until they stumbled on their pot of gold. Neil Joseph, a young and budding entrepreneur and owner of The Computer Store shares his voyage with Dazzle Magazine.
Tell Dazzle Magazine a bit about your childhood years?
I am from an extended family of eight. My grandmother played the father-figure role in my life, instilling the discipline and values that I possess today alongside my mother who provided for my older sister and me. My family originates from the west coast town of Soufriere but I was born and raised in Lastic Hill, Leslie Land. My childhood was a struggle as I’m not one who was born with a golden spoon but nonetheless, I can’t say that I had any bad experiences. Everything that has happened in my younger days, I use as learning examples in life today. Sports were an interest for me very early in my childhood and were an avenue that I wanted to explore and better myself in.
Every year Lucian Carnival explodes into a lively multifarious ‘Summertime Festival’ and the spectacle evokes lots of thrills that build up into more fun and excitement, high energy and greater splendor.
Just 4 Fun carnival band has been an integral part of this cultural extravaganza which, over the years, has transitioned from a Lenten-season event to the current Caribbean-Mas street revelry. The band caters for 1,200 members and has been going strong for the past 12 years.
Lance Arnold is a front-man for the group, holding down the purse strings and assisting with other functions while the band continues to grow and evolve into a highly-innovative entertainment phenomenon.
DAZZLE met up with Lance and Just 4 Fun co-founder Rostan Taylor, who took some ‘time-out’ from their busy band-preparations schedule for a quick chit chat. Taylor has been instrumental in helping to build up the group and passing on valuable organisational skills to younger members.
It is quite interesting how the band originated, Roston observes, as the group started off by staging events that included the first Soca Monarch show in Saint Lucia.
Rostan reveals gleefully, “We got sucked back into carnival … and we decided that if we get into carnival it had to be something different .We did it not just for the competition aspect of it, hence the reason that you have Just 4Fun.”
He reiterates that the band’s primary focus then and now is on satisfying its members and their corporate sponsors simultaneously. This is to ensure that the reveler gets the ultimate experience on the road, and the band’s sponsors benefit financially from the partnership. Continue reading
As he walked into the room we couldn’t help noticing that he had the biggest smile on his face. His enthusiasm was infectious as he lit up the room and greeted us with the warmest hello. We sat down, casually shared some jokes, and then it was right down to business.
Born on May 2nd in the year that our beautiful island became an independent state, he is Mr. Wenhal Benjamin Gerald, known in the entertainment/calypso/soca arena as Alpha. Having won the Soca Monarch title three times here in Saint Lucia, as well as the Groovy Monarch title in 2009 and 2010, Alpha is well known for his terrific melody and rhythm. He relives his journey with Dazzle Magazine. Continue reading
After two weeks of unanswered emails, text messages and phone calls, finally Dazzle is speaking to Saint Lucian rapper Kayo, via Skype. He’s based in Halifax, Nova Scotia and the 24 year-old has recently become the first Lucian rapper to sign a deal with a major recording label (EMI, recently acquired by Universal). He’s a busy guy! He shows up on camera with a friendly smile, but worry lines etch his forehead. He apologises for being late and for taking so long to confirm our interview request. He says it’s been a, “crazy week”. Getting signed to a big label isn’t all he thought it would be but first, we’re interested in how he got there.
Tell me about growing up in St. Lucia.
I grew up in Ciceron. The street I grew up on was interesting because as soon as you drive in there are the lawyers, doctors and other high class people; a little further down there are the middle class people, where we were; and then further down was like a total ghetto. That was good for me because I got the opportunity to interact with people from different walks of life. Continue reading
carrying a piece of history… wherever you go
If you’ve noticed that the lady sitting next to you on the bus has a fantastic little leather purse in her lap or if you’ve been distracted in line at the bank by the gorgeous African-print clutch that this woman is holding, you’ve probably been bitten by the même bete… bug – and it’s no import! These eye catching luxury accessories are made by a homegrown Lucian – Mrs. Taribba Joan do Nascimento, founder of même bete… bags, and for now, Taribba is the head craftswoman.
While living in Ethiopia working in international development, Taribba became enamoured with the bright bold patterns of traditional African cloth. Continue reading
Born to a mother who was an award-winning music teacher, Petronilla Deterville, and to a father, George Deterville, who fancied himself a singer; 24-year-old Johann Deterville has been raised by music.
“It’s part of my DNA you know. I’m sure if you did a test, you would get musical notes in there,” he said with a warm laugh.
He’s gone from being a wobbly 5-year-old piano player at The ‘St. Lucia School of Music’ to being a student at ‘The Centre for Arts and Technology’ in Halifax and the go-to keyboard player for St. Lucian star rapper, Kayo(featured in this issue).
Tell Dazzle Magazine about your upbringing. Continue reading
Hard work and sheer determination surely pays off. For Michelle Serieux, seizing every opportunity handed to her has contributed greatly to her success. She was never afraid to try anything, even though it was new to her and sometimes strange. Michelle Bevlyn Lana Serieux is a 31-year-old accomplished filmmaker who hails from our beautiful and scenic island St. Lucia. She was born at Victoria Hospital in Castries and raised in the Upper Goodlands community of Morne Fortune, Castries. During her childhood she spent most of her vacation in Mon Repos. Michelle believes in continually enhancing her knowledge and skills, so she has spent a lot of time in school. She first attended St Michael’s Pre School in Castries, then the Morne Du Don Government Combined School, followed by St Joseph’s Convent. From there she went on to Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, followed by one year of prep school at the University of Cienfuegos in Cuba, and then three years at the University of the West Indies and Edna Manley College in Jamaica where she did a BA in Media and Communications with minors in Cultural Studies and Drama. Subsequently she got an MA in Film and Cinema at Columbia University, New York and after that a Professional Producing Certificate at New York University’s School Of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Dazzle Magazine had the privilege of chatting with Michelle and learning more about her eventful journey.
Dazzle Magazine would like to share with you the journey of Kwency McKeever Kumalo Griffith, more commonly known as Pringles aka Superman HD. This outspoken, charismatic and jovial radio announcer/MC/artiste who has warmed his way into the hearts of many, is indisputably a hard and diligent worker. Pringles can only attribute his success to a desire to excel, to his courage and unwavering perseverance; initially a young boy who was not ‘born with a golden spoon’ but who paved his way to the top by simply never giving up and always searching for better. Dazzle shares with you the story of his evolution.
Dazzle: Where were you born?
Superman HD: I was born in Marchand, raised in the Bagatelle community. I lived there for most of my life, until I was about 25 years-old.
Motivation comes in many forms. For each individual there is at least one thing that can drive them to push forward and go after their dreams. In whatever form one’s motivation may come, one thing is for sure, once the journey has started there is no giving up halfway.
Latoya Mitchell, founder of the company Outsource St. Lucia Inc. has been pressing on, as she wants to leave behind a legacy for her children. The young and nascent entrepreneur has used her inspiration to form a company centered on meeting the needs of local companies. Dazzle Magazine introduces you to Latoya, whom, despite her quiet and modest demeanor, is very zealous and fervent about what she does.
It is amazing when you meet someone with a gift who has remained humble, despite all of their successes and triumphs. What is rare is being gifted with the ability to bellow captivating notes as well as being an accomplished keyboardist and percussionist. Getting up on a stage and performing in front of hundreds, even thousands sounds scary, but for Teddyson John, it is simply what he loves to do. If we were present for the first moments after his birth, no doubt his cry must have been like hallowed angels singing. After interviewing him, Dazzle is under the impression that he is a born musician and we share more about the man behind the voice, the art and the creativity.