Quadrille Dancer

ST. CROIX, US VIRGIN ISLANDS "Quadrille dancing is not for the faint of heart." CGR: What is your Caribbean heritage/where are you and generations back of your family from? Marion: Like much of the black people of the Caribbean, my family's heritage includes enslaved Africans.  We can trace my father's family back to the 1800's on the island of St. Croix, Danish West Indies.  Unfortunately, my mother's father is not listed on her birth certificate.  But according to family so

Carnival Hopper

ST. THOMAS Venice's Carnival was a unique and very different experience from all others I attended. But that was also the whole point of getting this one on the list-I wanted to experience all kinds of Carnivals not just the ones that were Caribbean influenced. CGR: You played mas 10 times, all over the world and all in one year! How did you come up with the idea to celebrate your 40th birthday with carnival hopping? Erica: The idea came to me through a process of elimination

Soca Princess

US VIRGIN ISLANDS CGR: Who was your musical inspiration? Rudy: I started singing at an early age with my father in church. I sang gospel with him in church. My father is my musical inspiration. CGR: How do you feel as a female singing/performing in a predominantly male dominated industry? Rudy: It  can be challenging at times. But I can hold my own as a strong woman. CGR: So you’ve collaborated with major Caribbean artists like Machel Montano. Congrats on a great collabo wi