Carnival season brings new music, movies and books.
With Batabano right around the corner, now is the time to rediscover the music from Lancelot Layne, the Trinidadian musician who pioneered the rapso sound that came to define the music coming out of the Island during the 1970s. Thanks to Cree Records, Layne’s extensive catalog is getting the recognition it deserves with the 2-LP release of Blow Way. The 19-track collection features the title track along with “Dance Jambalasie Dance,” “Umbawa” and “Funky Calypso.”
Marvel’s unlikeliest heroes — Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and Groot (Vin Diesel) — are back for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Whilst the misadventures of this rag-tag group are sure to delight audiences, expect the insanely adorable Baby Groot to steal the show.
An American remake of a French thriller, Sleepless stars Jamie Foxx as Vincent Downs, a Las Vegas police officer who is more antihero than heroic. After his son gets kidnapped, he must search through the Vegas underworld to find him. The film also stars Gabrielle Union, T.I. and Scoot McNairy.
In The Cayman Hustle, Kaman Colioni is a 25-year-old college graduate who is deaf but has big dreams nonetheless. Still, luck doesn’t seem to be on his side. However, when a mysterious fan of Kaman’s deaf blog offers him a ticket to the Cayman Islands, he grabs the opportunity to hustle down a job. His arrival on the Island coincides with the appointment of a new governor who has her own secret agenda. Within 48 hours of setting foot on this idyllic Island, Kaman finds his life taking an unexpected turn when he gets rolled, losing his money and identification, runs into his ex-psychotherapist who lures him into writing a memoir about being deaf, unwittingly stumbles into a stash of gold in a tropical underwater rainforest and is set up for possession of illegal substances. The novel by Devi Di Guida asks, who can Kaman trust in this Caribbean paradise?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Devi Di Guida was born in Guyana. She studied French as a second language at McGill University and creative writing at Concordia University. She lives in Montreal with her Italian husband Joseph and their three children. Whilst vacationing in the Cayman Islands, she met a 25-year old deaf college student on a beach who was studying neuroscience. This, and her deaf sister served as the inspiration for The Cayman Hustle. Currently, she is working on her next novel titled The Chakra Stone. The Cayman Hustle is available at Books and Books.