Caribbean food is a definite cultural selling point in these parts. Recently, US television host Anthony Bourdain’s CNN spotlight on Trinidad and Tobago’s culture emphasized to the world at large, just how much food- the variety that exists in the islands, has the ability to bind all creeds, races, and classes. Now we’re hearing that Pizza franchise, Papa Johns is spicing things up, having added its first Caribbean themed pizza to its menu, in late June.
A spicy jerk chicken pizza is now available at Papa Johns and it’s available at all 6 locations in Trinidad. The pizza will consist of tomatoes, onions, green peppers, and that spicy marinated jerk chicken that’s almost synonymous with Jamaica.
In recent time the Caribbean culture has been a topic of international appeal. From rappers Drake, Nicki Minaj, producer DJ Khaled and most recently, Hip Hop mogul, Jay Z, the music of the Diaspora has been sampled, particularly Jamaica’s dancehall, delivering bits and pieces of the Caribbean culture, to global audiences.
Meanwhile, three of Jamaica’s top billing entertainers performed in Trinidad on the weekend. Sometimes controversial acts, Alkaline and Mavado, along with the newest sensation, Jahmiel, were a part of the TAO concert event that has become a staple of the July/ August entertainment lineup on the island. Soca artistes, Rupee and Nailah Blackman were also a part of the cast. Rupee, in a social media post after his performance, said:
“So much love last night at #TAO in #Trinidad for the Movado and Alkaline concert! I’m so humbled and blessed that I can touch a dancehall show like this and still get so much love. Trinidad, your outside son is forever grateful.”