This is a book of poetry written by Trinidadian Roi Kawbena, a poet, drummer and cultural anthropologist. He was also a Senator in the Trinidad parliament in the mid-1990s.The book’s description states; "ORISHA SONGS FOR CELINA" is a unique collection of new poetry by this acclaimed Caribbean poet. He celebrates the life of his Great, Great Grand Mother: Celina Lockhart. (Circa 1800s). Born in colonial Trinidad during slavery, she was a devotee of the Orisha religion of the Yoruba peoples. Celina was a leading member at the historically famed RADA Yard community in Belmont, Port of Spain. Interestingly this community spawned influences for the modern day Steel band, Carnival, Calypso and Soca Music for which Trinidad is now renowned."
We believe that Lockhart Lane in Belmont is named in honour of Celina and her family.
Although Kwabena doesn't distinguish between Orisha and Rada, we are pleased that he recognized our unique contribution to the steelband, carnival, calypso and soca.
How great are we!