The Short Version:
During a writing hiatus I realized how much I missed talking to artists about what they do – their quirky processes, how they summon inspiration. So, I found myself back on that writing/interviewing path, and that path converged with a love for travel. The two forged into Global Narrative, which in a way, is a travel blog that’s more about people than places.
The Long Version:
Toronto City Hall
I was born in Toronto, Canada, and if you know anything about Toronto, you know that it is one of the most diverse cities in the world. My family added to that diversity, throwing Jamaica and St. Kitts into the mix. So growing up, I listened to Caribbean music like reggae, calypso and soca thanks to my family and community, and rap, R&B and soul primarily from the neighbouring US.
I also discovered a love for reading early on, and I credit my mother for letting me read whatever I wanted — and even allowing me to read through a few dinners. But at a point, I became tired with the books most readily available to me. In high school, while searching for books that had characters I could identify with (as more than just tokens), I found African-American writers like Baldwin and Hughes and Morrison. I didn’t really read Caribbean writers until later, when I was given Lovelace and Danticat and Diaz.
I took up French but I couldn’t get it to stick. I found an affinity for Spanish in 11th grade. I listened to salsa, merengue and rap in Spanish, and travelled to Spanish-speaking Caribbean countries to continue to my education. I told myself that one day I would read works by Garcia Marquez and Borges in their original language. When I started training Capoeira, Portuguese was part of our training, and in an effort to understand it I took to Seu Jorge, Gilberto Gil and Sara Tavares, among others.
150th Birthday Decorations
Also, I travelled.
All of this to say: multicultural, multilingual expressions have always felt natural to me. Learning languages (however imperfect) has allowed me to meet many interesting people, and the more people I met, the more I learned, and the more I learned, the more I wanted to share.
So, as I continue to meet interesting creatives who are actively leaving their part on the world, I will share their stories here on Global Narrative.