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Born Soldier

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Muhammad Muwakil and I am the co-founder and one of six members of Freetown Collective. I am a lead singer, songwriter and guitarist.


I come from Belmont, Freetown, even though I only started living there about 17 years, half my life, ago. I came to Belmont, where my grandparents lived, over and over. Even though I had no idea what Belmont was, in my formative years it was feeding me. Until I could get to the point to realise what it meant.

I come from a HUGE family. My father has 11 siblings and 23 children. He was polygamous growing up. I have a significant other. I don’t have a family of my own in the usual sense. But I have a huge, amazing family we’ve built in the last ten years.


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Where I Am

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Jayron Remy aka DJ Rawkus and I am one-sixth, or at least one part of Freetown Collective.


I play bass for the band. I also produce our concerts and events. And this is my second time around for Trini to the Bone.

I don’t have to give any information about where I’m from because BC Pires put all my business in the papers last January already! But I went to Boston for school for two years and lived by my aunt in Cascade for a couple’ months and, other than that, it’s been Simeon Road, Petit Valley, my whole life.
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No Millionaires

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Malene Joseph and I am one-sixth, or at least one part of Freetown Collective and Trinity, the three supporting vocalists.


I’m also a consultant for cultural and creative industries and manage small and large local and regional projects and contracts. It makes my brain keep working. On days of long Freetown rehearsals, I think, “Should I pack my laptop? Are we going to have downtime?”

I’m a West girl. Born, grow and schooled basically between Diego Martin and the Savannah, Bishop Anstey. Our year at Bishop’s was the last to do Cambridge A’Levels before the switch to CAPE. I almost didn’t escape the “corn-vent girl” accent. Mummy and all her family went Convent. It was a battle but I broke the pattern because all of my friends were at Bishop’s. I was the youngest of our Diamond Vale Government Primary group. [Writer] Ayanna Lloyd was one. It’s important that I went to Woodbrook Sec for form one ‘cause I identify with both school experiences.
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Space for Six Hearts

Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay
My name is Lou Lyons and I am the co-founder and one of six members of Freetown Collective. I am a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer.

Originally from Pembroke, Tobago, I lived there until I was 21. I now live in Tunapuna. Both places shaped the person speaking in the present tense.

I come from a classic nuclear family, mum, father, one sibling. But my grandparents were directly in the next yard. And my cousins and uncles in the next village over. I have a family myself, my wife Nickeisia and daughter Naeema Lyons.

There was deliberately no television at home in Pembroke because my parents wanted to cultivate a culture of intellectualism and reading. Even before I was ten, I had read so many books and written so many book reports, I had an aspiration that was not in my cousins.

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Born Soldier

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Muhammad Muwakil and I am the co-founder and one of six members of Freetown Collective. I am a lead singer, songwriter and guitarist.


I come from Belmont, Freetown, even though I only started living there about 17 years, half my life, ago. I came to Belmont, where my grandparents lived, over and over. Even though I had no idea what Belmont was, in my formative years it was feeding me. Until I could get to the point to realise what it meant.

I come from a HUGE family. My father has 11 siblings and 23 children. He was polygamous growing up. I have a significant other. I don’t have a family of my own in the usual sense. But I have a huge, amazing family we’ve built in the last ten years.


Read more

Good Woman Swimma

Read more

Where I Am

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Jayron Remy aka DJ Rawkus and I am one-sixth, or at least one part of Freetown Collective.


I play bass for the band. I also produce our concerts and events. And this is my second time around for Trini to the Bone.

I don’t have to give any information about where I’m from because BC Pires put all my business in the papers last January already! But I went to Boston for school for two years and lived by my aunt in Cascade for a couple’ months and, other than that, it’s been Simeon Road, Petit Valley, my whole life.
Read more

No Millionaires

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Malene Joseph and I am one-sixth, or at least one part of Freetown Collective and Trinity, the three supporting vocalists.


I’m also a consultant for cultural and creative industries and manage small and large local and regional projects and contracts. It makes my brain keep working. On days of long Freetown rehearsals, I think, “Should I pack my laptop? Are we going to have downtime?”

I’m a West girl. Born, grow and schooled basically between Diego Martin and the Savannah, Bishop Anstey. Our year at Bishop’s was the last to do Cambridge A’Levels before the switch to CAPE. I almost didn’t escape the “corn-vent girl” accent. Mummy and all her family went Convent. It was a battle but I broke the pattern because all of my friends were at Bishop’s. I was the youngest of our Diamond Vale Government Primary group. [Writer] Ayanna Lloyd was one. It’s important that I went to Woodbrook Sec for form one ‘cause I identify with both school experiences.
Read more

Space for Six Hearts

Picture courtesy Mark Lyndersay
My name is Lou Lyons and I am the co-founder and one of six members of Freetown Collective. I am a singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer.

Originally from Pembroke, Tobago, I lived there until I was 21. I now live in Tunapuna. Both places shaped the person speaking in the present tense.

I come from a classic nuclear family, mum, father, one sibling. But my grandparents were directly in the next yard. And my cousins and uncles in the next village over. I have a family myself, my wife Nickeisia and daughter Naeema Lyons.

There was deliberately no television at home in Pembroke because my parents wanted to cultivate a culture of intellectualism and reading. Even before I was ten, I had read so many books and written so many book reports, I had an aspiration that was not in my cousins.

Read more

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