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Colleen Wint Bond

About Me

Origins

I was born in Kingston, Jamaica, the third daughter of Norma and Arthur Wint, two extraordinary people in their own right. I have two older sisters, both formidable women, in whose wake I follow. We grew up in Jamaica, with sojourns in Manchester and London, England. I would ultimately live in New York, USA and Bridgetown Barbados, working around the Caribbean and Latin America.

My early years are intimately intertwined with my immediate and extended family.  Our parents exposed us to music, dance and drama by playing records, taking us to the theatre, especially musicals. The annual Pantomime  and National Dance Theatre Company in Kingston was a must. We learned to play musical instruments, dance and join Brownies and Girl Guides at various times and with varying success and interest .

Family Influence

My mother wrote the most eloquent and descriptive letters, did a long-distance writing course, then began her autobiography

•   My sister Valerie Wint wrote “The Longer Run: A Daughter’s Story of Arthur Wint”

•   My cousin Jean also compiled and published the writings of our grandfather, Reverend John Wint  Answering The Call”

Other Influences:

•Rebel Woman by Lucille Mathurin Mair (my godmother)

•Stories, singalongs ( especially on long drives from Kingston to Lucea)

•Telling and making up bedtime stories for own kids

•Taking my children to cultural events – plays, dance shows,

Essential Music

Life without music in my ears, house or car etc is completely unimaginable. My formal piano lessons took me to Grade 6, when I decided I wanted to experiment with other genres.  Seeing Ray Charles live in concert opened up my interest in and love of the Blues.I began writing my own songs, and eventually expanded my appreciation of arrangements, and new genres. Singing along with various musicals, I discovered that I loved to sing, and that my voice wasn’t half bad.My musical tastes are fairly broad. You can equally find me listening to the Beatles, Beres Hammond, Bob Marley, Eva Cassidy, Buena Vista Social Club, Norah Jones, Monte Alexander, Smokey Robinson, Carlos Santana, , John Coltrane or John Legend… I love my old school soul and rocker

On Stage Experience

While studying in New York City, I took a class called “The Singing Experience” which culminated in a performance at Rodney Dangerfield’s on the upper east side. I had an absolute blast and I performed a blues number by Bonnie Raitt  “Love Me Like a Man.” The club unfortunately closed in 2020 due to COVID.

When I worked in Barbados, it was a no-brainer that I would join some kind of music or theatre group. After being part of the chorus for the CARIFESTA (Caribbean Festival of Arts)  production of “In the Castle of My Skin” (a play written by Barbadian George Lamming and produced by Earl Warner, also from Barbados), I became a member of Stage One Theatre Productions. I acted in  a few productions (“Moon on a Rainbow Shawl” written by Trinidadian Errol John, “For Coloured Girls”  by  Ntozake Shange) and was even a lighting assistant to the late Surinamese playwright and director, Henk Tjon. I enjoyed it, but quickly learned, as a close friend would say, that “my talents lay elsewhere!”

When I attended the University of the West Indies, Mona campus in Kingston, I performed in various settings: the Student’s Union with two others in a rendition of “You’ve Got the Best of My Love” (The Emotions); Irvine Hall where I performed (solo) “Bad Girls” (Donna Summer). I joined a folk singing group (Tamboulay),  was a member of the Carnival Committee, and became an alto with the University Singers where I stayed for the duration of my university life. 

I loved every single moment with the choir under Creative Director, Noel Dexter. We were fortunate to have the then Creative Director of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC), Professor Rex Nettleford, choreograph our folk and spiritual songs, and learned so much about the folk traditions of Jamaica and other Caribbean islands. We did a tour around Jamaica and also of Nassau, the Bahamas, with the famous Louise Bennet. 

Go ahead and Google those names – Noel Dexter, Rex Nettleford, Louise Bennett  – stalwarts of Jamaican culture, individuals who remain intrinsic to the fabric of Jamaica and the Caribbean. I am honoured to have spent even a short time in their company, much less under their direction. The University Singers concert season continues to be one of the calendar events never to be missed.

Travel Inspiration

My working life often took me to many countries around the Caribbean, exposing me more directly to various cultures. I have always had an innate interest in indigenous cultures, so these visits were often as much about my personal learnings as much as the required work. My second book reflects this interest, to which my imagination crafted an imaginary indigenous community in an imaginary Caribbean country.

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