ROOTS Foundation utilizes spoken word as a catalyst for social change through the preservation and promotion of the oral traditions.

Launch and Mocktail Reception Video courtesy CNMG C News

Drumology, Spoken Word, Hip Hop, Ballroom Dancing, Friends, Family, Food, and Fun….ROOTS Foundation Launch and Mocktail Reception. Photos courtesy Matthew Williams Photography. Facebook

A non-profit organization incorporated in November 2009 under the Companies Act, 1995 to facilitate the social arm of Reflections of Our Oral TraditionS (“ROOTS”), which was launched in September 2005. The Oral Tradition ROOTS Foundation was registered in June 2014, under The National Registry of Artists and Cultural Workers in the Fields of Endeavour, Promotion and Event Management with a mandate to develop spoken word poetry and other oral traditional forms as a catalyst for social change in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as in the Caribbean and at international levels. In doing so, ROOTS Foundation seeks to develop the following:

Points of Interest

  • to revive the lost oral tradition of our ancestors;
  • to sensitize the community of the need to continue this tradition;
  • to provide a medium for the expressions of talented poets; and
  • to provide a medium for educative and informative reading.


To prepare generations of PEOPLE for the attainment and maintenance of lost oral traditions of the Ancestors of the people of Trinidad and Tobago through the design and implementation of programmes which teach them the expression of Talented Poets, Educative and Informative Reading and the need to continue traditions.


The Oral Tradition ROOTS Foundation is committed to reviving the oral traditions, promoting youth leadership and encouraging community development through the use of oral traditional genres and youth mentorship, thereby empowering our youth and communities in enhancing their creative talent and leadership capabilities.


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Click PHOTO to Meet the Team

Front Row (L): Kevin Liverpool, Nicole S. Hendrickson, Zakiya Gill, Safiya Cowie-Cotton, Khadijah Mohammed, Hazel “Hadiyah Solwazi” Cyrus, Kennedy “Young Nick” Charles, Mtima Solwazi, Salim “Doc” Razzaq, Beverly Williams, Brent “Abdul Kareem” John, Michael Logie, Keston Cotton, Donnel Cuffie, Sherrel Patrice & Emmanuel Villafana (not in photo Kate McBain)