Archive for January, 2006

New Wave of Trinidad Music

The rhythm of Trinidad Carnival is always changing. The sounds of today — loud, fast, saucy — are rooted in the past, but reflect life as it is in 21st-century Trinidad and Tobago. Caribbean Beat looks at four major trends in today's music - rapso, chutney, ragga soca, and "groovy soca"- and some of the artists riding this musical wave.

Riffing in Barbados

The Barbados Jazz Festival brings cool rhythms and hot performers to laid-back Bimshire.

Rhythm roundup (January/February 2006)

Rhythm roundup (January/February 2006)

New albums by Trinidad’s Orange Sky and jointpop, Jamaica’s Maytals, Sean Paul, and Sizzla, and the latest from Cuba and Curaçao.

Caribbean Bookshelf – January/February 2006

Caribbean Bookshelf – January/February 2006

Classic poetry by Cuban Nicolás Guillén and Martiniquan Édouard Glissant, and new novels by Jamaican Marlon James and Trinidadian Rabindranath Maharaj.

Alison Hinds: On her own, and on a roll

Bajan soca superstar Alison Hinds is flying solo — but not going it alone.

Volcano is boss: Montserrat after the Soufrière Hills eruption

When the Soufrière Hills Volcano erupted in July 1995, the people of Montserrat didn’t know their whole way of life was about to change forever. A decade later, Mark Meredith visits Montserrat and finds a still-rumbling mountain, an island rebuilding itself- and volcano tourism.

St Kitts: Small island, big music

Garry Steckles is already looking forward to the highlight of his musical year, the St Kitts Music Festival.

Doctor say: Eric Williams’ history lessons

Doctor say: Eric Williams’ history lessons

Eric Williams’s history From Columbus to Castro is 35 years old, but James Ferguson says its insights and lessons are still fresh.

Fuelling growth

“Oil is the lifeblood of our world,” says Richard Costas, and furthermore the Caribbean’s mass tourism isn’t possible without fuel. A look at how rising oil prices affect island economies.

“Karanambo was twice accursed”

Diane McTurk, doyenne of Guyana’s Rupununi Savannah, on the founding of her family’s ranch, the old balata industry, and the legends of Karanambo.