Archive for September 1st, 2008

One of San Fernando`s more adventurous steelbands, Golden Hands, costumed for a performance of The Rainmakers. Photograph courtesy Vibert Medford

Golden Hands: Trinidad’s band of gold

Ray Funk profiles Golden Hands, a pan ensemble from South Trinidad, who are travelling to Texas to present their innovative preformance piece The Rain.

Roy Heath: a man goes home

Roy Heath: a man goes home

David Katz recalls the career of the late Guyanese writer .

Kappel Ovre with his students at St Joseph`s Convent, St Joseph, Trinidad. Photograph by Edison Boodoosingh

Kappel Ovre: the strolling player

Anders Kappel Ovre has played his way from Scandinavia to the sun, performing and conducting anything from classical guitar music, to pan, parang and more....

Richard ffrench, adopted son of the soil and co-author of A Guide to the Birds of Trinidad and Tobago. Photograph by Harold Diaz

Richard ffrench: the bird man’s last flight

James Fuller speaks with author and Trinidad's adopted son Richard ffrench on what might be farewell to the island he called home.

Ras Kassa, the Caribbean`s most-talked-about director and the mastermind behind Damian Marley`s Welcome to Jamrock video. Photograph courtesy Guru Films

Ras Kassa: rastaman vibrations on video

You may not know his name, but you’ve probably seen his work. Nazma Muller introduces Ras Kassa, the region’s hottest director of music videos .

Rawlston Charles sits in his recording studio, where big names in calypso, soca and even hip-hop have worked. Photograph by Wayne Bowman

Charlie and his roots: Tobago’s Rawlston Charles

In his New York studio, Rawlston Charles from Tobago has masterminded some of calypso and soca’s greatest hits.

Cedella Booker. Photograph by UrbanImage.tv/56 Hope Road Music/Adrian Boot

Cedella Booker: mother of a legend

He inherited her musical talent and her indomitable spirit to become the first Third World superstar. Debbie Jacob looks back at the interwoven live.

Nearlin Taitt: the secret Trinidadian hero of Jamaican music

Nearlin Taitt: the secret Trinidadian hero of Jamaican music

Nearlin Taitt, a Trinidadian, started in steelband, then invented rocksteady in Jamaica. Kim Johnson turns the spotlight on one of the mysteries of Ca.

The facade of the Teatro Amazonas. Photograph by Nicholas Laughlin

Manaus: concrete and jungle

Deep in the Brazilian rainforest, Jonathan Ali sips cocktails in the Paris of the Amazon, the city of Manaus.

The earthship after nine days of work. Photograph by Melanie Archer

The earthship has landed

Melanie Archer finds that one man’s trash can become another man’s castle, as she travels to Jamaica to work on an eco-friendly house.