Archive for March 1st, 2009

Morris Aberdeen styling a client at his Morris Roots Salon in Tooting, south London. Photograph by Franka Philip

Morris Aberdeen: keeping London locked down

Morris Aberdeen is a locktician. That is, he’s a master of the art of making dreadlocks look elegant. Celebrity locks-wearers beat a path to him..

Engraving after a portrait of Maria Sibylla Merian by her son-in-law, Georg Gsell. Photograph courtesy History of Science Collections, University of Oklahoma Libraries

Maria Merian: the Caterpillar lover

Nicholas Laughlin tells the curious tale of how a middle-aged 17th-century German housewife and mother travelled to the tropics....

Caribbean icons in the entertainment industry calypsonian Brother Valentino (left) and Byron Lee with the awards they received from the mayor of Port of Spain, Trinidad. Photograph by Iossjr

Byron Lee: from Ska to Soca

The half-century career of Byron Lee, Jamaican bandleader and businessman, stretched the length of the region and covered many genres of its music too.

Chris Gayle celebrates his 50-run mark during the ICC Cricket World Cup match vs England at Kensington Oval, Barbados in April 2. Photograph by Iossjr

Chris Gayle force wins

When Caribbean Beat went to press, the West Indies were celebrating a stunning first-Test victory in Jamaica over the touring English team....

Theron Shaw. Photograph by Mark Lyndersay

Theron Shaw: the art of the matter

A brush with death showed guitarist Theron Shaw what was really important in life. In his latest recordings and performances, he’s changed focus....

Ian McDonald. Photograph courtesy Macmillan Caribbean

Ian McDonald: evening in the garden

Poet and novelist Ian McDonald shares his memories of a rich and happy life with Nicholas Laughlin .

Brownman Electryc Trio, 2007 Canadian National Electric Jazz Group of the Year. Photograph courtesy Brownman Music Inc/Jason Hendrik

Brownman blows up a storm

This young jazz trumpeter, based in Toronto, leads no fewer than seven bands, and can switch styles as easily as he changes his socks. .

Breadfruit illustration by Nikolai Noel

Breadfruit: superfood of St Vincent

Often thought of as stodgy and dull, the humble breadfruit has an exciting history that’s part of one of the most famous seafaring stories.

Students at Speyside Primary Anglican Church School tend their vegetable and herb beds. Photograph by James Fuller

Tobago: saving money, saving the earth

Tobago is showing hotel owners ways to cut costs – while keeping their island clean and conserving resources.

Waterfront view of the Hyatt Regency hotel, Trinidad, where two major international conferences are scheduled to be held. Photograph by Edison Boodoosingh

Port of Spain rises to the summit

Gail Alexander reports on how Trinidad and Tobago’s capital is preparing for the next Summit of the Americas and a US President Barack Obama.