Archive for November, 2010

Shiva Ragoonanan hard at work at his potter’s wheel, forming an urn used in Hindu pujas. Photograph by Mirissa De Four

Shiva Ragoonanan: feat of clay

Shiva Ragoonanan of Trinidad practises the dying art of pottery. Mirissa De Four watched him working at his wheel .

Illustration by Darren Chee Wah

Perfect presents for foodie friends

Gloves that peel vegetables…a blowtorch? There are some surprises on Franka Philip’s Christmas shopping list .

Jennifer Hosten: night of the nutmeg princess

When Miss Grenada won the Miss World contest in 1970 she almost caused an international incident. James Ferguson explains the uproar .

Angus Mackay in his studio. Photograph courtesy Angus Mackay

Rhythms International rocks

Radio DJ Angus Mackay is spreading the gospel of world music, one Iraqi at a time. Garry Steckles is a convert to the cause .

Jahdan Blakkamoore. Photograph courtesy I Grade Records

CD Reviews – November/December 2010

The new music that is reflecting the region right now.

Fuller-Provoteaux with the many ingredients needed for baking a traditional Christmas must-have delicacy – black cake. Photograph courtesy Ariann Thompson

Barbara Fuller-Provoteaux: “Christmas is the happiest day of the year”

So Barbara Fuller-Provoteaux takes it very seriously. She told James Fuller why her preparations start in August .

Shamsu Deen doing genealogy research at the National Archives, Trinidad. Photograph courtesy Shamshu Deen

Shamshu Deen: reaping the fruit of the family tree

Shamshu Deen has pioneered research into the ancestry of Trinidadians of Indian descent. Kevin Baldeosingh on the man and his genealogical methods .

Sugar Minott. Photograph by David Corio/Redferns

Sugar Minott: a sweet voice falls silent

David Katz pays tribute to a pioneer of lovers rock reggae.

Errol Jones as Makak in the Trinidad Theatre Workshop production of Derek Walcott's Dream on Monkey Mountain. Photograph by Mark Lyndersay

Errol Jones: a gentleman and a player

A founder member of Derek Walcott’s Trinidad Theatre Workshop, Errol Jones was often called the region’s finest actor. Judy Raymond marks his passing.

Sydney Allicock, 2010 Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence laureate in Public & Civic Contributions. Photograph courtesy JCD Productions

Sydney Allicock: the man from Iwokrama

A member of Guyana’s First Peoples, Sydney Allicock is an advocate, environmentalist and poet. Raymond Ramcharitar profiles an unassuming visionary .