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Music for the mas

Issue 108 (March/April 2011) | 0 comments
Essiba Small surveys the soca scene for possible winners in the Road March race and on the party circuit for Trinidad & Tobago Carnival...

Photograph by Ariann Thompson

The magic of mehndi

Issue 107 (January/February 2011) | 0 comments
It’s like a temporary tattoo, but mehndi predates that trend by thousands of years. Essiba Small tries out this ancient art of decorating the body

Shaggy. Photograph courtesy VP Records

CD reviews (September/October 2008)

Issue 93 (September/October 2008) | 0 comments
Reviews of some new Caribbean CDs

Ralph MacDonald. Photograph courtesy Sandrine Lee

CD reviews (May/June 2008)

Issue 91 (May/June 2008) | 0 comments
Reviews of Caribbean related CDs

De Red Boyz – Mikey Hulsmeier, left and Scott Galt. Photograph courtesy De Red Boyz

De Red Boyz: red hot and happening

Issue 90 (March/April 2008) | 0 comments
One is Trinidadian, the other Bajan. Together, they are the newest, hottest producers in the Caribbean. Up close and personal with De Red Boyz

Rihanna. Photograph courtesy Roberto D’Este

Rihanna: “I try to remain true to who I am”

Issue 87 (September/October 2007) | 0 comments
Barbados’s singing sensation Rihanna speaks to Essiba Small about her rise to fame, her changing image, and rumours of romance between her and Def Jam

Drupatee Ramgoonai. Photograph taken by Mark Lyndersay at the Trinidad Valley Harps panyard, Penal

Chutney Soca Succession

Issue 123 (September/October 2013) | 0 comments
Mark Lyndersay’s images capture two generations of chutney soca stars, while writer Essiba Small explains how the sound has evolved over the decades


Caribbean Playlist (May/June 2013)

Issue 121 (May/June 2013) | 0 comments
Recent albums and singles to get you in your groove

CD Reviews – January/February 2010

Issue 101 (January/February 2010) | 0 comments
The new music that is reflecting the region right now

Shurwayne Winchester. Photograph by

Music for the mas

Issue 113 (January/February 2012) | 0 comments
The new music that is reflecting the region right now