Issue 101
(January/February 2010)

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Issue 101


CD Reviews – January/February 2010

The new music that is reflecting the region right now

Photo taken from Caribbean Food Made Easy with Levi Roots. Photograph courtesy Octopus Publishing Group/ Chris Terry

Levi Roots: singing for his supper

UK-based singer and chef Levi Roots is as hot as his Reggae Reggae Sauce. Franka Philip joins his fan club

The Real McCoy. Illustration by Nikolai Noel

Not a drop to drink

The era of Prohibition led to a flourishing trade in contraband West Indian rum – and moonshine. James Ferguson takes a nip of the real McCoy

Rock steady rules

A new documentary digs up the roots of reggae. Garry Steckles joins in this joyful reunion

Peter Samuel on stage as The Midnight Robber, alter ego to the traditional Carnival street character. Photograph courtesy Callaloo company

Film Reviews – January/February 2010

The new films that are reflecting the region right now

Gabriel with some of his creations. Photograph courtesy Soul Jazz Records

Book Reviews – January/February 2010

The new books that are reflecting the region right now

Yuletide, Home and Abroad, a seminal `big head` band by Cito Velasquez. Photograph courtesy Mark Lyndersay from the Kingsley Collection

The gift of the past

In a bag of old, scratched negatives, photographer Mark Lyndersay found priceless images of the Trinidad Carnival of half a century ago

A section of the band Mesopotamia BC played in 1965. Photograph courtesy Harts

Harts Carnival: band of the years

For 50 years, Harts has been bringing out a fun Carnival band. They shared three generations of a family tradition with Lisa Allen-Agostini

2009 Pic-o-de-Crop winner, Red Plastic Bag (left). Photograph courtesy Barbados Tourism Authority

Red plastic bag is a rolling stone

For a professional calypsonian, it’s always Carnival season. N’delamiko Lord tries to keep up with the calypso king of Barbados

A masquerader `making a joyful sound and jumping up in the air`. Photograph by Andre Alexander

Happenings (January/February 2010)

A round-up of current events on the Caribbean calendar

Traditional Saban cottages -- and modern cottages decorated in traditional colours -- in the village of Windwardside. Photograph by Nicholas Laughlin

The view from Mt Scenery

On the tiny island of Saba stands the highest point in the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Nicholas Laughlin saw the sights on his trek to the top

Derek Walcott. Photograph by Abigail Hadeed

Derek Walcott: making poetry from nothing

As the St Lucian Nobel laureate turns 80, Brendan de Caires reflects on the meaning of Derek Walcott’s life and work
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Kenny Phillips accompanies well-known soca artiste, Iwer George. Photograph courtesy Kenny Phillips

Kenny Phillips: keeping the culture alive

Kenny Phillips is a man with a mission: to preserve and protect the music of Trinidad & Tobago. Laura Dowrich-Phillips finds he’s fighting the battle

One of Gabriel`s wire creations, covered in papier-mâché. Photograph by David Katz

Carl Gabriel: from mas band to museum

Carl Gabriel has raised the Carnival craft of wirebending to a fine art. David Katz admires his many skills

Livvi Franc. Photograph courtesy Ron Cardiz

Livvi Franc: babe in total control

There’s something in the water in Barbados that produces great singers. The island's latest sensation is Livvi Franc

Maria Govan (right, in white) behind the scenes directing her award-winning film. Photograph courtesy Maria Govan

Maria Govan: “quite a challenging place to be”

But the Bahamas is still home for award-winning filmmaker Maria Govan. She spoke to Jonathan Ali about her life and work there

The Oval Boys in the 1940s before they became Invaders. Photograph courtesy Andy and Jeff Narell

Invaders: the pan yard under the breadfruit tree

Jeannine Remy and Ray Funk mine the rich history of Invaders, one of Trinidad’s oldest steelbands
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Kwame Dawes. Photograph courtesy Peepal Tree Press/Rachel Eliza Griffiths

HIV & AIDS in Jamaica: Kwame Dawes tackles the taboo

HIV and Aids are touchy subjects in Jamaica, but Kwame Dawes has braved them in poetry and prose. David Katz explored this multimedia project