Issue 103
(May/June 2010)

In this Issue:

Issue 103


Yabby You in London, 1992. Photograph by Barrow

Yabby You: Jesus Dread and his scrolls of wax

A dreadlocked Christian, the eccentric Yabby You earned a special place in the annals of reggae. David Katz recalls his struggles and his success

Illustration by James Hackett

Driven to distraction

They said it was a good, solid, reliable car. Only James Fuller knew the dark side of his veteran Cressida

An easy meal, stewed pigeon peas can be eaten on its own or as an accompaniment to any dish. Photograph by Shirley Bahadur

Fishcakes, pork belly, and macafouchette

Tightening your belt doesn’t mean you have to go hungry. Franka Philip shares recession-fighting recipes

Tacky and his freedom fighters

James Ferguson recreates a Jamaican slave uprising of 250 years ago, doomed when the Maroons were called in to hunt down their fellow Africans

Pop singer Teddy Afro. Photograph courtesy M Productions

Teddy Afro: songs of freedom

Pop singer Teddy Afro is often described as Ethiopia’s Bob Marley. Garry Steckles rejects the comparison

Keith “Destiny” Waldron. Photograph by courtesy Werner Schorn

CD Reviews – May/June 2010

The new music that is reflecting the region right now

The children from Atkinson School who wrote the book, with their teacher, Micheline Bruno. Photograph courtesy Papillote Press

Book Reviews – May/June 2010

The new books that are reflecting the region right now

A scene from Coolie Pink and Green. Photograph courtesy Patricia Mohammed

DVD Reviews – May/June 2010

The new films that are reflecting the region right now

The Fair-Trade Ensemble, led by Ben D’Cunha on the piano. Photograph by Donna Yawching

‘Round breakfast

Early-morning jazz music is a specialty at Ellington’s café in Toronto. Donna Yawching samples the menu

Kathy Davis models one of Judith Rawlin’s creations at the old sugar factory in St Kitts. Photograph courtesy Judith Rawlins, taken by GSquared Arts, St Kitts

A taste of brown sugar: Judith Rawlins

Designer Judith Rawlins is putting St Kitts on the fashion map. Laura Dowrich-Phillips looks through her racks of Caribbean casuals

La Toya Woods rehearses her walk in the lobby at the Hyatt Regency in a Peter Elias gown. Photograph by Sean Drakes

Not all gowns and glamour: Fashion Week Trinidad & Tobago

Caribbean Beat went behind the scenes, where photographer Sean Drakes and Laura Dowrich-Phillips met the trailblazers of the local fashion industry

Lyn Taitt (with cap) at the Legends of Ska concert, Toronto, 2002. Photograph by Greg Lawson, with thanks to Brad Klein

Nearlin Taitt: death of a legend

Guitarist Nearlin Taitt invented rock steady, the forerunner of reggae. David Katz pays tribute to this versatile pioneer

Hendy designs on the catwalk. Photograph courtesy Francis Hendy Inc.

Francis Hendy: the quiet man with the big name

Helen Shair-Singh finds out how Francis Hendy, a modest tailor from Trinidad, became a celebrity designer in New York

The Pomeroon River, a tributary of the Essequibo. Photograph by Desiree McEachrane

Guyana’s River Road

The mighty Essequibo is one of the biggest rivers in South America. Desiree McEachrane took the plunge

Menswear designer Gregory Mills of Millhouse tailors a jacket in his Belmont studio and store. Photograph by Sean Drakes

Millhouse: saga boy style

Lisa Allen-Agostini measures up Millhouse, one of Trinidad & Tobago’s leading menswear designers

Jamaican Tyrone Thompson, better known as Papa San, is one of the headline acts at Barbados Gospelfest. Photograph courtesy Gospelfest (Barbados) Inc

Happenings (May/June 2010)

A round-up of current events on the Caribbean calendar

Octave enjoys the view from the top. Photograph by Paul Crask

I can see clearly now: hiking Dominica’s Pitons

On the climb to the top of Dominica’s Morne Trois Pitons, Paul Crask learns to look at hiking in a whole new way

A nesting turtle, with the hotel in the background. Photograph by Piero Guerrini

Looking for the leatherback in Trinidad

On Trinidad’s northeast coast, thousands of huge, rare sea turtles come to nest each year. Eric Hawk didn’t see a single one on his first trip there.