Issue 109
(May/June 2011)

In this Issue:

Issue 109


Illustration by Darren Cheewah

Road Rage – Bajan Style

BC Pires on life in the slow lane

Ah’len: Welcome arabic recipes

T&T’s Syrian-Lebanese community is known for its delicious food. Sharon Millar read these Arabic recipes with relish

Phulourie. Photograph by Shirley Bahadur

Phulourie, prasad and scotch bonnet pepper

Franka Philip celebrates the special flavours of Indian food cooked in the Caribbean

Illustration by James Hackett

Rafael Trujillo: boss of a banana republic

The rule of Rafael Trujillo was a dark time for the Dominican Republic. James Ferguson remembers the man who called himself “The Benefactor”

Dennis Brown, the Crown Prince of Reggae, passed away in 1999. Photograph by David Corio

Jamming with Bob in reggae Heaven

Garry Steckles pays homage to some fallen musical heroes

CD Reviews – May/June 2011

The new music that are reflecting the region right now

Book Reviews – May/June 2011

The new books that are reflecting the region right now

Earthquake damage to the orphanage. Photograph by Erik Feely

Helping Haiti hold on to its honour

A group from T&T is helping to rebuild an orphanage there. Cedriann J Martin on what’s rising out of the rubble after last year’s terrible earthquake

Caryl Philips. Photograph by Laurent Denimal

Caryl Phillips: “the arts are the window through which we see ourselves”

The reflections of British-Caribbean writer Caryl Phillips, as told to Lisa Allen-Agostini

Mario Sabga-Aboud. Photograph by Aldwyn Sin Pang courtesy Rituals

Mario Sabga-Aboud: the man who’s made Rituals a way of life

You can find Mario Sabga-Aboud’s coffee shops throughout the region. He talked to Debbie Jacob about this Caribbean success story

Levera Beach is overlooked by Sugar Loaf island. Photograph by Dexter Lewis

Grenada: from pink gin to paradise

Polly Thomas trekked all round Grenada and as far as Carriacou to find the best beaches for sun, sand, sea and snorkelling

Bridges to the world

The “airbridges” that link to planes at T&T’s Piarco Airport now showcase local art, thanks to Republic Bank

Designing Dreams in T&T. Photograph courtesy FWTT

Happenings – May/June 2011

A round-up of current and coming events on the Caribbean calendar

Sorting the cocoa beans. Photography by Alex Smailes / Abovegroup Ogilvy

The return of King Cocoa in Trinidad & Tobago

T&T once grew some of the world’s finest cocoa, and now the industry is being revived. Jonathan Ali tasted the premium chocolate being made in Tobago

The 350-year-old great house. Photograph courtesy St Nicholas Abbey

House of history: St Nicholas Abbey

St Nicholas Abbey, in Barbados, is a sugar estate and rum distillery – and a house with 350 years of history. Debbie Jacob paid a visit

Illustration by Shalini Seereeram

Voyage of the Fatel Rozak

Indian migrants came to the Caribbean to take their place on the sugar estates. Bridget Brereton tells how Indians arrived in Trinidad

Perry, Sally, Justine, Jason, and Justine's son, Dylan. Photography courtesy Sally Henzell

When Perry met Sally Henzell

Nazma Muller tells the story of a love driven by a passion for life, art – and Jamaica

Englishman's Bay. Photograph by Desiree Seebaran

Off the beaten track in Tobago

History, hiking, ecotourism…and of course beaches. Desiree Seebaran discovers the unexplored side of the island

Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka (left) with poet Kwame Dawes, Calabash programming director. Photograph by Hugh Wright

The Calabash runs dry

The festival is no more, but its legacy lives on. Nazma Muller celebrates this Jamaican literary landmark