Issue 111
(September/October 2011)

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Issue 111


Illustration by Al Akong

Al Akong: drawing from memory

Artist Al Akong sketches his favourite images of a life spent in the Caribbean

Photograph by Shirley Bahadur

Cooking by numbers

Everyone should be able to cook the basics, says Franka Philip. But which ones?

Illustration by Darren Cheewah

Pierre Toussaint: from slavery to sainthood

Born in Haiti, the Venerable Pierre Toussaint is on the way to becoming the first Caribbean saint. James Ferguson tells his story.

Gordon Greenidge in fine batting style. Photograph by Ken Kelly

Great balls of Fire in Babylon

Through a rosy mist of nostalgia, Garry Steckles watches a new movie about West Indies cricket

CD Reviews (September/October 2011)

The new music that is reflecting the region right now

Book Reviews (September/October 2011)

The new books that are reflecting the region right now
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Film Reviews (September/October 2011)

The new films that are reflecting the region right now

A still from the animated feature Chico & Rita, the story of the love affair between two Cuban musicians. Photograph courtesy T&T Film Festival

T&T’s love affair with the silver screen

September’s film festival marks a century of cinema in Port of Spain

As Lord Rama triumphs, the evil Ravan's effigy goes up in flames. Photograph by Edison Boodoosingh

Ramleela: epic on a village stage

At this time of year, rural Trinidad communities stage an ancient theatrical ritual. Laura Dowrich-Phillips sets the scene

The late Alphonsus “Arrow” Cassell had a massive international hit with “Hot Hot Hot”. Photograph courtesy Chad Cumberbatch

Celebrating Trinidad’s Calypso

October is Calypso History Month in Trinidad & Tobago. Debbie Jacob explains why this indigenous folk music means so much to the region

Samuel Santoy Barrett. Photograph by Michael Kuester

Nothing so sweet as Nevis String Band

You know you’re in Nevis when you hear that haunting bamboo fife. Simon Lee makes notes on the island’s native music

A guide points out the nose of the plane during the light show. Photograph courtesy the Barbados Tourism Authority

Where the jet set sat

Barbados is now the habitat of a giant flightless bird – the Concorde. Ian Stalker went on board this iconic supersonic plane

A sense of place and a sense of self. Photograph by Moses Djeli

Tiphanie Yanique: “A sense of place and a sense of self”

Award-winning writer Tiphanie Yanique tells Lisa Allen-Agostini how literature can link the US Virgin Islands to the rest of the Caribbean

Dr Birdy. Photograph by Paul Crask

A day with Bertrand “Dr Birdy” Jno Baptiste

Dominica’s best-known birdwatcher can spot a plumbeous warbler or a rufous-throated solitaire a mile off

Photograph by Ariann Thompson

Happenings (September/October 2011)

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

Rikki Jai, the winner of the 2011 Chutney Soca Monarch competition. Photograph by David Samson

The beat of a different chutney soca drum

T&T’s chutney soca fuses Indian music with African elements drawn from calypso. Kim Johnson unearths its intertwined roots

Photograph by Ingrid Persaud

Spell in a teacup

Ingrid Persaud is entranced by Kiran Akal’s Caribbean blended teas

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Chris Browne: third world filmmaker

Jamaican director Chirs Browne (Third World Cop) tells Araya Crosskill about the milestone he’s achieved with his second feature, Ghett’a Life


The Amazing Ms Nicki Minaj

Nigel Telesford traces the rapper’s meteoric career from her beginnings in Trinidad and Tobago

The pleasures of Port Antonio, Jamaica

Jennifer Marshall follows in hollywood star Errol Flynn’s footsteps to Jamaica’s northeast coast