Issue 65
(January/February 2004)

In this Issue:

Yvonne Brewster: “I only do what I want to do now”

Jamaica-born actress Yvonne Brewster on black British theatre and working with C.L.R. James; as told to Nazma Muller

Trinidad Carnival’s artists of the streets

Trinidad Carnival combines bacchanalian celebration with spontaneous street theatre, in an atmosphere of fantasy and “freeness”. Above all, it is the spectacle of the masquerade- thousands of costumed revellers transforming Port of Spain into a visual fantasia. The decades after the Second World War were a golden age of Carnival costume design. Dylan Kerrigan and Nicholas Laughlin profile the major designers of this era, the individuals whose imagination, craft, and passion created legends
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Two individuals from Mexico 1591 to 1521 (1964). Photograph by Noel Norton

Harold Saldenah: the historian

Harold Saldenah 1925 - 1985: Sally's historical extravaganzas were famed for their scrupulous detail
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George Bailey in the 1960s

George Bailey: the monarch

George Bailey, 1935 - 1970: "Sir George" won the lasting affection of ordinary spectators as no designer has before or since
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Ken Morris in 1982, at the Savannah with Peter Minshall's band Papillon. Photograph by Mark Lyndersay

Ken Morris: the copper man

Ken Morris, 1924 - 1992: This master craftsman transformed a traditional Carnival technique into high art
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Celo Velasquez in 2003. Photograph by Media and Editorial Projects Ltd.

Cito Velasquez: the king-maker

Cito Velazquez, born 1929: His wire-bending expertise made the most intricate, elaborate designs possible
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Irvin McWilliams in 1972, in costume at the Savannah. Photograph by Noel Norton

Irvin McWilliams: the man of the people

Irvin McWilliams, born 1920: "Mac" celebrated the everyday life of Trinidad and Tobago, pioneering "indigenous mas"
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"Diamond Jim" Harding in the early 1990s. Photograph by Jason Griffith

The admirals: George Harding & Jason Griffith

"Diamond Jim" Harding and Jason Griffith: The kings of fancy sailor mas reigned over their surreal genre for 60 years
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Lil and Edmund Hart in the 1980s. Photograph by Mark Lyndersay

The fun-lovers: Edmond & Lil Hart

Edmond Hart and Lil Hart: The Hart's colourful creations demonstrated that Carnival above all is to be enjoyed
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Carlisle Chang in the 1980s. Photograph by Bruce Paddington

Carlisle Chang: the artist

Carlisle Chang: A landmark artist, Chang designed bands unrivalled for the breadth of their themes and meticulousness of their execution
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Stephen Derek in the 1990s . Photograph by Mark Lyndersay

Stephen Derek: the globetrotter

Stephen Derek: An apprentice of the great George Bailey, Derek has taken Trinidad Carnival around the world
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Wayne Berkeley in the 1980s. Photograph by Mark Lyndersay

Wayne Berkeley: the showman

Wayne Berkeley: Bridging his consummate professionalism to Carnival design, Berkeley is known as a master decorater
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Peter Minshall in the 1980s. Photograph by Mark Lyndersay

Peter Minshall: the dramatist

Peter Minshall: Life, death, rebirth: Minshall uses the medium of mas to make statements more profound than anyone previously thought possible
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Bikinis, beads, braids

Epilogue & Credits
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It’s a brown world

At home in Trinidad, Caroline Taylor’s multi-ethnic identity is no mystery; the rest of the world is a totally different melting-pot

A pelau of her own

Pelau = rice + meat + pigeon peas, right? Not if Anu Lakhan has her way. A plea for pea-free pelau

Frank Collymore: the man who loved to have fun

For 40 years, Frank Collymore, writer and editor of the magazine Bim, was a major figure in West Indian letters... Meet the man behind the reputation.

10 things to do in Trinidad after Carnival

When the music stops and the costumes are put away, there’s still a multitude of things to keep Carnival visitors here in Trinidad a few days or weeks

Mash up the place: Mashramani in Trinidad

Mashramani, Guyana’s version of Carnival, is a celebration of national independence and community spirit

Movers & Shakers- January/ February 2004

Sir George Alleyne takes charge at UWI; Nadz brings rap back to Jamaica; Darrel Brown is the man to beat; Janine Antoni makes high-wire art; Daniel Prendergast does good science; and Nelly Stharre finds her Soul Country
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Book Buzz (January/ February 2004)

Wilson Harris takes on art, the universe, and everything; a biography of Rastafarian pioneer Leonard Howell; Curdella Forbes tells a simple story; Little Lion learns a lesson; plus West Indian writers talk about their art

Music Buzz (January/ February 2004)

Culture stays close to their roots; Barbados hosts world-class jazz; Andre Tanker lives on in his music; 3Canal goes after joy for Carnival 2004; plus Dean Fraser's playlist and our rhythm roundup

Screen Buzz (January/ February 2004)

Gayelle returns to the airwaves; Calypso Dreams captures the sound of a generation; and revisit Carnival 2003 on DVD
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Art Buzz (January/February 2004)

A year's worth of art; and Bill Grace creates monuments to optimism

Love Buzz (January/ February 2004)

O'Leo LoKai shares a few ways to attract love

The Dragon Can’t Dance

The Dragon Can’t Dance explores the contradictions between the power and beauty of Trinidad’s Carnival and the social and personal issues hiding behind the costumes. James Ferguson argues that Earl Lovelace’s novel comes closer than any other literary work to the truth of the mas’

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