Issue 85
(May/June 2007)

In this Issue:

Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter John Legend. Photograph courtesy St Lucia Tourist Board

St Lucia Jazz returns to its roots

John Legend headlines an impressive cast of performers that includes jazz performers such as Tania Maria and Will Downing

Lewis Hamilton (right) and Fernando Alonso at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Team Presentation. Photograph courtesy

Lewis Hamilton: the drive to win

Lewis Hamilton, 22, takes on Britain’s Formula One as its first black face

Trinidadian Etienne Charles. Photograph courtesy Etienne Charles/Petra Richterova

Etienne Charles: culture shock

Etienne Charles shows Caribbean roots on his new album Culture Shock

West Indian Rhythm Box Set. Photograph courtesy The Classic Calypso Collective

West Indian Rhythm: “The real native music”

West Indian Rhythm transports listeners to the early days of calypso in Trinidad

Emergency: Arthur Atkinson, oil on canvas, 1969. Photograph courtesy the Barbados National Art Gallery Committee

Home is where the art is

Barbadian art will finally find a home when the planned Barbados art gallery is built

Footage from the 2006 Curaçao Dive Festival. Photograph courtesy the Curaçao Tourism Corp - North America

Island hopper (May/June 2007)

What’s happening in the Caribbean in May and June

Top Gun. Photograph by Tim Wright

Sea and be seen

Angostura Sail Week 2007 promises to be full of surprises

Carlos Lezama: The Father of Brooklyn Carnival. Photograph by Glenda Cadogan

Passing of a king of carnival: Carlos Lezama

Carlos Lezama, “the Father of Brooklyn Carnival”, hailed as a shining example

Ginetta: trumpeter, singer and composer of Ginetta`s Vendetta. Photograph by Raymond Davey

Ocho Rios: jazzing up Jamaica

World Jazz takes the spotlight at the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival in Jamaica

Klive Walker explores hidden complexities of race, culture and class in Jamaica`s hierarchical social strata. Photograph courtesy Insomniac Press

Caribbean Bookshelf (May/June 2007)

Reggae explored in Dubwise: Reasoning From the Reggae Underground and What the Deejay Said: A Critique from The Street

Storm Saulter behind the camera on the Better Mus Come set. Photograph courtesy Firefly Films

Film buzz (May/June 2007)

Storm Saulter stirring up the Jamaican film industry, and in Roots Time, rastafarians rule

Actor Delroy Lindo reads from Colin Channer’s short story How to Beat a Child the Right and Proper Way at Calabash 2006. Photograph courtesy the Calabash International Literary Festival

Calabash 2007: a pot of gold

The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize to be announced at the Calabash Literary Festival

An early steelband of the 1940s. Photograph courtesy Kim Johnson

History in the making

The early history of Trinidad’s steelband movement

Barbados Fertility Centre. Photograph courtesy BFC

Fertile isle

The Barbados Fertility Centre is a tropical haven for couples looking to conceive

Phyllodytes auratus, better known as the Golden Tree Frog. Photograph by Professor Julian Kenny

Eco buzz (May/June 2007)

Trinidad’s mountains are alive with animal life • Caribbean anthuriums make a comeback thanks to groundbreaking research

Leatherback at Shell Beach, Guyana. Photograph courtesy Guyana Marine Turtle Conservation Society/Michelle Kalamandeen

Michelle Kalamandeen: “It’s commitment that counts”

Michelle Kalamandeen tells Caroline Taylor why she has a special love for Guyana’s Shell Beach

Zadd and Eastman of Trinidad at Caribbean Fashion Week, Jamaica. Photograph courtesy Zadd and Eastman


Laura Dowrich-Phillips looks at the region’s premiere fashion event, the Caribbean Fashion Week in Jamaica

Viburt Bernard of Sybil’s Bakery. Photograph courtesy Viburt Bernard

Making it in New York

Erline Andrews seeks out successful Caribbean entrepreneurs in New York

Toronto Islanders, with Trini friends, form a Cow Band for J`Ouvert, Carnival 1987. Photograph by Gera Dillon

Fire and ice

A settlement of Canadians builds Trinidad-style costumes in the bitter winter of the Great Lakes. Donna Yawching questions their sanity

Michael Cherrie: ’The Black Brando‘. Photograph by Jeffrey Chock

Michael Cherrie blossoms

He’s been dubbed “the Black Brando” and, writes Caroline Taylor, Michael Cherrie’s future as an actor seems assured

Traditional West Indian seasonings. Photograph by Shirley Bahadur

Caribbean herbal remedies

Salted cod, pigeon peas, curry powder. Franka Philip finds all the West Indian ingredients she needs in London to make her kitchen smell like home

Photograph courtesy Oxford University Press

The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse: landscape of love

James Ferguson finds consolations in The Oxford Book of Caribbean Verse

Photograph courtesy Macmillan Caribbean

Music is a teacher

Garry Steckles questions why Caribbean music is not used as an educational tool in Caribbean schools

Photograph by David Wears

Home of the brave

Tracy Assing tests her spine and stamina at Barbados's annual Crop Over

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