Issue 87
(September/October 2007)

In this Issue:

The dragons racing in the first dragon boat festival in Trinidad, October 2006. Photograph courtesy The Trinidad And Tobago Dragon Boat Association

Chasing the dragon boat

The Chinese in Trinidad celebrate their arrival over 200 years ago with an annual Dragon Boat Festival

Island hopper (September/October 2007)

Music, cuisine and talent will be on display in the Caribbean during the months of September and October

Cult Cargo. Photograph courtesy GBI Recordings

Music buzz (September/October 2007)

Jointpop’s new album The January Transfer Window may be their ticket out of obscurity

Frances-Anne Solomon. Photograph courtesy Frances-Anne Solomon

A Winter Tale: heartbreak and humour

Frances-Anne Solomon’s A Winter Tale looks at young black men coping with negative stereotyping in a Canadian city

Campaigning in St Vincent, 1984. Photograph courtesy Macmillan Caribbean

Bookshelf (September/October 2007)

Beyond the Islands: An Autobiography is a colourful journey into the life of former St Vincent prime minister James Mitchell
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Caribbean Bookshelf (September/October 2007)

The inaugural tour of West Indian cricketers to North America is documented in a book

15-year old Antiguan writer Akilah A. Jardine reads from her debut novel Living Life the Way I Know It. Photograph courtesy Ann Granger

The books are back: the Caribbean Literary Festival

The second Caribbean Literary Festival in Antigua is an event book lovers should not miss

From right, A Different Booklist owner and children`s author Itah Sadu, with choregrapher Tamala Matthews and her husband Dwayne Morgan, author and award-winning poet. Photograph courtesy Ron Fanfair

Buljol, business and books

A friendship formed over a plate of bake and buljol has resulted in the establishment of A Different Booklist, a Canadian bookstore

A male red-legged honeycreeper displays his spectacular cerulean blue plumage. Photograph by Harold Diaz

Asa Wright Nature Centre: an old house and a dream

The Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad celebrates its 40th anniversary with activities

Rihanna. Photograph courtesy Roberto D’Este

Rihanna: “I try to remain true to who I am”

Barbados’s singing sensation Rihanna speaks to Essiba Small about her rise to fame, her changing image, and rumours of romance between her and Def Jam

GAP Adventure founder Bruce Poon Tip. Photograph courtesy GAP Adventures

Bruce Poon Tip: capitalist with a conscience

Trinidad-born Bruce Poon Tip exposes travellers to adventures around the world with his Great Adventures People company

Nicola Kretzschmar models a two-piece crochet ensemble. Photograph by Bevil Byam

Kaishah Peters: knitty knitty hits the catwalk

St Maarten designer Kaishah Peters knits and crochets her way up the fashion ladder. Judy Fitzpatrick gets caught up in her intricate designs

Kevin Ayoung-Julien on the runway. Photograph courtesy Pulse Investments Ltd

Cut and craft: Caribbean Fashion Week

Regional designers showed ther true colours at this year’s Caribbean Fashion Week in Jamaica

Corporal Mantana. Photograph courtesy Corporal Mantana

Wadadli style

In Antigua reggae and dancehall are just as popular as soca. David Katz explores the island’s hidden reggae scene

Scarlet ibis keep watch while perched on a rod at the Wild Fowl Trust, Pointe-à-Pierre. Photograph by Andrea De Silva

The Wild Fowl Trust: oasis of the oilbelt

The Petrotrin oil refinery has been a vital piece of southern Trinidad’s landscape, but nestled in its heart is a Wild Fowl Trust

Sir Frank Worrell. Photograph courtesy Andy Ganteaume

“Worrell not for captain”

The late Sir Frank Worrell was the captain for the West Indies Cricket Team’s historic tour to England in 1963 that resulted in a knighthood

Moko jumbies perform outside the Beausejour Stadium, St Lucia. Photograph by James Fuller

Overs and done: the Cricket World Cup

James Fuller reflects on the lasting legacy of the Cricket World Cup in 2007

Illustration by James Hackett

Born to serve

James Ferguson looks at the surprising paths to power taken by some of the region’s leaders, with a special look at Haiti's Henri Christophe

Young Leaders and teachers of Waterloo High School celebrate their victory with Catherine Kumar, Managing Director, RBTT Bank. Photograph courtesy RBTT Financial Group

New winners at Waterloo

Students of Waterloo High School in Trinidad overcome challenges to win the RBTT Young Leaders competition

Ackee and saltfish with dumplings and provision. Photograph by Shirley Bahadur

GI in the WI

Franka Philip adopts a healthy approach to eating her favourite Caribbean dishes

Photograph by Tracy Assing

The churn

Tracy Assing tries to make homemade ice cream but after hours of churning ends up with sweet foam

Orville Richard Burrell, better known as Shaggy. Photograph courtesy Big Yard Music

Judgement time: Tempo TV

It’s been over a year since Tempo took the air to showcase Caribbean culture. Garry Steckles reports on the music channel’s progress

Dean Walcott as he works on his craft. Photograph by Tracy Assing

Not just a stroll on the beach

Selling handicrafts to tourists is a hard day’s work for Dean Walcott, as Tracy Assing discovers

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