Issue 90
(March/April 2008)

In this Issue:

Revellers jamming down Front Street in the heart of St Maarten`s capital Philipsburg during St Maarten Carnival 2007. Photograph by Judy H Fitzpatrick

Happenings (March/April 2008)

A brief look at the events that will have the Caribbean buzzing in March and April

A queen angelfish reigns over her domain. his picture was taken at Moonscape, a cratered reef south of the island. Photograph by Tadzio Bervoets

Diving in St. Martin: in an Octopus’ garden

Judy Fitzpatrick explores buried treasure in St Martin’s waters

Illustration by James Hackett

Feeling hot, hot, hot: climate change and the Caribbean

Super hurricanes, higher temperature, and heavier rainfall—James Fuller looks at how global warming is threatening to redefine life in the Caribbean

Chris Blackwell, the legendary founder of Island Records. Photograph by Riva PR

Chris Blackwell: man with the Midas touch

Chris Blackwell turned Jamaican reggae singers into stars. Now, as Maggie Lee reports, he’s turning a famous Jamaican estate into a global attraction

Professor Donald K Gordon at Canadian bookstore A Different Booklist for the launch of his controversial book. Photograph by Donna Yawching

Snapshots (March/April 2008)

Look out for these rising Caribbean stars
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Staceyann Chin. Photograph courtesy Staceyann Chin

Staceyann Chin: “I have walked long hard roads to get here”

Jamaican poet Staceyann Chin tells Caroline Taylor about her harrowing journey to fame

Elizabeth Burke, a member of the Trinidad and Tobago female boxing team. Photograph by Mariamma Kambon

Fighting out of the box

Caribbean boxers aim to fight their way into acclaim at the Olympics. Laura Dowrich-Phillips looks at their struggle for recognition

De Red Boyz – Mikey Hulsmeier, left and Scott Galt. Photograph courtesy De Red Boyz

De Red Boyz: red hot and happening

One is Trinidadian, the other Bajan. Together, they are the newest, hottest producers in the Caribbean. Up close and personal with De Red Boyz

Three bananaquits and a green honeycreeper keep each other company at the Asa Wright Nature Centre, Trinidad. Photograph by Dominique Monteil

Where the birds belong

Trinidad and Tobago has over 400 species of birds, and Martin Kenefick’s new book describes them all. Tracy Assing flies through its pages

Jean-Ralph Thurin. Photograph courtesy Jean-Ralph Thurin

Jean-Ralph Thurin: high fashion from Haiti

Caroline Taylor visits Jean-Ralph Thurin’s high-fashion bridal salon in New Jersey, where the Haitian designer brings his dreams to life

Arthur Goddard, owner of Arthur`s Place--the little jazz bar along Lucknow Street in St James, Trinidad. Photograph by Robert Taylor

The bar that time forgot

Arthur’s Place in Trinidad is for jazz lovers, but as Kari Cobham reveals, it’s not for everyone—even if it could hold more than 20 guests

Bob Marley, 1974. Photograph by URBANIMAGE.TV/56 HRM/Adrian Boot

Top 10 reggae CDs

From Catch a Fire to Blackheart Man, David Katz counts down his top 10 reggae albums of all time

CD reviews (March/April 2008)

Reviews of new and recent CD releases of Caribbean interest

Book reviews (March/April 2008)

Reviews of new and recent books from and about the Caribbean

Toots, at a live performance in London, 1981. Photograph by Boot

Toots Hibbert: still doing the reggay

Garry Steckles looks at the long career of Toots Hibbert and how closely it paralleled Bob Marley’s

Live at London’s Rainbow Theatre 1977. Photograph by HRM/Adrian Boot

Bob Marley: time will tell

For one bright shining moment it seemed the unbridgeable political divide in Jamaica had been closed. James Ferguson remembers that day, 30 years ago

A favourite of West Indians – oxtail soup. Photograph by Shirley Bahadur

The heart of the matter

Once a staunch vegetarian, Franka Philip now enjoys warm pig head, duck heart on toast and curried liver

An employee at Pilas Kassav peels cassava, which is then processed to make farine. Photograph by Laura Dowrich- Phillips

Giving us our daily bread

Laura Dowrich-Phillips finds out how cassava bread is made in St Lucia, and of course takes a taste

Helping the region respond to HIV

How we can reduce the transmission of HIV in the Caribbean by getting into GEARS

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