Issue 92
(July/August 2008)

In this Issue:

Jamaican-born R&B singer Martell Nelson, better known as Razah. Photograph courtesy Def Jam

Snapshots (July/August 2008)

A brief look at Caribbean people doing extraordinary things

A masquerader enjoys herself on the streets of Grenada, during the carnival celebrations. Photograph courtesy The Grenada Board of Tourism

Happenings (July/August 2008)

A brief look at the events that will have the Caribbean buzzing in July and August

The Caroni swamp at dusk. Photograph courtesy The Trinidad And Tobago Film Company

Trinidad & Tobago: location, location, location

Trinidad and Tobago can offer the perfect backdrop for almost any feature film

Simla, 2008. Photograph by Christopher Broadbridge

The view from Simla

Christopher Broadbridge climbs battlements and terraces to visit Simla, a tropical research centre hidden in the hills of Trinidad

The Concord Falls. Photograph by David Katz

Top 10 things to do in Grenada

From remote hot springs to Italian food on Grand Anse beach, Grenada provides unexpected activities for the fun-loving...

Bob at the Dynamic Sounds Studio in Jamaica, 1969. Photograph by On Wax/Ossie Hamilton

When we would cook cornmeal porridge

Caribbean Beat columnist Garry Steckles is the author of a new biography of Bob Marley. Read an edited excerpt...

Mickey Dread. Photograph by Candice Dixon

Love the Mikey Dread

David Katz looks back on the life of Jamaican producer Mikey Dread

Stray Mongrels and White Negroes, 2006. Photograph courtesy Abigail Hadeed

Roberta Stoddart: painting from life

Sharon Millar speaks to Jamaican artist Roberta Stoddart and admires her ability to find beauty in the uncommon and forgotten

Mark Lyndersay

Late bloomers: Mark Lyndersay’s latest portraits

As he turns 50, photographer Mark Lyndersay sees dying flowers as a metaphor for ageing. James Fuller talks to him about his morbid art

The Jamaican contingent in Trevor Rhone’s Smile Orange at the Theatre Guild, Georgetown, 1972. Photograph courtesy Raschid Osman

Carifesta’s festival of the arts turns full circle

Carifesta returns to Guyana after the first festival was held there 36 years ago. Ruth Osman looks excitedly at what’s planned

Andrea De Silva. Photograph courtesy Andrea De Silva

Andrea de Silva: over the rainbow

Photographer Andrea De Silva is having a hard time selecting 150 images for her exhibition at the London High Commission...

Jeffrey Stollmeyer, left, and Andy Ganteaume opening the innings in Jamaica, 1946. Photograph by MEDIANET/ANDY GANTEAUME

Book reviews (July/August 2008)

Reviews of some new Caribbean books
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Latin Reggae. CD cover courtesy PUTUMAYO

CD reviews (July/August 2008)

Reviews of some new Caribbean CDs

The Insatiable Season: Making Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago directed by Mariel Brown. Photograph courtesy Savant Ltd

DVD reviews (July/August 2008)

Reviews of some new Caribbean DVDs

Cuba`s Dayron Robles competes to place first in the men`s 60m hurdles in Stuttgart, Germany, in February. Photograph courtesy OLIVER LANG/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Top ten Caribbean Olympic hopefuls 2008

Who will bring the Caribbean Olympic glory in Beijing? Kwame Laurence assesses the regional hopefuls for 2008

Usain Bolt in the men`s 200m race at the London Grand Prix 2007. Photograph by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Usain Lightning Bolt

He is a 200m specialist, but he now holds the 100m world record. Laura Dowrich-Phillips talks to Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt

Illustration by Nikolai Noel

Ponce de León and the water of life

James Ferguson traces the life of the conquistador Ponce de León and the poetic justice with which he met his end

Welcome the sun. The Sunday Breakfast Party starts at midnight and goes well into the morning. Photograph by

Great Fete: the longest weekend in the world

Tobago’s Great Fete Weekend started as just another party during Great Race. Now, as Nazma Muller discovers, the five–day event draws even more crowds

Customers queue for their daily doubles outside the Brooklyn Bar, Woodbrook, Trinidad. Photograph by Shirley Bahadur

London: the city where you can eat the world

Caribbean cuisine abounds in London, yet it’s not as popular with the locals. Franka Philip explains why

Lucky Dube, South Africa`s biggest-selling reggae singer, was killed in October 2007. Photograph by ABEL

African herbsmen: the top 10 African reggae tracks

Garry Steckles looks at reggae from Africa and tries to best fellow writer David Katz with his own reggae Top 10

Makeup artist Trixie Boodram demonstrates her skills on her colleague Katrina Laydoo. Photograph by Marlon Rouse

Secrets of the sun

Looking good in the tropics requires some serious beauty tricks. Judy Diptee tells you how to keep your makeup immaculate and beat the heat

Cleopatra Borel-Brown. Photograph by Robert Taylor

Cleopatra Borel-Brown: giving it her best shot

Trinidadian shot-putter Cleopatra Borel-Brown speaks to James Fuller about her preparations for her third Olympic games

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