Issue 93
(September/October 2008)

In this Issue:

Superstar singer Beyoncé, one of the main attractions at Bermuda`s biggest event. Photograph courtesy The Bermuda Department Of Tourism

Happenings (September/October 2008)

A brief look at the events that will have the Caribbean buzzing in September and October

The earthship after nine days of work. Photograph by Melanie Archer

The earthship has landed

Melanie Archer finds that one man’s trash can become another man’s castle, as she travels to Jamaica to work on an eco-friendly house

The facade of the Teatro Amazonas. Photograph by Nicholas Laughlin

Manaus: concrete and jungle

Deep in the Brazilian rainforest, Jonathan Ali sips cocktails in the Paris of the Amazon, the city of Manaus

Nearlin Taitt: the secret Trinidadian hero of Jamaican music

Nearlin Taitt, a Trinidadian, started in steelband, then invented rocksteady in Jamaica. Kim Johnson turns the spotlight on one of the mysteries of Ca

Cedella Booker. Photograph by Hope Road Music/Adrian Boot

Cedella Booker: mother of a legend

He inherited her musical talent and her indomitable spirit to become the first Third World superstar. Debbie Jacob looks back at the interwoven live

Rawlston Charles sits in his recording studio, where big names in calypso, soca and even hip-hop have worked. Photograph by Wayne Bowman

Charlie and his roots: Tobago’s Rawlston Charles

In his New York studio, Rawlston Charles from Tobago has masterminded some of calypso and soca’s greatest hits

Ras Kassa, the Caribbean`s most-talked-about director and the mastermind behind Damian Marley`s Welcome to Jamrock video. Photograph courtesy Guru Films

Ras Kassa: rastaman vibrations on video

You may not know his name, but you’ve probably seen his work. Nazma Muller introduces Ras Kassa, the region’s hottest director of music videos

Richard ffrench, adopted son of the soil and co-author of A Guide to the Birds of Trinidad and Tobago. Photograph by Harold Diaz

Richard ffrench: the bird man’s last flight

James Fuller speaks with author and Trinidad's adopted son Richard ffrench on what might be farewell to the island he called home

Kappel Ovre with his students at St Joseph`s Convent, St Joseph, Trinidad. Photograph by Edison Boodoosingh

Kappel Ovre: the strolling player

Anders Kappel Ovre has played his way from Scandinavia to the sun, performing and conducting anything from classical guitar music, to pan, parang and more...

Roy Heath: a man goes home

David Katz recalls the career of the late Guyanese writer

Dominican-American writer Junot Díaz. Photograph courtesy Riverhead/Lily Oei

Junot Díaz: the wao factor

Nearly a decade after his first novel, Junot Díaz produced a book that made him a celebrity and won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

Dancer Roma Johnny puts on gunguru bells before performing the concert`s opening piece, Vandana. Photograph by Mark Lyndersay

Rhythms of our people

One of the rhythms of the Caribbean is that of classical Indian dance. Lisa Allen-Agostini is entranced by a kathak ballet

Cameraman Justo Fuentes sets up a panoramic shot of Old Havana rooftops. Photograph by Ian Craig

The revolution is being televised

Cuba’s film school now accepts students from the English-speaking Caribbean. Ian Craig takes a workshop there

St Lucia's largest village, Choiseul, in the distance. Photograph by Laura Dowrich-Phillips

Jounen Kwéyòl: celebrating the St. Lucian creole

Laura Dowrich-Phillips travels to St Lucia for Jounen Kwéyòl, an annual celebration of Creole culture

From left, brothers Nicholas and Nigel Rojas and Obasi Springer of Orange Sky. Photograph by Abigail Hadeed

Reaching for the sky

Local rock band Orange Sky are buzzed about being the main opening act for the legendary American rock band The Scorpions

Shaggy. Photograph courtesy VP Records

CD reviews (September/October 2008)

Reviews of some new Caribbean CDs

Dr Frances Henry. Photograph courtesy Dr Frances Henry

Book reviews (September/October 2008)

Reviews of some new Caribbean books

Emperor Haile Selassie. Illustration by Nikolai Noel

Reggae riches in the Roger Steffens’ bargain basement

Garry Steckles browses the reggae archives of Roger Steffens, the world’s leading authority on Jamaican music, and offers a condensed catalogue of the

July 1983: Maurice Bishop (centre) during one of his regular fortnightly visits to government farms. Photograph courtesy the Trinidad Express

Grenada: Nutmeg, Cocoa, Bananas…and blood

In October 1983, taking the world by surprise, 6,000 US marines invaded Grenada in Operation Urgent Fury. James Ferguson draws some contemporary parallels...

A pastelle press replaces the age-old method of pressing by hand or the rolling pin. Photograph by Marlon Rouse

Tools of the trade

Is Franka Philip a kitchen gadget geek? You be the judge, as she justifies the purchase of yet another whisk and confesses that one dream purchase is

The writer, hard at work. Photograph by Chris Ofili

It came from the Caribs

Tracy Assing ponders the pleasures of the hammock

For a head start: Omega-3...every day. Photograph courtesy Seven Seas

Smart thinking with Haliborange

Back to school tips on improving your child's mental performance and concentration

One of San Fernando`s more adventurous steelbands, Golden Hands, costumed for a performance of The Rainmakers. Photograph courtesy Vibert Medford

Golden Hands: Trinidad’s band of gold

Ray Funk profiles Golden Hands, a pan ensemble from South Trinidad, who are travelling to Texas to present their innovative preformance piece The Rain

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