Issue 97
(May/June 2009)

In this Issue:

Pulse`s Kimanee McDonald in Zadd. Photograph courtesy Pulse

Happenings (May/June 2009)

A round-up of current events on the Caribbean calendar

Kanki, a Kalinago dish of sweetened manioc and spices. Photograph by Celia Sorhaindo

Time stands still in Touna Auté, Dominica

This is a real Amerindian village, not a quaint replica for the benefit of tourists. Paul Crask visits where Dominica’s past meets the present

View from the east summit of what may become Mt Obama. Photograph courtesy Chris Pratt of the Environmental Awareness Group`s Plant Conservation Project

From Boggy Peak to Mt Obama

Like the rest of the world, Antigua has succumbed to Obamamania. Joanne C Hillhouse reports on the debate over the island’s proposed tribute

The Grenadian and US flags fly in front of the Windref Research Institute. Photograph courtesy SGU

St. George’s: helping the region’s health

Based at St George’s University in Grenada, the Windref Foundation is pioneering research into endemic tropical disease

Jamaica`s Cockpit Country is home to globally-important biodiversity but could be devastated by bauxite mining. Photograph courtesy Birdlife International/Susan Koenig

Caribbean birds: on a wing and a prayer

Bird life in the Caribbean seems to be flourishing, but some species are threatened. James Fuller goes birdwatching in search of them

Constantine`s all-action batting style set league cricket alight. Photograph courtesy Macmillan Caribbean

Learie Constantine: local boy makes good

When cricketer and politician Learie Constantine was ennobled, he was claimed by his hometowns in Trinidad – and Lancashire

Jizelle Salandy defends her three world titles against Yahaira Hernandez on Boxing Day in Trinidad. Photograph courtesy Trinidad Express

Jizelle Salandy: glory in the ring

She lived fast and died young, but not before winning record numbers of world boxing titles. We remember her short, triumphant life

With excited fans around him, Wyclef Jean belts out one of his hits at Festival Village, St Maarten. Photograph by Judy Fitzpatrick

Wyclef Jean: Haitian sensation

Musician Wyclef Jean says he’ll never forget his Caribbean roots. Judy Fitzpatrick caught up with him when he came to perform in St Maarten

The Mighty Duke onstage, displaying his famous sartorial elegance. Photograph courtesy Trinidad Express

A pope, a king and a duke: remembering the Mighty Duke

Keith Smith pays tribute to the Mighty Duke, the veteran calypsonian who died this year

Beckett painting for the film Alabaster Moon. Photograph by Michele Jorsling

Sarah Beckett: mixed media

Sarah Beckett has been a painter since coming to Trinidad in the 1960s, but her work also incorporates music, poetry and film

Green dendrobium orchids and orange Chinese lanterns. Photograph courtesy Preston Bailey Entertainment and Set Designs/John Labbe

Preston Bailey: “for a party you want people to remember… Enough is not enough”

That might be the motto of Preston Bailey, who designs décor for the stars. Donna Yawching was dazzled by his Panamanian pzazz

Soaps from Italblends, Jamaica. Photograph courtesy ItalBlends/Susan Lee Queew

Natural beauty the West Indian way

Plants and herbs have been used for centuries by the many peoples of the region for their medicinal qualities

Beenie Man, at the launch of his biography in Jamaica last year. Photograph courtesy Great House Omnimedia Ltd

Reviews (May/June 2009)

The new music and books that are reflecting the region right now

Elian Mattias, the lead singer of the Wailers, stands in for reggae legend Bob Marley. Photograph courtesy Gorgeous PR/Paul Parks

Elian Attias: the man who fills Bob Marley’s shoes

The reggae superstar is a hard act to follow. Garry Steckles marvels at the chutzpah of the Wailers’ new lead singer, Elian Attias

American dancer and choreographer Katherine Dunham in an Afro-Caribbean-inspired dance. Photograph by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Katherine Dunham: voodoo priestess from Illinois

Legendary dancer Katherine Dunham adopted Caribbean culture, and was adopted in her turn. James Ferguson uncovers her monument in Haiti

Cooking jerk at chicken Scotchies, Montego Bay. Photograph by Paul Marshall

More to Jamaica than jerk

What about festival, Blue Mountain coffee, ackee and saltfish, ital food, and patties? And Andrew Marshall finds even more delicious morsels

One of the rum girls at the Rum Experience in October 2008 in London. Photograph courtesy Ian Burrell

A rum do: London’s Rumfest

It’s not just for pirates any more – the spirit of the Caribbean is sweeping the world. Franka Philip takes a taste of London’s Rumfest

Illustration by Darren Cheewah

Mosuitoes: the perfect swarm

James Fuller was enchanted by the idea of sleeping under the snowy billows of a mosquito net. But then he found out why he needed one…

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