Issue 98
(July/August 2009)

In this Issue:

Castro Perez cleans one of Aruba`s reefs. Photograph courtesy Aruba Reef Care Project/Castro Perez

Happenings (July/August 2009)

A round-up of current events on the Caribbean calendar

Dancing the cocoa -- the traditional method of polishing the cocoa beans to a high sheen. Photograph courtesy the Belmont Estate

Grenada’s brown gold: organic cocoa

It’s known as the Spice Isle for its nutmeg, but Grenada has other, darker pleasures to offer... high quality organic cocoa.

Karl Bryan, Lester Sterling, Kevin Batchelor and Vin Gordon, the horn section at Belly Up. Photograph courtesy Judith Anderson

Around the world with the Skatalites

They may have slowed down a little, but this seminal band is still playing its zany, high-energy music. David Katz was drawn into their orbit

Marguerite Gordon. Photograph courtesy Marguerite Gordon/Garth Murrell

Marguerite Gordon: lady of the manners

Her name is synonymous with elegance and etiquette, and now Marguerite Gordon has published a book on the topic

Soca star Machel Montano on stage at his show at Madison Square Garden in New York. Photograph by Andrea De Silva

Machel Montano: Man with a mission

Whatever else you think of Machel Montano, he’s never dull. Tracy Assing follows the soca superstar in his latest new direction

Frank Francis, owner of The Trane, a jazz bar in Toronto. Photograph by Donna Yawching

Frank Francis: riding Toronto’s jazz trane

Donna Yawching gets on board the little jazz bar that could, and then man — Frank Francis — who can

Duane Stephenson, only the second artiste to produce an album from scratch at VP Records. Photograph courtesy VP Records

Duane Stephenson: reggae’s poet of the people

Duane Stephenson transforms Jamaica ghetto life into art. Nazma Muller quotes chapter and verse

Robert Young. Photograph courtesy Robert Young/Alex Smailes

Rober Young: man of the Cloth

For Robert Young, fashion is as much a calling as a career. Laura Dowrich-Phillips unpicks the seams to see what’s under his appliqués

Cricket lovers show their support for West Indies cricket and responsible drinking. Photograph courtesy Mark Tomaras

If you’ve had a few too many…keep walking

Mirissa De Four falls into step with a campaign to help drinkers learn their limits

Hippolyte performs at the Emancipation Day celebrations in Laborie, St Lucia, 2004. Photograph courtesy Kendel Hippolyte/Augustin Barthelmy

Kendel Hippolyte: a light for St Lucia

Writer Kendel Hippolyte and Jane King want to bring down the curtain on the search for a home for their pioneering theatre company

Anse la Raye, taken from Saint Lucia: Portrait of an Island © Jenny Palmer. Photograph courtesy Macmillan Caribbean

Reviews (July/August 2009)

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

Lee `Scratch` Perry at the Black Ark Studios, 1978. Photograph by Boot

Word sound and power

Of course popular musicians are entitled to free speech. But what if they’re promoting violence and hate? Garry Steckles speaks out on the issue

Illustration by Nikolai Noel

Redonda: kingdom of the birds

King Juan II is the monarch of all he surveys…even if his realm is only a small rock that he inherited from a friend

Sous chefs Barrington Douglas (left) and Hasan DeFour (right) with Rhodes. Photograph courtesy UKTV and Rhodes Across The Caribbean

The Rhodes more travelled: Gary Rhodes

British chef Gary Rhodes owns a restaurant in the region, yet he’s only now discovering its food

Illustration by Darren Cheewah

Lost in translation

Overseas visitors often assume there’s only one West Indian dialect. But native daughter Desiree McEachrane knows better…fi true!

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