Post Tagged with: "Issue 96 (March/April 2009)"

Caribbean icons in the entertainment industry calypsonian Brother Valentino (left) and Byron Lee with the awards they received from the mayor of Port of Spain, Trinidad. Photograph by Iossjr

Byron Lee: from Ska to Soca

The half-century career of Byron Lee, Jamaican bandleader and businessman, stretched the length of the region and covered many genres of its music too.

Morris Aberdeen styling a client at his Morris Roots Salon in Tooting, south London. Photograph by Franka Philip

Morris Aberdeen: keeping London locked down

Morris Aberdeen is a locktician. That is, he’s a master of the art of making dreadlocks look elegant. Celebrity locks-wearers beat a path to him..

Engraving after a portrait of Maria Sibylla Merian by her son-in-law, Georg Gsell. Photograph courtesy History of Science Collections, University of Oklahoma Libraries

Maria Merian: the Caterpillar lover

Nicholas Laughlin tells the curious tale of how a middle-aged 17th-century German housewife and mother travelled to the tropics....

Ray Funk at the National Library of Trinidad and Tobago, surrounded by examples of traditional wild Indian mas. Photograph by Andrea De Silva

Ray Funk: bringing the culture home

Ray Funk is part Sherlock Holmes and part Santa Claus. An expert on pan and calypso, this Alaskan judge combs the Internet in search of valuable info.

Musician Andy Narell playing Trinidad and Tobago`s national instrument -- the steelpan. Photograph courtesy Andy Narell

Happenings (March/April 2009)

A round-up of current events on the Caribbean calendar.

The Shady Squad shows them how it`s done in Danny Champagne`s music video shoot. Photograph by

Jamaican dance: riding the riddim

Bogle, butterfly, pepperseed, gully creeper, nah linger, passa passa…there’s no end to the amazing variety and gymnastic agility of Jamaican dance....

Waterfront view of the Hyatt Regency hotel, Trinidad, where two major international conferences are scheduled to be held. Photograph by Edison Boodoosingh

Port of Spain rises to the summit

Gail Alexander reports on how Trinidad and Tobago’s capital is preparing for the next Summit of the Americas and a US President Barack Obama.

The heat of battle. Palm Tree Cricket Ground, Queen`s Park Savannah, Port of Spain, Trinidad. Photograph by James Fuller

Game, fete and match

Somewhere between silly point and cow corner, James Fuller is bowled over by a great West Indian cricketing tradition, the fete match.

Students at Speyside Primary Anglican Church School tend their vegetable and herb beds. Photograph by James Fuller

Tobago: saving money, saving the earth

Tobago is showing hotel owners ways to cut costs – while keeping their island clean and conserving resources.

The entry and exit tunnel to Space La Nouba Nightclub. The colours on the walls change as you enter. Photograph courtesy Ronald Tiah

Starship enterprise: Space La Nouba

South Trinidad’s Space La Nouba nightclub has an intergalactic design that can make patrons feel carried away.