Issue 77 (January/February 2006)

We meet some of the young performers shaping the sounds and rhythms of Trinidadian popular music today; look at the groundbreaking work of artist Irenee Shaw; hear about the history of Guyana’s Karanambo ranch; plus all our regular departments and a whole lot more.

Illustration by Shalini Seereeram

Fuelling growth

“Oil is the lifeblood of our world,” says Richard Costas, and furthermore the Caribbean’s mass tourism isn’t possible without fuel. A look at how rising oil prices affect island economies
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Machel Montano. Photo by Mark Lyndersay

New wave of Trinidad music

The rhythm of Trinidad Carnival is always changing. The sounds of today — loud, fast, saucy — are rooted in the past, but reflect life as it is in 21st-century Trinidad and Tobago. Caribbean Beat looks at four major trends in today's music - rapso, chutney, ragga soca, and "groovy soca"- and some of the artists riding this musical wave
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