Dispensing the medicine: Kassav in action Guadeloupe. Photograph by Phillipe Giraud

Kassav: Doctor Zouk

The music of the French Caribbean has been sweeping the world, with the band Kassav in the forefront. Lorraine O'Connor traces their progress.

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Upbeat (Winter 1993)

New and recent albums from Caribbean artists, including Ziggy Marley, Chaka Demus and Pliers, SuperBlue and the Roaring Lion.

Gabby in 1976. Photograph courtesy Peter Roy Byer

No Eclipse for the Mighty Gabby

Debbie Jacob meets one of Barbados' top entertainers, Mighty Gabby.

ill Gomez in La Calisto, Glyndenbourne 1970

You Should Be in Opera: Trinidad’s Jill Gomez

Caribbean-born singer Jill Gomez has reached the top of her profession, and is in demand on opera and concert stages around the world.

Sunsplash star Ninja Man. Photograph by Dreamy Riley

Sunsplash: Reggae to Go

Jamaica's annual Sunsplash festival has become one of the world's great musical events and the nerve centre of reggae music .

Music in the sun at the 1992 St Lucia Jazz Festival. Photograph by Chris Huxley

Island Jazz

There are almost three dozen jazz festivals a year in the Caribbean. What's going on?.

SuperBlue live. Photograph by Abigail Hadeed

SuperBlue: the Pied Piper of Soca

As the 1993 Carnival season looms ahead, Debbie Jacob profiles SuperBlue, Trinidad & Tobago's Road March King and feels the uncanny spell of his beat.

The steel pan. Photograph courtesy Pan Jazz Secretariat

A Season of Steel Pan

Two big events in the steelband world take place this fall.

Dancing To A Single “Dub” Beat

Dancing To A Single “Dub” Beat

"Soca dub" music is bridging the gap between Trinidad's soca and Jamaica's reggae.