Illustration by Marlon Griffith

Voodoo pig

An uninvited spirit possesses Simon Lee’s hut while he investigates a vaudou ceremony in Haiti.

The legendary Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki is the music director of the Casals Festival. Photograph courtesy Festival Casals de Puerto Rico/Steve Niedorf

All this jazz

Simon Lee on the Caribbean’s headline events in May and June.

Photography by Aldwyn Sin Pang

Bananas: food of the gods?

Cooking with bananas.

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Bookshelf (May/June 2002)

New and recent books about the Caribbean.

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Little Boy Blue

James Ferguson on Christopher Drayton's Christopher.

George Lamming. Photograph by Ronnie Carrington

An afternoon with George Lamming

Simon Lee talks to legendary Caribbean writer George Lamming.

Thick cloud shrouds the summit of Mt Pelée. Photograph by Catriona Davidson

St Pierre: mountain of death

Once, St Pierre was a centre of French elegance and pleasure, the pride of the French Caribbean, “the Paris of the Antilles”. But one morning the mountain behind the town blew apart, wiping out the town and killing almost all its 30,000 people. James Ferguson revisits the volcano, exactly 100 years on.

Bethany. Photograph by Caribbean Estates

About that Caribbean dream home…

Property prices vary dramatically among Caribbean countries. Mark Wilson looks at what money will buy in four islands.

Pan-Africanist leader Marcus Garvey. Photograph courtesy the National Library of Jamaica

Caribbean Voices

"Nothing was created in the West Indies", V.S. Naipaul famously wrote. Yet many of the earliest writers and thinkers in the Americas were Caribbean men and women, creating histories, novels, essays, poems, autobiography, newspapers, new political thought. Tony Martin puts the case for the defence.

Laptop, mike, iPod- ready to go live. Photograph by Graeme Ottley/ Fotograe

Music Buzz ( May/June 2005)

New music from the Caribbean.

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