Youth debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 charts. Photograph courtesy Dan Mandell

Music buzz (September/October 2006)

Matisyahu proves Jewish reggae is no gimmick; the Trinidad and Tobago Steelpan and Jazz Festival turns four.

Dominique Le Gendre with accompanist Chris Willis in one of the rehearsal rooms at the Royal Opera House in London. Photograph by Georgia Popplewell

Dominique Le Gendre: musical tales

Trinidadian composer Dominique Le Gendre’s chamber suite Tales of the Islands comes home.

A squad of salseros executes a tricky move. Photograph by Charlie Santiago and Julio Costoso/Courtesy

Hot nights in San Juan

The tenth anniversary Puerto Rico Salsa Congress heats up San Juan.

The late queen of salsa, Celia Cruz. Photograph courtesy Mary Kent

The Latin Music Hotlist

The Hispanic Caribbean boasts a dizzying diverse musical scene, with sounds ranging from son to jibaro, bomba to salsa, cumbia to reggaeton. Where should the enthusiastic amateur start?.

The Connoisseur’s Caribbean

The Connoisseur’s Caribbean

Visitors come to the Caribbean for the gorgeous beaches, the spectacular scenery, the amazingly vibrant culture. But discerning travellers come to savour the islands' less common pleasures. There's more to a Caribbean vacation than meets the average tourist's eye.

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.

One day antennae like this will do the same from an orbit around the earth. Photograph Dr Seth Shostak/ Science Photo Library

Is There Anyone Out There?

If there is intelligent life somewhere out there, the world's largest radio telescope, among the mountains of Puerto Rico, will help find it.