Issue 115
(May/June 2012)

In this Issue:

Courtesy Heather Headley

Issue 115


In honour of Indian Arrival. Photograph by Edison Boodoosingh

Happenings – May/June 2012

A round-up of current and coming events on the Caribbean calendar

Jeremy Taylor speaks at a panel on Caribbean literature at CARIFESTA 2006 in Trinidad

Jeremy Taylor on 20 years of Caribbean Beat [ONLINE EXCLUSIVE]

Caribbean Beat's founding editor Jeremy Taylor on 20 years of publishing Caribbean Beat magazine

Drying cocoa beans. Photograph by Celia Sorhaindo

A Green [Organic] Valley in Grenada

Paul Crask visits the organic agri-tourism attraction Belmont Estate

Roslyn Carrington. Photograph by Daren Johnson,

Simona Taylor: Romance for Grown-Ups

Cedriann Martin talks to author Roslyn Carrington about her nom-de-plume Simona Taylor, who writes steamy romance novels

Artist Heather Headley. Photograph courtesy Heather Headley

Heather Headley: a star with her feet on the ground

The Tony & Grammy award winning Trinidad-born star is preparing for the West End debut of 'The Bodyguard'. Caroline Taylor asked her what was next

Seretse Small. Photograph by Stuart Smellie/Equilibrium Photography

Seretse Small: Take it live

Jamaican musician Seretse Small has big plans for Jamaica’s music industry, as he explained to Nazma Muller


Jimmy Cliff: Many rivers to cross

In an extract from his new biography of the singer, David Katz tells how the young Jimmy Cliff made his breakthrough

Dr Kumar Mahabir. Photograph courtesy Dr Mahabir

Dr Kumar Mahabir: “Our Diversity is our Strength”

For researcher Dr Kumar Mahabir, Trinidad & Tobago’s culture is fertile ground. He talked to Debbie Jacob about his work

Pat Bishop. Photograph by Mark Lyndersay

Pat Bishop: She belonged to the house of music

Musician, painter, teacher, historian…No one word defines Pat Bishop, the leading lady of the arts in Trinidad & Tobago, who died a year ago

Patrice Grell Yursik. Photograph by Krystle Rowry

A blog called Afrobella

Born in T&T, Patrice Grell Yursik is on Ebony magazine’s Power 100 list because in 2006 she began writing about beauty, she told Kari Cobham

Anna and Maciej. Photograph by Vanessa Hall

Vanessa Hall: Perfect bad luck

Antiguan Vanessa Hall is fast becoming one of the most sought-after wedding photographers in the Caribbean. She shares some of her spectacular photos

Morris Nelson and Frederick Wallace show off their single pair of boots. Photograph courtesy Roger Kerr

One Pair: Putting their best foot forward

Ian Stalker stumbles upon a pair of Jamaican dancers with a difference


Book Reviews – May/June 2012

The new books that is reflecting the region right now


CD Reviews – May/June 2012

The new music that is reflecting the region right now

Photograph by Shirley Bahadur

Blazing hot barbeque

This summer, Franka Philip will have something tasty sizzling on the grill

Peter Tosh. Photograph by David Corio

The magnificent Peter Tosh

Garry Steckles enjoys an unpublished book about one of the original Wailers, and recalls one of his own encounters with the reggae star

Illustration by Shalini Seereeram

When Cuba flew the Union Jack

As British visitors flock to Havana, James Ferguson recalls an earlier invasion – by the Royal Navy

Simone Sant-Ghuran

Weddings with a Trinidadian twist

Simone Sant-Ghuran runs a T&T-based wedding website. She talked to Zahra Gordon

Back in times in the Barbados Museum

Debbie Jacob pays a visit to the island’s picturesque museum