Issue 61
(May/June 2003)

In this Issue:

Sean Drakes/ Blue Mango

Issue 61


Andre Michael Tanker

André Tanker: Music Beyond Measure

André Michael Tanker, September 25, 1941 - February 28, 2003 Georgia Popplewell looks back on the life and times of Trinidad's beloved musical master

Jason Mohammed

West Indies Cricket: The Next 11 . . .

From Jamaica in the north to Guyana in the south, thousands of young players keep cricket alive on our streets, playgrounds, and beaches. Their passion, talent, and joy are what guarantee the continuing success of the game. Dylan Kerrigan, with some expert advice, has assembled a team's worth of gifted youngsters who shone at the 2002 regional under -15- tournament. They and their peers are the future of West Indies cricket

Carnivorous And Proud Of It

Away with your salads and tofu! Anu Lakhan defends the pleasures of flesh

Domino Effect

James Ferguson discovers a clever investigation of life, the universe, and dominoes in Frank Martinus Arion's novel

Peter Abrahams: The View From Coyaba

Born in South Africa, the celebrated novelist Peter Abrahams has lived in Jamaica for over 40 years, bringing his unique historical perspective to bear on the culture and society of his adopted homeland. Jane Bryce reads Abrahams's memoir, The Coyaba Chronicles, and reflects on a life at the centre of the 20th century's great questions.

Stacyann Chin, slam poetry star

Beat People

Staceyann Chin tells it like it is, Little X sees the big picture, Marinna Taitt makes an online home for Caribbean arts, and two Guyanese boxers win world title glory

Last Word (March/April 2004)

On the voyage of the Gli Gli, Simon Lee becomes an honorary Carib

Tony Cozier

Tony Cozier: A Voice And Vision

For 40 years he's been the instantly recognisable voice of West Indies cricket. Among contemporary cricket commentators, Tony Cozier has no betters, and few equals. He's seen the team at its most invincible, and its most vulnerable, and at every stage in between. Georgia Popplewell discovers the inside story of Cozier's long and sometimes intimate relationship with the West Indies cricket team

Solis with different oil content levels visible

Good, Bad and Ugly Bugs

Call them bugs or call them bacteria - the tiny creepy crawlies are all around us. They can make us sick, but they can also be good for us. Maura Imbert investigates the usefulness of these ubiquitous micro-organisms

Ramnaresh Sarwan is welcomed by Sri Lanka bowler Muttiah Muralitharam, as wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakara jogs away

Poignant Power: West Indies cricket

The West Indies cricket team didn't make it past the first round of the 2003 World Cup, but their crucial match against Sri Lanka produced one moment of extraordinary courage. Vaneisa Baksh applauds the young hero Ramnaresh Sarwan

Book Cover

What’s fun and fresh in the Caribbean this month

Books: memories of a lost Havana childhood, the secret of Shaggy’s success, serious and not-so-serious guides to the language of Jamaica, and much much more

Seaside Siesta

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 Westwood Park crew on location in Barbados

Westwood Park: Lights, Camera, Bacchanal

Blackmail, murder, adultery, cross-dressing—now in its fifth scandal-filled season, Trinidad’s soap opera series Westwood Park has become the surprise hit of Caribbean night-time television. B.C. Pires goes behind the scenes and figures out the secret of Westwood's success

he Mighty Sparrow in his heyday, performing in a calypso tent

Birdie’s Best: the Mighty Sparrow’s Top 10 Hits

Trinidad’s Mighty Sparrow, known to music fans everywhere as the Calypso King of the World, has sung more brilliant, bawdy tunes than listeners can count. Garry Steckles is brave enough to name his top 10