Issue 78
(March/April 2006)

In this Issue:

Illustration by James Hackett

Running commentary

Kellie Magnus used to run with headphones on. Back in Jamaica, she discovers a whole new soundtrack

Illustration courtesy Signal Books

Cuba: Yanqui doodle dandy

What could a 135-year-old visitor’s guide to Cuba possibly offer to today’s readers? A fascinating glimpse into the island’s social history

12’s frontman Sheldon Holder. Photograph by Alex Smailes

Go with the flow: 12 the band

12 the band, fronted by singer-songwriter Sheldon Holder, introduces “eclectic soul” to Trinidad

Bert Williams in blackface and blackbird costume. Photograph courtesy Secker & WarburgIllustrations courtesy Signal Books

Caribbean Bookshelf (March/April 2006)

New novels by Caryl Phillips and Shani Mootoo, Olive Senior’s poems, Rex Nettleford’s speeches, and a Montserrat album

Marlon James. Photograph by Simon Levy, courtesy Akashic Books

Marlon James: “I went for the flying women and upside-down cows”

Jamaican novelist Marlon James on inspiration, rejection, and success


Rhythm roundup (March/April 2006)

The best new Trinidadian reggae, the latest from Mungal Patasar and Pantar, and the cast album of Derek Walcott’s Steel

I-Wayne. Photograph courtesy VP Records

Sticking to his roots: I-Wayne

I-Wayne’s conscious lyrics move to their own rhythm

Dennis de Caires in his studio in Barbados. Photograph courtesy Dennis de Caires

Art buzz (March/April 2006)

Guyana-born Dennis de Caires develops a metaphysics of colour in his “St George’s Paintings” • Tamara Sanowar-Makhan explores her Trinidadian roots...

The “screening room” at the St Barth Film Festival, with the projectionist in the window of the tennis club behind. Photograph by Georgia Popplewell

The accidental festival

How do you stage a film festival on an island with no cinema? The founders of the St Barth Festival of Caribbean Cinema had to get creative...

Illustration by Marlon Griffith

Island hopper (March/April 2006)

What’s happening in the Caribbean in March and April, and where — from sailing to music to cricket to turtle-watching

Etienne Charles. Photograph by Georgia Popplewell

Etienne Charles: “Next thing you know, a trumpet arrives in the mail”

Etienne Charles, up-and-coming 22-year-old Trinidadian trumpeter, on his inspirations and ambitions, and his preference for working with older greats

Illustration by Shalini Seereeram

Something’s fishy

The Caribbean is famous for its seafood. But Anu Lakhan is unimpressed. She makes her case against Neptune’s bounty ... plus much more

Illustration by Marlon Griffith


Garry Steckles wonders where’s the Caribbean culture the new TV channel Tempo is supposed to showcase — and offers some suggestions to Tempo programme

Gloria Edwards. Photograph courtesy FirstCaribbean International Bank

Quiet heros

Gloria Edwards spent decades teaching Belizean youngsters to express themselves through the arts. Mavis Williams raised 25 adoptive Caymanian children

Dr Cecil Cyrus, “the Isolated Surgeon of St Vincent”. Photograph by Erica McIntosh

At the Cyrus museum

Over his 39-year career, Dr Cecil Cyrus has earned himself the gratitude of hundreds of patients, and the title “isolated Surgeon of St Vincent”

Harold Hosein. Photograph by Krystyna Henke

Hurricane Harold helps out

When Trinidadian-Canadian Harold Hosein visited Cuba in 2002, he noticed how many people were riding 50-year-old bicycles...

Grenada’s nutmeg is world-famous for its quality. Photograph courtesy the Grenada Board of Tourism

Back to Grenada

In September 2004, Hurricane Ivan battered several Caribbean islands; nowhere was the damage more severe than in Grenada...

Modern Photo Studios & Lab

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