Issue 79
(May/June 2006)

In this Issue:

Rooplal Girdharie. Photograph by Sookdeo Baney

Uplifting and upbeat: Rooplal Girdharie

Rooplal Girdharie wins Trinidad & Tobago's 2006 Chutney Soca Monarch title by keeping it positive
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Every last song

The definitive Wailers discography, plus other new books
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Petamber Persaud. Photograph by Dwayne Hackett

For books’ sake: Petamber Persaud

Guyanese literary activist Petamber Persaud puts his faith in the power of words
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Rhythm roundup (May/June 2006)

Classics from Jamaica’s Alpha Boys’ School, “Scratch” Perry, and the Mighty Sparrow, and reggae riddems far afield
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Seretse and the True Democrats. Photograph courtesy Seretse Small

Rocking to a different beat

In the island of reggae, an alternative music scene thrives outside the spotlight
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Leatherback hatchlings at the Old Hegg turtle sanctuary in Bequia. Photograph courtesy Lesley Anne Rose

Saving sea turtles in the Grenadines…one turtle at a time

Two small-scale conservation projects in Bequia and Carriacou help protect the Grenadines’ sea turtles
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Bridget Brown. Photograph courtesy Andrea Davis

Sole sister: Bridget Brown

Bridget Brown’s strappy, happy sandals are the joy of Jamaica’s fashionistas
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Nautical action at the 2005 Angostura Tobago Sail Week. Photograph by Tim Wright

Cool breeze, high seas

High seas action at the 2006 Angostura Tobago Sail Week
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The Caribbean Beat blog

The Caribbean blogosphere

Names to look out for in the Caribbean blogosphere
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Illustration by Marlon Griffith

Island hopper (May/June 2006)

What’s happening in the Caribbean in May and June — from jazz to cricket to a donkey derby
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“Gally” Cummings in 1997. Photograph by Everald Cummings

Everald “Gally” Cummings: “My biggest goal in coaching is still to come”

Everald “Gally” Cummings, coach of the 1989 Trinidad and Tobago football team that almost made it to the World Cup
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Peter Minshall in 1986. Photograph by Mark Lyndersay

Masman: Peter Minshall

Peter Minshall has been one of the most controversial and influential Trinidadian artists of the last thirty years
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John La Rose. Photograph by Armet Francis/Courtesy www.black-history-month.co.uk

John La Rose: intellectual beacon

Simon Lee remembers John La Rose, the Trinidad-born writer, publisher, and activist
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Photograph by Ian Brierley

Soca Warriors on the field

Trinidad and Tobago’s qualification for the 2006 football World Cup was an extraordinary achievement
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Illustration by Shalini Seereeram

Take the cake

Birthdays she loathes, but birthday cakes are another matter. Anu Lakhan explains • Plus Kellie Magnus on the newly stylish June plum and more
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Illustration by James Hackett

Making history: Revolution in Grenada

A quarter-century after the collapse of the Grenada Revolution, Merle Collins’s 1987 novel Angel is a vivid reminder of those tumultuous times
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The Wailers rehearsing for a television appearance in London in 1973; Family Man is on the far right. Photograph by Urbanimage.tv/Adrian Boot/56 Hope Road music

Family’s fortunes: Aston “Family Man” Barrett

Garry Steckles explains why he thinks the great reggae bass guitarist Aston “Family Man” Barrett deserves a more prominent place in music history
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Illustration by Marlon Griffith

Positively profitable

Companies that take their social responsibilities seriously create profits for themselves and the communities they operate in, says Richard Costas
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Illustration by James Hackett

Share and share alike

Kellie Magnus can’t understand “plate-sharing” — until she’s on the receiving end
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