Issue 81
(September/October 2006)

In this Issue:

Nasio. Photograph courtesy Helen Fontaine

Nasio Fontaine: hear his cry

Dominican musician Nasio Fontaine proclaims the righteous message of reggae on his album Universal Cry

Caribbean Bookshelf (September/October 2006)

Elizabeth Nunez’s novel Prospero’s Daughter and a glimpse at the Caribbean’s most glamorous homes

Rhythm roundup (September/October 2006)

New albums celebrate Jamaican mento and the Dominican Republic’s bachata and merengue, plus the latest from Honest Jon and Mystic Revelation

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

Gillian Moor, Songshine producer. Photograph by Andrea De Silva

Words from underground

Trinidad’s open-mike performance circuit thrives outside the limelight

Art by one of the Galvanise artists. Carry Your Burden (2004), by Jaime Lee Loy; charcoal on brown paper. Image courtesy Jaime Lee Loy

Art buzz (September/October 2006)

Galvanise stages a major intervention in the Trinidad art scene • Barbara Jardine’s precious masterpieces are sculptures as much as jewels

Angel Ross in a design by Deron Attzs, a young designer whose work will be featured at the Makin’ Style afterdark show. Photograph by Andrea De Silva

High (flying) style

Makin’ Style searches for the Caribbean’s best new fashion design talent

The Abaco Barbs. Photograph by Arnd Bronkhorst/

Abaco’s equine heroes

One woman’s quest to protect the wild horses of Abaco

Illustration by Jason Jarvis

Island hopper (September/October 2006)

What’s happening in the Caribbean in September and October 2006

Edward Baugh. Photograph by Varun Baker

Edward Baugh: “Hey, you might be a poet”

Jamaican poet and scholar Edward Baugh on his literary double life — as told to Lisa Allen-Agostini

On the road from Lethem to Nappi. Photograph by Nicholas Laughlin

Great beyond: Guyana’s Rupununi

Guyana’s remote Rupununi savannah is still all but unknown to outsiders

All images are from the opening ceremony of Carifesta VI in Trinidad and Tobago in 1995. Photograph by Jeffrey Chock

Carifesta IX: celebrating ourselves

In late September, Trinidad and Tobago will host the ninth Caribbean Festival of Arts and Culture, Carifesta IX

Tools of the minting trade. Photograph by Mark Lyndersay

On the money

The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago’s Money Museum, partly designed by the late Illya Furlonge-Walker, does more than display coins and banknotes

Andrew Hurley’s Ford Puma Evo blasts through the stage at Duck Pond during Rally Barbados 2005. Photograph by Narend Sooknarine/

Faster, higher, deeper: eco adventure in the Caribbean

More and more visitors come to the Caribbean not just for our beaches and our festivals, but for physical adventure

West Indies captain Clive Lloyd lifts the trophy at the 1975 Cricket World Cup as Prince Philip watches. Photograph by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

A short history of World Cup Cricket

The 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup in the West Indies will be the ninth staging of this major sporting event

Desmond Dekker performing in London in 1985. Photograph by David Corio

Reggae pioneer: Desmond Dekker

Garry Steckles remembers the late Desmond Dekker, the man who introduced Jamaican music to an international audience

Illustrations by Shalini Seereeram

Cry fowl

What is it about Trinis and fried chicken?

Illustration by James Hackett

Hell or Havana?

Don’t read Pedro Juan Gutiérrez’s novel Dirty Havana Trilogy as a work of social realism, says James Ferguson

The first international cricket match ever played in St Kitts at the new Warner Park ground, 24 May, 2006. Photograph by Michael Head

Good and bad

Garry Steckles finds reason to celebrate in St Kitts, reason to mourn in the London High Court

Illustration by James Hackett

Holy macaroni pie

Caroline Taylor gets homesick for her Tantie’s macaroni pie. So she tries to cook it herself. Trouble now start

Celebrating Caribbean arts. Illustration by Marlon Griffith

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