Issue 83
(January/February 2007)

In this Issue:

Rihanna. Photograph courtesy Def Jam Records

Rihanna: just getting started

Just getting started: for Bajan R&B star Rihanna, the big time keeps getting bigger

Christian Campbell. Photograph courtesy Christian Campbell

Christian Campbell: dreaming again

Bahamian poet Christian Campbell demands his place

Caribbean Bookshelf (January/February 2007)

Edric Connor’s memoirs, and a roundup of other new books

Rhythm roundup (January/February 2007)

Guadeloupean saxophonist Jacques Schwartz-Bart marries the rhythms of gwoka drum traditions with contemporary musical styles and more

Machel Montano in 1986. Photograph courtesy TNT News Centre

Music buzz (January/February 2007)

Soca star Machel Montano celebrates his 25th anniversary in the artform with a “High Definition” theme for Carnival 2007

Members of Arts-in-Action portraying traditional Carnival characters. Photograph courtesy Arts-in-Action

Ready for Arts-in-Action

Arts-in-Action is a Trinidad-based group on the cutting edge of art as a means of social change

Galvanize 2006 sign, designed by fete sign-painter Bruce Cayone. Photograph courtesy the Galvanize Advisory Team

Galvanize: talking it through

Under the theme “Visibly Absent”, contemporary artists in Trinidad stage Galvanize, an arts programmme

Stills from Sequins, Soca, and Sweat. Photograph courtesy Sequins, Soca, and Sweat

Notting Hill Carnival: behind the sequins

Stephen Rudder shows the hidden heart of Notting Hill Carnival in a new film, Sequins, Soca, and Sweat

Illustration by Marlon Griffith

Island hopper (January/February 2007)

What’s happening in the Caribbean in January and February

An enthusiastic audience at the 2005 St Lucia Jazz Festival. Photograph courtesy the St Lucia Tourist Board

All that St. Lucia jazz

The St Lucia Jazz Festival fends off regional competition to keep its position as the Caribbean’s premier jazz event

Fr Gregory Ramkissoon. Photograph courtesy CMB Creative

Fr Gregory Ramkissoon: “The basis for development is care”

Fr Gregory Ramkissoon, founder and head of Jamaica’s Mustard Seed Communities, on his philosophy of caring and the true meaning of development

Noel Norton. Photograph courtesy Noel Norton

Carnival captured

Carnival is colour. Carnival is music. Carnival is bacchanal. Movement. Energy. Art. Excitement. Top Trinidad photographers weigh in on the festival

Yellow heliconia at Under the Pipe. Photograph by Mary Walters

Gardening in the tropics

Looking at her one-acre garden in Dominica, Polly Patullo muses over the links between landscape, memory, and desire

Clem Seecharan. Photograph courtesy London Metropolitan University

Clem Seecharan: history man

Clem Seecharan left his home village in Berbice, Guyana, with a yearning to understand his country and his people

Aerial view of Emancipation Park at dusk. Photograph by Varun Baker

Free space: Emancipation Park in New Kingston

Emancipation Park, an oasis in the middle of New Kingston, is a rare open public space in Jamaica’s capital

Illustration by Marlon Griffith

Playing for profit

The 2007 Cricket World Cup, hosted for the first time by the West Indies, is a big deal for Caribbean sports fans — but also for Caribbean economies

Illustrations by Shalini Seereeram

Appliance amours & guilt tripping

Anu Lakhan mourns her dearly departed fridge; Kellie Magnus attempts to wrangle an interview with chef Colin Hylton

Joseph Hill. Photograph by David Corio

Culture warrior: Joseph Hill

Garry Steckles remembers the legendary Joseph Hill of the reggae band Culture, who died last August

Illustration by Russel Halfhide

Bob’s blender

Philip Sander visits the Bob Marley museum at 56 Hope Road and sees the most precious relic of them all

Illustration courtesy Caribbean Airlines

Issue 83