Issue 89
(January/February 2008)

In this Issue:

Assassin aka Jeffrey Campbell. Photograph courtesy VP Records

Happenings (January/February 2008)

A brief look at the events that will have the Caribbean buzzing in January and February

Frigate Bay Beach. Photograph by Michael Head

Seven days in St Kitts

Garry Steckles finds seven days of activities for you to do while in St Kitts and Nevis

This rum shop has been sponsored and painted in Absolut vodka colours. Photograph by Paul Marshall

Barbados rum: the spirit of the sugar cane

Andrew Marshall snaps down sweet perfection in some of Barbados’s many rum shops

Masquerader in Brooklyn`s children`s carnival. Photograph by Erline Andrews

Carnival come back again

Feathers, national flags and men peddling self-published books; it’s Carnival time not only in Trinidad and Tobago but also in the USA

Burning Spear in a London studio, 1992. Photograph by Barrow

Burning Spear: do you remember?

After 40 years, Burning Spear is an elder statesman of reggae. David Katz looks back at a long and glorious career

Get Caught Reading series co-editor and author Nasser Khan with beaming schoolchildren who took part in the launch. Photograph by Petronella Griffith

Snapshots (January/February 2008)

A brief look at the achievements of some innovative Caribbean creators

Wendell Manwarren--one of the three members of the group 3Canal. Photograph by Alex Smailes

Wendell Manwarren: none shall escape

3Canal member Wendell Manwarren speaks to Tracy Assing

Fishtail ferns soften the edges of the riverstone path. Photograph by Michelle Jorsling

Sexy orange & purple petrea

Sharon Millar battles snakes, hard soil and a jungle-like backyard to create a garden that leaves her breathless with excitement

David Rudder. Photograph by Robert Taylor

Is calypso dying?

Once upon a time calypso tents in Trinidad drew massive crowds. These days, some have closed their doors and others are struggling to survive

Model Christiane Steel wears a caramel-coloured wedding dress from the 1970s. Photograph by Marlon Rouse

Meiling: the realm of style

Caribbean Beat editor Judy Raymond spent many arduous months following Trinidadian designer Meiling to document her career

Starlift Steel Orchestra. Photograph courtesy Percy Pitts

Flashes of the pan

Kim Johnson is on a mission. He is compiling a National Steelband Archive but finding photos is hard. Beware, he may come knocking on your door soon

Laventille Rhythm Section. Photograph by Robert Taylor

CD reviews (January/February 2008)

A roundup of the latest Caribbean music CDs


Movie reviews (January/February 2008)

A roundup of some new Caribbean movies

Lise Winer. Photograph by Marlon Rouse

Book reviews (January/February 2008)

Reviews of a wide variety of new Caribbean books

In New York around 1990. Photograph courtesy Boot

Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare: Rhythm Twins of reggae

Garry Steckles runs into legendary musicians Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare

Lord Nelson, Vice-Admiral of Britain`s Royal Navy. Photograph courtesy Mike Toy

Lords Nelson: mih lover

Admiral Lord Nelson was a philandering husband. Calypsonian Lord Nelson loves tight, brightly coloured jumpsuits

Lemon five spice chicken. Photograph by Shirley Bahadur

North stand nostalgia

Pelau, rice and peas, oil down, macaroni pie: it’s Carnival time again, and Franka Philip discusses the finer points of its culinary accompaniments

Queen’s Park Oval. Photograph by Robert Taylor

Beyond a boundary

Vaneisa Baksh describes her unexpected response when she was finally granted membership in Trinidad’s Queen’s Park Cricket Club, 10 years later

David Wears

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