Issue 98
(July/August 2009)

In this Issue:

Castro Perez cleans one of Aruba`s reefs. Photograph courtesy Aruba Reef Care Project/Castro Perez

Happenings (July/August 2009)

A round-up of current events on the Caribbean calendar
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Dancing the cocoa -- the traditional method of polishing the cocoa beans to a high sheen. Photograph courtesy the Belmont Estate

Grenada’s brown gold: organic cocoa

It’s known as the Spice Isle for its nutmeg, but Grenada has other, darker pleasures to offer... high quality organic cocoa.
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Karl Bryan, Lester Sterling, Kevin Batchelor and Vin Gordon, the horn section at Belly Up. Photograph courtesy Judith Anderson

Around the world with the Skatalites

They may have slowed down a little, but this seminal band is still playing its zany, high-energy music. David Katz was drawn into their orbit
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Marguerite Gordon. Photograph courtesy Marguerite Gordon/Garth Murrell

Marguerite Gordon: lady of the manners

Her name is synonymous with elegance and etiquette, and now Marguerite Gordon has published a book on the topic
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Soca star Machel Montano on stage at his show at Madison Square Garden in New York. Photograph by Andrea De Silva

Machel Montano: Man with a mission

Whatever else you think of Machel Montano, he’s never dull. Tracy Assing follows the soca superstar in his latest new direction
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Frank Francis, owner of The Trane, a jazz bar in Toronto. Photograph by Donna Yawching

Frank Francis: riding Toronto’s jazz trane

Donna Yawching gets on board the little jazz bar that could, and then man — Frank Francis — who can
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Duane Stephenson, only the second artiste to produce an album from scratch at VP Records. Photograph courtesy VP Records

Duane Stephenson: reggae’s poet of the people

Duane Stephenson transforms Jamaica ghetto life into art. Nazma Muller quotes chapter and verse
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Robert Young. Photograph courtesy Robert Young/Alex Smailes

Rober Young: man of the Cloth

For Robert Young, fashion is as much a calling as a career. Laura Dowrich-Phillips unpicks the seams to see what’s under his appliqués
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Cricket lovers show their support for West Indies cricket and responsible drinking. Photograph courtesy Mark Tomaras

If you’ve had a few too many…keep walking

Mirissa De Four falls into step with a campaign to help drinkers learn their limits
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Hippolyte performs at the Emancipation Day celebrations in Laborie, St Lucia, 2004. Photograph courtesy Kendel Hippolyte/Augustin Barthelmy

Kendel Hippolyte: a light for St Lucia

Writer Kendel Hippolyte and Jane King want to bring down the curtain on the search for a home for their pioneering theatre company
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Anse la Raye, taken from Saint Lucia: Portrait of an Island © Jenny Palmer. Photograph courtesy Macmillan Caribbean

Reviews (July/August 2009)

The new music and books that are reflecting the region right now
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Lee `Scratch` Perry at the Black Ark Studios, 1978. Photograph by UrbanImage.tv/Adrian Boot

Word sound and power

Of course popular musicians are entitled to free speech. But what if they’re promoting violence and hate? Garry Steckles speaks out on the issue
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Illustration by Nikolai Noel

Redonda: kingdom of the birds

King Juan II is the monarch of all he surveys…even if his realm is only a small rock that he inherited from a friend
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Sous chefs Barrington Douglas (left) and Hasan DeFour (right) with Rhodes. Photograph courtesy UKTV and Rhodes Across The Caribbean

The Rhodes more travelled: Gary Rhodes

British chef Gary Rhodes owns a restaurant in the region, yet he’s only now discovering its food
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Illustration by Darren Cheewah

Lost in translation

Overseas visitors often assume there’s only one West Indian dialect. But native daughter Desiree McEachrane knows better…fi true!
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Andrea De Silva

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