Post Tagged with: "Issue 77 (January/February 2006)"

Irénée Shaw. Photograph by Michelle Jorsling

Irénée Shaw: gazing at herself

What should Caribbean art look like? Trinidadian artist Irénée Shaw defies convention with her masterful — and often nude — self-portraits, which argue that all art should start from the personal, says Annie Paul.

The clock at the Plymouth courthouse, stopped at seven minutes past twelve. Photograph by Mark Meredith

Volcano is boss: Montserrat after the Soufrière Hills eruption

When the Soufrière Hills Volcano erupted in July 1995, the people of Montserrat didn’t know their whole way of life was about to change forever. A decade later, Mark Meredith visits Montserrat and finds a still-rumbling mountain, an island rebuilding itself- and volcano tourism.

Machel Montano. Photograph by Mark Lyndersay

New Wave of Trinidad Music

The rhythm of Trinidad Carnival is always changing. The sounds of today — loud, fast, saucy — are rooted in the past, but reflect life as it is in 21st-century Trinidad and Tobago. Caribbean Beat looks at four major trends in today's music - rapso, chutney, ragga soca, and "groovy soca"- and some of the artists riding this musical wave.

Alison Hinds. Photograph by Andrea De Silva

Alison Hinds: On her own, and on a roll

Bajan soca superstar Alison Hinds is flying solo — but not going it alone.


Caribbean Bookshelf – January/February 2006

Classic poetry by Cuban Nicolás Guillén and Martiniquan Édouard Glissant, and new novels by Jamaican Marlon James and Trinidadian Rabindranath Maharaj.


Rhythm roundup (January/February 2006)

New albums by Trinidad’s Orange Sky and jointpop, Jamaica’s Maytals, Sean Paul, and Sizzla, and the latest from Cuba and Curaçao.

Puerto Rican percussionist Giovanni Hidalgo at the 2005 Barbados Jazz Festival. Photograph by Andrea De Silva

Riffing in Barbados

The Barbados Jazz Festival brings cool rhythms and hot performers to laid-back Bimshire.

Quweina Roberts, sitting, and Conrad Parris in the Indiana State production of Lucky Diamond. Photograph by Jeffery Chock

Tonight at the Diamond: David Rudder & Tony Hall’s Brand New Lucky Diamond Horseshoe Club

David Rudder’s play-in-a-song “The Brand New Lucky Diamond Horseshoe Club” brings old-time Port of Spain back to life on stage.

Illustration by Jason Jarvis

Wining words: a Trinidad Carnival wining dictionary

Carnival time — get ready to wine. Lisa Allen-Agostini offers a vocabulary lesson.

Maroon Mandala, by and courtesy Charles Campbell

Art Buzz (January/Febraury 2006)

Jamaica’s National Gallery looks at new artists through the Curator’s Eye • Che Lovelace explores the mysteries of Carnival and freedom.