Shontelle Layne: focus pon me | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2008 Focus pon me: that’s the title of one of the tracks Shontelle Layne wrote for her debut album. But really, it’s all about the music. It’s been a busy few years for Shontelle Layne. In between working towards a degree in entertainment law at the University …

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The books are back: the Caribbean Literary Festival | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2007 Just in its second year, the Caribbean Literary Festival is set to return to Antigua this November. The festival was launched by Montserrat-born sisters Joy Bramble, founder of the Baltimore Times publishing company, and Pam Arthurton, founder of Carib-World Travel. They wanted to make a contribution to the …

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Sun, sea and whales | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2007 Whale-watching may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Caribbean, but last December saw the formation of a new organisation, CARIBwhale, designed to change that. In the face of growing aggression from powerful pro-whaling interests worldwide, CARIBwhale is …

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Ella Andall’s Earth Music | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2007 It’s Spiritual Baptist Liberation Day in Trinidad, but instead of taking a day off, Ella Andall is doing what she always does—singing. It’s a 90-minute drive from her home in Arima to the southern town of Rio Claro, where Andall is slated to sing. She’s …

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Michelle Kalamandeen: “It’s commitment that counts” | Caribbean Beat

Originally written (as an Own Words piece) for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2007 Shell Beach is amazing—ninety miles of mangrove and lowland swamp forests, seasonal palm savannahs, and nine beaches consisting entirely of seashells, with thousands of plant and animal species. As an undergraduate at the University of Guyana in 2000, writing an article on Shell …

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Jazzing up Jamaica | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2007 June is jazz month in Jamaica, with the 17th Ocho Rios Jazz Festival continuing this year as the main attraction, running June 9-17. Founded back in 1991 by Sonny Bradshaw, the festival started as an experimental one-day event they called the Ocho Rios “Mini” Jazz …

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Bird of Night (2006) takes flight | Caribbean Review of Books

Originally written for and published in the Caribbean Review of Books (CRB), November 2006.  There is a sketch next to Trinidadian Dominique Le Gendre’s Bird of Night programme note which captures graphically her own complex identity: individual, peer, family, national, collective, Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe, Martinique, and Trinidad. As is perhaps the case with every Caribbean artist, the …

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