R.I.P Alton Ellis, 1 September, 1938 (?)-10 October, 2008

Alton Ellis, the “godfather of rocksteady”, died on Friday in London. He was diagnosed with cancer a year ago, but was still performing up to last August. No doubt fuller…

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Book of the week: Sly Mongoose, by Tobias S. Buckell

Some readers may recall that back in May I ambitiously announced a new Antilles “book of the month” feature. “Every month I’ll choose from among the pile of newly arrived…

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The sounds of Thebes

Even more on the Heaney/Walcott/Le Gendre Burial at Thebes. First, in the London Times Andrew Billen captures some bantering conversation between Walcott and Heaney, old friends and accomplices in verse….

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Talking about Trinidad Noir

It’s only just occurred to me, dear readers, that Antilles never linked to this excellent podcast posted over at Caribbean Free Radio a whole month and a half ago: Georgia…

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"The music has a duty to be contemporary"

  Sophocles via Heaney via Walcott and Le Gendre: the operatic version of Burial at Thebes opens tomorrow in London. The Wall Street Journal publishes an interview (by Paul Levy)…

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Sweeping the Hurston/Wrights

The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award is “the first national award presented to published writers of African descent by the national community of Black writers” in the United States. The 2008 winners…

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A Conversation with Vahni Capildeo

Vahni Capildeo, Oxford, September 2008 Vahni Capildeo is one of the most exciting and ambitious young Caribbean writers at work today. She is also a contributing editor at the CRB–in…

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R.I.P. Hawley Harris

His inability to hold down a regular job was well known. “Where are you now?” his friends would taunt. “In front of you!” Harris would answer. Eventually he was recruited…

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"Why are you painting like Turner?"

Politics are liable to fuse into aesthetics in Walcott’s conversation. His literary theory could be boiled down to a single principle: that the artist must make maximum use of the…

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"Contempt for the trivial"

If CARIFESTA is to truly go beyond supporting a status quo that continues to marginalize the majority of the Caribbean’s people and is intolerant of challenge, we must embrace our…

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