June 17, 1990 |
"It's a mystical, magical, Caribbean musical-comedy farce," said Charles Douglass, describing his "De Obeah Mon," which opens Saturday at the Westwood Playhouse. Like its closest literary relation, Moliere's "The Doctor in Spite of Himself," Douglass' play features feuding spouses, rich suitors, obstinate brides and reluctant medical practitioners.
June 28, 1998 |
When in Antigua, do a Wadadli. Here, it's Hairoun. In Barbados, you'd better go for a Banks. St. Lucia pushes Piton. And you really shouldn't belly up to a Bahamian bar without kicking back a Kalick--named for the sound of a local cow bell. Even tiny Dominica, an island nation of 90,000 sandwiched between French Martinique and Guadeloupe with no other major manufacturing, makes its own beloved brew, an obscure little number called Kubuli. Despite markets smaller than those for most U.S.
June 24, 1992 |
Caribbean musician David Rudder doesn't have much patience with the images of island life concocted for travel brochures, movies and television. "I try to show (that) the Caribbean is more than just this impression of sand and sea and straw hats and colored shirts," the soca singer said by phone recently from Houston. "I try to paint pictures of the Caribbean and the way we see things. It's not just this happy-go-lucky kind of 'Yeah, mon' existence that people (associate with) the Caribbean."
September 3, 1991 |
A parade celebrating Caribbean cultures drew a huge, mostly peaceful crowd Monday in the tense Crown Heights neighborhood, the scene of recent violence between blacks and an ultra-Orthodox Jewish sect. Mayor David N. Dinkins, grand marshal of the West Indian-American Day Parade, said the goodwill that enveloped the festive event was not because of the large police presence.
June 24, 1992 |
Andy Narell doesn't look like a controversial guy. If anything, the soft-spoken, thirtysomething ex-New Yorker, with his receding hairline and quiet smile, has the gentle appearance of a college professor or an easygoing family counselor. But Narell, who performs tonight at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, is embroiled in a contentious dispute in the small Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago.
May 11, 1993 |
Among the first words a foreigner is apt to hear on a visit to Haiti are: " Blan, sa k' pase? Ki sa ou ap fe an Ayiti? " Or a visitor in Jamaica might overhear this exchange: " Me a gaa a tung." " Wa mek? " " Mi a gaa one flim . " In the first instance, the Haitian is asking: "Stranger, what's happening? What are you doing in Haiti?" In the Jamaican exchange, the first speaker says, "I am going to town." He is asked "Why?" The answer: "I'm going to a movie."