Michael Abbensetts has always created powerful drama out of the angst of West Indian immigrants. Often it's an angst tied to their reasons for leaving home but complicated by the problems of coping in a strange environment. It doesn't help, either, that these characters find themselves part of the minority culture.
High Life Banana Republic gone Irie? Perhaps. But it could be more British colonial stripped of ideological baggage. Yet the style at the Strawberry Hill resort brings a thoroughly modern eye and new techniques to find effects quite flattering for those who need pampering. The nostalgia is persistent, however, and gorgeously so.
In Carib country, the advertisement proudly boasts, a beer is a Carib. The brewer cleverly honors Trinidad's heritage while elevating the beer from product to icon. In a similar fashion, the people of a small town in beer-loving Belgium, have tied their heritage to the locally-produced beer.
Even the asphalt seems wired when "Jumbie" masqueraders hit the streets for Carnival in Trinidad. Their colourful, elaborate costumes stand out against the natural landscape. Glitter erupts in the blaze of an equatorial sun. Celebrants parade with oversize cardboard masks of triangular shapes-Picasso saw a magical power in their African-influenced geometry.
The sun peeked out of a cloudy sky and lit the lake silver in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. Yellow paddle canoes shuttled their occupants across the water, and young lovers chose shady trees to whisper brand new emotions. The ducks, however, moved silently away from the commotion.
In the l960's the Tripoli Steel Orchestra toured the United States, exciting audiences with music from instruments made from 55-gallon oil drums and invented half a century ago in Trinidad and Tobago. Since then several steelbands have visited the U.S. for performing dates.