BOMB 82, Winter 2003

The cover of BOMB 82

The Caribbean: Christopher Cozier, Frantz Casseus by Marc Ribot, Carlos Garaicoa, Antonio Benítez-Rojo, Maria Elena González, Zee Edgell, Orlando “Maraca” Valle, Wilson Harris, and Eddie Bobè.

Zee Edgell

by Bernardine Evaristo

Zee Edgell, Belize’s principal contemporary author, embeds an entirely new strata of storytelling into Belize’s literary tradition. Her 1982 book Beka Lamb was the first novel written in a newly independent Belize to reach an international audience.

Jorge Pineda

by Robin Greeley

Robin Greely on how Jorge Pineda’s sculptures utilize found objects to reflect sexual, social, and political trauma and discontent.

Eddie Bobè

by Frank Marino

Eddie Bobè is a master percussionist, vocalist, composer and arranger. His expertise extends across a full spectrum of Afro-Caribbean music and traditions. Fellow drummer Frank Marino speaks with Bobè about the force that Afro-Caribbean music is today.

Frantz Casseus

by Marc Ribot

Haitian classical guitarist Frantz Casseus came to New York with the ambition to compose a distinct music, fusing the European classical tradition with Haitian folk elements.

Orlando "Maraca" Valle

by Ned Sublette

Maraca’s technical proficiency as a flutist is complemented by his lightning-fast ear. Renowned in his native Cuba, Maraca earned his chops playing Cuban jazz with Chucho Valdés’s supergroup, Irakere, and composer Emiliano Salvador before he turned 23.

Carlos Garaicoa

by Holly Block

The work of Cuban artist Carlos Garaicoa has evolved from a utopian project for the future to a set of pieces with a more defined relationship to the discipline of architecture—one concerned with actual social and cultural problems in Cuba today.

This First Proof contains the poems “The yard Man: An election poem,” “Fool-Fool Rose is leaving Labor-in-Vain Savannah,” “Praise to the mother of Jamaican art,” and “Rainstorm is weeping.”

Christopher Cozier

by Annie Paul

Artistic, critic and curator Christopher Cozier has played a central role in the development of the Trinidadian art scene, challenging his colleagues and viewers to resist prescribed notions of Caribbean culture and nationality that he calls “islandness.”

Antonio Benítez-Rojo

by Robert Antoni

Cuban writer Antonio Benítez-Rojo is best known for his monumental study The Repeating Island: The Caribbean and the Postmodern Persepective. Author Robert Antoni and Benítez-Rojo discuss the true nature of cultural creolization.

Glenda León

by Magaly Espinosa

Magaly Espinosa on the installations and photographs of Glenda León and the artist’s fascination with seemingly unimportant objects.

Wilson Harris

by Fred D'Aguiar

Since his first novel in 1960, Palace of the Peacock, Wilson Harris has helped change the landscape of literature. Classically trained, he has redefined the very nature of contemporary storytelling by going back to pre-Columbian myth and history.

Winter 2003
The cover of BOMB 82