Forever young: “Glamour Boyz Again” Lord Superior (left) and the Mighty Sparrow (right), with Brigo and Conqueror, engaging in a picong battle during the 1960s. Courtesy ‘Calypso Dreams’, hand-coloured by Michael Horne
Jamaican art: open house A performance in the atrium of the National Gallery of Jamaica. Courtesy National Gallery of Jamaica
Caribbean Datebook (November/December 2014) Photograph by Mark Harris
On the wing: birdwatching in the Caribbean Scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber). Photograph by Faraaz Abdool
Embark Caribbean Playlist (November/December 2014)

Caribbean Playlist (November/December 2014)

New releases to get you in the groove — from jazz to roots reggae.
Immerse Joseph Marcell in the lead role of the Globe on Tour production of King Lear. Photograph by Ellie Kurttz

St. Lucia’s Joseph Marcell: “Some say it’s luck”

St Lucia-born actor Joseph Marcell on his path to the stage, his celebrated role on a hit US sitcom, and the value of both “grace” and “rivalry” for performing artists — as told to Joshua Surtees.
Arrive Enjoying a breezy day at Manzanilla Bay. Photograph by Aaron Richards

Eastern Shore: Trinidad’s dramatic east coast

Trinidad’s long east coast, stretching from Galera to Galeota, offers miles upon miles of sandy bays, picturesque villages, and vistas of coconut trees. And Helen Shair-Singh discovers you can explore it all in a day — pausing to take in the delights of scenery, conversation, browsing at local markets, and old-fashioned ice-cream.
Engage Photograph by Maria Nunes

Arriba, Arriba!

In Trinidad, the traditional sound of Christmas is Spanish-inflected parang.

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Caribbean Bookshelf (November/December 2014)

This month’s reading picks — from new poetry to a graveyard guidebook.

Photograph courtesy Sun Eaters Organics

Brown gold: Trinidad’s local cocoa renaissance

Trinidad’s cocoa is among the world’s best, but for decades the finest beans have been exported. A new grassroots movement is taking this natural bounty and making extraordinary chocolate products at home. Liana Crooks reports.

Preview of Made by Soka’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Photograph by Jonne Johnson

On the edge: Karen De Freitas

Vincentian designer Karen De Freitas combines a dancehall vibe with big-city style.

Writer Marlon James. Photograph by Jeffrey Skemp

Word of mouth (November/December 2014)

2014’s hottest Caribbean novel, Caribbean artists on show in Santa Fe, and a celebration of food and drink in Barbados.

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

Death in the tropics

Fifty years ago, the crime novel A Caribbean Mystery was a hit for popular British writer Agatha Christie — and surprisingly revealing about the Caribbean of that time, says James Ferguson.

Illustration by Shalini Seereeram

It takes a crowd

“Crowdfunding” is an ubiquitous buzzword among young creative types. But how much do online platforms like Kickstarter really help? Georgia Popplewell talks to Caribbean filmmakers and artists about their crowdfunding experiences.

Red Thread’s Karen De Souza. Photograph courtesy the Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence

Karen de Souza and (Red) Threads that bind

The Guyanese advocacy group Red Thread began in 1986 to help women at a time of economic problems. Thirty years later, the collective is a major force in the region advocating for the rights of women and young people. Lisa Allen-Agostini talks to co-founder Karen de Souza and learns about the power of grassroots activism.

The green cliffs of Hermaness are home to sheep and seabirds. Photograph by Nicholas Laughlin

Beyond the beyond: the Shetland Islands

The Shetland Islands, northernmost part of the United Kingdom, seem utterly remote on the map. But Nicholas Laughlin finds they have a busy history as a crossroads of the North Atlantic.

The cliffs of Baliceaux. Photograph by Christopher Taylor

Baliceaux: no place like home

The tiny island of Baliceaux in the Grenadines is uninhabited today. But over two centuries ago, it was a place of temporary exile for St Vincent’s Black Caribs. Christopher Taylor goes in search of that tragic past.

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