Tobago: green as an island The protected forest of Tobago’s Main Ridge is one of the Caribbean’s natural treasures. Photograph by Chris Anderson
The T20 question for West Indies cricket Tridents player Rayad Emrit celebrates during the 2014 final match. Photography courtesy CPL/Getty Images
Caribbean Datebook (July/August 2015) © Digi_guru/iStock.com
Show me your blue flag Panoramic view of Las Cuevas Bay. Photograph courtesy TDC
Arrive Photograph © Mariusz Prusaczyk/iStock.com

Mt Roraima: “I could hardly imagine how we came all this way”

Caribbean Beat editor Nicholas Laughlin on his trek to Mt Roraima, his most memorable trip in a decade of travel.
Embark Chef Jeremy Tilokee's Joe-San (steak roll) includes beef, asparagus, and avocado. Photography courtesy Samurai

Jeremy Tilokee: raw passion

How are Caribbean sushi chefs reinventing the Japanese delicacy using local ingredients? Franka Philip asks Trinidadian chef Jeremy Tilokee.
Arrive Photograph by Pete Niesen/Shutterstock.com

San Pedro, Belize

No longer a sleepy fishing village, San Pedro on Ambergris Caye has become the scuba-diving centre of Belize.
Engage Two newly arrived residents at the Animals Alive sanctuary. Photograph by Edison Boodoosingh

Kathryn Cleghorn and Animals Alive: dogs’ best friend

For Kathryn Cleghorn, Animals Alive — possibly the largest no-kill dog shelter in the Caribbean — is a genuine labour of love. Erline Andrews learns more.

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The heart of downtown Toronto. Photograph by Gary Blakeley/Shutterstock.com

Toronto: summer in the city

Home to one of North America’s biggest Caribbean populations, Toronto comes alive in the summertime, with festivals, street fairs, and — this year — the Pan Am Games. Some of the city’s Caribbean residents give Donna Yawching their advice on the best of Toronto, from music to food to outdoor fun.

Circa No Future No. 8 (2014). Photography by Nadia Huggins

Nadia Huggins: after the leap

Through her photographs of young boys playing in and around the sea, Vincentian Nadia Huggins captures moments of daring and transformation, and explores “the present moment.” Melanie Archer introduces a portfolio of images.

Photograph by Leah Gordon

Eugene Andre: “You have to gather all the broken pieces”

Eugene Andre, Haitian sculptor and founder of Atis Rezistans, on how art has changed his life and community — as told to Marielle Barrow.

Calypsonian Alexander D Great. Photograph courtesy NALIS

The Queen’s kaiso

Calypso came to Britain in 1948, on board the Windrush — and found a home in multicultural London. Joshua Surtees discovers what makes the UK version of the artform distinctive, and meets some of the kaisonians who keep it alive.

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New releases to get you in the groove.

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This month’s reading picks.

Photograph courtesy Georgia Popplewell

Georgia Popplewell: “I need to live to one hundred”

Travel tips from Trinidadian Georgia Popplewell, managing editor of Global Voices Online.

Gary Jordan Photography ©2012

Eastern elegance: Dhisha Moorjani’s House of Jaipur

Dhisha Moorjani of House of Jaipur combines Indian craftsmanship with Caribbean style.

Photograph by Ertugrul Kilic/DEMOTIX

Paramaribo, Suriname. 20th September 2009 -- Javanese Muslims at the end of Ramadan pray during Eid ul-Fitr at Onafhankelijksplein (Independence Square) in Paramaribo,  Suriname / South America. 

Approximately 15% of the population of Suriname are Muslim Javanese.  The Javanese Muslims from Indonesia began arriving in Suriname in the 1890s. The Suriname-Javanese community is kejawen, following the syncretic practices and beliefs of Java. In this community the keblat (qibla) expresses a unique diasporic experience and identity. From the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) villagers were recruited from Java as contract workers for the plantations in another Dutch colonial land, Suriname. Most of them were kejawen Muslims. Kejawen Islam, which was dominant in Javanese villages, is a syncretic Islam which incorporated old Javanese beliefs, including Hindu-Buddhist elements.

The Javanese arrived in Suriname without persons learned in religion. It was not until the beginning of the 1930s that partly through contacts with Hindustani Muslims some realized that the Kaaba was not located in the West, but to the northeast of Suriname. Subsequently, a number of Javanese Muslims started praying in that direction. This small group, led by Pak Samsi, encouraged people to change the direction of prayer from west to east. Since then, this small group has been called wong madhep ngetan (East-Keblat people). Later some became very critical of what was seen as the superstition and religious innovation (bidah) among the Javanese Muslims. The moderates do not openly criticize the practice of praying to the west as most of the Javanese Muslims continued to do; hence they are called wong madhep ngulon (West-Keblat people).

Javanese Muslims and Hindustani Muslims are celebrates and prays differently due to fundamental conflicts for commenting their religion of Islam. The Muslim population of Suriname is predominantly made up of Hindustani

Eid-ul-Fitr: the end of the fast

At the end of the month of Ramadan, Muslims in Suriname celebrate the joyful festival of Eid-ul-Fitr, like their fellows in Guyana and Trinidad.

The landmark Iron Market in Port-au-Prince. © Tropicalpixsingapore/iStock

Word of mouth (July/August 2015)

Haiti hosts the Caribbean’s biggest arts festival, and a London exhibition celebrates the legacy of John La Rose.