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

Forever young: “Glamour Boyz Again”

Calypsonian the Mighty Sparrow may be pushing eighty, but he’s still the “calypso king of the world” — as the new documentary The Glamour Boyz Again more than proves. Garry Steckles previews the film.

Caribbean Playlist (November/December 2014)

Caribbean Playlist (November/December 2014)

New releases to get you in the groove — from jazz to roots reggae.

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.

A performance in the atrium of the National Gallery of Jamaica. Courtesy National Gallery of Jamaica

Jamaican art: open house

Founded forty years ago, the National Gallery of Jamaica has long taken a leading role in the country’s art scene. Now innovative new programmes are attracting a broader audience, Kellie Magnus discovers. Meanwhile, the new art space NLS is opening doors for younger artists.

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.

Caribbean Bookshelf (November/December 2014)

Caribbean Bookshelf (November/December 2014)

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

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.

Photograph by Mark Harris

Caribbean Datebook (November/December 2014)

Events around the Caribbean (and further afield) in November and December — from surfing in Barbados to Pantomime in Jamaica.

Photograph by Maria Nunes

Arriba, Arriba!

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

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.

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