Many observers agree that in today’s Carnival the most memorable spectacles happen in “kiddies’ mas.” And bandleader Rosalind Gabriel has been at the forefront for over two decades. Nazma Muller meets the innovator with a taste for tradition.
The 2013 hit “Differentology” was his international breakthrough, but Trinidadian soca star Bunji Garlin is no overnight success. Laura Dowrich looks back at Bunji’s rise from the pavements of Arima to the world stage, while Mark Lyndersay offers a personal take on the twenty-year evolution of the artiste’s sound.
There’s a movement afoot on the Jamaican culinary scene, bringing once-peripheral vegan and raw food lifestyles into the mainstream. It’s about bodily health, Kellie Magnus discovers, but it’s also about taste — and about the soul.
Trinidad’s stickfighting season, a new film about the history of steel pan, and St Lucia’s week of Nobel celebrations.
New releases to get you in the Carnival groove.
This month’s reading picks, from a memoir of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake to a history of doubles.
A stalwart limestone lion guards Barbados’s Gun Hill.
The British writer Patrick Leigh Fermor, born a century ago, is best known for his books on Central Europe and Greece. But his Caribbean travel narrative The Traveller’s Tree stands apart for its curiosity about ordinary lives. James Ferguson rereads this classic.
Haitian-Italian designer Stella Jean draws on her mixed heritage.
For a decade, the international citizen media project Global Voices has helped break through online barriers of country, culture, censorship, and language — and the Caribbean has played a key role almost from the start. Philip Sander finds out more.