Culture

Illustration by Darren Cheewah

Word of mouth (March/April 2014)

Discover the joys of partying in the cricket stands, and the significance of Trinidad’s spicy pichakaree music.

Theodore Elyett’s 2013 pre-autumn collection “Ello London” draws inspiration from the 1960s and 70s, intertwined with iconic British influences. Photography by Scharad Lightbourne

Retro chic: Theodore Elyett

Bahamian designer Theodore Elyett offers retro flair to contemporary women.

Photograph courtesy Segway Polo Club of Barbados

No horsing around: segway polo in Barbados

What is Segway polo, and how did a makeshift Bajan team become world champs? Austin Fido finds out.

Caribbean Bookshelf (March/April 2014)

Caribbean Bookshelf (March/April 2014)

This month’s reading picks, from new fiction to seafaring tales.

Caribbean Playlist (March/April 2014)

Caribbean Playlist (March/April 2014)

New tunes to get your feet tapping, from dancehall to jazz.

Illustration by Shalini Seereeram

No fish? No fuss

For many in the Caribbean, the season of Lent and Easter is a time to enjoy fish and other seafood. A recent oil spill in south-west Trinidad was bad news not only for the environment, but also for fish-loving Trinis. But there are other ways to observe a meatless diet for Lent, as Franka Philip explains.

Chin’s mother and husband join her on The Voice stage, after she was named winner of the contest. NBCU Photo Bank Via Getty Images

Tessanne Chin: a star is made

By the time Tessanne Chin emerged as the champion of the US reality TV talent show The Voice, the Jamaican singer had already won herself millions of fans around the world — and stolen the hearts of her compatriots. But, with a track record on the Jamaican music scene going back a decade, hers was no magical story of overnight success. Kellie Magnus tells the story of a triumph that was a long time in the making.

Alake Pilgrim. Photograph by Mark Lyndersay

Make it new

If Trinidad’s literary landscape seems particularly fertile of late, it’s thanks to a bountiful crop of new fiction writers and poets telling unexpected stories and trying out unfamiliar voices. Photographer Mark Lyndersay captures portraits of eight emerging talents, while Nicholas Laughlin reflects on the cultural climate that may explain this profusion.

Karl “Cannonball” Bryan. Photograph by Jim Baine

Karl “Cannonball” Bryan: the joy of sax

When Garry Steckles encounters a sublime saxophone musician in a Toronto market, little does he realise he’s stumbled upon a piece of Jamaican musical history.

The remains of Dutch colonial buildings on Fort Island. Photograph by John Gimlette, Author Of Wild Coast: Travels On South America’s Untamed Edge

Far Essequibo

Rising in the Acarai Mountains near the southern border with Brazil and flowing to the Atlantic Ocean more than six hundred miles away, the Essequibo River is the greatest of the “many waters” that give Guyana its name. For centuries it was a highway into the country’s interior, and today it still offers a route through all of Guyana’s extraordinary natural landscapes — and some history lessons too. Here are snapshots from an imagined journey upriver, from the Essequibo’s broad estuary to the remote highlands where it begins.

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