Rosalind Gabriel: the kiddies’ queen

Rosalind Gabriel: the kiddies’ queen

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.

Bunji Garlin: send dem riddim crazy

Bunji Garlin: send dem riddim crazy

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.

The reasoning is the seasoning

The reasoning is the seasoning

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.

Word of mouth (January/February 2015)

Word of mouth (January/February 2015)

Trinidad’s stickfighting season, a new film about the history of steel pan, and St Lucia’s week of Nobel celebrations.

Caribbean Playlist (January/February 2015)

Caribbean Playlist (January/February 2015)

New releases to get you in the Carnival groove.

Caribbean Bookshelf (January/February 2015)

Caribbean Bookshelf (January/February 2015)

This month’s reading picks, from a memoir of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake to a history of doubles.

Barbados’s Gun Hill: hear me roar

Barbados’s Gun Hill: hear me roar

A stalwart limestone lion guards Barbados’s Gun Hill.

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

Travels with islands

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.

Stella Jean: culture chameleon

Stella Jean: culture chameleon

Haitian-Italian designer Stella Jean draws on her mixed heritage.

Global Voices volunteers at the 2012 summit in Nairobi. Photograph courtesy Global Voices

Are you listening? A decade of Global Voices

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.

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