Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

Harry Belafonte: calypso with a conscience

A beloved musical icon since the 1950s, Harry Belafonte has an equally long reputation as a political activist. And the parallel themes of his public life, entertainment and activism, both have their roots in Belafonte’s childhood in Jamaica. James Ferguson finds out more.

A girl from the neighbourhood, posing here with her friend, discovers an uncanny resemblance in artist Matthew Henry’s mural. Photo by Matthew Henry

Inner-city art in Kingston

For middle-class Jamaicans and tourists alike, downtown Kingston, with its deprived communities, can seem off-limits. So when a group of young artists began a public mural project in the Fleet Street area, it wasn’t just about beautifying the neighbourhood, writes Tanya Batson-Savage. It was really about opening opportunities for local residents.

Euzhan Palcy in 1992 — an alternate photo from the shoot that produced our first cover, twenty-five years ago. Bettmann / Getty Images

The Beat goes on

For 25 years, Caribbean Beat has celebrated the best and brightest of Caribbean culture and people — as you can see in the panorama of our 144 covers, and the stories behind them.

Site of Sites

Caribbean Screenshots (March/April 2017) Film Reviews

This month’s film-watching picks.

Bright Eyes

Caribbean Playlist (March/April 2017) | Music Reviews

This month’s listening picks.

Canouan Suite and Other Pieces

Caribbean Bookshelf (March/April 2017) | Book Reviews

This month’s reading picks.

Pieces from the “Goddess” Monday wear Carnival collection come with cool removable jewellery. Photograph by Ikenna Douglas

Thank God it’s Monday

Trinidadian swimwear designer Chandra Maharaj makes a seamlessly elegant transition to Carnival Monday wear.

Seth Sylvester, 2016 champion of the First Citizens National Poetry Slam. Photograph courtesy The 2 Cents Movement

Poetry grand slam | Word of mouth (March/April 2017)

Whether you experience it on stage or from the audience, Trinidad and Tobago’s national spoken word poetry slam is full of thrills.

Mama Africa – Peter Tosh

Word of mouth (January/February 2017)

A new museum in Kingston pays tribute to reggae legend Peter Tosh; and it’s Carnival season across the Caribbean!.

Mrs Fanny Eaton (c.1859; chalk on paper), by Walter Fryer Stocks

Fanny Eaton: forgotten beauty

In the paintings of the nineteenth-century British Pre-Raphaelite artists, one “exotic” face stands out. Fanny Eaton, born in Jamaica, was a mixed-race model who found herself, for a few years, near the heart of Victorian London’s art world — and was long forgotten. Judy Raymond tells what’s known of her story.