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.

Bright Eyes

Caribbean Playlist (March/April 2017) | Music Reviews

This month’s listening picks.

Double Take

Caribbean Playlist (January/February 2017) | Music Reviews

This month’s listening picks.

Leroy Sibbles. Photo by David Corio/Redferns/Getty Images

Leroy Sibbles: “You need conscious lyrics”

Leroy Sibbles of the Heptones on growing up in Trench Town, the golden days of Jamaica’s Studio One, and what’s missing from today’s music — as told to Garry Steckles.

Photo courtesy Rituals Music

Ever-blooming Calypso Rose

She’s a musical legend: the first woman to win T&T’s Calypso Monarch title, beloved by generations of Caribbean listeners. Now her latest album is winning her fans across Europe, and taking her sixty-year career in an unexpected new direction. Joshua Surtees profiles the inimitable Calypso Rose.

Dis 1. 4. Raf

Caribbean Playlist (November/December 2016) | Music Reviews

This month’s listening picks.

Photo by Jermaine Cruikshank, courtesy Machel Montano

Word of mouth (November/December 2016)

The Gimistory festival tells tales around Cayman, Caribbean writers headline at the Miami Book Fair, soca star Machel Montano makes his big-screen debut — and paranging till it hurts in Trinidad.

Metamorphosis

Caribbean Playlist (September/October 2016) | Music Reviews

This month’s listening picks.

San Jose Suite

Caribbean Playlist (July/August 2016)

This month’s listening picks.

Looking down from the foothills of the Blue Mountains, past New Kingston to the city’s downtown and harbour. Photo by Matthew Henry

Kingston beat

For many visitors to Jamaica, the capital Kingston, at the foot of the Blue Mountains, is just the gateway to the country’s beach resorts. But, as Tanya Batson-Savage explains, Kingston’s bustling cosmopolitan scene and dynamic cultural offerings make it an essential destination. Here’s her list of must-sees and must-dos, from art to music to cuisine.