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.

Photo courtesy St Lucia Tourist Board

Word of mouth (May/June 2016)

St Lucia Jazz — celebrating twenty-five years — brings artists and audiences close, and Jamaica’s Calabash Literary Festival inspires real ardour.

Omari Banks: “All I wanted to do was play my guitar”

Omari Banks: “All I wanted to do was play my guitar”

Omari Banks on becoming the first Anguillan to play cricket for the West Indies, knowing when it was time to make a new career in music, and the power of passion — as told to Nadja Thomas.

Caribbean Roots

Caribbean Playlist (May/June 2016)

Selections for your listening pleasure.

Photo by Nagornyi / shutterstock.com

Word of mouth (March/April 2016)

Dry season is now literature season in the Caribbean, with half a dozen festivals bringing writers to readers, plus a new exhibition in London captures the heyday of lovers rock.

Spice Island

Caribbean Playlist (March/April 2016)

This month’s listening picks.

Cyah Help It

Caribbean Playlist (January/February 2016)

This month’s listening picks.

The popular Carnival band Yuma hits the Socadrome stage. Photo by Dwayne Watkins

Not your parents’ carnival

Times change, and Carnival changes with it — for better or for worse? Mark Lyndersay, Laura Dowrich, and Tracy Assing talk to eight Carnival insiders about the state of the mas and the state of the music, where the festival is heading, and how it will get there.

Tropical Disco Hustle Volume two

Caribbean Playlist (November/December 2015)

This month’s listening picks.

Andy Palacio. Photo by Tony Rath courtesy Stonetree Records

Songs of the drum: Caribbean music

Brukdown, kaseko, bouyon, tumba — Caribbean music contains dozens of genres you probably haven’t heard of. Simon Lee explains what they have in common.