Shades of Life

Playlist (July/August 2017) | Music Reviews

This month’s listening picks.

Sharing Stella

Screenshots (July/August 2017) | Film Reviews

This month’s film-watching picks.

Jazz musician Etienne Charles. Photo by Maria Nunes

Etienne Charles: a head for jazz and a creole soul | Closeup

From his jaunty fedora to his bespoke suits, Trinidadian Etienne Charles looks like a jazzman — and he has the musical chops to back it up. A phenomenal talent with the trumpet, he’s also earned a reputation as a composer with a gift for merging traditional Caribbean genres with jazz, Nigel Campbell reports.

Cargo

Screenshots (May/June 2017) | Film Reviews

This month’s film-watching picks.

R.E.D

Playlist (May/June 2017) | Music Reviews

This month’s listening picks.

Augustown

Bookshelf (May/June 2017) | Book Reviews

This month’s reading picks in our books column.

Derek Walcott. Photo by Horst Tappe/Getty Images

Remembering Derek Walcott (1930–2017) | Icon

St Lucian poet, playwright, and Nobel laureate.

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

John James Audubon: The Birdman | On this Day

It’s considered a landmark of ornithology, and it was published one hundred and ninety years ago: John James Audubon’s massive Birds of America. Born in Haiti, Audubon had a restless life spread across continents, but along the way he transformed himself into a leading expert on the birdlife of North America. As James Ferguson explains, his legacy in science and conservation still endures.

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.