Current Issue: Issue 132
( March/April 2015 )

In this Issue:

Embark

Illustration by Shalini Seereeram

Caribbean cooking for the future

In a time of hectic daily schedules, when many households rely on takeaway restaurant meals, how do culinary traditions get handed down? Franka Philip talks to three food writers in Trinidad, Jamaica, and the United States about the importance of cooking skills for young people

I Rise

Caribbean Playlist (March/April 2015)

New releases to get you in the groove

We Kind ah People

Caribbean Bookshelf (March/April 2015)

This month’s reading picks, from a debut Jamaican novel to an anthology of fresh Caribbean fiction

Photography by Wade Rhoden

Dash of colour: Jamaican Andre Rowe

Jamaican designer Andre Rowe creates dashing menswear with splashes of bold colour

Courtesy Of Ebony G. Patterson And Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago. Photograph: Monique Gilpin And Philip Rhoden

Caribbean Datebook (March/April 2015)

Events around the Caribbean in March and April — from the Carifta Games in St Kitts to Phagwah in Guyana

Photograph by Nicholas Laughlin

Word of mouth (March/April 2015)

The politics behind Trinidad’s Good Friday bobolees, Guyana’s Rupununi Rodeo, and the wrongs and rights of Jamaica Carnival

Immerse

In a wayang performance, the dalang sits behind a white screen, hidden from the audience, who see only the shadow silhouettes of the backlit puppets. Photography by Charles Chang

Sapto Sopawiro: man of shadows

The ancient shadow-puppet theatre of Java, known as wayang, was brought to Suriname in the nineteenth century — and survives thanks to the efforts of dalang Sapto Sopawiro. Chandra van Binnendijk meets the master

Photograph by Sabriya Simon, courtesy Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe

Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe: “From a place of love”

Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe, artist, yoga teacher, and founder of Groundation Grenada, on the connections between personal memory and collective history — as told to Nicole Smythe-Johnson

Members of the 2 Cents Movement and their associates. Top row, left to right: Kito Fortune, Ariel Wolffe, Akile Wallace, Stephanie Smith, Brandon O’Brien, Karina Rodriguez, Ariana Herbert, K.C. Martin, David Lennard. Bottom row: Crystal Skeete, Idrees S

Say it loud

A booming spoken-word movement has revitalised Trinidad and Tobago’s poetry scene with fresh ideas and hard-hitting lyrics from a new generation of poet-performers. Nazma Muller finds out what’s driving this surge of talent, and profiles eight popular new voices

Arrive

The 741-foot drop of Kaieteur was formed by the Potaro River’s gradual erosion of a soft sandstone plateau. Photograph by Philippe Kok

Kaieteur dreaming

With their 741-foot drop over a sandstone plateau, the majestic Kaieteur Falls are an icon of Guyana, and a must-see for adventure travellers. But while most visitors hop down on an airborne day-trip, a lucky few get to experience this natural wonder the old-fashioned way, travelling by boat up the Potaro River. Nicholas Laughlin recounts the journey, and the falls’ magnetic attraction

A watchful macaque at the Ubud Monkey Forest. Shutterstock/Ekaterina Pokrovsky

Bali high

When the tourist crush of a Bali beach resort gets too hectic for Ishwar Persad, he heads inland to find monkeys, mountains, spicy cuisine, and the world’s most expensive — and unusual — variety of coffee

Photograph by Merrick Cousley

Jamaica’s Hope Gardens: “Where your childhood memories are”

For Jamaican writer Roland Watson-Grant, Kingston’s sprawling Hope Botanical Gardens are a place to unwind and revisit the pleasures of childhood

Photograph by Cees Timmers, www.tvc-advertising.com

Windwardside, Saba

From its vantage high on the slopes of Saba, the village of Windwardside boasts amazing views, and unbeatable picturesque charm

Engage

Photograph by Tim Wright

Sail away: the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta

The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta brings back the golden age of sailing in style

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

Fédon’s bequest

The 1795 rebellion led by the mixed-race planter Julien Fédon established a short-lived black republic in Grenada, writes James Ferguson — and has shaped the island’s economy to this day

Illustration by Kevon Webster

Get it while it’s hot: Barbados’ solar energy revolution

With abundant and free sunshine literally falling out of the sky, why haven’t more Caribbean countries followed the Bajans in adopting solar power? Helen Shair-Singh investigates how Barbados became a global solar pioneer

65 Gallus Street, recently restored by architect Laura Narayansingh. Photograph courtesy Laura Narayansingh

Trinidad & Tobago’s houses of history

A combination of neglect and commercial redevelopment has endangered Trinidad and Tobago’s unique architectural heritage for decades. But as Erline Andrews discovers, a handful of private individuals have bucked the trend, investing in restoration projects that give old buildings new life