Rosalind Gabriel: the kiddies’ queen

Rosalind Gabriel: the kiddies’ queen

Many observers agree that in today’s Carnival the most memorable spectacles happen in “kiddies’ mas.” And bandleader Rosalind Gabriel has been at the forefront for over two decades. Nazma Muller meets the innovator with a taste for tradition.

Bunji Garlin: send dem riddim crazy

Bunji Garlin: send dem riddim crazy

The 2013 hit “Differentology” was his international breakthrough, but Trinidadian soca star Bunji Garlin is no overnight success. Laura Dowrich looks back at Bunji’s rise from the pavements of Arima to the world stage, while Mark Lyndersay offers a personal take on the twenty-year evolution of the artiste’s sound.

The reasoning is the seasoning

The reasoning is the seasoning

There’s a movement afoot on the Jamaican culinary scene, bringing once-peripheral vegan and raw food lifestyles into the mainstream. It’s about bodily health, Kellie Magnus discovers, but it’s also about taste — and about the soul.

Barbados’s Gun Hill: hear me roar

Barbados’s Gun Hill: hear me roar

A stalwart limestone lion guards Barbados’s Gun Hill.

Stella Jean: culture chameleon

Stella Jean: culture chameleon

Haitian-Italian designer Stella Jean draws on her mixed heritage.

Market day

Market day

Across the Caribbean, the freshest produce, best bargains, and often the friendliest advice can still be found at traditional markets. Here are six worth exploring, ranging from Dominica to Curaçao to French Guiana.

St Kitts & Nevis: five centuries in two days

St Kitts & Nevis: five centuries in two days

St Kitts and Nevis may be the smallest independent nation in the Americas, but every inch of its landscape is roiling with history. Garry Steckles suggests a two-day tour covering five hundred years of Caribbean life in miniature, from the first British colonial settlement to the beginning of the tourism industry.

Versia Harris: once upon a dream

Versia Harris: once upon a dream

The imaginary worlds that Barbadian Versia Harris creates in her animated video works are inspired by childhood cartoons as much as the landscapes of home. Marsha Pearce talks to the artist about exploring the boundaries of fantasy and reality.

Melanie Abrahams. Photograph by Linda Brownlee

Melanie Abrahams: “I like Jamaica, but I’m more Trini-minded”

Melanie Abrahams, London-based literary promoter, on her mixed Caribbean heritage, and using literature to negotiate identity — as told to Joshua Surtees.

Enjoying a breezy day at Manzanilla Bay. Photograph by Aaron Richards

Eastern Shore: Trinidad’s dramatic east coast

Trinidad’s long east coast, stretching from Galera to Galeota, offers miles upon miles of sandy bays, picturesque villages, and vistas of coconut trees. And Helen Shair-Singh discovers you can explore it all in a day — pausing to take in the delights of scenery, conversation, browsing at local markets, and old-fashioned ice-cream.

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