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.

Peter Minshall on the road with the band. Photo by George Tang

The history of paradise: on Peter Minshall’s Paradise Lost

It’s the stuff of Carnival legend: the eruption of masman Peter Minshall’s Paradise Lost on the streets of Port of Spain, forty years ago. Now a new documentary, using long-forgotten archival footage, brings the band back to life. Ray Funk tells the story.

A75T6X Taino Indian petroglyphs on basalt rock on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts

First things first: the Caribbean’s First Peoples

The Caribbean’s First Peoples shaped our landscapes, language, and culture — and across the region, our indigenous heritage remains within reach, if you know where to look.

Niven Narain. Photo courtesy Berg LLC

Niven Narain: smarter medicine

The tragic death of his grandmother inspired Niven Narain’s career in cutting-edge cancer research. Erline Andrews learns how the Guyanese-American scientist is pioneering the use of artificial intellignce to create better, cheaper drugs for all.

Aerial image of Ayangaik mountain, Upper Mazaruni District, Guyana. Photo by Corbis Images

Wild frontier

Ayangaik Mountain in Guyana’s thickly forested north-west seems to belong to a different world and time.

Kira Williams. Photo by Sabrina Simon

Kira Williams: “this life-changing thing we call yoga”

Jamaican Ashtanga yoga instructor Kira Williams on the importance of strength, flexibility, and routine — as told to Kelly Baker Josephs.

Photo by Maria Nunes

Word of mouth (January/February 2016)

T&T’s Carnival Kings and Queens cross the stage, while regional Carnival celebrations across the two islands have all the energy without Port of Spain’s crowds and chaos.

Photo by Chris Fox-Kelly

Fly gal style

Jamaican designer Samantha Black makes unconventional clothes for “NYC fly gals”.

Soufrière Bay, near the southern tip of Dominica. Photo by htomas/iStock.com

Dominica: morning has broken

Dominica was devastated by Tropical Storm Erika last August. But the beauty of the Nature Island, and the spirit of her people, survived the ordeal, writes Paul Crask, and every morning still brings fresh wonder.

Photo by Marcin Sylwia Ciesielski/shutterstock.com

Port Antonio, Jamaica

Most charming of Jamaica’s north coast towns, Port Antonio once owed its fortunes to the banana trade — and nowadays is a laid-back escape from crowded all-inclusive resorts.