Upbeat (May/June 2001)

Upbeat (May/June 2001)

New music from the Caribbean.

Courtesy Jan Barwick

Time to thaw out in the sun

Coming events around the islands.

New music from the Caribbean

New music from the Caribbean

A roundup of new tunes in the Caribbean.

Stella Jean: culture chameleon

Stella Jean: culture chameleon

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

Looking over Port-au-Prince from L’Observatoire du Boutilliers. Photograph by Danielle Dreis

The other side of Haiti

In the aftermath of Haiti’s January 2010 earthquake, reconstruction is still a work in progress. Even so, writes Shannon J. Effinger, the country’s rich culture makes Haiti a life-changing destination for the right kind of traveller.

Castillo San Felipe del Morro. Photograph by  Colin D. Young/Shutterstock.com

Back and fort

The Caribbean’s history of wars and colonisation has left an extraordinary legacy of military architecture, some of it nearly five centuries old. Recognised today as historic sites, these forts and naval bases are a reminder of the often bloody past that shaped our present.

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

The shot at the mercy gate

Juan Pablo Duarte’s progressive vision for the Dominican Republic sparked the February 1844 insurrection. But, as James Ferguson recounts, it was quickly thwarted by the forces of history.

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

Henri Christophe’s palace of dreams in Sans Souci

Two hundred years ago, Haiti’s self-proclaimed king Henri Christophe completed his grand palace of Sans Souci. It was a sumptuous symbol of power.

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From island to end zone: Caribbean athletes in the NFL

Unknown to most sports fans at home, Caribbean athletes have exuberantly infiltrated the NFL. Here are four of the top stars.

Emeline Michel. Photograph by Max Desdunes

Emeline Michel: Queen of songs

Garry Steckles, at long last, discovers the Haitian music star Emeline Michel.