Issue 121
(May/June 2013)

In this Issue:

Photo portrait by Marlon James, background by Markus Gann/Shutterstock, digital imaging by MEP

Issue 121

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Photograph courtesy St Lucia Jazz Festival

Caribbean Datebook (May/June 2013)

Events around the Caribbean in May and June 2013
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Photograph from Twenty-Five Years in British Guiana (1898), by Henry Kirke

Word of mouth (May/June 2013)

Commemorate the 175th anniversary of Indian Arrival in Guyana, celebrate our connection to nature at the Hindu festival of Ganga Dhaaraa & much more
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Etana. Photograph by Marvin Bartley

Woman Power: Jamaica’s Etana

Etana, a Jamaican singer with a message
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Photograph courtesy Phylicia Ellis

Early Blooming: Bahamian designer Phylicia Ellis

Bahamian designer Phylicia Ellis does twelve-and-under chic
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Caribbean Bookshelf (May/June 2013)

This month’s reading picks — from an artist’s memoirs to the latest fiction
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Caribbean Playlist (May/June 2013)

Recent albums and singles to get you in your groove
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Illustration by Shalini Seereeram

Rum, sweet Caribbean rum

The Caribbean makes some of the world’s best rum. Where should a neophyte connoisseur start?
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Photograph by Marlon James

The beat of their own trod: Jamaica’s No-Maddz

Their infectious melodies, smart lyrics, and playful stage presence make No-Maddz Jamaica’s band of the moment
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Sandra Brewster. Photograph courtesy Sandra Brewster

The shape of a name: Guyanese-Canadian artist Sandra Brewster

For Guyanese-Canadian artist Sandra Brewster, the phone book, with its long lists of names, sums up the way individual lives can disappear into
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Illustration by Nikolai Noel

Tituba’s secrets

For over three hundred years, the Salem Witch Trials have lingered in American historical memory. But few people know the woman behind it all
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Photograph by Greg Bal

Oonya Kempadoo: “I keep writing even when I’m trying not to”

Guyanese writer Oonya Kempadoo on the long gestation of her third novel, and her passion for social development work
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Taste and see: an excerpt from Oonya Kempadoo’s All Decent Animals

An excerpt from Oonya Kempadoo’s new novel, All Decent Animals
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Illustration by Darren Cheewah

Take Ten (part 2): the greatest calypso and soca singers of all time

Garry Steckles shares his personal list of the ten greatest calypso and soca singers of all time
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Looking south over Esperance Bay from Comerette Point. Photograph by Danielle Devaux

St Lucia’s Wild Coast

St Lucia’s rugged Atlantic coast is less travelled by visitors, writes Katherine Atkinson, but its dramatic scenery is worth the effort to get there
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The Dancing Devils tradition is also found in other towns and villages in Venezuela, but Yare is the best known. Photograph by Mauricio Plaza

Mauricio Plaza: dance with the devils

Photographer Mauricio Plaza shares images of the Dancing Devils of Yare, a Venezuelan Corpus Christi tradition since the sixteenth century
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Illustration by Shalini Seereeram

Waiting for the monsoon

Bombay, August. The rains are late. Vahni Capildeo explores the heat-struck city on the Indian Ocean
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The Ciné Institute provides free training to budding Haitian filmmakers. Photograph courtesy the Jacmel Ciné Institute

Changing the story: The Jacmel Ciné Institute

The Jacmel Ciné Institute offers free training to budding Haitian filmmakers — with even more ambitious plans afoot
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Thirty-three frogs bred in captivity were released in Montserrat’s Soufrière Hills. Photograph courtesy the Mountain Chicken Recovery Project

Dominica’s great frog rescue

When a deadly fungus threatened to wipe out the Mountain Chicken in Dominica, researchers came up with a daring rescue plan
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Illustration by Kevon Webster

Pitch Perfect: Kingston Beta

Kingston Beta has become a major player in Jamaica’s technology sector
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Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

Falling Star: Marcus Garvey

Nine decades ago, Marcus Garvey was convicted of mail fraud. His supporters have alleged a conspiracy ever since
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Photograph by Susanna Girolamo

Pigs in Bahamian paradise

Meet the friendly pigs of the Exumas
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