Issue 127
( May/June 2014 )

In this Issue:

Embark

Photograph by Bill Mortley

Caribbean Datebook (May/June 2014)

Your guide to Caribbean events in May and June — from Vincy Mas to a comic book convention in Puerto Rico

Photograph by Pixachi/shutterstock.com

Word of mouth (May/June 2014)

Barbados’s biennial literary festival is back, and a popular Caribbean photography book becomes an exhibition in Toronto

Photography by Sheroma Hodge Phillip

Stylish on the sand: Toya Turner

Antiguan designer Toya Turner specialises in breezy beach looks

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Caribbean Bookshelf (May/June 2014)

This month’s fiction and poetry reading picks

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Caribbean Playlist (May/June 2014)

New releases to get your fingers snapping — or your head banging

The Rousseau sisters, Michelle and Suzanne. Photographs courtesy Two Sisters and a Meal

Tell it on the blue mountain: Michelle and Suzanne Rousseau

They’re celebrity chefs at home in Jamaica, thanks to their restaurant, their catering business, and their popular online TV series. Now the Rousseau sisters, Michelle and Suzanne, plan to take the international culinary world by storm with a new recipe book. Nazma Muller finds out more

Immerse

Carlos Lechuga. Photograph courtesy IFF Panamá

Rebel with a camera: Carlos Lechuga

Carlos Lechuga’s debut film Melaza portrays everyday life in Cuba with no trace of sentimentality, and a candour that contradicts both state propaganda and tourist fantasy. As Jonathan Ali explains, it’s also established the young filmmaker at the forefront of a new wave of Cuban cinema talent

Skinny Fabulous. Photograph by Jaryd Niles-Morris 540i, www.540itt.com

Skinny Fabulous: “You have to pay attention to your hook”

Gamal “Skinny Fabulous” Doyle, five-time St Vincent soca monarch, on the importance of a catchy song, the short lifespan of a hit, and what makes Vincy mas unique — as told to Tracy Assing

Gaiutra Bahadur. Photograph by Ulrike Wilson

Gaiutra Bahadur: enigmas and arrivals

When writer Gaiutra Bahadur — born in Guyana, grown up in the United States — set out to answer questions about her great-grandmother, she discovered that “facts get compromised with time.” Her book Coolie Woman uncovers hidden stories about the “odyssey” of indentured Indian women in the Caribbean, writes Nicholas Laughlin

Arrive

The buildings of St George’s climb the hill above the harbour. Photograph by PHB.CZ (Richard Semik)/Shutterstock.com

Clockwise Grenada: touring sunrise to sunset

Its quiet charms are well-suited to lingering, but Grenada is also small enough to explore in a single day, if time is of the essence. Caroline Taylor suggests a sunrise-to-sunset itinerary to introduce you to the best of the island — and ensure you want to return

Snorkelling over one of the 110 ocean holes around Andros. Photograph by Brian O'Keefe

Andros: deepest blue

Largest of the Bahamas islands, Andros is known to intrepid adventure travellers for its spectacular natural attractions. Here you’ll find the world’s highest concentration of mysterious blue holes, writes Noelle Nicolls, plus the breathtaking Tongue of the Ocean, an enormous barrier reef, and the placid flats of Great Bahama Bank

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

Engage

Students participate in a robotics workshop. Photograph by Tracy Mamoun

Alpha plus: Jamaica’s Alpha Boys School

Fans of Jamaican culture know that the decades-old music programme at Kingston’s Alpha Boys School has produced dozens of the island’s best musicians. But adapting to the twenty-first century means adding to that legacy with innovative new social entrepreneurship programmes. Tanya Batson-Savage investigates

The Rupununi is a landscape of rolling savanna crossed by rivers. Photograph by Burton Lim

Biodiversity bonanza: Guyana’s Rupununi

The Rupununi savanna covers a vast region of Guyana, but its rich flora and fauna are still little known to scientists. As Burton Lim explains, a recent biodiversity survey by the World Wildlife Fund sought to make this natural bounty known to the world

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

Minnows’ hope

There are no Caribbean teams in the FIFA World Cup finals this year, James Ferguson reminds us. But sports fans can still reflect on past victories and hope for future ones

Photograph by Jose Carlos Gonzalez

Baby John

In the Venezuelan town of Curiepe, the festival of San Juan brings flags, drumming, and processions