Issue 142
( November/December 2016 )

In this Issue:

Embark

Yvette LaCrette. Photo by Damion C. Jacob, DCJ photography

Grenada’s Chef Yvette LaCrette: ambassador of spices

Her culinary flair has made Yvette LaCrette “the Caribbean’s go-to-chef” in New York City, her home base. As Melissa Noel learns, Chef LaCrette is an always eager ambassador for the Spice Island

Still from Santa & Andrés

Caribbean Screenshots (November/December 2016) | Film Reviews

This month’s film-watching picks

Dis 1. 4. Raf

Caribbean Playlist (November/December 2016) | Music Reviews

This month’s listening picks

Bridges of Trinidad and Tobago

Caribbean Bookshelf (November/December 2016) | Book Reviews

This month’s reading picks

The New York Marathon — the world’s largest, by number of competitors — has a course that passes through the city’s five boroughs. Photo by Mitchell Funk/PC/Getty Images

Dexter Webb: running addiction

When Trinidadian Dexter Webb decided to run the New York Marathon as a fortieth-birthday challenge, he knew it would be tough — but he didn’t guess it would also be addictive

A piece from Ana Granada’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection Desertine. Photo by Orlando Romain, courtesy Ana Granada

Grenada’s Ana Granada: cool looks for hot weather

Grenadian Ana Granada turns breathable tech fabrics into cool activewear silhouettes

Photo by Jermaine Cruikshank, courtesy Machel Montano

Word of mouth (November/December 2016)

The Gimistory festival tells tales around Cayman, Caribbean writers headline at the Miami Book Fair, soca star Machel Montano makes his big-screen debut — and paranging till it hurts in Trinidad

Enjoying the spectacle at the Barbados 50th Anniversary of Independence launch parade. Photo by Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc

Datebook | Caribbean Event Calendar (November/December 2016)

Events around the Caribbean in November and December, from the Bahamas International Film Festival to a celebration of ballet in Cuba

Immerse

Leroy Sibbles. Photo by David Corio/Redferns/Getty Images

Leroy Sibbles: “You need conscious lyrics”

Leroy Sibbles of the Heptones on growing up in Trench Town, the golden days of Jamaica’s Studio One, and what’s missing from today’s music — as told to Garry Steckles

Still from Rentyhorn: The Intervention (2008; video, 4.30 mins), by Sasha Huber. Courtesy Sasha Huber And The Museum Of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki

Nordic routes

In the distant latitudes of Scandinavia, three artists with Caribbean roots are making hard-hitting works that ask difficult questions about history and power. Nicole Smythe-Johnson talks to Jeannette Ehlers, Michelle Eistrup, and Sasha Huber

Photo courtesy Rituals Music

Ever-blooming Calypso Rose

She’s a musical legend: the first woman to win T&T’s Calypso Monarch title, beloved by generations of Caribbean listeners. Now her latest album is winning her fans across Europe, and taking her sixty-year career in an unexpected new direction. Joshua Surtees profiles the inimitable Calypso Rose

Illustration by Shalini Seereeram

Woman business

Two friends in a bar, and a problem to solve. New fiction by Barbara Jenkins

Arrive

Photo by Amanda Richards

Layover: Georgetown, Guyana

On a business trip to Guyana’s capital with a few hours to spare? A free day to explore? Our quick guide to getting the most out of Georgetown when time is tight

B is for The Baths, Virgin Gorda. Blueorange Studio/Shutterstock.com

An alphabet of Caribbean beaches

How many amazing beaches are there in the Caribbean? Far, far too many to list. But here’s a start: a beach for every letter of the alphabet, from Anse La Roche in Carriacou to Zion Hill in Jamaica

Photo by Keith Sherwood/Shutterstock.com

Brooklyn, New York | Neighbourhood

The unofficial Caribbean capital of North America was once an independent city, and it still feels that way. With so many museums, parks, restaurants, and neighbourhoods to explore, who needs Manhattan?

Bathsheba, on Barbados’s east coast. ©iStock.com/Tomml

My Barbados

Six Barbadians from diverse backgrounds talk to Nailah Folami Imoja about their lives and work, what they love best about their home island, and their biggest hopes for the future, as Barbados marks fifty years of Independence

Engage

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

Who’s your granny?

Sixty years ago, a squadron of battle-hardened guerrillas landed on Cuba’s south-east coast, launching the revolution that would soon grip the world’s imagination. And the heroically leaky boat that got them there? It was named for someone’s grandmother. James Ferguson remembers the story of Granma

Photo by Muph/Shutterstock.com

Caribbean “farmer-preneurs” — back to the land

Agriculture is an essential industry — how else do we feed ourselves? — but traditionally has been considered back-breaking, thankless, old-fashioned work. That’s starting to change, Erline Andrews reports, as a new generation of young Caribbean “farmer-preneurs” adopt the latest technological advances in one of human-kind’s oldest activities

Shutterstock/Panda3800

’Tis the season to buy local

Christmas is about goodwill, family, friends — and presents. But showering your loved ones with gifts doesn’t have to mean brand-name imports. Nazma Muller suggests some sustainable and very covetable Caribbean-made holiday presents

Photo by Jo Crebbin / Shutterstock.com

Junkanoo: the rush is on

Feel Nassau’s Junkanoo rush