Issue 146
( July/August 2017 )

In this Issue:

Embark

River Dancer

Bookshelf (July/August 2017) | Book Reviews

This month’s reading picks in our books column

Photo courtesy CPL T20 Ltd 2017

Datebook | Caribbean Events Calendar (July/August 2017)

Events around the Caribbean in July and August, from the Caribbean Premier League to Carifesta XIII in Barbados

Photo by Sarita Rampersad

Word of mouth (July/August 2017)

The charms of “August holidays” by the beach, a new film from Trinidad & Tobago ("The Cutlass") goes international, and Grenada’s Spicemas keeps the spirit of the Jab Jab alive

Jamaican Marlon Samuels joins the St Lucia Stars for CPL 2017. Photo by Mark Nolan IDI/IDI via Getty Images

Don’t stop the cricket: Caribbean Premier League T20 2017 | The Game

As the 2017 Caribbean Premier League T20 cricket tournament opens, Garry Steckles reports on some interesting moves by star players

Shades of Life

Playlist (July/August 2017) | Music Reviews

This month’s listening picks

Sharing Stella

Screenshots (July/August 2017) | Film Reviews

This month’s film-watching picks

Often dismissed as a weed, purslane is rich in vitamin E. Photo by Wasanajai/Shutterstock.com

The truth about superfoods — Caribbean ones | Cookup

Nutritionists dismiss the ”superfood” trend, promoting obscure ingredients as dietary wonders. Nonetheless, there are Caribbean plants packed with nutrients which ought to be better known. Franka Philip learns about a few of them

Immerse

Shivanee Ramlochan. Photo by Marlon James

Shivanee Ramlochan: “The poems must have decided on me” | Own Words

Poet Shivanee Ramlochan on her debut book Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting, and why she’s so powerfully drawn to difficult subjects — as told to Nicholas Laughlin

Photo courtesy Zahra Airall

The Antigua Dance Academy: it starts with the drum | Backstory

As the Antigua Dance Academy celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary, it can boast of keeping traditional Afro-Caribbean dance and music alive, writes Joanne C. Hillhouse

Illustration by Shalini Seereeram

Hadriana’s wedding | Showcase

An excerpt from the classic Haitian novel Hadriana in All My Dreams, by René Depestre, newly translated

Jazz musician Etienne Charles. Photo by Maria Nunes

Etienne Charles: a head for jazz and a creole soul | Closeup

From his jaunty fedora to his bespoke suits, Trinidadian Etienne Charles looks like a jazzman — and he has the musical chops to back it up. A phenomenal talent with the trumpet, he’s also earned a reputation as a composer with a gift for merging traditional Caribbean genres with jazz, Nigel Campbell reports

Arrive

Just outside Oistins, Miami Beach shows why the sandy shores of Barbados’s south coast are so popular with bathers: warm turquoise water, gentle waves breaking on white sand, and a skyline of pine trees swaying in the breeze. Photo by Andre Donawa

Clockwise Barbados | Destination

You can explore your way entirely around the island of Barbados in a single day, enjoying extraordinary beaches, historic architecture, and landscapes varying from gently rolling to dramatically rugged — as in our “clockwise” itinerary

Photo by Frans Lemmens/Alamy Stock Photo

Paramaribo, Suriname | Layover

Newcomers to Suriname’s capital are often surprised by its cosmopolitan charms — which you can enjoy on even a brief visit

In the hills above Ocho Rios, the Blue Hole — also sometimes called Secret Falls — are a turquoise oasis set among a profusion of trees and flowers. Photo by Ivan Kokoulin/Shutterstock.com

Jamaica, land we love | Escape

Jamaica’s beaches are as famous as its reggae and dancehall. But turn from the coast into the lush, hilly interior and you discover why the island’s name means “land of wood and water.” And there’s no better way to experience that wild beauty than to hike up Blue Mountain Peak, as Nazma Muller did

Photo by iStock.com/Liselottemathiasen

Santiago de Cuba | Neighbourhood

Cuba’s onetime capital, sheltered by the Sierra Maestra, is a living history museum and a cultural epicentre, especially during the July Carnival

Engage

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

Twisting Rhodes | On this day

It’s an irony of history that the legacy of arch-imperialist Cecil Rhodes includes the education of many Caribbean intellectuals — like Jamaican Rex Nettleford, who arrived in Oxford sixty years ago, writes James Ferguson

Photo courtesy Arif Bulkan

Arif Bulkan: standing up for rights | Inspire

In the field of Caribbean human rights law, few have done more on behalf of the vulnerable than Guyanese Arif Bulkan. Raymond Ramcharitar learns about his work in indigenous and LGBT rights

Photo by Pack-Shot/Shutterstock.com

The Bibliothèque Schoelcher: a Library For All | Parting Shot

Martinique’s Bibliothèque Schoelcher is a storehouse of history in more ways than one

Wind turbines on the coast of Aruba contribute to a goal of one hundred per cent renewable energy 
by 2020. Photo by iStock.com/hairballusa

The energy of the future: renewables in the Caribbean | Green

Year-round sunshine, endless breezes, gushing rivers: most Caribbean countries have ample natural resources to harness renewable energy. So why is the region so dependent on fossil fuels? Erline Andrews investigates