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Inner-city art in Kingston

Issue 144 (March/April 2017) | 0 comments
For middle-class Jamaicans and tourists alike, downtown Kingston, with its deprived communities, can seem off-limits. So when a group of young artists began a public mural project in the Fleet Street area, it wasn’t just about beautifying the neighbourhood, writes Tanya Batson-Savage. It was really about opening opportunities for local residents

Kingston beat

Issue 140 (July/August 2016) | 0 comments
For many visitors to Jamaica, the capital Kingston, at the foot of the Blue Mountains, is just the gateway to the country’s beach resorts. But, as Tanya Batson-Savage explains, Kingston’s bustling cosmopolitan scene and dynamic cultural offerings make it an essential destination. Here’s her list of must-sees and must-dos, from art to music to cuisine

Word of mouth (May/June 2016)

Issue 139 (May/June 2016) | 0 comments
St Lucia Jazz — celebrating twenty-five years — brings artists and audiences close, and Jamaica’s Calabash Literary Festival inspires real ardour

Alpha plus: Jamaica’s Alpha Boys School

Issue 127 (May/June 2014) | 0 comments
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

Neila Ebanks performing at the National Gallery of Jamaica. Photograph by Tanya Batson-Savage

Neila Ebanks: no boundaries

Issue 125 (January/February 2014) | 0 comments
For Jamaican Neila Ebanks, dance is a vehicle for expressing freedom. Tanya Batson-Savage talks to the celebrated dancer and choreographer about her joy in crossing physical boundaries

Bob Marley with Esther Anderson, 1973. Photograph courtesy Esther Anderson

Esther Anderson: “They said I’d snubbed Hollywood”

Issue 122 (July/August 2013) | 0 comments
Jamaican actress and filmmaker Esther Anderson on working with Chris Blackwell, Jimmy Cliff, and Bob Marley — as told to Tanya Batson-Savage

Joy Spence. Photograph courtesy Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum

Appleton Rum: “There’s so much artistry to it”

Issue 119 (January/February 2013) | 0 comments
Joy Spence, master blender for Jamaica’s Appleton Rum, on balancing science and creativity, and being a pioneer in a male-dominated field