Issue 119
(January/February 2013)

In this Issue:

Issue 119


Kiddies' Carnival in Trinidad. Photograph by Butch Limchoy

Caribbean Datebook (January/February 2013)

Your guide to events around the Caribbean in January and February — from Carnivals to music festivals to celebrations of history

Attillah Springer. Photograph by Andrea De Silva

Word of mouth (January/February 2013)

Carnival dawn at Trinidad J’Ouvert, preview a new show by artist Christopher Cozier, and savour the spice of controversy at Guyana’s Mashramani

Sonia Farmer. Photograph by Patricia Santos

Sonia Farmer: Freedom of her press

Philip Sander introduces Bahamian writer and book artist Sonia Farmer of Poinciana Paper Press

Photograph by Sancho Francisco / Iconic Image Studio

Mas Couture: K2K Alliance & Partners

Sisters Karen and Kathy Norman of K2K Alliance take couture style to the road for Trinidad Carnival


Caribbean Bookshelf (January/February 2013)

This month’s reading picks — from fiction to poetry to theatre


Caribbean Playlist (January/February 2013)

Recent music releases to get your fingers tapping

Illustration by Shalini Seereeram

Mummy’s sweet hand

“I will always think of her when I cook,” says Franka Phillip of her late mother, in a moving tribute

Kerwin DuBois. Photograph by Relzlife Photography

Behind the soca music

Trinidad’s soca artistes are the stars of Carnival, but a host of talented professionals working behind the scenes help make the music

Powder Box Schoolgirls series (2009). Photograph courtesy Marlon Griffith

Marlon Griffith: Mas by other means

Marlon Griffith’s multimedia performance works take elements of traditional Trinidad Carnival into the world of contemporary art

Joy Spence. Photograph courtesy Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum

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

Joy Spence, master blender for Jamaica’s Appleton Rum, on balancing science and creativity, and being a pioneer in a male-dominated field

Harry Belafonte in 1954. Photograph by Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Carl Van Vechten Collection

Calypso genes

Four music experts help Garry Steckles chart its influence, everywhere from Jamaica to Guyana

Standing 130 feet high, the Mayan temple El Castillo is still one of the tallest man-made structures in Belize. Photograph by Jeremy Beeler/

Mysteries of the Maya

The Maya may be best remembered for doomsday “predictions.” But real mysteries about Mayan culture can be found in the jungle of Belize

The cliffs at Icacos are spectacular. Photograph by Chris Anderson

Carnival hideouts

If you’re not in the mood for bacchanal, Trinidad and Tobago offer ample quiet Carnival-time escape options

1920 painting of Marie Laveau (1794-1881) by Frank Schneider, based on an 1835 painting (now lost) by George Catlin. Photograph by Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans (Source Wikipedia)

Who Dat? New Orleans’ Caribbean connections

When Sharon Millar visited New Orleans, she discovered the delta city has a few supernatural connections with the Caribbean as well

Daren Ganga, at left, and his foundation's scholarship winners tour the Pointe-à-Pierre Wildfowl Trust in south Trinidad. Photograph by Daren Ganga Foundation

Darren Ganga: Coaching for cricketing talent

Lisa Allen-Agostini finds out how the Daren Ganga foundation is making a difference, and not just for budding sportsmen

The four ducklings as they were discovered covered in oil. Photograph by Martha Watkins-Gilkes

Martha Watkins-Gilkes: a tale of two ducklings

Bridget van Dongen discovers how a duckling rescue in Antigua helped make a community safer for wildlife

Illustration by Darren Cheewah

A tweet in need

Online social media aren’t just for swapping jokes and trivia. When disaster hits, Caroline Taylor explains, they are crucial communication tools

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

Irie Ice: Jamaican bobsledding

It’s a quarter-century since a Jamaican bobsled team unexpectedly took the Winter Olympics by storm. James Ferguson recounts the tale

Photograph by Leah Gordon

Haiti’s Jacmel: Can’t stop the Kanaval

Haiti’s Jacmel Kanaval is gritty, bold — and alive