Issue 120
(March/April 2013)

In this Issue:

Issue 120

Issue 120


Photograph courtesy West Indies Cricket Board

Caribbean Datebook (March/April 2013)

Events around the Caribbean in March and April

Arturo Tappin performs at Jazz on the Beach. Photograph courtesy Desiree Seebaran

Word of mouth (March/April 2013)

Enjoy seaside jams at the Tobago Jazz Festival, tour Nassau art galleries with Transforming Spaces,celebrate two decades at Holders Season in Barbados

Leasho Johnson. Photograph by Marlon James

In this time: Leasho Johnson

Deborah Anzinger introduces Jamaican artist Leasho Johnson

Photograph by Tiffany Lue-Yen

Ayana Dixon: Fun in the sun

Model-turned-designer Ayana Dixon turns heads with her ASD swimwear


Caribbean Bookshelf (March/April 2013)

This month’s reading picks — from photography to fiction


Caribbean Playlist (March/April 2013)

Recent music releases to get your fingers tapping

Illustration by Shalini Seereeram

Freedom feast: the Caribbean Passover

The Seder, the ritual dinner for the Jewish holiday of Passover, is a celebration of freedom and memory. Franka Philip learns more

Drew Gonsalves. Photograph by Paul Wright

Kobo Town: Sing the beloved country

Based in Toronto but drawing on the musical traditions of Trinidad, Kobo Town fuses old-time calypso with up-to-the-moment poetic lyrics.

Barbara Jenkins. Photograph by Arnaldo James

Writing a lifetime: Barbara Jenkins

With her debut book Sic Transit Wagon, Trinidadian writer Barbara Jenkins shows it’s never too late to start a literary career.

Folk singers perform between readings at NILF. Photograph courtesy Nature Island Literary Festival

Booking round the islands: Caribbean literary festivals

A flourishing crop of literary festivals around the Caribbean are a book-lover’s delight. Caribbean Beat’s guide to the year’s literary highlights

Darren Sammy. Photograph courtesy the West Indies Cricket Board

Darren Sammy: “I only know one way to live”

Darren Sammy, captain of the West Indies cricket team and first St Lucian to play international cricket, on the importance of teamwork

Illustration by Daren Cheewah

Take ten (part 1): the greatest reggae singers of all time

Garry Steckles shares his very personal list of the ten greatest reggae singers of all time — with apologies to readers who disagree

Costumed as Hindu deities, Phagwah celebrants parade down Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill. Photograph by Evan Sung

Phagwah: Rites of spring

Photographer Evan Chung captures the colours of Phagwah, the Hindu spring festival, as celebrated by Caribbean immigrants in Queens

Chelsea Tuach surfs the Soup Bowl. Photograph by Mark Harris

Chelsea Tuach: “Get in the water – that’s the first thing anyone should do”

Chelsea Tuach, the youngest ever champion surfer from Barbados, shares her favourite spots for riding the waves, meeting her friends

One of the gentler inclines on the Waitukubuli National Trail. Photograph by Images Dominica

Up hill and down dale: Dominica’s Waitukubali National Trail

Simon Walsh explores Dominica’s Waitukubali National Trail ­— a fourteen-day hike from tip to tip of the hilly “Nature Island”

Akilah Jaramogi, managing director of FACRP. Photograph by Skye Hernandez

Fondes Amandes, Trinidad: It takes a village

A small reforestation project in the Trinidadian village of Fondes Amandes has become an exemplar for grassroots conservation.

Illustration by James Hackett

A bank in your pocket, Haitian style

Ten per cent of Haitians have bank accounts, but eighty per cent have mobile phones. Enter a new mobile banking system

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

The nil of victory: how Haiti won the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup

Fifty years ago, a Haitian football team managed to win the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup without actually playing the final...

Photograph by Abigail Hadeed

Happy trails: Guyana’s Easter Rodeo

Guyana’s Easter Rodeo is the social event of the year in the Rupununi