Issue 122
(July/August 2013)

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Shostakovich 1st Quartet Opus 49 (1981), by Aubrey Williams; oil on canvas, 132.1 x 208.3 cm. Photograph courtesy Hales Gallery

Caribbean Datebook (July/August 2013)

Events around the Caribbean in July and August

Feathers in the city. Photograph by Nathalie Taghaboni

Word of mouth (July/August 2013)

Join the fun at Caribbean Carnival Toronto and Barbados Kadooment, and celebate fifty years of Trinidad’s Marionettes Chorale
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Photograph courtesy Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné

Wild words: Trinidadian poet Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné

Shivanee Ramlochan introduces Trinidadian poet Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné and her “wild words”

Gold earrings with semi-precious stone and BECKlettes. Photograph by Anna Gunselman

All that glitters: Curaçaoan designer Rebecca Paz

Curaçaoan designer Rebecca Paz makes jewellery that demands to be worn

Illustration by Darren Cheewah

Olympic afterglow: Trinidadian Keshorn Walcott

A year after winning Olympic gold, Trinidadian Keshorn Walcott grapples with fame and his fans’ hopes

Photograph courtesy Imran Khan

Imran Khan: “I envy folks who doze off…”

Travel stories and tips from Imran Khan of the West Indies Cricket Board


Caribbean Bookshelf (July/August 2013)

This month’s reading picks


Caribbean Playlist (July/August 2013)

Recent tunes to get your feet tapping

Erna Mae Tonge. Photograph by Nez Photography

Erna Mae Tonge: Recipe for magic

Erna Mae Tonge takes Cooking Magic, Antigua’s long-running culinary TV show, into the future. Joanne C. Hillhouse tells her story

Kibi Wi Koni (2009), version created for an exhibition in Amsterdam. Installation, 300 x 800 x 500 cm. Photograph courtesy Marcel Pinas/Readytex Art Gallery

Marcel Pinas: the art of presence

Surinamese artist Marcel Pinas has won an international reputation for his works incorporating elements of traditional Maroon culture

Filmmaker Juan Francisco Pardo. Photograph by Miquel Galofré

Juan Francisco Pardo: Stories for the eye

Filmmaker Juan Francisco Pardo tackles tough topics in nuanced style. Melanie Archer discovers where his passion for visual storytelling comes from

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

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

Jamaican actress and filmmaker Esther Anderson on working with Chris Blackwell, Jimmy Cliff, and Bob Marley — as told to Tanya Batson-Savage

Emeline Michel. Photograph by Max Desdunes

Emeline Michel: Queen of songs

Garry Steckles, at long last, discovers the Haitian music star Emeline Michel

Suriname’s Javanese heritage makes it unique in the Caribbean. Photograph by Hedwig De La Fuente

Paramaribo for pleasure

This August, Suriname’s capital will host Carifesta XI, the Caribbean’s biggest arts festival. Good excuse for a visit, writes Philip Sander

Photograph by Otis Gilling

Ifeona Fulani: Jamaica homecoming

Ifeona Fulani left Jamaica when she was four, and didn’t go back for thirty years. But the island is still home, and every return visit is a gift

Late afternoon in Plaza Herrera. Photograph by Tito Herrera

Casco Viejo: Jamming in the old town

But in the midst of the ancient houses and churches, Shannon J. Effinger discovers, an innovative music programme led by pianist Danilo Pérez

Near Cunaripa, south of Sangre Grande in east Trinidad. Photograph by Chris Anderson

Houses of the spirits

Photographer Chris Anderson and writer Angelo Bissessarsingh capture the elegance of Trinidad and Tobago’s traditional architecture

Jaevion Nelson, We Are Jamaicans participant. Video stills courtesy J-FLAG

J-FLAG: Respecting difference

An online video campaign by LGBT rights group J-FLAG uses individual stories to change perceptions of gay and lesbian Jamaicans

Illustration by Shalini Seereeram

The organic Caribbean way

Organic living may seem like an “elite” trend. But, as Denise Chin explains, it’s really a return to old-fashioned ways

Alan Emtage. Photograph courtesy Alan Emtage

Alan Emtage: The Codefather

Georgia Popplewell meets Alan Emtage, the Barbadian coder who wrote the world’s first search engine

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

Cuba: Revolution time

Sixty years ago, Fidel Castro’s attack on the Moncada Barracks was a failure — but it set the stage for the Cuban Revolution not long after.

Caracas Aerial Tramway. Photograph by Jose Carlos Gonzales

High rise over Caracas

Riding high over Caracas