Issue 123
(September/October 2013)

In this Issue:

Issue 123


Still from Melaza. Photograph courtesy the trinidad + tobago film festival

Caribbean Datebook (September/October 2013)

Events around the Caribbean in September and October 2013

Illustration by Darren Cheewah

Word of mouth (September/October 2013)

Discover a new crop of Jamaican artists, experience J’Ouvert Brooklyn style, and jam to Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival

Silver and ultramarine blue diamond jumpsuit with woven trim details. Photograph by Bernado Neri

Admas Mahdere: smooth as silk

Cayman-based Admas Mahdere brings Ethiopian textures to the Caribbean

West Indies women’s team players celebrate on the field. Photograph courtesy the West Indies Cricket Board

New kids on the pitch: the West Indies women’s cricket team

The West Indies women’s cricket team is on the rise

Vincentian artist and ARC magazine editor Holly Bynoe. Photograph courtesy Holly Bynoe

Holly Bynoe: “I depend on the kindness of strangers”

Travel tips from Vincentian artist and ARC magazine editor Holly Bynoe


Caribbean Playlist (September/October 2013)

Recent tunes to get your feet tapping (September/October 2013)


Caribbean Bookshelf (September/October 2013)

This month’s reading picks – Oonya Kempadoo’s novel & much more


Bittersweet: remembering Mott Green

Franka Philip remembers the late Mott Green and his vision for Grenadian chocolate

Drupatee Ramgoonai. Photograph taken by Mark Lyndersay at the Trinidad Valley Harps panyard, Penal

Chutney Soca Succession

Mark Lyndersay’s images capture two generations of chutney soca stars, while writer Essiba Small explains how the sound has evolved over the decades

BLS Barbados Landship performing the “maypole” manoeuvre in National Heroes Square, Bridgetown, in the early 2000s. Photograph by Mike Toy

Landship Ahoy

As Landship marks its hundred and fiftieth anniversary, Marcia Burrowes investigates how the movement has responded to changing times

Kden Hee-Chung, star of Captain T&T. Photograph courtesy Bepperton Entertainment Productions

Lights, Camera, Animals: Christopher and Leizelle Guinness

Georgia Popplewell talk with Christopher and Leizelle Guinness about their love for animals and the advantages of working on a shoestring budget

Nicolette Bethel. Photograph by Duke Wells

Nicolette Bethel: “In the theatre, you never know what’s gonna happen”

Bahamian playwright Nicolette Bethel, co-founder of the Shakespeare in Paradise theatre festival, on the unpredictable thrill of live performance

Roland Alphonso and Tommy McCook of the Skatalites. Photograph by David Corio

Jamaica’s Backup Stars

Where would Jamaican music be without the genius of its backup musicians? Garry Steckles pays tribute to these stage and studio veterans

The cannons of Fort Oranje once saluted the ships arriving in Statia’s port. Photograph by Wyatt Gallery

The stones of Statia

St Eustatius has more historic ruins per square mile than any other Caribbean island. Walter Hellebrand remembers how it went from boom town to bust

Illustration by Shalini Seereeram

Azonto Lessons

It’s Trinidadian writer Attillah Springer’s first time in Ghana. Why does it feel so familiar?

Colourful lifeguard stations dot the white sand along South Beach. Photograph by R.A.R. De Bruijn Holding BV /

Miami is an island

Miami may be the biggest Caribbean city that isn’t actually in the Caribbean. Philip Sander explores Miami’s Caribbean pockets

The gorge of the Potaro River in Guyana’s interior. Photograph by Nicholas Laughlin

Guyana’s Forest Economics

Guyana gets US$50 million per year to preserve its vast rainforests. Nazma Muller finds out what it means for long-term economic growth

Illustration by James Hackett

Great Shakes: UWI’s Seismic Research Centre

UWI’s Seismic Research Centre helps keep the Eastern Caribbean safe from earthquakes. Erline Andrews talks to the scientists who monitor the tremors u

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

A wild surmise: Vasco Núñez de Balboa

James Ferguson recalls the fateful day, five hundred years ago, when the conquistador Vasco Núñez de Balboa set eyes on the Pacific

Photograph by Jeff Gynane/

Spice of life

The spices of life in Marigot market