Issue 131
( January/February 2015 )

In this Issue:


The reasoning is the seasoning

There’s a movement afoot on the Jamaican culinary scene, bringing once-peripheral vegan and raw food lifestyles into the mainstream. It’s about bodily health, Kellie Magnus discovers, but it’s also about taste — and about the soul

Caribbean Playlist (January/February 2015)

New releases to get you in the Carnival groove

Caribbean Bookshelf (January/February 2015)

This month’s reading picks, from a memoir of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake to a history of doubles

Stella Jean: culture chameleon

Haitian-Italian designer Stella Jean draws on her mixed heritage

Word of mouth (January/February 2015)

Trinidad’s stickfighting season, a new film about the history of steel pan, and St Lucia’s week of Nobel celebrations

Caribbean Datebook (January/February 2015)

Events around the Caribbean in January and February — from Trinidad Carnival to Jamaican jazz to sailing in Grenada


Versia Harris: once upon a dream

The imaginary worlds that Barbadian Versia Harris creates in her animated video works are inspired by childhood cartoons as much as the landscapes of home. Marsha Pearce talks to the artist about exploring the boundaries of fantasy and reality

Melanie Abrahams: “I like Jamaica, but I’m more Trini-minded”

Melanie Abrahams, London-based literary promoter, on her mixed Caribbean heritage, and using literature to negotiate identity — as told to Joshua Surtees

Rosalind Gabriel: the kiddies’ queen

Many observers agree that in today’s Carnival the most memorable spectacles happen in “kiddies’ mas.” And bandleader Rosalind Gabriel has been at the forefront for over two decades. Nazma Muller meets the innovator with a taste for tradition

Bunji Garlin: send dem riddim crazy

The 2013 hit “Differentology” was his international breakthrough, but Trinidadian soca star Bunji Garlin is no overnight success. Laura Dowrich looks back at Bunji’s rise from the pavements of Arima to the world stage, while Mark Lyndersay offers a personal take on the twenty-year evolution of the artiste’s sound


Market day

Across the Caribbean, the freshest produce, best bargains, and often the friendliest advice can still be found at traditional markets. Here are six worth exploring, ranging from Dominica to Curaçao to French Guiana

“Our beach”: Antigua’s Ffryes Bay

For filmmakers Howard and Mitzi Allen, pristine Ffryes Bay on Antigua’s south coast is not just a location — it’s a retreat and a repository for memories

St Kitts & Nevis: five centuries in two days

St Kitts and Nevis may be the smallest independent nation in the Americas, but every inch of its landscape is roiling with history. Garry Steckles suggests a two-day tour covering five hundred years of Caribbean life in miniature, from the first British colonial settlement to the beginning of the tourism industry


Barbados’s Gun Hill: hear me roar

A stalwart limestone lion guards Barbados’s Gun Hill

Travels with islands

The British writer Patrick Leigh Fermor, born a century ago, is best known for his books on Central Europe and Greece. But his Caribbean travel narrative The Traveller’s Tree stands apart for its curiosity about ordinary lives. James Ferguson rereads this classic

Once bitten: Chikungunya in the Caribbean

It was the Caribbean’s big public health crisis of 2014: a rapidly spreading outbreak of mosquito-borne chikungunya. Nazma Muller investigates how governments have responded, and suggests how visitors to the Caribbean can avoid the dreaded pains and rashes of CHIK-V

Are you listening? A decade of Global Voices

For a decade, the international citizen media project Global Voices has helped break through online barriers of country, culture, censorship, and language — and the Caribbean has played a key role almost from the start. Philip Sander finds out more