Issue 144
( March/April 2017 )

In this Issue:

Embark

A compendium of curry | Cookup

From Jamaican goat to Trini doubles, curry is one of the definitive flavours of the Caribbean. There are hundreds of curry blends around the world — what are the Caribbean’s best, and how are they evolving? Franka Philip finds out

Caribbean Screenshots (March/April 2017) Film Reviews

This month’s film-watching picks

Caribbean Playlist (March/April 2017) | Music Reviews

This month’s listening picks

Caribbean Bookshelf (March/April 2017) | Book Reviews

This month’s reading picks

Thank God it’s Monday

Trinidadian swimwear designer Chandra Maharaj makes a seamlessly elegant transition to Carnival Monday wear

Poetry grand slam | Word of mouth (March/April 2017)

Whether you experience it on stage or from the audience, Trinidad and Tobago’s national spoken word poetry slam is full of thrills

Datebook | Caribbean Events Calendar (March/April 2017)

Events around the Caribbean in March and April, from a river race in Belize to St Patrick’s Day in St Croix — plus a drum festival, kite-flying, and cricket

Immerse

The Beat goes on: Caribbean Beat turns 25

For 25 years, Caribbean Beat has celebrated the best and brightest of Caribbean culture and people — as you can see in the panorama of our 144 covers, and the stories behind them

Arrive

Bridgetown, Barbados | Layover

As one of the Caribbean’s most popular tourist destinations, Barbados is also a major hub for international flights to the region. Our guide to exploring the island when time is tight

Port Elizabeth, Bequia | Neighbourhood

The capital of the second-largest of the Grenadine Islands is a haven for yachties — but also for artists and foodies

Pakaraima bound

The spectacular Pakaraima Mountains, near Guyana’s border with Brazil and Venezuela, are a landscape of dramatic table-top mountains, rolling valleys, and remote villages. It’s not an easy part of the world for outsiders to visit. But the annual Pakaraima Mountain Safari attracts visitors hungry for adventure — like Neil Marks

Engage

Mangrove view

A mosaic of greens and blues seen from high above, Barbuda’s Codrington Lagoon is a natural gem, home to mangrove forests and seabird colonies

Harry Belafonte: calypso with a conscience

A beloved musical icon since the 1950s, Harry Belafonte has an equally long reputation as a political activist. And the parallel themes of his public life, entertainment and activism, both have their roots in Belafonte’s childhood in Jamaica. James Ferguson finds out more

Caribbean eco progress report

In the pages of Caribbean Beat, over the past twenty-five years, we’ve often reported on environmental stories. So what’s the real state of progress across the region, when it comes to protecting our natural resources? Nazma Muller investigates

Inner-city art in Kingston

For middle-class Jamaicans and tourists alike, downtown Kingston, with its deprived communities, can seem off-limits. So when a group of young artists began a public mural project in the Fleet Street area, it wasn’t just about beautifying the neighbourhood, writes Tanya Batson-Savage. It was really about opening opportunities for local residents