Barbados by night

Photographer Sean Drakes enveloped himself in the magic of Barbados's nightlife and brought back these images especially for Caribbean Beat readers. As you can see, there's no end to the activities, especially at night, in beautiful Barbados
The Plantation Dinner Show features leggy dancers in feathers, a flame thrower, and moko jumbies who depict Caribbean life and carnivals

Let It Rain

Photographer Sean Drakes took his camera equipment and crew into Trinidad's Northern Range and came back with this page-stopping record, and the admonition, Let It Rain: keep our forests pristine

Feeling Havana

The city's name summons images of crumbling colonial palaces, forts, and churches; of 1920s art deco decadence; of 1950s nightclubs, 1960s revolutionary politics, and the 21st century tourism trade. Havana is all of these simultaneously, a place of contradictions and ironies, never settling down to visitor's expectations. Photographer Sean Drakes searches for the spirit of Cuba's capital in its unmistakable cityscape. With an introduction by writer Claudia Lightfoot, an honorary habanera

Common Thread: Caribbean Fashion

Spiritually as well as geographically, the territories of the Caribbean are thousands of miles away from haute couture centres like Paris, Milan, or New York. But despite the absence of glitzy showcases for their work, talented, ambitious local fashion designers create garments chic enough to deserve a place on international catwalks, yet decidedly adapted to the everyday rhythms of island life. Photographer Sean Drakes captures 11 designers from Trinidad, Jamaica, and the Bahamas on their home ground, and discovers that a passion or style and hunger for success links them all