Issue 122 (July/August 2013)

EMBARK: Events around the Caribbean in July and August • Join the fun at Caribbean Carnival Toronto and Barbados Kadooment, and celebate fifty years of Trinidad’s Marionettes Chorale • Shivanee Ramlochan introduces Trinidadian poet Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné and her “wild words” • Curaçaoan designer Rebecca Paz makes jewellery that demands to be worn • A year after winning Olympic gold, Trinidadian Keshorn Walcott grapples with fame and his fans’ hopes • Travel stories and tips from Imran Khan of the West Indies Cricket Board • Bookshelf: This month’s reading picks • Playlist: Recent tunes to get your feet tapping • Erna Mae Tonge takes Cooking Magic, Antigua’s long-running culinary TV show, into the future. Joanne C. Hillhouse tells her story • IMMERSE: Surinamese artist Marcel Pinas has won an international reputation for his works incorporating elements of traditional Maroon culture. As Christopher Cozier explains, this is not a celebration of the past, but a rethnking of what “tradition” means in the present • Aruban filmmaker Juan Francisco Pardo tackles tough topics in nuanced style. Melanie Archer discovers where his passion for visual storytelling comes from • Jamaican actress and filmmaker Esther Anderson on working with Chris Blackwell, Jimmy Cliff, and Bob Marley — as told to Tanya Batson-Savage • Garry Steckles, at long last, discovers  the Haitian music star Emeline Michel • ARRIVE: This August, Suriname’s capital will host Carifesta XI, the Caribbean’s biggest arts festival. Good excuse for a visit, writes Philip Sander, who explains his straightforward fondness for Paramaribo • 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 • Panama City’s Casco Viejo is a living museum of four centuries of history. But as Shannon J. Effinger finds out, it’s also home to an innovative music programme, led by Danilo Pérez, looking to the future of jazz • Photographer Chris Anderson and writer Angelo Bissessarsingh capture the elegance of Trinidad and Tobago’s traditional architecture, surviving in the rural landscape • ENGAGE: An online video campaign by LGBT rights group J-FLAG uses individual stories to change perceptions of gay and lesbian Jamaicans. Lisa Allen-Agostini learns more • Organic living may seem like an “elite” trend. But, as Denise Chin explains, it’s really a return to old-fashioned ways • Georgia Popplewell meets Alan Emtage, the Barbadian coder who wrote the world’s first search engine • 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. James Ferguson tells the story • Riding high over Caracas

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