A masquerader, Daniel Bascombe, from Moko Somõkõw’s band “Resurrection at Sorrow Hill”, inspired by Wilson Harris’ novel, and which won Mini Band of the Year in 2019. Photo by Maria Nunes

Issue 174 (January/February 2023)

Experience the “mother of all carnivals” through the eyes of a singer, a stilt walker, a pannist, and twin designers as Trinidad & Tobago Carnival returns — as do exciting festivals and events across the diaspora. Celebrate 50 years of soca music; and explore how regional festivals can become more sustainable. In our travel features, escape to Tobago, and take a tour of some of the Caribbean’s special World Heritage Sites. Learn about Anton de Kom and JR Casimir, freedom fighters from Suriname and Dominica. Explore the history of dukunoo — one of the oldest Caribbean desserts. And take in reviews of new Caribbean book and music releases, before testing your mettle with our puzzles and trivia quizzes!

The crowning of Shalom is featured in K2K’s 2023 Collection. Photography by Gary Jordan, courtesy K2K Alliance & Partners

K2K mas in the metaverse…and beyond | Plugin

Trinidad’s K2K has been innovating with their mas designs since debuting their award-winning medium Carnival band in 2012. Now they’ve moved into the NFT and metaverse landscape. Karen and Kathy Norman, the twin designers and investment bankers behind K2K, talk about what this means for mas — as told to Caroline Taylor

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Mount Irvine Beach. Photo courtesy Tobago Tourism Agency

Two paths, one Tobago | Destination

Tobago is an island of contrasts that offers a range of distinct experiences for visitors. Some like to be in the centre of the action and follow the well-beaten paths to Tobago’s best-known attractions. Others prefer quiet escapes, far from the madding crowds, and as close to being off-grid as possible. Aisha Sylvester introduces both sides of Tobago so you can pick your paradise!

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