What blogs are for

Over at Global Voices, Georgia Popplewell and Nicholas Laughlin–the Caribbean Beat bloggers!–have been talking about the state of the Caribbean blogosphere: who’s blogging and why, anonymity vs exhibitionism, the digital…

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Hummingbird and bush tea

The morning light peeping through the mountains woke us, the dew on the grass energising as we walked to the ‘reever’ (according to Dominicans) through banana trees. A hummingbird with…

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Phillips now a Yale man

St Kitts-born writer Caryl Phillips, who taught for eight years at Barnard College in New York, has joined the English faculty at Yale. He recently gave a reading there from…

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Dancehall Grammy?

Over forty albums have been submitted to the Grammy Awards’ reggae committee this year, reports the Jamaica Gleaner today, including, to everyone’s surprise, Throw Down Your Arms by Sinead O’Connor….

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"You just keep working on it"

Today’s Jamaica Gleaner profiles poet and musician Andrew Stone, whose chapbook In Disguise was published last May in the Calabash chapbook series. He explains that he brings the same approach…

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Keep up the tempo

The Barbados Advocate reports today on the Bimshire edition of “Caribbean Rising”, the concert series promoting MTV’s new Caribbean music channel, Tempo. The showstoppers were internationally acclaimed Rupee and Def…

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"I am interested in making beautiful objects"

In the arts pages of today’s Jamiaca Gleaner, National Gallery director Jonathan Greenland interviews the Canada-resident Jamaican artist Charles Campbell about his work currently on show at the Mutual Gallery…

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Caribbean travel in the Times

The Travel section of today’s New York Times is a special “Caribbean issue”, with stories on Carnaval in the Dominican Republic, snorkelling in the US Virgin Islands, and the resurrection…

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The story of Ram

Ramleela is a Hindu tradition still celebrated in India. It made the passage to the Caribbean in the memory and consciousness of the indentured Indian, was revived here and has…

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“Tings a guan good”

The Jamaica Gleaner reports today that Sean Paul’s latest album The Trinity has now sold 200,000 copies in the US and 600,000 in the rest of the world–bringing it within…

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