The Trinidad Carnival 2013 issue of Caribbean Beat

No matter where you are – in Trinidad, the Caribbean region, or across the Caribbean diaspora – it’s almost impossible to ignore the heavy Carnival vibrations in the air. The heart beats in the bosom of Trinidad’s capital, Port of Spain.

To take you right into the thick of things is the latest edition of the Caribbean Beat (#119: January/February 2013), which is on Caribbean Airlines and Air Jamaica planes; in the mail (or already delivered!) to subscribers; and online, where you can also access a complete flip-book of the current issue – free!

Caribbean Beat January/February 2013



  • COOKUP – Mummy’s sweet hand:  “I will always think of her when I cook,” says Franka Phillip of her late mother, in a moving tribute
  • Datebook: Events around the Caribbean in January and February
  • Word of Mouth: Carnival dawn at Trinidad J’Ouvert, preview a new show by artist Christopher Cozier, and savour the spice of controversy at Guyana’s Mashramani
  • Playlist: Recent music releases to get your fingers tapping


  • BACKSTORY – Behind the music: Trinidad’s soca artistes are the stars of Carnival, but a host of talented professionals working behind the scenes help make the music, explains Laura Dowrich-Phillips
  • RIDDEM & RHYME – Calypso genes: Four music experts help Garry Steckles chart its influence, everywhere from Jamaica to Guyana
  • CLOSEUP – Marlon Griffith: Mas by other means: Marlon Griffith’s multimedia performance works take elements of traditional Trinidad Carnival into the world of contemporary art, discovers Nicholas Laughlin


  • ESCAPES – Carnival hideouts: If you’re not in the mood for bacchanal, Trinidad and Tobago offer ample quiet Carnival-time escape options
  • OFFTRACK – Mysteries of the Maya: The Maya may be best remembered for doomsday “predictions.” But real mysteries about Mayan culture can be found in the jungle of Belize, discovers Janelle Chanona


  • GREENA tale of two ducklings: Bridget van Dongen discovers how a duckling rescue in Antigua helped make a community safer for wildlife
  • PLUGIN – A tweet in need: Online social media aren’t just for swapping jokes and trivia. When disaster hits, Caroline Taylor explains, they are crucial communication tools
  • ON THIS DAY – Irie Ice: Jamaican bobsledding: It’s a quarter-century since a Jamaican bobsled team unexpectedly took the Winter Olympics by storm. James Ferguson recounts the tale

Caroline Taylor

Caroline is an editor and staff writer at MEP. She is also on MEP’s board of directors, and moonlights as an actor, singer, and director. She’s passionate about telling stories – on the page, on the stage, on screen – and in particular about documenting Caribbean lives and events. She’s currently trying to master unplugging from her iLife… For more: Author posts

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