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EMBARK


17 DATEBOOK Events around the Caribbean in March and April


24 WORD OF MOUTH Discover the joys of partying in the cricket stands, and the significance of Trinidad’s spicy pichakaree music


28 THE LOOK Bahamian designer Theodore Elyett gives retro style a contemporary spin


30 THE GAME How Barbados became world champions in the unlikely sport of Segway polo


32 BOOKSHELF This month’s reading picks, from new fiction to seafaring tales


34 PLAYLIST New tunes to get your feet tapping, from dancehall to jazz


37 COOKUP


NO FISH? NO FUSS Lent is a traditional season for enjoying fish in the Caribbean. But if seafood is in short supply, writes Franka Philip, or out of your price range, there are many other tasty ways to observe a meatless diet


8 WWW.CARIBBEAN-BEAT.COM IMMERSE


40 CLOSEUP A STAR IS MADE Triumphing on the US reality TV competition The Voice, Jamaican singer Tessanne Chin won the hearts of her countrymen. But this was no overnight success story. Kellie Magnus looks back at the long years of hard work that brought Chin to the brink of musical stardom


48 PANORAMA MAKE IT NEW A talented new crop of fiction writers and poets is reviving Trinidad’s literary landscape with fresh voices and stories. Photographer Mark Lyndersay captures portraits of eight elerging talents in their element — Alake Pilgrim, Sharon Millar, Andre Bagoo, Vashti Bowlah, Danielle Boodoo-Fortuné, Shivanee Ramlochan, Rhoda Bharath, and Barbara Jenkins — while Nicholas Laughlin considers the factors responsible for this efflorescence


61 RIDDEM & RHYME THE JOY OF SAX When Garry Steckles hears a sublime saxophone performance in a Toronto market, he feels like he’s hearing one of the legendary Skatalites. Then he finds out that’s exactly the case


No. 126 March/April 2014


72 ARRIVE


66 DESTINATION FAR ESSEQUIBO Rising near Guyana’s southern border and flowing six hundred miles to the Atlantic, the mighty Essequibo River makes its way through mountains, savannas, and forest. An imagined journey upriver, all the way to the Essequibo’s remote highlands, traverses the eras of Guyana’s history as well


72 ESCAPE RESORT TO BLISS Her usual holiday habitat consists of cheap hotels and dive bars. But when duty calls Bridget van Dongen to investigate two five-star- resorts in Antigua — among the most expensive in the Caribbean, according to a recent survey — she takes to Champagne and infinity pools like a native


78 TRAVELLERS’ TALES AH, PATAGONIA! At the southern tip of South America, Patagonia — a land of mountains, lakes, glaciers, and herds of guanacos — has fascinated outsiders for centuries. Trekking through the stunning Torres del Paine national park, Georgia Popplewell understands why


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