Batabano or CayMas?

For the first time in its 35 years Carnival history the Cayman Islands hosted two different Carnivals on two consecutive weekends.   Batabano the original Cayman Carnival held theirs on Saturday May 6 and CayMas a breakaway troupe held theirs on May 13.  Swanky International led the second parade.     There were three bands …

Saved by the “Cachot”

Cachot is the French word for "dungeon" On that fateful morning in May 1902 in the North of Martinique,  Mt. Pelee, meaning "bald mountain", erupted into thick dark clouds raining hot ashes and spewing deadly fumes onto the bustling town  of Saint Pierre,  at the time the largest town in Martinique and popularly known as …

Yes – There are still Indigenous People in Dominica 

Straight from the horse's mouth.  I have always heard of the "Carib Village" in Dominica 🇩🇲 therefore,  naturally a visit there would have been one of the first things on my agenda on landing on this island in the Eastern Caribbean.   Through winding uphill roads, the Atlantic Ocean on one side,  and plantations and …

Trini-born Darcus Howe, writer, broadcaster and activist, dies aged 74 — Repeating Islands

An obituary by Caroline Davies for London’s Guardian. Our thanks to Theo Williams for bringing the sad news to our attention. Bonnie Greer and Diane Abbott among those leading tributes to Trinidad-born campaigner who became prominent civil rights figure in the UK. Darcus Howe, the broadcaster, writer and civil rights campaigner, has died aged 74. …