Five Great Mento Songs to Start Your Tuesday With

Above: The Jolly Boys It’s one of the original forms of Jamaican folk music — and Mento still remains on the music scene today. Usually comprising a small band featuring a guitar, a rhumba box, drums and a banjo, Jamaican […]


Haiti's Belo Releases New Video

Above: Belo (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Haitian singer Belo has released a new music video, “Banm Nouvel Ou.” The video, which was officially launched on Thursday, examines the the “lack of support of female musicians” and their […]


Cap Cana's Bohemian Corner

Above: Juanillo Beach (all photos by CJ) By Alexander Britell PUNTA CANA — The Punta Cana region is the Dominican Republic’s tourism engine — an amalgam of all-inclusive resorts and exclusive accommodations. Toward the south on the Dominican Republic’s coast […]


Haiti's Belo Releases New Single

Above: Belo (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Haitian singer Belo has officially released his new single, Banm Nouvel Ou (“Let me hear from you”). The release marks something of a shift from Belo’s traditionally laid=back style, and edges […]

Forbes: Jamaicanisms “Germanized” by VW – How Cool is That?

Above: Volkswagen’s Super Bowl ad (Photo: VW)   By Marcia Forbes, PhD CJ Contributor Keeping Abreast via Tweets I NOTICED excited tweets about Jimmy Cliff’s music being featured in a Volkswagen (VW) ad for Super Bowl 2013. Tweeps seemed genuinely […]

In Martinique, the Art of St Lucia

Above: Saint-Pierre, Martinique (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff St Lucia’s Consulate in Martinique has launched a new programme to help local artists to share their creative talents. The progamme, which was launched to coincide with National Day celebrations, […]

Forbes: Performing Identity Online

The following is the fourth in a series of excerpts from Dr Marcia Forbes’ new book, STREAMING: Volume 1; #Social Media, Mobile Lifestyles. By Marcia Forbes, PhD Look at Meeee!! It has been said that we write ourselves into existence […]

In Montserrat, a Boost for Music

Above: Montserrat’s students at the seven-day workshop By the Caribbean Journal staff Montserrat’s young musicians got a boost earlier this month with a seven-day workshop conducted by the island’s Department of Culture. A total of 31 students from the Montserrat […]

Forbes: Social Media & Politics in Jamaica

By Marcia Forbes, PhD US President Barack Obama became the virtual embodiment of successful use of social networks like YouTube, Twitter and the then-still-alive My Space by a politician. Today, every politician dreams of millions of Facebook friends and hundreds […]


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