Travel & Outdoor
ZiNG Caribbean

ZiNG Caribbean July/August 2018 (issue 44)

ZiNG Caribbean is a vibrant celebration of all things Caribbean, which will appeal to anyone with a curiosity in learning more about the region, or planning a visit, or who lives in the region. Drawing on a diverse range of writers and photographers, ZiNG is a colourful, energetic publication that gets beneath the skin of one of the world's most beautiful regions.

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get on board!

Welcome to one of the most exciting, most vibrant times in the Caribbean. In the summer months we celebrate our rich culture. Whether you’re taking in Carnival, heading off on holiday or going to a sporting event, LIAT will get you there. With 494 flights per week, we will connect you to your favourite Caribbean destinations with our modern ATR fleet. We continue to work hard to ensure you have a safe and comfortable journey with us. In this issue of ZiNG, we welcome you to explore the best of our 15th destination, St Thomas, where there is something for everyone. As the rainy season begins, we invite you to check out the top five hotels for wet weather. It wouldn’t be summer without the sweet sound of soca or the…

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one to watch

Born in Grenada, Jevaughn ‘V’ghn’ John is one of its most energetic and charismatic stars. At the age of just 16, he came third at the Spicemas National Soca Monarch Competition with his first solo single, ‘Charge Up’ – the youngest artiste ever to place in the top three in a Caribbean Soca Monarch Competition. Then, in 2013, V’ghn founded TV show Youth Vybez to showcase young Grenadian talent. V’ghn has already written for and worked alongside prominent musicians including Dexter ‘Blaxx’ Stewart, Skinny Fabulous and Mr Vegas. Even bigger things lie ahead! WWW.VGHNMUSIC.COM; INSTAGRAM: @VGHNOFFICIAL; CONTACT@VGHNMUSIC.COM PLUS * Hot stuff... Top tea, Trini art, cool cosmetics * Brilliant books... Burt Awards winners released, plus meet a talented young Puerto Rican author * Epic events... Spicemas to Breakfast Fete * Food for thought...…

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The Hero Caribbean Premier League, celebrating its fifth year in 2018, kicks off on 8 August – and promises to be another explosive, fast-paced, high-action festival of cricket. This year each team has a roster of 18 cricketers, with Caribbean superstars such as Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons playing alongside international icons including Brendon McCullum, Sohail Tanvir, Shakib Al Hasan, Martin Guptill, Hashim Amla and Shahid Afridi. If any of these players can match the grit and determination shown on the face of South African bowler Eddie Leie, seen here during a 2017 training session with the St Lucia Stars, we’re in for a great competition! Turn to page 70 for more on the CPL and an exclusive interview with New Zealand batsman Colin…

2 min.
art for all

If you’re driving round Trinidad and notice walls bursting with colour and pattern, you may well be witnessing the work of Antonio Butts or his students. His public art is a riot of passion and strength, and proudly Caribbean. Originally from Guyana, his first major public art commission came in 1980 when he designed the country’s booth at the International Trade Exhibition in Suriname on behalf of the Guyana Government, picked from a wide field after his work caught their eye at the first Caribbean Festival of Arts. His work rapidly gained a following and was displayed around the city before he emigrated to Trinidad. Antonio says: “Art for me is a personal expression on canvas that the artist shares with the wider society. It’s not static. Like culture, it changes form…

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brewing a business

When Jermine Mike was growing up, every morning her mother made sure she drank bush tea before school. “It was a family tradition,” she says. “I was tasked with picking leaves from the trees close by and leaving them out to dry on our kitchen counter.” While studying abroad, she missed her regular fix and, on returning, was surprised to find many Kittitians and Nevisians who didn’t even know about the islands’ bush tea heritage. She began wondering if she might revitalise the tradition. “I started small scale, to see if there was a market,” says Jermine, who decided to name her business after her great-grandmother, Letitia Rebecca Blackman, known as ‘Mother Becky’. “She was the matriarch of Lavington Village, where she had a small shop,” says Jermine. “She loved bush tea!” Now,…

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get your glow

Immortelle is all about spreading the warmth of the Caribbean islands through beauty, says founder Kathryn Nurse. “We always hear how beautiful our people are,” she says. “Now you can tap into that essence for yourself.” Having learned to formulate products in a US cosmetics lab, Nurse began planning her own Caribbean brand, founding Immortelle in Trinidad in 2010. “I wanted to start a line that offers local consumers high-quality products on a par with international brands,” she says. Her line currently includes shower gels and body lotions, butters and scrubs. There’s also an elegant home fragrance line. A tropical vibe runs through them all. “Right now I really love my new Esscentials Body Polish,” says Nurse. “I think summer 2018 will be all about shimmer and glow in the beauty industry,”…