A post by Peter Jordens.
According to LargeUp, the Caribbean’s influence on pop culture went far beyond music in 2015. In a way that was broader and more tangible than in any other recent year, island culture made its presence felt in the realm of books, art, sports, media and politics.
A Jamaican author won one of literature’s most prestigious prizes. The New York Times noted The New Caribbean Food Movement. Rihanna made sure all of her fans, and just about everybody else in the world, got a taste of Barbados during Crop Over. And seemingly the whole world booked tickets to Cuba and Jamaica, as two of the region’s largest nations welcomed major new developments sure to boost travel arrivals for years to come.
Here’s 15 ways the Caribbean infiltrated pop culture in 2015.
- Cuba opened its doors again.
- Jamaica joined the legalization wave.
- Jamaica reminded everyone it’s the world’s coolest country when Obama came to visit.
- Jamaican author Marlon James became the toast of the literary world.
- Rihanna took the whole world to Carnival at Crop Over.
- OMI’s ‘Cheerleader’ had the whole world shaking their pom-poms.
- Drake did the Log On in ‘Hotline Bling,’ the year’s most meme-worthy music video.
- R City put the Virgin Islands on the pop music map.
- Major Lazer [had an epic year].
- The Reggae Revival made it to Vogue.
- Justin Bieber had a huge hit on a dancehall riddim.
- P.K. Subban brought island swagger to the NHL.
- Popcaan was on everybody’s summer playlist.
- Caribbean cuisine expanded its reach on a number of fronts.
- Jamaican music made a cameo on the year’s biggest rap album.