Rice & Peas

 

Rice & Peas is a zine I started in 2011. I initially created the zine to inform my art practice but since then it has grown into an entity in it's own right.

 

Rice & Peas is a combination of my own research into Jamaican and other Caribbean cultures and their impact around the world; interviews with interesting people involved in Caribbean culture, art and music that I have had the opportunity to meet either through my work and socially; art and illustrations I am currently working on and every other thing in between that I feel would be of interest to readers.

 

Each issue is themed and curated by me. I am responsible for all aspects from layout and design to interviews and final copy.

 

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Vol 5 - The DHQ Style Issue

 

The fifth Volume  boasts a brief history of Dancehall Queen Competition in my home town of Montego Bay, Jamaica; A style guide for aspiring Dancehall Kings and a pictorial rundown of the 2015 Australian Dancehall King & Queen Competition. Plus a few interviews with - the enterprising Melbourne based duo, Cat Pwiti and Sofi Fyah, creators of the True Jamaican Dancehall Camp & Australian Dancehall King & Queen Competition; Sydney legend Maya Martinez, a driving force behind world dance here in Sydney and last but not least Jamaican artist Andre Woolery who has been working on an amazing series of oil paintings capturing current dancehall fashion on the island. And don’t forget to listen to the amazing soundtrack provided by DJ Golden out of NYC. It’s sure to get you warmed up as the cold winter days approach.

Available copies  in my Shop

Rice & Peas Zine - Vol 5 The DHQ Style Issue by Robin Clare

Vol 4 - The Worldwide Issue

 

The fourth Volume focuses on what's going on around the world with the Jamaican diaspora and lovers of Jamaican culture. Featuring interviews with DJ's The Large (UK/NY) & Phantom (Sweden), Multi-talented Multicultural Dancer Hanna Herbertson (NY), India's first Dancehall/Reggae sound system Reggae Rajahs, Sound-man Louis Basslines (Australia) and inspirational Jamaican lady Melissa King (based in Japan)

Also included is Mento to Dancehall a Brief Rundown and my first solid attempt at info porn. Island Healing - examining the various botanicals in Jamaica and their uses in home remedies and bush tonics. Vol 4 also boasts a fantastic Soundtrack selected by Louis Basslines looking to Reggae and Dub influenced tunes here in the Pacific region with a few of his top dancehall picks of the season mixed in.

Available copies  in my Shop

Jamaican Botanical Cushions by Robin Clare

Vol 3 - The Dance Issue

 

The third Volume is packed full of dance related news. There are Q&A's with two inspirational ladies. First is dancehall choreographer/instructor Latonya Style who has choreographed and appeared in a crazy number of dancehall videos and has recently launched DanceJa Skool in Kingston, Ja. Next up is Tiffany Rhodes the lady behind ultra cool New York brand Butch Diva, worn by the likes of Patra, Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj to name a few. Also included is a brief history of old time Ja dace styles that have influence modern dance, a run down of dancehall fashion since the 80's, dancehall fact sheet focusing on the dancers and choreographers who define the genre, a little run down of Ja carnival (part 1, more to come in next issue) and the usual sections, Dance Style, Soundtrack and Read Watch Listen.

Vol 2 - The Independence issue

 

The second Volume takes you through a brief history of the the Festival Song Competition, held every year at Independence time. We also talk to Jamaican men about their ideas on their role in the kitchen and ask them to share their recipes for Rice & Peas a Jamaican staple dish. It also includes regular features such as: Read Watch Listen - your guide to Jamaican and Caribbean film, music and books; Dance Style - an illustrated how to on the latest dancehall and soca moves and Soundtrack - your guide to good listening. Also included is film review of Marley: A Difinitive Story by Jamaican blogger Sarah Harris-Ottey who attended the star studded Jamaican primier of the film at Emancipation Park.

Vol 1 - The Soundsystem issue

 

Rice & Peas is a zine I started in 2011, as a mechanism to further inform my audience about my art practice.

Rice & Peas is a combination of my own research into Jamaican and other Caribbean cultures and their impact around the world; interviews with interesting people involved in Caribbean culture, art and music that I have had the opportunity to meet either through my work and socially; art and illustrations I am currently working on and every other thing in between that I feel would be of interest to readers.