Wednesday, January 17, 2018

'Country Vibes' a new global magazine


DEBUT: Holding a copy of the magazine, founder and CEO Marpê Limited, Rhonda Thomas stands with LeRoy Clarke and Rennie Lakhan. — Photos: Kitty Kowlessar

Mark Fraser

Marpê Limited launched its first Caribbean Global Magazine, Country Vibes at the National Library and Information System Authority (Nalis), Port of Spain recently.

Highlighting the vast culinary delights, music, business, culture, traditions and the many unsung heroes among us, Country Vibes magazine is geared to showcase the Caribbean region to the rest of the world. 

Gracing the cover of the magazine is master artist, LeRoy Clarke who recently celebrated his 75th birthday. He is currently working on a new collection called “Eye... Haiti... Cries.... Everywhere..” comprised of 100 black and white pieces of varying sizes.

Clarke noted that he endorsed the idea of Marpê Limited and that many young people interested in art and culture is really promising. This, he says, shows that the future of art is in good hands.

The glossy 60-page magazine features Dem Boyz, a group from Tobago that truly exemplifies community spirit. The late African American author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer, Maya Angelou and her Caribbean connection are also highlighted in the hero section of Country Vibes.

Marpê Limited is a full service company which provides a total package of services and products to support the positive development of businesses, families and culture throughout the Caribbean region. 

Created to be proactive and provide solutions to a range of challenges within the Caribbean region, Marpê has launched two of its three operations units: its business unit, people unit and culture unit. 

The units for business and culture were launched to the national public recently. The third unit which focuses on supporting people was reserved for a future launch date. It promises to provide services and products to support families and individuals through counselling, social work and group workshops among other things.

Founder and CEO Marpê Limited, Rhonda Thomas said, “This is our first Caribbean Global Magazine we did another one before but that was for Trinidad and Tobago.”

She noted that this current magazine issue has about $1,000 worth of coupons to be redeemed at various locations. Though a relatively new idea in the Caribbean, couponing or coupons enables small businesses to increase foot traffic while providing real savings to customers of Country Vibes magazine, she said.

The magazine also highlights many popular places in Trinidad, St Marten, Dominica and other islands in the Caribbean along with a listing of all the carnivals, Thomas said.

“This is our July through September edition of the magazine and since most Trinis like to “lime” we have a listing of ‘liming’ spots during that period,” she said. 

Country Vibes magazine is a lifestyle magazine which celebrates the positivity of Caribbean people, activities and places, both at home within the region and abroad. Published quarterly this year plans are underway for a bi-monthly publication from January 2015.

Retailing for $40 printed copies are available at all major bookstores, pharmacies and some supermarkets throughout Trinidad and Tobago.

 It can also be accessed online, through mobile phone downloads and Kindle. Each copy of Country Vibes magazine is a collector’s item. Limited copies of previous issues are now available for $25. 

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