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Roopnarine Birbal, known to his friends as “Sarge,” cuts sugarcane on lands his family owns. . . . Photo by Andrea De Silva

Heartland album: Andrea de Silva & Alva Viarruel explore the landscape of Indo-Trinidadian culture

For generations, the plains of Caroni in central Trinidad were the agricultual heart of the island. The busy town of Chaguanas and its vendor-lined streets now dominate the area, but across the surrounding countryside still sprawl small farms and villages. Photographer Andrea de Silva and writer Alva Viarruel explore this landscape of Indo-Trinidadian culture.

Chronixx (a.k.a. Jamar McNaughton) • Reggae artist • Jamaica, Born 1992. Photo by Nickii Kane

25 Caribbean achievers under 25

Caribbean Beat celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2017. But this isn’t only an opportunity to look back at our quarter century of publication: it’s also a moment to look ahead to the new generation of talented, determined Caribbean people who will shape the decades ahead. In this special feature, we introduce 25 remarkable young people aged 25 and under. Athletes and entrepreneurs, artists and scientists — they and their contemporaries are the future of our region.

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The chocolate revolution in Trinidad & Tobago | Cookup

Trinidad and Tobago’s cocoa has long been considered among the best in the world, even though production has been declining for decades. A new generation of artisan chocolatiers are hoping to change that trend — while creating unique world-class chocolate products at home. Franka Philip finds out more.

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Screenshots (May/June 2017) | Film Reviews

This month’s film-watching picks.

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Playlist (May/June 2017) | Music Reviews

This month’s listening picks.

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Bookshelf (May/June 2017) | Book Reviews

This month’s reading picks in our books column.

Derek Walcott. Photo by Horst Tappe/Getty Images

Remembering Derek Walcott (1930–2017) | Icon

St Lucian poet, playwright, and Nobel laureate.

Photo by Alexandra Quinn

Word of mouth (May/June 2017)

The Pure Grenada Music Festival makes room for many genres, and traces of Bhojpuri, brought from India over a century ago, still liven Guyanese speech.

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Datebook | Caribbean Events Calendar (May/June 2017)

Events around the Caribbean in May and June, from the Timehri Film Festival in Guyana to Dominica’s Hike Fest.

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Born blue: Suriname’s blue poison dart frog

Suriname’s blue poison dart frog is a living treasure of the rainforest.