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Caribbean Beat’s latest issue highlights 25 under 25

Caribbean Beat‘s May/June issue (#145) looks to the next generation

With our brand new May/June 2017 issue (#145), we continue the 25th anniversary celebrations of Caribbean Beat. The March/April issue looked back at the past 25 years by revisiting some of the magazine’s most memorable cover subjects and their stories. And the new May/June issue looks ahead, highlighting in its cover story 25 remarkable Caribbean athletes, entrepreneurs, artists and scientists — all 25 and under, and including Jamaican reggae star Chronixx — who will shape the decades ahead.

Jamaican reggae artist Chronnix. Photo by Nickii Kane
Jamaican reggae artist Chronnix. Photo by Nickii Kane

In this issue…

• Events around the Caribbean in May and June, from the Timehri Film Festival in Guyana to Dominica’s Hike Fest
• 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
• Derek Walcott (1930–2017), St Lucian poet, playwright, and Nobel laureate
• This month’s reading, listening, and film-watching picks
• Trinidad & 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
• 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
• No longer a sleepy  shing village, the Gros Islet community near St Lucia’s northern tip has become the island’s tourism centre, thanks to its proximity to Rodney Bay
• How did tiny Nevis come to have one of the Caribbean’s most famous beach bars? Garry Steckles meets Llewellyn “Sunshine” Caines and hears the story behind his Pinney’s Beach establishment, its celebrity clientele — and the lethally delicious Killer Bee rum cocktail. Plus: why a new geothermal project could soon make the island one of the world’s greenest destinations, and an exporter of energy to its neighbours
• On a business trip to Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, with a few hours to spare? Overnighting before you board your cruise ship? You can catch the essential flavour of Nassau even on a brief visit
• 25 for 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
• The spiky Aloe vera plant is a favourite of Caribbean gardens, its bitter gel used as a moisturiser, stomach remedy, and ingredient in healthy tonics. You might imagine you could build a whole industry around this handy plant — and Aruba has done just that. Shelly-Ann Inniss visits the island’s biggest aloe farm, and learns how this wonder of the kitchen and medicine cabinet is an economic wonder, too
• It’s considered a landmark of ornithology, and it was published 190 years ago: John James Audubon’s massive Birds of America. Born in Haiti, Audubon had
a restless life spread across continents, but along the way he transformed himself into a leading expert on the birdlife of North America. As James Ferguson explains, his legacy in science and conservation still endures
• Suriname’s blue poison dart frog is a living treasure of the rainforest.

Anniversary throwback

Last year, a Trinidad Guardian article turned the spotlight on Caribbean Beat’s 24th anniversary, including thoughts from Nicholas Laughlin; Jeremy Taylor; and Caribbean Airlines’ Head of Corporate Communications Dionne Ligoure. Read more here, or see the article via the screenshots here.

An interview with Jeremy Taylor

When MEP turned 20 a few years ago, founding editor and Caribbean Beat publisher Jeremy Taylor shared his experience working on landmark pieces in and issues of Beat, and defying the odds by founding a publishing company which has now been running for 26 years.


The latest issue of Caribbean Beat is now on Caribbean Airlines planes (your take-home copy is free!); in the hands of our subscribers the world over; and on our website. You can also buy a digital edition or a digital subscription to read and save issues of Beat on your smartphone, tablet, computer, and favourite digital devices! And of course, if you haven’t already, make sure you’re connected to us on Facebook and Twitter to get all the latest Caribbean buzz.


Caroline Taylor

Caroline is an editor and staff writer at MEP. She is also on MEP’s board of directors, and moonlights as an actor, singer, and director. She’s passionate about telling stories – on the page, on the stage, on screen – and in particular about documenting Caribbean lives and events. She’s currently trying to master unplugging from her iLife… For more: Author posts

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