Stills from the record-breaking “Despacito” video

Pasito a pasito: Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi | Backstory

The Caribbean musical hit of 2017? That’s “Despacito”, the steamy song by Puerto Ricans Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, which has been breaking records all year. Nazma Muller investigates its runaway success, and explains why “Despacito” has roused controversy for more than its lyrics.

Genevieve Jodhan. Photo courtesy Angostura

Genevieve Jodhan: a legacy of change | The Deal

When Genevieve Jodhan was named CEO of Angostura, T&T’s 193-year-old rum distillers, it was a decisive change for an industry still dominated by male executives. But, as Cate Young finds out, her understanding of the Angostura legacy is what makes Jodhan exactly the right woman for the job.

Programmers, artists, and management of Coded-Arts at the company’s U-Start incubator offices in Caroni, Trinidad. Photo by Mark Lyndersay

The games are afoot | Snapshot

Video games aren’t just for teenagers to have fun — globally, they’re a highly lucrative business, requiring state-of-the-art technical know-how, creative flair, and significant investment. Mark Lyndersay meets the minds behind Couple Six and Coded-Arts, video game developers in Barbados and T&T, whose agenda includes creating games that reflect the culture of their home islands.

The Mahaica River is home to dozens of Guyana’s bird species. Photo by Pete Oxford

Mahaica Dawn | Offtrack

Southeast of Georgetown, the lower Mahaica River runs through rice paddies and vegetable fields, but the intact native vegetation along its banks is a refuge for numerous birds and other wildlife. Janette Bulkan and John Palmer head out on an early-morning boat trip, encountering dozens of Guyana’s colourful bird species.

The island of St Martin, which sustained a direct hit from Hurricane Irma, was one of the region’s  worst affected

After the storm | Perspective

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, here’s how you can help the islands most badly affected.

Hollywood Africans (1983, acrylic and oil stick on canvas), by Jean-Michel Basquiat. © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Licensed by Artestar, New York, courtesy The Barbican Art Gallery

Word of mouth (November/December 2017)

Why Jean-Michael Basquiat is a posthumous art star, how the Sunset Festival in Trinidad is changing Caribbean dance music, and where to end 2017 with a truly big bang: Paramaribo.

Photography by Chang/iStock.com

Nutmeg: spice of the season | Parting Shot

Grenada’s famous nutmeg brings seasonal flavour.

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

Defenders of the faith | On this day

Exactly a century ago, anti-African prejudice prompted Trinidad and Tobago’s colonial legislature to ban the indigenous Spiritual Baptist religion. But, as James Ferguson explains, the draconian law never dissuaded the Baptist faithful.

Street mural in Miami’s Wynwood neighbourhood, home to galleries and design studios. © iStock.com/Brians101

On Florida’s “Art Coast” | Destination

South Florida: famous for its beaches, its nightlife, its shopping and entertainment. But the stretch of golden coast between Miami and Fort Lauderdale should also be famous for its fabulous art scene and world-class museums, says Samantha Rojas.

Photo by Joel Hinkson

Woodbrook, Trinidad | Neighbourhood

Once a residential suburb, the west Port of Spain neighbourhood is now a hub for nightlife and culture — including Carnival.