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Thursday, July 15, 2010

It is hardly debatable that the variations in copyright laws across the Caribbean are the result of the peculiarities of our various jurisdictions, compounded by the lack of a regional regulatory scheme. It is also trite knowledge that Caribbean musicians often struggle to obtain adequate protection of their productions. read more...



Friday, June 25, 2010

HAVANA (Reuters) - The first of three US concerts scheduled by Cuban band Buena Vista Social Club has been canceled because of a delay in getting US visas, their US lawyer said on Thursday. The band was supposed to make their first US appearance since 2003 on Thursday night in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. read more...



Tuesday, June 22, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Provocative Barbadian artist Annalee Davis is on a mission to use her talents and abilities to help promote the region's culture - its values and environment - at home and abroad. An independent visual artist and Bimventures entrepreneur, Annalee Davis has created murals and... read more...



Tuesday, June 22, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (Reuters) -- Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club will make its first appearance in the United States since 2003, with concerts this week in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles before heading off to Europe, a band spokesman said on Monday. The Cuban band will be the latest of Cuba's entertainment exports. read more...



Tuesday, June 8, 2010

NEW YORK, USA (Reuters) -- Cuban folk singer Silvio Rodriguez, a leading musical voice of the Cuban revolution, launched his first US tour in 30 years in a concert blending wistful ballads with his criticism of the imprisonment of five Cubans convicted in the United States of spying. He performed on Friday night... read more...



Monday, May 17, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (Reuters) -- It's almost midnight at a roadside bar on the outskirts of Havana and young Cubans gather to listen to hip hop. A man with dreadlocks steps up, microphone in hand, to the roar of approval from a crowd of 150 fans. "I'm not going to turn my back on reality," he chants to a driving beat. read more...



Monday, May 17, 2010

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- Former reggae and dancehall star turned gospel musician Papa San believes gospel music is gaining in popularity in the Caribbean. Speaking on local Cayman television before rocking the island of Grand Cayman last night, Papa San said people are on fire for gospel music. read more...



Thursday, May 13, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (Reuters) -- Cuban folk singer Silvio Rodriguez, considered the voice of the Cuban revolution, has received a US visa and is to perform a concert at New York's Carnegie Hall on June 4, his American attorney said on Wednesday. Rodriguez is the latest Cuban performer to be allowed into United States. read more...



Saturday, April 24, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (Reuters) -- With US-Cuba relations at their lowest point since President Barack Obama took office last year, Cuban singer Carlos Varela will launch a six-city US tour next month with hopes of bringing the two countries a little closer. Varela will start in Los Angeles with a concert on May 5. read more...



Tuesday, April 13, 2010

BRADES, Montserrat -- Several of the region’s top authors are putting their weight behind the Caribbean’s fledgling film industry and this support is being welcomed by filmmaker and festival founder, Frances-Anne Solomon. Over the weekend, it was announced that celebrated Caribbean poet/historian/cultural critic... read more...



Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Over the past few months, I have been listening to the creole rhythms of a musical genre called kompa. As a young West Indian lad traveling around the Caribbean on national tennis duty, I was exposed and attracted to both Spanish and French Caribbean melodies which have contributed to my musical appreciation. read more...



Monday, March 29, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Minister of Education and Human Resource Development Ronald Jones has publicly thrown his support behind the decision not to allow controversial Jamaican artistes Vybz Kartel and Mavado to perform in Barbados. He said children need positive influences and not negative ones. read more...



Monday, March 22, 2010

NEW YORK, USA -- Laura Izibor, the hard-working 22-year-old singing sensation, is gearing up for a thrilling performance at the 2010 Saint Lucia Jazz festival, from May 1 to 9 in Saint Lucia this year. Booked to perform on Wednesday, May 5 at the Gaiety indoor venue in Rodney Bay, the Irish soul singer recently... read more...



Saturday, March 20, 2010

CHARLOTTE, USA -- A massive, free event will be held outside the presidential palace in Port au Prince, Haiti, on Friday, March 26. The announcement was made by evangelist, Ben Cerullo, founder of Ben Cerullo Ministries, organizer of the event. Billed as “Hope Alive!,” the event will feature performances by... read more...



Wednesday, March 17, 2010

MIAMI, USA (AFP) -- A son of reggae legend Bob Marley, Ky-Mani Marley, has written a new book claiming he was deprived of his father's fortune for years unlike his half-brothers and half-sisters, sparking a row that could trigger legal action. Ky-Mani Marley's "Dear Dad" hit booksellers' stands February 6. read more...



Wednesday, March 17, 2010

CASTRIES, Saint Lucia -- The Saint Lucia Tourist Board has announced that world renowned, Grammy-winning recording artistes Ne-Yo, Corinne Bailey Rae, Shaggy and Steel Pulse are set to perform at the destination's premiere festival from May 1 - 9, 2010. R&B singing sensation, Laura Izibor will also perform. read more...



Wednesday, March 10, 2010

CASTRIES, Saint Lucia -- The island of Saint Lucia is basking in intense international attention following the top ratings from the season finale of the "The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love" and "After The Final Rose" special on the ABC channel on Monday, March 1. On average, the 14th Season of "The Bachelor"... read more...



Friday, March 5, 2010

It’s obvious why our national economies are so dependent on the United States. But I often wonder why our entertainment is as well. As a case in point, we have become so absorbed into the American cultural vortex that nobody seems to question why our children exhibit more influences from hip hop. read more...



Saturday, February 27, 2010

TORONTO, Canada -- Caribbean beats on Sunday will carry the heartfelt good wishes of West Indians in Canada for the people of Haiti.  A seasoned Trinidadian musician in Toronto, Joseph Maharaj, says he and his band of musicians are ready to serve the people of Haiti this weekend. read more...



Saturday, February 27, 2010

LOS ANGELES, USA (Reuters): Hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean has won the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Vanguard trophy for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of his native Haiti. Jean, a founding member of the Fugees, was a leading celebrity campaigner for Haiti disaster relief. read more...



Friday, February 26, 2010

CASTRIES, Saint Lucia -- Last week, America tuned into "The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love" to watch Jake Pavelka and his final three bachelorettes be whisked away to the legendary island of Saint Lucia for their destination dates. Next week, Jake and his two remaining bachelorettes explore more of the lush island. read more...



Wednesday, February 24, 2010

ST.GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Minister for Labour, Karl Hood says the government of Grenada has not banned any regional artiste from performing in Grenada. Hood said his ministry has no difficulties with regional performers displaying their expertise and talents in Grenada. However, he says, his ministry has attempted... read more...



Wednesday, February 17, 2010

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -- Hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean will receive an NAACP humanitarian award next week for his efforts to help earthquake victims in his native Haiti, the civil rights organization said Tuesday.Jean, 37, a founder member of The Fugees, became the celebrity face of appeals for disaster relief in Haiti last month. read more...



Monday, February 15, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (Reuters) - Members of Russia's Bolshoi Ballet danced in Cuba for the first time in 30 years on Saturday in a joint performance with the Cuban National Ballet at Havana's Karl Marx theater. The show coincided with a visit to Cuba by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. read more...



Monday, February 1, 2010

LOS ANGELES, USA (Reuters) -- As urban bachata act Aventura performed sold-out concerts January 20-21 at New York's Madison Square Garden and spent its 21st week atop Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart, other Dominican-American acts were busy charting their own paths. read more...



Monday, February 1, 2010

LOS ANGELES, USA (Reuters) -- Bob Marley has been dead for 28 years, but his legacy lives on at the Grammys. Three of his sons were nominated for prizes on Sunday, and two of them won. Ziggy Marley, 41, his eldest son, picked up the fifth Grammy of his career, this time in the children's musical album category. read more...



Saturday, January 23, 2010

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) -- All is in place for the 14th staging of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival from January 28 to 30, which, for the first time this year, will be held at the Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny. Executive Producer of the festival, Walter Elmore, told JIS News that preparations are well advanced. read more...



Friday, January 22, 2010

BRADES, Montserrat -- More than 20 of Montserrat’s Musical Maestros are coming together to raise funds for Haiti. On Saturday 30th January, the Montserrat Cultural Centre will be the venue for the family day and evening of entertainment from 3pm until midnight, the funds raised from which will go to aid the victims... read more...



Tuesday, January 12, 2010

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Sunday he has asked film producers to make "socialist soap operas," with government help if needed, because there's too much capitalism on television. In 2006, Chavez opened Villa del Cine, a filmmaking center outside Caracas. read more...



Saturday, January 2, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BTA) -- Prospective patrons of the 17th Annual Barbados Jazz Festival, which takes place from January 11-17, 2010, can now post comments, receive live updates and more on Facebook. The promoters recently launched a dedicated page on the popular social networking site. read more...



Monday, December 28, 2009

HAVANA, Cuba (Reuters) -- Grammy-winning Cuban band Los Van Van are celebrating 40 years of salsa revolution with a long-awaited return to the United States. Often called the 'Rolling Stones of salsa', the group will perform in Key West, Florida on January 28, ending a long absence from the United States. read more...



Saturday, December 26, 2009

NASSAU, Bahamas (Reuters) -- The sand is whiter than white, the sea such an astonishing blue it almost looks dyed. This truly is paradise, as the Bahamians will happily remind you. But not even paradise is perfect. And that's the theme of Kareem Mortimer's "Children of God," a full-length feature that opened... read more...



Tuesday, December 22, 2009

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) -- Kool & the Gang, the venerable US rhythm and blues group, played Havana to a rapturous welcome in the first concert by a US group in the communist nation since 2005. About 30,000 Cubans boogied to Kool & the Gang at an open air concert venue on Havana's waterfront boulevard. read more...



Wednesday, December 16, 2009

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Jamaican government is moving to take a multi-Agency/multi- pronged approach to solving the problem of explicitly sexual and violent songs and their wide accessibility in the public space. Minister with responsibility for Information, Daryl Vaz, said this approach would continue. read more...



Tuesday, December 15, 2009

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Competition winners were announced this evening at the awards ceremony for the 6th Bahamas International Film Festival, held in Nassau. The announcements were made by Festival Founder and Executive Director Leslie Vanderpool and BIFF jurors following a special career... read more...



Saturday, December 12, 2009

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of Education, Andrew Holness has said that the Ministry of Education will be doing more to tackle music that incites violence among school children in Jamaica. Holness said while it might impinge creative space, the government has a duty to protect the children. read more...



Monday, November 23, 2009

NEW YORK, USA (Reuters) -- In the midst of recording his next project, a self-titled album slated for spring 2010, Wyclef Jean decided to revisit his hip-hop roots on the newly released "DJ Drama Presents Wyclef Jean, a.k.a. Toussaint St. Jean: From the Hut, to the Projects, to the Mansion." read more...



Monday, November 9, 2009

NEW YORK, USA (Reuters) -- The emerging genre of "island pop" has enjoyed recent success with the music of Sean Kingston and Jason DeRulo, and now 22-year-old recording artist Iyaz, who grew up in the British Virgin Islands, has landed a hit single in the genre. "Replay," a light and catchy tune, is No. 13. read more...



Monday, November 9, 2009

SALEM, Montserrat -- This weekend a most exciting Literary Festival is planned, spearheaded by the Open Campus of the University of the West Indies here in Montserrat. The Alliouagana Festival of the Word, running from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th November, will feature a host of distinguished Caribbean authors. read more...



Wednesday, November 4, 2009

HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Bermuda was all but a fright this Halloween weekend as thousands gathered to witness the all-star line-up of musicians and comedians who descended on Bermuda to honour the legendary Quincy Jones during the 2009 Bermuda Music Festival, which kicked off on Thursday night. read more...



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