News from the Caribbean:
November 26, 2013
PUERTO PLATA, Dominican Republic -- The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, sponsored by the ministries of tourism and culture, along with other local sponsors, celebrated its 17th year from October 31 to November 3, 2013, with internationally renowned musicians Bernie Williams...
November 19, 2013
FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique -- St Lucian performer Mongstar won the inaugural Jeff Joseph Trophy of the "All For One Caribbean Voice Contest." Held recently in Martinique, the exciting final of the first annual pan-Caribbean song contest showcased artistes from nine Caribbean islands
November 11, 2013
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Starting next summer, Cuba’s internationally renowned Buena Vista Social Club will go on an international tour it has called “Adios” (Good-Bye). This tour represents the group’s farewell to the big stages on which they have presented some of the best of Cuban music.
November 9, 2013
In Haiti, because of recurrent political upheaval, few institutions have survived long enough to celebrate their Jubilee Year. The Brothers of Christian Education has just marked their 150th year of strong and solid formation to the youths of Haiti. The Grand Orchestra Septentrional is celebrating this year...
November 1, 2013
CHICAGO, USA -- Dominican artist Mario Valentine is embarking on a mission to highlight the current struggles by everyday people and to open their eyes to the changes that need to happen to help out in these challenging times. Popularly known as "Iblacky", Valentine has produced a new video.
October 30, 2013
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- As thousands of Rihanna fans continue to lament the postponement of her concert, an upbeat minister of tourism, Richard Sealy, is pleased that a group of visitors are still planning their perfect getaway in Barbados. He made this disclosure on Monday during the...
October 24, 2013
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Returning to the island for its 17th year, the culturally renowned Dominican Republic Jazz Festival brings together music aficionados, beach bums, foodies and nature lovers from around the world to celebrate international Latin Jazz musicians.
October 14, 2013
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Diamonds World Tour and Rihanna come to Barbados on November 1, 2013. The name Rihanna is now synonymous with Barbados. This mega star has placed this island of 166.4 sq miles with a population of 283,221 on the map. She continues to do so with her Diamonds...
October 11, 2013
NEW YORK, USA -- On a balmy fall Sunday evening, as the marquees of New York’s Times Square announced the latest spectacles to grab the attention of locals and tourists alike, a house manager on an aluminum ladder fixed the spacing of the letters announcing that night’s headliners at the legendary...
October 10, 2013
NEW YORK, USA -- Tulloch Media Communications (TMC) will host the premiere of its new reality show pilot “Caribbean Wives of South Florida” on November 15, 2013, at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in Manhattan, New York. The Caribbean Wives (CWSF) was produced to feature Caribbean wives...
September 27, 2013
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In a tune very reminiscent of Colombia’s Shakira and Haitian Wycleff Jean’s performance in “Hips Don’t Lie”, British/Pakistani singer and performer Noor-ul-Ain, popularly known as Annie Khalid, joins with Jamaica’s famed dub artist in a ‘Boom Boom Danz’ hit.
September 23, 2013
Vulgar! It means rude, impolite, bad mannered. Vulgarity often times is used to describe certain aspects of Caribbean culture, not least is the “whine’’. Whine is defined by a Caribbean dance expert as the thrusting or rotating of the pelvic girdle in a rhythmic pattern. This must be distinguished from...
September 18, 2013
NEW YORK, USA -- The wife of veteran calypsonian Slinger ‘Mighty Sparrow’ Francisco says his condition has improved; he is out of a coma and is conscious and responsive. "We are pleased to inform the fans of Dr Slinger Francisco, The Mighty Sparrow, and the population at large that he is conscious and...
September 17, 2013
LONDON, England -- Jamaica’s high commissioner to the United Kingdom, Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, says that the musicians, singers and all those involved in reggae music should take the business aspect of the industry seriously. Speaking at the recent London launch of the book ‘Global Reggae’...
September 13, 2013
NEW YORK, USA -- After being “killed off” by at least two Trinidad media outlets in recent days, Slinger Francisco – ‘The Mighty Sparrow’ -- is alive, the consulate general of Trinidad and Tobago in New York confirmed on Thursday. The consulate general said it was informed of Sparrow’s current condition...
September 10, 2013
NEW YORK, USA -- The legendary ‘Mighty Sparrow’, Slinger Francisco, is currently in a comatose condition at a hospital in New York City. Francisco’s wife, Margaret confirmed weekend reports that claimed that Sparrow was hospitalised in serious condition. She also asked for prayers to be extended by all.
September 3, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The second night of the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival was spectacular. The festival was opened by the Curacao musicians Pernell Saturnino and Friends featuring Miguel Zenon. They were followed by the unstoppable singer Paul Anka.
September 2, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Blues, soul, rock, pop, jazz and salsa. It was all part of the first night of the fourth edition of the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival (CNSJ). Local singer Kris Berry opened the evening with her sultry Caribbean voice, followed by Toto, Gladys Knight, New Cool Active...
August 30, 2013
NASSAU, Bahamas -- PRS for Music, the organisation that represents songwriters, composers and music publishers worldwide and administers the music licensing system in The Bahamas, is working with organisations in the country to extend the take-up of music licences.
August 27, 2013
PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- As Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse, backed by several of his cabinet ministers and members of parliament, performed a farewell song on stage, the eleventh edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts and Culture (CARIFESTA XI) came to a close in Paramaribo on Sunday night.
August 24, 2013
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In Caribbean society, where citizens are fixated on what a criminal should look like and who is a criminal, the locally produced and directed movie Escape from Babylon shows another side of reality, featuring the local night life in Trinidad, with the entire movie filmed on location.
August 21, 2013
PARAMARIBO, Suriname (JIS) -- Two of the most innovative aspects of eleventh Caribbean Festival of Arts and Culture (CARIFESTA XI) were declared open on Monday in Paramaribo, Suriname with the Caribbean Market Place for the Arts and the Youth Village. President of Suriname, Desi Bouterse...
August 20, 2013
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, now in its 17th year, is the longest running jazz event in the Dominican Republic. The event is a free, multi-day festival full of rhythm, flavour, and colour, held each year on the north coast of the Dominican Republic.
August 16, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Music superstar Prince will be headlining the impressive roster of performers for the highly anticipated Fourth Annual Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival. Prince replaces Usher, who was previously scheduled to perform. Prince, who has produced ten platinum albums...
August 12, 2013
THE VALLEY, Anguilla (WINN) -- The Leeward Islands Calypso crown will travel to the US Virgin Islands for the first time in the competition's 17-year history. Patrick ‘Solijah’ Farrell of Spectrum Band fame, captured the title at the Landsome Bowl in Anguilla on Saturday night, giving solid, pitch-perfect...
August 9, 2013
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados intends to expand its Crop Over Festival, said minister of culture, Stephen Lashley, as he spoke to international journalists who were present last Saturday to cover Crop Over 2013. Lashley said the way forward was for Barbados to create more events that would attract...
August 8, 2013
MIAMI, USA -- Six-time Grammy award-winning, worldwide rock superstar, Rihanna, is bringing her Diamonds World Tour beachside to the Dominican Republic on Saturday, October 26, 2013. Music lovers staying at the world's first all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel have the exclusive opportunity to see the...