News from the Caribbean:
March 11, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica -- The 2014 pre-Lenten carnival weekend was undoubtedly a memorable one for music from Grenada. While Hollice “Mr Killa” Mapp was creating mayhem with his “Rolly Pollies”, and Wilt “Tallpree” Cambridge continued to establish a “Jab Jab nation” outside of Grenada...
March 10, 2014
Trinidad and Tobago soca artiste Machel Montano is the perfect person to drive the soca train for soca music lovers throughout the Caribbean and beyond, even though our Grenadian soca artiste Mr Killa is the better stage performer. My reason for saying that is because Grenadians are not dedicated to the art form.
March 8, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica -- The curtains have come down on what has been called a successful and enjoyable Mas Domnik 2014. Colour, creativity and culture were displayed with pomp and splendour during the two-day celebrations on March 3 – 4, that reminded local and visitors alike...
March 3, 2014
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- A former Grenada culture minister would like to see a future local band touring with soca performers such as Mr Killa and Tallpree. The two Grenadian artistes, who participated in weekend carnival competitions in Trinidad, are “ambassadors” and...
February 25, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica -- Controversial Jamaican dancehall artiste, Tommy Lee Sparta, was denied entry into Dominica on Sunday at the Melville Hall Airport. Sparta who uses the stage name ‘Uncle Demon’ was due to perform at a concert in Portsmouth in the north of Dominica.
February 25, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Major Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival stakeholder, Labowi Promotions, producers of the popular ‘Jazz in the South’ series of concerts, has announced its 2014 lineup. Opting to consolidate into one major offering on May 4 at the Rudy John Beach Park in Laborie...
February 19, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- After several rumours of his death surfaced in the Trinidad and Tobago media a few months ago, the ‘Calypso King of the World’ has moved from a coma to the stage. One can safely say, “The Birdie flies again!” Slinger Francisco, the Mighty Sparrow, has been performing on stage...
February 8, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Canadian band Skinny Puppy will demand compensation from the US for using their music to torture prisoners held at the Guantanamo naval base in Cuba. Keyboardist Cevin Key told CTV News they are also planning an additional claim against the US Defense Department...
February 1, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- State minister for tourism and entertainment, Damion Crawford, says the ministry is seeking to use entertainment, especially reggae music, as another drawing card to attract visitors to Jamaica. Speaking at the launch of Reggae Month 2014 on Tuesday, Crawford said the ministry...
January 31, 2014
I don’t care too much for his acting (as seen on NCIS: Los Angeles), but LL Cool J is so good hosting the Grammys that he’s fast becoming as identified with this awards show as Ellen DeGeneres is becoming with the Oscars. Sunday was his third-consecutive gig (for The 56th Grammy Awards).
January 27, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) – “Adios Tour” is the title of the farewell world tour that the legendary Cuban group Buena Vista Social Club will begin at the end of June in several European countries. Jesus “Aguaje” Ramos, director of the group, announced on Friday in a press conference that the tour will end in...
January 27, 2014
THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- The organizers of the Anguilla Choice Awards have decided to partner with online streaming powerhouse, ComeSeeTv International, in a strategic effort to expand the reach of the event. As part of its global vision for the region, ComeSeeTv International is partnering with...
January 25, 2014
Recently, while browsing a social media site, I stumbled upon a video clip. The video was posted in January of 2014, the beginning of a new year, a period when many vow to do better, change or improve. The reggae music video begins with a warning; however, given the usual nature of the Jamaican dancehall...
January 16, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Tessanne Chin, season 5 winner of NBC's hit TV show, The Voice, will perform at the 18th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival, taking place from Thursday, June 26, to Saturday, June 28, 2014. "St Kitts Musical Festival patrons first fell in love with Tessanne when she...
January 15, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica -- It's carnival and calypso season once again in Dominica and Caribbean News Now has teamed up with ComeSeeTv International to present the calypso and other shows! The Dominica Calypso Monarch 2014 Shows will all be streamed live. The Stardom Calypso Tent opens on Wednesday.
January 7, 2014
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The Cuban Embassy and the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda will host a presentation of the Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase Fourth Edition. The film festival will run from Friday January 10 to Sunday January 12 and will feature 22 films from 16 Caribbean countries.
December 30, 2013
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Caribbean News Now (CNN) has teamed up with ComeSeeTv International to bring readers live streaming of various carnivals, regional events, and even international events. ComeSeeTv International is the premier provider of live streaming of Caribbean-related content.
December 28, 2013
NASSAU, Bahamas -- Three-time award-winning film Passage, a short film by Kareem Mortimer, became the first Bahamian film to screen in Havana, Cuba, at the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in the festival’s 35-year history. Passage tells the story of a young woman and her brother...
December 20, 2013
NEW YORK, USA -- New Saint Lucian R&B/Pop singer, MonCherie, has been building anticipation for the release of the official music video for her first single, “No Santa.” Now, the wait is finally over, and the tune, which adds a sexy, Caribbean twist to Christmas songs, has been unveiled for the world to see.
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...