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USVI music fest set for St Thomas

June 27, 2015
USVI music fest set for St Thomas ST THOMAS, USVI -- Music will be in the air in the US Virgin Islands this summer. On the heels of the St John Festival carnival celebration to be held over the July 4th holiday weekend, its sister island St Thomas will take its turn to host America's Paradise USVI Music Festival, featuring top tier...

CARIFESTA XII: Haiti gives assurance of readiness

June 18, 2015
CARIFESTA XII: Haiti gives assurance of readiness GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Haiti is ready to host CARIFESTA (Caribbean Festival of Arts) and welcomes the interest shown by the other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member countries. This was stated by Haiti’s ambassador to CARICOM, Peterson Noel, in a press conference on CARIFESTA XII...

Curacao announces North Sea Jazz Festival line-up

June 18, 2015
Curacao announces North Sea Jazz Festival line-up WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Now in its sixth year, the popular Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival returns to the stage this September 3-5, 2015. This year’s festival will play host to some of the world’s most iconic musicians, including international superstars John Legend, Enrique Iglesias, Wyclef Jean...

US radio station broadcasts from Cuba

June 16, 2015
US radio station broadcasts from Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The US radio station Sirius XM Radio was the first to broadcast a live program for the entire United States from Cuba in over 50 years, taking advantage of a visit of its team to the island, where it will stay for seven days. The host of the program, civil rights activist Joe Madison...

British comedian buys time on Trinidad television to urge Warner to rat out FIFA

June 11, 2015
British comedian buys time on Trinidad television to urge Warner to rat out FIFA PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- British comedian John Oliver, the host of the HBO series "Last Week Tonight", purchased time on Trinidad television on Tuesday night to urge the indicted former FIFA vice president, Jack Warner, to keep a promise and tell all he knows about the organization.

Aruba returns with its fifth international film festival

June 11, 2015
Aruba returns with its fifth international film festival ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- From October 7-11, 2015, the island of Aruba will once again host filmmakers and film enthusiasts from around the world during its annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF). Sponsored by the Aruba Tourism Authority, the AIFF has helped strengthen the island's position as...

Iconic Cuban band to return to Puerto Rico

June 4, 2015
Iconic Cuban band to return to Puerto Rico HAVANA, Cuba -- The world famous and iconic Cuban dance band Los Van Van will perform again in Puerto Rico, on this occasion as part of its international tour to celebrate 45 years of artistic life. This presentation will be a dance music show on Saturday, August 22, starting from 8:30 pm.

Carnival comes to communities across Antigua-Barbuda

May 28, 2015
Carnival comes to communities across Antigua-Barbuda ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- With the early launch of the 2015 Carnival Celebrations, the Antigua Barbuda Festivals Commission (ABFC) is ready and set to bring Carnival into communities across the island with the unveiling of the 2015 Carnival Road Shows.  The aim of the 2015 Carnival Road...

Top Bahamian cardiologist stars on Dare to Be Great TV show

May 12, 2015
Top Bahamian cardiologist stars on Dare to Be Great TV show FREEPORT, Bahamas -- The Bahamas-based international motivational television show Dare To Be Great recently went on the road to Freeport, Grand Bahama, where host Spence Finlayson interviewed top Bahamian cardiologist Dr. Winston Forbes. The Dare To Be Great TV Show, now in its...

HBO producing exclusive content at the St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival for the second year

May 7, 2015
HBO producing exclusive content at the St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival for the second year CASTRIES, St Lucia -- HBO has teamed up with the Saint Lucia Tourist Board to showcase the best of the 2015 Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, where a production crew is live on-site to capture interviews and exclusive footage of musical performances, tourist attractions and fashion events.

Antigua-Barbuda soca artistes start to release 2015 Carnival songs

May 6, 2015
Antigua-Barbuda soca artistes start to release 2015 Carnival songs ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Chairman of the Antigua-Barbuda Festivals Commission (ABFC), Cliff Williams, has expressed his pleasure with the 2015 Carnival releases from Antiguan soca artistes. With the early start of the 2015 Carnival celebrations, launched at the end of February, he is extremely happy that...

Cable operators in Jamaica ordered to cease transmission of 19 channels

April 27, 2015
Cable operators in Jamaica ordered to cease transmission of 19 channels KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Subscriber television (cable) operators are to cease transmission of 19 unlicensed channels in their packages by May 31 this year, or face sanctions. The directive was issued by the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ) on Friday, at a press conference.

Texan artiste will be first American to perform at the XXI Festival in Cuba

April 25, 2015
Texan artiste will be first American to perform at the XXI Festival in Cuba AUSTIN, USA -- An alignment of the stars has occurred for Austin, Texas, musician Leticia Rodriguez, as the first American ever to be invited to perform in Las Romerias de Mayo, Holguin, Cuba, from May 2 - 8. She will be performing with the Cuba’s popular band, Septeto Cristal.

Barbados to host CARIFESTA 2017

April 17, 2015
Barbados to host CARIFESTA 2017 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- “Barbados will be hosting CARIFESTA in 2017,” minister of culture, Stephen Lashley, announced on Wednesday during a press conference. According to the minister, this “huge venture” fits directly under the ministry’s mandate “to propel the growth of...

Dominica offers a Caribbean spring break escape with festivals, films, arts and fun

April 15, 2015
Dominica offers a Caribbean spring break escape with festivals, films, arts and fun ROSEAU, Dominica -- Spring has sprung on the Caribbean island of Dominica and, with it, a schedule brimming with fun and festivals. Events such as DOMFESTA, Hike Fest and Jazz 'n Creole invite visitors the world over to participate in the excitement. In addition, the Dominica Film...

CARIFORUM to explore greater international prospects for Caribbean music

April 11, 2015
CARIFORUM to explore greater international prospects for Caribbean music MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Growing the multi-million dollar Caribbean music industry will be a major focus of the third CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum, which will be held April 15-16 in Montego Bay Jamaica. David Sanders, producer at Coke Studio Africa; Eldar Ástþórsson, senior PR manager...

Caribbean cooking series 'Taste the Islands' goes US nationwide on PBS networks

April 6, 2015
Caribbean cooking series 'Taste the Islands' goes US nationwide on PBS networks MIAMI, USA -- PBS viewers across the United States will be invited to savour the flavours of the Caribbean when, beginning in April 2015, they can “Taste the Islands with Chef Irie.” From preparing homemade spicy jerk seasoning to Latin-inspired mussels chorizo in mango coconut sauce...

Caribbean animator to produce new children's TV series

March 17, 2015
Caribbean animator to produce new children's TV series PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Trinidad and Tobago animator, Camille Selvon-Abrahams, will produce a children’s series as part of the Caribbean Tales Worldwide Distribution Production Support Programme. The series, called ‘Magnificent Maggie’, exposes grade-schoolers to close up inspection of...

Aruba to host 15th edition of the Soul Beach Music Festival

March 13, 2015
Aruba to host 15th edition of the Soul Beach Music Festival ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- Crowning the 15th anniversary of the Soul Beach Music Festival hosted by Aruba are nine-time Grammy nominee megastar Charlie Wilson, Saturday headliner, and Grammy nominated superstar Trey Songz, Sunday headliner, both illustrious music artistes.

Curacao to launch new International BlueSeas Festival in May

March 13, 2015
Curacao to launch new International BlueSeas Festival in May WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Following the success of the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival, the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao will host its inaugural Curacao International BlueSeas Festival from May 7-9, 2015. The Curacao International BlueSeas Festival, a celebration of traditional and...

Commentary: Jolly Boys: Authentic Grenadian musicians

March 11, 2015
Commentary: Jolly Boys: Authentic Grenadian musicians The Jolly Boys is a unique musical band ‎in the cultural history of Grenada. They can be seen performing for tourists, at “Happy Hour’’ in funerals and at other social gatherings. But how, you may ask, is the history of the Jolly Boys – now an established band – part of the cultural landscape of Grenada...

Nevis Blues Festival premieres next month

March 5, 2015
Nevis Blues Festival premieres next month CHARLESTOWN, Nevis -- Come in from the cold for a dose of island life in a place to get your groove back, at the launch of the Nevis first annual blues festival, which will be the perfect backdrop to an exhilarating Caribbean experience. The three-night musical event takes place April 16-19, 2015.

US rock band plays in Cuba

February 28, 2015
US rock band plays in Cuba HAVANA, Cuba -- The US rock band, The Dead Daisies, recently arrived in Cuba and are in the midst of their cultural exchange as guests of the Cuban ministry of culture, Cuban Institute of Music and the Cuban Rock Agency. Arriving last Sunday, the rock stalwarts held a press conference...

Tickets for Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest 2015 now available

February 21, 2015
Tickets for Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest 2015 now available SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Ticket sales for the 25th anniversary of the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazzfest started on Thursday. Both individual tickets and a four-day pass (JazzPass) may be purchased online or at a number of locations in Guaynabo, Ponce, and Añasco. The Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest...

St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival boosts economic activity

February 19, 2015
St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival boosts economic activity CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The largest and most recognized musical, cultural and historical showpiece on Saint Lucia – the rebranded Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, is again set to provide employment opportunities for thousands on the island. Notwithstanding the scores of local artistes and artisans...

'Rasta' restoration complete; Bob Marley's famous Land Rover restored

February 7, 2015
'Rasta' restoration complete; Bob Marley's famous Land Rover restored KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Just in time for his 70th birthday, Bob Marley’s iconic Land Rover is ready to ride again! The matte-blue 1977 Series III Land Rover which fell into a state of disrepair following the singer’s death over 30 years ago, has been completely restored from clutch to chassis.

St Lucia launches 2015 Jazz and Arts Festival

February 7, 2015
St Lucia launches 2015 Jazz and Arts Festival CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The annual Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, now in its 24th year, raises the curtain on April 30 with a line-up of performers who blend island culture, famed musical talent and diverse music genres. Internationally renowned performers taking center stage this year include...

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