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CARIFESTA XIII to be bigger and better, says Barbados minister

January 24, 2017
CARIFESTA XIII to be bigger and better, says Barbados minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- CARIFESTA XIII will be like no other before it, minister of culture, sports and youth, Stephen Lashley, said last week as he updated members of the media on plans for Barbados’ hosting of the upcoming regional arts festival. Lashley stated that CARIFESTA...

Taking off the limits!

January 24, 2017
Taking off the limits! CASTRIES, St Lucia -- If you are ever looking to grab attention for your headlines, blogs, tweets or social media shares, add some nudity to the mix, and you may attain some wanted and/or unwanted notice. Nudity, despite the fact that is pretty much everywhere, still remains a controversial issue.

Commentary: Seven things Jamaica should do to increase its creative dominance in music, tourism and culture

January 14, 2017
Commentary: Seven things Jamaica should do to increase its creative dominance in music, tourism and culture Recently it was announced that Jamaica’s economy grew by two percent for the last quarter of 2016 and I was passing a security guard at a local supermarket who uttered, “I hope we get some of the two percent,” implying that he hopes to immediately benefit by way of his salary from the two...

Commentary: So you got a Grammy nomination? Now what?

January 4, 2017
Commentary: So you got a Grammy nomination? Now what? Now that you have been nominated for a Grammy, and the anxiety and euphoria of being nominated for music’s biggest accolade subsided with the holiday festivities, how do you ensure that you give yourself a fair shot at winning in your category or categories? If you are already sure...

FBI said to be monitoring Caribbean entertainment events

December 21, 2016
FBI said to be monitoring Caribbean entertainment events NASSAU, Bahamas -- A regional entertainment promotion agency recently came in for a surprise, when one major talent booking agency in the United States demanded that they make certain evidential disclosures required by the FBI pertaining to the origin of the funds that were deposited...

New public television show guides viewers through unseen parts of the Caribbean

December 6, 2016
New public television show guides viewers through unseen parts of the Caribbean WASHINGTON, USA -- Caribbean 2020 Productions, in partnership with Mississippi Public Television, will debut a unique travel show called “Secrets of the Caribbean” in April 2017. The 13-episode first season will launch an in-depth exploration into one of the most popular tourist...

Usain Bolt's 'Gifted' music video has the internet singing

November 15, 2016
Usain Bolt's 'Gifted' music video has the internet singing CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Declaring his intention to break more records, the world's fastest man, Olympian Usain Bolt, is creating viral buzz and has the internet singing along to his new holiday song entitled "Gifted." Inspired by Eddie Murphy's 1980s hit "Party All the Time", the music...

Commentary: Calypsonians also deserve Nobel Laureate

November 8, 2016
Commentary: Calypsonians also deserve Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan, an American songwriter and singer, is this year's Nobel Laureate. In doing so, this achievement has in a sense radicalize the world's outlook on literature. Traditionally, the written word in poetry and books won this prize from its very inception, and then this! “It’s literature, but it’s music...

Leading UK human rights barrister retained in CCJ case against Dominica

October 6, 2016
Leading UK human rights barrister retained in CCJ case against Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica -- Attorney at law Cabral Douglas, who has launched a US$3 million lawsuit against the government of Dominica over the Tommy Lee affair, has retained one of England’s top barristers, Dr Leslie Thomas QC, to lead the litigation phase of the case due to commence in Trinidad.

Antigua-Barbuda launches $125 million film financing program

September 23, 2016
Antigua-Barbuda launches $125 million film financing program TORONTO, Canada -- Film producer Rudy Langlais (“The Hurricane,” “Sugar Hill”) and partners, entrepreneur Valmiki Kempadoo, producer Don Allan and veteran film executive Neil Sacker have closed an equity financing agreement with the government of Antigua and Barbuda.

Caribbean journalist goes 'Off Limits' for the third season

September 19, 2016
Caribbean journalist goes 'Off Limits' for the third season CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Is life overseas truly what it is set out to be? Will the LGBT community ever be liberated and is a next female prime minister imminent in our society? Travelling to Paris, New York and Jamaica, United Nations fellow and international journalist Sarah Peter finds...

Ska and Rocksteady Music Festival planned for Kingston, Jamaica

September 17, 2016
Ska and Rocksteady Music Festival planned for Kingston, Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Kingston, Jamaica, the birthplace of Ska and Rocksteady music, two of the most popular musical genres played around the world today, will host the first Annual One World Ska & Rocksteady Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday, November 26 and 27, 2016.

Twenty-five enlightening minutes with Black Uhuru's Duckie Simpson

September 9, 2016
Twenty-five enlightening minutes with Black Uhuru's Duckie Simpson Derrick “Duckie” Simpson, founder of the world’s top-selling reggae band after Bob Marley and The Wailers, has been in the music business for over 50 years; but, at 66 years young you’d never know it, because as anyone who has seen (and heard) Black Uhuru perform recently can attest...

Black Uhuru blesses San Diego's Belly Up tavern with a soul-stirring performance

September 7, 2016
Black Uhuru blesses San Diego's Belly Up tavern with a soul-stirring performance When legendary reggae band Black Uhuru began playing the hypnotically addictive, haunting, head-bobbing, foot-stomping beat of their world-famous song, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, at the Belly Up Tavern in San Diego (on the night of September 1), a jovial, overly-sauced patron...

Letter: Pan in danger: Time for a national policy on pan!

September 3, 2016
Letter: Pan in danger: Time for a national policy on pan! Birdsong Steelpan Academy epitomizes the phrase 'a king has no honor In his own land'. Pantrinbago must take heed, because a blow to one is a blow to all. I tried looking at the unpleasant predicament of Birdsong with unbiased eyes and an open mind knowing full well that this was...

Reggae renaissance in Burbank, California

August 17, 2016
Reggae renaissance in Burbank, California BURBANK, USA -- “BNV Productions is strictly a mom and pop operation – we don’t have rules here; we can do whatever we want,” said Brian Vasquez, co-owner of BNV Productions, a multifaceted, full-service boutique recording studio in Burbank, California. “When artistes come to BNV...

Commentary: Congratulations, Spicemas winners

August 17, 2016
Commentary: Congratulations, Spicemas winners Congratulations are in order to all the winners of Grenada’s carnival. Well done! After months of preparation, regardless of the results, I am sure that carnival participants are breathing a sigh of relief. Thank God, it’s over! To persons and groups who participated but did not get a top prize...

Positive vibrations reverberate after seventh annual Reggae on the Mountain

August 1, 2016
Positive vibrations reverberate after seventh annual Reggae on the Mountain When Third World guitarist Steven ‘Cat’ Coore marched onto “Mountain Stage” mid-afternoon on the first day of the seventh annual Reggae on the Mountain (July 23-24 in Topanga Canyon, California, about 40 minutes from downtown Los Angeles) it was mercifully cooler than the band’s...

Commentary: Grading Grenada's 2016 soca

August 1, 2016
Commentary: Grading Grenada's 2016 soca Last week in my article, I made mention that there were some good songs for Spicemas 2016. Now, over the last few years we have been fortunate to have at least one smash hit coming from Grenada, which augurs well for our music and our carnival. However, for us to make a...

Fifteen scintillating minutes with reggae superstar David Hinds

July 29, 2016
Fifteen scintillating minutes with reggae superstar David Hinds With a signature sound and an inimitable style, roots reggae band Steel Pulse has been stirring social and political consciousness worldwide for more than 40 years. Since forming in 1975 at the Handsworth Wood Boys School, in Birmingham, England, Steel Pulse frontman David Hinds...

Guyana Animation Network launched

July 11, 2016
Guyana Animation Network launched GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Guyana Animation Network (GAN) was officially launched at an open day in Georgetown, Guyana, on July 2, 2016. GAN is a network established to use its resources to create and provide access to opportunities for persons within Guyana’s artistic...

The Mighty Sparrow celebrates 81st birthday

July 9, 2016
The Mighty Sparrow celebrates 81st birthday NEW YORK, USA -- Dr Slinger Francisco, the legendary Mighty Sparrow, or as he is fondly known "Birdie", a West Indian calypso icon, celebrates his 81st birthday on Saturday. Sparrow was born in the fishing village of Grand Roy, Grenada, on July 9, 1935. He moved to Trinidad with...

Letter: Dancehall devalues black pride more than anything else

July 8, 2016
Letter: Dancehall devalues black pride more than anything else From time to time, we in the Caribbean, and especially here in Jamaica, are constantly reminded that we should be proud of who we are. We are told that we should be proud of our heritage, culture, achievements and especially our skin colour. Many times, many of us get very upset...

Stogie Kenyatta portrays Paul Robeson on stage in Montserrat

June 17, 2016
Stogie Kenyatta portrays Paul Robeson on stage in Montserrat BRADES, Montserrat -- A most interesting and unusual performance took place at Montserrat’s Cultural Centre recently, when Jamaican actor and comedian Stogie Kenyatta performed his one man show “The World is my Home: the Life and Times of Paul Robeson”. Paul Robeson was...

Bob Marley film to be financed by Antigua and Barbuda economic citizenship

June 13, 2016
Bob Marley film to be financed by Antigua and Barbuda economic citizenship ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- A new home-grown Caribbean movie based on the life of music legend Bob Marley has chosen an innovative financing method: allowing wealthy angel investors the chance to qualify for passports of a Caribbean island nation in return for fronting the cost of production.

CDB funding Caribbean music sector development

June 4, 2016
CDB funding Caribbean music sector development BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean region is known and celebrated for reggae and dancehall, soca, zouk and other genres. Yet many regional artistes, performers, their managers and publishers do not earn a sustainable living from their craft. The Caribbean Development Bank...

New York and Florida to host Grenada cultural extravaganzas

May 28, 2016
New York and Florida to host Grenada cultural extravaganzas NEW YORK, USA -- Grenadians are lucky to live in the Diaspora, a melting pot of cultures. Grenadians in New York are planning two events for a wide range of cultural and tropical tastes and enjoyment. One of the events is the first annual Grenada Day celebration to take place on...

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