News from the Caribbean:
June 19, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Music superstar Usher has been announced as one of the headlining acts for the highly anticipated 4th Annual Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival. He joins an impressive roster including some of the most popular artists on the planet: legendary divas...
June 15, 2013
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica’s large talent pool and its close geographical proximity to film and entertainment heavyweights in the US have perfectly positioned the country to develop a strong animation sector that will have the potential to command a meaningful share of the multi-billion dollar...
June 15, 2013
NEW YORK, USA -- Tony award winning actress, the legendary and phenomenal Cicely Tyson, is Broadway’s newest darling. A daughter of the Caribbean Diaspora, due to her Nevisian heritage, Tyson was awarded her first ever Tony award on Sunday at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
June 15, 2013
ST JOHN, USVI -- Award-winning documentary filmmaker Andrea Leland has just launched a crowd-funding campaign for her upcoming film Yurumein (Homeland) -- a documentary about the revival of Garifuna culture on the island of St Vincent. Through her fiscal sponsor, the Center for Independent Documentary...
May 25, 2013
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- The government of Barbados has promised to work more closely with its European partners to develop areas of trade to boost the local cultural industries sector. Minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Senator Maxine McClean...
May 22, 2013
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Another major event similar to the 2011 “Loud” concert featuring Barbadian international recording star Rihanna at Kensington Oval is being planned for Barbados in the fall. Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Sealy, said...
May 22, 2013
CASTRIES, Saint Lucia -- With the integration of Saint Lucia’s artistic product into what was formerly Saint Lucia Jazz, the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) has deemed the staging of the rebranded Festival a success that generally met its objectives; but in some instances also exceeding expectations.
May 17, 2013
LONDON, England -- The Trinidad and Tobago High Commission for the United Kingdom set the heart of London ablaze last Sunday with a spectacular celebration of Trinidad and Tobago culture at “The World on Regent Street” global fair. As throngs of visitors coursed through the event...
May 14, 2013
ROSEAU, Dominica -- Popular Haitian singer, songwriter and composer Beethova Obas will perform at Dominica’s Jazz ‘n Creole Festival on May 19, 2013. Obas’s music is a fusion of traditional Haitian music influenced by jazz and Brazilian rhythms. Beethova Obas’s musical career took off quite...
May 3, 2013
ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Eric Ildefonse Quartet, headed by pianist, composer and arranger Eric Ildefonse from Martinique, will perform at Dominica’s fourth Jazz ‘n Creole on May 19, 2013. Ildefonse began his musical career at the age of 15.
April 25, 2013
ROSEAU, Dominica -- Jamaican born master pianist Monty Alexander will be the headline act at Dominica’s Jazz ‘n Creole on May 19, 2013. Alexander, who recently celebrated his 50th year in music, will delve into a repertoire that encompasses...
April 25, 2013
Over the past few years, we have been hearing a lot about ungrateful artistes bamboozling their managers out of both earned money and future earnings. We are led to believe that this is a new phenomenon but it is not. In fact, this is an old problem, garnering new...
April 18, 2013
ST GEORGE'S, Grenada -- Grenada and neighbouring twin island republic Trinidad and Tobago have committed to work together to cross barriers and bridge cultures. That was the central theme at Friday’s media launch of Spicemas 2013 in Trinidad.
April 16, 2013
NEW YORK, USA -- The Barbados Tourism Authority has announced the schedule of events for the upcoming 2013 Barbados Reggae Festival held on-island April 21-28, 2013. The weeklong festival throughout Barbados will boast the biggest...
April 9, 2013
LABORIE, Saint Lucia -- Malian composer, singer and guitarist Fatoumata Diawara is one of the most exciting and creative African musicians of the young generation. Tall, superbly poised and elegant, with an iridescent smile, this trained actress and sometime star...
March 25, 2013
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuban musician Bebo Valdes, one of the most prominent figures of Latin jazz at a world level, died in Sweden on Friday at the age of 94. Valdes, one of the well-known names of the golden age of Cuban music...
March 25, 2013
CHICAGO, USA -- Influenced by music as a child growing up in Portsmouth, Dominica, Mario Valentine, aka iBlack Fiery, is now making a name for himself in the international music scene. The journey for more knowledge and musical expression led him to create...
March 13, 2013
The most rudimentary objective preserved in the French Revolution of 1789 was Liberty, Equality and Fraternity -- privileged circumstances if you like. The many equalities enshrined in the constitution of many Caribbean nations continue to provide the means to...
March 1, 2013
NEW YORK, USA -- R. Kelly, The Jacksons, the Ojays, Tito Puente, Jr., and Akon will share the stage with renowned international and Saint Lucian artists during the newly renamed Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, April 30 to May 12, 2013.
February 28, 2013
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao – Curacao is a country blessed with talented youngsters from international baseball players to opera singers and now Ruënna “Sugar” Mercelina is a rising motion picture sensation, captivating audiences across the Dutch Caribbean.
February 15, 2013
NEW YORK, USA -- Sony Masterworks in partnership with Calle 54 Records will release Cuban musician, Pedrito Martinez's new album Rumba de la Isla on March 12, 2013. Featuring songs once interpreted by Camaron de la Isla, the legendary flamenco icon...
February 12, 2013
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Every year the Carnival in Cap Haitien, Haiti, provides an outlet to Haitians from all walks of life to participate in a fun filled event that allows them to put aside their daily worries. The Carnival is also an event where Haitians...
February 7, 2013
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will provide, at no charge, live video streaming of the Super50 and 4 Day tournaments for the season which starts on Thursday, February 7. The WICB will provide a fixed-to-pitch camera...
February 2, 2013
CASTRIES, Saint Lucia -- Sporting a new name, complete with eye-catching logo and a redefined artistic direction, the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia is gearing up once again to welcome the world, as it inaugurates the next chapter in the life....
February 2, 2013
The Haiti International Jazz Festival is in its seventh edition, yet it is my first encounter with the festival. The Haitian tourism calendar is fortunate to have such a prestigious event as the coup d’envoie to its yearlong cultural activities. I have been a regular of the New...
January 23, 2013
BRADES, Montserrat -- Trini by birth, Montserratian by marriage, Pat ‘Belonger’ Ryan has been the Emerald Isle’s Queen of Calypso since the 1980s. Belonger made a name for herself in 1988 by placing 3rd in the normally male dominated Calypso “King” competition.
January 12, 2013
NEW YORK, USA -- New Yorkers are in for a treat this weekend when US Virgin Islands Grammy-winning jazz great, Dion Parson and the 21st Century Band perform at the Abyssinian Baptist Church Jazz Vespers Concert Series this Sunday.
January 12, 2013
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Less than a month away from what would have been his 67th birthday, restoration work has begun on reggae legend Bob Marley’s 1977 Series III Land Rover Defender – arguably one of the world’s most iconic vehicles.
January 2, 2013
It has been two years since reggae superstar, the late Gregory Isaacs, left us. Undoubtedly his departure symbolizes a turning point in reggae’s history. Isaacs dominated the reggae industry for over forty years. An industry veteran, he wrote, produced and performed...
January 1, 2013
FESTIVAL CITY, Montserrat (GIU) -- Herman ‘Cupid’ Francis added a fourth calypso monarch crown to his credit after delivering two incredible performances at the 50th cultural festival celebrations Calypso Finals in Montserrat on Sunday night.
December 24, 2012
BRADES, Montserrat (GIU) -- Chrystal Beckles of Barbados reigned supreme over a group of talented female calypsonians to take the 2nd Euphony Vibes Regional Female Calypso title, one of the major events on Montserrat’s Festival 50 calendar.
December 19, 2012
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is positioning Jamaica to tap into the lucrative animation industry. The global market for animation, inclusive of outsourcing activities, is estimated to gross earnings...
December 15, 2012
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Musical icon, Dr Anthony "The Mighty Gabby" Carter has been credited for piloting a course towards world heritage long before Barbados ever received the UNESCO inscription for Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison.
December 14, 2012
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The president of the Cuban Radio and Television Institute (ICRT), Danilo Sirio Lopez said that his institution will fight the spread of music with vulgar, rude, coarse expressions, which undermine or insult the feminine image.
December 13, 2012
During the recent Film Festival here in Montserrat, several interesting and imaginative films were shown and discussed, including four films from HAMA Productions in Antigua. These films were produced and directed by Howard and Mitzi Allen.
December 6, 2012
LITTLE BAY, Montserrat -- Montserrat’s Alliouagana Festival of the Word comes on stream this weekend, and this year takes the form of an exciting Caribbean Film Festival on Saturday 8th December and Sunday 9th, put on by the University of the West Indies...
November 28, 2012
LONDON, England -- Ten soca artistes from across the Caribbean region will perform at Soca Frenzy The Concert on Saturday, December 22, as part of Montserrat's 50th festival celebration. Organised by Soca Frenzy Radio and PSV Events...
November 24, 2012
NEW JERSEY, USA -- After seven years serving the region, the pan-Caribbean TEMPO Networks is launching the "Seven Principles of TEMPO" to guide its further direction and development. Set to celebrate its seventh anniversary with...
November 22, 2012
FESTIVAL CITY, Montserrat -- Euphony Vibes will host the second Regional Female Calypso Monarch Competition on Friday, 21st December in Montserrat. The show is being held as part of the 50th Festival celebrations on the island.
November 20, 2012
Reggae music is approaching middle age and as such should be enjoying the perks, privileges and entitlements that are part and parcel of middle age status. Is this the case? Even if you are looking at the genre through rose colored glasses, it’s impossible to...
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