News from the Caribbean:
July 17, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica -- Attorney-at-law Bert Samuels said he is currently awaiting a further response from the Dominican government in relation to the deportation of his client, dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta, from that Caribbean state. In May, Samuels told the Jamaica Observer he would be filing a claim...
July 16, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Controversial Jamaican dancehall artiste Alkaline performed to a packed house at Carnival Village in Basseterre, St Kitts, in the early hours of Sunday morning, according to reports. Alkaline was originally booked to perform in Nevis.
July 12, 2014
CHARLESTOWN, Nevis -- In a statement issued on Thursday concerning a forthcoming performance by Jamaican artiste Alkaline in Nevis scheduled for Saturday, premier of Nevis, Vance Amory, indicated that the Cabinet of the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) does not support the event.
July 10, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In an effort to support the promotion of human rights in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean, Amnesty International (AI) and the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) have established a human rights film prize. The Amnesty International Human Rights Prize...
July 8, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Discover Dominica Authority (DDA), producers of the annual World Creole Music Festival, announced the line-up for this year’s festival at the official launch on June 25, 2014, under the theme ‘Creole Runs the Night’. The festival is scheduled for Friday 24th to...
June 28, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica -- According to Irvin Durand, chief executive officer of Caribbean Performing Arts Federation (C-PAF), “The performing arts and our performing artistes are faced with an ongoing challenge in the area of training to become more competitive.” “The artistes need training...
June 27, 2014
Truth be told, when producers raised the curtain on Michael Jackson’s much-hyped performance, in hologram form, at last month’s Billboard Music Awards, far from being thrilled, I was just creeped out. But it occurred to me that, if they could make it appear like Michael...
June 23, 2014
Here we go again! It’s Vincy Mas 2014 in St.Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and boy the e-mails, texts and calls about calypsos start filling up “me” smartphone. By now “yo” know “me” ears tuned to the ground in Vincyland. But first I have to correct a mistake in last year’s...
June 14, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- "El Eliades que soy" is the title of the latest album by renowned Cuban musician Eliades Ochoa, which the Bis Music record label presented at Fresa y Chocolate Cultural Cinematographic Center. The album, recorded at EGREM’s Siboney Studios, based in Santiago de Cuba...
June 14, 2014
With Vincy Mas in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) heating up, I have to give a heartfelt welcome back to Lexi and to Groovy D. Well, it’s nice to have these two brothers with us for Vincy Mas 2014. Their insights into social issues in SVG are legendary within the calypso arena.
June 7, 2014
ST THOMAS, USVI -- The governments of the British Virgin Islands and the US Virgin Islands have begun candid discussions to clarify the laws governing the musical exchange between the two territories. On Thursday morning, BVI minister for education and culture Myron Walwyn led a delegation...
June 7, 2014
NEW YORK, USA -- June is Caribbean Heritage Month and for this year’s celebration, Hamilton Grange Park, which is a federal park that comes under the Department of the Interior, will be sponsoring a show with Caribbean arts groups from different countries. The scheduled day for this event will be...
May 30, 2014
LIVINGSTON, Guatemala -- People in Guatemala’s Caribbean coast town of Livingston (Labuga) and around the globe are celebrating the news that fellow “Labugana”, Keyla Bermudez will represent Guatemala at the upcoming Miss World Pageant in England in November.
May 16, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica -- Leading songwriters and producers from across the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) have made a further step towards penetrating the international market. Described as a major success story coming out of the just ended historic “work camp”...
May 10, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica -- Burt Samuels, attorney-at-law for embattled Jamaican entertainer Tommy Lee Sparta, said he will be filing a claim with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) if the Dominican government does not start compensation negotiations, within the next 30 days in relation to his client’s deportation.
May 9, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica -- The OECS Export Development Unit will conduct a three-day regional songwriters work camp for some of the top song writers and music producers from across Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states.
May 5, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Renowned Cuban musician Juan Formell, director of the popular Van Van Band, passed away on Thursday in hospital in Havana from a sudden illness. The outstanding composer, author of a large repertoire that chronicled the life of the Cuban people through the years...
April 22, 2014
How is it that Carnival, a festival that is so strongly influenced by the French, found its nursery on an island that was never colonized by the French? From the time I read Joachim Mark's fervent and bold assertion that Grenada gave Carnival to Trinidad, I could not help but agree with him.
April 5, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Hosted once more at ‘The People’s Auditorium,’ Mindoo Phillip Park, the official opening of the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival continues its legacy of thrilling audiences with a lineup featuring an all-star cast of Caribbean powerhouses designed to jump start the festival.
April 4, 2014
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The vice-president of Iran's Radio Broadcasting Organization and director of HISPAN TV, Mohammad Sarafraz, have begun a working visit to Cuba aimed at developing bilateral collaboration with the Cuban Radio and Television Institute (ICRT).
April 3, 2014
NEW YORK, USA (HCNN) -- World renowned Haitian hip-hop superstar, Wyclef Jean, alongside other global stars including music legend, Carlos Santana, will perform the 2014 Soccer World Cup official anthem at the closing ceremony of a competition that is arguably the most watched live sporting event in the world.
March 26, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica -- Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) recently conducted a worldwide search to find teams of adventurous filmmakers, photographers, and storytellers to participate in the inaugural Dominica Film Challenge. The lucky teams have been invited to the island for...
March 15, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Grammy Award winning recording artist Beenie Man will perform at the 18th annual St Kitts Music Festival, which will be held from Thursday, June 26 to Saturday, June 28, 2014. One of Beenie Man’s biggest local fans, St Kitts minister of tourism and international transport...
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...