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Reggae on the Beach kicks off this year's Barbados Reggae Festival

April 27, 2017
Reggae on the Beach kicks off this year's Barbados Reggae Festival BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- This year’s annual Barbados Reggae Festival kicked off on Sunday on Pirates Cove Beach with some great performances. Two top local mixologists, Philip ‘Casanova’ Antoine and Bryan ‘Fresh’ McLeod, were also working their magic in the VIP section. Some of the...

Commentary: Is radio still relevant?

April 25, 2017
Commentary: Is radio still relevant? Some weeks ago some friends and I were discussing how far along we have come with technology. Just think of all the technology available to afford us and interconnectivity like never before. My mother reminisced on the good old days when radio dramas were among the most exciting...

Animation training programme launched in Jamaica

April 24, 2017
Animation training programme launched in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- A project that seeks to train 150 young people annually for the global US$230-billion animation industry was launched in Jamaica on April 19. With an estimated investment of US$779,000, the Creative Industries Education and Employment Programme (CIEEP) aims to...

Commentary: Jamaica does not have a film industry

April 20, 2017
Commentary: Jamaica does not have a film industry I was having a conversation recently with some entertainment industry practitioners at a meeting convened by the film commissioner of the creative unit at the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), when someone said that Jamaica has a film industry – one that persons earned from...

Commentary: Needed: A code of ethics for hospitality entertainers?

April 19, 2017
Commentary: Needed: A code of ethics for hospitality entertainers? Throughout the Caribbean, the hospitality industry is regarded more than ever as one of the main revenue earners, and employment providers. Some countries take this for granted, as they have experienced the service sector to a greater extent than others. But if the hospitality industry is not...

Barbados prepares for this year's Reggae Festival

April 15, 2017
Barbados prepares for this year's Reggae Festival BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The annual Reggae Festival, organised by FAS Promotions, has been taking place in Barbados for the last 13 years, and on Wednesday managing director Al Gilkes hosted local media to a tour of the various locations where the Reggae Festival will take place.

Twenty minutes with reggae legend Don Carlos

April 12, 2017
Twenty minutes with reggae legend Don Carlos With his signature sweet voice and a successful career spanning over four decades, Don Carlos is unquestionably a legendary figure in reggae music. The worldwide appeal of Carlos’ unique style of conscious roots reggae music is well-documented; an often-cited example well-worth...

Grenada playwright to visit New York

April 1, 2017
Grenada playwright to visit New York NEW YORK, USA -- Grenada’s most famous playwright Francis Urias Peters, who studied at the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts, will be in New York on Saturday, April 8, at 6:00 pm, at the Tropical Reflection Ballroom for a fifth annual Spring Gala fundraising event.

Alliouagana Singers delight Montserrat

March 24, 2017
Alliouagana Singers delight Montserrat BRADES, Montserrat -- A welcome addition to the packed St Patrick’s programme here in Montserrat was a visit by the Alliouagana Singers, a Montserratian choral group based in London, who gave some uplifting and inspiring performances. The group was founded in the year 2000.

Twenty informative minutes with Fortunate Youth's frontman, Dan Kelly

March 24, 2017
Twenty informative minutes with Fortunate Youth's frontman, Dan Kelly LOS ANGELES, USA -- Fortunate Youth is a six-piece reggae band with roots in Hermosa Beach, California. Since 2009 it has toured heavily in the United States and overseas and its albums and individual songs consistently top the Billboard and iTunes reggae charts. The band just opened...

Commentary: Chuck Berry, 'the Father of Rock 'n' Roll'

March 24, 2017
Commentary: Chuck Berry, 'the Father of Rock 'n' Roll' I like Chuck Berry’s music well enough. But I’m hardly a fan. I never bought any of his records. I never attended any of his concerts. Yet I know enough about his pioneering role in the music industry to appreciate why he is hailed as “the father of rock ‘n’ roll.” But, with all due respect to Elvis, I suspect...

Commentary: The Mighty Chalkdust forgets history for opportunity

March 14, 2017
Commentary: The Mighty Chalkdust forgets history for opportunity It is a fact that some Caribbean intellectuals are opportunists and they know that their academic training makes it much easier for them to fit within the social movements for change of the time, when there is a vacuum. Now this time around in Trinidad and Tobago Calypso Monarch 2017...

Former Jamaican culture minister threatened over remarks about dancehall's violent lyrics

March 7, 2017
Former Jamaican culture minister threatened over remarks about dancehall's violent lyrics KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The debate over the potentially harmful influence of the dancehall culture on youth and whether it fuels crime and violence is nothing new in Jamaica, but nowhere is this more starkly illustrated than in the life and career of Adidja Palmer. Better known by his stage name...

Iconic Caribbean music festival returns to Anguilla next month

February 11, 2017
Iconic Caribbean music festival returns to Anguilla next month THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- The 27th annual Moonsplash Festival, known for being one of the most iconic reggae festivals in the region, will take place from March 9-12, 2017, on Rendezvous Bay Beach in Anguilla. Founded and still run by Anguilla's own Bankie Banx, a musical legend whose style...

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...

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