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Commentary: David Bowie, gender-bending performing artist, is dead

January 15, 2016
Commentary: David Bowie, gender-bending performing artist, is dead I’ve been a big David Bowie fan since high school (in the late 1970s). My classmates thought I was a weirdo. They preferred acts like Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones. But I took perverse pride and pleasure in having them gossip about my sexuality because I preferred him. For what it’s worth...

Havana World Music Festival to be held in March

January 11, 2016
Havana World Music Festival to be held in March HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The third edition of the Havana World Music Festival will be held in the Cuban capital from next March 24 to 27, and will feature artists from around the world. The list of attendees to the event includes the popular American group Earth, Wind and Fire.

Trinidad calypsonians weigh in on recent election

January 11, 2016
Trinidad calypsonians weigh in on recent election PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Former National Calypso Monarch Eric “Pink Panther” Taylor had the audience at the 54th edition of the Kalypso Revue in Trinidad on Friday night laughing, clapping and dancing with his tune “The Election Is Over”, which ridiculed the former People’s Partnership...

Cuban band wins Latin Grammy Award

November 24, 2015
Cuban band wins Latin Grammy Award HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The album Tributo a Los Compadres. No quiero llanto, by Cuban band Septeto Santiaguero and Dominican singer José Alberto ‘El Canario’, last week won the 2015 Latin Grammy Award in Best Traditional Tropical Album. The award was given by the Latin Recording Academy...

Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club band performs in New York

November 5, 2015
Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club band performs in New York HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The prestigious Cuban band Buena Vista Social Club performed on Tuesday night at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, as part of its Farewell Tour through the United States. According to Prensa Latina news agency, last month the Cuban band and its lead singer Omara Portuondo...

Trinidad to host regional animation and digital media festival

October 26, 2015
Trinidad to host regional animation and digital media festival PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The region’s largest animation and digital media festival, Animae Caribe, is staging its 14th edition of the festival from 27 – 31 October 2015 in Trinidad and Tobago. At this year’s event, Animae Caribe is recording significant progress in terms of regional representation.

Antigua-Barbuda launches film financing programme

September 15, 2015
Antigua-Barbuda launches film financing programme TORONTO, Canada -- Film producer Rudy Langlais (The Hurricane, Sugar Hill) and his partners, Caribbean social entrepreneur Valmiki Kempadoo, Toronto-based producer Don Allan and veteran multi-disciplined film executive Neil Sacker, have closed an equity financing agreement with...

CARIFESTA XII opens in Haiti with a bang despite rain

August 24, 2015
CARIFESTA XII opens in Haiti with a bang despite rain PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- The twelfth edition of the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA XII) opened on Friday night with exciting performances, speeches and fireworks. The event began with a parade of all the countries represented, dressed in their traditional national dress and arriving in the Haitian...

Cuba's Los Van Van to perform in Puerto Rico this month

August 11, 2015
Cuba's Los Van Van to perform in Puerto Rico this month HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) The popular Cuban dance band Los Van Van will make a concert appearance on August 22 in Puerto Rico, as part of its current tour of US cities. The presentation will take place at the Convention Center of San Juan, the Puerto Rican capital, the Suena cubano publication announced.

Two Cuban bands pre-nominated for Latin Grammys

August 10, 2015
Two Cuban bands pre-nominated for Latin Grammys HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Cuban bands Los Van Van, currently directed by Samuel Formell, and Havana D’Primera, directed by Alexander Abreu, were pre-nominated on Thursday for the 17th edition of the Latin Grammy Awards. Awarded by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences...

Cuban band Los Van Van to perform in several US cities

August 6, 2015
Cuban band Los Van Van to perform in several US cities HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- A Cuban music portal announced on Monday that the popular band Los Van Van will start a tour of several US cities on Friday, July 7. The famous band will perform in Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver and Miami, among other cities where audiences...

Wyclef, Usher and Emile Sande promise breathtaking performances in Curacao

August 3, 2015
Wyclef, Usher and Emile Sande promise breathtaking performances in Curacao WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The much anticipated Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival, which will feature international music sensations like Usher, Lionel Richie, Emeli Sandé, Wyclef Jean, Enrique Iglesias, and John Legend among several others, seems all set to maintain its reputation as the annual...

Revealing new documentary on Cuba airs next month

July 31, 2015
Revealing new documentary on Cuba airs next month WASHINGTON, USA -- As the United States and Cuba move toward normal relations for the first time in more than 54 years, a remarkable documentary film profiles a unique collection of people who are pushing the boundaries and "Reinventing Cuba." The one hour documentary film, "Reinventing Cuba"...

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...

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