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Keeping a legacy safe from Montserrat's volcano

August 14, 2014
Keeping a legacy safe from Montserrat's volcano BRADES, Montserrat -- It seemed a shame. The Air Studio had rocked for ten years on a lush Caribbean hillside, rolling out hits for big-name artists like Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, and Elton John. That is, until Hurricane Hugo delivered a knockout punch to Montserrat.

Miss World Guyana to be coached by renowned Philippines pageant company

August 11, 2014
Miss World Guyana to be coached by renowned Philippines pageant company GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Gouldian, a pageant training company in the Philippines and renowned experts in the development of pageant leadership, will be providing Miss World Guyana, Rafieya Husain, with specialized pageant training from August 26 to September 6, 2014, in Manila, Philippines.

CaribbeanTales Film Festival 2014 shines spotlight on regional talent

August 9, 2014
CaribbeanTales Film Festival 2014 shines spotlight on regional talent TORONTO, Canada -- The successful and highly respected CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF) celebrates its ninth annual edition in 2014. This unique event, which takes place in the metropolitan city of Toronto from September 3 to 13, will highlight the many facets of Caribbean culture.

Dominican Republic Jazz Festival celebrates 18 years

July 23, 2014
Dominican Republic Jazz Festival celebrates 18 years SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival will celebrate its 18th year (November 6 - 9, 2014) with four nights of concerts in the north coast towns of Puerto Plata, Sosua and Cabarete. Presented by the Dominican ministry of tourism, the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival...

Deported Jamaican artiste's lawyer awaits Dominica government response

July 17, 2014
Deported Jamaican artiste's lawyer awaits Dominica government response 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...

Jamaican dancehall artiste performs in St Kitts after being denied approval in Nevis

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.

Nevis premier calls for weekend performance of Jamaican artiste to be cancelled

July 12, 2014
Nevis premier calls for weekend performance of Jamaican artiste to be cancelled 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.

Amnesty International and Trinidad film festival establish new human rights prize

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...

Lineup announced for Dominica's World Creole Music Festival 2014

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...

Caribbean performing artistes face many challenges

June 28, 2014
Caribbean performing artistes face many challenges 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...

Commentary: More proof Michael Jackson was not 'gone too soon'

June 27, 2014
Commentary: More proof Michael Jackson was not 'gone too soon' 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...

Letter: Kaiso! Kaiso! Vincy Kaiso 2014

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...

Cuban musician Eliades Ochoa presents his new album

June 14, 2014
Cuban musician Eliades Ochoa presents his new album 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...

Letter: Welcome Back Lexi and Groovy D

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.

British and US Virgin Islands discuss laws regulating local bands

June 7, 2014
British and US Virgin Islands discuss laws regulating local bands 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...

Garifuna dance group to perform at Caribbean Day event in Manhattan

June 7, 2014
Garifuna dance group to perform at Caribbean Day event in Manhattan 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...

Caribbean descendant to represent Guatemala at Miss World Pageant in London

May 30, 2014
Caribbean descendant to represent Guatemala at Miss World Pageant in London 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.

OECS songwriters and producers move towards penetrating the international scene

May 16, 2014
OECS songwriters and producers move towards penetrating the international scene 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”...

Banned Jamaican entertainer seeks compensation from Dominica

May 10, 2014
Banned Jamaican entertainer seeks compensation from Dominica 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.

Regional songwriters to attend first OECS work camp in Dominica

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.

Renowned Cuban musician Juan Formell dies in Havana

May 5, 2014
Renowned Cuban musician Juan Formell dies in Havana 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...

Commentary: Tracing the origin of Trinidad's Carnival to Grenada

April 22, 2014
Commentary: Tracing the origin of Trinidad's Carnival to Grenada 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.

Caribbean star power to propel the opening of Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts

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.

Cuba and Iran discuss radio and television collaboration

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).

Haitian hip-hop star Wyclef Jean to perform official anthem at soccer world cup final

April 3, 2014
Haitian hip-hop star Wyclef Jean to perform official anthem at soccer world cup final 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.

Filmmakers and storytellers set to explore Dominica's hidden treasures

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...

Beenie Man set to return to St Kitts Music Festival

March 15, 2014
Beenie Man set to return to St Kitts Music Festival 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...

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