News from the Caribbean:
September 23, 2016
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.
September 19, 2016
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...
September 17, 2016
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.
September 9, 2016
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...
September 7, 2016
When legendary reggae band Black Uhuru began playing the hypnotically addictive, haunting, head-bobbing, foot-stomping beat of their world-famous song, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, at the Belly Up Tavern in San Diego (on the night of September 1), a jovial, overly-sauced patron...
September 3, 2016
Birdsong Steelpan Academy epitomizes the phrase 'a king has no honor In his own land'. Pantrinbago must take heed, because a blow to one is a blow to all. I tried looking at the unpleasant predicament of Birdsong with unbiased eyes and an open mind knowing full well that this was...
August 17, 2016
BURBANK, USA -- “BNV Productions is strictly a mom and pop operation – we don’t have rules here; we can do whatever we want,” said Brian Vasquez, co-owner of BNV Productions, a multifaceted, full-service boutique recording studio in Burbank, California. “When artistes come to BNV...
August 17, 2016
Congratulations are in order to all the winners of Grenada’s carnival. Well done! After months of preparation, regardless of the results, I am sure that carnival participants are breathing a sigh of relief. Thank God, it’s over! To persons and groups who participated but did not get a top prize...
August 1, 2016
When Third World guitarist Steven ‘Cat’ Coore marched onto “Mountain Stage” mid-afternoon on the first day of the seventh annual Reggae on the Mountain (July 23-24 in Topanga Canyon, California, about 40 minutes from downtown Los Angeles) it was mercifully cooler than the band’s...
August 1, 2016
Last week in my article, I made mention that there were some good songs for Spicemas 2016. Now, over the last few years we have been fortunate to have at least one smash hit coming from Grenada, which augurs well for our music and our carnival. However, for us to make a...
July 29, 2016
With a signature sound and an inimitable style, roots reggae band Steel Pulse has been stirring social and political consciousness worldwide for more than 40 years. Since forming in 1975 at the Handsworth Wood Boys School, in Birmingham, England, Steel Pulse frontman David Hinds...
July 11, 2016
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Guyana Animation Network (GAN) was officially launched at an open day in Georgetown, Guyana, on July 2, 2016. GAN is a network established to use its resources to create and provide access to opportunities for persons within Guyana’s artistic...
July 9, 2016
NEW YORK, USA -- Dr Slinger Francisco, the legendary Mighty Sparrow, or as he is fondly known "Birdie", a West Indian calypso icon, celebrates his 81st birthday on Saturday. Sparrow was born in the fishing village of Grand Roy, Grenada, on July 9, 1935. He moved to Trinidad with...
July 8, 2016
From time to time, we in the Caribbean, and especially here in Jamaica, are constantly reminded that we should be proud of who we are. We are told that we should be proud of our heritage, culture, achievements and especially our skin colour. Many times, many of us get very upset...
June 17, 2016
BRADES, Montserrat -- A most interesting and unusual performance took place at Montserrat’s Cultural Centre recently, when Jamaican actor and comedian Stogie Kenyatta performed his one man show “The World is my Home: the Life and Times of Paul Robeson”. Paul Robeson was...
June 13, 2016
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- A new home-grown Caribbean movie based on the life of music legend Bob Marley has chosen an innovative financing method: allowing wealthy angel investors the chance to qualify for passports of a Caribbean island nation in return for fronting the cost of production.
June 4, 2016
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean region is known and celebrated for reggae and dancehall, soca, zouk and other genres. Yet many regional artistes, performers, their managers and publishers do not earn a sustainable living from their craft. The Caribbean Development Bank...
May 28, 2016
NEW YORK, USA -- Grenadians are lucky to live in the Diaspora, a melting pot of cultures. Grenadians in New York are planning two events for a wide range of cultural and tropical tastes and enjoyment. One of the events is the first annual Grenada Day celebration to take place on...
May 5, 2016
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Rising Vincentian soca star Adonis “Major Dan” Browne from Lowmans Windward is currently recording at Cloud 9 Studios, Central Productions in Belfast. Major Dan is also working with top producer Lester "Mack" Irona of 4th Dimension Production in St Vincent.
May 3, 2016
In recent times some of the old kaiso bards and true, true badjohns in kaiso have experienced ill health and have had to be hospitalized. Even so, as one of them sang, “old age have no remedy’’. We have to appreciate that they are not young anymore. In the last few years the king of them all...
April 27, 2016
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- To mark the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's death (April 23), Terra Nova Productions has re-imagined Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest, as part of the global celebration, with Caribbean nationals from St Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and...
April 26, 2016
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The Puerto Rican press and social media have been active this week with the news that Lin-Manuel Miranda has become the most recent winner of the prestigious Pulitzer prize in the drama genre with his musical Hamilton, which he composed and wrote.
April 1, 2016
ROSEAU, Dominica -- Discover Dominica Authority has announced that Andy Narell has been included as one of the performers for the seventh Dominica’s Jazz ‘n Creole Festival. The Festival takes place on Sunday May 15, 2016. Andy Narell released his first solo album in 1979.
March 28, 2016
HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- More than 800,000 Cubans took to the streets of Havana on Friday to embrace rock and roll at an unprecedented free concert given by the legendary Rolling Stones. Described as an unforgettable evening by the band members themselves, the performance of...
March 18, 2016
ROSEAU, Dominica -- A group of Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) audio-visual professionals has just ended a three day training exercise on developing strategies for producing content for regional and international media with a commitment to create a regional television...
March 16, 2016
“Sweet soca music” or “groovy soca” has arrested my interest, as a cultural enthusiast, for a long time. I have stated, in a previously published commentary, that this brand of music is the future of soca. In this paper, I will endeavour to highlight the people and the songs that, in my view...
March 15, 2016
ROSEAU, Dominica -- Filmmaker and television producer Howard Allen was one of the key audio-visual professionals meeting in Dominica last week to discuss strategies for producing a new television series with the backing of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
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