News from the Caribbean:
February 28, 2015
HAVANA, Cuba -- The US rock band, The Dead Daisies, recently arrived in Cuba and are in the midst of their cultural exchange as guests of the Cuban ministry of culture, Cuban Institute of Music and the Cuban Rock Agency. Arriving last Sunday, the rock stalwarts held a press conference...
February 21, 2015
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Ticket sales for the 25th anniversary of the Puerto Rico Heineken Jazzfest started on Thursday. Both individual tickets and a four-day pass (JazzPass) may be purchased online or at a number of locations in Guaynabo, Ponce, and Añasco. The Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest...
February 19, 2015
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The largest and most recognized musical, cultural and historical showpiece on Saint Lucia – the rebranded Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, is again set to provide employment opportunities for thousands on the island. Notwithstanding the scores of local artistes and artisans...
February 7, 2015
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Just in time for his 70th birthday, Bob Marley’s iconic Land Rover is ready to ride again! The matte-blue 1977 Series III Land Rover which fell into a state of disrepair following the singer’s death over 30 years ago, has been completely restored from clutch to chassis.
February 7, 2015
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The annual Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, now in its 24th year, raises the curtain on April 30 with a line-up of performers who blend island culture, famed musical talent and diverse music genres. Internationally renowned performers taking center stage this year include...
January 29, 2015
It is the beginning of the Carnival cycle again with February mas’ in the Mecca – Trinidad and Tobago; and also much smaller Carnivals in Dominica and Carriacou. These Carnivals mark the commencement for the year of what I refer to as the “Trini-style Carnivals” around the world.
January 26, 2015
NEW YORK, USA -- Saint Lucian MonChérie continues her quest for recognition as one of this generation's most dynamic young music artistes. She is also making a statement to the world that the tiny island of Saint Lucia can no longer be ignored. After her music debut last year...
January 15, 2015
BRADES, Montserrat -- Reigning regional female calypso monarch, Crystal Cummins-Beckles of Barbados, is one of six women featured in Girl Talk, two special episodes of Emerald Vibes TV. Hosted by Sharlene Lindsay, the two-part episode focuses on how Crystal and other female performers...
January 2, 2015
ROSEAU, Dominica -- From the sugar cane plantations to the Caribbean, calypso came and has never left. The slaves, brought to toil on sugar plantations, would use calypso to mock the slave masters and to communicate with each other. Pat Aaron, a Dominican singer-songwriter says...
December 24, 2014
LONDON, England -- The reviews from the London premiere of the Antiguan homegrown movie The Skin are coming in and they are good. The movie made history recently as the first feature film from Antigua and Barbuda to be screened in the United Kingdom. Through their first distribution deal...
December 22, 2014
BRADES, Montserrat -- The first edition of Emerald Vibes Television produced by Montserrat firm Goldenmedia went live online on Monday, December 15, 2014, on YouTube. EVTV is hosted by multi-talented artist Sharlene Lindsay, who connects with local personalities and...
December 16, 2014
LONDON, England -- The Skin by HAMAFilms will make history this week by becoming the first feature film from Antigua and Barbuda to be screened in the United Kingdom, when it premieres on Thursday. Filmed on location in Antigua and Barbuda, The Skin, which stars UK actor Jeff Stewart and...
November 29, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Bob Marley Foundation has agreed to partner with Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) to provide support for the Jamaica Film Festival that will be held in 2015. The announcement was made at a press conference on Wednesday by minister of industry, investment and...
November 27, 2014
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Minister of state in the ministry of tourism and entertainment, Damion Crawford, says Jamaica could soon be hosting one of the world’s biggest music festivals. Speaking in Montego Bay recently, Crawford said he has already had discussions with promoters.
November 21, 2014
I became convinced almost a decade ago that Cosby paid off many women over the years to uphold his wholesome “Dr Huxtable” (or Dr Jeckyll) image. I deduced, however, that, as part of the deal, he required each of them to sign a confidentiality agreement promising to keep their mouths shut.
November 15, 2014
PUERTO PLATA, Dominican Republic -- The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival celebrated its 18th edition with four nights of free concerts with tremendous performances, packed venues and glorious weather in Puerto Plata, Sosúa and Cabarete Beach November 6-9, 2014.
November 11, 2014
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Fraser Kershaw visited the Haiti capital last week to provide clean water to a compound that has been continually struggling with access to clean water. Kershaw is the host of a new film called “Behind the Water” and he spoke with community leaders in the capital.
October 30, 2014
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Grammy Award winning musicians will perform at the 18th Dominican Republic Jazz Festival (November 6 - 9, 2014) on the north coast of the island, in the towns of Puerto Plata, Sosua and Cabarete. Latin jazz drummer Ignacio Berroa, originally from Cuba...
October 27, 2014
BRADES, Montserrat – “Jus’ Come-Cyan Miss De Festival!” is the slogan for the 52nd Annual Festival on Montserrat. The event which is the biggest cultural celebration on the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean opens on Saturday December 13, 2014, offering visitors and residents an opportunity...
October 22, 2014
TORONTO, Canada -- Fitzroy Gordon, founder and president of Toronto-based radio station G98.7FM “The Way We Groove,” has been granted approval from the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to operate a national television station focused on...
October 20, 2014
TORONTO, Canada -- Planning is underway in Toronto for the First Reggae Song Contest of the Americas, an online activity being implemented by Lee Media Associates. “The goal of the Reggae Song Contest is to contribute to increasing the visibility of reggae and its share of the North American music market...
October 14, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- There are tons of films about slavery, but how many films have you seen making a case for reparations for slavery? Out of slavery itself film producer Karen Marks Mafundikwa of Jamaica has brought this prized and rare possession to the Caribbean and the world.
October 14, 2014
NEW HAVEN, USA -- A documentary about hope and healing in the midst of the horrific aftermath of Haiti's 2010 earthquake will be a featured presentation at the NYC Independent Film Festival on Friday and Sunday. "Unbreakable: A Story of Hope and Healing in Haiti" tells the amazing story of children who...
October 11, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Dominica government has instructed the Dominica Festivals Committee to cancel Nigerian group Flavour from performing in the 18th annual World Creole Music Festival lineup. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit on Thursday.
October 4, 2014
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Arthur Wylie of Global Renaissance Entertainment Group and Michael Rollins, director of Rose Hall Developments Ltd, will partner with the island of Jamaica to produce an epic trilogy of films based on the legend of Annie Palmer -- The White Witch Of Rose Hall.
September 17, 2014
TORONTO, Canada -- The 2014 CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF) was indeed a landmark occasion as this year the festival broke boundaries in gaining additional recognition for the creativity and culture of the Caribbean. The festival, which ran alongside the Toronto International Film Festival...
September 9, 2014
Now that Brooklyn’s carnival is over, only a few more are left for 2014, including Miami’s. Many will be attending their third and fourth carnival of the year. And the results, I predict, will be the same: enjoyment and complaint, too, about one or the other aspect of the festival and blame on the organizers.