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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...

Dominica offers a Caribbean spring break escape with festivals, films, arts and fun

April 15, 2015
Dominica offers a Caribbean spring break escape with festivals, films, arts and fun ROSEAU, Dominica -- Spring has sprung on the Caribbean island of Dominica and, with it, a schedule brimming with fun and festivals. Events such as DOMFESTA, Hike Fest and Jazz 'n Creole invite visitors the world over to participate in the excitement. In addition, the Dominica Film...

CARIFORUM to explore greater international prospects for Caribbean music

April 11, 2015
CARIFORUM to explore greater international prospects for Caribbean music MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Growing the multi-million dollar Caribbean music industry will be a major focus of the third CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum, which will be held April 15-16 in Montego Bay Jamaica. David Sanders, producer at Coke Studio Africa; Eldar Ástþórsson, senior PR manager...

Caribbean cooking series 'Taste the Islands' goes US nationwide on PBS networks

April 6, 2015
Caribbean cooking series 'Taste the Islands' goes US nationwide on PBS networks MIAMI, USA -- PBS viewers across the United States will be invited to savour the flavours of the Caribbean when, beginning in April 2015, they can “Taste the Islands with Chef Irie.” From preparing homemade spicy jerk seasoning to Latin-inspired mussels chorizo in mango coconut sauce...

Caribbean animator to produce new children's TV series

March 17, 2015
Caribbean animator to produce new children's TV series PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Trinidad and Tobago animator, Camille Selvon-Abrahams, will produce a children’s series as part of the Caribbean Tales Worldwide Distribution Production Support Programme. The series, called ‘Magnificent Maggie’, exposes grade-schoolers to close up inspection of...

Aruba to host 15th edition of the Soul Beach Music Festival

March 13, 2015
Aruba to host 15th edition of the Soul Beach Music Festival ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- Crowning the 15th anniversary of the Soul Beach Music Festival hosted by Aruba are nine-time Grammy nominee megastar Charlie Wilson, Saturday headliner, and Grammy nominated superstar Trey Songz, Sunday headliner, both illustrious music artistes.

Curacao to launch new International BlueSeas Festival in May

March 13, 2015
Curacao to launch new International BlueSeas Festival in May WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Following the success of the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival, the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao will host its inaugural Curacao International BlueSeas Festival from May 7-9, 2015. The Curacao International BlueSeas Festival, a celebration of traditional and...

Commentary: Jolly Boys: Authentic Grenadian musicians

March 11, 2015
Commentary: Jolly Boys: Authentic Grenadian musicians The Jolly Boys is a unique musical band ‎in the cultural history of Grenada. They can be seen performing for tourists, at “Happy Hour’’ in funerals and at other social gatherings. But how, you may ask, is the history of the Jolly Boys – now an established band – part of the cultural landscape of Grenada...

Nevis Blues Festival premieres next month

March 5, 2015
Nevis Blues Festival premieres next month CHARLESTOWN, Nevis -- Come in from the cold for a dose of island life in a place to get your groove back, at the launch of the Nevis first annual blues festival, which will be the perfect backdrop to an exhilarating Caribbean experience. The three-night musical event takes place April 16-19, 2015.

US rock band plays in Cuba

February 28, 2015
US rock band plays in Cuba 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...

Tickets for Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest 2015 now available

February 21, 2015
Tickets for Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest 2015 now available 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...

St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival boosts economic activity

February 19, 2015
St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival boosts economic activity 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...

'Rasta' restoration complete; Bob Marley's famous Land Rover restored

February 7, 2015
'Rasta' restoration complete; Bob Marley's famous Land Rover restored 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.

St Lucia launches 2015 Jazz and Arts Festival

February 7, 2015
St Lucia launches 2015 Jazz and Arts Festival 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...

Commentary: Monitoring the progress of our soca bards

January 29, 2015
Commentary: Monitoring the progress of our soca bards 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.

St Lucia artiste vows to bring culture back to modern music

January 26, 2015
St Lucia artiste vows to bring culture back to modern music 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...

Barbados top female calypsonian on Emerald Vibes TV

January 15, 2015
Barbados top female calypsonian on Emerald Vibes TV 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...

Dominican singer-songwriter discusses the origin of calypso

January 2, 2015
Dominican singer-songwriter discusses the origin of calypso 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...

Antigua movie draws Caribbean crowd at UK premiere

December 24, 2014
Antigua movie draws Caribbean crowd at UK premiere 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...

Montserrat firm launches Emerald Vibes TV Online

December 22, 2014
Montserrat firm launches Emerald Vibes TV Online 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...

Antiguan film makes its UK debut

December 16, 2014
Antiguan film makes its UK debut 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...

Bob Marley Foundation partners with JAMPRO for Jamaica Film Festival 2015

November 29, 2014
Bob Marley Foundation partners with JAMPRO for Jamaica Film Festival 2015 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...

Jamaica could host Woodstock Festival

November 27, 2014
Jamaica could host Woodstock Festival 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.

Commentary: Bill Cosby's (all too belated) fall from grace

November 21, 2014
Commentary: Bill Cosby's (all too belated) fall from grace 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.

Dominican Republic Jazz Festival delivers enchanting 18th edition

November 15, 2014
Dominican Republic Jazz Festival delivers enchanting 18th edition 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.

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