News from the Caribbean:
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.
September 4, 2014
We celebrated another Grenada Day on August 23, 2014, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; similar to how Grenadians in New York have their own celebration. However, even though there is no calypso and soca monarch competitions for Grenadian artistes based in Toronto, they are aware of the fact...
August 29, 2014
Nothing betrays what cynical and exploitative regard the producers of Fifty Shades of Grey have for loving relationships quite like their scheduling the release of this movie for “Valentine’s Day 2015.” But they could not have anticipated the “premature” release of a scientific study on the deleterious...
August 14, 2014
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.
August 11, 2014
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.
August 9, 2014
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.
July 23, 2014
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...
July 17, 2014
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...
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.
July 12, 2014
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.
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...
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...
June 28, 2014
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...
June 27, 2014
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...
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...
June 14, 2014
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...
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.
June 7, 2014
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...
June 7, 2014
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...
May 30, 2014
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.
May 16, 2014
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”...
May 10, 2014
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.
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.
May 5, 2014
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...
April 22, 2014
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.
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.
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).