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Reggae renaissance in Burbank, California

August 17, 2016
Reggae renaissance in Burbank, California 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...

Commentary: Congratulations, Spicemas winners

August 17, 2016
Commentary: Congratulations, Spicemas winners 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...

Positive vibrations reverberate after seventh annual Reggae on the Mountain

August 1, 2016
Positive vibrations reverberate after seventh annual Reggae on the Mountain 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...

Commentary: Grading Grenada's 2016 soca

August 1, 2016
Commentary: Grading Grenada's 2016 soca 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...

Fifteen scintillating minutes with reggae superstar David Hinds

July 29, 2016
Fifteen scintillating minutes with reggae superstar David Hinds 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...

Guyana Animation Network launched

July 11, 2016
Guyana Animation Network launched 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...

The Mighty Sparrow celebrates 81st birthday

July 9, 2016
The Mighty Sparrow celebrates 81st birthday 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...

Letter: Dancehall devalues black pride more than anything else

July 8, 2016
Letter: Dancehall devalues black pride more than anything else 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...

Stogie Kenyatta portrays Paul Robeson on stage in Montserrat

June 17, 2016
Stogie Kenyatta portrays Paul Robeson on stage in Montserrat 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...

Bob Marley film to be financed by Antigua and Barbuda economic citizenship

June 13, 2016
Bob Marley film to be financed by Antigua and Barbuda economic citizenship 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.

CDB funding Caribbean music sector development

June 4, 2016
CDB funding Caribbean music sector development 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...

New York and Florida to host Grenada cultural extravaganzas

May 28, 2016
New York and Florida to host Grenada cultural extravaganzas 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...

Vincy soca artiste recording in Belfast

May 5, 2016
Vincy soca artiste recording in Belfast 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.

Commentary: Old kaiso bards retiring

May 3, 2016
Commentary: Old kaiso bards retiring 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...

Caribbean nationals star in Belfast production of Shakespeare's Tempest

April 27, 2016
Caribbean nationals star in Belfast production of Shakespeare's Tempest 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...

Puerto Ricans take heart in 'Hamilton' creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's success

April 26, 2016
Puerto Ricans take heart in 'Hamilton' creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's success 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.

Andy Narrell to perform at Dominica's Jazz 'n Creole Festival

April 1, 2016
Andy Narrell to perform at Dominica's Jazz 'n Creole Festival 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.

Rolling Stones rock Havana: PICTURES and VIDEO

March 28, 2016
Rolling Stones rock Havana: PICTURES and VIDEO 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...

OECS audio-visual professionals endorse plans for regional TV series

March 18, 2016
OECS audio-visual professionals endorse plans for regional TV series 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...

Commentary: The groovy soca brand

March 16, 2016
Commentary: The groovy soca brand “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...

Antigua filmmaker working on regional television series backed by OECS

March 15, 2016
Antigua filmmaker working on regional television series backed by OECS 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).

The King of Soca, Arrow to be named National Hero of Montserrat

March 12, 2016
The King of Soca, Arrow to be named National Hero of Montserrat BRADES, Montserrat -- The third Annual National Honours and Awards ceremony will award eight Montserratians on Wednesday March 16 at the Montserrat Cultural Centre. The prestigious honour of Order of National Hero will be bestowed on the late Alphonsus ‘Arrow’ Cassell.

Animators head to Jamaica for KingstOOn

March 11, 2016
Animators head to Jamaica for KingstOOn KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Animation film makers from Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and Martinique are among 40 animation film makers from 15 countries who have been selected and have accepted the invitation to attend and participate at the KingstOOn...

Rolling Stones to play free concert in Cuba

March 4, 2016
Rolling Stones to play free concert in Cuba GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The iconic British rock band, The Rolling Stones, is planning to perform for the first time in the Caribbean at Easter with a free ground-breaking concert in Havana, Cuba, on Friday, 25 March. The “Concert for Amity” will take place at the...

Record number of entries received for KingstOOn competitions

February 20, 2016
Record number of entries received for KingstOOn competitions KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Over 900 entries from 93 countries have been received for the KingstOOn Emerging Animators Content Competition (KEACC) and the KingstOOn International Animation Film Festival (KIACC). “This is an amazing achievement when you consider that this is...

Commentary: David Bowie, gender-bending performing artist, is dead

January 15, 2016
Commentary: David Bowie, gender-bending performing artist, is dead I’ve been a big David Bowie fan since high school (in the late 1970s). My classmates thought I was a weirdo. They preferred acts like Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones. But I took perverse pride and pleasure in having them gossip about my sexuality because I preferred him. For what it’s worth...

Havana World Music Festival to be held in March

January 11, 2016
Havana World Music Festival to be held in March HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The third edition of the Havana World Music Festival will be held in the Cuban capital from next March 24 to 27, and will feature artists from around the world. The list of attendees to the event includes the popular American group Earth, Wind and Fire.

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