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Caribbean star power to propel the opening of Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts

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.

Cuba and Iran discuss radio and television collaboration

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).

Haitian hip-hop star Wyclef Jean to perform official anthem at soccer world cup final

April 3, 2014
Haitian hip-hop star Wyclef Jean to perform official anthem at soccer world cup final NEW YORK, USA (HCNN) -- World renowned Haitian hip-hop superstar, Wyclef Jean, alongside other global stars including music legend, Carlos Santana, will perform the 2014 Soccer World Cup official anthem at the closing ceremony of a competition that is arguably the most watched live sporting event in the world.

Filmmakers and storytellers set to explore Dominica's hidden treasures

March 26, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica -- Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) recently conducted a worldwide search to find teams of adventurous filmmakers, photographers, and storytellers to participate in the inaugural Dominica Film Challenge. The lucky teams have been invited to the island for...

Beenie Man set to return to St Kitts Music Festival

March 15, 2014
Beenie Man set to return to St Kitts Music Festival BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Grammy Award winning recording artist Beenie Man will perform at the 18th annual St Kitts Music Festival, which will be held from Thursday, June 26 to Saturday, June 28, 2014. One of Beenie Man’s biggest local fans, St Kitts minister of tourism and international transport...

Grenada's Scholar rocks Dominica at 2014 carnival

March 11, 2014
Grenada's Scholar rocks Dominica at 2014 carnival ROSEAU, Dominica -- The 2014 pre-Lenten carnival weekend was undoubtedly a memorable one for music from Grenada. While Hollice “Mr Killa” Mapp was creating mayhem with his “Rolly Pollies”, and Wilt “Tallpree” Cambridge continued to establish a “Jab Jab nation” outside of Grenada...

Commentary: Machel Montano is the soca ambassador, but Mr Killa is the most talented

March 10, 2014
Commentary: Machel Montano is the soca ambassador, but Mr Killa is the most talented Trinidad and Tobago soca artiste Machel Montano is the perfect person to drive the soca train for soca music lovers throughout the Caribbean and beyond, even though our Grenadian soca artiste Mr Killa is the better stage performer. My reason for saying that is because Grenadians are not dedicated to the art form.

Mas Domnik, the real mas, 2014 hailed a resounding success

March 8, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica -- The curtains have come down on what has been called a successful and enjoyable Mas Domnik 2014. Colour, creativity and culture were displayed with pomp and splendour during the two-day celebrations on March 3 – 4, that reminded local and visitors alike...

Former Grenada minister commends 'exceptional talent' of soca performers

March 3, 2014
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- A former Grenada culture minister would like to see a future local band touring with soca performers such as Mr Killa and Tallpree. The two Grenadian artistes, who participated in weekend carnival competitions in Trinidad, are “ambassadors” and...

Controversial Jamaican dancehall artiste denied entry into Dominica

February 25, 2014
Controversial Jamaican dancehall artiste denied entry into Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica -- Controversial Jamaican dancehall artiste, Tommy Lee Sparta, was denied entry into Dominica on Sunday at the Melville Hall Airport. Sparta who uses the stage name ‘Uncle Demon’ was due to perform at a concert in Portsmouth in the north of Dominica.

Caribbean heavyweights in St Lucia's Jazz in the South lineup

February 25, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Major Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival stakeholder, Labowi Promotions, producers of the popular ‘Jazz in the South’ series of concerts, has announced its 2014 lineup. Opting to consolidate into one major offering on May 4 at the Rudy John Beach Park in Laborie...

The Mighty Sparrow is back and the Calypso King of the World moves audience to tears

February 19, 2014
The Mighty Sparrow is back and the Calypso King of the World moves audience to tears PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- After several rumours of his death surfaced in the Trinidad and Tobago media a few months ago, the ‘Calypso King of the World’ has moved from a coma to the stage. One can safely say, “The Birdie flies again!” Slinger Francisco, the Mighty Sparrow, has been performing on stage...

Canadian band demands compensation after music used for torture in Guantanamo

February 8, 2014
Canadian band demands compensation after music used for torture in Guantanamo HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Canadian band Skinny Puppy will demand compensation from the US for using their music to torture prisoners held at the Guantanamo naval base in Cuba. Keyboardist Cevin Key told CTV News they are also planning an additional claim against the US Defense Department...

Jamaica pushing reggae to attract visitors

February 1, 2014
Jamaica pushing reggae to attract visitors KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- State minister for tourism and entertainment, Damion Crawford, says the ministry is seeking to use entertainment, especially reggae music, as another drawing card to attract visitors to Jamaica. Speaking at the launch of Reggae Month 2014 on Tuesday, Crawford said the ministry...

Commentary: The Grammys (or the Mr and Mrs Carter Show)

January 31, 2014
Commentary: The Grammys (or the Mr and Mrs Carter Show) I don’t care too much for his acting (as seen on NCIS: Los Angeles), but LL Cool J is so good hosting the Grammys that he’s fast becoming as identified with this awards show as Ellen DeGeneres is becoming with the Oscars. Sunday was his third-consecutive gig (for The 56th Grammy Awards).

Buena Vista Social Club announces farewell world tour

January 27, 2014
Buena Vista Social Club announces farewell world tour HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) – “Adios Tour” is the title of the farewell world tour that the legendary Cuban group Buena Vista Social Club will begin at the end of June in several European countries. Jesus “Aguaje” Ramos, director of the group, announced on Friday in a press conference that the tour will end in...

Anguilla Choice Awards partners with ComeSeeTv in global push

January 27, 2014
THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- The organizers of the Anguilla Choice Awards have decided to partner with online streaming powerhouse, ComeSeeTv International, in a strategic effort to expand the reach of the event. As part of its global vision for the region, ComeSeeTv International is partnering with...

Commentary: Artistic creativity not pornography

January 25, 2014
Commentary: Artistic creativity not pornography Recently, while browsing a social media site, I stumbled upon a video clip. The video was posted in January of 2014, the beginning of a new year, a period when many vow to do better, change or improve. The reggae music video begins with a warning; however, given the usual nature of the Jamaican dancehall...

Tessanne Chin to perform at 2014 St Kitts Music Festival

January 16, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Tessanne Chin, season 5 winner of NBC's hit TV show, The Voice, will perform at the 18th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival, taking place from Thursday, June 26, to Saturday, June 28, 2014. "St Kitts Musical Festival patrons first fell in love with Tessanne when she...

Carnival-calypso season once again in Dominica

January 15, 2014
Carnival-calypso season once again in Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica -- It's carnival and calypso season once again in Dominica and Caribbean News Now has teamed up with ComeSeeTv International to present the calypso and other shows! The Dominica Calypso Monarch 2014 Shows will all be streamed live.  The Stardom Calypso Tent opens on Wednesday.

Cuban embassy in Antigua to host fourth edition of Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase

January 7, 2014
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The Cuban Embassy and the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda will host a presentation of the Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase Fourth Edition. The film festival will run from Friday January 10 to Sunday January 12 and will feature 22 films from 16 Caribbean countries.

Caribbean News Now brings readers live video streaming of regional events

December 30, 2013
Caribbean News Now brings readers live video streaming of regional events PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Caribbean News Now (CNN) has teamed up with ComeSeeTv International to bring readers live streaming of various carnivals, regional events, and even international events. ComeSeeTv International is the premier provider of live streaming of Caribbean-related content.

First Bahamian film screens in Cuba

December 28, 2013
First Bahamian film screens in Cuba NASSAU, Bahamas -- Three-time award-winning film Passage, a short film by Kareem Mortimer, became the first Bahamian film to screen in Havana, Cuba, at the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in the festival’s 35-year history. Passage tells the story of a young woman and her brother...

Rising St Lucia artiste brings Caribbean heat to the holiday season

December 20, 2013
Rising St Lucia artiste brings Caribbean heat to the holiday season NEW YORK, USA -- New Saint Lucian R&B/Pop singer, MonCherie, has been building anticipation for the release of the official music video for her first single, “No Santa.” Now, the wait is finally over, and the tune, which adds a sexy, Caribbean twist to Christmas songs, has been unveiled for the world to see.

Record breaking attendance at the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

November 26, 2013
Record breaking attendance at the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival PUERTO PLATA, Dominican Republic -- The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival, sponsored by the ministries of tourism and culture, along with other local sponsors, celebrated its 17th year from October 31 to November 3, 2013, with internationally renowned musicians Bernie Williams...

St Lucian performer wins first All For One Caribbean Voice Contest

November 19, 2013
St Lucian performer wins first All For One Caribbean Voice Contest FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique -- St Lucian performer Mongstar won the inaugural Jeff Joseph Trophy of the "All For One Caribbean Voice Contest." Held recently in Martinique, the exciting final of the first annual pan-Caribbean song contest showcased artistes from nine Caribbean islands

Farewell tour for Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club starts next year

November 11, 2013
Farewell tour for Cuba's Buena Vista Social Club starts next year HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Starting next summer, Cuba’s internationally renowned Buena Vista Social Club will go on an international tour it has called “Adios” (Good-Bye). This tour represents the group’s farewell to the big stages on which they have presented some of the best of Cuban music.

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