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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.

The Prince of Hope visits Port Au Prince, Haiti

November 11, 2014
The Prince of Hope visits Port Au Prince, Haiti 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.

Grammy Award winning musicians to perform at Dominican Republic Jazz Festival

October 30, 2014
Grammy Award winning musicians to perform at Dominican Republic Jazz Festival 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...

Montserrat Festival slogan released

October 27, 2014
Montserrat Festival slogan released 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...

Canada to get first national Caribbean television station

October 22, 2014
Canada to get first national Caribbean television station 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...

First reggae song contest of the Americas planned

October 20, 2014
First reggae song contest of the Americas planned 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...

The Price of Memory: A case for reparations for slavery

October 14, 2014
The Price of Memory: A case for reparations for slavery 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.

Haitian story of triumph and survival featured at New York film festival

October 14, 2014
Haitian story of triumph and survival featured at New York film festival 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...

Nigerian band expelled from music festival line-up in Dominica on Ebola fears

October 11, 2014
Nigerian band expelled from music festival line-up in Dominica on Ebola fears 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.

Epic film trilogy to be produced in Jamaica

October 4, 2014
Epic film trilogy to be produced in Jamaica 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.

Icons, innovation and industry at 2014 CaribbeanTales Film Festival

September 17, 2014
Icons, innovation and industry at 2014 CaribbeanTales Film Festival 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...

Commentary: Enjoyment and complaints from one carnival to another

September 9, 2014
Commentary: Enjoyment and complaints from one carnival to another 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.

Commentary: Toronto-based Grenadian soca and calypso artistes to organise against exploitation

September 4, 2014
Commentary: Toronto-based Grenadian soca and calypso artistes to organise against exploitation 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...

Commentary: Just what 'Fifty Shades...' movie needs: A bad scientific review

August 29, 2014
Commentary: Just what 'Fifty Shades...' movie needs: A bad scientific review 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...

Keeping a legacy safe from Montserrat's volcano

August 14, 2014
Keeping a legacy safe from Montserrat's volcano 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.

Miss World Guyana to be coached by renowned Philippines pageant company

August 11, 2014
Miss World Guyana to be coached by renowned Philippines pageant company 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.

CaribbeanTales Film Festival 2014 shines spotlight on regional talent

August 9, 2014
CaribbeanTales Film Festival 2014 shines spotlight on regional talent 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.

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