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Vincy soca artist launches new video

August 14, 2017
Vincy soca artist launches new video BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Vincentian song writer Adonis Browne, aka ‘Major Dan’, is making waves by elevating Caribbean music in Northern Ireland. ‘Baby Gyal’ -- Major Dan’s latest single -- was released at a private launch at Dukes Hotel with special guest speaker Dr Christopher Stange...

Safeguarding Bob Marley with 'So Much Things to Say'

August 12, 2017
Safeguarding Bob Marley with 'So Much Things to Say' In reviewing Roger Steffens’s latest book, “So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley”, Hua Hsu asserts in The New Yorker that Steffens’s contribution to the Marley canon is his “nerdish monomania.” But Steffens, who invited me to tour his overstuffed “Reggae Archives” in L.A., epitomizes cool...

Antigua-Barbuda Carnival: The Caribbean's greatest summer festival celebrates 60th anniversary

August 11, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda Carnival: The Caribbean's greatest summer festival celebrates 60th anniversary ST JOHN’S, Antigua --Antigua and Barbuda’s milestone 60th anniversary of carnival was celebrated with thousands of residents and visitors experiencing the excitement of Antigua’s Carnival, the Caribbean’s greatest summer festival. The major carnival celebrations ran from July 28 to August 8, 2017.

Commentary: Mas' all over the Caribbean

August 2, 2017
Commentary: Mas' all over the Caribbean During the months of July and August each year, persons all over the world head off on holidays. It is summer time in the western world, with school on holidays. Many families who can afford the financial burden take the children on tours to different countries. Ibiza in Spain, and Bali in Indonesia, are two...

King Yellowman defends gay rights at Reggae on the Mountain

August 1, 2017
King Yellowman defends gay rights at Reggae on the Mountain Born with albinism in 1956, dancehall music legend King Yellowman was rejected from birth. As a baby, he was found in a supermarket’s trash heap in Kingston, Jamaica. Miraculously surviving and raised in orphanages, he was ridiculed, called names, and abused. Yellowman was scorned solely...

Music royalty and Raging Fyah figure prominently at Reggae on the Mountain 2017

July 27, 2017
Music royalty and Raging Fyah figure prominently at Reggae on the Mountain 2017 TOPANGA, USA -- When Yellowman, the perennially provocative “King of Dancehall Music”, pointed at the assembled crowd at this year’s eighth annual Reggae on the Mountain (July 22-23) in California, “nobody move, nobody get hurt” – a historic refrain in music history, rang out – echoing throughout...

Commentary: Showing appreciation to Scholar

July 20, 2017
Commentary: Showing appreciation to Scholar On the occasion of his 20th anniversary celebrations, I wrote an article entitled “Celebrating a scholar and champion calypsonian”, in commemoration of his contribution to the art form. Time waits on no man, as the saying goes; and here we are now celebrating 25 years of Finley Jeffrey in calypso.

Reasoning, Rebel Music, and Raging Fyah: The Interview

July 12, 2017
Reasoning, Rebel Music, and Raging Fyah: The Interview LOS ANGELES, USA -- Rarely in the annals of music history has a reggae band resonated with such resounding popularity worldwide as Raging Fyah, from Kingston, Jamaica. The fact that “Everlasting”, the band’s third album, was nominated for this year’s Grammy award for Best Reggae Album...

Antigua-Barbuda renews commitment to Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase

July 8, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda renews commitment to Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase HAVANA, Cuba -- Antigua and Barbuda has recommitted to supporting the Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase (TCFS), which is a platform for sharing quality audio-visual content from across the region. Howard and Mitzi Allen of HAMAFilms Antigua recently attended the meeting of the coordinating...

Grenada's Tallpree Jab in White boat ride

July 8, 2017
Grenada's Tallpree Jab in White boat ride NEW YORK, USA -- Grenadians in the Diaspora are talking about the upcoming Tallpree birthday bash, when he will be celebrating another eventful year. Tallpree’s eighth annual birthday celebration Jab in White boat ride cultural event will be a party to remember. This birthday bash in white...

Commentary: There are some good Grenadian artistes in Canada for the Pure Grenada Festival

July 1, 2017
Commentary: There are some good Grenadian artistes in Canada for the Pure Grenada Festival Music is like food for the soul and all societies where human beings are living, music plays an important part in terms of entertainment and spirituality. For example, music is the culture of a people based on their history, language and tradition. However, in Grenada it seems as though those folks who are...

Antigua-Barbuda film pioneers receive regional award for work on HIV/AIDS campaign

June 2, 2017
Antigua-Barbuda film pioneers receive regional award for work on HIV/AIDS campaign BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Antigua and Barbuda filmmaking team of Howard and Mitzi Allen have received the LIVE UP: Loyalty and Support Award for their work to help reduce stigma and discrimination for people living with HIV/AIDS across the Caribbean. The couple, who lead HAMAFilms...

Reggae on the Beach kicks off this year's Barbados Reggae Festival

April 27, 2017
Reggae on the Beach kicks off this year's Barbados Reggae Festival BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- This year’s annual Barbados Reggae Festival kicked off on Sunday on Pirates Cove Beach with some great performances. Two top local mixologists, Philip ‘Casanova’ Antoine and Bryan ‘Fresh’ McLeod, were also working their magic in the VIP section. Some of the...

Commentary: Is radio still relevant?

April 25, 2017
Commentary: Is radio still relevant? Some weeks ago some friends and I were discussing how far along we have come with technology. Just think of all the technology available to afford us and interconnectivity like never before. My mother reminisced on the good old days when radio dramas were among the most exciting...

Animation training programme launched in Jamaica

April 24, 2017
Animation training programme launched in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- A project that seeks to train 150 young people annually for the global US$230-billion animation industry was launched in Jamaica on April 19. With an estimated investment of US$779,000, the Creative Industries Education and Employment Programme (CIEEP) aims to...

Commentary: Jamaica does not have a film industry

April 20, 2017
Commentary: Jamaica does not have a film industry I was having a conversation recently with some entertainment industry practitioners at a meeting convened by the film commissioner of the creative unit at the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), when someone said that Jamaica has a film industry – one that persons earned from...

Commentary: Needed: A code of ethics for hospitality entertainers?

April 19, 2017
Commentary: Needed: A code of ethics for hospitality entertainers? Throughout the Caribbean, the hospitality industry is regarded more than ever as one of the main revenue earners, and employment providers. Some countries take this for granted, as they have experienced the service sector to a greater extent than others. But if the hospitality industry is not...

Barbados prepares for this year's Reggae Festival

April 15, 2017
Barbados prepares for this year's Reggae Festival BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The annual Reggae Festival, organised by FAS Promotions, has been taking place in Barbados for the last 13 years, and on Wednesday managing director Al Gilkes hosted local media to a tour of the various locations where the Reggae Festival will take place.

Twenty minutes with reggae legend Don Carlos

April 12, 2017
Twenty minutes with reggae legend Don Carlos With his signature sweet voice and a successful career spanning over four decades, Don Carlos is unquestionably a legendary figure in reggae music. The worldwide appeal of Carlos’ unique style of conscious roots reggae music is well-documented; an often-cited example well-worth...

Grenada playwright to visit New York

April 1, 2017
Grenada playwright to visit New York NEW YORK, USA -- Grenada’s most famous playwright Francis Urias Peters, who studied at the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts, will be in New York on Saturday, April 8, at 6:00 pm, at the Tropical Reflection Ballroom for a fifth annual Spring Gala fundraising event.

Alliouagana Singers delight Montserrat

March 24, 2017
Alliouagana Singers delight Montserrat BRADES, Montserrat -- A welcome addition to the packed St Patrick’s programme here in Montserrat was a visit by the Alliouagana Singers, a Montserratian choral group based in London, who gave some uplifting and inspiring performances. The group was founded in the year 2000.

Twenty informative minutes with Fortunate Youth's frontman, Dan Kelly

March 24, 2017
Twenty informative minutes with Fortunate Youth's frontman, Dan Kelly LOS ANGELES, USA -- Fortunate Youth is a six-piece reggae band with roots in Hermosa Beach, California. Since 2009 it has toured heavily in the United States and overseas and its albums and individual songs consistently top the Billboard and iTunes reggae charts. The band just opened...

Commentary: Chuck Berry, 'the Father of Rock 'n' Roll'

March 24, 2017
Commentary: Chuck Berry, 'the Father of Rock 'n' Roll' I like Chuck Berry’s music well enough. But I’m hardly a fan. I never bought any of his records. I never attended any of his concerts. Yet I know enough about his pioneering role in the music industry to appreciate why he is hailed as “the father of rock ‘n’ roll.” But, with all due respect to Elvis, I suspect...

Commentary: The Mighty Chalkdust forgets history for opportunity

March 14, 2017
Commentary: The Mighty Chalkdust forgets history for opportunity It is a fact that some Caribbean intellectuals are opportunists and they know that their academic training makes it much easier for them to fit within the social movements for change of the time, when there is a vacuum. Now this time around in Trinidad and Tobago Calypso Monarch 2017...

Former Jamaican culture minister threatened over remarks about dancehall's violent lyrics

March 7, 2017
Former Jamaican culture minister threatened over remarks about dancehall's violent lyrics KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The debate over the potentially harmful influence of the dancehall culture on youth and whether it fuels crime and violence is nothing new in Jamaica, but nowhere is this more starkly illustrated than in the life and career of Adidja Palmer. Better known by his stage name...

Iconic Caribbean music festival returns to Anguilla next month

February 11, 2017
Iconic Caribbean music festival returns to Anguilla next month THE VALLEY, Anguilla -- The 27th annual Moonsplash Festival, known for being one of the most iconic reggae festivals in the region, will take place from March 9-12, 2017, on Rendezvous Bay Beach in Anguilla. Founded and still run by Anguilla's own Bankie Banx, a musical legend whose style...

CARIFESTA XIII to be bigger and better, says Barbados minister

January 24, 2017
CARIFESTA XIII to be bigger and better, says Barbados minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- CARIFESTA XIII will be like no other before it, minister of culture, sports and youth, Stephen Lashley, said last week as he updated members of the media on plans for Barbados’ hosting of the upcoming regional arts festival. Lashley stated that CARIFESTA...

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