Bahamas Junkanoo Summer Festival success for more exposure
- Jul 28, 2014 - 4:43:14 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas – Minister of Tourism
the Hon Obie Wilchcombe has touted the success of the Junkanoo Summer
Festival held during the month of July 2014.
Against the backdrop
of the 50th Anniversary of Tourism in the country, the festival was
held each weekend in July, which showcased the best in Junkanoo talent,
music from uniform groups and the Urban Renewal Marching Band, food, and
arts and craft items before crowds of thousands.
“The Bahamas is
renowned for its tourism, but they are talking about the hospitality,
they are talking about its service and the beauty of this country. So if
we work collectively to ensure that we deliver the best product, they
can understand how effective and how important it is to our economy,”
Mr. Wilchcombe said...
Miami Goombay Festival Celebrates Bahamas
- Jul 28, 2014 - 3:54:30 PM
MIAMI Florida - Miami is hosted the 38th
annual Miami/Bahamas Goombay Festival on July 26th in the Coconut Grove neighborhood, a community with prominent Bahamian
festival featured Bahamian entertainers and
a Junkanoo rushout parade showcasing intricate
costumes and rhythmic music featuring cowbells, goat-skin drums and
brass instruments. Performances were given by the Royal Bahamas Police
Force Pop Band, Qilla Fang, and Goldenchild. The Celebrity Artist,
Jamaal Rolle also exhibited his lifelike artwork...
Bahamas Carnival connects with Grand Bahama's cultural community
- Jul 25, 2014 - 5:42:14 PM
representation of the Junkanoo and cultural community recently attended a
forum presented by Team Bahamas Carnival, in an effort to learn more
about the scheduled carnival and its events. During the session held at
the Office of The Prime Minister, Freeport, the vision and objectives of
Bahamas Carnival were emphasized, as well as the economic opportunities
that this initiative provides for all those involved.
media houses throughout the second city welcomed Team Bahamas Carnival
as key updates were discussed regarding the scheduled events and
entrepreneurial opportunities. The radio show tour included, Love 97
northern, ZNS Radio and Mix 102.1FM to cover a diverse demographic. The
team comprised of Paul Major, Chairman, Roscoe Dames, CEO BNFC, Fred
Munnings, Commissioner, Percy Francis, BNFC Technical Advisor..
$30,000 raised for Rhythm & Youth Rake and Scrape band to travel to NYC
- Jul 25, 2014 - 3:53:12 PM
Bahamas - The Rhythm & Youth Rake and Scrape band are set to become
some of the newest and youngest ambassadors of Bahamian music in the
world. Formed just three years ago, the band is already receiving
international acclaim and has a date with a number of events in New York
City in October this year.
They are in need of $40,000 for the entourage to make the trip, as
they plan to make appearances on television shows, make university
visits, and more. They are well on their way after being presented with
a $30,200 cheque this month from Minister of Youth, Sports &
Culture, Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson. The funds came through a variety of
channels, including direct donations...
Bahamas National Youth Choir takes Washington, D.C. by Storm
- Jul 24, 2014 - 6:32:10 PM
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Bahamas National
Youth Choir took the Washington, D.C., area by storm over the weekend
with a series of performances that were highlights of events planned by
the Bahamas Embassy and Consular Annex to celebrate the 41st anniversary
of The Bahamas’ attainment of independence.
More than 150
Bahamians living in the Washington metropolitan area, friends of The
Bahamas and other special invited guests joined His Excellency Dr.
Eugene Newry, Bahamas Ambassador to the United States, Mrs. Paulette
Zonicle, Consul General to Washington, D.C., and other Bahamian
diplomatic officers at the official independence anniversary reception
held at the St. Regis Hotel, 923 16th and K Streets, N.W., in downtown
Washington on Friday evening.
More than 100 entries in National Festival Song Competition
- Jul 23, 2014 - 6:16:44 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas - The Bahamas National
Festival Commission (BNFC) announced at its Judges Orientation, on July
17, 2014, that more than 100 entrants in their song competition, with
more than 80 persons having already submitted their demos.
music is the driving force of any Carnival," said Ed Fields of the Song
Competition Committee. "We were trying to promote Bahamian music, to get
more Bahamian music on the world stage and to encourage Bahamians to
write more Bahamian music...
Over 25 registered companies attend Bahamas Carnival Road Fever Workshop
- Jul 23, 2014 - 4:18:53 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas] Approximately 120 entrepreneurs,
cultural leaders and Junkanoos participated in a two-day business workshop held
recently for companies registered for Road Fever, one of the four scheduled
events of Bahamas Carnival.
Specifically designed to empower participants with the tools
necessary to launch a successful business, the workshop also increased the
awareness of Bahamas Carnival, its goals and objectives.
Bahamas Carnival is a collage of Bahamian culture, a festive
occasion for Bahamians and visitors. The events are underpinned by indigenous
Bahamian cultural expressions, including music, art, and Junkanoo, setting the
stage for Bahamian recording artists to nurture their sound and express
themselves in front of a global audience..
The Anglican Chorale & Friends – Variety Concert “Celebrating The Joy Of Music”
- Jul 19, 2014 - 8:49:13 AM
Nassau, Bahamas - Under the patronage of The
Right Rev’d Laish Boyd, Sr. and Mrs. Boyd The Anglican Chorale and
Friends will present a variety concert: “Celebrating the Joy of Music”
at Christ Church Cathedral, George Street on Friday, 25th July, 2014,
commencing at 8:00 p.m.
In addition to The Anglican Chorale
featured performers will include The Bahamas Christian Chorale
(conducted by Darville “Sonny” Walkine), The Highgrove Singers
(conducted by Adrian Archer), The Bel-Canto Singers (conducted by
Eldridge McPhee), The Roman Catholic Diocesan Chorale (conducted by
Demetrius Delancy), and solo and instrumental performances by Karrington
McKenzie, Colyn Major, Danielle Dorsett, Ashley Minnis, Giovanni Clarke
and Brian Saunders.
Bahamas breaks world record for most conchs blown at one time
- Jul 18, 2014 - 3:22:20 PM
Nassau, New Providence - Bahamas breaks the Guinness World Record for the most
people blowing Conch Shells simultaneously. The record was achieved by
the 41st Independence Secretariat (Bahamas) at Clifford Park, Nassau,
Bahamas on 9th July, 2014 on the occasion of the Bahamas 41st
The old record for Conch Shell Blowing was 258
persons. The new record is now 295 persons. A total of 300 persons
participated in the history making event
Persons who were involved...
Introducing “The Current”: The Art Team At Baha Mar
- Jul 17, 2014 - 1:28:12 PM
Nassau, The Bahamas – With the vision to
exclusively use Bahamian visual art across Baha Mar’s $3.5 billion
campus, the curatorial art team at Baha Mar has created a brand of its
own, The Current, which will define and present dynamic art programming
at the luxury resort.
Electrifying the intersection between the
Baha Mar brand and the Bahamian art community, The Current gives agency
to the presence of Bahamian art within the development and creates a hub
for the compelling experience of Bahamian visual culture for both
guests and Bahamians alike...
Pam Burnside presents at IDB Caribbean Creative Conference in Washington
- Jul 17, 2014 - 10:59:47 AM
Pam Burnside, owner of
Doongalik Studios Art Gallery was recently invited to make a
presentation on the growth of the Bahamian Visual Arts at the Creatives
of the Caribbean Arts Festival based on the topic: “Fostering Economic
and Commercial Viability of the Caribbean Creative Economy”. The
Festival was a collaboration of the IDB, Smithsonian Institution, and
Caribbean In-Transit Arts Journal and it entailed (i) an art exhibition
from June 6th to August 29th; (ii) a concert on June 19th headlined by
Ms. Alison Hinds and featuring performances by the Ambassador for St.
Kitts and Nevis, as well as the Positive Vibrations Youth Steel
Orchestra; and (iii) a panel seminar “Voices of Caribbean Creatives” to
draw attention to the economic impact of the creative industries in the
Caribbean, and to promote comprehensive development of this sector.
41 Bahamian Cultural Legends Honoured
- Jul 11, 2014 - 10:14:26 AM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Forty-one cultural giants were surrounded by government officials,
friends and family recently as they were honoured during an art
exhibition at Pompey Square.The event was part of the 41st independence
anniversary celebrations of The Bahamas.
cultural legends included names synonymous with features of Bahamian
culture like art, music, writers, theatre and of course Junkanoo.
legends that made the list were Alphonzo ‘Blind Blake’ Higgs, Amos
Ferguson, Antonious Roberts, BahaMen, Becky Chipman, Beginning of the
End, Brent Malone, Bernard “Buttercup” Ferguson, Charles Carter,
Cleophas Adderley, Count Bernadino, E. Clement Bethel, Eddie Minnis,
Ezra Hepburn, Freddie Munnings Sr., George...
The Hope Ball seeks submissions for Cancer Survivor Portrait Series
- Jul 11, 2014 - 3:59:26 AM
Freeport, Bahamas -
This dynamic group of young artists from
New Providence share the common
principal that combines the values of Health and Wellness with Art and
Beauty. The Grand Bahama community and especially the Grand Bahama
Cancer Society is honoured that this diverse group of artists have come
together and are using their talents to immortalize our diverse group of
cancer survivors in art.
Cancer Survivor’s Portrait Series
will be revealed at the first annual
Lavender Affair to be held
30th, 2014 at Le Chateau on the Green (former Waterworld) and the Grand
Bahama Community is encouraged to support this worthy cause by
attending. Cancer survivor stories and photos are still being accepted for consideration to be included in the series...
Bahamian author launches 4th book, "Prophetic Birthing"
- Jul 11, 2014 - 1:21:18 AM
Nassau, Bahamas -
Bahamian born author and spiritual advisor Dr. Randy E. Simmons, debuts
his fourth book which has been in the making for four years – a book he
says that offers "pure prophetic utterances."
you believe in Prophetic Birthing; Spiritual Impregnation; The Womb
Man; the Hand Maid or Spiritual Connections, is not the most important
thing. What is important is that God's people began to feel an Intimacy
with Him again; they begin to Know Him again; they began to feel His
presence again; and indeed many who thought that their 'wombs' were
barren are now learning that it is God who brings to the birth.”
Simmons lends his voice to that of the many Bahamian authors, such as
Dr. Myles Munroe, who spoke profound and deep utterances on spiritual
birthing and being “pregnant”; so much so that a generation of young
Bahamians was transformed.
Bahamas National Youth Choir to perform in New York
- Jul 9, 2014 - 8:29:01 PM
The Permanent Mission of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas to the United Nations & Bahamian American Cultural
Society, Inc. Bahamas National Youth Choir Cleophas Adderley, Artistic
& Musical Director
July 15th, 2014 at 8:00pm
Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN)
537 West 59th Street, New York, NY (BTW 10th and 11th Avenues)
July 16th, 2014 at 6:00pm
United Nations Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium
480 East 42nd Street New York, NY (@ First Avenue)
Florida author gifts books to Bahamas Governor General
- Jul 8, 2014 - 3:02:51 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - Author, Dr. Margaret Mitchell Armand during a visit
to The Bahamas from Florida in early June 2014, paid a courtesy call on H.E.
Sir Arthur Foulkes and his wife Lady Joan at Government House in Nassau where
she presented two of her books to their Excellencies. Sir Arthur Foulkes is the 8th
Governor General of The Bahamas and is due to retire on July 7, 2014. Both he
and his wife were delighted to receive the author and they discussed cultural
relations between Haiti and The Bahamas as well as Florida.
The book presentations included “Finding Erzili, a
book of poetry and the other, “Healing in the Homeland: Haitian Vodou
Tradition” examines the socio-cultural and economic oppression
stemming from the local and international derived politics and religious
economic oppression. Armand’s book is a “study
of conflict analysis and conflict resolution and peace building from a
Marion Bethel presented with 11th Triennial Award For Women
- Jul 4, 2014 - 2:32:11 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is an acceptance speech by Marion Bethel:
It is with profound
gratitude and thankfulness that I accept this Eleventh CARICOM Triennial
Award for Women. It is an award that speaks to CARICOM’s highest
aspirations for women in the Caribbean and, indeed, the world – that for
all the violence, cruelty, inequity and injustice that women face
regionally and globally, this is not our destiny. Women’s creativity,
imagination and perseverance as anchored in our social agency, political
actions and work do matter for they are the foundation of our reach
towards equity, social justice and peace...
Bahamas government to honour 41 “Culture Warriors”
- Jul 1, 2014 - 5:46:05 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - There are numerous Bahamians
who have dedicated their lives to the cultural development and
enrichment of The Bahamas. Their significant contributions to the arts,
be it the spoken word through storytelling and the oral tradition, the
written word through poetry, prose and literature, religion, music, song
writing or dance, have both defined and embellished our national
character and identity over many generations.
The government of The Bahamas readily acknowledges their invaluable
contributions, but concedes that the country has not done enough to
fully recognize, honour and pay tribute to our national treasures. Prime
Minister Christie has been quite vocal on this issue and has proclaimed
2014 the year of Culture...
Uniquely Bahamian: From Hobby to Handmade Treasures
- Jun 27, 2014 - 12:09:30 PM
BAHA Mar, the $3.5 billion luxury resort is bringing The Bahamas to the world-stage in a way that has never been done before.
Bahamian, a family-owned accessories store that will be one of the
retailers at Baha Mar, is at the forefront of this opportunity. The
store, a sister company of fine jeweler Jewels by the Sea, was
established in 2000 by husband and wife team, Alison and Betty-Jane Dean
and sells specialty items handmade by local artisans.
store will become a part of the unparalleled shopping experience at
Baha Mar; one that is modern and global in its appeal yet offers an
authentic feel of The Bahamas, showcasing the best that our country has
Jack Hayward High: Young Men and Women, Art and the Community!
- Jun 27, 2014 - 10:11:17 AM
Freeport, Grand Bahama - I would like to
introduce you to the first group of young artists on the Island of Grand
Bahama, who love and cherish their talents, and are willing to
sacrifice time and energy to paint for a community service project.
These young people I am writing about, most are young men along with a
few young women, who attend the Jack Hayward High School. They are all
eleventh grade, Commercial Art students, under the instruction of Mrs.
An opportunity was presented to Mrs.
Robinson to engage the help of students to work on a collaborative
painting project. Create a 'Polyptych' of nine individual paintings
based on the theme 'Science'. 1. Felecia Trought, 2. Andrew Russell, 3.
Sasha Roberts, 4. Emmanuel Smith, 5. Trevonte' Adderley, 6. Akia
Rahming, 7. Andrew Thomas, 8. Asiyah Robinson, former student of Lucaya
International, 9. Cameron Pennington. The students are excited with what
they have done so far, and can't wait to see the finished work...