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Straw Vendors of New Providence Give Donations to Straw Vendors in Exuma‏ - Apr 24, 2015 - 10:29:36 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Vendors of the New Providence Straw Market Authority gave a monetary donation as well as straw work to Philip 'Brave' Davis, DPM and Minister of Works and Urban Development, centre, on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, to help the straw vendors in Exuma, whose straw market was destroyed by fire last week...
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Grand Bahama Health Services takes floating trophy in BJC Beach Olympics - Apr 24, 2015 - 5:01:37 PM

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Freeport, BAHAMAS  – The Grand Bahama Health Services Bahamas Shock Wavers now has bragging rights as the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival (BJC) 2015 Beach Olympics Winners, following an impressive showing at the games on Saturday, April 18th on Taino Beach.

Seven teams, including the Cable Bahamas Connection, Grand Bahama Shipyard Sharks, Grand Bahama Port Authority Regulators, Polymers International Ltd. Reactors, Grand Bahama Health Services Shock Wavers, Grand Bahama Power Company and the Ministry for Grand Bahama, participated in the Beach Olympics, toughing it out through a rigorous obstacle course, Tug O’ War, Dunk Tank, Basketball and Volley Ball competitions...
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Cultural warrior, Raphael Munnings honoured at St. John’s - Apr 24, 2015 - 2:08:55 PM


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NASSAU, The Bahamas – St. John’s College Alumnus Raphael Munnings, leader of the famous ‘Beginning of the End’ band of “Funky Nassau” fame was honoured at a Special Assembly at the school on Thursday morning.

Students from primary through secondary school levels learned of his achievements as an international entertainer – his band “Beginning of the End” was named one of the ‘41 Bahamian Cultural Warriors’ acclaimed during the Bahamas 41st Independence Anniversary Celebrations in 2014. The band’s hit song “Funky Nassau” sold a million copies in 1971.

Arts & Culture : Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Kickoff Delivered in Grand Style - Apr 24, 2015 - 1:56:19 PM

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Freeport, BAHAMAS – Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival (BJC) Kickoff Weekend in Grand Bahama sounded off with a bang Friday night with live Bahamian performances and fireworks and closed out with a massive Junkanoo rushout turned street party that lasted well into the morning hours on Sunday.

While there was an exciting lineup of entertainment, including the 17 semi-finalists in the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Music Masters Song Competition, the two-day festival climaxed with the sounds of the Legendary T-Connection, who certainly did not disappoint. In epic-style, some of the country’s most celebrated artists also graced the grand stage, and gave show-stopping performances, including Jay Mitchell, Dyson Knight, Julien Believe, Stileet, Avvy and D-Mac...
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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Music Masters Competition Finalists Announced - Apr 24, 2015 - 1:27:34 PM

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FREEPORT, Bahamas — Nine semi-finalists with ten songs will move on to the final round of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival’s first Music Masters competition to vie for the $20,000 grand prize on May 8th,, 2015 in Nassau, Bahamas

The first round of competition was held on April 17th and the second on April 18th in Freeport, Grand Bahama. The semifinalists are: Colyn McDonald- Carnival Is Here & Jump and Carry On, Ericka ‘Lady E’ Symonette – My Islands in the Sun, Sammi Starr – Everybody Jump in Da Line, Chris ‘Sketch’ Carey – Rushing Down the Road, Sonovia Pierre – Junkanoo Carnival Party, Bodine Johnson – All day All Night, Georgina Ward-Rigby – In the Carnival, Ian McQuay – Going Home, and Tyrone ‘Plati’ Dread – Junkanoo Rock...
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Bahamas Brass Band performs in Haiti - Apr 24, 2015 - 12:28:43 PM

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The Bahamas Brass Band traveled to Port Au Prince Haiti on April 9th for the Church of God of Prophecy's National Convention located on Roosevelt Street at their Convention Centre.

Prior to this trip, the band had not been to Haiti since 1984, when it was under the directorship of the late Bishop Arthur Ferguson. "On that trip we carried 19 band men," said band member, Perez A. Burrows
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"However, this trip we carried 17 band men under the directorship of Bro. David G. Beneby, National Band Director and his assistant Pastor Barry B. Morris J.P."

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Grand Bahama Still Abuzz About Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival - Apr 23, 2015 - 2:13:16 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama Two days following the closure of the opening segment of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival 2015, residents on Grand Bahama and in fact many visitors to the island were talking about the success of the event.

Thousands of residents and visitors flocked to Taino Beach for the two-day festivity this past Friday and Saturday as the island of Grand Bahama was buzzing with the sounds of Bahamian music, dance, food and other things that make up the Bahamian culture including the pulsating sounds of Junkanoo.

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie, who at age 71...
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E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival in North Eleuthera‏ - Apr 23, 2015 - 2:10:54 PM

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SPANISH WELLS, The Bahamas – The E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival adjudicated school students of North Eleuthera at Samuel Guy Pinder All-Age School, Spanish Wells, on Friday, April 17.   BIS Photos by Patrick Hanna.

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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Pictorial - Apr 22, 2015 - 3:18:00 PM


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Freeport, Grand Bahama - Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival launched with a happy splash on Friday night and continued into Saturday with Bahamians and visitors alike still talking about the great time they had.

Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe, spent some time mingling with residents and visitors during the official launch of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival on Friday night at Taino Beach. The official launch was a two-day event, leading up to the main event, Road Fever, being held in Nassau on May 9.
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DPM Takes in Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival in Grand Bahama - Apr 21, 2015 - 9:24:22 PM

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FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Music, culture, food and festivities were the main ingredients of the successful launch of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival at Taino Beach on Friday and Saturday nights.

Thousands of residents and visitors, led by Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, as well as Deputy Prime Minister, Philip 'Brave' Davis, and other members of the Cabinet, headed to the cultural festival, the largest ever in Grand Bahama.

Taino Beach, normally a quiet picturesque area, known for residents to simply enjoy the beach, play area or Tony Macaroni's...
Arts & Culture : Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
Grand Bahama’s Junkanoo Carnival Team Says ‘Heartfelt Thanks’ - Apr 21, 2015 - 1:02:35 PM

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Freeport, Bahamas - A Heartfelt Thanks Press Conference was held at the Grand Bahama Junkanoo Carnival Headquarters on Monday, April 20, 2015 to convey appreciation to everyone who gave so much of themselves to make the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival kickoff at Taino Beach on the weekend a wonderful success.

Mrs. Ginger Moxey thanked all who helped make the moment in time memorable: especially Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie who conceptualized Junkanoo Carnival; Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe; Minister for Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson; Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville...
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E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival in Eleuthera‏ - Apr 20, 2015 - 10:00:23 AM

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ELEUTHERA, The Bahamas --  E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival, April 16.  BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna.

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Inaugural Bimini Junior Junkanoo Parade a Success - Apr 19, 2015 - 7:25:26 PM

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Bimini, Bahamas –The first annual Bimini Junior Junkanoo Parade presented by Resorts World Bimini (RWB) was a tremendous success, so much so that the organizers of the event are beaming with pride that the parade was so well received. A large crowd of locals and visitors alike gathered at the Bayfront Park in North Bimini for the parade which featured scores of the island’s children – from preschoolers all the way up to teens – displaying remarkable skills in drumming, cow belling, dancing and more.

Three groups performed during the parade namely, the Bimini Stars (Pre School) who presented the theme Bimini Under the Sea...
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Entertainment Lineup for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Grand Bahama Weekend Kickof - Apr 18, 2015 - 12:06:22 PM

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The time has arrived for the Grand Bahama Junkanoo Carnival Kickoff Weekend!  Taino Beach has been transformed into "Da Cultural Village" and there is something for everyone.

There will be two days packed full of events for the entire family!

Check out the entertainment lineup...
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BNFC Announces Rules & Regulations For Road Fever Event - Apr 16, 2015 - 8:21:48 PM

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NASSAU, Bahamas — The Bahamas National Festival Commission has announced the rules and regulations of the Road Fever event, reinforcing that only persons attired in costumes provided by registered Junkanoo Carnival Companies will be allowed on the route.

Scheduled for May 9th, the Road Fever competition has 28 groups registered to offer packages to the public.

“Only through these Junkanoo Carnival Companies will participants be allowed on the parade,” said CEO of the BNFC Roscoe Dames. “And only costumes purchased from one of these companies are authorized for participation...
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S. Florida radio station promoting Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival - Apr 16, 2015 - 4:59:05 PM

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A Liberty City, Miami, based Social Worker and his wife, will travel to Grand Bahama with Hot 105 FM’s Radio Personality, “James T” this weekend to enjoy the festivities, excitement and celebrations of the first ever Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.

Lionel Lightbourne, is the winner of a coveted trip that was sponsored by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, the Grand Lucayan Resort, Freeport, Grand Bahama and the Belearia Ferry Express. An excited Mr. Lightbourne shared, “For months my wife and I have been talking about needing a break. ”Speaking on behalf of his wife, schoolteacher, Tonya Watkins, he added, “This trip is the answer to our prayers and is going to be exactly what we need to rejuvenate...”
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Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera‏ National Arts Festival Photos - Apr 16, 2015 - 1:22:53 PM

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TARPUM BAY, Eleuthera - E . Clement Bethel National Arts Festival at Tarpum Bay Primary School, South Eleuthera.   BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna.

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Rum Cay's E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival performances underway - Apr 15, 2015 - 4:25:32 PM

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RUM CAY, The Bahamas - The E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival has moved to the Family Islands, after performances of music, dance and drama in New Providence and Freeport.  Photos by BIS Photographer Patrick Hanna present Rum Cay students, April 14.

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Grand Bahama Set For Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Kick Off Weekend - Apr 15, 2015 - 12:23:38 PM

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FREEPORT, Bahamas – Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival (BJC) fever is in the air and all systems are go as Grand Bahama makes ready for the biggest non-stop cultural kickoff party the island has ever seen set for this weekend on Taino Beach.

“This Grand Bahama weekend is the official start to the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival 2015 season,” said Roscoe Dames, C.E.O of the Bahamas National Festival Commission. “The island’s attractions and culture will be displayed on a never-before-seen platform, highlighting all things Bahamian in a manner that everyone in The Bahamas can be proud of...”
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Grand Bahama set for BJC Kickoff Weekend - Apr 14, 2015 - 12:29:59 PM


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Freeport, BAHAMAS – Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival (BJC) fever is in the air and all systems are go as Grand Bahama makes ready for the biggest non-stop cultural kickoff party the island has ever seen set for this weekend on Taino Beach.

The BJC committee met at Worker’s House over the weekend with team leaders and their workers, vendors, volunteers, Junkanooers,fitness instructors,artists,DJs and local performers to finalize plans for the Taino Beach site which is being transformed into a Cultural Village.

Organizers are working hand in hand with the Ministry for Grand Bahama, Ministry of Tourism, Royal Bahamas Police Force...
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