WE’RE READY – Local entertainers are ready for the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Kickoff Weekend set for April 17-18
Freeport, Bahamas - The stage is set for an
explosive Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival (BJC) Kickoff weekend in Grand Bahama when
the legendary T-Connection and a Bahamian all-star lineup, including Jay
Mitchell, pull out all the stops at the first ever non-stop cultural party on
Thousands will flock to Taino
Beach, which is being transformed into a Cultural Village, to take part in the
all-day festivities beginning at 6:00 p.m. Friday and local entertainers are
hyped and ready for an electrifying showdown.
Ginger Moxey, organizer of the BJC Kickoff Weekend and Bahamas National Festival
Commission Consultant, stressed that there is something for everyone to enjoy
throughout the entire weekend at the Cultural Village.
“Our events cater to the entire community and we’re so excited about it.
We are so delighted to have the many entertainers, artists, DJs, other
performers, Junkanooers and artisans who have come onboard,” said Moxey.
“We will have live Bahamian music from day one when the party starts and
the 17 Bahamian artists who made it to the semifinals in the song competition of
the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival CD compilation will perform their original songs
on stage over the two days.”
Grand Bahama’s Terrell Tynes-Wilson and Georgina Ward-Rigby are among
A myriad of Bahamian entertainers are scheduled to take the stage on
Friday and Part I of the Music Masters
Concert is set to begin at 8:00 p.m.
Desmardo Finley, aka Stileet,
“the Rake ‘n’ Scrape General”, who has already experienced Carnival in Atlanta
and Miami, said he is overjoyed to be performing at Carnival at home.
“Trust me, it’s going to be
very exciting and epic. This is a fun time for family and the first Bahamas
Junkanoo Carnival that is going to be in Grand Bahama and we are going to party
like no other,” he said.
“It’s rake ‘n’ scrape time;
this is what you were waiting for and I want everybody to come out and have
Veteran entertainer Little Joe
Cartwright said he wrote a song about carnival long before it became reality
and can’t wait for the big day.
“We come to mash up the town;
we come to make everybody look bad. We’ll show you that the stage belongs to
me,” he said, adding that on that night his band will be performing the “three
badest songs” – In the Bahamas, Prime Time and Woman Ain’t Want No Good Man No
Fiona Wildgoose, of the Matrix
Band, Rake ‘n’ Scrape entertainer Ophie Webb and Wilfred Solomon all say they are,
too, looking forward to the weekend.
Dwayne Donaldson, aka DJ Scorpio, had a message for Grand Bahama from
all of his colleagues.
“We’re going to be bringing all of the DJs to you live. We have the top
DJs who will be bringing the music to you from all different genres. They’re
coming out to have a good time, so make sure you’re there. This is something
you don’t want to miss. We have all the best DJs, all the best artists one
time. This is the place you want to be,” said Donaldson.
Nat Cambridge, president of the Grand Bahama Entertainers, Musicians and
Artists Association support of the weekend event which highlights the Music
Masters Semi-Finals Concert.
“It is an exciting and innovative product that has been brought to Grand
Bahama that is going to expose our artists to the world and allow the world to
see the dynamics of Bahamian artists, the diversity of Bahamians artists, not
only singers and dancers, but as well as our DJs,” he said.
Music Masters Semi-Finals song competition will be immediately followed by an
all-star Bahamian concert with Jay Mitchell, Dyson Knight, Julien Believe and
Stileet. The DJs will have a Showcase and a Dance-Off by dance groups on the
island are also on the lineup.
Saturday evening, the second portion of the Music Masters Semi-Finals
competition, which will determine the Top 10 contestants who go on to the
Finals in New Providence on May 8, will be followed by performances by Avvy, D-Mac,
and the headliner, Grammy nominated artist, and Grand Bahama’s very own,
weekend will close out with fireworks and an all-star Junkanoo Rush-Out.
all roads lead to Nassau for the biggest signature street party on May 7th –
Tickets for the weekend are on
sale at Gizmos & Gadgets, Intercity Records in Port Lucaya and Kross Town Convenient
Store in Freeport and Eight Mile Rock.
For further information, contact the Grand Bahama Cultural Carnival
Company office at 602.5117.