Sammi Star Wins First Ever Music Masters Competition
- May 13, 2015 - 12:00:07 PM
The Bahamas -- Sammi Star won the Music Masters competition during the first
ever Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival with his song “Everybody Jump in the Line.”
Star and nine other finalists performed to thousands of excited spectators on
the second night of the Carnival at Clifford Park, Friday, May 8, 2015.
entertainer went home with the $20,000 grand prize and a promotional
partnership with international music conglomerate Sony Music Entertainment
Artisans Want to Expand through Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
- May 13, 2015 - 10:52:32 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Bahamian Cottage
Industry workers like the concept of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival and want
to see it expand to support their souvenir-making businesses.
1994, I have been doing crafts but I took a sabbatical and now I’m back
and focusing on only straw products that are indigenous and authentic,
and promoting Bahamian culture,” said Collette Ferguson of ‘Coco Reef
“This is actually an opportunity to get exposure, and [for] people to understand my art and where I am coming from...
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival…Dawn of Something New
- May 12, 2015 - 3:53:00 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Prime Minister,
the Right Hon. Perry G. Christie officially opened Nassau’s first-ever
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival on Thursday, May 7, in a beachside ceremony at
the Western Esplanade. As he addressed spectators of all walks of life,
in the air was the excitement of the dawn of something new.
Prime Minister told the crowd he was ‘optimistic’ about the new festival
and felt that it would bring great opportunities for Bahamians over the
coming years. With three days of fun ahead of them, the crowd was ready
to experience carnival -- with a Bahamian flavour, lots of music, and
the magical ambience of gorgeous sand and sea in the background...
‘Ophie and the Webbsites’ and ‘Tuff Skins’ Bring Rake ‘n’ Scrape Music to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
- May 12, 2015 - 12:45:26 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas - Exposing
Bahamian Rake ‘n’ Scrape artists to the international stage gives
residents and visitors a full understanding of what it is to be a
A group from Arthur’s Town, Cat Island, the Webb Family
– called ‘Ophie and the Webbsites’ -- brought Rake ‘n’ Scrape to
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival this weekend.
Cleophas Webb said his
family has played Rake ‘n’ Scrape from the time he was a child; he
learned it from his father and grandfather, and all of the children
play. It’s regularly played in Cat Island for weddings ...
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival's Mega Concert Photos with Baha Men and Machel Montano
- May 12, 2015 - 10:28:00 AM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival scenes at the Mega Stage at Clifford park
that featured early in the evening on Friday, Visage and international
artists; the Music Masters Competition Finals with Sammi Starr as the
winner for his "Everybody Jump in Da Line"; and into the early hours of
Saturday morning Baha Men and Machel Montano...
Grand Bahama makes its mark in Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
- May 11, 2015 - 5:40:03 PM
Nassau, New Providence – A Grand Bahama contingent, over
250- strong, did its island proud in the historic inaugural Bahamas Junkanoo
Carnival which spanned over a three-day period in New Providence.
The Bahamas rolled out the red carpet for its
residents and visitors May 7-9 to show off its unique culture, called Junkanoo,
warm hospitality, arts and crafts and signature dishes.
The impressive display was staged at Arawak
Cay, which was transformed into ‘Da Cultural Village,’ and Clifford Park, which
were also the backdrops of the hottest evening entertainment where Bahamians,
legends and newcomers, shared the spotlight with international artists from Trinidad,
Colombia and Haiti...
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival - Road Fever
- May 10, 2015 - 7:21:08 PM
Providence - Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival's Road Fever is the original
Bahamian masquerade street party that closed out the annual Bahamas
Junkanoo Carnival on May 8th and ran from 11am to 8pm.
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival gets underway in Nassau
- May 8, 2015 - 2:29:44 PM
Carnival got underway last night in Nassau, as thousands turned out to
the opening ceremony dubbed Junkamania. Performances were given by
Visage with Alison Hinds, Skinny Fabulous and Julien Believe.
There were three other stages: Rake 'n Scrape; Bahamia; and Junkanoo
at 8pm the Music Masters top ten finalists will compete for the $20,000
cash prize at Clifford Park. Special performances by Baha Men and
Machel Montano along with one of Haiti's top music groups.
The Arts Pavilion to be included in Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
- May 6, 2015 - 6:48:52 PM
The Arts Pavilion
officially announced its inclusion within Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival at its
press conference on Monday, May 4th at Hillside House. Paul Major, Chairman of
The Bahamas National Festival Commission and Craig Woods, Film Commissioner of
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism joined Antonius Roberts, Curator of The Arts
Pavilion along with participating artists to share the important role The Arts
Pavilion hopes to play as it takes its place at Hillside House this
The Arts Pavilion was
inspired by an invitation from The Bahamas National Festival Commission to include
a visual arts component within Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival. It is an open gallery
All roads lead to New Providence for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
- May 4, 2015 - 2:29:22 PM
Freeport, BAHAMAS – With only two days left
before The Bahamas stages yet another inaugural world class event, ‘The
Grand Life’ team based in Freeport, Grand Bahama, has already begun
making its way into New Providence where all roads now lead for the
highly anticipated Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.
The momentum has
been building for months to what is touted to be the largest cultural
street festival in the country to date, come May 7-9, 2015...
Bahamian meteorologist / author supported by Royal Star Assurance
- May 1, 2015 - 9:25:21 AM
New Providence - Royal Star Assurance recently presented a sponsorship
cheque to Bahamian meteorologist and best-selling
author Wayne Neely for his latest book on hurricanes called, ‘The
Deadliest Hurricanes of The Bahamas, the Caribbean and the Americas.’
This new book will be released in
July of this year. It highlights some of the greatest and the deadliest
hurricanes of The Bahamas, Caribbean and the Americas and because of the recent
record breaking damage that these hurricanes have inflicted to us here in The
Bahamas and the region as a whole; it is a very timely book...
Grand Bahama Health Services takes floating trophy in BJC Beach Olympics
- Apr 24, 2015 - 5:01:37 PM
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...
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Kickoff Delivered in Grand Style
- Apr 24, 2015 - 1:56:19 PM
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...
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Music Masters Competition Finalists Announced
- Apr 24, 2015 - 1:27:34 PM
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
first round of competition was held on April 17th and the second on
April 18th in Freeport, Grand Bahama. The semifinalists are: Colyn
Carnival Is Here & Jump and Carry On, Ericka ‘Lady E’
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
In the Carnival, Ian McQuay –
Going Home, and Tyrone ‘Plati’
Grand Bahama Still Abuzz About Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
- Apr 23, 2015 - 2:13:16 PM
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
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
Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie, who at
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Pictorial
- Apr 22, 2015 - 3:18:00 PM
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.
of Tourism, the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe, spent some time mingling with residents
and visitors during the official launch of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
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
DPM Takes in Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival in Grand Bahama
- Apr 21, 2015 - 9:24:22 PM
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
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
Taino Beach, normally
a quiet picturesque area, known for residents to simply enjoy the beach, play
area or Tony Macaroni's...
Grand Bahama’s Junkanoo Carnival Team Says ‘Heartfelt Thanks’
- Apr 21, 2015 - 1:02:35 PM
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
T-Connection to perform at Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Kickoff Weekend
- Apr 18, 2015 - 3:04:45 PM
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...
Junkanoo Carnival Launches in Freeport, Grand Bahama
- Apr 18, 2015 - 2:47:46 PM
Grand Bahama – Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie addressed the launch
of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival at Taino Beach in Freeport on Friday night. Joining the Prime Minister at the successful
launch were Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe, Minister
of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson, CEO of BTC Leon
Williams, Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, and Saxons
Leader Percy ‘Vola’ Francis.
photos show some of the good times and performers...