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Sammi Star Wins First Ever Music Masters Competition - May 13, 2015 - 12:00:07 PM


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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Sammi Star won the Music Masters competition during the first ever Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival with his song “Everybody Jump in the Line.”

Sammi 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.

The entertainer went home with the $20,000 grand prize and a promotional partnership with international music conglomerate Sony Music Entertainment (SONY)...

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Artisans Want to Expand through Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival - May 13, 2015 - 10:52:32 AM

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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.

“Since 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 Crafts.’

“This is actually an opportunity to get exposure, and [for] people to understand my art and where I am coming from...
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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival…Dawn of Something New - May 12, 2015 - 3:53:00 PM

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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.

The 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...
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‘Ophie and the Webbsites’ and ‘Tuff Skins’ Bring Rake ‘n’ Scrape Music to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival - May 12, 2015 - 12:45:26 PM

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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 Bahamian.

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 ...
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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival's Mega Concert Photos with Baha Men and Machel Montano‏ - May 12, 2015 - 10:28:00 AM

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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...
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Grand Bahama makes its mark in Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival - May 11, 2015 - 5:40:03 PM

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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...

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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival - Road Fever‏ - May 10, 2015 - 7:21:08 PM

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Nassau, New 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.

Photos enclosed...
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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival gets underway in Nassau - May 8, 2015 - 2:29:44 PM

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Bahamas Junkanoo 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

Tonight 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.
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The Arts Pavilion to be included in Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival - May 6, 2015 - 6:48:52 PM

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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 weekend.

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 space designed...
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All roads lead to New Providence for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival - May 4, 2015 - 2:29:22 PM

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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...
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Bahamian meteorologist / author supported by Royal Star Assurance - May 1, 2015 - 9:25:21 AM

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Nassau, 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 Greatest and 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...
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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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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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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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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...
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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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T-Connection to perform at Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Kickoff Weekend - Apr 18, 2015 - 3:04:45 PM

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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 April 17-18.

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...

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Junkanoo Carnival Launches in Freeport, Grand Bahama - Apr 18, 2015 - 2:47:46 PM

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FREEPORT, 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.  

Other photos show some of the good times and performers...
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