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Johnny Kemp memorial concert set for Grand Bahama - May 5, 2015 - 3:30:45 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - The family of the late Johnny Kemp Jr. has commissioned the Grand Bahama Entertainers Musicians and Artists Association (G.B.E.M.A.A.) to organize a memorial concert on the evening of Friday May 15th, 2015, in order to afford friends of the late Mr. Kemp and of the Kemp Family to commiserate and share in a moment of remembrance and closure as they prepare to lay Johnny to rest. 

As the Taino Beach area was one of Johnny’s favorite spots to regenerate and relax on Grand Bahama, and the family felt it only fitting that this venue be the location of his memorial concert...
Bahamian actor lands costar role on CBS series, "Extant" - May 1, 2015 - 9:08:56 PM

The Bahamas Weekly has been following the career of Bahamian Jamaal Hepburn for some time now, and each year the young LA-based actor lands more and more prominent roles.

We are pleased to share that he's just completed work as a costar on the CBS science fiction drama series "Extant." The show is produced by Steven Spielberg and has Halle Berry as its lead. Extant centers around astronaut (Berry) who returns home from a year-long solo mission and attempts to reconnect with her family. A series of events unfold that will change the course of human history...
FREE Concert at The Marina Under the Stars with UPPERCUT May 30th, 2015 - Apr 30, 2015 - 6:44:16 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - UPPERCUT returns to the Dive In Marina Bar & Restaurant at UNEXSO Saturday, MAY 30th, 2015.

Our monthly 'Concerts at the Marina under the stars with Uppercut' are all about providing unique musical experiences for those bored of the same old sh... Couple authentic LIVE music of a FULL BAND of great musicians along with tasty waterside dining and cocktails at the Dive In, and you've one heck of an awesome night out!

JOIN US at The Dive In for an amazing evening with the band that everybody's talking about, Uppercut! Their eclectic blend of Classic Rock,Reggae, Rap, Contemporary, Disco, Blues, Calypsoca music is perfect to enjoy whilst sipping cocktails and enjoying succulent marina-side dining, overlooking the luxurious yachts at Port Lucaya. At the...

Parallax rides a "Bahama Blue" tide to World Oceans Day - Apr 24, 2015 - 3:23:25 PM

VANCOUVER, Canada  - World Oceans Day has taken on new meaning to the production team at Parallax Film Productions. After spending months filming their latest project called Bahama Blue, a bunker oil spill occurred in their hometown Vancouver, just as they were delivering the final episodes.

“We just have a new appreciation for how catastrophic an event like this can be. We know how vulnerable many species are to manmade pollution,” says Director and Executive Producer Ian Herring, “It’s a shame that we only truly appreciate wildlife when it’s threatened or gone.”

The team chose a different theme for their series, though, to capture the beauty and diversity of wildlife in the Bahamas. “
Arts & Culture : Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
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

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...
(Video) Teddy Riley Pays Tribute to Johnny Kemp During Tom Joyner Cruise Performance - Apr 24, 2015 - 2:19:12 AM

After the sudden and mysterious death of the beloved Bahamian musical icon, Johnny Kemp in Jamaica last week, we have learned that he was supposed to join up with the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage which was at sea from April 11 - 19.
The cruise was said to host Jennifer Hudson, R. Kelley, Fantasia, Earth Wind and Fire, LL Cool, The Jacksons, and TLC. According to reports, Kemp's body was discovered floating off a beach on Thursday, April 16th. 

On that Tom Joyner Cruise, songwriter and producer, Teddy Riley paid tribute to the late Johnny Kemp.

"There’s one thing that I want to tell everybody," said Riley... 
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Kirkland 'KB' Bodie: The Power of Persuasion - Apr 22, 2015 - 11:30:56 PM

From the beginning I knew that it would be hard for fifty dollars to overcome nine million dollars, but I said let me give it a try anyway.

I knew that with nine million dollars you could purchase radio, print media, private bloggers and any amount of social media hounds to push your agenda and yes they did, but I kept on trying, just for the sake of protecting and preserving our fragile culture.

So when I saw the live stream of the so-called Carnival event in Grand Bahama, I was happy to see that they emulated the template...

Latin celebrities spotted at Resorts World Bimini - Apr 22, 2015 - 1:46:53 PM

Telemundo telenovela stars Carlos Ponce and Ximena Duque are all smiles as they spend a relaxing weekend at Resorts World Bimini in The Bahamas. The soap opera stars were on the island to celebrate the birthday of Latin Grammy Award winner Luis Fonsi who owns a home at the Resort. Throughout the last few months, Resorts World Bimini has been a retreat for various celebrities including actress Gabrielle Union; Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade; New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski; Telemundo’s Rachel Diaz and award-winning musician, Questlove.

Also, Latin Grammy Award winner Luis Fonsi recently celebrated his birthday with family and friends at Resorts World Bimini...
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Veteran Comedian / Actress and Local Doctor Joins Pilot Club of Lucaya - Apr 22, 2015 - 3:19:47 AM

Her name, face and bubbly personality is no stranger to the Grand Bahama Community or indeed the entire Bahamas as she can be seen on local T.V. commercials, radio ads and of course stage plays and comedy shows. It is indeed an honour to welcome Mrs. Patrice Johnson as one of our newest Pilot Sister. Mrs. Johnson stated that for years she had admired the work of the Pilots throughout the community and in particular their work in educating the public about brain related disorders, which is a signature programme of Pilots International...
Bahamian legend, Johnny Kemp passes suddenly at age 55 - Apr 17, 2015 - 6:50:33 PM

We are saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Bahamian music legend, Johnny Kemp. He died on April 16th. He was 55. Details on the cause of death are yet to be confirmed.

Born August 2, 1959, Kemp Johnny Kemp began singing in nightclubs in the Bahamas at the age of 13. He moved to New York in 1979 with the band "Kinky Fox." His self-titled debut album came out in 1986 and he scored a minor hit with "Just Another Lover."

Kemp is likely most known for "Just Got Paid" an "all-star finale" on Keith Sweat's 2007 DVD Sweat Hotel Live, recorded at a February 2006...
Adria releases "Breakdown" music video - Apr 17, 2015 - 9:11:37 AM

Native to the beautiful islands of the Bahamas, 22 year old singer, songwriter, and producer Adria is intent on making her mark. With sweet, soft vocals and a few jazzy harmonies here and there, her sound is quite refreshing.

Registered under the username "shugabbunni" on YouTube, she uploaded videos showcasing her musical talents, gaining over 1,000 subscribers at the age of 16. "Breakdown" was the first single released from my first EP called "Amaretto". The song was dreamed up while thinking of a very interesting relationship. You've gotta know when to let things go before you lose the person entirely. You want things to work but they won't and you know it's poisonous to stay.
Bahamian rap group Da Gattens Boyz release GET AWAY - Apr 17, 2015 - 4:43:56 AM

'Da Gittens Boyz' is the current name of the new born rap group from the Bahamas. Also known as 'DGB', this group consists of 2 brothers Latrell Gittens (Tunda) 28 & Michael Gittens (T'O) 25. Growing up, Tunda and T'O played the snare and bass drum in the church band and also sang in the children's choir. They would harmonize and make riddles of there own, which caused their love for music to grow tremendously. Tunda began composing music on the computer with a software back then commonly known as 'Fruityloops'.

As time went on they formed a group in high school then known as 'Da All StarzZ'. 'DAS' was a 4 man group that took off with a mixtape track called "Flip flopz". The success of this track opened doors on the radio locally...
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Tourism Showcased 2015 ‘It’s A Bahamian Ting’ Concert at Arawak Cay - Apr 13, 2015 - 2:43:56 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Thousands of Bahamians, young and old, joined The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism this weekend at the 2015 ‘It’s a Bahamian Ting’ Concert, held on Saturday, April 11th, at Arawak Cay from 7 PM until the wee hours.

The live extravaganza featured all local performing artists and showcased free-to-the-public performances, as the Ministry begins the countdown to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Festival this coming Thursday.

“This is a great event and it’s always good to bring our people together to celebrate who we are and what we are, and to refresh ourselves. We speak through our music, we speak through our culture...
Tony Bennett enjoys smooth jazz in The Bahamas - Apr 10, 2015 - 9:12:29 AM

Bahamian saxophonist Travis Bodie  performs solo down at the beach front bar, Dune at the prestigious One&Only Ocean Club on Paradise Island in The Bahamas. 

Imagine his surprise to see Tony Bennett sitting in the audience. Imagine his delight to see Mr. Bennett again the next night. What happened that second night he was not expecting... Bennett sent his waitress over for Bodie and when the musician came up to the legendary American singer, Bennett showed Bodie a drawing he'd done of him while he was performing.
Kirkland Bodie: No! I am Not Performing at Bahamas Junkanoo! - Apr 8, 2015 - 11:19:37 PM

The following is a statement from Kirkland 'KB' Bodie:

Like all of the other mistruths, wordplay and outright lies told about me, I will assume that the Minister of Tourism must have been misinformed, because according to the April 2nd, 2015 Punch newspaper article quoting the Minister, it is said that I am slated to perform at the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival 2015 event. This is not true. I am not booked to perform on any of the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival 2015 events.

I felt that this should have always been a one hundred (100) percent Bahamian Festival, showcasing Bahamian culture at its finest. As long as there are foreign acts at this so-called Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival...
Bahamian recording artist Padrino to release next album - Apr 8, 2015 - 1:54:37 PM

" Padrino has the potential to be one of the greats" - Grammy Award winning producers, Cool and Dre.

Padrino is celebrating his 34th birthday sitting behind a mixer board in a Studio in North Miami. It’s likely he turned 32 and 33 doing much of the same.

His album project entitled RNIP is due to drop by the end of this summer, and he still has a lot of work to do. But, he and Grammy Award Winning executive producers, Cool and Dre, have a plan to release singles all summer long - the appetizers until the serving of the main course...
Impressive Line Up for Biggie Fest coming to Grand Bahama - Apr 8, 2015 - 12:17:40 PM

  Freeport , Grand Bahama - An impressive cadre of international and local speakers are lined up to pour into the lives of those attending the inaugural Bahamas Global Youth Festival in Grand Bahama, being held under there theme, Inspired By Hope.

Dubbed “Biggie Fest”, the event will make its historic debut this week beginning Wednesday April 8 - 10 at the Grand Lucayan at 7:30 p.m., climaxing with the Bahamas Gospel Party - the free cd release concert of Tony Lowe and Dora Brown who wrote the Biggie Fest theme song, “There’s Still Hope” in Count Basie Square, Port Lucaya Marketplace...
The Cinemas: A discussion with Sir Sidney Poitier - Apr 7, 2015 - 12:46:39 PM

Sir Sidney Poitier, a Hollywood icon and legend joins Travolta Cooper for the second installment of the series The Cinemas.

"I was genuinely surprised when he agreed to do it" said filmmaker and host of The Cinemas, Travolta Cooper. "I asked him and expected him to say 'no'. Sir Sidney is mentor and almost father-figure to me and I know how sought after he is. He has turned down numerous appearances in America and around the world including, one of my favorite shows, '60 Minutes'. And that's not because of arrogance, but rather humility," continued the filmmaker.

"Despite the 'icon' that he is, he's a very private person, and he puts great care into what he'd like to say publicly and holds his social..."
Entertainment : Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
Grand Bahama Junkanoo Carnival Kickoff April 17-18 Taino Beach! - Apr 6, 2015 - 2:53:48 PM

Grand Bahama Junkanoo Carnival Kickoff April 17-18 Taino Beach, Freeport! All roads lead to Taino Beach for an action packed weekend of culture and entertainment as Grand Bahama kicks off The Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Party. Enjoy one epic weekend of non-stop cultural activity inside Da Cultural Village celebrating authentic Bahamian experiences - Bahamian food, performances by Bahamian entertainers, Arts & Crafts, Junkanoo and more! Jump in da line with Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival: A Celebration of Community and Culture...

Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Announces Artists Lineup for Week of Events - Apr 3, 2015 - 2:44:22 AM

Baha Men, Ronnie Butler, Visage, Machel Montana and Bunji Garlin among headliners

NASSAU, Bahamas — Top entertainers from The Bahamas and around The Caribbean are slated to perform during the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival premiere events, the Bahamas National Festival Commission announced today.

Scheduled for performances during the May 7th — 9th peak of the Junkanoo Carnival season are several world-renowned and award-winning artists, including Bahamian music legend Ronnie Butler...
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