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BNFC statement on Music Masters Concert for Bahamas Junkanoo Festival - Apr 1, 2015 - 2:39:34 AM

The Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) remains committed to its mandate to create events that will stimulate sustainable cultural industries and promote all things Bahamian.

Over the past year, the BNFC has invested over half a million dollars directly in Bahamian musicians, for performance fees at promotional events and activities to support the Junkanoo Carnival Song Competition and the Music Masters Concert. While there has been much interest in the guest performers at Music Masters, the Commission is clear that the primary objective of the event is to promote the Top 10 finalists in the Junkanoo Carnival Song Competition and to give these Bahamian artists, many of whom are undiscovered, local and international exposure.
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Announces Artists Lineup for Week of Events - Mar 30, 2015 - 2:44:22 PM

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...
Mr. J releases new single, “Angel Party” - Mar 30, 2015 - 10:31:54 AM

The scriptures declare that there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous who need no repentance. From his experience of repenting and turning to God, Mr. J describes the joyous celebration that took place in heaven on the night of December 18th 1994 in his new single “Angel Party”. It was at a small church on the corner of Mount Rose Ave and Hampton Street that Mr. J heard the call of God on his life and decided give up his old way of living to follow the Messiah, Yeshua, the Son of God.

“The message of salvation from sin, caused me to reflect on all the sinful things that I knew I was doing, despite proclaiming love for God. I didn’t understand that in order for me to prove my love for God, I must first accept the sacrifice of His son on the cross and afterwards, stop all the wrong that were displeasing to Him...
New Sports Film Festival to Screen, The Trailblazer: The Mychal Thompson Story - Mar 28, 2015 - 11:00:26 AM

TORONTO, Canada –  Indy Sportz Film Fest Experience (ISFFE), a non-profit event, launches in April with sports celebrities, international films and community outreach. The ISFFE takes place on Friday April 24, 2015 from 4 pm to 8 pm (Fan Experience, Alexandra Park Community Centre) and Saturday April 25, 2015 from 11 am to 11 pm (Screenings, Jackman Hall Theatre Art Gallery of Ontario).

The Trailblazer: The Mychal Thompson Story will be screened at the Art Gallery of Ontario (Jackman Hall Theatre) on Saturday April 25th from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm.When Mychal “Sweet Bells” Thompson started playing organized basketball at the age of 16 in his ...
Entertainment : Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
Road to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Block Party @ 8 Mile Rock Fish Fry April 2nd - Mar 27, 2015 - 4:44:06 PM

The Eight Mile Rock Boxing Day Committee along with the Ministry of Tourism and Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Present; Road to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Block Party! Taking place at 8 Mile Rock Fish Fry April 2nd from 7pm, tickets are just $5 before midnight!

There will be a special live performance by DMAC and DJs Tiko T, Big Pun, Money Like Dirt and the Mighty Pencil will also be in the house. You'll want to be sure and catch Special guest Junkanoo group from the people rush: The Swingers, West End Titans, Bay Shore Warriers.

Entertainment : Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
Grand Bahama Junkanoo Carnival Kickoff April 17-18 Taino Beach! - Mar 27, 2015 - 3:53:48 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...

Lavard's Legacy - Mar 25, 2015 - 11:53:08 AM

Nassau, The Bahamas - The legacy of Lavard ‘Manifest’ Parks is going to continue thanks to the combined efforts of his family and Dunamus Soundz Music Group team.

Although he was known internationally as an award winning gospel hip hop artist, Manifest and his wife Radel were installed as youth pastors at Bahamas Faith Ministries just last Easter. The couple, who were expecting their second child and their five year-old son Johanan were among those killed in a plane crash last November along with world-renown televangelist Dr. Myles Munroe...
Turks & Caicos premier gets invite to Bahamas Junkanoo carnival - Mar 20, 2015 - 1:30:29 PM

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos - Turks and Caicos Islands Premier, Hon Dr. Rufus Ewing was all smiles as he formally accepted the official invitation of himself and residents of the TCI to the upcoming Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, which begins in Grand Bahama in April.

Ginger Moxey, President & CEO of Immerse Bahamas and representing the Grand Bahama Cultural Carnival Company was in Providenciales for the courtesy call at the Office of the Premier at the Hilly Ewing Building.

The visit, arranged by Magnetic Media (Bahamas and Turks and Caicos), allowed Ms. Moxey a face to face opportunity to share on the events line up and roll out a red carpet invite to the residents and guests of the Turks and Caicos archipelago, which sits...

B. Howard gains worldwide deal partnering with King Empire Entertainment - Mar 20, 2015 - 3:44:04 AM

Ottawa, Canada - His name has been synonymous with his work with R&B legends such as NeYo, Akon, Teddy Riley, Wyclef Jean and Marqus Houston. As a producer, he's already gone platinum worldwide. And his musical pedigree? Impressive, to say the least.

Now, R&B / POP singer and producer B. HOWARD is taking his already storied career in a new direction by joining forces with KING EMPIRE ENTERTAINMENT, a small start-up record label and artist management company based in Canada's capital, Ottawa.

"Signing an artist with the talent, scope and credibility of B. Howard would be a coup for any record label. For KEE, it represents the culmination of our entire approach to supporting music..."
Nathan Lightbourne to perform during BNYC Concert Season - Mar 19, 2015 - 12:02:46 PM

The Bahamas National Youth Choir announces Nathan Lightbourne as their guest artist for the 2015 concert season (March 25th – 28th 2015)

The Dundas Center for the Performing Arts will come alive with the ‘sound of music’ by pianist Nathan Lightbourne in his guest performance during the 2015 concert season of The Bahamas National Youth Choir. Known as ‘Mr. Showman’, Nathan performs standards including Broadway show tunes, movie theme songs, nostalgic classics and music from times gone by with a perfected art form of glitter and glamour...
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Caribbean Film Festival Launches in Hollywood for 10th Anniversary of Caribbean-American Heritage Month - Mar 18, 2015 - 2:14:52 PM

Los Angeles, CA – In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Caribbean-American Heritage Month, the Caribbean Heritage Organization (CHO) and the Institute of Caribbean Studies, DC (ICS-DC) are pleased to announce the launch of CaribbeanLens™, the first Los Angeles Caribbean entertainment conference and film festival. The festival is scheduled to run Monday, June 15 through Friday, June 19, 2015 in the NoHo Arts District/Universal City areas of Los Angeles.

The purpose of the festival is to celebrate the blending of the Caribbean and American cultures and talent to create unique and outstanding work and to raise global awareness of the new renaissance of film-making and music production that the Caribbean region is currently experiencing...
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Local Musicians to Hold ‘It’s a Bahamian Ting’ Pre-Concert In Support of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival - Mar 16, 2015 - 4:28:58 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe said he is pleased that local musicians have stated their support of the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, slated for May 7-9, 2015.

He was present during a press conference called by a group of musicians on Sunday, at the British Colonial Hilton.

The musicians have now come out in support of the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, since the Government has stated a Bahamian concept to the inaugural street festival...

Community : Obituaries
GBEMAA on the passing of Albert McKinney - Mar 16, 2015 - 1:29:13 PM

Freeport, The Bahamas - The executive board of the Grand Bahama Entertainers, Musicians, and Artists Association (GBEMAA) is saddened to learn of the passing of one of its members.

Albert Mckinney passed away at The Rand Memorial Hospital on Thursday.

Condolences go out to his family, friends and fellow entertainers.
The industry has lost a bright star.
Inaugural WideScreen Film and Music Video Festival Deemed a Huge Success! - Mar 13, 2015 - 1:51:43 PM

History was made at the AMC Aventura 24 Theaters in Aventura, Florida when Bahamian filmmaker Jarrod Knowles and his team pulled off a highly successful 1st annual WideScreen Film & Music Video Festival held from February 27 through March 3, 2015.

"Through this process, I learned that nothing is impossible" said the young founder who resides in Florida. "When God inspired the idea within me last October I had no idea what to do with a 'Festival.' So many questions and concerns ran through my head, but I took a leap of faith and I am proud to see so many filmmakers / artists evolve into award-winning caliber artists. We saw 320+ submissions..."
Meet Bahamian rap artist, Garon Sweeting aka 'Young Gii' - Mar 12, 2015 - 6:40:48 PM

Young Gii was born and raised in the Bahamas. He quickly fell in love with the world of hip hop at the age of 17 when he moved to America. Young Gii has used his struggles and life experiences as a catalyst to produce great music. Growing up in a single parent home with a mother struggling to provide for him and his siblings, Young Gii, yearned for a better life for him and his family. With a new found passion for music and a dream of achieving greatness Young Gii has set out to achieve his dreams.

In need to make a living Gii started hustling, but not in the streets. He found a different type of hustle as he learned how to cut hair and soon became a master of his trade.“You don’t have to be a gangsta to be real,” said Young Gii and his music is a true testament to that...
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Spotlight to be on Bahamian Culture through Music Voyager - Mar 12, 2015 - 1:00:21 PM

Millions of people around the world will get an in depth glimpse into the culture of The Bahamas as the award-winning, Travel & LifestyleTV series, Music Voyager, will feature indigenous Bahamian music and culture in three 30-minute shows.

Music Voyager, originally co-produced with Nat Geo Music and PBS, is in Season 6 and broadcasting with over 200 top broadcasters across the world, including International In-Flight, cruise ships and A+ hotels worldwide.

The series focuses on the story of a location as told to the world...
Raphael Munnings and T-Connection featured in "The Record Man" documentary - Mar 6, 2015 - 3:21:45 AM

Raphael Munnings and The Beginning of the End and T-Connection are featured in the full-length documentary "The Record Man" by Beacon Films set to premiere at the Miami International Film Festival on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015. The film screens at 7pm at the Regal South Beach Cinemas in Florida.

The film is based on the life of the late Henry Stone and The Miami Sound. Stone was the father of the "Miami Sound" who created the framework for the music industry in Miami and who from a small distributor-ship in Hialeah, Florida created the largest independent record label in the world, TK Records... 
Exuma swimming pigs get red carpet treatment at Florida film festival - Mar 5, 2015 - 11:15:06 PM

*AVENTURA, FL -  February 27th marked the grand launch of Bahamian-born, Jarrod Knowles' WideScreen Film and Music Video Festival. The event saw international and American films and music videos as well as a handful of Bahamian films.

For the inaugural launch, he had help from the smash-hit Bahamian documentary, "When Pigs Swim", directed by Bahamian Charlie Smith, when one of the swimming piggies joined them on the red carpet...
Tarrus Riley and Chronixx to perform in Bahamas for Sandal's Foundation - Mar 5, 2015 - 4:48:57 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas -  The Sandals Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company and Caribbean Bottling Company Bahamas are excited to announce that “Vibes on the Island” has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 25, 2015.

This year’s fundraising concert in support of the Providing Access to Continued Education programme (P.A.C.E.) will also be sponsored, in part, by: Flight Centre Travel Group, JetBlue Airways, Columbian Emeralds, and The Nassau Guardian Limited...

Full House at First Save The Bays Grand Bahama Fund Raiser - Mar 4, 2015 - 8:00:04 PM

Scores of people from every walk of life packed a concert this weekend hosted by Save The Bays, singing along with performers, dancing and helping to raise funds for the fast-growing environmental movement.

Organisers hailed the February 28 fundraiser, Chillin’ by the Dock of the Bay, a success.

The event was held at the popular Flying Fish Restaurant, home of Chef Tim Tibbitts, a Bahamian who returned to his roots after a successful performing career in Canada and is now ranked as one of the Caribbean’s 25 best chefs...
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