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KB making music to save the environment
Submitted by DP&A   
Saturday, 19 April 2014 07:29

CHORUS FOR A CAUSE – More than 250 people turned out for a Save The Bays concert in Marsh Harbour this weekend with musical giant Kirkland ‘KB’ Bodie, left, and Save The Bays Education Director Joseph Darville. The organization that celebrates its first anniversary this month has attracted nearly 14,000 friends and fans on Facebook. MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco -- Kirkland ‘KB’ Bodie, The Bahamas’ best-selling musician, is drawing crowds belting out a chorus with a cause at a series of concerts around the country.

Sponsored by Save The Bahamas, the concerts kicked off in late December in Nassau and hit Abaco last weekend where the second event in Marsh Harbour drew more than 250 people.

Long a proponent of protecting the environment, KB has recorded videos with a beach backdrop and written several environmentally-themed pieces, including Save The Bays with the popular refrain, “Rise up, Bahamas, Let your voices blaze, Stand up Bahamas, Come on let’s save the bays, God gave us this land,and this land we must save, Stand up, Bahamas, come on let’s save the bays.”

According to Save The Bays CEO Lindsey McCoy, who helped organize the Abaco concerts April 11 and 12, the concerts helped deliver a ‘powerful, positive message about how important the environment is to every Bahamian.’

“KB and all the entertainers put their heart into it and we had almost 100 people in Hope Town and around 250 people in MH signing petitions, signing up for memberships and buying t shirts,” said McCoy. “There was a great energy. People were excited about the entertainment and supportive of the environment theme.”

KB is on tap for additional performances as the environmental group launched one year ago this month has exploded into a national movement with nearly 14,000 Facebook fans and more than 5,500 signatures on a petition urging passage of an environmental protection act, a freedom of information act and an end to unregulated development.

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K.B. gives back to the environment
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 13:26

Bahamian recording artist K.B. donates proceeds from his CD, K.B. and Friends, Volume #4, to support the environmental education and conservation work of Friends of the Environment in Abaco.  Wynsome Ferguson, the new President of the Board of Friends of the Environment accepted the check on their behalf and thanked K.B. for setting the bar high for entertainers to support the environment that supports all Bahamians. MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco -- K.B.’s music is based on the people and the beauty of the Bahamas. Now he’s giving back to the environment that has given him the inspiration for so many of his hits by donating proceeds from his fourth K.B. and Friends Album to Friends of the Environment (FRIENDS), which provides environmental education through field trips, summer camps and after school programs and works to preserve the environment of Abaco by operating a number of grassroots conservation programs.

K.B. first become familiar FRIENDS when he performed at their annual Reef Ball fundraising event in early 2013.  He says, “I was impressed with how hard they were working and the difference they were making in Abaco. They are changing attitudes and getting the kids out into the environment. I wanted to support that work. I love the Bahamas, and we need our environment to be healthy to keep our country and our economy healthy.”

From his first hit with the band, Ego Tripp titled “Turn Her Loose and Let Her Go”, the international sensation “She Fat” and his string of hits and successful albums that followed, K.B. has been a leader in the music industry for some time. His efforts to include other Bahamian musicians in the opportunities that came his way continued as the artist grew as a writer/producer. In addition to his own extensive discography, which includes hit albums “Conch Juice”, “Island Boy”, “Bush Mechanic” and “Bahamian Culture”; K.B. has also produced a number of “K.B. and Friends” compilation albums.

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PM: Junkanoo must become a workable industry and money earner
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 12:37

By Gregory Christie

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Culture on Grand Bahama will soon get a major shot in the arm as both the Prime Minister and the Minister responsible for Culture foreshadowed an upcoming conclave with junkanoo leaders, tourism officials and the Grand Bahama Port Authority to advance the presentation of junkanoo as a workable industry and money earner for practitioners.

Prime Minister, the Hon. Perry G. Christie, right, presents The Life-time Achievement Award to veteran junkanoo leader, Robert ‘Bob’ Davis, center, at the Grand Bahama Junkanoo Committee’s 2014 RUSH Awards.  Assisting is Committee Member, Kaylisa Beneby.

Speaking at the 1st RUSH Awards and presentations by the Grand Bahama Junkanoo Committee, Prime Minister, the Hon. Perry G. Christie revealed, “I want to say this to Grand Bahama, and I'm glad I see some people from the Port Authority here; we have to find an effective way in lifting up the culture of the country and integrating it more into the economy of the country.

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E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Abaco adjudications continue
Written by BIS   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 07:49

MARSH HARBOUR, Abaco -- Agape Christian School students Amilee Sands (left) and Raquel Albury sing a duet at the school in Marsh Harbour, during the recent E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Abaco adjudications.  (BIS Photo / Eric Rose)      

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Schools participate in first Marching Band competition
Written by BIS   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 07:39

Students of S. C. McPherson are pictured showing off their talents to the audience at the first Bahamas National High School Marching Band Competition, held March 29 at Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna).NASSAU, The Bahamas - School bands from New Providence and Family Islands including Eleuthera and Mangrove Cay, Andros, competed in the Bahamas National High School Marching Band Competition organised by The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.  

A first of its kind, the competition was held at the Kendal G. L. Isaacs Gymnasium, Saturday March 29, and brought together the bands that showcased their skills in various categories including: drumline, marching band and sound sport.  

Parliamentarians contributed to the event by donating over $106,000 in musical instrumentals to schools in their respective constituencies.  

The results are as follows:  

DRUMLINE BATTLE COMPETITION FOR JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLS  

  • C.H. Reeves Junior High School, 1st place  
  • S. C. McPherson Junior High School – 2nd  
  • L. W. Young Junior High School -3rd  
  • A. F. Adderley Junior High School – 4th  

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Bahamas National Festival Commission pays courtesy visit on Opposition Leader
Submitted by Katherine Stewart-Marsh   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 06:31

(from left): Mr. Paul Major, Maxwell Gibson, Senator John Bostwick, Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis, and Senator Heather Hunt.NASSAU, Bahamas -- Opposition Leader the Hon. Dr. Hubert A. Minnis was briefed on the work of the Bahamas National Festival Commission during a courtesy visit by Festival Chairman Mr. Paul Major and committee member Mr. Maxwell Gibson.

The carnival style festival announced by Prime Minister Christie in October of last year is scheduled to take place in 2015. Also in attendance were FNM Senator and Shadow Minister for Tourism, the Hon. John Bostwick, and FNM Shadow Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Senator the Hon. Heather Hunt. The meeting took place at the Minority Room at the House of Assembly on Tuesday, April 8.

Photo (from left): Mr. Paul Major, Maxwell Gibson, Senator John Bostwick, Opposition Leader Dr. Hubert Minnis, and Senator Heather Hunt.

 
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