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Bahamian musical artist to perform at Islandz Tours booth during NY Times Travel Show
Submitted by Orchid Burnside   
Friday, 23 January 2015 12:15

Bahamian musical artist and New York resident, Kamilah Gibson.NEW YORK, New York -- On Friday, January 23rd, 2015 – Sunday, January 25th, 2015, Islandz Tours, a guided walking tours company located in Nassau, The Bahamas will be exhibiting at The NY Times Travel Show held at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.  Stationed at booth #313, Islandz will be a ray of sunshine in the wintery city, sharing the promise of authentic Bahamian experiences a mere 1096 miles away.

With an emphasis on a genuine Bahamian experience, Islandz Tours plans to bottle the essence of this fun and comprehensive tour to delight the more than twenty thousand visitors expected to attend the exposition.  The Islandz Tours booth will reflect the exhilaration of the notorious Rum Row, essentially a floating liquor store embedded in international waters of the coast of New York during the time of prohibition and captained by seasoned Bahamian sailors turned bootleggers.

As an additional enticement, Islandz Tours’ booth will present live performances on Saturday 24th at 12pm and Sunday 25th at 12pm by Bahamian musical artist and New York resident, Kamilah Gibson. Kamilah has carved her own musical direction, using her expansive vocal range along with the piano and guitar as foundations for a strikingly personal sound. Her songs are a direct reflection of her eclectic taste in music, melding together lyrics most often derived from her own life experience and sounds from the folk, neo-soul, and jazz genres among others.

In 2013, Kamilah competed in the renowned multi-talent Amateur Night competition at the Apollo Theater. She finished as the top vocalist of the season, placing third over nearly 400 other competitors. She will be bringing that same fearless sound to entertain visitors to The Caribbean Stage with a few Bahamian songs relating to the rum/bootlegging eras including the classic, “(Histe Up the) John B. Sail” which was most notably covered by The Beach Boys in 1966.

Island 102.9 FM host Keith Rolle publishes his top 20 inspirational songs and artist of the year 2014
Submitted by Azaleta Ishmael-Newry   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 12:44

Bahamian Pop Star Angelique Sabrina was the 2014 Favourite Artist of The Year, chosen by Keith Rolle and Island 102.9 FM, largely due to her work and album, One For The People. Shown in the photo is Keith Rolle, host of' Inspiration With Keith that airs on Island 102.9 FM from Nassau, Bahamas.  (Photo by Azaleta Ishmael-Newry)NASSAU, Bahamas -- Two new artists on the 2014 Top 20 Countdown by Inspiration with Keith of Island 102.9 FM grabbed the top 2 spots while this year’s list includes 7 new artists.  “The highest ever to have singles on the countdown this year,” said radio host, Keith Rolle.

Also chosen for best new artist of the year is the young and vivacious Angelique Sabrina who recently released “I’m Ready” and towards the end of 2014, debuted an album titled, “One For The People.”

Keith’s show “Inspiration with Keith” on Island 102.9 FM in Nassau, Bahamas has a wide audience both locally and abroad, not only in the United States but also in 44 different countries. Keith started with Island FM 11 years ago, and his Top 20 listing is in its 8th year as his fan base continues to expand with Nigeria becoming his second largest market.

The Top 20 Songs on Inspiration With Keith 2014 Countdown on Island 102.9 FM are:

#1 Monique Terez1. Monique Terez – “I Surrender All”
2. Veola Sophia – “100 Meters”
3. Najie Dun featuring MDEEZ and Showtime Shaddy – “How The Story Go”
4. Denzcil Rolle and Friends – “Setting Up Medley”
5. Jonathan Farrington – “Second Chance”
6. Kingsley Kase – “Here”
7. C.R.E.A.M. International – “Echoes In The Night”
8. Bishop J. Rodney Roberts and The Apostolic Mass Choir – “Apostolic Medley”
9. Kyle King – “One Day Too Late”
10. Kemuel Gardiner – “You Did It All”

16th Cacique Awards promises to be a 'grand affair'
Submitted by Kendea Smith   
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 08:41

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The 16th Cacique Awards to be held at the Melia Nassau Resort this Saturday promises to be a “grand affair,” according to co-chairman of the awards Charity Armbrister.  The awards, which will close out the Ministry of Tourism’s 50th anniversary celebrations and tourism week, will celebrate the brightest and the best in the country’s hospitality industry.

Ms. Armbrister, who is also the director of events at the Ministry of Tourism, promises that this Cacique Awards will be like none other.

“It’s going to be a great event. We have Ian Poitier who is director, choreographer and writer, putting on a fabulous show,” she said. “Because we are celebrating the culmination of the 50th anniversary of tourism of The Bahamas, this event is really going to showcase quite a bit of what we have done over 50 years. We will really be showcasing all of The Bahamas as this is a national event and most times we tend to minimize the islands but you can expect to see all the Family Islands out there.”

There are 16 local categories and five international categories that will be honoured. Ms. Armbrister said the Family Islands have a large bulk of nominees this year.

“The Family Islands are really giving Nassau and Grand Bahama a run this year,” she said.

Fifth annual Love That Child concert set for Sunday
Submitted by DP&A   
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 11:33

FOR THE CHILDREN – Love That Child, the musical extravaganza with local and international talent with benefits to children’s homes, is set for this Sunday, January 18 at St. Andrew’s School Performing Arts Centre at 3 pm. This is the 5th year the show, in the past sponsored by BOB and this year by BOB Volunteers, is being presented with 2015 proceeds to Ranfurly Home for Children, the Children’s Emergency Hostel and the Elizabeth Estates Children’s Home.NASSAU, Bahamas -- Once just a song, Love That Child has grown into an annual major musical production benefitting three children’s homes. On January 18, 2015 at 3pm, local and international talent will come together at St. Andrew’s Performing Arts Center to dance and sing for hundreds of supporters.

“Thanks to Bank of the Bahamas’ (BOB) sponsorshipin past years and this year to the BOB Volunteers, we have been able to make significant and positive changes at the Ranfurly Home for Children, Children's Emergency Hostel and the Elizabeth Estates Children's Home,” said Karen Rawlings, co-producer of the acclaimed musical benefit. “More than $25,000 has been raised to benefit these homes and Love That Child has built awareness of the ongoing needs as well as bringing so many children together to show support for other children.”

The National Dance Company, HD Dance Crew, Emanji Circus, St. Andrews, the Children’s Junkanoo Group, EurhythmicsDance Studio, Passionate Dance Expressions, Jubilee and Soulful Feet will headline the show. For the first time, Children’s Emergency Hostel will participate with music and dance.

“HD Dance Crew is a popular dance group and they never disappoint. Their high-energy and passion for performance is bound to get the crowd going. Our line-up this year will be like no other and the international guests will once again be delighted by depth of young Bahamian talent,” Rawlings said.

According to Dominique Thompson, BOB Marketing Manager, the show brings out the best in performers, guests and recipients, uniting all in a meaningful way.

Swingers are 2015 New Year's Day Junkanoo parade winners on Grand Bahama
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 16:29

From the Freeport News

A Swingers dancer shows off her costume. (Freeport News photo)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Nearly one week after the New Year's Day Junkanoo Parade was held on Pioneer's Way and some controversy over the unofficial results, the Grand Bahama Junkanoo Committee (GBJC), yesterday, announced the official results. The overall winner of Division A was indeed the Swingers Junkanoo Group with a total of 1,101 points.

New Life Classic Dancers Junkanoo Group followed, in second place, with 1,005 points, and remaining in third place were the Platinum Knights with a total of 955 points. The fourth place position was awarded to Kingdom Culture Junkanoo Group with an overall total of 886 points. Following closely behind in fifth place were the Superstar Rockers with 868 points and the Bayshore Warriors came in at sixth with a total of 678 overall points.

Showtime and Top Performers were disqualified with 561 and 540 points, respectively.

The overall winners of Division B were the Bushwackers followed by Western Star and Sting.

Photo: A Swingers dancer shows off her costume. (Freeport News photo)

Click HERE to read more in the Freeport News

Victory for Valley Boys in 2015 New Year’s Day Junkanoo parade
From The Tribune   
Friday, 02 January 2015 12:02

By Nico Scavella/The Tribune

NASSAU, Bahamas -- THE Valley Boys Junkanoo group was named the unofficial winner of the 2015 New Year’s Day Parade, rebounding from their disappointing fourth place finish in the 2014 Boxing Day Parade.

The One Family Junkanoo group took second place, the Roots Junkanoo Group third and fourth were The Shell Saxons Superstars, according to Douglas Hanna, chairman of the Junkanoo Parade Management Team.

The unofficial results came after Junkanoo officials controversially reduced the number of laps the major groups would make in a bid to shorten the parade.

Instead of the usual three laps, each A group performed two laps – one on Bay Street and one on Shirley Street.

The decision received mixed results, however. Officials from both the Saxons and Valley Boys condemned the change, viewing it as further stifling of Junkanoo.

Mr Douglas yesterday dubbed the New Year’s Day Parade a success, although stating that he was unsure if the two-lap format would continue in the future.

Click HERE to read more in The Tribune

(Tribune photo)

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