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Ronnie Butler honoured in statue unveiling ceremony
Written by BIS   
Sunday, 31 August 2014 10:31

Ronnie Butler, seated -- surrounded by family and friends.  Pictured at right are Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie and Mrs. Bernadette Christie; at left is the artist and creator of Mr. Butler’s statue; second left, Charles Carter, and Craig Flowers at centre. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)NASSAU, Bahamas -- Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie, delivered remarks during a ceremony for the unveiling of a statue honouring Bahamian Entertainment icon, Mr. Ronnie Butler. The event was held on the grounds of Craig Flowers Corporate Headquarters on West Bay Street, August 28, 2014.  

Mr. Butler is a Bahamian calypso and rake 'n scrape entertainer and singer, whose career spanned more than 50 years. His career as an entertainer began at the age of 16, and he is commonly referred to as 'The Godfather of Bahamian Music.'

He has performed in memorable local night spots including: Ronnie's Rebel Room, the Trade Winds Lounge, Big Bamboo and the Nassau Beach Hotel in addition to venues throughout the Caribbean, Europe and North America.  

Among his most popular hits songs are "Burma Road,” “Pretty Brown Eyes,” and most recently his single “Married Man,” which was featured in Tyler Perry's, Why Did I get Married Too? which was filmed in The Bahamas in 2010.

Mr. Butler’s many contributions and achievements were recognized in 2003 when he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire  

Countdown is on for Bahamas Carnival
Submitted by Kendea Smith   
Sunday, 31 August 2014 10:26

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The countdown has officially begun for the Bahamas Carnival, which officials say will draw thousands of visitors to The Bahamas.  

Recently, Prime Minister Perry Christie officially launched Bahamas Carnival: In the spirit of Junkanoo – an exciting four-day event that will rival 200 other carnivals around the world.  

“Even though there seems to be a disenchantment with carnivals around the world, this is going to be a magnificent event,” Prime Minister Christie said.  

“We are going to have a major impact on culture. I want Junkanoo to be predominant in this but I want this Carnival to be known around the world as a Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.”  

During the events, which will be held May 7-9,2015, all roads will lead to Nassau where visitors will be able to immerse themselves in concerts, cultural shows and street parades that will showcase the Bahamian cultural festival Junkanoo, native rake and scape music as well as art and craft, cuisine, music and dance.  

The events include Junkanoo Mania, Music Masters, Midnight Rush and Road Fever.  

PM promotes Bahamas Carnival in Grand Bahama
Written by BIS   
Friday, 29 August 2014 08:37

The Prime Minister discusses the Bahamas Carnival with Junkanoo Leaders in Grand Bahama.  Also pictured at this meeting at right are Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe, Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson, and Bahamas Carnival Commission Chairman Paul Major. (BIS Photo/Vandyke Hepburn)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie visited Grand Bahama August 28, to expand the launch of the first ever Bahamas Carnival. The mega event is planned for May 2015 and will allow for Bahamians and visitors from around the world to immerse themselves in the music and culture of The Bahamas.

Bahamas Carnival “In The Spirit of Junkanoo” was officially launched in New Providence on Wednesday night by the Prime Minister, whose idea it was to stage the mega event. It is envisioned there will be four events in one weekend designed, as the organizers say, “to let loose in The Bahamas,” immersing in its rich medley of arts, crafts, and music.

“Junkamania” will kick it off the first day, between 8 p.m. and 12 a.m., when participants will feel the rhythm, the music of junkanoo and the soul of the Bahamian people; “Music Masters” will follow when people from around the globe can witness the best Bahamian musicians sharing the spotlight with a Grammy-award winning artist on a stage built for stars; “Midnight Rush” between 12a.m. and 6 a.m. when all can participate in sweet Junkanoo street rush; and “Road Fever,” the main masquerade, in the capital 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. that will showcase an epic collage of costumes, colour and culture on parade in front of the most iconic grandstand crossing of any carnival in the world.

Prime Minister Christie traveled to Grand Bahama along with Tourism Minister the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe; Minister for Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr. Danny Johnson; and members of the Bahamas Carnival Commission headed by Mr. Paul Major.

PM officially launches Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
Submitted by BIS   
Friday, 29 August 2014 08:11

Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, delivers remarks during a ceremony marking the launch of the new Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, which is slated for May 2015. Also pictured, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Daniel Johnson and Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe. Also pictured are Junkanoo performers. (BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay)NASSAU, Bahamas --- In less than one year, the country will be welcoming another form of cultural expression when the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival debuts in May 2015. During an official ceremony launching the event at Pompey Square on Wednesday, August 27, Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, expressed his optimism for the event.

“I am very pleased that we will be soon be able to showcase even more of our country’s culture via this new event,” said the Prime Minister. “Not only is this a great opportunity for Junkanoos, artisans and other craftsmen to display their wares and talents but it also offers us the opportunity to provide additional entertainment for guests who visit our shores.”

The event featured several forms of entertainment including dance performances by the Junkanoo group, Colours, headed by Mr. Chris Justilien; a tribute to the ‘Obeah Man,’ fire dancing, musical selection by Visage and promotional material provided by the Ministry of Tourism.

The Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is a new event on the Bahamian social calendar. It will be an annual event spanning five weeks and will kick off on Easter Monday. The period will feature a series of activities including concerts, cultural shows, balls and street parades, which will depict all aspects of Bahamian culture and heritage. During the period, one week will be set aside and will be known as Carnival Week. The first Bahamas Carnival Week is scheduled for May 3-9, 2015. During Carnival week, four major events will be staged. A Commission headed by former Banker, Mr. Paul Major, will oversee the Bahamas Carnival.

A-listers align for a star-studded partnership to produce Baha Mar opening gala
Submitted by Kristina McNeil   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 11:38

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Baha Mar, the grand and greatly anticipated luxury resort announces an exciting partnership with two of the leading names in the world of music and entertainment— Jamie King and Emilio Estefan— who will be teaming up for the first time to develop, produce, choreograph and score the resort’s Grand Opening Gala alongside executive producer Bernie Yuman.

Slated for late Spring 2015, the Baha Mar Grand Opening Gala will be a grand experience of sophisticated luxury and leisure spanning multiple days and encompassing every corner of the 1,000-acre property, set alongside 3,000 feet of uninterrupted white-sand beach and crystal-clear waters.

“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with award-winning visionaries such as Jamie and Emilio, who both have successful track records and are extremely well-respected in the entertainment industry,” said Sarkis D. Izmirlian, Chairman and Chief Executive Officerof Baha Mar Resorts, Ltd. “I’m sure that their creative forces will combine to provide our guests with an unforgettable event that is nothing short of amazing and truly combines the glamour of the New Riviera with the soul of The Bahamas.”

Emmy Award® and MTV Video Music Award® nominee Jamie King, writer and director of the critically acclaimed Cirque du Soleil MICHAEL JACKSON THE IMMORTAL World Tour, and director of the newly launched Cirque du Soleil MICHAEL JACKSON ONE at Mandalay Bay (Las Vegas), is the leading concert tour director in the world of pop music today. Also an acclaimed choreographer, King has served for more than 16 years as Madonna’s creative director and has worked with an array of superstars including Rihanna, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, the Spice Girls, George Michael, Elton John, Diana Ross, Ellen DeGeneres, and most recently, as creative director of Bruno Mars' record-breaking Super Bowl halftime show.

Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries Marching Band pays courtesy call on Consul General Ricardo Treco
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Thursday, 07 August 2014 08:49

Pictured is Consul General H. Ricardo Treco along with Inspector Adderley and members of the Golden Gates Marching Band.MIAMI, Florida – Directors and members of the Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries Marching Band paid a courtesy call on Consul General H. Ricardo Treco and members of the Consulate staff in Miami on Friday, August 1, 2014.

Under the direct authority and command of Bishop Ross Davis of Golden Gates Assembly, Inspector Seldin Adderley re-established and developed a music program/band for young people between the ages of seven and 19 in the church in 2002.

It was under the director’s guidance that the membership of the program/band was extended to individuals in the community as well. Inspector Adderley said that after 12 years, the band has continually transformed as members have graduated, joined the workforce or left to pursue tertiary education.

He said that for the past two years, leaders and volunteers have been rebuilding the band’s membership, which currently stands at about 60 members.

Despite this being the first time that some members have been exposed to reading music and playing instruments, the band boasts a repertoire of gospel renditions, hymns and classical pieces with a variety of concert wind and percussion instruments.

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