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Youth Rake 'N Scrape band headed to New York
Monday, 21 July 2014 17:07

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. Daniel Johnson makes presentation of a $30,200 cheque to Nathaniel Adams Jr., leader of Rhythm N Youth Rake 'N Scrape band to assist in the group's travel to New York in October. Also at the presentation was Mr. Beat Schlagenhauf, from Switzerland, who expressed delight in wanting to assist the band in being exposed to the world. The funds were derived from performances at various locations including the Sapodilla Restaurant. Mr. Adams said the band has been invited to play at several universities and colleges in the New York area as well as on a show called Dem Bahamians. (BIS Photo/Kristaan Ingraham)

Jayne Doh to ‘rock’ Miss Bahamas pageants with 'Cover Girl' crowning song
Submitted by Nikia A. Wells   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 06:15

NEW PROVIDENCE, The Bahamas -- The Miss Bahamas World and Miss Bahamas Universe pageants are about to get ‘rocked’ by Bahamian singer, Jayne Doh, who will perform her new single Cover Girl, live, at the history making double header pageants on Aug. 3.

Jayne, lead singer of the Bahamas’ #1 rock band, Avante Guarden, noted that she is excited to be performing the official crowning song at both pageants. Cover Girl, a female empowerment anthem, which was produced by Cyeon Fox, ties in perfectly with the the 2014 Miss Bahamas World and Miss Bahamas Universe theme of “Beauty Personified.”

The 2014 Miss Bahamas Universe and Miss Bahamas World contestants will be officially unveiled at the John Watling’s Distillery on July 20 at 6pm. Tickets are $35 and will include two drinks.

The Miss Bahamas pageant finales will take place on Aug 3 at the Atlantis Resort. Miss Bahamas World will take place at 3pm, and Miss Bahamas Universe will take place at 7pm.

Other preliminary events include the Miss Bahamas Top Model Competition on July 25, the Miss Bahamas World National Dress & Miss Bahamas Universe Costume Competition on July 26, the Miss Bahamas Swimsuit competition on Jul 27, and the Miss Bahamas Evening Gown & Talent Competitions on Aug 1.

Sandals staff rake n’ scrape on Independence Day
Submitted by Chester Robards   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 06:06

NASSAU, Bahamas -- It was rake n’ scrape music for the staff of Sandals Royal Bahamian on Independence day, when top Bahamian recording artist, Puzzle, put on a private show in the resort’s cafeteria.

Belting out his greatest hits, Puzzle put on a uniquely engaging show, performing for staff members sitting only inches away from his gyrating waistline.

“I think it was good and interesting,” said Kihan Moncur, Photoshop Manager at Sandals Royal Bahamian. “The performance was great. I liked that people enjoyed it. Staff were taking pictures and taping it for the people who didn’t make it.”

Puzzle sat with the staff, chatted and ate the resort’s independence feast before performing several of his recent hits, like “My Birthday (come again)”.

Independence day celebrations were just part of the month of activities Sandals Royal Bahamian had planned for its staff. Two days after independence the team members and their families gathered at Nirvana Beach for the resort’s annual Family Fun Day. There was lots of food, a bouncing castle for the kids and Zip Lining for everyone.

Ministers laud Junkanoo Commandos UK tour
Submitted by BIS   
Monday, 07 July 2014 12:06
Photo 1: A representative group of the Junkanoo Commandos pose at the Lynden Pindling International Airport, on July 2, 2014, before heading to their extended tour of the United Kingdom.  The performers will be in Scotland and England performing and holding introductory workshops on Junkanoo culture.  (Photo: Antonio Saunders / Pinnacle Photography)NASSAU, The Bahamas -- As representative group of members of the Junkanoo Commandos performed in the United Kingdom, on July 3, 2014, Minister of Tourism the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe and Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Dr. the Hon. Danny Johnson commended the organisation for representing the culture of The Bahamas through Junkanoo.  

The Junkanoo Commandos will be performing throughout Scotland and England until July 21, and will hold several introductory workshops (starting July 4) on the various cultural aspects of Junkanoo.  

Minister Wilchcombe said the group's international performances were important and he congratulated them on their 2014 UK tour.

"We saw their performance in the United States last year, when the Prime Minister spoke on the anniversary of Martin Luther King's 'I Have A Dream' speech", Minister Wilchcombe said, referring to a Junkanoo Commandos performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. that was carried live via satellite around the world. "The truth is we say an incredible performance."

"I think the ability to travel abroad to get the message out about The Bahamas, about our culture and what has made us who we are -- and culture is what knits us all together."

Tonesha Smith & Gabrielle Stubbs are the winners of BTC Starmaker 5
Submitted by Nikia A. Wells   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 09:12
Photo: Starmaker 5 Winners with JudgesLeroy Armbrister and Daniella Joseph Are First Runners Up

NASSAU, Bahamas -- BTC crowned Tonesha Smith and Gabrielle Stubbs as the new BTC Senior and Junior  winners of Starmaker 5 during the show’s finale at the British Colonial Hilton on Jun 26. Daniella Joseph and Leroy Armbrister were the first runners up for the competition, and Owen Smith and D’Angelo Symonette were the Wild Card finalists, chosen via viewer text votes and social media contests.

Taylour Paige, who stars as Ahsha Hayes on VH1’s, Hit The Floor, was the guest speaker, and recounted her struggle to make it in Hollywood, and the perseverance it took for her to land her breakthrough role. Paige encouraged all of the contestants to never give up, and continue to fight for what they want in life, no matter what. "Dream big and remember that life is wonderful" said Paige, who was presented with an original caricature painting from artist Mathew Wildgoose, who was also this season’s host, and a gift from Columbian Emeralds, one of the show’s sponsors.

Smith, a 21 year old recent graduate of the College of the Bahamas, and resident of Nassau, noted that she was ecstatic to be the Senior winner of Starmaker 5, but notes that the win was a bit unexpected. “Winning feels great. It is hard to put into words...I feel good, wonderful, great! I’m still in shock, and it hasn’t fully hit me yet. I would just like to thank BTC for every single opportunity that they have afforded me as well as all of the other contestants.” Smith also received the Most Popular award.

Junior winner, Stubbs, who also took home the Photogenic and Congeniality awards, was also shocked by the results, and noted that she was grateful to have been able to win over the judges during the show’s later challenges, where her personality was able to shine. “I feel absolutely ecstatic. When I got the cheque, and heard that I won, I was just a flutter with emotion. I hope that the next year will have lots of opportunities, connections for the future, and will help me to reach all of my goals. I want to just thank BTC for everything that they are doing for the youth of the Bahamas. Thank you for giving me the opportunity, and the mentoring, advice and help that you gave us all throughout the competition. The team was like a family to us, and I really had a great experience.” said Stubbs.

RBC sponsors 7th Annual Summer Music Camp & Mentoring Programme
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Monday, 30 June 2014 03:51

NASSAU, Bahamas – RBC Royal Bank recently provided sponsorship for the 7th Annual Summer Music Camp & Mentoring Programme. RBC has supported this unique summer musical experience from its inception. To date, the programme has impacted the lives of approximately 300 young musicians, allowing them to be directly mentored by outstanding local and international music industry professionals.

“In addition to social and education programmes, RBC’s support of the music and arts is an important component of RBC’s commitment to youth development in The Bahamas,” said Mr. Nathaniel Beneby, Managing Director, RBC in The Bahamas, Cayman and Turks & Caicos Islands. He added: - “Research has confirmed the importance of music programmes to youth development.  The Summer Music Camp enables hundreds of youngsters in The Bahamas to develop both their creative and personal potential.  RBC is proud to once again participate as a sponsor of The Summer Music Camp & Mentoring Programme.”

The Summer Music Camp & Mentoring Programme pioneered in 2008 when a group of young Bahamian male students were selected to visit the Washington Jazz Arts Institute. In 2010 the program was expanded and the annual summer camp was established in Nassau, Bahamas. The summer programme has grown annually and this year the programme expects to attract over 300 students. The main goal of the programme is to mentor students who have an interest in music and the creation of music. The programme exposes them to a cadre of musical experiences that will further develop their national cultural identity.

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