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Junkanoo Summer Festival success touted
Written by BIS   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 08:02

The Ministry of Tourism celebrating 50 years of Tourism, participated in the Junkanoo Summer Festival ‘Tourism is Everybody’s Business Rush’ on Friday, July 25, 2014, Downtown, Nassau. Pictured from left are Joy Jibrilu, Director General, Ministry of Tourism; Obie Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism; and Tommy Thompson, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Tourism. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith) NASSAU, The Bahamas – Minister of Tourism the Hon Obie Wilchcombe has touted the success of the Junkanoo Summer Festival held during the month of July 2014.

Against the backdrop of the 50th Anniversary of Tourism in the country, the festival was held each weekend in July, which showcased the best in Junkanoo talent, music from uniform groups and the Urban Renewal Marching Band, food, and arts and craft items before crowds of thousands.

“The Bahamas is renowned for its tourism, but they are talking about the hospitality, they are talking about its service and the beauty of this country. So if we work collectively to ensure that we deliver the best product, they can understand how effective and how important it is to our economy,” Mr. Wilchcombe said.

He made the observation following the “Tourism is Everybody’s Business Rush”, Friday, July 25, during which staff of the Ministry of Tourism, corporate sponsors and uniformed groups paraded in downtown.

“It’s a team effort and the message is very sound and the message is very clear; that Tourism is everybody’s business. And all of us whether you are a minister or work in one of the sections like sports, religious or domestic; the truth is that we are all equal and we all ought to deliver quality service,” Mr. Wilchcombe said.

Tourism’s Junkanoo Summer Festival wraps up this weekend
Submitted by BIS   
Friday, 25 July 2014 07:10

NASSAU, The Bahamas - The Ministry of Tourism is winding down its Junkanoo Summer Festival this weekend in downtown, Nassau.

The finale begins on Friday at 7pm with “The People’s Rush – It’s Everybody’s Business” scrap rush out, during which locals are being encouraged to bring their drums, cow bells and whistles to participate in this historic tourism rush, alongside visitors.

This will incorporate an overall competition for the A Groups – the Valley Boys, Saxons, One Family, Roots, Music Makers and the Prodigal Sons.

On Saturday, a Float Parade celebrating the 50 years of Tourism will be held beginning at 2 pm from Arawak Cay to travel through the streets of the island, heading along East Bay Street onto Mackey Street, Wulff Road onto Poinciana Drive onto Nassau Street ending at Arawak Cay.

Then at 7 pm, all roads lead to Bay Street where Junkanoo winners will be crowned the best in choreography and music.

This will be followed by a concert in Rawson Square with The Bahamas’ premier entertainers - Basil, Puzzle, Veronica Bishop, Funky D, Spider, Q-Pid, Dyson Night and Nita.

Festival Commission holds orientation for song competition judges
Written by BIS   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 15:22

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) hosted an orientation for judges for their Song Competition, on July 17, 2014, many of whom span various genres and facets of Bahamian music.    

"You judges will be the persons who will choose which songs will be the ultimate winners of this contest," said Ed Fields Chairman of the Song Competition Committee. "You role will be to select 25 songs out of the songs submitted and those songs will be produced on a compilation CD, at a quality that is (industry) standard for all of them.    

"We will use that CD to market Bahamas Carnival to get that music into the Diaspora -- into the cities across the United States, Great Britain and Canada -- and, of course, to get into the local market."    

He also thanked all judges for accepting to undertake such a "critical" role in the Competition.    

More than 100 entries in National Festival Song Competition
Written by BIS   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 15:20

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) announced at its Judges Orientation, on July 17, 2014, that more than 100 entrants in their song competition, with more than 80 persons having already submitted their demos.    

"The music is the driving force of any Carnival," said Ed Fields of the Song Competition Committee. "We were trying to promote Bahamian music, to get more Bahamian music on the world stage and to encourage Bahamians to write more Bahamian music.    

"I am sure that no one has ever heard of a scenario where, over an eight-week period, over a hundred songs had been written in The Bahamas. I really do not know if that has ever existed before."    

"This is a proud moment for us," said BNFC Chairman Paul Major. "This Committee has probably worked the hardest of any committees so far."    

"Every time we have a stroke of progress like this -- with over one hundred songs in an eight week period -- that just has to be historic."

"I am truly excited because we have new music," BNFC CEO Roscoe Dames said. "People have been writing and it is unpublished work; so it is truly amazing."    

Youth Rake 'N Scrape band headed to New York
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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.

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