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Caribbean Muzik Festival to celebrate commemoration of the Nassau Accord
Submitted by Kendea Smith   
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 11:34

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism has signed on as the host sponsor of the Caribbean Muzik Festival, which will this year commemorate a momentous milestone in the history of The Bahamas.

The occasion also marks the 30th anniversary of the Nassau Accord, hailed as the key step toward ending apartheid in South Africa and securing South African anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.

It was during the historic 1985 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in The Bahamas that the landmark Nassau Accord was established. The package of sanctions and inducements increased pressure on the South African government to dismantle its system of racial segregation.

On October 20 1985, Commonwealth leaders gathered in Nassau to sign the accord. Sir Lynden Pindling, who was chairman of CHOGM at the time, led the charge. Sir Lynden is credited for persuading the majority of heads of senior Commonwealth members to support the position.

Sir Lynden Pindling was appointed to the Eminent Persons Group, which was established by the CHOGM. The EPG visited South Africa in 1986 and reported on the situation there, reinforcing the call for sanctions against South Africa.

E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival 2015/2016 officially opened
Written by BIS   
Sunday, 04 October 2015 16:35

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson speaks at the opening of the annual E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival visual arts exhibition, September 30, at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB), where he also officially opened the 2015/16 E. Clement National Arts Festival, which features visual arts, music, dance, and drama performances throughout the island chain of The Bahamas. The exhibition at NAGB which will run for two weeks showcasing art & craft created by young Bahamians. Also pictured is Eddie Dames, Deputy Director of Culture in the ministry. (BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)

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Dame Marguerite applauds consistent excellence of the Bahamas National Youth Choir
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Friday, 18 September 2015 14:42
Dame Marguerite praises the 25 years of award-winning excellent performance of the Bahamas National Youth Choir at the choir’s 25th Anniversary Exhibit at the Central Bank of The Bahamas, September 17, 2015. (BIS Photos/Derek Smith)NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Bahamas National Youth Choir celebrates 25 years of service to arts and culture in The Bahamas. On September 17, they performed for the Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling and invited guests on the occasion of the Official Opening of their 25th Anniversary Exhibition at the Central Bank of The Bahamas.

Dame Marguerite applauded the consistent excellence of the award-winning choir over its 25 years, under the direction of Cleophas R. E. Adderley, establishing it as a cornerstone of Bahamian cultural achievement and an inspiration to all.

She said: "In the highly technological age of instant information exchanges, never- ending product upgrades, relentless drives to move swiftly on to the perceived next best "thing", be it economic, religious, political or cultural, it is reassuring to have constant elements in our society on which one may rely. As the Bahamas National Youth Choir celebrates 25 years of service to our beloved Bahamaland, it has become one such constant and reliable element in the field of arts and culture," said Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Bahamas Governor General.

"Twenty-five years in any undertaking is a relatively long period of time, and this is no less so with cultural endeavors. This celebration therefore is indeed a laudable milestone worthy of recognition and commendation."

Dame Marguerite said she recalls attending the first concerts of the fledgling choir when she and her late husband and were the choir's first patrons.

'Poetic Justice' open mic series at Kevin Tomlinson C.A.S. a hit
Wednesday, 16 September 2015 13:13

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The "Poetic Justice" open mic series has been a success thus far and organizer Nat Cambridge looks forward to the support of the public in continuing to develop young Bahamian talent.

The series gives young Bahamians an outlet for their musical and poetic talents. It features a young Bahamian performer each event and is scheduled to re-occur every two weeks. The next installment is on Thursday September 17th and begins at 8pm.

Poetic Justice has organized a group of 25 young and energetic Bahamian poets, singers, musicians, expressive artiste and spoken word artists who can be seen and appreciated at the bi-weekly event series.

This week P.J. features a young and milti-talented singer/rapper called "Miz Breezy". Her style and flare are reminiscent of a combination of Erykah Badu and Queen Latifah.

"I would like to thank those that have supported the event series look forward to another great night of local YOUNG talent and hope that we can gain even more support from the media, the G.B. community and the art and music community as well as lovers of Bahamian art throughout the island," said Mr. Cambridge.

Music Voyager Bahamas gets ART & TUR award nomination
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Friday, 11 September 2015 07:09

Bo Hog and Da Rooters charm through traditional rake n' scrape. (Music Voyager Photo)NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Ministry of Tourism is pleased to announce that the Music Voyager Bahamas’ episode “The Heartbeats of The Bahamas” has been nominated at the ART & TUR 2015 International Tourism Film Awards to be held in Crotia, Portugal next month.

Music Voyager is in Season 6 and broadcasting with over 200 top broadcasters across the world, including International In-Flight, cruise ships and A+ hotels worldwide.

The series focuses on the story of a location as told to the world directly by the local artists, while using local music as its story vehicle.

Music Voyager ‘Bahamas’, features host Jacob Edgar, an ethnomusicologist and CEO of world music label Cumbancha — exploring thriving, exotic global music scenes to discover existing and emerging talent.

In January, the show filmed three episodes in Grand Bahama Island, Nassau and Cat Island in hopes of capturing the musical soul and culture of The Bahamas.

Grand Bahama's Junkanoo Festival winners announced
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Monday, 07 September 2015 08:30

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Ministry of Tourism in Grand Bahama announced the winners of the Summer Junkanoo Festival on Thursday evening at Sunset Village in Eight Mile Rock. The Summer Junkanoo Festival was also held in West Grand Bahama. The partnership with local Junkanoo groups enabled the vibrant cultural festival dispay to attract some 400 visitors, despite inclement weather for two weeks. Director of Tourism for Grand Bahama, Betty Bethel, was on hand to thank and encourage organizers and committee members for a job well done. She also said that all of the Junkanoo groups received prizes because the Ministry of Tourism wanted to show its support to all groups that helped to make this festival a success. The winners of Summer Junkanoo Festival were The New Life Classic Dancers; Swingers were second; and the Western Star Titans were third. Shown are the New Life Classic Dancers. From left: Clifton Francis, Grand Bahama Junkanoo Committee member; Kayleasa Beneby; Berkelle Smith, New Life Classic Dancers; Betty Bethel; Latasha Ferguson, New Life Classic Dancers; Elaine Smith, Ministry of Tourism; Allison Smith, chairman of Grand Bahama Junkanoo Committee; and Nuvolari Chotoosingh, Minstry of Tourism. (BIS Photo/Andrew Miller)

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