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Names released for Junkanoo Carnival Music Masters competition
Submitted by Mieko K. Smith   
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 08:25

Sammie Starr, winner of the Music Masters Song Competition performs on the Mega Stage at Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival 2015. 17 artists, 20 songs vie for $20,000 grand prize

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) congratulates the contestants in the 2016 Junkanoo Carnival Music Masters Song Competition as they embark on a journey to Music Masters stardom. Seventeen Bahamian musicians, fielding 20 songs, will vie for the $20,000 grand prize at Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival 2016. Their demos were selected by a panel of judges as the best of the best and now they will proceed to walk the road to carnival.

First stop is Music Masters Boot Camp, where the contestants will receive a professional makeover; participate in a music video shoot; and hit the studio to work with a world class Bahamian producer to master their songs. The second stop on the road to carnival is a promotional tour, where the artists will present themselves to the Bahamian people and the world and work to develop their fan base. Third stop is the Music Masters Semi Final Concert at the Grand Bahama Carnival Kickoff from April 15-16. The final stop on the road to carnival is the Music Masters Concert on Friday, May 6 at Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival 2016.

On Thursday, February 18, 2016, for the first and only time before the competitors head to boot camp and hit the studio, all of the music will be revealed in a television sneak peak.

Eight competitors from the inaugural competition made the cut this year, including overall 2015 winner Sammie Starr and runners up Ericka “Lady E” Symonette and Colyn McDonald. Grand Bahama’s Terrelle Tynes-Wilson and Georgina Ward-Rigby are both in the semi-finals again, with two of Terrelle’s songs securing top ratings. Inagua native Wendell “Avvy” Mortimer joins the ranks this year along with a host of new comers, including College of the Bahamas students Valene Rolle and Ilsha McPhee, who make up the girls group Jive. Two of Jive’s songs made the top 20 cut. Christopher “Sketch” Carey returns again with two songs, one of them jointly with his brother, Baha Men’s Rik Carey.

Dates set for 2016 and 2017 Junkanoo Carnivals
Submitted by Mieko K. Smith   
Monday, 08 February 2016 10:04

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) is pleased to announce the official dates for the 2016 and 2017 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival. Intense planning is underway for the 2016 event, which is intended to be even better than the inaugural event: The Grand Bahama Carnival Kick Off is scheduled for April 15-16, 2016 at Taino Beach, Grand Bahama, and the main event for May 5-7, 2016 at Da Cultural Village in Nassau.

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The BNFC has made a concerted effort to implement lessons learned from the inaugural year in order to improve the overall event experience, strengthen the marketing, generate greater economic impact for small businesses, increase the value to sponsors, attract international visitor participation and most importantly, contain the costs.

K.B. releases new environmentally-themed song and music video
Submitted by DP&A   
Monday, 01 February 2016 01:09

 K.B. and friends – Music legend Kirkland ‘K.B.’ Bodie is pictured with friends during the making of his newest environmentally-themed song and music video, ‘Das Nasty’. The video that hits airwaves and Youtube January 31 was shot in Nassau, Grand Bahama and Abaco with young volunteers performing with the local superstar.NASSAU, Bahamas -- The voice that became the conscience of the country in songs with catchy lines and upbeat rhythm delivering serious messages is about to hit the airwaves and Youtube again, this time urging us to stop littering and start respecting the beauty of The Bahamas.

Written, produced and performed by multiple award-winning musical artist Kirkland ‘KB’ Bodie, ‘Das Nasty’ was executive produced under the auspices of the popular environmental group Save The Bays.

Its message, says Bodie, is loud and clear – leaving trash on a beach or littering a lawn is just nasty, it’s just nasty.

“We are a tourist nation and I wanted a song that would be catchy enough to stick in people’s heads so it would be a constant reminder – delivered in a lively, friendly way -- to keep our country clean,” said Bodie.

Early recordings by the top-selling artist like ‘Jus’ Cause She Fat’ and ‘Coo Coo Soup’ made him a performing legend while his work in the past few years has solidified him as a producer with a purpose.

“This idea for ‘Das Nasty’ actually emanated from (Tourism) Minister Obie Wilchcombe,” said the singer. “Because we depend on tourism, he wanted a song to remind people to keep our country clean.” That motivation was reinforced by a video by Disney Cruise Line crewmembers showing dirty beaches and sidewalks, trash in bushes and discarded cans on the ground in public places.

A Caribbean perspective on Junkanoo
Submitted by Gregory Christie   
Monday, 25 January 2016 08:34

Kristie Smith and Osbourne Chin.Introduction by Gregory Christie:

Junkanoo has probably the most diverse following throughout the Caribbean and the perspective, and here in the Bahamas it is paramount to Sunday worship at the Church of your choice.

This past Christmas season my niece Kristie Smith came home with her fiancé who got a chance to experience first-hand, for the first time, Junkanoo. His perspective captured in the commentary that follows is an insight into how our premier cultural expose is viewed elsewhere in the Caribbean.

Osbourne Chin is a Sustainable Tourism professional with the Ministry of Tourism in Jamaica. He currently occupies the post of Director, Tourism Facilitation where he manages the sustainable tourism and environmental portfolio. He has over 8 years experience in tourism management and development with emphasis on sustainability, disaster management and climate change adaptation. He has a strong Geography and environment background, having studied Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of West Indies.

Osbourne is also a professional photographer documenting weddings, portraits, landscapes and international travel. He has a strong passion for sports and the arts through poetry, music, dance and culture.

‘Every little thing gonna be alright’: Sandals Resorts launches new ad campaign
Submitted by Chester Robards   
Friday, 15 January 2016 09:09

(L-R)Adam Stewart, CEO of Sandals Resorts International, Skip Marley, grandson of the late reggae icon Bob Marley and son of Cedella Marley, Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International.Invites audiences to join the no worry movement against backdrop of Marley soundtrack

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Sandals Resorts has launched a new advertising campaign for 2016 with a no-worry theme. The campaign, which was created by Miami-based Hunter Hamersmith Advertising, encourages audiences to “Join the No Worry Movement” and is set against ‘Three Little Birds,’ the classic Bob Marley song. It is the first time Jamaican-owned Sandals Resorts has sought marketing inspiration from and aligned its advertising with a Caribbean entity.

According to Sandals Resorts International chairman and founder, Gordon “Butch” Stewart, the current effort is an evolution of the previous “Closer You Look” campaign which was introduced in 2014 and that focused on the quality inclusions that differentiate the Sandals experience, to bring it to its natural conclusion: because everything is taken care of, vacationers don’t have to worry.

“Since the very beginning, our brand has been focused on making it easy for couples to enjoy a romantic, luxury Caribbean beach vacation. Our new campaign brings this very simple idea to life. In words, images and great music by Jamaica’s own Bob Marley, we’re saying don’t worry about a thing - come, relish the time you have together. We’ve made sure that all that you could desire is provided; amazing accommodations, great food, wine, drinks, watersports and so much more. At Sandals Resorts, guests don’t have to worry about a thing,” said Stewart.

The association of Sandals Resorts with another internationally-recognized Jamaican brand was important to Stewart and his creative team. “Our advertising agency had been working on the ‘No Worry’ concept for months and felt its success would be predicated on the rarely-granted use of Marley’s ‘Three Little Birds.’ We were thrilled when word came from the Marley Estate granting permission,” said Stewart. In fact, not only did the Marley Estate allow use of the song, but Skip Marley, grandson of the late reggae icon/son of Cedella Marley and a rising entertainer in his own right, cut a refreshed modern version of the song which is at the forefront of the new campaign.

Majority Rule Holiday Weekend -- Tribute to Freddie Munnings, Sr. [photos]
Written by BIS   
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 09:07

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The music of Freddie Munnings, Sr. was celebrated in a concert at Rawson Square on Saturday evening, January 9 – Majority Rule Holiday Weekend -- in honour of his famous contributions to music and entertainment in The Bahamas, his contributions to the achievement of Majority Rule, and his legacy that lives on through talented family members.

The Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling and Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie attended the concert, as well as other members of parliament, and many music lovers.

(BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)

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