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Brutha Music Festival’s inaugural kick-off in Nassau September 27th
Thursday, 18 September 2014 10:10

NASSAU, Bahamas -- On Saturday September 27th, Brutha Music Festival (also known as Brutha Fest) will be introduced to The Bahamas – an annual musical festival showcasing celebrated and emerging Bahamian artists.  Set to take place at the Dundas Centre from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., Brutha Fest re-establishes the concept of an adult and family oriented festival where all are welcomed into a safe environment to enjoy the diverse sounds of local performers.

In a rare showcase of talented artists – acts include Julien Believe, Wendi, QPid, Bodine, Leah Eneas and a Junkanoo Rush Out – Brutha Fest will set a precedent in merging talent, music and community.  Moreover, Jungle Jym will be present with lots of games, activities and bouncing castles, etc. for the kids.

With an expected crowd of approximately 1,000 persons - to enjoy more than 10 musical acts - this will also serve as a great opportunity for local vendors to showcase their products and services to a varied but targeted audience.  Tickets will be sold for $15 in advance and for $20 at the gate, $3 for kids.

“Taking pride in all the talents that we can find locally is extremely important, especially as we are seeing the growing success of Bahamians internationally,” said Travis T. Sweeting, organiser and mastermind behind Brutha Fest.  Mr. Sweeting is also the Founder and CEO of Brutha Magazine, a magazine catering to men with a sophisticated taste and lifestyle.  

For more information on Brutha Fest visit the FB page HERE.

Song competition for 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers officially begins
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 07:26

Marcellus Taylor, chairperson of the Local Core Coordinating Committee for the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers, talks about the Song Competition during a press conference at the Ministry of Youth.  Mr. Taylor is flanked by the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald, Minister of Education, Science and Technology.  (Photo by Aletha Cooper/Communications Department, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology)NASSAU, The Bahamas – As The Bahamas prepares to host the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (19th CCEM) in June of 2015, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology began the search for a song that will herald the importance of education and promote unity between member states of the Commonwealth.  

Education, Science and Technology Minister the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald said the Song Competition is another project that will enable The Bahamas to ‘brand’ the 19th CCEM, and entries are expected to ‘celebrate’ the power of education to enhance the lives of individuals and nations.

Minister Fitzgerald officially launched the 19th CCEM Song Competition during a news conference at the Ministry of Youth on September 5. 

“Each step that we take is designed to ensure that we promote the theme of the 19th CCEM, ‘Quality Education for Equitable Development -- Performance, Paths and Productivity,’ and highlight how each element impacts all Bahamians and the 2.2 billion citizens of The Commonwealth,” said Minister Fitzgerald.  

He said the triennial meeting is second in importance, only to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and allows the 53 leaders of education systems within the Commonwealth to engage in meaningful dialogue on education.  

Popular Bahamian musical artist ‘K.B.’ releases new single Captain Kangaroo
Submitted by DP&A   
Monday, 15 September 2014 16:05

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Musician and recording artist, Kirkland ‘K.B.’ Bodie, this week released his latest musical single Captain Kangaroo. Another of his hard hitting songs, the artist sheds light on the leadership of the country as seen through his eyes.

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“You can call my latest body of work #MessageMusic. It speaks to the state of our nation, socially and politically,” said Bodie. “I have always included stories and messages in my songs, describing who and how we are as a people. Things are changing so fast, now, more so than ever and we are in a time where we have to address #SocialMatters plaguing our daily lives which are growing worse.”

When discussing inspiration, Bodie shares, ”In my younger days, I was inspired by brave and prolific artists and writers like Eddie Minnis and The Mighty Sparrow among others.”

Captain Kangaroo has received over 1000 views on YouTube in a day and a half.

“As I have in the past, I will continue to write social commentary and hold any present or future elected government official’s feet to the fire,” urged Bodie. “I welcome any of my musical and cultural brothers and sisters to join in on this #MessageMusic trek to make a better, more productive Bahamas for us all."

Click HERE to go to YouTube to hear the song if no display above.

Band leaders pay courtesy call on the Governor General
Submitted by BIS   
Friday, 05 September 2014 07:24

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, welcomed the Royal Bahamas Police Force Band Leaders, September 4, during a Courtesy Call. Pictured left to right: ASP Andrew Hunter; Supt. Ronald Campbell, Director of Music for the RBPF Band; ASP Anthony Butler; and Inspector Seldin Adderley. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)

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.  

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