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End the year on a great note at Grand Bahama’s Jingle Ball
Submitted by Barefoot Marketing   
Thursday, 18 December 2014 07:36

Bobby Brown - What happens when one of the biggest acts from the US and one of the biggest groups from The Bahamas join forces to perform their biggest hits? You get the Jingle Ball – “the hottest event for the grown and sexy in Grand Bahama.”  Being held on the last Saturday of 2014, December 27th, in the Grand Lucayan Ballroom, the concert will feature the one and only Bobby Brown whose greatest hits include ‘My Prerogative’, ‘Every Little Step’ and ‘Humpin’ Around’.  In addition to Bobby Brown, The Bahamas’ very own Visage will be rounding out the show as they’re famous in their own right with hits like ‘Hold Ya Head’ and ‘Still Need a Man’.  Pictured is Bobby Brown.FREEPORT, Bahamas -- What happens when one of the biggest acts from the US and one of the biggest groups from The Bahamas join forces to perform their biggest hits? You get the Jingle Ball – “the hottest event for the grown and sexy in Grand Bahama.”

Being held on the last Saturday of 2014, December 27th, in the Grand Lucayan Ballroom, the concert will feature the one and only Bobby Brown whose greatest hits include ‘My Prerogative’, ‘Every Little Step’ and ‘Humpin’ Around’.  In addition to Bobby Brown, The Bahamas’ very own Visage will be rounding out the show as they’re famous in their own right with hits like ‘Hold Ya Head’ and ‘Still Need a Man’.

“This is definitely an event the grown folks will love,” said Leteasha Lord, Event Coordinator. “The event will be on the last weekend of the year and GreatMinds will make it a party to remember. We decided to put on the show because we realized that there were tons of events happening this Christmas, but none geared towards the mature audience.”

Bobby Brown rose to fame in the 80s as a part of the group New Edition and experienced continued success as a solo artist, with his second album producing five top ten hits and selling twelve million copies worldwide, making it the top selling album of 1989.  With a string of hits and successes Brown will definitely tap into the nostalgia that makes the holidays warm, inviting and a great time for all.

While Bobby Brown is sure to attract the mature crowd, Visage is sure to attract a wide variety of people, as they’re not just famous in The Bahamas, but internationally as well having performed at Miami Carnival in 1998, 2002 and 2003 and Trinidad Carnival in 2002 and 2003.

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A number of Junkanoo groups on Grand Bahama receive financial boost
Submitted by Ashley Penn   
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:57

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Some eight Grand Bahama based Junkanoo groups received a financial boost, as a result of an initiative spear headed by the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited (GBPA). In an effort to contribute to an event of tradition that represents the very fabric of Bahamian culture, GBPA officials saw it fit to sponsor the Junkanoo groups as the parade is scheduled for the holiday season.

Representatives of The Bayshore Warriors,  Classic Dancers, Kingdom Culture, Platinum Knights, Showtime, Superstar Rockers, Top Performers and the Swingers receive a donation from the GBPA President, Mr. Ian Rolle.

The Bayshore Warriors,  Classic Dancers, Kingdom Culture, Platinum Knights, Showtime, Superstar Rockers, Top Performers and the Swingers were the proud recipients of the donation.

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Prime minister committed to the development of the arts
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 07:27

Prime Minister Christie is pictured addressing a crowd on well wishers mainly from the Sea Breeze community last Friday night where he expanded on his government’s vision for cultural development and the need for stronger links between culture and the economy. The occasion was the renaming of the Sea Breeze public park to the Edward Charles Carter Community Park.NASSAU, Bahamas -- “We have to do better and we have to do more” were the words of Prime Minister Christie as he talked cultural development during his tribute to cultural icon Charles Carter on Friday evening at a park renaming ceremony in Mr. Carter’s honour.

The Prime Minister was making a broader point about the way The Bahamas has traditionally treated its cultural ambassadors, singling out renowned cultural luminaries in the names of Ronnie Butler and his former constituent, Joseph Spence.  He also sounded off on the need to institutionalize both the recognition of local artists and to officially and formally facilitate the development of art and culture in The Bahamas.

The Prime Minister went on to reiterated his government’s commitment to the development of the arts as was articulated in Cuba during his plenary session address to CARICOM member states on Monday, 8th December in Havana at the 5th CARICOM-Cuba Summit.

“Last week in Cuba I articulated a commitment to the arts - to culture; I did in the presence of all of the leaders of the region there present. And I indicated to them that as of January (2015) I will become the chair and effective political leader of the CARICOM group of countries and in February we will be meeting here (in Nassau, Bahamas) and that I’m going to be able to stress and emphasize as I did in Cuba the great significance and importance of coming to understand the economic impact of culture (and) of sports.”

He went further. In light of the proven economic impact of culture as evidenced in other CARICOM countries, the Prime Minister thought it fitting for The Bahamas government to institutionalize culture by making further significant investments in the arts at the collegiate level to allow young Bahamians greater access to facilities, formal education and professional training to assist them in realizing their full potential. This would be an adjunct to the government’s policy of institutionalizing the care, education and training of children and adults with special needs such as autism.

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Christmas concerts to benefit COB scholarship students
Submitted by Barbara Thompson   
Wednesday, 03 December 2014 14:09

 Percussionist Gilliard Louis, who has just returned from performing in New York's famed Lincoln Center NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Nassau Renaissance Singers present their annual Music for Christmas concerts under the direction of Mrs. Audrey Dean-Wright.  Performances will be held in the Government House Ballroom on Thursday, December 11th and Saturday, December 13th at 8:00pm.  

Featured guests include percussionist Gilliard Louis, who has just returned from performing in New York's famed Lincoln Center and the Colour of Music Festival in South Carolina.  

Also featured is an 11 member singing ensemble out of COB - the Voices of Paradise.  Voices of Paradise was formed by Audrey Dean-Wright, Associate Professor & Director of the College of The Bahamas Concert Choir, in May 2013, after the choir was heard by a producer during their New York Concert Tour earlier that year.

A group from the choir was contracted to sing in a European tour by the producer; but due to unforeseen circumstances, they were unable to embrace the offer. However, because of this offer, they were afforded the opportunity to travel to Florida, during the summer of 2013, and work in the recording studio of Waterfall Productions and complete a very successful recording of some 12 songs that will be produced for the 40th Anniversary of the College of The Bahamas.

Since then the group has distinguished itself both locally and internationally, performing at  concerts, government and college events, seminars and private functions.  They have a diverse repertoire of gospel, contemporary and Bahamian songs.

Tickets are available at Custom Computers in the Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza and at Cable Beach and at the door, as space allows.  Proceeds from the concerts benefit the Nassau Renaissance Singers' COB Music Scholarship Fund.  

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Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival introduced with Grand Bahama launch party
Submitted by Lededra Marche   
Monday, 01 December 2014 08:44

COSTUME UNVEILING   The Grand Bahama Cultural Carnival Company pulled out all the stops Friday night and unveiled its 'The Grand Life' Costume line during Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival launch in the Count Basie Square at the Port Lucaya Marketplace.FREEPORT, Grand Bahama  ---  The Right Honourable Prime Minister Perry G. Christie officially introduced Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival in Grand Bahama on Friday, November 28th during a launch party in the Count Basie Square at the Port Lucaya Marketplace where residents and visitors turned out for the spectacular event.

The night kicked off with the melodic, downhome Rake-N- Scrape sounds of Ophie and the Websites, Bahamian sensation Stileet, the Matrixx Band and Terrelle Tynes-Wilson, one of three Grand Bahama finalists in the Bahams Junkanoo Carnival Song Competition, who owned the stage while performing “Mash Up the Carnival” and “Roll Mama” for the first time with the Royal Bahamas Police Force Grand Bahama Band.

The stage was transformed into a Carnival runway party, Bahamas-style when the Grand Bahama Junkanoo Carnival Company unveiled its eight prototype costumes and two signature pieces under its 'The Grand Life' theme.

Prime Minister Christie revealed how impressed he was on seeing the production, performance of the models and array of costumes, noting that it was a sight to behold.

“What is happening this evening is simply an example of the kind of costumes that Grand Bahama is putting forward. Mr. Dames, Nassau has a real challenge and I’m going to carry the news back to Nassau that I’ve come down here and I saw that Freeport, Grand Bahama you are ready,” he said.

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Tourism’s Director General Joy Jibrilu congratulates Bahamas All Star Band on performance in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Submitted by Kendea Smith   
Friday, 28 November 2014 07:04

We are extremely proud of the magnificent performance the Bahamas All-Star Band gave at the 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this [Thursday] morning.

Through blistering cold weather, the young group of 120 took New York by storm proudly playing Bahamian music and showcasing uniquely Bahamian dance moves.

The Bahamian band was fourth on the prestigious lineup, joining the top marching bands in the United States, theatre performers, elaborate floats, and famous balloons.

This is the first time in the parade's 88 years that an international marching band has been selected to participate.

More than 3.5 million lined up along the parade route to view the famous Thanksgiving Day parade live, and more than 50 million viewers watch on television and internet each year.

The Ministry of Tourism is proud to have sponsored such a wonderful performance and such an historic moment in our history.

We also extend our congratulations to Band Director Luke Caley on this stellar performance.

All Bahamians should be proud to see our Bahamian youth display our culture to the world in such a tremendous way.

 
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