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Bahamian performers light up Carifesta in Haiti
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 25 August 2015 07:25

Photo highlights of the first day of performances

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Queen of the Junkanoo Festival Allison Russell and Junkanoo icon and ‘King of Junkanoo’ Percy "Vola" Francis pose for the crowd, on August 22, 2015, during a Junkanoo rush at the Champs de Mars Grand Market, during Carifesta XII in Port-au-Prince,Haiti. (BIS Photo/Eric Rose)

Artist and musician to 'Freestyle' in Pompey Square for worthy causes
Submitted by Pam Burnside   
Sunday, 23 August 2015 10:46

NASSAU, Bahamas -- On Thursday, August 27th, 2015, one artist and one musician will take to Pompey Square for an 8-hour live art and music showcase. Dubbed “Freestyle: Outside the Lines pt. 1,” Allan P. Wallace, of recent celebrity salt portraiture fame, and Arthol Gibson, local hip-hop and chill house DJ, also known as Ampero, hope to raise funds in support of two very worthy causes.

Both artists recognize the importance of giving back to their respective artistic communities and helping make things a little bit easier for the next generation of young Bahamian creatives. Chosen as beneficiaries of the event will be the Art Supply Drive, which raises gently used or new art materials to ease the financial burden of art students in the government school system. The Rhythym ‘N’ Youth Rake & Scrape Ensemble, born out of Gerald Cash Primary School, is another fantastic initiative led by Nathaniel Adams that ensures the cultural sustainability of our most precious traditional musical expression.

According to Wallace, “I want to give back […and at this event] I’m going to be out there wildin’ out, just painting. That’s why I wanted to be a part of it. Freestyle should be about changing the energy of the downtown space, creating positive vibes and connecting with the wider community.” Members of the public are invited to bring a brush and jam with the artist and also donate materials on site for the Art Supply Drive.

Ministry of Tourism congratulates ‘Puzzle’ on award winning performance at MMTS
Submitted by Kendea Smith   
Friday, 21 August 2015 12:40

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Ministry of Tourism is congratulating Preston ‘Puzzle’ Wallace for winning the Music, Model and Talent Showcase (MMTS) that was held at the Melia Nassau Resort last month.

The conference welcomed delegates from 19 Caribbean islands and over 50 VIP agents, speakers and international media houses from around the U.S., Canada and Europe who have committed to supporting Caribbean talent in the pursuit of their dreams.

Over 100 delegates, male and female within three age groups starting at age 5 took part in the week-long conference.

Wallace, who is an entertainment coordinator within the Ministry of Tourism, placed third in the singer solo competition, first in the music producer’s competition and first in the singer/songwriter competition.

“It shows that we are getting better, it shows the strength and that we cannot be denied,” he said.

Bahamian judge votes in UK’s Top 10 Christian Music Chart
Submitted by Azaleta Ishmael-Newry   
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:19

NASSAU, Bahamas – “Step FWD,” a faith in action Christian movement that has a UK Top 10 Christian Music Chart has added Bahamian, Keith L. Rolle of KLR Management Group, to their international panel of judges.

With a focus to "Further inspire those with a passion for God and music, and bring light to society, using a medium people can relate to," Step FWD recently welcomed Keith L. Rolle to their ranks, to assist as a judge for their Top 10 Christian Chart that rotates hits every month

"We congratulate Keith on the work he has done through The Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards, KLR Management [Group] and other initiatives, and his efforts to support and empower others in the Caribbean music scene. Because of his experience and vision, we wanted to work with him," said Dennis O’Neil, Step FWD’s Founder and Operations Manager.

"The Step FWD UK Top 10 Christian Chart is a very cool combination of consumer and industry interactivity," said Keith L. Rolle. "I've always been a fan of the diversity of UK Christian music, so the prospect of discovering new music, new artists and helping to build new bridges between nations, gives me great pride to serve and assist Dennis O’Neil.”

Step FWD UK’s unique monthly online music chart began in March 2014, and has been breathing new life into the UK Christian scene. By scouring popular online music and video websites such as YouTube and SoundCloud, new and relatively unknown UK artists now have the opportunity for their music to be listened to alongside more recognized industry professionals. Besides judges, the public and music industry professionals choose favorite artists.

BTC helps strike-up the Urban Renewal marching band
Submitted by Serena Williams   
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 14:08

The Urban Renewal Marching Band’s primary purpose is crime prevention. The instructors are committed to achieving the objectives by instilling discipline, motivating members to pursue academic excellence and teaching music, conflict resolution, respect for authority and property, community service, effective communication, and leadership skills. BTC has been a consistent supporter and contributor of the Urban Renewal Band. (Photos by MoVi)NASSAU, Bahamas -- Today’s 600-strong Urban Renewal Marching Band is thirteen-years old, the age of many of its members who thrill us with their stylized performance and diverse musical inventory. Originally an ‘add-on’ to Prime Minister Perry Christie’s Urban Renewal initiative, its success has given it a life of its own, and bettered those of many in the band.

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) has contributed over the years in the way of musical instruments and financial aid to assist the bands expansion as more and more youngsters apply. This year BTC’s sponsorship of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) Summer Camp included the Urban Renewal Marching Band Camp over a six-week period. Additionally, the BTC Urban Renewal Basketball League at the Cynthia ‘Mother’ Pratt Park was the first sponsored league in the inner city programme. BTC supplied sporting equipment and uniforms and also several new musical instruments. To mark the country’s Independence, BTC made a further contribution providing the opportunity for more children to expand their knowledge-base with correct musical instruction and to participate in band performances.

BTC CEO Leon Williams said that a musical education is life enriching. “I would have joined a marching band as a kid if I’d had the chance,” said Mr. Williams. I’ve seen the good effects and transforming outcomes of children in the Urban Renewal Marching Band. The organisation is run well and the dedicated management by Police Officers and volunteers is reaping tremendous benefits for the children. Only through donations to purchase more instruments can more children join. BTC is major financial contributor to community betterment and we will continue to support this very productive life-enhancing programme.”

Tourism assists GB Junkanoo groups towards grand finale on August 21 and 22
Submitted by BIS   
Tuesday, 18 August 2015 09:36

Seated from left are: Elaine Smith, Ministry of Tourism; Nuvolari Chotoosingh, Ministry of Tourism; Allison Smith, Junkanoo Chairman-G.B.; Standing from left: Terry Wildgoose, Showtime;  Chauncy Gray, Superstar Rockers; Edney Sherman, Kingdom Culture; and Creighton Moxey, Western Star Titans.  (Photo/BIS)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- The Ministry of Tourism, Grand Bahama Island, made a special presentation of funds to local Junkanoo groups at the Ministry of Tourism’s office, August 17.

Junkanoo groups have partnered with Tourism to display Junkanoo culture at the Junkanoo Summer Festivals in West Grand Bahama – in the communities of Eight Mile Rock and West End.

Groups were given seed money to assist with the grand finale on August 21 and 22.

Seated from left are: Elaine Smith, Ministry of Tourism; Nuvolari Chotoosingh, Ministry of Tourism; Allison Smith, Junkanoo Chairman-G.B.; Standing from left: Terry Wildgoose, Showtime; Chauncy Gray, Superstar Rockers; Edney Sherman, Kingdom Culture; and Creighton Moxey, Western Star Titans. (Photo/BIS)

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