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North and Central Andros next stop for the judges of the The E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival
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Friday, 22 May 2015 09:49

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Students of North Andros expressed their creativity for the judges of the The E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival on Tuesday, May 19.  BIS Photos by Patrick Hanna.

Nicholl's Town Primary School:

Individual Verse Speaking by Lanaisha Lubin.

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Grand Bahama gospel concert to assist Pastor Lindy Russell
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Wednesday, 20 May 2015 07:33

CONCERT ANNOUNCED - Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville on Monday in a press conference announced plans for a gospel concert to aid former Parliamentarian, Pastor Lindy Russell, with his medical expenses. Shown are Pastor Russell, seated second left, and Minister Darville, seated third left, with pastors of religion who are helping with the organization of the concert. (BIS Photo/Andrew Miller)FREEPORT, Grand Bahama – The Hon. Dr. Michael Darville announced a gospel concert in aid of former Parliamentarian, Pastor Lindy Russell's medical expenses at a press conference on Monday at the Ministry of Grand Bahama. The concert is scheduled for June 7, 2015 at the Eight Mile Rock High School Gymnasium.

Dr. Darville said as a result of Pastor Russell’s dedicated work for the spiritual and civic development of the people of Grand Bahama, when he became ill, "the outpouring of love and support from almost every strata of this community was phenomenal."

Dr. Darville called on the residents of Grand Bahama to attend the gospel concert, and added that he, along with the residents of Grand Bahama, are praying for Reverend Lindy Russell's "complete healing and restoration."

Other clergymen from all denominations were on hand to pray and echo Dr. Darville’s sentiments, including the Vice-President of the Grand Bahama Christian Council, Pastor Robert Lockhart.

CONCERT ANNOUNCED - Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville on Monday in a press conference announced plans for a gospel concert to aid former Parliamentarian, Pastor Lindy Russell, with his medical expenses. Shown are Pastor Russell, seated second left, and Minister Darville, seated third left, with pastors of religion who are helping with the organization of the concert. (BIS Photo/Andrew Miller)

 
Ophie and the Webbsites and Tuff Skins bring Rake ‘n’ Scrape music to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
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Monday, 11 May 2015 13:09

Ophie and the Webbsites. (BIS Photo/Gena Gibbs)NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Exposing Bahamian Rake ‘n’ Scrape artists to the international stage gives residents and visitors a full understanding of what it is to be a Bahamian.

A group from Arthur’s Town, Cat Island, the Webb Family – called ‘Ophie and the Webbsites’ -- brought Rake ‘n’ Scrape to Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival this weekend.

Cleophas Webb said his family has played Rake ‘n’ Scrape from the time he was a child; he learned it from his father and grandfather, and all of the children play.  It’s regularly played in Cat Island for weddings and parties, he said, because it’s all they have – that sound of fusion of European accordion, African goatskin drum, and the saw for “that scratchy sound and the African feeling.”

Junkanoo Carnival he said “is a fantastic idea and I am privileged to be a part of it because as you know this is a part of history that is being done right now.  I’m so excited about it.”  

Franklyn Williams of the ‘Tuff Skins’ band, also from Arthur’s Town, Cat Island, shared the stage with ‘Ophie and the Webbsites,’ and said he has Rake ‘n’ Scrape in his heart.

“To be truthful, the first time this music was broadcast on the airwaves of The Bahamas was on Charles Carter’s Young Bahamian Show. I, Frank Williams, was there and we revived this music. We love this music,” said Mr. Williams.

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Sammi Star wins first ever Music Masters competition
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Monday, 11 May 2015 13:03

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Sammi Star won the Music Masters competition during the first ever Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival with his song “Everybody Jump in the Line.”

Sammi Star and nine other finalists performed to thousands of excited spectators on the second night of the Carnival at Clifford Park, Friday, May 8, 2015.  

The entertainer went home with the $20,000 grand prize and a promotional partnership with international music conglomerate Sony Music Entertainment (SONY).

He said, “Seriously, I am proud to be the front runner of the entire thing and proud to be the person that is now the flag carrier for the new Bahamian sound. I am floored and honoured and will do my best to represent The Bahamas.”

Ericka ‘Lady E’ placed second with "My Islands in the Sun” and Colyn McDonald placed third with “Carnival is Here.”  (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)

 
Photo gallery: Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
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Monday, 11 May 2015 08:09

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Hundreds took part in the first Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival - Road Fever - which began at the Thompson A. Robinson National Stadium and finished at the Western Esplanade on Saturday, May 9, 2015. (BIS Photos by Patrick Hanna and Letisha Henderson)

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‘The Grand Life’ team making their presence felt at Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
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Friday, 08 May 2015 11:32

RAWSON SQUARE – ‘The Grand Life’ Team invaded Rawson Square Wednesday afternoon and made its presence felt.NASSAU, Bahamas – ‘The Grand Life’ Team has made it through the Costume Competition round of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival held in the Atlantis Grand Ballroom on Monday, invaded Rawson Square with their infectious excitement and turned it up another notch on BTC’s Live Show on Wednesday, were certainly ready for opening night on Thursday and have made their presence felt.

All eyes are again on The Bahamas, this time for the first ever Junkanoo Carnival being staged in New Providence on Thursday, May 7th with JunkaMania; Friday, May 8th with the Music Masters song competition feature the final 10 contestants and a Midnight Rush; and Road Fever parade and concert will close out the event on Saturday, May 9th.

It has been dubbed the largest cultural street party in the country, and with partners like the Bahamas Telecommunications Company, the primary sponsor, the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and other corporate businesses, the Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) has pulled out all the stops to ensure that Bahamians, residents and visitors get in the spirit of Junkanoo and ‘jump in da line’.

The concept behind Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is to rebrand The Bahamas’ rich culture of Junkanoo and set it on a new platform for all the world to see, thus causing the injection of a steady economic boost to the country, annually.

For Grand Bahama, partnering with the Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board (GBITB) and other private corporate entities in the promotion of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival throughout The Bahamas and to the rest of the world proved successful with its two-day kick off last month.

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