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A-listers align for a star-studded partnership to produce Baha Mar opening gala
Submitted by Kristina McNeil   
Wednesday, 20 August 2014 11:38

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Baha Mar, the grand and greatly anticipated luxury resort announces an exciting partnership with two of the leading names in the world of music and entertainment— Jamie King and Emilio Estefan— who will be teaming up for the first time to develop, produce, choreograph and score the resort’s Grand Opening Gala alongside executive producer Bernie Yuman.

Slated for late Spring 2015, the Baha Mar Grand Opening Gala will be a grand experience of sophisticated luxury and leisure spanning multiple days and encompassing every corner of the 1,000-acre property, set alongside 3,000 feet of uninterrupted white-sand beach and crystal-clear waters.

“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with award-winning visionaries such as Jamie and Emilio, who both have successful track records and are extremely well-respected in the entertainment industry,” said Sarkis D. Izmirlian, Chairman and Chief Executive Officerof Baha Mar Resorts, Ltd. “I’m sure that their creative forces will combine to provide our guests with an unforgettable event that is nothing short of amazing and truly combines the glamour of the New Riviera with the soul of The Bahamas.”

Emmy Award® and MTV Video Music Award® nominee Jamie King, writer and director of the critically acclaimed Cirque du Soleil MICHAEL JACKSON THE IMMORTAL World Tour, and director of the newly launched Cirque du Soleil MICHAEL JACKSON ONE at Mandalay Bay (Las Vegas), is the leading concert tour director in the world of pop music today. Also an acclaimed choreographer, King has served for more than 16 years as Madonna’s creative director and has worked with an array of superstars including Rihanna, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, the Spice Girls, George Michael, Elton John, Diana Ross, Ellen DeGeneres, and most recently, as creative director of Bruno Mars' record-breaking Super Bowl halftime show.

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Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries Marching Band pays courtesy call on Consul General Ricardo Treco
Submitted by BIS   
Thursday, 07 August 2014 08:49

Pictured is Consul General H. Ricardo Treco along with Inspector Adderley and members of the Golden Gates Marching Band.MIAMI, Florida – Directors and members of the Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries Marching Band paid a courtesy call on Consul General H. Ricardo Treco and members of the Consulate staff in Miami on Friday, August 1, 2014.

Under the direct authority and command of Bishop Ross Davis of Golden Gates Assembly, Inspector Seldin Adderley re-established and developed a music program/band for young people between the ages of seven and 19 in the church in 2002.

It was under the director’s guidance that the membership of the program/band was extended to individuals in the community as well. Inspector Adderley said that after 12 years, the band has continually transformed as members have graduated, joined the workforce or left to pursue tertiary education.

He said that for the past two years, leaders and volunteers have been rebuilding the band’s membership, which currently stands at about 60 members.

Despite this being the first time that some members have been exposed to reading music and playing instruments, the band boasts a repertoire of gospel renditions, hymns and classical pieces with a variety of concert wind and percussion instruments.

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Ministry of Tourism to create more Junkanoo events
Written by BIS   
Thursday, 31 July 2014 08:03

The Valley Boys paid tribute to its former late leader Winston ‘Gus’ Cooper at the Ministry of Tourism Junkanoo Summer Festival, held in July 2014, downtown Nassau. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith)  NASSAU, The Bahamas - Full-scale Junkanoo costumes, choreographed dancing and music sections fascinated thousands of spectators who flocked to downtown Nassau for the Junkanoo Summer Festival held during the weekends in July 2014.

The various groups participating in the country’s main cultural expression conjured up images of the annual Boxing Day and New Year’s Day Junkanoo parades – following which of course winners are announced.

On Saturday the 26, an awards ceremony was held during which the Minister of Tourism the Hon Obie Wilchcombe presented awards to the Junkanoo, corporate and marching band participants.

A concert followed featuring the best in local entertainment by Basil, Puzzle, Veronica Bishop, Funky D, Spider, Q-Pid, Dyson Night and Nita, backed by the Sky Juice Band.

The A Junkanoo Groups included: Roots, under the theme referring to the Ministry of Tourism as ‘Partners: Then, Now and Always”. The Valley Boys paid tribute to its former leader the late Winston “Gus” Cooper; One Family’s theme was “Dancing to the Beat, while the Prodigal Sons, the Saxons Superstars and the Music Makers, portrayed the theme, “Tourism is Everybody’s Business”.

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Junkanoo Summer Festival success touted
Written by BIS   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 08:02

The Ministry of Tourism celebrating 50 years of Tourism, participated in the Junkanoo Summer Festival ‘Tourism is Everybody’s Business Rush’ on Friday, July 25, 2014, Downtown, Nassau. Pictured from left are Joy Jibrilu, Director General, Ministry of Tourism; Obie Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism; and Tommy Thompson, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Tourism. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith) NASSAU, The Bahamas – Minister of Tourism the Hon Obie Wilchcombe has touted the success of the Junkanoo Summer Festival held during the month of July 2014.

Against the backdrop of the 50th Anniversary of Tourism in the country, the festival was held each weekend in July, which showcased the best in Junkanoo talent, music from uniform groups and the Urban Renewal Marching Band, food, and arts and craft items before crowds of thousands.

“The Bahamas is renowned for its tourism, but they are talking about the hospitality, they are talking about its service and the beauty of this country. So if we work collectively to ensure that we deliver the best product, they can understand how effective and how important it is to our economy,” Mr. Wilchcombe said.

He made the observation following the “Tourism is Everybody’s Business Rush”, Friday, July 25, during which staff of the Ministry of Tourism, corporate sponsors and uniformed groups paraded in downtown.

“It’s a team effort and the message is very sound and the message is very clear; that Tourism is everybody’s business. And all of us whether you are a minister or work in one of the sections like sports, religious or domestic; the truth is that we are all equal and we all ought to deliver quality service,” Mr. Wilchcombe said.

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Tourism’s Junkanoo Summer Festival wraps up this weekend
Submitted by BIS   
Friday, 25 July 2014 07:10

NASSAU, The Bahamas - The Ministry of Tourism is winding down its Junkanoo Summer Festival this weekend in downtown, Nassau.

The finale begins on Friday at 7pm with “The People’s Rush – It’s Everybody’s Business” scrap rush out, during which locals are being encouraged to bring their drums, cow bells and whistles to participate in this historic tourism rush, alongside visitors.

This will incorporate an overall competition for the A Groups – the Valley Boys, Saxons, One Family, Roots, Music Makers and the Prodigal Sons.

On Saturday, a Float Parade celebrating the 50 years of Tourism will be held beginning at 2 pm from Arawak Cay to travel through the streets of the island, heading along East Bay Street onto Mackey Street, Wulff Road onto Poinciana Drive onto Nassau Street ending at Arawak Cay.

Then at 7 pm, all roads lead to Bay Street where Junkanoo winners will be crowned the best in choreography and music.

This will be followed by a concert in Rawson Square with The Bahamas’ premier entertainers - Basil, Puzzle, Veronica Bishop, Funky D, Spider, Q-Pid, Dyson Night and Nita.

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Festival Commission holds orientation for song competition judges
Written by BIS   
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 15:22

NASSAU, The Bahamas -- The Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) hosted an orientation for judges for their Song Competition, on July 17, 2014, many of whom span various genres and facets of Bahamian music.    

"You judges will be the persons who will choose which songs will be the ultimate winners of this contest," said Ed Fields Chairman of the Song Competition Committee. "You role will be to select 25 songs out of the songs submitted and those songs will be produced on a compilation CD, at a quality that is (industry) standard for all of them.    

"We will use that CD to market Bahamas Carnival to get that music into the Diaspora -- into the cities across the United States, Great Britain and Canada -- and, of course, to get into the local market."    

He also thanked all judges for accepting to undertake such a "critical" role in the Competition.    

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