A post by Peter Jordens.

Jamaican-American poet Claudia Rankine has won the 2014 National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Award for Poetry with her book Citizen: An American Lyric (Graywolf Press, 2014). Citizen was also a finalist in the criticism category, making it the first book in the award’s history to be a double nominee. The winners were announced during an evening ceremony at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium in New York City.

“In Citizen, Rankine maps the uneasiness and charged space of living race now, miraculously breaking racism’s intractability down into human-sized installations, accounts of relationships and examples of speech,” said a release put forward by the NBCC on this year’s winners.

Jeffrey Shotts, Executive Editor at Graywolf Press, attended the ceremony. “Claudia Rankine’s double nomination for the National Book Critics Circle Awards was historic,” he said. “That her book, Citizen, has gone on to win one of them is remarkable. Citizen is becoming that truly unique kind of book: a defining text for our time. Graywolf is immensely proud to be Claudia’s publisher, and to celebrate the achievement that this award represents.”

Through poetry, essay, cultural criticism, and visual images, Claudia Rankine explores what it means to be an American citizen in a “post-racial” society. Citizen was published in October 2014 to wide acclaim, and went on to be a National Book Award finalist, a New York Times best seller, and an NAACP Image Award winner. The New Yorker, Boston Globe, The Atlantic, NPR, Los Angeles Times, Slate, and many other publications named Citizen one of the best books of the year.

Claudia Rankine was born in Jamaica in 1963 and moved with her family to New York when she was 7. She currently serves as chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and teaches at Pomona College in California.

Sources: http://www.susumba.com/books/news/claudia-rankine-receives-national-book-critics-circle-award-poetry and https://www.graywolfpress.org/news/congratulations-claudia-rankine-wins-national-book-critics-circle-award-poetry

For more about the award-winning book, go to https://www.graywolfpress.org/books/citizen or

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/29/books/claudia-rankine-on-citizen-and-racial-politics.html (review).

For more about Claudia Rankine, visit http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/claudia-rankine and


Also see our previous post Poet Claudia Rankine: ‘Racism works purely on perception’ in America.

Posted by: lisaparavisini | March 31, 2015

Review: Dramatic events unfold in TC Boyle’s new novel


“The Harder They Come” (Ecco), by T.C. Boyle reviewed by Andrew Selsky for the Associated Press.

T.C. Boyle’s new book is about serious subject matters: a tourist from a cruise liner killing a robber at a port of call, a mentally ill young man running around with an assault rifle in the coastal forests of northern California, a radical movement that doesn’t recognize the legitimacy of laws or those who enforce them.

But Boyle delivers it all so engagingly, with character development that puts the reader inside the heads of the characters so that you know intimately what they are feeling and thinking, that it does not seem like a “serious” book. It’s a damned fine one, though.

The poisoning of forests by large-scale marijuana growers, the conduct of the press, relationships between parents and children, mental illness, aging — these and other topics are delved into by Boyle in his eminently readable “The Harder They Come,” his twenty-fifth book, according to his publishers.

“Sten” Stenson, a retired high school principal, is one of three main protagonists in the novel, the other two being his schizophrenic son and his son’s anti-government girlfriend. Stenson is dragged along by his wife on a Caribbean cruise with the desire to “clear out the cobwebs, put your troubles behind you and come home refreshed.”

It doesn’t work out that way after Stenson kills a robber with his bare hands. He returns home to find himself stressed out and hounded by the press that “kept the whole thing going when all he wanted to do was turn the page and forget about it.”

Boyle describes the 70-year-old Stenson watching himself on TV after a reporting team comes out to his house in Mendocino, California, to interview him. The way Boyle writes it, it is sad and hilarious but mostly hilarious.

“When it aired that night on the six o’clock news, he saw himself loom up on the screen like something out of one of the Japanese horror flicks he’d loved as a boy — Rodan, maybe, or Godzilla — his eyes blunted, his face scaled and gray and his big fists clenched on the arms of the chair as if he was afraid of falling out of it.”

“The Harder They Come” is replete with such vivid imagery. There’s also a parallel tale about the exploits of 19th-century mountain man John Colter, whom Sten’s son Adam tries to emulate, even to the point of adopting his name. But instead of engaging in mortal combat with Blackfoot Indians as Colter did, Adam is battling imagined aliens and trying to slow down the wheel inside his head that, if it spins too fast, removes him from reality.

Through the blending of the Old West with new West, Boyle reminds us that America has a violent history and all too often a violent present, one in which “active shooter” has become part of our language.

Beyond the page-turning dramatic events, Boyle describes the fragile humanity and emotional turmoil that lie behind the facades of even those who seem to be hardened, extremist or who are genuinely crazy. Readers might be sympathetic to what the characters feel, even if they don’t agree with their conduct, because there’s some of that fragility and turmoil in all of us.

For the original report go to http://www.denverpost.com/crime/ci_27819909/review-dramatic-events-unfold-tc-boyles-new-novel?source=infinite

Posted by: lisaparavisini | March 31, 2015

Tiny Blackpoll Warbler Travels 1700 Miles Across the Ocean


A tiny song bird that remains in northern North America in summer season has been tracked along a 1,700 mile across the ocean journey to reach the Caribbean, Muhammad Ashan reports in this article for The American Register.

The journey started from northeastern United States and eastern Canada toward the Caribbean. It was basically a part of their winter migration to South America as per the new study. Scientists had long suspected that the bird traveled all the way to the Caribbean over the ocean but this is the first ever study to prove that. Scientists attached tracking devices to the birds in the summer of 2013 as per the results published on Wednesday in the journal Biology Letters.“It is such a spectacular, astounding feat that this half-an-ounce bird can make what is obviously a perilous, highly risky journey over the open ocean,” said Chris Rimmer of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, one of the authors. “Now maybe that will help us focus attention on what could be driving these declines,” Rimmer said.

Andrew Farnsworth is a research associate at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and he specializes in migration biology and wasn’t involved in the study. He said that by knowing how the blackpoll warblers migrate will help scientists know more about the implications of climate change.

“What happens if birds aren’t able to fuel sufficiently to make this kind of flight because of habitat fragmentation and habitat loss in New England or the Canadian Maritimes?” Farnsworth said. “How much energy do they need and if they don’t get it, what happens?”

There are a number of birds that fly long distances over water but this warbler is different because it lives in forests. Mostly other birds fly across Mexico and Central America.

In the summer of 2013, scientists attached devices to 19 blackpolls on Vermont’s Mount Mansfield and 18 in Nova Scotia. They succeeded to recapture a few of them.

For the original report go to http://www.theamericanregister.com/tiny-blackpoll-warbler-travels-1700-miles-across-the-ocean/9679/

Posted by: lisaparavisini | March 31, 2015

Jamaicans dominate Bocas prize shortlist


Two Jamaican writers and one St Lucian writer have been named to the shortlist for the 2015 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, sponsored by OCM, Trinidad’s Guardian reports. In the final round of judging, they will now vie for the overall award of US$10,000, to be presented on May 2 during the 2015 NGC Bocas Lit Fest in Port-of-Spain.

From a longlist of nine books in the categories of poetry, fiction, and literary non-fiction, the Prize judges have chosen three genre winners, which now form the shortlist for the final award. Sounding Ground, by the St Lucian writer Vladimir Lucien, is the poetry winner. Jamaican Marlon James’s novel A Brief History of Seven Killings is the winner in the fiction category, and fellow Jamaican Olive Senior’s Dying to Better Themselves was chosen from the non-fiction list, a release said.

Sounding Ground— Vladimir Lucien’s debut book—explores social and cultural boundaries in the poet’s home island, moving between considerations of bloodlines both familial and linguistic.

“His poems have the kind of life-energy to be found hidden in any cubic metre of fertile soil,” write the Prize judges. “His language makes inspired use of various kinds and registers of creole, which are always clearly distinguishable, and crucial to the purposes of the individual poem. In his hands, creole is a primary tool for enabling the local immediacy of a poem’s content to address much larger questions.”

Marlon James’s A Brief History of Seven Killings —not, despite the title, a small book—is an epic account of Jamaican society and politics in the 1970s, hinged on a failed assassination attempt on “the Singer” (Bob Marley). It encompasses local and international politics, violence and trauma, through a multiplicity of arresting voices.

“To experience the visceral power of reading this novel,” write the judges, “is to see, smell, and feel what great literature can do. Like all great literature, it is both about a specific time and place and yet also universal.”

In her historical book Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal, Olive Senior creates her own kind of epic narrative, drawing on both official accounts and personal documents to capture the voices of the early 20th century Caribbean migrants to Panama who contributed mightily to one of the modern world’s great feats of engineering. The book “exemplifies both rigorous scholarship and literary sophistication,” write the judges, who note that Senior “elegantly achieves the requisite balance between the demands of factuality and the permissiveness of creativity, craftily deploying her creative writing skills to animate historical data.”

In recent years, the Prize was won by novelists Robert Antoni for As Flies to Whatless Boys (2014); Monique Roffey for Archipelago (2013); and Earl Lovelace for Is Just a Movie (2012). Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott was winner of the inaugural prize in 2011, for his poetry collection White Egrets.

The final cross-genre judging panel, headed by celebrated Barbadian writer Austin Clarke, will include eminent literary agent Clare Alexander, poetry critic Laurence A Breiner, scholar Carolyn Cooper, and permanent Prize vice-chair Marjorie Thorpe.

The winner of the overall OCM Bocas Prize will be announced on Saturday 2 May, as part of the fifth annual NGC Bocas Lit Fest (29 April – 3 May). For further information, visit www.bocaslitfest.com/the-ocm-bocas-prize-for-caribbean-literature.

Bocas shortlist:

The 2015 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature shortlist:


Sounding Ground, by Vladimir Lucien (Peepal Tree Press)


A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James (Riverhead)


Dying to Better Themselves: West Indians and the Building of the Panama Canal, by Olive Senior (UWI Press)

For the original report go to http://www.guardian.co.tt/lifestyle/2015-03-31/jamaicans-dominate-bocas-prize-shortlist

Posted by: lisaparavisini | March 31, 2015

Announcing Cuba’s First Environmental Film Festival!


Ocean Doctor (http://oceandoctor.org/) announces Cuba’s First Environmental Film Festival.

Inspired by the success and impact of environmental film festivals around the world, including the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, Ocean Doctor is proud to announce that, with a number of Cuban partners, it will be launching Cuba’s first environmental film festival in 2016. Anticipating new environmental pressures in a post-embargo world, Ocean Doctor is working with Cuba partners to assess development alternatives that are both environmentally and economically sustainable. A key component of this work is community engagement. An environmental film festival, which includes a traveling component, will help engage Cuban citizens, including those in remote communities, in the important environmental issues they face. The festival is also designed to engage Cuban filmmakers and encourage them to produce more environmental films.


Victoria Fleischer (PBS: Art Beat) writes about a photographic exhibition inspired by long-time patron of Cuban photography Madeleine P. Plonsker, who has been traveling to Havana since 2002 to discover and support the work of emerging Cuban photographers. Coinciding with the exhibition is the release of the book The Light in Cuban Eyes, published by Lake Forest College Press. The Light in Cuban Eyes is the first North American publication with support from the Cuban Ministry of Culture and Fototeca de Cuba, Cuba’s repository of photography (comparable in function to the Smithsonian Photography Department in Washington, D.C.)

The exhibition, “The Light in Cuban Eyes,” opened in New York City at the Robert Mann Gallery on March 26 and will be on view until May 26, 2015. The gallery is located at 525 West 26th Street in New York. The exhibition includes work by Pedro Abascal, Pavel Acosta, Juan Carlos Alom, Jorge Luis Álvarez Pupo, Ramsés Batista, Raúl Cañibano, Arien Chang, Donis Dayán, Reinaldo Echemendía Cid, Adrián Fernández, Eduardo García, Alejandro González, Glenda León, Liudmila + Nelson, Kadir López Nieves, José Julián Martí, Néstor Martí, René Peña, Alejandro Pérez, Michel Pou, Leysis Quesada, Alfredo Ramos, and Lissette Solórzano.


When Cuban photographer Nelson Ramirez was eight years old, he borrowed his mother’s camera, a twin-lens reflex that requires you to reload film before each shot. Ramirez kept forgetting to reload. When he finally developed the roll of film eight years later, he noticed the negatives had multiple exposures.

“I think those are the first manipulated photography that I did,” Ramirez told Art Beat. This week, the Robert Mann gallery in New York City opened “The Light in Cuban Eyes,” a two-month long exhibit that showcases Ramirez work along with 23 others. The exhibit is an offshoot of a book by the same name, which showcases 50 artists and was published earlier this month.

Ramirez creates most of his artwork with his partner, Luidmila Velasco, which often use manipulation. In a 2008 series called “Hotel Havana,” two duo combined images of a street or a city landmark over time, using archival photos from the 1940s and 50s. They would layer those archival images with their own current-day photographs and images that represent people’s fears about the future, such as replacing the ideological billboards with advertisements for Coca-Coca.

Ramirez is now the director of the Caribbean island’s version of Getty, Fototeca de Cuba. It’s in this capacity that he met Madeleine Plonsker, an art collector from Chicago who has been focusing on paper art — photographs, paintings, etchings, lithographs, etc. — with her husband for 54 years.

Plonkser first visited Havana in 2002 on a People-to-People tour of Cuban art, a trip that profoundly affected her. She wandered into an open air contemporary photography shop and, after purchasing a print, was directed across the plaza to the only photography gallery in Havana at the time. Soon she was connected with Ramirez who introduced to her photographers throughout the bustling city.

[. . .] Over time, the collector started to develop strong relationships with the photographers. She would bring friends with her to Cuba and host “salons,” a sort of meet-and-greet showcase where a dozen photographers could interact with collectors. One of the first artists to participate was Pedro Abascal, a self-taught photographer who was one of the first people to take pictures freely on the street after the Soviets pulled out of Cuba.

Abascal has spent more than 40 years as a documentary photography, which he says is a very personal form of self-expression. He says that “The Light in Cuban Eyes” is essential, especially for an American audience, because it gives a glimpse into a world that was closed for so long.

“It covers a period of time in my country which is very important to see what we have to say and how it was,” Abascal said. “[The book] puts together people like myself that were photographing around that time with film, younger people that work with digital and other people who do more conceptual work. You can see a whole spectrum of expression in photography … you can see how Cuban photography is changing, how it has grown up in a sense.” [. . .]

For Plonsker, whose collection is on display, she hopes the book will serve as a “bibliography of contemporary Cuban photography.” [. . .]

For full article and many exciting photos, see http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/opening-cultural-doors-through-cuban-photography/

See more information on the exhibition at http://www.robertmann.com/current/

Posted by: ivetteromero | March 31, 2015

Steel Pulse: Still Rocking the Reggae, the Beat


Davina Hamilton writes about British reggae band Steel Pulse and asks them about forty years of fame, “breaking the U.S. market, and fronting a reggae revolution.” The band is currently working on a new album and a documentary. Original band members David Hinds and Selwyn Brown will play with fellow band musicians at the upcoming London International Ska Festival on April 2-5, 2015 [see previous post The 5th London International Ska Festival]. See more information below:

First stepping on stage in 1975, Steel Pulse celebrate their 40th anniversary this year.

The celebrated British reggae band plan to mark the occasion with a new album and a DVD documentary, due for release before the end of the year. But before that, the Prodigal Son hitmakers will grace the stage at this year’s London International Ska Festival.

Launched in 1988, the festival is famed for celebrating all things ska, from its roots in mento and calypso, through its Jamaican originators, and onto rocksteady, reggae, dub, 2 Tone and beyond. The 2015 event will see Steel Pulse – comprised of original members David Hinds and Selwyn Brown, along with a host of long-serving musicians – join forces with the likes of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and Derrick Harriott, who will also perform at the four-day festival.

Having had little connection with their British fanbase over the past few years, the Birmingham-born band is excited to return to the UK stage. “I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of feedback we’re gonna get, especially not having had an album out in the UK in so long,” says singer and guitarist Hinds, who was taking care of the band’s interview duties that day.

But ask him if he thinks UK reggae fans still feel passionate about Steel Pulse after so many years, the musician, who spends much of his time in the US and the Caribbean says: “I have no idea! All I do know is that when I’m in Birmingham, there’ll be one or two people who recognise me on the street. But then, I don’t think I’ve changed that much over the past 35 years – maybe that’s why!”

Rising to prominence in the ‘80s with their politically-driven messages, delivered from a uniquely British perspective, the band found favour with audiences far and wide.

“I would say that, as British artists, our lyrical content had far more universal appeal than a lot of the Jamaican reggae of that time,” Hinds reasons. “We didn’t corner ourselves by speaking about a Jamaican experience. Songs like Rock against Racism and Ku Klux Klan; even though the Ku Klux Klan was an American movement, we related it to what we were experiencing in Britain at the time. We talked about police brutality on songs like Blues Dance Raid; I think our music was a lot more politically motivated than a lot of Jamaican reggae.”

Hinds feels that the social and political messages of the band’s music is what aided their success in America in the ‘80s, and helped them connect with music-lovers who didn’t necessarily consider themselves reggae fans.[. . .]

The London International Ska Festival will take place from April 2-5. For more information, visit www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk

For full article, see http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/still-rocking-reggae-beat

Posted by: ivetteromero | March 31, 2015

The 5th London International Ska Festival


The fifth London International Ska Festival will take place at multiple London venues (one wristband gets you into all of them) over Easter Weekend from Thursday, April 2 through Sunday April 5, 2015. The festival was launched in 1988 and is well-known for highlighting the best of the world of ska, from its roots in American rhythm & blues, mento and calypso, to the Jamaican originators, and on to rocksteady, reggae, dub, 2 Tone and other 21st century ska sounds.  See the line-up below:

Thursday 2nd April 2015

—From Kingston to Camden exhibition 4 day music, art and fashion exhibition (1pm-6pm) at the Camden Foundry, Camden. Free entry.
—Lee Scratch Perry +Dojo and DJ David Katz (7pm-11pm) at The Jazz Cafe, Camden.
—Latino America Gone Ska! (11pm-2am) DJ Ruffy TNT (Mexico) hosts 60′s ska, rocksteady & reggae from Central & South America. Music never before spotlighted in London! at The Jazz Cafe, Camden.
—This Is Ska! Opening Party (7pm-midnight) at the Camden Foundry, Camden. Free entry.

Friday 3rd April 2015
—Thames cruise starring Derrick Harriott + AJ Franklin (Chosen Few) +DJ Tim P (Tighten Up) (1pm-5pm) onboard The Dixie Queen, Tower Hill Millenium pier.
—From Kingston to Camden exhibition 4 day music, art and fashion exhibition (1pm-6pm) at the Camden Foundry, Camden. Free entry.
—Bunny Lee – I Am the Gorgon film Screening 1 (4pm) / Screening 2 (6pm) at The Forge, Camden.
—Dreadzone + support + DJ tba (7pm-10.30pm) at The Jazz Cafe, Camden.
– Madness Special – a tribute to Camden Town’s finest (7pm-midnight) at the Camden Foundry, Camden. Free entry.
—All Valve Soundclash: Axis Valv-a-tron meets Sounds & Pressure Lo-fi* (8pm-2am) Two beautiful hand-built valve sound systems go head to head at The Forge, Camden.
—Gentleman’s Dub Club + Babylon Circus*, Buster Shuffle, The Toasters, Paperboy, DJ Kaptin IsDead (Boomtown) (8pm-11.30pm) at The Forum, Kentish Town.
—Time Tunnel club night- A vinyl feast of all things ska, 2 Tone, soul and more! at The Forum, Kentish Town.

Saturday 4th April 2015
—From Kingston to Camden exhibition 4 day music, art and fashion exhibition (1pm-6pm) at the Camden Foundry, Camden. Free entry.
—Legends of Ska UK premiere + Q&A (2pm) w/ Director Brad Klein, Rico Rodriguez, Owen Gray & more! at BFI, South Bank.
—Do The Dog Skazine Intl showcase (3pm-10pm) ft. Two Tone Club (France) *, The Talks (UK), The Rifffs (Malta), Miserable Man (Italy), Beat Bahnhof (Japan) * & more! at The Barfly, Camden.
—Twinkle Brothers + Zion Train and DJ Fenomeno Show (Open The Gate) (6pm-10pm) at The Jazz Cafe, Camden.
—Trojan Explosion – a celebration of the iconic Trojan Records (7pm-midnight) at the Camden Foundry, Camden. Free entry.
—Steel Pulse perform Handsworth Revolution +Dennis Bovell Dub Band and DJ Oxman (Dub Vendor) (8pm-11.30pm) at The Forum, Kentish Town.
—Don Letts Rebel Dread clubnight (11.30pm-2am) at The Forum, Kentish Town.

Sunday 5th April 2015
—Kids Go Ska – free family day (1pm-late) All-day musical treat for all the family with acoustic sets, star signings, Fish & Chips Sunday lunch & music galore at Modfather Clothing Co & Camden Foundry, Camden.
—From Kingston to Camden exhibition 4 day music, art and fashion exhibition (1pm-6pm) at the Camden Foundry, Camden. Free entry.
—2 Tone stars triple bill * ft. Sir Horace Panter’s Uptown Ska Collective (The Specials), Rhoda Dakar sings The Bodysnatchers & Beat Goes Bang (Everett Morton from The Beat) (2pm-7pm) at The Jazz Cafe, Camden.
—Bitty Mclean + Freddie ‘Montego Bay’ Notes, Vin Gordon aka Don Drummond Jr and DJ Natty Bo (Ska Cubano) (8pm-11.30pm) at Dingwalls, Camden.
—Natty Bo’s Scorchio Ska club night (11.30pm-2am) at Dingwalls, Camden.

For more information, visit www.londoninternationalskafestival.co.uk

For tickets, see http://www.efestivals.co.uk/festivals/ldnska/2015

Also see http://reggae-steady-ska.com/ska-festivals-2015/


A few days ago, Peter Nygard of Nygard International and Dr. Eugene Redmond, President of the St. Kitts Biomedical Research Foundation, announced a proposed stem cell research and treatment center in St. Kitts. The plans were made public following the Foundation’s Strategy Conference on Reverse Aging Treatments held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort in the presence of several international scientists and stem cell research experts. The idea was to establish a Luxury Health and Wellness Spa (at Christophe Harbor) to deliver stem cell treatments to reverse the failure of the body’s own stem cells to replace critical cell populations and its contribution to aging. Today, Andre Huie (WINN FM) reports on the controversy surrounding this proposal:

According to Medical News Today.com, stem cells come from two main sources embryos formed during the early development phase of embryological development also known as embryonic stem cells and adult tissue known as adult stem cells.  The controversy is the consideration of the ethics of research involving the development, usage, and destruction of human embryos.

On Saturday, entrepreneur Peter Nygard from Nygard International, at a press conference in St. Kitts with scientists and stem cell researchers, announced plans to establish the facility which he contends can bring several benefits to the island. The plan is to attract wealthy persons to the treatment center in St. Kitts, willing to invest in stem cell research and treatment aimed at helping to reverse aging. The construction of the Health and Wellness Center and Spa is earmarked for Christophe Harbor.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Patrick Martin was asked by the media about the controversy surrounding stem cell research and whether St. Kitts had considered these considerations.

“Nobody is going to make the kind of investments they are making…without having that locked down; both the ethics and linked to that the legal instruments,” Dr. Martin said.

“Science is going to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that this therapy is ethical.  As a matter of fact we already do stem cells…when we give somebody chemotherapy to fight a cancer, it knocks out their bone marrow and we have to give stem cells back, so it’s not anything new…It’s just that sometimes some of the media reporting can make it sound like you’re back in the days of Adolf Hitler and his henchmen experimenting on gypsies and Jews.”

He reminded that there was a time, when taking a heart from one human being and transplanting it to another was considered sacrilegious.

Dr. Martin said the wellness center could have to be marketed properly to avoid any fallout from potential controversy.

He however believed that there are benefits of having such a facility being in St. Kitts and Nevis. [. . .]

For full article and to and listen to news report, see http://www.winnfm.com/news/local/11968-stem-cell-research-facility-in-st-kitts-may-raise-ethical-debate

Also see previous article, “Stem Cell Research and Treatment Facility to be Established In St. Kitts,” and listen to news report at http://www.winnfm.com/news/local/11940-stem-cell-research-and-treatment-facility-to-be-established-in-st-kitts

Posted by: ivetteromero | March 31, 2015

Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival: Countdown to Grand Bahama Kickoff


The 2015 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is slated for May 7-9 in New Providence, Bahamas and its kickoff, the Music Masters Semi-finals will take place on April 17-18 at Taino Beach. Here is more information on the upcoming events:

Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is the merger of the Carnival concept with Junkanoo, the brainchild of Prime Minister Perry Christie, is intended to rebrand the country as a viable entertainment destination and afford Junkanooers the opportunity to make and sell costumes, both in The Bahamas and around the world.

[Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell] said, “The prime minister wanted to find a way for our culture to become economically self-sustaining and so this is an effort toward that. You have your artisans, musicians everybody will be involved – the community at-large, and people will come from not only outside of the country, but from other islands inside the country to Grand Bahama for the signature events.”

[. . .] Minister for Grand Bahama Dr. Michael Darville also noted at the press conference that since the prime minister’s announcement last year, the community of Grand Bahama has embraced Junkanoo Carnival and he is pleased with the strides that have been taken in preparation for the Grand Bahama and Nassau events.

[. . .] As for the Music Masters two-day semifinals event, Minister Darville said while government is optimistic about the domestic tourism numbers from Nassau and the Family Islands, it is also interesting to note that many individuals from around the world are expressing great interest via internet responses.

[. . .] At the GBCCC office opening in the Regent Centre East on Tuesday, Bahamas National Festival Commission Consultant Ginger Moxey explained that the company is a coming together of all nine Junkanoo groups, cultural product providers and musicians in Grand Bahama for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival.

Costumes being produced at the local office will also be on sale and can be worn at both events in Grand Bahama and at Road Fever in New Providence.

[. . .]Come April 17th and 18th, 17 Bahamian artists who make it to the semifinals in the song competition of the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival CD compilation will perform their original songs on one stage. Grand Bahama’s Terrell Tynes-Wilson and Georgina Ward-Rigby will be among the number, along with other Bahamian entertainers.

Midnight Rush will follow the initial concert on April 17th and is expected to warp into the beach party before day two of the Music Masters semi-finals kicks off April 18th.

[Vendor applications are available at the GBCCC office, along with information on the all-access weekend pass. For further information, call (242) 602-5117.]

For full article, see http://www.thebahamasweekly.com/publish/arts-and-culture/Countdown_to_Grand_Bahama_kickoff_of_Bahamas_Junkanoo_Carnival40800.shtml

Also see https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1025269010835935&fref=nf

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