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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) is gearing up for a busy weekend which will be headlined by the first band clash to be held in well over a decade.

Band Clash 2016 will be held on Sunday, April 10 on the parking lot next to the new Government Administration Building. Showtime is 5:00pm and admission is free.

The three bands that will “clash” are No Limit Band, XP Band and 4M HD. The Band Clash is part of SCDF’s approach to give local bands extra exposure for the Carnival season.

Historically, the clash has always drawn a passionate crowd of supporters for their favorite bands. This year is expected to be no different.

Criteria for Band Clash 2016:

  • Bands must play a 30 minute set. This set must consist of the SCDF Classic Pick and other local songs.
  • The SCDF Classic Pick will be a local song chosen by SCDF. The classic song chosen is “We goin on mad” by Youth Waves.
  • Each band must start their set with The Classic Pick, played as it should be in its original recording. Bands must perform the intro, first verse and 1 chorus of the song as the original, after which the song can be played in the band’s own style and rendition.
  • After the Classic Pick the Band can continue its set with any set of local and original songs. Bands may play songs from other bands once the songs are considered local.
  • There is a maximum of 100 points to be allotted towards Band of the Year totals by participating in Band Clash.
  • It will be judged by a three-member panel of judges.

“The bands are excited and ready for Sunday and we are expecting a nice turnout in support of local bands. St. Maarten’s Carnival lovers can’t get enough of the bands going against each other.

This has been a great tradition of the past and every year we are asked to bring it back.

We are encouraging everyone to come out and support their favorite band and to have a good time as we continue to build towards Carnival 2016,” the SCDF said.

SAINT LUCIA – The 2016 official festival opening show at the Mindoo Philip Mark on April 29th is set to offer patrons a high energy party experience consistent with the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival’s “Best Party in the Caribbean” brand.

Twelve artistes from Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and Saint Lucia will raise the curtains on the 25th edition of the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival in a show designed to bring the most prolific Soca hits over the last two years, old school reggae and dancehall to the Opening Show. They comprise Saint Lucians Nerdy, Sirlancealot, Michael Robinson, Sedale & Wildfire, Mysterio, Arthur Allain, Ezra ‘The Fun Machine’, Tropixx Band, and The Derek Yarde Project (DYP) in an old school reggae tribute with Lovindeer, plus Lyrikal and Mavado

An interesting and fun segment of the Festival’s Opening Show promises to be a collaboration between Saint Lucia’s DYP and Jamaica’s Lovindeer, whose several hits remain old time favorites across the Caribbean. These include “Babylon Boops", "Don't Bend Down", "Pocomonia Day", "Man Shortage", and what is perhaps the biggest hit of his career with "Wild Gilbert".

In disclosing the line-up, Saint Lucia Tourist Board Special Events, Manager Dahlia Guard, disclosed that the heavy emphasis on Saint Lucia chart topping Soca acts was deliberate in view of the appeal of the Opening of Jazz as a jam and party night, vis a vis the comparative quality of Saint Lucian party music in the last five years.

“Saint Lucia’s Soca artistes are on par with the international Soca artistes of the region. There is hardly any need to look elsewhere for the Opening of Jazz given the type of event it is; but also, with the rebranding of the Festival, we are keeping to the mandate of exposing what we have that is great,” Guard said.

The US based International recording artiste Lyrikal of Trinidad & Tobago has more than 40 releases in his repertoire, including “Conquer Meh”, “Dip and Roll”, “Cloud 9” and “Loner”, as well as countless collaborations with leading Caribbean artistes.

Headlining the Opening of the Jazz & Arts Festival will be Mavado who has been racking up a string of hits from 2005. “On The Rock”, remixed by Jay Z, was a smash hit that went on to enjoy Billboard success.  Mavado’s popularity also stems from the acclaim associated with his many musical collaborations with some of the industry’s top urban artistes such as Busta Rhymes, Birdman, Akon, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, JAY Z and Wyclef.

Patrons at the April 29th Opening will also receive a musical treat when two of the island’s most famed and prolific deejays Hyper D and Hollywood HP face-off.   

The venue is the Mindoo Phillip Park in the capital Castries and ShowTime is 8pm promptly. Tickets are priced at EC$60/US$24 in advance and are available at The Cell -Baywalk Mall, Vieux Fort and Soufriere, Splendor Gifts & More -Gablewoods Mall, and Steve’s Barber Shop. Cash, credit cards, bank/ATM cards will be accepted at some outlets.

For more information on the full lineup for the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival 2016 along with show dates, venues and ticket sales, log onto www.stluciajazz.org

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - ENNIA manager Soraida America gives a gift certificate to one of the winners at the Manrique Capriles Beauty Expo.

The certificate is for a massage, manicure, pedicure and facial at the Indulgence by the Sea Spa.

All visitors to ENNIA's stand who made an appointment for a financial planning consultation were eligible to win a gift certificate.

ROSEAU, DominicaDiscover Dominica Authority announced that Andy Narell has been included as one of the performers for the 7th Dominica’s Jazz ‘n Creole Festival.  The Festival is carded for Sunday May 15, 2016 at the Cabrits National Park.

Andy Narell released his first solo album in 1979 with the inclusion of the steel pan in a jazz band.   He has incorporated the steel pan in varying genres of contemporary music.  His most recent album of steel pan music “Oui ma Chérie”, released in 2014, features  Mike Stern, Etienne Charles, Relator, Thomas Dyani, Inor Sotolongo, Gregory Louis and Narell playing the steel pans.

Narell has made 15 albums as leader, one as co-leader with Relator (University of Calypso), two as co-leader of the Caribbean Jazz Project (with Paquito D’Rivera and Dave Samuels), and two as co-leader of Sakésho (with Mario Canonge, Michel Alibo, and Jean Philippe Fanfant). Along the way he has worked with artists as diverse as Tito Puente, David Rudder, Kassav, Tanya St. Val, Angelique Kidjo and Aretha Franklin.

As a bandleader and soloist he has performed at hundreds of concerts and jazz festivals throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, South America, and Africa.

In 2012 Andy began working with Birdsong Steel Orchestra in Trinidad, and composed music for the Panorama in 2013 (The Last Word) and 2014 (We Kinda Music). For 2015 he arranged Nyol Manswell’s ‘Pan Magic’ and returned to original composition in 2016 with ‘Dis 1. 4. Raf’.

The Dominica Brewery and Beverages and Fine Foods Inc. were also confirmed as business partners for this year’s Jazz ‘n Creole Festival.

For more information about Dominica’s Jazz ‘n Creole, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045 or Dominica Festival Committee at 767 448 4833. Or visit Dominica’s official website: www.DiscoverDominica.com, or follow Dominica Fests on Twitter and Facebook, and YouTube.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten – The organizing committee of Rio Productions conducted a meeting with the Emergency Services of St. Maarten namely; the Police Force, Fire Department and Ambulance Services, in preparation of the upcoming largest Carnival Night Parade ever hosted on St. Maarten which is set to take place on April 9th 2016.

Rio Productions recognizes the importance of proper safety and security measures, and called in meeting last week with the emergency services to get a better understanding of all rules & regulations to comply with. Chief Inspector of the Uniformed Division-Philipsburg Mr. Bloeiman gave an overview of all aspects that need to be taken into consideration when hosting a large event, and also underlined the zero-tolerance position of the police regarding alcohol consumption of under-aged participants. The fire department provided detailed information on fire extinguishers, safety procedures and outlined the importance of having an emergency lane at the event location called “Rio Village”.

Organizing the largest night parade ever in the history of St. Maarten, with 3 bandwagons, bands, DJ’s, lightshows, and approximately 1500 carnival revelers comes with the responsibility and commitment to take all aspects regarding public safety into consideration. President of Rio Productions, Ms. Brenda Wathey stated “it makes me extremely proud that our uniformed officers are so passionate & concerned about the safety of our people. As they are recognizing the importance of Carnival Events for St. Maarten, they also made abundantly clear that public safety can never be jeopardized during events whereby full cooperation of organizers is expected. Rio Productions is of the same opinion and pledged to comply with all safety regulations, as we see it as our mission to provide a safe environment where revelers can enjoy carnival music as they parade in lighted t-shirts and costumes through the streets of the Philipsburg showcasing St. Maarten’s culture”.

T-Shirts are still available but very limited, persons interested in participating are therefore advised to purchase their shirt before April 6th 2016. For more information visit: www.rioproductions.sx

PHILIPSBURG, St. MaartenFun Miles will once again make its presence felt during Carnival, not only by treating revelers to fun giveaways in the Grand Parade, but also with an exciting social-media-based prize campaign in the Village, with 50,000 Fun Miles to be won.

Fun Miles’ motto for Carnival is ‘Fun On Fleek’, an expression inspired by the world famous viral video on YouTube that popularized the term ‘on fleek’, which means ‘on point’ or ‘perfect’.

SPREADING THE FUN IN THE GRAND CARNIVAL PARADE

Revelers who like a fun giveaway should look for the Fun Team during the Grand Carnival Parade on Monday May 1. The Fun Teamers will be handing out fun give-away items for free.

TAKE A PICTURE IN THE GIANT FUN MILES CHAIR AND WIN

In the Carnival Village, Fun Miles will place a gigantic red chair. Revelers are invited to have a seat, take a fun photo and share it on their Facebook or Instagram with the hashtags #funmiles and #funonfleek. The picture with the most likes will win a whopping 50,000 Fun Miles.

FOLLOW THE FUN ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Fun Miles has become a true phenomenon on Caribbean social media, with over 26,000 people liking its Facebook page. However, many might not yet know that Fun Miles is also on Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube & WhatsApp. All these platforms provide great, different ways for cardholders to connect with Fun Miles and to stay on top of all its special offers and prize campaigns. Fun Miles will use Carnival to point this out in a fun, festive way.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Ziggy Marley and his wife have announced the birth of their fourth child.

The musician (and son of reggae icon Bob Marley) and wife Orly welcomed Isaiah Sion Robert Nesta Marley, on March 14 in Los Angeles.

“All are healthy and happy,” Marley’s rep said of the family, which includes daughter Judah, 10, and sons Gideon, 9 and Abraham, 5.

Before his wife gave birth, Marley, 47, took to Instagram to celebrate their latest addition.

“My beautiful wife and I share a moment as she gets ready to give birth to our fourth child today,” he said. “JAH BLESS HER AND HIM. The things we put our women through.”

Marley — who will release his sixth solo album, Ziggy Marley, on May 20 — also has three children (Daniel, Justice and Zuri) from previous relationships.

COLE BAY, Sint Maarten - The first annual Zamar Musikfest was a sensational success with a starring line-up of gospel artistes such as Shawn J, Roxsy, and Shernel and headlined by Positive out of Trinidad and Tobago.

The event was jointly hosted by Zamar Musical Productions and GIFTED Foundation.

The gospel ministers visited Sundial and St. Maarten Academy PSVE schools with messages of change and making our world a better place. Then, a power-packed concert showcased local talents of dancers, rappers, singers, and musicians.

The audience sang along to the hit tunes belted by Shernel and Roxsy. They took to their feet, grooving to the soulful melodies of Shawn J. All got on the dance floor when Positive took the stage, and the energy in the building was high.

Zamar intends to make the next year’s event even bigger- already making plans for a network gala affair.

GIFTED Foundation will be spreading their message of positive music culture to Puerto Rico with the WorldChangers Concert on April 9, 2016, where St. Martin/Sint Maarten artistes will be featured as well as other Caribbean gospel artistes.

Pond Island, St. Maarten –  TelCell Night of the Hit Makers is once again being billed at the premier, music event for Carnival 2016 – with positive endorsements from sponsors and St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) alike.

SCDF Director, Michael Granger, expects the event to draw in thousands from all over the world, to St. Maarten’s largest cultural event.

“I’ve known Mr. “Rude” since school days and he has always been serious and passionate when he sets his mind to make things happen the way he does every year by bringing the show to another level,” said the SCDF Director, who also praised TelEm Group for being the main sponsor of the show and also of Carnival itself.

During a press conference held at the Festival Village last week, the show organizer and his team from Xtratight Entertainment, also thanked their main sponsor, TelCell, and introduced some new sponsors who are coming on board this year.

“We have a number of different performers coming on stage, some that we have been trying to get to St. Maarten for a long time, and now we finally managed it. We also have some classic acts that will really put our “famous” dance floor to the test this year,” said Mr. Rude.

He said discounted tickets will go on sale for a limited time at the TelEm Group building before the end of the month and music fans can look forward to taking advantage of that offer - saving on the price of tickets at the gate.

During the press conference, TelEm Group representatives, Chief Technical Officer (CTO) Eldert Louisa, and Carnival Promotion coordinator, Grisha Marten, also expressed the hope that customers and members of the public generally will attend the event and experience another of the organizer’s famous “Surprise” of the night.

According to Grisha, the company is currently running a phone sale promotion that offers a ticket for the Night of the Hit Makers show and tickets to four other Carnival shows. All carnival lovers have to do is purchase one of the new Kodak IM5 Smartphones and the tickets will be given as part of the promotion package.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - On Saturday March 19th the annual “Cause Way Jump took place. A large crowd participated in the event. The parade started and ended scheduled.

Three persons were arrested for their misbehavior. They were taken to the police station and given a stiff fine totaling Nafls 1765,-.

After paying the fine they were given a stern warning and then released. The jump up was a success.

 

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