PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - One of Carnival’s premier shows, “the Power and Groovy Soca Rumble” is just around the corner and as a result, all is being put in place for a remarkable show this year, which will see the participation of 21 competitors, 10 in the Groovy category and 11 in the Power segment of the show.
The event, which promises to be competed at a high level is scheduled to take place at the Festival Village on Friday, April 15th and will start promptly at 8 pm.
Speaking to our news department, Geisha Heyliger of Promotions Montage NV told our news department that the night will be filled with lots of entertainment as well as excitement.
She is equally excited about the 2nd edition of the show.
Meanwhile, one of the persons that will be competing for the first time in the Soca Rumble event is the Mighty Dow.
He made clear that he is in it to avenge his son, Young Dow, who unsuccessfully participated in the 1st edition of the show last year.
The veteran entertainer is also sending a clear message to the younger generation.
The ultimate vision of the Nature Island Food & Drink Festival scheduled for April 23rd, 28th & 29th this year is ‘to present and promote culinary excellence and passion in Dominica. Stimulating Industry practitioners to utilize culturally rich techniques and recipes with contemporary skill and ingredients and up-to-date trends to consistently provide distinctly Dominican world class culinary experiences’. This years’ Festival takes major strides in that direction through a number of key developments and support from prestigious institutions and industry colleagues.
Island Chef Culinary Competitions and headline Cook-Off & Mix-Off event will take place on Friday 29th April at the Anchorage Hotel where International and regional chefs will serve as judges. South African Melissa Van Assen, a Super Yacht Chef for over 15 years and co-owner/Chef at her Banana Lama Eco Villa near Rosalie in Dominica will be head of the judging panel. The panel will be made up of the esteemed Symposium Chef Lecturers whose attendance has been made possible by sponsorship from our Caribbean regional airline LIAT.
This year competitors can expect to win life-changing prizes. The Festival has secured support from the multiple Award winning CuisineArt Golf Resort & Spa in Anguilla through a prize of a 2 week internship in November during the 2nd annual Epicurea Golf Event. Another 2-week internship has been secured from one of the Caribbean’s Top 5 Luxury Lifestyle resorts, the Curtain Bluff in Antigua while The renowned Coco Palms Resort & Spa in St. Lucia has not only sponsored this year’s Mixologist Lecturer and Judge but has also committed a one week internship for the Island Mixologist 2016 Champ. As a special Category this year the Judges will select the most promising Chef who will win a Culinary Course at Chef Edey’s Caribbean Cuisine Culinary Institute in Barbados. Very generous prizes to be awarded with others from local media partner Digicel on the afternoon of 30th April, at the DHTA’s most prestigious Annual National Tourism Trade Show & Cocktail.
With the invaluable partnership of Discover Dominica Authority, further regional support has come via print promotion in LIAT’s ZING Magazine April to June 2016 edition and the Festival’s inclusion in the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Caribbean Culinary Events Calendar 2016 which is distributed globally to the Travel & Leisure Industry and online as well as Travel & Trade Show presence.
As with Last year the Festival Schedule is full of interesting activites for people of all ages and includes; the Kids Farm to Table Experience on Saturday 23rd April to the Kalinago Territory with 2 time Island Chef Champ Nikki Esprit of Café Desiderata; NIF&DF Symposium of a full day of interactive hands-on workshops by top chefs. Barbadian Celebrity Television Chef and Lecturer Peter Edey of Caribbean Cuisine and Nutritionist, Dominican born Personal Trainer, Nutritionist and Chef Irma Douglas of Fiber & Spice who honed her Culinary and Coaching skills in New York over 2 decades.
The workshops will cover a broad range of topics from kitchen operations to menu planning on your feet with available ingredients; the proverbial ‘Mystery Basket’, International trends for presentation to considerations of Nutrition and caloric values. Four important workshops that will assist the food enthusiasts and importantly the industry workers in ensuring they strike a balance on variety, technique, nutrition and value, making for profitable businesses.
Two workshops for Mixologists by St. Lucian Demitrius Octave from Coco Palms Resort & Spa will deliver a Belfast Estate Rums sponsored Rumology course and a Mixology workshop on infusing local essences and flavours with International trends, spirits and brews. These will precede the Nature Island Ital Food & Bush Rum Fest featuring a Belfast Estates Rumology Mix -Off & Anchorage Ital Buffet.
Producer of the event Carla Armour, extends gratitude to the local partners and sponsors who have come forward or stood with the Festival this year in spite of the economic downturn exacerbated by the effects of TS Erika namely; The Anchorage, Digicel, Portsmouth Beach Hotel, Discover Dominica Authority, Sukies Blue Flame Gas and PDG Restaurant and Kitchen Suppliers for 5 years of sponsorship; Fine Foods Inc. agents for Roberts & Angostura, Smirnoff Vodka (agents HHV Whitchurch), Neo Expression, First Domestic Insurance Co. ltd., Dominica News Online and our newest sponsors Belfast Estates Ltd. and S-Mart. A Festival of this magnitude cannot go on without the support and patronage of the public so all are encouraged to come out and enjoy the aspects that are most attractive to them, invite friends from the diaspora to come to Dominica for the Festival and during the month of May when the highlight on National Tourism Month promotes experiencing Dominica like a local. They way Dominica knows how to do Tourism best! The Real deal!
Call for Chefs and Mixologists and activity programs have been posted to facebook and circulated to the Industry. Registrations are open to all interested persons at a very low competition and workshop fees.
PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - This weekend will be another carnival packed weekend with numerous activities and parties.
The events will start on Friday evening with the road to carnival parties and culminating on Sunday afternoon with the band clash.
The Walter Plantz Pier will also be a location that will be featured this weekend with carnival after parties.
Director of the SCDF Michael Granger spoke to our news room via PodCast.
GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – Bracket, the Nigerian duo who will be performing for the first time at the St. Maarten Carnival on April 26th has been nominated in two categories including the Best African Group at the 2016 Kora All African Music Awards, which is largely considered the African equivalent of the Grammy Awards.
The other category for which the group has been nominated is the Best Collaboration of the Year for the track “MayDay SOS” with JJK.
The awards ceremony was scheduled to have been held last month at the Windhoek Country Club in Namibia, however, the organizers announced its postponement due to some “technical” issues.
Winners from each category will receive the coveted Kora trophy and cash prizes ranging from US$20,000 to US$50,000, and one million dollars for the Best Artist of the Continent, the nominees for which have not yet been revealed.
Both Rihanna and Chris Brown have won the Best Artist of the Diaspora respectively in past editions.
Bracket, the multiple award-winning duo of Yori Yori fame, are well-known in the Caribbean for their infectious beat which is similar to Zouk, laced with R&B and African rhythms.
“We are coming to rock St. Maarten Carnival,” Bracket told organizers of the African Flavour Concert who are also offering the opportunity for everyone who purchases a ticket to win two return airline tickets to Nigeria.
“You have to be inside the Festival Village when the raffle is held to win, otherwise another number will be chosen,” said Melissa Webster, president of the African Flavor Entertainment Foundation, which is in charge of the concert.
The line-up also includes Benjai (Mr. Phenomenal) from Trinidad who will also be making his debut on St. Maarten and Roxxy from Anguilla. Oswald, (“Baby Yolo”; “Girls that like girls”) who is now plying his talent in France, will be back home just for this concert while reigning Groovy Soca Rumble Monarch, King Timo will also be delighting the audience with his unique sound.
“Fred York and his Musicologists, who have backed such legendary stars like the late Percy Sledge, will be on stage too,” added Ms. Webster who said that the Nirvana Dancers will add a special flavor to the concert, while some of the island’s most outstanding DJs will demonstrate their skills.
MC for the evening will be the King of them all, Fernando Clark.
“We promise an experience that you will never forget,” concluded Ms. Webster.
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:
“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 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.
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, Dominica – Discover 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. Maarten – Fun 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.
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