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CARIBBEAN NETHERLAND - Sound Citizens are pleased to announce their new single, ‘Rising Star’, will be available Friday 27th January 2017. Both the single and music video were self-produced by the band, and mark the first in a series of releases planned for 2017.
Sound Citizens’ music is quickly being recognised as a new Caribbean sound, and rightfully so. ‘Rising Star’ seamlessly blends a Caribbean jump-up soca vibe with their own brand of bad-ass island funk. From the hard-hitting intro to the percussive drop and hands-up finale, the song is consistently a hit at live shows.
A collection of musicians from all over the world, Sound Citizens formed in Antigua in 2015 and have been making waves around the islands ever since. Fresh from their Leeward Island tour (playing packed out shows in St Maarten, St Barth’s and BVI), the band is more in demand than ever.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - St. Maarten’s carnival flagship show and premier dance experience will be hitting a milestone this year with it’s 5 year anniversary celebration. For the past 4 years Xtratight™ Entertainment has brought a blend of artists together that brings the carnival village alive, and sets the dance floor on fyah. For their 5th year anniversary dubbed “Fusion”, Xtratight has gone into their archive and selected the best artists of the past 5 years and placed them on one stage for one night giving St. Maarten the Ultimate Dance Party. This year Xtratight is guaranteeing yet another Xtatic experience for St. Maarten Carnival 2017. Xtratight™ Entertainment presents it's 5thedition of TelCell Night Of The Hit Makers featuring Impact Band, Kai formerly known as Carimi, Jean Marc Ferdinand, Claudius Philips, Farmer Nappy and the queen of bacchanal Destra

As customary, Xtratight Entertainment has managed to put a top-notch array of artist together guaranteeing that the 5th edition of Carnival’s Flagship Show; will be one never to be forgotten. This year’s TelCell Night Of The Hit Makers comprises the “Best Of The Best” which is guaranteed to set the dance floor in the village ablaze.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) announced on Friday that 13 individual singers and 2 bands are registered to participate in the 2017 Carnival Roadmarch competition. They will all attempt the dethrone the two-time reigning monarch Rumari “Rumer” Rogers.

The SCDF has made a slight change with the scheduling of the Roadmarch competition for Carnival 2017. For the last five years the event was held together with the Senior Calypso Eliminations. For 2017 however, the foundation has decided to combine the event with the Band Clash competition.

“We think these two events go great together. They are on the same energy level and creates the atmosphere we want to see on that night,” SCDF President Alston Lourens said.  “The Calypso Eliminations is a different event with a different, much older crowd. With the influx of young singers into the Roadmarch competition, it was clear that the two didn’t work well together. But with Band Clash we have the prefect mix,” Lourens said.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Lions Club had another successful fundraiser with it’s annual Christmas Bingo the Lion Wally Havertong Christmas Bingo Spectacular which was held last Saturday at the Festival Village. This was the 43rd year of the popular bingo which is the largest on St. Maarten and one of the largest around the Caribbean.
Over 2100 persons attended the bingo whereby the general public played 52 games for overloaded Christmas baskets with ham and turkeys, airline tickets, hotel stays, restaurant vouchers and many other prizes. There was also a door prize of a Christmas Basket and other consolation prizes that were raffled as well.
According to St. Maarten Lions Club President Davey Woods; “our club is very happy with enormous support from the public that came out play last Saturday along with the great support of the business community that donated baskets and many prizes for the event. Apart from all business that supported we really have to mention our two major sponsors Windward Roads & St. Maarten Harbor Group of Companies for their generosity over the last few years and yet again for this bingo. This was by far our biggest and best bingo ever and we will look for ways to make it even better”.
The big cash prize winner at the 2016 Lions Christmas Bingo was Ms. Irene Visser who won the US$1000 Santa’s Bag. All proceeds raised from the Lion Wally Havertong Christmas Bingo Spectacular will be used by the St. Maarten Lions Club for various worthwhile community projects on St. Maarten such as recently completed Lion Nelson vd Linde Seniors Party, Christmas Feeding Program, Lion Rudy Health & Wellness Fair, Alcohol Awareness, Sight Awareness and the club tries its best to assist many individuals, social and sports organizations/ foundations throughout the year.

ST. KITTS - Atta Boafo, the main artist for the Gospel Explosion concert scheduled for Friday Dec. 2nd at the Flow Grounds in Needsmust, has arrived in the Federation. Mr. Boafo arrived on Wednesday afternoon at the RLB International Airport on British Airways and will be engaged in promotions of the event and ministry at churches and schools on the island. He will also be present at an outdoor promotions event this Friday November 25th at The Circus from 12 noon to 3pm where he will take pictures with fans and where tickets will also be on sale.

Popularly known for the song: Double Double, Atta Boafo is a highly anticipated artist for Gospel Explosion 2016. Upon arrival at the RLB International Airport, he was greeted by his manager and promoter from Redeemed Promotions Jernel Auboine, representatives of JIFE Music, a gospel music record label in St. Kitts and co-promoters of the event and JIFE Music recording artist Di Anointed Vale, who is also one of the headline acts for the show and who will be releasing his debut album on that event. Boafo said patrons should expect not just another gospel concert.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Lions Club will be selling tickets for the Lion Wally Havertong Christmas Bingo Spectacular this Saturday November 26th from 10am to 3pm at the Lions Den on Suckergarden Road next to the SOL gas station.

Anticipation for this popular fundraising bingo which hosts 2000 plus persons is growing in the public over the last few weeks and members of the public can come out to the Lions Den and purchase there tickets at $10 per ticket in advance to avoid long lines at the gate. 
The club will call about 51 bingo games on December 3rd for overloaded goody baskets, airline tickets on Air France/KLM, PAWA. Insel Air and Winair among others, along with various dinner vouchers and other constellation prizes. The final grand prize for the evening is the Santa’s Bag which is NAF 2,000 cash.
The Festival Village gates on the night of the Bingo opens at 6:30pm in order for the public to obtain their bingo cards and the first bingo game will be called at 8pm sharp by Past District Governor Lion Wally Havertong.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten The Philipsburg Jubilee Library hosted its weekly Saturday Storytime “Dutch is Fun” with Sher’s Puppet Theater last Saturday, 5th November, 2016. Over 80 children were in attendance and it was a huge success. Children learn how to respect others as well as themselves in a fun musical performance from the mouths of the puppets and their leader Sherida Mak.

Every Saturday the library conducts story time sessions in the Dutch language for visiting children. Volunteers from the community at large have been volunteering their time for this project under the theme “Dutch is Fun”, since the beginning of 2016.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -- The Lion Wally Havertong Christmas Bingo Spectacular will be held on Saturday December 3rd at the Festival Village at 8pm sharp. This annual event, which is one of the club’s most loved and well attended signature projects, helps to generate funding to cover community projects throughout the Lionistic year including but not limited to: The Nelson van de Linden Senior Citizens Party, Lion Rudy Hoeve Health & Wellness Fair, Christmas Feeding Program, Foster Homes Movie Day and Student Excellence Awards among many others.
“The club is taking all the necessary steps to ensure that this year’s Lions Christmas Bingo is as spectacular as the previous years have been and more.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten — Sher’s Puppet Theater presents “Respect: children learning how to communicate” at the Philipsburg Jubilee Library’s weekly Story Time “Dutch is Fun” done by Sherida Mak. Saturday 5 November 2016 from 11am to 12pm.

Research findings have suggested that puppet shows are effective means of reinforcing existing knowledge and communicating new information while  Storytelling widens children’s imagination and also helps with remembering words, learning about new topics and in this case learning and enhancing one’s Dutch language skills. 

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The highly anticipated show, Soca Rumble which compliments our annual carnival schedule starts registration today and forms can be found on Soca Rumble Facebook page or via email  deadline is November 30th, 2016.

  • For the selection process songs should be submitted and the top ten in each category will be chosen. Once selected the top songs will be promoted via local media and social media.
  • Contestants are allowed to submit more than one song, and in both categories. However, this does not guarantee that the participant will perform in both categories.
  • There will only be 10 performances in each category, in addition to the two defending monarch kings.
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