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PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - P.E.P (Patrol to Eradicate Pedophilia and Child Molestation) president Mhakeda Shillingford , would like to first of all thank Michael Granger and the St. Maarten Carnival Development Committee for the opportunity last year to combine and host the Carnival Youth Extravaganza in collaboration with the Pep Showdown.

Pep Showdown was our first annual show featuring high schools and their artistic directors portraying their message against child abuse and molestation in song, dance and drama. We also had our French vs Dutch annual DJ completion.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - President of Rio Productions Ms. Brenda Wathey officially announced on Monday, February 20th 2017 that Rio Productions will be participating in the 2017 Carnival Day Parade, which will take place on May 1st and May 2nd in Sint Maarten.

“Secrets”, the name of the Troupe, is being limited to approximately 100 participants divided into several sections, will parade through the streets of the Philipsburg in glamorous costumes inspired by the well-known “Victoria Secrets” runway show.

Ms. Brenda Wathey described these “winged” costumes as “absolute master pieces which are being produced by the some of the most seasoned costume designers in our region”. Wathey further went on to say “…I am grateful for the continued support of our corporate sponsors despite the very tough economic times on the Island”.

FRENCH QUARTER, Saint Martin - Local gospel artist, The Apostle, has been nominated for the annual Rhythm of Gospel Music Awards.
The Apostle, known as Andre “Avelin” Webster is well known within the gospel community as an Apostle and Pastor of Love & Grace Fellowship church; vocalist and instrumentalist. The Apostle began his music career at a very young age and hails from a family that has a music background. His hit single “Thank Him in everything” became quickly popular and paved the path for his debut album “Kingdom Day” which was launched in November, 2015. The “Kingdom Day” album launching event was hailed a huge success giving the Apostle a major boost in his music career.
As a result, the Apostle is nominated in four (4) categories, namely Alternative Christian Gospel CD of the year, Rhythm and Praise CD of the Year, Urban Contemporary Male Vocalist, and International Artist of the Year representing St. Martin.

CAY HILL, St. Maarten - CC1 St. Maarten, the exclusive distributor of Coca Cola®, the world’s number one beverage, will again release a limited edition 12 oz can, imprinted with the St. Maarten Carnival Logo. This one of a kind Coca Cola® Can will express a new slogan; “Experience Carnival with Coca Cola”. The reveler image is also different from last year, making it a collectible item. “As promised last year, CC1 is providing St. Maarten consumers with their own Coca Cola Carnival collectable, said Trade Marketing Coordinator; Agnetha Huijting.

" The Carnival Foundation is once again delighted that Coca Cola has chosen to feature St. Maarten's Carnival on its iconic cans. The response we received last year from visitors in the region and around the world was beyond expectations. To have our festival associated with the biggest beverage brand in the world, shows confidence in our Carnival product and offers us a marketing vehicle not easily matched. We are very proud to be partnering with Coca Cola for Carnival 2017." said Director of SCDF; Michael Granger.

Consumers can purchase their 2017 Limited Edition Coca Cola® Can at major retailers across the island starting the second week of February. The plan is to distribute these cans over a period of 3 months until the beginning of May 2017.

CC1 St. Maarten will be giving away more than 20 Carnival Season passes again this year which permits a winner and a friend to access the Festival Village for the entire carnival season. For additional information or a chance to win, look for “Win A Carnival Season Pass For You and A Friend” in supermarkets island-wide.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) have chosen troupe leader Jasmine Philips, costume builder Alberto Brooks and long-time sponsor Nagico Insurance as its Carnival 2017 Honorees. The foundation, on an annual basis, selects three individuals/companies to honor for their overall and sustained contributions to carnival. With Carnival stakeholders spread far and wide, the foundation is never short on possible persons to honor.

Three three honorees chosen this year are mainstays in Carnival and, according to the SCDF, is firmly entrenched as part of the overall Carnival brand. In troupe leader Jasmine Philips, the foundation is honoring not just a troupe leader, but someone whose passion is Carnival and who sacrifices personally to ensure that come what may, she is part of the festivities.

Her “Survivors” troupes, both children and adults, participates in the parades every year without missing a step. She has won several troupe and costumed individual awards over the years and, according to the SCDF, seems to be getting better and more creative with her troupes every year. Besides Survivors, Philips has also made her name as a queen pageant chaperone, taking responsibility for at least two contestants annually, sometimes more.

“Jasmine and Survivors are such a big part of Carnival, we can’t imagine the festival without them. Her contributions and participation go back decades and, most importantly, it’s consistent which shows a true love for Carnival. She is always there. She has a big heart, always willing to help the foundation when we ask and assist pageant contestants out-of-pocket. She sacrifices to put her troupes on the road and is a Carnival lover through-and-through. There are not many people more deserving to be honored for their contribution to Carnival than Jasmine Philips,” the SCDF said.

The second honoree is costume builder Alberto Brooks whose costumes have won countless awards and are featured in everything from queen pageants to individual road pieces. Brooks, himself a parade reveler once, is also the architect behind the King Momo statue that is burnt at the end of Carnival festivities. He also makes all of the crowns worn by Junior and Senior Calypso and Roadmarch winners.

He too, said the SCDF, personally gives back to Carnival by helping others when sponsorship scarce and takes great pride in seeing his costumes on display. “When Alberto stopped reveling in the parades he devoted all of his time to assisting participants of the Dutch and French Carnival festivities. His artwork goes a lot deeper than just the large costumes. He makes all sorts of festive hats and outfits for the regular onlooker and constructs floats when asked. He has placed his stamp on Carnival for years and we think it is beyond time he is recognized for it,” the SCDF said.

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) over the weekend stressed to persons registered for a season pass and booth holders who have been allotted a booth, that March 1 is their deadline to pay all fees.

Booth holders and season pass registrants each had five months to pay the fees, with installments as an option. The SCDF said that should they fail to pay all fees by March 1, they will lose the opportunity to operate a booth and obtain a season pass for the Carnival 2017 season.

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten – The All-New Z105.1 FM “Just the Hitz” launches their new “classic hits” format, along with a new website,  Additionally, Z105.1 introduces Fresh Air In The Morning with Dr. Soc, which airs weekdays from 7 AM – 11 AM on both Z105.1 FM and Island 92 (91.9) FM. 

Listeners around the globe can tune in online at Z105.1 Program Manager, Eric Boyer stated, “The All-New Z105.1 ‘Just The Hitz’ is all about HITS, the Classic Hits, focusing on the hot hits from the late 1970’s through the early 1990’s. From disco to Michael Jackson, Madonna to The Cure, if it was hit, we play it.  After many years of analysis, our research revealed an untouched slot in the market for this variety of music and we are more than happy to bring our new format to listeners in an environment of far fewer commercials where it’s all about ‘Just The Hitz”.

PILIPSBURG, St. Maarten — The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has re-introduced something to the Carnival schedule that has been missing for a number of years; a Soca warm-up concert the night before Jouvert morning jump-up. Together with Carib Beer and Captain Morgan Rum, the foundation will host the “Jouvert Jump-Off 2017” concert featuring four Soca artists with local performers.

On stage will by Soca sensations Lyrikal, Skinny Fabulous, Patrice Roberts and Peter Ram. There will also be a number of local acts scheduled for the night who will be announced soon. The foundation has tried different combinations of concerts and other events the night leading up to Jouvert, none has worked as well as doing a Soca concert prior.

“So we decided to go back to what worked for us and sure enough, the response has been great thus far and we are confident that the night will deliver what we want it to: a memorable warm up jam session before Jouvert. We will jam straight into Jouvert,” President of the SCDF Alston Lourens said.

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.

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