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Jump Promotions launches “Spirit of the Gap”

May 7, 2010

Jump Promotions led by band leader Renee Radcliff launched their 2010 Crop Over presentation “Spirit of the Gap” Thursday night May 6. With six sections, each one follows a theme from the popular restaurants and Bars in St. Lawrence Gap.


Café Sol “Caliente”

McBrides “Luck of the Irish”

The Ship Inn “Ships Ahoy”

The Reggae Lounge “Irie”-

Pisces “Motion of th Ocean”

Paulos Amazon

Please do not panic! Bajanfuhlife will be posting full costume pics and details within the next 24 hours. Please stay connected.

RebelVibes Entertainment to launch May 15th 2010

May 6, 2010

RebelVibes Entertainment will be launching their 2010 presentation PARADISO ~ “The City of Angels”
on May 15th at the Court Yard, St. Lawrence Gap.

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You can link to RebelVibes directly by login on to http://www.rebelvibes.com/

Shontelle follows up Shontelligence with No Gravity

May 6, 2010
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Bajan pop/R&B singer Shontelle whose singles T Shirt, Stuck With Each Other and Battle Cry scaled various Billboard and UK Singles charts, is back with a new album.

Entitled No Gravity, it is slated for a June 2010 release and will feature collaborations with Sean Kingston and Mr Hudson. According to previously published reports, the sophomore set will comprise a dance/rock sound with R&B and disco influences. There is a remake of Nickleback’s How You Remind Me and a dancehall track titled Pon Fyah.






The first single, Impossible, was released stateside on April 10 and debuted at number 88 on the latest Billboard Hot 100 chart. The second single Licky (Under the Covers) is to be released in June.

Shontelle’s debut album Shontelligence was released in 2008 and has to date sold more than 50,000

Queen Ifrika Is Top Winner At 2010 IRWMA

May 6, 2010

Reggae’s Queen Ifrika on Sunday night became the top winner at the the 29th annual International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA), held at York College in Jamaica, Queens.

Queens Ifrika won four awards including Recording Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Best Female D.J./Rapper and Most Educational Entertainer.

Roy `Gramps` Morgan, soca Star Machel Montano walked away with three awards each. Morgan won for Best Song, Best Crossover Song and Best New Entertainer while soca star, Machel Montano, who clinched won for three of his five nominations, including Entertainer of the Year, Most Outstanding Show Band and Best Calyso/Soca Entertainer.

Taurus Riley, Elephant Man, Julian Marley and Alison Hinds took home one each. Riley, who been nominated for six top awards only won in the Best Male Vocalist category while Marley took the win for Best CD. Elephant Man was named Best Male DJ/Rapper while Hinds won Best Female vocalist. Sean Paul won for Best Music Video while Barbee took home the Most Promising Entertainer award.

Beenie Man won for Most Outstanding Stage Personality while Freddie McGregor was named Most Consistent Entertainer.

The Best Backing Band award went to the New Kingston Band while Dean Fraser was named Best Instrumentalist. Shaggy & Friends were honored with a Community Service Award while Sumfest again won for Promoter of the Year.

Meanwhile, the Best Gospel Song award went to Omari while the Best Reggaeton award went to Pit Bull. Enrique Iglesias was named Best Latin Entertainer while the Best Compas Entertainer was Kryol La.

The Best African Entertainer was Samini while the Best Soukous Entertainer was Awilo Longomba. The Best Hip Hop/R&B Entertainer award went to Jamie Foxx while Mamadou Diabte  won for Outstanding Contribution to World Music.

WINNERS OF THE 29TH INTERNATIONAL REGGAE & WORLD MUSIC AWARDS (IRAWMA)
Held at York College Performing Arts Center on May 02, 2010
1. Entertainer of the Year – Machel Montano
2. Recording Artist of the Year – Queen Ifrika
3. Best Male Vocalist – Tarrus Riley
4. Best Female Vocalist – Alison Hinds
5. Best Song –Wash Away the Tears”- Gramps Morgan
6. Best CD – “Awake”- Julian Marley
7. Best Crossover Song – “Theraphy” – Gramps Morgan
8. Best Gospel Song – “Help” Omari
9. Best Female D.J./Rapper – Queen Ifrica
10. Best Male D.J./Rapper – Elephant Man
11. Best New Entertainer – Gramps Morgan
12. Best Calyso/Soca Entertainer- Machel Montano
13. Best Reggaeton Ent. – Pit Bull
14. Best Latin Entertainer- Enrique iglesias
15. Best Compas Ent. – Kryol La
16. Best African Ent. – Samini
17. Best Soukous Ent.- Awilo Longomba
18. Best Hip Hop/R&B Ent.- Jamie Foxx
19. Outstanding Contribution to World Music – Mamadou Diabte
20. Most Outstanding Stage Personality – BeenieMan
21. Best Music Video– “So Fine”- Sean Paul
22. Best Poet- Mutabaruka
23. Most Educational Entertainer – Queen Ifrika
24. Most Outstanding Show Band– Machel Montano & HD
25. Most Consistent Ent. – Freddie McGregor
26. Most Promising Entertainer – Barbee
27. Most Improved Entertainer – Winsome Benjamin
28. Best Instrumentalist –Dean Fraser
29. Best Backing Band – New Kingston
30. Most Popular Selector/Sound – One Love Hi Powa
31. Concert of the Year –- Rebel Salute
32. Promoter of the Year – Sumfest
33. Producer of the Year – Donovan Bennett
34. Songwriter of the Year – Queen Ifrika
35. Award for Spiritual Service Through Music – Capleton
36. Community Service Award – Shaggy & Friends
37. Most Outstanding Dance Group- Dancerz Blvd
SPECIAL AWARDS BELOW:
38. Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award- (2) A. *Wyclef Jean
– B. * Rev Al Sharpton
39. Int’l Reggae & World Music Hall of Fame/Lifetime Inductee-(4)
– A. *Tony Ryan
-B. *Jack Scarpio
-C. *Noel Williams (King Sporty)
– D. *Tony Green
40. Martin’s International/Inter-Culture Award of Honor- Given May 2, 2010 (2)
– A. *India.Arie
-B. * Matisyahu (note: A request was made for this Award to be shipped his management, separately from the others).
41. Special Producer’s “Respect” Award
– * Rennie Cogle
42. Awards of Appreciation for Contributions to the Music Industry-
– Trevor Forde
– Ron Muchette
– Donovan Longmore
– Ricot Dupuy

Crop Over 2010 Calendar

May 6, 2010

Copy of [un-offiicial NCF 2010 calendar

Here is a copy of the 2010 Crop Over calendar which is now circulating around facebook and a couple of blogs. It is not out officially from the NCF. As illustrated, a number of changes have been made and I am wondering to what extent does the Friday night soca limes compete with the private guys.

C&W Pork Lime?, Brewsters Road? Baje!??!

2010 Crop Over Event Calendar!

April 30, 2010

The 2010 Crop Over Calender has not been officially announced but we had a look at all the events listed and have posted them in our Crop Over portal.

click NCF logo for calendar

Remember to read disclaimer at header before making travel arrangements.

Big up Reggae on De Hill

April 27, 2010

26 April 2010 08:54 pm

Busy Signal

A huge success for FAS Entertainment. On Sunday April 25th, the Digicel Barbados Reggae Festival climaxed with a massive crowd converging on the hill.



First, there were a few hundred people scattered across the hill, trying to get the best possible spot to lay out the picnic baskets and folding chairs, then by mid-afternoon the numbers steadily grew into thousands. By the time Taurus Riley closed out the show there could have easily been over 10,000 people in attendance. The show itself was a typically well executed FAS production, these guys leave no stone unturned, when it comes to shows of this magnitude.



Richie Spice




Luciano

They always seem to get the combo right…… you have the best of local upcoming reggae artistes to compliment the more seasoned and experienced guys. At the same time, introducing some of regional acts who will undoubtedly become huge stars.



Maxie Priest

Bergerboyz launches “togetherness” for 2010

April 24, 2010

The Bergerboyz Kadooment Band has launched its 2010 presentation with “Togetherness”. The band has five section,Unity, Youth, Life, Love; only female section and Wisdom. Bergerboyz is targeting 500 people and you can join up at their band house in Pelican Village. Contact Mr. Michael Knight [Band Leader] at [246] 237-6231, or email: michael@bergerboyz.com. You can also log on the the official Bergerboyz website: www.bergerboyz.com for additional information on the band and event listing.

Click images to view costumes.

2010 Bergerboyz Ladies Sections - Togetherness

2010 Bergerboyz Ladies Sections - Togetherness

2010 Bergerboyz Gents Sections - Togetherness

2010 Bergerboyz Gents Sections - Togetherness

2010 is arguably the best Bergerboyz presentation ever. Judge for yourself, you can also view the complete costume displays on www.bajafuhlife.com.

Young Spirits first Band out for Kaddoment 2010

April 18, 2010

Trevor Nicholls lead the charge for Crop Over 2010 by launching his Kids Kadooment band on Saturday April 17th. He launched his band in a simple outdoor setting with specially invited guest which included rival band leaders Betty West, Gwynith Squires and Reggie Cave.
The Band, Young Spirits – Ribbon of Hope, has seven sections. Click the following link to view all costumes.

COSTUMES

The second band launching in April will be Berger Boyz which will be on Friday April 23rd.


SMOKE MONSTER

April 18, 2010

PARIS — The Icelandic volcano that has kept much of Europe land-bound is far from finished spitting out its grit, and offered up new mini-eruptions Saturday that raise concerns about longer-term damage to world air travel and trade.

Facing days to come under the volcano’s unpredictable, ashy plume, Europeans are looking at temporary airport layoffs and getting creative with flight patterns to try to weather this extraordinary event.

Modern Europe has never seen such a travel disruption. Air space across a swath from Britain to Ukraine was closed and set to stay that way until Sunday or Monday in some countries, affecting airports from New Zealand to San Francisco. Millions of passengers have had plans foiled or delayed.

Activity in the volcano at the heart of this increased early Saturday, and showed no sign of abating.

“There doesn’t seem to be an end in sight,” Icelandic geologist Magnus Tumi Gudmundsson told The Associated Press on Saturday. “The activity has been quite vigorous overnight, causing the eruption column to grow.”

Scientists say that because the volcano is situated below a glacial ice cap, the magma is being cooled quickly, causing explosions and plumes of grit that can be catastrophic to plane engines, depending on prevailing winds.

In Iceland, winds dragged the ashes over new farmland, to the southwest of the glacier, causing farmers to scramble to secure their cattle and board up windows.

With the sky blackened out and the wind driving a fine, sticky dust, dairy farmer Berglind Hilmarsdottir teamed up with neighbors to round her animals and get them to shelter. The ash is toxic – the fluoride causes long-term bone damage that makes teeth fall out and bones break.

“This is bad. There are no words for it,” said Hilmarsdottir, whose pastures near the town of Skogar were already covered in a gray paste of ash.

April 18, 2010

The island’s lead economist noted that the island was no closer to a revival of demand in tourism, international business and financial services

Economists have predicted that economic recovery for the Barbados would lag behind the return to growth of its developed country trading partners and this reality is presenting a sobering problem for montary authorities on the island.

The review of Barbados’s economic performance for the first three months of this year released yesterday by Governor of the  Central Bank of Barbados Dr DeLisle Worrell has revealed that the island is yet to return to positive growth as its gross domestic product (GDP) contracted by less than 1% over the period. The last time Barbados witnessed positive GDP growth was in September 2008 when the economy grew by just over 1%.

In outlining Barbados’s economic picture, the island’s lead economist noted that the island was no closer to a revival of demand in tourism, international business and financial services, and of manufacturing and agricultural exports, despite the economic recovery now underway in Barbados’ international source markets and trading partners.

“The industrial countries from which we derive the demand for our exports and services are now reporting real growth, and the US has at last recorded a month of net employment gain in March. However, the spillover to increased demand for Barbados’ output is not yet evident. In the meanwhile, financial constraints on government and business remain very tight,” reflected the central bank head.

“Until the demand for Barbados’ exports and services picks up once more, there is no good alternative to the current strategy of modest external borrowing, judicious help for the foreign exchange sectors and continuing measures to protect the most vulnerable,” he added.

In November 2009,  University of the West Indies economics lecturer and former Central Bank of Barbados economist Dr Winston Moore predicted that Barbados’s exit from the recession would be very slow and the economy would show flat growth over 2010 based on the lag effect experienced by small island states in the wake of the economic recovery by the developed countries. At that time, he predicted that Barbados would not return to growth until 2011, which he forecast would be around 2%.

Barbados can still boast $1.3 billion in net international reserves, equalling roughly five months worth of import cover according to Dr Worrell. However, he noted that this tourism high season failed to supply the customary “first quarter surge” of foreign exchange for government coffers. The economist attributed this to the heavy discounting offered by tourism accommodations and attractions on the island meant to woo more visitors to the island. While the marketing ploy managed to drive up demand by increasing long-stay visitor arrivals by 2% for January and February in contrast to the same period for 2009, it also led to lower average spend by the visitors. As a result, noted Dr Worrell, tourism receipts were insufficient to provide the anticipated foreign exchange boost.

In fact, the central bank governor noted that of the foreign exchange earning sectors, only garment and chemical manufacturing showed any significant growth – improving by 122.7% and 110% respectively. The sugar, beverages and tobacco and wooden furniture industries marked double digit declines; while none of the remaining traded sectors exhibited more than a 2% growth.

E-day in TT

April 17, 2010

Voters will go to the polls in Trinidad and Tobago on 24 May.

Prime Minister Patrick Manning announced the date on Friday, nine days after he initiated the dissolution of the country’s parliament.
There has been much debate and speculation in the ensuing days over Manning’s unprecedented move.

Since then the main opposition parties, the United National Congress (UNC) and the Congress of the People (COP) have been in talks about forming an alliance to contest the polls.

Nomination day has been set for 3 May.

Prime Minister Manning is seeking a fourth term in office.

In the last election in 2007, his People’s National Movement (PNM) won 26 of the 41 seats.

Candidate selection

The three main parties have been going through a process of selecting their candidates for the election.

That’s also a high-pressure process as sitting candidates are not guaranteed that they will defend the seat in the election.

Kamla Persad-Bissessar
Will Persad-Bissessar make it a double by also becoming TT’s first woman prime minister?

This past week much attention was focused on Mr Manning’s PNM and party stalwart Dr Keith Rowley, over whether he would be allowed to defend his seat.

Dr Rowley, who was replaced as a cabinet minister in 2008, and is considered as a likely successor to Mr Manning, has had differences with his party leader.

The opposition UNC has had a period of internal wrangling over the leadership of founder and former prime minister Basdeo Panday.

That on the one hand led Winston Dookeran, to break away and form the Congress of the People Party (COP).

Winston Dookeran
Dookeran split from the UNC to form the COP

In January Mr Panday lost a bitter party leadership battle to Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

Shortly thereafter she also replaced him as the UNC’s parliamentary opposition leader.

Mr Panday, who was deselected from running in the seat he had won under the UNC, has said that he’s considering contesting the polls as an independent candidate.

He is targeting a constituency currently held by his former UNC ally and party chairman Jack Warner.

Coming out of talks on Friday, the UNC and COP parties said they had committed to compaigning jointly, but no accord was signed.

source:bbc.com

U.S. Pledges To Re-Engage Caribbean

April 17, 2010

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Friday the United States is reengaging with the Caribbean region after drawing down its presence following the 9/11 terror attacks.

At a regional security summit in Barbados, Gates said President Barack Obama`s Caribbean Basin Security Initiative sends a strong signal tof this re-engagement.

Speaking at a joint news conference Friday with seven Caribbean government and defense leaders, Gates said he`s impressed by the innovative approaches being taken to promote collective security through the initiative.

Following what he called a `very productive` meeting to discuss furthering those efforts, Gates lauded the Caribbean nations` work toward marshalling limited resources to address common threats such as narco-trafficking and violent crime.

These challenges touch U.S. shores as well, and demand that regional nations mount a united front to confront them, Gates said during a joint news conference with Barbadian Prime Minister David Thompson.
Gates conceded that the drug trafficking problem has worsened here due to the success of the Merida Initiative and Mexico`s crackdown on drug cartels there.

`Narco-trafficking is a problem for the hemisphere as a whole,` he said, `and wherever you put pressure, the traffickers will go where there is less resistance and where there is less capability.`

Going forward, Gates said he would like to see broader efforts to connect the regional security system here with efforts under way outside the Eastern Caribbean. This includes efforts by the French, Dutch, Colombians, Peruvians and U.S. Southern Command`s Joint Interagency Task Force.

The secretary praised Barbados as a strong U.S. security partner and a leader in promoting security cooperation in the Eastern Caribbean.
`The United States stands steadfastly with you as you pursue long-term solutions to these problems,` Gates said after meeting with the defense ministers.

Much of that support is provided through the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative that President Barack Obama proposed last April during the Summit of the Americans in Trinidad and Tobago.

The initiative has been built with extensive input from Caribbean nations with a central role for the regional security system, Gates noted today, all aimed at helping regional governments face up to transnational threats.

The $45 million the United States has committed to the effort this year will help improve regional maritime patrol and interdiction capabilities and domain awareness and provide for additional joint training and exercises, he said.

Gates said details about how these funds will be allocated are being hammered out by technical working groups, with one convened today in Washington.

He emphasized that regional nations will be the ones to help determine how the funding can be most effective. The United States already has committed three interceptor boats and communications equipment, but Gates said he heard suggestions today about the need for more law enforcement training and the stand-up of major crimes units.
However, Gates emphasized that the Caribbean initiative represents more as it provides a comprehensive approach to regional security. Its scope extends beyond military and security assistance to address equally critical components of the region`s economic and social stability.

The initiative aims to provide, `not just improved security capabilities to confront immediate threats, but also development assistance in hopes of addressing the root causes of regional problems, such as the lack of educational and employment opportunities, particularly for youth,` Gates said. `That is a strategy we strongly support.`

Fifteen Caribbean Basin nations are included in the security initiative: Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

source: caribworldnews

Traffic ease for World Cup

April 17, 2010

THE TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS for the International Cricket Council’s World Twenty20 will be less than those which were in place for Cricket World Cup.

Police public relations officer, Inspector David Welch, gave this assurance yesterday during a Press conference with Operations Inspector with the Traffic Department, Ronald Stanford, at police headquarters, Roebuck Street, The City.

Barbados is one of four territories selected to host games; the others are Guyana, St Kitts and St Lucia. Barbados will be the host venue for warm-up matches between April 27 and 29, and the Super Eight matches at Kensington Oval from May 5 to 9, while the finals will be held on May 16.

“We have put a plan in place which will provide a safe environment for patrons and safely manage traffic,” said Stanford.

He said there were some restrictions in place, such as Fontabelle being made into a one-way from two hours before the matches at Kensington Oval.