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Teddyson John makes 2017 Int’l Soca Monarch semi-finals!

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PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia’s Teddyson John makes his way to the International Soca Monarch semi-finals for a second consecutive year, with his 2016 release ‘No Code’. Deadline for all entries was January 14th, 2017 with over 50 performers making it through to the semi-finals. Among the semi-finalists are the likes of Ricardo Drue and Blaxx – guest performers at ...

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Ricky T qualifies for semi-finals of International Soca Monarch

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PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia’s Ricky T is a semi-finalist in the International Soca Monarch in Trinidad with his Freaky Girls. The list was announced on Wednesday January 18 by organizers Caribbean Prestige Foundation for the Performing Arts. The announcement comes weeks after Freaky Girls was listed number one of the Top 30 Soca songs of 2016 by Trinidad Carnival ...

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Annual Gospel Fest to open St. Lucia Independence 38 in NYC

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PRESS RELEASE – The Consulate General of Saint Lucia in New York, in collaboration with the New York City-based Saint Lucia House Foundation, has announced its month-long calendar of events marking the country’s thirty-eighth year of independence. This year’s observances will kick off with the annual Independence Gospel Festival. This joyful musical celebration will take place on Saturday, February 4, ...

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“Evening of Poetry, Canapés and Wine” at Orlando’s Restaurant in honor of Derek Walcott

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PRESS RELEASE – As part of the annual celebrations for Nobel Laureate Week and in honour of Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott’s birthday, Orlando’s Restaurant and Bar, Fond Bernier, Soufriere presents an evening of poetry, canapés and wine on Sunday January 22nd from 6pm – 9pm. RSVP or enquiries, please call (758) 459-5955 or (758) 489-6211 or email orlandosrestaurantstl@gmail.com or info@orlandosrestaurantstl.com ...

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New release titled “Baby Oh” from Flawless Ft Mongstar

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PRESS RELEASE – In 2016, Flawless released a song called “Saint Lucia Tings Nice”. You can’t find it on YouTube or Soundcloud and she didn’t do any interviews or qualify for any competitions. But if you were lucky to have heard the song on radio, her voice would have stayed with you. Flawless is Shanice William from the West Coast ...

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Ricky T’s ‘Freaky Girls’ listed #1 of 2016

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PRESS RELEASE – Freaky Girls from Saint Lucia’s Ricky T has been listed number one of the Top 30 Soca songs of 2016. The accolade has come from Trinidad Carnival Diary, a Trinidad & Tobago based publication with over 200,000 followers on Facebook and over 60, 000 Likes on Instagram. The list was released on January 8, 2017. The other ...

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Gemstones Theater Productions presents “TWISTERS”

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PRESS RELEASE – The Gemstones Theater Productions, in association with the Nobel Laureate Festival Committee and the Folk Research Centre present a new “folk-lypso” drama titled “Twisters” on January 28th and 29th at 7.30 pm at the Folk Research Centre, Mount Pleasant. A special staging will be presented for students of Theatre Arts at 3 pm on Monday January 30th at ...

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Ninja Dan, other inmates and BCF create history

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Soca artiste Jonathan ‘Nina Dan’ St. Rose is among six inmates from the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) who will be officially launching songs soon, Director of Prisons Verne Guard told St. Lucia News Online (SNO). Guard said this is the first time inmates were permitted to do formal musical production from behind bars, for public consumption. The songs were pre-released on ...

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Flow signs iconic Caribbean comedian – Majah Hype

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PRESS RELEASE – The Caribbean’s iconic comedy star, Majah Hype, is now a Flow Brand Ambassador. This internationally-recognized comedian is known for his infectious online videos, many of which have become viral sensations depicting hilarious Caribbean characters, including favourites “Di Rass,” “Grandpa James” and “Sister Sandrine.” Majah is more than just ‘hype.’ A Caribbean artist at heart, he identifies with ...

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Assou Square ends at 10 pm today, mayor confirms

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PRESS RELEASE – The Office of the Mayor wishes to inform members of the public that Assou Square 2017 will end at 10pm, today Tuesday January 3, 2017 and not at 6pm as was being speculated. The 10pm shut down will allow for sufficient time to clean up the city, which will begin immediately upon the conclusion of Assou Square. ...

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First annual St. Lucia Day Festival in Toronto

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PRESS RELEASE – This summer Toronto will come alive with the sights, sounds and tastes of St. Lucia. The St Lucia Day Festival is the brainchild of Ross Cadasse, DJ Toxic and Candice Singh who have come together to produce this first annual event on July 22nd and 23rd July 2017. The festival will transform Parkshore Golf Club into a ...

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Soufriere Events Committee to launch L’Essence Soufriere

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PRESS RELEASE – The newly appointed Soufriere Events Committee will be hosting their first of many activities on Saturday 31st December 2016 on the Soufriere Waterfront from 6 pm. To mark the start of a New Year, a splendid fireworks display will be launched over the sea. Live entertainment such as Meshach, Jay Budz, Cooyah & Reckless Gang, Invader, Mongster, ...

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Debbie Reynolds dies one day after daughter Carrie Fisher passes

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CNN – Debbie Reynolds had just one day to mourn the death of her daughter before she, too, died. Two days. Two deaths of iconic Hollywood actresses. But unlike daughter Carrie Fisher’s death, details of what caused Reynolds’ death remain a mystery. Reynolds, 84, died Wednesday, her son Todd Fisher said. “She spoke to me this morning and said she missed ...

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ColtonT’s ‘Hey don’t know Me’ video premieres today

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PRESS RELEASE – Instrumental Dancehall Enigma ColtonT, launches his new music video for blazing single “THEY DON’T KNOW ME“, amounting to an 11,500 views on Facebook within the first two hours of its release. ColtonT has included a preview of his previously released single titled “GIVE IT TO ME” adding a touch of romance to the project. “THEY DON’T KNOW ...

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Saint Lucia Symphony Orchestra in Grand Concert at the Music Box

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PRESS RELEASE – Thursday, December 08, the curtains came down on the “2016 IV Intensive Music Training Workshop” with a grand final concert, performed by the Saint Lucia System of Orchestras, at the Music Box in Rodney Bay, which brought together 120 musicians on stage. This initiative was possible due to the collaborative efforts of the Embassy of the Bolivarian ...

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‘Freaky Girls’ official video launched

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PRESS RELEASE – Not since “Pressure Boom” in 2009 has Ricky T enjoyed the wave of success that has him booked on every major soca show from New York to Miami, Canada, the UK and all states and countries in between. His “Freaky Girls” featuring Eempey Slicker is being played on Hot 97 in New York and every major station ...

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New event to replace Jazz and Arts Festival

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Tourists and locals will now have something new to look forward to come summer 2017. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has announced that the a new event dubbed the ‘Summer Festival’ will replace the country’s most popular tourism event, the annual Jazz and Arts Festival. According to Chastanet, the new event will include carnival, different genres of music and the Creole ...

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Grammy invite for st Lucian producer MrSoFamous

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Dudley Frederick, one of St. Lucia’s talented producers (Famous Productions) from Micoud, has been invited to the the 2017 Grammy awards scheduled to take place on Feb 12th 2017 in the city of Los Angeles. MrSoFamous mainly produced “Lucian Kuduro” music but lately has been working on further enhancing his skills by making American beats such as Trap, Rap and ...

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Open audition at Micoud Secondary School

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PRESS RELEASE – On Saturday the 10th of December 2016, there will be an open audition being hosted at the Micoud Secondary School. Auditions begin promptly at 10:00am and end at 5:00pm. We are looking for Actors, Singers, Dancers, Musicians, Artists and Production Specialists (Videographers, Photographers, Digital Photo/Video Editors, Sound Specialists, Lighting Technicians, Stagehands) for upcoming shows and performances. We ...

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Bonne Terre Preparatory School fundraising cocktail event: ‘O Starry Night’

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PRESS RELEASE – The Bonne Terre Preparatory School was the vision of a private educational institution with small class learning environments. The school’s founder Jennifer Alexander was attempting to fulfill the need to provide private education in the north of the island. The school’s initial enrollment of nine students has multiplied throughout the years and currently the school in the ...

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Monchy Primary recognizes musician J.B “Lucian Parrot” Gaspard

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PRESS RELEASE – As the island celebrates Music Month under the theme, “Celebrating Our Own”, Monchy Primary School has chosen to highlight one of their own. J.B Gaspard is a well known musician who sang popular Christmas songs such as “Nwel Oh Nwel Oh Wivay” and several others. On Friday, November 25, 2016, the school held a special assembly in ...

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Cedar Productionz releases the “Clack Click” Riddim

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PRESS RELEASE – Cedar Productionz in connecting with MSP Entertainment has announced the release of the “Clack Click” dancehall riddim as its latest musical project. The much anticipated Saint Lucian dancehall riddim features a number of top Saint Lucian dancehall and gospel artists. Those artists include Royal Rebel, Bertsy, Mallad, Aschadan and Emrand Henry. The compilation will also debut the ...

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Miss SCSS 2016 Pageant set for December 4

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PRESS RELEASE – The staff and students of the Soufriere Comprehensive Secondary School will be hosting the very first Ms SCSS pageant, on Sunday, December 4th, 2016. The event is slated to take place at the Morne Coubaril Estate in Soufriere from 3 pm and is opened to the public. Tickets are $15 students and $20 adults. Seven beautiful contestants, ...

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US Embassy hosts American soul singer Carolyn Malachi

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PRESS RELEASE – The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States is pleased to host American soul singer Carolyn Malachi and her band, in a three-country traveling tour of American soul music. The program traveled to Barbados, St. Lucia, and Grenada. Accompanied by her band members, drummer Wes Watkins, and bassist Jerel Abraham, ...

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Saint Lucians win big at first Caribbean Fashion and Arts Film Festival

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PRESS RELEASE – A group of young St. Lucians scored a big win for the island at the Caribbean Fashion and Arts Film Festival in Trinidad, held from the 17th – 19th of November 2016. The film called Destination Runway, was the winner in the Best Fashion Documentary category. Destination Runway follows Taribba do Nascimento of meme bete and Fiona ...

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Spanish embassy presents Jorge Pardo Jazz band

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PRESS RELEASE – October 2016 heralded thirty years of diplomatic relations between the countries of Spain and Saint Lucia—a significant milestone of unity of culture, arts, heritage and ways of life, despite language differences. To further honour and celebrate this anniversary, the Embassy of Spain in Saint Lucia will host a music concert at the National Cultural Center on Tuesday ...

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KiddiCrew to host end of season fundraiser

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PRESS RELEASE – The KiddiCrew Theatre Company is set to host its End of Season Fundraiser this weekend. The fundraiser entitled “Souskay Party” is slated for Saturday November 19th at the Pigeon Island National Landmark from 9:00 p.m. Earlier this month, KiddiCrew successfully staged the second in it series of Roderick Walcott theatrical productions entitled, “Papa Diable, the Devil at ...

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Friends of Music celebrates 11th anniversary

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PRESS RELEASE – Tuesday November 22, 2016, is The Feast of Musicians and the group ‘Friends of Music’ from Barre du Chaussée celebrates their 11th anniversary. Saint Cecilia, the patron Saint of musicians is heralded and serenaded by musicians on this day. Over the years, through tradition handed down, musicians come out customarily early in the morning and play music ...

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VIDEO: Usain Bolt’s ‘Gifted’ music video has the internet singing

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CARIBBEAN NEWS NOW – Declaring his intention to break more records, the world’s fastest man, Olympian Usain Bolt, is creating viral buzz and has the internet singing along to his new holiday song entitled “Gifted.” Inspired by Eddie Murphy’s 1980s hit “Party All the Time”, the music video has quickly racked up more than 6.5 million views and 100,000 likes ...

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The King takes a Queen: Former Calypso monarch ‘Ashanti’ marries

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The people’s calypso king Herman ‘Ashanti’ Hippolyte over the weekend married the love of his life. The ceremony was held on Saturday at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries. In an exclusive interview with St. Lucia News Online (SNO) just before he tied the knot, Hippolyte said, “I am very very, very happy today. This is the ...

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Vybe Radio launches

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PRESS RELEASE – On Wednesday October 26, Vybe Radio launched its operations in front of a packed crowd of clients and well-wishers. Since hitting the airwaves, Vybe Radio has become a hit with listeners on air as well as on social media where some of their programmes are streamed live. The station, located on the 2nd floor of the Tile World ...

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Natural Vybz – Reggae’s newest sensation

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PRESS RELEASE – Natural Vybz was born Morgan Jankie in the town of Vieux Fort on the small Caribbean island of St. Lucia. Growing up in a family of singers and devout church-goers, music was always around and as far as he could remember he has always been involved with music. Morgan started playing the guitar at the tender age ...

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Massy Store supports Kiddie Crew in Papa Diable performance

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PRESS RELEASE – The theatre is alive and well in Saint Lucia with the production of Papa Diable, the Devil at Christmas by the Kiddicrew Theatre Company, a nonprofit creative arts organization. The play is set to open this Thursday evening (November 3rd) at the National Cultural Centre. The young and vibrant cast were presented to sponsors at the launch ...

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Dupes 3D Dance Workshop

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PRESS RELEASE – To commemorate the release of his album 3D, singer, songwriter, Sherwinn Dupes Brice teamed up with Shaakir ‘Turbo’ Griffith and Omari ‘Marz’ Anderson from Trinidad & Tobago to host two dance workshops on October 21st and 22nd respectively. Marz and Turbo are known as Tarz the Duo, a team that works hard with drive and passion to ...

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TJ and Kerwin DuBois collaborate on new single

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PRESS RELEASE – Recent winner of the International Reggae and World Music Awards for Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer Teddyson John has joined forces with Trinidadian Kerwin DuBois The two soca artistes have teamed up to produce their 2017 release “New Day.” The song “New Day” is written by Kerwin DuBois, Teddyson John, Jeremy Jacobs and College Boy Jesse. The song has ...

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Int’l record label searches for the next female pop group

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PRESS RELEASE – Trevor Pretty CEO of Pretty Boy Worldwide, Pretty Boy Records and Pretty Boy Music and Publishing, over the next 14 weeks will embark to find the next Pop girl group from the Caribbean. Trevor who has choreographed and worked with international artist Rihanna, believes that the Caribbean is filled with tremendous talent that needs to be given ...

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2016 Soca Monarch ‘Islah Man’ releases new single

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PRESS RELEASE – Less than three months after capturing the 2016 Party Soca Monarch title for the first time, Neil Gittens popularly known as Islah Man has released a new hit song. The song entitled “Tease Me” is produced by ace/master class beatzman, Francis “Leebo” De Lima. Tease Me is a fusion between pop and dancehall music and showcases the ...

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Creative Industries mourns the loss of “Get Through”

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PRESS RELEASE – It is with great sadness that the department of Creative Industries has learnt of the passing of Cyril Felix commonly known as “Get Through”. Cyril had a great impact in the musical art form of St Lucia and we have lost a strong advocate, and a founding member of the Take Over Calypso Tent. Although it is ...

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Saint Lucia Fashion Council steps forward

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PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Fashion Council was established by Cabinet Conclusion 193 of 2016 as the umbrella body for all stakeholders in the island’s fashion industry. The mandate of the council includes advocating on behalf of members through influencing the drafting or creation of legislation and policy directives for the development of the Fashion Industry; enabling strategic partnerships ...

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Calypso Tent and Fraternity sends condolences to family and friends of Cyril Felix

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PRESS RELEASE – The Ambassadors Calypso Tent, alongside the entire Calypso fraternity, wish to send out sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Mr Cyril “Get Through” Felix. An icon of calypso, a great for and an administrator par excellence, Get Through devoted his life and energies to the uplifting and promotion of the Calypso art form. A community man who loved ...

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Calypsonian Cyril ‘Get Through’ Felix passes on

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Local calypso icon and founder of the Take Over Tent, Cyril ‘Get Through’ Felix, has passed away. Get Through died on Wednesday evening relatives and friends have confirmed. The local calypsonian has been in and out of hospital for a number of ailments. A concert dubbed ‘Chanting for Get Through’ was being held at the National Cultural Centre on Wednesday evening ...

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Toronto celebrates Jounen Kwéyòl

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PRESS RELEASE – Jounen Kwéyòl in Toronto has become one of the most anticipated events in the calendar. Endorsed by the Folk Research Centre in St. Lucia, Toxic Promotions and a group of Toronto based promoters have come together yet again to showcase St Lucia’s rich heritage through food and entertainment at the Jamaican Canadian Centre, 995 Arrow Road in ...

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Taboo launches Marvel theme for St. Lucia Carnival 2017

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PRESS RELEASE – From inception, Team Taboo has always sought out to challenge the status-quo, by making the Carnival Band, its products and overall experience, a beautifully designed trio. And without further ado Team Taboo officially launched their highly anticipated theme for Saint Lucia Carnival 2017! TABOO BRINGS YOU MARVEL – “Veneration of the Anti-Hero” “ MARVEL!!! Life has a ...

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Teachers of the System of Orchestras of Venezuela arrive in St. Lucia

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PRESS RELEASE – On Saturday 1st October, six Venezuelan music teachers – specialists in violin, double bass, oboe, piano, voice, horn, and orchestral direction – from the Simon Bolivar Music Foundation arrived at the George F. L. Charles Airport in Castries. Their visit is part of the continuing collaboration between the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Saint Lucia (ongoing since ...

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Job opportunity opens for St. Lucian dancers

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PRESS RELEASE – Auditions to be a part of the renowned Jamaican dance company, HAH-R-Mony Entertainment Ltd/EPC are happening today, October 10th, 2016 from 5:00 PM. This is a considerable job opportunity for all seasoned & experienced dancers in Saint Lucia. Successful candidates will be gainfully employed with the dance company and be able to comfortably reside in Jamaica. Previous auditions for the same were ...

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Teddyson John Wins Praise from Flow

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PRESS RELEASE – Flow Ambassador, Teddyson John has come in for high praise from his sponsor, following his success in capturing the Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer title for 2016 at the International Reggae and World Music Awards. John is the first Saint Lucian ever to be nominated for the International Reggae and World Music Awards which was held October 2 at ...

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Creative industries congratulates Teddyson John!

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PRESS RELEASE – Teddyson John, affectionately known as TJ to his Saint Lucia family and international fan base, is the proud recipient of the International World And Reggae Music Awards Best Soca /Calypso Artist 2016! Earlier this year, the entire island threw its support behind the prolific singer when he vied for the coveted title of Carib Breakout Artiste of ...

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New release from Claudia Edward

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PRESS RELEASE – Fresh off her album ‘On The Edge’ released in March of this year, Claudia Edward releases a brand new track named ‘Time to Shine’. Written by Claudia Edward and Rawl ‘Rossi’ Alcide, it features R&B Songstress Trish from St. Lucia and the legendary Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson. Produced by Déjà vu Digital this song is one of inspiration, encouraging all that ...

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Date changed for Oktoberfest en Kweyol 2016

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PRESS RELEASE – Windward & Leeward Brewery Ltd wishes to inform loyal patrons of Oktoberfest and the wider public in general of the change of date for this year’s staging of the 9th Annual Oktoberfest en Kweyol due to the passage of Tropical Storm Mathew. The event is now scheduled to take place on Sunday October 9th 2016 from 2:00pm, ...

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New winners crowned at Heineken Green Synergy finals

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PRESS RELEASE – For the 13th annual Heineken Green Synergy competition there were a number of firsts including a new venue for the finals. The event was held for the first time on the Pigeon Point Causeway, as a major beach activity. Thousands turned out for the event on Sunday September 25 where the competition was held in two segments. ...

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Artiste Kia J announces concert

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PRESS RELEASE – Kia Jules who goes by the stage name “KIA J” is a young 24 year old female Christian Pop & Hip‐hop recording artist and spoken word lyricist. KIA J is a native of Saint Lucia and her early exposure to various types of music and art forms helped fashion her identity in the arts by age thirteen. KIA J is ...

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CARIBBEAN: Jamaican reggae artiste Etana lashed over support for Trump

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JAMAICA OBSERVER – Facing backlash over her support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Etana has apologised to Jamaicans for endorsing the controversial real estate billionaire. “My recent remarks were made against the background of the real fear of terrorist attacks and acts of random violence that are so pervasive in the US right now. But I realise now that ...

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Local calypsonian ready to ‘invade’ Houston Afro Creole Music Festival!

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PRESS RELEASE – Popular St. Lucian calypsonian Ignatius ‘Invader’ Tisin is gearing up for his debut performance at the first ever Houston Afro Creole Music Festival. The four-time calypso monarch and 7-time Road March champion expressed his excitement at being part of this new and culturally diverse event in the 4th largest city in the US. “I am extremely excited ...

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It’s a new day for Jared

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PRESS RELEASE – ‘A New Day’ is the latest single track and video recording being launched by Jared featuring Wilburne. Earlier in 2016 Jared who is a Gospel Rap/Hip Hop Artiste, was introduced to the public with his track ‘Break the Glass’ with a video of the same title, which has received much airplay and viewed on all television channels ...

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Two St. Lucian films competing for “Best Documentary Prize” at TT film festival

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PRESS RELEASE – This weekend will see not just one, but two St Lucia Feature films competing with a Haitian film for the coveted ‘Best Documentary Prize’ at the regions most celebrated film festival in Trinidad & Tobago. Both documentaries centre on St Lucia, and both have been made by overseas filmmakers with a love for St Lucian culture. A third documentary entitled ...

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Music fraternity mourns veteran drummer

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PRESS RELEASE – The Department of Local Government, Culture and Creative Industries is saddened to learn of the death of veteran drummer/percussionist, Rudy Auguste.  Rudy died at his home in the Dennery Valley last week. A well-known face on the musical scene with his characteristic toothpick, Rudy who began his formal career with a small group then known as the ...

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Heineken Green Synergy semi final showdown

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PRESS RELEASE – After being schooled at a workshop last Saturday September 10, 2016, in a number of pertinent areas, the semi- finalists for the 2016 Heineken Green Synergy DJ competition are expected to up their game this Sunday. That’s when the semi-finals of the annual event will be held, at the Ka Ka Bef in Vieux-Fort. Last Saturday’s workshop ...

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ECCO reports revenue increase in 2015

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PRESS RELEASE – The seventh Annual General Meeting of the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO) Inc. was held on Sep. 10 at the CSA Centre in Castries, Saint Lucia. Members in Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines were able to participate via online conferencing technology. ...

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St. Lucian wins Caribbean-wide talent search competition

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A St. Lucian artiste is the winner of the Caribbean-wide CorGlo Enterprise Music Competition. The artiste, who goes by the name Pradda Finada, defeated several other contestants from different islands in the Caribbean. Finada received a $5,000 USD prize and an advertising campaign to showcase her music. Finada’s genre of target is rap.   (38)(0)

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Oktoberfest En Kweyol is back

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PRESS RELEASE – The ninth edition of “Oktoberfest en Kweyol” was launched recently at the most fitting and rustic setting of the Jambe DuBois restaurant in the Pigeon Island National Park. “Oktoberfest en Kweyol”, which is organized by Windward and Leeward Brewery Limited (WLBL), is seen as the official start of activities to mark Creole Heritage Month here in October. As ...

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Biggest prize money for Heineken Green Synergy

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PRESS RELEASE – Not only is Heineken Green Synergy back in 2016, with the event anticipated to be even bigger and bolder – but the grand prize purse has grown too. This year, DJs participating in the annual Heineken Green Synergy DJ Competition, will be vying for a whopping EC$18,000 – cash and prizes for the ultimate winner in the ...

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John Antoine releases anti-suicide song

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PRESS RELEASE – Performing Artiste John Antoine has released a song and music video entitled ” Just Cry” . “Just Cry” which is an inspirational piece was produced due to the increase in suicides and acts of violence over the years, in particular for 2016. The song/video  speaks to people who suffer from depression or who are going through ordeals. ...

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Georgise James wins Third Annual Courts Fashionista competition

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PRESS RELEASE – Local furniture and electrical superstore Courts, hosted its third annual Fashionista competition on Friday September 2nd 2016. The competition which incorporates the wide range of fashionable furniture products available for sale at the superstore, gives young, aspiring the opportunity to showcase their talent and design abilities. The show was launched with the primary purpose of giving designers ...

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