Snowflakes on Steel celebrates Pan Arts Network 25th anniversary

Snowflakes on Steel celebrates Pan Arts Network 25th anniversary

A tonic for the winter blues After a two-hiatus, Snowflakes on Steel is back on the stage this year. The Pan Arts Network is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the steelband community and supporters. It was 25 years ago when Earl La Pierre Jr. & Wendy Jones called a meeting asking all the bands to […]

Bob Marley’s grandson Jo Mersa Marley dies at age 31

Bob Marley’s grandson Jo Mersa Marley dies at age 31

Last Tuesday, January 17, Jo Mersa Marley was interred at Nine Miles, St Ann, like his legendary grandfather, Bob Marley. Jo Mersa (born Joseph Marley) passed away suddenly in Miami, at the tender age of 31, on December 27th. The Reggae singer is survived by more than 50 family members, including his wife, Qiara, and […]

Winners of Third Annual SiriusXM Black Canadian Music Awards announced

Winners of Third Annual SiriusXM Black Canadian Music Awards announced

The SOCAN Foundation has named the recipients of the third annual SiriusXM Black Canadian Music Awards. They are Adria Kain, AHI, Desarae Dee, Nonso Amadi and Zach Zoya. The Black Canadian Music Awards were created to recognize and celebrate the artistic merit demonstrated by Black music creators of any genre. This year, SiriusXM Canada has […]

Toronto dancer about to take to the big stage with Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre

Toronto dancer about to take to the big stage with Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre

By: Stephen Weir Not only is it the first weekend for Black History Month in Toronto, it will also be two days of first for dance fans.  On February 3rd and 4th “America ‘s Cultural Ambassador to the World” the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre will kick off its 2023 North American tour with a trio […]

St Maarten Carnival troupes mandated to depict more of the country’s culture

St Maarten Carnival troupes mandated to depict more of the country’s culture

  Carnival is looking too much like Trinidad-style costumes The St Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has mandated that all troupes taking part in the Grand Carnival Parades must have a section of 15 persons or more, depicting St Maarten’s culture, at the front of their troupes. Alternatively, should troupes not be able to field […]

This summer 5,000 revellers will be “unmask” – Louis Saldenah

This summer 5,000 revellers will be “unmask” – Louis Saldenah

By Stephen Weir How fitting.  The Louis’s Saldenah Carnival (formally the Mas K Club) holds the record of 21 “Band of the Year” titles for the annual Caribbean Carnival parade and will be starting their campaign to get Win 22 on, wait for it, April 22nd. Saldenah recent winner of an Impact Award told the […]

Wrong winner named in calypso queen competition

Wrong winner named in calypso queen competition

The Montserrat Arts Council has apologised to the 10 contestants, who participated in the Queen of Queens Regional Female Calypso Competition, after announcing the wrong winner last evening. Kenneth Silcott, Director of the Montserrat Arts Council, explained that “human error” led to defending champion Karene Asche being announced as the winner when she was actually the […]

Dennis Brown tops Jamaicans on Rolling Stone’s greatest singers list

Dennis Brown tops Jamaicans on Rolling Stone’s greatest singers list

The late Crown Prince of Reggae Dennis Brown is the greatest Jamaican singer of all time, according to Rolling Stone magazine.  Brown is the best ranked Jamaican entertainer on Rolling Stone’s 200 greatest singers of all time, coming in at number 67. That’s a credible feat for the Jamaican, as he finished ahead of more […]

Black Stalin – The Caribbean Man – dies at 81

Black Stalin – The Caribbean Man – dies at 81

Black Stalin, who has died aged 81, was a modern calypsonian of the old school, dedicated to keeping political and social commentary at the heart of his music when other exponents of the art were becoming purveyors of frivolous party music. His determination to stick to what he saw as the righteous course allowed Stalin […]

Eight days of all things Black at a slimmed down Kuumba

Eight days of all things Black at a slimmed down Kuumba

By Stephen Weir With Christmas 2022 now in our collective rear view mirror it is time to look ahead at some of the goings on at the 2023 Black Futures Month (Black History Month) celebrations at Harbourfront. Yesterday, the Camera talked to a spokesperson to get an update on the events Harbourfront will be presenting […]

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