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September 19, 2014

New Providence

REGGAE PARTY: The Ultimate Reggae Party takes place each Friday in September at The Black Legend Hall on Prince Charles Drive. Doors open at 8 p.m. $10 cover charge.

GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association Golf Tournament takes place on Sunday, October 5 at the Ocean Club Golf Course at Paradise Island. Early registration is $175. Proceeds from the tournament will go towards BHTA's ongoing scholarships, education and training initiatives to Bahamian students.

FANTASTIC FRIDAYS: Visage will rock the house at the popular last Friday in the month event known as Fantastic Fridays at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel. The happy hour social event kicks off at 5 p.m. with Visage taking to the stage at approximately 6:30 p.m. and playing through 10 p.m.

CHANGING OF THE GUARD: The changing of the guard, a display of Bahamian music and military exercise, takes place each month on the last Thursday and Saturday at 10 a.m. at Government House. The changing of the guard has been a tradition since 1958. The ceremony features the world-renowned Royal Bahamas Police Force Marching Band and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force guards.

JAZZ AT THE HILTON: Jazz group Vice Versa, featuring vocalist Naomi Taylor, performs every Tuesday and Thursday at British Colonial Hilton at 6:30 p.m.

Abaco

OPEN WATER SWIM: Professional and non-professional swimmers of all ages will compete in the Abaco Open Water Swim Race on Saturday, October 11. The race course is located in the waterway of Marsh Harbour near Albury's Ferry and is five kilometers in length. Persons can also sign up to compete in the paddle board and kayak challenge. The post race celebration will include good music, food drinks and awards.

Grand Bahama

CONCH CRACKING FESTIVAL: McLean's Town Conch Cracking Festival takes place October 13. The annual homecoming event which began in 1972, attracts both domestic and international visitors who enthusiastically vie for the coveted and authentically Bahamian designed conch trophy, awarded to the best conch cracker in the country. The festival features lots of conch-themed dishes, other food and drinks, locally made souvenirs, as well as a full day of activities that both adults and children can participate in, competitions and exciting live entertainment. Venuse is McLean's Town in the East End of Grand Bahama.

Andros

ECOTOURISM MONTH: Takes place October 1 to October 31. The main objective is to sensitize students to the importance of the environment as it relates to ecotourism.

CHICKCHARNIE FESTIVAL: The North Andros Seafood Splash & Chickcharnie Festival takes place on Monday, October 13 at the Morgan's Bluff Regatta site in Nicholl's Town, North Andros.

CONCH FESTIVAL: The Conch Festival, a combination of indigenous cultural activities with emphasis on the conch takes place on Monday, October 13 at Mars Bay, South Andros. The highlight of the event is the conch cracking contest.

Berry Islands

HEROES DAY FEST: Celebrate Bahamian culture at the National Heroes Day Cultural Fest. The festival provides an opportunity for the older generation to show the young people in the community all the joyful things about being Bahamian.

Cat Island

FESTIVAL: The Back to Cat Island Festival takes place October 10-12 at the New Bight Park. The annual homecoming celebration for former and current residents of Cat Island features a weekend of activities, including a church service, gospel concerts, live performances by Bahamian recording artists, Junkanoo rushout, family fun and games, and local food and drinks on sale. It takes place every year during the Discovery Day holiday weekend.

Eleuthera/Harbour Island

REGATTA: The North Eleuthera Sailing Regatta takes place takes place October 9-13. It offers one of the largest racing events in the country with Class A, B and C native sailing sloops taking to the waters of North Eleuthera, Harbour Island and Spanish Wells. The onshore activities include a church service, cultural shows, native food and drinks and nightly entertainment.

RIDE FOR HOPE: Ride for Hope will take place Saturday, October 25. Its flagship event is an annual fundraising bike-a-thon that is open to everyone and attracts hundreds of riders from around the world. Its goal is to raise money for cancer care and treatment programs, raise hope for those afflicted with cancer and create awareness among the population at large.

Exuma
FISHING TOURNAMENT: The Fishy Fest Hand Line & Lion Fish Tournament takes place October 4-5. The two-day competition begins the winter-season events. It is handline fishing only; no rods and reels are allowed. Prizes will be given for the most fish and most lion fish caught to the top three, as well as the largest fish (first prize) caught in the time limit of six hours. There will also be fun-filled onshore activities for the whole family. Food vendors will prepare fish dish imaginable. A concert featuring local as well as national artists will close out the festivities.

HOMECOMING: Mt. Thompson Homecoming Festival takes place October 9-13 at the Mt. Thompson settlement. The festivities include a souse-out on the Thursday and Friday, a cookout on Saturday and Monday. On Sunday, the community worships at one of the local churches with a concert and talent show in the evening.

HOMECOMING FESTIVAL: Williams Town Homecoming Festival takes place October 10-12. It celebrates the homecoming each year during the Columbus Day Holiday weekend in October. The quaint settlement of Williams Town is the last town on Little Exuma. There will lots of fun activities.
LONG ISLAND

HOPE BALL: The inaugural Bahamas Cancer Society of Long Island's Cancer Hope Ball takes place Sunday, September 28 at the Community Center in Clarence Town.

YOUTH MONTH: The month-long celebration, October 1-31, will showcase the youth of Long Island and their talents.

CHURCH BAZAAR: St. Paul's Anglican Church Bazaar takes place in Clarence Town, Long Island at the Community Center Grounds on Monday, October 13.

San Salvador

REGATTA: The Discovery Day Homecoming Festival and Regatta takes place October 8-13. The festival encourages San Salvadorians to come home and celebrate Discovery Day which commemorates the first landfall of the great navigator Christopher Columbus on October 12, 1492. The event features cultural performances, gospel concert, live entertainment by local and visiting artists and culminates in a regatta with Bahamian sailing sloops.

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Children need boundaries

September 19, 2014

There's no doubt about it, back in the day when I was growing up in Ireland, parents were quite strict and thus most kids were indeed well disciplined. Whilst I don't really wish to complain too much about the lack of this kind of strict and indeed rigid discipline which was the order of the day years ago. It is indeed a fact that far too many parents and guardians are very lax in the area of disciplining their children and this is not good for the children or society in general.
While in the supermarket a few days ago I observed several young children literally running wild, shouting and screaming whilst pulling things off the shelves, and yet there were several grown adults with these children who were shamefully just letting them run wild without being reprimanded in any way. It was indeed a very sad and most distressing sight to behold. It's sad because if these kids are not disciplined when they're young, they will grow up to be unruly and disrespectful adults who will be a menace to society in general.
Yes, as today's title puts it, children need boundaries, they need discipline and structure in their lives in order for them to be happy and contented, and to assist them in growing up to become considerate and caring adults thus being a benefit to the whole of society. Parents and guardians who do not take their parental duties seriously are in fact harming their children in the process whilst also possibly contributing to putting another delinquent, dysfunctional young adult into the community who will perhaps become a lawbreaker when he or she grows up.
Let me repeat one more time what I have stated in these articles in the past. Parents, I believe, have a sacred duty to train up the child in the way that he or she should go. Far too many parents and guardians are abdicating that sacred responsibility, from my personal observations, thus creating a generation of young people who are devoid of any form of courtesy or consideration for others, and a menace to society in general.
Finally, the experts will tell you, that children are indeed happiest when they are disciplined, when they have clear boundaries set for them by their parents as to what they can and cannot do. And when they don't do as they should, there is a penalty. This is how we build upright citizens of the future who will be an asset rather than a liability to the whole community.

o Think about it!
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Oliver's 'Dolly House' comes to a New Providence stage

September 19, 2014

No subject matter will be off limits -- politics, power, intimacy, race, class, mistrust and
betrayal will all be up for discussion when the Caribbean's King of Comedy Oliver Samuels brings his blockbuster hit "Dolly House" to The Bahamas in October.
The hilarious Jamaican comedy will be full of belly-cramping humor that only Oliver can produce and will be a celebration of his 65th birthday.
"Dolly House" will feature taboo topics such as interracial relationships in Jamaica, the effects of miscarriage on Jamaican women, cyber sex, lotto scamming and police perverting the course of justice in the manner that only Oliver Samuels can -- tastefully, family friendly but extremely humorous with life lessons that will leave the audience talking about the show and the story lines for a very long time.
"Dolly House", which opened on Mother's Day, is on tour of all major markets. The production will be held in The Bahamas on the holiday weekend on Sunday, October 12 at the Rainforest Theatre on Cable Beach.
"We expect a sold out event at the Crystal Palace Rainforest Theatre, especially as this is a special birthday year for Oliver," said Kathy Ingraham Maciel of Capital City Marketing.
Oliver has assembled the most powerful cast available in Caribbean theater today for another one of his blockbusters. And many people had speculated as to how Oliver would be able to follow up successive monster hits like "Who A Di Don?" and "Embassy Saga".
Previous Oliver performances that took to the stage in The Bahamas in the past included "Sheep in Wolf's Clothing" in 2009, "Assistant Thief" in 2006 and "Ras Noah & the Hawk" in 2005 as well as "Guava Jelly" in 2004.

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Red Dress Soiree Reveals Silent Auction Packages Valued at More Than 18k
Red Dress Soiree Reveals Silent Auction Packages Valued at More Than 18k

September 17, 2014

The Red Dress Soiree reveals more than 15 exclusive packages to be auctioned at the bi-annual charity runway show, cocktail reception and silent auction to be held Saturday September 20, 2014 at 6:30pm in the ballroom of the British Colonial Hilton...

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Brutha Music Festival's Inaugural Kick-Off on September 27th

September 17, 2014

On Saturday September 27th, Brutha Music Festival (also known as Brutha Fest) will be introduced to The Bahamas – an annual musical festival showcasing celebrated and emerging Bahamian artists...

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HBO Brings You a Thrilling Saturday Night With The Exclusive Premiere of Captain Phillips
HBO Brings You a Thrilling Saturday Night With The Exclusive Premiere of " Captain Phillips"

September 16, 2014

HBO presents the exclusive premiere of the acclaimed drama film Captain Phillips this Saturday, September 20th at 21:00hrs AST* in the Caribbean...

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Popular Bahamian musical artist 'K.B.' releases new single Captain Kangaroo

September 15, 2014

Musician and recording artist, Kirkland ‘K.B.’ Bodie, this week released his latest musical single Captain Kangaroo...

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HBO Latin America and Disney Media Distribution Latin America Extend Exclusive Film Deal
HBO Latin America and Disney Media Distribution Latin America Extend Exclusive Film Deal

September 15, 2014

The multi-year feature film agreement grants HBO pay television and extended rights to Disney content in Spanish speaking countries and the Caribbean territories...

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OLIVER to rock the DOLLY HOUSE next month
OLIVER to rock the "DOLLY HOUSE" next month

September 12, 2014

“Dolly House” in celebrtion of Oliver’s 65th! Capital City Marketing is thrilled to once again present the Caribbean’s King of Comedy “Oliver”, in the theatre production Dollyhouse...

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Josette 'DJ Safire' is on fire

September 12, 2014

Josette "DJ Safire" Christie has deejayed some of the biggest events Atlantis has offered, and now she's taking her show on the road, and deejaying at what will be her biggest gig to date -- the Food Network Magazine's Concert at Ravinia in Chicago.
Christie will play two gigs at one of the hottest events of the summer at which the likes of seven-time Grammy-winning recording artist John Mayer and Phillip Phillips, Twin Forks and Raul Midon will take to the stage during a day filled with unique food and music experiences.
Christie will spin tunes at two events -- "Hot Hot Hot", which is sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, and "I Want Candy" at the Saturday, September 20 event in Chicago.
During the "Hot Hot Hot" segment, Christie will play a mixture of Bahamian and pop music, with emphasis placed on the Bahamian music, at the reception-style event. The heat will be turned up by Bahamian Chef Simeon Hall Jr., along with a number of other chefs who will challenge the taste buds of concert patrons with varying levels of heat injected into their fiery frissons.
On the sweeter side of things, Christie will also play at the "I Want Candy Dessert Party" set to the sounds of the 80s. The confectioner's dreamscape hosted by Food Network Star Anne Burrell will feature nine pastry chefs and showcase recipes from Food Network Magazine's new cookbook, "Sweet!."
Christie will play for two hours at each event.
"I'm looking forward to both events, which I think will be a lot of fun," said Christie from her home base on Harbour Island. She was recommended for the Food Network event by an influential person in the entertainment industry (as she's not a name-dropper and she keeps her client list confidential she preferred not to say who). The deejay, who has entertained at a number of big events at Atlantis, said the Food Network Concert in Ravinia will be her biggest gig to date.
"It's an amazing experience and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I feel blessed to have been chosen to do this and I'm going to go to have a lot of fun," said Christie.
For the biggest event of her deejaying career to date, she's preparing the same way she prepares for all of her events, and it entails lots of research and song downloads to create play lists with the client in mind, which she says she does for the smallest wedding to an event like the Food Network Concert.
"For something like this it's days and weeks of preparation. My play list alone for the 'Hot Hot Hot' event I've got over 700 songs on a play list, and I've got to listen to every song for at least a minute, so that's 700 minutes or 11 hours just doing that," she said. Christie also practices 12 hours daily -- sessions that she said are important for any deejay.
Christie rocketed onto the scene as DJ Safire in 2009, but has only been a deejay full time since 2011, after giving up her management job at Aura nightclub at Atlantis.
She did not just recently stumble upon the art form. Music has always been a love for Christie. She became enthralled with music back in the 80s and would take advantage of the opportunity to spin unofficially for a friend during his gigs at a popular club at the time, for a time before putting it aside and forgetting about it for life -- you know ... marriage and all that other stuff.
As the manager at Aura, which she managed for five years, she was responsible for hiring most of the talent and was insistent that resident local deejays were spinning as well as foreign talent.
Her love for music roared to the surface again. She became fascinated with seeing the effect the deejay's music had on the crowd. She wanted to do it too.
"I saw what some of them were doing and thought I could probably do that too, because the repertoire in their libraries were the same stuff I had," she said. "And I'm just in love with music, and in love with making people happy, and music is one of the key ways to make people happy, and I could see the effect these deejays have on the crowd, and I just wanted to do that."
Christie enlisted DJ Kido to teach her the fundamentals of deejaying and she taught herself the rest.
Since then she has developed quite a following in only a few years in the booth, has been accepted into the coveted ranks of Atlantis' AOS (Ambassadors of Sound) and is one of only a handful of female deejays in The Bahamas.
Her signature style is eclectic, a seamless mixing of genres crossing decades and spinning treasured classics and hot new hits. She challenges the idea of music by incorporating clever and quirky mixes into her performance. Her ultimate goal is to conjure nostalgia and touch the soul of the people who hear her music.
As she prepares for the biggest event of her still young career, Christie said her plan is to enjoy it all and to entertain the masses while she feeds her soul with her love of music.
"I didn't start deejaying to be famous -- that's not why I do what I do. I love what I do, but of course every deejay would love to play a big music festival, which I'm doing now," she said. Other than that, she would love the opportunity to spin at an Electric Dance Music (EDM) concert.
Right now, Christie said she enjoys every single gig she plays, from a child's birthday party to a nightclub.
"Once I am doing what I love and I see people responding to what I do, that's pretty much it for me," she said.
Christie, who does everything from weddings, parties and special events, said she would encourage any young person that has the desire to deejay to follow their passion and to work hard and take it seriously. She said any great deejay's advice to the next generation of spin masters would be to practice all the time. She said it's not easy, as most of the best deejays do not have day jobs and give deejaying 100 percent.
"If you are going to become great, you have to put in the time, work and sacrifice. There are no shortcuts and sync buttons for real deejays. In this field you never stop learning. I left a very lucrative career to follow my passion," said Christie of the competitive business that she said can be extremely difficult, but also rewarding.
For those females who want to enter the industry, she said they should be aware that they will face many obstacles that their male counterparts don't face, and they will be put under much more scrutiny. Christie said females will always have to prove themselves and she still goes on gigs where people are amazed that she deejays and mixes music -- which she finds amusing.
"I always ask them: Are there not female doctors, lawyers, mechanics, pilots and judges? Why does a female deejay baffle you so?," she said.
But from her unique perspective she said the female deejays bring a different element to the field as they are more emotional and intuitive and as a result, when trained can perhaps read a crowd better than their counterparts.
"We lack the ego that some male deejays exhibit and we never have to worry about looking 'soft'. Also we know what women want to hear because these are the same songs we identify with which is a bonus for a venue looking to attract a female crowd -- plus we can be a little more 'easy on the eyes' than the guys," she said.
In The Bahamas, female deejays like DJ Safire and DJ Baby D are still a novelty, but internationally there are many women deejays that are getting top billing as performers and producers.
Christie said her goal is to eventually train and bring more female deejays to the forefront.

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Paint the Lanes Pink

September 12, 2014



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Be like a palm tree

September 12, 2014

If you live in the tropics like I do, you have most certainly experienced your fair share of tropical storms and hurricanes from time to time, especially when you live in what is referred to as the hurricane belt, which is where I reside. Now as Joel Osteen highlighted in another very inspiring talk he gave on television recently, in tropical areas like The Bahamas where I reside, there are lots of palm trees, especially in the coastal areas, along the beaches.
Now when hurricane force winds of 100 miles per hour and upward roar in from the sea and blow against the palm trees, they so often bend right over and may actually appear to be broken. However, just as soon as the high winds have subsided and the weather starts to finally return to normal, the palm trees stand right up again, they bounce right back to where they were.
Now this is a great analogy for life itself for nothing is more certain than the fact, that from time to time things will get real rough as the winds of change roar through every aspect of our life, both personal and professional. However, although the stormy times in our life may cause us to bend a little, we simply must learn to bounce right back after storms of any kind interfere with our life and plans for the future.
Yes indeed, we all need to learn an invaluable lesson from the palm tree, and that lesson is this in a nutshell. When rough, tough, stormy times begin to affect our life, we need to be flexible just like the palm tree and thus bend a little or maybe even a lot as the pressure on us increases. However, once the pressure on us eases, we must of necessity bounce right back, stand upright, and continue our journey on the road to success.
You see, during a tropical storm or hurricane, the power of the strong winds actually breaks so many other trees which are usually strewn all over the place once the storm has passed, but not the palm trees because they are very pliable, they are able to bend without breaking. You, my friend, must learn to do exactly the same thing, that is to bend a little from time to time and therefore not be too rigid.
In this way you will survive the storms of life that indeed do come our way from time to time as we progress through the seasons of life. Yes indeed, you've got to learn to stand up again after a troubling time in your life. You must be able to bounce back from disasters and go on to greatness. In short, bend, don't break.
o Think about it!
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Bahamas Salsa Social Network

September 11, 2014

BSSN will NOT be hosting our Havana Night social event at the usual location on Thursday 11 September 2014...

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Healty Safety's Love to LIve continues with Happy Hour: Move Groove
Healty & Safety's Love to LIve continues with "Happy Hour: Move & Groove"

September 11, 2014

2014 Atlantis’ Health & Safety team is endeavouring to step up its game with several new and exciting activities that are sure to get participants on the path of healthy living and wellness...

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Atlantis Host Unforgettable Paradise Music Festival
Atlantis Host Unforgettable Paradise Music Festival

September 09, 2014

Atlantis, Paradise Island has done it again! Operators at the mega-resort property are still reeling after pulling off an unforgettable first-ever Paradise Music Festival, held over the U.S. Labor Day holiday weekend...

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King and Estefan join forces for Baha Mar's grand opening gala

September 05, 2014

Two of the leading names in the world of music and entertainment -- Jamie King and Emilio Estefan -- will be teaming up for the first time to develop, produce, choreograph and score Baha Ma's opening gala alongside executive producer Bernie Yuman.
Slated for late Spring 2015, the Baha Mar Grand Opening Gala will be an experience of sophisticated luxury and leisure spanning multiple days and encompassing every corner of the 1,000-acre property, set alongside 3,000 feet of uninterrupted white-sand beach and crystal-clear waters.
"We're thrilled to be collaborating with award-winning visionaries such as Jamie and Emilio, who both have successful track records and are extremely well-respected in the entertainment industry," said Sarkis D. Izmirlian, chairman and chief executive officer of Baha Mar Resorts, Ltd. "I'm sure that their creative forces will combine to provide our guests with an unforgettable event that is nothing short of amazing and truly combines the glamour of the New Riviera with the soul of The Bahamas."
Emmy Award and MTV Video Music Award nominee Jamie King, writer and director of the critically acclaimed Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour, and director of the newly launched Cirque du Soleil Michael Jackson One at Mandalay Bay (Las Vegas), is the leading concert tour director in the world of pop music today. Also an acclaimed choreographer, King has served for more than 16 years as Madonna's creative director and has worked with an array of superstars including Rihanna, Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, the Spice Girls, George Michael, Elton John, Diana Ross, Ellen DeGeneres, and most recently, as creative director of Bruno Mars' record-breaking Super Bowl halftime show. In 2013, Variety honored King with a 12-page billion dollar tour director special issue, having previously named him as one of the most influential "movers and shakers" in the music industry. In 2013, King starred alongside Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony in the Fox Network show Q'Viva -- The Chosen, the Latin-theme reality series from Simon Fuller's XIX Entertainment.
Emilio Estefan is a 19-time Grammy Award-winning musician, producer, director, author and entrepreneur, who for more than a quarter of a century worked with some of the biggest and brightest stars in the music business: from his wife, Gloria Estefan, to Jennifer Lopez and Shakira, to Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony and Jon Secada. Furthermore, through Estefan Enterprises, he has built an entertainment empire that has seen extraordinary successes in the music, hospitality, television and film industries, including having produced for large-scale events such as Super Bowl halftime shows and closing ceremonies for the winter and summer Olympic Games.
"What intrigues me most about Baha Mar is the idea of melding world-class hospitality and authentic Bahamian culture," said King. "The Bahamas is full of natural beauty, exotic sights and sounds, and an abounding culture of joy and positivity. I think I can speak for both Emilio and myself when I say that this collaboration is a great opportunity, an exciting challenge, and a project that certainly doesn't lack in sources of inspiration. We can't wait to see it all come to life!"
"I'm honored to work alongside Jamie, Sarkis, Bernie and the executive team at Baha Mar as we bring a new light to The Bahamas," said Estefan. "Get ready for a party like no one has ever seen before."

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iCreate All Access Music Seminar is on the cards

September 05, 2014

The iCreate Music All Access Seminar is being described as the ultimate music industry networking opportunity to come to New Providence by organizer Gregory Collie.
The two-day music seminar will encompass songwriter workshops, producer beat battles, informative panels, listening sessions and music showcases. Collie said the seminar is for anyone looking to get into the music industry whether they are artists, producers, songwriters, or music managers. Panelists from the music industry in the United States will provide patrons with the information they need to know about the business.
"The seminar is information based, so people are going to learn more for it and they're going to network," said Collie. "It's up to the individual to take what they've learnt and the relationships they build through the seminar and take advantage of them and make a career for themselves."
On the panel for the seminar according to Collie will be Kawan "KP" Prather, senior vice president of artists and repertoire (A&R) for Atlantic Records; Tony G, director of A&R at G-Unit Records; Symbolyc One (S1), music producer for Jay Z, Kanye West, Eminem and Beyonce; Donnie Scantz, music producer/engineer for Usher, Jhene Aiko and Miguel; Focus, music producer for 50 Cent, Beyonce and The Game; singer Asia Bryant and Inga Nandi Williams, manager and songwriter for N'Sync, Donell Jones and TLC.
There will also be a beat battle, during which patrons will have their music heard by the panelists.
Collie who describes himself as a music producer who has worked with a number of local talent held his first iCreate Music All Access Seminar in 2011 after traveling the United States between 2007 and 2009 attending music seminars and conferences. That gave him the inspiration to create a music seminar for New Providence to expose Bahamian artists to the information they would need to further their career.
"There's a huge void here to be filled and lack of opportunity, lack of education, so I thought it would be the perfect platform and that's why I decided to do it. I wanted to provide this opportunity for the people that really wanted it and who want to make the music industry their career.
Registration for the two day seminar is $250. The seminar runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Prince of Wales Room in the Beach Towers at the Atlantis.

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Sometimes the simplest way to tell the story is best

September 05, 2014

"This is not Sunday School!"
That's one of the tag lines Dorsey McPhee had been using to promote his stage play, "Jesus vs. Satan: A One Man Show".
It's also the understatement of the year.
The C-rated, one-night-only presentation played at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts on Saturday, August 30. As part of "Theatre of the Gospel" from McPhee's From The Pond Productions, the production features 11 different scenes -- including "The Baptism of Jesus", "The Beheading of John the Baptist", "Satan Wants All", and "The Boil Grouper Breakfast Galilee Beach" -- examining the period of Jesus' ministry up to and after his resurrection.
It's also said to be a "religion comedy drama". That description alone might result in some head scratching, especially since comedy is rarely used to convey this portion of the "greatest story ever told". If it helps, think of it as a church revival led by the most vibrant and expressive pastor ever.
Indisputably, McPhee delivers one heck of a performance. He is a frenetic ball of energy, bounding incessantly back and forth on the stage, delivering his lines with unfathomable exuberance. One can only imagine his complete exhaustion after the two-and-a-half-hour performance.
Even more mind-blowing though, is how McPhee manages to keep straight in his mind the various parts of the production. In these 11 scenes, he plays seemingly dozens of characters (his own official count puts the number close to 30).
Those characters include Jesus and Satan, of course, but also Mary Magdalene, Peter, John The Baptist, King Herod, and Herodias (the king's brother's wife, whom he takes as his own), and her daughter. He refers to one of those two ladies as the "jungaless" as together they use a seductive dance routine to demand John's head on a platter from Herod.
Speaking of dance routines, McPhee also dances -- and often. He vividly demonstrates that very routine, all while Soca star Alison Hinds' "Roll it Gal" plays loudly!
Clearly, there's a lot going on here. And at many times, there's too much. One of the main challenges is that these many characters are having full-fledged conversations with each other. For example, McPhee, as Jesus, will speak and McPhee, as Satan, will reply. Some characters are also speaking in Bahamian vernacular, and using modern slang and sometimes not-so-modern slang.
With all the voices and the dancing, and with McPhee taking on the persona of the late American recording artist James Brown, and most perplexingly, the late Bahamian painter and architect Jackson Burnside, it's as if we are watching someone in a highly altered state -- what movies have led us to believe happens to someone with multiple personalities. Anyone who's ever watched the late Robin Williams doing stand-up might get the picture.
However, that endless parade of voices, screeches, screams and shrieks makes the salty language and swear words seem like child's play. As such, I can't recall whether McPhee's Jesus actually curses, but his Satan certainly has a potty mouth.
Before the launch of the play last month, McPhee told The Nassau Guardian that he is hoping for those "who would have never ventured into a church, to come and see the story". And truthfully, those unfamiliar with the Bible might be inspired to learn more about the good book.
Unfortunately, the one-night showing attracted quite a number of priests, pastors and church-folk. So, McPhee was essentially "preaching to the choir". (McPhee said based on the response, he may do encore performances.)
While "Jesus vs. Satan" avoids any unusual interpretation or unique perspectives on these Gospel stories, and while the method of presenting these stories can be jarring and abrasive, McPhee must nonetheless be commended and encouraged for his efforts.
But like Sunday School, sometimes the simpler the story, the better.
Dwight Strachan stepped out of the movie theater this week and into the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts for his review.
o Dwight Strachan is the host/producer of " Morning Blend" on Guardian Radio. He is a television producer and writer, and an avid TV history and film buff. Email dwight@nasguard.com and follow him on twitter @morningblend969

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Tough times don't last

September 05, 2014

I'm sure that we've all heard that well-known saying which goes like this, tough times don't last, tough people do. Actually, now that I think about it, that inspirational phrase was the title of a bestselling book written by Dr. Bob Schuller of Crystal Cathedral fame. Believe me, that phrase does indeed contain the very essence of truth, which we all need to get very firmly imbedded in our consciousness. One thing is for sure in life, things will not always go smoothly, or as planned. We all have to go through some tough times every now and then as something in our life does not go exactly as initially planned. This is just a part of the course -- it's life!
However, some people, when they experience these temporary setbacks in life, allow them to affect them in an extremely negative way. Now once we fully understand, that all setbacks are temporary events in our life, we should most definitely not allow ourselves to become bogged down in negativity by what is taking place in our life. If we do this, become upset and totally negative in outlook, constantly complaining to one and all about our tough times, we'll be so blinded by our negativity, that we will not be able to see and fully comprehend what to do to change the situation, thus getting back on course for success city.
Yes my friend, I'm here today to state loud and clear, that no matter how bad your present situation may be, if you just stay calm, upbeat and positive, believe me, the situation will eventually return to normal, because as that well-known saying correctly states it tough times don't last, tough people do. So please, I implore you to keep this most important truth uppermost in your mind at all times.
I know it's real tough going through these temporary periods of failure in one's life, however, I also know that the tough time will not last. So, we simply must remain positive in spite of our difficulties, and believe me, the sunshine of success will once again shine brightly in your life and affairs. I guarantee it!
o Think about it!
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