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A messenger will come

May 01, 2015

My friend, there are times in all of our lives I believe when we come to a place where we completely change the whole course of our life, when we meet our messenger. So D. Paul I really don't understand what you're stating here today, who is this messenger I'm supposed to meet, you may query?
Well my friend, quite frankly I have no idea who your messenger may be, nor mine for that matter. It could be anyone -- a friend, a spouse, a relative, a child, yes a child, a minister, a teacher, someone on radio or TV, an encounter with a complete stranger, etc., etc. So you have no idea of whom the messenger will be until you actually receive the message.
That's right, the secret to discovering your particular messenger is to always and at all times keep an open mind, and thus welcome input from others which could indeed assist you in your continual search for the truth, which in turn will assist you to advance to the next level of your continual quest to reach the promised land, the proverbial success city. Yes my friend, I guarantee that a messenger will come, however, the important question is this: Will you recognize and indeed listen to the messenger when they speak?
I am so very grateful to my Creator for assisting me in being able to develop an open mind so that I am always willing to listen to another who perhaps knows something which I really need to hear at this stage of my development. Sometimes the messenger is a most unlikely person, like your child or someone who works for you, or even a complete stranger. The key is to always be receptive to listen to wise people for it's the way to learn, grow and ultimately succeed in life.
Think about it!

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BNFC Announces Box Office Locations For Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
BNFC Announces Box Office Locations For Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival

April 30, 2015

Excitement builds over 2015 Junkanoo Carnival season...

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Junkanoo Carnival 2015 Costume Package
Junkanoo Carnival 2015 Costume Package

April 29, 2015

Jump Behind Da Truck!

All Inclusive Costume Package for only $185

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BNFC starts countdown to Youth Culture Fest this Friday
BNFC starts countdown to Youth Culture Fest this Friday

April 29, 2015

Free event to encourage around 1,000 youth to participate in cultural events...

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Boxing Superstars Mayweather and Pacquiao face off live May 2 on REVTV Pay-Per-View
Boxing Superstars Mayweather and Pacquiao face off live May 2 on REVTV Pay-Per-View

April 29, 2015

Come Saturday, May 2, two of boxing's greatest fighters will go head-to-head in one of the sport's most highly-anticipated matchups and REVTV is delivering the event live via pay-per-view...

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The National Family Island Regatta, April 23-25, 2015

April 28, 2015

At the National Family Island Regatta, April 23-25, 2015 the Class A Champion with 30 points was 'Tida Wave...'

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Coca-Cola and the Sandals Foundation continue support of P.A.C.E. Foundation

April 28, 2015

Saturday under the stars charity partnered with celebration like never before...

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The 62nd National Family Island Regatta Series Champions, April 22-25, George Town Exuma

April 28, 2015

The 62nd National Family Island Regatta Series Champions, April 22-25, George Town Exuma...

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The 62nd National Family Island Regatta held its Closing Ceremony and Awards Night on Saturday, April 25

April 28, 2015

The 62nd National Family Island Regatta held its Closing Ceremony and Awards Night on Saturday, April 25, at the Government Complex in George Town, attended by Her Excellency Governor General Dame Marguerite Pindling, Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, and many officials, sailors, and regatta supporters...

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Winners of the National Family Island Regatta in Georgetown,Exuma

April 28, 2015

Winners of the the National Family Island Regatta in George Town on the weekend were awarded their prizes at the Closing Ceremony on Saturday evening at the Government Complex...

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National Family Island Regatta, April 23-25, 2015

April 28, 2015

Series Race Champions after three days of sailing three races in the National Family Island Regatta...

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Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort Offshore Island Hosts Vibes on the Island 2015 Benefit Concert Featuring Tarrus Riley and Chronixx
Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island Hosts "Vibes on the Island 2015" Benefit Concert Featuring Tarrus Riley and Chronixx

April 28, 2015

The Sandals Foundation, the non-profit arm of Sandals Resorts International hosted a sold out crowd of over 800 guests at Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island for an exciting evening of gourmet food, premium brand spirits and great music all in support of a great cause...

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Look Out for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival's Big Truck

April 28, 2015

Meet Music Masters artists and sign up for Road Fever at Last Frankie’s Fete on Arawak Cay this Thursday...

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Vibin' on the island with Tarrus Riley

April 23, 2015

Free your mind because it's definitely a great vibes on the island kind of weekend with one of this reggae generation's finest singer/songwriters in the person of Tarrus Riley. And no matter if you've seen Tarrus Riley perform before, you want to go to this weekend's concert with no expectations and be ready to receive what Riley is giving out.
"I just want to give you your favorite songs and a little bit of the new things that we're going into. I want to make you dance, I want to make you listen, I want to make you groove and I want to have a good time," Riley told The Nassau Guardian, prior to his arrival in The Bahamas.
"Expect the unexpected, because we don't really like to be predictable. Just come to have a good time [and] definitely come with high spirits to have a good time, but don't expect anything. Just come with a free mind. "
Riley along with special guests Dean Fraser & The Blak Soil Band along with Chronixx and Zinfence Redemption will take to the stage on Saturday at the Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort and Private Offshore Island.
The Sandals Foundation will donate proceeds from the concert to the PACE (Providing Access to Continued Education) foundation to refurbish a one-of-a-kind support center that will serve the needs of the girls in a centrally located facility. PACE ensures that teen mothers have the opportunity to complete high school; reduce the incidence of repeat pregnancy among teen mothers; improve the quality of life for teenage mothers and their babies; ensure that teen mothers are educated on the negative impact of repeat teen pregnancies and use the lessons of teen mothers to inform stakeholders of the ways to prevent teen pregnancies.
It's a cause that's resonates with the crooner who is an advocate for women's rights and respects women. It saddens him to hear of young ladies getting pregnant at 16 and having another child before they're 20.
"I have a high level of respect for woman, and my mother is definitely one of my best friends, so I try to sing songs to uplift women, and against domestic violence -- 'She's Royal' -- telling women that they're a queen. When I do concerts in aid of these kinds of things, it's extra special, and not just entertainment alone. You lend your entertainment ... you lend your craft to a good cause, and I'm all about that," he said.
He was born Omar Riley in the Bronx, New York and raised in Jamaica. The son of veteran Jamaican reggae singer Jimmy Riley, he has been in the game a long time. He made his recording debut in 2004 with the release of the album "Challenges"; his breakthrough album "Parables" was released on October 31, 2006. That album became popular in 2007. "She's Royal" catapulted him into reggae's major league. He has maintained a steady output of hit singles ever since. His diverse catalogue ranges from the syncopated dancehall verve of "Good Girl Gone Bad" (featuring Konshens) to the percussion driven celebration of African identity of "Shaka Zulu Pickney".

Time flies
"Even though it feels like forever because I've been recording since I was nine, I still have a lot to do -- more albums to produce, young talent that I've been helping to bring on the scene, and even advising them ... there's so much aspects of music to explore. I want to be producing. I want to do other things. I don't want to be just locked in a studio for the rest of my life. I want to spend time with my kids and do some other things."
It was just last year on his fifth studio album "Love Situation" that Riley paid tribute to reggae's direct forerunner rocksteady, and more than finding his musical direction, began working independently and owning his music. Last year he said he had finally reached maturation in a changed music industry. "Love Situation" which dropped February 2014 was Riley's first album to top the Reggae album chart, the week following its release. Rocksteady provides an ideal platform for Riley's talents with "Love Situation" which is said to be his finest, most cohesive full-length release to date.
Riley's great voice and great songs it is said has kept cultural reggae alive.

The music
Reggae has sustained the test of time and evolved from a simple music art form known as Mento, and developed in the early 20th century. In the 50s, Rock n' Roll spurred the Ska music form, and with a new generation of peppy horn melodies and uptempoed vocal sounds, reggae found the potential to cross over into the mainstream music industry. It happened with a mega hit from a small girl with a big voice, Millie Small, and her debut single "My Boy Lollipop". This sparked a creative explosion in the industry overnight with "reggaelution" in full gear and artists like Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh and King Stitch emerging from that era.
In the 60s reggae took form with a mellow beat and mind-bending conscious lyrics and rebel bands that spoke the words of the people. The mystical influence of reggae captured fans worldwide and reggae was a real influence internationally. Bob Marley and the Wailers sang songs of hope and freedom that stretched to the war-torn jungles of Vietnam and the heart-aching women in the United States and giving protestors a voice to carry on. The song "War" by Bob Marley and the Wailers impacted the world.
Then came the experimental 70s and a new stage in the evolution of the art form, with the birth of dancehall, and it was all about one drop rhythms and versatile lyrics.
In the 80s, every major label wanted a reggae catalogue. And in the 90s the Japanese discovered reggae. In the 2000 era, and new millennium potential is all around with the likes of Riley among others. The next generation of reggae is currently unfolding, and as it evolves Riley says the message stays the same.
"We change with the breeze -- if the breeze is blowing hard, we put on a different kind of attire. If it's raining you have a different kind of attire, so we accept change and love change, and look forward to change, but always remember -- the more things change the more they remain the same," he said.

Inspiration
As for his inspiration, it's the people.
"People inspire me. I'm inspired by people and different situations and conversation and stuff like that ... I'm inspired by history, I'm inspired by love and nature and stuff like that," he said. As for his influences, he said it would be too many people to list.
And his favorite song is determined by the moment he's in.
"I have so many songs that are favorite depending on the mood, so it's a wide variety in any genre. I'm influenced by the greats and up and coming greats, and my favorite song just depends on what kind of mood I'm in," he said.
As for what's in the Riley pipeline, he said he has many things happening, including new music coming out with international influences.
Major Lazer's "Powerful" from his upcoming "Peace Is The Mission" album features "Lights" singer Ellie Goulding with Tarrus, the roots reggae crooner. "Powerful" leaked on Thursday afternoon. "Peace Is The Mission" is expected to drop on June 1.
"Recently we did a song about marijuana becoming more legal, I have a video coming out about that. We have a lot of different things happening," he said.
Tarrus Riley the man versus the artist?
Tarrus Riley the man and the artist are one and the same. What you see is what you get according to Riley who says he really doesn't like to talk about himself much.
"I like to just live. I just like to be easy ... I like to go to the river ... I like to reason with my friends -- have a good meal, listen to some music ... make music. I'm like Superman and Clark Kent -- Omar Riley is Clark Kent and Tarrus Riley is Superman," he said.
And in this era of social media he says people know more about him than they think they know. But he assures that his stage persona is not far from the person they hear on the CD.
"It's not really an act for me, like a lot of artists are two different people. I'm very close to what you hear on the record. I'm not that far from it." He says he is not Tarrus Riley one night and a totally different person the next day.
The dulcet lover who at midnight on Sunday, April 26 will attain his 36th birthday, the day after the Vibes on the Island concert will awaken in The Bahamas and he said he's looking forward to a cool drink of switcha.
"I will wake up in the morning celebrating life in your country ... very young ... younger than you think ... younger than it's stated. I'm younger than I look and younger than the maturity of the music," he said.

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Nine to compete for 20,000 and Music Master title

April 23, 2015

Nine semi-finalists with 10 songs have moved on to the final round of Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival's first Music Masters competition to vie for the $20,000 grand prize and the title Music Master.
Colyn McDonald with two songs (Carnival Is Here and Jump and Carry On), Ericka "Lady E" Symonette (My Islands in the Sun), Sammi Star (Everybody Jump in Da Line), Chris "Sketch" Carey (Rushing Down the Road), Sonovia Pierre (Junkanoo Carnival Party), Bodine Johnson (All day All night), Georgina Ward-Rigby (In the Carnival), Ian McQuay (Going Home) and Tyrone "Plati" Dread (Junkanoo Rock) will duke it out for Junkanoo Carnival music supremacy on May 8.
The finalists were narrowed down from a total of 17 on the Grand Life stage in Grand Bahama over the weekend, before a thousands-strong audience, performing the songs from the 25-song Junkanoo Carnival compilation CD "Jump In Da Line". They will perform their songs on the grand stage in the finale concert with performances by Grammy Award winning Baha Men and Trinidad's soca king Machel Montano.
"We are proud to provide these talented Bahamian artists with a platform such as the Music Masters competition," said CEO of the Bahamas National Festival Commission Roscoe Dames. "Our goal is to celebrate the talent we have in our country's music industry and showcase this to the world.
"These are the nation's next wave of cultural ambassadors who will lead the revitalization of the music industry with their energy, passion and talent."
The competition also included performances by semi-finalists Angelique Sabrina, Terrelle Tynes-Wilson, Khiara Sherman, Val "Sugar" Richards, Raymond Campbell, Raj Saunders and Dwayne Simmons. Dames thanked all the contestants for their participation in the historical competition.
Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is expected to draw regional musical acts and revelers in a season of unity and festivity from May 7-9 for three days of non-stop food, culture, music and dancing, expected to be one of the most colorful celebrations in the region.
"We're inviting the world to come to The Bahamas and experience one of the most spectacular carnivals in this hemisphere," said Dames. "There is truly something for everyone at Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival 2015. Lots of diverse entertainment and attractions will be available during the Junkanoo Carnival season and we are excited about showcasing all the Bahamian and multi-cultural activities going on during this time."
Kicking off the festival on the Thursday will be Junkamania -- a musical concert of orchestras blending Bahamian Junkanoo music with other folk forms such as drumming and dance, on a live stage in Da Cultural Village, the epicenter of activity during the Junkanoo Carnival season. Throughout the night there will be guest performances by Bahamian contemporary artist Julien Believe, Trinidadian soca artist Bunji Garlin and soca band Visage. A top group out of Haiti will also perform on the night that will culminate with a Midnight Rush, a Junkanoo rush for the people.
On Friday night, the Music Masters concert, the premiere musical event for Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival will have top contemporary artists in The Bahamas competing live in front of thousands for a chance to be crowned the Music Master.
On Saturday merrymakers are expected to take to the road in a lively and vibrant street parade of costumes and dancing to mark the season.
Saturday will also include a taste of Latin America, with a Cuban band flying in to perform as well as soca artists Skinny Fabulous and Olatunji taking to the stage for the finale event at which Bahamian music legend Ronnie Butler will make a rare appearance to perform some of his greatest hits.

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This one is going to be huge

April 23, 2015

From a juggler to a magician, clowns, a contortionist, a hand-balancing act, to a fire dancer who spits fire -- Soft Touch Productions has taken a different tact to its sixth annual circus performance this year with a 12-man troupe out of Cuba, joining two Bahamians for this weekend's must-see family event that has been dubbed "El Grande Circus".
This year's circus will showcase as 12-man troupe out of Cuba with two Bahamians -- contortionist Paige Nixon, and Jewel Holbert with her 14-foot iguana named Don, who has become a highlight of the show, as he's the lone animal, which many children have gravitated to in recent years.
"We are merging Cuba's culture and Bahamians together," said circus promoter David Wallace. "And this year the circus is really to touch the lives of the young and the young-at heart, because many kids will never have an opportunity to go and see a circus. And this is a show where parents can bring their children and even their parents, so we can have three generations sitting down in a room to enjoy it. This one for me is a truly amazing thing."
The show is totally different from last year's show which featured Steven Best and Cassandra, illusionists; and the sword act duo known as Captain and Maybell, self-proclaimed partners in crime who perform classic sideshow entertainment with a contemporary twist, delivering zingers and stingers.
Over the course of the week, the circus has been playing before hundreds of primary school children, twice a day, including a special show for the special children of the country, courtesy of the sponsorship of corporate Bahamas
This year the circus is really to touch the lives of the young and the young-at-heart. Many kids will never have an opportunity to go and see a circus. And what we have found over the years is especially the special children of our country, and so the companies who have again sponsored the children from the Stapledon School for the Mentally Challenged, the Centre for the Deaf, the REACH organization, even the wheelchair-bound kids will light up St. John's auditorium
Tonight and this weekend's shows will be staged at the St. John's College auditorium, with shows at 8 p.m. nightly. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 children, $20 ringside. A family of four gets in on the family rate of $40.
Tickets can be purchased at the Seventeen Shop, Carey's Department Store and The Original Swiss Pastry Shop.

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Dealing with the ups and downs

April 23, 2015

Whenever one takes a voyage at sea you've always got to be prepared for the water to get a little rough at times. Why even in the best of weather there are very strong currents in certain parts of the ocean which create huge swells which lead to excessive ups and downs as the journey continues toward the desired destination. Well this is a very good analogy for our life too as we sail the seas from one day to another on our way to home port, success city. Yes indeed it is a given that we will all experience ups and downs in our life. It's inevitable as that's the way life works, in cycles.
That's right, as we proceed through life, there's absolutely no doubt about it whatsoever, we will experience some good times and some not so good times as the tides of time ebb. So the question which we all ponder is, how do we deal effectively with these inevitable ups and downs, the highs and lows.
Well firstly, just fully understanding the concept as stated already, that the whole universe and our individual life operates in cycles is the very first step in assisting us in dealing with the ups and downs, for we fully understand that "A" we should not get too full of ourselves during the high cycle as we know it will not last forever, and "B" we don't allow ourselves to get down and despondent during the inevitable low periods of our life.
Yes indeed, life is rarely smooth sailing on our way to our desired destination. Of course, the ultimate method of dealing with the ups and downs of life, is to have a very strong spiritual foundation in place. All successful lives need of necessity to be built on a very strong spiritual foundation.
So in the down cycles we just center ourselves and spend some time in quiet meditation with the Creator who can calm us during the stressful times of life and bring us safely back to the sunshine of success and much calmer times.
Think about it!

o Visit my website at: www.dpaulreilly.com.
Listen to "Time to Think" the radio program on STAR 106.5 FM at 8:55 a.m. & 6:20 p.m.

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Sandal's Foundation in Support of PACE Presents:Tarrus Riley & Chronixx Live in Concert on Sandal's Island

April 23, 2015

his fashion in the Old Fort Bay Town Centre and The Mall at Marathon are official vending points for tickets for this weekend's amazing concert!...

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Sony executive to assist with Music Masters judging
Sony executive to assist with Music Masters judging

April 23, 2015

THE Bahamas National Festival Commission yesterday announced that the group has formed a partnership with international entertainment conglomerate Sony Music ahead of the Nassau launch of the inaugural Junkanoo Carnival...

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