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October 28, 2011
The National Choir Workshop of The Bahamas and Grand Concert

Nassau, Bahamas 

- For the first time in the 21st century, church and gospel
choirs on the island of New Providence will come together for music,
unity and fellowship in the first ever

"National Choir Workshop of The
Bahamas" NCWB

to be held this week. This bold move will not only send a strong message to our
country and region that gospel music is alive and well, powerful,
effective and necessary but it will also serve to foster and build a new
bond in the music arena that previously existed through an avenue of
gospel music that once thrived in our nation.

visionaries are Mr. Marquista Thompson, of the Mt. Tabor Full Gospel
Baptist Church, and Pastor Clint Watson, of SMI (Shaback Ministries
International) of Trinity City of Praise.  NCWB has sent out the clarion

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October 17, 2013
Culture of life and culture of death

In his 1995 encyclical Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), Pope John Paul II wrote movingly of the value of human life, rooted in the Roman Catholic social tradition's touchstone of the dignity of the human person.
In addition to addressing issues such as abortion and capital punishment, Pope John Paul II spoke to the matter of culture and how a culture influences attitudes towards life and death.
In every land, in every time, the cultures of life and death contend for the human spirit. In this time, in our country, the battle is waged on many fronts, but particularly so in a culture awash in criminal violence and an acceptance of and willful connivance in all manner of criminality by some.
We like slackness here at home. Slackness is deeply rooted in our culture. And culture makes all the difference in terms of the promotion of life or death, violence or non-violence.
Abroad, we tend to abide by the laws and mores of the jurisdiction we are visiting. But many of us can't wait to get home so that we can throw trash from the car window, ignore traffic signs, park anywhere we like, behave in an uncivilized or vulgar manner or ignore basic civilities and manners.
A number of young men who probably think of themselves as good citizens nevertheless see nothing wrong with roaring through this city on noisy motorcycles, generally disturbing the peace while police do nothing.
A 17-year-old visiting the U.S. will be carded if he or she attempts to buy alcohol. Yet many of us have no problem sending someone underage into a liquor store to buy a couple of beers or a bottle of rum.
Many store owners have no problem selling liquor to minors. Some police and parents often turn a blind eye. We like it so. We like slackness.
A dear friend tells of watching a group of young teens walking around in public late one evening drinking from a bottle of Carlo Rossi. Not only were they up and about way past an acceptable hour, they were cavalierly drinking from an open bottle on a public roadway, which of course is illegal even for adults.
The teens were breaking several laws. But in a culture which tolerates all manner of laxity and slackness, they cared not a wit. These boys were learning from an early age that law and order are flexible concepts in a culture which tolerates a high degree of lawlessness and disorder.
There aren't that many years to graduate from those boys drinking on that street to boys selling drugs on those same streets to more hardened criminals laughing at the state struggling to prosecute them in a criminal justice system overwhelmed with cases and defendants.
On those same streets such boys will every few blocks pass illegal numbers houses sometimes guarded by off-duty police officers. It all reinforces a culture of lawlessness.
The spread of a gangland culture spawned by the scourge of drugs and violence of the late 1970s and 80s metastasized over the ensuing decades into the virulent culture of violence and antisocial behavior which haunts us today with all manner of crimes and viciousness we thought impossible for Bahamians.
Our culture is sicker and more pathological in various ways than we dare believe. In our own slack behavior and tolerance for various types of crime we contribute to a culture of lawlessness and violence.
Slackness is a slippery slope. We have been slack as parents, public officials, business people, religious leaders and as citizens. Our children know it and the criminal class counts on our slackness.
Take the criminal justice system. The courts are so overwhelmed that many criminals believe that the consequences for crimes committed today, may be years down the road, if ever.
The last Ingraham administration sought to address a number of the problems in the criminal justice system in terms of prosecutors, judges and courts. The Christie administration should continue to convert existing buildings into more courtrooms and judges' offices as necessary.
While aggressive policing is required to address today's criminal class, there is an urgent need for a program of unprecedented social intervention to address potential criminals, mostly young men, who may wreak havoc on our society in the years ahead.
The culture of death must be met by a culture of life-giving possibilities beyond the death dealing of gangs, guns and other avenues and instruments of violence.
The children of light in our country must summon the willpower, the wiles and the imagination to defeat the stratagems of the children of darkness.
There are those for whom life no longer matters, those not satisfied just to rob but who must also maim or kill their victims because life is that dispensable, meaningless, brutal and short.
A pastor recalls a parishioner who asked whether those criminals who are going about in the day can't see what they're doing to the country. His response: "For some who walk in darkness, no amount of light makes a difference."
But a culture of life and avenues to help others to avoid or to step out of the darkness may make a difference. Making that difference requires a sustained and massive social intervention strategy with various components.
One of the components is youth development with programs like Outward Bound and AMIkids, both of which have shown considerable success.
Outward Bound is an "experiential learning, expedition school and outdoor learning program... that serves people of all ages and backgrounds through challenging learning expeditions that inspire self-discovery, both in and out of the classroom".
The highly successful global initiative also offers a program known as the Intercept Program for At-Risk Youth and Troubled Teens. It is designed for young people from ages 12 to 22 and addresses "the needs of struggling teens and at-risk youth beginning to demonstrate destructive behaviors, as well as the needs of their families".
The Intercept Program serves "youth, young adults, families, schools and communities... at risk of academic failure, dropping out of school, delinquency or becoming chronic offenders".
AMIkids was the brainchild of a judge who got tired of seeing the same juvenile offenders returning to his court over and over. Today, AMIkids is thought to operate "some of the most effective juvenile justice and alternative education programs across" the United States.
To offer readers a clear sense of AMIkids, there are extended quotes following from the organization's website.
"Residential programs operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week with students residing in dormitories on campus. The youth are committed to these programs for approximately four to nine months and can be committed for as long as 36 months.
"The youth reside at the program and leave only for off-site, supervised program activities or approved furloughs. Family visitations vary by program. Youth have been adjudicated delinquent by the court and typically have multiple misdemeanors or felonies.
"Education curriculums deployed in AMIkids programs use differentiated instruction, individualized student planning, progress monitoring, online/computer assisted educational software and experiential education/service learning, all in partnership with pro-social relationships between staff and students.
"Many youth come to AMIkids 'deficient in a wide variety of appropriate, pro-social behavioral repertoires. They lack social skills, anger management, pre-employment skills, communication, self-management, rule following, delay of immediate gratification, etc.'
"To help students develop short- and long-term pro-social behavioral repertories and facilitate the daily management of behavior throughout the program, AMIkids programs employ procedures and techniques of behavior modification and utilize a sophisticated behavior modification system."
Like Outward Bound and other successful intervention programs, AMIkids utilizes experiential learning: "AMIkids' experiential education gives each student the opportunity to face challenges and to overcome them, gaining greater self-worth and helping to form a better value system.
"Programs are integrated based on the geographic strengths of each location and include seamanship, water safety, fishing, low ropes, high ropes, backpacking, music, gardening, culinary arts, reptile and wilderness programs to give each student meaningful and challenging experiences in a variety of ways.
" ... For those kids with more serious learning and behavioral issues, there have been startling results."
There are a number of models that we can draw upon in confronting the challenge, but there must be massive, multi-layered, national interventions now if we are to save ourselves from this culture of death and bequeath to future generations a greater culture of life.
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News Article

May 23, 2011
Bahamian Artist Secures Music Video Placement on Gospel Music Channel

Bahamian native Stefan "The Scientist" Moss hit single "RISE242" and its
accompanying music video has been picked up by the Gospel Music Channel
(GMC). The video is in rotation and airs on "Soulful Voices" a show that features the latest in quality urban music videos with an inspirational message.

Showcasing the beauty of The Bahama Islands, the music video features Moss cruising the streets of Nassau and highlighting local activities that are a part of Bahamian culture. "I wanted to do something that captured the essence of my country and our national struggle to rise above every obstacle and claim our home as a place of distinction", noted Moss during a recent interview...

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News Article

September 29, 2011
Landlord: Up close and personal

It's Landlord -- up close and personal on his new CD, as he continues on his mission of reaching God's people through spiritually inspired music.
Born Orlando Miller, "Landlord: Up Close and Personal" is Landlord's first CD release since the 2004 release of his hit song, "We Need Peace".
"My new CD is a more personal representation of me. It's really an expression of myself in which I use music as a vehicle to reach people on a deeper level," says Miller.
"I always knew God was the one who gave me my talent and I always wanted to make my gifts better, but working with other artists has really made me see that God uses us and moves through everything.  I thoroughly enjoyed creating this album and I hope people are moved and touched with the different stories they will find compiled together on the CD. I thought it was great to give a real portrait of everyone in my life who influences me so you can really see me and what I am about through them who I've lived with and loved.  For me it's one thing to sing about my experience but it's something different to tell the story of others.  It's humbling and special to me."
He says it is hard for him to decide which songs are his favorite on the 14-track CD, but the ones he really hopes will stick with the public are "Stay With Me" featuring Darronique Mortimer, which is the number one track, and "Thank Ya" featuring Johnny B. Williams, the number two track.
"Stay with Me" examines the relationship God and His angels have with mankind and shows that although men turn away from God every day, He still loves them and will stay with them.  "Thank Ya" is a real praise song he hopes to hear churchgoers and the average person singing because it's powerful message speaks to always being thankful and realizing how good God is even when you do not deserve it.  Landlord hopes the songs will have a positive effect when they hit the airwaves because each song has a message for everyone who will listen.
"It's time for us to look back to God and realize we have all we need.  Don't feel sorry for yourself -- but look to God to provide.  I hope when people hear my songs they are rejuvenated, revitalized and learn to look outside themselves and their personal needs so they can also see the needs of others around them. This is the humblest thing people can do -- see others and help them.  This is what I want to do. This is what I want my CD to inspire.  If I can touch one life I am doing a lot ... I have accomplished something."
Miller says it was important for him to make the album now and that he is excited to be back on the bandwagon after taking time away from the studio to reflect on his life, his image and what God's plans are for him.  In finding success in the fast-paced music industry, Miller says he needed to take a step back before releasing more music to decide the direction he wanted to take with his life and ministry. He wanted to bring what people believed they know about him or about people in this industry down to earth.
"It's amazing how people feel they know you or what you are about just by seeing you on television or listening to your music on the radio.  I wanted people to see that there is more to Landlord than just that," he said.  "Many people may feel that musicians, politicians or other famous people have life made, but I want people to really understand that no one is higher than God, and often times the situations of the people you idolize are worse than yours could ever be.  Everyone goes through tough situations, and it's how you stand up and who you stand up with that will help you make it through it all," he says of what he hopes people will take from his newest CD.
Miller says another blessing in the creation of his new body of work is that he was able to collaborate with numerous other talented musicians and that he was enlightened and humbled throughout the process.
The artist who brought you hit gospel tunes like "Father Forgive Them", "Teach Me", "It was Only You" and "Eagles' Wings" says music has always been a part of his life and being able to produce songs that inspire others has kept him going through the years.
Miller is preparing to tour the United States, and stage a number of concerts locally in the near future.
You can find "Landlord Up Close and Personal" in Buck's Record Gallery on Wulff Road and Kid's Zone on Hepburn Alley.

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October 04, 2010
The Island Gospel Quartet, A Group in Transition - Concert, October 17

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
- For many years Andrew Gilbert, Bert Duncanson & Ronald Woodside
have been singing under the moniker "Gethsemane Trio."  This group has
serenaded the Grand Bahama community and the Bahamas in general with
their tight, melodic harmony.

     From humble beginnings, this trio has risen from the proverbial
ashes to prominence among the better gospel groups of the Bahamas.

     Visions of performing internationally have always permeated the
thoughts and minds of Gethsemane Trio, and recently they were noticed by
internationally recording artists, promoters and radio personalities,
who encouraged them to pursue their dreams. These include Mr. George
Shelton of Dade City, Fla., Recording Artist, Vocal Coach, Group Manager
and studio owner; Mr. Art Bain of South Carolina, a former recording
artist, vocal coach, promoter, musician among many other talents, and
Mr. Tommy D. Mayo of Oklahoma - promoter, co-owner of Heir wave Internet
Radio station emanating from

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March 20, 2013
Kingsway Academy's Heavenly Voices Head to Tennesee

Nassau, Bahamas - Kingsway Academy Elementary Student choir, Heavenly Voices, will be
on tour, traveling to the most renown music capitals of the region--Atlanta,
Memphis and the "music city," Nashville, Tennessee.

The six-day tour begins March 27. It will expose the student choir
to various musical genres, including rhythm and blues, classical and
country, touring various landmarks, including Graceland and the Stax
Museum for American Soul Music in Memphis.

With hundreds expected to be in attendance at Alexander Memorial AME
Church in Atlanta, Georgia and Fisk University in Nashville, the 50-member
choir will perform gospel and Bahamian folk songs, as well as play classical
and Broadway pieces

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7th Annual Choir Workshop

Sunday 24th February 2013  6:30 PM

The Bahamas Chapter Gospel Music Workshop of America INC. 7th Annual Choir Workshop There: Let’s Go Back to Church Rev. Patrick V. Smith – Chapter Representative Ricardo Major – Assistant Chapter Rep. Workshop Concert & Awards Ceremony Sunday, February 24th, 2013 – 6:30 p.m. Faith United Missionary Baptist Church, Faith Way Drive Dr. William Thompson, Pastor Honourees Rev’d Dr. J.J. Stubbs Christian Heritage Award: Reverend Oswald Poitier Biship Michael Michael Patton Music Excellence Award: Ambassador Devon Rolle Kingdom Diciple Centre Sharon Gardiner - Taylor Bahamas Faith Ministry Int’l Adrian W. Smith Bethel Baptist Church Desmond Patrick Davis Zion South Beach Baptist Church

Gospel JamFest
Gospel JamFest

Saturday 6th October 2012  7:30 PM

Under The Distinguished Patronage of Jamaica's Honorary Consul, Mr. Patrick Hanian O.D The Hummingbirds Association in Collaboration with Omni Money Transfers And Payments Gospel JamFest A Night Of Jamaican Gospel Music Saturday, October 6th, 2012 @ 7:30pm @ Bahamas Faith Ministries (BFM) Carmichael rd, Nassau Bahamas Tickets outlets: OMNI. Original Patties. Pepper & Spice. Beverlys Kitchen Tickets prices $15 presold $20 at the door info # 361-6458 & 394-8538 Celebrating Jamaica 50

Hatchet Bay Festival
Hatchet Bay Festival

Sunday 5th August 2012  11:00 AM

Hatchet Bay Festival Committee Bayfest Celebrating our culture; resorting our community 2012 In 2010 they gave you BIG. In 2011 they gave you BIGGER and now the Hatchet Bay Festival Committee promises to give you the BIGGEST festival EVER: Bay Fest 2012- The Best Is Yet To Come! August 1-6th, The Hatchet Bay Festival Committee will give you FIVE unforgettable days of summer unlike any other at Bay Fest 2012 in Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera. Bay Fest time remains the highlight of the August Monday holiday and represents a time where all Bayman come together to reunite with family and friends and celebrate a community so rich in culture that is showcased in a grandeur way. Mario Smith, Chairman of Bayfest Committee said, “This year’s theme, Celebrating Our Culture; Restoring Our Community was chosen not only to bring focus to the cultural and physical aspects of our community but also to bring attention to those values which made us great as a people.” Sunday Community Church Service Community Marching Band The Spanish Wells Band Sunday Serenades Featuring Gospel and Jazz in The Park – The Hatchet Bay Voices The Royal Bahamas Police Force Pop Band Music Interlude/Hatchet Bay Dinner Band Gospel Dance Competition – Bayfest Raffle Headliner: Geno D Junkanoo Rush-out DJ Earthquake 11:00am Community Church Service, Harvest Time Tabernacle 1:00pm March from the Church 2:00pm PARK OPENS 4:00pm Police Beat Retreat 5:00pm Serenade Sunday Jazz In The Park 6:00pm Gospel Dance Competition 7:00pm Gospel Concert: Hatchet Bay Voices 9:00pm Musical Interlude 9:30pm Hatchet Bay Dinner Band Bayfest Raffle 10:00pm Headliner: Geno D Midnight Junkanoo Rushout DJ: Earthquake

Jammin’ for Nature – Earth Day Weekend - Event 4

Sunday 22nd April 2012  7:00 AM

One Eleuthera Foundation and their partners present Live from Eleuthera 5 Great Events, 1 Amazing Weekend Be a part of something great this Earth Day weekend! On April 20-22, 2012, the One Eleuthera Foundation and their partners (the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Bahamas National Trust, Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve, BREEF, Island School and The Nature Conservancy) presents “Jammin’ for Nature – Earth Day Weekend 2012 Live from Eleuthera!” There are 5 great events planned for 1 amazing weekend in Eleuthera that will be infused with music and will celebrate the heritage and culture of that Island as well as Earth Day. The list of events will delight tourists and residents of Eleuthera and other family Island residents with ties to Eleuthera are encouraged to participate. The events are focused around family and fun and the goal is for everyone to “connect their inner soul to Eleuthera.” There is something for everyone during this weekend! On Friday afternoon, a 3 hour “Welcome Party” kicks off at 4 pm at The Beach House in Governor’s Harbour with focus on the beach environment and well-known artist Barbara de Vries who transforms beach trash and plastic into jewelry and clothing accessories will be featured. The following day on Saturday, one can tour the Island with a North Loop Tour or a South Loop Tour. Later, at Bay Front Park in Governor’s Harbour, there is the “One Eleuthera Cultural Exposé,” a heritage festival like no other that starts at noon and ends at midnight and will be filled with lots of exciting activities and entertainment. The One Eleuthera Foundation will also be launched. On Sunday, Earth Day, the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve will be the main focus for the first part of the day where you can immerse yourself in nature. Gospel singer, Brendalee Petty will entertain while well-known Bahamian Artist, Antonius Roberts will sculpt with the Casaurina wood. Guided tours and brunch is available. On the final event, you can join in a worldwide initiative called “Picnic for The Planet” that will take place on Receiver’s Beach in Governor’s Harbour to celebrate Earth Day. More information on the weekend’s events is available at “Jammin’ for Nature – Earth Day Weekend” - Event #4 on Sunday, April 22nd features Birds, Bagels and Brunch from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and kicks off “Earth Day!” Situated at the Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve (LLNPP), it is Eleuthera’s most recent investment toward sustainability and Heritage Tourism. The LLNPP is a world-class facility where the Kirtland’s Warbler, the world’s most endangered songbird, was recently sighted! Join the One Eleuthera Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and the Bahamas National Trust for bird watching from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. or brunch from 9 a.m., to 1 p.m. In addition to delicious local fare, guides will be available to share their expertise in birding, bush medicine and information on the various plant species found in this lovely oasis. To enrich the experience at the LLNPP, Bahamian gospel singer, Brendalee Petty will entertain visitors. Also renowned Bahamian artist and sculptor, Antonius Roberts, who is “a strong advocate of conservation, preservation is thrilled to be part of the Earth Day celebrations as much of what we are celebration is reflected in his work. Roberts would like “ To encourage everyone to think about the beautiful environment they have inherited in our Bahamas and how important it is to preserve it for themselves and their children.” On this celebratory occasion, Antonius Roberts will be creating a sculpture at the Leon Levy Preserve - continuing to weave the thread of our history through our islands. Cover charge for the LLNPP venue is $25.00. More information is available at