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An Ibiza-Style Music Festival Is Coming to Cancun

 Another new music festival is coming to Cancun on the Caribbean coast of Mexico.  It’s called Ibiza Spirit, and the new festival aims to bring the “spirit and culture of Ibiza” to Cancun, with a mix of pool parties, boat …

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Jamaica Mourns Lee “Scratch” Perry, a Founding Father of Reggae

 The island of Jamaica is mourning one of its leading musical lights: producer Lee “Scratch” Perry, who passed away this week.  Perry, considered one of the founding fathers of reggae music, was first a pioneer of dub music back in …

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Major Music Festival Planning Barbados Return

 One of the Caribbean’s major music festivals is planning a comeback.  The Vujaday Music Festival is planning to return Barbados, targeting a five-night event from Feb. 9-13, 2022, Caribbean Journal has learned.  The festival guides attendees from oceanfront stages to …

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 Colombian music superstar J Balvin is coming to Punta Cana.  Balvin is set to bring his NEON weekend events to Punta Cana in December, following a sell out of three NEON music festival weekends in Las Vegas in September.  The …

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 For years, it’s been one of the most beloved — and unique — places to stay in Jamaica: Geejam, the Port Antonio signature that’s equal parts boutique resort and music and cultural hub, a sought-after hotel and recording studio tucked where …

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 This year’s edition of the Jamaica Jazz & Blue’s Festival is going virtual.  The music event will be held from March 4-6, with an additional charity component that will help raise funds for industry professionals affected by the pandemic.  The …

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 Ahead of Martinique’s reopening to travelers from the United States, the Martinique Tourism Authority has unveiled a new Spotify playlist that showcases the sounds of the French Caribbean island.  It’s called Martinique Caribbean Vibes, and the playlist features 80 songs …

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 Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz’s new book, Remain in Love, is a billet-doux to his bandmate and wife of more than 40 years, bassist Tina Weymouth, as well as documenting the couple’s musical journey together — first, as part of …

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 Beach bars come and go like the tides in the Caribbean, sometimes washed out by hurricanes, sometimes falling victim to hard times, sometimes simply because their time has passed. So it’s perhaps ironic that Bankie Banx’s Dune Preserve on Anguilla, …

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 Legendary reggae band The Wailers has released their first new album in more than 25 years.  The new Sony Music Latin album, One World, has 14 songs, including the single “One World, One Prayer” produced by Emilio Estefan.  Also featured …

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 Another Caribbean destination is launching a virtual happy hour for travelers at home, this time the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao.  It’s called “Dushi Island Vibes,” and it will be held on Friday, May 15 from 5 to 7 PM.  …

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 Next to smell, there’s nothing like music to spark memories. So while we can’t bring you the fragrance of Frangipani (or even suntan lotion), these 15 songs capture the memory of times spent relaxing on Caribbean beaches, drinking rum drinks …

 A fiesta is always welcome — and even more so right now.  That’s the idea behind the new Spotify playlist by the Marriott Cancun, the latest Caribbean resort to launch a music menu to help inspire travelers in an uneasy …

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 Listening to great music is one of the best ways to virtually travel to the Caribbean right now, and one top Puerto Rico resort has the perfect playlist for your weekend. Puerto Rico’s iconic Caribe Hilton in San Juan has …

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 One of the top hotels on the “One Happy Island” of Aruba has launched a new Spotify playlist to, well, help make people’s days happier in this very uneasy time.  It’s called “Aruba Marriott Island Tunes,” and the property says …

grenada music festival

 The Caribbean’s newest music event is back again for 2020, with the second edition of the Grenada Music Festival.  This year’s Grenada Music Festival will feature music superstars including Kool & the Gang, Shabba Ranks and Marcia Griffiths, among others.  …

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 The Caribbean’s hottest music festival has added more big names to its 2020 agenda.  The St Kitts Music Festival, now in its 24th year, has added Gladys Knight, Beres Hammond and Anthony B to the slate of performers for the …

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 One of the Caribbean’s hottest music festivals is back again for its 24th edition this summer.  The St Kitts Music Festival will run June 24-28, 2020, with a slate of music stars led by Jamaican music legend Jimmy Cliff.  St. …