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Curaçao Adding New Music Festival

 Above: Curaçao (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Curaçao’s North Sea Jazz Festival has grown into one of the Caribbean’s leading music festivals. Now, the island is looking to build on its success with another festival: the Curaçao International …

Soca Star Destra Signs on for St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival

 Above: Destra By the Caribbean Journal staff Soca star Destra is joining this year’s St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, organizers announced. Destra, who will perform with the Bakanal Band, is among the leading soca artists in the region. She …

Ziggy Marley Wins Reggae Grammy For Second Straight Year

 Above: reggae star Ziggy Marley By the Caribbean Journal staff Another year, another Grammy win for Ziggy Marley. Just two days after his father would have turned 70, Jamaica’s Marley did his family proud with his second straight Grammy Award …

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 Above: last year’s festival By the Caribbean Journal staff The ninth edition of the Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival begins Saturday in Haiti’s capital. The weeklong festival includes artists from Haiti, the wider Caribbean and the world, including legendary Haitian group …

 Above: Derek Walcott By the Caribbean Journal staff St Lucia’s Folk Research Centre has partnered with the Alliance Francaise to present its annual Music, Storytelling and Poetry Fiesta, which this year will honour Nobel Laureate and St Lucia native Derek …

 We’ve set it before. Here at CJ’s Airporter column, we’re big fans of the musical airport welcome. After a long flight, a local band offers travelers to the Caribbean an immediate reminder that they’ve arrived in paradise. It also says that …

 Above: Tarrus Riley (CJ Photo) By Alexander Britell ST KITTS — Global reggae star Tarrus Riley recently wowed the crowds at the St Kitts Music Festival, where CJ was able to catch up with him to talk about the state of …

 Above: Tarrus Riley at the St Kitts Music Festival (all photos by CJ) By Alexander Britell BASSETERRE — For one night, this was the Caribbean’s capital of reggae. After an evening of all kinds of music on Thursday night, St …

 The Caribbean is one of the great music exporters in history. But it also manages to attract some great musical talent to come to its many festivals over the course of the year, and 2014 is no different, with high-profile …

 Above: the Terre de Blues festival in Marie-Galante, Guadeloupe Islands By the Caribbean Journal staff International music stars Tito Puente, Jr and Barrington Levy will be among those headlining this year’s Terre de Blues festival on Marie-Galante in the Guadeloupe …

 Above: the new National Institution of Music in Haiti By the Caribbean Journal staff Haiti has officially opened its newest music school, the “National Institute of Music” in the city of Hinche. Haiti Culture Minister Josette Darguste was on hand …

 OUR NEW feature, Caribbean Sound, takes you across the world of Caribbean music, from established musicians to young, up-and-coming voices. We start off with a conversation with a new artist from Anguilla, Amalia Watty, one of the island’s hottest new …

 By Marcia Forbes, PhDCJ Contributor Turning 30 – A Time for Reflection IT’S the end of 2013. Everyone’s busy making plans for 2014. I’m sitting in office on New Year’s Eve feeling more than a tinge of excitement. 2013 was …

 The sun has set, dinner’s over and the clock strikes 10 o’clock. In much of the Caribbean, that likely means it’s time for a quiet drink or simply time for bed. In some parts of the Caribbean, though, the night …

 Above: Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival By the Caribbean Journal staff The air is cool and fresh, the sun is bright and the music never stops. This is Dominica, which, in a short amount of time, has become of the …

 Above: Dominica (CJ Photo) By the Caribbean Journal staff Next month, Dominica will be celebrating its annual World Creole Music Festival — one of the region’s major music festivals. When the festival was first established in 1997, the aim was …

 Above: Eddie Murphy By the Caribbean Journal staff Reggae may have begun in Jamaica, but it’s now in almost every country in the world, including Zamunda: star actor and comedian Eddie Murphy has gotten into reggae. The star of films …

 Above: The Jolly Boys It’s one of the original forms of Jamaican folk music — and Mento still remains on the music scene today. Usually comprising a small band featuring a guitar, a rhumba box, drums and a banjo, Jamaican …