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The Cable & Wireless Performing Arts Finals got off to a wonderful start at Frank Collymore Hall. It was the first of four nights of performances. At left, Psalm 150 Dancers in a Mary Waithe choreography, depicting domestic violence against women in a form that was typically folk but danced to an R&B type music.

Web Posted - Sat Nov 04 2006 Compliments of the Barbados Advocate
By Allison Ramsay
It was all about music at the first Cable & Wireless NIFCA Performing Arts finals 2006, which came off at the Frank Collymore Hall. Instrumentalists and vocalists wowed the large crowd in attendance and they enjoyed every bit of it.

Being disabled did not stop Anna Beckles from bringing down the house. Judged in the professional category, Beckles did justice to Whitney Houstons I Have Nothing in a truly moving performance, which had the audience hanging on to every word. < Read more >

Published on: 9/22/06 Compliments of the Nation News

Rihanna won in the categories of Best Reggae/Dancehall Album, Best Dance Single, Song Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Best New Artiste, Female Artiste of The Year, Best Selling Female Artiste and Entertainer Of The Year, Barbadian-born Robyn Rhianna Fenty has done it again. The 18-year-old beauty is among the top awardees at the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) awards, held on Wednesday in London.

Rhianna who performed her single Unfaithful live at the MOBO Awards, won the award for Best R & B artist.

She was nominated in that category against artistes such as: Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Mary J Blige and Ne-Yo.

She adds this along to her awards for Best International Artist 2006 at the Much Music Video Awards, as well as Choice R & B Artist and Choice Breakout Female Artist from the 2006 Teen Choice Awards. < Read more >

Twenty-two-year-old Barry Chandler copped the 2006 Party Monarch title with a song called Flames to become the youngest winner in the 11-year-old competition that has become Crop-Over's largest mass event. Compliments of the Nation News Twenty-two-year-old Barry Chandler copped the 2006 Party Monarch title with a song called Flames picture compliments of the  Nation News
 Barbados Music Awards 2006

Music is an integral part of the social life of Barbados. Whether it is dancing to the new crop of calypsos released for the Crop Over carnival, enjoying back in time parties, weekly reggae or monthly jazz, there is always a musical event to attend.

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Cool Jazz

Cool Jazz

Caribzones is proud to sponsor the Cool Jazz series, a Sunday evening event at Southern Palms Hotel that combines top musicians, art and fashion.



Caribzones is also a sponsor of Barbados' retro group GetBak, seen here at the Yacht Club Grenada benefit concert. GetBak performs at various popular venues around Barbados.

Third Stone

Barbados’ Roots Rock Reggae band 'Third Stone' performs to appreciative audiences every Wednesday at McBrides Pub in St Lawrence Gap.

Cool Jazz

Events 2006

The diversity of musical events and entertainment ensures that there is always something for everyone. Barbados Festivals include jazz, reggae, Carnival with its emphasis on Calypso, Gospel music, special events, concerts and fairs. Top International artistes also make appearances on the stages of the Caribbean.

Barbados Music Awards 2006

Bds Entertainment

Entertainment in Barbados is always assured of an appreciative audience. There are regular reggae, soca, dub, house and alternative venues on the music scene, as well as a full calendar of jazz events. Classical and cultural performances delight audiences and there are several annual theatre productions.


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Festivals are the living expression of a creative, imaginative people. These cultural extravaganzas reflect the dynamism of local music, theatre, art and craft. Over the years street festivals have become an art form, filled with the colourful splendour of a myriad bodies dancing as one to the sounds of traditional music.


The big story of 2005 was Rihanna's success on the international market, following her signing to Def Jam Records, with Pon De Replay. While she did not get nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards, she is young and talented, and once she keeps it up she may secure a nomination for one of the bigger awards in the future.

On home ground Rihanna took the lion's share of the awards being eight times a winner at the Barbados Music Awards held at Sherbourne Centre.



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CLICK to view the red carpet CLICK to watch the show CLICK for the Rress Conference Rihanna at the Barbados Music  Awards 2006

Crop Over

Crop Over 2006

The origins of the Barbados Crop Over festival can be traced back to the 1780's, when Barbados was the one of the world's foremost producers of sugar. When the Barbados sugar industry declined, the Crop Over festival suffered and in the 1940's stopped completely. In 1974 the festival was revived and now draws visitors from all over the world.


The Congaline Music Festival, now discontinued, used a three dimensional approach to the development of Barbados' entertainment industry. Four days of music and partying were accompanied by a Trade Fair, exposing the potential of the industry, and the Congaline Symposium which brought together leading practitioners in the world of entertainment.

November Jazz

November Jazz

Nicholas Brancker is to be congratulated for presenting a musical treat that mesmerized the appreciative audience at the Plantation Garden Theatre. Solos by each of the musicians left no-one in doubt that the Caribbean produces world class players!

Barbados Jazz Festival

Bds Jazz Festival

The Barbados Jazz Festival has become a major annual Caribbean event. Venues include the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex, historic Sunbury Plantation House and the popular open air venue, Farley Hill National Park. The jazz festival brings together top International talent with the best of the Caribbean for an exciting week-long musical treat.

Chris Harper of Cool Jazz

Chris Harper

Christopher Harper is the Founder and Managing Director of Notes to Note and producer of the monthly Cool Jazz evening at Southern Palms hotel. Chris is a very versatile musician who plays both the saxophone and the trombone professionally. He is dedicated to creating events where the talent of the region can be showcased to good advantage.




Barbados Music Awards 2006

The Barbados Music Awards 2006

The inaugural Barbados Music Awards was a resounding success and those in the music industry, the public and, importantly, the media have all been showering praise on Ronnie Morris and his team at Timeless Barbados Entertainment Agency.

Hosts for the evening Cassandra Samuels & Wayne “Cool” Simmons worked well together providing a smooth segue between the acts and awards

Arturo Tappin
Arturo Tappin

Arturo Tappin, ended the Barbados Jazz Festival’s dinner set with a spouge number and a calypso medley at the Colony Club. Underlined by the spicy drumming of Buddy Williams – an incredible American musician who plays kaiso and spouge as if it’s second nature – ’Turo rocked the place with Sach Moore’s I Am A Proud Barbadian and a medley of Mighty Sparrow’s hits.



Gabby's current activities as Cultural Envoy of Barbados sees him visiting schools in Barbados teaching them about Folk and Calypso music. In the months ahead a few schools will be selected where Gabby will take on a permanent role where he will be at the schools each week.



Aja is one of the pioneers of performance poetry in his country Barbados, and is a leading exponent of the artform in the Caribbean.

He began writing poetry in 1978, and in 1981 started experimenting with rhythm poetry

Barbados has a long history of producing top class musicians and this heritage is clearly in good hands with the next generation.

Patrons who attended the Cool Jazz June event in 2004 at Southern Palms Hotel saw Miles Robertson and ‘the boys’ prove conclusively that they have what it takes.

The Freddy McGregor Show at The Plantation Garden Theater thrilled the fans that filled the venue. Melody Man, backed by Third Stone, was a great start to the evening.

Ivory One Night Only at  the Yacht Club on  Independence night 2005

Ivory One Night Only provided an exciting start to the celebrations as Barbados recorded 39 years of Independence on the 30th November

A new event on Barbados’ already exciting calendar was Culture Shock held at the Boatyard. International recording star Nick Van Eede topped the bill at the inaugural event.

Sir Cliff Richards

Fans flocked to see International star and sometime resident of Barbados Sir Cliff Richard, who performed in aid of the Barbados Childrens Trust

Superstar Bryan Adams gave a fantastic show at Harbour Lights courtesy Canadian Radio station Chum FM and had no shortage of volunteers to come up on stage and dance.

The Plantation Band typifies the talent and creativity in Barbados music today.

The Plantation Band typifies the talent and creativity in Barbados music today. Lead guitar Ian Alleyne can burn up a room when he’s ready. Click on the picture for photos of the Plantation Boogie Night.


 The Waterfront Cafe offers an ever-changing menu of music.
Ringbang is a union of various types of Caribbean music, with the focus on the rhythm rather than the melody. Since its creation in 1994, ringbang has grown in popularity throughout the Caribbean and especially in Barbados.



The island's musical offerings are varied and exciting. Jazz, folk, steel pan, rock, dub, reggae and of course calypso. Here, Rosemary Phillips and Andre Woodvine delight fans at the British High Commissioner’s residence on behalf of the Dialysis Fund


Seen here at Congaline Biggie Irie who was a big crowd pleaser, performing his hits from over the years.

Biggie Irie  at Congaline

Toni Norville

Bands form and re-form over the years eliciting fine performances from the players. Toni Norville, performing here with 4 de People, left the band for a solo career.

Li'l Rick achieved the double at Crop Over carnival 2003 winning the Party Monarch and Road March titles. He is seen here performing with the immensely popular Alison Hinds



During this past Crop Over carnival season, the Caribzones group of websites is proud to have been associated with the vibrant Baje International band 'Animaniaks'

When Ken Webb of Webb Internet Radio comes to Barbados for the Crop Over season he is always assured of plenty of recording artistes to interview.He is seen below with one of the members of Krosfyah promoting their latest CD.

Lil'  Rick and Alison Hinds

Webb Internet Radio hosted by Ken Webb presents 'Caribbean Kiss' every week out of York. Check back for live radio and video streaming from the recent Barbados 'Crop Over' carnival.

The Crop Over carnival season is when Barbadian artistes traditionally release all their material, but with the advent of the global market this is expected to change.

Crop Over carnival 2003
Ken Webb interviewing Steel Tempo at the Festival Zone

Not 'coals to castle' but 'pans from Manchester!'
The pan band Steel Tempo, many of whose members are British of Barbadian heritage, proves that steel pan is alive and well in Britain.

Click on photograph to visit their site.

Another group that thrilled Barbadian audiences recently didn't have to travel quite so far, X-trak paid a first visit from Carriacou and guaranteed themselves a return trip.

Click on link (blue) or photograph to discover Carriacou and this vibrant band.

The Barbados Police Band

The Royal Barbados Police Band has an amazing repertoire that includes everything from the classics to calypso! They are an important fixture at all major Barbadian events.

Read a letter to the Advocate written by a British visitor

My husband and myself have been coming to Barbados regularly since 1994, sometimes twice a year, and our visits are mainly for the music-based events, whether it is Crop Over, Congaline or over the Christmas period when a lot of the artists are back on the island.... Read more

Congaline Music in Barbados is flourishing and technology ensures that the voices will be heard. From studio sessions to the DJ's is only a short distance and those bent on success can always find means of expression locally. In order to help realise those dreams of success, the NCF hosted a Music Symposium during the 2003 Congaline Music Festival.
The island's musical offerings are varied and exciting. Jazz, folk, steel pan, rock, dub, reggae and of course soca combine to create a feast for music lovers of all kinds.

During a past Crop Over season Ian Webster asked the question whether Barbados was becoming “a nation of shows” based on the high number of shows that took place between 2002 and 2003. Given the packed entertainment calendar (LINK TO OUR EVENTS PAGE) every year it would seem as though the answer to his question is a resounding “yes.”Read more
Linus Y



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