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 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..
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!
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
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.
FOR THIS MONTH
Rihanna and Gabby at the Barbados
Gold Cup Festival came out of the gates in great style with
‘Broadway Rocks & Grooves’, A Musical Journey through
the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. A star-studded cast enthralled
the packed houses at the Frank Collymore Hall.
Neil Berg, at piano, with Angela
Covington, Ron Bohmer, Danny Zolli, Geri Sager, Robert L. Mattern,
Kevin Morrow, John Patrick Schutz, Sandra Joseph and Jeff Gardner
performing a special selection for Sandy Lane guests.
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
The Caribbean has responded
to the need for lifestyle
environmental real estate and there are several Caribbean luxury
developments associated with golf, polo and tennis as well as
retirement communities and marina developments..
Due to the reliability of the climate, the excellent
facilities, keen competition and warm hospitality, the Caribbean
is fast becoming the destination of choice for a variety of sports
holidays, both individual and team sports.
of the region offer the perfect location from which to enjoy a wide
variety of watersports, both above and below the surface of the crystal-clear
waters of the Caribbean.
The differing ecosystems in the Caribbean, encompassing
everything from magnificent coral reefs to rain-forested volcanic
make it one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world.
accommodation ranges from royal to rustic.
Surround yourself with unadulterated style and elegance in a Barbados
or discover a quaint cottage perched right on the ocean's edge.
There are luxury golf
properties for rent adjacent to world class Caribbean golf courses.
Polo enthusiasts please note,there is land for sale on Polo Ridge
as well as luxury
Polo villas for rent.
If tennis is your game there are
luxury villas with private tennis courts for rent and for sale throughout
Although famous for magnificent beaches the lush interior
of the various Caribbean islands is also becoming popular for properties
to purchase or rent, including
Plantation houses in Barbados.
World class cricket is of course the sport most associated with the
Caribbean and the fortunes of the West Indies cricket team have been discussed
in depth the length and breadth of the Caribbean island chain.
The 2004 Test
Match is history notable for England's win and Lara's
world record. The Cricket World Cup 2007 is already the focus of the
Caribbean as the West Indies, both as team and region, plan to host the
best cricket event ever seen.
Caribzones is ready to promote your cricket and sports-related products
and services in time for the
Cricket World Cup 2007
On a more local level, the recently held
'Easter Cricket Festival' is the initiative of the Carriacou United
Cricket Team. The event is envisaged as taking place annually throughout
The Festival focuses on education, culture, cricket and
The Caribbean has many keen hockey teams that welcome
visitors from around the world.
The Pan American Women’s Hockey Cup was held
at the National Hockey Centre in March 2004 and was praised by Tony
von Ondarza, president of the Pan American Hockey Federation, who
at the closing ceremony congratulated the organising committee for
staging “a top-level event here in Barbados”.
The Banks Hockey Festival held annually in Barbados
has become a premier event on the hockey calendar.
The Barbados Junior Girls winning their event in the
'Banks Hockey Festival' 2003.
Congratulations Barbados for gaining automatic qualification
for the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia in 2006.
holidays are becoming increasingly popular and there are excellent
facilities in several of the islands.
Caribzones is pleased to be the internet sponsor of this talented
young player. Click on picture
From the north to the south of the Caribbean sailors can
enjoy the thrill of the challenge or the relaxation of calm, clear waters.
For the perfect Grenadines sailing experience
cast off from
St. Vincent and sail to
Mustique or cruise over to
Bequia. . Enjoy a
sailing regatta in Grenada and discover the unspoilt neighbouring
island of Carriacou.
. Further north, Antigua is a
popular destination for sailing week.
Watersports enthusiasts enjoy the Caribbean every
which way. Kite surfers soar above the waves,
and wherever off-shore breezes are to be found
there you will find the
windsurfers revelling in the fact that no wetsuits need to
Click on the photo to share the fun day at the Barbados Virgin Birdman
Still above the water there are plenty of good surfing spots in
the Caribbean mostly on the Atlantic side of the islands where the
surf breaks a good distance from the shore.
The waters are also welcoming to
divers. who appreciate the variety of wall, drift, reef and
Caribbean ecotourism & conservation
||As the islands of the Caribbean develop
sustainable practices, Caribzones is pleased to be associated with
all forms of Caribbean ecotourism. Click on photo
A coast to be proud of which is valued, appreciated
and safeguarded as a place to live, work and relax; a place where
development and use of resources will be sustainable, and where
the natural environment is protected and enhanced to keep its essential
and unique place in the Barbadian heritage.
Let's all play our part to protect our coastal and marine environment.
||Visit the whale breeding area off
Dominica for the heart-warming pleasure of
whale and dolphin watching. Hike the nature trails of
St. Vincent, or discover wonderful species of
tropical birds in
Experience the diversity of rainforests
and arid plains, bubbling volcano lakes and cascading waterfalls
that the Caribbean has to offer! !