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Hollywood star Burt Reynolds dies at 82

06 September 2018

Burt Reynolds, whose good looks and charm made him one of Hollywood’s most popular actors as he starred in films such as Deliverance, The Longest Yard and Smokey and the Bandit in the 1970s and ’80s, died on Thursday age of 82, The Hollywood Reporter said, citing his... Read More


Kadooment goes to Hollywood

04 September 2018

It will be a Grand Kadooment in Hollywood. That’s because director of the Kadooment band Kontact, Anthony Layne, will be showcasing the island’s premier festival event when he takes a costumed section of his popular band, along with a contingent of Barbadian revellers,... Read More


New York police increase security for Caribbean J’Ouvert

02 September 2018

NEW YORK – The New York Police Department (NYPD) says it is heightening security for this year’s Caribbean J’Ouvert celebration in Brooklyn, saying that it is still concerned about violence that had rocked the event in past years. The Caribbean celebration will... Read More


Aretha Franklin's gospel roots celebrated at Queen of Soul's funeral

01 September 2018

DETROIT – A Detroit church swelled with the sound of gospel music on Friday as family, friends and fans of Aretha Franklin bid rousing farewell to the Queen of Soul at a funeral that featured tributes by former US President Bill Clinton and singer Stevie Wonder. ... Read More


R-E-S-P-E-C-T to Aretha Franklin

28 August 2018

DETROIT (Reuters) - Aretha Franklin’s body lay in repose on Tuesday while her soaring voice poured out from loudspeakers outside a Detroit museum, stirring fans to sway and sing along and others to weep as they lined up for a last glimpse of the Queen of Soul. Franklin... Read More


4K: A band of brothers

27 August 2018

You knew them as The Energy Band. But allow Dwight Callender, Michael Knight, Pierre Dominique and Corey Wilson to reintroduce themselves. They are now 4K The Band! The quartet are popular names and faces across the entertainment scene in Barbados since 2012. So... Read More


Small all for longer jump

23 August 2018

Two-time Best Festival Designer Kevin Small is willing to embrace changes for the Republic Bank Grand Kadooment next year, after Minister of Culture John King suggested the jump should go back to its Warrens starting point and end at 7 p.m. Small said costs of costume... Read More


Keys to ride

20 August 2018

Now that the keys are in their hands, the 2018 monarchs are truly ready for the road. At MQI in Wildey, St Michael, on Monday, Party Monarch Mikey, who won with My Kinda Party, and first-time Sweet Soca winner Lil Rick, who served fans Breakfast In Bed, were each... Read More


Kingdom Arts brings fashion to stage

20 August 2018

The fashion was hot and the atmosphere was electrifying, making for one awesome night last Thursday at the Kingdom Arts Fashion Show. Organiser of the fashion show and week of activities, Kevin Campbell, said this year’s fashion show was bigger and better than in... Read More


King’s Crop Over vision

19 August 2018

Crop Over 2019 could see the Republic Bank Grand Kadooment jump moving its starting point back to Warrens and going up to 7 p.m. This suggestion came from Minister of Creative Economy and Culture John King, who delivered the feature address at the 2018 Crop Over... Read More


TC regaled in tribute

17 August 2018

Terencia TC Coward has contributed much in her more than 20 year reign as “the people’s queen” of calypso in Barbados. That’s why this year Camp Fusion deemed it necessary to honour her for these contributions through a fitting production called Voices Of Calypso. Read More


Barbadian film comes in for international acclaim

16 August 2018

The film Barrow: Freedom Fighter from Step By Step Productions has come in for international recognition. It honours Barbados’ National Hero Errol Walton Barrow and was written and directed by Marcia Weekes. Read More


'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies aged 76

16 August 2018

Aretha Franklin, the preacher’s daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning “Queen of Soul” with such hit songs as Respect and Chain of Fools, died on Thursday at the age of 76, the Associated Press reported. Franklin, who won 18 Grammys and had some... Read More


Aretha Franklin in hospice care, says source

14 August 2018

Aretha Franklin is in hospice care at her home, a source close to the 76-year-old singer told CNN’s Don Lemon. Word of the “Queen of Soul” being gravely ill was first reported by Showbiz 411. Read More


SOCIAL SCENE: Another year for Revive

12 August 2018

It was revival time for Crop Over revellers who flocked to the upscale Cin Cin restaurant on the West Coast last Tuesday for one of the new parties on the post-Crop Over Calendar, aptly named Revive. Just a day after Grand Kadooment, New York-based organiser Jene... Read More


Bajan Leigh to grace Canadian stage

10 August 2018

Barbadian entertainer Leigh is gearing up to hit the stage in Toronto at the NXNE Showcase during the Taste of the Danforth Festival this weekend. The annual festival celebrates Danforth's Greek heritage and is said to be one of the biggest street festivals, attracting... Read More


Small takes top award

06 August 2018

Twice is nice. Designer Kevin Small has once again taken the Robert Weekes Award for Best Festival Designer in the Republic Bank Grand Kadooment. The young bandleader for Fifth Element brought Street Talk for his theme this year. Since he won best band for Junior... Read More


Lil Rick's Mudda Sally takes Tune Of The Crop

06 August 2018

Tune Of The Crop belongs to Lil Rick. The hitmaker can claim supremacy this year in the National Cultural Foundation’s Crop Over festival. Musically that is. Apart from the Pic-O-De-Crop competition which he didn't not enter, he has placed first (Sweet Soca),... Read More


Smooth running for Grand Kadooment

06 August 2018

Like clockwork. That’s how event producer Aja has described this year’s Republic Bank Grand Kadooment. The National Cultural Foundation official told NATIONNEWS the annual Crop Over parade was about 30 minutes ahead of schedule. This was a result of how marshals... Read More


Island Mas heats up Crop Over

06 August 2018

It warm outside, and inside too. Island Mas the Breakfast Party started slowly earlier yesterday morning, but then picked up steam heading onto Noon, as revellers thronged to Balls Plantation, Christ Church. The annual event has become a staple for early morning... Read More


Ready for the road

05 August 2018

Today is the day revellers have been waiting for all year – the Republic Bank Grand Kadooment! Yesterday, many of the band houses were abuzz with activity, getting things in place for the big jump-up. Many of the mas bands left nothing to chance this year and... Read More


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