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The Caribbean-Central American Action (CCAA) is hosting the 35th Annual Conference on the Caribbean and Central America from November 30 to December 2, 2011, at the Louisiana Marriott in New Orleans, Louisiana. This conference is the premiere trade and policy forum for the countries of the Caribbean Basin.

For over three decades Caribbean Central American Action (CCAA) has been synonymous with the annual "Miami Conference," but in 2011 the conference will move to New Orleans, Louisiana. Recently, the City of New Orleans has been viewed through the lens of disaster, but as everyone from the Caribbean knows, out of disaster comes renewal. The city's business community, long associated with the traditional industries of shipping, tourism and oil, is increasingly being joined by an entrepreneurial class that is leading growth in areas such as green technology, finance, and communications.ccaa

The CCAA Conference, co-hosted by the World Trade Center of New Orleans, in partnership with the Louisiana Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc. and other local and national organizations will focus on the important issues of trade, investment, and jobs. New Orleans, a city that has been described as the "northernmost city of the Caribbean" and that is home to a vibrant Central American Diaspora, is the perfect host for the CCAA Conference.

For more information, see http://www.c-caa.org/

reggae_in_new_yorkA Reggae Culture Salute will be held again at the Nazareth Performance Center in Brooklyn on Saturday, Nov. 5 starting at 7:30 p.m. The event celebrates the 81st anniversary of the coronation of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I and Empress Menen of Ethiopia and the unique relationship between Rasta, Reggae, Selassie and Jamaica.

For 2011, the Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music (CPR) salutes the future of roots reggae by presenting Dub Tonic Kru, Global Battle of the Band Champion for 2010-2011. For many, their historic win earlier this year in Malaysia where they prevailed over more than 4,000 other bands made them the “Usian Bolt” of roots reggae music.

Dub Tonic Kru will be the first recipient of CPR’s newly established Simba (young lion) Award in honor of their dedication to the tradition of roots reggae music. Another young lion making an appearance will be cultural artist, IWayne who debuted at #5 on the Billboard Reggae Chart with his recent release “Life Teachings” on VP Records. IWayne has consistently penned and performed uplifting roots reggae music for his fans the world over.

Big Youth who received congressional honors at last year’s Reggae Culture Salute is also back by popular demand after last year’s exhilarating performance and will receive CPR’s 2011 Pinnacle Award for Excellence for his more than 40 years of being a pioneer in the industry. Junior “Gabu” Wedderburn with his Ancient Vibration ensemble of traditional nyahbinghi drummers and dancers returns to captivate and enlighten the audience.

The multi-media evening will premiere the screening of the documentary “Bad Friday - Rastafari After Coral Gardens.” The film shares the stories of several Rastafarian elders as well as a retired police officer who were all involved in the horrors visited on the Rastafarian community of Coral Gardens in 1963. 

Original Source: caribbeanlifenews.com

 

 

creole_choircrop-random-imageCheck out the Cultural Singing and Dance Choir Ensemble During US City Tour!

The Creole Choir of Cuba this fall has embarked on their first major U.S. tour, with 30 performances in 21 cities. Venues for the tour include two major festivals — Chicago’s World Music Festival and Bloomington, Indiana’s Lotus Music Festival — as well as prestigious performing arts centres such as Symphony Space in NYC, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts in Phoenix, the Painted Bride in Philadelphia, the Herbst Theater in San Francisco and the Music Center at Strathmore near Washington DC. Several major universities are also hosting the Choir, with student workshops & special performances for the college communities in addition to the group’s public concerts.

The Creole Choir’s ten remarkable singers are of Haitian descent and come from Camagüey, Cuba’s third city, down towards the eastern end of the island. They grew up and studied music in this old colonial town, designated a UNESCO World heritage Site in 2008 for its colonial architecture. They have nurtured music passed down in their families since the early 19th century, gradually adding modern Haitian sounds following their own first visit to a Haitian festival in 1996.

Lead by their Choir Director Emilia Díaz Chávez, Grupo Vocal Desandann, as they are called in Cuba, revived the songs of their ancestors for modern times. Desandann literally means ‘descendents’ and as the choir say: “For us music is like food, it feeds the spirit and is a major inspiration for everyday life.”

In glorious songs like Edem Chanté (Listen To Us!), The Creole Choir celebrate the history of their Haitian descendents enslaved to the Caribbean from West Africa. Drawing from information from generations of Haitian immigrants, the Creole Choir of Cuba promotes and performs music of Haitian origin, especially "La Cancionistica", music which has been enriched by elements of other Creole speaking Caribbean countries.

The Creole Choir of Cuba is already dazzling U.S. audiences and capturing the hearts of the crowd with their moving and powerful shows on stage. The spirited chorus has become one of Cuba’s hottest exports and is must-see for music lovers and theater-goers. Their eclectic melting-pot of sounds, beats and voice ranges has earned them critical applause far beyond world music circles. To learn more about their US tour or when the choir will be in a city near you visit www.creolechoir.com  

Source: CreoleChoir.com

creole_choircrop-random-imageCheck out the Cultural Singing and Dance Choir Ensemble During US City Tour!

The Creole Choir of Cuba this fall has embarked on their first major U.S. tour, with 30 performances in 21 cities. Venues for the tour include two major festivals — Chicago’s World Music Festival and Bloomington, Indiana’s Lotus Music Festival — as well as prestigious performing arts centres such as Symphony Space in NYC, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts in Phoenix, the Painted Bride in Philadelphia, the Herbst Theater in San Francisco and the Music Center at Strathmore near Washington DC. Several major universities are also hosting the Choir, with student workshops & special performances for the college communities in addition to the group’s public concerts.

The Creole Choir’s ten remarkable singers are of Haitian descent and come from Camagüey, Cuba’s third city, down towards the eastern end of the island. They grew up and studied music in this old colonial town, designated a UNESCO World heritage Site in 2008 for its colonial architecture. They have nurtured music passed down in their families since the early 19th century, gradually adding modern Haitian sounds following their own first visit to a Haitian festival in 1996.

Lead by their Choir Director Emilia Díaz Chávez, Grupo Vocal Desandann, as they are called in Cuba, revived the songs of their ancestors for modern times. Desandann literally means ‘descendents’ and as the choir say: “For us music is like food, it feeds the spirit and is a major inspiration for everyday life.”

In glorious songs like Edem Chanté (Listen To Us!), The Creole Choir celebrate the history of their Haitian descendents enslaved to the Caribbean from West Africa. Drawing from information from generations of Haitian immigrants, the Creole Choir of Cuba promotes and performs music of Haitian origin, especially "La Cancionistica", music which has been enriched by elements of other Creole speaking Caribbean countries.

The Creole Choir of Cuba is already dazzling U.S. audiences and capturing the hearts of the crowd with their moving and powerful shows on stage. The spirited chorus has become one of Cuba’s hottest exports and is must-see for music lovers and theater-goers. Their eclectic melting-pot of sounds, beats and voice ranges has earned them critical applause far beyond world music circles. To learn more about their US tour or when the choir will be in a city near you visit www.creolechoir.com  

Source: CreoleChoir.com

sc_moja_festivalThe 2011 MOJA Arts Festival: A Celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts in Charleston will begin on September 29 and will run through Sunday, October 9, 2011 in various venues in Charleston, South Carolina.

The MOJA Arts Festival is a multi-disciplinary festival that highlights the many African-American and Caribbean contributions to Western and world cultures. MOJA's wide range of events include visual arts, classical music, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, R&B music, storytelling, theatre, children's activities, traditional crafts, ethnic food, and more. Nearly half of MOJA's events are admission-free, and the remainder are offered at ticket prices ranging from $5 to $35. MOJA also includes workshops in the public schools and senior outreach in senior citizen homes.

Puer_cub_feestivalThe Fifth Puerto Rican and Cuban Festival (PRC) will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2011 from 12:00 noon to 10:00pm at Tranquility Park in Houston, Texas. Headliners are salsa legend Papo Lucca and La Sonora Ponceña. Festival dance groups and orchestras will honor the legacy of Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz.   

Puerto Ricans and Cubans around the world celebrate with music and food, but in Houston? The reality is that more than 20,000 Puerto Ricans, Cubans, and otherwise, get together in Houston once a year under one flag in October to celebrate salsa, merengue and Spanish Caribbean culture. This year the PRC Festival will honor the musical legacy and life of the
queen of salsa Celia Cruz. Orchestras and dance groups will feature special songs and dances to remember the "Guarachera de Cuba."

Dominica_musicThe stars are aligned for Dominica’s15th annual World Creole Music Festival as thousands of music fans from around the world prepare to celebrate the music, dialect and culture known as Creole. Known for attracting world-renowned musicians from the Creole-speaking world, the highly anticipated annual festival is planned for Oct. 28-30 at Windsor Park Stadium in the capital city of Roseau.

With the theme “Three Nights of Pulsating Rhythms,” the 2011 lineup includes performers from England, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Paris and Dominica.

“This year’s event is the 15th edition, so we wanted to combine the best local musical talent with those who have made a name on the world stage,” said Colin Piper, director of tourism for Dominica. “The depth and breadth of the performers are historic. You will not want to miss the 15th staging of Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival. Combine this with the amazingly beautiful and relaxing setting that is Dominica, and you have the perfect getaway and break!”

Attendees will get to experience both Jamaican Creole (which features largely English words superimposed on West African grammar) and Haitian Creole (which features a French vocabulary superimposed on West African grammar.)

 

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5th IIPT African Conference Achieves
Major Outcomes

 The 5th IIPT African Conference, organized in partnership with the World Tourism Organization under the patronage of His Excellency Rupiah B. Banda and hosted by the Zambia Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources, Hon. Catherine Namugala, Minister, brought together more than 440 delegates from 36 countries who shared their experiences, ideas, wisdom and commitment within the conference theme:

Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change to Tourism

In Africa and the Developing World

The important role of travel and tourism in contributing to peace and sustainable development was highlighted throughout Zambia and Africa, by His Excellency Rupiah B. Banda declaring the week of the Conference “National Peace through Tourism Week” and the resulting media coverage of the conference and week’s activities.

 

Hon. Cathering NamugalaNational television, radio and press coverage began the week beforetheConference, with interviews and news of the upcomingConference, continued throughout the week, with coverage of the Opening Ceremony and proceedings of the Conference, and extended into the following week, with further interviews and press coverage of the outcomes, particularly the Lusaka Declaration.

 

Thanks to our media partners, and particularly eTurbo news and TravelVideo.TV, the 5th IIPT African Conference received broad international coverage as well.

                               

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Bea Broda, Producer, TravelVideo TV with
Zambia’s first President , Dr. Kenneth Kaunda  
Thomas Steinmetz
Thomas Steinmetz,
Producer,
eTurboNews

International Peace Park Dedication
A highlight of the week was the re-dedication of the IIPT International Peace Park at Victoria Falls with Conference delegates and dignitaries from Livingstone and the Toka Leya indigenous people of the area. The IIPT International Peace Park serves as a living and lasting legacy of the Conference at one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

                       Peace Park Dedication, Victoria Falls

IIPT Board Chairman Timothy Marshall offering a prayer to begin Peace Park Re-dedication Ceremony; Hon. Catherine Namugala plants the first tree;Chieftess of the Toka Leya tribe waters peace tree; and Ben Sherman takes part in traditional dance of the Toka Leya tribe. 

Lusaka Declaration

The key ideas and recommendations of delegates have been highlighted in the
Lusaka Declaration which is being broadly distributed.  

Stakeholder Group and IIPT Youth Chapter Formed                                  
Perhaps most significant was the formation of both a Zambia Stakeholder Group and an IIPT Zambia Youth Chapter during the course of the Conference. The Stakeholder Group will come together with the aim of implementing the Lusaka Declaration within Zambia, and as hosting nation of the 5th IIPT African Conference, become a model within Africa in “Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change.”

 The Stakeholder’s Group was facilitated by Mr. Greenwell Mukwavi. The Steering Committee will include prominent leaders from government, the private sector, academia, NGO’s, and civil society. They will be assisted by a highly motivated and committed group of youth who took part in the Youth Leadership Forum and participated throughout the conference. They have since organized themselves as the IIPT Zambia Youth Chapter under the leadership of Mr. Emmanuel Mulolo, President; Ms Salipa Chisha, Vice President; and Mr. Matthews Kalabo, Secretary General. Other significant outcomes are presented in the following articles

5th IIPT African Conference: Student/Youth Leadership Forum
Students at Youth Leadership Forum

 
sowto_copyThis year’s Soweto Festival Expo is gearing up to be a knockout event. Staged at the Joburg Expo Centre at Nasrec in Johannesburg, SouthAfrica for the first time, the Soweto Festival Expo runs from the 23rd to the 25th of September. Now in its seventh year, this Expo is expected to break records regarding number of visitors and exhibitors, range of activities and media coverage. Organizers are expecting over 500 exhibitors, covering all manner of products and services from practically every sector including travel & tourism, food, financial services, household goods, crafts, hi-tech and communications, government and non-govenment non profits (NGOs).
For the first time an Arts Pavilion will be featured to showcase the best that Joburg has to offer in painting, sculpture, photography and reading. The Arts Pavilion will be abuzz with creative types eager to show off their talents. There will be many more Small and Medium Enterprises (SMMEs) exhibiting than ever before, giving the small business sector in Joburg a realshot in the arm in these tough economic times. In addition, attendee can take advantage of the many large corporates sales and marketing exhibit opportunities.

jacksonville_carnival_phoca_thumb_l_IMG_0102_Jacksonville, Florida will once again have its Annual Carnival Parade Festival on Saturday, the 17th of September at Metropolitan Park in the downtown area of the city. Even though this event ushers in the fall season, there is still time for the beach and partying in the sun. Those who attend will get to enjoy steel drums, colorful costumes and scrumptious island cuisine during this energetic cultural festival. The revelry kicks off with a spectacular parade at 1:00pm, then sashays into Metropolitan Park for a day full of great music, food, arts, crafts and family fun until 10:00pm. In addition to sampling all kinds of great Caribbean foods, carnival-goers can stroll by vendor booths to enjoy artwork and crafts.  The festival also features a stage show featuring live Caribbean music and cultural performances.

Carnival Organization of Jacksonville, Inc. (COOJI) was founded in 1998 as a carnival costume producing band when it took part in the then Jacksonville Caribe Street Festival and Parade.  The first Jacksonville Carnival "On the Beach" was held in October 2000 at the beautiful Jacksonville Beach Seawalk Pavilion, in the city of Jacksonville Beach, Florida. Since changing its location to downtown Jacksonville at Metropolitan Park in 2005, the carnival is now known as Jacksonville Caribbean Mardi Gras Parade & Festival. Each year the carnival has gotten bigger and brighter.

COOJI is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing awareness, understanding, open dialogue and appreciation of Caribbean people and culture.  A mission is to provide education and information on the various Caribbean nations including history and current day-to-day life. COOJI also seeks to provide opportunities for individuals and businesses to develop cross-cultural relationships within these nations.

Caribbean Carnival Week is the Second Week in September in Jacksonville.  Everyone is welcome to attend in this year’s festival. For more information, visit www.JacksonvilleCarnival.com.

Photo: Carnival Organization of Jacksonville, Inc.

cape_fashio_imagesDeveloping tourism through fashion is one of four pillars driving the upcoming Cape Town Fashion Week (CTFW), which runs throughout the city from July 13 to 16, 2011, as identified by African Fashion International (AFI). In a first for South African fashion, AFI has partnered with South African Tourism to develop tourism specifically through fashion. AFI’s three other pillars are fashion as a business platform that can steer development in upcoming designers, to grow the commercial viability of the fashion sector and to highlight new trends, such as “sustainable luxury”.

These pillars signify AFI’s approach of looking forward and beyond the event.

With the support of the Cape Town Fashion Council, SA Tourism and Cape Town Tourism, AFI have invited selected design powerhouses to present their Spring/Summer 2011/12 collections at various iconic venues around the city as part of CTFW.

nbaf_logo ‘Unexpected Encounters’ is the theme for this year’s festival, so expect the unexpected. NBAF President and CEO Neil Barclay said, “There will be unexpected encounters with the culture, the people and the art of the African Diaspora, as this year's festival goes beyond expectations with extraordinary experiences.”

Centered in downtown and Midtown Atlanta, the NBAF got underway on July 7th and continues through July 17. There will be many performances, programs, dance celebrations, musicals, films and visual art exhibits during the week. The International Marketplace on July 14-17 will feature more than 100 vendors and artists displaying carved-wood sculptures, handmade jewelry, clothing and more in the Centennial Olympic Park area at no charge.

The musical menu of gospel, blues, jazz, world music icludes artists Sandra Hall, Río Negro, Joyce Cândido, Nanny Assis, Orquesta MaCuba, Donnie, Kathleen Bertrand and others. The Pan African Film Festival includes a diverse slate of films from Africa and the African Diaspora. For more information about the line-up of what's going on all week, visit www.NBAF.org/schedule/.