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$7m Budget For Carnival

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Destra and Wyclef Jean.

By RASHAD ROLLE

Tribune Staff Reporter

rrolle@tribunemedia.net

THE government will spend about $7m to host this year’s Junkanoo Carnival, Bahamas National Festival Commission Chairman Paul Major told The Tribune yesterday.

His statement came a day after the BNFC revealed that international artists Destra, Wyclef Jean and Tarrus Riley, among others, have been contracted to perform in the festival.

He said the artists would be paid at their international market rate: about $30,000 for Destra, a Trinidadian soca singer, and about $70,000 for Wyclef Jean, a Haitian-born Grammy-award winning artist.

Early last month, Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe told The Tribune the government’s carnival budget would be “around $3 million”; however he did add that “work on the final number is still being done”.

Last year, the government spent $11.3m on the inaugural festival, going over its initial budget of $9m.

The announcement of a lineup that features major international artists also contradicts what BNFC officials told The Tribune last month when they said no big name international artist would headline the event.

At the time the revelation was a surprise, considering last year Mr Major said having international artists is critical to attracting tourists.

The BNFC had been working for “a couple weeks” to secure the international artists, Mr Major said yesterday, adding that negotiations were very delicate.

While the final lineup of entertainers has now been made public, Mr Major denied rumours that last year’s headliner - soca singer Machel Montano - will be back to perform this year.

According to a statement released on Wednesday, “the down home flavours” of Bahamian sounds will be mixed with a Caribbean fusion of soca, reggae and Latin vibes during three nights of non-stop music.

Regional soca artists Ricardo Drue, Kerwin Du Bois, Farmer Nappy, Rupee, Fadda Fox, Patrice Roberts, Skinny Fabulous, Bunji Garlin and Lyrical will hit the stage during the three-day festival in New Providence from May 5 to 7.

Bahamian performers, including Elon Moxey, the Blue Band Connection, Willis and the Illest, Veronica Bishop, Ira Storr, Funky D and Puzzle will also perform.

In Grand Bahama, where the carnival kicks off on April 15 and 16, Bahamian top performers Stileet, DMac, Geno D, Jay Mitchell, Julien Believe, Visage and Ronnie Butler will be joined by international acts Fadda Fox, Shurwayne Winchester, Olatunji, the press release said.

“Events will be bigger this year than last year,” Mr Major said. “It will be more exciting. There will be a tremendous amount of new local material by local artists with international and popular acts that will draw Bahamians and tourists alike to our country.

“We’ve embarked on a strategy that promotes this as a destination event or events, not as one promoting artists. We’re not having a Babyface show or an Al Green show,” he said, referring to two American r&b singers.

“Tourism has been spending money for months now through its inaugural channel to promote Junkanoo Carnival.”

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GrassRoot 3 years, 5 months ago

How is it possible that the Dept of Immigration can turn around the two temp work visas for the foreign artists within 10 days?

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proudloudandfnm 3 years, 5 months ago

Taint no way Wyclef coming for 70 grand....

That man has nothing but hits.

They have to be lying. Wyclef getting a million easy....

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jus2cents 3 years, 5 months ago

Crooked Island has been on fire for TWO WEEKS in three major settlements and not one hose or fire truck to help the people, just buckets of water.

The roads homes and infrastructure are still devastated from the CATEGORY 5 HURRICANE

7 million for Carnival (Last year, the government spent $11.3m on the inaugural festival, going over its initial budget of $9m.)

6 million for IDB (What is this being spent on?) The landscaping on Go Slow Bend?

Remember this on Election day.

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VS 3 years, 5 months ago

Yes! REMEMBER THIS, ON ELECTION DAY!

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Taurusbull 3 years, 5 months ago

Great reply. So many more important things needed in this country instead of wasting millions on foolishness.

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cmiller 3 years, 5 months ago

Wait,,,, what???? I thought it was 3 million just last week.

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cmiller 3 years, 5 months ago

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From $3 million to $7 million?

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Sickened 3 years, 5 months ago

Next week it will be right back to last year's $11 million.

proudloudandfnm said it perfectly... LOLOLOLOL!!!!!!

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VS 3 years, 5 months ago

Meanwhile, scores of Bahamians are unemployed and unable to support their families. "Believe in Bahamians", right?! Well there you go! Destra will score $30,000 and Wyclef Jean will receive $70,000...but how much is being paid to local artists??? It's a slap in the face to our own people!

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VS 3 years, 5 months ago

Bunch of jack-rabbits parading in the streets while this country goes to Hell. All in the name of "fun", right? What sweeten your mouth now will sour your tails later! Remember to have FUN when your electric, water, telephone, and Cable bill cannot be paid! Sadly, some persons who have no health or life insurance, massive credit card debts and are in default with bank loans and at risk of losing their homes will be "jumpin' in da line". SAD!

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TalRussell 3 years, 5 months ago

Kanaval 2016 done blown its foreigner entertainment budget that you went for Wyclef Jeanelle Jean, because you couldn’t afford to book the other Haitian performer “Sweet Mickey”/
Comrades let it not be lost that Haitian President Michel Martell “AKA Sweet Mickey” stepped down from office on February 7, 2016, but not before he released his song Bal Bannann Nan (‘Give Them the Banana’)

Michel Martelly - "Ba'l Bannann nan" [Video Kanaval 2016] 'Ti lili' (Sweet Micky)

….//////https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlEQC...">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlEQC...

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GrassRoot 3 years, 5 months ago

cant wait to hear PGC record his swan song.

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killemwitdakno 3 years, 5 months ago

you spell it just they we butcher it

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Honestman 3 years, 5 months ago

"Early last month, Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe told The Tribune the government’s carnival budget would be “around $3 million”; however he did add that “work on the final number is still being done”.

So now cabinet increases the Budget to $9m to allow all of the "connected" the chance to dip into the Festival cookie jar. Why are Bahamians accepting this sh*t???

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TalRussell 3 years, 5 months ago

Comrade Honestman's how would you explain that despite going millions over budget for 2015 Kanaval's, failing to produce the much promised Paul Major's audited financial statements - Her Majesty's Official Opposition party (HMOOP) have remained muted?
But then again, HMOOP's own memory whether it received moneys from Save the Bays, is equally as muted?

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GrassRoot 3 years, 5 months ago

Now that Island Lucky boy is here to line the governments pockets in exchange for a few winks here and smiles there and ear wax when it comes down to critical question, maybe Island Lucky boy should sponsor the 7 Mio for the Carnival as a way to give back to the Bahamian people to have voted in a corrupt government?

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sheeprunner12 3 years, 5 months ago

Let's be real ................ there is NO fixed amount of money for Carnival ......... this PLP government has NO fiscal responsibility when it comes to these crooks (the MOT and the Carnival Commission)

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Required 3 years, 5 months ago

If the budget is $7M, the question is, by how many millions will they go over budget this year.

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GrassRoot 3 years, 5 months ago

over budget ..... and under the table.

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ThisIsOurs 3 years, 5 months ago

Wow. This means they changed nothing. All they did was dump the carnival bands whom they promised they would support in this new "business venture". Seriously last year they estimated slightly over 1 million in support for the bands so that's all they removed, we're set to spend another 19 million, maybe more because the planning is worse. Double wow.

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Well_mudda_take_sic 3 years, 5 months ago

This so called Carnival event is nothing but a PLP campaign rally paid for by a multi-million dollar increase in the level of our country's unsustainable national debt. Putting the cost of this PLP campaign rally event on the already broken backs of hardworking honest Bahamian taxpayers is an unconscionable act of theft on the part of the corrupt Christie-led PLP government aimed at doing nothing more than buying votes. The funds from the national borrowing for this event would have been much better spent on desperately needed school supplies, food and clothing for the abandoned hungry children of the immoral men and women who prefer hedonism to social responsibility.

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clawdad 3 years, 5 months ago

there is a whole lot of better things this waste of a government could spend 7 million on in this country

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GrassRoot 3 years, 5 months ago

The Carnival in the Bahamas is another sign of our D-Level politicians. I think the Bahamian Carnival is the only Carnival on the plant that takes place after Easter. Carnival almost everywhere on the planet (from Peru to Aruba, to Italy to Brazil) is a pre-lent event and rooted in the Catholic Christian faith. So the idea of Carnival in the Bahamas in April, is like Christmas in June (explain that to your kids) and a simple brain fart - totally detached from any cultural or religious base. You may as well introduce Halloween to the man in the moon. Now why in the world no one came up with a concept like the Pirate Festival or something like that, with the history of Pirates being part of the Bahamian DNA, is beyond me. For the slow brains: Its like Mardi Gras in a Pirates Costume. Something like that will draw international crowds. Declare Bahamas the Nation of Pirates again for three days a year. Go nuts, go crazy, create a brand, sell rum, beer, flags, dance, sing, make babies. Woodstock for Pirates and would-be-Pirates.

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GrassRoot 3 years, 5 months ago

but don't dare to bring brownies, you may well get arrested and declared a security threat for the country.

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TalRussell 3 years, 5 months ago

Comrade GrassRoot may I suggest baking cupcakes. Best way you and munchies will be unlikely to draw the attention of policeman's on lookout for the more noticeable laced brownies.
Comrade Tal's baking tip day. You might want to try the French chocolate recipe. A properly laced small single cupcake can be as long lasting as its freshness. What's you don't wants to do, is over cupcakes munch, okay?

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Required 3 years, 5 months ago

The Pirate Festival concept is flawed. In order to make the Bahamas a "Nation of Pirates for three days a year," as you suggest, we'd first have to stop it from being a nation of pirates the other 362 days of the year - or 363 days, as this is a leap year.

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ThisIsOurs 3 years, 5 months ago

Well you could market it as the only three days the pirates get to wear their dress uniform. Oh and think of it, remember the rationale behind "carnival" the number of hits the word carnival gets? I bet you "pirate" gets more hits than "carnival".. Or not... but you could just say it to sell it. Lol

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ThisIsOurs 3 years, 5 months ago

"Declare the Bahamas a nation of pirates". Lol, that's deep. I like the idea though, it feels authentic

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ThisIsOurs 3 years, 5 months ago

you know Grassroot, I really think you're on to something. I like it! How many Junkanoo festivals already showcase a pirate theme anyway. Nation of pirates. I love it. Lol

When is Rum Festival? The only thing you'd have to add is the pirate concert. The artists could create all kinds of songs about robbing the treasury.

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killemwitdakno 3 years, 5 months ago

Tribune sucks if they cant' obtain the summary of what in the budget caused the doubling.

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killemwitdakno 3 years, 5 months ago

Meet Destra. This year's flag carrier selected by the ministry of tourism. "Sunday's best" everyone.

(each cheek must have got $3mill )

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sheeprunner12 3 years, 5 months ago

But ............. we have enough of our own women just as slack and saucy and jiggly as Destra who entertain in The Bahamas .......... why pay her $100K for shaking her lumpy boongie???????

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killemwitdakno 3 years, 5 months ago

I don't know what proves their lack more, the fact that they had an estimate of $3million just a month ago before the final number crunching , or the fact that they referenced SeniorFace and Al GreyByNow..

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killemwitdakno 3 years, 5 months ago

This song by Wylclef is nice. Will be awesome live. Should have a background video for those devastated by the storm and use the moment to ask for text donations. Definitely captures what should be the meaning.

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