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T-Connection and Bahamian All-Stars share one stage for Kickoff Weekend

The stage is set for an explosive Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival (BJC) Kickoff weekend in Grand Bahama when the legendary T-Connection and a Bahamian all-star lineup, including Jay Mitchell, pull out all the stops at the first ever non-stop cultural party on April 17-18.

Thousands will flock to Taino Beach, which is being transformed into a Cultural Village, to take part in the all-day festivities beginning at 6:00 p.m. Friday and local entertainers are hyped and ready for an electrifying showdown.

Ginger Moxey, organizer of the BJC Kickoff Weekend and Bahamas National Festival Commission Consultant, stressed that there is something for everyone to enjoy throughout the entire weekend at the Cultural Village.

“Our events cater to the entire community and we’re so excited about it. We are so delighted to have the many entertainers, artists, DJs, other performers, Junkanooers and artisans who have come onboard,” said Moxey.

“We will have live Bahamian music from day one when the party starts and the 17 Bahamian artists who made it to the semifinals in the song competition of the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival CD compilation will perform their original songs on stage over the two days.”

Grand Bahama’s Terrell Tynes-Wilson and Georgina Ward-Rigby are among the semi-finalists.

A myriad of Bahamian entertainers are scheduled to take the stage on Friday and Part I of the Music Masters Concert is set to begin at 8:00 p.m.

Desmardo Finley, aka Stileet, “the Rake ‘n’ Scrape General”, who has already experienced Carnival in Atlanta and Miami, said he is overjoyed to be performing in carnival at home.

“Trust me, it’s going to be very exciting and epic. This is a fun time for family and the first Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival that is going to be in Grand Bahama and we are going to party like no other,” he said.

“It’s rake ‘n’ scrape time; this is what you were waiting for and I want everybody to come out and have fun.”

Veteran entertainer Little Joe Cartwright said he wrote a song about carnival long before it became reality and can’t wait for the big day.

“We come to mash up the town. We come to make everybody look bad. We’ll show you that the stage belongs to me,” he said, adding that on that night his band will be performing the “three badest songs” – In the Bahamas, Prime Time and Woman Ain’t Want No Good Man No More.

Fiona Wildgoose, of the Matrix Band, Rake ‘n’ Scrape entertainer Ophie Webb and Wilfred Solomon all say they are, too, looking forward to the weekend.

Dwayne Donaldson, aka DJ Scorpio, had a message for Grand Bahama from all of his colleagues.

“We’re going to be bringing all of the DJs to you live. We have the top DJs who will be bringing the music to you from all different genres. They’re coming out to have a good time, so make sure you’re there. This is something you don’t want to miss. We have all the best DJs, all the best artists one time. This is the place you want to be,” said Donaldson.

Nat Cambridge, president of the Grand Bahama Entertainers, Musicians and Artists Association support of the weekend event which highlights the Music Masters Semi-Finals Concert.

“It is an exciting and innovative product that has been brought to Grand Bahama that is going to expose our artists to the world and allow the world to see the dynamics of Bahamian artists, the diversity of Bahamian artists, not only singers and dancers, but as well as our DJs,” he said.

The Music Masters Semi-Finals song competition will be immediately followed by an all-star Bahamian concert with Jay Mitchell, Dyson Knight, Julien Believe and Stileet. The DJs will have a Showcase and a Dance-Off by dance groups on the island are also on the lineup.

On Saturday evening, the second portion of the Music Masters Semi-Finals competition, which will determine the Top 10 contestants who go on to the finals in New Providence on May 8, will be followed by performances by Avvy, D-Mac, and the headliner, Grammy nominated artist, and Grand Bahama’s very own, T-Connection.

The weekend will close out with fireworks and an all-star Junkanoo Rush-Out.

Afterwards, all roads lead to Nassau for the biggest signature street party on May 7 – 9.

Tickets for the weekend are on sale at Gizmos and Gadgets, Intercity Records in Port Lucaya and Kross Town Convenient Store in Freeport and Eight Mile Rock.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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