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Inaugural Caribbean Music Awards ceremony held



#USA, September 9, 2023 – The first ever annual Caribbean Music Awards was held on Thursday August 31st in Brooklyn, New York at King’s Theatre in Flatbush.

Being held in Brooklyn is a poetic move as the area is also known as New York’s “Little Caribbean” according to reports.

It was hosted by Wyclef Jean, Grammy winning Haitian rapper and musician, and it is described as a display of vibrance and a  spirited celebration of music, people and culture with West Indian roots, as reported by Dancehallmag.

Clef, speaking, said, “tonight is a very, very important night as we celebrate the Caribbean region. Tonight is history.They steal our culture and they change the name of it. They call it ‘pop.’ Tonight, we’re taking everything back to the Caribbean.”

The shows, as it’s a Caribbean representation in music, recognized artists from Caribbean music genres, including Soca, Dancehall, and Kompa, among others.

Award winners were decided by fans who voted for their favorite songs, artists, and music videos online, months prior to the event, according to reports.

There were various performances by popular artists such as Jamaican artists such as Dexta Daps, Kranium, Toni-Ann Singh and Romain Virgo who delivered a wonderful medley of Beres Hammond’s hits, honoring him, who was the the Elite Icon Award Honoree as well as male artist of the year

Hammond was also officially honored by the New York City Council for his contributions to the Caribbean community.

Another music legend Buju Banton of Jamaica, received a humanitarian award for his philanthropic foundation, the Buju Banton Foundation.

Other performers include Wayne Wonder, Alison Hinds, Jada Kingdom, Nailah Blackman, Ding Dong, Rupee, Baby Cham,  Angela Hunte and Stone Love.

Also, there were appearances from Doug E. Fresh, Skeng, MYA, Spice, Morgan Heritage, Konshens, Karlie Redd, Michael Rainey Jr. and Nicki Minaji among others.

Here’s a full list of  other award winners.

  • EP of the year (dancehall): Alkaline, The Ripple EFFX
  • Impact award (dancehall): Chronic Law
  • Impact award (reggae): Kabaka Pyramid
  • Impact award (soca): Viking Ding Dong
  • Performer of the year (soca): Mr. Killa
  • Album of the year (dancehall): Masicka, 438
  • Female artist of the year (dancehall): Spice
  • Male artist of the year (dancehall): Ding Dong
  • Male artist of the year (soca): Machel Montano
  • Female artist of the year (soca): Patrice Roberts
  • People’s choice award: Kes
  • Artist of the decade: Vybz Kartel
  • Collaboration of the year (soca): GBM Nutron & DJ Spider, “Down Dey”
  • Collaboration of the year (dancehall/reggae): Skeng & Nicki Minaj, “Likkle Miss”
  • Video of the year (dancehall/reggae): Popcaan & Toni-Anne Singh, “Next to Me”
  • Video of the year (soca): Patrice Roberts, “Mind My Business”
  • Best new artist (dancehall): Valiant
  • Best new artist (reggae): Samora
  • Best new artist (soca): Tempa
  • Kompa band of the year: Klass
  • Dance song of the year: Ding Dong, “BOUNCE”
  • Performer of the year (dancehall): Dexta Daps
  • Album of the year (reggae): Kabaka Pyramid, The Kalling
  • Lifetime achievement award: Machel Montano

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USA Caribbean Investment Forum: Partnering for Sustained Development in the Caribbean 2023 Event Recap



The USA Caribbean Investment Forum took place over two days last week at the New York Marriott Marquis Times Square. The event, hosted by the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) in partnership with representatives of the CARICOM Consular Corps (namely, the Consulates General of Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Antigua & Barbuda), brought together government officials, investment promotion agencies, entrepreneurs, and business leaders from the Caribbean diaspora to connect, engage in thoughtful discussions, and explore investment opportunities throughout the Caribbean.

Fostering International Collaboration

The event featured distinguished speakers and representatives from both the US and Caribbean governments. Consuls General Mr. Mackie Holder (Barbados), Mr. Jerome Andre Laveau (Trinidad & Tobago), and Mr. Rondy McIntosh (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) along with Jeanette Moy, Commissioner of the NYS Office of General Services, Edward Mermelstein, NYC Commissioner of International Affairs, and Molly Bauer, Industry Development Associate from the NY Governor’s Office, shed light on the initiatives that New York City, which is home to so many Caribbean Diaspora, is implementing to support economic collaboration between the regions.

Engaging with Global Leaders

Hon. Kenneth Bryan, Minister for Tourism & Ports, Cayman Islands, and Chair of Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and Hon. E. Jay Saunders, Deputy Premier, Minister of Finance, Trade and Investment, Turks and Caicos Islands delivered insights via keynote speeches and held candid discussions during panel and Q&A sessions. The event served as a unique opportunity to communicate in an open and honest forum with two esteemed leaders from the Caribbean about investing in the region.

Promoting Investment Opportunities

CAIPA welcomed representatives from Invest Barbados, Invest Dominica, Grenada Investment Development Corporation (GIDC), InvesTT (Trinidad and Tobago), Invest Turks and Caicos, St. Kitts Investment Promotion Agency (SKIPA), Invest St. Lucia, Invest St. Vincent & the Grenadines, the Bahamas Investment Authority, the Curacao Investment and Export Promotion Agency (CINEX), and the Sint Maarten Ministry of Tourism, Economy, Transport and Telecommunications, to discuss various opportunities for investment in their respective countries and how their agencies support and facilitate potential investors.

Hearing Private Sector Success Stories

Private sector companies including the St. James School of Medicine, Century21 Guyana, Ethniv, and Homestrings joined the forum to discuss their current active projects in the Caribbean.  They detailed how they’ve worked with local governments and institutions to successfully launch and operate their businesses in the Caribbean, along with the potential opportunities for continued growth.

Understanding How Caribbean Financial Institutions Facilitate Investment

The Forum brought together key representatives from Caribbean financial and economic development institutions: IDB Lab (Ms. Magdalena Coronel, Chief Investment Officer), the National Commercial Bank Jamaica LTD (Mr. Jeffrey Brown, Head, Loans Structuring and Syndications), USAID (Mr. Mervyn Farroe, USAID representative for the Eastern and Southern Caribbean), and the Caribbean Development Bank (Ms. Lisa Harding, Private Sector Development Specialist) to detail how these organizations facilitate and support private investment in the Caribbean.

Forging Connections

Attendees had the opportunity to meet directly with CAIPA member countries during business meetings.  These one-on-one conversations were valuable opportunities to speak directly with key stakeholders in order to advance projects and forge direct relationships.

The inaugural USA Caribbean Investment Forum was a great success due to the collaboration and engagement from individuals representing a wide range of sectors, organizations, and countries – all united under the goal of driving economic growth in the Caribbean and taking advantage of the enormous opportunities available in the region.  CAIPA and the representatives of the CARICOM Consular Corps are proud to have facilitated these conversations and supported deepening of relationships with key stakeholders throughout the US and the Caribbean.  We look forward to our next event, which will be held on 6-8 March in Miami (Caribbean Logistics Investment Conference 2024) – focused on attracting investments into logistics and transportation by sea and air as well as e-commerce logistics and industrial logistics parks throughout the Caribbean.  Stay tuned for more details!If you or anyone you know is interested in joining the CAIPA mailing list, please visit: to sign up for our newsletter.

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Early-Childhood Institutions in St. Catherine Get Time Clocks



#Kingston, September 26, 2023 – Two early-childhood institutions in Kitson Town, St. Catherine, have received 15 time clocks each from educator, Jillian Wray-Robinson, with support from Food For the Poor (FFP).

Speaking at the handover of the clocks at the Kitson Town Basic School on September 25, Ms. Wray-Robinson said they are an important resource for the young students and can help them learn to value time.

“This is where my Foundation was dug, and as an educator, I am giving back and taking the time to invest in the future. It is very important; time is money and money is time, and if they learn how to read the clock, it will become of importance to them,” she said.

Principal of the school, Charline Nathon, said she was grateful for the items, noting that the donation was timely.

“I am sure the children will use it to the best of their ability. The clock is what we are doing in the curriculum – they learn to read the clock,” the Principal said.

Speaking at the handover of the clocks at the Old Road Early Childhood Centre, Ms. Wray-Robinson told the audience that her daughter spent her first year of formal education at the school, and it was a delight to assist them in obtaining the 15 items.

“After carefully looking at the curriculum, I know it will be useful to them (students). School begins on  time, and ends with time, and we want our children to learn how to read the clock, and how to tell the time,” she said.

Principal of the school, June Maxwell, said the clocks will help her students, and “we will truly use the resources to the best of our knowledge, and ability”.


Contact: Garfield L. Angus

Release: JIS

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CTO mourns the passing of former chairman Obediah Wilchcombe



#BARBADOS (September 26, 2023) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) deeply mourns the loss of distinguished Bahamian leader and former chairman of the inter-regional body, Obediah Wilchcombe.

At the time of his passing, Mr. Wilchcombe was serving as Minister of Social Services, Information and Broadcasting and Leader of Government Business in the House of Assembly of the Bahamas.

“We extend our heartfelt prayers and condolences to Minister Wilchcombe’s family, as well as the government and people of the Bahamas. He was a true champion for the people of the Bahamas and the wider Caribbean region,” remarked Kenneth Bryan, CTO Chairman and Minister of Tourism and Ports of the Cayman Islands.

Chairman Bryan recalled Minister Wilchcombe held the position of CTO Chairman twice (2002-2004 and 2016-2017) while serving as Minister of Tourism for the Bahamas, and contributed significantly to the advancement of sustainable tourism development in the Caribbean.

Chairman Bryan noted that the CTO plans to honor the life and legacy of “this eminent Bahamian leader” at the organization’s upcoming business meetings and the State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC) in Turks and Caicos next month.

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