Erphaan Alves, WCK, the ABC Beckett Headline Bequia Mount Gay Music Fest 2019

With less than one week to go, the excitement builds for the highly acclaimed and much anticipated Bequia Mount Gay Musicfest 2019. The Bequia Tourism Association’s annual live entertainment Festival kicks off its now five-day long event in Bequia, running from January 30th to February 3rd. With 130 musicans performing in six events in five days, the festival has grown into one of the region’s premier music festivals, patronised by music lovers from all over the region and the world, who come to Bequia for five fabulous days of live music!

 

 

Sweet soca vocalist Erphaan Alves out of Trinidad headlines the Saturday Fete Night, backed by the big band Imij and Company, veterans on the regional music scene, and the legendary WCK out of Dominica. SVG’s own icon, the ABC Alston Beckett Cyrus is back by popular demand, headlining on Soca Sunday at De Reef, in Lower Bay, along with many of our homegrown talented artistes, including pannist Rodney Small, Hance, LPank, Nicki Pierre, D’Termine, Kyron Baptiste, Andy Cruickshank, Hasani Arthur and Keido and the Vykinz Band. R & B up and coming band Lennox of Barbados headlines the Saturday afternoon, Music under the palms family event. Also featured this year will be the Rey Escobar Latin Band, Bajan bands Kevan Sahai and the Crashers, and the high energy NJ30+ with talented young trumpet player Kweku Jelani and bass guitarist Marius Charlemagne. Antiguan guitarist Joshu, Bequia Blues Band, Infinity, Bequia Kids on Pan, and the Elite Steel Orchestra complete the extensive line up of music to suit all tastes. Sound engineering is provided by Platinum Sounds.

 

New in 2019 will be the “Jazz Vibes and Candlelight” concert and dinner concept, which kicks off the festival on Wednesday January 30th. The GBK Caribbean Creole Jazz Band out of Martinique headlines this sophisticated Jazz concert, along with soulful Jazz vocalist Debbie Reifer of Barbados, the RS Essence Band of SVG, and Spanish Flemenco Guitarist Hector Belda Om. Chef Peter Ollivierre of Mustique is preparing a fabulous three-course dinner with Jazz on the side. 2019 is slated to be a thrilling programme of daily and nightly events not to be missed, taking place at three official venues, the Frangipani Hotel, Bequia Plantation Hotel and De Reef.  

 

Thursday night takes place at the Frangipani Hotel with the 14-piece Elite Steel Orchestra, followed by DJ Tha Fugitive. Friday night Live at the beautiful Bequia Plantation Hotel’s open-air venue will feature Imij and Company of Trinidad and Tobago and guitarist Joey Ng Wai. SVG New York resident Hasani Arthur opens on Friday, with his unique trumpet style, followed by the Cuban Latin band of Rey Escobar, guaranteed to energize patrons. Kevan Sahai’s rock and roll band promises not to disappoint what will be a magical evening under the stars.

Saturday afternoon is the relaxing vibe with music under the palms, suitable for children with five hours of great entertainment, complemented by the Plantation Hotel’s BBQ, snacks and goodies?

Tickets for all shows are on sale online at Ticket pal Caribbean or in Bequia at the BTA office.

 

Friday and Saturday night ticket prices are EC$80 for advance and $90 at the door, and Tickets for Sunday afternoon are EC$50. Saturday afternoon at the Bequia Plantation is $25 for adults and $10 for kids under 12; children under 5 are free. Wednesday Dinner and Concert is $190 or concert only at $90. Thursday is Free.

Show times: Wednesday January 30th, 7Pm, Thursday Jan 31st, 9pm; Friday February 1st, 8pm; Saturday Feb 2nd afternoon: 1pm; Saturday Feb 2nd night: 9pm and Sunday afternoon Feb 3rd at 2:00pm.

Sponsor Partners of the 2019 Festival are Mount Gay Rum, Hairoun Beer, the SVG Tourism Authority, the NLA, Bequia Plantation Hotel, Grenadine Sea Salt, Going Places Travel, Cocoa Cola, Tus-T water, MasterRoom Music, as well as many local businesses including Frangipani Hotel, De Reef, IK TV, Compass Publishing, Action Bequia, Outhouse Graphics, Vintages Bequia and Quik-Print (St. Vincent).

For more information visit www.bequiamusicfestival.com and www.facebook.com/bequiamusicfest or call the Bequia Tourism Office 458-3286

Fe Noel’s Resort 2019 Collection Is Finally Here!

Grenadian Fashion Designer Felisha Noel has been teasing her #Resort2019 collection on Instagram for a little over two months. The collection, titled “A Queen’s Tale” is a memorable mix of floral prints, sheer collectibles and statement pieces including the Oshun slip dress- Fe Noel’s collaboration with fine art painter Harmonia Rosales . The full collection is now out on FeNoel’s website. We are long-time stans!

 

19 Caribbean Skincare Brands to Support in 2019

The older I get, the more that I tend to invest more in the type of skincare products that I use. Long gone are the days when my shopping cart at Sephora would be stuffed with Makeup items and lip products  and these days I usually come away with a basket full of face moisturisers and toners with the odd foundation and concealer (because let’s be real, Fenty can still get all these coins). When it comes to my body, I only ever use Caribbean made brands. From soaps, to lotions to shampoo bars, they always leave me feeling moisturised and smelling absolutely delicious. While I do have some favourites and often ensure that I’m never out of their products, there are a variety if Caribbean brands whose business is worthy of our support. I’ve listed 19 below for you.

 

Immortelle Beauty
Reppin’: Trinidad and Tobago

Shop the brand: Website

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Immortelle Beauty (@immortellebeauty) on

 

 

 

Jazzy’s All Natural Vincy Products
Reppin’ : St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Shop the brand: Website

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Jasmin Nicola Deane (@jazzy_all_natural) on

 

 

Morgan’s Creek
Reppin’: Jamaica
Shop the brand: Website

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Morgans Creek (@morganscreekjm) on

 

 

Paradise Apothecary
Reppin: The Bahamas
Shop the brand: Facebook

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Paradise Apothecary (@paradiseapothecary) on

 

 

Divine Creations
Reppin’: Antigua and Barbuda
Shop the brand: Instagram

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Divine Creations Antigua (@divinecreate) on

 

 

Paradise Skincare
Reppin’: Jamaica
Shop the brand: Website

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Paradise Skincare🍃 (@paradise.skincareja) on

 

Brio Che
Reppin’: St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Shop the brand: Website

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by caramel.fire (@brio_che.svg) on

 

Wakeful Wonders
Reppin’: Trinidad and Tobago
Shop the brand: Website

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Eco Friendly (@wakeful.wonders) on

 

Handmade by Kae
Reppin’: Barbados
Shop the brand: Website

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Handmade By Kae (@handmadebykae) on

 

Taz Organics
Reppin’ : Jamaica
Shop the brand: Facebook

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Taz Organics Skincare (@tazorganics) on

 

Twenty-Hill Farm
Reppin’: Antigua and Barbuda
Shop the brand: Website

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Twenty Hill Farm (@twentyhillfarm) on

 

Eastern Caribbean Soap Co.
Reppin’: Tortola
Shop the brand: Website

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Eastern Caribbean Soap Company (@ecsoapco) on

 

Omi Grenada
Reppin’: Grenada
Shop the brand: Instagram

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by OMI (@omigrenada) on

 

Farm Essence
Reppin’: St. Lucia
Shop the brand: Facebook

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Farm Essence (@farm_essence.slu) on

 

Lunamist Organics
Reppin’: Grenada
Shop the brand: Instagram

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Lunamist Organics 🌱🌱💚💚 (@lunamistorganics) on

 

JD Nat Lady
Reppin’ USVI
Shop the brand: Website

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by JDNatlady (@jdnatlady) on

 

The Briar Patch
Reppin’: The Bahamas
Shop the brand: Website

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by The Briarpatch (@thebriarpatchsoap) on

 

Kako Organic
Reppin’: St. Lucia
Shop the brand: Instagram 

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by KaKo Organic Products (@kakoorganic) on

 

Hiruna Soaps
Reppin’: St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Shop the brand: Website

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by HiRuna Island Soaps (@hirunasoaps) on

19 Caribbean Jewellery Brands To Support in 2019

“I have too much jewellery”- said no one ever and if you’re in the market for some new trinkets then you’ve come to the right place. From ceramic and mixed media pieces, to textured metals and colourful stones, here are 19 Caribbean Jewellery brands that you need to pick something up from on your next shopping trip.

 

Josanne Mark Ltd- Trinidad and Tobago

Shop the brand: Buy here

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Josanne Mark Ltd. (@josannemarkltd) on

 

Arthur & Livingston Jewelry- Barbados

Shop the brand: Buy here

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by ARTHUR & LIVINGSTON JEWELRY (@arthurandlivingston) on

 

Aviola Accessories- Jamaica

Shop the brand: Send a DM on Instagram

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Aviola Accessories™ (@aviola_accessories) on

 

Chevette Willliamson- The Bahamas

Shop the brand: Buy here

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Chevette Williamson Jewelry (@chevettewilliamson) on

 

Fashion Cuts Jewelry- Anguilla

Shop the brand: Buy here

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

#fcmonarch from our #fc2018collection. Come by @alloydent and grab your holiday accessories. #anguilla #fashionista #statement #madeinanguilla

A post shared by Fashion Cuts (@fashioncutsjewelry) on

 

Gloria Filiciana – Aruba

Shop the Brand: Buy here

 

 

Cocoa Vintage- Trinidad and Tobago

Shop the Brand : Buy here

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Crystal Antoine – Alleyne (@crystalcocoa) on

 

Eccentric Designs By Erin

Shop the Brand: Buy here

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Eccentric Designs (@eccentricdesignsbyerin) on

 

Chris Anderson Jewelry- Trinidad and Tobago

Shop the Brand: Buy here

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Chris Anderson Jewelry (@chrisandersonjewelry) on

 

Peace Is Of Bianca- Jamaica

Shop the Brand: Email the brand

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by peaceisofbianca® (@peaceisofbianca) on

Bandbox- St. Lucia

Shop the brand: Buy here

 

 

Adroit- Grenada

Shop the brand: Send a DM on Instagram

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Adroit (@handmadebyadroit) on

 

Yaad Trenz

Shop the brand: Send then a DM on Instagram

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Conversation Pieces (@yaadtrendz) on

 

Sanianitos- Trinidad and Tobago

Shop the brand: Send them a DM on Instagram

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Sanianitos (@sanianitos) on

 

We Dream In Colour- Trinidad and Tobago

Shop the brand: Buy here

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Jade Gedeon (@wedreamincolour) on

 

Renaissance Creations- St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Shop the brand: Send them a DM on Instagram 

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Renaissance Creations (@renaissancecreations) on

 

Willow and Oak- Trinidad and Tobago

Shop the brand: Send then a DM on Instagram 

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Willow and Oak (@willowandoak_) on

 

84Gem Jewelry- Jamaica

Shop the brand: Buy here

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by 84Gem Jewelry (@84gem) on

 

Rachel Rochford- Trinidad and Tobago

Shop the Brand: Buy here

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Rachel Rochford (@rachelrochford) on

Island Sound: TeaMarrr’s One Job Is That One Song You’ll Have On Repeat All 2019

Hell hath no fury like a Caribbean woman scorned and Haitian-American singer-songwriter TeaMarrr’s debut single “One Job” demonstrates just that. So just who is TeaMarrr? We’ve got the tea, via her bio:

 “I’m a Haitian girl in a crazy world. I’m trying to cry less and sing more, because music makes me feel good. My art does just what a cup of tea can do for you. Whether it’s hot or cold, I want people to feel good. My name is an acronym for—Totally Enthused About Making Really Really Raw—music, art, fashion, or anything. Whatever it is, it has to be raw. That’s my Tea!”

And raw she is! Her deliciously angry yet extremely calm lyrics on “One Job” would leave you finger-snapping in agreement while bopping to the beat. We’re here for it!

 

You can catch up with TeaMarrr and her dope sound on Instagram and Twitter.