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Photography in Focus – Guinell Ollivierre-Hazell

6 Aug
Guinell Ollivierre-Hazell is a native of Paget Farm, Bequia located in the Grenadines. Being fascinated by nature; sunsets, beautiful flora and fauna and birds from an early age, Guinell grew fond of photography which is no wonder that she spends most of her pastime  going to the beach, taking photos and being adventurous.

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5 Aug

Source: ECCO Inc.

Written by Christine “Chrycee” Charlemagne from Saint Lucia


It all but consumed him. Day and night, sweet melodies replayed in his head. Over and over. Everything he saw, touched, felt and heard, evoked within him the need to craft his thoughts and feelings into beautiful lyrical masterpieces.  His fingers twitched to get it all out on paper. His lips buzzed to sing out loud the songs which radiated from his heart. As his need to create sweet music grew—to a point where it seemed to become even more important than the job he then held, and everything else in his life for that matter!—it became undoubtedly clear to Bomani that music was his true calling.

The Saint Vincent & the Grenadines born songwriter, performer and recording artiste describes himself an optimist and an adventurer who loves life and music to no end. He recalls this his love-affair with music began during his secondary school days, songwriting and singing. Upon his graduation he made a concerted effort to become aligned with musicians, composers and other songwriters in his home island.

Bomani describes his music and sound as “an eclectic Afro Caribbean Calypso/Ragga Soca blend with hints of broader music styles” which have influenced him on his journey. Truly his music reflects the essence of what it’s like to be a Caribbean native.

He draws his inspiration from the wonderful world around him—the universe, God, his environment, friends, family, the stranger he unexpectedly runs into, and even his dreams. Through his music he seeks to share a message of love and happiness for and among people.

Among his numerous music experiences to date, the Vincentian artiste says one of his most amazing moments centered around the release of his very first Album, “Deep” and the subsequent international tour. “Deep,” featured several of his earlier hits which led him to perform the world over. He adds his capturing of the St Vincent & the Grenadines 2004 Road March title and the OECS Soca Monarch title in St Lucia in 2005 as highly memorable accomplishments. A number of Bomani’s songs have also been signed to giant Caribbean music label, VP Records.


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He credits his successes to date to his dedication and willingness to work hard, a formidable team and support system and an ability to remain focused on music creation and promotion even in difficult times. And there certainly have been difficult times. As a professional artiste, Bomani notes that one of his biggest challenges in establishing his music career has been a struggle for adequate radio airplay throughout the year in St Vincent. This shortfall, he says, makes it difficult for the general public to become familiar with new material. Related to his challenge is lack of performance platforms for sustainable growth and development.

Yet Bomani and his team refuse to be limited by those challenges; so they are constantly seeking alternative means of music promotion and networking, while exploring performance opportunities regionally and internationally.

With his determined spirit, soulful voice and infectious melodies we have absolutely no doubt that Bomani will achieve his ultimate goal; his music transcending time and generations, touching  people across the world; inspiring aspiring artistes as those before him inspired him.

In fact if you listen to his music releases from over the years it’ll become evident to you that he’s already achieving his mission.


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ECCO: When you’re not doing music, what are you doing?

Bomani: When I’m not doing music you can find me chillin’ with friends and family at home, watching movies, or at the beach, or at any of several of the hangout spots in SVG having a few drinks and eating great food.


ECCO: What are your passions besides music?

Bomani: Visual arts, helping with the development of young people and cricket.


ECCO: What makes you laugh?

Bomani: Great stand-up comedy and political and social satire make me laugh and good jokes generally.


ECCO: Name one thing about yourself that most people won’t know

Bomani: Most people probably won’t know that I’m a picky eater.


ECCO: Who are you music mentors? Music influences?

Bomani: There have been several individuals who have mentored me over the years here in SVG, Mr Lennox Bowman, Mr Franklyn Edwards who is also my manager. I’ve had great conversations with legendary Vincentian calypsonians like Winston Soso and Becket that I consider as great council. My musical influences over the years have been wide enough to include artistes from several genres such as Peter Tosh, Berres Hammond, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Gladys Knights, Whitney Houston, Luthor Vandross, Seal, David Rudder, the original Burning Flames, Krossfyah, Winston Soso and Becket.


Stay connected with Bomani on his Musical Journey! Follow him on Social Media 

Facebook ……………….  Bomani Charles (

YouTube ………………..  BOMANI SONGS (

Soundcloud ……………  BomaniMusic (

Instagram ……………….  @bomani_live

Twitter …………………..   @bomani300


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2 Aug

Source: CBC News Barbados

Well known band leader, Rene Ratcliffe of Lucky Horseshoe’s Jump Promotions passed away shortly after parading through the National Stadium this morning.

Ratcliff, 40 years old of Atlantic Shores, Christ Church, collapsed during the jump up and was rushed to QEH by ambulance.

She was pronounced dead on arrival. (More in the CBCNEWS at 7pm)


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Drake Co-Signed Soca Star Machel Montano Talks Making a Global Impact and Heading to the Big Screen

2 Aug

Source: Billboard

Whether joining Rihanna to perform “Bitch Better Have My Money” in her native Barbados or appearing in Nicki Minaj’s Trinidad-set “Pound the Alarm” video,Machel Montano is the go-to for providing island-ready assists to pop stars. Continue reading

1932 The First Aircraft To Land In St. Vincent

19 Jul

Michael Cipriani was the first pilot to land an airplane on the island of St.Vincent. Michael flew from Trinidad landed in St. Vincent on the 29th July 1932 and later continued his flight to Barbados.

The de Havilland Moth airplane was piloted by Trinidadian, Michael Cipriani, who, in the early 1930s, had become the first West Indian to use a privately-owned airplane for inter-colonial flight. In 1932, Cipriani advised the local Government of Trinidad that he would be traveling to Barbados, from Trinidad, for a week-end visit by way of Grenada and St. Vincent. Cipriani’s “Humming Bird” as his plane was called, arrived in the island on a pasture on the Diamond Estate, July 29th 1932. During WW2 that pasture was transformed into the Diamond Airport and the original terminal building still stands.

Michael Cipriani

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‘Jamaican Interlude’ (c1958) by Karl Parboosingh (1923-1975).

19 Jul

In his lifetime, his simplicity of color and line were considered a breakthrough in vision and composition of the Jamaican genre scene.

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Watch Rihanna Cry While Performing ‘Love The Way You Lie’

23 Jun

Rihanna performs during her “Anti World Tour” at Barclays Center on March 27, 2016 in New York City.

Source: BillBoard

The pop superstar was delivering “Love The Way You Lie,” her 2010 hit with Eminem, when she was overcome with emotion.

Rihanna showed a different side to herself when she burst into tears while performing for fans in Ireland.

The pop superstar was delivering “Love The Way You Lie,” her 2010 hit with Eminem, when she was overcome with emotion.

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The crowd at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Tuesday (June 21) roared for the weeping singer, who carried on and didn’t miss a note. RiRi’s Anti World Tour makes its next stop this Friday (June 24) at London’s Wembley Stadium.

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