“The Ministry of Tourism, St. Kitts and St. Kitts Tourism Authority are pleased to collaborate with TEMPO and CTO to launch CARIBBEAN ROCKS NYC.” Said Hon. Lindsay F.P. Grant, Minister of Tourism, International Trade Industry and Commerce. “I am pleased one of our very own local artists will be joining other Caribbean artists on stage to celebrate music, the heartbeat of our people’s festivals, carnivals and everyday life,” said Minister Grant in response to the TEMPO Networks official Announcement of the amazing Line-Up amazing line-up of entertainment and talent for Caribbean Rocks NYC – TEMPO Turns 10 Anniversary Celebration. The line-up is designed to honor the legacy of Caribbean music as a dominant cultural force worldwide and its importance in defining the Caribbean tourism product. The exciting array of talent includes the next generation of powerful Caribbean artists, music and entertainment, selected both to stimulate and energize the Caribbean diaspora and general market and cement the relationship between Caribbean entertainment and tourism.
Although Minister Grant has yet to announce who the St.Kitts Artiste will be there is already much speculation with top St.Kitts artistes like Dejour, Infamus, Mr Bagnall, Sugar BAND Featuring Mr. Mention and Nicha B being tossed around as acts that would represent the island well on the TEMPO Turns Ten stage.
Caribbean Rocks NYC – TEMPO Turns 10, a combination of destination and talent showcase and awards ceremony, will be staged on Sunday, June 5th at the legendary B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill in Times Square NY and will be the crowning event in the annual week of activities comprising Caribbean Week NY 2016. The event is presented by TEMPO Networks, in partnership with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (“CTO”), and sponsored by the beautiful Islands of the Bahamas, who take center stage as Platinum sponsor. Joining the Islands of the Bahamas are the islands of Barbados (Gold), Turks and Caicos (Silver) and St. Kitts (Bronze).
“We are extremely excited about the array of talent that will be performing on the Caribbean Rocks NYC – TEMPO Turns 10 stage. It reminds me once again of the great talent that was featured at TEMPO’s memorable launch event ten years ago at the South Street Seaport, which included soca great Machel Montano, Grammy Award winner Wyclef Jean and notably Rihanna Fenty (“Rihanna”), hailing from the island of Barbados, who in the ten years since has become arguably the leading international pop-star,” said Frederick A. Morton, Jr., Founder Chairman & CEO of TEMPO Networks. “It is going to be a fabulous and sophisticated night of Caribbean entertainment, spotlighting the depth of talent that springs forth from our beautiful destinations, and worthy of ten years of amazing work in unifying and promoting the region through music, entertainment, tourism and culture,” said Morton.
The Caribbean Rocks NYC – TEMPO Turns 10 talent line-up includes Romain Virgo, R. City (“Rock City”), Cecile, Loyal Flames, Ziggy Ranking, Isaac Blackman, RKG, soca stars Kerwin Dubois and Shurwayne Winchester and talk of the industry, super-star rising artist, dubbed the “next Rihanna,” the beautiful and multi-talented, ARITA. The event will also feature a very special performance by Caribbean music royalty, The Mighty Sparrow. The Islands of the Bahamas will be presenting a special showcase of their extraordinary talent and music, including Puzzle, FanShawn Taylor, DMAC and Stilleet , as well as Bahamas’ own energetic musical genres Junkanoo and Rake n’ Scrape.
Music and talent from sponsor islands Barbados, Turks and Caicos and St. Kitts will also be featured. “I am pleased TEMPO is celebrating its 10th Anniversary on June 5th in NYC where it all started.
Prepare also to laugh, as the event is hosted and features the “next” generation of Caribbean comedy and social media entertainment. Super hilarious comedian and entertainer Jamaica’s Quite Perry will make a special guest appearance, and Trinidad’s own superstar comedian, the very popular Rodell “Rodey” Cumberbatch will share hosting duties.
TEMPO’s commitment to exploring the inextricable link between Caribbean entertainment and tourism, a core element of TEMPO’s mission, will be made apparent at this exciting anniversary event. In anticipation of this grand celebration, it is with great excitement that TEMPO’s destination partners and the event’s sponsors invite everyone out to Caribbean Rocks NYC – TEMPO Turns 10. “Entertainment has long been a key pillar in the tourism sector and Barbados has proudly given the world several top entertainers, who have in turn given back to the tourism industry. We are therefore extremely excited to support our entertainers and rising stars, especially, who will showcase how we rock it out in Barbados for visitors and locals alike!” stated William “Billy” Griffith CEO, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind historical event.
Caribbean Rocks NYC – TEMPO Turns 10 is also sponsored by the Bahamas Telecommunications Company, Caribbean Airlines and American Airlines.