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Posted by:Jan 31st 2009, 05:11:28 pm
Fig Tree News TeamCongratulations, Quinth Saunders of Pink Sands Club, on your well-deserved nomination!

The wait is over

By SHAVAUGHN MOSS,Lifestyles Editor,shavaughn@nasguard.com

In a matter of hours, the finalists in the respective categories for the Cacique Awards will know who will take home the coveted duho award in categories such as Chef of the Year, Employee of the Year, Manager of the Year, Sales Executive of the Year.

Other top awards to be given out are Lifetime Achievement, Handicraft, Creative Arts, Transportation, Human Resources Development, Sustainable Tourism, Sports, Leisure and Events, The Minister's Award and the People's Choice.

The awards ceremony are tonight at 8 p.m. at the Rainforest Theatre, and is dedicated to the memory of the late businessman Norman Solomon, a former Cacique winner.

While finalists are putting the final touches to their hair and make up, to look their best, Russell Miller has already been selected Hotelier of the Year. An honor which he says is prestigious.

"Just to be nominated is an honor, and if one wins it is just icing on the cake."

Hotelier of the Year is selected by past winners of the title. Miller's name was put forward this year, and he was unanimously declared the winner because of his hardwork, dedication and longtime commitment to the industry.

Grand Bahamian John "Billy Joe" Gilbert will also be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award during the ceremony. He is described as a living legend, and the innovator behind the Bahamian grilled conch dish.


FINALISTS

SUPERVISOR OF THE YEAR


Darren King — Westin Our Lucaya

Tenacious, bold and resolved are some of the words that have been used to describe Darren King's service to front desk customers. Although he is a dynamic team player, he also has been credited with veering the Westin at Our Lucaya's front desk operations to another plateau, almost single-handedly.

King began his tenure at Our Lucaya in 2004, after eight years as customer service supervisor at an airline.


Sophie Saunders — Wyndham Nassau Resort

Guests of the Wyndham Nassau Resort frequently refer to Sophie Saunders as caring and full of energy. They have been so affected by her personal care that they often feel compelled to take time to write letters commending her exemplary service. Over the years, scores of letters have been filed on her behalf. The list of writers includes business professionals, hotel executives, vacationers, members of civic organizations, and others. Their submissions outline a powerful history of positive impact on guests of her hotel and visitors to the islands of The Bahamas.


Kevin McKenzie — Atlantis Resort

Kevin McKenzie's excellent work ethic and tireless efforts have been a tremendous benefit to the guests of Atlantis Resort. McKenzie started at the resort in 1998 as a preventative maintenance manager, responsible for 1,201 rooms. He was promoted to chief engineer in 2000 and technical systems manager in 2001.


SALES EXECUTIVE

OF THE YEAR

Margo Cox — Wyndham Nassau Resort

Margo Cox is well-known for her charming personality and professionalism. This is evident in the large number of repeat group bookings that she has every year. About 65 percent of her groups are repeat guests.

Cox has been employed in the tourism sector for 18 years, 15 of those years with Wyndham Nassau Resort. Before working as sales manager, Cox was a front desk agent and assistant front desk manager.


Brent Ingraham — Old Bahama Bay by Ginn Sur Mer

After just two years with Old Bahama Bay, Brent Ingraham has become the face of the property. He is responsible for leading and managing the resort sales and marketing efforts in all aspects of revenue generation. He is constantly interacting with guests of the resort or with potential guests when traveling overseas.


Myron Jones — Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort

Myron Jones is viewed by peers and hotel guests as the consummate sales executive. He accepts all opportunities with enthusiasm and a dedication and commitment to each client. His goal truly is to satisfy.

He has exceeded his goals by almost 40 percent for each quarter of 2008, and is ranked as the number four group sales manager in the Caribbean for the North American Region of Starwood Hotels.


MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Raylene Gardiner — Old Bahama Bay by Ginn Sur Mer

As she performed outstandingly as front office manager, Raylene Gardiner assumed the position of acting rooms division director. She is the glue that keeps the front office, housekeeping, and the laundry operating efficiently and effectively. She also liaises consistently with the engineering department with regard to repairs and maintenance of rooms.

Gardiner is a multi-talented individual, who has also assisted Old Bahama Bay in revenue generation through her contact with Grand Bahama businesses. She is a certified hospitality trainer and a lecturer for Bahamahost.


Janet Rolle Stubbs — Four Seasons Resort at Emerald Bay

Janet Rolle-Stubbs is the 2007 Manager of the Year for the Four Seasons at Emerald Bay. She is a perfect example of service and sacrifice. She goes beyond the call of duty to ensure that every guest and visitor to Exuma has a memorable experience.

Rolle-Stubbs was instrumental in establishing the guest services and concierge departments at Emerald Bay. She is able to motivate staff members to perform outstandingly and demonstrate their concern for guests.


Gina Marie Sweeting-Williams — Comfort Suites

Gina Marie Sweeting-Williams serves as hotel accountant at Comfort Suites, Paradise Island. She has been with the organization for 17 years, and during this time, she has given the highest degree of excellence and commitment. She has also been selected as the property's manager of the year for 2007.

Sweeting-Williams is not a manager who is contained within a "box." She branches out to many areas, and has helped shape the entire front office of Comfort Suites, working closely each day with the switch board, reservations and front desk teams.


EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

Gerard Johnson — Sandals Resort

Gerard Johnson and his warm, friendly smile are strategically placed at Sandals Resort to ensure a pleasant guest experience. As a bellman, Johnson frequently engages guests, and they are always left with an impressive impression of the resort and the country. Johnson is often placed at the airport to meet guests on arrival to the country, and he takes the initiative at times to service and polish trolleys and other equipment for his fellow bellmen. Johnson began his employment with Sandals in May 1998 as a groundsman. In 2002, he was transferred to the bell desk and in 2004, he was made head bellman.


Shamika Rahming — One and Only Ocean Club

Repeat guests, relatives and friends of theirs always ask for Shamika Rahming to be assigned to them as their butler, due to the strong reputation that she has established as being among the finest of butlers. She makes such an impression on guests that some of them end up visiting her home, and she always gets invitations to visit theirs. Rahming is known to be a high performer, energetic, logical, and professional.


Stanley Williams — Pelican Bay

Motivating others is a strong point for Stanley Williams, who goes about his duties as bell captain in a quiet but powerful manner. He always has positive words for his colleagues, and he wrote 26 "Food for Thought" articles that were distributed to them in 2008.

Williams has been employed at Pelican Bay Hotel for 10 years, and won the hotel's employee of the year award four times in his first six years.

Williams also ventures into the community delivering positive messages to the youth of Grand Bahama through his work with the GB Community Builders Club.


CHEF OF THE YEAR

Carolyn Elaine Bowe — Wyndham Nassau Resort

Carolyn Bowe has been employed in the culinary field since 1988, when she was an apprentice cook at Lowes Harbour Cove Hotel. After graduation from the Bahamas Hotel Training College, she worked at Sandals Royal Bahamian Hotel as chef de parte, Holiday Inn Sun Spree as sous chef, Cat Cay Resort as sous chef. She holds the position of head chef at Seaside Restaurant, heading a brigade of 28 staff.

Since 2006, Bowe has been a judge for the annual Young Chef Competition, and has performed demonstrations at the annual Ministry of Tourism and Aviation Careers Day. She is a part time chef instructor at the University of the West Indies.


Seanette Brice — Sandals Resort

Seanette Brice began her career as an apprentice chef at the Ambassador Beach Hotel in 1991. In 1996, she was a chef trainee at the Atlantis Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia.

One of the highlights of her career was at the Marriott, where she worked during the summer Olympic Games. She played a key role in hosting delegates and athletes from around the world. Additionally, she prepared specialty food items, buffet spreads, and many other food items.

In 1997, Brice joined Sandals Royal Bahamian as a chef de parte. She has steadily moved up to executive sous chef, which is a position she has held for two years.


Arvin Humes — Atlantis Resort

Arvin Humes inherited his passion for cooking from his family, whose roots are in Exuma and Rum Cay. They taught him the fundamentals of cooking that have led him to his current position as executive sous chef of Atlantis, a position he has held since 2005.

Humes completed his Bahamas Hotel Training School apprenticeship program in 1996, and his apprenticeship was served at Atlantis Resort. In pursuit of more knowledge and international exposure, he traveled to France and worked at Café De Paris Hotel. After that stint, he returned to Nassau to start his culinary journey through the kitchens of Atlantis. He served as sous chef, then head chef.

He also won many culinary awards — among them, the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation's Culinary Competition in which he won a gold as the Atlantis team leader. Now, as executive sous chef, he oversees all restaurants in Atlantis and Marina Village.


TRANSPORTATION

Captain Lewis Key — Abaco

Captain Lewis A Key has worked tirelessly for four decades to promote The Bahamas. He has worked as a ship's captain between Florida and Abaco. In 1983, he became a charter operator, pilot, and aircraft mechanic based at Marsh Harbour International Airport.

Over the years, he has reached out to many pilots visiting The Bahamas. Often, he has provided parts and supplied labor to repair aircraft to return tourists to their home country. Many times, it has been done without charge. Key operates Zig Zag Airways. He is especially known for carrying out emergency flights, which have saved many lives.


Reuben Rahming — Nassau

Reuben Rahming has been a transforming force in public transportation. He has demonstrated innovation in presenting a cohesive body — the Public Transit Association of The Bahamas (PTAB) to tourists and residents.

Public vehicles operated under PTAB are kept clean and drivers are uniformed and courteous which is a giant step in the right direction in providing safe, reliable and affordable public transportation.

Rahming's far-reaching vision has brought together owners of public service franchises to form one company, which under his management, has continued to show growth over the past three years.


Glender Archer-Knowles — Abaco

Glender Archer-Knowles of The Great Abaco Express is a star in Abaco's tourism. She is knowledgeable and conducts thorough tours that are enjoyed by visitors and Bahamians. Archer-Knowles has left a lasting impression on groups such as the Marsh Harbour Royal Yachting Club, which visits Abaco every year. The group always uses Archer-Knowles' service for a variety of tours.


HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT

Emily Rahming — Andros

Emily Rahming and her husband galvanized South Andros residents and convinced older and younger women to pass on traditional life skills to the younger generation of Bahamians.

With the formation of the South Andros Handicraft and Manufacturers Association (SAHMA), Rahming has arranged and facilitated training opportunities for many persons living in South Andros and Mangrove Cay. She has established stores through which visitors can have an authentic craft experience in Andros. At the stores, they can purchase handmade straw and craft items.


Donald Glass — Grand Bahama

Donald Glass is a veteran in the tourism sector. He has been training and developing individuals in the hospitality business for many years. While his impact has been felt throughout The Bahamas, he has been particularly active in Grand Bahama, where he now serves as vice president of human resources at Old Bahama Bay.


Carolyn Hanna-Major — Nassau

Carolyn Major has passionately worked in the hospitality industry for the past 32 years. She joined the tourism industry in 1972 as personnel manager at Holiday Inn Paradise Island.


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During her tenure, she received the Manager of the Year Award.

Her career continued at the Wyndham Hotels in 1985, where she became the regional director of human resources with responsibilities for labor relations, training and human resources administration for three Wyndham properties in the country.

Following her tenure with Wyndham, Major worked with the arbitration board as an arbitrator for approximately two years before she joined Le Meridian Royal Bahamian, where she worked for four years. In 1996, she joined the Sandals Royal Bahamian family in the capacity of director of human resources and training with responsibility for looking after the best interest of 720 team members.

SPORTS, LEISURE AND EVENTS

M. Ambrose Gouthro — Grand Bahama

Ambrose Gouthro has been a goodwill ambassador for golf in The Bahamas for many years. He has also been instrumental in the development of golf as a vehicle to support tourism destinations throughout The Bahamas and the Caribbean. Specifically, he has helped to develop tourism as a member of the board of directors of the Bahamas Golf Federation (BGF) and the Caribbean Golf Association (CGA).

Recently, Gouthro traveled to Ireland as one of only three international marshals for the Ryder Cup. While there, he treated his professional golf colleagues to a taste of The Bahamas. With large quantities of Bahamian cuisine and gifts, he hosted a Bahamian party that will long be remembered by his fellow marshals and guests at the event.


Raphael Cartwright — Long Island

With a deep love for his island, Raphael Cartwright and others came together to form the Long Island Association and raised money for the improvement of their hometown.

Cartwright has been actively involved in the annual Long Island Regatta for 42 years. In 1987, he was appointed vice president of the association, and he worked closely with the president to ensure that the fair grounds were prepared and boats were ready to sail on time.

In 2003, Mr. Cartwright was awarded the Member of the British Empire (MBE) for his untiring service to his country.


Tommy Sewell — Bimini

Tommy Sewell has exemplified true Bahamian hospitality to visitors of Bimini. As a certified bonefish and fishing guide, he has hosted hundreds of return guests and customers. He goes above and beyond in ensuring that his clients are satisfied with their Bimini experience.

Sewell is often called upon to donate his skills and time, and has donated fishing charters to charitable events and organizations.

As a premier sports fisherman, Sewell was selected to compete for Bimini in 1999 at the National Bonefishing Championships. He also traveled with the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation in 2006 to Atlanta to give bonefishing lessons at a boat show and bait and tackle shops. He has also been the bonefishing host for press trips to Bimini.

CREATIVE ARTS

Sonovia Pierre — Nassau

Sonovia Pierre has sung in 10 languages and performed in concert halls around the world. She is a public high school teacher with a magnificent voice and a drive to make music a larger part of the Bahamian experience. She has represented The Bahamas at CARIFESTA and at other events all around the world. She was named the 2006/2007 recipient of the coveted Harry Moore Memorial Scholarship in the Arts from the Lyford Cay Foundation.

In addition to teaching, performing, and touring with the National Youth Choir, she directs a professional choir of up to 50 members. She recently received her master's degree in music education from Vandercook College, Chicago. She plans to study for her doctorate.

Pierre is a past winner of the Hal Jackson's Bahamas Talented Teen Scholarship Pageant and is its coordinator and director. She has sung background vocals for Bebe Winans, Lenny Kravitz, Destra, Machel Montano and others. She has also performed on the same stage as Patti Labelle, Chaka Khan, and Billy Preston.


Steve Dodge — Abaco

Steve Dodge is the editor of "The Cruising Guide", a publication that features articles, maps, and information about Abaco, from Walker's Cay to Hole in the Wall. "The Cruising Guide", which has been in existence for 19 years, is informative and has promoted Abaco throughout The Bahamas and South Florida.

Dodge is also the author of several Bahamian history books. He used his academic background to write a comprehensive history of Abaco. His research took him to the archives in Nassau and England, digging out information from early commissioner's reports and other historical data.

The historical data and boating guides published by Dodge have been a dependable draw for visitors to The Bahamas. In particular, "The Cruising Guide" has been used as an effective sales tool at boat shows to lure potential boaters to Abaco.


Clayton Curtis — Grand Bahama

In 1980, Clayton Curtis founded the Grand Bahama Chorale, and the group immediately began contributing to Bahamian culture and tourism promotions. Its many performances have included Goombay Summer, concerts for cruise ship passengers, and renditions at Independence celebrations.

Overseas, the chorale has promoted Bahamian culture at the United Nations and in cities along the eastern seaboard of the United States. In Ft. Lauderdale, the chorale was presented with the key to the city.

Curtis has also volunteered his time for many years to making arrangements and coordinating activities for visiting military vessels calling at Freeport. Through his efforts, many military personnel have returned with their families for visits to The Bahamas.

HANDICRAFT

Kim Roberts — Abaco

Born and raised in Nassau, Kim Roberts attended St. Andrew's School from kindergarten until 12th grade. Her creativity has been flowing since childhood. Guided by her mother, a master seamstress, Roberts began making doll clothes, then adult clothing and complicated quilt designs. In 1988, she placed in the CAC Logo Competition.

Roberts studied Studio Art and Psychology at Palm Beach Atlantic College. She has found inspiration in Bahamian sea life and the flora and fauna of the warm tropical climate, which is still her inspiration today. She has taught at Forest Heights Academy and many art and quilting classes in Abaco. After teaching for several years and not having time to produce her own artwork, she established her own company — Bahama Dawn Designs.

Roberts has participated in art shows in Abaco and Nassau, including her own solo show, "A Touch of The Bahamas." Her art quilts are a collage of hand-dyed fabrics, thread, and other textured materials. The art quilt designs are also produced with a variety of media, including framed silk paintings, quilted silk pillows, ceramics, glass, mosaic, and wood.


Eloise Smith — Nassau

The name Eloise Smith is synonymous with straw work. She is a veteran commanding the highest respect in the straw industry, and has worked with straw for decades, and passed on her knowledge of straw craft to other Bahamians.

Smith has taught formal straw craft classes and workshops, including classes for the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation and the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC). The classes give instruction in selecting, cutting, drying, and stripping straw. She has traveled extensively throughout the Americas, representing The Bahamas in the production of handicraft.


Elsie Knowles — Long Island

Elsie Knowles was the first straw instructor at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute. She was also an instructor at Her Majesty's Prison.

For 56 years, Knowles has given herself to the development of straw craft, and she continues to produce a variety of quality products for persons from all walks of life. With 215 straw plait patterns in her repertoire, her creations are widely used as patterns for other straw workers.

She represented The Bahamas in Washington, D.C. in 1994 at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and in Miami in 2003 at the Miami Herald World Travel Exposition. She continues to share her knowledge in order to aid in the development of quality products for the tourism industry.


SUSTAINABLE TOURISM


Kingsley Holbert — Exuma

Kingsley Holbert is an Exuma native who has sculpted the landscape of Palm Bay Beach Club, paying special attention to detail. He is also extremely environmentally friendly.

Holbert has been an important part of the development of Palm Bay Beach Club and he treats it as his own home away from home.

As the director of engineering and development, Holbert uses plants and flowers that are best for the environment. His attention to the workplace also carries over to the guests as he is known to accompany them off property to various social events, homecomings, the fish fry and Junkanoo. He believes that charity begins at home and ends abroad.


Eleonore Munnings — Grand Bahama

Eleonore "Leo" Munnings offers a unique horseback riding excursion on Grand Bahama. As the sole proprietor of Trikk Pony, Munnings has kept very high service standards, resulting in many return visitors to Grand Bahama year after year.

In 2002, with just two horses, Munnings started Trikk Pony Stables as a way to introduce the local community to horses and horsemanship through riding lessons. In 2003, Trikk Pony Adventures was created to offer an eco-friendly beach ride for visitors. At present, Trikk Pony Stables/Adventures has nine horses and 17 students.


Bimini Sands Recreation and Activity Center — Bimini

The Bimini Sands Recreation and Activity Center has developed the first comprehensive eco-tourism program on Bimini. They offer activities on the island and on the water, including shark encounters, snorkel trips, kayak expeditions, pontoon tours, nature trail hikes, and a kids club for children.

With the creation of the Bimini Nature Trail, Bimini Sands offers a wealth of opportunities that are new to Bimini. A large area of native forest has been developed into an exciting recreational and educational attraction for the island. In the first season of being open, the Bimini Nature Trail has accommodated hundreds of tourists as well as students from Bimini and Grand Bahama.

MINISTER'S AWARD FOR HOSPITALITY

Sam Williams — Nassau

Sam Williams is a former physical education teacher turned taxi driver. He has been involved in the development of tourism for more than 25 years. He has also been active in the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation's People to People program.

As president of the Bahamas Loving Care Association (BLCA), he has taken a personal interest in the promotion of The Bahamas as a tourism region. Through the BLCA, Williams has worked extensively with very special visitors who have come through the Make a Wish Foundation. His efforts with the foundation have allowed him to help fulfill the dreams of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Williams was a finalist in the First Caribbean Unsung Heroes program.


Quinth Saunders — Harbour Island

Quinth Saunders is a proud resident of Harbour Island. He was raised by his parents to greet every visitor with a smile and to "know his streets" to be able to give proper directions to guests. In 1977, he took his first job at the Ramora Bay Club. He had no experience in the dining room, but his pleasant personality and well-dressed appearance landed him in the position of head waiter.

Saunders became front desk clerk, then front office manager, and was known to take guests fishing, shopping, and to church on Sundays. In 1993, he was made general manager.

In 1998, Saunders took up the position of front desk/reservations manager at Pink Sands Hotel, the hotel known for attracting superstars.


Peggy Thompson — Abaco

Along with her husband, Chris, Peggy Thompson began Hope Town Hideaways in Hope Town, Abaco. The business is a home rental agency that offers 80 homes for rent and has a real estate office for guests who are considering taking up permanent residence.

Clients of Hope Town Hideaways get superb service from Thompson. She takes time with each one to give them special attention. She even promotes The Bahamas when traveling for vacation. Skiing is a favorite vacation activity for her family. On ski trips, Thompson arranges for her group to wear Team Bahamas shirts and hats to bring recognition to the country.


PEOPLE'S CHOICE MUSIC AWARD

Gospel

Mount Tabor Praise Team — Lord I'm Amazed

The Mount Tabor Full Gospel Baptist Church experience causes one to walk away with lifted hearts due to the pulsating and transforming moments of praise and worship which plays an intricate role at Mt. Tabor, where praise and worship are actually pillars of the ministry.

Under the leadership and mentorship of senior pastor, Bishop Neil C. Ellis, the Mount Tabor Praise and Worship Ministry's first album is making waves in the Gospel Music Industry. Their debut album "Wave of Glory" was released in December 2007. After four weeks of its release in the United States, the impact of the album soared to number 10 on the International Gospel Billboard charts. The album was also nominated for six Marlin Awards.

Mount Tabor Praise and Worship Ministry is made up of 20 singers, many of whom wrote and produced songs on their recent project. The team is directed by Minister Nadene Moss and assisted by Minister Keith Jones and Nehemiah Hield.


Charles Drake and CMA Ensemble — Old School Medley

Christian Music Association (CMA) was formed in November 2005 by Minister Charles Drake, who has been in the music industry for most of his life. Its objective is the development and promotion of quality Christian music with a distinct Bahamian style. In 2008, the group was rebranded as Minister Charles Drake and the CMA Ensemble. Already, it has produced several recordings of Bahamian Junkanoo music.

CMA recordings include the 2007 release of The Sound of the Saints and the 2008 release of Bak N DA Ole Dayz. Recently, the group has been nominated in three categories of the Marlin Music Awards in recognition of its unique urban Bahamian sounds.

CMA has performed at various churches, festivals, and concerts throughout The Bahamas and the USA, including the 2007 Junkanoo Summer Festival, the 2008 Marlin Nomination Concert and the 2008 Independence Gospel Concert. Its mega album release concert was held April 27, 2008 at the Church of God Auditorium.


Bishop J. Rodney Roberts & The Apostolic Mass Choir — My Soul has Found Rest

The Apostolic Mass Choir was formed out of obedience to the Holy Ghost who called the choir "A City of Music," and due to a strong passion for gospel music by Bishop J. Rodney Roberts.

Roberts had a vision for many years to have a 100-voice choir in addition to releasing a gospel CD. In November 2003, Circle Of Deliverance End Time Apostolic International Association formed its Apostolic Mass Choir under the direction of Brother John Gibson and included choir members from the churches within the association. Though only in existence for a short number of years, the choir reached a milestone when it was invited to minister at the 36th Annual World Congress of the AWCF in Evansville, Indiana where choir members made a lasting impression.

The choir returned to Evansville in 2008, where they wowed the apostolic congregation from around the word with the sounds of the goat skin drum, cow bells, flavor, passion and rhythm that only a Bahamian could bring. The choir has been invited back to the gathering this year for a repeat performance. The single "My Soul Has Found Rest" was written by Roberts.


SECULAR


KB and The Sting — Boy You Don't Know Me Eh

Kirkland "KB" Bodie started out as the lead vocalist/front man for the Ego Tripp Band, which at the time was a Rock/Alternative band, mixing rock 'n' roll and R&B with their native Bahamian rhythms. Their first recording was a song entitled "Party", which won an award and a single song recording deal, and launched KB's career. KB writes, arranges, and produces his own material.

He also has a production company called Quickdraw Productions, and works on demos, commercials and producing albums for himself and other recording artists. He has written and recorded one of the largest selling albums in The Bahamas.

KB has opened up for such international acts as, Arrested Development, Big Daddy Kane, Karyn White, Christopher Williams, Michel'le, Rob Base, Gregory Issacs, 2DExtreme, Buju Banton, Troop, Arrow, Shaggy Barrington Levy, Shinehead, Third World and many others. KB and The Sting have become known for launching popular hits annually.


XTRA! — The Best of My Love

This high energy and extremely talented group of young Bahamian musicians continues to strike harmonious chords with their listening audience and distinguish themselves as one of the best recording and performing bands in the Bahamas today. This talented ensemble of musicians and entertainers is led and managed by Leslie Munroe and Cornelius (Elkin) Johnson.

The group was first formed in 2002 and is complete with nine members: Erica Lightbourn (vocals), Raju Saunders (vocals), Gianna Sturrup (vocals) Anshena Johnson (vocals), Elkin Johnson (bass), Nathaniel Adams (keyboards), Marvin Smith (drums), Amaeleo Carey (guitar) and Leslie Munroe (keyboards).

The band has successfully produced and released such hits as "Drop Down", "Private Dancer", "Blame It On Rake 'n' Scrape" and "Best of My Love" (written by T-Connection). The latest album — "Xtra Hot!" was released in 2007 and features a lively modern and progressive Bahamian sound embedding the rich cultural overtones of the Islands.


Kenneth Cecil (KC) Wallace Whitfield — Phone Card

Kenneth Cecil Wallace Whitfield, 17, is known to many as simply "KC". He graduated from Queen's College in June of 2008, where he was a spirited member of the debating society and president of the student council. He is currently enrolled at the College of The Bahamas.

KC has always had a keen interest in Bahamian music, and in February of 2008 began production on his first single under the guidance of T'rez Hepburn. He plans to attend university in the United States in the fall of 2009, and plans to continue writing and recording music.

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