Caribbean Entertainment News Roundup

Bagdley Mischka which presented the Ready to Wear Spring/Summer 2020 fashion show during New York Fashion Week on September 11, 2019 in New York City, says it is supporting the victims of Hurricane Dorian. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
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By NAN ET Editor

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Friday, Sept. 13, 2019: Here are the top headlines making news on the Caribbean entertainment scene for this week:

Song For The Bahamas

Iconic alternative rock band R.E.M. has shared previously unreleased song “Fascinating” to benefit global organization Mercy Corps’ Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery efforts in the Bahamas. Band members Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe recorded “Fascinating” in 2004 at Nassau’s Compass Point Studios. It is now available for download for the first time via:

Fans can stream the song for free on Bandcamp and download it for a minimum donation of $2 or an amount of their choosing. Proceeds will go directly to Mercy Corps’ emergency response and recovery efforts in the Bahamas.

R.E.M. rerecorded the track in Nassau for 2004’s Around the Sun (co-produced by Pat McCarthy and R.E.M, and engineered by Jamie Candiloro), but the lush ballad ultimately didn’t jibe with that spare, atmospheric album. Now this poignant outtake finally finds its fitting moment, as a means to aid the country where R.E.M. enjoyed over two months of creative retreat.

This Top Design Label Is Supporting The Victims Of Hurricane Dorian

Top design label Badgley Mischka says it is supporting the victims of Hurricane Dorian this New York Fashion Week.

The US fashion and lifestyle label debuted its Spring 2020 collection in New York Wednesday and will donate 10 percent of the proceeds of all sales made on the day of the show to the Red Cross in order to support the people impacted by the natural disaster.

“Considering the tragic devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian, while the newest collection celebrates sunshine, white sandy beaches, and breezy afternoons set against turquoise water and the chic refinement that is associated with the top-rated resorts in the Caribbean region, 10% of all sales on the day of the runway show will be donated to the Red Cross to help those most affected,” read a statement from the brand.

The collection channels the elegance of the Caribbean, which has always been a hotspot for some of the biggest celebrities in the world.

Rihanna Throws Support To World Central Kitchen

Caribbean star Rihanna says her Clara Lionel Foundation will be supporting the work of Chef Jose Andres and the World Central Kitchen in the Bahamas. In a tweet, the Barbados-born entertainer and entrepreneur stated it committed grants to WCC’s Hurricane Dorian effort, which says it has so far fed  over100,000 people in the affected areas.

Lenny Kravitz Launches T-Shirt For Bahamas Hurricane Relief

Rocker Lenny Kravitz, whose roots run to the Bahamas through his mother, is ramping up his efforts to help the islands devasted by Hurricane Dorian. Kravitz is selling a ‘Love Bahamas’ $30 T-Shirt in his online store to “help restore The Bahamas. All proceeds from the sale of the shirt will support relief efforts. Pre-order here.

Trinidadian Model Stages Runway Show

Trinidadian owner of Dem Vintage, Michelene Auguste this week staged a sidewalk runway show that featured a number of Trinidadian designers. They included Claudia Pegus and Anya Ayoung-Chee  as well as Coco Vintage Jewelry.

Now You Can Shop Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty On Amazon

Savage x Fenty, the lingerie line by Bajan star Rihanna, can now be purchased on Amazon. The retail giant announced the news this week via Instagram. You can shop best-sellers like the Reg Push Up Bra, Microfiber High Waist Briefs and Women’s Bodysuit as well as Savage x Fenty underwear to loungewear. Amazon Fashion also announced that Rihanna’s upcoming Savage x Fenty New York fashion week show will be streamed on Amazon Prime Video on September 20th. The star-studded show will feature performances by Halsey, Migos, Big Sean, and DJ Khaled, as well as special appearances by Carla Delevingne, Gigi and Bella Hadid, and Normani.

Billboard Reggae Charts

Stick Figure, an American reggae and dub band founded in 2006 and based in Northern California, this week claimed the number one spot on the Billboard Reggae Charts with ‘World On Fire.’ The group made their debut at the top of the charts with the album, copping the coveted spot after the highly anticipated full-length studio reggae album was dropped two weeks ago.

World On Fire was written, produced and recorded by Scott Woodruff, a self-taught musician.