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August 3rd, 2017
UPDATE - Freeman makes clean sweep to take 2017 Calypso Crown

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – One of his calypsos, ‘Respect the Doctor’ was one that created a stir throughout the Virgin Islands (VI) as it hit social media and the airways. Despite many speculated that he was at least the voice behind the lyrics, Eustace "Boss" Freeman never claimed ownership of the Calypso until last night August 2, 2017 as Contestant Number Three at the Festival Calypso Monarch held at the Neil "Mr Melee" Blyden Festiville.

June 9th, 2017
Crime ‘is really out of hand’ in the VI- Raul R. Sprauve

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Local musicians and members of the community have joined the fight against crime in the territory by organising a ‘Stop the Crime’ peace concert.

May 24th, 2016
Local artists face uphill battle– Eustace 'Boss' Freeman

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The GRATE BVI Music Alliance participated in an Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) workshop on Intellectual Property Rights and Copyright in the entertainment industry even as the Virgin Islands continues to lag behind some of its Caribbean counterparts when it comes to protection of the work of artists and ensuring that their work is properly compensated.

August 25th, 2015
Luciano featured ‘Alliance Anthem’ to be released today

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – For the leaders and members of the GRATE BVI Music Alliance, today August 25, 2015 is marked as a significant day in the history of the group as they release the first musical product which comes as a beat that sees an international artiste, Luciano, doing more than just taking monies to perform for one night on stage and leave the territory.

July 29th, 2015
UPDATE: Showtime Band boycotts Road March 2015

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Virgin Islands News Online had reported on July 23, 2015 that eight-time VI Road March champions Showtime Band was uncertain for this year’s Road March and can now confirm that the popular band will not feature in this year’s competition.

July 28th, 2015
Tino regains Groovy Soca Monarch

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After winning the first ever Groovy Soca Monarch in 2013, Martino ‘Tino’ Marks lost the title in 2014 but rebounded this year to reclaim his title with the song Ah Begging on Sunday July 26, 2015.

April 27th, 2015
Local bands slam NDP Gov’t on USVI travel restriction

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A number of musicians from the Virgin Islands are frustrated and embarrassed that the US Virgin Islands border patrol continues to restrict them from travelling to perform in that territory for gain and that the National Democratic Party government seems to be dragging their foot on the issue.

December 30th, 2014
‘We are keeping money in the country’ – Paul ‘Gadiethz’ Peart

WICKHAM’S CAY II, Tortola, VI – It is not a matter of ‘who it hurt it hurt’ but rather adjusting to changes for the betterment of the masses of entertainers and residents of the Virgin Islands (VI) that GRATE BVI Music Alliance is moving full pace ahead with the New Year’s Eve activities.

November 20th, 2014
Luciano to headline music alliance year-end promotions

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The GRATE BVI Music Alliance is making leaps and bounds with their valiant efforts as an independent body to uplift the status of local artists and part of this process will see Jamaican culture reggae artist Luciano performing at three events being staged here in the Virgin Islands (VI).

October 3rd, 2014
‘We can do it on our own!’ – GRATE BVI Music Alliance

PURCELL, Tortola, VI – While they stand up to the challenges of injustices, unfair treatment and blatant disrespect of local artists members of the GRATE BVI Music Alliance said that they are not prepared to sit on their laurels and wait for government handouts as their main income generating activities.





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