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CPL Action Starts On August 28th, Open to Vaccinated Fans Only. Republic Bank Supports for a 7th Year.

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Let’s talk Cricket! It’s always a vibe in the Caribbean and for the first time in the Twenty20 tournament’s history, Caribbean Premier League games will be held exclusively in St. Kitts from August 26th to September 15th. What’s certainly even more different this year, is the fact that the games will only be open to members of the public who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Republic Bank has partnered with the (CPL) for the seventh year in a row to enhance cricket fans’ experience both at home and at the matches, according to a statement issued. Noting that both CPL and RBL each have loyal fanbases within the Caribbean community, RBL, in its statement explained that this year, cricket fans will have the opportunity to see ‘Beyond the Boundary’ as part of an exclusive social media video series with players and coaches to be streamed on the Bank’s Facebook page.

In addition to partnering on local community activations in St Kitts, Republic Bank will hype up fans across its network with games and a takeover section at some branch locations across the region.

It’s been 9 years of CPL action in the caribbean region and undoubtedly, the game has united the islands through sport and entertainment while showcasing the Caribbean’s mixed culture around the world. Republic Bank says the vision of uniting the region through culture, communities and socio-economics, is a vision they hold fast to.

“Being the leading regional bank, we view ourselves as an all-rounder; we are committed to creating deeper regional integration through cricket, to drive sporting unity with courage, passion and love. Our partnership will see a new venture and a new format of cricket participation. We believe that investing in the grassroots is what will keep our region formidable in the global game.”

“By supporting the CPL, as well as supporting the grassroots development of the girls’ game, Republic Bank will be able to create new opportunities with cricket. This year we will again witness the Republic Bank FanStand where the fans can be heard and share their feelings, insights and knowledge about the game – both at the oval in St Kitts and through the Spirit of Caribbean website at www.spiritofcaribbeancricket.com.

“When two homegrown brands like CPL and Republic Bank join forces, it gives us the opportunity to bring fans of both brands unique experiences during cricket games and throughout our network. We’re excited to bring cricket fans some new things to cheer about and celebrate our community together in a way only we can. Cricket is our culture and we are in this together. Let us all share in the Spirit of Caribbean Cricket.”

| President and CEO, Nigel Baptiste.

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Voice Breaks into Tears On Stage in NYC. “God Told Me to Go Fulfill My Purpose.”

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His journey can only be described in one word- predestined. The swift elevation from mere San Juan youth to internationally recognized Soca star is one that on Thursday night proved emotionally overwhelming for Trinidad and Tobago’s Aaron ‘Voice’ St. Louis. “I cried because I was overwhelmed. I cried because I couldn’t understand,” he wrote beneath a video posted to his social media platforms, highlighting the emotions felt and openly shown in New York on Thursday night.

Three time Soca Monarch champion, Voice.

Voice hit the United States by storm in August, having announced a full tour that included shows in Washington, Houston, Atlanta and Miami. The tour was named after his Instagram live nighttime feature, “Vibes with Voicey,” which brought fans from around the world into a close knit circle of friendships he’d built with fellow entertainment practitioners, Akeem 5.0, Major Penny, Salty, Travis World and DJ Elon. The feature would see thousands log in, sometimes into the wee hours of the morning, to vibes with Voicey and his friends! It was sheer authenticity and it proved genius! The concept would soon morph into a multi-state tour in the United States where, despite continued COVID19 vaccine hesitancy by many, even within the Caribbean community, Soca artistes had gotten the green light to entertain fans at events across the US. Caribbean fetes were happening everywhere and on August 8th, Voice waded into the pre-Miami carnival energy, delivering his first installment of the tour at Arts Park in Florida.

Over the next few weeks, leading up to the final installment on September 2nd in New York, Voice brought fellow Soca artistes, Bunji Garlin, Fay Ann Lyons, Alison Hinds, Problem Child, Lyrikal, Sekon Sta, Grenada’s Lil Natty and Thunda, Nailah Blackman, College Boi Jesse, Motto, and in New York, Kees and Nadia Batson among others, to deliver to fans of soca who simply lapped up every bit of the thrill they could, before Summer ends and the cold front returns.

Voice with Bunji Garlin

The young, triple Soca Monarch champion, thankful and dripping with gratitude not only to his parents but also to his dedicated team of friends and the entertainment professionals who supported him, ended the tour in tears on stage on Thursday night. “But then it hit me, God gives the hardest battles to His strongest soldiers. I’ve claimed success…I’ve claimed growth…and even when the journey was rough and I was at my lowest, God picked me up told me to go fulfill my purpose. He reminded me of the endless nights I worked for what I have now. He told me my time is now, and I listened,” the ‘Peace of Mind’ singer wrote. He said God had chosen him to deliver the music that would uplift the people, and as such, no one would deter him.

The singer went on to thank his parents, saying, “I owe everything to my mom and my dad. Not just my growth in my career but even my inner peace and happiness. I am who I am because of their intervention, guidance and love. God has truly blessed me with a support system like no other.”

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Gourmet Dining, Golf, Fetes and More! Mele is on! Soca Lovers Heading to Cancun.

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The inaugural sail of Melé Cruise, a collaboration between Carnival Mas Band TRIBE and Soca King Machel Montano, has been postponed and in its place, Carnival lovers can now look forward to a getaway on land at the Moon Palace, Cancun. The new Melé venue is an all-inclusive resort in Mexico offering signature amenities, luxurious accommodations, 24-hour room service, gourmet dining, and top-shelf drinks among numerous other attractions. Melé’s vacation getaway takes place in 8 months – from April 28 to May 2nd, 2022.

According to Montano, though the cruise industry is taking the necessary steps to navigate a way forward for the future, cruising “will be ready for all the melé we intend to cause on the high seas at a later time”. So after months of consideration, the Melé team made the decision to move “from ship to shore,” with Moon Palace Resort, Cancun, as their home for 5 days and 4 nights. 

Loyal Cruisers who signed up for Melé Cruise, Carnival at Sea, will be given the opportunity to sign up for Melé Destinations first, beginning Friday August 27th. After that, once spots remain, the public will be invited to reserve their stay from September 15th. The vacation getaway features fetes, day and night, unlimited premium drinks from multiple bars stocked with top-shelf spirits, meals at 16 top-tier restaurants offering the finest international cuisine, luxurious rooms, pristine beaches and live performances, daily. Patrons can even enjoy a round of golf in between their feting, or perhaps a massage at a world-class spa. 


In a video announcing the move from sea to land, Montano made it clear that “fun will never take precedence over safety” and Melé Destinations is the team’s way of keeping its promise to Cruisers and and anyone in need of a holiday something to look forward to in 2022; the “getaway we all deserve”. 

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