Collie Buddz To Perform In ST. Maarten For The First Time

January 26, 2017
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SIMPSON BAY–The line-up for the 2017 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is steadily being filled with top musical acts. Saturday, March 4, will feature top reggae sensation Collie Buddz as the final performance of the evening on Kim Sha Beach in Simpson Bay.

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This will be the first time Buddz has performed for the Regatta and organisers are certain he will fit in well with the list of artistes scheduled to perform.

He began his musical career at an early age while growing up in the Bahamas where he was inspired by the sounds of the reggae and dancehall music of his island home. His rise to musical stardom began surprisingly in the UK and Europe with his hit single “Come Around” which topped the charts before it made its way to Jamaica. Since breaking onto the scene Buddz has collaborated with the likes of Snoop Dogg and Beyoncé to bring his smooth sounds and upbeat rhythms to the masses.

Regatta Coordinator Nila Hoogenboezem said: “We are delighted with the artistes scheduled for the Regatta weekend. We try to offer the Regatta fans a mix of performances to satisfy everyone’s musical tastes and adding Collie Buddz to the line-up has added a nice mix of reggae to an already exciting schedule.

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“Collie Buddz is slated to perform after the Antiguan sensation Asher Otto takes the stage. Both artistes will bring a great Caribbean mix to the party schedule and with the added surprises planned we are sure that the audience will walk away from the show fully satisfied.”

VIP tickets for the Saturday evening concert can be purchased in advance. For more information or to buy tickets, e-mail .


No party in Marigot this year for The 2015 Heineken Regatta

January 22, 2015
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MARIGOT–Heineken Regatta Director Michele Korteweg confirmed Wednesday that there will not be a regatta party in Marigot this year, partly because the Collectivité is not able to meet the regatta budget increase required to hold the event and partly for logistical reasons. The traditional Saturday night party will instead be held on Kim Sha Beach.

However, she stressed that the door was not closed to the French side, as the regatta intends to look at different ways to include and promote the French side.

“Logistically it’s a lot easier to be located in one central location, so all starts and finishes will be in Simpson Bay,” she explained. “We got feedback also that moving boats around was not very easy, and if you don’t then you have to rely on taxis and accommodation for the crew, which was difficult, so that was something else we listened to.

“Secondly, for several years now we have handed in proposals to the Collectivité explaining that the costs are significantly higher than the amount they sponsor. The Collectivité paid in the past, but now it has been taken over by the St. Martin Tourism Office since 2011. We’ve explained we can’t continue in this fashion unless they increase their budget because we end up partly financing the party in Marigot.”

Korteweg said the Collectivité’s budget had been approved in December 2014 but she had been told the Collectivité could not help.

“What with everything that happened with budget costs last year there’s no way we can put in any extra money to finance the party on the French side. They did put us in the budget, but only for a certain amount and not the amount we requested to hold the party. And the late feedback didn’t help as we prepared as if we weren’t going. They did say what they could manage, but our plans were already made,” she said.

She said the Tourism Office had offered 30,000 euros, but the request had been for a little more than double that amount.

“It’s sad that we had to make that decision to cancel, but if we had done it and taken the risk without being able to afford it then you don’t have an event anymore. We have to make all sorts of adjustments to the event in order to remain the biggest and best and not blow up financially. We took a big hit in the budget on the Dutch side two months before the event last year, which was very dangerous and we just survived. It’s not getting any easier. We have to cut out all financial risks and this was one of them,” she said.

She said the cancellation in no way would detract from the overall high quality of the regatta. While small businesses accustomed to having stands at the Marigot party will be disappointed, she said they could approach the organisers for the possibility of renting booths on the Dutch side during the regatta. – The Daily Herald


Heineken Regatta reveals headliners

December 9, 2014
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PHILIPSBURG–Kool and the Gang and Tessanne Chin will be headlining the weekend-long party during the 35th Heineken Regatta, March 6-8.

The headliners were announced Monday, on the same day organisers held an opening party for sponsors at the cruise terminal.

“The roster for this anniversary edition is filling up quickly and organisers are excited to announce that this internationally-known band, which has been performing continually for 35 years, will grace the Regatta stage on Sunday, March 8, 2015,” said the organisers.

Grammy-winning artistes Kool and the Gang are best known for their hits, such as “Celebration,” “Get down on it” and “I want to take you higher.” The song “Celebration,” like the Heineken Regatta, is 35 years old.

Jamaica-born Tessanne Chin, who won The Voice of America 2013, will be performing on Saturday, March 7. She also performed at the event in 2012, together with her sister Tami Chin.

Many other bands and artistes will be announced over the coming weeks, and sailors and spectators will be treated to a variety of music over the course of three days and four nights, the organisers promised.

At the opening party, at which DJ Soc was the Master of Ceremonies, some 100 sponsors and guests joined the organisers to celebrate the upcoming regatta. Heineken Director Michele Korteweg joined Soc in addressing the crowd and thanking a long list of sponsors.

A number of promotional videos were shown to whet the crowd’s appetite for the biggest regatta in the Caribbean. John Leone, Commercial Director at International Liqour & Tobacco Trading N.V., reminded the crowd that this would be the Regatta’s 35th anniversary and revealed its new logo.

In the new logo, he explained, the emphasis was less on the word “Heineken” and more on “St. Maarten,” which was shown bigger than before. This was done to reflect the island’s importance, Leone said. He said the Regatta was growing, he wanted the people of St. Maarten to grow with it and the people and the companies in St. Maarten to benefit.

This year, he said, we will reflect on 35 years of the Heineken Regatta, “but we also dream of how big this can be. We want to be the hub of everything marine-related. We want everyone to benefit. Let’s all grow together.”

The formal part of the evening saw all those present, including Minister of Tourism Ted Richardson, raise their glasses for a toast to the popular event. This was followed by an opportunity to socialise, with food and drinks being served, including, of course, copious amounts of Heineken beer, a fitting tribute to the Regatta’s catchphrase “Serious Fun.”

For more information about the Heineken Regatta, visit the Website . – The Daily Herald

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