From Friday 23 Januaryrd to Sunday 25 Januarye, 2015, Islandz Tours, a guided walking tour company located in Nassau, Bahamas, will be exhibiting at the NY Times Travel Show to be held at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. Parked at booth # 313, Islandz will be a ray of sunshine in the winter city, sharing the promise of authentic Bahamian experiences just 1096 miles away.
With a focus on a true Bahamian experience, Islandz Tours plans to bottle the essence of this fun and comprehensive tour to delight the over twenty thousand visitors expected at the exhibit. The Islandz Tours booth will reflect the euphoria of the infamous Rum Row, essentially a floating liquor store embedded in the international waters of the New York coast during the Prohibition era and run by seasoned Bahamian sailors turned smugglers. .
As an added incentive, the Islandz Tours booth will feature live performances on Saturday 24 at 12 noon and Sunday 25 at 12 noon by Bahamian music artist and New York resident Kamilah Gibson. Kamilah forged her own musical direction, using her vast vocal range as well as piano and guitar as the foundations of a surprisingly personal sound. His songs are a direct reflection of his eclectic taste for music, mixing lyrics most often derived from his own life experience and sounds from the folk, neo-soul and jazz genres, among others.
In 2013, Kamilah took part in the famous multi-talented Amateur Night competition at the Apollo Theater. She finished as the best singer of the season, placing third out of nearly 400 other contestants. She will bring that same intrepid sound to entertain visitors to The Caribbean Stage with a few songs from the Bahamas relating to the rum / bootlegging eras, including the classic “(Histe Up the) John B. Sail” which was notably covered by The Beach The boys in 1966.
The artist said: “It is an honor to have been invited to be a part of this event. It is truly a privilege to come from a country with such a rich and colorful cultural heritage. We have a wealth of artistic talents – both visual and musical – and a rich history that should be experienced by visitors.… BahaMen, GenoD and Blind Blake are fundamental figures in the musical timeline of The Bahamas. I have a deep respect for style and the culture they helped foster. I ‘am delighted to have the opportunity to connect musically to their works and bring my own touch to songs that so many Bahamians have lived and loved with for generations. .
After Kamilah’s performance on Sunday, the winner of the Rum Weekend Getaway Giveaway will be announced. One lucky candidate will leave the New York Times Travel Show with an all expenses paid vacation to the Bahamas. Not only will the winner be entitled to a stay at the internationally renowned Atlantis, Paradise Island, but they will also be invited to attend the exciting event of the RumBahamas Weekend Festival and, of course, participate in one of the exceptional Rum -Runner’s Passage Tours from Islandz. It is surely an event not to be missed.