Thursday, April 15, 2010


A friend of mine is trying to help Antigua's nightlife and its music in general. Torsten is writing, composing, playing and producing music for many Antiguan artists as well as many from abroad through his company Offshore Music. He has also brought Ministry of Sound to Antigua several times and once again they are here to liven up the dance floors at Abras in English Harbour. Here is a little press release he sent me:


Offshore Music Ltd. Announces Tucker will Headline at Abracadabra’s April 16th.

Torsten Stenzel, owner of Offshore Music recognised the need for a different kind of sound in Antigua, to complement the traditional genres of soca, calypso and reggae. His instinct to promote dance music served him well as witnessed by the positive reception of Antiguan nightclub goers to the successful staging of a major event in the country. Stenzel brought the biggest name in UK dance club music the Ministry of Sound to Antigua and Barbuda in 2009 and followed up on the successful evening in January 2010.

To further capitalise on the momentum, Offshore Music will host a landmark music event at Abracadabras, English Harbour on Friday, April 16, 2010. Ministry of Sound will continue to play a major role in the evening through the inclusion of DJ Phats and Small (Turn Around, Feel Good) and featured headliner, the one and only Queen of House Music, Barbara Tucker.

Barbara Tucker is a tour de force in the dance club music world, having recently celebrated 25 years in the business. The artist, who writes most of her own music, is a household name in the world of house music reaching the top of the Billboard Club Hits charts seven times with such mega hits as Beautiful People, Precious Love, and Everybody Dance, while her latest chart-topper Feelin’ Like a Superstar released on her own record label, continues to gain strength. This multi-talented performer is also a noted Broadway actress and choreographer, working with the likes of Moby, Pet Shop Boys, Wyclef Jean, and Herbie Hancock. Ms. Tucker performs all over the world from Africa to Siberia, Tokyo to New York, and Offshore Music is adding the twin-island state of Antigua and Barbuda to this respected list.

This will be Ms. Tucker’s first live performance in a Caribbean country and she is slated to perform for one hour at the event. Along with the multi-million record selling Ministry of Sound DJ Phats and small, are prized local DJ’s in their own right; Offshore and Alan Russell. Luyo Sound System will provide special staging, lighting, animation and P.A. system. Prizes will be given away throughout the evening and performers will be dancing for the crowd. The doors open 11 p.m. until…with ticket prices $35 pre-sale and $45 at the door.

This event is strategically positioned between the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta (April 15-20th) and the 43rd Antigua Sailing Week (April 24-30th) giving residents and visitors another major entertainment option to enjoy. Sponsors signed to date include Carib beer and Mount Gay Rum.

Offshore Music is proud to announce a successful negotiation for the presence of German television station ProSieben (Pro 7), the second largest privately owned T.V. station in the country, to broadcast the event live. A potential viewing audience of 2-3 million across Germany, Austria, and Switzerland has the opportunity to take in the event during airing of the popular entertainment show Red! Das Star und Lifestyle (Red! The Star and Lifestyle Magazine). This is a first for German television in the region.

Offshore Music Ltd. is an Antiguan-based production company specialising in film scoring, and music and video production. Based in English Harbour, the company has sold over three million records worldwide of the dance music scene.

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