Newspapers in Barbados
The daily distribution in Barbados is relatively large (200 copies per 1,000
residents, 2000). There are two daily newspapers: The Nation (founded in 1973,
about 25,000 copies) and Barbados Advocate (founded in 1895, 11,000 copies).
Radio and TV are dominated by the half state and half privately owned
Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC, founded in 1963). There are
several private radio stations, and TV channels from the United States are
transmitted via satellite and cable. In Barbados, there are just over 749 radio
and 310 TV receivers per 1,000 residents (2000).
The culture of Barbados reflects the mix of
British and African / Afro-Caribbean traditions in music
and art. However, modern culture is strongly influenced
by US influences.
Caribbean calypso and reggae are common forms of
music, such as soca, Caribbean jazz and spouge, which
are described as a Barbadian mix between calypso and
other styles of music. There are also specifically
Barbadian tuk bands, which with their wind instruments
and drums are reminiscent of English military
Latest population statistics of Barbados, including religious profiles and major languages spoken as well as population growth rates in next three decades.
Music is important at festive occasions and at the
many festivals on the island. The largest of these is
Crop Over, which was originally celebrated when the
sugar harvest of the year was salvaged in July – August.
In architecture, one often finds houses in the old
English style but adapted to the Caribbean climate with,
among other things, large verandas. However, the English
influence is mainly expressed in phenomena such as horse
racing and horse polo but especially in national sports
Barbados is known for its crafts (ceramics and
jewelry making), which often have a distinctly African
Internationally renowned singer Rihanna (Robyn
Rihanna Fenty) hails from Barbados. For Barbados public
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Barbados has an old oral storytelling tradition and
only in the mid-20th century did literature appear in
writing. Among Barbadian writers is George Lamming with
the novel In the dark border (In the castle of my skin)
and the poet Edward Kamau Braithwaite.
Barbados has freedom of the press. There are
two newspapers and several weekly and Sunday newspapers.
Of the newspapers, Barbados Advocate is the
oldest, it was founded as early as 1895. The largest is
the Barbados Nation which comes out
under the name Daily Nation three weekdays and otherwise
as Midweek Nation, Weekend Nation, Saturday Sun or
Since 2010, there is the online magazine
Barbados Today and in addition there are
several news blogs. All publications are privately
The Ether media is dominated by the state-run
Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), which
broadcasts both radio and television programs. Private
radio stations are also available.
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Percentage of the population using the
82 percent (2017)
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