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Monthly Archives: September 2011

  • Third World Remains Committed

    NEW YORK September 2011: – The American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) announces more news in anticipation of the organization’s 30th annual fundraising gala in New York City on Thursday, November 17, 2011.

    To mark this years’ 2011 International Humanitarian Award – which will be given to Digicel Chairman and philanthropist Denis O’Brien – HRH Prince Charles of Wales has been named Patron of Honor. This year’s sponsors include Ralph Lauren, Bacardi, The Cobb Family Foundation, Mutual of America and The American Ireland Fund. The longest running reggae band, Third World, will be performing as musical guest at the event.

    After 38 years of smash hit songs, sold-out tours and inspirational messages, Third World remains committed to the excellence of reggae music. One of the longest running and most diverse bands Jamaica has ever produced, the group has traveled around the world spreading the message of Peace, Love, & Unity for which they have truly lived up to their title as Reggae Ambassadors.

    To date, Third World has released a total of 23 albums as well as solo projects from Lead Singer Bunny Rugs and Guitarist Cat Coore. Awards include: Recipients of the 1986 “United Nations Peace Medal,” 1992 and 1996 Jamaica Music Industry awards for Best Show Band, 10 nominations for the Grammy Awards and an induction on the Reggae Walk of Fame. Albums include: Third World, 96 Degrees in the Shade, Journey to Addis, Prisoner in the Street, The Story’s been Told, Arise in Harmony, Rock the World, Sense of Purpose, You’ve Got the Power, Hold on to Love, Serious Business, Committed, Live it Up, Generation Coming, Ain’t Givin’ Up, Black Gold and Green and their new album Patriots.

    International hit singles include: the cover version of Gamble & Huff’s, “Now That We’ve Found Love,” “96 Degrees in the Shade,” “Cool Meditation,” “Dancing on the Floor,” “Try Jah Love,” written by Stevie Wonder “Sense of Purpose,” “Forbidden Love,” “Reggae Ambassador,” “Committed,” and “Reggae Party.” For more information, visit

    The 30th annual New York gala is an opportunity for the diaspora community, supporters and friends with an interest in Jamaica to give back to Jamaicans in the areas of education, healthcare and economic development. The gala will present a highly coveted selection of items at a silent auction, cocktails and a dinner, all to the benefit of Jamaicans in need. To date, the AFJ has presented grants to over 65 entities. The AFJ demonstrates the power of collaboration and support to help engage people from underserved communities.

    “As a group, we are committed to help Jamaicans in need with tools and opportunities to help them improve their conditions and realize their fullest potential,” said AFJ Executive Director Caron S. Chung.

    AFJ Gala Chair Manuela Goren said, “Thanks to our supporters over the years, we are able to expand our vision and continue our work to give Jamaican kids a chance to be productive, enterprising adults.”


    Founded in 1982, the American Friends of Jamaica is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization built on the principles of service and philanthropy; and is established to render assistance in the areas of Education, Healthcare, and Economic Development. The AFJ works with a broad coalition of Jamaican organizations and stakeholders to bring about change in the lives of Jamaicans in need. Amongst other initiatives, our partners assist us to provide shelter to the homeless, or to send inner-city youth to camps where they learn life skills. For more information, visit

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    New York, New York Sept 2011: Soca Gold has been the best-selling annual compilation for the hottest soca music coming out of The Caribbean for over a decade. On September 13, VP Records encapsulates the series’ most treasured tunes (since its inception in 1997 up until now) into one deluxe package 3-disc set, entitled The Ultimate Soca Gold Collection. The compilation features over 3 hours of the most popular and classic anthems by the soca’s finest artists – including Soca Monarch, Party Monarch and Road March winners – who represent the islands of Barbados, Trinidad, Jamaica, St. Vincent, St. Martinique, Suriname, Antigua and more.

    The first disc offers groovy feel-good tunes including Edwin Yearwood’s “Feels Like I’m Home Again,” “Tempted To Touch” and “Blame It (On De Music)” by Rupee, “Turn It Around” by Square One featuring Andy Armstrong and “Hold You (Soca Remix)” by Gyptian. On disc two, fans can hear high-energy parade anthems like “Jump” by Rupee, “Bacchanal” by Destra Garcia, “Display” by Invasion Band featuring Fay-Ann Lyons, “Trinidad” by Invasion Band featuring Naya George and “Mor-Tor” by Rikki Jai featuring Machel Montano. Then there is a free bonus disc mixed by DJ Crown Prince out of Miami, blending all the tunes together to get the party started.

    Edwin Howell, A&R of The Ultimate Soca Gold Collection, states that this is the ultimate set because it is “more powerful than a ‘best of’ collection. You have two of the hottest cds to explore depending on what mood you are in. If you want to listen to the more groovy, cross-over tracks then disc one is perfect, but if you are in a party vibe put on disc two, which is much more up-tempo and has all the Carnival tunes. And to keep you festive all year round, you can listen to the bonus mix. It is all there — in one package.”


    1. Feels Like I’m Home Again – Edwin Yearwood
    2. Blame It (On De Music)- Rupee
    3. Hickey – Sean Caruth
    4. Oil Pumping – Krosfyah featuring Edwin Yearwood
    5. Take That And Cool It – Nigel Lewis
    6. Woman By My Side – Peter Ram
    7. Soca Train – Maximus Dan
    8. Lorraine – Explainer featuring Bunji Garlin
    9. Wukking Up – Patrice Roberts
    10. Tempted To Touch – Rupee
    11. Hold You (Soca Refix) – Gyptian
    12. Soka Junkie – Mr. Dale
    13. Tight – Peter Ram
    14. Turn It Around – Square One featuring Andy Armstrong
    15. Looking Hot – Patrice Roberts
    16. All Inclusive – Explainer featuring Maximus Don
    17. Musical Healing – Traffik featuring Eddie Charles


    1. Jump – Rupee
    2. Nasty – FLO PG
    3. Trinidad – Invasion Band featuring Maya George
    4. Gimme Ah Bligh – Iwer George
    5. Respond – Nigel Lewis
    6. Mor-Tor – Rikki Jai featuring Machel Montano
    7. Handle Ya Bziniz – Edwin Yearwood
    8. Bacchanal – Destra Garcia
    9. Display – Invasion Band featuring Fay-Ann Lyons
    10. Thelma – South Southwest
    11. Carnival Feeling – Roy Cape featuring Rita Jones
    12. Fete Is Fete – Bunji Garlin
    13. Breathless – Roy Cape featuring Blaxx
    14. Get On Bad – Onika Bostic featuring Bunji Garlin
    15. Expose (Precision Road Mix) – El-A-Kru
    16. Magician (I Command You) – Burning Flames


    1. 45 Minute continuous mix of disc 1 & 2
    performed by DJ CROWN PRINCE

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  • Newly Crowend Miss Carbbean US Paula Leake

    New York, NY, September 2011: Drum Roll……..Leake Paula is the new Miss Caribbean United States. Miss Leake became the first person of Trinidad and Tobago heritage to win the coveted title of Miss Caribbean United States breaking the four year run of Latina winners at the pageant.

    Born on an army base to an American military father and Trini mother, Miss Leake says traveling the world with her military family has given her a World of experience that she would not trade for anything. Paula plans to pursue a carrier in broadcasting, while working with organizations in the United States and third world countries to help the youth focused On higher education as a way of breaking the cycle of poverty, violence and teen pregnancy.

    As Miss Caribbean United States Paula will represent the United States at a major international pageant next year, as well as doing appearances for charitable causes while promoting her platform of education against violence. Pageant director, Omari Oswald Peterson says he could not be happier with the judges pick ,Paula is all we look for in our queens and carries on the legacy of all our beautiful, talented, inelegant queens of the past.

    Paula begins her busy and exciting year doing promotionaland public relation spots for Tropicalfete, which is the Caribbean’s # 1 source for news and entertainment. The public can expect to see the ruining Miss Caribbean US Paula Leake at all the Tropicalfete Events for this year and next. Newly crowned Miss Caribbean US Paula Leake to host Tropicalfete Countdown 2011 in Dec 2011.. Tropicalfete Countdown Top 100 International Caribbean Songs for the year is a ranking of recorded music according to popularity. The Popularity is determined by air play, music sales, club play and online hits. Tropicalfete’s chart is not limited to genre. It shows the diversity and the creativity of Caribbean people around the World and most of all their impact on the global audience.

    You can Follow Paula on the Pageant FaceBook page Miss Caribbean US.

    Miss Caribbean US.

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  • Soca Fest In Miami For Carnival 2k11

    Miami – Sept 2011: We’ve waited a long time but the INTERNATIONAL SOCAFEST is back in Miami for Carnival 2k11! This magnanimous fete promises to be the most inclusive party over the Miami Broward One Carnival weekend.

    At 9:00pm on Saturday October 8th, 2011 the gates of SUNLIFE STADIUM will open to showcase a spectacular line up of Caribbean entertainers that boasts some of the best soca in the world. Artists hailing from all over the Caribbean, making each and every patron feel like they are home away from home.

    The line up of performers is as follows: ALLISON HINDS & the Alison Hinds Show, representing Barbados together with EDWIN YEARWOOD, lead singer from the band KROSFYAH and the current Road March winner for Crop Over 2011.

    RED HOT FLAMES, lead by Sir Clarence “ONGU” Edwards, and the sensational TIZZY, hail from the island of Antigua. Their performances have captivated audiences throughout the Caribbean.

    SKINNY FABULOUS from St. Vincent & the Grenadines is a rising star that continues to energize his audience with his electrifying performances.

    TALLPREE, Mr. Jab-Jab, from the island of Grenada, this artist has created and maintained his own genre of music and followers ever since his mega hit ‘Old Woman Ah Taking Home’ and has continued to mesmerize patrons at every occasion. Joining him is his fellow countryman LAVA MAN.

    Somebody missing………TRINIDAD & TOBAGO!

    DIL-E-NADAN band, lead by the heartthrob Raymond Ramnarine a.k.a DA SHOW STOPPA, is one of the most dynamic Chutney music bands from TnT. Their addition of top vocalist Derrick Seales has made them even more versatile in their repertoire.

    NEIL’IWER’GEORGE known to many as ‘D BOSS’ or the Big Man In The Business, burst unto to Soca scene in 1987 and never looked back. This year, his mega hit ‘COME TO MEH’ steals the show wherever he performs and in true IWER fashion, he is coming to take over the stage at SOCAFEST.

    BENJAI, dubbed as one of the most lyrically savvy artist from Trinidad & Tobago continues each year to showcase his talent both as a Ragga, Groovy and Traditional Soca Superstar. Evidence of such can be heard in every Soca Fete/Party this year with his two mega songs, ‘AM AH TRINI’ and ‘WINE TO DE SIDE’.

    DESTRA GARCIA the Supreme Soca Diva, taught us how to ‘TREMBLE IT’. She continued her reign on the soca scene releasing her first album, RED, WHITE & BLACK in 2002 and continuing to ‘MAX IT UP!’ (her catch phrase). With unforgettable songs like Bonnie and Clyde, Whe Yuh Want, Come Beta and It’s Carnival, Destra’s Diva status is well deserved.

    Rounding out the tremendous cast is CASSI. He emerged onto the spotlight this year with his hit‘TOWN TING’. Riding the waves throughout North America this mega hit is enjoyed by DJ’s and patrons alike.

    HOW DO YOU GET TO THIS STAR STUDDED EVENT?… SUN LIFE STADIUM is located at 2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami Gardens, Fl., 33056. (corner of NW 199th St & NW 27th Ave) This venue is home of the Miami Dolphins Football Team, Florida Marlins Baseball Team, University of Miami Football and JAZZ in the GARDENS.

    Dance and Fete among the stars on Carnival Saturday, October 8th 2011! And in true WASSI words: ‘MISS IT….YUH MAD OR WHAT!!!

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  • Ardie Cuban Branding

    Jamaicia – Sept 2011: Reggae artist ARDIE CUBAN COHIBA who now have his owned brand of custom built hand made cuban cigars on the market wth his name on them takes a look at the HAVANA CUBA NITE CLUB,cuban had just rapup the pt 2 of his eastern caribbean tour that see,s him and his band playing to all filled venue sponsored by company and redstripe

    Cuban is now back in the usa but will fly back to one of his home in jamaica in coming weeks for a needed vacation before heading back to Europe/Africa

    dont forget next year in july-aug and sept 2012 (one umbrella inc–laz–gengras-soundmotion-bojangles inc-bud-hickey cigars-will return the bigger and better SPLASH to downtown hartford conn in the LAZ PARKING LOT by the GOODYEAR STORE on market street,right by crown plaza with all big names HIP HOP-REGGAE–ROCK-N-COUNTRY ARTISTS cuban lends his hands to make this happen

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  • Tropicalfete’s Award of Excellence

    Tropicalfete’s Award of Excellence honors the accomplishments & contributions of persons and/or organizations that have had a roll in the development of the Caribbean Community. The achievement of the awardees is significant on an international level where their work had a positive impact to the Caribbean community in the areas of culture, social, sports & economics. Contact us to recommend a candidate for award.


    TropicalFete’s Award of Excellence 2011 was Ms. Patricia Meschino, a journalist who specializes in writing about Caribbean music and culture. Patricia is the Caribbean correspondent for Billboard Magazine. Her additional work credits include being the music editor of Air Jamaica’s In-flight magazine and SkyWritings. Additionally, she contributes to, Riddim magazine, The Associated Press, The Village Voice, Vibe Magazine, The Source, The Miami New Times, Caribbean Travel and Life Magazine, Sandals Lifestyle Magazine, Red Bulletin (Holland) & Songlines (UK). She contributed the music section to a National Geographic book, entitled “Great Caribbean Family Vacations,” and was a featured commentator in the 2009 BET special “The Top 20 Greatest Moments in Reggae.”
    Tropicalfete’s 2010 Award of Excellence was presented to Playwright Michelle Anglin of “lost my Heart in Haiti”: A drama based on the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti and the lives it changed. One woman’s struggle to rebuild her heart, while our nation rebuilds her country. Friends and family come together to learn about the pride and love of the Haitian community.



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