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  • Miss Miles Returns For Final 2 Shows November

    (PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD) – OCTOBER, 2011: Due to the
    overwhelming public response to one of the most celebrated and provocative original
    local plays in recent years, Miss Miles returns for just two more nights at the Little Carib
    Theatre: Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November, 2011.
    Celebrated by audiences and critics alike, with nightly standing ovations for this tour-deforce,
    Miss Miles – the Woman of the World opened on 20th October at the historic Little
    Carib. After two weekends of sold-out performances, the play returns for one final
    weekend in Port of Spain. Renowned attorney Martin Daly wrote in the Express:
    “Cecilia Salazar [is] a dramatic actress of great accomplishment, whose
    repertoire of skills was substantially enlarged by the more demanding stage
    vehicle of Tony Hall’s play [which] has successfully introduced many layers in
    and around the central event. Out of those layers emerge intellectual challenges
    and spiritual, moral, historical, sociological and political perspectives…. Wrapped
    in the intimate atmosphere of the Little Carib, the audiences at Miss Miles are in
    the theatrical first class, observing an indigenous capability which renders a top
    metropolitan production like Warhorse merely something like what we can do,
    although we work with far fewer material resources.”
    Written and directed by veteran actor, playwright and director Tony Hall, the one-woman
    play Miss Miles – a Woman of the World features the award-winning actress Cecilia
    Salazar as Trinidadian activist, singer, fashionista and public servant Gene Miles. The
    play focuses on the clash between Gene Miles’ conscience, religious faith, belief in truth
    and the rigid pre-set notions of the status quo. The story traces the 42 years of this
    attractive and intelligent woman’s short life – from growing up in pre-independence,
    colonial, Roman Catholic Trinidad, attending St. Joseph’s Convent (Port of Spain), to the
    black power days of the early 1970’s, when a struggle to develop a new and just society
    gave rise to social transformation.
    Gene Miles, a Trinidad and Tobago patriot, took on the powerful state administration in
    an anti-corruption campaign, The Gas Station Racket in the 1960s – and paid the ultimate
    price. It is perceived widely that she stood up for high standards of morality in the public

    service. She caused a commission of inquiry to be launched into what became known as
    the “Gas Station racket”. But along the way “Gas Station Gene”, who was rumoured as
    having an affair with the People’s National Movement minister of government John
    O’Halloran, lost her job, became a nervous wreck and was often seen wandering the city
    of Port of Spain, bedraggled and drunk. She died of a heart attack at 42 years old.
    Hall has a long career of documenting local lives and culture. He has worked with the
    Trinidad Theatre Workshop and at the pioneering Banyan Limited. In 1992 he codirected
    the award-winning documentary, And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon. His
    acclaimed play, Jean and Dinah, is being adapted into a feature film. Hall’s other plays
    include the powerful and provocative Twilight Café; and with David Rudder, the ground
    breaking calypso musical The Brand New Lucky Diamond Horseshoe Club. Hall’s work
    has been celebrated by local audience, critics and fellow writers as some of “the finest
    West Indian theatre” (Derek Walcott), a “triumph” (Earl Lovelace), and
    “lively…touching…powerful” (Judy Raymond).
    Cecilia Salazar is one of Trinidad’s most celebrated and well-known actresses. She holds
    a BA in Theatre from Brock University in Ontario, Canada. She also holds the current
    record for the most awards for acting given to an individual in Trinidad and Tobago –
    seven Cacique Awards. Some of her many roles include: Dame Jab in 3canal’s Jab in the
    Box; Sarah/Woman in Hall’s Twilight Café; Cleotilda in Earl Lovelace’s Dragon Can’t
    Dance; Lizzie in Richard Ragoobarsingh’s Mary Could Dance; Bolom in Derek
    Walcott’s Ti-Jean and His Brothers; and Mme de Tourvel in Christopher Hampton’s Les
    Liasons Dangereuse.
    Partnering with Lordstreet Theatre for Miss Miles are producer Trevor Jadunath; Mauri
    “KeKere” Hall, who has written the music featured in the show; and an award-winning
    production crew, including producer Trevor Jadunath; Theresa Awai; Christopher Cozier;
    Robin Foster; Sean Leonard; Wendell Manwarren; Leslynne Matthews; Desiree
    Sampson; Ian Smith; Caroline Taylor; and Celia Wells. The show’s development was
    funded in part by the Arts Support Alliance (TASA), and is being sponsored by the
    Ministry of Arts & Multiculturalism; i95.5FM; First Citizens Bank; Carib; MEP (Media
    & Editorial Projects); and Absolutions Design Studio.
    Miss Miles – The Woman of the World runs over two weekends: Thursday 20–Sunday 23
    October, and Wednesday 26–Sunday 30 October. All shows are 6:30pm. Tickets are
    $150, and available at the Little Carib Box Office from Monday October 17, 12pm–6pm
    daily, tel: (868) (868) 622-4644. Discounted $100 tickets are available for university

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  • THIRD WORLD TRAVELS TO THE NATURE ISLAND

    New York, NY October 2011: Home to the world’s second largest boiling lake, 365 rivers, national parks, 115 miles of segmented trails and lush vegetation, Dominica will play host to a bevy of artists this weekend for their 15th Annual World Creole Music Festival. The three day music festival, which begins on Friday, October 28th, is sponsored by Coca-Cola, Dewars, Liat, Tempo, Kubuli Beer, Heineken, to name a few.

    Third World will take the stage on Saturday, October 29th. Fans will be treated to not only the band’s hit singles “Now That We’ve Found Love,” “Reggae Ambassador,” and “Try Jah Love,” but also singles from their new album Patriots. Executive Produced by Third World Music Group and Co-Produced by Dean Pond of Rymshot Productions, the 13 track album features songs such as “Front Door” (featuring the late, great Gregory Isaacs), “You Made Me So Very Happy” (a cover of Alton Ellis’ timeless hit featuring Marcia Griffiths), “By My Side” (featuring Tessanne Chin), “Good Hearted People” (feat. Capleton) and “96 Degrees” (a remake of the band’s classic featuring Stephen and Damian Marley). The album also features, Toots Hibbert, Sly Dumbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Dean Frazier, Inner Circle, Mykal Rose, Jessica Yapp (on violin), Junior Reid, Capleton and Tarrus Riley.

    The festival with also feature other performers such as Gyptian, Ali Campbell, Carimi, Midnight Groovers, Zouk All Stars, Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann, among others. Stephen “Cat” Coore remarks, “Dominica is truly one of those wonders of the world. I am looking forward to the hot springs, the great weather and of course the festival. We are always delighted when we get to share the stage with such talented musicians as reflected in the line-up.”

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  • Faith Evans, First Lady of Hip Hop R&B Comes

    MIAMI, FL October 2011 – A new resident to South Florida, Monie Love has joined forces with local artist Sassy Singz of Feline Royale Entertainment, to host the Official Faith Evans After party at Aizia Restaurant and Night Club, in Hollywood Florida on Saturday, November 5 starting at 11pm. An evening for the grown and sexy there will be sounds of the 90’s presented by Dj Griot and Dj Fly Guy.

    A musical celebration, Monie Love is promoting female artists in and around the South Florida region creating a safe haven for female artists to display their talent and reach industry professionals. In a recent interview, Monie Love stated that serious budding female talents in South Florida needed a platform to showcase their skills. Under her supervision she strives to create opportunities for their talent to be seen and heard.

    Having made Miami her home, Love has created a platform for up and coming of female artists who are entering the industry. In the spirit of women empowerment, “Ladies First” Music Showcase is held once a month and features serious female performers.

    For more information email ladiesfirstshowcase@gmail.com or join her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DaRealMonieLove.

    Monie Love
    Known by her stage name, Monie Love is an English emcee and radio personality based in Miami. A well-respected figure in British & American hip hop, she has made an impact with American hip hop audiences as a protégé of female American emcee Queen Latifah, as well as through her membership in the late 1980s/early 1990s Native Tongues.
    Love was one of the first British Hip Hop artists to be signed and distributed worldwide by a major record label. Love also has a place in hip-hop history as a member of the Native Tongues, a positive-minded hip-hop collective that included Queen Latifah, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, the Jungle Brothers, and a number of other acts. Her versatility was demonstrated with her involvement in the emerging popularity of House music, with her own single Grandpa’s Party as well as providing rap for the The Dancin’ Danny D Remix of Adeva’s house hit Respect.

    Sassy Singz / Feline Royale Entertainment
    Power house recording artist, Sassy Singz, is a voice to cling to out of Miami, FL. The winner of the 2011 City of Miami Gardens Breakout Artist, the 2011 Soul artist of the year for the Next Big Thing Awards and nominee of the Best R&B artist of the year for the Best in Dade AwardS, Sassy Singz is stepping out as a performer and a business woman.

    From songwriting, music arrangement, to vocal production & live performances, this young woman has that “You Gotta Feel Me” appeal! Sassy Singz has performed all over the South of the United States and Europe. She has opened up for major recording artists such as Kindred, Jeremiah, Kci & Jojo, NEXT & more.

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  • Reggae Culture Salute on Pay Per View

    7th annual staging of Reggae Culture Salute. All roads lead to Nazareth Performance Center, Brooklyn, New York on Saturday, November 5th for the annual celebration of the anniversary of the coronation of His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I and Empress Menen of Ethiopia and the unique relationship between rasta, reggae, Selassie and Jamaica.

    Simba (Young Lion) Award
    For 2011, the Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music (CPR) salutes the future of roots reggae by presenting Dubtonic Kru, Global Battle of the Bands Champion for 2010-2011. For many, their historic win earlier this year in Malaysia where they prevailed over more than 4,000 other bands made them the “Usian Bolt” of roots reggae music. Dubtonic Kru will be the first recipient of CPR’s newly established Simba (young lion) Award in honor of their dedication to the tradition of roots reggae music.

    Another young lion making an appearance at Reggae Culture Salute 2011 is cultural artist, IWayne who debuted at #5 on the Billboard Reggae Chart with his recent release “Life Teachings” on VP Records. IWayne has consistently penned and performed uplifting roots reggae music for his fans the world over.

    Pinnacle Award
    Big Youth who received congressional honors at last year’s Reggae Culture Salute is back by popular demand after last year’s exhilarating performance and will receive CPR’s 2011 Pinnacle Award for Excellence for his more than 40 years of being a pioneer in the industry. Junior “Gabu” Wedderburn with his Ancient Vibration ensemble of traditional nyahbinghi drummers and dancers also returns to captivate and enlighten the audience.

    The multimedia evening will premiere the documentary Bad Friday-Rastafari after Coral Gardens and showcase emerging artists Major Daps, Simone G, Coozie Mellers and Qshan Deya from the member ranks of CPR.

    Sponsors of the family friendly event are Dennis Shipping, Courts Caribbean, Jamaica National Money Transfer, Dragon Stout and VP Records. Proceeds from the event benefit the Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music.

    About CPR
    The Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music is a 501(c)3 organization that works to preserve the reggae art form and its traditional message of healing and unity. Its mission is to raise the bar in the creation development promotion and presentation of Reggae music, to raise the profile of its purveyors and to research codify curate and disseminate information about the genre so as to increase understanding of its development, its significance and its influence around the world. For further information on CPR visit www.cprreggae.org.

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  • Mistaken Identiti – The debut album from Peppery

    Released from the confines of a Salt ‘n’ pepper shaker crafted in Manchester by a Jamaican potter comes the fiery sound of Peppery on his ‘debut’ album, ‘Mistaken Identiti’. Originally conceptualised by producer Mexican and overseen by Fitzroy ‘Heavy’ Nish of Phattrock Entertainment, the 16 tracks set was launched at the Power House in Manchester, UK, on the 19th of August 2011 at an event, which also marked the launch of Sickle Cell Care Manchester.

    Born Clayton Brown in Trelawny, Jamaica, Peppery first started his career as Bongo Chilli releasing the album, ‘Real Musician’ on Sativa Records in 2007. Shows around England and the rest of Europe followed with an assortment of collaborators including his mentor, Daddy Freddy as well as Celt Islam, Kush Arora and others. With contributions from Daddy Freddy and Ras Tweed, ‘Mistaken Identiti’ is a mixture of Dancehall, traditional Roots Reggae and “Alternative” music with the backing tracks incorporating both live instrumentation and digital programming.

    Previously released tracks that have already received favourable airplay include ‘The Score’ and ‘Clap Your Hands’. Come 2011 and his catchphrase “Peppery” has now become Bongo’s second name prompting a change to the entity Peppery aka Bongo Chilli. So Peppery’s debut is actually Clayton’s second album – confused? Don’t be, just savour the Peppery flavours when you press play.

    The album’s title track may be deemed controversial by some as the subject is the pain caused to the family and friends of loved ones who have lost their lives violently. “Let it be known for the record that I am in no way encouraging anyone to take the law into their own hands & seek revenge” says Peppery asserting, “I am merely highlighting the fact that many people have been killed innocently.”

    Producers on the project include the aforementioned Mexican of Gone Music, Ganzi of Classiqueinc, Damalistik of Roots Survival Records, Rob of Big Belly Records and DJ Afghan of Soulove Records.

    The album has been launched in the UK as a limited edition CD on Peppery’s own record label Bongo Chilli Records but the rest of the world will have to wait a little longer before it will eventually surface in their local outlets. On the other hand, those who shop online are now able to purchase the CD directly from the source. Join the Facebook group “Peppery” to find out how

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  • T&T Now Has Its Very Own Wen’D- Down To Earth and Culture Driven

    Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. October 2011————- T&T’s getting its very own ‘Wen’D’- a fearless, energetic talk show host who promises to take local culture and arts to its pinnacle of success. Starting on November 5, Wendy Lewis will take over Saturday nights with her brand new one-on-one programme she’s dubbed, “Down To Earth With Wen’D.” Set to air on CNC3 in Trinidad and Tobago, the premise of the half hour long show is centred on straight talk in real life situations with icons and persons of prominence in local society. “ This won’t be the regular run of the mill culture show, I assure,” said Wen’D, expressing her determination to make the first 13 episodes, which will run into Carnival Saturday- a riveting, eye opening television experience.

    With sponsors that include Courts, designers- Heather Jones, Claudia Pegus, Dexter Jennings and Andrew Weekes, Sasha Cosmetics, Creation Designs, the NLCB, American Airlines, Statement Limos and CNC3, the show is being promoted with the highest of confidence. “Interviews with artistes, carnival stakeholders, radio personalities and certainly after carnival- politicians, entrepreneurs and religious figures will take shape based on issues of current appeal but with a very laid back, comfortable effect. We’re making this an off- set, real view of society’s prominent figures with somewhat of an international flair, something that has never quite been done to the standard at which we’re aiming,” said Lewis.
    Each episode will be taped at locations frequented by her guests – whether it be at their homes, gyms, offices or even at the corner hot spot where the vibe is right. Whichever way, Wen’D promises she’ll be there to get the news, views and even the sudden outbursts of those who’re often considered to be role models in Trinidad and Tobago.

    With a launch date set for November 4, plans for a hit series are well underway. It’s title, “Down To Earth With Wen’D” epitomises the realistic approach the show’s producers are guaranteeing. Following the 13 episodes being filmed during the Christmas and upcoming Carnival 2012 seasons, Lewis assured that planning has already begun for guests outside of these culturally festive periods. “ No one will be left out. We’re touching everyone of prominence with an eye towards getting the ‘real’ feelings, emotions and characters of these people. Too often we see persons of prominence on television or on stages and we’re left bewildered by their larger than life personas. It’s time we got down to the nitty gritty. It’s time we made these people tangible- relatable,” she emphasised.

    The show will air on Saturdays at 8pm with a repeat each Tuesday at 5pm on CNC3. According to Lewis, the concept was considered upon recognising that there was a lack of televised local content in a well- packaged, internationally produced format. “ Our icons are dying and we’re being left without an account of their history. We need to fix that and it starts with Down To Earth With Wen’D,” said Lewis.

    ABOUT WENDY LEWIS:

    Wendy Lewis is the CEO of Khalabash Entertainment & Promotions- an artiste and event management company based in San Fernando, Trinidad. She is also the former CEO of the Trinidad and Tobago Entertainment Company. Wendy’s career in artiste management in Trinidad and Tobago spans 22 years, having worked with a number of accomplished entertainers, among them General Grant, Inna Visionz soca band which included lead vocalist Kerwin Du Bois, Terri Lyons in 2008, and she now manages Heaven ‘Snakey’ Charles- an artiste she attests to being one of the most underrated entertainers of this time. A passion for culture and the arts in T&T presents Wendy as a person with an insatiable thirst to expose and promote everything beautiful that lies in T&T. As such, her new calling allows for yet another opportune moment where she will

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  • Red Pond – Love So Nice Tour** – Junior Kelly & Prestige

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  • Vybz Kartel – Half On A Baby (Remixes) – EP

    Vybz Kartel – Half On A Baby (Remixes) – EP
    1 Vybz Kartel – Half On A Baby
    2 Vybz Kartel – Half On A Baby (Dubbel Dutch Remix)
    3 Vybz Kartel – Half On A Baby (Mosca Remix)
    4 Vybz Kartel – Half On A Baby (Schlachthofbronx Remix)
    5 Vybz Kartel – Half On A Baby (Bert On Beats Remix)
    6 Vybz Kartel – Half On A Baby (Funkystepz Remix)
    Mixpak Records released the Dre Skull produced Vybz Kartel album “Kingston Story” over the summer to much fanfare (Vybz Kartel Fader cover, New York Times feature, Dazed and Confused feature, etc). The album debuted at Number seven on the Billboard top-selling Reggae Album charts and the first single “Go Go Wine” received radio play around the world, getting support on Kingston radio, Hot 97, BBC Radio 1, and more.
    This fall Mixpak is finally ready to roll out “Half On A Baby,” the second single from the album. On it’s own, “Half On A Baby” is a proper Caribbean dancehall/pop anthem, but when combined with remixes from some of the most exciting names in underground bass music it becomes something more.
    Recent Mixpak signee Dubbel Dutch takes “Half On A Baby” deep into the underground without losing sight of the melodicism that makes the original so enticing. Another member of the Mixpak fam, Schlachtofbronx, flips the track on it’s head, turning it into a tempo-shifting Power Soca heavy hitter.
    Bert On Beats and Funkystepz hand in contemporary bass takes on “Half On A Baby”, with the former going hard and the latter taking a more melodic, tropical approach. Finally, Mosca (Number, Night Slugs, etc) comes with a subtle-yet-banging remix that simultaneously references early-90’s house and hyper-modern UK sounds.
    Mixpak is always dedicated to taking a fresh approach to music and culture and this remix package is further proof. Combining different worlds and genres and bringing together a Dancehall legend with rising underground talent, all done in the name of the next level. This is Mixpak Records.

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  • Rising Dancehall/Reggae Artist/Actor Everton “E-Dee”

    Los Angeles, CA) October 21st, 2011 – Rising Dancehall/Reggae Artist/Actor Everton “E-Dee” Dennis is headed back to Jamaica the week of Oct 30-Nov 5th to promote the island-wide Nov 2nd opening of his
    new movie “Out the Gate” which stars Paul Campbell (Shottas, Dancehall Queen), Oliver Samuels (Oliver at Large), and Shelli Boone (Saints and Sinners, House M.D.). He is also pushing new music including a Lovers
    Rock single “No Other Gyal (I’m sorry)” off the movie soundtrack, and “Wine pon di table” a new dancehall number that has been heating up U.S. dance floors recently.

    This year has been an incredible year for the multi-talented entertainer. In January he walked the red carpet in Hollywood for the release of “Out the Gate”. Not only did he star in the movie, but the
    story was co-written by him, and is based on actual events from his life. In May the movie came to the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens in the first multi-theater opening of a Jamaican movie since the 90’s. This
    summer the movie came back to Los Angeles and continued on in Atlanta picking up more fans and praise along the way. “It has been a dream come true”, stated Dennis. “Coming home to Jamaica where it all began
    is my biggest joy” he continued. “Hearing the laughter and feedback from the showings in America felt great, but it made me anticipate even more bringing the movie home fi Jamaica a see it” said the dee-jay.

    Dennis’s songs have been sought after by Hollywood appearing in “I Think I Love My Wife”, “How She Move”, “Like Mike 2”, and the television show “Greek”. E-Dee has been busy with new singles, mixtapes, and collaborations. He was recently voiced a new collaboration with hip-hop stars Jim Jones and Cam’ron, and Reggae veteran Junior Reid on “Party Tonight”. His earlier single “Rightful Place” from the movie is being followed up by “No Other Gyal” also taken from the movie. The 6′ 5″ dee-jay/actor burst on to the music scene in 2007 when his collaboration with Irie Love, “Revolution” hit the top ten in Jamaica, and was nominated for an EME award for best collaboration, while his feature on Ms. Triniti’s hit “Bongce Along” was also in the Top Ten on the island as well as charting in the Top 20 Billboard single sales. It was then that he and music producer Qmillion had the idea to make a movie.

    “Acting on screen with Paul Campbell and Oliver Samuels was more than a learning experience, it was a dream come true”, exclaimed E-Dee. Everton’s performance in the movie is described as “mesmerizing” by Karibbean Expressions Magazine. “When I came to LA after leaving Jamaica, I studied acting while is was building my music career, so it was something I trained for”, Everton explained. Newspaper Atlanta Daily World wrote the movie “appears to be on its way to becoming a classic”, and with praise like that, odds are you will be seeing Dennis in more movie rolls.

    With so many things happening for E-Dee, the expression “the sky is the limit” has never been more true. “Mi give thanks God, because a Him open up every door and make the impossible possible”, said the entertainer.

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  • KES THE BAND for The Soul Train Music Awards

    The Soul Train Music Awards for 2011 have nominated KES THE BAND for an award for the category of Best Caribbean Performance for their monster hit “Wotless”. Wotless, written by KES and Kerwin Du Bois won Kes the Band the title of Groovy Soca Monarch one of the most prestigious competitions in the Caribbean. The songs catchy lyrics and great melodies had the fans singing it word for word at each concert over the last 8 months. Other Nominees in this category include: “Man Down” – Rihanna , “Summer Time” – Vybz Kartel “Delilah” – Movado and “Bend Over – Machel Montano. All nominees are incredible artists in the Best Caribbean Performance category. Kees Dieffenthaller stated he was incredibly proud to have been nominated for this award amongst some of the top artists out of the Caribbean. “It is a proud time for Trinidad & Tobago, and it is just the beginning”. The band released their album WOTLESS in February 2011 and a second album called Stereotype in August 2011. Stereotype brings out the Island Pop style of the band showing how incredibly versatile this group is. The Soul Train Music Awards honors the best in Black music and entertainment and will air on November 27. Leading up to the nomination the band had appeared on FOX 5 Good Day America (New York) in September wowing the presenters (who stated they were the best band to have appeared live on the channel) and viewers. They also were the first Soca/Island Pop group to release Iphone and Andriod Apps.

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  • Safia McNeishie for Miss New York USA 2012

    New York, New York, Oct 2011: Message from Safia McNeishie for Miss New York USA 2012 “I am sooooo excited to be representing you as CROWN HEIGHTS NEW YORK USA 2012 as I compete to win the upcoming Miss New York USA 2012 title!!! The competition will be taking place in January in Westchester, New York. *Right now I need your support* I would greatly appreciate it if you will support me in the following ways:

    1)DONATE! There are various FEES that need to be pai…d ranging from the official pageant fee, gown, shoes, hair & make-up, transportation, etc. [PLEASE GO TO SPONSORTHANKS.COM, CLICK ON MY FACE UNDER THE CANDIDATES SECTION, & MAKE A DONATION…EVERY DOLLAR MAKES A DIFFERENCE =D]

    2)”Like” my page: Safia McNeishie for Miss New York USA 2012
    3)Spread the word/Get Family&Friends to “Like” my page
    4)Show love and support as much as possible & come out to any future events I may host…;)
    5)Attend the actual event & cheer me on!

    This was not planned.. Yet, I am truly thrilled to be embarking on this journey. I embody all the characteristics needed to reign as a Miss New York USA & am ready to WIN the crown!”

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  • Machel Montano Nominated for Soul Train Award 2011

    The Soul Train Music Awards for 2011, have nominated Machel Montano for the prestigious award for the category of Best Caribbean Performance with his hit single, “Bend Over”. One of Montano’s more popular songs for 2011, “Bend Over” has left an indelible mark on many fans and concertgoers due to the catchy rhythms, lyrics and most of all, their spectacular performance. At every show, all are left with their jaws open as Machel Montano and his dancer Brithany Dookie performs to this song. Everyone stops and stares, literally. In this category, along side Machel Montano, the other nominees are: “Man Down” – Rihanna “Wotless” – Kes “Summer Time” – Vybz Kartel “Delilah” – Movado All nominees are top performing artists and worthy contenders in the Best Caribbean Performance category. Machel commented on his nomination, “ both myself and Team HD feel honored and delighted that “Bend Over” has been nominated as we know how much energy that is pumped into each time we perform, always keeping it fresh for each show and always keeping the audience mesmerized.” The Soul Train Music Awards honors the best in Black music and entertainment and the voting committee comprises of active professionals from the arena of radio programming, music retail and management and recording artists with records that have charted in designated music trade publications in the year prior to proceedings.

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  • Shurwayne Winchester Among Invited Caribbean Celebs

    Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. October 2011————- Some very big names in Caribbean entertainment will knock glasses this Sunday in Jamaica. The lone Trinidad and Tobago artiste among the specially invited guests is none other than Shurwayne Winchester, who also happens to be the only T&T featured on the dancehall riddim- The Overproof riddim.

    The occasion for Sunday’s event is the official launch party for the JA Productions produced riddim on which artistes like Mavado, Beenie Man, Wayne Marshall, Bounty Killer and T&T’s soca rude boy, Shurwayne Winchester have contributed seamless hits. In T&T, Winchester’s single on the Overproof riddim, Wine On It, has been on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Many were shocked upon realising that Tobago-born Winchester was so effortlessly able to jump on the riddim, creating a frenzy of excitement among fans- especially those of the feminine persuasion.

    The event, which is being held at Carlos Café in New Kingston, Jamaica will also be the launching pad for a brand new video that features Mavado and fellow artiste, Navino. The gathering on Sunday, which will feature the music of a slate of artistes including Shurwayne, reiterates statements made by JA Productions’ producer, Justus Arison in early August when Wine On It was released. Back then he’d joyously noted that Shurwayne would be the artiste out of T&T to truly bridge the gap between Jamaica and the soca loving island, and thus far, the airplay being enjoyed in T&T for both the Jamaican artistes and Shurwayne, is proof that Arison’s prediction was certainly on point. Shurwayne, commenting on receiving the invitation explained that while he would have loved to be there on Sunday, he would have to miss out on the fun this time around as a result of pre-scheduled engagements. He however assured that he is, and will continue to be in constant contact with the team in Jamaica.

    For more on Shurwayne Winchester, visit his website at www.shurwaynewinchester.com, or follow him on Twitter @Shurwayne. Check out the team on Facebook as well- keyword Shurwayne Winchester & YOU.

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  • Brattleboro Halloween Parade 3 IMAGINE

    The theme is IMAGINE.
    Our imagination is the portal where our ides are fertilized…the launching pad of our dreams. Where anything imagined is real. In our imagination there are no limitations, it is where we can be anyone or anything at anytime. You are invited to join us…allow your imagination to take flight and be all you can be.

    The Route:
    Monday, October 31. Parade starts 7:pm @ the Stone Church, corner Grove and Main Street. From Main Streetto Elliot, to Elm, to Flat and back to Main @ the Stone Church.

    Street theatre:
    Last year, stilt walker Ezzell was the high maven leading the revelers downtown. Jamemurrell Stanley & the Drummers of Peace and Equality provided the road music. And Hooping Harmony excited the masses with their incredible energy and mastery with their illuminated hoops.

    Evolution:
    The Brattleboro Halloween Parade is celebrating its third year.
    The Halloween Parade continues to grow and each year we are attracting new performers and revelers. We are anticipating an even bigger turnout this year and as the parade winds its way through downtown Brattleboro. We welcome you to another incredible celebration, filled with fun and revelry, street theatre and diversity.

    We invite you to add your color, magic and creativity. Bring your body and soul…most of all, bring your IMAGINATION.

    Producer-Richie Richardson
    347-995-1819
    richierichardsondesigns@gmail.com
    Visit us @
    http://brattleborohalloween.blogspot.com/

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  • Distinguish Gentlemen’ of Reggae head to Toronto

    Toronto: Music lovers in Canada will be in for a big treat when three ‘distinguish gentlemen’ of reggae head to Toronto for the show of a lifetime dubbed ‘Men of Distinction’ on November 19 at the Double Tree Hotel 655, Dixon Road. Presented by Rinkah and Fam Records, the event will feature veteran singers Dobby Dobson, Pluto Shervington and Boris Gardiner.

    Dobson, nicknamed ‘The Loving Pauper,’ is one of the great, soulful voices of the rocksteady era. Among his many hits are Loving Pauper, Mexican Divorce and Muriel. Last year, he was the recipient of a “Lifetime Achievement Award at the inaugural Linkage Production Awards in NY. The former Kingston College old boy also stole the spotlight with a jaw-dropping performance that had fans dancing to hits like “That Wonderful Sound,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Muriel” and “Loving Pauper.” Earlier this month he was again recognised for his contribution to the music industry with the Order of Distinction (OD) in the rank of Officer by the Government of Jamaica on National Heroes Day. The smooth voice crooner will be heading to Canada on a high as not only has he been honoured in New York and Jamaica, but he was also recognized in Miami for his contribution to music as well.

    When it comes to delivering lovers rock classics, veteran crooner Boris Gardiner has an extensive catalogue of hit songs which he will be unleashing on fans in Canada. Among the numbers he is expected to deliver are his UK number one hit, I Wanna Wake Up With You, You’re Everything to Me, This Old House, Elizabethan Reggae and My Commanding Wife.

    Over the year singer Pluto Shervington has recording a numbers of classic songs that has left music lover cracking up, as well as nodding, while enjoying the singer’s play on words. Ram Goat Liver, Your Honour and Dat are just some of the humours songs he has recorded. Of course he also hit the big notes with numbers such as Sixpence, Letter from Miami and Keycard.
    Now based in South Florida the singer – regarding as
    one of Jamaica’s most prolific and successful singer/ songwriters –
    will be joining his fellow Jamaican music legends to give Toronto reggae lovers the performance of a lifetime.
    And that is what Rinkah promoter Karl Haughton has in mind when he says “This concert promises to be the best in Toronto for 2011 as it features accomplished professionals and young artistes who have performed excellently in previous concerts.”

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  • 12 countries confirmed for Caribbean’s most prestigious pageant

    Basseterre, St.Kitts (October 2011):- Organisers of the Caribbean’s Most Prestigious Pageant the Haynes Smith Miss Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant have announced the confirmed participants for the 32nd edition of the marquis event and pageant show for the St.Kitts-Nevis Sugar Mas 2011/2012

    The show takes place on December 29th 2011 at the Sugar Mill in Warner Park and the organisers have confirmed some 12 countries from around the region including Anguilla – Keivanée Lake – 16yrs, Antigua – Aalilyah Thomas- 16yrs , Bahamas – Monesha Bowleg- 15yrs; Barbados – Sacha Clarke – 16yrs; Bermuda – Shaunte Simons- 18yrs ; BVI – Ashellica Fahie – 16yrs; Grenada – Kande Duncan – 16yrs; Jamaica – Aba Sykes – 18yrs; Nevis -Erica Doras – 17yrs and St. Lucia – Kadijha Mason – 16yrs; St.Kitts-Siobhan Phipps 16 yrs and USVI-Bailee Dukes -14 yrs .

    According to Chairman and Executive Producer of the Pageant, Mr. Antonio ‘Director’ Maynard, the pageants organising committee is working hard to maintain the shows extremely high standard and further enhance it’s status as the most anticipated, exciting and prestiguous pageant shows in the Caribbean.

    “Plans are progressing perfectly and this event continues to be the most popular and prestigious event of it’s kind in the Caribbean and we intend to keep it that way,” Maynard said.

    ‘Last year we incorporated and implemented new initiatives, including the use of the social network Facebook, to raise the show to an even higher standard,” Maynard said.

    Maynard sees the use of this popular social network as being vital in building the excitement and interest leading to this prestigious event which takes its spot on the list of anticipated events for the Sugar Mas’ (St. Kitts/Nevis National Carnival) 2011/2012.

    “The social media is the future of our communication strategy,” Mr. Maynard stated. The pageant is slated to take place on December 29th in the Sugar Mill stadium.

    The pageant participants were introduced to the fans on the official FaceBook ‘Caribbean Talented Teen’ page: http://www.facebook.com/CaribbeanTalentedTeen


    The show has been synonymous over the years with spectacular stage productions and guest performances and performers. Machel Montana, Allison Hinds, Singing Sandra, Claudette Peters and more as well as top Caribbean comedians and personalities including Rachel Price, Tommy Joseph, Jennifer “Jenny Jenny” Small among others have all graced the Miss Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant stage.

    Marketing and Guest Artiste Coordinator of the show Wallis Wilkin indicated that the name of the special guest host and guest artiste for this years event will be announced shortly in a subsequent release.

    “As always you can expect another great performer this year and an even greater stage show and production,” said Wallis Wilkin Marketing and Guest Artiste Committee Chairperson for the show.

    Past contestants of the show , Claudetter CP Peters and Pat Raguette, have gone on to regional and success as performers. Claudette made history a few years ago by being the first artiste to win the Antigua Carnival Party and Groovy Soca monarch titles. Pat Raguette has won both the St.Thomas and St.Croix road march titles as lead singer of the Express band.

    The show began in 1980 and is the first show of it’s kind in the region which showcases the talents of our female Caribbean teenagers.

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  • Ardie Cuban Cohiba’s Success Self-Made Insists Capsicum Records

    Capsicum Records/mario cheef ent reggae artist Cuban Cohiba credits the growth and popularity of his world-wide tour and household name to Capsicum label’s co-executive producers Roger Meltzer,Stampede Lammie,s Street Charts in Jamaica for frist putting his real Cuban Cohiba Cigar image on his artist of the month artist to watch charts that blast Cuban Cohiba to be know global today, and Osborne “Ifield” Joseph of Paco Recordings who lay down the tracks for the title tune (Enuf Is Enough, his sponsors at Bud Lite, Hickey Brothers Cigars and Red Stripe, the hard work of Chief Entertainment headed by his manager-son, hip-hop artist and beat-maker Mario Cheef Wallace, the talents of his backing Dis ‘n’ Dat Band featuring Grammy drummer Rango and singer/keyboardist Sister Dee,John Pangani (Promotor) from Malawi Africa/www.Southbendreggae.com who frist gave him a chance to play in the Stadieum in Indiana and Ambassador David Baumer who all believe in the reggae artist
    But label CEO and Director of A&R Meltzer insists Cohiba gives him too much credit for the Cigar Man’s mushrooming success.he believes his artist Cuban Cohiba did it on his own by posing with that Real Custom Built Hand Made Expensive (Cuban Cohiba Cigar) which is one of the most costly on the market that he changes everday,Cuban Cohiba use that image to market himself worldwide and have people cant takeing their eyes off him where ever he goes,in airports etc,its not that they never seen a person with a Cigar before it’s the way he pose with it says many of his many women fan,s
    “I don’t think it takes all that much genius for someone in our business for 34 years to recognize a songwriting and recording talent like Cuban’s,” says Meltzer. His gratitude, a very rare commodity in our industry, is touching, but most of the credit belongs to his own work ethic and God-given talent.even in the world of promoting concerts Cuban was very good at it he,s the only one to ever brought the king of reggae Bob Marley into Hartford conn on his last tour on earth at the Bushnell,then Peter Tosh/Rollin Stones to Toads Place New Haven,after Bob Marley and Peter Tosh Past on Cuban Cohiba went on to working with their son,s Stephen/Ziggy Marley who he also brought to hartford conn at age 13 years old to a over pack venue on blue hills ave,then went on to bringing Andrew Tosh,Dennis Brown,Gregor Issaces,Yellowman,Burin Spears,Jimmy Cliff,Beres Hammond the list is just too long for short let,s just say if a reggae artist come,s to your mind,Cuban Cohiba had worked with them in some form,there is no -R-in reggae unless Cuban Cohiba name is mention says one media in Miami Fl

    Cuban Cohiba more or less fell into my lap says capsicum. Originally I had been introduced to Cuban as the top concert promoter in the Greater Hartford area, where our indie label is now based. At the time, he was helping me recruit artists for our inaugural ‘Reggae-In-Fusion’ compilation album. We were riding around, going to various radio stations asking the best local wanna-bes to audition, when he popped in a CD with beats that his son and manage Mario Cheef had made and various borrowed beats and started singing original songs to them. I was stunned.
    “It wasn’t a Beres Hammond, Garnet Silk or Dennis Brown voice, but this guy just knew how to put together, and put over, a song. The songs ran the gamut of human emotions and concerns — funny, tender, sad, political; they were all incredibly hooky in their chorus melodies and lyrics; and the more we hung out together, the more I learned about his musical inspirations and mentors. I simply made up my mind I would produce a couple of original rhythm tracks for one or two of my favorites and include them on our debut CD. He wrote one, and I wrote the other with his fellow Capsicum artist, Sal Anthony.”
    Musically a “late bloomer” by industry standards, the Montego Bay/St. James parish of Jamaica native waited until he was in his high school band before he found his true love was music. But right after high school, he met reggae icon Toots and the Maytals and was hypnotized by the way they played. He soon met another reggae immortal, Peter Tosh, who would become his best friend and mentor. Tosh not only taught Cuban how to hold a note and how to harmonize with it, but also how to promote a show and the “business of the business.”By the late 80s, Cuban had formed his own band as the lead singer of Rhythm Force, touring with Horace Andy, Josey Wales and others. In the early 90s, though, Cuban decided he wanted to try his hand at promoting live concerts, so he put both his band and singing on hold, working instead with every major reggae artist out of Jamaica. Cuban single-handedly put Connecticut on the reggae concert tour map, so much so that the Mayor of Hartford proclaimed every August 15th from 2008 on to be Ardie Cuban Wallace Day and presented him with a key to the city. The subject of two major NY Times interviews, concert promotion was what he’d been doing exclusively until “Enuf Is Enough” was released in Jamaica and New England.
    Added at the last minute to the album, the song reflects the community’s helpless frustration and anguish over the senseless gun violence that plagues its urban streets, capturing its repetitive and numbing impact in an original fusion of southern hip-hop and dancehall reggae with an A-Kon-influenced r&b ballad feel in the midst of a New Orleans jazz funeral procession, its beat punctuated by bursts of automatic weapons, squealing tires, condolence calls, and pealing church cemetery bells, its all too timely message reinforced by the commentary of the inimitable Shabba Ranks. With its message about society’s tolerance of gun violence on urban streets and even rural campuses, the song gained a second surge of airplay in Jamaica when civil unrest and a subsequent national state of emergency erupted in Tivoli Gardens in West Kingston in the spring of 2010.
    “But it’s not true that his song was written in response to that event,” says Meltzer who co-produced the song with Osborne “Ifield” Joseph. “The song had been released in February of 2010 and had been playing on Jamaican radio stations for three months prior to Tivoli. The song was actually inspired by the fatal 2009 shooting of an infant in the crossfire of rival drug gangs during the Caribbean Independence Day Parade in Hartford CT in the US. Cuban brought me the song two days later, and Ifield and I spent considerable time building a track that reflected the tragic feel and sounds of this all-too-familiar bloodshed on our streets.”

    Meltzer himself credits co-producer, musician and studio engineer Joseph with creating much of the label’s unique reggae-in-fusion sound, which Jamaican icon radio deejay Richie B has dubbed “roots on the bottom, and pop on the top.”

    Osborne “Ifield” Joseph

    “Ifield brings the unmistakable Caribbean component to our music; I just bring in my original songs and the r&b, gospel, modern country, rockabilly, modern country, pop, hip-hop, and jazz influences I was exposed to coming up in the business. The grooves are his. I put my two cents in when we first take a direction and tempo, and again when we start polishing the details of the rhythm tracks and arrangements, but there is no reggae in Capsicum’s reggae-in-fusion without Ifield

    “People at Mighty Three Music and Gamble-Huff Productions who didn’t know me from a can of paint and for whom I could do nothing gave me a chance to learn and prove myself; they spent countless hours mentoring me and promoting my work. What is unique about Cuban is what he has done with the tools and opportunities we have made available to him. He built his own world-wide tour from the ground up. We didn’t hand him that, or his corporate sponsors. People forget how many shows Cuban travelled to, even at his own expense, just to perform wherever and whenever he could to build his fan-base. I’m just doing the same thing for Cuban and the other talent on our roster that was done for me — giving them a chance to do their thing.

    Cuban Cohiba next big project is now in productions a tune he wrote title Don’t Cry that will have the voice of jamaica,s new reggae princess www.outaroad.com prize (Tiana) who had done tunes and video,s with top artist,s like vybes kartel,and many more could be seen at their site,for sure the ever popular Derrick Barnett Playing Bass on a new original track laid by Everton Reality Wilkes,the track was once done by ifield for Cuban Cohiba not for release,Cuban says he was waiting on the right female voice that he herd in his head to put on it,he now hear and found the right talent in-Tiana-the new voice of reggae and a true princess manage by Carly of outaroad.com

    for more on Cuban Cohiba join his www.facebook.com/ardie cuban wallace–www.youtube.com/ardiewallace1-or-ardie cuban–www.reverbnation.com/ardiecubancohiba–www.capsicumrecords.com,for booking contact mario cheef ent-352-340-6698-email ardiecuban@aol.com”

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  • TADDY P – GIMMIE DI BASS – new Album Release

    Taddy P has emerged as one of the most creative musicians, writers and producers out of Jamaica. His diverse life experiences manifest themselves in his music, which combines roots reggae riddims & a compelling message with bluesy melodies, rock overdubs & a consistent soulful vibe. “He is helping to define a progressive new sound for reggae, a style that incorporates outside influences but maintains an authentic Jamaican foundation.” said Tomas Palermo. Gimme Di Bass, his sophomore album features collaborations with multiple Grammy nominees Maxi Priest and Bunny Rugs of Third World Band fame as well as the only Diamond awarded dancehall artist & 2 time Reggae Grammy winner Shaggy.
    The album opens with Play for Me, a light hearted intro with a hypnotic beat, before Shaggy, Red Fox & Chevaughn assist Taddy P to hit you heavy with Let’s Get it Started. Jamaica’s Reggae songstress Tanya Stephens ramps the vibe up even higher with Heart of Stone, an ironic take on relationships alongside an irresistible bass line. Next up, the Teddy Pendergrass mega soul hit Come Go With Me blends a lovers rock arrangement with the fresh new voice of Evin Lake creating a new track that sounds like it was meant to be. Singer/songwriter Rik Rok adds a gorgeous touch of special to the largely instrumental tribute to Michael Jackson with, Lady in My Life , as well an original ballad, Will This Love Survive. That bass line reels you in again with Embrace Love, before Maxi Priest shines on the lovers rocks track Too Busy, as does Bunny Rugs of the legendary Third World Band on Monday Morning Blues. The title track is a standout, as Beniton asks Taddy to Gimme Di Bass, followed by Leave the Crumbs Alone with Mackie Conscious. God Is, not surprisingly, has a gospel feel before the album is rounded out by two dub versions. The set closes with Dean Stephen’s mellow ode to Mama.

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  • Ms. Triniti Releases New Video & New Movie!

    All systems ablaze for Ms Triniti as she heads to Jamaica for the release of her brand new single and video for “If I was ur Girl” which promises to be an instant hit with it’s infectious Dancehall Beat and undeniable hook. Ms Triniti will certainly be looking to top the Jamaican charts again, with three Top 5 singles and one Number 1 single already under her belt!

    The video gives us a very sexy up close and personal with Ms Triniti as she tries to tantalize the man in question with a ‘Homemade’ dvd he receives in the mail. What he sees on the screen has him mesmerized, as Triniti works her famous dance moves from every angle, showing him what he could have, ‘if she was his girl’. You will want to replay, stop, rewind and slow motion this video over and over again!!! Check it Out!

    While on the Island, Triniti will also be debuting her acting chops in the new Jamaican Movie “Out the Gate” staring Paul Campbell, Oliver Samuels and Everton Dennis. The movie has already received rave reviews after premiering in Hollywood last month and is set for a 3 month countrywide release in Jamaica on Nov 2nd.

    Other news; Triniti recently received two trophies at the Tanzanian Music Awards, wining Best Video and Best Dancehall Song. She is also currently nominated for two more awards at the African Music Awards to be determined this month.

    In November, Triniti will travel to Lebanon to perform for a month in Beruit at the Casino du Leban and from there will head to Italy to finish recording for her debut album set for Summer 2012 release on Get Up/Universal Records.

    Not just a performing Artist, Ms Triniti’s song writing skills can be heard all over the world in movies, TV shows and commercials and recently landed her a licensing deal with Extreme Music, the biggest TV & Film library in the world. The album, to be titled, ‘Ragga-Pop’ will be released in April 2012. Her songs have already been placed in countless Major motion pictures, TV shows and commercials, including the movies, Two for the Money starring Al Pacino, Like Mike II, Center Stage II and hit TV shows, Glee, America’s Next Top Model, Keeping up with the Kardashians, New Girl and E True Hollywood Story. Commercials so far include Walmart , Dentyne gum & Jet Blue Airlines.

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  • SEAN PAUL AND GYPTIAN ROCKED FOR CHARITY

    Sean Paul, Gyptian and John Forte graced the stage for a stellar performance at the annual Rockhouse Foundation Benefit held in Manhattan’s Joe’s Pub this past Tuesday.

    The Rockhouse Foundation – founded by Paul Salmon, owner of NYC’s trendy Miss Lily’s restaurant and Negril’s luxurious Rockhouse Hotel – invited celebs and industry heavyweights out for a night of entertainment to help raise funds for the rrenovation and construction of Jamaica’s schools and libraries. Tyson Beckford and DJ Sky Nellor conducted an auction that raised over $135,000 for the foundation that evening. Attendees of the benefit included celebrities Matt Dillon, Spragga Benz, Serge Becker, and Olatz Schnabel.

    In addition the the phenomenal performances, music for the night was provided by Rihanna’s DJ Max Glazer and Rob Kenner of Complex Magazine.

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  • New York 5K Winners Head To Reggae Marathon

    New York 5K Winners Head To Reggae Marathon
    CMM Newswire, NY: Damion Walker and Evelyn Abiola both snagged gold in the male and female categories at the recently held Team Jamaica Bickle/Awesome Power 5K, held at Baisley Park, Queens, New York. Both claimed the ultimate prize, automatic entry to the Reggae Marathon, December 3, 2011 in Negril, Jamaica, coupled with air fare and hotel accommodation.
    With everyone gunning for the two top spots, runners, walkers and race enthusiasts, gathered for the inaugural event and the day did not disappoint.
    Walker, finished first in a time of 18.02.5 in the male category; 2nd place male went to Marc Smith, 18.21.7 with 3rd place going to Armando Wawsom, 18.27.1.
    Abiola, topped the women in 18.59.5 with Elizabeth Perez 2nd in 19.55.3, and Charlen Bossut, 3rd in 20.57.2.
    The winner of the mile run-male, was Leo Kearns-Stanley; the female, winner was Nia Lundy.
    Anique Bailey walked to victory in the 5k.
    Several awards were handed out in the various age divisions of all race categories.
    “Consider this our dress rehearsal,” says Irwine Clare, Snr., “next year will be bigger and better. We have learnt a lot on this first outing. It is a good thing for us. It is a great thing for the community as we strive to strengthen our organization(s ) on behalf of our athletes, our ambassadors.”
    Generous support was provided by The Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K, Air Jamaica, Nutrilite, (sports drink & supplements), Jamaica National Money Transfers, local Restaurant: Footprints, The Door and Port Royal, Lime, Grace Foods, and
    MoneyGram.

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  • Best Caribbean Performance @ Soul Train Awards 2011

    nominees below:

    Best Caribbean Performance
    “Man Down” -Rihanna
    “Summer Time” -Vybz Kartel
    “Wotless” -Kes The Band
    “Bend Over” – Machel Montano
    “Delilah” – Movado

    Best New Artist
    Bruno Mars
    Marsha Ambrosius
    Miguel
    Frank Ocean

    Best Male R&B/Soul Artist
    Trey Songz
    Chris Brown
    R. Kelly
    Miguel
    Cee Lo Green
    Eric Benet

    Centric Award
    Ledisi
    Raphael Saddiq
    Bilal
    Anthony David
    Aloe Blacc

    Best Caribbean Performance
    “Man Down” -Rihanna
    “Summer Time” -Vybz Kartel
    “Wotless” -Kes The Band
    “Bend Over” – Machel Montano
    “Delilah” – Movado

    Best Gospel Performance
    “I Smile” – Kirk Franklin
    “Walking” – Mary Mary
    “Heaven Hear My Heart” – Trin-I-Tee 5:7
    “I Believe” – James Fortune ft. Shawn McLemore
    “More” – Cece Winans

    Album of the Year
    21 – Adele
    F.A.M.E – Chris Brown
    4 – Beyonce
    Passion Pain & Pleasure – Trey Songz
    Light of the Sun – Jill Scott
    Watch The Throne – Jay Z and Kanye West

    Best Hip-Hop Song of the Year
    “Moment for Life” – Nicki Minaj
    “All of the Lights”- Kanye West ft. Rihanna
    “Look at Me Now” – Chris Brown feat. Busta Rhymes and Lil’ Wayne
    “Out of My Head” – Lupe Fiasco
    “Otis” – Jay Z and Kanye West

    Best Female R&B/Soul Artist
    Kelly Rowland
    Beyonce
    Marsha Ambrosius
    Jennifer Hudson
    Jill Scott
    Mary J. Blige

    Song of the Year
    “Motivation” – Kelly Rowland feat. Lil’ Wayne
    “Sure Thing”- Miguel
    “Rolling in the Deep” – Adele
    “She Ain’t You” – Chris Brown
    “All of the Lights” – Kanye West
    “So In Love” – Jill Scott ft. Anthony Hamilton

    Record of the Year (The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award)
    “Rolling in the Deep” – Adele (Writers: Adele, Paul Epworth)
    “Far Away” – Marsha Ambrosius (Writers: Marsha Ambrosius, Sterling Simms)
    “Best Thing I Never Had” – Beyonce (Writers: Antonio Dixon; Kenneth Edmonds; Larry Griffin, Jr.; Beyoncé Knowles; Caleb McCampbell; Patrick Smith; Shea Taylor)
    “Good Man” – Raphael Saddiq (Writers: Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson)
    “Hold My Hand” (Duet with Akon) – Michael Jackson (Writers: Aliaune Thiam (Akon), Giorgio Tuinfort, Claude Kelly)

    Best Dance Performance
    “Motivation” – Kelly Rowland
    “Only Girl in the World”/”What’s My Name” – Rihanna
    “Run The World” – Beyonce
    “She Ain’t You” – Chris Brown
    “Walking” – Mary Mary
    “Pretty Girl Rock” – Keri Hilson

    2011 Soul Train Award Legend Award Recipients
    Gladys Knight
    Earth Wind and Fire

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  • DUB MASTER. PRINCE POLO

    “Heavy dub soundscapes and bass EQ deeper than the Pacific Ocean. Flashes of reggae, Latin and Italian sounds drift through the record, crafting a portrait of the borough’s ethnically diverse population… [Prince Polo] takes the role of a producer a step forward, not simply painting, but sculpting the sound aesthetics, shifting various elements to produce a textural glow that rises and drops with its own moods and ambitions.” THE PIER MAGAZINE

    Brooklyn-based reggae/dub producer, musician, and engineer, Prince Polo, takes an evolutionary approach to Jamaican roots, digital dub and cumbia on Brooklyn Bodega, out this week (Oct 18) on DubShot Records. Polo’s genius manipulation of sound creates a seductive blend of reggae and latin flavors on a dubbed-out palette of hypnotic melodies. This 11-track vibrant collection represents Brooklyn’s convergence of cultures, including music from South America, the Caribbean and the United States.

    Prince Polo, who produced and engineered the entire album, brought in an eclectic mix of musicians on Brooklyn Bodega. Master guitarist Harvey Valdes brought some authentic cumbia guitar styles and Dub Select Horns, layer the album with their intoxicating sounds. Polo also had the Polish Armada band cut all the tracks and the first single “Witness Protection” features Break Science member and Lee “Scratch” Perry alum Borahm Lee on melodica. On the vocalist’s end, Ecuadoran native L.O.ese delves deep on cumbia-fueled tracks “Lo Que Siento” and “La Morena,” while Kingston Jamaica’s singer-songwriter Kat CHR adds her soulful touch on “Calling Me” and rub-a-dub deejay Daddy Marshall delivers infectious verses on “Witness Protection” and “On The Soul Train.”

    Listen and feel free to post “Witness Protection,” the dub verison of the mob classic The Godfather’s theme song,“Speak Softly Love”:

    PRINCE POLO

    Prince Polo, born Billy Szeflinski, has been making a name for himself in the reggae scene since the late 90’s as a writer/performer/and producer, and has recently been gaining recognition for his progressive approach to recording and mixing reggae and dub music. As a sound engineer at The Kennel Studios in Brooklyn, he’s been the man behind the board for live and studio sessions with such artists as Lee “Scratch” Perry, Eek-a-Mouse, Mykal Rose, Destroy Babylon, I-Wayne, Rebelution, Mojo Morgan, Mikey Jarrett, Peter Ranks, Rob Symeon, Ranking Joe, The Expendables, and Ultra-magnetic MCs, just to name a few.

    As a drummer, he toured with Cool & Deadly nationally in support of their 2009 LP, Rude Boys Revenge. In 2010, he explored new realms of dub and science with the infusion of a horn section, Dub Select, featuring Troy Sims and Omar Little from the Mobius Collective. Incorporating the horn section in the studio as well as in live performances has expanded the versatility of the overall sound and pushed the boundaries of the dub genre. Shortly after getting together, Polo had them on his first official release as part of the Future Sound of Reggae, a collaboration album through Hollywood actress Mena Suvari. The song “Digital Dancing” was featured on the release and is currently receiving rotation on Sirius Satellite Radio’s reggae station The Joint.

    Track Listing:
    1. The Red Phone
    2. Lo Que Siento
    3. Witness Protection
    4. La Morena
    5. On The Soul Train
    6. Bodega Bullfight
    7. Calling Me
    8. Busride
    9. It’s The Dub
    10. Saladin’s Massacre
    11. Jalapeno

    ,

    FUSES SOUNDS FROM JAMAICA, LATIN AMERICA AND THE U.S.

    ON BRAND NEW ALBUM BROOKLYN BODEGA

    OUT THIS WEEK ON DUBSHOT RECORDS

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  • THIRD WORLD LIVE IN LOS ANGELES

    New York, NY (October 21, 2011): After a successful European summer tour, Third World has hit the ground running with the planning of the second installment of their Spirit Lives concert series. The first, which premiered in New York City at the Highline Ballroom on April 5, 2011, featured artists Tessanne Chin and Donahue Jarrett.

    By rave reviews and popular demand, the group will host the second series at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at 8:00PM. Celebrating 38 years and introducing their 23rd album, Patriots, the concert will feature performances by Tessanne Chin and special guest, Leon and the Peoples. Co-produce by ASOM Production, the red carpet event will be hosted by Pat McKay of Sirius XM and Native Jobson of Indie1031.com and is sponsored by Afterbeat Entertainment, Triple 7 Entertainment, Sirius XM4, FeverEyes.com, Indie 103.1, Revolution Laboratory, Steady Image, LA Reggae among others.

    As an added bonus, the concert will be streamed live on caribbeandreamerstv.com. Not only will fans get to watch the concert live, they will also get a chance to see preview episodes of Caribbean Dreamers, an upcoming series that captures up close and personal look into the group’s life while bringing their unique artistry globally. Third World is encouraging fans to log on to the website and pre-register. Additionally, fans are asked to make a pledge wherein a percentage of said funds will benefit the band’s official charity, Jamaican Children’s Heart Fund, Inc.

    A 501(c)(3) organization, JCHF is comprised of a pediatric cardiac surgical team and an intensive care team from the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital (JDCH), Hollywood, Florida, headed by Dr. Richard Perryman, Chairman-JCHF/Director Cardiothoracic Surgery JDCH, along with Dr. Gerald Lavandosky, Vice Chairman-JCHF/Pediatric Intensivist JDCH. JCHF, which recently announced their merger with Chain of Hope Jamaica, has conducted pediatric cardiac surgical missions to Jamaica over the past twelve years. The recipients of this cost free life saving surgery were as follows, 93 children under the heading of CHMA and 31 children to date under JCHF, totaling 124 recipients to date. Their mission, “to facilitate and address the urgency reflected in the increasing, rather than decreasing list of infants and children with congenital heart disease in Jamaica.”

    Remarks Stephen “Cat” Coore, “The band is delighted that we will be able to give fans, whom are not able to travel to LA to see us perform, the opportunity to watch via live stream. This will be our second time streaming our performance. Last May we hosted an informal online only rehearsal, which was streamed live on ination.tv/thirdworldbandlive and thirdworld.com. I saw the numbers first hand and it was a tremendous success. At that time, to be able to reach fans worldwide, premiere our video “The Spirit Lives,” and show a preview of the making of the video for single “By My Side,” featuring Tessanne Chin was just groundbreaking. We are confident that the numbers will double this time around and in the process

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  • Sanchez and Friends

    Jammins, Shell Cartel and New Horizon Entertainment presents Sanchez and Friends on Saturday, November 26th, 2011. Due to the over whelming success of his performance this summer at Hammerstein Ballroom, Sanchez is back by popular demand to perform at the Cultural Performing Arts Center (C-PAC) in Brooklyn, NY over the upcoming Thanksgiving Weekend.

    With a career spanning more than 25 years and countless hits including “Lonely,” “Frenzy”, and “Here I am,” Sanchez has stood the test of time with multiple sold out events, and releasing more than 30 albums to date. His sultry voice over tracks like “Feel Good All Over” and “Longing to come home”, and “won’t surrender,” reminds his listeners that there all-time favorite singer can keep up with time.
    Event to be hosted by Simon Templer with featured DJ’s Steelie Bashment, Massive Productions, Pantrin Vybz, Mischievous Marfie, Infinity Sounds and Noah Wit Da Powa.

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