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Monthly Archives: October 2011

  • Reggae Artist Joins Christina Aguilera and 50 Cent in Supporting

    Duane Stephenson may be recognized as one of Reggae’s most talented sons with his top selling releases, “August Town” and “Black Gold,” but he is also a dedicated philanthropist. He has been spreading awareness of world hunger and supporting the efforts of the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) to end hunger worldwide, with special emphasis on the Horn of Africa, where a massive draught is causing a devastating famine. A United Nations institution, WFP is committed to getting food where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. Each year, on average, WFP feeds more than 90 million people in 70 countries. Duane joins fellow musicians Christina Aguilera and 50 Cent in supporting this noble cause.

    Duane has teamed up with Hiho Batik on the creation of FEED AFRICA! T-shirt. All of the proceeds from the sales of this cotton t-shirt benefit the WFP. This Hiko Batik is 100% handmade in the batik tradition, making each one an individual work of art. The sale of one t-shirt for $40 raises enough money to feed 40 children in the Horn of Africa.

    Last year, Duane Stephenson wrote and recorded “A Step for Mankind,” an exclusive track which calls for world unity and strength to support the ongoing struggle against world hunger. Recorded with the legendary Wailers, “A Step for Mankind” features vocalist Koolant, a fresh talent from the heart of St. Thomas known for blazing a positive future for reggae music with his work. The track also introduces Dr. Dre protégé Bishop Lamont, an up-and-coming rapper, whose magical flow in the song’s breakdown melds beautifully with the distinctive groove of the Wailers. 100% of the sales of the track on iTunes benefit WFP.

    Duane feels that world hunger is a problem that must be solved and is proud to be counted among the men and women who are supporting the efforts of the WFP. Of the two projects that he has created to raise money for the organization, Duane says that each are “a simple way to make a great difference.”

    Duane will be performing “A Step for Mankind” at the XVI Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico on October 30. The largest sporting event of the year, with over 6,000 athletes from 42 countries competing for medals, Duane hopes to inspire even more people to follow in his footsteps to support the efforts to end world hunger.

    In recognition of his efforts, Duane has been invited once again to attend the WFP USA and Department of State’s Global Hunger Conference. Hosted in part by Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton, this year’s conference will honor Howard G. Buffett and Bill Gates with the George McGovern Leadership Award for their roles in addressing world hunger.

    The FEED AFRICA! T-shirt is available online at,, and

    Duane will be on tour with the Wailers starting November 18, 2011. Tour dates are available on the Duane’s website.

    Stephenson Teams Up with Hiho Batik
    On the Creation of the FEED AFRICA! T-shirt
    With 100% of the Proceeds Being Donated
    to the United Nations’ World Food Programme

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  • Calypso Rose @ 2011 Calypso Awards

    Toronto, October 2011: Calypso Rose – The Calypso Queen comes to town

    In 1978 Calypso Rose shattered the status quo in Trinidad & Tobago when she paradoxically won the country’s top prize of Calypso King. The male-dominated calypso world would never be the same! With her commanding stage presence and vocal mastery, her win forced embarrassed authorities to change the name of the annual competition to Calypso Monarch.

    The now 71 year-old charismatic musical icon of the calypso worl will be in Toronto with her brand of husky vocals, raunchy calypso and exciting soca at the 2011 Calypso Awards on Friday, October 21st. Rose’s trail-blazing days of making her mark on the history of Cribbean music propelled her on a three decade international career that this year saw her voted the No. 1 calypsonian of Trinidad & Tobago.

    A feature-length documentary called ‘Calypso Rose: The Lioness of the Jungle’ was also released earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival. Directed by Pascale Obolo, it tells Calypso Rose’s compelling story through interviews, live concert footage, and more. The film was premiered in Toronto at the 2011 CaribbeanTales Annual Film Festival and will be available on DVD at the Calypso Awards.

    Rose’s fame has recently soared in Europe, where she starred in Calypso @ Dirty Jim’s, a televised documentary broadcasted across the continent. She “put on fire” the European audiences on stage in Cirque d’Hiver and Zenith in Paris, Barbican in London, and WOMEX in Seville.

    The 2011 Calypso Awards will be held at Rembrandt Banquet Hall, 930 Progress Avenue, Scarborough and is a fundraising event organized by OCPA – the Organization of Calypso Performing Artistes. Also featured will be Structure, the 2011 Canadian Calypso Monarch and the announcement of the winner of the first annual Preston Shepherd Scholarship Award

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  • Tony Hall’s Miss Miles – the Woman of the World

    Tony Hall’s acclaimed new play, “Miss Miles – the woman of the world”, now on at the Little Carib

    OCTOBER, 2011 (PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD): Tony Hall’s Miss Miles – the Woman of the World – one of the most anticipated and exciting theatrical events of the year – premiered tonight at the Little Carib Theatre to a thunderous standing ovation from the sold-out crowd of theatre aficionados.

    Written and directed by veteran actor, playwright and director Tony Hall, this daring one-woman play Miss Miles –the Woman of the World features the award-winning actress Cecilia Salazar as Trinidadian activist, singer, fashionista and public servant Gene Miles. The play traces the life of this true Trinidad and Tobago patriot, who took on the powerful state administration in an anti-corruption campaign, The Gas Station Racket in the 1960s – and paid the ultimate price. 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, and his acclaimed play, Jean and Dinah, is being adapted into a feature film. 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.

    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.

    This powerful new production continues this weekend through Sunday 23 October with all shows at 6:30pm. Tickets are $150, and available at the Little Carib Box Office, 12pm–6pm daily, tel: (868) 622-4644. Discounted $100 tickets are available for university students with valid student ID.

    For more information about the production, additional ticketing outlets, behind-the-scenes photos, and much more, visit Lordstreet Theatre’s Facebook page at
    “MISS MILES” coming for 2011!
    Photograph by Jason Hagley

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  • 9th Annual Soca Awards

    New York, NY (Thursday 20th October 2011) – The official release of the Honorees & Nominees for iSA 9.

    On Wednesday 19th October 2011 at Trotters, the SAO Soca Awards Ltd. launched the 9th Annual International Soca Awards (iSA) and released the Honorees & Nominees for 2011.

    The day finally came Wednesday 19th October 2011 marks the official media launch of the 9th Annual International Soca Awards (iSA), which was held at Trotters, and it was a very exciting time for the Soca Awards family. Just five (5) short weeks before the red carpet comes alive with you, the media, family, friends and our favorite soca stars from around the world.

    On Saturday 26th November 2011, at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) in the Lord Kitchener’s Auditorium, the Soca Awards Organization (SAO) will once again say thank you to artists for their immense contribution to the soca artform and to the pioneers in the business. NAPA will come alive with the sweet sounds of the soca music that we all love. Soca is an artform that has not yet received its due recognition on an international level and for the past nine years, SAO’s main focus is to do just that, SAO’s main goal is Taking Soca to Higher Heights. There are some of the most talented individuals who lend their crafts to the soca genre and that dedication and talent should never go unnoticed; that dedication and talent keeps us swaying in our vehicles, on the streets behind the trucks, in our homes, those rhymthic sounds have been known to convey messages that not only touch our waists, but our souls as well.

    The official website for the 9th iSA is where the general public has the opportunity to cast their votes for the artiste of their choice in the twenty-seven (27) categories and view background information on the six (6) honoree awards. Voting is based on recordings between the time period of June 1st, 2010 and May 31st, 2011; voting will officially begin Tuesday, 1st November 2011 through Thursday, 24th November 2011. All ticket information for entry into the 9th iSA will also be posted on the site.

    SAO has taken the International Soca Awards to New York City, St. Kitts and to the mecca of soca, Trinidad & Tobago. In 2012 the 10th anniversary of the International Soca Awards will be held at the historical Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, USA; the Shrine Auditorium has been the long time host to the Emmy Awards, NAACP Image Awards, Academy Awards, Latin Grammy’s and now, the International Soca Awards. This is our culture and only we can ensure that the Machel’s and the Kes’ of this world receive their accolades on the level they deserve.


    SAO President’s Award, the Colin Jackman’s Award
    Winston ‘Gypsy’ Peters

    SAO Life Time Achievement Award
    Errol Ince

    SAO Hall Of Fame Award
    Austin “Super Blue” Lyons

    SAO Legend Award
    Anthony ‘All Rounder’ Hendrickson,
    Anthony ‘Mighty Gabby’ Carter

    SAO Trustees Award
    Charlie’s Roots, Chandelier, Sound Revolution, Fire Flight,
    Blue Ventures, Byron Lee & The Dragonaires

    SAO Technical Award
    Frank Martineau, Cliff Harris, Roy Maraj, Randy Glasgow



    Best New Female Soca Artiste

    ï Fire Empress – No Money No Wuk
    ï Frenchy – Close Your Eyes
    ï Megan Walrond – Posse
    ï Celeste David – Like So Like So
    ï K.O. Chicks – I’ve Got It

    Best New Male Soca Artiste

    ï Jahmoun Mendoza – Digital Bumper
    ï Maddzart – King Road
    ï Yankey Boy – Head Nice
    ï Gregory Ayuen – Outta Control
    ï Nebula868 – Confidence
    ï Orlanddo Octave – Pume It Up

    Soca Duo or Group of the Year

    ï JW & Blaze – And Iz Dat
    ï 3 Canal – Run Di Riddem
    ï 3 Suns – Ready
    ï Luni Sparks & Electrify – Got Energy
    ï Zuki & Tim Tim – Do Wah Yuh Want

    Soca Song Writer of the Year
    ï Skinny Fabulous
    ï Faye-Ann Lyons
    ï Kerwin Du Bois
    ï Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop
    ï Kernal Roberts

    Best Soca Collaboration of the Year

    ï Destra & Super Jigga TC – Feel To Wine
    ï Kes The Band & Kerwin Du Bois – Ah Ting
    ï Yankey Boy & Patch – Head Nice
    ï Tall Pree ft. Nadia Batson – Lighters
    ï Skinny Fabulous ft Machel Montano – Charge Up

    International Soca DJ of the year
    ï Dr. Jay
    ï DJ Stephen
    ï Soca Twins
    ï DJ Spice
    ï Little Bee

    Soca Artist Album/CD of the year

    ï Nadia Batson – Miss ‘B’
    ï kes The Band – Wotless
    ï Machel Montano – The Returned
    ï Benji – Ah Iz Ah Trini

    Best Soca Compilation Album/CD of the Year

    ï Soca Box 2011
    ï Best of the Best – Soca & Grooves 11
    ï Soca Gold 2011
    ï Soca Dons & Divas

    Best Soca Compilation Rhythm
    ï Flag Shipo Riddim –
    ï Electro Lights Riddim –
    ï Condem Riddim –
    ï Radical Riddim –
    ï Honey Riddim –
    ï Swahili Riddim –

    Best Groove Soca – Female

    ï Destra – Cool It Down
    ï Patrice Roberts – Give Him (Bam Bam)
    ï Denise Belfon – Dance & Dingolay
    ï Faye-Ann Lyons – Pressure
    ï Alison Hinds – Soca Queen

    Best Groove Soca – Male

    ï Blaxx – Carnival Jumbie
    ï Machel Montano – Bend Over
    ï Cassi – Town Ting
    ï Benji – Trini
    ï Kes – Wotles
    ï Lil’ Rick – Go Dung

    Best up Tempo Soca – Female

    ï Faye-Ann Lyons – Consider It Done
    ï Destra Garcia – Welcome Back
    ï Nadia Batson – My Time
    ï Patrice Roberts – Wave It Away
    ï Michelle Xavier – Fettin For Days

    Best up Tempo Soca – Male

    ï Iwer George – Come To Meh
    ï Busy Signal – Get Outta My Way
    ï Machel Montano – Advantage
    ï Maddzart – King Road
    ï Otis – Tornado

    Soca Song of the Year

    ï Kes – Wotless
    ï Destra – Cool It Down
    ï Benji – Trini
    ï Machel Montano – Advantage
    ï Otis – Tornado
    ï Cassi – Town Ting

    Favorite Soca Info Website

    Over All Soca Band of the Year

    ï Roy Cape All Stars
    ï Machel Montano HD
    ï Kes The Band
    ï Krosfyah
    ï Red Hot flames

    Soca Producer of the Year

    ï De Red Boyz – (Cool It Down, Flirt, Look Fuh Meh)
    ï Penn & Ace – (Get Outta My Way, Consider It Done, Me Alone)
    ï Kernal Roberts – (Advantage, Sweetness, Wine To The Side)
    ï Mr. Roots – (Tornado, Give Him (Bam Bam), Hard Wuk)
    ï Kerwin Du Bois – (Ah Ting, Wotless, Illegal)

    Best Soca Music Video
    ï Kes – Wotles – (Walt Lovelace / Kes Dieffenthaller)
    ï Machel Montano HD – Advantage – (Leroy ‘Gotti’ Thomas. MM. HD)
    ï Farmer Nappy – Flirt – (Katrina Chandler)
    ï Chucky – My Bad Thing – (Kern Rose)
    ï Shal Marshal & Super Jigga TC – Whole Day / Speaker Box – (Peter C. Lewis)

    Best Soca Chutney Music Video

    ï Rikki Jai – White Oak & Water – (Ravin Ramkisson)
    ï KI – No More Rum Again – (Kern Rose)
    ï S.W Storm – By De Bar – (H2H Production)
    ï Soca Elvis – Why You Leave Me Darlin’ – (Trinwood Flms)
    ï Ravi B ft. Skinny Fabolous – Cya Come Remix – (Rayeed Mohammed)

    Over All Soca Chutney Band of the Year

    ï Dil E Nadan
    ï Mellobugz
    ï Gayatones
    ï Karma
    ï JMC 3Veni

    Soca Chutney Song of the Year

    ï White Oak & Water – Rikki Jai
    ï Cya Come – Ravi B
    ï Ah Shoulda Never – Rick Ramoutar
    ï Tanty Man – Hunter
    ï No More Rum Again – KI

    Favorite Soca Online Radio

    Best DJ/Radio Host Soca Artist (DJís/Radio Host that sings)

    ï Lil’ Rick – Go Dung
    ï JW & Blaze – And Iz Dat
    ï Jahmoun Mendoza – Digital Bumper
    ï Super Jigga TC – Speaker Boxx
    ï Shal Marshal – Whole Day

    Best Soca Pan Song (TNT Special)

    ï Edwin Pouchet (Composer) & Alvin Daniel (Lyrics) – It’s Showtime
    ï Len ‘Boogsie’ Sharpe (Composer) & Gregory Ballantyne (Lyrics) – Do Something For Pan
    ï Ken ‘Professor’ Philmore & Mark Loquan (Composer) & Destra Garcia (Lyrics) – Calling Meh
    ï Winston Scarborough (Composer & Lyrics) – A Raging Storm
    ï Arddin Hurbert (Composer) & Roland ‘Rembuncction’ Yearwood (Lyrics) – Doh Be On Dat

    Best Soca Radio DJ of the Year (TNT Special)
    ï Dr Ross – Vibe CT 105 FM
    ï Wax – Vibe CT 105 FM
    ï Marlon Mr Music – Soca 919 FM
    ï Sean Bowen – Sweet 100.1 FM
    ï Universal Yung Gunz Sound/ KG – Wack Radio

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  • Shebada and Delcita Hit the U.S.

    New York, New York — October 2011 — For the first time ever, top Jamaican theater actors Shebada and Delcita are hitting the U.S. hard with a “Double Dose” of comedic entertainment Thanksgiving weekend together — offering patrons two explosive plays for one price, also known as “2 for 1.” Theatergoers in the Tri-state area should brace themselves for an infectious weekend of Jamaican comedy as promoters Irish and Chin offer more bang for the buck with stagings of: “Ova Mi Dead Body” and “The Plumber” in Brooklyn, New York at Tilden High School on Friday, November 25; “Double Dose” (w/Shebada) and “The Plumber” (w/Delcita) in Hartford, Connecticut at Weaver High School on Saturday, November 26 and; “Double Dose” (Shebada) and “Ova Mi Dead Body” (w/Delcita) at Evander Childs High School in Bronx, New York on Sunday, November 27. Adding to the gut wrenching humor of Shebada and Delcita, will be all star casts, with favorites like Bad Boy Trevor and Jookie Jam — among others.

    “This year was a very good year for our theater productions, says Garfield “Chin” Bourne of Irish and Chin. “Giving our patrons 2 shows for 1 price is our way of thanking them for their support.”

    With “2 for 1” being the rave in Jamaica — sometimes attracting more than 8,000 patrons in one setting — there is no doubt that the U.S. debut of the concept will be a hit. Theatergoers will get to experience a full night of immense laughter, big fun and entertainment with “2 for 1” in Hartford and the Bronx for one discounted price. Each market will feature early warm and intense musical vibes by DJ Roy and 4 hours for the scheduled plays, including one intermission.

    As Delcita and Shebada reign on Jamaica’s theater circuit, they are the ideal actors to headline the “2 for 1” stagings. Sharing the same stage for the first time ever in the U.S., Delcita and Shebada evoke infinite laughter for their quips and hilarious spin on life. When these daringly funny, witty and outlandish characters take over the Tri-state area, patrons will be doubled over in laughter from start to finish. While Shebada’s roles are peppery and argumentative — often depicting inner city life, Delcita’s roles tend to zoom in on life’s everyday challenges and expectations with strong messages in tow. Never-the-less, both characters boast hard-hitting punch lines — promising audiences quite a comedic ride.

    Irish and Chin expanded their brand to encompass theater a few years ago, attracting thousands of patrons to their stagings. Known for selling out auditoriums, Irish and Chin’s ultimate goal has been to provide customers with first class Caribbean entertainment. The introduction of “2 for 1” in the U.S. with powerhouse stagings of top plays with leading actors further carries out Irish and Chin’s mission.

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  • Haiti’s Earthquake and Survival in Photos

    On October 21, in conjunction with the photo exhibit Haiti=Survival (No question, but)at Soho Photo 15 White St. in Tribeca, from 6:30pm on, Haiti Cultural Exchange, Soho Photo and Tequila Minsky have partnered for a Haitian cultural event including an artist talk with photographer Tequila Minsky, spoken word performance with Ibi Zoboi, live Haitian jazz with saxophonist Buyu Ambroise and his band and good conversation.

    Tequila Minsky is Soho Photo’s October guest exhibitor. She has traveled to Haiti more than 20 times since 1993 in connection with various photojournalistic projects. She arrived in Port-au-Princefive hours before the
    earthquake struck on January 12, 2010, having spent almost a week in the Haitian countryside with a delegation visiting the peasant farmer association MPP.

    Three hours after the earthquake, Minsky’s photos were published on the NYTimes blog and in the Time’s morning edition. Her exhibition at Soho Photo includes images of the disaster, as it was unfolding and the immediate and
    slightly longer aftermath. The exhibit is supported in part by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Exhibit continues until October 29.

    The cultural evening is sponsored in part by Prestige Beer and Soho/Tribeca restaurants Bubby’s, Boom, Krik Krak and Le Pescadeux .

    There is no charge. Donations will be accepted for two organzations working in Haiti. (MUDHA, working in Leogane with women, and Three Little Flowers school in Ft. Royal, damaged by the earthquake)

    Photographer Tequila Minsky
    will discuss this shot of a grieving woman and coffin and other 2010 Haiti earthquake photos
    Friday October 21, 2011
    The Soho Photo Gallery
    @ 6:30 pm
    15 White St., between Sixth Ave. and West Broadway

    Haiti Cultural Exchange invites you for a cultural evening
    On Friday, October 21 with photography, Tequila Minsky
    Spoken word and Haitian jazz.

    At: Soho Photo,
    When: Friday, October 21
    Where: 15 White St. (3 blocks below Canal, between 6th and W. Broadway) inManhattan.
    When: From 6:30 on.
    To do: Drink Prestige Beer with us. (and great conversation)

    No charge.

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    Jamaica, October 2011:-Few Jamaican artistes have been able to consistently churn out relevant material locally, maintaining a large and loyal fan base while at the same time having an international appeal, Ce’Cile is one. Known as the Bad Gyal of Jamaican music, Ce’Cile is fresh and clean with a new album called Jamaicanization, New Videos and new dancehall tracks which will be essential to any popular DJ’s playlist.

    Over the past months the artiste has maintained her presence locally with dancehall tracks such as Woot Woot (Smoking Riddim), Pree Mi (Blaze Fia Riddim) and more recently Tip Me (Green Faces Riddim) While on the reggae side she has released heavy hitters like When you’re Gone (Cardiac Bass Riddim), Rise Up (Message Riddim) and Missing You (Monte Carlo Riddim). These are just some examples of how this musical dynamo straddles both the Reggae and Dancehall genres effortlessly. The artiste has just recently premiered the video for When You’re Gone / Missing You.
    Not only has Ce’Cile been dominating the local airwaves with some hot tracks but she has also been present on the local stage being a crowd puller at shows such as Reggae Sumfest 2011, LIME Fashion Nite Out, LIME ‘Skool Aid’ and several other locals shows. However, Ce’Cile’s presence is always mostly felt on the international stage.
    Ce’Cile has had a constant presence in Europe and the Caribbean throughout her career and this year it has been no different. The artiste is a regular on the stage and in the clubs in countries such as Germany, France, Netherlands, Amsterdam, French Guiana, and Africa.

    Ce’Cile kicked off the “Jamaicanization European Tour” with performances at a host of festivals including Summer Jam (Koln Germany), Juicy Beats Festival (Dortmund, Germany) Berlin Reggae Fest (YAMM Berlin, Germany) Fest in the Park (Belgium) and Amsterdam Reggae Fest (Amsterdam). CeCile also made stops in French Guiana and Belize and will continue with stops in places such as Guyana and ST Kitts and St Maarten in the coming weeks.

    More than any other European country, CeCile is most popular in Germany and has been one of the most dominant Jamaican artiste on the German charts for several years and the only Jamaican female artist on said charts. Ce’Cile is nominated for Africa’s Channel O awards in the category of Most Gifted Ragga Dancehall Music Video for her collaboration with Kenyan artist Wyre with the She Say Dat Remix. Ce’Cile shot the video with Wyre while in Kenya in March of this year.

    Ce’Cile has released Jamaicaization on iTunes and via mobile APPs. The album which was released August 19th in Germany has been previewed in magazines such as Grazia, and the German Playboy. Ce’Cile is also one of the few Jamaican Dancehall artistes utilizing Album Apps and her full album plus lyrics are available as application download for Android and iPhone users. Jamicaicanization is not yet released in Jamaica contains sixteen tracks of which thirteen are brand new. So far the reviews have been excellent. states: “In fact, Jamaicanization is an album to listen to from beginning to end. It works for Dancehall Fanatics, it words for a(more or less) mainstream audience, it works in a club as well as a background soundtrack while having breakfast doing ironing or whatever” says: “the album is, arguably, her most high profile release to date and is also going to have a legitimate claim to being her finest piece of work to date. Along with the extensive work of Bazzazian, who helms much of the album, listeners can also look forward to well known pieces such as Woot Woot, Nah Stress Over Man, Step Aside and others which feature backing work from the likes of Tony ‘CD’ Kelly, Stephen McGregor, Chrome and Ce’Cile, herself”.

    Reggae France quips: “there is a practice almost become legion is laying as an album, a compilation of his series of interventions on the riddims. But it will not happen here, the beautiful Jamaican has not paid the head of his public: of 16 titles, 12 are completely new!”

    Jamaicanization has also been doing well on the charts. Two of the songs on the album; Step Aside (Beep Beep) and Singing This Song are currently number ten and eleven on the MTV German Black Charts. Ce’Cile is sitting pretty in the middle of the chart and is ahead of artistes such as Lil Wayne, Drake, 50 Cent and Mary J. Blige, Singing This Song peaked at #4 on said charts.

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    Basseterre, St.Kitts October 2011:- St.Kitts-Nevis’ undisputed Soca Diva Jacinth “Shakki” Cao has released the first official single for St.Kitts-Nevis Sugar Mas 2011/12 . The single “Party Plenty” is a another classic groovy soca hit which will no doubt ensure the Kittitian Diva’s standings among the likes of Claudette Peters, Allison Hinds and Destra as the region’s Premier Female Soca Acts.
    The track is scheduled to be released on St.Kitts Freedom FM’s Island Riddims show with popular radio personality EK , WINN FM’s Killing Drive Time with GQ and the Sugar Bowl Morning Express . The single has been released . online and has already quickly made the rounds on the world wide web on a number of top soca music sites including, trinijunglejuice and
    The single was written by Shakki with production work by DJ Kells of SKN Entertainment . Kells is a well known Radio Personality and up and coming producer and promoter.
    The flamboyant performer’s release became the soundtrack for the launch of the St.Kitts-Nevis Carnival 2011 as excerpts from the track was officially launched as the SUGAR MAS Jingle which was premiere at the launch of Sugar Mas 2011/2012.
    Her track is the first official release for Sugar Mas Carnival 2011.
    “Last year I released an album which received very positive feedback and reviews. High for Carnival was not only a huge local hit for me but it was relatively big regionally as well. It was featured on a number of soca compilations and reached number 1 on a number of soca charts around the world,” said Shakki
    Shakki said “I expect much more with this song . So I am very excitied about the possibilities for this carnival and beyond.,” “ I intend to release 3 singles for this years carnival and if everyone thought last year was hot then I could guarantee them that this year is going to be Plenty Hotter,” the Soca Diva continued.
    The former St.Kitts Soca Monarch and Nevis Culturama Queen indicated that the other two singles will be released leading up to the start of the 40 days of Sugar Mas on November 25th .

    Please find below the first release for St.Kitts-Nevis Carnival 2k11 as well as the official Sugar mas Jingle

    Song- Plenty Party (Released October 17th 2011)
    Artiste- Shakki
    Producer and Arranger – Kelvin “DJ Kells” Christopher
    Recorded at –SKN Entertainment Studios

    ‘Shakki – party plenty (prod by DJ Kells) master

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  • Download the singles “The System”

    Download the singles “The System” , “I am Rich In Love”, and “California” by Romain Virgo.

    Romain Virgo came to national attention in Jamaica by winning the ‘Digicel Rising Star’ competition in 2007. The young vocalist (now 21) made fans with his convincing vocal performances and youthful star quality. Performing familiar hits throughout the televised, multi-week competition, his charm emerged like a diamond in the rough. For the last few years, the singer has pursued his musical education (majoring in Voice) as a full time student at Edna Manley College in Kingston, JA, while recording multiple hit singles. Under the tutelage of legendary producer Donovan Germain (Penthouse) and others, Romain Virgo has already graced Reggae radio with several Top Ten hits and is busy working on his second album (due for release Spring 2012). He is also enjoying international success with his new single “California” with Legendary Country Music Crooner Mr. Larry Gatlin, off of the critically acclaimed “Reggae’s Gone Country” record making him the first reggae artist to grace the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee! Check out 3 more HIT singles from Romain Virgo!

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    Female sing jay, Karamanti has decided to advance her career by ensuring that she has more of a public presence. She recently sent the following letter to her fans and supporters:

    Greetings my friends, I just wanted to personally touch base to let you know that I have officially released Karamanti Mix Volume 2 – “the most underrated from then to now”. This is 18 of my songs that I think reflects the fact that I am truly underrated as a lyricist in the reggae/dancehall industry. This is not a mix CD or anything, it’s all-individual tracks so DJs can download and have the music to spin. It features older stuff as well as a whole bunch of songs recorded and released this year. Here is the download link: Feel free to share this link with your mailing list.

    Also wanted to let you know that I have reconnected with Triple Crown of Blessed Coast Sound out of Bellingham so this means an official mix CD is coming soon! Last year him and I got together and did the Transition mix CD and that was crazy so I am anticipating great things with this new project. Here is a link to download some songs recorded specifically for this project:

    Finally, as you may already know I run a full-blown PR company and that is the reason I have not been pushing my career as an artist. I am pleased to let you know that I have hired someone that I am confident can takeover and run the company so this will afford me the luxury of just being an artist. So all I can say is “pay attention cause I’m gonna turn it up now”.

    Thanks for all your continued support and be sure to link me on all my respective social sites. Here are the links:

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  • Vybz Kartel Asserts that…

    Adidjahiem Records would like to announce that they are still the booking and management agents for Portmore Empire artists.

    In a statement issued through his lawyer Michael Deans, Adidjahiem Records CEO Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer stated that “Portmore Empire artists Vanessa Bling (Gaza Slim), Sheba, Tommy Lee, and Shawn Storm are still booked and managed by Adidjahiem Records. As such, any bookings or commitments coming through any other channels will not be honored.”

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  • Singing Melody Releases Video for Collide

    Kingston, Jamaica – October 2011; With the global success of Singing Melody’s song “Collide” Shem Music Group has just released the video, adding momentum in market anticipation for the January 17th, 2012 release of the artists forthcoming album ‘They Call Me Mr. Melody.’

    The video, shot entirely on location in Kingston, Jamaica, flows with the theme of a couple who is separated due to a mistake made on the part of the man. That mistake sees his in jail for some time, causing both he and his girl to reflect on happier times they experienced together. Singing Melody is the driving force throughout the video as his character drives the bus which connects the memories from the past, with the reconciliation of the future.

    While on the set of the video shoot, Singing Melody was asked why he played the role of the bus driver, and not the male lead to which he replied “I liked the idea of me driving the bus because of what the bus represents in the video and to the theme of the song. The bus is just as important as the couple going through the difficulty!”

    The video’s director, Asha McHail, from Far Eye Films, achieves video and cinematic success as audiences are held to the story displayed in every second of the video whose run time is 4:17. As for the plot twist at the end, the director says “we wanted to tease the audience and give them a surprise ending!”

    Fans can see the full video on Singing Melody’s YouTube channel: or by requesting the video from their favourite music channel across the Caribbean!

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    Kingston, JA/New York, NY – October 18, 2011 – (RAINE PR): Tad’s Record is once again partnering with Reggae icon Gregory Isaacs’ African Museum label for Gregory Isaacs -The African Museum & Tad’s Collection Vol. II , which will be released on October 25th, marking the one year anniversary of Isaacs’ passing. Part proceeds from the album sales will be donated to the Gregory Isaacs Foundation, which was established by his widow June Isaacs earlier this year. Ms. Isaacs will also utilize the tribute album to launch a drug awareness campaign in memory of her husband, who battled drug addiction throughout his 42-year career.

    Described by the New York Times as “the most exquisite vocalist in Reggae,” his smoothly haunting vocals and stirring lyrics about love, heart ache, and ghetto life garnered Isaacs – nicknamed the ‘Cool Ruler’ – international fame. Gregory Isaacs -The African Museum & Tad’s Collection Vol. II is a two-disc collector’s item featuring over 40 singles from Isaacs’ illustrious catalogue including “My Number One,” “Front Door,” “Tune In,” and “Slavemaster” from the 1978 Jamaican cult classic film Rockers. Vol. II also includes an extended version of his 1982 international hit “Night Nurse.”

    In 1973, Isaacs, along with Reggae singer Errol Dunkley, founded the African Museum Record label which produced his single “My Only Lover,” credited as being the first ‘lover’s rock’ styled Reggae single. “My Only Lover” is also included on Gregory Isaacs -The African Museum & Tad’s Collection Vol. II.

    “Gregory Isaacs is one of Reggae’s greatest artists. In 2008, Tad’s partnered with African Museum for ‘Gregory Isaacs -The African Museum & Tad’s Collection Vol. I.’ Now that Gregory has joined the ancestors, we will see to it that his music lives on with Vol. II,” says Tad Dawkins, CEO and owner of Tad’s Record. “Gregory and I have a long musical history together, and I’m glad to honor him and celebrate his legacy.”

    In memory of Isaacs, who died of lung cancer on October 25th, 2010, Tad’s and African Museum will donate a portion of the album’s sales to the Gregory Isaacs Foundation, founded on July 15, 2011, which would have been Isaacs’ 60th birthday. The foundation will support basic education and children’s charities in Jamaica.

    “The foundation will be offering assistance to the St. Barnabas Basic School in Fletcher’s Land, the first school Gregory attended. We will be donating 2 toilets and a wash basin,” says June Isaacs, adding that the foundation will also be “donating school supplies and maybe a computer to Black Harmony Basic School in St. Catherine, and clothes and groceries to the Walkers Place of Safety in Kingston, which were institutions that Gregory assisted in his lifetime.”

    In addition to foundation, Ms. Isaacs will utilize Gregory Isaacs -The African Museum & Tad’s Collection Vol. II to launch an anti-drug campaign in the coming weeks, which will warn children of the dangers of illegal drugs. Gregory Isaacs’ career was shrouded by a crippling addiction to cocaine, which caused irreparable damage to his voice and led to over 20 arrests for drugs and drug-related crimes.

    “Drugs are a debasing weapon,” Isaacs told The Telegraph in 2007. “It was the greatest college ever, but the most expensive school fee ever paid – the Cocaine High School.”

    “November is Drug Awareness Month in Jamaica, I am working on editing some audio and video statements from Gregory about his own drug abuse to use as a message to kids to stay off drugs,” Ms. Isaacs says.

    Gregory Isaacs -The African Museum & Tad’s Collection Vol. II will be available in stores and on all digital outlets on Tuesday, October 25th. Part proceeds from the sale of the album will benefit the Gregory Isaacs Foundation. For more information, contact Tad’s Record (Miami) at 305-654-6130 or or Tad’s Record (Kingston) at 876-929-2563 or visit

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  • Magano and friends for Plug ‘n’ Play

    The popular Friday evening jam session, Plug ‘n’ Play, presents conscious vibes and smooth connections on October 21 as rising reggae acts, Guidance and Magano will be joined by a host of talented friends at the Wyndham Hotel’s Jonkanoo Lounge in New Kingston.

    Plug ‘n’ Play has evolved into the trendiest weekend hot spot for good quality live music, and one of the unique things about this event is that focus is as much about the musicians as it is about the artistes. Claiming comparable spotlight is the Krucial band, led by renowned bass player, Delroy ‘Worm’ Nevin, of the now defunct Blaze band.

    “Plug ‘n’ Play is a musical feast in every sense of the word and we have a great show lined up,” assured Worm, who is also a producer and has steered the careers of quite a few young acts from his home parish, St Thomas.
    “Many of these acts are young, upcoming and eager to represent. They should be considered reggae’s future and they need encouragement, guidance and support,” he declared.

    Both Guidance and Magano, the headliners for the event, have been deliberately carving out their personal spaces musically and are earning the respect of their peers and their growing fans base. Magano has been impacting radio with the single, Never Be Your Child, while Guidance and his Brown Brothers stablemate, Ico Flamez are getting attention with their collaboration, By The Window.

    Other artistes on the October 21 event include Ico Flamez, Highest, Javante, Natural-I, Boukie, Ms Niiqqii Li, Real Steele, I-Shane, Termus, and Face Dadda.

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  • DAMIAN MARLEY Headlines Benefit Concert

    October 17, 2011 – Multiple Grammy Award-winning Reggae Superstar Damian Marley has partnered with the Caribbean Education Foundation, Inc. (CEF) to headline its “STAND UP – Educate the Youths” BENEFIT CONCERT to help children in Jamaica attend high school.

    The STAND UP Benefit Concert will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at the beautiful outdoor music venue, Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Caribbean Education Foundation Jamaica Scholarship Programs. It is highly anticipated that STAND UP will be a spectacular event!

    The theme of the concert is “leadership, pride, compassion and action” and how they intertwine to “educate the youth”. “STAND UP – Educate the Youths”, CEF’s 2011 Education Benefit Concert, features Damian Marley and music artists who exemplify the qualities of leadership, pride, compassion and take action to support education for poor youths. These global music leaders will lend their voices to the need for educational access in countries such as Jamaica.

    When asked the reasons Caribbean Education Foundation chose international reggae superstar Damian Marley as its Partner and Headliner for STAND UP, CEF President & CEO, Nikiki T. Bogle, Esq. explains, “STAND UP exemplifies artists who are taking positive actions for a better world and Damian Marley is a natural fit with this tremendous effort. Damian Marley is not only a Spectacular Entertainer and Musical Genius, but he is also a Humanitarian who deeply cares about disadvantaged children and understands there is a critical need to provide them with meaningful access to education. Therefore, it was natural for us to request that Damian Marley partner with CEF and he immediately embraced our efforts and took action.”

    Damian Marley has won Three Grammy Awards for Blockbuster Albums. In 2002, he won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album for “Half Way Tree”. In 2006, he won Two Grammy Awards for “Welcome to Jamrock” for Best Reggae Album and Best Urban/Alternative Performance. He is the only Jamaican reggae artist in history to win two Grammy Awards on the same night. He is also the only reggae artist to win in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category at the Grammy Awards. Damian Marley is the son of King of Reggae, Bob Marley and Cindy Breakspeare, Miss World, 1976.

    The Caribbean Education Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3), tax deductible nonprofit organization based in the United States. It is dedicated to helping brilliant, poor children receive meaningful access to quality education in the Caribbean. Its current mission country is Jamaica, where public education is NOT FREE starting in high school. CEF awards Scholarships which pays school fees, purchase text books, school supplies, uniforms, meals and transportation. CEF provided scholarships to needy students in Jamaica in 2011, 2010 and 2008. CEF has awarded over $2 million JA dollars (excess of U.S. $25,000) in student scholarships.

    In discussing the importance of education in the developing world, CEO Nikiki Bogle reasons, “Our society must provide youth with meaningful access to quality education – – a necessary and important tool to change their own lives. After all, where would you or I be if our access to education ended at 12 years old? CEF’s goal is to take action, to ensure things will change to break the poverty cycle and give youth meaningful choices and opportunities in this world.”

    It is the goal of Caribbean Education Foundation to help many more children, but this is challenging as the number of qualified students in financial need greatly exceeds the funding capabilities of the organization. STAND UP – Educate the Youths Benefit Concert will go a long way to help facilitate this goal.

    Ms. Bogle added, “CEF is incredibly thankful and grateful to Damian Marley and his entire team for this partnership, and in particular, for donating one hundred percent of his performance for this important cause.”

    The Foundation is asking everyone to STAND UP and support its fantastic benefit concert on November 17th, 2011 at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, Florida. CEF is also urging corporations, organizations and individuals to help sponsor the STAND UP Benefit Concert, Adopt a CEF Scholar or Donate on its website.

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    In a recent interview on Bess 100 fm, brothers, Damion and Howard Hinds announced their intentions to transform the Reggae/Dancehall industry for the better.

    The brothers who hail from the Sea view Gardens community recently released their latest rhythm driven project, entitled Betta Way on their own D’Ave Productions label. Their reason for titling the project Betta Way is their belief that the Reggae/Dancehall industry is riddled with corruption and upcoming artists within the genre is in desperate need of a better way.

    Some of the points raised by both men were; the length of time it takes for new artists to get a break in this industry. “With rap and other genres every year you see new artists coming on the scene but with our industry you see a new artist get a break maybe every five years”, states Damion Hinds. They went on to say that D’ Ave Production (Detroit Avenue Production) was conceptualized and manifested in May 2010, with the hopes of giving emerging talents that opportunity to get their big break. Most if not all their rhythms will feature young, upcoming artists as oppose to already established ones.

    D’Ave Production has been having its challenges but the men are bent on attaining success for both themselves and the young artists of Jamaica.

    Betta Way Riddim is a conscious nine-track album, which features artists such as Dexta Daps, Danny English, Tention, Karamanti and others. To listen to the Betta Way Riddim click on the following link

    Disc Jocks wanting all tracks on the album should contact Maria Jackson at with all relevant information confirming their status as an active DJ.

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  • Big Night in Little Haiti, Miami Florida

    The October edition of Big Night in Little Haiti features one of Haitian music’s biggest cultural artists – Bélo. He transcends the label of Haitian artists and has in fact become a major draw at world music festivals around the world. Keeping with the world music vibe for the night, the opening set features Lanzallamas Monofonica, one of Miami’s best multicultural ensembles. The concerts and full night of art, food, drinks and fun takes place Friday, October 21st at the Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami – free admission to the public!

    Born in Haiti in 1979, Bélo is a young author, composer, guitarist and singer, winner of numerous awards, including the prestigious “Prix Radio France International Discoveries of 2006.” His musical style, known as “Ragganga,” combines Reggae, Jazz, Rock, Worldbeat and “Rara” traditional voodoo rhythms. He sings in his rich and colorful native language, Haitian Creole. Bélo is a sensitive messenger who, with his melodies, knows how to touch audiences all over the world–North America, Africa, Europe and South America.

    He finds his world music base in the geography of Haiti. He told Radio France, “The first thing to say is that Haiti is a crossroads on the map: it’s in the Caribbean, it’s in America, it’s in the West Indies, and our music has all those influences. Our history is the same: we’ve been colonized by the French and occupied by the Americans. Haiti is a mosaic of colors, influenced by all kinds of music. Yes, there’s compas in Haiti, but there’s also “roots” music, reggae, gospel – a whole mix of stuff. Right from my childhood, I listened to all of these types of music and they all had an effect on me and helped bring about my own original style that I call “ragganga”. It’s a mix of reggae, ragga and rara.”

    The opening set features Lanzallamas Monofonica. Standing out as one of Miami’s most sophisticated bands, Lanzallamas is an eight-piece ensemble charged with melodic fire and global rhythmic chemistry. The band’s alchemy consists in the powerful combination of well-crafted lyrics, a unique performance style and a wide array of nationalities merging to create a true expression of world beat music. This group truly encompasses the diversity of the melting pot that is this city. Tastefully and sincerely blended elements of traditional Afro Caribbean, Brazilian, South American, and American rhythm and blues, jazz and funk make this group special. The sound is fresh, new, exciting, and geared towards the future.

    Beyond the show on the plaza, Big Night in Little Haiti on October 21st will feature a mural session by the artists of MLK Mural Project. Hands-on art activities for children are coordinated by the Little Haiti Cultural Center in the studio.

    The Little Haiti Cultural Center gallery hosts an exhibit to delight photography buffs. The IPC Visual Lab exhibit is curated by renowned photographer Carl Juste.

    7th Circuit Studios, across a short promenade from the Little Haiti Cultural Center, hosts an open gallery fro 7PM to 10PM, free to the public. At 10PM, the after show party kicks in with a live concert by Moksha Roots Live, an artist collective and community. Special guests include Wraps N’ Kush, a roots reggae rock band.

    Participating sites
    Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance
    225 NE 59 Street, Miami
    6 PM – 10 PM, free
    Open studios, and an exhibit of the metal work of Serge Jolimeau and found object sculpture of Lionel St Eloi

    7th Circuit Studios: Moksha Gallery and Boutique
    228 NE 59 Street, Miami
    6 pm – 10 PM, free open art gallery and Pleaidian Lounge (free)
    10 PM – 3AM: Wraps & Kush, Moksha Roots Allstars with special guests
    ($10, ages 18+)

    Big Night in Little Haiti brings great crowds to the Little Haiti Cultural Center to enjoy a free concert in the plaza, art in the studios, and to experience the neighborhood. More than a thousand people have attended each previous months’ editions – locals from the neighborhood, hipsters, families with young children enjoying a night out, tourists and people who have never before visited Little Haiti.

    Big Night in Little Haiti is a free monthly event, scheduled each Third Friday. Details at or 305-960-2969.

    Big Night in Little Haiti is produced by The Rhythm Foundation and the Little Haiti Cultural Center. Major support is provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, through the Knight Arts Challenge Grant. Additional support is received from the City of Miami, Prestige Beer, Biscayne Times, NE 2nd Avenue Partnership and AmericanAirlines.

    Presenter Information
    About The Rhythm Foundation
    The Rhythm Foundation, a Miami-based non-profit cultural organization, is the foremost presenter of world music in Florida. Founded in 1988 with the goal of increasing international awareness through live music, the Rhythm Foundation has presented more than 450 concerts, events and festivals by established and innovative artists from around the world. Special focus is given to those cultures connecting to South Florida audiences – music from Latin America, the Caribbean Africa, Asia and Europe. Many of the world’s established music legends have made their US or Florida debuts with The Rhythm Foundation. Recognized as one of the top world music presenters in North America, the organization has built strong name recognition and a dedicated audience over the last 24 years. Success is due to the selection of premiere artists and consistent quality of production. The Rhythm Foundation receives annual support from its loyal members, the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs and the Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council. Visit

    About Little Haiti Cultural Center
    The Little Haiti Cultural Center (LHCC) is a newly constructed 20,000sq ft multi-purpose cultural campus that brings together people and ideas to promote, showcase and support Haitian and Afro-Caribbean culture in South Florida. Built in 2007, this City of Miami venue offers a unique opportunity for local and surrounding residents; as well as visitors to gain exposure to Haitian and Afro-Caribbean tradition, entertain and develop a new talent, and expand their knowledge of the arts. For more information, please or Facebook at Little Haiti Cultural Center.

    About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation:
    The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge is a five-year, $40 million initiative to bring South Florida together through the arts. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote informed and engaged communities and lead to transformational change. For more,

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  • Wasp Embarks On South African Tour

    KINGSTON, JAMAICA :: OCTOBER 2011 :: Dancehall recording artiste Marvin Clarke better known as Wasp departed the island this week for South Africa where he’s set to embark on a two week tour of the African continent.

    The Cassia Park native known for hits such as ‘Wasp A Buss Di Place’, ‘Unfair Officer’ and ‘Cry Fi Dem’ is one of the billed headliners for the Lager Beer Summer Festival which gets on the way, October 15th in South Africa. Other confirmed acts on the festival include fellow Jamaican entertainers; Cocoa Tea, Beres Hammond, Fantan Mojah and Giovanni.

    Aside from the festival, Wasp has several club dates through Johannesburg and the surrounding regions.

    Meanwhile, ahead of his departure Wasp premiered his new video for the single ‘Thank You’, directed by Scorpio 21. The song pays tribute to all the critics who have been instrumental to his continued success. The video debuted on Hype TV’s – Up and Live and is already enjoying favourable reviews across the Caribbean Diaspora.

    Musically, Wasp has been working assiduously in the studio and is expected to release upcoming projects courtesy of two U.S based producers, Coppershot Music, Zip FM’s – ZJ Dymond, Ward 21 and newly formed record label Darkcide International

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    Singer, songwriter, and entertainer Ricardo Drue is back on the scene with a new style, sound and a new vision. Widely recognized for his past hits “Nah Leaving” featuring Soca Diva Patrice Roberts and “No Boring Gyal” the frontline singer for IMIJ & COMPANY blazes the heat yet again, this time collaborating with musical Icon and lyricist BUNJI GARLIN to bring you a remix to one of his releases for 2011/12 “SHAWTY.” With a mixture of Soca, R&b, Latin and a little East Indian flavor this smooth but edgy release by Ricardo Drue and Bunji Garlin will surely hit it off, especially with the ladies. Produced by JUS BUS and written by Garlin and Drue themselves, the tune provides an expression of how their “SHAWTIES” make them feel. This Remix, which can be heard on your favorite radio station, YouTube and internet-wide beginning mid- October, is laced with intimate dialogue, raw acoustic rhythms, and rich, melodic vocals. The song doesn’t render the sound of traditional soca but will still make you want to move the same way, having instruments to create an ear-pleasing, catchy composition. “I am very excited about the Shawty remix and even more excited that I got a chance to work with Bunji” says Drue. It’s definitely a great collaboration and a different sound for Drue as he experimented with his voice, singing in a lower tone and range than we are accustom to hearing him. While many mainstream artists have gained their fame through mirroring the styles of their predecessors, Ricardo Drue has defined himself as one of the few who dares to be different because being normal is as he puts it “played out.”
    Written by Ricardo Drue, Bunji Garlin & Carrez “Cob webb” Warner
    Mixed and Mastered by Precision Productions

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    Many people are not familiar with the name Zebidee, for one reason and one reason only; he refuses to continue singing gun tunes.

    Like many other dancehall artists, Zebidee started out doing nothing but gun music. His fame quickly spread in the streets, which resulted in him being invited to perform at several functions, and stage shows in his hometown of St. Elizabeth. As word started to leak into neighboring parishes, Zebidee began to realize the impact his songs were having on the youths. It was then that he decided to stop creating music that glorifies violence and weapons and began singing both culture and love songs.

    Shortly after he changed his rhetoric, the promoters and producers that were interested in him began to drift away and the momentum that was building around his name slowly faded. Having a tenacious spirit, Zebidee committed himself to both his career and his new style of writing, which would focus on, clean culture and love songs.

    Zebidee’s story is by no means unique. There are quite a few artists who share similar experience. Unfortunately, many have surrendered to the negative trappings of the industry. Zebidee on the other hand has risen above it.


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  • Tiana’s “Gyal Mi Love Yuh” enters Top Ten on HYPE

    Jamaica – October 2011: The “Princess of Dancehall,” Tiana, continues her steady climb up the HYPE TV Dancehall/Charts as her single, “Gyal Mi Love Yuh,” featuring Dancehall/Reggae superstar, Konshens jumped into the top 10 this week
    The scintillating single elevated one spot on the HYPE TV Dancehall Charts after just missing out on the Top Ten a week prior. The video for “Gyal Mi Love Yuh” has become a regular fixture on the network; elevating Tiana’s status as one of the hottest Dancehall acts, male or female, within the genre since the beginning of the summer. Additionally, the video has amassed close to 50,000 YouTube views since its release in May.
    Gyal Mi Love You is also making its presence felt on the OutAroad Top 20 Hot Singles Chart.
    “Gyal Mi Love Yuh” is one of the many singles Tiana has unveiled since this past summer commenced. Songs such as “Haffi Mek It,” “The Highest Grade Song,” and her remix of Popcaan’s “Ravin” entitled, “Pum Pum Phat” have all gained her acclaim across the Caribbean, North America and Africa also. Her most recent effort has only built that momentum as she made her presence felt on the dynamic Overproof Riddim with her single, “Bruk Out & Whine.” In just two weeks, the video for the song has received more than 20,000 YouTube views when combined channels.
    Meanwhile, Vybz Kartel’s single “Summer Time” remains #1 on the HYPE TV Chart for the second consecutive week while former protégé’, Jahvinci is in the runner-up spot with “In My Life” and former rival, Mavado takes third with “Delilah.”

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  • Miss Teen Diva 2011 Presides Over the DARE CLUB

    On Saturday, October 8, 2011, Sherise Stapleton, the newly crowned Miss Teen Diva 2011, started her year’s stint as president of DARE (Dream.Achieve.Relate.Empower) CLUB – an up and coming youth club stationed in the East End area for girls aged 10 and up in the community.
    The club was created on 6th November, 2010 as a community service event for the then reigning Miss Teen Diva, Rashada Robinson and currently has a membership of 15 young ladies. The club’s main aim is to form a support system for young girls in the community by encouraging them be positive role models for other young people as well as to actively pursue the goals they have set for themselves.
    Members of the club can not only expect to have an enjoyable time with the socials and gaming events the club is known to partake in but they can anticipate to gain a wealth of knowledge from the thought provoking topics guest speakers will visit to discuss. It is also the Club’s practice to carry out at least one community service per month in the hopes of teaching the members the importance of giving back. Four club members including Miss Stapleton, will be volunteering at Family Support Network’s Family Fun Day on Saturday, October 15, 2011.
    The club meets every Saturday at 4pm at the East End Long Look Community Centre and always opens its doors to new members and volunteers. Persons interested in being a part of DARE can contact its founder Camille T. Merry at 346-2663.
    Photo: DARE CLUB
    Credit: Island Entertainment Production

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  • Its Success Formula into Creole Heritage Month

    St. Lucia – October 2011: Right after, not just sponsoring, but participating in one of the islands grand cultural showcases carnival, which culminated in July, Piton Beer immediately took the plunge into the next big cultural event here-“Creole Heritage Month” and “Jounen Kweyol.” October is being marked in Saint Lucia as “Creole Heritage Month” with activities being held throughout the island.
    For Carnival, the award winning Piton Beer, “Sa Nou Memn,” not only made major sponsorship contributions to main organizing body CDF, but also supported the major components of the festival as well as the community events. The brand has since gone further, after first branding the Piton Party in de yard event, to now scoring success with its very own “Piton Soca Starz.”
    For “Creole Heritage month” Piton Beer is looking to apply the same winning formula by not just sponsoring the main organizers the FRC, but supporting the various communities and branding at least one of the activities for the month with title sponsorship.
    WLBL, the home of Piton Beer as part of activities for Creole Heritage Month held the fourth annual Oktoberfest En Kweyol, Sunday October 2, at Samaans Park which was a success. Now, Piton Beer is looking to stamp that same mark of achievement throughout the month of October by throwing tremendous support behind activities for Creole Heritage month.

    “We recognise Jounen Kweyol as another event and cultural activity which like Piton, brings people of all walks of life together under that united umbrella of art, culture, entertainment and our rich Creole heritage,” Germaine Serieux, Piton Brand Manager points out. “So this year, quite apart from our continued support to the FRC we will be supporting the host communities and have now fully adopted the “Woule Laba” competition which is our signature activity for Jounen Kweyol,” Serieux added.

    The 2011 Piton National Woulélaba Tournament is one of the first major activities being held as part of Creole Heritage Month and will feature teams from over 12 communities around the island. Woulélaba is a popular indigenous sporting and cultural tradition closely related to the game of cricket.
    Another activity, La Plas Kweyol (the brain child of Ezi Hall) is also being sponsored by Piton Beer and will run from September 23- October 26, 2011. The event will feature activities in the city of Castries particularly at the Blue Coral Mall and the Castries Market.
    Jounen Kweyol Entenasyonal is observed officially on October 28 in the French Creole speaking countries of Saint Lucia, Dominica, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Haiti and parts of the Seychelles. In Saint Lucia, the month of October has been declared Creole Heritage month. The main activities for Jounen Kwéyòl 2011 will be held the weekend of Friday October 28th culminating Sunday 30th October in the communities of Fond Assau, Anse La Raye, Dennery, Desruisseaux and Laborie under the auspices of the FRC.
    Jounen Kwéyòl which was first celebrated in St Lucia in 1984 has developed into the biggest national cultural activity in St Lucia and is embraced by persons from all walks of life as well as schools, the business sector and community groups. Since first being brewed here incidentally in October 1992(Creole Heritage Month) Piton Beer has sought to forge a partnership with the FRC, one which has grown stronger in recent times through Creole Heritage Month. Piton will also be embarking on Piton Beer Kweyol promotions throughout the month at selected outlets wherever the Piton Kweyol posters are seen.
    “We are quite proud to be a part of Creole Heritage Month this year and we plan on continuing to foster our relationship with the FRC. Already we are looking to add a few new events next year as part of our involvement,” Germaine Serieux revealed adding “on behalf of my team I would want to wish all Saint Lucians bon fete Kweyol as we enjoy Piton Beer, Sa Nou Memn responsibly.”

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  • Tim Starr’s Agenda… New Music Video Released!

    AGENDA, the fifth music video to be released off the ‘Dave Miller Project’ album, is yet another visual masterpiece to come out of the SR FAM camp.

    The single by Tim Starr which features vocals by R&B artiste XO was also blessed with an inspirational lashing of Spoken Word by poet Muhammad Muwakil. Produced by District 6 Studios, the Agenda song in itself encourages and aims to inspire us to strive to achieve our goals despite whatever obstacles we may face along the way.

    The video which was filmed and edited by WizzKydd and produced by Jacquie Thompson (Paradigm Entertainment) is a true reflection of the high standard of production currently coming out of the Trinidad and Tobago entertainment industry.

    With scenes filmed at the Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre as well as around the streets of Port-of Spain and Woodbrook, the Agenda video truly reflects the positive vibe and message being delivered through the song.

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    Florida: To be passionate, simply put, is to be compelled or ruled by an overwhelming feeling or emotion. But so many of us set aside our passions and instead live our lives in safe mode. Not dynamic Jamaican entertainment artiste “Sharp”.
    Born Oketto Chambers in St. Catherine, Jamaica, Sharp believes music was infused in his genetic makeup and has been taking risks with it ever since that discovery. As a youngster in Jamaica in the early 90’s, he lived for dances. Initially it was to watch and learn from prominent DJs and soundmen, but soon he was on stage as part of the clashes, performing at parties and dances and entering contests including Jamaica’s popular Tastee Talent Contest. When he emigrated to the United States after completing high school in Jamaica in 1999, Sharp’s mother may have thought that was the end of his music interest, but it was only the beginning. He enrolled at The College at Oneonta in upstate New York, and completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Industry and did a six-month internship with Columbia Records.
    Armed not only with a talent but knowledge of the industry, Sharp, who plays the piano and writes all his songs, is now on the cusp of his breakout with his new and soon to be released album, “All or Nothing” on the BBK Entertainment label, a company started by Sharp and his cousin. Two singles have been released thus far, “Money Right” and “the Weekend” and if the hype is anything to go by, this Jamaican artiste is one to watch. “Money Right” which Sharp describes as a hip, feel-good song, decries economic hardship and encourages you treat yourself. The song is enjoying heavy rotation in Florida, Atlanta and Connecticut.
    “Things are going great. My music is being played, purchased and accepted by music listeners of many different cultures. I want to be a very successful recording and performing artist both locally and internationally” he disclosed.
    In terms of collaborations, Sharp said that he would really love to work with dancehall acts Busy Signal and Agent Sasco. In the pop world, his long time dream is to record a track with with Rihanna.
    “Rihanna is an extremely talent artiste that has made her country proud. She is very edgy and creative, plus she is not afraid to push the envelope. I would love to work with her someday” he said.
    Now based in South Florida, Sharp has plans for several performances in New York, Atlanta, and Toronto, Canada. He is in the throes of organizing what he hopes will a successful college tour that will make stops at Oneonta College, Rockland Community College and the University of Albany in New York. The 3 week tour kicks off in November. He is also working on collaborations for a future album and a tentative appearance at the G.T. Taylor Extravaganza in Jamaica this Christmas.
    “It very important to be accepted by reggae fans on the Rock at home as it gives you that authenticity. Knowing you have Jamaica behind you, speaks volume for the product you are putting out” he noted.
    Sharp’s musical career has been influenced by artistes Garnet Silk and Terror Fabulous, but he credits his start in the industry to his close friend Rudy (R.I.P.), who recognized his versatility and way with words and encouraged him to hone his talent.
    He describes the industry as one fraught with challenges, like music taking the backstage to personalities and encourages Jamaican artistes to develop more of a collaborative approach to putting the music out.
    In 10 years Sharp sees himself still making good music and playing a role in grooming young talent. He believes music is the most therapeutic creation and says “the world would be a crazy place without music”. In the meantime, Sharp’s musical career continues to soar to newer heights

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