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Monthly Archives: November 2011

  • TIZZY & EL-AKRU – KLYMAXX

    This year TIZZY & EL-AKRU said “IT Nar Guh Normal” and it definitely wasn’t. TIZZY & EL-AKRU promised to bring you more, Its finally here, BRAND NEW release,

    Click on the link below and enjoy this wonderful glance into the life of KRU-MANIA in super high definition.

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  • World Sponsor Tour To Highlight Upcoming, New York Based Reggae Acts

    On Friday December 2nd Eva Fresh Labels Inc. in association with Badamm Entertainment will present The World Sponsor Tour, a showcase of four of New York City’s most promising dancehall reggae acts, to be held at Crystal Blue at 74-02 101 Avenue, Ozone Park Queens. Representing the next generation of Jamaican-American superstars are Rally Bop, Mr. Maddadan, Phantom J and Lyngah.

    The hard-hitting rap-reggae fusion delivered by Rally Bop, born Rohan Wilson, has earned him performance slots on several prominent stage shows in the New York area including The Westchester Reggae Festival, Irie Jamboree and Reggae Carifest and he has appeared alongside iconic reggae stars including Damian Marley, Elephant Man and Sizzla. Rally Bop can also claim several high profile collaborations including Capadona from Wu Tang Clan and Umar Bin Asin from The Last Poets. An unlikely pairing with bagpiper Brian McGuire created the major hit “Sounds of the Bagpipes”; the song’s video was shot in Ireland which brought international media attention to the Bronx, New York based artist and took dancehall reggae into previously unchartered territories. Rally Bop received widespread acclaim for his song “The Story” and its accompanying music video. An actor, a producer and the founder of Gwallas Nation Records, Rally Bop’s abundant creative talents are evidenced within The Story’s gangster saga as he adopts the voices of five different characters while the song’s captivating video is actually a short film shot in Kingston, Jamaica, directed by the renowned Jay Will.

    Prior to hitting his stride as a reggae/dancehall artist, Mr. Maddadan, born Robert Alexander Wilson, had already triumphed as a guitarist in an alternative rock band. Possessing a dynamic vocal style that has earned him comparisons to a young Buju Banton, Mr. Maddadon again found success, this time as a sing-jay, through such popular tracks as “This Praya”, “My Momma” and Chill Tonight”. As the CEO Eva Fresh Labels Inc. Mr. Maddadan intends to groom younger artists and guide their paths to success as he steers his own career to higher heights. A very capable young artist working with Eva Fresh Labels Inc. is Travis Miller, aka Lyngah, whose skills shine brightest through lyrics that represent every day struggles. “I’m on a mission as an artist to be heard, just like every artist out there,” says Lyngah, “but I am not like every artist out there.”

    In 2003 Phantom J, born Robert Allen, recorded his first single “Girls Plenty” featuring veteran deejay Major Mackerel. Since then he has developed a loyal following for his clever lyrics and unique vocals, an approach he describes as cultural dancehall. Phantom J is currently working on his much anticipated debut album “My Vibez”, to be released on his own label Wuh Word Records in 2012.
    The World Sponsor Tour was conceived as a platform for ambitious, talented hopefuls to receive the exposure that they deserve. “I chose four artists that sound great, the sponsors were pleased with the choices and they support the concept of getting these young acts out there,” says Granville “100 Gran” Shields, one of the event’s promoters. Shields has previously worked with veteran reggae stars Beres Hammond, Sizzla, as well as Sean Kingston, and he believes that showcasing and developing upcoming artists is key to the survival of the reggae industry. “These are the acts that the industry neglects but these are the acts that the industry needs to take reggae and dancehall to a greater level of exposure,” notes Shields.

    Additional artists passing through the World Sponsor Tour include Brooklyn based Ryon Ch-n Mullings. Music will be provided by Black Crane International, Ultra Star, DJ Crrooks The Maverick, DJ Ace from Massive Flo and Mr. Crump from Road International; featured dancers are S&J Movements with photography/videos by Silver Tears Productions.
    For further information on the World Sponsor Tour, please contact 305 431-7599 or 718 749 3745.

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  • Reggae Latino Fest 2011: Cultura Profetica

    CULTURA PROFÉTICA has become a powerful musical independent phenomenon, led by four young and talented puertorricans. Crossing the frontiers of more than 15 countries, their artistic proposal attempts to erase ideological barriers, transcending generational values. Cultura’s music carries a positive message thru motivational and original songs. They have accomplished a unique style, rich in rhythms and sounds where a reggae roots base is seasoned with touches of jazz, salsa, hip-hop, ska, funk, “world music”, popular Brazilian music and all Afro Caribbean roots in general.

    Cultura Profética began to make history by recording in Tuff Gong Studios in Kingston, Jamaica, a vow of confidence form Mr. Errol Brown, sound engineer for Bob Marley and his family. Some of his most distinguished work are the productions: Legend, Confrontation, Uprising and Survival, besides being responsible for the live sound of Bob Marley and The Wailers for 15 years. Since then, Mr. Brown, joined Cultura Profética as the sound engineer of all its discography.

    Thousands of loyal fans from South America and Latin communities in the United States have joined Cultura Profética. Songs like Fruto de la tierra, Ideas nuevas, De antes and Ritmo que pesa continue to impact such markets as Europe and Australia, proving the power of music as the universal language.

    GONDWANA – Gondwana – While reggae might be generally associated with Jamaica and then Africa, the influence of Bob Marley and roots reggae has traveled the world, even into South America where it inspired the formation of Gondwana, a Chilean band that has slowly made an impact around the globe. Formed in 1987, during the years of the Pinochet dictatorship in their native land, the band had to keep a relatively low profile until the political climate eased, as the government wasn’t too keen on a younger generation airing beliefs that didn’t mesh with their own, especially if they involved Rastafarianism, with its peaceful approach to life. In some ways, that slow development was good, because it gave them a chance to work out their own sound, which, according to singer Quique Niera, became “very rockish, but we also have the South American traditional rhythms, like the bolero.” That mix showed up to some extent on their debut Together in 1996, but really came to fruition four years later on their sophomore effort, Second Coming. In Chile the album was titled Alabanza, and proved to be a breakthrough, rocketing them to the top of the national charts. The extracted single “Antonia” also proved to be a chart-topper. The album didn’t shy away from political issues, with “Libertad” dealing frankly with the justice and peace that eluded Chileans during the dictatorship. In the wake of the album’s U.S. release on RAS, Gondwana undertook a world tour. ~ Chris Nickson, All Music

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  • Busy Christmas for Singer Colin Levy

    November 2011: – ‘Twill be a busy Christmas for reggae singer, Colin Levy, as he takes time out of the recording studio to perform for fans.

    Although Levy is “very driven” and totally focused on getting out his album, Unleashed, while putting the finishing touches on his autobiographical novel, he says there are a few shows in Jamaica that he simply must attend.

    Among them are the Jagra GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza to be held in Independence Park in St Elizabeth on December 25; Yard Fest Family Fun Day, a Unite The People-endorsed event the night before and an annual show at Seawind in Negril on December 27. The singer, whose single Lovers Holiday took up residence at the top of the Richie B Jamaica Countdown Chart earlier this year, says there’s nothing better than Christmas in Jamaica.

    “It’s an annual ritual for me and this year it will be no different,” Colin Levy aka Iley Dred declared.
    He has been involved with the Jagra GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza since its inception and had words of praise for Irie FM’s Dancehall Master GT Taylor and the planning committee of the event.
    “That show is always so very well produced and it is definitely one of the most anticipated events of the season,” Levy said.

    With his album just about ready to be released, Levy says he has quite a few new songs which he is confident will connect with his fans.
    “Yes, there is still the lovers rock songs, but sometimes you have to step out of the box and experiment with different types of songs. On this album, I will definitely be showing my versatility and maturity as an artiste, while keeping it real,” he explained.
    Among the ‘A’ list producers on Unleashed are Stephen Marley, Barry O’Hare, Bobby Digital, Dean Fraser and Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor

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  • FYA EMPRESS/MR.FUSION

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    FYA EMPRESS/MR.FUSION
    Singer and songwriter Fya Empress hails from the beautiful island of St. Vincent. Whilst
    no stranger to the stage, she has quickly risen to prominence throughout the Caribbean
    for her contribution on this year’s Born Bad riddim produced by Alex Barnwell with a
    track titled “Sak Passe.” Her performance of the single landed her 3rd place in this year’s
    St. Vincent Ragga Monarch competition and has been hitting up the airwaves across the
    soca music scene. Her previous singles No Money No Wuk and Water have also made
    quite an impact during St. Vincent’s carnival season and remain two of her most heavily
    rotated singles.
    Fya Empress performs regularly at several hotels in Tobago together with versatile
    vocalist David Reid a.k.a Mr. Fusion. The duo performs together under the name “Fire
    Fusion” and although they are both based in Tobago they venture to St. Vincent each
    year to participate in the island’s festival and its many competitions. Fya Empress’
    most recent release VIP Ladies produced by Slaughter Arts from St. Lucia is already a
    favorite amongst females. As she gets ready to defend her current title with Mr. Fusion
    as the reigning soca monarch in Tobago later this month her eyes are set on upcoming
    performances in Toronto, London and across the Caribbean. On a mission to develop her
    sound and a hunger to show the world what this Vincentian beauty has to offer, also she
    have been recently nominated for the International Soca Awards 2011 as the Best Female
    Soca Artiste with the song No Money No Wuk . The International Soca Awards will be
    held on Saturday 26th November 2011 at (NAPA) National Academy for the Performing
    Arts in the Lord Kitchener’s Calypso Auditorium in Trinidad.
    Fya Empress is definitely a female artiste on the rise.

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  • Marionettes Chorale’s premiere of “A Prayer for Peace II”,

    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: “Christmas begins with the Marionettes”, say their loyal patrons. So Christmas begins this Friday 2nd December at the Queen’s Hall, when the Marionettes presents a concert with a difference: “Christmas with the Marionettes: A Prayer for Peace II”. This is the second instalment of the Marionettes’ “Prayer for Peace” series, the first being in 2001 after the events of 11 September. And this year, more than ever before, the Marionettes is working to usher in a spirit of peace, joy,
    forgiveness and thanksgiving this holiday season. “A Prayer for Peace II” weaves Yuletide themes of celebration, hope, and peace through a mix of classical, spiritual, gospel, popular Christmas favourites and parang. Nine-time Cacique Award winner Cecilia Salazar also joins the cast, punctuating the musical programme with well-known texts and readings compiled by renowned journalist Jeremy Taylor. Also partnering with the Marionettes on this tremendous production are sponsors of 39 years, bpTT; and a decorated production team including Noble Douglas, Charlene Harris, Dave Williams, Margaret Sheppard, Randy Halfhide, Celia Wells, Franklin Agarrat, Leslie Clement, Desmond Waithe and Maureen Clement.

    In collaboration with sponsors bpTT, the Marionettes will also present what is
    often the highlight for Marionettes of the concert series: their traditional special
    matinée on Saturday 3rd December, a free performance for senior citizens and
    children from institutions across the island which care for some of our society’s
    most vulnerable.
    Over the last five years, the Marionettes has raised over TT$1 million for a wide
    range of charities. This year, all proceeds from the entire concert series will
    benefit not one but six important charities:
    • the LoveUntil Foundation’s countless social outreach programmes that
    provide care for abandoned children, battered women, HIV positive
    patients, drug addicts, and many other people in need
    • the La Madeleine Orphanage in Haiti’s rebuilding fund
    • the fund for the restoration of a national monument, the Roman Catholic

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  • Kiko Dan… Looking for ‘Ah Hit’

    New York, NY – As Carnival 2012 approaches fast and furiously, lovers of the bacchanal season have witnessed the launch of numerous new mas bands and even a new musical outfit. Adding to this festivity, several new artistes have decided to throw their hats into the festival ring. Newcomer to the Soca arena Kiko Dan aspires to not only have his name known in C2K12 but to also to ride the wave of success with his latest release entitled “Ah Hit”.
    This groovy Soca offering from Kiko Dan has the makings of a true crowd pleaser with its engaging melody and infectious percussive rhythm.
    “Ah Hit” was produced by Tony ‘The Mad Architect’ Brown and is a true double entendre. It was inspired by that elusive ‘hit’ song which all artistes desire and of course that intimate affair which is on the minds of most people (men and women alike) especially during the heat of the Carnival season.

    Kiko (real name Kaydeem Francis) who is currently furthering his education in New York has a diverse musical background having sung and played the dhantal and dhloak from a young age at a Hindu school in Trinidad and Tobago. Upon migrating to the US he expanded his musical arsenal with Soca music and the steel pan, however, it was after singing at the funeral of a close friend that he was propelled to pursue the former in a serious manner.

    This multi-talented performer has been involved in acting and athletics and has played pan at the annual Carnival extravaganza, Panorama. Although relatively new to the Soca world Kiko has opened for well known artistes such as Iwer George, Cassi and Hunter at shows throughout the Big Apple. Most notably, he composed and performed the 2011 theme song for popular NYC Carnival band Sesame Flyers.

    Kiko, who considers himself a modern day artiste, admits to preferring the old school Soca. When asked about this preference he shared, “Those songs felt more authentic and the topics that were sung about were a lot more diverse. All Soca has its place, and making Soca for fetes has its validity. It is fun to create, listen and party to this type. But I do feel there is always room for growth as an art form. He further stated, “There is a lot of great Soca music out there right now. The politics of the music is steadily being overshadowed by the new injection of artistes, producers and the fusion of our genre with others.

    He believes that more promotion, marketing and unity are needed for Soca to progress as both a culture and a genre. He deems the internet as an integral tool in this festive Caribbean music gaining more of a global presence and has already made his tracks available on online portals such as itunes.com, ttentonline.com, trinidadtunes.com and amazon.com

    With a mature outlook on the entertainment industry and a proactive approach to making it big, there is no doubt that this young passionate performer will soon have parties rocking and radio request lines buzzing with a definite ‘hit’.

    To obtain more information on Kiko access the following links:
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Kiko4music Twitter: twitter.com/kiko4music

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  • Tad’s Record Unveils the Phantom

    Kingston, JA/New York – November 2011 : With a finger on the pulse of Reggae’s bustling industry, Tad’s Record introduces a brand new series dedicated to showcasing a variety of Jamaica’s outstanding young hitmakers. The Phantom Series – makes its debut next month with The Phantom Series Vol. I – Various Artists featuring music from Dancehall front-runners Khago, I-Octane, Jah Vinci, and Zamunda. The Phantom Series Vol. I hits digital outlets and retail stores on Friday, December 9th.

    The Phantom Series Vol. I – Various Artists features 23 singles including “My Life,” “Burn Dem Bridge,” and “Dem Anuh Don” from I-Octane, who has swept local and international Reggae charts with a flurry of socially conscious Dancehall singles throughout the year. Khago, arguably poised to be one of the genre’s brightest stars in 2012, hits The Phantom with anthems like the local chart topper “Me Blood a Boil,” and his breakthrough hit single “Nah Sell Out.” Talented singer and crafty deejay Jah Vinci shows his dexterity on The Phantom Series Vol. I – Various Artists with the soulful single “In My Life” – which hit #1 on the local charts – and the lyrically sharp “Wah See Me Fall.” Roots Reggae chanter Zamunda also shows off the more soulful side of Reggae with tunes like “Jah Love Surround Me.”

    “The Phantom is something brand new, strictly for island’s new generation of entertainers who are taking industry by storm right now,” says Tad’s Record owner Tad Dawkins. “The music industry in Jamaica is ripe with fresh new talent, so naturally, Tad’s Record has to keep music lovers worldwide up to speed with the latest. Volume I is just the beginning, music fans can look forward to a new Phantom edition roughly every four months.”

    The Phantom Series Vol. I – Various Artists will be in stores and on all digital outlets on Friday, December 9th. For more information on The Phantom Series contact Tad’s Records (Miami) at 305-654-6130 or tadsrecordinc@bellsouth.net or Tads’ Records (Kingston) at 876-929-2563 or tadsrecordinc@cwjamaica.com, or visit www.tadsrecord.com.

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  • Master Pianist Monty Alexander To Wrap Up 2011 With Jazz At Lincoln Center

    New York, NY, Nov 2011: Music fans in New York and D.C. will be able to close off 2011 on a high note as master pianist, Monty Alexander, continues to celebrate his 50th year anniversary of performing by offering up a mélange of music from Jamaica to Sinatra and Cole this December.

    Alexander, whose recent album, “Uplift” has held the number one spot on the Jazz World Radio charts for 14 straight weeks, will pay tribute to his musical heroes – Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole – as part of the Singers over Manhattan Series at the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center, 33 W 60th Street in New York City, from Friday, December 9th to Saturday, December 10th, at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., respectively.

    It was Frank Sinatra and pal, Jilly Rizzo, who first brought Alexander to New York while in his late teens where he went on to play at their New York night club, Jilly’s. There Alexander actually accompanied Mr. Sinatra when he sang.

    But prior to that adventure, as a boy in his homeland, Alexander grew up listening to Nat King Cole in his own home and after seeing him in 1956 in his hometown of Kingston, Jamaica, at age 12, he knew he wanted to play jazz for the rest of his life. Thirty-four years later, Natalie Cole, the daughter of Nat King Cole, invited Alexander to assist her on her album, “Unforgettable,” a tribute to her father.

    Alexander will also be joined in the Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center from Dec. 9-10th, by guitarist Russell Malone and saxophonist Houston Person. Vocalist James De Frances, a 21-year-old phenom, and veteran, Allan Harris, will perform the respective roles of Sinatra and Cole.

    Tickets for the December 9th -10th shows are $55 and $65 and can be obtained by logging on to https://tickets.jalc.org/ticketing/show_events_list.asp.

    The Commander of Distinction will move on the legendary Blues Alley at 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington D.C., to wrap up the year and ring in another, from December 28th to the 31st. From Jamaica With Love will be the highlight of another trademark lively performance by Alexander as he showcases some of the quartet version from his latest “Harlem Kingston” experience, taking the audience on a musical journey between his Jamaican roots and his American jazz roots.

    “I’m very glad to be able to end 2011 and part of my 50th year of celebration in music this way, where I can present my personal reflections at these two treasures of American culture at its best,” said Alexander.

    Buy tickets for the Blues Alley shows at http://www.bluesalley.com/events.cfm

    Over his stellar five decade long career, Alexander, who has earned a place among the top five jazz artistes in Hal Leonard’s book, “The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of all Time,” has performed with international stars including Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bill Cosby, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare.

    He maintains an active touring schedule, thrilling audiences around the world with his own distant brand of jazz that leaves audiences moving to the beat wherever he plays.

    For more on the Caribbean’s greatest jazz pianist and his latest music, visit www.montyalexander.com.

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  • Introducing Kenyba…NEW SOCA MUSIC RELEASE! – “Leech”

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    Hailing from the twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago, a new songstress is set to acquire her fair share of the soca industry. With so many beautiful female voices blessing the genre, it is rare that a new talent is noticed. But Kenyba Precious McLean will not go unheard.

    Born on April 8, 1987 in the small town of Arima Trinidad, Kenyba began her journey while attending Arouca Anglican Primary School. She was introduced to music through her father, Kenneth McLean (deceased) and mother, Kathleen Aberdeen McLean. When they noticed her affinity for singing, they were more than happy to encourage her in every musical endeavor.

    Kenyba migrated to Brooklyn, New York in 1996. Her performing arts career would not be stopped however. She attended Meyer Levin (a magnet school for the performing arts) where she learned how to play the steel drum and step dance. Even with such a strong focus on performing arts in her school environment, Kenyba’s grades did not suffer. She was accepted into the Acorn Arista Honor Society.

    Kenyba continued to build on her performing arts resume, playing pan with different groups, as well as competing in the Miss Trinidad & Tobago New York pageant in 2004. Her natural talent for music, modeling and singing has already garnered her citations in articles from some of New York’s top circulating newspapers.

    As Kenyba grew, so did the spectrum of her musical activities. In 2009, she joined the Vybz Evolution band, based in New York. She also recorded her first song,”Independent Bumper” on the Cooler Fete Riddim. Even though not currently performing with a band, she gained valuable experience on stage and in the studio, and is now ready to take her aspirations to the next level.

    With a heavy release schedule set for 2011-2012, Kenyba is definitely a new voice worth listening to. Her latest release, “Leech” is the new ladies anthem for all who have been pestered by the “leech” man who will not take no for an answer. This crowd pleaser is a result of her great song writing ability, and production by Tony “The Mad Architect” Brown. It is available on Trinidadtunes.com, Itunes, and everywhere digital downloads are sold. Keep an eye out on this songstress, before you blink she will be bigger than life!

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  • Inner Circle remake Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg’s “Young, Wild & Free”

    Inner Circle remake Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg’s “Young, Wild & Free” with I-Octane and Bizerk

    Miami – Inner Circle teams up with reggae artist I-Octane and upcoming recording artist Bizerk of Alligator City on an island vibe remake of Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg’s recording “Young, Wild & Free”.

    Most people know Inner Circle via “Sweat” and “Bad Boys” the ubiquitous “Cops” theme song that typified Inner Circle as one of reggae’s most successful groups ever. On the legendary band’s latest release Blazzin Fire: Classic Cuts the album captures the sounds of Inner Circle’s past and present. Inner Circle continues to tour the world entertaining sold out crowds in the U.S., South America and Europe in 2011 alone.

    Jamaica’s newest rising star I-Octane has been making a name for himself. Coming off a European tour, Byiome “I- Octane” Muir has worked with some of reggae’s legends including Beres Hammond, Buju Banton, Assassin, and now Inner Circle. I-Octane musical beginnings began as a DJ in Jamaica and progressed to making and performing for the masses. “My work is different, I stand for positiveness and righteousness,” stated I-Octane.

    Inner Circle’s ear for up-and-coming talent opens the door for emcee Bizerk to shine on “Young, Wild & Free”. Bizerk, of the hip hop group Alligator City, expressed “I feel as though this track represents real reggae culture mixed with the young generation of today. It’s like Wiz and Snoop, the young G and the old G, Inner Circle is Snoop and I’m Wiz in a sense. I’m young, wild, and free!”

    The concept of remaking “Young, Wild & Free” came from Inner Circle’s band members Ian and Roger Lewis’ ear to the ever evolving music scene. “We are free to be wild as long as we aren’t hurting anyone, and being young is a mindset no matter how old you are. This song represents all the generations,” stated Ian Lewis.

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  • ST. KITTS HONOURS OUTSTANDING TOURISM ACHIEVEMENT

    Basseterre, St. Kitts – A broad cross-section of the public and private sectors, tourism stakeholders and local tourism and government officials, including Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas, gathered Saturday evening at premiere tourist attraction and UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, for the 11th Annual tourism Awards Banquet.

    In his Opening Address for the event, Minister of Tourism & International Transport and Chairman of the CTO Council of Ministers, Senator Ricky Skerritt said, “I particularly enjoy coming to this annual event because it always brings together some of our most upbeat and positive tourism ambassadors. All of us here tonight love tourism in some way and are committed to improving our island destination. We only have to look around us to be reminded of the outstanding, hardworking and hospitable people who operate everyday on the front lines and to realize that the most successful tourism providers are those who genuinely enjoy serving the needs of others and empowering their associates.”

    Emphasizing the importance of tourism, keynote speaker and President of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA), Mr. Joseph Forstmayr stated, “There has to be a strong consensus of our leaders and the public so that travel and tourism will receive the full support it needs as the Caribbean’s most vital export industry. It is the fastest way to create jobs, grow the economy and generate income for all. Every citizen needs to understand that, whether or not he or she works directly in the tourism areas, every tourist’s dollar brings economic and social benefits to every level of our society.”

    Eight individuals and businesses were honored for their significant contributions to the development of St. Kitts’ tourism industry. This year’s winners are:

    Category: Entity/Individual:
    1. Legend of the Industry Award Mrs. Hilary Wattley
    2. Pillar of the Industry Award St. Kitts Marriott Resort
    3. Pillar of the Industry Award (individual) Mr. Kishu Chandiramani
    4. National Champion Award Mr. Kim Collins
    5. Achievement of Excellence Award The Beach House
    6. Environmental Excellence Award Parks & Beaches Unit
    7. Employee of the Year Award Ms. Mary Matthew
    8. Award of Excellence Mr. Thenford Grey

    The 11th Annual Tourism Awards Banquet was organized by the St. Kitts Tourism Authority in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism & International Transport. One of the major highlights of St. Kitts’ annual Tourism Month, the Tourism Awards Banquet serves to recognize the outstanding efforts of various island businesses and individuals from both the public and private sectors as well as to encourage the creation of uniquely Kittitian visitor experiences and distinctive service elements that enhance the island’s competitive positioning in the global tourism marketplace.

    St. Kitts’ Tourism Month is a series of special events and activities held in November with the purpose of increasing public awareness of the importance of tourism to St. Kitts and the various opportunities for individuals in the industry. Tourism Month has grown in importance over the years as the island has shifted its focus from sugar production to tourism and other service-oriented business as the main economic driver.

    St. Kitts was named a top destination for 2011 by both AOL Travel and British Airways. It also ranked #1 (along with Nevis) in a list of the 16 Best Caribbean Vacations by US News & World Report. Located in the northern Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, it offers a diverse tourism product developed from the destination’s natural beauty, cultural heritage and rich history. The island’s stunning variety of tourism attractions include hiking through the tropical rainforest, riding the scenic railway that connects the island’s former sugar plantations, visiting the Caribelle Batik factory, touring Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, the only man-made UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eastern Caribbean, and more traditional vacation pastimes such as watersports, golf, shopping, tennis, gourmet dining, gaming at St. Kitts’ exclusive casino or simply relaxing on one of the island’s sandy beaches. Accommodations range from intimate plantation inns to larger hotels and resorts.

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  • All systems go for Reggae Fever

    Jamaica – “We are ready, everything is in place, just for patrons to come out and have the time of their lives.” Words from Donovan Carter, promoter of Reggae Fever which unfolds this Saturday at the Puerto Seco Beach in Discovery Bay, St Ann.

    Reggae Fever now in its fifth year will be featuring performances from Bounty Killer, Fantan Mojah, I-Octane, John Holt, Capleton, Romain Virgo, Kip Rich, Zamunda, Lutan Fyah, Hero, D’Angel, I-Noah, Lady G, Chino, Laden, Hitman Walle, Cali P, Prophecy, among others.

    The event will be an all-day celebration and according to Carter, it will be a family friendly format. The fun and excitement will kick off in the day with deejay competitions, fun contests, entertainment for the kids and lots of surprises.

    “The idea is to come out and enjoy the beach, have some fun with the family and of course stay for the excitement later on in the evening said Carter.

    The action will begin at about 4 pm with the winners from the dance-off competitions a few weeks ago.
    Carter says he is anticipating a great turnout as he has been receiving some good vibes on the street.
    “From the reactions I received during a motorcade from St Catherine through to St Ann, the momentum is high. People looking for a great show and I aim to deliver nothing less,” is the promise given by the promoter.

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  • Acclaimed “Miss Miles – the woman of the world”

    Acclaimed “Miss Miles – the woman of the world”
    extends for three final nights in Port of Spain
    Monday 21st NOVEMBER, 2011 (PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD): Tony Hall’s
    acclaimed new play featuring Cecilia Salazar – Miss Miles: the Woman of the World –
    returns for a record fifth week in Port of Spain this Friday 25 – Sunday 27th November at
    the Little Carib Theatre. This will be the final run in Port of Spain for 2011.
    Heralded by audiences and critics alike, the overwhelming public response has promoted
    not one but three extensions of this celebrated and provocative local play. The show has
    played to standing-room-only audiences and nightly standing ovations since premiering
    at the Little Carib on 20th October. Critics and audiences have celebrated the timeliness
    of this historic new play, which follows the life and tragic death of a true Trini patriot,
    activist and whistle-blower Gene Miles. Those who knew the dynamic and colourful
    Miles have praised Salazar for her sensitive and masterful portrayal of this Trinidadian
    heroine.
    This tour-de-force one woman-play, Miss Miles – the Woman of the World is written and
    directed by veteran actor, playwright and director Tony Hall and features the awardwinning
    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 preindependence,
    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.

    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 one last time for 2011 in Port of Spain this
    Friday 25th through Sunday 27th November. Showtimes are 7:30pm on Friday and
    Saturday, and 6:30pm on Sunday. Tickets are $150, and available at the Little Carib Box
    Office, 12pm–6pm daily, tel: (868) 622-4644 or 681-7475. Discounted $100 tickets are
    available for university students with valid student ID.
    For more information about the production, additional ticketing outlets, behind-thescenes
    photos, and much more, visit Lordstreet Theatre’s Facebook page at
    http://www.facebook.com/lordstreettheatre.
    # # # #

    ABOUT LORDSTREET THEATRE COMPANY:
    Apart from building plays for street, stage as Lordstreet Theatre Company – LTC and
    screen as Lordstreet Pictures and the digital arts recording studios of Vengeance Media,
    Lordstreet also provides media and communications services to organizations on the
    islands and location, casting and production services for film, video and audio projects in
    the territories of the southern Caribbean. Vengeance Media, a digital recording arts
    facility, was started by Mauri “KeKere” Hall as A Tobago Music Project in November
    2006. In 2010 he opened a sister Vengeance Media studio in Toronto Ontario and
    Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. Lordstreet also co-ordinates the activity of the Jouvay
    Institute and a Playwrights Workshop.

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  • Ninja Kid Partners With Digicel

    Resurgent deejay Ojukwu Simpson more popularly known as Ninja Kid continues to gain traction on the local entertainment circuit with the release of several singles and a new video.

    With the festive season fast approaching the ‘Menke’ singer has partnered with telecommunication giants Digicel for their ‘Rappa-Pam-Pam Dis Christmas’ promotion. Ninja Kid under the tutelage of acclaimed producer Christopher Birch, recorded the track that provides the backdrop for the audio and visuals currently in rotation on various media outlets.

    “I am very appreciative to be able to work with a company such as Digicel, working with corporate Jamaica is always a good look for an artiste, and hopefully this will be the beginning of bigger and better things as it relates to my career” – Kid intimated.
    According to Digicel, its customers will be in for a treat this holiday season with the launch of this promotion, which will see the telecom company giving away $20 million in cash and prizes. The promotion, will see 14 lucky customers, one from each parish, walking away with $1 million in cash each as part of the $20-million giveaway. In addition, there will be 10 weekly winners of a Samsung P1000 tablet plus thousands of dollars in free credit and other prizes.

    After having a glorious run in the industry over a decade ago dancehall artiste Ninja Kid has returned with four scorching new singles namely; ‘Menke’, ‘Taste & Buy’, ‘Internet Bad Boy’ and ‘Cups High’ for the festive season. The artiste teamed up with Richie Loops, popular radio jock ZJ WahWa and dancehall heavy hitter I-Octane to record collaborations all of which have been receiving favourable rotation on the FM airwaves.

    With a busy Christmas season, Kid is currently in studios working on several projects with producers: Christopher Birch, Young Veterans, Armzhouse Records, Markus Records, Darkcide International & Garrison Records among others.

    Meanwhile, his ‘Menke Medley’ video is currently No.10 on the RE-TV MVP video countdown chart.

    PHOTO CAPTION: Ninja Kid on the set of Menke Medley Video Shoot with two ladies

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  • LIFE LESSONS RIDDIM 2011 [jrod records]

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  • Ravi B and Karma Support the Cancer Cause

    Ravi B and Karma support the Cancer cause.

    Trinidad – The audience at a recent all-inclusive cancer benefit was left craving more after a performance by Trinidad and Tobago’s musical powerhouse Karma. The members of the renowned Chutney-Soca outfit gave of their time and talent to assist in raising funds and bringing awareness about this illness that affects many lives in T&T and around the world.

    The elegant event entitled “A Christmas in November” was held at the Anchorage Beach Club and was headlined by Karma featuring the energetic and multi-talented Ravi Bissambhar (Ravi B), his captivating and charismatic sister Nisha Bissambhar (Nisha B) and young, musical dynamo Gregory Ayuen. Backed by a team of youthful, dynamic musicians the vibrant vocalists had the venue rocking with a high-powered and diverse set.

    With a virtually never ending supply of stamina, the band delivered a wide range of musical genres such as Soca, Chutney, Pop, Dance and R&B. Ravi B kept the crowd moving to several of his original hits including “Ah Drinka” and “Cya Come”, while Nisha B had the audience singing along to her renditions of popular songs by Destra, The Black Eyed Peas and Rihanna.
    Much to the patrons’ delight, Gregory paid homage to the classics by rendering such fan favourites as Stalin’s “Black Man Feeling to Party”, Tambu’s “Free Up” and Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long”.

    This fundraising extravaganza has been produced for the past 9 years by the Lucy Joyce Blackman Foundation which is spearheaded by sisters Heather and Judith Blackman who lost both parents to cancer. Both ladies were thrilled to have Karma as a part of the 2011 edition of this event which donated proceeds to the Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society’s outreach program, an initiative that benefits several citizens.

    Judith Blackman, who is already receiving requests to organize another similar event, attributed much of the fundraiser’s festive atmosphere to Karma’s presence. She shared, “The band not only brought joy to the cancer survivors and their families who were in attendance, they emphasized the whole point of partying for a positive purpose”.

    Ravi B took a moment onstage to underscore the importance of researching about cancer as well as to implore the gathering to continue the support of this very worthy cause.
    Although Karma is currently completing its last string of international gigs before Carnival 2012, the band members were truly glad to be on hand in their homeland for this important occasion.

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  • Nadia Batson’s – NO PRESSURE

    Nadia Batson’s not about to miss a beat as the season of revelry in Trinidad and Tobago unfolds. The heightened level of intensity is owed to her strong yearning to give only the best of herself and her band SASS, in C2K12 and beyond.

    On the heels of the band’s launch last Wednesday, November 9 at Anchorage, Batson on Thursday, November 17 released a single she had been perfecting for weeks. No Pressure was produced by Martian Music and mastered by GBM Productions out of NYC. ” This one is for the ladies- We don’t want no pressure!”, said Batson who wrote the track herself. Its groove is melodically enticing, soothing on the ear and uncompromising on the waistline’s all round agenda. Every woman will love No Pressure, according to Team SASS!

    Online, the Buzz has been wild for Nadia Batson. In 2011, she told the media that she was doing everything for the people of Trinidad and Tobago. She’d performed twice at the International Soca Monarch Competition with fellow artistes, Tallpree of Grenada and Patrice Roberts of the HD Family, and even then, a very humble, low-key Batson, told reporters that it wasn’t about winning- it was about doing the best that she could.

    2012 is proving to however be a different dynamic. In the season ahead, Nadia will prove herself further- being the first bandleader of an all-female soca band out of Trinidad and Tobago. She’s on a natural high and her music is proof enough. No Pressure has been released to radio stations across the length and breadth of T&T and overseas. She’s hoping that with the help of her loyal supporters, this track- ‘her pet track’- will be as huge as recent releases. This is Batson’s fourth release for the season. It follows her hits, Whey Yuh Want with Lyrikal, Hard Pong with Raymond Ramnarine and Shiver on the Antilles riddim.

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  • Infamus announced as headline act for Digicel Haynes Smith Ms Caribbean Teen Pageant

    BASSETERRE, ST.KITTS(November 16th 2011): A total of Twelve (12) talented beauties are setand ready to rock the stage in this year’s 32nd annual DigicelHaynes Smith Miss Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant, slated to take place come 29th December, 2011.

    On Wednesday afternoon, a launch ceremony for the pageant was held at the ZIZ TV of the ZIZ Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) located at Springfield. The press conference carried live on both ZIZ radio and television.

    It was officially revealed that Kittitian Megastar Infamus will be the headlining the 32nd edition of the Caribbean’s most prestigious pageant.

    During the ceremony a sponsorship cheque to the tune of EC$ 40,000 was presented to Show Producer and Mr. Antonio Maynard by Digicel’s Marketing Manager, Mrs.Marsha Lindo-Chatterjee.

    Vying for the prestigious crown this year are: Miss Saint Lucia- Kadijha Mason (16); Miss Nevis- Erica Doras (16) Miss Jamaica -Aba Sykes (18); Miss St.Kitts Siobhan Phipps (15); Miss USVI -Bailee Dukes (14); Miss Anguilla- Keivanée Lake (16); MissAntigua -Aalilyah Thomas (16);Miss Bahamas -Monesha Bowleg (15); MissBarbados -Sacha Clarke (16); Bermuda – Shaunte Simons (18); Miss British Virgin Islands – Ashellica Fahie (16 ) and Miss Grenada -Kande Duncan (16).

    It was revealed that a total of 16 countries applied and expressed much enthusiasm in partaking in the world-class spectacle .

    Mr. Maynard informed the launch and ceremony’s audience that for the first time this year, contestants and chaperon will be accommodated at the 4 star St.Kitts Marriott Hotel. Furthermore, he announced that in addition to the normal cash and tangible prizes, the queen and chaperone, this year, will be getting a 7-day cruise.

    Additionally, along with a Blackberry phone compliments Digicel, the teen queen will also get a laptop.

    Mrs. Lindo-Chatterjee congratulated Mr. Maynard and his team “on what we (Digicel)anticipate to be a fabulous production. You have a team of professionals who are hard working. Who are dedicated to the task and I’m quite sure that this year won’t be any different.”

    A slide show presentation of this year’s contestants was shown accompanied by the tune ‘Pocketful of Sunshine’ by easily St.Kitts-Nevis’ most popular act and the headline act for this years pageant Infamus.

    Mr. Maynard praised the talent of Infamus. “The Haynes Smith organization is indeed proud to be presenting Infamus as our main special guest artiste for this year’s show. I believe that is a wonderful opportunity for him and for us. He’ll be showcased internationally and regionally of course on this particular show,” he remarked.

    Maynard continued “We have had stars over the years as you know, this is a major feature of the pageant itself to (that is) to have a superstar come in and be the guest artiste such as Machel Montana, Claudette Peters and Allison Hinds. I believe that Infamus is on the same level to be honest with you and we’re proud that we’ve come to a stage where we could choose one of our own and trust me that night is going to be bacchanal night because KC5 Band will be providing the music and from yesterday rehearsals started and so Infamus will be tight in terms of his performance on the night . It’s going to be an excellent production from Infamus come right down with everything else especially Infamus performing infront of his home crowd,” he remarked.

    Over the years in addition to those mentioned before , many renowned regional and international artistes have headlined the Miss Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant including Jamesy P, Christopher Martin, Ziggy Rankin and Krosfyah’s Edwin Yearwood.

    Mr. Maynard expressed much appreciation and gratitude to the title sponsor.

    “Digicel and Haynes Smith have becomesynonymous with high quality and great performance and indeed continue to enjoythe strong synergy created between us for the past six years or so. We areindeed delighted to be continuing our longstanding and mutually beneficialrelationship with the official title sponsor-Digicel,” he stated.

    The Texting Competition information and details wereannounced by Contestantand Activities Coordinator, Akilah Nisbett.

    She informed that for Ms Photogenic Competition – Vote for the most photogenic contestant, and allowthe winner to win a high end, BlackBerry phone by texting ‘P’ plus the areacode of the country that the contestant represents to 1869764 TEEN (8336).

    Example:text ‘P 869’ to ‘18697648336’ to vote for the St. Kitts Contestant or Example:text ‘P 264’ to ‘18697648336’ to vote for the Anguilla Contestant

    For the Winner Prediction – Predict the winner of the Pageant correctly and win ahigh-end, Blackberry Phone from Digicel.

    Example:text ‘W 869’ to ‘18697648336’ to vote for the St. Kitts Contestant and Example:text ‘W 264’ to ‘18697648336’ to vote for the Anguilla Contestant.

    On the night of the show, for the Best Talent Text Competition, individuals(at home or at the show) are asked to vote for the contestant who they thinkperformed the best talent on the night of the show and allow the winner to wina BlackBerry.

    Example:text ‘869’ to ‘18697648336’ to vote for the St. Kitts – Nevis Contestant orExample: text ‘264’ to ‘18697648336’ to vote for the Anguilla Contestant.

    Texting contest participants should note that to text for Miss St.Kitts use area code 869 and to text for Nevis is code 469.

    Example:text ‘P 869’ to ‘18697648336’ to vote for the St. Kitts and Example: text‘P 469’ to ‘18697648336’ to vote for the Nevis

    Please note to text for St.Kitts please use area code 869, to text for Nevis please use code 469.

    Example: text ‘P 869’ to ‘18697648336’ to vote for theSt. Kitts or Example: text ‘P 469’ to ‘18697648336’ to vote for the Nevis

    Infamus’ latest release for SUGAR MAS 40/40 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFM1BLpdYaE&sns=fb

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  • Ms. Triniti “If I Was UR Girl” Charts & Hits iTunes

    Ms Triniti’s new single and video, ‘If I was ur Girl’ was released less than 3 weeks ago in Jamaica and is already creating a serious buzz! With heavy rotation at radio and TV, the song entered the Jamaican Charts this week at #25. Youtube views have also reached 20,000 already, so keep spreading the word! The single is now available on iTunes, please support ur girl and download for 99 cents! If you haven’t already seen the video, watch it here and pass it on!!

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  • Reggae Rising Star Konshens App

    Konshens Goes Digital with
    the Launch of A New Mobile App
    New York, NY – (November 17, 2011) – International Reggae Rising Star Konshens continues to raise the bar as he recently unveiled the ‘Konshens App’. Currently available on the Android smart phone, the new App allows Konshens fans to have access to him on the go.

    The App supports a wide range of Konshens content, giving fans the opportunity to stay connected to him by receiving the latest Konshens updates. Fans will be able to scroll through his latest promo and performance pics, stream his videos and link directly to itunes and purchase the song of their choice. All these feature are directly linked to their smart phones allowing them to stay connected to Konshens on the go.

    The App has a user friendly, interactive feature called ‘the fan wall’, where fans can post comments and photos that can be shared with friends in real time for other users to view. Users will also have the option to view his current performance schedule for upcoming concerts and tour information. His fans will now have access to everything Konshens in one location.

    The Konshens App is now available in the Android market place for Android smart phones and will be available in two weeks in the I-Tunes App store for all Apple devices.

    Konshens also continues to make strides in the area of his career with his soon to be released debut album titled Mental Maintenance, which is scheduled for release in February 2012. He will also release his clothing line in the next few months.

    Konshens stated that he is delighted to be partnering with Android and Apple to do the Konshens App, he went on to mention “we live in the technological age, why not take advantage of it’.

    Konshens App

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  • Meet Gabriel, Jamaica’s next Millie Small?

    It has been less than two weeks since the release of the restyled version of Millie Small’s “My Boy Lollipop” by top DJ Bounty Killer and Gabriel. The song has reached thousands of listeners from all over the world, as they get acquainted with one of the world’s greatest hit singles in an unusual style.
    Listeners and viewers unceasingly ask questions on social media websites and music pages as they seek to find out “who is this female who sounds so much like Millie Small?”
    The talented young singer is also a Fashion Model, English Teacher, Make-up artist and CEO of the dynamic modeling agency ‘Gabriel International’. Gabriel offered us a chance to learn a little more about who she really is and what she was undertaking before music.
    Gabriel whose correct name is Nancy Gordon holds a Teaching Diploma, a Degree in English, A Masters of Science and is presently pursuing her Doctorate.
    Here is a brief exclusive interview with the young artist who teamed up with Rodney “Bounty Killer” Price to revive the incomparable old classic “My Boy Lollipop”. So far, the new release has gotten thousands of hits and downloads and heavy rotations and requests. In the mean time, the artists have been receiving numerous tour and performance opportunities particularly in Germany and Africa.

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  • Prominent, Young Trini Music Producer Takes Big Bite Into Artiste Limelight

    Trinidad. November 2011————- The producer with the swag of a stunner’s at it again. Holy House Production’s Mr. Spine has been known for creating some of the most amazing beats out of T&T with the young artistes of the Millionaire Family riding them hard in recent years. Now, ahead of Carnival 2012 in T&T, the man who usually sits behind the scenes and directs the sound is prepared to stand at the fore, ready to deliver some tough ‘stuff’ as he delves into the realm of being an artiste.

    A first release entitled For D Carnival is just what it says- a track for the carnival season that will penetrate the souls of true fete lovers. Together with singing sensation, Buffy, Mr. Spine 2.0 as he’s now being called, is making use of his vocal ability, coupling it with his skill behind the mixing board and computers to deliver nothing short of magic to the people he feels deserves to hear it, feel it and move to it. It’s just a taste of what’s to come as he assures a number of self-produced singles will hit the market as the season unfolds. Another track alongside IRAWMA award winning artiste, Buffy will hit the airwaves soon after the first release and according to the duo, this one will make a statement. “ It’s called, For De Lovin, and it’s about the lengths that two people would go for each other’s loving,” explained the super producer. The second single admittedly invokes emotions and Spine said the combination makes for some really good musical listening.

    Holy House Production has lent its expertise in musical production to many artistes in recent years. Having secured a distribution deal with Universal Records’ InGrooves, for tracks on the Flex Riddim earlier this year, Mr. Spine 2.0 has been hard at work. He’s worked with a number of entertainers from across the Caribbean, among them Shabba Ranks, Beenie Man, Konshens, Rayvon, Pamputee, Meritol Family, Orlando Octave and the other talented artistes who make up the Millionaire Family, among others. Now, his new mission to infiltrate vocally with self-produced singles not only sends a strong warning but also a tremendous message to other youths looking on. “I feel that we’re all capable of charting the course we want in this life. Music is my passion but why should I be bound to one aspect of it? I feel I have what it takes to give more of me and I want other young people to understand that there’s always something more for them out there. They just have to go after it!” he said.
    Mr. Spine 2.0 is ready for C2K12 and he’s bringing a strong catalogue with him. With determination to make it all a success, Mr. Spine 2.0- youthful and determined in every sense, is looking forward to an interesting season ahead.

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  • ROUSING APPROVAL FOR JEAN LOWRIE-CHIN’S SOULDANCE

    New York: Thunderous applause and a standing ovation from avid literary arts lovers cheered Jamaican writer Jean Lowrie-Chin on last night at the New York City launch of her book Souldance at the corporate offices of Ruder Finn Inc in midtown Manhattan. The audience in the jam-packed room was riveted by the passionate and dynamic readings of some of Lowrie Chin’s favorite poems and writings, some of which go back several years.

    It seemed the audience could not get enough of the soul-stirring lyrics from yard, and the session reached a fever pitch crescendo when Lowrie-Chin was joined at the podium by playwright and actor David Heron who turned an already energized night of poetry into a sizzling, award-winning theatrical rave. Heron read three pieces from Souldance, and he had the audience spellbound with his dramatic modulations and his witty references to Lowrie-Chin whom he described as his long time mentor and trusted friend.

    “I bought seven copies of the book tonight because I was very moved by the readings”, one attendee Nikimo Palache affirmed. “What I heard tonight was beautiful and sonic and I did not want to miss the opportunity to give my closest friends autographed copies of Souldance for the holidays”, he continued.

    Jean Lowrie Chin is an extraordinarily gifted writer who has had a lifelong love affair with Jamaica. She loves the country and she writes about the many sides of the Jamaican experience. Souldance, now on amazon.com is a delightful and delicious read as it journeys through Jamaica from coast to coast, sometimes making crucial stops to pay homage to outstanding Jamaicans and world citizens like Miss Lou, Usain Bolt, Jessie Ripoll and Barack Obama.

    Jamaica’s ambassador to the United States Her Excellency Audrey Marks brought greetings to the gathering, and she stressed the importance of nurturing and embracing Jamaica’s abundance of creative talent in various genres.

    Last night’s launch was hosted by Gail L Moaney, executive vice president, Travel & Economic Development, Ruder Finn Inc. Among those attending were Lester Spaulding, chairman of the Radio Jamaica Group and his wife Dr. L W Koengeter, Portfolio Marketing Group president Noel Mignott, senior vice president, AIG Inc., Mrs. Paulette Mullings Bradnock, legal luminary and member of Jamaica’s Electoral Advisory Committee Hon. Dorothy Pine McLarty, Harlem model Tyson Gregg, marketing director for the Caribbean Tourism Organization Selma Brown, broadcaster Ricot Dupuy and scores more. Sponsors for the event include Rhum Barbancourt, Touch of Elegance Catering, Nakasaki Restaurant and Uptown Vegetarian Juice Bar in Harlem. The Souldance launch was designed by Dave Rodney and Anthony Turner of IMAGES Media LLC, New York.

    YOUTUBE LINK

    PHOTO CAPTION

    (L-R) Actor and playwright David Heron, media marketing consultant Dave Rodney, writer Jean Lowrie-Chin, Jamaica’s ambassador to the US Audrey Marks and IMAGES Media President Anthony Turner

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  • Tobago’s Telecruz Uses Swedish Connections- Delivers Sweat

    Trinidad. November, 2011————- Tobago won’t be left behind, especially when they’ve got great things to offer the world. That’s the ideals of one of Tobago’s rising superstars who goes by the name, Telecruz. He’s been around, but in case you missed him, it must be told that Telecruz’s infectious melody and mesmerizing tone, has made it all the way to Sweden and back.

    These days the Crown Point native is working hard to get his foot in the door as Carnival 2012 rears its head. He only recently released a track called, “Sweat” on the Benchmark Riddim, which was produced by 4Sons entertainment out of Sweden and subsequently mixed and mastered by Madmen Productions in Trinidad. His Swedish alliance is a unique one. He’s been working with the foreign music makers for some time- having capitalised on the link, making sure that his music is placed into the European domain. In fact, Teleruz’s first single ever released, “Caribbean Affair” which was done alongside Swedish pop vocalist, Swedish Maria, made it into the European market in a pretty decent way. The track was ranked number three on the Caribbean Countdown in Europe.

    Telecruz’s determination to make it in the industry is one that cannot be broken. In fact, his new single “Sweat” was written alongside the producer to ensure that it was perfect for release. This method went against the norm of musical creation and Telecruz highlighted that it was just his way of increasing the possibility of perfection on a single that he truly enjoyed vocalizing. He even flew to Sweden to record the single and that in itself goes to show how much he believes in his first 2012 release.

    With a collaborative track alongside soca trailblazer, Buffy also carded to be released in just about one week’s time, Telecruz is sounding the alarm. He’s making it known that he’s coming hard. Also in the mix of singles for the Carnival season up ahead, is a track done alongside Umi Marcano called, Sail Away. His link with Umi was made last year but it was felt that the track would have a more significant impact if released ahead of C2K12.

    On a serious note, the entertainer revealed that each level aspired for, and acquired in the soca industry is appreciated by him since it has never been easy for artistes out of Tobago to make it. He said it’s often a harder fight and a tougher push, with Tobagonian artistes sometimes having to move to Trinidad in a bid to promote themselves in the market. Nevertheless, he said the extra push makes the accomplishment all the more rewarding when attained and with that in mind, Telecruz peomises to never stop pushing. The Tobago born artiste is vowing to join in the limelight with his brothers of soca in the season of revelry ahead.

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