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Monthly Archives: February 2012

  • Madd Spider Productions Puts Fans in “Hot Water!”

    Madd Spider Productions puts Dancehall fans in “Hot Water” with their latest riddim release!

    If DJ and fan feedback is any indication of the popularity and longevity, Madd Spider Productions can rest assured that all interested parties are happy to be in ‘Hot Water!’

    Released February 28th, 2012 on the Madd Spider Productions label, two thirds of the Dancehall Trinity (Froggy Madd Squad (Jermaine Omari Lawrence) and Taranchyla from Poison Dart Sound), have scored a hit as DJ’s in the UK, Jamaica, Canada and Germany collectively agree that the riddim gives radio and Dancehall the energy fans have come to expect from the production house.

    Working with their successful formula of taking music back to an authentic Dancehall beat, fans have 48 minutes of quality production to enhance their iPod, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry and radio time! When creating the riddim, the trio agreed they wanted it to be one that will be heard in the winter and summer without pause. “We come from an era in music where riddims never lost their magic” said Taranchyla from the Madd Spider recording studios in Orlando, “and our aim is to continue that tradition of magic for the fans!”

    Sixteen artists bless the riddim who collectively take fans on a journey that includes the anatomy of a hot girl, the foolish ways of foolish men, what it is to be a World General and everything else in between. Award winning writer Wayne Wonder thrills fans with throwback flavoured lyrics delivered in his song “Anuh Lie” which includes an appearance from his alter ego ‘Supriz.’ Veteran Macka Diamond offers the view that looks, age, nor status will keep a man, while ZJ Liquid lets the world know what excites him about his lady.

    In addition to being producers, Froggy builds on his growing artistic catalog with “Fake Friends,” Taranchyla’s alter ego, the Gangster Chipmunk is front and centre with “Gal Fool,” while Grammy award winning Delly Ranx explains the benefits of being a World General with “Haffi Get A Gyal.”

    Find out why the world is excited about the Hot Water riddim on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggpj60IFXRA

    Fans can purchase the riddim here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hot-water-riddim/id505671532

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  • David Rodigan Takes on New York and Jamaica

    Don’t let the ‘gentle’ in David Rodigan’s moniker of “The Rudeboy Gentleman” fool you, as this class act selector is poised to make a forceful and explosive debut in World Clash New York (R.E.S.E.T.) on Saturday, April 7, 2012 alongside Fire Links, Bass Odyssey, Black Kat, Tony Matterhorn, Earth Ruler and Poison Dart (early bird advance $45 tickets available on http://www.irishandchin.com).
    With a box that is busting at the seams with dubs cut by some of Reggae music’s most historical figures and modern day leading artists, David Rodigan is by all means a reputable force to be reckoned with. As if David Rodigan couldn’t get any larger, the famed selector was recently honored by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales with the United Kingdom’s 5th Highest Award, the prestigious Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).
    Add all of these factors, Rodigan’s more-than-four decades of experience and love of Jamaican music to the mix and you have a zesty recipe for victory. There is no doubt that David “Ram Jam” Rodigan will bring the heat to his younger contenders during his first “official” rumble on the World Clash New York stage. Additionally, David Rodigan is billed as the official opener of World Clash Jamaica, where he is set to deliver an explosive set that will include a montage of his famous one-of-a-kind dub plate selections. The selector’s set will spark the energy of the premiere competition, which includes top sounds like Bass Odyssey, Black Kat, Kilamanjaro, Black Blunt, Heavy Hammer (Italy) and more to be announced.
    Over the years, David Rodigan has defeated nearly every top sound in the industry at least once. Thriving on hardcore, clean competition, David Rodigan subtly attacks his contenders with knowledge and music. With uniquely cut specials and piercing, often witty speeches, David Rodigan is constantly credited with winning over audiences worldwide. Very few selectors in the sound system industry live up to the mighty David Rodigan. Over the years, Ram Jam has boldly carried the torch for Reggae music and culture with his every move. Whether it’s through his role as a prominent selector or famed radio host on London’s Kiss 100 FM, David Rodigan walks the walk and talks the talk, allowing no one to fill his shoes.
    Much to his credit, David Rodigan remains one of the industry’s hottest commodities. With dates booked a year in advance, this selector is clearly in demand. Aside from impeccable clash skills, Rodigan is a sensational juggling DJ. Promoters from all over the world seek Rodigan for high profile juggling dates, which often draw thousands of people – young and old. Rodigan’s selling power is undeniable.
    David Rodigan’s lengthy stint on London’s Capital Radio yielded some of the Reggae music industry’s most notable clashes. While broadcasting in Jamaica for the station, he invited Jamaican radio host Barry G to be a guest on his show. The two starting clashing on air – a first – despite the deep history of sound system clashes in Jamaican music culture. The clashes were a phenomenon, officially locking down Rodigan’s Jamaican fan base. Technically, David Rodigan is one of the first “non-Jamaican” selectors to be whole-heartedly embraced by Reggae music fans.
    David Rodigan’s vast accomplishments and accolades set him apart from the rest, making him a prime candidate to be the World Clash New York (R.E.S.E.T.) winner. Clash fans are anxious to see how this top selector will face up against his contenders. Die hard clash fans shouldn’t miss this showdown of historical proportion!

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  • Lisa HypeR premieres new video medley “POWER/ROLL DEEP”

    Artist Lisa HypeR new video medley “POWER/ROLL DEEP” debut Saturday February 25th on local Jamaican Television.
    A Jam2 production, the video was produced by Simon “Snow” Thompson with cameos by Bad boy Trevor, Skii and Lady Carline. Both songs will be featured on Lisa HypeR upcoming album “The Rebirth”
    When asked what the video was about Lisa stated “Powa/Roll Deep is about di ladies dat have di good good and dem noe cuz dem man give them stuff in return”
    Lisa Hyper also had a special message on her facebook fan page “Big Up 2 All Ma Real Fans Who Clued 2 Dem TV Waiting 2 See Di Premier Of Ma New Video “Power” Tonight On Stage On CVM & Big Up 2 All Ma Haters 2 Cuz Me Kno Unu Waah See Weh Di Hyper A Cum Wid…lol! Give Unu more Tings Fi Talk, Expect Di Unexpected…It Sticky Pon Dem!”

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  • BOUNTY KILLER SINGS TRIBUTE TO HIS MOTHER (MISS IVY) – MAMA’S LOVE

    With the untimely passing of his mother Ivy (Miss Ivy) Williams, Bounty Killer has recorded and single titled ‘Mama’s Love’. In the song Bounty Killer expresses his outpouring love for his mother and thanks for the love and guidance she has shown and given to him throughout the years.

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  • RENOWNED CARIBBEAN POP BAND TO ROCK NYC’S BEST BUY THEATER KES THE BAND

    IN 2012 POST “TRINIDAD CARNIVAL” CONCERT DEBUT
    FRIDAY, MARCH 9

    First Caribbean concert hosted by BEST BUY THEATER.
    Featuring live performances by King David Rudder, Benjai, and more!
    This year celebrates Trinidad & Tobago’s 50th anniversary of independence.

    New York, NY – on Friday, March 9th, the highly anticipated KES ALL IN post Trinidad Carnival concert tour begins with Trinidad’s own, KES the BAND & Friends, at the prestigious Best Buy Theater NYC (1515 Broadway & West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036 corner of 44th Street and 7th Avenue (212) 930-1959 – doors open at 7:00pm, show time begins promptly at 9:00pm). Produced by (ShorBlu Events and Big and Strong Promotions, KES ALL IN (NYC) also features live performances from King David Rudder (Trini to de Bone, De Hammer) and Benjai (Trini & People’s Champion), with music by Sounds 4 Life and System Lords, along with state-of-the-art sound, red carpet feel and rock-star appeal, all in an atmosphere where concert goers can jam to a live “KES” experience. Limited advance tickets $40; VIP Tickets/Tables Reservations: 347-225-5539.

    Fresh from several critically acclaimed worldwide performances, trend-setting innovators of the emerging new “Caribbean Pop/Rock” genre, KES the BAND will showcase their unique fusion of Rock, Pop, Soul, Techno, Reggae and Neo-Soca rhythms as they perform chart topping crossover hits like Stress Away, Comin’ Over, Where You From?, Til’ the Morning, Stalker, Let Me Know as well as other hits like Wotless (as featured in their latest chart topping album also entitled WOTLESS), Ah Ting, Come Gyal, and more for the first time at the Best Buy Theater. This is “the” event you definitely won’t want to miss!

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  • MAGNUM KINGS & QUEENS GIVES JAMAICAN DESIGNERS A STAGE Fashion Ova Style

    Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall has again been yielding to the words “Fashion Ova Style”, to continue to deliver fashion and dancehall talent in one package.

    Natalie Parboosingh, producer with the series and choreographer of the weekly fashion segment on Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall explains the reason for the fashion segment: “The fashion segment was designed to give the complete package of what dancehall means…Jamaicans are fashion forward, they like to look good and turn heads. Image matters in dancehall and increasingly we have seen a lot of our fashion trends coming from artistes, especially persons in the dancehall industry.”

    Since its inception in 2008, Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall has showcased edgy styles from local designers worn by stunning models. “Each week we showcase a different designer with a different swag. They (fashion designers) all have different styles, all bringing their own creativity to the show. We also try and showcase upcoming designers, last year we had a few from Edna Manley College.” Natalie continued.

    The designers have again been challenged to compete this year. Last year, each designer presented, along with their collection, one Avant-garde piece for persons to vote on. However, this year, persons will be voting for their favourite collection. Natalie explains the change: “I wanted to change the challenge in an effort to bring a new dimension to the competition and more importantly give the designers an opportunity to bring even more creativity to the entire collection rather than just one piece.”

    Giving details of the competition, Natalie continued: “After every live show pictures from the featured designer’s collection will be posted on our Facebook page. When the 14 live shows are completed, an album will be created featuring all the designers with their collection. Fans will then be given the opportunity to vote for their favourite designer; the winning designer will win the grand prize of J$50,000.”
    An enthusiastic Carla Lee, the winning designer in 2011 said the competition gave her added exposure: “It’s a great opportunity. It really gives you additional advertising, getting persons to know more about you and your work. I received many calls expressing an interest in my collections during the competition on Facebook. Being on the Magnum stage was great publicity and the Magnum Kings & Queens Facebook page gave me added exposure.”

    Dancehall and fashion fans can visit the official Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/Magnumkingsandqueens and view pictures from the fashion show each week.


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  • CALI P Nominated for Two International Awards

    CALI P was nominated for 2 International Awards.

    1st: CARIVIBEZ WEB VIDEO AWARDS:
    – Cali P is nominated in the category “International Video” with his first “Jamaican” Hit Song “Like a lion – Hotsteppa” (Inspired Media Concepts).

    2nd: BRITISH REGGAE INDUSTRY AWARDS:
    – Cali P is nominated “International Male Artist” wich is a real honor to be nominated for. This can be a breaking point for Cali P’s career in England as well.

    Musically Cali P is working on a great Roots Reggae Album Now while the UNSTOPPABLE album, which was released last october charted in the top 10 reggae albums on itunes in the US, Canada and Switzerland. (www.cali-p.com)
    His previous single “D’ Sunne Schiint” featuring PHENOMDEN went striaght to No1 on the swiss reggae single charts, we hope that the fans will give his next single “Jah rule the world” the same support (an un-official video with the song already has over 350’000 views on youtube).

    HERE IS THE MAKING OF THE “JAH RULE THE WORLD” VIDEO COUPLE DAYS AGO IN THE SWISS ALPS!!!!!! Just to show you CALI P is a artist in this time that is more than a 100% hanging in there to get the message of Rightousness across the world!

    Cali P – Jah Rules the world (Making of) (Hemp Higher Prod) 2012

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  • FORMER VICTORIA’S SECRET SUPERMODEL ENJOYS CARNIVAL-STYLE BIRTHDAY IN TRINIDAD

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The Caribbean special events company and entertainment brand Antilia continues to put “the world’s greatest show” on the celebrity radar.

    During the 2012 Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, which ended on the streets of Port of Spain on Carnival Tuesday, Antilia – known for attracting and entertaining celebrities at the world famous celebration – threw a glittering 29th birthday party for Caribbean supermodel Selita Ebanks on Carnival Saturday.

    Held at a private venue within Project Runway winner Anya Ayoung-Chee’s inaugural Carnival fête, Antilia orchestrated a glitzy VIP surprise dinner party for the Caymanian beauty, complete with concierge services, including a personalized hair and make-up session and luxury ground transfers. Anchoring the festivities was a gathering of some of Ebanks’ closest friends and family around a stunning two-foot tall croquembouche birthday cake designed by coveted local pastry chef Khalil Ali of Pêche Pâtisserie.

    Antilia CEO Simon Khan (left) with former Victoria’s Secret Angel Selita Ebanks and television personality Terrence J in Trinidad.
    Photograph available at:
    www.tinyurl.com/antilia2012

    According to Antilia CEO Simon Khan, Ebanks – ranked in 2008 by Forbes as one of the highest paid supermodels in the world – visited Trinidad over the weekend for her birthday and “to experience the vibrancy of Trinidad and Tobago, exemplified by our annual Carnival.”

    After the event, the former Victoria’s Secret Angel tweeted: “My bday weekend was beyond life darlings! S/O to @simonkhan and Antilia. The cake was amazing! #♥trini”

    At the same event, Antilia hosted a birthday celebration for Trinidadian pop star Aaron Fresh, who turned 19 on Carnival Monday. Fresh, who was discovered by rapper/comedian Nick Cannon, and who is currently signed to Def Jam Recordings, has enjoyed mainstream success on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart through his single “Spending All My Time.”

    A number of American celebrities were also present at the twin-birthday celebration, including former NBA player and television personality John Salley; NAACP Image-Award winning actor Lance Gross, best known for his role as Calvin Payne in TBS sitcom “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne”; and television personality Terrence J, host of BET’s popular music video countdown show “106 & Park”.

    Top Trinidadian soca singers Machel Montano, the 2012 Road March champ, and Kees Diffenthaller were among the local VIP guests at the celebration, both of whom delivered enthralling performances.

    To cap off the evening, Antilia presented Anya Ayoung-Chee – T & T’s newest “tourism ambassador” – with a Gâteau Opéra (Opera Cake) along with a Veuve Clicquot champagne toast, in celebration of her recent engagement to American photographer and longtime boyfriend, Wyatt Gallery.

    About Antilia
    Antilia is a Caribbean entertainment brand dedicated to the global promotion of Caribbean culture, entertainment and tourism. The company represents a nexus between Caribbean elegance and New York style, allowing Americans, overseas-based Caribbean nationals, the media and others to experience the integration of cultures through visionary special event productions.

    The company continues to promote the most prestigious and upscale elements of Caribbean culture such as Caribbean art, music, fashion, spirits and liqueurs, fine dining and sought after festivals, both within and outside the region.

    Antilia is based in Trinidad and Tobago.

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  • CARIBBEAN RESORT JOINS HANDS WITH ST. LUCIANS IN NEW YORK

    NEW YORK – St. Lucia’s award-winning plantation resort in the old colonial town of Soufrière threw its support this week behind a gala celebrating its country’s independence.

    The Fond Doux Holiday Plantation resort signed on as a sponsor of St. Lucia’s 33rd Anniversary of Independence Gala set for this Saturday, February 25 at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn, New York.

    “It’s a distinct honor to join the Saint Lucia Foundation, our nationals in New York, the government and the private sector to support our island’s independence celebrations,” said Mrs. Eroline Lamontagne, the resort’s co-owner.

    Fond Doux joins industry partners, such as Bay Gardens Resorts and JetBlue Airways, in donating a 5-night stay in a one-bedroom cottage to the gala event which features the acclaimed musician Michael Aubertin and an awards presentation.

    “St. Lucians at home owe a debt of gratitude to our nationals living abroad for honoring their homeland each day by championing issues of importance to our country,” she asserted, “by contributing to local charities, and by constantly promoting our fair isle to their friends and associates in America.”

    The Independence Gala culminates New York activities celebrating St. Lucia’s 33rd anniversary of independence from Great Britain. The activities were organized by the Saint Lucia House Foundation, an umbrella group of St. Lucian organizations based in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, in concert with the Saint Lucia Consulate General in New York.

    St. Lucia gained its independence from Great Britain on February 22, 1979.

    For further information, visit www.fonddouxestate.com.

    About Fond Doux Holiday Plantation
    Fond Doux Holiday Plantation is a 19th century eco-friendly colonial plantation nestled in the heart of Soufrière, Saint Lucia. The Green Globe-certified resort sits in a 250 year-old working plantation and features an assortment of 10 uniquely crafted cottages, two onsite restaurants and a collage of outdoor swimming pools. Fond Doux is conveniently located just minutes away from some of the island’s key attractions, including the Sulphur Springs – the Caribbean’s only drive in volcano. It is in the neighborhood of the world-renowned twin peaks, the Pitons, which offers the best diving sites on island – all within the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fond Doux provides guests with an evocative plantation experience, and they are encouraged to actively engage in the day-to-day running of the cocoa plantation, experiences enjoyed in 2008 by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

    The plantation adheres closely to the spirit of eco-building and cultural preservation. Rescued from demolition, Fond Doux maintains intricate French Colonial wooden buildings more than 100 years old. The buildings were painstakingly dismantled and transported to the estate, where they were lovingly restored as guest accommodations and today stand as monuments of the island’s rich colonial history. The Guardian Newspaper in the United Kingdom rated the organic estate and eco-resort as the number two Plantation Retreat in the world.

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  • THIRD WORLD KICKED OFF THEIR 2012 TOUR IN HAWAII

    New York, NY: It is February and the “Worlaz” kicked of their 2012 year-long world tour in Hawaii with four unique performances. Though no strangers to the island, fans have been earnestly waiting for their visit and to see the band perform singles from their current album Patriots. The island was abuzz the minute their arrival was announced and in typically fashion, band members took to the airwaves to promote the shows and greet fans.

    Prior to their performances, the band attended a meet and greet held in their honor at Tropics Café in Honolulu. Fans gathered at the venue to take photos with the band and musicians showed up to have their instruments signed. The apparent admiration and respect for a band now celebrating 39 years was overwhelming at times but the group remained humbled and spoke to everyone present. Band members Maurice Gregory (Keyboard) and Tony “Ruption” Williams (Drummer) joined local favorite Mike Love on stage for an impromptu jam session. Cat Coore remarks “The people of Hawaii are very warm and have been supportive of our music over the years. It is always great to perform there and meet the fans. We are grateful – we don’t take that for granted.” And with that Third World took over the island in a four concert showdown on the islands of Hilo, Kauai, Oahu and Maui.

    On Thursday, February 16th the band performed at Hilo Palace Theatre in Hilo. Hawaiian musicians Mike Love and Paula Fuga (an American Idol contestant) opened for the Third World. However the surprise of the night came when Paula Fuga returned to the stage to perform “Irie Ites,” which was recently re-recorded with the songstress, with the band. Other surprises of the night included additional classics to the set list such as “Jah Glory,” “African Woman,” “Riddim Haffi Rule” and “Dancing on the Floor.” After their performance fans gathered backstage to meet the band and take photos.

    The band flew to their second locale on Friday, February 17th to perform in Kauai at the Kuhio Lounge (Aston Hotel). The slightly younger fan base converged to dance the night away with the Reggae Ambassadors. The set was not free of fans screaming selections that they wanted to hear. The most requested single was “Roots and Quality.” For the performances on the 18th in Oahu and the 19th in Maui, the band shared the stage with Tarrus Riley and Dean Fraser. The camaraderie of both bands resulted in a drumming jam session during soundcheck which led to one of Tarrus’s band members joining Third World on stage later that night during the drum solo segment. The fans were delighted.

    In the true spirit of giving, Third World was happy to learn that proceeds from the shows would benefit Mana Maoli (“MM”). MM is a non-profit organization that strives for community empowerment. One of the programs under the organization is the Maoli Music program, wherein musicians donate their time and talent to MM CDs, concerts, school visits and music mentorships. Richard Daley adds “To be able to support a good cause is something that we always try to be a part of. When we learned that proceeds from the concerts would benefit charity, we were enthused to say the least. It made our performance much more meaningful.”

    After their performances, Third World returned to Florida where they will perform at Reggae Jam alongside Inner Circle at the Adrienne Arsht Center on Friday, February 24, 2012. The concert will double as a tribute to Jacob Miller, the late Inner Circle singer who was killed in a 1980 car crash. As quoted in the Miami New Times, “The last person Jacob Miller sang with was Third World,” notes Lewis. And the night before his death, Coore explains, Miller joined the band onstage for a performance inside a Jamaican penitentiary. The singer, whose hits with Inner Circle included “Tenement Yard” and “Tired Fi Lick Weed,” showed up the following night to Third World’s tenth anniversary concert. But he never made it inside. “He just came to the gate and said, ‘I soon come back,’ “Coore recalls. “And we never saw him again.”

    For more information about Third World Band, visit www.thirdworldband.com

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  • Trinidad Carnival Results 2012

    Road March
    1. Machel Montano – “Pump Yuh Flag”
    2. Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez – “Miss Behave”
    3. Neil “Iwer” George – “No Pain”

    Calypso Monarch
    1.Duane O’Connor
    2.Kurt Allen
    3.Karene Asche

    Extempo Monarch
    Leslie-Ann Bristow a.k.a Lady Africa

    Political Commentary Monarch
    Kurt Allen

    Social Commentary Monarch
    Duane O’Connor

    King
    Ralliez-Vous – A Mon Panache Blanc! – Roland St George
    Malakyahweh – The Praying Mantis – Gerard Weekes

    Queen
    Mother of Humanity – The Weeping Madonna – CharissBovell

    National Panorama Champions in the Large Conventional Band
    Neal & Massy Trinidad All Stars Play Yourself Clive Telemaque Leon ‘Smooth’ Edwards

    George Bailey Band of the Year (Large)
    1. “Sanctification – In Search Of” – Brian Mac Farlane
    2. “Carnival – The Golden Years” – Trini Revellers
    3. “Flight” – Legacy

    Band of the Year (Medium)
    1. “Exodus – The Second Book Of The Bible” – The Words and Associates
    2. “Jus Friends” – Jus Friends
    3. “Dis Is We Thing” – D Harvard Revellers

    Band of the Year (Small)
    1. “The Iroquois Nation” – Tribal Connection Cultural Promotions
    2. “Xante Trinbago Xante” – Rosalind Gabriel & Village Productions
    3. “Festivals of the World” – BOSS (Belmont Original Stylish Sailors)

    Power International Soca Monarch
    1. Machel Montano – “Pump Yuh Flag”
    2. Neil Iwer George
    3. Destra Garcia

    Groovy Soca Monarch
    1. Machel Montano – “Mr. Fete”
    2. Kerwin Du Bois
    3. Benjai
    4. Nadia Batson
    5. Kees Dieffenthaller

    Chutney Soca Monarch
    1st Place – KI
    2nd Place – Rikki Jai
    3rd Place – Rick Ramoutar

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  • Dice Live Performance- Dominica 2012 Calypso King

    Dice is Calypso King in Dominica for the 5th time while Nadira Lando is Miss Dominica 2012

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  • RIP Sullivan Walker an Actor Writer Director and Teacher

    Sullivan Walker (1944 – 2012) is a Trinidadian actor who has played numerous small and recurring roles on television shows since the early eighties. Walker migrated to New York from Trinidad in 1969 and has since become an actor, writer, director and teacher.

    Professional work
    Walker has acted in such television shows as The Cosby Show from 1988 to 1991 portraying Bill Cosby’s physician friend, Dr. James Harmon. He has guest-starred in single episodes of The Pretender (1999), The Sentinel (1997), and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2004). He also played a bit part in several movies, including Crocodile Dundee (1986). His most significant role was in the 1994–1995 show Earth 2, where he appeared in nearly every episode as Yale, a cybernetic advisor to Devon Adair (Debrah Farentino) and tutor to her son, Uly. His most recent role was in the 2005 movie Get Rich or Die Tryin’.

    Outside of film and television Walker is also a Broadway actor, acting in August Wilson’s Two Trains Running. He is endeavoring to found a school/workshops for Caribbean actors in New York to succeed in the American film and television markets

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  • New Release: Apr 24/ Busy Signal (REGGAE Music Again)

    BUSY SIGNAL SHOWS HIS VERSATILITY ON FIRST FULL-LENGTH

    ALBUM DEDICATED TO REAL ROOTS MUSIC

    REGGAE MUSIC AGAIN OUT APRIL 24 ON VP RECORDS

    Better known for his sharp-spitting rhymes on hardcore dancehall hits like “Tic Toc” (remixed by M.I.A. and Rye Rye) and “Wine Pon De Edge,” Busy Signal emerges as a charismatic roots reggae artist on his forthcoming album Reggae Music Again, out April 24th on VP Records. A stark departure from the sequenced beats that dominated Busy’s three previous albums, the intricate, multi-layered one-drop rhythms heard on Reggae Music Again were created by some of Jamaica’s most acclaimed musicians (Robbie Lyn, Dean Fraser, Kirk Bennett), and recorded live at Kingston’s legendary Tuff Gong studios.

    Each of the album’s 14 tracks celebrates the uplifting spirit and tightly woven grooves that epitomize Jamaica’s signature rhythm. “Modern Day Slavery,” inspired by the speeches of Jamaican freedom fighter Marcus Garvey, “Kingston Town” portraying the grittier side of Jamaica’s capital and “Run Weh” decrying societal ills such as skin bleaching, each offer the profound, provocative commentary that has distinguished roots reggae from other musical forms since the early 1970s. Reggae’s spiritual strain is heard on the devotional “Jah Love,” while its lover’s rock subgenre is represented on the exquisitely sung on “Come Over (Missing You)” produced by Wayne Unga Thompson and the gently acoustic “Comfort Zone.”

    View and feel free to post brand music video for “Come Over (Missing You)”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOQ0V9OhN4o

    “This album will shock many people who are used to me just as a deejay,” Busy declares, “but it shows my growth, versatility and the recognition of reggae as the origin of dancehall music. Being a Jamaican, I feel like it is my duty to highlight and contribute to reggae music, and with the encouragement of my management and musicians who played on this record, including Dean Fraser, it all came together. This album is like a renaissance for me, a rebirth – reggae style.” “Dancehall music alone cannot sustain Jamaica’s music industry,” adds Shane Brown Busy’s manager, the album’s primary producer and engineer. “Reggae has more substance and longevity and Busy is one of those rare artists of his generation who can sing as well as deejay on authentic reggae rhythms.”

    Preview cuts from the new album:

    In addition to the full-length album, VP Records will release a vinyl companion piece, entitled REGGAE Music Dubb’n Again, available April 17, special for Record Store Day on April 21. The exclusive LP will feature extended dub mixes for six of the album’s songs, which are all produced and engineered by Shane Brown and his legendary father Errol Brown. A medley video is also currently being shot in Jamaica, which will combine five of these songs into one melodic tale.
    Busy Signal
    Born Reanno Gordon on January 24, 1982, Busy Signal grew up in the St. Ann parish of Jamaica singing in the church. He developed a passion for more styles of music when he moved to Kingston as a teenager and would save his lunch money to buy the cassettes from artists like Madonna, Jay-Z, Eminem and Whitney Houston. At night, he often snuck out of the house to hear popular sound systems. He became fascinated by the deejays’ voices and began voicing his own dub plates for Renaissance and Kilimanjaro sounds. In 2005, Busy broke on the scene with hits like “Not Going Down” and the self produced “Step Out,” the title track of his critically acclaimed 2006 debut released on Greensleeves Records. Bounty Killer was an important mentor in the early stages of Busy’s career and provided the aspiring deejay his first opportunity to perform before a Jamaican audience as part of the Killer led artists’ consortium called The Alliance. With the release of Loaded in September 2008 for VP Records, his music was now regarded as the gold standard for a new generation of dancehall artists. Loaded included mega hits “Jail,” a grim recollection of Busy’s brief incarceration in the US on a conspiracy charge,” and Tic Toc,” which caught mainstream attention and inspired M.I.A. and Rye Rye to remix their own version. Busy’s sucesss motivated him to stay in the studio and out of the streets. His third album D.O.B. was released in July 2010 and earned him praise from Rolling Stone as “world’s great rappers — a wit and a charmer, with fearsome flow and great taste in beats.” This release also included ballad-like renditions of the 1985 Commodores’ hit “Night Shift” and Phil Collin’s “One More Night,” and in 2011 he covered of Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler” for the genre-bending compilation Reggae’s Gone Country. All of these songs were catalysts and motivation for his traditional approach heard on Reggae Music Again.

    www.facebook.com/onebusysignal

    TRACK LISTING
    1. Busy Thoughts: Positive Music
    2. Run Weh
    3. Modern Day Slavery
    4. REGGAE Music Again
    5. Come Over (Missing You)
    6. Royal Night
    7. Kingston Town
    8. 119 ft. Anthony Redrose & Joe Lickshot
    9. Fire Ball
    10. Wicked Man
    11. Running From The Law
    12. Busy Thoughts: Music From The Heart
    13. Jah Love
    14. Part Of Life
    15. Sweetest Life
    16. Comfort Zone (Acoustic Remix)
    17. Busy Thoughts: My Intention

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  • Sean Paul Official “Hold On” Video

    Check out the official “Hold On” video, the new single from his album TOMAHAWK TECHNIQUE!

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  • BOUNTY KILLER NOMINATED FOR BME AWARDS

    Dancehall Stalwart Bounty Killer has been nominated for this year’s Boston Most Elite (MBE) Awards, which will be held on May 19, 2012 at the Champagne Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He has been given the nomination for ‘Lifetime Award’ for his contribution to dancehall. Congratulations to the Dancehall General on this nomination and the best of wishes on winning this award.

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  • Soca Star Farmer Nappy Celebrates Carnival with New Album, ‘You Make Me…Surrender

    New York, NY – Trinidadian singer/songwriter Darryl “Farmer Nappy” Henry brings his unique brand of soca to the masses with his new album, You Make Me…Surrender, available in stores and online today, February 21, 2012. The album is already receiving critical acclaim, including favorable reviews from The New Yorker and MTV, which gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

    “It’s good to see international media outlets such as MTV and The New Yorker embracing and supporting Caribbean music,” reveals Farmer Nappy. “This means we are another step closer to spreading the richness of our culture and music to the worldwide massive. And it couldn’t happen at a better time, when Trinidad is celebrating Carnival.”

    Blending calypso, kaiso, ragga, soca, reggae and dancehall tones, Farmer manages to capture the true essence of the Caribbean, taking this compilation beyond carnival circles.

    “If you don’t know your kaiso from your ragga, or your soca from your calypso, don’t be concerned. Farmer Nappy hits them all, along with a bit of reggae and dancehall.” – The New Yorker

    “The veteran musician has put together an album of super-concentrated soca with a global pop sensibility and pan-Caribbean flavors.” – MTV

    Farmer Nappy cultivated a global fan base by touring extensively for over two decades and bringing the sounds of mas to the masses worldwide. He just performed over 30 shows during Carnival season in Trinidad. With his new album being embraced by fans and critics alike, Farmer Nappy is undoubtedly having his best year yet as he continues his quest of carrying Caribbean music around the world.

    You Make Me…Surrender is distributed by FOX FUSE, with physical albums in select stores throughout the U.S. and Trinidad, and is now available digitally worldwide on all major digital retailers, including iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody and Spotify.

    TRACK LIST

    1. Surrender
    2. Flirt
    3. Chippin’ (With Meh Own Woman)
    4. You Make Me
    5. Go Brave
    6. Love Whip
    7. Looking To Wine featuring General Grant
    8. Can’t Talk To Me featuring Anthony B
    9. Pavement with Kerwin Du Bois
    10. Chippin’ Remix featuring Anthony B
    11. Pressure
    12. I Pay For This featuring Machel Montano
    13. Come Back (Bonus Track)

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  • NEW RELEASE – APR 24 – GROUNDATION – BUILDING AN ARK

    GROUNDATION RELEASES NEW STUDIO ALBUM

    ‘BUILDING AN ARK’ OUT APRIL 24 ON

    VP RECORDS’ NEW IMPRINT DUB ROCKERS

    Currently On Tour In Australia, New Zealand and Europe
    Hailing from California’s Bay Area, Groundation will unleash their new studio album, entitled Building An Ark, on April 24, 2012 via Dub Rockers/VP/Universal Music. This 10-track set will be the first release off the new imprint Dub Rockers from reggae giant VP Records. The internationally acclaimed band stays true to the essence of their dynamic sound – capturing the true spirit of roots reggae while blending elements of jazz, funk, salsa and transcendental dub. The album’s hypnotic funk-based rhythms move from earthy percussion-based tracks to complex impressionistic dub compositions. This sophisticated selection of genre-bending sounds provides the perfect template for some of their most fiery militant and conscious lyrics to date.

    Lead singer Harrison Stafford feels this is their finest work yet. “We are always wanting to challenge what we do and show progression in this music that is uniquely ours, and ‘Building An Ark’ is the best this group has ever sounded on record. Ours fans will feel that rare explosive energy that is Groundation with a focus on sonic quality, clarity and words of strength,” Stafford says.

    Groundation formed in 1998 when three long time musicians Harrison Stafford (guitar/lead vocals), Marcus Urani (organ/keys/piano) and Ryan Newman (bass) met in the jazz program of California’s Sonoma State University. Over the years, the band grew to a 9-piece group including a jazz horn section, several percussion players and Jamaican background singers. They have released over a 9 albums independently – collaborating with reggae legends including Don Carlos and The Congos – and developed a very international cult following with their progressive sound and legendary live performances. They have toured extensively in over 30 countries on four continents – headlining several renowned European festivals like Summerjam and Rototom.

    Groundation is currently amidst their 14th worldwide tour. The recently wrapped up shows in California and will continue to tour throughout Australia, New Zealand and Europe. They will return to the United States to tour in September 2012.

    www.groundation.com

    ‘Building An Ark’ Track Listing:
    1. Building An Ark
    2. Humility
    3. Be That Way
    4. Payaka Way
    5. Merry-Go-Round
    6. The Dreamer
    7. Who is Gonna
    8. Keep It Up
    9. Daniel
    10. Sunlight Reflection

    2012 Tour Schedule:
    Mar 12 @ WOMAD in Adelaide, Australia
    Mar 13 @ HiFi in Melbourne Vic, Australia
    Mar 16 @ WOMAD in New Plymouth, New Zealand
    Mar 17 @ WOMAD in New Plymouth, New Zealand

    Apr 9 @ L’Observatoire Cergy in Pontoise, France
    Apr 19 @ L’Usine in Istres, France
    Apr 20 @ Le Quattro in Gap, France
    Apr 22 @ Zénith de Strasbourg in Eckbolsheim, France
    Apr 24 @ De Roma in Antwerp, Belgium
    Apr 25 @ Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium
    Apr 26 @ Zenith in Rouen, France
    Apr 27 @ Le Phoenix in Bourges, France
    Apr 28 @ Festival Yakayalé in Lorient, France
    May 2 @ Universum in Stuttgart, Germany
    May 3 @ Fabrik in Hamburg, Germany
    May 4 @ C-Club in Berlin, Germany
    May 7 @ Festival Zigoto Prod in Montelimar, France
    May 8 @ Le Trianon in Paris, France
    May 11 @ Le Cargo in Caen, France
    May 13 @ La Sirene in La Rochelle, France

    Additional dates will be announced.

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  • Karma brings the rhythm and rhyme to LIME

    Trinidad – The ultra all-Inclusive event ‘LIME’ which recently took place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port-Of-Spain received a premium dose of Chutney and Soca flavour courtesy Caribbean music band Karma.

    Set to the backdrop of the picturesque downtown Port-Of-Spain waterfront, the dynamic Karma initiated the soundtrack to what was one of this Carnival season’s most highly anticipated events.
    Thousands of attendees who were feasting on the fete’s countless culinary temptations and sipping on a seemingly endless supply of luxurious libations all got into the party mode from the beginning of the famed crossover band’s set.

    2010 Chutney Soca Monarch Ravi B alongside fellow frontline vocalists Nisha B and Gregory Ayuen and their team of talented musicians delivered a diverse set which satisfied the many musical cravings of the massive crowd which consisted of local government ministers, international celebrities and the global feting elite. Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago Anand Ramlogan, T&T’s Minister of Trade and Industry Stephen Cadiz, business mogul Junior Sammy and US actor Lance Gross were all present for the high-powered performance.

    The youthful band captivated the mammoth gathering at the Hyatt with its fusion of original Chutney-Soca hits and classic Calypso selections. The energetic, charismatic performers won the hearts of appreciative audience members (who varied in age, race and nationality) and broke down cultural barriers with their powerful renditions of Carnival 2012’s biggest grooves such as “Mr. Fete”, “Bacchanalist” and “The Vibes Cyah Done” and their mix and mastery of modern day Pop, Hip-Hop and Dance music smashes.

    After ending their pulsating performance with a medley of 2012 Power Soca contenders, Karma received positive reviews from several satiated patrons and staff members on hand.

    For 2012 the band Karma will headline several major shows and music festivals in Guyana and North America. The band also aspires to simultaneously promote the Chutney-Soca art form and Caribbean unity by featuring at more events within the region.

    To keep up to date with Karma’s 2012 tours and latest happenings log onto: http://www.karmaholics.com/

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  • Fire Links Set for First World Clash Appearance

    New York, New York — The streets and online community have been ablaze since the release of Irish and Chin’s fiery line-up for World Clash R.E.S.E.T. in New York. The epic clash will be nothing less than spectacular with high caliber competitors like Tony Matterhorn, Fire Links, Bass Odyssey, Black Kat, Earth Ruler, Poison Dart and David Rodigan. According to clash fans, one of World Clash’s most surprising contenders is Fire Links, namely because he has not clashed in over three years and is new to the World Clash stage. Credited with being one of the modern day arena’s most accomplished juggling/entertaining selectors, Fire Links certainly adds a strong element of diversity to the World Clash line up.
    “I am always ready for a clash, and it’s Irish and Chin’s 15th anniversary, so I couldn’t turn this down. But pon di real, once the criteria like the money is right, here I am,” says the explosively charismatic Fire Links. Noting that it takes money to clash, “I can’t just come and play anyting, me known fi my dubs dem and dem costly, so a promoter need fi understand and consider.”
    Fire Links, as his name suggests, delivers incendiary performances whether juggling or clashing. These “best of both worlds” skills could give the popular and controversial selector just the ammunition that he needs to succeed. When asked about his take on 45s being introduced to World Clash, Links responded “For some sounds it can be an advantage and for others a disadvantage, for example 45s may work in favor of Black Kat but not Bass Odyssey.” The selector later pondered if after one round whether, “some diehard clash fans may get turned off because they want to hear mostly exclusive or original dubs.”
    Even though it’s been several years since Fire Links has actively clashed, fans are curious to see what big guns Fire Links has in store. In response to the inquiries, with piercing delivery, Links stated “No comment! Listen, fans should just expect the usual Links’ ‘A’ Game.” When it’s all said and done, what truly has diehard clash fans on the edges of their seats is the mere thought of watching one of the industry’s most notorious rivalries unfold before their very eyes — Mattehorn vs. Fire Links. These selectors have been at it for years, carrying out a rivalry that started from their days on King Addies and Bodyguard respectively.
    “Fire Links is very much needed in the international arena and is an exciting part of this year’s line-up,” says World Clash promoter Garfield “Chin” Bourne of Irish and Chin. In closing, “It’s no secret that Irish and Chin and Fire Links have been at odds for a very long time, however, in order to fulfill our vision and plan of Restoring Exciting Soundsystem Entertainment Together (R.E.S.E.T.), we had to display a high level of maturity, eliminating some of our petty beefs from the past.”
    Notably, Fire Links is one of the few selectors who honed his talent and craft the traditional way, by being second string to some of the industry’s greatest veteran sound killers. In every aspect, Fire Links is the real deal. When this selector is billed for any event, enthusiasts and fans know that he will leave his mark. Similarly, Fire Links is respected for his prominent roles of promoter and producer. Fire Links got his start on the renowned Bodyguard sound system in 1994, later beginning his prosperous solo career in 2000.

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  • Blak Ryno, Ninja Kid & ZJ Wah Wa for St. Lucia Independence Celebrations

    This weekend the Jamaican trio of Blak Ryno, Ninja Kid and ZJ Wah Wa will invade the shores of St. Lucia for their 33rd independence celebrations slated for Saturday, February 25th at Samaans Park in the capital.

    Hosted by Quality Entertainment, the concert dubbed the Best of Both Worlds will feature the three as headliners alongside some of the island’s top acts including: Ricky T, Sir Lancealot, TJ, Pringles and TJ Project with musical offering courtesy of local radio jocks; DJ Iwa, Selector Twis, Levi Chin with a special guest appearance by Darkcide International’s ZJ Wah Wa.

    No stranger to the island both Blak Ryno and ZJ Wahwa left their imprint late last year at the staging of Hot FM’s Lovefest 2011 and Heineken Green Synergy Finals respectively. However resurgent entertainer Ninja Kid who will be making his inaugural visit says he is very upbeat and promises an energetic set.

    “This will is my first time in St. Lucia and they can expect nothing but an energy-filled performance, just know say it ago tun up” – he intimated.

    Kid, currently signed to Darkcide International, recently shot the medley video for his singles “Have Nuh Gal Like We” and “Tongue Ring Shot” produced on the Christopher Birch and Markus Myrie imprints respectively. The deejay is expected to premier the projects ahead of his departure.

    Meanwhile, ZJ Wahwa currently featured in the latest episode of Trabass TV online viral videos dubbed ‘Insecure Boyfriend’ is expected to release his first official mix cd for the year, later this week titled “The Chronicles of ZJ Wah Wa: Chapter 2: Man Of Interest”

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  • Iley Dread takes on a new name — Chardavid

    Rastafarian reggae singer, Colin Levy, aka Iley Dred, takes this opportunity to officially introduce his new stage name CHARDAVID .

    The singer explained that a name change has become necessary owing to challenges relating to the securing his publishing. He has described the situation as “a nightmare”.

    “The company which used to handle my publishing was sold a few years ago, however, the new owners say they did not buy out the publishing aspect of the business, but the former company no longer exists,” Iley Dread/Chardavid said.

    With his publishing in a virtual no man’s land, the singer a very lucrative aspect of his career has almost come to a standstill.

    “Over the years, I have written songs for so many artistes, including myself. I worked on several projects; one in particular that I did was the “Koolie Dance” project. This has been used in movie, “Coach Carter” starring Samuel L. Jackson, and many other television and radio commercials. However, all of this was under the name Iley Dread, so I have not been receiving any publishing. Until that is sorted out, it is prudent for me to use a new name, moving forward,” Iley Dread stated.

    With regard to his decision to us the name Chardavid, he noted that as a member of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, he is from the tribe of Issachar.

    “Since I am small in stature my brethren and sistren have often called me ‘Char’ from the name Issachar and ‘David’ in reference to the small boy David who slew the giant Goliath,” Levy elaborated.

    He continued, “I see this name fitting as 2012 is a new chapter in my life musically. My new album ‘Unleashed’ shows my creativity, and while my messages of love and unity remain the same, my style of music has evolved and will definitely appeal to a wider fan base.

    “I know my fans will still refer to me as Iley Dred or Colin Levy from time to time, but my music will be released under the name CHARDAVID,” he concluded.

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  • Powerful Sound Taking Over Jamaican Airways

    Warren Whyte, more popularly known as Turban X have been getting steady radio rotation in Jamaica with his latest single entitled “Jah Love”. The song, which he not only sang on but also produced, talks about the oppression of poor people and the power of God’s love.

    Turban X, who hails from the parish of St. Andrew, grew up as one of ten children. With such a large family, the struggles of life were eminent, but the only thing that had kept him going was the sweet sound of reggae music. Turban’s mother, even though she didn’t have much to give her children, gave them all she had, God. His mother would ensure that the children went to church and afterwards she would quiz them on bible verses, which they would have learnt and would have to repeat on a daily basis.

    A confirmation of his destiny came at the age of twelve when Turban’s older brother sneaked him out of the house to an open mic stage show and coached him on how to perform for an audience. With a little encouragement from the crowd he gained confidence and boldly belted out his song as the crowd cheered on. Since then Turban has performed in several venues sharing the stage with top reggae artists, such as John Holt, Ernie Smith, Bushman, Brigadier Jerry and Beenie Man, and that’s just to name a few. His musical influences include several reggae icons as well as artists from other genres. Some names worth mentioning are The Manhattans, Sam Cooke, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.

    Turban X is currently working on his upcoming album of which “Jah Love” is the first single. Persons can listen this song by clicking on the following link:

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  • Machel Montano Soca Monarch 2012 Power and Groovy

    The following is the list of top positions in the Digicel Power International Soca Monarch
    1. Machel Montano
    2. Neil Iwer George
    3. Destra Garcia
    4. Blaxx, Prophet Benjamin (tie)


    The following is the list of top positions in the Play Whe Groovy Soca Monarch
    1. Machel Montano
    2. Kerwin Du Bois
    3. Benjai
    4. Nadia Batson
    5. Kees Dieffenthaller

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  • D’Angel To Launch New Event & Novel This Month

    JAMAICA : Currently donning the titles; entrepreneur, mother and recording artiste, multifaceted entertainer D’Angel will later this month append two additional credits to her name that of: author and promoter.

    The prominent Dancehall diva, whose given name is Michelle Downer, is set to unveil her authorial debut ‘Love Triangle’ on February 29th a book dubbed “the most controversial dancehall novel.” The novel gives an in-depth perspective into the life of a young lady, two guys and a lot of relationship drama. But it’s not the threesome many may be expecting.

    According to D’Angel, “This is not a kiddy story, this is a story for the mature audience, much like some movies and music are for those of a certain level of maturity, and no, it’s not porn, soft or hard, but we could call it Dancehall with a Soca undertone – interestingly pulsating,” she said.

    The book marks the first part of a two-book deal with Pageturner Publishing House as she will also release an autobiographical entitled, Break Free later this year, which will talk about her many successes and controversies on and off stage.
    Love Triangle will be available in book stores across Jamaica, including Sangster’s Book Store.

    Meanwhile, this Thursday, February 16th the ‘Stronger’ singer will launch the inaugural staging of her weekly event ‘An’So Thursdays’ at the Cookies Night Club in Port Henderson, St. Catherine. The boast a star-studded line up of dancehall heavyweights including: Beenie Man, I-Octane, Popcaan, Kiprich, Khago, Blak Ryno, Ninja Kid, Lady Saw, Zamunda , G-Whizz among others.

    “The word An’So has become a brand onto itself and this is one of the many ventures I am embarking on to solidify the name. The event is going to be a party vibe with a difference, including weekly attractions. Also fans can look out for my Birthday celebrations on April 8th at Hotel Commingle, Westmoreland. Confirmed acts include: Cocoa Tea, Beenie Man, Zamunda, Charly Blacks, Khago, Kiprich.”

    Despite her many caps D’Angel continues to work assiduously in the studio and is expected to release several projects courtesy of Markus Records, Good Good Production, Cashflow Records. A medley video premier is also in the pipeline for the racy single ‘Take Off Your Clothes’ with soca artiste Devon Matthews.

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