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Monthly Archives: March 2012

  • I-Octane Becomes the Voice of the People Through his New Single ‘My Story’

    Reggae and Dancehall hit maker I-Octane strikes gold again with the release of his new song “My Story”. The message of this song is familiar territory for the artiste as he always seeks to speak up for the masses whose voices aren’t often heard.
    The song produced by DJ Frass, appears to give praise “to all who wipe car class” and “to those who sell bag juice, to help dem youth”, but I-Octane is quick to point out that the message of the song spans a wider cross section of people.

    “Yeah I specifically mentioned two particular groups of people,” the artiste admits, “But due to time constraints with songs, it wasn’t feasible to list out every single group, but I’m really singing for all people who are struggling to make ends meet, struggling for a better life.”

    I-Octane went on to explain that he’s always felt it was his responsibility to speak up for the downtrodden.

    “The Almighty blessed me with a gift where I can put words and thoughts to music. When I see people suffering or going through certain things, I can take those emotions and express it for them. In essence, I am giving the people a voice, saying what they want to say but never knew how to express it. The biggest advantage I have as an artiste, is that I have a platform. I’m lucky enough that when I speak, people listen. So what I’m doing is singing on behalf of certain people.” And sing for the people he does.

    The catchy phrase “Man a suffer too long” is a common sentiment expressed by people all over the world. In this song, I-Octane points out that even people who appear to be relatively well off still experience their own struggles and suffering. He acknowledges that everyone, no matter their race or social status wants to know that their children will be ok.

    “Most people know about and have experienced the difficulties in the ‘system,’ the hardships with the taxes and at some point or other, most people feel as if they’re suffering”.

    Part of the purpose of the song therefore, is to let his fans know that he sees their plight and to help them find their voice. It is also to show the authorities and leaders of the various systems, the plight of the people and clearly state that the people are tired of it.

    “This song is our version of a protest. Yeah, we not blocking no road or holding up placard, but we will never stop telling our story. Man a suffer too long and its full time that the people who have the power to change the situations acknowledge that and do something about it.”

    It is this passion to stand up for the poor that has fueled I-Octane’s desire to shoot the video for ‘My Story’ immediately. The song has already been released and is rotating heavily on the radio but I-Octane believes that having the visual aspect will send a more powerful message. The video is slated to be shot sometime within the next week by Scorpio 21 Production.

    Take a listen and lets continue to support positive music.

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  • Dancehall/Reggae makes history with itunes INDIE SPOTLIGHT!

    It is another proud giant step for dancehall/reggae music. “dancehall/reggae label never got the indy spotlight on itunes.. thats big.. ” says an enthusiastic Johnny Wonder Executive vice president for 21st Hapilos Distribution.
    Founded in 2001 Itunes has changed the music industry and quickly became the biggest music store. It is only fit that 21st Hapilos Digital who is the biggest home for reggae and dancehall INDIE labels pioneered the way and revolutionized the way the genre is sold to the world .
    They have recognized the hard work of all independent producers and labels and offer support and tools for Reggae and dancehall to become platinum. The company’s main goal has been to give artists, producers and labels exposure and revenue.
    Some of the producers and works featured on Itunes INDIE spotlight are 6 riddims by ZJ Chrome including his latest #TN S riddim , So Unique’s Lost Angels riddim, Damoen Gayles Duplicity riddim, Konshens Gal A Bubble, TJ’s records throwback riddims Show Off & Bill Back, Consi’s from Head Concussions Area 51 riddim, Buju & Beenie EP, the new Street Shots vol. 1 compilation & many more.
    MUSIC NEWS: Dancehall artist Popcaan debuts at #89 on the R&B/HipHop billboard charts with the hit single Only Man She Want !!! No doubt that this was attributed to the fact that the song was added last month to the playlist of New York’s Hot 97FM and other major radio stations across the US.
    Just last month, Johnny Wonder, executive vice-president of 21st Hapilos Digital, was quoted thanking the New York station “First of all I have to thank Bobby Konders and Mister Cee of HOT 97 for their support; they are always behind us 100 percent and we are thankful. I am also happy with Popcaan’s growing success, both locally and in the international market. ”
    Support Reggae and Dancehall, Support music!

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  • Jamaican Jazz Legend Monty Alexander’s Birthday Benefit Concert inside Merkin Concert Hall

    The legendary pianist Monty Alexander, a true son of Jamaica, and his friends Dean Fraser and Tarrus Riley, will perform at a benefit concert on his birthday, June 6, 2012, at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center, New York City. This Birthday Bash will also commemorate Monty’s 50 years in music and the 50th anniversary of the independence of Jamaica from Great Britain.

    Monty Alexander’s legacy of musical excellence bridges the worlds of Jazz and Jamaican music with over 70 albums and an international following of dedicated fans. Reggae stars, Dean Fraser and Tarrus Riley, will join Monty on the Merkin Concert Hall stage for this happy occasion.

    Proceeds from the concert will benefit Heartbeats of the World, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that serves to enrich the lives of children, adolescents, and women in Jamaica, WI by providing educational opportunities to address poverty and unemployment. The concert will also celebrate the tenth anniversary of Heartbeats of the World, which was founded by its President, Dr. Karlene ChinQuee.

    Mr. Alexander was first approached by Pat Chin, founder of VP Records, to volunteer his services to the Heartbeats’ charity. Speaking for the Board of Directors of Heartbeats, Mrs. Chin said: “We thank Monty, Dean and Tarrus for their generous donation of time and talent to such a worthy cause; we all look forward to celebrating Monty’s birthday.”

    Tickets are now on sale at Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY 10023, (212) 501-3330; For VIP tickets call (212) 506-1718.

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  • Nicki Minaj Announces European Tour

    Spotted @ Rap Radar
    In support of her upcoming album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Nicki is jetting overseas for her European tour. Additional dates to be added, but check out the current itinerary below. Purchase tickets

    June 8th – Annexet, Stockholm, Sweden
    June 9th – Oslo Spektrum, Oslo, Norway
    June 11th – Falconer Salen, Frederiksberg, Denmark
    June 13th – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
    June 18th – Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam Zuidoost, Netherlands
    June 19th – Zénith de Paris, Paris, France
    June 21th – Alcatraz, Milano, Italy
    June 24th – HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK
    June 25th – HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK
    June 26th – NIA Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
    June 28th – O2 Apollo Manchester, Manchester, UK
    July 6th – T In The Park Festival 2012, Balado Airfield, Kinross, Scotland
    July 7th – Hyde Park, London, UK
    August 18th – V Festival 2012, Weston Park, Shifnal, UK
    August 18th – V Festival 2012, Hylands Park, Chelmsford, UK

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  • CALYPSO ROSE’ Meet & Greet

    The promoters behind AGAPE Promotions & Productions would like to extend an EXCLUSIVE invitation to an intimate meet & greet event with the undisputed Calypso Queen of Trinidad & Tobago, Calypso Rose, on Friday March 30th at Agape Restaurant & Event Center from 7-9pm.

    The musical success of Calypso Rose has been a monumental step in putting the Caribbean on the map. She was most recently featured on a PBS documentary entitled ‘Lioness of the Jungle’. But, this is just one of many tributes to her achievements. She is well known in the calypso fraternity as being one of the pioneer female artiste’s to break the glass ceiling in a male-dominated industry. Back in 1978, she became the first of her gender to win the coveted ‘Calypso King’ crown. Organizers of the annual championship were obliged to change the title to ‘Calypso Monarch’, and Rose went on to win the prestigious event for five consecutive years. Since then the Tobago born singer has carried her unique, husky, up-tempo music around the world. We look forward to your presence in welcoming this cultural icon to the city of Atlanta.

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  • Razz & Biggy Aktion Pak Mixtape // E-Life Mixtape // Razz & Biggy Live

    Dancehall’s dynamic duo Razz and Biggy are at it again with the release of their brand new ‘aktion pak’ mix tape. It features pre released and exclusive cuts from DASECA production’s ‘aktion pak’ rhythm which includes Mavado’s ‘Action pak,’ Konshens’ ‘warrior’, Bugle’s ‘non a dat’ Chase Cross’ ‘bad suh’ and Serani’s ‘ Are you crazy’. It also features the hottest dancehall tracks from various artists and producers such as Baby Cham, Aidonia, Vybz Kartel, Assassin, T.J records, Konshens’ subkonscious label, Blak Ryno, Ninja Kid and new sensations like Potential Kid, Chedda and Propa Fade among others. The mixes are available on their website for FREE download.

    This is the most recent in a series of mix tapes and live recordings the duo have been producing over the last 24 months. “#E-life” released in January which is their Hip Hop remix cd got raving reviews worldwide . “Razz n Biggy LIVE at after dinner Sundays” was released in February, and “Classic Reggae Journeys”, promises to be of the same high caliber as all of the duo’s mixes. Al l of these are available for free download on the website.

    Razz and Biggy also teamed up with DASECA productions to form the #E-Life record label on which Chedda’s ‘Young and alright’ has been released and has been getting a lot of air play over the last month. If you have not yet done so, visit the website now and get your FREE download of ‘Aktion Pak’.

    Download Clean Version here!

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    The St.Kitts Music Festival Committee announced today that Reggae’s Royal Family Morgan Heritage along with UK Jazz Saxophonist Courtney Pine are the latest additions to the 16th annual St.Kitts Music Festival.
    The Morgan Family and Pine joins Damian “Junior Gong” Marley son of reggae icon Bob Marley and R and B Legend Roberta Flack.
    The popular Reggae Band are know strangers to St.Kitts-Nevis as they have performed on numerous occasions at various events including the Tempo Channel Launch in Nevis as well as the Labour Party Elections Campaign when they endorsed Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas and the ruling Labour Party.
    Morgan Heritage is a reggae band formed in 1994 by five children of reggae artist Denroy Morgan, namely Peter “Peetah” Morgan, Una Morgan, Roy “Gramps” Morgan, Nakhamyah “Lukes” Morgan and Memmalatel “Mr. Mojo” Morgan. In two decades, they have had a number of successful reggae albums.
    They made their first appearance at Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica. They were subsequently signed by MCA and released their debut album Miracles the same year. They have since criticized Miracles album as being overly pop-influenced.
    After the release of Miracles, the family moved to Denroy’s homeland of Jamaica. In this period, three family members left the group. Once in Jamaica, Morgan Heritage began working with famed reggae producers Bobby Dixon and Lloyd James, resulting in the release of their critically acclaimed second album Protect Us Jah (1997), followed by One Calling (1998), and the spiritually-inclined Don’t Haffi Dread (1999). They have released three compilation albums by “The Morgan Heritage Family and Friends”, and a live album, Live in Europe!, recorded on their 2000 tour. Following the release of their 2001 album More Teachings… Morgan Heritage toured Europe again, and they have returned several times since.
    Their sixth studio album, Three in One, came out in 2003. They have released two successful DVDs, “Live In London” and “Live Over Europe 2003”, and their seventh studio album Full Circle was released in 2005. Their latest album, Mission In Progress, was released on April 15, 2008. It includes the singles “Faithful” and “Raid Rootz Dance”.
    They have worked with many of the top reggae bands and DJs of today including Capleton, Junior Kelly, Luciano, Gentleman and Beres Hammond
    Pine studied the clarinet, although he is known primarily for his saxophone playing. Pine is a multi-instrumentalist, also playing the flute, clarinet, bass clarinet and keyboards. On his 2011 album, Europa, he plays almost exclusively bass clarinet.
    In 1986 Pine’s debut album Journey to the Urge Within became “the first serious jazz album ever to make the British Top 40 (significantly earning a Silver Disc), the last two decades have seen him go on to achieve considerable international acclaim. Prestigiously cracking the American jazz charts along the way, while constantly remaining an inspirational figure to many young, upcoming black British musicians”.
    His recent music integrates modern British music like drum and bass and UK garage with contemporary jazz styles. He runs his own band and integrates many contemporary musicians in his performances. He also presents Jazz Crusade on BBC Radio 2, the seventh series of which was broadcast during spring 2007.
    In 1988 he appeared as himself in a jazz quartet in the Doctor Who serial Silver Nemesis.
    Pine was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2000, and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours for services to jazz music.[3] He was also awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Westminster on 6 December 2004. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Southampton on 15 July 2010.
    The announced acts thus far for the 16th annual St.Kitts Music Festival are Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Roberta Flack, Morgan Heritage and Courtney Pine.

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  • Morgan Heritage Musical Director “DREZION” releases his 1st EP “Sounds Of Zion”

    Musical Director and lead keyboard for one of Reggae’s biggest band “Morgan Heritage”, Drezion wears many hats. He is also the ceo and head producer for Tenament Yard records, and has now finally launched his long awaited EP “Sounds Of Zion”
    The EP consists of 5 tracks that he chose out of his vast catalog for their personal meaning. From a collaboration with reggae artist “Naptali” to his spin on a Black Uhuru song, Drezion has produced each track on the EP between touring the world.
    1 Cool As the Breeze (feat. Naptali) – Drezion
    2 Italina – Drezion
    3 My Boo – Drezion
    4 One a These Days – Drezion
    5 Standing At di Window – Drezion
    The musical director and keyboard player for Morgan Heritage, producer and singer André ‘Drezion’ Bailey is exploring the arena of the artiste.
    The former Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMC) student explained that music had been a passion of his since growing up and that he listened to a wide variety of older artistes. “By listening to those guys, it inspired me to become a musician,” he said.
    “When I was younger, I listened to Bob Marley and Sizzla. Mi start fool around with it and realised that I was good at doing it. But I was more interested in the rhythmic section. From you can play an instrument, singing comes naturally after that because you know keys,” Bailey told The Sunday Gleaner, noting that he played drums, guitar and bass guitar before moving on to the keyboard.

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  • Western Conscious Release and Invitation to Launch

    The 2012 staging of the event, King has managed to focus intently on achieving that perfect balance of veterans and young acts to showcase reggae music during a year dedicated to Jamaica 50 celebrations.
    Heading the line-up for the popular, one-night festival dedicated to conscious reggae music, is the man himself, lovers rock crooner, Hugh Beresford Hammond, or simply Beres, to the millions worldwide who adore him. In a recent interview with the Gleaner, King stated that, “Except for Buju, Beres is the artiste the fans request the most when I am putting together the line-up each year. I am just happy that I will be able to satisfy the fans.”

    Each year, since the show’s inception some 24 years ago, patron satisfaction has been paramount. When the gates to the Paradise Park complex near Savanna-la-Mar in Westmoreland are opened on Saturday, April 14, there will be a slew of artistes to satisfy the hunger of reggae-loving fans. The poster for the event boasts big names such as the Queen of Reggae, Marcia Griffiths; captain of the Big Ship, Freddie McGregor; veteran deejay, Charlie Chaplin; reggae’s Messenjah, Luciano; Capleton the Fireman; the inimitable King Sounds and Levi Roots who offers what he terms The Levi Roots Experience. All of these acts have earned the respect associated with musical longevity and unmatched professionalism and they will be there to do what they do best — entertain.

    With the theme of this year’s Western Consciousness being ‘Impacting Reggae’s New Generation’, the event will showcase the talents of reggae’s most impactful young artistes, who will have the challenge of proving their mettle. Representing for the nest generation will be Romaine Virgo, Duane Stephenson, Prophecy, Jah Vinci, Khago, Iba Mahr, Jah 9, Stream, C-Sharp, Iyablazze, I Noah and Droop Lion. Also integral to the lineup is reggae singer Iley Dread, who has reinvented himself with a name change to Chardavid.
    The backing band, as usual, will be one of reggae’s premier bands, SANE (Sounds Against Negative Expressions) but they will be complemented by the talented C Sharp and Uprising Roots bands.

    The show, which will have Cordel Green, DJ Linkage and Denise ‘Isis’ Miller as the emcees, has Courts Jamaica Limited, Big Ship Promotions, New York’s Linkage Radio, House of Leeds, House of Hits, James Lumber Yard, Levi Roots, Irie FM, John Swaby Productions, Unique Upholstering, On Stage, MD Tv, Rose Garden Nursing and Retirement Home, Impulse Energy Drink and Corporate Services Associates among the main sponsors.

    The official launch of Western Consciousness, a King of Kings promotion, takes place on Wednesday, March 28 inside the Blue Mountain Suite of the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. Start time is 6:30 pm.

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  • Proceeds from Gramps Morgan’s new single Go to family of Trayvon Martin

    Atlanta, Georgia – Soulful Reggae star, Gramps Morgan has taken a stance in solidarity with the family of Trayvon Martin, the 17 year old boy recently killed in South Florida.
    To date, the man who shot and killed Trayvon has not been charged. So in an effort to support the Martin family’s demand for justice, Dada Son is donating a portion of the proceeds from the iTunes sales of Gramps’ new single, ‘Life Too Short’.

    “Yes Rasta!” American-Jamaican crooner, Gramps Morgan is unleashing another anthem with his unique brand of ‘Rockaz’. His first single ‘Life Too Short’emerges from his upcoming second, solo album, Reggae Music Lives which will be released on April 24 2012, in time for Mother’s Day.

    Penned with his brother Peetah Morgan, ‘Life Too Short’ was co-produced by Roy ‘Gramps’ Morgan and keyboardist, Llamar ‘Riff Raff’ Brown (Stephen Marley).

    Gramps Morgan has the gift of delivering spiritually uplifting lyrics aimed precisely at the listener’s soul. Through song, Morgan reminds us to live this life while we still have it. Gramps says ‘Life Too Short’ is simply “a song of comfort”, and as a firm believer in delivering music to heal humanity, ‘Life Too Short’ raises consciousness of the fragility and sanctity of life.

    Gramps Morgan’s songs and lyrics tend toward the positive in all situations, so when he belts out “…Life too short fi a stress di small things when we know Jah bless me with everything /Life too short fi a worry bout bad mind when the world a suffer from war and crime…” he means that he draws his strength from Jah/God. Believing in a greater power than self, Gramps urges the listener to stop wasting time sweating the small stuff and to let go of grudges and “bad mind” (a Jamaican idiom that refers to being envious of, or grudging someone).

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  • Young Blood records presents Buju Banton and Beenie Man + TNS riddim,Wet Up riddim,Chill Spot riddim & more

    Young Blood records presents Buju Banton and Beenie Man, distributed by giant 21st Hapilos Digital.
    You can’t think of Reggae and Dancehall without naming these 2 superstars. Grammy Award winner “Buju Banton” and self proclaimed King of Dancehall “Beenie Man” have set a template for most if not all upcoming and established artists. Their music are International and can be heard in all corners of the world.
    This 10 tracks compilations brings you some of their hottest hits like Buju Banton “Set Up The Mic” and Beenie Man “Eva Clean”. This album is now available on itunes and is sure to become a must have for all music lovers.
    1 Set Up Di Mic – Buju Banton
    2 Don’t Waste Your Time (feat. Kirk Davis) – Buju Banton
    3 Waist Line – Buju Banton
    4 Fast Lane – Buju Banton
    5 Everybody Knows – Buju Banton
    6 Good Good Jamaica – Beenie Man
    7 Zion – Beenie Man
    8 Stamina – Beenie Man
    9 Eva Clean – Beenie Man
    10 Back Against the Wall – Beenie Man

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  • An International Show To Unfold At Men of Soul Concert in POS This April

    Described as a musical genre that arose out of the Black Experience in the United States, Soul music has infiltrated the airwaves from continent to continent over the past 60 years. In 2012, Soul music will strike hard in T&T as four of the world’s most notable soul men are heading to the island known best for Soca and Calypso rhythms with the aim of re-establishing the importance of showing love, feeling love and standing up for love.

    The concert affair, which is scheduled to take place at the Queen’s Park Savannah from 8pm on April 28, will feature Freddie Jackson, Jeffery Osborne, Peabo Bryson and the master, James Ingram. In recent years, the Men of Soul tour has touched down in numerous states across the US, however in 2012, prior to their arrival in T&T, Jackson, Bryson and Osborne together with their counterpart Howard Hewitt will perform in Oakland, California on April 6. Their three shows in February were all reportedly well attended as over the years, the tour has garnered a number of positive reviews with patrons describing it as a concert well worth their time and money.

    With a large cross section of T&T being un-serviced over the years when it comes to adult musical entertainment, organisers of this show are guaranteeing a truly incomparable experience. “This show has been in the making for months. We’ve been in contact with the artistes for some time and they are all excited to perform for the people of Trinidad and Tobago,” said a representative of the organising team. Noting that they are expecting a crowd of patrons who have a true appreciation for soul music and love ballads, the organiser called on youths to come out with their parents and elder family members as well. “Young and mature should attend this concert. Come feel the energy of music that has stood the test of time. Nobody should feel that this show is for a particular age demographic. Once you represent love, this concert is for you. Whether you’re 19 or 90, you’re welcome and we’ll make you feel comfortable throughout the experience.”

    Angostura has lent its kind support to the Soul affair as have TV6, Sweet 100.1FM, Johnny Walker, Hennessy and Simon’s Musical supplies. With such distinguished brands having joined in to make the show a successful one, Men of Soul and A Master is being touted as one of the highlights of Trinidad and Tobago’s 2012 calendar. All four artistes on the cast have shone magnificently at arenas worldwide. Their hits are plenty and like fine wine, it is noted that their voices have seemingly become sweeter over the years. The show will kick off promptly at 8pm on April 28 and tickets are already on sale at a number of regular outlets across the island. “People have been yearning for a show of this caliber for years so we know it’ll be a great event. We’re putting things in place to ensure of our patrons’ comfort from the time they arrive and park their vehicles, to their seating, concession availability, sound quality, lighting and ambience,” said the organiser. He noted that this would be an international showcase, complete with international artistes, an international stage and every other possible element of a show deserving of international acclamation.

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  • Keith Hudson & Ragga Ragga Ragga

    Keith Hudson(1947-1984), the celebrated singer, songwriter and producer known as the “Dark Prince of Reggae,” will always be remembered for his classic 1978 album Rasta Communication. This seminal release was a departure from his previous popularized dub sound and solidified him as a true roots reggae musician. Recorded at Randy’s, Channel One & Chalk Farm with a final tweak from Prince Jammy at King Tubby’s STUDIO, the album featured a line-up or Jamaica’s finest musicians including Family Man & Carlton Barrett and Sly & Robbie.

    Greensleeves has completely remastered and expanded the original ten-track album to a double-disc 27 track deluxe edition that will be released on April 24, 2012. The second disc features full dub companions including the previously unreleased dub to “I Broke The Comb.” The package offers many extras for reggae lovers, including all four songs from two classic Keith Hudson 12” singles as well as two rare Jamaican single mixes of “Rasta Country” and “Jonah,” which are making their CD debut.

    To celebrate Record Store Day 2012, the label will also release a four-track limited edition vinyl EP titled Bloody Eyes with original album and dub versions of the song in a vintage 12” Jacket.

    Rasta Communication Track Listing:
    Disc 1
    1. Rasta Communication
    2. Felt We Felt The Strain
    3. Bloody Eyes
    4. Rasta Country
    5. I Broke The Comb
    6. I’m Not Satisfied
    7. I’m No Fool
    8. Jonah
    9. Musicology
    10. I Won’t Compromise
    11. Nah Skin Up (12” Mix)
    12. Felt We Felt The Strain (12” Mix)
    13. Bloody Eyes (12” Mix)
    14. Rasta Country (12” Mix)
    15. (Jonah) Come Out Now
    Disc 2
    1. Rub Dub
    2. Felt The Strain Dub
    3. My Eyes Are Red Dub
    4. Bloody Eyes Dub
    5. National Item
    6. National Anthem
    7. I Broke The Comb Dub
    8. Barabbas Dub
    9. Image Dub
    10. (Jonah) Come Out Now Version
    11. Musicology Dub
    12. Darkness Dub

    Ragga Ragga Ragga 2012, the annual hardcore dancehall series from Greensleeves, pays homage to UK’s dancehall scene on April 17, 2012. The compilation features top hits from British emerging artists (Gappy Ranks, Stylo G and Lea Ann) as well as Jamaica’s leading dancehall stars (Popcaan, I-Octane and Mavado). This year’s edition also contains a bonus DVD focusing on the UK’s dancehall scene and interviews with its key players plus seven music videos of breaking tracks from artists like Popcaan, Tommy Lee, Masicka and Lea Anna.

    Jamaican reggae has given a voice to people of all backgrounds around the world and since an influx of Jamaican citizens emigrated to the UK from the 1950’s onward, the music has affected British culture. In the 1970’s, reggae’s freedom fighting songs quickly resonated with the rebel spirit of the UK’s punk audience and eventually evolved into England’s mainstream culture. Reggae helped spawn the country’s subgenres like dubstep, grime, drum ‘n’ bass as well as UK dancehall. The dancehall scene in Britain is now setting the trend for the genre as a whole. Ragga Ragga Ragga 2012 will feature the UK’s most popular club anthems as well as the chart-topping Jamaican tunes and tracks gaining momentum in Kingston’s dancehalls.




    This Year’s Installment offers hits from Rising British Stars Gappy Ranks, Stylo G and

    Lea Anna and Jamaica’s Own Popcaan, Mavado and I-Octane plus a

    bonus DVD on UK’s dancehall scene

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  • Ninja Kid Lends Support To Bramma’s Gorilla Bash

    Saturday Night saw the unveiling of the much talked about Gorilla Bash hosted by dancehall deejay Bramma at the Duhaney Park Community Centre in Kingston.

    The well attended event featured some of the biggest stars in entertainment including: Konshens, I-Octane, Kiprich, Chino, Laden, Stephen McGregor, Freddie McGregor, Ghost, producer Markus Myrie, Elephant Man among others.

    Despite having other professional commitments, resurgent deejay Ninja Kid also took time out to lend his support and made his presence felt on Saturday Night hitting the stage after Digicel Rising Star finalist Jermaine Michaels.

    Armed with a bevy of new material, Kid wasted no time delving into his mega hit ‘Have Nuh Gal Like We’ on the Christopher Birch produced Symphony Rhythm which immediately got the crowd in a tizzy as lighters and gun-toting fingers filled the pack venue. Now with the crowd at his command, Kid reeled off several of his other hits including ‘Menke’ the chart bubbler ‘Tongue Ring Shot’ before closing his set with the soca infused ‘Taste & Buy’ making way for other billed acts to follow.

    “I heard about what Bramma was trying to do for his community and despite have another commitment on the night, I had to come and show my support because as we all know the children are the future so as artiste we need to support each other and be positive role models for the next generation.” – a seemingly elated Kid intimated.

    Bramma, working in conjunction with the Duhaney Park Community Centre Committee says the concert is aimed at providing food, refreshment and educational items of donation to kids in the community.

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  • New Ebo Taylor Track For Download

    “Yaa Amponsah” is one of the oldest Highlife standards, with recordings dating back to the late 1920’s. With lyrics praising the beauty of a woman, the song has remained a popular in the repertoire of Ghanaian artists throughout the last century. It fits then that modern Highlife master Ebo Taylor chose to perform the song on his latest album, the deeply personal Appia Kwa Bridge. With two complementary plucked guitar lines, the song is one of the most restrained yet disarming tracks on the album. You can see a description of the lyrical content and a demonstration of the performance technique from Mr. Taylor below. Appia Kwa Bridge comes out in April on Strut Records.

    “I wanted to go back to a highlife feeling with this album,” explains Ebo Taylor. “The songs are very personal and it is an important part of my music to keep alive many traditional Fante songs, war chants and children’s rhymes.”

    Appia Kwa Bridge, released this April, is a strident return from the Ghanaian highlife guitar legend. Featuring six new compositions, his sound is more dense and tightly locked than ever with the goup of musicians with whom he records, Berlin-based musicians Afrobeat Academy. Ebo and the Afrobeat Academy have formed a rock solid unit, having toured worldwide following their Love And Death album in 2010, including a string of dates for WOMAD. Jochen Stroh works his analogue magic once more from his base at Berlin’s Lovelite Studios.

    The album features a number of special guests within the credits including incomparable drummer Tony Allen, original Africa 70 guitarist Oghene Kologbo and conga maestro Addo Nettey a.k.a. Pax Nicholas. Representing the younger players, keyboard genius Kwame Yeboah, son of Ghanaian legend S.K. Yeboah, makes full use of Lovelite’s famed collection of Farfisa and Wurlitzer organs.

    Ebo Taylor’s Appia Kwa Bridge is released on Strut as a 1CD, 2LP and digitally on April 16th 2012. He will be touring worldwide from May 2012.

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  • Oranjestad featured on as 8 top Caribbean Towns

    St. Eustatius-“Tiny, off-the- radar and rather unusual, the tiny island of Sint Eustatius (or ‘Statia’: population 3400) has been home to the Caribs, French, Dutch and British residents; in 1776, it became the first foreign ‘power’ to recognize the USA”.
    So says the article in the Lonely Planet written by Robert Reid on

    The article goes on to explain how Statia is also known for its diving, its history and historical sites, its nature, in particular the Quill, a once active volcano with great views from its crater. We are rather grateful for the writing of Mr. Reid and to be mentioned amongst cities such as San Juan Puerto Rico, Havana Cuba, Cockburn Town, Grand Turks, said Mr. Charles Lindo tourism Director of Statia. This type of exposure sure put us in a great spot when it comes to marketing the island as a niche market. We will continue to market and promote our tourism product home and abroad and hope to see lots more mention like this in the near future said Mr. Lindo. According to Mr. Reid and Lonely Planet, “life’s not always a beach, “some have histories that predate the pilgrims, cobbled centers that gaze out at the water and enough attractions to justify carving a day or two away from those perfect stretches of sand”.

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  • Africans Connecting with Karamanti

    Africans Connecting with Karamanti

    Jamaican based, Reggae/Dancehall recording artist, Karamanti is enjoying success in a few African countries with songs that are being well received in their respective territories.

    For several months now, her song entitled “West Africa” has been somewhat of an anthem for certain communities in parts of West Africa. The song, which has received well over 15,000 you tube hits and counting, speaks of her love for, and connection with the people of West Africa.

    Recently, Karamanti was asked by Ghanaian based producer, and radio personality, Strike Dee, to record a song for his production company, S-Dee Music. The outcome was a single called “African song” that was officially released in Ghana at the beginning of March and already is getting heavy radio rotation on several commercial stations in the region. Karamanti and her team are also in talks with promoters in Ghana about the possibility of a tour before the year is out.

    Other African countries that are rapidly connecting with Karamanti’s music are Malawi, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

    Check out the “African song” click here.

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    Alliance Next Generation artist Calado continues to surge forward as one of dancehall’s and Bounty Killer’s brightest young protege. Since the start of 2012 he has been doing alot of recordings aiming to penetrate the hardcore dancehall fans, yet this maybe the right formula he has been looking for, as this video will surely amass a pouring in of love from the ‘streets’. The video is an underground video but will be available for the mainstream audience as he has already penned an edited version to be released soon.

    The song titled ‘Run’, stresses on the street credibility of himself (Calado), Bounty Killer and ANG and suggests that disrespecting them in any way or form may only leave you one option, and that is to ‘RUN’!!!!
    The song is produced by Cannon/DreDay Records and the video is directed by Cash Flow Records.

    It is expected that this underground video will create a definite buzz in the streets, youtube and on internet websites. The video should be released in another week . In extension Calado along with Bounty Killer and the entire ANG Camp would like to thank all supporters and fans who came out to support this music video shoot yesterday (March 24, 2012) at the Tarrant Playfield (Off Molynes Road) in St. Andrew. To see exclusive photos please go to the following links

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  • Orlando Octave Scores With International Reps in Toronto

    Trinidad and Tobago’s Orlando Octave has captured the attention of some key people in international entertainment, people who’s subsequent report on the young artiste to record executives, business moguls and superstar artistes overseas, could certainly take him to a new level in the game.

    A trip to Toronto on the weekend of March 16 saw Orlando complete both a commercial shoot for his soon to be released line of quality condoms- Play Wit It Condoms, and the video for his upcoming single, ‘Disconnected.’
    Millionaires Records CEO, Richard Hope said the shoot was a great success, explaining that the shoot’s director David Cropper and his team enjoyed working with Octave throughout the three-day weekend. “The crew was great. We had people who worked on tons of major stuff in recent years. We had Kyle who worked with Steven Spielberg for most of his movies, Brandon who worked with the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) Media branch in Toronto, and Will who’s a veteran of 22 years in the business of film,” said Hope. He also highlighted that a number of representatives from media houses such s MTV and BET, were on set on the weekend where they got the opportunity to see and feel Orlando’s vibe and his musical energy, first hand.
    “The Superbowl talent board director was also on set,” said Hope, highlighting that there is talk to introduce the Caribbean to the Superbowl format in 2013. Hope however said he understands dancehall music will be the first genre officially exposed to the show, which captured a record breaking 111.3 million viewers in 2012. “The talent board director wanted to have a look at Orlando and she did- she loved him, but there’s nothing concrete on that just yet,” he said.

    Eight radio DJ’s from across New York, North Carolina and Atlanta who were on set on the weekend, have already requested the single, according to Hope and with that demand for Octave’s music already, Hope said his team at Millionaires Records Inc. is working overtime to ensure the single is ready for release on May 15. Describing the weekend’s activities as an expensive venture as a result of the quality productions provided by the team, Hope said he feels confident that Octave’s first real step into the international arena, will be a big one- one that he hopes the people of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean are ready to embrace and support wholeheartedly.

    Director of both the video and commercial shoot, David Cropper meantime said that even having worked with countless other artistes from across the world, he found that Orlando simply has, “that thing,” as he put it. “ He has that thing that a star has in him. He has what it takes to represent Trini to the world,” said Cropper, adding that Orlando’s music has crossover appeal. “I feel that even as a new artiste he’s ready for the music business not just at home in the Caribbean but internationally as well. Judging from the short time I spent with him, he’s a very developed artiste in my opinion- and he’s also a good businessman,” said the video director. Cropper described the shoot with the Caribbean entertainer as “the best” he’s ever had. “ When you have the right budget and artiste plus great music, it allows you to produce a greater product,” he said.
    “The world better look out because Orlando Octave is coming,” said Cropper. He said he’s been hooked on the upcoming single, ‘ Disconnected,’ since he heard it prior to the shoot in Toronto. Octave meanwhile is getting set to release his Play Wit It condoms in the next couple weeks.

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    Jamaican dancehall pop artist Black Mattic debuts his new single, “Superstar,” the first track from his album upcoming album Diamond For Life Project, slated for a mid-2012 release. The single is available for sale on iTunes on March 27, 2012.

    Written by Black Mattic and released by his label, Official Hitz Entertainment, “Superstar” exemplifies the artist’s versatility in this pop dancehall fusion. It was produced by Yo Dash Productions and recorded at Official Hitz Studios in Queens, New York.
    “This track is a representation of my goals in the music industry,” states Black Mattic. “Being of Jamaican decent and residing in New York, I’m all about fusing dancehall with other genres, and you can hear the essence of my sound in this single. My focus is to bring dancehall to a more competitive and larger audience.”

    Black Mattic has been making a name for himself across the channels for some time now, and fans have seen him live in concert in Jamaica, New York, and he is even set to perform in China this summer.

    The “Superstar” video is currently in production and the label is gunning for a summer release, to keep the Black Mattic momentum for the album drop. With dancehall taking a sharp turn into pop and dance, the timing is perfect for the sounds of Black Mattic.

    For all inquiries on Black Mattic and to schedule interviews, please contact

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  • Karma stands tall at “Clash of the Titans”

    Trinidadian Chutney-Soca ensemble Karma reigned supreme over all other combatants at the well-attended all-star music event entitled “Clash of the Titans”.

    From all accounts the youthful and versatile Karma which is known for its original Chutney-Soca hits and its mastery of several music genres dominated the event held at the National Stadium in Guyana in front of a crowd of 50,000 eager Caribbean music fans. As in past performances in Guyana, the band received a Michael Jacksonesque response from the audience throughout its vivacious showing which began with lead singer Ravi B’s entrance to the stage on a crane standing 60 feet in the air over a sea of screaming fans in an ambience of fireworks, balloons and confetti.

    According to Guyana’s Stabroek News, Karma stole the show and outperformed all other entertainers on the night’s performance card which included T&T’s Dil-E-Nadan, Rick Ramoutar, 2012 Chutney Soca Monarch KI and his band JMC 3Veni, the BMRZ and Melobugz Music Machine and Guyana’s Shakti Strings and Mahendra Ramkelawan. The trio of vocalists Ravi B, Nisha B and Gregory Ayuen rocked the Guyana National Stadium with powerful renditions of Chutney and Bollywood classics as well as recent Soca and Pop tunes. Much to the patrons’ delight Karma was joined onstage by Chutney-Soca stars Rikki Jai and Hunter.

    When asked about the “Clash of the Titans” experience Ravi B shared, “It felt exciting to be back in Guyana especially as Karma has a hardcore fan base there that always shows us love.
    It was a truly proud and awe-inspiring moment for us to look back upon exiting the stage and see an appreciative audience standing in the rain shouting ‘Karma’ continuously. The show was a huge success and we were honoured to represent Trinidad and Tobago as ambassadors”.

    Ravi also divulged that for 2012 the band Karma is already booked for return performances in Guyana, as well as shows in Orlando, New York and Toronto and that he will headline his annual Father’s Day concert in sweet T&T before hitting the global Carnival circuit.
    The former Chutney-Soca Monarch also recently released a song for Phagwa entitled “Holi Kare” along with a tribute song for Guyana that has been embraced by several Guyanese communities all over the world. Fans can also look out for new music releases from Nisha B and Gregory in the not too distant future.

    To keep up to date with Karma’s 2012 tours and latest happenings log onto:

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  • A Reggae Tribute to Michael Jackson

    Kashief Lindo A Reggae Tribute To Michael Jackson

    A Reggae Tribute To Michael Jackson is the new 18 track compilation album from Jamaican born and Miami raised Kashief Lindo. Singing some of Michael Jackson’s most popular and meaningful songs, Kashief wails his alto over original arrangements adapted to rhythms that cover the spectrum of Jamaican popular music. From ska beats to rock steady, reggae to dancehall flavors, he portrays MJ’s signature vocals.

    Starting with the first track, the popular sing-along, ‘Wanna Be Starting Something’ followed by ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’, both are done on addictive, upbeat ska rhythms, setting the pace for a joyful, sound-alike ride of Jackson favorites. The catchy selections include ‘Man In The Mirror’, ‘Will You Be There’ and ‘I’ll Be There’ the latter featuring sibling Nikesha Lindo. Moving on, he brings us the touching ‘Earth Song,’ which is truly striking, the infectious groove of ‘Butterfly’, which is delivered as beautifully as the name would imply, and the solemn rock steady ‘Man Of War. Continuing, ‘Don’t Stop till You Get Enough and ‘Liberian Girl’ are voiced on dancehall style rhythms. Not to be outshown is the lovers rock, ‘She Is Out Of my Life’, followed by the traditional reggae vibes of ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’

    Produced by reggae’s legendary Willie Lindo, who also doubles as guitarist, the album shines with other top knotch musicians such as Robbie Shakespeare, Paul Douglas, Robbie Lyn, Computer Paul, Charles Farquharson and Kashief Lindo.A Tribute To Michael Jackson is the latest of the singer/producer’s –father/son’s remarkable collaboration of 11 prior albums and the result of a venture which started when Kashief was in grade school.

    Kashief says, “I love what I do. The making of this album was an adventurous pursuit and a lot of work but I really enjoyed doing it”. He further explains “I grew up listening to Michael Jackson. I have always latched onto his music. He played a big role in my development. He, along with Beres Hammond, has greatly influenced me as a singer, and this is my tribute to him”.


    Kashief Lindo was born, lived, and nurtured in an environment dedicated to the creation of music. His father Willie Lindo produced and wrote some of reggaes most popular songs, for artist such as Beres Hammond, Dennis Brown, Maxi Priest to name a few. Willie took his son Kashief to the studio almost every day from his birth.

    One day Willie and Beres Hammond were in the studio recording for about 12 hours, while four year old Kashief sat and watched patiently, as the two geniuses worked. On their way home the idea for one of Beres’s popular songs was born, and they played with the melody in the car until they got to their destination, they knew they had a hit, so they decided to record the song the following day, unfortunately as it often happens, neither Beres or Willie could remember the melody of the song, they tried tirelessly but could not get it, when they had all but given up they heard four year old Kashief humming the melody quite nonchalantly, at that point they realized that this young boy was someone special.

    Beres Hammond insisted that Willie Lindo record Kashief, thus at the age of four, his first recording, “Live with Love”. Although Kashief is highly influenced by the great Reggae Balladeers, he grew up listening to his personal C.D. collection, which includes, R&B, Hip Hop, Latin, Country, Pop, all genres of music. His voice has been described as a cross between Stevie Wonder, Sam Cook, and Michael Jackson, all mentors of Kashief. Coincidentally Michael Jackson and Kashief are both born on the 29th of August.

    Kashief Lindo’s first album entitled “Trouble Free” swept the charts in the United States, Europe and Japan. This album features his remake of a Jimmy Cliffs classic, “Many Rivers to Cross” a rendition that brought rave reviews. He has subsequently released six other albums, “Push For Your Goal” and album targeting young children, motivating them towards educational upliftment. “Soul and Inspiration”, What Kind of World”, “Kashief Sings Christmas”, and his first all original album “We Need Love” which demonstrated Kashief’s writing and production skills. His album “Solid Soul” is a collection of soulful ballads paying tribute to soul music. When asked why he chose to do an all ballad C.D. Kashief replied, “Through the years I have learnt that to be good at your craft you must pay close attention to others that have mastered theirs. So, from Nat King Cole to Michael Jackson, I have listened, studied, pondered, and sometimes mesmerized by their amazing gift. As a Reggae Balladeer it is normal to cover R&B songs while demonstrating our pulsating reggae rhythms, but I felt the need, the desire, almost an obligation to pay tribute to soul music, by covering some of my favorite songs, with the same soulful, rhythmic delivery that they were originally done in. So my gift to you sixteen of my favorite ballads, which I hope are some of your favorites, that you can share with your favorite person” “Solid Soul”. To date Kashief has a total of 11 albums to his credit the last 2 being “Keep On Keepin On” which include songs such as “How Can We Ease The Pain”, “Paradise Jamdown (remix)” and “Send Me Your Love”; “Outtake Album” that has songs such as “Is It All Over Now”, that is currently No. 1 on Reggae Charts in South Florida, “All In Love”, “Human Life” and “Music is a Part of Me”

    Kashief has matured into a complete artiste. At his young age he now has the skills of a seasoned veteran. Kashief is a laid back and humble person, but when he touches the stage he transforms into an illustrious performer. In 1998 the Tamika Awards presented Kashief with the award “Best Male International Singer”. The 1999 Reggae Soca Music Awards bestowed the honor of “Album of the Year” for the work “We Need Love”.

    Kashief Lindo is an exceptional vocalist, musician and producer, but additionally, he exhibits exemplary character. He greets everyone with a smile and a positive word. Kashief spends most of his time in the studio with his father Willie Lindo, not seeking fame, not seeking fortune, but making a positive contribution to the world with his music, and in so doing he will achieve fame and fortune. Kashief lives by his convictions, and will not produce or be a part of anything negative or derogatory. So he continues to live his life trouble free.

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  • New Video from Groundation – Building An Ark Out Apr 24

    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, Latin and transcendental dub. This sophisticated selection of genre-bending sounds provides the perfect template for some of their most fiery militant and conscious lyrics to date.

    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. This 10-track set will be the first release off the new imprint Dub Rockers from reggae giant VP Records.

    Watch this!

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  • MTV IGGY Hails I-Octane

    It seems the indomitable reggae artist I-Octane has received yet another nod of approval. This time it comes from MTV IGGY, the branch of MTV, which is dedicated to bringing the hottest international sounds and exposing them to the US market through the MTV brand. I-Octane is no exception and he has performed on the station to rave reviews from both station execs and fans.

    Despite being known for his fiery hot lyrics and energetic stage performances, I-Octane’s set showed a more mature, soulful side of the artist. Drawing on some of the love songs and ballads from his album. I-Octane performed while surrounded by an array of candles, which created a cozy and intimate atmosphere. He was accompanied by two talented and world renown guitarists, Bobby Seyvarth and Mario Sebatian, which gave listeners the opportunity to really hear the amazing quality of his voice as well as to connect with the artist and his music on a deeper, more intimate level.

    The performance and interview, which recently premiered on MTV IGGY adds to the body of evidence that shows the rising status of the reggae sensation. He continues to develop by leaps and bounds and his widespread acceptance by peers and fans worldwide is continuously captapulting him to the next level.

    The release of I-Octane’s debut album “Crying to the Nation” was met with much anticipation and excitement and it debuted at number six (6) on the Reggae Billboard Charts. It was also named “Pick of the week” by USA Today. Since then, it has made its way onto a number of different charts and is being hailed by many as one of the best reggae albums to hit the world in over a decade.

    I-Octane continues to make his mark in the music industry and he is constantly eveolving and proving to the world that soon he will undoubtedly be considered as one of the legends of reggae music!

    ‘Crying to the Nation’ is available at all digital music outlets and in all leading record stores worldwide.

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  • The Reggae Ambassadors to Perform at the 13th Annual Cape Town Jazz Festival!

    Reggae legends, Third World, will travel 7000 miles to Cape Town, South Africa to headline in the leading South African event, Cape Town International Jazz Festival. The festival will take place March 30-31st at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

    Ten time Grammy nominated band will join platinum gold selling vocalist James Ingram, internationally renowned jazz saxophonist Dave Koz with special guest Patti Austin, six-time Grammy nominee and premiere jazz and jazz-fusion guitarist Mike Stern performing with accomplished drummer Dave Weckl, as well as South Africa’s own Virtual Jazz Reality.

    In a previous press release, Rashid Lombard, festival director and CEO of espAfrika stated, “We are extremely excited about the variety of the line up. Audiences can expect a sensational mix of world-renowned icons and top quality rising stars, both local and international, young and old, and male and female. As usual we have put together a few exciting collaboration performances which promise audiences some spectacular shows.”

    Prior to their performance, the band will also participate in a music workshop. Already apart of their tour regiment, “OUR MUSIC, OUR HISTORY” is the band’s informative and interactive music workshop that focuses on the history and evolution of reggae music, demonstration of different styles of Reggae i.e. Ska, Rock Steady, Dancehall. The band also talks about the history of their four decade existence, charity work and accolades.

    Stephen “Cat” Coore adds, “The band has not been to Africa in quite some time. To return and perform at such a huge festival with a reported audience of over 20,000 is amazing. This will be our first time performing at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival and already through correspondence we have been treated so well, that I can only imagine how we will be treated once we are there. To say that we are looking forward to this trip is a huge understatement. We are elated and honored.”


    The Cape Town International Jazz Festival, now heading for its 13th year, is an integral part of South Africa’s cultural landscape and a highly respected global event on the international live music festival calendar. Each year the event attracts a thrilling range of the world’s leading jazz and jazz-related artists, as well as a contingent of top quality local and development acts.

    The Festival is managed by leading South African event management company espAfrika. The “sold out” tag on each year’s festival, as well the consistent line up of world class acts, attest to the world class spirit and ability with which the Cape Town International Jazz Festival is staged and managed.

    The festival proudly presents a series of workshops that take place at various venues throughout the CBD and greater Cape Town area over an 8 day period. This social investment component explores various elements of the jazz world and includes Arts Journalism, Music Workshops, Music Business, Master Classes as well as many other workshops. Another element of the CTIJF is the esteemed Duotone Photographic Exhibition that documents the emergence and growth of jazz globally. The Community Concert (free to all) will take place prior to the festival on the Wednesday before on 28th March 2012 on Green Market Square and is a showcase of some of the international and local acts scheduled to perform at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.

    For more information about Third World visit For more information about the festival, visit

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