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Monthly Archives: March 2012

  • Grand Reveal of Miss Teen Diva Contestants 2012 on Friday, March 16, 2012

    The Miss Teen Diva Pageant Committee and the reigning Miss Teen Diva Sherise Stapleton are inviting the general public to a Mix & Mingle where the 2012 Miss Teen Diva Contestants will be revealed. The Mix & Mingle is set for Friday, March 16, 2012 at the Bat Cave in Baughers Bay starting at 6:00pm. The Committee is asking everyone to come out and show their support for the new contestants. Entrance to the Mix & Mingle is free and the Bat Cave has a specially priced menu for the event.

    The Miss Teen Diva Pageant was established in 2007 and has since crowned four young ladies. The objectives of the pageant are to inspire young ladies to be good role models, to give them a positive avenue to show their creativity and to help guide them towards their future goals. For more information about the Miss Teen Diva Pageant, please call 346-2663 or 441-3509.

    Miss Teen Diva Pageant Committee
    Tortola, British Virgin Islands

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  • $100 ticket special to see the award-winning cast of Theresa Awai’s “Coming Home” at the Queen’s Hall

    It is not often that an award-winning team of local actors are assembled on one stage, led by an award-winning director in a gripping local play by an award-winning local playwright. But that is what audiences can look forward to next weekend as the decorated cast of Theresa Awai’s “Coming Home” take the stage in the play’s Queen’s Hall premiere.

    Written by Cacique Award-winning actor and playwright Theresa Awai, “Coming Home” is a provocative, poignant, funny and ultimately heart-warming new work that tells the story of how one family’s decades’ old secrets, jealousies, and rivalries are uncovered when four strong-willed siblings battle over their deceased mother’s will. As the action unfolds, we find that blood is indeed thicker than water… until everyone reads the will.

    Cacique Award-winning director Raymond Choo Kong has pushed himself and his cast to dig deep for this challenging work, giving audiences a rare opportunity to see some of Trinidad’s most well-known actors – often best-known for their comedic skills – showing their dramatic chops.

    The talented cast features Cecilia Salazar, holder of a record nine Cacique Awards and fresh off her triumphant portrayal of Gene Miles, as eldest sister Kathleen. The ever-popular and multiple Cacique Award winning Nikki Crosby and Clifford Learmond play Kathleen’s two younger siblings Elizabeth and Julius, while newcomer Caroline Taylor – herself the winner of Commonwealth and Hutchinson awards for Theatre – plays estranged baby sister Jennifer. Rounding out the cast are veteran actor and radio personality Maurice Brash, alongside Rachel Bascombe-Koranteng and Chris Smith.

    The family drama unfolds at the Queen’s Hall from Thursday 29 March through Sunday 1 April, with an opening night special where all tickets are just $100 each. Tickets Friday through Sunday are $150 general and $200 reserved seating, and go on sale at the Queen’s Hall Box Office on Monday 26 March, 12pm–6pm daily, tel: (868) 624-1284.
    Showtimes are 8:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and 6:30pm on Sunday.

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  • US and Canada Based Record Label Signs Trinidad and Tobago Rapper

    On the heels of news that Trinidad and Tobago music group Millionaire Family has struck quite an incredible deal with foreign record label, Millionaires Records and Millionaire Inc., there is now news that another young T&T artiste will be aligned to the US and Canada based music entity. A.C.M- an acronym that stands for Automatic Cash Machine is the newest artiste to be discovered out of Trinidad and Tobago- the newest artiste to be signed to Millionaires Records/ Millionaires Inc./CVR Entertainment Affairs Inc.

    Born in T&T, the 26- year- old rapper moved to New York at the age of 10 and eventually moved back to Trinidad in 2009 where he has since settled down. On the island that is known best for its carnival atmosphere, A.C.M has managed to hone his craft and is equipped with the skills of a true rap artiste- being dubbed one of the best rappers on the island.

    Set to release his first mix tape in May, A.C.M whose real name is Mario Hope is also gearing up for the release of a video, which will be shot in T&T in the coming weeks. His first single, Quickie was remixed with R&B star, Miguel who is best known for his single, Sure Thing which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop songs chart shortly after its release.

    According to Millionaires Records representatives, the mixtape will be called, Streets or Nothing and will consist of 14 tracks plus one bonus single. “The mixtape will be sent out to all DJs in Trinidad and Tobago, US, Canada and the UK,” said Richard Hope- CEO of the music group. He said Quickie will be released in Trinidad very soon and the team is very optimistic when it comes to the embrace it will receive among DJs on the island. “A.C.M will also be releasing four videos before the end of the year so we’re just saying people need to watch out for this kid- he’s nice on the mic and he’s gonna blow up on the rap scene,” said Hope.

    Millionaires Records and CVR Entertainment Affairs Inc, is well known for its involvement in the promotion of Caribbean culture and artistes from across the hemisphere, overseas. In 2012, their aim is consistent to this movement to introduce artistes from the developing islands of the Caribbean to record labels and record execs in the US, UK and Canada.

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  • Sanjay’s Debuts Intense Musical Collabs

    SANJAY’S INTENSE MUSICAL COLLABS

    …Sanjay is setting up himself as one to watch for the rest of the year.

    Prolific song writer Sanjay has recently dropped two intense musical collaborations which have bolstered his image as one of the ‘baddess’ songwriters in the dancehall game today.

    The first track called Piece A Di Wine, released last month was produced by Conroy of Washroom Entertainment for Sanjay’s Portland Cottage Productions and features dancehall king pin Beenie Man. It has been described as a legitimate club banger. Since its release the song has been a hit online and is receiving good airplay on several radio stations locally, in the Caribbean and the southern United States.

    As if that was not enough Sanjay then released another hot collaboration; this time featuring reggae sensation Alaine. The track called Wine Closer was produced by Arif Cooper for his Fresh Air Productions on the Worldwide Riddim. Like Piece a Di Wine, Wine Closer has also secured a good position on local airwaves and is definitely a favourite among not only fans of Sanjay but dancehall fans in general.

    These two hot collaborations show that Sanjay is a supreme lyricist and song writer and has the enviable ability to twist words and manipulate language to do what he wants.

    His lyrical dexterity is pronounced. In his track with Alaine he quips: “My girl yuh got it automatic with da wine deh so exotic never static man a watch it”. This dexterity is also prominent in Piece A Di Wine Sanjay when he ads some dancehall swag to the track by beckoning: “Come link up gimmie a small pree, mi mek u si di light like dis a diwali, …das why a mi she a perform fi promptly”

    With these two powerful collaborations Sanjay is setting up himself as one to watch for the rest of the year. The artiste has been consistent over the years releasing credible songs; starting off with his mega hit Man of My Word. This was followed by brilliant singles including Lonely and Slipping Away.

    All these songs have received warm welcome from the masses and based on this Sanjay’s future as a recording artiste looks bright.

    Watch this!

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  • Chardavid makes the connection with Sly, Charles Sinclair on latest single

    Reggae singer, song-writer Iley Dread, who now goes by the moniker Chardavid, has put out another single from his soon-to-be-released album, Unleashed.

    The Rastafarian crooner steps away from his traditional lovers rock groove with the song, Hail Rastafari. With an all-star cast featuring the legendary Sly Dunbar who created the riddim track and renowned bass player, Charles Sinclair as producer, Chardavid feels confident that this single will have intended impact.

    “It was wonderful to collaborate with Sly and Charles Sinclair on this project. Over the years I have done a lot of work with the maestro, Sly Dunbar, and everyone knows he’s amazing. Sly has that special way of always keeping singers on the right track and delivering a riddim that suits your voice and persona.

    “However, this is the first time I am working with Charles Sinclair in this capacity and it has been an eye-opener,” Chardavid stated.

    A member of the original Messenjah Band, Charles Sinclairs’ credits include working with reggae greats Dennis Brown, Black Uhuru and Mykal Rose, Queen Ifrica, Kanan and also R&B legend, Lionel Richie just to name a few. Sinclair is now based in the US, where he keeps his fingers on the pulse of reggae music.

    “It was a pleasure and an honour working with Charles Sinclair. He proved to be a very intense and discplined producer and I admire that a lot,” Chardavid recalled. “I feel the reggae magic coursing through my veins on this song and I hope listeners will respond to it,” the singer declared.

    Hail Rastafari can be described as praise-worthy track which propels the singer out of his usual comfort zone. Live performances of this song, especially across Canada, have engendered quite a bit of positive vibes, as the artiste sheds his inhibitions and delivers

    The single is now in rotation in New York, Jamaica, England, Canada and, according to Chardavid’s team, they have been receiving encouraging feedback from industry players.

    Hail Rastafari is available for download on iTunes and the music video is in the making.

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  • T&T’s Tele Cruz Meshes With Jamaica’s Sheba, Elephant Man and Busy Signal on Juicy Riddim

    The trend of fusing sounds and genres is on the rise in the Caribbean and internationally. On the small island of Tobago- the sister island of Carnival central, Trinidad, a young artiste and businessman known by his alias, Tele Cruz is making things happen quite interestingly, when it comes to music.

    As a young songwriter and vocalist Tele Cruz is staying true to his objective of taking his sound to the pinnacles of the music industry. In the past he has worked with Swedish pop singer, Maria Albayrak and he has also collaborated with Trinidad and Tobago artiste, Umi Marcano. These days however, Tele Cruz is showing off his versatility, having released a single on UPT-007 Records’ Juicy riddim- which features some of dancehall’s highly acclaimed entertainers- Busy Signal, Gyptian, Sheba, Tony Matterhorn and Elephant Man. Enticing his female audience no doubt with something called, ‘Rude Gyal’, Tele Cruz describes the vibe as one that’s sweetly melodic- something that also holds a naughty edge that he says will leave everyone in awe. “Once you hear it once, it will stick in your head. I dare anyone to sit still when this one’s playing,” he said.

    Explaining that the track was written with elements of international appeal, the young businessman and artiste who is known for his entrepreneurial ability and high level of professionalism, said the single will be released in Europe, the US and Canada in the next few days. Already, the song has been circulated across the Caribbean, to radio stations and DJs and Tele Cruz is keeping his fingers crossed that this time around, the men behind the radio controls will show some support for what he has contributed. This being his fourth major release, Tele Cruz has been able to show that his musical style is all-encompassing, however throughout it all, he has stayed true to his Caribbean roots, fusing soca, dancehall and reggae beats with R&B and Pop. “ I’m all about mixing and blending the melodies and the rhythms because I think it really offers something that everyone can relate to- it spices up the music, takes away the ‘sameness’ of sticking to one genre and not exploring and intertwining,” he noted.

    Highlighting that the video for ‘Rude Gyal’ is currently in the making, Tele Cruz is promising music lovers that this track and the subsequent video will fulfill their every expectation. “ Expect the unexpected,” he cautioned, promising that soon enough, the world will know his music and appreciate the sweetness of every note he carries.

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  • Super Wings NY Winner of the “2012 Best Wings in Brooklyn”

    Colette Burnett, winner of the Food Network’s Throw Down with Bobby Flay, and recently crowned the 1st Place Winner “Best Wings in Brooklyn 2012,” after having taken the title in 2010 and 1st Place People’s Choice winner in 2011, has announced the opening of her second Super Wings NY location at 888 Utica Avenue, at the intersection of Church Avenue in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York.

    Colette who grew up in Chase Village, Trinidad, WI before moving to the United States spent a decade working as a business banker, before deciding to turn her craving into a business and opened her first Super Wings NY just two years ago on Union Street in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. Super Wings NY serves fresh juices, salads, fish and wings in twelve delicious flavors including Pineapple Jerk, Ginger Buff, and Island BBQ all inspired by Colette’s’ native Trinidad and Tobago where recipes are a tantalizing blend of mainly African, East Indian, Europe, China, Middle East and Mediterranean culinary traditions.

    It was the Ginger Buff Wings paired with Super Wings’ signature Lava Sauce, which won the 2012 “The Best Wings In Brooklyn” competition, an annual event where restaurants, bars, and other vendors throughout the borough of Brooklyn showcase their wares before a panel of judges – in a quest for the coveted title of “The Best Wings in Brooklyn.”

    “We are excited about being able to offer our customers a new location, new menu item the Rum Glazed wing and retain our title as ‘Best Wings in Brooklyn’ for the third year in a row,” said Colette Burnett, owner of Super Wings NY. “This new location offers quick service dining featuring seating for 30, and is conveniently located for residents in the East Flatbush, Mill Basin, Carnarsie and Central Brooklyn communities to stop by on their way to or from work or an affordable lunch option for those who work closer to home.”

    Super Wings NY East Flatbush will serve customers Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and extended hours on Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; the restaurant is closed on Sunday’s.

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  • City Recognizes Children of Willie Stewart’s Rhythms of Africa Show

    FORT LAUDERDALE (March 15, 2012) – The City of Lauderdale Lakes recognized the student performers of Lauderdale Lakes Educational Complex with an Award of Appreciation for their cultural contributions to the community through the Rhythms of Africa : Music Around the World performance, which took place October 15, 2011 at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

    The award, presented during Black History month, by the city’s Mayor, Barrington Russell and Commissioners, highlighted the importance of diversity and cultural celebration. Mayor Russell, who attended the sold out performance in October 2011, recalled the stirring performance of the students and performers, and encouraged the children to stay involved in music, a positive and educational activity.

    Rhythms of Africa: Music Around the World was presented by Willie Stewart’s Embrace Music Foundation. The concert featured at-risk youth from Lauderdale Lakes Educational Complex’s Smart School Charter Middle and Eagle Charter Academy who gained inspiration and confidence working alongside more than a dozen professional musicians. This free concert described the movement of ancient rhythms sprung from the souls of vibrant cultures and carried from Africa to the Caribbean, South America and the New World. Under the direction of Willie Stewart, who played percussion for 23 years with the legendary band Third World, the theatrical, inspirational and educational production united the entire community in a stirring celebration of music alongside 30 musicians.

    Willie believes in sharing the power of the Arts with children and which allows them to discover who they are and how they impact the world in which they live. Willie notes, “I have seen many times how children’s lives are changed, turned around for the good, when they’re given a chance. It isn’t me, it’s the music. Only music can do this.” Sixty students, ages 13- 16, underwent 6 weeks of rigorous world class instruction provided by Willie at no cost, as a part of the educational complex’s afterschool program.

    This project received The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge Grant of $25,000 in November 2010 and the support of kind sponsors including the Law Offices of Marshall C. Watson P.A, MoneyGram, Law Office of Shapiro, Fishman & Gache, Grace Foods USA, Bank Atlantic, City of Fort Lauderdale, Steady Image, Inc. Seaboard Marine, Air Jamaica (Caribbean Airlines), National Endowment for the Arts, Broward Cultural Division, Jamaica Tourist Board and many other generous donors.

    For more information, visit www.RhythmsofAfrica.net,www.ParkerPlayhouse.com, “like” us at Facebook.com/RhythmsofAfrica.

    The show was presented by the Embrace Music Foundation, whose mission is to restore, preserve, and fortify the impact of music — education, appreciation, and performance — in schools and communities, and to amplify its role in the development of children and families.

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  • Reggae and Soca combine for a regal regatta finale

    The normally laid back nature of Kim Sha Beach in Simpson Bay was fired up with the energy of regatta participants, tourists and local music fans that came out in their numbers to enjoy live performances from some of the Caribbean’s most electrifying performers. After being hyped up the night before by Antiguan Soca powerhouse Claudette Peters and the dynamic St. Maarten band Youth Waves, the massive audience filled both the general and VIP areas of the seaside venue in order to partake of a diverse musical buffet.

    Beres Hammond with his full band and beautiful backup singers certainly brought the house down with his extensive catalogue of world renowned hit songs. The famed Jamaican crooner moved the capacity crowd both physically and emotionally with classics such as “Rock away”, “Sweet Lies” and “I Feel Good”. Full of life, vigour and charisma the ‘King of Lovers’ Rock’ had the audience eating out the palm of his hand and singing along to fan favourites including “Pull it Up”, “Putting Up a Resistance” and “Queen and a Lady”.

    Much to patrons delight, the night’s entertainment card also featured a special cross-Caribbean collaboration. St. Maarten’s Shadow Man joined by Trinidad and Tobago’s Terry Seales and Ziggy Rankin delivered the very best in Soca, Reggae and Rapso vibrations to the appreciative audience.

    Shadow Man, known for hit Soca tunes such as “Caribbean Cruise” and “White Line” has previously collaborated with both Seales and Rankin and took pleasure in sharing the stage with his Trinidadian counterparts. Backed by a live band, Shadow Man, Terry Seales and Ziggy Rankin (who shared that he felt completely at home and treated like family in St. Maarten) were well received by the Kim Sha Beach crowd.

    The St. Maarten Heineken Regatta is as well known for its live entertainment component as it is for competitive sailing. Attendees are already waiting in anticipation for next year’s edition and the stellar line up of artistes.

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  • Steel Pulse Announces Spring Tour Dates

    Steel Pulse may have explored various styles of music since they started out in 1975, but when it comes to the message, the UK’s Grammy – Winning reggae band has remained close to their roots. The Group have continued their commitment to fighting injustice, educating the masses, and promoting positive messages through spiritually uplifting music.

    “We just can’t ignore the politics, because every life and soul that’s born on this earth is a political manoeuvre for someone, at some point”, Hinds explains. “From a spiritual aspect, it’s really an upliftment through facing reality – what’s out there. We deal with positive spirits. It means putting aside the guns, the drugs and all of the things that are ailments of society – especially in the black communities right now”.

    The band have always taken their causes to heart, filing a $1 million class action lawsuit against New York City’s Taxi & Limousine Commission. The group charged that cabbies refused to pick up blacks and especially Rastafarians throughout the streets of New York. 2012 commemorates the 20th anniversary of this action.

    Steel Pulse is the only UK reggae group to win a Grammy. In 1986, Babylon The Bandit Album won the Best Reggae Album category. Their international success earned them further Grammy Nominations for their albums, Victims, Rastafari Centennial, Rage & Fury, Living Legacy and African Holocaust.

    Invited guest appearances include Arsenio Hall, ‘The Tonight Show’ with Jay Leno, The Montel Williams Show and ‘Late Night’ with Conan O’Brien. The Rev. Al Sharpton, Jay Leno, Branford Marsalis, C Thomas Howell and Robert Townsend have all had cameo appearances in Steel Pulse videos. The band have been joined live on stage by artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder to the Stranglers and have performed live with Bob Marley & the Wailers, Sting, Inxs, Santana, Robert Palmer, Peter Tosh, Herbie Hancock and Bob Dylan, amongst others. A collaboration with Spike Lee on the Do The Right Thing movie soundtrack in 1989 resulted in David’s composition ‘Can’t Stand It’ featuring in the movie.

    In 1993, at the request of the Clinton Administration, they became the first reggae band ever to perform during the inaugural festivities at The White House

    Steel Pulse, started out performing on the British punk scene with groups like Generation X as part of the Rock Against Racism movement was founded in the Handsworth section of Birmingham by Hinds, and core members Selwyn Brown and, Steve Nisbett. Their original Bass player, Ronald McQueen, named the group after a popular racehorse.

    2012 has seen the release of Rocksteady a film co-starring David Hinds and featuring the band’s live members. The Hind’s track Rocksteady was composed especially for the movie.

    January 2012 saw the group perform in Haiti for the first time. The track Hold on 4 Haiti was written as result of the earthquake and they have been instrumental in raising thousands of dollars for the relief effort with Partners in Health. Previously the band made a massive contribution to Hurricane Katrina.

    Steel Pulse are currently working on a new album which will be released later in the year and also a documentary of their long career which features live footage and interviews.

    Steel Pulse is David Hinds (Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar and Selwyn Brown (Vocals, Keyboards).

    Tour Dates

    4/11 – Marquee Theater – Tempe, AZ
    4/12 – House Of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
    4/13 – Belly Up – Solana Beach, CA
    4/14 – Sway Pool – Las Vegas, NV
    4/19 – House Of Blues – North Myrtle Beach, SC*
    4/20 – House Of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL*
    4/21 – The Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL
    4/22 – The Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL
    4/24 – Jannus Live – Saint Petersburg, FL*
    4/25 – Freebird Live – Jacksonville, FL
    4/26 – Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL*
    4/27 – New Orleans Jazz Festival- New Orleans, LA
    4/28 – La Zona Rosa – Austin, TX*
    4/29 – Sam Houston Park – Houston, TX

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  • SoFlo Awards Show Announces New International Categories!

    Hollywood, FL – This year’s 4th Annual South Florida Dancehall & Reggae Music Awards Show is set to be the staple event of South Florida’s Memorial Weekend Festivities. Single Mothers of America, the crisis organization and power engine of the awards show announced this epic event to take place Saturday, May 26, 2012 at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Theater located at 1770 Monroe Street, Hollywood, FL. This iconic ceremony has proven itself significant in the community; also fulfilling a void said by most Caribbean artist in the music industry. By request, South Florida Dancehall & Reggae Music Awards Show is expanding its vision and territory. This year’s 2011 review will include international candidates; therefore all artists international & local can be nominated for an award this year. Lavishing support pouring from the trendsetters and music moguls in every region, from Jamaica, Canada, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta and to no one’s surprise, the entire world; this is definitely a must attend production. This year’s South Florida Dancehall & Reggae Music Awards Show will award the following categories:
    Best Artist and/or Group
    Dancehall Male DJ of the Year Award
    Dancehall Female DJ of the Year Award
    Culture Male Artist of the Year Award
    Culture Female Artist of the Year Award
    Best Song (Artist and/or Group)
    Dancehall Male Hit of the Year Award
    Dancehall Female Hit of the Year Award
    Culture Male Hit of the Year Award
    Culture Female Hit of the Year Award
    Best Collaboration
    Best New Artist
    Best Producer
    Best Sound System
    Best Selector
    Best Soca Selector
    Best Radio Station
    Best Radio Personality
    Best Promoter
    Best Entertainment Website
    Best Dancehall Session Video Production (Video Man)
    Best Dancehall Supporter
    Best Dance Crew
    Best Trendsetter (Male/Female)
    Many have started to make accommodations to attend this event celebrating Caribbean music as a dancehall and music culture. “New open market, bold extravagant categories & beautiful fashionable patrons from around the world, for a night of star-studded, media flooded memories, definitely a must attend ceremony” said by local South Florida socialite.

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  • Carnival is Rum Time

    CARNIVAL IS RUM TIME
    “One thing I need inside ah de fete, Gimme ah bottle of rum. I love mi rum and mi rum it love me..” – Bottle of Rum, Machel Montano

    “I don’t know where all this vodka and whiskey and ting come from, Jamaica is rum country and Carnival time is definitely rum time!” said David, a serious Bacchanalist who is even more serious about his rum.

    Whether you’re jumping up inside a fete or chilling with friends, there is no denying that this is rum country and Carnival and Appleton go together like calypso and steel pan. There from the very beginning, Appleton Jamaica Rum, the rum of everything Carnival, and the official rum sponsor of Bacchanal Jamaica, has been keeping Bacchanal’s fetes wet, and revellers jumping till the sun come up for over 10 years. An annual costume and band sponsor, Appleton Rum stops at nothing to ensure that its patrons enjoy every facet of its Carnival events.

    “Yuh mad, how it must be carnival without rum? You need the rum to grease your waist line and keep you when you chipping on the road. And if it’s not Appleton, it’s not rum!” said Jodi, a regular Bacchanal Jamaica reveller and self titled Appleton ambassador, who, much like Kes, will be seen drinking nothing else.

    But even before there was Appleton, there was Rum. The official drink of the Pirates and the Caribbean, Rum has had more than its fair share of Soca and Chutney songs dedicated to it over the decades.
    So whether Rum is your lover, Like Chutney Artiste Ravi B (Rum is Meh Lover) or it will be Rum till you die like Adesha Samaroo (Rum Till I Die), there is one thing that all socaphiles, local and abroad can agree with:
    “You could bring it in a bottle, you could bring it in a flask, you could bring it in a cup, you could set it in a glass. I want meh rum in di mornin’, I want meh rum in di evening!” Hunter and Bunji Garlin, Bring It.

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  • MACHEL MONTANO Double M and KES Wired

    MACHEL MONTANO
    Double M
    This highly anticipated album by Mr. Fete himself has finally been released. The album is a beautifully packaged 2-disc special, featuring all the major 2012 hits from the king of Soca. For all Machel fans, this one will definitely be a collectors item, so make sure and grab your copy now. You can order the hard-copy and we will ship it to you, or you can download the entire album. It is entirely up to you 🙂

    KES
    Wired
    Kes the Bands music is a fusion of islands beats, soca, reggae, pop – and is what they called Island Pop. The band have released 5 previous albums and you can see the growth and evolution in the music in all albums. The hit track “Stress Away” has recently been remixed with Snoop Dogg, adding his flavour to it. The album is available as a digital download, and also as hard-copy, so order your copy today!

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  • Celebrate Ten Years Of Caribbean Jazz At The 10th Annual Jazz

    Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago… Energies are high at
    Production One Limited as preparations move into top gear for its 10th anniversary
    edition of Jazz Artists on the Greens (JAOTG) on The Greens at Farm Road, St. Joseph
    on Saturday March 24, 2012. In the spirit of celebration and reminiscence, Production One
    will highlight some of the fondest memories of the past ten years with the launch of the
    JAOTG Rewound! Giveaway Promotion. Starting Monday March 12, 2012 for two
    weeks, the veteran event management company will run a trivia competition via the JAOTG
    Facebook page giving away JAOTG 2012 tickets to ten lucky patrons.
    As with previous editions, JAOTG 2012 promises a delicious mix of contemporary Caribbean
    jazz styles, delivered by some of the most talented performers in the region. This year, the
    JAOTG stage welcomes back the provocative kweyol (Creole) jazz inflections of Dominica’s
    Cultural Ambassador, Michele Henderson, backed by Ming & Friends. Bringing their unique
    Caribbean flavour to the celebration is Trinidad and Tobago’s veteran jazz musician,
    Carlton “Zanda” Alexander and The Coalpot Band along with London-based Trinidadian
    steelpan virtuoso, Annise Hadeed, and his quartet of Douglas Reddon, Theron Shaw and
    Richard Bailey. Hot on the heels of his latest album release, Songs from Deep Within,
    smooth jazz guitarist Clifford Charles will be among them to share his home-grown brand of
    silky-smooth music, while the charismatic, lively and eclectic jazz stylings of songbird,
    Llettesha Sylvester, are sure to be a delightful treat.

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  • Kevin Lyttle Debuts Video for Sizzling Single, “WINE AND GO DOWN”

    New York, NY – International soca pop star Kevin Lyttle debuts the video for his sizzling single, “Wine And Go Down,” which was released in November 2011. This is Lyttle’s first video from his highly-anticipated upcoming album, which is currently in production.

    Released on his very own Tarakon Records, “Wine And Go Down” exemplifies the artist’s versatility as he embraces the role of a deejay/rapper to fuse with his acclaimed signature vocal-style, forming this hybrid of island soca and pop club fusion. The singer/songwriter teams up with Richy Peña (talented music producer of the Latin Grammy-Winning album Mi Niña Bonita), for the hit track, which has been making the rounds internationally on radio and in the clubs.

    “Dancing is a strong part of our Caribbean culture, so when you hear the beats and the vibes, it makes you just want to wine and go down,” discloses Lyttle, on his inspiration for the video. “With the Miami backdrop and the sexy ladies bringing their moves to the dance floor, we captured all the action for you in this video.”

    The video was directed by Hamlet Mark from Grenada, and was edited by a team that included Kevin Lyttle, Jacqueline P. James-Lyttle, Hamlet Mark, Parick Ramdial, Christopher Persaud, and Mark Shapley. It was shot on location in Miami and will see an official launch on Saturday, March 23 at the Blue Martini in Kendall, Miami. The red carpet event will be open to media and the public.

    Lyttle shot to international fame when his smash hit “Turn Me On” grooved all the way to number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Chart, representing soca music in the mainstream market in a way that’s never been done before, and hasn’t been done since. The track was from his self-titled debut album on Atlantic Records, back in 2004.

    Watch this!

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  • MR. VEGAS ‘SWEET JAMAICA’ ALBUM LAUNCH A SUCCESS!

    Wednesday March 7, 2012- International Reggae -Dancehall Music star Mr. Vegas launched his new double album “Sweet Jamaica” on March 6, at Mango Ranch in Kingson. The launch was successful with performances from Natel, Barrington Levy and the man of the night, performing from his album, Mr. Vegas collaborating with Luciano and Nadine Sutherland. Rory from Stone Love was the DJ for the night.

    The Launch was hosted by radio personality Claudette Powell and had Mickey Bennett as guest speaker. Executive Director of Jamaica Reggae Industry Association, Charles Campbell endorsed the album and commended Mr. Vegas on his career throughout the years.

    The Launch focused on the Reggae aspect of the double album. The two discs, Sweet Jamaica Reggae and Sweet Jamaica Dancehall together feature over 30 tracks including exclusive new material and some of Mr. Vegas’ recent singles. Sweet Jamaica Reggae is a fusion of Ska, Rocksteady, and foundation Reggae rhythms. Mr. Vegas shows off his singing talent on remakes of Toots and the Maytals’ classic ‘Sweet and Dandy,’ and Alton Ellis’ Rocksteady cover of Brenda Holloway’s ‘You Make Me Happy’.

    Sweet Jamaica Dancehall features Mr. Vegas’ typically energetic Dancehall delivery on recent dancehall hits including the current dance-driven single ‘Bruk it Dung’and the street anthem ‘Certain Law’. Sweet Jamaica Dancehall also includes a live version of his internationally acclaimed gospel-flavoured single ‘I Am Blessed’.

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  • Skinny Banton wins Carriacou 2012 Soca Monarch and launches new Video

    Carriacou’s Skinny Banton is the 2012 Soca Monarch King in the Tri State island of Grenada’s, Carriacou and Petit Martinque. Skinny’s won with his Soca Monarch tune ‘Turn ova’ which is produced by Youngstars Productions. The night before Skinny Banton won the People Choice Soca Monarch.

    Last night on Tuesday 6th March 2012 Skinny Banton released his video for his Soca Monarch winning tune online via youtube. The video captures the energy of Soca Monarch and the essence of Carriacou’s carnival. The video for ‘Turn ova’ is Directed by Kerry Velon and the track is produced by Youngstarz Productions. The video will be played on BEN TV in England and other TV and online TV networks.

    Skinny Banton was born in Trinidad now residing in Carriacou Grenada. Skinny Banton came to light supporting Marlon Asher “The Ganja Famer” on stage at the After Ours night club in Carriacou, 2005 where he received huge audience applause for his song Mek A Deal. Since then Skinny Banton supported artists such as Bunji Garlin, Baby Killa, Hasty Killa, Richie Spice, I-Sasha and Prophet Benjamin.

    In 2009 Skinny Banton launched his track ‘No war’ which won him a place at the Carriacou Soca Monarch Finals. In August 2009 Skinny Banton took part in many events at Grenada’s Spicemas from the Carib Road shows to the Timeplus beats cruise. Skinny Banton won over more fans with his hit tracks; ’Granny’ and ‘Cyan Tek it’.

    Over the last few years Skinny Banton took part in Carriacou Soca Monarch and last year Skinny Banton reached the Grenada Soca Monarch semi finals. The artist also released a few music videos ‘Wanna make up, Can’t tek it, Songs of praise and take my place’.

    Skinny Banton is currently working his videos for ‘Jab Jab swag’ as well as preparing for Grenada’s Spicemas carnival 2012.

    Skinny Banton would like to thank all his fans, family, friends and supporters for their support.

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  • AWARD-WINNING GERMAN REGGAE ARTIST GENTLEMAN EXCITED ABOUT DEBUT NYC PERFORMANCE

    New York: With six albums under his belt and over one million collectively sold in Europe, German’s multi-platinum and award-winning reggae artist Gentleman is fired up about his first major North and South America tour this month. The tour billed the “Gentleman & The Evolution Diversity tour,” includes a west coast run supporting SOJA that will make stops in San Francisco; Santa Cruz; Hollywood & San Diego, California; Falls Church, Virginia and New York City.

    Earlier this week Gentleman did a private meet & greet and an intimate performance at Universal Music. He did interviews on MTV Iggy in Times Square; Intiative Radio (an NPR-affiliated radio program that is syndicated to over 10 markets in the North East and Nashville) and Irie Jam radio, 93.5FM, the loudest voice to the Caribbean Diaspora in NY. He also did an acoustic performance and an interview on Sirius XM’s ‘The Joint’ with host Pat McKay. His debut live performance at Le Poisson Rounge in Manhattan, New York will take place on Tuesday, March 13 with special guest singer Richie Stephens.
    “I am extremely excited about my debut performance in New York, home to the largest Jamaican population in the Diaspora. Any opportunity I get to perform for my Caribbean fans is an opportunity I cherish” the German sinjay noted.

    Gentleman’s North and South American tour is in support of his VP Records album titled Diversity that was released in February. The international version of the album already sold Gold (more than 100,000 units) and charted at #1 in Germany as well as #2 in Switzerland and Austria and is the follow-up to his Europe platinum-selling record Confidence.

    On Diversity, Gentleman stays true to his first musical love – roots reggae – teaming up with top Jamaican recording artist Tanya Stephens; the late Studio One veteran and dancehall pioneer Sugar Minott; Christopher and producers Don Corleon, Red Roze, Shane Brown, Xterminator and Firehouse Crew.
    Gentleman, the son of a Lutheran pastor was drawn to reggae’s revolutionary spirit and truth-seeking lyrics ever since he was introduced to the island’s sounds. He has since had a string of solo hits and platinum-selling records in Europe. He won Best National Artist five times for three different award shows (Echo Award 2003 & 2005, Comet Award 2005, 1Live Radio Award 2004 & 2005) and has been nominated twice for Best Reggae Artist (Martin 2004 Awards and Reggae and Soca Awards). He has collaborated with artists ranging from pop superstars Pink and Destiny’s Child to reggae legends Michael Franti & Spearhead and Barrington Levy.

    Last summer he teamed with Richie Stephens on the tribute single “Live Your Life” which topped reggae charts in Florida and Jamaica and was voted “Song of the Year 2011” in New York by Irie Jam Radio. Their follow up single/video ‘Warrior,’ has already started to make inroads on the play list of stations across the globe.

    Earlier this year, Gentleman delivered a riveting live rendition of “Live Your Life” at the 16th annual Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, where he was a special invited guest of Stephens. Their performance was hailed as one of the highlights of the festival.

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  • Inner Circle Releases World Tour Dates . Performances with Ali Campbell & Ziggy Marley . Reggae Jam Official Post-Recap

    On Friday, February 24, hundreds of South Florida reggae fans attended the Adrienne Arsht Center’s REGGAE JAM, a one-night-only 2011-2012 World Music Series concert featuring performances by legendary, award-winning reggae bands THIRD WORLD and INNER CIRCLE. Both bands lit up the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall with explosive live stage performances featuring THIRD WORLD’s classic anthems “96 Degrees in the Shade,” “Now That We’ve Found Love,” and “Cool Meditation”; and INNER CIRCLE’s global smash hits “Bad Boys” and “Sweat (A La La La La Long).” In addition to enjoying some of the world’s most renowned reggae tunes, the audience was treated to an extra special evening as everyone cheered and celebrated the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence in 2012 and Black History Month.

    Rising local reggae bands Jahfe, Mixed Culture, The Resolvers, Spred The Dub, Stampede, Roots Shakedown, 4th Dimension and Skafyah – collectively known as the “Reggae Wave” – opened the show. Lance-O of Kulcha Shok Muzik hosted the evening and kept audiences on their feet with his enthusiasm and high-energy.

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  • NEW MARCH 2012 REGGAE CULTURE MIX

    TRACKLIST: *single

    Stand Up Inna Dih Fyah (Never Lose My Culture)-Warrior King

    FREEDOM SHINES RIDDIM

    Time & Wisdom-Warrior King
    Tell Dem Already-Busy Signal
    Original Dancehall-Tarrus Riley
    In My Arms-Gyptian
    Respect Woman-Turbulence

    Beat & A Mic-Chronixx*
    Inna Rizzla-Bobby Hustle*
    West Coast-Gappy Ranks*
    Sour Everyday-Dway*

    LIFE AFTER LIFETIME RIDDIM

    Chant Babylon Down-Turbulence
    Fight For Freedom-Anthony B
    Fyah Hot Pon Dem-Luciano
    Oh Jah-Pressure Buss Pipe
    Jah Jah A Mi Everything-Delly Ranx
    7th Time Rise-Bobby Hustle
    World Need Love-Hero
    Life After Lifetime-Bunny Rugs & Delly Ranx

    All Over The World-Jah Sun*
    Zimbabwe-Sizzla*
    Don’t Give Up-Capleton*
    Start A Fyah-Chronixx*

    HIGH TIMES RIDDIM

    Forever-Erup
    Herbalist-Chan Dizzy
    Nah Laugh-Hollow Point
    Rude Bwoy Rankin’-Rasco

    TURNPIKE RIDDIM

    Lord Have Mercy-Gappy Ranks
    Jah Watch Over Me-Bobby Hustle
    Don’t Wanna Be-Lutan Fyah
    If I Knew-Delly Ranx
    Do Good Everytime-Exco Levi
    Paradise-Jemere Morgan
    Searching-Dway
    Friendship-Winstrong

    KUSH MORNING RIDDIM

    I Feel So Good-Collie Buddz
    Fire Fire-Capleton
    Heart Like A Lion-Jah Sun & Peetah Morgan
    Run Mi Out-I Octane
    Dear Lord-Serani
    Gotta Believe-Kranium
    Real Woman-Jah Vinci
    Can We-Dway

    THINK TWICE RIDDIM

    Stay Away-Turbulence
    Think Twice-Duane Stephenson
    In This Jungle-Devano
    Oh Lord-Sir Ford
    Rastafari Leads The Way-Lutan Fyah
    I Can We Can-Luciano
    Rasta Got Soul-Fantan Mojah

    Jamaica-Gappy Ranks*

    CHECK OUT OTHER 2012 HIGHER FIDELITY SOUND MIXES!!!

    Download Links Provided By hulkshare.com/ishasta

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  • SoFlo Dancehall & Reggae Music Awards 2012

    Hollywood, FL | – The 4th annual Soflo Dancehall & Reggae Music Awards ceremony is usually held during the first quarter of the year in March. This year, Single Mother’s of America, the non-profit organization spear-heading the production, has claimed its time & date during the festive Memorial Day weekend itinerary! Saturday May 26, 2012, Dancehall’s finest will invade South Florida’s Tri-County Region from New York, Philly, LA, Toronto, Atlanta & Jamaica together at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Theater located at 1770 Monroe Street Hollywood, FL. The media embellished Red Carpet Special starts at 6pm followed by the exuberating main show and presentations commencing at 7pm.
    The 4th Annual South Florida Dancehall Awards acknowledge and honor the accomplishments and contributions of entertainers, entrepreneurs and artist of the Reggae & Dancehall arena. Created in 2008, The South Florida Dancehall Awards is the brain child of non-profit organization, Single Mothers of America (SMOA), and is operated by individuals of Caribbean decent. SMOA wanted to find a way to infuse their message and community efforts across to others in the Caribbean Community hence the creation of the annual Soflo Dancehall & Reggae Music Awards. This event has proven it success annually, 2012 will prove its growth in excellence. Mark your calendars from today for this remarkable event to take place again May 26, 2012 at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Theater.

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  • KES THE BAND DELIVERS STIRRING PERFORMANCE AT BACCHANAL FRIDAYS IN JAMAICA

    Kingston, Jamaica – Friday last was destined to be a great night at Bacchanal Fridays with an energy-filled performance by KES the Band and special treats from major sponsor Appleton. The night, themed ‘Martian Dust Up’, perfectly described KES’ complete ownership of the large crowd that paid homage to their talent, as their other-worldly sounds and beats inspired non-stop dancing, jumping and waving for their entire show.

    With teasers by MC Renae Garel of FAME 95 FM, the anticipation was at its breaking point when KES the Band hit the stage at midnight. Expertly led by lead vocalist Kees Dieffenthaller, the gentlemen from Trinidad showed that they are definitely an international band on the rise, skillfully taking the crowd through a musical journey with new songs such as ‘Stress Away’ and ‘Comin’ Ovah’ to favourites like ‘Where Yuh From’ and their signature tune ‘Wotless’, (which was nominated for a 2011 Soul Train Music Award for Best Caribbean Performance). Their performance also touched on top dance hits like Usher’s ‘Without You’ and current party staple ‘Party Rock Anthem’ by American group LMFAO. But Kes, known for his stage theatrics, didn’t stop there. During his performance of ‘Precision Wine’ and ‘Where Yuh From’, a shirtless Kes jumped off the stage and made his way through the crowd, bringing star-struck fans to frenzy. Kes climbed on to a raised platform in the general admission area to ensure that patrons were enjoying every moment of his captivating show. The sexy dread from Trinidad then made his way back to the stage where he completed his show by waving a Jamaican and Trinidadian flag together to screams and cheers from his ‘Wotless’ followers.

    Following his electrifying show, Kes shared that the “energy and vibe from Jamaica is so unique and fresh.” Kes exclaimed, “I love the vibe of Jamaica, especially as it still has new and unexplored territory for us to spread our music. Jamaica always inspires me too, giving me great ideas to write.” Kes also stated that the band has a lot more to come as they continue building their brand and exploring new territories including Japan and Europe.

    The night also belonged to major sponsor Appleton who ensured that the spirit of the party was maintained from start to finish. Appleton provided a free drink to the first 250 patrons to the event with 1000 fans receiving Appleton mugs, rags and light-up ice cubes which glowed all around the venue. Brand Manager for Rums at Appleton, Cecil Smith, added that Appleton Mug Madness was also a part of the night’s fun where patrons could purchase an Appleton mug for $1,000 and get refills throughout the night. Appleton has been a sponsor of Bacchanal Jamaica for over 10 years and Mr. Smith expressed that “seeing the revelers having a good time responsibly while drinking Appleton is one of the best things about our partnership over the years.”

    The event was also enhanced by Digicel’s promotion of their new, low, prepaid flat rate of $8.99/minute, Jamaica Observer’s Tweet4Prizes Promotion and the fashionable display of a 2012 Honda CRV by ATL Motors. Musical vibes and vigor were maintained all night by DJ Smoke of Renaissance who exhibited to the crowd his deep love and respect for soca music through his wide and varied selection of hits.

    Bacchanal Fridays continues this and every Friday throughout the season at the new Mas Camp (Stadium North) from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Hans (drums), Jon (lead guitar), and best friend Riad Boochoon (bass),

    As part of Bacchanal Jamaica’s innovative thrusts for 2012, you can contact us at 754-5396. Persons can become fans on the official facebook page at www.facebook.com/bacchanaljamaica.

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  • Jamaica BACCHANAL CARNIVAL LIFTS OFF AT THE APPLETON LAUNCH PAD

    When I drinking gal you know that I’ll be flying with you… It’s hours after hours when I whining with you, I can’t done when we drinking rum.” – When we Drinking, Rikki Jai
    Friday, March 2, 2012; Kingston, Jamaica: Bacchanal Jamaica 2012 officially launched off the ground last Friday night with an out of this world experience revellers will be talking about all season long! Lift Off, one of the largest opening nights in Bacchanal’s history, started off the 2012 theme: Future Shock with a big bang! Appleton Special, a major sponsor of Bacchanal Jamaica for over 10 years, turned up the heat this year providing its Bacchanalists with premium rum specials like Mug Madness, a bottomless mug for only $1,000, keeping patrons wet for all six hours of revelry. Appleton also offers their Main Bar with the Appleton VIP sky lounge, the aptly named Appleton Launch Pad right upstairs.
    Over 3,000 socaphiles came out to gyrate the night away in the futuristic Mas Camp to Trinidad’s own DJ Back to Basics and local soca ‘Baddist’ DJ Bambino in the new, bigger Mas Camp at Stadium North. Michael Ammar, Director of Bacchanal Jamaica, officially welcomed all the revellers, which included State Minister for Tourism and Entertainment, Damian Crawford to the opening of Bacchanal Carnival Mas Camp 2012.
    And in keeping with the futuristic décor resonating all around the venue, patrons had an opportunity to interact with the sexy Appleton astronaut girls, while Appleton VIP’s could take a space age photo as an astronaut in the Launch Pad.
    Cecil Smith, Marketing Manager for Rums, explains the vibe: “Appleton allowed revellers to immerse themselves in the future shock theme of Bacchanal 2012, by allowing them to blast off from the Appleton Launch Pad with colourful cocktails and a great vibe.”
    “Week one was a high energy event and our booth had a consistent number of revellers hanging out and enjoying our Appleton cocktails. The energy and vibe was positive and the people loved our futuristic light display.”
    Appleton has made another commitment to ensuring that its Bacchanalists have an even better time tonight on their sponsored night, when they bring Kes The Band, one of Trinidad’s biggest soca acts, to keep up the “Wotless” vibe and show the ladies the “Precision Whine”. And just for the special occasion, Appleton Jamaica Rum will start the party early tonight as the first 250 revellers who enter the MAS CAMP receive: One (1) FREE Appleton Drink + an Appleton MUG to party the night away With Kes The Band – Courtesy of the Official Spirit of Bacchanal Carnival: Appleton Jamaica Rum.
    Appleton is also a major sponsor of other Bacchanal events this season, such as Beach Soca on de Sandbar, Jouvert and of course the main event, the Bacchanal Road March, where loyal Appletonites can “Go Dung” and do their “Last Lap” in the bright yellow and gold Galactika costume, perfectly complementing their amber drinks. Revellers cant done when they drinking Appleton Rum!

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  • REGGAE SUPERSTAR KY-MANI MARLEY TAKES COSTA RICA BY STORM

    Costa Rica: The 2012 installment of “Carnival Puntarenas,” the third of the three “major” festivals of the season in Puntarenas, Costa Rica, proved to be another spectacular affair for the more than 40,000 music lovers who converged for the beach side concert in the capital city to see Jamaican reggae star Ky-mani Marley set the day to music.

    When the young Marley, son of reggae icon Bob Marley, hit the stage backed by the band Konfrontation, excitement and pandemonium broke out in anticipation of the tasty musical treat that was to follow. Marley blazed the stage for well over 120 minutes, delivering a dynamic litany of songs, from his father’s repertoire as well as some from his own catalogue. The multi talented singer proved his relevance with favourites like ‘Iron Lion Zion,’ ‘Is This Love,’ ‘One Love,’ ‘Get up Stand Up,’ ‘No Woman No Cry,’ ‘I Shot the Sheriff’ and originals like ‘Who We Are,’ ‘Rasta Love,’ ‘Ska-Ba-Dar’ and ‘Dear Dad’ – a song that pulls at the heartstrings of anybody who has lost a loved one.
    Ky-mani’s humble yet high-energy style of delivery demonstrated that it was really about the music and exceeding fans’ expectations. He was inundated with requests for autographs and how he managed to sign them while performing is baffling. Pocketbooks and shirts were only a few of the articles patrons threw on stage for signatures.

    Two encore performances later, the band was all set for shutdown, Ky-mani however obliged fans with a third and final encore performance. When he segued into the reggae anthem “One Love” the sea of patrons, obviously beguiled, appeared to be in a musical trance.
    “The picturesque view of thousands singing all the songs word for word, knowing they neither spoke nor understood English demonstrates one thing, that the universal language spoken today is the language of love” Ms. Lexy Brooks of VIP Connected Entertainment said moments after Ky-mani left the stage.
    Marley, who is working on a new album, from which a single will be released this summer, is also making time for his latest project “Love Over All Foundation” (L.O.A.F.) an organization he is spearheading to assist his Alma Mata, Falmouth All Age School, along with a number of schools in Jamaica.
    “I am trying to assist kids in Jamaica who, though obviously eager to learn, don’t have many of the basic tools such as lunch money, school supplies, computers and desks. I have donated some of these items but would love to put a program in place where the efforts are ongoing” he said.
    Ky-mani personifies the name “Marley” by continuing to maintain the highest professional standards through music and the love of his fellow man, something Bob would undoubtedly be proud of. The Marley legacy clearly, continues through his children.

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  • Trinidad and Tobago’s Foremost Jazz Concert Producer Introduces Annual Music Education Programme For At-Risk Youth

    Production One Limited Celebrates Ten Years With The Launch Of ‘JazZ BuddZ’

    Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago… To mark the decennial anniversary of Production One Limited’s flagship event, Jazz Artists on the Greens (JAOTG), the veteran event management company will launch an annual music education programme, JazZ BuddZ, at an invitation-only cocktail reception on Friday March 16, 2012. Trinidad and Tobago’s premier jazz concert producer will celebrate a decade of excellence in concert production with the introduction of this groundbreaking programme aimed at bringing members of the community, classical and jazz musicians and the Production One team together with a goal to provide music training for Trinidad and Tobago’s at-risk youth.
    Having established itself as a major contributor to creating a forum for Caribbean jazz music in the region, Production One’s chairman, Anton Doyle, reflected, “2012 is a special one as we look back on our achievements with the successes of our annual open-air concert, JAOTG, and our live music series, SONGBIRDS…live. We are focused on giving thanks and giving back as we strive to cultivate a new generation of Caribbean musicians.” In it’s inaugural year, the JazZ BuddZ programme will grant scholarships to ten youth from rural and under privileged communities across Trinidad and Tobago offering training in the disciplines of singing, steelpan, piano, drums and percussion and wind and string instruments. “We are passionate about this venture that aims to bring a rewarding experience to the lives of young people who may not otherwise be afforded such an opportunity,” shared Doyle.
    The concert producer is looking towards partnerships with the University of Trinidad and Tobago’s Academy for the Performing Arts at NAPA; various ministries including the Ministry of the People and Social Development, the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism, the Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Development, the Ministry of Community Development, the Ministry of Sport, and the Ministry of Education; the Entertainment Company of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T Ent); the Classical Music Development Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago (CMDFTT); and various children’s homes and youth and social organisations across the country in order to increase the reach of this venture and maximise it’s potential for success.
    As Production One seeks to increase it’s social responsibility and grow Caribbean jazz music audiences by inculcating an appreciation for the art-form in young minds, jazz and world music lovers are invited to celebrate ten years of Caribbean jazz at JAOTG 2012 on March 24 at the Greens at Farm Road, St. Joseph. For more information visit the JAOTG website at www.jaotg.org or the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/JAOTG or the Twitter page at www.twitter.com/JAOTG

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