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Monthly Archives: April 2012

  • Jamaica’s youth strike again !

    19 year old, Shamarie Bogle, better known as Digital Sham as done it again. The young engineer/producer recently released another full length rhythm driven project that is creating quite a buzz overseas.

    The album is called “Reggae Wave” and it features the likes of Lutan Fyah, Iya Ingi, Karamanti, (himself) Digital Sham and others. It has a nice blend of love and reality songs and is on his Phamily Productions record label. Much like his other productions, Sham has given us the ok to distribute the songs to the public stating that his focus is on promotion as oppose to profit.

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  • Men of Soul & A Master 2012

    James Ingram will be a part of the majestic cast of male entertainers who will take to the massive stage at the Queen’s Park Savannah this Saturday. The day is here and patrons have excitedly been vocalizing their anticipation to see and feel the impact of all the artistes- Jeffery Osborne, James Ingram, Freddie Jackson and Peabo Bryson at this weekend’s Men of Soul and a Master concert.

    James Ingram, described as the master will likely woo the ladies with his countless hits. The Grammy award winner whose first solo single was recorded in 1982, has penetrated the musical world with his strong performances and not to mention his soothingly inviting tone. His singles include, Find One Hundred Ways, Always, Never Felt So Good and the 1987 gold-selling hit Somewhere Out There. In 1990, James Ingram appeared on Quincy Jones’ R&B mega-ballad, The Secret Garden and one year later he released his very own greatest hits disc entitled, The Power of Music. He released his fourth LP and continued performing individual singles throughout the 90’s and even today, his music stands strongly beside the greatest musical voices of the past two decades.

    All of the artistes are set to truly impress the people of T&T this Saturday, this being a concert described by promoters and organisers as a showcase of love. For weeks the airwaves have been pumping the music of Ingram, Bryson, Jackson and Osborne and many are truly looking forward to a show they’ll never forget. This exactly, is the aim of organisers who are bent on making their patrons’ experience a positively enjoyable one. “ We know the artistes are ready and we know people have been talking about this show for the past month. It’s been a lot of work but finally the day is here and we’re going to show all of T&T what it means to provide a memorable concert experience for patrons,” said the head organiser for the event. He divulged that the special reserved section, which simply offers a closer view of the stage, had been almost sold out. “ That just goes to show how excited most people are, to see these world renowned entertainers. This isn’t a little showcase of talent. This is a world class concert event that we’re working really hard on to ensure everyone walks away with a lasting memory of,” he said.

    Peabo Bryson is thrilled to be coming to T&T. He is ready to deliver. Many would recall that Bryson’s vocals were featured in signature children’s movies, Beauty and the Beast and Alladin. He had collaborated with Celine Dion and Regina Belle with the singles Beauty and the Beast and A Whole New World, respectively, for the movies’ soundtracks. There is no doubt that his rendition of these singles in Trinidad will spark a level of nostalgia among both the mature and youthful on show night, as both tracks have lived on through the movies, which have undoubtedly been in the homes of most people with children.

    Tickets for the show are said to be limited at this time and promoters anticipate an outpouring of ticket-seekers on show night as well. They are however advising patrons to secure tickets at the advertised outlets beforehand to avoid the possibility of tickets being sold out. “ This is going to be a show everyone will remember. It’s a love concert and anything that speaks of love is good,” said the organiser. He said it will be a show to take everyone’s breath away- one that the country will be talking about for weeks

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  • KC Jockey – “Livinin Love”

    Karl-Marx Waite of Sweet Sadie’s Productions, Inc. announced the release of pop/R&B/hip-hop artist KC Jockey’s latest single, “Livinin Love,” which is now available for purchase on iTunes. KC Jockey is still enjoying success with his single, “Girl, You’re Free,” which debuted on April 13, 2012 on the U.K. Music Week Urban Club Charts at #19. Both songs were produced by Waite on the Sweet Sadie’s Productions, Inc. label.

    KC Jockey wrote “Livinin Love” for all people and nations, urging them to live in love and always stay focused on loving one other. “It’s a great feeling to just appreciate life and live it to its fullest,” states KC. “Challenges come to help us become stronger and more prepared for things we are not equipped to handle now. This song makes you want to embrace life on a whole different level and be thankful for who you are, what you have, and the fact that we live in a land of great opportunity. When we face our challenges with faith – prepared to learn, willing to make changes, and if necessary — to let go, we are in our full capacity as human beings and children of God.”

    “Livinin Love” is a smooth, mellow, and danceable jam with a pop and R&B base fused with KC Jockey’s reggae style delivery. The crooner, who also wrote the track, has an unmistakably authentic style as he blends a Jamaican accent with English metaphors. “Livinin Love” denies a simple genre categorization and will be enjoyed immensely by anyone who enjoys good music. It’s a beautiful, feel good song about love – loving people, loving life, and loving love. The inspirational and uplifting track is musically strong with lyrics that will pull at your heartstrings and brighten your mood no matter what you’re going through. Good breaks that are well timed, interesting sync use, overlapping musical patterns, and a harmony that won’t let you go are the hallmark of this song, which is very well done and sure to be well received by music lovers and critics alike.

    In “Girl, You’re Free,” KC Jockey sings to the women of the world who have been or are currently in abusive relationships, showing them in a musical format that on the other side of a bad affair, there’s freedom, happiness, love, and self-esteem. “Girl, You’re Free” is an attention grabbing and thought provoking presentation that seems to build and grow as he delivers his message with a great pop/R&B beat with a strong reggae influence. With a captivating and strong vocal performance and motivating lyrics, KC Jockey easily accomplishes his goal of delivering a song that is not only entertaining, danceable, and likeable, but deep and thought provoking. This is a song that both men and women can relate to, and should be appreciated en masse. Some will want to play it often as a source of strength and comfort.

    KC Jockey was born in Kingston, Jamaica but moved to Brooklyn, NY as a young child. The rising star quickly developed a passion for all things New York-both the good and the bad. The “bad” had him in the streets hustling to get all the luxuries he saw others around him enjoying. The “good” had him embracing his God-given musical abilities, which he finally realized could provide him with the same lavish lifestyle as the hustling he saw going on around him. When his mother passed after a tragic accident in 1997, Jockey dedicated himself to the studio, often working through the night to perfect his craft. The hard work paid off in 2000 when Jockey launched his own record label, Sweet Sadie’s Productions, appropriately named in honor of his mother.

    KC Jockey’s infectious smile has landed him jobs as the face of many of the hottest new products on the market. He is currently one of the faces for the fresh new clothing line 4.U.2.N.V, who have featured him on their New York City billboards, and already has the musical chops and resume to prove his international star power, having shared stages with the likes of 50 Cent, Jadakiss, Jay Z, Mary J Blige, Beanie Man, and many others. His consistent success on both the North American and European charts shows that his style and sound transcend borders and cultures. Not pausing for a moment, the talented young star just completed work on a soundtrack for an upcoming movie and continues to pen and record more songs.

    “Livinin Love” and “Girl, You’re Free” are both now available worldwide o

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  • TrinidadTunes.com: New Styles!

    Carnival 2012 may be over but thanks to Precision Productions the very best of its memories are captured in music and on one very special compilation.
    We Muzik Volume 1 – Trinidad and Tobago comprises of the top radio favorites from Machel Montano, Kerwin Dubois, Kees Dieffenthaller, Benjai, and Bunji Garlin for the season, alongside songs from the top riddims such as Antilles, RedBull, Burdz and RD.
    Whether you miss the fun and groovy vibes that was Carnival 2012, or you missed the opportunity to come and join in the splendor of it all, this album is the one that steals you away from your present everyday and places you in the center of all that this year’s world’s greatest show had to offer… Precision Productions style.

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  • Sizzla – “Don’t Mislead The Youths’ EP – Now Available In Stores and Online

    U.S. based reggae label Locksmith Records is proud to release the latest studio effort from acclaimed reggae artist Sizzla, in the form of an EP entitled Don’t Mislead The Youths. The EP was released today, April 24, 2012, and is now available in CD format in select stores, including VP Records. It is also available digitally worldwide via all major digital retailers, including iTunes and Amazon.

    This rebirth of Sizzla Kalonji has reggae fans around the world buzzing, as the new EP sees Sizzla reclaiming his dynamic stance on various social issues. The first single “Learn To Read” speaks on the importance of education, as Sizzla advocates young people to learn to read and write, as a way to overcome ignorance, and therefore, progress in life. Other singles from the EP include “So Lovely,” “Party,” and the title track, “Don’t Mislead The Youths.”

    “This EP confirms (yet again) that Sizzla is a talented, thoughtful, intelligent and fluent performer,” states Gerry McMahon of Reggaeville.com. “His status as one of reggae’s most commercially and critically successful contemporary artists will be reinforced by this ‘Don’t Mislead The Youths’ EP.’

    Don’t Mislead The Youths is a collaboration between Lyon House Muzik (Glenroy “Frosty” Jackson and Ainsworth) and Locksmith Records (Mark “BUG” Wilkins), who diligently worked together with Sizzla to accomplish their goal of creating this EP. All songs were written and performed by Sizzla Kalonji for Zabogaubhi Music, and all tracks were produced and recorded by Lyon House Muzik in Kingston, Jamaica. The EP was mixed and mastered by Dave Downie and BUG for Unlock My Mind Music, at Hilltop Studio in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Multi Media personality “Diva Nikki Z” to cohost “Best Of The Best” Concert

    Multi media personality Nicole Duhaney better known as the “Diva Nikki Z” made the announcement yesterday via social media twitter that she would be officially kicking off her summer with co hosting Miami’s ultimate reggae and hiphop concert “Best Of The Best” on Memorial Day weekend Sunday May 27th, 2012!
    Hosting is nothing new to Nikki Z, from “Reggae, Rhythm & Blues” to weekly events/parties, from her own stage show “Lakefest” to “Amazura’s I-Octane & Friends”, she still recognizes and is thankful for this opportunity “I have to say thanks to Jabba and the Best Of Best Team for this amazing opportunity. When I found out I was actually so overjoyed it brought me to tears. This is one of the biggest shows worldwide, with the biggest names. To know that my career has reached the point of this type of recognition is something I don’t and will not take for granted. Miami get ready, the Diva’s coming!” states Nikki Z
    Although Nikki Z is mostly known for her radio shows, she secretly admitted that a movie role is in the works for the very near future, when asked for more details she gave a big grin “mumz the word, but watch out Hollywood”. Between hosting her radio show on CT #1 station “Hot 93.7FM” and her weekly syndicated countdown show “Nikki Z Hot 20” (Nikki Z Hot 20 can be heard in stations across Africa, U.S.A and the Caribbean), Nikki knows her blessings and makes sure to give back to the community, just next month she will be participating in the AIDS Walk New York “Keep A Child Alive”.

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  • SINGER RICHIE STEPHENS DOUBLE AWARD WINNER IN THE TRI-STATE

    International reggae singer Richie Stephens pocketed two awards – a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the Caribbean New Jersey Reggae Awards and a “Cultural Ambassador Award” from the Comets Athletics Club, New York chapter – to add to the four awards he has already received since the start of 2012.
    Among the awards he has copped for 2012 – “Song of the Year Award” for “Live Your Life” from Irie Jam Radio, NY (January); an ‘Achievement Award’ at the 16th annual Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival in Trelawny (February); a “Lifetime Achievement Award” and “Song of the Year” at this year’s Linkage Awards in New York (March).
    “It is a tremendous feeling of accomplishment to be recognized for my work as a singer, songwriter and producers over the last twenty seven years. 2012 has been a great year for me. I have released some of my best work ever. I have been blessed with a special gift from the father and I plan to continue to do his work” an emotional Stephens said soon after collecting his award in New Jersey.
    Other award recipients in New Jersey were Ras Emmanuel who won the “NJ DJ of the Year award” and singer Dr Love you pocketed the “NJ Singer of the Year Award.”
    Soon after collecting his “Lifetime Achievement Award” in NJ, Stephens gave fans a treat, delivering a riveting 30 minutes performance that included heartfelt renditions of “Live Your Life” and the “Gospel Medley” that had patrons on their feet dancing. Dr Love also performed two songs that went over well with patrons.
    Stephens will release a collaboration album later this year, that will feature songs by Platinum selling Germany reggae artiste Gentleman and a 12 track gospel album on the VP Records imprint.

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  • Reggae Music Lives with Gramps Morgan!

    With a mission to heal the world through music, Soul Train Award nominee, Gramps Morgan unleashes his second, solo, album Reggae Music Lives tomorrow (April 24th), independently, on his Dada Son Entertainment label. A musical therapy of sorts, Reggae Music Lives is filled with angelic harmonies, authentic compositions and a unique sound brand, Gramps calls “Rockaz”. Reggae Music Lives is more than Reggae; it’s world-beat, with a little bit of country, a taste of what Americans call rap-Jamaicans call it toasting; mix it with a hint of r ‘n’ b, a dash of blues synthesized with contemporary reggae that maintains the integrity of the original art form and you get a sense of the musical accents that help to make Reggae Music Lives complete.

    After two years in the making, Reggae Music Lives arrives with inspiration, healing and Gramps’ determination to make positive changes in the world. The album’s first single ‘The Almighty’ topped the charts in Jamaica, South Florida and New York while ‘Life Too Short’, released on March 28th, advanced in the fight for justice in the case of Trayvon Martin. Consequently, team Dada Son decided to donate part of the sale proceeds to the family of the slain Florida teenager. The song has since been added to the Justice for Trayvon Martin Foundation website (http://justicetm.org/tributes/) where he is listed as an “Official Donor” for his commitment.

    Meanwhile, Mark Brantley, Senior Lawyer and Leader of the Opposition in the National Parliament of St. Kitts and Nevis says: “There is no voice in reggae music today as distinctive as that of Gramps Morgan. His sophomore album reminds us of the deeply spiritual roots of reggae music. Gramps’ ability to make music with a global appeal which touches the human spirit and soothes the soul has been taken to new heights in his latest release. I believe that this new effort by this Grammy award winning artist will be a major hit with lovers of conscious reggae music the world over. But don’t take my word for it. Pick up a copy, put your feet up and let the music wash over you.”

    Reggae Music Lives is an evolution of Gramps’ professional and musical growth expressed through his singing, narratives, arrangements and compositions. His melodies and hooks are seasoned with mature, worldly lyrics that are delivered flawlessly. All of his experiences have culminated in the creation of a universal sound that he says stems from exposure.

    Reggae Music Lives is about the preservation of art, music and culture and Gramps wants the world to know that “Reggae music is here to stay.”

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  • Bob Marley Film Premier in Jamaica

    Thousands of fans from across the globe and a cluster of music royalty gathered in Jamaica’s capital on Thursday 19th for the premier of the widely anticipated movie, Marley. The feature-length documentary, which is due for international release on April 20th has stirred a frenzy as it depicts the life of an incomparable music icon who fell into an elite rank of entertainers such as Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Whitney Houston.

    Marley is directed by Academy Award-winning Kevin MacDonald, recognized for works such as One Day In September, State Of Play, The Last King Of Scotland, Touching The Void and Life In A Day. Executive producers included Bob Marley’s eldest son, Ziggy and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. It is rumoured that VH1 have secured first rights for television.

    Bob Marley is often described of as “The third-world’s first pop-star”. Many found him more relatable than others because of his transparent, down-to-earth persona and impoverished background. The heartfelt documentary, with stunning live performances, intimate interviews with friends and family, and rare documentary footage, reveals surprising facts about Bob Marley, such as his complex marital status, fathering 11 children with 7 women, the struggles he encountered as a mixed-race child and his fatal struggle with cancer in 1981 at age 36.

    When asked what audiences should expect from the movie, Rohan Marley, fourth eldest son and father of Lauren Hill’s children stated, “We are going to see the human side of Marley”.
    Till this day, Bob Marley remains one of the most important and influential artistes of the 20th century. Accolades include induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1994), a Grammy® Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), multiple entries in the Grammy® Hall Of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2001). His catalog sales have exceeded 50 million albums worldwide since 1992 alone. The official soundtrack from Marley was released through Universal Music Enterprises (UME) as a 2-CD collection and a special 3-LP vinyl set.

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  • Gramps Morgan gift to his fans from upcoming album

    The anticipation for Gramps Morgan upcoming album has been on a all time high for his fans worldwide. As a teaser and a gift, Gramps gives them “DREAM”. The single is available for download on both your mobile device and PC.

    The album slated for release on itunes April 24th is available for preorder, Reggae Music Lives comprises of 13 tracks:
    1 Reggae Music Lives 2 Want Fi Charge Mi (feat. India Arie)
    3 Life Too Short
    4 I Hear You Calling
    5 The Life We Chose 6 Find Myself Thinking Of
    7 I Really Appreciate You
    8 Coulda DJ (Dem Neva Know)
    9 The Almighty
    10 Dream
    11 Darling Its You
    12 I Know Its Love
    13 Part Time Soldiers

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  • Hard Fi Deal Wid” Black Eyed Peas of Dancehall?

    Hard Fi Deal Wid comprises of family and friends, originally the idea of this group came about in the 1990’s with different members, but the only two from the original group are Korozoni and Dubjay13. Mia Stoosh was pursuing a solo career and BumpyJ was focused on rapping and producing with another group. They decided to combine their diverse sound and take the world by storm in the winter of 2011. Since then they have recorded co-written and co-produced multiple tracks with their own unique sound. Coming From New York is the first release with many more to follow.
    Based in Brooklyn, NY, the group members were all born in Jamaica except for BumpyJ who was born in Colorado and migrated to Brooklyn around 4 yrs old. Mia Stoosh was born in Rockfort, Kgn JA / Brasco and Korozoni are from Portmore, St. Catherine / Dubjay13 is from Linstead, St.Catherine.
    Although they are a group, each member has had careers as solo artists, but it is their similarity that has brought them together, they still enjoy solo projects, group manager Brasco states “We’re the Black Eyed Peas of Dancehall.. Our own writting, producing, recording, mixing and mastering…”

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  • Trinidad and Tobago to host 14th Sustainable Tourism Conference

    Trinidad and Tobago will host the next Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) conference on Sustainable Tourism Development in 2013, the CTO has announced.
    In a symbolic passing of the “baton”, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Tourism, Raye Sandy, received the CTO Sustainable Tourism Mahogany Scroll from Guyana’s Tourism Minister, the Honorable Irfaan Ali at the closing of STC-13 on Wednesday night, confirming Trinidad and Tobago as host of the 14th Annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development (STC-14).
    “We are truly honored to host STC-14 in Trinidad and Tobago,” said Raye Sandy. “We look forward to hosting a varied conference that builds on the learnings of STC-13 and showcases Trinidad and Tobago’s sustainable tourism product.”
    The CTO, organizer of the annual conference on sustainability in the Caribbean, will begin discussions soon with Port of Spain around a suitable conference date, which will be announced in the coming months. Work is also expected to begin on a conference programme shortly.
    Trinidad hosted the second STC in April 1998, while STC-7 was held in Tobago in April 2009.
    STC-13, held in Guyana, ran from 14-18 April at the Guyana Conference Centre in. Over 300 delegates – including tourism industry officials and the media – participated in a series of seminars, workshops and study tours aimed at setting the foundation on which to develop a world class sustainable tourism product in the region and tackle common sustainability issues in the travel industry.
    The 13th Annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development was organized by the CTO in collaboration with the Guyana Tourism Authority.

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  • Guyana reaffirms commitment to sound environmental policies – CTO News Special STC 13 Issue – Wed. 18 April 2012

    After yesterday’s (Tues 17 April) study tours, the 13th Annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development (STC-13) was back in session at the Guyana International Conference Centre for its final day on Wednesday, beginning with a plenary on the benefits of investing in greenenergy projects.
    The CTO partnered with Invest Caribbean Now, a brand founded by Felicia Persaud, the Guyana-born CEO of the New York-based digital media company, Hard Beat Communications, to present the inaugural green forum.
    At Wednesday’s forum, Persaud urged delegates to look at the economic prospects of green energy and renewables and what this can mean for the region.
    “Guyana and the Caribbean are filled with an abundance of sunshine, wind, water and other natural resources,” she said.
    “Let us be very clear that investing in clear energy is not just environmentally responsible but good business because no region offers long term prospects in growth for renewable energy than the Caribbean.”
    One of the presenters at the forum – Tony Fiddy, the President of Waste to Energy Division and the Regional Vice President for Europe and Africa, Naanovo Energy Inc. – said the Caribbean represented a huge potential for renewable energy projects, primarily because of the ideal climatic conditions which exist for solar, wind and biomass power production.
    Guyana president’s has his say on sustainable tourism
    Guyana has reaffirmed its commitment to environmentally sound policies as it aims to improve its tourism and hospitality sector. President Donald Romator, citing the countries’ vulnerabilities to rising sea levels and unpredictable weather patterns, said that was in the interest of Guyana and the Caribbean to support such policies.
    Speaking at a reception for delegates and media attending the 13th Sustainable Tourism Conference (STC-13), the president noted that Guyana was focusing on community – based tourism by supporting measures that strengthened and expanded community involvement in the development of the tourism product.
    He applauded the Caribbean Tourism Organization for hosting the conference, which he said “afford all of us the opportunity to reflect on how regional tourism can rebound after the deleterious effects of the global crisis which led to the slowdown in the industry.”
    Governments and stakeholders, he suggested, must create linkages and synergies in order to boost regional tourism efforts. He also urged those attending to implement the recommendations from the conference for sustainable tourism development.
    SG: Caribbean can lead on climate change

    The Caribbean region can lead the world in demonstrating how to reduce carbon footprint, on the way to creating a carbon neutral environment, the CTO secretary general, Hugh Riley has said. Mr. Riley said that the CTO was aware of the work by member countries to increase visitor arrivals, but that “the more we do to build our tourism numbers the harder we must work to mitigate the effects of those larger numbers.”
    He contended that while the developed countries search for new ways to tax the region whenever their planes come to the Caribbean, “we can in fact counter with evidence to show that we are not only among the lowest emitters of harmful gases on the planet, but that we are a carbon-neutral example for the world to follow.”
    “Reducing carbon footprint doesn’t mean stopping the planes from flying here. What it does mean is finding creative ways to engage in responsible tourism,” he said.
    Youth get a voice at STC
    The CTO considers the youth critical partners in sustainable tourism development and their involvement in STC is a demonstation of CTO’s commitment to the region’s youth. Nina Durham of four bgb, CTO’s public relations representative in the UK, attended the youth session entitled, The Role of the Youth in Mitigating the Impacts of Climate Change for Sustainable Tourism Development. Here’s her report.

    The Youth Session at the 13th CTO Sustainable Tourism Conference in Guyana offered the chance to see the world sustainably from the eyes of our youth, our “leaders of tomorrow” as host, Tumeca Sukdeo-Singh so aptly put it at the start of the session.
    20 year old Asha Jones, from the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) in Barbados gave a solid presentation on how youth organizations like CYEN are really giving young people in the Caribbean a chance to have their say. Members of CYEN have had the chance to get involved with numerous projects, including youth leader training workshops across the region, the development of a fantastic resource website,www.cyen.org/climatechange, which features a carbon footprint calculator and steps to carry out an energy audit in your home.
    Renee Spencer, a local student from the University of Guyana told of how hands-on projects were allowing students to take an active role in research at the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development. Youth participation in river and road monitoring, as well as garbage collection projects had allowed Renee and her classmates to really understand the importance of the work being carried out at Iwokrama.
    Finally, the session saw an inspired presentation from Morgan Opramolla and Laura McLoughlin, students at the University of New Haven who first got involved with the CTO during Caribbean Week in New York. The pair carried out a University project to design the sustainable hotel of the future and Pandora’s Resort & Spa was the product of their work. Located in Montserrat for its tropical landscape, diverse culture, rainforest, coral reefs and beaches, the hotel would be designed with sustainable materials, such as bamboo flooring, EcoComfort mattresses and EnergyStar bulbs to reduce energy costs by 10%.
    The importance of education has been a recurring theme throughout STC-13, with many talks pointing towards a need to focus on educating the youth about sustainability and the issues around it. This lively session was the perfect example of the kind of projects required to get young people thinking on their feet and inspire them to provide for the current generation while holding something back for future generations.

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  • IN STORES NEXT WEEK (APRIL 24) / BUSY SIGNAL, GROUNDATION AND KEITH HUDSON

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

    “an important evolution of dancehall, connecting it to the timeline of Jamaican music.” – BBC

    “excellent…filled with meaningful lyrics and one-drop rhythms…a testament to his diversity as an artist and the proof that dance-hall and roots reggae have more in common than is often thought.” -WASHINGTON POST

    “brilliant…connects with the hearts and minds of the real reggae collective” -HIP HOP WEEKLY

    “one of the most impressive REGGAE albums that I have heard in a long time…his work as a lyricist, commentator and performer are truly exceptional, especially his vocal singing skills…” – DJ DAVID RODIGAN

    Music video for “Come Over (Missing You)”:

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  • WIADCA Carnivals New Board of Directors

    The Members of West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) are pleased to
    announce the Election of its new Board of Directors and Officers which were duly nominated,
    voted and installed on Wednesday April 11th, 2012.
    The Election was overseen and conducted by two experienced Attorneys.
    Members elected to office are:
    Thomas Bailey, President
    Bryan Block, Vice President
    Deborah Benjamin, Vice President
    William R. Howard, Vice President
    Eric Gibbs, Chairman
    Angela Sealy, Treasurer
    Jean P. Alexander, Secretary
    Other Board members are:
    Yolanda L. Clark
    Calvin Collins
    Karen Williams
    Michael Greaves
    Larry Allahdua
    Randolph Brewster
    Godfrey Jack
    Randolph Babb
    Members have been busy at work for the past 3 months handling many areas that needed attention. The new board is determined to hit the ground running as there is much hard work ahead. WIADCA ask the community for their continued support as the Organization tackle and overcome all obstacles in an all-out effort to meet all obligations head-on.
    Sincerely,
    Thomas Bailey
    President
    WIADCA Inc

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  • Latest Music and News from Capsicum Records – Grace Thriller Shalli Burchell

    This marks Capsicum’s fifth consecutive win on Verdict, including Sal Anthony (“Exactly”), Sledge (“Find Out Who Your Friends Are”), Mayyah Stuart (“Life’s Too Short”), and Misteree (“Just As I Am”). All of these songs were released on Capsicum’s inaugural compilation CD, “Reggae-In-Fusion Album #1”, and can also be heard and purchased on the website.

    Meltzer also expressed delight in the continuity of successes. “It is as much a tribute to DJ Dudley’s knowledge of what his listening audience will enjoy as it is the quality of our writing, production and artist performances. I am so grateful he thinks highly enough of our product to enter us into these highly entertaining and suspenseful shows,” said Meltzer.

    For the past six years, Shalli has been a member of Jamaica’s world-renowned renowned GraceThrillers Gospel Choir. This group has performed with some of gospel music’s elite, including the Hawkins Family, the Commissions, the Richard Smallwood Singers, Candi Staton, Shirley Caesar, Jesse Dixon and the Williams Brothers. The Grace Thrillers are as vibrant and popular as ever, and have recently put out their latest album, “A New Dawn”, featuring their current membership – CEO and founder Noel Willis, Noel Willis Jr., Alrick O’ Connor, Mary Lewis, Natalie Foster, Cadian Brown, Althea Hemmings, Larry Snow (overseas member), and Shalli Burchell.

    “While Shalli remains an active member of the Grace Thrillers choir,” explained Meltzer, “she’s also beginning a career as a solo recording artist. Her repertoire on Capsicum will also expand beyond the gospel genre familiar to world-wide fans of the group,” explained Meltzer.

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  • SUPERMODELS CARLA CAMPBELL & ORAINE BARRETT; SINGING MELODY, MISS KITTY FOR IRIE FASHION RAVE IN NYC

    International Pulse supermodels Carla Campbell and Oraine Barrett are both confirmed to attend the 5th staging of Irie Fashion Rave in New York City this Sunday, April 25 at LQ, 511 Lexington in Manhattan, New York. Barrett will join numerous New York models on the runway while Campbell will served as celebrity guest host of the event.

    Campbell has received worldwide exposure appearing in the 2006 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Her clients include L’Oréal, Nike, Avon, Seventeen magazine, Footlocker, Miller Beer, Maxim, Target and Fubu while Barrett is best known for being the face of Ralph Lauren Polo and for his starring role in Rihanna’s “Man Down video.” Barrett along with the other models will wear clothing by local fashion designers John Paul Peirre, Rep Ja, Jewel Shannon, VP’s Riddim Driven, Houz Designs, Hope Wade, Original Stush and Romeich Wear (designer to the stars in Jamaica).

    At the same event two years ago, Kingsley Cooper of Pulse Investments Ltd in Jamaica, who launched the careers of Vogue and Gucci models Nadine Willis, Jaunel McKenzie, Gaye McDonald, Jeneil Williams, as well as Carla Campbell was presented with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his contribution to the fashion industry. This year, Sirius Satellite radio Program Director/ radio host Pat McKay and record producer/artiste manager Robert Livingston – the man credited with pioneering the careers of Shaggy, Rayvon and Super Cat – will each receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for their contribution to the entertainment industry. Jamaican rapper Heavy D and music producer Joel Chin will also be honored posthumously with the “Reggae Soldiers Award” for their contribution to the Jamaican music industry.

    Event organisers have also announced that this year’s program will feature a special tribute to Jamaica and Trinidad.

    “We have planned a special Jamaica and Trinidad 50th anniversary tribute, where reggae and soca music will be fused with fashion. I promise this will be a very exciting feature that should not be missed. The choreography will be handled by Tanisha Scott who is known for her work with international stars Sean Paul, Shaggy, Alicia Keys, Rhianna and Neyo” said event founder Syntyche ‘Syn” Dawkins.

    Performers include Singing Melody – who will croon his smash hit “Collide” – and Alphonso Express. MC duties will be handled by the ‘Fluffy Diva’ Miss Kitty (Jamaica) and DJ Roy (New York). Special guests at Irie Fashion Rave will be the eclectic campaign models for Bikini Under The Bridge 2012.

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  • Trinidad and Tobago Music Lovers to Hop Over The Moon On April 28

    Can you imagine starting off your career in music as a drummer then catapulting to the front of the stage as the lead vocalist of the band you’re drumming for? That’s just what happened with Jeffery Osborne- one fourth of the Men of Soul and A Master crew, that’s on its way to Trinidad for the event dubbed the concert of the year, on Soca island this April. Osborne’s 1970’s versatility with both the drums and vocals was only the beginning of what would essentially be a career in music, many of today’s R&B acts are now looking up to.

    Jeffery Obsorne is a magnetic musical force. His hits include, Stay With Me Tonight, Don’t You Get So Mad and Love Power alongside the effervescent Dionne Warwick. One of 12 children, Osborne had reportedly been bombarded with music constantly as a child since his father, Clarence “Legs” Osborne, was a popular trumpeter who played with Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington back in the day. Legs however died when Jeffery was 13 years old. His siblings carried on their father’s musical passion and Jeffery undoubtedly followed in their footsteps. Osborne started off in music at 15 -years –old after his mother encouraged him to travel to LA to play drums with a band called L.T.D. At 15, he sat in with the O’Jays when the drummer was too tired to play, and went on to play with them for two weeks. It was at a Providence nightclub that fate brought him together with the band, Love Men Ltd in 1969. He later went solo- something that led him on a journey that saw him attain five gold and platinum albums, including Stay With Me Tonight and Only Human. In 1982, the artiste scored an international hit with On The Wings Of Love, a track that even today, has the ability to stir feelings of nostalgia and joy.

    Together with Freddie Jackson, Peabo Bryson and James Ingram – this internationally acclaimed soul artiste will perform at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Trinidad on April 28. The show is garnering tremendous public appreciation, with those who’ve attested to purchasing their tickets already, chatting of their anticipation for the concert on the show’s Facebook event page. And if you’ve been wondering whether Osborne still sounds as he did in the 70’s, the answer is yes- well this according to reviews by concert-goers across the world. “Still woo – wooing. His voice is still so strong and moving. He also looked wonderful, very fit. It was an enjoyable performance. After he sang Love Ballad, I was more than satisfied,” said a patron after a concert in February this year. Another patron said Osborne has a voice that sends you completely over the moon, and there are other such comments plastered across the Internet.

    Tickets for the show have been selling very well according to organisers. They are expecting a massive turnout next week as the show will be unlike anything ever held in Trinidad and Tobago, according to an event spokesperson. At the moment, the security detail is being outfitted with the necessary information to ensure patrons of a smooth experience from the moment they arrive at the venue to the time they exit. The artistes are all excited, say organisers, explaining that nothing is being spared to ensure of the enjoyment of both the fans and the artistes when they touch down in T&T.

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  • Busy Signal’s Reggae Music Dubb’n Again & Keith Hudson’s Bloody Eyes

    VP Records releases two special vinyl-only selections – Busy Signal’s Reggae Music Dubb’n Again and Keith Hudson’s Bloody Eyes. These limited edition releases are available exclusively through VP Records distribution, just in time for Record Store Day on Saturday, April 21, 2012.

    Busy Signal’s Reggae Music Dubb’n Again is a six-song vinyl exclusive of extended dub mixes from his new studio album REGGAE Music Again. Produced and engineered by Shane Brown and his father Errol Brown, the vinyl LP is filled with live instruments, rock solid riddims and dubbed out mixes of the top tunes from Busy’s milestone album. The Washington Post calls REGGAE Music Again “excellent” and BBC raves that the project is “an important evolution of dancehall, connecting it to the timeline of Jamaican music.”

    Busy Signal -Reggae Music Dubb’n Again Track Listing:

    SIDE A
    1. Modern Day Slavery
    2. Kingston Town
    3. 119 ft. Anthony Red Rose and Joe Lickshot
    SIDE B
    1. REGGAE Music Again
    2. Come Over (Missing You)
    3. Royal Night

    Keith Hudson’s Bloody Eyes is a very limited and highly desirable 12” release of the title track from the late reggae icon. These bluesy cuts of his murderous rasta anthem, “Bloody Eyes,” feature two crucial vocal mixes along with a pair of mind-juggling dub versions. The vinyl EP is packaged in a limited run of the extremely rare and original 12” Greensleeves’ house bags, which have not been reproduced for over 30 years until now. The “Bloody Eyes” single is off Hudson’s classic 1978 album Rasta Communication that has been completely remastered and expanded into a double-disc 27 track deluxe edition. The vinyl EP will serve as a companion piece for this revamped Rasta Communication album, which will be released on April 24, 2012 on Greensleeves.

    Keith Hudson – Bloody Eyes

 Track Listing:

    SIDE A
    1. Bloody Eyes
    2. Bloody Eyes Dub
    SIDE B
    1. Bloody Eyes (album version)
    2. My Eyes Are Red Dub

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  • Ebo Taylor – “Ayesama” video / Appia Kwa Bridge out today!

    Footage for “Ayesama” was shot in Ebo Taylor’s hometown of Saltpond in Ghana. The song itself is an adaptation of the war song of the Fante Akans, taunting “What’s Your Mother’s Name?” Appia Kwa Bridge, out this week, is Ebo Taylor’s second album of new material for Strut, following 2010’s Love and Death, and a compilation of Taylor’s 60’s & 70’s material, Life Stories.

    “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.

    Watch the video here:

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  • New May Album Releases – Romain Virgo & Soca Gold 2012

    22-year-old singer-songwriter Romain Virgo announces new U.S. tour dates and the release of his sophomore album The System, available May 8 on VP Records. Romain Virgo delivers a quality set of dynamic, conscious-themed roots and lover’s rock tales on The System. Each song flows seamlessly to the next and shimmers with the vocal delivery of one of Jamaica’s most captivating new voices. Romain teamed up with Jamaica’s top producers on the new album, including Shane Brown (who produced seven of the songs) as well as Donovan Germain and Viking Productions. During the end of April, Romain will embark on a mini U.S. tour run throughout the Northeastern region including shows in New York City, Hartford and Philadelphia.

    It has only been five years since Romain Virgo made history as the youngest winner of TVJ’s popular “Rising Stars” – Jamaica’s equivalent to American Idol. In this short time frame, Romain teamed up with reggae producer Donovan Germain to record several chart-topping reggae hits (“Can’t Sleep” and “Wanna Go Home”), released a stellar self-titled debut album with VP, won numerous awards within the Caribbean community and made history as the first Jamaican artist to perform at Academy of Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee.

    He continues this success with his second full-length release The System. Recorded primarily at the legendary Penthouse Studio, these 15 lyrically sophisticated tracks offer compelling accounts of the challenges of living the ghetto life. Songs like “Minimum Wage”, “Another Day Another Dollar,” Press On” and “Not Today” are clear examples of the struggle that many face on a daily basis. And on the gritty first single “I Know Better,” Romain cautions the youth to refrain from picking up the gun despite their desperate circumstances.

    Check out The Fader video premiere of “I Know Better,” previewing “Dem A Coward”:
    http://www.thefader.com/2012/04/02/video-romain-virgo-i-know-better

    Here is the official video YouTube link:

    The album would not be complete without a set of Romain’s romantic antics. His ability to swoon the ladies is evident on tracks like the 2011 reggae chart topper “I Am Rich in Love,” “Broken Heart” featuring Busy Signal, the sensuous rub-a-dub tune “Fired Up Inside” and on a rendition of Adele’s haunting “Don’t You Remember,” which is currently receiving rotation in Japan.
    Romain Virgo

    Born in a small district called Stepney in the parish of St. Ann, Romain grew up singing the church and his high school choir. In 2006, his choir placed second on a weekly scholastic choir contest, All Together Sing, broadcasted on Jamaica’s TVJ. Romain’s powerful vocals on the show established him as a national celebrity, so he decided to enter the TVJ’s 2007 “Rising Stars” competition. His dream came true and as the winner, he had the opportunity to record with esteemed Jamaican producer Donovan Germain, whose Penthouse label provided the launching pad for many successful artists including Tony Rebel, Wayne Wonder, Cutty Ranks, Sanchez and Buju Banton.

    In June 2010 he inked a deal with VP Records and released his debut self-titled album. After touring the U.S. and Europe the same year, Romain began to woo fans around the globe with his expansive vocal range, mature lyrics and dynamic live stage shows. Last year in 2011, Romain teamed up with country veteran Larry Gatlin and recreated their 1979 hit “All The Gold In California” for VP Records’ critically-acclaimed Reggae’s Gone Country compilation. Larry Gatlin invited him to perform the song alongside the Gatlin Brothers at the annual Academy of Country Music Awards held in Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, where he received a standing ovation from country music’s elite. In 2012, he was named Artist of the Year by JaRIA (Jamaica Reggae Industry Association) in February and honored as Recording Artist of the Year, Best Male Vocalist and Most Consistent Artist at this year’s Linkage (Reggae) Awards.

    US Dates:
    Sat. Apr 21 in Queens, NY @ Jamaica Performing Arts Center (6pm)
    Sat. Apr 21in Brooklyn, NY @ The Sugar Mill
    Sun Apr 22 in Manhattan, NY @ LQ Nightclub
    Fri Apr 27 Friday in Philadelphia, PA @ The Blockley
    Sun Apr 29 in Hartford, CT @ The West (Nikki Z’s Rum Punch Sunday)
    Mon Apr 30 in Manhattan, NY @ SOBs
    The System Track Listing
    1. The System
    2. Minimum Wage
    3. Another Day Another Dollar
    4. Food Fi The Plate
    5. Dem A Coward
    6. I Know Better
    7. Mama’s Song
    8. Not Today
    9. I Am Rich In Love
    10. Ray Of Sunshine
    11. Fantasize
    12. Fired Up Inside
    13. Don’t You Remember
    14. Broken Heart ft. Busy Signal
    15. Press On

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  • I’m Santana – The Movie Starring Santana in New York City this Week

    “I’m Santana,” the movie starring Santana (http://lexo.tv/ [13]), the biggest viral video sensation ever out of Trinidad (and the entire Caribbean for that matter), is in NYC week, at the Rerun Theater and Pulse 48 in Brooklyn and Maysles Cinema in Manhattan.

    http://iamsantana.eventbrite.com/

    I’m Santana: The Movie

    Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 9:00 PM – Friday, April 20, 2012 at 9:00 PM (ET)
    Brooklyn, NY

    Tuesday, April 17th, 9pm @ Re-Run Theater –

    Wednesday, April 18th, 6pm @ Re-Run Theater –

    Wednesday, April 18th, 7:45pm @ Re-Run Theater –

    Thursday, April 19th, 6:30pm @ Pulse48 –

    Thursday, April 19th, 6:30pm @ Pulse48 –

    Friday, April 20th, 7pm @ Pulse48 – General Admission Apr 20, 2012

    Friday, April 20th, 7pm @ Pulse48 – VIP Admission Apr 20, 2012

    Friday, April 20th, 8:45pm @ Pulse48 – General Admission Apr 20, 2012

    Friday, April 20th, 8:45pm @ Pulse48 – VIP Admission Apr 20, 2012

    Sunday, April 22nd, 3:30pm – Maysles Cinema Apr 22, 2012

    Sunday, April 22nd, 5pm @ Maysles Cinema Apr

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  • Tad’s Record Releases The Phantom Vol. 2 ft. Popcaan, I-Octane, Assassin, and Aidonia

    Due to the overwhelming success of The Phantom Vol. 1, Tad’s Record is pleased to announce that The Phantom Vol. 2 will hit digital outlets and retail stores on Tuesday, April 17th. For the second installment of this new series that focuses on emerging and/or re-emerging talent, Tad’s Record has chosen fast-rising star Popcaan and reenergized lyrical masters Assassin and Aidonia. In addition, I-Octane is back by popular demand on the new Phantom with brand new singles.

    Popcaan’s meteoric rise among Jamaica’s new crop of Dancehall deejays is underscored by the international success of his single “Only Man She Want,” which made its Billboard debut earlier this month at #89 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Singles chart. “Only Man She Want,” is one of the featured singles on The Phantom Vol. 2, as well as his summer anthems “Ravin,” and “Party Shot.”

    When asked about being a featured artist on The Phantom Vol. 2, Popcaan replied “yeah man, it’s great. ‘Nuff respect Tad’s.”

    Two well respected lyricists that have surfaced from the new millennium crop of Dancehall artists in the mid 2000s, both Assassin and Aidonia have refocused and recharged their energies over the past year, spewing out a series of stinging new tunes. Assassin’s biting “Talk How Me Feel” and Aidonia’s naughty “Caribbean Girl” are just a couple of the fresh singles included on The Phantom Vol. 2.

    “Popcaan is one of Jamaica’s brightest new Dancehall artists. He’s doing better than predicted internationally, and he’s definitely at the forefront of the latest generation of deejays right now,” says Tad’s Record owner and founder Tad Dawkins. “Assassin and Aidonia have really stepped up to the plate over the past year, and are doing incredibly well. I believe we’ve got great songs from great artists on The Phantom Vol. 2, material music fans will love and appreciate.”

    I-Octane, one of the featured artists in The Phantom Vol. 1, returns on Vol. 2 by popular demand – largely due to his overwhelming popularity and extensive body of new material. The Phantom Vol. 2 includes I-Octane’s single “Cyaan Do We Nutten” and his brand new single “My Story.”

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  • New Album – Soca Gold 2012 – May 29

    For 16 years, the annual award-winning Soca Gold series has been the ultimate soundtrack of soca music for Carnival seasons and 2012 is no different. Soca Gold 2012 will unleash the freshest anthems on May 29 on VP Records and feature the genre’s hottest artists – representing the islands of Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica and St Vincent. This top-selling series, which won “Best Soca Compilation” for the past 5 years in a row at the Soca Music Awards, includes the monster hit “Jab (No Pain)” from 3-time Soca Monarch Winner Iwer George, the catchy dance anthem “Bubble On A DJ” by Swappi, “Good Time” by 6-time Barbados Road March Winner Edwin Yearwood, this year’s ladies anthem “No Pressure” by Sass featuring Nadia Boston and “De Drinkers Anthem” from former Chutney Monarch King Ricky Jai featuring Jamaican dancehall legend Lady Saw.

    Soca Gold 2012 also contains a 90-minute DVD filled with electrifying live performances from this year’s Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage with the album cover model at the photo shoot, five must-see music videos and special tribute to Edwin Yearwood, who has been featured on every Soca Gold album since its inception in 1997.

    Take a behind-the-scenes look from the album cover photo shoot:

    SOCA GOLD 2012 TRACK LISTING
    1. Jab (No Pain) – Iwer George
    2. Link Up – Destra
    3. Work – Lil Rick
    4. Bubble On A DJ – Swappi
    5. No Pressure – Sass featuring Nadia Boston
    6. Grapevine – Jamesy P
    7. De Drinkers Anthem – Ricky Jai featuring Lady Saw
    8. Roll It – Hypasounds
    9. Rave Out – Skinny Fabulous featuring Busy Signal
    10. Inna Band – Roy Cape featuring Blaxx
    11. Rumble – Skinny Fabulous
    12. Brace & Wine – Alison Hinds
    13. You Make Me – Farmer Nappy
    14. Good Time – Edwin Yearwood
    15. Over You – Kimba Sorzano
    16. Jiggle It – Inches
    17. Don’t Look Back – Big Red
    18. Keep Talking – Lil Rick

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  • Freddie Jackson To Hit Trinidad Hard With Chart Toppers And Much More

    Freddie Jackson is on his way to Trinidad. The international artiste who will be accompanied by three very big names in music, will serenade locals on April 28 at the Queen’s Park Savannah for a concert dubbed, Men of Soul and A Master. Jackson is renowned. He is dubbed one of the biggest stars of the latter part of the 80’s, having dominated the R&B charts, seemingly at will according to All Music Guide’s, Steve Huey.

    When he hits the stage alongside Peabo Bryson, James Ingram and Jeffery Osborne later this month in Trinidad, it goes without saying that Jackson will penetrate the audience with his first single that maintained the number one spot on the R&B charts back in 1985 for an entire six weeks- that single being Rock Me Tonight. That hit, off the album of the same name had made Jackson an instant sensation on urban contemporary radio, and his second single, You Are My Lady went on to give the artiste his second straight R&B chart topper- which as it turned out also proved to be his highest-charting single on the pop side, peaking at number 13.

    Jackson won’t only be coming to T&T with his hits, but he’ll also show fans that he’s still the smooth operator he was noted for being, back in the 80’s. Thirty-some odd years ago, Jackson wowed fans of soul music with his charisma and sensual appeal. His vocal range ignited the hearts of true music lovers and with 39 albums released to date, this Man of Soul is coming with much more than just a few hit singles. Jackson has performed to sold-out audiences alongside Bryson and Osborne- having toured with them across the US in the official Men of Soul concert tour over the years. On Valentine’s Day this year, his solo appearance at B.B King’s Blues Club and Grill in New York City, raked in tremendous reviews, with one patron commenting, “Great Show! Freddie entertained us like a true professional! Freddie sang all of his classic hits and more. Let’s not also forget that he was very, very funny. Kept us all laughing. A great night out with my valentine!”

    Gates open at 6pm on show night in Trinidad with a start time of 8pm. Tickets have been selling very well according to organisers who say they truly expect an outpouring of support from T&T’s music enthusiasts- many of whom haven’t been privy to a concert of this caliber in years. “ It’s not a show- it’s an experience said a representative of the oranising team. We’ve mentioned it before and we continue to reiterate the fact that this is about love- love of self and love of each other,” said the rep, noting that a show like this is truly needed at this time on the island. April 28 will undoubtedly be a big day in Trinidad and organisers say they are looking forward to welcoming patrons from sister isle, Tobago who will make the short trip over to Trinidad for the occasion. “Music has no boundaries and so we know that people will travel from wherever they have to, to consume every bit of this experience. It really is something no one should miss,” said the representative.

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