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Monthly Archives: April 2012

  • DELUS COLLABORATES WITH DANCEHALL DIVA, PATRA, ON NEW SINGLE “COME OVA!”

    What does a veteran dancehall diva and a rising star, have in common? Well for one, a new single titled “Come Ova” produced by Dameon Gayle of Warrior Musick Productions. Delus and Patra teamed up on the dancehall track that is sure to be a club hit. The mature lyrics and Gayle’s signature hard hitting riddim will undoubtedly appeal to fans, DJs and fellow artists.

    Gayle, who is also responsible for the production of Delus’ mega hit, “What Tomorrow May Bring,” remarks “It was a wonderful experience for me working with one of the greats from the 90s and one of the best of our time. The song literally appeared out of thin air – ‘a moment in time’ I would call it. Delus and Patra executed the song flawlessly and I am just happy to be a part of history in the making with these two professional artists.”

    Patra, who has been on hiatus for a few years, is back with new management, A&R Executive/Producer Rich Nice and an album slated for release this summer. In a recent interview with the Jamaica Observer, Patra stated the following about her return, “I’m a sex symbol and I am ready to give a show. I am back with a new mature edge. It is not about going on stage and spitting lyrics. 2012 will see the return of the ‘Queen’ in full force.”

    The dancehall artist first achieved success in 1994 when she was featured on Shabba Ranks single “Family Affair” which peaked at #84 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. She followed up with “Worker Man” which also peaked at #53 on the Hot 100 chart, the Top 20 on the R&B chart and #1 on the U.S. Dance chart. Her second single, “Romantic Call,” a collaboration with emcee Yo-Yo, also did well. Patra recorded her debut album Queen of The Pack, which featured the hit single, “Think (About It)” and sophomore album Scent of Attraction, both of which did very well. However, her biggest hit was the remake of Grace Jones’ “Pull Up to the Bumper.”

    Delus, who has been busy promoting single “What Tomorrow May Bring,” states “I liked working with Patra on this project and hope there will be another opportunity to work with her in the near future. Dameon was instrumental in making the connection and I am really grateful for his support. I hope the single will resonate well with fans and based on the initial response, I think it will.”

    Stacey Bethel, Delus’ manager adds, “I like the pairing. When you listen to the single, the chemistry between Delus and Patra is evident and I can’t wait to see them perform the song together. Like “Another Gal” which was a summer 2011 hit, I think “Come Ova” will be the summer 2012 hit. Or at least we hope it will be.”

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  • Massive International DJ Support for Upcoming Reggae Songstress Phillye

    Looking at Reggae Songstress Phillye (pronounced Philly), many would not suspect the beautiful gem hidden inside, but to hear the Reggae Songstress, listeners become blessed with a voice that is soothing, poetic and full of charm!

    Hailing from Willow Grove just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Phillye grew up in a home filled with music. Her Mother, a Jazz singer and her Father a guitarist, Phillye’s path in music was set, reinforced by Jam Sessions which were regular events in her home. Adding to her home nurturing, the church became the stage on which the songstress praised God for her gift, and perfected her performance style.

    Her first single, “Live Your Life,” has been picked up by international radio, earning her unprecedented support from a sometimes hard to please DJ fraternity.

    Radio stations such as Klass 92.9 FM in Anguilla, Cool 96 FM in the Bahamas and Hott 95.3 FM in Barbados have all shown the young artist love. In the U.S., Rico Vibes at Da Flava Radio.com in Atlanta expressed early interest saying “Philly has the kind of voice that is perfectly suited for Lover’s Rock. Our listeners request her single daily.” The same feelings are echoed at Flava 105.1 in Boston, Irie Jam radio in New York as well as Power 96.5FM.

    In Canada, DJ Wiz from CHRY, 105.5 FM said “Phillye’s talent is welcome on my radio show anytime. Her voice is that sweet.” Sir Daddy D from Reggae4Us.com adds “Phillye has a bright and long future ahead of her in music. She is very talented and sings with soul.”

    Of her music Phillye says “When I sing and make music, I do it from my soul to the soul of the listener. I want them to know that it’s my joy to sing for them and with them.” Influenced by Gospel great Yolanda Adams, Phillye has also been influenced by soul sisters Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige but notes her style is uniquely her own.

    Not new to musical success, Phillye was one of the most talked about independent artists on Myspace as her single “It’s All Up To You” featuring Raw Raw earned over 300,000 plays on the music networking portal.

    Currently, Phillye is in Jamaica working on productions with Mahlon Moving (from Raging Fyah band), Eric ‘Don Rico’ Dixon, Anthony ‘Gideon Baseman’ Hibbert, and Sly Dunbar from Taxi Records. All efforts come together on her first studio album due to be released towards the end of the year.

    Mediafire Link: http://www.mediafire.com/?gg888bgmcmss3kr

    Box.com Link: http://www.box.com/s/2c47365e6d7204904005

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  • Yanique Designs Her Way

    Host of Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall the Curvaceous diva Yanique recently showed that hosting is not her only talent as she also has an eye for fashion.

    Over the past few weeks fans Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall might have noticed that Yanique was wearing her own design. This came about after the show’s executive producer Mark Kenny realized Yanique’s eye for fashion while she was doing the audition shows earlier this year.

    “I have always has a knack for fashion and always loved dressing up and I also styled myself for the audition shows and mark Kenny noting that gave me the opportunity to design some outfits for the live shows. It has been a very exciting experience and I have had a chance to experiment with various styles and colours” says the rising media starlet.

    Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall has become the go to place for the latest dancehall fashion and Yanique feels quite at home in that world. She says the reception to her designs has been great and the compliments keep coming.

    “I styled myself for four shows and the response from the fans has been great many people have approached me after the show to ask if I can do designs for them. It seems that this is taking on a life of its own”.

    While not planning to go into design fulltime Yanique says it’s a field that she will be paying more attention to but currently is satisfied with her double roles as radio host on Fame FM and host of Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall.

    Watch Yanique this and every Saturday night on Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall only on TVJ
    -30-

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  • THE OFFICIAL BOB MARLEY MOVIE TRAILER

    Bob Marley’s universal appeal, impact on music history and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. MARLEY is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, and legend, from his early days to his rise to international superstardom. Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, incredible performances and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.

    From Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (One Day In September, The Last King of Scotland, A Day in the Life) comes the story of a towering figure of musical history, whose music and message has transcended different cultures, languages and creeds to resonate around the world today as powerfully as when he was alive.

    O Cinema is proud to host the exclusive Miami engagement of Marley and will announce surprise guests and concession specials as they are confirmed
    http://www.o-cinema.org/2012/04/marley/

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  • JaSoul makes their marks and releases new video

    Its Jamaica’s 50th year of independence and Jamaican Soul more popularly known as JaSoul a group based in Montego Bay is determined to make their mark this year as their country celebrates its independence milestone.
    Re-capping last year, the group made appearances performing for international and local guest at several hotels including Jazz In The Garden which featured international acts.
    Their song “Breathe” made number 1 on the Netherlands based Reggae-Vibes.com and has been climbing international charts with constant request. Since 2012 the Compilation which features their song ‘breathe’ produced by Kevin “Spyda” Brown of Citizen K production from California also went #1 on the Ricketts Records Urban Charts in New Jersey. The Riddim which features other acts such as Lakopo from Hawaii, Dakeye and Black Ice from the US seems to be a favorite internationally and continues to reap success.
    Recently the group released a collaboration with F D B titled “The Girl is Mine” which is produced by Mistacj and has been getting rotation in Argentina and Mexico. In addition, a video was shot & released by the group. JaSoul states “The video was also used to enhance the energy of the song along with showing our fans a more laid back fun side of the group.The song wine for me is a fun dancehall flavored track. So we knew we had to do a fun video that matched the tone of the song. Well this video is very personal and close to us as it was shot and edited by a member of the group”
    JaSoul is gearing up to take their show across the world, starting with several upcoming shows in the Caribbean, North America and is expecting to shoot more videos in the coming week amongst others.

    Watch the official video here:

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  • Promoters of Appleton May Daze produce Remix of the year

    Jamaica’s premiere Pre-Summer party series – Appleton May Daze returns this May for its fifth staging and the promotional team from Good Company are promising to package the high energy and vibe of the past four years into an entertainment bundle which will see the patrons witnessing ‘Five years in Five nights of Fun, Frolic and Fantasy’ under the theme ‘the remix’.

    Appleton May Daze – the remix will see five events, voted as crowd favourites over the past four stagings being bundled together to secure the quality entertainment package that the promoters execute and try to outdo each year. 2012 will be no different as old themes return with the same great, infectious vibe, this time at a new venue – The Sagicor Parking Lot, New Kingston.

    The fantasy journey is set to begin with a trip to 2008 with ‘Forbidden Fantasy – Masks & Beads’; this event is literally where Appleton May Daze began, this marked the first event of the series with the concept of delivering a Mardi Gras vibe. Female patrons were encouraged to do what they saw fit to get beads from the males; with their identities hidden behind masks there is no bounds to how far they’ll go. ‘Short Temper – Short Shorts & Skirts’; this theme celebrates the eye candy experience of seeing beautiful women adorned in short shorts and skirts, it will serve to drive a enticingly flirtatous vibe throughout the night.

    May 18th sees the return of the 90’s event – ‘Brukout in Black’; some of the best selectors with an astounding drive for the beloved 90’s have already been confirmed for this event and have promised the best pre-summer 90’s experience for 2012. The promoters of Appleton May Daze have always tried to maintain a standard of quality, creative and fun events, one such event of the series was ‘Mayhem – The Krazy Dress Fete’ which premiered in 2009; patrons will be encouraged to dress fashionably crazy, this will be motivated by the prizes that the patrons with the craziest outfits are poised to walk away with courtesy of the promoters and sponsors.

    The event series comes to an end with an event which will be a prelude to the plans for the 2013 staging of the series; appropriately named ‘20*13 – Back to the Future’.

    This year we’ll be a lot more active on our social media outlets , our aim is to connect directly with our patrons using our facebook fanpage (May Daze) and twitter account (@AppletonMaydaze). These mediums will be used for giveaways and also to provide information about the event series; commented Managing Director Dwayne Harris. He went on further to say that twitter will be kept a buzz with May Daze using the hashtag #AppletonMaydaze.
    Appleton Jamaica Rum has partnered with the May Daze team to deliver yet another unforgettable event series reaffirming that there is no party without Appleton and the summer party scene doesn’t get off to the right start without Appleton May Daze.

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  • 21st Hapilos Digital 2nd Anniversary & Digital Recognition Awards: Everyone Free!

    On April 20th, 2012 you are cordially invited to 21st Hapilos Digital 2nd Anniversary & Recognition Awards. This illustrious affair will welcome everyone from fans and supporters of dancehall and reggae to political figures, music creators and artists.
    Musical giants 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution will open the doors to WaterFalls 160 old Hope Road in Kingston, Jamaica and take this night to give thanks to music dancehall and reggae supporters as well as recognizing some of the biggest names in the music industry. Last year’s event which boasted such celebrities as Tarrus Riley, Konshens, Munga, Ward 21, ZJ Liquid, Bugle, Flexxx, Russian & Sensi, TJ Records, ZJ Chrome, Cashflow records, Romeich, Seanizzle, Troyton, DJ Frass, Foota Hype, Chimney records, Charly Black and many more was a huge success, and if it is any indications of what’s in store, this is THE must attend night.
    The event is free admission for all and will offer food and cake for all patrons, “Just buy out the bar” says 21st Hapilos Digital, executive president Johnny Wonder. Music will be provided by Solar Sound, Arif Cooper, Razz & Biggy and Chromatic.
    The recognition awards will be presented for:
    Rookie Of The Year Award to BLACK SPYDA RECORDS & MARKUS RECORDS
    Digital Recognition Award to TROYTON MUSIC & UIM RECORDS (ANJU BLAXX)
    Digital Buzz Award to SUBKONSHUS MUSIC(KONSHENS & MARK HIZE)
    Best Seller Awards to the following;
    BEENIE MAN – RUM & REDBULL – SINGLE
    FUTURE FAMBO – RUM & REDBULL – SINGLE
    SEANIZZLE – RUM & REDBULL – SINGLE
    CHAM – WINE – SINGLE
    CASH FLOW RECORDS – WINE
    ZJ CHROME – CARDIAC STRINGS RIDDIM**
    DEMARCO – TRUE FRIENDS – SINGLE
    ARIF COOPER – TRUE FRIENDS – SINGLE
    TJ RECORDS – GAZA WORLD RIDDIM
    NOTICE PRODUCTIONS – HEART & SOUL RIDDIM
    CHIMNEY RECORDS – ISLAND VIBES RIDDIM
    RUSSIAN – JEANS & FITTED – SINGLE
    SOUNIQUE – LOST ANGELS RIDDIM
    JA PRODUCTIONS – OVER PROOF RIDDIM
    POPCAAN – PARTY SHOT[RAVIN PT 2] – SINGLE
    TJ RECORDS – – PARTY SHOT[RAVIN PT 2] – SINGLE
    POPCAAN – ONLY MAN SHE WANT – SINGLE
    SOUNIQUE – ONLY MAN SHE WANT – SINGLE
    ARIF COOPER – RELATIONSHIPS RIDDIM
    21st Hapilos Digital Anniversary Recognition Awards
    Friday April 20th, 2012
    WATERFALLS
    160 Old Hope Road
    For more information:
    (876) 927-9936
    HapilosIntl@gmail.com

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  • Conflict wants it done “PROPERLYYY”

    No longer a novice in the arena in dancehall/reggae, “Conflict” has made his mark in the industry. Gracing stages with such greats as D’Aville, Christopher Martin, Ghost and Romain Virgo, Conflict has develop his smooth style and delivery.
    Voicing for such great producers as Grammy Award winning Austin “Kevin” Green/PayDay Music, Jazzwad and Venom House. Conflict is not waisting anytime, having just released a mixtape “Time As Come”, he is right back in the studio gearing up for some new music.
    His current hit “ANYWEH DI PARTY DEH” features artist Azzie Mistic, receiving great feedback , the song has been heavily requested on local radio. In no rush for stardom, Conflict says that he simply wants to make people dance and feel good, he believes in quality over quantity, and as his motto says, he wants it done “PROPERLYYY”
    Listen: CONFLICT feat AZZIE MISTIC – ANYWEH DI PARTY DEH (Summer Bitch riddim) by mprconsulting

    About Conflict: Patrick Mullings aka Conflict Conflict was born and raised in Annotto Bay St. Mary, Jamaica. He later migrated to the US in 2004 and threw his hat right away in the entertainment industry. Unlike many he had an overall positive experience in his quest to become a recording artist. Not even the highly controversial nature of his name or the murmur of critics has discouraged his love for creating music.
    “Well firstly the name”Conflict” came about from as far back as from my childhood school days, I was inspired by fellow Dancehall deejay Assassin who in my eyes had a name that stood out and so after careful though I decided on “Conflict” and from there on it stuck. Ever since I came to the states I’ve actively been recording songs for a number of producers and shortly afterwards I began seeing the results” says Conflict.

    Watch the video here: http://youtu.be/58oR8OYAx9E

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  • Hapilos Teens “ILLUMINA: The Soca Edition” huge success for happy teens

    The first Hapilos Teens event dubbed “ILLUMINA: The Soca Edition” took place this past Thursday, April 5 to Happy teens indeed. The concept black light party welcomed teens from all over the island with many prizes and giveaways, body paint and music from ZJ Chrome, Colin Hines and Chromatic.
    The highlight of the event was a performance by international dancehall artist Popcaan (watch a clip of the performance below) who not only left the teens voiceless from screaming and singing along to all his tunes, but took time to take pictures and signed autographs to the delight of party goers.
    “The premier staging of hapilos teens Illumina was a great success, from the music the selectors played to the performance and meet & greet by Popcaan. Stay tuned for more Hapilos Teens events our next event for the teens will be in the summer. Tifa is already booked for it. Thanks to everyone for the support” stated Johnny Wonder, Executive vice president for 21st Hapilos Distribution.
    This event was just the start of more to come from Hapilos Teens (a division of Hapilos Ent Group), their aim is to provide wholesome entertainment within a safe, controlled environment for teenagers, as well as providing an additional medium through which this age group can express and showcase their creativity while having fun. Hapilos Teens will also be geared at advancement in academics and self through future competitions and programs with the involvement of the high schools.

    Logo Competition Deadline Extended
    The Hapilos Teens Logo Competition kicked off on December 12, 2011 and will run until April 30, 2012. The competition is for Teens aged 13-18 years. The First Prize winner will receive $15, 000, an iPad, a Hapilos trophy, a $25,000 donation to the school’s music department and a lifetime Complimentary pass to Hapilos Teens Events. All entries should be submitted to hapiteens@hapilos.com.
    For more information, rules and regulations please visit Hapilos Teens Facebook Fan Page

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  • Blak Ryno Embarks on U.K. Tour & Releases First Official EP Album

    Garrison recording artiste Blak Ryno, currently on tour in the United Kingdom is very upbeat about the state of his career. Last week the artiste known for hits such as ‘Shades’ and ‘Bike Back’ made stops in Brixton, Bristol, Clapham and Croydon conducting a series of radio interviews and public appearances ahead of performances at the Malcolm X Centre in Bristol and the Electric Bar, Brixton.

    This week he will be in Birmingham wrapping up the final leg of the two week tour which ends Friday, April 13th.

    “So far the tour has been going great, the fans have been very receptive and we just putting in the work. We have a new EP on iTunes that we promoting and look out for the new videos__ Summer ago juk up__ seet deh” – Ryno stated.

    Meanwhile, the Garrison boss whose given name is Romane Anderson has released his first official EP album since forming his own record label.

    The EP titled ‘Cyah Program Me’, produced in collaboration with Markus Records features singles such as: ‘Ice Cream’, ‘Why Life Nuh Sweet’, ‘Cyah Program Me’ and ‘Whine Me’ among others and is available via iTunes and other digital outlets. Digital distribution for the project is handled by 21st. Hapilos

    The ‘Seet Deh’ singjay has also shot the video for ‘Ice Cream’ set to make its official premier next week. ‘Ice Cream’ will be Ryno’s first official music video since the start of the year. Plans are currently in motion for accompanying visuals for the steadily growing ‘Whine Me’ as well.

    Amidst a hectic schedule talks are now on the way for a possible collaboration between Ryno and a popular soca artiste.

    Watch video here: http://youtu.be/siSRqHgZqXY

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  • Ravi B releases new mobile app!

    As the digital revolution continues to sweep the globe, the entertainment industry especially music is successfully riding this technological wave. In his mission to take the Chutney-Soca genre to international heights and to keep it on par with all other musical art forms Karma’s Ravi B recently announced the release of the Ravi B and Karma mobile application.

    An historical first for the Chutney Industry, the new ‘Ravi B and Karma app’ is available for download on all Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch) and also Android platforms and will soon be available for Blackberry. The multi-faceted app will feature a home page, music page, band member biographies, as well as access to Karma’s merchandise and much more to be revealed. Also notable is the fact that Karma will use this new mobile medium to showcase the new fresh faces and up and coming talents of the Chutney world.

    When asked about the decision to have this app developed, Ravi B stated, “We saw the importance of making our music digitally accessible. At the rate that the world and technology is growing, it’s evident that in 2 years basically everyone will have a smart phone or tablet device and we (Karma) had to think ahead to find ways to reach our fans and general Chutney-Soca fans around the world. We see the Ravi B and Karma app as the key to the digital world, the key to reach the supporters and the key to the future.

    Now that Karma and Chutney-Soca is in the global technological mix, this signifies a stepping stone to great possibilities for the band and its indigenous regional music styles to gain new markets and more international recognition.
    This new development has thus far been receiving rave reviews from fans, fellow artistes, music industry stakeholders and media practitioners. Many see this as not only a great achievement for the band Karma but for Chutney-Soca and Caribbean music on the whole.

    To download the Ravi and Karma App log onto: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/ravi-b-and-karma/id512608625?mt=8&ls=1 OR http://www.karmaholics.com/

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  • NEW MUSIC | Ms Paige & Fryktion – Callin Me (Vincy Mas Remix)

    Ms Paige has teamed up once more with Vincentian producer, Ramón “Fryktion” McDowall, to release a remixed version of her song, CALLIN ME, which was originally released January 1, 2012. The remix highlights mas bands, fetes and hot spots of Vincy Mas as Ms Paige gears up to enjoy her very first Vincy Mas this July.

    With April dubbed as NEW MUSIC MONTH, look out for new releases by Ms Paige all throughout the month.
    Stay up to date with all things Ms Paige at www.MsPaigeMusic.com & don’t forget that you can download ALL Ms Paige Music for free at www.soundcloud.com/MsPaigeMusic

    Watch video here: http://youtu.be/if2kLainn1Y

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  • Culture Zone Award for singjay Yanks

    Singjay Yanks was quite pleasantly surprised when he was called on stage last week Friday night to receive an award from the organisers of the first annual Culture Zone Radio Program Award & Talent Show in the US.
    Held at the Olavrador Restaurant in Queens, the event was organised by popular radio disc jock George Brash First and Yanks was one of the scheduled performers.
    It was an evening of great vibes, conscious music and wholesome, family entertainment. Also on the line-up were JD Smooth, Two Shoes Dance Master, Progez, Winston Shillingford and others.
    Yanks, who also performed earlier in March at the Linkage Awards at Macedonia Center in Mt Vernon, New York, did a medley which went over very well with patrons. Among the songs he performed were Respect to my mother, It’s a Shame, Innocent Youths, Run The Trees and Babylon.
    Yanks, after his performance, was called on stage to accept an award for his contribution to conscious reggae music. Yanks has made a steady impact with his songs being charted on the popular Reverbnation Chart, going to the very top spot, through requests and airplay only.
    “I am very appreciative of this award. It was not something that I expected at all,” he said backstage in an interview. “I came here to perform .. do my thing and enjoy the rest of the show. Thanks to the promoters and also my fans who recognise good music and have been giving me the strength to puch on,” Yanks said.
    A past student of All Saints All Age School in Kingston, Jamaica, Yanks’ foray into reggae music started in the island. He recalls that despite the fact that he was always singing and deejaying at every opportunity, the elders always impressed on him the need to prove himself. His major influences included the late Bob Marley, whose conscious lyrics and livity inspired him and singer Eddie Fitzroy.
    Unable to get the break for which he yearned, Yanks branched out into promotions and started putting on dances, which earned him his own fan base. Encouraged by this he eventually began to write songs on his own and very soon, his voice was heard. Yanks got his first break at Hope Gardens at a concert and to this day he still recalls the thrill of that event.
    In between trying to finish up his first album, Girl Samplist, and working full time, Yanks is also making the rounds wiht live performances. He will be one of the performers at Best of the Best to be held in Miami, Florida, later this year.

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  • Heineken, still the official beer and gold sponsor of Saint Lucia Jazz

    As one of the original sponsors of Saint Lucia Jazz and with a sponsorship package that has grown with the festival itself, Heineken, the world’s leading beer and Saint Lucia Jazz which continues to exceed expectations year after, will again create a dynamic synergy to bring out the best festival experience in the world found right here in Saint Lucia. This, according to brand manager of Heineken Saint Lucia,“as we continue to open our world of perfection to the Saint Lucia Jazz stage of music, dance, food, drinks, cultures, people, and all the thrills and trimmings of a grand 21st birthday party.”

    On Wednesday April 4, 2012 Heineken, Gold sponsor of Saint Lucia Jazz and official beer of the festival,made their official cheque presentation to the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, presenters of Saint Lucia Jazz. This was done at a sponsorscheque presentation at Bay Garden’s Beach Resort.
    “Heineken has been with the festival from inception, providing international recognition with the Heineken brand,” Tracey Warner-Arnold, deputy director of the SLTB reminded those in attendance Wednesday.She went on to note Heineken’s commitment to the Pigeon Island venue,“giving it a sophisticated and contemporary look with the Heineken beer garden that seems to evolve every year.”

    During his brief remarks, Heineken Brand Manager Gaius Harry stated that it was indeeda pleasure to be one of the original sponsors of the festival. He reiterated the brand’s commitment to the event not just as a sponsor, but through various promotions and activations. “We are not here to present a check and walk away, we continue to partner with the SLTB in promoting Saint Lucia Jazz in our regional and international markets and each year we encourage persons from our various offices including head office to come to Saint Lucia for this event,” Harry noted.
    The brand’s total spend towards the festival this year will exceed EC$200,000.
    Over the years, Heineken has helped to enhance the Festival experience through the popular and signature Heineken Beer garden at Pigeon Island, during Main-stage Jazz. Heineken has also supported the fringe events like Jazz in the South and Fond D’or Jazz and will be doing so again this year.
    In addition, ahead of the festival, Heineken will continue its annual festival branding on T-shirts as well as banners on utility poles, radio promotions and Jazz ticket giveaways on various radio stations and other media blitz, not just in Saint Lucia, but throughout the region.
    “Our regional Heineken Jazz Promotions which started in January of this year, will culminate with our prize winners from various islands coming to Saint Lucia, for the Main-stage events, compliments Heineken, where they will be treated as VIP’s at our Heineken Beer Garden,” Gaius Harry expressed.
    He also revealed Wednesday, that Heineken’s Jazz promotions in Saint Lucia had started at various supermarkets and retail outlets. The purchase of a six pack of Heineken affords customers an entry form for a chance to win one of several fantastic Heineken prizes as well as a season pass to Saint Lucia Jazz with all access pass to the Heineken VIP Beer Garden.

    “At 21, we tip our hats or should we say our bottles of ice cold Heineken, to the Saint Lucia Tourist Board as well as the Government and People of Saint Lucia, for affording us the opportunity to walk side by side with Saint Lucia Jazz, helpingit bloom into this gem of a festival that it has become,” Gaius Harry says.

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  • Jamaican Jazz Legend Monty Alexander’s Birthday Bash Benefit Concert on June 6 at Kaufman Center in NYC

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

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

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

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

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  • TARRUS RILEY FOR GRACE JAMAICAN JERK FESTIVAL NEW YORK

    Come Sunday July 22, 2012 New Yorkers will once again get their fill of the best in Caribbean jerk cuisine, music and cultural expressions with the second staging of the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival – New York. The one-day family-friendly food festival will bring together professional chefs, eager taste-testers, reggae and soca music lovers, dance aficionados, and cultural enthusiasts in the most anticipated event of the year at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.

    Building on the success of last year’s initial staging, the producers of the event – Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, Inc and VP Records – promise an even more sensational and impressive presentation this year, in celebration of Jamaica’s 50th Independence Anniversary. Already booked to appear on the main stage is reggae star Tarrus Riley, whose popularity and wide appeal is sure to attract a diverse audience of young and mature fans. In the weeks to come, the names of more performers and celebrity chefs will be announced, which will definitely generate further excitement for the event.

    Title sponsor, Grace Foods, the leading Caribbean food manufacturer and distributor, celebrating their 90th anniversary this year, will add spice with an exciting series of in-store promotions at several leading retail outlets and special events beginning in April. Expect lots of giveaways and special offers on Grace Food products, drinks and juices, which will drive traffic and benefit consumers with significant savings.

    The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival is a celebration of authentic Jamaican Jerk in its various forms, and includes a variety of vendors offering an array of tasty jerk foods. Additional activities include cooking demonstrations by Grace Foods top chef, Mazie Miller and celebrity chefs, a cultural stage showcasing artistic and literary performances, a buzzing Kidz Zone featuring magicians, rides and other activities. An exciting Domino Contest offer enthusiasts an opportunity to square-off for enticing cash prizes and a chance to “drop a six love” and walk away Jerk Domino Champion of New York.
    Advance tickets will be on sale soon, online and at selected outlets including VP Retail store. Kids 12 and under will be admitted free. Gates open at 12:00 PM and the fun and gastronomic experiences continue until 8:00 PM. Plan to come early and bring the entire family for a fun-filled Caribbean experience!

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  • BERBICE – Out for Grenada Carnival – Give Me the Rum

    BERBICE – Out for Grenada Carnival – Give Me the Rum

    2012 CARNIVAL (PRODUCED BY RADFORD ETTIENNE)

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  • JAHLIGHT RECORDS SIGNS DEAL WITH BFM DIGITAL TO RELEASE THEIR FIRST REGGAE RELEASE FOR 2012, THE CRITICAL, ‘FINAL CHAPTER RIDDIM’.

    JahLight Records is a music label based in the island of Trinidad. The production stable is known for various musical works such as most importantly, 2011’s massive PassOver Riddim, which featured International recording artists, Queen Omega, Fyakin, Wild Life, Dainjamental and more. Already gathering interest worldwide, JahLight Records is intent on keeping the paste and staying the ground, with a determination to rise above the odds and let their light shine through their hard work, dedication and a consistent message of love and righteousness.
    In 2012, JahLight Records brings to you the critical new Reggae album called the ‘Final Chapter Riddim’. JahLight Records’ CEO explains: ‘This project marks a turning point in the musical direction of the label. We have finished one chapter on our journey and we now open another. We have completed one course and now we are about to move into another, which is better than the first. We endeavour to create music that is not just regular or average but rather music with a more spiritual, hence more powerful message. Many people are ignorant of the Word of God, following their own ways, hoping that it can save them. Some people do not read the word but they listen to music. So henceforth, we are going to use music even more as that vehicle to carry not just good words but the actual written word of God to the world with the intent to edify, educate and bring about more truth. We live in the last days in the book of Revelation; in what I will call the ‘Final Chapter’. So we have to stay armed with the word of God; the full armour, to fight the wickedness of this world. Any other way will fail’.
    This Riddim Compilation album is out now on digital platforms worldwide via BFM Digital from April 3rd, 2012. This deal with BFM Digital was described as a ‘stepping stone’ to the members of JahLight Records. ‘It will open up our music to new markets which is a great opportunity’.
    The project features the likes of Vybrant with the exciting, ‘Joy in Abundance’, which was released as the first single for the project. The production also includes Prince Levi with the highly impressive, ‘Signs of the Time’, Nefta expressing her love in,‘Rastaman’, Zionitte with the beautiful cry for the mothers in ,‘ Mama We love You’, Righteous Feat Kingdriel with the provoking, ‘My Lady’, and Prophet Pillar’s scorcher, ‘Ever Bless’. Be sure to catch the Final Chapter Riddim. Make it final.
    FINAL CHAPTER RIDDIM

    1. VYBRANT – JOY IN ABUNDANCE
    2. PRINCE LEVI – SIGNS OF THE TIME
    3. NEFTA – RASTAMAN
    4. ZIONITTE – MAMA WE LOVE YOU
    5. RIGHTEOUS FEAT KINGDRIEL – MY LADY
    6. PROPHET PILLAR – EVER BLESS
    7. FINAL CHAPTER RIDDIM

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  • UIM releases Vybz Kartel “Ghetto Life” & Popcaan “Fry Yiy”

    Many would consider Vybz Kartel one of the 21st century biggest and most influential name in dancehall/reggae and Popcaan who has taken the reigns since his mentor incarceration, has officially stamped his name on the international scene by making his debut on the billboard chart.
    It is only befitting that UIM Records (Uptemo International Music), spearheaded by Anju Blaxx and Blak Diamon, would release Vybz Kartel “Ghetto Life” and Popcaan “FRY YIY” to bring in the spring/summer season . The instant hits can be heard on terrestrial and Internet radio stations and are a constant request on the dance floors, they are now available on itunes, distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital.
    UMI Records keeps delivering hit after hit with some of the biggest names in dancehall/reggae music. Their vast catalog boasts works with Popcaan, Vybz Kartel, Tommy Lee, Blak Diamon , Sizzla and many more artists, with 21st Hapilos Digital they also released the Nymphomaniac Riddim and Jouvert Riddim.

    Watch the video here:

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  • STEVE WILSON & CHRISTOPHER EDMONDS LAUNCH BRAND NEW MACHINE RECORDS

    Industry veterans Steve Wilson and Christopher Edmonds (also known as Redselecter) have joined forces to launch Brand New Machine (BNM) Records. Formed as a response to the rising crop of Caribbean artists producing electronic music-house, techno, dubstep, electronica, etc.-that reflect the region’s unique attributes, the label is an extension of Wilson’s global BNM events which have been attended by the likes of Jay-Z, Beyonce, Sean Paul, Selita Ebanks, Mena Suvari, Nas, Diplo, Bob Sinclar, Damian Marley, Solange Knowles, Dallas Austin, Spragga Benz, Congorock and many more. The first single from BNM Records will be Redselecter’s “Dig A Deep Hole,” a pulsating deep house track, which has already received international airplay, set to be released on April 3rd.

    “Steve and I combined have decades of experience in the music industry and have noticed a rising trend around the globe but more specifically in Jamaica and across the Caribbean,” said Christopher Edmonds. “Not only have a great deal of the leading international personalities in the electronic scene, like Diplo, Congorock, Bob Sinclar, 12 Planet and Toddla T, been coming to Jamaica to record, local artists have been inserting the regional influence into their own interpretations of electronic production. The result is a cutting edge sound that we hope to bring to the forefront of the global consciousness.”

    Edmonds, who also runs Zincbeats, a label/distribution/publishing company that has worked with a selection of the Reggae businesses’ premiere talent including Sean Paul, Jeremy Harding, Steely & Clevie, Rootz Underground, Coppershot, Stone Love and more, recently branched into production as Redselecter after a long career as a house music DJ. “Dig A Deep Hole” is his first official single as an artist and will be the launch release off of the label, followed by upcoming songs featuring Tara Harrison, Sezi, Zia Benjamin and Sean Paul.

    “Christopher has been a huge presence behind the scenes for years and is just coming into his own now as an artist,” said Steve Wilson. “We decided to combine his resources with my BNM brand to put out something edgy and worthwhile that will impact the electronic scene.”

    Over the next few months, BNM Records will unveil a slew of projects from Redselecter as well as Transdub Massiv, an electronic/dub duo based out of London and San Francisco whose new album “Audio Obeah” will be released shortly, Noah Issa, a young Jamaican dubstep producer and The Housing Project, a Jamaican DJ duo producing progressive/electro house. In addition the label will release a compilation album entitled “Electric Kingston” showcasing local Jamaican electronic producers.

    Watch the video for “Dig A Deep Hole” here:

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  • 12th Annual ReelWorld Film Festival Presents: “LUV” & “Hopelessly In June

    Thanks to the generous support of our returning partners, TD Bank Group, NBC Universal and Cineplex Entertainment, the ReelWorld Film Festival (RWFF) is proud to announce the screenings of “LUV” and “Hopelessly In June.” “LUV”, directed by Sheldon Candis will be the festival’s Opening Night Gala, Wednesday, April 11th at Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Cinemas. “LUV” is the journey of eleven-year-old Woody Watson, a timid Baltimore orphan who dreams of a better life, and his absentee mother who may or may not be in North Carolina fighting drug addiction. Woody puts his hopes into the hands of his uncle Vincent, who he looks up to as the father figure he never had. Vincent, a street hustler and former drug dealer is fresh off an eight-year stint in prison, but wants to take a new direction in his life. When Vincent offers to show his nephew how a man handles his business, Woody jumps at the opportunity to join him on a field trip of life lessons. Vincent’s plan is to open his own crab shack restaurant, however, when he’s denied a bank loan, the temptations of his old life, working for Baltimore crime boss Mr. Fish return to haunt him. A day once bright with optimism quickly spirals downward into a world of violence. Coming of age all too fast by day’s end, Woody starts to doubt his hero and ultimately must decide where he stands. The film stars, Michael Rainey Jr., Common, Danny Glover and Dennis Haysbert. The films director, Sheldon Candis will be in attendance. “Hopelessly In June”, a Special Presentation Screening, sponsored by NBC Universal, will screen, Thursday, April 12th at Famous Players Canada Square, Theater 6. Dating in Los Angeles has been cruel to Daleon Myers, a financial analyst from a staunch Baptist family, but hope emerges when he falls in love with June Flowers. June is a successful businesswoman whose parents are an extremely liberal Hollywood couple. It will take a lot to help them overcome their cultural differences and find the love they both have so long desired. Directed by Vincent Brantley, the film stars, Keith David, Vincent Brantley and Carolyn Neff. Two time Emmy winner Keith David will be in attendance for a RealSpeak following the screening as well as the Director Vincent Brantley.

    Opening Night Screening sponsored by TD Bank Group:
    Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 7:00 PM ** Media Reception 5:00PM
    Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Cinemas
    4861 Yonge Street / near Sheppard
    Toronto, M2N 5X2
    Tickets: http://reelworld.tix.com/Event.asp?Event=456144

    NBC Special Presentation Screening & RealSpeak With 2 time Emmy Award Winner Keith David Sponsored by NBC Universal:
    Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 7:30 PM **Media reception 6:00PM
    Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas 6
    2190 Yonge Street
    Theatre 6
    Toronto, ON M4S 2C6

    Tickets: http://reelworld.tix.com/Event.asp?Event=457010

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  • New Album and Video – Romain Virgo

    VP Records announces the release of 22-year-old singer-songwriter Romain Virgo’s sophomore album The System on May 8. Romain Virgo delivers a quality set of dynamic, conscious-themed roots and lover’s rock tales. 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.

    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 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.

    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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  • MAS CAMP FINALE – Jamaica

    Bacchanal Jamaica 2012’s Mas Camp officially ended their 6 week run last Friday night. This year’s theme: Future Shock, an out of this world experience, was well showcased at their new venue and will have revellers talking all year long!
    The rum of everything Carnival, Appleton Special, a major sponsor of Bacchanal Jamaica for over 10 years, turned up the heat this year providing its Bacchanalists weekly with premium rum specials like Mug Madness keeping patrons wet for all six hours of revelry and the Appleton VIP sky lounge, the aptly named Appleton Launch Pad.
    See pictures from the Mas Camp finale on Friday March 30 attached. And look out for Appleton’s Bacchanal Jouvert on Friday April 13.

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  • Haitian Star, Rooby Man, Nominated for IRAWMA’s Entertainer of the Year

    Having recently won the Chicago Music Award’s, Best Reggae Entertainer of the Year, the Haitian, Chicago-based, Reggae/ Pop sensation, Rooby Man, who has performed over 80 shows in 2011, continues to take the industry by storm. This time he is nominated for the highly coveted IRAWMA award, in the category of Entertainer of the Year.

    From his teenage years Rooby Man has been rocking stages throughout Haiti, performing to hundreds of thousands. Back then he was a singer in a group called King of Kings, who earned the title of Best New Hip-Hop/ Reggae Group. They were later crowned at carnival as the Most Popular Artiste in the youth category. It was only natural, when Rooby Man migrated to Chicago, USA, that he gravitated towards the music scene, joining a local band and later launching off on his own solo career. Since then he has written, co-produced and recorded countless tracks, performing many of these, including his hit single “Showtime”, at venues throughout the Chicago-land area. Signed to StreetFame Music Group, other highlights of his career, to-date, include being featured on VH1’s “The Hungriest Rapper in Chicago” and performing as the opening act for Chicago’s own R. Kelly at the 12 Play Exclusive All White Affair, with Jive Records artiste, John Blu.

    Rooby Man is currently preparing for his first trip to Jamaica in April 11-17th, 2012, hot on the campaign trail for his latest sexy single entitled “Punishment”, currently available on iTunes. When asked how he felt about his IRAWMA nomination he stated:

    “Wow! When I heard the news I was speechless. Growing up in Haiti watching these icons on TV, folks like Beenie Man, Shaggy, Sean Paul, Shabba Ranks, Ziggy Marley, Lady Saw and much more… Now I will be able to walk on the same red carpet with them, be in the same VIP, shake their hands and talk to them. It’s amazing… I’ve arrived!”

    The 31st IRAWMA is scheduled to take place on Thursday, July 5th, 2012. It will be dedicated to Jamaica’s 50th Year of Independence in conjunction with the 20th Anniversary of the International Festival of Life (IFOL), which runs July 4-8, 2012 in Washington Park, Chicago, Illinois, walking distance from President Barack Obama’s home.

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  • Lights, Camera Action! Soca Stars To Walk The Red Carpet in LA.

    Soca Stars around the world will be bestowed the International Soca Awards (iSA 10) in Los Angeles, Hollywood CA. for the very first time. The evening of music, high fashion and fine commentary, Caribbean-Hollywood-style, will feature the who’s who of the Soca Calypso music industry.

    SAO Soca Awards Ltd./Soca Awards Organization Inc [SAO], organisers of the iSA10, has planned a gala affair to mark the 10th year anniversary of the annual awards ceremony. SAO states the awards will be held in the Hollywood hills of Los Angeles, Hollywood CA on Friday 29th June 2012. The iSA 10-award ceremony is also being promoted in the United States as the premiere event to mark the start of celebration for the 50th Independence Jubilee year of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

    Over the last 10 years the iSA has afforded specially invited guests the opportunity to celebrate and honour their favourite Soca and Calypso artiste’s and the people who keep the music industry alive for their contribution to excellence over the past year. In 2012, the 10th year anniversary of the iSA, the highlight of the awards is said to be a special collaboration of performances by Soca artistes’ and special surprise guest artistes.

    Preceding the award Ceremony, which will consist of over Twenty (20) categories and 10 performances, there will be a Red Carpet Event and Pre Show showcasing the culture of Trinidad and Tobago including Calypso, Soca, Steel Pan, Tassa and Carnival Mas portrayals. The starting time is set for 4:30pm – 6:30pm and the awards ceremony begins promptly at 7:00pm to commence this spectacular evening ending at 10:00pm. The event will be broadcast via live web stream.

    You are invited to please contact the SAO Soca Awards Ltd./Soca Awards Organization, Inc. office or utilise any of the contacts below should you have any queries or require further information.

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