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Monthly Archives: May 2012

  • FIRST FRIDAYS OF FLORIDA TO HOST “REGGAE MUSIC LIVES” ALBUM RELEASE PARTY FOR GRAMPS MORGAN

    On Friday June 1st, 2012 First Fridays of Florida, LLC welcomes Gramps Morgan and the Dada Son Entertainment family to the Grand Palms Resort, 110 Grand Palms Drive in Pembroke Pines FL, the home of their monthly First Fridays event. Dada Son Entertainment has partnered with First Fridays to host the South Florida Album Release Party for Gramps new album, “REGGAE MUSIC LIVES”; this album features chart topping titles like The Almighty and Life Too Short. This event will give the South Florida community an opportunity to socialize, meet and greet with Gramps and the Dada Son team. “We have been blessed to be promoting events in South Florida for over a decade and are honored to add Gramps Morgan to the list of recording artists that have visited our event. The consciousness of Gramps’ lyrics and the positive theme of this album fit well with First Fridays and the month of June which is Caribbean American Heritage Month.’’ said Tyrone G. Robertson, CEO – First Fridays of Florida, LLC.
    In addition to hosting the “REGGAE MUSIC LIVES” Album Release Party for Gramps Morgan; this month’s First Fridays event features resident DJ Radcliffe, fresh from his tour of the United Arab Emirates (Dubai) and Special Guest DK Karyzma, an up and coming cross-over DJ hailing from Kingston Jamaica. These DJs keep the First Fridays Party Zone jumping with the best variety of Top 40, R&B, Reggae, Soul, Dance Hall, Hip Hop, Soca and Oldies. First Fridays also features The Café, an outdoor setting showcasing a variety of foods including jerk chicken and jerk pork from Dino’s Jerk Joint and peppered shrimp, smoked salmon, stuffed crab and oysters from Ward’s Seafood Bar.
    ABOUT FIRST FRIDAYS OF FLORIDA
    Founded in the year 2000, First Fridays was established to produce monthly events geared towards quality entertainment, social & business networking, cultural enrichment and community development. These events typically consists of networking followed by a cocktail reception which transforms into an energetic party with popular disc jockeys, featuring current musical hits and oldies from the Top 40, R&B, Reggae, Soca and other popular music genres.
    Read more @ www.firstfridaysweb.com
    ABOUT GRAMPS MORGAN/DADA SON ENTERTAINMENT
    Gramps Morgan is set to make a major impact with his second album, Reggae Music Lives, demonstrating the prowess of this burly vocalist. A Soul Train Award nominee, Gramps launched an impressive solo career in 2009 with his debut 2 Sides of My Heart Vol. 1. The album spawned multiple hit singles and accolades including ‘Best Crossover Song’ for Therapy – a collaboration with India Arie; ‘Best Song’ for his self-produced composition, Wash the Tears; and clinched ‘Best New Entertainer’ as well as two awards for ‘Album of the Year’ in Jamaica and Canada.
    Fast forward to 2012, Gramps is unleashing his second independent studio album on his own Dada Son Entertainment label. The album’s first single, The Almighty, topped the charts in 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. Now after two years in the making, Reggae Music Lives arrives with inspiration, healing and Gramps’ determination to make positive changes in the world.
    Read more @ www.grampsmorgan.com

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  • TJ Records kicks off the summer

    If the weather is any indication the summer season is officially here and leading the airwaves is appropriately the “Summer Wave” riddim by Billboard charting producers TJ Records.
    For most people summer brings out a feeling of euphoria and once again TJ records has managed to translate the feeling into music. Leading the riddim are Top Selling Dancehall artist Vybz Kartel “Summer Time pt2” and his one time protege, chart topping artist Popcaan with “When Mi Party”. The blazing riddim is also the slate for self proclaimed King Of Dancehall Beenie Man’s Jamaica Celebration, a song dedicated to Jamaica 50th Independence.
    “Summer Wave” riddim is already a favorite on youtube with hundred of thousand views and heavily requested on the radio. Several songs have already hit the charts locally and internationally with features from legendary dancehall Queen Lady Saw, popular dancer turned artist Ding Dong, Gaza Slim, Ricki Blaze, Shawn Storm and Tommy Lee.
    The riddim featuring 12 tracks is distributed by digital giants 21st Hapilos and now available on itunes.
    TJ Records rose to fame with The International Block Buster Hit “I’m So Special” by Mavado and “No Games” by Serani on the Unfinished Business riddim.

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  • Busy Signal Status + Mp3 “Kingston Town Remix” ft Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley

    As you may know, Busy Signal is currently the subject of an extradition proceeding between Jamaica and the United States. We don’t have any more information than what has been disclosed in Busy Signal’s official statement. We hope his situation will be resolved quickly and VP will continue to support Busy and his music, as they have since 2006.

    Despite this unfortunate event, his latest release REGGAE Music Again continues to shine as a great musical achievement. The critically acclaimed album is currently in the Billboard Reggae Top 10 and has been for 6 weeks since its April 24 release.

    A new remix of “Kingston Town” featuring Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley was blasted earlier this week. The song is one of the four newly commissioned tracks off of Reggae Gold 2012 – 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, available June 26. Click here for Reggae Gold 2012 press release and full track listing.

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  • Shaggy Launches New Record Label, Ranch Entertainment, on June 4, 2012 in NYC

    New fusion reggae label Ranch Entertainment, Inc. launched worldwide in early 2011, and now the label invites colleagues, media and music fans to its official launch celebration on June 4, 2012 at Santos Party House in New York City. The label boasts a roster of world-renowned artists including reggae superstar Shaggy, and long-time collaborators Rayvon and Red Fox, in addition to acclaimed producers and songwriters, and a state-of-the-art recording studio.

    As the music industry continues to pose hurdles and challenges to the success of rising stars, the mission of Ranch Entertainment is to develop and facilitate innovative approaches for up and coming artists to excel in the current market.
    The label launch will be hosted by HOT97 radio personality Jabba, and also commemorates the five-year anniversary of New York-based DJ-collective Rice & Peas. Additionally, the launch festivities sets the scene for the shooting of Rayvon’s latest music video for his breakout track “Selecta,” featured on Ranch Entertainment’s Kingston 13 Riddim album.

    Sponsors Bartenura Moscato and Golden Krust will be catering drinks and food for attending media. Radio sponsors include Irie Jam Radio and LinkUp Radio, both 93.5FM affiliates in New York City.

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  • KC Jockey Sends a Better Message to the World

    Jamaican born and New York bred international R&B artist, KC Jockey, is sending a positive message to the world through his newest music video gone viral, “Girl You’re Free.” And with view counts soaring over the web, exhibitors including some of the countries biggest Cable TV and Satellite providers have picked up the video for circulation.

    In his newest music video from the Sweet Sadie Records upcoming release, Broken Hearted Powerful Women, KC plays the character of an abusive husband whose brave wife finally finds the courage to stand up and free herself. The video has gone viral since last weeks release, and stands as an incredible example to all artists of the responsibilities they have and the power they possess to make the world a better place for all. In a recent interview with KC, the artist stated, “I believe from the heart that when we learn to respect our females, the world will be a better place to live and appreciate. I am still learning, so I am not perfect, but first and foremost, respect is the key, and the first step.”
    KC Jockey is no stranger to the method of using song to spread a greater message to the people; being greatly inspired by Jamaica’s most beloved artist, and probably one of the most influential singer-songwriters to guide social change through music, Bob Marley; and KC’s new video follows Marley’s footprints in a battle for change. The song and video were both carefully arranged to speak out against domestic abuse and to endorse the women of the world, KC says, “We as men love and cherish them (women) no matter what, and we need to acknowledge accept and admit when we do wrong to their loving hearts.”

    The video was released about two weeks ago and is closely reaching 80,000 views on YouTube. It has also recently been added to a number of regional closed-circuit providers including; Time Warner, COX, and Comcast. The video has also been picked up by a number of large retail pools that service programming for Bars, Gyms, Hotels, Casinos, Convenience Stores, Medical Offices and select retail stores and lifestyle outlets.Also just got word secretly that it will be a part of a movie soundtrack to a movie that will be done by a major film company on a female who has been in a brutal and fatal domestic violence battered womens real true life story.

    To learn more about KC Jockey, please visit www.kcjockey.com or follow him on Twitter @kcjockey, and also at facebook.com/officialkcjockeyfanpage.
    For media inquiries, including interviews, photos, digital downloads, CDs and more, please contact sweetsadiesrecords@gmail.com.

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  • Norna Augustave as Miss Atlanta Carnival Queen 2012

    Norna Augustave has been crowned Miss Atlanta Carnival Queen 2012. The Haitian born beauty currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She attends college at Georgia State University major in Accounting and minor in Computer Information Systems. She is the 2011-2012 President of the Haitian Student Association at GSU.

    Norna loves singing, dancing, modeling and fashion. She also strives to help others and pushing them to their greatest potential. When asked what her goals in life were, she responded “Receive my CPA in Accounting, open my own business in Atlanta and later expand.” She would also like to go back to Haiti to “rebuild, rebuild, rebuild!” and also create her own clothing line.

    Norna Augustave is an amazing example of outer, as well as inner beauty. As Miss Atlanta Carnival 2012, she will be representing Atlanta at the Miss Caribbean United States Pageant on October 27th, 2012.

    She has accomplished so much in her short 22 years and she’s sure not done yet. Friends say Norna has a beautiful personality that compliments her beautiful exterior. Stay tuned for more on Norna Augustave. She will be very busy during her reign as Atlanta Carnival Queen 2012.

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  • Film revealing economic power of Diaspora to be screened at Caribbean Diaspora Forum on 5 June at Marriott Marquis in New York

    A documentary which reveals the economic power of the Caribbean Diaspora will be screened at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s Diaspora Forum in New York on 5 June.

    The documentary, Forward Home: The Power of the Caribbean Diaspora, showcases the experiences of members of the Caribbean Diaspora who straddle the dual worlds of Caribbean Homelands and Global Cities as tourists, travellers and entrepreneurs, and the organizations that make the relationship work, according to Dr. Keith Nurse, the film’s executive producer.

    “The documentary maps the uncharted territory of diasporic tourism and provides empirical evidence to support what we have known anecdotally, which is that the diasporic economy is of huge significance to the diversification and competitiveness of the Caribbean economy,” said Dr. Nurse, who is the director of the Shridath Ramphal Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI). The SRC is a training, research and outreach organization that services the Caribbean region in trade, industrial and development policy matters.

    Forward Home is based on an analysis of the diasporic tourism and investment flows of four Caribbean countries and counterpart global cities – Jamaica and London; Guyana and Toronto; Suriname and Amsterdam; and The Dominican Republic and New York – and was shot in nine countries.
    The Diaspora Forum is part of the programme for Caribbean Week in New York – a series of consumer events and business meetings, showcasing the diversity and vibrancy of the Caribbean to thousands of New Yorkers and visitors to the Big Apple. The Forum will be held on Tuesday 5 June from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Marriott Marquis hotel in the heart of Times Square and the Broadway theatre district.

    Themed Rediscover Home: Defining our Role, the Forum brings together ministers, commissioners and directors of tourism, as well as senior tourism officials and the Caribbean diaspora in an exchange of information on the unique selling propositions of the various destinations.

    This year’s Forum will also feature presentations by Montserrat, which is celebrating its 50th carnival, and Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, both observing their golden jubilee. In addition, the CTO will give an update on its Rediscover Home programme – a series of activities aimed at encouraging the Caribbean Diaspora to rediscover the Caribbean – including a loyalty card and the Diaspora website, www.onecaribbeandiaspora.com.

    Caribbean Week in New York is supported by Aimbridge Hospitality – Jewel Resorts, American Airlines, Anguilla, the Bahamas, Barbados, Brides magazine, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Carib Beer, Caribbean Airlines, Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce, Caribbean Tales, Cayman Islands, Chef Shorne, Cititech Solutions, Clergy Authors Network & Radio Ministry Works, Corporate Courier inc, Curacao, David Williams Funeral Home, Delta Vacations, Denizen Rum, Discover Dominica Authority, El Dorado Rum, Elite Island Resorts, Empire State Building, Face of Fashion, Fine Fare Supermarket (233rd Street, Bronx), The Flamboyant Hotel & Villas, Global Bridal Weddings, Garvey Lundy Laundry, Golden Krust, Grace Foods, Grand Lucaya Bahamas, Grenada Board of Tourism, Guyana Tourism Authority, Haiti, Hard Beat Communications, Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort, Invest Barbados, Jamaica, Jet Blue, Jewels Dunns River Resort & Spa, Kalinago Beach Resort, Kantours the Destination Specialists, La Source, Laura Davidson PR, Marry Caribbean, Martinique Promotion Bureau, Ministry of Rum, Montserrat, Moxons Beach Club, The New York Times, One Caribbean Television, Opusseven, Puerto Rico Tourism Company, The Rosalie Bay Resort, St. Kitts Marriott & Royal Beach Casino, Saint Lucia, St. Maarten Promotional Bureau, St. Martin Chamber of Commerce, Tobago House of Assembly, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, the United States Virgin Islands, The Wall Street Journal, and World Travel Market, World Travel Market Latin America. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information on the Diaspora Forum and for the full Caribbean Week in New York programme, visit www.caribbeanweekny.com.

    The Caribbean Tourism Organization

    The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados and marketing operations in New York, London and Toronto, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency and comprises membership of over 30 member governments and a myriad of private sector entities.
    The CTO’s mission is to provide to and through its members, the services and information needed for the development of sustainable tourism for the economic and social benefit of the Caribbean people. The organization provides specialized support and technical assistance to member countries in the areas of marketing, human resource development, research and statistics, information technology and sustainable tourism development. The CTO disseminates information on behalf of its member governments to consumers and the travel trade.

    The CTO’s New York office is located at 80 Broad St., Suite 3200, New York, NY 10004, USA: Tel: (212) 635-9530; Fax: (212) 635-9511; E-mail: ctony@caribtourism.com; CTO’s London office is located at The Quadrant, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1BP, England. Tel: 011 44 208 948 0057; Fax: 011 44 208 948 0067; E-mail: ctolondon@caribtourism.com; CTO Headquarters is located at One Financial Place, Collymore Rock, St, Michael, Barbados; Tel: (246) 427-5242; Fax: (246) 429-3065; E-mail: ctobarbados@caribtourism.com. For more information, please visit www.caribbeantravel.com or www.onecaribbean.org. Get the latest CTO updates on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ctotourism. Connect with CTO on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CaribbeanTourismOrganization.

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  • TRINIDAD & JAMAICA UNITE FOR REGGAE

    Historically, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica have not shared the unity that Caribbean people should aspire to. In fact, both countries have engaged in petty rivalries which have served to do little more than divide their people further. The recent musical collaboration between two of the countries’ reggae singers, Mikey General (Michael Taylor) of Jamaica and Khali (Khalfani Taylor) of Trinidad, however, serves as an example of the love and unity between the two Caribbean nations.

    Brought together by their shared Rastafarian faith, both Taylor Bwoys have united their vocals on a revived version of the Rastafarian anthem, 1997 Exterminator hit, Ms. Taylor Bwoy. Given their shared surname and their shared experience in finding Rastafari, the track was an obvious choice for the collaboration.

    Produced by Good Vibes Entertainment, a newly founded production house which is also the result of the collaboration between both Taylor Bwoys, the song is a true representation of the greatness that is known as Jamaica’s reggae music history. Recorded and mixed by Anthony ‘Al’ Graham at the island’s famous Cell Block Studio, the single boasts of an all star musical cast, Kirk ‘Kirkledove’ Bennett on the drums, Donald ‘Bassy” Dennis on the bass and guitar and Paul ‘Wrong Move’ Crossdaleon the keyboard. Mastering work was done at the one and only Tuff Gong Studio by Mastering Engineer Gary Sutherland. Vocally the track is led by the Taylor Bwoys, but top vocal performer Paul ‘Lymie’ Murray also lends his talent to the single in a most melodic and harmonic manner. A video for the song is currently in production.

    When asked about the purpose of the collaboration, both Taylor Bwoys agree that it was within the fulfilment of their divine purpose. “Give thanks to Jah for these moments that I will cherish for eternity.” Those were the words of Khali Taylor when asked how he felt about the project, whilst his Jamaican counterpart, Mikey, can be quoted as saying, “I am very pleased with the quality of work, and Give thanks to Jah for sending the brother my way”.

    So it seems that similarly to the smash hit original version which was released in 1997, the remake promises to follow the same path, the path of success. Already a hit within the Rastafarian Nation on the island, it seems only a matter of time till the song spreads to the streets, the dancehalls and the rest of the Caribbean on a massive scale. The Taylors are hoping that the project will serve as an example of the Love of Rastafari and the Strength of Unity. An example that they hope their respective nations will take heed of and observe, but just as it is in every other story, we will have to wait for time to tell it.

    Persons can listen to Ms Taylor Bwoy here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEYzkOcq5mM and disc jocks wanting their copy should send an email to mariajacksonent@gmail.com

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  • COME HEAR THE NATION’S GENIUSES SPEAK

    The nation is invited to come, hear, and interact with its greatest artisans on Tuesday 5th June 2012 from 5- 8pm at City Hall, Port of Spain. On that day the Elder geniuses of Pan, Mas, Ramleela, Hosay, Tailoring, and other Trinbagonian crafts will speak to the nation in a Town Hall setting- and take our questions. The occasion will be the second staging of ‘Inheritance: The Elders Lecture Series’. For the next couple of months- on the last Wednesday of every month- 7 of Trinidad and Tobago’s Elder geniuses will gather to talk about their careers and their traditions. This forum allows Elders to speak amongst themselves and across traditions as to common goals, dreams, problems, and solutions.

    The first of the series was staged on Wednesday 25th April and featured the great bandleaders of T&T music. This included: Errol Ince of Brass Circle fame; indo-fusion pioneer Krishna ‘Teddy’ Bissembhar of D Rampersard Orchestra; and Clive Zanda of kaiso-jazz fame. Bandleader Joey Lewis was unable to attend due to illness as was Mungal Patasar. All the ‘Inheritance’ sessions- including audience responses- will be filmed for re-broadcast.

    The Elder Lecture Series is being staged by The Artists’ Coalition of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) in collaboration with the Ministry of Planning and the Economy in commemoration of Trinidad and Tobago’s 50th Anniversary of Independence. It is an opportunity to hear with our own ears the stories of how our Master artists did what they did against all odds…

    The Lecture Series is part of ACTT’s program of events for 2012- deemed ‘The Year of Memory’ because this year marks the last our nation will have with its surviving Golden Age Generation. Because it is a race against time in terms of recording and passing on Elder knowledge ACTT has launched a series of initiatives to rescue the nation’s disappearing Memory. They include: Project Memory- an international-standard best-practice museum-grade exhibition on the History of T&T’s Art and Culture. This will include the opening of the Brian Honore Audio/Visual Recording Unit which captures memoirs of our greatest citizens. This has been initiated by a grant from the Inter-American Development Bank and the Commonwealth Foundation, with sponsorship from: BPTT; the Division of Aging from the Ministry of the People; and the Information Division.

    ACTT will also soon launch- in partnership with First Citizens Bank- the first phase of The Guild of Masters- an initiative to pass on Elder skill to a new generation. Yet another initiative is the Indigenous Radio Programme which airs from 8pm-10pm every Thursday night on 91.1FM Talk City. This show is dedicated to mainstreaming local underground music like Trini-Rock, Trini-Reggae, Trini-R&B, Trini-Electronica, Trini-Hip-Hop, Rapso and much more. The programme aims to expose the rich variety of local music outside of Soca, Calypso and Chutney that is censored from the airwaves.

    The Elder Lecture Series is a perfect after-work lime for the mind and the public is invited to make notes in their diary of the next lectures in the series: local artisan Masters on Tuesday June 5th; local Humor geniuses on Wednesday June 27th; local Master artists on Wednesday July 25th; and local TV and Film geniuses on Wednesday August 22nd. This is a unique opportunity for the nation to engage its geniuses on matters concerning Culture, Art, and Trinidad and Tobago’s unique cultural Legacy.
    For further information or bookings, you may contact Rubadiri Victor at 797-0949 or at rubadiri@gmail.com and Sheldon Manoo at 394-3672 or at straceysbmanoo@yahoo.com

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  • The Seminal Release Chronicles the Genre’s Evolution with an Iconic Hit from Each Year Since 1962

    In celebration of Jamaica’s 50th Year of Independence, VP Records releases Out Of Many, 50 Years of Reggae Music on July 17, 2012. This comprehensive 3 CD compilation chronicles the country’s musical evolution with one significant hit from each year since the island’s independence in 1962. As an added bonus, the set closes with a newly commissioned 2012 version of “Independent Jamaica” by Peetah Morgan and Hollie Cook. From ska and rocksteady to roots and dancehall, Jamaica’s ingenious sounds have made a lasting impression on popular music worldwide.

    Out Of Many – 50 Years of Reggae Music captures the essence of every era over the past five decades with these 51 distinctive hits from artists including Lord Creator, Alton Ellis, Skatalites, Augustus Pablo, Dennis Brown, Culture, Eek-A-Mouse, Yellowman, Barrington Levy, Gregory Isaacs, Shabba Ranks, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Ninjaman, Beres Hammond, Lady Saw, Beenie Man, Sizzla, Sean Paul, Elephant Man, Tanya Stephens, Mavado, Gyptian and many more. The collection includes extensive liner notes written by reggae historian Noel Hawks. He discusses the innovation and evolution of the island’s music, and how the iconic label VP Records – once Randy’s Record Mart at 17 North Parade in Kingston, Jamaica – played a crucial role in the production and worldwide distribution of these sounds.

    The album features the monumental anthems that played a pivotal role in the Jamaica’s musical history. The disc opens with Trinidadian singer Lord Creator’s 1962 calypso track “Independent Jamaica.” This benchmark record was the #1 in Jamaica at the time and was produced by Vincent Chin, the founder of Randy’s and VP Records. It was also the first song licensed in the U.K. by Chris Blackwell’s Island label.

    The set then delves into the ska era with The Skatalites’ “Malcolm X” to the soulful cool sounds of rocksteady with hits “Mouth A Massy” by Alton Ellis, “Take It Easy” Hopeton Lewis and “Ba Ba Boom” by The Jamaicans. Featured songs like Dave and Ansel Collin’s timeless “Double Barrel” (Jamaica’s first #1 hit in the UK) and Dennis Brown’s “Westbound Train” mark the defining era of reggae, which is further solidified with 70s’ roots classics like Junior Byles’ ominous “Fade Away” and Culture’s “Two Sevens Clash.”

    The Out Of Many collection also includes the 1985 game-changing hit “Under Me Sleng Teng” produced by King Jammy and the track’s vocalist Wayne Smith. This song introduced computer driven rhythms, which spawned the dancehall era and created the template for contemporary reggae music as a whole.

    From dancehall hits (Shabba Ranks’ “Mr. Loverman,” Beenie Man’s “Who Am I,” Sean Paul’s “Get Busy” and Mavado’s “Weh Dem A Do”) to lover’s rock anthems (Beres Hammond’s “Can’t Stop A Man” and Gyptian’s “Hold You”), roots reggae tunes (Sizzla’s “Just One Of Those Days” and Tanya Stephens’ “These Streets”) leading into dubstep (“Zungguzungguguzunggezeng (Horsepower Remix)” by Yellowman), Out of Many’s musical sphere offers a well-rounded variety of the island’s seminal sounds.

    Over the past fifty years Jamaica’s music has made an indelible mark as a cultural beacon throughout the world. Today, reggae is one of the most influential musical forms. Out Of Many celebrates these achievements of the past and the promise of the future into one must-have collection.

    TRACK LISTING:

    Year Song Title – Artist

    1962 Independent Jamaica – Lord Creator
    1963 Blow Roland Blow – Joanne Gordon/Roland Alphonso
    1964 Malcolm X – The Skatalites
    1965 Mouth A Massy – Alton Ellis
    1966 Take It Easy – Hopeton Lewis
    1967 Ba Ba Boom – The Jamaicans
    1968 Such is Life – Lord Creator
    1969 I Love the Reggay (Do The Reggae) – The Gaylads
    1970 Love of the Common People – Nicky Thomas
    1971 Double Barrel – Dave and Ansel Collins
    1972 Java – Augustus Pablo
    1973 Westbound Train – Dennis Brown
    1974 Everything I Own – Ken Boothe
    1975 Fade Away – Junior Byles
    1976 I’m Still In Love With You – Marcia Aiken
    1977 Two Sevens Clash – Culture
    1978 Smoking My Ganja – Capital Letters
    1979 We Got Love – Freddie McGregor
    1980 Ice Cream Love – Johnny Osbourne
    1981 Wa-Do-Dem – Eek-A-Mouse
    1982 Fattie Boom Boom – Ranking Dread
    1983 Zungguzungguguzunggezeng – Yellowman
    1984 Here I Come – Barrington Levy
    1985 Under Me Sleng Teng – Wayne Smith
    1986 Hello Darling – Tippa Irie
    1987 Rumors – Gregory Isaacs
    1988 Telephone Love – JC Lodge
    1989 Twice My Age – Krystal & Shabba Ranks
    1990 Mr. Loverman – Shabba Ranks & Deborah Glasgow
    1991 The Going Is Rough – Cocoa Tea & Cutty Ranks
    1992 Gal Wine – Chaka Demus & Pliers
    1993 Return Father & Son – Ninjaman
    1994 Under Mi Sensi (94 Spliff) – Barrington Levy and Beenie Man
    1995 Can’t Stop a Man – Beres Hammond
    1996 Give Me The Reason – Lady Saw
    1997 Who Am I – Beenie Man
    1998 Heads High – Mr. Vegas
    1999 Can You Play Some More (Pull it Up) – Beres Hammond and Buju Banton
    2000 Down by the River – Morgan Heritage
    2001 Give It To Her – Tanto Metro & Devonte
    2002 Just One of Those Days – Sizzla
    2003 Get Busy – Sean Paul
    2004 Pon De River Pon De Bank- Elephant Man
    2005 Living In Love – I-Wayne
    2006 These Streets – Tanya Stephens
    2007 Weh Dem A Do – Mavado
    2008 Roots – Etana
    2009 I Feel Good – Beres Hammond
    2010 Hold You – Gyptian
    2011 Zungguzungguguzunggezeng (Horsepower Remix) – Yellowman
    2012 Independent Jamaica (2012 Version) – Peetah Morgan and Hollie Cook

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  • Charly Black Releases I’m A Trelawny Citizen Mixtape!

    Proud ‘Country Bwoy’ and veteran Dancehall DJ Charly Black prepares to release his first mixtape for fans on Friday May 25th, 2012.

    Mixed by Easy Peasy Sound and DJ Unique, Black takes fans on a musical journey beginning with his inner lingua letting fans know that no matter what, he will keep pressing forward. The next track, “Times Like These,” is set to a Reggae riddim with lyrics that warn us to ‘not be fools’ in times like this, and more importantly, have faith.

    Dancehall classics spanning the last few years to present run the rest of the mixtape highlighting hits such as “Rich Dis Year,” “Too Blessed” and “Badman Nuh Bleach.” It also features the ladies favourite and uptempo fun song “Cool and Deadly Wine” from the Caribbean Girls riddim produced by Bambino Muzik and F.R.E.E. Entertainment.

    Expanding his catalog and vocal versatility, Black includes the Dancehall ballad “Fall in Love Again,” a song dedicated to a special lady who has been hurt in the past and has finally met a man who wants to play a special role in her life.

    Of the mixed tape, New York’s Nigel Angus says “We had a lot of fun putting this mix together. Charly has a lot of hit records that his fans love, so we wanted to put those hits in one place for them! The mixtape is madd – no trupidniss!”

    Coming from the Trelawny community, Charly makes sure to put his foundation on the map with the song “Anyweh We Deh” and “Party We Seh” which features Trelawny Citizens who adds additional flavor to the chunes.

    Fans can download the mixtape “I’m A Trelawny Citizen” here: http://www.mediafire.com/?ivk88j8awexq9

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  • NY launch for Richie Stephens gospel album – “God Is On My Side”

    Veteran singer Richie Stephens is getting set to launch his new gospel album titled “God Is On My Side” in New York on Thursday, June 14, 2012. The 12 track disc, which was released on the VP Records imprint, includes powerful original songs like “God Is On My Side,” “Tears” and “In The Name of God.” It also features traditional gospel songs like “Why Me Lord,” “The Lord Is My Shepherd,” “Only A Fool” and “A Change Is Gonna Come.

    The first single titled “Gospel Medley” from the album helped to establish Stephens as a credible gospel singer, while the second single “The Lord’s Prayer,” featuring Konshens is enjoying heavy rotation on both gospel and secular stations at home and in the Diaspora.

    Stephens has had a whirlwind year since he and Gentleman released “Live Your Life” last summer. The song topped charts in Florida, Atlanta, Canada, Jamaica and other parts of the Caribbean and was voted “Song of the Year” on New York’s Irie Jam Radio ‘Top 100 Songs for 2011.’ He was recently honored with a “Lifetime Achievement Award at the third annual Linkage Awards in March, less than a month after he was presented with an ‘Achievement Award’ at the 16th annual Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival in Trelawny for his twenty seven year contribution to the reggae industry.

    Aside from getting awards, Stephens has been winning new fans with several electrifying performances in Germany, Holland, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Croatia where he was the special guest of Gentleman last year. His most memorable performance was before a crowd of 750,000 in Poland, at the biggest festival in the world — Woodstock.

    Stephens kicked off 2012 in Jamaica with a memorable performance at the 16th annual Jazz & Blues Festival, the same night that pop singer Celine Dion delivered a historic performance at the festival. His next big outing will be as one of the headline performers at the inaugural adidas Jamboree in NY on June 9, 2012 with Shabba, Shaggy and Fayann Lyons.

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  • ARDIE CUBAN RETURNS MAJOR REGGAE OUTDOORS CONCERTS TO DOWNTOWN HARTFORD, CT

    SHAGGY AND FRIENDS, ARDIE CUBAN==RETURNS MAJOR REGGAE OUTDOORS CONCERTS TO DOWNTOWN HARTFORD CONN USA SUN JUNE 17TH 1.00PM

    TOP TWO TIMES REGGAE ARTIST OF THE MONTH AND ICON (PROMOTOR) ARDIE CUBAN WHO IS A GLOBAL NAME IN REGGAE MUSIC TAKES BACK REGGAE MUSIC TO CORPORATE DOWNTOWN HARTFORD CONN USA SUNDAY JUNE 17TH FATHERS DAY FROM (1.00 PM) AT THE–(LAZ PARKING LOT) COMPLEX 410 MARKET ST HARTFORD CONN IN THE MIDDLE OF DOWNTOWN

    THIS TIME ARDIE CUBAN TEAMED WITH LONGTIME FRIEND AND GREAT PROMOTOR (KENSTAN) OF WWW.ACTIONAUDIOSTORE.COM,LAZ PARKING.COM,NEW COUNTRY BENZ&BMW,WILLIE DANIELS OF TROPICAL BENZ Z THE POWERHOUSE IN REGGAE MUSIC WHO PUTS ARTIST LIKE (SEAN PAUL) VEGAS AND MANY MORE OUT IN THE WORLD,SEAN LION ENT ANOTHER TOP PROMOTOR WHO ALWAYS WORKS WITH ARDIE CUBAN PUT,S TOGETHER ONE OF THE BEST TEAM TO PROMOTE THIS EVENT AS THEY MOVE REGGAE DOWNTOWN FOR GOOD,NOW IT HAVE A HOME

    ITS NOT THE FIRST CUBAN BRINGS REGGAE TO CORPORATE,IT WAS ARDIE CUBAN AT A YOUNG AGE THE ONLY ONE STILL TO DATE TO BRING ICON (BOB MARLEY) TO DOWNTOWN HARTFORD CONN IN THE 70,S AT THE BUSHNELL HALL ON BOB MARLEY LAST SHOWS ON EARTH,CUBAN WAS THE ONE WHO ALSO WITH FRIEND (GARFIELD) INTERDUCE REGGAE CONCERTS TO (LAZ PARKING) WHERE THEY BOTH SOLD THEM OUT,CUBAN AGAIN STILL THE ONLY ONE TO BRING REGGAE CONCERTS INTO DOWNTOWN (DILLION STADIEUM) AND LIST GOES ON IT BE JUST AS EASY TO JUST WWW.GOOGLE.COM (ARDIE CUBAN) TO SEE THOSANDS OF STORIES ON HIM WORLDWIDE

    SUNDAY JUNE 17TH IT DONT GET ANY BIGGER FOR FATHERS DAY IN HARTFORD CONN,AS (SHAGGY AND FRIENDS)–I–OCTAINE–SERRANI–DING DONG–CHRIS MARTIN–NOOKIEMAN–AVALANCH–JUKIE BLACKS–MARIO CHEEF–KAMAR DAPA–MAD ALLIANCE–MORE MONEY–TROPICAL BEN-Z–ARDIE CUBAN AND MANY MANY MORE PERFORM LIVE IN CONCERT,RIGHT AFTER THE CONCERT YOU WILL BE TREATED TO AN AFTER PARTY AT THE WEST INDIAN CLUB 3340 MAIN ST HOSTED BY TOP PROMOTORS (G-MONEY) OF THE MAVADO/BOUNTY KILLER ALLIANCE FAME AND MONEY MACHINE HIMSELF FOR ACTION CAR AUDIO/ONE UMBRELLA INC,YOU WILL FIND MOST OF THE TOP SOUNDS PLAYING THERE LIKE (GERMAN INT) OUT OF MASS,(DJ ACE),(BLACK HUSTLER),JERRY SPRINGER,STRIKA ONE,HOT LEXX,BLACK RHINO,DJ STARDON,SUPATOUCH,DJ ZACK THE LIST GOES ON

    TO ADD TO THIS GREAT LINEUP OF ARTISTS THE FANS WILL BE TREATED TO SEE SOME OF (SHAGGY) AND MOST OF THE CARS FROM OTHER ARTISTS AND TOP DEALERS ALL IN ONE PLACE (LAZ PARKING LOT) COMPLEX HOSTED BY TOP RADIO HOST DIVA NIKI Z–PATRICK POWER OF WWW.BUSYRADIO.COM

    LAST FANS COULD LISTEN TO JUST ABOUT EVERY RADIO STATION TO WIN TICKETS LIKE WWW.JAMMYSRADIO.COM,ONE LOVE RADIO AT WWW.SIBLINGMUSIC.COM,WWW.BUSYRADIO.COM,WWW.FLAVA105.COM,ALL COLLEGE STN,HOT 93.7,KISS FM AND MORE,GET YOUR TICKETS ONLINE NOW AT (ACTIONAUDIOSTORE.COM) AND ALL YOUR LOCAL TICKETS OUTLETS IN CONN AND MASS OR FOR MORE INFO CALL ONE UMBRELLA INC 352 340 6698 ACTION STORES 860 667-6330–860-308-5345 EMAIL ONE UMBRELLA AT-ARDIECUBAN@AOL.COM

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  • Samuel Archer’s Sweat Tears and Milage

    Sweat Tears and Milage is the 6th CD project from Samuel Archer. Consider it The Best of Samuel Archer’s music featuring selections from the previous albums commemorating 14 years as a featured vocalist. The new album includes his most recent offering which also carries the title of the album – Sweat, Tears and Milage.

    “Soca Therapy,” was released in the summer of 1998, which debut Samuel Archer into the worldbeat genre, respectively soca. Just to note, Soca Therapy has never been formatted for Internet downloads and it’s presently out of print, however this new project features two strong favorites namely “Caribbean Man (In America),” and “Soca Therapy.” In 1999 he followed with “The Return,” which reflected inspirations from his trip to West Africa. The song “Till We Do Something About It,” became an anthem for various progressive causes and also cemented Samuel as an artist with a message. His biggest selling album to date is “De Gospel According to Sam,” which resonated well with the Caribbean market, primarily the American Christian market and the European Christian markets respectively.

    Sweat, Tears and Milage features musicians: Scipio Sargeant on guitar, Clifford Johnson on percussion and Earl Brooks on Steel Pan. Romano “OneDread” De Souza did engineering and mixing.

    Samuel Archer has performed in the US, St. Thomas, Senegal, Trinidad & Tobago, including popular venues like SOB’s, (Sounds Of Brazil) and 1st Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum.

    This album re-introduces Samuel Archer into the world of performing, writing and producing after a brief hiatus. The album features his composition and own version of “Baby Girl,” originally recorded by B2K. The song was also featured in the first installment of the movie “Barbershop,” starring Ice Cube.

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  • Caribbean Investment Forum Now Days Away

    Entrepreneurs looking to meet investors or do business in the Caribbean have just days left to book their spot for the 2012 Invest Caribbean Now forum.

    The power forum, a partnership between digital media company, Hard Beat Communications and the Caribbean Tourism Organization during Caribbean Week in NYC, will include as this year’s panelists: Jonathan S. Blue, Chairman & Managing Director, Blue Equity, LLC. and CEO of Cool Petroleum; Jay Yeo, President, Solamon Energy Corp.; Lisa Lake, Chief Development Director, Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean; Jean Arnell, vice president of the French Saint Martin Chamber of Commerce, Hon. Minister of Tourism of St. Kitts and Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, Ricky Skerritt; and an official of the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Commission.

    Richard Branson is being honored for his commitment to the Caribbean through The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship – Caribbean and for his lifetime of entrepreneurship, and his inspirational leadership.

    “It is a great to be honored in this way,” commented Sir Richard. “I have had a home on Necker Island in the Caribbean for many years and find the people are highly entrepreneurial. The first year’s intake at the Center has only reinforced my views and it’s great to see the wide variety of businesses we have; everything from cake making to coral reef protection. Our aim is to help create hundreds of jobs across the Caribbean.”

    Invest Caribbean Now 2012 is the place to be to find out what is happening in the Caribbean right now and what is emerging for the future. The forumcomes as Chinese investment in the Caribbean continues to boom in this free trade emerging market economy that is politically stable and boosts a highly literate work force and an established tourism market,and which the International Monetary Fund and World Bank forecast will see a 3.5 percent growth into 2013, higher than the economies of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and similar to those of East Asia.

    “If you are an entrepreneur looking to connect with PE’s or a private equity investor, investment banker, financier, real estate developer, hotel chain executive, lawyers, architect looking to grow your money and do business in an emerging market that is on the up and up, then this is a can’t miss event,” said Felicia Persaud, convener of Invest Caribbean Now and CEO of Hard Beat. “To book last minute seats or tables to the event log on now to InvestCaribbeanNow.com or call 718-476-3616.”

    Invest Caribbean Now 2012 sponsors are The French Saint Martin Chamber of Commerce, (CCISM), and One Caribbean Television while supporting sponsors include the PR Newswire, CaribPR Wire, News Americas Now and Damoola Inc.

    For remaining sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities email Joe Bernstein at joe@investcaribbeannow.com.

    Supplementary information on the event can be found at InvestCaribbeanNow.com, the event’s pages on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/people/Invest-Caribbean/100002110419705 and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/InvestingCarib. When tweeting about this event, use #InvestCarib.

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  • Machel Montano / BelO

    Machel Montano – Soca’s most transformative star is undeniable,” was destined for greatness from the start. He became active in music at an early age. His 1985 debut album Too Young to Soca was an instant hit. In April of 1986. He won a number of awards and became the first Trinidadian and youngest to ever win this prestigious contest, that clearly shows his talent and love for music. On July 12th, let’s celebrate Brooklyn with the socially conscious Creole singer-songwriter BélO, Mark your calendar and let’s all celebrate!

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  • Red Carpet, Step and Repeat awaits Reggae & World Music royalty, July 4th Independence weekend

    As Chicago and the rest of the country gear up for America’s biggest holiday, July 4th Independence, the Martin’s international produced 31st International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA), and the 20th International Festival of Life (IFOL), which is combined for the first time is now becoming the talk of the globe. Fans from Hawaii, France, England, South Africa, Ghana, Japan, China, Canada, the Caribbean and throughout the United States are securing tickets and making travel arrangements to what is expected to be one of Chicago’s biggest July 4th celebrations, running Wednesday through Sunday, July 4th to July 8th, 2012.

    “This is the first time that Chicago will witness an upscale red carpet ceremony in the park, combined with a major festival, and fans are getting really excited,” said Ephraim Martin, IRAWMA and IFOL producer. The red carpet on the green Washington park grass will be graced by the following reggae and world music celebs (several with national honor of the Order of Distinction “OD” behind their names) who will walk the red carpet, give acceptance speeches, present Awards and perform: Rita Marley, OD, Marcia Griffiths, OD, Judy Mowatt, OD, Freddy McGregor, OD, Tony Rebel, OD, Ken Boothe, OD, Dean Fraser, OD, Queen Calypso Rose, Gyptian, Tarrus Riley, I-Octane, Third World, Richie Stephens, Queen Ifrika, Mutabaruka, Nkulee Dube, J.Cee, D’Angel, Awilo, Cladius England, Top One Frisson, Guero Loco, Carl Brown, RoobyMan, Survivors, Mae Ya T. Ryan, Kenny Rox, Casper-Mr. C, Copeland Forbes, Berko-African Spectrum, Winford Williams-CVM TV, Field Marshal, Public Announcement, Chi-Lites’ Marshall Thompson, Enchantment and others.

    The 20th anniversary of the International Festival of Life takes place from July 4-8, 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm daily, except July 5 and 6th, 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm in Washington Park, steps from President Barack Obama’s home, in Chicago, Illinois. The evening of July 5th is set aside for the Red Carpet IRAWMA Awards ceremony. The red carpet arrival is at 6:00 pm and the showcase at 7:00 pm.

    Ephraim Martin said that this celebration is also in honor of Jamaica’s 50th Year of Independence and is dedicated to Health Awareness.

    The Festival of Life will feature a health pavilion, and a pavilion showcasing “All Things Jamaican,” serving as a road to Jamaica’s Golden Jubilee in August. Importers/exporters, hoteliers, shipping services, travel–oriented entrepreneurs and businesses that market Jamaica or Jamaican brand products are encouraged to contact Martin’s International at 312/427-0266 or e-mail: irawmasponsor@gmail.com to be a part of the pavilion.

    This history making 31st IRAWMA and the 20th anniversary IFOL is sponsored by NBC 5 TV- Chicago, The Chicago Park District, Chicago Office of Tourism, Amway, J.FC Jerk and Fried Chicken, Robert Scott – One Stop Studio, Rogers Park Fruit Market, Insurance Brokers, Inc, Captain Hooks Fish/Chicken and Firehouse, KCB Inc, Seashell Restaurant and others. The Marriott Chicago Midway is the official hotel for the five day celebration. Travelers are encouraged to fly into Midway Airport. For hotel reservations call 1-800/956-2606 and mention the code “FES”.

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  • HEINEKEN EUFA

    Chelsea fans are still celebrating after the victory of their team at the UEFA Champions League final last Saturday May 19. The Blue team beat their red rivals Bayern Munich in a penalty shoot- out after the scored was level 1-1 after normal time. Whilst millions of football fans enjoyed the game all over the world either at home or with friends at bars and various spots, here in Saint Lucia Heineken presented the biggest viewing party for fans at the Derek Walcott Square. The event was enjoyed by hundreds of football fans who came out to support their teams or simply enjoy the lime whilst taking in the game on a 20 ft by 20 ft screen.
    Heineken transformed an entire quadrant of the square with the Angels and Gladiators theme, where fans converged securing their spots on the lawn, on tables or grouping close to the Heineken bar for a full exciting afternoon which livened up the city of Castries. Heineken brand manager Gaius Harry says he was very satisfied with the way the event turned out and thanked fans and supporters for not only turning out in large numbers but having good clean fun too. “We have grown this event and the build up with the UCL promotion was very much embraced by Saint Lucians. So the culmination with the viewing party on the Derek Walcott Square was a real treat for our fans and we thank the supporters who are really the winners no matter the outcome,” Harry says.
    Saturday’s event besides the viewing of the game and Heineken on special, featured music by the 2012 Heineken Green Synergy winner Selecta Twis, DJ Lovely and video mixing by Oaktreez. There were also lots of giveaways of Heineken paraphernalia, whilst VIP fans enjoyed ice-cold Heineken and eats in the VIP stand.
    Ahead of the game Heineken staged the pre-EUFA Champions League Green Carpet party at Club Santic Rodney Bay under the theme Angels and Gladiators. The party afforded patrons the opportunity to win some cool prizes compliments Heineken and dance the night away to the music of Levi Chin, DJ Lovely and Selecta Twis.

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  • Natural Black pays homage to radio jocks on new single Tune In

    Radio disc jocks have over the years played a vital role in bringing the music to the ears of the people.

    Reggae artiste Natural Black has recorded the song Tune In as homage to radio disc jocks all over the world that have consistently supported good quality music.

    Tune In is the latest from the Guyanese born reggae artiste who teamed up with producers Adrian ‘Donsome’ Hanson and Peter ‘Shady’ Harrison to produce this engaging hit. The song is already a favorite on radio stations not only in Jamaica but across the Caribbean and Europe.

    The song’s mellow groove is delivered with a passionate vocal and musical charm. It outlines the positive contribution that disc jocks have made to the music industry bringing good positive music to the ears of the music lovers.

    Natural Black has maintained a steady pace among reggae music loyalists. His catalogue of hits over the years includes Far From Reality, Songs with Feeling, Bad Mind and Never Leave You Lonely.

    To date he has released eight studio albums for various record labels include Greensleeves Records and Organic Records.

    Tune In is among a number of tracks featured on the revamped Mr. Brown rhythm from Donsome Records/Shadyville.

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  • A book every West Indian should read…

    “Life of an artist,” is a nonfiction biography about Franklyn V. E. Seales. He’s known for his acting in the sitcoms Silver Spoons as the business manager, and in Amen as Lorenzo the music minister. He also lit up the silver screen for his role in The Onion Field, co-starring James Woods and Ted Danson. There’re so many excellent works featuring Franklyn Seales in the world of movies, but the real story is his journey to stardom.
    The book gives us a narrative account of Franklyn by his siblings who interacted with him on a daily basis during his childhood. From that tender young age his siblings sensed that he was special and that he danced to the beat of a different drummer. His script to follow in life was internal; it was like he already knew his purpose for being here.
    In the book, one learns that he was a native son of St Vincent, growing up in the culture and lifestyle of dialect, toting water, cricket, picking mango, hunting crab, coconut oil, and mosquito bites.

    There’re many instances that give the reader humorous accounts in Franklyn’s life and at the same time the inspiration of the journey can be felt, which leaves many to wonder “How did a West Indian person slip through the cracks of red tape, intimidation blossomed with a successful acting career in Hollywood?”
    Not only was he an actor, there were other talents he exhibited and developed. All these accounts are embedded in this amazing memoir.
    This story will inspire many regardless of the path in life they presently follow. It can and will build the confidence in the hearts of those who intend to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

    The Author:
    Jean M. Dorsinville is a retired executive, like many of his generation, is a member of the Haitian Diaspora who left the Motherland in the mid fifties to join his parents in New York where his father was named his country’s ambassador to the United Nations.
    His formative years were spent at the College de Saint Laurent in Montreal under the aegis of the Holy Cross Fathers. His undergraduate studies followed at New York University where he earned a degree in Economics.
    After graduation, he married Vincentian born Leslie B. Seales in 1965 and is proud parents of Natasha and Dimitri, and grandparents of twins, boy and girl, Nadia and Benjamin IV.

    Life of an Artist is a recommended read, it’s a story to celebrate and internalize. The story and achievements of Franklyn V. E. Seales must be told!

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  • Fashion Fabulousity will take over Mount Vernon NY

    Mount Vernon NY Comes Alive:
    Butterfli Wings Foundation will be holding it’s annual Fashion Fabulousity Dinner/ Fashion Show On Sunday June 10, 2012 at Macedonia Center 103 W 2nd Street, Mount Vernon NY. This event is to offset the cost of school supplies/personal care items for children and schools in the Island of Jamaica. We are honor to be helping fifteen (15) Schools throughout Jamaica͵ along with building bathrooms͵ computer rooms and water fountains.
    Fashion Fabulousity will take over Mount Vernon NY
    Come Join Fashion Fabulousity on Sun June 10, 2012 5pm, as some of the most talented caribbean designers grace the runway with their lines, along side top models and entertainments. Special Guests will be in attendance, also gracing the stage with her angelic voice UK Artist Keisha White ( The Weakness In Me). Butterfli Tia will be unvailing her t- shirt/ cap line. This will be a event to remember. Come experience this great cause and Event with us.
    PURPLE CARPET 5-6PM, DINNER 6-7:30PM, FASHION SHOW 7:30PM SHARP
    BUTTERFLI WINGS FOUNDATION IS HONOR TO ASSIST CHILDREN IN THE ISLAND OF JAMAICA BY HELPING THEM WITH THE THINGS THEY NEED TO FURTHER THEIR EDUCATION. THIS YEAR WE ARE ASSISTING FIFTEEN SCHOOLS, ALONG WITH BUILDING BATHROOMS & WATER FOUNTAINS
    CONFIRMED GUEST: Mayor of Mount Vernon NY Mr E. Davis, Erica Mena ( VH1 Love & HipHop) (Oxygen Channel Bad Girl Clubs) Flo. Teshera Simmons (VH1 Couples Theraphy)
    CONFIRMED PRESS: NEWS 12 WESTCHESTER, Chanel 11News, VIBE, SOURCE Magazine, ZYNC TV, AND MORE!

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  • Hapilos Teens Father’s Day Contest!

    Send us a picture of yourself and your Dad with a matching caption. Your pic and caption should tell the story! Get your friends to like your story to vote. The Story with the most “Likes” will become the winner. Each participant has to be a TEEN and a member of our Teen page. The winning Dad will dine in style – with his kids on Father’s Day, at a restaurant to be announced and will be Limo-driven to the destination.
    Send all entries to hapiteens@hapilos.com along with your Name, Father’s name, phone number and email address. Competition ends June 6.
    The contest is open to all Jamaica and U.S.A residents. Hapilos Ent group employees and their immediate families are not eligible.

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  • ‘KES THE BAND’ HITTING U.S. WEST COAST FOR PERFORMANCES

    Award-winning
    Trinidadian recording artists and performers, Kes The Band are hitting California
    from May 28 to June 11th for performances at the 26th Annual UCLA
    JazzReggae Festival, a private industry showcase at Sayer’s Club in
    Hollywood (sponsored by Trinidad’s top rum company, Angostura), public
    performances at L.A. staple underground parties Afro Funke and Bacchanal, to
    conduct various interviews, as well as to record with Billboard Top 10
    Dance/Pop music producer DJ Ammo aka Damien Le Roy, Grammy winning
    producer Poet Name Life, and more.
    The trip will be the most impactful west coast run to date for the band who recently
    collaborated with rap legend Snoop Dogg on the official remix of their hit
    single, “Stress Away”!
    Frontman Kees Dieffenthaller is eager to bring the group’s unique, genrebending
    and energetic sound back to the West Coast of America, stating: “The rest
    of the world has already been so receptive to our sound and energy and we can’t
    wait to bring it back and to continue spreading our positive party vibes while picking
    up some West Coast flavor at the same time.”
    Kes The Band has been touring the Caribbean and overseas extensively since
    winning the Caribbean’s top musical honor, the coveted Soca Monarch award in
    Feb 2011 with the single “Wotless” – which is a spin-off pronunciation slang of the
    word, ‘worthless’.
    Their touring/performance schedule within the last two years has been jam-packed
    with high-profile gigs from Europe to Asia and from North America to the Americas,
    including over 40 shows just within the small window of this
    year’s Carnival festivities. After Carnival, the momentum didn’t stop, with a soldout
    show of over 2,500 patrons at New York’s Best Buy Theatre in March 2012.
    Kes The Band brings live entertainment into a new experience for many outside of
    their native ‘bacchanal’ land with enthralling performances that combine the
    traditional elements of a Caribbean band with the innovative DJ/danceproduction
    techniques of the electronic music world, and high energy dancing
    a la America’s Best Dance Crew.
    Their music is a mix of Soca (the traditional music of their native Caribbean island,
    Trinidad & Tobago), high-energy Club/Electronic Dance Music laced with hints
    of Rock n’ Roll and modern-day Pop sounds. With their common theme of feeling
    good, letting loose n’ letting go, each Kes song is to be played at maximum volume
    and enjoyed in a care-free (‘wotless’), party-like atmosphere reminiscent of
    Trinidad’s world-renown annual Carnival, the 2nd biggest in the world to Brazil’s
    ‘Rio Carneval’, where masquerading, dancing and all forms of revelry (debauchery
    too!) are celebrated by all without regard for race, creed, color, age, class or
    gender. If you haven’t been yet, Kes is here – soon to bring it to YOU!
    2012 West Coast Tour Dates
    5/28 26th annual UCLA JazzReggae Festival @ UCLA Campus
    5/31 Private Industry Showcase @ Sayer’s Club, Hollywood, CA
    6/1 Bacchanal @ Del Monte Speakeasy, Venice Beach, CA
    6/7 Afro Funke @ Zanzibar, Santa Monica, CA
    6/9 Soca Fete 4 @ New Karibbean City, Oakland, CA

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  • KES West Coast Performances

    Award-winning recording artists and performers, Kes The Band are hitting California from May 27 to June 11th for a private industry showcase at Sayer’s Club in Hollywood on May 31st (sponsored by Trinidad’s top rum company, Angostura), public performances at L.A. staple underground parties Afro Funke and Bacchanal, various interviews, and recording sessions with Billboard Top 10 Dance/Pop music producer DJ Ammo aka Damien Le Roy, Grammy winning producer Poet Name Life, and more.

    The trip will be the most impactful west coast run to date for the band who recently collaborated with rap legend Snoop Dogg on the official remix of their hit single, “Stress Away”!

    Frontman Kees Deffeenhear is eager to bring the group’s unique, genre-bending and energetic sound back to the West Coast of America, stating: “The rest of the world has already been so receptive to our sound and energy and we can’t wait to bring it back and to continue spreading our positive party vibes while picking up some West Coast flavor at the same time.”

    Kes The Band has been touring the Caribbean and overseas extensively since winning the Caribbean’s top musical honor, the coveted Soca Monarch award in Feb 2011 with the single “Wotless” – which is a spin-off pronunciation slang of the word, ‘worthless’.

    Their touring/performance schedule within the last two years has been jam-packed with high-profile gigs from Europe to Asia and from North America to the Americas, including over 40 shows just within the small window of this year’s Carnival festivities. After Carnival, the momentum didn’t stop, with a sold-out show of over 2,500 patrons at New York’s Best Buy Theatre in March 2012.

    Kes The Band brings live entertainment into a new experience for many outside of their native ‘bacchanal’ land with enthralling performances that combine the traditional elements of a Caribbean band with the innovative DJ/dance-production techniques of the electronic music world, and high energy dancing a la America’s Best Dance Crew.

    Their music is a mix of Soca (the traditional music of their native Caribbean island, Trinidad & Tobago), high-energy Club/Electronic Dance Music laced with hints of Rock n’ Roll and modern-day Pop sounds. With their common theme of feeling good, letting loose n’ letting go, each Kes song is to be played at maximum volume and enjoyed in a care-free (‘wotless’), party-like atmosphere reminiscent of Trinidad’s world-renown annual Carnival, the 2nd biggest in the world to Brazil’s ‘Rio Carneval’, where masquerading, dancing and all forms of revelry (debauchery too!) are celebrated by all without regard for race, creed, color, age, class or gender. If you haven’t been yet, Kes is here – soon to bring it to YOU!

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  • CURAÇAO HOSTS “BATTLE OF THE BLUE” RUM RUMBLE EVENT AT THE HUDSON TERRACE IN NEW YORK

    Curacao has New York seeing blue! The Curaçao Tourist Board hosted the “Battle of the Blue” portion of the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s “Rum Rumble: Battle of the Mixologists” at New York’s Hudson Terrace on May 10, 2012.

    The Curaçao Tourist Board hosted trade, media and other thirsty New Yorkers for the Rum Rumble cocktail recipe contest, featuring local bartenders competing for the title of “Best Caribbean Rum Cocktail”. Bartenders were tasked with using the island’s famous Blue Curacao Liqueur as the featured ingredient, with several judges presiding over the mixology competition. Bartender extraordinaire, Caesar-Robert Alfano, took home the winner’s crown with his “Poseidon’s Tongue Twister” cocktail.

    With help from Curaçao representatives of the Curaçao Tourist Board, Blue Curaçao Liqueur Mansion Chobolobo Factory, Kura Hulanda Resorts, Hilton Curaçao, Princess Beach Curaçao, Curaçao spread the word of its upcoming Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival featuring headliners Carlos Santana and Alicia Keys, as well as the island’s burgeoning tourism product and new attractions. The event was one of a series of Rum Rumble competitions kicking off the start of Caribbean Week in New York, June 4-9, 2012.

    The Battle of the Blue succeeded in sparking continued interest in Curaçao in the North American market, with the island recently selected as the ‘Favorite Caribbean Destination’ by About.com in 2012 and the ‘Top Destination 2012’ by Frommer’s.

    For more information about Curaçao or for your free information packet, please visit www.curacao.com.

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