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Monthly Archives: July 2012

  • Nyron Releases Debut EP, Available Worldwide Today

    Barbadian artist Nyron debuts his music globally with his EP available worldwide today, July 31, 2012. Determined to give the masses a sample of his sounds, the EP contains three tracks spanning three genres, and distributed digitally by FOX FUSE.

    A Barbadian breeding led to a diverse musical portfolio for this budding artist, who harbors strong backgrounds in the R&B, pop and soca genres. With the goal of giving fans a solid introduction to his versatility, each song on the EP explores a different genre, and presents an artist without boundaries.

    “I’m pumped that this day is finally here,” disclosed Nyron. “I’ve waited for a long time to release my sounds to the world and I hope everyone enjoys my hard work.”

    Inking all the lyrics himself, the EP hits off with “Number,” an up-tempo, tropical tune that captures the Caribbean island vibe. The second single flows with “Lemme See Ya Hands,” a sexy club banger that features Barbadian hip-hop artist, Teff. Rounding out the selections for the EP is “I Can’t Do It,” an energetic but breezy song that is as pop as it gets.

    Nyron first emerged in 2008 with his poignant pop single “Always B Around.” He plans to re-record the track for his debut album, which is currently in the works. With a strong lineage of pop artists emerging from Barbados including megastar Rihanna, and the resulting demand for artists with his background, Nyron is bound to score with the worldwide audience, and realize his dream of bring his Bajan brand to the international stage.

    Follow Nyron’s mission at,, and log on to for further information on this rising star. For media and booking inquiries, please contact the FOX FUSE Publicity Department at 1-212-300-3813 or

    Media Alert: We are currently scheduling interviews with Nyron. Please contact the FOX FUSE Publicity Department at 1-212-300-3813 or

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    New York City is poised for an electrifying World Soca Monarch during the week of Brooklyn’s Carnival. Many soca artistes across the Caribbean have expressed eagerness. The two-night event will be held at Tropical Paradise Ballroom, Brooklyn, on Tuesday, August 28 (semifinals night) and Thursday, August 30 (finals). The competition is produced by EVERYBODY’S “Caribbean” Magazine. EVERYBODY’S has staged four previous World Monarch contests: Chalkdust won the EVERYBODY’S World Calypso Monarch on two occasions and Ronnie McIntosh and Edwin Yearwood won the EVERYBODY’S World Soca Monarch title.
    Jason Benn, a radio DJ soca personality, is promoting and organizing the competition on behalf of EVERYBODY’S.
    A panel of international judges will select ten (10) artistes from the semifinals to compete in the finals on Thursday, August 30.
    “Although New York City is perceived by some as a Caribbean town, it is not a Caribbean island. Therefore, it is not practical to stage the event outdoors; we are going modest by holding it indoors, in an 800 capacity venue,” explains Count Robin, the Calypso & Soca Revue-Tent manager. “Moreover, government is not underwriting the competition or awarding monetary prizes as is customary in the region.”
    EVERYBODY’S is giving a minimum of $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners respectively. The other artistes in the finals will receive a performance fee.
    The reigning EVERYBODY’S World Soca Monarch is Edwin Yearwood of Barbados.

    2012 CALYPSO & SOCA TENT: Artistes to appear in the Calypso & Soca Revue-Tent at Tropical Paradise Ballroom, Brooklyn, include Sparrow – Calypso Rose – Shadow – Duane O’Conner – Edwin Yearwood – Lord Nelson – Sugar Aloes – Becket – Swallow – Sexy Suzie – Red Plastic Bag – Count Robin – Brown Boy – Fatman George – Susan Kennedy – Poser – Dance Master – Jason Benn – Sunshine Band – … and more stars to be added.
    Sunday, August 25: Opening and Trinidad & Tobago 50th Independence Anniversary Gala.
    Monday, August 26: Ladies Nite and Two on One Ticket
    Wednesday, August 29: Toast to Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica 50th independence
    Friday, August 31: Trinidad & Tobago Independence Nite
    Saturday, September 1: Independence Fete

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  • Fay-Ann Lyons Ready To Show Off her Versatility at House of Marley Concert in T&T

    Fay-Ann Lyons-Alvarez says the only thing that could possibly make the House of Marley concert any more amazing would be the appearance of Bob Marley himself on stage at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on August 30. Lyons-Alvarez, her husband Bunji Garlin and her father, living legend, Super Blue will perform at the anticipated concert event alongside the likes of Damian Junior Gong Marley, Kymani Marley, Stephen Marley and Julian Marley. “ This is history in the making. It’s phenomenal to actually be able to share the stage with the sons of Bob Marley on one night,” said Lyons-Alvarez.

    House of Marley is a show that event organisers say is intended to take patrons away from the ordinary and into the realm of international standards where lighting, sound, stage and certainly décor will play an important part in setting the mood for a memorable showcase of Caribbean talent. Fay-Ann disclosed having performed with members of the Marley family on various occasions before. “ I headlined a show in Washington with Junior Gong once and I performed with him again at another event. I also performed for the Basia Beat Breast Cancer concert in Trinidad two years ago, where Kymani Marley was on the cast as the headline act, so this will be a pleasure again, and more so now that we’re all going to be together for this great event,” she said.

    Organisers of the House of Marley show have been reporting positively on ticket sales, this as patrons across T&T anxiously prepare for what is considered one of, if not the biggest event to be staged in Trinidad in 2012. Already, Fay-Ann and her soca family have assured that there will be a mixture of music that she said would essentially create an enjoyable repertoire for fans and music lovers. “ The way we’ll be approaching this concert will be very different from what people are accustomed to seeing from us in Trinidad. We’re used to performing at Jazz festivals that feature a lot of big name artistes from across the world and when we do, we’re able to show off our diversity with a mixture of musical styles and cover tracks from other entertainers. Now, we’re getting a chance to do this at home- and we’re very excited to show the home crowd that we can deliver just what they need at an event of this caliber,” said the artiste.

    The soca element of this concert is expected to deliver a truly momentous touch, as Fay-Ann will share the stage with her husband and father at the same time. “ This is truly soca royalty and I’m really happy that we’re being given this chance to perform together in such a massive arena at home,” said Fay-Ann. Eager for the date to arrive, the soca superstar who has captured multiple road march titles says this is a concert that everyone should be a part of as the cast is one of the best she’s heard of for some time, in Trinidad. “ This concert will be memorable and I can guarantee that what we’re coming with, will leave patrons very happy at the end of the night.”

    The House of Marley concert will feature three areas for patrons – those being General, VIP, which is closer to the stage and VVIP- the only area that will offer the closest view of the stage with free premium beverages and hors d’oeuvres throughout the night. The concert will also see the likes of several upcoming T&T entertainers of the reggae fraternity take the stage, among them, Collis Durante, Aaron Marquez, Orlando Octave and Derwin Vallie. Additional information on the concert is available at

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  • Aug 19 DubShot Summer Stage Afterparty with Inner Circle, Rootz Underground and Special Guests

    On Sunday Aug 19th, Dubshot Records in collaboration with Chris Blackwell Rum and Midtown 1015 will host the official after party for Central Park ‘s Summer Stage concert with headlining act Inner Circle and special guests Rootz Underground, Iris Ation featuring Rhatid Sound and Prince Polo. The night will feature live performances, an exclusive listening session, artist meet-and-greet, promotional giveaways and very special guests.

    The third annual DubShot summer reggae party has hit the rooftops this year at Midtown 1015 (53rd st & 2nd ave). The Summer Stage afterparty will also celebrate the signing of Rootz Underground and release of lead singer Stephen “The Lightning” Newland’s new album in stores August 14th. The Lost Tracks is eclectic collection of unreleased material, spanning 14 years, from the singer. Rootz Underground will perform at this exclusive affair, after wrapping an east coast tour which stretches from New Jersey to Vermont. Their third new album Return of the Righteous, is tentatively scheduled for Fall 2012 on DubShot Records. The signing with DubShot comes on the heels of the acquisition of their debut release and best seller, “Movement,” from Warner Music Group/ADA.

    To anyone who’s familiar with Inner Circle, the GRAMMY winning band’s 20-year-plus history in reggae has had a long string of success. Inner Circle’s special brand of pop-oriented Jamaican beats and energy-filled live performances have allowed the band to transcend the traditional reggae niche and enjoy widespread crossover appeal. From their early days with lead singer Jacob Miller, to the internal hits “Bad Boys (COPS theme song)” and dance party favorite “Sweat,” Inner Circle’s brand of unforgettable hooks and island beats has kept the band a mainstay in the reggae world. Fresh off a tour throughout Europe and the east coast of the US with international reggae band SOJA, the Bad Boys of Reggae return to the big apple to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence with Israel Vibration and The Mighty Diamonds. After their performance in Central Park, the band will be performing a special set featuring new songs from the upcoming album Dub Planet-X in stores August, 21st. Led by keyboard player Touter, the new album represents a significant contribution in dubstep from a reggae act – a genre whose origins rest in the echo chambers of the dub studios in and around Kingston, Jamaica, but have evolved oversees to become a worldwide phenomenon.

    The evening will also include performances from DubShot recording artists Prince Polo and Iris Ation. Brooklyn-based Iris Ation, who recently made a viral splash with her video for “Hello Operator feat Tropical Fantasy,” will be making her debut performance with her production partners Rhatid Sound in support of the new single currently available at iTunes. Dub technician Prince Polo, who released his debut album Brooklyn Bodega in 2011, will be spinning and dubbing tracks from his new project with legendary dub producer Clive Chin.

    The first thing to come to mind when thinking of Jamaica’s greatest exports is usually reggae, but that is about change with Blackwell Fine Jamaican Rum. The brainchild behind the brand is Chris Blackwell – the man who introduced the world to Bob Marley, founded Island Records and the Island Outpost group of resorts. Blackwell was born and raised in Jamaica and hails from one of the island’s oldest rum producing families (we’re talking 17th Century!). Drink specials will be available from the fine rum brand with suggested mixed drinks themed for the rooftop reggae celebration.

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  • Rupee Headlines Carnival-Themed Benefit, ‘Riddim Runway Festival

    On September 22, 2012, Caribbean Carnival comes to Southwest Florida as King Leo Promotions, in association with Hotel Indigo, presents their 5th Annual Riddim Runway Festival, carnival style. The streets of downtown Fort Myers will be filled with carnival costumed-paraders and end with a benefit concert featuring international reggae and soca artists.

    Riddim Runway is a fusion of live Caribbean music and fashion, and was created by King Leo Promotions as a way of giving back/giving thanks by providing support to local charities. Each year, profits from Riddim Runway are allocated to local charities. This year’s beneficiaries will be Colours School of the Arts and C.C.M.I Soup Kitchen.

    “We are proud to announce that we have once again teamed up with Hotel Indigo to bring this festival to the River District in Downtown Fort Myers,” says Jessica Williams, President of Marketing and Communications for King Leo Promotions. “Downtown Fort Myers has always been our home, we definitely feel the love here.”

    Live music, vendors and designers will be displayed on Broadway between First and Main, with Broadway completely shut down to traffic for the event. The fashion show will feature international designers Jewel Shannon, Chila For Fun, and Mystic Creationz. There will also be a line of styling done by Mocha Mintality and Frugal Fashionista. The parade will line up on Broadway at 7:30 p.m and go down First Street, then Hendry Street, then on to Main Street and end on Broadway. The carnival parade will be followed by a concert showcasing international soca and reggae artists including Girl Meets Boy, Glenn Blakk, Juliette Mills, Kehv, Keisha Martin, and will be headlined by international soca superstar, Rupee.

    “We’ve received a tremendous amount of support and excitement from the River District Business and the Southwest Florida community as a whole,” states Stacy Lee-Williams, Vice-President of Marketing for King Leo Promotions. “It’s great to see the community coming together to enjoy fashion, culture and music and at the same time helping out our local children and families.”

    Admission is FREE with 2 cans of food for the CCMI Soup Kitchen. VIP tickets are $20 and are on sale in advance, online at Canned food can be dropped off in advance at Indulgence Salon, Twin Cutz Barber Shop, The Linen Cottage, HOWL gallery, Edison State College, Rasmussen College, and Cowboy Up Saloon. Event organizers are still actively looking for sponsors and drop-off locations for canned foods. If interested in sponsorship or need more event information, please contact Stacy Lee-Williams at 239-462-4044 or e-mail For media inquiries, please contact Jessica Williams at 239-462-4121 or e-mail


    King Leo Promotions, Hotel Indigo, Edison State College, Florida Gulf Coast University Community Outreach Department, Hodges University, Downtown House of Pizza, Space 39, Spirits of Bacchus, Cowboy Up, Roland and Fields Dermatology, Twin Cutz Barber Shop, Diamond District, Treasure Chest, Xhale Hookah, A Kiss of Sugar, Roland and Fields Dermatology, Title Junction, Favors Couture, Good 2 Go Restaurant, Sweet Mama’s Island Cuisine, Calendar Girls, MidLifeCOOL, Acoustic Affairs, First Fridays of SWfL, RS Stage Rental, Focus of SWFL, What’s up SWFL, Yaad an Braad, Urban Connect Multimedia, Happy Life Media, Impressionist Music, Fox Fuse, Lance Henderson Photography, Nyla D. Photography, Daryl Morson Photography, Cruzan Vibes, Tribal Love Entertainment, Selecta AJ, Griff Gotti, Labray Beauty Services, Indulgence Salon, Fierce Entertainment, Community Vibes and Spaz LLC

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    Somewhere out there is a reggae singer who is singing songs that address the human condition — socially, economically and spiritually. Bushman is one such singer.

    In his latest single, Somewhere, which he describes as “a song of lament infused with abundant hope”, Bushman comes at you with the passion and strength for which he is known, especially when addressing serious issues,

    According to Bushman, Somewhere was inspired by his love for all things African and also the current state of the global economy. The steady, rhythmic pattern of the drums over the music and mystery of the tribal language harkens to the Motherland, Africa, while setting the mood for this powerfully haunting single penned by the reggae singer.

    “There are certain topics that we can never get away from, so it’s best to just face them squarely and keep the light on them through song,” is how Bushman responds to the question how the plight of certain people affect him.

    Poverty, human rights and justice (or the lack thereof), threat of nuclear weapons and overall destruction are all highlighted in Somewhere, the first single from Bushman’s upcoming album, Conquering Lion, which comes on the heels of his 2011 VP/Penthouse offering, Bushman Sings The Bush Doctor, a tribute to Peter Tosh.

    Bushman is quite happy with the progress of the latest album and is encouraged by the reaction to Somewhere, which is available for download on iTunes. Following a recent performance in Costa Rica early July, one fan commented, “This song is so good, it gives me the chills. Keep it up. Somewhere, Somewhere out there, I know there’s gotta be way, Somewhere, Somewhere out there, the kids will find a place to play.”
    The single was written and produced by Bushman, who also plays the guitar and wood on the track. It was recorded at his own Greenhouse studio in St Thomas, Jamaica, where he lives.

    Born Dwight Duncan, in the lush hill top village of Spring Garden, St. Thomas, Bushman was raised as a Rastafarian. While attending Lysson All Age School, his music teacher noticed his potential for music and nurtured him in his developing stages. He then went on to Yallas High School where he continued to shine musically as a member of the school choir, a member of the Yallas drum core, playing the bass organ, also participating in numerous school concerts. He was also a member of the New Testament Church of God Choir, where he earned the name Ark Angel.

    During his teenage years he became the selector for Black Star Line sound-system. Going by the moniker, Junior Melody. he took part in several singing competitions and talent searches in and around St. Thomas. Gaining a strong local fan base Junior Melody began to sing dub plates for local sound-systems such as Lees Unlimited, Mello Construction, King Majesty and others. The rave reviews from the sound selectors and the people of his community encouraged Junior Melody to take his talent to the next level, the studios of Kingston Jamaica, the place to be if he wanted to make a name for himself in the reggae business. After many month of traveling to Kingston and waiting around at the studios, Junior Melody met Steely and Cleevie who invited him to audition at Studio 2000. Their first song together was Grow Your Natty, an outstanding debut, Swiftly followed by the hit Call The Hearse. The rest, as they say, is history.

    Staying true to his roots, Bushman is not afraid of making his voice heard. He gives thanks for knowledge and growth and a career path that is taking him somewhere.

    “I want to say a big thank you to the musicians who worked with me on making Somewhere. Respect to bass player Rupert Mckenzie, Courtney Pantan on Congo drums, keyboard player Phillip “Winta” Green, drummer Delon “Jubba” Whit eand harmonisers Eleanor “Brady” Walters, Simone Gordon and Carolyn Traore. It was a pleasure working with them on Somewhere,” Bushman said.

    Bushman leaves for Guyana this weekend and from there he flies to New York for other engagements.

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    Carnival is to the Caribbean as fish are to the sea – one simply cannot exist without the other. In Martinique, the analogy is taken one step further when sports and sea are brought together for a celebration unlike any other, the famed Yawl Boat Race (Tour des Yoles Rondes). A yearly highlight of the Martinican social calendar, the Yawl Boat Race will be contested this year between July 29 and August 5, literally encircling the Isle of Flowers with a boundless spirit of joy, replete with pulsating rhythms, prodigious libations and nonstop parties.

    “This is a uniquely Martinican cultural event that gives a wonderful expression of our seafaring environment and the importance that the daily catch still holds in our society today,” said Muriel Wiltord, director of the Americas for the Martinique Promotion Bureau/CMT USA. “At the same time, it’s a great party with daily celebrations across the island open to all.”

    Yawl boats featured in the race are constructed with painstaking detail in the grand tradition of Martinican fishing vessels initially developed by local craftsmen in the 70’s. Each vessel flies brightly colored rectangular sails over rounded canoe-like wooden hulls made from local Pear trees. As distinctive in style as they are challenging to sail, quick and agile yawl boats test the mettle of even the most experienced sailors; their rounded hulls ensuring an instant capsize if ever the vessels should come to a stop at sea.

    This year’s race departs initially from the picturesque seaside village of Le Robert, continuing in a counter-clockwise fashion around the island in seven stages. Teams representing various towns across Martinique compete alongside international competitors from neighboring islands. Visitors and locals turn out by the thousands each day of the race to offer enthusiastic support and enjoy the festivities.

    As is the case with traditional land-based carnival celebrations, the Yawl Boat Race is a spectacle of color. Each vessel is brightly festooned for the occasion with crewmembers sporting matching corporate-sponsored race-wear akin to that of a Formula One race team. Local food, invigorating music and dances punctuate each day’s victory with the largest spectacle reserved for the race finale and the crowning of the overall winner.

    Throughout the race, the party extends to the high seas where hundreds of yachts, catamarans, speedboats, and other private vessels trail the racers, partying along the way. Charter boat operators offer affordable race packages, including meals, excursions to secluded beaches and more, enabling visitors to experience the race up-close and at sea.

    Whether experienced on land or by sea, the Yawl Boat Race is a uniquely Martinican take on traditional Caribbean celebration that is not to be missed.

    For more information on the 2012 Yawl Boat Race, including the latest details on tour and charter packages, travel agent referrals, and more, please contact the Martinique Promotion Bureau/CMT USA at Tel: 212-838-6887, or Email:

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  • Reggae Legends Inner Circle Celebrates Jamaica50 with Free Show at Central Park NY Aug 19 . SoJa and Inner Circle July 29 and 31

    Celebrate Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence with this day of Jamaican reggae music.

    To anyone who’s familiar with Inner Circle, the GRAMMY® winning band’s 20-year-plus history in reggae has had a long string of successes. Inner Circle’s special brand of pop-oriented Jamaican beats and energy-filled live performances have allowed the band to transcend the traditional reggae niche and enjoy widespread crossover appeal. From the launch of their first album in 1978 entitled, Everything Is Great, to the launch of the album, Bad Boys which became an international hit featuring the title track as well as the dance party favorite “Sweat,” Inner Circle’s brand of unforgettable hooks and island beats has kept the band a mainstay in the reggae world.

    The story of reggae group Israel Vibration’s success starts out with their humble beginnings as children battling polio in a Jamaican rehabilitation center. Cecil Spence (Skelly) and Lascelle Bulgin (Wiss) bonded through music while in the clinic and quickly became friends. As the duo got older, they found the faith of Rastafari and created songs which expressed their spiritual beliefs. Since then, the duo’s music has been spellbinding audiences for over two decades with their mix of traditional roots reggae and deeply spiritual messages such as the critically acclaimed album, On The Rock and its follow-up Free To Move, which reached number one on the CMJ New World charts.

    The Mighty Diamonds are the most consistent and long-running reggae trio in Jamaican musical history. For over forty years the group has been entertaining and educating the world with their conscious lyrics, soulful harmonies and polished performances that led them to become known as the reggae group with the Motown sound. Their debut album Right Time, has become a reggae classic while the single, “Pass the Kutchie” from the album Changes, became an international hit and has since been covered by reggae group, Musical Youth whose version “Pass the Dutchie” also garnered fame globally. With over forty albums released, the group remains a favorite of the dance hall crowd, roots and progressive audiences.

    Head DJ of Eastern Standard Time on WKCR 89.9
    FM in NewYork City, DJ Carter Van Pelt is a true student of Jamaican music of every era, from ska to dancehall. He’ll celebrate Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary with far-ranging selections covering every era. His WKCR program has earned a worldwide reputation for bringing artists to the studio for historic interviews, augmented with deep cuts, all played from vinyl. Van Pelt is the founder/producer of the popular Coney Island Reggae Soundsystem Series, held each summer on the iconic Coney Island Boardwalk. He also hosts a program on the Internet station Radio Lily.

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    miss caribbean usa (Paula Leake) was first invited into conn on past fathers day for the big SHAGGY AND FRIENDS fathers day music festival by icon promotor and reggae artist Ardie Cuban,she went onstage in hartford conn for the first time the thosands of fans love her and could not get enough of her,so by public demand they requested her back

    this time she will jion yet the biggest name in reggae MAVADO live onstage at his upcoming jamaica and trinidad (50)th independece music festival celebration saturday august 11th 5.00 pm right after the west indian day parade is over in downtown hartford conn,you should head right over to the new PASSION NITE CLUB OUTDOORS 145 newfield ave near the walmart off 84 west flatbush ave exit

    mavado and friends,paula leake and the tropicalfete world media group will already be in the house for an early start show at 5.00 pm,for much more info/press on paula leake miss caribbean just visit search (paula leake),mavado,ardie cuban,conn biggest radio host with the best rated voice and saturday morning 9.00 am to noon radio show (Glenda G) who we all did a feature on
    the leading lady could be heard on 103.3 fm in hartford conn,you could also call from anywhere in the world to tune in live on your phone at 1 213-493-0165,this year hartford conn celebrations is the biggest yet because its jamaica/trinidad 50th year of freedom,so Mavado and his friends is gonna do it in a different way by having this live music festival been done his way
    get your tickets online at and at all local outlets in conn and mass we all like to see you there to join our miss caribbean paula leake, mavado and his friends with his crew for this great early evening concert $35adv more at gate

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  • Sizzling Summer for Big Band Karma

    There seems to be no slowing down for top Chutney-Soca outfit Karma. The band which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2012 has had an action packed year thus far complete with a vigorous Carnival season, numerous tours and concert spectaculars. As the July/August period heats up, Karma will be blazing trails in various high profile appearances around the globe.

    Just recently, Karma moved a step closer in its quest to take the Chutney-Soca genre to mainstream audiences when they performed for visitors at North America’s beloved theme park, Six Flags Great Adventure, ,,in New Jersey. The band’s lead female vocalist, Nisha Bissambhar, who received rave reviews for her performance in the famed amusement park shared, “We feel very honoured to have performed at Six Flags. We are always excited to have the opportunity to break international barriers and represent T&T, Chutney-Soca and Caribbean music on the whole, especially in front of such diverse crowds”.

    Nisha, who will soon unleash some mid-year music releases, applauds the success of her brother and band mate Ravi who is currently scorching the airwaves with the monster track “Doh Sticky” which is a collaboration with Soca star Swappi. The popular tune which was produced by hit maker Klase Gonzales of First Klase Productions has been gaining more and more rotation at top urban and East Indian radio stations as music fans have embraced the combination of Ravi’s Hindi-flavoured vocals alongside Swappi’s hard-hitting Ragga-Soca lyrics.

    In the upcoming weeks Karma will be hitting several summer stages which include Guyana’s annual international concert series ‘Jamzone Summer Break’ as well as many major events during Toronto’s Caribana such as the ‘Calaloo Cruise’, ‘Wicked in White’, ‘Chutney in D Park’ and the famous ‘Fire Fete’. The band will also headline the 3rd edition of Angostura’s ‘Rumland’ in Trinidad’s Jean Pierre Complex. Fans and music lovers can also look out for the Karma’s 10th anniversary super show in August.

    As soon as the end of August approaches, Karma will be gearing up for an onslaught of appearances at New York City’s Labour Day celebrations and Miami’s 2012 Carnival.

    Keep up to date with the latest Karma news and music via and both Nisha B and Ravi B’s Facebook Pages.

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  • Where the Music is Always Alive: Jamaica Jazz & Blues 2012

    In the midst of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence, HBO and Flow will host a private screening of the HBO Special, Where the Music is Always Alive: Jamaica Jazz & Blues 2012. The program, debuting in the Caribbean August 4th and throughout Latin America in September, showcases the most important musical event of the region, which this year includes legendary artists such as Celine Dion, Shaggy, Damian Marley, John Holt and Jully Black.

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    “We are thrilled to be sharing in this celebratory moment, together with Flow, here in Kingston,” said Javier Figueras, Corporate Vice President of Affiliate Sales for HBO Latin America Group. “By investing in local productions, we continue to bring Jamaica’s cultural wealth and natural beauty to a forefront throughout both the Caribbean and Latin American regions.”

    In addition to celebrating Jamaica’s musical tradition, the HBO Special also brings the emblematic landscapes and scenic views of Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Dunns River Falls and the Blue Mountains into sharp focus. While capturing the rhythmic beats of Reggae, Ska, Mento and Rocksteady, Where the Music is Always Alive: Jamaica Jazz & Blues 2012 also highlights the island’s appeal as a sunshine paradise.

    “This fascinating Special will bolster our ongoing efforts to tap into the burgeoning Latin American market, as many viewers will certainly be lured to our shores by the captivating sights and sounds of our beautiful island,” said the Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism and Entertainment. “The fact that it will showcase Jamaica to viewers in Caribbean and Latin American countries means it will provide a unique and invaluable opportunity to further market our destination and build brand Jamaica. It not only shines the spotlight on the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival but also puts our rich culture and history on display as we celebrate our 50th anniversary of independence. We are honoured to be associated with this brilliant initiative, which continues to redound to the benefit of our wonderful destination. I must commend Flow and HBO for the production of what has proven to be a very innovative and effective marketing tool, which continues to provide destination Jamaica with significant exposure in the Caribbean and Latin America.”

    With one-third of its patrons being visitors to the island, this year’s Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival saw the largest audience turn-out in the three-day concert’s history. The HBO Special shares this vibrancy onscreen, not only through performance vignettes, but also through energetic commentaries featuring acclaimed artists such as Kymani Marley, Marcia Griffiths, Mykal Rose, The Temptations, Tessane Chin and Tami Chynn, among others.

    “This was an extremely important opportunity for us to use our technology and platforms to help widen the reach of Jamaica by highlighting the very best of what the island has to offer,” said Michele English, President and COO of Columbus Communications Jamaica Limited, operators of Flow and Columbus Business Solutions brands. “Our partnership with HBO for a second year in a row demonstrates our continued commitment to support, share and celebrate local culture with the rest of the world, and, at the same time, garner international attention for Jamaica.”

    The half-hour program will have a repeat showing on Monday, August 6th (Jamaica’s Independence Day); additional showings will air in the Caribbean throughout August and September. The show will also be available to HBO On Demand subscribers (contingent upon cable operator).

    About HBO Latin America
    HBO Latin America is the leader in paid, Premium television network broadcasting in the region, who as well as being recognized for the quality and diversity of its original programming, movies, and documentaries, delivers services of the highest technology in SD and HD formats in over 23 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean through its channels HBO®, HBO2®, HBO® Plus, HBO® Family, HBO Caribbean®, Cinemax®, Max®, Max HD® y Max Prime(SM) and its SVOD service.

    About Columbus Communications Jamaica Limited (Flow & Columbus Business Solutions)
    With just about six years since its entry into Jamaica, Columbus Communications Jamaica Limited, operators of Flow and Columbus Business Solutions, has already made an indelible impact on the local telecommunications industry placing Jamaica as a regional industry leader for data connectivity and innovative digital products. With its dynamic triple play of services – digital cable TV, digital landline and blazing speed Internet, Flow is helping to build a tech savvy, digital, knowledge-based society as Jamaicans forge ahead in keeping apace with the latest global technological trends.

    Flow has made a significant commitment to Jamaica, investing over US$300M million to date; in developing human resources, building an island wide all digital infrastructure and enhancing digital education in schools as part of the company’s social development programme. Jamaica is now the only country in the region with a direct undersea fibre-optic connection to the United States and South America as Flow via its express, direct, network system to Boca in Florida and Cartagena in Colombia. The record investment in the undersea system also provides Jamaica with unprecedented capacity, resiliency, redundancy and reliability for broadband data communications.

    In 2011, Flow launched its business arm. Columbus Business Solutions, the combined forces of Flow’s (Jamaica’s broadband Company) superior business services and its sister company, Columbus Networks’ regional state of the art, scalable, network, boasting the latest high tech infrastructure, found in the region. Columbus’ sub-sea fibre optic network touches 22 countries in the region and carries over 60% of all internet traffic in the Caribbean.

    Columbus Business Solutions leverages Columbus’ superior network and expertise to bring the best products services to our customers. This means that even the smallest business, as well as the largest established multinational organizations can benefit from the most advance expertise and technology in the region.

    Flow is also demonstrating excellence in corporate social responsibility by supporting enhanced learning via its Building Leaders Through Technology Programme which offers schools free of cost commercial grade internet and digital cable connection; mentoring and youth development activities with the service clubs in communities across Jamaica and investments to athletic developments in Jamaica. Flow is also ‘a major supporter of sports in Jamaica via its title sponsorship of the Flow Champions Cup, the national basketball team and basketball league -Flow National Basketball League. The company also supports the development of local cultural by partnering with various groups including CALABASH and the Jamaica Jazz and Blues festivals.

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  • RepJa Honors Jamaica 50

    There is no denying that music, fashion and dance go hand in hand, it’s hard to think of one without the other and often the line is blurred as to which influences which the most. RepJa came on the scene with a groundbreaking clothing line that broke away from the traditional red, gold and green that one is expected to see when you “Rep” Jamaica. These young designers born and bred in Jamaica and now residing in the States represented what they knew best and drew from their every day life. American street wear influences with nuances of Jamaica’s thriving mix of music, language, reggae dances and culture, and by doing so represented Jamaica “RepJa”!
    Getting inspiration by music, dances and every day slang, it was a normal progression that RepJa would deliver music to their growing worldwide customers, and what better time than to honor the launch of their first riddim in time to celebrate Jamaica’s 50th Independence Celebration.
    RepJA Riddim represents Jamaica’s diverse culture and features Jamaica’s top Reggae artists Gyptian & Dynamic Duo RDX, Toronto’s own Kardinal Offishall, R&B group Untitled (who is signed to Hip-hop superstar Ludacris DTP Label), Laza Morgan, Spanish duo Los Rakas, India Shawn, Atlanta’s hottest local reggae artist Dre’, Latonya Style, Blacka Di Dansa, Basiq & Kid Daytona.
    RepJA Riddim embodies the motto “Out of Many, One Riddim”. The riddim is blended with diversity featuring a talented mix of Dancehall, R&B, Spanish and Hip Hop artists.
    RepJA (Represent Jamaica) is a groundbreaking clothing line that is inspired by the colorful yet gritty streets of Jamaica.
    On July 19th, 2012 The Exclusive Listening Party for the RepJA Riddim was held in Atlanta, GA where various media houses and reggae lovers gathered at club Metro Fuxon to be the first to hear the RepJA Riddim. Many left giving a plethora of favorable reviews. V103’s celebrity DJ (DJ Kash) hosted this celebration. Attendees received gift bags with RepJA logos T-Shirts, rags, stickers and buttons from the RepJA clothing line.

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  • Montserrat Celebrating Its 50th Festival This December

    The Caribbean island of Montserrat is preparing to celebrate its 50th cultural festival from December 14, 2012 to January 2, 2013.

    Dubbed Montserrat Festival 50, this year will be a homecoming for many nationals now living around the world, who were forced to migrate after volcanic activity began in July 1995.

    “Our people abroad have said they are coming home in large numbers and we plan to make this festival not just memorable but one that will encourage them to return more often and to consider investing in our redevelopment,” says Honourable Parliamentary Secretary Jermaine Wade, who has been given responsibility for pulling off this Jubilee celebration with the support of the Montserrat Festival Committee.

    Montserrat’s cultural festival began in December 1962 as an extension of the numerous activities that were celebrated across the island for Christmas but also to welcome home those who’d migrated to the United Kingdom and Canada for work.

    Until today, hundreds make the annual trek home to experience among other things the traditional St. John’s Day village festival on December 27, the masqueraders and string bands which are fixtures of Montserrat’s festival. This December those numbers are expected to increase dramatically.

    “We want people to tell us that they are coming even if they’ve already made reservations at local guesthouses and villas or staying with family and friends,” says Project Officer with the Montserrat Tourist Board Rosetta West. “Our accommodation stock is not at pre-volcano levels and we want to make sure that everyone is taken care of so that they can have the best experience possible for our 50th celebration.”

    While events are still being added to the calendar, a preliminary list of activities have been released by the festival committee. These include both daytime and evening activities for the entire family, lots of community events, pageants and competitions to choose from.

    “We don’t want anyone to be left out,” says Chairman of the festival committee Johnny Wyke. “Our programme has been expanded to offer workshops on making our national dish goat water, stone oven bread, a cake and wine show, village meet ups along with the popular calypso competitions, parades and queen pageants. There are also many private activities added to the calendar to cater to community groups and social clubs so that everyone can enjoy Festival 50.”

    The organisers of the Alliouagana Festival of the Word have shifted this fourth year’s event from November to December 7 to 9 in order to take advantage of the expected increased crowds. The focus this year will be Caribbean films as well as launching new literary projects focused on commemorating Montserrat’s 50 years of festival.

    The Montserrat Secondary School Alumni Association will be hosting its second reunion, which includes a week of social and community events with funds raised donated to the local high school. Other charity events during the month of December are the charity hike and the Sir Howard Fergus Scholarship.

    Popular events such as the Emerald Community Singers Show, Night of Pan, and the Regional Women’s Calypso Show will join newcomers such as Soca Frenzy’s international show, a 50th Gala to honour the former pageant queens and calypso monarchs and the village meet ups which will give residents of neighbourhoods now destroyed to congregate and reminisce while enjoying traditional string band music.

    New Years Day festivities with mas bands reminiscent of festival days at Sturge Park look set to make a return this year, with more than 15 bands already registered. In recent years, the annual street parade has seen less than seven mas bands on the route. This year, several new bands will make an appearance including Waka Waka Mas band out of the United States with their Treasures of Alliouagana theme. Some sections of Island Diva Mas band have already sold out in their Rendezvous themed costumes. There will be several t-shirt troupes along with mas bands Flour People, A Bijou Production, Flower Garden, 50 Strong, Montserrat International Troupe and the Rotaract Invaders.

    Full details on how to contact the mas band leaders to register or to add events and sponsor Festival 50 activities can be found on Follow the progress towards Festival 50 on twitter @mnifestival.

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  • George Nooks teams with DPhil Productions for new single

    Foundation reggae singer, George Nooks, has taken another classic and put his signature spin on it.

    The song, an original Bee Gees classic entitled In The Morning, was recorded on a rhythm of the same name produced by the New York-based DPhil Productions label.

    Commenting on the song Nooks said, “I’ve always enjoyed doing covers of great classics and Bees Gees happen to be a favourite group of mine.”

    So when his friend Phillip ‘Fatter One’ Thompson of DPhil linked him about doing a song on the rhythm, it just seemed natural to select something from Bee Gees.
    “I’ve known Fatter for a while and he always wanted us to work together. But nothing happens before its time,” said Nooks of the producer.

    Other artistes featured on the In The Morning rhythm include Luciano, Uprising Roots Band and Sluggy Ranks.

    With over two decades of experience under his belt, music producer Phillip Thompson, made the decision to elevate his musical career to yet another level by sitting at the helm of his own company, DPhil Productions.

    A producer and recording engineer who has worked with some of the greatest producers in the industry, DPhil Productions has linked with a talented team of musicians
    and is ready to unleash a slew of singles, including never-before-heard recordings from late singers Dennis Brown and Sugar Minott.

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    Burgeoning Music Producer and Recording Artist, Justin “Jus Bus” Nation is hot off the July 13th release of the much anticipated breakthrough single and music video “Blasting Away”. Only about a week since its release, the single has already garnered over 10, 000 hits on youtube. Jus Bus co-produced the cutting-edge single with Torsten Stenzel, the well known European chart-topping producer who now resides Antigua. Also featured on the single are hip-hop artist LogiQ Pryce and Drastic of the group Them Islandboyz (Kiss Me Girl Feat. Jah Cure). The Antiguan trio teamed up to deliver a fresh and unique sound. A fusion of Hip-Hop, Pop and Rock “Blasting Away” immediately puts you in the mind of Grammy-Award Winning acts like Justin Timberlake, The Script and OneRepublic. The single’s undeniable Caribbean appeal however makes this song a one of a kind, creative masterpiece.

    “We are so proud of this single and video. We want to inspire everyone to plant their own seeds and to watch it grow and to remind them to never give up on their dreams” says Jus Bus. The single “Blasting Away” is an ingenius lyrical and musical production and the unconventional video proves that stellar creativity and talent in Antigua and the Caribbean is undeniable.

    The specially animated video transforms all three artists into a troll, goblin and faun and places them in a parallel universe where they struggle with music and life and the realities of the modern world. Though they plant the seeds, success doesn’t always come and as such they continue to strive to “blast away” to the stars pledging to never give up and ultimately freeing themselves from this world. The video was produced over the course of around 16 weeks By Kenny Frankland with 2D Animation by Mark Paterson.

    “Blasting Away” is an Offshore Music ltd. and Tinspider production.
    Watch the video here on youtube:

    DOWNLOAD it on iTunes:

    Music Video Directed, Edited and Animated by Kenny Frankland with extra 2D Animation by Mark Paterson –

    Music Produced by Torsten Stenzel & Justin “Jus Bus” Nation
    Epilogue Music Co – Produced & Performed By Kasey Phillips Of Precision Productions.

    Blast away with us now!

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  • Bacchanalist Soundtrack for MTV Real World, St. Thomas

    Bacchanalist Soundtrack for MTV Real World, St. Thomas.
    That’s right!! Kerwin Du Bois is not resting; straight out of the most successful year in his career thus far the Trinidad-born, Toronto-based artiste is still flying the Soca flag high.
    Music enthusiasts, Kerwin Du Bois supporters and Soca Junkies will all celebrate with Du Bois when they hear the hit single “Bacchanalist” playing on MTV Real World, St. Thomas. This year the series that is one of MTV’s most sought after reality shows headed to the beautiful island of St. Thomas. It is only fitting that one of the best Soca tracks of 2012 be featured on the reality show…Right?
    According to Du Bois, “Both myself and Precision Productions were contacted by the producers of the show after Carnival and they expressed interest in using Bacchanalist as one of the sound tracks on the show.” The ecstatic, yet humble singer/songwriter/producer said “It is an amazing feeling to know that they considered my music and even greater Soca music.”
    The talented Du Bois who has been touring extensively since Carnival is on a mission…”To take Soca music internationally.” He believes that this is a great way to start, “Millions of viewers; Caribbean and otherwise will hear Soca through their television sets, this is a great start.”Du Bois promises to continue to find innovative and creative ways to continue marketing the genre that has engulfed his life. What are his plans? His response, “The thing eh done…When you feel that the Soca done there is more quality Soca to come.”

    Look out for all that the talented Du Bois has to offer as he promises not to fail his supporters.

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    its not a mistake over in hartford conn get conn top female radio and concert host for their primetime morning show from 9.00 am to noon every saturday morning when she could be heard worldwide making her million of fans very happy and be part of her popular morning ride show,,busy radio ceo boston knows how to picks quality that last like sony
    glenda g takes radio in conn to a level where no other female could have done even when they try,she have that special love for the music and people of conn have that special love for her,most if not all concert promotors search for her to host their concerts because it is said by all she has the best voice as a female radio and concert host in conn that comes with a mountain of talent,many promotors told us she also the best dress that the fans want a come out to see as part of their concert no show is complete without her on it
    glenda g will co-host the big upcoming (mavado and friends) with more mega host like dj buck,nancy barrows of cbs radio hot 93.7 on saturday august 11th show start 5.00 pm at the passion nite club 145 newfield ave htfd ct usa promoted by cuban one umbrella inc for brownstone ent,cuban if you dont know is for sure the king of promotions just go to cuban and see for yourself the thosands of entries on this reggae icon name dating back from the 70,s then you see what makes his promotion record still untouch
    cuban still the only promotor to make four news story for ny times could be found at google/ardie cuban,he the only one in conn to work with bob marley and bring him to bushnell hall on bob last run on earth,right after bob marley pass on cuban brought his family,mom,wife rita,ziggy at age 15 to a blue hills ave venue now a church,of every reggae artist your mind could think of cuban had brought them to conn
    what amaze us when we did research on cuban we find he is the only one to bring raggae concerts in conn to corperate downtown htfd ct dillion stadieum that city says could only be used for sport,to top that weaver high school that board of education say no live concert could be done,yet cuban was able to put a beres hammond live concert on their stage,the city of htfd ct on that night gave beres hammond and cuban their own day in htfd ct for that great event will be two places on sat aug 11th to cover these great event first at the parade and bushnell park,plus over at the mavado big concert when our own paula leake (miss caribbean usa) will be interduce onstage by the gully god mavado all part of jamaica and trinidad 50th independence celebration music festival produce by brownstone run summer ent,get your tickets online at and all conn mass local outlets $35 adv more at the gate,its an early show at 5.00pm

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  • iSA 10 will be held at the Walt Whitman Theatre to commemorate Trinidad and Tobago’s 50th Independence

    iSA 10 will be held at the Walt Whitman
    Theatre to commemorate Trinidad and Tobago’s 50th Independence
    The Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College in New York is the new venue for the 10th Annual
    International Soca Awards, which will be held on Friday August 31st, 2012. It is OFFICIAL! The date
    has been set, the venue booked, and artists have confirmed their attendance and participation on this
    commemorative event. On the day when Trinidad and Tobago’s 50th Independence is being celebrated,
    the Soca Awards Ltd. (SAO) is truly excited to make this year’s award show in honor of the beautiful
    twin islands.
    The attire will be Red, White, and Black. The carpet will be Red. The festivities will be riveting and
    inspirational. SAO in its resilience is here to show the world that T&T’s culture is the vehicle that
    propels the show forward, with soca as its fuel. A timeless tradition to celebrate everything, big or small
    is part of our culture, but this year’s nominees and honorees are groundbreakers in their own rights. The
    show will proceed to honor Rikki Jai, Machel Montano, Black Stalin, Brian Mac Farlane, Ellie Mannette,
    and Calypso Rose. There will be door prizes for the best outfit of Red, White, and Black for a male and
    female, and a fireworks display of performances from Soca’s top artists. Tickets will go on sale on
    August 1, 2012 starting at $31 in honor of the thirty-first of August, and up to $50 for VIP in honor of
    T&T’s fiftieth anniversary independence.
    Many people today have seen the evolution of calypso and pan, and can recount the days leading up to
    T&T’s independence. Soca is a music genre loved and accepted by many, and the roots are well planted
    in Trinidad and Tobago. iSA 10 is always ready to showcase to the world the many faces of Soca,
    calypso, mas and steelpan, that has contributed to a universal acceptance and love for the culture. SAO
    continues to push forward in making the soca genre and all involved universally recognizable.
    For more information log on to or call USA 1-818-403-0849.

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  • Premieres Closing Track Off Box Set Peetah Morgan & Hollie Cook’s “2012 Independent Jamaica”

    “Unstoppable,” “ridonkulously thorough” and “awesome” are just a few words SPIN uses to describe VP Records upcoming box set OUT OF MANY, 50 YEARS OF REGGAE, set for release on July 31.

    Listen to Peetah Morgan & Hollie Cook “Independent Jamaica 2012” Mp3 premiere
    and read full story here

    Disc 1

    1. Independent Jamaica – Lord Creator (1962)
    2. Blow Roland Blow – Joanne Gordon/ Roland Alphonso (1963)
    3. Malcolm X – The Skatalites (1964)
    4. Mouth A Massy – Alton Ellis (1965)
    5. Take It Easy – Hopeton Lewis (1966)
    6. Ba Ba Boom – The Jamaicans (1967)
    7. Such Is Life – Lord Creator (1968)
    8. Love The Reggay – Gaylads (1969)
    9. Love Of The Common People – Nicky Thomas (1970)
    10. Cherry Oh Baby – Eric Donaldson (1971)
    11. Java – Augustus Pablo (1972)
    12. Westbound Train – Dennis Brown (1973)
    13. Everything I Own – Ken Boothe (1974)
    14. Fade Away – Junior Byles (1975)
    15. I’m Still In Love With You – Marcia Aiken (1876)
    16. Two Sevens Clash – Culture (1977)
    17. Smoking My Ganja – Capital Letters (1978)
    18. We Got Love – Freddie McGregor (1979)
    19. Ice Cream Love – Johnny Osbourne (1980)

    Disc 2

    20. Wah-Do-Dem – Eek-A- Mouse (1981)
    21. Fattie Boom Boom – Ranking Dread (1982)
    22. Zungguzungguzunggezeng – Yellowman (1983)
    23. Here I Come – Barrington Levy (1984)
    24. Under Me Sleng Teng – Wayne Smith (1985)
    25. Hello Darling – Tippa Irie (1986)
    26. Rumours – Gregory Isaacs (1987)
    27. Telephone Love – JC Lodge (1988)
    28. Twice My Age – Krystal & Shabba Ranks (1989)
    29. Mr. Loverman – Shabba Ranks & Deborah Glasgow (1990)
    30. The Going Is Rough – Home T, Cocoa Tea & Cutty Ranks ((1991)
    31. Gal Wine – Chaka Demus & Pliers (1992)
    32. The Return – Father & Son – Ninjaman & Ninja Ford (1993)
    33. Under mi Sensi (94 Spliff) – Barrington Levy (1994)
    34. Can’t Stop A Man – Beres Hammond (1995)
    35. Give Me The Reason – Lady Saw (1996)

    Disc 3

    36. Who Am I – Beenie Man (1997)
    37. Heads High – Mr. Vegas (1998)
    38. Can You Play Some More – Beres Hammond & Buju Banton (1999)
    39. Down By The River – Morgan Heritage (2000)
    40. Give It To Her – Tanto Metro & Devonte (2001)
    41. Just One Of Those Days – Sizzla (2002)
    42. Get Busy – Sean Paul (2003)
    43. Pon De River Pon De Bank – Elephant Man (2004)
    44. Living In Love – I Wayne (2005)
    45. These Streets – Tanya Stephens (2006)
    46. Weh Dem A Do – Mavado (2007)
    47. Roots – Etana (2008)
    48. I Feel Good – Beres Hammond (2009)
    49. Hold You – Gyptian (2010)
    50. Zungguzungguguzungguzeng (Horsepower Prod Remix) – Yellowman (2011)
    51. Independent Jamaica (2012)- Peetah Morgan & Hollie Cook

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  • Billboard Chart Topping Producer TJ Records “Looking Glass” riddim Hot On The Streets

    TJ Records latest musical project “Looking Glass” riddim is available for pre order on itunes. Not yet released and the buzz is already hot on the streets, the riddim distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital features some of the hottest chart topping dancehall/reggae artists such as Konshens, Popcaan and incarcerated “World Boss” Vybz Kartel.
    Konshens who is considered as one of the hottest artist on the scene has lend his voice with the single “Dem Gal Dem” on this scorching riddim. Since he stepped on the musical scene back in 2005, Konshens has been a constant chart topper and won several awards locally and internationally. Teaming up with TJ records is not a first for the artist, their collaboration already spun several hits and if its any previous indication, “Dem Gal Dem” is next!
    It only makes sense that billboard chart topping producer TJ records and chart topping dancehall artist Popcaan once again team up for a sure hit with “Popcaan Says” on the Looking Glass riddim. This much anticipated unreleased song has been the talk of social media and anxious fans are eagerly awaiting to hear the music. Popcaan latest released “When Mi Party” on the Summer Wave riddim by TJ records has become a summer anthem.
    The riddim also features international artist Vybz Kartel with the title track “Looking Glass” and his former Portmore artists and protégé Gaza Slim “Muscle Contract” and Tommy Lee “Jah Watch Over Me”. I Octane “Prefer Death” and Masicka “Food Alone” round up the “Looking Glass” riddim.
    You can pre order TJ records “Looking Glass” riddim expected release date is July 17th, 2012 on itunes

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  • Wayne Wonder Announces First Album In Six Years – MY WAY on Singso Music

    Wayne Wonder, the world-renowned singer known for his velvety vocals, pulsating rhythms and catchy hooks, has announced the release of My Way, his first new album in six years available on September 11. My Way is Wonder’s first album on his own label Singso Music after his departure from VP Records. He founded Singso Music in 2000 and it’s been a launching pad for artists like Ally Cat, Showki Ru, Frankie Sly and Mr. Easy.

    Recorded in Miami (Wonder’s primary residence) and Jamaica, My Way is the perfect combination of irresistible island rhythms (“This Time,” “Put Your Drinks Up” and “Overall”), sensuous r&b gems (“Anne Lou,” “All About You” and “If I Ever” ft. Mya) and vibrant dance anthems (“Caught Up,” “Drop It Down Low“ and “Sweet Dreams”).

    “The album has some new twists. I make sure my sound is updated like a MacBook Pro, but I’m sticking to what I do best. I’m a lover at heart, so that is what I sing about and why my fans have grown to love me. I’m all about positivity and creating these vibes,” states Wonder.

    Wayne Wonder rallied top producers – Kingston’s Tony Kelly (who co-produced Wonder’s Grammy-nominated album No Holding Back), Stephen Genius McGregor, Dre Day, Freelancer as well as Miami-based Riddim Fingaz (credits include Trey Songz, Sean Paul, Mya) – to form a polished 14-track opus of sweet serenades and sexy club bangers. This irresistible formula is poised for commercial success.

    His contagious first single “Caught Up” is off Love Bug riddim and produced by Kingston collective Washroom Entertainment. The sizzling new music video directed by Antwan Smith (credits include Rick Ross, Trina, Maino, Cam’ron), received over 22,000 YouTube views on its first day and has over 95,000 views on to date.

    Check out the official “Caught Up” music video here:

    Since his self-titled debut album in 1987, the Portland native, born Von Wayne Charles, has been responsible for an extraordinary catalog of reggae hits including “Saddest Day,” “Bonafide Love (Movie Star)” ft. Buju Banton, “No Letting Go,” “Love and Affection” and many more. He hit the national spotlight in 2003 when his album No Holding Back (Atlantic Records) and its hit single, “No Letting Go,” dominated urban radio in America. The song peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the album debut at #29 on Billboard Hot 200 chart. This success led him to national TV appearances, including a performance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. His later albums moved further toward hip-hop, which led to collaborations with numerous artists including Foxy Brown, Trina, TLC’s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and CNN: Capone & N.O.R.E. His last album, 2007’s Foreva, debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart. My Way is a celebration of Wayne’s return and his full creative control over the entire process.

    “My Way is more personal to me than my previous albums because it was done on my terms, so I never felt limited. I was blessed to have a talented team of musicians, engineers and producers working by my side. I’m proud of the final product and can’t wait for fans to hear what I’ve been working on over the years,” concludes Wonder.

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  • Trinidad Artiste Mr. Renzo To Hit Latin America On Soca / Crossover Tour

    A total Spanish translation of his hit singles Extraordinary alongside Soca music’s very popular contemporary artiste, Swappi along with a second track called, Soca Rocket Ship is merely the beginning of aspirations to promote his sound to mass audiences. For Laurenzo Gonzalez who’s better known as Mr. Renzo in the music industry, his success is solely dependent on what he puts in. For that reason, his music continues to infiltrate- even after the carnival season and certainly within varying genres. On the heels of his latest release- Remedy, a few weeks ago, Mr. Renzo is promising that a continued hunger to market soca and crossover styles to audiences across the globe, will soon draw attention.

    The latest single is pop inspired but also features elements of dance music that immediately transmits that club energy. According to the artiste, a remix of the track is soon to be completed and amid that, work continues to be the order of his life as he prepares music fro Barbados’ Crop Over, London’s Nottinghill carnival and other world carnivals he’s set to be a part of. “ I’m heading to Venezuela, Panama and Puerto Rico this month,” said Renzo, highlighting that he’s about to embark on a promotional tour complete with the release of new singles. “ It’s our way of moving to promote soca music to Spanish speaking countries,” he said. His bilingual ability and cultural understanding of both T&T and the Spanish speaking countries place him in a unique position, he feels, to inform, educate and garner some level of appreciation for his crossover style.

    In recent months, following the Carnival season, Mr. Renzo has been laying tracks with producers like T&T’s First Klase and Barbados’ King Bubba. He said he’s also been working with Konata Alleyne whose been working hard to provide him with the perfect sound for the upcoming Nottinghill carnival. “We’ve even been doing some work with the guys at Precision Productions and London Future as well,” he said, noting that while he has been writing some of his songs, he’s had the privilege of working with a few other writers too.

    Mr. Renzo plans on releasing an album in January, however he says it will feature an array of musical melodies and styles. “ We’re doing a lot of work behind the scenes to ensure that whatever we share with the world musically will encourage them to gravitate to us here in Trinidad. I’m not even looking as far ahead as Carnival right now. I’m just looking at ways to keep the momentum enjoyable and varied so that people all across the world will gravitate to it.”
    Mr. Renzo and his team are putting in the time and money to make sure their final products are top standard when they hit the airwaves. “ We’re making sure that what we put out is the best material, quality wise. Whatever we put out into the public domain must make people want to know more about us and follow us… it must eventually make us globally recognized,” he said.

    Follow Mr. Renzo on Twitter @mrrenzomusic and find him on Facebook using keywords, Mr. Renzo Music.

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    The official count down has begun. The 4th Annual Miami Broward Carnival is set for October 7, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. at Sun Life Stadium, Home of the Miami Dolphins,2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami Gardens, FL 33056. This event celebrates the pulsating steel pan and soca music, dazzling costumes, sumptuous foods and lively spirit of South Florida’s Caribbean and international community, with an action packed schedule of festivities including these marquee events:

    • Junior Carnival – September 30, 2012
    • Parade of Bands – October 7, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
    • Concert and Stage Show – October 7, 2012 inside Sun Life Stadium
    • And numerous electrifying Carnival events leading up to the main attraction

    For a full schedule of official Miami Broward One Carnival events, visit

    Under the direction of The Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee (MBOCHC) lead by Executive Director, Ruthven Williams, this year’s Carnival revelers and spectators will be stirred by flag-waving festivities celebrating the 15 countries of the Caribbean along with Latin American cultures woven into the colorful fabric of South Florida.

    “The Pageantry of Mas Costumes, Steel Bands and the Host of Caribbean artist performing on Columbus Day weekend will only add to the excitement and enjoyment by all who attend this spectacular celebration .This year, as we commemorate the golden jubilee of both Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago’s Independence, we welcome all to South Florida for Miami Broward Carnival 2012” said Executive Director, Ruthven Williams.

    Tickets for the concert and stage show are on sale now for just $20.00. Early bird tickets have already sold out. Children under 12 years old are free. Groups can also take advantage of a discount; with the Buy-4, Get-1-Free group discount. Though MBOCHC has not released official concert & stage show line-up yet, fans can expect a top-notch international line-up filled with Soca, Calypso, Chutney, and Reggae superstars. The official announcement will be made in August, and subscribers to Miami Broward Carnival Newsletter will be the first to know about it. Be the first to know by subscribing and purchase tickets at

    Miami Broward Carnival is expected to attract over 50,000 revelers and spectators from across the world. To inquire about playing maswith a Mas Band in the Carnival Parade, to becomea sponsor,or for vendorspace, contact Miami Broward Carnival committee member, Rafiek Muhammed at 954-806-8396 or 305-653-1877. Or email Miami Broward Carnival Inc. 18425 NW 2nd Avenue, Suite 335 Miami, Fl 33169.

    For tickets and information visit, “Like” us at, follow us of Twitter at or watch us on

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  • Mavado speaks Live about his upcoming Concert August 11, Hartford Ct”



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  • 31st IRAWMA Winners List and Photos – Congratulations to All!

    Tarrus Riley – Best Male Vocalist of the Year
    The mission of the International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA), established in 1982 acknowledges and honors the accomplishments and contributions of reggae and world music artists, including: songwriters, performers, promoters and musicians.
    Produced by Martin’s International the IRAWMA has been staged in many major cities including: Atlanta, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, New Orleans, New York as well as both Montego Bay and Ocho Rios Jamaica.
    The impetus behind the IRAWMA is it’s commitment to promoting greater participation and acceptance of Reggae, Caribbean and World Music, Internationally.

    Queen Ifrica Best Female Vocalist and Field Marshall Radio Media Contribution
    The 31st IRAWMA featured 30 categories and 4 special Categories of Honorees. See below this year’s award winners.
    1. Bob Marley Award for Entertainer of the Year – Damian Marley
    2. Best Male Vocalist – Tarrus Riley
    3. Best Female Vocalist – Queen Ifrica
    4. Best Song – “Jah Army”- Stephen Marley, Damian Marley & Buju
    5. Best Album/CD – “Revelation Part 1 The Root of Life”-Stephen Marley
    6. Best Crossover Song – “Man Down”- Rihanna
    7. Best Gospel-Oriented Song – “Air I Breathe”- J. CEE
    8. Best Latin-Oriented Entertainer -Pitt Bull
    9. Best Music Video – “Live Your Life” Richie Stephens and Gentleman
    10. Best New Entertainer – J. Boog
    11. Best Female Disc Jockey/Rapper – Queen Ifrica
    12. Best Male Disc Jockey/Rapper Beenie Man
    13. Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer – Machel Montano
    14. Best Poet/Spoken Word – Mutabaruka
    15. Most Cultural/Educational Entertainer – I-Octane
    16. Concert of the Year – Rototom – Spain
    17. Best Caribbean Entertainer – Third World
    18. Best Instrumentalist – Dean Fraser
    19. Most Popular Sound System/Selector – Stone Love
    20. Best Chutney Entertainer – Kris “Ki” Persad
    21. Best African Entertainer – Akon
    22. Best Soukous Entertainer – Top One Frisson
    23. Most Popular R&B/Hip Hop Entertainer- Rihanna
    24. Most Consistent Entertainer – Calypso Rose
    25. Most Promising Entertainer – Nkulee Dubee
    26. Most Outstanding Show Band/Group – Third World
    27. Best Compas/Racine Entertainer – T-Vice
    28. Most Outstanding Dance Group – Black Blangaz
    29 SPECIAL: Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award – Ziggy Marley- Urge
    30 Chicago- Reggae and World Music Entertainer of the Year – Guero Loco

    Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt
    Special Honorees
    SPECIAL: Int’l Reggae & World Music Hall of Fame/Lifetime Inductee
    Fred Baker
    SPECIAL: Martin’s International – IRAWMA Award of Honor

    On Stage TV – Winford Williams For Most Valuable Media Contributions to Reggae in the Last Decade
    Berko – African Spectrum – For Outstanding Musical and Journalistic Contribution to African and World Music
    Field Marshall and Art Bailey – For Outstanding Radio Media Contribution to the Music Industry
    Recognizing and honoring Living Legend and icons since the 1960s or in the last 50 years, who have been consistent performing and working in the music industry.
    Rita Marley – For Your Work in Preservation and Promotion of Reggae’s Legacy
    Marcia Griffiths – The Most Indomitable Entertainer In all Decades Since the Early 1960s
    Judy Mowatt – For Spiritual Service Through Music
    Freddie McGregor For 50 Years of Dedicated & Untiring Services to Jamaica and the World Through Music
    Ken Boothe – Most Consistent to the Preservation of Rocksteady Music
    Eric Donaldson – King of Jamaican Song Contest in the Past 50 Years
    Copeland Forbes For 50 Years of Valuable Contributions to the Music Industry

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