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Monthly Archives: September 2012

  • SOUNDS OF REGGAE CONCERT “SOCIAL MEDIA MEET & GREET” FEATURING SHAGGY TODAY Concert to feature Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Shaggy and Ali Campbell (UB 40)

     

    SOUNDS OF REGGAE CONCERT “SOCIAL MEDIA MEET & GREET” FEATURING SHAGGY TODAY

    Concert to feature Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Shaggy and Ali Campbell (UB 40)

    Brooklyn, NY: The historic “Sounds of Reggae Concert” featuring international reggae superstars ALI CAMPBELL (UB40), MAXI PRIEST, king of Lovers rock BERES HAMMOND and multi Platinum selling superstar SHAGGY will kick off with a “Social Media Meet & Greet” today, Wednesday, September 19, 2012 (8pm) at Footprints Cafe, 1521 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. Special invited guest for the “Meet & Greet” will be SHAGGY.

    The “Meet & Greet” will provide the media and patrons an opportunity to get important information about the “Sounds of Reggae Concert,” the performers and the brand new 15,000 capacity Barclays Center – home of the Brooklyn Nets basketball team. The concert will be held on Wednesday, December 12, 2012.

    “I am confident that the Sound of Reggae concert will be one of the best reggae concerts ever staged in the tri-state area” event producer Mr. George Crooks of Jammins Entertainment said.

    “I am particularly excited about the lineup. The acts we have booked represents the best of reggae and they are all eager to deliver a spectacular concert for fans. We at Jammins Entertainment also feel privileged to have the opportunity to present the very first reggae concert at this brand new facility in Brooklyn.”

    Crooks said the concert will have added significance given that Jamaica is still celebrating its 50th anniversary of independence this year.

    Ali Campbell, the legendary voice of UB40 is eagerly anticipating his performance.

    “I can’t wait to be back in the U.S., performing on December 12th at the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. I’m truly humbled to be a part of the first reggae concert at this venue. Can’t wait to see you all there!”

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  • Kings of King artiste, Jemini, makes music with producer Barry O’Hare

    Up-and-coming singer Jemini, describes herself as “one big bubble of enthsiam” as she makes preparations to visit Jamaica later this month to do some studio work with highly acclaimed producer, Barry O’Hare.

     

    Although it will be a short visit, Jemini, who is also putting together her debut album, intends to make the most of this opportunity.

     

    “I’ve always wanted to work with Jamaican producers in Jamaica and Barry O’Hare is legendary. I must send a big shout out to Chardavid (Iley Dread) for making all of  this possible,” said Jemini, who was born in Canada to Jamaican parents.

     

    Now working closely Chardavid’s Kings of King outfit, the Canada-based Jemini has steadily been earning her musical stripes as she takes her place as a conscious singer whose lyrics are laced with reality. Her most recent outing was at the Montreal International Reggae Festival, where she held her own as she opened for Chardavid and performed in front of thousands of reggae-loving fans.

     

    “It was my second time performing on the festival, but this time around I was so much more confident and felt immense pride to be waving the reggae flag high,” declares Jemini, who also sings R&B.

     

    A singer and song-writer who also happens to be a nurse and a marketer, Jemini  is poised to impact the music scene with her soulful brand of lovers rock, roots reggae and R&B music. Her debut track, No Turning Back, has been well recieved and is in  rotation on reggae playlists world-wide. She also has a collaboration with Chardavid, which will be released next month.

     

    The video for No Turning Back was shot on location in New York by renowned director Berman Fenelus (allareacrew.com) who has also worked with the likes of Chris Brown, Busta Ryhmes, Gyptian and the Victoria Secret brand just to name a few.

     

    On the performance side, Jemini has spread her wings throughout North America and has worked on the Montreal Reggae Festival, the annual birthday celebration of HIM Haile Selassie in Toronto, opened for Rev Jesse Jackson in Denver Colorado, USA, and is scheduled for Detroit on October 7 for World Peace Day. She is also booked for Trenton, Ontario, to perform for the Canadian Troops on Rememberance Day in November.

     

    A humanitarian, Jemini received the York Region Police Award for Black History Month in Canada earlier this year.

     

     

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  • Jah Snowcone Presents Bounty Kille’s “No Long Talking”, Dancehall’s New Antibiotic.

    Legendary Dancehall Icon Bounty Killer and acclaimed Billboard chart-topper, producer Rohan ‘Jah Snowcone’ Fuller have come together yet again and will be working on some projects together, aimed at bringing authentic dancehall to the mainstream once again..

    The first of such projects will be the “Anti-biotic Riddim” which will officially be released this weekend, and from all indications thus far this will be sensational.

    “The Bounty Killer on this riddim is the most anticipated song”, said Jah Snowcone who produced Sean Paul billboard chart topping hit “Temperature”, and Beenie Man’s current hit song “Dweet Again” on the Mercury Riddim.

    For Jah Snowcone, who’s working relationship with Bounty Killer spans over a decade, and has produced songs like “Mystery” on the rice n peas riddim, “I Am Who I Am”, “Killa Is A Killa” on the beach riddim, “Summertime” on the gallop riddim to name a few, Jah Snowcone feels this project is reminiscent the 90’s era. “This feels like Bounty in di 90’s, and the anti-biotic. riddim is 100% dancehall. We have Bounty, Bling Dawg,Spragga, Assassin, Ele, Vegas along with young and upcoming artistes Stylish & Savage”.

    Bounty Killer, who earlier this year was voted unanimously the “Guinness Greatest Dancehall Icon” currently holds the #1 spot on TVJ’s ER TOP TEN with a collaboration effort titled “Go Hard” featuring his “estranged” son Vybz Kartel along with Junior Gong, Wayne Marshall, Aidonia, Assassin. He has also recorded and released “War Fi God”, produced by Dreday, ft. Kiprich & Kalado along with “Run Out” ft. Bling Dawg and “Badmind Dem A Pree” ft. I-Octane.

    But, if we are to go by recent indications from fans and practioners of the industry, Bounty’s new song “No Long Talking” on the anti-biotic riddim seems to be the formula the dancehall industry has been waiting for. The song epitomizes dancehall in it’s purest form, and Bounty feels the reception the song has been getting thus far (though not officially released) is testiment that the “uncontamined” artform still has mass and wide appeal. Asked why he thinks there so much appeal for the song, Bounty says, “Everything the lyrics the style the flow the tone of voice the melody and the riddim of course raw dancehall vibes”.

    The song was previewed on Hot 97 recently and the reaction from listeners and in studio djs speaks for itself… Here’s a link to the Hot 97 preview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBdA2Qex9Yw&feature=share&list=UU7vyIYbBFkGpt7Cy-d-O_Jw

    The song will also be premiered tonight by ANG’s Manager Cross Cris @ 9pm on youtube at this channel http://www.youtube.com/user/ALLIANCENEXTGENRE?feature=mhee

    Cross Cris,

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CrossCris
    Skype: Cross.Cris
    BBM: 216B0A0C
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/AllianceFanClub
    Mobile: (876) 3695596
    Email: crossafl@gmail.com

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  • T&T’s young acting talent takes ‘coolness’ to the silver screen

     

    POS, Trinidad (Sonique Solutions) – The upcoming film “The Cool Boys” which will premiere at the 2012 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival has been generating high anticipation locally, regionally and within the international Caribbean Diaspora.  Mainstream media outlets as well as social network sites have been buzzing with eagerness from film goers and industry insiders about the production that features a youthful cast of budding Caribbean talent.

    The Cool Boys explores a young man’s take on the reality around him and his attempt to express how he experiences life at this time. The film stars a combination of new thespians and many familiar faces in the local TV and theatre fraternity such as Aria Geiser, Pauline Mark, Danielle Ryan, Jeanine Lee Kim, Bradley “Young Stunner” Caesar, Anthony Lawrence, Kevin Nathaniel and Carlos Quashe. Also, making their film debut is Sean Padmore, of the local hip hop group Nebula 868 and Soca star Olatunji Yearwood.

     

    Geiser who recently acted in the play “An Echo in the Bone” by Dennis Scott enjoyed her experience working on this film and stated, “They say, if you love the job you do, then you never work a day in your life. That’s how I feel about having worked on “The Cool Boys”. Despite the fact that it was a short and quick production and that there was a constant momentum to be maintained while filming, I personally never found it to get overwhelming”.

    Regarding her experience working with director Michael Mooleedhar she shared, “Michael was a wonderful director to work with, for many reasons. One in particular being that he gave the actors a great amount of creative freedom when it came to carving out and fashioning our characters.

     

    Similar to Geiser, Padmore who plays the lead role of Alpha also expressed positive sentiments about his time on the Cool Boys set. “I was a bit nervous as it was my first time but I eventually got comfortable in the environment. I learned a lot from the film and from the other actors, and I got the opportunity to meet people and explore a different side of myself which I never thought I would have enjoyed so much. Michael is a cool guy, he is willing to learn, very humble, and open to advice or criticism”.

    Olatunji Yearwood who is the son of the late actress Mairoon Ali is no stranger to performing on stage and enjoyed the new challenge of film acting. “It was something different for me but it was fun and exciting due to the young cast and crew. Michael was excellent in his role as director, he let us bring our own unique vibe to the project, and I’d like to work with him again. The current lead singer of the Rhapsody New Generation band shared that he enjoyed playing the character ‘Wes’ and gained a new appreciation for film actors and all involved in the craft of film making.

    He further stated, “I’d really like to be a part of more film projects and carry on the legacy of my mother as well as work with others that I respect in this industry.

     

    Even with a relatively young cast, this film which has a mixture of action, comedy and romance is relevant for a wide cross-section of viewers inclusive of parents, social workers and youths.

     

    The Cool Boys; a coming of age Caribbean film will show during the 2012 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival on the following dates:

    Fri 21 Sept, 6.15pm, MovieTowne POS, Q&A
    Mon 24 Sept, 3.30pm, UWI, Centre for Language Learning
    Mon 01 Oct, 6.30pm, MovieTowne POS
    Mon 01 Oct, 6.00pm, MovieTowne Tobago

     

    Follow Michael Mooleedhar on Twitter via @Mooleedhar and follow “The Cool Boys” on Facebook via: http://www.facebook.com/coolboysthemovie

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  • Cash Global – Nite Star mega mix link Controversy Riddim now on iTunes

    We at Cash Global Records are taking this opportunity to say thank you, Artists, Managers, Record Labels/ Studios & Music Fraternity Members; we are very appreciative of all your overwhelming support and contribution regarding the high energy “Controversy-Mad kick Mega Mix The 1st Chapter” cd mix tape.
    As promise we at CGR have delivered; the highest level of digital technology and studio craftsmanship that meets the standard and quality of most demands, we look forward to a continuous and prosperous relationship as we seek to blaze the trail in an musical frontier, with eighty minutes of original and remixes is broadcasting at 320kbps is 100% radio worthy. The link for “Controversy-Mad kick Mega Mix The 1st Chapter. http://www.sendspace.com/file/zyxb70
    Cash Global’s latest release, “Controversy Rhythm Driven Album”, is now available on iTunes. Though the producer initially made the entire album available for free download throughout the Caribbean, Europe and North America, CGR CFO Mr. Williams says it is important to add legal download for other parts of the world that does not permit free download. ITunes link for the Controversy Riddim is http://itunes.apple.com/album/controversy-riddim/id549498723

    Persons can also look out for three official videos and one medley from this project; Karamanti’s “Real Story” Kip Rich & Dan Narro’s “No Other Way” and Rich Kid & Macka Diamond’s “What Must I Do”. The artists are currently shooting their respective videos.

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  • Asante Amen is #1 on the UK’s Reggae Chart

    After entering the Reggae chart at number nine with his single “I’m sorry”, in mid August, Asante Amen has slowly climbed the charts and is now comfortably sitting at number one. His song has been selected above tracks by Morgan Heritage, Busy Signal and other established artists.

    Taking it all in strides, Asante Amen is staying focused while he fulfills all his professional obligations which includes; the completion of a couple of albums for different producers. One album will be for DJ Warm and Easy who is affiliated with the BBC, while the other will be for Lord Hissayas of France (where he will be doing a full tour in 2013).

    Additionally, Asante Amen has been signed on as the official brand ambassador for My Jamaican Zone, a website dedicated to globalizing brand Jamaica (www.myjamazon.com).

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