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Monthly Archives: October 2012

  • Jamaican Student Wins CTO Youth Congress 2012

    Jamaican student O’Brian Lewis has emerged winner of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s Tourism Youth Congress, held here yesterday as part of the State of the Industry Conference.

    Lewis, of Oberlin High School, put on a strong and energetic performance to lead a group of exceptional students from CTO member countries in the debate that mimics a meeting of the CTO Council of Ministers and Commissioners of Tourism. In second position was Christopher Morgan of Harrison College in Barbados, with Kirano Jivani of Learning Unlimited Preparatory School in St. Maarten and Arean Louis of Majorie Basden High School in the Turks and Caicos Islands, tied for third.

    Fourteen visionaries aged 14-17 presented a number of exciting ideas on sports tourism, social media and celebrity endorsements. Among the recommendations were an annual Nature Islands Games to attract visitors to Dominica, a high level tennis academy in Antigua and a museum in Jamaica to honour the country’s sporting heroes.
    “Imagine entering a black green building, where, at the entrance, you are greeted by cool reggae music, to the right, you see Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, to your left, you find cricketers Courtney Walsh or Chris Gayle,” Lewis said of his proposed museum.
    This year’s Youth Congress was held at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank and was attended by Ministers, Commissioners and Directors of Tourism, senior tourism officials and 350 high school and tertiary students from the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis. It was chaired by last year’s winner, Kitwanie Carbon of Dominica.

    About the Caribbean Tourism Organization
    The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados and offices in New York and London, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising membership of over 30 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 People of the Caribbean. The organization provides specialized support and technical assistance to members in the areas of sustainable tourism development, marketing, communications, advocacy, human resource development, research and information technology.

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  • Tourism Authority Secures Cheaper Travel On LIAT For Local October Events

    The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) is building a strategic partnership with regional carrier, LIAT Airlines, to encourage travel to the twin-island destination in developing its ‘Regional Traveller’ initiative. The objective of the strategic alliance is to provide specially discounted fares on flights into Antigua & Barbuda from select regional markets for specific local events.

    Tourism Authority Marketing Manager, Charmaine Spencer explained, “We are very pleased to be building a strategic relationship with LIAT as we see this as an important undertaking to continue to encourage more intra-regional travel to the destination over the long-term.” There are a series of events taking place in Antigua over the month of October and by teaming up with LIAT, the ABTA was able to ensure that the events will be well supported with affordable airfare.

    Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation, Hon. John Maginley commented that, “This is a great strategic move by our destination to focus on the regional market, especially during the traditionally slower periods for international travel. Antigua and Barbuda has to continue to focus its efforts to see growth in all its target markets; the Regional Traveller concept of a weekend getaway to see a sporting event or attend a good show is quite an attractive lure, especially when it is priced right.”

    For the month of October, the ABTA secured special fares from LIAT for the highly anticipated FIFA World Cup Qualifying match between Antigua & Barbuda and the USA on Friday October 12th. This leads into the weekend’s Love in Antigua and Bride Villa Bridal Expo headlined by world renowned wedding and event planner, Preston Bailey, scheduled for October 13 – 14. Discounted fares are also being offered the weekend of October 19 – 21 when hundreds of Caribbean cyclists will descend on Antigua for the annual Caribbean Cycling Championships 2012. The month winds down with much anticipated annual pre-independence celebrations.

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  • Richie Spice’s “Soothing Sounds: Acoustic” Receives Google Spotlight

    Google’s massive global music forum, reveals they will spotlight Richie Spice’s new album, Soothing Sounds: Acoustic, when the Tad’s Record release debuts worldwide on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 . Born Richell Bonner in St. Andrew, Jamaica, Spice AKA the Prince of Reggae, joins forces with Tad’s Record and some of reggae’s biggest hit-makers on this 15-track acoustic opus of socially-conscious, roots anthems that cement the prolific entertainer as a household name for reggae lovers, worldwide.

    “I just wrapped a U.S. West Coast tour, spreading the vibes of the new album from Los Angeles to Seattle,” Richie Spice discloses. “The reception and the enjoyment from all my longtime fans, and new ones, are utterly fulfilling. I’m full-joyed to be waving the reggae music flag to all corners of the world.” Spice and his management are currently planning more shows to take his unplugged sounds of the new album to fans everywhere.

    First up is the live album showcase and official press launch in his homeland. Fans and media are invited to Richie Spice live in concert, unplugged and more, which will take place on the release day, Tuesday, October 23, at Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records Sports Club – the new hot spot for live band shows in Kingston, Jamaica. The showcase will unveil Richie Spice with his full-band for the first official presentation of the album to media and fans at home.

    Soothing Sounds: Acoustic is a masterpiece collection that is testament to the evolution of Richie Spice, showcasing an eclectic mix of musical elements that fuse classic reggae vibes with modern day acoustic rock, Spanish guitar, jazz and African drum beats. The first single, an uplifting call for unity titled “Free,” is currently available on iTunes, and remains in heavy rotation in Jamaica and across reggae airwaves, worldwide. The video for “Free” debuted on television channels in Jamaica last month, and continues to garner traction for the growing classic.

    The second single “Crying,” which depicts Spice’s signature chanting-style as he conjures socially-conscious questions, is also enjoying airplay on radio, and is also currently available on iTunes. The “Crying” video was shot on location in Jamaica and will be released in the upcoming weeks.

    Other stellar tracks from this golden offering include “True Love,” “My Heart” and “My Girl,” acoustic spins on classics from Spice’s esteemed catalog. Spice enlists help from some of reggae’s top musicians, including Mitchum “Khan” Chin who co-produced the album, Robbie Shakespeare and Stephen “Lenky” Marsden. He also makes it a family affair with his brothers Spanner Banner and Snatcha Lion on the collaboration “More Love.”

    “Richie Spice’s credibility as an artist of exceptional quality is obviously known and applauded and so, once again, we must say that it is our esteemed pleasure to be affiliated with such a great artist,” states Tad Dawkins, President of Tad’s Record.

    TRACK LIST
    1. Tru Love
    2. Free
    3. My Heart
    4. Searching
    5. System
    6. Crying
    7. Heng On In Deh
    8. Get Up
    9. My Girl
    10. All Night
    11. More Love (Ft. Snatcha Lion & Spanner Banner)
    12. Wandering Sheep
    13. Jah Provide
    14. Downside Up
    15. Agony

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  • New Music From Apparat & Close Rounds Out!

    This week sees the final release in the 27!K7 Exclusives series, wrapping up four weeks of new, exclusive music in celebration of 27 years of !K7. The final EP features a beautiful new track from Berlin producer Apparat, as well as a piece of music from a new Will Saul project, Close, offering a reminder that the series hasn’t only been a celebration of the label’s history, but also a look into its future.

    Limited Vinyl Box Set

    All of the music from the 27!K7 Exclusives collection will also be collected on an extremely limited (1000 copies worldwide) box set. The set will contain four colored 10” vinyl records (one for each week’s EP), two special anniversary slipmats, a limited edition poster, and a USB drive loaded with every DJ-Kicks !K7 has released.

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    Apparat – “Nong Kai”

    Delicately laying textures on top of one another to create a dizzying collage of beautiful sound is one of Sascha Ring’s (a/k/a Apparat’s) most perfectly utilized skills. On “Nong Kai,” the Berlin producer sustains an eight minute overture while keeping the percussion at a minimum, yet the music is as propulsive as most drum-heavy floor fillers. This is stirring, unconventional electronic music created by a master.
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    Will Saul presents Close –
    “O S C A R”

    A new project from Will Saul (producer, DJ, head of Aus Music & Simple Records), Close exhibit’s Saul’s lightly-dubby, techno-indebted production finesse while focusing on the personal. “The vocal is a sample of Bootsy Collins talking about the late Jimmy Hendrix,” says Saul. “I had just lost someone very dear to me at the time of writing the track so the sample seemed fitting and was our starting point. “ An album project from Close is expected in 2013.

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  • Rising Dancehall Artist & Former Magnum Kings & Queens Contestant “Spontaneous” Releases New Video Feat Drezion

    Rising artist “Spontaneous” has released “Pree Dem A Pree Mi” video featuring Drezion, it is the debut single from his upcoming “Mus Bus” EP which will be distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital. The single is a Tenament Yard/Quick Mixx music production and the video was directed by Kemstyle Studios.

    The idea for the song came from Spontaneous rising status in the entertainment industry since Magnum Kings & Queens and Rising Star Competition. While working in the studio, Spontaneous lamented to Drezion on the unfortunate circumstances where friends became foes and his every actions became monitored. Drezion stated to him “Pree Dem A Pree” and from there the song was born. “Pree dem a pree mi tru mi links dem tun up a road, Pree dem a pree mi tru mi step up in a life and crush dem out like a toad” sings Drezion.

    The rising artist recognizes that on his musical road there will be deterrents but his faith in God and family keeps him grounded “Giving thanks and praise to the Most High” says Spontaneous. He is fortunate to be mentored by a man who wears many hats, the Tenament Yard Records CEO/Producer and artist “Drezion” and his manager “Quick Mixx”.

    Spontaneous:
    Born in the rural part of Clarendon – the talented spontaneous was born to sing. From an early age he was a free spirited person who was immersed in his art. Always reeling tunes on the spur-of-the-moment off the top of his head and the tip of his tongue. Spontaneous’ family moved to Kingston in an effort to make life better for the family. Living with relatives and going to school .

    This youngster never lost his passion for music as he continues streaming rhythmic tunes. Training for a heavy duty general license he went on to work with an established Jamaican firm. Spontaneous became affectionately known as DJ in his work circles – as that was what he did all the time keeping other people’s spirits up while “trodding” along. Obviously talented at penning and naturally free styling lyrics .

    Spontaneous would do the odd show and jobs which presented opportunities to him. He entered the Rising Star Competition and Magnum Kings & Queens he also collaborated in 2003 with US artiste King Elements on a Sonic Sounds video called Boody Roll. Spontaneous now moves on to the renaissance of his career. He is signed to Quickmixx Music/Tenament Yard –He is matching the best and exceeding the rest – Giving thanks and praise to the Most High.

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  • Gyptian Talks Sex, Love & Reggae On New EP

    Reggae Sensation Covers Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” at Legendary 
    Electric Lady Studios for Chevy and MTV Iggy “Cover The World” Partnership

     
    While Gyptian is prepping for his 2013 full-length studio album Sex, Love & Reggae, the award-winning singer shows his “True Colors” with Chevrolet and MTV Iggy and returns with the aptly abbreviated SLR EP.

    This six-song, digital-only selection is a spicy yet sweet mix of love songs. Gyptian recently shot a video in Jamaica for the EP’s sensuous single “Overtime,” while his latest visual for “My Number One,” a powerful rendition of late Gregory Isaacs’ song is currently circulating the blogosphere and TV.  SLR also features the never-before-heard track “My Royal Love” and the stripped down smash “Wine Slow” (off the Rio riddim), which has received almost 2.5 million YouTube streams to date.  

    In addition to the release of SLR EP, next week Gyptian will reveal his special rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors.” The cover was recorded last month at Jimi Hendrix’s renowned Electric Lady Studios in Manhattan as part of the Chevrolet and MTV Iggy “Cover The World” partnership. Gyptian along with three other global musical artists (South Korea’s Wonder Girls, Australia’s Angus Stone, and America’s All Time Low) were asked to bring their own regional flavor to this fan-selected song to celebrate the arrival of the 2013 Chevy Spark. The cover was produced by Rellee Hayden.

    This national campaign and EP follows Gyptian’s critically acclaimed Billboard Top 200 album Hold You. The title-track smash, produced by Ricky Blaze, sold over 500,000 digital downloads, led to a stellar remix with Nicki Minaj, dominated rhythmic radio in 2010 (chosen as NYC’s HOT 97 FM #2 Song of The Year) and earned him the year’s MOBO and Soul Train Award for Best Reggae Artist.

    SLR TRACK LISTING
    1.Overtime
    2.All Over
    3.One More Night
    4.Wine Slow
    5.My Number One
    6.Royal Love

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  • Sadiki To Release New Album Titled “Jah Is The Only King”

    US based Jamaican Reggae artist Sadiki, returns with his third solo album, “Jah Is The Only King” on November 20, 2012. The self-written, 12-track album is a clear departure from the all lovers rock sound of his previous set. “Jah Is The Only King” offers a compelling blend of conscious reggae tracks and rootsy lovers ballads that showcases the singer/songwriter/producer’s growth and maturity as an artist.

    “I’ve been in Jamaica for the last year and a half soaking up the culture and the musical vibes,” commented Sadiki. “This album is an outpouring of that vibe and the ever-changing life lessons that surrounds us all.

    Majority of the tracks on “Jah Is The Only King” are produced by top flight Jamaican reggae producer Kemar “Flava” McGregor (Sinead O’Connor, Etana, Cas Haley). Sadiki also worked with the UK’s Chris Peckings (Bitty McLean, Gappy Ranks) and Lloyd Mullings, Netherlands production house/label Area 026 Music, French producers First T & Kross, Japan’s Enjoint and Switzerland’s HearMeNow! Records in order to create a universal reggae sound for the album.

    Sadiki has an extensive resume of reggae hits in the United States, Europe and Japan. Signed to Smashing Pumpkins bassist Darcy Wretzky’s and guitarist James Iha’s Scratchie Records (distributed through Mercury Records) in the late 90’s, he released an album under the name Pancho Kryztal. His debut album as Sadiki, “Morning’s Come” (Skinny Bwoy/P-Vine, 2007) was ranked #1 in sales at HMV stores throughout Japan within weeks of its release. His sophomore set, “Lifeline” (Skinny Bwoy/Joe Fraser, 2010) topped the Weekly Star charts and rocketed to the #2 position on the New York & South Florida Reggae Charts. Sadiki is a three-time nominee for “Most Promising Entertainer” at the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA).

    Track Listing
     
    1.  Paradise
    2.  All In Love
    3.  Jah Is The Only King
    4.  Love Mood
    5.  Mama
    6.  All Over The World
    7.  Lovers Flight
    8.  Slow and Sexy
    9.  Before The Time
    10.  Show You
    11.  Destiny’s Child
    12.  Live Some Life

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  • Paran Sounds Releases SOCA Compilation Album For Montserrat’s 50th Festival

    Sounds releases SOCA compilation album for Montserrat’s 50th Festival

    SOCA KISS a compilation album with an eclectic mix of groovy and up-tempo tracks has been released by Paran Sounds the Montserratian owned and operated music production company/indie label based in New York.

    The album featuring ten different soca artistes is being released as part of celebration for Montserrat’s 50th Annual Festival taking place in December. The twelve tracks on the album include:

    1. Front & Rear by Black Jaguar
    2. Shadow Dancing by Rabo
    3. Go Down by Maxcine
    4. Road Rage by Storm
    5. Believe In Love by Dillgin
    6. Together 4 Life by Black Jaguar & Tomeika
    7. XXtra by Sylk
    8. Wine Go Down by Tomeika
    09. Keep It Steady by Scrappy
    10. Band On De Road By Warda
    11. If This World Were Mine by Prynze
    12. Welcome To Monfest by Algie

    Paran Sounds encompasses a team of songwriters and arrangers/producers dedicated to bringing you the best in original and exciting world beats, loops and songs. We are also dedicated to providing our customers with the best in musical production and sound quality.

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  • The Nominees For The 2012 SUNSHINE Awards Hall of Fame are:

    New Jersey, The SUNSHINE Awards Organization announced in New Jersey the nominees and recipients of the 2012 SUNSHINE Award. The SUNSHINE Awards Program was founded in 1989 to recognize and honor talented exponents of the performing arts, sports and education of the various Caribbean countries. Over the years the canopy of the program was extended to South America, Central America and Africa.

    This year, the 24th Annual SUNSHINE Awards Program on will be staged on Saturday, October 27, at the AXA Equitable Center in New York City and will be dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of Independence of Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica. In makingthe announcement, the Founder of the SUNSHINE Awards Program, Mr. Gilman Figaro, said, “This year, we celebrate not only the talented exponents of the various countries but also the milestone of fifty (50) years of Independence for Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica. This milestone invites us not only to reflect on the progress we have made since 1962,(progress in the performing arts, sports and education all of which contribute to human development and a civilized society) but also to confront the challenges of the future.”

    2012 SUNSHINE Awards Nominees –

    The Nominees for the 2012 SUNSHINE Awards are:
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    Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Kemar Bailey-Cole, Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica for winning gold medals at the 2012 Summer Olympics.The events were the Men’s 100 and 200 metres, the Men’s 4 X 100 metres relay and the Women’s 100 metres.

    Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago for winning the 2012 Summer Olympics javelin gold medal.

    Kirani James of Grenada, the reigning 400 meters world champion and gold medalist of the 2012 Summer Olympics. This was Grenada’s first Olympic medal.

    Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic, 400m hurdles gold medalist.

    Chris Brown, Demetrius Pinder, Michael Mathieu, Ramon Miller of the Bahamas for winning the relay Gold Medal in Men’s 4×400 Meter Relay at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

    Monty Alexander of Jamaica, world renowned jazz musician, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for fifty (50) years of contribution to the performing arts.

    Martin Vejarano and the La Cumbiamba NY, Colombian Woodwind, Brass and Drums Assemblyof Colombia for their contribution to the performing arts and Colombian culture.

    Dr. Prince Ramsey and Rawdon Edwards of Antigua, for their contribution to the performing arts.

    Makerere University of Uganda, Africa for its research and development of the Nevirapine, an antiretroviral drug that cuts perinatal HIV transmission rate.

    The Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble of the United States for their contribution to African dance.

    Gina Faustino of Haiti,for her contribution to the performing arts and Haitian culture.

    Professor Brinsley Samaroo, Historian, Author, Teacher and Researcher of Trinidad and Tobago for the Dr. Basil Matthews SUNSHINE Award for his contribution to education in Trinidad and Tobago and beyond.

    The Nominees for the 2012 SUNSHINE Awards Hall of Fame are:
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    Malcolm Corrica (Lord Canary) of Guyana for his contribution to calypso music
    Merle Albino-DeCoteau of Trinidad and Tobago for her contribution to the performing arts.
    The Regeneration Duo of Trinidad and Tobago for their contribution to calypso music.
    Bert Innis (deceased) of Trinidad and Tobago for his contribution to Caribbean music
    Randolph “Baba” St Louis of Trinidad and Tobago for his contribution to Steelband music

    Dr. Hollis Liverpool, Co-founder of the SUNSHINE Awards Hall of Fame and chairman of the Nomination Network Committee said, “The fact that the SUNSHINE Awards Organization can look with favor and fervor on the athletes of the Caribbean along with other performing artists, shows how much the Organization recognizes the role that Sports and the Arts have played and continue to play in human development in the Caribbean. In the absence of a relevant Caribbean body of Sports, the SUNSHINE Awards Organizationhas taken up the slack and is to be complimented.”

    Dr. Harold Robertson, former Consul General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago noted that “the SUNSHINE Awards fills a unique lacuna in that it is dedicated to the honor and upliftment of artists, performers, sportspersons of the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa, regions generally neglected by other award giving organizations. My warmest congratulations to all nominees and recipients of the 2012 SUNSHINE Awards.”

    The 24th Annual SUNSHINE Awards is sponsored in part by United Airlines “the preferred airline of the SUNSHINE Awards”, National Staffing Associates, All Star Motors of East Orange, New Jersey and Magdalena Grand Beach Resort of Tobago. Tickets can be reserved by calling 201-836-0799or by fax 201-836-4440 or online atsunshineawards.com.

    All are invited to celebrate the Caribbean’s and Latin America’s 2012 Summer Olympic Gold Medalists and the unsung heroes of the performing arts, education and sports.

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  • The Noble Douglas Lilliput Foundation For The Arts To Carry On The Legacy of Arts Icon, Noble Douglas

    October 1, 2012 – Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago… Trinidad and Tobago’s leading
    lady of children’s theatre, Noble Douglas, ushers in a new era in her life as a cultural
    revolutionary with the launch of the non-profit organisation, the Noble Douglas Lilliput
    Foundation for the Arts (NDLFA). On Friday October 19, 2012, the co-founder of the
    country’s foremost children’s theatre company, Lilliput Children’s Theatre, and the founder
    of premier contemporary modern dance company, the Noble Douglas Dance Company Inc.
    (NDDCI) will introduce her latest initiative at a reception at Queen’s Hall.
    The NDLFA is an entity committed to supporting and strengthening the work of the Lilliput
    Children’s Theatre and NDDCI, as resilient, proactive, forward-thinking institutions
    committed to the “Ideals and Principles of Discipline, Hard Work, Love and Respect for the
    Craft, Forms and Traditions of Performance, and the Creative Process.” The foundation will
    serve as a vehicle to continue the creative work of both Lilliput and the NDDCI thereby ensuring
    their long-term viability while concretising the attainments and achievements of two of Trinidad
    and Tobago’s most vibrant performing arts institutions.
    For more than half a century, Douglas has stood strong with an unyielding commitment to her
    vision to use the performing arts as a medium to stimulate young people’s creative energy and to
    build character, self-confidence and self-esteem. She has shone as an icon of the arts in Trinidad
    and Tobago and the Caribbean region. A recipient of the nation’s second highest award, the
    Hummingbird Medal – Gold, Douglas’s work has been celebrated by many. Most recently, the
    Guardian Media group named her as one of the country’s 50 Most Influential People.
    The NDLFA board of directors, Dennise Demming (Chairperson), Noble Douglas
    (Founder/Artistic Director), Denise Dickson-Cunningham (Secretary), Lenore Harris
    (Treasurer), Margaret Walcott, Liza Miller, Wendell Manwarren, Zakiya Smart and
    Merylle Mahabir, are inspired and committed to carry on Douglas’s legacy. The board will be
    supported in their work by patrons, former First Lady and social activist, Zalayhar Hassanali;
    intellectual, Diana Mahabir-Wyatt; and Lilliput parent, Sian Aboud.
    The NDLFA launch will feature a keynote address by Mahabir-Wyatt and live performances by
    Lilliput Children’s Theatre and an excerpt from NDDCI’s 2012 dance season, Transition.
    Dance enthusiasts and NDDCI’s followers can look forward to the opening of Transition, on
    Saturday October 20, 2012 at Queen’s Hall. Tickets are priced at $150.00 and are available now
    at Crosby’s Music Centre; and from October 15, 2012, at Queen’s Hall box office. Part of the
    proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the NDLFA’s Lilliputian For Life Fund. For more
    information, visit the NDDCI Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nddci or email
    info@estuaryPR.com or call (868) 367-5295.
    WHAT: Reception to launch the Noble Douglas Lilliput Foundation for the
    Arts
    WHO: Noble Douglas Lilliput Foundation for the Arts
    WHEN: Friday October 19, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
    WHERE: Queen’s Hall
    WHAT: Transition
    WHO: Noble Douglas Dance Company Inc.
    WHEN: Saturday October 20, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
    Sunday October 21, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
    WHERE: Queen’s Hall
    TICKETS: $150.00
    Crosby’s Music Centre, St. James – (868) 622-SOCA(7622)
    Members of NDDCI.

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  • December release date for Wayne Wonder’s My Way

    December 2012 is the confirmed date for the release of Grammy-nominated reggae pop star, Wayne Wonder’s newest album. Simply entitled, My Way, it represents the end to Wayne’s six-year album-making hiatus.
    As Wayne puts it, “Kingston meets Miami on ‘My Way’.”
    The 14-track collection of tropical pop anthems and intense club bangers was recorded in Florida, where the singer now lives, and also in his home country, Jamaica.
    Scheduled for a December 4 release, ‘My Way’ had the official release of the single/video, “Drop It Down Low” a couple weeks ago, and set critics on their feet. The album features guest vocals from Shaggy on “Don’t Say No” and R&B sensation Mya on “If I Ever.” And while Wonder breathes new life to his sound, he stays true to his signature blend of irresistible island rhythms, catchy hooks and flawless vocals.
    “‘My Way’ 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.
    One could argue that “Drop It Down Low”, a vibrant dance anthem produced by Triple Dee, is one of those riveting twists, and one which is infused with hit-making potential. The accompanying video was shot in the Netherlands and directed by Sicerow & Ruben Solognier.
    On ‘My Way’, 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 offering of sweet serenades and sultry dance hits. This formula is poised for commercial success.
    This is the winning formula that catapulted him to the national spotlight in 2003: earning him a live performance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, a MOBO Award for Best New Reggae Artist, one of year’s biggest hits “No Letting Go” (peaking at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart) and a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album on No Holding Back (Atlantic Records).
    Prior to the “Drop It Down Low” video, Wayne Wonder unleashed his sizzling visual for “Caught Up” in late June, which racked up over 22,000 YouTube views on its first day.
    Since his self-titled debut album in 1987, the Portland native, born Von Wayne Charles, has been responsible for an extraordinary catalogue of reggae hits including “Saddest Day,” “Bonafide Love (Movie Star)” ft. Buju Banton, “Love And Affection” and “No Letting Go.” In 2003, he made major waves in U.S. when his latter single topped urban radio and his album No Holding Back debuted at #29 on Billboard Hot 200 chart.
    “My Way”, which is being released on his own label, Singso Music, is a celebration of Wayne’s return and his full creative control over the entire process after departing from VP Records.
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    Here is the official YouTube link for Drop It Down Low:

    TRACK LISTING:
    1. Caught Up
    2. Drop It Down
    3. Sweet Dreams
    4. Anna Lou
    5. Crush On You
    6. All About You
    7. Xtra Ordinary
    8. This Time
    9. Like The First Time
    10. If I Ever ft. Mya
    11. Don’t Say No ft. Shaggy
    12. Lovely Days
    13. Put Your Drinks

    2012 TOUR SCHEDULE:
    Sun, Nov 4 @ Lee Vista Park for 11th Annual Caribbean Splash in Orlando, FL
    Sat. Nov 10 @ Malibu Fun Spot, Castle Coakley, Christiansted, St. Croix (USVI)
    Mon. Dec 31 @ Club Ma Trixx in Nigmegen, Netherlands

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  • Razz & Biggy releases Mavado’s So Suicidal Mixtape

    …. The Duo continues to deliver on their promise to keep good music just a click away from their fans and music loves worldwide.

    Kingston (JA), October 7, 2012: Hot on the heels of his long awaited return to Jamaica recently, dancehall heavy hitter – Mavado hit the studio and teamed up with the genre’s dynamic duo – Razz & Biggy to compile an action packed mixtape ‘just for the fans’.

    The mixtape is aptly titled ‘So Suicidal’ which mirrors the sing jay’s track with the We The Best label boss – Dj Khaled called Suicidal Thoughts which was the lead single from Dj Khaled’s ‘Kiss the Ring’ album. The 26 track effort sees production credits from some of the industry’s most talented production labels such as DASECA, Big Ship and Chimney Records amongst others representing for the local team. Jerry ‘Wonda’ Duplessis, the producer who helped shape Wyclef and the Fugees’ Island-informed sound, is the man responsible for the guitar-laced ‘Souljah Girl’, other international production credits rest with Dj Khaled, Boi-1da and T-minus. With guest appearances from artistes such as Ace Hood, Chase Cross, Chipmunk, Meek Mill, Buccaneer and Akon, it was of no surprise that the mixtape racked up thousands of downloads within hours of being posted online on outlets like www.razznbiggy.com.

    When asked about the process of putting the mixtape together, Biggy explained that it was just as much fun as it was hard work. “Mavado is a great product of our music, he has numerous songs, finding the right blend of songs took some doing, but the artiste is so good to work with that’s why the finished product was so quickly embraced by audiences far and wide”, explained a visibly pleased Biggy.

    2012 has seen Razz & Biggy being very busy both in the studio and in the streets, with sold out tour dates both locally and overseas and other combination efforts with artistes like Denyque and Bugle to their credit. In May 2012 the critically acclaimed – ‘I am Super Girl; Denyque’s mixtape debut was dropped and three months later in August ‘Psalms’; a strong mix of songs from the talented Bugle was unleashed. This year has been exceptionally good to Dancehall’s Dynamic Duo. With the end of the year fast approaching they reveal that their schedule remains just has hectic; “the lord has really blessed us, so we just continue to do our best in whatever we do, please the people and keep doing good work” Razz went on to explain.

    The Duo continues to deliver on their promise to keep good music just a click away from their fans and music loves worldwide. With numerous mixtapes available on their website – www.razznbiggy.com , they enjoy a hit rate which is envied by most entertainment pages on the web.

    The So Suicidal Mixtape is available free for download on www.razznbiggy.com .

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  • How to Say Yes When the Answer Is No

    Many of us who have worked in customer relations understand the importance of making the customer feel good. We do everything we can to help them get answers to their questions. Some of us, however, do not understand this basic premise in good customer relations. Some of us need to learn how to say yes when the answer is no.
    If you ask an airline employee if you can check an extra bag and not pay the fee, the answer is no. Everyone must pay. If you ask a ticket clerk if you can get a senior discount when you are not yet a senior, the answer is no. Only people over a certain age get the discount. If you’re about to make a sale and your client asks for more discounts than you can provide, the answer is no. You’ve got to draw the line somewhere.
    Saying yes when the answer is no is not an easy communication skill. In fact you are actually not saying yes. What you are doing is giving the person the satisfied sense of yes even though the answer is no. The Say It Just Right model of communication contains tips for saying yes when the answer is no. Some key points are to show compassion and curiosity. These are two of the Three C’s in the model. Compassion tells the other person you really care about them and understand the hardship this rule, policy or your inability to say yes puts them in. Curiosity shows the other person that you want to find a solution; you care about uncovering a way to get to yes even though the answer is no. If you are curious enough to search, you may very well succeed. Here are some additional tips to enable you to say yes, when the answer is no.
    No matter how many times you’ve heard the same story, listen as if this were the first time. Really listen to what the other person is saying. You might hear something new. It is always a new story to the person telling it!
    Say directly and specifically what you see the issue is. Do not describe how you think the other person sees the problem. You want to avoid using words that might cause defensiveness or that sound as if you blame the other person.
    Don’t Blame!!!
    Don’t put the person in a corner. When we feel helpless, we feel defensive. “There’s no other way.” “This is the only way.” “This is our policy.”
    Avoid using the word, Why. “Why didn’t you tell me sooner that you needed a microphone?” “Why can’t you do it this way?”
    Talk in “I” vs. “You” messages. I-messages tend to keep the communication less threatening and explosive. You-messages cause defensiveness. “You should have let me know about this person’s needs sooner.” Initiate the conversation from the standpoint of “I.” This doesn’t mean that every statement must start with the word “I.”
    For example: Jack to Rachel
    Wrong way: “You didn’t give me enough notice to change the room set up.”
    Right way: “I’m concerned that we might not have time to reset the room.”
    Involve the person in a solution. Let them know what you can do, not simply what you can’t do. Sometimes you can do more than you think. Maybe there’s a little wiggle room that you had not thought about. Even if you give a slight bit, it feels better than, “No!”
    Use helping words. “How might I help you?” “What can we do to resolve this?” If one thing won’t work, ask “What other ways might make you feel better?”
    Smile and show compassion. Be gracious even if you can’t give them everything they want. It’s hard to be angry at a really nice person.

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  • CARIBBEAN YOUTH ENGAGE IN DYNAMIC DEBATE AT CTO TOURISM YOUTH CONGRESS IN ST. KITTS

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados ( 5 October, 2012) – A number of students from Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) member countries will inspire ministers and directors of tourism and other tourism leaders to take a fresh look at some of the tourism policies and programmes in their own nations in a spirited debate on two topics of major interest to the region’s tourism sector.
    Thirteen vibrant “Junior Ministers of Tourism” will present creative and innovate approaches to sports tourism and the use of social media in tourism when they participate in the 10th Caribbean Tourism Youth Congress in St. Kitts next week.
    The forum, which mimics a meeting of the CTO Council of Ministers and Commissioners of Tourism, allows the participants the opportunity to present their ideas and vision for the future direction of Caribbean tourism, based on extensive research of various facets of the industry. It also exposes their debating skills and forces them to think on their feet to provide immediate responses to questions on a mystery topic.
    The participating countries include: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Jamaica, Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Martin and the US Virgin Islands. Dominican student Kitwanie Carbon, the winner of last year’s Youth Congress, will chair this year’s event.
    The Tourism Youth Congress is an important and popular feature of the CTO State of Industry Conference which will be held from 10 -12 October 2012, under the theme, “Developing a Winning Tourism Strategy”. The Youth Congress will be held in collaboration with the St. Kitts Ministry of Tourism and will be held at the Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB).
    For additional information on the CTO Tourism Youth Congress and the State of the Industry Conference, visit www.onecaribbean.org. To follow the conference on twitter, use #SOTIC2012.
    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

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  • The SUNSHINE Awards

    New Jersey, October 2, 2012. The SUNSHINE Awards Organization announced in New Jersey the nominees and recipients of the 2012 SUNSHINE Award. The SUNSHINE Awards Program was founded in 1989 to recognize and honor talented exponents of the performing arts, sports and education of the various Caribbean countries. Over the years the canopy of the program was extended to South America, Central America and Africa.
    This year, the 24th Annual SUNSHINE Awards Program on will be staged on Saturday, October 27, at the AXA Equitable Center in New York City and will be dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of Independence of Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica. In making the announcement, the Founder of the SUNSHINE Awards Program, Mr. Gilman Figaro, said, “This year, we celebrate not only the talented exponents of the various countries but also the milestone of fifty (50) years of Independence for Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica. This milestone invites us not only to reflect on the progress we have made since 1962, (progress in the performing arts, sports and education all of which contribute to human development and a civilized society) but also to confront the challenges of the future.”

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  • GlobalFEST: 10th year of the groundbreaking music festival

    globalFEST (gF) began as a creatively curated bright spot for global music lovers in the dark days of early January in NYC. Over its first decade, gF’s groundbreaking annual 3-stage, 12-band world music showcase/festival has become one of the most catalytic world music events in North America and the premier gateway event for emerging and established artists from around the world.

    globalFEST is also a party, turning winter doldrums into a multi-continent romp at one of downtown New York’s most historic venues, spotlighting artists who represent diverse global styles, ranging from traditional and folk to hybrid acts that incorporate classical, rock, jazz, electronic dance music and hip-hop. Since 2003, gF has provided more than one hundred groups from around the world access to stages across North America. globalFEST is committed to keeping ticket prices low – with no increase in the past decade – to encourage festival-goers to explore new and unfamiliar sounds and discover new favorites.

    The last six months have marked milestones in both organizational and programmatic development for globalFEST. Now an independent 501c3 non-profit organization, gF has grown from an annual showcase/festival into a year-round resource for cultural curators, global music artists, and the live music industry as a whole.

    The launch of globalFEST’s Touring Fund (gFTF) offers competitive grant opportunities to all tour-ready gF alumni artists. gFTF is an innovative program designed to encourage cultural exchange by offsetting the high cost of touring in the U.S., and to encourage performances in new, underserved markets.

    globalFEST has also expanded its presentations outside of NY. In Spring 2012, globalFEST brought its curatorial vision to stages at SXSW, the country’s most influential independent music conference and festival and atBonnaroo, one of the country’s most beloved festivals. gF artists performed alongside Radiohead, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fun, Questlove, Bon Iver, and St. Vincent. Through these events, gF and the participating artists garnered national coverage in such media as SPIN magazine, The New York Times and the Austin-Statesman.

    This September, globalFEST presents events on two continents: including a day-long showcase of eight New York-based diaspora artists at Paris’Festival d’île de France, and collaboration between Debo Band and Forro in the Dark with the legendary Joshua Light Show at NYU’s Skirball Center

    gF is now planning for its next phase of development providing expanded service for the performing arts field in general and the world music field in particular. It is uniquely positioned to have impact on the entire live music industry-in NYC and beyond.

    The festival directors, Bill Bragin of Acidophilus: Live & Active Cultures, Isabel Soffer of Live Sounds and Shanta Thake of Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater- along with a dedicated cadre of volunteers – produce this highly anticipated event on an entirely unpaid basis.

    We rely on the generosity of our Kickstarter supporters to help make all these ambitious programs possible, and we thank you! Please give as much as you can, and help spread the word!

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  • International Reggae Artist Anthony B Hospitalized

    New York, New York (October 9, 2012). At approximately 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 6, International Reggae Artist Anthony B, collapsed shortly after his performance at a Dallas, Texas night club and is now hospitalized.

    “At this time there is no confirmation from the doctors as to the exact diagnosis, but we strongly believe that Anthony B has been overworked and strongly suspect dehydration” says Ronnie Tomlinson, Anthony B’s publicist.

    It is still unknown how long he will be admitted for but as the information becomes available, his fans and the public will be notified. Anthony B is currently admitted at the Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Dallas TX.

    We are praying for a speedy recovery as we have faith Jah Rastafari will see him through.

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  • A Consistent Karma dominates Miami Carnival 2K12

    POS, Trinidad – This past weekend the energy and excitement of Caribbean vibrations invaded the South Florida city of Miami. Being the last major stop on the annual Carnival calendar, hundreds of partygoers, entertainers and event promoters enjoyed the Columbus weekend in fine style. Not to be left out of the action, Ravi B, Nisha B and the band Karma brought Chutney-Soca flavour to many of Miami’s main events.

    Karma, which has been on a steady roll with several high profile regional and international appearances and recently copped the award for ‘Over All Soca Chutney Band of the Year’ at the 2012 International Soca Awards graced the stages of top Miami Carnival events such as Girl, Power, R.AV.E. and the W Fete.

    Nisha B shined as she took centre stage at the famous Thursday night Miami fete, ‘Girl Power’. Despite still recovering from leg surgery, the queen bee of Karma brought the bacchanal with her powerful renditions of Chutney, Soca, Hip-Hop and Dance music. As the event’s only Chutney-Soca entertainer, she gracefully held her own on a cast which included Barbados’ Alison Hinds and Machel Montano HD.

    Karma’s Ravi B also made waves and excited audiences with his delivery of multiple music genres at the Saturday night staple, R.A.V.E. (Real Artist Vibe Experience) and ignited the popular South Beach strip as he took to the stage at the well known establishment Mangos alongside Patrice Roberts, Rupee, Skinny Fabulous, Swappi, TC and Shal Marshal.

    Most notably, Nisha and Ravi alongside vocalist Gregory Ayuen and their dynamic musicians had an impressive showing at ‘The W Fete’ which was held at Solare Gardens. The new event which is destined to be a Friday night Miami Carnival favourite featured Karma in full force in an intimate venue complete with fan interaction and the full audience participation for which the band is renowned.

    The members of Karma thoroughly enjoyed their 2012 Miami Carnival experience and they are always grateful to touch base and perform for their South Florida fans. As they continue to wrap up their remaining tours for this year which include trips to Guyana, Orlando and Toronto they hinted of new music to be released soon from the camp for T&T’s Carnival 2013.

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  • Konshens Shuts-Down Kampala, Uganda

    New York, New York (October 10, 2012). Despite the wet weather, recent decline in patrons supporting international artistes and high ticket prices, high riding international dancehall artiste Konshens was still able to pull over twenty-thousand patrons to Kyadondo Rugby Grounds, Kampala, for Uganda’s Golden Jubilee.

    On Friday October 5, Konshens was added to the “music history book”. By 8:00 p.m. the traffic outside the Kampala Rugby Grounds was bumper to bumper. Patrons started rolling into the venue and taking their positions for the night. Konshens would take the stage at a few minutes before 11:00 p.m. in a burgandy and black plaid blazer, white t-shirt, dark blue jeans and burgandy combat boots. The crowd erupted as they heard “How Da Party Ya Look Suh” from offstage. Konshens entered the stage serving hits one after the other including ‘Forward’, ‘No Retreat No Surrender’, ‘Bad Gyal’, and Simple Song.

    Konshens later declared during his performance “Uganda and Jamaica are both 50 years old and tonight, I will make sure you get value for each dollar you spent at the entrance”.

    He introduced SubKonshus artist Darrio who electrified the crowd with his single “Hold On” and “School Fee”. Another crowd pleaser was “Siddung”, the number one song in Jamaica which is currently being played in the clubs and on radio in Uganda.
    “This was one of the best shows ever in Ugandan history, we thank Konshens and can’t wait for him to come back to Uganda” says a fan who attended the concert.

    During his set, Konshens introduced Ugandan artist Jose Chameleon who sampled his song Valu Valu. The crowd went wild and Konshens reinforced the point that Chameleon is the baddest artist in Uganda.

    “It was an epic night….Happy 50th Uganda and Thanks for the Love” Konshens said.
    Back in Jamaica, Konshens is gearing up for a host of events he has scheduled this Heroes Weekend on the island. Then he is off to New York for his final performance in the city for the year, on Wednesday, October 17th 2012 at SOBs.

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  • Jamaica’s & Florida’s #1 Party Series Comes To New York

    New York, U.S.A (Mpr & Shuzzr Consulting) – Jamaica & Florida #1 Party Series Comes To NY on November 25th, 2012. The 3 years old event known as “Be Your Own Bartender – Bring Your Own Liquor – Bring Your Own Igloo” will be like no other seen in New York. from the hookah bar to the foam machine, Igloo promises endless surprises!
    IGLOO affords you the opportunity to determine what you drink…be it HEINEKEN, WHITE RUM or RED RUM, VODKA, WINE, COGNAC, WHISKEY, TEQUILA or SCOTCH..”you can have whatever you like! You are your own bartender”!

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  • Morgan Heritage “The Return Tour” Documentary, EP Just Released, Back In The Studio and Heads To Suriname.

    World Wide (Mpr Consulting/Shuzzr PR) – If you are a reggae music lover than you know that Morgan Heritage reunited and toured over the summer to support the release of their EP “The Return” which has been released this past week on iTunes! Their return to the stage had been long awaited and much anticipated, Morgan Heritage performed at several music festivals throughout Europe, they were even caught up in the UK Olympics festivities, and while on stage took time out in mid performance to acknowledge and congratulate Usain Bolt. For the fans who unfortunately could not be there, Morgan Heritage is taking you behind and in front of the scene with their “Return Tour” short documentary. The documentary can be seen on their youtube channel MorganHeritageTV
    No rest for the band as Morgan Heritage will be back in studio this fall completing the full album which will be released early 2013 and “The Return Tour” will be heading to Suriname on December 29th, 2012 for a one night performance at Flamboyant Park.
    The Morgan family has several diverse projects, from Jemere Morgan who fans have had the pleasure of seeing perform as opening act on several leg of the tour who is presently in studio with Gappy Ranks working on single for his debut album, while his father Gramps Morgan has completed his first solo tour of Australia and the South Pacific Islands to rave reviews. Respectively Mojo Morgan and sister Una Morgan are in studio working on their own solo projects slated for release in 2013.

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  • “Haitian music singers Arly Lariviere and Bélo share stage on Sunday”–Stevy Mahy photos from Lincoln center Atrium

    Two popular Haitian singers will share a stage together in North Miami, showcasing Haitian music. One is half of the singing duo in one of Haiti’s most popular konpa bands, wooing couples on dance floors from Port-au-Prince to Palm Beach with his seductive, crooning voice into a slow melodic trance week after week.

    The other is a solo artist whose performances of socially conscious lyrics, fused with Haitian roots, reggae and jazz rhythms have taken him as far as the African continent and garnered him an inter-generational following.

    On Sunday, Sept. 30, both Arly Lariviere of Nu Look and Bélo will be together for the first time, sharing center stage as Moca Café in North Miami hosts another edition of Jazzy Sundays.

    “This show with Arly Lariviere is going to be a very special one,” said Bélo. “I am pretty sure the crowd is going to love it.”

    Rodney Noel, part-owner of the Haitian-themed restaurant and lounge, said while the event has jazz in the name it’s all about promoting Haitian music in a laid-back setting that gives artists a chance to showcase Haiti’s vibrant sound.

    Speaking from his Palm Beach County home, Lariviere made it clear he isn’t embarking on a solo career. But Sunday’s showcase, he said, is a chance for him to introduce fans to a repertoire of music he doesn’t always get to play when performing with the band.

    “There will be a lot of variety for the people to appreciate,” Lariviere said, noting that some will be familiar love songs, and others will be new. “There is a public that loves to sit down and appreciate music, people who don’t usually go to the dances but want to sit and appreciate music.”

    In July, hundreds crowded the Café to listen to Bélo. The performance demanded an encore, said Noel, citing high demand especially among those who missed it.

    During that performance, a laid back Bélo played his guitar and sung from the heart, telling attendees, “I want to play with you, not for you.” He had no pre-determined list, he said as he sung in English and Creole. He’s looking forward to his repeat appearance, he said Wednesday. “It’s always a pleasure to meet my fellow Haitians and share the love with them, and of course bring the heat of the Caribbean sun, Haiti to the USA,” he said.

    In addition to South Florida, Bélo also will be brining that “Caribbean sun” to several other U.S. cities in the coming months as part of a diplomacy initiative by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The initiative Center State features artists from several countries including fellow Haitian performers Ti-Coca & Wanga-Nègès and dance troupe Compagnie de Danse Jean-René Delsoin.

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  • Tad’s Record’s New Release, Richie Spice Soothing Sounds: Acoustic, is Now Available for Pre-Order

    New York, NY (FOX FUSE) – Tad’s Record’s latest release comes from conscious reggae icon Richie Spice, with his new album Soothing Sounds: Acoustic, now available for pre-order on iTunes and worldwide on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 . Born Richell Bonner in St. Andrew, Jamaica, the Prince of Reggae teams up with Tad’s Record and some of reggae’s biggest hit-makers on this 15-track acoustic opus of socially-conscious, roots reggae tunes that have made the entertainer an international staple for reggae lovers.

    Soothing Sounds: Acoustic is a masterpiece collection that is testament to the evolution of Richie Spice, showcasing an eclectic mix of musical elements that fuse classic reggae vibes with modern day acoustic rock, Spanish guitar, jazz and African drum beats. The first single, an uplifting call for unity titled “Free,” is currently available on iTunes, and remains in heavy rotation in Jamaica and across reggae airwaves, worldwide.

    The video for “Free,” produced by Richie Spice and directed by Scorpio 21, debuted on television channels in Jamaica last week, and gains traction for the growing classic. The video depicts the plight of people who are chained to material influences, but through being true to themselves, they break those shackles and eventually become free, and find happiness therein.

    “It was important for me to do a song like ‘Free’ because so many people are not,” reveals Richie Spice. “I want to encourage everyone, everywhere, who is tied down and pressured to be something they are not, to be themselves. Free up yourself, and you will find truth, light and happiness in that freedom.”

    RICHIE SPICE – “FREE” VIDEO

    The second single “Crying,” which depicts Spice’s signature chanting-style as he conjures socially-conscious questions, is also enjoying airplay on radio, and is now available for sale on iTunes. The “Crying” video was just shot on location in Jamaica and will be released later this month. Standout tracks such as “True Love,” “My Heart” and “My Girl” put a new spin on classics from Spice’s esteemed catalog. Spice enlists help from some of reggae’s top musicians, including Mitchum “Khan” Chin who co-produced the album, Robbie Shakespeare and Stephen “Lenky” Marsden. He also makes it a family affair with his brothers Spanner Banner and Snatcha Lion on the collaboration “More Love.”

    “The response that we have been receiving since publicizing the release of Soothing Sounds: Acoustic was so overwhelming, we knew that we had to put the product up for pre-order,” states Tad Dawkins, President of Tad’s Record. “Richie Spice’s credibility as an artist of exceptional quality is obviously known and applauded and so, once again, we must say that it is our esteemed pleasure to be affiliated with such a great artist.”

    About Richie Spice

    Considered one of the most prolific voices and profound lyricists in contemporary roots reggae, Richie Spice spiraled to international fame over a decade ago and consistently delivers critically acclaimed albums ever since, even reaching the very top spot on Billboard’s Reggae Albums Chart in 2008.
    His blockbuster hit “Youth Dem Cold” peaked at 59 on Billboard’s Top 100 Singles Chart, was featured in Grand Theft Auto IV and as the coveted closing track on the feature film, Attack The Block.

    His catalog of other chart-toppers include “Earth A Run Red,” “Groovin’ My Girl,” “Marijuana,” “Brown Skin” and “The Plane Land,” all of which have amassed massive airplay internationally, solidifying Richie Spice as a revered voice in reggae music and catapulting him to the very forefront of the genre.

    About Tad’s Record

    Tad’s Record Inc. is a record production, publishing company based in Kingston, Jamaica with its main office located in Miami, Florida.

    Tad’s Record has been in the music business for over thirty (30) years and boasts a catalog showcasing artistes such as Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, John Holt, Richie Spice, Prezident Brown, Turbulence, Anthony B, Perfect, and many more, who cover the spectrum of reggae and dancehall music.

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  • Patti Astor / FUN Gallery…The True Story

    MFD – Manhattan Fashion Directory and Clic Gallery and Bookstore are pleased to present the in-store signing of downtown New York legend Patti Astor’s first book, FUN Gallery…The True Story on October 6th from 5-8 pm. FUN Gallery…The True Story is a memoir recounting Astor’s experiences as a ballerina turned young anti-Vietnam revolutionary who eventually went on to open what turned into the most famous art gallery in the world.

    FUN Gallery…The True Story focuses on the wild and wooly “downtown” days in New York’s legendary East Village. From punk rock at CBGB’s in 1975 with local bands Talking Heads, Blondie, and Television to the independent film scene with Jon Jarmusch and Spike Lee to the early 80’s art explosion, Patti Astor was at the center of the storm. The title refers to her adventures at her tenement storefront art gallery with artists Keith Haring, Jean Michel Basquiat, Kenny Scharf, Fab 5 Freddy, and Julian Schnabel along with art world icons, Leo Castelli, Mary Boone, Tony Shafrazi and Andy Warhol.

    Astor states, “I wanted everyone who walked through that door to feel, ‘Yes I can make a difference here’…Both the “Oldsters” like LEE, who lived through it, and the “Youngsters,” like Shepard Fairey, who missed it have told me how much they wish they could go back and be in the FUN Gallery again. With this book I take you there.”

    FUN Gallery…The True Story was edited by celebrity stylist, Angelique Max of Manhattan Fashion Directory. She describes Astor as a “true star who tells the uncut story about owning the most famous art gallery in the world. I found myself completely immersed in her book. She writes with high-energy, wit, charm and honesty. Her story is a lively behind-the-scenes slice of New York Art history.”

    Guests will have an opportunity to purchase FUN Gallery…The True Story and meet the author.

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  • Tour Announcement – New Kingston Announce U.S. Dates / Oct 7 Opening for The Green At Brooklyn Bowl

    After a recent stint of shows in Hawaii, New Kingston heads to the mainland for a full-fledged U.S. tour in support of their recent 2-song release ‘Your Turn To Cry.’ On October 7th, the reggae trio and former Collie Buddz backing band will open for The Green at New York’s Brooklyn Bowl and continue to perform in major cities spanning the West and Midwest until the end of November. For the most up-to-date tour schedule please visit http://newkingstonmusic.com/tour.html.

    Known for fusing their reggae sound with modern pop, jazz and r&b music, New Kingston is a young vocalist/instrumentalist group consisting of three brothers Tahir a.k.a. SLIM (keyboards/vocals), Courtney (drums/vocals) and Stephen a.k.a SUKI (guitar/vocals). They have worked with artists like Collie Buddz, Mr.Vegas, Morgan Heritage, Gyptian and Shabba Ranks and toured non-stop since the release of their second album ‘In The Streets.’

    Their latest digital only selection ‘Your Turn To Cry’ is available on VP Records and features the title track plus new single “Waiting On The World To Change.”

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    New Kingston U.S. Tour Dates:
    Oct 07 Brooklyn Bowl (21+) Brooklyn, NY
    Oct 18 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
    Oct 19 Knitting Factory Concert House Spokane, WA
    Oct 20 2012 Heineken City Arts Fest Seattle, WA
    Oct 22 Wow Hall Eugene, OR
    Oct 24 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
    Oct 26 Arcata Theater Arcata, CA
    Oct 27 The Catalyst Santa Cruz, CA
    Oct 28 SLO BREW San Luis Obispo, CA
    Oct 30 Fulton 55 Fresno, CA
    Oct 31 McNear’s Mystic Theater Petaluma, CA
    Nov 01 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA
    Nov 02 Troubadour Los Angeles, CA
    Nov 03 Martini Ranch Scottsdale, AZ
    Nov 04 The Green Room Flagstaff, AZ
    Nov 07 Sunshine Theatre Albuquerque, NM
    Nov 08 Black Sheep Colorado Springs, CO
    Nov 09 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
    Nov 10 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
    Nov 11 The Waiting Room Omaha, NE
    Nov 13 Wooly’s Des Moines, IA
    Nov 14 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, MN
    Nov 15 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
    Nov 16 High Noon Saloon Madison, WI
    Nov 17 The Pyramid Scheme Grand Rapids, MI

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