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Monthly Archives: November 2012

  • A Musical Journey With A Tropical Escape Courtesy Of Chimney Records

    Take a musical journey with a Tropical Escape courtesy of Chimney Records.

    We sometimes wish we could get away and escape our day to day lives, but costs and obligations don’t always cooperate with our wants. But just in time for the holiday season, the production team of Jordan & Hizzle of Chimney Records who have given us such hits as “Money Box Riddim” and “Chill Spot Riddim” are given you an escape, a Tropical Escape riddim that is!

    With the soothing and melodic voices of reggae and dancehall greats such as Tarrus Riley, Zagga, Romain Virgo, Alaine, Ce’Cile, Christopher Martin, I Octane, Queen Ifrica, D Major, Chronixx and Kabaka Pyramid, Chimney Records “Tropical Escape” riddim gives you the gift that will last forever: music!

    Distributed by digital giants 21st Hapilos, Tropical riddim is available via itunes on December 4th, 2012..

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  • Jus Eazy Productions Presents New Riddim Album “Absinthe”

    Jamaican-based production house Jus Eazy Productions presents its latest riddim album, Absinthe, available digitally worldwide on December 11, 2012, with the pre-order available now. Boasting 12 sizzling tracks including the riddim’s instrumental, Absinthe guarantees a solid soundtrack for any party, come this holiday season.

    The first single is from Jamaica’s songbird Denyque, a sexy, dancehall-tinged romantic offering titled “One More Night.” The second single, “Alcoholic,” is another certified party anthem from Future Fambo. Acclaimed dancehall artists Voicemail, Red Fox, QQ, Toi, Richie Loop and others take turns giving fans a shot of the Absinthe album (see track list below).

    “The creative process was amazing,” reveals producer Marlon Easy. “I got a chance to work with some really talented writers. I didn’t get to work with all the artists I had in mind but the ones that I did work with, delivered. It took me almost a year to complete 11 songs but I’m satisfied with the finished product.”

    Jus Eazy Productions has been producing and releasing music globally for the past seven years, fusing multiple genres including reggae, dancehall and pop. The company was formed by two brothers, Ian Easy and Marlon Easy, hence the label name Jus Eazy. They have produced tracks for some of the biggest names in reggae and dancehall music, including Busy Signal, Christopher Martin, Anthony B, Red Fox, Voicemail and most recently, Ky-mani Marley. They have also added another esteemed notch on their belt with production for commercials for one of the biggest brands in the world, Pepsi.

    Jus Eazy Productions’ Absinthe album will be available worldwide on December 11, 2012 from all major digital retailers and is distributed by FOX FUSE.

    ABSINTHE TRACK LIST

    1. Anarahk – Inna Di Party
    2. Future Fambo – Alcoholic
    3. Richie Loop – Holiday
    4. Denyque – One More Night
    5. Alwayne – Heart On Fire (All U Need)
    6. Toi – Freeze Time
    7. Red Fox Ft DeShaun – Your Love
    8. Micha Ciselle – How Do I Say Goodbye
    9. Voicemail – U & I
    10. QQ – Turn Me On
    11. Ajrenalin – Shot Abroad
    12. Marlon Easy – Absinthe Version

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  • Teetimus Da Producer (Rockstar) Makes Vybz Kartel Pop In A “U.F.O. MEDZ!”

    Established in his own right, Teetimus da producer is well known amongst music circles for his cutting edge sound and avante garde ear for matching artists with multi-genre sounds. Teetimus’s newest project is no exception to this standard as he’s the first producer to make Vybz Kartel ‘pop!’

    Merging Pop with Techno and a splash of electronic, Teetimus (as the producer) lays the musical groundwork for Vybz Kartel to deliver one of his most well received cross-over performances in the song called “U.F.O. MEDZ” which features the Dancehall King and Teetimus the Rockstar.

    Recently released to the worlds’ most prominent DJ’s, initial feedback to the song exceeded the teams expectations. “We knew the DJ’s were going to like the track” said Teetimus from his recording studio in New York, “but we didn’t expect it to be so well received by the Pop and Techno audience. Vybz Kartel did a great job with the track – he really is dih teacha!”

    For Vybz Kartel, shying away from a track so forward thinking for the Pop genre was not an option. The artist recorded his vocals in Jamaica prior to incarceration and expressed that the Pop / Electronica sound will allow him to gain fans of a wider background. “Teetimus approached me with this track and the result is great. I stayed true to Dancehall while working with a new genre. Fans are going to appreciate it.”

    Already available on iTunes, the track has gained a lot of traction with sites such as Chromaticmag.com, Spotlightnow.com and Yardhype.com. The preview, available on YouTube, is one of the most searched, marking another sign that the single is on deck to being a hit.

    No stranger to success, Teetimus the Rockstar earned several accolades as the co-producer of Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley’s 2012 hit song “Affairs of the Heart,” Trey Songz “Ladies Gone Wild” and Mr. Vegas “Bruk It Dung,” and is in negotiations to produce a track for a very prominent and Grammy award winning female rapper.

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  • Ten Caribbean Soca Artistes to Perform At Soca Frenzy The Concert In Montserrat On December 22nd 2012

    Ten Soca artistes from across the Caribbean region will perform at Soca Frenzy The Concert on Saturday, December 22nd as part of Montserrat’s 50th festival celebration.

    Organised by Soca Frenzy Radio and PSV Events, the line-up for this one night Soca extravaganza at Festival City in Montserrat includes: Dr Lumba from Montserrat; Tian Winter from Antigua; Skinny Fabulous from St. Vincent & the Grenadines; Lil Rick from Barbados; TTrevvel from Montserrat; Edwin Yearwood from Barbados; Soca Diva Jadine from Montserrat; Claudette Peters from Antigua; Black Jaguar from Montserrat and David Rudder from Trinidad and Tobago.

    DJ Shaker HD who heads up the Soca Frenzy promotions team from London indicates that “with Montserrat’s population expected to double if not triple during the festival season, we have gone all out and brought together up and coming as well as Soca royalty to reward the people coming home with a showcase unlike no other experienced on the island, perhaps even across the region. We are working hard to make sure that this is the most dynamic event to hit the emerald isle as part of the 50th anniversary.”

    Soca Frenzy The Concert will be hosted by DJ Matchiz & Guest and the artistes will be backed by the Iconic Band from Antigua. DJ’s helping to bring the vibe throughout what is expected to be an all-night high energy jam session includes: DJ Tyrone, DJ Legin, DJ Shaker HD, DJ Stamina and DJ Charmer.

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  • Collaborative Artists Mas Band Launches November 26Th – Aqua 70/30

    Aqua 70/30 marks a historic collaborative mas band where a number of artists from different fields have come together to dream a new direction in the way mas is presented….

    On 6pm on Monday 26th November 2012 Sobeit Limited launches ‘Aqua 70/30’ at their mascamp at #10 Dennis Mahabir Street, Woodbrook. All are invited. The band is led by events co-ordinator Maurice Chevalier- former event co-ordinator and PR person of the current Carnival champion. The team also involves a number of former Peter Minshall collaborators, as well as a number of Trinidad’s leading upcoming visual artists. Aqua 70/30 examines the eternal equation 70/30: the equation of water to matter. 70% of the human body is water. 70% of planetearth’s surface is water… Sobeit Limited is presenting ‘a mas’ exploring the mystery of water and its role in man’s life.

    There will be a lot of surprises on the road with Aqua 70/30. The band caters for all demographics.There wil lbe 20 sections, 2 kings and 2 queens, section leaders, special individuals, and floor members. BandleaderChevalier says, “There will be room for all kinds of masqueraders- those who love less costume and more freedom, those who want to be creative but sexy, and those who want to play mas and disappear into a character… A band should provide an arena for everyone to enjoy themselves.”

    Some of the costume titles include: Shoreline; Lionfish; Swordfish; Turbulence; Clownfish; Firecoral; Man Of War; and Tsunami…

    The band is anticipated to have 1000 members in a Monday/Tuesday all-inclusive, premium-drinks jump-up.Breakfast and lunch will be served on the road and members will have an option to play jouvay. There will 3 music trucks powered by Bose sound system- the most sophisticated sound system in the world- powered by top DJs like Joy Juice and live band Mayaro with popular soca singers- and other types of music. Band members are assured of a safe and secure jump up with an effective security team.

    Aqua 70/30 marks a historic collaborative mas band where a number of artists from different fields have come together to dream a new direction in the way mas is presented. Apart from Chevalier the band also features the former prototype designer of the current carnival champion- Robert Frederick; former King and Queen technical advisor of the current carnival champion Michael Lee Poy. The King of the band is former Carnival King- Jhawan Thomas. Joining this crew is former Minshall collaborator and event planner/interior designer Kirk Langton; internationalplaywrightThorma Crawford; visual arts progidy James Hackett; professional artist Darren Chee-Wah; and multi-media artist Rubadiri Victor. The team worked together for months conceptualizing a treat for masqueraders.

    This will be a band about the ocean and water- from rain to clouds, to waves to deep sea bed, to the creatures that dwell therein, to us men who only visit… This band will be exploring water in all its dimensions. This is a band where sections can mix with one another in much the same way that fish mingle on a coral bed…

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  • Newcomers Delight In Soca Success – Thank DJ’s For The Guidance Over The Years

    Despite the fact that for three years, two young, budding Soca artistes faced defeat when their music failed to get the desired airplay at radio stations across the country, they are saying DJ’s have over the years, advised them well.

    Kenman and Chico are a dynamic musical pair out of the San Juan area of Trinidad. Ahead of Carnival 2013 on the island, the duo has struck gold with a single called Chippin In A Band. The song has been receiving the warm embrace of radio personalities and their DJ’s and according to the pair, this is all thanks to their personal acceptance of the constructive criticism they’ve received over the years.

    Kenman, real name, Kenwyn Cuffy, is eager for the possibilities that lie in wait. Likewise, his partner in music, Chico- real name, Ashton John, is assuring that their on stage antics will leave party lovers in a frenzy. “What we bring to a stage is real entertainment,” he said, adding that promoters and patrons can expect nothing short of a mind-blowing performance.

    With plans to simply allow this single to penetrate as best as possible, both Kenman and Chico will hold off on doing any other singles ahead of the carnival season. The level of airplay they’ve been receiving has come as quite a pleasant surprise to them both and so, with a strategic process set in their minds, the young duo plan on making their C2K13 contribution a memorable one.

    Admitting that the melody of the track is the secret behind its success thus far, Kenman says he is happy to see that the single is being enjoyed by both the young and mature. “The melody is really nice and people seem to be enjoying that more than anything else. We are really grateful for the love we’ve been getting and we plan on keeping the momentum going,” he said.

    Chippin In A Band was produced by San Juan based, Twistline Productions and written by both artistes. In this, their seventh year in the music business of Trinidad and Tobago, the duo is undoubtedly basking in the success achieved thus far, ahead of the Carnival season.

    With tremendous admiration for Soca hit-maker, Machel Montano, both artistes are aspiring to be like the veteran entertainer. “Machel has really shown us that hard work is the key to success. He never stops at ‘ok’- he always goes for the best and we would love to work with him one day,” said Kenman. Complete with a dance crew known as the Fusion crew, Kenman and Chico are looking forward to what they feel will be a successful season ahead. “We’re just happy that our song is getting the airplay. We plan on making the best of that and just going hard into the season. Like Machel, we won’t stop at ‘ok’- we want to give the best and get the best results in return,” said Chico.

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  • Wayne Wonder’s First Album In 6 Years

    25 years deep, 12 albums strong, the GRAMMY-nominated reggae pop star will release his first album in six years, My Way, on December 4 off his own label Singso Music. Recorded in his primary residency of Florida as well his native country of Jamaica, Kingston meets Miami on this 14-track opus.

    Wayne Wonder recently appeared on the nationally syndicated morning TV show THE DAILY BUZZ to perform his latest single “Drop It Down Low” and talk about the new album.

    My Way features guest vocals from Shaggy (“Don’t Say No”) and r&b sensation Mya (“If I Ever”) and is filled with irresistible island rhythms (“This Time,” “Put Your Drinks Up” and “Overall”), sensuous r&b gems (“Anne Lou” and “All About You”) and vibrant dance anthems (“Caught Up,” “Drop It Down Low“ and “Sweet Dreams”).

    Wonder breathes new life to his sound, while he stays true to his signature blend of pulsating rhythms, catchy hooks and flawless velvety vocals. 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).

    “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 set of sweet serenades and sexy club bangers.

    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, “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. His later albums 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 studio release, 2007’s Foreva (VP), 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 after departing from VP Records.

    “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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  • Delus To Perform At The Launch Of ONE MIC, The Artistic Movement On November 30, 2012

    Reggae artist, Delus, will perform at the launch of One Mic, The Artistic Movement on Friday, November 30, 2012 at Club White Dragon in New Kingston. The “What Tomorrow May Bring” crooner will be among a line-up to include Keida, G Whizz, Raquel Jones, Rae Tay, Conkarah and Colas, backed by High Symbol Band.

    With sponsors such as Billboard Magazine, Icey Jace Film Factory, HDP Media, Viewzz Media, White Dragon, Triple 7 Entertainment and Krystle Karee Design Studios, One Mic, developed by D’Events and Destine Media, will be a weekly event to be held at Club White Dragon for the next three months. Kemar Daswell of D’Events remarks, “One Mic’s main goal is to expose emerging talents in Jamaica who are most often overlooked. Delus is one such artist. He bridges the gap of seasoned talent and emerging artist which is why he was selected to jumpstart the One Mic movement in Jamaica. Along with the positive nature of his songs and always upbeat disposition, he truly embodies the One Mic mission – dream and pursue.”

    Delus, who recently performed at 12 to 12 alongside Tarrus Riley, Bounty, Konshens, Kitty Kutchie and Darrio, has been busy recording, making appearances, media rounds and promoting singles “Live Mi Life” Panamera Riddim, “Gallis” 90s Bubble Riddim, “Work Hard” Paper Chaser Riddim and “Hussla” 12 to 12 Riddim, is looking forward to performing at One Mic.

    He adds, “This is a unique experience that I am happy to be a part of. To be able to perform my singles with a band and not tracks is always something I welcome. This is a great way to wrap up 2012. Much respect to D’Events for considering me – I appreciate the support.”

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  • Bunny Rugs Walks The Red Carpet In Washington DC To Receive Special Award From Caribbean-American Advocacy Group

    Bunny Rugs Walks The Red Carpet In Washington DC To Receive Special Award From Caribbean-American Advocacy Group

    William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clark, leader singer of 10-time Grammy nominee Third World, was among a ‘who’s who’ of political leaders, entertainment pioneers, business entrepreneurs and education innovators honored at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington, DC last Friday November 16th. The Caribbean American Heritage Awards (CARAH) , an annual black-tie affair put on by The Institute of Caribbean Studies, celebrates the contributions that Caribbean people make in the United States of America. Bunny Rugs received an award for his ‘Outstanding Contribution to Reggae Music’.

    Music, dance and dinner warmed the body and soul in preparation for the awards ceremony co-hosted by Neiki Mohan of CBS Miami. Among those receiving awards were Jamaican Jazz musician Monty Alexander, Miss Trinidad 2009 and the 2011 winner of Project Runway, Anya Ayoung Chee, Constance White, Chief Editor of Essence Magazine, Jamaican Dean Garfield President and CEO of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), Panmaster Robert Greenidge and footballer Skaka Hilslop. Collin Channer, founder of the Calabash Literary Festival, also received an award in absentia.

    But they saved the best for last in more ways than one. Indeed, last to take the stage was Congresswoman Yvette Clarke who presented William “Bunny Rugs” Clark with the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Reggae Music’ award as a member of Third World and as a solo artist. Congresswoman Clarke joked that she and Bunny Rugs, who happen to share the same last name, may even be related. Rugs took the bait and ended the show with an energetic musical finale. With the entire ballroom on their feet, Rugs performed “Now That We’ve Found Love” and “Reggae Ambassador” all backed by DC’s #1 backing group, the Image Band. Despite many political ambassadors in attendance, Bunny Rugs struck a chord with everyone, many of whom waited patiently for a photograph alongside the ‘reggae ambassador’.

    “The CARAH awards will forever stay with me as one of the high points of my career,” said Bunny Rugs. “To be honored in this way, in a ceremony created by and for Caribbean people is really the ultimate award. For the same reason, I dedicate this award to the Caribbean people to whom I am forever indebted.”

    After Washington DC, Bunny Rugs performs with Third World at NJPAC on November 30 in Newark, New Jersey for Jamaica 50 celebrations with Kymani Marley and Maxi Priest also on the bill and then the group heads to the Hennessy Artistry Series in Barbados December 1 before Bunny starts two weeks of Europe solo performances in support of his new album, Time. The album is now available in stores and features the roots reggae anthem, “Land We Love”.

    Founded by Dr Claire Nelson in 1993, the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) is a non-partisan, non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to education, advocacy and action on issues that impact on Caribbean Americans. Produced by Dr Nelson and Karema Daley, the CARAH Awards part of the Institute’s mission to ensure that the conversation on the future of America and immigration includes a recognition of the indivisible historical linkages between the US and the Caribbean.

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  • Recording Artist Tenza Released Promotional Video For “Badmind” Single

    Recording Artist Tenza Released Promotional Video For “Badmind” Single\

    The ‘Push and Turn’ singer Tenza shot the video for her latest single a few weeks ago, and as now unveil the highly anticipated promo video for the track which is the lead single from her upcoming mixtape “ Tenzalious”. Austrian based and Europe number one female sound system “Badda Pum” does the hot new mixtape.

    Tenza launched ‘Badmind’ at the end of August, as part of Kimichi Records Summer Skies Riddim Compilation, but have been getting rave reviews from her fans from around the world, and being enjoying heavy rotations in clubs and dancehall.

    According to Kym-ling TMD CEO who is based in Japan, stated that the song is doing so well which see Tenza done the song on dubplate for more than 98 djs world wide, which is a major achievement for a female artist in a very competitive dancehall market that is dominated by males. Shanu Powerz (Unique FM UK) “ This is one of the best dancehall track from a female artist this year”, (Dj Jin Slye Flying Tiger sound Japan) “ strong lyrics coming from a artist who is known mainly for raunchy and sexy lyrics” Navdip Singh Editor (Reggae India Magazine) “ This is the birth of a band new feisty star in reggae/dancehall industry”

    According to Tenza this was not the track she expected to get all the attention from this autumn, but love the responds it has being generated world wide, and that’s one of the main reason she decided to do a promo video is to show appreciation to the fans. The video for ‘ Badmind’ was directed by Birmingham videographer Delono Lightin D Howard, who as being making a name for himself in the midlands in the UK over the last few years.

    Tenza is now working on a few collaborations with artist from European, Africa and Jamaican. Tenza also will be launching her (Tenza Apps), which will be launching out for blackberry users in coming weeks, this will have all updates on Tenza’s shows, news music, videos and photos.

    Tenza Badmind Video Youtube link

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  • Africa Wins Juice Comedy Cup and Wesleigh Hype Says “There’s More!”

    Africa Wins Juice Comedy Cup
    and Wesleigh Hype Says “There’s More!”

    Hosted by Wesleigh Hype and his production team, Michael Blackson, Trixx, and Eddy King beat their West Indian contenders to win The Juice Comedy Cup held at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto last weekend!

    The hotly contested show, which was judged by audience votes via text messaging and twitter in addition to Cabbie of TSN (The Sports Network), MC Linx of G98.7FM and DJ Whitebwoy, featured the best and brightest comedic talent who competed for the Cup which is similar to a sports league competing for a coveted title!

    Joyous over his teams win, Michael Blackson said “I really like the concept of the show, and am very pleased with the way the show was put together. I look forward to coming back to Toronto for Wesleigh’s next show. Africa will win again you Modda Suckas!”

    Jay Martin, Mark Trinidad and Blakka Ellis representing Team West Indies were proud of their performance and have no problem giving the first round to team Africa with a warning “next time oxtail will beat out fufu!”

    The sold out show was the most talked about event on Toronto’s urban social calendar. When contacted after the show, Wes Hype said “I’m overwhelmed by the amount of positive feedback I have received since the end of the show from regular patrons to other promoters and comedians also. Two years ago I set out to fill what I felt was a void in Toronto’s entertainment industry, and now I can see that goals accomplishment in the horizon.”

    Since the show, fans and comedians have been asking Wes via Twitter and email when the next event will be held. The promoter shared that he has been contacted by well known comedians from the US and the West Indies which will see four to six shows staged in Toronto in 2013 called ‘The Rematch: Africa v. West Indies.’ Plans may even include additional cities in Canada.

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  • Bounty Killer’s Sexy Warriors (Kqueens) Gets Raunchy With Kalado! A’N’G On The Rise!

    Kerrine and Kaydine Francis have been apart of Bounty Killer’s Alliance camp for some time now performing under the monikor “Kqueens”. Since the formation of Bounty Killer’s new Alliance Next Generation (ANG) Group, they have now been transitioned to the official “ANG First Ladies” and will now add the title of “Sexy Warriors” to their artistic name, which they believe will now give them a more balanced outloook.

    “The addition to our name we believe will give us the right balance both in out performance and as recording artistes. It was Bounty Killer who complimented us with this addition and we believe it is quite fitting, fans can now expect much more from us”, they reiterated.

    With this new beginning, they have already recorded a single titled “God Bless Body” with fellow ANG stablemate Kalado. The single is expected to do very well and open new doors for the duo, as they have never been heard in this way before. The song is both sexy and raunchy and will definitely get the attention of anyone who listens this project.

    The starting of this track exemplifies how “suggestive” the song is, here are a few lines : (Kalado) “BET YOU BECOME HANDICAP PON DI COCK”, (Kqueens) “NOT WHEN MI SIDDUNG PON BUDDY AND SQUAT”, (Kalado) “SET FROM DI BACK PON DI COCK”, (Kqueens) “NOT WHEN MI SIDDUNG PON BUDDY AND SQUAT, SIT AND RECLINE LIKE DI CHAIR, WITH A BRICK FROM BEHIND LIKE DI SPEAR, MI A STRIP AN A WINE LIKE MI CARE”. The song is produced by DJ Sirian/Studio 91 productions. Here’s the youtube link for the song: http://youtu.be/SZFynt5ZAu4

    Bounty Killer Collab
    Their next single and collab is the most anticipated, they are expected to team up with their mentor and dancehall legend Bounty Killer soon on a hard hitting track canvassing a number of topical issues that are now of significant importance in our country and worldwide.

    Stage Shows
    The Sexy Warriors are booked to perform at a few major show for the festive season towrds the end of this year. They will be at GT Extravaganza on Dec 25th at Independence Park, Black River, St. Elizabeth and on Dec 30th at Galiday Bounce at Ewarton, St. Catherine. They will also be making appearances with Bounty Killer at a number of other shows across the island throughout December.

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  • Konshens Teaches Us How To ‘Drink And Rave’

    Dancehall’s ‘It Man’ – Konshens has teamed up with the industry’s Dynamic Duo – Razz & Biggy and the result is a celebratory track titled ‘Drink and Rave’ which is slated to be released under the Razz & Biggy Music Imprint. Celebration is a major part of success; it’s that part of the journey that makes it all worth the effort that was put in from the beginning. Drink and Rave is just that; an anthem for celebration.

    Few members of the Jamaican Entertainment fraternity have been continuously riding the wave of success quite like Konshens, since his debut in 2005 which was by popular demand, initiated in Japan; destined for success you may say. 2012 has been really great to Konshens, he was featured on Reality series conceptualized by model Tyra Banks – America’s Next Top Model, he toured Uganda to glorious receptions, released the Mental Maintenance album which topped charts around the world, places like Japan and Germany readily comes to mind.
    In the track Konshens reflects on the hard work that it took to allow him to enjoy his current success and reaffirms his belief in the supreme being and in those age old sayings; ‘who God bless no man curse’ and ‘wah fi be haffi be’. There should never be a question about the artistes view on loyalty; in various lines throughout the track he echoes sentiments of embracing not only the loyalty of those around him but also those who played a positive impact on the musical journey that he embarked on years ago.

    “Working with Konshens was a great experience” commented a notably pleased Razz, he went on to explain that “Konshens is a very focused artiste, he knows and understands the concept of hard work and does not hesitate to get straight to work when in the studio”. Since launching the Razz & Biggy Music label the duo has worked on productions such as their ‘First Born Riddim’ and other singles.

    The song was exclusively premiered on the duos fifth mixtape effort for 2012 titled ‘One More Year’. “It was only fitting to use our mixtape to premiere it” commented Biggy when asked about the choice to use that medium to launch the song.

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  • L3 Magazine December Issue featuring Konshens the Realest Morgan Heritage | Sheba | Jimmy Riley Ramadez | Nanny Mystikk + More!

    L3 Magazine, Canada’s #1 Caribbean-Urban publication closes out 2012 with one of the most celebrated artists in Dancehall, none other than Konshens!

    Having just released his sophomore album ‘Hotel Room,’ and appearing on America’s Next Top Model, Natasha Von Castle had to begin the interview by asking the Dancehall star how the view looks from where he is right now. His answer shows his humility and determination at the same time. Just as we went to production, it was announced that Konshens is on the short list of candidates being considered for a Grammy nomination. You’ll enjoy every word Konshens the realest has to say!

    P.S. In keeping with the theme of ‘Hotel Room,’ the interview was done while Konshens was in bed. Natasha is envied!

    Tricia ‘ZJ Sparks’ Spence sits down with Peetah Morgan on behalf of Morgan Heritage whose interview is, in one word, explosive! Speaking to Sparks exclusively, Peetah shares updates on the group as well as share his insights on Payola. According to Peetah “it’s not Payola, its Marketing and Promotion!”

    Heike Dempster sits down with world traveler and world music artist Sheba. With parents who work for the United Nations, Sheba a.k.a. Queen of Hearts has been to countries that have impacted her creative expression. Find out how much so in her interview.

    Additional highlights include the UK’s Jermaine Riley, Toronto’s Nanny Mystikk and the US’s Ramadez. We have the top Digital, Video, Soca and Reggae charts, and we also highlight what fans and critics have to say about Daniel Craig and his performance as 007 in Skyfall.

    Ms. December is Rashirda who is beautifully photographed by Jerome Dupont from New Era Photography; new music releases just in time for the holidays and a thought provoking editorial from Natasha regarding the singer of the song “Uncle Demon.”

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  • Can You Handle The Pressure? Kerwin Dares You To Jump Into The Pressure-Cooker.

    As an entertainer, Kerwin Du Bois worked his way through the realms of the entertainment industry and is now at a place where he knows that he can add value to the unique Caribbean industry and the cultures represented. The talented singer/songwriter/producer is giving the opportunity to four talented and aspiring talents to make a name for themselves in the entertainment industry.

    Du Bois is turning things up a notch and has decided to launch his first series of competitions titled Pressure-Cooker. “This is serious business” said Du Bois, “This competition will be like no other ever done in the industry by an artiste, I am giving aspiring talents a chance” he added. The competition which umbrellas three categories; Steam, Heat and Boiling Point will provide production, performance and vocal opportunities for winning participants.

    Why Pressure Cooker? It’s the experience that interested parties will experience; the competitions will be compact and intense. It’s simple according to Du Bois, “In a pressure cooker the toughest piece of meat comes out perfectly in a short space of time; tender and juicy…”

    Without letting too much out of the bag, Kerwin shares a breakdown of the categories by saying the following:

    STEAM

    •One person (male or female) will be given the opportunity to have an original song produced by the ace producer.

    HEAT

    •One person has the opportunity to collaborate with the ace singer/songwriter

    •One person has the opportunity to write an entire song for the ace singer/songwriter

    BOILING POINT

    •An aspiring producer has the opportunity to provide a “riddim” built from scratch for

    Du Bois which will accompany his vocals. Competitors should be between ages 18 – 30 and may reside in any part of the world.

    When the idea to host a series of competitions crossed Kerwin Du Bois’ mind, he was unprepared for the tremendous support that he is currently receiving. The idea to give “youths” the opportunity to make a name for themselves in the industry has been playing in his mind from quite some time and it became mandatory in his books to offer a platform for those interested.

    “I know the struggle and I understand the frustrations that we as creative people have when trying to make a name for ourselves” said Du Bois. He added, “While it is not an easy road, if I can open a door or two for talented youths I am going to do that.” In saying that Du Bois is sharing two things with you; Pressure Cooker will take place post carnival and the stakes have gotten higher.

    His explanations are quite simple, because of the overwhelming support from both hopeful competitors and established artistes who are now interested in getting involved the competition. That’s right, more established artistes means more opportunities for those interested in competing. “A lot of my colleagues in the industry approached me when they heard of the competition and expressed their interest in wanting to provide opportunities as well” shared Du Bois.

    Pressure-Cooker remains the brainchild of Du Bois and he remains devoted to providing opportunities where he can for upcoming talents. Sit tight, as soon as Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival is over all the relevant information will be made available to all interested parties.

    Kerwin believes in the best and always aims to give his best…this competition is no different.

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  • Terri Lyons “Give Me That Thing” CARNIVAL 2013

    Terri Lyons “Give Me That Thing” CARNIVAL 2013

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  • T&T Production House Lends A Hand In Inspiring With Positivity

    Music is the perfect vehicle for transmitting messages to the world at large. That’s what T&T based production house, Jahlight Records bears in mind each time a project is undertaken at their studio. In December, the team’s 2012 musical masterpiece- the Seize The Day riddim, will be unleashed. On the riddim are some very talented and inspired reggae vocalists- Queen Omega, Fyakin, Jah Defender, Zally, Jah Van I, Roxy Singh, Fireson Bantu and Martinique’s Djama Keita. Collectively, the artistes on this riddim have made a concerted effort to preach positivity through sweet reggae music and the creators at Jahlight Records are highly optimistic of the result this project will have.

    With business transactions already set through a fostered relationship with BFM Digital, the riddim will be available across the world on December 4 via iTunes, Amazon, Juno and other digital retailers. The seven songs on the riddim are ‘Who Feels It Knows It’ by Queen Omega and Fyakin, ‘Journey’ by Jah Defender, ‘Unite’ by Zally, ‘Accomplishment’ by Djama Keita, ‘Never Had’ by Roxy Singh and ‘Celebrate’, sung by Fireson Bantu. According to Akeunde Pemberton of Jahlight Records, the idea behind the riddim was to inform the world that opportunities must be seized, as time is precious and should not be wasted. “We can’t afford to take life and time for granted. While the sun shines, make haste. The most valuable opportunity we have is to get to know Christ and with that understood, we just can’t wait until our time is up and it’s too late,” he said. His sentiment is echoed in the lyrical delivery of each of the artistes on the riddim.

    Already, a video has been done for one of the tracks- that being Martinique’s very own Djama Keita’s track, Love Mama Earth. By all reports, the video and single are doing very well internationally. Besides that, Zally’s single on the riddim, ‘Unite’ saw him attain the crown in the Reggae Earth United Competition 2012 and so, the Seize the Day Riddim was obviously the champion riddim that delivered a champion in 2012.

    Jahlight Records continues to work hard at establishing a unique and enjoyed reggae sound for all artistes worked with. The Seize The Day Riddim is their final reggae riddim for 2012 and the feeling at the production house is that this riddim will be the next best production from Jahlight Records since their 2011 accomplishment via the Passover riddim of which Queen Omega and Roxy Singh were both a part.

    Ahead of 2013, the production house looks toward additional projects. Already, they have started putting things in place for their first full length solo album for an upcoming artiste by the name of Matthew Greenidge, which is set for release in April. Additionally, with their consciousness very much a part of their in-studio ideals, the team is gearing up to focus a bit on gospel projects- an area that is highly anticipated.

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  • “Challenges Ahead For Jahmoun Mendoza – But The Experience Awaits”

    Jahmoun Mendoza is making tremendous leaps ahead of carnival 2013 in Trinidad and Tobago. His single, Nah Stay Home which was produced by Madmen Productions is making waves already and as if that’s not enough, the radio personality who stunned many when he made it to the finals of the Groovy Soca Monarch competition in 2011, assures there’s much more to come.

    Mendoza’s spirited personality shines through in his music. On air at one of the country’s most listened to urban frequencies, the artiste delivers what is possibly the most energetic three hours across the FM band between the hours of 12pm and 3pm Monday to Thursday. Music is a very big part of Mendoza’s existence and so, when he jumped onto the music scene a couple years ago, it was hardly a shock.

    Ahead of C2K13, Mendoza is preparing for yet another first- the challenge of standing beside veteran T&T entertainer, Ronnie McIntosh at the forefront of McIntosh’s new band, The Experience. “This is like the first time I will be performing at one event and going to another, night after night. Experience was launched in the later part of Carnival 2012 and we did like seven all- inclusives and it was a real experience for me, so this time around, actually kicking off the season is going to be something completely different,” he acknowledged.

    Mendoza says he sees it as a challenge but anticipates it all the same. “I’m going to be on stage with a veteran and I’m going to soak off everything from him and I know that he is not going to allow me to fall or fail. Ronnie is going to make sure that I’m good- that’s one thing I’m sure of,” he said, noting that their relationship is very similar to that of a father and son. “Ronnie relates to me in a way that I don’t think he relates to anybody else. We feed off each other well on stage so while it will be a challenge, I know it will be ok,” he assured.

    Jahmoun has been very careful of the music he puts out so much so that in the past two seasons, he’s only released two singles for both carnivals. This year however, there is speculation that he will be dishing out something on the groovy side of things to add to his repertoire. “ I’ve been contacted by a few writers so I’m thinking of doing another song but I’m not certain just yet. We’ll just have to play it by ear,” he said.

    In the meantime, the very vibrant radio mic man/ artiste is enjoying every bit of the ride in the entertainment arena. He has earned the respect of his peers and the masses alike and judging by the response to his 2013 single, that respect is about to increase- deservedly so.

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  • Live Your Life – Gentleman & Richie Stephens

    Live Your Life – Gentleman & Richie Stephens

    Multi-platinum reggae artist Gentleman – who is still celebrating the news that his 2011 solo album Diversity was among 50 albums on a provisional Grammy Awards list for ‘Best Reggae Album’ – is not resting on his laurels. The talented German born sinjay has instead cracked the whip on the promotions of his new album of duets titled “Live Your Life” with Jamaican reggae ambassador Richie Stephens.

    As part of their hectic schedule, Gentleman and Richie performed recently at the Reggae Boyz historic 4-1 victory in the World Cup 2014 qualifying game vs Antigua/Barbuda. The victory sealed the team’s place in the next round of their ‘Mission to Rio’ World Cup campaign.

    “Our performance at the Reggae Boyz game versus Antigua was extra special. Any opportunity I get to perform for my Jamaican fans is an opportunity I always cherish” the German sinjay noted.
    “I am also fired up about how things are going with the promotions of the new album. The album is slated to be released later this month and we have been getting favorable reports about the lead single and video for ‘I Found Heaven’ and other songs on the disc” he said.
    In late October, Gentleman and Richie travelled to New York do a ‘Meet & Greet” and an intimate live performance at Mingles Cafe in the Bronx, NY to launch their album. While in NY they made a number of special appearances including an autograph signing session at the VP Records retail store in Queens where they did an interview with WBLS radio host Dahved Levy and Dub Master Chris on Irie Jam radio, 93.5FM – the loudest voice to the Caribbean Diaspora in NY. Other live performances included an appearance on the popular morning show – Smile Jamaica (TVJ) – and a special live, unplugged studio performance and interview with Winford Williams of On Stage, CVM TV. Other radio and television interviews are scheduled before Gentleman heads home to Germany in December.

    “I have a lot of things on my plate musically for 2013 including a number of one off performances and an extended European tour where I will be joined by Richie to support the release of Live Your Life” he said.

    Gentleman, the son of a Lutheran pastor was drawn to reggae’s revolutionary spirit and truth-seeking lyrics ever since he was introduced to the island’s sounds. He has since had a string of solo hits and platinum-selling records in Europe. He won Best National Artist five times for three different award shows (Echo Award 2003 & 2005, Comet Award 2005, 1Live Radio Award 2004 & 2005) and has been nominated twice for Best Reggae Artist (Martin 2004 Awards and Reggae and Soca Awards). He has collaborated with artists ranging from pop superstars Pink and Destiny’s Child to reggae legends Michael Franti & Spearhead and Barrington Levy.

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  • Trinidadian Gospel Reggae Artist POSITIVE Releases New Album “Forever My King”

    Trinidadian Gospel Reggae Artist POSITIVE Releases New Album,
    Forever My King

    Trinidadian gospel reggae artist Positive releases his highly anticipated album, Forever My King, worldwide on December 4, 2012 from FOX FUSE. Putting a positive spin on reggae music, fused with a tinge of dancehall along with regional soca and calypso influences, Positive has earned acclaim from music critics and fans alike, ever since hitting the music scene just over five years ago. This, his sophomore studio effort, showcases a seasoned lyricist and vocalist, whose talent shines on 16 glorious tracks.

    Birthed in the Caribbean, gospel reggae is the medium being used to spread the Gospel of Jesus and this album speaks about the faithfulness of God’s love. “I’ve been inspired to write about being assured that God is faithful to perform His word in our lives, despite what area may be experiencing a storm,” discloses Positive.

    Positive does justice to his name with this polished collection that captures his spirit, showcasing sincere, heartfelt odes. He invokes the power of the most high in this musical manifestation, which was one year in the making. The lead single “Highest Of Heights” is a gospel anthem with an upbeat dancehall vibe, while the second single, “Mama You’re Beautiful,” is a gentle pledge of love to mothers everywhere. “Rock Of My Life,” “Be My Comforter” and “Sunny Day” will make you forget you are listening to gospel music, while tracks like “Let Me Be The One” serves up more crossover appeal with its R&B, lover’s rock allure.

    Forever My King is a personal prophesy from this profound artist, and the songs bear testament to his faith. “I am a believer in Christ and as such my talents and abilities must be used to glorify the God that I serve,” reveals Positive. “It’s more than just music, it’s worship mixed with the sweet accents of reggae. I desire that this record impacts the hearts of it’s listeners, challenging them to believe and be encouraged in the Lord.”

    Forever My King sees production from stellar names in Caribbean music, including Grammy-winning producer Dwayne “Supa Dups” Chin-Quee from Miami, Precision Productions from Trinidad, Jamplified Records and Jermaine Edwards from Jamaica, and J-Vibe Productions from the US, all joining forces with Positive, who produced the majority of the album, thereby fulfilling his musical destiny. “I feel privileged to be able to translate spiritual messages into music that can edify,” states Positive.

    Forever My King will be available both physically and digitally on December 4, 2012 (available for pre-order on November 20, 2012), and is distributed by FOX FUSE.

    TRACK LIST

    1. Rock My Life Feat. DJ Nicholas
    2. Be My Comforter
    3. Sweeter
    4. First In Everything
    5. Highest Of Heights
    6. Forever My King – Interlude
    7. Giving It All
    8. Better Must Come
    9. Lamb Upon The Throne
    10. Let Me Be The One Feat. Niki Rymple
    11. Destiny
    12. Sunny Day
    13. Got To Be Ready
    14. Mama You’re Beautiful
    15. Music Is Life
    16. I Trust In You Feat. Jermaine Edwards

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  • Junior Reid Collaborates With DJ Khaled’s We The Best Music Group

    Accomplished Reggae superstar and entrepreneur Junior ‘One Blood’ Reid now gearing up for an intense overseas campaign, continued to raise his international profile. The veteran crooner recently collaborated with DJ Khaled’s – We The Best Music Group (WTMBG) on a new single titled ‘Who Wan Test’.

    Performed by WTBMG rapper Nino Brown ‘Who Wan Test’ features Reid laying down some smooth vocals on the grimy urban beat while Brown delivering a commendable effort using snippets of the Jamaican vernacular. Now gaining momentum on the U.S airwaves DJ Khaled has also released a remix featuring Dancehall bad boy and label-mate Mavado.

    Aimed at bolstering their radio presence an official video was shot under the watchful eyes of director Steve Alien of Steven Alien Films. The visuals were filmed throughout the thoroughfares of Miami, Florida. No stranger to the U.S. music scene, Reid expressed his viewpoint, citing the project as a great experience.

    “as an ambassador for Jamaica and Reggae music, it is always great when we can collaborate with other people and cultures to create something positive that broadens our reach internationally. Working with DJ Khaled, Nino Brown and Mavado was a good experience; this shows that if we as a people unite we can accomplish anything.” – He said.

    Back in Jamaica, Reid has released three new singles namely: ‘Same Boat’, ‘Share The Night Together’ and ‘Never Let You Go’ ahead of the festive seasons. Prior to his overseas assignments Reid and sons Andrew, Juju and Wada Blood are booked to appear at a Christmas Family Fun Day in Portmore, St. Catherine.

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  • Award-Winning Filmmakers Raising Funds To Tell He History And Influence Of The Steel pan.

    “They didn’t care. A steelband man, you have sticks in your pockets; you would be the subject of police harassment.” That is the opening line from Panomundo (the promo), a 7-minute video that explores the history of the steelpan. The film uses a series of interviews to give an account of the hardships that the pioneers of the steelpan faced.

    Award-winning filmmakers, British director Keith Musaman Morton and American producer Charysse Tia Harper, travelled to Trinidad & Tobago in January 2012 to uncover how the steelpan, which originated from an oil drum, became a highly respected musical instrument.

    “The slaves came with their African tradition of drumming and they used bamboo sticks,” Morton explained. “Soon that was outlawed and other variations of ‘improv percussion’ were introduced until a dustbin was picked up and then an oil drum came into play.”

    The founding fathers of the steelpan uncovered they could make different pitches on the oil drum by tuning it in a certain way, which is how the notes on the pan evolved. By how widely it is accepted in communities around the world, no one would suspect that it came from such a tumultuous background.

    “It was a great experience to talk to the men and women who witnessed or were part of the uprising,” Morton said. “Not many people know what a struggle it was to play this music and that’s why we want to tell this story in its entirety.”

    Panomundo (the word being a combination of ‘steelpan’ and the Spanish word ‘mundo’, which means “world”) is set to be a feature-length film. Though the promo video gives an insight into the history of the steelpan, it does not explain how it is globally popular. The next step will be to capture the influence that the pan has on various cultures. Thus the duo has set up a campaign on Indiegogo an international crowdfunding site to raise $30,000 US to complete the film.

    “It would not be considered ‘history’ if it did not have an impact on people,” Harper explained. “In order to fully understand how strong that influence is, we will have to visit those locations and have them explain it to us.”

    The deadline to raise the funds to complete the film is 15th January 2013. Morton and Harper will then shoot in Spring 2013 and edit the project by summer. They have been asked to preview Panomundo ahead of the Notting Hill Carnival in London in August 2013.

    “It will be an honour, really. We’ve had such nice chats with Sterling Betancourt, Russ Henderson, Ray Holman and Ray Funk, to name a few. It will be a pleasure to have their knowledge and story heard by an audience,” Morton said.

    In the meantime, the filmmakers will continue to screen Panomundo (the promo) – they had two recent screenings in London, including one at the 4th International Steelpan Conference at the University of East London- and another in Los Angeles in October.

    Towards the ending of Panomundo (the promo), international pannist Ray Holman sums it up nicely: “Pan has taken over the world….Canada, Africa, Germany and France. I’m very proud…that such a small country as [Trinidad & Tobago] could have music that will be interesting and so loved by people in large metropolitan cities.”

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  • IRAWMA 2013 Promo Drive on!

    Ephraim Martin last week and this week went on a whirlwind promo drive for the 32nd International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) coming may 4th, 2013 at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, in South Florida. The drive kicked off at the Florida Jerk Festival on Sunday, with the distribution of thousands of flyers, stage announcements, and several television and radio promotions. Followed by in-stores, media and other promotions in various cities, townships and suburban areas in South Florida.

    Ephraim Martin at Obama Election Night Victory Rally Chicago

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  • Soca is ours for life

    The weeks ahead will likely see a strong amount of emphasis being placed on East, Trinidad. With the island’s carnival merely three months away, the feting calendar is being requested, however fetters must know, ahead of time that East Trinidad is going to erupt with excitement in the upcoming season.

    After years of observing, the Prison’s committee plans on delving into the Carnival excitement and celebration in 2013. With plans already underway to host the biggest fete East Trinidad has ever seen or experienced, organisers are guaranteeing that everyone from across both Trinidad and Tobago, will want to be a part of this super event.

    Dubbed, Soca For Life, the fete will be hosted at the spacious Prison Sports Club grounds, located along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway in Arouca, on January 26. Known for large turnouts on the occasion of Prison’s annual sports day, organisers are anticipating that their carnival fete will garner the same level of support among the general public across the island. “What we always guarantee and live up to is a safe event. We’re working closely with the various arms of national security to ensure patrons of a safe, enjoyable carnival fete next year,” said Michelle Weekes- spokesperson for the Prison’s committee.

    Soca For Life was conceptualized out of the committee’s desire to truly endorse soca music and the artistes who represent the genre. “Soca belongs to us. We live soca- we breathe soca and normally we just have it for one time of the year, so with this endorsement, we are letting it be known that we feel Soca should be loved and showcased year round. Soca is ours for life,” said Weekes. Her sentiment was echoed by other representatives of the event who agree that the fete, which will be on par with other major events like Army and Fire fetes, is just what is needed in the upcoming season. “We want to bring something home to the East. We’ve been hosting the sports day for the past 71 years so that is probably what we’re best known for when it comes to events, but we want to show that the Prison’s committee supports carnival enjoyment as well. The people who have attended the Sports day over the years will agree that we have what it takes to deliver a first class Carnival fete at our facility,” said Weekes.

    Plans are in place to provide shuttle services from various key locations across T&T and with big names in the mix such as Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons and the Asylum band, Ravi B and Karma and Destra Garcia and her band- just to name a few- there are certainly good signs that this new event in carnival 2013, will be one to remember.

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  • Destra Garcia New Video ‘Call My Name’ 2013 Carnival

    Destra Garcia New Video ‘Call My Name’ 2013 Carnival

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