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  • Chicago Music Awards Press Conference And Photos!

    219 MUSICAL ARTISTS AND INDUSTRY PROS NOMINATED FOR 32nd ANNUAL CHICAGO MUSIC AWARDS

    TJohn Blu leads field with 4 nods, Slique and Gueroloco follow with 3

    Two hundred nineteen (219) musical artists and music industry professionals from a wide variety of musical genres were nominated in 36 categories for the 32ND Annual Chicago Music Awards (CMA).
    The announcement was made November 8 at the Copernicus Center in Chicago. Topping the list of nominees for the second year in a row is R&B entertainer John Blu in four categories– R&B Entertainer of the Year, Best Male Vocalist, Record Producer of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. R&B/Soul singer Slique and Latin urban artist Gueroloco followed with three nominations each. Superstars Kanye West and Sugar Blue, R&B artist Jeremih, Eddie Korosa Jr. and Best New Entertainer nominees Sidewalk Chalk and Chance the Rapper, tied with two nominations each along with guitarist/songwriter Todd Carey, Pop/R&b artist J. Silva, and R&B/Hip Hop performer J. Lyn.

    In addition to the nominees, it was announced that Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to veteran drummer Tony Smith, performing for 65 years Polka entertainer Eddie Korosa, Jr., performing for more than 45 years and jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette, performing for 50 years and one of the country’s most influential jazz drummers. Award of Honor recipients are Tony Bitoy, Tony Bitoy Productions and Evangelist Dolores Diggs, State Minister of Music, Northern

    Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ. Marshall Thompson of the soul group The Chi-Lites will receive the Producer’s Award. All of the honorees have made important contributions to the music industry for 30 plus years.

    The 32nd Annual Chicago Music Awards takes place Sunday, January 20, 2013 at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Avenue. Doors open to the general public at 6:30 pm with Celebrity Red Carpet arrival and reception at 6:00 pm. Special early-bird tickets are available now and can be purchased at www.martinsinterculture.com/cma-ticket-shop or www.copernicuscenter.org. Advance tickets are $32 General Admission and $75 for VIP tickets. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 312/427-0266.
    The nominees were selected by experts in the music industry, including DJs, promoters, producers, record labels, night clubs, booking agents, entertainment attorneys and others connected to the entertainment industry. After recommendations have been tallied by the Chicago Music Awards team of volunteers and verified by the accounting firm of Robert R. Scott & Associates, Inc., the top five to seven nominees in each category are placed on the nomination ballot for the general public to vote and select the winners in all categories.

    Dedicated to Health Awareness, this event is made possible with the support of the following sponsors: NBC 5 Chicago, Robert L. Scott & Associate, Rogers Park Fruit Market, Kingston Mines Blues Club, Herbert Witter Insurance Brokers, Inc, Life Music Group, Uncle Joe’s Jerk Chicken, Atty. Kelvin Bulger, African Spectrum and others.

    The Chicago Music Awards pays tribute to Chicago’s rich and diverse musical heritage. Hundreds of artists in categories ranging from Pop, Reggae, Blues, Jazz, Rock, Country & Western and Gospel — R&B, Soul, Hip Hop, Latin, World Beat and more are recognized at this festive event.


    Barbara Kensey- PR MIC announcing nominees for 32nd Chicago Music Awards- Copernicus Center
    Photo by David Pryce


    Ephraim Martin- center- joined by Barbara Kensey- Frank Pellegrino and Dr Robert Scott in background to announce Chicago Music Awards nominees.
    Photo by David Pryce


    Frank Pallegrina-Ephraim Martin- Aniba Hotep- Rob Juic- Dr Rob Scott at Press Conference.
    Photo by David Pryce


    Nominees Yng Star- Aniba Hotep- Rob Juice joined -Ephraim Martin- partly hidden to announce 2012 nominees
    Photo by David Pryce

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  • Brand New Event in C2K13 To Promote Soca Music Year Round

    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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  • “Delightful Cocktails And A Customized Bar For C2K13, Courtesy Charm.”

    Plans are underway to ensure that masqueraders who truly want to benefit from an experience of unadulterated ecstasy in Carnival 2013, in fact do- with no holds barred. The secret to this particular assurance is, according to those behind the movement, innovation.

    In 2013, Charm- the newest masquerade band to delve into the carnival sector, will provide masqueraders with the highest level of customer service imaginable. According to the band’s organisers, all is in place to deliver a full-fledged cocktail service to masqueraders, so instead of having merely scotch, beers, vodka and whisky- patrons can enjoy Piña Coladas, Daiquiris, Margaritas and much more.

    In fact, Charm Carnival is taking innovation to another level when it comes to T&T Carnival 2013- this according to the band’s head honcho, Robert Amar. “No masquerader should have to explain what the ingredients are for any cocktail and they shouldn’t have to shout either. What we’re guaranteeing is a service so personal and enjoyable on the road, masqueraders will be telling their friends about it on Ash Wednesday and for the rest of the year.”

    Amar, the man who gave masqueraders the mobile washroom years ago, is at this particular time creating a customizable mobile bar that will ensure masqueraders place their orders with ease. The sophisticated facility will lend to every masquerader’s wish list on the road- that being a stress free, truly all-inclusive experience. Customer service is top priority with this new band. In fact, so much of a priority is it that Amar himself is in the process of screening prospective bar staff who he says must have the necessary qualifications to provide the mixology service for the Charm masquerader.

    “When people pay their money for service, they must receive it. They shouldn’t have to go out of their way to find a truck and when they do find it, they shouldn’t have to stretch and shout to the bar staff. We’re making this just the way it is meant to be. We’re making Carnival a first world festival,” said Amar.

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  • Global Caribbean IV And Pieces Of Jamaica Join Forces With Art Basel 2012 At The Little Haiti Cultural Center.

    Global Caribbean IV and Pieces of Jamaica join forces
    with Art Basel 2012 at the Little Haiti Cultural Center.

    Artists from the French and English speaking Caribbean play an integral part of
    Art Basel Miami as they celebrate diversity through art, music and culture during a weekend of planned events.

    On Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 6pm a VIP and Press reception will be held for the opening of “Global Caribbean IV” and “Pieces of Jamaica” at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212-260 Northeast 59th Terrace Miami, FL 33137. A selection of artists representing the Caribbean will display pieces that will be a part of the Art Basel satellite program, as well as the book signing for the recently published book, “Pieces of Jamaica: The Real Rock Edition”. The exhibit will be opened to the public on the morning of December 7th, 2012 and will end February 16th, 2013. Admission is free.

    Artist and Curator, Edouard Duval Carrie, will present the fourth installation of Global Caribbean entitled French West Indies & Guyana, Focus on the Contemporary Expression featuring fourteen artists from the French Caribbean. The Little Haiti Cultural Center will provide a platform for the work of Arno-Eddy Firmin (Guadelupe), Christian Bertin (Martinique), Ernest Breleur (Martinique), Jean Marc Hunt (Guadeloupe), Thierry Jarrin (Martinique), Valérie John (Martinique), Louis Laouchez (Martinique), Mirtho Linguet (French Guiana), Christophe Mert (Martinique), Bruno Pédurand (Guadeloupe), Luz Severino (Dominican Republic/ Martinique), Philippe Thomarel (Guadeloupe), Thierry Tian-Sio-Po (French Guiana), Laurent Valère (Martinique).

    The weekend will consist of panel discussions featuring the eminent scholar and anthropologist, M. Gerry L’Etang, who will address the historical context in which French Antillean artistic expression has evolved; Mme. Renée-Paule Yung-Hing, ardent art promoter and member of the regional council of Martinique, will address the modern artistic problematic of the region; Mme. Dominique Brebion, contemporary art critic, who has been mounting exhibits hailing from the region for many years, will present an overview of the artists in the exhibition. The Global Caribbean project is under the umbrella of the French government’s Institut Français’s “Caraibes en Creation” program which was established to promote Caribbean contemporary artistic expression.

    Pieces of Jamaica will showcase artwork that reflects the traditional and avante garde expressions of Jamaican artists in celebration of the 50th anniversary of its independence. A prolific artist, Karl “Jerry” Craig has had one man exhibitions in England, the USA and Jamaica as well as exhibited in many group shows in Canada, Europe, several Latin American countries, Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico, Republic of Dominica, Cuba and Botswana. His work is included in many public and private collections in many countries of the world. David Muir, through photography, showcases the candid beauty of the Jamaican people and its rich and diverse landscape. He has garnered acclaim and excitement from a wide cross-section of art aficionados and general art lovers, prompting a number of exhibitions both locally and internationally. The publication of his book, “Pieces of Jamaica: The Real Rock Edition,” now affords a larger audience to enjoy his work in their homes and for those who are not able to afford the actual pieces from the collection to have this heirloom quality keepsake.

    A regular participant of Art Basel, the Little Haiti Cultural Center will provide a weekend of Caribbean art, culture and music that reflects both French and English speaking islands. A warm invitation is extended to the community to attend and participate.

    The schedule of events is as follows:

    Thursday, December 6 OPENING RECEPTION
    VIP / Press Event for Global Caribbean IV &
    Pieces of Jamaica
    Courtyard | Time 6 – 8pm
    Guests include: Clement Foundation of Martinique | Institut Français’s “Caraibes en Creation” program

    Pieces of Jamaica – Presentation and Book Signing
    Theatre | 8 – 10pm
    Video, music and culture presentation in honor of the Jamaican 50th Independence.
    Open to the Public

    Friday, December 7 Vernissage of Global Caribbean IV
    Main Gallery & Theatre |10 am – noon
    Panel Discussion with Curators
    Open to the Public 12 – 6pm

    Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9 Center Open to the Public 10 AM – 6PM

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  • Kings of Caribbean Comedy (Sat November 17, 2012)

    Kings of Caribbean Comedy for the 1st time in CT. Starring Trevor Eastomond, Louis Antoine, Cyclops, Sprangalang, Wendell, and Fatman George. Doors open at 8p, showtime is at 9p.

    After party immediately following. A night of laughter and dancing! Spread the word. Don’t miss it.
    All happening at Vibz Uptown, 3155 Main St, Hartford, CT…. Saturday, November 17, 2012

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  • Prezident Brown’s New Album Debuts November 13 From Tad’s Record

    Tad’s Record releases the highly-anticipated new album from Jamaican roots artist Prezident Brown with I Sound Is From Creation, available worldwide on November 13, 2012 . Born Fitz Cotterell in Clarendon, Jamaica, Prezident Brown embarked on a prolific musical journey that spans three decades and has transcended international borders, bringing his brand of socially-conscious messages to the global audience.

    Hailed as one of the few remaining authentic roots entertainers, Prezident Brown is often compared to the late Dennis Brown and Jacob Miller of Inner Circle. This, his ninth full-length release, is no different, as he continues his mission to educate and entertain, through his music. “I am mentally, physically and spiritually prepared and looking forward to the album release,” reveals Prezident Brown. “I know my existing fans will be fulfilled by it and I am ready to tour and introduce my special Fitz Cotterell-brand of reggae worldwide.”

    Boasting 14 tracks molded by Prezident Brown’s signature chanting style, all solidly laced over classic one-drop reggae riddims, I Sound Is From Creation is a must-have album for reggae lovers. With the first single, “Be Careful (Rags To Riches),” Prezident Brown implores listeners to not get attached to material things or lose themselves, as they rise from “rags” to “riches.” The second single, “Teach The Youths Dem (Meditation),” addresses the destruction of the culture and encourages youths to be strong in the face of adversity. Other notable tracks include “Defender,” where he delves into his Rastafarian faith and urges the public to not belief the negative propaganda that is spread about the religion, “Fi Wi Queen (Jamaica 50),” which pays tribute to Jamaica’s 50th Independence celebrations, “Everything Is Everything,” which explores the mysteries of creation, and “Rebel With A Cause,” a unique combination of neo-soul and roots reggae that speaks to Prezident Brown’s musical versatility.

    Often hailed as “Towerman” due to his height of 6 feet, 3 inches, Prezident Brown sees himself as “towerful,” with T.O.W.E.R for being an acronym for “Thinking-Overstanding-Working-Enlightening-Reasoning.” There is even a small image at the bottom of the I Sound Is From Creation album poster, depicting the stance of the ‘towerman.’

    Prezident Brown celebrates this new release with a European tour, which is currently underway (see tour dates below). “Leading up to the release, I will be in Paris,” discloses Prezident Brown. “France will be my first stop, with veteran Studio One singer, Willie Williams. I will also be introducing young artist Rivah Jordan, from the Tower Gang.”

    Paris, France also sets the scene for the video for the album’s first single, “Be Careful (Rags To Riches),” which is currently in production while Prezident Brown is there. He continues his world domination with a U.S. tour, which kicks off in January and will run through February of 2013.

    “Prezident Brown, as an artist, is one of those silent but deadly gems of reggae music,” states Tad Dawkins, President of Tad’s Record. “His songs are both entertaining as well as powerful in message. There was no contemplating when the opportunity arose for Tad’s Record to put out an album for Prezident Brown and Axx Of Jahpostles.

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  • Wayne Wonder New Album ‘My Way’ Out December 4.

    Wayne Wonder appears on the nationally syndicated television show The Daily Buzz. The Jamaican-born, Miami-based singer will wake up American households with his sizzling new single “Drop It Down Low” and discuss his long-awaited album My Way, which hits shelves December 4 on Singso Music.

    The Daily Buzz, also branded as “theDBZ,” is a breakfast television news and infotainment program produced by Fisher Communications that broadcasts every weekday morning for three hours each day. The Daily Buzz is currently carried on stations in 165 U.S. television markets – mostly affiliates of Fox, MyNetworkTV, The CW or The CW Plus programming service.

    25 years deep, 12 albums strong, Wayne Wonder is gearing up for his first album in six years, My Way, out December 4 on his own label Singso Music. Recorded in his primary residency of Florida as well his native country, Kingston meets Miami on this 14-track opus of tropical reggae anthems and sexy club bangers. My Way features guest vocals from Shaggy on “Don’t Say No” and r&b sensation Mya on “If I Ever.”

    While Wonder breathes new life to his sound, he stays true to his signature blend of irresistible island rhythms, catchy hooks and flawless 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).

    MY WAY TRACK LISTING:
    1. Caught Up
    2. Drop It Down Low
    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 Up
    14. Over All

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  • Ramen Riddim

    BOYZIE
    New 2013 Track “DRINK { PARTY UP }” OFF THE “RAMEN RIDDIM”

    Grenada’s reigning Road March King has touched down on the Courtney “Curty” Louis produced Ramen Riddim with “Drink (Party Up).” Nineteen year old Boyzie captured the coveted Spice Mas title with “Born Troublesome” featuring Luni Spark. Giving no quarter he warned “since I born I giving trouble” which is what he delivers in spades on “Drink (Party Up).” The song was written by Jalon “Boyzie” Olive and demonstrates while he is new to the soca game – Boyzie is no amateur. He is also not too young to tell the sexy bartender to keep topping him up, “Let’s go drink, drink, drink, drink/ we not too young to drink/ Let’s go party up, party up/ We not too young to party.”

    This is a fun and high energy soca track on a Riddim blessed to embody beats that put you in that kind of mood. With “Drink (Party Up)” Dutch Productions/Stratosphere Music continues to unite the region through music in much the same way Boyzie wants a lime in his cup to add up to a good time had by all.

    SUPERMAN HD
    New 2013 Track “CHEATER’S CONFESSION” OFF THE “RAMEN RIDDIM”

    But how Superman HD could be boldface is what you will be thinking when you hear “Cheaters Confession.” The song is written by Ryan Giraudy, Ambroise Joseph, Kwency Griffith and Courtney Louis who also produced the track on the Dutch Productions/Stratosphere Music Ramen Riddim. Superman HD will have you shaking your head while you hold on to your man who also calls Bacchanal his “outside lady,” the one who can be found “Sunday to Sunday in a bacchanal party” because let’s face it ladies, they have long deserved an anthem since there are so many of them around.

    So let’s thank Superman HD for giving us the perfect test to weed out the man who will say “I cheating everyday/ I’m addicted to woman/ Addicted to whine/ Addicted to sweetness/ you eh see how they looking fine.” Because this man continues to cheat despite getting caught, going to the doctor and an Obeahman. Talk about Obsession! Admitting he “eh miss a fete yet” this rogue says bacchanal is “his baby,” a lady he is not sorry for loving as much as you are guaranteed to love “Cheaters Confession.”

    D’SEAN & MZ FAMOUS
    New 2013 Track “TAKE IT DOWN” OFF THE “RAMEN RIDDIM”

    Say hello to D’Sean and Mz Famous on “Take It Down.” Written by Daesean “D’Sean” Germaine, it is produced by Courtney “Curty” Louis for the Dutch Productions/Stratosphere Music Ramen Riddim. This one is a soca flirt between a man and woman who know exactly what they want. While he is praising the physical and other attributes that have him sprung, she is encouraging him with, “That’s how me love it baby/ that’s how me want it baby/ that’s how me need it baby/ gimme that, gimme that/ I like that.”

    And just in case there is any doubt about where this is ending up, let this be your answer, “Tonight I’m on fire/ I’m longing for more.” The love song rides the Ramen Riddim with heat and purpose, building you up to the inevitable climax. “Take It Down” indeed so gimme that/ gimme that.

    AMBI featuring Q-PID
    New 2013 Track “RAMEN” OFF THE “RAMEN RIDDIM”

    Dirt! A man that likes to eat Ramen; lucky that’s all he can afford in these times. Just as Saint Lucia is getting used to that extra 15% on goods, the team at Dutch Productions has brought you “Ramen” off the Riddim of the same name. The song is written by Ambroise “Ambi” Joseph and award winning songwriter/producer Courtney “Curty” Louis who also produced the song. “Ramen, Ramen, Ramen” Ambi sings – fresh off a New York tour following his third place in this year’s Groovy and second place Power Soca Monarch finals performances. He is more than ably assisted by the First Lady of DP/Strato Q-Pid who accompanies him on the track.

    She’s the female voice in a song lamenting to all women, “Christmas coming I not buying no ham” since is only “Ramen/Ramen/Ramen” her man can afford. With Burger King out of his reach, a chicken wing at Burger Plus costing $4-something, not even chow mien and a trip to town that’s in the cards – a point made perfectly clear by the video that accompanies “Ramen.” DP/Strato teamed up with Ted Sandiford of AcidKreationz to bring you nothing short of a genius interpretation of the song featuring some very familiar faces and more than one packet of Ramen.

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  • Christopher Martin Set To Headline One Mic, The Artistic Movement (New York Edition)

    A star has risen! Christopher Martin, the talented singer from Back Pasture, St. Catherine, Jamaica, born on valentines day is set to headline One Mic, the Artistic Movement (New York) on Wednesday, November 28th 2012.

    Christopher Martin shot to instant fame shortly after winning the coveted Digicel Rising Star title in 2005 and continues to make his imprint in Reggae and the culture. Selected by Managing Director of Destine Media, Ronnie Tomlinson, to launch the first ever One Mic, the Artistic Movement (New York), Christopher Martin is humbled.

    “It is a great pleasure to have the opportunity to perform at the One Mic concert series. This event provides me with the opportunity to give my fans and potential new fans an opportunity to see me like never before. I promise it will be a memorable performance” says Christopher Martin.

    “Christopher Martin embodies the vision, the concept and the future of One Mic, the Artistic Movement. When watching Chris perform whether on tracks or band, he delivers the brand ‘Christopher Martin’ 110% to his fans. I guarantee he will blow away the audience at One Mic, on Wednesday, November 28th. You will get to know Chris and see why we at Destine Media know he is truly the future and a staple for Reggae ” says Ronnie Tomlinson.

    One Mic, the Artistic Movement (NY) will take place at the Obie Award winning Galapagos Art Space, located at 16 Main Street, DUMBO area of Brooklyn, NY. This concert begins promptly at 9 o’clock pm and doors open at 8 o’clock pm.

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  • Konshens Medz Never Left: As He Release New Single ‘Ruff A Road’

    Third in a series of social commentary and “Konshens Medz” songs, Konshens releases his new single “Ruff A Road” produced by Russian of Head Concussion Productions on the Battlefieled riddim.

    With the recent catapult on the international charts with Gyal a Bubble, Stop Sign and Do Sumn, many have asked, where is the Konshens who held the medz with “Winner” and “Realest Song”?

    “The medz is still alive and I understand the seriousness of life and consider it priority to make sure I connect with the youths especially” says Konshens.

    The track starts out with a heart felt crescendo repetition of the word GHETTO, automatically grabbing your ears. Immediately following the sixth repetition of GHETTO, the riddim drops and Konshens begins to speak about the plight so many of the world is facing today.

    As Konshens sings, “things rough a road, things tough a road, outta road, so it haffi trod……” Listeners have no time to feel saddened by the realization of the battlefeld they are facing. Konshens then says; “Put on you giddeon boot, ghetto yute, put on you giddeon boot, cuz di road rough and ruggy and dutty and mucky”.

    The riddim is engaging yet soothing as it compliments the feelings and powerful lyrics behind it. In this single, ‘Ruff A Road’ Konshens connects with the out cry of the world today. He also higlights the struggles people are facing, the feeling of being defeated no matter which way they turn and in many cases the youths feeling violence is the only option.

    “Do something, you need to do something, turn left, turn right, Stop Light, Stop Light….No where to go, No where to Run, the yute a turn to the gun”.

    “It rough a road, but a still road, so it affi trod, says Konshens.

    The message in the song is strong, dont give-up put on you giddeon boot and fight it because it is a battlefield.

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  • Boyzie New 2013 Track “Drink ( Party Up )” Off The “Ramen Riddim”

    Grenada’s reigning Road March King has touched down on the Courtney “Curty” Louis produced Ramen Riddim with “Drink (Party Up).” Nineteen year old Boyzie captured the coveted Spice Mas title with “Born Troublesome” featuring Luni Spark.

    Giving no quarter he warned “since I born I giving trouble” which is what he delivers in spades on “Drink (Party Up).” The song was written by Jalon “Boyzie” Olive and demonstrates while he is new to the soca game – Boyzie is no amateur. He is also not too young to tell the sexy bartender to keep topping him up, “Let’s go drink, drink, drink, drink/ we not too young to drink/ Let’s go party up, party up/ We not too young to party.”

    This is a fun and high energy soca track on a Riddim blessed to embody beats that put you in that kind of mood. With “Drink (Party Up)” Dutch Productions/Stratosphere Music continues to unite the region through music in much the same way Boyzie wants a lime in his cup to add up to a good time had by all.

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  • Wasp Shoots New Video & Collaborates With Wayne Marshall

    Wasp Shoots New Video & Collaborates With Wayne Marshall

    Dancehall singjay Wasp last Sunday (Oct.21st) shot the official video for his red-hot single ‘Hot Like Fiyah’ produced by JA Productions. Segments of the visuals were filmed on location at the Sterling Sound Studio on Red Hill Roads by the team from Scorpio 21.

    The project featured guest appearances from fellow entertainer Terro 3000 and members of the Ballas Productions group. Slated for release in early November, Wasp is very upbeat about the project.

    “it’s a good look! The people love the song and radio have been giving me a big strength, so I think the timing was definitely right to shoot a video. A Scorpio 21 direct it so you know it ago shot. “

    Wasp added that he video will be available in the next two weeks and urge fans to throw their support behind the project upon its release.

    Meanwhile, the artiste whose given name is Marvin Clarke is expected to release a number of singles heading into the festive season including a collaboration titled ‘Mankind’ with Reggae star Wayne Marshall on the Blood Bath Rhythm produced by Baby G. The compilation also features the combined efforts of embattled star Vyzb Kartel and Gaza protégé Tommy Lee.

    Another upcoming project include the soon-to-be-released single dubbed ‘Yuh Nuh Know Weh Yah Miss’ for accomplished producer Christopher Birch. Both songs will be available via iTunes and other digital platforms.

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  • Music And Politics Collide On 4 CD Box Set Curated By Former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga In Stores Next Week

    Music And Politics Collide
    On 4 CD Box Set
    Curated By Former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga
    In Stores Next Week (NOV 6)

    Reggae Golden Jubilee – Origins of Jamaican Music Includes Deluxe Packaging Resembling Hardcover Book, Extensive Liner Notes and 100 of the Island’s Most Celebrated Hits From Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, Yellowman, Shaggy, Buju Banton, Sean Paul and many more

    Music has significantly shaped the political, social and economic DNA of Jamaica. As 2012 marks the island’s 50th year of independence, VP Records offers arguably one of the most historical and genre-comprehensive box sets selected by Edward Seaga, the former Jamaican Prime Minister (1980-1989). Entitled Reggae Golden Jubilee – Origins of Jamaican Music, this 4-disc deluxe collection will hit shelves on November 6 on VP Records. The exclusive product will only be available at retail stores. As a former record company owner and producer, Mr. Seaga was a major pioneering force in the birth and development of the Jamaican music industry, especially the ska movement in the 1960s. This led to the explosive interest in reggae during the ’70s.

    Edward Seaga, who is the longest serving member of Jamaica’s Parliament and the only surviving member of the legislature that drafted Jamaica’s Constitution in 1962, has hand picked 100 of the most significant songs to emerge from the country to celebrate the island’s half-century turn of liberation. Reggae Golden Jubilee – Origins of Jamaican Music encapsulates every era over last 50 years with double the hits from artists including Bob Marley and The Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, Marcia Griffiths, Yellowman, Beres Hammond, Lady Saw, Buju Banton, Shaggy, Sean Paul, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Mavado and more.

    To accompany the music, Seaga has written extensive liner notes and track-by-track notations in the box set’s 64-page booklet. The commemorative 6” x 12” songbook package also includes iconic photographs from Jamaica’s first fifty years, a preface from VP Records President Christopher Chin and a foreword from radio personality Dermot Hussey and reggae historian John Masouri.

    Last Week, Mr. Seaga went on two day whirlwind promotional tour around New York City. On Friday October 26th, he stopped by Bloomberg’s headquarters to chat with radio host Kathleen Hays for her popular program The Hays Experience. Then, he headed to NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in an auditorium filled with students and press – where he joined host Vivien Goldman in conversation about the Jamaica’s rich musical history and his unique perspective. On Saturday, October 27 he concluded his trip by meeting and greeting fans at a special album signing held at VP Records retail store in Jamaica, Queens. The store was packed with patrons, press, reggae artists – including Gentleman, Richie Stephens, Gramps and Peetah Morgan – and the entire VP family.

    About Edward Seaga’s Musical Contributions
    Born in Boston to a Jamaican-Lebanese family, Seaga graduated from Harvard University in 1952 with a B.A. in Social Sciences. In 1955, he supervised the recording of an album of ethnic music on the Folkways label, a project that grew out of scholarly research. In the late 50s, Seaga founded his own label, WIRL (West Indies Recording Limited) and signed Byron Lee & the Dragonaires, Slim Smith, along with the duo Joe Higgs and Roy Wilson, who scored the massive 1959 ska hit “Manny Oh” that sold over 30,000 copies for Seaga. After becoming a Member of Parliament, he sold the company to Byron Lee, who renamed it Dynamic Sounds Recording, now a popular studio for international stars ranging from Paul Simon to Eric Clapton. While in office, Seaga was able to spread ska far beyond the boundaries of the West Indies. The New York World’s Fair was about to open and he arranged for Prince Buster, The Blues Busters, Derrick Morgan, Desmond Dekker, Jimmy Cliff, Eric Monty Morris and Byron Lee and the Dragonaires to perform there. This opportunity introduced ska to the citizens and the city’s most popular night clubs. He also established the annual Jamaica Festival, which gave the island a chance to showcase its music and culture. Even though Seaga’s formal involvement in music was mostly over after the mid-’60s, his ska contributions laid the groundwork for the explosion of interest in reggae in the United States seven years later, and made it easier for artists like Bob Marley to find an audience in America.

    Reggae Golden Jubilee – Origins of Jamaican Music Track Listing:

    Disc One
    1. Easy Snapping (Original Version) – Theophilus Beckford
    2. Dumplings – Byron Lee & The Dragonaires
    3. Manny Oh – Higgs & Wilson
    4. Oh Carolina – The Folkes Brothers
    5. They Got To Go – Prince Buster
    6. Independent Jamaica – Lord Creator
    7. Black Head Chinaman – Price Buster
    8. Blazing Fire – Derrick Morgan
    9. Wash Wash – Prince Buster
    10. Sammy Dead – Eric ‘Monty’ Morris
    11. My Boy Lollipop – Millie Smalls
    12. Carry Go Bring Come – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes
    13. Occupation – Don Drummond & The Skatalites
    14. Little Did You Know – The Techniques
    15. Dancing Mood – Delroy Wilson
    16. Rough And Tough – Stranger Cole
    17. Take It Easy – Hopeton Lewis
    18. Every Night – Chuck & Joe White
    19. Rock Steady – Alton Ellis
    20. Tougher Than Tough (Rudie In Court) – Derrick Morgan with
    Desmond Dekker & The Aces
    21. No More Heartaches – The Beltones
    22. The Tide Is High – The Paragons
    23. Trench Town Rock – Bob Marley & The Wailers
    24. Israelites (a.k.a. Poor Me Israelites) – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
    25. Sweet And Dandy – The Maytals
    26. Everything Crash – The Ethiopians
    27. Satta Massa Gana – The Abyssinians
    28. Fire Corner – King Stitt
    29. Java Dub – Impact All Stars
    30. Hypocrite – The Heptones

    Disc Two
    31. Wear You To The Ball – U- Roy & The Paragons
    32. Cherry Oh Baby – Eric Donaldson
    33. 54-46 Was My Number (Stick It Up Mister) – Toots & The Maytals
    34. Them A Fi Get A Beatin’ – Peter Tosh
    35. Many Rivers To Cross – Jimmy Cliff
    36. The Sun Shines For Me – Bob Andy
    37. Marcus Garvey – Winston ‘Burning Spear’ Rodney
    38. Fade Away – Junior Byles
    39. Lady With The Star Light – Ken Boothe
    40. Right Time – Mighty Diamonds
    41. Police And Thieves – Junior Murvin
    42. Ram Goat Liver – Pluto Shervington
    43. We De People/ The Power And The Glory – Ernie Smith
    44. Two Sevens Clash – Culture
    45. It’s Alright – Bob Marley
    46. Forward Ever – Jacob Miller
    47. My Number One – Gregory Isaacs
    48. Money In My Pocket – Dennis Brown
    49. Kaya – Bob Marley
    50. Rub-A-Dub Style – Michigan & Smiley
    51. Uptown Top Ranking – Althea & Donna
    52. Land Of My Birth – Eric Donaldson
    53. Silly Games – Janet Kay
    54. Someone Loves You Honey – June ‘J.C.’ Lodge
    55. Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner – Black Uhuru
    56. Arlene – General Echo

    Disc Three
    57. Over Me – Yellowman
    58. One Two – Sister Nancy
    59. Pass The Dutchie – Musical Youth
    60. I’m Getting Married In The Morning – Yellowman
    61. Try Jah Love – Third World
    62. Push Comes To Shove – Freddie McGregor
    63. Love Has Found Its Way – Dennis Brown
    64. Cottage In Negril – Tyrone Taylor
    65. Every Time A Ear De Soun’ – Mutabaruka
    66. Electric Boogie – Marcia Griffiths
    67. Under Me Sleng Teng – Wayne Smith
    68. Greetings – Half Pint
    69. No Way Better Than Yard – Admiral Bailey
    70. Wild World – Maxi Priest
    71. Cover Me – Tinga Stewart & Ninjaman
    72. Wild Gilbert – Lovindeer
    73. Pocomania Day – Lovindeer & Chalice
    74. Good Thing Going – Sugar Minott
    75. One Blood – Junior Reid
    76. Twice My Age – Shabba Ranks & Krystal
    77. Hello Africa – Garnett Silk
    78. Murder She Wrote – Chaka Demus & Pliers

    Disc Four
    79. Putting Up A Resistance – Beres Hammond
    80. You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No) – Dawn Penn
    81. Murderer – Buju Banton
    82. Tour – Capleton
    83. Lord Give Me Strength – Luciano
    84. Untold Stories – Buju Banton
    85. Fed Up – Rodney ‘ Bounty Killer’ Price
    86. Sycamore Tree – Lady Saw
    87. Black Woman & Child – Sizzla
    88. Who Am I (Sim Simma) – Beenie Man
    89. Down By The River – Morgan Heritage
    90. Virtuous Woman – Warrior King
    91. Gimme The Light – Sean Paul
    92. Pon De River, Pon De Bank – Elephant Man
    93. Welcome To Jamrock – Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley
    94. She’s Royal – Tarrus Riley
    95. True Reflections – Jah Cure
    96. Roots – Etana
    97. Boombastic – Shaggy
    98. Lioness On The Rise – Queen Ifrica
    99. On The Rock – Mavado
    100. The Harder They Come – Jimmy Cliff

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  • Beres Hammond Scores Late Night TV Debut With Jimmy Fallon – New Album Out November 13 Entitled One Love, One Life

    BERES HAMMOND MAKES NATIONAL TV DEBUT ON

    LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON

    Reggae Icon Will Sit In with The Roots on Dec 11

    New Studio Album One Love, One Life In Stores Nov 13

    Headlining Brooklyn’s Barclays Arena on Dec 12

    Beres Hammond is scheduled to make his late night television debut on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show on Tuesday, December 11th, 2012. The Grammy-nominated reggae icon will be greeted by Jimmy Fallon and sit in with The Roots to perform his hits in and out of the commercial breaks.The following day on December 12th, Beres Hammond will take over the new Brooklyn Barclays Center at the Sounds of Reggae Concert along with UB40, Maxi Priest and Shaggy. Beres Hammond will make the crowd melt performing his iconic songs as well as new material off his anticipated album One Love, One Life.

    His new double-disc studio collection will be available November 13 on VP Records. Beres Hammond had a hand in producing 19 of the 20 songs. The first disc One Love includes his signature classic lover’s rock sound on new singles like “No Candle Light” and “Keep Me Warm,” while the second disc One Life contains more of his socially-conscious, spiritually-empowering tunes including “You Stand Alone,” “Truth Will Live On” and “Prime Time.”

    Fans and critics alike have been eagerly awaiting this release. After the announcement, OKAYPLAYER raved “Beres Hammond is the Barry White of the Caribbean. He is also the Teddy Pendergrass of the Caribbean and the Frankie Beverly & Maze of the Caribbean. Which is to say he is the go-to babymaker, the best kept secret and the perennial crowd favorite who apparently does not know how to fall off–all rolled into one man.”

    Whether Rihanna is quoting his lyrics on Twitter or Drake is retweeting that “Beres Hammond has to sing at my wedding,” Jamaica’s most prolific crooner has influenced some of the biggest stars today. Known to many as the “Otis Redding of Reggae,” Beres Hammond has been producing and pouring out his smoky-sweet voice over every kind of riddim track for over three decades.

    From his early days as the lead singer of the ‘70s funk-reggae infused band Zap Pow,Beres has consistently produced number one hits and iconic reggae anthems still played today. While newcomers are searching for a breakthrough hit and old timers are plotting their comeback, Beres is a study in longevity. He released his first studio album, Soul Reggae in 1976 spawning the number one hit “One Step Ahead” and in 1985 the dancehall breakthrough “What One Dance Can Do” off his self entitled album. He has collaborated with reggae’s elite—Marcia Griffiths andBuju Banton are virtually staples on any Beres tour—and has worked with legendary producers like Willie Lindo, Steely and Clevie, and Philip “Fattis” Burrell. In 1990, his album A Love Affair from Donovan Germaine’s Penthouse label raised his popularity to new heights. Cuts like “Tempted To Touch” and “Who Say” with Buju Banton are still huge in the dancehall today. During the ‘90s, Beres blazed a trail of modern classics for a variety of producers, from the strugglers’ anthem “Putting Up Resistance” (Tappa) to lovers’ laments like “Come Back Home” (Star Trail). In 2001, Beres brought us major hits like “They Gonna Talk” and “Rock Away” from his Grammy-nominated album Music Is Life. VP Records then released The Ultimate Collection: Can’t Stop A Man in 2003 to commemorate Hammond’s career, and in 2004 Love Has No Boundaries, which features his familiar romantic ballads and mid-tempo dancehall grooves. His last studio album A Moment In Time was released in 2008 and features his most recent smash hit “I Feel Good.” Beres Hammond’s track record of hits is unprecedented in reggae.

    He has garnered an international fan base from his ceaseless touring schedule around the globe. He performs non-stop and has repeatedly sold out some of the country’s largest and most prestigious venues including the Theatre at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. He is also a star favorite among Alicia Keys, Carl Thomas and Wyclef Jean.

    U.S. TOUR DATES:
    Wed. Dec 12 (7pm) @ Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY

    ONE LOVE, ONE LIFE TRACK LISTING:
    Disc 1
    1. No Candle Light
    2. Can’t Waste No Time
    3. In My Arms
    4. Crazy Dreams
    5. Lonely Fellow
    6. My Life
    7. Keep Me Warm
    8. More Time
    9. Shouldn’t Be
    10. The Song

    Disc 2
    1. Still Searching
    2. Don’t You Feel Like Dancing
    3. One Love One Life
    4. Can’t Make Blood Out Of Stone
    5. You Stand Alone
    6. Not Made Of Steel
    7. Family
    8. Truth Will Live On
    9. Prime Time
    10. I Humble Myself

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  • Marcia Griffiths Headlines Celebration To Honour Coronation Of Haile Selassie I

    Marcia Griffiths Headlines Celebration To Honour Coronation Of Haile Selassie I

    Internationally acclaimed reggae singer, Marcia Griffiths, will headline this weekend’s celebratory concert in honour of the 82nd coronation of His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Haile Selassie I.

    The fundraiser, which will be held on November 2 in Toronto, Canada, and this year’s staging is quite significant. As is the norm, the event is being put on by the Twelve Tribes of Israel, however, this year the flyer proclaims that the concert is being held “in unity with all Mansions”, and these include the Ethiopian African Black International Congress, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and the House of Nyabinghi.
    According to singer Chardavid, aka Colin Levy, who is an integral part of the planning committee, it is important that all the Mansions come together in unity on this most important day in the Rastafarian calendar.

    “We give thanks that once again we can enter the fullnes of joy to celebrate the crowning of our Emperor and it’s important that we do it right. This is a day to show brotherly love and sisterly love and this concert is specifically designed for that. Starting with our own, we mark the significance of the day in unity and togetherness, but it is not about celebrating Rasta, it is about giving back to the world and educating others about our history,” Chardavid stated.

    He noted that Marcia Griffiths did not hesitate when asked to do the show. “Sister Marcia can always be counted on to do events such as these and I applaud her for her willingness to give back to others. This proceeds of this concert are for charity and she was pleased to be a part of the event, based on that,” Chardavid further explained.

    The lineup also includes Jay Douglas, Exco Levi, Tasha T, Orthodox Issachar, Donna Makeda, Fire Lion, Jah Cutta, Jah Kettle, Jah Chosen, Jemini, Empresses Tashai, Divine and Minott, Primo Green, King Ujah, Mystikk and Chardavid.

    On November 2, 1930, Ras Tafari (Prince) Makonnen was crowned with the titles King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah and Emperor of Ethiopia, adopting the baptismal name Haile Selassie.

    Haile Selassie passed away on 27 August 1975.

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  • Tarrus Riley To Perform In South Florida After Two Years!

    Roots Reggae and Award winning singer Tarrus Riley backed by the Black Soil Band will perform Saturday November 3rd at Outside Club Vault making his performance a first for Floridians in more than a year.

    Riding the international wave of success Tarrus is having with his album, the newly released ‘Mecoustic’ on the Cannon Productions and the Black Soil imprint, the Roots Reggae artist is set to deliver hot new tracks as well as the classics which includes “Marcus Garvey,” “She’s Royal (Mecoustic)” and “System.” These are all hit songs which fans have voted as favourites.

    Joining Tarrus on stage is legendary saxophonist Dean Fraser whose catalog includes work with fellow legendary producers Sly and Robbie, super producer Donovan Germaine, as well new talent Sherita Lewis. In addition, Tarrus will be joined by Duane Stephenson, the prolific Reggae singer whose songs “August Town,” “Cottage in Negril” and “Black Gold” struck chords with listeners worldwide drawing more than a million video views on YouTube.

    Wayne Wade, not a newcomer to the industry, is more popularly known for his hit singles “Love You Too Much” and “Lady.” As a Roots Reggae singer Wayne is most known for his work with producer Yabby You.

    “We’re excited about this concert” said Gary from Trilogy Productions. “Tarrus will be performing with Black Soil Band and fans are excited.” Dean Fraser adds that South Florida should get ready to “experience a journey of good Reggae music up close and for all to see.”

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  • NYC Reggae Singer Records Single For ‘Won’t Back Down’ Movie Soundtrack

    New York: Brooklyn based reggae singer Princess Menen is counting her lucky stars after her duet single (Sweetest Song) with American Grammy superstar Moby was included in the soundtrack for the movie “Won’t Back Down” which premiered in theaters on September 28.

    The movie, which stars Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Holly Hunter, tells the story of a persistent single mother who teams with a determined teacher, looking to transform a failing public school into a charter school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.

    “Honestly I feel this movie is gonna get a lot of attention because of the big stars and the story line which is based on education and the school system” Menem said. “I feel so happy that my song was included in the soundtrack.”

    Menem said the opportunity to record with Moby came about from a chance meeting she had with him in 2007.

    “Moby was looking for a dancehall artist to work with and an associate of his (Jah Fury) shared his contact with my manager Andrea Bullens. She arranged a meeting at Moby’s studios in NYC that I attended with my mother and my manager. We all met there for what we thought was just a regular meeting. We had a good vibes, so we immediately starting working. He gave me a riddim and I wrote a song entitled ‘Say He Loves Me.’”
    Impressed with her vocal style and lyrics, Princess was invited back to record a second song.
    “It took me about five minutes to write the lyrics and another five minutes to record ‘Sweetest Song’ and here I am today” she said.

    While ‘Sweetest Song’ did not make the cut for Moby’s album, Bullens disclosed, “‘Won’t Back Down’ scooped it up and the rest is history. Princess can now add this accomplishment to her resume and be proud for being recognised for her talent.”

    “I’m so grateful for the referral and the opportunity to work with an accomplished musician like Moby. I feel this move will definitely impact my career in a positive way” Princess gushed.

    Princess is no stranger to the music industry. She is in fact a seasoned singer whose name has been buzzing around the industry for quite some time. She launched her career in the late 90s at a performance in Brooklyn, opening for Capleton. She has since recorded with reggae luminaries Sizzla, Luthan Fyah, Chrisinti and Marlon Asher and has performed at Irie Jamboree, Reggae Carifest and Spring Break in Negril, Jamaica.

    “I started off doing reggae which is my foundation but I record and perform all kinds of music. I’m versatile in every sense of the word. Give me any riddim and I am sure to come up with something special” she noted.

    Her main focus now will be to continue to promote “Sweetest Sound,” however she is eager to complete work on her highly anticipated debut album.

    “I am very excited about releasing my new album. I have some very good songs that I can’t wait to let the rest of the world hear. Moby has also invited me back to work on another song so let’s see what beautiful music will come from us again.” she said.

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  • Sunjock JJWizzle Presents Street Settingz Mixtape “Super Star Vol.1”

    JJWizzle born Paul Stephenson, on November 3 1986, in Spanish Town St .Catherine, was introduced to music by his older brother Deevexx, who was a collector of music.
    At the age 5, JJ a major fan of Buju Banton started to dj, did his first concert singing Buju Banton major hit at the time”Batty Rider”. As years pass by and his love for djing transform to not wanting to perform but to play songs. JJWizzle went on to play a sound system by the name of “Cool Breeze” where he saw is talent. He then created his own sound system by the name of “Viper Intl”, that was where he met up with the famous Mr.Wong. He start cutting dub plates at Mr Wong Studio he gained the interest to become an engineer where he recorded billboard acts such as; Gyptian, Pliers, Terror Fabulous, I-Wayne & Vybz Kartel.

    In the year of 2002, Paul “JJWizzle” Stephenson, graduated from St. Georges College, there he went on to continue his career as dis jock, where he started making mix tapes for sound systems (Cash Money, Haadrokk etc.) and Cassette Ninja. JJWizzle started traveling the world and playing for one of the hottest sound system to rise out of Portmore, St. Catherine called “Badd Influence”.

    In 2005, coming off his US tour, JJWizzle returned to Portmore to produce his first project call the “Running Away Riddim” featured acts such as; I-Wayne, Gyptian and others. He then continued producing acts like Deva Bratt, Nuclear, G-Loc, Ratigan and other upcoming Portmore artistes. In 2009, he got his buzz producing the famous Lisa Hyper putting her career back on track after she was booted from the Gaza Camp. He kept on producing until 2011 when he was offered a job at the first ever radio station out of Portmore, SunCity 104.9FM, where he made a name for his self.

    JJwizzle is now a name that is recognize in the music industry and is also growing rapidly in the Sunshine City.

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  • An Historic Innovation To Hit The Road In Carnival 2013

    Following the launch of Charm Carnival’s mas camp at 19 De’verteuil Street in Woodbrook last week, many have been curious to know some of the innovations planned by the Amar team. Robert and Sharon Amar who have both been involved in the carnival masquerade sector prior to the launch of this brand new band, have boasted of incredible new delights for Carnival 2013 masqueraders who choose Charm as their band for the road. With a yearning to keep things under wraps still, the team has decided to unleash just one of several very thoughtful concepts they will provide as part of that Charm innovation, through the streets of Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, next year.

    “ Nothing will be exposed. Everything will be in full costume,” said Robert Amar, referring to the band’s infrastructure.

    The concept, while seemingly simple at first glance, will in fact be a first for Trinidad and Tobago- this as the Amar team aim to revolutionise the way ‘big mas’ is portrayed to spectators from across the world. “For too many years we’ve accepted and provided mediocrity in a show that is meant to be world class. In 2013, masqueraders who are a part of Charm Carnival will be proud to be a part of something historic- something that will essentially deliver a seamless view of every section of our band,” said Amar. According to the Charm team, the aim is to make the entire band seem like a sea of colour and costumed delight- inclusive of the big trucks and even the mobile toilets which, Robert Amar has the distinguished honor of reminding persons, was his innovation years ago.

    Already, the online buzz surrounding the band is encouraging- this as foreign nationals have been expressing an interest in the array of costumes, which include sections like Mesmerise, Magic, Thrill and Entice. One very important word around the Charm mas camp is ‘fun’, so much so that every aspect of the operation is centered around the ideal which they are bent on bringing back in its true, natural form to masqueraders of all walks of life. “ We’re going to bring back the fun in carnival- the real fun, the jump up, the music that spans years, so that people can enjoy the road in the realest possible way. Our selectors will be experienced men who understand the impact music has on a real carnival reveler. That’s only a taste of what Charm has to offer come Carnival 2013…so people better be ready,” warned Amar.

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  • New Soca ‘ Handle It’

    Things are definitely looking up for a musical troop out of Tobago who’ve secured a distribution deal for a riddim they’re on. The riddim is called ‘The Seduction riddim’ and was produced by Angel Music and JSIM Promotions in Tobago. The artistes whose music has obviously made renowned distribution company, ‘Promo Only’ take notice, comes from radio personality Cederick Goodrich better known by his sobriquet- ‘Angel Journey’ and budding artistes, KKay Joseph, NevaLegal and vocalist, Thea.

    Promo Only’s reach is far and wide, having radio and DJ connections in Japan, Europe and the US. For these Caribbean musicians, the opportunity to be presented via this distribution channel is an incredible one that is not being taken lightly.

    The singles on the riddim are ‘So Hott’ by Angel Journey and ‘Handle It’ by KKay, NevaLegal and Thea.
    According to KKay, the riddim is actually the biggest sound hitting the airwaves on the island at this time. He said NevaLegal and Thea were both recruited to be a part of the riddim in an effort to expose the young talent out of Tobago.

    Now, together with a few other talented Tobago musicians, KKay continues to do just what he has to, to bring international focus to the island of Tobago.

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  • Archbishop Of Port Of Spain To Present Sunshine Award For Outstanding Contribution To Education In Honor Of Dr. Basil Matthews

    The SUNSHINE Awards Organization today announced in New Jersey that the Archbishop of Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies, the Most Reverend, Joseph E. Harris will attend the 24th Annual SUNSHINE Awards in New York City to present the 2012 Dr. Basil Matthews SUNSHINE Awards to Dr. Brinsley Samaroo for his outstanding contribution to education. This award was established in honor of Dr. Basil Matthews, the Founder of St. Benedicts College, La Romaine, San Fernando, Trinidad, West Indies.

    Dr. Matthews opened the doors to St. Benedict’s College on September 11, 1956 in the district of La Romaine, San Fernando to a world of aspiration, hopes and dreams for the poor with a promise of an education. He was also very instrumental in enhancing public awareness of the role sports play in education and human development. Dr. Matthews departed for Heaven at age 89 on April 7, 1999.

    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 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, Sr. said, “I am pleased that His Grace accepted my invitation to honor us with his presence to present the first Dr. Basil Matthews SUNSHINE Award to a man who has made a significant contribution to education. The Archbishop’s presence will underscore the importance of education if we are to face the global challenges that await us in the future.”

    The Most Reverend Joseph Harris, Archbishop of Port of Spain, commented this morning, “Catholic education has a double goal. It is to help young men and women become good citizens of God’s Kingdom and good citizens of the Nation. These twin goals go together. They are intertwined. One cannot exist without the other. Our country certainly needs these goals if it is to overcome the moral and societal storms which are coming upon us”

    Dr. Hollis Liverpool, the co-founder of the SUNSHINE Awards Hall of Fame and Chairman of the Nomination Network Committee said, “Again, the SUNSHINE Awards has broken new ground and has dared to go where no none else has ventured. The granting of an award to remember the works of Dr. Basil Matthews, as well as the Archbishop of Port of Spain being there personally to deliver same break new frontiers and place the SUNSHINE Awards Organization on a high rock in the ocean of the Arts and Humanities.”

    Gail Guy, former teacher at St. Benedict’s College and career Diplomat said, “The SUNSHINE Awards Organization continues to innovate and to trail-blaze. In the development of this new Award, the Dr. Basil Matthews Award for education, it provides an important point of acknowledgment of the life-work of so many of our educators who may otherwise go unnoticed or unheralded. Dr. Basil Matthews, an innovator in education par excellence is the most suitable individual in whose name this award is named. The visit by His Grace to honor the first awardee is icing on the cake.”

    Dr. Hans Geiser, member of the SUNSHINE Awards Board of Directors and former, senior United Nations Diplomat also commented on the Archbishop’s presence at the 24th Annual SUNSHINE Awards. He said, “Having been closely associated with the SUNSHINE Awards from inception in 1989, I am impressed by the journey that this annual event has travelled over the years. It has been crossing all types of cultural and geographic lines, and the presence of the Archbishop of Port-of-Spain at this year’s Celebration is a tribute and testimony to the ever widening circle of prominence attracted by the SUNSHINE Awards. It has become an EVENT WITHOUT BORDERS”

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  • 1st Colin Jackman National Parang Soca Monarch Competition

    The 1st Colin Jackman National Parang Soca Monarch Competition, at the world’s famous NU-Pub (Mas Camp) on the avenue, December 5th 2012 with over $30.000.00 dollars in cash & prizes (Recording Contract, Flat Screen TV, DVD Player, Round Trip to Tobago & a Trophy).

    1st prize $5.000.00, a 1 Song-Recording Contract of parang soca sponsored by 131 Studio’s, Round Trip to Tobago & a Trophy.

    2nd prize $1,500.00, a 1 Song-Recording Contract of parang soca sponsored by 131 Studio’s & a Trophy.

    3rd prize $800.00 a 1 song-recording contract of parang soca sponsored by 131 Studio’s & a Trophy.

    Stage presentation prize Flat Screen TV.
    Crowd mover prize DVD Player.
    All finials receive a trophy.

    Parangderoes! Are you ready? Here is how you enter!

    1. There is a registration fee of $50.00 with a song of your choice originally done by YOU the artiste.

    2. Registration will take place on Saturday November 3rd, from 9am – 12pm midday at the NU-Pub (Mas Camp).

    3. Only one-day registration.

    4. Semi finals date and venue to be announced (TBA).

    5. Drop off point for music is at the NU-Pub (Mas Camp) on date of registration.

    (6) Finals on December 5th at the NU-Pub (Mas Camp).

    Parangderoes! The winner will walk away with $5.000 dollars a recording contract, round trip to Tobago & a trophy. It’s a first! Never done before! And what a way to start your Christmas with the 1st Colin Jackman National Christmas Parang Soca Monarch Competition?

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  • Delly Ranx Shoots Music Video For The Next Chapter On Location In Jamaica!

    Veteran Dancehall and Reggae artist, Delly Ranx will be in Jamaica late October to shoot the music video for his chart topping lead single “The Next Chapter.”

    The video will be directed by Terminal 4 Media and will be shot on location in Jamaica. Known for its’ picturesque backdrops, Jamaica was chosen as the ideal setting for the music video.

    As far as the storyline, “we want to keep that a surprise” said Jay Jay from Terminal 4 Media. What the director did reveal is that the video will keep to the theme of the song and will also showcase Delly as a timeless artist who performs meaningful music in Dancehall and now in Reggae. She continued by saying “Fans and music lovers’ are gravitating towards this song because it echoes maturation in their own lives so we are going to deliver a video that they can gravitate to as well.”

    During a recent interview, Delly was asked about what fans can expect from the video to which the artist answered “when I heard the riddim, the words just flowed, and we are going to make that same flow happen in the video. Now is the right time to share the next chapter with my fans both musically and now in visually.”

    The self reflective song, taken from his latest album of the same name, embraces the new path and direction Delly’s life takes as he transitions from yesterday to today. Offering personal references to his life’s journey, Delly engages fans with lyrics that come from the heart.

    Produced by Madd Spider Productions, “The Next Chapter” has become a fan favourite in multiple countries including the US, Canada, the UK and The Netherlands where the single enjoys heavy rotation on multiple radio stations.

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  • Konshens Featured As Celebrity Guest Judge On Americas Next Top Model

    International dancehall recording artist Konshens continues to raise the bar. On Friday, October 26, 2012 Americas Next Top Model (ANTM) cycle 19 aired episode 9, which was filmed on the island of Jamaica.

    Americas Next Top Model is a reality television series, which a number of women compete for the title of ANTM and a chance to start their own modeling career. Created and Co-produced by supermodel, talk show host Tyra Banks, Americas Next Top Model is now airing in over 25 countries.

    Like every week the models are faced with a challenge and this week was no exception. For their challenge the ladies were split into pairs and told to choreograph their own dancehall routine. To assist as a celebrity judge, ANTM made sure to call on one of the islands hottest dancehall recording artist, Konshens.

    Konshens was selected as this weeks celebrity guest judge and his chart topping song ‘Do Sumn’ was the featured song for the challenge. Prior to creating their own routine the ladies were given a two minute preview of what a hardcore dancehall routine should look like by a few Jamaican dancers. Some key pointers were given to the models teaching them how to incorporate the ‘in your face’ ‘dancehall attitude’ into their routine.

    Konshens critiqued the models and looked for the pair who best exemplified ‘dancehall swagger’. He selected the winners, who received $3000.00 worth of jewelry from designer Bianca Bartley of ‘Peace-is of Bianca’.

    “It was a good experience and an opportunity to gain national exposure” says Konshens

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  • Dr Love – Man Pon The Run Get Nuff Bun

    “To give bun” was always a very popular pastime across the Caribbean and in the Americas. But suddenly, “to get bun” has become even more popular.

    Award winning reggae singer Doctor Love explains it all in this funny but painfully irreverent soon to be smash single:

    Easter Bun, Christmas Bun, Summer Bun, Winter Bun

    Enjoy!

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