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Monthly Archives: January 2013

  • Lady Taz Is Jamaican At Heart

    New York based reggae artiste Lady Taz is seeking her big break on the local market with the recent release of the video for her single Everyday.

    Lady Taz, born Tazurdee Fortunato, is originally from Milwaukee, but was strongly influenced by Jamaican culture and music by relatives. Singing reggae music from a tender age, Lady Taz explains how she came to love Jamaican music: “As a child I got a taste of Jamaican culture and music from my Jamaican relatives. They would always talk about Jamaica and it always sounded so mystical. Then they started giving me Jamaican music as gifts whenever they would visit and I was hooked. The music was so powerful and touched me in a way no other music had done before. Reggae became an outlet for me to express my emotions and creativity. Once I began singing, it was like a force had captured me and gave me a release. The best part of performing is giving others the opportunity to feel my joy and pain through my voice and my interpretation of this powerful music. During my journey as an artist I have learned to embrace the Jamaican culture and I learned to love and appreciate the energy of Jamaican music”.

    Lady Taz’s new video for Everyday was shot on location in Port Royal, where her family has roots, and captures the historic and romantic feel of the town. The track which was produced by TheBadGuyz/BrassGatesMusic, is a fun composition to emphasize her competence as a reggae singer with her own edge and style.

    Following on the release of Everyday, the singer says she has several hot tracks to release for the Jamaican market: “We have a lot of buns in the oven and some of the tracks are reggae while others are dancehall. I try to constantly show my versatility as an artiste and also reflect the flavor that people are interested in hearing. It’s my way of showing the world that in my heart, I am Jamaican”.

    Lady Taz is also set to release her first mix tape locally aptly titled “Jamerican”. The compilation features dance worthy tracks that explore this Reggae-Soul Princess’ personal brand of Jamaican/American fused music. Already burning the music critics’ ears for its fervent spice, “Jamerican” is set to drop in early February.

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  • Organisers Plan to Outdo All Previous Army Fete Experiences This Friday

    Trinidad and Tobago will erupt with an unforgettable and possibly uncontrollable level of euphoric energy by week’s end. This according to oganisers of the annual Army Fete, which takes place this Friday, February 1st at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain. Already, tickets for the fete, which is considered by most, if not all fete lovers as that ‘must-attend’ carnival fete, are going fast. Those behind the scenes say this year will likely be one of the best years for Army fete, ever.

    Touted as a grand regional assembly of the greatest Soca artistes of the Caribbean, many are anxious to experience the ultimate carnival showdown. Fashion is always a major statement at Army fete- this as not only the artistes, but patrons too- dress in their army colours to represent well at this major carnival show. Foreigners coming in for the first time are being encouraged to get tickets for this event as it is a fact that after many years, Army Fete remains an event that enjoys the attendance and support of every person, from every socio economic strata, in T&T and from overseas. It is also that single fete in Carnival that assures an unparalleled level of safety and security to all patrons.

    2013 will see all artistes perform to live music. Four bands have been booked for the event- BunjiGarlin, Fay-Ann Lyons and Asylum, Destra and her band, Roy Cape with Blaxx and Kes the Band. Solo artistes who will not be performing with the headline artistes of one of the aforementioned bands, will be backed by Vincent and the Soca Unit. Organisers say this is to ensure that patrons get value for their money. “We have heard the comments of dissatisfaction by patrons who say they become disappointed when they attend a show only to realize that the artistes are performing to tracks. We have upped the anti when it comes to that. We’re giving everyone the big band vibe- the big band energy.”

    Tickets are being sold in two categories in 2013- General and VIP. VIP Patrons will be treated to a closer view of the stage certainly other perks. Tickets for both the VIP and General admission areas are being sold online, via www.islandeticket.com in addition to regular ticket outlets. A couple’s VIP special is also available, however due to the rush for tickets, in recent days, there are no guarantees that this package will be available by midweek. As such, patrons are encouraged to get their tickets as soon as possible

    Fun, Soca energy, security and safety- all at one massive venue in Trinidad and Tobago- these, according to organisers, are the elements of what will be the biggest and best carnival fete in 2013.

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  • While Other Bands Deliver 15 Hits on Rotation, Charm Carnival Will Deliver More

    Charm Carnival is abuzz with excitement these days. The newest mas band on the carnival scene in 2013 is enjoying tremendous acknowledgement by patrons who are eager to get a slice of what’s being offered. Already sections like Mesmerize are close to being sold out- this after it was made public information that the section was created by the wife of soca artisteBlaxx, Jemima Stewart. Owners of the band, Robert and Sharon Amar are however saying that there are some spaces still available in some of the other beautiful sections.

    With some of the most ‘out of the box’ ideas being presented by this newcomer to the Carnival scene, organisers behind the scenes at Charm Carnival’s headquarters on De’Verteuil Street in Woodbrookare nodding with approval and affirmation- assuring that nothing will surpass the innovations they’re presenting this year. From their much touted ‘A Class’ drinks trucks, which will offer patrons ease of delivery and accessibility to their servers, and of course, properly structured washroom facilities and not to mention state of the art costuming for all hardware in the band, Charm Carnival is promising seamless delivery of its product to both patrons and spectators alike on Carnival Monday and Tuesday.

    “We’re going to set a precedence here. As I’ve said before- over the yearswe’ve concentrated too much on making money in the mas, versus delivering more to the people who spend their money. We are going to change things a bit,” said Robert Amar. He is confident that this year will be the year of change for many bands who, after seeing what Charm Carnival will offer, will up the anti and deliver more to the benefit of their masqueraders, in the seasons to come.

    Persons who have already registered with the band, will now be privy to further information relative to the DJ lineup, which will certainly include masters of mixing like Howie Tee, Marlon Mr. Music and others whose skill in music delivery have made them household names. “We’ve sat back for years and listened and looked on as DJs gave masqueraders the same 15 songs all day- delivering nothing but agony to these people who spend thousands to play mas. Music for the road is different from music for a club or a boat ride. Our DJs are going to offer Charm masqueraders the perfect setting to parade the streets all day, without pain. They’ll be enjoying the music so much that they’ll hardly realize when the sun sets on Carnival Tuesday. That’s what we will show the rest- ultimately, how to give the people an all-round good time,” said Amar.

    The all-inclusive magical carnival experience, asit is being referred to by theteam, is ready to take to the streets in what will ultimately be an unveiling for the world to enjoy. Amar who has been in this industry before, is well known for his innovative mind. A perfectionist of sorts as well, the man who has made a name for himself in media, entertainment, talk radio, vehicular sales and so many other areas of life, promises that he is not about to let any of the band’s supporters down. “This is a band for the women of Trinidad and Tobago and the world. The men will enjoy being a part of Charm because the lovely women in this band will feel comfortable enough to even mingle and party heartily all day long,” he said.

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  • Etana Shines at JA Jazz & Blues Fest / Better Tomorrow Out Feb 26

    ETANA DELIVERS “COMMANDING” (JAMAICA GLEANER) PERFORMANCE AT

    JAMAICA JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL AND WILL SHOOT NEW VIDEO “REGGAE”

    OFF HER LONG AWAITED ALBUM ‘BETTER TOMORROW’ OUT FEBRUARY 26

    Soulful Singer To Perform New Zealand’s Raggamuffin Festival This Friday

    U.S. Tour in March To Be Announced

    Etana shined on the second night of the annual Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival held at Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny on Friday, January 25. According to the Jamaica Gleaner the “graceful Etana” delivered a “commanding performance” to the jam-packed audience inside the 25,000 capacity venue. The reggae soulstress joined the long list of star-studded names – including Dionne Warwick, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Michael Bolton, Romain Virgo and Monica – who took the stage at this three-day extravaganza.

    The singer-songwriter heads to New Zealand this Friday (February 1) to perform at the prestigious 2013 Raggamuffin Festival at Rotorua International Stadium – featuring artists Lauryn Hill, Toots & The Maytals, Rebelution, The Green, Gappy Ranks and many more. She will plan to tour the United States throughout the month of March in support of ‘Better Tomorrow.’ Dates and more details will be announced shortly.

    Etana will also team up with director Kerrin McLean to shoot her video for “Reggae (http://withlovepr.us2.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=e56cb023f7aa1f0618b4c1c24&id=dd594210b8&e=9177579e6f)” back in her native country of Jamaica. The contagious single, produced by Shane C. Brown of Jukeboxx Recordings, is the title track off her latest EP (http://withlovepr.us2.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=e56cb023f7aa1f0618b4c1c24&id=0fb96095a5&e=9177579e6f) and the first single off her eagerly awaited album ‘Better Tomorrow’ (February 26, VP Records). The video will be unveiled in time for her album launch.

    Recorded at Kingston’s legendary Tuff Gong Studios, Etana’s third studio album ‘Better Tomorrow’ is a true testament to her evolved sound. She reveals arguably her fiercest, most thought-provoking material to date. With a fresh perspective and baby daughter born in November 2012, Etana offers newfound clarity. Her powerful songwriting and evocative vocals ride effortlessly over soulful reggae melodies on this 14-track collection produced primarily by Jamaica’s own Shane C. Brown and also Stanley “Relle” Hayden. Described as “reggae’s Jill Scott” (NPR) or “reminiscent of India.Arie” (Essence), Etana is “moving ahead from struggles of yesterday on a musical journey that uplifts the mind, body and the raw soul,” as she eloquently explains on ‘Better Tomorrow’s’ intro “Spoken Soul.”

    Etana’s indomitable spirit inspires generations both old and new. Songs like “Queen,” ignite strength and empowerment, while “Till You Get Old (Life’s Gift)” is an awe-inspiring tale of motherhood and unconditional love. Her unabashed romanticism shines on the r&b tinged “4 Play 2 Love (Start Over) and on the rhythmic sway of the album’s contagious first single “Reggae.” She combats hopelessness on “Whole New World,” “All I Need” and “Better Tomorrow.” The latter spine-chilling title track addresses the atrocities of children in poverty-stricken communities while instilling optimism for brighter days.

    ‘Better Tomorrow’ expands upon her recent digital-only EP ‘Reggae’ and 2011 sophomore album ‘Free Expressions,’ which won praise for the being “a rarity: music that sermonizes, yet still sweetly serenades,” according to NPR.org. These releases also follow her 2008 critically acclaimed debut ‘The Strong One,’ which featured massive hits “Warrior Love,” “Roots,” “I Am Not Afraid,” “Blessing” ft. Alborosie and “Wrong Address” that topped reggae charts in The Caribbean, England and United States. Essence.com raved that her “poetic consciousness amid soul-stirring grooves rivals that of gifted neo-soulsters.” Pitchfork chose her debut album as their dancehall pick of the month and gushed about her “fulsome and soulful voicings” and “syrupy love songs.” Vibe magazine claimed she had already “established herself as a formidable performer and songwriter whose music and reputation precedes her.” During this period, Etana was nominated for Best New Reggae Artist at MOBO Awards and awarded Best Female Vocalist at both the Excellence in Music & Entertainment (EME) Awards and IRIE FM Radio Awards as well as the Best Solo Female Reggae Vocalist at the 1st annual Reggae Academy Awards.

    ‘Better Tomorrow’ Listing:
    1 Spoken Soul
    2 Queen
    3 Reggae
    4 Beautiful Day
    5 All I Need
    6 Whole New World
    7 4 Play 2 Love (Start Over)
    8 Silly
    9 Till You Get Old (Life’s Gift)
    10 The Prayer
    11 Strongest
    12 Be Alright (Interlude)
    13 Smile
    14 Better Tomorrow

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  • Freddie McGregor’s Di Captain

    REGGAE PIONEER FREDDIE McGREGOR SETS SAIL ON HIS LATEST MUSICAL VOYAGE

    HIS LONG-AWAITED ALBUM ‘DI CAPTAIN’ HITS STORES TOMORROW

    JANUARY 29 ON VP RECORDS/BIG SHIP

    With his deep reggae catalogue spanning almost five decades, Freddie McGregor is one of the few first-generation reggae icons here today who has blazed a path through virtually every stage of the genre – from ska, rock steady to early and modern day reggae. Tomorrow on January 29, 2013, he takes the reigns once again with ‘Di Captain’ (VP Records/Big Ship), his brand new studio album after four years in the making. The album’s title refers slyly to his continued status as captain of his Big Ship production complex.

    This 16-track collection demonstrates Freddie’s magnificent talents as a songwriter and his taste for cover versions, romantic ballads and strong cultural messages. Original songs include the heartfelt tribute to his island “Move Up Jamaica,” the powerfully pleading “More Love in the Ghetto” and earnestly romantic and gospel-flavored “Love I Believe In.” As for cover versions, Freddie’s draws from a wide and varied array of great pop anthems (Beatles’ “You Won’t See Me,” Luther Vandross’ “A House Is Not a Home”) and reggae songs of the past (“Bob Marley’s “Rainbow Country,” The Heptones’ “Equal Rights”). Each rendition is infused with Freddie’s own unmistakable vibe and rich, soulful vocals.

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    “These songs were very specially chosen,” Freddie says. “We took the greatest pains in making sure these would be classic songs that will last for a long time. I chose songs like “Equal Rights” because I love the message and because the youth need to hear it. We made a special effort to keep it as grass-roots as we can.”

    Members of Jamaica’s studio A-list perform on the album – from the great bass-and-drum duos of Mafia & Fluxy and Steely & Clevie to session aces like saxophonist Dean Fraser and keyboardist Carlton “Bubblers” Ogilvie. Former Heptones frontman Leroy Sibbles lends his talents as a bass player on several tracks, including Freddie’s excellent version of their hit “Equal Rights.” ‘Di Captain’ also features guest vocals from up-and-coming artists like Etana on “Let It Be Me” and Gappy Ranks on “Standing Strong,” a remake of Freddie’s 1980s hit “Bobby Bobylon.”

    FREDDIE McGREGOR
    Freddie has been on the scene from the earliest days of ska when he joined the popular duo the Clarendonians at seven-years-old. He then went on to record for the legendary Studio One during the glory days of rock steady and early reggae, singing for the Generation Gap and Soul Syndicate band. As a solo artist, he is responsible for roots and culture classics like “Rastaman Camp” and “Mark of the Beast.” In addition to Jamaican music, Freddie always had a knack for American soul music and some of his early iconic covers included Main Ingredient’s “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely” and Tyrone Davis’s “Can I Change My Mind.” He has worked with legendary Jamaican reggae producers like Niney the Observer, Coxsone Dodd, and Linval Thompson and at the end of the 1980s decided to establish his own recording studio and record label, Big Ship.

    With roots extending back to the earliest days of Jamaican music, the deep and multifaceted Freddie McGregor is dedicated to moving reggae into the future with hope and positivity. “Bob Marley took this music to a real high level,” he observes, “and we should all try to keep it there.” The Captain of the Big Ship is doing just that.

    TRACK LISTING
    1. Intro: Jenny Jenny
    2. Move Up Jamaica
    3. You Won’t See Me
    4. Bag A Hype
    5. Africa
    6. More Love In The Ghetto
    7. Love I Believe In
    8. Rainbow Country
    9. Standing Strong featuring Gappy Ranks 10. Love Ballad 11. There You Go 12. My Story 13. Let It Be Me featuring Etana 14. Jah Love Di Whole A Wi 15. A House Is Not A Home 16. Equal Rights

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  • From Grammy Award Winners Sean Paul & Beenie Man to Billboard Chart Topping Artists, 21st Hapilos Digital New Releases

    Digital distributor giants 21st Hapilos who have revolutionized the entertainment industry through online distribution, keep delivering the hottest hits from the biggest and upcoming names in dancehall and reggae music.

    This week spotlights features:

    •It only makes sense that “Greatest Gallis” features two of the greatest dancehall artist. In less than a week Grammy award winner Sean Paul and Grammy award winner Beenie Man latest single has already garnered over a hundred thousand views on youtube via various viral videos. Produced by Claims Records and Gutty Bling Productions, the single on the “Sneak Preview” riddim is now available on itunes distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital.

    •International dancehall star Mavado is the “Million Dollar Man”. Produced by Flip Money Records the riddim also features international dancehall start Mavado, I Octane, Flippa Moggela, Liquid and Agent Sasco. Mavado’s “Million Dollar Man” is available on itunes distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital.

    •Buggie Productions gives you top charting billboard dancehall artist Mad Cobra “Judas”. Mad Cobra received international success with hits topping the US Rap chart, R&B chart, and peaking at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100.

    •Konshens & Negus “Da Whine Deh” produced by Black Spyda Records. The single is available on itunes via 21st Hapilos Digital.

    •Claims Records, Jus Eazy and Gutty Bling Productions give you “Sneak Preview” riddim featuring Grammy award winners Sean Paul & Beenie Man, Billboard chart topper Mavado, Elephant Man, Elephant Man, Boom Boom & Kibaki & Singing Sweet, New Kidz, Baby Romie, Tha Vor and Shaka Pow. The riddim distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital is available on itunes.

    •”Red Brick” riddim produced by Kanambo Music features Grammy award winner Beenie Man, dancehall star Konshens, Bugle, Demarco, Munga, zamunda and Kanambo. Distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital, the riddim is available on itunes.

    Give Music…the gift that keeps on giving!

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  • Don Dem Partners With Ras Demo To Release “How Dem A Live”

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    They may seem fairly new to the music industry but their music is powerful, timeless and entertaining. Don Dem isn’t holding back and is ready to spread their music worldwide with all intentions of leaving their beats in your hearts and on your minds. After ending last year on a high note copping another dance award in Canada, releasing new music such as “Trust Me Girl”, “Blind To Them” amongst others, the group is on fire!

    Don Dem has partnered with Ras Demo to release “How Dem A Live”. This single is their reflection of Jamaica’s society, a musical social commentary from their own personal perspective. While they don’t aim to cast judgment, they only seek to bring into perspective the priorities of a nation that grapples with anemic economic growth, high debt, and high murder rate amongst other societal ills. They allude to the fact that instead of paying attention to things that will benefit us, we rather worship material possessions living an unjust and ungodly life.

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  • Miss Teen Diva 2012 Stands as an Artisit Against Addiction

    Miss Teen Diva 2012, Shaemore Smith joined other performers at the 18th Artist Against Addiction Showcase in Virgin Gorda to raise awareness to the drug and alcohol abuse and addiction. Shaemore recited a poem titled “Healthy Choices – Healthy Community” which was also the theme for the event.

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    POEM:
    Healthy Choices – Healthy Community

    Healthy Community … Healthy Choices
    This is a cause where we should lift our voices
    As we stand and speak in solidarity
    With strong form and precise clarity
    Let us make a joyful noise
    As our people find it worthy to rejoice
    As we all start to make more healthy choices
    Now we can take this from a holistic view
    Or we can start a movement with just a few
    To make a change and YES, a difference
    And then take it to a level where we are consistent
    And persistent in doing right
    Yes, this is where we need to set our sights
    As we eat more healthier,
    We can work on being our brother’s keeper
    As we refrain from alcohol and illegal drugs
    we can stop watching each other with shrugs
    as we build our spirituality
    we increase our love’s capacity
    it’s all in us and we can do it
    each day a new step – bit by bit
    our community is in our hands
    so let’s unite together and take a stand
    for a better future filled with love and unity
    it has to be Healthy Choices – Healthy Community!

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  • Caribana™ Arts Group elects a new Board for 2012-2015

    On Saturday, January 12th, 2013, the membership of Caribana™ Arts Group (CAG) held its Annual General Meeting where it elected six, new, member-elected Board of Directors for 2012-2015. These directors met and decided on the following positions:

    George “Knia” Singh Chair
    Marcia Walcott Vice Chair
    Roan Lawson Secretary
    Alicia Sealey Treasurer
    Chair – Public Relations & Communications Committee
    Relinda Parsons Assistant Secretary/Treasurer
    Kathleen Daniel Chair – Marketing & Fundraising Committee

    In the weeks ahead, this board will be adding other appointed board directors. These appointed board directors will be formally introduced to CAG’s membership at its next General Membership meeting scheduled for March 30th, 2013.

    This in-coming 2012-2015 board is avidly working on a list of (i) returning annual events plus (ii) new undertakings for 2013. To keep abreast with CAG and its activities, please check its official website at www.caribana.com. It will be the official outlet for all of CAG’s ongoing activities.

    CARIBANA™ ARTS GROUP (CAG) is a member-based, volunteer organization vested in developing its communities through Caribbean Carnival Arts Culture through education. It is a social organization that welcomes all ages, ethnicities and nationalities. Membership fees are $25/per person/per annum. Concurrently, CAG endeavours to explore any and all options – local, national, international, social and commercial – that advance and benefit the Caribbean Carnival Arts under its trade-marked, brand name CARIBANA.

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    Caribana™ Arts Group’s 2012-2015, member-elected Board of Directors. (L-R): George “Knia” Singh, Marcia Walcott, Kathleen Daniel, Alicia Sealey, and Roan Lawson. Absent: Relinda Parsons.

    Quick “Identity” Facts about CAG’s 2012-2015 Board of Directors:

    George “Knia” Singh: Born: Toronto , ON, Canada Heritage: Bermuda & Guyana
    Marcia Walcott: Born: Trinidad Heritage: Trinidad & Tobago
    Kathleen Daniel: Born: Trinidad Heritage: Trinidad & Tobago
    Alicia Sealey: Born: Vancouver, BC, Canada Heritage: Trinidad & Tobago
    Roan Lawson: Born: Jamaica Heritage: Jamaica
    Relinda Parsons: Born: Trinidad Heritage: Trinidad & Tobago

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  • Konshens Making Stars Out Of His Fans

    Last year was a good year for Jamaica Entertainment and an even better year for entertainer – Konshens. It saw him releasing his critically acclaimed Mental Maintenance album which wowed audiences the world over and secured top spots on most Reggae charts. He made an appearance on America’s Next Top Model, toured everywhere from the Caribbean, across America, throughout Europe and who could forget Africa. The year found him being the golden voice on dancehall tracks; it was no surprise that his name became synonymous with chart topper throughout the year. He penned his signature at the end of the year by recording what many consider to be one of the biggest hits to open the door to 2013.

    The track – Drink and Rave was written by Konshens in celebratory tone; commemorating his success in an industry which is unexpectedly turbulent on a good day. The vibe and energy of the song encourages enjoyment and is no surprise that it was quickly accepted in the dancehall space.

    Both Konshens and dancehall’s dynamic duo – Razz & Biggy (producers of the track) are enthused about how well audiences have taken on to the song, this enthusiasm has powered the initiative to give the song the added power of visuals, the team has decided to produce not one but two videos to accompany the song, set for production in early this year. The concept for the music videos will be – ‘Mad Memories’. One video will be solely for the fans and will allow them to be global stars all courtesy of Konshens and the production team.

    “Amidst all the drinking and raving I try to never ignore the fact that the fans are the real reason that I am in the position that I enjoy and I constantly try to find ways to allow my fans to play a part in my musical journey”, were the sentiments of an ever well spoken Konshens. To this end the team has decided to give the fans the opportunity to play integral parts in the music video, no matter where in the world they are located.

    Fans are being encouraged to send photos and/or videos (length not exceeding 30 seconds) of them and their real friends drinking and raving to drinkandrave@gmail.com . These captures should embody the true essence of the song; showing the vibe and energy of enjoying drinks and raving; a true celebration. The best photos and videos will be added as ‘cut-aways’ during the production of the official fan video for the song. The photo or video which is voted the ‘ultimate drink and rave’ will win prizes courtesy of Konshens, Subkonshus Music and Razz & Biggy. The winner will be chosen by the team and weighed with the likes/votes tallied on the Razz & Biggy Facebook fan page – www.facebook.com/razzandbiggy .

    To give an understanding of how the team rewards their fans, a member of the Subkonshus Music management team did not hesitate to mention that “the last prize winner of a Konshens competition won an all expense paid trip for two; tourist style”. These prizes should be just as good.

    Submissions may be sent starting January 28, 2013 and will continue for two weeks; final submissions must be received on or before February 10, 2013.

    When commenting on the plan for the video, half of the production duo – Razz saw it important to state that “Though we endorse the ‘Drink and Rave’ movement we still want to implore everyone to ensure that if they are drinking they do so responsibly”.

    DRINK & RAVE PIC COM A

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  • Miss Lily’s Family Style – Out This Week – WATCH Romain Virgo Sing Featured Track LIVE at Miss Lilys

    MISS LILY’S FAMILY STYLE

    Brand New Reggae Series Launches This Week

    WATCH exclusive video clip of Romain Virgo performing
    featured track “I Am Rich In Love” LIVE at Miss Lily’s Variety.

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  • Tommy Lee Canadian Tour Postponed to February, 2013

    The Tommy Lee tour, scheduled to run from Wednesday January 23rd to Monday January 28th has been postponed due to illness of the artist, and by doctors orders.

    Tommy Lee’s Manager, Heavy D, issued a statement to Jamaican media to let fans know the artist is unable to travel at this time. Though fans in Canada are disappointed to hear their Dancehall Superstar won’t be able to perform as advertised, they look forward to the shows rescheduled for February.

    Niyah of MYC Entertainment has confirmed that the venue for the Toronto show, On the Rox Entertainment Complex, will be open and will host a free party for ticket holders. In addition, tickets purchased for the January 25th show with Tommy Lee will be honored at the re-scheduled show in February.

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  • Jacob Cino F. LAZAbeam & Teknique – DROP [2013]

    “After experiencing Trinidad Carnival for the first time Jacob Cino a Canadian electronic producer and DJ returned to Canada with a new appreciation for Soca. Inspired he decided to come back to Trinidad the next year in 2013, but this time with the ambition to release his own Soca tune. Teaming up with the wildly talented Trini Producer LAZAbean , he and Jacob cooked up some magic in the Lab. Doing most of the vocals them self with a special guest appearance from Teknique the track is a modern day interpretation of Dollar Wine. This international cross pollination is a potent dance tune that will get everyone in the Carnival spirit.”

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  • C.I.C. scores with ‘Feting with the Saints 2013’

    Celebrating 150 years of existence, College of the Immaculate Conception aka C.I.C. made waves with a successful edition of its annual mid-season soiree ‘Feting with the Saints’.
    For 2013 the prestigious educational institution attracted top government officials, TV and radio personalities and fete-a-holics to party and partake in numerous delicacies which ranged from BBQ Ribs, Roti, Wantons, Pork Dumplings and Geera Pork to Suckling Pig, Creole dishes, Crab and Dumplings, and Corn Soup. The fete that had a seemingly unending supply of food also featured horse on its menu for 2013 and offered several bar stations boasting a variety of premium drinks and spirits as well as exotic cocktails.
    Several attendees thoroughly enjoyed this year’s entertainment line-up which featured performances from the vibrant and talented Dil-E-Nadan which moved the massive audience with its unique Chutney-Soca sound mixed with classic Soca numbers. The beloved Roy Cape All Stars with lead singer Blaxx was also on hand to get the C.I.C. crowd in a dancing state of mind.

    Both the younger and mature fetters also took much delight with the performance by St. Mary’s graduate Kees Dieffenthaller who brought a lively, pulsating vibe with his popular Pop-Soca crossover band, Kes the Band. The band delivered an interactive set which was a part of its new “Isle Of Kes” tour. Special guest artistes such as Iwer George, Shal Marshal and T.C. also added their unique style of ‘jump and wave’ to the entertainment segment.

    The combination of fantastic music, premium food and drinks and an excellent party and socializing atmosphere made Feting with the Saints a true successful Carnival experience in the minds of many of its attendees. It is without doubt that the St. Mary’s College Past Students’ Union will continue to deliver stellar fundraising events for years to come.

    The massive crowd at the St. Mary's College all inclusive

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  • BOUNTY KILLER & PROTOGES (Iyara, Kalado and Kqueens) AMASS “GAL BOSS”

    After a masterful year in 2012 for dancehall’s General, Bounty Killer seems fervent on his word to “breakout” his ANG Camp this year and as such his first project of the year features himself and his young Gads and Gaddesses Iyara, Kalado and Kqueens.

    A project produced by Zionnoiz Freeze Production called “Gal Boss Riddim”, is certain to create waves in the dancehall. Bounty Killer’s dexterity is evident with his delivery of the song titled “Wifey Wine”, which expounds on the superior and deft skills possessed by the a girl’s “rotation” of her waistline, Iyara in his rendition boasts about getting “Any Gal” no matter their physical location across the world, while Kalado emphasizes that he “Feels The Need” to be inclined to a specific action as soon as he sets sight on the girl he desires and finally the ANG Sexy Warriors Kqueens have recorded a song titled “Wine And Turn You On” that just perfectly embodies the entire project, their song shows a versatile side to them that exemplifies their new moniker “Sexy Warriors”.

    For Bounty Killer and the ANG camp there is no stopping this year as the dancehall legend remains resolute that his Next Generation of Alliance artistes needs to get their breakthrough in no uncertain term, and speaking with the producer of this project, he feels that the songs recorded are definitely hit songs and has definitely shown the growth of Bounty Killer’s ANG artistes, he goes on to say “It’s a ground breaking experience working with Bounty Killer, a dancehall veteran who is immensely talented and a high energy to the dancehall fraternity, working with Bounty Killer and the ANG camp is exciting and no doubt an unmatched energy and musical relationship. Each artist has a different energy and brings a creative vine to my tracks. It’s so easy and fun working with the team because of their excellent work ethics and most importantly we respect each other’s ideas when we are making music”.

    The Zionnoiz Freeze production unit comprises of 3 producers, Sanjay Pennant aka “Freeze” from Jamaica, Manuel Sieber from Germany and Norris Griffiths from Jamaica. You can see Bounty Killer this Friday night on January 25, 2013 at Ninja Man’s Birthday Bash in St. Ann, while also on the same night the ANG camp will be at Armani Night Club in Portland.

    A short mix of the project is now available on ANG youtube channel and you are able to view it here at the link provided

    Bounty Killer & A’N’G (Iyara, Kalado, Kqueens) Gal Boss Riddim Mix JANUARY 2013

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  • Benz, Sizzla & Beenie Man Set To Headline Portmore Seafood Festival 2013

    The staging of the 5th annual Portmore Seafood Festival will take place April 1st 2013 at the Portmore Football Field in Portmore St.Catherine, Jamaica.

    Abuka Entertainment proudly presents a day of unity, food and music for one and all. This years event will feature some of the biggest name in dancehall and reggae music with a range of local and international artists. Grammy award winner Beenie Man, critically acclaimed reggae star Sizzla, and international superstar Spragga Benz have been named as headliner for the festival.

    The one day Seafood Festival will give patrons various opportunities to experience the various delicacies and aphrodisiac from the sea, offer all day free rides for children and a high energy performance from artists such as Spragga Benz who hasn’t performed in Jamaica in quite a while. Sizzla and Beenie Man who are crowd favorites will also deliver superb artistry to the delight of their fans, unleashing a slew of hits. Many other artists are set to be announced in the upcoming weeks as part of this star studded dynamic lineup.

    Abuka Entertainment prides itself in being an intricate part of the community through various projects. Parts of the proceed for the “Seafood Festival” will go to the further development of the Portmore Football Field. The promoters would appreciate your assistance in any and every capacity to accomplish this feat. In keeping with this musical spirit, the promoters have decided to give young talents an opportunity to showcase their voices on the day of the event.

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  • Studio 758 Presents “Devon Matthews” – Start It Up 758 Hyper Road Mix 2k13.

    Thygeson “Penn” Joseph & Irvin “Ace” Loctar from Studio 758 Teams Up with the Multi Talented Orlando Phillip AKA Dj “Hyper D”, all Born and Based in St. Lucia as they Bring to you A SUPER ROAD READY FUN AND ENERGETIC MASS MUSICAL WEAPON featuring Devon Matthews (Out of Trinidad & Tobago) “Start It Up 758 Hyper Road Mix”. Congratulating Mr. Devon Matthews On his Victorious Success, making it to the 2013 International Soca Monarch Finals, this Road Mix Promises Bring out the Extra Fun and Excitement in his highly favored Trinidad & Tobago 2k13 Carnival Hit Single “Start It Up” Written By Devon Matthews & Kambon Rigault, Produced by Thygeson “Penn” Joseph & Irvin “Ace” Loctar out of Studio 758, St. Lucia. Not Saying anymore because WE CYA WAIT NO LONGER!! GET READY TO START IT UP FOR DE ROAD!!!!!!! ENJOY & HAVE A BLESSED CARNIVAL 2K13 from TEAM START IT UP!!!!!!!

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  • Khali Taylor A Warrior!

    One of Reggae music’s newest and exciting voices, Trinidadian born singer Khali Taylor is definitely one to look out for in the near future. He delivers soulful music with confidence, captivating audiences wherever his voice is heard, be it at the studio or at the stage show. Not just a vocalist, Khali also has amazing song writing talent, and when considered alongside his video directing ability, it seems that this artist is a force of his own. His songs are filled with positive, uplifting lyrics, containing messages of Freedom, Love, Consciousness and Godliness. His videos echo these sentiments, bringing to life the positivity sung about, by reinforcing them with positive imagery.

    Since his May 2012 debut alongside reggae superstar Mikey General, audiences have been anticipating a solo reggae release by the Trinidadian born artist. An anticipation that has only grown further since Khali appeared on DJ Dalvy’s ‘Sick Dem’ dancehall riddim with his song, ‘Rasta Care about Us’. Although a successful release itself which has seen the singer receiving a fair amount of ever elusive radio play, the song has done little more than tease the appetites of reggae critics and audiences alike, as they anxiously await his appearance on a roots, rock, Reggae project.

    Not one known for disappointment, it seems that Khali has readily taken up the challenge, recording at several studios across Kingston, alongside several of Jamaica’s premiere musical minds. Included among these projects are the highly anticipated releases, ‘Heart of a Lion’ done at Caveman Studio by the legendary Dr Caveman himself, ‘Free I’ which was done at Prosonic Studio by Jonathan Prosonic and ‘Set the Example’ which was done at the world renowned Judgement Yard Studio by Ainsworth Dixon. Each project is authentic reggae, which sees the singer delivering in his usual confident style, but all on his own this time, exactly as critics and audiences have been requesting.

    A true musical enthusiast however, Khali hasn’t stopped working, recently voicing alongside female artists Karamanti and Empress Itilafeya, on a collaborative effort called ‘3 The Hard Way’, indicating that he can not only command the spotlight, he can also share it. Also recorded at Judgement Yard Studio by Ainsworth Dixon the song itself is an example of unity that the artist hopes would prevail amongst the people of the world. Khali Taylor is also featured on the recently released Good Better Fresh Riddim (Lexzona Production) and the Rizzing Riddim (Concept Music).

    A disciple of the Rastafarian Faith, Khali endeavours to continue improving himself both spiritually and musically. His belief is that the only way to truly make the world a better place, is to make oneself a better person. A task that he hopes he will accomplish through hard work, discipline, dedication and education.

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  • Iyara Gets “Sexplicit” For The Ladies

    A’N’G artist Iyara has teamed up with record producer Garo Records to voice what some believes to be a stimulant for the ladies in the dancehall/party space. The artist who in 2012 travelled to the UK and twice in Canada on separate occasions, is known for his hardcore and hard hitting lyrics, but has now decided to showcase a “suggestive” side of him to the ladies.

    The title of this song is called “Night and Day” and it expounds on having relentless “fun” with the ladies no matter the time, whether night or day. The song was released on January 15, 2013 and is being distributed by 21st Hapilos. This is also Iyara’s first single to be released for the year and he plans to alot more songs throughout this year that generates topical issues for the ladies, as emphasized “Mi ladies dont worry mi a tek care a unu fi 2013, crazy gyal tunes unu ago get”.

    The producer of the track, Garo Records also stated “So far working with Iyara has been a great expereince we have been working the artist since 2012 with songs like ‘Nah Trouble’ and ‘Do Aything’ ft. Chi Ching Ching, and the artist is going all out for 2013 with the calibre songs now soon to release and mi sure the ladies dem gonna love this ‘Night and Day’ single”.

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  • Dane Ray Plans To Take The Industry By Storm

    Five (7) years ago, I have had the pleasure of meeting a young and upcoming artiste which is artistically/reknown known by the name ‘Dane Ray’. During this period of time, I found him to be a creative, strong, easy going, virtuous, humble and self-motivated individual.

    Dane Ray has been doing music for the past 7 years. However, he began following his path in the music industry as a Music Engineer/Composer, producing reggae, dancehall and hip hop beats. Shortly after, he discovered another talent. He then began to work on his first single ‘Lets Party which featured popular recording artiste Charly Black.

    His interest, hard work and dedication and determination in the music industry gave him an extra push, and soon after, Dane Ray established himself as the Co-Owner, Engineer and Music Producer for one of the brightest young record labels in the industry, ‘Gesta Music Records’ alongside his counterpart Cruz Hova, known popularly for his expertise in Graphics and Website applications..

    Dane Ray began working with a number of local artistes such as Demarco, Elephant Man, Deva Bratt, Versatile, Laden, Chino, Iyara, Macka Diamond, Wasp among others and has produced popular riddims such as “Motivation riddim”, “Full Charge Riddim” and “Inna Di Club Riddim” , just to name a few.

    Dane Ray has become known for his charismatic, fresh and melodious sinjay sound that will be remembered. The fresh sound of Dane Ray is an alliance of Dancehall, R & B and Reggae components allowing him to break the language barrier on the international scene.

    Dane Ray is without a doubt one of the many uniquely-gifted and multi-talented upcoming artistes from Jamaica who have shown us that success is evitable with hard work.

    Dane Ray : “This year is a make or break year for Gesta Music and for me as an artiste.We gonna go hard!”

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  • “Saucy Reminds All, The Battle Is for the Fittest- Ready for Soca Monarch Semis”

    For years Denise Belfon has mesmerized audiences worldwide with her stage show. Her music, strong vocal ability and sensual moves have propelled her to the heights of success- making her one of the most sought after Trinidad and Tobago entertainers across the Caribbean and the United States. In 2013, DeniseBelfon, fondly called Saucy Wow, is promising fans that she will deliver just what is needed at one of the most prestigious competitions in the Caribbean- the International Groovy Soca Monarch.

    Over the years, the name Denise Belfon has become synonymous with a feel good energy and riveting feting experience. Versatile, unique and certainly a master at her craft, the woman who recently added the title of entrepreneur to her resume when she announced that she had in fact opened a catering service- this year continues to prove that she will not be outdone.

    This coming Sunday, Belfon- the recipient of several accolades over the years, including the award for Best New Female artiste in 1995 by the New York based, Everybody Magazine, plus two awards from the Miami based organization- Music of Black Origin, is promising quite a show. She will perform in 5th position at the semi final staging of the International Groovy Soca Monarch competition being held at the ArimaVelodrome. Her excitement and thirst to showcase what she has coined, her ‘2013 statement’ is rife. Having stood against the likes of internationally acclaimed artistes like Lenny Kravitz and Jennifer Lopez in years gone by for the Music of Black Origin accolade- and in fact walked away victorious, Belfon is confident that she does have all that it takes to be victorious at home.

    Denise Belfon says her ability should not be taken slightly. In fact, she reminds fans and detractors alike that she has performed live at large scale events in New York City’s Madison Square Garden and at the Radio City Music Hall. Belfon also placed third and second respectively in Road March competitions in Trinidad and Tobago and New York in 1995. “I’m coming to remind them all that my music has no boundary and with stage performance key, my team and I will deliver the best show yet,” she said.

    Belfon has added a bit of spice to her set this year, incorporating dancers to her performance. “These young adults are being given this opportunity to display their creativity. I have the daughter of a woman who toured with me for years as a dancer, on my cast now- so this has gone from generation to generation,” she noted. “I’m building the ‘Saucy Empire’ and there’s no stopping the machine,” she said.

    Denise Belfon Semis soca monarch

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  • EMERGE! Fashion Runway Show February 2013 During New York Fashion Week

    Join EMERGE! A Fashion Runway Show (http://www.emergefashionny.com) as they present a powerful collective of top emerging fashion designers, ready to unveil their newest collections during the 5th season of Emerge! during New York Fashion Week, Tuesday, February 12, 2012 at the exquisite Broad Street Ballroom (41 Broad Street – New York, NY) with doors promptly opening at 6:00pm for Red Carpet | VIP Reception and 7:00pm for the Awards Program and Fashion Show.

    From a pool of thousands of applicants, four unique designers were chosen to present their Fall 2013 collections during New York Fashion Week. The featured designers presenting collections are: Parul Aneja, Gorgeous Ways (www.gorgeousways.com); Deidre Jefferies, ESPION Atelier (www.espion.us.com); Bernice Morgan Designersberg (www.designersberg.com) and Butterfli Tia.

    Each season, EMERGE! presents the coveted ‘Fashion Innovator Award’, past honorees have included: Audry Smaltz, President of the Ground Grew (presented to her by Harriette Cole); Constance C.R. White, Editor in Chief of Essence Magazine (presented to her by Tracy Reese); Andre’ Leon Talley, contributing editor of Vogue (presented to him by Diane Von Furstenberg). EMERGE! will be announcing the ‘Fashion Innovator Award’ honoree in the upcoming weeks.

    The MC for the evening will be Dominique Reighard from America’s Next Top Model – Cycle 10.

    EMERGE! A Fashion Runway Show was created and produced by Dionne Williams of D. Williams Public Relations Group. Hair design will be provided by Bennett Career Institute and make-up being provided by Lamik Cosmetics. Other sponsors for the evening include: flowers and production design by Adam Leffel Production with florals being designed by Polpat Klongkhayan, each adding to the events success.

    During the show, Shara Harris, Esq. will be announced as Executive Director of the EMERGE! Brand, which includes EMERGE! Fashion Show, EMERGE! Management and Emerge! workshops and education. Through EMERGE!, Harris will create education programs and resources for designers throughout the year.

    This invite only affair will play host to special invited guests ranging from retail buyers, fashion influencers, top fashion editors, tastemakers, socialites and more. Previous EMERGE! Fashion Runway show designers have included the well known Terri Stevens, actress India de Beaufort, Elie Kuame, Barbara Bates, Dominique Auxilly, Borris Powell, Michael Alan Stein, Jahi Fitzgerald and many more.

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    EMERGE! A Fashion Runway Show has become one of the top emerging designer platforms during New York Fashion week and has been consistent in providing a national outlet for emerging designers to showcase their work. Hundreds of designer submissions are reviewed by an elite designer committee, which selects some of the top designers from around the world.

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  • Caribbean Institute of International Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts

    Caribbean Institute of International Hospitality Management & Culinary Arts is Here!

    Headquartered in the south of the island, the Caribbean Institute of International Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts (CIIHMC),is now fully operational and ready to offer Saint Lucians and the wider region a range of customized training, academic programs and Professional Certifications in the area of hospitality for 2013 and beyond.

    As a fully accredited hospitality training institution since 2011, CIIHMC registered its first student for a full time AHLEI program in 2012 ina Certificate of Specialization in Finance and Accounting and Managing Food and Beverages Services. Since then theinstitution has offered a number of training programs,” says Sameera Bhalla Chair of CIIHMC.

    In describing the mission and mandate of the school further Ed EvansGeneral Manager of CIIHMC says;”Our goal is to maximize individuals’ potential so that they recognize the opportunities within the industry and begin to grasp them as caring hospitality professionals.” “We also recognize that there is a need for greater emphasis to be placed on training in the areas of hospitality and customer service here in Saint Lucia and this is what will set us apart as we seek to become more competitive as a tourist and service based destination,” Evans adds.

    Ahead of becoming a full-fledged training school, CIIHMC has over the years formed strategic partnership with some hotels here including Bel Jou Hotel and besides that hotel, has been offering its services to hospitality based organizations here like Ladera Resort and Spa, Anse Chastanet Hotel, Jade Mountain, Sandals Resorts International, Saint Lucia Air and Seaports Authority (SLASPA), Cox& Company, among others, offering customized technical and soft skills training programs to meet their needs.

    The fully accredited CIIHMC, through AHLEI, which in turn is accredited by the American Council on Education (ACE), is registered with the Ministry of Education here.CIIHMC is also a member of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association and The Southern Tourism Development Corporation. It is also backed by the American Hotel and Lodging Association(AHLA) which is the largest Hotel Association in the world. The non-profit educational arm of AHLA is the Educational Institute (AHLEI), represented here by CIIHMC.

    Recently, CIIHMC also received accreditation from Ofqual via its partner, The International Hospitality & Tourism Institute (IHTI), offering courses that will be recognized and accredited in the European Union (EU). IHTI specializes in short face to face executive seminars and distance learning programmes for individuals currently in the industry; and 2 week to 2 year programmes with progression to Bachelors and Masters Degrees for those seeking hospitality, tourism, or culinary academic qualifications.

    All training courses are recognized by industry and educational institutions worldwide thereby transferable as credits for further education in several countries including the USA, Canada, Switzerland, Australia and Indonesia, amongst others. AHLEI is also the major training partner for Carnival and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and is recognized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).

    “Quite apart from our accreditation and the partnering with AHLEI and IHTI, this institution has within its core a number of facilitators and trainers who are hospitality professionals from Saint Lucia that have been part of the industry. With their operational know how they have been able to translate that to our students,”Sameera Bhalla says.“CIIHMC also actively ensures that their trainers are current and up to date in the international hospitality education & operational standards,” she adds. Recently, two of their facilitators successfully completed the iCHTE Bronze Assistant Professor in Hospitality and Tourism Program, and have received International Standards Compliant qualification in teaching and training in the lifelong learning sector.

    Ed Evans also believes that CIIHMC has some truly caring trainers who are able to provide students with the hands on training. “All our training is hands on, done in real life hospitality settings. The students get that first experience so that when they actually go out there into the field of work,they are able to integrate seamlessly into the work place,” Evans says.

    Additionally, CIIHMC has begun toassists with job placements and career advice and coordinating with several hospitality organizations here. “We ensure continuous follow through with our students, and trainees, even after they finish training with us,”Sameera Bhalla says.“They too keep in touch with us via email or they call for advice and we are always happy to assist them,” she adds.

    Presently, CIIHMC offers associates degrees, diplomas and certificate courses in various areas of hospitality. In the coming months the training institution will be providing short single course certification in the areas of security and culinary arts. CIIHMC will also be offering courses inFront Office, House Keeping, Food and Beverage Hospitality and Food and Beverage Management as well as other aspects of the hospitality industry. Training, property management and consultancy are also offered to various organizations seeking to improve their operations and staff skills and advancement.

    CIIHMC says it is keen on seeing that there is growth within the industry here in Saint Lucia with a highly skilled and trained workforce with the capacity to operate anywhere in the world. “Essentially this is what we are all about and I must reiterate that we want to build the most caring and sought after individuals in the hospitality industry with international accreditation and performing up to world standards as well,” Ed Evans says.

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  • Countdown Begins To Caribbean’s Next Top Model

    The wait for the most anticipated television show in the Caribbean is over.

    ‘Caribbean’s Next Top Model™,’ (CNTM), the Caribbean’s own version of CBS’s internationally renowned ‘Next Top Model™’ format, is set to begin airing across over 25 Caribbean countries on February 18, 2013 and will be hosted by Miss Universe 1998, Wendy Fitzwilliam.

    CNTM will feature 23 Caribbean beauties – Xiea from Antigua & Barbuda; Sedia from Barbados; Jenelle and Kendra from The Bahamas; Treveen from The Cayman Islands; Stephany from Curacao; Treicy from The Dominican Republic; Ashley from Guadeloupe; Lisa and Trudy-Lee from Jamaica; and Semoy, Ornella, Anna-Rosa, Davia, Julianna, Athaliah, Candace, Susan, Sheriza; Rachel, Kim-Marie and Tinnitia from Trinidad & Tobago.

    They will all be competing for the title of the ‘Caribbean’s Next Top Model’ and will be judged by Fitzwilliam as well as international photographer, Pedro Virgil and runway coach and creative director of Trinidad & Tobago’s Fashion Week, Richard Young, along with international and regional experts in fashion, who created a model “Boot Camp” giving the girls real lessons on what it takes to be an international model.

    CNTM, which was shot in Trinidad & Tobago, will run for 11 episodes and air on various free-to-air stations, WSEE TV in Puerto Rico, One Caribbean Television and CaribVision, in Caribbean territories during primetime on Mondays, with repeat airings on Saturdays. Check your local TV listings for exact broadcast times.

    International stylist and fashion pundit, Freddie Leiba is also set to appear on the show as a featured guest, along with music producer, Bryce Wilson; international photographer, Matthew Jordan-Smith, fashion designer, Claudia Pegus, reigning Soca Monarch, Machel Montano and Factor Model Management’s, Bridget Halanski.

    CNTM is presented by bMobile, LIME, KCL Capital Market Brokers Limited, Caribbean Airlines, The Carlton-Savannah, Farouk Systems – CHI, Trinre, Sacha Cosmetics, Factor Women, Caribbean Belle, Blue Waters, Kalloo’s and Micles.

    For a sneak preview to CNTM, log on to:www.caribbeansnexttopmodel.com. Share your thoughts on the show atfacebook.com/caribbeansnexttopmodelor follow CaribeNTM on Twitter.

    AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL is produced by 10 by 10 Entertainment in association with The Tyra Banks Company. The executive producers are Ken Mok (“Making the Band”), Tyra Banks and Laura Fuest Silva. The series was created by Tyra Banks and developed by Mok and Kenya Barris. Tyra Banks also hosts the series, which will soon begin airing its 20th cycle in the United States.

    Currently, AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL is under license in over 100 markets around the world and has 20 international versions in production. AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL and the AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL format are licensed internationally by CBS Studios International.

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  • New Album (January 29, 2013) Freddie McGregor “Di Captain”

    Reggae Pioneer Freddie McGregor Set Sails On His Latest Musical Voyage

    His Long-Awaited Album Di Captain out January 29 on VP Records/Big Ship

    With his deep reggae catalogue
    spanning almost five decades, Freddie McGregor is one of the few first-generation reggae icons here today who has blazed a path through virtually every stage of the genre – from ska, rock steady to early and modern day reggae. On January 29, 2013, he takes the reigns once again with Di Captain (VP Records/Big Ship), his brand new studio album after four years in the making. The album’s title refers slyly to his continued status as captain of his Big Ship production complex.

    This 16-track collection demonstrates Freddie’s magnificent talents as a songwriter and his taste for cover versions, romantic ballads and strong cultural messages. Original songs include the heartfelt tribute to his island “Move Up Jamaica,” the powerfully pleading “More Love in the Ghetto” and earnestly romantic and gospel-flavored “Love I Believe In.” As for cover versions, Freddie’s draws from a wide and varied array of great pop anthems (Beatles’ “You Won’t See Me,” Luther Vandross’ “A House Is Not a Home”) and reggae songs of the past (“Bob Marley’s “Rainbow Country,” The Heptones’ “Equal Rights”). Each rendition is infused with Freddie’s own unmistakable vibe and rich, soulful vocals.

    “These songs were very specially chosen,” Freddie says. “We took the greatest pains in making sure these would be classic songs that will last for a long time. I chose songs like “Equal Rights” because I love the message and because the youth need to hear it. We made a special effort to keep it as grass-roots as we can.”

    Members of Jamaica’s studio A-list perform on the album – from the great bass-and-drum duos of Mafia & Fluxy and Steely & Clevie to session aces like saxophonist Dean Fraser and keyboardist Carlton “Bubblers” Ogilvie. Former Heptones frontman Leroy Sibbles lends his talents as a bass player on several tracks, including Freddie’s excellent version of their hit “Equal Rights.” Di Captain also features guest vocals from up-and-coming artists like Etana on “Let It Be Me” and Gappy Ranks on “Standing Strong,” a remake of Freddie’s 1980s hit “Bobby Bobylon.”

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    Freddie has been on the scene from the earliest days of ska when he joined the popular duo the Clarendonians at seven-years-old. He then went on to record for the legendary Studio One during the glory days of rock steady and early reggae, singing for the Generation Gap and Soul Syndicate band. As a solo artist, he is responsible for roots and culture classics like “Rastaman Camp” and “Mark of the Beast.” In addition to Jamaican music, Freddie always had a knack for American soul music and some of his early iconic covers included Main Ingredient’s “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely” and Tyrone Davis’s “Can I Change My Mind.” He has worked with legendary Jamaican reggae producers like Niney the Observer, Coxsone Dodd, and Linval Thompson and at the end of the 1980s decided to establish his own recording studio and record label, Big Ship.

    With roots extending back to the earliest days of Jamaican music, the deep and multifaceted Freddie McGregor is dedicated to moving reggae into the future with hope and positivity. “Bob Marley took this music to a real high level,” he observes, “and we should all try to keep it there.” The Captain of the Big Ship is doing just that.

    TRACK LISTING
    1. Intro: Jenny Jenny
    2. Move Up Jamaica
    3. You Won’t See Me
    4. Bag A Hype
    5. Africa
    6. More Love In The Ghetto
    7. Love I Believe In
    8. Rainbow Country
    9. Standing Strong featuring Gappy Ranks
    10. Love Ballad
    11. There You Go
    12. My Story
    13. Let It Be Me featuring Etana
    14. Jah Love Di Whole A Wi
    15. A House Is Not A Home
    16. Equal Rights

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