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Monthly Archives: May 2013

  • Music and Fashion Unite as RepJA and Dancehall/Reggae Star I-Octane Team Up To Launch Shirt Line

    Jamaica, U.S.A – Music and fashion walk hand in hand, it all comes from the same place of creativity, and none is more self evident than in dancehall and reggae. At the forefront of dancehall fashion, RepJA has established themselves as trendsetters. These young designers born and bred in Jamaica and now residing in the States draw inspiration from American street wear influenced with nuances of Jamaica’s dancehall and reggae music!

    It is with great excitement and anticipation that RepJA announces their latest t-shirt collaboration with reggae star I-Octane! The artist has been a staple on music charts locally and internationally, he has won numerous awards, is presently Digicel and Busta soft drink brand ambassador and been featured in Billboard Magazine.

    After seeing RepJA’s creative and groundbreaking work, I-Octane’s New York based brand manager Paul Parris reached out to the line to work on collaboration with the artist. He stated that “In the hip hop world, artists and brands are constantly collaborating, however I noticed it was lacking in the reggae community. I felt it was time for us, as leaders of the new Caribbean diaspora here in the States, to initiate these concepts in an authentic way.”

    It was a labor of love as RepJA design team executed the concept. “Doing a collab tee with I-Octane was a no brainer, he is one of the hottest dancehall artist in Jamaica right now”. “We (RepJA) along with Ioctane’s Conquer the Globe Team brainstormed on a few of I-octane’s current songs/phrases and decided Buss A Blank was the right choice based on the message that if you don’t stand for something you will fall for everything. When you agree with a song, a movement, when you do what a your suppose to do as an individual and your independent you buss a blank.” states Omar of RepJA.

    The t-shirt will officially be unveiled at the official launch on June 15th, 2013 at BASE KINGSTON store! Guests will be treated to a meet and greet by I-Octane and Kardinal Offishall. Music will be provided by guest DJ Baby Drew, internationally known as Chris Brown’s Official DJ and Love & HipHop Atlanta cast member, and by Jamaica’s own DJ VICE.
    When asked to comment Octane simply replied with one of his famous catchphrases, “this collaboration ago siiiiiiiiiiccckkk!!”

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  • International supermodel Georgie Badiel adds sizzle to Caribbean Week in New York

    NEW YORK, NY (29 May, 2013) – International supermodel, Georgie Badiel, will add her grace and charm to the one of the most spectacular events for Caribbean Week in New York, the High Fashion Show.

    Georgie will walk the runway wearing the creations of some of the leading Caribbean fashion designers, demonstrating why she has been one of the most sought-after models since bursting onto the scene in the United States in 2008.
    Described as sizzling on the runway, Georgie has strut down the catwalk for world famous designers, including Chado Ralph Rucci, Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Christian Siriano, Oscar de la Renta, and Zang Toi.

    “As an international fashion model I am used to being around beautiful people, but I think the most beautiful aspect of a person is the mind. I am extremely honoured to support this great cause because it is through education we can create a beautiful mind,” the former Miss Burkina Faso and former Miss Africa said of her participation in the Caribbean fashion show.

    Georgie began her career as a 15-year-old modelling in clubs in Africa. She signed her first modelling contract in Paris in 2005, and has graced the catwalk in London, Milan and around the world. She has also been a regular on the New York Fashion Week runways and was chosen as “Model of the Year” during the Arise Magazine Fashion Week in Lagos, Nigeria in 2012.

    Joining Georgie on the runway for the Caribbean fashion show will be Chantal Clarke of Jamaica – the winner of Face Of Fashion “Jamaica” 2013, along with other models.

    Dubbed “Caribbean Fashion Tourism 2013,” the fashion show will provide the platform for talented Caribbean models and fashion designers, as well as mainstreams brands, to showcase their talent. Buyers and investors have been invited to observe and decide which of the fabulous designs on the runway will attract their investments.
    The event is produced by Face Of Fashion, a fashion modelling and fashion design management company, in collaboration with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO).
    “The Caribbean ranks amongst the top in every field on endeavour, including the fashion industry. Caribbean Fashion Tourism 2013 gives talented designers from CTO member countries a stage on which to show off their couture at an exciting one-of-a kind show,” said Carla Hazel, president of Face Of Fashion.

    The premier Italian wine brand, VOGA, which has come aboard as a sponsor of the fashion show, will fly their newly minted promotional ambassadors, the VOGUETTES, from Italy for the event. This will be the VOGUETTES’ first ever United States. The national brand ambassador for VOGA, Filippo Lapides, is also scheduled to attend and VOGA is expected to host a VIP tasting lounge, transforming Caribbean Fashion Tourism 2013 into a fashion show with a truly global identity and appeal.

    Participating Caribbean fashion designers include Rykardo De Jude Pneuaner from Barbados; Derricia Williamson-Adelle 13 Swimwear from The Bahamas; of Geedaj Jones Designs (Glenda Jones) from Dominica; Carol Fraser – Miracle Hands from Guyana; Haitian fashion designer, Prajje Jean-Baptiste; Gillian Francis-MINKA from Jamaica; Queen Esther (Esther Joseph) Kuumba Designs from St. Lucia; Kimya Glasgow from St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Simon Duncun from Trinidad & Tobago and the mainstream sports wear designer, A+Dreams – Black Heart Fashion. The mainstream brands are Katty Xiomara and Gunas.

    Caribbean Fashion Tourism 2013 takes place on Tuesday 4 June from 6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. at the historical New Yorker Hotel in the heart of the New York’s fashion district. A portion of the proceeds will go to the CTO Foundation, a charity that provides scholarships and grants to deserving Caribbean nationals to pursue studies in tourism and hospitality.

    In addition to the fashion show, Georgie will be at the Student Colloquium, which precedes the fashion show; the Caribbean Gospel Celebration on 1 June and Rum & Rhythm on 7 June.

    Caribbean Week in New York is supported by American Express, Amora Studios, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Association of Travel Marketing Executives (ATME), the Atrebor Group, the Islands Of The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bonaire, British Virgin Islands, Butterfly By Design, Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), Cayman Islands, Caribbean Airlines, Cititech Solutions, College of the Bahamas, CTO Allied Members, CTO Foundation, Departures, Destination Weddings, David Williams Funeral Service, Dominica, Don-Ka-Me-Ly-On Productions, El Dorado, Elite Islands Resorts, the Empire State Building, Face of Fashion, Faces of East, Food & Wine, Friends of Crown Heights Educational Centers, Grenada, Grace Foods, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Hardbeat Communications, Hilton Curaçao, Hyatt Regency Resorts – Caribbean, Islands, Jamaica, JetBlue Getaways, Jewel Resorts, Kalinago Beach Resort, Laura Davidson Public Relations, Local Bozo, MarryCaribbean.com, Martinique, Monroe College, Nassau/Paradise Island, Princess Hotel Guyana, Puerto Rico, Quinn & Company, Raddison Blu Resort, Marina & Spa, Reggae Vibes, Saint Lucia, Sandals Resorts International, Saveur, SOWEB Inc., Tower Isles Patties, St Eustatius, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Martin/St. Maarten, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Travel + Leisure, Trinidad & Tobago, Turnstyle Marketing, Turks & Caicos Islands, Turks & Caicos Islands Community College, University of New Haven, University of Technology Jamaica, University of the West Indies and the United States Virgin Islands.

    About the Caribbean Tourism Organization
    The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados and offices in New York and London, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising membership of over 30 countries and territories including Dutch, English, French and Spanish, as well as a myriad of private sector allied members. The CTO’s vision is to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year round, warm weather destination by 2017, and its purpose is Leading Sustainable Tourism – One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean.

    Among the benefits to its members the organization provides specialized support and technical assistance in sustainable tourism development, marketing, communications, advocacy, human resource development, research and information technology.
    In addition the CTO, in partnership with the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, jointly and equally owns the Caribbean Tourism Development Company, a marketing and business development entity dedicated to promoting the Caribbean brand worldwide.

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  • Dancehall/Reggae Stars Flexxx And Anarchie STAND OUT On The Bad Gal Riddim

    JA, U.S.A – Considered by many as one of the summer music anthem contenders, “Bad Gal” riddim has delivered a slew of hits. Created by billboard chart topper Adde Instrumental and produced by Johnny Wonder, the riddim features various established and rising dancehall and reggae artists.

    Two young talented artists have stood out with their respective singles, dancehall star Flexxx with “Want Yuh” and rising artist Anarchie “Luv Mi”. Although both artists proudly display and deliver their own styles, there is no denying that they are both gifted with charisma and lyrical prowess. Both avid writers, Flexxx and Anarchie have penned their respective singles, it was admittedly a labor of love as this riddim was a family project.

    Since signing a year ago with Hapilos Entertainment, Anarchie has put his years of mentorship from dancehall icon Bounty Killer to good work. The young artist has been busy writing and voicing in studio, while developing his stage presence on various stage shows. His musical growth is proudly displayed with the hit bound “Luv Mi”.

    Dancehall and reggae music lovers are well familiar with prolific artist Flexxx “Flexxx in di complex”. The veteran artist has been busy performing throughout the Caribbean, delivering videos and making the hits, and if past work is any indication, “Want Yuh” is headed to the top of the charts!

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  • DESTINE MEDIA VIDEO SPOTLIGHT: Christopher Martin Enjoys Day 1 in Dubai

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    The incredible talent of Christopher Martin has allowed him to travel and share his music with the world. One of the many journeys he has embarked on is to Dubai. Take a look at Day 1 and get to know the charismatic, humorous and humbled Christopher Martin as he is embraced thousands miles away from his homeland of Jamaica West Indies.

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  • Denise Belfon Makes A Way for Musicians To Earn At Home – Year Round

    Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. May 27, 2013—-Music artistes in Trinidad and Tobago are being given an opportunity to make a living at home throughout the year. Thanks to entertainer, Denise Belfon- best known by her sobriquet, Saucy Wow, T&T artistes who perform all genres of music indigenous to the country, will be hired each Saturday for performances at the Edge nightclub on the Southern end of the island. It’s a new endeavor the ‘Wining Queen’ singer has embarked on, with plans to become a regional promoter of events, in the years ahead.

    Belfon has been slowly entering the event promotion industry. In the past she has hosted several boat rides in Trinidad. Her annual birthday soiree, which started off in Port-of-Spain and has now become a hit in the Southland, has also generated quite a bit of attention over the years. On June 1st, Belfon will open the Edge Nightclub, introducing Steaming Southland Saturdays. The launch of the Saturday night party fixture will feature Trinidad and Tobago’s Blaxx of the Roy Cape band, Ravi B of Karma, Farmer Nappy, Iwer George and of course, Belfon herself. “I’ve always wanted to promote our culture and our artistes throughout the year. There’s never been a forum for our artistes to stay at home and make money throughout the year and something like this would change that. It would offer those artistes who don’t really travel after the carnival, a place to perform and earn money,” she emphasized.

    Steaming Southland Saturdays will introduce party lovers to a heightened level of customer service, no matter what part of Trinidad they’re coming from. “We’re guaranteeing a level of security that will see patrons being shuttled to the venue from June 8th. The shuttles will be available to all party patrons from strategic meeting points at every end of the country. Each shuttle bus will be outfitted with security so that too, will ensure of our patrons’ safety,” said Belfon. She however noted that patrons requiring the shuttle service for large groups, should contact the Steaming Southland Saturdays hotline at 325-5252, 307-1841 or 317-9810. “We’re also giving tertiary education students discounts to enter the club with their school ID’s,” explained the entertainer, highlighting her desire to bring back that true clubbing vibe to the Southland.

    With several artistes already sold on the idea, Belfon said the feedback for the event’s concept has been positive. “Everyone is excited about it. It’s a situation where I’m actually the first Soca artiste to present something like this for my fraternity,” she said.
    Belfon said the ambiance at the nightspot will include an area on the outside where patrons can enjoy hanging out on a special decking area while on the inside of the club, there will be a designated area called the wall of fame where patrons and special celebrity guests will have their photos displayed. When it comes to the musical selection that can be expected on Saturdays at the Edge, Belfon said the variety will be engaging to all, with special nights dedicated to the old school lovers and other nights, for the lovers of the new school vibe. “On some nights we’ll have DJ’s like Howie Tee, Teddy Mohammed, Dr. Hyde and on other Saturdays there’ll be DJs like Bass Kickers, Custodian sounds and Hollywood Sachy and a whole lot more,” she explained.

    Belfon and her team of organisers are hard at work. Her endeavor will likely see her expand in the months and years to come, as she aspires. “My aim is to throw big events in Trinidad and up the Caribbean. I’ve always liked that- always wanted to own a club to showcase our culture. This is my first step in that direction,” she said.

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  • CTO unleashes creativity of youth with “Advertise the Caribbean” contest in Toronto

    NEW YORK, NY (15 May, 2013) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is set to unleash the creativity of youth on Toronto during Caribbean Week in Canada which runs from 26-28 June, 2013. The CTO has announced an “Advertise the Caribbean” contest targeting youth up to the age of 21 from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
    The “Advertise the Caribbean” contest challenges youth to create an original poster advertisement for any of the over 30 CTO member countries. It is open to students in the GTA in three categories: Junior Category (ages 12 or under); Middle Category (ages 13-18); and Senior Category( ages 19-21).
    “We believe that the youth are quite ingenious and creative and this contest allows them the opportunity to unleash their creativity by generating some of the most compelling reasons for Canadians to visit the Caribbean,” said Sylma Brown, the director of CTO-USA Inc, the CTO’s New York office which organizes Caribbean Week in Canada.

    The contest is organized by young Caribbean Diaspora professionals in Toronto, spearheaded by Sheldon ‘Solitair’ Pitt, a multitalented, two-time Juno Award nominated Canadian producer and artist. Pitt, who is of Grenadian descent, also mentors youth who are interested in the arts, through music workshops and public speaking.

    The best advertisements will be revealed at the CTO Diaspora Forum in Toronto on 26 June. The winner receives tickets for two to a Caribbean destination.
    Caribbean Week in Toronto is a celebration of the sights, sounds, colours, culture and unique holiday attributes of the Caribbean. Tourism officials, the media, artistes, performers, celebrity chefs, sponsors, strategic partners and youth of the Caribbean Diaspora will participate in Caribbean Week activities on 26 and 27 June. The programme includes events for the travel industry, a workshop for National Tourist Office representatives, the Diaspora Forum and Media Marketplace at which leading travel journalists from the GTA interact with representatives from CTO member countries.

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  • Precision Productions and Tian Winter guarantee you a Good Time!

    Are you sitting quietly reading this? Then be warned, as this brand new Tian Winter release starts to play, your body will take over and you will be grooving, very ready to have a “Good Time”!

    Determined to retain his 2012 Groovy Monarch title, The Winter Man gives us some more of his signature dulcet tones, as he harmoniously cajoles fellow party lovers to let loose and enjoy their yearly celebrations.

    The very young yet very skilled Josiah St. Lewis-Noray penned this effervescent tune compiling words that immediately convey a bountiful shared joy throughout the atmosphere.

    In this track the Precision team shows why they have become such a formidable force in the Groovy Soca arena. As with a touch of soul, a splash of funk, and just the right amount of rhythm, they are able to keep chipping feet continuously merry.

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  • CTO’s sustainable tourism youth programme attracts new interests

    NEW YORK, NY (24 May, 2013) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s sustainable tourism youth programme is attracting the attention of a growing number of Caribbean post-secondary schools.
    Two regional tertiary institutions – the College of the Bahamas (COB) and University of the West Indies-Mona Campus are first time participants in the CTO’s Students’ Colloquium which forms part of the programme for Caribbean Week in New York. They, along with five other universities, will seek to dethrone the reigning champions, Monroe College.
    The colloquium – now in its third year – is a contest among the students who are challenged to present well-researched, practical and financially viable sustainable tourism projects. Dubbed “A Forum for Rising Stars in Caribbean Tourism,” it attracts students enrolled in tourism and hospitality programmes, as well as other university/college majors, who have a passion for the Caribbean and are desirous of making a contribution to the region’s development in a sustainable way.
    A record eight schools will participate in this year’s contest, three more than last year and two higher than the six which took part in the inaugural contest in 2011. The other participating institutions are the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College, the Trinidad & Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute; University of New Haven (winners of the inaugural contest), the University of Technology Jamaica and the University of the West Indies Centre for Hotel & Tourism Management in the Bahamas.
    “It’s a brand new year, the TCI Community College tourism team is excited, eager and ready for friendly rivalry, camaraderie and prospective future partnerships with our counterparts in this year’s CTO student colloquium. Let the challenge begin!” said Michelle Hosten, lecturer at the TCI Community College.
    The competitors will receive words of encouragement from Earlston McPhee, the director of sustainable tourism at Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. Mr. McPhee will stress the need for the students, particularly those who intend to work towards the development of Caribbean tourism, to believe in themselves, the Caribbean tourism product and the region’s ability to compete at a high level among the world’s best destinations.
    The Students’ Colloquium takes place on Wednesday 4 June from 1:30 P.M to 4:00 P.M. at the New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Avenue, New York. The winners will receive four iPads from Cititech Solutions, a technology company which provides technological support for small, medium-sized and large businesses. Cititech is a CTO Allied member. The second place gets four Kindle Fires from David Williams Funeral Service, a family -owned funeral home; while the school placing third receives four iPod Touches courtesy Butterfly By Design, a premier experiential event planning and design boutique.
    Caribbean Week in New York, a celebration of the sights, sounds and vacation attributes of the Caribbean, takes place from 1 to 8 June with a series of consumer and travel industry events. The television and film star, Tamara Tunie, is partnering with CTO for the Week. Perhaps best known as the “Medical Examiner, Melinda Warner” on NBC’s long-running top-rated series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and more recently in Paramount’s Oscar nominated, Flight, with co-star Denzel Washington, Ms. Tunie will engage the media in America’s most populous city as the official spokesperson for the event.

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  • Precision Productions presents “Wine Of My Life” by Tizzy!

    For many it may be easy to forget the level of skill our Caribbean artisans control at their fingertips.

    However, in her latest release, Tanzania ‘Tizzy’ Sebastian gives us a compelling reminder, as she exhibits her amazing vocal ability, in a potent balance of command and feminine expression.

    Melodiously complimenting her singing, the music of “Wine Of My Life” reaches out in true Precision Productions style, to enwrap listeners in harmonies that evoke women to grant men the needed permission to join them, as they demonstrate their flexing aptitude.

    This track is written by Patrick Mista ‘Vybe’ Gordon, who has once again successfully articulated that delicate mix of yearning with a slice of domination, we all crave, when we lose ourselves to the soaring musical heights of festival time.

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  • HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES, SANCHEZ, AND LEON COLDERO TO CLOSE OUT THE JULY 4TH ‘FESTIVAL OF LIFE’

    Over the years, the soothing vocals of Melvin and the Blue Notes have delivered some of the greatest songs of our time and have shaped the history of R&B. Best known for songs such as “Wake Up Everybody,” “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” “Hope That We Can Be Together Soon,” “The Love I Lost,” “I Miss You,” just to name a few. Many of their hits have been re-recorded by other artists, including Simply Red, David Ruffin, Jimmy Somerville, Sybil, Kanye West, Jay-Z, and John Legend.

    Sanchez, who is making his first Festival of Life appearance, is creating a major buzz among fans. The gifted balladeer has molded him-self over the years into a powerful reggae brand with a massive following of fans young and old from all walks of life. Sanchez erupted on the reggae scene at Reggae Sun splash in 1988.
    His iconic single, Lonely Won’t Leave Me Alone, a remake of a Jermaine Jackson album cut, set Sanchez’s career in motion. With some thirty albums under his belt, his vast catalogue includes favorites like “Baby Can I Hold You,” “Never Dies The Man,” “One In A Million,” “Let Me Love You Down,” “Frenzy,” “A Change Is Gonna Come,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Old Friends.”
    Leon Colder is no stranger to the stage and has, over the years, graced the music industry with superb performances throughout the Caribbean, Canada, the United States, and Europe. Dubbed The Original Winer Boy, he has held close to his heart the world of Soca, which he has uniquely flavored with his reggae crossover. The former Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, lead singer Coldero’s name signals pure excitement, superb entertainment, and an energy that emanates throughout every performance.
    In 1997 Leon Coldero was nominated Soca Male Artist of the Year for his smash hits Bicycle and Rain. His album titled Strictly Soca was nominated runner-up for best selling album in 1998. In addition to his new band; Code-868, Coldero has released two new albums Miles Ahead; featuring the hit song “Soufriere,” and Big Appetite featuring hits such as “Boxing,” “Sugar Cane,” and the title track “Big Appetite.”
    More than 70 Reggae, World Music, Pop, R&B, Gospel, Latin, Rock, blues, Jazz and other international, national and local acts will entertain on three stages in Union Park. Among the other performers are: Reggae Ambassador, Third World on Thursday, Luciano on Friday, International Blues star and multiple Chicago Music Awards winner Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues on Saturday, and other phenomenal performers, such as Inner Circle, Lova Boy and others.

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  • New Album – JUL 30 – Alpha Blondy – Mystic Power

    With over 15 albums under his belt, West-African reggae vocalist Alpha Blondy returns this summer with a North American tour and his latest studio effort Mystic Power (available July 30 on VP Records).

    On Mystic Power, Alpha Blondy stays true to his signature contemporary world sound. His unmistakable vocals (which are a mix of English, French and his native language Dioula) are filled with socially-charged messages that effortlessly ride over Afro-reggae beats and jazzy funk-fused rhythms. He inspires change on opening track “Hope,” which features Jamaican dancehall king Beenie Man, and offers a powerful rendition of Bob Marley’s “I Shot The Sheriff” on “J’ai Tue Le Commissaire.” Blondy then goes on to explain the true meaning behind “mystic power” on “Woman,” a heart-felt tribute recognizing the strength and endurance of the entire gender.

    “We’ve done a great job, my band Solar System and I. I wanted to innovate, amplify the whole rock aspect of our sound. You always hear roots rock reggae from us, but in fact it’s more like roots reggae. I wanted to break free from the whole ethnic, tribal thing. I want to expand the reggae territory and reach out to all the fans. On this album, some of the songs are quite atmospheric, others are more guitar-based,” Alpha explains.

    In support of the new album, Alpha Blondy hits the road at the end of June in the United States. He will perform at major stage shows (including the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and Lake Tahoe Reggae Festival in California) and headline more intimate venues in Park City, Denver, Aspen, Washington D.C. and New York City. Additional tour dates in Canada will be announced shortly.

    Alpha Blondy’s upbringing is as rich and diverse as his music. Hailing from the Ivory Coast, Alpha Blondy was born to a Muslim mother and a Christian father and brought up by a grandmother who taught him to love everyone. He always raised awareness about social injustice and aimed to promote unity in his lyrics and in real life, which eventually led him to become the Ambassador for Peace for the UNESCO, NATO and CEDEAO. The singer grew up listening to African folkloric music, but was influenced by American bands like Pink Floyd, Jimmy Hendrix, The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Otis Redding. He was introduced to Bob Marley’s music when he moved to New York to study English at Hunter College and in Columbia University’s American Language Program. After a brief stint in Paris to record his 1984 album Cocody Rock, he headed to Jamaica to record the title track with Marley’s backing group, The Wailers. Later, he returned to in Kingston’s Tuff Gong Studios to record his third album Jerusalem (1986). By the release of his 1987 album Revolution, Blondy had already established himself as an international artist with a massive following in his native country, North America and Europe. His popularity continues to grow, and he continues to steadily release albums.

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  • Out Next Week – Sizzla ‘The Messiah’ *Booking Phone Interviews*

    One of reggae’s most prolific artists Sizzla returns with his 70th album The Messiah on May 28th (Kalonji Music/VP Records). Since his emergence in 1995, the enigmatic vocalist has undeniably put his stamp on the genre regardless of the current style or trend. His latest effort showcases his musical depth, passion and precision in partnership with Bread Back productions.

    Mostly written and executive produced by Sizzla himself, Kalonji’s full scope of talents are displayed on The Messiah. With a fresh perspective in 2013, the man on a musical mission inspires positive change worldwide on this 15-track collection. His social commentary on songs like “Chant Dem Down,” “No Wicked Man” and “Psalms 121” reveal his daring bravado and righteous lyrics, while his melodic anthem “Good Love” unveils his softer side.

    The buzz around this release has already been circulating his native island. Sizzla recently told the Jamaica Gleaner this “spiritual conscious album” compares to his early classic Black Woman & Child, released in 1997 on VP Records. He also told the Jamaica Observer why he makes music like this compelling collection. Sizzla proclaims “I do music to free the people, unite the world, heal the children.”

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  • Morgan Heritage Unleash New Video (EBONY Premiere) | ‘Here Come The Kings’ Out JUNE 11

    While the 5-piece reggae outfit is revving up for their studio release Here Come The Kings (June 11, VP Records) and European summer tour, Morgan Heritage unveil the visual for the album’s first single “Perfect Love Song.” The video was shot in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood and directed by Miami’s own Spencer Antle, who is also the founder of Island Company.

    Here is the official YouTube video:

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  • Sly & Robbie Present Danielle DI – The Rebel, Available on June 11, 2013

    NEW YORK, NY – Reggae/dancehall blockbuster hit makers Sly & Robbie present dancehall female sing jay Danielle “DI” in her debut studio effort, The Rebel, in stores June 11, 2013 from Tad’s Record, with pre-order available now. Born Danielle Isaacs and raised a stone’s throw away from the home of the legendary Bob Marley in Kingston, Jamaica, Danielle is determined to follow in his footsteps as an ambassador for her homeland. The Rebel accomplishes this ambitious goal and catapults this music sensation towards fulfilling her dream of being a global sensation.

    Working with legendary producers and songwriters on eight sizzling tracks, Danielle “DI” is following a formula for sure success. She also collaborates with some of the top names in reggae and dancehall, including Cherine Anderson on the title track “Rebel,” dancehall great Shabba Ranks on “Big Man,” and reggae royalty Gramps Morgan on “Sexual Healing.” Writers include Wayne ‘Devonte” Passley, Paul Wright, Sly Dunbar, Orville Baker and Peter Gayle.

    “Putting out this album has a bit of excitement to it because it’s a different kind of a showcase of dancehall from a female point of view,” reveal producers Sly & Robbie and Orville “Rory” Baker. “We are confident of the impact it will make based on the single ‘Rebel,’ which we used to test the platform for a dancehall sound that is consistent with musical and vocal arrangements.” They also disclose the album took 10 months to put together. “We went through a number of tracks and re-wrote some of the songs over and over. We were aiming to keep a concept and that was the biggest challenge.” Paul “Patchy” Wright also worked as a producer on this project, in addition to Sly & Robbie and Baker.

    Known to fans as the ‘Rebel Princess of Dancehall,’ Danielle “DI” has been on the scene for some time, honing her skills and working on her craft with the likes of Beenie Man, Ce’Cile and Vybz Kartel. She has toured throughout the years, performing in the United States, UK and across the Caribbean,building her fan base and developing her sound to prepare for her ultimate goal of releasing her very first album, now in hand.

    “We are extremely honored to have been chosen to distribute Danielle “DI”‘s album, as she is a talented artist and really brings a welcoming change to the dancehall scene,” states Tad Dawkins, President of Tad’s Record. “Added to this is the opportunity to continue our long-standing relationship with the rhythm twins Sly & Robbie and Rorey Baker. Their work continues to breathe a refreshing and unique wind into the reggae industry – great production and great music, full stop!”

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  • Reggae Star Natural Black Gears Up for the UK

    New York – Reggae star Natural Black gears up for the UK, as he is set to headline Guyana’s 47th Independence Anniversary celebrations at Platinum Suite in London, England on May 26, 2013. Natural Black will be appearing alongside fellow reggae ambassadors First Born, and other local acts including Jumo Primo, Ras Ranger, Baby Boom, Fojo and Fiona Singh, among others. The event’s promoters Dan Fox Promotions and Vizion Sounds Records only had one choice when it came to nabbing an international reggae act for this prestigious event, with the Guyanese-born entertainer, Natural Black.
    “I’m always honored to perform for my native country, Guyana,” states Natural Black. “I’ve been performing for fans across the U.S. recently, and I’m really looking forward to taking my show across the pond to the UK fans, later this month.” This prolific event takes place under the patronage of Guyana’s High Commissioner to England, His Excellency Mr. Laleshwar Singh.
    Natural Black has five new singles currently out, including “I’m On My Way,” “Natural Chronix,” “Who Cares For Me,” “Don’t Play With My Heart” and “Party Truck.” He recently released the video for “Party Truck,” and will be releasing the new video for “Don’t Play With My Heart,” in the coming weeks.
    With new music to share, the entertainer has been performing at stage shows, festivals and private engagements, both at home and abroad. In addition to his UK appearances, reggae lovers can also catch this vibrant, uplifting artist in action on many upcoming international music festivals worldwide, this year.

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  • Organica Duo Aurah Mixes Calm & Chaos with New Single & Video “Khorwa”

    Los Angeles, CA – Infusing their three fascinations of music, nature and everyday life, Switzerland natives Marc Dold and Judith Martin join forces as organica band Aurah. Known and loved for their expressive and tranquil sound, the duo continues to expand and create music with an underlying message in the release of their new free single “Khorwa.” In conjunction with the single, a mind-bending music video has also been released.

    Aurah’s audible journey within the song is taking a detour from the beaten path of traditional song structures. “Khorwa,” a Tibetan term for “the circle of life,” was co-produced by Dold and Martin, who describe it as “an exploration of opposites.” Martin’s angelic and graceful vocals project a tribal element with melodious verses and chants. Dold introduces ambient/electronic textures against raw instrumentation in order to embody the theme of urban versus rural lifestyle. The single is a sneak-peek to their upcoming album, Summon the Sky, due out this summer.

    Shot in the breathtaking, fruitful landscapes of Kauai, HI, the music video captures the song by combining their shared vision of a naturally serene world, contrasted by the tensions and excitement of city life. “We are drawn to grandiose settings of the great outdoors, untouched by man. But we also live in a city with millions of people and love its colorful, lively diversity,” says Martin. The music video can be seen on Aurah’s YouTube channel.

    While both artists grew up in Switzerland, they headed to Boston to further their educational journey at Berklee College of Music. After establishing their roots in the US, Aurah composed the original film score for “Loving Annabelle” and “Sunset Junction.” Their repertoire expands showcasing tracks included in the feature films “Blood Diamond” and the Academy Award winner, “Little Miss Sunshine” among countless other films and hit television shows. As a producer, Dold has scored two #1 Billboard hits and has worked with artists such as Paul Van Dyk, Nelly Furtado and Basement Jaxx, to name a few.

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  • Dancehall Star Stein Breaks Out with Debut Album, All Or Nothing, Available on June 25, 2013

    New York, NY – Dancehall star Stein (formerly known as Einstein) breaks out with his debut album All Or Nothing, slated for a June 25, 2013 worldwide release from FOX FUSE. Born Jermaine Lee-King in St. Thomas, Jamaica, Stein’s music reflects his diverse Chinese-Afro heritage and echoes an eclectic edge that secures a place for his sound both at home and abroad, with international audiences.
    Bubbling with 15 sizzling tracks and three satirical skits, All Or Nothing is a bonafide showstopper that offers up Stein’s modern take on dancehall music, driven by up-tempo, heavy-bass beats bound to send dancehall fans into a frenzy. He teams up with some of dancehall’s hottest hit makers for this debut effort, including Wellesley “Supa Blunt” Haye, Chimney Records (Jordan McClure and David Hayle), Stevol “Charlie Pro” Hibbert and JK4 Music Group (Randayne Jagen and Shomani Hayles). The lead single, “From Night Till Day,” was released in January and has been gaining traction on radio across the Caribbean and Europe, ever since. Stein recently appeared on Jamaica’s HYPE-TV to premiere the official video. The album also features his smash hits “Shell Dung Di Party” and “More Than Ten Gal,” and new anthems “Pray For Me” and title track, “All Or Nothing.”
    “I named the album All Or Nothing because when you have nothing, you can only have it all, and when you have it all, you can only go back to having nothing, and I’m a person who cannot settle for less,” reveals Stein. “I’ve been pounding the pavement in Jamaica for a very long time and I’ve started taking my music to audiences in Europe and America, and fans have been receptive so I’m on a mission to deliver dancehall music, my way, to everyone.”
    Stein is planning album launch events at home in Kingston, Jamaica and also for his fans across Europe and in the U.S., come this summer. “Everywhere I go, fans are always asking me for an album so it was time to deliver one to them,” discloses Stein. “Prior to FOX FUSE, no record company has ever approached me for an album. So with their help, in collaboration with my own label New Planet Records, I’m finally able to make my music available to the world.”
    “Unlike many contemporary dancehall artists, Stein is one of the most clever lyricists on the scene,” states Zack Cohen, CEO of FOX FUSE, who proposed the album to Stein exactly one year ago. “We’re fans of his work and we wanted to provide him with a platform that was previously unavailable to him. We have the means and he has the talent, and we’re very thrilled with the outcome of this venture.”

    TRACKLIST:

    1. Sleeping (Skit)
    2. So Mi Dweet
    3. More Than Ten Gal
    4. Bring Yuh Home
    5. From Night Till Day
    6. Kick Off Di Party
    7. Shell Dung Di Party
    8. Police (Skit)
    9. Cash Register
    10. Gal Wine Yuh Body
    11. Buss Off
    12. Get Gal
    13. DJ (Skit)
    14. Can’t Stop Steezy
    15. Pray Fi Mi
    16. Dem Hate
    17. All or Nothing
    18. The Island Feat. Tove

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  • AKON AND MISS CARIBEAN US JOINS ATLANTA CARIBBEAN UNITY FESTIVAL

    The Atlanta Caribbean Unity Festival (ACUF) is one of the grand finale events for the Atlanta Carnival taking place over Memorial weekend. This event will be an ultimate concert experience bringing people from all islands together for performances by top artistes from throughout the Caribbean. To complement the performances, there will be moko jumbie (stilt) dancers, steel-pan and a kids zone. The event also features various community building activities like football (soccer) games, a talent showcase & and an appreciation ceremony honoring those who have contributed to the success of Atlanta Carnival over the last twenty-five (25) years. It will be held at Wade Walker Park (5585 Rockbridge Rd, Stone Mountain, GA 30088) on Sunday May 26th from 1pm-10pm.

    The concept of the Atlanta Caribbean Unity Festival was born from members of the team at H.C. Promotions and Literacy to Legacy who wanted to celebrate the achievement of Atlanta Carnival celebrating 25 years of existence. According to Henderson Charles of H.C. Promotions, ‘Twenty five years of Atlanta Carnival is no small feat and required tenacity and unity to be achieved. The Unity Festival gives us an opportunity to celebrate this success by bringing representatives from all the islands together in one place to enjoy activities that build a sense of community.’

    This event is a fusion of music and culture. The festival will be headlined by Rupee the Bajan singer/producer who brought several hits including the crossover smash “Tempted to Touch”. Rupee will be joined by Kerwin Dubois the Trinidadian singer/writer who has received several awards and is a staple on the Carnival circuit around the world because of his great performing ability and of course hits such as “Breathless”. Another Caribbean son who will be joining this amazing duo is the Dancehall sensation Demarco from Jamaica. Demarco has become a heavy weight in the very competitive Dancehall world scoring major hit songs throughout. Hits such as “I Love My Life” have endeared Dancehall crowds and crowds from other markets to this artist. The line-up is amped up by USVI’s newest sensational export: the Cool Session Band & The Rebel Band will be representing Haiti featuring such hits as ‘Bebe.’ Moko Jumbie (stilt) dancers, a steel-drum band, a kid zone and video game center will complement the day’s activities and add to the fun filled family day. Music will also be provided by the Award winning party machines of DJ Choice(St. Kitts), DJ Stephen (Trinidad & Tobago) and the Sound System Changez Disco (Jamaica). MC duties will be provided by one of Atlanta’s long standing MC and Radio Personality, Jason SkyWalker.

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  • First ever Nature Island Challenge celebrates Dominica’s legendary Waitikubuli National Trail

    FIRST-EVER NATURE ISLAND CHALLENGE CELEBRATES DOMINICA’S LEGENDARY WAITUKUBULI NATIONAL TRAIL Adventure team racers test physical and mental strength while surrounded by Dominica’s breathtaking Caribbean beauty

    ROSEAU, Dominica – (May 2013) – Dominica (pronounced Dom-in-EEK-a, and not to be confused with the Dominican Republic), is set to host adventure racers from the Caribbean and the United States later this month during the island’s first-ever Nature Island Challenge.

    Scheduled for May 20-24, the competition will pit teams against each other in a series of challenges including grueling trail hikes, cultural immersion activities and photographic documentation of key milestones. Teams from the United States and the Caribbean will compete in the four-day event. Four-person teams comprised of endurance athletes, hiking enthusiasts and adventure travelers will compete by traversing sections of the Waitukubuli National Trail, performing a series of athletic and cultural challenges along the way, in hopes of winning prizes and bragging rights for the inaugural event.

    “The Nature Island Challenge shows off Dominica’s magnificent beauty as well as our vast adventure activities,” said Colin Piper, Dominica’s director of tourism. “This innovative event will introduce Dominica to adventure travel fans the world over, encourage fan participation from near and far via social media and offer the experience of a lifetime for the lucky few competitors who have been selected to participate!”

    Dominica is the only Caribbean destination with a hiking trail that extends the entire length of the island. The Waitukubuli National Trail – named after the Carib Indian name for Dominica – is 115 miles long and is divided into 14 contiguous segments that can take an experienced hiker nearly two weeks to complete in its entirety. The trail leads visitors into the heart of local communities while passing through mountainous landscapes and rainforests, and past rivers and waterfalls.

    Competitive events include a marine challenge featuring a snorkeling and paddleboard competition at Scotts Head, one of the island’s most popular diving sites. Another stage calls for a cultural challenge where participants learn a traditional dance where they will be judged on their performance and authentic cultural interpretation.

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  • Konshens & Kes the Voices of the Official Caribbean Premier League Anthem

    New York, NY (May 17, 2013). How We Play!, written and produced by Trinidad’s Marlon Chen of MRI and Precision Productions, features two of the region’s hottest artists; Konshens (Jamaica) and Kes (Trinidad & Tobago), like you’ve never heard them before. The innovative mix is sure to spawn a new genre Chen calls “Caribbean Dance”- a mix of Soca, Dancehall and Techno music. With How We Play!, Chen combines the best elements of each genre and the result will inevitably make you want to get up and dance.

    Cricket fans will experience the energy and vibe of Caribbean cricket when Kes sings: “Get up and unite for your team, we’ll give the best we’ve got. Hands up, right up and play hard. We’ll take it to the top, it’s how we play”.

    Fans will feel the pulse and soul of what cricket means to West Indians when Konshens chants: “Every ball, Every bat, Every bleach (bleachers), Every pad, Every bail, Every wicket, Every stump! Ah the heart and soul and passion ah the culture, Caribbean blood when people come out all nation for the team in ah unification; when the stadium ram bleacher to grand stand ah the meaning of beautification.”

    On being a part of the official Caribbean Premier League (CPL) anthem, Konshens expressed his excitement, “It feels good to be a part of anything Caribbean, especially cricket which is such a big part of our West Indian culture, and it’s a great achievement for me.”

    The first ever Caribbean Premiere League begins on Tuesday July 30 with 24 matches played across 6 Caribbean countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago.

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  • SummerJam Music Festival Labor Day Wknd at Meyer Amphitheatre 2 Days of Fun in the Sun

    Location: West Palm Beach Waterfront Meyer Amphitheatre Datura and Flagler Drive

    Featuring: Some of the best of Florida’s homegrown original music

    PLUS…the official Bahamas Junkanoo Revue will be entertaining and dancing with you in the audience at Summer Jam 2013 on both Saturday & Sunday!!

    PLUS: DJs Proper Dosage with the Reazin Rude Boy Craig and Higrade

    Further announcements to come for the Sunday Show, including the headliner!

    Come Together to Keep Live Original Music Alive!

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  • Precision Productions and Teddyson John swing into St Lucia’s Carnival with Sweet Soca Music

    As the spirit of Carnival descends upon the beautiful isle of St. Lucia, an undeniable call to freedom is released into the air, by the reigning Groovy Monarch himself, Teddyson “TJ” John.

    In a perfectly sweetened mix of rhythm and soul, Precision Productions concocts a tuneful serum designed to soothe masqueraders, who have been longing for this season’s return, while simultaneously injecting their hearts with the frenzied joy only “Sweet Soca Music” can provide.

    And, in only his first writing endeavour with the team, Jelani Nedd of Cloud9tt, brings to life that sublime feeling of this festival’s music with poetic phrasing and imaginative descriptions.

    With its matchless energy, this track is sure to have listeners happily chipping throughout the streets.

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  • US TV & film star Tamara Tunie partners with CTO for Caribbean Week in New York

    NEW YORK, NY (15 May, 2013) – Leading television and film star, Tamara Tunie has partnered with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) as the celebrity spokesperson for the CTO’s 40th celebration of Caribbean Week in New York.
    Perhaps best known as the “Medical Examiner, Melinda Warner” on NBC’s long-running top-rated series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and more recently in Paramount’s Oscar nominated, Flight, with co-star Denzel Washington, Ms. Tunie will engage the media in America’s most populous city as the official spokesperson for the 1-8 June event.
    “I am thrilled to work with the Caribbean Tourism Organization taking the Caribbean’s wonderful message across New York during this exciting week of celebration of the region’s vibrancy and diversity,” Ms Tunie said.
    Her partnership was secured through the efforts of Marie Walker, the chief executive officer and president of the CTO New York affiliate, Turnstyle Marketing, working with the head of the CTO New York office, Sylma Brown.
    “We are confident that the events surrounding Caribbean Week in New York will receive a significant spike from both the consumer and the trade as a result of Mr. Tunie’s efforts,” stated Ms. Walker.
    “Ms. Tunie will not only create media waves in New York, but she will also attend a select number of the events to include the Caribbean One-Day Bonanza Sale and Rum and Rhythm,” added Ms. Brown.
    Ms. Tunie recently guest starred on The Good Wife and Fall to Rise, produced by Spirit Award nominee, Gil Holland. Her other memorable television roles include the longstanding character Jessica Griffin on the CBS Daytime Drama, As The World Turns, for which she received two NAACP Image Award nominations and two Soap Opera Digest award nominations. She also appeared in the highly visible role of the villainous Alberta Green in first season of the hit series, 24, as well as guest appearances on Law and Order, Sex and the City, and NYPD Blue.
    In film, she has worked with some of the most respected directors of the screen, including Taylor Hackford, Brian De Palma, Mimi Leder, Harold Becker and Oliver Stone. Ms. Tunie also appeared alongside the legendary Al Pacino as the possessed wife of a partner in his law firm in the hit film “The Devil’s Advocate,” and as his press secretary in “City Hall.” She also worked with famed director Kasi Lemmons and Samuel L. Jackson on both “Eve’s Bayou” and “The Caveman’s Valentine,” for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.
    Among the rousing activities on the Caribbean Week in New York calendar is the OneCaribbean Vacation Mart and Romance Pavilion/Bonanza Sale where specially priced Caribbean holidays will available along with that perfect Bahamian getaway at the Caribbean Romance Pavilion which will be part of the Vacation Mart. The One Caribbean Vacation Marketplace takes place on Wednesday 5 June from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm at the New Yorker Hotel on 8th Avenue, New York. The Week also features the fascinating Students’ Colloquium at which Caribbean students studying at the tertiary level present sustainable tourism projects that are practical and can provide a sustainable source of income for Caribbean nationals; the Caribbean Diaspora Forum, developed in collaboration with the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Caribbean Media Marketplace where CTO member governments and private sector exhibitors interact with leading journalists from trade and consumer press; the Media Awards Luncheon where the Organization honors journalists for their award winning features on the Caribbean; and the Caribbean Marketing Conference & Awards Luncheon – organized by the CTO Allied members, where the latest cutting edge marketing trends are presented and people who have made significant contributions to the region’s tourism development are recognised.
    Caribbean Week in New York is supported by the Association of Travel Marketing Executives (ATME), the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), Cayman Islands, Dominica, the Empire State Building, Face of Fashion, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Hardbeat Communications, Jamaica, Jewel Resorts, Martinique, Puerto Rico, St Eustatius, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Martin/St. Maarteen, St. Vincent & the Grenadines; Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands and the United States Virgin Islands.
    “We anticipate even greater participation from the Caribbean and our partners as Ms. Tunie helps elevate our senses for this is a celebration of our region,” Ms. Brown said.

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  • Kris Kelli is the rising star in the industry

    ATLANTA, GA (May 13, 2013) — Kris Kelli, a rising star in the industry and Block Entertainment’s newest signee, partners up with Roc City produced track for her new single “I Got UR Man” — an authentic dance-hall-inspired record — from her recent mix tape “Warrior.” The Caribbean native has taken the music world by storm with her effortless blend of island pop, soft R&B and gritty passion for a refreshing, unique sound. Over the past two years, the island artist has released hit single after hit single, drumming up anticipation for her latest project. Now with a new image, new sound and brand new campaign, Kris Kelli is on the horizon for international stardom.
    Named after her growing worldwide fan base “Team Warriors,” Kris Kelli’s latest project is an audio documentary explaining what a true warrior means to the Jamaican beauty. She plans to release music videos for “I Got Ur Man” and the sultry fan favorite “Like A Drum,” and is slated to embark on a mufti-city tour this summer.
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  • Capsicum CEO, A&R Chief Meltzer Nominated For JMG Excellence in Record Production Award

    Capsicum Records LLC CEO and Director of A&R Roger Meltzer has been nominated for a JMG Excellence In Record Production award, according to JMG Executive Director and noted talent manager, TV and radio journalist, Poppa T Thompson who is charge of the Connecticut event launching JMG’s upcoming Award Tour. The tour debuts at the Waterville Café in Waterbury, CT at 7:00 P.M. Sunday
    May 26th.

    “It’s always nice when people in our industry recognize our efforts,” said Meltzer, founder of the Hartford-based indie; “but I feel compelled to set the record straight here and give credit where it’s long overdue.

    “People see my face and hear me all the time in radio and print interviews,
    and see me at the stations bringing our CDs to the attention of the DJs who are the ones who enable the public to hear our unique Reggae-In-Fusion sound. But there wouldn’t be any product for airplay in my hands if it weren’t for the efforts of the people who surround me day in and day out.

    I’ve just been bright enough to pick great guys to do this work with whose passion and commitment to excellence matches my own and who share my vision that reggae in fusion with other genres is the pop sound of the future. If you need any further proof of that, hear what Kemar ‘Flava” McGregor just released in a duet with Canadian pop star Jesse Giddings and Jamaican dancehall duchess Tiana.

    Jesse Giddings Back to Me Official Video Feat. Tiana:

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