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Monthly Archives: June 2013

  • Caribbean-American Actress Rhona Fox Honored in Hollywood

    (New York, NY) – Caribbean-American actress Rhona Fox received the Rising Sun Award at the Caribbean Heritage Salute to Hollywood & the Arts gala in Hollywood, California, on Friday, June 20, 2013. She was honored along with actor Reno Wilson (currently stars on Mike & Molly on CBS and of Antiguan heritage) and Paula Madison (a former vice-president of NBC Universal and part owner of WNBA Los Angeles Sparks team, and of Jamaican heritage).

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    The Caribbean Heritage Organization (CHO) has been hosting this awards ceremony since 2007 and selected Fox as this year’s emerging actor. The Rising Sun is awarded to one actor of Caribbean heritage each year and past recipients include Tatyana Ali. In her acceptance speech, Fox was humbled to receive this prestigious honor and shared it with everyone attending, as the gala also served as a fundraiser for local charities and a scholarship in Haiti. “I’m so thrilled to receive the Rising Sun Award from the Caribbean Heritage Organization and had an amazing time celebrating this incredible recognition in true Hollywood fashion,” states Fox. “All this support encourages me to keep chasing this crazy dream of mine and I look forward to making my Caribbean people proud.”

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    The red carpet event took place at the ritzy Hilton Universal City and kicked-off with a VIP press reception, where Fox was interviewed by various media outlets. The party then moved to the formal ballroom, where dinner was served and patrons were entertained by musical numbers and various Caribbean folk dances, which included Garifuna and Junkanoo dance ensembles. The awards were presented to the three honorees, with video tributes introducing each person. For Fox’s tribute, she was congratulated by her mother, soca star Farmer Nappy and dancehall icon Shaggy. Each honoree delivered heartfelt acceptance speeches before the gala erupted into dancing and a true celebration.

    “We are honored that the beautiful and talented Rhona Fox was present to receive our 2013 Rising Sun Award,” says Marva Herman, Executive Director of the Caribbean Heritage Organization, who has been spearheading this Salute to Hollywood and the Arts since 2007.

    “Rhona, as a emerging actress and entrepreneur, has done us Caribbean-Americans proud, and we look forward to even greater things from her,” added Dr. Claire Nelson, the architect behind Caribbean-American Heritage Month and Founder of the Institute of Caribbean Studies. Dr. Nelson presented Fox with the Rising Sun Award.

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    CHO Founder, Dr. Claire Nelson, with Rhona Fox

    Fox was born in Essequibo, Guyana and relocated with her family to Nassau, Bahamas at 10-years old. She migrated to New York City to attend university and the Big Apple remains home and work today, for the rising actress. She was awarded Guyana’s Golden Arrowhead Award in 2012, along with the City of New York Proclamation, for her contributions to the arts.

    The summer is heating up for Fox, as she is booked for various film and commercial projects, and looks forward to representing her Caribbean culture and people on the world stage.

     

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  • Steele Continues To Write His Own Script in Canada

    Reggae artiste Steele is a man on a mission. Unlike some others artists who have thrown in the towel where Canada is concerned as a viable reggae market Steel remains steadfast in his belief that Canada is a viable market for its local artist.

    The man referred to as the Canadian Reggae Sensation says he’s proof that this is possible.

    “First you must define what success means to you as an artist and furthermore as an individual,” says Steele. “I’ve always pride myself on being a leader, if it means sleepless nights to accomplish things that seem impossible then that’s what I’ll do. The Almighty continues to bless me and that I don’t ever take for granted,” he said adding that for you to enjoy success in your chosen field certain key ingrediences are necessary — passio, drive and commitment.

    “Plus, you must always respect people and make sure you respect yourself. I know that Jamaica is the root and the mecca for reggae, so over the years I’ve tried to incorporate some of what I’ve learned in Jamaica and find the common blend to make it work for me in Canada”, he says.

    From Canada, Steele continues to release globally appealing reggae music, thus allowing him to enjoy regular radio rotation from various markets including the top Caribbean festivals such as Jambana, Calgary Reggae Festival, and Jamaica Day in Toronto. Out of the country he’s performed on some of reggae’s biggest stage including Reggae Sumfest and Rebel Salute in Jamaica.

    He has signed agreements with the world’s top reggae distributers, including his latest album Reality being distributed by VP Records.

    Born in Hanover Jamaican the artist is also a devoted father. “One of my major reasons for being so grounded is my children. There is no way I could leave my children for any long period at this crucial time in their development. They truly rely on their mother and me for guidance. A phone call now and then could never be enough,” he said.

    For Steele a career should never replace making a difference in the lives of your children.

    “I’ve heard of situations where artist who were once very popular have had to spend their later years alone because their children refuse to be around them. The fact is they were never there for them emotionally. That feeling of resentment can never be changed. I could never live with that. This is why I’ve focused on building my music career in Canada where I live, and I truly believe that my music have earned the respect from my ever growing fan base and the media,” he said.

    Steele says his stance is not judgmental but rather a show of love for the country he now chooses to call home.

    “Personally I love Canada and I truly love reggae music. I accept the role of being the reggae ambassador for Canada. It’s my piece of the pie and I’m glad for it,” says Steele.

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  • Jamaican Ambassador Soon Come to the United Nations

    by Brittany Somerset

    NEW YORK – United Nations Secretary-General H.E. Mr. Ban Ki Moon met with the new Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations: H.E. Mr. Courtenay Rattray, in order to receive the ambassador’s credentials.

    The meeting took place on Tuesday, June 25th, in the conference room on the 38th floor of the Secretariat, at United Nations headquarters in New York City.

    The Presentation of Credentials meeting ran approximately 15 minutes behind schedule, in what the media who were present jokingly referred to as, “soon come” Jamaican time.

    The newly-appointed Ambassador and the delegation that accompanied him, were beaming as he was introduced to the Secretary-General and his staff members.

     

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    Ban Ki Moon and Courtenay Rattray
    Photo by: Brittany Somerset

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  • Jah Cure, Pressure, Da’Ville and More Steam Up ‘The Romance Riddim,’ in Stores on July 9, 2013

    New York, NY – Featuring the crème de la crème of reggae’s Romeos, The Romance Riddim finds a place in your heart on July 9, 2013, with pre-order today, June 24, 2013, and will be available worldwide from all major digital retailers. Romantic crooners Jah Cure, Pressure Buss Pipe and Da’Ville captain the 10-track riddim album, which sails into the summer with singles for lovers everywhere.

    Produced by Roger “WaggyRas” Binns, The Romance Riddim shows love from beginning to end, as they showcase the romantic side of reggae, and spotlights artists at the core of reggae, as well as some who are new faces to fans. “We want to pay tribute to the softer side of reggae,” states Binns, CEO of WaggyRas Records. “Teaming up with artists like Jah Cure, Da’Ville and Pressure Buss Pipe is just the icing on the cake, as they were able to take our vision and put their special touch on it, truly making our riddim a diamond in the rough.”

    WaggyRas Records prides itself on being an international indie label for reggae music, and thus, two of the tracks on the riddim – Balaguero with “Desde El Dia Que Te Vi” and Balaguero Ft. MC Jona with “Desde El Dia Que Te Vi (Remix)” – lend a Latin flavor to the compilation. Reggae singers J Soul, Little Devon, Fire Star, Tijani Conscious, Ishmael Turner and Classical Eska round out the eclectic group, making this alluring and aptly named riddim a memorable album for all music fans.

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  • Officially Launched! The M Store!

    SOCA star Machel Montano hopes to breathe new life into the local music business and give local music the exposure it needs with the ‘M’ Store.
    Montano officially launched his music store yesterday at the duty-free shopping hall at the Piarco International Airport.

    The store is located where the Rhyner’s Record Shop was, as Montano purchased the store from the Rhyner family last October. Director of Rhyner’s Record Shop, Lorraine O’Connor said they noticed that CD sales were on the decline, and the struggle was too hard for them.

    “We knew we needed someone with a new vision, and someone who had the financial ability to carry it into the future, hence we approached Machel and he was interested,” O’Connor said.

    Montano said his purpose was deep-rooted in the development of local music and culture and the step of owning a music store was a challenge he felt obligated to take up.

    “The music business today is being advanced daily by the changes of technology. Moving to the digital age has moved to a steady decline of the sales of physical CDS and albums and although this may seem scary for some, at this time I think it has encouraged us here at the ‘M’ store to take the bull by the horns. We have to find ways to keep music alive, and still satisfy our many fans and customers,” he said. Montano said it was his intention to make culture the focus at the store, not only in the form of historic music collections, but to also partner with the people making music, while giving customers the opportunity to have a closer relationship with artistes.

    The store offers an interactive listening and shopping experience, and is paired with exciting in-store events like artiste-meet-and-greets, giveaways, special discounts and special promotions.

    The store also offers electronics such as headphones, chargers and accessories, and Montano said speciality items will be added in the future as the business grows.
    “We have taken up this venture and some may say it is intimidating at every turning point, but we want to try and explore that and see if this will be another entry point to promote culture,” he said.

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  • Julian Marley Added To GYI U.S. Tour – Joining Damian “Jr Gong” and Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Wayne Marshall, Black-Am-I, Jo Mersa and Christopher Ellis

    Julian Marley has officially been added to the Ghetto Youths International’s Set Up Shop Tour. The U.S. Pacific Coast run, which kicked off in Hawaii this past weekend, will also feature performances by rising Ghetto Youths Crew members Wayne Marshall, Jo Mersa, Black-Am-I and Christopher Ellis along with reggae heavyweights Damian “Jr Gong” and Stephen “Ragga” Marley.

    This Wednesday (June 19), Julian and Stephen “Ragga” Marley will join the rest of Ghetto Youths International members on stage at Marymoor Park in Seattle. The crew continues to make stops at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in Boonville, CA and more. The tour will come to a close on Tuesday, July 2 on their third sold-out night at the Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA. See full tour schedule below.

    Ghetto Youths International is the family-owned record label incorporated in 2002 by Bob Marley’s sons Julian, Stephen and Damian. The entity allows the brothers to work closely with each other on musical collaborations and release a catalogue of works featuring a new crop of artists as well as their own material.

    The Set Up Shop Tour will support their recent compilation Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Vol. 1, released in February on the Ghetto Youths imprint. The 14-track compilation features the talented Ghetto Youths International artists including Jo Mersa, Wayne Marshall, Black-Am-I, Christopher Ellis, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Julian Marley and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and many more. The album peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album chart and the U.S. and Japan iTunes Reggae Album chart. Set Up Shop Vol 1. also landed the # 2 spot on iTunes Reggae Album chart in the United Kingdom.

    The Ghetto Youths movement will continue this summer with solo projects from the crew’s next generation of Jamaican reggae stars. The multi-faceted dancehall artist and songwriter Wayne Marshall is set to release his GYI debut album TRU Colors, and the album’s explosive single “I Know” (produced by Damian Marley and Sean “Young Pow” Diedrick) recently bursted on the scene. New EPs will follow from the culturally-inclined reggae singjay Black-Am-I, Christopher Ellis (the youngest son of legendary Jamaican vocalist Alton Ellis) and Jo Mersa (the second-generation offspring of Bob Marley and eldest son of Stephen “Ragga” Marley).

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  • America Braces Themselves for the Next Caribbean Pop Star – Jamal Gordon

    New York, New York (June 20, 2013). As America braces themselves, for the next Caribbean pop star, Jamal Gordon, he provides us with a soulful Bruno Mars rendition of “When I was Your Man” and new video.

    Hailing from the lush island of Antigua, twelve (12) year old musical sensation, Jamal Gordon, born to Guyanese parents, has recently released his new video and is receiving rave reviews and support.

    Originally sung by Bruno Mars, Jamal’s version of, “When I Was Your Man”, takes on a musical journey, travelling on an oasis of time, with his vocal ability and singing style. With transitions so blended and smooth, he moves from one vocal register to the next effortlessly, always pitch perfect.

    Coined as “Boy Wonder”, Jamal has been compared to two major musical geniuses before him, when they were his age; Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. Hence why it comes as no big surprise that he received full clearance to record a song by both legends and has already recorded them in Hollywood.

    It is quite evident that young Jamal Gordon will bridge the gap between his island success and international notoriety.

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  • This Saturday in Rockaway Beach, Rockstock and Barrels 7 free surf, skate and music festival!

    This coming Saturday, June 22nd 2013, is the 7th Annual Surf, Skate and Music festival Rockstock and Barrels. This year in the Rockaway’s was a tough one, but Walker Hornung (Into the Whip Records), Jimmy Dowd (St.James) and Steve Stathis (Greybeards) pulled the whole community together to make sure this year’s festival takes place and the tradition continues.

    Every year when spring turns to summer Rockstock and Barrels provides a great day of contests, giveaways, music and more. The Biggest and best festival in Rockaway Beach has put together a fantastic line-up of bands including Walker and The Brotherhood of the Grape, Exit Verona, Matt Kiss and more to provide the soundtrack to a great day of surf contests. All are welcome to this family-friendly event. We hope you can join us or at least help spread the word!

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  • STILL PISSED AT YOKO by George Johnson June 10, 2013

    NASHVILLE – The breakup of the Beatles in 1970 was devastating to millions of fans all over the world, and now George Johnson’s “Still Pissed At Yoko” video and single recaptures the mood and feel of the Fab Four.

    From Mellotrons to Bach trumpets, hooky melodies and storytelling lyrics, Johnson, the veteran Nashville singer, songwriter, and producer, magically transports the listener with this single back to the late-1960s Beatles heyday while remaining completely modern. The video has even more powerful images, both in black-and-white and color, of Sgt. Pepper-style clothing, Hofner lefthanded bass guitars, of the Swinging London of the mid-Sixties, the Summer of Love, and the psychedelic influences that followed.

    George and longtime collaborator John Colgin wrote “Still Pissed At Yoko,” which is the debut single and title track of his second album, a remarkably varied 7-song EP recorded with many of Nashville’s legendary session players and singers. One of those was the late Gordon Stoker, the beloved leader of Elvis Presley’s backup vocal quartet the Jordanaires.

    “Of course, we aren’t really pissed at Yoko and truly wish her the best,” Johnson says. “We just couldn’t resist having a little fun in the irreverent spirit of The Beatles!”
    Combining modern digital technology with vintage audio and state-of-the-art animation, both the video and single “Still Pissed At Yoko” are an astonishing and delightful experience to see and hear. This is George Johnson at his very best, and for a man with his huge talents that’s saying a great deal.

    Fans who adored the Beatles then will love revisiting treasured memories, while younger listeners and viewers will thrill to see and hear that kind of magic for the very first time. The single and music video are currently available for download on the Apple iTunes Store and the album, to be released in July, is available for pre-order.

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  • Roots Queen’s “feeling free” now a certified hit!

    Since its release, “Feeling Free” by Reggae singer Roots Queen has been in heavy radio rotation on several online and commercial stations worldwide. The song has been #1 for four weeks on the Karma Reggae Show Top 10 Chart Countdown in the U.K while simultaneously sitting in the #2 spot on the Rich Davis Sounds of The Caribbean Music Reel Chart (where it has been for the past three weeks).

    The success of “feeling free” must be attributed to the hard work of Roots Queen and her team. The artist has been busy doing several media interview to notify the public about the single and the upcoming album release. Her most recent features includes an article in the UK’s newspaper, The Voice; http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/discovering-her-reggae-roots and the June issue of L3 Magazine; http://issuu.com/l3magazine/docs/l3magazine___june_2013___no._022

    Watch the official video for “Feeling Free” Here: http://youtu.be/rDdJgyAvQ1g

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  • Longevity, Sold out Arenas, Worldwide Chart Topping, After 5 Years Hiatus Morgan Heritage Releases “Here Come The Kings”

    Although no artists like to be compared to another Reggae Royalty, Morgan Heritage has been referred as the “Rolling Stones” of Reggae music. Their longevity, their sold out arenas and festivals, and their worldwide chart topping music make them a contender for the music hall of fame.

    The news of super group Morgan Heritage’s return to the stage after a five-year hiatus has been exuberantly hailed by reggae aficionados globally. It is with over-the-top anticipation that fans have embraced the re-entry into the reggae landscape of this ultra talented family, the offspring of reggae legend, Denroy Morgan The past five years has seen individual members of the group charting their singular musical destiny, stepping into the solo spotlight, while still representing the Royal Family of Reggae, Morgan Heritage.

    Always cognizant of the high standards to which their music is held and the rigorous critique to which it is subjected, Morgan Heritage has adhered to intense scrutiny prior to unleashing their songs to a very discerning and supportive public. Now ready to continue their unified dominance of the reggae world, Morgan Heritage – Peetah, Gramps, Una, Mr Mojo and Lukes – have signaled their return in a spectacular way.

    June 11, 2013 marked the official launch of the highly-anticipated and long-awaited album from the roots reggae group. Aptly entitled Here Come The Kings, the 12-track masterpiece has found intense favor with reggae-loving fans worldwide, thus ensuring its splash debut at number three on iTunes, the major online music selling portal. It has since worked it way up to number two, with the top spot a sure reality. However, the runaway success of the debut single, Perfect Love Song, which settled in at number one In Japan over six weeks ago, and has stayed atop the chart; scored number one in Toronto and is on an upward trend in Jamaica and the UK, was a revealing indicator of the strength of the album and the readiness of the fans to reconnect with and receive the musical mastery that is Morgan Heritage.

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    While this achievement gives the group much to smile about, Morgan Heritage is equally pleased at the resoundingly positive impact this will undoubtedly have on the entire reggae music industry.

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  • Jazz Great Takes His “Uplift” Rhythm To Three States

    NEW YORK, NY (Monday – June 17, 2013) Grammy-nominated, Jamaican-born jazz great, Monty Alexander is on a mission in his 51st year of music – taking his “Uplift” rhythm to as many fans as possible across the U.S. and around the world.

    Fresh from headlining the Dominica Creole Music Festival in the Caribbean, Alexander and his Grammy-nominated band, The Harlem Kingston Express, will bring their foot-tapping, hip swinging jazz to Washington, D.C.’s prestigious club, Blues Alley at 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, from June 20th through 23rd.

    The performance at 8 and 10 p.m. nightly comes as Alexander’s new album release “Uplift 2” on the JLP label, remains on the Jazz charts amidst rave reviews.

    “I look forward to having another opportunity to play with my ensemble, Harlem-Kingston Express, for my long-time, faithful friends, as well as new friends who may visit with us,” said Alexander. “I and my colleagues will be celebrating our ‘One Love’ experience as well as the ‘Joy of Life.’”

    From D.C., Jamaica’s Commander of Distinction and The Harlem Kingston Express will head to Allegheny, PA for a free performance at the South Park Amphitheater from 7:30 p.m. on June 28th.

    He will end Caribbean American Heritage Month in Rochester, NY at the Rochester International Jazz Festival on June 29th from 9 p.m. where he is one of the headliners at the free show, set for the City of Rochester East Avenue & Chestnut Street Stage.

    About Monty Alexander

    Over his stellar career, Alexander, whose influence combines that of Oscar Peterson, Gene Harris and Nat “King” Cole, has performed with international stars including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bill Cosby, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare.

    In fact, it was Sinatra and his best friend Jilly Rizzo who hired Alexander after he moved to the United States in 1961 at the age of 17. And it was at Jilly’s famed New York City nightclub that this Jamaican teen caught the ears of Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Milt “Bags” Jackson.

    Bags introduced him to the great bassist Ray Brown, and the rest as they say, is history, including Alexander’s 1976 Montreux (Switzerland) Jazz Festival performance with drummer Jeff Hamilton and bassist John Clayton, which has become one of the most celebrated live recordings in contemporary jazz.

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  • “Gun Powder” is the second single off the new album from foundation reggae singer Cornel Campbell. The album, New Scroll is set to release on June 18, 2013.

    Available everywhere June 18, New Scroll, the new album by foundation Jamaican vocalist, Cornel Campbell, evokes the timeless spirit of the ‘golden era’ of reggae. Released on the award-winning Zion High Productions label, the album is a treasure trove of original Jamaican music. Boasting 9 new songs penned by Campbell as well as 4 extraordinary dub mixes, New Scroll is loaded with Campbell’s steady musicality and poetic flow. Rich, resonant arrangements by Zion I Kings and soulful messages straight from the ‘Original Gorgon’ ensure that New Scroll will please those who celebrate when singers ruled the land and dub was a soundman’s weapon. Set now within ZHP’s signature and award-winning ‘modern classic’ sound, the falsetto that brought Campbell early and then unparalleled success with Jamaica’s most revered producers (Joe Gibbs, Coxsone, Winston ‘Niney’ Holness, Winston Riley, King Edwards, Duke Reid and more) is given a new life and lift on New Scroll. Celebrating 10 years of making toppa top reggae music in 2013, ZHP guarantees that this, its latest release, will be an instant and enduring classic as well. New Scroll is available June 18 on the Zion High Productions label in conjunction with A-Train Entertainment.

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  • Tad’s Record Brings the Year’s Biggest Hits with ‘The Ultimate 2013,’ in Stores on June 25, 2013

    New York, NY – Tad’s Record brings the heat with this year’s hottest dancehall songs, all on one album, with their latest release The Ultimate 2013 – Various Artists, available worldwide on June 25, 2013, with pre-order available now. Featuring the biggest names in dancehall music currently, The Ultimate 2013 sets the soundtrack for the year and is the only album where you will find all of your favorite new dancehall tunes. The physical album boasts 26 sizzling singles, and the digital album contains 36 tracks, 10 of them being raw or explicit versions of singles from the physical album.

    “The Ultimate 2013 is the latest release of our flagship ‘Various Artists’ compilation albums,” states Tad Dawkins, President of Tad’s Record. “It is the sixth production and we truly believe that it is the best yet.” This installment of the critically acclaimed compilation features dancehall juggernauts Mavado, Beenie Man, Vybz Kartel, Lady Saw, I-Octane, Buju Banton, Konshens, Demarco, Aidonia, Fambo, Ninja Man and new sensation Chronixx, among others. It spotlights recent dancehall hits such as “Live My Life” by Mavado, “Gal A Gimmi Bun” by I-Octane, “Judgment” by Chronixx and “Lighter” by Vybz Kartel, along with an extend playlist of other dancehall staples to keep the party going all year long.

    “The Ultimate 2012 received rave reviews, especially since it featured major acts such as Baby Cham, but The Ultimate 2013 has topped that by featuring new singing sensation Chronixx,” discloses Dawkins. “Each year we endeavor to live up to our tag line of providing ‘the ultimate reggae experience’ and we are confidently satisfied in the job that we have been doing thus far.”

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  • Maxi Priest is BACK!

    International reggae star Maxi Priest is back with the first single from his forthcoming album “Title TBD”. “Easy To Love” (on the “In My Arms” riddim) produced by Colin ‘Bulby’ Yorke is released commercially on July 16th. Click the link to view the new music video here:

    Look for Maxi Priest on tour this summer.

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  • Internationally Acclaimed Dancehall artist KONSHENS, Spearheads Book Drive For Ugandan High School

    New York, NY (June 18, 2013). Internationally acclaimed Dancehall artist Konshens, continues to raise the bar on his education initiative. Konshens, a staunch advocate for education and higher learning, has teamed up with a program called, C.I.P ( Career Imagination Program) & is spearheading a book drive, to help support and provide students at Kololo Senior Secondary School with the tools they need, to further their education.

    C.I.P, helps to bridge the gap between education and the employment structure, in Africa. This organization provides mentoring programs and teaches young people new skills such as making jewelry, furniture, photography and much more. As a result of completing this program students have a better chance at earning a living after graduating.

    “Its always good to help out kids in any way possible and books are very important in life not just in school. Knowledge is power and the ability to read is very important. I make a living off words so I know what I’m talking about” says Konshens.
    As Konshens continues to grow as an artist and a humanitarian, so does his fan base worldwide. It is quite clear that Konshens intends to leave an indelible mark on the face and direction of what it means to be a true artist, by taking initiative to give back to society, in the best ways possible.

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  • Tropicalfete Mas Camp Opens with Optimum Curry Q

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    Tropicalfete Inc. Labor Day Carnival Presentation brings “The Abyss – Under the Sea” for Adults and Kids Band. Mas camp vibes is in effect! Come and be part of the most classic band to ever hit Eastern Parkway! Mas Camp opens with OPTIMUM’S CURRY on Saturday, June 29th 2013 at 8PM in 638 East 32nd Street, Brooklyn, NY between Glennwood and Farragut Road.

    Come play with us!

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  • CARIBANA™ launches Flags and Colours 2013 Children’s Carnival at Press Conference at Jane and Finch!

    CARIBANA™, founders of the annual Toronto Caribbean carnival in 1967, will be hosting a press conference to launch the 13th annual children’s carnival at the Food Court of Yorkgate Mall on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 12 Noon (Yorkgate Mall is located at 1 York Gate Boulevard (Jane and Finch), North York, ON, M3N 3A1).

    At the launch, CARIBANA™ will team up with the management of Yorkgate Mall to announce plans for the 2013 children’s carnival that puts a positive focus on the Jane and Finch community. They will announce the date of CARIBANA™ Flags and Colours, the names of the Jane and Finch student recipients of the 10th annual CARIBANA™/Yorkgate Mall Scholarships, Yorkgate Mall’s participation in the event and Caribana™’s new approach to reaching more children in the community. They will also unveil the theme and slogan for this year’s festival.

    In addition to the formal announcements, there will be Caribbean-themed entertainment, which will include the Cedarbrae C.I. Steel Band Quartet. Refreshments will be provided to our guests.

    Invited guests include His Worship Mayor Rob Ford; Ward 8 Councillor, Anthony Perruzza; York West MP, Judy Sgro; 31 Division Commander, Supt. Dave McLeod; area school principals and representatives from community centres and other groups in the area.

    Now in its 46th year, CARIBANA™ focuses on the Caribbean carnival arts and their potential to create positive change in the lives of our children. This year one of the organization’s goals is to have 500 children in the parade that highlights the carnival.

    CARIBANA™ continues to have a significant impact on the culture, economy and social development of Canadian society.

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  • Precision Productions presents Toya with Give It To Me

    There are some things in life that are best enjoyed only when shared with the ideal partner.

    La Toya “Toya” Lewis seductively sings about the discovery of this phenomenon in her newest release with Precision Productions.

    In the appropriately named, “Give It To Me”, she sings about a dance partner, whose in-sync moves fulfill her every need and drive her to entreat for even more.

    Precision lays a hypnotic musical foundation on this track, while steamy lyrics from Stephanas Ramgattie and Akeem Chance form a stairway that leads listeners into a realm of loosed inhibitions.

    Once again the team has managed to reveal the unleashed delight to be found this time of year, when Soca music takes over influencing us to surrender not just to each other but also its sweet embrace.

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  • ARTIST TO SELL OVER 500,000 DIGITAL SINGLE DOWNLOADS IN ALMOST A DECADE

    VP Records is proud to announce that Gyptian’s hit song “Hold You” has officially reached Gold status according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The title-track smash off of Gyptian’s Billboard Top 200 album is the first song from a Jamaican reggae artist to sell over 500,000 copies in almost a decade.

    Gyptian is overjoyed. “Give thanks to everyone who bought my record. I am humbled by the support of my fans and hold this achievement close to my heart,” he states.

    This milestone places Gyptian among an elite class of Jamaican musicians, as the island has not seen an act earn Gold status on a single since Sean Paul and Damian Marley in 2005.

    “This is a proud moment for VP Records and reggae music. We are still breaking records and developing acts,” says Chris Chin, CEO of VP Records.

    The timeless anthem, which is still bumping in cars, clubs and on radio to this day, dominated rhythmic radio in 2010, led to a remix from platinum rapper Nicki Minaj and earned Gyptian a Soul Train Award for Best Reggae Artist that same year. The track reached #31 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hop Hop Songs chart. In the UK, “Hold You” climbed to #16 on the Singles chart and earned Gyptian a MOBO award.

    Gyptian’s follow-up album to this single and his critically-acclaimed album Hold You is Sex, Love and Reggae. His fifth studio album is scheduled to drop this year on VP Records and will feature all-star production by Diplo, Jerry Wonder, Linton “TJ” White, JusBus, Stanley “Rellee” Hayden, Shane Brown and more. To gear up for Sex, Love and Reggae, Gyptian has been releasing a series of music videos. He has already unleashed visuals for the album’s first single “Overtime” (NME premiere), his latest call-to-action song “Wine Slow” (VICE Noisey premiere) and his latest club anthem “Non Stop” (VIBE premiere). The enigmatic singer also recorded a wicked freestyle with Snoop Lion on Randy’s Radio at VP Records retail store in Queens, NY, which received over 80,000 views on its first day on World Star Hip Hop.

    Get a taste of Sex, Love and Reggae with his latest EP SLR.

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  • Rising Dancehall Artist “Lavaah Goodaz” To Star In “Star Boy” Animated Short Film

    U.S.A, Jamaica – Spearheaded by Jamaican filmmaker Stephen Williamson, Big Bomb Films will be releasing a 10 minutes animation short film based on the best seller Star Boy series. The short film is slated to be released in the latter part of August 2013.

    The short animated film will feature Jamaican born rising dancehall artist Lavaah Goodaz as the voice of “Star Boy” main character Tania Watson. Lavaah Goodaz received recognition when she released “Barefoot” a counteraction to Lady Saw’s hit single “Heels” and her single “I’m In Love”. Acting comes second nature to Lavaah as she always had a passion for the craft, although the model turned singer admits “after exploring with music I found a new desire”. The role of Tania’s love interest, the “Star Boy” Brian Lane is in the midst of being cast in Jamaica.

    About Lavaah Goodaz:

    Born in Kingston, Jamaica on April 20 passionately watching and imitating entertainers such as Halle Berry, Beres Hammond, Lady Saw, and Tanya Stephens so it was no surprise that she naturally grew to be a diverse and talented entertainer in her own right. Lavaah was determined at a tender age that her success would pave the way for her family and at six-teen she began her modeling career.

    While she gained valuable experience ultimately her curvaceous five foot two voluptuous frame proved quite a challenge in the modeling industry. Never discouraged Lavaah decided to turn to her love of song writing and performing. “One day I decided I’m going to write a song and after a few weeks I had almost a dozen songs written and it was then that I knew I would pursue my career as a Reggae artist.” She created the name Lavaah Goodaz, which stands for “Hot Goodness” because she is HOT and GOOD!!!

    She is currently promoting her first reggae CD titled: As GOODAZ It Gets Pt.1, a versatile combination of original and “cover” material released October 2011 having already sold close to One Thousand Units independently; Lavaah is anxious and excited preparing for her first upcoming tour starting on May 4th, 2012 on the It Buck Tour. In addition, on May 4

    Lavaah also had the privilege of opening up a show for reggae artist I-Octane at the West Indians club in Hartford, CT. You can download her hit single “I’m In Love” on iTunes, and watch the video which was shot the beginning of February 2013 and released on Valentine’s Day. Also, be sure to look out for her two new videos “Bare Foot” and “Make It Hard” which will be released in June 2013.

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  • Voicemail & Chevaughn Pay Tribute To Dancehall, Legendary Bogle, O’Neil & Others in “Do You Remember” Video

    U.S.A, Jamaica – Dancehall Duo Voicemail & Chevaughn Release “Do You Remember” Video. The video pays tribute to an era when dancehall was all about dancing, and highlights some favorites dance moves such as “Wacky Dip, Signal Di Plane, Thunder Clap” amongst many others. “Do You Remember” pays homage to the dance creators such as the late legendary and influential Mr.Wacky aka Bogle, the gone too soon but not forgotten Ice and beloved Voicemail group member O’Neil and all those who have contributed as they live on throughout the dancehall community.

    The video features cameos by former Black Roses Crew dancer John Hype, dancer/entertainer Ding Dong, former Dancehall Queen Keiva, Bosie and Gabba Don. “Do You Remember” was produced by 21st Hapilos was directed by RD Studios & El Puru and filmed on location in Jamaica.

    Considered by many as one of the summer music anthem contender, “Bad Gal” riddim has delivered a slew of hits including Voicemail and Chevaughn “Do You Remember” on the Bad Gal Riddim. The Bad Gal Riddim was created by billboard chart topper producer Adde Instrumental and produced by Johnny Wonder, is available on itunes via 21st Hapilos Digital.

    Voicemail whose debut album sold over 100,000 copies in Japan and subsequently won numerous awards took a brief musical hiatus after suffering from the tremendous lost of group member O’Neil Edwards. The group came back stronger than ever, and although they could never fill the void of their lost, they honor him and continue his music legacy by delivering quality music.

    Often referred as a rising star, Chevaughn started his musical journey back in 1997 at the Tastee Talent Competition, and as they say…. the rest is history. No longer considered a novice, Chevaughn has performed internationally alongside some of the biggest name in Reggae and Dancehall, and his music has been heavily requested on the airwaves.

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  • Icon of Reggae & Dancehall Bounty Killer, and International Reggae Star I-Octane Team Up To Give “Double Trouble”

    U.S.A, Jamaica – It only makes musical sense that after the huge success of their duo combination “Badmind Dem A Pree”, Grammy nominated, Billboard chart topping and Icon of reggae and dancehall Bounty Killer and international reggae star I-Octane would team up again to give “Double Trouble”.

    Less than a week since “Double Trouble”spilled on the Internet and the song has garnered thousands of views via viral videos on youtube. The single was produced by Grammy award winner Buju Banton’s eldest son Markus Myries who who heads his own successful Markus Records label and has been delivering a succession of hits productions who have charted both locally and internationally.

    Although his birthday isn’t until June 12th, fan favorite Five Star General Bounty Killer just celebrated his birthday in style in Jamaica with a star studded party mixing fans, friends and celebrities. The Digicel and Busta soft drink brand ambassador I-Octane who has been busy in studio and with worldwide performances is gearing up for his new venture when he teams up with RepJA to launch shirt .

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  • MIRIAM SIMONE, SURINAM’s REGGAE QUEEN, MAKES INTERNATIONAL DEBUT

    Kingston, Jamaica. (June. 10, 2013) – Surinam Reggae Queen, Miriam Simone, is no stranger to the Reggae music industry. Over the years she has released several singles and videos, receiving marginal rotation. However, it’s the recent release of her latest track, “Dem A Chat”, which has scored rave reviews with disk jockeys and the media. “Dem A Chat”, has been in rotation on Irie FM, Hits FM (Jamaica) and many other stations throughout international Reggae/ Dancehall formats. Hot on the campaign trail, Simone has completed approximately ten radio interviews over the past month with stations such as Island Vibz Radio (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Legend 107 Radio (USA), Hott 107.5 (Bermuda) and TDN Radio (Canada).

    Simone’s formal induction into the Reggae music fraternity was initiated by the iconic Bobby “Digital B” Dixon, owner of Digital B music label, who also produces her music. For decades Digital B has amassed chart topping hits such as “Head to Toe”, “Wicked Ina Bed”, “Peenie Peenie”,“Cherry O Baby”; working alongside iconic artists such as Shabba Ranks and Garnett Silk. Simone’s latest single “Dem A Chat”, bears the hallmarks of such great production. The feisty single on a hard core one-drop riddim, sends a strong message with the opening lyrics: “Si di hypocrite dem a galang deh. Dem a chat, but still dem no know what a gwan”.

    To-date Simone has shared stages with some of the most renowned Reggae artistes, such as Sizzla, Tarrus Riley and I-Octane. At the beginning of 2013 she was featured on the front cover of Back A Yard magazine alongside Chronixx, Nomaddz and seven other artistes, highlighted as “Artistes to watch for 2013”. In March she scored a position on IFE TOP 10 Chart, with “Dem A Chat” holding 5th position, marginally behind Rihanna’s – “Diamonds”, Snoop Lion’s – “Lighters up”, Damian Jr Gong’s – “Affairs of the heart” and Sean Paul’s – “How deep is your love”.

    In a press statement Simone said: “I give thanks to Island Fuse Entertainment for making it possible to have this interview and I hope the people will love my music”.

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  • King of the Dancehall Beenie Man joins Shaggy, Mr. Vegas, Morgan Heritage, Freddie McGregor and More at the 10th Annual Montreal International Reggae Festival!

    For ten years The Montreal International Reggae Festival (MIRF) has been the biggest consistent offering of reggae culture in Canada; and in full celebratory mode MIRF has enhanced its programming to include workshops that will run on August 14, 15 and 16. The traditional three days of music ensue on August 16, 17 and 18 at the Old Port of Montreal.

    In rounding out the complete roster of headlining artists for this 10th anniversary, Friday night will also feature: Chris Combette, Inword and Downtown Crew. Originally from French Guyana, Chris Combette is famous for his rhythmic Antillien-African style. The multiple award winner boasts 2 French Guyanese Lindor awards and his most notable albums are, Dance Flora and Children of Goree. These artists will join Morgan Heritage, who was previously announced.

    Labeled ‘King of the Dancehall’ Beenie Man augments the Saturday night line-up with his MIRF debut performance. Largely responsible for the international ascension of the dancehall genre, Beenie Man has been winner of 8 consecutive awards. His Grammy nominated album, Many Moods of Moses includes the globally applauded single, Who Am I. Currently one of Jamaica’s most celebrated female dancehall artists, Tifa is also slated to heat up the dancehall stage. The captivating performer has an impressive repertoire of chart topping hits including the street anthem Spell It Out. Hawkeye and Canadian based Ras Out and Dahlia will also join the previously publicized Dancehall Night headliners: Kes (The Band), Mr. Vegas and Shaggy.
    Alaine will be a part of the stellar roster for MIRF’s closing night. The classically trained singer/songwriter made her mark in the reggae music industry with numerous hits including the single Love Sound, collaboration with Beres Hammond that was featured on Sly and Robbie’s Grammy nominated Rhythm Doubles album. Montreal’s highly acclaimed, Jah Cutta, along with Visionary, Prestige and Bryan Art will also grace Sunday’s stage with the previously released artists: Coco Tea; Freddie McGregor and Yellowman.

    Montreal’s Pharaoh Freeman and Hidden Colors will facilitate a workshop, focusing on the theme “Empowering Our People” The value of a powerful self-image.

    They join the earlier revealed musicologist, Roger Steffens and filmmaker, Hélène Lee who will engage participants in interactive presentations on “The Reggae World: Spreading Out” and the movie “Le Premier Rasta” respectively.

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