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  • Reggae Dub Poet Yasus Afari’s New Album Public Secret is Out Today (Single Inside)

    New York, NY – Jamaican reggae artist and dub poet virtuoso Yasus Afari brings his eclectic and celebrated brand of Caribbean music to the masses with his new album Public Secret, out today, June 11, 2013.Hailed as one of reggae music’s leading lyricists and one of the world’s most prolific dub poets, Afari consistently delivers with witty, creative and cleverly articulated content. Public Secret, his 8th studio effort, stays true to form and is destined to defy and redefine reggae dub poetry.

    Exhibiting profound lyrical mastery, along with his integration of social-political issues facing mankind, Afari’s works are thought provoking and audibly pleasing. His poetic justice continues with Public Secret, which exemplifies Afari’s intelligence and firm stance at the helm of the dub poetry genre. The album offers 15 tracks, all written by Afari, and sees 10 original selections along with five dub versions of selected songs. Penning prolific poems on singles such as “Wine Pon Paper,” “Poetree Caan Nyam,” “Do Good,” “Ring Pon Comedy” and “Guidance,” Afari seamlessly blends his provocative, educational missives with one-drop reggae and other rhythms, giving longtime and new fans a collector’s item.

    “In preparing Public Secret, my goal was to create original, inspirational, uplifting and empowering music of peace, love, hope and unity, which is relevant and accessible to all humanity,” states Afari. “I hope to touch people’s lives and souls in a personal and profound way, so that together we can move onward and upward in bringing awareness into the public space, and love and harmony into the secret, sacred space of our individual and collective souls.”

    Yasus Afari is respected in the reggae world as one of the best edutainers, whose wit and insights skillfully merge serious messages with Jamaica’s trademark sense of humor, resulting in laughter, learning and love. Now with a career spanning nearly three decades, eight albums under his belt, and two books (with a third in the works), Afari has rightfully earned international fame and acclaim as the ultimate dub poet.

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  • Marley’s GYI U.S. Tour Kicks Off Friday – DOWNLOAD/POST Stephen “Ragga” Marley’s New Mp3 “Bongo Nyah” feat. Spragga Benz & Damian “Jr Gong” Marley

    To gear up for Ghetto Youths International’s Set Up Shop Tour in the United States, Stephen “Ragga” Marley unleashes his latest single “Bongo Nyah” featuring Spragga Benz & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley.

    Ghetto Youths International’s Set Up Shop Tour, spanning the U.S. Pacific Coast, will 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.

    The two-week stint will kick off this Friday, June 14 in Maui at the Republik Music Festival (with island hops to Honolulu, Oahu and Kauai the following days) and come to a close on Tuesday, July 2 on their third sold-out night at the Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA. In between, the crew will make stops at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in Boonville, CA and more. 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). Stephen “Ragga” Marley’s new studio album is also slated for release this year.

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  • St. Maarten Carnival offers Caribbean Music Melting Pot

    Phillipsburg, St. Maarten – The 2013 Dutch St. Maarten Carnival experience drew countless festival fans to the North Eastern Caribbean destination.
    This year’s edition was nothing short of vibrant with colourful parades, an onslaught of local cultural shows, pageants and international concerts which featured top rate entertainers from the Caribbean, North and Latin America.

    This annual Carnival has been the island’s largest cultural event for the past 43 years and is organized by the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF).
    The capital city of Phillipsburg, was the site of the main activity as hordes of festival newbies and Carnival veterans converged day and night in the major action hub known as the “Carnival Village”.

    In addition to a wide array of local and international cuisine (representing the island’s many cultural and culinary influences) the St. Maarten Carnival Village, was the literal hotspot for all the major concerts and pageants during the Carnival period. These concerts showcased practically every musical genre inclusive of Soca, Latin, Zouk, Reggae, Dancehall, R&B and Hip-Hop.

    Gracing this year’s St. Maarten Carnival stage were performers the likes of R&B heartthrob Miguel, rapper Busta Rhymes, Latin star Daddy Yankee, Jamaican sensations Busy Signal and Konshens, Soca stars Nadia Batson and Tallpree and Dancehall Queen Lady Saw.

    The most anticipated international performer for the 2013 St. Maarten Carnival season was none other than son of the legendary Bob Marley, Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley. Marley had the entire festival village crowd in the palm of his hands as he carried the eager audience through his catalogue of hit songs e.g. ‘Affairs of the Heart’, ‘Road to Zion’, ‘Beautiful’, ‘In too Deep’ and the ever popular ‘Welcome to Jamrock’.

    In the weeks leading up to the Carnival visitors to the village also had opportunities to enjoy other forms of entertainment such as Calypso Competitions, Youth and Teen Extravaganzas, Speech and Culture Wear Competitions and several Queen Pageants.

    Also notable at this year’s St. Maarten Carnival celebrations was the well attended J’ouvert festivities which set the pace for 2 days of exciting costumed revelry.

    As per tradition, the end of St. Maarten’s Carnival is marked with the symbolic burning of King Moumou, a straw-stuffed effigy who annually presides over the whole festive affair.

    Costumed revelry on the streets of Phillipsburg.
    Costumed revelry on the streets of Phillipsburg

    Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley sings to the St. Maarten Crowd.
    Damian 'Junior Gong' Marley sings to the St. Maarten Crowd

    R&B singer Miguel croons at the St. Maarten Carnival village.
    R&B singer Miguel croons at the St. Maarten Carnival village

    Dancehall icon Lady Saw shares a fun on-stage moment with a local attendee.
    Dancehall icon Lady Saw shares a fun onstage moment with a local attendee

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  • POSITIVE DANCEHALL BEATS REGGAE

    Global marketing/promotions group Irish and Chin, who specializes in Reggae/Dancehall entertainment, recently hosted two reggae songs and one dancehall on their weekly 45 clash competition. The competition allows the public to listen and vote for the song that they think is the best and should be the next big thing.

    The clash which ran from June 3rd to June 10th featured “one bag a reggae” by Ishabel (reggae), “have you lost somebody by Tydal (reggae) and “pack up & run” by Karamanti (dancehall). The public overwhelmingly voted for Karamanti’s “pack up & run” which is to be the next single off her new album entitled Dancehall Retaliates. Karamanti is very pleased with the victory and says that this is confirmation that dancehall music can be just as positive as reggae.

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  • Camille Kaye Debut Album press release (June 2013)

    Since the success of Camille Kaye’s mixtapes “Bad Nuh…!”, and “14Kaye”
    which both earned her nominations with the Official Mixtape Awards in the UK two years in a row, there has been an overwhelming interest to see what she is going to come out with next. “Solstice” will be her first album, which will be released independently by MidiLord Inc. on June 21st 2013.

    The album will have a mix of Reggae, Dancehall, Hip Hop, and R&B groves all tailored to fit Camille Kaye’s unique style.

    “Solstice” will be a digital release, available in online stores such as iTunes and Amazon. For this album Camille Kaye draws from her reggae and dancehall culture to enhance the love she has for R&B and Hip-Hop, and has fused these genres into a style and a sound that is distinctively hers.
    While other Jamaican artists that have what you think is a similar style will just DJ(Jamaican chant style) or rap their verses and sing the choruses, Camille will seamlessly blend DJing, raping, and singing within a verse or a chorus and make it sound like it was meant to be that way. The production for Solstice will be coming from various producers spearheaded by Camille’s Manager/Producer Duane “Midilord” Summers (former Production Manager and Engineer for Sean Paul).

    “I love Camille Kaye dj (chant)style,” Jeremy Harding*-Producer and former manager for Sean Paul.

    “Camille Kaye is one of the most multi-talented artists I have been exposed to in a long time. She can sing, dj (chant), rap and dance well!

    She will be a major force in music!” Jason Sky-Walker-WRFG radio 89.3FM, and www.cariblifecentral.com.

    Camille has something the world needs to hear, and with her passion at persistence it’s likely to be heard sooner than later.” Ghostwridah, Independent Artist (The L.Y.F.E. Music)

    Born Camille Tiffany-Kaye Fletcher in Kingston, Jamaica, on October 15th1989, her professional singing career started with an introduction to Dancehall producer Supahype of 007 Music. She worked with him along with other local producers in Jamaica until leaving for Florida to attend Florida International University in 2007 which she has graduated from with honors in dance. While attending FIU, Camille worked with Dancehall producer Nynex of Calibur Entertainment who pre produced “Ring Di Alarm”. Then she met Duane “Midilord” Summers, former production manager and engineer for Dancehall/Reggae superstars Sean Paul and Shaggy. Midilord produced her first iTunes release, “Trouble”, as well as all the tracks on both of her mixtapes “Bad Nuh…!”, and “24Kaye” which both has earned nominations at the Official Mixtape Awards in the UK two years in a row.

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  • Trinidad, West Indies: “The Alternative Quartet Interprets Machel Montano’s Fog”

    The talents of one of the Caribbean’s most sought after string quartets; Alternative Quartet has been showcased yet again. The group of ace musicians hailing from Trinidad and Tobago have made a name for themselves in the Caribbean entertainment industry quickly following their official introduction as a quartet by Machel Montano in Alternative Concept 3. It is quite fitting that their third official video would be a cover of Machel Montano’s 2013 hit single ‘The Fog’.

    The video which was dramatically captured in black and white shows Andre Donawa, Wasia Ward, Andre Comeau and Nariba Herbert playing their respective instruments; violins, viola, cello and piano. The strikingly sombre depiction of creativity, coupled with a hint of rock inspired flavour is surely a unique spin to the festive Soca song. Directed by Pierre Chester, a St. Lucia native, the video tells a story of the string quartet being controlled by music. Prominence is given to a white iPod which to many can be derived as the source of control.

    With astounding string arrangement by Andre Donawa it is proven that string instruments are not guided by the expectations of others. The word boring and old which have been active adjectives used to describe string instruments have been rejected and replaced with youthful rhythms and unique arrangement. Alternative Quartet’s interpretation of ‘The Fog’ is definitely going to “Fog Up The Place.”

    You be the judge, view the official video here >> The Fog – Alternative Quartet Cover

    Special thanks to: Precision Productions, Machel Montano, Felicia Amow and Chad Ramkhelawan

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  • LADY VIRTUE HARMONIZES MORE AND MORE

    Kingston, Jamaica:- Bajan Roots Revival artiste, Lady Virtue, is committed to her dream of becoming an internationally recognized Reggae artiste and has released her new single, More and More.

    The singer, who broke into the Jamaican market with her track Tek Di Pressure Off featuring Luciano, says she will always strive to be a source of positive entertainment for Caribbean people. Like her previous single, More and More is a song chronicling the needs of persons living in the region, and throughout the world.

    More and More, which was produced and co-written by Rickman Warren of Jamplified Records, emphasizes the importance of self-worth and the need to persevere in difficult situations. The introductory verses of the tune sufficiently set the pace for the kind of message the song seeks to deliver to its audience: “Look in the mirror and you’ll see what you’re worth”.

    The rhythm of the song and the melodious sound of Lady Virtue’s voice is a winning combination and the impact of the song is intensified due to this immaculate fusion. Lady Virtue admits that she had initially gone to the studio to record another song – “The idea for More and More came from a song that I brought to Rick entitled “Do Betta” which was then tweaked by Rickman More and More came to being.

    More and More, which is laced over the sharps knocks of a Kette Drums, uses harmonic chords to complete the musical escape that Virtue seeks to deliver. On the track Lady Virtue is at home, beckoning to your ear with rhythmically pleasing lyrics. The melody of the track is on point and features Rickman Warren’s signature compositions accompanying Lady Virtue perfectly.

    Producer, Rickman, says Lady Virtue – who got in touch with him through the record label’s website in 2011 after seeing a video they did for Queen Ifrica – says the Bajan songstress is growing as an artiste: “Lady Virtue is talented, disciplined, dedicated, and most importantly, she treats her music career like a business (as she should). Those qualities will definitely set her apart from many aspiring artistes, and she’s already built up a fan-base in Barbados that keeps growing exponentially every day”.

    This fan base seems to be growing as Lady Virtue’s “Tek Di Pressure off” single has received good feedback and airplay so far, however she says “there is always room for improvement so the hard work has not finished yet but I am tremendously pleased with the response I have gotten so far but still have far to go”.

    The focus on disseminating positive messages will always be incorporated in her music, “I want full impact for all my songs because all my songs are written and produced to create mental or physical change. They are songs about reality, so the more exposed they are, I feel a sense of fulfillment in my journey”, explained Virtue.

    Fans can look out for the upcoming music video for More and More which was filmed in Jamaica and Dominica

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  • Award-Winning Media Executive Hosts CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, Crisis Manager Judy Smith and Oprah Winfrey Network’s Iyanla Vanzant at Global Women’s Summit that Attracts Hundreds for Business and Luxury Experience

    Award-Winning Media Executive Hosts CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, Crisis Manager Judy Smith and Oprah Winfrey Network’s Iyanla Vanzant at Global Women’s Summit that Attracts Hundreds for Business and Luxury Experience

    While businessmen are known for networking and deal making on the golf course, successful women executives will take these arts to the next level by connecting in seminars, pampering sessions and a luxurious fashion event in a luxurious Caribbean environment.

    Hundreds of accomplished, culturally diverse women from around the world will convene at the “Women With Purpose Global Summit…Mind, Body & Soul”
    in St. Martin/St. Maarten June 18-22, 2013. The invitation-only gathering will offer seminars and workshops in unconventional settings as well as opportunities for women to take care of business, relax and renew.

    Among the high-powered women participating are CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, CEO of Starfish Media Group, Oprah Winfrey Network’s Iyanla Vanzant, entrepreneur/author Sahar Hashemi of London, Judy Smith, attorney/author/crisis manager who is inspiration for the hit ABC television show “Scandal,” author/CNBC financial expert Carmen Wong Ulrich, and Brazilian entrepreneur Inocencia Manoel.

    Also participating will be women leaders in the areas of diversity, philanthropy, fashion/ beauty, personal branding, education, entrepreneurship, media, health/wellness, and tourism who will lead discussions on these topics.
    One of the things that distinguishes this gathering from others is what happens prior to the actual summit, says the event’s creator and producer, Valerie Norman-Gammon. Based on attendees’ specific interests, pre-summit introductions are being arranged for potential business collaborations.

    “This summit is designed to be distinctive and results-oriented,” says Norman-Gammon, an award-winning media executive who has a stellar track record creating and producing successful entertainment and travel events.

    “When it comes to business, women are taking a new approach by incorporating fashions, shopping and spa treatments. At the same time we are networking and making deals.

    “For five days, accomplished women will experience cutting-edge talks and personal enhancement, as well as necessary tools and techniques for the 21st Century,” says Norman-Gammon. “All this in luxurious Caribbean surroundings. It’s an awesome combination!”

    The “Women With Purpose Global Summit…Mind, Body & Soul” is a collaboration of Norman-Gammon’s Miami-based company, Amethyst Entertainment Inc., and the tourism offices of St. Martin, St. Maarten, Anguilla and St. Barth. Seminars and workshops will take place on St.
    Martin and St. Maarten, with day trips planned to Anguilla and St. Barth.
    Among the Summit’s sponsors are Cadillac, Mercer, American Airlines, Guavaberry, Hertz, Kay’s Fine Jewelry, St. Martin Tourist Office, St.

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  • Brand New St. Lucian Soca 2013 – Alpha | Private 6 | Mz Famous | Erphaan Alves

    The official release will be available for both local and international markets via digital download on popular entertainment and social websites. The song will be available for sale digitally in foreign markets by Mezzo Forte Records via, ITunes, Amazon music, E– music, Rhapsody and Napster.

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    Watch Video Here:

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  • Out Next Week – Morgan Heritage ‘Here Come The Kings’ / TV Appearance on FOX Miami Deco Drive / Europe & U.S. Tour Dates+ VP FL In-Store on Jun 15

    Nearly two decades and ten albums later, the mission has come full circle for Morgan Heritage. After respective solo careers and music ventures of their own, the famed sibling group – consisting of Peetah (vocals), Una (keyboard/vocals), Gramps (keyboard/vocals), Lukes (rhythm guitar) and Mojo” (percussion/vocals) – returns this summer with their first studio album in five years, Here Come The Kings. The new album, which explores new sounds that successfully fuse roots, r&b and a hint of dancehall, is co-produced by Morgan Heritage alongside ingenious producers like Donovan “Don Corleon” Bennett, Linton “TJ” White, Lamar “Riff Raff” Brown (Notice Productions), Shane C. Brown (Juke Boxx Productions) and multiple Grammy nominee, Jason “J-Vibe” Farmer.

    Last week, Morgan Heritage appeared on Miami’s premier entertainment TV program Deco Drive to discuss the group’s long-awaited return and new video for the album’s first single “Perfect Love Song.” Deco Drive, which airs every weeknight on FOX’s Channel 7, raved that the group “has been bringing Jamaica to the world for two decades” and “if the Marleys are the first family of Reggae music, then Morgan Heritage is a very close second.”

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  • The Legendary Wailers Perform on Good Day New York Before Benefit Show Tomorrow June 6th in New York City

    The Wailers will be featured on Good Day New York tomorrow morning, June 6th, 2013, with an exclusive interview and live performance with hosts Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly. At night, The Wailers will then perform at the 8th Annual Voices Against Brain Cancer “Sounding Off For A Cure” benefit concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan. Doors open at 6:00 PM.

    Since their original formation in 1969 with Bob Marley, The Wailers have always used their music and voices to do good and spread peace-loving vibes across the globe. Revolutionaries at heart, The Wailers have consistently involved themselves in everything from human rights campaigns to political unification movements. One key example is their involvement in the World Food Programme. The World Food Programme is directly combating hunger by giving hundreds of thousands of people access to the nourishment they need to survive. The Wailers have participated in the initiative by donating hospitality riders provided by their venues, raising money at concerts for the cause, and doing site visits. They’ve also organized shows specifically in benefit of the World Food Programme.

    “Music can really help bring about change. It’s a beautiful thing,” stated Aston “Family Man” Barrett on The Wailers’ enthusiasm for giving back to the community.

    Voices Against Brain Cancer, the force behind “Sounding Off For A Cure”, is dedicated to raising awareness and money for individuals with brain cancer, and their families. Proceeds from the benefit concert will go towards brain cancer research and giving patients, families and caregivers the hope and support they need, when they need it most. The event will include live performances, as well as appearances by celebrity guests and food and drinks from designated NYC restaurants. Inspirational members of the brain cancer research community, as well as some notable survivors of brain cancer, will be honored with respect at the charitable gala of music. “Sounding Off For A Cure” reveals the true power of music in bringing people together to make a difference. And The Wailers do just that. They inspire and unite people through their positivity and altruistic spirit. Due to Bob Marley’s life-ending battle with cancer, The Wailers feel especially passionate about their participation with Voices Against Brain Cancer.

    Still today, The Wailers are not only great musicians, but change-agents, and advocates of wakefulness and human livelihood. Their songs contain the ability to connect people on a profound level and soothe the soul. The Wailers embody the archetype of the ‘conscious rock band’, one set on not only instigating change, but also instigating musical, social, and political shifts in perception.

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  • Supermodel Willy Monfret and Guadeloupe Islands tomorrow at the Caribbean Media MarketPlace

    Meet Willy Monfret, U.S. spokesperson for Guadeloupe Islands at the Caribbean Media MarketPlace on June 6 during the 2013 New York Caribbean Week.

    On June 4, 2013, the Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board launched an e-marketing and social media campaign called “Let me show you my islands ” starring the Guadeloupe Islands and supermodel Willy Monfret as their U.S. “Ambassador.”

    This campaign features a video miniseries of five episodes in which Monfret offers American travelers an insider’s look at his beloved French-Caribbean Islands. “Let me show you my islands” also highlights the best deals, activities, hot spots as well as the savory gastronomy of this very eco-friendly and welcoming archipelago.

    It also celebrates the Seaborne Airlines’ new non-stop flight from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, running four times a week since June 1, 2013. Also featured is the new American Airlines’ weekly non-stop service from Miami to Pointe-à-Pitre operating since April 6th of this year.

    Both Seaborne – with AA code share agreement – and American Airlines are now enabling convenient connections from all majors U.S. and Canadian gateways.

    Thanks to his international modeling career and his lead role in “Right Thru me”, the music video of female rapper Nicky Menaj , Willy Monfret is already an icon in the United States. Originally from Guadeloupe Islands, Willy Monfret is a French-Caribbean Supermodel and world-traveling DJ now based in New York. He has hit the runways and done fashion shoots for the most prestigious brands such as Ralph Lauren, Benetton, Assaro, Calvin Klein and Sean John. He has also been featured in Vogue and graced the covers of GQ, Preference and Men’s Health amongst many others.

    When asked why they picked Monfret, Sandra Venite, the Guadeloupe Island’s new U.S. representative answered: “Not only do his eyes look like our crystal-clear waters, but his genuine spirit and simplicity truly reflect the character of the Guadeloupe archipelago.”

    Starting June 4, 2013, “Let me show you my islands” will feature one new video clip every tuesday over 5 weeks.

    Watch a video clip here:

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  • SANJAY RECOVERS WITH CHAMPION BUBBLA

    After the theft of his music files a few weeks ago, ace lyricist and media personality Sanjay has recovered with a new song and video dubbed Champion Bubbla on Downsound Records’ Quarter Mile Riddim.

    The video which premiered worldwide on Jamaicansmusic.com and YouTube on May 31 is the artiste’s way of showing that he cannot be held back.

    Sanjay, who has been releasing a string of notable tracks over the last few months, says he is not daunted by his setbacks and will continue to produce good music. “Champion Bubbla is my first release after the theft of the files and my way of showing that the music will continue. Though the files have not been returned and it has set me back a bit I am recovering”.

    Champion Bubbla, the video, is the story of two female Europeans who want to know what it means to bubble. With the help of Sanjay they visit several of the weekly parties held throughout Kingston to learn the indigenous art. The video is a fun filled 3 minutes; shot intentionally in an amateurish manner to reflect the situation of the two women”.

    Sanjay says the video mimics his approach to music; fun filled and entertaining, “My fans appreciate that my music is all about fun and entertainment. When we do a video we always try to ensure that whoever is watching is entertained. At the same time however, I remain true to the art of dancehall”

    The video for Champion Bubbla was directed by Sanjay and Tyarro for Portland Cottage Productions and Innah Mi Genes Films.

    The artiste says he is currently busy putting the final touches on his Rich Mix Tape which will be released in about a week. The mix tape is a combination of new and used material and features appearances from the likes of Dazzla, Melloquence, Deep Jahi, Tyarro and Sadiki. The work is currently being mixed by Rinse from Cashflow.

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  • Christopher Martin Enjoys Day 2 in Dubai

    As we shared Day one of Christopher Martin’s journey to Dubai we hope you saw the power of his music reaching the masses t As we shared Day one of Christopher Martin’s journey to Dubai we hope you saw the power of his music reaching the masses thousand miles away from his home.

    As you watch Day two of Christopher Martin in Dubai, we hope you see the charismatic, humorous, and humbled side of the Young, Hip and Soulful artist.
    You will laugh and smile along with him as he enjoys a day before going back to work..

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  • Dynasty “The Prince Of Dancehall” Wants To “See You Again”

    Hard at work on his debut album, multi talented artist Dynasty hasn’t kept his fans without musical delight as his EP “The Prince Of Dancehall” keeps delivering various hit singles such as “See You Again” produced by Dwight “Doozie” Whyte.

    The hit bound dancehall/soca infuse single comes right in time for the summer season with high tempo, energetic melody and catchy hook! “See You Again” is now available on itunes by Skiffle D Productions/VP Records.

    Watch the Video Here:

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  • Wailers Keep Peace-Loving Spirit of One Love Alive with Benefit Show in New York City

    The Wailers, together with Ky-Mani Marley, will perform at the 8th Annual Voices Against Brain Cancer “Sounding Off For A Cure” benefit concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan on June 6th at 6:00 PM. Since their original formation in 1969 with Bob Marley, The Wailers have always used their music and voices to do good and spread peace-loving vibes across the globe. Revolutionaries at heart, The Wailers have consistently involved themselves in everything from human rights campaigns to political unification movements. One key example is their involvement in the World Food Programme. The World Food Programme is directly combating hunger by giving hundreds of thousands of people access to the nourishment they need to survive. The Wailers have participated in the initiative by donating hospitality riders provided by their venues, raising money at concerts for the cause, and doing site visits. They’ve also organized shows specifically in benefit of the World Food Programme.

    “Music can really help bring about change. It’s a beautiful thing,” stated Aston “Family Man” Barrett on The Wailers’ enthusiasm for giving back to the community.

    Voices Against Brain Cancer, the force behind “Sounding Off For A Cure”, is dedicated to raising awareness and money for individuals with brain cancer, and their families. Proceeds from the benefit concert will go towards brain cancer research and giving patients, families and caregivers the hope and support they need, when they need it most. The event will include live performances, as well as appearances by celebrity guests and food and drinks from designated NYC restaurants. Inspirational members of the brain cancer research community, as well as some notable survivors of brain cancer, will be honored with respect at the charitable gala of music. “Sounding Off For A Cure” reveals the true power of music in bringing people together to make a difference. And The Wailers do just that. They inspire and unite people through their positivity and altruistic spirit. Due to Bob Marley’s life-ending battle with cancer, The Wailers feel especially passionate about their participation with Voices Against Brain Cancer.

    Still today, The Wailers are not only great musicians, but change-agents, and advocates of wakefulness and human livelihood. Their songs contain the ability to connect people on a profound level and soothe the soul. The Wailers embody the archetype of the ‘conscious rock band’, one set on not only instigating change, but also instigating musical, social, and political shifts in perception.

    And for those not able to attend the “Sounding Off For A Cure” benefit concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom, be sure to catch The Wailers on Good Day New York on the morning of the show.

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  • Watch Students from Caribbean & US tertiary institutions debate sustainable tourism “LIVE” Online

    Tomorrow (Tuesday 4 June) students from a record eight tertiary institutions in the US and the Caribbean challenge each other as they present well-researched, practical and financially viable sustainable tourism projects. This “Forum for Rising Stars in Caribbean Tourism” takes place from 1:30 P.M. to4:00 P.M. at the New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan, as part of Caribbean Week in New York.

    However, if you can’t be at the New Yorker, you can follow these dynamic youth “live” online by clicking on the following link:

    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/caribbean-tourism-tv-programs

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  • INNER CIRCLE, BOB MARLEY & WAILERS FAME-JUNIOR MARVIN, BILLY BRANCH, AND LOVA BOY ARE THE HEADLINERS FOR SATURDAY, JULY 6TH FESTIVAL OF LIFE INDEPENDENCE WEEKEND IN UNION PARK, CHICAGO

    The legendary “Bad Boys” (Cops TV Show soundtrack) of Reggae, Inner Circle; Junior Marvin, former lead guitarist/backup singer of Bob Marley & The Wailers and former lead singer of The Wailers; Billy Branch, a beacon of Chicago Blues and cultural activist, and “Da Prince Ah Belize,” Lova Boy are set to perform at the 21st Annual African/Caribbean International Festival of Life (IFOL) on, Saturday, July 6th in Union Park, 1501 West Randolph Street in downtown Chicago’s West loop.

    For over 30 years, Inner Circle has given us numerous hits with their catchy pop-oriented Jamaican beats. Best known for their Grammy winning album “Bad Boys” – made famous as the introduction to the television show “Cops” and action film “Bad Boys” starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence – the group has transcended the traditional reggae genre and drawn appeal from fans all over the globe. Early in their career they were faced with tribulation when the untimely death of lead vocalist Jacob Miller forced the group into hiatus for a number of years. Yet they reemerged, attaining new levels of international success – performing at many of the world’s largest music festivals and headlining along icons such as Elton John, Peter Gabriel, Van Morrison, Sinead O’Connor, the Black Crows, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Carlos Santana, and many more.

    Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues are a Chicago based blues band that are working hard to define the sound of blues for future generations. Billy picked up a harmonica at the age of ten and by the age of 25 had become famous after he beat a Chicago legend in a harmonica battle at the Green Bunny Club. He worked with the likes of Willie Dixon before forming his own band with musicians who were the sons of famous blues artists (S.O.B.s). Billy has recorded and performed with some of the Blues greats – Muddy Waters, Big Walter Horton, Son Seals, Lonnie Brooks, Koko Taylor, Johnny Winter, and Albert King. Billy is also passing on the blues tradition to a new generation through his Blues in the Schools program. He is a dedicated blues educator and has taught in the Chicago school system for over twenty years.

    Junior Marvin has made an indelible mark in the music industry as a singer, songwriter, and lead guitarist in Jamaica, America, and England. He has worked alongside Blues great T-Bone Walker and R&B Icons, Ike & Tina Turner. In 1977 Junior was invited to join Bob Marley & The Wailers …the rest is history. “Exodus” was Junior Marvin’s first album with Marley and The Wailers and it was voted “Best Album of the 20th Century” by Time Magazine. He is on all Bob Marley and The Wailers Albums from that time. Since Bob’s passing, in 1981, Junior Marvin has released four CDs with The Wailers: “ID,” “Majestic Warriors,” “Jah Message,” and “My Friends” (Live). Junior can also be found on CDs with Burning Spear, Alpha Blondy, Bunny Wailer, Israel Vibrations, Culture, The Meditations, Beres Hammond, The Congos, O.A.R., and SOJA.

    Lova Boy is an up and coming Belizean Punta Rock artist. Punta Rock is a form of the traditional Punta rhythm of the Garifuna people of Honduras, Belize, and Guatemala. In 2011, he released his first album Grand Opening with the hit song “Tornado.” With his career just beginning to take off, Lova Boy was tapped to work on projects with the Black Eyed Peas, Pras (The Fugees), and rapper and producer Warren G. He credits his versatility as an artist, that he can go effortlessly from Punta Rock, to reggae, all mixed in with a little bit of hip-hop. He was named ‘Belize Artist of the Year 2012.’

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  • 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.

    When asked to comment Octane simply replied with one of his famous catchphrases, “this collaboration ago siiiiiiiiiiccckkk!!”

    Watch Video Here:

    ONSTAGETV – ONSTAGE MAY 25 2013 SEGMENT 2 E-NEWS I-OCTANE FOR SUMFEST/WITH EASE CATALOG/CCY/SONGS OF REDEMPTION from ONSTAGE on Vimeo.

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  • Morgan Heritage Video link Perfect Love Song

    Morgan Heritage is getting ready to release their album, Here Come The Kings on June 11. The first single from the album, Perfect Love Song, is already getting quite a bit of love from radio and in the dance. Please see links below for the video.

    The group returns to Jamaica in mid June for a few days.

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  • RIGHTEOUS – DON’T WANNA BE WITHOUT YOU (JAHLIGHT RECORDS)

    Richard “Righteous” Davis, born September 09, 1982.

    From childhood music has been an important aspect of my life; it was and is my medium to express myself and my views. Working as a Security Officer in Port of Spain, on evenings I would freestyle with some friends on the corner of Frederick Street and Independence Square. From there every job, people who had a passion for music the way I do would gravitate to me. Until one day a co-worker introduced me to Akeunde, owner of Record Label, Jahlight Records and that is how it all began. Now that I have the opportunity I am glad to share a part of myself through music.
    My singing name, Righteous, was suggested by Akeunde after listening to my music for the first time. He thought it was fitting to my message and style and I agreed. My message is love. Love in its true form, as from God to His children or a husband to his wife. Brotherly love, genuine love, agape love.

    My main influences are the Bible and daily living. When you can see a little light in this dark world, it shows me that even one good deed, one voice, one song can make a positive difference. Some of the artists that influenced me over the years are Capleton, Sizzla, Jah Cure, Turbulence and Junior Gong. Their lyrical content and the style of their music captivated me.

    My goals in the music industry are to live up to the name Righteous and to represent Trinidad and Tobago in the global arena with a different style of music and message. I will achieve this by putting God first every step of the way, through hard work and by ensuring that my songs always have positive uplifting messages. Each song must be better than the last; there is no ‘best song’ only better, better vibes, better quality and more positivity.

    In terms of musical experience/background, having fun singing with friends and co-workers was the extent of my musical history, until in 2012, my musical experience really started professionally through Jah Light Records.

    In the next five years with God on my side I must be a household name, but more importantly my message must be out there. My music must be the type that parents are happy their children are listening to. I would have truly represented myself as “Righteous” and not given way to lesser standards.

    Listen Here:

    http://www.mediafire.com/listen/53rakffkc2xipf0/Righteous_-_Don’t_Wanna_Be_Without_You_(_Reggae_2013).mp3

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  • Cicely Tyson’s Journey Home to Nevis

    New York, Saturday, June 1, 2013 – The legendary actress Cicely Tyson is greeted after her performance in the Broadway production of Trip to Bountiful by the Hon. Mark Brantley, Deputy Premier of the Caribbean island of Nevis, the birthplace of Ms. Tyson’s parents. Brantley presented the acclaimed actress with an invitation from the government of Nevis to visit the island in September to celebrate its 30th anniversary as an independent nation. He was joined backstage to congratulate Ms. Tyson on her riveting TONY nominated performance in the play as leading actress by acclaimed musician and actor Lennie Kravitz.

    Minister Brantley is in New York for the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Caribbean Week and the annual general meeting of the Caribbean Ministers of Tourism. Separately, in his capacity as Minister of Tourism for Nevis he has met with the Editors-In-Chief of the leading media groups including Richard Story, Editor-in-Chief, Departures and Laura Begley Bloom, Deputy Editor, Travel+Leisure as well as Ed Kelley, President, American Express Publishing and the key executives at the Tzell Travel Group, recognized as the number one travel management company in North America.

    Under his portfolio for Culture, the Minister has used his visit to engage Ms. Tyson, Mr. Kravitz and other luminaries in the entertainment industry to forge opportunities to promote Nevis for arts and culture. He also met with Amos Winbush lll, founder and CEO of the multi-million technology company CyberSynchs, Inc. on Nevis’ participation in their program to promote entrepreneurship for the youth on the island to introduce them to opportunities for building businesses outside of the traditional educational template.

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  • L3 Magazine – June Issue ft. Leftside Dr. Evil Chedda | Askelle | Tanya Carter | Roots Queen and More!

    The summer season is upon us, and L3 Magazine’s front cover feature, Leftside Dr. Evil gives us a lot to talk about! Natasha Von Castle met up with the artist while in Toronto, and the multi talented producer and artist allowed her to go in depth as she explored how he got his start in music, and what it felt to work with legends Gregory Isaac, Dennis Brown and John Holt from such a young age. Question: do you think about Gregory and Dennis when you make music today?

    Beyond that, Leftside shares his feelings on producing some of the most significant riddims of our times, as well as his work with Don Corleon and Elephant Man on the famous song “Pon the River.” Of all the instruments Leftside could specialize in, he chose the drums. Where did he get his first set of drums?! That answer led to a great story and one that will have readers talking for some time!

    Dancehall artist Chedda took some time off and is back with a more developed sound. Tricia ‘ZJ Sparks’ Spence sat down with the artist and asked about some of the lessons he’s learned so far. His answer in short is ‘experience teaches wisdom’ which is a refreshing surprise from an artist just touching his 20’s.

    Extending her contribution, Tricia gives us an exclusive look at producer Askelle who is the creator of several hit Dancehall riddims associated to famous producers. What makes Askelle’s story significant is his fight to receive credit for his work and the fact that he is visually impaired. This is a man who truly sees music.
    Heike Dempster gives us a look at the Jamaica Charity Ball held in Florida. From the attendees to the auction, we have highlights from this very high profile event including photos by Alex DeLaet Photo.

    Our travel editor Stacia Von Castle traveled to the historic city Andalusia, Spain which was founded by the Moor’s. Photos from her trip and historical background are included this month.

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  • The Living Legend Tarrus Riley Live In Concert August 3rd, 2013 in Inglewood, California

    California, U.S.A (C Los Entertainment) – On August 3rd, 2013, Inglewood California welcomes Reggae superstar Tarrus Riley. Fresh off his European tour, the international singer will headline a one night performance at the Hollywood Park Casino. Patrons will be treated to an unforgettable performance when Tarrus Riley touches the stage to deliver his award winning hits such as “She’s Royal, Good Girls Gone Bad, Sorry Is Just A Sorry Word, Superman” and more

    The show’s promoter C-Los Entertainment & group have for 10 years pride themselves in delivering some of the best and hottest Reggae parties and events in the Los Angeles, California area. “We are excited to welcome Tarrus Riley to Cali, we do lots of shows and every time someone asks for Tarrus, it was time, he is one of the best and his music stands timeless” says Carlos of C-Los Ent.

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  • Video: Tricky Feat. Nneka – “Nothing Matters”

    The video for Tricky’s “Nothing Matters” features high contrast images of post-war British architecture and street scenes, bringing to mind both the harsh realities of street life and the humanity in the midst. The track features Nigerian singer-songwriter Nneka on vocal duties, and is one of the many highlights of Tricky’s new False Idols album, out this week.

    Tricky is back. Back with a new studio album, False Idols, and his own label (also bearing the False Idols name), but also back in a personal sense. “I was lost for ages,” he says. “I was trying to prove something to people, trying to do something to please other people and also myself at the same time, which is never going to work. To be honest with you, I’ve been floating around since Chris Blackwell and Island. My last two albums, I thought they were good, but I realize now they weren’t. This album is about me finding myself again.”

    The spirit of Tricky’s ‘90s output looms large over False Idols. There are times when his entire career has seemed like a stubborn refusal to be defined by its success or sound. He has finally come to terms with it, even learned to embrace it. The lightbulb moment came when he was sending demos to a friend. “All the songs which were easy for me to write, which I wrote in two hours, he sent me a message saying, ‘This is why I loved you in the beginning.’ The stuff that I’d thought about more, that stuff he was like, ‘It’s OK, yeah.’ So then I knew. It brought me back to my natural instincts.”

    Many of the songs on False Idols feature artists signed to Tricky’s new label, including 24-year Londoner Francesca Belmonte and Fifi Rong. The album also includes collaborations with Nigeria’s new global star Nneka, and the Antlers front man Peter Silberman.

    “This new album I’ll stand behind every track,” Tricky says. “I don’t care whether people like it. I’m doing what I want to do, which is what I did with my first record. That’s what made me who I was in the beginning. If people don’t like it, it don’t matter to me because I’m back where I was.”

    Watch the Video Here:

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