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Monthly Archives: August 2013

  • Wayne Wonder Performs on B.E.T 106 and Park

    New York, New York (August 26, 2013). Grammy nominated, billboard reggae artist Wayne Wonder stops by BET106 & Park before embarking on his European tour last week.

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    On Monday, August 19th Wayne Wonder performed a fans favorite ‘No Letting Go’, in front of a screaming audience age ranging from 14 – 18 year olds. Accompanied by two of the industries top dancers Kemi and Ms. Likkle Bit, Wayne Wonder performance was full of high energy for the 106 & Park audience.

    After his performance at B.E.T 106 & Park, Wayne Wonder was asked how it feels to have the youths singing along with him through his entire performance. “It shows that good music is not only timeless but also ageless” says Wayne Wonder. The audience were on their feet, waving flags representing their Caribbean island and singing in unison. The Caribbean day special performance will air on B.E.T Friday, Aug. 30, 2013.

    Immediately after his performance on B.E.T 106 & Park, Wayne Wonder only had enough time to pack his bags and head to the airport as he was scheduled to embark on his two weeks European Tour.

    With his current album ‘My Way’ doing well in Europe the demand to see Wayne Wonder perform his new singles are enormous.

    “It’s a good feeling to know the fans continue to embrace me and my music and the demand to see me perform globally still remains” says Wayne Wonder.

    Currently Wayne Wonder is promoting his ‘Caught Up’ video, which is the second single off his album ‘My Way’. This video was featured on B.E.T 106 and Park during his performance as well. Don’t forget to tune in on Friday August 30th on BET 106 and Park.

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  • Dancehall Icon Vybz Kartel Returns with New Album, ‘Kartel Forever: Trilogy,’ in Stores September 24, 2013 from Tad’s Record

    New York, NY – Dancehall icon Adidja “Vybz Kartel” Palmer returns with his latest studio effort, Kartel Forever: Trilogy, available physically and digitally worldwide on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, from Tad’s Record. Hailed as the undisputed World Boss of the dancehall genre, this marks a highly-anticipated, full-length, physical album and international release from the controversial artist, who remains incarcerated in his homeland Jamaica. Celebrated and polarized for his stimulating lyrics and provocative ploys on and off stage, there is no doubt Vybz Kartel is a defining thread in the fabric of dancehall and indeed, this massive collection proves to be dancehall music in its ultimate form.

    Kartel Forever: Trilogy boasts 60 tracks on the three-disc album, including previously unreleased singles and numerous hits from recent years. Kartel is determined to stay atop his dancehall throne and keep his fans satisfied until his inevitable return to the studio to make music for the masses. “I want to thank all my supporters for your love and unfailing support throughout these trying times,” says Kartel. “Even though I am incarcerated, I am still up to the time. This album shows that I get stronger with each passing second. Tad’s plus Adidjaheim Records is a sick formula and the result is Kartel Forever: Trilogy. Worl’ Boss fullstop!”
    With the slew of songs Kartel currently has on the streets in Jamaica and on reggae specialty programming worldwide, Kartel Forever: Trilogy provides a vivid kaleidoscope of his continued evolution as an extraordinary artist. Despite the geographic limitations of the artist, his music speaks volumes, as is evident from his continued surge in popularity, especially over the past two years.

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    The first official single is “School,” a call to action for youths to “pull up their pants,” be on time to school, do their homework, take pride in themselves and be a good student – advice for students from Di Teacha. It was produced by his common-law wife Tanesha “Shorty” Johnson on her new label, Short Boss. The other singles propelling the album are “Business” and “Compass,” both trademark raunchy, hardcore dancehall joints, teasing with wicked lyrics and sexual situations. All three singles are presently igniting the airwaves in Jamaica and are set to take the world by storm as the album gets ready to drop. The three-disc collection also includes some of Kartel’s biggest hits in the recent years, including “Cake Soap,” “Summer Time,” “Dumpa Truck/That Sweet Yuh,” “Benz Punani,” “Why Pree (World Boss), “Coloring Book/Tattoo Time Come,” “Straight Jeans & Fitted” featuring Russian, “Dandy Shandy” and “Touch A Button.”

    Although much attention is paid to his racy, risqué releases, Kartel also maintains a rich history of musically addressing social and economic injustices in his homeland, further adding to his popularity with the common man and striking a nerve among the youths of the nation. His blockbuster singles “Clarks,” “Ramping Shop” and the Major Lazer-produced “Pon Di Floor” have garnered Kartel regular airplay globally, including breaking into the U.S. Billboard charts with “Ramping Shop” featuring Spice in 2009, solidifying him as a favorite among DJs and fans worldwide and writing him into dancehall history forever.

    Jamaican imprint Tad’s Record enjoys a strong partnership with the entertainer and joins him on this ambitious journey of keeping his music alive. “Producing and affiliating ourselves with projects that showcase exquisite craftsmanship is something that, as a company, we at Tad’s Record take great pride in doing,” states Tad Dawkins, President of Tad’s Record. “Therefore, working with the ‘World Boss’ Mr. Palmer himself again, after the exceptional successes of our first project together Pon Di Gaza 2.0, was a no brainer. ‘Sublime’ is the one word that sums up the album Kartel Forever: Trilogy.”

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  • The 10th Annual Montreal International Reggae Festival Celebrates Capacity Crowds at the Old Port!

    Last weekend the 10th edition of the Montreal International Reggae Festival (MIRF) attained new heights of popularity with a sold out crowd on Saturday night; and Friday and Sunday selling 97% of the total site capacity of 10,000 seats.
    The weather was extraordinary, as were the Friday night performances that included Morgan Heritage, making a remarkable return to the MIRF stage for the third time. They performed all their greatest hits as well as extracts from their new album, Here Come the Kings with a dynamic set, despite the absence of Una Morgan, who fell ill after arriving in Montreal. Montreal roots rocking, Inword and energetic DJ Hawkeye had the honor of starting this evening after French Guyanese Chris Combette opened up with smooth and pristine Antillean hinged reggae rifts.

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    Traditionally known as dancehall night, Saturday featured some of the most relevant artists of the current scene: Toronto’s Dahlia; Dancehall Diva Tifa; Mr Vegas – performing his hits of the past fifteen years; Kes The Band – who brought out many of Montreal’s Eastern Caribbean revelers; Shaggy in top form and the electrifying Beenie Man. As mentioned by Howard “Stretch” Carr, MIRF emcee and host of West Indian Riddims on CKUT 90 3 FM, MIRF attracted an extraordinary number of visitors this year from as far as South America and the United Kingdom. CKUT 90.3 FM broadcasted live from the MIRF site for the entire Saturday evening and again on Sunday, bringing its listeners two hours of MIRF including the Yellowman set – during Bhum Bhum Tyme with hosts Pat Dillon-Moore and JD who were also MIRF emcees.
    Toronto’s Visionary and Montreal’s Jah Cutta and the Determination Band opened up on Sunday with thrilling and well received performances. Accompanied by the famous Sagittarius Band, the legendary DJ Yellowman gave a lively set, setting a high bar for young sensation Serani and singer Alaine. These opening acts warmed up the crowd in the early evening and the atmosphere was then perfect for the downright magical performance of Cocoa Tea.

    Freddie McGregor and his Big Ship crew closed the 10th edition of MIRF in fine style. Festival goers were roused once again, as soon as Freddie McGregor’s band started playing their instrumental medley – joined by the sweet voice of their veteran leader who performed his repertoire of classic ska as well as songs from his recent album, Di Captain. The only downside this year was the cancellation of Luciano’s scheduled appearance at MIRF following a visa problem that was beyond the control of MIRF.

    The MIRF team would like to thank its partners, sponsors and the media for this edition of unprecedented success. See you next year!

    Quotes from some of our guests include “Surely one of the best reggae festivals in North America, comparable to the venerable Reggae on The River, California” Roger Steffens, and “The Montreal International Reggae Festival truly came of age in 2013, with a stellar line-up. What I enjoyed most were the festival’s new free workshop series that included the wonderful three-hour multi-media presentation “The Internationalization of Reggae” by the world’s foremost reggae historian, Roger Steffens. This year’s festival was educational as well as entertaining, and the jerk chicken sold on-site was pretty damn good too! In 2013 the Montreal International Reggae Festival graduated to the ranks of the world’s great reggae festivals,” Richard “Bugs” Burnett, The Montreal Gazette!

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  • Zoelah Live @ Optimum 7, All Inclusive Event on Sun September 1st

    This is a special invitation to all, inviting everyone to The Optimum 7 Night Before Labor Day All Inclusive Event featuring soca artiste Zoelah live and direct, as we get you ready for Labor Day 2013.

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    This event is being hosted by Optimum Events Pro, a premiere events planning entity in New York City which has been hosting quality events for several years but became officially established in 2013. Optimum Event Pro has been renowned for planning and hosting events with a slightly unique touch that is so far unmatched. All events hosted by this entity so far combines quality food, entertainment and a network of either mature or mature at heart folks, all in a very secure close knit environment. At Optimum Events Pro, every event literally takes your breath away. Its appeal captures one’s every senses such as the sense of taste n smell that the food brings. The audio visual appeal comes from the live band performances and the décor, while the disc jockeys rock your aural senses with their pulsating sounds. All of these aforementioned factors combined, make all Optimum Events your ultimate fun event or party experience any and every time.

    On Sunday September 1st, D Spot located @ 638 East 32nd Street illuminates with Zoelah live, our night before labor day, all inclusive event. This event comes with an all you can eat buffet, consisting of two menus; a roti and curry menu and a Bar-B-Que and rice menu, with Jerk Pork and Stewed Oxtail on the side. The bar remains open all night long with all premium drinks and patrons are served with breakfast to energize them before they hit the parkway. This is just a partial description of the Optimum experience, so you are invited to come and experience this awesome event for yourself. This event is opened up to include people of all flags; all nations and cultures, from the Caribbean and beyond, we welcome everyone.

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  • New Album (Aug 27) – Sly & Robbie and The Jam Masters – Reggae Connection – Grammy-Winning Production Duo Rally in Artists from Japan, Jamaica & US

    On Aug 27th, 2013, Sly & Robbie and The Jam Masters return with their latest effort Reggae Connection, available August 27 on Taxi Records. With nine Grammy nods, two Grammy wins and over 200,000 singles under their belt, the esteemed Jamaican production duo is no stranger to success. The session aces have not only changed the musical landscape in Jamaica. They have impacted music throughout the entire world. During their 30 plus year career, Sly & Robbie have collaborated with legends including Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Sting, Britney Spears and Grace Jones.

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    Reggae Connection, co-produced by Kaz Asonuma in addition to Sly & Robbie, is the follow up release to their 2013 Grammy-nominated reggae album New Legend – Jamaica 50th Edition. Destined for another Grammy win, the 10-track compilation features an eclectic group of musicians over Sly & Robbie’s masterfully arranged reggae rhythms.

    The album’s first single “Gangsta Luv” is sung by the up-and-coming all girl Jamaican group KGN21 with dancehall legend Mr. Vegas. The mid-tempo, one-drop reggae track is laced with Sly’s stellar live drumming, Robbie’s melodious bass line and a wicked guitar string arrangement.

    Sly & Robbie’s penchant for covers also shines on the new collection. They deliver a blissful reggae rendition of Maroon 5’s “One More Night” from Jamaican songstress Nioma and create a powerful, dancehall-flavored version (voiced by KGN21) of the Wonder Girl’s K-pop Billboard chart topper “Nobody.”

    In addition to their native country, Sly & Robbie rallied in multiple vocalists from around the globe. The popular Hawaiian roots-reggae singer Irie Love lends his subtle emotive locals on “So In Love,” while an all-star cast of Japanese artists – including Lecca on “Minutes Later,” Chitose Hajime on “Hold Me,” Coma-Chi on “I Wish” and Alba Natsuki on “Yume” – are featured on the album.

    Fans who want to take a closer looker into the making of Reggae Connection, can watch a clip from Sly & Robbie’s exclusive recording session:

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  • LADIES HAVE XYCLONE CRYING OUT “WO!!!”

    Written by Lesley Hayles

    Dancehall Reggae artist Xyclone really hit it big in recent months with his “Back Pocket Rag (Low Me Name)” track that is still getting considerable airplay in Jamaica and the US. Now he returns with a follow up anthem for the ladies that are sure to please.

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    Xyclone’s label RSQTHP Music Group, which is a branch of Spragga Benz’s label, Red Square Productions, and produced “Back Pocket Rag (Low Me Name)”, has teamed up with producers Minto Pierre and Riff Raff to create “Wo!!! (Woiii)”, a single that has already started a mind-blowing response on several radio stations in Jamaica, US, the Caribbean and Europe.

    After the success of “Back Pocket Rag (Low Me Name)”, Xyclone’s lyrical prowess even caught the attention of distribution giants VP Records. RSQTHP Music Group has recently signed their first distribution deal with VPAL Music, which is VP Records’ Associated Label distribution company. Apart from “Back Pocket Rag (Low Me Name)”, songs such as “Wo!!! (Woiii)”, “It’s On (Remix)” featuring Kevin Little, Red Rat, Deva Bratt and Delly Ranx, “Top Shottas Anthem” featuring Deva Bratt and UK’s popular Dancehall artist Stylo G’s “Bolt” tracks on the Top Shottas Riddim are all leading singles that will now be distributed by VP Records via VPAL Music since June 2013. There are many more releases lined up so the future of Xyclone’s career is looking brighter already.

    With the video for “Back Pocket Rag (Low Me Name)” making massive head way on various TV stations and websites globally as well as over 13,600 views on YouTube in less than a month, “Wo!!! (Woiii)” is a favorite of the ladies and has been played by King Waggy Tee on South Florida’s mainstream 99 JAMZ radio station, as well as ZIP FM, Irie FM, Linkz FM and Hitz 92 FM in Jamaica. It’s also tearing up the Dancehall scene on the East Coast of the USA along with “Back Pocket Rag (Low Me Name)” and the name Xyclone becoming more known in North America. The video was recently shot for “Wo!!! (Woiii)” and is currently in its editing phase to be released soon.

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  • International Recording Artiste Popcaan Collaborates With Renowned Producer Notnice

     

     

    NEW YORK, USA – After their famous stint with and departure from the disbanded Gaza Empire, Dancehall Producer Notnice and Recording Artiste Popcaan has started working with each other once more.

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    Notnice and Popcaan who have been busy building their own brands over the last few years, recently partnered and produced a single titled ” ‘It’s Too Bad’ on the Dextox Riddim produce by Notnice Records.The single which was released recently has already been creating a stir, as its received thousands of views on YouTube and countless spins on local and international airwaves.

    Popcaan has been enjoying success from several other singles and stints and is poised for even more greatness as this partnership brings the artiste to a familiar atmosphere where both through the former group made hits but most of all share experiences that have kept the world intrigued and excited.

    Notnice who hasn’t slowed down since, is fully charged and ready to explode once more on the local and international scene. The producer states “when i was working on the Detox Riddim, i wanted a diffent flavour and Popcaan came to mind so i just gave him a call”. He further states ” ‘Its too bad’ is a very nice song as it have a different sound from what people are use to from Popcaan… Its slow and catchy with an international appeal, just another hit!”.

    The multi-talented producer also recently released, a reggae compilation titled ” Free Spirit” which features acts such as Turbulance, Jah Vinchi, Daville, Million Stylez and others. Other projects include”Duppy Show Riddim” with Mega Banton and the ladies favourite club banger “Good Body Gyal Anthem” by Aidonia, Charly Blacks ‘Yuh Touch Sweet’, Jahmeil ‘Someday’ and Alkaline ‘Things Mi Love’.

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  • Jamesy P, Skinny Fabulous and More Mash Up ‘The Blitz Riddim’ – Album Available Today

     

     

    New York, NY – The Blitz Riddim – Various Artists is an explosive soundtrack of power soca and is available worldwide from all major digital retailers today, August 13, 2013. Featuring power soca star Skinny Fabulous, soca impresario Jamesy P, and rising sensations Silvah and Teddy Rhymez, the electrifying singles are set to take many stages, playlists and fetes by storm as carnival season continues around the world.

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    Britain-based producer Ashwin “Smash” Seegobin returns to his Trinidadian roots for his latest release and unites with his production team Precision Productions and J-Rod Records on the four thrilling tracks, which indeed make for a short but very sweet compilation. Jamesy P, known internationally for his breakout hit “Nookie,” now stuns with “Trouble.” Skinny Fabulous, known for his blockbuster single “Charge Up (Duracell),” delivers another power anthem with “Fyah Anthem.” Upcoming soca sensations Silvah and Teddy Rhymez score with “Bad & Ready” and “How Yuh Doin Dat,” respectively.

    Smash stays on course of his grand experimentation of soca music and all its sub-genres with The Blitz Riddim. This take on power soca builds his repertoire and catalog, which now includes pop and electronic soca fusions, and now power soca, thereby invoking into the soca genre an inherent taste of the world, as only Smash can. “I’m excited to finally produce my brand of power soca and glad to work with some artists I’ve always admired in the genre,” he reveals.

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  • Christopher Martin Granted His Own Day in Hartford Connecticut

     

     

    New York, New York (August 13, 2013) – International Young, Hip and Soulful reggae crooner Christopher Martin have been given the key to the city of Hartford, Connecticut and granted his own day.

    After making his debut to the world in 2005 and being crowned Digicel Rising star, Christopher Martin has become an international household name to many. With his hit single ‘Cheaters Prayer’ he has achieved international acclaim from numerous industry outlets and musical features. Yet, this past Saturday, August 10th, Christopher Martin received one of the highest honors to date, Christopher Martin Day.

    On Saturday, August 10 council woman Veronica Airey-Wilson, of Hartford Connecticut presented the distinguish order of proclamation to Christopher Martin.

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    “It is our please and honor to present to you the proclamation of Hartford Connecticut and officially mark todays date, August 10th 2013 as Christopher Martin day” said Council woman Veronica Airey-Wilson.

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    With a smile on his face and a screaming crowd of several thousands before him, it was evident that Christopher Martin was extremely honored.

    “Its a pleasure to know that people are acknowledging the work I am putting in and taking the time out to let me know how much they appreciate my work. This proclamation is an honor to receive, as well as to have my own day. Eight years ago I never thought I would have my own day anywhere in the world and now I can say, sky is the limit. Give thanks to the Father above, my management team and all the people who played an integral part in my career your names are too many to mention. Thanks to the West Indian Caribbean Association of Hartford, councilwoman Airey-Wilson, fans of Connecticut and the people of the city of Hartford. Ill be back next year Cheeny Big Son” says Christopher Martin.

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    Christopher Martin has recently shot the video for ‘Baby I Love You’, soon to premiere and he is scheduled to return to Guyana next week.

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  • T.O.K. Thrills with Provocative New Single, “Want U Body”

     

     

    New York, NY – Dancehall supergroup T.O.K. remains the talk of Kingston and more, with the their new smash single “Want U Body,” available today, August 12, 2013 on all major digital retailers worldwide from Kick Dem Records, distributed by FOX FUSE. Released in two versions, “Want U Body” for radio and the explicit version, “Want Punanny” for the dancehall massive, these signature dancehall tunes bring T.O.K.’s trademark party vibes and make for the perfect soundtrack to keep you dancing all year long.

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    Penned by T.O.K. and produced by Jermaine “ZJ Bruce Lee” Bennett and William “Kris Beatz” Murray for Kick Dem Records, T.O.K. has tongues wagging, airwaves jumping and dance halls gyrating with their new sizzler. The provocative single is currently enjoying heavy rotation on radio in Jamaica, across the Caribbean and on reggae specialty programming across the world.

    Described by The New York Times as “the world’s greatest dancehall-reggae boy band,” T.O.K. emerged in the early 90’s and catapulted to international fame with the arrival of the new millennium. Group members Xavier “Flexx” Davidson, Craig “Craig T” Thompson, Alistaire “Alex” McCalla and Roshaun “Bay-C” Clarke are responsible for bringing modern dancehall to mainstream radio globally, with a slew of blockbuster hits that include “Eagles Cry,” “Gal You A Lead,” which peaked at #85 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart, and “Footprints,” which also landed at #93 on Billboard Hot 100. The power group continues to tour globally, having endured over two decades at the forefront of the dancehall genre, and reclaims the bar which they set.

    “After we recorded the song, we realized it had potential, not just local potential in Jamaica but international potential as well,” reveals Flexx of T.O.K. “For a group like us that’s been in the business for so long, when we record a track like this, we try to make a mark musically and we make sure we do it properly, especially for a new label like Kick Dem Records.”

    “We decided to release a timeless, classic dancehall track that you can just pop in, press play and the party is there,” discloses ZJ Bruce Lee of Kick Dem Records. “We had to get T.O.K. involved because of their legacy and we’re happy to see everyone embracing the song on radio and in the clubs here in Jamaica. Now it’s released to the world so we can’t wait to see where it goes.”
    “Want U Body” and “Want Punanny” by T.O.K. are now available from all major digital retailers worldwide.

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  • Natural Black, Junior Kelly and Prestige Rock Reggae On The River 2013!

     

    International reggae stars Junior Kelly, Natural Black and Prestige each took the stage at the mega 4 days festival “Reggae On The River” this past weekend in California. The 29th annual Reggae On The River Festival welcomed record breaking crowds thirsty for music and vibes!

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    Natural Black took the stage on Saturday, August 3,2013 and dominated Reggae On The River. The artist gave an 80 plus minutes performance, starting from Conquer Dem (On the I Swear Riddim), Just Like In The Movies, Stubborn Woman, No Cry Cry Smile, Never Hurt, Nice It Nice, Wanna Tell You I Love You, Revolution, Don’t Play With My Heart, People Will Say, Beautiful Place, Exalt His Name, Natural Chronic, Who Cares For Me, Far From Reality and many other hits. With the sweet sounds coming from his harmony singers and the melodious riddims of his backing band, Natural Black captivated his audience and quenched their musical thirst.

    The following day, Sunday, August 4, 2013.Junior Kelly performed to rave reviews, fans anticipation was at an all time high as this was his first Reggae On The River performance.

    As Kelly belted out the first notes of Tough Life, Junior could do no wrong, and had his screaming fans eating out of his hand, he could no wrong. For almost an hour and a half, kept it going with Korruption, Rasta Should Be Deeper, Black Am I, Boom Draw, Blaze, More I see You, Missing You, Hungry Days, Piece Of The Pie, Been There, You Can Make It, Believe In Yourself, Love So Nice, Receive, Smile and Sunshine amongst other renditions..

    On the same Sunday, conscious reggae artist Prestige also took to the stage and performed to great responses from the crowd. Prestige sangs such songs as Hustler, Smoke Free, Happiness, Thank You Mama, I Am Bless, My Pride, Tender Loving, Do You Think Of The Poor. During his performance, The artist pleasantly surprised the fans by going into the crowd and greeting the musical patrons, by many accounts his set was refreshing and the perfect gift of a hot summer day!

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  • Jamaica’s International Jazz Pianist Brings ‘One Love’ Vibrations To Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, NYC

    NEW YORK, NY, Monty Alexander, Jamaica’s legendary, international jazz pianist, will celebrate the 51st independence anniversary of his homeland with a return to Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York City from August 14-18, 2013.

    Alexander and his Grammy-nominated Harlem-Kingston Express band, will soar with his positive vibrations of ‘One Love and Upliftment several stories above the expansive vista of Central Park at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in the Time Warner building, 10 Columbus Circle in New York City.

    Show times each day are at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., respectively.

    The musician, whose 50th anniversary album, “Harlem-Kingston Express: Live!” was nominated for a Reggae Grammy and won rave reviews from The Wall Street Journal, The London Evening Standard and Jazz Times among dozens of other media houses, will return to his home state of New York from performances in Seattle, WA.

    “This is a celebration of my Jamaican roots and of Jamaica’s 51st anniversary of independence and I look forward to seeing my Caribbean music fans in the house,” said Alexander. “My band and I will be celebrating the vibes of one love and positive upliftment.”

    Jamaica’s Commander of Distinction and ‘Luminary Award’ 2012 recipient, will next head to Ozawa Hall in Lenox, Massachusetts for an August 25th performance and celebrate Labor Day Weekend, August 29th to September 1st with the ‘Monty Alexander Jazz Festival’ in Easton, Maryland.

    About Monty Alexander

    In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. In the process, he has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world: 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, among others.

    Alexander’s collaborations span multiple genres, styles, and generations. His projects have been as varied as assisting Natalie Cole in her tribute album to her father, Nat “King” Cole in 1991 (the resulting album, Unforgettable, won seven Grammy awards), performing George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” under the direction of Bobby McFerrin at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, and recording the piano track for the film score of Clint Eastwood’s Bird, a movie about the life of jazz titan Charlie Parker.

    In August 2000, the Jamaican government awarded Monty Alexander the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador. Two collections were released in 2011 that capture the excitement of Monty Alexander’s live performances around the world: Uplift, a trio album on JLP Records, and Harlem-Kingston Express on Motema Music.

    Harlem Kinston Express: Live! was singled out by both the recording industry and fans and received a Grammy award nomination in 2012.

    In the summer of 2012 Monty Alexander was awarded the prestigious German Jazz Trophy, “A Life for Jazz” and in November 2012 he received the Caribbean American Heritage Luminary Award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Washington, D.C.

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  • Featured on “#SaveReggae Vol, 1”. Chronixx “Here Comes trouble” Added to BBC Radio 1Xtra Playlist

    Jamaica, U.S.A (21st Hapilos Digital) – Recently featured on 21st Hapilos Compilation “#SaveReggae Vol, 1”, Chronixx “Here Comes Trouble” has freshly been added to the BBC Radio 1Xtra playlist. The single produced by Winta James for Overstand Entertainment on the Rootsman Riddim features the smooth vocals of reggae star Chronixx and has received worldwide success and debuted on several international charts.

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    BBC Radio 1Xtra is one of the premiere digital radio station in the United Kingdom from the BBC, specializing in urban music varying from such genres as Hip Hop, House, Dancehall and Reggae music. The sister station to BBC Radio 1 station, BBC Radio 1Xtra is regarded as one of the most popular digital radio stations, boasts millions of listeners and features a 24/7 programming of various music and notables shows.

    Although it might seem as if the talented artist just exploded on the scene, Chronixx has been perfecting his craft since the age of 14. He has become undoubtedly one of the biggest breakthrough star of reggae of the past few years. He has constantly delivered memorable hits thanks to his unique style, and with his gift to reggae was chosen for the 21st Hapilos Digital compilation of “#SaveReggae Vol, 1”.

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  • East Coast GYI U.S. Tour – Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Julian Marley, Wayne Marshall, Jo Mersa, Christopher Ellis & Black-Am-I

    Ghetto Youths International announces new U.S. tour dates that span across the East Coast throughout Labor Day weekend. The shows 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” Marley, Julian Marley and Stephen “Ragga” Marley.

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    The entire crew, who recently wrapped an extensive U.S. Pacific Coast run, will kick off this Northeast portion on Thursday, Aug 29 in Boston, MA at the House Of Blues. They will join in on all the Labor Day festivities across New York City. The gang will perform at Hot 97’s On Da Reggae Tip 2013 on Friday, Aug. 30 in Manhattan, then head to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Sunday, Sept. 1. The following day (Mon. Sept 2) they will stay in the borough to float down the Eastern Parkway for the annual West Indian Day Parade. That same night, the Ghetto Youths Crew (Wayne Marshall, Jo Mersa, Black-Am-I and Christopher Ellis) have a their own showcase at SOBs in the city. In between the NYC dates, they also will perform in Essex Junction, VT on Sat. Aug 31. 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.

    These tour dates 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 also continue this summer and fall 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 in early September. The dancehall star recently unveiled his brand new video, directed by Jay Will, for the album’s explosive single “I Know” (produced by Damian Marley and Sean “Young Pow” Diedrick). VIBE premiered the visual and says Marshall “rocks the party” on this “turnt-up bashment.”

    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 third-generation offspring of Bob Marley and eldest son of Stephen “Ragga” Marley). Stephen “Ragga” Marley is also gearing up for his next studio album Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, set to be released in the fall.

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  • Kenya Rapidly Becoming the Dancehall Capital of Africa

    Over the last few years the people of Kenya (located in east Africa) has been steadily embracing dancehall music and culture. The sound from Jamaica is being promoted in Kenya at such a rapid rate that the country is now being called the Dancehall capital of Africa. The growth of Dancehall in Kenya can be attributed to the numerous skilled Kenyan disc jocks that seem to all have a great respect for Jamaica’s music, its people and overall practices.

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    Additionally, Kenya has one of the longest running Reggae/Dancehall music video shows called Stepping Razor which was started by international Kenyan promoter, Kenya Don. Also, the country has one of the liveliest commercial radio stations (home boyz radio on 103.5 fm) that centers a lot of its programming on Jamaican music.

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  • Nigerian Star Ebiflow Turns to Soca for New Hit Single, “Oh Baby” – In Stores Now

    New York, NY – Nigerian R&B singer/songwriter Ebiflow joins forces with soca hitmakers Precision Productions from Trinidad and Homour Niger from Nigeria for his new hit single, “Oh Baby.” The classic, vibrant vibes of Southern Caribbean and West African tempos set the perfect backdrop for this romantic, steamy ode to the ladies from the African artist, born Ebide Ben, who hails from the southern Nigeria city of Port Harcourt. With his sound and sight set on the international market, Ebiflow croons this song entirely in English, and the magnetic track is bound to attract an even larger fan base for the rising sensation, from Africa to the Caribbean and beyond. “Oh Baby” is now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released on August 5, 2013), and is distributed by Precision Digital.

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    Penned by Ebiflow, Homour Niger and the Precision Productions team, “Oh Baby” was inspired by love and blossoms with lyrics that flow from happiness, according to the electrifying entertainer. “The song is meaningful to me because it is a true inspiration of love that brought about the song,” reveals Ebiflow. “I recorded the song because it is going to make someone out there feel the power of love, and make them feel happy while dancing to the song.”

    With the inherent exhilarating, party energy that emanates from both soca and African music, this cool collaboration is rare but by no means a surprise to Precision Productions, which has garnered massive success as a production house over the past decade, and are acclaimed for its writing, producing, remixing, mixing, mastering and engineering credits on the majority of top tracks in soca music in the recent years. “Our eyes have been set on the Nigerian and African market for some time now,” discloses Kasey Phillips of Precision Productions. “We are very interested in that territory, so we’re thrilled with the outcome of this collaboration.”

    “Oh Baby” by Ebiflow is now available worldwide from all major digital retailers, from Precision Digital, a distribution partner of FOX FUSE.

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  • Demarco Soaring the International Music Charts

    KINGSTON, JAMAICA | AUGUST 5, 2013 | Despite missing Reggae Sumfest due to overseas commitments, the popularity of Jamaican superstar Demarco continues to soar across the globe. In recent weeks four of his singles have bullied their way onto various charts and playlist internationally, threatening to clinch the top spots.

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    His Soca influenced Continue Whine is currently No.5 on Canada’s Radio Dubplate chart and one of the most played songs on the Triple R Reggaeton Chart, while the Hitmaker Muzik produced Apartment sits at No.6 on Britain’s Choice FM Reggae Charts. On the South American continent Dem A Work and Nah Move Careless were just added to the radio playlist in Colombia and French Guiana.

    Locally, Continue Whine presently occupies the No.4 position on Hype TV Top 20 Chart and No.2 on the FIWI Choice Top 10 video countdown. In the coming days Demarco and his team will be releasing three new videos for summer namely: ‘Money’, ‘Apartment’ and ‘Party’ featured on the First Capital Rhythm, Seduction Rhythm and Goosebumps Rhythm respectively.

    In a release to the media Demarco says, “Performing at Reggae Sumfest would have been great because it’s a staple on the international social calendar that people look forward to annually but I was in the middle of my Canadian tour and couldn’t make it… Next I’ll be releasing three new videos before I got to Costa Rica and Australia, because when you’re constantly on tour it is very important to stay connected with the fans.”

    Commenting on his ongoing chart success he added, “I am very pleased with the progress of the songs and again this highlights the importance of us as entertainers to not just do music only for Jamaica but songs that can appeal to an international audience.” Earlier in the year the ‘Love My Life’ singer scored his 14th number one with ‘Standing Soldier’ on the Austrian iTunes chart.

    Amidst preparation for Costa Rica and his upcoming tour of Australia, Demarco just wrapped a six city tour of Canada with stops in Calgary, Mississauga, Vancouver, Brampton, Toronto and Winnipeg. Last weekend the multi-talented entertainer headlined the Digicel sponsored ‘Soca vs Reggae (SVR)’ concert in Bermuda alongside Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons.

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  • JANO, an Ethiopian rock explosion, to make live NYC debut at SOB’s AUGUST 16 + Summer World Music Fest 2013

    New York, NY — On Friday, August 16, the first ever Ehio-rock group known as Jano, will perform live at SOB’s!

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    The innovative ten-piece collective is the first ever Ehio-rock group that transcends culture and time . With their debut album, “Ertale.” on the horizon (set for release on August 1st),Jano will bring its fusion of traditional Ethiopian melodies and rock music to SOB’s on Friday, August 16 for the group’s live NYC debut! Consisting of two male vocalists, two female vocalists, and six music instrumentalists the band successfully brings together artists with varying experience and talents. Established only a year and a half ago, Jano Band has since performed on numerous occasions and is now set for the big stage at SOB’s for the band’s live NYC debut!

    Doors for the show will open at 11PM, and the show will begin promptly at midnight.

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  • Regional tourism leaders visit CTO member countries

    ST.THOMAN, USVI (29 July, 2013) – The Caribbean region’s tourism development agency, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), continues to engage its member-countries at the highest levels on some of the most critical regional tourism matters.

    The organization’s leadership completed a tour of four member-countries last week, continuing a series of country visits which began last year. CTO Chairman Beverly Nicholson-Doty and Secretary General Hugh Riley, along with the newly appointed Director of Membership Services Faye Gill, met with senior tourism officials in Montserrat, St. Lucia, Grenada, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

    In addition to gaining a greater appreciation for member-country needs and challenges, the CTO leadership discussed opportunities and initiatives such as CTO’s Total Visitor Satisfaction programme, Tourism Satellite Accounts, regional marketing initiatives and the importance of cruising and aviation to the Caribbean.

    “Our meetings have been enlightening and successful,” reported Nicholson-Doty, who also is Commissioner of Tourism of the United States Virgin Islands.

    In Montserrat the CTO team met with Premier Reuben Meade, who is also Minister of Finance, Tourism and Economic Development; in St. Lucia, Lorne Theophilus, Minister of Tourism, Heritage and the Creative Industries; in Grenada, the recently appointed Alexandra Otway-Noel, Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture; and with Cecil Mckie, Minister of Tourism, Sports and Culture in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

    “The exchanges with my cabinet colleagues in the Eastern Caribbean have underscored one important thing – that we in the Caribbean need each other, and the only way to move tourism in the region to another level is by closely collaborating on key issues,” added Commissioner Nicholson-Doty, who along with Hugh Riley and Faye Gill also interacted with technical tourism professionals of the various ministries of tourism and national tourism offices.

    These meetings formed part of a series of member-country visits being undertaken by the CTO leadership to exchange information on the issues involving Caribbean tourism on an individual country and territory basis and to identify solutions. Since this mission began in 2012, the CTO leadership has met senior tourism policymakers and officials in both the public and private sectors in the Dutch, English, French and Spanish-speaking member-countries of the CTO.

     

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  • Out Today – JUL 30 – Alpha Blondy – Mystic Power

    With over 15 albums under his belt, West-African reggae vocalist Alpha Blondy returns with his latest studio effort Mystic Power, available in U.S. digitally and in stores today July 30 on VP Records.

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

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

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

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  • ‘The Blitz Riddim’ Packs a Punch of Power Soca – Album Now Available for Pre-Order

    New York, NY – The Blitz Riddim – Various Artists packs a punch of power soca for lovers of the genre. Featuring power soca star Skinny Fabulous, soca impresario Jamesy P, and rising sensations Silvah and Teddy Rhymez, the electrifying singles are set to take many stages, playlists and fetes by storm as carnival season continues around the world. The Blitz Riddim will be available worldwide on all major digital retailers on August 13, 2013, with pre-order available now, and is distributed by Precision Digital.

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    Britain-based producer Ashwin “Smash” Seegobin returns to his Trinidadian roots for his latest release and unites with his production team Precision Productions and J-Rod Records on the four thrilling tracks, which indeed make for a short but very sweet compilation. Jamesy P, known internationally for his breakout hit “Nookie,” now stuns with “Trouble.” Skinny Fabulous, known for his blockbuster single “Charge Up (Duracell),” delivers another power anthem with “Fyah Anthem.” Upcoming soca sensations Silvah and Teddy Rhymez score with “Bad & Ready” and “How Yuh Doin Dat,” respectively.

    “The Blitz Riddim was inspired from electronic dance music (EDM) and power soca, to create something different and intense for soca music fans,” reveals Smash.
    On the tailwind of recent success with his previous release, The Star Dance Riddim from Precision Digital earlier this year, Smash stays on course with experimenting with soca music and all its sub-genres with The Blitz Riddim. This take on power soca builds his repertoire and catalog, which now includes pop and electronic soca fusions, and now power soca, thereby invoking into the soca genre an inherent taste of the world, as only Smash can.

    The Blitz Riddim will be available worldwide from all major digital retailers on August 13, 2013, with pre-order available now, from Precision Digital.

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  • Miami Broward Carnival Promises To Be One of the Most Colorful and Vibrant Expressions of Caribbean Culture

    (Miami) -The ultimate kick-off to the 2013 Miami Broward Carnival commenced with a special launch event on July 20th, 2013 that festively packed Sun Life Stadium as over 20 masquerade bands showcased their costumes. The Miami Broward Carnival Launch was merely a tease of the pulsating energy to hit South Florida on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at Sun Life Stadium where over 20 bands will participate this year and an estimated 25,000 people to attend. Miami Broward Carnival is one of the most attended and highly esteemed festivals of South Florida. As the active tourism season in October resumes, a full schedule of signature events being planned and Carnival promises to have a major impact once again on the economy of South Florida.

    “As Mayor of the City of Miami Gardens, I am pleased to welcome the Miami Broward Carnival back to the City. Celebrating diversity is a pivotal part of strengthening communities. As such, the importance of hosting events like this cannot be overstated”, states City of Miami Gardens Mayor, Oliver Gilbert.

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  • Music & News From Capsicum Records – Dolli (“Not That Strong” sequel to “Gangsta Girl”)

    Capsicum Records CEO and Director of A&R Roger Meltzer announced that Jamaican DJ artist Dolli (aka Sexii Dolli, Dolli Difference) has joined the recent spate of Jamaican talent recording non-exclusively for the Hartford-based indie with the release of her newly-mastered single, “Not That Strong.”

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    “We are so delighted to welcome Dolli to Capsicum,” said Meltzer. “Her dj and singjay fusions of dancehall, reggae, r&b and hip-hop fit in perfectly with our own ‘roots on the bottom, and pop on the top’ Reggae-In-Fusion sound. While Jamaican radio and concert audiences already know what a great DJ and singjay artist Dolli is, now they’re going to find out that this artist can really sing, too.

    “It was treat working with her at Josey Wales’ Frenz For Real Studio in the Garrison section of Kingston last summer and seeing what she could do with the track I built in collaboration with my Capsicum co-executive producers, Osborne ‘Ifield’ Joseph and Joseph Everton ‘Reality’ Weekes. Even before I got there I knew she was going to smoke Not That Strong, a song I co-wrote for her with her fellow Capsicum artist Sal Anthony and Weekes, in which the independent modern woman Dolli personifies in ‘Gangsta Girl’ can still admit her vulnerability and need for a genuine relationship — or else.

    “I think people will love her sweet and tender yet assertive voice.

    “The sky’s the limit for this gorgeous artist, especially with her working now with internationally renowned Jamaican manager-producer Jah Snowcone.”

    A former model, the stunning 5′-11″ St. Mary Jamaica native has graced the stages of Sting 2009 and St Mary Mi Come From 2010, and has been making a big impact in the music industry as a rising artist with her hit single, “Gangsta Girl”, which reached #1 on the UK Dancehall Empire Promo Chart.

    The song also hit #59 on the 2012 TropicalFete International Caribbean Countdown

    Dolli was the feature story in the Entertainment section of the Jamaica Observer and then interviewed by Anthony Miller on TVJ’s Entertainment Report. Along with scores of radio interviews in Jamaica, here in the U.S. she’s done phone interviews with Station General Manager/Caribbean Culture DJ Maurice Lindsay on WTCC 90.7-FM in Springfield, MA and with DJ Donovan “Madman” Longmore on WESU 88.1-FM in Middletown, CT, and countless live interviews on Jamaican radio and tv stations

    Always interested in music, Dolli began singing at a young age, starting her music journey with her first single entitled “Bounce Around” released in 2007. Dolli has worked with producer Steve Locke from Truck Back Records, and in 2010 she released a track titled “Tempted To Touch”.

    Everyday life and experiences are the inspiration and motivation for her songs. Dolli listens to a lot of artists, but the artist that inspires her the most is Jah Cure. She notes, “the soul in his voice connects with the soul in my voice and it just puts me in a different place.” Other artists of inspiration include: Bounty Killer, Tanya Stevens, Lady Saw and Aaliyah.

    Dolli’s vision of the future includes dominating the Billboard charts, collecting Grammies and touching people’s lives through her music. She believes that five years from now she will be a top artist, breaking down barriers in the industry.

    “She came highly recommended to me by DJ Icon at WPKN-FM in Bridgeport, CT, says Meltzer, “and after hearing how great she is live on-stage, I’m also hoping she will also be able to tour with us in 2013.”

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  • Miami Broward Carnival Promises To Be One of The Most Colorful and Vibrant Expressions of Caribbean Culture

    (Miami)-The ultimate kick-off to the 2013 Miami Broward Carnival commenced with a special launch event on (date) that festively packed the (venue) as over 20 masquerade bands showcased their costumes. The Miami Broward Carnival Launch was merely a tease of the pulsating energy to hit South Florida on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at Sun Life Stadium where over 20 bands will participate this year and an estimated 25,000 people to attend. Miami Broward Carnival is one of the most attended and highly esteemed festivals of South Florida. As the active tourism season in October resumes, a full schedule of signature events being planned and Carnival promises to have a major impact once again on the economy of South Florida.

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    “As Mayor of the City of Miami Gardens, I am pleased to welcome the Miami Broward Carnival back to the City. Celebrating diversity is a pivotal part of strengthening communities. As such, the importance of hosting events like this cannot be overstated”, states City of Miami Gardens Mayor, Oliver Gilbert.

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  • Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest & Morgan Heritage

    Jamaica’s most prolific crooner Beres Hammond is touring in support of his latest critically acclaimed album, One Love, One Life. Known to many as the “Otis Redding of Reggae,” Beres Hammond has been producing and pouring out his smoky-sweet vocals over every kind of riddim track for almost 40 years. His latest double-disc studio album One Love, One Life, released November 11, 2012 on VP Records, peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Top 10 Reggae Album chart and has been hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the best albums of a four-decade-long career.” The first disc One Love includes his signature classic lover’s rock sound, while the second disc One Life contains more of his socially-conscious, spiritually empowering tunes. Beres Hammond produced 19 of the 20 songs with co-producers Donovan Germain on “No Candle Light,” Collin “Bulby” York on “In My Arms” and Michael Fletcher on “More Time.” Purchase One Love, One Life now on iTunes.

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    Beres has consistently produced number one hits and iconic reggae anthems still played today. He has also garnered an international fan base from around the globed an performs non-stop ¬– repeatedly selling out some of the country’s largest and most prestigious venues (Barclays Center, Theatre at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall). Beres recently made his national U.S. television debut this past December on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, performing alongside The Roots. He is also a star favorite among Rihanna, Drake, Alicia Keys, Carl Thomas and Wyclef Jean.

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    Morgan Heritage, one of contemporary reggae’s most powerful forces, will return to New York City in support of their first studio album in five years ‘Here Come The Kings.’ On Aug. 5, the group will perform at Brooklyn’s Wingate Field, as part of the free Monday MLK Jr. Concert Series. Then, they head to SOBs the following day for their album release event. They will be playing songs from ‘Here Come The Kings’ (VP Records, June 11), which recently peaked at #1 on South Florida’s reggae chart. Filled with brilliant instrumentation and empowering lyrics, the 12-track set explores new sounds that successfully fuse roots, r&b, and a hint of dancehall evident on the album’s first single “Perfect Love Song,” which peaked at #1 on UK and Jamaica Reggae charts.

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    International reggae star Maxi Priest is back with the new single “Easy To Love,” available now digitally through VP Records. The lover’s rock anthem, on the “In My Arms” riddim produced by Colin ‘Bulby’ Yorke, will be featured on Maxi Priest’s upcoming studio album slated for release this fall on VP Records. Maxi Priest joined Shaggy on FOX Good Day NY on July 19 and will return to perform his new single.

    Maxi Priest, who has been spreading reggae music across the globe since the 1980s, has rightfully earned his place among other greats such as Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Toots & The Maytals and Dennis Brown. He is one of only two British reggae acts (along with UB40) to have a U.S. Billboard #1 hit “Close to You” in 1990, his duet with Roberta Flack, “Set the Night to Music” reached the U.S. Billboard Top 10 in 1991, and his duet with Shaggy in 1996, “That Girl,” was also a hit in the United States, peaking at #20.

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