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Monthly Archives: September 2013

  • BOUNTY, I OCTANE, LADY SAW, SIZZLA, AND OTHERS FOR FULL BLACK

    The four staging of the Full Black party and stage show series is set to unfold on Sunday October 20 at the new Mas Camp. The event is being promoted by World Beat Promotions. The promoters have enlisted a cast of heavyweights including Bounty Killer, I Octane, Sizzla, Lady Saw, Elephant Man, Jah Bouks, Macka Diamond, QQ and newcomers Gage, Venjance and Kconeil to keep patrons entertained all night. According to a spokesperson for the event ‘We have been putting on this event since 2010 and it has grown tremendously’. The likes of ZJ Chrome, ZJ Sparks, Foota Hype, Boom Boom, Firelinks, Flava Unit and Rockaway will keep patrons entertained before the main performances. MCs include Shaka Fame, Ron Muschette and GT Taylor. Gates will open at 8 PM.

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  • Kaj Designs Donates Signature Items For Silent Auction At Legends Beyond

    September 17, 2013 – Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago… In Kaj Designs’ latest philanthropic venture, the Tobago brand, has donated two signature garments for auction at the celebrity charity event, Legends Beyond, which takes place this Thursday September 19, 2013 in Los Angeles. The gala event, which celebrates the birthday of legendary jazz artist, Freda Payne, will also honour Grammy nominated artist, Howard McCrary as well as singersongwriter.

    Bobby Womack. Proceeds from the event will benefit Los Angeles County’s breast cancer organization, Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

    Legends Beyond promises to attract an elite crowd of A-list celebrities with host, Vivica A. Fox, and confirmed guests including Charlie Sheen, Jane Seymour and Nicole Kidman. For the highly anticipated silent auction, Kaj has contributed two items, its silk kaftan and maxi dress with ring accent, from the latest Kaj Resort 13/14 collection, Tribu Sauvage. Most recently, these favoured pieces graced the runway at the inaugural Fashion Festival Bali (TFFB) in yet another daring move by the fashion house to forge ahead in infiltrating South Asian markets. On August 31, 2013, in the closing show presented by Indonesia TATLER, Kaj brought its signature flair to the TFFB runway. The haunting melodies of Wayne Planchart’s narrative musical composition, Sands of Time, offered a milieu of Afro and Indo undertones that befit the simple luxury of Kaj’s creations of bold tribal infusions set against a backdrop of wild animal and camouflage prints. “I thought the Kaj Designs collection was an inspiration to The Fashion Festival Bali 2013 and a true reflection of the creative diversity of the world’s most exciting fashion,” shared Nicholas Meimaris, Editor-in-Chief at Poster Magazine and Managing and Creative Director of MGROUP, TFFB’s producer.

    The high profile, 7-day event took place from August 24 to 31, 2013 at the lavish Stones Hotel in Bali’s Legian region. Set against the breath-taking backdrop of one of the world’s leading tourist destinations, TFFB attracted an exclusive audience of media, fashion professionals, fashion enthusiasts, leisure travellers and Asian Pacific celebrities and socialites including Michael and Lindy Klim and Casey Burgess. The fashion shows, which featured presentations by emerging and established designers from Australia, Bali, Jakarta and Singapore, were supported by workshops; designer hosted lunches and dinners; live entertainment; after parties; and a showroom retailing the collections of participating designers. With partners including Indonesia TATLER; Harper’s Bazaar Indonesia; Esquire Indonesia; Grazia Indonesia; Air Bali; Belvedere Vodka; and Moet & Chadon, TFFB was one of Bali’s most glamorous events. With Kaj’s new focus to lead as a socially responsible fashion brand coupled with its recent successes in leading the Caribbean at Manhattan’s Intermezzo Collections, Singapore’s BLUEPRINT and Bali’s TFFB, Tobago’s premier brand is fast establishing itself as a pioneer in Caribbean fashion ushering in fresh life and creativity to the sector as it shines a light on Trinidad and Tobago.

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  • RDX, Shurwayne Winchester & Tizzy Set to Perform At Club Amazura In New York

    NEW YORK, USA – On September 27th, Queens, New York will come alive with the much anticipated event dubbed ‘Soca Meets Dancehall’ at Club Amazura. The event which is promoted by Tagg Entertainment will showcase Dancehall Giants such as RDX, Soca sensation Shurwanye Winchester and Carnival baby Tizzy.

    The event which is hosted by Platinum Kids and Redman Vibesman will give the night the eclectic mix it requires for patrons to enjoy great music and performance alike. Its a night filled with a mix of Caribbean energy that has always united people.

    Entertianment publicist, Shuzzr, states ‘its an event not to miss… we’ve seen how Caribbean music has been receiving international spotlight and when events/artiste(s) of this caliber is in our area, we have to represent and just show our love… Tagg Entertainment will execute an excellent event and Club Amazura has always hosted the giants in Caribbean music’.

    She has hits such as Expose, Kick it off, Da Bounce Wuk Meh, Tz Wine, Klymaxx, Fly, Just cant Wait, Road Calling, Crank It, M.P.D (Move Pass dem) and Antigua Nice.
    She’s making all the right moves: from Antigua to the world stage.

    From the moment International Recording Group RDX exploded onto the scene in 2007 with their chart topping single Dance, they haven’t looked back nor slowed down, indeed the energetic musical brothers have grown to become one of the most recognizable faces in Dancehall/Reggae the World over.

    Shurwayne’s journey to stardom began at a very tender age, while still in the care of his parents on the island of Tobago. Throughout his career he gathered experience and obtained the required understanding of the music business through his affiliations with a number of bands, most notably, that of Caribbean Traffic Jam, of which he quickly became frontline singer.

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  • MONTSERRAT FESTIVAL 2013 CALENDAR RELEASED #JUSTCOME!

    Montserrat’s Christmas Festival/ our Carnival continues to be the most significant Festival on Montserrat’s cultural calendar, a time at which we embrace and celebrate all things Montserratian. Now in its 51st year our Carnival bears great historical, economic and cultural significance to the people of the Emerald Isle, offering a prime opportunity to showcase our history, heritage, culture and creativity.

    The highlights of our Carnival are the Festival Queen Show, Calypso Monarch Competitions, Market Day, Festival Day and New Year’s Parade. Other Private promotions which have become ‘hot tickets’ items are Sunrise Productions Teenage Pageant, Punch and Get Out Soca Monarch, the Regional Female Calypso Competition and Fabulous Entertainments Legends of Calypso. This year Montserrat Festival will feature The Legendary Imaginations Brass, from Rock City, St. Thomas and the popular Antiguan Band, ‘Cheesecake Factory’.

    Through hard work, our enthusiastic and dedicated teams of volunteers have created a fantastic Christmas Festival Calendar and are pleased to share this with our stakeholders, Carnival visitors and enthusiasts alike, under the tag line #JUSTCOME.

    Our social media channels allow us to continue the marketing thrust established over the past two years.

    Over the past two years we have embarked on a few initiatives, which brought added value to our Festival and recognition to our sponsors via a comprehensive Sponsorship Package.
    We continue to believe that quality production, volunteer recognition, and real sponsorship value must be the hallmark of Montserrat Festival as we consolidate on the strides made over the past two years and continue to be innovative and aim to further strengthen our Premier Cultural Festival.

    We invite you all to #JUSTCOME to Montserrat Festival 2013 between 14th December to 1st January 2014.

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  • Introducing new group Roc Riva with SAIL

    In an era where bands are again coming to the fore, enter Roc Riva, a tight, well-coordinated outfit comprising singer Amique, deejay Percent, female lead K’Alee and Cass. Together they have one goal – to make great music that will entertain, inspire and resonate on an international level.

    From their base in Kingston, Jamaica, Roc Riva has avidly surveyed the musical landscape and, based on that, the group is offering to the world, Jamaican music in all it varieties, whether it be mento, quadrille, ska, reggae, dancehall, alternative, fusion, pop or rock.

    Possessing keen insight and an unmatched appreciation for music, Roc Riva has studiously delved into the rich musical legacy of past and has learned from greats such as Harry Belafonte, Bob Marley, Black Uhuru, Beres Hammond and overseas acts such as the Rolling Stones, Earth, Wind and Fire and Celine Dion. Taking their cue and doing their homework well, the band has struck out on their musical odyssey.

    Noting that their name is taken from that of a district in Clarendon, the significance of Roc Riva is also borne out by the mantra ‘solid as a rock’ and the power of water to cleanse and purify. This fusion of the rock and the gushing of water incorporate the elements of that unmistakable Roc Riva sound, which is partially defined by a heavy but subtle rock guitar.

    Together, Roc Riva has decades of experience in the business of music, with some members earning their stripes by grabbing the kudos on a big stage without even a big song. But, it has been this experience that has guided the group and has taught them the importance of possessing great song-writing skills and smooth delivery.

    Now ready to capture a global audience, Roc Riva has released its first official single, Sail, a groovy love song that speaks eloquently to the virtues of fidelity. Of course, in a world in which moral standards have all been tossed through the window, Roc Riva goes against the norm with the theme for this single, but in so doing they have made a bold statement which taps into their uniqueness as a group.

    With Amique sounding smooth on lead vocals, Percent adding energy and vibe on the deejay parts and potent lyrics which tell a story with which many can identify , Sail is destined to give Roc Riva their much deserved musical breakthrough.
    Get ready to Sail with Roc Riva.

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  • Fifth Anniversary of Gay Caribbean USA Pageant

    Brooklyn, New York, 17th September, 2013 – The Gay Caribbean USA Pageant celebrates its fifth year of existence with the staging of this year’s pageant on Saturday, 28th September at the Restoration Plaza – 1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn from 8pm.

    The lineup is made up of Male Impersonators and Transgender contestants who will be representing various islands in the Caribbean archipelago. The organizers are proud that the event attracts contestants who are based outside the U.S who fly in to represent their islands.

    The Gay Caribbean USA Pageant has undoubtedly solidified itself as a staple on the Caribbean Brooklyn Social Calendar as it continues to help bridge the gap between the Gay and Heterosexual Communities.

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  • Chronixx & the Zinc Fence Redemption Band Performs Live for the First Time In Brooklyn

    With only a few days to get your tickets, one of the fastest rising Reggae artists out of Jamaica, Chronixx, is ready to hit Brooklyn, NY on Saturday September 21st 2013. Chronixx and Zinc Fence Redemption band alongside Kelissa will be in Brooklyn, NY performing live for the first time at Pulse 48 (formerly known as C-Pac).

    At just 20-years old Jamaican-born artist Chronixx already has a handful of successful singles, music videos and a mixtape with Diplo’s Major Lazer. This is all before he’s even released a full-length album. But what makes Chronixx’s early success so intriguing is the way he’s done it. Spearheading a new reggae revival, Chronixx’s music is heavy on unwavering positivity and a live-band sound .The result is a refreshing change of pace that just might alter the Jamaican music scene in a major way.

    With a message of acceptance and love and Rastafari being the foundation of his message it explains why the world is gravitating to his music. Brooklyn, NY known for its wide West Indian demographics yet No nonsense, authentic culture it is no wonder why the promoters Orijahnal Vibes, decided to be the first to bring Chronixx to Brooklyn, NY

    “Chronixx music speaks to the people and for the people, he speaks love, righteousness and don’t stand for oppression. Brooklyn is a city whose people don’t stand for foolishness, Brooklynites take a stand and make themselves known where-ever in the world they may go. And to bring Chronixx to Brooklyn for the first time this will be an EPIC show.” says Jerry Fyah of Orijahnal Vibes.

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    Set to perform with his band and opening will be Kelissa, this event will be one to remember for 2013.

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  • SUNSHINE Awards

    New Jersey, September 15, 2013. The SUNSHINE Awards Organization today announced in New Jersey that it will celebrate the 25th Annual SUNSHINE Awards with two milestone events. The first will be the SUNSHINE Awards Ball, a black tie event scheduled for Saturday October 12, 2013 at the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort in Tobago, and the second will be the SUNSHINE Awards Program on November 2, 2013 in New York City. This year, the nominees for the SUNSHINE Awards Hall of Fame will be inducted in Tobago by the Co-founder of the SUNSHINE Awards Hall of Fame, Dr. Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool.

    The SUNSHINE Awards Program was founded to recognize and pay tribute to the creators, performers and promoters of art, dance, music, sports and poetry of the various Caribbean countries. Over the years, the program has expanded in depth and breadth with a global view to include countries from Africa, South America and Central America. A special feature of the program is the SUNSHINE Awards Hall of Fame established in 1989. In addition, “The Friend of the Arts” Award is given to individuals who have made substantial contributions and demonstrated a commitment to the various art forms of the aforementioned regions.

    The SUNSHINE Awards Program is often described as the Grammys of the Caribbean and was endorsed by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the organization responsible for the Annual Grammy Awards. The United Nations gave its global endorsement in 1998. The SUNSHINE Awards has also received many “Proclamations” from the various levels of the United States Government.

    Gil Figaro, the Founder of the SUNSHINE Awards Program said, “One of the core values of the SUNSHINE Awards Program is a strong sense of responsibility to preserve and perpetuate Caribbean heritage and traditions. These values reflect the synergy that exists between the SUNSHINE Awards Organization and the people of Trinidad and Tobago. The SUNSHINE Awards Organization received many invitations to celebrate these milestone events in other Caribbean countries. However, Tobago was chosen in recognition of the many years of good relations the Organization shares with Tobago House of Assembly and the people of Tobago. Additionally, the SUNSHINE Awards Organization has always assisted Trinidad and Tobago with its development of business, tourism and trade endeavors. I am excited to stage this milestone event in the Caribbean and in particular Tobago as I look forward to celebrating our talented exponents of the performing arts”.

    Dr. Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool, co-Founder of the SUNSHINE Awards Hall of Fame commented, “This year we take the Programme to Tobago as well as New York. Taking the Programme to Tobago is a fascinating and historical step since, as a Caribbean-based event, we have never held it in the sunshine of the beautiful and sunny Caribbean. Taking it to Tobago means that the event will be injected with not only sunshine, but with the warmth of the inhabitants working, strolling, laughing and liming, the spray and continuous noise that accompany the rising and ebbing of the tides, the rhythmic aesthetic that surrounds the air-conditioned atmosphere and the joy that accompanies the colloquial language patterns that can only spring from a happy but historically-conscious people. The Sunshine Awards is therefore breaking new ground; breaking new and more records”.

    Dr. Hans Geiser, a member of the SUNSHINE Awards Organization Board and broker of the relationship between the organization and the management of the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort said, “25 Years of SUNSHINE Awards, and to say that I was in it from Day One, and to say that I brought this event to the United Nations years ago, and now finally to Tobago! Many good reasons to feel proud and honored.”

    Dr. Harold Robertson, historian and former Consul General of Trinidad and Tobago commented, “The SUNSHINE Awards is the only program of its type currently in existence. The 25th Anniversary, fittingly being celebrated both in the cradle of Caribbean invention, rhythms and cultural diversity and in its traditional home, New York City, is eloquent testimony to its historical and continuing relevance to the development and recognition of indigenous and diaspora artistic, cultural, educational and sporting achievement. I look forward to a successful and memorable 25th Anniversary celebration”.

    The SUNSHINE Awards Organization, for 25 years has worked to promote the culture and art forms of the Caribbean, South American, Central American and African people. The SUNSHINE Awards Program has earned the respect and support of nationals of the United States of America as well as those in the aforementioned regions. This diaspora maintains close ties and follow with keen interest all developments with the SUNSHINE Awards Program. These ties are further strengthened by our talented exponents of the various artforms, education and sports.

    The 25th Annual SUNSHINE Awards Ball is sponsored in part by Tobago House of Assembly, United Airlines, “the preferred airline of the SUNSHINE Awards”, Magdalena Grand Beach Resort and Radio Tambrin.

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  • SUNSHINE Awards Organization Celebrates 25 Years in Tobago

    New Jersey, September 15, 2013. The SUNSHINE Awards Organization today announced in New Jersey that it will celebrate the 25th Annual SUNSHINE Awards with two milestone events. The first will be the SUNSHINE Awards Ball, a black tie event scheduled for Saturday October 12, 2013 at the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort in Tobago, and the second will be the SUNSHINE Awards Program on November 2, 2013 in New York City. This year, the nominees for the SUNSHINE Awards Hall of Fame will be inducted in Tobago by the Co-founder of the SUNSHINE Awards Hall of Fame, Dr. Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool.

    The SUNSHINE Awards Program was founded to recognize and pay tribute to the creators, performers and promoters of art, dance, music, sports and poetry of the various Caribbean countries. Over the years, the program has expanded in depth and breadth with a global view to include countries from Africa, South America and Central America. A special feature of the program is the SUNSHINE Awards Hall of Fame established in 1989. In addition, “The Friend of the Arts” Award is given to individuals who have made substantial contributions and demonstrated a commitment to the various art forms of the aforementioned regions.

    The SUNSHINE Awards Program is often described as the Grammys of the Caribbean and was endorsed by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the organization responsible for the Annual Grammy Awards. The United Nations gave its global endorsement in 1998. The SUNSHINE Awards has also received many “Proclamations” from the various levels of the United States Government.

    Gil Figaro, the Founder of the SUNSHINE Awards Program said, “One of the core values of the SUNSHINE Awards Program is a strong sense of responsibility to preserve and perpetuate Caribbean heritage and traditions. These values reflect the synergy that exists between the SUNSHINE Awards Organization and the people of Trinidad and Tobago. The SUNSHINE Awards Organization received many invitations to celebrate these milestone events in other Caribbean countries. However, Tobago was chosen in recognition of the many years of good relations the Organization shares with Tobago House of Assembly and the people of Tobago. Additionally, the SUNSHINE Awards Organization has always assisted Trinidad and Tobago with its development of business, tourism and trade endeavors. I am excited to stage this milestone event in the Caribbean and in particular Tobago as I look forward to celebrating our talented exponents of the performing arts”.

    Dr. Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool, co-Founder of the SUNSHINE Awards Hall of Fame commented, “This year we take the Programme to Tobago as well as New York. Taking the Programme to Tobago is a fascinating and historical step since, as a Caribbean-based event, we have never held it in the sunshine of the beautiful and sunny Caribbean. Taking it to Tobago means that the event will be injected with not only sunshine, but with the warmth of the inhabitants working, strolling, laughing and liming, the spray and continuous noise that accompany the rising and ebbing of the tides, the rhythmic aesthetic that surrounds the air-conditioned atmosphere and the joy that accompanies the colloquial language patterns that can only spring from a happy but historically-conscious people. The Sunshine Awards is therefore breaking new ground; breaking new and more records”.

    Dr. Hans Geiser, a member of the SUNSHINE Awards Organization Board and broker of the relationship between the organization and the management of the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort said, “25 Years of SUNSHINE Awards, and to say that I was in it from Day One, and to say that I brought this event to the United Nations years ago, and now finally to Tobago! Many good reasons to feel proud and honored.”

    Dr. Harold Robertson, historian and former Consul General of Trinidad and Tobago commented, “The SUNSHINE Awards is the only program of its type currently in existence. The 25th Anniversary, fittingly being celebrated both in the cradle of Caribbean invention, rhythms and cultural diversity and in its traditional home, New York City, is eloquent testimony to its historical and continuing relevance to the development and recognition of indigenous and diaspora artistic, cultural, educational and sporting achievement. I look forward to a successful and memorable 25th Anniversary celebration”.

    The SUNSHINE Awards Organization, for 25 years has worked to promote the culture and art forms of the Caribbean, South American, Central American and African people. The SUNSHINE Awards Program has earned the respect and support of nationals of the United States of America as well as those in the aforementioned regions. This diaspora maintains close ties and follow with keen interest all developments with the SUNSHINE Awards Program. These ties are further strengthened by our talented exponents of the various artforms, education and sports.

    The 25th Annual SUNSHINE Awards Ball is sponsored in part by Tobago House of Assembly, United Airlines, “the preferred airline of the SUNSHINE Awards”, Magdalena Grand Beach Resort and Radio Tambrin.

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  • World Travel Awards winners glitter in Antigua

    Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, Sandals Resorts International, Jamaica and Caribbean Airlines were among the top tourism industry stakeholders to emerge victorious from the World Travel Awards Caribbean & North American Gala Ceremony yesterday evening. The event was hosted by the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority and Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa and welcomed guests from across the region.

    Joining guests of honour were Antigua & Barbuda Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack and Prime Minister Dr. Hon Baldwin Spencer and at the event were government ministers, chairmen, and presidents from the region’s premier travel companies. In all nearly 400 top hospitality industry insiders were in attendance.
    World Travel Awards celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year and is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade, celebrating those companies, organisations and brands that are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence in product and service. The Gala Ceremony had a line-up of stars, from co-hosts Walt Wiley and Samoya Kirby, to legendary band The Burning Flames, as well as the sensational Passion de Dance entertaining the guests.

    “Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa is honored to open its doors to the World Travel Awards for this distinguished occasion,” said Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, Chairman, Sandals Resorts International. “It is our pleasure and sincere privilege to extend Sandals’ rich tradition of hospitality to our fellow leaders of the travel industry and invite all to enjoy our beautiful beachfront setting and all the amenities this wonderful resort has to offer.”

    In the North America section of the event Las Vegas was the big winner, taking the title of North America’s Leading Destination. The title of North America’s Leading Airline went to American Airlines, while the trophy for North America’s Leading Hotel Brand went to Marriott Hotels & Resorts. Voters from around the world also selected a resurgent New Orleans as North America’s Leading Sports Tourism Destination and South Beach Miami as North America’s Leading Beach Destination.

    Headline Caribbean Awards winners included Grace Bay Beach, Turks & Caicos, which took the title of Caribbean’s Leading Beach Destination, while Jamaica walked away with the title of Caribbean’s Leading Destination. Caribbean’s Leading Hotel Brand once again went to Sandals Resorts International; Caribbean’s Leading Boutique Hotel went to Hermitage Bay, Antigua; and Caribbean’s Leading Golf Resort went to Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic. Meanwhile industry leader Caribbean Airlines took the title of Caribbean’s Leading Airline.

    Special praise was also heaped on hosts Antigua & Barbuda, which walked away with the coveted title of Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination.

    Graham E. Cooke, President and Founder, World Travel Awards said: “The Caribbean & North America are fiercely contested regions for our World Travel Awards, and these Award winners continue to serve as an example of the most luxurious and innovative brands with unique hospitality products and services. Tonight’s recipients strive to set the highest possible bar to raise the standards of excellence in travel and tourism and it has been an honour to hold our ceremony here in Antigua.”

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  • Wayne Wonder Wraps Up European Tour, Next Stop U.K, Canada & Japan

    New York, New York (September 11, 2013). Wayne Wonder is pleased with the great response from his fans on his new singles off his current album ‘My Way’, released late last year. ‘My Way’ is currently picking up momentum as a result of his recent appearance on B.E.T 106 & Park and radio play in Europe.

    “It was a good feeling to see the fans not only singing along with me to my hits, but also rocking with me as I sung ‘Caught Up’ and ‘Crush on You’” states Wayne Wonder.

    With sold out shows in Sweden, Eindhoven, Netherlands and Dortmund, Germany just to name a few, Wayne Wonder also performed at the 17th edition of the Chiemsee Festival, in Germany. Wayne Wonder performed in front of over 12,000 screaming fans and later returned for an encore performance with German Reggae artist Gentleman.

    Now off to the U.K. Wayne Wonder is scheduled to headline several shows before heading to United States, Canada and then Japan.

    In the midst of his hectic schedule, Wayne Wonder will be shooting the video for his single ‘Reset It’ on the Bad Intro Reloaded Riddim, Produced by Payday Music in Jamaica at the of this month.

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  • MUTA KING READY FI STING!!!

    Conscious dancehall artist *Muta King* just released his first official mix tape entitled “*ready fi sting*”. The mix was done by UK disc jockey DJ Daddy who is also the owner of Culture Youth Sound.

    The project is 30 minutes of conscious dancehall tunes, loaded with jingles and effects. *Muta King* who recently appeared on Jamaica’s Hype TV said that he is indeed *ready for sting* and would welcome the opportunity if he got the call. See links below to listen and download the mix tape.

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  • Guinness UTC First Winner

    Last week Friday Guinness launched its latest under the crown promotion “Arthur Guinness Day- made of more!” during the Gros Islet Friday night street party. The promotion runs between September–October 2013.

    This latest “UTC” affords persons purchasing Guinness chances to win some fantastic prizes and to be a part of Arthur Day celebrations in Ireland and here at home. During the promotions special edition Arthur Guinness day bottles will be capped with special marked crowns which will reveal various prizes. These include instant prizes such as free Guinness, cash and merchandize as well as LED Smart TVs, Ipads, IPods, Mobile smart phones and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones.

    At Fridays launch, one individual was quite lucky and won a very popular item. Shem Sinaise of Vieux Fort, won himself an IPAD 3 Mini which he collected from Guinness brand manager Sylvester Henry at the WLBL office on Monday.

    According to Henry this is an exciting promotion, which will include the celebration of Arthur Day on September 26, a major concert on September 29 and lots of prizes to be won throughout September and October.

    “We have the instant prizes that winners can collect right away, prizes that can be collected at WLBL, and we will also be affording persons the opportunity to attend our own Guinness concert,” Henry says. “This concert will be held on Sunday September 29 at Fond D’or and will feature Jamaican dancehall act RDX as well as a number of Saint Lucian performers,” the Guinness brand manager says.

    However the main prize of the “are you made of more?” promotion is an all expense paid trip for two winners to the Guinness storehouse at St James gate Brewery in Dublin, Ireland. The winners will get the opportunity to taste a variety of Guinness as well as soak in the rich history and culture of Dublin and the brewery itself. And of course, this will all be done as the world hoist their glasses and toast the brew Guinness and the man that started it all-Arthur Guinness!

    UTC winner

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  • Trinidad and Tobago’s Asylum Band Parts Ways With Manager Ian Pantin

    Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. September 12, 2013——This brief media release serves to notify the media and by extension, the general public, inclusive of promoters and prospective business affiliates, that The Asylum Band out of Trinidad and Tobago is, as of September 11, 2013, no longer under the management of Mr. Ian Pantin.

    Members of the Asylum Band wish to convey their heartfelt thanks to Mr. Pantin for his years of service and loyalty and wish him continued success in all future endeavours.

    The public is thanked sincerely for its continued support of the Asylum Band and is hereby given the assurance that the band and its members will continue to work arduously to maintain the high standard of musical service it has provided over the years.

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  • Precision Digital Brings the Futuristic Side of Soca with the Body Up Riddim…Available Digitally Now Everywhere!

    The futuristic side of soca music is on display on the Body Up Riddim – Various Artists, available now on all major digital retailers, distributed by Precision Digital. Featuring some of the top performers in the genre, the riddim is produced by Trinidadian-based Donadoni Productions, with prolific violinist-turned-producer Andre “Donadoni” Donawa at the helm. The riddim was composed for Carnival 2013, where it lit up playlists and stages across fetes as one of the sexiest offerings of the season, and now makes its bow internationally as it becomes available to fans of the genre, across the world.

    Captained by none other than soca star Destra with her infectious “A Million Smiles”, Erphaan Alves with the sexy “Dis Carnival (Your Gyal Is Mine),” Blaxx featuring Umi Marcano on the energetic “Move That Body”, and anchored by “Body Up Instrumental”, Body Up Riddim is bound to drive bodies in a frenzy across fetes and on dance floors for years to come.

    Donawa describes his production as hybrid soca, as he fuses soca with futuristic, electronic sounds, incorporating the flavors of the Caribbean along with international influences, namely EDM (electronic dance music). Joining him on this ambitious ride is Trinidadian producer Keron “Sheriff” Thompson, the creative force behind Bunji Garlin’s hit, “Differentology,” who engineered the Body Up Riddim to perfection, making it a must-have for music lovers everywhere.

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  • Jamaican Duo to Headline Guinness Concert!

    On September 26, in several cities around the world glasses will be raised in honour of Arthur Guinness the man who introduced the world to the most famous dark brew. In Saint Lucia, local brewers of Guinness, WLBL will also join in the global celebrations with a number of bar promotions and the broadcasting of regional concerts held to celebrate Arthur Day. However it will not end there. On Sunday September 29, 2013 Guinness will host its official “Arthur Guinness Day” concert event featuring a major Jamaican act.

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    The event will be held at Fond D’or, Dennery and will be headlined by RDX of Jamaica. With steamy dancehall scorchers like “Broad Out”, “Kotch” and “Jump” RDX have been ruling the clubs and the streets with their party anthems all summer long.
    RDX members are deejay Renegade (Carlton Williams) and Singer Delomar (Andre Bedward). Both artistes first started out in the dancehall reggae business in 2003 as members of a group call “Xsytment” but went on to form their own group “RDX” in 2006. Their big break came in 2007 with the release of one of their big singles “Dance” which celebrated the latest Jamaican dance craze at the time. This was followed by “Everybody dance” which was also a monster hit for them.

    Since then, they have stayed in the game with hits like “Daggering,” “Turn Your Swag Up,” “Bend Ova,” and of course “Jump” their highly successful dancehall single.
    The “Arthur Guinness Day” concert here will also feature a number of Saint Lucian acts including Alley Cat, General Bakes, Soca bandit and DYP.

    Tickets for the event will go on sale as of this week. However Guinness is also giving persons the opportunity to win tickets through its current under the crown promotions.

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    The “Arthur Guinness Day-made of more” promotion, which was launched earlier this month, affords persons opportunities to win cash, Guinness, merchandise, IPods, Ipads, LCD TVs and Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones. Persons can also win tickets to the Arthur Guinness Day concert at Fond D’or featuring RDX. The main prize however is a trip to the Guinness Brewery at St. James’s Gate in Dublin, Ireland.

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  • Soca Sizzles with the ‘Body Up Riddim’ – Album Now Available

    New York, NY – Soca music sizzles with the Body Up Riddim – Various Artists, now available worldwide on all major digital retailers (released on September 10, 2013). Produced by Trinidadian-based Donadoni Productions, with prolific violinist-turned-producer André “Donadoni” Donawa at the helm, the Body Up Riddim features some of the top performers in the genre on sexy singles that have already been making their mark. The riddim was composed for Carnival 2013, where it lit up playlists and stages across fetes as one of the sexiest offerings of the season, and makes its bow internationally as it is now available for music lovers everywhere.

    Captained by none other than soca star Destra with her infectious “A Million Smiles,” Erphaan Alves with the sexy “Dis Carnival (Your Gyal Is Mine),” Blaxx featuring Umi Marcano on the energetic “Move That Body,” and anchored by “Body Up Instrumental,” Body Up Riddim is bound to drive bodies in a frenzy across fetes and on dance floors for years to come.

    Donawa describes his production as hybrid soca, as he fuses soca with futuristic, electronic sounds, incorporating the flavors of the Caribbean along with international influences, namely EDM (electronic dance music). Joining him on this ambitious ride is Trinidadian producer Keron “Sheriff” Thompson, the creative force behind Bunji Garlin’s hit, “Differentology,” who engineered the Body Up Riddim to perfection, making it a must-have for music lovers everywhere.

    Body Up Riddim is now available worldwide from all major digital retailers.

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  • JABBA STRIKES BACK *** Miami *** with Shades of Black & Red on October 13, 2013.. Columbus Weekend

    COLOMBUS DAY WEEKEND on Sunday October 13, 2013. “JABBA STRIKES BACK” SHADES OF BLACK OR RED. It’s A Formal Affairs @ BONGOS at 601 Biscayne Blvd | Downtown Miami located Behind The American Airlines Arena).

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    Live in The Reggae Room: Mssive B , Tony Matterhorn, Steelie Bashment, Young Chow, Platinum Kidz, Big Reef, Fire Redz, Mikey Mike.

    Early Fire by Supa Don, Road INTL & Supa Sound From NYC. Live in the Soca Room: Back2Basics, GBM Sounds, Natural Freaks, Pantrin Vybz, D-Life, House Arrest, DJ Trixta, DJ Calli B, Elegance Sounds. Ladies are free before 10:30pm and doors open @ 10pm.

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  • Norwegian Cruise Lines & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley Announce Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise

    Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Norwegian Cruise Lines are happy to announce plans for the Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise. The 5-night ultimate reggae voyage will be the first of its kind. The state-of-the-art Norwegian Pearl ship will set sail October 20, 2014 from Miami, Florida with stops in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, Jamaica before its return on October 25, 2014.

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    The world’s top tier reggae artists – including Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Julian Marley, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Etana, Tarrus Riley, Jah Cure, Busy Signal, Morgan Heritage, Jo Mersa, Wayne Marshall, Christopher Ellis, Black-Am-I – will be performing aboard the ship. More acts will be announced at a later date.

    In addition to live concerts, there will be numerous sound systems and DJs (David Rodigan, Stone Love, Renaissance, Mighty Crown and Gramps Morgan) blazing vibes day and night throughout the cruise. Many other entertainment events will be planned to satisfy every reggae lover’s appetite. This cruise is all that is reggae, but especially all that is Jamaica.

    The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), an agency of the Ministry of Tourism for the island, has jumped on board to endorse the world-class Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise and will play an essential role in spreading the word to the masses.

    “As the home of reggae, Jamaica is proud to be a sponsor of the inaugural Jamrock Reggae Cruise. This is a wonderful opportunity for music lovers to get immersed in the rich history of Jamaican music. The JTB will be on board to promote the island’s diverse offerings which are available for visitors to enjoy. The cruise will serve as an opportunity to whet the appetite of reggae music lovers to visit and explore the birthplace of reggae,” states John Lynch, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism.

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  • Montserrat Festival 2013 Invite Troupes & Groups to register early!

    The Montserrat Festival Committee are asking persons or groups interested in participating in our Festival Day and New Year’s Parade.

    Are you forming a troupe for Festival 2013?

    Are you joining a troupe?

    Are you overseas and want to be in a troupe when you come?

    Let us know!!!

    The costume troupes are the colour of the Festival. Last year was colourful.

    Let’s do it again.

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    FESTIVAL 2013 JUST COME.

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  • Bahamas Consulate and Baha Mar To Target Atlanta Area With Discovery Day Mixer

    (Atlanta, Georgia)… In an effort to lure Bahamians back home to render their skills in the tourism and business sector, Baha Mar and the Bahamas Consulate Office of Atlanta are teaming up to host a Discovery Day Mixer in the city. The event, set for October 11 from 6 – 9p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on 265 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia, will target Bahamian professionals, students, and more.

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    According to Bahamas Consul General Randy Rolle, this direct approach will assist in combating what many have deemed a ‘brain drain’ in the nation, where many students opt to stay in the country they receive their education as opposed to returning home with their degrees to assist in the development of their country and communities. It will also help fill an estimated 8,000 positions at the $3.5 billion development when it opens in December 2014.

    “There are many Bahamians families who sacrifice to send their children off to school and after years of training, graduating top of their class, many of them return home discouraged because there are no jobs,” stated Rolle at a recent press briefing. “As a result of that, many people feel inadequate and there is a feeling of despair amongst our young people. Why should we encourage them to invest in getting a first class education if there is a feeling that their skills, training and education will never be fully utilized. With Baha Mar coming to Atlanta, which along with Florida and New York has one of the highest populations of Bahamians abroad, they are directly targeting potential employees before they come back home so they can know what The Bahamas has to offer. At the same time, it can also serve as a great way for Atlantans to see what we have to offer in The Bahamas in terms of investment.”

    Rolle added that by inviting Baha Mar to the area, it coincides with the Bahamas Consulate General’s mandate of continuing to seek opportunities for Bahamians at home and within his jurisdiction which covers Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

    Meanwhile, Vonya Ifill of Baha Mar feels that the Discovery Day mixer is a great opportunity to introduce Bahamians to their brand partners Rosewood, Mondrian, Grand Hyatt and The Baha Mar Casino & Hotel and also to all of the jobs that will be available in the various hotels.

    “We will be filling 8,000 jobs so in addition to the local outreach we need to find Bahamians wherever they are abroad and bring them back home,” she said.
    She revealed that outreach events were held in Florida and London so far and that Canada and New York are other target areas after Atlanta. Additionally, there will be socials in The Bahamas targeting Bahamians who are visiting home for the holiday in December. Ifill added that it was inevitable that they would collaborate with the Bahamas Consulate in Atlanta to directly get the word out to Bahamians in the area.
    “Baha Mar, the largest single-phase resort development in the Western Hemisphere, has become a powerful driver of the Bahamian economy, and accounted for an estimated 5 percent of the Commonwealth’s annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2011 and 2012, according to a comprehensive updated economic impact report (EIR) by Oxford Economics,” Ifill stated. “The report shows that since 2005, Baha Mar has accounted for an average of 3.2 percent of the Bahamian economy. This accounts for a total of $2.1 billion between 2005 and 2012. Once the $3.5 billion integrated gaming resort is up and running, it is expected to account for 12.8 percent of Bahamian annual GDP on average. From 2005 to 2012, Baha Mar has generated $719 million in additional employment income. Through direct and indirect impacts, Baha Mar has supported an average employment count of more than 3,000 jobs on a full-time-equivalent (FTE) basis.”

    “Attendees can expect to get an inside scoop of what Baha Mar will look like once it’s complete,” said Ifill. “We will be exposing them to the brands and meet brand representatives from Mondrian, Rosewood and Grand Hyatt. Overall, we want them to leave having a better idea of the ideal candidate that Baha Mar is looking for so they can come to the event to learn more about how they would fit.”

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  • 4 Days | Music | Workshops | Art Exhibits | Indie Films | Get your tickets!

    Michelle Lisa Herman

    A former student and collaborator on “The Indigo Room”, Michelle Lisa Herman is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Washington, D.C. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008 with a BFA in general fine art and art history. Her work spans a variety of media from abstract painting to interactive installation.

    Celebrate the works of Haitian artist, Edouard Duval Carrie

    Haitian painting is easily recognizable and known for its brightly painted, orderly planted fields, tropical landscapes and detailed imagery. Do not expect typical Haitian painting from Edouard Duval Carrié. Carrié’s paintings are indeed provocative; they combine African fables, classical mythology, Haitian and world history with contemporary events.

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  • Demarco Scores His 15th No.1 & Pulls Record Crowd In Costa Rica

    KINGSTON, JAMAICA | SEPTEMBER 7, 2013 | Currently in Australia on a six city tour of that continent, international Dancehall superstar Demarco was nothing short of superb last weekend when he pulled out thousands of Spanish speaking fans in Costa Rica for a pair of concerts dubbed the ‘Black Carpet’.

    Hosted in the Afro-Caribbean community of Limon the first staging saw a large influx of over 7,000 patrons filing in to show their support for the Jamaican. Less than thirty minutes into the show the venue was filled to capacity forcing the promoters to close the gates. The city’s emergency services we also placed on high alert, thankfully there were no incidents. After rocking the sweat drenched audience, Demarco took time out to greet many whom never got the opportunity to see the performance.

    On Sunday the focus shifted to San Jose for the second staging at Club Vertigo the line-up this time featured local stars: Banton, Toledo, Ghetto and Slam Jam. Arriving at minutes to midnight amidst screaming fans inside a venue bursting at the seams. Demarco kicked off his performance with classics such as: ‘Duppy’, ‘Fallen Soldier’, ‘True Friends’ and ‘I Love My Life’ , the singer’s security detailing was kept busy all night as they worked tirelessly to repel the intermittent hordes of female invading the stage.

    Demarco intimated it was very gratifying to see how his fan base had grown exponentially in the Central American country since his inaugural visit in 2008.

    “I expected a good crowd but what I witnessed was amazing. When you see thousands of persons who don’t even speak the same language as you coming out to support your concert it confirms that you are doing something right… Right now Costa Rica is one of my favourite places to perform. But of course there is nowhere in the world like Jamaica..”

    Currently soaring the charts globally with hits such as ‘Money’, ‘Lazy Body’ and ‘Apartment’, Demarco last Friday scored his 15th No.1 on the Hype TV Top 20 Video Chart with ‘Continue Whine’. The blonde-haired singer is expected to return of the island mid-September in preparation for his upcoming Birthday celebrations before jetting off to the Southwest Pacific French Colony of New Caledonia.

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  • Video Alert! RDX Releases ‘Free World Boss’ Viral Video

    NEW YORK, USA – Dancehall’s leading RDX has released another viral video for their latest controversial single ‘Free Worl Boss’. RDX who clearly stated that the life story thus far of the neo king is one of a ‘rags to riches’ story, which themselves amongst many other Jamaican can relate to.

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    Renegade of RDX states “lt needs to be established that this is not us seeking nuh hype off kartel, we dun hype already before. This is us standing up for a fellow artiste and ghetto representative plus reflecting what the streets saying”. He states further “It should be a “gaza” artiste who come out n say this, one who kartel tek from nutn n tun inna star should be singing a free worl boss song”.

    Watch Video Here:

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  • New Album (Sept 30) – Alborosie – Sound The System – FEB 2014 U.S. Tour

    Alborosie may not be Jamaican by birth, yet he promotes reggae music in its truest sense. With dreadlocks almost touching the floor, the Sicilian-born singer – one turned Jamaican national – is a proud Rastafarian armed with a rebel philosophy. On Monday, September 30, 2013, he continues his musical mission with his self-produced, landmark album and vinyl LP Sound The System on Greensleeves Records. Alborosie also has a U.S tour planned for February 2014 in support of the North American release. Tour dates will be announced later this fall.

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    Sound The System, which was released in Europe in July, boasts the perfect balance of live instrumentation and analogue recording techniques and is filled with Alborosie’s signature thought-provoking lyrics, satisfying vocals and classic contemporary sound. The modern-day Renaissance man demonstrates a mastery of traditional reggae, while pointing the way forward for himself and the genre.

    Alborosie describes Sound The System as “a new chapter” and “revolutionary in terms of the message.” “You’re going to hear some good music and learn to live good,” he adds.

    The re-emergence of “live” reggae and timeless dancehall music owes much to the trail he blazed on earlier albums such as Escape To Babylon and 2 Times Revolution – the difference being that he has now raised the bar even higher. Alborosie not only lives and breathes the music, he’s assimilated it to the point where he’s now indistinguishable from the pioneers who created it – possessing the same spirit and sharing the same goals. For example, “Positiveness” and “Warrior” are the kind of songs that icons like Bob Marley or Toots Hibbert would write, since both are guaranteed to have audiences on their feet, singing along and feeling togetherness. It takes a special talent to pen songs that are catchy, all-inclusive and convey a righteous message. Alborosie clearly has that gift, which may explain why Bob Marley’s son Ky-Mani steps up to the mic for a wonderful reworking of “Zion Train,” or legendary Jamaican vocal group The Abyssinians put in a rare guest appearance on “Give Thanks” – a track they decorate with harmonies sang in Amharic, the sacred language of Ethiopia. He also collaborated with Italian singer Nina Zilli on “Goodbye,” which brings vivacity to scintillating ska beats.

    No matter whether its roots or dancehall, he’s equally adept as a singer, singjay or MC and can battle it out with all comers. He will drive a crowd into a frenzy with songs like “Who Run The Dance” in pitch-perfect raggamuffin talk, while “Shut U Mouth” is a burial tune in true sound-system tradition and “Rock The Dancehall” is a clarion call – one that’s already an anthem in reggae circles.

    As a keen student of Jamaican music, he’s fascinated by analogue recording techniques and plays many different instruments, (including guitar, bass and keyboards) on Sound The System. He’s adept at using Pro-Tools and the rest. His Shengen Studio is better stocked than any museum and contains equipment once owned by the likes of King Tubby and Coxsone Dodd. It’s there at his home in the foothills of Kingston where he immerses himself in reggae’s past.

    He’s traveled far from his origins in every sense, although his Sicilian heritage peeks through on “U Got To Be Mine,” which has a Mediterranean feel. This blend of compelling yet seemingly disparate influences makes his palette much broader than most reggae artists. He takes it to another level on “Memories” featuring Kemar “Flava” McGregor, which is a musing on life and death set to a shuffling rhythm wrapped in harp strings. This daring nature and willingness to take risks is why his music is so unique and continues to evolve.

    Alborosie, real name Alberto D’ Ascola, was born in the Sicilian town of Marsala. After relocating to Milan during his teens he played in a variety of bands before joining Reggae National Tickets, who regularly toured Europe during the mid-to-late nineties. One day the Tickets were invited to perform in Jamaica – an event that inspired Alborosie to quit the band and change his life around. Soon, he was living in Jamaica and working as an engineer at Gee Jam studios in Portland, where he worked with many leading foreign and Jamaican artists. Twelve years later and he’s in the vanguard of an exciting new era for reggae, and with a quartet of critically-acclaimed albums to his name.

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