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Monthly Archives: October 2013

  • Island Traffic Entertainment Presents ‘Guacamole & Chips Riddim’

    New York, NY – Grenada-based production house Island Traffic Entertainment presents the spicy Guacamole & Chips Riddim, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on November 12, 2013. This latest compilation from the Caribbean hit-makers sees a mass fusion of music and artists from several islands and showcases both soca and dancehall stars on up-tempo southern Caribbean vibes, presenting the perfect soundtrack for upcoming playlists, parties and fetes.
    Stacked with 10 sizzling singles plus the instrumental version, the Guacamole & Chips Riddim features soca stars Skinny Fabulous, Area Kode, Luni Spark and Valene Nedd alongside dancehall acts Voicemail, Alozade, Black Lion, Blackberry, Dan Diesel and Francheno. Jamaican dancehall supergroup Voicemail teams up with St. Lucian soca star Skinny Fabulous for the first single, “Gyals Instruction” and dancehall deejay Alozade returns to the spotlight on the second single, “Roll.” This convergence of musical sounds and diversity in talent is precisely for what Island Traffic is known and recognized. “Our mission has always been to incorporate the essence of Grenada’s unique jab jab sound with soca, thereby creating our own niche genre and bringing that to the worldwide massive,” states Linwall Patterson, CEO of Island Traffic Entertainment. “Our Guacamole & Chips Riddim is in keeping with that rich tradition and we are thrilled to see its release to music lovers across the globe.”

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  • ONE MIC ‘the Artistic Movement’ Returns November 18th 2013 @ Milk River

    New York, New York – Within the past year One Mic, the Artistic Movement have showcased live unplug (acoustic) entertainment with some of Jamaica’s most talented artists; such as Christopher Martin, Anthony B, and Etana. One Mic, the Artistic Movement (NY edition) returns with I-Wayne and Kabaka Pyramid.

    On Monday, November 28th I-Wayne, billboard chart topping reggae artist has not performed in Brooklyn, New York for several years and have not performed on an acoustic set in New York for over five years, is set to show the fans a different side of I-Wayne.

    “We never stop burn the fire, and at One Mic we will bring the hits and fans favorite as well as give them a little piece of something new from I-Wayne. Its an early show and I will be performing my full set so come out early.” says I-Wayne.

    One Mic, the Artistic Movement is officially one years old and have decided to step it up a notch and add an additional artist. One Mic is always looking for the artist that will WOW the audience and open patrons eyes and have them leaving the venue saying “what a great performance and a great event”.

    Kabaka Pyramid, one of the hottest rising reggae acts from out of Jamaica right now is also on this event. For the first time Kabaka Pyramid will perform in Brooklyn, NY with live accompaniment and for the first time he will be in the NY area making his press and media rounds.

    One Mic, the Artistic Movement on Monday, November 18th will be held at Milk River, which is located on 960 Atlantic Ave. in Brooklyn, NY. The newly opened classy and trendy venue has an ambiance for live music with excellent staging and lighting.

    On Monday, November 18th, I-Wayne and Kabaka Pyramid will take the time out to produce a special set performance, which will resonate with the audience as something different and provide them with an opportunity to see the artist with less “frills” stripped of all the extra “stuff”.

    One Mic, is not only a great platform for the artist to shine, but is also a great platform for the audience to ask questions and get to know what were some inspirations behind the artist career and musical journey. The environment is a learning art space that is conducive to the art and the enjoyment of music. Milk River the home of One Mic (New York), is only blocks away from the world famous Barclay Center and accessible via public transportation.

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  • The SUNSHINE Awards

    New Jersey – The SUNSHINE Awards Organization today announced in New Jersey the nominees for the 2013 SUNSHINE Awards Program scheduled for Saturday November 2, 2013 in New York City. The SUNSHINE Awards Program was founded 25 years ago to recognize and honor talented exponents of the performing arts, sports and education of the various Caribbean countries. Over the years, the canopy of the program was extended to include South America, Central America and Africa. A special feature of the program is the SUNSHINE Awards Hall of Fame.

    On Saturday October 12, 2013 the SUNSHINE Awards Organization inducted five (5) life-long world renowned, legendary contributors (Roy Cape, Errol Ince, Ray Holman, Fitzroy Coleman and Jit Samaroo) to the performing arts into the SUNSHINE Awards Hall of Fame and paid special tribute to pioneers of cultural programs, Dr. J. D. Elder, Lionel Paul Mitchell and Rawle “Axeback” Titus at the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort in sunny Tobago, West Indies. Dr. Hollis Chalkdust Liverpool hosted the Hall of Fame inductions and took great pride in describing how the SUNSHINE Awards Program makes a difference in people’s lives. The nominees to be honored at the New York City milestone event are as follows:

    Elsie Saint Louis and the Haitian Americans United for Progress Organization (HAUP). HAUP was initially founded in 1975 to promote the welfare of Haitian refugees and immigrants. Since its founding it has broadened its’ cope and reach to meet the needs of all its constituents regardless of nationality, ethnic origin or background. HAUP is dedicated to providing a supportive environment through education, training, culture, networking opportunities, and other support services, that allow members of the community to successfully adapt and thrive. HAUP is an organization making a difference in people’s lives.

    The Mosaic Dance Theater Company (MDTC). The MDTC is dedicated to performing the dances and folklore of the Mediterranean region — North Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, Greece, Italy, and Spain. The dances and music, the stories and myths, and the history and legends of this fascinating area of the world form the wellspring of inspiration for MDTC’s creative vision. Founded in 2003 by Morgiana Celeste Varricchio, MDTC’s Producing Artistic Director, the Company evolved out of the programs originally developed by Ms. Varricchio for New York Performing Artist Company (NYPACo). These programs began touring in 1992, and are now a part of MDTC’s diverse repertory. Samara Adell, MDTC’s Choreographer and Artistic Director for Dance, began her collaboration with Ms. Varricchio in 2000, and since MDTC’s inception, the Company has premiered numerous critically acclaimed dance works, as well as dance/story-theater adaptations of selected folktales, myths, and tales from The Arabian Nights. MDTC tours nationally and internationally to performing arts venues, museums, schools, and universities.

    The Feraba African Rhythm Tap Company, a multicultural and multiethnic performance group, Féraba fuses the traditional sounds and movements of West Africa with the American artistic forms of tap dance and jazz in a unique and exciting way. Féraba exposes its audience around the world to many different cultures, and seeks to create a bond of understanding among the people of the world, suggesting that this diversity enriches one’s life.

    Dr. Clement London will be honored with the Dr. Basil Matthews SUNSHINE Award for his life-long contribution and commitment to education and human development. Dr. London began his teaching career in Trinidad after obtaining his Teacher’s Diploma at the Government Training College for Teachers in 1952. He obtained his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Elementary and Secondary Social Studies Education, respectively at the City College of the City University of New York. He earned a Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision of Secondary Schools and an Ed. D. in Curricular and Instructional Practices at Columbia University. Dr. London spent twenty-eight (28) years at Fordham University Graduate School of Education teaching courses and programs at the Masters and Doctoral levels. He has traveled extensively throughout the world as an educator; he has published over 40 works including: books, articles, monographs and poems. In 1998, Dr. London was also honored as “Professor of the Year” by Phi Delta Kappa, Fordham University and was accorded the status of Professor Emeritus of Fordham University, Graduate School of Education. Dr. London is now retired and resides in New York City.

    Vonulrick “Von” Martin, broadcaster, producer and Dean of Caribbeana Communications Inc., founded Caribbeana Radio Services in 1975 and went on air in 1977 as one of the first radio personalities of WPFW 89.3 FM in Washington DC. Von defines Caribbean music of past and present generations as a cultural expression of life and seeks to meet the needs of the Caribbean Diaspora by providing substance and style to his work. Von’s radio programs are inspiring and innovative and keeping his listeners informed via music and events. Caribbeana is one of the few Caribbean organizations based in the United States that serves all individuals interested in Caribbean culture and its Diaspora through media, technology and journalism.

    The milestone, black tie event will be staged at the AXA Equitable Center, 787 Seventh Avenue (corner of 51st Street) in New York City. The program will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:00pm followed by the presentation of awards and live performances at 8:00pm. The 25th Annual SUNSHINE Awards Program in New York City is sponsored in part by United Airlines “the preferred airline of the SUNSHINE Awards”, the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort of Tobago, National Staffing Associates and All Star Motors/Essex County Touring.

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  • JETE BRINGS OUT THE BEST DANCE CREWS

    A variety of dance crews came out in the second round of auditions for the Jèté
    National dance competition, which took place on Saturday, at the Vieux Fort
    Technical College.

    Dance groups came from Pierrot, Laborie, Vieux Fort and from as far up north as
    Castries for a chance to make it into the Jèté dance quarterfinals.
    Each group brought out different styles and danced to various genres of music.
    Impressive renditions, innovations, energy and passion were on display.
    Once again the Creative industries Jèté team and judges were surprised and
    impressed with the immense talent of many of the groups who took part.

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  • Wayne Wonder Set to Release Video ‘Reset It’

    New York, New York – Wayne Wonder is set to release the video for his single ‘Reset It’, produced by Pay Day Music and directed by IceyJace Film.

    Shot in Portland Jamaica, capital of Port Antonio, director IceyJace took full advantage of the tropical scenery, which compliments the theme of lovers reminiscing and wanting to ‘Reset’ the good old days.

    ‘Reset it’ is an up-tempo love song, with a gentleman asking his love to “reset it back like how it was, when we use to love”. The video is set to release end of October right before Wayne Wonder embarks on his Japan tour October 28 to November 16, 2013.

    “Reset it, is a song that was released earlier this year and Pay Day Music and I thought it was a good song to video especially with the international airplay it is currently receiving” says Wayne Wonder.

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  • Kaisokah Moko Jumbies press release Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk‏

    Kaisokah Moko Jumbies U.S.A. participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Prospect Park, Brooklyn last October 20, 2013,. According to Jason Edwards, Director of Kaisokah Moko Jumbies U.S.A. the members were enthusiastic to showcase their talent for such a worthy cause. Since the American Cancer Society turns 100 years this year, the group felt obligated, like the rest of America to participate in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. Having participated in the event they shared their passion and raised funds to help save lives from breast cancer and made a difference with every step they took.
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    Every Making Strides event is a powerful and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about what we can do to stay well from breast cancer, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with breast cancer research, information and services, and access to mammograms for women who need them

    Kaisokah Moko Jumbies U.S.A., a professional stilt walking group. They are able to spin, leap, run, and dance on stilts to various types of music. The Program teaches stilt walking to anyone willing to learn. The troupe is 16 members strong and growing, ranging in age from 4-25 years old. They are under the leadership of Director Jason Edwards.

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  • Carnival Concierge promises supreme service for Carnival 2014

    New York, NY– As the clock counts down to the much anticipated, festive season aka Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival, the directors of professional travel management company Carnival Concierge (CC) are pledging to provide nothing less than top-notch service for their international clientele that will be venturing to the party island.

    For the enterprising Aisha Smith and Keisha Williams, a high standard of service and a personal yet professional touch are crucial elements that make their Carnival travel packages truly unique. They maintain that similar to their successful 2013 expedition to the Soca music capital, their clients will experience an elevated of planning, coordination and professionalism and will be treated like ‘friends and family’.

    Although currently based in New York City, both Smith and Williams aspire to utilize CC to effectively promote the culture of the land of their heritage while eliminating any challenges to foreigners who plan to visit and fully enjoy T&T’s Carnival.

    With an established network of service providers, a customer-oriented approach and with an emphasis on supreme service, the CC team goes the extra mile to ensure the satisfaction of its clients many of whom are first-timers to the bacchanal atmosphere.

    John Abulujo (Nigeria) travelled with CC to Carnival 2013 and stated, “It was a fun, organized trip. This was my first time indulging in the Carnival and first time playing mas. Because of CC’s strong attention to detail, I can safely say this is an experience I’d like to repeat soon”.

    Chanel Cox (USA) shared, “I’ve travelled to T&T before but this was a very pleasant change; there were no issues with my costume and the Tobago trip was amazing. The experience was so easy flowing and the service was friendly and professional. I’d definitely use them again”.

    In addition to procuring Carnival essentials (hotel accommodations, transportation, party tickets and costumes) for their tour group, the CC ladies are committed from the initial stages of the booking process and devote the necessary time to efficiently explain the service to potential clients as well as to understand their needs and build their trust. They also demonstrate their dedication and loyalty by the provision of follow-up consultations to properly educate and prepare clients on all aspects of Carnival. Detailed discussions on: the proper footwear for playing mas, fete attire and safety are all given much attention. Smith and Williams have even gone as far as to adjust costumes for their clients to ensure maximum comfort. “We care about our clients; and the only way to prove this is to show them. Exceed all expectation and deliver”.

    For Carnival 2014, Carnival Concierge will take their concept of ‘Serving Carnival’ to another level while promoting what travel experts deem to be a ‘top bucket list destination experience’.

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  • Carnival Concierge promises supreme service for Carnival 2014

    New York, NY– As the clock counts down to the much anticipated, festive season aka Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival, the directors of professional travel management company Carnival Concierge (CC) are pledging to provide nothing less than top-notch service for their international clientele that will be venturing to the party island.

    For the enterprising Aisha Smith and Keisha Williams, a high standard of service and a personal yet professional touch are crucial elements that make their Carnival travel packages truly unique. They maintain that similar to their successful 2013 expedition to the Soca music capital, their clients will experience an elevated of planning, coordination and professionalism and will be treated like ‘friends and family’.

    Although currently based in New York City, both Smith and Williams aspire to utilize CC to effectively promote the culture of the land of their heritage while eliminating any challenges to foreigners who plan to visit and fully enjoy T&T’s Carnival.

    With an established network of service providers, a customer-oriented approach and with an emphasis on supreme service, the CC team goes the extra mile to ensure the satisfaction of its clients many of whom are first-timers to the bacchanal atmosphere.

    John Abulujo (Nigeria) travelled with CC to Carnival 2013 and stated, “It was a fun, organized trip. This was my first time indulging in the Carnival and first time playing mas. Because of CC’s strong attention to detail, I can safely say this is an experience I’d like to repeat soon”.
    Chanel Cox (USA) shared, “I’ve travelled to T&T before but this was a very pleasant change; there were no issues with my costume and the Tobago trip was amazing. The experience was so easy flowing and the service was friendly and professional. I’d definitely use them again”.

    In addition to procuring Carnival essentials (hotel accommodations, transportation, party tickets and costumes) for their tour group, the CC ladies are committed from the initial stages of the booking process and devote the necessary time to efficiently explain the service to potential clients as well as to understand their needs and build their trust. They also demonstrate their dedication and loyalty by the provision of follow-up consultations to properly educate and prepare clients on all aspects of Carnival. Detailed discussions on: the proper footwear for playing mas, fete attire and safety are all given much attention. Smith and Williams have even gone as far as to adjust costumes for their clients to ensure maximum comfort. “We care about our clients; and the only way to prove this is to show them. Exceed all expectation and deliver”.

    For Carnival 2014, Carnival Concierge will take their concept of ‘Serving Carnival’ to another level while promoting what travel experts deem to be a ‘top bucket list destination experience’.

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  • Grammy Award Winner Beenie Man Teams Up with Silva Cat for “Salt Shayka” Video

    Once again King of Dancehall delivers a hit single while teaming up with Silva Cat on “Salt Shayka”. The “Herbal Dance” riddim breakthrough single was produced by the award winning team of Digital Vibes Entertainment.

    Directed by “The Board” the sexy video was filmed on location in Kingston, Jamaica . The international superstar known for his catchy hooks never fails to deliver a fun and energetic performance on the screen as on the stage. His appreciation for the ladies is well known, and with “Salt Shayka” Beenie’s sings of their sensual undulation as they dance to the raw organic sound of the “Herbal Dance” riddim.

    The “Herbal Dance” riddim also features Bramma “Feel Di Vibe”, Kiprich “Bless Body”, Leftside “Remy”, Voicemail “My Address” and rising new sensation Da Plan with “Joy Stick” is now available on itunes.

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  • Celebrity Makeup Artist Sandra Downie Announces Launch Of New Luxurious Cosmetics Line

    On Friday, November 15, 2013, Sandra Downie will officially launch her cosmetics line with the upscale “Glam Like A Lady” event. Open to the public and hosted by international Reggae star Gramps Morgan, “Glam Like A Lady” will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn, 85 Glastonbury Boulevard, Glastonbuy, CT 06033 from 6 to 9 pm. In attendance will also be the Spring 2014 “Caribbean Couture Collection” spokeswomen Morgan’s Heritage recording star Una Morgan, and multi-media personality the “Diva Nikki Z”.

    The event will not only introduce the beautiful line of cosmetics, but also deliver an informative, memorable experience with several interactive stations such as The Nude Collection Table, The Color Pop Collection Table, Foundation Color Matching Station and Natural Nails by Z Luxury Nails. The global brand features makeup to suite every skin type and skin tone. The “Sandra Downie Beauty” collection of Lipsticks and Lipglosses are designed to be worn separately or together, Flawless Coverage HD Foundation, Brow products and Diamond Glitter Dust rounds up the Glamour. Style. Elegance ideology.

    Clients will be able to order from the luxurious line at the event, as well as on location at the upscale spa & clinic in Glastonbury CT.

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  • The Noble Douglas Lilliput Foundation For The Arts Presents The Collaborative Production, ³Vecinos²

    Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago… On Saturday October 19, 2013, curtains will open on the Noble Douglas Lilliput Foundation for the Arts’ (NDLFA’s) first ever collaborative production, Vecinos…we are Neighbours. The cross-cultural presentation brings two of the region’s foremost contemporary dance companies, the Venezuelan dance company, Fundación Coreoarte, and the Noble Douglas Dance Company Inc. (NDDCI), to the Queen’s Hall stage.

    With an emphasis on the strength that collaborative initiatives cultivate, Vecinos brings the iconic works of neighbouring dance companies centre stage. The choreography of Coreoarte’s founder and master of movement, Carlos Orta, as well as Arnaldo Alvarez and Roxane d’Orleans Juste will feature alongside NDDCI’s diverse repertoire. The Venezuelan artistic foundation was founded in 1983 by professors Orta and Noris Ugueto with a vision to define a Latin-Caribbean body language that would be identified in a contemporary context. Orta, who trained at the Folwang Hoshule School in Essen, Germany, is best known for his work with the Limon Dance Company of New York where he succeed Jose Limon as a dancer. “We are excited to welcome our Venezuelan neighbours. These types of collaborations inspire growth and development. We look forward to Vecinos birthing closer ties and work in the future,” shared the NDLFA’s founder and artistic director, Noble Douglas.

    As one of Coreoarte’s lead dancers, teachers and rehearsal directors, Trinidad and Tobago’s Terry Springer – who danced in the annual Best Village Folk Competition and with the Astor Johnson Repertory Dance Theatre of Trinidad and Tobago; the NDDCI; Caribbean School of Dancing; and the Bentley Potter School of Dance – will perform the solo piece in Allan Balfour’s Red Clay. Another highlight of the programme is NDDCI’s 1998 piece Rum and Salvation, which was born out of a choreographic collaboration between Douglas and Reggie Wilson as part of the Black Burlesque (revisited) project. As one of NDDCI’s most innovative and dynamic projects, Black Burlesque (revisited) took the form of an eight year collaboration between NDDCI and two international dance companies – post-modernist Wilson’s New York-based Fist and Heel Performance Group and Zimbabwe’s a cappella group known for its gumboot and African dance choreography, Black Umfolosi. The closing night of Vecinos will offer audiences a treat, as the young dancers of Douglas’s Lilliput Children’s Theatre will perform alongside Coreoarte’s experienced dancers in Leu soley levé.

    This weekend, lovers of dance and the arts can look forward to the performances of Coreoarte and NDDCI in Vecinos. Tickets are priced at $250 for lower house seating and $200 for upper house seating and are available at Crosby’s Music Centre and Queen’s Hall box office.

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  • Stephen “Ragga” Marley Announces Spring 2014 Tour Dates – Fall 2013 Dates Postponed

    Stephen “Ragga” Marley announces new Spring 2014 dates for his U.S. tour. He will no longer be hitting the road this fall due to a change in his album release date.

    In anticipation of his third studio album Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life, the eight-time Grammy award winner and son of reggae legend Bob Marley has already dropped two new sizzling singles – “Bongo Nyah” feat. Spragga Benz & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and “You & Me Attract” feat. Busy Signal.”

    The new tour dates will support Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life. See schedule below. More dates will be announced shortly.

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  • New Video – Eek-A-Mouse’s Anthology – DVD Teaser (KCRW Premiere) of Eek-Ology (Out Nov 5)

    On November 5, 2013, 17 North Parade will unlock another one of its musical treasures, Eek-A-Mouse’s 2 CD+DVD Reggae Anthology: Eek-Ology. The VP Records vintage imprint reveals a rare exclusive clip from the DVD, which features Eek-A-Mouse’s iconic performance at the 1982 Reggae Sunsplash festival in Jamaica.

    Eek-A-Mouse shouts out KCRW during this live on-stage performance, so it only seemed fitting to have Southern California’s leading National Public Radio affiliate shed some light on their connection with reggae during this time. Tom Schnabel, KCRW’s former Music Director who started the program’s most popular weekend show Reggae Beat back in 1979, retells this compelling story on his KCRW blog Rhythm Planet.

    The new anthology Eek-Ology is a thoughtful selection of essential hits and rare gems from Eek-A-Mouse’s extensive catalogue during the prime of his career. Eek-A-Mouse (born Ripton Joseph Hylton) was one of the most unique talents to emerge from the Jamaican reggae scene in the 1980s. The Mouse’s inimitable vocal flow combines an unconventional melodic approach filled with rhythm and humor, and his unmistakable half-singing, half-deejaying (rapping) style inspired the term “singjay.”

    The anthology features early recordings like his 1979 breakthrough anthem “Once a Virgin” produced by Joe Gibbs, “Modelling Behavior” produced Linval Thompson and his string of ’80s hits with producer Henry “Junjo” Lawes (“Virgin Girl,” “Wild Like a Tiger,” “For Hire and Removal,” “Do You Remember” and “Ganja Smuggling”). Fans can also be treated to a selection of rarities, including Eek-A-Mouse’s earliest releases “Creation,” “My Father’s Land” and “No Wicked Can’t Reign,” all making their CD debut.

    In addition to the epic DVD featuring his exquisite live stage performance at Jamaica’s 1982 Sunsplash, other highlights include extensive liner notes, four previously unreleased songs from a 1983 John Peel BBC Radio 1 session and multiple 12″

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  • BOY/FRIEND Debut Performance at The FADER FORT This Fri. Oct 18 – New Video “Adam”

    During NYC’s 2013 CMJ Music Marathon, R&B newcomer BOY/FRIEND will make his debut performance at The FADER FORT by Converse tomorrow (Fri. Oct. 18). BOY/FRIEND will hit the stage at 6:45pm ET sharp inside Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn. Visit The FADER for full line-up and more information.

    Following his debut album Leather Weather and Leather Weather Worldwide: The Remixes (both available for free via Soundcloud), BOY/FRIEND drops a video for his brand new dance-inspired track “Adam,” produced by his go-to music partner MNTN and nightlife’s world-famous Mel DeBarge. The video was directed by Johan Chiriboga and shot on location at TriBeCa Grand Hotel during BPMLWRLVL, an infamous pop-up dance party in NYC’s underground club scene. The FADER recently premiered the visual, calling “Adam” a “bouncy New Jersey club track-meets-pop song.”

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  • “Kerwin Du Bois Offers A Visual Moment To “Forget About It.”

    Sometimes, through the most trying and frustrating of times, the simple wish to forget about all your worries temporarily dances through the minds of many. That desire to go somewhere remote and surreal is echoed through the hearts of many seeking solace. These emotions are real and identifiable and Kerwin Du Bois through his prolific songwriting in his hit single ‘Forget About It’ is speaking to and for every person that has uttered the words “I just want to forget about it.”

    With minimal planning, Du Bois and ace videographer Cowin “Dori” Thorpe headed to Pennsylvania, leaving any reservations and concerns behind, to capture a video that embodies emotions that are real to Du Bois. In his reflective moments the singer, songwriter, producer and performer would take long drives to secluded destinations just as the location for this video. Kerwin, in a most reflective and honest tone admits that, “After all the madness and when things do start to take a toll on me, I seek comfort and serenity in places hidden away from rushes of everyday life.”

    This video allows his supporters and music lovers to experience a more sentimental and intimate Kerwin Du Bois. The track which was produced by Daddy Bubbles and Darien Bailey of Studio B prior to Cropover 2013 continues to resonate in the hearts and minds of music lovers worldwide. As Kerwin Du Bois prepares for Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival he promises his supporters delightful musical treats.

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  • Kabaka Pyramid To Release ‘Lead the Way’ EP

    ‘Lead the Way’ EP is a compilation effort featuring multiple fan favorites, which have been re-mastered and re-packaged as well as new material. This EP will be released under the Bebble Rock music label giving new attention and strength to tracks previously released. Some of the previous released tunes were part of the many independent projects Kabaka Pyramid has been a part of over the past year and has received worldwide recognition for.

    ‘Lead the Way’ EP consists of tracks produced by local and international producers giving it a universal sound topped off with collaborations with Tarrus Riley, Protoje and Shanique Marie. Some of the producers involved with ‘Lead the Way’ EP includes Chimney Records, DJ Smurf’s 12 to 12 Label, Zincfence Records, Digital Vibez, Equiknoxx Music, Israel Records, Green Lion, Irievibrations, Flash Hit Records, Union World Music, Roots and Harmony and of course Bebble Rock Music alongside Lewis Planter.

    “Lead the Way” EP will be released on all digital channels with a standard and deluxe version with three bonus tracks, available for purchase worldwide. Not to worry, some of the fans favorite are also on this EP such as; “No Capitalist”, “King Kabaka”, “Warrior”, “Worldwide Love”, “Liberal Opposer” and “Get You”.

    “I am extremely happy to get this project out to the people. I think it shows my growth as an artist and the unity of the message among the multiplicity of producers involved with this compilation…Accurate!!!” – Kabaka Pyramid

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  • My Destination – Zagga

    Kingston (JA) – ‘My Destination’ is the chosen title for Zagga’s latest release on Chimney Records’ new compilation called ‘Rising Sun Riddim’. This song was released on October 11, 2013 on ZIP 103 FM and Irie FM.
    ‘My Destination’ is a reflection of the artiste’s‘easy going’ personality and is a fitting addition to his growing collection of positive music. Zagga says he sticks to positive music because “It feels right. I love making music people will feel rather than just hear”. He also states that the feedback he has been getting from the song is “as positive as the song” and that fans and disc jocks alike are gravitating to it.
    When asked how he feels about the song, Chimney Records’ producer Jordan McClure says “Zagga is more of a lyrics and concept oriented writer. What I especially like about this song is that he found a way to fuse really nice melodies with a great concept and story line to make an amazing song all together.” He also comments that a significant amount of work has gone into the production and he is pleased with the end product and the response thus far.
    The compilation also boasts several heavy hitters like I-Octane, Christopher Martin, Jah Cure, Tarrus Riley and new reggae sensation Chronixx. ‘Rising Sun Riddim’ will be available for purchase on October 29, 2013 but can be preordered now.
    The ‘Remember The Days’ singer has plans for a few more releases by the end of 2013 including one a single with industry colleague and friend Alaine.

    -Tanhoi Sinclair

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  • Bahamas Consulate and Baha Mar Mixer Reveals Bahamians Abroad Show Great Interest In Returning Home

    (Atlanta, Georgia)… A two hour event intended to provide professional Bahamians with the opportunity to be interviewed and considered for a job in the tourism sector, exceeded the expectations of Baha Mar Human Resources personnel and officers at The Bahamas Consulate Office in Atlanta.

    The mega-development and the diplomatic arm were collaborators in the Discovery Day Mixer which took place on October 11 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on 265 Peachtree Street, Atlanta. The affair not only drew Bahamians from Georgia, but also saw citizens from Tennessee, Alabama, the Carolinas and Oklahoma make their way to Atlanta to take part in the mixer and to offer their expertise.

    The direct approach was aimed at combating what many have deemed a ‘brain drain’ in The Bahamas, where many students opt to stay in the country they receive their education in, as opposed to returning home with their degrees to assist in the development of their nation of origin. It was also designed to fill an estimated 8,000 positions at the $3.5 billion development when it opens in December 2014.
    Thrilled with the outcome was Bahamas Consul General Randy Rolle, who was hands–on in organizing the event and insisted on greeting all or most of the attendees. He was joined by Deputy Consul General Monique Vanderpool, Bahamas Marketing & Tourism’s Eddie Archer and members of the staff of the Atlanta Office to greet the Bahamian professionals who reside in Atlanta and students from SCAD, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Morehouse, Emory, Spelman, Clark Atlanta University and other institutions of higher learning. The Bahamas Association of Georgia President & CEO Christopher A. Roker and Assistant Secretary Tanya Ferguson were also present.
    “It was excellently executed,” he remarked. “The staff in the Office did an amazing job and I must commend them on their efforts. We were inundated with phone calls and emails from those within the 10 States of our jurisdiction. Even at the actual mixer, we were thanked for getting the word out so that they would have enough time to plan their trip. They also said they appreciated the efforts of the Office and Baha Mar in coming to Atlanta as a direct approach to show them what is being offered while providing them with the opportunity to network with other Bahamians in the area.”

    Over 100 Bahamians had the opportunity to connect with Baha Mar associate Vonya Ifill and other representatives. She thanked Rolle and Thereese Maddox at the Atlanta Consulate for being attentive and helpful in bringing the event to life.
    “We saw a wide range of candidates, some with hospitality experiences in Atlanta hotels and others who were in other industries but were willing to transition if we offered them an opportunity to work with us,” said Ifill. “Overall, the presentation definitely got them excited and they expressed gratitude with us coming to them to get to see them instead of having to email a resume` over. We’ve had similar mixers in Toronto, London, New York and we are also going throughout the Family Islands to seek potential employees.”

    It was just last year that Ifill herself was a college graduate in Chicago who turned down a position in New York to return home as a part of team Baha Mar.
    “I opted to go home and I have no regrets because I am a part of a multi-million movement that is about to make history,” she explained. “It’s a special feeling you get when you are a part of a team that is building something from the ground up.”
    “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 further explained. “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.”

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  • Stage set for the opening of region’s premier conference on tourism development issues

    FORT de FRANCE, Martinique – The stage is set for the launch of the Caribbean’s most important gathering on tourism development, the Caribbean Tourism Organization(CTO)’s State of the Industry Conference (SOTIC). The conference opens here tomorrow (Wednesday 16 October) with a ceremony that is expected to feature addresses from several dignitaries, including Hon. Serge Letchimy, the Congressman to the French Assembly and President of the Regional Council of Martinique; the country’s tourism commissioner, Hon. Karine Roy-Camille and the chairman of the CTO, Hon. Beverly Nicholson-Doty.

    During two full days of passionate exchanges delegates will exchange ideas with leading Caribbean and international tourism experts on a range of elements that are critical to the development and success of the sector in the region. These include training and education, service quality, standards, visitor satisfaction, and regional transportation.

    In a pre-conference message, the CTO chairman urged delegates to come up with creative solutions to the challenges facing the sector.

    “Strong inter-sectoral linkages with industries such as agriculture, construction and the financial services sector, for example, place additional responsibility on all of us in tourism to emerge from this conference with a stronger plan for a more sustainable and more resilient tourism sector. Over the next few days we have an opportunity to look clinically at all aspects of our industry and chart the way forward. Creative solutions are needed on all fronts, particularly on matters of increasing taxation; optimizing arrivals and revenues from emerging and existing source markets; airlift stability; the pursuit of sustainability in the face of constrained financial resources; and most importantly pooling our resources to strengthen the Caribbean brand in the marketplace. Lip service can no longer be the order of our days,” said Ms. Nicholson-Doty, who is also the commissioner of tourism for the United States Virgin Islands.

    The opening ceremony takes place at the Madiana Convention Centre from at 7:00 PM on Wednesday 16 October. The State of the Industry conference which brings together decision-makers from the public and private sectors, academics, government officials, hoteliers, travel professionals and journalists from the region and around the world, runs through to 18 October Themed, “Perfecting the Experience. Delivering Authenticity,” the conference is organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in collaboration with the Martinique Tourism Authority. It is supported by Chanflor, Habitation Saint-Etienne, Colibri, Habitation Clement, Chocolat Elot, Travel Zoo, Royal Fruits of Martinique and Opusseven.

    Martinique is magical, a rich and vibrant tapestry of French chic and authentic Creole spice woven across an absolutely fascinating tropical setting nestled in the heart of the Lesser Antilles. An overseas region of France, Martinique stirs wanderlust and passions with the Caribbean’s most delectable culinary delights, awe-inspiring natural beauty, a rich cultural history, warm smiles and so much more. Its various nicknames — The Caribbean island with French flair, The Isle of Flowers, The Rum Capital of the World — hint at the uniquely special experiences that await visitors here, as do such celebrated awards as “Top Caribbean Island for Delectable Dining” (Caribbean Travel + Life: 2009), “Best Caribbean Destination” (About.com: 2010), and induction of The bay of Fort-de-France in The Most Beautiful Bays of the World (2011). Napoleon’s bride, Empress Josephine, was born and raised here. Majestic Mt. Pelée and The Pompeii of the Caribbean, St. Pierre, is found here. The finest French products and the wonders of Caribbean authenticity are readily available here.

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

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

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  • Gyptian Reveals “Colorful” (Pitchfork) Title Track From Sex, Love & Reggae (Oct 29) // Currently Touring U.S.

    Gyptian is revving up for his upcoming studio album Sex, Love and Reggae (October 29, VP Records) and reveals his “colorful” title track today via Pitchfork. The Major Lazer and Jerry Wonda produced single “Sex, Love and Reggae” features guest vocals from Angela Hunte (co-writer for Jay Z’s Grammy-winning “Empire State of Mind”) and Trinidadian soca king Bunji Garlin.

    In support of Sex, Love and Reggae, the reggae star is currently touring the United States. He will be performing in the Southeast, Northeast and West Coast regions until early November. See remaining tour dates below.
    Gyptian’s Sex, Love and Reggae is a marked departure from the MOBO and Soul Train award-winning Jamaican singer’s previous releases and unveils another layer of his artistry. The musically diverse set – that takes the listener from dancehall to soca to global pop and R&B sounds – follows his 2010 critically-acclaimed album Hold You and its RIAA certified Gold title track. The 17-track set is co-executive produced by Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis, who is known for cranking out hits for superstars such as Miguel, Mary J. Blige, Lupe Fiasco, the Fugees and many more. The album also features guest appearances from R&B divas Estelle, Melanie Fiona and soca sensation Kes the Band.

    Just as the title would imply, Sex, Love and Reggae is a spicy and sweet mixture of hits. He displays his playful side with wine-inducing anthems like “Non Stop” and “Wine Slow” (which already received over 7.5 million YouTube views for the lyrics video alone) and reveals his affectionate side on romantic ballads like “Majestic Love” feat. Estelle and the breathtaking rendition of this Gregory Isaacs classic “My Number One.” He even delves outside of the genre and reimagines Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors,” which was part of Chevrolet and MTV Iggy’s “Cover The World” campaign. Bringing a much-needed dose of reggae back to the airwaves, the album’s lead single “Vixen” is currently picking up steam on radio stations across the U.S. and U.K. and will drop a new video directed by Jamaica’s talented Ras Kassa (of Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley’s “Welcome To Jamrock” fame). The sultry anthem is co-written by and features Angela Hunte.

    “It’s all about being versatile,” Gyptian says of the album, and his perspective on music overall. “For me, there’s no boundaries in music. Pick one—there is a Gyptian song in that category for you.”

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  • JAMAICA’S CORRUPT PAYOLA SYSTEM PREVENTED THIS SONG FROM BEING PLACED IN THE FESTIVAL COMPETITION LAST YEAR

    After hearing his song for the first time, several persons are enquiring as to why it was not among the top three festival songs last year. The performer and writer, Redeem approached MJE and asked that we tell his story as he believes that it is a corrupt music system that is crippling young artists like himself.

    Redeem states that last year he wrote two songs, one for the gospel competition and one for the cultural competition. He gave the gospel song to his brother to record, while he focused on the cultural song. He said that a gentleman from Old Harbor (who is a teacher by profession but someone who also had connections with persons at the festival’s office) was really impressed with his cultural song and told him that he should pay him the entry fee of $1000 JMD (which he did) and he would ensure that the song gets in.

    A few days later, Redeem got a phone call at approximately 6am from the gentleman from Old Harbor telling him that he spoke with someone at the festival office and they are saying that the song is good but “a ting affi gwaan”, meaning monies needs to be paid in order for his song to go any further.

    Redeem is really hurt by this experience and it is even worst when he meets people who have heard the song and have nothing but good things to say about it. Persons may listen to the song for themselves here:

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  • Soca Star Tian Winter Releases New Album, Receives iTunes Feature

    After hearing his song for the first time, several persons are enquiring as to why it was not among the top three festival songs last year. The performer and writer, Redeem approached MJE and asked that we tell his story as he believes that it is a corrupt music system that is crippling young artists like himself.

    Redeem states that last year he wrote two songs, one for the gospel competition and one for the cultural competition. He gave the gospel song to his brother to record, while he focused on the cultural song. He said that a gentleman from Old Harbor (who is a teacher by profession but someone who also had connections with persons at the festival’s office) was really impressed with his cultural song and told him that he should pay him the entry fee of $1000 JMD (which he did) and he would ensure that the song gets in.

    A few days later, Redeem got a phone call at approximately 6am from the gentleman from Old Harbor telling him that he spoke with someone at the festival office and they are saying that the song is good but “a ting affi gwaan”, meaning monies needs to be paid in order for his song to go any further.

    Redeem is really hurt by this experience and it is even worst when he meets people who have heard the song and have nothing but good things to say about it. Persons may listen to the song for themselves here:

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  • Trinidad & Tobago-Based Gospel Reggae Artist Positive Celebrates Music and Mission

    New York, NY – Trinidad & Tobago-based Gospel reggae Artist Joel “Positive” Murray celebrates his music and mission in a Gospel extravaganza titled Chapter 7 – Blessing After Blessing on November 9, 2013 in Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad. Aided by other local Gospel greats including Isaac Blackman, Rizon, Sean Daniel and J Prince, this exclusive musical showcase will be backed by The Signature Band and breaks ground as the first ever Gospel all-inclusive, as attendees will be able to enjoy local libations provided by food caterers as they bear witness to the ministry of music from Positive and friends.

    This showcase serves as an introduction of Trinidad’s Gospel music industry to media, government officials, the business sector and advertising industry, and fans alike, all of whom will be in attendance. Gaining international media attention with his current album Forever My King (released last December from FOX FUSE), Positive will be joined by Billboard Magazine journalist Patricia Meschino, who will be journeying to Trinidad for this auspicious occassion. Meschino regularly brings Caribbean music news to the international audience via the world’s top music publication and with the success of Forever My King, has expressed interest in the artist and the Caribbean Gospel music movement. “Reggae-gospel is huge throughout the Caribbean and Positive is one of the genre’s leading lights,” states Meschino. “I have enjoyed his recordings and I look forward to seeing his performance at Trinidad’s first Gospel fete!”

    Chapter 7 – Blessing After Blessing has special meaning to the artist and the architect of this concept-driven event. “I believe 7 represents the number of completion and after 7 years of ministry, I began reflecting on how God has transformed my life and my music over the years and I instantly became overwhelmed with gratitude, ” reveals Positive. “I strongly feel as though I am accomplishing my purpose for this season of my life, feeling a sense of wholeness in Him.”

    Positive has been enjoying a prolific year, which was fueled with the release of his sophomore album, Forever My King, during last holiday season. The album has sold over 2000 physical copies, a huge accomplishment for any Caribbean release, and has sustained consistent digital sales each month, to date. His latest single from that album, “Let Me Be The One” featuring Nikki Rymple, recently scored a coveted premiere on music’s premier digital channel, VEVO, and has racked up over 8,500 views worldwide, thus far.

    Currently back in the studio, Positive is gearing up to release a deluxe version of the album for the New Year and kicks it off with the first single “Blessing After Blessing,” which was produced by Precision Productions and will be released on all digital retailers in November 2013, distributed by FOX FUSE. The new track also provided the theme and title for the Gospel fete. “This occasion gave birth to the theme song of the event ‘Blessing After Blessing,’” Positive discloses. “I believe that this will be an opportunity to not only lift up the name of Jesus but a time where we can have interactions with one another in a positive atmosphere. The Blessing of The Lord has really been my source of strength and I just want to share the moment with my family, friends, supporters and key industry personnel.”
    Chapter 7 – Blessing After Blessing will indeed be an event to remember as it sets the stage for Positive’s first ever live-DVD recording, offers up delicious food and showcases great music.

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  • New Video – BOY/FRIEND- Adam (The FADER premiere)

    New York-bred Alt R&B newcomer BOY/FRIEND unleashes a brand new video for his latest single “Adam,” produced by his go-to music partner MNTN and nightlife’s world-famous Mel DeBarge. The video was directed by Johan Chiriboga and shot on location at TribeCa Grand Hotel during BPMLWRLVL, an infamous pop-up dance party in NYC’s underground club scene.

    The FADER exclusively premiered the video calling “Adam” a “bouncy New Jersey club track-meets-pop song.”

    Even though BOY/FRIEND (born Shan Poo) has been on the scene for a short time, he is already drawing comparisons to The Dream, Frank Ocean and The Weeknd. He released his 8-track debut Leather Weather produced primarily by MNTN in April 2013 on Betteryet Recordings. The album received high praises from SPIN, SSENSE, The FADER, FACT, Interview Magazine and OkayFuture. The FADER proclaimed Leather Weather is the “best free R&B album of the year,” while Interview Magazine described it as a “futuristic mix of sexy crooning and addictive hooks” and FACT called it “hazy R&B that goes down easy.” Also, the world-renowned online retailer SSENSE enlisted BOY/FRIEND for a custom mix in their monthly guest mixtape feature.

    As an added bonus, BOY/FRIEND released Leather Weather Worldwide: The Remixes this July. He rallied in his friends from around the globe, including New York’s remix authoritarian Brenmar, Chile’s Daniel Klauser, Lithuania’s Fingalick and Canada’s Kuhrye-OO, to spice up his bedroom bangers for larger, frenetic venues.
    BOY/FRIEND is slated to premiere a string of new singles throughout the fall and winter season and release his sophomore effort next spring.

    Watch Video Here:

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  • Kazzanova, DJ Yin, Rock-It! Scientists, DJ Prime, Beatfreakz & Scene Kingz Remixes :)

    We have exciting news! New Digital 12inch/DJ International will distributing our DJ/Artist EDM (Electronic Dance Music) on our new dance label TILTED’ RECORDINGZ releases through BEATPORT! It makes sense since we have been releasing, marketing and promoting EDM and ERM (Electronic Rap Music) for the last three years 🙂

    Beatport is the world’s largest DJ and electronic music community. Download the latest music in premium quality formats and listen to what the world’s top DJs. We are in no way affiliated with Beaport. We use their platform to distribute our Electronic Dance Music.

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