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Monthly Archives: November 2013

  • Trinidad and Tobago’s First-Ever Gospel All-Inclusive A Massive Success

    New York, NY – Trinidad and Tobagonian Gospel reggae artist Joel “Positive” Murray celebrated his seven-year journey in music at Trinidad and Tobago’s first-ever Gospel all-inclusive extravaganza, Chapter 7 – Blessing After Blessing, on Saturday, November 9, 2013 in Diego Martin, Trinidad. Backed by his ultra-talented Signature Band, Positive guided the avid audience through his entire catalog, touching on his versatile sounds and songs ranging from traditional Gospel classics to reggae and dancehall-influenced gems, making for a more contemporary and modern take on Gospel, for which he is known. The night was supported by other local Gospel acts including Isaac Blackman, Rizon, Sean Daniel and J Prince, each performing on tracks with a DJ, leading up to the headlining, live-band performance from Positive, providing the sold-out crowd with an unforgettable and glorious experience of non-stop singing and dancing throughout the balmy Caribbean night.

    Attendees of the first-ever Gospel all-inclusive were treated to a vast array of native cuisine that included fresh doubles, corn soup, roti, various chicken and fish dishes, and local libations such as virgin guava daiquiris, as they bore witness to the ministry and music from Positive and friends. This showcase served as an introduction of Trinidad and Tobago’s Gospel reggae music industry to media, government officials, the business sector and advertising industry, and fans alike, all of whom were in attendance. Gaining international media attention with his current album Forever My King (released last December from FOX FUSE), Positive was joined by Billboard Magazine journalist Patricia Meschino, who journeyed to Trinidad to cover this auspicious occasion. One highlight of the night was when Positive invited Meschino on stage to properly introduce her to the audience and thank her for what’s she is doing for Caribbean music, and now Gospel reggae.

    The event kicked off with red-carpet arrivals and media interviews led by Tempo, a promienent Caribbean-wide television channel. Tempo-TV host Jamie Thomas, also Program Director of one of Trinidad’s top-rated radio stations The Word 107.1 FM, conducted interviews with Positive, Meschino and FOX FUSE owners Zack Cohen and Rhona Fox, who were also on hand to celebrate with Positive in his homeland. Positive, Meschino and the FOX FUSE team were all interviewed on Trinidad radio, speaking on the impact Positive is having on the Gospel reggae genre. They were interviewed by Thomas and DJ Christ Child, live in studio during the coveted Friday rush-hour slot. They also appeared on Red 96.7 FM during the same time slot, speaking with Scientist Carter and DJ Isso while Positive debuted his latest single, “Blessing After Blessing,” live on the air.

    “Chapter 7 was ground-breaking and amazingly classy… a next level in music and ministry,” states Thomas. “I have attended hundreds of events all across the region and in the U.S. but this event rivaled the best of them. Wonderful food and ambiance, excellent music and the message was clear – this is Gospel music at its best and its here to stay.” The Word 107.1FM is Trinidad and Tobago’s first Gospel radio station and is currently ranked #3 out of the 36 official radio stations there, an utterly amazing feat and accomplishment for Gospel reggae in the Trinidadian music landscape, which until now has catered primarily to soca.
    Chapter 7 – Blessing After Blessing has special meaning to the artist, who was the architect of this concept-driven event. Aside from it being a grand all-inclusive event, Chapter 7 was geared towards providing fans of Positive with an up close and personal experience. From the purchasing of tickets to final curtain call, Positive and the Signature Band aimed to ensure fans were treated with excellent service, care and consideration. “The Chapter 7 event itself surpassed my expectations,” reveals Positive. “The food was not just good but excellent, the ambiance was great and even until today, good reviews are still coming in. We raised the standard of events at Chapter 7. Gospel reggae will live on and we will continue to represent it.”

    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 premiere digital channel, VEVO, and has racked up over 15,000 views worldwide, thus far.

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  • Tune in to ABC Tonight! Bunji Garlin’s Differentology Will Play on Grey’s Anatomy & Has Also Been Airing in NBA Arenas

    There’s no stopping the success of Trinidadian vocalist Bunji Garlin’s latest anthem “Differentology.” The soca star’s song will be featured on tonight’s episode of ABC’s top-rated TV drama series Grey’s Anatomy. Tune in tonight (Nov. 21) at 9pm ET / 8pm CT to watch out for the jam in season 10, episode 10, titled “Somebody That I Used to Know.” “Differentology” is also quickly becoming one of the NBA’s new favorite arena anthems. It aired this week during the Brooklyn Nets vs. Portland Trail Blazers game at Barclays Center on Nov. 18 and the Toronto Raptors blasted the hit during their Miami Heat face-off on Nov 5.

    “Differentology” has been this year’s biggest hit throughout the Caribbean Carnival season, scoring over one million YouTube views since February. More recently, the song has been making major strides in North America. “Differentology” was recently declared the reigning champion on NYC’s HOT 97 FM’s Battle of The Beats competition, which put the track into full rotation at hip hop’s premiere station. He landed a nomination at the 2013 Soul Train Awards for Best International Performance for the song, and it also caught the attention of DJ supergroup Major Lazer, who immediately jumped on the remix.

    Watch the video for “Differentology’s”:

    Bunji Garlin will release his upcoming studio album, aptly titled Differentology, next year on VP Records.

    Born Ian Anthony Alvarez, the Trinidadian artist and international soca royalty is known for his high-energy stage shows matched with lyrical confidence and eloquence. He is both a composer and performer of soca and ragga soca. The latter is a blend of soca with dancehall music that he made his own during the start of his career in the late ‘90s. He has won the “Ragga Soca Monarch” competition in both 2000 and 2001, the Young King title in 2001, the coveted title of International Soca Monarch in 2002 and then reclaimed this title for three more years.

    His anticipated album Differentology will be his first full-length release on VP Records since 2007’s Global. He recently wrapped his album photo shoot with iconic photographer Jonathan Mannion (whose credits include Lance Armstrong, Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Drake & Bon Iver).

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  • REDEEM TO VOICE FOR TOP ZIMBABWE REGGAE/DANCEHALL PRODUCTION TEAM

    New comer Redeem has entered an agreement which will see him voicing on several rhythms for top Zimbabwe production company, ABRA Records. The agreement was made through his PR team, MJE who believes that as dancehall grows around the globe, it is important to connect and work with producers in countries outside of Jamaica.

    The first project that will feature MJE artist, Redeem, is the “Come on Riddim” produced by JUSA (of Zimbabwe who is an artist in his own right). It is scheduled to be released on December 15th and will also include other top Jamaican acts.

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  • Champeon delivers pulsating J’ouvert track “Red Devil”

    POS, Trinidad – The upcoming T&T Carnival 2014 season will be a long and competitive one as several artistes from near and far have already thrown their hats into the ring for Soca supremacy. One such entertainer is South Carolina based Soca artiste, Champeon, who recently released his J’ouvert inspired contribution “Red Devil”.

    The Trinidad-born Champeon whose real name is Ronnel Ramirez created “Red Devil” as homage to the traditional Carnival character known as the Jab Jab. The song was written by Champeon and mastered, arranged and produced by hit maker Shawn ‘Da Mastamind’ Noel from Mastamind Productions and showcases the sounds and styles of the indigenous musical art form of Rapso.

    According to Champeon, “The inspiration for this track comes from my love for my culture. I remembered as a child hearing and reading about the history of Carnival, so I decided to write a song that could be a powerful theme song for the J’ouvert festivities and portray the Red Devil (Jab Jab) image. I chose the Red Devil because I always viewed this particular devil as being more prominent than the blue and also because the red in T&T’s national flag signifies the vigour of my land and the courage of my people”.

    In addition, the creative and motivated entertainer shared that his choice to infuse Rapso into the track is based on his appreciation for the art form and for the contributions of the genre’s artistes. “My intension with this single is to let the world know that Rapso music is still very relevant inside and outside of Trinidad &Tobago”.

    He also hinted of his intentions to make a music video for the infectious J’ouvert single, one that would bring out the Michael Jackson ‘Thriller’ appeal of the song for all his fellow passionate J’ouvert thrill-seekers.

    Champeon, who aspires to one day work with stalwarts such as The Might Sparrow and Baron as well as modern day icons the likes of Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin and Rupee has consistently maintained an entertainment presence in major North American Caribbean festivals which include The Charleston Carifest, The Charlotte Caribbean Festival and various events in Florida.

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  • Wayne Marshall Nabs Ace Hood, Waka Flocka and Baby Cham on “Killer Club Anthem” FUSE Premiere Tru Colors EP out Nov 26

    Jamaican reggae artist Wayne Marshall rallies in dancehall star Cham and rappers Ace Hood and Waka Flocka on his brand new song “Go Harder,” the remix of Marshall’s 2012 hit “Go Hard.” The Damian Marley produced track is off Marshall’s upcoming EP Tru Colors, which drops Nov 26, and his new studio album, carrying the same name, available on Jan 21, 2014. Both releases will be released on the Marley-owned label Ghetto Youths International and distributed by Thirty Tigers / Sony Red. The 5-song EP showcases Marshall’s range as singer, deejay (rapper) and songwriter and is the perfect mixture of his latest hits and new material.

    FUSE premieres the “killer club anthem” and says that “Marshall’s dancehall hook perfectly melds with trap beats and hard-hitting verses from Waka Flocka and Ace Hood.”

    In addition to “Go Harder,” Marshall’s Tru Colors EP, produced entirely by Damian Marley, features the brand new single “Stupid Money” featuring Assassin and his most recent hit “I Know.” Both singles are receiving rotation on Jamaican airwaves and his “I Know” Jay-Will directed video is also spreading across the blogsphere. VIBE premiered the visual and raved that Marshall “rocks the party” on this “turnt-up bashment.” Ebony also selected the video on their weekly music round up and loves his “braggadocious lyrics about being the ish.” Tru Colors closes with two bonus tracks from Wayne’s hit-filled repertoire, including “To The Bank” and “Good Ole Wife” off the popular Matrimony riddim. Both of these songs are available exclusively on the EP and will not be on the upcoming album.

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  • New Releases featuring Machel Montano, Voicemail, Prophet Benjamin, Nyla, Ajrenalin and More

    Caribbean Gospel artist Nathanael enjoys a strong introduction to the international music industry with the release of two singles, “Faith” and “God Alone,” both available worldwide from all major digital retailers on November 4. The Trinidad-born, Jamaica-bred artist brings his diverse heritage and versatile voice to the music scene, thereby creating reggae and R&B-influenced Gospel.

    Fellow Trinidadian natives Precision Productions produced both singles, as this continued fusion of Caribbean sounds with Gospel music cultivates and boosts the appeal of modern-day Gospel, thus nurturing the genre as it continues to flourish with rising talents such as Nathanael. “Faith” and “God Alone” were released on November 4, 2013.

    Grenada-based production house Island Traffic Entertainment presents the Guacamole & Chips Riddim, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on November 12, 2013, distributed by FOX FUSE. This latest compilation from the Caribbean hit-maker sees a mass fusion of music and artists from several islands and showcases both soca and dancehall stars on the up-tempo vibes of the Guacamole & Chips Riddim, presenting the perfect soundtrack for upcoming parties and fetes.

    Stacked with 10 sizzling singles plus the instrumental version, the Guacamole & Chips Riddim features soca stars Skinny Fabulous, Luni Spark, Area Kode and Valene Nedd alongside dancehall acts Voicemail, Alozade, Black Lion, Blackberry, Dan Diesel and Francheno.

    1st Klase Records presents the Doo Doot Riddim, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on November 19, 2013. The groovy, eclectic soca compilation is the latest release from Trinidad-based 1st Klase Records.

    The Doo Doot Riddim features soca superstar Machel Montano, power sensation Swappi and soca artist Duce Man, in addition to the instrumental version. This is just the latest in a string of hit releases from producer Klase Gonzales, who sits at the helm of 1st Klase Records and also plays an integral part in breaking new artists into the music industry.

    Prophet Benjamin (born Devon Samuel) made a name for himself as a prominent conscious reggae artist but recently has been thrilling fans with his fantastic foray into the soca scene. Now he sees the worldwide release of his blockbuster hits “Throw Wine” and “The Lunatic,” both available from all major digital retailers on November 11, 2013.

    The Trinidadian artist was a member of the popular local reggae collective known as the Red Army. Years of recording and performing equipped Benjamin with the necessary tools to take his massive soca single “Throw Wine” all the way to Trinidad’s annual International Soca Monarch Competition in 2012, where he made a solid showing and to the crowd’s delight, placed in the finals of the competition’s Power Soca category. The power behind his performance shines on this release, which now makes its international debut.

    Both “Throw Wine” and “The Lunatic” are now available worldwide from all major digital retailers, brining the melodious and trademark-comedic messages from Prophet Benjamin to music lovers far and wide.

    Dancehall artist Ajrenalin, known to family and friends as Keith Bolt, chose his career early after falling in love with music and realizing that he had the ability to entertain people. His latest display of skill bows worldwide with his new single “Come Alive” featuring Kim Nain, available from all major digital retailers on November 12, 2013.

    Jamaican hit-house Jus Eazy Productions provides the perfect soundtrack, while upcoming singer Kim Nain brings her powerful vocals to the mix, allowing Ajrenalin to “Come Alive,” and give fans of dancehall music a tune for the times.
    Nyla, one half of the super duo Brick & Lace, is set to ignite the industry with her new single “Body Calling,” available worldwide from all major digital retailers on November 12, 2013.

    Another monster release from the hit factory that Jus Eazy Productions is proving to be, Nyla scores a solo hit with “Body Calling” – a provocative, sultry single that is bound to raise temperatures this winter. Known for bringing dancehall with a pop flair, Nyla delivers the action and excitement that international fans crave from dancehall music on “Body Calling,” making it a must-have for music lovers.

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  • New Releases featuring Machel Montano, Voicemail, Prophet Benjamin, Nyla, Ajrenalin and More

    Caribbean Gospel artist Nathanael enjoys a strong introduction to the international music industry with the release of two singles, “Faith” and “God Alone,” both available worldwide from all major digital retailers on November 4. The Trinidad-born, Jamaica-bred artist brings his diverse heritage and versatile voice to the music scene, thereby creating reggae and R&B-influenced Gospel.

    Fellow Trinidadian natives Precision Productions produced both singles, as this continued fusion of Caribbean sounds with Gospel music cultivates and boosts the appeal of modern-day Gospel, thus nurturing the genre as it continues to flourish with rising talents such as Nathanael. “Faith” and “God Alone” were released on November 4, 2013 from Precision Digital and are now available for sale from all major digital retailers worldwide.

    Grenada-based production house Island Traffic Entertainment presents the Guacamole & Chips Riddim, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on November 12, 2013, distributed by FOX FUSE. This latest compilation from the Caribbean hit-maker sees a mass fusion of music and artists from several islands and showcases both soca and dancehall stars on the up-tempo vibes of the Guacamole & Chips Riddim, presenting the perfect soundtrack for upcoming parties and fetes.

    Stacked with 10 sizzling singles plus the instrumental version, the Guacamole & Chips Riddim features soca stars Skinny Fabulous, Luni Spark, Area Kode and Valene Nedd alongside dancehall acts Voicemail, Alozade, Black Lion, Blackberry, Dan Diesel and Francheno.

    1st Klase Records presents the Doo Doot Riddim, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on November 19, 2013 (pre-order available now). The groovy, eclectic soca compilation is the latest release from Trinidad-based 1st Klase Records.

    The Doo Doot Riddim features soca superstar Machel Montano, power sensation Swappi and soca artist Duce Man, in addition to the instrumental version. This is just the latest in a string of hit releases from producer Klase Gonzales, who sits at the helm of 1st Klase Records and also plays an integral part in breaking new artists into the music industry.

    S.O. King storms the industry with his special brand of reggae on his debut single, “Long Time,” available worldwide from all major digital retailers on November 11, 2013. The Trinidadian-based reggae artist teams up with 1st Klase Records and hit-producer Klase Gonzales for the record, which secures a place for him in the Caribbean reggae music landscape.

    Sasha O’Neil King AKA S.O. King (Son of King) has been writing for as long as he could remember. A prolific writer and thus lyricist, his style is distinguished by his delivery of the message, which seems to connect in a very real and meaningful way to fans. His versatility is refreshing with his smooth blending of conscious reggae, R&B and hip-hop, which all come together for timeless tunes such as “Long Time”.

    Prophet Benjamin (born Devon Samuel) made a name for himself as a prominent conscious reggae artist but recently has been thrilling fans with his fantastic foray into the soca scene. Now he sees the worldwide release of his blockbuster hits “Throw Wine” and “The Lunatic,” both available from all major digital retailers on November 11, 2013. Both hits were produced by prominent Trinidadian production house, 1st Klase Records.

    The Trinidadian artist was a member of the popular local reggae collective known as the Red Army. Years of recording and performing equipped Benjamin with the necessary tools to take his massive soca single “Throw Wine” all the way to Trinidad’s annual International Soca Monarch Competition in 2012, where he made a solid showing and to the crowd’s delight, placed in the finals of the competition’s Power Soca category. The power behind his performance shines on this release, which now makes its international debut.

    Both “Throw Wine” and “The Lunatic” are now available worldwide from all major digital retailers, brining the melodious and trademark-comedic messages from Prophet Benjamin to music lovers far and wide.

    Dancehall artist Ajrenalin, known to family and friends as Keith Bolt, chose his career early after falling in love with music and realizing that he had the ability to entertain people. His latest display of skill bows worldwide with his new single “Come Alive” featuring Kim Nain, available from all major digital retailers on November 12, 2013.

    Jamaican hit-house Jus Eazy Productions provides the perfect soundtrack, while upcoming singer Kim Nain brings her powerful vocals to the mix, allowing Ajrenalin to “Come Alive,” and give fans of dancehall music a tune for the times.

    Nyla, one half of the super duo Brick & Lace, is set to ignite the industry with her new single “Body Calling,” available worldwide from all major digital retailers on November 12, 2013.

    Another monster release from the hit factory that Jus Eazy Productions is proving to be, Nyla scores a solo hit with “Body Calling” – a provocative, sultry single that is bound to raise temperatures this winter. Known for bringing dancehall with a pop flair, Nyla delivers the action and excitement that international fans crave from dancehall music on “Body Calling,” making it a must-have for music lovers.

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  • Doctors Hail Demarco as a Hero After Saving Woman’s Life

    KINGSTON, JAMAICA | NOVEMBER 11, 2013 | Dancehall superstar Demarco and members of his True Gift Entertainment team have been hailed as heroes by a group of doctors attached to the University of the West Indies Hospital, following a serious car accident that almost claimed the life of a woman on Saturday Night.

    The incident unfolded on Saturday, November 9th in the vicinity of Burlington Avenue and Westminster Road while Demarco and his team were engaged in a game of football at their studio compound. Amidst the game a loud crashing noise was heard; upon further investigation it was discovered a Honda Civic motorcar with four females and a Toyota Corolla Station Wagon taxi was involved in a serious collision that left one of the four woman with a fractured skull; others with neck and back injuries and the taxi operator in a dizzy state.

    Demarco and his team quickly rushed to the scene pulling the victims from the wreckage while other members of the team alerted the authorities. With blood gushing everywhere and the cries for help a towel was used to wrap the head of the victim with the fractured skull, before whisking her into Demarco’s car and rushing to the hospital, she appeared to be slipping in and out of consciousness.

    She was taken to the Andrew’s Memorial Hospital, where they advised they could not help due to lack of required resources. With no time to waste they then took her to the University of the West Indies Hospital where doctors quickly whisked her away later advising Demarco and his team that if it was not for their quick action she could have died on the scene. The other victims were subsequently taken to the hospital by police personnel.

    Alluding to onlookers arriving on the scene and videotaping, a seemingly distressed Demarco later tweeted, “Why people so cruel, how can you see a woman dying, blood gushing from her head and be filming big up my team for taking her to the hospital”.

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  • Naldin Yo – Baila en la Calle – DOWNLOAD IT NOW!

    NaldinYo and the Latin Connection NaldinYo is a Caribbean/Latin entertainer doing music with fusions of Latin and Soca. His Mother, Claudia Smith aka D’ Calypso Girl was the winner of the first Calypso Competition held in Ciudad Guyana, Venezuela and also the lead singer of the fusion band The Uptights in Venezuela which was formerly The Rockefeller Combos in Trinidad. His father Felix Jose Luces Farias was the Owner/Musical Arranger of Steel Pan Guyana, a musical ensemble in Ciudad Guyana, Venezuela in the 1970’s who reveled in the music of Trinidad and Tobago fusing the Trinbagonian culture in Venezuela. This also included catering food for the locals in Venezuela as his father was a Chef by profession who became so versed in preparing Trinbagonian cuisine to the extent that his alias became “Roti-Jo”. Claudio Luces Smith aka NaldinYo has taken over the humble legacy of his parents by his vision to re-ignite the arts and culture of Trinidad and Tobago in Venezuela and Latin America as a whole. The Latin Connection is a network of associates here in Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and Latin America who support the vision of cultural exchange, cooperation and unity with the English speaking Caribbean and the Spanish speaking Americas.

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  • Skinny Fabulous – BTW (Behaving the Worst) – DOWNLOAD IT NOW

    SKINNY FABULOUS – BTW (BEHAVING THE WORST) Skinny Fabulous makes a big contribution in the Soca arena with his newest release BTW (Behaving the Worst). This song comes as the sequel to the already very popular track performed by Machel Montano – Happiest Man Alive (HMA), written by Skinny and produced by Alex “Kubiyashi” Barnwell. The two artistes have always enjoyed a long standing working relationship – this latest project comes as an evolution to this professional relationship. The two artistes are known for big collaborations in the past on records like Fetting On,Charge up Remix (Hunny Bunny Riddim), and Monstrosity (Monster Remix) – all in conjunction with the same producer Alex “kubiyashi” Barnwell. BTW is everything is sounds to be and more – stepping out of his comfort zone Skinny lets go the rough persona to reveal a surprisingly more melodic one. Nonetheless he is still Gamal “Skinny Fabulous” Doyle rough or melodically he is behaving the worst!

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  • “Patch Ready With Reinvention- Artiste Aims To Keep The Fraternity On Its Toes”

    Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. He’s a man who, as simple as he may seem in his approach to his career in entertainment, has managed to play the right cards and win. Roger Joseph is a make it happen kind of guy so when his song ‘Pipe’ spread like wildfire during Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival 2009 celebration, prompting even soca’s Denise Belfon to get in on the success by remixing it, it didn’t happen by guess.

    The Trinidad and Tobago native who is also a host on Caribbean entertainment network, TEMPO, is about to cause quite a stir with the release of a brand new album. It’s not quite what some would expect from the entertainer who goes by the name Patch when he hits stages across the Caribbean and internationally, but then again, it’s all part and parcel of his winning approach. Having already settled on the name Reinvention, for the album title, Patch is guaranteeing fans of his music, twelve strong singles that’ll leave them pumped. “These songs will show just how much of a versatile act I am,” said the artiste who spends most of his time in New York. Presently being mixed and mastered by Michael Vidal and Samuel Jack, the songs were written by Vidal, Joseph and the Ghost Writers team.

    With two singles from the album already released, Patch is excited for the season ahead. “Melda and On The Tip have already gone out to DJs. We have another one set for release on November 14, so get ready for that,” he warned.

    Adored by many for his ability to bring wit and excitement to any feting arena, Patch says he aims at keeping the rest of the entertainment fraternity in T&T, on its toes. “We all have to challenge each other. That’s the only way we’re gonna see growth. Artistes like Machel, Bunji, Fay-Ann, Iwer and the other big names, have proven that they are forces to be reckoned. There’s room for everybody but we all have to prove that we are worth a second glance. I never forget that,” he said.

    With a pretty long Carnival season ahead, Patch will be coming home to Trinidad soon. Hard at work on music and of course, his television duties, the entertainer never forgets his people back at home base. “Trinidad and Tobago is my heart. Like many people back home, I live for the thrill of Carnival so when we start nearing that exciting time, my heart starts racing. The music that’s coming will show just how much I love Trini carnival- just how much I love my country,” he said.

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  • BACHELOR CHEF COOKOUT TAPS INTO ORIENTAL CUISINE

    Kingston, Jamaica: Food lovers all over Kingston are looking forward to the next staging of Bachelor Chef Cookout, a quarterly themed food event that is hosted by none other than the Jamaican Bachelor Chef, Shea Stewart, CEO/Head Chef of the highly acclaimed catering company Elite Kreations Limited. This staging of Bachelor Chef Cookout dubbed the Oriental Edition will be held on Sunday, November 10, 2013 at Kabana on Hope Road.

    The Bachelor Chef, Shea Stewart said “The event is fast becoming Kingston’s favourite food event and this time we went oriental. It’s only fitting because it’s almost second nature to Jamaicans to eat Chinese and Japanese inspired dishes.”
    Bachelor Chef Cookout has already been hosted under the themes Italian, Hawaiian and International Street Food, the Oriental Edition will feature the sumptuous food that Jamaicans love so much from East Asia, that included Korea, Thailand, China, Japan and Vietnam.

    “The idea is to not only provide for patrons a dynamic culinary experience but to transport patrons into an authentic oriental space. We will seek to do so with the venue décor, which has always been a big hit for our previous events,” Shea also pointed out.

    Patrons can look forward to Asian inspired dishes such as Korean Barbeque Pork, Vietnamese Shrimp Rolls, Chinese Honey Roasted Chicken, Fried Rice and Potato Cakes. There will be a Japanese Sushi Station, as well as a Thai Noodle Station and an Oriental Seafood station.

    The event being hosted on November 10, 2013 at Kabana on Hope Road.

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  • ORISHA SOUND POWERS HER WAY THROUGH JAMAICA AND AMERICA

    World/Pop recording artist, Orisha Sound and is now being called one of the hardest working women in the music industry. As she travels back and forth between her home in Kingston, Jamaica and Los Angeles, California, Orisha seems to always be engaged in a new promotional or production campaign involving her songs, videos or reality show.

    After returning to LA from Jamaica a couple weeks ago, Orisha Sound filmed two music videos, one of which was for the new single “world war three” featuring the dancehall king Beenie Man. She conducted a total of six interviews, doing three in one day. Interviews were done for Playboy Radio (6 million listeners), Bishop Don Juan Radio Show (with Snoop Dogg), Artist on Demand (in New York), Real Talk for real Teens in Atlanta, Global Voice radio and Rocking DTS radio. In between her radio interviews, Orisha Sound continued to film the final episodes for the first season of her reality TV series, Project O, which is now being aired on Punch TV (which is on several networks across the USA and coming to Direct TV soon).

    Having now completed her immediate duties in the USA, Orisha Sound returns back to Jamaica and switches gears, as she gets ready for her performance on the Chris Brown show which is scheduled for early December, as well as the GT Taylor Reggae Christmas Extravaganza scheduled for December 25th.

    Finally, Orisha Sound fans can expect the momentum to continue in 2014 as she plans on premiering the “world war three” (ft. Beenie Man) video on BET in early January as well as release a remix version of “embrace it” featuring Sizzla Kalonji.

    Watch the video trailer for “world war three” by Orisha Sound featuring Beenie Man here:

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  • Cultural Pride Is A Fashionable Asset…

    Self pride is beneficial for individual self-esteem. In some cultures, showing pride is almost mandatory to illustrate one’s love and appreciation for community or a cause. In the world of pageantry, contestants are quite selective over the pageant gown that is worn as it is an anticipated segment of the pageant. Judges and audiences typically expect contestants to wear traditional pageant gowns and wardrobe. However we found two accomplished women (Ms. Florida America 2013 – Amanda Wamunyima and Ms. America 2013 – Chiniqua Pettaway) who embrace ethnic fashions and display cultural pride in their community.

    A dynamic new trend is the expression of cultural fashions in the world of mainstream pageantry. Cultural fashions are more prevalent in ethnic-based pageants. Ms. Wamunyima (a first-generation immigrant from the country of Zambia) sparked a trend when she not only wore an ethnic-inspired evening gown but her entire wardrobe during the Ms. America 2013 pageant week’s activities comprised of trendy ethnic inspired designs. During the competition, Amanda wore an ivory satin evening gown with metallic gold lace trim and crystals at waist and off shoulder, and side slit. Amanda explains, “My wardrobe is styled by TeKay Designs in Houston Texas. I’m proud of my culture. I want to show my cultural side through ethnic fashions. Because I’m from Zambia, I want to shine a light on African fashions to support the designers. African fashions are more than just clothing; because the garment tells a story in tribal context. For example; the fabric that is used in traditional Musisi dresses often signifies a geographical region and tribal expression. There is also a new generation of Africans who are more inspired by western designs fused with African fabrics. And they call these looks Afrique-Chic. So, I wear ethnic fashions to share more about whom I am.” Amanda has sparked a cultural style trend in mainstream pageantry. Since winning her title, you will find Amanda adorned in opulent cultural fashions and representing her title at events while advancing her humanitarian cause. Amanda’s mission is to lend her voice to ieEmbrace organization as her humanitarian cause. ieEmbrace provides hospitals and clinics with medical supplies and equipment; as well as offering youth development programs.

    Presenting culture in the forefront is a stylish asset, even more so at gala events that are as highly profiled as the Golden Icons Academy Movie Awards (GIAMA) ceremony. Amongst the celebrities and socialites, we met with pageant winner Chiniqua Pettaway the reigning Ms. America 2013. Ms. Pettaway’s striking appearance in a body sculpting bronze gold lace dress with pleated undertones made her a paparazzi magnet as she arrived to accept interviews. This is intended, because Ms. America knows to leverage media attention to advance her humanitarian mission to the forefront.

    “I embrace my culture by being active in the African-American community as a mentor to young women. I coach at youth development programs. I teach etiquette classes and lecture young people about life, the importance of education and how it will affect their life in the long term.” states Pettaway.

    As a humanitarian, Chiniqua Pettaway extends her time to support many areas of her community. She extends her time to youth initiatives, social dignitaries, civic groups and spiritual organizations; as well as local entrepreneurial startups. Pettaway is especially passionate about her platform of service “Guard a Heart” a heart health awareness foundation. Guard a Heart’s mission is to fight heart disease with their campaign, “Know your Risk, Save a Life.” Heart conditions are the number-one killer of men and women in America. Chiniqua Pettaway is a small business owner herself, and her title as Ms. America offers Chiniqua unique opportunities to connect with other businesses and to form meaningful relationships. “I want to wear ethnic fashions that show my cultural pride. TeKay Designs is a young cultural design business and I’m willing to support that platform. The fashions are extremely cohesive as a collection; and you can always identify TeKay’s signature design. TeKay’s fashions are vibrant in color with diverse styles. The garments are distinctly ethnic, but the looks will compliment anyone. TeKay diversifies the models so when people of different ethnicities see the dresses, they can see themselves wearing TeKay’s fashions too. I embrace culture one-hundred percent! And so long as I like the garment, I’ll wear it! It’s important for me to project a positive image. Popular Media today has a heavy influence on what African-American youth emulate. There are certainly some poor examples being projected in the Media. As I see it, there is a huge gap between where the African-American culture actually has advanced to, and the perception of where we’ve advanced to. We do not have a lot of good role models for African-American youth to relate to in popular Media so I try to be that positive image and that’s why I’m active in the community. I want to have a real presence, and lead by example.” explains Pettaway.

    Ethnic fashions are an asset, and offers a nonverbal expression of pride that automatically signals social status. It is cultural pride that motivates communitarian ways. Historic African-American leaders have always used cultural style to express direction when implementing plans, and to motivate people. Amanda Wamunyima and Chiniqua Pettaway are two of many untold examples of how sister-hood holds up the neighborhood –adorned in cultural style!

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  • Alborosie Releases Dub Version of Brand New Studio Album Sound The System

    The MOBO award-winning Italian reggae artist Alborosie recently released his brand new studio album and vinyl LP Sound The System (October 1, VP/Greensleeves) in the United States.
    The multi-talented artist encompasses a mix of live instruments and analogue recording techniques akin to reggae’s golden age. On his latest album, he produced the majority of the tracks and played 90% of the accompanying instrumental parts. Sound The System follows his two previous acclaimed Greensleeves studio albums – Two Times Revolution and Escape From Babylon. Special guests on the album include Ky-Mani Marley on the Bob Marley classic “Zion Train” and Italian star Nina Zilli on ska-flavored track “Goodbye.” The legendary Abyssinians are also featured on a horn-drenched “Give Thanks.” The 16-track selection includes sound-system favorite “Rock The Dancehall” and the hit single “Play Fool (To Catch Wise).” A brand new music video (directed by Ras Kassa) for the latter track is slated to premiere this month.

    To accompany this authentic collection fueled by his passion for real reggae music, he will unveil a vinyl-only dub release Dub The System (VP/Greensleeves) on November 12, 2013. The 11-track deconstructed instrumental set features select songs from Sound The System, showcasing the producer’s melodic hooks and impressive use of vintage recording equipment. Each dub selection takes a deeper look into the original song and bridges reggae’s rich cultural history with a contemporary world view.

    Alborosie, who has extensively performed and headlined shows in Europe this year, now has a U.S tour planned for Spring 2014 in support of the North American releases. Tour dates will be announced later this fall.

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  • Tropicalfete Top 100 Countdown – Award of Excellence at Negril Village Lounge

    The official home for Caribbean Culture Tropicalfete Incorporation celebrates the “Top 100 Count Down & Award of Excellence” on Thursday, December 5th, 2013. The event is in honor of Richie Richardson, the designing mind of curating art exhibits, fashion masquerade carnival, theatre and Halloween, hundreds of Logos, original T-shirt designs and New York Subway campaigns.

    Tropicalfete’s Award of Excellence honors the accomplishments & contributions of persons and/or organizations that have had a roll in the development of the Caribbean Community. The achievement of the awardees is significant on an international level where their work had a positive impact to the Caribbean community in thne areas of culture, social, sports or economics.

    Tropicalfete CountDown Top 100 International Caribbean Songs for the year is a ranking of recorded music according to popularity. The Popularity is determined by air play, music sales, club play and online hits. Our Chart is not limited to genre. It shows the diversity and the creativity of Caribbean people around the World and most of all their impact on the global audience. Therefore, Reggae, R&B, Dancehall, Hip Hop, Zouk, Kompa, Soca, Reggaeton, Salsa, Calypso, etc. make up Tropicalfete Count Down Top 100 International Caribbean Songs for the year. Weekly Charts were calculated throughout the year to come up with a summary for the year. Charts have become an increasingly important way to measure the commercial success of individual songs and Tropicalfete Top 100 is a chart that reflects the songs the people consume.
    Tropicalfete’s Award of Excellence will be held at Negril Village, New York located at 70 West 3rd Street (between Thompson & LaGuardia) New York, NY. For more information please call (646) 504-3383 or send an email to info@tropicalfete.com.

    Happy Hour starts at 4:30PM-7PM with DJ Best, Colossal Sounds, and Shadow Storm.
    Come and hear some of the top music for 2012 spin by some of the NYC top DJs Reggae, R&B, Dancehall, Hip Hop, Zouk, Kompa, Soca, Reggaeton, Salsa, and Calypso and enjoy Rum Punches, Mojitos, and Matinis! Come and hear some great reggae soca zouk kompa R&B and more!

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  • Alborosie Releases Dub Version (Nov 12) of Brand New Studio Album Sound The System

    The MOBO award-winning Italian reggae artist Alborosie recently released his brand new studio album and vinyl LP Sound The System (October 1, VP/Greensleeves) in the United States.
    The multi-talented artist encompasses a mix of live instruments and analogue recording techniques akin to reggae’s golden age. On his latest album, he produced the majority of the tracks and played 90% of the accompanying instrumental parts. Sound The System follows his two previous acclaimed Greensleeves studio albums – Two Times Revolution and Escape From Babylon. Special guests on the album include Ky-Mani Marley on the Bob Marley classic “Zion Train” and Italian star Nina Zilli on ska-flavored track “Goodbye.” The legendary Abyssinians are also featured on a horn-drenched “Give Thanks.” The 16-track selection includes sound-system favorite “Rock The Dancehall” and the hit single “Play Fool (To Catch Wise).” A brand new music video (directed by Ras Kassa) for the latter track is slated to premiere this month.

    To accompany this authentic collection fueled by his passion for real reggae music, he will unveil a vinyl-only dub release Dub The System (VP/Greensleeves) on November 12, 2013. The 11-track deconstructed instrumental set features select songs from Sound The System, showcasing the producer’s melodic hooks and impressive use of vintage recording equipment. Each dub selection takes a deeper look into the original song and bridges reggae’s rich cultural history with a contemporary world view.

    Alborosie, who has extensively performed and headlined shows in Europe this year, now has a U.S tour planned for Spring 2014 in support of the North American releases. Tour dates will be announced later this fall.

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  • 2013 Soul Train Award Nominee Bunji Garlin Wins HOT 97 Battle of the Bands Last Week & Drops Major Lazer Remix Video

    Soca sensation Bunji Garlin, who is slated to release his new studio album Differentology on VP Records early next year, has already established the title track as the biggest hit of the 2013 Caribbean Carnival season. The single, which has garnered an accumulation of over a million YouTube views since its February 2013 release, continues to make major moves in the United States.
    Last week, the Trinidadian vocalist was declared the reigning champion on NYC’s HOT 97 FM’s Battle of The Beats competition. Determined by fan’s votes, “Differentology” knocked out a new contender each day during this week long face off on hip hop’s premiere radio station.

    “Differentology” lands Bunji Garlin a 2013 Soul Train Awards nomination for Best International Performance. The winner will be announced at this year’s prestigious award’s ceremony, which will be held in Las Vegas, NV on November 8th and airs nationwide on December 1st. Other nominees in this category include Machel Montano, Emeli Sande, P-Square and Iyanya.

    The genre-bending song also caught the attention of DJ supergroup Major Lazer, who immediately jumped on the remix. In addition to the song’s colorful eye-popping music video directed by Nigel Thompson, a brand new video for this remix has emerged and helped fuel the buzz to a crossover audience.

    Born Ian Anthony Alvarez, Bunji Garlin is a Trinidadian artist and international soccer royalty known for his high-energy stage shows and lyrical confidence and eloquence. He is both a composer and performer of soca and ragga soca. The latter is a blend of soca with dancehall music that he made his own during the start of his career in the late ‘90s. He has won the “Ragga Soca Monarch” competition in both 2000 and 2001, the Young King title in 2001, the coveted title of International Soca Monarch in 2002 and then reclaimed this title for three more years. Bunji Garlin is currently in the studio working on his new album Differentology and recently wrapped his album photo shoot with iconic photographer Jonathan Mannion (whose credits include Lance Armstrong, Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Drake & Bon Iver). The upcoming release will be his first full-length album on VP Records since 2007’s Global.

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  • Team Tessanne Chin Goes LIVE!

    New York, New York – The day has arrived, Tessanne Chin has made it to the LIVE rounds on the Voice, now its our time to show our support. Over the past few weeks many of us have prayed, fast and even started to campaign for Tessanne Chin’s success on the Voice.
    Making it to the live rounds of the VOICE is only the first step and Tessanne has not disappoint us, so lets not disappoint her and show her our support in as many ways possible.

    Here is what we need to do to help Tessanne to the next round. For this competition Itunes sales are very important, some may say even more important than the actual votes. Each person is allowed to vote up to TEN TIMES per phone line or online at thevoice.com.

    Another and a very significant way in which we can show support is by purchasing Tessanne Chin songs on Itunes. Over the past week Tessanne has sung quite a few songs, which are available on Itunes and we need to show our support by purchasing these songs each week. This will be a very significant part of the tally of Tessanne votes, no matter how well she sings.

    Big shout out to Tessanne Chin from Ranch Entertainment and fans!
    Watch Video Here:

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  • Sanchez Shoots Video For Hit Single “Him Buy You A Drink”

    New York, New York – International Reggae Crooner Sanchez hit Atlanta over the weekend to shoot the video for his new single “Him Buy You A Drink”. Produced by Sanchez on his own Sanmonik Records and distributed by New Millionaire Entertainment, Sanchez new single is quickly becoming the ladies anthem.

    Entering Pisces Night Club he was immediately greeted by a few beautiful ladies from the cast, but it was the special leading lady, Erica Pinkett of Vh1 Love & Hip Hop who was honored for the new opportunity.

    “As a lover of reggae music, it was a great opportunity and a pleasure to have a role in Sanchez music video. I am not only a Sanchez fan but a believer of the lyrics to the single “Him Buy You A Drink” says Erica Pinkett.

    The up-tempo catchy hook is quickly becoming a ladies favorite and the timing is definitely right for shooting the video. The video takes place in the popular Pisces Night Club in Atlanta Georgia and Sanchez was definitely hearing it from the ladies throughout the night. During the video you would see Sanchez observing some of the familiar gestures, women continue to complain about,

    “We can definitely relate. These men will buy you a drink and expect to be with you all night, like give me a break” says one of the young ladies featured in the video.

    Currently, receiving a lot of spins in the Caribbean and US “Him Buy You a Drink” video timing couldn’t be better. For so many ladies they relate to this song and have made their request to their favorite DJ’s to play this again and again. “true him buy you a drink and get a dance / him mussi think that you’re looking for romance / him want yuh number / so give him six / tell him fih go buy the lotto because him / have a better chance / let him know not because you’re here only / doesn’t really really mean that you’re lonely….”

    The anticipation to see the visuals behind the lyrics is boiling and Sanchez is happy with the outcome.

    “Its been a little while since my fans and the massive have seen a Sanchez video, but the momentum this single is receiving, I had to make sure that it was done right. Big up New Millionaire Entertainment and look out for the video in the upcoming weeks” says Sanchez.

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  • TropicalFete’s Award of Excellence 2013 – Richie Richardson

    This years awards goest to…

    Tropicalfete will be honoring Richie Richardson – The Designing Mind with the Tropicalfete Award of Excellence. Richie’s work covers multiple genres & disciplines. Curating art exhibits, Fashion, Masquerade Carnival, Theatre and Halloween. Hundreds of Logos, original T- shirt designs and New York Subway campaigns.

    The presentation of the award will be at Tropicalfete top 100 Countdown of the top international Caribbean songs for the year at Negril Village Caribbean Restaurant • Lounge 70 West 3rd Street, New York, New York Thursday December 5th 2013.

    Tropicalfete’s Award of Excellence honors the accomplishments & contributions of persons and/or organizations that have had a roll in the development of the Caribbean Community. The achievement of the awardees is significant on an international level where their work had a positive impact to the Caribbean community in the areas of culture, social, sports or economics.

    From art to fashion to carnival to the theater, Richie demonstrates extraordinary versatility with a creative impact that is on the cutting edge of creative appeal. What he started more than twenty-five years ago in Trinidad, has blossomed, bloomed and although crystallized here, transcends time with works of beauty, poise and grace.

    Mr. Richardson comes from a third generation artist family. His father, Mr. Carlton Richardson, was his original influence for becoming a designer, as he gained notoriety in Trinidad and Tobago as an artist. This had a positive effect on young Richie. An added inspiration to Richie was also Mr. Carlyle Chang . . . Mr. Chang is considered the Van Gogh of Caribbean artist for works he exhibited on an international level, where he presented Carnival and folkloric traditions of Trinidad and Tobago through art.

    Under his first company RICHART CREATIONS, Richie Richardson was commissioned as an independent designer/consultant by the Express Daily News, a national publication of Trinidad and Tobago, along with the conglomerates of Neal & Massey and Holiday Foods. With RICHART CREATIONS, major phases of graphic art work were entertained by this enterprise. It was while building his clientele with RICHART CREATIONS, that a natural transitional phase as a designer developed by printing fabrics. Fabric work was based on the needs of the local market. Richardson fabrics were a hit with the local fashion market, so much so, that Mr. Richardson began utilizing his talents as an artist to complement his birth as a designer.

    Following his success with RICHART CREATIONS, JASS CREATIONS, a fashion design company was born in 1986. Under JASS, he produced various collections, bearing his signature abstract motifs and prints to complement his designs. JASS was at the forefront in packaging and marketing its original fashions to the Caribbean.
    In 1993 Richardson ventured into a new artistic arena in design and Masquerade Theater, when he co-founded RAGE PRODUCTIONS NY INC., a masquerade design and productions’ company with Sylma Pachot.

    Richie Richardson achieved another creative milestone, when he moved to New England in 2008. And in 2009, in association with Diane Horn and WVEW 107.7 FM, he launched his first Halloween Parade and Party entitled Myth & Magic in Brattleboro, Vermont. The parade was successfully produced again in 2010 and 2011.

    In 2012, Richardson decided to move the parade to a new location and in collaboration with Ellen Clegg-Found Sounds and Northampton Center for the Arts; he produced his first Halloween Parade in Northampton entitled Circle of Love.

    (2012) Produced, CIRCLE OF LOVE, his first Halloween Parade in Northampton..

    (2012) Designed and produced Wiu-Tiu 2Blue for New York Jouvert, a collaboration with
    designer Gregory Young. This was the first interracial band to be presented at
    New York Labor Day Carnival.

    (2011) Produced, Brattleboro Halloween Parade 3 entitled IMAGINE.

    (2010) Produced, Brattleboro Halloween Parade 2 entitled XS RED.

    (2009) Produced, MYTH and MAGIC, his first Halloween Parade and Party in Brattleboro
    Vermont.

    (2009) Commissioned to designed and produce costume, Angel Novus for the Champlain
    400 Parade in Burlington on Saturday July 11, 2009

    (2009) Conceived and curated Without Faces, a collective exhibition in NY, June to July at
    CLCC Caribbean Literary & Cultural Center @ Brooklyn Public Library Flatbush
    Branch.

    (2009) Produced, An Elegant Tea & Fashion for The United Methodist Women of Bushwick.

    (2009) Launched the Richie Richardson Show Friday March 20, 2009 on WVEW107.7
    Brattleboro Community Radio
    (2008) Curated Diversity, a collective exhibition at the World Open Center NYC.
    (2008) Curated Circle of Peace in collaboration with CARIB, a Youth Exhibition held at the
    World Open Center Gallery in NYC.

    (2008) Honored by the City of New York on the 46th Anniversary of Trinidad &
    Tobago Independence for his creative contributions to NYC.

    (2008) Curated Art in the Park, a collective of art, music and performance at
    Linden Bushwick Gardens.

    (2008) Produced Christmas in the Park at Linden Bushwick Gardens, celebrating the
    season with music.

    (2008) Launched the Richie Richardson Art & Lifestyle Show Sunday October 19, 2008
    on AllBlackRadio.com NY.

    (2006) Curated Caribbean Anthology a collective exhibition at Gallery 26 downtown
    Brooklyn NY.

    (2006) Winner of Caribbean Peoples’ Flag international design competition.

    (2003) Produced year end Parang party for the Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York.
    He designed an interactive costume project, which the staff decorated.

    (2003) Designed logo for River Art Walk of Newburgh. In 2004 the City of Newburgh
    Commissioned his logo design, to produce community banners for the city.

    (2001) Participated in Smithsonian’s 35th Annual Folk life Festival at the National Mall
    Washington DC, featuring New York City. Exhibited Masquerade illustrations
    & costumes and conducted lectures.

    (1999 Designed logo/corporate identity for CWHA Caribbean Women’s Health
    Association.

    (1998 Designed costumes and set for The Big Masquerade an Off Broadway play by
    Caribbean Theater USA. Hosted at the Metropolitan Theater Playhouse of NY.

    (1997) Designed and produced XS JOUVERT for RAGE PRODUCTIONS, his first Jourvert
    Morning presentation for Labor Day Carnival.
    A certificate of merit was awarded to RAGE, by NY Senator Marty Markowitz.

    (1997) Designed Carnival King KAMEHAMEHA, for Utica Boys presentation of HAWAIIAN
    JAMBOREE.

    (1995) Invited to London in December by Nostalgia Steel Orchestra to conceptualize and
    design a Carnival production, entitled MERCURY MYTH & MAGIC for Nottinghill
    Carnival 1996.

    (1995) Commissioned by Scarlibis Cultural Arts of London to conceptualize and design,
    their first presentation for Nottinghill Carnival ‘96. , Entitled XS RED.

    (1995) Commissioned by Upwords International Inc., to design company image/logo
    and to illustrate a line of post cards and greeting cards.

    (1995) Exhibited Carnival costumes and illustrations at Brooklyn-Carnival 2, a multi media
    exhibit held at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus.

    (1993) Presented Rage Masquerade costumes at the UN International Staff Day.

    (1992) Commissioned by the band Savage NY, to design their Labor Day presentation
    A TRIBUTE TO BROADWAY. Which was exhibited at the Castillo Cultural Center NY
    entitled THEATER OF THE STREETS, an Exhibition of Costume, Illustration, and
    Photography of the Masquerade Band, Savage.

    (1992) Commissioned by Positive People (NY largest producer/distributor of ethnic T-shirts)
    creates a new generation of designs and develop a subway poster campaign

    (1990) While employed at Conceptual Arts, he created their logo. Designed record label for
    Forceful Records (Full Force). Designed merchandise for Cameo US Tour, Sister
    Carol & Human Rights World Tour.

    (1990) Designed gown for Miss Caribbean-USA Talented Teen Pageant, whi

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  • Machel Montano – HMA (Happiest Man Live) – DOWNLOAD NOW

    Its the secret to the effervescent joy in the faces of our children, the melodic movement of our women, and the unfailing humor within our men.

    We in Trinidad and Tobago have discovered the true meaning of happiness in life.

    In fact it was no surprise that the UNSDSN’s World Happiness Report for 2013 ranked us as the happiest country in the Caribbean, and the 31st in the world. Especially with factors like ‘someone to count on’, ‘generousity’, ‘healthy life expectancy’ and the ‘freedom to make life choices’ being used as measures to determine our inner joy.

    Reflecting this light-hearted island atmosphere is Machel Montano’s first official release for the Carnival 2014 season.

    HMA (Happiest Man Alive), reminds us that the ultimate success lies inside our souls and the only path to that bliss is to simply forget the worries around us and live the life you are blessed with, an art perfected by Trinbagonians.

    Gamal “Skinny Fabulous” Doyle, Alex “Kubiyashi” Barnwell, alongside Machel Montano wrote this infectious track, which was produced by Barnwell.

    As the signature start to Machel’s upcoming soca season, his fans can surely anticipate, truly uplifting music that will forever reinforce the sheer joy found in everything Caribbean.

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  • KHALFANI TRIMS LOCKS AND DABBLES IN SOCA

    Jamaican based, Trinidadian artist, Khalfani who became known after he collaborated with Mikey General on the remix of “Ms Taylor Bwoy” has made a startling change to his image and sound. When asked what the reason for the transformation was, Khalfani wrote the following.

    TRINI STATE OF MIND:

    For the most part my state of mind remains unchanged and as for my transformation, it is primarily of a physical nature. Yes I appear different to the naked eye, but for those who have truly come to know Khalfani, I am sure my appearance is of little significance.

    Living in Jamaica has been a great experience for me. One of the greatest blessings that has been born out of this, is that I now have a greater understanding and appreciation of my own culture as a Trinidadian.

    The fact that I am now involved in soca music may come as a surprise to many since I am not known for my affinity to the ‘jump and wave’ or the ‘wine and misbehave’ art form. However, I am a Trini, and soca music runs through my veins, similarly to the way dancehall would run through the veins of a Jamaican. Given this new understanding that I have come to, I am proud to embrace my culture as a Trini man, just as I am proud to embrace my Jamaican heritage as the offspring of a Jamaican father. Not only am I proud to embrace my culture and heritage, but I am proud to now take it to the world.

    I fully understand that my ‘physical transformation’ and the content of my music may be confusing to those who have never seen me in this light. I however urge my supporters and my audiences to look beyond the proverbial book cover and see that I am just being myself.

    I am a disciple of the Rasta faith and as such I fully support Rasta livity. I am however unwilling to be defined, or appear as what the public has become familiar with. I fully embrace change, and as such, I reserve the right to make any changes to my life as I so desire.

    Life is a journey. I am on the same road, but just at a different place on that road. To those who will continue along with me in this journey, and even to those who won’t, to the friends I have made, and to those I have not yet made, to the people of the world, I wish you love and prosperity. Be not afraid to define your own existence.

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  • LEIGHTON MILLER RELEASES HOT NEW NEW SINGLE/VIDEO – Queen of the Road

    NY: Close your eyes and imagine a packed church crusade in full effect in Saint Elizabeth, Jamaica in the 1990s. A most unusual occurrence is taking place on stage. A charming and captivating seven-year old is given the microphone to sing, and his tender voice loaded with youthful innocence ravishes the audience. One woman faints as the infant’s song peals throughout the worship session. Churchgoers are captivated by this gifted youth and his jaw-dropping performance.

    Fast forward to 2013 and the seven year old youth at the crusade, Leighton Miller, who later attended Munro College in Jamaica is now a grown man. Leighton currently lives in New York City. He is still the proud owner of that compelling and velvety smooth voice that first had audiences awe-struck, but now he has grown beyond the church and he is now wooing audiences in many different arenas across the country.
    Leighton was from a Jamaican Adventist family and musical ministry was taken seriously at his home. So by the time he migrated to the United States and enrolled in Harbor Fields High School in Long Island, joining the school choir was the natural thing for him to do. His stint with the choir further cemented his love for music. It also broadened his scope and appreciation for the art form. The experienced enabled him to embrace new forms of music like reggae and Broadway musicals, and he also benefited from classical training that formed part of the choir’s rigorous routine. But equally important were the opportunities that the choir provided for continuous live performances across the state, and in no time, Leighton was an integral part of a school choir that won the county and state championships repeatedly.

    Upon graduation, Leighton’s musical thoughts turned towards reggae and R & B. In 2000, he joined a four-man R & B band called Cornerstone. After the band dismantled, Leighton’s next musical destination was reggae. He had always cherished a love for his own music and he always admired the enduring artistry of a number of reggae greats, including Sanchez, Wayne Wonder and Garnet Silk. “Many of my friends were into reggae and I felt I was missing out on parts of my Jamaican reggae culture, so I wanted to get back to my roots”, Leighton affirmed.

    As it turned out, getting back to his roots was not that difficult for the hugely talented Leighton. He already comes to the table with a magnificent voice and a mesmerizing performance style. Additionally, he writes his own lyrics that are anchored on the cultural side of the reggae spectrum. His themes speak of love, relationships, heart break and world politics. By a stroke of luck, he reconnected with an old friend Nikimo Palache who has a passion for music and the collaboration of the two is bearing fruit.

    QUEEN OF THE ROAD is Miller’s latest music video/single (Punch This Recording), coming on the heels of his smash single SILLY OF ME that held the #1 spot on CVM TV. An EP as well as a full length album are on the drawing board. Leighton has already opened for the likes of Beenie Man and Sparrow. For now, he is looking forward to sharing his eclectic R & B flavored reggae and his magical voice with the rest of the world.

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  • Sultry Songstress Alexus Rose Debuts “Left Out” Video, Directed and Produced by Ricky Blaze

    U.S.A, JA – Alexus Rose proudly debuts her first and much anticipated video for her hit single “Left Out”. Shot on location in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York, the video was produced and directed by renowned billboard chart topping producer Ricky Blaze and co-directed by Johnny Rose.

    On “Left Out” it is apparent that the songstress was inspired by her city of Brooklyn’s melting pot of multi-cultural sounds by fusing pop and reggae. In a previous statement released to the media, Alexus Rose speaks of the experience by stating “Shooting this video was so much fun, for it being my first video I wasn’t even nervous, even when there were so many people standing around watching. Plus not only did Ricky direct it, but he is in the video as well so I felt at ease. I can’t wait to do it all again for my upcoming songs!”

    Watch Video Here:

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