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Monthly Archives: January 2014

  • Think Like A Man and Ride Along Producer Eyes Bahamas For Potential Film Projects

    (Atlanta, Georgia)… Randy E. Rolle, Bahamas Consul General to Atlanta and the surrounding area has confirmed that popular producer Will Packer is “very much interested” in The Bahamas for potential film projects.

    Packer is the Think Like A Man producer whose credits also include the upcoming Think Like A Man Too, Stomp The Yard, This Christmas, Takers, Three Can Play That Game and Obsessed. His new film Ride Along starring Ice Cube, Kevin Hart and John Leguizamo hits theaters on January 17, 2014. Rolle attended a private screening of the film and calls it “a good cop comedy” that will appeal to Bahamian movie goers when it hits theaters.

    “Mr. Packer is presently working with our office in Atlanta to coordinate a variety of things pertaining to his interest in The Bahamas, including celebrating a major milestone in the islands with the cast of his latest film” revealed Rolle.

    “Opportunities such as this open up avenues for us to be considered a viable film destination industry. At the same time, it showcases the beauty of our islands on the big screen to potential tourists and investors. Over the years we’ve had success from many major motion pictures such as Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too, Pirates of The Caribbean, James Bond and so many other blockbuster hits. Mr. Packer’s success fits right into that legacy and we look forward to working with him and his team.”

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  • Exco Levi Begins 2014 with a Performance at Rebel Salute!

    Performing artist Exco Levi begins 2014 with a historic performance at the prestigious Reggae festival, Rebel Salute on January 18th, 2014 in St. Ann’s, Jamaica.

    Originally born in Manchester, Jamaica, and emigrating to Toronto, Canada in his teens, Exco has steadily risen to become one of the best voices representing Reggae for the younger generation. With songs of hope, faith and reassurance, the young artists catalog are mainstays on radio stations around the world, and in the portable music players of fans. With an aim to add to the momentum gained on radio and fans iPods, Exco welcomes his upcoming performance at Rebel Salute, 2014.

    “2014 is off to the right start,” said Exco while taking a break at the Penthouse Recording studio. “I’ve been blessed with a catalog of good music, and I’m eager to share that catalog with fans and friends at Rebel Salute.”

    Enjoying a very successful 2013, which includes the Juno Award for Best Reggae Recording, notable releases for that year include “Storms of Life” produced by Silly Walks Discothèque, “This is Life” produced by Donovan Germain, “Wicked Evil Man” produced by Larger Than Life Records (featuring Busy Signal) as well as “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” produced by Bost and Bim (featuring Gappy Ranks). These releases, combined with music videos and touring with label mate Busy Signal have allowed Exco to impact fans.

    Founded by Tony Rebel and now in its 20th year, Rebel Salute hosts thousands of fans at the Richmond Estate in St. Ann’s, Jamaica who receive music and performances that they may not hear elsewhere. Featured performances include Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Bunny Wailer, Tony Rebel, Jesse Royal, Queen IFrica, Horace Andy and several more. In addition to performances, patrons will experience Rastafarian livity including a strict vegetarian menu, and exposure to Rastafarian crafts and culture.

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  • 56th Grammy Nominees Sizzla and Beres Hammond Countdown To Award Ceremony on Jan 26

    The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will air live on CBS on January 26, 2014. Two titles released on VP Records, Beres Hammond’s One Love, One Life and Sizzla’s The Messiah, are in the running for the Best Reggae Album category.

    “We are very proud of Sizzla and Beres for this outstanding achievement. Each artist, who are both legends in their own right, created inspiring and groundbreaking material on their latest collections. They not only released some of their best work to date, but raised the bar for the genre,” VP Records CEO Christopher Chin states.

    Known to many as the “Otis Redding of Reggae,” Beres Hammond has been producing and pouring out his smoky-sweet vocals over every kind of riddim track for almost 40 years. VP Records released his latest Grammy-nominated, double-disc studio album One Love, One Life in November 2012. The release peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Top 10 Reggae Album chart and was hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the best albums of a four-decade-long career.” The first disc One Love includes his signature classic lover’s rock sound, while the second disc One Life contains more of his socially-conscious, spiritually empowering tunes. Beres Hammond produced 19 of the 20 songs with co-producers Donovan Germain on “No Candle Light,” Collin “Bulby” York on “In My Arms” and Michael Fletcher on “More Time.” This is Beres Hammond’s second Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album. The icon was considered in 2002 for his 2001 studio album Music Is Life.

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  • New Album – Jan 21 – Wayne Marshall Tru Colors

    On January 21, 2014, Jamaican reggae artist Wayne Marshall will unveil Tru Colors – his first full-length album in over 10 years and debut studio release for the Marley label Ghetto Youths International. The 13-track collection, produced primarily by Damian Marley and written almost entirely by Marshall, follows his recent digital-only EP Tru Colors (Ghetto Youths International) and his 2003 LP Marshall Law (VP Records). Tessanne Chin, this season’s winner of NBC’s The Voice and Marshall’s sister-in-law, also contributes lyrics on the album’s closing track “On The End.” Tru Colors will be distributed through Thirty Tigers / Sony Red.

    The multi-faceted singjay, songwriter and producer ¬– known for his clever lyrics, melodic cadence and hit-filled repertoire including “Overcome,” My Heart” and “Good Ole Wife” – covers a diverse range of moods, styles and topics on Tru Colors. Taken from a phrase in R.E.M.’s mega-hit “Losing My Religion,” Marshall talks about our choices being essential to our fate on “On The Corner,” backed by a heavy roots reggae rhythm. He calls out all fake friends on the title track and urges strugglers to keep their heads up on the R&B/gospel-tinged “Nah Give Up” featuring Tarrus Riley. On “Be On The Alert” featuring Bounty Killer, he addresses the dramatic increase of missing children in Jamaica over a leisurely-paced one drop riddim. He dreams big on “Success Story,” contemplates life on “In The End” and livens things back up on the aspirational anthem “Stupid Money” featuring Assassin. His swagger also shines on the playful single “I Know,” his massive 2012 hit “Go Hard” featuring Aidonia, Assassin, I-Octane, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Bounty Killer and (the incarcerated) Vybz Kartel, and its new hip-hop flavored remix “Go Harder” featuring Ace Hood, Cham and Waka Flocka.

    Check out the video for “Stupid Money” (directed by Maybach Music’s Jon J):

    Check out the video for “I Know” (directed by Jay Will):

    Marshall wanted a clear vision and plan before releasing his new studio album. He wrote songs with Damian “Jr. Gong” and Stephen “Ragga” Marley before signing to Ghetto Youths International in 2011, and knew their label would successfully execute and oversee his next full-length musical endeavor.

    “I feel very good about the songs that we have put together and believe Tru Colors will be a stepping stone towards taking my career to the next level,” Marshall states.

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  • Hayes Court Carded For Restoration – Launch on Fri Jan 10, 2014

    January 2, 2014 – Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago… The Hayes Court Restoration Committee has taken up the mantle to preserve a monumental part of Trinidad and Tobago’s legacy with the launch of the Hayes Court Restoration Project. The committee, which was convened by the Anglican Bishop of Trinidad and Tobago, The Rt. Reverend Claude Berkley, to refurbish Hayes Court, will kick-start this initiative with a focus on fundraising to attract both public and private sector donors. A private cocktail reception will unveil the project and launch the Hayes Court Restoration Fund on Friday January 10, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the restoration site.

    Hayes Court is one of the Magnificent Seven buildings, which were listed by the Organisation of American States as a historic district on the Register of Monuments of the Greater Caribbean. Standing along the western edge of the Queen’s Park Savannah, Hayes Court is a bastion of cultural heritage and religious history. Originally conceived and traditionally used as the residence of the Anglican bishops of Trinidad and Tobago since 1910, the structure was named after Bishop Thomas Hayes, the second bishop of Trinidad and Tobago. Boasting high ceilings, a mahogany staircase, wrought-iron fretwork and wood panelling, Hayes Court was described by historian Olga Mavrogordato as, “a typical grand house with a pleasant mixture of French and English style.” The majestic twentieth century house has received guests including South African Archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Desmond Tutu, as well as the Archbishop of Canterbury and heads of the Anglican Church, Robert Runcie and Donald Coggan.

    Today the building stands in disrepair, a shadow of its former glory. The termite-ridden structure, with cracking and peeling paint, damage due to a leaking roof and crumbling concrete walls, is in urgent need of renovation. As a result, Bishop Berkley as well as his predecessor, Bishop Calvin Bess, have been unable to occupy the residence.

    The current Anglican administration is driven to raise the TT $24.1M needed to successfully execute the Hayes Court Restoration Project. Reflecting on the relevance of this initiative to the land he calls home, Bishop Berkley shared, “it is our vision to restore Hayes Court to its former splendour as a centre of Anglican excellence while preserving a heritage site that we feel can serve to inspire pride and appreciation for our rich cultural legacy.” In addition to planning for the restoration; and reinstalling the current and future Anglican bishops into the residence, the Anglican Church is developing strategic plans to diversify the functionality of the space to include heritage activities such as tours and the establishment of a mini-museum.

    The January launch of the Hayes Court Restoration Project and Fund will mark the beginning of a series of on-going fundraising initiatives by the committee.

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  • Groovy Monarch Title

    Scrappy has managed the double!!

    The Punch & Get Out Soca Monarch competition with the two categories “Groovy & Power”, saw soca artist Scrappy walk away with the Groovy title for the second time running, making him the back to back monarch. The song “Guilty” which was a hit all year on radio stations worldwide was the selected song on the night of the competition. Scrappy’s performance was crowd pleasing and engaging. The track is available on his album “We Soca” which is also available for digital download on all major online websites as well as the official website for Scrappy.

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  • Jan 7th, 2014 Camping at the Virginia Key GrassRoots Music Festival on the Beach in Miami

    Miami, FL – Back again for it’s 3rd year, the Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival offers something completely different than any other music festival in Miami. Held on the pristine sands of the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, camping is available on the main festival grounds, just steps from the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. Virginia Key is a short ride from downtown Miami, but is quiet and secluded from the hustle and bustle of the city, creating the perfect setting for this one-of-a-kind festival.

    Tent camping and Vehicle Camping are available, centrally located to all the Festival’s amenities such as 24-hour food vendors, 4 stages of entertainment, the bathhouse & its hot showers, morning yoga & Tai Chi classes, and so much more. Campers can come stay for single nights or all 4 nights of the festival, taking place Thursday February 20th through Sunday February 23rd 2014.

    There is a Family Campground on-site as well, farther away from the stages but still close to the Kids’ Village. This hub for young ones offers art projects, games, music workshops, story time, kids’ yoga, a playground, and all kinds of creative explorations all day long.

    At the foundation of it all is a diverse lineup of over 40 bands from all over the world. These include Latin Grammy Award-winning Afro-Colombian group ChocQuib Town, Zimbabwe’s national treasure and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Oliver Mtukudzi, International Bluegrass Hall of Fame legend Del McCoury, Latin Grammy Award-winning Best New Artist Sie7e, Americana music institution & festival founders
    Donna the Buffalo, current Reggae chart toppers John Brown’s Body, plus tons of hometown heavy-hitters like Spam All-Stars, Locos Por Juana, DJ Bill Kelly, Suénalo, Elastic Bond. For a few days each year the Virginia Key barrier island becomes a site for musical bliss, creative expression, community gathering, and arts celebration.

    Ticket prices are low, just $25-40 per day or $100-120 for all 4 days. Kids 12 & under are FREE! Tent camping is $25 per night or $50 to stay 4 all nights. Vehicle camping (for any car, truck or van up to 20 feet) comes with a free tent pass and is $50 per night or $100 to stay all 4 nights. RV passes are $150.

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  • K’Coneil Is Ready for the U.S.

    New York, New York – K’Coneil is a Native of Montego Bay Jamaica where he grew up in the small poverty stricken village of Granville. Born in a household of singers it wasn’t long before he developed a very strong love of music.

    At the very tender age of 4 he began singing in church as most singers do and over the next eleven years he was a lead singer in different groups and choirs and toured the entire island, which created a fire in him to develop an immense love for the stage and performing.

    K’Coneil is the full package with the soulful island sound with a sense of swag and charisma tied into one, it is evident that K’Coneil is a star.

    At the age of 16 he migrated to the United States on a full soccer scholarship to Nyack College in Rockland County NY where he attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Finance however while playing soccer and maintaining a 3.7 GPA he never lost his crave to be on stage performing.

    K’Coneil is no stranger to the small stage nor the larger platforms like Madison Square Garden and each time he touch the stage he performs as if its his last.

    “Performing and singing is all I know and love, I do this everyday and don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t sing anymore. I just give God thanks and to my family, fans and my team we are in for a long ride.”

    Currently, heating up airwaves in the island of Jamaica is his hot single “NCQR” which has been introduced recently in the US and currently receiving great feedback.

    K’Coneil is looking forward to his performance on February 8 in New York at Amazura Night Club, where he will share the stage with Sanchez, Tarus Riley, Christopher Martin and Kranium.

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  • The night was just superb, the efforts of a true visionary and man with a genuine heart was reflected by the magnitude of the crowd and by the efforts of everyone on his team. “I cannot take all the compliments without saying, Thank You to my team, Rebecca Packer and Team Shaggy and Friends, you all are truly amazing. To all media houses we thank you. To my friends and artists who took the time out of your schedule for the kids, hats off to you and to everyone who donated, your contributions will save lives, and most of all to our sponsors, Thank You! says Shaggy

    New York, New York – Hats off to Team Shaggy and Friends. The momentum of such a worthy event began to build days after the announcement that Jamaica’s’ songbird Tessanne Chin was crowned winner of the 5th season of NBCs The Voice. After the announcement of her win, Shaggy and his team immediately announced the full line up of his annual charity event for Bustamante Children Hospital.

    Shaggy went on a media campaign along with some of the many artists who contributed their time and energy for this cause. For three weeks straight Shaggy and Friends were on local morning television programs, local and international radio letting the people know they Dare them to Care.

    Immediately, the slogan Dare to Care took to social media and we began to receive word TWO week before the event that platinum tickets were sold out! As Team Shaggy and Friends continued the campaign, requests from ticket outlets began to pour in for re-stock of tickets and Shaggy began to realize that the movement was on.

    “I always know it harder for one man to achieve anything alone. As they say it takes a village to raise a child and we decided it takes a nation to save our children” says Shaggy.

    It was now hours before showtime and stage, lights and cameras were all in place. The traffic towards Jamaica House was bumper to bumper and by 6:50 p.m. the patrons began filling the venue.While the patrons were filling the venue sponsors and #teamshaggy4kids took the party to social media and garnered over 3 million imprints by using hash tag #teamshaggy4kids and generating over 2 million streaming viewers from all over the world, which generated more donations. Social media was excited and The Jamaica House was filled and it was showtime, which started promptly at 8:00 p.m.

    In fine style the visionary (Shaggy) and his fellow artists of Ranch Entertainment started the show and the jam packed lawn was jamming. The patrons were now ready to be treated and taken on a trip down memory lane with performance by Pinchers, Admiral Bailey, Mighty Diamonds and Admiral Tibet. Each artist had the crowd singing and dancing, yet it was Admiral Bailey who warmed the crowd up with his classics, Della Move and Jump Up.

    The beautiful Carlene Davis, took to the stage and paid tribute to Nelson Mandela and then performed a few gospel songs to remind the audience what the night was all about. It was now time for ‘Si Martin Yah’, Christopher Martin who gave a short yet solid set. The night continued with stellar performance from Elephant Man, Wayne Marshall, his son GioMar, Agent Sasco, Trinidad sensation Kes and the Band, Dancehall sensation Konshens, International Super Star Neyo, Chronixx, Sean Paul, Tarrus Riley with surprise performance from Jah Cure and Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley, Sean Paul and I-Octane.

    Yet the time everyone waited for was ‘The Voice’ Tessanne Chin, who gave an impeccable performance with her band while giving the crowd some of her classics and some of the songs she performed on The Voice. Tessanne later introduced a fellow Voice contestant Mathew Schuler, who won over the crowd as he sung Hallelujah and a Wayne Wonder Cover of No Letting Go.

    Tessanne would return in true star fashion with a wardrobe change and take the crowd with her as she sung a crowd favorite.
    The night was just superb, the efforts of a true visionary and man with a genuine heart was reflected by the magnitude of the crowd and by the efforts of everyone on his team.

    “I cannot take all the compliments without saying, Thank You to my team, Rebecca Packer and Team Shaggy and Friends, you all are truly amazing. To all media houses we thank you. To my friends and artists who took the time out of your schedule for the kids, hats off to you and to everyone who donated, your contributions will save lives, and most of all to our sponsors, Thank You!” says Shaggy.

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  • Socaholic Presents #Fused – Mixed By DJ Chris Vee “Soca Mix”

    Socaholic presents #Fused, a collection of Caribbean sounds fused with Urban riddims and bass for yuh waist.

    This mix CD has been lovingly crafted by DJ Chris Vee into a listening experience that is action-packed, creative and full of twists and turns.
    Soca is the constant that runs through a mix that is laced with EDM, Dancehall and Urban vibes, pulling together influences from the Caribbean, Europe and the UK scene.

    #Fused opens with the epic Differentology and showcases some of the best bits from 2013, with a few throw backs thrown in for good measure. Tunes that we are well acquainted with are reinvented on #Fused, with new life breathed into them. At the same time, #Fused also looks ahead and previews some exciting new music for 2014.
    As one third of the renowned Firin’ Squad, DJ Chris Vee has travelled the globe and played to dancefloors in destinations as far flung and diverse as Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi, New York, Ibiza and Dubai.

    The list of credentials includes a broadcasting career that has been distinguished by winning a Gold Award at the Sony Radio Academy Awards.

    A career that has included successful shows on the UK’s most influential radio stations Kiss FM, Choice FM and now the newly launched Capital Xtra, with a prime time show on Saturdays 18:00 – 21:00.

    “This really was a labour of love,” says DJ Chris Vee “I wanted to do something that might push the boundaries a little, something that Soca fans would enjoy, something that everybody could enjoy”..

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  • $5,000 Recording Contract Up For Grabs As 242Untapped Gets Set For Second Season

    (Nassau, The Bahamas)… It’s a new season, there’s a new co-host and a new season is about to launch as judges seek The Bahamas’ next “gospel recording superstar” with 242Untapped. Returning are judges producer/coach Chris Roberts, international worship leader and recording artist Nadene Moss, singer/songwriter Jonathan ‘Jonny’ Farrington and Vincent ‘V-Mac’ McDonald of Elevation Records who wears several hats as host, director and creator of the show.

    Scores auditioned with about 100 getting callbacks. Their journey from the initial audition to belting it out for the top spot will begin airing on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 8 p.m on Cable 12. The show’s website is also full of surprises as well as a video extra.

    Viewers are not being told if there will be an appearance from last year’s winner Shenique Thurston whose powerhouse vocals continued to win over fans following the contest as she travelled the country and found her single Give Him Praise in heavy rotation on radio. It was the tenth most requested song for 2013 on a local radio station, which the top 20 list included four other Elevation Records artists.
    If that weren’t enough testament of the show’s success, several of the runners-up, including Davian Chase and Malikah Pinder headlined their own concerts or were featured artists at some of the biggest gospel events of 2013.
    As for the biggest change of the show, that comes with Davrielle Burrows being named co-host.

    “Davrielle is the daughter of Dave ‘The Ruffneck Pastor’ Burrows but she comes with her own claim to fame,” explained V-Mac. “She has been behind the scenes at some major youth and gospel related events, plus she’s an author and an entrepreneur. She also has a personality that meshed well with the cast and crew and we are excited to have her on board. I know I am glad she’s joined because that means she gets to do some of the co-hosting, which gives me more time to fine tune what we’ve got going on behind the scenes. Overall, though, we have a great team this season and some talent that is sure to keep people watching.”

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