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Monthly Archives: February 2014

  • Karamanti and Beniman releases lovers rock “heartbeat”

    German Reggae soul sensation Beniman has again invited Karamanti to join him on one of his tracks. Fans of the two may remember that they recently got together on the single “I love my life” which was released towards the end of the summer in 2013. This time around they are releasing a lovers-rock Reggae track and they both agreed that it would make sense to release it on or around Valentine’s Day.

    The song is entitled “heartbeat” and as was the case with “I love my life” this was produced, mixed and mastered by Roughcut Studio (the record label responsible for Beniman) in Germany. “Heartbeat” is a beautiful love song in which Beniman laments about missing Karamanti and her in-turn reassures him that she is committed.

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  • Inner Circle Brings One Love Reggae Revolution Tour to Costa Rica This Saturday Feb 22 for Puntarenas Carnivals

    The Sunday afternoon confirmed that the Jamaican reggaegroup Inner Circle will be responsible for putting the flavor carnivals Puntarenas.

    The concert will be held on Saturday, February 22, according to the Costa Rica Brewery in a press release.

    The activity will be held at Paseo de los Turistas from 1 pm, and the national group The Oblivious open the show.

    The presentation of the subject known performers Bad Boyswill be completely free, which promises that the second presentation of Jamaicans in Costa Rica is a party full of excitement in puntarenenses traditional celebrations.

    The carnival started on 14 February and will have megabars, concerts, and carnival bumper.

    Biography.’s First Inner Circle Rican soil was played at the February 21, 2004 in the sports Monserrat in Alajuela. This time, Jamaicans were part of a festival organized by the Voxreggae radio.

    On stage were Los Cafres, Buju Banton, TOK and national Mekatelyu and Radicals.
    The Inner Circle have an enviable track record. In 1968, brothers Ian and Roger Lewis formed the group distinguished by playing a fusion of reggae with rock and Afro-Caribbean rhythms.

    The group consists of Ian Lewis on bass, vocalist Kris Bentley, Lancelot Hall on percussion, Roger Lewis on guitar and Bernard Harvey on keyboards.

    Among the most outstanding successes of the group are the simple Sweat, A La La La La Long andBad Boys. His first studio was Rock The Boat that recorded in 1974, in addition, the band released the album Black Roses (1986), One Way (1987) and Identified (1991).

    Were honored by the Grammy Awards in 1994, receiving recognition for best reggae album.

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  • TRINBAGO GOING STRONG by Abbi Blackman

    From the album, 50 and Going Strong. Recorded at Jamoo Studios, Trinidad. Written and performed by Abbi Blackman. Produced by Isaac Blackman and Abbi Blackman. Mixed by Isaac Blackman. Mastered by GMasters. Directed By Remy.

    Abbi Blackman is the oldest child of Sokah Music Creator, Lord Shorty and Jamoo Innovator, Ras Shorty I and also a: teacher, mother, songwriter, dancer, fashion entrepreneur and designer, costume and creative designer and Women’s Rights Advocate.

    She became the Youngest EVER National Calypso Queen at age 14 in 1979 with “Young and Moving On” and won the prestigious Calypso Queen title again in 2005 with “Ah Seeing” and “Oh Man”. The multi-talented artisan has traveled and toured extensively throughout the world and she represented Trinidad at the 4th World Conference on Women, which was held in China in 1995. After earning numerous top level placements in local competitions and music festivals, she also placed fifth in last year’s “Independence Calypso Competition” and currently teaches music and dance to the next generation at Guayaguayare Secondary School.

    To celebrate her 50th birthday, she will release a project entitled “50 and Going Strong”, which is also the theme for a commemorative concert to be held on her birthday at Queen’s Hall on August 8, 2014.

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  • NEW ERA® AND MACHEL MONTANO RELEASE FIVE EXCLUSIVE SNAPBACKS FOR CARNIVAL 2014 IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO – AVAILABLE NOW!!!

    TORONTO, ON – New Era, a global lifestyle brand, has partnered with Machel Montano, one of the world’s most popular Soca artists to launch five exclusive caps that will be sold at the 2014 Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago.

    A limited-edition collection, only 100 of each design are available to the public and will be sold at the Machel Montano store in Trinidad’s Piarco International Airport. The collection features Montano’s signature M and double M logos, as well as, logos from his current hit songs – ‘Happiest Man Alive’, ‘Fog Up the Place’, and ‘Epic’.

    “Machel has been a longtime, avid supporter of the New Era brand,” said Rennie Gajadhar, Marketing Manager of New Era Canada. “Naturally we are honored to be aligned with such a globally recognized talent. ”

    Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago, which is held every year on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, is considered the original and mother of all West Indian cultural events across the world and has spawned many other similar events in cities worldwide, such as: Toronto, New York, London, and Miami to name a few.

    ABOUT MACHEL MONTANO

    With a career spanning over 30 years, Machel Montano is one of the most prolific and celebrated Soca Artiste in the Caribbean. His music has set trends and standards in the industry. Through his collaborations with artistes such as Pitbull, Shaggy, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and more recently Boyz II Men and Major Lazer, he continues on his mission to take Soca music to the world. He has performed all over the world and continues to break into new territories as with his recent collaboration with Spankers and Fatman Scoop on the Japanese Dance charts with the tune “PARTY TIME”. In 2013 he signed a Publishing and Licensing deal with Universal Music France, was nominated for a second Soul Train Award in the category of Best Performance and was also nominated in the first round ballot of the 55th and 56th Grammy Awards.

    ABOUT NEW ERA

    New Era is an international lifestyle brand with an authentic sports heritage that dates back over 90 years. Best known for being the official on-field cap for Major League Baseball and the National Football League, New Era is the brand of choice not only for its headwear collection, but also for its accessories and apparel lines for men, women and youth. The brand is worn as a symbol of self-expression by athletes, artists and some of the most interesting people around the globe. New Era encourages people to “FLY YOUR OWN FLAG™” – to truly express their personal style and individuality through its products. The Company is headquartered in Buffalo, N.Y. and operates facilities in Canada, Europe, Brazil, Japan and Hong Kong.

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  • Tarrus Riley ‘LOVE SITUATION’ Hits #1 On Billboard Charts

    New York, New York – Tarrus Riley recent album, ‘Love Situation’ continues to top the charts and hits the #1 spot again, this time on the Billboard Reggae chart. Love Situation released on February 4, debuted at #1 on the iTunes reggae chart along with five tracks hitting the singles chart. With the great success of the album Tarrus Riley, JukeBoxx records, Cannon Music, and Zojak World Wide are all very pleased with the current success of the album and the response from fans and critics alike worldwide.

    Patricia Meschino of Billboard Magazine stated, “Tarrus Riley’s Love Situation is a stunning tribute to Jamaican rock steady as well as a landmark career recording. The use of classic Jamaican rhythms, which are given renewed luster through the immaculate production of Dean Fraser and Shane Brown, as well as the artist’s superb, deeply affecting singing and songwriting yields an irresistible album that may finally bring Tarrus and by extension, contemporary Jamaican reggae, a much deserved, widespread audience throughout North America.”

    Currently on his Love Situation tour, Tarrus Riley is performing to large crowds and numerous sold out venues. Most recently, Tarrus Riley headlined the sold out, 1st annual Ladies Ball in Queens, NY and his stellar performance was well received.

    “The Black Soil Band and Tarrus Riley, was just exceptional. The sound of the band was clean and Tarrus Riley was just great, his performance was of true talent and entertainment.” says Sherice McKenzie (member of the audience).

    During his performances Tarrus Riley has been receiving great crowd responses when performing his first single, ‘Dem A Watch’ (Wanna see us break up) off his ‘Love Situation’ album. It is evident that this socially charged tune will be one of Tarrus Riley’s next big hit, a video for the single is in the works so stay tuned!

    “Love Situation is an album for all lovers of music especially reggae, says Cherice Fuller, entertainment blogger. It takes you back to the 1960s, when Rocksteady was prominent in the Jamaican dance halls, and maybe the most important time in Jamaican history some may argue. Tarrus Riley and his team paid tribute to Rocksteady and a real good job they did”.

    As Tarrus Riley continues his Love Situation Tour we take the time out to say Congratulations to the entire team and thanks to the fans for making this album #1.

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  • GENERATION LION CELEBRATES 10 YEARS WITH JOUVAY BAND ‘DAWN”

    The band with the innovative lion masks is back; with top models in the band and live performers, with local and international DJs playing old and new school Soca along with Electronica and Afro-beat mixes for the road!

    2014 marks 10 years of the GENERATION LION BRAND- which includes the historic Jouvay band and Generation Lion Magazine. For the anniversary year the team plans a number of events including: special Hall of Fame events for T&T heroes; niche concerts in spectacular locations; and a constant release of Lion merchandise. This year the brand will be re-launched to both local and international audiences.

    The year however begins with the GENERATION LION JOUVAY BAND. This year the band is called ‘DAWN/ mudlight’ and is a $400. all-inclusive, premium drinks experience, serving Breakfast-on-the-Road with comforting security, and a water-truck soak-down to get revellers ready for Carnival Monday. In celebration of its 10th anniversary the band is pulling out all stops to live up to its tagline of: ‘the most magical Jouvay on the road!’

    GENERATION LION has been one of the most innovative bands in Jouvay since its inception in 2004. The band re-introduced masking to the streets with their own conceived and sculpted, collector’s item lion masks moulded by T&T artist Sheldon Clemendore. The masks were used in 2004 to launch T&T Carnival on NBC in New York and London by TIDCO. The masks have been such a spectacle that foreign news crews and filmmakers regularly film the band on the road.

    Band leader Rubadiri Victor has also collaborated with some of Trinidad and Tobago’s best photographers like Kerron Riley to create spectacular photo-shoots based on the masks and themes of the band. These images have found their way into international art gallery shows and magazines. Rubadiri has even developed a form of filmmaking he calls ‘Jouvay Filmmaking’ based on the way the photo-shoots of the band are conducted. He plans to release a series of the films shot in this manner- including the one to be shot this year- after Carnival.

    For the 10th anniversary the Generation Lion team is taking Jouvay right back to Roots- and into the future. On the road they will be mixing the ‘old’ with the ‘new’. Committee member Rocklyne Cornwall says, “We’re giving people a totally awesome musical experience and jump. We’re coming with sets of Old and New School Soca. DJ Joy Juice will provide the New School Soca, whilst DJ Taurus Movement will provide Old School Soca mixes. The band will also experiment with international Electronica & Afro-Beat mixes on the road with international DJs. On top of this, jumping with us this year are the top female and male models of Elle Model Management!!! We’re looking great before we even start!” Cornwall continues, “We are also rebooting our signature collector’s item lion masks in hundreds of hand-done variations. Revellers can also choose between metallic gold and silver body paint along with Mud and Blue paint! We will be producing a series of collectible T-Shirts as well as postcards and collectibles. On top of all this we have live performances on the road by people’s favourite artists! And we have a live rhythm section to keep the music real… All for $400! That’s real value! We are the most magical jouvay on the road! Simple. Nothing prepares you for the epic nature of the GENERATION LION Jouvay experience…”

    Co-band leader Jhunean Giraud says, “10 years ago this band took the streets with the dream to bring something different to the jouvay experience. This year we are re-booting the vision. Re-launching the passion. Come jump with us!!!”.

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  • The Stag Riddim Makes Its Worldwide Debut from 1st Klase Records

    1st Klase Records hit compilation album, Stag Riddim, makes its worldwide debut on all major digital retailers on February 11, 2014, from FOX FUSE. A coveted partnership between one of Trinidad’s top labels 1st Klase Records and Trinidad’s Carib Brewery to promote their Stag Larger Beer, the Stag Riddim fueled the 2013 soca season and is now available for sale globally, for music fans to enjoy everywhere.

    The Stag Riddim sizzles with soca stars and provocative singles from KES with “Bring It To Meh,” Bunji Garlin with “Touchless,” Swappi with “Fancy Thong,” Fya Empress with “Rolling,” Duce Man with “Squeeze D Thing,” Supa Jigga TC with “Vibrate” and the instrumental version.

    Producer Klase Gonzales of 1st Klase Records enjoys a successful partnership with Carib and Stag, as he managed to capture the essence of the drink and the spirit of the Trinidadian people, thereby crafting a slew of hits for the genre, much to the delight of the industry and fans.

    The Stag Riddim enjoyed heavy rotation on radio throughout the Caribbean during Carnival 2013, and continues to bring heat to playlists and fetes across the world.

    TRACK LIST
    1. KES – Bring It To Meh
    2. Bunji Garlin – Touchless
    3. Swappi – Fancy Thong
    4. Fya Empress – Rolling
    5. Duce Man – Squeeze D Thing
    6. Super Jigga TC – Vibrate
    7. 1st Klase Records – Stag Riddim (Instrumental)

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  • 3 Canal Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Two Sizzling Singles, “Carnival Comin’” and “Grimeee”

    The year 2014 is a significant milestone for Trinidadian super trio 3 Canal, as they mark their 20th Anniversary in music. And to celebrate in style, they have teamed up with 1st Klase Records for two sizzling singles, “Carnival Comin’” and “Grimeee,” both available on February 11, 2014 from FOX FUSE.

    Hailing from the twin island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, 3 Canal define a style of music called rapso—conscious music that is more of a philosophy and stance than an identifiable musical signature. It has been termed “The Power of the Word in the Rhythm of the Word,” “The Poetry of Calypso” and “The Consciousness of Soca.”

    They began their musical journey in 1997, and have toured the world for two decades now, spreading their special brand of Caribbean music to audiences far and wide. A significant part of their work involves working with young people and using the carnival arts as a means of expression and empowerment.

    Working with Trinidadian hit-house 1st Klase Records arms 3 Canal with two new classics to take on this Carnival season, with “Carnival Comin’” as the perfect road march anthem and “Grimeee” as the quintessential Jouvert soundtrack. 20 years and counting, the hits are still coming as long as 3 Canal is in the game.

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  • 1st Klase Records Presents Stag Riddim: Part 2

    1st Klase Records presents its highly anticipated Stag Riddim: Part 2, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on February 11, 2014, from FOX FUSE. The futuristic, heavy bass, grime-meets-soca formula of Stag Riddim: Part 2, produced by Klase Gonzales and mixed by Neel “Fadda” Dwala, are signature sounds of 1st Klase Records, a progressive label that continues to craft and compose the future of soca music.
    Stag Riddim: Part 2 is a brilliant follow-up to Stag Riddim, which was released on radio in 2013 for Trinidad’s Carnival season and is now available for sale for the first time worldwide, on the same release date as Stag Riddim: Part 2, also from FOX FUSE. A coveted collaboration between 1st Klase Records and Trinidad and Tobago’s Carib Brewery Limited, Stag Riddim is the namesake of the Stag Larger beer, which Carib describes as “the authentic, original, unique and defining icon of being young, modern and fashionable in Trinidad and Tobago.” They teamed up with eclectic Trinidadian producer Klase Gonzales, who is at the helm of 1st Klase Records, for his edgy, exhilarating and modern spin on the soca genre.

    Stag Riddim: Part 2 features soca star Bunji Garlin on “Gi Dem Dey,” a grand follow-up to Garlin’s breakout international hit “Differentology,” which has recently seen the electrifying artist making the rounds on mainstream radio internationally, having recently completed a radio tour in the United States. The party continues with soca thrillers Lyrikal on “Party Nuh Done,” Olatunji on “Wha Yuh Drinkin?,” Jaiga featuring Shal Marshall on “Juice,” and power sensation Swappi on “Take Wine,” in addition to the instrumental version.

    With blazing performances to back this ambitious album, Stag Riddim: Part 2 is bound to find a home on playlists everywhere as Carnival season commences in Trinidad and Tobago and in the soca community, globally.

    TRACK LIST

    1. Bunji Garlin – Gi Dem Dey
    2. Lyrikal – Party Nuh Done
    3. Olatunji – Wha Yuh Drinkin?
    4. Jaiga Ft. Shal Marshall – Juice
    5. Swappi – Take Wine
    6. 1st Klase Records – Stag Riddim: Part 2 (Instrumental)

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  • International Reggae Crooner- Sanchez Gives a Flawless Performance in front of Sold Out New York Crowd

    New York, New York – International reggae crooner Sanchez wowed the sold out crowd at Bobby Clarke in association with Irie Jam Radio 1st Annual Ladies Ball, held at Club Amazura on Saturday February 8th.

    Entering the stage in a full suit of black, with his signature top hat, Sanchez along with his uniformed dressed band, was ready to take this sold out crowd down memory lane and back.

    Starting his set with his rendition of Otis Reddings ‘Change is Gonna Come’ the crowd began to cheer as Sanchez sang with ease and strolled across the beautifully lit stage. He transitioned his set by holding a note for over 60 seconds and started to sing some of his hits like; ‘I Cant Wait’, ‘Lonely Won’t Leave Me Alone’, ‘Here I Am’, Im Never Gonna Fall in Love Again, Missing You’ and ‘Chronic’, it was evident from the beginning that Sanchez had this sold out crowd in the palm of his hands.
    Sanchez wasted no time before his jacket came off and his hat was removed. With non stop applause and cheering throughout his set, it was evident that the crowd couldn’t get enough of Sanchez.

    It was now 2:32 am, Sanchez reached the part of his set where he decided to pay tribute to some of the veterans who have passed away in Reggae and Rock-steady. He began to sing songs of the late great Dennis Brown and Alton Ellis, now the crowd was rocking with hands in the air and phone lights on, it was evident everyone was in a ‘Frenzy’.
    Sanchez abruptly stopped his set and said “I man love the ladies, and I love my fans, but there is one man I love above all things” and he began his gospel segment of the set. Sanchez sung songs like ‘Down by the Riverside’ ‘I Must Tell Jesus’, before ending his gospel segment with a beautiful rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’.

    “The 45 minutes of Sanchez was just ‘AMAZING’ he made my night my week and I cant wait to see him again” said Iris Duvale.

    “When he sang ‘Lady In Red’ I just could not believe how great he sound, this was my first time seeing him live and he sound so much better in person” says Patricia Thompson, from Hartford Connecticut.

    Sanchez who is currently promoting two singles ‘Buy You A Drink’ and ‘Hustle in the Streets’ off his soon to be released album was pleased with the crowd response.

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  • Alvin Hippolyte to Open Inaugural Saint Lucian Independence Lecture in New York

    NEW YORK, NY – To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Saint Lucia’s independence, the office of the Saint Lucia Consulate General in New York has scheduled the inaugural Saint Lucia Independence Lecture for February 13, 2014 at 6:30PM at the Richard Harris Terrace, Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), located at 199 Chambers Street, New York.

    Professor Alvin Hippolyte, Saint Lucian actor, director, and writer, will speak at the event, which is open to the public and will be attended by Saint Lucians, Caribbean students, and other special guests. A United Nations Fellow in theatre, Hippolyte has also served as Director of Culture in Saint Lucia. He has acted and directed off Broadway and currently functions in both capacities with the reputable Brave New World Theatre Repertory Company in Brooklyn, New York.

    A former Professor of Speech and Theatre at Medgar Evers College, as well as Kingsborough, Queensborough, and the Borough of Manhattan Community Colleges, Hippolyte has also been a guest artist at numerous colleges, including his alma mater, Howard University in Washington, D.C. He has acted with the Folger Shakespeare Theatre and the Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre. Hippolyte has written plays, short stories, and poetry, and he is currently working on his first novel. At the inaugural lecture, Hipployte’s presentation will focus on the role of Saint Lucians in the Diaspora in the ongoing development of Saint Lucia.

    “I am very excited and pleased to welcome Professor Hippolyte as the inaugural speaker for our Independence Lecture,” said the Hon. Julian Du Bois, Saint Lucia’s Consul General in New York. “As an active Saint Lucian in the Diaspora, college professor, and writer, Alvin brings unparalleled depth and insight into our national development.”

    Du Bois also stated that “a key reason for introducing our Independence Lecture is to provide Saint Lucians particularly students, an opportunity to meaningfully engage in discussion on the future of our beloved homeland. There are many substantial issues facing Saint Lucia and the Caribbean, and we need to collectively consider how to address these challenges. I certainly look forward to hearing Alvin present his insights at this inaugural event.”

    The next scheduled event is the New York Premiere of “Poetry is an Island,” a documentary film about the life and works of the Hon. Derek Alton Walcott, Nobel Laureate. The screening will be held on February 16, 2014 at 3:00PM at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, located at 1 E 42nd Street, New York. Admission to the event is free, but patrons must RSVP to attend.

    The Consulate General of Saint Lucia invites all Saint Lucians and friends to take part in the Independence 35 celebrations.

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  • 4 Days of Holistic Entertainment to Engage All the Senses at Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival

    Miami, Florida – The 3rd Annual Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music, Art & Dance presents 4-Days of holistic entertainment to engage all of the senses, February 20th-23rd, 2014. Oriented as a ‘lifestyle festival’, in addition to a solid musical foundation of over 50 bands from around the world, the Festival’s Zen Village and Healing Arts Area host numerous wellness workshops and services by practitioners of many healing modalities. Festival organizers create a relaxed, family-friendly environment for arts celebration, wellness practice, community building, and cross-cultural exchange on the beautiful beaches of The Historic Virginia Key Beach Park.

    The Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival is honored to partner with the Zen Village of Coconut Grove to host the Healing Arts Area, Tea House, daily movement and wellness workshops, and services offered by healers of a variety of modalities, all set in a lovely shaded grove along the water. Festival organizers welcome you to come and allow yourself to set adrift in this relaxing healing current.

    Each day of the Festival, The Zen Village and Tea House host Tea Ceremonies, incense and prayer offering, blessing puja, personal prayer beading, Chinese high tea, and protection puja. Throughout the weekend they also host a variety of special events including meditation for beginners, healing drumming, Zen living workshop, and Dr. Love QiGong workshop. Their Zen Tea Ceremonies are hosted by Master Chufei Tsai, who has three decades of tea experience in educating people on using their five senses to bring peace and openness to one’s life.

    An abundance of Yoga and other movement workshops also take place each day. Highlights include MC Yogi Workshop (Sunday Feb 23rd 2:30-4pm), Vinyasa Yoga, Tibetan Healing Yoga, Tai Chi, Tensegrity, Vinyasa Yoga with Afrobeta, Laughter Yoga, Hooping Workshops, Dance for Universal Peace and Morning group meditation practice. Most workshops take place in the spacious 10,000 square foot wooden floored Dance Tent along the ocean.

    The Healing Arts Area will be open from 10am-6pm daily with Reflexology, Shaitsu, Deep Tissue Massage, Yoga Massage, Thai Massage, Reiki, Prana Healing, Singing Bowls Sound Healing Meditation and more offered.

    An incredibly diverse and culturally rich musical lineup creates the Festival’s foundation.
    Hip-Hop modern mystic MC Yogi joins Latin Grammy Award-winning Afro-Colombian group ChocQuibTown, Zimbabwe’s national treasure and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Oliver Mtukudzi, the most awarded Bluegrass legend of all time Del McCoury, Latin Grammy Award-winning Best New Artist Sie7e, Trail-Blazing Americana mainstay Donna the Buffalo, current Reggae chart toppers John Brown’s Body, plus tons of hometown heavy-hitters like Spam All-Stars, Locos Por Juana, Suenalo, and Elastic Bond. Over 70 performances scheduled ranging in genre from Cajun to Electronic, Roots Rock, Latin Pop, Country, Hip-Hop and beyond!

    Environmental sustainability and ecological preservation are also central elements of the Festival. The Sustainability Fair & Expo is an interactive model of engagement between South Florida businesses and festival attendees. Over the course of the weekend Green Businesses work alongside non-profits to promote a sustainable future for Miami including solar demos, bio-diesel education, urban farming workshops, and more. Biking to the festival is encouraged! Half-priced Sunday tickets are available for all who arrive by bicycle and numerous bike-centric activities are offered throughout the weekend.

    The Festival is full of activities for kids and families. The Kid’s Village offers free art projects, musical workshops, story time, kids’ yoga, a playground, games and all kinds of creative exploration all day long! Kids ages 12 and under are admitted for free.

    Held on the pristine sands of the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, camping is available 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. Campers can come stay for single nights or all 4 nights of the festival.

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  • Orisha Sound Releases Sultry New Single “Own Ya”

    Los Angeles, CA – Once again, Orisha Sound gets your body moving with her latest dance single “Own Ya.” Coming off the success of her latest song, “World War III” a duet with the dancehall king, Beenie Man, Orisha is proving once again that she’s a versatile artist in her own right, as she shows her softer side to her fans. Drawing you in with her lustful voice and enticing lyrics, “Own Ya” is the obvious next step for the talented artist.

    Captivating the audience from the very start, the heart pounding drum sounds and reggae beats quickly has you taking notice. Produced by Big Chris Flores (Rihanna, Babyface) and penned by Orisha Sound, the song displays passionate vocals throughout the club-worthy dance track, Orisha’s vocal range gleams through to the end. In traditional Orisha fashion, the sensual singer speaks to her lover as she lusts after them, yearning for their next moment together. The stunning singer croons, “feel the heat between me and you, we could start a fire”. This love song turns up the heat and starts a fire in your heart. Orisha explains to fans that, “As an artist I’m getting more and more personal. With every song I’m getting closer and closer to my listeners. ‘Own Ya’, is very emotional and personal. I feel that it carries the exact feeling I wanted to express. This song is real”. By the end, Orisha Sound owns you and you love it.

    Orisha Sound was destined for music and stardom from the very beginning. At the age of four, while other girls were playing with dolls, she was playing the piano, violin, and singing. Orisha was focused on her musical destiny and by the time she turned nine, the singer-musician was touring Europe and the United States. She has already shared the stage and studio with music greats like Stevie Wonder, Anthony Hamilton, Snoop Lion, and Beenie Man. Her music combines elements of reggae, pop, dancehall, hip-hop, electronic and world music. “I don’t stay in one place – I move a lot – enjoying the beat of the streets and the studios of LA, Moscow, Kingston, London, Paris, NY…It’s all about the people and their love, hate, sex, faith, fun and struggle,” Orisha explains. The videos for two singles—reggae version of “Beautiful Sin” and “Make Me Moan” were premiered on MTV and getting rotation on different stations all over the world.

    For the next few months, the sassy singer will be releasing a brand new single at the top of each month. So don’t miss anything Orisha Sound by visiting her website.

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  • I-Octane Reveals Track List And Launch For New Album, ‘My Journey’ (Tad’s Record)

    New York, NY – Jamaican reggae star I-Octane reveals the track list and launch details for his highly-anticipated upcoming album My Journey, available worldwide in stores and online on March 4, 2014 from DJ Frass/Tad’s Record. Born Byiome Muir in Clarendon, Jamaica, I-Octane has been carving his niche in the reggae realm since hitting the scene over 5 years ago. A collaborative effort with his long-time friend and producer Andre “DJ Frass” Gordon, My Journey is a 16-track masterpiece that delves inside the soul and sound of this prolific artist, whose innate talents, conscious lyrical offerings and high-energy performances remain unparalleled.

    “I want this album to help people to realize that we all have more in common than we are different,” reveals I-Octane. “We all go through the same types of things and experience love, joy, pain and suffering in our own ways. I hope that once people realize this, it will be easier to see each other as brothers and sisters and to genuinely love each other.”

    Staying true to his signature sound that fuses velvety vocals and memorable hooks over catchy rhythms, My Journey lives up to its name as all tracks are penned by the multi-faceted entertainer, with a few singles co-written by producer DJ Frass. The first single, “Love You Like I Do,” has been receiving massive fanfare and radio play, at home and on reggae platforms worldwide. Its beautifully crafted, vintage-styled video was also released and is currently in steady rotation on television channels. The ambitious album also features reggae stars Gentleman on “It’s Alright” and Ky-Mani Marley on “A Yah Wi Deh,” while songstress Alaine takes a turn on the inspirational duet, “Lighters Up.”

    “The Almighty has allowed certain things to happen to me so that I can learn, and then others can take from my experiences and apply those lessons to their own lives,” discloses I-Octane. “The music is just my vehicle of passing on my message. That is what reggae music is all about – spreading messages about love and life to help and uplift our brothers and sisters.”

    The entire album was produced by reggae and dancehall hit-maker DJ Frass, with whom Jamaican imprint Tad’s Record teams up to deliver I-Octane’s latest work of love to the masses. “His musical journey is worth distributing,” states Tad Dawkins, President of Tad’s Record. “He is a youthful and refreshing sound in reggae, and his ability to transcend that without controversy into dancehall is deserving of high accolades. Like his name suggests, I-Octane is a high flame in the reggae/dancehall industry and we are privileged to be working with him and DJ Frass on this great project.”

    The album release event is set to take place in Kingston, Jamaica on March 6 at Chris Gayle’s Triple Century Sports Bar (69 Knutsford Boulevard, New Kingston, Jamaica). Hosted by radio personality Big A from Jamaica’s top radio station Irie-FM, the program will run from 7PM to midnight and will feature I-Octane introducing the album to media and fans, followed by a full performance. Numerous local and Caribbean media outlets will be in attendance, along with mainstream music’s most acclaimed trade publication Billboard Magazine, which will be journeying to Jamaica to cover the exciting new release from this reggae music ambassador.

    I-Octane recently won two top prizes at Jamaica’s Youth View Awards (held on February 1, 2014 in Kingston), where he nabbed Favorite Local Music Video for “Happy Time” and Favorite Music Collaboration of the Year for “It’s a Celebration,” featuring Konshens, Chris Martin and Ding Dong. He is now making the rounds on the international circuit, touring and introducing his new album to audiences far and wide, as he takes the entire world on his journey.

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  • Inner Circle Brings the Roots and Culture to Costa Rica Feb 22 for the Puntarenas Carnivals

    The Sunday afternoon confirmed that the Jamaican reggaegroup Inner Circle will be responsible for putting the flavor carnivals Puntarenas.

    The concert will be held on Saturday, February 22, according to the Costa Rica Brewery in a press release.

    The activity will be held at Paseo de los Turistas from 1 pm, and the national group The Oblivious open the show.

    The presentation of the subject known performers Bad Boyswill be completely free, which promises that the second presentation of Jamaicans in Costa Rica is a party full of excitement in puntarenenses traditional celebrations.

    The carnival started on 14 February and will have megabars, concerts, and carnival bumper.

    Biography.’s First Inner Circle Rican soil was played at the February 21, 2004 in the sports Monserrat in Alajuela. This time, Jamaicans were part of a festival organized by the Voxreggae radio.

    On stage were Los Cafres, Buju Banton, TOK and national Mekatelyu and Radicals.
    The Inner Circle have an enviable track record. In 1968, brothers Ian and Roger Lewis formed the group distinguished by playing a fusion of reggae with rock and Afro-Caribbean rhythms.

    The group consists of Ian Lewis on bass, vocalist Kris Bentley, Lancelot Hall on percussion, Roger Lewis on guitar and Bernard Harvey on keyboards.

    Among the most outstanding successes of the group are the simple Sweat, A La La La La Long andBad Boys. His first studio was Rock The Boat that recorded in 1974, in addition, the band released the album Black Roses (1986), One Way (1987) and Identified (1991).

    Were honored by the Grammy Awards in 1994, receiving recognition for best reggae album.

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  • From Rio to Port of Spain… Smash Productions Drops The Bateria Riddim

    Ready to draw in the Carnival season for the penultimate climax, Smash Productions releases his long anticipated 2014 project, the Bateria Riddim.

    Traversing deep into the rugged, historical, rich landscape of the favela Rocinha and transcending all rhythmical journeys ever made, this highly explosive riddim has managed to capture the true pulse of Rio de Janeiro, reverberating back to the streets of Port of Spain, with a resounding pitch.

    A project inspired by a trip to the favelas in 2012, curiously drawn to the musical ensemble making up the samba band, teaming alongside JRod Records for the 2014 release, Smash has managed to masterfully take the core element of the samba rhythm section, inspired by the favela and time spent in one of Rio’s largest samba school, Salgueiro.

    Creating the perfect tone and pitch and commanding the ensemble at large, thundering past the first release, in a performance worthy of a second accolade, BestInternational Performance Award Winner Bunji Garlin drops the first single, “Pat Your Drum”. Enchantingly pulling, this single is set to intoxicate the core of all wining queens and pull in all contenders vying for the ultimate position.

    With more surprise singles slated for release, Bateria Riddim is set to enthral those who will infectiously get signalled by its pull.

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  • Dancehall Star Konshens Set to Guest Appear on Arsenio Hall Show with Sean Paul

    New York, New York – For the past few days, social media have been buzzing that Konshens will be making a guest appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show alongside dancehall superstar Sean Paul. Well the buzz is real!

    Sean Paul, who is currently promoting his upcoming album ‘Full Frequency’ set to release on February 18 via Atlantic, will appear on The Arsenio Hall Show with Konshens. The first single off Sean Paul new album titled ‘Want Dem All’ features Konshens and has brought a different energy in the clubs when played. Yet, the single is creating worldwide pandemonium whenever BOTH artists hit the stage together.

    “We recently went to Costa Rica and performed ‘Want Dem All’ in front of over 10,000 screaming fans and trust me it was a great energy” says Konshens.

    On Thursday February 13, Sean Paul and Konshens will bring an energy you will feel in your bones. Both artists are looking forward to performing in front of the millions of viewers watching The Arsenio Hall Show, which airs on CBS, check your local listing for airtime.
    Konshens is currently getting ready for his US Tour, set to kick off late February. While touring he will continue to record for his upcoming album ‘Hotel Room’, which will release later this year.

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  • Precision Productions in Collaboration with Triniyard invite you to embrace the mystical SunDance Riddim!

    Inspired by the sacred North American Indian ceremony, and brought to you through the collaboration of Triniyard and Precision Productions, we present to you the mystical mingling of music, the earth’s soul, and mankind’s praises to the sun: The SunDance Riddim

    This effort marks another progressive step by the members of Triniyard who over the years have given you such exclusive events as: SunDance Glow (Chaguaramas Golf Course), SunDance Anniversary (Bowen Marine) and SunDance Glow 2 (Jean Pierre Complex).

    After successfully drawing thousands in with their unsurpassed service, the team now joins with Precision to give the waiting public the unique experience of having their very own party soundtrack.

    Given the magnitude of such a step forward for the Triniyard and Precision teams, only the most select voices could have been summoned in order to ensure that the songs created would elevate attendees to a perfectly numinous state of mind.

    Taking listeners on this transcending journey are: popular dancehall artist Aidonia, current Soca Monarch Machel Montano, the well-loved Kees Dieffenthaller who is teaming up with the very animated Mr. Killa, all alongside upcoming singing and writing sensation Sekon Sta, and St. Vincent’s irrepressible Skinny Fabulous.

    Additionally, just as the Native Americans believe their traditional SunDance is necessary for the renewal of the creative energies of the earth, Triniyard believes that this premier party is needed to remind Carnival patrons that first class service, security, and pure enjoyment still exists within our festival.

    With this in mind, revelers are invited to let their inhibitions go into the night as they dance into the dawn embracing the sun’s morning warmth.

    Both teams encourage all listeners to let the power of the music in the SunDance Riddim revive their faith in unforgettable party experiences, as this event expands its reach from Trinidad to Kingston, Jamaica, and even beyond to Toronto, Canada, in the year to come.

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  • Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley Goes Gold w/ Skrillex + Unleashes New mp3 “Is It Worth It? (Gun Man World)”

    This week, reggae star Damian “Jr Gong” Marley scores another Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Gold certified hit for his Skrillex collab “Make It Bun Dem.” This is the first time Damian has reached this status since his ‘Welcome To Jamrock’ album in 2006. The album’s title track also sold over 500,000 units in 2005.

    Skrillex reached out to Damian to be on the track and the rest is history. When released in 2012, “Make It Bun Dem” saturated all blogs, clubs and airwaves worldwide. To date, the video has received over 72 million YouTube views:

    Today, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley also reveals his brand new single “Is It Worth It? (Gun Man World).” LISTEN here now: https://soundcloud.com/withlove-pr/damian-jr-gong-marley-is-it

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  • Dancehall Star Konshens Set to Guest Appear on Arsenio Hall Show with Sean Paul

    New York, New York – For the past few days, social media have been buzzing that Konshens will be making a guest appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show alongside dancehall superstar Sean Paul. Well the buzz is real!

    Sean Paul, who is currently promoting his upcoming album ‘Full Frequency’ set to release on
    February 18 via Atlantic, will appear on The Arsenio Hall Show with Konshens. The first single off Sean Paul new album titled ‘Want Dem All’ features Konshens and has brought a different energy in the clubs when played. Yet, the single is creating worldwide pandemonium whenever BOTH artists hit the stage together.

    “We recently went to Costa Rica and performed ‘Want Dem All’ in front of over 10,000 screaming fans and trust me it was a great energy” says Konshens.
    On Thursday February 13, Sean Paul and Konshens will bring an energy you will feel in your bones. Both artists are looking forward to performing in front of the millions of viewers watching The Arsenio Hall Show, which airs on CBS, check your local listing for airtime.
    Konshens is currently getting ready for his US Tour, set to kick off late February. While touring he will continue to record for his upcoming album ‘Hotel Room’, which will release later this year.

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  • VETERAN CALYPSONIAN HERB BLACK TO BE HONORED BY SAINT LUCIANS IN NY

    NEW YORK, NY – As part of the celebrations recognizing Saint Lucia’s 35th Independence anniversary, the Saint Lucia House Foundation (SLHF) is proud to announce Saint Lucian Veteran Calypsonian Herb Black, (Anthony Sylvester Lewis) will be the recipient of the prestigious award for contribution to the cultural art form of Saint Lucia. Herb Black hails from the fishing village of Anse-La-Raye and has an avid love of the arts. Herb Black is a veteran calypsonian and many of his compositions have become legendary.

    The annual Gala is the culminating activity in commemoration of Saint Lucia’s Independence anniversary. The event is scheduled for March 2, 2014, from 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm at the elegant El Caribe Country Club located at 5945 Strickland Ave Brooklyn, NY.

    Matthias Wilkie, president of SLHF, says “as we celebrate the 35th Independence Anniversary it is only fitting that we honor an artist such as Herb Black for his consistent commitment to the Calypso art form of Saint Lucia. Affectionately known as the people’s champion, he has always been relentless in ensuring that his contribution each year is of the highest standard.” Herb Black will arrive in New York on Saturday, March 1st, and receives his award at the event on March 2nd.

    Wilkie went on to say, “We are very excited to have Herb Black in New York Celebrating the 35th Anniversary with Saint Lucians in the Diaspora and we are even more ecstatic to honor him for his contribution to the arts”.

    This year SLHF will also honor members of the community for their outstanding contributions in Business, Community Service, Leadership, Sports, and Humanitarian work.

    The Saint Lucia House Foundation was established in 2010 with the mandate to serve as the Umbrella organization for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut working in conjunction with the Saint Lucia Consulate in New York.

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  • Draft Festival 2014 Calendar Released

    As Montserrat’s year-end Festival continues to grow, so does our anticipation every year for the spectacular display of culture, talent and creativity. Apart from the expected Festival Committee events such as Queen Show, Calypso Monarch and Festival Street Parade. Shows from private promoters such as Sunrise Productions, St. Johns Action Club and Fabulous Entertainment, have made the Annual Festival calendar their home.

    This year, we will see new Festival Committee shows, daytime activities and fundraisers being part of the calendar. For the video game buffs, there will be a Video Game Tournament at the Montserrat Cultural Centre on December 16th, complete with big screens and loud speakers. The Ferry will take patrons around the island in comfort and style on December 21st for the ‘Round d Island’ ferry tour and the Regional Female Calypso Show, previously organized by Euphony Vibes, will return for Festival 2014 on December 22nd under the management of the Festival Committee. There will be a Sankofa Kwanzaa Fest highlighting certain aspects of our African heritage and gift giving for children on December 30th and plenty of fun for the kiddies on December 31st with a Fun Day just for them at Festival City all afternoon.

    For those who can recall jumping up in the rain last December, with the Imagination Brass, would be happy to learn that it will return to Montserrat in hopes of an even sweeter session this time around. Festival 2014 will also see the return of Nite of Pan and Soca Frenzy. The Tropical Productions team are bringing you King and Queen of the Band on December 31st at Festival City, where grand costumes from islands throughout the Region will be showcased on Montserrat’s big stage.

    The calendar for Festival 2014 is packed very tightly and shows are still being added.

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  • International Reggae Crooner- Sanchez Heads to New York for Ladies Ball

    New York, New York – International Reggae Artist Sanchez heads to New York for Ladies Ball this Saturday, February 8th. Wrapping up a solid 2013 with chart topping new singles and US tour Sanchez looks forward to a great 2014.

    “Last year I released a few singles yet, ‘Buy You A Drink’ was a hit with the ladies. My management team, New Millionaire and I, are really pleased with the success from the single” says Sanchez.
    With Valentines Day in a few days its no surprise that the veteran reggae crooner Sanchez has such a hectic schedule. During this time of year there is a huge demand by promoters globally for Sanchez as he has become a staple for major events. When asked Bobby Clarke, promoter for Ladies Ball, stated “Sanchez has always been an artist we’ve worked with and when we came up with the concept and name ‘Ladies Ball’ we knew it would not be a Ladies Ball without Sanchez”.

    Sanchez recently released his second single ‘Hustle in the Streets’ off his soon to be released album ‘Di General’. This album for Sanchez is one which he holds dear to his heart and is looking forward to sharing his masterpiece to the world.

    “Di General’ is an album I hold dear to my heart, as I produced the majority of the album and wrote 99% of all the songs. So I look forward to see the reception and feedback from my fans” says Sanchez.

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  • Christopher Martin Heads to New York For Ladies Ball After A Stellar Performance at Jamaica Jazz & Blues

    New York, New York – With a recent stellar performance at Jamaica Jazz and Blues, Christopher Martin heads to New York. Last year was a great year for the young, hip, soulful reggae crooner, making huge strides and accomplishments in his career. With successful US tours, European tours and a major acting role it is evident that Christopher Martin is here to stay.
    The VP records recording artist had several stellar performances last year and opened 2014 with a bang. Starting the year with a short impactful set on Shaggy and Friends, many fans anticipated seeing Christopher Martin at Jamaica Jazz and Blues and they were NOT disappointed. In full suit of red and a sharp white shirt, Christopher Martin had his fans and early revelers cheering and rocking with him from beginning to end. Yet, it was his single ‘Mama’ that drew the encore from the several thousands in attendance.

    “Jamaica Jazz and Blues was great. Its always a pleasure to perform on a grand stage and when that stage is at home its even a greater feeling” says Christopher Martin.
    Currently in New York, Christopher Martin is preparing for his upcoming performance at this year’s Ladies Ball. Ladies Ball will be held on Saturday, February 8th in Queens NY at Club Amazura. He will share the stage with veteran artist Sanchez, Terry Linen, International Reggae Superstar Tarrus Riley, rising artist Kranium, K’Coneil and I-Octane.

    “It’s always great performing in New York, the fans are always receptive, but Ladies Ball will be special. I want all the ladies to come out early despite the snow on the ground, I promise you it will be an experience; Christopher Martin in concert”.

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  • Exco Levi Strives to Juno Nomination for Best Reggae Recording 2014

    “Strive” was produced by Silly Walks Discotheque and features guest vocals from fellow Reggae revivalist Kabaka Pyramid. The song is performed with encouraging lyrics, telling listeners to keep their faith as they go through difficult times in their lives.

    This years Juno nomination (the Canadian equivalent to a Grammy) marks Exco’s 3rd nomination since 2011. The 43rd annual awards ceremony will be held from Monday March 24th to Sunday March 30th, 2014 in Winnipeg and celebrates the best musicians in Canada.

    When notified about his nomination, Exco said “I am proud of this nomination … Wow! I thank CARAS and the fans for sharing my music and the positive message in the song. I also thank Kabaka and Silly Walks for making this song a truly great one!”

    For Jamaica’s Kabaka Pyramid, this marks his first co-nomination for a Juno Award, and second for Germany’s Silly Walks Discotheque.

    Additional nominees in the 2014 category for Best Reggae Recording include Ammoye “Baby It’s You.”

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