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Monthly Archives: February 2014

  • One Of The Biggest Nights In Haitian Music Returns To Manhattan

    NEW YORK, NY – Jaz Enterprise has announced the electrifying roster and new venue for its 9th Annual La Nuit Des Jeunes. The event is one of the most anticipated concerts to showcase Haiti’s contemporary music and culture. Targeting the younger generation of music fans, the show is scheduled on Saturday, April 5, 2014 for the first time at Pier 36, a spectacular live event venue located in lower Manhattan. Nine of the top names in the Haitian music industry will celebrate the ninth annual all-star extravaganza including headliners CaRiMi, Harmonik, Klass and 5Lan. Additional acts slated to hit the stage on the big night include Mikaben and Cruz-La, as well as DJ’s Stakz, Platinum D and Ricky Groov. One of Haiti’s most popular entertainers Kako Bourjolly will host the festivities.

    “With Manhattan’s Pier 36 as our new concert venue this year, we are looking forward to delivering a unique experience along with the standard of excellence that our audience enjoys each year at La Nuit Des Jeunes,” said Evens Blaise of Jaz Enterprise. “This year’s exciting line-up will provide our guests with another memorable showcase of Haitian music and culture.”

    Headliners of the 9th Annual La Nuit Des Jeunes also commented on the upcoming show:

    Richard Cave, band leader of CaRiMi said:
    “We are proud to announce that CARIMI will be part of LNDJ one more time. This event brings people from all over the United States, and we are glad that we are going to present our new album. We are always excited to play at this concert, and this year it’s going to be bigger with bands like Harmonik, Klass and 5Lan. I’m waiting for all the KONPA fans. Come and support a great movement; come and support your culture.”

    Jean H. Richard “Richie”, band leader of Klass said:
    “We wanna thank LA NUIT DES JEUNES for giving us the opportunity to be part of such a monumental event. The KONPA fans (our fans) will be pleased…We guarantee it. Klass it is baby.”

    Sanders Salon, lead guitarist and vocalist of Harmonik said:
    “It’s an exclusive honor to be once more part of this unforgettable experience. This year we will bring the heat to the Big Apple, and we will be ‘DIFERAN.’”

    5Etwal, band leader of 5Lan said:
    “We (Team 5Lan) are very delighted to be part of La Nuit Des Jeunes 2014, one of the most respectable events in this business. We are more than ready to put on a great show for all our fans. Big thanks to Jaz Enterprise for having us. NYC, 5Lan ap vini!”

    New York-based CaRiMi is one of the most versatile and dominant Haitian bands for over a decade and continues to conquer the music scene with its latest album entitled “Invasion” that debuted as one of the top-selling albums on the World Music charts.

    Hailing from Miami, the mega-talented Haitian band Harmonik has made a lasting impact in just five short years and has drawn passionate fans to their impressive musical repertoire with their new album “Diferan.”

    Klass’ anthem “Klass it is baby. Yes it is baby.” is being heard across the airwaves and sold-out tours with the band’s triumphant freshman album “Fe’l Vini Avan” that is delivering on the promise of satisfaction guaranteed to Konpa music lovers.

    Best known for their sizzling remixes infused with a rhythmic blend of R&B, Konpa and Zouk music, 5Lan is the talk of the town on the club circuit from South Florida to New York, and their latest single “Wet The Hell? (Map Vini)” is heating up playlists for party goers.

    Mikaben, a charismatic solo singer and successful songwriter in Haiti, will join CaRiMi on stage to perform their hit collaborations. Representing the next generation of Konpa, Brooklyn-based guest band Cruz-La will open the event with a medley of songs from their album “Men Cruz La.” A trio of top DJ’s including New York’s very own DJ Stakz, Montreal’s DJ Platinum D and Boston’s DJ Ricky Groov will also perform on a thrilling night of non-stop of entertainment.

    Back by popular demand, comedian and actor Kako Bourjolly will serve as Emcee. One of the best minds in comedy, Kako is a fan favorite for his exhilarating live shows, TV commercials and philanthropic efforts to benefit Haiti through his Kako’s Kids Foundation.

    Attracting enthusiastic attendees each year from across the U.S., Haiti and Canada, La Nuit Des Jeunes has earned a stellar reputation as one of the best Haitian-American concert productions. In previous years, Jaz Enterprise has produced La Nuit Des Jeunes at prominent New York City concert venues, such as the famed Hammerstein Ballroom, Roseland Ballroom and Terminal 5.

    The advance ticket price is $40. The VIP ticket price is $100. Tickets will also be sold for $50 at the venue, which will be open to the public at 9:00 p.m. Showtime will begin promptly at 10:00 p.m.

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  • VEGAS EXPANDS CAREER INTO REALITY TV

    Kingston, Jamaica – He has sold numerous records, packed stadia internationally and has more number ones than most dancehall artistes of his calibre, but Mr. Vegas has now moved into the realm of television by conceptualizing dancehalls first reality television series dubbed Bruk It Down To Reality.

    Bruk It Down To Reality is Mr. Vegas’ effort to capture Jamaica’s dance culture and history through a one hour reality series showcasing female dancers from Jamaica and around the world, competing to be the ‘Bruk It Down to Reality Queen’. Along with O’Neil Walters, noted video director from Sretlaw Media, Mr. Vegas is now on a campaign to sell it to the world.

    According to Walters: “The marketing for the series has been stepped up on social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube. We are now featuring behind the scenes photos & videos from the pilot show. These posts have already created instant excitement and interest from Jamaicans, dancehall lovers and Mr. Vegas fans from around the world”.

    Mr. Vegas is excited that this idea is well on its way to becoming a reality: “The pilot, screened at NATPE Miami 2014, got rave reviews from Digital distributors who were impressed by the quality of the production as well as the dynamic cultural experience and global integration the show could deliver”.

    After meetings with key stakeholders in NATPE including Dr. Partha Nandi, the Emmy award winning host of the ‘Ask Dr. Nandi’, and representatives from Global Agency, one of the largest digital distribution agencies in Asia, Europe and South America, key partnerships are being initiated in an effort bring the series to millions of viewers from around the world.

    Now, the search is on to find 20 girls from Jamaica and around the world in an effort to find the first Bruk It Down Reality Queen. Girls can submit their audition videos to the ‘Bruk It Down to Reality’ voting app on Facebook where videos will be vetted by judges before online fans get the opportunity to decide part of the series.

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  • R&B Queen on the Scene, TaQuita Thorns Gives A Behind the Scenes Look at New Web Series

    Los Angeles, CA – Music Connection Magazine’s Hot 100 Live Artist, TaQuita Thorns, is keeping her fans in the loop through her new web series. The segments, which can be watched on TaQuita’s YouTube channel, will include behind the scenes footage, exclusive performances, updates on her music career, and much more.

    In her first episode, “The First On Orbit Year End Broadcast 2013” TaQuita recaps the highlights of 2013, gives a sneak peak as to what to expect in 2014, and even does a Q&A segment addressing questions from her fans. It also includes exclusive footage of a live performance of “The Ocean” at her Los Angeles premiere at The MINT. The footage captures her natural love for the ocean and her stellar performance skills. The emotions felt through her live performance and her soulful power-packed voice are sure to captivate audiences around the globe.

    TaQuita Thorns was born with the natural charisma it takes to be a star. She was singing at family events at a young age, was the lead vocalist of her schools concert choir, became the captain of a dance company and represented some of the best dancers from Detroit’s high schools. She went on to study music as well as dance at Wayne State University. TaQuita auditioned and was casted in P. Diddy’s MTV Making the Band III, where she became a viewer favorite, mesmerizing people with her lively energy and natural talent. She went on to have her own spin off TV series on MTV,The TaQuita & Kaui Show.

    Since The TaQuita & Kaui Show, TaQuita has continued to pursue her dreams. The pop singer-songwriter released her debut album, Rough&Fancy Vol. 1, exposing her artsy draws from real life struggles and her limitless energy, positivity, and love that fuels her creative talents. Her album was a journey through Detroit’s rich music heritage. Growing up surrounded by iconic artists helped her to create her unique sound. She’s influenced by the sounds of Little Richard, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, and Whitney Houston. TaQuita has performed at venues like the Blank Club, the Peacock Lounge and at the Las Vegas Pure House Music Festival.

    Known for her luminous vocals and alluring stage presence that leaves you longing for more, TaQuita Thorns continues her mission to inspire others through her music.

    Watch Video Here:

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  • CARNIVAL BAND REACHES FOR THE SKY SO.BE.IT CARNIVAL 2014- ‘SKY & LIGHT’

    The band that successfully mixes Carnival fun and Mas design is back!

    SO.BE.IT Carnival impressed in its second year on the road by placing third in the Medium Band category in 2013 with its innovative portrayal of AQUA 70/30 which explored “‘the Eternal Equation- 30% to 70%- of Flesh to Water, Land to Ocean, Material to Divine…” The band was also a historic design collaboration between a series of Trinidad’s most talented visual artists and mas artisans.

    This collaboration continues this year with ‘SKY & LIGHT’ where the team explores another aspect of the elemental world- the world of the heavens…
    ‘SKY & LIGHT’ is about the magical world of the heavens. The aspirational, the unattainable, the realm of fantasy and dreams….the world of clouds, rainbows, planets and the aurora borealis. The kingdom of the sun, the moon, the stars, lightning and flight… The first divine element, the Big Bang, the “Let there be Light!…”

    Costume sections will include: Twilight; Clouds; Nebula; Light; Angels; Stars; and more…

    The band’s mascamp is located at #10 Dennis Mahabir Street, Woodbrook and registration has begun. SKY & LIGHT will be a Monday/Tuesday all-inclusive, premium-drinks jump-up
    Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and premium drinks will be served on the road and there will both top DJs like Joy Juice and live music on the road. Band members are also assured of a safe and secure jump up with an effective security team. Band members also have a special jouvay option because ‘Generation Lion Jouvay’ is the official Jouvay band for ‘Sky and Light’ with their portrayal of ‘DAWN/mudlight’…

    “The future of mas has arrived!”

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  • Tobago’s Extempo Champ Keeps Culture Alive On Trinidad’s Sister Isle

    Port-of-Spain, Trinidad – While soca music and the young entertainers who push the genre seem to be the main focus when Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival comes around, it must not be forgotten that Calypso music is an integral part of the festival. And while the events that take place throughout the season in Trinidad receive most of the attention, sister isle Tobago also enjoys its fair share of Carnival excitement.

    D’ Entertainers Tent is one such place where the carnival merriment can be experienced. This year, the calypso showcase will be launched on February 2nd at Docksite Entertainment Bar from 8pm. Tent owner and reigning Tobago Extempo Champion, Lady IB is calling on calypso lovers to be a part of it all, promising that the 15 calypsonians aligned to the tent will even be performing in Trinidad before the end of the season. Having started the calypso tent in 2006 after recognizing the need to provide a platform for calypsonians who found it difficult to get their music heard, Ingrid Brathwaite or Lady IB as she’s popularly known, decided that the only solution would be to create a home for these undiscovered entertainers. Since the launch of D’ Entertainers Tent eight years ago, Brathwaite has seen growth. In fact, the tent is recognized island wide as one of the popular spots when carnival comes around, this despite there being a couple other tents, including the TUCO tent in Tobago.

    Brathwaite has a few accomplishments to her name. In addition to being the reigning Extempo Queen of Tobago, she has also won the Tobago Calypso Queen competition and she has even represented T&T at the Dominica World Calypso Queen competition. Her passion for the art form has propelled her to give back in this small way and with her focus on sharing these 15 members of her tent with all of Trinidad and Tobago and essentially, the world, Brathwaite remains motivated.

    This carnival, D’ Entertainers Tent will be rolling into several hotspots in Trinidad. Among them are, Trevo’s in St. Augustine, La Rez at Morvant Junction and Fordie’s in Carenage. This year also makes it six years since Brathwaite began taking her Tobago born tent over to the mainstream Trinidad carnival market, something she believes adds credibility to her brand while helping the artistes with exposure. The tent will offer patrons eight shows for the season between both islands and with anticipation, both Brathwaite and the members of her entertainment team are rearing to go. Some of the names in the lineup are, Sando- described as a featured act, Culture B, Brathwaite herself and Cabbasi. The tent is hosted by Tobagonian MC Cudjoe.

    Ready to deliver a good show to patrons, D’ Entertainment Tent is making it known that they are standing firmly among the heavyweights of the calypso arena, on sister isle Tobago. Brathwaite, a big believer in her mission, says there’s no stopping and annually, the tent gets bigger and better.

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  • Precision Productions and Gregory Ayuen promise to Hold Yuh this Carnival!

    In a season that has been filled with many innovative firsts, Team Precision is at it again this time adding yet another youthful voice to their roster.

    Gregory Ayuen, frontline singer with Karma, joins the team with the groovy ballad “Hold Yuh”; a spicy serenade to the women of Carnival.

    The tune delightfully reveals the musical intricacies always associated with Precision Productions, alongside the fine melodic tone of Gregory’s natural abilities.

    Akeem “Preedy” Chance and his WeMad partner Stephanas “Steffy” Ramgattie wrote this piece, painting a familiar scene within our festival, of the burgeoning sexual tension that can only be released when wining bodies unite and music takes over.

    This exceptional track, created from the merging of such gifted talents, is sure to smoothly and quickly wind its way into the hearts of listeners everywhere for Carnival 2014.

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  • “LETTER 2 GHANA” BY KARAMANTI CREATING A BUZZ IN GHANA

    In mid December Karamanti was approached by Ghanaian producer, Infectious (commonly referred to as Infectious Beats) regarding voicing on his Happy Bells Rhythm. The artist took the opportunity to address the divisiveness amongst the Ghanaian Reggae and Dancehall artists and called on them to unite. When the song was officially released the first week of January it immediately began to create a buzz. So much so that Karamanti was asked to do collaborations with several Ghanaian artists.

    One major combination that fans of Karamanti can look out for is a song with Ghana’s top Reggae/Dancehall artist Iwan. Though the song was recorded prior to the release of “Letter 2 Ghana” it will now be released on Friday January 31st. Karamanti also has several other Ghanaian collaborations coming and is taking bookings for Ghana this year!

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  • FIXED* SOCA CHUTNEY 2014 – BABASH By RemBunction Feat. Rumraj

    The name RemBUNCTION has been synonymous with creativity and talent throughout his over 20 years in the Trinidad & Tobago music industry. He is a contemporary artiste who unabashedly describes himself as ‘deliberately undefined.’ He blends several musical genres including calypso, soca, rhythm and blues and rap to create his own unique and distinct sound.

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  • Dancehall Star Konshens Inspires the Females with New Single ‘Independent Girl’

    New York, New York – In less than a week international dance-hall artist Konshens released his new single ‘Independent Girl’ on the popular ‘Overdrive Riddim’ produced by JA Productions. Since then we have been receiving great feedback from high school and college females saying ‘Thank You Konshens’.

    The lyrics of the song states :
    ” I love when a girl knows how to handle herself,/
    she nuh fraidy fraidy/ from a hustling she ready/
    aahhh no she a nuh clown/
    cyah tek har fi no come a roun/
    Oh that’s the kind a girl I like serious about the goals in life/
    she smart and sexy.

    “Its not very often you hear a dance-hall artist big up the hard working females and still let us feel sexy, ‘Independent Girl’ is a real inspiration it makes me feel to continue my educational hustle and take a moment when I can to unwind and enjoy myself same time” say Melissa Wright of New York.
    Another email stated “Konshens thanks for the positive words and big-ing up the hard working females looking to make their own money in life and staying focus on their goals” say Sherese Velasques of Boston Massachusetts.
    Its always great to see when the fans can be inspired by the music the artists make in a positive way and use it as a form of motivation. Konshens who is back in Jamaica after a recent performance in Costa Rica alongside dance-hall pop super star Sean Paul was pleased to hear the news and positive response from the “Independent Girls”.

    “Well since the release of the song, the response from ladies on my social media sites have been overwhelming, ladies really love the message and the groove of the song…and what can I say…I’m happy about it”!!!! says Konshens.

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  • Reggae Star I-Octane Ignites The New Year With New Album, ‘My Journey’ (Tad’s Record)

    New York, NY – Reggae star I-Octane ignites the New Year with his new 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 blazing a trail for himself at home and internationally ever since hitting the scene over 5 years ago, and has accomplished the rare feat of consistently remaining relevant in a fickle reggae landscape, receiving continuous airplay across reggae formats globally with his flourishing catalog. A special project with his long-time musical collaborator and friend Andre “DJ Frass” Gordon, My Journey delves inside the soul and sound of this prolific artist, whose innate talents, conscious lyrical offerings and high-energy performances remain unparalleled.

    Reggae meets lovers rock on this 16-track masterpiece, which features guest appearances from fellow reggae luminaries Gentleman and Ky-Manie Marley, and songstress Alaine. 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.
    “Musically, this album represents my growth as an artist and as a person,” reveals I-Octane. “Over the years, my perspective on a lot of things have changed and I’m now seeing things not just from a local standpoint but from a more global perspective. This album is not just for a particular group, it is for everybody and the music and content reflect that.”

    The entire album was produced by Jamaican hit-maker DJ Frass, who says even though this collaborative album has been in conception for years, once the two friends decided the time was right, it only took one month for all the tracks to be recorded in his studio. “It feels good to do this album with I-Octane because he and I are like family, we’re like brothers,” discloses DJ Frass. “I-Octane is a very good artist and we’ve been working together for a long time. So doing this album and being on this journey with him is extremely fulfilling.”

    Jamaican imprint Tad’s Record teams up with producer DJ Frass to deliver I-Octane’s work of love to the masses. “When the opportunity arose for us to work with I-Octane, we gladly accepted,” states Tad Dawkins, President of Tad’s Record. “He is one artist that we saw great potential in from the release of his first single years ago, and he has lived up to and surpassed all the expectations there were for his career.”

    I-Octane has been making the rounds on the international circuit, touring and introducing his new album to audiences far and wide. The first single, “Love You Like I Do,” has been receiving massive fanfare and radio play, at home and across reggae platforms worldwide. Its beautifully crafted, vintage-styled video was also released and is currently in steady rotation on television channels. The album is currently being mastered and the final track list will be released to media and fans, in the coming weeks. With his journey now documented in time, I-Octane looks forward to bringing his new music to fans everywhere, via the album and touring, and even has several album release events planned to properly launch My Journey to the world.

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  • NEW MUSIC VIDEO 2014 RELEASE – Machel Montano – HAPPIEST MAN ALIVE

    Innovative and groundbreaking describes the upcoming release of the collaborative effort between International Soca Superstar, Machel Montano and the critically acclaimed director from the motion picture “God Loves The Fighter”, Damian Marcano. After the success of “Fog” and “Float” it was inevitable for them to team back up yet again.

    When the two got together they knew they wanted to do something different for “Happiest Man Alive”.

    The video concept begins with Montano crash landing to a place called Planet Mas. At first sight, the area seems quite barren, but upon further inspection he realizes he is not alone. After following a beautiful woman across the desert-like planet¬¬¬¬¬¬ he finds himself in a magical garden where the inhabitants experience eternal euphoria. It is a futuristic play on the creation of Man finding his life partner and sharing Happiness with his Woman.

    Credits:
    Executive Producer: Machel Montano
    Director: Damian Marcano
    Producer: Alexa S Bailey
    Co-producer: Doug Miller
    Production Company: Blue Cinnamon Group, Zen Arts & Ruf Rex Productions Ltd.

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  • 1st Klase Records Presents The ‘Stag Riddim: Part 2,’ Featuring Bunji Garlin, Swappi, Lyrikal and More

    New York, NY – 1st Klase Records presents its highly anticipated Stag Riddim: Part 2, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on February 11, 2014, with pre-order available now, 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.

    FOX FUSE is on the forefront of soca music and serves as the exclusive digital distributor of 1st Klase Records. Based in New York City, FOX FUSE has consistently promoted and marketed soca music internationally since 2007, and now as a digital distributor for over two years, has signed numerous top labels representing various Caribbean music genres. As a one-stop shop, FOX FUSE offers in-house publicity, promotion and marketing for all its releases, something Caribbean producers and labels are taking advantage of, to not only get their music on sale worldwide, but to also get their brands and artists known to the music industry and fans, far and wide.

    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.

    This intoxicating compilation has already been released to radio and the entire riddim debuted on Toronto’s top Caribbean radio show, Soca Therapy with Dr. Jay on Canada’s G98.7 FM. 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.

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  • Producer Ricky Blaze and Reggae Star Gyptian Team Up for Another BLAZING Hit!

    Brooklyn, U.S.A – When a producer and artist have the right chemistry it translates into their music like a well orchestrated dance. Such was the result when producer Ricky Blaze and international reggae star Gyptian teamed up for what became Gyptian’s gold-selling anthem “Hold You”.

    Since then, both Ricky and Gyptian have been a busy fixture on worldwide charts, Ricky with chart topping hits from Hip Hop to Reggae, and Gyptian touring worldwide, and more recently a live performance in the middle of Times Square in Manhattan, NY. Luckily for music lovers, the two finally reunited; “Its been years since me and Gyptian worked due to super busy Schedules but whenever we get in the studio with his melodies and my production we always come out with cool songs and i feel this song will definitely move clubs around the world” stated billboard producer Ricky.

    The new single “Stuck” offers a flair of dancehall with a hint of soca. It was described by music industry insiders as a feel good song that makes you sway as the first note hits your soul, it sticks to you!

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  • Patrice Roberts Releases Power Soca “Feting Di most”

    Effected on Monday 27th, January 2014, Patrice Roberts became the brand ambassador for Nestlé’s Orchard Vibe. Orchard Vibe juices comes in (4) four flavours, Orange, Fruit Punch, Passion Fruit and Mango, all made with natural ingredients
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    Ms Karina Hyland, Consumer Marketing Manager commented, “Nestlé’s ORCHARD VIBE Fruit Drinks are now endorsed by Patrice Roberts. One of our immediate actions will see Patrice add her vocal flavour to promote the brand through a revised rendition of her 2014 hit “Doh Rough Meh “. ORCHARD VIBE’s very name “VIBE” encapsulates everything about the feel and rhythm of the people of Trinidad & Tobago ”

    Nestle is looking to increase Orchard Vibe visibility in the market place and sees Patrice Roberts as a natural fit to do so.

    Patrice Roberts manager Ian Pantin said “This is all part and parcel of Patrice’s growth and viability as an artiste to assist in bringing additional recognition to corporate entities”.

    Patrice was quick to point out that for her this is a campaign for self-growth and the growth of PatriceRmusic. You can continue to see Patrice Roberts on stage and part and parcel of HD family as well as her own brand PatriceRmusic.

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  • New Album (Feb 11) – Terry Linen Returns After Almost 15 Years with Sophomore Effort Welcome To My World

    After nearly 15 years, the soulful reggae crooner Terry Linen returns with his new studio album, entitled Welcome To My World. His sophomore effort, which will be released February 11, 2014 on VP Records, follows his acclaimed self-titled debut.

    In 1999, the talented Jamaican vocalist emerged in the reggae scene. His influence and similarity to lover’s rock icon Garnett Silk was evident, hence the name “Linen,” and he swept the world by storm with his massive cover anthem of Whitney Houston’s “Your Love Is My Love.”

    His comeback is a definite cause for celebration. Produced by Joe Fraser, Welcome To My World is filled with traditional quality reggae and features his signature covers as well as more than half-a-dozen original songs. The talented songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Fabian Smith and songwriter Fitz Livermore also play a key role in the album’s song structure and composition. The 16-track set boasts beautifully crafted lovers rock, typified by “Have To Get To Know You,” “I Can’t Change” and “My Heart Goes Out.” He recreates Frankie Avalon’s late 50s’ hit “Venus,” which strikingly resembles the original. The jubilant “Bam Bam” first sang by Toots & The Maytals, a soulful reading of the O’ Jays’ “Your Body’s Here With Me,” the definitive reggae cut of R. Kelly’s “I Look To You” and a tribute to Whitney Houston on “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” are more of Linen’s irresistible covers that complete the set.

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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, with pre-order available on January 28, 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.

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  • Soca’s Latest Star Preedy is “Effortless”

    Trinidad’s newest star emerges as singer/songwriter Preedy delivers his smash single “Effortless,” available on all major digital retailers worldwide on January 28, 2014 from FOX FUSE. A long-time lyricist (part of the writing collective WeMAD) and musical collaborator with soca’s top producers and artists including Machel Montano and Destra Garcia, Preedy now ups the ante as an artist with the flawless, smooth and soulful “Effortless,” which is easily one of the best groovy soca showings this year.

    Produced by 1st Klase Records, “Effortless” combines the same formula that has created numerous hits for the label and artist, including clever lyrics laced over a melodious rhythm. Posing a double-threat as a talented songwriter and now as a performer, Preedy makes his artist debut during this Carnival 2014 season, for which soca fans everywhere are thankful.

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  • T.O.K. Breaks Out with New Single “Escape”

    Dancehall dynamite group T.O.K. breaks out of the norm with their new single “Escape,” available on all major digital retailers worldwide on January 28, 2014, from Precision Digital, a distribution partner of FOX FUSE. Produced by Britain-based Smash Productions and executive-produced by J-Rod Records, the energetic hit is a mash-up of soca, European electronica and dancehall, for which producer Ashwin “Smash” Seegobin is becoming known. “Escape” is Smash’s first international production for Carnival 2014 and the result is a heart-racing, feet-pacing, soul-fuelling single set to leave its mark, this Carnival season.

    “Escape” was featured on its day of release on the iTunes New & Noteworthy Reggae albums chart, propelling T.O.K. and Smash Productions into the international limelight – fitting for a song that transcends genres and borders from conception to production.

    Soca fans are quite familiar with the acclaimed super group, as T.O.K. has often collaborated with top soca artists and producers throughout their rich career. “Escape” keeps them on the frontlines as Trinidad is in the midst of its annual Carnival celebrations and this smash is just the beginning of what will prove to be a dynamic year in soca music for Smash Productions.

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  • Iration Ites – The Itesperience is back

    Come Feburary 2014 promoter Darren Hamilton is bringing back the conscious event Iration Ites – The Itesperience which is set to be held at the Redbones Blues Cafe, 1 Argyle Road, Kingston 10.

    This prime event is a fusion of cultural vibes, international acts and positive conscious performers, trail blazing bands carrying the message from Jamaica to the world, all on one stage in a festival atmosphere.

    Commenting on the event Hamilton said “It is very important that musicians and performers have a space to exercise their craft and where music lovers can get a chance to see music in its truest and purest form. It’s absolutely fantastic that there are already people and places where this platform for our local music to shine and grow is provided, but live music needs more, and the people want more.”
    Hamilton who is true believer in the purest form of music said this series will give roots music lovers the chance to come out and enjoy a big festival feel in an intimate setting.

    The Uprising Roots coming fresh from their performance at Live To Vinyl on the Beaches of Cable Hut is already hailed as one of the best when it comes on to conscious roots music.

    Iration Ites – The Itesperience was started in October 2010 and featured international acts such as Winston McAnuff, Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith and Inna Di Yaad All Stars, Admiral Tibet, Prophecy, Fred Locks to name a few on the beaches of Wickie Wackie Bull Bay.
    This year’s event which takes place on February 7 and will feature The Uprising Roots, Lee Tafari and Earth Warrior. Showtime 9:30pm and promises to be a night of thrilling energetic roots rocking reggae vibrations.

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