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Monthly Archives: June 2014

  • PRESS RELEASE

    Culinary, Cultural and Musical Experience for 4th annual Grace Jamaican Festival NY

    QUEENS, NY – Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York will be transformed into a mecca of Jamaican food, music and culture on Sunday, July 20, when the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival – New York makes its fourth staging this year.

    Patrons attending “New York’s Biggest Caribbean Food Festival” will be treated to a feast of new and improved offerings designed to heighten their experience and continue the tradition of delivering exceptional entertainment, appealing to every member of the family.

    Topping the list of improvements is the festival’s entrance, which has been relocated to Baisley Boulevard to accommodate easier and faster access.

    Organizers have also made changes to the layout, utilizing a larger area of the park to accommodate the over 20,000 patrons expected to attend this year’s festival. The number of food vendors has been increased, offering a wide variety of delicious jerk cuisine as well as popular Caribbean dishes to tickle the palate of the curious and satisfy the less adventurous foodie.

    An expanded Kidz Zone will provide tons of fun for the young ones. There will be traditional games and storytelling to connect them with their Jamaican Heritage, rock climbing, magic shows and plenty of irresistible treats to keep them satisfied all day long.

    The family fun will kick off at 1:00pm at the Cultural Stage filled with music, spoken word, dance and fashion. Highlights include a performance by folk singer Teddy Crawford and steel pan music by Patrick Davis. There will be book readings from Jamaica’s own Bazba Theatrical Players (featuring Yashika and Basil Lopez) plus poetry by Fuzion Sound Collective and contemporary dance by Fiyah Dancehall Productions. The Riddim Driven fashion show will also present the hottest apparel from notable Jamaican designers, including reggae star Etana’s new line.

    Top chefs and celebrities will battle for championship over at the Jerk Cook-Off Pavilion. Food Network Chopped contestant Nelson Gason will be up against Bravo’s Top Chef contestant Keith Rhodes in the heated throwdown. Who knows, last year’s Celebrity Cook-off winner, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, may just show up to defend his title and confirm his culinary prowess. Chef Irie Spice will host the challenges and distribute samples of his own tasty innovative jerk creations.

    Performances will begin on the main stage at 3:00 p.m., opening with a variety of inspirational gospel and reggae sets from talented rising artists. Comedian Chris “Johnny” Daley will lighten up the crowd before headlining music acts Etana, Mr. Vegas and Maxi Priest close out the show with their explosive performances. DJ Roy and Road International will unleash the latest dancehall hits and classic anthems between set changes while Dubmaster Chris and Raggashanti will take on MC duties.

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  • Natural Black Slated To Release His 14th Album “No Prejudice”

    Natural Black Slated To Release His 14th Album “No Prejudice”.

    Renowned for his socially-conscious musical messages, Reggae star Natural Black is gearing up for the July 8th release of his 14th full length studio album titled “No Prejudice”.

    Laying his distinctively smooth, mellow voice on 15 tracks, the album spans the spectrum of all that embodies reggae, from Culture, Ska, Lovers Rock, Social Commentaries, Dancehall and even an underlying gospel vibe. Natural Black has delivered what is sure to become a classic album.

    The title name speaks for itself, “No Prejudice”, it exemplifies Natural Black’s mind set of No Prejudice, that it’s all love and that we should all show love to one another. The songs “Love Got A Way, Searching, Special Girl, Don’t Play With My Heart, Give Me Your Love” and “Feelings” which features M’Deon, are all lovers rock that are sure to quench the soul, mind and body of lover’ throughout the globe. While “This Will Be Over, Rolling On, No More, Africa Awaits” and “When Last” are universal and reflects of our past, present and future. “Just Got Paid” gives off a Ska Vibe, the feeling of wanting to let loose and have fun after a hard working week, when one is ready to go out and full joy the fruit of your labor. “Gimme Di Trees” is an uptempo track that will resonate to dancehall fans. Rounding up this musical feast is “I’m On My Way”, an ever day music moment, inspirational with a gospel vibe.

    The album boasts of producers ranging from Jamaica, Europe and USA, including Omar Benjamin (Frenz Fi Real), Ricardo “RedBoom” Reid, Earl Smith (Home Grown Music), Kasha Campbell (Ghetto Lynxx Record), Hakan Kara (Yard Art Music), David Sitbon & Fabienne Romano (Dub Akom) and T. Smith (Triple T Production) who is also the Executive Producer.

    “Giving Maximillion thanks to The Almighty Creator for being there and Blessing I in all times, Tasz Smith for putting this creation together, My family forever, Omar “Frenz Fi Real”, Benjamin, Ricardo “RedBoom” Reid, Novlyn “Lovie” Banton, Earl Smith Jr, Maria Smith, Raine Martin, Thamar Williams, Kashka Campbell and Ghetto Lynxx Crew, Tuff Gong Studio, Wasp Studio, Hakan Kara “Yard Art Music”, Fabienne Romano & David Sitbon “Dub Akom”. To all the musicians for lending impeccable talents, To all the djs, selectors, promoters fi keeping it Irie & Bless, Sancha Flynn our universal designer for all her creative ideas, and last bit never forgotten The ever global Fans to keep I going. Keeping it Running and Bless…” Natural Black

    “No Prejudice” will be available July 8, 2014 on ITunes, Amazon, Google Play and all other digital distribution outlets.

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  • Meet the Author of…And then we laughed

    Ms. Cameron wrote a book of short stories about her early family life that she calls, And Then We Laughed. She wrote the book for her children and grandchildren as a family heirloom, but the fresh and vivid descriptions of life lived long before electronic gadgets in an exotic Caribbean country touched a universal chord in readers, and the book took wing.

    In the book the author pays tribute to her loving and close knit family. She recounts some universal aspects of childhood and explores the life and culture of the Caribbean islands, especially the island of Trinidad. She lovingly recalls and celebrates the way things were—a stark contrast to what they are today.
    The author was born in Belmont, Trinidad. During her youth, her father’s job assignments took the family to some rural and remote areas of the island. In 1970 she migrated to the United States to pursue her studies, and in less than three years she was back to Tobago, married and raising a family.

    She completed her degree at McMaster University in 1974 when she and her children accompanied her husband to Hamilton Ontario, Canada. On her return to Trinidad, she taught English Language and Literature for many years at Holy Name Convent, a Catholic Girls High School in Port of Spain. Years later when she returned to the U.S she continued to work with children and teens as a teacher and then as a counselor.

    Guerin-Cameron is very passionate about causes which further the well-being of families everywhere, but especially those in the Caribbean. She is an advocate for and supporter of organizations like Food for The Poor, Smile Train and Kiva. (She has pledged 25% of the proceeds from her book to these organizations.)
    The author currently lives in Florida and continues to express her passion for literacy as a volunteer teacher in an adult literacy program.

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  • Maxi Priest Lands iTunes Radio First Play This Week / Easy To Love Out Jul 1 (Digital) Jul 8 (In Stores)

    MAXI PRIEST GEARS UP FOR NEW ALBUM EASY TO LOVE

    AVAILABLE JUL 1 (DIGITAL) AND JUL 8 (IN STORES)

    This Week Only iTunes Radio’s First Play

    Previews Entire Album Before Nationwide Release

    His Tour Continues with “Lively, Well-Received” Shows

    With new international tour dates and an iTunes Radio exclusive, Maxi Priest revs up for the U.S. release of Easy To Love, available July 1 (digital) and July 8 (in stores) on VP Records. He is the first reggae artist to ever land iTunes Radio’s First Play, where fans can hear the album in its entirety a week before release.

    With over 15 million albums sold worldwide, multiple Grammy nominations and top 10 Billboard hits (including the No. 1 smash “Close To You”) – the most successful solo act in British reggae history Maxi Priest continues to hit the road throughout the summer in support his first studio album in almost a decade. Huffington Post gave a glowing review regarding his NYC show at BB Kings on June 11, claiming “Maxi hit his groove” and delivered “music that soothed the soul” at the “lively, well received” show. See the tour’s remaining dates on schedule below.

    Easy To Love is a fine representation of lovers’ rock.The title track was a No. 1 hit on reggae charts last summer, evidence that Maxi Priest has a gift for staying fresh. The song features the legendary Jamaican drum and bass duo Sly & Robbie, who’ve played on some of Maxi’s biggest hits, including “Wild World,” “Some Guys Have All The Luck,” “Close To You,” and “Housecall” (featuring Shabba Ranks) as well as the new album track “Every Little Thing.”

    There are many more highlights on Easy To Love. “Hearts Across The World” is a song for our times and pleas for people of all races to love one another. The soulful “Without A Woman” features Jamaican legend Beres Hammond and even echoes the themes and intensity of James Brown’s “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” Maxi continues to tug on the heartstrings of women with irresistible tributes of enduring affection on “Loving You Is Easy,” “Holiday” and his rendition of John Mayer’s “Gravity” (which recently premiered on Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy).

    Tour Dates:
    June 27 @ Glastonbury Festival in Glastonbury, UK
    June 28 @ Reggae Night in Amsterdam, Netherlands
    July 17 @ Mosley’s in Dedham, MA
    July 18 @ The Muse Night Club in Nantucket, MA
    July 19 @ Sole East Resort in Montauk, NY
    July 20 @ Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival (Roy Wilkins Park) in Queens, NY
    Aug 9 @ Brown Square Park in Rochester, NY
    Aug 10 @ Six Flags in Jackson, NJ
    Aug 15 @ Montreal International Reggae Festival (Old Port of Montréal)
    in Montreal, Canada
    Aug16 @ Reggae Redemption Festival (The Sound Academy) in Toronto, Canada
    Aug 17 @ National Black Arts Festival (The Tabernacle) in Atlanta, GA
    Aug 20 @ Howard Theater in Washington D.C.
    Aug 21 @ Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT
    Aug 23 @ Food & Culture Fest in Woodbury, CT
    Sept 6 @ Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar, Spain
    Sept 19 @ Westin in Grand Cayman, Grand Cayman Islands
    Sept 27 @ The Gold Club in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
    Oct 25 @ The Alban Arena St. Albans, UK

    Easy To Love Track Listing:
    1 Easy To Love
    2 Loving You Is Easy
    3 Every Little Thing
    4 If I Gave My Heart To You
    5 Gravity
    6 Without A Woman ft. Beres Hammond
    7 Holiday
    8 Bubble My Way ft. Agent Sasco (Assassin)
    9 Your Love To Me ft. DelaRose
    10 I Could Be The One
    11 Hearts Across The World

    *Maxi Priest is available for interviews upon request.

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  • GROOVIN’ IN THE PARK – GALAXY OF SUPERSTARS CONCERT THIS SUNDAY

    New York: The months of planning, preparation and anticipation for the fourth installment of ‘Groovin’ In The Park’ – dubbed a day of reggae rhythm and blues unfolds at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York this Sunday, June 29 2014. The galaxy of superstars concert will feature heavyweight headliners Air Supply; Beres Hammond; Chronixx; L.U.S.T; Reggae Queen Marcia Griffiths & friends John Holt, Judy Mowatt, Bob Andy, Tony Gregory and recently added rising stars Tasha T, Ky-enie, Kamsha, Congo Brainz, and Faraji who will be given a valuable opportunity to open the weekend showcase.

    According to Christopher Roberts CEO of Groovin Inc, parent company of ‘Groovin InThe Park,’ “We are very pleased with the early response to the promotion this year. The marketing campaign is on schedule and going extremely well’, he said.

    “We have gone to great lengths to package a powerful and memorable event for this summer, and we are indeed very happy with the campaign that includes market leader WBLS, 107.5 FM, independent radio producers at WVIP, 93.5FM, in store promotions, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter which we have all used to get the word out to urban African-Americans and the Caribbean Diaspora. The plan is to step up our efforts in the remaining days to connect with even more reggae and pop music lovers” he indicated.

    Pop duo Air Supply, who in 2006 mesmerized music fans at the annual Jamaica Jazz & Blues festival in Montego Bay, will be making their first appearance at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens. After being signed by music mogul Clive Davis to Arista Records in the mid 80’s, Air Supply went on to score eight Top Ten hits in the United States, including “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All,” “Good Bye,” “Its Never Too Late” and “Lost In Love,” which was named “Song Of The Year” in 1980.

    Chronixx comes to the sizzling one day festival with superb credentials. He has an impressive catalogue of smash hits including “Behind Curtain,” “Tell Mi Now,” “Here Comes Trouble,” “African Heritage” and his patriotic Jamaican anthem “Smile Jamaica” that has placed him on reggae’s frontline. Strong performances are also expected from Beres Hammond, L.U.S.T and Marcia Griffiths.

    Sponsors supporting Groovin’ In The Park 2014 include TD Bank, SQPA, Nutrament, Money Gram, The Smoke House, The Door Restaurant, BullZii Marketing, Groovin’ Radio, Laparkan, Caribbean Life and Tower Isle.

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  • Fashion Meets Reggae June 28

    MEDIA ADVISORY

    WHAT: Fashion Meets Reggae

    WHEN: Saturday, June 28, 2014 @ 9:00pm

    WHERE: Devon House, East Lawns

    DETAILS
    June 28, 2014 will see a spectacular showing of Fashion and Reggae as LMG Shoes & Stuff, Hair At Last and JR Productions presents “Fashion Meets Reggae” at the East Lawns of Devon’s House. The show promises to be spectacular as it is the first time in Jamaica that an event has been organized to showcase equally two sectors in entertainment.

    Patrons will enjoy performances from Junior Reid, Reggae legend Cocoa Tea, Julian Marley, Sizzla, The Strong One ‘Etana’, Dancehall Princess Spice, Yung JR, JuJu Blood, Pashon Minott, Emperor Mangasha, Major Manzie among others. The event is the first of its kind in Jamaica and the first of a series of musical events organized by Junior Reid’s JR Productions.

    Fashion Meets Reggae will be hosted by the Fluffy Diva Miss Kitty and DJ Amber. Musical selectors for the event include Alley Patch, DJ Sigar & Teacha. The event begins at 7:00PM with reggae show time at 10:00PM. The tickets for the event are $1500 presold and $2000 at the gate general and VIP tickets are only $3500 presold and $4000 at the gate. Fashion Meets Reggae is brought to you in partnership with Rainforest Seafood, Calico Jack Rum Punch, True Juice, BOOM Energy Drink, Best Dressed Chicken and Salada Foods.

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  • 2nd Wave of Artists Announced for the 2014 Montreal International Reggae Festival!

    Following the announcement of its first wave of programming unveiled last month, confirming the participation of Maxi Priest, Sanchez, Marcia Griffiths and Percy Sledge, the Montreal International Reggae Festival is proud to confirm the participation of three other major stars of Jamaican music: Sean Paul, I-Octane and Demarco.

    Collin “Demarco” Edwards embodies a new era of avant-garde artists combining songwriting, music production, recording and live performance. Over the past five years Demarco has delivered a solid string of memorable hits, such as Duppy Know Ah Who Frighten, Fallen Soldiers, True Friend and Show It (So Sexy).

    For the past two years in Jamaica, you can see and hear I-Octane everywhere! The handsome young singer with the sweet, warm voice has been recruited as a spokesperson for Digicel, Busta beverages and Guinness beer. Discovered by brilliant producer Donovan Germaine (Penthouse Records), I-Octane has been touring constantly on the international concert scene since the release of his debut album Crying To The Nation, a record fusing roots reggae and dancehall at its purest, including the two huge hits L.O.V.E.Y.O.U. and Missing You. This will be I-Octane‘s very first appearance at the Montreal International Reggae festival and is not to be missed!

    The festival is also very proud to have the great Sean Paul headline its’ Saturday evening. With the release of his sixth album Full Frequency this year, featuring the radio crossover hits Other Side of Love, Entertainment, Turn It Up and Want Dem All, the dancehall superstar is back, more in-demand than ever. Since that major release, he has worked on projects with Major Lazer (Apocalypse Soon), Pharrell Williams and Nigerian singer Timaya.

    For a second consecutive year, the Montreal International Reggae Festival’s innovative series of workshops and conferences will return to O Patro Vys on August 12, 13 and 14. The programming and complete schedule of these events, as well as new confirmations of additional performers and headliners will be announced at a press conference at O Patro Vys (356 Mont- Royal Street E) on Monday, July 14, at 11 A.M. in the company of a very distinguished international guest.

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  • Hi everyone…..get to know Freemynz

    When Reggae musicians David “Catapila” Nevin and Dennis “Shango Trex” Llewellyn embarked on their individual music careers, they never imagined one day they would evolve into the duo, music lovers would come to know as Freemynz. Stemming from a need to be open minded, and being totally oblivious to society’s ‘box’ mentally…Freemynz (pronounced free minds) was born.

    Hailing from New York by way of Kingston, Jamaica, Shango Trex has been on the music scene for decades. An expert musician who mastered the trumpet at an early age, Shango Trex also played for The National Cadet Orchestra in Jamaica. Starting out like most performers singing in the church choir, this musician would soon bring to fruition his passion for music as a professional performer.

    Also a native Jamaican, David “Catapila” Nevin was born in the parish of St Thomas. Much like Shango Trex, Catapilla has also been on the reggae music scene for decades. A professional drummer who harnessed his craft in local churches, Catapila started out playing the acoustic guitar. With no passion for the instrument, however, Catapila wasted no time in moving on to the pastime he loved, drumming. That pastime developed into a profession, and before long, Catapila was playing at hotels in Ocho Rios, located on Jamaica’s fabulous North Coast on a regular basis.

    Playing with the Riddim Force Band early in his career, Catapila was eventually offered a one year contract, with the band to play in Japan. This was a big break Catapila had long desired, and seized the opportunity quickly. “I was now able to spread the joy of reggae music, inspirational music to the people of Japan.” After going back and forth from Japan to Jamaica, for years, Catapila who speaks fluent Japanese, has been calling Japan his second home now for the past few years.
    Shango Trex also carried on his pursuit towards fulfilling his dream as a singer and musician, and recorded various tracks for producers such as Avex Trax and others. Shango in an interview admits he had no plans of becoming a musician. His dream was to become an Electrical Engineer. Music seemed to be his destiny however, and one can never outrun what is meant to be. Shango Trex migrated from Kingston, Jamaica and headed to New York City in 2003. During that time he ventured to Mexico, London, and Japan, before returning to New York City where he now resides.

    What is meant to be will always be as the saying goes. Simply keep your mind free and be open to pleasant surprises. It was no accident that Shango Trex and Catapila met in Tokyo, Japan while both were on tour in the early nineties. After forming an immediate bond of friendship and brotherhood, the two decided to form Freemynz in 2013. They seemed destined to work as a duo, because no matter the distance geographically, these two musical giants always wound up performing in the same clubs, and bands in and around Japan. They were each recording for separate labels, but often times collaborated on each others’ projects.“

    The duo was born last year after working on some projects together. “Rise & Shine” and a cover version of Billy Ocean’s “Caribbean Queen” were two ventures we teamed up on. Forming a duo was something we had often discussed over the years, so it has been forthcoming,” stated Shango.

    The “Rise & Shine” charity project came about after the horrific earthquake which ravaged Japan in March 2011. Having such close ties to Japan, Shango Trex & Catapila felt the need to lend a helping hand to the people and area affected by the disaster. They decided to lend their talents, their most valuable assets, and the “Rise & Shine” project was born.

    The track “Rise & Shine” was written by Dennis “Shango Trex” Llewellyn & David “Catapila’ Nevin. It was produced and arranged by Takayoshi “Edison” Watanabe, Shango Trex and Catapila. The song was released and distributed by “19 Box” (Duke Box) Label in Japan in March 2013, on the two year anniversary of the earthquake.

    Artists supporting the projects were: Shinehead, I-Octane, Lenn Hammond, Anthony Redrose, Simone Gordon aka Simone G, Avril “Starfire” Aiken, Sango, Worm Bass, Vybrant, Ninja Ford, George Maralious Cockle, Prophecy and the Hawaiian artiste, Iakopo. Sly & Robbie also did a remix which will be released soon. The proceeds from this single will benefit the disaster relief effort which is still ongoing.

    The name ‘Freemynz’ was inspired by the duos ability to ‘express one’s thoughts through lyrics’. “Free up your minds and live, so that your light can shine throughout the universe.” Freemynz is the only word which can define Shango Trex and Catapila’s musical works as a duo. With both parties being multi-talented, this duo is a force to be reckoned with. Both members play instruments, sing, toast, write, produce and arrange.

    As a duo, Freemynz will be growing from “strength to strength” with the support of their team. They are currently working on an EP, and the first single “That Rush”, will be released this summer to officially launch the duo. The video for this crossover/pop single will be shot on location in Japan. Fans can also look forward to a small promotional tour in Japan to promote the EP.

    Fun, uplifting, and inspirational vibes is what Freemynz delivers. They are not messengers, they’re not a brand, they’re just two extremely talented musicians determined to encourage others to cultivate their own thoughts and ideas, thus freeing their minds.

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  • Caribbean’s umbrella tourism and health agencies sign historic cooperation agreement

    (NEW YORK, NY) – The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) have created a partnership to establish and promote health and safety protocols and practices in the tourism workplace in the region.

    The CTO secretary general and chief executive officer, Hugh Riley, the executive director of CARPHA, Dr. James Hospedales and the CHTA director general and CEO, Jeffrey S. Vasser, signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) at a news conference today at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel in New York City, home of the annual CTO Caribbean Week which celebrates Caribbean tourism and the rich heritage and culture.

    “As the Caribbean’s principle economic earner, the tourism sector must be vigilant and proactive regarding health and safety issues that can adversely affect the health of our tourism workforce or that of our visitors. As the organization leading sustainable tourism in the Caribbean, the CTO is pleased to partner with the regional public health agency and the umbrella tourism private sector entity to face these challenges head on in a structured and collective manner,” said Mr. Riley.

    Dr. C James Hospedales, Executive Director of CARPHA indicated: “The work of the partnership will further improve the quality, resilience and competitiveness of the regional tourism industry with triple bottom line returns; to health, to economic resilience, and to the environment”.

    “CHTA has always been a proponent of training and professional development opportunities for hospitality staff and by working with CTO and CARPHA to create the best practices promoting health and safety throughout the tourism sector, we will enhance the knowledge of our workforce thereby ensuring the safety and security of the employees and guests throughout our 600-plus member hotels and more than 30 member destinations,” stated Mr. Vasser.

    Through the MOU the three organizations will collaborate in the following areas: food and environmental safety training and certification; public health information, monitoring and response systems for hotels and cruise ships to provide timely alert and a rapid coordinated response to adverse health, safety and environmental issues; health, safety and environmental standards certification and recognition systems to improve the health, safety and environmental quality in the tourism workplace; health and wellness programmes to encourage and promote a healthy tourism workforce; awareness raising and promotion of multisectoral and multiagency approaches to address the health, safety and environmental issues associated with tourism; and partnerships, networks and business strategies for sustainability of the tourism and health programme.

    The agreement is for an initial two year period.

    About the Caribbean Tourism Organization

    The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados and offices in New York and London, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising membership of over 30 countries and territories including Dutch, English, French and Spanish, as well as a myriad of private sector allied members. The CTO’s vision is to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year round, warm weather destination, and its purpose is Leading Sustainable Tourism – One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean.
    Among the benefits to its members the organization provides specialized support and technical assistance in sustainable tourism development, marketing, communications, advocacy, human resource development, event planning & execution and research & information technology.

    In addition the CTO, in partnership with the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, jointly and equally owns the Caribbean Tourism Development Company, a marketing and business development entity dedicated to promoting the Caribbean brand worldwide.

    Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association

    The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) facilitates the full potential of the Caribbean hotel and tourism industry by serving members’ needs and building partnerships in a socially responsible and sustainable manner. CHTA is the voice of the Caribbean hospitality industry for the development of the region in the highly competitive and sophisticated environment of international tourism. Today, tourism is widely recognized as a pivotal industry in the economy of the region – and CHTA functions as the common denominator for this industry in a region of diverse nationalities, languages and styles, identifying mutual problems and marshaling the resources of the active and allied members to devise solutions. CHTA represents all facets of the hospitality industry with more than 600 member hotels and over 300 allied members.

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  • Santana Signs Distribution Deal

    Today Lexo TV signed a non-exclusive deal with Fullscreen to market our content outside of our You Tube Channel. This agreement allows Fullscreen to distribute our videos with digital outlets such as Roku and other popular on-line platforms.

    Fullscreen is a global network of content creators and brands on YouTube. As the largest independent YouTube network Fullscreen equips content creators and brands with technology tools, premium services and strategic consultation for audience development and innovative brand solutions on YouTube.

    The Fullscreen network generates more than 3 billion monthly video views reaches almost 100 million subscribers monthly.

    Roku Inc. manufactures home digital media players that allow customers to access internet streamed video or audio services through televisions, including subscription-based services.

    In 2012 Roku streamed more than 1 billion hours of video and music. Roku players are available in the United States, Canada, the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland.

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  • Trinidad & Tobago To Move From ‘Red Tape To Red Carpet’

    NEW YORK, NY – Trinidad & Tobago has created an enabling environment for foreign direct investment and will be moving from “red tape to red carpet.”

    That’s the word from the twin-island Republic’s Minister of Trade, Industry, Investment and Communications, Senator Vasant Bharath, who put the spotlight on his country at the 2014 Invest Caribbean Now summit in New York City on June 4th.

    Bharath said his country has cut the time to start a business from 43 days to three days and sliced the verification of address process to 24 hours as part of its “Easy doing Business” initiative.

    Trinidad & Tobago has also sought to diversify away from oil and gas, growing its financial services, agro-business and creative sectors, Minister Bharath told delegates who included representatives from Merrill Lynch, the World Bank Group; Goldman Sachs, OPIC; Sandals Resorts International; DHL Caribbean, HBO Latin America, One Caribbean Television, First Citizens TT, InvesTT, interCaribbean Airways; Bright Capital; Aegis Capital; Medici Group, Adiuvo Partners LLP, The Lugano Group, The Woody Wilson Fine Clothing of Beverly Hills; Global Med Choices, American World Clinic; Aspenall Energies; MPowered, Sir Richard Branson’s, Carbon War Room; The Goodness Compan, China Daily USA; Caribbean Commerce Magazine; NATCOM International, One Caribbean Television, FlyingICU, GeoTechVision, Auto Planet Japan Ltd., Super Green Solutions, Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, Invest Saint Lucia, K&L Gates, Lu Ning Architecture, New Sports Group, The Pont Group, Damoola Inc., the Chinese American Business Development Center, The Sino-American Friendship Association and the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce.

    He revealed that his country’s reserves have doubled to $5 billion and unemployment has declined to five percent. A bond offering in London last year was oversubscribed by a multiple of 10. Four hundred foreign firms operate in the country, including Microsoft, General Electric and BP, using Trinidad as regional headquarters. Location on “Brazil’s doorstep” means that the government is diversifying beyond oil and gas and is now pursuing financial services, tourism and maritime services. A 700-acre economic zone is also being developed.

    “It can’t be done incrementally. It has to be transformation,” Bharath told other Caribbean ministers and U.S. and Chinese political representatives including Dr. Ma Lin, Deputy Secretary-General of the Beijing Municipal Government; Premier of the island of Nevis; Vance Amory; Minister of Tourism And International Transport, St. Kitts, Senator Ricky Skerritt; Minister of Tourism, St. Martin, Jeanne Rogers-Vanderpool; Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization and Commissioner of Tourism, USVI Department of Tourism, Beverly Nicholson Doty; Chairman of the CARICOM Consular Corps of NY and Deputy Consul General, Antigua & Barbuda, Omyma David; Consul General of St. Lucia to New York, Julian DuBois; Claire McLeveighn, Vice President, Trade and Investment International Division, at the Empire State Development Corporation and Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia representing the 33rd District of Hoboken, Jersey City, Union City and Weehawken in New Jersey.

    Invest Caribbean Now was founded in 2011 by Hard Beat Communications CMO, Felicia J. Persaud. The 2014 ICN summit was presented under the theme, “Advancing Wealth.”

    ICN 2014 also included several panel discussions including on ‘Global Trends & The Caribbean;’ ‘Beijing-Caribbean Tourism And Investment Opportunity;’ ‘Introducing The New Trend In Tourism – Medical Tourism;’ ‘Introducing A New Trend In The Caribbean – Clean Energy’ and the Caribbean Diaspora as a source of investment.

    Additionally, the first half of the event included an opening address by ICN founder and chairman, Felicia J. Persaud; a keynote address by Harvard graduate Dr. Isaac J. Newton, of Paramount Communications Consultancy; an investment announcement on the Caribbean Market Village of St. Lucia and a focus on ‘Advancing Wealth In The Caribbean With Technology,’ from Trinidad-born, LA resident, Anthony Wellington Phills, branding specialist of Disney’s ‘Million Dollar Arm’ and founder of Caribbean Commerce Magazine/Media, Calypso Cloud and Blinglet Inc.

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  • ST. LUCIA FULL CARNIVAL PACKAGE EPISODE 1

    Incase anyone missed out on latest releases by Studio 758 for St. Lucia Carnival, this Email/Post consists of every Official Mail/Post sent out by us for St. Lucia Carnival 2k14 Season up to this Date. This Package is Labeled Episode 1 mainly because there are much more releases to come by Studio 758 for Lucia Vaval 2k14. Please enjoy and also feel free to like and share our production as we proudly represent our Nation Musically gearing you up for a Fun & Safe Carnival 2k14………God Bless you and One 758 Love to all!!!!!!!!

    UNVEIL RIDDIM – This Riddim Package Consist of some of St. Lucia’s Most Talented and Dedicated Artist (DYP, DJ HP, D SEAN, MR. PRINGLES & also MR. VEGAS out of Jamaica), with an agenda to Represent their Nation Musically on Any International Platform. Please Listen,Download and Have a Blessed and Safe Vaval 2k14!!!

    VAVAL EMPIRE RIDDIM – Chip down de road to the Sweet 758 Sound of Groovy Soca featuring a cast of some of Our Very Own Much Talented Heavy Soca Favorites. Enjoy The Vybz as Studio 758 Presents To you The VAVAL EMPIRE RIDDIM featuring, DYP, Invader, D Sean & Dj HP

    D’ Sean (Causing Problems) (Vaval Empire Riddim) Produced By Thygeson (Penn) Joseph & Irvin (Ace) Loctar from St. Lucia for Carnival 2k14

    KABAWE RIDDIM – A Soca Compilation That Consist of Various St. Lucian Artist (DYP, Dj Hp, Dj Cleus, Isla Man, Invader, Kakal & Yardie). This Fun Packed Party Riddim was Produced By Thygeson (Penn) Joseph & Irvin (Ace) Loctar from Studio758, St. Lucia for Carnival 2k14

    INVADER – (Papa Vader) Bring Down The House with This Controversial/Humorous Track Titled “The Shepherd” Produced By Thygeson (Penn) Joseph & Irvin (Ace) Loctar From Studio 758 For St. Lucia Carnival 2k14!!!!! KAISOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Mary G – “Abused Woman” Written By Christopher Hunte & Produced By Calvin (Gim) Loctar, Thygeson (Penn) Joseph & Irvin (Ace) Loctar From Studio 758 For St. Lucia Carnival 2k14

    Studio 758 & Hyper D Presents To You Ezra D’ Fun Machine with A New Level Of Soca Maddness On This Track Called “BACCHANAL RAMPAGE”. Make Sure you READYY TO HANDLE DAT ONE DEHHHH!!!!!!!!

    Pringles (Superman HD) “Hypocrite” Produced By Thygeson (Penn) Joseph & Irvin (Ace) Loctar from Studio 758 for St. Lucia Carnival 2k14

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  • Demarco Invades The French Caribbean & Soars With ‘Good Book’

    Fresh from his musical exploits at May Fest 2014, Grand Cayman and the holy land of Israel where he delivered a pair of concerts in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, red hot deejay Demarco has once again taken flight this time for the French Caribbean nation of Martinique to headline their annual carnival celebrations this weekend.

    No stranger to the French speaking island perched in the Lesser Antilles the blonde-hair singer says he is not intimated by the language barrier as he has grown accustomed to performing for diverse audiences across the globe.

    “I’m not intimidated in the least by the language barrier, actually I embrace it , I’ve found in my travels that people who speak a different tongue are sometimes some of the most loyal and passionate fans an artiste can have. They always support your concerts and know the words to your song(s) though they may not necessarily understand the meaning. Music has no boundaries so why should I limit myself.” – Demarco added.

    Following his stint in Martinique the ‘Fren Circle’ singer and his team will shift focus to a second assignment in Antigua before returning to the island later this week to continue work on his online reality series ‘Talk Yuh Mind’.

    Riding high locally with hits such as Apartment, Loyal, Ride, Lazy Body and Continue Whine Demarco only days ago rolled out the official campaign for his latest street banger ‘Good Book’ which has become a staple on the playlist of most top tier jocks.

    The Zj Liquid (H2o Records) produced single has been causing quite a stir on the airwaves and party circuit amid threatening the apex of the popular charts. Based on feedback from industry players the song is destined to become the next bonafide hit for the Jamaican.

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  • St. Maarten Prime Minister Wescot-Williams Reaffirms Commitment To Collaboration With Region At Caribbean Week In New York

    NEW YORK, NY – St. Maarten Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams’ attendance at Caribbean Week meetings and events in New York last week was a resounding highlight for attendees, ministers and directors of tourism from other nations and journalists from across North America. Her presence and statements reaffirmed St. Maarten’s commitment to collaborating with the other nations of the Caribbean region on tourism and social issues.

    “Tourism is a strong thread of the blanket that stretches across the Caribbean and is becoming more and more of a social development tool,” the Prime Minister told reporters at a special briefing.

    The Prime Minister attended special sessions, ministerial meetings, awards ceremonies for travel writers and the annual Media Marketplace in which more than 130 journalists from around the world gathered to meet with Caribbean tourism officials and hoteliers.

    Caribbean Week in New York is an annual week-long series of meetings and events, both public and private, in which the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) conducts its business discussing internal regional issues as well as promoting the region to the public in the Caribbean’s number one source market.

    During the special media briefing – “View from the Top” – arranged by CTO for Prime Minister Wescot-Williams, she was able to meet with a select group of reporters to talk about St. Maarten’s tourism outlook as well as reaffirm her strong belief in collaboration with other Caribbean nations.

    Attending the special “View from the Top” event were reporters and editors from Travel + Leisure magazine, Bloomberg News, Travel Weekly, Caribbean Journal, Travel Agent Magazine, TravAlliance publications, The Washington Diplomat and Caribbean Media Corp.
    Her message to the media was: “We should look at tourism as a tool for social development in St. Maarten and across the Caribbean. Economic issues have forced us to look at ways and means of getting together and we are working collaboratively with our other Caribbean nations to mitigate the effects of climate change as well as social issues of unemployment, crime and health.”

    In answering a series of questions from a variety of the reporters present, the Prime Minister said: “If we in St. Maarten want to remain on the cutting edge in the global tourism arena we have to invest in our infrastructure.

    “We also need to be more than a seasonal destination and expand on our green initiatives. We need to look at the reasons for the seasonality and make St. Maarten a year-round destination by finding new source markets.”

    She noted that St. Maarten has approved a new energy policy to incorporate green initiatives.

    The Prime Minister went on to say: “We need to continuously explore what the cruise passengers are looking for when they visit St. Maarten on their brief stops and explore how we can entice them to come back as stayover visitors.

    “Air lift remains an issue for St. Maarten and the entire Caribbean and is always a topic on the agenda for all the islands.”

    She concluded with: “The larger percentage of our Caribbean countries depend on tourism and we need to be able to show our people how tourism can help with unemployment and assist with other areas of social development. We need to show our residents the link between tourism and a better economic and social life.

    “Tourism cannot be seen as a silo, but must be seen as one of the main economic drivers for most of the Caribbean nations.”
    During her visit in New York, Prime Minister Wescot-Williams participated in several other interviews with reporters and local television and online networks.

    St. Maarten is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, Kingdom of the Netherlands and France, creating a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair. As “the culinary capital of the Caribbean,” St. Maarten offers an eclectic array of cuisine for food lovers with more than 365 restaurants to satisfy the tastes of every palate and pocketbook.

    Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island’s 37 square miles has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to both historical and family-oriented attractions. During the day, watersport enthusiasts can enjoy the island’s scuba diving and snorkeling facilities while the capital of Philipsburg offers true duty-free shopping in a bustling Caribbean city atmosphere and 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs provide endless evening entertainment.

    Accommodations are varied and include elegant private villas, family oriented resorts, quaint cottages and luxury spa resorts. Air service to Princess Juliana International Airport is available from numerous U.S. and Canadian cities as well as from Europe, South America and the Caribbean.

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  • Bob Marley’s Grandson Jo Mersa Drops EP & Hits Road w Slightly Stoopid + Yahoo! Premieres New mp3 Comfortable Remix ft. Wayne Marshall

    As the eldest son of Stephen “Ragga” Marley and grandson of Bob Marley, Jo Mersa is set to release his debut EP Comfortable tomorrow (June 10) on the Marley family’s imprint Ghetto Youths International (GYI).

    Yahoo! raves “Bob Marley would be proud of his grandson” and premieres the EP’s “slick dancehall track,” entitled “Comfortable (Remix)” featuring fellow labelmate Wayne Marshall and produced by Stephen Marley.

    Jo recently wrapped his Spring 2014 tour opening for Stephen “Ragga” Marley and will get back on the road with him and Slightly Stoopid in July and August, performing in over 20 cities nationwide. At the end of this month, he will also hit two major music festivals in Michigan, including 4th Fridays In The Park on 6/27 and Electric Forest Festival on 6/28. See full tour dates below.

    Jo’s Comfortable spans pop, hip hop, EDM and dancehall influences while showcasing his deft vocals, clever songwriting and flourishing production skiills. Jo created each of the EP’s riddims with the exception of “Bogus” (Damian Marley) and “Comfortable (Remix)” (Stephen Marley). He worked alongside keyboard player Llamar “Riff Raff” Brown with Stephen Marley handling the final productions. Many of the EP’s songs focus on Jo’s personal experience with women and their complex relationships. On “Bogus,” he addresses a lack of sincerity in some women, while club-friendly tunes like “Comfortable (Remix)” ft. Wayne Marshall, “All To Me” and “Perfect 10” ft. Jemere Morgan deliver romance with a rude boy twist. Jo unveils a more intimate side on the EP’s first single “Sunshine.” He came up with melodic hook while singing to his baby sister and added in his nimbly-rhymed verses and a bubbling dancehall rhythm to make the song complete.

    Joseph “Jo Mersa” Marley grew up surrounded by music. By the time he was four years old, Jo was appearing onstage alongside his father, his uncle Ziggy and aunts Cedella and Sharon (a.k.a. Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers) and their children as part of the group’s rousing concert finales with Jo often taking the mic and chanting the lyrics to the Melody Makers’ biggest songs. Born in Kingston, Jamaica on March 12, 1991, Jo moved to Miami at age 11 where he keenly observed his father and his uncle Damian as they created music in Stephen’s Lion’s Den studio. Back then school was the priority for Jo; traveling with Ziggy and the Melody Makers was reserved for school breaks and summer vacations, yet those experiences provided first hand opportunities for Jo to expand his musical aspirations beyond the performance stage. He started making beats when he was about 11 and then began focusing on his songwriting and vocal delivery.

    As Jo career progresses, he looks forward to making his mark as an individual artist while continuing the Marley musical legacy. “My father calls my grandfather a magician because he was the only man who could bring peace to his country (during Jamaica’s deadly political skirmishes of the 1970s) and that’s a lot of power, influence, it’s magic, but I don’t let it get to my head,” Jo declares. “He made a big step for Jamaican music and it is time for me to add my works to it, to build on it. I am just getting started; I am just getting Comfortable.”

    Comfortable EP Track Listing:
    1. Rock and Swing
    2. Sunshine
    3. Perfect 10 ft. Jemere Morgan
    4. All To Me
    5. Bogus
    6. Comfortable (Remix) feat. Wayne Marshall

    U.S. TOUR DATES
    6/27 (Fri) in Detroit, MI @ 4th Fridays In The Park
    6/28 (Sat) in Rothbury, MI @ Electric Forest Festival
    7/09 (Wed) in Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert Amphitheatre
    7/10 (Thu) in Seattle, WA @ Marymoor Amphitheatre
    7/11 (Fri) in Missoula, MT @ Big Sky Brewery
    7/12 (Sat) in Boise, ID @ Idaho Botanical Gardens
    7/16 (Wed) Las Vegas, NV – The Pool at the Cosmopolitan
    7/17 (Thu) North Lake Tahoe, NV – North Lake Tahoe Regional Park
    7/18 (Fri) in Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
    7/19 (Sat) in Irvine, CA @Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
    7/23 (Wed) in Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
    7/25 (Fri) in Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
    7/26 (Sat) in San Diego, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
    7/31 (Thu) in Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
    8/03 (Sun) in Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage
    8/06 (Wed) in Richmond, VA @ Pocahontas State Park
    8/07 (Thu) in Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavilion
    8/08 (Fri) in Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
    8/09 (Sat) in Portsmouth, VA @ nTelos Wireless Pavilion
    8/15 (Fri) in Cocoa, FL @ Riverfront Park
    8/16 (Sat) in Boca Raton, FL @ Sunset Cove Amphitheatre

    * with Slightly Stoopid

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  • CHRISINTI DROPS SINGLE WITH AUSTRIA’S HOUSE OF RIDDIM BAND

    The House of Riddim, located near St. Pölten in Austria, is a first-class band which focuses on the creation of wonderful groovy roots rhythms. Paired with Austrian charm, the House of Riddim offers a source of inspiration and creativity for several artists.

    Because of their extensive experience in Roots Reggae Music, House of Riddim is also booked as a backing band for various Reggae artists both in studio and on stage. They have worked with a lot of well established Jamaican acts such as Jah Cure, Chuck Fenda, Etana, I Wayne, Chaka Demus, Tanya Stephens and so many more. Their recent collaboration is with Jamaica’s Reggae champion, Chrisinti.

    Chrisinti was contacted by his manager some time ago asking if he would be willing to work with the Austrian group and he accepted. The result is a track entitled “marijuana holiday” which is now available for streaming and download online.

    CHRISINTI DROPS SINGLE WITH AUSTRIA’S HOUSE OF RIDDIM BAND

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  • ‘GYPSY GIRL’ SINGER TONY GREGORY FOR GROOVIN IN THE PARK

    New York: Veteran singer Tony Gregory, who came to prominence with the 1982 international hit single ‘Gypsy Girl,’ has been added to the impressive lineup for the 2014 installment of Groovin’ In The Park on June 29th at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY.
    Gregory will perform with reggae Queen Marcia and friends – John Holt, Judy Mowatt & Bob Andy – as part of her up coming 50th anniversary celebration at Groovin’ In The Park.
    “We are absolutely thrilled and honored to have an international superstar like Tony Gregory grace the stage at Groovin In The Park this year,” Christopher Roberts, CEO of Groovin Inc, parent company of ‘Groovin’ In The Park’ said.

    Gregory’s association with Griffiths dates back to 1964 when they recorded the single “You’re Mine.” In 1975 he earned his first million selling hit titled “He,” from his second album titled “One More Time.” Other popular hits from his catalogue include “It’s Alright with Me,” ”For Love of You,” “Let’s Come Together” and “I Need it Now.” His success as an artiste has enabled him to tour the world, sharing stage with luminaries like The Drifters, Chuck Jackson, Dionne Warwick, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis Jr., Sam Cooke and Ben E King.

    After living in North America and Germany for many years, Gregory moved back to Jamaica in the late 90s and has since established a publishing company Sunland Music – that concentrates on controlling music copyrights for himself and other composers – as well as an entertainment company, Gregory Entertainment Limited.

    Earlier this year he was one of the special friends that Marcia Griffiths invited to perform at her 50th anniversary celebration at the 2014 Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival in Trewlany. Gregory is getting set to release his new album titled “Seasons,” the first video of which is now available on YouTube.

    Other performers at Groovin’ In The Park are Air Supply, Chronixx and reggae group LUST.

    Tony Gregory

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  • FRONTERAS: NEW AND OLD SOUNDS FROM LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN FEATURING BÉLO, CURUPIRA, AND DJ NICKODEMUS

    Co-presented by River to River and Isabel Soffer/Live Sounds. From an accordion fronted Tex-Mex punk-band to socially conscious Haitian songs and from ambient folk and electronica to the New York debut of the king of Colombian vallenato and cumbia, this Caribbean and Latin America festival travels the crossroads, the blurs and the beats of traditional and contemporary sounds from around the world and around the corner.

    Fronteras series curator Isabel Soffer of Live Sounds, has been at the forefront of the global music scene in the US since its formative years. Enthralled by music that is deeply based in tradition but moves in innovative directions, she seeks border-crossing artists that stay true to their roots. The groups in Fronteras each connect to a magical space where modern and older-styles collide in surprising, often danceable ways.

    Saturday night features socially conscious artists that speak to today’s political and social movements while rocking:

    Haiti’s outspoken groove innovator BélO has been hailed as the island’s musical ambassador to the world. The globally informed singer, songwriter, and guitarist interweaves Afro-Caribbean Haitian traditions with jazz, rock, and reggae alongside a progressive voice for social and political transformation into what he calls “ragganga.

    “Bogotá-based Curupira are a groundbreaking group who perform an original style of music they call “funklorica.” They are known for incorporating traditions like gaita, chalupa, fandango, puya, champeta, currulao, and joropo from the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, and the eastern plains of Colombia with contemporary urban sounds including rap, rock, funk, and classical Indian music. Curupira are also known for their strong socially conscious lyrics that reflect their country’s political situation and the world’s. In fact much of their music comes from areas where there is ongoing war, disputes over territory, and other conflicts keeping their music vital.

    From the early days of Giant Step, to today’s Turntables on the Hudson parties,
    Nickodemus has been a key element in the NYC dance music scene for over 10 years. As a DJ and producer, he explores the intersection of Urban and World Music with sounds of Funk, Folk, Jazz, Hip Hop, House, and Dub – all with a message of peace, awareness and love for the dance.

    “River To River, an LMCC public engagement initiative, inspires residents, workers, and visitors in Lower Manhattan, by connecting them to artists, new ideas and perspectives, and other art-lovers to demonstrate the role that artists play in creating vibrant, sustainable communities.

    River To River is made possible with support from the Alliance for Downtown New York, American Express, The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, HUD, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Westfield World Trade Center, and in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, as well as other underwriters.”

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  • Harlem Stage & Lincoln Center Present James Germain

    Harlem Stage and Lincoln Center have partnered to provide an opportunity for music enthusiast of all ages to experience the moving and “hand-clapping” polyrhythmic music of Haitian-born singer James Germain. This masterful singer blends his passion for traditional voodoo songs with touches of opera and gospel infused with classical music and jazz. Listening to a James Germain song is a guaranteed voyage to the heart and soul of Haiti and its diverse global influences.

    This event is Free and Open to the public and will be held at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. Registration is not required. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    This special and FREE performance is made possible with generous support from Target.

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  • La Caye and Selebrasyon! bring you Zing Experience

    Against the backdrop of Dance Africa, La Caye and Selebrasyon! (a six week festival of Haitian arts and culture organized by Haiti Cultural Exchange) bring you Zing Experience!

    Zing Experience fuses vodou rock, reggae, Haitian roots, worldbeat rhythms, and hip hop to create a soulful sound, with influences from artists as diverse as Boukman Eksperyans, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Marley, to Stevie Wonder, Prince and Lenny Kravitz.

    La Caye brings authentic Haitian cuisine to the heart of Fort Greene, Brooklyn and live music every Thursday night for Musically Thursdays.

    Haiti Cultural Exchange is a nonprofit organization established to develop, present and promote the cultural expressions of the Haitian people.

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  • Dancehall Artist Konshens Set for Oracabessa Festival Memorial Weekend

    New York, New York – The dancehall star who is currently wrapping up his 2014 first quarter US college tour is set to perform at this prestigious festival with his recently signed band, ‘Di Blueprint’. Konshens seemed poised to live up to his expectations as he stated that “fans can expect to enjoy not only a stellar performance, but will be given a show to watch when i am onstage”. This will be the first time New York will see Konshens perform with his own live backing band, ‘Di Blueprint’, setting the stage for a performance to remember; he stated, ‘this a go be the first time mi perform inna New York with my own band..New York, get ready”. And New York seems to be ready as the Buzz about Konshens being on the show has spread like wild fire across the tri-state and beyond.

    Konshens seemed to be quite the sort after image as he has been recently aligned with Pepsi Jamaica and LIME Jamaica as the brand ambassador for both companies, an achievement very few dancehall artists has obtained. “The recent endorsement deals with Pepsi and LIME have been good so far, both companies have treated me like family and I can see prosperous relationships in the making, this is a milestone for me and i will embrace it to the fullest” said Konshens.

    Among his most recent milestones, Konshens appeared and performed on the Arsenio Hall show with Grammy award winner Sean Paul; he also recently launched his sneakers line, Konz876, which is doing well. About future plans, the artist mentioned that he is currently working on his sophomore solo album ‘Hotel Room’, a project the artist mentioned he is very excited about.

    Among the performers on Oracabessa Festival are Agent Sasco, Beenie man, and Tessanne Chin, winner of season 5 NBC’s ‘the Voice’. One lucky ticket buyer for the festival will have the opportunity to win a pair of Konz876 sneakers.

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  • CARIBANA™ Welcomes Anslem Douglas, Pan Man Pat, Subliminal and Dance Caribe to its Stage for CARIBANA™ Flags and Colours 2014

    CARIBANA™, North America’s largest outdoor Caribbean Festival, welcomes Soca legend Anslem Douglas, Panist Pan Man Pat, Hip Hop Star Subliminal and more to its stage for CARIBANA Flags and Colours – Junior Carnival.

    Toronto’s colourful and annual affair takes place at Yorkgate Mall in the Jane and Finch community which sees hundreds of revelers dressed in costumes that are a reflection of the rich cultural heritage of the Caribbean. These colours are put on display as masqueraders parade along a designated route. Organizers are pleased to announce Soca legend Anslem Douglas’s performance at this year’s festivities.

    Born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago, Anslem is a Grammy Award winning Soca and Calypso artist with a loyal fan base. This fan base has helped to push songs “Who Let the Dogs Out,” first recorded in Toronto, featured in commercials and played at sporting arena’s and famously covered by the Baha Men, as well as “When ah Dead Bury Mih Clothes” and “Big in the Dance” to acclaimed positions on charts and radio playlists.

    In addition to Mr. Douglas, celebrated panist, Calypso Monarch, author and recording artist, Pan Man Pat will perform steel pan music, which, according to Mr. Gomez, GM and Artistic Director of Caribana Management Team, “is essential to the celebration of our culture.” Pan Man Pat’s history includes introducing steel pan in schools in the Toronto area and taught students to play in Canada and Trinidad & Tobago. Pat also played at the very first CARIBANA™ in 1967.

    Embracing diversity, the festival welcomes Hip Hop star Subliminal (Sean Mauricette) who is no stranger to Caribbean culture. Both parents are from Trinidad & Tobago. Subliminal is a famous beat-boxer, DJ, Lyricist, actor and producer with a unique style of music. Taking the world by storm, his brand of hip hop meeting soul is dubbed Hip Soul. Subliminal’s hit records include “In the Fields Again,” and his “Rob Ford” Dancehall Remix. Subliminal has received several awards for his work with youth and community.

    In addition, Dance Caribe, led by award winning, multi-talented Martin Scott Pascall, choreographer and artistic director who started the group 25 years ago, will perform a specially choreographed routine for the festival. Having performed internationally, and at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver (2010), the groups’ variety will be a very strong visual element to this year’s festivities.

    This year is expected to be ground breaking for CARIBANA™ Flags and Colours since a part of its outreach includes visits to schools in the community show costumes and make presentations. The organization will also work closely with York Gate Mall management, community Groups, the Boys and Girls Club, JFCCO, 31 Division and others to continue to have a significant impact on the culture, economy and social development of Canadian Society.

    Now in its 46th year, CARIBANA™ focuses on the Caribbean carnival arts and their potential to create positive change in the lives of children. This year, the organization aims to have 500 children in the parade.

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  • Tropicalfete’s Author Connecting In Celebration of Caribbean Heritage Month with Barnes and Noble

    Authors Connecting is a program designed to emphasize the importance of literacy and how culture can influence education, as well as one’s world view. The program is targeted to interact with children and celebrate our great Caribbean culture. It will take place on Saturday, June 21st 2013 at 3:00 PM Park in Slope Barnes & Noble 267 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11215.

     

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    Hosted by Tanisha Burke NYC School Teacher
    Read by Author Tammie Paige

    Reading by Marsha Thompson Miss Tropical Paradise

    The Short stories of Carnival costumes a preview of our book: “Masquerade Ball Caribbean Edition”. It highlights the work of Derek Walcott Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature by St. Lucia Consulate Face Mask Giveaway.

     

     

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  • Setting the Stage – 2015 and Beyond GLOBAL ALL-STAR SUMMER CONCERT

    GLOBAL ARTISTS CELEBRATE THE PROMISE OF A PROSPEROUS AND SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

    Friday, 6 June 2014 — The stage has been set at the United Nations with global artists bringing a message of hope for a better future in 2015 and beyond.

    Global voices came together in song to bring a message of hope during a unique event at United Nations Headquarters in New York, hosted by the President of the General Assembly, John W. Ashe. The purpose of the concert titled – Setting the Stage: 2015 and Beyond – was to raise public awareness about the historic opportunity that will arise in 2015 when world leaders come together to pledge to end poverty and put the world on a sustainable path.

    The event featured the zouk band Kassav’and soca artists David Rudder, Machel Montano and Tizzy. The Band Lalon from Bangladesh and Hip Hop artist Emmanuel Jal brought to the stage the voices and testimonies of Least Developed Countries. Through the rhythms and energy of world

    "Setting The Stage - 2015 And Beyond" Global All-Star Summer Concert

    "Setting The Stage - 2015 And Beyond" Global All-Star Summer Concert

    "Setting The Stage - 2015 And Beyond" Global All-Star Summer Concert

    "Setting The Stage - 2015 And Beyond" Global All-Star Summer Concert

    "Setting The Stage - 2015 And Beyond" Global All-Star Summer Concert

    "Setting The Stage - 2015 And Beyond" Global All-Star Summer Concert

    "Setting The Stage - 2015 And Beyond" Global All-Star Summer Concert

    "Setting The Stage - 2015 And Beyond" Global All-Star Summer Concert

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