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  • Lenn Hammond Returns to Toronto for an Exclusive LIVE Performance

    LENN Hammond Returns to Toronto
    Exclusive Live Performance from LENN Hammond
    at Belleeny’s August 31st

    Toronto, ON. Multiple award winning crooner LENN Hammond is in town for an intimate performance at Belleeny’s Martini Lounge and Restaurant on Sunday August 31st following his recent live performances in Manitoba, including Winnipeg’s CTV Morning Live.

    Fans and foodies alike can make dinner reservations to savour unique flavours and stay to enjoy a lively performance. Belleeny’s Lounge and Restaurant known for it’s hip fusion of West Indian and Italian cuisines, is the new entertainment hotspot in Woodbridge. Its contemporary, relaxed and upscale atmosphere is the perfect chill spot to get up close and personal with LENN Hammond and his brand of raw, reggae soul.

    A Lovers Rock specialist Lenn’s live performance encompasses a melange of hits from his JUNO winning, self-titled debut album and the most recent, Raw Soul; all blended with renditions of soul classics.

    Crowd favourite Mixed Up Moods from his first album remains an anthem on Jamaican airwaves, while
    How Can You Mend A Broken Heart from his second album, RAW SOUL went #1 on L3 Magazine’s Canada Wide Charts. The single and other songs from this album also charted in New York, South Florida, London (UK), Italy, Alaska, and Jamaica among others.

    “…His greatest talent may be as a writer of hit reggae pop songs…” ~ Adam Gutteridge,Toronto Star

    On Sunday August 31, 2014 backed by the E.O.P. Band fans in the Greater Toronto Area will also be treated to Lenn’s current repertoire, which includes production from France’s Young French Music label and some unreleased material.
    LENN Hammond recorded his first European single with one of the UK’s top producers, Christopher “Peckings” Price. Their single Love You With Honour charted in Toronto on Reggaemania’s Top Ten on
    CHIN 100.7FM and introduced Hammond on radio in Honduras.

    Oliver Schrader, Co-founder of Germany’s Silly Walks Discotheque simply “loved it”.

    Love You With Honour was also added to European reggae programs including Italy’s Under Pressure, Soul Shakedown Party and Don Ciccio Radio Show; Reggae Portugal Radio Show; Reggae Vibes and Riddim Shower in the Netherlands.

    As a result, LENN Hammond made his European performance debut last year with concerts in London and Amsterdam. About returning to Canada and performing at Belleeny’s Resto-Lounge on August 31, 2014, Lenn says:

    “Canada is my home away from home and I appreciate every opportunity I have to share my music here. It’s been a while since I’ve done something like this in the GTA and I’m excited
    to give fans here the opportunity to hear what I’ve been working on.”

    This is a live performance announcement:

    LENN Hammond
    backed by E.O.P. Band
    Sunday, August 31, 2014

    Belleeny’s Martini Lounge and Restaurant
    4000 Steeles Avenue West, Unit 14 in Vaughan

    showtime 10PM $15 at the door
    Dinner and show $45 – must book reservation with Belleeny’s 905.264.0001

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  • Jr. Carnival

    Young Masqueraders To Showcase Creativity And Craftsmanship At The Miami Broward Jr. Carnival

    Children Chart Their Path Within The Fabric Of A South Florida Signature Caribbean-American Annual Event

    Miami, FL – The Miami Broward Junior Carnival will be held on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the Central Broward Regional Park & Cricket Stadium (3700 NW 11th Pl, Lauderhill, FL 33311). The parade will begin at 2pm. Admission is $10 and parking is FREE. Tickets can be purchased online at www.miamibrowardcarnival.com, or at the park on the day of the event. Young masqueraders will be judged based on their creativity, presentation, originality and craftsmanship of their vibrant and colorful masquerade costumes. This event teaches younger Caribbean-Americans about their Caribbean heritage and allows them an opportunity to shine at an event that is a part of their rich cultural history. The Miami Broward Jr. Carnival is a favorite since it’s a family inspired event that truly shares in showcasing the diversity of South Florida, and celebrates what makes us different.

    WHO: 10 Jr. Masquerade Bands competing for Band of the Year 2014 – Break Awae, China, Community Vibe, Fun Generation Too, Carnival Arts,Euphoria Mas, Heritage TNT, Major Players, Mas Dynasty, Riverland Mas, Royalty Kids, and Wassi Babes. Heritage TNT Jr. Band was named Band of the Year in 2013 and looks to defend the coveted title.

    WHAT: King and Queen, Male and Female Individuals Competition followed by Band Competition

    WHEN: Sunday, October 5, 2014

    WHERE: Central Broward Regional Park – 3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill, FL 33311

    TIME: 1pm-8pm (Parade Starts at 2pm)

    ADMISSION: $10
    $1.50 per adult for Park Fee
    Parking-Free
    Other Attractions: Face Painting; Bounce house; Slide; Steel orchestra; Jr. Calypso Monarch, appearance by Miss Miami Broward Carnival- J’Lisa Chesterfield. Food, drinks, arts & crafts on sale.

    Media Note****
    Miami Broward Carnival Events
    • Friday, October 10, 2014-King/Queen,Individual/Panaorama-Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium-3700 NW 11th Street, Lauderhill, Fl, 33311.
    • Saturday, October 11 2014-J’Ouvert -Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium-3700 NW 11th Street, Lauderhill, FL 33311
    • Sunday, October 12, 2014- Miami Broward Parade of Bands-30 Years Miami Carnival Celebration-Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds-10901 Coral Way,Miami, Fl 33165

    Special thanks to the Miami Broward Carnival and Jr. Carnival sponsors: Citi Bank, Coca-Cola, I&B, Dr. Innocent, Dr. Brezault, Chubby, Dr Julian Cameraon, Dominica Lewis, Mr. Petier Hendrikus, M&J Auto Sales, Tri-County Courier, Inc., 103.5 The Beat, Discovery Tours, Children’s Services of Broward County, Caribbean American Passport, Caribbean Connection. The Miami Broward Carnival is made possible with the support of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

    Hashtag: #MiamiBrowardJrCarnival

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  • Maxi Priest Tours In Support of Critically Acclaimed Album Easy To Love

    MAXI PRIEST HITS THE ROAD ON HIS INTERNATIONAL TOUR

    IN SUPPORT OF NEW ALBUM EASY TO LOVE

    “warm enjoyable collection of reggae, suited for summer chill-out sessions…should appeal to R&B fans just as much as it appeals to Priest’s reggae core”
    – ABC NEWS

    “smooth reggae songs full of fire and soul…quality needed to bust the charts”
    – ASSOCIATED PRESS

    “Maxi hit his groove…music that soothed the soul”
    – HUFFINGTON POST

    Max

    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 this summer and fall in support of his first studio album in almost a decade Easy To Love (VP Records). This past Monday (Aug 11), he performed to over 20,000 people at VP Records Presents Reggae Night at the free annual Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series in Brooklyn, NY. Throughout the year, the legendary singer will play in Canada, U.S., the Caribbean, Papua New Guinea and United Kingdom. See remaining tour dates below.

    Easy To Love is a fine representation of pop, reggae and R&B blended together in one set. The title track was a No. 1 hit on reggae charts last summer, evidence that Maxi Priest has a gift for staying fresh. “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 women’s heartstrings 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).

    Remaining Tour Dates:
    Friday, August 15th, 2014 in Montreal, Canada @ Port of Montreal
    Saturday, August 16th, 2014 in Toronto, Canada @ The Sound Academy
    Sunday, August 17th, 2014 in Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
    Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 in Washington DC @ The Howard
    Thursday, August 21st, 2014 in Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Casino
    Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 in Woodbury, CT
    Saturday, September 6th, 2014 in Gibraltar, UK @ Victoria Stadium
    Friday, September 19th, 2014 in Grand Cayman @ Westin
    Saturday, September 27th, 2014 in Papua New Guinea @ The Gold Club
    Saturday, October 25th, 2014 in St. Albans, UK @ The Alban Arena

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  • Out This Week – Bunji Garlin Drops New Album + Video (The FADER premiere)

    TRINIDADIAN STAR BUNJI GARLIN DROPS BRAND NEW ALBUM

    DIFFERENTOLOGY THIS WEEK ON RCA/VP RECORDS

    “Truck On D Road” Video Premieres with The FADER

    Bunji Garlin releases his new studio album Differentology this week (Aug 12, RCA/VP) and unveils his video for “Truck On D Road” featured on Reggae Gold 2014.

    The FADER exclusively premieres what they call “best commercial for Carnival:”
    http://www.thefader.com/2014/08/14/bunji-garlin-truck-on-d-road-video-is-the-best-commercial-for-carnival/

    WATCH now (Feel free to post):

    Directed by Tom Swindell, the “Truck On D Road” video captures the madness of 2014 Trinidad & Tobago Carnival. Bunji rallies his friends for the ride, including Jillionaire and Walshy Fire of Major Lazer, Fay-Ann Lyons, Anya Ayoung Chee, KES The Band, Kardinal Offishall, Trinidad James and A$AP Ferg (who is featured on the “Truck On D Road (Remix)” off Garlin’s brand new album Differentology).

    Differentology is available this week, released on a joint venture between RCA Records and the world’s largest Caribbean music label VP Records. The 13-track set features his monster title track and its Major Lazer remix plus a variety of hits that seamlessly blend soca with EDM, dancehall and hip hop.

    TOUR DATES:
    AUG 29 @ JBL Live at Pier 97 (HOT 97 On Da Reggae Tip) in New York City, NY
    AUG 30 @ Whitewater Amphitheater (Mad Decent Block Party) in New Braunfels, TX
    AUG 31 @ Club Zouk (Mad Decent Block Party) in Dallas, TX
    AUG 31 @ Webster Hall (Five Alarm Blaze) in New York City, NY
    SEPT 1 @ Eastern Parkway West Indian Day Parade (Power 105 Truck) in
    Brooklyn, NY
    OCT 11 @ Carnival City (RAVE Miami Carnival Weekend) in Miami, FL
    NOV 12 thru 16 @ Mad Decent Boat Party

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  • Inner Circle Return to Russia

    Inner Circle performs in Kaliningrad, Russia Thursday night (from right) Micheal Sterling, Ian Lewis, Lancealot Hall, Skatta Bonic and Roger Lewis.

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Iron Curtain divided Communist Eastern Europe from the west in 1979. Cold War politics was rigid when reggae band Inner Circle first played the continent that year.

    Thirty-five years later and the quintet are back in Europe. The Iron Curtain has long been lifted.

    This evening, inner Circle are scheduled to perform in Lithuania. Yesterday, they played Kaliningrad, Russia, once the heart of global Communism.

    “We first hit Europe with Jacob (Miller) when we were on Island Records. We toured with the Average White Band and English rocker Ian Dury and did the biggest English outdoor festival of the time, the Reading Festival,” guitarist Roger Lewis, a founding member of Inner Circle, told OBSERVER ONLNE.

    Inner Circle’s latest Euro tour began in early July in Slovenia, followed by shows in Austria, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and Russia.

    Lewis and his younger brother, bass player Ian Lewis, are the only original members with Inner Circle. Miller, who joined in the mid-1970s, died in an auto accident in 1980.

    The older Lewis commented on Europe’s more open political climate.

    “The times have definitely changed. Reggae is all over Europe now, even in the east…Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, etc,” he said.

    Reggae artistes started making the European festival and club rounds in 1979. Most were signed to major or independent record labels.

    Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh and Burning Spear were trailblazers early in the decade.

    In the 1980s, Culture, Dennis Brown, Black Uhuru and the Mighty Diamonds were among the acts joining the fray.

    Burning Spear was still king of the hill when he cut back on touring eight years ago.

    Formed in 1968, Inner Circle are elder statesmen of the reggae tour circuit. Lewis says their European gigs comprise major festivals such as Rototom in Spain to smaller venues that accommodate 1,000 to 4,000 people.

    “In the summer, we do a lot of outdoor city festivals where it’s free to come in and we play alongside rock and pop bands, famous and not so famous,” he explained.

    Their playlist includes classics which Miller sang, such as ‘Tired fi Lick Weed In a Bush’ and ‘Tenement Yard’ as well as Bad Boys and Sweat, which sparked their remarkable comeback in the early 1990s.

    Inner Circle are scheduled to continue its European tour until late August with shows in Estonia, the Rototom Festival, Italy and Portugal.

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  • New Reggae Artist Excellent Unleashes Debut Single, ‘Love Language’ (Single + Dub Version Inside) JahLight Records

    BIOGRAPHY

    ARTIST: EXCELLENT

    Excellent

    ‘Excellent’ , born Stacey Lewis on 7th March 1979 hails from Mc Bean village, Couva, Trinidad. As a new and upcoming reggae artist Excellent promises to take the music industry by storm with her soulful yet revolutionary type of music. Lewis who has a firm religious background began singing in Church as part of the choir and later went on to do solo pieces. Music was always a part of this young woman’s life though as she had spent many years listening to her father (who was a Disc Jockey) as he ritualistically maneuvered the turntables. Sometimes she even went along with him when he went out on jobs.

    Some of her favorite artists whom she believes have influenced and inspired her include Calypsonions: The Mighty Sparrow, Lord Kitchener, Lord Melody, Atillah, Zandolie, Watchman, Cro Cro and Reggae artists like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jacob Miller, Pablo Moses, Culture, Don Carlos, Max Romeo, Burning Spear, to name a few and in more recent times Buju Banton, Beres Hammond and Stephen Marley have joined the rank. She also paid tribute to her late aunt who used to perform at various calypso tents bearing the name ‘Madame Excellent’. Stacey adopted name, Excellent, in honor of carrying on the musical tradition of her family. Later Stacey went on to attach her own interpretation of such as it applies to her. She went on to explain the importance that a name held for our fore parents and the fact that the bearer would usually adopt certain characteristics of the name given. It was because of this that she had embraced this name aspiring not just to be good, but to be ‘EXCELLENT’ in all her endeavors.

    During her teenage years Excellent started to compose and sing calypsos. Her first competition was at the Civilian Conservation Corp. (a programme coordinated by the Ministry of National Security where youths are taught various life skills) in 1998 where she won the Calypso Monarch crown as well as the crown for most humorous calypso that year. However she did not do much performing after that but continued to compose calypsos for youngsters in her community who took part in school competitions and various other community based activities.

    It was through a quest to find a deeper connection to her spirituality and purpose for being that she found that she had developed a unique way of expressing her thoughts, feelings and experiences through music and sometimes even a simple observation or a spiritual inclination could be the basis for a new song. Being everything but outspoken, she quickly embraced this new found talent and adopted music as her first language. Her first recorded song entitled ‘Lady Excellent’ was recorded at AIRWAVES PRODUCTION STUDIO in Da badie, Trinidad. It was generally an introduction of herself and her mission within the music industry. That song however, was never released and she went on to compose a few dancehall songs with which she made random stage performances at various night clubs and community events. Still not satisfied with where she was spiritually, she allowed her musical career to go dormant for some time while she continued to express her inspirations through poetry.

    It was not until late in 2011 though, after a Luciano concert at Isa’s Lounge in Couva that she took back up her pen to compose and realized that she was now being inspired to write a different brand of music. It was a more soothing, spiritually and emotionally deeper type of music. In 2014 she met with Trinidadian label, JahLight Records in a quest to express her new found thoughts and they did a song entitled, ‘LOVE LANGUAGE’. Although Love Language is not the first song that she has written since that transition, it is her first recording since and her second in general. When asked why she chose to release this song as her 1st official release, Excellent expressed the fact that apart from all the turmoil and confusion that exists in the world today, apart from all the languages that are spoken and observed, love is least utilized and exercised. ‘Have you ever hugged someone long enough to feel both hearts beat in correspondence to each other?’ ‘Or make an eye contact that sends a wave of electricity throughout your entire body yet you can’t find the words to explain it? ‘Well love has got a language of its own, a language that has the power to comfort, heal and restore.’

    Excellent’s main objective as a musician is to bring a positive message through music. Her music aims to rebuild what has been broken down, morally, spiritually and socially; to restore what has been lost, to heal that which is hurting and to bring hope and encouragement to the oppressed and depressed. She intends to achieve this by allowing the spirit of God to work through her to put the right words into her heart and grant her the knowledge to know when is the right time to bring it forth. ‘The only way I can have a positive impact on society’ she said, ‘is by practicing what I preach, by being the change that I would like to see. For her it’s not about the money but enriching the mind, body and spirit, which is found in the messages of love, peace, and togetherness which she emphasizes through her songs. Through her music she wants people to know that there is a better way and that success comes through obeying the will of the Father. ‘Everyone on the face of this Earth has a purpose for being and God in His infinite mercies would not have brought us here if He didn’t know that we were capable of fulfilling that purpose. And while at times the road might be rough and our goals might appear to be unattainable, if we stick to His plan and put our faith and trust in God, all things are possible!

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  • Shebada brings Jamaican Play to Atlanta – CLASH August 16 – Press Release w/ Pix

    MIKE DOBSON PRESENTS
    Shebada brings Jamaican Play to Atlanta August 16
    to the Georgia Tech Ferst Center Theater

    Atlanta has always been a destination for Jamaican plays, ever since the Caribbean population in Atlanta started to grow in leaps and bounds since the 1980’s. With a population of roughly 200,000 persons. And of that 200,000 a big chunk is Jamaican, so it makes sense that another Jamaican play should be brought to Atlanta.

    This play is “Clash” starring Keith “Shebada’ Ramsay, simply know as Shebada. Shebada is one of the hottest commodities in Jamaican and Caribbean comedy and theatre. Shebada draws thousands of people to his plays, does TV and has become very popular in Jamaica’s music world. Not since Oliver Samuels has there been such a cult following. Shebada has become extremely popular throughout the Caribbean and the Caribbean Diaspora (Canada, US and UK).

    Critics in Jamaica say that Shebada’s performance in Clash is his best since Bashment Granny. Shebada plays Rivers a road manager of an up and coming Jamaican artist. The play is an irreverent look at Jamaica’s music industry filled with area leaders doubling as unscroupulous promoters, incompetent road managers, shady booking agents, and dancehall artistes who are not very bright.

    Shebada represents the new generation of Jamaican theatre which showcases the modern Jamaican culture, his rapid fire manner that he executes his comedy has enthralled and delighted audiences and has given new Jamaica a platform. Shebada is also known to touch on very risque topics for Jamaican society. His most famous character “Bashment Geanny” which sees Shebada in drag on Jamaican stages is not a normal phenomenon seen in that country’s theatre industry.

    Although very popular, he is a very private person and does not like crowds. Shebada grew up in a large family and in economically challenging circumstances in Franklin Town, Jamaica and has gone on to become a Jamaican superstar. The play Clash also stars Jamaican theatre legendary Volier “Maffie” Johnson. along with Garfield “Bad Boy Trevor” Reid, Tuana Flowers and more. Atlanta audiences are going to be treated to one of the most talented and brilliant talents to grace the Atlanta stage on August 16th at the Goergia Tech Fest Center Theater / doors open at 6pm / 349 ferst drive Atlanta.

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  • Versatile celebrates another successful “Beach Cawvinz”

    Versatile celebrates another successful “Beach Cawvinz”

    Versatile

    Thousands of patrons turned out to Shan Shy Beach Portland last week for the annual event Beach Cawvinz put on by popular dancehall artiste Versatile. Over the years the event has been a very successful one pulling out crowds of over 3,500 and this year was no different.

    The “Nah Be Ungrateful” artiste expressed how grateful he was with the turn out and support from all his fans.

    “The support was great! Everybody come out and support mi party although it was in my hometown and outside of Kingston.People come from east, west, north and south to support mi party and mi happy for the turnout. The vibes was great, the party shot and the people dem enjoy themselves.”

    The event featured excellent performances from Aidonia, Popcan, Bramma, J Capri, Chi Ching Ching, The Bigship family just to name a few and Versatile himself who gave a staggering performance unlike no other.

    “The party did fully Cawv! Di artiste dem mash up di place and next year Beach Cawvinz is going to be even bigger and better!” Said a vibrant Versatile.

    Versatile also shot the video for his new single “Party Yah Nice” on the Beach Life Rhythm produced by E5 Records which was perfect because of the beach vibes.

    The unquestionably talented deejay has been working on a number of projects that so far has been creating waves in the dancehall.
    “Mi never stop work, di Road Cawva always a cawv street.” Mi have a whole heap of new projects that soon touch road, so mi want the whole of Jamaica to look out for them.”

    Versatile will be taking the initiative to give back to the BoundBrook Primary school, his past school in his community. He will be donating two brand new computers for the school just in time for the new school year.

    “It is always a good thing to give back to your community this year mi decide to give back two computers to mi past school.”

    To keep up with Versatile, You can follow him on Instagram and on twitter @versitileami.

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  • Duane Stephenson Makes Fans Eager for Dangerously Roots at Hartford’s West Indian Independence Celebration!

    Duane Stephenson Makes Fans Eager for ‘Dangerously Roots’ at Hartford’s West Indian Independence Celebration!

    Hartford, Connecticut

    One of Jamaica’s most prominent voices in Roots Reggae, Duane Stephenson, made fans eager for his album Dangerously Roots with his performance at Hartford, Connecticut’s annual West Indian Independence Celebration held on Saturday August 9th, 2014!

    Taking center stage with fans of more than 15,000 people, Duane warmed hearts and provoked consciousness via his performance of songs from his catalog, and further charmed the audience with a reminder that his new album will be coming September, 2014. Dressed in a relaxed denim outfit accessorized with traditional Rastafari scarf and hat, Duane’s feet acted as roots planted by the waters as he sang songs “Rasta For I,” “Ghetto Pain” and “August Town.” His charm, which was well received, came when he performed “Carpenter,” Dennis Brown’s “Love and Hate” and Barrington Levy’s classic “She’s Mine!” Not wanting the singer to stop, the audience spread across the lawn of Bushnell Park called for more, forcing the artist to ‘rewind’ several of his songs.

    Many fans were exceptionally loud with encouragement, including Mitsy who said “I waited hours just to see and hear him perform. I wanted to make sure I was right at the front to hear his every word!” As a special treat, Duane posed for photos with fans ranging in age from 4 years to very mature. The Mayor of Hartford, Pedro Segarra, was seen skanking during the Reggae Star’s performance.

    Duane’s album, Dangerously Roots will be released September, 2014 on the VP Records and VPAL imprint. Produced by Shawn Kong of Kong Star Records, the album is being heralded as one of Duane’s best as the artist incorporates hints of Dancehall, and collaborates with artists I-Octane, Tarrus Riley, Lutan Fyah and Mutabaruka.

    The album’s first single, “Rasta For I,” produced by Donovan Germaine of Penthouse Records, has enjoyed extensive radio play around the world. With lyrics that encourage listeners to place their faith in Rastafari, and a well crafted musical backdrop, the song resonates with fans of every background. Duane’s second single, “Cool Runnings,” is a tribute to Jamaica’s living legend, Bunny Wailer (of Bob Marley & The Wailers) and is enjoying radio play as well as Video rotation in Jamaica on JTV and in Europe on Trace TV.

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  • Miss Caribbean US Beauty Pageant Media

    Miss Caribbean US Logo

    The 14th Annual Miss Caribbean US Beauty Pageant, taking place at True United Banquet Facility, located at 6201 Old York Road, Philadelphia, PA 19141, on Sunday, August 10, 2014. This year’s representatives hail from Barbados, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Trinidad, Tobago and the US Virgin Islands. We are proud to announce our new partnership with CaribVision Cable Network, ComeSee TV and Wild About Philly TV. CaribVision is aired on cable in over 22 Caribbean territories, the US Tri-State area – New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and soon to be in the entire US mainland, Canada and the UK. This will allow more visibility for the pageant, contestants and your services or products.

    There will be a meet and greet on Friday, August 8, 2014 at the Caribbean Reef Restaurant, located at 605 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 from 9pm – 2am. Immediately following the pageant, there will be a dinner and opportunity to meet and greet the new Queen, Miss Caribbean US 2014. This will take place at True United Banquet Facility, also.

    Adults: $25
    Children: $10 (16 and under)
    College Students: $20

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  • Gospel Reggae Artist Kwesi Fontinelle Releases ‘Reconciliation’ The EP (iTUNES Special Feature)

    Gospel reggae artist Kwesi Fontinelle delivers his unique brand of Caribbean Gospel music on his highly anticipated new EP, Reconciliation, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released on August 5, 2014), from JahLight Records, distributed by FOX FUSE. Boasting seven tracks, this marks the third studio release from the inspirational singing sensation. Born in Trinidad and Tobago and staking his claim on the music scene since 2008, Fontinelle is a seasoned singer/songwriter and a prolific performer, who has been casting righteous seeds and earning fans far and wide, ever since.

    Full Press Release, 1st Single Soundcloud Link, iTunes Feature, Available via Link Through FOX FUSE.
    https://madmimi.com/p/71c625

    Itunes
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/reconciliation/id897319286

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  • CaribbeanTales Film Festival 2014 shines spotlight on regional talent

    CaribbeanTales Film Festival 2014 shines spotlight on regional talent

    Toronto, ON – The successful and highly respected CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF) celebrates its 9th annual edition in 2014.
    This unique event which takes place in the metropolitan city of Toronto from September 3rd to 13th will highlight the many facets of Caribbean culture via film as well as provide a platform for the regional film industry’s future development.

    Under the theme, “Our Lens, Our Perspective” the CTFF aims to build capacity for a film industry in the region and continues to increase markets and audiences for Caribbean stories and films.

    This year the festival will offer such films as “The Glamour Boyz Again! Sparrow and Superior on the Hilton rooftop”, “Poetry is an Island – Derek Walcott”, “Kingston Paradise” and “Forever Ever: The Killing of A Revolution”. In addition to featuring films and filmmakers from the Caribbean Diaspora (including several world premieres), this 10-day extravaganza also boasts an Incubator program for burgeoning filmmakers, meet and greet sessions with film producers and actors, and strategic networking events.

    The 2014 edition will be executed alongside the famed Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which gives the CTFF’s entries the opportunity to be showcased to large international audiences of film-goers and industry personnel which are not only open but eager to viewing independent and foreign productions.

    The CTFF is supported by a solid team of filmmakers and other individuals who have been connected to the international film industry. The initiative is spearheaded by Executive Director Frances-Anne Solomon who created the festival with the goals of branding Caribbean Cinema and creating innovative avenues to showcase it to the World.

    According to Festival Director Malinda Francis, “We at the festival strive to screen and explore that is authentically a Caribbean voice and Caribbean point of view. We endeavor to continually gather and showcase stories from all over the region and its Diaspora and give patrons an experience that is genuinely Caribbean.

    The CTFF is already causing high anticipation in Toronto and much like previous years, is expected to attract audiences (Caribbean and Non-Caribbean alike) from various parts of the North-American Diaspora. En route to the official Sept. 3rd commencement the organizers are already enticing festival fans with free community screenings around the Toronto area.

    Sponsors and partners for this year’s event include: The Toronto Consulate General for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Telefilm Canada, Trillium, University Of Toronto, TIFF Lightbox, Hot Docs, West-Side Arts Hub, Antigua, Grenada, and St.Lucia Tourist Boards.
    The 2014 CaribbeanTales International Film Festival runs from September 3rd to 13th at the state of the art Royal Cinema, 608 College Street in downtown Toronto.

    CTFF

    CTFF 2

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  • CTO Foundation awards scholarships and grants to a dozen Caribbean nationals

    CTO FOUNDATION OFFERS $45,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS FOR 2014

    ~ A dozen Caribbean nationals to receive financial support to pursue further education in tourism-related disciplines ~

    (BRIDGETOWN, Barbados) –A dozen Caribbean nationals have been awarded scholarships and grants to the tune of US$45,000 to pursue studies in hospitality, tourism and language training.
    Over eighty applications were received by the CTO Foundation, the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s scholarship programme, and following a thorough analysis of the applications, six scholarships and six grants were awarded.
    “All of these individuals who demonstrated high levels of achievement and leadership both within and outside of the classroom,” said Jacqueline Johnson, chairman of the board of directors of the CTO Foundation.
    “We would have loved to offer even more scholarships this year but the number we give is limited by the level of funding that we receive,” she added. “I wish to appeal to everyone in the Caribbean and those doing business in the Caribbean to contribute whatever little that they can to this very worthy cause.”
    This year, scholarships were awarded to applicants from Barbados, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Dominica, Martinique, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines. Nationals of Barbados, Dominica, Jamaica and St. Maarten were awarded grants

    The scholarship winners are as follows:

    Rhodni Skelton, BVI, MSc. Tourism with Project Management, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus

    Lorine Bozin, Martinique, MSc. Management “Grand Ecole Program”, Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM)

    Shona Quammie, St. Vincent & the Grenadines , Global MBA- International Business, Hospitality, Sports & Leisure Management, London School of Business & Finance (Online)

    Dave Headley, St. Lucia, MSc. Tourism Management (Online), Colorado State University

    Nikisha Rabess, Dominica, MSc. Tourism Marketing, University of Surrey

    Keisha Springer, Barbados, MSc. Tourism & Events Management, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus

    Study grant were awarded to the following:

    Saskia Looser, St. Maarten, BA Hospitality Management with Language (French), Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, UK
    Reneé Chambers, Jamaica, BSc. Tourism Management, The University of the West Indies- CHTM

    Iman Derrick, Barbados, Travel- Tourism & Hospitality Management, Johnson and Wales North Miami University

    David Thornhill, Dominica, BA International Hospitality & Tourism Management, Anglia Ruskin University, UK

    Nadine Valentine, Jamaica, MSc. Tourism Hospitality Management, Mona School of Business & Management

    Keishanna Brancroft, Barbados, BSc. Hospitality & Tourism Management, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus

    Since 1998, the CTO Foundation has provided over 200 scholarships and grants totaling nearly US $1 million. Major Foundation contributors include American Express, American Airlines, Interval International, the CTO chapters and allied members worldwide.
    The CTO Foundation, set up in 1997, is registered in New York State as a Not-for-Profit Corporation, formed exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. Its main aim is to provide scholarships and study grants to students and industry personnel who are Caribbean nationals, from CTO-member countries, who wish to pursue studies in the areas of tourism/hospitality and language training. CTO Foundation sponsors include American Express, American Airlines, Interval International, Universal Media, the CTO chapters worldwide and numerous CTO allied members.

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  • Stephen Marley Appears & Premieres Video on BET 106 & Park today

    STEPHEN “RAGGA” MARLEY APPEARS ON

    BET 106 & PARK TODAY (AUG 5) TO PREMIERE HIS NEW VIDEO

    “ROCK STONE” FEAT. CAPLETON AND SIZZLA

    Single Available Now on iTunes

    U.S. Summer Sessions Tour with Slightly Stoopid Throughout August

    Stephen

    Admist his U.S. tour Summer Sessions with Slightly Stoopid, Stephen “Ragga” Marley stops by BET 106 & Park today to premiere his latest video for “Rock Stone” featuring Capleton and Sizzla on national television. The single is available today on iTunes and will be featured on his forthcoming album Revelation Part II: The Fruit Of Life. Tune in at 6pm ET/5pm CT to catch Stephen talk about the inspiration behind the song and what’s to come.

    Watch/post “Rock Stone” video (directed by Shaun Escayg) on VEVO:
    http://vevo.ly/bbsm24

    Throughout August, the eight-time Grammy winner and son of Bob Marley continues his 20-city amphitheater run with Slightly Stoopid on the Summer Sessions 2014 Tour. See remaining tour schedule below.

    U.S. TOUR DATES
    8/06 (Wed) in Richmond, VA @ Heritage Amphitheater at 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
    8/10 (Sun) in North Myrtle Beach, FL @ House of Blues
    8/14 (Thu) in Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
    8/15 (Fri) in Cocoa, FL @ Cocoa Riverfront Park
    8/16 (Sat) in Boca Raton, FL @ Sunset Cove Amphitheater
    8/22 (Fri) in Live Oak, FL @ Blackwater Music Festival

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  • SLTB to launch “Caribcation”

    SLTB TO LAUNCH ‘CARIBCATION’
    Award winning on-island resorts to offer Staycation rates to Caribbean consumers!
    SAINT LUCIA– The island’s prime promotions and marketing agency – the Saint Lucia Tourist Board – is about to launch yet another innovative and exciting campaign geared directly towards Caribbean travellers.
    Building on the tremendous success over the years of the Staycation programme that has allowed Saint Lucian nationals to play and stay at world renowned on-island hotels and resorts at exceptionally discounted prices, the new regional campaign will extend to include Caribbean consumers.
    Dubbed ‘Caribcation,’ the region-wide initiative will be launched on August 4th, 2014.
    The objective of this promotion is to provide added incentives to Caribbean consumers to choose Saint Lucia as their preferred getaway spot for the summer months of August and September.
    “Tourism continues to experience encouraging growth and the Caribbean market has played its part in achieving those successes. As our third largest source market, the Caribbean continues to hold its own, despite constraints facing intra-regional travel,” says Deputy Director of Tourism Tracey Warner-Arnold.
    In 2013 the Caribbean market represented 19 percent of overall market share for Saint Lucia, bringing in over sixty thousand stay over arrivals.
    For 2014 thus far, Saint Lucia has recorded over twenty-two thousand (22,000) stay over arrivals from the Caribbean market, with the biggest numbers coming from Martinique, Trinidad and Barbados.
    In anticipation of the increased arrival of Caribbean guests, several hotels on island have signed up for ‘Caribcation’ and are providing huge discounts on room rates under this promotion.
    Geared predominantly for Caribbean nationals, ‘Caribcation’ will allow regional visitors to sample the warmth and internationally recognized ‘excellence of service’ delivered by award-winning resorts across Saint Lucia, at the best prices compared to any other time in the year.
    Caribbean nationals can take time to pamper themselves as many of the hotels offer spa facilities on property and can also dine at award winning restaurants. Notable specials include hotel stays starting from as low as US$40 per night per room. Some incredible all-inclusive deals are also available as part of the promotion.

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  • Beenie Man teams up with former music director WormBass

    Beenie Man teams up with former music director WormBass

    Wormbass

    After working as Beenie Man’s music director for many years and doing countless other projects with and for all the top artists within the Reggae Dancehall industry, WormBass (formerly known as Worm) is now working on his first solo project. Having earned his place in Jamaica’s music history, WormBass feels that at this point in his career, it’s time to change the plan. “I have things I want to say, things I want people to know that the bass just couldn’t say, so singing is a must. I’m not new in this; I’m just continuing the journey and expanding my horizons,” he said.

    In order to ensure that his first project is a success, WormBass called on long time friend and colleague, Beenie Man and requested a collaboration which was honored by the dancehall king. The two recorded and released the cross over single called “bring back the paradise”. Persons may list to the track here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dE0xURltljk

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  • C-PAF Official Launch in Roseau, Dominca

    Grand Launch of Caribbean Performing Arts Federation (C-PAF)
    In Dominica
    Roseau, Dominica – Caribbean Performing Arts Federation (C-PAF)Inc., which has been registered and incorporated in Dominica since 2012, officially launched with a Media launch on Saturday July 26th, 2014 at The Ruins Rock Café in Roseau.
    The Directors on the Executive of C-PAF who were present for the Media Launch were the Chief Executive Directors – Irvin C Durand; Ross Le Blanc; Operations & Programs Director – Sandra A. James and Media & Communications Director – Jackie Cherebin-Weekes of Dominica, Grenada and St. Lucia respectively. Some Members of Dominica’s Task Force were also be in attendance.
    The evening saw many of the local Media Houses in attendance who witnessed and recorded a great program which commenced with the Invocation by Ras Mo followed by Welcome and Introductions by Matthew Ross Le Blanc. The Concept was delivered by founder Irvin C Durand and general remarks on Program Development by Sandra A. James. The Feature Address was delivered by Gregory Rabess, Cultural Officer of the Department of Culture of Dominica. Jackie Cherebin-Weekes acknowledged all the media, sponsors and partners who assisted to make the C-PAF Launch a great success.
    The evening featured national musicians in the bands, Shades of Green and Extasy alongside duet Tyson Johnson and Daughter. The featured artiste for the evening was Anguillan born former Cricketer now musician, son of well known regional artiste, Bankie Banx, Omari Banks who mesmerized the audience with his soulful melodies as he sang and played his acoustic guitar.

    The Caribbean Performing Arts Federation (C-PAF) is a private sector Not for Profit organization registered in Dominica with representation throughout the Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
    • The mission of C-PAF is to foster and promote the performing arts primarily in the OECS sub-region and eventually on a global scale.
    • The purpose of C-PAF is to facilitate the development of an enabling environment for the implementation of a more integrated OECS creative arts sector.
    • C-PAF aims to develop the educational and performing arts programs targeting both in school (primary and secondary levels) as well as out of school youths
    • Specific focus will be given to the professional and personal development of industry practitioners.
    National Task Forces have been established in most of the territories of the OECS and official launches are scheduled for the near future, with St. Lucia being the next in line followed by Grenada and St. Vincent. The Task Forces are made up of Task Force Members and Resource persons with special interests transcending the varying aspects of the Performing Arts and support services.
    C-PAF being a member driven non-profit organization, will immediately embark on sensitizing and recruiting members so as to achieve its goals and objectives.
    The Federation seeks to partner with as many Governments, organizations, groups and individuals to work towards the development of the Performing Arts and to bring the talents and skills of our performers to a high standard to be export ready on the global market.

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  • Bahamian Kenneth Kerr Emerges as Caribbean Male Model to Watch at Men’s Fashion Wee

    Bahamian Kenneth Kerr Emerges as Caribbean Male Model to Watch at Men’s Fashion Week

    (Chicago, Illinois)… The initials “K.K.” are quite known in Hollywood and the fashion world but now, they are becoming known in the realm of male modeling. He’s certainly not a Kardashian, but Bahamas native Kenneth Kerr is getting the last laugh having transformed himself from high school dud to sought after stud. So sought after in fact, that he ripped the runway at Chicago’s exclusive Men’s Fashion Week, after receiving a personal invitation from organizers and designers.

    It’s a whirlwind experience for Kerr, who hails from his nation’s second city of Freeport, Grand Bahama. After all, what is now a career started off with him simply posting a few photos of his new physique, a symbol of pride and testament of his new healthy fitness lifestyle. Before long, the oversized t-shirts were tossed and he began posing in swimsuits, shorts and tanks, using hashtags to highlight the designers. His social media Cinderella story, is getting a happily ever after with designers seeing him in their labels and inviting him to participate in shows in Florida, California, New York and Chicago. Not bad for someone who welcomes tourists to his country as an immigration officer, a former gymnastics coach and College of The Bahamas graduate with an Education degree.

    “Being selected as a model for Team Body has been one of the best feelings ever,” beams Kerr. “Not only was I one of the 29 selected from a group of over 160, but I was selected be a part of Chicago’s first ever all men’s fashion week. Being a model and being a part of the team was one of the most rigorous, demanding but most rewarding experiences. Once each month, we met for 4 hours to rehearse scenes, runway combinations and fittings. This meant that I had to travel to Chicago from The Bahamas each month.”

    For Kerr, the travelling was well worth it. He had the chance to walk representing designers such as Andrew Christian, Undergear, Llewellyn, VG Brand, Ray Vicente and many others. Still, he is adjusting to being considered an official international male model.

    “’Official male model’,” he repeats with a chuckle. “I like that title actually. But having a portfolio is something every model (male or female) should have. It speaks for you even when you are not present. But to be referred to as an (official) male model is still something I have to get used to. Growing up, I was always the tall, slinky kid with the big nose and broad shoulders. I guess I found a way to let that work for me.”

    And it is working for him, giving the jet setter opportunities to fly to multiple destinations.

    “Aside from Chicago, I visited and worked in cities such as Los Angeles, Palm Springs, California,” he recalls. I’ve done shoots in South Beach Miami as well as Atlanta and recently I traveled to New York where I had the opportunity to have a one on one with one of the most sought after African American male models Broderick Hunter.”

    To him, though, Ken Kerr is a brand, separate and apart from the social butterfly and life of the party persona he reveals to his close friends and colleagues.

    “As a person/model, you are a brand so everything you do should reflect your brand so that when people see or speak about you they know what you represent,” he says. “Ken Kerr represents a strong, up and coming male model with a passion for health and fitness. So almost everything I do reflects that.”

    “I enjoy (runway) modeling because I get to help bring a designer’s work to life,” he added. “As a model, I’m a canvas so most times through my body I’m required to tell a story or bring a message across without saying a single word. Being photographed and being on the runway allows me to do that. I guess you can say I love telling stories.”

    And coming from a culture that is known to host several major pageants annually, Kerr points out that modeling is a totally different world and that in order to succeed, especially to make it from a small country to the international scene, one must make an investment.

    “You have to invest in yourself and in your career because it’s the only way you will get ahead in this industry or anywhere in life,” he advises. “You must always look for new ways to put yourself and your name out there and step out of your comfort zone. Lastly, you must find your niche; that is, you must find what works best for you and what makes you memorable.”

    “Anything is possible, so I won’t say no,” Kerr stated when asked if he’s ready to pursue modeling fulltime. “I mean a year ago, if you had told me I’d get to work with Broderick Hunter or walk in a runway show with Victoria’s Secret Model Sessile Lopez, I wouldn’t have paid it any mind. But the reality and beauty of the universe has reminded me that with hard work, determination and a love for what you do; anything is possible.”

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  • New Video – SOJA “I Believe” (VH1.com Premiere) – Album Drops Aug 12

    SOJA Releases Official Music Video For “I Believe”
    Featuring Michael Franti And Nahko on VH1.com

    New Album Amid The Noise And Haste
    OUT August 12th (ATO Records) – Pre-Order Now

    OVER 1.5 Million Downloads / Streams On New Tracks From Upcoming Album!

    Soja

    “The transcendental appeal of the Washington, D.C.- based SOJA has as much to do with their simply and traditionally constructed reggae tunes as it does with their universally appealing messages of hope and peace…”–Relix

    “…reggae, infused with strains of rock, folk and dub, provides a complementary framework for lead singer/songwriter/guitarist Jacob Hemphill’s sinewy vocals and poignantly drawn lyrics of social resistance, environmental consciousness and personal reflection…”
    –Billboard

    “The lineup of vocalist/guitarist Jacob Hemphill, bassist Bobby Lee, percussionist Kenneth Brownell, keyboardist Patrick O’Shea and drummer Ryan Berty has grabbed attention with its positive message and high-energy shows for more than six years.” –Pollstar

    DC-natives SOJA premiered the official music video for their lead single “I Believe” featuring Michael Franti and Nahko on VH1.com. The video was directed by MTV VMA winning, Grammy nominated filmmaker Jon Jon Augustavo who has more than 1 billion views combined for music videos with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Tinie Tempah and Big Freedia.

    Watch new video here:
    http://soja.vh1.com/

    When creating the concept for the video, Director Jon Jon Augustavo says “’I Believe’ is about finding an appreciation for life and your fellow human again. I wanted to make a video that showed these three guys being stuck in an unideal situation but then finding a certain sense of happiness and oneness with it. I wanted to show them finding peace with each other and just embracing what life gives you.”

    “’I Believe’ is about life; being kind to others and making the most out of the time we have with those that surround us,” says lead singer / guitarist Jacob Hemphill. “Whether we are family, friends or strangers, how we treat one another and energy we share dictates our existence.”

    The track is off the band’s fifth full-length album Amid the Noise And Haste out August 12, 2014 via ATO Records. “I Believe” along with the rest of the album was produced by multiple GRAMMY award winning Jamaican producer Supa Dups (Bruno Mars, Eminem, Rihanna, John Legend). This is the first full-length album he has chosen to take on in his career. The new album is the follow up to critically acclaimed Strength To Survive which debuted in the Billboard Top 40. Amid The Noise And Haste features special guests including Michael Franti, Damian Marley, and Collie Buddz.

    Amid the Noise and Haste reached the #1 album (pre-order) on iTunes Reggae Charts and has 4 songs in the Top 10 iTunes Reggae Charts including the #1 spot with “Easier.”You can pre-order Amid The Noise And Hastenow via the band’s website as well as iTunes and instantly download “Shadow,” “Easier,” “Your Song” and “I Believe” (feat. Michael Franti and Nahko).

    SOJA originally formed by a group of friends while still in middle school and has built a massive, dedicated fan base around the world since. In the years following, SOJA has sold more than 250,000 albums, headlined shows in over 20 countries around the world, generated over 3.4 million Facebook fans, and 200+ million YouTube views. The band has toured with Dave Matthews Band, Incubus, 311 and appeared at major festivals including Bonnaroo where they attract an almost Grateful Dead-like international fan base along the way, with caravans of diehards following them from city to city.

    SOJA’s Soulshine summer tour kicked off in California and continues in amphitheaters across the country through August. See below for the full routing with Michael Franti & Spearhead, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall.

    The band recently announced THREE album release shows in August: The Hamilton in Washington D.C. on August 12th; Brooklyn Bowl in New York on August 14th; and the Troubadour in Los Angeles on August 19th.Every ticket purchased to any one of the album release shows will include the digital delivery of SOJA’s new album Amid the Noise and Haste plus 5 bonus tracks (18 tracks in total).

    For more information on SOJA and the upcoming tour, visit http://sojamusic.com.

    Stream and post “I Believe” using the following link:

    Amid The Noise And Haste Track listing
    1. Tear It Down
    2. Your Song (feat. Damian Jr. Gong Marley)
    3. I Believe (feat. Michael Franti and Nahko)
    4. Easier (feat. Anuhea and J Boog)
    5. Shadow (feat. Trevor Young of SOJA)
    6. Once Upon A Time
    7. Promises And Pills (feat. Alfred The MC)
    8. Signature
    9. She Still Loves Me (feat. Collie Buddz)
    10. Wait
    11. Better
    12. Treading Water
    13. Lucid Dreams (feat. Nahko)

    SOJA Tour Dates:
    % with Michael Franti & Spearhead, Brett Dennen, Trevor Hall (Soulshine)
    July 29 Boca Raton, FL @ Sunset Cove Amphitheater %
    July 30 St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheater %
    Aug 1 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade %
    Aug 2 Nashville, TN @ Woods Amphitheatre %
    Aug 3 Cleveland, OH @ Midwest Reggae Festival
    Aug 12 Washington D.C. @ The Hamilton (Album Release Show) – SOLD OUT!
    Aug 14 New York, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl (Album Release Show)
    Aug 19 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour (Album Release Show) – SOLD OUT!
    Aug 22 Hilo, HI @ Hilo Tennis Stadium
    Aug 23 Kauai @ Kilohana Plantation
    Aug 29 Maui, HI @ Maui Arts and Cultural Center
    Aug 30 Honolulu, HI @ Waikiki Shell
    Sept 7 Arrington, VA @ Lockn Festival
    Sep 24 London, United Kingdom @ Electric Ballroom
    Sep 26 Paris, France @ Le Bataclan
    Sep 27 Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg
    Sep 28 Cologne, Germany @ Live Music Hall
    Sep 30 Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ den Atelier
    Oct 2 Hamburg, Germany @ Mojo Club
    Oct 3 Berlin, Germany @ Yaam
    Oct 4 Warsaw, Poland @ Proxima
    Oct 5 Prague, Czech Republic @ Lucerna Music Bar
    Oct 7 Milan, Italy @ Tunnel Club
    Oct 8 Zurich, Switzerland @ Komplex Klub
    Oct 10 Montpellier, France @ Victoire 2
    Oct 11 Lyon, France @ Transbordeur
    Oct 12 Bordeaux, France @ Rock School Barbey
    Oct 14 Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz
    Oct 16 Lisbon, Portugal @ Meo Arena
    Oct 17 Porto, Portugal @ Coliseu
    Oct 18 Madrid, Spain @ Sala But
    Oct 19 Toulouse France @ Le Bikini
    Oct 21 Dublin, Ireland @ The Academy

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  • NEW ALBUM (AUG 12) – REGGAE GOLD 2014

    THE ANNUAL REGGAE GOLD SERIES

    FEATURES CARIBBEAN’S MOST PRIZED MUSICAL GEMS OF 2014

    In Stores August 12 on VP Records

    Featuring Major Lazer & Busy Signal, Jah Cure, Sean Paul & Konshens, Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons, Assassin, QQ, Etana, Spice, Gyptian & Melanie Fiona, Maxi Priest and Romain Virgo

    Every summer, the world’s #1 Caribbean music compilation Reggae Gold brings the genre’s top hits into one must-have collection for the masses. This year’s installment, out Aug 12 on VP Records, is a diverse set of reggae chart toppers and the freshest sounds of the season.

    The album opens with Major Lazer’s anthem “Watch Out For This (Bumaye)” featuring dancehall artist Busy Signal, The Flexican & FS Green, whose video alone has over 62 million views. The collection continues with dancehall bangers, including emerging artist QQ’s club-friendly “Jack Hammer” dancehall diva Spice’s “So Mi Like It” (currently at the top of Jamaica’s charts) and Sean Paul’s “Want Dem All” feat. Konshens off his latest album Full Frequency. Soca dynasty Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons also rep for Trinidad and Tobago on this diverse set. Garlin gets into the carnival spirt with his 2014 anthem “Truck On D Road” and Fay-Ann delivers a powerful pop-fused melody on “Catch Me.” Jah Cure also delves into the pop and R&B terrain with his captivating John Legend cover “All of Me.” The set continues with Jamaica’s most beloved singers, including Romain Virgo on “Soul Provider,” Etana on “Richest Girl,” Maxi Priest on “Holiday” and Gyptian on “One More Time” featuring Melanie Fiona, to make this truly a reggae music treasure.

    VP Records has been at the forefront of the genre with the Reggae Gold series for over two decades. Reggae Gold contains the most popular sounds from renowned artists, crossover recording acts and emerging talent. Reggae Gold consistently lands on the top spot of the Billboard charts for the Reggae Category and is the best-selling compilation for the genre.

    REGGAE GOLD 2014 TRACK LISTING
    1. Watch Out For This (Bumaye) – Major Lazer featuring Busy Signal, The Flexican & FS Green
    2. Truck On D Road – Bunji Garlin
    3. Jack Hammer – QQ
    4. So Mi Like It – Spice
    5. Want Dem All – Sean Paul featuring Konshens
    6. Sekkle And Cease – Assassin (AKA Agent Sasco)
    7. Catch Me – Fay-Ann Lyons
    8. One More Time – Gyptian featuring Melanie Fiona
    9. All Of Me – Jah Cure *
    10. Richest Girl – Etana
    11. Holiday – Maxi Priest
    12. Soul Provider – Romain Virgo

    *Reggae Gold exclusive tracks

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  • Boston Carnival Village Announce 2014 Events

    Boston, MA Boston Carnival Village launches two new initiatives for Boston Carnival 2014. The two events are An Evening with Boston Carnival Village and Friends and the annual Jouvert Boat Cruise Face MASK IV.

    These events are designed to give visitors to Boston Carnival an opportunity to experience the culture of Trinidad and Tobago. An Evening with Boston Carnival Village and Friends features a major Trinidadian SOCA & Calypso artist, Denyse Plummer at Moseley’s on the Charles, in Dedham, MA, on Saturday, August 16, 2014. The annual Jouvert Cruise FACE MASK IV where the participants are encouraged to wear a Face Mask, paint their face, wear a costume or just come as they are. The cruise leaves 60 Rowes Wharf, Boston at 8:00PM. Guests are also treated to traditional meal from Trinidad.

    Boston Carnival Village online founder Mr. Michael C Smith has been working diligently over the past 10 years to make a difference in Boston’s Trinidad style carnival presence here in Boston. As a past member of the organizing committee he is very familiar with the circumstances that have both impeded growth and political strength of Boston’s Trinidad style carnival and has embarked on a mission since leaving the organization to correct these deficiencies.

    Boston’s Trinidad style carnival was founded in 1973 by Ken Bonaparte Mitchell
    (1942 -2008), and here at Boston Carnival Village we dedicate ourselves to improving Boston’s Trinidad style carnival to ensure that Ken’s vision remain a reality and is strong for the next generation of leaders to expand upon.

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