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Monthly Archives: October 2014

  • BélO’s “Natif Natal” Made It Onto The Official Grammy Ballot

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    New York, NY – Haitian International artist BélO is one step closer to reaching a larger audience. His album, Natif Natal, pass the Grammy entry process, and it’s eligible for consideration. Natif Natal has made the preliminary list of albums on the Grammy nomination ballot (Best World Album 2014). The First-round of voting determines the nominees on the 57th GRAMMY Awards, and the nominations will be announced the first week of December.

    A fierce buzz surrounded “Natif Natal”, when it reached 5th place on Itunes World Music Chart in just a few hours of its’ release, and followed by heartfelt article on Washington Post syndicated on April 17, 2014. BélO’s management made a calculated decision to start his tour in the U.S first, which gave the album a broader exposure, followed by France, Canada and Haiti. The Natif Natal tour continues onto South America (Oct 23 Uruguay, Oct 24 Festival del Bosque in Argentina and Oct 25-26 in Brazil) supported by Institut Francais, and the French Embassy. BélO will be heading to Europe next.

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  • “A Commitment to God. Trinidad Production House Stands Firm Amid Global Upheaval”

    Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. ———-The world needs more God. That’s a sentiment being echoed by one of the Caribbean’s foremost recording houses that’s responsible for producing much of the region’s gospel and gospel-reggae hits. Jahlight Records’ head of productions, Akeunde Pemberton is not taking lightly, his mission to infect the world with the word of God through music. His latest project, the Jehovah Riddim capitalizes on the talent of several musical minds, showcasing the greatness of God and encouraging the world to follow Him.

    For Akeunde and his team, creating a riddim of this caliber, comes second nature. It’s been their calling, and Pemberton says looking around the world and seeing much of the destruction currently taking place, his desire to promote God, has never been stronger. The riddim, which features 12 artistes will be released on iTunes, Amazon, Juno and others on October 28th by digital music distributor, Fox Fuse. It’s the fourth project out of Jahlight Records for the year so far- a feat the team is tremendously proud to have accomplished. “We’ve delivered three other influential items of music for the year, namely, Kwesi Fontinelle’s ‘Reconciliation’ EP, Excellent’s ‘Love Language’ and the Resurrection riddim,” said Pemberton. He noted that the Jehovah riddim is now a follow up to a riddim done in 2013, called ‘The Lamb of God Riddim.’ Pemberton makes it clear that God must be glorified, especially during this time when men have become lovers of themselves and corruption and crime has become rampant, worldwide. His projects are aimed at lifting up God’s name and reminding the world that without God, we are nothing.

    Beyond the release of the riddim on October 28th, Pemberton explained that a medley video is in the works and it will likely feature the 12 artistes- each of whom have delivered powerful songs on the riddim. “We have Virtuous with a track called, ‘All I Need Is You’, Zion with ‘Don’t Worry’, Peculiar Princesses with ‘Hit Me With Your Love’, Silent Sah’s, ‘Give My Life To You’, Afiya Modeste with ‘Joy’, Designer’s Original ‘No one Sweeter’, Justice Feat Mr. Song, ‘Different Love’, Matthew Greenidge,‘He Loves Forever’, Kwesi Fontinelle’s ‘One God’, King Solomon with ‘How Long Again’, Righteous with ‘Amazing Grace’, and Excellent Feat Messiah’s ‘You’re the Reason’, he said.

    Pemberton believes 2015 will be a great year for Jahlight Records- the team already having begun work on the ‘Final War’ riddim, Kwesi Fontinelle’s ‘My Hope’ album and Excellent’s ‘Spiritual Journey’ EP. He said the year ahead will also see the launch of a new gospel-reggae artiste by the name of ‘Righteous’, someone he assures is worthy of recognition.

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  • Wake the Town and Tell the People – Caribbean on film in the 1970s

    A cinematic event forty years in the making….

    Wake the Town and Tell the People – Caribbean on Film in the 1970s
    The newly minted territories of the Caribbean navigate local and international political and economic minefields while refashioning their social and cultural landscapes in the turbulent decade of afros, dashikis, guns and embargoes.

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    Saturday, October 25
    2:30pm: ‘Life & Debt’ (USA – 80 min). Director: Stephanie Black.
    A chilling examination of how day-to-day strategies for survival by ordinary Caribbean nationals are determined by the U.S. and other foreign economic agendas. Post screening conversation with filmmaker Stephanie Black.

    4:30pm: ‘’70 Remembering a Revolution’ (Trinidad & Tobago – 114 min). Directors: Alex de Verteuil; ElizabethTopp.
    Featuring interviews with activists, politicians and military officers this revealing; riveting chronicles the heady days of Black Power uprising in 1970 when “Power to the people!” was the popular cry.

    6:30pm: Convulsion and Creativity – A conversation on the issues and influences which shaped a decade, a region and the resulting cultural expression with Pat Belcon, PhD (Trinidad & Tobago), Merle Collins, PhD (Grenada)and others

    8:00pm: ‘Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution’ (Grenada/Trinidad & Tobago – 113 min). Director: Bruce Paddington
    The 1983 invasion of Grenada by US forces echoed around the world and put an end to a unique experiment in Caribbean politics which began in 1979. What led to this extraordinary chain of events?

    Sunday, October 26
    4:30pm: ‘W.A.R. (Walter Rodney) Stories’ (Guyana – 88 min). Director: Clairmont Chung.
    Academic and political leader, Walter Rodney was assassinated in 1980. The film captures the essence of the man; the times the urgency of his message. Post screening conversation with filmmaker Clairmont Chung.

    7:00pm: ‘Stepping Razor – Red X’ (Canada – 103 min)
    Peter Tosh was arguably one of the most controversial, creative forces in Jamaican popular culture. The film reveals the many sides and inner thoughts of this Rasta visionary, volatile musician and radical political activist through his fiery career to his dramatic death.

    A special Poets & Passion open mic program hosted by poet, Ras Osageyfo will be held in observance of Peter Tosh’s 70th birthday following the screening.

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  • New Releases from FOX FUSE Featuring Busy Signal, Mr. Renzo, Tiwony, T.O.K., Fucha Kid and More

    1st Klase Records Blazes with Smash Hit “Culo” from Mr. Renzo Featuring Busy Signal
    Available on October 20

    Trinidadian hit-house 1st Klase Records blazes with its hit fusion single “Culo,” from Venezuelan-born, Trinidadian-bred reggaeton/soca sensation Mr. Renzo, and featuring Jamaican dancehall star Busy Signal, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on October 20, 2014 from FOX FUSE. The single first ignited the 2014 Trinidad Carnival season and is now available to soca, dancehall and reggaeton lovers across the globe, for the first time. It also received a coveted featured on the iTunes U.S. Reggae Hot Tracks chart, during its week of release.

    Buzzing with its Latin and soca flavors, 1st Klase Records ups the ante with dancehall megastar Busy Signal, who adds hardcore dancehall tones to the tune, giving fans a killer party anthem. This potpourri of genres has also secured the single heavy rotation on radio, and atop personal and party playlists, since the track’s debut.

    Starting out as a producer over eight years ago, Klase Gonzales added to his repertoire as a dancer in Machel Montano’s HD band. Through that, Gonzales toured the world and has truly experienced music on the world stage, while also creating his own label and translating those life experiences into composing his unique brand of soca. Over the recent years, he has quickly become known for his eclectic, genre-bending productions, as is evident on tracks such as “Culo.”

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    Rayzor Get a “Sandwich” from Kode 784 Productions
    Available on October 20

    Soca production house Kode 784 Productions teams up with Trinidadian thriller Rayzor (RQB) for the steamy new party anthem “Sandwich,” its first official release for the 2015 Trinidad Carnival season, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on October 20, 2014 from FOX FUSE. The provocative and catchy single is the perfect soundtrack for anyone attending a soca fete or party, and captures the essence of Caribbean carnivals for its listeners. “Sandwich” debuted on the iTunes U.S. Reggae Hot Tracks chart, during its week of release.

    Rayzor (RQB) is already known to international fans after he won the International Soca Award for “Best USA Song” and “Artist of the Year” back in 2013, for his massive hit “Sponsor Meh.” Now with his new smash “Sandwich” in hand, he kicks off the 2015 Carnival season on a high note.

    Based in Brooklyn, New York with St. Vincentian roots, Kode 784 Productions celebrates its fifth year in music production and has been successful from birth, with producer Kevin Sardine at its helm. The production house specializes in Caribbean music with a strong focus on soca, and prides itself in conceptualizing and creating eclectic sounds and styles within the soca genre, as are evident on its new hit “Sandwich.”

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    Islandboy Rick J Drops “Give She Wine” from MillBeatz Entertainment
    Available on October 20

    Soca hit house MillBeatz Entertainment teams up with Trinidadian thriller Islandboy Rick J for the steamy new party anthem “Give She Wine,” a frontrunner for the 2015 Trinidad Carnival season, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on October 20, 2014 from FOX FUSE. Debuting on the iTunes U.S. Reggae Hot Tracks chart, this continues a string of non-stop monster hits from the Trinidad-based production house and for producer David Millien, who continues to compose diverse Caribbean flavors for the worldwide masses.

    Islandboy Rick J delivers what is sure to be a new fete favorite with “Give She Wine,” which between rhythm and vocals, boasts all the elements needed for the perfect soundtrack for Trinidad Carnival.

    The single is already burning up the charts and airwaves in Trinidad and Tobago, where it has been in steady rotation on local radio stations.

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    Blue Lava Entertainment Erupts with the Skalava Riddim
    Available on November 4

    Blue Lava Entertainment delivers new ska reggae gems on its latest release, the Skalava Riddim – Various Artists, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on November 4, 2014, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. The up-tempo tunes take us back to the ska period of reggae, where much enjoyment was found in the energetic and niche reggae genre.

    Popular Guadeloupean artist Tiwony teams up with Trinidadian reggae entertainer Jah Defender on the two-track compilation. The short but sweet collection keeps Blue Lava in the reggae spotlight, which it has occupied for some time now.

    Producer Kennard “Blue Lava” Mc Allister was formerly part of Trinidad & Tobago’s premier reggae label, Studio 53 Entertainment. While there, he crafted one of the biggest dancehall riddims to ever come out of Trinidad, the 2012 Riddim. Now he continues to bring us new reggae classics under his own outfit, Blue Lava Entertainment.

    TRACK LIST

    1. Jah Defender – Having A Time
    2. Tiwony – Paix et Justice

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    MillBeatz Entertainment Marches On with Drummer Boy Riddim
    Available on November 4

    Trinidadian hit house MillBeatz Entertainment marches forward with its new soca compilation, Drummer Boy Riddim – Various Artists, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on November 4, 2014, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. The energetic, melodic riddim features some exciting names, proving the diversity and demand of MillBeatz’s productions.
    Jamaican dancehall super-group T.O.K. headlines the release, alongside Trinidadian thriller Menace (M1) and Grenadian slayer Sahga, while the Drummer Boy Riddim instrumental rounds out this four-track collection of spicy soca tunes.

    Based in Trinidad, MillBeatz Entertainment was formed by producer David Millien, whose talent and fusion sounds have made his productions a mainstay on Caribbean music platforms, worldwide.

    TRACK LIST

    1. T.O.K. – Adrenaline
    2. M1 (Menace) – Drummer Boy
    3. Sahga – The Streets Is Mine
    4. MillBeatz Entertainment – Drummer Boy Riddim (Instrumental)

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    Federation Family Delivers the God Alone Riddim
    Available on November 4

    Antigua-based production house Federation Family presents the God Alone Riddim – Various Artists, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on November 4, 2014, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. Founded by Antiguan entertainer Karl “Fucha Kid” Edwards, Federation Family is home to dancehall and soca acts from Antigua, as the label seeks to cultivate new talent in its homeland and deliver more diverse and exciting music to the international audience.

    In keeping with that mission, the God Alone Riddim features five scorching songs set to ignite airwaves, including tracks from Fucha Kid, Federation Diva, M.O, K-Rambo and Mac Truc.

    From dancehall to soca vibes, this compilation delivers a diverse array of Caribbean flavors and easily travels between musical genres to give fans what they want.

    TRACK LIST

    1. Fucha Kid – Do It An Done
    2. Federation Diva – If You Feel Say You Bad
    3. M.O – Yard Swag
    4. K-Rambo – Bun Dem Out
    5. Mac Truc – Talk Out

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    MillBeatz Entertainment and Global Siege Drop the Spook Riddim
    Available on November 4

    Trinidad-based hit house MillBeatz Entertainment and Global Siege craft the provocative dancehall compilation, Spook Riddim – Various Artists, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on November 4, 2014, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE.

    Stacked with 10 dancehall jams plus the instrumental version, the Spook Riddim was released to radio back in 2012 and now makes its international debut, as it becomes available for sale worldwide. The loaded riddim features rising sensations Kerry John, Makamillion, Jah Mel, Diamond, Larynx Merit, Raskal, Fadda Moses and Royal, giving fans a solid taste of the budding Trinidadian dancehall scene.

    MillBeatz Entertainment was formed by producer David Millien, whose talent and fusion sounds have made him a mainstay on Caribbean music platforms worldwide. Regularly dabbling in different genres spanning reggae, dancehall, soca and chutney, Millien keeps his fingers on the pulse of Caribbean music and continues to deliver hits for the global masses.

    TRACK LIST

    1. Kerry John – Magga Man
    2. Makamillion – Wine It Down Low
    3. Jah Mel – Face It
    4. Diamond – Under D Hood
    5. Diamond – Under D Hood (Raw)
    6. Larynx Merit – Show Who You Are
    7. Raskal – Yuh Body Good
    8. Fadda Moses – Freaky
    9. Royal – Sex Yah Gyal
    10. Royal – Sex Yah Gyal (Raw)
    11. MillBeatz Entertainment and Global Siege – Spook Riddim (Instrumental)

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  • Black-Am-I Joins I-Wayne on U.S. I&I Tour This Fall – Download New Single “In The Ghetto”

    BLACK-AM-I JOINS FORCES WITH I WAYNE ON THE I&I TOUR

    Spreading Roots Reggae Vibes Nationwide Throughout 2014 Fall Season

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    The newest recruit on the Marley-owned Ghetto Youths International label Black-Am-I teams up with I Wayne, one of today’s most pivotal figures in roots reggae, on the I&I Tour that spans over 30 cities across the United States throughout October and November 2014. In Rastafarian culture, I&I represents the oneness between the human and the divine, so the title only seemed fitting for two of Jamaica’s hottest roots reggae artists who are spreading the conscious movement.

    This past summer, the culturally-inclined reggae singjay performed as one of the opening acts for Damian Marley, performing at large scale music events such as the California Roots Music and Arts Festival in Monterey, CA. Along with embarking on the I & I U.S. Tour 2014, Black-Am-I will perform on Oct 20 with Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Julian Marley, Shaggy, Sean Paul, Bounty Killer, Jah Cure, Busy Signal, Etana, Wayne Marshall, Jo Mersa, Christopher Ellis and more on the Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise.

    Black-Am-I recently dropped his new single “In The Ghetto,” which will be available on the upcoming compilation Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Volume 2.
    Listen/download/post “In The Ghetto”:

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    Black-Am-I was born Owen Davis on Nov. 17, 1984 in Nine Mile, JA, the birthplace of reggae icon Bob Marley. In honor of Robert Nesta Marley, Black-Am-I received the nickname I-Nesta from his father. He began writing lyrics at age 16 and recorded his first demo CD in 2005. He derived his moniker from his song “Black-Am-I” the first track he recorded for Damian and Ghetto Youths International. The song promotes black pride, solidarity and self-determination. “The song says that I am black and I won’t be doing certain things like bleaching my skin; and I will stick to my roots and culture,” said Black-Am-I. Othernotable tracks by Black-Am-I include “Modern Day Freedom” and “Sound System.” His influences include Bob Marley, Damian Marley as well as fiery roots reggae artists like Tarrus Riley Sizzla Kolonji, Jah Mason and Jah Cure.

    http://www.twitter.com/blackamI1 / https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Am-I/203619566479545?fref=photo

    U.S. TOUR DATES
    22-Oct in SANTA ROSA, CA @ CASA RASTA’S
    23-Oct in OAKLAND, CA @ NEW PARISH
    24-Oct in SAN DIEGO, CA @ WORLDBEAT CULTURE CENTER
    25-Oct in SANTA CRUZ, CA @ MOE’S ALLEY
    27-Oct in REDWAY, CA @ MATEEL CENTER
    28-Oct in SEATTLE, WA @ NECTOR LOUNGE
    29-Oct in TACOMA, WA @ JAZZ BONES
    30-Oct in PORTLAND, OR @ HAWTHORNE THEATER
    2-Nov in BOULDER, CO @ FOX THEATER
    3-Nov in DENVER, CO @ BLUEBIRD
    4-Nov in ASPEN, CO @ BELLY UP
    6-Nov in SALT LAKE CITY, UT @ THE STATE ROOM
    8-Nov in LAWRENCE, KS @ BOTTLENECK
    9-Nov in LITTLE ROCK, AR @ JUANITAS
    12-Nov in KANSAS CITY, MO @ RECORD BAR
    14-Nov in DALLAS, TX @ POOR DAVID’S
    15-Nov in AUSTIN, TX @ CANTINA
    16-Nov in HUNTSVILLE, AL @ CLUB 47
    17-Nov in JOLIET, IL @ MOJOES
    18-Nov in RALEIGH, NC @ THE POUR HOUSE
    19-Nov VIRGINA BEACH, VA SHAKA’S
    20-Nov in CHICAGO, IL @ WILD HARE
    21-Nov in BROOKLYN, NY @ ALBANY MANOR
    23-Nov in NEW YORK, NY @ BB KINGS
    25-Nov in BALTIMORE, MD @ 8 x 10
    26-Nov in PROVIDENCE, RI @ CLUB FETE
    29-Nov in JACKSONVILLE, FL @ FREEBIRD
    30-Nov in TAMPA, FL @ SUPA D

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  • Burt Herrin Unites Music and Influence to Benefit Fed Up with Hunger – A Not For Profit Children’s Organization!

    Burt Herrin Unites Music and Influence
    to Benefit Fed Up with Hunger
    A Not For Profit Children’s Organization!

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    Burt Herrin unites music with influence through the launch of his new album Lightening Bolt on Tuesday November 11th, 2014 at Kings Plaza to benefit the Not for Profit organization Fed Up with Hunger.

    With a very popular name in the music industry in North America, Burt is a seasoned veteran who has worked with several notable artists, and performed on several notable recordings. On November 11th, 2014, Burt gathers friends, fraternity and fans of good music for the launch of his new album Lightening Bolt.

    His career has spanned 30 plus years which allowed him to perform for audiences and dignitaries around the world. For the launch of his new album Lightening Bolt, Burt unites well known musicians while liaising with influential members of communities across Jamaica to benefit the charitable organization Fed Up with Hunger.

    Founded in 2014 for the purpose of assisting regional and governmental agencies, Fed Up with Hunger’s mission is to raise money to buy and distribute food to the most needy across the country of Jamaica. In addition to meeting the dietary needs of children, the organization will also play a supporting role to single mothers by encouraging them to explore and develop their talents as a means of working out of poverty.

    Meeting influential people from all walks of life including music, ministry, politics and business, all agree that hunger and poverty in all countries must be eliminated, and join Burt and Fed Up with Hunger to make that a reality, beginning in Jamaica. “Our goal is to level the playing field for everyone in Jamaica,” said Burt during his recording session at Tuff Gong Studios. “We are in a position to make a difference in all these people’s lives. It is our responsibility and it’s what we must do.”

    Support for the album has come from notable personalities being Owen Brown, Isis Miller, Jackie Blackwood, DJ Mike, Ron Muschette and Howard Campbell (writer for the Jamaica Observer). Invited guests to the launch include Phillip Powell, Minister of Technology.

    Some of the musicians who contributed to the making of Burt’s album Lightening Bold include legendary Sax player Dean Fraser, as well as Danny Bassie, Kirk Bennett, Wade Johnson and living legend and Reggae historian Bongo Man Herman. Engineering for the album was done by Roland McDermott while production was overseen by Michael ‘Boxy’ Howell.

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  • AN ALL OUT BATTLE ENSUES FOR TITLE: “ART OF TRANSFORMATION MASTER D.J. 2014” WINNER GETS CHANCE TO SPIN ON AIR AND COLD, HARD CASH HOSTED BY DJ LAZ & JILL TRACEY

    AN ALL OUT BATTLE ENSUES FOR TITLE: “ART OF TRANSFORMATION MASTER D.J. 2014”
    WINNER GETS CHANCE TO SPIN ON AIR AND COLD, HARD CASH
    HOSTED BY DJ LAZ & JILL TRACEY
    Powered by SAE Institute Miami and Scratch DJ Academy

    MIAMI – Hit 97.3’s DJ Laz and Hot 105’s Jill Tracey will host a DJ Battle at the 3rd Annual Art of Transformation’s Art, Food & Music Street Festival on Saturday, Nov. 15th, 2014, 7:00PM-10:00PM. Both of the Radio Royalties will serve as judges for the battle in downtown Opa-locka as local DJs battle for airplay on 97.3, featured press, $500 cash, and the title of “Art of Transformation’s Master DJ for 2014.”

    “The street festival is the premiere community event for this year’s Art of Transformation, and the DJ Battle adds an element of grassroots excitement as local contestants go head-to-head to earn the title of Master DJ,” said Opa-locka Community Development Corporation President, Dr. Willie Logan. “As we celebrate Opa-locka’s past, present, and bright future, the OLCDC is thrilled to include art, food, music and people – elements that help make it a true community of choice.”

    To enter the contest, DJs must submit an online application, including a three to five minute SoundCloud or YouTube link of their best mix, by 12 p.m. on Oct. 24. All SoundCloud and YouTube links will then be posted on www.opalockaart.com/djs and www.facebook.com/opalockaart from Oct. 24 through 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 31, for the public to vote for their favorite D.J. At the end of the voting window, the six (6) DJs with the highest number of “Likes” will advance to the LIVE Semi-Finals at the Street Festival on Nov. 15. There, the six (6) DJs will each perform a five-minute set on stage. The three (3) with the highest points awarded by the judges will advance to the Finals and perform a three-minute set to be then narrowed down to the Top 2 based on audience applause. The final showdown is between the final two (2) DJs standing. The last round of three-minute sets and audience applause will determine who claims the title “Art of Transformation’s Master DJ for 2014!”

    The criteria: To be eligible, DJs must at least be 18 years old, an amateur DJ, and a resident of South Florida (Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach Counties). All applications submitted after 12 p.m. on Oct. 24 and all “Likes” submitted after the voting window closes on Oct. 31 will not be considered.

    The contest: During performances, contestants are free to use any equipment and software they choose in order to enhance the set. Contestants will only be allowed two turntables and a microphone. No profanity or degrading language on clothing or in set is allowed. No logos on clothing, unless a personal DJ logo (with rights), will be permitted. Although crowd interaction is encouraged and judged upon, contestants in the Semi-Finals and Finals must remain on the stage during their set(s). Additionally, no one other than the contestant will be allowed on stage during the performance.

    The 2014 Art, Food & Music Street Festival will be an all-day community street festival celebrating Opa-locka and the greater South Florida area. Free and open to the public, it will feature the public opening of the art exhibitionIn Plain Sight, live entertainment, craft vendors, prepared foods and food trucks, fresh market, Kids’ Art Zone and DJ Battle.

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  • 3rd Annual Art of Transformation

    THE ART OF TRANSFORMATION SERIES
    CELEBRATING THE REVITALIZATION OF OPA-LOCKA
    2014 event series highlights how art is capable of sparking urban and civic renewal

    MIAMI – The Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) presents the 3rd Annual Art of Transformation (AOT) from Nov. 12 to Dec. 14, 2014. For the first time this annual celebration of the revitalization plan of Opa-locka will be a countywide series of arts events – including performance and visual art, an interactive workshop, exhibit, and Art, Food & Music Street Festival. Renowned South African curator Tumelo Mosaka, formerly the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Krannert Art Museum, is curating the Art of Transformation series.

    Sound and performance artist Pamela Z will kick off AOT at Florida Memorial University (15800 NW 42nd Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33054) on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Following, on Saturday, Nov. 15 guests can enjoy the Art, Food & Music Street Festival in the heart of the historic downtown Opa-locka. This exciting community street bash will feature local food and entertainment; a DJ Battle; arts, crafts, and community vendors; a kids’ zone; and the opening of the art exhibition In Plain Sight at OLCDC’s The Arts & Recreation Center (The ARC, 675 Ali Baba Avenue, Opa-locka, FL 33054). In Plain Sightfeatures the works of sculpture/installation artists Nari Ward and Karyn Olivier, installation artist Yashua Klos, and photographer Renee Cox. The exhibition will run through Dec. 14 and include a pop-up wine bar and entertainment on two Fridays (Nov. 21 and Dec. 12). On Sunday, Nov. 16, the AOT will head downtown to the Perez Art Museum Miami (1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132) to close November activities with a screening of award-winning Michelange Quay’s film “Eat, for This Is My Body.”

    Artist Nora Chipaumire will lead the December events with a dance performance on Friday, Dec. 5 at the Little Haiti Cultural Center (212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137) during Art Basel Miami Beach week. Emmanuel Pratt will then conclude the In Plain Sight exhibition and the Art of Transformation series with his interactive artist talk, workshop, and reception at the ARC on Saturday, Dec. 13.

    Opa-locka founderGlenn Curtiss was Mosaka’s inspiration for the AOT series. Curtiss envisioned the city to be a dynamic place that referenced a distant land, hence its Moorish Revival architecture. Mosaka wanted to bring this same unique character to the celebration of its revitalization and enlisted artists from throughout the African Diaspora to represent the city’s foreign spirit and community.

    “I wanted to work off Curtiss’ imaginary vision for place making,” Mosaka said. “The way we think about what is near and far changes depending on where we stand. Art has the capacity to make us look at things differently, to suspend truth and reflect on imaginary realities. Working with artists from the Diaspora, I wanted to provoke a feeling of familiarity and distance associated with the image of Opa-locka as fiction and real.”

    The series is made possible by the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Knight Arts Challenge Miami, which aims to bring South Florida together through the arts. Various components are also supported by the Surdna Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts.

    Artist interviews and high-resolution photos available upon request.

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  • “Caribbean Rapper Chromatics Taking On Canada With Hit Single & New Video in Hand”

    Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. ———-Passion in heart, Trinidad and Tobago rapper, Chromatics is preparing for his post video release promotion in Toronto, Canada. Just about two weeks ago, the entertainer who has defied the odds and made a name for himself locally and throughout the Caribbean, delivered the much-anticipated video for his single, ‘Never Satisfied.’ It’s been making the rounds but above everything, Chromatics says his hope is that people will understand the song’s message.

    Determined to end 2014 with powerful messages through his music, Chromatics says this particular song and the video exemplifies the need for people to strive for more in their lives, instead of settling for mediocrity. Shot in and around Trinidad, at venues such as the scenic capital of Trinidad, Port-of-Spain, and the natural surroundings down the islands, on the outskirts of the city, the video for ‘Never Satisfied’ speaks volumes and encourages everyone to fight harder in their lives, no matter the circumstance.

    Explaining that the song is a demonstration of his rapping ability, having delivered a production that is on par with set international standards, Chromatics says he also made every effort to deliver elements that would let the world know that the track is a Trinidad and Tobago production. Its concept was collaboratively created between the artiste himself and director, Akino Williams of Red Beam Evolution productions, but Chromatics says many people assisted in the overall production, granting favors and offering tremendous support when needed. “I’m truly grateful to everyone who helped me out during this process. Originally, shooting was supposed to have been wrapped up in three days but we ended up going into five painstaking days of production,” explained Chromatics. He admitted that there were setbacks during the production of the video, setbacks that could have led to him settling with certain shots, but much like the video’s sentiment, he simply couldn’t allow himself to settle for mediocrity; he wanted the best.

    With one more video set for release before the end of 2014, Chromatics says that would essentially be the fourth and final single off his ‘Science of Colours Volume 3 Mixtape.’ “I’m glad to say that we’ve achieved our goal this year, which was not only to showcase the different types of music featured on the mixtape, aside from ‘Carnival Rap Up’, but also to re-establish a visual presence for myself and my brand in the industry,” said Chromatics. He says he hopes the people of Trinidad and Tobago will be proud of the new video. “I encourage everybody to download the mixtape and for all my Canadian family, I’m on my way!”

    His visit to Toronto in the coming weeks will see Chromatics perform alongside DJ Power in a signature Angostura LLB event where he will not only promote his music but the video and others as well.

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  • Modern Contemporary Dance Company Brings Alumni, Seasoned And Apprentice Dancers To The Stage To Celebrate 30 Years Of Dance

    Modern Contemporary Dance Company Brings Alumni, Seasoned And Apprentice Dancers To The Stage To Celebrate 30 Years Of Dance

    Modern Contemporary Dance Company Brings Alumni, Seasoned And Apprentice Dancers To The Stage To Celebrate 30 Years Of Dance

    Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago… This year the Noble Douglas Dance Company Inc. (NDDCI) will begin the celebration of its 30th anniversary with the presentation of the dance season, TEETH. TEETH marks the beginning of a fourth decade of dance for the NDDCI. Four generations of dancers have cut their teeth and bitten into the dance world in this iconic company, which is an integral part of the legacy of dance pioneer and choreographer, Noble Douglas. The production opens on Saturday October 18, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. and continues on Sunday October 19, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at Queen’s Hall.

    For this momentous season, some of the company’s alumni, Charlene Harris, Charlene Rollock, Kevin Jack, Sherid Mason and Sunil, will return to the stage to perform alongside seasoned members and apprentices. Douglas, the company’s founder and artistic director, reflected on the current dance season, “Audiences will see more than dancers dancing as we engage the process of dancers changing. For the first time, the company’s members range in age from 16 to 40+ where apprentices will share the stage with their teachers. That’s so profound. Particularly in a society where generations refuse to connect and build with one another.”

    The engaging programme of primarily new works by Douglas, Dave Williams, Arlene Frank and Penelope Kalloo will also include one remounted piece, Manifestation, choreographed by UK-based, Christel De Souza. Williams, who also gave the show its name, was inspired to create a three-part retrospective performance piece entitled Older More with the 40+ retired alumni dancers in mind. At the recent COCO Dance Festival 2014, audiences were first introduced to Williams’ latest provocative choreography where an excerpt from Older More, Only vanity sees us, was staged. NDDCI’s associate artistic director, Harris, who is also a recipient of the COCO 2014 Trailblazer Award shared, “The energy is amazing, almost nostalgic in the studio when we get together to rehearse. It feels like old times. I am looking forward to feeling and sharing that energy with them once again on stage.”

    Tickets for TEETH cost $150.00 and are available at Crosby’s Music Centre, from members of the NDDCI and at the Queen’s Hall box office. For more information, join the TEETH Facebook (FB) event page at http://x2t.com/TEETH or connect with NDDCI on FB at www.facebook.com/nddci or on Twitter @NDLFA or send email to liza@estuaryPR.com.

    WHAT: TEETH
    WHO: Noble Douglas Dance Company Inc. (NDDCI)
    WHEN: Saturday October 18, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
    Sunday October 19, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.
    WHERE: Queen’s Hall
    TICKETS: $150.00
    Crosby’s Music Centre, St. James – (868) 622-SOCA(7622)
    Members of the NDDCI.
    Queen’s Hall box office – (868) 624-1284

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  • Momentum Builds for Duane Stephenson’s Dangerously Roots!

    Kingston, Jamaica and
    New York, NY

    Duane Stephenson’s newest album, Dangerously Roots, has only been available for 3 weeks, and has already built solid momentum placing the artist on numerous charts around the world, and has organizers organizing his promotional Dangerously Roots tour.

    Officially released on September 23rd, 2014, the album received critical acclaim from fans, as well as members of the Reggae fraternity who agree that that Dangerously Roots is a solid third album from the artist. The 16 track disk has received several accolades, among them being an entry level chart placement of 6th on the Billboard Reggae chart which quickly moved to 4th when the album became available on iTunes. On the iTunes reggae chart, the album is #44, and in Italy, “Cool Runnings” is #6 on the charts while the album is #1 on the countries Reggae charts as compiled by Radio Popolare (Italy’s largest radio station), and his singles. “Cool Runnings” and “Good Good Love” are the most added singles to playlists in the UK and Canada which caused Gussy, one half of Silver Star Sound who plays on Bang FM in the UK, X FM in Uganda and Times FM in Tanzania to say “I’ve always rated Duane’s music and this new album justifies that; quality Reggae from a quality Reggae artist. I am generally not a fan of cover versions but when they are done to the standard that “Cool Runnings” was, then it gets the thumbs up from me and from fans!”

    In promoting the album, Duane traveled to Miami, where he met with fans at the VP Records Retail store in Miramar, and traveled to New York where he got ‘sirius’ with Pat McKat at Sirius XM Radio, shared some Irie vibes with radio presenters at Irie Jam Radio, met with executives at Spotify, North America’s #1 stream on demand music portal, as well as took in the sights and sounds of the cities infamous Times Square!

    Of his album Duane says, “I am really blessed to be able to make music with some of the best producers in the industry which is then consumed by the best fans. Dangerously Roots is intended to give the world music to make them pause and think about life and how we are living it. I also pay homage to foundation artist Bunny Wailer by doing a cover of “Cool Runnings.”

    Executive Produced by Shawn Kong of Kong Star Records, individual songs were produced by Dean Fraser, Donovan Germaine, Philip ‘Winta’ James, Clive Hunt, and Christopher Birch, and features vocal appearances by Tarrus Riley, I-Octane and Lutan Fyah with inspirational remarks by Mutabaruka.

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  • Media Alert: New Releases from FOX FUSE Featuring General Degree, Swappi, Ravi B, Marlon Asher, Ras Pilot and More

    Shanta Price is “Stush” with New BASSink Productions Hit
    Barbadian production house BASSink Productions debuts its first single for sale worldwide with Shanta Prince’s “Stush,” available worldwide from all major digital retailers on October 13, 2014 from FOX FUSE. Composed by producer Dwain “Dwaingerous” Antrobus, the hit was released for the 2014 Crop Over season, Barbados’ annual carnival celebrations that culminated in August, where it received much fanfare. It also received a coveted featured on the iTunes U.S. Reggae Hot Tracks chart, during its week of release.
    Although diminutive in stature, Shanta Prince is a powerhouse on the stage. Her unique style of sound is evident in the soulful, groovy vocals that she belts out on “Stush.” The catchy track is already a fan favorite with soca lovers in Barbados, where it has also been in rotation on radio since its release, and is guaranteed to gain more fans as it now bows internationally.
    BASSink Productions, lead by Dwaingerous, has been on the forefront of the Barbadian soca movement and has been integral in making the island nation a serious contender in releasing quality soca music, for years now. Dwaingerous earned his stripes as the lead keyboardist in soca star Machel Montano’s HD Band, in which he continues to play and tour the world. He now brings sweet soca sounds to the global masses in a bigger way with the release of his musical productions.

    The Federation Family Presents New Smash “Party Life” from M.O
    Antigua-based production house The Federation Family presents M.O with his new smash “Party Life,” available worldwide from all major digital retailers on October 13, 2014 from FOX FUSE.
    Founded by Antiguan entertainer Karl “Fucha Kid” Edwards, The Federation Family signed local dancehall and soca acts as is seeks to cultivate new talent in its homeland, and deliver more diverse and exciting music to the international audience.
    In keeping with that mission, The Federation Family member and Antigua-based singer/songwriter Chaio “M.O” Jarvis brings a club banger set to ignite dance floors and airwaves with “Party Life.” Fusing dancehall and soca vibes, this song delivers a diverse array of Caribbean flavors and easily travels between musical genres to give fans what they want – a great time.
    1st Klase Records Drops New EP, Swappi And Friends
    1st Klase Records releases this highly anticipated EP from Trinidadian dancehall and soca star Swappi titled Swappi And Friends, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on October 28, 2014, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. A longtime musical partnership between both parties birthed this exciting collaborative album, much to the delight of soca and dancehall fans everywhere.
    Showcasing five sizzling hits, Swappi And Friends yields hits that are set to ignite playlists all year long. Swappi duets with chutney king Ravi B, reggaeton thriller Mr. Renzo, soca diva Buffy and soca slayer Supa Jigga TC on the five smash tunes.
    Trinidad and Tobago-based hit house 1st Klase Records, under the tutelage of producer Klase Gonzales, flawlessly deliver soca spiced with dancehall, EDM and pop influences, thereby adding international flavors to its rich island sound and guaranteeing it to find its place on playlists worldwide, while helping to make Swappi a household name.
    TRACK LIST

    1. Doh Sticky Featuring Ravi B
    2. Extraordinary Girl Featuring Mr. Renzo
    3. Obsessed Featuring Buffy
    4. Monday Morning Featuring Supa Jigga TC
    5. Monday Morning (Raw) Featuring Supa Jigga TC

    MillBeatz Entertainment Makes the Call Riddim
    MillBeatz Entertainment crafts the thrilling dancehall reggae compilation Call Riddim – Various Artists, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on October 28, 2014, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. The riddim features some big names from both Jamaica and Trinidad, proving the diversity and demand of MillBeatz’s music.
    Legendary Jamaican dancehall star General Degree headlines the release, alongside Trinidadian reggae and dancehall thriller Prophet Benjamin. Jamaica’s Lukie D, Trinidad’s RKG and the riddim instrumental round out this five-track collection of Trinidadian-flavored dancehall bangers.
    Based in Trinidad, MillBeatz Entertainment was formed by producer David Millien, whose talent and fusion sounds have made him a mainstay on Trinidadian radio and on Caribbean music platforms, worldwide. The hit-filled Call Riddim adds fuel to the growing MillBeatz catalog and provides new reggae gems for fans everywhere.
    TRACK LIST

    1. General Degree – Caribbean Slow Wine
    2. Prophet Benjamin – Big Agouti
    3. Prophet Benjamin – Big Agouti (Raw)
    4. Lukie D – Give Me Some
    5. RKG – Body Good
    6. MillBeatz Entertainment – Call Riddim (Instrumental)

    JahLight Records Creates the Inspirational Jehovah Riddim
    Trinidad and Tobago-based JahLight Records returns with an uplifting reggae gospel compilation album, Jehovah Riddim, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on October 28, 2014, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. Helmed by producer Akeunde Pemberton, JahLight Records is quickly becoming known for crafting classic Caribbean tunes and especially for making its mark in the reggae Gospel world.
    Caribbean reggae Gospel artists shine on this loaded 12-track album, including Kwesi Fontinelle, King Solomon, Righteous, Matthew Greenidge, Afyia Modeste, Zion and Virtuous, just to name a few. The all-Trinidadian line-up brings seasoned singers, songwriters and performers to the table, and casts righteous seeds that are bound to earn fans for them, as well as the reggae Gospel genre, which continues to shine with gems such as the Jehovah Riddim.
    TRACK LIST

    1. Righteous – Amazing Grace
    2. Virtuous – All I Need Is You
    3. Silent Sah – Give My Life To You
    4. Excellent Featuring Messiahs – You’re The Reason
    5. Zion – Don’t Worry
    6. Kwesi Fontinelle – One God
    7. Designers Original – Sweeter
    8. Justice Featuring Mr. Song – Different Love
    9. Matthew Greenidge – He Loves Forever
    10. Peculiar Princesses – Hit me with Your Love
    11. King Solomon – How Long Again
    12. Afyia Modeste – Joy
    MillBeatz Entertainment and Central Records Band for Shatta Glass Riddim
    MillBeatz Entertainment and Central Records team up for the exciting reggae compilation Shatta Glass Riddim – Various Artists, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on October 28, 2014, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. The riddim features the top stars from the budding Trinidadian dancehall scene, who due to releases such as this one, have been making their mark on the international dancehall reggae landscape.
    Trinidadian dancehall/reggae stars Marlon Asher, King David, Kerry John, Raskal and Makamillion team up with rising sensations Chucky Gordon, Syo, Shade and Ras Pilot for 10 thrilling dancehall tunes, breaking barriers for dancehall music from Trinidad and Tobago.
    Based in Trinidad, MillBeatz Entertainment was formed by producer David Millien, whose talent and fusion sounds have made him a mainstay on Trinidadian radio and on Caribbean music platforms, worldwide. The hit-filled Shatta Glass Riddim adds fuel to the growing MillBeatz catalog and provides new jams for dancehall fans everywhere.
    TRACK LIST

    1. Marlon Asher – High Grade Professor
    2. Marlon Asher – High Grade Professor (Raw)
    3. Kerry John – Underrated
    4. Raskal – Protect Me
    5. Makamillion – Traitors
    6. King David – Patriot
    7. Chucky Gordon – She’s Deserving
    8. Syo – Real Friends
    9. Ras Pilot – Warn Them
    10. Shade – King Of Mi Bed
    11. MillBeatz Entertainment and Central Records – Shatta Glass Riddim

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  • Martian Music Propels Soca into the Mainstream (Music Inside)

    MARTIAN MUSIC PROPELS SOCA
    INTO THE MAINSTREAM

    Martia

    New Release ‘Carnival: A Story About A Story’
    Gets Top Billing on iTunes U.S.
    New York, NY – Trinidadian hit production house Martian Music propels soca into the mainstream with its new release Carnival: A Story About A Story, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released on September 30, 2014), from FOX FUSE. The compilation of hits is a best-of Martian Music from this year’s Trinidad Carnival season and receives top billing on the iTunes U.S. Reggae homepage. Not only is the album featured on the iTunes U.S. Reggae Albums New & Noteworthy chart since its release two weeks ago, but it is also currently featured atop the iTunes U.S. Reggae homepage with a spotlight banner, during this second week of release.

    Martian Music was established in 2007 by producer Erikkson Kendel George AKA Don Iko, who has been crafting beats and hit tunes for over eight years now. He first started off as a radio deejay before venturing into music production, producing jingles and commercials for all the biggest fetes and concerts in Trinidad. His exciting take on soca music is making Martian Music a household name in soca music today.

    “I am very happy about the attention the album is receiving, it’s good that the spotlight can shine over an album of this genre,” Don Iko reveals. “It’s a good look not only for Martian Music and me as a producer, but also for soca music on the whole.”

    Since signing to FOX FUSE for worldwide digital distribution in July, Martian Music has seen the vast majority of its catalog released through the label featured on iTunes in the U.S., including Bad Influence Riddim, Oil Drum Riddim, Double Up Riddim and Girl Scout Riddim. This mass attention from mainstream outlets such as iTunes confirms Don Iko has his fingers on the pulse of soca.

    Martian Music also just debuted its first official release for the 2015 Trinidad Carnival season with the already ultra-popular Day Fete Riddim, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on October 21, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. Proclaiming Don Iko’s love for daytime parties (which are quite popular in Trinidad & Tobago especially during carnival season), the Day Fete Riddim features new party anthems from soca stars Farmer Nappy, Destra Garcia, Nadia Batson and Lyrikal.

    Don Iko’s style is all-encompassing as he covers the spectrum, implementing traditional soca beats, modern contemporary soca, pop and EDM flavors into his productions. “I am different from everyone else in that I listen to everything that is being done music-wise and try to anticipate the next step and get ahead of it.” And his sentiments are proving to be true as Martian Music consistently stays at the forefront of the genre, having had songs in the International Soca Monarch finals every year since 2008.

    “As a producer, as cliche as it may sound, I wish to do my part to help soca music become mainstream and not just seasonal,” Don Iko discloses. “I also want to do my part in grooming future stars.” With the international spotlight shining on his productions, Don Iko is proving he indeed has the golden touch when it comes to soca and this translates not only to the success of Martian Music, but also, the global growth of soca music.

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  • Pioneer Choreographer Celebrates 30 Years of Dance With Her 2014 Season, “TEETH”

    Pioneer Choreographer Celebrates 30 Years of Dance With Her 2014 Season, “TEETH”

    The Noble Douglas Dance Company Marks The Beginning Of A Fourth Decade Of Dance

    October 6, 2014 – Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago… Trinidad and Tobago’s foremost modern contemporary dance company, the Noble Douglas Dance Company Inc. (NDDCI), will earn yet another accolade as it presents its 30th anniversary dance season, TEETH. The dance company will celebrate the momentous milestone with a presentation of primarily new works performed by a cast of apprentices, seasoned company members and alumni. The production opens on Saturday October 18, 2014 closing on Sunday October 19, 2014 at Queen’s Hall.

    Pioneer choreographer, Noble Douglas, founded the NDDCI in 1985 with a vision to use the body for the expression of a Caribbean aesthetic in modern contemporary dance. Over the years, the seminal dance company has been a major contributor to the cultural landscape of Trinidad and Tobago having toured locally, regionally and internationally on stages in the United States, Southern Africa and the Caribbean. The NDDCI continues to nurture and work with many luminaries in dance including internationally based performers, Jeffrey Carter (Norway), David Byer (Norway), Richard Lessey (Norway), Christel De Souza (UK), Natalie Rogers (USA), Nadine Mose (USA/Trinidad and Tobago), Penelope Kalloo (USA) and Terry Springer (Venezuela).

    Over the years, NDDCI has also cultivated innovative and dynamic collaborative projects including Black Burlesque (revisited), an eight year alliance between NDDCI and two international dance companies – post-modernist, Reggie Wilson’s, New York-based Fist and Heel Performance Group and Zimbabwe’s a cappella group known for its gumboot and African dance choreography, Black Umfolosi. This project culminated with the 2003 New York premiere of Black Burlesque (revisited) followed by its 2 ½ month tour of seven states in the United States. The company followed this successful international tour with six performances in the Trinidad Theatre Workshop’s 2005 production of Derek Walcott’s musical, STEEL. NDDCI has also made its mark on stage with collaborative works with select companies such as the Marionettes Chorale and most recently with its 2013 dance season, Vecinos…we are Neighbours, which featured Venezuela’s leading contemporary dance company, Fundación Coreoarte.

    This celebration of dance will feature four new works by Douglas, Dave Williams, Arlene Frank and Kalloo while De Souza’s evocative piece, Manifestations, will be remounted. Tickets cost $150.00 and are available at Crosby’s Music Centre, from members of the NDDCI and from October 14, 2014, at the Queen’s Hall box office.

    WHAT: TEETH
    WHO: Noble Douglas Dance Company Inc. (NDDCI)
    WHEN: Saturday October 18, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
    Sunday October 19, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.
    WHERE: Queen’s Hall
    TICKETS: $150.00

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  • Dance Caribe Performing Company Presents Retrospection – Then & Now And Announces Work with Cirque du Soleil for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games!

    Dance Caribe Performing Company Presents Retrospection – Then & Now
    And Announces Work with Cirque du Soleil for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games!

    Toronto, ON, Canada

    Under the distinguished patronage of the Caribbean Consular Corps, the Dance Caribe Performing Company presents Retrospection – Then & Now from October 19th to 25th, 2014 at various locations across the Greater Toronto Area!

    In celebration of their 25th anniversary, the award winning Dance Caribe Performing Company has put together a spectacular presentation for people of all walks of life to enjoy. Director / Choreographer and Harry Jerome Award recipient Martin Scott-Pascall and Associate Director Richard Lewis, alongside Dance Caribe Performing Company will showcase a mélange of dances unique to the Caribbean, performed in traditional and contemporary styles. This dance troupe will take you on a journey highlighting 25 years of their memorable repertoire, performed by some of the best artisans in the fields of dance, choreography, music and costumes.

    In addition to their Retrospection – Then & Now presentation, Dance Caribe is honored to share their good news that they have been chosen to work with Cirque du Soleil on the opening and closing ceremonies of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. This is a first for a distinguished member of the Caribbean community!

    Retrospection – Then & Now will be staged in three repertoire suites, a world premiere and one full-length ballet presentation.

    WORLD PREMIERE
    BELLE FEST – BEL AIR: An elegant folk dance celebrating the mixed richness of our French Creole and African culture.

    REPERTOIRE SUITE I
    IN FOCUS: A thanksgiving suite offering a mix of spirituals & modern contemporary dance.

    FULL-LENGTH
    RETROSPECTION…THEN & NOW: A collection of pieces from past productions – ah little bit of this, ah little bit of that.

    REPERTOIRE SUITE II
    TOUTE MONDE TOUTE BAGIE: A collection of mixed of folk dances from Africa to the Caribbean, highlighting Latin, French & Afro-Caribbean cultures. The suite is done in its traditional and contemporary styles.

    REPERTOIRE SUITE III
    TROPICAL REVUE: A colorful, spectacular blend of Calypso – traditional pieces denoting the beauty, richness and spirit of the carnival, from the beat of the drums to the rhythms of the Steelpan & Calypso Music.

    DCPC has enjoyed the support of local audiences for all of their major productions and promises to deliver the exciting performances that local audiences have come to know, love and expect. A stellar cast of performers will include Dance Caribe core dancers; direct from Trinidad & Tobago drumming director, Roger Pascall and the Frontline Drumming Company; USA guest dancer & Associate Director, Richard Lewis; Toronto’s Extraordinary Steel Pannist, Earl La Pierre Jr.; six-time Canadian Calypso Monarch, Macomere Fifi, and Hamilton Alexander (the Web). The Gala will feature Grammy Award winner, Anslem Douglas with Dick Lochan as M.C. Some of the most elaborate and creative costumes & sets will come from Martin Scott-Pascall and Debbie Minott.

    October 19th, 2014 at 3 pm: An Interfaith Church Service; at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 265 Alton Towers Cir, Scarborough ON M1V 4E7. Admission FREE

    October 21st 2014, at 9:30 am, and 1:00 pm: Performances dedicated to Schools children at the CHINESE CULTURAL CENTRE located at 5183 Sheppard Ave. E. Scarborough. Admission $25.00

    October 22nd 2014, at 9:30 am, and 1:00 pm: Performances dedicated to Schools children at the CHINESE CULTURAL CENTRE located at 5183 Sheppard Ave. E. Scarborough. Admission $25.00

    October 22nd 2014, at 8:00pm: A mix of carefully chosen pieces from Dance Caribe’s repertoire. CHINESE CULTURAL CENTRE located at 5183 Sheppard Ave. E. Scarborough. Admission is $45.00 (before October 10th) and $55.00 after

    October 23rd 2014, at 8:00pm: A mix of carefully chosen pieces from Dance Caribe’s repertoire. CHINESE CULTURAL CENTRE located at 5183 Sheppard Ave. E. Scarborough. Admission is $45.00 (before October 10th) and $55.00 after

    October 25th 2014, at 5:30pm, Black Tie Dinner and Awards Gala at Rembrandt Banquet Hall located AT 930 Progress Ave Scarborough. Admission $125.00

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  • Karen Hinds’ Phenomenal Woman Conference is returning to the Caribbean

    Karen Hinds’ Phenomenal Woman Conference is returning to the Caribbean

    Waterbury, CT – The picturesque multi-island state of St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be the location for the 2015 annual Karen Hinds’ Phenomenal Woman Conference (KHPWC).

    Now going into its 3rd year, the 2-day event will take place on April 10th-11th 2015 at the Russell’s Complex in Kingstown as it continues to provide a forum for women and girls to get focused, build a success mindset and develop the courage and boldness to accomplish their personal and professional aspirations.

    Founded and hosted by Vincentian-born author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur Karen Hinds, the KHPWC offers the tools, inspiration and the support of a community of local, regional and international women.

    The conference which caters to women, of all ages has previously attracted attendees from various Caribbean islands and territories, the USA and the UK who came ready to understand and utilize the power that lies within them to be truly phenomenal.

    With the 2015 theme “Building Strong Relationships” the KHPWC encourages women to make and sustain positive changes in their lives and further accelerate their personal and professional growth. Speakers for the upcoming edition will cover such pertinent topics as ‘One’s Career’, ‘Growing One’s Business’, ‘Family Life’, ‘Finances’ and even ‘Spiritual Life’.

    According to Karen Hinds, “We will focus on how women can build strong relationships to positively impact their personal and professional growth. Whether they are students just starting out, career women or entrepreneurs building small or multimillion dollar operations, relationships are critical to success. This conference will address how to build, maintain and even repair those different relationships in our lives that are critical to accomplishing any dream.”

    On Friday April 10, 2015 the conference will be geared towards teenage girls ages 13-17 while Saturday April 11, 2015 is dedicated to adult women ages 18 and up.
    After reaching sold out status in the last 2 years, for 2015 the KHPWC moves into a new facility that can accommodate 300-500 women.

    Further 2015 features include 2 free post-event web based segments for patrons designed to solidify the new ideas garnered at the conference, a 7 day all inclusive option for visitors from the UK and USA as well as the availability of post-event DVDs and merchandise.

    Most notably part proceeds of the conference will go towards a local charity.

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  • Etana “Richest Girl” off Upcoming Album I RISE Out Oct 28

    ETANA DEBUTES NEW VIDEO “RICHEST GIRL” ON MTV IGGY

    New Single From Her Forthcoming Studio Album I Rise

    Available Oct 28 on VP Records

    One of Jamaica’s most beloved singers Etana teams with the island’s esteemed director Ras Kassa for her new video “Richest Girl,” which premiered this week online with MTV Iggy and on her native country’s network program Hype TV. The romantic single is off her fourth studio album I Rise, to be released October 28, 2014 on VP Records.

    Etana continues to carry the torch as reggae’s leading lady on her beautifully-orchestrated album I Rise. This classic collection of love ballads and roots anthems is helmed by the legendary Jamaican multi-instrumentalist and producer Clive Hunt, whose credits include Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Peter Tosh, Rolling Stones, The Wailers, Jimmy Cliff and many more. With her poised assurance and newfound strength, she evolves spiritually, mentally, emotionally and musically. The Jamaican singer-songwriter’s melodic power blended with Clive’s rich arrangements sets this album apart as one of the best throughout her stellar career.

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  • Drawing from African Roots & Vibrations, King Fragrance “Africa”

    Drawing from African roots and vibrations, King Fragrance has slowly been reaping the rewards and success of his “Africa” single. But it was far from an overnight success for the hit song as modern technology slowed down the process over 4 years ago when the Singjay recorded the single for producer Kevin Whyte.

    “He gave it to me, saying he knew that I was the person with the energy for it, but his computer crashed with all the rhythm files and vocals,” King Fragrance recalled.

    Whyte re-recorded the beat in 2013 and had King Fragrance recently add his vocals to then release it under Whyte’s Rural Area Production label and distributed by DJ Kaas Media Records. “I’m very happy about the success of Africa, it’s just a natural vibration. The DJs love it and they are playing it a lot, and the public is catching on to it, too. Everywhere I go, people they tell me they love it,” said King Fragrance to the popular Jamaica Star newspaper.

    The success, social media buzz and airplay via Jamaica’s popular major street parties delivered a demand for a music video. “Africa” video was directed and produced by 13th Tribe Video productions, and has been enjoying heavy rotation on a number of TV stations including RETV, CVM Plus, HYPE TV and Swag TV in Jamaica, and amassed over 30 thousand views on youtube.

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  • Contemporary Choreographers’ Collective Dance Festival 2014 Successfully Launched

    Contemporary Choreographers’ Collective Dance Festival 2014 Successfully Launched

    Trinidad and Tobago’s Foremost Platform For The Presentation Of Innovative And Experimental Contemporary Choreography Offers A Comprehensive Calendar Of Activities

    September 30, 2014 – Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago… Last Monday September 22, 2014, the Résidence de France provided a cozy ambiance for the unveiling of the 2014 instalment of the Contemporary Choreographers’ Collective (COCO) Dance Festival. His Excellency Mr Jacques Sturm, Ambassador of France, hosted a private function for media and sponsors in partnership with COCO and the Alliance Française de Trinité-et-Tobago. This year, COCO’s calendar of activities commenced on Monday September 29, 2014 and includes the “L’Alliance fête la Danse” free film series; the annual COCO Awards; the COCO Dance Festival 2014 programme of performances; and the COCO in the Community series of master dance classes and discussions.

    In his welcome remarks to the intimate group of guests, H.E. Mr. Sturm gave insight into the nature of the French/COCO alignment, “The French love art. The French love dance. We have supported the arts, dance and music in Trinidad and Tobago for a significant time.” The programme progressed with a presentation by one of COCO’s four founders and directors, Sonja Dumas, who shared some of the festival’s objectives and history. As an initiative of dance professionals and founders Dumas, Nancy Herrera, Nicole Wesley and Dave Williams, COCO came to life in 2009 with a mission to inspire, encourage and serve the community through creative processes and collaborative endeavours. The launch closed with an excerpt of an intense retrospective performance piece, “Only vanity sees us”, by Williams.

    In the spirit of collaboration, the festival has partnered with Alliance to present “L’Alliance fête la Danse”, which began on Monday September 29, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Alliance and continues nightly until Thursday October 2, 2014. This free series features four French dance films including Les Fables A La Fontaine, Eldorado Preljocaj, Battuta and Blanche Neige. The community-based outreach initiative, COCO in the Community, will offer a series of master dance classes facilitated by both local and visiting dance experts on Saturday October 4, 2014 and Sunday October 5, 2014 at a cost of $40 per class. Training will be offered in contemporary modern, contemporary Amerindian, Zena Rommett Floor-Barre and Modern African-Caribbean techniques. There will also be a discussion entitled “Talking Dance with Dave Williams” on Sunday October 5, 2014.

    Lovers of dance and the performing arts can look forward to a different programme of performances on each night of the festival with a diverse cast of guest and selected choreographers from Trinidad and Tobago, Canada and the USA. The guest cast features New York’s Battery Dance Company with support from the Embassy of the United States of America, the University of South Florida’s Dance Program and the University Dance Company (UDC) of Texas Tech University with support from the TTU’s College of the Visual and Performing Arts. Festival goers are encouraged to arrive early on Saturday and Sunday nights to engage in the outdoor/indoor spatial work of visual artist, Akuzuru, which commences one hour before show time each night.

    WHAT: COCO Dance Festival 2014
    WHO: COCO Dance Festival
    WHEN: Friday October 3, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. including the COCO Awards.
    Saturday October 4, 2014. Outdoor/indoor spatial presentation at 6:30 p.m. Showtime at 7:30 p.m.
    Sunday October 5, 2014. Outdoor/indoor spatial presentation at 5:30 p.m. Showtime at 6:30 p.m.
    WHERE: Queen’s Hall
    TICKETS: TT $100

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  • LADIES AND GENTLEMEN…THE BEATLES!

    LADIES AND GENTLEMEN……THE BEATLES! INVADES MIAMI
    Curated by The GRAMMY Museum® and Fab Four Exhibits, Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles exhibition comes to HistoryMiami, October 10, 2014 to January 18, 2015

    MIAMI – HistoryMiami, a Smithsonian Affiliate museum in Miami, FL, is proud to present Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles! exhibition from Oct. 10, 2014 through Jan. 18, 2015, a celebration of the fascination America has had with “Beatlemania” and the four lads from Liverpool during the past fifty years.

    Ladies & Gentlemen… The Beatles! is a traveling exhibition curated by The GRAMMY Museum® and Fab Four Exhibits that explores the impact The Beatles’ arrival had on American pop culture, including fashion, art, advertising, media and music, from early 1964 through mid-1966 – when British boy band was at its peak. On display will be more than 400 pieces of memorabilia, records, rare photographs, tour artifacts, video, and instruments from private collectors and The GRAMMY Museum®. It even includes an oral history booth where visitors can leave their own impressions of the timeless group.

    IMAGINE: Fifty years ago on Feb. 7, 1964, The Beatles arrived on American soil for the very first time. After an inaugural performance in New York City, on Sunday, Feb. 16, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr flew down to Miami Beach for their second television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The performance was broadcast live from the Napoleon Ballroom of the Deauville Hotel to over 73 million viewers – a television record at the time – and in that instant “Beatlemania” came alive.

    LET IT BE: The HistoryMiami exhibition will open to the public with an Opening Reception and feature several public programs including: two free Family Fun Days and a Beatle brunch co-sponsored with Magic 102.7 FM. By no means did the British invasion say “Hello, Goodbye” but has been here in America ever since The Beatles first touched ground State-side some 50 years ago. Surely, nobody could have “imagined” the imprint they would leave, but this exhibition is a celebration of the world’s great decision to just “Let It Be.”

    HARD DAYS NIGHT: HistoryMiami will kick-off the frenzy with an Opening Party presented by Badia Spices on Oct. 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. inviting the public to “Come Together” and celebrate the band’s legacy. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and drinks by Bacardi will flow as a Beatles tribute band, The Beatlemaniax, takes guests back to the first time they heard classics like “She Loves You” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” Admission is $15 and $5 for HistoryMiami members. RSVP to 305-375-1614 or rsvp@historymiami.org.

    COME TOGETHER: In case you miss the opening party, the museum invites the public to an all-day family festival on Sat., Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the first Family Fun Day: British Invasion. The ‘60s bore witness to the phenomenon of British “rock” that swept through pop culture worldwide and this is an opportunity to experience it for a second time! This event is an all-things British afternoon of music, activities, games, and across-the-pond fun. Then, on Saturday, Nov. 8, guests will surrender to the invasion because Beatlemania is here! “Mop tops,” “peace and love,” “punch buggies,” and music will remind everyone why they love the Beatles and how their music transcends generations and time.

    Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles! exhibition is sponsored in part by SunTrust Bank, MCM, The Lynx Companies, Magic 102.7 FM, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, with the support of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Division of Historical Resources and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

    HistoryMiami is located 101 W. Flagler St., Miami, Fla. 33130. phone: 305-375-1492
    Museum general admission: $8 adults, $7 seniors and students with ID, $5 children (6 – 12), children under 6 FREE.

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  • SWAWE KWEYOL SENT LISI

    Swawé Kwéyòl Sent Lisi, a Good Time To Be Had By Locals And Visitors alike!

    Castries, Saint Lucia – Swawé Kwéyòl Sent Lisi is a brand established by the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries in 2013. This is a festival which will be hosted the weekend before Creole Day. It highlights three days of events focusing on Kwéyòl music, Kwéyòl food, dance, arts and craft, Saint Lucian culture and people. One of the main objectives of the festival is to package “all things of Saint Lucian heritage” in a controlled environment, to be marketed and sold for export. Swawé Kwéyòl Sent Lisi forms part of the wider activities for Creole Heritage Month under the umbrella of the Folk Research Centre. The events under the brand Swawé Kwéyòl Sent Lisi include Fete Kwéyòl, Swawé Kwéyòl and
    Manjé Kwéyòl.

    Swawé Kwéyòl Sent Lisi commenced last year for the first time at the Fond D’Or Nature and Historical Park with the production of Swawé Kweyòl, the flagship event of the festival. Swawé Kwéyòl was a success and met the objective of attracting visitors and Saint Lucians to celebrate the rich Kwéyòl culture and heritage of Saint Lucia.

    This year the Ministry has partnered with the private sector and other establishments to host all three (3) events under Swawé Kwéyòl Sent Lisi. The target market for the festival for export includes residents from Dominica, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Cayenne and international visitors.

    Fête Kwéyòl – Friday October 17th, 2014

    This event will take place at The Gaiety on Rodney Bay and will highlight the influence of French music and dance. The featured music will be Kompas as well as other Kwéyòl music. The featured band for the night is ‘Kompa du Sud’ (from Martinique), with the very well- known Kompa DJ of Radio SudEst in Martinique (DJ Ricardo), alongside our very own popular DJ Iwa from Saint Lucia.

    Swawé Kwéyòl – Saturday October 18th, 2014

    The flagship event of the festival takes place from afternoon into the night at the Fond D’or Nature and Historical Park. The setting will create the perfect ambience for family and friends to gather in a relax mode, to savour the Kwéyòl food, craft and sweet sounds of Kwéyòl music by our local DJ’s, the Eastern Folk Band, Augustin ‘Jab’ Duplessis, Dereck Yard Project (DYP) and 40 years of music from Midnight Groovers of Dominica. The night will culminate with an after lime at the Dennery Seafood Fiesta with the chanting of renditions from theMontego Solo Group and African Roots, while sampling the bounty of the sea.

    Mangé Kwéyòl – Sunday October 19th, 2014

    This event is focused on the Kwéyòl food of Saint Lucia. Pork is the theme for the meat segment this year and will be prepared in every way imagined. The culinary medley will be prepared from persons across the island who will offer to patrons a true Saint Lucian food experience. The entertainment includes masquerade and drumming, Steel pan, Kwéyòl Calypso, NS Band, Piaye dancers and drummers and System B from Martinique.

    The Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries invites the public to come out and support these events which will encourage economic activity and bring enjoyment to all who participate.

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  • Precision Productions brings the heat with the Ignition Riddim!

    Never let it be said that Precision Productions does not know how to rouse that erotic heat, which goes hand in hand with TnT’s Carnival revelry.

    In fact the team is now well known for flaring desires, by gathering flawlessly combustible materials together and applying a patented melodic jolt to ensure “Ignition”.

    K.Rich initiates this tuneful sizzle as he expresses his longing in song, using salacious words from Josiah St. Lewis-Noray, for the tempting young lady in his line of sight to finally “Come Over” and fulfill the heated promises her supple movements have made.

    Men can certainly attest to the heightened temperatures experienced during this season, and some like Akeem “Preedy” Chance spend all year “Dreaming” of the time when they can finally live out their fantasies. He has cleverly captured these torrid emotions alongside his writing partner Stephanas “Steffy” Ramgattie of WeMAD in this single.

    Meanwhile in his first release with Precision, Flipo seductively executes an appreciative tribute to the women of our islands, who make all men “Sweat” whenever this music takes them over. The candid song was written by Jeremy Jacob in conjunction with Seumas “Flipo” Callender himself, and reveals exactly why moisture levels are always on the rise this time of year.

    She is the only lady on this riddim but Destra Garcia, the proclaimed Queen of Bacchanal holds her own and delivers pure unrestrained lightning. The soul-baring lyrics by Akeem “Preedy” Chance and Stephanas “Steffy” Ramgattie of WeMAD, work in harmony with Destra’s vocals to reveal that women too are susceptible and lose their ability to “Breathe” in the face of ever present masculine charm.

    This may be Precision’s first riddim release however, if this start is any indication the team is clearly keen on keeping things smoldering all Carnival 2015 long.

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  • Steelpan movie Panomundo World Premiere to be held of Friday, 17th October

    STEELPAN MOVIE, PANOMUNDO,
    WORLD PREMIERE DATE ANNOUNCED: Friday, 17th October

    UK/USA Award-winning filmmakers Keith Musaman Morton and Charysse Tia Harper will host the World Premiere of their documentary, Panomundo, on Friday, 17th October 2014, at 7:30PM at YAA Centre in west London. The film depicts the history of the steelpan and its global influence.

    “This is an exciting moment for us, because audiences will be able to understand the impact the steelpan has made around the world!” exclaimed Morton.

    Over the course of three years, the duo travelled to seven countries – Canada, England, Japan, Nigeria, Switzerland, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States – interviewing over 150 people, conducting research and hosting discussions about the topic. As independent filmmakers, Morton and Harper utitlised crowdfunding sites, such as Seed&Spark and Indiegogo, as well as hosted over 20 fundraisers to secure funds to produce the film.

    Prior to the world premiere, there will be a 30-minute preview of the film at the 5th Biannual International Steelpan Conference’s Variety Evening on Sat., 11th October (beginning at 7:00PM) at YAA Centre, along with a private screening earlier that day. Panomundo will also be shown as part of the team’s “Bringing Sunshine to October” series as part of Black History Month.

    “This has been a long road, but we are almost there,” said Harper. “I look forward to hearing the feedback as we take this film around the globe.”

    Tickets for the Panomundo World Premiere are £7 each and can only be purchased the day of the event when doors open 7:00PM. YAA Centre is located at 1 Chippenham Mews, London W9 2AN.

    Panomundo is a film co-produced by Komonopromo and Xplore the World. The 10-minute promo video can be viewed via link below. To find more information about the “Bringing Sunshine to October” series, visit panomundomovie.com or contact ch@xploretheworld.biz.

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