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Monthly Archives: November 2014

  • NEW 2015 RELEASE – Machel Montano | Pop Ah Bottle

    NEW 2015 RELEASE – Machel Montano | Pop Ah Bottle

    A life spent passionately pursuing knowledge and focused on fulfilling true purpose is one that should be celebrated with the greatest fervor.
    On this declared Machel Monday, the 24th of November, Monk Monté commemorates his 40th birthday doing what he does best; sharing his life, love, and energy in musical form with his family, loved ones, and treasured fans across the world.
    As a gift to everyone on his special day, here is the perfectly named free release “Pop Ah Bottle”, which is featured on the Patrol Riddim produced by Martian Music, with additional production by Precision Productions. Also on this riddim are esteemed friends Alison Hinds, and Nadia Batson who wrote Machel’s single, alongside two cherished members of the Xtatik family, Farmer Nappy and Patrice Roberts. This though, is just but one of the many gifts the King of the Road will be sharing with his fans and followers, just stay tuned to his social media all week long for even more surprises.
    Like all birthdays should be, this day, track, and riddim are a festive family and friends affair. The song itself is filled with unbridled jubilation that will light up music lovers, warming their spirits inside out leaving them in complete ecstasy this Carnival 2015 season.
    Additionally it will be a day of reflection and remembrance for Machel as he traverses the ancient and blessed land of our ancestors in Egypt. This spiritual reconnection and renewal on such a monumental birthday will serve to solidify his understanding and awareness of his past as he continues to build his visionary future.
    You too can be a part of this joyous gala with Machel LIVE on instagram as he Pops Ah Bottle in celebration and invites you to partake in an exciting competition. All you have to do is take a pic of yourself ‘popping ah bottle’ to celebrate Machel’s 40th Birthday, tag @machelmontano and hashtag #popahbottle, and Machel himself will be going through all tagged pics to choose his favourite. The winner walks away with an amazing prize package of Machel Montano original Merchandise from the M Store. So start taking those photos! And don’t forget to #popahbottle
    The track was premiered as part of a new article on TheFader.com: http://www.thefader.com/2014/11/24/machel-montano-pop-ah-bottle-soul-train-awards

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  • Precision Productions and Kerlz are ready to “Start It”!

    Kerlz – Start It
    Performed by Kerlene “Kerlz” Joseph
    Written by Erphaan Alves
    Produced & Mixed by Precision Productions
    Mastered by Johann of MadMen Productions

    Feisty and alluring, Kerlene “Kerlz” Joseph is a bona fide woman of Soca. Born and bred in Claxton Bay, she is primed and ready to assert herself as a standout performer for Carnival 2015.
    This musical diva is bringing unadulterated action to the stage this year as she challenges men everywhere to “Start It”!

    These daring lyrics were created by young writing sensation Erphaan Alves, who clearly conveyed the suggestive and expressive style of female masqueraders as they take advantage of the freedom this time of year allows.

    Adding its own singular dynamism to the track, Precision Productions layered melodies with a forceful rhythm designed to fire things up and keep waistlines deadly throughout the festivities.

    With such a powerful first release Kerlz is definitely giving notice that she is personally about to make this season an unforgettable one. Only one important question remains…is the world ready for her? It better be! (c)Mystie Thongs

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  • “Post Carnival Prep In Full Force- New Event Promises To Cool Down Carnival Heat In 2015”

    “Post Carnival Prep In Full Force- New Event Promises To Cool Down Carnival Heat In 2015”

    While Ash Wednesday, 2015 may be a distant thought for many, an entertainment outfit is guaranteeing a memorable carnival cool down come February 18th next year.

    Having launched ‘Baewatch- Soca + Water’ on Tuesday, November 18th, the 66 Entertainment team, steered by Rondell Roberts and Adiola Steadman, is working with a three month preparation period to provide patrons with an out of this world, post carnival experience. According to the duo, ‘Baewatch- Soca and Water’- a cooler event, will feature some of the carnival industry’s foremost entertainers, among them, Bunji Garlin, Iwer George, Lyrikal, Olatunji and Benjai.

    A successful inaugural Baewatch event in October 2014, was responsible for the outfit’s decision to give the people of T&T and visitors alike, a bit more ‘Caribbean enjoyment’- post C2K15. Roberts explained that the inaugural event was one that he personally took a strong interest in, ensuring that DJs and personalities delivered music with positive messages, having personally requested that they steer clear of any negative musical connotations. Much the same will be applied to the 2015 edition of ‘Baewatch- Soca + Water’.

    With décor already a topic of conversation between the 66 Entertainment Team and the folks at Rave Décor, Roberts said patrons will enjoy a full compliment of beach activities, inclusive of slides, a foam pit, inflatable toys and sprinklers. Additionally, the DJ cast promises to be a mix of top foreign and local personalities, among them Miami’s Giselle The Wassi One, Toronto’s Dr. Jay, New York’s Platinum Sounds, T&T’s Hollywood Sachy, Custodian International, Trevlyn and DingDong and boat ride sensations Akeem 5.0 and Salty.

    Plans are now underway to please every patron who attends the 2015 premiere cool down event, in Trinidad. “We are going to blow everyone away. This event is aimed at bringing carnival 2015 to a close, on a very high note. We are sparing no cost when it comes to security and overall patron satisfaction, so come next year, this cool down option, will be a viable one for everyone,” said Roberts.

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  • EUPHORIA CHARITY CONCERT NOVEMBER 25

    Mr Vegas will be hosting the first ever’ Euphoria’ Charity Concert this December, all proceeds go towards buying food for the children at the Mustard Seed communities. Buy a Ticket Feed a child.

    Euphoria will feature overseas performances from the 1980’s R&B Singer Karyn White, popular for Superwoman and R&B Group Champaign, popular for their hit single, How about Us. The line-up also includes Freddie McGregor, Leroy Sibbles, Ernie Smith, Christoper Martin, Romain Virgo, Gospel Sensation Kevin Downswell and many more.

    The Event will be officially launched at Tracks and Records at the Market Place on Tuesday November 25, 2014 starting at 7pm.

    Your presence and coverage will be greatly appreciated as the MV Music team details the activities surrounding this trademark concert.

    Looking forward to receiving your support for this great cause.

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  • Spice Takes The Reigns on Debut EP (Dec 2) So Mi Like It

    DANCEHALL’S LEADING LADY

    SPICE TAKES THE REIGNS ON HER DEBUT EP

    SO MI LIKE IT AVAILABLE DECEMBER 2, 2014 ON VP RECORDS

    Almost 10 Million Views on VEVO for Title Track’s Video

    Nearly 3 Million Combined Views for Brand New Video
    “Conjugal Visit” featuring Vybz Kartel (WSHH Premiere)

    So Mi Like It

    Known for her daring lyrics, vivacious stage performances and fiery bravado, Jamaican dancehall sensation Spice is happy to announce the release of her eagerly-awaited debut EP So Mi Like It, available December 2, 2014 on VP Records. The digital-only EP will showcase her skills with a new selection of her most buzz-worthy anthems as well as exclusive material.

    On the 5 song set, Spice knows what she wants and has no qualms expressing exactly how she feels. Whether she is taking the reigns in and outside the bedroom on songs like “So Mi Like It,” “Go Go,” “Conjugal Visit” featuring Vybz Kartel and the never-before-heard track “Whine Inna Di Dance” or flipping the script on “Like A Man” – the tell all about being a female in the male-dominated industry – there is no holding back with Spice.

    Spice is reaching numbers that are unprecedented in the genre. She received almost 10 million views alone on her VEVO channel for “So Mi Like It.” The song and video for “Conjugal Visit” featuring Vybz Kartel debuted simultaneously this month on World Star Hip Hop. The video has already hit nearly 3 million combined views, proving that Spice’s presence and demand is undeniable.

    Critics continue to rave about “Conjugal Visit” (produced by TJ Records). This is the first time Vybz Kartel and Spice have teamed up since their 2008 massively successful hit “Romping Shop.” THE FADER declares that the “dancehall princess Spice pays tribute to her fallen soldier” and “professes her undying love for Vybz and the two narrate a sweaty sesh of consummation.” COMPLEX states that “her sexual appetite is loud and direct in the song’s hook” and “Spice is so declarative and passionate about getting hers at Kartel’s jail that you can’t help but to root for her and Kartel.”

    Spice plans to tour in support of the new EP So Mi Like It. Tour dates will be announced at a later date.

    MORE ON SPICE
    Born Grace Hamilton, Spice grew up in Jamaica’s poverty-stricken community of the Old Braeton community in Portmore, St. Catherine. She began to hone her deejaying (rapping) skills at local stage shows. In 2000, Spice earned four encores after her first major performance at Sting in Jamaica and a star was born. In the early 2000s, Spice has released a string of hits – including her breakthrough single “Mi Gone” and dancehall chart-topper “Fight Ova Man.” In 2008, her notoriety skyrocketed after her infamous collab with Vybz Kartel on “Rompin Shop,” which became a fixture on the Billboard R&B charts, received heavy rotation on mainstream urban stations including NYC’s HOT 97 and POWER105.1 and earned her the EME award for “Female Deejay of the Year” and three Youth View Awards for “Best Female Performer,” “Female Deejay of the Year” and “Young Hot and Hype Female Deejay.” The song’s international popularity only further fueled demand for Spice. In addition to Vybz, she has collaborated with rapper/producer/singer Missy Elliot and R&B singer Mya. She is constantly touring worldwide and when back home she runs Spicey Couture, her high-end clothing store at Mall Plaza in St. Andrew. Focused, passionate and fearlessly creative, Spice has her eyes set on being the next dancehall sensation who will dominate the international scene – and from all indications her dream is about to become an admirable reality.

    Track Listing – So Mi Like It EP
    1 Conjugal Visit (feat. Vybz Kartel)
    2 So Mi Like It
    3 Like a Man
    4 Go Go
    5 Whine Inna Di Dance

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  • New Releases from FOX FUSE Featuring Shal Marshall, Ravi B, Positive, Blaxx, Macka Diamond and More

    New Releases from FOX FUSE

    GBM Productions Scores with New Hits “Motivation” by Shal Marshall and “Dulahin” by Ravi B
    Available on December 1

    GBM Productions scores with the release of its new hit tracks “Motivation” by soca thriller Shal Marshall and “Dulahin” by chutney star Ravi B, both available worldwide from all major digital retailers on December 1, 2014, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. Based between New York City and Trinidad, GBM Productions, which is headed by Kenwyn “GB” Holder, has been churning out slick songs and red hot riddims for years and these latest releases are no different. Recently signing an exclusive worldwide digital distribution deal with FOX FUSE now brings the GBM Productions catalog to the global masses.

    Famed Trinidadian radio and television personality and performer Shal Marshal delivers the exciting groovy soca offering “Motivation,” which is already a radio hit in Trinidad and has gone viral with soca fans worldwide. The official video is currently in production and will be premiered on VEVO when it is released.

    Trinidadian chutney star Ravi B brings his trademark sound with “Dulahin,” a classic Indo-Caribbean fusion soca composition known as chutney. Both tracks are getting major traction on soca radio and propel GBM Productions into the running for Trinidad Carnival 2015 crowns.

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    MillBeatz Entertainment Drops Faith Antoine “Celebrate: Soca 2015”
    Available on December 1

    MillBeatz Entertainment drops a new hit track from soca songstress Faith Antoine titled “Celebrate: Soca 2015,” available worldwide from all major digital retailers on December 1, 2014, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. Born in Canada with Trinidadian roots, Antoine once again teams up with hit Trinidadian production house MillBeatz Entertainment for another breakout tune.

    The alluring soca tune showcases Antoine’s distinctive tone and raspy vocals over the catchy, groovy rhythm. Hit maker David Millien is adamant about working with new talent and is very proud of this, as one of his first offerings for the 2015 season.

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    Nelieux Wins with the Stupse Riddim
    Available on December 2

    Barbadian-based producer Nelieux enters the global market with his debut compilation Stupse Riddim – Various Artists, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on December 2, 2014, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. Rene “Nelieux” Nelson has been creating music for some years now, and recently inking an exclusive worldwide digital distribution deal with FOX FUSE now makes the his catalog available to the international audience for the first time, and the Stupse Riddim is just the beginning.

    The power soca compilation boasts five hits and features some of the top artists in soca, including Blaxx Featuring Macka Diamond with “Mash Up,” Devon Matthews with “We Not Going Home (Doc De Police),” Terri Lyons with “What Will You Do,” Nadia Batson with “Stumblin” and Nelieux with “Stupse Riddim (Instrumental).” Stupse Riddim makes a strong entry into the music industry, thereby thrusting the Nelieux brand and music into the international spotlight, where they are bound to stay.

    TRACK LIST

    1. Blaxx Featuring Macka Diamond – Mash Up
    2. Devon Matthews – We Not Going Home (Doc De Police)
    3. Terri Lyons – What Will You Do
    4. Nadia Batson – Stumblin
    5. Nelieux – Stupse Riddim (Instrumental)
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    MillBeatz Entertainment Delivers Reggae-Infused Best Friend Riddim
    Available on November 18

    Trinidad-based hit house MillBeatz Entertainment delivers a hit reggae compilation with Best Friend Riddim – Various Artists, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on November 18, 2014, from FOX FUSE. The riddim features the top names in the local reggae scene in Trinidad & Tobago, who have been making their mark on the international reggae scene and bringing another Caribbean reggae sound to reggae fans, worldwide.

    Trinidadian Gospel reggae star Positive and local reggae acts Jah Defender, Simba, Emrand Henry and Master Logikal team up for the five-track one-drop reggae compilation, covering issues from religion to romance.

    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 Best Friend Riddim was his very first production and has helped the MillBeatz catalog become a mainstay for reggae fans everywhere.

    TRACK LIST

    1. Positive – Out Of Harm’s Way
    2. Jah Defender – Can You Feel It
    3. Simba – Let Jah Be Your Best Friend
    4. Emrand Henry – No One In The World
    5. Master Logikal – Give You My Heart

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  • Barbie is back!

    Barbie is back!

    Barbee

    Barbee drops hot music video ‘Just Like That’

    The voluptuous singer Barbie has been seen on the local stage for a while, but she has been quietly doing her thing on the international scene.

    Her new single and music video ‘Just Like That’ has announced her intention to reestablish her presence in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.

    The video which was recently released in the Caribbean has been getting some positive reviews with people loving its high quality and also for it being very entertaining.

    Barbee dubbed the ‘Caribbean Princess’ by popular US TV host Wendy Williams, who is presently on a promotional tour of the United Kingdom (UK) is upbeat about the her video.

    She said, “I am really excited about this project, we shot it in Atlanta and New York. The young ladies were a pleasure to work with, the dance choreographer Richard Bricks was from Atlanta which brought in the real southern (US) style of dancing mixed with Caribbean swag. It’s really a wonderful video and I hope you guys love. “

    The song was produced by Rock City aka Planet 6 with Rose Henry and Shamar Francois as executive producers. Rock City is noted for their work with international artistes such as Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, Kelly Rowland from Destiny’s Child and many other top artistes.

    ‘Just Like That’ has a pop/dancehall feel with an infectious beat which makes you just want to dance.

    The video is being distributed by Media Blu Caribbean in the Caribbean and the United States and can be seen on all major cable and TV stations in those areas.

    Barbee first burst on the scene in 2008 with the song Missing You’, collaboration with Junior Kelly which became a mega hit around the world.

    She followed up strongly with other hit songs such as ‘Patty Cake’ with Beenie Man, ‘Love You Anyway’ and more recently ‘Come See About Me’ collaboration with popular US recording artiste Trina.

    She is now taking her career to a higher level. “I am looking in a different direction right now where my career is concerned,” Barbee said. “My focus is to make it on the international stage and I have been working hard with some established producers who know what it takes to get there. I am feeling good about the work I am putting in because I have some tracks to follow which will definitely be big hits.”

    Barbee was very appreciative of all who played a part in the making of her new music video. “I want to thank all who helped to make this (Just Like That) project a success. Including stylist Fashion Forward Boutique from Atlanta, makeup artist Gabriel from Atlanta also Ray Alexander and Johnny Capbell. It was really a great experience.”

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  • Nesbeth ‘Victory’ EP Launch set to be a Game Changer

    Great expectations now abound for talented Reggae star Nesbeth as he eagerly anticipates the launch of his Victory EP in an elaborate and sophisticated event to take place on November 17 on the Lawns of the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston, JA.

    Nesbeth’s Victory EP sees the “Board House”, “Gunz Out” & “Ole Gangalee”
    star far more in control of his sound; making creative decisions and producing most of songs himself. The first single, the DJ Fraas produced “Taste Victory” has been steadily making waves across the reggae community, setting the scene nicely for this 5 track collection of brand new material.

    Signed to London based record label Entertainment Soul, Nesbeth is looking forward to Monday’s Festivities as it will mark the company’s launch into music production and an investment in Jamaican culture; which began with the signing of Nesbeth to the label earlier this year.

    “Reggae is internationally recognized as one of the foundations of popular music so it pains me the way I see it being treated on the world stage, so underrepresented! It feels like there’s an uprising on the way though and I want be part of it!” Nesbeth reiterated

    The uprising for Nesbeth will kick start with his monumental launch event on Monday Night at the Pegasus Hotel. Backed by the Rhythm 2000 band, Nesbeth will give the debut performance of the exciting new Victory EP tracks as well as a few of the songs that set this artiste on the road to success!

    Specially invited guests and the media will be treated to this exclusive showcase featuring African inspired dance pieces and words from noted representatives from the entertainment community, as well as complimentary performances from upcoming reggae acts Hezron, Nyshane and Nature. The event will be MCeed by Irie FM’s Ron Muschette.

    For those not on the specially invited guest list, the launch event will be streamed live for FREE worldwide on Nesbeth’s Website, nesbethreggae.com.

    The EP is available to pre-order now from iTunes (allowing the immediate download of a single tune “Hundu Lay Lay”) and will be released in full on November 18, distributed by Zojak Worldwide.

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  • Maxi Priest at Apollo, Etana at SOBs & Black-Am-I at BB Kings

    SAT NOV 29 – MAXI PRIEST
    One Love! Bob Marley Tribute Concert w/ The Wailers and Third World
    @ Apollo Theater (253 West 125th St, New York, NY 10027)
    Showtime: 8PM AND 11PM
    Tickets: $65, $45, $35 Premium Center Orchestra: $80

    ABOUT MAXI PRIEST:

    With over 15 million albums sold worldwide, multiple Grammy nominations and top 10 Billboard hits (including the No. 1 smash “Close To You”) – the most successful solo act in British reggae history Maxi Priest continues to hit the road throughout the fall and winter in support of his first studio album in almost a decade Easy To Love (VP Records). 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). PURCHASE Maxi Priest’s Easy To Love now via iTunes: http://smarturl.it/EasyToLoveUS

    TOUR DATES:
    Nov 29 @ ONE LOVE! A BOB MARLEY TRIBUTE CONCERT in New York, NY
    Dec 11@ Howard Theatre in Washington, DC
    Dec 13 @ ONE Caribbean Music & Culture Festival in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    “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

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    NOV 23 – BLACK-AM-I
    @ BB Kings (237 West 42nd Street)
    Ph: (212)-997-4144
    All ages / Doors: 7pm, Show: 9pm / ADV: $20 – DOS: $25

    ABOUT BLACK-AM-I

    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. This past summer, the culturally-inclined reggae singjay performed as one of the opening acts for Damian “Jr. Gong” 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 performed on Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise on Oct 20, 2014. 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. Other notable 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. 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.

    REMAINING TOUR DATES
    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


    MONDAY NOV 17 – ETANA
    @ SOBS (204 Varick)
    Ph: 718-878-6323
    Doors 7:30pm, Showtime: 10pm / ADV $15

    ABOUT ETANA
    Roots reggae singer-songwriter Etana strikes again. This week, her fourth studio album I Rise (Oct 28, VP) hits #1 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album chart. She is one of the three Jamaican female artists ever and the first in nearly two decades (since Diana King and Patra in the mid-90s) to land this highly-coveted chart position. I Rise, which is helmed by the legendary Jamaican multi-instrumentalist and producer Clive Hunt, follows Etana’s critically-acclaimed albums Better Tomorrow (2013), Free Expressions (2011) and The Strong One (2008). The Jamaican singer-songwriter’s melodic power blended with Hunt’s rich arrangements sets this album apart as one of the best throughout her stellar career. Etana carries the torch as reggae’s leading lady with this classic collection of love ballads and roots anthems. With her poised assurance and newfound strength, she evolves spiritually, mentally, emotionally and musically. Whether she shedding light on the harsh ghetto realities on “Trigger,” “Ward 21 (Stenna’s Song)” and “How Long,” conveying romantic longings on “Richest Girl,” “Love Song,” and “By Your Side” or expressing her deep-rooted spirituality on the exquisite Bob Marley remake of “Selassie Is The Chapel,” the Marcia Griffith’s cover of “Stepping Out Of Babylon” “Emancipation” and “On My Way” – each of the album’s tracks is delivered with her soulful conviction. Producer Clive Hunt (Stevie Wonder, Peter Tosh, Rolling Stones, The Wailers, Grace Jones, Jimmy Cliff) arranged an all-star team of the island’s musicians to contribute to the set – including himself, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Grub Cooper, Handel Tucker, and Dean Fraser. Watch videos for the new single “Richest Girl” (MTV Iggy premiere) and “Trigger.”

    Remaining Tour Dates:
    Nov 15 (Sat) in Orlando, FL @ Melanie Room
    Nov 17 (Mon) @ SOBS in New York City, NY
    Nov 20 (Thurs) @ Nuvo Lounge in Raleigh, NC
    Nov 23 @ Troxy in London, UK
    Nov 30 @ The Gardens in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Dec 6 @ Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados
    Dec 13 @ Auckland Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand

    “soulful style and thoughtful lyrics…one of the most respected women in reggae today.” – NPR TELL ME MORE

    “keeping true to her socially conscious, vintage sound…would make Marley proud.” -EBONY

    “…scorching soulful roots…fuses Bob Marley with India.Arie” – BBC

    “mature and confident sound with top-notch lyrical content and unique vocals” – ASSOCIATED PRESS

    “serene” – VIBE

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  • VPAL Release (Nov 18) – Lady Saw – Alter Ego

    LADY SAW REVEALS ALTER EGO ON NOVEMBER 18

    Lady Saw

    New Album Distributed by VPAL Celebrating the Multi-Faceted Queen of Dancehall

    Next week, VPAL, VP Records’ subsidiary label and distribution arm, teams up with Lady Saw’s label Diva Records to release her new album Alter Ego, available November 18, 2014. The Queen of Dancehall is celebrating 25 years in the business with Alter Ego.

    The album puts her creativity on full display and showcases both the racy side of “Lady Saw” and the more subdued side of “Marion Hall.” The album features collaborations with Beres Hammond, Estelle, Ali Campbell of UB40 and Flo-Rida. Judging by her latest singles, “Hoping” and “Me & Mi X”, Lady Saw is adding some extra sizzle to the holiday season and posed to ignite the charts. The Queen is back and she means business.

    LADY SAW

    Lady Saw is a musical pioneer. She is the first female Jamaican artist to win a Grammy, certify as a triple-platinum artist and headline dancehall shows outside her native country. Born Marion Hall in Galina (parish of Saint Mary), she started her career on local sound systems like many artists on the island. As a female artist in a male-dominated world of Jamaican dancehall reggae, Lady Saw defeated all odds when she went on to top the Jamaican charts with “Find a Good Man.” In 1999, she had a major hit in the United States with “Smile,” recorded with Vitamin C, which peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was also a major hit in New Zealand and Canada and made certified gold with over 500,000 sales. In 2002, her collaboration with No Doubt, “Underneath It All” reached number three in the U.S. and sold more than three million copies, reaching triple platinum certification. The track also won a Grammy Award for ‘Best Performance by a Duo or Group.’ Lady Saw released a total of 6 albums on VP Records and then formed her own label called Divas Records. In 2010, she released her first independent album entitled My Way, which was later followed up by the hot single Heels On that reached #1 on all Caribbean charts globally. Saw is known mostly for her daring sexually-explicit lyrics and sassy style, but she is a very versatile artist. Saw’s stage persona as Lady Saw is a distinct contrast to her true self Marion Hall.” When she was younger, Saw sang in her church choir, so it wasn’t far fetch she announced that she would be concentrating on Gospel music in 2012. Now she teams back up with the VP Records via VPAL for distrubution only on her upcoming release Alter Ego.

    Alter Ego Track Listing:
    1. What Kinda Man featuring Estelle
    2. I Do Love You featuring Ali Campbell
    3. She Has Changed featuring Beres Hammond
    4. STD
    5. Hate Your Guts
    6. Nuh Yuh Business
    7. Whine
    8. Pretty Fingers
    9. Mi & Mi X
    10. Heels On Remix featuring Flo-Rida
    11. Cockpit
    12. Hoping
    13. Selfie
    14. Heaven

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  • Award Winning Young Adult Novel Musical Youth to be Distributed Throughout the Caribbean

    Award Winning Young Adult Novel Musical Youth to be Distributed Throughout the Caribbean

    BASSETERRE, St. Kitts. Teen readers in the Caribbean and the world will have one more book to read this week when the award-winning Musical Youth by Antiguan and Barbudan author Joanne C. Hillhouse is released. The book, which placed second in the 2014 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature, follows one eventful summer in the life of a group of Antiguan teenagers. According to the book’s blurb, guitarist Zahara and Shaka, a musical genius find love and challenges as they take part in a musical that they must get right by the end of the summer. Readers will be drawn in by the book’s cast of interesting characters and will love the musical thread that runs through the story.

    The Burt Award for Caribbean Literature is administered by CODE, a Canadian NGO with 55 years of experience supporting literacy and learning in Canada and around the world. As a second place winner of this award, Musical Youth will be distributed throughout the Caribbean to libraries and similar learning institutions. In addition, CODE supports professional development of writers and libraries. One of the first events connected to Musical Youth will be a free workshop for adult and teen writers this November in Antigua. The first place winner is A-dZiko Simba Gegele of Jamaica with her novel All Over Again and third place was won by Jamaican author Colleen Smith-Denis with her novel Inner City Girl.

    “This is an important book,” comments a representative of the publisher, CaribbeanReads Publishing, “because Caribbean teens will be able to see themselves in the young people in the story and relate to it. There are few books that achieve this goal and that’s why we are so excited to be a part of this and of Joanne’s success.”

    On their website, the administrators of the BURT Award describe the book as follows: “Musical Youth is a beautifully crafted novel with the leitmotiv of music running throughout it. This is a powerful and credible story of young love between two likeable heroes.”

    This is Joanne C. Hillhouse’s fifth publication. She has won fellowships to Breadloaf, Callalloo, and the Caribbean Fiction Writers Summer Institute and has been awarded a UNESCO prize as well as the David Hough Literary Prize. She runs the Wadadli Pen Writing Programme to nurture and showcase creative works by young writers in Antigua and Barbuda. Her other publications include The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Fish Outta Water, and Oh Gad!

    Musical Youth is available online on Amazon in both print and kindle formats and in some bookstores. Learn more about Musical Youth and the author Joanne C. Hillhouse at www.caribbeanreads.com.

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  • Rising Artiste Currenci Gaining Attention for New Single “Bokkle pon Bokkle”

    Rising Artiste Currenci Gaining Attention for New Single “Bokkle pon Bokkle”

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    Rising artiste Currenci has been gaining the attention of fans and radio dj’s alike with his recent release, “Bokkle Pon Bokkle.”

    The new single has been released for the UK production house, Solid Empire. The song is more of a party vibe song and mainly addresses an upscale party and flossing lifestyle.

    “This single has been getting crazy, crazy love especially in the clubs and with the radio dj’s. It is a party song and it brings out that party vibes so people cant help but to rave when they hear the song.” Said Currency

    You may remember Currenci from the hit single “Nuh Born See Riches” on the Jet Stream riddim produced by Studio Vybz featuring artistes such as Alkaline, I Octane, Seanizzle and many more back in 2013.

    Currenci recently wrapped up the final shots for one of his other songs, a summer single titled “ “Every Gal Thing” off the Studio Vybz Production(Full Throttle Riddim) which features popular artistes, Demarco, Elephant, Man ChanDizzy and many more. The video for “Every Gal Thing” will be ready for TV in a few weeks with a premiere on all local channels.

    In addition the recording artiste is presently recording several new tracks for his up coming Mixtape with some top producers.

    “The work never stop for Currenci. Right now I am gearing up to release my video and after that, it is back to the studio to put in some more work.”

    The upcoming sensation has been working tediously to better his craft and pleasing his fans world wide. Currenci is asking everyone to look out for him because he will be delivering more good music that people can vibe to.

    “I am never gonna stop doing music, that is my passion, that is my calling so I am just putting in the ground work now. Just want to tell the whole world to look out for the name Currenci, cause a whole heap of things me have to put out.”

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  • New Compilation (Nov 25) – Strictly The Best Vol. 50 & 51 Celebrate VP Records 35th Year in Business

    STRICTLY THE BEST SERIES

    VOLUMES 50 & 51 TO BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 25, 2014

    This Year’s Special Edition Celebrates VP Records 35th Anniversary

    Illustrations By Renowned Artist Michael Thompson

    Each 2CD Volume Features One Disc of Promising Hits for 2015 Plus a Bonus Disc of The Series’ Top Throwback Hits

    The longest running reggae series Strictly The Best unleashes Volume 50 & Volume 51 on November 25, 2014.

    This special edition of Strictly The Best celebrates VP Records 35th Anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, VP Records commissioned renowned artist Michael Thompson (Freestylee) to illustrate the cover art and CD booklet with a 2-page inlay highlighting the label’s legacy and its 35th year in business since the founder’s Vincent and Patricia Chin moved its operations from Jamaica to the United States.

    This year, each volume also features double discs – one filled with the latest trendsetting hits plus a bonus disc highlighting the series’ top vintage selections over the years.

    Volume 50’s first disc of the roots and lover’s rock collection contains the top tunes from rising stars (Toian’s Kingston Town, Ikaya’s “Ugly Girl,” Christopher Martin’s “Steppin ‘Razor,” Duane Stephenson’s “Cool Runnings” and Romain Virgo’s “Stay With Me”) and hits from the genre’s hottest singers (Etana’s “Trigger,” Jah Cure’s “Life We Live,” Maxi Priest’s “Gravity” and Gyptian’s “Majestic Love” featuring Estelle). The bonus disc features classics from reggae icons including Jacob Miller’s “Keep On Knocking,” Half Pint’s “Greetings,” Dennis Brown’s “Sitting & Watching,” Beres Hammond’s “Tempted To Touch” and Tarrus Riley’s “She’s Royal”.

    In the dancehall arena, Volume 51 includes the newest hits from Busy Signal including “Money Flow” and “Greetings (Ribidibi).” Other highlights are Spice’s “Like A Man,” Major Lazer’s “Come On To Me” featuring Sean Paul, Mavado’s “Give It All To Me” featuring Nikki Minaj and Elephant Man’s “Shmoney Dance.” The bonus disc has legendary dancehall tunes spanning the entire era – including Eek-A-Mouse ‘s “A Wah Do Dem,” Yellowman’s “I’m Getting Married,” Ini Kamoze’s “Hot Stepper,” Buju Banton’s “Massa God World A Run,” Beenie Man’s “Romie” and Sean Paul’s “Clap Your Hands Now (Get Busy remix)” featuring Fat Man Scoop.

    TRACK LISTINGS:

    STB Vol. 50
    Disc 1
    1. Life We Live – Jah Cure
    2. Real Know Real-D Major
    3. Steppin ‘Razor – Christopher Martin
    4. Cool Runnings – Duane Stephenson
    5. Trigger – Etana
    6. Love Me – J Boog
    7. Majestic Love-Gyptian featuring Estelle
    8. Kingston Town – Toian
    9. Stay With Me-Romain Virgo
    10. Ugly Girl – Ikaya
    11. Gravity-Maxi Priest
    12. Keep It Like It Is-Aysha Loren
    13. Love Is Not Blind – Queen Ifrica
    14. Don’t Mean A Thing-Jemere Morgan
    15. Ride Di Riddim – Shuga
    16. One Wrong One White – Jahlil
    Disc 2
    1. Keep On Knocking-Jacob Miller
    2. Sitting & Watching–Dennis Brown
    3. Big Ship-Freddie McGregor
    4. Greetings-Half Pint
    5. Tempted To Touch – Beres Hammond
    6. Lost My Sonia . Sonia Come Back – Cocoa Tea
    7. Kingly Character-Garnett Silk
    8. Praise Him-Sanchez
    9. Sweep Over My Soul-Luciano
    10. God Is Standing By – George Nooks
    11. I Am Not Afraid – Etana
    12. She’s Royal -Tarrus Riley

    STB Vol. 51
    Disc 1
    1. Money Flow – Busy Signal
    2. Greetings (Ribidibi) – Busy Signal
    3. Professionally – Busy Signal
    4. Come On To Me – Major Lazer featuring Sean Paul
    5. Give It All To Me – Mavado featuring Nikki Minaj
    6. Wet Fete – Gyptian featuring Kes The Band
    7. Who Rule – Latty J & Mr. Vegas
    8. Like A Man – Spice
    9. Gyal Bruk Out – Alkaline
    10. Good Book – Demarco
    11. My Own – Mavado
    12. Shmoney Dance – Elephant Man
    13. Hero – Tommy Lee Sparta

    Disc 2
    1. A Wah Do Dem – Eek-A-Mouse
    2. Arlene – General Echo
    3. Entertainment Tristan Palmer & Jah Thomas
    4. My Woman/ One Thousand Gal – Barrington Levy & Nigger Kojak & Liza
    5. I’m Getting Married – Yellowman
    6. Girlie Girlie – Sophia George
    7. No Wanga Gut – Tiger
    8. Young Gal Business – Chaka Demus
    9. Hot Stepper – Ini Kamoze
    10. Massa God World A Run – Buju Banton
    11. Romie – Beenie Man
    12. Clap Your Hands Now (Get Busy remix) – Sean Paul featuring Fat Man Scoop & Crooklyn Clan
    13. Weh Dem Ah Do – Mavado
    14. Below The Waist – Queen Ifrica
    15. Gal A Bubble – Konshens

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  • New Video: (Vice NOISEY Premiere) Christopher Ellis – Roller Coaster

    CHRISTOPHER ELLIS – THE SOULFUL UK-BASED SINGER AND

    SON OF JAMAICAN ROCKSTEADY PIONEER ALTON ELLIS –

    DROPS NEW VIDEO “ROLLER COASTER” FROM HIS LATEST

    DAMIAN MARLEY PRODUCED EP BETTER THAN LOVE (GYl)

    VICE Noisey Premieres the “Perfect Throwback And Modern Look at Rocksteady”

    “soulful sound that sits somewhere between reggae & retro R&B vibes of Aloe Blacc.”
    – OkayPlayer LargeUp

    “not only does he hit each note with precision and feeling, but he knows how to bring a song to life through his subtly controlled phrasing. Such nuances are increasingly rare (and thrilling) to find in the Auto-Tune era.”
    – COMPLEX

    Christopher Ellis, the youngest son of the late legendary Jamaican vocalist and rocksteady pioneer Alton Ellis, steps on the scene as one of reggae’s most promising singers of this generation. Ellis represents the soul revival with a British/Jamaican sensibility that blends R&B, ska and rocksteady. He recently unleashed his latest video for “Roller Coaster,” which premiered with VICE Noisey.

    Noisey raves that “Christopher Ellis takes classic rocksteady/first wave reggae and gives it a new look with “Roller Coaster,” a track that seems like it would fit squarely in the Daptone roster. This song has royalty written all over it…”

    “Roller Coaster” is off his latest EP Better Than Love, released last fall. Produced by Damian Marley and recorded with live studio musicians, this 5-song love story and refreshing modern take on classic reggae, R&B and rocksteady was penned by Ellis himself. His flawless soulful vocals effortlessly ride over “Roller Coaster,” the horn-drenched love ballad “You Babe,” the breathtaking anthem “Spoiling Me,” the one-drop rocksteady rhythms on “Left Unsaid” and the EP’s title track “Better Than Love.”

    Ellis is signed to the Marley-owned label Ghetto Youths International. From October 20-25, 2014, he recently set sail with the Marley fam and performed on the first annual, sold-out Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise.

    Track Listing – Better Than Love EP:
    1. Roller Coaster
    2. Left Unsaid
    3. You Babe
    4. Spoiling Me
    5. Better Than Love

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  • Free workshops with Burt Award winning author Joanne C. HillHouse

    CODE’s Burt Award for Caribbean Literature and Burt Award winning author Joanne C. Hillhouse will host two free workshops in Antigua and Barbuda – one for teens and one for writers interested in writing young adult fiction.

    Free Two-day workshop for writers interested in writing teen and young adult literature
    Where: The Heritage Hotel, Heritage Quay, St. John’s, Antigua
    When: November 22-23, 2014.
    Please note: The workshop on Saturday will run from 1:00pm to 4:00pm (Snacks provided). On Sunday the workshop will run from 9:30am to 4:00pm (Lunch provided).

    Interested writers are asked to please send your name, address and phone number, along with a one-page sample of your writing to burtaward@codecan.org by Nov. 11, 2014 to register.

    Space is limited, so please register soon!

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    Free half-day workshop for teen writers aged 12-18
    Where: The Heritage Hotel, Heritage Quay, St. John’s, Antigua
    When: 9:30am to 1:00pm on November 22, 2014 (Lunch will be provided)

    If you, one of your students or a youth you know are interested in participating, they should send their name, address, phone number, and school name along with a one-page sample of their writing to burtaward@codecan.org by Nov. 11, 2014 to register.

    Space is limited, so please register soon!

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    These workshops are part of a series of workshops and author events organized by CODE — a Canadian NGO which has been
    advancing literacy and learning around the world for 55 years — as part of the Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. You can learn more about CODE and the Burt Award here: http://www.codecan.org/burt-award-caribbean/about-the-award

    Joanne C. Hillhouse is the founder of the Wadadli Youth Pen Prize and author of books like The Boy from Willow Bend, Dancing Nude in the Moonlight, Oh Gad! And the forthcoming Musical Youth, which placed second in the 2014 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature. Please check out her blog here: https://jhohadli.wordpress.com/2014/11/03/musical-youth-preview-reading-code-workshops-its-happening/

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  • CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution receives major EU grant

    CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution receives major EU grant

    Bridgetown, Barbados (Sonique Solutions) – Barbados-based film distribution company CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD) has received a major funding grant from the ACPCultures+ Program, financed by the European Union and implemented by the ACP Group of States for ‘The 3D Distribution Project’ (3D) that will enhance CTWD’s digital, domestic and Diaspora distribution.

    3D’s partners include the Trinidad and Tobago Film Company, the National Institute of Culture and History, Belize, the Caribbean Examinations Council, the Film Commission of the Dominican Republic, Banyan Productions, and the German digital platform Onlinefilm.org.

    CTWD is the main global platform for Caribbean film and television content. It is also the first – and still the only – full service film distribution company that specializes in the acquisition, marketing and sales of Caribbean-themed programs.

    Founder and celebrated producer and filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon said: “This EU funding is hugely exciting. With it, we will raise the bar and really concentrate on delivering sustainable long-term income-generating streams for producers that will benefit our industry and the region as a whole. We have already put in place our Project Team.”

    She further stated, “We plan to acquire international distribution rights for 100 more films, expand our online platform, build strong broadcasting relationships with local and international television channels, and promote a wide-ranging marketing campaign, so as to make our Caribbean-themed content easily accessible to wide audiences around the world.”

    3D addresses systemic issues that have plagued the development of the Caribbean film/TV industry such as poor market visibility, high production costs, and restricted market access. Thus, CTWD will strengthen market access for content at local, regional and international levels and support the development of a truly professional, world-class and profitable Caribbean film sector.

    Founded in 2010 with a grant from the Barbados Business Enterprise Trust, CTWD’s programming also includes its Annual Film Festival , along with its Content Development and Market Training Program for filmmakers in Toronto, and the Video on Demand Platform.

    To date, CTWD’s extensive Catalogue consists of over 300 films and television programs of all genres, by 40 producers from 20 countries. These include “Kingston Paradise,” Mary Well’ award-winning feature, “A Winter Tale” starring Dennis ‘Sprangalang’ Hall and Leonie Forbes, award-winning Barbadian film “Hit for Six”, the cultural favourite “Calypso Dreams”, as well as episodes of “E-Zone”, “Caribbean Eye”, “Lord Have Mercy” and “Gayelle”. The new Catalogue will be launched in early 2015.

    About CARIBBEANTALES

    CaribbeanTales (CT) is a group of media companies that produces, markets, and exhibits Caribbean-themed films and television programs for regional and international distribution, including: CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD), the first full-service film distribution company in the English-speaking Caribbean. As well as distribution, CTWD provides co-production services to producers of Caribbean-themed content.

    CT’s other activities and brands include : CaribbeanTales Inc a registered Charity based in Toronto, Canada; the Caribbean-Tales International Film Festival (CTFF) that produces events around the world, the CaribbeanTales Incubator Program (CTI), that develops sustainable content for the international market, CaribbeanTalesFlix, our production arm, and CaribbeanTales-TV, a video on demand platform.

    About ACPCultures+ Program

    The ACPCultures+ Program is implemented by the Secretariat of the ACP (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific) Group of States and funded under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) by the European Union.

    Its objectives are: to reinforce the creation and production of cultural goods and services in the ACP States (Africa, Caribbean and Pacific) through an approach integrated with distribution networks; to support increased access to local, regional, intra-ACP, European and international markets; to build the capacities of culture sector professionals in ACP States, and to improve the regulatory environment of the culture sector.

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  • Caribbean tourism sector warned to make better use of technology or risk losing business to the competition

    CARIBBEAN TOURISM SECTOR WARNED TO MAKE BETTER USE OF TECHNOLOGY OR RISK LOSING BUSINESS TO COMPETITORS
    ~ Tobago’s Chief Secretary Orville London delivers stark warning at opening of CTO’s Tourism Human Resources Conference in Scarborough ~
    (SCARBOROUGH, Tobago) 29 OCTOBER 2014 — If the Caribbean tourism industry is not prepared to cater to visitors in this new digital age, they will lose business to destinations capable of doing so.

    This assertion was made by the Hon. Orville London, Chief Secretary in the Tobago House of Assembly, during the opening ceremony of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s 7th Tourism Human Resources Conference in Tobago.

    “We have to train and sensitize our employees, our stakeholders and our citizens that if we do not get on board with the technology the ship will sail to another port.”, he asserted.

    Over 100 human resources professionals and tourism industry partners have gathered at the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort for the conference which runs from 29-31 October.

    In treating with the conference theme, ‘Achieving High Performance in Caribbean Tourism in the New Networked Work Environment’, Mr. London also lamented that many hoteliers and other tourism industry players were yet to implement online marketing strategies. He therefore challenged the delegates to find creative ways to share the knowledge gained in the conference to inspire others in the industry to embrace the benefits of these new digital technologies.

    “We have to satisfy the discerning visitor who wishes to experience all the simple pleasures, all the natural ambience, all the scenic beauty and the hospitality of our people that we advertise in our brochures but at the same time is not prepared to be inconvenience by communication and other challenges,” the Chief Secretary told delegates.

    CTO Secretary General, Hugh Riley, suggested that if only we would unlock our creative capacity we could create new employment opportunities within the tourism sector and increase the loyalty among visitors to our shores.

    “Tourism is the business of creating and delivering memorable experiences to people who have left their own environment and have gone to great lengths to share our space and break bread with us. How we manage that is entirely within our control. There is no limit to the ideas involved in turning those strangers and their friends into our friends forever,” he said.

    The CTO’s Secretary General also underscored the importance of ensuring that persons who work in the Caribbean tourism sector are made to feel a sense of ownership of the sector and are encouraged to strive to provide excellent service which surpasses that which is offered by our competitors. This, he said, is one way to sustain the industry.

    During the course of the three-day conference the Caribbean youth will also take the spotlight, while delegates will be afforded the opportunity to receive specialized training through master classes, as well as destination tours to allow them to experience authentic Tobagonian hospitality.

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  • Tourists Set To Embark On 2015 Impact Week Trip To Haiti

    TOURISTS SET TO EMBARK ON 2015 IMPACT WEEK TRIP TO HAITI
    WITH EXCLUSIVE TRAVEL DEALS BY MY HAITI TRAVELS

    NEW YORK, NY – My Haiti Travels, a New York-based boutique concierge firm that produces high-quality travel experiences for leisure and business purposes, announced its third annual “Impact Week” signature expedition to Haiti. The all-inclusive tour package provides the perfect blend of civic and social interaction during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend of January 15-19, 2015. As a new feature, travelers will have the opportunity to extend their “Impact Week” experience with two add-on package deals that explore the historic city of Cap-Haitien and the International Jazz Festival of Port-au-Prince.

    The “Impact Week” tour offers a unique journey through cultural landmarks and vibrant destinations. With a fresh itinerary for the third edition, “Impact Week” travelers will immerse themselves into an action-packed voyage led by professional guides that includes dining at top restaurants, evening entertainment, artistic attractions, epic excursions and more.Guests will also enjoy deluxe hotel and beach resort stays at two sought-after properties that are new to the “Impact Week” itinerary – the elegant Royal Oasis located in the heart of Petion-Ville, a prestigious suburb of the nation’s capital Port-au-Prince, and the scenic Club Indigo Beach (formerly Haiti’s Club Med) on the Arcadins Coast, a popular Caribbean beach destination.

    For the first time, travelers will be able to extend their “Impact Week” stay in Haiti with the debut of two add-on tour package deals offered by My Haiti Travels. The first option is presented with partnering tour operator Belle Vue Tours and provides discovery of Cap-Haitien, Haiti’s second largest city located in the north. This package includes a tour of the iconic mountaintop Citadelle, the largest fortress in the Americas and one of the most historic Caribbean wonders of the world. The second add-on tour package features the eighth edition of the International Jazz Festival of Port-au-Prince, a not-to-be-missed cultural and touristic event featuring renowned foreign artists. Both tours are scheduled on January 19-22, 2015.

    The My Haiti Travels agency was founded by Haitian-born Dina Simon shortly following the devastating earthquake of January 2010 to support the resurgence of tourism and investment in Haiti, and to promote the patronage of local businesses, hotel/resort establishments and restaurants. My Haiti Travels staff continues to build relationships and work diligently with local professionals and experts across Haiti’s hospitality and tourism sector to provide safe, meaningful and fun experiences.

    “Seeing Haiti through our eyes is a cultural movement with a social impact,” said Dina Simon, founder and managing director, My Haiti Travels. “By listening to our repeat customers who asked to see more of Haiti, we have an even more robust Impact Week tour planned for 2015. My Haiti Travels will continue to explore new and exciting destinations with quality in service and treasured moments.”

    To commemorate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday celebrated in the U.S., “Impact Week” will feature Project Day for the third consecutive year to provide volunteer services to students of PRODEV’s (Progress and Development through the Youth of Haiti) Ecole Nouvelle Zoranje in the Village de La Renaissance. Established in 1995 to empower the youth of Haiti through education, PRODEV is a Haitian-led non-profit, non-political foundation officially recognized by the government of Haiti.

    Since its inaugural group trip in 2013, My Haiti Travels has hosted over 100 travelers through its “Impact Week” tour, “Jacmel Getaway” voyage and other custom expeditions. Ranging in age from teenagers to baby boomers, the diverse groups represent a multicultural mix of tourists seeking to explore Haiti’s dynamic Taino, African, Latin and French ancestry.

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  • New Releases from FOX FUSE Featuring General Degree, Benjai, Swappi, Ravi B and More

    NEW RELEASES FROM FOX FUSE
    Rick Ramoutar and Denise Belfon’s “Dheen Ta Na” Cops iTunes Feature
    Available on October 27

    Trinidad-based hit house MillBeatz Entertainment delivers a spicy combination with new track “Dheen Ta Na” from chutney and soca stars Rick Ramoutar and Denise Belfon, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on October 27, 2014, from FOX FUSE. The fusion of chutney and soca beats brings cultural flavors of Trinidad and Tobago and receives a prized feature on the iTunes U.S. Reggae Hot Tracks chart, during its week of release.
    “Dheen Ta Na” features two top stars of soca and chutney – the genre that is an offshoot of soca, which incorporates East Indian instrumentation and Bollywood beats. Chutney thriller Rick Ramoutar teams up with soca songstress Denise Belfon for the duet single. Ramoutar, a household name in Indo-Caribbean households and famous for his chutney party anthems, returns with this new banger and adds to his audience and fan base with soca’s Belfon.
    MillBeatz Entertainment was formed by producer David Millien, whose talent and fusion sounds have made him a mainstay on Trinidadian radio and on soca platforms worldwide. Regularly combining native sounds including soca, chutney, calypso, Latin, reggae and dancehall, Millien has managed to capture and fuse the essence of Caribbean music into each of his productions. “Dheen Ta Na” is right on cue with this mission of bringing all the flavors of the Caribbean to the global audience.
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    JahLight Records Crafts the Inspirational Jehovah Riddim, Featured on iTunes
    Available on October 28

    Trinidad and Tobago-based JahLight Records crafts the inspirational Jehovah Riddim, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on October 28, 2014, from FOX FUSE. Loaded with 12 tracks, this new collection of hits from the Gospel reggae label shines as it receives a coveted feature on the iTunes U.S. Reggae New and Noteworthy chart, during its week of release.
    Produced by Akeunde Pemberton and Dave “Elementree Dave” Danforth over the course of seven months, the Jehovah Riddim features Caribbean reggae Gospel sensations Kwesi Fontinelle, King Solomon, Righteous, Matthew Greenidge, Virtuous, Afyia Modeste, Zion, Silent Sah, Peculiar Princesses, Designers Original, Excellent Featuring Messiahs and Justice Featuring Mr. Song. Each artist penned their own track and the entire collection was recorded at the JahLight Records studio in Trinidad. A medley video for the riddim is currently in the works and is slated for release in early 2015.
    JahLight Records is fast becoming known for crafting timeless Gospel reggae tunes and is on the forefront of this niche genre. “This is probably our strongest riddim release since our Passover Riddim released in 2011,” states Pemberton, producer and head of JahLight Records. “The purpose of the Jehovah Riddim is to glorify and lift of the name of the one and true God. We hope to remind people that despite all the problems and afflictions that we might go through in this world, there is someone that has promised to always be there for us and His name is Jehovah.”
    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
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    1st Klase Records Presents Swappi And Friends, Featured on iTunes
    Available on October 28

    1st Klase Records presents a thrilling collection of hits from Trinidadian dancehall and soca star Swappi, titled Swappi And Friends, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on October 28, 2014, 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. The highly-anticipated release receives a prized feature on the iTunes U.S. Reggae New and Noteworthy chart, during its week of release, bringing mass attention to 1st Klase Records and Swappi.
    Showcasing five sizzling tracks, 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
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    MillBeatz Entertainment Makes the Call Riddim, Scores iTunes Feature
    Available on October 28

    MillBeatz Entertainment crafts the thrilling dancehall reggae compilation Call Riddim – Various Artists, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on October 28, 2014, from FOX FUSE. The riddim features some big names from both Jamaica and Trinidad, and receives a coveted feature on the iTunes U.S. Reggae New and Noteworthy chart, during its week of release.
    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 reggae 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)

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  • Aidonia Embarks On 20-City European Tour

    Coming off an exhilarating performance in the twin island republic of Trinidad & Tobago Dancehall star Aidonia continues to up the ante on his career heading into the festive season. The Jag One Productions (JOP) head honcho along with members of his camp departed the island on Wednesday, October 22nd for Europe where they’ll embark on a 20-city tour of that continent.

    Commencing in Amsterdam the capital city of Netherland the tour is expected to last three weeks spanning ten countries with stops in cities such as Perugia, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Rennes, Lyon, Montpellier, Geneva, Zurich, Wuppertal and Barcelona among several others. Despite the inclement and sometimes frigid weather conditions associated with that continent, Aidonia reassured his fans that will not dampen his spirit in anyway so when they come to the various concert venues they can expect nothing but a series of energy-filled action-packed shows along the tour.

    “Europe has always been a place that shows Aidonia and the JOP family a lot of love, we know this time of the year can be very cold and uncomfortable but the fans want to see us so that is enough motivation for us to make sure we go out there be it rain, snow or sleet to give them a 110% and nothing less… because they don’t get to see us very often therefore we have to leave them with something to remember each time we visit.” – Aidonia explained.

    The sanguine entertainer is expected to return to the island in mid-November in time to premier a pair of videos for his street bubblers ‘Love Off Yuh Gyal’ and ‘Ryder’ both shot by accomplished director Michael ‘Bigzship’ Burbridge.

    The tour comes on the heels of his One Voice Foundation and Scholarship programme launch at the Maxfield Park Primary School geared towards rendering financial assistance to students annually. Worth almost $300,000 Jamaican dollars the scholarship focuses on five students at the grade six level. The top student who exemplify good behaviour, attitude, maintain the highest grades and overall progress throughout their primary school tenure and passes their GSAT Examinations will receive an annual grant of $200,000 for high school. The remaining four will each receive a $20,000 book voucher annually to offset high school expenses. The scholarship programme was spearheaded by Ms. Monica Lawrence – Mother of Aidonia and also a teacher at the institution.

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  • Orisha Sound Releases New Reggae Album, 1 Reggae

    Orisha Sound’s Sexy Rocksteady on New Album,
    1 Reggae

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    Jamaica’s Reggae Princess Drops Powerful New Album
    Kingston, Jamaica – 2014 has been a busy year for reggae-pop artist Orisha Sound. The Jamaica-based beauty has released singles such as “One More Night”, “Gimmi The Beat”, and collaborated with the industry best like Sizzla Kalonji, Beenie Man and many more. They all appear on her new album 1 Reggae which is currently available on iTunes.

    1 Reggae is less of a sophomore release and more of a refined selection of Orisha Sound’s music. The album follows her 2013 break-out release, Cupid, cataloguing several tracks from Cupid in a context that is distinctly more reggae. Recording her entire album in Jamaica, 1 Reggae opens with the ska track, “Rollercoaster”, setting the tone for the rest of the album, the track shifts gears to a funkier and more ska take. The following track, “One More Night”, is a fresh taste of old-school dancehall and live instrumentals. “Gimmi The Beat” demonstrates Orisha’s humanitarian concerns, which are important in understanding her artistic vision. The song is deceptively smooth as the relaxing beat contrasts the severity of the issues, like human trafficking in Africa, war in Ukraine and unjust acts in Jamaica. The call and response with Anthony Que in “Best of My Love” stays true to the style of traditional rocksteady reggae. The remix of “Embrace It” strays the least from its predecessor with a harder beat that is best suited for a nightclub. The last two tracks on 1 Reggae both merge Orisha’s reggae with dance pop are as sexy as they catchy. “World War Three” featuring Beenie Man does not shy away from it’s a intimate undertones with a beat that will lead you straight to the dance floor. The last track “Own Ya” fuses Orisha’s reggae roots into a pop jam seamlessly. As Orisha puts it, “Politics, love, emotions, world events – things I’ve been through the last year – its all put in the sound form in 1 Reggae.” Orisha has put her blood, sweat and tears into this latest release as her passion for reggae rings solidly throughout.

    Orisha’s lifelong dream of performing music began at the age of four, when she made music a priority in her life. Spending all her free time studying violin, piano, singing and guitar prove how serious she’s always been about music. She would go on to tour both Europe and the United States at age nine. This child prodigy would grow up to collaborate both onstage and in studio with acts such as Stevie Wonder, Stanley Clarke, Anthony Hamilton, Flo Rida, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Sizzla, Sly & Robbie, and many others. Citing influences from electronic, dance, alternative, hip-hop and world music, it is no surprise that Orisha’s produced such eclectic music. Her wanderlust and love for traveling have always inspired her work and continues to. “I don’t stay in one place – I move a lot – enjoying the beat of the streets and the studios of LA, Moscow, Kingston, London, Paris, NY…It’s all about the people and their love, hate, sex, faith, and struggle,” Orisha explains. “I really encourage people who love music to go and stream it (1 Reggae) or buy it – hear it for themselves. You will love it – it will take you somewhere else you never been before. It does it to me.”

    Orischa

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  • L3 Magazine Features Tessanne Chin on the Cover of the November, 2014 Issue!

    L3 Magazine Features Tessanne Chin
    on the Cover of the November, 2014 Issue
    Plus
    Robert Burchell | Travis Hanson | Freestyle and More!

    New York, NY

    L3 Magazine, North America’s #1 Caribbean-Urban publication, has released their November, 2014 issue which features Tessanne Chin on the cover.

    After winning NBC’s coveted music competition called The Voice, life changed for Tessanne, and we talk to the star about those changes including being in demand daily, making time for family, and reaction to her album sales. Her response to Natasha Von Castle’s interview questions demonstrate hew take on the business of show business in a definitive statement that commands respect.

    In addition to Tessanne, Gospel performing artist Robert Burchell speaks to Jennifer Menster about Gospel and its’ impact on people, as well as creating a new category / genre called Inspirational as that is what his music does – inspire! Lastly, Travis Hanson’s illustrations have been enjoyed by people around the world, so in his sit down with Song River, the artist shares his views on art, and alternative ways for artists to raise money to support their dreams.

    Our art in focus special looks at the work of Freestyle, who has amassed an impressive gallery of Reggae and Dancehall greats, Photographer Jerome Dupont puts model Stephanie in focus while Beauty Editor Kay Cunningham raves about the best in Lipstick. Travel Editor Stasia Von Castle visits Tanzania and shares several up close and personal experiences of wildlife found in the Ruaha National Park and Frank Deniro showcases his artist to watch!

    All of this, plus music charts and a complete list of newest releases compiled by our journalists from around the world are available for all to enjoy in the November, 2014 issue of L3 Magazine via www.L3Magazine.com!

    Tessane

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  • Etana Drops New Album Tomorrow, Rallies For Breast Cancer and Starts U.S. Tour

    ETANA RELEASES HER NEW STUDIO ALBUM I RISE

    TOMORROW OCTOBER 28 ON VP RECORDS

    Portion of Proceeds Will Benefit American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Weston

    U.S. Tour and Promo Run Kicks Off This Month
    Helmed by the legendary Jamaican multi-instrumentalist and producer Clive Hunt, Etana’s fourth studio album I Rise will be available tomorrow October 28, 2014 on VP Records. The Jamaican singer-songwriter’s melodic power blended with Hunt’s rich arrangements sets this album apart as one of the best throughout her stellar career. For National Breast Cancer Awareness month, a portion of the album’s proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Weston when purchased at VP Records retail stores in New York and Florida or online at VPReggae.com.

    Etana also kicked off her U.S. tour this month. This past week she performed on Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley’s first annual Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise on October 22 as well as shows in Cape Cod, Boston and Philadelphia. She heads to New York City today (Oct 27) and tomorrow (Oct 28) to promote the new album and then to the Midwest region and Texas for dates with reggae icon Cocoa Tea. See remaining tour schedule below.
    Etana carries the torch as reggae’s leading lady with this classic collection of love ballads and roots anthems on her new album I Rise. With her poised assurance and newfound strength, she evolves spiritually, mentally, emotionally and musically. Whether she shedding light on the harsh ghetto realities on “Trigger,” “Ward 21 (Stenna’s Song)” and “How Long,” conveying romantic longings on “Richest Girl,” “Love Song,” and “By Your Side” or expressing her deep-rooted spirituality on the exquisite Bob Marley remake of “Selassie Is The Chapel,” the Marcia Griffith’s cover of “Stepping Out Of Babylon” “Emancipation” and “On My Way” – each of the album’s tracks is delivered with her soulful conviction. Producer Clive Hunt (Stevie Wonder, Peter Tosh, Rolling Stones, The Wailers, Grace Jones, Jimmy Cliff) arranged an all-star team of the island’s musicians to contribute to the set – including himself, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Grub Cooper, Handel Tucker, and Dean Fraser.

    I Rise follows Etana’s critically-acclaimed albums Better Tomorrow (2013), Free Expressions (2011) and The Strong One (2008). Better Tomorrow was hailed by BBC as her “most seamless album to date and finest piece of songwriting yet” and Associated Press called it “mature and confident sound with top-notch lyrical content and unique vocals.” Free Expressions won praise from NPR for being “a rarity: music that sermonizes, yet still sweetly serenades,” while Essence raved that her debut The Strong One exuded “poetic consciousness amid soul-stirring grooves rivals that of gifted neo-soulsters.” Etana’s I Rise is poised for equal success and will inspire, liberate and uplift a new generation.

    Etana’s I Rise – Track Listing:
    1. Selassie is the Chapel
    2. How Long
    3. On My Way
    4. Stepping Out Of Babylon
    5. Jamaica Woman
    6. I Rise
    7. Richest Girl
    8. Love Song
    9. By Your Side
    10. Passing Thru
    11. Trigger
    12. Ward 21 (Stenna’s Song)
    13. Emancipation
    14. Jah Jah
    15. Jam Credits

    Tour Dates:
    Oct 29 (Wed) @ Taboo in Pittsburgh, PA
    Oct 30 (Th) @ Thompson House in Cincinnati, IL
    Oct 31 (Fri) @ Shrine in Chicago, IL
    Nov 1 (Sat) @ Alarosa in Columbus, OH
    Nov 4 (Tues) @ Cabooze in Minneapolis, MN
    Nov 5 (Wed) @ Cherokee Performing Arts Center in St Louis, MO
    Nov 9 (Sun) @ Reggae Bar in San Antonio, TX
    Nov 10 (Mon) @ Flamingo Cantina in Austin, TX
    Dec 13 (Sat) @ Raggamuffin Music Festival in Auckland, New Zealand

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  • The 24th London Latin American Film Festival 14 -23 November

    The 24th London Latin American Film Festival 14 -23 November 2014

    The 24th London Latin American Film Festival runs from 14th to 23rd November offering, as always, a unique and eclectic mélange of feature films, documentaries and shorts, in the sumptuous comfort of the Bolivar Hall; and the University College London/Institute of the Americas.

    13 The Gallery, Islington is the venue for the sizzling Launch Night Party and Exhibition, for art, drinks and, of course, the most fascinating conversation London has to offer. See you there on November the 13th.

    To start the Festival off with a real bang, we present ‘The Heart of Caracas’ a stunning feature documentary from Simon Toro, which charts the birth and development of this tumultuous city and offers a vision of its future as a beacon to all Latin America.

    The London Latin American Film Festival always moves with the times and, as the World’s most fashionable themes right now are violence, pestilence and eco-disaster, we thought we would follow suit with our Features Programme. Dark thrillers abound, with stories of madness, alienation and supernatural forces. Do not miss ‘Extirpador de Idolatrías’ in which a twisted avenger terrorises indigenous Andean communities, or ‘The Cure’, about a worker poisoned by agro-chemicals and descending into a dimension of hellish delusion amidst the wilds of Patagonia. Perfect for a gloomy November evening. Go on, scare yourself! Of course, you can also enjoy the wonderful Carlos Acosta in the laugh-a-minute rom-com ‘Days of the Flowers’ from BAFTA award-winning director, John Roberts.

    There is plenty to tickle the funny bone, too, in the Shorts Programme, such as the engaging ‘Pinches Mayas’; (a boy has to confront the end of the world, still a virgin!) There is also visual poetry in experimental pieces like ‘Perfect Storm’ as well as award-winning dramas ‘Drops of Smoke’ and ‘El Tiple’.

    Another strong element in the Festival this year is the theme of cultural heritage saved or redeemed, especially in the Documentary Programme. There is extraordinarily committed and moving filmmaking on offer in such films as ‘Amazon Souls’’, profiling the noble Huaorani people of the Ecuadorian rainforest, and ‘They are We’, in which the inhabitants of a remote Sierra Leonean village discover, with delight, that their culture has been preserved in Afro-Cuban traditions on the other side of the ocean.

    There is room here only to scratch the surface of what is a particularly strong and varied Festival Programme, this year. We look forward to greeting you and sharing these delights, amongst many others, at the 24th. London Latin American Film Festival.

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