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  • First annual Nevis Blues Festival premieres April 16, 2015

    FIRST ANNUAL NEVIS BLUES FESTIVAL PREMIERES APRIL 16, 2015

    Stellar Line-up of Local, Regional and Internationally Acclaimed Artists Includes Ian Siegal, Denise Gordon and Zac Harmon

    February 26, 2015… Come in from the cold for a dose of island life in a place to get your groove back, at the launch of the Nevis’ first annual blues festival, which will be the perfect backdrop to an exhilarating Caribbean experience. The three-night musical event takes place April 16-19, 2015 at the aptly named, Sundowner Stage on Oualie Bay. The line-up features an impressive selection of award-winning and world-renowned artists from Europe, the United States and the Caribbean.

    Multi-Award winning musician and British Blues Hall of Famer, Ian Siegal joins XM Satellite Radio “Best New Blues Artist” awardee, Zac Harmon and acclaimed U.K. based Jazz, Gospel and Blues singer Denise Gordon, whose parents are from Nevis, as part of the roster of artistes slated to perform.

    The organizers created the Nevis Blues Festival to complement the natural, intimate and relaxed setting of the island, allowing music lovers to enjoy the soulful sounds of blues that will fill the night air. Guests will be immersed in the wonderfully relaxed pace of Nevisian life that’s loaded with history as they savor exquisite sights and enjoy mouthwatering cuisine that serves to further enhance the experience.

    “Cultural enthusiasts, festival lovers and music aficionados will be wooed by British Blues Hall-of-Famer, Ian Siegal, XM Satellite Radio “Best New Blues Artist” awardee, Zac Harmon and acclaimed U.K. based Jazz, Gospel and Blues singer Denise Gordon,” says Minister of Tourism, Hon. Mark Brantley. ”We’re excited to premiere the Nevis Blues Festival as our newest cultural offering “Our aim is to present a highly anticipated annual event that celebrate both local and international talent while reflecting the beauty and cultural experience of Nevis” he continued.

    Nevis is quietly developing a reputation for staging world class events including their Cross Channel Swim competition; Mango Festival; Culturama; Nevis Regatta; Nevis Marathon, among others.

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  • Eco-friendly cruising in Antigua and Barbuda

    ECO-FRIENDLY CRUISING IN ANTIGUA’S SISTER ISLAND BARBUDA

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    Now is the time to cruise over to Barbuda (Photo Credits: Randy Candy Photography. Provided by The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority)

    While Antigua is the more popular of the two, now is the time to cruise over to Antigua’s exclusive sister island Barbuda.
    “Barbuda has emerged as a green cruising destination welcoming, smaller luxury cruise lines with discerning cruisers, and this will have a significant impact on the economy of the sister island” says CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, Colin C. James.
    For the 2014-2015 winter season the island will receive calls from Europa, Ponant, Sea Dream, Club Med, Black Watch, Windsurf and Wind Spirit.
    A nature lover’s paradise, the island is filled with experiences that are sure to appeal to eco-aware cruisers. See Barbuda’s unique pink sand beaches, and spectacular 17 mile stretch of pristine, unbroken beach.

    The largest Frigate Bird Sanctuary in the western hemisphere, accessible only by boat, the sanctuary contains over 170 species of birds in addition to the more than 5,000 Frigate birds that call Barbuda their home. 

    Visitors are invited to take a wander through the charming Codrington village, founded in the 16th Century by Christopher Codrington. Explore historic sites, including Highland House, built in the 1720s, by the Codrington Family and Martello Towers, a fort built by the British and once used to guard Barbuda’s south-west coastline.

    A must while in Barbuda are the Caves at Two Foot Bay. Visitors on a hike through Barbuda’s Indian Cave, will discover ancient Amerindian petroglyphs.

    Anyone who visits this fishing island is invited to sample the local seafood and Barbuda’s famous, spiny lobster.
    Those cruising over to Antigua will also have plenty of opportunities to engage in environmentally sustainable excursions.
    With a 300 year history, St. John’s, the capital city of Antigua, is full of interesting sites and landmarks, making a walking tour the perfect way for cruisers docking in Heritage Quay or historic Redcliffe Quay, to soak up the history and culture of the town.

    Nearby landmarks include the oldest building in St. John’s, the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, built in 1747 for use as a Court House and the17th century St. John’s Anglican Cathedral.

    Travel towards the farmers and craft markets, for locally grown produce and local handicrafts. There, you will find the bust of Antigua and Barbuda’s first Prime Minister and nearby the childhood home of National Hero, and cricketing legend, Sir Vivian Richards. View the Official Residence of the Governor General, the Cenotaph War Memorial, and relax at the Victoria Park Botanical Gardens.

    Antigua boasts a host of activities, and port facilities are undergoing major upgrades, allowing Antigua and Barbuda to regain its marquee status as a premier Caribbean cruise destination.

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  • Etana Joins Fight for Ebola & Will Perform at United Nations on Mar 2 + Her Song “Better Tomorrow” Chosen as Official Anthem

    ETANA & VP RECORDS JOIN THE FIGHT TO

    “STOP EBOLA AND BUILD FOR THE FUTURE”

    Jamaican Songstress Set To Perform at Private Concert Held at the
    United Nations General Assembly Hall on Mon. March 2, 2015

    Her Single “Better Tomorrow” Selected as Official Campaign Anthem
    And Re-Released on March 3 With All Proceeds Going Towards Cause

    Led by the United African Congress, Give Them a Hand Foundation and the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation – Etana and VP Records have joined the effort to fight Ebola and participate in the “Stop Ebola and Build For the Future” campaign and concert at the United Nations on Mon. March 2, 2015. These initiatives will benefit the efforts to combat the worst outbreak of the disease affecting Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone through a multi-pronged approach focused on spreading prevention information and providing training, building a robust system of support for those impacted (especially children orphaned by the disease) and building community clinics in the affected countries.

    The critically acclaimed Jamaican reggae singer Etana has graciously offered up the title track from her second album Better Tomorrow as the official anthem for the “Stop Ebola and Build For the Future” campaign. The song will be re-released on March 3, 2015 via iTunes, and all proceeds from the song will go towards the cause.

    WATCH one of many video clips that features “Better Tomorrow” as theme song:

    “When I wrote the song I thought of Africa and how rich and beautiful the continent is yet there are so many struggling and suffering people and only a handful of very wealthy people. I also had similar thoughts of people in America, South America, Jamaica, Haiti, India, etc. I wanted the world to feel like I feel, that there must be a better tomorrow. When I heard that someone was so moved by the song that they wanted to use the song to help people affected by Ebola I was overwhelmed with emotions. I am so happy to see the song doing exactly what I wanted it to do – help, heal and strengthen humanity. I am grateful to everyone participating in the mission to help make it a very successful one. One perfect love to each and everyone,” states Etana.

    Etana and her band will also take the stage at a private concert held at the United Nations General Assembly Hall on Monday, March 2, 2015 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm to raise awareness about the initiative. She will perform songs off her latest album I Rise as well as a special remix of “Better Tomorrow” featuring artists from all over the world, all who will unite on stage to fight for change. Political figures, including Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon and his wife Madame Ban Soon-taek, as well as celebrities, such as Derek Jeter, Lisa Vanderpump, Robin Roberts, Nick Cannon and Salt-N-Pepa, will also participate and attend the event. The concert is possible through a partnership between the UAC, GTAH, the Permanent Mission of São Tomé and Principe, the Permanent Missions to the UN of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea and the Observer Mission of the African Union as well as numerous nonprofit and community organizations, health professionals, and faith-based groups. The Friendship Ambassadors Foundation will act as the 501(c) 3 nonprofit fiscal conduit.

    “We are honored to be asked to support this noble effort. Etana is the right artist to represent and ‘Better Tomorrow’ is the perfect song,” concludes Richard Lue, Director of Business Development at VP Records.

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  • New Releases from FOX FUSE Featuring Olatunji, Destra Garcia, Machel Montano, Stein and More

    MillBeatz Entertainment Drops Yuma Riddim
    Available on February 24

    Trinidadian hit house MillBeatz Entertainment drops its electrifying, new compilation Yuma Riddim – Various Artists, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on February 24, 2015 from FOX FUSE.
    The power soca collection boasts three tracks, which include soca stars Destra Garcia with “Give It To Them” and International Groovy Soca Monarch winner Olatunji with “Riddim In We Vein (R.I.D.V.),” along with the instrumental version. Two additional songs on the Yuma Riddim are now available for pre-order.
    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. Millien manages to capture and fuse the essence of the Caribbean into each of his productions and the Yuma Riddim is right on cue with this mission of bringing diverse island flavors to the global audience.
    TRACK LIST

    1. Destra Garcia – Give It To Them
    2. Olatunji – Riddim In We Vein (R.I.D.V.)
    3. MillBeatz Entertainment – Yuma Riddim (Instrumental)
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    AdvoKit Productions Presents “Caribbean Christian” from Jaron Nurse
    Available on February 23

    AdvoKit Productions presents the newest song on its blockbuster release Kan Kan Riddim, with “Caribbean Christian” from Jaron Nurse, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on February 23, 2015 from FOX FUSE. Trinidadian Gospel artist Jaron Nurse shines a new spotlight on the Kan Kan Riddim as he introduces its sweet island vibes to Gospel fans.
    Crafted by AdvoKit Productions with producer Kit Israel at its helm, the Kan Kan Riddim has been a mainstay on iTunes and radio charts worldwide, since its initial release back in November. AdvoKit keeps the compilation fresh with this new addition, and grows its audience by inviting Gospel fans to part-take in its joy as a Caribbean Christian.
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    MillBeatz Entertainment Delivers “Squat On D Jook-Er” from Olatunji
    Available on February 23

    MillBeatz Entertainment delivers new soca smash “Squat On D Jook-Er” from soca sensation Olatunji, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on February 23, 2015 from FOX FUSE. Olatunji Yearwood has been enjoying a prolific season, which recently saw him capturing the 2015 International Groovy Soca Monarch crown at this year’s Trinidad Carnival, cementing his name in the history books and with soca fans globally.
    Penned by the eccentric and exciting entertainer, “Squat On D Jook-Er” was produced by Trinidadian producer David “MillBeatz” Millien, who continues to inject a potpourri of flavors into his productions, thereby making them instant fan favorites. The track is available in both clean and raw versions, along with the instrumental.
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    Stein Delivers “Links Dem Ah Use”
    Available on March 9

    Jamaican dancehall slayer Stein delivers his latest hit “Links Dem Ah Use,” available worldwide from all major digital retailers on March 9, 2015, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. Produced by Stein’s own New Planet Records, the hardcore track brings contemporary dancehall sounds to fan the flames for fans of the genre.
    Penned by Stein, who is known to dancehall fans globally for his lyrical arsenal, “Links Dem Ah Use” has been released to radio and is burning up airwaves on reggae and dancehall platforms, in and out of the Caribbean.
    Stein is working on the follow-up to his debut album All Or Nothing, which was released in 2013 by FOX FUSE. He is also currently on tour in Europe, with recent appearances in Sweden and Germany, as he continues to spread dancehall sounds globally.
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    WIZ Records Blazes with Fully Loaded: Deluxe Edition
    Now Available

    Soca imprint WIZ Records blazes with its latest hit-filled compilation Fully Loaded: Deluxe Edition – Various Artists, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released January 20, 2015), from FOX FUSE. Boasting 20 gigantic tracks, this collection showcases some of WIZ Records’ biggest hits from previous years, in an effort to bring soca fans up to speed with key releases from this exciting production house.
    Featuring a multitude of soca thrillers, Fully Loaded: Deluxe Edition makes available several of WIZ Records’ top riddims to the global fan base, including its hugely successful Bubble Up Riddim, Feel Good Riddim, Pitta Patta Riddim and its Jab Jab Reloaded Riddim, just to name a few of the highlights from this collector’s item for soca fans.
    Producer Shawn “Mr. Roots” Mitchell, who is at the helm of WIZ Records, is enjoying yet another successful season with his new releases atop soca charts and playlists, including Ricardo Drue’s “Vagabond,” which won third place at this year’s International Groovy Soca Monarch competition during Trinidad Carnival.
    TRACK LIST

    1. Nnika Francis – Sugar Stick (Bubble Up Riddim)
    2. Machel Montano – Slow Wine (Bubble Up Riddim)
    3. Mista Vybe – Show Off Featuring Mr. Killa (Pitta Patta Riddim)
    4. Irvin Isaac – It’s a Party Featuring Emrand Henry (Pitta Patta Riddim)
    5. Pupa Leendi – Touch Me
    6. Patrice Roberts – Work It (Bubble Up Riddim)
    7. Farmer Nappy – Looking To Wine Featuring General Grant (Bubble Up Riddim)
    8. Yaga – Whole Day Carnival
    9. Lexie – Have You Ever
    10. Mr. Vegas and Skinny Fabulous – My Girl
    11. Tarah Holdipp – Play Mr. DJ (Feel Good Riddim)
    12. Irvin Isaac – Heart Goes Doo-Doop (Feel Good Riddim)
    13. Keisha – I Feel Good (Feel Good Riddim)
    14. Frontpage – Yuh Rags Featuring Nekoyan
    15. Myney – My Property
    16. Frontpage – Reclaim Featuring Otis
    17. Mista Vybe and Tallpree – Jab D Remix (Jab Jab Reloaded Riddim)
    18. Jamesy P – Bruk She Waist Featuring Luta and Benji (Jab Jab Reloaded Riddim)
    19. Kage – Colours and Bumpas
    20. Ignition – Gimme De Wine (Bubble Up Riddim

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  • New Video – Ikaya’s “Ugly Girl”

    JAMAICA’S RISING SONGSTRESS

    IKAYA RELEASES VIDEO FOR HIT SINGLE “UGLY GIRL”

    Reggaeville Premieres the Visual

    Jamaica’s rising star Ikaya drops her new video for “Ugly Girl,” the hit single which has been making waves in her native country (currently in the Top 5 of Richie B’s local reggae singles chart) and the international reggae scene. Directed by Scorpio 21 and shot in Kingston, the playful video reenacts her man caught in the act with another woman.

    WATCH Ikaya’s “Ugly Girl” now:

    Born February 5, 1986 in Kingston, Ikaya started singing and writing songs from an early age. She is now signed with VP Records and her track is featured on the latest annual compilation series Strictly The Best Volume 50: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/strictly-the-best-vol.-50/id937226284

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  • WATCH: New Video – Vybz Kartel x Daytrip – Short Film About London’s Illegal Gun Trade

    VYBZ KARTEL’S “UP TO THE CRIME”

    SHORT FILM / MUSIC VIDEO

    DEPICTS LONDON’S ILLEGAL GUN TRADE

    Visual Created by Act Natural and Song Produced by Daytrip and Klash City

    Vybz Kartel may be serving a life sentence in prison, but that does not stop one of dancehall’s most lyrical geniuses from making music. The Jamaican artist hopped on NYC duo Daytrip and Klash City’s produced track “Up To The Crime” this past summer and now a stunning visual (directed by UK-based Act Natural) drops for this hard-hitting anthem. Shot more like a short film, the powerful music video depicts a day-in-the-life of a young man caught up in West London’s illegal gun trade.

    WATCH/POST NOW: Vybz Kartel – “Up To The Crime”

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  • “I Will Tear Down Soca Monarch”- Blaxx

    “I Will Tear Down Soca Monarch”- Blaxx

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    Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. ———-“When I hit that Soca Monarch stage tonight, all hell will break lose.”- Blaxx.

    Claim the win, that’s how soca star Blaxx says he will send a shockwave throughout T&T this year following the International Groovy and Power Soca Monarch showdown tonight.

    He’s very serious. His faith is unwavering and despite several other big names contesting him strongly in the Groovy leg of the competition, he says his single, “Place In Life” has outlived several other songs this season, the DJs at all popular radio stations showing a lot of love for the tune. “It’s a big song. People underestimate me sometimes but when I put on my show in the Groovy this year, they will wonder where that came from,” he assured.

    His Power contender is mighty, whichever way you look at it. “Boy, at Army Fete last week, the people felt the power of that song. I can’t thank Andrew Phillip enough. It’s a song I love. I love to perform it and when I give them that one at Soca Monarch tonight, people will see a transformation at that stadium,” said the artiste. He’s been at almost every major fete this season with the Roy Cape family. He’s supporting his fellow Roy Cape Groovy contender, Ricardo Drue, but he won’t make it easy on any of his competitors when the curtains are drawn and the band strikes up at the biggest soca showdown in the world.

    Blaxx is ready. His vocals are on point and with a hint of humour he assured, “they don’t need to worry. I’m breathing fine. They just need to be ready to show me who is really the maddest crew in this thing!”

    Blaxx will perform in position number 5 in the Groovy leg of the competition and 10 in the Power Soca Monarch, one place after the reigning King, Machel Montano. “This game isn’t for the feint at heart. It’s for the finishers. I will show them!”

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  • MaddSpider Productions Starts the New Year in a Sunshine State!

    MaddSpider Productions Starts the New Year in a
    Sunshine State!
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    MaddSpider Productions begins 2015 with the release of their new riddim, Sunshine State which features performances from established Dancehall artists including a surprise feature from the hit duo Born Jamericans – Notch (Horman Howell) and Edley Shine (Edley Payne).

    Purposely playing on the expression Sunshine State, both Jermaine ‘Froggy’ Lawrence and Ashanti ‘Taranchyla’ Reid named the riddim to give light to the fact that there are several positives to Dancehall despite some of the negatives we hear in the news. They also pay homage to the state they live in, Florida, which is often referred to as the Sunshine State. “Coming from Florida, we get a lot of sunshine and a lot of energy from the huge Caribbean population here. We also have a lot of talent that is based here, so calling the riddim Sunshine State made sense because it’s everything we are!”

    The 12 track riddim compilation features performances from Delly Ranx, T.O.K., Ce’Cile, Wayne Wonder and more and was recorded in Orlando, Florida and in Kingston, Jamaica. Using modern music elements and borrowing slightly from the EDM genre, the riddim stands out as its BPM is at 78 which is very unusual for productions today. Most fall in the 90 to 100 BPM range. “Slowing down the riddim was important to us because it allows each artists performance to resonate with listeners. When the BPM is slower, the vocals are more clear” said Froggy MaddSquad, one half of Madd Spider Productions.

    Dancehall’s badgyal, Ce’Cile recorded the song “It’s Yours” on the riddim and said “the moment I finished recording my song, I told my manager and Froggy that this is going to be a hit for me. They agree and so do a few trusted DJs I’ve allowed to hear it!”

    Making its debut via ZJ Liquid on Zip FM, the feedback was immediate and good. “The listeners like the riddim and like that it stands out from all the other riddims being produced. It’s Dancehall and it’s crossover so it works for everyone.”

    The Sunshine State Riddim was released on iTunes on February 10th, 2015 via this link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sunshine-state-riddim/id958343810

    About MaddSpider Productions:

    Formed in 2009, Madd Squad Productions is based in Orlando and has been producing for their label, and for individual artist release. Riddims such as Hot Water, Basik Instink, Island Breeze, Not Tonight, Double XL, Coconut Water and more have earned them the respect of their peers and have made them two of the most sought after producers. Their projects have been featured on iTunes and consistently receive radio play from international markets – the UK to Australia to North America to Europe. They currently work with Shaggy, Machel Montano, Kranium, and Collie Buddz, and have produced for Buju Banton, Gappy Ranks, ZJ Liquid, Wayne Wonder and more.

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  • Caribe Film Fest Kicks Off for Black History Month Celebrations

    Caribe Film Fest Kicks Off for Black History Month Celebrations.

    Films, educational workshops and industry networking take center stage at the inaugural Caribe Film Fest, a celebration of film from the Caribbean and Americas.

    Miami, FL – Filmmakers celebrating Black History Month and the diversity of the Caribbean and the Americas convene at the first annual Caribe Film Fest scheduled for February 27 and 28 at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 Northeast 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137. A combination of Master Classes, panel discussions, talk back sessions, technical hands on workshops, industry networking and an extensive selection of independent films will provide 2 days of insight and empowerment for the actors and filmmakers who seek to engage in global story telling. Admission with a general all access weekend pass is $20.

    “South Florida is a melting pot and home to a cross section of people from the Afro- Caribbean diaspora” said Ghana Wilson, President of Green Gigz, Inc. and one of the producers of the Caribe Film Festival. “They have diverse stories and experiences that can serve as a vehicle to initiate dialogue on the important issues of our times.” A point shared by her co producers, Michelle McKoy from American Art Initiative and Adrian Allen from SteadyImage, Inc. The festival was created to give those filmmakers and story tellers a platform to express those stories, reinforce positive images and come together in the spirit of community and collaboration to celebrate our differences.

    Feature films will include Home Again, (Trinidad) a feature film starring Tatyana Ali and directed by Sudz Sutherland; The Magic City, (USA) a feature film directed by R. Malcolm Jones; Poetry Is an Island Derek Walcott (St. Lucia) directed by Ida Doe; The Cost of Corruption, (Jamaica) documentary directed by Lukkee Chong and Ring Di Alarm by the New Caribbean Cinema series.

    Technical workshops will be administered by SAG AFTRA and Cineverse Miami. The later providing professional expertise in “Choosing The Right Camera For Your Indie Film”. Several cameras will be present for a hands on experience demo and discussion around technology and cinematography for independent films.

    Caribe Film Fest organizers will also announce the winners of their first International 72 Hour Film Challenge which took place in December 2014. Three teams of local filmmakers were selected as finalists from the more than 25 teams from Europe, The Caribbean and the U.S. who entered the Challenge. Their seven minute films: Rejuvenate – Hidden Element; Need – Lightbeam Films; and I Can’t Breathe – Backstage Films, will be screened on Friday, February 27 between 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm.

    Caribe Film Fest is being produced by American Arts Initiative (Caribe Arts Fest), Green Gigz, Inc. (ABFF, Black Movie Awards, Miami Film Life Center) and Steady Image, Inc. (The Heart of Summer, Jamaica Jazz & Blues) in association with Black Visions TV and the Little Haiti Cultural Complex.

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  • Patoranking Is First African Dancehall Artist To Sign Distribution Deal with VP Records/VPAL

    NIGERIAN STAR PATORANKING

    SIGNS DEAL WITH VPAL MUSIC TO DISTRIBUTE ALBUM

    First African Dancehall Artist to Team up with Reggae Powerhouse

    MTV Africa Breaks the News

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    “Patoranking’s romantic charm, positivism and spirituality make him a promising rising star in the global dancehall scene.” – MTV Iggy

    Nigerian dancehall star Patoranking signs a deal with VP Records’ distribution arm VPAL Music to release his debut album. He is the first African dancehall artist to partner with the world’s largest reggae company. VP Records has been home to Jamaican dancehall superstars like Sean Paul, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Lady Saw, Mavado, Busy Signal and many more.

    Jay Jules, the territory manager at VP Records Music Group Africa, expressed his enthusiasm. “VP Records’ team and I are proud and excited about Patoranking joining our renowned home of internationally recognizable reggae and dancehall superstars. African dancehall is at an exciting place. This deal is simply the next step to break our first African dancehall artist in the global music arena. VP records is undoubtedly in the best position to facilitate this,” he states.

    MTV Africa exclusively announces the details:
    http://www.mtvbase.com/news/patoranking-signs-deal-with-vpal-music/

    As of one of the younger, bolder new voices of this generation, Patoranking rose to prominence in Africa with his unique blend of dancehall and reggae music. In 2014 alone, the singer-songwriter received a total of 18 major nominations and 9 wins – including Nigeria’s most sought after title for Next Rated Act at the Headies Awards and Best New Act Of The Year at the City People Entertainment Awards.

    His popular releases include “Alubarika” (which means God’s blessings) featuring Timaya, “Girlie O” and “Girlie O Remix” featuring Tiwa Savage (http://youtu.be/Tvjqxub160w). He has also collaborated with popular Nigerian artists, including MI Abaga on “Enemies” and Seyi Shay on “Murda” (http://youtu.be/rpO9iZ-lyOI).

    Patoranking’s music is a conscious version of dancehall that references social and political issues. His influences include Buju Banton, Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Lucky Dube, Chaka Demus, Majek Fashek, Blackky, Blackface, Tuface and Marvelous Benjy.

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  • Tessanne Chin sings for Chicago, Independence weekend, as Carnival of Nations to return by demand!

    TESSANNE CHIN TO ROCK FESTIVAL OF LIFE JULY 4TH WEEKEND!
    CARNIVAL OF NATIONS TO RETURN!

    CHICAGO February 2015-Chicago residents and visitors will mark July 4th Independence weekend with a celebration never before seen, when Tessanne Chin, season 5 winner of NBC TV “The Voice” graces the stage, at the 23rd annual International Festival of Life (IFOL, along with some fifty other world music acts. Additionally, the return by popular demand, of the “Carnival of Nations” a cultural celebration with representatives from more than 50 countries, including Africa and the Americas will share in the festivity

    The 23rd International Festival of Life (IFOL) takes place in Union Park, located at 1501 West Randolph Street in Chicago’s West Loop. As it did last year, the historic park will take on a street party atmosphere in a spirited showcase of music, games, arts & crafts, food and lifestyles of people of Africa, the Caribbean and the rest of the Americas.

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  • TMAR – MIND CONTROL (New single & video)

    MIND CONTROL

    Second single & official lyric video!

    Following the release of his debut album “Pursuit Of Happiness” to great reviews, Tmar has decided to release track 4 “Mind Control” as the second single along with a lyric video.

    Mind Control is one of the tracks that has been a hit with the DJ’s and fans alike, so it was an easy choice.

    Tmar- “I chose to do a lyric video for this song because sometimes reading the lyrics of a song can help to convey the message the way the artiste meant it, it can even make it more personal sometimes”

    The message in Mind Control is one that Tmar feels is necessary in this so called information age, as the song tells us to be careful of what information we digest as facts and truth, one should also learn how to “Control” their own minds. With lines like “Your mind is a weapon, Use it wisely” and “dem twist information, Misinformation, which information right” Should make you pause and think for a second.

    The message though poignant is laid out over a hard hitting reggae riddim, with a groovy baseline, so you can have a skank and enjoy the message at the same time.

    Tmar is already back in the studio working on new material and also planning a promotional tour across Europe, be on the look out for dates coming soon.

    You can purchase “Mind Control” on iTunes and all major music platforms.

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  • Jah Cure Signs To VP Records

    JAH CURE SIGNS TO VP RECORDS
    New Album The Cure Slated for Spring 2015

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    Jah Cure, the Jamaican singer who has long been recognized as one of reggae’s greatest voices, inks a new deal with VP Records to release multiple albums, including The Cure slated for Spring 2015.

    Jah Cure expresses his enthusiasm about signing to the label. “It is time for me to sign with an official company. VP is the largest distributer of reggae music and that is a fact, so I am happy to say I am in the best place right now for me. I look forward to build together and feel and sense good things to come,” he says.

    The artist has a history with VP Records. He released two albums – Freedom Blues (2005) and True Reflections…A New Beginning (2007) – with the label, but was not officially signed as an artist.

    VP Records is thrilled to finally have the reggae icon on their roster. The company’s A&R, Neil Edwards, mentions that he has “worked with Cure for over 13 years now, so this has been in the making for some time.” He continues, “Cure’s sound is so unique. It resonates with roots reggae listeners and r&b lovers alike.”

    The highly anticipated LP The Cure will be a return to roots reggae and lover’s rock with pop fused elements. Consisting of production from the island’s legendary Clive Hunt and Llmar “Riff Raff” Brown (amongst many others), the collection will feature Cure’s brand new singles as well as current hits like “Rasta,” his John Legend cover “All of Me,” That Girl” and “Life We Live.”

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  • NEW 2015 RELEASE – Machel Montano & Sean Paul feat. Major Lazer | One Wine

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    It is triple the threat, triple the expertise, and triple the guaranteed satisfaction all immersed in a single release.

    One Wine” is the seductive combination of Soca, Dancehall, and EDM brought together by three masters of music, the Monk Monté, Sean Paul, and Major Lazer.

    With an arresting bass line, which weaves through the track smoothly connecting the three genres of music, it hooks music lovers worldwide into demonstrating the kind of wine that would melt barriers and borders alike.

    Produced by Major Lazer and written by Machel, Sean Paul & Taranchyla, this song provides an unforgettable reminder of the prowess unearthed when harmony and cooperation is revered above everything else.

    Crafted to titillate, this one lures listeners in, calling to mind magnetic embraces and sublime Carnival moments that can reroute the purest of intentions.

    Given the triple potency of this number, a single question needs to be asked, in this season of temptation will you be able to handle that One Wine?

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  • BOB MARLEY HONORED WITH YEAR-LONG CELEBRATION FOR HIS 70TH BIRTHDAY

    Throughout history, no artist has so dominated the world of music as Bob Marley. A musical, political and even spiritual icon, a figure of almost mythical proportions, both poet and prophet, Marley was the first Jamaican artist to give voice to the struggles of his people and the Rastafarian culture, and the first to gain worldwide fame.

    Today, Bob Marley remains one of the 20th century’s most important and influential entertainment icons. Marley’s lifestyle and music continue to inspire new generations around the world as his legacy lives on through his music. In the digital era, he has the second-highest social media following of any posthumous celebrity, with the official Bob Marley Facebook page drawing more than 74 million fans. Marley’s music catalog has sold millions of albums worldwide and his hits compilation, Legend, holds the distinction of being the longest-charting album in the history of Billboard magazine’s Catalog Albums chart and remains the world’s best-selling reggae album.

    The Marley family will honor the legacy of Bob Marley commemorating his 70th birthday milestone and his importance in the history of global music with a year-long celebration.
    UMe, a division of the Universal Music Group, will work closely with the Marley family for new unreleased material ensuring the highest possible quality, integrity and detail to honor the Marley legacy. The Marley family is also giving UMe unprecedented access for the first time to material from their private collections and their vaults. Releases will be announced throughout the year, sure to please longtime fans and collectors with rare and unearthed treasures, as well as Deluxe editions of key albums with bonus material. New material will highlight special treasures in both audio and video formats. The first release on the schedule is BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS–EASY SKANKING IN BOSTON ’78. The new package, of completely unreleased material available for the first time in any format, will come in Blu-Ray/CD combo pack, dvd/cd and cd versions. The video was shot with a hand-held camera by a fan that Marley allowed to sit right in front of the stage. The result is remarkable footage that captures Marley from just a few feet away, allowing one to experience the intimacy of his set. While the cinematographer was shooting with film and needed to change rolls during the performance, the gaps in the live footage have been augmented with specially created animation over the existing audio. This also marks the first time they have approved newly created material, in this case animation, for a Marley release. The animation video was produced by Craig Bernard and Sara Mora Ivicevich; created and directed by S77 & Matt Reed and Michael Scroggins was the Oil Light Artist on the project. Between them, their resume includes recent projects including Bruno Mars, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many others.
    Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley was born February 6, 1945 in Nine Mile, St. Ann Parish, Jamaica. Music was Marley’s escape and way to survive Trench Town, a government tenement housing project where he lived that was teeming with poverty and crime. One bright spot from Trench Town was another local, Alfarita “Rita” Constantia Anderson who he later married. He cut his first single, “Judge Not,” in 1962 when he was just 17. It turned out to be a local hit, and was followed by “One Cup of Coffee,” “Terror” and “Do You Still Love Me.” Although he earned very little money from his records, he ended up meeting Peter McIntosh (Peter Tosh), and together joined with childhood pal Neville Livingston (Bunny Wailer) to write songs together as The Wailing Wailers, named because they were ghetto sufferers who’d been born “wailing.” They debuted with “I’m Still Waiting” and its “rude boy” ska style follow-up, 1964’s “Simmer Down,” topped the Jamaican charts. Soon they would be known simply as the Wailers.
    A man who rose from the humblest of origins to become a champion for the oppressed, Marley was a streetwise sharp dresser influenced by the U.S. civil rights movement and the music and fashion of black America. He sang of rebellion, Rasta, partying, uprisings and love. Long before the world discovered him, both Bob Marley & The Wailers and Jamaica were grooving to rocksteady classics “Sugar Sugar” “Soul Shakedown Party,” and perhaps his deepest devotional track, “Selassie Is The Chapel.” Other classics included “Duppy Conqueror,” “Soul Almighty,” “My Cup,” “Trenchtown Rock” and “Small Axe.”

    Marley knew that his music and reggae was just limited to Jamaica and set his eyes on the world. In order to break out of the Jamaican market and on his own, Marley moved to London and signed with CBS Records U.K.. In 1971, Marley founded his own Tuff Gong label and was signed to Island Records by its leader Chris Blackwell, who had licensed some of his band’s previous releases for Island Records and offered Marley a deal to record their debut album, recording CATCH A FIRE at Harry J’s in Kingston. 1973’s CATCH A FIRE, their first album released outside Jamaica, signaled the emergence of reggae’s patron saint and immediately earned global acclaim, even garnering the group its first tour of the U.S. Reggae’s first true album, rather than a collection of singles, CATCH A FIRE included such well-known tracks as “Stir It Up,” “Concrete Jungle” and “Slave Driver”–all of them fiery, politically charged, and uncompromising.

    The album BURNIN’ that same year launched the reggae anthems “I Shot The Sheriff” and “Get Up, Stand Up.” Eric Clapton’s #1 pop version of “I Shot The Sheriff” gave a major boost to reggae’s acceptance with the general public and to recognition for Marley, who some have called the first Third World superstar. But the album would be the last Wailers effort with Tosh and Livingston. By 1974, the original trio of Marley, Tosh and Livingston broke up, going their separate ways.

    With a new backing band which included brothers Carlton and Aston “Family Man” Barrett on drums and bass, Junior Marvin and Al Anderson on lead guitar, Tyrone Downie and Earl “Wya” Lindo on keyboards, Alvin “Seeco” Patterson on percussion and the I-Threes (his wife Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths) on background vocals, Bob Marley and the Wailers hit their stride, achieving their first U.S. hit with “No Woman, No Cry,” from 1975’s NATTY DREAD. The album featured Marley’s name on top for the first time, and is considered by many to be his finest album and one of reggae’s best – balancing revolution and celebration like no other reggae album before or since.

    Marley then followed it up with 1976’s RASTAMAN VIBRATION, which proved to be Marley’s American and commercial breakthrough, climbing to #8 on the Billboard 200. RASTAMAN VIBRATION paired hard-hitting tracks such as “War” (essentially a musical recitation of a speech by Haile Selassie, the Ethiopian emperor considered a prophet of Rastafarianism) with lighter fare such as “Positive Vibration.”
    Bob Marley & The Wailers were declared Rolling Stone’s Band of the Year for 1976. “Marley, like Dylan, has transcended genre,” wrote the magazine. “You only have to see him on stage, a dancing dervish, dreadlocks wind-milling, to realize that here is a rock & roll star.”

    Marley was becoming an international superstar, not just a pop music personality, but a political figure for the underclasses around the world, a lightning-rod for liberation in such songs as “Get Up, Stand Up,” “Exodus,” “Waiting in Vain,” “One Love,” “Zimbabwe,” “Africa Unite,” “Wake Up and Live” and “Survival.” The singer/songwriter was the target of an assassination attempt at his Kingston home on the night of December 3, 1976, during rehearsals for a free concert called Smile Jamaica. During this attempt, a bullet grazed his chest, wounding his wife and manager. A defiant Marley went on to perform at the show just two days later, his injuries visible to one and all, and it further solidified his heroic stature as a real leader of the people and his true commitment to his words “One Love.” The violence forced Marley to move to England for a two-year exile.

    EXODUS would be Marley’s only album primarily recorded outside Jamaica; its London sessions were the first time the band recorded in the 24-track format. His exodus resulted in an album that was tough and reflective, angry and romantic, suitable for domestic consumption and for crossover success.
    Featuring the international hits “Jamming,” “Waiting In Vain” and “One Love/People Get Ready,” EXODUS was named Album of the Century by Time Magazine. “Every song is a classic, from the messages of love to the anthems of revolution,” Time wrote. “But more than that, the album is a political and cultural nexus, drawing inspiration from the Third World and then giving voice to it the world over.” The irony of EXODUS is that in leaving Jamaica, Marley brought reggae home to the rest of the world. Along the way, he popularized the innovative form known as “versions,” which separated out and spotlighted the instrumental rhythm tracks to reggae songs. Due to this process, reggae’s loping, hypnotic rhythms would find its way into rock ‘n’ roll.

    Upon his return, and not one to give up his quest for peace, he famously brought together Jamaica’s warring factions, having political rivals Michael Manley and Edward Siega join hands with him on-stage during his historic “One Love Peace Concert” in Kingston, which took place on April 22, 1978. No bullets this time.

    Shortly thereafter, Marley was awarded the United Nations’ Peace Medal of the Third World in June, 1978, by the African delegation for his efforts “on behalf of millions of disenfranchised blacks round the world.”

    The mellow KAYA in early 1978 was highlighted by “Is This Love,” one of the most buoyant and unabashed love songs in the Marley repertoire, and “Satisfy My Soul.” BABYLON BY BUS, released later that year, is considered one of reggae’s most powerful concert albums. The fist-pumping SURVIVAL in 1979, with the track “Africa Unite,” was followed the next year by UPRISING, which featured the impassioned “Redemption Song.” Marley’s support for the struggles of Africans brought attention to their plight and he became an honored guest on that continent, including performing in 1980 at the celebration of Zimbabwe’s Independence Day.

    Bob Marley stands as one of the giants of world popular music, with his untimely death at the age of 36 on May 11, 1981 in Miami from cancer complications, leaving us without one of the most revered and influential performers of the 20th century.

    In 2014, thirty years after its original release, Bob Marley & The Wailers, LEGEND, shared the top of the charts, holding the No. 5 spot on Billboard’s 200 Album Chart among Maroon 5 (#1), Jeezy (#2), Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack (#3), and Ariana Grande (#4). Marley’s accolades include inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1994) and ASCAP Songwriters Hall of Fame (2010), a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), multiple entries in the GRAMMY® Hall Of Fame, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2001). His music was the centerpiece of a 2011 Grammy tribute by Bruno Mars, Sting, Rihanna and sons Damian and Ziggy Marley. In 2004, Rolling Stone placed Bob Marley #11 in its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time,” and in 2012, an acclaimed feature-length documentary, Marley, directed by Kevin McDonald (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play) was released to critical and audience acclaim.

    Bob Marley’s legacy truly lives in the artists and generations he has influenced. Today, the spiritual, political and musical resonance of Bob Marley’s work continues to be felt around the world.
    Bob Marley’s 70th birthday – an occasion to celebrate his global legacy.

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  • Busy Signal Provokes Conversation and Views with “What If!”

    Busy Signal Provokes Conversation and Views with “What If!”

    Kingston, Jamaica

    Award winning Dancehall and Reggae artist Busy Signal released his conversation provoking music video “What If,” setting worldwide fans ablaze with comments on social media.

    Set to a backdrop of fans and friends on a busy boulevard in Parade Gardens, Jamaica, Busy visually keeps the conversation casual by sitting on a fire hydrant and asking the question “what if when me say ‘step out’ mih did ah step back?” This initial question makes viewers take an immediate moments pause, but Busy continues. “What if I never mastered my craft … business lock.” These two questions amongst many others caused 21,000 plus fans to view the video within 24 hours of release on the artists YouTube channel.

    “I’m making many statements within the 2 minutes and 44 seconds of the song” said Busy. “Fans are given the chance to ponder the deeper meaning and express their thoughts on social media. So far the feedback has been positive. I love my fans.”

    Twitter user @terri_terriann says “love this song. Sometimes you need to stop and think before reacting.” Another user @gichstarbwoy quoted a lyric from “What If” then said “what if you never wake this morning … give thanks for life” while @therealjahdidi makes it clear that the massive in Kenya approve Busy’s new chune.

    Released on the artists own Turf Music label, the video was directed by Dameon Gayle and Benjamin Lidsky who collaborated on the treatment of the video. Scenes include live footage of the artist in Dubai, as well as in Colombia riding bikes on their famous dirt trails and a cameo from 2015 JUNO award nominee Exco Levi.

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  • 2015 Single – Scrappy (Trouble)

    2015 Single – Scrappy (Trouble)

    As the 2015 season starts there is no rest for UK based soca artist Scrappy. The artist has teamed up with Hitty Productions from St Lucia to deliver a silky techno type groove with his new single Trouble. The artist who is currently focused on new business ventures for 2015 has released this first track from what will be his 10th studio album under his label JM Records.

    Trouble is only one of the pieces on the new riddim which is available for airplay and radio requests from today. The track has a very smooth element to it before we hear the very well put together drums but Hitty on this new project.

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  • lovefromNY

    To Lyrikal from New York with Love.
    The Caribbean American Entertainment Industry in New York got together and with the help of the team in Trinidad and Tobago and Synergy TV to surprise Lyrikal with special dedication video. The video featured DJs, promoters, artiste, photographers and radio presenter, all who have either worked with or have been inspired by the work of Devon Lyrikal Martin. The message in the video was very clear, to let him and the rest of the world know that his New York family is supporting him 1,000,000%.

    The video featured: Sounds 4 Life, Spoogy Da Boss, DJ Back to Basics, DJ Spice, DJ Stephen, Elegance Sounds, Spoil Bratz, Pan Trin Vybez, Natalie Lamming, Nalo Lewis, Noey, Chella, Young Devyn, Da Big Show, Rayzor, Young Voice, Ronnie Homer, Shawn Ma$tamind Noel, Andre Mustapha, Nkosi Blackburne, Julius Whixxkid Legendre, DJ Future, Del J and many more.

    Show the world you are supporting Lyrikal too please like and share this video and hashtag #lyrikal#lovefromNY and let this video go viral!!!

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  • Exco Levi Earns 4th JUNO Nomination for Best Reggae Recording!

    Exco Levi Earns 4th
    JUNO Nomination for Best Reggae Recording!

    Toronto, Canada

    Exco Levi earns a 4th Juno nomination for Best Reggae Recording as announced by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) at the launch of the 2015 JUNO Awards season on Tuesday January 27th.

    The prestigious award, internationally recognized as the equivalent of the American Grammy’s, is the most coveted award in Canadian music which recognizes outstanding musical contributions made by its’ nominees. Exco Levi’s good news of a fourth nomination comes just ahead of the release of his first full length studio album, Country Man which will be released on March 18th, 2015. “I give thanks for my JUNO nomination this year” says Levi who is in Jamaica where his album, Country Man is undergoing final reviews and remixes under the watchful eye of Penthouse Records Donovan Germaine for Levi’s High Priest Records.

    This year’s JUNO awards will be held in Hamilton, Ontario (just outside of Toronto) from March 9th to 15th whose festivities lasts 1 week and includes a photography exhibition, a tour of Canadian Art, Juno Cup (Hockey Match), and Fan Fare which is an interactive way for fans to meet their favorite artists.

    Delving in to Levi’s recipe for success, the artist cites a quote from Will Smith, an actor he admires, who says “the harder you work, the luckier you get … truly it is not about luck.” Exco’s journey with hard work began the moment he decided to become a recording artist. Always walking with notebook and pen, writing lyrics to songs are a constant, as is teaming with equally hard working producers who have given a canvas to Exco’s lyrics.

    Working the stage at Rebel Salute (2015), Exco solidified his place in the hearts of fans who enjoyed every moment of his performance. Prior to that, the same was enjoyed by the very selective Sting audience who collectively rate him as an artist to watch.

    Exco will hold 2 launches for his album Country Man. Both will be held in Toronto, the first on March 18th, downtown, and the second, Uptown at Belleeny’s on March 19th, 2015. Following his launch, the artist will tour his Country Man album on the West Coast of the US as well as Europe which has scheduled an 11 city tour.

    In addition to Exco Levi, Tasha T, Kirk Diamond, Mikey Dangerous and Steele are also nominated in the Best reggae recording category. 2015 marks Exco’s fourth consecutive nomination and has won 3 JUNO’s.

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  • New Releases from FOX FUSE Featuring Machel Montano, Sekon Sta, I-Octane, Capleton, Blaxx, Lady Saw and More

    NEW RELEASES FROM FOX FUSE

    Machel Montano is “Losing It” in a Good Way
    Available Now

    Stadic Studio Productions and Wetty Beatz Productions team up again for new smash “Losing It” from soca star Machel Montano, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released on January 12, 2015), from FOX FUSE. “Losing It” is a featured track on the Bitter Riddim, produced and released for the 2015 Trinidad Carnival season.
    Trinidadian superstar Machel Montano has been performing and entertaining the worldwide masses for over 30 years and counting. His evolution from a child performer into the biggest name in soca music today has been followed by die-hard soca fans, who clamor for his new releases such as this, from their proclaimed “King of Soca.” The high-energy tune is classic Machel and is bound to have every listener on their feet dancing and losing it.

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    GBM Productions Ignites with New Hits from Destra Garcia and Shal Marshall
    Available Now

    GBM Productions ignites with two new hit releases – “Piece Ah Dat” by Destra Garcia and “Performance” by Shal Marshall, both now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released January 26, 2015), from FOX FUSE. Based between New York City and Trinidad, GBM Productions has been churning out slick songs and red-hot riddims for years and these latest releases are no different.

    “Piece Ah Dat” is a melodic, groovy tune from the “Queen of Bacchanal,” as Destra Garcia is fondly known to fans. “Performance” is an up-tempo track that will have fans jumping and waving along with soca thriller Shal Marshall. Both songs were produced by Kenwyn Holder and Jason Carter for GBM Productions, for the 2015 Trinidad Carnival season.

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    Soca Diva Kerlz Celebrates “Canboulay”
    Available on February 9

    Soca diva Kerlz delivers her latest hit “Canboulay,” available worldwide from all major digital retailers on February 9, 2015, with pre-order available now, from Precision Digital, a distribution partner of FOX FUSE.
    The high-energy, power soca tune was produced by Keston “Keys” Patrick and Darien Bailey, and executive produced by Val Musik Productions. “Canboulay” (a harvest festival that is a precursor to Trinidad Carnival) sparks with classic, Trinbagonian flavors and is bound to be a fan favorite at fetes this carnival season and beyond.

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    Kick Dem Records Blazes with the Kick Dem Riddim
    Available on February 10

    Jamaican imprint Kick Dem Records blazes with its latest hit-filled dancehall compilation, the aptly-titled Kick Dem Riddim – Various Artists, available from all major digital retailers worldwide on February 10, 2015, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE.
    Produced by Jermaine “ZJ Bruce Lee” Bennett for the Kingston, Jamaica-based Kick Dem Records, the thrilling compilation ignites playlists with some of the top names in reggae and dancehall music today. Boasting 14 sizzling hits, Kick Dem Riddim showcases reggae and dancehall stars such as Capleton, Mr. Vegas, I-Octane, Lady Saw and Demarco, just to name a few.
    The Kick Dem Riddim brings classic, dancehall vibes and is already burning up the charts and airwaves in Jamaica, where it has been in steady rotation on top stations such as ZIP FM. With another hit compilation under its belt, Kick Dem Records is firing fuel into the dancehall music industry and keeping the genre alive for the global fan base.
    TRACK LIST
    1. I-Octane – Stop Talk
    2. Teflon – Syv Weh the Game
    3. Capleton – Nuttin Whe Dem Try
    4. Demarco – Levels to This
    5. Demarco – Levels to This (Raw)
    6. Lady Saw – Boom (Raw)
    7. Mr. Vegas – Pum Pum Tree
    8. Mr. Vegas – Pum Pum Tree (Raw)
    9. Vershon – Straight
    10. Vershon – Straight (Raw)
    11. Esco – Thumbs Up
    12. Esco – Thumbs Up (Raw)
    13. Rayted – Gyal A Swarm Me
    14. Rayted – Gyal A Swarm Me (Raw)
    15. General B – Mama Bed
    16. Kick Dem Records – Kick Dem Riddim (Instrumental)
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    AdvoKit Productions Presents the Puppet String Riddim
    Available on February 10

    Trinidad-based AdvoKit Productions presents its new hit compilation Puppet String Riddim – Various Artists, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on February 10, 2015, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE.
    The up-tempo, soca compilation boasts four (4) tracks and features some of the top artists in soca, including Prophet Benjamin with “So What,” Sekon Sta with “Bruk Down,” Santana D Puppet with “Bounce On It” and AdvoKit Productions with “Puppet String Riddim (Instrumental).”
    The Puppet String Riddim was crafted for the notorious, local Trinidadian puppet Santana, as a unique collaboration with AdvoKit Productions. The compilation was released to radio earlier this year and now makes its way to fans, just in time to join the 2015 Trinidad Carnival festivities.
    TRACK LIST
    1. Prophet Benjamin – So What
    2. Sekon Sta – Bruk Down
    3. Santana D Puppet – Bounce On It
    4. AdvoKit Productions – Puppet String Riddim (Instrumental)
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    Kode 784 Productions Drops D Jigsaw Riddim
    Available on February 10

    Soca hit house Kode 784 Productions drops its electrifying, new compilation D Jigsaw Riddim – Various Artists, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on February 10, 2015, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE.
    The groovy, soca collection boasts four (4) hits and features soca sensations Blaxx with “Mama,” Problem Child featuring Leonce with “One of Ah Kind,” Buffy with “Outta Time” and Kode 784 Productions with “D Jigsaw Riddim (Instrumental).”
    Based in Brooklyn, New York with St. Vincent roots, Kode 784 Productions celebrates its sixth year in music production and has been successful from birth, with producer Kevin Sardine at its helm. The production house specializes in creating eclectic sounds and styles within the soca genre, as are evident on D Jigsaw Riddim.
    TRACK LIST
    1. Blaxx – Mama
    2. Problem Child Featuring Leonce – One of Ah Kind
    3. Buffy – Outta Time
    4. Kode 784 Productions – D Jigsaw Riddim (Instrumental)

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  • New *PRESHA* from King Raj & Supertones Band 2015 Soca Limewash Riddim

    KiNG RAJ of the SUPERTONES BAND
    “USA’s Most Toured Int’l Chutney/Soca Band”

    * INTERNATIONAL ARTISTE * Actor * Humanitarian *

    King Raj, the charismatic, multi-talented Chutney maestro, is the lead singer of the Supertones Band, a reputable NY-based Chutney-Soca orchestra that performs internationally, and has an enormous fan club. A relative neophyte in the Chutney-Soca genre, young Raj Singh catapulted into fame upon the release of his debut chutney music video “Caribbean Girls”, which so enthralled music lovers that they baptized him with the title “King Raj”. His caressing voice and inimitable style, uniquely carved out of his Guyanese-Trinidadian background, have enchanted large audiences on his concert tours in North America, Europe, and across the Caribbean. In 2008, he was a finalist in the highly competitive Indo-Caribbean Star Competition, held in Queens, NY. In Guyana during August 2011, King Raj, debuted in Nirvana Humanitarian Foundation musical drama “Visa Wedding”, which won him much acclaim for his acting skills. His versatility as an artiste was superbly expressed in Nirvana’s comedic “Holiday Laff Show”, staged in Queens, NY. King Raj, who holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science, initially honed his musical skills singing bhajans (Indian ballads) and playing the dholak (percussion instrument) in temples at the tender age of 12.
    MUSIC is his PASSION!
    “Work Hard to Play Hard-er!”

    He strongly believes that there is enough for all of us to work together… An inclusive philosophy instead of an exclusive mentality. He also has much respect to all the DJ’s, MC’s, and promoters in our Indo-Caribbean community for spreading our rich culture!

    The Supertones Band, led by Avinash Singh, also includes King Raj, and Princess Anisa. SupT, as they are affectionately called, has been tantalizing fans with scintillating performances… giving them a taste of bigger things to come. They are the 1st Chutney Band to ever play off-Broadway, breaking the barriers for West Indian music.

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  • NEW 2015 RELEASE – Nava & Machel Montano – Festival

    NEW 2015 RELEASE – Nava & Machel Montano – Festival

    From left to right and all around, this is when gyrating mid-sections will be in abundance. Hidden within the masses though, is one whose timing, arc, and balance lines up perfectly with yours, enough that on first sight, all plans for the entire season immediately shift.

    Monk Monté introduces his long time friend and protégé Pranava “Nava” Maharaj to such bounty, in this collaborative effort “Festival”. Fans will remember Nava as the youngest winner of the cultural competition Mastana Bahar, and also as a frequent performer onstage beside Machel.

    Their voices and energies work harmoniously together in this song, while they describe the laser-focus maintained as well as yearning experienced when the perfect wining partner is found.

    David Sheppard of Sheppard Pro Productions, Pranava and Alex “Kubiyashi” Barnwell produced the bouncy groove filling it with a refreshing and hypnotic essence, giving the world a track made to stimulate the coveted coupling, which readily transforms a good Carnival into one with legendary status.

    Once again with his investment in upcoming talent the Monk expands the enjoyment of masqueraders and ensures that great music will continue to flow from our isles for many years to come.

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  • Kirk Diamond & Bob Di Builda Nominated for “Reggae Recording of the Year” at 2015 Juno Awards

    Kirk Diamond & Bob Di Builda Nominated for “Reggae Recording of the Year” at 2015 Juno Awards

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    Toronto, Canada, U.S.A – Don Dem’s member Kirk Diamond and Bob Di Builda have been nominated for a prestigious 2015 JUNO Awards for Reggae Recording of the Year for their “Love Inna Wi Heart” single.

    Produced by Fench based Galang Records, the nostalgic ode to the 90’s has become a worldwide success steadily climbing various international charts such as the popular Canadian chart Rebel Vibez where it held #1 spot for over 8 weeks. Also nominated in Reggae Recording of the Year are Exco Levi, Mikey Dangerous, Steele and Tasha T.

    It has been an eventful year for both Kirk and Bob who have released separate solo projects and collaborations under Don Dem’s umbrella. Speaking on the nominations, Bob Di Builda stated “Heading to the Juno nomination announcement I was pretty nervous, this is big and this day can change our lives. All the hard work is starting to pay off. My brother Kirk Diamond promised me a Juno two years ago and I’m happy for us we been waiting for this day.” A proud and humbled Kirk added “It’s overwhelming really. I don’t know if it sink in as yet. I’m truly happy and grateful.”

    In support of the hit single, a video filmed in Jamaica and directed by Nellie Roxx and Xtreme Arts was recently released and received over 10 thousand views within a week on youtube. In a release to the media Kirk and Bob spoke of the song and video experience “the song was written based off actual events that was going on in and around my life. so the words are factual but writing the song was away for me to get through a negative situation.” Bob chimed in “It was exciting being able to go back home to shoot the video. the whole vibe of the cast and the crew made it fun and made us comfortable but you’ll be able to see that in the video”

    The 2015 JUNO Awards will take place in Hamilton, Ontario and JUNO Week celebrations will take place from March 9th to the 15th. The 44th annual JUNO Awards will be broadcast on CTV from FirstOntario Centre on Sunday, March 15, 2015. For more information, please visit www.JunoAwards.ca

    The Juno Awards and the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts are presented annually to Canadian musical artists and bands to acknowledge their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music.

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  • Marie-Claire ends 2014 on high note with UN performance

    marie-claire ends 2014 on high note with UN performance
    2015 looks promising

    New York City NY: Two performances at the UN Headquarters in New York on 10th December 2014, rounded off a fruitful year and set the tone for an eventful 2015 for jazz/opera singer, marie-claire.
    Accompanied by pianist Mun Tzun Wong, marie-claire performed “Amazing Grace” and “Laschia Ch’io Pianga” (from Hendel’s Rinaldio) at the High-Level Pledging Luncheon to raise funds for the Permanent Memorial at the UN to honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

    Chair of the Permanent Memorial Committee and Jamaica’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Courtney Rattray, praised marie-claire for her “exquisite and resounding performance” which played “an invaluable role” in the success of the event.

    That night the Permanent Memorial Committee raised over USD $400,000 towards the completion of the Memorial scheduled for unveiling on 25th March 2015– International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. The Memorial, called “The Ark of Return” was designed by M Rodney Leon, a celebrated American architect of Haitian descent.

    Immediately following the pledging luncheon, marie-claire sang the Negro Spiritual “Deep River” at the launch of the Decade for People of African Descent (2014-2024).

    Ambassador and Chef de Cabinet Arthur Kafeero called her performance “exceptional.”

    Her contribution to both events was momentous as the Dominica-born, Bronx-bred artist was the only performing act from the Caribbean egion. Due to her excellent showing, marie-claire will return to the UN General Assembly hall on 30th June 2015 to perform at the UN 70th Anniversary Gala Concert.

    “I feel truly honored to be chosen to be a part of these two distinguished events,” says marie-claire. “Especially in light of my background in philanthropy and human rights,” she added.

    In 2010 marie-claire raised funds for disadvantaged Dominican youth through the Year of the Child concert which she co-founded and co-produced. She has also shared words of encouragement with female victims of sexual abuse in Dominica, Jamaica and St. Vincent. In New York she continues to mentor young women. In March 2014 marie-claire was honoured by the Williamsbbridge chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for her service to her community as part of Women’s History Month celebrations.

    Apart from recognition of her charitable efforts, marie-claire’s vocal and acting talents were put to good use during the year. In June, she took part in the off-Broadway play Mothers. During the year she also had well-received performances at the Metropolitan Room and noted jazz venue Smalls Jazz Club – both in New York City. She also penned lyrics to four compositions by Pulitzer Prize-winning and Metropolitan Opera House-commissioned composer of the Great Gatsby, John Harbison.

    She has already kicked off 2015 with a show at the Metropolitan Room on 20th January. She returns to the UN in June and in October her vocals will be on show in Jaipur India at the private collection presentation of “Quatre Poeme Hindo de Maurice Delage” – a four song cycle by the French pianist and composer. marie-claire will sing the cycle in French. The multi-talented entertainer is also reading for co-starring roles in two movies.

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  • Future Fambo Ends a Successful Media Promo Tour in New York, Star of VH1 “Hit The Floor” Rocks to Fambo’s Song!

    Future Fambo Ends a Successful Media Promo Tour in New York

    Queens, NY – Braving the New York’s cold weather, dancehall and reggae star Future Fambo ended a successful week of media promo tour. Recently announcing his album deal with American based label Blaze Entertainment Records, Future Fambo also appeared as a special guest for the “Be True, Be You” Benefit Concert in Queens, NY.

    Speaking on his hectic week, Fambo stated “Great experience. Hectic but great and well organized by my Label. From the plane to radio to guess appearances all over NYC New Jersey to studios to 2hrs of sleep then back at it. I never anticipated this much positive reaction from both radio, street dj’s. As for the fans check the blogs and the social networks.. Wavy Flair!!”

    Blaze Entertainment Records noted “This is the way how you kick off a campaign, with a bang. I am very proud of my team and of course my artist for making every scheduled interviews, studio session and appearances. With this just being the start of the campaign I must say the feedback is not normal.”

    The star latest released “Bloodclaute Song” and “One More Time” are not only blazing the international airwaves, but crossing over to the mainstream garnering the attention of stars such as American actress Taylour Paige Star of VH1 “Hit The Floor” (Check out Taylour dancing to Bloodclaute song)

    Fambo will be shooting “Bloodclaute Song” Music video in a few weeks and gearing up for phase 2 of the Evolve Campaign.

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