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Monthly Archives: May 2015

  • DEXTA DAPS, FREDDY MCGREGOR, JOSEY WALES DELIVER STRONG PERFORMANCES AT ORACABESSA FESTIVAL

    New York: Dancehall newest sensation Dexta Daps, whose popularity soared following a tussle he had with police officers at the Donald Sangster International Airport in MoBay recently, proved his star billing at the second annual Oracabessa Festival at Roy Wilkins Park in NYC.

    Excitement broke out as the singer, fashionably attired in a designer suit delivered songs like ‘Dreaming,’ ‘Pretty Nicky,’ ‘Morning Love’ and ‘Jealous Ova,’ an erotic duet he recorded with dancehall diva Tifa that was well received by fans. He even showed versatility crooning Beres Hammond’s ‘Putting Up Resistance’ and the Morgan Heritage classic ‘She Is Still Loving Me.’ He garnered his biggest ovation with his dancehall anthem ‘7eleven,’ which resonated with the throngs of women that were in the park.

    Veteran singer Freddy McGregor, who brought the curtain down on the festivities, demonstrated why he is still one of the best in the business, engaging fans with ‘Africa Here I Come,’ ‘To Be Poor Is A Crime,’ ‘Push Come To Shove,’ ‘Carry Go Bring Come’ and ‘Big Ship.’ In between hits, he warmed hearts with Dennis Brown’s ‘Love & Hate’ and ‘Revolution.’

    Singer Alaine displayed stunning vocal range while performing ‘Keep Rising,’ ‘Could Not Make It Without You’ and Marcia Griffiths’ ‘I Shall Sing.’ Her magnificent performance continued with ‘My Favorite Boy’ which she used to serenade DJ Oxtail from Road International.

    Always dressed to impress, “Cornel” Josey Wales had the entire park singing along to old favorites like ‘Kingston Hot,’ ‘Every Jamaican is a Star,’ ‘Leggo Mi Hand,’ ‘Sweet Jamaica’ and ‘Undercover Lover’ which evoked memories of the 80s. Five forwards later, you could tell the crowd was warming up to the Cornel as he advocated for the legalization of marijuana, before unleashing a plea to men to ‘Pull up Your Pants.’

    The high point of the festival came midway Tarrus Riley’s performance when he invited his dad, veteran singer Jimmy Riley on stage who was helped on stage with the assistance of a walker. Not deterred, the father and son team was a force to be reckoned with and had the entire park singing along to ‘Ruugher Yet’ and ‘Love and Devotion.’

    Singer Natalie Evans, represented during the gospel segment with songs like ‘Things Already Better’ and ‘Wings of a Dove.’ Her heartfelt invocation definitely moved the crowd and set the tone for renowned gospel artist Shirley Willis of Grace Thrillers fame. Her voice may have lost a bit of luster since her near death accident in 2008 but her testimony was powerful. Her poignant rendition of ‘I Can’t Even Walk’ resonated with those who had travelled far to see the legendary artist known for classics like ‘By the Grace of God’ and ‘Not My Will.’

    Other strong performances came from Chris Martin who had his way with the ladies; Sean Paul who worked the stage with his dancers; Shuga; Stacius and NY based KConeil.

    Apart from the music that the main stage offered, organisers added a sizzling fashion show that featured designs by Signature78 which went over well with patrons. Other attractions included a Kids Amusement Area, Business Expo, Health Pavilion and Arts & Craft.

    Jimmy Riley and son Tarrus Riley

    Oracabessa 2015 - Chris Martin

    Oracabessa 2015 - Alaine 1

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  • BRANKA CARIBBEAN FOLK FESTIVAL NOW PART OF CARIBBEAN TOURISM WEEK IN NYC

    The cultures of several islands of the Caribbean will be on display in Queens, New York on June 7 with the staging of the inaugrual Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center on Jamaica Avenue.

    The Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival forms part of the annual celebration of Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Week in New York that brings together a group of 32 regional destinations for seven days of jam-packed activities to market and promote the region.

    Braata Folk Singers in performance

    Jamaican cultural impresario in New York, Andrew Clarke is the brainchild behind this daytime festival that will include live performances by Braata Folk Singers from Jamaica, Something Positive Inc., Boodoosingh Tassa Group and Adlib Steel Orchestra from Trinidad & Tobago, La Troupe Zetwal from Haiti, Quake USA from Grenada and Impressions Dance Theatre from Guyana.

    “June is Caribbean Month in New York, and we wanted to go all out this year to retain and celebrate many of the cultural elements that make the Caribbean region so vibrant”, Clarke said. “It is with this spirit in mind that we created the Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival”, he added

    The Bankra festival has been designed for the entire family, so there will also be a village for children with JJ The Clown, Honeybee Face & Body Art and face painting for kids. Additionally, attendees can also enjoy folk games and dances, drumming sessions, basket weaving displays and a magician. No such Caribbean event is complete with the mouthwatering flavors of the region, so a food pavilion will provide a dazzling array of signature dishes that represent the gastronomic diversity of the islands.

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    Impressions Dance Theatre from Guyana

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  • In The Name Of Love, brand new song from Luciano

    “In The Name of Love”, brand new song from Luciano”

    The track entitled “In the Name Of Love” comes with a reggae version and also an acoustic rendition for all those musical connoisseurs who appreciate the more subtle delivery.

    “In The Name Of Love” is just the first of a string of new recordings that will be coming directly out of the Luciano stable, culminating into a new album to be released later in the year.

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  • Gospel Reggae Star Positive Releases New Hit Album, ‘Stand And Be Counted’ (Music Inside)

    GOSPEL REGGAE STAR
    POSITIVE RELEASES NEW HIT ALBUM,
    STAND AND BE COUNTED

    Album Debuts at #1 on iTunes in Trinidad and Tobago
    Available Worldwide on May 5, 2015 from FOX FUSE

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    New York, NY– Gospel reggae star Joel “Positive” Murray releases his highly-anticipated, third studio effort Stand And Be Counted, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on May 5, 2015, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. Hailing from the twin island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, Positive has earned his reign at the forefront of the Gospel reggae genre as a triple threat – an extraordinary singer, prolific songwriter and genre-bending producer. Stand And Be Counted showcases his seasoned vocals, lyrics and production skills as his divine talents shine on its 15 glorious tracks. The album debuts at #1 on the iTunes Trinidad and Tobago national Top Albums chart, on its first day of pre-order.

    “It was such a joy working on this new album because I was able to give more of my creative juices in the production of the music,” Positive reveals. “In this project, I encourage listeners to stand steadfast on the principles of God. I’ve ensured there is a message in every song so that every listener, old or young, can be positively impacted by the album.”

    Putting a positive spin on reggae music, fused with contemporary Gospel and a tinge of dancehall, Positive has earned acclaim from music critics and fans alike, ever since hitting the music scene eight years ago. He was the most-nominated artist (13 nominations) and top honoree (eight wins) at the 2014 Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards (held in Nassau, Bahamas in July 2014), where he received the top awards including Song of the Year for “Blessing After Blessing” and Album of the Year for Forever My King, released in December 2012 from FOX FUSE.

    This heavenly collection of new Gospel gems brings a kaleidoscope of flavors, including some new ones for the captivating artist. “For the first time since coming on the scene, there is the introduction of Afrobeat, soca and calypso music to the Positive brand, while maintaining the reggae flow,” discloses Positive.

    Such diverse sounds are delivered with the likes of new pop anthem “All Over The World” featuring Jonathan McReynolds (which is co-produced by pop-reggae heavyweight producer Dwayne “Supa Dups” Chin-Quee), one-drop reggae on “Two Man Army” and “Notice Of Eviction,” Afrobeat on “Identify,” dancehall on “Rise Again” featuring DJ Nicholas (which was produced by Grammy-nominated producer Jason “J-Vibe” Farmer), EDM on “Man On Fire,” soca and calypso on “Mighty Healer” and “Blessing After Blessing,” and contemporary Gospel on “Mountain Mover,” “Scars” featuring V. Rose and title track “Stand And Be Counted.”

    It sees production from stellar names in pop, Gospel, reggae and soca music, including aforementioned Grammy-winning Supa Dups and Grammy-nominated J-Vibe, soca heavy-hitter Precision Productions along with J Lab Pro and Deer Panteth Productions from Trinidad, and Barbwiya Music of Jamaica, all joining forces with Positive, who produced the majority of the album for his own imprint Bricksvale Records.

    Two years in the making, the joyous collection is a musical ministry from this profound artist, with each song bearing testament to his faith as he spreads sacred messages to each listener, through rhyme and rhythm. “Our time to make a stand is now and we are not too young or too old to do so. Right where this album finds you, respond to the call to Stand And Be Counted.”

    Stand And Be Counted will be available worldwide both digitally and physically on May 5, 2015, from FOX FUSE. Physical copies of the album will be available internationally from shop.foxfuse.com, at select retailers in Trinidad and Tobago, and also at all Positive concerts. For further information on Positive, including upcoming tour dates and booking details, log on to PositiveTNT.com, and follow his musical mission at Facebook.com/PositiveTNT,

    TRACK LIST

    1. Intro
    2. Stand And Be Counted
    3. Two Man Army
    4. Notice Of Eviction
    5. Identify
    6. Encounter
    7. Scars Featuring V. Rose
    8. Mighty Healer
    9. Blessing After Blessing
    10. All Over The World Featuring Jonathan McReynolds
    11. Lift The Praises
    12. All of My Heart
    13. Rise Again Featuring DJ Nicholas
    14. Man On Fire
    15. Mountain Mover

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  • Gyptian releases new love song on Konsequence Muzik

    Gyptian releases new love song on Konsequence Muzik

    Kingston, JAMAICA:- Reggae singer, Gyptian, renowned for his silky smooth ballads, is the perfect embodiment of true Rasta love in his brand new single, Addicted To Your Love, produced by Konsequence Muzik.

    Set over a soothing riddim, and tightly locked into a slick groove, the song is as compelling as it is catchy and already music critics are predicting that Addicted To Your Love will be another monster hit from the highly-touted reggae crooner.

    Gyptian belts out the catchy hook and the complementing verses with the confidence and credibility for which he is known to deliver his titillating love songs. He has taken the riddim and made it his own, little wonder therefore that the producers have named the riddim after the song. And, with the exception of the single, Shotta, by Guidance, there are currently no plans to release any more songs on Addicted.

    “Right now, we are focusing on these two singles,” says Alberta-based producer, Tristmar Peart, CEO of Konsequence Muzik. He explained that originally the idea was to have Busy Signal on the riddim, but a friend listened to it and declared that Gyptian was the man.

    “Well, it worked out perfect. Although we are new producers, Gyptian listened to the riddim, fell in love with it, and in no time he voiced this song, which we know has the potential to be a mega hit,” Peart said.

    Addicted To Your Love is receiving love from radio, both in Jamaica and in North America and disc jocks have been pulling it up, a sure sign that they too are addicted.

    “Gyptian has done justice to the riddim and as producers we are very pleased,” Peart added.

    Konsequence Muzik grew out of the sound system of the same name, which was established in Alberta, Canada in 2008 by Peart and his business partner Oniel ‘Diddy’ Wint. The music production arm, which Peart owns exclusively, has been in operation for a year and a half and has so far produced two riddims, the first being the Curfew, which featured artistes including Exco Levi, Melloquence, Jamiel and Jah Vinci.

    According to Peart, there are plans to shoot the accompanying music video for Addicted To Your Love in Jamaica next month.

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  • Black-Am-I // New Video (TheFADER premiere) // U.S. Tour Until May

    BLACK-AM-I DROPS NEW VIDEO “IN THE GHETTO”

    OFF GHETTO YOUTHS INTERNATIONAL PRESENTS SET UP SHOP VOL. 2 COMPILATION

    Rising Roots Reggae Singer Currently Touring U.S. in Support of Album
    with Featured Artists Cham, Wayne Marshall, Jo Mersa and Christopher Ellis

    The FADER Premieres the Dameon Gayle Directed Visual

    Hailing from Nine Mile, Jamaica – Black-Am-I is the newest recruit on the Ghetto Youths International label, owned and operated by Damian, Stephen and Julian Marley. The roots reggae singer reveals the brand new video for his single “In The Ghetto,” directed by Dameon Gayle and shot in Waterhouse district of Kingston.

    “Black-Am-I wants the whole hood to party” proclaims The FADER, who premiered the video.
    http://www.thefader.com/2015/04/16/black-am-i-in-the-ghetto-video

    WATCH/POST video now:

    “In The Ghetto” is off of the label’s compilation Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Volume 2.

    Throughout the rest of April and the beginning of May, Black-Am-l tours the United States in support of Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Volume 2 compilation along with featured artists Cham, Wayne Marshall, Jo Mersa and Christopher Ellis.

    Purchase Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Volume 2 compilation now: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ghetto-youths-international/id946634344
    Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Vol. 2 U.S. Tour:

    Apr 17 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
    Apr 18 – Bourbon – Lincoln, NE
    Apr 20 – Aggie Theatre – Fort Collins, CO
    Apr 21 – Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom – Denver, CO
    Apr 22 – Belly Up Aspen – Aspen, CO
    Apr 24 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
    Apr 25 – Alhambra Theatre -Portland, OR
    Apr 27 – The Catalyst – Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA
    Apr 28 – Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA
    Apr 29 – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
    May 1 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
    May 2 – The Observatory/Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA

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  • Devious Debuts New Video for “Dream Girl”

    Devious Debuts New Video for “Dream Girl”

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    Clean Money entertainment artiste De’Vious is getting ready to drop the video for his smashing dancehall hit “Dream Girl.”

    The song has since been doing extremely well on the local scene and has been spreading like wild fire in Caribbean.

    He shared “Dream Girl” is a song for the ladies and they have been requesting the video so I just had to deliver.”

    The video was filmed under the direction of Craig Clean Money, who also came up with the concept of the storyline and was edited by Simeon di Great.

    The concept of the story line follows De’Vious and his dream girl on a casual outing and then flashes back a month before when he meets her for the first time. The video plays on the idea of the “dream girl,” as his ideal woman.

    The artiste who is currently working with M.I.A. Production is confident that the video will be well received by his growing fan base.

    “I have a team that is working overtime and I am very confident that this video will get out there the right way.”

    The majority of the video was shot on a popular beach in Portmore, other scenes were shot in a local hotel and Fierce by Dre store.

    “We were going for a natural vibe. The beach setting, the casual way they met, we wanted it to be as real as possible and that was the direction of the video.” Shared Craig Clean Money
    The music video can soon be seen on YouTube and will be released to all major television and cable network in Jamaica, the Caribbean and the rest of the world.

    De’Vious is set towards making a stamp on the dancehall industry with his powerful lyrics and outstanding talent.

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  • VP Records Celebrates Record Store Day on Sat April 18

    REGGAE POWERHOUSE VP RECORDS

    CELEBRATES RECORD STORE DAY

    THIS SATURDAY APRIL 18
    AT NEW YORK AND FLORIDA RETAIL STORES

    In recognition of Record Store Day, VP Records will have an open house on Saturday April 18, 2015 at both retail stores in United States, including Miramar, FL (6022 S.W. 21st Street) and Queens, NY (170-21 Jamaica Ave).

    VP Records has partnered with Vinyl Record Collectors Association to throw an indoor and outdoor bashment-style party with local DJs and vinyl galore at each location. The activities will go from 12-7pm ET and will be live streamed on Randy’s Radio and Collectors’ Korner Now Network.

    There will be great deals on vinyl and vintage products as well as an introduction to VP Records Vinyl Collectors’ Club. The Grace Food Truck in New York and Donna’s Food Truck in Florida will also be on deck, serving Jamaican food and refreshments throughout the day.

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  • Ezra D’Fun Machine – R.U.S.H (Produced By Hyper D,Penn & Ace from Studio 758),for St. Lucia Carnival 2k15

    Ezra D’Fun Machine – R.U.S.H (Produced By Hyper D,Penn & Ace from Studio 758),for St. Lucia Carnival 2k15

    The Long Anticipated Wait is Over As St. Lucia’s 2014 Soca Power Monarch King Ezra (D’Fun Machine) Augustin Releases his First Single for St. Lucia Carnival 2015 R.U.S.H (Raving Under Soca Hype). This Collaborative Effort was Produced by Thygeson “Penn” Joseph, Irvin “Ace” Loctar of Studio 758 and Orlando “Hyper D” Phillip.
    Written: By Ezra Augustin, Thygeson Joseph and Orlando Phillip.
    Background Vocals: By Francheska Solomon

    Listen & Enjoy!

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  • Out Tomorrow (Apr 14): Alborosie Meets King Jammy – Dub Of Thrones

    ALBOROSIE MEETS KING JAMMY – DUB OF THRONES

    AVAILABLE TOMORROW (APR 14)

    VP Records/Greensleeves Presents Tune-for-Tune Dub Showdown with the
    21st Century Dubmaster and Original King of Dub

    Sound System Style U.S. Tour Planned to Support Album Launch

    Confirmed for 31st Annual Reggae On The River Festival

    VP Records/Greensleeves is happy to announce the April 14th, 2015 worldwide release of Alborosie Meets King Jammy – Dub Of Thrones, a historic pairing of one of Jamaica’s most pivotal dub legends King Jammy with the modern day Italian-born dubmaster Alborosie. The album includes a fully-illustrated package by Tony McDermott, Greensleeves Records’ go-to artist for almost four decades known for his iconic cartoon imagery depicting Jamaican music. The mostly instrumental collection will be available on CD, limited edition vinyl and digitally.

    Mixed by Alborosie at his Shengen studio and King Jammy at his studio in the Waterhouse district of Kingston, this old-school meets new-school clash delivers an authentic dub reggae listening experience. With speaker-shaking, neighbor-waking and no-prisoner taking bass, this is designed to be played at high volume for maximum effect.

    Alborosie and King Jammy plan to tour in support of this release throughout the summer. Dates will be announced at another time. They are already booked for California’s 31st Annual Reggae On The River Festival.

    KING JAMMY

    Born Lloyd James in Montego Bay, Jamaica – King Jammy aka Prince Jammy has always had a deep understanding of electronics, allowing him to furbish his own sound system with tailor-made equipment. He has played a seminal role in many of Jamaica’s musical eras – including dub, roots reggae and dancehall. The reggae pioneer, producer and dub mixer began his career as an apprentice under the late great King Tubby in the 1970’s as a member of dub’s royal family. In 1976, he replaced Prince Philip Smart at Tubby’s Waterhouse studio when Smart headed for New York. Jammy’s new position meant that he was able to get his hands on some of the finest roots reggae of the era, mixing classic rhythms by the likes of Vivian “Yabby You” Jackson and Bunny “Striker” Lee. Just a year after his tenure with Tubby began, Jammy found himself mixing the lion’s share of the rhythms passing through the studio at 18 Dromilly Avenue. Bunny Lee was particularly impressed with Jammy’s mastery of the equipment, employing the young engineer’s skills almost exclusively. In 1977, Jammy was enlisted to mix the dub counterpart to “In the Light,” Everton DaSilva’s classic production for Horace Andy. The versions Jammy concocted simultaneously proved that he was well versed in the techniques acquired from Tubby and that he had developed a distinct mixing voice of his own. That same year, he made his first notable venture into production work, recording the debut of Black Uhuru, a young vocal trio from Kingston. The resulting Love Crisis (and its remixed incarnation, Black Sounds of Freedom) represented a breakthrough for both parties. Jammy then continued his dub explorations, mixing the bulk of the Black Uhuru tracks for his excellent Jammy’s in Lion Dub Style set. Further productions followed, including hit albums (and singles) for emerging dancehall artists like Half Pint (Money Man Skank and One in a Million) and Junior Reid (Boom Shack a Lack). As the ’80s dawned, Greensleeves released the Big Showdown set: a fictional dub battle between Jammy and Tubby’s former colleague, Hopeton “Scientist” Brown. In 1985, Jammy changed the music game forever. He provided one of the first digitized rhythms for the single “Under Me Sleng Teng” sung by Wayne Smith. This track undeniably sparked a digital revolution in the reggae world and helped shaped the sound of dancehall. Jammy’s productions and sound system dominated reggae music for the remainder of the 1980s and into the 1990s. He continues to work as a producer, working with some of the top Jamaican artists today. In Major Lazer Take Kingston – a documentary released by Rolling Stone this month (March 2015) – the electronic DJ group heads to Jamaica to meet with King Jammy to discuss his major influence and role in dancehall.

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  • 2015 Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival opens with major Caribbean & local star power

    2015 JAZZ & ARTS FESTIVAL OPENS WITH MAJOR CARIBBEAN & LOCAL STAR POWER

    Chronixx, De Invader, Destra, Arthur Allain, & more to hit the stage!

    Saint Lucia – Nestled in what has been termed the Capital of Castries, ‘The People’s Auditorium,’ – the Mindoo Phillip Park, will again serve as the home for the official Opening of the region’s most highly anticipated musical spectacle – the 24th edition of the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival.

    Carded for April 30th, thousands of festival goers are expected to flock to the popular venue for a lineup featuring an all-star cast of Caribbean powerhouses designed to jumpstart the festival.

    Red hot Jamaican reggae superstar Chronixx will headline the Opening, which will also feature flamboyant Trinidad and Tobago Soca Queen Destra, who will be backed up by the Bakanal Band.

    Veteran and decorated kaiso and soca phenomenon De Invader will lead the local cast of performers, which will also include reigning Groovy King, the versatile Arthur Allain, the melodic Sherwinn “Dupes” Brice and youth heart throbs Sedale & Wildfire.

    “Not only are we planning to thrill audiences with the diverse all-star cast of regional and local entertainers down to perform at the Opening, we are also seeking to create that ‘wow factor’ when patrons enter the venue,” says Tourist Board’s Special Events Manager, Dahlia Guard.

    According to Guard, “From the traditional set up involving the stage, artistes’ area, VIP, accommodation and concessionaire booths, to even the public entry points we aim to re-fresh this event and kick off the Jazz Festival season by creating a feeling of palpable excitement and energy that will permeate the entire 24th edition of the festival.”

    The show starts promptly at 8pm and tickets are priced at EC$50/US$20 in advance (EC$60/US$24 at the gate) and are available at Steve’s Barber Shop and The Cell in Soufriere.

    About the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival
    The Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival is into its 24th year and opens on April 30th, 2015 at the Mindoo Phillip Park. The festival’s main headliners include singer/songwriter Robin Thicke, two-time Grammy winner Jon Secada, Jamaican reggae musician and actor Jimmy Cliff, Latin sensation Timbalive, American rapper Flo Rida, acclaimed Paris-based pianist Alain Jean Marie featuring Grant Stewart and two-time Grammy nominee Joey DeFranceso.

    Sponsors for the 2015 festival include Gold sponsors: Columbus Communications St. Lucia Limited, Digicel, Heineken, King Ocean, LUCELEC, Silver sponsors: Bank of St. Lucia, Coco Palm Resorts, Windjammer Landings, Exelsigns, Bronze Sponsors: Bay Gardens Resorts, Chairman’s, Royal by Rex Resorts, The Landings, RJB Hotel Supplies, LIAT 1974 Limited, KFC, Landmark Events, Collateral sponsors: Blue Waters, Guardsman, Johnnie Walker Black, Guy’s Rent-A Car, JP Chenet, Avis Rent A Car, Associate sponsor: Banana Boat, Duty free Caribbean.

    Media partners include Platinum sponsor The Wave, Gold sponsors: Helen Television System/Radio 100, Radio Caribbean International, Daher Broadcasting Service, MBC TV/Real FM, Kairi FM, Silver sponsors: Hot FM, Choice TV and Radio St. Lucia.

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  • VP RECORDS TEAMS W/ SUMMERSTAGE FOR 35 ANNIVERSARY CONCERT IN CENTRAL PARK FT MAXI PRIEST, GYPTIAN, BUNJI GARLIN, FAY ANN LYONS & MASSIVE B ON JUN 27

    // VP RECORDS TAKES OVER SUMMERSTAGE IN CENTRAL PARK 2015

    TO CELEBRATE THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY OF LABEL ON JUNE 27

    Maxi Priest, Gyptian, Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons Slated To Perform

    Sound Provided by Massive B (Bobby Konders & Jabba) //

    VP Records has teamed up with SummerStage to celebrate the label’s 35th year in business. From VP’s artist roster, reggae stars Maxi Priest and Gyptian as well as soca royalty Bunji Garlin and Fay Ann Lyons will take the stage in NYC’s Central Park for this momentous occasion. Massive B will also provide sounds throughout the day. The free concert kicks off at 2pm and ends at 7pm on June 27, 2015.

    This year marks the 35th anniversary when VP Records’ founders Vincent and his wife Patricia Chin moved their headquarters from Kingston, Jamaica to Jamaica, New York – transforming their operations into the largest Caribbean music company worldwide. There will also be a special VP Records 35th anniversary pop-up exhibit entitled A Reggae Music Journey, which designed by acclaimed artist Michael Thompson. The display will be located outside of the event for all the patrons to enjoy.

    “VP Records is proud to bring this all-star lineup into the heart of Manhattan. We’re all looking forward to celebrating the 35th anniversary with an historic day of reggae and soca music in the park,” states VP Records Senior Director of Marketing Brian Greenspoon.

    SummerStage is also celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. SummerStage is a program of City Parks Foundation that presents performances of outstanding artistic quality, free of charge, to serve the diverse communities of New York City. To celebrate their 30th anniversary, they have extended the season from May to October, and added more than 20 free shows in Central Park and 15 neighborhood parks across the city.

    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 2015 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.”

    Gyptian
    Jamaican reggae singer Gyptian broke into the reggae scene in 2005 with his string of hits like “Serious Times” “Beautiful Lady” and “Mama, Don’t Cry.” He hit international stardom in 2010 with his critically-acclaimed album Hold You and its RIAA certified Gold title rack, which featured a Nicki Minaj remix, and earned him a 2010 MOBO and Soul Train award. He is currently gearing up for a new EP Nothing To Lose. His latest fourth studio album Sex, Love and Reggae, which peaked at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Album chart, is a marked departure from his previous releases and unveils another layer of his artistry. The musically diverse set takes the listener from dancehall to soca to global pop and R&B sounds and features an eclectic mix of production from Jamaica – including Shane C. Brown. Justus Arison and Stanley “Rellee” Hayden, Russian and Linton “TJ” White – and is co-executive produced by Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis (Miguel, Mary J. Blige, Lupe Fiasco, the Fugees).

    Bunji Garlin
    Born Ian Alvarez, the Trinidadian ragga soca star Bunji Garlin is known for blending of soca with dancehall. Hailed recently by Rolling Stone as “America’s first soca star,” Garlin has clearly taken his native country’s genre to new heights. His single “Differentology (Ready For The Road),” which was remixed by Major Lazer & Busta Rhymes, was a massive hit in North America more than a year after its release in the Caribbean. In 2013, the single received a Soul Train Award win, was featured on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, won NYC’s HOT 97 FM’s Battle of The Beats competition and was chosen by NPR as one of the year’s favorite anthems as well as MTV Iggy’s Song of the Year. Garlin introduced soca to more mainstream music circuits by performing at last year’s SXSW, CMJ Music Festival, FADER Fort, Mad Decent Boat Party and alongside Jillionaire and Major Lazer during their 2014 tour stint. That same year, he made his national TV debut on BET’s 106 & Park to perform “Differentology” and returned for their Carnival takeover episode with Fay Ann Lyons and A$AP Ferg for their “Truck On D Road” remix. In his native country, he has won multiple Carnival competitions – including the “Ragga Soca Monarch” title, the Young King title and the coveted International Soca Monarch. He has released eight albums independently and three additional albums on VP Records – Revelation (2002), Global (2007) and Differentology (2014) – the latter being a joint venture with RCA Records.

    Fay Ann Lyons
    Fay Ann Lyons is already a superstar in her native country of Trinidad and across the Caribbean. During Trinidad & Tobago’s Carnival season’s annual competitions, Fay Ann has set the record as the only female artist to score the Carnival Road March title three times, taking the crown in 2003, 2008 and 2009. In 2009, she also won International Soca Monarch in Groovy, People’s Choice and Power category and is the first soca artist ever to win that soca ‘triplet’ of titles. In addition to these feats, she has taken home 17 awards between the COTT (Copyright Organization of Trinidad and Tobago), NACC (National Action Cultural Committee Trinidad and Tobago) and SAO (Soca Awards Organization). The Point Fortin native has soca in her DNA. Her father Superblue, a soca legend who has won the Carnival Road March title nine times and Trinidad Soca Monarch competition seven times, was instrumental in honing Fay Ann’s skills as a songwriter and performer. She became a front-liner for the band Invazion led by Naya George and today is an official member of the Asylum band (previously known as “Censation”), founded by her husband and soca royalty Bunji Garlin. Fay Ann continues to tour worldwide and is recording her first solo full-length album on VP Records.

    Massive B (Bobby Konders & Jabba)
    Massive B was formed over 10 years ago with DJ Bobby Konders’ vision of starting his own sound system. At its start, the voice behind Massive B was none other than Jabba. There have been many additions to Massive B as it continues to grow. New members include Big Dawg, Chudney Shotta, D-Life and X-Man, among others. Massive B has toured all over the globe, playing major festivals and dances, and representing NYC along the way. Locally, Massive B is a Brooklyn staple, performing annually at the borough’s West Indian Day Parade and weekly at the Buzz Nightclub for ‘Fire Sundays,’ where they spin the hottest reggae, dancehall, hip hop, R&B, and soca music. Bobby and Jabba can also be heard on-air every weekend on Hot 97 FM.

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  • Historical Concerts at Kings Theatre on Weekend of April 10 to 12 APRIL 8 2015

    DANCEHALL + R&B + SOCA = A HISTORICAL WEEKEND OF LIVE PERFORMANCES AT BROOKLYN’S CLASSIC KINGS THEATRE

    • “Dancehall Rising”: Mavado, Capleton, Lady Saw & Matisyahu – April 10
    • R&B’s: “Voices in Concert”: Fantasia & Tessanne Chin — April 11
    • Soca’s “First Impression”: Kes the Band, Olatunji, Kerwin DuBois, Mr. Killa, Ravi B, Lavaman et al — April 12

    By Gerry Hopkin (Hopkins Consulting Group | 347-350-4285)

    Brooklyn, NYC. The countdown is on for what promises to be a historical weekend of vintage concerts at the classic, upscale Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NYC. For the first time in the history of this recently renovated theatre, which staged Diana Ross at its grand reopening on February 3, three different genres of music would be featured in major concerts, including dancehall and soca, which were never done within these French-influenced baroque styled walls before.

    Fisrt comes “Dancehall Rising”, the dancehall-reggae concert, which features some of the Caribbean’s finest award-winning artistes – Mavado, Capleton and Lady Saw – who will share the stage with America’s finest reggae-dancehall-rapper, Matisyahu. This grand musical encounter is scheduled for April 10.

    Mavado, born David Constantine Brooks, an artiste, actor, DJ and music producer of Jamaican origin is one of the headlined dancehall stars set to perform in this historical concert – the first major reggae show at this world-class venue.

    No stranger to fame and media attention, Mavado has, since 2004 and over the years, been releasing hits such as “Real McKoy,” “Weh Dem A Do,” “Delilah,” “Every Gyal” (with U.K. Grime artist Chipmunk) and “Survivor” (featuring Akon). To his credit, he in 2010 won the2008 UK MOBO Award for Best Reggae Act and the 2008 EME award for Male Singer of the Year, to name a few of his achievements.
    Attendees will also get to experience Capleton, born Clifton George Bailey III, in Jamaica, but also known by many as The Prophet, The Fireman and King Shango.

    Capleton continues to consistently provide the music-world with dancehall and conscious reggae hits. He started with hits like “Lotion Man” in 1991 and has sustained and improved his repertoire with others such as “Alms House,” “Matie a Dead,” “Everybody Needs Somebody,” “Wings in the Morning” with Method Man, “I Testament,” “Who Dem?,” “Jah Jah City,” “Good in Her Clothes,” “Liberation Time,” and “I-Ternal Fire”, along the way.

    In terms of recognition, Capleton has won, among others, several International Reggae & World Music Awards — the “Most Outstanding Stage Personality Award” of 2005 & 2006, the “Community Service Award” of 2009 and the “Spiritual Service Through Music Award” of 2009.

    Another of the headliners in the April 10th concert is Grammy Award Winning, triple-platinum dancehall artiste, Lady Saw. Controversial, bold and hailed the ‘Dancehall Queen’, Lady Saw has over the years, beginning in 1994, released hits such as “Man is the Least,” “Chat to Mi Back,” “Love Sick,” “Heels On,” “I’ve Got Your Man,” “Hot Gyal” and “Heels On,”

    Additionally, Matisyahu, a Billboard’s Reggae Artist of the Year winner, will be sharing the stage in the “Dancehall Rising” lineup. This Pennsylvania-born artiste blends Orthodox Jewish themes with roots reggae, dancehall, rock and rap in his unique brand of cross-over reggae. Dropping top 40 hits and performing to packed stadiums since 2004, Matisyahu has already given us tunes such as “One Day,” “Sunshine,” “Live Like a Warrior,” “Warrior,” “Youth” and “King Without A Crown.”

    “This concert, like all the other Jammins events at Kings Theatre, BAM and at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, is showing the world that the artistes, producers and promoters of Caribbean and world-beat music are capable of doing better in terms of quality events at upscale venues,” opines Caribbean-born Cheryl Vincent, who is also a R&B, folk and reggae artiste based in Brooklyn.

    Other Big Concerts
    Other concerts at the Kings Theatre, include one dubbed “Voices in Concert”, which takes place on April 11, 2012. On this date, there will be live performances by the artiste Fantasia, the American Idol Winner, alongside Tessanne Chin, the Voice Winner.

    Then on April 12, in a concert entitled “First Impression”, several Caribbean soca monarchs – Olatunji (reigning), Kes the Band, Kerwin Dubois, Mr. Killa, Ravi B, Lavaman and Lead Pipe & Saddis – will take center stage at Kings Theatre.

    “Lovers of quality music in the tri-state area are certainly in for a treat,” noted Tropicalfete.com founder and director, Alton Aimable.

    These and other quality cultural productions, which preserve and showcase the expressive culture of the Caribbean, the Americas, Africa and the Diaspora are organized by the creative minds at Jammins Entertainment of Brooklyn, NYC, in conjunction with other forward-looking promoters such as Foreign Base and associates.

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  • Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre a Majestic Venue hosting historical concerts APRIL 2015

    Brooklyn, NYC — The Kings Theatre, since 2010 listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1929 as a movie-palace-type theatre under the original name of Loew’s Kings Theatre. The facility was closed from 1977 and reopened under Borough President Eric Adams on February 3, 2015, after renovations in the vicinity of 94-million dollars.

    Come April 10, 11 and 12, a different kind of history will be made, as for the first time ever, major dancehall-reggae, crossover- mainstream R&B and soca concerts that are organized by Caribbean-Americans and African-Americans of Jammins Entertainment, Foreign Base and associates.

    The concerts include one dubbed “Dancehall Rising” which will feature Mavado, Capleton, Lady Saw and Matisyahu on April 10; another entitled “Voices in Concert”, featuring live performances by Fantasia and Tessanne Chin on April 11; and a third concert labeled “First Impression” with a slate of Caribbean soca monarchs — Olatunji (reigning), Kes the Band, Kerwin Dubois, Ravi B, Mr. Killa, Lavaman and Lead Pipe & Saddis — from Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, Guyana and Barbados.

    As some have opined, although all of the three concerts mentioned are equally appealing, the soca concert carded for April 12 is particularly groundbreaking, because it advances the status of a genre of music that is yet to be duly respected and accepted as a category in certain circles – most notably the organizers of the Grammy Awards.

    Each of the soca artistes performing on April 12, have won competitions, some power (up-tempo), others groovy (slower beat); and all have advanced the development of soca as a distinctive genre with their musical contributions, multiple achievements and massive international followings.

    The majestically prestigious venue at which these concerts are being held, is generally recognized as a world-class facility of the highest quality. It is described as “unusually spacious” with “superb sight-lines, with the majority of its seats located on the main floor,” in a well referenced article in Wikipedia. “Instead of a large balcony, the Kings has only a small mezzanine, allowing the entire elegant design to be viewed from anywhere in the auditorium,” says Wikipedia.

    The seating capacity of this opulently designed and hand-painted building is 3000.

    One cannot help but be placed in a mood to appreciate the arts when seated within the artistically liberating confines of Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre, and now the music lovers of the tri-state area are afforded a golden opportunity to do just that with dancehall-reggae, soca and mainstream and crossover R&B.

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  • Marionettes launch 2015 season with Les Miserables repeat

    BP Marionettes launch 2015 season with May re-staging of Les Miz
    (PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD): Next month, the BP Marionettes kick off their busy 2015 season with a re-staging of their critically acclaimed production of Les Misérables at the Queen’s Hall. Running for just three nights, the production coincides with worldwide commemorations of the 30th anniversary of “the world’s favourite musical”; Les Miz opened in London in 1985.
    After months of attempting to secure performance space following the overwhelming response to their original run last July, the Marionettes’ Les Miz returns to Queen’s Hall for three shows only, Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th May. With a cast and crew of nearly 200 (including two visiting string players from the US, one of whom played for Les Miz on Broadway), patrons are advised that no extensions or television broadcasts are possible.
    Show times for Les Miz are 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, and 5:00pm Sunday. Early ticket reservations are already pouring in, and can be made through members; via the Marionettes website (www.marionetteschorale.com); by calling or emailing the Marionettes at 790-1751 or orders@marionetteschorale.com; and at the Queen’s Hall Box Office (starting the week before the show). All tickets bought by Saturday 16th May are $20 off, while students and under 18s receive $20 off tickets to all performances (proof of age is required for those under 18 and valid student ID required for tertiary level students; discounts may not be combined).
    Then in July, the BP Marionettes puts the youth centre stage. Twenty years ago, the group embarked on a path to create a training and performance space for talented young people. The Youth Chorale was formed two decades ago in July 1995, followed by the Children’s Choir in 2012, and together the two choruses boast 100 young singers from over 50 primary, secondary and tertiary educational institutions. Members have gone on to become professional musicians and theatre makers as well as award-winning scholars, and it is this success that the groups celebrate on Sunday 10th July.
    Bringing the year to a close is the cherished annual tradition for so many patrons: Christmas with the Marionettes (Thursday 3rd to Sunday 7th December at Queen’s Hall). The 2015 season is proudly supported by Marionettes title sponsor bpTT, and by media partner Flow Trinidad (Columbus Communications). The Marionettes also welcomes First Citizens and the National Lotteries Control Board as supporting sponsors of Les Miz. For all the latest, visit the Marionettes’ website and their Facebook page (facebook.com/marionetteschorale).

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  • Busy Signal Has a Text Message For You!

    Busy Signal
    Has a Text Message For You!

    Kingston, Jamaica

    International Reggae and Dancehall Superstar Busy Signal has a ‘text message’ for you which includes acronym’s such as ‘IKR’ and emoji’s with sweet faces for the ladies. The fun and humor comes together in his newest music video “Text Message!”

    Designed to bring fun and humor to socialists who spend significant amounts of time on social media, particularly on the text front, Busy’s light hearted approach to the trend of texting at all times; morning, noon and evening, and about all situations, comes to light in the video.

    At the beginning of the video, we see Busy get in to his car, and is immediately overwhelmed with several messages. Scenes of the artist in the recording booth at the studio (Big Yard Studio) receiving messages, to ladies sending and receiving messages while on the street waiting for transportation highlight the extent of the text wave.

    The treatment for the piece was a collaborative effort between Busy, his label Turf Music and the video’s directors, RD Studio’s. “We spend so much time on our smartphones, talking to people as near as down the street, and as far away as Canada, so we decided to put all of that and more together to make fun of the communication we rely on everyday” said Busy while on set filming the video.

    Making a cameo appearance is the new ‘face’ of Busy, a specially designed LEGO looking animated character who has become popular as Busy’s avatar picture for social media. As the character comes in to view, Busy calls the names of the countries England, The United States, Belize and Canada whose fans he enjoys performing for. Also making a cameo appearance is The Gruung Gad, Bounty Killer, Reggae artist Kananga, and three members of Busy’s Turf Music Camp: Walter Russell, Wayne Jones and Headley Rainford.

    This light hearted video is now available on Busy Signal’s VEVO page

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  • Reggae/Dancehall Super-Star Mavado Performs LIVE in Haiti for the First Time!

    Mavado Performs Live in Haiti

    Reggae/Dancehall Super-Star Mavado Performs LIVE in Haiti for the First Time!

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    Delray Beach, FL: Mansions Records today announced, Mavado (David Brooks) will be performing live for the first time in Port-au-Prince, Haiti at the Centre Sportif Henfrasa, Delmas 33.

    Mavado, born David Constantine Brooks was raised in Kingston, Jamaica’s Cassava Piece community. His debut single, “Real McKoy” on the Anger Management riddim in 2004, provided him instant success. He further established himself with the follow-up record “Weh Dem a Do”, on the Red Bull & Guinness riddim, that had the distinction of hitting Billboard. After a string of hits in 2005 and 2006, Mavado released “Gansta for Life” in 2007 which infiltrated the sound waves around the world. Since then, he has catapulted his career while being featured with Grand Theft Auto IV, Massive B Radio, G-Unit Track ‘Let It Go’, UK MOBO Award for Best Reggae Act and then in 2011 launched his very own label, Mansion Records where he debuted another hit single “Delilah”. Later in 2011, Mavado appeared on the Angie Martinez show on New York’s Hot 97 radio station to announce that he had signed a deal with DJ Khaled record label “We The Best Music Group” where Mavado released four singles with “I Ain’t Going Back Broke” being his latest release.

    The core business of Haiti Live Fest is conceptualizing, programming and delivering unique experiences for the Haitian community as well as bringing awareness to the need of renewable energy. Working with the top DJ’s and artist in the world, their ambition is to deliver what most people have not experienced before, a world class festival presented by world class sponsors. The Board of Directors is comprised of private investors and artist with vast knowledge and contacts within the music industry. Using that experience to host benefit concerts, events and fundraisers for the Caribbean & South American Regions.

    Event: Haiti Live Fest

    Who: Mavado

    When: June 27, 2015

    Where: Centre Sportif Henfrasa, Delmas 33 Port-au-Prince, Haiti

    Social Media: @HaitiLiveFest

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  • L3 Magazine Features Etana on the Cover of Its April, 2015 Issue

    L3 Magazine Features Etana
    With LeBeau Underwood | DDark
    Vodaphone London Fashion Weekend | Music Charts + More!

    New York, NY

    L3 Magazine has released its’ April 2015 issue which features award winning Reggae Songstress Etana on the cover.

    As one of the most influential artists of out time, Etana, with the stroke of a pen, has the ability to influence people who listen to her music. Ever humble, Etana sees it as writing music about life but her fans co-sign with us saying they hear it as being inspiration! After so many years in the industry, The Strong One has grown to include business woman in her portfolio. Natasha Von Castle sits with Etana to talk music, business and her mighty pen!

    In the Comic world, there is a difference between being a Penciler and an Inker. To people outside the industry, both are one and the same, but there is a huge difference. Senior Writer Song River sits down with LeBeau Underwood who is an Inker, and a very good one at that. How did he start and what is it like to work for DC and Marvel Comics? We have all the answers!

    DDark is a Rapper from the UK who makes music from his soul. As much as people might try, he cannot be contained to one genre of music. What he creates is as diverse as the meditations of his heart and equally as good. Check his lyrics.

    Vodaphone London Fashion Weekend may be over, but the memories live on with Kay Cunningham who shares a pictoral spread of highlights from the best designers. Ladies next designer outfit might be in London en route to the world. This feature is a must see!

    Rounding out this months issue are music charts, reviews from artists who have music fresh off the press, a visit to the Cayman Islands and a compelling editorial from Cricket who asks the important question, where is our Civil Heart?

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  • VP Records Co-Founder Pat Chin Will Receive Libera Lifetime Achievement Award Presented by A2IM

    A2IM TO PRESENT PAT CHIN, VP RECORDS CO-FOUNDER,

    WITH LIBERA AWARDS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

    The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) is proud to announce that the fourth annual Libera Awards Lifetime Achievement Award will honor Pat Chin, co-founder of VP Records, for innovation in the independent music industry. Chin will be honored with the award on June 25 at NYC’s Highline Ballroom during A2IM’s 10th Anniversary Indie Week when A2IM members from across the U.S. will meet along with their International colleagues from over a dozen countries around the world. In what has now become a Libera Awards tradition, 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award winner Bruce Iglauer, founder of Alligator Records, will present Pat Chin with the award.

    With more than 50 years in the music business, Pat Chin has always been a champion for innovative, independent music and a pioneer among women in the music industry. From the retail store founded with her late husband Vincent “Randy” Chin in their native Kingston, Jamaica, the Chin family was present at the birth of reggae music. In 1979, the family moved their business to Jamaica, New York and adopted the moniker “VP” (for Vincent and Pat). As a woman in the male-dominated world of reggae, “Miss Pat” (as she is affectionately known) built a business on strong relationships with artists, producers, suppliers and an ever-growing fan base. Miss Pat is the heart of VP Records and continues to serve as a powerful example of female leadership in business and the community.

    Under her leadership, VP Records created a reggae empire, contributing to the careers of countless artists including Shabba Ranks, Sean Paul, Maxi Priest, Gyptian, Bunji Garlin, Beenie Man, Lady Saw, Sizzla, Mavado and Etana among others. With the passing of Vincent Chin in 2003, her children and grandchildren have taken on leadership of the day-to-day operations as Miss Pat extends her legacy through her philanthropic efforts. To commemorate the 35th anniversary of VP Records in the United States, the family collaborated with celebrated graphic artist Michael Thompson to establish a reggae Archive titled A Reggae Music Journey, a mobile exhibit of the history of reggae. Their vision is to create a permanent home for the exhibit and establish a reggae museum in Jamaica. With her unique spirit and indefatigable energy, Pat Chin continues her musical journey.

    Bruce Iglauer of Alligator Records, the winner of the 2014 A2IM Libera Awards Lifetime Achievement Award, will present Pat with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award. Bruce is the founder of the independent record label Alligator Records. Iglauer, in addition to his numerous philanthropic and artist support efforts, has spent his career championing blues and roots rock, jumpstarting the careers of new talent or renewing the careers of legendary artists including Koko Taylor, Albert Collins, Lonnie Brooks, Mavis Staples and Charlie Musselwhite, among many others. Iglauer was a longtime board member of A2IM who stepped down in July 2014 due to term limits.

    In 2013, the winner of the A2IM Libera Awards Lifetime Achievement Award was Tom Silverman of TommY BoY Entertainment. The 2012 A2IM Libera Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Martin Mills of Beggars Group. Nominations for the 2015 Libera Awards will be announced Wednesday, April 29 and voting will open immediately to the A2IM independent music community.

    A2IM thanks the A2IM Libera Award sponsors: Pandora, MailChimp, SoundExchange, ADA, INgrooves, The Orchard, YouTube, A to Z Media, Merlin, and Bandzoogle! Please contact Jennifer Masset at Jen@A2IM.org about Indie Week and A2IM Libera Award sponsorship opportunities.

    ABOUT A2IM

    Celebrating its 10th anniversary, A2IM is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade organization headquartered in New York City representing a broad coalition of over 350 Independently-owned American music label small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The organization represents Independents’ interest in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community, as well as, supports a key segment of America’s creative class and the small business community that represents America’s cultural and musical genre diversity. Billboard Magazine, using Nielsen SoundScan data, identified the Independent music label sector as 35.1 percent of the music industry’s U.S. recorded music sales market in 2014 based on copyright ownership, making Independent labels collectively the largest music industry segment.

    The organization’s board of directors are composed of the following: Razor & Tie President Craig Balsam, Concord Music Group President Glen Barros, Secretly Label Group Head of Domestic Sales & Marketing Cathy Bauer, Smithsonian Folkways Director of Marketing & Sales Richard Burgess, Epitaph/Anti- General Manager Dave Hansen, Hopeless Records Owner Louis Posen, Dualtone Music Group CEO/Co-Founder Scott Robinson, Kill Rock Stars Owner/President Portia Sabin, Glassnote Records General Manager Chris Scully, Ole SVP Digital Jim Selby and Tommy Boy Owner/CEO Thomas Silverman. A2IM’s president’s advisory committee is Loma Vista Recordings Label Manager Josh Berman, Mack Avenue Records President Denny Stilwell and Compass Records Group Co-Founder Garry West. A2IM’s Worldwide Independent Network lead representative is Wind-up Records General Manager Alan Galbraith.

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  • New Video – Christopher Martin – Steppin Razor

    JAMAICAN SINGER CHRISTOPHER MARTIN IS

    “SHARP AS A RAZOR” (LARGE UP) ON NEW VIDEO

    “Stepping Razor” Is Title Track Off His Eagerly-Awaited Debut EP on VP Records

    “Chris’ smooth crooning…matched with his confident demeanor establishes a sense of invincibility, and therein lies the connection to Peter Tosh’s similarly-named 1977 classic.” -OkayPlayer LargeUp

    Jamaican reggae crooner Christopher Martin drops his new video for “Steppin Razor,” the title track off his VP Records’ debut EP slated for release this spring. Directed by Kurt Wright and shot in Kingston, Jamaica – the humorous video follows Martin out on the town as he swarms the club with lovely ladies.

    WATCH VIDEO HERE:

    “Steppin Razor,” produced by Frankie Music, isn’t the 1977 Peter Tosh classic (written by the late Joe Higgs, a mentor to Tosh and the legendary reggae group The Wailers). Although it champions a kindred spirit of invincibility, in this case Martin’s unrivaled appeal is to the ladies.

    “Tosh’s song had a militancy, cutting down inequality, but I am saying a steppin razor is sharper than the rest, it is having so much confidence in yourself that whatever you are doing you are going to be sharp in it, whether it is with women, school work or how you dress,” Chris explains. “It has nothing to do with money, it all boils down to the belief in yourself, confidence and high self esteem.”

    CHRISTOPHER MARTIN

    Born on Valentine’s Day in 1987 in Jamaica’s rural community of St. Catherine – Christopher Martin made his mark in 2005 when he won his native country’s top televised talent show competition Digicel Rising Stars. With his tremendous vocal prowess, soaring melodies and proven lyrical ability, he has consistently churned out hit after hit – including “Take My Wings,” “Giving It,” “I’ll Be Your Driver,” “Paper Loving,” “Chill Spot” and “Cheaters Prayer” – on local and international reggae charts. Over the years, Martin has worked with reggae’s premier producers including Robert Livingston of Big Yard, ZJ Chrome of Chromes label, Shane Brown of Jukeboxx Recordings and Christopher Birch.

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  • New Album & Vinyl (Apr 14): Alborosie Meets King Jammy – Dub Of Thrones

    ALBOROSIE MEETS KING JAMMY – DUB OF THRONES AVAILABLE APRIL 14, 2015

    VP Records/Greensleeves Presents Tune-for-Tune Dub Showdown with the
    21st Century Dubmaster and Original King of Dub

    Sound System Style U.S. Tour Planned to Support Album Launch

    VP Records/Greensleeves is happy to announce the April 14th, 2015 worldwide release of Alborosie Meets King Jammy – Dub Of Thrones, a historic pairing of one of Jamaica’s most pivotal dub legends King Jammy with the modern day Italian-born dubmaster Alborosie. The album includes a fully-illustrated package by Tony McDermott, Greensleeves Records’ go-to artist for almost four decades known for his iconic cartoon imagery depicting Jamaican music. The mostly instrumental collection will be available on CD, limited edition vinyl and digitally.
    Mixed by Alborosie at his Shengen studio and King Jammy at his studio in the Waterhouse district of Kingston, this old-school meets new-school clash delivers an authentic dub reggae listening experience. With speaker-shaking, neighbor-waking and no-prisoner taking bass, this is designed to be played at high volume for maximum effect.
    Alborosie and King Jammy plan to tour in support of this release throughout the summer. Dates will be announced at another time.

    KING JAMMY
    Born Lloyd James in Montego Bay, Jamaica – King Jammy aka Prince Jammy has always had a deep understanding of electronics, allowing him to furbish his own sound system with tailor-made equipment. He has played a seminal role in many of Jamaica’s musical eras – including dub, roots reggae and dancehall. The reggae pioneer, producer and dub mixer began his career as an apprentice under the late great King Tubby in the 1970’s as a member of dub’s royal family. In 1976, he replaced Prince Philip Smart at Tubby’s Waterhouse studio when Smart headed for New York. Jammy’s new position meant that he was able to get his hands on some of the finest roots reggae of the era, mixing classic rhythms by the likes of Vivian “Yabby You” Jackson and Bunny “Striker” Lee. Just a year after his tenure with Tubby began, Jammy found himself mixing the lion’s share of the rhythms passing through the studio at 18 Dromilly Avenue. Bunny Lee was particularly impressed with Jammy’s mastery of the equipment, employing the young engineer’s skills almost exclusively. In 1977, Jammy was enlisted to mix the dub counterpart to “In the Light,” Everton DaSilva’s classic production for Horace Andy. The versions Jammy concocted simultaneously proved that he was well versed in the techniques acquired from Tubby and that he had developed a distinct mixing voice of his own. That same year, he made his first notable venture into production work, recording the debut of Black Uhuru, a young vocal trio from Kingston. The resulting Love Crisis (and its remixed incarnation, Black Sounds of Freedom) represented a breakthrough for both parties. Jammy then continued his dub explorations, mixing the bulk of the Black Uhuru tracks for his excellent Jammy’s in Lion Dub Style set. Further productions followed, including hit albums (and singles) for emerging dancehall artists like Half Pint (Money Man Skank and One in a Million) and Junior Reid (Boom Shack a Lack). As the ’80s dawned, Greensleeves released the Big Showdown set: a fictional dub battle between Jammy and Tubby’s former colleague, Hopeton “Scientist” Brown. In 1985, Jammy changed the music game forever. He provided one of the first digitized rhythms for the single “Under Me Sleng Teng” sung by Wayne Smith. This track undeniably sparked a digital revolution in the reggae world and helped shaped the sound of dancehall. Jammy’s productions and sound system dominated reggae music for the remainder of the 1980s and into the 1990s. He continues to work as a producer, working with some of the top Jamaican artists today. In Major Lazer Take Kingston – a documentary released by Rolling Stone this month (March 2015) – the electronic DJ group heads to Jamaica to meet with King Jammy to discuss his major influence and role in dancehall.

    WATCH/READ Rolling Stone documentary here:
    http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/major-lazer-diplo-rs-films-mastering-the-craft-20150304#ixzz3U6kTqg73

    ALBOROSIE
    Alborosie may not be Jamaican by birth, yet he promotes reggae music in its truest sense. With dreadlocks almost touching the floor, the Italian singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist is a proud Rastafarian armed with a rebel philosophy. As a keen student of Jamaican music, he is fascinated by analogue recording techniques and plays many different instruments, (including guitar, bass and keyboards). He’s adept at using Pro-Tools and the rest. His Shengen Studio is better stocked than any museum and contains equipment once owned by the likes of King Tubby and Coxsone Dodd. It’s there at his home in the foothills of Kingston where he immerses himself in reggae’s past. He boasts the perfect balance of live instrumentation and analogue recording techniques with thought-provoking lyrics, satisfying vocals and classic contemporary sound. Alborosie, real name Alberto D’ Ascola, was born in the Sicilian town of Marsala, Italy. After relocating to Milan in his teens, he played in a variety of bands before joining Reggae National Tickets, who regularly toured Europe during the mid-to-late nineties. One day the Tickets were invited to perform in Jamaica – an event that inspired Alborosie to quit the band and change his life around. Soon, he was living in Jamaica and working as an engineer at Gee Jam studios in Portland, where he worked with many leading foreign and Jamaican artists. Years later, he represents an exciting new era for reggae. He has released a number of critically acclaimed albums, including Sound The System, Escape To Babylon and 2 Times Revolution, and even took home the MOBO award for Best Reggae Act in 2011.

    ALBUM TRACK LISTING:

    1. Daddy U Roy Intro
    2. A Dub Of Ice And Fire
    3. Dub The Seven Kingdoms
    4. Iron Throne Dub
    5. Rise Up Dub
    6. A Winter Of Dub
    7. Great Wall Of Dub
    8. Lords Of Dub
    9. King Of The Dub Clash
    10. Who Claims The Throne?
    11. Dragon Fire Dub
    12. Dub Feast
    13. Dub Cinderella

    VINYL LP TRACK LISTING:

    SIDE A
    1. Daddy U Roy Intro
    2. A Dub Of Ice And Fire
    3. Dub The Seven Kingdoms
    4. Iron Throne Dub
    5. Rise Up Dub
    6. Great Wall Of Dub

    SIDE B
    1. Lords Of Dub
    2. King Of The Dub Clash
    3. Who Claims The Throne?
    4. Dragon Fire Dub
    5. Dub Cinderella

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  • New Album – Soca Arena – Out This Week

    SOCA ARENA OUT THIS WEEK (MAR 17) ON VP RECORDS

    The Caribbean Carnival Soundtrack Featuring Top Soca Artists From Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Grenada and Jamaica

    By popular demand, VP Records kicks off the Carnival season with Soca Arena, a collection of “jump and wave” winners with an extended mega mix by DJ Spice of TeamSoca.com, out this week (Mar 17, 2015).

    Purchase Soca Arena now iTunes: smarturl.it/SocaArena

    Listen to the DJ Spice mix: https://soundcloud.com/vp_records/various-artists-soca-arena-team-soca-mega-mix

    Soca Arena presents the best and latest offerings from some of soca’s hottest stars spanning the Caribbean. Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons, Shurwayne Winchester and Devon Matthews rep Trinidad & Tobago. Hailing from Barbados – Edwin Yearwood, Hypasounds, Shanta, Porgie & Murda also bring the heat to the set, while artists from smaller islands like Fya Empress and Jamesy P from Saint Vincent, Ricky T from Saint Lucia and Lavaman from Grenada, get shine with their latest hits making waves in the soca arena.

    SOCA ARENA TRACK LISTING
    1. Cheers – Bunji Garlin
    2. Ben Up – Porgie & Murda (aka Saddis & Leadpipe)
    3. Sugar Wine – Shurwayne Winchester & Christopher Martin
    4. Dutti – Hypasounds
    5. Mo’ bacchanal – Fya Empress
    6. Stink – Devon Matthews
    7. Pole – Edwin Yearwood
    8. Don’t Tempt Me – Fay-Ann Lyons
    9. Pussy Cat – Shurwayne Winchester
    10. Stush – Shanta
    11. 40 Days 40 Night (Dingolay) -Ricky T
    12. Cause Commotion – Jamesy P
    13. Strong Rum & Beers – Lavaman

    TEAM SOCA MEGA MIX by DJ Spice from TEAMSOCA.COM

    REMAINING 2015 CARNIVAL DATES (via http://carnivalinfo.com/):
    Apr 12th 2015 – Bacchanal Jamaica
    April 16st -May 4, 2015 – St. Maarten
    May 2nd & 3rd 2015 – St. Thomas (V.I)
    May 2nd, 2015 – Cayman Islands (Batabano)
    May 23rd, 2015 – Atlanta, GA
    May 21st-24th, 2015 – Carnival Houston
    May 24th, 2015 – Bermuda Day
    May 24th, 2015 – Orlando, FL
    May 23rd-24th, 2015 – San Francisco, CA
    May 22nd-25th, 2015 – Berlin (Germany) Karneval der Kulturen
    June 4th – 7thh 2015 – Columbia, SC
    June 7th 2015 – Tampa, FL
    June 11th-14th, 2015 – Charleston Carifest Charleston, SC
    June 20th, 2015 – Philadelphia, PA
    June 20th, 2015 – West Palm Beach, FL
    June 21st 2015L – A Carnival/Hollywood Carnival
    June 29-Jul 10th, 2015 – St. Vincent & The Grenadines
    July 4th , 2015 – St. John (V.I)
    July 4th, 2015 – Montreal, Canada (Carifest)
    July 11th, 2015 – Baltimore / Washington DC Carnival
    July 20th 2015 – St. Lucia
    July, 2015 – Jersey City, NJ
    July 17th – Aug 5th, 2015 – Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival
    July 17th – 18th, 2015 – Atlantic City, NJ
    July 24th & 25th, 2015 – Twin Cities Carifest Minneapolis, Minnesota
    July 25th-26th, 2015 – Vancouver, BC
    July 25th, 2015 – Rotterdam (Zomer Carnival)
    July 25th 2015 – Antigua
    July 28 – Aug 9, 2015 – Tortola Carnival (BVI)
    Aug 2nd-3rd 2015 – Barbados (Crop Over)
    Aug 2015 – Calgary (Carifest), AB, Canada
    Aug, 2015 – Nevis (Culturama)
    Aug 5-6-, 2015 – Hamilton, Canada
    Aug 5-6-, 2015 – Edmonton (Cariwest)
    Aug 5-6-, 2015 – Detroit, MI
    Aug, 2015 – Hartford (Connecticut)
    Aug, 2015 – Ottawa (Caribe-Expo)
    Aug 7th – 8th, 2015 – Virginia CaribFest Carnival
    Aug 10th – 14th, 2015 – Grenada (Spice Mas)
    Aug 16th, 2015 – Chicago, IL Windy City Carnival
    Aug 23rd, 2015 – Boston, MA
    Aug 24th – Worcester Carnival (Worcester, Massachusetts, USA)
    Aug 30-31st – Notting Hill (London, UK)
    Sep 7th, 2015 – New York (Labor Day)
    Sep 12th, 2015 – Belize Carnival
    Sep 7th, 2015 – Cambridge Carnival
    Sep 19th, 2015 – Jacksonville Carnival
    Oct 11th , 2015 – Miami Carnival, FL
    Nov 12-22nd, 2015 – Cayman Pirates Week

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  • New York’s First Calypso Superstar-Wilmoth Houdini

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    New York’s First Calypso Superstar-Wilmoth Houdini

    With his 1929 recording of “Executor Doomed to Die” New York City based calypsonian Wilmoth Houdini challenged a Trinidad based rival, Lord Executor, and made history, delivering the very first dis or clash record, decades before the legendary verbal spars between The Mighty Sparrow and Lord Melody in the 1950s or the traded insults between Jamaica’s ska pioneers Derrick Morgan and Prince Buster on a series of hit singles in the 1960s.
    Born Frederick Wilmoth Hendricks in Port of Spain in 1881 (some accounts list his birth year as 1885) Houdini’s career began in 1916 in Trinidad’s capital where he sang as a chantuelle with the African Millionaires masquerade band and also performed in calypso tents.
    Houdini had worked on various cargo ships, traveling throughout the Caribbean, Europe and South America prior to his arrival in New York in 1927. His initial recordings were done in August that same year for the Victor Company, a session that yielded three 78 RPM singles: “Caroline”, “Goodnight Ladies and Gents” and “Run You Run”, featuring Lionel Belasco on piano, Gerald Clark on guitar and a non-credited cuatro player.
    Houdini’s 78s ushered in a significant shift away from vaudevillians recording calypso, as several Port of Spain tent calypsonians followed Houdini to New York and went on to establish recording careers. By 1929 Houdini would record about 30 calypso sides for the Victor Recording Company. He also cut several singles for Decca Records, often backed by the jazz group Gerald Clarke’s Night Owls and for the Okeh Record Company and Brunswick Records. By 1940 Houdini would have released more than a hundred 78s, alternately credited to Fredrick Wilmoth Hendricks, Edgar Leon Sinclair (said to be the name on his US passport) and his calypso moniker, King Houdini.
    His 1939 single “He Had It Coming” became a major hit for Louis Jordan and Ella Fitzgerald in 1946, retitled as “Stone Cold Dead In The Market”. The song topped the R&B Juke Box chart for five consecutive weeks and even reached no. 7 on the U.S. pop chart, an unprecedented success for calypso that solidified Houdini’s status as the genre’s first superstar, confirming the Big Apple’s importance to calypso’s development. Houdini used his newfound celebrity to promote calypso shows and festivals in the city, especially in Harlem, which was then home to many West Indian immigrants.
    Houdini incurred the wrath of many Port of Spain calypsonians who weren’t merely jealous of his success or testing his abilities (prerequisites in all musical wars, including contemporary hip hop battles or dancehall deejay clashes); Roaring Lion and Atilla The Hun, were among the prominent Trinidad based artists that claimed Houdini had stolen their songs and copyrighted them in the USA (Houdini’s close associate, bandleader/pianist Lionel Belasco, was similarly accused). Roaring Lion expressed the begrudging sentiments best in his single “War” which Houdini counteracted with the (somewhat weaker) “Declaration of War”, both songs released in 1934
    Houdini would continue to record and perform for years to come; his success was a major catalyst for the initial calypso craze in the US in the 1930s and 40s and he also benefitted from the second wave of mainstream mania for the music in the 1950s with a regular gig at the Caribbean Club on 7th Avenue in midtown Manhattan.
    Although he visited Trinidad occasionally, Houdini spent most of his life in New York City. He passed away on August 6, 1973 and is buried in Woodlawn cemetery in the Bronx.

    Patricia Meschino

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  • 2015 Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise Announces Full Artist Line Up

    THE FIRST CRUISE OF ITS KIND

    WELCOME TO JAMROCK REGGAE CRUISE

    ANNOUNCES FINAL 2015 STAR-STUDDED LINE UP

    Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Maxi Priest, Mykal Rose with Sly & Robbie, Protoje & Popcaan

    Will Join Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Julian
    “Juju Royal” Marley, Ky-Mani Marley, Bounty Killer, Capleton, Elephant Man, Barrington Levy, Third World, Jah Cure, Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal, Morgan Heritage, Tanya Stephens, Cham, T.O.K & Christopher Ellis

    Pre-Sale Finished, Tickets Now On Sale To Public

    Norwegian Cruise Line’s 5-Night Musical Voyage from Miami to Jamaica Will Set Sail Twice Next Year

    New artists are added to the 2015 Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise. Reggae royalty including the eight-time Grammy-winning musician and producer Stephen “Ragga” Marley, #1 Billboard Hot 100 chart topper and multi-platinum British artist Maxi Priest and the Grammy-winning team Mykal Rose with Sly & Robbie will join the bill. Plus, two of Jamaica’s most anticipated rising stars – roots singer Protoje and dancehall vocalist Popcaan – will take the stage. They join previously-announced artists – Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Julian “Juju Royal” Marley, Ky-Mani Marley, Bounty Killer, Capleton, Elephant Man, Barrington Levy, Third World, Jah Cure, Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal, Morgan Heritage, Tanya Stephens, Cham T.O.K. and Christopher Ellis. Tickets are available for sale now to the general public. Please visit www.welcometojamrockreggaecruise.com for more info.

    Due to the overwhelming demand, the state-of-the-art Norwegian Pearl ship will set sail twice next year. The first 5-night musical voyage departs November 30, 2015 from Miami, Florida with two stops in Montego Bay, Jamaica before its return on December 5, 2015. The second ship leaves Miami, Florida on December 5, 2015 with stops in Falmouth and Ocho Rios, Jamaica before its return on December 10, 2015.

    In addition to live concerts, there will be numerous sound systems and DJs on board. Stone Love, King Jammy, Mighty Crown, Renaissance, Saxon Sound featuring Tippa Irie, Papa Levi, Musclehead and Mikey Boops, Metro Media, Bass Odyssey, Black Scorpio, Kingston 12 featuring Shinehead and Papalotl will be blazing vibes day and night throughout the cruise.

    This cruise is the first of its kind. Never before, has one been able to see reggae’s top tier acts for five straight days in such an intimate setting. Filled with jaw-dropping artists’ performances to legendary jam sessions from world-renowned DJs and sound systems, Jamaican music is celebrated on every spectrum from morning until dawn the next day. Many other entertainment events will be planned to satisfy every reggae lover’s appetite. This cruise is all that is reggae, but especially all that is Jamaica. From the island’s themed movie theater selections to pick-up soccer (football) games, to poolside jerk chicken BBQ, the Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise will give passengers a slice of the country’s culture every day.

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  • Etana Announces Spring 2015 U.S. Tour

    ETANA ANNOUNCES U.S. TOUR IN SUPPORT OF LATEST ALBUM I RISE
    Following Her Recent Initiative to “Stop Ebola and Build For the Future”
    The Jamaican Reggae Singer Joins Hawaiian Songstress Anuhea on June Dates

    On the heels of Etana’s United Nations’ performance and the release of her “Better Tomorrow” single for the “Stop Ebola and Build For the Future” campaign, the reggae singer announces her Spring 2015 U.S. tour. The run kicks off in NYC on April 25 and covers the Midwest and West. For the June portion of her tour, Etana joins forces with Hawaiian songstress Anuhea for a one of a kind musical experience starring reggae’s top female solo acts of this generation. See full schedule below.

    In addition to raising awareness for her most recent initiative to fight Ebola, Etana also continues to tour in support of her latest album I Rise (VP Records). This will be the second leg of her U.S. I Rise Tour, following dates with reggae icon Cocoa Tea this past fall.

    The soulful Jamaican vocalist who has been described as “reggae’s Jill Scott” (NPR) or “reminiscent of India.Arie” (Essence) – dropped her fourth album I Rise on Oct 28, 2014. The album was helmed primarily by the legendary Jamaican multi-instrumentalist and producer Clive Hunt (Stevie Wonder, Peter Tosh, Rolling Stones, The Wailers, Grace Jones, Jimmy Cliff). It hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album chart, making Etana 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 follows Etana’s critically-acclaimed albums Better Tomorrow (2013), Free Expressions (2011) and The Strong One (2008). With poised assurance, she continues to evolve spiritually, mentally, emotionally and musically and carry the torch as reggae’s leading lady.

    In conjunction with VP Records and led by United African Congress, Give Them A Hand Foundation and the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Etana recently became actively involved with the “Stop Ebola and Build For the Future” campaign. She performed at a special launch event held in the United Nation’s headquarters in NYC. Her song “Better Tomorrow” was also chosen as the initiative’s official anthem. She is donating the song, so that the proceeds go towards children orphaned by Ebola and rebuilding the communities affected in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The song was featured on the iTunes Music homepage and peaked

    U.S. Tour Dates
    Apr 25 @ Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, NY
    May 21 @ The Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights, OH
    May 22 @ Kola Ultra Lounge in Farmington, MI
    May 23 @ The Wild Hare in Chicago, IL
    May 24 @ Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, MN
    May 29 @ Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO
    May 30 @ Cervantes in Denver, CO
    Jun 3 @ The Showbox in Seattle, WA *
    Jun 4 @ Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR *
    Jun 5 @ Arcata Theatre Lounge in Arcata, CA *
    Jun 6 @ Mezzanine in San Francisco, CA *
    Jun 7 @ Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, CA *
    Jun 10 @ The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA *
    Jun 11 @ The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA *
    Jun 12 @ The North Park Theatre in San Diego, CA *
    Jun 13 @ Reggae In The Desert in Las Vegas, NV *
    Jun 14 @ Livewire in Scottsdale, AZ *
    * w/ Anuhea

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