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Monthly Archives: June 2015

  • Antigua and Barbuda Launch Caribbean Week with High Profile Event and Major Signings

    ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA LAUNCH CARIBBEAN WEEK WITH MUST ATTEND EVENT OF THE CITY
    Featured Official Signing Between Antigua and Barbuda and Sunwing Travel Group

    New York, NY. June 2, 2015 – The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority started Caribbean Tourism Week with a splash by hosting the must-attend event of the city, with over 180 attendees including influential, top-tier leading media, and travel trade and executives. The event was held to celebrate achievements of the past year of The Government of Antigua and Barbuda, including the appointment of Special Economic Envoy, Robert De Niro, as well as to launch Caribbean Week in New York, the largest and most effective event on the Caribbean tourism calendar. Featured publications included: Vanity Fair, Travel + Leisure, USA Today, New York Times, CBS News, and trades including Caribbean Journal, Travel Weekly and Travel Agent including too many to list. The turnout was so positive that extra tables were set for the over-subscribed guests. The evening, featuring a cocktail hour and sit-down dinner, was held at the world-renowned ’21 Club,’ an influential location where every U.S. President since Franklin Delano Roosevelt has dined at frequently. Guests were treated to a live jazz band quartet as well as a 3-course meal with each choice named after a well-known location on Antigua and Barbuda.

    The evening, hosted by The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority and the Honorable Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy, Asot Michael, was headlined by honored guests, Honorable Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Brown and Special Economic Envoy to Antigua and Barbuda, Robert De Niro. Other luminary guests included Ambassador Aubrey Webson and Ambassador Gilbert Boustany. The Minister and Prime Minister’s spoke to the audience about the revolution of Antigua and Barbuda in becoming the economic powerhouse of the Eastern Caribbean. Achievements of the Government within the past year that were shared with the audience included: raising over $2billion in capital, strides in making the Citizenship by Investment Unit the most lucrative in the industry while maintaining the highest international security standards, promise for a total transformation of port facilities and downtown St. John’s, the imminent opening of the new airport terminal at V C Bird Airport making it the most modern airport in the Caribbean and increased airlift to the islands.

    The event also featured the official signing and partnership between The Government of Antigua and Barbuda and the Sunwing Travel Group to develop a 500-room all-inclusive resort under the Royalton Luxury Resorts brand on the famed white sands of Deep Bay, Antigua. Construction will commence this summer on The Royalton Antigua Resort & Spa, as well as a residential complex with over 200 condominium units. Slated to open in 2017, this $400M development is expected to represent 2,000 new jobs for Antigua and a massive injection to the economy. The contract was signed by the Honorable Prime of Antigua and Barbuda Minister Gaston Browne, the Honorable Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy of Antigua and Barbuda, Asot Michael and CEO & President of Sunwing Travel Group, Stephen Hunter.

    The Honorable Prime Minister of Tourism, Economic Development, Investment and Energy Asot Michael summarized the importance and success of the evening, “With such a positive turnout of influentials and executives, who left with an infectious feeling of excitement and positivity about Antigua and Barbuda, and everything we are doing to achieve our vision of becoming the economic powerhouse of the Easter Caribbean, we fully expect this energy to proliferate across all networks – from tourism to business to investments.” Minister Michael extrapolated on the benefits saying, “This was an incredibly important step for us to reassert ourselves in the North American market as the destination of choice: from leisure to investment and business to our Citizenship program. With the dedicated, loyal work of the entire North American Antigua and Barbuda team, our twin island nation can look forward to exponential positive benefits and returns for the coming months and years.”

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  • Teenage Canadian Singer Lucas DiPasquale Premieres New Single “DO IT LIKE” Featuring Konshens, Kardinal O and Stylo G

    LUCAS DIPASQUALE ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE “DO IT LIKE” FEAT. STYLO G, KARDINAL O AND KONSHENS

    Teenage Canadian singer Lucas DiPasquale began turning heads last year when he uploaded his remarkable acoustic mash-up of hits (Road Affi Tek On, Ravin and Only Man She Want) by Dancehall artist Popcaan.

    The video (which had over 150,000 views in a month on YouTube) gained love worldwide as renowned US music magazine FADER instantly picked it up, UK DJ’s Ras Kwame and Seani B raved about Lucas and artists Kano and Krept and Konan tweeted the video out to their network of fans.

    With such genuine support for Lucas it was only a matter of time before he became appreciated at the birthplace of Dancehall music, Jamaica. With the Jamaica Observer covering the video, radio stations Nationwide 90 FM and Timeline and popular Jamaican TV program Onstage TV interviewing him. Popcaan then tweeting the mash-up biggin up Lucas then inviting him over to Jamaica to perform at the big 2014 Jamaica Dream Weekend event with him in front of thousands.

    Lucas then unveiled another sensational acoustic mash-up consisting once again of Popcaan, plus two new additions – fellow Canadian native Drake and Dancehall superstar Sean Paul, then being picked up by the likes of MTV & SBTV. In this video, Lucas shows off his pinpoint-accurate Patois again covering Popcaan’s Everything Nice, Drake & UK singer/songwriter Sampha’s hit The Motion and Sean Paul’s worldwide smash Like Glue.

    Lucas returned to Jamaica in 2015 and recorded music for his upcoming debut EP with Stephen McGregor, played an acoustic session at the legendary Tuff Gong studios, appeared on Onstage TV once again and filmed a video for his upcoming single “Do It Like” (featuring Kardinal Offishall, Stylo G & Konshens) in the streets of downtown Kingston.

    The single ‘Do It Like” produced by Mojam & Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor will be released early June 2015 and has already received support from MistaJam on BBC Radio 1Xtra and Ras Kwame on Capital Xtra after it’s premiere by Dancehall veteran Seani B.

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  • A tight race as Gyptian, Benjai, Chronixx, Destra, Farmer Nappy, Charles Jahfaa and Etana, battle it out for the #1 spot at the 2015 Best International Act – Caribbean at the Black Canadian Awards

    Gyptian (Jamaica), Benjai (Trinidad), Chronixx (Jamaica), Destra (Trinidad), Farmer Nappy (Trinidad), Charles Jahfaa (Haiti) and Etana (Jamaican) are all nominated of the 2015 Best International Act – Caribbean. It’s a very tight race as these top 7 artist have all made major impact over the past year. While they are credited for their talent, an online voting period with social media hashtag #BlackCanadianAwards to help seal their fate ends this Friday June 5th.

    Best Caribbean Style Act, another category but focused on Canadian artists at the awards celebrates some of the top six artists in the country, Tasha T, Skibu, Ammoye, Steele, Shalli and Jay Harmony.

    The award night is focused on showcasing several industries and empowering the community. “The Book of Negroes” by Lawrence Hill is nominated for best writer and literary work and actors like Shailyn Pierre-Dixon and Lyriq Bent who championed the TV adaptation of the book aired on BET and CBC early this year are both nominees for their extraordinary acting roles.

    Emmanuel Jal who worked with Reese Witherspoon in the movie ‘The Good Lie’ also got nominated for best actor and best African style artist for his music album, both launched last summer.

    The new Toronto Police chief Mark Saunders, a recipient in 2014, will be the keynote speaker with the theme “Dream Bigger, Aim Higher”, sharing on his core principles of excellence and aiming for perfection.

    This ceremony will also award through a nomination and voting process, various artists and genres of music such as Best RnB Artist, Best Jazz Artist and Best Actor, just to mention a few.
    The 2015 Black Canadian Awards is organized by the Diversity Advancement Network for Saturday June 6th at the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Theater in Toronto. This diversity event, celebrates success stories and achievements of trail-blazers and leaders within Canada and beyond. An induction ceremony will be held for the Role Models on Saturday June 6 at 5pm.
    The 2015 Entertainment Industry International segment is a collection of the worlds best like Canada has never seen before. And the other Nominees are Davido (Nigeria), Skepta (UK), Mokobé (France), Benjai (Trinidad), Stormzy (UK), Little Simz (UK), Edem (Ghana), Sneakbo (UK), Oritse Femi (Nigeria), Mafikizolo (South Africa), Afrob (Germany), Teeyah (Ivory Coast), Yemi Alade (Nigeria), Eddy Kenzo (Uganda) and remember Destra was the 2014 winner for International Artist.
    For more inquiries, or to request media passes contact Sharon Johnson at blackcanadians@gmail.com or on www.BlackCanadianAwards.com

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  • New Releases from FOX FUSE Featuring Biggie Irie, Ricardo Drue, Patrice Roberts, Terra Kid and More

    NEW RELEASES FROM FOX FUSE

    June 2, 2015

    BASSink Productions Presents the Groove Theory Riddim
    Available on June 16

    Barbadian production house BASSink Productions presents the Groove Theory Riddim, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on June 16, 2015, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. Composed by producer Dwain “Dwaingerous” Antrobus, the hit compilation was created for the 2015 Crop Over season, Barbados’ annual carnival celebrations, which is currently underway and culminates in early August.

    Showcasing five sizzling songs, Groove Theory Riddim features soca stars Patrice Roberts with “On De Low,” Biggie Irie with “Sweet Type of Way,” Ricardo Drue with “Professional,” Lil Rick with “Gym Instructor” and rising sensation Sekon Sta with “Special.”

    BASSink Productions, lead by Dwaingerous, has been on the forefront of the Barbadian soca movement and has been integral in making the island nation a serious contender in releasing quality soca music, for years now.

    TRACK LIST

    1. Lil Rick – Gym Instructor
    2. Patrice Roberts – On De Low
    3. Sekon Sta – Special
    4. Biggie Irie – Sweet Type of Way
    5. Ricardo Drue – Professional
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    WIZ Records Drops Terra Kid “Trash This Party”

    Available on June 8

    WIZ Records drops a new soca anthem from Grenadian soca sensation Terra Kid with “Trash This Party,” available worldwide from all major digital retailers on June 8, 2015, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE.

    Producer Shawn “Mr. Roots” Mitchell, who is at the helm of WIZ Records has been enjoying much success from his releases, which are mainstays on soca charts and playlists and have been taking center stage at the various carnival celebrations around the Caribbean.

    The groovy soca track scores another hit for WIZ Records, just in time for Grenada’s own carnival known as Spicemas, taking place in August.

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    3P Productions Delivers “Sipp N Chipp” by Stage Muzik

    Available on June 8

    U.S. Virgin Islands-based 3P Productions delivers its new smash “Sipp N Chipp” from soca slayer Stage Muzik, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on June 8, 2015, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. The groovy soca jam scores another hit for both Stage Muzik and 3P Productions.

    3P Productions is fronted by producer Alvin “Pam-Pam” James, whose magic touch and talent combine to not only bring us native flavors of U.S.V.I., but also expose local talents to the worldwide masses.

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    The Federation Family Brings New Hits from Kiyode Erasto and Bounce

    Available on June 1

    Antigua-based hit production house The Federation Family presents two new tunes – Kiyode Erasto with “Give Them What They Want” and Bounce with “Touch You” – both available worldwide from all major digital retailers on June 1, 2015, from FOX FUSE.

    Both members of The Federation Family, Erasto and Bounce deliver new hits for dancehall fans. Erasto’s “Give Them What They Want” is an up-tempo track, while Bounce’s “Touch You” is an explicit tune that is a new addition to the New Day Riddim, which was released in April from FOX FUSE.

    With lyrics that incite festive fervor and beats to match, the tracks are bound to take center-stage at the upcoming Antigua Carnival season, which runs from late July to early August, while bringing the native sounds to fans at home and beyond.

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  • Zagga Completes First European Tour

    Kingston (JA), June 2, 2015: Chimney Records’ recording artiste Zagga, has just returned from his first European tour. The tour entitled ‘Sleepless Nights’ began on May 7 with a show in Vienna and ended in Stuttgard on May 26. Though his words were barely understood, they were very well received. The tour yielded 3 sold out shows and lots of great memories for the artiste to take home.

    His next step is to complete the Pepsi Refresh tour which was recently launched in Kingston, Jamaica and comprises of 3 shows beginning this Saturday at the Famous Night Club in Portmore. The tour will continue to Hope Gardens on July 3rd and will culminate at the annual Jamaican reggae festival, Reggae Sumfest on July 18.

    The ‘My Destination’ singer is now anticipating the release of a music video he recently shot in Stuttgard for a single entitled ‘So Far Away’ and produced by Jugglerz. He’s also contemplating the date of release for his EP which he’ll also be calling ‘Sleepless Nights’. The EP is produced by his own camp, Chimney Records, and will comprise of 9 tracks.

    For details and interviews contact tanhoisinclair@gmail.com

    Follow on Twitter and Instagram: @ZaggaMusic
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/zaggamusicofficial
    Bookings:1876-325-0376 or 1876-528-7323 // Email: bookzagga@gmail.com
    Dubs & Inquiries: 1876-585-6963 // Email: zaggadubs@gmail.com

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  • Ammoye Brings History to Life with A Rework of Woman of the Ghetto!

    Ammoye Brings History to Life
    with A Rework of Woman of the Ghetto!

    June 2nd, 2015 – Toronto, ON, Canada

    Some of the best musical nuggets are songs that were recorded in the past, and Canada’s leading Songstress and JUNO Award nominee Ammoye, goes back in the past to bring Marlena Shaw’s “Woman of the Ghetto” to life adding a touch of 2015 grit to her rendition.

    Produced by The Rhythm Express as a part of their multiple artist compilation entitled Midnight Express, Ammoye delivers a soul stirring performance that has earned the attention of several of the worlds’ most notable music presenters on radio. Not only is Ammoye’s passionate delivery a representation of the plea’s of the people in all ghetto’s around the world, the songstresses intonation acts as a call to action for us to change the circumstances of the people’s suffering.

    Recorded in Toronto with elite musicians Bill King (keyboards), Everton ‘Pablo’ Paul (drums and percussion), Jesse ‘Dubmatix’ King (Bass) and Shane ‘Shaky J’ Forrest (Guitar and Engineering), everyone associated with the project remarked on the importance of the song. Ammoye said “this song was really important to get right. I’m speaking for the people in Toronto as much as I am for the people in Ferguson, Baltimore, New York, London and all places in the world that have ghetto’s. It’s one song with one voice.”

    Producers for the project included this song in the project as it draws contrast between the living situation of African Americans in the 60’s and 70’s, and the world situation today. As the economic focus shifts, an increase in ghetto’s can be seen in several cities around the world, as well as the struggles of the people who live there.

    In addition to the original recorded by Marlene Shaw, “Woman of the Ghetto” was also recorded by Jamaica’s Phyllis Dillon. Ammoye’s version is the first to be covered by a Reggae / Lover’s Rock artist in Canada.

    Media and fans can stay connected with Ammoye via Twitter @AmmoyesMusic or www.Ammoye.com.

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  • New Video x Stephen Marley ft. Bounty Killer & Cobra #BreakTheCycle

    STEPHEN “RAGGA” MARLEY REVEALS FULL TOUR DATES + BRAND NEW VIDEO

    FOR “GHETTO BOY” FEAT. BOUNTY KILLER & COBRA

    AVAILABLE NOW ON iTUNES

    Bob Marley’s Son & Grammy-Winning Musician Joins Convo About Ongoing Cycle of Crime & Violence #BreakTheCycle

    Stephen “Ragga” Marley – the eight-time Grammy winner and multi-talented singer/ songwriter/musician/producer – announces headlining tour and releases the brand new video for his latest single “Ghetto Boy” ft. Bounty Killer & Cobra. The track is available now on iTunes and will be featured on his forthcoming album Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life.

    WATCH/POST Stephen “Ragga” Marley “Ghetto Boy” ft. Bounty Killer & Cobra video now:

    The compelling visual, which was shot in Jamaica and directed by Shaun Escayg, captures the perpetuating cycle of violence and crime that can start from an early age. “Why is gun violence happening on a global scale? When, where, and what age does it start? We see the U.S. media addressing it now to a certain degree, but this is happening all over the world, with or without the cameras rolling. We need to get to the root of the problem, starting from the top down to break the cycle,” Stephen told Esquire, who premiered the “scorching” song earlier this month.

    In support of his upcoming album Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, Marley will kick off his multi-city tour on August 1 to headline California’s annual festival Reggae On The River. He continues to perform along the Golden Coast, then travels to Europe for a short stint of festival and club dates. He heads back to the United States on August 29 for the Catch A Fire Tour with his brother and co-headliner Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley and Ghetto Youths crew members Jo Mersa and Black-Am-I will also be joining the Catch A Fire bill for the star-studded reggae tour that spans the whole country until the end of September. See full tour schedule below.

    https://twitter.com/stephenmarley / https://www.facebook.com/stephenraggamarley / https://instagram.com/stephenmarley

    TOUR SCHEDULE:
    Sat. Aug 01 in Garberville, CA @ Reggae On the River 2015
    Sun. Aug 02 in Avila Beach, CA @ Avila Beach Amphitheater
    Mon. Aug 03 in Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
    Tue.Aug 04 in Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
    Fri. Aug 07 in Landerneau, France @ Esplanade De Le Petite Palud
    Sat. Aug 08 in Bordeaux, France @ Reggae Sun Ska Festival
    Sun. Aug 09 in Lokeren, Belgium @ Lokerse Feesten
    Tue. Aug 11 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ Melkweg (The Max)
    Fri. Aug 14 in Winchester, UK @ Boomtown Festival
    Sun. Aug 16 in Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl ^
    Sat. Aug 29 in Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center For the Performing *
    Sun. Aug 30 in New York, NY @ Central Park Summerstage *
    Sep 3 in Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion *
    Sep 4 in Portland, ME @ Maine State Pier *
    Sep 5 in Vienna, VA @ The Filene Center at Wolf Trap *
    Sep 6 in Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summerstage *
    Sep 9 in Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheatre *
    Sep 11 in Kansas City, MO @ The Crossroads *
    Sep 12 in Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze Plaza *
    Sep 15 in Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium *
    Sep16 in Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex *
    Sep 18 in Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert Amphitheatre *
    Sep 19 in Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park *
    Sep 20 in Boise, ID @ Revolution Center *
    Sep 22 in San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre *
    Sep 24 in Las Vegas, NV @ The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas *
    Sep 25 in Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl *

    ^ w/ Ziggy Marley
    * w/ Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley, Ghetto Youths Crew (Black-Am-I & Jo Mersa)

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  • NEW MURAL IS NAMED & LAUNCHED DOWNTOWN

    ‘THE RETURN OF THE CANBOULAY’: MURAL LAUNCHED AND NAMED ON QUEEN STREET

    “A city is only as great as its Public Art”…

    On Wednesday 27th May 2015 at 5:30pm.there was a formal launch and naming of the mural ‘The Return of the Canboulay’ in the Guardian car park on the corner of Queen’s and St. Vincent Streets Port-of-Spain.

    The mural- which was commissioned by Mr Gregory Aboud- was a collaborative effort of Mr Rubadiri Victor and Mr Keegan Simon- with the assistance of young artists Francois and Jean Michel Le Blanc and Matthew Blackman. The piece depicts 2 Fancy Indian masqueraders from this year’s winning Small Band- Tribal Connection Cultural Promotions ‘From the Hills of Dakota’. Leader of the band Ms Chery Clarke-Alleyne was on hand for the launch.

    Done over the course of just three days the mural is an attempt to brighten up the city and leave a register that Port of Spain is indeed ‘the Kingdom of Carnival’. The mural depicts a King Fancy Indian character with arms outstretched in cruciform position- as if in embrace, welcome, offering, celebration, self-declaration, and/or obstruction… The interpretations are many… The artists hope that this small gesture of beauty multiplies 1000 times in the next year. The piece is part of the Artists’ Coalition of Trinidad & Tobago’s ‘1000 Moments of Beauty’ campaign.

    In his speech artist Rubadiri Victor lamented the fact that despite all the Genius that this country has produced there is hardly any evidence or worthy touchstones to this Genius in our public spaces. “This Mural is our humble gesture in that direction, “ he said. Businessman and head of the Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA) Gregory Aboud said that, “It is said that, ‘You save one life, you save a Nation.’ So I hope that with this humble gesture we can cause a greater salvation.’

    This mural is hopefully the first of a trilogy of ‘Return of the Canboulay’ murals and a lot more public art in the capital city and nationally. It is meant to stir the conversation that has lapsed about the destiny of the capital city Port of Spain, and therefore visions of how it should be planned. The Poet Laureate of the City of Port of Spain Mr Anson Gonzalez, who is not in the country, sent a poem to match the moment, the art, the ambition, and the sentiments.

    (in fish-eye lens picture: female artist, Ms Cheryl Clarke-Alleyne, Keegan Simon, Rubadiri Victor, Gregory Aboud, Matthew Blackman, and Jean Michel Le Blanc)

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  • International Soca Songstress Zoelah Sizzling Summer Hit Bound Single “Touch Ya” by Billboard Producer Ricky Blaze

    International Soca Songstress Zoelah Sizzling Summer Hit Bound Single “Touch Ya”
    by Billboard Producer Ricky Blaze

    Brooklyn, NY (MPR Consulting) – Deemed as one of the most talented and versatile producer in the business, billboard charting Ricky Blaze is renowned for blending and fusing various genres.

    There is no uncharted music territory as Ricky Blaze various productions in reggae, dancehall, pop, R&B, soca and even dance music have charted worldwide. As memorial day kicked off the unofficial summer season, Ricky’s latest production “Touch Ya” featuring the vocals of international soca songstress Zoelah has hit the streets, parties and airwaves blazing.

    Hailing from St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Zoelah started singing at the tender age of 7 and hasn’t stopped since. Influenced by such eclectic sounds as Micheal Jackson, the Beatles, Bee Gees, Prince, Steel Pulse, UB40, Bob Marley and Creed, the young songstress admits that her sound is soca (soul & calypso) but as she states “because I am from the Caribbean but it is groovy and very similar to R&B.”

    Under Ricky Blaze’s label imprint FME Recordings,”Touch Ya” is now available on iTunes.

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  • Lilliput Children’s Theatre Makes A BIG Statement For Its Fortieth Anniversary

    Lilliput Children’s Theatre Makes A BIG Statement For Its Fortieth Anniversary

    Veteran Children’s Theatre Company Makes History As One Of Trinidad And Tobago’s Oldest Children’s Performing Arts Organisations

    Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago… Four decades ago, two friends and colleagues, Noble Douglas and Tony Hall, embarked upon the groundbreaking task of creating Trinidad and Tobago’s first children’s theatre company. Their foresight led to the establishment of the Lilliput Children’s Theatre, Trinidad and Tobago’s seminal children’s arts institution. This year, Lilliput marks that milestone with its 40th anniversary production, BIG, on May 15, 16 and 17, 2015 at Queen’s Hall.

    With its signature approach to drama instruction, the company harnesses the performing arts as a medium to help shape and build character while encouraging self-confidence through the challenge of theatre, game play and imagination. “We strive to do this one child at a time,” reflected Douglas. “We have succeeded in using culture to build the character of every Lilliputian. No matter their discipline or profession, Lilliputians are excelling in their fields today.”

    The veteran company is known for staging thought provoking productions that challenge audiences to countenance alternative political, social and cultural views. Annually, the young thespians are charged with creating and scripting a play from the creative concepts of costume designer, Merylle Mahabir. In this process, journal writing is used to explore intricate ideas as an integral part of their writing process. Under the direction of Hall, Greer Jones-Woodham, Che Rodriguez, John Isaacs and Wendell Manwarren, Lilliput’s past productions have included published plays such as Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Derek Walcott’s Ti Jean and His Brothers as well as original productions including the inaugural, Cinderella Strikes Again, Flew and EIEIO Animal Farm. To date, Eye Eye Eye, which chronicled the plight of street children, remains one of Lilliput’s most critically acclaimed and insightful presentations.

    This year’s celebratory production will again challenge audiences as the company looks at the impact of BIG issues on the lives of little people. For more information, join the BIG Facebook (FB) event page at http://x2t.com/3/BIG or connect with Lilliput on FB at www.facebook.com/lilliputchildrenstheatre or on Twitter @NDLFA or email liza@estuaryPR.com.

    WHAT: Lilliput Children’s Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Production, BIG
    WHO: Lilliput Children’s Theatre
    WHEN: Friday May 15, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
    Saturday May 16, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
    Sunday May 17, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
    WHERE: Queen’s Hall, St. Ann’s, Port of Spain
    TICKETS: Children and adults – $120.00
    Crosby’s Music Centre, St. James – (868) 622-SOCA(7622)
    Students of Lilliput Children’s Theatre
    From Monday May 11, 2015 – Queen’s Hall box office – (868) 624-1284

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  • New Album – Reggae Loves Jah – Out Now

    REGGAE LOVES JAH COMPILATION OUT NOW ON VP RECORDS

    From the opening strains of Buju Banton’s haunting Our Father in Zion to the evangelistic delivery of Luciano’s live performance of his classic, It’s Me Again Jah there is no mistaking, Reggae Loves Jah is a thoughtful collection of hits that we are all familiar with, but all on one compilation that is sure to become a favorite for reggae lovers globally. Released on VP Records, the selection and sequencing of the songs by Dane “Fatman” Bogle, easily captures the essence of the unique relationship between reggae, Rasta, Emperor Selassie the First, revered by many as JAH and the island of Jamaica, from which reggae and rasta sprung forth. Reggae Loves Jah is thirteen tracks espousing Rastafarian “livity” in giving praises to the “Most High JAH Rastafari.”

    For executive producer Eisaku “Selector A” Yamaguchi, this album was made “from the bottom of his heart” as a tribute to Rastafarian principles. He says, “I am not Rasta, but I support Rasta and their “livity,” their view on life and what Rastafar I stand for is similar to how I view life.” Selector A’s previous compilation, Reggae Loves Africa was “a reminder about Africa…Reggae is known for its strong message and inspiration, it inspires people worldwide.”

    Being released at a time when roots reggae music is making a serious comeback to the main stage, Reggae Loves Jah is right on time featuring a collection of stand alone hits like the “anthemic” Greetings, track #4 from Half Pint; track #5, Jah Is By My Side from Tony Rebel; Jah Jah Is The Ruler with Garnet Silk on track 11 and Jah Works, track #6 from Terror Fabulous. Over the years many have said that they learned about rastafari and about Africa and Emperor Haile Selassie the First through reggae. Songs like Glen Washington’s Jah Glory , track 10 and Bushman’s Lighthouse track 12 are prayerful praises being given up to JAH, “the Most High”. What is wonderful about Reggae Loves Jah is that by compiling these songs together on one album, new comers to the genre will have a good sampling in one compilation as a solid representation of Rastafarian praise music. Selector A says, “I made this album, Reggae Loves Jah as a Rasta baton from the bottom of my heart, to pass on to the next generation.”

    Though the tracks represent a variety of singers and producers, the late Phillip “Fattis” Burrell’s Xterminator label is featured four times beginning with track #2, Praise Him with Sanchez, which remains a perennial favorite, followed by track #3, Praise Ye Jah with Sizzla. This track reminds us of the sweetly poignant vocals and profound lyrics that made us fall in love with Sizzla in the 90’s. Track #9, Jah Blessing features Sizzla and at the time stable mate, Luciano, on a very popular track that scored big for them and Xterminator as they were being mentored by Fattis. The final track on the album is also an Xterminator single, It’s Me Again Jah which helped to catapult Luciano, who became known as “the messenger” into becoming a household name. The song was loved by Christians, church goers, Rastafarians and secular folks alike. Tracks like Fantan Mojah’s Thanks and Praise and Jah Cure’s Jah Jah Bless Me are fast becoming classics and deserve to be among these established tracks.

    There is something to be said about the thought that went into compiling these thirteen tracks in paying homage to the muse of roots reggae music, Emperor Haile Selassie the First of Ethiopia, hailed by man as JAH. Reggae Loves JAH is chock full of songs that we know, songs that have remained in our consciousness. Like prayers we learned as children that quickly come to mind in times of need, these songs though familiar to the average reggae fan, will be well received by the astute reggae collector for all being on the same album. Selector A is convinced that “with social media we can promote this album to the new generation as articles alone can’t get the youth’s attention; we still need music to carry out the message.”

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Our Father In Zion – Buju Banton
    2. Praise Him – Sanchez
    3. Praise Ye Jah – Sizzla
    4. Greetings – Half Pint
    5. Jah Is By My Side – Tony Rebel
    6. Jah Works – Terror Fabulous
    7. Jah Jah Bless Me – Jah Cure
    8. Thanks And Praise – Fanton Mojah
    9. Jah Blessing – Sizzla featuring Luciano
    10. Jah Glory – Glen Washington
    11. Jah Jah Is The Ruler – Garnet Silk
    12. Lighthouse – Bushman
    13. It’s Me Again Jah (LIVE) – Luciano

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  • Alborosie Meets King Jammy: Dub Of Thrones Debuts On U.S. Billboard Reggae Album Chart Top 10 Chart

    ALBOROSIE MEETS KING JAMMY – DUB OF THRONES

    DEBUTS IN TOP 10 ON U.S. BILLBOARD REGGAE ALBUM CHART

    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

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    Alborosie Meets King Jammy – Dub Of Thrones
    (VP/Greensleeves Records, April 14) debuts at #7 on the U.S. Billboard Album Reggae Chart this week. Available on limited edition vinyl, CD and digitally – the mostly instrumental release is a historic pairing of one of Jamaica’s most pivotal dub legends King Jammy with the modern day Italian-born dubmaster Alborosie. The collection 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.

    Purchase on iTunes now:
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/dub-thrones-feat.-king-jammy/id973328949
    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.

    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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  • CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution Acquires Exciting New Slate of Films

    CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution
    Acquires Exciting New Slate of Films

    Bridgetown, Barbados

    CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD) has recently amped up its efforts to boost the global Caribbean film industry via new acquisitions to its growing film roster. The initiative is an integral part of CTWD’s ‘3D Distribution Project’, financed by the EU’s ACPCultures+ Program.

    The new acquisitions include feature length films, documentaries, short-films, and episodic TV series, such as the hit Barbadian series ‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ (2014), created and directed by Rommel Hall and Shane Holford, tells the story of the Jones family that reluctantly becomes the subject of a reality TV show. Over 15 episodes, the audience follows the Joneses through entertaining, awkward, and embarrassing moments. CTWD has acquired the rights to all three seasons of the series, the spin off feature film, ‘Keeping up with the Joneses – The Movie’, and the 2014 Christmas special.

    Three powerful films from US-based award winning documentarian, Andrea Leland, have also been added to the roster: CTFF 2014 Best Documentary Winner, ‘Yurumein – Homeland, The Caribs of St. Vincent’ (2014), which recounts the painful past of the Caribs of St. Vincent, their history, trials and tribulations and the movement to revitalize the remnants of their culture known as Garifuna; Leland’s 70-minute documentary, ‘Jamesie – King of Scratch’; and her 46-minute film, ‘The Garifuna Journey’.

    Other highlights are new work by iconic, pioneering Trinidad & Tobago filmmaker, Christopher Laird, including: award-winning ‘No Bois Man No Fraid’(2013), which documents a journey of two young T&T martial arts experts as they set out to learn the local art of stick fighting; the feature documentary ‘Public Spaces’, an exploration of the work of Laird’s father, the architect Colin Laird; and the short documentary ‘Hinkson’, about the artist Jackie Hinkson.

    Also joining the CTWD family are feature films: ‘The Gift Everlasting’ by Judith Faloon-Reid (Jamaica, 2014), ‘Thick’ by Cheryl Brown and Anthony Greene from Skyrocket Productions (USA, 2012), ‘Fire Burn Babylon’ by Sarita Seigal (UK, 2011). New shorts include: ‘After Mas’ by Karen Martinez (UK/T&T, 2013), ‘Punta Soul’ by Nyasha Laing (Belize, 2008).

    Original series include: ‘A Day in a Bajan Life’ (Barbados, 2012), ‘Illegal Aliens’ (USD/Jamaica, 2013),‘Life with the Ramsinghs’ (T&T, 2013).

    CTWD’s extensive marketing and outreach strategy to maximize revenue for filmmakers will include attendance at markets across North America, Europe, and Africa, such as the American Film Market (AFM) and the Marché Internationale de Programmes Communications (MIPCOM) in Cannes, France.

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