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  • 10 TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO FILMS TO BE SCREENED AT THE CARIBBEANTALES INTERNATIONAL FIIM FESTIVAL IN SEPTEMBER IN TORONTO, CANADA, AS THE EVENT CELEBRATES 10 YEARS IN 2015

    A shot from one of the films of T&T origin to be featured at this year's CTFFFrom Trinidad & Tobago we screen ten amazing films!!

    One feature narrative is ‘Sallys Way’, a feature film specially for children, Directed by Joanne Johnson and the three feature documentaries are: ‘Lara Broathers’ by Janine Fung; the recent and amazing film on the story of pan, ‘Pan – A Musical Odyssey’ by Jerome Guiot & Thierry Teston and ‘Art Connect’ by Miguel Galofre. The other six are wonderful short films: ‘One good deed’ (another childrens film) by Juliette McCawley; ‘Glass Bottom Boat’ by Maneesh Rampersad; ‘Dubois’ by Kaz Ove; ‘Paradise Lost’ by Christopher Laird; ‘Popos Journey’ by Ryan Lee and ‘Small Man’ by Mariel Brown.

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    ‘Sally’s Way’ a Children’s film is a first from the Caribbean to have a feature length film made for kids. To date, it’s unheard of as very few films are made for this important and lucrative market. Set on the Island of Trinidad, Joanne Johnson says, “This Brown Cotton Outreach film, is proud that the first ever children’s feature film from Trinidad and Tobago will be screened in Toronto at the Caribbean Tales Int’l Film Festival. It’s an auspicious 10th year for CTFF and to help mark this milestone is an honor. It’s vital that Caribbean people across the region and the diaspora find community in harnessing a market and audience if we are ever to establish a tradition of film and cinema. The commonality of our West Indian experience is important to us as we fill the need for authentic, original Children’s content with a Caribbean aesthetic…”

    At a recent media launch held at the Consulate General for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in Toronto on July 8th, CaribbeanTales unveiled its 2015 Programme. The standing- room-only event featured many Toronto luminaries, and was MC’d by the Honourable Jean Augustine, PC, CM with speakers including T&T Consul General Dr. Vidya Gyan Tota-Maharaj, CaribbeanTales founder and Executive Director Frances-Anne Solomon, Programmer Christopher Pinheiro, Partnerships Coordinator Emmy Pantin, and Incubator Chair Dr. Rita Shelton-Deverell.

    “CaribbeanTales continues to have its finger on the pulse of a dynamic movement of evolving film expression across the region and its Diaspora,” says founder and filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon. “In just ten years, a very short period of time, our film stories have matured to become stunningly assured, explosive, transgressive, probing, beautiful and urgent. And this is what we see represented on screen in this year’s selections.”

    Running from September 9 – 19 at the chic Royal Cinema, CTFF’s 10th anniversary edition will showcase a fantastic selection of Caribbean films from around the globe. These include 16 feature-length films and 30 short films in Official Competition for the CTFF Jury and Audience Awards, to be announced on the closing night – September 19.

    CTFF, runs alongside the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival and also features an intensive five-day Incubator Program for Caribbean and Diaspora filmmakers, followed by a Pitch Breakfast at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (Toronto Int’l Film Festival facilities) and many exciting networking events.

    CTFF’s 2015 programming committee, consisting of movers and shakers from the Caribbean film community, has worked hard to put together a line-up that will surely WOW audiences. The festival’s uniquely themed Program consists of evenings of features and short films ncluding Caribbean SCI-FI new exciting Caribbean science fiction stories; Vanishing legacies covering important Caribbean traditions; Trini-to-the-Bone, a celebration of old and new Trinidad culture; Jamaican Symphany legendaries and the best of the Jamaican music culture; Queer Caribbean, spotlighting new LGBTQ films; Shifting Perspectives, a partnership with the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival that focuses on mental health issues; After The Exodus, exploring themes of reparations, slavery and trafficking, and #AllBlackLivesMatter – Caribbean, that addresses in fiction and documentary the escalation of tensions between Haitians and Dominicans in the Dominican Republic…

    The September 8 – 13, 6th Annual CaribbeanTales Incubator Program (CTI), is an internationally recognized platform that offers selected filmmakers the opportunity to hone their creative and business skills, through workshops and one‐on‐one mentorships with world-class specialists. CTI will culminate in The Big Pitch, when participants present their developed film projects to international funders and buyers.

    This CTFF Film Festival & 10 Year celebration is a first in Canada and the only one of its kind in North America devoted to Caribbean films – and is not to be missed !! Festival Website: http://www.caribbeantales.ca/CTFF/

     

    ABOUT CARIBBEANTALES

     

    The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF), now in its 10th year, celebrates the talents of established and emerging filmmakers of Caribbean heritage who practice their art across the Caribbean Diaspora worldwide – including Canada and the Caribbean, Europe, the Americas, Africa, China, India and the Middle East. CTFF presents a multi-ethnic mix of exciting and dynamic films that showcase diverse shared stories and cultures.

     

    CTFF is produced by CaribbeanTales Inc, a registered Canadian charity that aims to connect people through film. The company’s mandate is to foster and encourage intercultural understanding and racial equality, through the creation, marketing and distribution of film programs, events and projects that reflect the diversity and creativity of Caribbean heritage culture.

     

    As well as the CTFF, CT’s activities include its renowned Incubator Program, community screenings and partnerships, and CaribbeanTales-TV, a video on demand platform. Past projects have included community and school screenings of the movie “A Winter Tale”; The Literature Alive Project (funded by Canadian Heritage) a multi facetted multi-media project that celebrates and features three generations of Caribbean Canadian literary achievement, from Austin Clarke to Dbi Young; the CaribbeanTales Youth Film Festival – Celebrating Black History Month (founded in 2009) and the CaribbeanTales Multi-media E-newsletter (since 2003).

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  • ANTIGUAN FILM TO HAVE CANADA PREMIERE AT THE CARIBBEANTALES INTERNATIONAL FIIM FESTIVAL IN SEPTEMBER IN TORONTO, CANADA, AS THE EVENT CELEBRATES 10 YEARS IN 2015

    ‘Vanishing Sail’ tells the beautiful breathtaking story of a Caribbean tradition that is being lost, the art of boat building found in the Grenadines. From Carriacou, it follows one mans last dream and journey.

    The filmmaker Alex Andrews states from the films website: “…the project represents over fifteen years of research and documenting the art of wooden boat building in the Eastern Caribbean. Theres a profound poetry in the fact that these humble vessels are fast becoming iconic cultural artifacts of our time. Alwyn Enoe, (the main character and master boat builder, and who’s personal story became the entire frame for the film), with his sons, created something more than just a beautiful vessel, but a possibility for the once proud traditions of the West Indies to continue a little longer…”

    At a recent media launch held at the Consulate General for the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in Toronto on July 8th, CaribbeanTales unveiled its 2015 Programme. The standing- room-only event featured many Toronto luminaries, and was MC’d by the Honourable Jean Augustine, PC, CM with speakers including T&T Consul General Dr. Vidya Gyan Tota-Maharaj, CaribbeanTales founder and Executive Director Frances-Anne Solomon, Programmer Christopher Pinheiro, Partnerships Coordinator Emmy Pantin, and Incubator Chair Dr. Rita Shelton-Deverell.

    “CaribbeanTales continues to have its finger on the pulse of a dynamic movement of evolving film expression across the region and its Diaspora,” says founder and filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon. “In just ten years, a very short period of time, our film stories have matured to become stunningly assured, explosive, transgressive, probing, beautiful and urgent. And this is what we see represented on screen in this year’s selections.”

    Running from September 9 – 19 at the chic Royal Cinema, CTFF’s 10th anniversary edition will showcase a fantastic selection of Caribbean films from around the globe. These include 16 feature-length films and 30 short films in Official Competition for the CTFF Jury and Audience Awards, to be announced on the closing night – September 19.

    CTFF, runs alongside the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival and also features an intensive five-day Incubator Program for Caribbean and Diaspora filmmakers, followed by a Pitch Breakfast at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (Toronto Int’l Film Festival facilities) and many exciting networking events.

    CTFF’s 2015 programming committee, consisting of movers and shakers from the Caribbean film community, has worked hard to put together a line-up that will surely WOW audiences. The festival’s uniquely themed Program consists of evenings of features and short films including Caribbean SCI-FI new exciting Caribbean science fiction stories; Vanishing legacies covering important Caribbean traditions; Trini-to-the-Bone, a celebration of old and new Trinidad culture; Jamaican Symphany legendaries and the best of the Jamaican music culture; Queer Caribbean, spotlighting new LGBTQ films; Shifting Perspectives, a partnership with the Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival that focuses on mental health issues; After The Exodus, exploring themes of reparations, slavery and trafficking, and #AllBlackLivesMatter – Caribbean, that addresses in fiction and documentary the escalation of tensions between Haitians and Dominicans in the Dominican Republic…

    The September 8 – 13, 6th Annual CaribbeanTales Incubator Program (CTI), is an internationally recognized platform that offers selected filmmakers the opportunity to hone their creative and business skills, through workshops and one‐on‐one mentorships with world-class specialists. CTI will culminate in The Big Pitch, when participants present their developed film projects to international funders and buyers.

    This CTFF Film Festival & 10 Year celebration is a first in Canada and the only one of its kind in North America devoted to Caribbean films – and is not to be missed !! Festival Website: http://www.caribbeantales.ca/CTFF/

     

    ABOUT CARIBBEANTALES

    The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF), now in its 10th year, celebrates the talents of established and emerging filmmakers of Caribbean heritage who practice their art across the Caribbean Diaspora worldwide – including Canada and the Caribbean, Europe, the Americas, Africa, China, India and the Middle East. CTFF presents a multi-ethnic mix of exciting and dynamic films that showcase diverse shared stories and cultures.

     

    CTFF is produced by CaribbeanTales Inc, a registered Canadian charity that aims to connect people through film. The company’s mandate is to foster and encourage intercultural understanding and racial equality, through the creation, marketing and distribution of film programs, events and projects that reflect the diversity and creativity of Caribbean heritage culture.

     

    As well as the CTFF, CT’s activities include its renowned Incubator Program, community screenings and partnerships, and CaribbeanTales-TV, a video on demand platform. Past projects have included community and school screenings of the movie “A Winter Tale”; The Literature Alive Project (funded by Canadian Heritage) a multi facetted multi-media project that celebrates and features three generations of Caribbean Canadian literary achievement, from Austin Clarke to Dbi Young; the CaribbeanTales Youth Film Festival – Celebrating Black History Month (founded in 2009) and the CaribbeanTales Multi-media E-newsletter (since 2003).

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  • Saint Lucia Tourist Board Reports another successful North American Showcase

     

    Saint Lucia – The Saint Lucia Tourist Board and industry partners have hailed the just concluded North American Showcase “another fruitful and productive marketplace encounter”. The 2015 North American Showcase attracted twenty-five international wholesale and tour operator companies, and double that number out of the domestic market.

    According to the Director of Tourism Louis Lewis, another indicator of success for the Board has been the admirable level and quality of partner support extended by award winning Saint Lucian resorts and tourism and hospitality service providers.

    “The vision and aim of the Showcase can only be fully realized with the input of our resorts and allied services. In that regard we are very pleased for the partnership of Windjammer Landing Beach Resort, Capella Marigot, Ladera, Jade Mountain, Anse Chastanet, NatMed, Holiday Taxi, FLOW, Barefoot Holidays and Sugar Beach Resort and Spa this year.”

    The North American showcase is an annual marketing event by the Saint Lucia Tourist Board to connect tour operators from the US and Canadian Markets with owners and executives of tourism related services from Saint Lucia. Among its manifold objectives, is the forging of new business partnerships and building product knowledge among those who sell Saint Lucia, through a destination exploration experience.

    A much anticipated highlight of the program every year is the announcement and recognition of top selling tour operators. This year, six leading tour operators from the US and Canada were singled out for recognition for top sales performance during a dinner ceremony set against the backdrop of picturesque Marigot Bay. The Capella Resort sponsored event culminated the opening day, Friday August 1st.

    From Canada, Classic Vacations took the award for the Most Improved Sales Support from a tour operator, having sold the largest volume of room nights to Saint Lucia from that market, while Air Canada Vacations copped the Top Producing Canadian Tour Operator award 2014. Out of the US market, EXPEDIA made off with the Top Producing Online Tour Operator award while Travel Impressions took the award for Top Producing Traditional Tour Operator, as the On-line tour operator who has produced the greatest number of room nights out of the US market for 2014. BOOKING.COM was named the Fastest Growing Tour Operator having demonstrated the greatest growth for 2014 over 2013.

    This year saw the introduction of a new award category – Best Producing Tour Operator for Weddings & Honeymoons which was captured by Travel Impressions. Each recipient received a one of a kind sculpture commissioned by the Board from Saint Lucia’s iconic and internationally celebrated sculptors – Eudovic Studios.

    According to the Tourism director, the awards are determined annually from analysis of confidential statistics collected from the partners by the Board. In his remarks to the business partners and sector representatives in attendance, the Director emphasized the value placed by the Board on nurturing its partnerships and continually investing in building product knowledge and in recognizing the performance of the partners who interface with the market.

    “Saint Lucia salutes all of the tour operators here with us this evening as your business is very important to Saint Lucia. Tonight we are celebrating combined successes, for we recognize that your success is our success, and our success comes as a consequence of your performance”, Mr. Lewis said.

    The packed three-day program also included breakfast visits to resorts in the north, and western coast site visits by cruise, to Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain and Ladera Resorts with dining at Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort. The curtains came down on the packed three-day program with an All-White Spa and Beachside Party sponsored by Windjammer Hotel. The event started out with a tour of the resort’s newly completed Spa and Gym Facilities, then a Dancing Congo Line to the Beach followed by dinner served under all white decorated tents. A farewell brunch sponsored by Coconut Bay Beach Resort in the island’s south brought an official close to the program on departure day.

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  • God Sent. Spiritually Inspired. Caribbean Music Producer Releases God’s Work


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    Port-of-Spain, Trinidad There’s light amid the darkness and despair that seem bent on transforming God’s world and that light is being reflected by some of Trinidad and Tobago’s positive, musical minds. As the year’s end looms, a positive wind will blow across the land and music will be its fuel.

    In what has been described as “a project guided by the Holy Spirit of God,” comes a gospel reggae contribution aimed at positively enforcing God’s word to people across the world. Steering this new effort is Akeunde Pemberton- a music producer who’s no stranger to the positive musical movement. He’s a game changer, a believer and he’s certainly a soldier in God’s army. Together with some of the hemisphere’s most talented artistes, Pemberton has created The Royal Majestic Riddim- a full fledged gospel reggae delivery, signed, sealed and packaged with nothing but God’s love and blessings. “This riddim is our declaration to the world that Christ is indeed supreme. He is above any other and He is royal and majestic in glory and in all His splendor,” said Pemberton. His conviction about the need for this project and others he’s spearheaded in the past, is strong. “These projects are required of me. We all play a part in the business that is life. My part- my role, is clear. Together with the artistes I work with, we’ve been called on to deliver positive tunes to the people, teach them about God and what he wants from all of us. By the grace of God we’ll champion it. That’s a great cause to champion we think,” said the Jahlight record label executive.

    The Royal Majestic Riddim features five artistes. From Da Gospel Diva, with her single, “Woman You’re Royal,” which features new gospel reggae sensation, Jaron Nurse, to Jas Rose who sings, “Diary of A Jesus Lover” and Jah Kiley with “Be Still”, Anointed Ones with “You Saved Me” and Designer’s Original who sings,” He Did Good”, this riddim is testimony of God’s greatness, as seen and felt by these five musicians and the creator of the riddim himself. “Everything about this project was guided by the Holy spirit of God,” said Pemberton, adding, “from the project’s name, to the artistes chosen, to the engineering process, to the artwork- it was all His work.”

    The songs will be digitally distributed on September 15th via New York based music distributor, Fox Fuse and downloads will be available for purchase via Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and all other reputed digital download retailers. “We’re preparing for the creation of a video medley for this project, so supporters can look forward to that,” said Pemberton.

    Jahlight Records has maintained its standing in the music business over the years. In the near future, there are similar projects to be unleashed, among them, “You’re the Reason” remix by Excellent featuring Messiah and “Never Forget My King” (re-mastered version) by Matthew Greenidge Featuring King Solomon.

     

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  • Press Release: Likkle Lightning Six Songs Away From Completing His Album

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    Likkle Lightning Six Songs Away From Completing His Album

    Likkle Lightning is in Jamaica working on the last six tracks needed to complete his debut album. Though he and his team are a bit behind schedule, the artist is still hopeful that the project will be ready for the initially announced release date of September 2015.

    The album will feature already released tracks; ‘mama Africa,’ ‘temptation,’ ‘early morning splash’ and ‘matey laugh.’ When asked what is the reason for the delay, it was explained that after reaching out to several mixing engineers and not being able to find one that compliments Lightning’s style, he has decided to go back to Tuff Gong Studios which is where he did all his earlier production.

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  • Brand New (Dancehall Soca) – GailSoGorgeous ft Flipo – Amazing (2015 RELEASE)

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    Artist – GailSoGorgeous ft Flipo

    Produced by -Jordan Edmund JE (Utopia Mega Studios)

    Written by – Shumba Mahluli (UMS)

    Co writers – Flipo , GailSoGorgeous

    Mixed by – Ezekiel (UMS)

    Mastered by – Lauritz Lidelow

    Gailann whose Sobriquet is now (GailSoGorgeous)  gave the Industry a new Sound with her Unique  Voice  in the Early 2000 with her Mega Hits “Watchin Me ft Benjai, Look meh in meh Eye ft Rocky also a Solo Project  Brain Therapy ,Produced by the Late Sheldon ShellShok Benjamin . For 2015 SoGorgeous  teamed up with  Utopia Mega Studios where she is making a different type of statement. The fresh new label has taken up the mantle to work together with GailSoGorgeous taking her to the next level and this can be heard with her first Dancehall/Soca Single with the Team. ‘Amazing’ featuring popular fresh Soca Artiste Flipo who made his burst onto the soca scene in 2013 with his hit song ‘Doh tell meh dat.

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  • Soca To Rain Down On NYC from High Above, This Year

    SOCA IS YOURSPort-of-Spain, Trinidad ———- A globally encompassing approach is being taken by not only Caribbean soca artistes, in a bid to get the music and the culture of carnival known and understood by foreigners. Even event organizers are taking a global approach to introducing the music and the carnival vibe to people across the world. This year, New York City will be struck by a different kind of energy. In fact, organizers of a tour that’s hitting carnival cities across the world, say this second leg of the event will leave an unbeatable impression.

    CEO, George Luke and Kevin Edwards, Event Manager for Soca Is Yours- a company that’s been working tirelessly to promote soca artistes and their music, across the US and Europe, is set to deliver the second installment of an event dubbed, Stranded, this time in New York. The maiden event took place on the Friday after Ash Wednesday in Trinidad and Tobago, at No Man’s Land in Tobago. Edwards explained that the aim is to take the event on a worldwide tour to carnival celebrations in cities across the world, annually. They’ve also come up with the concept of introducing foreign DJs to different carnival hotspots, with the hope of maximizing these DJs’ overall intake of the culture and hopefully exciting them enough so that even they will have a natural desire to share the soca and carnival culture with their audiences. At the first Stranded event in Tobago, German DJ, Nightliva was introduced to T&T for the very first time. He will be making his first trip to the US this Labour Day, for Stranded NYC.

    Stranded NYC takes place on Sunday, August 23rd from 5pm to 12 midnight and according to Edwards, the event will deliver an exclusive party experience with top a slate of top international DJs, among DJ Alchemy, DJ Tek Vibes,DJ 2_Geez, DJ Mr. Xcitement, DJ Sound4Life and Germany’s DJ NightLiva. Atop the scenic Escape Penthouse Lounge in Astoria, partygoers will enjoy a breathtaking, panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline, explained the event manager, something he is certain, will add to the experience. The team at Soca Is Yours is also planning to unveil its Soca Is Yours T-shirt line at the event, making it available for purchase on the night as well. “We’ll also make the line available for purchase online, later on in the year,” said Edwards.ESCAPE PENTHOUSE LOUNGE WHERE THE EVENT WILL BE HELD IN NYC

    The entity’s goal is to holistically push the culture that started in Trinidad and Tobago and has now been adopted by many countries and people worldwide. “We’re getting there- to that point where soca music and everything that goes along with it, are being recognized and taken seriously by our international peers but we have to keep pushing. Every dime that’s made goes back into taking the culture to more people,” said Edwards, highlighting his team’s desire to do its part much like many of the soca artistes are doing. “They’re working. People like Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons, Machel Montano, Destra, Lyrikal, Nadia Batson and so many others. They’re taking it to the masses, the best way they know how. We plan on doing our part by delivering the experience,” he said.

    The Soca Is Yours Team will host Stranded NYC collaboratively with Limetime Promo, a media and promotion company that has dabbled in various types of event marketing. The team will once again execute Stranded Tobago on the Friday after Ash Wednesday in Trinidad and Tobago in 2016, and plans are afoot to deliver Stranded Berlin to those who crave the carnival style feting excitement in that part of the world, next year as well.

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  • Dry Diggings Festival To Feature Reggae Music, Beer, Camping Cali Roots Festival Organizers To Host 17 Bands Over Two Days

    The organizers for the Cali Roots Festival present a new two-day Northern California-based event for 2015, the Dry Diggings Festival. Situated in historic gold mining country in Placerville, California a locale which once held the name Dry Diggings in the El Dorado county region outside of Sacramento, the event billed as a music, camping and beer festival, has a variety of activities to close out the 2015 festival season.

    Music groups are selected by event organizers California Roots Presents and reflect the unique nature of the West Coast reggae style music genre that has attracted capacity crowds at their sister Cali Roots festival event held in Monterey, California each May for the past 6 years. The lineup includes Tribal Seeds, Collie Buddz, Nahko and Medicine for the People, JBoog, Don Carlos, Zion I, Through the Roots, Josh Heinrichs, Hirie, Makua Rothman, Seedless, Thrive, Inna Vision, Leilani Wolfgramm, Mystic Roots, Arise Roots, Skanks Roots Project, Brodi Nicholas with more artists to be announced in August.

    The Dry Diggings festival will be held at the 6,000 capacity El Dorado County Fairgrounds in the scenic Sierra Nevada mountain range foothills. As to the motivation behind this inaugural event, California Roots Presents co-producer Dan Sheehan explains, “The idea of going to a new market to do a new show that included camping was the driving force for us, as we don’t have camping on site at Monterey. Doing a camping festival for both Jeff (Monser co-producer of Cali Roots Festival) and I was something that was desirable and to include all the bands that we love and include beer, it was a win-win. The foothills are a special place and Placerville is a really cool town with a strong history. The name of the event is a play on the gold rush history of the town.”

    Attendees have the option of camping on site by purchasing the Full Festival Experience or Full Festival Experience VIP passes. These include a 2 day festival and camping pass. Festival attendees have the option to park and attend the festival without camping as well, and single day tickets will be on sale closer to the event in September.

    The event will feature 30 different vendors and a beer garden. Four premier breweries; Sierra Nevada Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing, Altamont and Firestone Walker will all feature a wide variety of beers.

    Ticket holders that choose to purchase the VIP Festival experience pass will have access to a VIP lounge with light snacks, side stage viewing, a VIP bar and select sponsor gifts.

    Sponsors for the Dry Diggings Festival include Trip Zero, an organization that initiates carbon offsets to minimize the environmental impact the festival goer makes by creating options that diminish emissions and replace high impact activities with more sustainable options in terms of accommodations, transportation and waste management.

    The setting at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds with the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains will be enhanced with special lighting and art murals throughout to create a festive atmosphere. The Dry Diggings festival will prove to be the regional highlight of the 2015 summer festival season as it concludes. To purchase tickets visit the festival website www.drydiggingsfestival.com.

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  • Fadda Moses Says Global Village Makes EVERYONE Have A Say As Politics Takes Centre Stage

    Port-of-Spain, Trinidad ———- No matter what’s happening at any particular time in the Caribbean, the region’s entertainers continue to deliver music and energy, constantly uplifting the spirits of supporters near and far. In Trinidad and Tobago, politics is the order of the day. The country’s general election is merely three weeks away and tensions are high on the two sides of the political divide, but one entertainer says the people must remember the need to maintain the love, and enjoy each other’s company, no matter what.Fadda Moses and Manager Damian Nesbit

    “Sometimes we get caught up in the hype but there’s life after the election and we all have to live together when it’s all said and done,” says dancehall and soca artiste, Fadda Moses. He’s been taking it all in, assessing the news and the messages of persuasion being touted by the main political parties and their representatives, but for Moses, music keeps life sane. “I just released a song that really has nothing to do with politics but my hope is that amid all the stress of the season, people will have moments to de-stress and enjoy being together and listening to the music our artistes deliver to help them unwind.”

    A youth voter no doubt, Moses says he knows the value of his vote and he understands the value of being informed. “I would encourage everyone to have an idea of all that’s happening around them. We live in a global village and just like I can share my music with millions across the world with the click of a mouse, so too, every young person can get information on all that’s happening to make better decisions when it comes to voting in the election in Trinidad and Tobago- decisions that will impact our lives,” said the Chaguanas native.

    Earlier this month in T&T, Moses shared his music with audiences in Arima and along the North Coast at two major events promoted by two separate radio stations. His stage skills are prolific, no doubt, but he aims at bettering himself every step of the way- honing his craft and becoming a household name in the region and one day, overseas. “That’s kind of how I think Fadda Moses and Fellow Youthswe would like our politicians to be. The people want to see improvement in the politicians’ efforts every step of the way- efforts that would essentially benefit everyone and not just some,” said the artiste who released, ‘Twerk’, just a couple weeks ago. He’s kept his word to release new music every month in a bid to maintain consistency.

    A father of two young children, Moses is one of Trinidad and Tobago’s cultural representatives and he says no matter how the election poll ends up, he would like to see more being done by the government to diversify the economy. “There’s a lot to invest in, in Trinidad and Tobago. The youths in this country are really amazing. Sometimes we just need to look a little closer at what’s around us. I’m looking forward to good governance, no matter who wins next month,” he said. Focused on his personal mission to share good vibes and bring joy to the hearts of people everywhere using his God given talent, Moses says, “Life is a song, you’ve just gotta sing it!”

     

    For more on Fadda Moses and his musical journey, follow him on his social media networks, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @FaddaMoses.

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  • Media Alert: New Releases from FOX FUSE Featuring D.A Jay, Ultimate Rejects, Mystyk, Fakekou and Tishon Singh

    D.A Jay Delivers Gospel Dancehall Gem

    Available on August 28

    D.A JayD.A Jay delivers new Gospel dancehall gem “Everything,” available worldwide from all major digital retailers on August 28, 2015, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, D.A Jay has been putting his Caribbean spin on Christian music for years and earning a fan base ever since.

    “Everything” brings traditional dancehall beats fronted by contemporary Gospel messages, and will undoubtedly bring new ears to the Caribbean Gospel music scene and also to D.A Jay. The track was produced by Andrew Clarke, who is based in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.


     

    Fakekou Scorches with Pop Soca Hit, “Hop”

    Available on August 28

    FakekouPop soca sensation Sterling “Fakekou” Callender scorches with his new hit “Hop,” available worldwide from all major digital retailers on August 28, 2015, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. Born in Trinidad and based between the U.S. and U.K., Fakekou has been churning out tunes with an international flair for years now.

    The high-energy, pop-infused soca track “Hop” was penned by Fakekou and is the soundtrack for a day in the life of a carnival reveler. Combining dance elements with soca and R&B sounds, “Hop” is the perfect introduction of soca music to the global audience, while also satisfying core fans.


     

    Ultimate Rejects Ignites with “Bun Ah Fire”

    Available on August 28

    Ultimate RejectsTrinidad and Tobago-based EDM DJ-collective Ultimate Rejects ignites with its new CDM (Caribbean Dance Music) hit “Bun Ah Fire,” available worldwide from all major digital retailers on August 28, 2015, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE.

    The DJ unit comprises of hit soca producer Johann Seaton of MadMen Productions and Edghill “MX Prime” Thomas, formerly known as Maximus Dan, a soca artist and deejay in Trinidad.

    “Bun Ah Fire” is melodic, trap-meets-grime jam perfect for the dance floors. The thrilling track and its producers shine a spotlight on dance and EDM music originating from the Caribbean, now known as CDM.


     

    Tishon Singh Pays Homage with “Home Coming”

    Available on August 28

    Tishon SinghSinger and producer Tishon Singh drops his electrifying rap hit “Home Coming,” available worldwide from all major digital retailers on August 28, 2015, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. Hailing from Trinidad and based in Boston, Singh has been sowing his oats as a producer for a decade and performing for over five years now.

    “Home Coming” was inspired by Singh’s love for Trinidadian culture and its effect on him as an artist, and is the first track from his debut EP, On My Way. In fact, Singh first gained international acclaim penning hits for other artists, including the 2015 Trinidad Carnival smash “On My Way,” for soca star Machel Montano.

    Singh reveals, “‘Home Coming’ is a new-age anthem and is sure to make you feel patriotic about being from the 868.” The track was produced over the span of two years and and was written by Singh.


     

    Mystyk Serves Up “Never Sober”

    Available on August 21

    MystykGrenadian soca sensation Shane “Mystyk” Coutain serves up his new hit “Never Sober,” available worldwide from all major digital retailers on August 21, 2015, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. The groovy soca tune was crafted for the 2015 Spicemas (Grenada’s carnival) season.

    “Never Sober” was written by Mystyk, produced by Adigun Productions in Grenada. Mystyk emerged on the music scene since 2010, dappling in both reggae and soca, and is enjoying his best year yet.


    Please direct all press inquires to the FOX FUSE Publicity Department at 1-212-300-3813 or contact@foxfuse.com.

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  • Sound Culture Fest 2015 Feat. DBanj & Machel Montano NYC

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    LIVE NATION ANNOUNCES FIRST SOUND CULTURE FEST FEATURING DBANJ AND MACHEL MONTANO

    NEW YORK, 29 July 2015: Carnival season is almost here! Following the overwhelming success of the Sounds from Africa and the Caribbean s at Showcases at SXSW earlier this year, W&R Projects have partnered with Live Nation and Big Moose Ent to announce the line-up for the highly anticipated Sound Culture Fest, set to take place at the Irving Plaza during Labor Day weekend on Saturday, September 5, 2015.

    Sound Culture is an annual music festival featuring the very best in African and Caribbean music.

    Headlining the first ever Sound Culture event is Africa’s biggest entertainer Dbanj and Soca King – Machel Montano who have both had several sold out shows in New York already. For the first time, both the African and Caribbean communities in New York will be united at the city’s famed concert hall to celebrate both cultures and also two musical giants’ best back catalogues.

    As part of the celebration to unify both cultures, more epic performers will be added to the lineup in the next coming weeks.

    The event which is sponsored by Western Union will be hosted by UK Based African Comedian and Presenter Eddie Kadi.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • REGGAE CROONER WRAPS PRODUCTION OF MUSIC VIDEO IN BRAZIL

    Singer Richie Stephens (r) being interviewed by radio jock Waldiney of Rádio Mirante, FM 96.1, Brazil

    Singer Richie Stephens (r) being interviewed by radio jock Waldiney of Rádio Mirante, FM 96.1, Brazil

    REGGAE CROONER WRAPS PRODUCTION OF MUSIC VIDEO IN BRAZIL

    Brazil: Award winning reggae singer Richie Stephens has just wrapped production of a new music video for his single ‘Knock Knock Knock’ in Sao Luis, the capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Maranhao.

    The success of the song in Brazil inspired the singer to shoot the video with a local production crew. The video is currently being edited and will be available soon.

    Prior to embarking on a mini tour of Brazil, Stephens got word that ‘Knock Knock Knock’ was a massive hit there. But as the old Chinese proverb says ‘Hearing a hundred times is not as good as seeing once’ and the proof was revealed when he arrived in Sao Luis for the first time on August 6th.

    “I was pleasantly surprised by the popularity of the song and how it had taken off on its out strength” the singer gushed.

    “I could not believe fans recognized me everywhere I went. They obviously had heard the song but only seen my picture on Facebook and youtube. I went to a couple of parties and when they played the song, oh my…everybody start dancing and singing word for word. The response was amazing” he said.

    He later confessed that he was so overwhelmed by the experience that when he got to the hotel he shed a few tears.

    “These things don’t happen to you everyday so I thanked father God for my blessings. Tears came to my eyes” he said.

    On his arrival in Brazil, he was whisked off to Rádio Mirante, FM 96.1 in Sao Luis to do an interview with radio jock Waldiney who was the first to play the song on the radio.

    “I have to thank DJ Waldiney from Reggae Point radio for making the song a massive hit in Brazil. He is one of the top radio jocks and the first to play it on radio here. I have to big him up in a special way” the singer noted.

    While in Brazil, Stephens headlined four shows – two in Sao Luis and two in Belem, the capital and largest city of the state of Para.

    “It’s a very big song here in Brazil and that’s the reason we booked him for this tour” concert promoter Maria Riana said.

    “The turnout for the shows was much better than expected. In some places we were able to pull 3,000 patrons. In other places, 4,000 people came to see Richie alone. Its really worked for every one involved” she reiterated.

    Asked about the success of ‘Knock Knock Knock’ in Brazil, when it is hardly played in Jamaica, Stephen explained, “For what I have observed, reggae music from the 70’s is what they love here in Brazil. They are into singers like Gregory Issacs, John Holt, Jimmy Cliff and Dennis Brown. ‘Knock Knock Knock’ has a taste of that smooth 70’s sound. In fact it was recorded on that 70’s rhythm that Horace Andy recorded ‘Love Of A Woman’ which is popular here. It may creep up on Jamaica like what OMI did with ‘Cheerleader’” he said.

    Watch Richie Stephens live in Brazil

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  • PRESS RELEASE: BOUNDARY PUSHING ANANSI GOES TO LA JOYA

    Arnold Goinand as Tiger, Shelly Narine as Lappe, and Sasha Clarke as StorytellerArnold Goinand as Tiger stands over a fallen Anansi- Mark Nottinghamanansi vs snake animation

    PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES OF LOCAL THEATRE
    ‘WIRE BEND’ COMBINES FOLKLORE, ANIMATION, & SPECTACULAR COSTUMES

    ‘Wire Bend’- the show that has been pushing the boundaries of local theatre moves east. The run at the Little Carib is over. The run at South NAPA is over. Now ‘Wire Bend’ is heading to the La Joya Auditorium from Tuesday 18th – Thursday 20th. There will be 2 shows daily- at 2pm and 6pm. The show has been performing to enthusiastic audiences and even more thrilled children for 2 weeks. WIRE BEND has delivered on its promise to combine top local animators with top Carnival, Hosay, and Ramleela costume artisans to take the telling of local folklore to another level.

    Everyone is talking about the spectacular costuming and design of ‘Wire Bend’. The production features costumes by some of Trinidad’s greatest Master artisans- like Carnival and Hosay Master Reish Baboolal, his wife Kavita, and their apprentices. The audience favourite ‘Anansi and the 10 Dragons’ features costumes by Paramin blue devil genius Mark Felician, dragon-costume champion Jason Meighoo; and young dragon Master Vernan Mohammed. The history making piece ‘The Cricket War’ features alien costumes by gorilla mas genius Curtis Jardine. The entertaining ‘Anansi tricks Bees, Snake, and Tiger was overseen by young Master designer Michael Guy James, ably augmented by contributions by young talents like Basil Dickson… One of the aims of the production was to assemble the best of the best of T&T’s artisans outside of their Festivals and give them and their costumes another platform of relevance.

    ‘Wire Bend’ is also pioneering in its integration of animation with live action theatre- building on experiments first conducted in 2009. The animation was led by Anderson Mitchell and Nu Artillery, with illustration and animation inputs from young local talents like Victor Dolabaille, Jason Alfred, and Roger Pierre. Young people are asked to come see the results! Tech support is provided by North Eleven.

    All of this talent was brought together in service to local folklore. “Storytelling remains fundamental to creating a Society. 52 years after Independence our children are still being brought up on alien stories and heroes. Foreign TV, books, and games. This is a relaunch of the movement to end that,” said writer/director Rubadiri Victor. “This is about honouring our Imagination and the Indigenous.” WIRE BEND has a remarkable cast. It stars popular veteran actors: Kurtis Gross and Kenwyn Felix; ‘young veterans’ Arnold ‘Pinny’ Goindhan and Mark Nottingham; and a beautiful younger cast featuring Nicole Wong Chong, Renee King, Sasha Clarke, Shelly Narine, Aaliyah Sargeant, and Dalton Joseph from Tobago.

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  • Multi Award Winner, Recording Artist Tanya Mullings to Receive Star on the Brampton Arts Walk of Fame

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    PRESS RELEASE:
    Renowned Recording Artist Tanya Mullings to Receive Star on the Brampton Arts Walk of Fame

    Toronto, Canada (MPR Consulting) – On September 20th, 2015, multi-Award winner Tanya Mullings will be recognized by the Brampton Arts Council and the City of Brampton in Ontario, Canada by receiving a star on the Brampton Arts Walk of Fame. This tribute recognizes Bramptonians who have achieved excellence in the arts and entertainment industry.

    The sultry soulful singer impressive body of works has earned her such awards as the 2012 Karl Mullings Memorial Award, 2012 Top Single “Rescue Me”, 2011 Top Veteran Singer, 2010 Top International Reggae Artist, 2009 International Reggae and World Music Award, 14 Canadian Reggae Music Awards, 7 Caribbean Crucible Awards, 2 Reggae Music Achievement Awards and for her last album Music is My Life she was awarded “Best Reggae Album, “Producer of the Year ” and Best Female Vocalist, and an impressive 6 times nominations nod from the prestigious Juno Awards.

    Speaking of the honor, Tanya stated “I am truly grateful to be recognized at this level it’s such an honor. What meant the most to me when I heard the news was that I’ll carry on my father’s legacy “Karl Mullings” was very instrumental in my career and many others in our music fraternity, he is greatly missed and what better time for me to receive such an honor being the 10th Anniversary of his passing. Reggae music is being acknowledge, I feel really good about that and this will opens doors for other reggae artist as well anything is possible. My life is music and I know nothing else I followed my dream and my dream has come true. Truly thankful to my City Brampton for following my career for over 26 years and for their continued support.”

    Previous Arts Walk of Fame inductees boasts such names as Keshia Chanté – Performing Arts Musician, Russell Peters – Performing Arts Comedian, Actor, Rohinton Mistry – Literature Novelist among other notables. The induction ceremony will take place September 20th, 2015 time at the Brampton’s Garden Square located in the historical downtown area.

     

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  • Jah Cure Holds #1 Billboard Spot on Reggae Album Chart For Consecutive 3 Weeks

    Since its July 10 release, Jah Cure’s new album The Cure (VP Records) holds strong at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album Chart. The acclaimed Jamaican singer is the only solo artist this year to land this coveted chart position for three consecutive weeks.

    Jah Cure expresses his enthusiam. “I put my heart and soul into this album and it is always nice to know it is well recieved. I give thanks to Jah and my fans for their ongoing support. Bless.”

    Critics call The Cure “musical therapy to your ears…poetic messages of empowerment and love” (Associated Press), “another classic…raises the bar of what reggae music can and should be” (Frank 151) and “one of Jah Cure’s most personal records to date…spans a rich, sonic palette, coupled with a wide-range of themes” (MTV Iggy).

    In support of his new album, Jah Cure is currently touring Europe until end of August – closing at Spain’s renowned Rototom Festival. U.S. fans can catch him aboard the Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise, leaving twice this year either on November 30 or December 5 from Miami, FL. Layout 1

    With his beguiling vocals and soulful conviction, Jah Cure effortlessly blends street poetry and sufferer’s tales with beautiful love ballads into his new album The Cure. The 13-track set is a return to roots reggae and lover’s rock with R&B and pop-fused elements. Jah Cure co-produced the entire album with the help of reggae producers like Christopher “Sketch” Carey, Clive Hunt, Llamar “Riff Raff” Brown, Justin “Jus Bus” Nation and Trevor “Baby G” James.

    The Cure features recent hits like his #1 reggae chart-topping John Legend cover “All of Me” (which received over 5 million YouTube views), “Rasta,” “That Girl” and “Life We Live” as well as brand new singles including “Show Love,” “No Friend of Mine,” “Made In California,” “I Surrender” and more. Jah Cure’s multi-faceted story of struggle and love is intertwined into The Cure. “My struggles made me who I am today. That’s why I sing with feelings, it comes from my heart cause I feel the pain. Who feels it knows it,” he states.

    TOUR DATES:
    Aug 5 in Negril, Jamaica @ Appleton Special Dream Weekend
    Aug 7 in Amsterdam, Holland @ Kwaku Festival
    Aug 8 in Stockholm, Sweden @ Munchenbriggeriet
    Aug 16 in Benicassim, Spain @ Rototom Festival
    Nov 30-5  Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Crusie
    Dec 5-10 Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Crusie

     

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  • Ola’s Blessings Continue

    Still on a high from his 2015 Groovy Soca Monarch win, Olatunji ‘Ola’ Yearwood continues to enjoy opportunities that he considers to be “Blessings.” The talented entertainer has been touring consistently since his win and performing for sold out crowds throughout the Caribbean, USA, Canada and London. On November 25th, Ola would be added to the list of the few Soca artistes that can boast of sharing Soca music live in Dubai, an opportunity that he is quite excited about. “ZATTI! I am ready and willing to accept the duties that come along with being a cultural ambassador” said Ola. He continues to embrace the constant changes which impact his music such as his recent EDM remix of “Ola” with 5z1 Productions who he will join on his trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

    The excitement that Ola experiences while on stage or in studio is incomparable to that of the birth of the existence of his two daughters, one of which was born on July 29th 2015. Dhakiya Yearwood (pronounced Da-Keya) reminded Ola yet again of the importance of his role as a father. He is embracing fatherhood and all that it offers and admits that “It’s no easy task but it is rewarding once you do it well and the right way.” His statement not only speaks to fatherhood but to his music. By mid-September his album ‘AWAKENING’ will be released and will represent what he considers well crafted, written and produced music that represents him.

    Ola is already testing his fans with the recent release of his track ‘Herbalistic’; a club banging track that incorporates EDM, Trap, Hip Hop, Reggae and Soca. His simple explanation of a Herbalistic is “A Herbalistic is someone or a group of individuals that uses nature as an escape from depression, recession, segregation, stress and all the negatives of life.” It may be an unanticipated track from him but just as nature and music, anything can be expected from Olatunji. (Listen to the track here) The standard has been set, expect the unexpected from Olatunji as he shares his blessings with the world.

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  • CaribbeanTales Announces its 10th Anniversary Program

    CaribbeanTales International Film Festival 2015
    Celebrates 10 Years, with an Outstanding
    Program of Films and Shorts.

    At a recent media launch held at the Consulate General for the Republic of
    Trinidad and Tobago in Toronto on July 8th, CaribbeanTales unveiled its
    2015 Program. The standing- room-only event featured many Toronto
    luminaries, and was MC’d by the Honourable Jean Augustine, PC, CM with
    speakers including T&T Consul General Dr. Vidya Gyan Tota-Maharaj,
    CaribbeanTales founder and Executive Director Frances-Anne Solomon,
    Programmer Christopher Pinheiro, Partnerships Coordinator Emmy Pantin, and
    Incubator Chair Dr. Rita Shelton-Deverell.

    CaribbeanTales continues to have its finger on the pulse of a dynamic
    movement of evolving film expression across the region and its Diaspora,”
    says founder and filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon. “In just ten years, a
    very short period of time, our film stories have matured to become
    stunningly assured, explosive, transgressive, probing, beautiful and
    urgent. And this is what we see represented on screen in this year’s
    selections.”

    Running from September 9 – 19 at the Royal Cinema, CTFF’s 10th anniversary
    edition will showcase a fantastic selection of Caribbean films from around
    the globe. These include 16 feature-length films and 30 short films in
    Official Competition for the CTFF Jury and Audience Awards, to be announced
    on the closing night – September 19.

    View the 2015 Trailer!

    CTFF 2015 – 90sec from CaribbeanTales on Vimeo.

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  • VP RECORDS HOLDS #1, 2 & 3 SPOTS ON U.S. BILLBOARD REGGAE ALBUM CHART THIS WEEK

    VP RECORDS DOMINATES
    U.S. BILLBOARD REGGAE ALBUM CHART THIS WEEK
    Securing Top 3 Positions with Reggae Gold 2015, Jah Cure’s The Cure & Soca Gold 2015

    This week, the world’s largest reggae label and distrubutor VP Records holds the No. 1, 2 and 3 spot on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album Chart. Their annual compilation Reggae Gold debuts at the top spot with Jah Cure’s new album The Cure landing the second position (from No. 1 last week) and Soca Gold 2015 coming in closely at No. 3 on the chart.

    “We’re pleased with the opening week results for Reggae Gold this year” says Randy Chin, President of VP Records. The compilation which first appeared in 1993 has long been a staple release for VP Records and reggae fans internationally.

    REGGAE GOLD 2015

    For over 20 years, the world’s #1 Caribbean music compilation Reggae Gold brings the genre’s top hits into one must-have collection for the masses. 2015’s installment is filled with the season’s freshest sounds in roots, dancehall, lover’s rock and pop-fused reggae from a diverse group of talent. From the Canadian pop supergroup Magic’s #1 Billboard single “Rude” to comedian/actor/singer Eddie Murphy’s return to reggae on his latest single “Oh Jah Jah,” – there is no shortage of crossover appeal on Reggae Gold 2015. This year’s installation features a multitude female artists reigning in reggae today – from emerging stars like Jah 9, Toian and Ikaya to Jamaica’s leading ladies like Spice, Etana and Queen Ifrica. The set also delves into new music from the island’s top male artists like Jah Cure, Beres Hammond, Inner Circle & Chronixx, Christopher Martin, Gully Bop, Busy Signal, Romain Virgo, Gyptian and more. Purchase Reggae Gold 2015 on iTunes now: smarturl.it/RG2015.

    JAH CURE – THE CURE

    Jah Cure – described by NPR as “a voice that sounds as if he’s wringing out passion from every note” and by Los Angeles Times as “a brilliant crooner of Bob Marley-esque love-and-peace reggae” – effortlessly blends street poetry and sufferer’s tales with beautiful love ballads on his new album The Cure. The 13-track set is a return to roots reggae and lover’s rock with R&B and pop-fused elements. The Jamaican born singer co-produced the entire album with the help of reggae producers like Christopher “Sketch” Carey, Clive Hunt, Llamar “Riff Raff” Brown, Justin “Jus Bus” Nation and Trevor “Baby G” James. The Cure features recent hits like his #1 reggae chart-topping John Legend cover “All of Me” (which received over 5 million YouTube views), “Rasta,” “That Girl” and “Life We Live” as well as brand new singles including “Show Love,” “No Friend of Mine,” “Made In California,” “I Surrender” and more. Jah Cure’s multi-faceted story of struggle and love is intertwined into The Cure. “My struggles made me who I am today. That’s why I sing with feelings, it comes from my heart cause I feel the pain. Who feels it knows it,” he states. Purchase The Cure on iTunes now: http://smarturl.it/JCTheCure.

    SOCA GOLD 2015

    For over two decades, Soca Gold has been has been the ultimate Carnival soundtrack from the Caribbean islands and beyond. This year’s edition of annual top-selling compilation delivers the genre’s top anthems. Soca Gold 2015 features the Grammy winning singer-songwriter Angela Hunte & soca champion Machel Montano on the EDM-influenced collab “Party Done,” the “Viking of Soca” Bunji Garlin on his uplifting anthem “Our Time,” Trinidadian superstar Fay Ann Lyons on her latest crowd pleaser “Raze” and Lead Pipe & Saddis on the smash hit “Ah Feeling” (which brought them to the finals of the International Groovy Soca Monarch Competition in Trinidad this year). The 18-track set is accompanied with a DVD featuring music videos and exclusive performance and party footage that captures the vivacious energy from 2015 T&T Carnival. Purchase Soca Gold 2015 on iTunes now: smarturl.it/SG2015.

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  • VPAL New Album (Aug 28) – KIWI – A Room With A View

    VP Records’ subsidiary label and distribution arm VPAL Music will release Jersey City reggae-fusion ensemble Kiwi’s third full-length album A Room With A View on August 28, 2015. Kiwi finesses their melodic approach and strips down their sound to its rawest, most rhythmic elements on the new album. Rooted in reggae rhythms and tropicália-inspired melodies, Jersey City-based Kiwi dynamically blends jazz and soulful grooves into a uniquely uplifting sound.

    A Room With A View combines syncopated roots rhythms with outside influences that span decades and circle the globe. Founding member/vocalist Vera Sousa returns to add harmonies to lush tropicalia-influenced tracks like “Trees” and “February,” and the new lead singer of The Wailers Josh David Barrett guests on the muscular roots track “As I Am.” On party-starters like “New Year Steady,” vocalist/guitarist Alex Tea, drummer Ramsey Norman and bassist Steve Capecci are also joined by musicians and friends from their travels as well as homestate.

    Kiwi’s experimentation calls to mind reggae’s early period, when new sounds played with and against each other over a steady rhythm. Once again recording with engineer and producer Jason ‘Jocko’ Randall (John Brown’s Body, Thunder Body, Turkuaz), Kiwi harness the steady grooves of roots reggae while exploring new intersections between classic Caribbean, Brazilian, and American funk & soul music. Drawing lyrical inspiration from songwriter Alex Tea’s experiences within Jersey City’s music scene, the songs on A Room With A View chime with a melancholy that evokes the soul giants of the 70s.

    Victor Rice, founder of Total Running Time raved, “Kiwi has created a sonic refuge for listeners of reggae…you are going to dance and you are going to get laid to this.”

    After over a decade of entertaining audiences around the Northeastern U.S. and Brazil, Kiwi continues to cause a stir with some of the New York City area’s finest soul and funk musicians. The band, which includes Alex Tea (vocals, guitar), Ramsey Norman (drums), Steve Capecci (bass), Mike Torres (percussion), Dave Stolarz (keys), Barami Waspe (tenor sax), and Rob Edwards (trombone), has been invited to share the stage with veteran reggae/ska acts including the Pietasters, John Brown’s Body and Groundation.

    Much of Kiwi’s pan-global approach to music is inspired by the time that primary songwriter Alex Tea spent in Brazil, beginning with a trip to the ocean-side city of Fortaleza over a decade ago. It was in Fortaleza that Tea first fell in love with the Portuguese language and capoeira, the Brazilian martial art that combines exuberant dancing and singing with powerful strikes and take-down maneuvers.

    “What drew me into capoeira was the sense of community among everyone involved,” says Tea. “Each roda [capoeira exhibition/match] had a live soundtrack that featured instruments, melodies, and cadences that I had never heard before, but seemed so familiar.” It didn’t take long for Tea, the grandson of a classical violinist, to incorporate Brazilian rhythms and instruments, as well as Portuguese lyrics, into Kiwi’s music.

    In addition to hundreds of club and dancehall performances, Kiwi has also performed at a variety of music festivals and community events across the country. They are also proud to be an active and vibrant presence in their home base, the Jersey City arts scene. Expanding on a burgeoning American following, Kiwi also has a growing fan-base in Brazil, where they have embarked on several tours.

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