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Monthly Archives: September 2015

  • New Soca Music Jaxx “Why Me”

    Written by: Stefan “Jaxx” Bindoo
    Performed By: Jaxx
    Produced by: Shan (De Kingdom) & Nikholai Greene (NMG Music)
    Mixed & Mastered by: Nikholai Greene (NMG Music)
    Background Vocals: Jojo & Jaxx
    Recorded at: De Kingdom

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  • New Artist Spotlight: Versatile Aka D’Road Cawva

    DASK Entertainment, Inc. – Newfound Jamaican Dancehall Superstar, Versatile, born Sheldon Taylor, is making great strides in the music industry. Recently releasing his smash hit song “Made It” on his own Damani Record Label and distributed by 21 Hapilos, “The Road Cawva” as he’s affectionately called has Made It (no pun intended).

    Dubbed as one of the most talented and lyrical new rising artist in Jamaica, Versatile is blazing up the airwaves. Made It is the new inspirational anthem uplifting all who hears it and has gained radio rotation across the board. Its infectious chorus brings the title to life. When asked what inspired the song, Versatile simply answered, “I wanted to express what I was feeling. I’ve traveled a long journey both in life and musically, and I feel like I’ve finally made it!”

    While Made It is his first international cross-over hit song, Versatile has been in the industry for a while. Entertaining his classmates in school, Versatile was destined to shine and was called upon for various occasions. Versatile has stayed steady in his musical growth and ensures that he has much more to come. This humble artist is not only recording and performing but also songwriting for the likes of his mentor Beenie Man and Bounty Killer. So whether he’s working on something for himself or others, Versatile is sure to be heard.

    Versatile notes, “Made It is one of those songs that is made to withstand time. The message not only inspires those of today, but those yet to come along.” Currently working on a remix version with recording sensation Popcaan, Versatile looks forward to releasing the remix and video so that fans can get a taste of what the duo can do. “It is surreal the fast growth of the song {Made It} because it’s going into places I wish to one day visit. To finally achieve one of my songs going around the world is a dream come true. Now sky’s the limit and I’m hopeful that the other projects I have will manifest the same (if not more) success…”

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  • Sizwe C Urges ‘Country Love’

    Three elements; Love, Unity and Patriotism were molded together to create ‘Country Love.’ For Sizwe C, the thought of utilizing his musical abilities to create a positive track encapsulates those three elements was a challenge that he gave himself. In the song penned by Sizwe and Warren “Willy” Chin, Sizwe declares his love for his country and encourages those around him to do the same. As he calls out a number of islands and their distinctiveness, he boldly urges everyone to raise their hands to the sky in solidarity.

    Really though, Sizwe is not just attempting to sell the idea of a type of love that he doesn’t represent. As a staple in Miami’s Caribbean events, the Trini-Haitian artist lives and breathes patriotism and ‘Country Love.’ The beauty of the Caribbean, its people and culture are boasting points for anyone from the region. Sizwe encourages you to embrace the beauty and be proud of your culture.

    The creation of ‘Country Love’ is reinforcement of Sizwe’s focus on Caribbean unity. The Trini-Haitian teamed up Jamaican, Warren “Willy” Chin to create a track that was produced by a Jason “Victorious” Victory of Trinidad and DJ Jeaucar the Virgin Islands…That Right there is ‘Country Love.’

    “No matter where you are from in this world you should love your land but more importantly love each other because all of we is one!”

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  • Busy Signal Redefines ‘Busy’ With Tours, Studio and Foundation!

    Multi Genre superstar Busy Signal redefined the word ‘busy’ with an active summer tour schedule, new music releases and the Busy 2020 Helping Hands Foundation.

    Performing across the Caribbean, the Middle East and Europe, Busy connected with a record number of fans via live performances and extensive media interviews. His August, 2015 appearance in Uganda for the Pepsi Music UG concert saw a record number of fans sell out the Lugogo Cricket Oval in Kampala to hear music from the star. “Being in Uganda, and performing for all those fans was one of the greatest experiences of my career. The people, the fans – everyone showed such love, and that is something I will never forget” said Busy from his recording studio in Jamaica.

    Musically, Busy has released a record number of singles which have charted in markets around the world. Songs such as “Text Message” (available on VP Records Reggae Gold 2015 compilation), “What If” and “That’s How We Do It” have been radio mainstays, and fan favorites. The artists independent production of the Reggae Rock Riddim on his Turf Music label saw exceptional success especially in Canada, receiving large support from the #1 Reggae radio show, the Delroy G Show heard on G98 FM. “Since the riddim came out in June of this year, there hasn’t been a week that I haven’t played singles from it. Busy Signal is making good music that everyone loves” said the radio host when contacted at the radio station.

    Near and dear to Busy’s heart is his foundation, the Busy 2020 Helping Hands Foundation. The aim of the organization is to reach children and young people with the aim to tackle issues such as violence, poverty and lack of health care access. Launched in April, 2015, the Foundation has worked with and donated much needed medical equipment to the St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital in an effort to make medical access readily available for people in that area of Jamaica.

    Busy signal hosted the Busy 2020 Helping Hands Foundation Ball held at the Grand Bahia Principe Resort in Runaway Bay, St. Ann. The ball was attended by members of the Entertainment fraternity, Politicians and supporters of the foundation; the minimum donation to attend is $10,000 JA.

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  • Kabir Bedi Visits Trinidad for the World Premiere of Bazodee the Movie

    Bollywood superstar Kabir Bedi is in Trinidad for the world-premiere of Bazodee the Movie. Bedi stars alongside Trinidadian soca artiste Machel Montano in the feature film Bazodee, which premiered on September 23, 2015. In addition to his busy schedule of public appearances in promotion of the new movie, Bedi graciously accepted the Tourism Development Company’s (TDC) invitation to tour some places of interest in Trinidad. His itinerary included visits to the Temple by the Sea, the Caroni Bird Sanctuary, the 85 feet-tall Hanuman Murti, the city of Port of Spain and the world-famous Maracas Bay.

    Bazodee is one of the films being featured at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival 2015. The movie, set in Trinidad, features Machel Montano as Lee, a rugged soca singer who falls in love with Anita, the daughter of Bede’s character, Ram – a secretly deep-in-debt businessman. Anita meets Lee, who is performing at her engagement party and sparks fly. Soon, the two fall in love. Nikhil, Anita’s malevolent, future brother-in-law, notices; once he discovers the truth about Ram’s finances, he threatens to expose everything, forcing Anita to fight for the wealth that truly matters—love.

    Bedi, who has also achieved success in Hollywood and Europe’s film industry, is most noted for his role as the villain Gobinda in the 1983 James Bond film, Octopussy and as Emperor Shah Jahan in the movie Taj Mahal. Since 1982, he has been a voting member of the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who are responsible for presenting the Oscar awards. He is also a voting member of the Screen Actors Guild.

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  • Reigning Monarch Challenges ‘Hustle’ Industry Mindset

    Ricardo Drue, the Jumpy Soca Monarch King of Antigua for a second consecutive year, is admitting that there’s much more work to be done. Having adopted quite a strong work ethic and in recent time, seen marketing efforts enforced by his team, work to his benefit, Drue says he’s happy with the result, but admits there remains a level of stage confidence and comfort that he yearns to attain. With that admission, the young entertainer who’s been a part of the Roy Cape family for some time now, is promising supporters more work and even better delivery when he hits stages across Trinidad and Tobago in the Carnival season ahead.

    “Professional”, a new smash single that’s been turning the airwaves inside out, already assuring his space on the soca scene in 2016, Drue remains focused. “I have another release set to hit the airwaves by the end of the month. It’s on the Harmony Riddim, produced by 1stKlase, and it features artistes like Kees, Lyrikal and Skinny Fabulous” he said. Separately, he also has a third song set for release. It was created in tandem with the producer who gave him “Vagabond” in 2015- a track that turned out to be a monster hit this year. “Roots is great to work with. He’s one of those people I really admire because of his work ethic and his production skills,” he said.

    With true humility, Ricardo admits there are a few people in the soca music industry who’ve inspired him to strive for greatness. He says young producer, 1stKlase is one of those people. Likewise, he mentioned songwriter and vocalist, Preedy who’s proving to be one to watch on the soca music circuit. He says Erphaan Alves, a fellow up and comer in the business, is also a source of inspiration to him and he celebrates the victories of each of his counterparts. Likewise, Drue says the heavyweights in the industry, Machel Montano, Destra Garcia, Bunji Garlin, Blaxx and others have constructed the foundation for the new generation of soca music makers and personally, he’ll always be thankful to them.

    Ricardo Drue is learning daily. He says working with the Roy Cape team has been beneficial to him in more ways than one. “If it wasn’t for Juiceman I wouldn’t have gone back to the studio to do ‘Vagabond’,” he admitted, explaining that he was given that support he needed to make it happen. Blaxx too has taught him the ropes and he says, time and time again, people have recognized the changes he’s made on the advice of his fellow frontline man.

    This is no hustle for Ricardo Drue. He’s assessed the business of soca time and time again and says while many view it as a hustlem, he just can’t bring himself to. “I believe I’m in a position to change the way the “industry” is viewed. It may not be an immediate change but day-by-day we can change the structure of things, organize things better and work together to gain the respect of other music markets. Soca can secure our lives, many of us, for eternity,” said the young artiste.

    In the carnival season ahead, Ricardo will bring more charisma to his performances. He works hard on getting into character when he hits the stage and next year, with ‘Professional’, one of those ‘must perform’ singles, he’s working on the perfect stage show to bring the song to life. For now, Drue’s priming up, getting the world at large familiar with the ID brand, which simply stands for “It’s Drue”. He understands the importance of marketing himself and branding his product and with hopes that he will become a Caribbean-wide and eventually, global household name, Ricardo Drue is pushing hard.

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  • PengoCo Music Drops Reggae Vibes from Keturah Gamba with “Lonely”

    Trinidad-based hit production house PengCo Music drops reggae vibes from Keturah Gamba with “Lonely,” available worldwide from all major digital retailers on October 2, 2015, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. Producer Randal Alexander captains the PengCo Music ship and crafts this classic one-drop reggae melody, much to the delight of reggae fans everywhere.

    Rising Trinidadian sensation Keturah Gamba captures ears and hearts with her soulful lament on being lonely, a feeling everyone can relate to at some point in their life. The lyric video is gaining views on YouTube, as the track is also climbing on reggae playlists in and out of the Caribbean.

    PengCo Music celebrates its third year in music production and has been successful from birth, after exploding onto the scene in 2011. Alexander previously produced under reggae collective Studio 53, which was at the forefront of the Trinidadian reggae movement.

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  • Fucha Kid Croons “Let Me Love You” on New Dancehall Hit

    Antiguan singing sensation Fucha Kid makes a splash with his new dancehall hit “Let Me Love You,” available worldwide from all major digital retailers on October 2, 2015, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE.

    Karl “Fucha Kid” Edwards has been tearing up the airwaves with his infectious voice, smooth grooves and rhythmic expressions on life since 2006. Making music his first passion, it is easy to see why this chart-topper exploded on the airwaves, not just in Antigua but across the Caribbean and beyond.

    With this dancehall banger that is perfect for the ladies, Fucha Kid expresses his love affair with music as a versatile artist, who easily travels between musical genres to give his fans what they want. The track was produced by Fucha Kid’s own imprint, The Federation Family.

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  • Blackstarr Productionz Shakes “Salt” with Hunter and Sir Skarz

    Blackstarr Productionz shakes up soca and chutney sounds with “Salt” from Hunter and Sir Skarz, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on October 2, 2015, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE.

    Blackstarr Productionz teams up with Trinidadian chutney singer Lalchan “Hunter” Babwah and soca sensation Rene “Sir Skarz” Charles for the fusion track, which is its new release for the 2016 Trinidad Carnival season.

    The tune is picking up momentum on playlists throughout the Caribbean and also on YouTube, where audio-only videos are racking up views. Based in Trinidad, Blackstarr Productionz is captained by producer Arnold Noel, who has been producing music for four years now. “Salt” adds another hit to its growing catalog.

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  • PengoCo Music Keeps You Up with “Nocturnal” from Orlando Octave

    Trinidadian hit house PengCo Music keeps you up with its new dancehall tune “Nocturnal” from Orlando Octave, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on October 2, 2015, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE.

    Producer Randal Alexander, who is at the helm of PengCo Music, arms Trinidadian dancehall maestro Orlando Octave with musical ammunition that births a groovy slow-jam for dancehall fans to slow wine to, on dance floors everywhere.

    The melodic dancehall track brings a nice alternative for Trinidadian music and Caribbean music fans, as the region gears up for the 2016 carnival season. PengoCo Music and Orlando Octave have been enjoying a fruitful relationship that has spawned numerous hits to both of their respective catalogs.

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  • GBM Productions Marches on with the Tin Pan Riddim

    GBM Productions marches to its own beat with its new smash soca compilation Tin Pan Riddim, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on October 2, 2015, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE.
    An acronym for Great Brooklyn Movements, GBM Productions is based in Brooklyn, New York and was founded in 2009 by producers Kenwyn “GB GodBless” Holder and Jason “GBMNutron” Carter, who earned their musical chops as deejays and have consistently crafted hits since its inception.
    Tin Pan Riddim boasts five tracks and features soca thrillers Shal Marshall with “Fling Yuh Bumper,” JW & Blaze with “Not Leaving,” GBMNutron with “Dat Body Could Roll,” Lani K with “Turn It Up High” and GBM Productions with “Tin Pan Riddim (Instrumental).”
    These groovy soca jams have been burning up the airwaves in the Caribbean and soca platforms globally, since its release to radio last month. The collection is GBM Productions’ first official riddim release for the 2016 Trinidad Carnival season.

    TRACK LIST
    1. Shal Marshall – Fling Yuh Bumper
    2. JW & Blaze – Not Leaving
    3. GBMNutron – Dat Body Could Roll
    4. Lani K – Turn It Up High
    5. GBM Productions – Tin Pan Riddim (Instrumental)
    PengoCo Music Keeps You Up with “Nocturnal” from Orlando Octave

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  • British Virgin Islands Annual Food Fete Full of Flair and Flavour

    The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board (BVITB) is excited to announce the upcoming second annual BVI Food Fete, a month-long culinary event that celebrates the culinary offerings and experiences of the BVI. Featured along the exquisite backdrop of this mountainous archipelago, visitors can expect a one-of-a-kind dining experience as they island hop around the BVI.

    “Our second BVI Food Fete offers a blend of new and signature events that have been curated for epicureans, tastemakers, and novice culinary explorers. Through our numerous festivities we aim to introduce our guests to our culinary tourism product in a platform that blends discovery and adventure as we expose them to the variety of experiences that are offered along our turquoise shores and beaches,” said Director of Tourism, Sharon Flax-Mars. “The BVI Food Fete is ideal for families, couples and friends who seek an uncommon destination.”

    · Taste of Tortola – November 7th
    The newly revitalised Queen Elizabeth II Park on Tortola is the prime setting for this exciting event. To highlight the various cuisines served within the British Virgin Islands, some of the top restaurateurs, chefs and mixologists will be on hand to feature their mouthwatering dishes and cocktails. Attendees can sample tantalising food from 15 restaurants and incredible wines while enjoying the entertaining vibe set along the water’s edge. The Taste of Tortola events will include a Demonstration Kitchen where attendees can observe chefs preparing and cooking a selection of appetising local and international dishes. The Fish & Fungi Competition highlights the national dish of the British Virgin Islands with tastings offered from the winner’s version of this classic meal. The Mixologist Competition will feature top BVI bartenders as they showcase their talents in the fast-growing cocktail scene. Guests can enjoy live performances by popular BVI bands, musicians and DJs. The Foodie Photo Booth is a fun new feature to entice attendees to take photos next to over-sized culinary items. Attendees will be able to cast their vote during the events for awards to be presented throughout the night for Tortola’s Favourite Restaurant, Best Booth, Best Food, Best Drink, and more.

    · Jost Crawl – November 8th
    This exciting bar crawl will take place on Jost Van Dyke. Participants will peruse the bars on the island with each bar within walking distance of the next.

    · The Barefoot Gourmet Soirée – November 14th
    An exquisite culinary event and fundraiser set under the stars upon the powder white sands and azure shores of Deadmans Bay at Peter Island Resort & Spa. The evening offers a quintessential experience for epicureans as local and international chefs prepare their signature dishes at food stations. The event provides guests with an opportunity to mingle among fellow food connoisseurs and tastemakers within a festive atmosphere with live entertainment. Wine pairings and delectable desserts will be prepared by accomplished pastry chefs. Featured chefs include: New York Chef Kristin Sollenne of the Food Network; Chef Antonio Soriano of Argentina; Chef Bastian Falkenroth of Germany; Chef Todd Howard of Peter Island Resort & Spa; Chef Davide Pugliese of Tortola; Pastry Chef Gorvey Henry of Tortola; and Pastry Chef Erika Dupree Cline based on Tortola. Funds raised from this event will be used for a scholarship donation to a student in the BVI who wishes to pursue a degree in hospitality and tourism.

    · Taste of Virgin Gorda – November 21st
    Nail Bay Sugar Ruins offers a rustic touch to this tranquil evening. Chefs and mixologists will be on hand to feature their mouthwatering dishes and cocktails. Attendees can sample scrumptious food from 7 restaurants and incredible wines while enjoying the colloquial sounds created by a jazz band. The Chef Cook-Off is one of the most exciting elements of the night as attendees gather to witness two of the BVI’s most skilled chefs compete for the best chef title. The Foodie Photo Booth is a fun new feature to entice attendees to take photos next to over-sized culinary items. Guests can sway to the sounds of jazz performed live by popular BVI jazz musicians. Attendees will be able to cast their vote during the events for awards to be presented throughout the night for Virgin Gorda’s Favourite Restaurant, Best Booth, Best Food, Best Drink, and more.

    · On the Rocks Bar Crawl – November 21st
    This exciting bar crawl will take place on Virgin Gorda. Participants will be transported in party safari buses to bars around the island.

    · Culinary Education Programme – November 22nd – November 28th
    Visiting chef Roshni Gurnani, Executive Chef and Culinary Chef instructor at the Art Institute of Houston returns to provide her knowledge and expertise to the students studying culinary arts in the BVI. Throughout the week, Roshni will provide instruction, workshops, demonstrations, and interactive lessons to familiarise students with the insight needed to navigate their way through the hospitality and culinary industry regionally and globally.

    · Lobster Crawl – November 27th
    This exciting bar crawl will take place on Anegada. Participants will be able to barhop along the beach strip.

    · Anegada Lobster Festival – November 28th & 29th
    The Anegada Lobster Festival is for everyone who loves food, loves lobster, loves the Caribbean and dreams of the British Virgin Islands! The two-day culinary event will be held on the shores of Anegada on November 28th and 29th. Talented local chefs will be on hand to prepare, cook, and serve plated sample lobster dishes at 11 participating Anegada restaurants. Attendees will embark on an island adventure that takes them on a culinary journey via safari, scooter or rental car. Along with spectacular sightseeing, great food, drink, and a sunset party, attendees will have a unique Anegada experience unlike any other in the Caribbean.

    · Ferry Services and Accommodations

    *Special ferry ticket prices will be available for purchase for transport on ferries from the USVI, Tortola and Virgin Gorda to Anegada for the events.

    *Special rates for hotels and charter yachts will be available for bookings.

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  • New Single – Edwin Yearwood & Giselle (The Wassi One) – Heart Of Me

    The reigning Sweet Soca Monarch of Barbados, Edwin Yearwood made history in 2015 after winning the crown,he continues to do so in this classic, melodious soca lover anthem. He is joined on the track by none other than the multi talented BOSS herself, Giselle The Wassi One. Straight from the heart of two icons in their own right, this track will make you fall in love with soca music all over again. More than a song,More than another track… A special part of each of them… Enjoy with love… HEART OF ME

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  • Honoring Canada’s Reggae Pioneer’s via Reggae Lane with Signs, Mural and Heritage Plaque!

    Toronto pays tribute to the Reggae Pioneers who helped make Reggae a mainstay in the city by unveiling street signs, mural and heritage plaque – naming Toronto’s first ever Reggae Lane in Toronto!

    The unveiling officially took place on September 19th, 2015 at Eglinton Avenue West and Oakwood, and is being hosted by Councillor Josh Colle. This event was a continuation of the induction of Reggae greats in to the Toronto Reggae Hall of Fame. Held on August 27th, 2015 at the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition) Bandshell Park, inductees Leroy Sibbles, Jay Douglas, Bernie Pitters and Everton Pablo Paul received the genres top honor. Joining Councillor Josh Cole at the ceremony were Councillors John Fillion, Michael Thompson and Shelley Carroll from the Toronto Music Advisory Council.

    Of the unveiling Mr. Colle said “I am hoping that by recognizing these legendary performers and establishing Reggae Lane, we will bring a positive light to Eglinton Avenue West and highlight the significance of this essential part of Toronto’s music history.”

    Natty B and Chozen, owners of TreaJahIsle Records and Gifts, located at 1514 Eglinton Avenue West (across from the site of the mural and Reggae Lane) say “It’s good that the City and Canada are recognizing the greatness that Reggae has contributed. Every year we want to see more positive recognition by way of more inductees who perform on stage and behind the scenes.”

    In March, 2016, the R.O.O.T.S Foundation will hold its first annual ROOTS Recognition Awards which honors participants who have grown the genre and industry. This initiative is being supported by Councillor Josh Cole, as well as the community known as Eglinton Avenue West.

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  • New Single – Vital Supply by Fadda Fox

    What are the items stocked in your house before a natural disaster? Dry goods, water, an emergency first aid kit? It is imperative to store these basic necessities before such life threatening events.

    In a similar scenario, taking feters into consideration, and more specifically, males; how do you prepare for an important occasion of your life such as Carnival? An expert in Carnival survival, Nicholas FADDA FOX Sealy simplifies the basic rules of this season’s existence through the exuberant release of another hit single ‘VITAL SUPPLY’

    The song ‘VITAL SUPPLY’ was produced to emphasize the necessities of a ‘BESS’ carnival season through the eyes of a man… and well, we are sure you ladies would agree the same.

    With Futuristic Jams own Jovan Jamesand Fadda Fox on lyrics, Kubiyashi on Production, Scratch Master on mixing and perfection duties, Fadda Fox was able to bring to life a real social scenario through a melodious selection.

    This blend and perfect exemplification of Caribbean unity (creators of the song from various Islands) was further sweetened with the backing vocals of Kahailia Beach, Guitars by Zan George and project managed by Directiontt and Ministry of Vibe

    When asked why ‘VITAL SUPPLY’? FaddaFox explained that he and his team are currently on a musical journey. Fox stressed that his ultimate aim is to become a household name not only in his country but within the international diaspora.

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  • TD Bank Presents the 2015 Miami Broward, Jr. Carnival with Young Masqueraders

    South Florida’s youth will have an opportunity to proudly show off they’re wonderfully created and colorful costumes in celebration of their rich Caribbean culture this carnival season. Over 350 young children will participate in the Miami Broward, Jr. Carnival parade and competition on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at Central Broward Park (3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill, FL 33311). Gates open at 12:30 p.m. and the parade begins at 2 p.m. Parking fee is $1.50 per adult and admission into the event is $10. Kids under 10 years old are free.

    This annual Caribbean inspired family event fosters artistic development and creative freedom, all while inspiring young people to take up the torch of Carnival tradition and carry it high. Young masqueraders will be judged based on their creativity, presentation, originality and craftsmanship of their vibrant and colorful masquerade costumes.

    “We are looking forward to a safe and successful Junior Carnival this year as we continue to promote and sustain the culture of the Caribbean people,” says Rose Kelly, Bandleader of Heritage TnT, Jr. Carnival band. “The youths are the future of our Carnival, so we hope to bring more awareness of our culture to them.”

    The event encourages young Caribbean-Americans to embrace and celebrate their Caribbean culture by participating in an age-old island tradition. Miami Broward Jr. Carnival is also one of the symbols of diversity and inclusion as there are non-Caribbean children of various backgrounds that also participate in the parade and festivities.

    “Although we are second and third generation West Indians, this is our culture. Its longevity depends on the positive inclusion of the children. They are the ones who will carry the torch and ensure that our Carnival never dies,” says Giselle d ’Wassi One, Bandleader for Wassi Babes Jr. Carnival.

    Sponsors include;Chubby,Dr. Dominique Lewis,Julian Cameron,Pieter Hendrichus
    This year Miami Broward Carnival is proud to be sponsored by America’s Most Convenient Bank, TD Bank.

    “TD Bank is thrilled to be a sponsor of this year’s Miami Broward Carnival,” said Andre Khan, V.P. and co-chair of the African American and Caribbean Leadership Employee Resource Group, TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank. “TD has built its success by embracing and celebrating the diversity of all customers, employees and community partners through local events like this one. At TD, diversity and inclusion are part of who we are and part of everything we do.”

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  • The Artist’s Coalition of Trinidad & Tobago Welcomes the New Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts

    The Artists’ Coalition of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) would like to congratulate Dr Nyan Gadsby Dolly on her appointment as Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts. We look forward to firstly meeting and dialoguing, and then working harmoniously with you in the rolling out of the Progressive Agenda for the Sector in the coming years.

    You are in stewardship of not only the phenomenal brain thrust and work force that is the present day Creative Sector of Trinidad and Tobago, but also the unprecedented Legacy of this nation: its 300 Trini-styled Carnivals globally; its multi-ethnic Festivals; its pantheon of artistic heroes here and in the diaspora; as well as the long list of achievements stretching back in time including Oscar, Grammy, Emmy, Tony, Billboard, and BET awards and Commonwealth Book and Nobel Prizes. It is a stunning Legacy and present day cohort.

    Your appointment comes at a critical moment in the history of the local Creative and Cultural Sector when a number of critical forces are converging. Nearly all local Cultural Sectors are in decline in terms of global brand cache, audience, spread of economic returns, indigenous retention, and preservation of Legacy. This has been due to refusals of past administrations to put in place the enabling environment of policy, legislation, institutions, and fiscal incentives that most nations in the world have phased in since the 1920s.

    Our local collapse is happening at a time when the global Creative Industries are going through an unprecedented economic and artistic renaissance which has led it to become the second largest industry on planet Earth over the last 15 years- with annual returns of over $2.2 trillion (2001 figures). This is also happening at a time where, due to GATE and the opening up of tertiary level education- especially the formation of the UTT- T&T is churning out a generation of musicians, fashion designers, visual artists, filmmakers, animators, dancers, and theatre practitioners eager to live by their craft. This places a great duty on the State to finally get right the creation of a sustainable home-base Sector that local Creatives can live by and use as a staging ground to take on the world and expand our markets.

    Given these and other factors we again would like to wish you the best in engaging these complex issues. We look forward to engaging with you in consultation, integrity, transparency, and partnership.

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  • Barbado’s Food & Wine and Rum Festival takes the Apple by storm

    Guests flocked to Harlem hot spot Red Rooster last evening for a coveted preview of the island’s tastiest festival – the sixth annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival taking place on-island November 19-22, 2015. The festival’s fresh new look and star-studded line-up of culinary masters was previewed during the epicurean driven take-over of Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s swanky Ginny’s Supper Club, complete with costumed Crop Over dancers, steelpan drums and New York’s elite.

    “I’ve been looking forward to a sandwich from Cuz’s all year,” exclaimed Marcus Samuelsson. “There is nothing better than waking up in Barbados, looking outside your window at the water and then indulging in the best culinary offerings the island has to offer—not to mention the rum.”

    Truly a #NYBajanInvasion, top chefs from Barbados joined headliner Marcus Samuelsson in preparing a sampling of gourmet fare offering guests a sneak peak at the culinary experience available to festival goers. Featured Barbadian chefs included Andrew Nurse of Hilton Barbados; Kirk Kirton of Fairmont Royal Pavilion; The Crane’s Duayne Holligan; and Jérémy Dupire of The Cliff Beach Club.
    Special guests WBLS DJ Dahved Levy and Barbadian Jazz saxophonist Elan Trotman provided a soulful background for the evening enjoyed by distinguished members of the Barbados family including Ambassador to the United Nations, his Excellency Mr. Tony Marshal, Consul General at New York for Barbados the honorable Dr. Donna Hunte-Cox, Chairman Mr. Alvin Jemmott, CEO BTMI Mr. Billy Griffith and Director of Finance Ms. Michelle Moore.
    “Last night’s event was an exceptional one where Barbados was able to attract the very best New York media and trade partners‎,” said Billy Griffith, BTMI CEO. “Our Barbadian chefs were the hit at this memorable occasion, and we are receiving numerous kudos on the food, entertainment and the wonderful atmosphere that was created. We certainly achieved our objective in truly raising the profile of Barbados as an epicurean center.”

    Under the direction of BTMI Director USA, Petra Roach the VIP preview provided culinary connoisseurs with a glimpse into the festival’s new look for 2015 featuring a refined palette of all things Food & Wine and Rum.

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  • Expanded Programme for Caribean Week Canada in November

    The region’s tourism development agency has announced an expanded programme for Caribbean Week Canada which runs from 15 to 19 November 2015.

    For the first time ever the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), its member countries and partners will take the Caribbean message to travel agents in new markets in Ontario by visiting Burlington and London. Another first will be a church service to launch the week.

    Also of interest this year is an industry luncheon where attendees will network with industry executives. Principal Research Associate of the Conference Board of Canada Jennifer Hendry will speak at this event on trends in the industry, with particular reference to the Caribbean.

    “We have been working closely with our national tourist offices in Canada in planning for this year’s Caribbean Week and they have been very enthusiastically involved in developing the programme. Based on their input we have decided to add Burlington and London, Ontario to the schedule and to begin the week with a church service,” said Sylma Brown, head of the CTO’s New York office which oversees the Canadian market.

    “In both of these cities Caribbean government representatives and private sector suppliers will update travel agents on the variety of experiences and new developments that are available in their destinations and how these travel agents can drive business to the region,” Ms. Brown said.

    The Caribbean Week Canada programme is as follows:

    Church Service and Diaspora Engagement
    Sunday 15 November (Toronto) – Time & venue to be determined
    The Week begins with fellowship where Caribbean nationals and friends will be in attendance at a church service. A message from the CTO chairman will be read.

    Industry Luncheon
    Monday 16 November (Toronto) – 12:30pm to 2:30pm
    Networking with the Industry’s Who’s Who. Jennifer Hendry, Principal Research Associate of the Conference Board of Canada will speak about trends in the industry with particular reference to the Caribbean.

    Caribbean Diaspora Forum
    Monday 16 November (Toronto) – 6:00pm to 8:30pm
    City and provincial officials have been invited to present proclamations in recognition of Caribbean Week Canada.

    Caribbean Press Briefing
    Tuesday 17 November (Toronto) – 1:00am to 10:45am
    Media in Canada’s most populous city are brought up to date with developments in Caribbean tourism.

    Caribbean Media Marketplace
    Tuesday 17 November (Toronto) – 11:00am to 12:30pm
    Ministers and Commissioners of Tourism and other tourism representatives will update the media about their destinations.

    Caribbean Tourism Awards Luncheon
    Journalists and travel agents are recognized for their excellent coverage of the Caribbean.

    Exhibition and Travel Agent Educational Programme
    Wednesday 18 November (Burlington) and Thursday 19 November (London) – 5:30pm to 8:30pm
    Caribbean government representatives and private sector suppliers will update travel agents on the variety of experiences and new developments that are available in the destinations and how to make the sale to their clients.

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  • A Powerful New Anthem Rallying For Social Change

    Trinidadian soca star Bunji Garlin and Jamaican Grammy-winning reggae artist Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley team up on “The Message,” a passionate forward-thinking song fighting for the souls of our youth and the future generation.

    The two Caribbean artists merge soca, dancehall and reggae into a universal sound on this world cry anthem, produced by Philip Mecksepe. They go verse for verse addressing society’s illls and Marley delivers a powerful hook aspiring for change. “There is music in your soul, minerals in your soil, children full of beauty worth way much more than oil. While history unfolds, don’t let the good things spoil, oh no.”

    Bunji Garlin gives more insight behind the collaboration.”We recorded this song at Gong’s studio in Florida. It was a 4am studio session after we spent about an hour and a half just talking and getting a vibe off of each other’s knowledge, views and energies. I appreciate the project and artist because we were able to let both our musical backgrounds work for us to execute this. It is almost a fable to see the son of reggae legend and also a legend in his own right and artist of the soca genre meld so effortlessly.”

    Marley is slated to perform in Garlin’s homeland on October 30th, 2015 in Tobago at Pigeon Point (Colours Of Reggae) and October 31st, 2015 in Trinidad at Hasley Crawford Stadium (Reggae On The Bay Presents Hennessy Artistry).

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  • Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Tourism welcomes new Permanent Secretary

    A former Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Labour and Small and Micro Enterprise Development in Trinidad and Tobago, Mrs. Greaves-Smith brings to the Ministry of Tourism over 38 years of experience in the public service during which time she has amassed a wealth of knowledge in various specialties related to public sector administration and management.

    Mrs. Greaves-Smith is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Government and Management and a Master of Science Degree in Government and Public Administration. In addition, she has completed the requisite examinations in the pursuit of a Master of Philosophy in Gender and Development.
    Formerly a Deputy Permanent Secretary (Ag.) at the Ministry of Sport, and Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice, Ms. Greaves-Smith also served as Director, Human Resource Services at the Ministry of Sport and the Ministry of Justice as well as Director, Corporate Services at the Ministry of Public Administration.

    Speaking on the appointment of Mrs. Greaves-Smith as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism, Mr. Keith Chin, Chief Executive Officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Development Company (TDC) said that “we are very pleased and excited to welcome Mrs. Greaves-Smith to the Trinidad and Tobago tourism team. Her vast experience and knowledge will certainly be a valuable asset for the Ministry of Tourism, the TDC and the destination’s tourism sector and we look forward to working closely with Mrs. Greaves-Smith to further develop the local tourism sector and to position Trinidad and Tobago as a destination of choice.”

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  • International Reggae Artist ORieL Postpones Fall European Tour to Later Date

    Due to circumstances beyond their control, mainly visa delays, it is to great disappointment that Afar Music Group has announced that ORieL Fall European tour will be postponed until further notice.

    The artist conveyed the following message to his fans and music lovers “”Greetings and Blessings, I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, and Jah willing I will be there in a few months. It is only a temporary detour. Jah Love”.

    A humble ORieL has also expressed gratitude for the success of his recently released “Love SoulJah” and “Confidence 2.0” are available on iTunes. “Thank you all for the support, from fans to the media, Jah bless always”.

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  • Teddyson John gears up for T&T’s Carnival 2016 with “Allez”

    Castries, St. Lucia (Sonique Solutions) – Ahead of Carnival 2016 in Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucian singer and song-writer Teddyson John has unleashed his groovy Soca contender entitled ‘Allez’ which has already been gaining attention by Soca fans due to its catchy melodious lyrics and danceable instrumentation.

    Allez which translates from French to mean ‘get up and go’ encourages listeners to release all negativity, live in the moment and not allow anyone or anything to stand in the way of their happiness, a sentiment shared by the global feting population during the Carnival season.This call-to-action track was written by Teddyson and Jeremy Jacobs and co-produced by Teddyson alongside Pepi and Sheriff (T&T).

    Teddyson who is affectionately called TJ by music fans and industry colleagues brings a wealth of musical experience to his career as a multi-instrumentalist, Soca, Jazz and Gospel performer.
    He has entertained audiences at several major international events which include NYC’s ‘Brass Fest’, Miami’s ‘Rave’ and the world famous St. Lucia Jazz Festival and has shared stages with top global performers such as John Legend, Air supply, R. Kelly, Neyo and Jah cure

    The two time St. Lucia Groovy Soca Monarch and co-promoter of St. Lucia’s Carnival concert staple “U4RIA” also co-wrote and co-produced Kerwin du Bois’ “Magnetic” and co-wrote Farmer Nappy’s “Big People Party. TJ revealed that he also has some upcoming collaborative projects with additional T&T artistes as well as Barbados’ De Red Boyz, Dwaingerous and King Bubba.

    Even with so many accomplishments under his belt, TJ maintains a humble attitude towards everyone and a willingness to work with his peers in order to boost the industry as a whole.

    The hard working entertainer who aspires to collaborate with artistes the likes of R Kelly, Machel Montano and Destra Garcia, KES, Bunji Garlin and Nadia Batson plans to continue working with Kerwin Dubois and remains very focussed on growing as an all round artiste.
    He shared, “I’m dedicated to bettering my craft and being able to touch lives. My goal is to be the face of great music coming out of my island, St. Lucia.”

    As far as Carnival 2016 is concerned, TJ has several promotional trips planned for T&T and will soon be releasing the spanking new music video for Allez to the music-loving masses.

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  • Jamaican Dancehall Legend Super Cat added to 2015 Welcome to JamRock Reggae Cruise

    The 5-Night Musical Voyage from Miami to Jamaica on Norwegian Cruise Lines Sets Sail on Nov. 30 and Dec. 5, 2015

    Jamaican dancehall icon Super Cat, known for hits like “Don Dada”, “Ghetto Red Hot” and “Dem No Worry We” with Heavy D, has been added to this year’s second annual Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise.

    The music legend, who rose to stardom in the late 1980s and early 1990s, was one of the first dancehall artists to crossover in hip hop and pop music collaborating with Kris Kross, Notorious B.I.G., Neptunes and Sugar Ray. His music still permeates the airwaves and clubs today and has been sampled by likes of Sean Paul and NAS. Super Cat is very selective of his recent performances, making them all special in their own right. Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise 2015 is a rare opportunity to see the artist ignite the stage for a one-of-a-kind, intimate experience.

    He will join thel cruise’s star-studded artist line up also featuring Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Julian “Juju Royal” Marley, Ky-Mani Marley, Sly & Robbie, Mykal Rose, Maxi Priest, Bounty Killer, Capleton, Jah Cure, Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal, Elephant Man, Barrington Levy, Third World, Morgan Heritage, Cham, Tanya Stephens, T.O.K, Protoje, Popcaan and Christopher Ellis.

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

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  • Dancehall Artiste Real Image Living His ‘Dream’

    The streets are talking about a new dancehall artiste, Real Image, whose incendiary new sound is blazing across airwaves all over the world.

    Signed to Natural Bridge Records, the artiste’s breakout single, ‘My Dream’, chock full of witty metaphors and brilliant wordplay has announced Real Image’s arrival on the dancehall stage.

    “I am ready to show the world my skills. I am growing everyday, learning new things, I have a great camp of producers, writers and beatmakers. We are going to shake things up,” he said, confidently.

    Born Steve Brown on January 14, 1994, he grew up in the community of James Hill in Clarendon. He grew up with his mother, Georgia Meredith, grandmother and two sisters, attended James Hill Primary before moving to live in Mandeville at the age of 9.

    He attended the Mandeville Primary and Junior High before entering the Mayday High school in Manchester where he discovered his love for music during informal dancehall clashes in between subjects.

    “When I was 15, I used to clash with a friend of mine, Junior, during break. We would sing the Kartel-Mavado songs, then Junior asked me to write my own songs and build our own vibes, and that is how I started writing my own songs,” Real Image said.

    “In class, I found myself writing songs even when the teacher a teach,” he added, laughing.

    Even though he spent his sessions daydreaming of recording success, he still was able to focus long enough to gain five subjects at the CXC level.

    At age 19, he migrated to Springfield, Massachusetts where he began to hone his nascent deejaying skills in a small studio.

    “A great friend of mine, Danny Stewart made all this possible when he introduced me to Mark Pinnock and the rest, as they say, is history,” he said.

    In 2014, he inked a publishing, recording and booking deal with Natural Bridge Records.

    However it wasn’t until January 2015 that he recorded his first professional song, just a few days after turning 21.
    That song was called ‘Something a Go Wrong’ for the Piranha Music Group (PMG), which is an integral part of Da Firm, a conglomerate of labels which also includes B Rich Records, Natural Bridge Records, and Young Veterans.

    He has recorded singles such as ‘My Dream’, produced by Shams for B Rich Records, ‘Pray Fi Dem’ for the Young Veterans label, and the as-yet-unreleased ‘Bread Alone’.

    “Everything is under one umbrella, Da Firm, and we are going to change the word, God willing,” he said.

    Real Image is not your typical 21 year old. When he just started out in music, he first gravitated towards the regular gun-and-girls fare that dominate most dancehall songs, but soon, he began to laser in on reality songs with radio-friendly hooks, and bubbly songs with inspirational, uplifting themes. He has found his true north of belief: music.

    “I can’t explain it, I have just found a passion with music. At first there was some amount of doubt, but I have faith, God promised me this, and I have faith that it will come to pass. I am the bridge,” he said.

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