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Monthly Archives: May 2016

  • Tropicalfete’s Authors Connecting In celebration of Caribbean Heritage Month with Barnes & Noble

    When: Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 9 AM in EDT (readings starts at 12NN)
    Where: Park Slope Barnes & Noble 267 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11215



    Authors Connecting is a program designed to emphasize the importance of literacy and how culture can influence education, as well as one’s world view. The program is targeted to interact with children and celebrate our great Caribbean culture.

    Hosted by Colette Nicole Stapleton.

    Readings Featuring the history of the Steel Pan Instruments/Performances
    Book Preview: “The Birth of the Steel Pan”

    Highlighting the work of Alexander Hamilton, the founder of the US financial system (St. Kitts & Nevis born)

    Readings by Junior Andrews of Cocorite House Production & many more.

    Come and join us! Face Mask Giveaways to be given.

    Visit BN.COM/bookfairs to support us online by entering Bookfair ID 11810066 at checkout.
    A percentage of your Barnes & Noble purchases will benefit Tropicalfete, Inc.



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  • Hollywood and Broadway star Robert Riley for Caribbean Week New York

    ~ Screen and stage actor Robert Riley will be the host at Rum & Rhythm at Capitale in New York ~

    Film and stage actor Robert Riley has been confirmed for Caribbean Week New York, a series of tourism trade and consumer events organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) to showcase the region in one of its most important markets.
    Riley, who is of both Barbadian and Trinidadian descent, will host Rum & Rhythm, the Ultimate Caribbean Epicurean Experience on Friday 3 June at the historic Capitale, a Roman classic 1895 landmark.

    He hails from the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York, but has deep Caribbean roots, being the son of a Barbadian father and raised by his Trinidadian mother and grandmother.

    “It gives the utmost pride and pleasure to be a part of Caribbean Week in my hometown. And I’m incredibly excited to be the host of Rum & Rhythm,” said Riley who starred as Terrence Wall on the VH1 hit television drama series, Hit The Floor, and who appeared in such feature films as Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse and The Bourne Legacy.

    “Leh we fete a lil bit nuh,” he added, showing off his Trinidadian heritage.

    Riley began his career as a stage actor and appeared in a number of productions, including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof where he starred opposite James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Giancarlo Esposito and Anika Noni Rose in the role of Brick as an understudy for Terrance Howard, which he performed for three weeks in addition to his nightly role as Brightie.

    Some of his television appearances include Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Nurse Jackie, Royal Pains, Damages and White Collar, while his film credits also include, Sinister and the upcoming independent films, The Adventures of Sweet Yellow, Destined, and The Perfect Match with Terrence J, Paula Patton, Dasha Polanco and Donald Faison.

    “We are delighted to have Robert host Rum & Rhythm this year. This event promises to be one of the most phenomenal experiences for our attendees and we are confident that the addition of this talented leading man in film, television, music, production and all things Caribbean is a perfect match” said Eusi Skeete of the Barbados Tourism Marketing, Inc., chairman of the special committee established to help organize Rum and Rhythm.

    “Robert’s enthusiastic support of the region and pride in his Caribbean roots was instrumental in our decision to invite him to serve as the official ambassador for this year’s Rum & Rhythm and we look forward to forging an even stronger relationship with him on future endeavours,” added Sylma Brown, head of the CTO’s New York office which is responsible for coordinating Caribbean Week.
    This year is the fifth anniversary of Rum & Rhythm as a benefit for the CTO Foundation, a charity which offers scholarships and study grants to Caribbean students pursuing studies in tourism and hospitality and related subjects.

    Tickets for Rum & Rhythm can be obtained by clicking on the following link:

    Organized by the CTO, Caribbean Week New York is the largest, most engaging regional tourism activity in the “Big Apple” and typically attracts thousands of participants, including Caribbean tourism officials, the media, artists, performers, celebrity chefs, fashion designers, models, investors and other strategic partners. It showcases the sights, sounds, colours, culture and unique holiday experiences of the Caribbean and combines business sessions and consumer-oriented events with food, fashion, entertainment, sales and networking opportunities.

    For the full Caribbean Week New York programme and for additional information visit; email or call (212) 635-9530

    Caribbean Week is supported by Academy Engraving, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Caribbean Airlines, Cayman Islands, CitiTech Solutions, Dominica, El Dorado Rum, Empire State Building, Grenada, Jade Mountain/Anse Chastanet Resort, Jamaica, Martinique, Nassau Paradise Island, Nevis, St. Kitts, Travel + Leisure, Resonance Consultancy; Turks & Caicos Islands, Sugar Bay Resort & Spa and Unique Vacations, Inc./Sandals.

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  • New Album (Jun 3) *Track Listing Revealed* Dennis Brown Tribute Album

    VP RECORDS REMEMBERS “THE CROWN PRINCE OF REGGAE” DENNIS BROWN Double-Disc Tribute Album Will Drop June 3, 2016 Compilation Features Covers from Marsha Ambrosius, Freddie McGregor, Maxi Priest, Romain Virgo, Ikaya, Raging Fyah, Jah9, Christopher Ellis, The Green, Katchafire, Jah Cure, No Maddz, Chronixx, Jesse Royal, Kabaka Pyramid, Exco Levi, Kelissa, Jahmiel, Iba Mahr, Keznamdi and more

    Hailed by NPR Morning Edition as one of the 50 great voices of all time – the Jamaican musical icon Dennis Brown began his recording career at the tender age of 11 and released more than 75 albums during his all too short 42 years on Earth. Although the reggae legend passed away in 1999, his music and legacy live on.

    VP Records, the world’s leading reggae label, will pay homage to Brown on June 3, 2016 with an extensive tribute album of his timeless hits and deep cuts titled, We Remember Dennis Brown. The 30-song collection features a wide and impressive range of reggae and R&B voices covering crucial Dennis Brown compositions. The set was produced by Jamaican legend Clive Hunt with an all-star team of musicians.

    In February (Brown’s birthday month), VP Records premiered one song from the album every Friday for five weeks – including “Caress Me” from one of Jamaica’s brightest voices Romain Virgo, “Milk & Honey” by roots reggae rockers Raging Fyah, “Bloody City” from the Caribbean’s soulful songstress Jah9, “Promised Land” from Hawaiian reggae band The Green and “Have You Ever” by R&B powerhouse Marsha Ambrosius.

    In addition to these power hitters, We Remember Dennis Brown will feature an array of singers from Brown’s native country and across the globe who he influenced. Jamaica’s latest crop of stars (including Jah Cure, Gyptian, Iba Mahr, Kabaka Pyramid, Kelissa, Keznamdi, Chronixx and Jesse Royal) as well as the island’s icons who worked with Brown (like reggae vocalists Bushman and Freddie McGregor) all offer their contributions. Freddie’s son Chino McGregor and Christopher Ellis, the talented UK-based singer and offspring of Alton Ellis (another one of Brown’s musical mentors and confidants), both deliver powerful renditions of Brown’s classics. New Zealand rockers also create a breezy rendition of “If I Had The World.” The worldly collection proves that his universal sound transcends all boundaries of time, race and creed. Each artist adds their own original flair to Brown’s profound soul-stirring sound – touching the hearts of new and old fans alike on this unique multi-disc collection. We Remember Dennis Brown will include deluxe packaging as well as extensive liner notes on the belated legend.

    Dennis Brown was greatly influenced by American balladeers such as Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin as well as Jamaican singers like Delroy Wilson and John Holt. At only 12-years-old, he cut his first hit “No Man Is An Island” at Clement “Coxsone” Dodd’s famous Studio One. Within the years, he was a force to be reckoned with musically – dubbed the “Boy Wonder of Jamaica” and “Crown Prince of Reggae.” Before he was 16, he had worked with Jamaica’s top recording artists (Alton Ellis, Horace Andy) and producers of the time (Prince Buster, Dennis Alcapone, Winston “Niney” Holness and Vincent “Randy” Chin). In the 1970s, he worked closely with producer Joe Gibbs and released multiple albums. One of the album’s songs “Money in my Pocket,” peaked at #14 on UK Top 40 chart becoming one of the biggest international hits in Jamaica’s history. This success landed him the cover of the NME’s February 1979 issue. Enthusiastically adapting to the new dancehall era, Brown released a huge amount of work throughout the 1980s recording with genre’s major producers like King Jammy on Brown’s 1986 album The Exit and Gussie Clarke in 1989 with the Gregory Isaacs duet “Big All Round” and the album Unchallenged. He continued to record prolifically in the 1990s before his passing. His 1994 album Light My Fire and 2001 release Let Me Be the One were both nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.


    Iba Mahr, Jesse Royal, Keznamdi, Chronixx, Exco Levi, Kelissa, Jahmiel, Kabaka Pyramid & Rockaz Elements – I Need Your Love (Rasta Children)
    Bushman – Don’t Want To Be No General
    The Green – Promised Land
    Raging Fyah – Milk and Honey
    Christopher Ellis – Created By The Father
    Mutabaruka & Marla Brown – Words of Wisdom
    Chino – Melting Pot
    Yahsha – The Existence Of Jah
    Jamelody- Halfway Up, Halfway Down
    Freddie McGregor – Little Village
    Mykal Rose – Easy Take It Easy
    Jah9 – Bloody City
    Richie Spice – Wolves and Leopards
    Shuga – Black Liberation
    VP Hit Team – To The Foundation
    Romain Virgo – Caress Me
    Marsha Ambrosius – Have You Ever
    No Maddz – Rocking Time
    Maxi Preist – Love Me Always
    Jamelody & Ikaya – Love Has Found Its Way
    Sanchez – Your Love Got A Hold On Me
    Katchafire – If I Had The World
    Etana – Should I
    Jah Cure – Ghetto Girl
    Christopher Martin – Baby Don’t Do It
    Gyptian – How Can I
    Ikaya – For You
    Dalton Harris – No More Will I Roam
    Jah Vinci – Money in My Pocket
    VP Hit Team – Silhouette

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  • Ultimate Rejects Unleash Two New Caribbean Dance Hits

    Caribbean dance music (CDM) masters Ultimate Rejects unleash two new electronic hits by MX Prime with “Up Dey” and “Everybody Bounce,” both available worldwide from all major digital retailers on May 6, 2016, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE.

    Ultimate Rejects incorporates Caribbean sounds with electronic dance music (EDM) to create CDM. The DJ unit consists of hit soca producer Johann Seaton of MadMen Productions and Edghill “MX Prime” Thomas, a soca artist and radio personality and deejay from Trinidad.

    “Up Dey” and “Everybody Bounce” are both high-energy dance tracks that shine a spotlight on dance and EDM music originating from the Caribbean. “They were just fusing jungle tones, electronic synths and Caribbean drums with MX Prime’s vocals, which really brought it home to the CDM sound,” Seaton discloses. “So to me, this is creating more content for our CDM genre.”

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  • PengCo Music Drops Dancehall Hit “Like Sinatra” from Keturah Gamba

    Trinidadian hit house PengCo Music drops its new dancehall hit “Like Sinatra” from Keturah Gamba, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on April 22, 2016, from FOX FUSE. The sleek, suggestive smash was crafted and written by hit producer Randal Alexander, who helms PengCo Music and consistently delivers new Caribbean classics for reggae and dancehall fans everywhere. “Like Sinatra” is Gamba’s third track with the producer and imprint.

    “I am excited about working with PengCo Music and FOX FUSE on this project.” Gamba states. “It’s the first time I will release a dancehall track internationally. The song has really built traction since its release on radio and I’ve been receiving great responses, so we are working really hard to keep that going.” Gamba also reveals she is currently working on a follow-up to “Like Sinatra” with PengCo Music, and a music video is currently in production.

    Gamba’s first two tracks with PengCo Music were reggae-oriented and they received a lot of support, especially on reggae radio platforms regionally, but now the stakes are raised. “I wanted to introduce her to the world of dancehall music,” Alexander states. “It captures a different demographic than reggae. However, I thought it would be much more relevant and commercially viable in terms of mainstream radio content, at this point in time.”

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  • Farenite Ignites with Four Diverse Gospel Jams

    Trinidad and Tobago-based Gospel artist Samuel “Farenite” Selkridge ignites with four genre-spanning Gospel jams – reggae with “Mama I Love You,” hip-hop with “Child of God,” and Gospel soca with “Child of God” and “Royalty,” all available worldwide from all major digital retailers on May 6, 2016, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. Inking an exclusive, worldwide digital distribution deal with FOX FUSE, Farenite’s entire catalog will now become available to the international audience.

    Respected for his writing, in particular his lyricism and biblical content, Farenite has chosen to boldly proclaim his faith through this medium to positively affect people’s lives. He displays such lyrical prowess by penning all four new hits. “Mama I Love You,” featuring Izac King, is a tangible expression of all the love he feels for his mother and for anyone who feels the same. “Child of God” is a bold proclamation of faith and allegiance to God and encourages others not to feel ashamed.

    “Royalty” reinforces the truth that through the blood of Jesus Christ, we have been restored. “Champions” is an assurance to believers that defeat is not an option, and a reminder that power and authority has been given to everyone.

    Farenite is known for dabbling with genres, spanning soca, reggae, EDM, hip-hop and dancehall. He has performed on stages alongside Positive, J. Prince, Jadee, Sean Daniel, Koen Duncan, Shiselon, Mr. Lynx, Jay Square, Blessed Messenger and Sherwin Gardener just to name a few. “I believe in the transforming power of music,” states Farenite. “I make it a challenge to find more creative ways to present the Gospel through music.”

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  • Caribbean Gospel Band Forward Propels with Three New Gems

    Caribbean Gospel super-group Forward propels with three new Gospel gems – “Daddy,” “Jesus Save Me” and “Moving Forward,” all now available worldwide, from FOX FUSE. Inking an exclusive, worldwide digital distribution deal with FOX FUSE, Forward’s entire catalog will now become available to the international audience, starting with these three releases.

    Based in Trinidad and Tobago, Forward consists of 12 members. Formed by Russel Garner and Milio Providence, the Gospel duo played together for four years before deciding to expand the group. They envisioned a band with a collective of young individuals who possessed undiscovered talents and made that vision a reality. The newly-formed band earned its musical stripes by performing at Gospel events and concerts, where they opened for artists such as Marvin Sapp, Tye Tribette and Papa San, just to name a few.

    “Daddy,” an upbeat soca track, was written by Shantal Lindsay and speaks about the Father, who is Jesus Christ. “Jesus Save Me” was written by Marsha Cooper and is a worship song that was penned from the heart, to remind us that we all need Jesus to save us. “Moving Forward” was written by Claudia Jones and is a Gospel Afrobeat song that encourages one to get up and move forward, no matter what situations one may encounter.
    “What makes our style of Gospel unique is we try to be ourselves in whatever we produce, so it can be original and authentic,” states Forward’s Vice-Captain, Milio Providence. “We also target all forms of Gospel and make our own version, with the help God almighty.”

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  • Kick Dem Records Presents the Slow Bunx Riddim

    Kingston, Jamaica- based Kick Dem Records presents the Slow Bunx Riddim, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers, from FOX FUSE. Produced by Jermaine “ZJ Bruce Lee” Bennett for his label Kick Dem Records, this new collection of sultry dancehall anthems showcases some of the top names in dancehall music today. Such star power landed the compilation in the international spotlight, as the Slow Bunx Riddim receives a coveted feature on the iTunes U.S. Reggae New Music chart, during its week of release.

    The sizzling Slow Bunx Riddim is making its way to the top of the charts and has been burning up airwaves at home and abroad. Boasting seven provocative tracks aimed at the ladies (gyal tunes), the riddim features dancehall stars Beenie Man with “What’s Love,” Munga with “Hard Touch,” Jah Vinci with “You Love Me,” Jedani with “Weak Spot” and Vershon with “Call Mi Name.”

    “This riddim shows the softer side of the Kick Dem Records label because we haven’t done any productions lately for the ladies, so this type of melody just came to mind,” reveals ZJ Bruce Lee, who fully produced the riddim for Kick Dem Records. “Many of the tracks were recorded at various studio locations island-wide, across Jamaica. I also wish to extend major thanks to my partner Alecia Hamilton, for ensuring the production was ready on time and also working to prevent any errors, during the process.” ZJ Bruce Lee has his fingers on the pulse of dancehall music, as he is a leading disc jockey on Jamaica’s hit station, ZIP 103 FM, spinning dancehall hits daily for his audience tuning in at home and overseas, via ZIP’s popular online stream. Thus, many songs from the riddim are already enjoying rotation in Jamaica and the momentum now continues with its global release.


    1. Munga – Hard Touch
    2. Munga – Hard Touch (Raw)
    3. Beenie Man – What’s Love
    4. Jah Vinci – You Love Me (Raw)
    5. Jedani – Weak Spot
    6. Vershon – Call Mi Name
    7. Vershon – Call Mi Name (Raw)

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