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Monthly Archives: July 2016

  • Future Fambo’s Album Evolve Makes Its’ Top 10 Debut on iTunes Chart!

    Dancehall Star Future Fambo has released his album Evolve – The Uprise which makes its’ Top 10 debut on the iTunes chart making Dancehall history for the veteran artist!

    The album, Evolve – The Uprise, is the first ever released by the artist, marking an important milestone in his career.  The choice in album title is poignant as Fambo has evolved from releasing singles, to releasing a complete body of work.  To have the disc debuted on the iTunes chart is icing on the cake!

    Produced by Blaze Entertainment Records, based in the United States, the album features 13 tracks that are heavily influenced by EDM (Electronic Dance Music), and is heavily spiced by the artists patois vocals.  Songs like “WAVY,” “Wanna Be” and “Molleh” have tested well with fans in the Caribbean and Europe, while “The Bloodclaute Song” and “Rick Flair” continue to receive radio attention due to their popularity.

    While speaking to DJ Unknown at Real Deal 106.1 FM in New York, Fambo described the albums creative process as being “forward thinking.”  Fambo elaborates by saying “the album had to be recorded with a party in mind that is going to happen.  Usually when I record I do it thinking about what happened in the past.  We flipped that script and I really like how it turned out.  It’s WAVY!”

    Blaze Entertainment, producer of the record, adds that they were focused on the product, as well as the sonic connection for fans which plays into the visuals.  “It’s one thing to produce an album for a Veteran like Fambo” said Stylez, “and then it’s something else to produce music that combines the lingo, the patois, and the wave of the future which is EDM combined with Caribbean swag.  All tracks were carefully selected so all fans have to do is press play.”

    Future Fambo is currently touring to support both physical and digital versions of his album.  He performs the lead single “The Bloodclaute Song” which is always received well.  His follow up single, “Rick Flair” has also received a lot of support from radio and live event DJs.  The music video for the song is currently being shot on location in Jamaica and New York.

    Digitally distributed by Tropic Electric, the album will be marketed to partygoers worldwide.  Future Fambo will be performing in the US, Jamaica, Canada and the UK.  The artist will also be on tour in Germany to promote the project.

    Catch all the tour updates via www.futurefambo.com

     

    Future Fambo’s Album Evolve Makes Its’ Top 10  Debut on iTunes Chart!

     

    Media inquiries can be sent to futurefamboinfo@gmail.com

    Media Access Link:  https://app.box.com/s/elfk6q2itty7t15p58oq7a1hu8chswhb

     

    About Future Fambo:

    Future Fambo has worked or collaborated with just about everyone in the Dancehall genre from producers to artists, his creativity and seasoned artistry affords him many opportunities to create with a variety of production houses to date. Recent releases include singles from Seanizzle, Kapa Shanti and UIM Records.

    In August 2014, Fambo inked a deal with US based label, “Blaze Entertainment Records”, which produced the artists first album “Evolve – The Uprise.”  Through Blaze Entertainment, Fambo’s album will see production from Grammy winning producer Magnedo 7, Richie Loops, Blahzae, Stylez and Sisco Kennedy. In preview, the album received rave reviews from industry tastemakers such as Atlantic Records own Mike Keran and Dancehall gatekeepers.

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  • Nathanael Delivers New Gospel Gem “Lord Of Hosts”

    Trinidadian Gospel sensation Ryan “Nathanael” Hamilton delivers his new Gospel gem “Lord Of Hosts,” now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released June 24, 2016), from FOX FUSE. Nathanael penned the inspirational track, with production handled by him and his brother under their songwriting and production company Fisherman Project. It was co-produced and engineered by Kasey Phillips of Precision Productions.

    “Lord Of Hosts” is a pulsing militant offering that speaks of reliance and defiance – relying and trusting God wholeheartedly, and standing resolute in the face of difficulty and adversity. “We wanted the musical energy to mirror that – not passively, but an aggressive boldness assured in faith,” Nathanael reveals.

    This track is one of the first releases from his upcoming debut album. “Primarily, I wanted to introduce the sound and theme of the project,” says Nathanael. “Musically, we’re going to be pushing the envelope in regards to the fusion of different sounds – mixing our native Caribbean sounds – dancehall, reggae, soca, with pop culture and urban elements. It’s something I’ve been pursuing for some time now and the hope is that I can continue to develop it.”

    Nathanael Delivers New Gospel Gem “Lord Of Hosts”

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

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  • TRON Spawns New Hit for Fantom DunDeal with “Come Over”

    Trinidadian hit house TRON brings its new hit “Come Over” by Fantom DunDeal, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released on June 24, 2016), from FOX FUSE. The track is featured on the Grinders Riddim, which was originally released for the 2016 Trinidad Carnival season. Barbadian stunner Fantom DunDeal was added on the riddim for Barbados’ annual carnival known as Crop Over, which is currently underway.

    The sweet, groovy tune “Come Over” has been enjoying heavy rotation across the Caribbean, and in fact, has remained in the top 10 on the iTunes Barbados Top Songs chart for several weeks, peaking at #3, as Crop Over fever blazes across Barbados.

    Lead by world-renowned producer, performer and deejay Derek Pereira, known to fans as Dawg E. Slaughter or Mr. Slaughter of X-Caliber Sound, TRON continues to transform soca music globally. “I’m very happy for the success Fantom DunDeal is experiencing and we are honored to help make this happen for him,” states Pereira.

    TRON Spawns New Hit for Fantom DunDeal with “Come Over”

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

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  • YTM Recordz Drops Classic Soca Vibes on “Bessi Down” by Mr. Legz

    YTM Recordz drops classic vibes on its new soca hit “Bessi Down” from Grenadian soca thriller Mr. Legz, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released June 24, 2016), from FOX FUSE. Released for the 2016 Spicemas season, Grenada’s annual carnival celebration, “Bessi Down” continues to make major noise for YTM Recordz, as it breaks into the global soca market, with many more releases on the way.

    Based in Brooklyn, New York, YTM Recordz is captained by producer and performer Hector “Mr. Legz HT” Thomas, who is a triple threat on the track as its songwriter, producer and artist. The multi-talented Mr. Legz was determined to create his own music studio, which he accomplished in 2010 and has been churning out the hits ever since. “Bessi Down” was co-produced by Randell Thomas for YTM Records, and co-written by Chad Alexander.

    YTM Recordz Drops Classic Soca Vibes on “Bessi Down” by Mr. Legz

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

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  • Shal Marshall Blazes with “Hookah” from GBM Productions

    Trinidadian soca sensation Shal Marshall blazes with his new smash “Hookah,” now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released on June 24, 2016), from FOX FUSE. The track was crafted by soca hit house GBM Productions, under the helm of producers Jason “Nutron” Carter and Kenwyn “GB” Holder.

    Marshall, who is also a top radio personality at 96.1 WEFM in Trinidad and Tobago, brings the provocative, groovy soca jam for the dance floors. The track was produced and released outside of the typical Trinidad Carnival season, as GBM Productions seeks to take soca beyond a seasonal genre and thus, keep the genre alive year round, for fans globally.

     

    Shal Marshall Blazes with “Hookah” from GBM Productions

     

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

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  • BASSink Productions Bites into Crop Over with the Zika Riddim

    Barbadian production house BASSink Productions injects carnival fervor with its new hit compilation Zika Riddim: 2K16 Soca, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released June 24, 2016), from FOX FUSE. Composed by producer Dwain “Dwaingerous” Antrobus, the electrifying riddim was released for the 2016 Crop Over season, Barbados’ annual carnival celebrations, where it continues to receive heavy fanfare. It also received a coveted featured on the iTunes U.S. Reggae New Music chart and debuted in the top 100 on the iTunes U.S. Reggae Top Albums chart, during its week of release.

    The up-tempo, high-energy Zika Riddim: 2K16 Soca boasts seven new Crop Over anthems from soca stars, including Lil Rick with “Brek Down De Fence,” King Bubba FM with “What A Rush,” Flipo with “Doctor” and Verseewild with “Roll It.” The riddim continues to be the soundtrack for Crop Over and fans are now enjoying its pulsating sounds across the world.

    BASSink Productions, lead by Dwaingerous, has been on the forefront of the Barbadian soca movement and has been integral in making the island nation a serious contender in releasing quality soca music, for years now. Dwaingerous earned his stripes as the lead keyboardist in soca star Machel Montano’s HD Band, and now brings sweet soca sounds to the global masses in a bigger way, with productions like the Zika Riddim.

    TRACK LIST

    1. Lil Rick – Brek Down De Fence
    2. King Bubba FM – What A Rush
    3. Verseewild – Roll It
    4. Flipo – Doctor
    5. Stiffy – Whip It Real Good
    6. Hypa Kids – Bubble-Ish
    7. Supa Hype (Barbados) – Outside Man

    BASSink Productions Bites into Crop Over with the Zika Riddim

     

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

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  • Soca Icon Blackie Keeps the Hits Coming (MUSIC INSIDE)

    New York, NY (FOX FUSE) – Legendary soca entertainer Irvin “Blackie” Blackman brings his eclectic and celebrated brand of Caribbean music to the masses, as his full catalog of music is now available worldwide from all major digital retailers, from FOX FUSE. Born and based in Trinidad and Tobago, Blackie is celebrating over 26 years in the music industry. He is hailed as one of soca music’s longtime leading lyricists and entertainers, who consistently delivers with witty lyrics and fun-filled performances, and has much more in store for years to come.

    Blackie was a member of Trinidad and Tobago’s Coast Guard, when he first dipped his toes in music by entering the annual calypso competition in 1983. He won that competition in the first two years he competed. He then burst onto the national scene in 1991, with his breakout hit “Form A Line An Wine,” which cemented him as an artist and carried him beyond borders, performing for crowds across the Caribbean and North America. He was a finalist in the Power Soca Monarch competition in 1994 and then in 1999, his smash pan kaiso hit “Ting Tang” won him the Pan Road March title, as well as the title for most-played pan song in Panorama. He later switched from pan kaiso to soca humor or happy soca music, which he continues to create today.

    “After 26 years of giving the world happy soca music, I’m very excited to have all of my music now available digitally to the entire world, for the very first time,” states Blackie. “Expanding my reach digitally means my music is now easily available to anyone, anywhere in the world, so it’s an incentive to keep bringing the hits, as long as I can.”

     

    Irvin Blackie Blackman

     

    Blackie’s magnificent staying power continues, as is evident with his soca releases for 2016, including “If She Wrong, She Right,” “Pick Up One” featured on the Buss Riddim, and “Something Tonight,” with many more on the way, including his new reggae jam “Special Request.” His hit albums are all now available digitally worldwide, including Sweetness, He Lie (debuted at #49 on the iTunes U.K. Reggae Top Albums chart) and Confession, giving longtime and new fans more collector’s items from this Caribbean music icon.

    “It’s great to represent soca icons like Blackie in our catalog, who are still churning out quality music,” states Zack Cohen, CEO of FOX FUSE. “We’re happy to be working with him on the continued expansion of his musical repertoire, and thrilled to make his music fully available worldwide.”

     

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    For more information on Blackie, follow his daily moves on Facebook.com/Irvin.Blackman, Twitter.com/IrvinBlackman1 and Instagram.com/IrvinBlackman25. Please direct all media inquiries to the FOX FUSE Publicity Department at 212-300-3813 or contact@foxfuse.com.

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  • CTFF Community Film Screening Regent Park, Aug 3, Free to all

    CaribbeanTales International Film Festival

    http://www.caribbeantales.ca/CTFF

    Community Partners With

    Regent Park Film Festival – Under The Stars*

    http://regentparkfilmfestival.com/year-round/underthestars/

    FREE OUTDOOR SUMMER SCREENING

    AUGUST 3, Regent Park (the Big Park), 620 Dundas Street East

    7 p.m. Pre-show activities  – 9 p.m. Movie

                    

     

    CTFF has partnered with the Regent Park Film Festival, once again, for the Under the Stars Community Screening on August 3, featuring the short film Mr. Crab (Faisal Lutchmedial, 2011, Canada, 8 minutes) and feature film The Jungle Book (Jon Favreau, USA, 2016, 1 hour 46 minutes). The Jungle Book is a well-known story featuring Mowgli, a man cub raised by a wolf pack who has to decide whether he is human or part of the wild. This film is the latest adaptation of the well-loved book.

    *Rain Plan – if it rains, all activities and the movie will take place in Daniels Spectrum at 585 Dundas Street East. Stay updated by following us on social media.

     

    REMINDER: Media Accreditation for the festival, Sept. 7 – 17 is now open, please register at http://www.caribbeantales.ca/CTFF/media/

    Planet3 Communications, Joanne Smale

    e: info@planet3com.net

     

    This year’s Festival, September 7 – 17, includes nine feature-length and 17 short films in Official Competition for the CTFF Jury and Audience Awards, to be announced on Closing Night September 17.

     

    From September 6 – 11, the Festival hosts the 8th Annual CaribbeanTales Incubator Program (CTI). This year for the first time the CTI is sponsored by Flow, the Caribbean’s leading TV and communications provider, as part of its commitment to the development of the Caribbean filmmaking industry. For further information please visit http://caribbeantales.ca/CTI/

     

    CTFF Community Film Screening Regent Park_Aug 3_Free to all

     

    PUBLIC INFORMATION:

    For more information about the Festival, please call the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival Office line on: 416-534-8308 or our mobile line: 647-739-4294 or visit our website [Link]http://www.caribbeantales.ca/CTFF/ and through our email [Link]caribbeantales@gmail.com

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  • Jah9 Kicks Off U.S. Tour & Drops 9MM Vol 2: Pre-Album Groundings 

    JAH9 KICKS OFF ‘YEAR OF 9’ (2 + 0 + 1 + 6) WORLD TOUR AND RELEASES 9MM VOL 2: PRE-ALBUM GROUNDINGS ON JAH9.COM

    Reggaeville Premieres 18-Track Mix Today

    A Precursor to her Eagerly-Awaited Sophomore Album 9 (VP Records/Steam Chalice Records)

    Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer Jah9 starts her Year of 9 (2+0+1+6) World Tour, spanning North America, Europe and Africa. Her North American portion kicked off this Sat. July 23 at the Northwest World Reggae Fest in Portland and in Seattle on Sunday. Jul 24. The cross-continent run continues in Vancouver, Philadelphia, New York City, Rochester, Ithaca, Toronto and Denver and closes at Cali’s renowned Reggae On The River festival in Humboldt County. Europe and Africa dates follow. See full tour schedule below.

    Today on the road, Jah9 drops 9mm Vol. 2: Pre-Album Groundings, a thought-provoking and intentional mix of originality and inspiration to gear up for her highly-anticipated sophomore album 9,  out 9/9 on VP Records/Steam Chalice Records and available for pre-order now.

    Download 9mm Vol 2: Pre-Album Groundings for free on Jah9.com:
    http://www.jah9.com/jah9-9mm-vol-2

    Listen/post: https://soundcloud.com/jah9online/sets/9mm-vol-two

    With Jah9’s lioness lyrical dexterity and soulful rich production, her authentic spirit shines on Vol. 2. Her latest offering features original, never-before-heard music including “Unafraid” (a standout track from her upcoming album addressing child molestation) and pays homage to some of Jah9’s greatest influences, both spiritually and musically.

    She incorporates empowering speeches from Haile Selassie I, Ra Un Nefer Amen & Drunvalo Melcheziek, encouraging her listeners not only to journey into higher levels of consciousness, but seek out information and knowledge. She also celebrates some of her most beloved musical inspirations with one-of-a-kind covers of Nina Simone’s “Misunderstood” Tracy Chapman’s “She’s Got A Ticket,” Ras Micheal’s “New Name,” Dennis Brown’s “Blood City” and an invigorating medley of Sizzla Kalonji.

    The 18-track selection features original production from Jah9 and live instrumentation from her band The Dub Treatment including Sheldon Bernard, Janoy Ellis, Omar “Jalanzo” Johnson, Aeion Hoillet, Andrew “Chako” Edwards & Fanso Craig.  The collection is mixed & dubbed by Hasani ‘Snysh’ Williams. This part two installment follows Jah9’s 2012 9mm Vol 1: Message Music, a precursor to her debut New Name.

    9mm Vol. 2: Pre-Album Groundings is an introduction of what’s to come on 9 | 9 | 2 + 0 + 1 + 6 = 9. Her entirely self-produced sophomore album is a combination of intellectual rigor, real world activism and lyrical musicality.  The album’s first single “Humble Mi,” also featured on 9mm Vol 2., is available now on iTunes.

    JAH9

    For those who’ve been waiting for Rasta consciousness to mount a resurgence in contemporary reggae, Jah9 is a figure of revelation. She first caught the attention of many with a string of singles including “Avocado,” “Steamers A Bubble,” “Jungle” and “Gratitude,The singer-songwriter and producer boasts a soul and jazz inflected melodicism and possesses a fiery vigor in her dynamic live shows. Jah9 is also university graduate, a multidisciplinary yoga instructor, a youth at risk counselor and a celebrated poet.
    www.Jah9.com

     

    9MM Vol 2 Jah9

    9mm Vol. 2: Pre-Album Groundings – Track Listing
    1. Fire Slaughter
    2. Avocado *9 Grams Per Serving
    3. Marijuana (prod. by Biggy Music)
    4. This is NOT a mixtape “K’nife”
    5. Listen (prod by Steam Chalice Records)
    6. Drunvalo Melchezidek
    7. Humble Mi (prod. by Lost Ark Music / Steam Chalice Records)
    8. She’s got a ticket (Tracy Chapman cover)
    9. Feeling Irie (prod by VP Records)
    10. Feme9 “K’nife”
    11. Unafraid (prod by Shamala Prod)
    12. Misunderstood (Nina Simone Cover) (prod. by Steam Chalice Records)
    13. Sizzla Kalonji Medley (prod. by Steam Chalice Records)
    14. Bloody City (prod by VP Records)
    15. H.I.M Haile Selassie I
    16. New Name (Ras Micheal Cover) (prod. by Steam Chalice Records)
    17. Ra Un Nefer Amen
    18. Outro – 9 “K’nife”

    Tour Dates:

    North America
    July 23, 2016  ||  Portland, Oregon ||  NorthWest World Reggae Festival ||  Website
    July 24, 2016 || Seattle, Washington || Hale’s Ales Palladium || Website / Purchase Tickets
    July 26, 2016 || Vancouver, Canada || Fortune Sound Club || YOGA ON DUB || Website
    July 27, 2016 || Vancouver, Canada || Fortune Sound Club || Website / Tickets
    July 28, 2016 || Philadelphia, PA ||  One Arts Community Center w/ Akae Beka || Website
    July 29, 2016 ||  Rochester, NY || Abilene Bar & Lounge || Website
    July 30, 2016  ||  Toronto, Canada||  Island Soul Festival  || Website / Free
    July 31, 2016 || Ithaca, NY ||  Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Commons || FREE
    August 2, 2016 || Manhattan, NYC || SOB’s || Website
    August 3, 2016 || Denver, Colorado || Mi Yard || YOGA ON DUB
    August 4, 2016 || Denver, Colorado || The Roxy Theatre || Website
    August 5, 2016 || Humboldt, California || Reggae on the River || Website

    Europe
    August 11, 2016 || San Vera, Italy || Dromos Festival
    August 12, 2016 || Wien, Austria || Afrika Tage Festival || Website
    August 13, 2016 || Ostroda, Poland || Ostroda Reggae Festival || Website
    August 16, 2016 || Benicassim, Spain ||  Rototom Sunspash || Website
    August 17, 2016 || Brescia, Italy || Festa di Radio Onda d’Urto
    August 19, 2016 || Geneva, Switzerland || Festival Plein Les Watts || Website
    August 26, 2016 || Hannovre, Germany || Pavillon Kulturzentrum w/ Sara Lugo
    August 27, 2016 || Anvers, Belgium || Antwerp Reggae Festival
    August 28, 2016 || Northhampshire, UK || Shambala Festival || Website
    September 3, 2016 || Chigwell, UK || One Love Sound Festival

    Africa
    September 9, 2016 || Nairobi, Kenya || The Alchemist || Website
    September 16, 2016 || Diani Beach, Kenya || Website

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  • Kim Phillips, son of Reggae Legend Glen Adams, Released Songs from his Father’s Previously Produced Catalogue – Frankie Paul

    Kim Phillips, son of Glen Adams, has just released two powerful reggae songs, both performed by veteran reggae artist Frankie Paul and produced by Glen Adams prior to his death. The first track, titled “out in the deep,” is an inspirational record that deals with his – Frankie Paul’s – spiritual tenacity; While the second song, “too much guns” addresses the issue of gun control and/or the lack thereof.

    Frustrated by all the violence taking place all over the world, Kim Phillips decided that it was time to share unreleased records from his father’s extensive catalogue, which is filled with the type of message-music needed for this day and age. Both tracks are being released on his newly formed label, Capo-Landmark Music, which is a spin off from Glen Adams’ Capo label from the seventies. Both songs can be streamed via the YouTube links below and DJs are invited to email mariajacksonent@gmail.com for promo mp3s.

    Frankie Paul – Out in the Deep:

     
    Frankie Paul – Too Much Guns:

     

    P.S. Persons wanting more info on Glen Adams’ catalogue may contact Kim Phillips at kimphillips_69@yahoo.com or +1 (876)537-8792

     

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  • Barrington Levy Stole Sumfest 2016

    CEO Mr. Biggs of Platinum Camp Records in association with Reggae Sumfest presented for the first time in history, Barrington Levy and Beenie Man on stage in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Together they performed their mega hit single “Murderer” which sent the crowd in a mass frenzy after witnessing this historic performance.

     

    It became a diplomatic affair as CEO Daddy Biggs arranged for music ambassador Shyne to fly to Jamaica from Belize to join Barrington Levy aka mellow canary for a surprise collaboration of their number one hit records “Bad Boys” and Bonnie and Shyne. The crowd erupted as the hip hop/reggae duo performed. It was a night of sheer pandemonium to see the two bad boys walk on stage for a final showdown.

     

    Yet in another interesting move, Daddy Biggs of Platinum Camp Records has arranged a Latin American and a European tour for Levy in the final quarter of the year which commences in Chile in October 2016.

     

    Barrington Levy is also promoting his latest single G.S.O.A.T, which means “Greatest Survivor of All Time”. The song is an excellently crafted masterpiece that is set to be released on August 6th to commemorate the great survivors of Jamaica and its independence.

     

    For booking information contact Platinum Camp Records at 917 720 2267 or email platinumcamp@gmail.com. You can also follow Platinum Camp records on Instagram at PlatinumCampRecords and BarringtonLevy 411.

     

    Barrington Levy and Daddy Biggs

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  • Emancipated Voices – New Generation of Caribbean Poets

    Emancipated Voices – New Generation of Caribbean Poets

    Reflections on 182 Years since the Formal End of Slavery in the British Caribbean

     

    Three provocative, talented wordsmiths lead a celebration of self-determination, identity, place and purpose as the Caribbean Research Center at Medgar Evers College hosts the inaugural program of Poets & Passion – A Caribbean Literary Lime 10th Anniversary Season.

     

    Vladimir Lucien

    St. Lucian Vladimir Lucien

    To commemorate the 1838 formalized end of chattel slavery in the British Caribbean the program features critically acclaimed poets, St. Lucian Vladimir Lucien, author of ‘Sounding Ground’, Samantha Thornhill from Trinidad & Tobago and author of ‘Odetta: Queen of Folk’, and Virgin Islander Tiphanie Yanique, author of ‘Wife’’.  These multiple award winning writers will take center stage on Wednesday, August 3 in a program of readings and discussion beginning at 7pm at the Central Brooklyn Campus of Medgar Evers College (CUNY), 1650 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.

     

    Emancipated Voices – New Generation of Caribbean poets echoes both the indomitable spirit of the descendants of those who resisted the institutions of slavery in the Caribbean and the struggle for social and economic justice throughout the Caribbean Diaspora.

     

    Lucien has been featured at the Miami Book Fair and the Read My World Festival in Amsterdam.  Most recently, he was Writer-in-Residence at the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus).  Described as “a collection that is alive with its conscious tensions: between divergent family visions of respectability and revolt, tradition and modernity”, Lucien’s debut collection, Sounding Ground, was the winner of the 2015 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature

     

    Thornhill has curated and produced poetry videos for Russell Simmons’ All Def Poetry and has performed her poetry internationally in a variety of contexts across the US, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. Formally a lecturer at The Juilliard School, her ode to the folk legend Odetta in picture book form has been published by Scholastics.

     

    Yanique, a professor at the New School, is an award winning poet and novelist.  Her poetry collection, Wife, is the winner of the 2016 OCM Bocas Award for Caribbean Poetry.  Author Christian Campbell, describes Wife as an “urgent book in which each poem is a “blood wedding deftly express(ing) a tough ambivalence—the risk of intimacy, the utter strangeness of love”.

     

    A project of the Brooklyn-based Caribbean Cultural Theatre, Poets & Passion – A Caribbean Literary Lime platform has been a meeting place for Caribbean and Caribbean-American artists to share insights, creativity and heritage with immigrant audiences and the greater New York City community.  Designed for lovers of the magic of the written word, the platform has, over the past decade, featured over one hundred published writers in fiction and poetry in all the official languages of the region, Dutch, English, French; Spanish and related creoles.  Some of the more celebrated writers include Frost Medalist Kamau Brathwaite, Commonwealth Prize Winner Robert Antoni, and Man Booker Prize Winner Marlon James.

     

    Other writers to be featured during the 10th Anniversary Season include novelists Elizabeth Nunez (Trinidad), Olive Senior (Jamaica); Bernice McFadden (US/Barbados) and children’s book author, Carol Mitchell (St. Kitts).

     

    For additional information and reservations for Emancipated Voices – New Generation of Caribbean with Vladimir Lucien (St. Lucia), Samantha Thornhill (Trinidad & Tobago), and Tiphanie Yanique (Virgin Islands) contact Caribbean Cultural Theatre: 718-783-8345; Caribbean Research Center: 718-270-6218 or

    Consulate General of St. Lucia: 212-697-9360 ext 203

     

    The program is presented by the Caribbean Cultural Theatre and the Caribbean Research Center with additional support from the School of Liberal Studies & Education – Medgar Evers College (CUNY) and the Consulate General of St. Lucia in New York.  Poets & Passion – A Caribbean Literary Lime is made possible in part with public resources from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Material for the Arts, and Poets & Writers, Inc. and the support of Friends of the Caribbean Cultural Theatre.

     

    Emancipated Voices - New Generation of Caribbean Poets

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  • Media Alert: Tuff Nut Studio Delivers Conscious Reggae Gems on ‘Wake Up, The King Is Coming’

    New York, NY (FOX FUSE) – Tuff Nut Studio delivers a massive collection of conscious reggae anthems on its new compilation Wake Up, The King Is Coming, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on July 29, 2016, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. Based in Febeau Village in San Juan, Trinidad, Tuff Nut Studio was established in 2006 by radio personality and producer Michael “Master Mike” Samuel, who has been crafting reggae gems for over a decade now. Integrating a spiritual, natural take on reggae, and birthing an extensive catalog of hits spawned from over 20 albums, have earned Tuff Nut Studio acclaim at home and abroad.

    Michael Master Mike Samuel

    Michael “Master Mike” Samuel

    Wake Up, The King Is Coming is a very spiritual album that was designed to let mankind know that our time is running out, that there is a God and that He is on His way,” reveals producer Master Mike. “Music is a very powerful tool and we, the members of Tuff Nut Studio, choose to use it to glorify the name of God and let the people of the world know to get on board. We’re calling all soldiers in Jah army to let’s put on the full armor of God and be a force for righteousness – wake up, the King is coming.”

    Jammed with 16 conscious reggae jams, Wake Up, The King Is Coming features reggae stars and rising sensations in the budding Trinidadian reggae scene. It includes Ziggy Ranking with “On My Mind,” Marley Palmer with “Guide And Protect Me” J Dot Manswell with “Jah Is Coming Soon,” Jaron Nurse with “Came To Make A Difference,” and Reuben with “Rooted,” just to name a few of the inspirational reggae offerings. The album is a best-of collection of hits from the Tuff Nut Studio catalog, from the past year.

    “We’re privileged to work alongside Tuff Nut Studio to deliver quality reggae music from Trinidad and Tobago-based artists,” discloses Rhona Fox, Founder of FOX FUSE. “We’re longtime fans of head producer Master Mike and it’s an honor to continue to bring his productions to the global audience,” adds Zack Cohen, CEO of FOX FUSE.

    For more information on Tuff Nut Studio, visit Facebook.com/Tuff.Samuel, Twitter.com/TuffNutStudios or Instagram.com/DJMasterMike01. Please direct all media inquiries to the FOX FUSE Publicity Department at 212-300-3813 or contact@foxfuse.com.

    TRACK LIST

    1. Ziggy Ranking – On My Mind
    2. Fridge – Life Is Love Featuring Ziggy Ranking
    3. Reuben – Rooted
    4. Jaron Nurse – Came To Make A Difference
    5. Reuben – Peace
    6. J Dot Manswell – Jah Is Coming Soon
    7. Tumbler – Blood Ah Run
    8. Marley Palmer – Get Ready
    9. Fridge – I Want To Know
    10. Marley Palmer – Got No Love
    11. Prince Of Judah – Fear No Evil
    12. Patriotic – Judgement Time
    13. Natural Fire – Jungle Life
    14. Beckles – My Everything
    15. Marley Palmer – Guide And Protect Me
    16. Natural Fire – Moving On

     

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  • BAZODEE – Machel Montano Releases New Music Video from his Feature Film Debut!

    In anticipation of the release of BAZODEE (in theaters nationwide August 5th), Machel Montano, the KING OF SOCA, has just released a NEW MUSIC VIDEO for his featured single, “I Forget.”

     

    Be sure to check out the video featuring clips from the film here:

     

     

    BAZODEE tells the story of Anita (Natalie Perera), the dutiful daughter of a deep-in-debt businessman (Kabir Bedi), who is about to marry a wealthy Londoner (Staz Nair), when a chance encounter with a local singer, Lee de Leon (Machel Montano) sets things askew.

     

    MUSIC AND PASSION COLLIDE when BAZODEE hits theaters on AUGUST 5, 2016!

     

     

    SYNOPSIS

    Anita Ponchouri (Natalie Perera), the dutiful Indian daughter of a deep-in-debt businessman (Kabir Bedi) is about to marry a wealthy Londoner (Staz Nair) when a chance encounter with local singer, Lee de Leon (Soca music star Machel Montano in his film debut) sets things askew. In search of a muse, de Leon agrees to perform at the engagement party for both families. Unable to deny their mutual attraction, and with the excitement of Carnival approaching, Anita must now choose between the answer to her family’s financial prayers and the possibility of real love. Set on the vivid, colorful island of Trinidad and pulsing with the sensuous dance rhythms of soca music, BAZODEE is a new style Bollywood musical with a distinctly Caribbean island flavor.

     

    RELEASE DATE: August 5, 2016

     

    CAST:

    Machel Montano

    Natalie Perera

    Kabir Bedi

    Teneille Newallo

    Rahul Nath

    Chris Smith

    Valmike Rampersad

    Staz Nair

    Kriss Dosanjh

     

    DIRECTOR: Todd Kessler

    WRITER: Claire Ince

     

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    FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/Bazodeethemovie/

    TWITTER: @BazodeeTheMovie

    INSTAGRAM: @BazodeeTheMovie

     

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  • Recording Artist Jessi Campo Releases La Pasión de la Lupe

    Recording Artist Jessi Campo Releases La Pasión de la Lupe

    New tribute album pays homage to late queen of Latin soul, La Lupe

    Miami, FL – July 20, 2016 – Jessi Campo, the Miami-based singer – songwriter who issued the digital-only single “Que Te Pedi” last week, has just released the accompanying full-length titled La Pasión de la Lupe. The album includes several remakes penned by the fiery Cuban performer La Lupe, who was known in the 1960s and 70s as the “Queen of Latin Soul”. The collection is now streaming on Spotify, and is available for purchase on Microsoft.com and Amazon.com. There are plans for a lyric video to accompany the first single “Que Te Pedi”, and a concept video for the single “Vivio La Vida”.

    Produced by Jose D. Velazquez, the La Lupe cuts are legacy pieces for Jessi, who identifies with the artist’s passionate delivery and fiercely independent attitude. Campo’s father Giovanni worked with Tito Puente, famed Puerto Rican band leader and La Lupe producer. Now, a second generation of performers has worked together, as Tito PuenteJr. co-produced “Que Te Pedi” and “Se Acabo”. Velazquez is credited as the musical arranger and producer for the album, especially for his conceptualization of the signature boleros so reflective of a period of timeless music.

    “This album was an amazing undertaking because it was a challenge to sing these boleros – I really had to step up my game,” says Jessi. “I’m a Latin-American, bilingual singer-songwriter used to recording my own original music. I had to improve my vocal prowess and Spanish articulation, and finally found my vocal mid-range. Velazquez was instrumental in helping me find the perfect key for these songs in order to achieve a warm and sultry sound. The whole process made me have to be a better musician.”

    Jessi says that for the first time she did not feel she was handling a project all alone. “I had some great people come on board and I am so grateful for their help and expertise, which resulted in me overcoming my challenges. This album captures the passion and emotional essence of all women, with songs so powerful that as I sing them, I feel they are mine, or maybe it is La Lupe transporting me back in time.”

    This album features another well-known La Lupe song called “La Tirana”. “Vivio La Vida”, co-written and produced by Michael NOMAD Ripoll (guitarist and musical director for Babyface), is an original song the artist wrote for her father. La Pasión was recorded during a five-month period at multiple locations, including Red Rock Studios, 42nd Street Studios, Big Wall Studios, and Nomads Place Studios.

    Additional musical credits include Isaac Velasquez on drums, Manuel Gamez, William SigsismondiJr., Juan Ibarra and Abel Pabon on keyboards, Mike Orta (piano), Daniel Berroa (percussion), trumpets by Jose Chacon and Fernando Pena PereiraJose Velazquez on electric and upright basses, guitars and tres by Michael NOMAD Ripoll, Jason Beach on saxophones, and background vocals by Tony Cruz.

    For more information, please visit JessiCampoMusic.com  or email javiproductionsinc@gmail.com.

    ABOUT JESSI CAMPO

    Born in New York of Latin descent, Jessi Campo first began singing and writing songs on her guitar at the age of 12. Jessi’s specialty is to capture a memorable moment through her lyrics and interpretations so that each person who is present feels her music. As a bilingual singer-songwriter and accomplished entertainer, Campo has toured Asia extensively, and had a performance role singing in Hebrew in the feature film Striptease during a scene featuring Burt Reynolds.

    Inspired by family, especially parents Giovanni and Nina, who performed with many famous Latin music icons such as Tito Puente, Perez Prado, Beny More, and more, Jessi has released four full-length recordings: How Can I (2000), 2013’s At LastCon Corazon in 2014, and La Pasión de La Lupe (2016). Seven of her songs earned placement in the 2016 Dream Act legislation feature film called El Sueño, which premiered May 26 in El Paso, TX.

    She produced a radio show called Straight from the Heart that webcast on iHeart Radio and WWNNRadio.com, as well as on terrestrial radio in Boca Raton, FL on 1470 AM. She will soon be performing at venues such as Casabe 305 Bistro in Coral Gables, Piano Hollywood at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and at the end of August, she is off to New Orleans to perform at several venues including the House of Blues. An album release party is scheduled for Friday, September 9, 2016 at the Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center (1465 SW 8th St, #106, Miami, FL 33135).

    Her new release titled La Pasión de La Lupe includes La Lupe classics like “Que Te Pedi” and “La Tirana”, plus other Cuban boleros and some original material, including a heartfelt tribute to her father called “Vivio La Vida”. The exceptional production work of Jose D. Velazquez captured the essence of the traditional Cuban sound, with a crossover fusion, featuring collaborations with musicians from Spain, Los Angeles and Miami.

    Staying true to her gift as a songwriter there are two original songs on this album which she called upon her longtime friend Michael NOMAD Ripoll to produce “Quiero Ser” and the song written for her father “Vivio La Vida“.

    For more information, please visit JessiCampoMusic.com  or email javiproductionsinc@gmail.com.

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  • Caribbean Entertainer Ricardo Drue Stamps His ID, Commits to Giving Back

    Caribbean entertainer Ricardo Drue has certainly stamped his name and the ID brand in the minds of the youth of Antigua. His recently concluded ID children’s event hosted at the Merryland Amusement Park on the island, has left a mark in the minds of many, proving that Drue is indeed one to watch when it comes to the business of soca and carnival.

     

    The ‘Professional’ is carving his space in the industry. He says he’s bent on ensuring that even as his name solidifies, his business acumen allows him to expand his net worth; but amid even that, he sees this aspect of delivery as something necessary, something that connects him to the people in quite a different way.

     

    A father of four young boys, Ricardo believes that more must be done to preserve ‘youth’. “Kids are growing up way too fast in many instances. It’s our responsibility as adults to show them just how amazing it can be to be young. We have to make sure they enjoy every aspect of their childhood and give them really safe, clean, happy times,” he said. IDland, as the event was called, was Drue’s first in what will be an annual event in Antigua- the island of his birth. Some 5000 patrons attended and according to the reviews coming in, smiling faces and excited looks could be seen everywhere. “Parents really enjoyed themselves with their kids. It was hard to tell who had more fun,” said radio personality, TJ of Vybz FM radio in Antigua. These memories, the artiste says, are the ones he would like to cement in correlation with his name.

     

    Building the ID brand has been a journey. In the past three years, Ricardo Drue has carefully distinguished himself in the industry. He believes there is much more than meets the eye, when it comes to the business of carnival, a business that he feels all artistes can and should capitalize on. “This is just the beginning,” he explained, noting that a strong and sturdy brand, which he is building, should not be merely used for the satisfaction of one simple ideal. “I love performing. I love sharing my music, my passion, with fans, but I also think every entertainer or personality, should at some point, evolve into something bigger, something that assures economic sustainability for years,” said Drue.

     

    Drue’s single, ID, which was released post T&T carnival 2016, has been receiving favorable reviews across the region. Having backed up the track with the perfect video, the vibe of the song has emitted the energy of soca music in quite an endearing way and this too was realized at IDland on July 10th when the singer took the stage.

     

    In the past few months Ricardo and his team has toured the Caribbean without failure, delivering to fans, his usual energetic performance. At IDland on July 10th, Antigua’s young and vibrant were treated to numerous rides, and besides Drue himself, entertainment came from a number of local acts, among them, Kid Viscous, Baby Eve, magician Guerin Hunte and the Antiguan Dance Academy. “All proceeds of the event goes to charity,” said Drue. “I feel it’s simply part of my social responsibility as an artiste,” he added. He now looks forward to Antigua’s competitions and events, this as the island nears its carnival showcase.

     

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  • Nesbeth Ready To Conquer Reggae Sumfest

    PRISM MARKETING CONSULTANTS || JULY 18, 2016 || Fresh from a myriad of appearances in Toronto, New York , Tampa and Orlando, Reggae firebrand Nesbeth is back on local soil and fully focused on conquering the stage at this year’s Reggae Sumfest.

     

    Nesbeth Ready To Conquer Reggae Sumfest

     

    Despite an exhausting schedule the Rastafarian crooner who will be making his third appearance on the festival is very upbeat about his upcoming performance and promises fans something spectacular on Friday night (Dancehall Night – July 22nd).

     

    “Reggae Sumfest is one of those world renowned festivals where music lovers across the globe descend on Jamaica to see their favourite acts live in concert and so we can’t give the same performance that they’ve grown accustomed to, therefore on a platform such as this we have to showcase our best and even give a little more and that’s exactly what I intent to do this weekend in Montego Bay.” – says Nesbeth.

     

    Under the helm of new franchise owner Joe Bogdanovich, the festival now in its 24th year will see the introduction of a live 360-degree virtual reality streaming for the public to experience the festival on any device over high speed internet. Sumfest will commence with a beach party followed by a performance line up of local and internationally acclaimed Reggae and Dancehall acts. This year’s staging will also have two concert nights and see the introduction of ‘Sound Explosion’ on Thursday, July 21 at Pier 1. Sound Explosion will feature top tier sound systems  and selectors spinning the biggest hits of yester-year.

     

    Dancehall night will unfold on Friday, July 22, 2016 at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay with headliners Nesbeth, Beenie Man, Assassin, Spice, Popcaan among others. The festival will conclude on Saturday, July 23 with Reggae Night featuring stalwarts such as Barrington Levy, Sanchez, Tarrus Riley, and others.

     

    Following his Sumfest performance, Nesbeth amidst promoting his latest single ‘D.I.A.L’ (Devil Is A Liar) is scheduled to depart the island for a series of assignments in Bimini, Nassau, Freeport and Grand Cayman later this month before turning his attention to the U.K. in August.

     

    PHOTO CREDIT: Desran McKie

     

     

    LISTEN/ DOWNLOAD AUDIO || D.I.A.L  (Devil Is A Liar)   ||   WATCH VIDEO  || MY DREAM (Vevo)

     

     

    FOLLOW NESBETH ON || NESBETHREGGAE.COM || INSTAGRAM

     

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  • Media Alert: Olatunji ‘Awakening’ Debuts at #9 on Billboard (MUSIC INSIDE)

    July 14, 2016

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    New York, NY (FOX FUSE) – Soca star Olatunji Yearwood makes a global splash on Billboard with his electrifying debut album Awakening, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released July 1, 2016), from FOX FUSE. Awakening debuts at #9 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart, for week of July 23, 2016.

    Awakening #9 on Billboard's Reggae Albums chart

    Awakening also peaked at #8 on the iTunes U.S. Reggae Top Albums chart, at #4 on the iTunes Trinidad and Tobago Reggae Top Albums chart, and garnered coveted features on the iTunes U.S. homepage, iTunes Trinidad and Tobago Reggae Section, as well as the the iTunes U.S. Reggae section, where it also scored a top banner, placing Olatunji and soca music in the mainstream spotlight.

     

    Awakening receives top banner on the iTunes U.S. Reggae section.

    Boasting 17 sizzlers that include long-time favorites and new hits, this collection of classics epitomizes the rebirth and awakening of Olatunji’s musical journey. “I give thanks to all my supporters worldwide, for all the love and support they’ve shown me on this journey, which helped me get from the Soca Monarch stage all the way to the Billboard charts,” states Olatunji.

    In addition to AfroSoca blockbusters “Ola” and “Oh Yay,” this definitive collection overflows with massive crowd favorites, including the groovy gems “Seasonally,” “Weekend” and “Call Me,” EDM party anthems “OLTL (One Life To Live)” and “Herbalistic” – both featuring System32, and the Indian, chutney-spiced “Wining Good (Bharatiya Larki).” “Where I’m From,” featuring soca king Machel Montano, and “Oh Yay (Remix),” featuring Nigerian pop star Runtown, add even more star power to the thrilling track list. Caribbean production heavy-weights pool their world-class talents for this soundtrack of the summer, including AdvoKit Productions, Stadic Music, Wetty-Beatz Productionz, Anson Productions, System32, Nu Generation Studios, Zig Boi Music, StarBlu Entertainment, 1st Klase Records and MillBeatz Entertainment. The official music video for “Ola” was recently shot on location in South Africa and will premiere soon on VEVO.

     

     

    Olatunji aptly teamed with the world’s largest soca label FOX FUSE, for his premier global studio effort. “We envisioned Billboard and global success for Olatunji, and we are so thrilled to help make this happen for him,” states Rhona Fox, Founder of FOX FUSE. “It’s our pleasure to work alongside such an eclectic artist to expand the soca genre and its reach around the world,” adds Zack Cohen, CEO of FOX FUSE. Awakening solidifies Olatunji as an international Caribbean music ambassador, and this arsenal of hits is bound to ignite playlists worldwide, just as it is currently impacting the Billboard charts, thereby securing Olatunji his rightful place in the global spotlight.

    For more information on Olatunji, follow his daily moves at Facebook.com/OlatunjiMusic, Twitter.com/OlatunjiMusic and Instagram.com/OlatunjiMusic. Please direct all media inquiries to the FOX FUSE Publicity Department at 1-212-300-3813 or contact@foxfuse.com.

    TRACK LIST

    1. Ola
    2. Seasonally
    3. OLTL (One Life To Live) Featuring System32
    4. Wining Good (Bharatiya Larki)
    5. Wa Do
    6. Herbalistic Featuring System32
    7. Bang! Bang!
    8. Bam Bam
    9. Wha Yuh Drinkin?
    10. Oh Yay
    11. Call Meh
    12. What We Know
    13. With Meh
    14. Where Im From Featuring Machel Montano
    15. Tadow
    16. Oh Yay (Remix) Featuring Runtown
    17. Weekend

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  • ‘Lucian Carnival’ Reaches Fever Pitch This Week

    ‘LUCIAN CARNIVAL’ REACHES FEVER PITCH THIS WEEK

     

    Thousands come to play or witness ‘The Mas’!

     

    Saint Lucia (July 13, 2016) – Saint Lucia’s premiere cultural spectacle dubbed ‘Lucian Carnival’ reaches its peak over the next few days with thousands of colorfully clad revelers expected to flood the streets of the Capital city, Castries for the two-day Parade of Bands on July 18 & 19, 2016.

     

    With Saint Lucia hotels offering travelers a variety of ways to celebrate Lucian Carnival with promotional deals up to 50 percent off standard rates, thousands are on island to take in the spectacle. Being the island’s third largest source market, The Saint Lucia Tourist Board, the island’s lead promotions and marketing agency has also made a special pitch to woo Caribbean carnival lovers from notably Barbados, Antigua, Grenada Trinidad and Tobago and the French Caribbean, as a means of drumming up interest in the sights, sounds and splendor of Lucan Carnival.

     

    Filled with parties, competitions and exhibitions, Saint Lucian Carnival is a rich display of artistry and cultural expression. “A visit during Carnival season is an experience unlike any other, where travelers have the opportunity to become immersed in the Saint Lucian culture one song at a time,” says Tracey Warner-Arnold, Deputy Director of Tourism.

     

    Saint Lucia Carnival commences in June and reaches its climax in mid-July. Some of the major events for the season are the early morning J’ouvert Jump-up, Junior Carnival, Carnival Queen Show Pageant, Calypso Finals, Panorama, the Groovy and Soca Monarch competitions and scores of highly popular parties put on by the various carnival bands. Carnival celebrations climaxes with the traditional Parade of the Bands.

     

    The festivities offer locals, annual revelers and visitors the opportunity to fête through the streets of Castries in true Caribbean fashion. Some 11 carnival bands are participating in ‘Lucan Carnival’ 2016 with an average of 6,000 registered costumed revelers expected to hit the streets for the two-day jump up. Meantime thousands of onlookers are expected to line city streets to witness the spectacle unfold.

     

    For more information on Saint Lucia Carnival visit www.luciancarnival.com

    For more information about the island of Saint Lucia call 1-800 456-3984, or 1-888 4STLUCIA or visit www.stlucia.org

     

    About Saint Lucia
    One of the Windward Islands of the West Indies’ Lesser Antilles, Saint Lucia (pronounced Saint LOO-sha) is nestled halfway down the Eastern Caribbean archipelago. The “Helen of the West Indies,” Saint Lucia is known for its natural beauty and diverse attractions, including the signature Piton Mountains – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – a tropical rainforest and one of the world’s few drive-in volcanoes. Culturally rich offerings include the bustling marketplace in the capital of Castries, quaint fishing villages along the coastline, and the annual Saint Lucia Jazz festival. Saint Lucia’s wide range of accommodations includes world-class five-star resorts, all-inclusive resorts, intimate inns and value-oriented properties. Saint Lucia also is home to world class cruise and yachting facilities.

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  • Miles Davis Band Percussionist Mino Cinelu Taps His Martinique Heritage For Bastille Weekend Concert Series

    MILES DAVIS BAND PERCUSSIONIST MINO CINELU TAPS HIS MARTINIQUE HERITAGE FOR BASTILLE WEEKEND CONCERT SERIES IN NEW YORK

    Initial Le Monde de Mino performance to be held this Friday, July 15, at SuperFine, Brooklyn

     

    NEW YORK, NY (July 13, 2016) – Melodic echoes of Martinique will take center stage in New York for Bastille Weekend 2016 as renowned percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer Milo Cinelu debuts his new concert series entitled “Le Monde de Mino” (The World of Mino) at SuperFine Bar and Restaurant in Brooklyn. A former percussionist in the Miles Davis Band who has also collaborated with such headliners as Stevie Wonder, Sting, Kate Bush, and Lou Reed, Milo will showcase the full range of his personal musical journey in his new show, highlighted by his paternal heritage in Martinique.

     

    “There is rhythm in everything in Martinique; the waves gently lapping at the shores along our Caribbean coast, the steady breezes cooling our mountain peaks, lively commotion in our local markets – there is music in all of it,” said Muriel Wiltord, Director Americas for the Martinique Promotion Bureau. “Mino’s music captures the spirit of Martinique, infusing it across a wide range of musical forms. The effect is pure magic, transporting all who hear it to Martinique in their minds.”

     

    Cinelu’s credits include two acclaimed solo albums on the Universal label, Mino Cinelu (2000) and Quest Journey (2002). Film scores include the Oscar nominated Colors Straight Up (1997) and La Californie (2006), nominated for Best Film Score at Cannes. Most recently Cinelu headlined at The Blue Note, and was featured percussionist for Kate Bush’s Before the Dawn concert series and on Marcus Miller’s 2015 European tour.

     

    Superfine Bar & Restaurant is located at 126 Front Street (DUMBO). Doors open at 8 PM this Friday (July 15, 2016) for La Monde de Mino; the show starts at 9 PM. Admission is $20. To reserve a table for dinner ($25), call Superfine at 718-243-9005.

     

    For more on Milo, visit www.minocinelu.com

     

    About Martinique (www.us.martinique.org)

    The Caribbean Island with French Flair, The Isle of Flowers, The Rum Capital of the World, The Isle of the Famed Poet (Aimé Césaire) – Martinique ranks among the most alluring and enchanting destinations in the world. As an overseas region of France, Martinique boasts modern and reliable infrastructure – roads, water and power utilities, hospitals, and telecommunications services all on par with any other part of the European Union.At the same time, Martinique’s beautifully unspoiled beaches, volcanic peaks, rainforests, 80+ miles of hiking trails, waterfalls, streams, and other natural wonders are the equal of neighboring Dominica to the north and St. Lucia to the south, so visitors here truly get the best of both worlds.

    The currency is the Euro, the flag is Le Tricolour, and the official language is French, but Martinique’s character, cuisine, musical heritage, art, culture, common language, and identity are of a distinctly Afro-Caribbean inclination known as Creole. It is this special combination of modern world conveniences, pristine nature, and rich heritage that has earned for Martinique several notable distinctions in recent years, including being ranked in the Top 16 Places to go in 2016 by Condé Nast Traveler, named as a “Must-Visit” destination for 2015 by Caribbean Journal, “Best Caribbean Destination” by About.com, and “Top Caribbean Island for Delectable Dining” by Caribbean Travel + Life. The Bay of Fort-de-France, which fronts Martinique’s charming capital city, was also inducted into The Club of The Most Beautiful Bays in the World. Martinique’s storied history further stirs travel passions. Napoleon’s bride, Empress Josephine, was born and raised in Martinique, while the majestic Mt. Pelée volcano and St. Pierre, The Pompeii of the Caribbean, are found here.

     

    A special place, to be sure, with so much to offer – Martinique c’est magnifique!

     

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  • Introducing King Mellowman with new Releases ‘Don’t Send Me Away’ As Capsicum Reggae Remake of 1980 R&B Chart Buster

    Don’t Send Me Away is a reggae/r&b fusion remix of a 1980 song I wrote with the late Davy Morris and Jimmy Tindal originally released with Garfield Fleming on lead for Beckett Records that hit #2 BillboardR&B in the U.S. and #1 Billboard R&B in the U.K.” says Capsicum CEO and A&R Director Roger Meltzer. “I’ve wanted to do a reggae remake of it since starting the label in 2009. I co-produced this new version with Mellow who not only voiced the song for us, but he also sang all the background vocals and played all the instruments in his home studio. He’s like scary gifted.”

    Meltzer met Jamal “King Mellowman” Clarke completely by accident through his mother, Detroit gospel DJ and renowned radio talk show emcee Dolores Sistadee Barbee who will also be voicing a song for Capsicumthis summer. She’d been playing Capsicum titles like Sweet C’s I Prayed and Someone To Believe In and Grace Thriller Shalli Burchell’s Only You Are Worthy on her radio station and sent him some songs her son had produced for her and for himself.

    “It seems Mellow has been into music for as long as he can remember. According to his parents, he was singing even before he was talking. I knew instantly I wanted to work with these talented people” says Meltzer, “and this is but the first of what I hope will be a series of successful collaborations.”

    Among Mellow’s influences: Peter ToshBob MarleyBunny WailerKing Yellowman, Steel PulseAswad,Parliament/FunkadelicBootsy CollinsZapp & RogerMorris Day & The TimePrinceJackie WilsonMichael JacksonSam CookeNinjamanJames Brown, Miles DavisJon LucienPhyllis HymanB.B. King, Bobby “Blue” BlandBobby RushJohnnie Taylor, The Motown Sound, The Memphis Sound, The Philly Sound, and many more.

    Mellow has opened for and backed many artists such as: Gregory IsaacsShaggyShabba RanksEEK-A-MouseSister CarolJunior ReidKen Boothe, dub poet Mutabaruka, and seven time Calypso Monarch Arrow; he has also performed with a number of bands to name but a few, such as The SamaritansThe King David PosseAko-Ben, Level VibesThe NomadsThe Basiks{ which he formed}, Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band.

    Mellow has also had a candid interview with his dancehall idol Winston “King Yellowman” Foster with whom he hopes to record soon. He has also collaborated with Grenada calypso king Slinger “Mighty Sparrow” Francisco. Mellow has now formed a well versatile band called “Mellow Runnings” and not only do they play Caribbean music, but they are versatile in all genres of music. King Mellowman & Mellow Runnings are ready to show that even though the runnings now-a-days are hard and tough, the music that King Mellowman & Mellow Runnings display make the “runnings” smooth and ” mellow.”

     

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    Introducing King Mellowman with new Releases ‘Don’t Send Me Away’ As Capsicum Reggae Remake of 1980 R&B Chart Buster

     

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  • Phases releases debut single, We Like It

    The Phases Band, who hails from Vieux Fort, is pleased to announce the release of its debut single, We Like It, a soca, which with most of the instruments recorded live, represents a departure from the modern day practice where one sits at a computer and creates a riddim,  the composer need not be a musician,  knowledge of software and a library of sample loops are all what is required.

     

    Given the way We Like It was created, it is no wonder that the song is  filled with musical joy, and speaks of musical sophistication. It’s a song with a great variety of sounds and verve,  its full of musical delights, and is anything but boring. We Like It is the marrying of kompa, cadence, soca, and latin to create a memorable soca. It’s music that is equally at home in a jazz festival or in a soca jam. It’s a song destined to be a classic, a song that composers will visit repeatedly for compositional ideas. It is a musician joy and a fan delight.

     

    Attached is the full write-up for immediate promulgation, and below is an mp3 version and youtuble link for listening and airplay.

     

    Check their video below!

     

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    Phases releases debut single, We Like It

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  • Lyrikal Releases First Album

     

    Brooklyn NY (11 July, 2016)—Soca artiste Lyrikal will release his first album titled The Journey on July 22. The songs on the album and its title perfectly reflect Lyrikal’s maturation as an artiste.

    “I chose the name The Journey because the album shows my growth and my experiences over the past decade,” Lyrikal explains.

    The Journey, a 20-track album and All Access DVD, brilliantly captures Lyrikal’s musical journey to this point in his career. It tells the story of his hard work, his victories, and his struggles and is guaranteed to entertain and inspire listeners.

    Born Devon Martin in Trinidad and Tobago, Lyrikal started his music career as a child singing in a church choir. He moved to New York at the age of 13, started recording and releasing music and the rest is history. Now Lyrikal is a household name. He has recorded more than 200 tracks and has seen worldwide success with his hits “Cloud 9,” “25/8,” “Loner,” “Freedom,” “Conquer Meh” and “Dip and Roll.” He has toured the world to worldwide acclaim.

    The Journey will hit all digital stores on July 22. Preorder your copy on July 16. Physical CDs will be available on Lyrikal.com on July 22 and hit stores on July 29.

     

    The Journey Track List
    1. Loner
    2. Unlimited Vibes (with Kes the Band)
    3. Party Tun
    4. B.O.F.A. (Breath of Fresh Air)
    5. Dip and Roll
    6. Devotion (with Ragga)
    7. Nobody
    8. Conquer Meh
    9. Worlds Greatest (with King Bubba)
    10. Freedom
    11. No Reminder
    12. Lockdown (with Kerwin Du Bois)
    13. Surrender
    14. 25/8
    15. Ramajay
    16.Cloud 9
    17. Part Ah Yuh Nature
    18. All Over De Gyal
    19. Loner Road Mix
    20. Cloud 9 Acoustic Mix

     

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    Media Contacts

    Natasha Andrews

    917-495-6205

    lyrikalmanagement@gmail.com

    www.lyrikal.com

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  • The Montreal International Reggae Festival Brings The Old Port to Life August 26, 27, 28 for the 13th annual Music Festival!

    The Montreal International Reggae Festival

    Brings The Old Port to Life

    August 26, 27, 28 for the 13th annual Music Festival!

     

    The Montreal International Reggae Festival (MIRF) brings The Old Port of Montreal to life August 26, 27, 28 with the sweet sounds of Reggae and Dancehall for their 13th annual music festival!

     

    Headliners at this years’ festival are Cocoa Tea, Mavado, Barrington Levy, Elephant Man, Sanchez, Spragga Benz, Vershon, Romain Virgo and Jahmiel.  Each artist has a catalog of hit records that are enjoyed by Reggae and Dancehall fans young and mature.  In addition to these international greats, 2 time JUNO nominee and Canadian Songstress Ammoye will grace the stage as will musical siren Sielle, roots influenced Kaisha Lee, and upcoming Soulstress Mel Dube, Soca sensation Olatunji and Vern Maytone.

     

    In addition to the incredible line up of artists, MIRF is pleased to confirm that a tribute to Sound System culture will be held on Friday August 26th before the start of the festival.  Deemed the ‘Festival within the Festival,’ the Sound System fest is the first of its’ kind in Canada, and will showcase another aspect of Jamaican culture through the dubplates of some of Canada’s most elite sounds.

     

    Pioneers in Sound System culture are Charlie Chaplin, Josey Wales and Brigadier Jerry who will also perform a special live set backed by a Sound System.  This set will be an hour and a half in length and will see each artist rotate their performances within that segment which has been dubbed 3 the Hard Way!

     

    Known in Canada as being the best and largest Festival, MIRF has become the destination for those wanting to enjoy some of the best entertainment, surrounded by vendors offering the best in food, crafts and culture.  The Montreal International Reggae Festival has also been named 1 of the 13 best Reggae Festivals in the world.

     

    World recognized media outlets Tre Marsh TV as well as L3 Magazine will be on hand providing live media updates of artist performances and fan reaction!

     

    Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketpro.ca or retail outlets in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto.  Doors open at 3pm on Friday, and 1pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Each show concludes at 11pm.  Tickets purchased in advance are $30; $65 and $55 for Friday, Saturday and Sunday consecutively. The Weekend Pass is available for $130 and $120 for seniors and students. A special early bird weekend pass is available for $110 – while quantities last. All tickets will cost more at the door. VIP Passes cost $300 and they are only available in advance.  The VIP pass includes all MIRF events:  the sound clash; 3 days at the Old Port of Montreal; the after party on Saturday; A MIRF souvenir; and one complimentary beverage each day at the Old Port of Montreal.

     

    For more information visit www.montrealreggaefest.com or call 514-482-7921

     

    The Montreal International Reggae Festival Brings The Old Port to Life August 26, 27, 28 for the 13th annual Music Festival!

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  • Shipwrecked Joins Fantasy Carnival for an EPIC Trinidad Experience!

    New Carnival, New You

     

    Shipwrecked Carnival London joins Fantasy Carnival T&T for Trinidad Carnival 2017 and beyond….. #timetogetWRECKEDwithfantasy2017 #fantasyshipwrecked2017 #1001fantasies

    Shipwrecked Carnival London is an events brand; since 2008 we’ve successfully hosted the Ultimate All Inclusive themed event in London for Notting Hill Carnival. In 2017 we’ll be joining Fantasy Carnival T&T for an amazing Road Carnival Experience!

    At Shipwrecked All Inclusive we welcome carnivalist’s from across the Globe!

    For Trinidad Carnival 2017 we are bringing them with us!

    It’s time to GET WRECKED with the International Shipwrecked Crew! Let’s make your Carnival Fantasy a reality!

    #getWRECKED #internationalcrew #missitmissout #fantasycarnival #shipwreckedcarnivallondon #1001fantasies
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    For all our European and American friends Carnival in Trinidad will be held Monday 27th February & Tuesday 28th February 2017.

    To pre-register for costumes please reply with an email providing the following items shown below.  Note, pre-registration doesn’t mean you’re obligated to play in this Shipwrecked section.  However, it means you would have reserved a space first, and won’t be in line for any disappointment if all the places are quickly gone.

     

    Name:

    Email address:

    Mobile Number:

    Address:

    Gender: Male / Female

    Meal: Meat / Veg

     

    Female
    Hip Size: (inches)

    Bra Size:
    Waist band:
    Bikini / Thong
    Front line / Back line

    Male

    Waist: (inches)

    Size: S, M, L, XL, XXL

     

    Shipwrecked Joins Fantasy Carnival for an EPIC Trinidad Experience

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