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  • Jamaica’s Legendary Jazz Great Monty Alexander To Mark 40th Anniversary Reunion Of One Of The Great Trios In Jazz

    Jamaica’s Legendary Jazz Great Monty Alexander To Mark 40th Anniversary Reunion Of One Of The Great Trios In Jazz


    Jazz greats Monty Alexander_ John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton will mark the 40th anniversary reunion of one of the great trios in jazz on July 10, 2016 in Hollywood, CA.

    Jazz greats Monty Alexander_ John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton will mark the 40th anniversary reunion of one of the great trios in jazz on July 10, 2016 in Hollywood, CA.


    CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. July 6, 2016: It’s the reunion that will have jazz lovers humming as Jamaica’s Legendary Jazz Great Monty Alexander returns to the stage with Grammy-winning bassist John Clayton and renowned drummer Jeff Hamilton to mark the 40th anniversary reunion of one of the great trios in jazz.


    The historic event is set for the prestigious Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood, California on July 10th from 7:30 P.M. PDT. On the same date, 40 years ago – July 10, 1976 – the trio of Alexander, Clayton and Hamilton, recorded the original classic album ‘The Monty Alexander Trio – Montreux Alexander – Live! At The Montreux Festival.’


    The original album was well received and featured some of Alexander’s finest recordings for the MPS label with Clayton and Hamilton. It was reissued on CD featuring Alexander playing “Satin Doll,” “Work Song” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and a version of “Feelings.”


    For tickets to this one time can’t miss performance, see here.







    Pianist Monty Alexander is an American classic. At 71, he tours the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message. His spirited conception, documented on more than 70 CDs, draws upon the timeless

    verities: endless melody-making, effervescent grooves, sophisticated voicings, a romantic spirit, and a consistent predisposition “to build up the heat and kick up a storm,” as Alexander puts it.


    In the course of any given performance, Alexander applies those aesthetics to repertoire spanning a broad range of jazz and Jamaican musical expression – the American songbook and the blues, gospel and bebop, calypso and reggae. Like his “eternal inspiration” – Erroll Garner – Alexander is cited as the fifth greatest jazz pianist ever in The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time (Hal Leonard Publishing) and mentioned in Robert Doerschuk’s ’88: The Giants of Jazz Piano.’ He gives the hardcore-jazz-obsessed much to dig into while also communicating the message to the squarest “civilian.”


    For more on the Monty Alexander and his music visit him on YouTube or at You can also like him on Facebook at or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE.






    John Clayton is a natural born multi-tasker, excelling as a composer, arranger, conductor, producer, educator, and an extraordinary bassist. His skills have garnered him a number of challenging assignments and commissions. With a Grammy on his shelf and eight additional nominations, artists such as Diana Krall, Paul McCartney, Regina Carter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Gladys Knight, Queen Latifah, and Charles Aznavour vie for a spot on his crowded calendar. Clayton is the co-founder of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and is a former bass teacher at Cal State Long Beach, UCLA, USC and the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. Now, in addition to individual clinics, workshops, and private students as schedule permits, he also directs the educational components associated with the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Centrum Festival, and Vail Jazz Party.


    His career highlights include arranging the ‘Star Spangled Banner” for Whitney Houston’s performance at Super Bowl 1990, which went platinum; playing bass on Paul McCartney’s CD ” Kisses On The Bottom;” arranging and playing bass with Yo-Yo Ma and Friends on “Songs of Joy and Peace;” arranging playing and conducting the 2009 CD “Charles Aznavour With the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra,” and numerous recordings with Diana Krall, the Clayton Brothers, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz, Orchestra, Milt Jackson, Monty Alexander and many others.





    Originality is what versatile drummer Jeff Hamilton brings to the groups he performs with and is one of the reasons why he is constantly in demand, whether he is recording or performing with his trio, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, the Clayton Brothers or co-leading the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Hamilton’s recording, ‘It’s Hamilton Time,’ (Lake Street Records), received enormous airplay while reaching #5 on the Gavin national jazz radio chart.


    His trio’s second release, ‘Jeff Hamilton Trio-LIVE!,’ (MONS) was nominated by critics for best jazz recording in Germany in 1997. The trio’s second MONS release was entitled, ‘Hands On.’ ‘Hamilton House-Live at Steamers,’ (MONS) was the trio’s 2000 release.


    As well as recording and performing throughout the world, Hamilton also teaches, arranges and composes. He has received rave reviews for his dynamic drumming. In addition to his many recordings with Ray Brown, Hamilton has been on nearly 200 recordings with artists such as Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Milt Jackson, Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Streisand, Mel Torme, John Pizzarelli, Benny Carter, Lalo Schifrin, George Shearing, Dr. John, Clark Terry, Gene Harris, Toshiko Akioshi, Scott Hamilton, Harry ” Sweets” Edison, Keely Smith, Bill Holman, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel and Mark Murphy. He is a frequent guest of the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany and has also appeared in Natalie Cole’s Great Performances PBS special, ‘Unforgettable’ and an Oscar Peterson documentary, ‘Life In The Key Of Oscar.’




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  • Second Annual Opera Festival Underway in T&T

    Second annual Trinidad & Tobago opera festival underway

    The musical event is taking place from July 1-10 in Port of Spain


    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – July 5, 2016 – The newly rebranded Picoplat Music Development Foundation (formerly the Classical Musical Development Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago) is hosting the second annual Trinidad & Tobago Opera Festival from July 1-10, 2016 at Queen’s Hall in Port of Spain. The Opera Festival is known to be a celebration of great music and authentic Trinbagonian talent, comprising of several classical music events from opera to master classes. Additionally, during the festival, T&T composer Dominique LeGendre of ‘Jab Molassie’ fame is expected to launch of a new series of songs.

    The second annual Trinidad & Tobago Opera Festival kicked off with a cocktail reception and a gala opening performance of the Tales of Hoffman, one of the most ravishing productions by German-born French composer, Jacques Offenbach. Hoffmann, played by Raguel Gabriel recounts the stories of the fascinating women who captured his heart—Olympia (Natalia Dopwell), Giulietta (Stephanie Nahous) and Antonia (Cara Adams). Hoffmann’s hopeless pursuit of romance, obstructed by menacing figures of darkness, ultimately leads him to understand the true meaning of being an artist.

    Extraordinary work that is equal parts fantasy, realism, and genuine passion, the Tales of Hoffman includes other talented Trinidad & Tobago performers including Shannon Navarro, Krisson Joseph, Rory Wallace and Nigel Floyd.

    The Trinidad & Tobago Opera Music Festival is accessible to the public through several free admission events that caters to those who never had the opportunity to experience an opera or who have never been exposed to classical music. The festival continues throughout the week with a free one-hour performance for school children on July 5 and a premiere of Domique LeGendre’s newly commissioned “Songs of the Islands” on July 8. The closing matinee of the Tales of Hoffman shows at the Queen’s Hall on July 10.

    For additional information on the schedule of events, please click here or follow the  Trinidad & Tobago Opera Festival on Twitter,  Instagram  and Facebook.
    About Trinidad & Tobago

    Home to the largest Carnival celebration in the Caribbean, Trinidad & Tobago is the southernmost Caribbean nation located seven miles east off the Venezuelan coast. Ranked the happiest nation in the Caribbean by the United Nations’ World Happiness Report, in 2013 and 2015, the destination’s distinct and harmonious blend of cultures, eclectic cuisine and eco-adventure activities continue to attract travelers of all ages to its shores. Birthplace of the limbo and the world famous steelpan, the only acoustic instrument invented in the 20th century, as well as a diverse mix of monthly festivals and events, it’s little wonder that Trinidad is known as the ‘cultural capital of the Caribbean.’ Sister island Tobago offers a quintessential Caribbean vibe with secluded beaches, quaint villages, private villas and award-winning environmental treasures. Tobago is home to the largest brain coral in the Western Hemisphere and the oldest protected reserve in the Western hemisphere, The Main Ridge Rainforest. Come explore Trinidad & Tobago – the true Caribbean. For more information on Trinidad & Tobago, visit  or

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  • Media Alert: Soca Star Olatunji Releases Debut Album, ‘Awakening’ (MUSIC INSIDE)]


    Album Debuts at #10 on iTunes U.S.,
    Now Available Worldwide from FOX FUSE

    Album Cover


    New York, NY (FOX FUSE) – Soca star Olatunji Yearwood sees the international release of his electrifying debut album Awakening, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released today, July 1, 2016), from FOX FUSE. Awakening debuted at #10 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 homepage, as well as the the iTunes U.S. Reggae section, where it also scored a top banner, placingOlatunji and soca music in the mainstream spotlight.


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



    iTunes U.S. Reggae Top Albums Chart
    Awakening debuted at #10 on the iTunes U.S. Reggae Top Albums chart.


    Born and based in Trinidad and Tobago, Olatunji is famous for delivering pulsating performances and versatile vocals, and his slew of hits from the recent Trinidad Carnival seasons have catapulted him to fame locally and internationally, crossing him beyond Caribbean borders. He exploded globally in 2015 with his AfroSoca hybrid smash “Ola,” after winning the 2015 International Groovy Soca Monarch Competition -Trinidad and Tobago’s premier annual musical competition. In fact, Olatunji is the last-standingInternational Groovy Soca Monarch Champion, as the competition has since changed its format. He launched his prolific career back in 2002 and catapulted to fame almost immediately, by winning Trinidad’s Junior Calypso Monarch title in 2003. His name “Olatunji” is a Yoruba word of Nigerian heritage that means “awake again,” which birthed the title of his first major album, Awakening.


    Olatunji Yearwood
    Olatunji Yearwood (Photography by Sancho Francisco)


    Since gaining widespread popularity from America to Africa, Olatunji has become the face of the emerging and popular genre-bending sound known as AfroSoca, which as its name suggests, meshes traditional African beats with contemporary soca rhythms. He delivered another AfroSoca earworm for the2016 Trinidad Carnival season with “Oh Yay,” which became the most popular soca track of 2016 – on radio, at fetes and festivals. It is also the most-viewed soca video on YouTube for the 2016 season, racking up over three million views and counting (even as an audio-only video), since its release on the global platform.

    Boasting 17 sizzlers that include long-time favorites and new hits, this collection of classics epitomizes the rebirth and awakening of Olatunji’smusical journey. “It’s very fulfilling to finally release my first album worldwide and Awakening is a time capsule of my career up until now,”states Olatunji. “I’ve brought every flavor of music that is a part of me – from soca and calypso to Afrobeat, dancehall, Indian, chutney and EDM vibes – and I hope it awakens you all to the growing sound of soca.”

    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 Ola Video

    Olatunji aptly teams with the world’s largest soca label FOX FUSE, for his premier global studio effort. “We are long-time fans of Olatunji’s music and it is truly a dream to bring his very first studio album to the global audience,” states Rhona Fox, co-owner 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 cements Olatunji as an international Caribbean music ambassador, and this arsenal of hits is bound to ignite playlists worldwide, guaranteeing Olatunji his rightful place in the global spotlight.

    For more information on Olatunji, follow his daily moves, Please direct all media inquiries to the FOX FUSE Publicity Department at 1-212-300-3813 or


    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 I’m From Featuring Machel Montano
    15. Tadow
    16. Oh Yay (Remix) Featuring Runtown
    17. Weekend

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  • NYC Media Alert ( W. Jul 13) –  Raging Fyah, “Most Promising Acts” (Billboard), Headlines Brookyln Bowl

    Raging Fyah, one of the fastest rising roots reggae artists from Jamaica, just released their third studio album entitled Everlasting on the Dub Rockers imprint. The five-piece Kingston collective recently toured the U.S. with Stick Figure winning over new fans with AXS stating, “Raging Fyah is now poised for a significant impact upon America’s vast reggae landscape” and commenting about their live show “…the band never lost touch with the audience throughout the entire performance.”

    Listen to select music from the album, including title track “Everlasting,” “Ready For Love,” and “Live Your Life” feat. J Boog & Busy Signal.

    The band is performing at the 7th annual California Roots Music & Arts Festival on Sunday, May 29 before heading out for their European tour.  Then Raging Fyah will return to the U.S. in July with twenty dates throughout the east coast, midwest, and west coast with key headlining shows and a supporting slot with Jamaican roots revivalist Protoje on select dates.

    Most of Raging Fyah’s members met at Edna Manley College of Visual & Performing Arts in Kingston before officially forming in 2006. The band consists of Kumar Bent (lead singer), Courtland White (guitarist) Anthony Watson (drummer), Demar Gayle (keyboardist) and Delroy “Pele” Hamilton (bassist) – carries the tradition of the island’s enduring roots rock reggae spirit with an expansive vision and fresh contemporary flare.

    The band’s live show captures their recordings, but also brings a new energy to each performance.  Kumar states, “Our sets on this tour will feature songs from Everlasting mixed with some of our classics.  Every night feels special because we feed off the energy from the crowd to create unique elements for each show.”

    U.S. Tour Dates:
    w/ Protoje
    Jul 11 in Washington, DC @ Jammin Java
    Jul 12 in Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
    Jul 13 in Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
    Jul 14 in Wakefield, RI @ Ocean Mist
    Jul 15 in Philadelphia, PA @ Coda
    Jul 17 in Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
    Jul 18 in Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club
    Jul 19 in Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
    Jul 20 in Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
    Jul 22 in Bellevue, CO @ Mishiwaka Amphitheatre
    Jul 23 in Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
    Jul 24 in Taos, NM @ Taos Brewery
    Jul 26 in Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent
    Jul 28 in Santa Monica, CA @ The Pier
    Jul 29 in Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
    Jul 30 in Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
    Jul 31 in Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones
    Aug 2 in Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
    Aug 3 in Petaluma, CA @ Mystic Theatre


    - Raging Fyah, "Most Promising Acts" (Billboard), Headlines Brookyln Bowl



    Headlining & Supporting Dates with Protoje Kicking Off July 11

    “…most promising acts…their revolutionary spirit evoking the late Peter Tosh or Steel Pulse circa the late 1970s”   – BILLBOARD

    “whole crowd was drawn to its feet in a visible wave, like fallen dominoes getting up again.” (in regards to their 2015 Rebel Salute performance)  -VOGUE

    ” poised for a significant impact upon America’s vast reggae landscape”  -AXS

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  • Dancehall Dancer KaSheba To Release New Video!

    DASK ENTERTAINMENT, INC. – Sunday, June 26, 2016 – Dancehall Dancer, KaSheba, is making major strides as she gears up to launch her latest solo project. Shot in Brooklyn, New York; the videographer ‘on deck,’ was none other than Brooklyn’s own, UkaY Hipster—dancehall’s official videographer here in New York City (@ArtofUkay on Instagram).

    KaSheba choreographed to the song, “Cry” by artist/dancer, BruKUp. For the filming, she wore the newly designed Summer 2017 “Spread Love Gang” collaboration tank endorsed by her clothing sponsor, Cooyah Clothing Inc., along with a black split-skirt and custom-made sneaker heels!

    This video will be a very special feature because she choreographed it herself! KaSheba wanted to make sure her fans got a taste of what she loves about dancehall—and give that to her fans! This will be KaSheba’s third official video—whereas many of her posts are dancing along dancehall heavy-hitters, such as Tek Ravers from Ravers Clavers. This video showcases KaSheba’s unique style! Branded as the “Dancehall Diplomat” (because she does not belong to any particular crew but ‘holds vibes’ with all of them), KaSheba strives for unification in all arts and entertainment. Spearheading the “I Am Cooyah” campaign she joined forces with Dancehall Dancers from all over the world to bring positive awareness to Dancehall– as a culture. Sparking a dancehall movement,

    KaSheba remains at the forefront and spotlight of creating that unique niche that has been missing in the industry. She continues to break barriers, by fusing the elements of who she is with the elements of Dancehall culture. “When we are ourselves, people can identify with that,” said KaSheba—when asked why she chooses to stray away from the standard, dancehall uniform: batty-rider shorts, middrifts and flat shoes when doing dancehall. “We create culture – culture doesn’t create us, that’s how we evolve.” KaSheba has other projects in the works. She stated, “I am so excited to be a dancehall dancer! I love to inspire people, both young and old. At the end of the day I want to know that my dancing became infectious…” KaSheba is available for bookings dance, modeling gigs and hosting opportunities alike. Be sure to keep up with her entertainment updates via Facebook, Twitter & Instagram @TVHOSTKJ. Also make sure to visit her site


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  • VP Records & House Of Marley Collab on Reggae Gold 2016 (Pre-Order Today) + VIBE Premieres Gyptian “Jiggle, Jiggle” (via Spotify Exclusive)


    The Annual Summer Soundtrack for the Reggae Masses Will Drop July 22

    Pre-Order Available Today (July 1)  

    VIBE Premieres Album’s Standout Track (Gyptian’s “Jiggle Jiggle”) Exclusively Through Spotify


    VP Records Unleashes Annual Summer Soundtracks


    For over two decades, the popular VP Records’ series consistently delivers the year’s influential hits and showcases musical trends in reggae and dancehall. Available July 22, Reggae Gold 2016 maintains its heralded reputation. Pre-order album now.
    This year, the reggae powerhouse teams up with the premiere music electronics brand House of Marley to spread the series to the masses. In collaboration with HOM, this year’s eye-popping album artwork was under the creative direction of stylist and photographer Savannah Baker. The set also features a bonus DJ mix disc by Chromatic Sound, “the taste of Jamaican youth” (The Fader).

    Jamaican music comes in many forms and facets and continues to push boundaries. Reggae Gold 2016 showcases the island’s diverse range – from dancehall and roots reggae to it’s influence in contemporary pop, EDM and Top 40.

    Whether it is the #1 Billboard Top 100 single “Cheerleader” from OMI or the club banger “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)” from super producer Jamie xx featuring Young Thug & Popcaan, the album has no shortage of mainstream appeal.

    The compilation also features a heavy dose of dancehall from some of the most in-demand, breaking artists like Tanto Blacks (“Real Rich”), Alkaline (“Champion Boy” and “A Bagga Tings (Radio),”) and Chi Ching Ching (“Way Up N Stay Up” feat. Popcaan & Beenie Man). Following the success of Busy Signal’s Major Lazer collab “Watch Out For This (Bumaye)” (that received over 100 million YouTube views), the dancehall ambassador is back with more fire on “Watch Me Now,” the current theme song to international ad campaigns with LG Smartphoneand Smirnoff.  Dancehall’s reigning Queen of the Stage Spice also leads the pack with her latest dance craze “Needle Eye,” which already boasts over 4 million video views.

    Summer romance is in the spotlight on Romain Virgo’s “Caress Me,” the soulful singer Ikaya’s “Love Note” and emerging roots vocalist Kelissa’s “Best Kept Secret (Locked Away).”

    On a conscious tip, the set opens with the aspirational anthem “My Dream” from rising Jamaican reggae singer Nesbeth and closes with socially enlightening track “The Message” from Bunji Garlin and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley.

    Fans will also get a chance hear some of the new sounds of the summer, including Christopher Martin’s R&B reggae thumper “Under The Influence” and Gyptian’s latest single “Jiggle Jiggle.”

    Today, VIBE premieres the latter track, which is exclusively available on Spotify.

    This versatile collection proves that Jamaican music is and will always be impactful, innovative and indestructible.

    TRACK LISTING (with video links)

    1. My Dream-Nesbeth
      2. Champion Boy-Alkaline
      3. Watch Me Now – Busy Signal
      4. I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) – Jamie xx feat. Young Thug & Popcaan
      5. Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix) (Radio edit) – OMI
      6. Under The Influence-Christopher Martin
      7. Jiggle Jiggle-Gyptian
      8. Way Up N Stay Up -Chi Ching Ching, Popcaan & Beenie Man
      9. A Bagga Tings (Radio)-Alkaline
      10. Real Rich-Tanto Blacks
      11. Bogle Move-Elephant Man
      12. Needle Eye-Spice
      13. Chinese Jordan-Dexta Daps
      14. Caress Me-Romain Virgo
      15. Best Kept Secret (Locked Away) – Kelissa
      16. Dash Wata-Raging Fyah
      17. Love Note-Ikaya
      18. Whom Shall I Fear-Bulby York feat. Assassin & Tenor Saw
      19. The Message -Bunji Garlin feat. Damian ‘Jr. Gong” Marley
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    The Artists’ Coalition of Trinidad and Tobago alongside the Federation of Independent Trade Unions and NGOs present a unique symposia entitled ‘Diversification Without Government: Conversation 1’ on Tuesday 5th July, 2016. The event will be held in the CLR James Auditorium at the Cipriani College of Labour & Co-operative Studies, Churchill Roosevelt Highway, Valsayn from 10am- 3pm.


    The Symposium asks the question: What can industries and communities that have the potential of transforming into the ‘next big thing’ do if government does nothing to create the enabling environment? This is a practical and philosophical discussion exploring the possibilities of emancipating the capacity of the T&T’s Talented and the next generation of exportable products.


    The public- especially students- are invited to come and hear some of the country’s top minds debate the issue. There will be Presentations by: Wendell Mottley; Gregory McGuire; Dean Arlen; Indera Sajewan-Ali; Shiraz Khan; Burton Sankerali; Akins Vidale; Novack George; Camille Selvon-Abrahams; Robert Young; Rubadiri Victor; and reps from the IT, Boat Building, Manufacturing, and other NEXT Sectors.


    Planned by ACTT president Rubadiri Victor and marketing professional Radesh Heeralal the symposia is an attempt at creating implementable pathways to community and economic transformation. “Diversification requires legislation, policy, infrastructure, and fiscal enablers. We the People cannot pass laws or ratify policy which are important parts of the Diversification process. We do not have access to government taxation wealth to invest in infrastructure and projects that are needed. Therefore can the Creative Sector, Boat Building, Alternative Energy, Agriculture & Food Processing, IT, Sports, Research and Development sectors jump to the next level on their own?” asks Symposia organiser Victor.


    “This will be the first of a number of discussions on the matter which we hope to expand into town hall meetings and across all industries. We hope to create a Working Group out of this that will engage real Diversification leveraging projects in specific industries. The failure to engage this critical issue in any meaningful way over 35 years- despite facing 2 economic slumps- is worrying and so it may be time that the population meditate on how it can make the jump themselves…”


    This Forum happens in the midst of a National Recession announced by the Central Bank Governor in December 2015, and a report of entering into ‘Deep Recession’ by the Minister in the Ministry of Finance, with predictions that it will last until 2018. For more details on the Symposia call: 797-0949, 362-8983 or email or check out the DIVERSIFICATION WITHOUT GOVERNMENT event page on Facebook.



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  • Reggae Rocker Omari Banks Unveils New Website

    Former professional cricketer turned Reggae Rocker Omari Banks has proudly unveiled his new interactive website. The new site candidly reflects the singer-songwriter fresh and full of vibes demeanor, and give fans an insight on all that is Omari.

    Visit and get to know the suave and debonair Omari Banks with the premiere of his EPK filmed in Italy by acclaimed Film/Video’s Director Mario Parruccini, where the artist give forthright accounts of his life, career and influences permeated with live performances.

    At fans and music lovers will stay up to date with news, music, videos, one stop shop, touring dates and get treated to exclusive premieres and giveaways.

    With undeniable talent, drive, originality, and ambition, Omari Banks is well on the road of being added to the list of one of the most influential artists of his generation.


    Reggae Rocker Omari Banks Unveils New Website

    Reggae Rocker Omari Banks Unveils


    At six foot five, dark and handsome, with long dreadlocks and a cool Caribbean style, you can’t help but be drawn to Omari Banks, His music is dynamic and has many influences.” –  Huffington Post

    “… Omari Banks. With his dashing good looks, rockstar stage presence and impressive #singer #songwriter skills, the younger Banks is well poised to carry on his father’s legacy and take Anguillan reggae international.” – Forbes

    Omari Banks, who commanded the stage with a Jimi Hendrix-reminiscent presence. Rocking a multicolored “Rolling Stones” cut-off tee, a bandana, leather pants and his signature dreads, Omari showed, in the revered words of Big Freedia, “He did not come to play — He came to slay.” – BET

    Omari Banks sounds like a cross between Bob Marley and Bob Dylan“. – NY Times .


    Reggae Rocker Omari Banks Unveils New Website


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    Central Jamaica’s monthly series, Clarendon Live; returns after a one month hiatus, with a strong showcase for International Reggae Day on Friday July 1.


    The first Friday live music series, which has become a staple on the Clarendon entertainment calendar, will return to its home venue at Fyahside Jerk and Bar in Toll Gate in Clarendon on July 1.  For the International Reggae Day staging, the event offers up a unique live performance from powerful female vocalist Etana as well as a dynamic set from Reggae crooner Duane Stephenson.


    We wanted to give patrons a special treat for International Reggae Day and so we reached out to two talented artistes with great catalogues who don’t get to perform that much here in Jamaica because of constant touring overseas” promoter Joseph Moore of EppJam Promotions shared


    Both artistes are known for their signature sounds and poignant lyrics and are excited to grace the stage of the event. Etana’s catalog includes hits such as ‘Wrong Address’, ‘Warrior Love’ and ‘I Am Not Afraid’ while Duane, the former To-Isis front-man, is known for hits such as: ‘Cottage In Negril’, ‘Ghetto Pain’, ‘August Town’ and ‘Cool Runnings’.


    It’s great to be able to celebrate International Reggae day in Jamaica performing for fans in Clarendon. I urge everyone to come out and hear your favorite Etana track, plus some new music from me as well; it’s going to be a blessing!” Etana shared


    Patrons may purchase presold tickets at Fyah Side or at Banton Gym in May Pen. For all updates and information on the live series follow the event on all social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram and twitter @clarendonlive.


    Yellowman and Ken Booth performing at Clarendon LIVE in May 2016

    Yellowman and Ken Booth performing at Clarendon LIVE in May 2016

    Yellowman and Ken Booth performing at Clarendon LIVE in May


    Patrons enjoying the vibe of Clarendon LIVE IN May 2016

    Patrons enjoying the vibe of Clarendon LIVE IN May 2016

    Patrons enjoying the vibe of Clarendon LIVE IN May

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