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Monthly Archives: September 2016

  • Introducing ‘A New Day’ – New Single Release – JARED

    IT IS A NEW DAY FOR JARED

     

    Castries, Saint Lucia – September 26, 2016 – ‘A New Day’ is the latest single track and video recording being launched by Jared featuring Wilburne.

    Earlier in 2016 Jared who is a Gospel Rap/Hip Hop Artiste, was introduced to the public with his track ‘Break the Glass’ with a video of the same title, which has received much airplay and viewed on all television channels in Saint Lucia.  He has been ministering island wide at concerts and churches including his home church, La-feuille Pentecostal.

    Jared is a young singer/song writer who is determined to make his mark in the music industry through the Gospel genre and specifically relating to the youth.  He is a professional teacher at the R C Boys Primary School with the focus on imparting knowledge to his students.  This passionate young and upcoming artiste can be described as selfless, as he is always thinking of how he can assist and motivate others.  Therefore his lyrics reflect the same.

    On this “feel-good” kind of song and video Jared is joined by Wilburne who is a Gospel Songwriter R&B/Reggae Recording Artiste who made his debut solo performance at the NCF Telethon 2011. He has been performing island wide ever since then. He has recorded multiple tracks two single tracks that are well known titled ‘Wanna Know’ and ‘Your Love’ with a videos of the same titles.

    ‘A New Day’ was written by Jared and Wilburne and Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Safros Joseph and Rawle Alcide of Life Worship Studio.  The music video was Produced by Pierre Chester of Odd Cabin Entertainment.  This is an all Saint Lucian project including actors and supporters and coordination by Manager Nicola Marius.

    ‘A New Day’ will be performed live at the Victorious Artiste Launch Concert of Kia J on Friday September 29th at the Nazarene Church Grounds, where Jared and Wilburne will be featured artistes.

    Both Jared and Wilburne are both very passionate for God and continue to spread love through their music.  They strive for excellence and hope that the public will recognize the effort taken by all involved to achieve this purpose.

     

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    For additional information on the artiste and or schedule live or phone interviews please contact;

    1. Manager Nicola Marius (758) 286-8569 available on Whatsapp or email – nicola_marius@hotmail.com
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  • International Reggae Star Anthony Malvo

    Anthony Malvo was born on January 4th in Kingston, Jamaica.  He began his singing career in the early 1980s in Kingston on the Legendary “Black Star Sound System.”  Malvo later moved on to perform and record with the “King Jimmy’s Recording Studio.”   Anthony Malvo featuring Tiger recorded his first number one hit single entitled, “Come Back to Me” on the Winston Riley label, Techniques. Malvo continued with numerous hit songs like “Can You Stop the Rain,” “Ready or Not,”  “Sensi” featuring Josie Wales, “Greatest Gal Lover,” and “Jump and Spread Out” both featured Daddy Lizard.  “Jump and Spread Out” made the American Billboard chart back in the 1980s, which lead Malvo and Daddy Lizard to perform in the legendary Apollo Theater in New York City.
    In the early 1990s, Anthony Malvo teamed up singer Anthony Red Rose and started their own music production label named after Anthony Malvo’s hit song produced by Sly and Robbie on the Taxi label, entitled, “How Yu Fi Say Dat.”  Together Malvo and Redrose recorded and produced the first number one hit song for Beenie Man, entitled, “Wicked Man.”  The hits continued with a series of number one hit singles like, “Report to We” featuring Sean Paul, “Quarter to Twelve,” featuring Simpleton, “Bag Juice on Base,” featuring Fabby Dolly, “Dun Wife,” featuring Cobra “Antichrist,” featuring Captain Barky, “Guns and Roses,” featuring Bounty Killa, Malvo and Redrose, “Die without you,” featuring Capleton, Brian and Tony Gold.
    In 1999, Malvo decided to launch his own production and recording career. He started the label, “Real Music Production.”  The first single he produced was “My Heart Belongs to you,” featuring himself. He continued to produce artists like Capleton and Glen Washington on the “Identify ” rhythm. The songs were placed on Capleton’s VP Records Grammy nominee album, “Still Blazing” entitled “Jah is Going to Work it Out.”  Anthony Malvo also recorded and produced Junior Kelly, Dawn Penn, and Admiral Baily on the same rhythm “Identify.”
    In 2002 to 2003, Malvo produced and recorded another hit rhythm entitled, “Ballistic Affair.”  The “Ballistic Affair” rhythm included the chart topping hit song entitled “Ballistic Affair” with Leroy Smart featuring Bounty Killa.  The album also featured artists, like Buju Banton, Sizzla, Warrior King, Shine Head, Anthony B, Bush Man, and Wayne Wonder.  In addition, Malvo along with Capleton recorded, “One Day Rude Boy.”  The video was featured on the Jamaica top-ten video charts.
    Additionally, in 2003 to 2004, Malvo released a compilation of hits that were the foundation of his singing career, entitled “The Best of Anthony Malvo, Eighties and Nineties.”  The album was released through VP Records.  Later in 2004, Malvo released a rhythm compilation LP/CD entitled, “Hot Gyal” on the “Real Music Production” label in collaboration with VP Records as part of their Riddim Driven series. The “Hot Gyal” rhythm featured artists like Brian and Tony Gold,  featuring Bounty Killer, Anthony Malvo featuring Capleton, Sizzla, featuring Gigsy King, Mr. Lex, Vybes Kartel, Anthony B, Wayne Wonder, Daville, Lukie D, Round Head, and others.
    In 2006 Anthony Malvo released the “Sit Dun Pon it” rhythm featuring artist like Anthony Malvo and Capleton, Pinchers and Vybes Kartel, Luciano, Blessed, Shinehead, Anthony B, and many more. Anthony Malvo released “Ungrateful” in 2009 with a video featuring himself.  In 2010, Anthony Malvo released his lovers’ rock song, entitled “Spoil fi mi woman” and in 2011, he released “Bad Minded People,” and “Cyaan Draw wi out,” featuring Sizzla.
    Anthony Malvo performed in Boston, Massachusetts in October 2011, for the American Cancer Society and received an award for his support and musical contribution in Reggae Music.  Additionally, in November 2011, in Bridgeport Connecticut, Anthony Malvo, also received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his 30-years contribution to Reggae music.  Anthony Malvo’s history in the Reggae music industry has been rich and impeccable.  Malvo’s experience has provided him opportunities to work with countless singers, musicians, and performances on many tours in North America, Europe, and the Caribbean.
    On June 4, 2013, Anthony Malvo released his album, entitled “Stronger,” which consist of 17 magnificent tracks.  The album highlighted Malvo’s collaboration with various artists, such as Sizzla, Capleton, Determine, and Delly Ranks.  The album is sold on ITunes and featured two significant hits, “Hot Outa Street” and “Perhaps.
    Anthony Malvo continues to remain consistent and current in Reggae music.  In 2015 he performed on Best of the Best and toured on numerous shows with a variety of artists.  He also did a series of cover’s, including. “All of me” by John Legend and “I’m Not the Only One.” by Sam Smith.  These two covers were successful and was named number one various reggae charts in the United States and England.  Malvo, continues to record and produce.  He has mentored and produced songs for his daughter Tiffanie Malvo.  Nevertheless, he has released a number of new music featuring himself, like “So High,” “Nice to Know You” featuring Delly Ranx, “Giggle Pon This,” also featuring Delly Ranx, and his big Lovers Rock song on the Love Child Riddim, “I’ve Been Waiting For.”  Additionally, in 2016 Malvo has reproduced and released “Ballistic Affair,” and the album is sold on ITunes.

     

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  • Grammy Award Winners Morgan Heritage Celebrates Earth’s Beauty with “Selah” Video

    When we recognize the virtues, the talent, the beauty of Mother Earth, something is born in us, some kind of connection; love is born.” – Nhat Hanh

    Worldwide (MPR Consulting) – Deemed one of the hardest working bands in the music industry, The Royal Family of Reggae Morgan Heritage hasn’t slowed down since winning the 2016 Grammy award for Best Reggae Album. The siblings have continued their worldwide touring, while recording music for their upcoming 2017 album to be released on their CTBC Music Group label.

    Throughout their travels one thing has remained constant, music and the beauty of mother earth. It is from the latter that the inspiration of their first single since winning their coveted award was born. Produced by renowned musician and producer Phillip “Winta” James (Overstand Ent), “Selah” speaks of Morgan Heritage’s appreciation and discovery of earth. To support the single, the band treated fans and music lovers to breathtaking visuals filmed in Milan, Italy, and worldwide footage from their travels. Directed by Morgan Heritage, filmed by Emmy Lou Mai and edited by Maximilian Shelton, “Selah” is premiering Tuesday, September 20th on the global platform for Caribbean music, arts and culture LargeUp.com.

    Selah is the first single from the new album coming Spring 2017. The song is just us sharing what we discovered about this beautiful planet we live on called Earth. The video further illustrates what we say in the song by sharing images of our travels with the world. Our hope is that this song and video will encourage people to travel and fuljoy the blessings that Jah has bestowed upon us, when he brought us into this place called Earth.” – Mojo Morgan

    Distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital, “Selah” will be purchasable on September 30th, and is available for pre-order on iTunes and all major online digital stores.

     

    Keep up with Morgan Heritage exclusive content, tour dates and more with the official fan community app, powered by TopFan. Download the app at www.morganheritagemusic.com

     

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  • [Fox Fuse] Sunshine & NaDiva: “Unstoppable”

    UK-based soca duo Sunshine & NaDiva are simply “Unstoppable” with their sizzling new jam, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released August 5, 2016), from FOX FUSE. Previously known as Samantha & Nadine, talented sisters Samantha and Nadina Bryant have been blazing a trail in the U.K. soca scene, for years now.

    Produced by Intense Force Productions and written by the duo, “Unstoppable” is an energetic groovy smash created for Barbados’ Crop Over 2016 and will continue to have partygoers hitting the dance floors, year round.

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  • [Fox Fuse] MX Prime: “Savage Girl”

    Caribbean dance music (CDM) maestro MX Prime unleashes his new dance hit “Savage Girl,” now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released August 5, 2016), from FOX FUSE. Trinidadian soca artist and radio personality Edghill “MX Prime” Thomas has been on the forefront of the CDM movement, and his catalog grows with this blazing new addition.

    “Savage Girl” is a high-energy electronic track that shines a spotlight on dance and EDM music originating from the Caribbean. MX Prime pulls double-duty as producer, as he further cements his place in the emerging CDM scene.

     

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  • [Fox Fuse] Brandon Best: “Teach Me How To Praise”

    Trinidad and Tobago-based Gospel singer Brandon Best delivers his new gem “Teach Me How To Praise,” now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released August 5, 2016), from FOX FUSE. Inking an exclusive, worldwide digital distribution deal with FOX FUSE, Best’s entire catalog is now becoming available to the international audience.

    Gospel soca shines on “Teach Me How To Praise,” which showcases Best’s vocal talents and brings a beautiful uplifting melody, backed by inspirational lyrics. This is the first of several new songs that Best is delivering to Gospel fans worldwide, in the coming months.

     

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  • [Fox Fuse] MillBeatz Music Records: Denice Millien “Exhale”

    Trinidad and Tobago-based imprint MillBeatz Music Records delivers a sizzling new song from Trinidadian songstress Denice Millien with “Exhale,” now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released August 5, 2016), from FOX FUSE. Millien showcases her signature strong and sultry vocals on the ethereal “Exhale,” delivering her brand of pop and EDM flavors to the international masses.

    The heart-stopping tune was penned by Denice Millien and Dale Ryan, and produced by AdvoKit Productions and MadMen Productions, two of Trinidad and Tobago’s top hit houses. The stunning music video is racking up views on YouTube, and helps Millien secure her spot in the pop world.

     

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  • [Fox Fuse] JahLight Records: Jahllano “Take You Away”

    Trinidad and Tobago-based JahLight Records yields a soulful reggae offering from Jahllano with “Take You Away,” now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released August 5, 2016), from FOX FUSE. Helmed by producer Akeunde Pemberton, JahLight Records has been creating classic Caribbean tunes for years now with timeless releases such as this one.

    Trinidadian reggae crooner Llano “Jahllano” Grant penned the romantic ode to the ladies, and his vocal and songwriting talents shine on this beautifully-crafted gem.

     

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  • [Fox Fuse] WMG Lab Records: Corrupted Cops Riddim

    WMG Lab Records drops its new dancehall compilation Corrupted Cops Riddim, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released August 5, 2016), from FOX FUSE. Based in Arima, Trinidad, WMG Lab Records has been churning out hits for over five years now, under the helm of talented producer Emmerson George.

    Featuring four jams, the Corrupted Cops Riddim brings new tunes from Trinidadian dancehall sensations S.Carter and Squeezy Ranking, each contributing two tracks to the gritty dancehall riddim, much to the delight of dancehall fans everywhere.

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    TRACK LIST

    1. S.Carter – Brand New
    2. S.Carter – Brand New (Raw)
    3. Squeezy Ranking – Corrupted Cop
    4. Squeezy Ranking – Corrupted Cop (Raw

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  • [Fox Fuse] Federation Family: Weekendz Riddim, Fucha Kid Featuring Pipa “Fyah Truck,” Fucha Kid “Feel Like Dancing”

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    Federation Family presents a new compilation and two new songs with Weekendz Riddim, “Fyah Truck” by Fucha Kid featuring Pipa and “Feel Like Dancing” by Fucha Kid, all now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released August 5, 2016), from FOX FUSE.

     

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    Founded by Antiguan entertainer Karl “Fucha Kid” Edwards, Federation Family is home to a number of local dancehall and soca acts from Antigua. The imprint seeks to cultivate new talent in its homeland, and thereby deliver diverse and exciting music to the international audience.

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    The three-track, groovy soca Weekendz Riddim, power soca “Fyah Truck” and groovy soca “Feel Like Dancing” were all crafted for the 2016 Antigua Carnival season, where they enjoyed heavy rotation on radio and playlists, and now make their way worldwide.

    TRACK LISTWeekendz Riddim

    1. Bless Eye – Dancing Shoes
    2. Fucha Kid – Tik N A Wine (Wuk) Featuring Federation Diva, Mac Truc, Shatta & Pipa
    3. Spane Beatz – Weekendz Riddim

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  • [Fox Fuse] Neniita Featuring Mr. Renzo: “Harder (Pound The Hammer)”

    Latin-soca fusion singer Neniita debuts her spicy new song “Harder (Pound The Hammer)” featuring Mr. Renzo, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released August 5, 2016), from FOX FUSE.

    Born in Columbia and based in Trinidad and Tobago, Neniita’s diverse heritage influences her music, as she effortlessly mixes Latin music with soca, dancehall and EDM to create anthems for music fans everywhere to enjoy. The official music video is set to premiere worldwide on VEVO, on September 30, 2016.

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  • [Fox Fuse] Springs Music: Ritual Riddim

    Brooklyn-based production house Springs Music releases its new collection of soca anthems on the Ritual Riddim, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released August 5, 2016), from FOX FUSE. Kevon “Springs” Alexander is the man behind the music and continues to do his share in placing soca music on the map, both as a producer and an artist.

    The Ritual Riddim is short and sweet with four groovy soca tunes, and features Lavaman, Yung Image, Area Kode and Springs. The songs were crafted and released for the 2016 Spicemas season – Grenada’s annual carnival celebration, and now make their way to music fans across the world.

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    TRACK LIST

    1. Lavaman – Ah Come Quick
    2. Springs – Doh Fraid
    3. Yung Image – Bring De Rum
    4. Area Kode – Problems

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  • Reggae’s Biggest Music Awards night, 35th IRAWMA Announced Performers for Oct 2nd! Voting is closed get tix now at Www.irawma.com

    With only 3 weeks left until the longest running award ceremony for Reggae & World music takes place, ‘Martins International’ announces this year’s performers for the 2016 IRAWMA Awards. On October 2, inside the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, attendees can expect a diverse mix of artists that will grace the stage. This year’s performers are Tarrus Riley- Dean Fraser & The Black Soil Band (Jamaica), Spice (Jamaican Dancehall) Gramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage (Jamaica), Nesbeth (Jamaica), Shatta Wale (Africa), Stonebwoy (Africa), The Cables (Jamaica), Don Andre (Jamaica), X-Tassy (Haiti), Lt. Stitchie (Jamaica), Kevin Downswell (Gospel)Daniel Musgrove, Kay Morris (Gospel Act), Mylo Nandez (Latin Artist), Jamaican/African Dance Troops, with more to be added.

     

     

    The 2016 IRAWMA Award will also recognize IRIE FM (Jamaica), and VP Records for their contributions to the music industry with the ‘Special Legacy Award.’

     

     

    In honor of hosting the IRAWMA Awards in one of the biggest diasporas for the Caribbean community, South Florida, 3 Jamaicans living in Florida will be awarded for their ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Music Industry.’ Recipients are songwriter Danny Breakenridge, drummer Desmond Gaynor- Code Red Band and Radio DJ, Mikey Brown, of Mikey B.

     

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    The celebration ceremony will be hosted by Comedian and DanceMaster G.T. Taylor of IRIE Fm Radio in Jamaica, Tanto Irie of Hot 105 FM and Yvette Marshall of Wiz Communication and WAVS Radio. The VIP Reception will be hosted by Comedian Gary Gunter with music by DJ P.E.A.C.E.

     

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    www.irawma.com or 877-9-REGGAE (973-4423) | www.coralspringscenterforthearts.com

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  • Super Producers Cool and Dre Host Private Event Tuesday September 20 from 6pm to 10pm Sponsored by Stoli Vodka and Seafood

    Abebe Lewis, Cool & Dre, The Neala Group, TD the Tastemaker, & Hugo from Lex Promotions Present…

    SUPER MUSIC DUO PRODUCER/SONGWRITER’S COOL & DRE HOST ARTIST PBGMIAMI’S PRIVATE LISTENING RELEASE PARTY FOR NEW SINGLE PAIDAH IN MIAMI

     

    WHAT: Fort Myers new comer PBGMiami teamed up with super producer / songwriters Cool & Dre to create the single is Paidah. In release of this collaboration, a private listening affair will be held where the hits are made “Oasis Studios”. The intimate mixer, attended by tastemakers, media, DJs and radio personal, will consist of catered seafood provided by Crab Trap 239 and beverages by Stoli. While beats fill the room, select individuals will be accompanied into studio A for a pre-release screening of what’s in-store for PGBMiami.

     

    WHO: PBGMiami (recording artist), Marcello “Cool” Antonio Valenzano (Cool of Cool & Dre) Andre “Dre” Christopher Lyon (Dre of Cool & Dre), Abebe Lewis (Owner of Circle House Studios) Tamar Clarke (Director of Career Services SAE Institute miami)

     

    WHEN: Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 6:00-10:00PM

     

    For exact location contact:

    DJ’s & Tastemakers e-mail : LiveMiami305@gmail.com

    Press & Media : ng@thenealagroup.com

     

    ABOUT PBGMIAMI

    PBGMiami – Coming from the street of Fort Myers, Florida but migrating to Miami. PBG Miami is the next rapper coming from Southwest Florida. His current single is Paidah is produced by hit makers Cool and Dre the same pair that produced “All the Way Up” and “Chevy Ridin High”. PBG Miami has worked with Manny Fresh, Piles, Kent Jones and reggae artist Red Rat. He has been featured in the Miami New Times as the artist to watch. 2016 is year to shine as Cool and Dre gets behind this next star.

     

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    ABOUT COOL & DRE

    Cool & Dre are two Miami music producers who came on the scene in 2001. They have work with the biggest names out right now. From Rick Ross and T.I. to Jeremiah and Ashanti.Their first production was King of NY in 2001 by Fat Joe off his album, “Jealous Ones Still Envy”. Their latest production “All The Way Up” with Fat Joe and Remy Ma was the Summer anthem in 2016. The duo were behind familiar singles like on Hate it or Love it by The Game, Chillin by Wale and 100 Million by Birdman. They currently work closely with DJ Khaled with their artist Kent Jones who earned a gold for the hit single “Dont Mind”. Now their next artist they are getting behind is PBG Miami. He has a single out right now called Paidah which is produced by Cool and Dre.

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  • Caribbean Producers Connect… Now They’re Ready to SoundOff In A Major Way, Globally

    A new partnership has been forged ahead of Carnival 2017 in T&T, and while most people may be busy making down payments on their carnival costumes, Soca music- well, what it sounds like, is pretty darn important. With that understood, the folks at Zig Boi Music, which is manned by Shawn ‘Mr. Spine’ Stewart, have teamed up with what is considered the best       music facility in the Caribbean. Zig Boi and Studio X are delivering to soca artistes, CONNECT.

     

    “The facility at Studio X incorporates a recording studio with enough, comfortable space to entertain and produce for an entire music band. Producers, musicians and artistes regionally have been flying into Trinidad, to access the facility,” said Stewart. He understands the importance of an atmosphere that is conducive to laying down the best Soca tracks. His production house has been responsible for the end result of songs by artistes such as Jamaica’s Beenie Man, Grenada’s Mr. Killa, St. Vincent’s Problem Child, and even Chutney music’s Ravi B, just to name a few.

     

    In 2016, Zig Boi music, which has the strength of quite a few producers and songwriters, delivered the Skipe Riddim, which featured the likes of Swappi, Terri Lyons, Olatunji Yearwood and even Santana- the well known Trinidadian puppet. Yearwood’s single on the riddim, ‘Bang Bang’ was used to make up the artiste’s album, ‘Awakening’, which debuted at #9 on the Billboard Reggae chart. This past carnival also saw the collaboration of Zig Boi Music with Brooklyn based soca heavyweight, Lyrikal. It was the Central-based music production outfit that gave the world, ‘Freedom’- having both written and collaboratively produced it with St. Vincent’s Kubiyashi. ‘Freedom’ was then placed on Lyrikal’s album, ‘The Journey’, which was delivered to fans for purchase in July this year.

     

    CONNECT will offer artistes an all-encompassing opportunity to give soca music fans around the world, the very best. “It’s important to have the full package as an entertainer. No longer will an artiste’s simple delivery of a song, be enough. It has to be coupled with the right imaging and that’s why we’ve also included videography services in our studio package,” explained Stewart.

     

    The young music maker says the arrangement has already attracted several artistes in the region. “It honestly gives artistes the best environment to deliver the best music,” he said, noting that any recording artiste, who values his/her craft, would hop at the opportunity to CONNECT.

     

    Certainly taking advantage of social media to disperse all information related to the partnership, Stewart says connecting to the team is as simple as connecting to their social media pages @zigboi and @studiox868 on Instagram and Twitter. “The time has come for us to move ahead, develop the industry and create major waves across the world. This year we worked on ‘Go Hard’, which featured Machel Montano and Skinny Fabulous. That musical partnership saw a deal struck with ESPN for the use of the song in their sport shows. That was major. We’re not stopping. The sky’s limit isn’t even enough for what we have planned.”

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  • 2016 Gay Caribbean USA Pageant

    Gay Caribbean Pageant Returns

    The Gay Caribbean USA Pageant is billed as the most exciting pageant in Brooklyn. Who can deny that when energetic Drag and Transgender performers take to the stage, a long side other interesting acts for an explosive show.

    The pageant is in its eighth year and the organizers are very proud of the event’s growth and success. Especially, since the pageant made its debut at a time when Caribbean Gay themed events were typically hidden away from the mainstream and held in the underground.

    Bridging the gap of understanding between the Caribbean American Gay and Heterosexual Communities remains the goal of the Gay Caribbean USA Pageant.

    This year’s contenders are Ebonee Excell of Haiti, Cindi Woods of the USVI, Jamaica’s Kalia Caress, Nya representing St. Lucia, Martinique’s Amaree Iman Richards and Honey Davenport of Trinidad and Tobago. They are judged under the following categories: Swimwear, Talent, Eveningwear and Interview.

    Sugarcane Restaurant and the HEAT Program at SUNY Down State are the Official Supporters of the pageant.

    Tickets cost $40. and are available at Conrad’s Bakery – 299 Utica Ave, online at www.gaycaribbeanpageant2016.eventbrite.com or by calling 1-347-692-9428.

     

    Date and Time:
    Saturday, September 24, 2016
    8:00 PM – 11:00 PM

     

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  • The Twin-Islands of Antigua and Barbuda Appear on Music Voyager Documentary

    The beautiful twin-islands of Antigua and Barbuda will be viewed by millions ahead of the winter booking period, as the unique culture of the destination features on the seventh season of the award-winning documentary TV series, Music Voyager.

     

    “Music Voyager: Antigua and Barbuda,” filmed on the islands last year, highlights the story of Antigua and Barbuda through music and culture allowing viewers to experience the country through the eyes of the locals, and their words.

     

    The episode unveils the true magic, mystery and music of Antigua and Barbuda.

     

    Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Asot Michael, said, “The friendliness of our people, their warmth and hospitality are key to our brand, and how we market Antigua and Barbuda.  We are proud to bring the passion of our country to homes across the world, placing Antiguans and Barbudans centre stage in our promotions, and using our music as the vehicle to showcase the quintessential Antigua and Barbuda.”

     

    The thirty minute episode starts with journalist Mirissa Neff, alongside a local guide meeting with calypsonians for insight into the traditional art-form of calypso.  They first enjoy an impromptu rendition by a noted Road March King who strums on a guitar on Antigua’s Market Street, then end up on a beach for a quick game of cricket and a chat with soca artistes and a famous Antiguan cricketer about island life.  The episode climaxes at Shirley Heights with residents and visitors dancing to the pulsating beats of an internationally known Antiguan musician at the popular Sunday Sunset Party.

     

    Through interviews and travel, the episode brings vibrancy and life to Antigua and sister island Barbuda by meeting other musicians, tasting the local food, visiting off-the-beaten path attractions and attending parties and hidden venues only the locals know.

     

    “Voyager episodes are presently broadcasting to 94% of every US PBS Household and in 120 countries, in 50 languages, on International In-Flight programming, on Cruise Ships and in European and Asian hotel chains. This represents unparalleled positive exposure for the destination,” said Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority CEO, Colin C. James.

     

    James said, “Positioning Antigua and Barbuda apart from other beach destinations was a main consideration during production and the message is conveyed strongly throughout this episode, which will allow potential visitors to truly experience the islands.”

     

    Season 7 is now being aired across multiple PBS channels with numerous repeats expected. Arrangements are being made to air the episode on local television stations.  The Antigua and Barbuda episode can be viewed online here.

     

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  • Grandpa Take Me To T&T Re-Emerges Ahead of 54th Independence in Trinidad and Tobago

    Passion is a hell of a thing. In 2012, a young Trinidad and Tobago woman channeled her passion into the creation of a children’s book. She had been compelled to write it, at the time having been a resident of the United States. “I had been really homesick and my babysitting experience at the time, also contributed to that desire to deliver something like this. My son was born in the US after I started the book and having him was my reason to complete it.”

    “Grandpa Take Me To T&T”- a story of one child’s heartfelt desire to understand T&T’s culture, was a step Khamini Leston is today extremely proud to have taken.

     

    As Trinidad and Tobago celebrates its 54th Independence this year, the young author is pulling out all stops and encouraging parents in T&T and the Caribbean by extension, to place more emphasis on reading and patriotism. “Reading is such a beautiful and necessary part of a child’s development. It fosters an appreciation for language and influences creative expression as kids grow. We’ve adapted so much to technological advancements that many children aren’t reading books as they once did. The physical act of picking up a book and getting engrossed in its pages is incomparable. There’s no way a television show or a game on a Tablet can replace that,” said Leston. She also feels that more Caribbean children need to be taught about the cultures of their respective countries from a very young age, explaining that patriotism can only come if there is genuine love for country.

     

    With just the right touch of creative visual appeal delivered by illustrator and photographer, Zakiya Gayle, Leston’s simple yet engaging content is appropriate for the young and impressionable. “When the book was launched in 2012, it was well received in the New York city area. Now, I feel it’s fitting for the book to re-emerge, if not to fulfill my personal ambitions, to help foster that love for reading together with love of country, that I mentioned earlier,” said the mother of one.

     

    Available for purchase on Amazon, at Irie Elephant in Maraval, Trinidad and even at the Piarco International Airport’s bookstore, “Grandpa Take Me To T&T” is the perfect keepsake for any child this Independence, or anytime of the year. The book, which sells for $9.99USD, is also available in soft copy format for Kindle and Apple devices.

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  • Go DIY Records – License Press

    London based soca artist Scrappy has now completed his 10th album and 4th tour. The artist who has been through various cities in Europe and also made his debut in New York City this year has not only had good support on his US debut but also has been working extra hard on the business end. From his recent US show the artist has now signed a new licensing deal with US based licensing company GoDiy Records.

    The company will now be the representative for potential synch deals in all kinds of media including movies, trailers, commercials, TV programs, trade shows, and much more for the artist and his music. Scrappy has been known to have a very comprehensive catalogue of music dating from 2005 with his debut year to date which have seen the artist release an album annually working with various producers from around the Caribbean.

    The new album titled “X” marks 10 years of his album J M Records releasing his projects and is now available on all social media platforms such as;

    Google Play
    Amazon Music
    Tidal
    Apple Music

    And all other major online stores.

    For more information on bookings email press@jmediagroup.co.uk

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