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Monthly Archives: October 2016

  • Hawaii Based Reggae Band The Lambsbread Sings for “World Peace Before 2021”

    MPR Consulting – Delivering a positive message of love & unity, Hawaiian based roots & reggae band The Lambsbread are known for their conscious message. It is a family affair as band founders Kaya and Nadia are joined by two of Their children. Hawaii’s youngest professional reggae musicians, 16 year old Samuel Levi on the drums with his brother of 12 years, Jacob Selassie on the keyboards. The conscious musical family has recently released a stirring and inspirational single titled “World Peace Before 2021” which in itself has become a project of love. With a humble optimism, the band explained why and how the song was created. “Earlier this year we were performing at an outdoor reggae festival in Maui called “Reggae on the Beach”. After the performance we were approached by world peace activist Jill Kollist. She told us that she loved the music, the message and was amazed by the young talented keyboard player, and drummer. She explain that it had been her life work campaigning for World Peace, and wanted to set a goal of 2021 to see this dream realized. Finding out that the Lambsbread was a family band, she felt we would be perfect to record the song “World Peace Before 2021” to help manifest this goal, and that a reggae version of the song would best transmit the message across the world. Anything to help rid the earth of destruction and violence seemed like a good idea to me, so we wholeheartedly set to the task of producing a song for the project.”

     

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    The Lambsbread – 12 years keyboardist Jacob Selassie and 16 year old drummer Samuel Levi

     

    The song released Sept. 21 2016, for International World Peace Day, is available on iTunes and all major online digital stores, and can streamed on soundcloud. In supporting their vision and bringing awareness to the cause, The Lambsbread teamed up with Cooyah clothing company to produce a symbolic tee-shirt, Those traits echo and fit in with Cooyah’s clothing line mission. Cooyah Clothing Inc. is inspired by the faces, races, shapes and sizes of all humanity. The shirt features a Lion and lamb symbolizing peace on earth with the phrase “World Peace Before 2021“. $5 from each tee-shirt sold will be donated to organizations helping victims of war torn areas, and will be available at www.thelambsbreadreggae.com A video is in production to be released in December. The visuals will feature diverse children from around the world.  “History can not be erased, and it is time for the people of the earth to learn from all the past injustices and evil that has been committed by governments and organization of power. People just want to live in safety and security wherever they are from, and international conflict between nations is more to keep the profit machine rolling than protecting freedom, or democracy. The suffering of the children needs to stop, and we are praying this video will help open peoples eyes to the goodness in all people regardless of there race, color, or creed.”

     

    Kenyan children repping for the cause with their "World Peace Before 2021" tee-shirts.

    Kenyan children repping for the cause with their “World Peace Before 2021” tee-shirts.

     

    CLICK PLAY BELOW: The Lambsbread – World Peace Before 2021

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  • New Song Release by David Kirton ‘I Won’t Forget’

    David Kirton carries Barbados with him wherever he travels.  “Barbados is where the stories of my music are from, when I share a piece of me, I share a piece of home”. His new single ‘I Won’t Forget‘ fills a space held close to our hearts. A space reserved for works of art, poems and songs, Universal values  that speak of tradition, love, history and ways of life held dear for generations.

     

    I Won’t Forget‘ was recorded in Barbados at Canefield Studios, a mere 200 yards from the Newton Slave Burial Grounds adding another element to the emotional connection Kirton has with the song.  The song delivers a poignant hopeful tone that embraces steady percussion rhythms, trails of steel pan, guitar tones echoing voices in the ocean and Kirton’s sandy, warm uniquely bajan voice.

     

    Kirton’s  inspiration for the song is simple, “It’s important to have a sense of belonging, feel a sense of community. Moving from my little island to the big city of Los Angeles in 2005 , I quickly realized that my roots and memories of home were the driving force behind my ability to remain unique and relevant among the thousands and thousands of working musicians“.

     

    Kirton is currently finishing his (5th) album, recording in Barbados with various producers and Jamaica, with Mikie Bennett. His songwriting progression has been steady and thoughtful, “Over the years, it has become a lot easier to dig deeper and be more personal with my song topics, going beyond safe, allowing myself to be uncomfortable if necessary, just go places where the music takes me“.

     

    ‘I Won’t Forget’ is written,  produced and performed by David Kirton, Neil Newton; bass and engineer, Stefan Walcott; keyboards, Jermone Waithe, David Kirton and Marley Kirton; guitar, Andre Forde; Steel Pan, Te’ Amir Sweeney; percussion and was mixed by Andrew Denny. CRS Music and Media is the digital distribution partner.   A music video is in final stages of  production and will be released in the coming weeks.

     

     

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    I Won’t Forget‘  will be available on all major online stores from Friday, 28th October.

    Previous David Kirton  releases; Stranger, Modern Roots, Time for Change and Island Songs for Children.

    Photo Credit: Richard Grimes


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  • Dance Icons Les Twins To Visit Trinidad for ISLANDHOP 2016

    World famous dance icons, Les Twins are heading to Trinidad and Tobago on November 12th for ISLANDHOP 2016. The identical twin brothers; Laurent and Larry Bourgeois are two of the most successful and established dancers having accumulated over 100 million views online. The mind blowing new-styles dancing duo from France have toured with Beyonce and Jay Z during their world tours and have danced for Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg, Drake, Chris Brown, Kanye West, Meghan Trainor and Missy Elliot among others. Their list of commercial campaigns is also lengthy having worked along with brands such as Beats By Dre, Nike, Coco Cola, HP, New Era and Aston Martin among others.

     
    ISLANDHOP 2016 which will be hosted at the Eastern Regional Indoor Sport Complex will feature a full day of events which were the brainchild of Liquid Matter Studios, Kith & Kin and X.O Dance Label in Partnership with Island Celebrity Bookings. These events include Dance Workshops, Meet & Greet sessions with Les Twins, Competitions, Dance Battles and Special Guest Performances from XOriginals, Erphaan Alves, Dren, Denice Millien, Mark Hardy and Yung Rudd.

     

    In addition to their dynamic dancing skills, Les Twins have travelled extensively teaching their original choreography in workshops in Japan, Canada, Russia, Germany, Finland, Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic, Kyrgyzstan, Hungary and Italy to list a few. Curt Alexander of X.O Dance Label describes the involvement of Les Twins in ISLANDHOP as “exciting.” According to Alexander “The Les Twins will be bringing with them tons of knowledge that can be shared with both upcoming and established dancers.” He added that, “Many of our local dancers have been dreaming and trying to achieve international recognition and this is an opportunity for them to hear it firsthand.”
    Tickets are priced at $300 (Audience), $400 (Audience + Meet & Greet), $450 (Audience + Dance Workshop) and $500 (All Access) and are available at All Lollabee Cellular Digicel Locations Nationwide, XO Dance Label Office (#6 Petra Street, Tragarete Road), Liquid Matter Studios, Xpressions Lounge (Medford 24, Tobago) and at Tobago Entrepreneurs Offices, Tobago.

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  • Reggae Stars Attend Private Reception to Honor NYC Music Executive Chris Chin

    Kingston, JA: Some of biggest stars in the reggae industry including singer Beres Hammond, Capleton, Chronixx, Etana, Nadine Sutherland, Ibamar, Lloyd Parks and Queens Ifrica were in attendance at a private reception on Heroes Day, at the Pavilion at Hope Gardens in Kingston, Jamaica to honor VP Records’ executive Christopher ‘Chris’ Chin. Earlier that morning, Chin was the recipient of the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD) from the government of Jamaica for outstanding work in the music industry both locally and internationally.

     

    Chris has accomplished much in the music industry, expanding the Jamaica Ave record store into a major distribution outlet and the largest independent reggae label in the world, distributing songs for Sean Paul, Shaggy, Buju Banton, Maxi Priest, Marcia Griffiths, Wayne Wonder, Mavado, Beenie Man, Shabba Ranks, Lady Saw, Patra, Tanto Metro & Devonte, Super Cat, Richie Stephens, Chris Martin, Romaine Virgo and Spice among others. He has also guided the label to Billboard’s “Best Independent Label” (2002 and 2003) and “Best Reggae Imprint Label” for three consecutive years. VP has achieved international acclaim for Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder, Bunji Garlin and Elephant Man through major label contracts with Atlantic Records, RCA Records, Virgin Music Canada and Bad Boys Records. In recent years, VP has expanded its portfolio to include the distribution of Soca music and concert promotions, co-producing successful Jerk festivals in New York and Washington DC.

     

    In his short but passionate speech at the Reception, Chris said he was honored and humbled to be recognized. He thanked those who had helped him along the way, especial his father Vincent and mother Pat Chin (Miss Pat) who beamed as her son spoke.

     

    ‘From he was 7 years old, I could tell he was destined to be in the music business’ his mother gushed. ‘The music business is tough but he has persevered because of his personality that endears him to everyone.”
    The long list of award winning/nominated albums in the VP Records catalog includes Gyptian’s Hold You (2010 Soul Train Award Winner), MOBO award winners for best reggae act; Mavado Gangsta For Life (2008) and Grammy nominated  albums – Shaggy’s Intoxication, Elephant Man’s Let’s Get Physical, Dennis Brown’s Let Me Be the One, Gregory Isaacs’ Private & Confidential, Beres Hammond’s Music is Life, Luciano’s A New Day and Capleton’s Still Blazing among others.
    The private reception concluded with stellar performances from Dean Fraizer, Carlene Davis, Capleton, Queen Ifrica, Etana, Nadine Sutherland, Ibamar, Karissa, Tony Rebel, Bongo Herman among others. VIP guests attending the shindig included former Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Hon Edward Seaga; Dr Carolyn Cooper, UWI; tour manager Copeland Forbes; artiste managers Robert Livingston & Ms Kemp; producers Donovan Germaine & Clive Hunt; TV host Winford Williams; Rev. Canon Calvin Mcintyre (NY); Rev. Canon Serrano Kitson (Jamaica); Janice Julian, Caribbean Food Delights; Andrea Daley, Team Jamaica Bickle and a host of family, friends and well wishers.

     

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    Music Executive Chris Chin

     

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    VP records Robert Livingston and Chris Chin

     

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    VP records Hon. Edward Seaga and Etana

     

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    VP Records Chronixx, Chris Chin and Miss Pat

    photo credit – Steve James

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  • US Soca Frontliner Wants To Hit Home Hard- Delivers ‘De Weekend’ With High Hopes

    The stars are aligning and the magic’s about to happen. Ever wondered why entertainers commit their lives to making other people happy? “It’s just that. We were placed here to do that- to make everyone happy. That’s just why God blessed us with the talent that we have,” says Allister McQuilkin. He goes by the stage name, ‘Rayzor’ and he’s more than meets the eye. In fact, he’s big news on the Soca circuit in the US, and he’s about to create quite a stir in Trinidad.

     

    Earlier this month, a social media post by one radio station in Trinidad and Tobago, highlighting that Razyor was ready to bring his vibe to Trinidad and Tobago ahead of Carnival 2017, was met with an elated comment by fellow New York based soca artiste, Yankey Boy. He acknowledged that the new single, ‘De Weekend’ was blowing up in New York city. “This is one of the top 5 2017 Soca songs in New York City, playing right now,” he had said. He was excited to see the song’s graphic posted on the Instagram page of the leading urban radio station in Trinidad and Tobago.

     

    In recent years, New York based soca artistes like Lyrikal, GBM Nutron, Angela Hunte, Patch and Yankey Boy have proven that they can deliver well. They provide fete songs that are given just as much respect as those sung by soca stars based in the Caribbean. Rayzor says he’s preparing himself to be added to this list of valuable soca music contributors. “The New York based soca music fan base is huge. We have people who’ve migrated from all over the Caribbean, who love the music. I’ve been at the frontline of the Request Band in New York for a number of years and I just feel the time is right to return to the epicenter of it all,” said Rayzor recently.

     

    A South Trinidad native, Rayzor credits artistes such as T&T’s Ajala, KMC,Bunji Garlin and soca king, Machel Montano as major influencers in his career. “These guys are pioneers of the genre’s sound. It’s evolved time and time again and as someone who was also influenced by the 90’s dancehall artistes, I have an appreciation for how they’ve merged dancehall and soca in many instances, to create a more global sound. As a matter of fact, there are now so many genre combinations with soca, the music is totally ready for global acceptance,” he said.

     

    Rayzor says he’s really looking forward to becoming a part of the Carnival dynamic in Trinidad and Tobago. Like many other entertainers who aren’t based in T&T, the challenge seems humongous, but he vows that he will not be daunted and promises that no matter what, he will not stop, until he succeeds.

     

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  • The spirit of the Caribbean to lift US east coast

    THE SPIRIT OF THE CARIBBEAN TO LIFT THE US EAST COAST

    ~ A series of road shows and seminars organized to help raise awareness of the region in three US east coast cities ~

     

    The Caribbean is going east this month – to the east coast of the United States.

    The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has organized a series of events in three states on the United States east coast to help raise awareness of the Caribbean to travel agents and the local media.

    A CTO team – including Member Countries, some of the major tour operators and hotel representatives – will visit Collingswood, New Jersey; New Haven, Connecticut and Boston, Massachusetts between 18 and 20 October for presentations, trade shows, seminars and face to face meetings with top producing travel agents as part of the Caribbean Goes Road Shows & Seminars.

    “The main objectives of these road shows are to raise awareness of the Caribbean as the premier warm weather holiday destination and to keep top producing travel agents and the media up to date with the latest developments and the variety of experiences that the Caribbean offers,” Sylma Brown, who heads the CTO’s New York office said.

    “The road shows also provide travel agents with the opportunity to network with Caribbean suppliers in a manner that will help them drive business to the Caribbean,” she added.

    On the road with the CTO will be Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, Caribbean Airlines, Celebrity Cruises, Central Holidays, Club Med, Delta Airlines, Dominica, GoGo Vacations, Grenada, Marry Caribbean.com; Martinique, Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, Saint Lucia, Travel Impressions, Turks and Caicos Collections, Sandals & Beaches Resorts and Vacation Express. They will meet with an exclusive group of travel agents to let them know what’s new in each country and to help develop sales leads.  The shows begin at 5:30pm and end at 8:30pm.

    Collingswood, New Jersey will be the first city visited on Tuesday 18 October at the Collingswood Ballroom, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, followed by New Haven, Connecticut on Wednesday 19 October at Lawn Club Fine Catering on 193 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, and Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday 20 October at Top of the Hub Skywalk & Restaurant 800 Boylston Street, Boston.

    To participate, please click on the following link: http://bit.ly/2deRDi9

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  • SUNSHINE Awards Organization Announces More 2016 Nominees Professor Ken Julien & Sir Garfield Sobers Included

    The SUNSHINE Awards Organization today announced in New Jersey the nominees for the 2016 SUNSHINE Award which will be presented at the 28th Annual SUNSHINE Awards in New York City. The black tie event is scheduled for Saturday October 15, at the AXA Equitable Center 787 Seventh Avenue at 51st Street in New York City.

     

    The SUNSHINE Awards was founded 28 years ago to recognize excellence in the performing arts, education, humanity, science, and sports of the various Caribbean countries.  Over the years, the program has expanded in depth and breadth with a global view including countries from Africa, South America, Central America, Europe and India.

     

    Dr. Hollis Chalkdust” Liverpool, Co-founder of the SUNSHINE Awards Hall of Fame and Chairman of the Nomination and Network Committee said, “What an array of bright minds and thoughtful souls for this year’s SUNSHINE Awards event. Our institution and all the nominees are to be commended for making this world a better place, given the many atrocities we face daily.”

     

    The nominees for this year’s SUNSHINE Awards includes:

     

    Father Richard Ho Lung – Jamaica

    Father Ho Lung will receive the 2016 Nelson Mandela Human Rights Achievement SUNSHINE Award for his contribution and unselfish commitment to humanity. This will be the inaugural presentation of this Award.

     

    Professor Ken Julien – Trinidad & Tobago

    Professor Julien will receive the 2016 Dom Basil Matthews SUNSHINE Award for his contribution to education, human and national development.

     

    Canute Spencer – Trinidad & Tobago

    Mr. Spencer will receive the 2016 Friend of the Arts SUNSHINE Awards for his contribution to the performing arts.

     

    Earl Crosby – Trinidad & Tobago (posthumously)

    Mr. Crosby will receive the 2016 Friend of the Arts SUNSHINE Awards for his contribution to the performing arts.

     

    Eddy Bourjolly – Haiti

    The world renowned jazz guitarist will receive the 2016 SUNSHINE Award for his over 40 years of contribution to the performing arts – creole music and jazz.

     

    Jacouba Sissoko – Mali, Africa

    A world renowned kora player/musician, will receive the 2016 SUNSHINE Award for his contribution to African Music.

     

    Pascual & Gema Nieto-Forteza – Spain

    A Spanish clarinetist (Pascual) and pianist (Gema) will receive the 2016 SUNSHINE Awards for their contribution to the performing arts and in particular Latin music. In 2001, Pascual became the first Spanish musician to become a member of the New York Philharmonic orchestra. Gema is a music consultant, a music promoter and artist manager. In 2003 she began performing with Pascual and made their New York debut, at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Ms. Nieto-Forteza has also played in chamber groups with other Philharmonic musicians.

     

    Kirani James – Grenada

    He will receive the 2016 SUNSHINE Award for his contribution to sports. He is a sprinter who specializes in the 200 and 400 meters. He won the 400 meters at the World Championships in 2011 and the 2012 London Olympics. He was Grenada’s first Olympic medalist in any sport. He was also a silver medalist at the recently concluded Rio Olympics.

     

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    Mr. Taylor will receive the 2016 SUNSHINE Award for his contribution to education and research.  A teacher, trade unionist, diplomat, an historian, journalist, lecturer, and cultural commentator. He is consumed in the study of Calypso and Carnival, two ways he described as seeing the world from street-level.

     

    Sir Garfield SobersBarbados

    Sir Garfield will receive the 2016 SUNSHINE Award for his contribution to sports. His first class cricket debut was at the age of 16 and he played for the West Indies between 1954 and 1974 and is regarded as the greatest all-rounder in the game of cricket.

     

    Lance Gibbs – Guyana

    Mr. Gibbs will receive the 2016 SUNSHINE Award for his contribution to sports. He is a former West Indies cricketer and is regarded as one of the most successful spin bowlers in Test cricket history. He made his first-class debut at the age of 19.

     

    David Cuffy – Trinidad & Tobago

    Mr. Cuffy will receive the 2016 SUNSHINE Award for his contribution to journalism. He spent more than 40 years working as a journalist. Along the way, he reported on politics, labor and entertainment. For the past 20-plus years he has been working exclusively in the arts and entertainment sector, writing on all aspects of the nation’s cultural diversity

     

    Samir Chatterjee – India

    Mr. Chatterjee is a virtuoso Tabla player from India. He travels widely across the world throughout the year performing in numerous festivals as a soloist or with other outstanding musicians from both Indian and non-Indian musical traditions.  He is also the founder of Chhandayan, is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Indian music, dance and culture

     

     Gil Figaro, Sr, Chairman and Founder of the SUNSHINE Awards said, “We are privileged to be able to recognize the accomplishments of these stalwarts’ and their contributions to our lives. Generations to come will embrace their legacy to accomplish their own goals and objectives. We must remember, without them life would be without excitement and purpose. They have enabled us to engage in dialog and debates and sometimes shape a point of view. My congratulations to them all.”

     

    The 28th Annual SUNSHINE Awards Program is sponsored in part by United Airlines, “the preferred airline of the SUNSHINE Awards Program,” Alizé, National Staffing Associates, All Star Motors and Essex County Towing, and Trini Breakfast Shed. Tickets can be obtained on the SUNSHINE Awards website at www.sunshineawards.com or by calling 201-836-0799. The SUNSHINE Awards Program is hosted by the Caribbean’s funnies comedians, Errol Fabien and Nikki Crosby.

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  • SUNSHINE Awards Organization Announces Father Richard Ho Lung of Jamaica To Receive The 2016 Nelson Mandela Human Rights Achievement SUNSHINE Award

    The SUNSHINE Awards Organization announced in New Jersey that Father Richard Ho Lung has been nominated and will receive the 2016 Nelson Mandela Human Rights Achievement SUNSHINE Award for his unselfish commitment to humanity and human development.  This inaugural presentation will be made at the 28th Annual SUNSHINE Awards scheduled for Saturday October 15, at the AXA Equitable Center 787 Seventh Avenue at 51st Street in New York City.

     

    The SUNSHINE Awards Program was founded 28 years ago to recognize excellence in the performing arts, education, humanity, science, and sports of the various Caribbean countries.  Over the years, the program has expanded in depth and breadth with a global view including countries from Africa, South America, Central America, Europe and India.

     

    In 2014, following the death of Nelson Mandela, the Chairman and Founder of the SUNSHINE Awards Program, Gil Figaro, Sr. wrote the Mandela family and the Board of Directors of the Nelson Mandela Foundation in South Africa, on behalf of the SUNSHINE Awards Organization requesting approval to name a SUNSHINE Award in honor of Nelson Mandela. Dr. Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool wrote the criteria or requirements that an individual or group or organization must meet in order to be considered for the very special Award. The requirements were accepted and approval was granted in that same year.

     

    Father Richard Ho Lung who was born to Chinese parents. In 1959, after completing his undergraduate studies he joined the Society of Jesus, the most respected of religious orders and certainly the most intellectually acclaimed in the Roman Catholic Church. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1971 and founded the “Missionaries of the Poor” in 1981 in Kingston, Jamaica

     

    Father Ho Lung found himself surrounded by desperate poverty in Kingston where the poor suffered greatly, had a strong sense that God was calling him to respond to their cry and to be with them in their suffering. He believed that God was calling on him to be his helper for the poor.  In 1980, Father Ho Lung made the difficult decision to leave the Society of Jesus, which he loved, and founded a religious community of men who dedicated their lives to the service of the rejected and the destitute. In light of his unselfish commitment to humanity Father Ho Lung was selected to receive the Nelson Mandela Human Rights Achievement SUNSHINE Award, using a rigid set of criteria by a group of historians and researchers, led by Dr. Liverpool.

     

    Contacted in Jamaica by telephone, Father Ho Lung said, “I felt humble yet joyful for the community. God has bless us once again in our service of the poorest and most destitute of people.”

     

    Dr. Harold Robertson, former Consul General of Trinidad and Tobago and diplomat who was instrumental in securing Nelson Mandela’s Foundation approval to name a SUNSHINE Awards in honor of Nelson Mandela said, “The Nelson Mandela Human Rights Achievement SUNSHINE Award is presented to an individual who exhibits the sterling qualities of servant leadership, compassion and statesmanship in the service of humankind which were the hallmark of Nelson Mandela. This year’s recipient is an outstanding example of the personification of these qualities and is richly deserving of the honor.”

     

    Gil Figaro, Sr, Chairman and Founder of the SUNSHINE Awards said, “This inaugural presentation in honor of Nelson Mandela is to remind individuals, organizations, and even societies about the difference that Nelson Mandela made in people’s lives. He inspired the underprivileged, and demonstrated that courage, commitment and determination are necessary for victorious outcomes. I congratulate the first recipient of this very special award, Father Richard Ho Lung. I pray that he will continue to make a difference in our world with his God-given gifts and abilities.”

     

    The 28th Annual SUNSHINE Awards Program is sponsored in part by United Airlines, “the preferred airline of the SUNSHINE Awards Program,” Alizé, National Staffing Associates, All Star Motors and Essex County Towing, and Trini Breakfast Shed. Tickets can be obtained on the SUNSHINE Awards website at www.sunshineawards.com or by calling 201-836-0799. The SUNSHINE Awards Program is hosted by the Caribbean’s funniest comedians, Errol Fabien and Nikki Crosby.

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  • John Q Arrives in Jamaica to Shoot two Music Videos

    John Q Arrives in Jamaica to Shoot two Music Videos

     

    John Q whose given name is John Kwesi Quansah visited Jamaica to shoot two music videos for his latest Reggae Singles Born Alone and Give me Your Love ahead of his debut album which is anticipated to be released by year end.

    “It’s a pleasure to be back in Jamaica to mark this significant milestone. Reggae is in my blood, and Jamaica is the home of Reggae so it is a seamless match to be able to shoot my videos here,” John Q said.

    Born Alone channels self-love and encourages listeners to empower themselves regardless of their circumstances.

    The lyrics challenge listeners to take time to make themselves happy, and asks self-evaluation question and encourages them to “Stop trying so hard to be accepted, stop forcing the people to love you”, then settles that true acceptance and loves comes when you are naturally yourself first.

    Give me Your Love which is predominantly sung in English and is a lover’s rock Reggae song.

    John Q said the inspirational track is his way of using Reggae music as a vehicle of change for conscious upward mobility. “We all have greatness in us, but first we must believe it, and then we need to act on it, only then will we achieve our full potential,” he expounded.

    Ariff Butler, CEO of Bloozick Multimedia, the production company tasked to shoot both videos said his team is looking forward to working with John Q.

    Born in West African nation of Ghana, John Q migrated to the United States to further his studies, and has been living there for the last 25 years. He sings in English, Twi and Ga, and is also fluent in Spanish. Despite the upcoming album being his first, his love affair with music started in his teenage years. He was exposed to a variety of genres of music while growing up, but settled on Reggae after hearing Bob Marley’s song “One Drop”. The infectious beat provide soul-reaching inspiration which has been a magnetic-like attraction pulling him back to the music and never allowing him to wander too far.

    John Q’s songs including Born Alone, Reggae Babaoo, Rain and Sun, and Gonna be More, his collaboration with Jamaican gospel singer-songwriter Claudius England continue to receive airplay on radio stations in the Jamaica, Ghana, the United States, and London.

     

    John Q Arrives in Jamaica to Shoot two Music Videos

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  • Noise Cans Announces New Track on Fell Up Records – Out on 10/14/16

    *FEEL UP RECORDS PRESENTS*

    NOISE CANS

    FEAT. SKINNY FABULOUS AND DANIELLE VIERA

    “DO IT LIKE AH PRO”

    10/14/2016

    NEW YORK CITY— The DJ’s presence from background to foreground through generations of music has evolved in unimaginable ways. Noise Cans, a DJ/producer from Bermuda, who presents himself as an otherworldly character behind a mask is a unique fusion of performance and art.

    On October 14th, 2016, Noise Cans resurfaces with a new single, “Do It Like Ah Pro” featuring Skinny Fabulous and Danielle Viera. The high-octane anthem will be distributed by Feel Up Records, the label founded by Jillionaire of Major Lazer.

    “Do It Like Ah Pro” is a tidal wave of analog percussion instruments and digital handclaps. The production traces soca from the West Indies then quickly colors outside the lines of Carnival vibes to incorporate electronic dance music. This sonic blend of past and present walks the same line as Noise Cans’ homage to the traditional Gombey mask. Steeped in centuries of mythology from the island of Bermuda, the mask is an iconic symbol, born of resistance to authority. Noise Cans expresses a contemporary embodiment of this rich folklore rooted in African, indigenous, Caribbean and British cultures. On stage, Noise Cans appears in modern interpretations of Gombey masks flanked by vibrant dancers wearing intricate masquerade costumes, creating a mesmerizing visual and audio atmosphere. The cover art for “Do It Like Ah Pro” also features his muse wearing the Gombey mask.

    While “Do It Like Ah Pro” pulsates a contagious rhythm that incites movement of all kinds, the vocal performance by Skinny Fabulous and Danielle Viera are equally captivating. “I wanted to make a soca-inspired EDM tune, and being that Skinny Fabulous has always been one of my favorite soca acts, he was my first choice,” says Noise Cans. Both Skinny Fabulous and Danielle Viera are soca heavyweights representing St. Vincent. In 2010 they were a dynamic duo on “Party Again” (Brass Fest 2 Riddim). Skinny Fabulous has also collaborated with Machel Montano and Major Lazer. Danielle Viera’s sizzling feature with Noise Cans mirrors her soca anthem, “Wuk Up Yuh Waist” from 2008.
    Last year, Noise Cans made a splash with Mr. Vegas and Lady Bee on “Bucka,” released on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak record label. The collaboration made Noise Cans one of the most anticipated artists to watch from the Caribbean in LargeUp.com‘s annual feature. Mic declared, Noise Cans “is drawing from its roots to bring the art of performance back to EDM,” and Billboard and The FADER have embraced the forward-thinking Noise Cans.

    NOISE CANS ANNOUNCES NEW TRACK ON FEEL UP RECORDS

    “Do It Like Ah Pro”
    Noise Cans feat. Skinny Fabulous and Danielle Viera
    October 14th, 2016
    Feel Up Records

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  • PRESS RELEASE || Nesbeth Wins ‘Song Of The Year’ at IRAWMA Awards and Shoots Video for ‘D.I.A.L’

    Despite the torrential rains of Hurricane Matthew lashing segments of the Caribbean and threatening the United States that still was not enough to stop the 2016 installment of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) which unraveled on Sunday, October 2, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Established in 1982 and now in its 35th staging the award show is geared towards acknowledging and honouring the accomplishments of stalwarts in the Dancehall, Reggae and World music genres across the globe.

     

    Staged at the Coral Spring Centre for the Arts the night’s festivities saw a number of the region’s stars coming out as big winners among them Reggae firebrand Nesbeth who won “Best Song of The Year” for his monster hit ‘My Dream’ he was also nominated in the category of “Best Male Vocalist” vying for top honours against Tarrus Riley, Romain Virgo, Christopher Martin and Grammy nominee Jah Cure.  In accepting the award the Trench Town native said, “Winning the IRAWMA for ‘Best Song of the Year’ on my birthday was more than a present… tears of joy. I would like to dedicate this to my wife, my children, my team and my loyal fans thanks be to Jah.”

     

    Earlier, delivering one the best performances of the night Nesbeth was thoroughly surprised by a member of the organizing committee who presented him with a cake amidst his set, the cheering audience quickly joined in to sing him happy birthday much to the delight of the packed house.

     

    An obviously shocked Nesbeth said, “You’ll stop before you’ll make me start crying in here___ you see I am all about my kids so as long as they are happy I am happy… sometimes these things (referring to his birthday – October 2nd) pass and I don’t even realise. Right now I can’t even find words to say but I want to thank you all very much and I will never forget this moment.”

     

    This award marks Nesbeth’ third for the year, he previously won ‘Song of the Year’ at the 2016 JARIA Awards and the Marcus Garvey Award for Music in August.

     

    Back on local soil, the singer has completed the video shoot for ‘D.I.A.L (Devil Is A Liar) with international British based director Jay Parpworth and is also expected to officially release his new single ‘Live Every Minute this Friday. The Entertainment Soul produced project is distributed by Zojak Worldwide and will be available on iTunes and all major digital platforms.

     

    Meanwhile, Nesbeth is scheduled to depart the island for a pair of concerts in Nassau and Bimini next week.

     

    LISTEN/ DOWNLOAD AUDIO || D.I.A.L  (Devil Is A Liar)   ||   LISTEN  “Live Every Minute

     

    FOLLOW NESBETH ON || NESBETHREGGAE.COM || INSTAGRAM

     

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  • Grammy Foundation Announces 19th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition 

    GRAMMY FOUNDATION® ANNOUNCES 19TH ANNUAL
    ENTERTAINMENT LAW INITIATIVE® WRITING COMPETITION

    Scholarship Program For Promising Entertainment Law Students Awards Cash Scholarships;
    Winning Papers To Be Presented At Annual ELI Luncheon on Feb. 10, 2017, During GRAMMY® Week

    WHAT: The GRAMMY Foundation® has launched its 19th Annual Entertainment Law Initiative® Writing Competition co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries. The ELI Writing Competition invites law students to write a 3,000-word paper on a compelling legal topic facing the music industry today. A cash scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded to the author of the winning paper, and $1,500 will be awarded to each of the four runners-up. Additionally, each winner will receive airfare, hotel accommodations, and a ticket to the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, which will be held at Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The winners will also receive invitations to other GRAMMY® Week activities, including the prestigious annual ELI Luncheon & Scholarship Presentation on Feb. 10, 2017, where the winning students will present their essays. Past luncheon keynote speakers include Tom Brokaw, Clive Davis, Daniel Ek, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Martin Mills, Darius Van Arman, and former GRAMMY Foundation Board member will.i.am, among others.

    • Contest is open to law students
    • Write a 3,000-word essay on a compelling legal issue facing the music industry
    • For complete contest rules, visit www.entertainmentlawinitiative.com; for further questions, email  loren.fishbein@grammy.com.
    •  Submissions must be received by Jan. 4, 2017 (1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT)
    •  Winners will be chosen on Jan. 27, 2017

    The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1988 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation, and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture. The Foundation accomplishes this mission through programs and activities that engage the music industry and cultural community as well as the general public. The Foundation works in partnership year-round with its founder, The Recording Academy®, to bring national attention to important issues such as the value and impact of music and arts education and the urgency of preserving our rich cultural heritage. In recognition of the significant role of teachers in shaping their students’ musical experiences, the GRAMMY Foundation and The Recording Academy partnered to present the first Music Educator Award™ in 2014. Open to current U.S. music teachers in kindergarten through college, the fourth annual Music Educator Award will be given out during GRAMMY Week 2017 and nominations are being accepted for the 2018 cycle. For more information about our music education programs, please visit www.grammyintheschools.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, please “like” GRAMMY in the Schools on Facebook, follow the GRAMMY Foundation on Twitter (@GRAMMYFdn) and join us on Instagram (@GRAMMYFdn).

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  • Music & News from Capsicum Records: “Talkin To The Wall” – Tashina McKenzie

    “Some people like to sing or want to sing.” says Hartford, CT-based Capsicum CEO and A&R Director Roger Meltzer, “but Tashina McKenzie needs to sing. It is the very air she breathes.”

    “I didn’t ask for this talent,” says Kingston singer-songwriter-performer Tashina. “It was given to me for a reason. I believe it is to inspire the hearts of people worldwide just as others before me have done. The way i see it, I’ve got nothing to lose; this is my passion. I believe I have a message to impart to others through my music, i believe it is one of the main purposes i am alive and on-earth today.

    “Ever since i was a little girl, I always used to always pretend that I was a superstar like the ones in the music videos I used to watch. I would make-believe I’m onstage with my mop stick as my microphone or with my hair brush in front of the mirror.

    “A lot of people kept telling me I have really good voice — my friends and even people I didn’t now.. At school, at home, I was always the entertainer; people would pay me to do songs for them and crowds would gather around me. Sometimes while at school, I used to skip class” and go into the bathroom and put on mini stage shows; teachers would put me up to do songs at devotions and special school functions. I was always singing, every day, all the time.”

    Co-written by Meltzer with his former Philadelphia International Records/Sound of Philadelphia staff mentor Bruce Hawes and the late Capsicum artist Sal Anthony, and co-produced by Meltzer, Osborne “Ifield” Joseph and Joseph Everton “Reality Weekes, the track features the incomparable Derrick Barnett or bass and George Ziegler on lead guitar. It was originally released as a fusion of r&b, funk and smooth jazz with Anthony on the lead vocal and Elan Trotman on tenor sax.

    Tashina’s international influences were Maria Carey, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton and Celine Dion and, in Jamaica, Bob Marley, Shaggy, Beenie Man and Diana King.

    “This fantasy stuck with me throughout my childhood years and continued into my teens. I started writing songs by age 12, and I actually did my first recording at the age of 15 at the Tuff Gong Recording Studio in Kingston.

    In 2005 the death of her older brother Romeo McKenzie impacted her greatly. She wrote a song about it entitled Scared and Terrified. With the melody in her head, although it wasn’t until 2008 that an official recording was done.

    “Since then, I never stopped writing songs and I never stopped singing, I couldn’t; it has always been my saving grace, when I’m down I sing to lift me up, and when I’m up, singing keeps me up. It is and always has been my comfort and my special friend nobody can ever take away. I sing every day and every chance I get.”

    In 2007 Tashina made her first step to starting a career in music when she entered the Digicel Rising Stars competition talent show with over a thousand contestants. She placed in the top ten and in the finals, 6th. This exposure gave her national recognition and exposed her talent to many new fans, including, the internationally renowned song writer and music producer and Grafton Studios owner Mikie Bennett, who took an interest in her music career.

    Tashina became a part of the Grafton Music Family where she learned about the music business and was groomed and tailored to become an industry professional, and It was there she finally recorded Scared and Terrified along with a number of other singles such as Naw Lef and Concerned Citizen which features Queen Ifrika and also Naughty Eyes featuring Nicky B. In 2010, she recorded several EDM songs with a producer in France. DJ Blue. Have Some Fun and Bad Gal Whine were featured on the album “Caribbean Spirit” receiving a lot of attention and heavily rotated on radio to help popularize the name Tashina in France.

    In 2012 she entered the Jamaica Song Festival competition celebrating Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence with an original song entitled Jamaica Beat Dem Bad. She won second place and also walked away with sectional prizes for ”Best Performer” and “Top Favorite” in the voting polls. In 2015, she entered Magnum Kings and Queen Dancehall Talent competition and made it to the semi-finals in a nationally televised show which gave her even more exposure and popularized her original song Naw Lef.

    By then, her recording craft and performance artistry were fully developed, working with producers like Dean Fraser and Patrick Roberts, and having done over 20 singles inclusive of covers and collaborations with top acts such as Merciless and Sizzla Kalonji. It was this body of work that first brought her to attention of the Hartford, CT, USA-based indie Capsicum Records.

    “I have decided to give it my all, everything I’ve got. I’m not giving up, I am going to claim what is mine, she says confidently.

    Today, Tashina has earned the respect of many top musicians, producers and artists, radio DJs and some of the best ears in the industry.

    Says Meltzer, “Follow her, watch her, join her as she fulfills her musical destiny.”

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