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Monthly Archives: November 2016

  • Antigua’s Best To Hit The Stage With T&T’s Best Brass Band In 2017

    Antigua will be represented in a big way come Carnival 2017 in Trinidad and Tobago- this as there’s confirmation today that one of the Soca music industry’s beautiful and talented female entertainers will join the ranks of the Roy Cape band ahead of Carnival 2017.

     

    Together with the band’s already accomplished entertainers, Blaxx and Ricardo Drue who, as it happens, was born in Antigua, female heartthrob, Tizzy will excite fans of soca music when she lends her amazing vocals to the Roy Cape set in 2017. The Roy Cape band has been known to deliver with effortless appeal, drawing on its experience in the industry time and time again.

     

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    Tizzy recently signed a major commercial contract with VP Records- the largest distributor of reggae, dancehall and Soca music globally. Her contract will see VP distribute her music for three years, through various digital distribution channels. It’s certainly a great feat accomplished by the artiste who’s single, “Pumpin Iron”, has been receiving the nod of approval since its release. She recently flew in to T&T, delivering the track personally to several radio stations and taking the time to interact with personalities and their audiences. “It’s important for me to let the people know that I appreciate them. I appreciate their support and I’m really looking forward to entertaining them all, when I step on stage as a part of the Roy Cape family in 2017,” she said.

     

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    The Caribbean is certainly coming together, often solidifying its connection via music on stages across the islands and internationally, at Carnival time. This unique collaboration between the Antiguan beauty and the Roy Cape band is viewed as yet another great step in the direction of Caribbean cohesion. Tizzy’s vocals are on par with fellow female soca stars like Destra Garcia, Denise Belfon and Alison Hinds. Her image represents strength and female empowerment- her toned physique inspiring many women around the world to do their best to preserve their health and look good no matter their age.

     

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    Tizzy is expected to return to Trinidad and Tobago very soon to further solidify her intent to work closely with her friends in music, on the island that’s known as the mecca of Carnival. For more on Tizzy, fans can follow her social media updates on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @therealtizzy.

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  • Sri Lankan Reggae Artist, RasTamil, Connects With Jamaican Veteran Producer, Bobby Digital

    Growing up in war-torn Sri Lanka motivated Franklin Fernando to go to battle. But instead of taking up arms, he armed himself with a Fender Stratocaster. After relocating to Canada, Franklin branded himself as RasTamil – combining ‘Ras’ (Rastafarian) and ‘Tamils’ (Sri Lanka’s minority people) – and began making music that reflects the hope of cultures around the world coming together.

    In an effort to work with the best in the Reggae industry, RasTamil reached out to Bobby Digital, initially requesting that he mix a song for him, but to his surprise, he was instead given a rhythm produced by the veteran producer for him to voice on. The result is the new single; Bluffing.

    According to RasTamil: “The story behind the song is a long story. It goes back to a 5 year long experience I had with the music industry people I thought were true friends, but who ripped me off  with a grant money I got to make my first album. There were times they threatened me with emails saying my music career will go down. They made very negative comments, you know. They also tried to stop people who wanted to help me. But with the help of the Most High, I was able to remain strong and come out of people’s negativity little by little. In the end I got this opportunity to work with Bobby Digital, which I’ve been trying to do for a very long time.”

    He went on to say: “When I wrote this song I had those threats in my mind which I am metaphorically using the “Blade” for. The message from this song is for the true soulful people who work hard every day and sometimes along the way they run into people who are wolves in sheep clothing and pretend to be friends and play with your trust. But if you are positive, strong and fearless you can conquer evil ways u know.

     

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    Listen Bluffing here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMAEvbuDjz8


    DJs send an email to mjentmusic00@gmail.com for the MP3

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  • Mastamind Productions Presents Da Spirits Soca Parang – Siparia Christmas

     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Mastamind Productions Presents Da Spirits Soca Parang – Siparia Christmas

    Composed, produced and arranged by Shawn “Mastamind” Noel for Mastamind Productions.

    Executive Producers: Natasha Andrews & Shawn Noel.

     

    Mastamind Productions is celebrating with their latest Soca Parang release titled “Siparia Christmas”. Producer/composer Shawn “Mastamind” Noel  takes us on a musical journey to his  hometown, Siparia with the delivery of a track  that he is dedicating to the memory of those musicians no longer with us, who have made immense contributions to the culture of Siparia and Trinidad & Tobago, including Hazel Noel, Daisy Voisin, Leroy “Big B” Birch, Andy Worrell, Ashford Joseph. Year after year their festive music would light up our homes and airwaves during the Yuletide season.

     

     

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  • Grammy Nominated Legendary Jamaican Jazz Great Monty Alexander For Chicago’s Jazz Showcase

    Grammy-nominated, Jamaican jazz pianist and band leader,  Monty Alexander, is coming to the legendary Chicago Jazz Showcase later this month.

    Alexander and the Harlem-Kingston Express band, whose blend of music combines jazz seamlessly with the reggae genre of his homeland, will play the Chicago Jazz Showcase from November 24-27, 2016. Show times are 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. nightly. The Jazz Showcase is the oldest historic jazz club in Chicago, Illinois. It was founded in 1947 by Joe Segal and is now owned and operated by Wayne Segal, Joe Segal’s son.

    Caribbean and other jazz fans who call Chicago home can see the award-winning Jamaican musician and his band by securing their tickets for the shows here or by logging on to the Chicago Jazz Showcase website. Tickets are $45 and $25, respectively, per show.

     

    Alexander is an American classic. His performances have been called pure magic by many journalists and jazz fans around the world, and his sets are undoubtedly “a refined concept of groove.” This extraordinary musician continues to tour the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message. His energetic pieces, 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.’

     

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

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  • Na-o-mi unleashes sizzling Soca track “Waiting For Carnival”

    POS, Trinidad (Sonique Solutions) – In the lead up to Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival 2017, a fresh face and sound is emerging from within the Soca arena in the form of singer Na-o-mi Frederick who is gearing up to create a cultural impact with her debut track ‘Waiting For Carnival’.

     

    Since its release, the song that’s been putting a vintage spin on modern day Soca music has garnered the young performer positive attention and fantastic feedback from Soca fans due to her powerful vocals and the track’s old school flavour, complete with pulsating rhythm section percussions and upbeat brass lines.

     

    ‘Waiting For Carnival’ was co-written by Na-o-mi and her mother Ayana Frederick and produced by Danté Pantin (Musical Director and Keyboardist for Orange Sky).

    This new song paints a picture of the excitement felt universally by Carnival lovers in anticipation of the upcoming season.

    According to Na-o-mi her inspiration for the track was her Grandfather’s encouragement to pursue her Soca career and to remain true to herself while creatively making an impact.


    The once reluctant singer now self-professed songbird and passionate performer brings a wealth of music and entertainment experience to her burgeoning professional career having attained grades 1-5 in music theory, served as Captain for the Starlift Junior Steelband and performed at major events surrounding Sandfest, Jazz Festival and Calypso History Month.

     

    Although a fan of several genres of music, Na-o-mi shared that she is totally focussed right now on making Soca music and remains humble and realistic of the journey ahead of her.

    The singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist stated, “I don’t view this as an easy path to stardom and money; I do know that hard work, determination, sleepless night and countless hours are necessary in order to create quality music and a successful career”.

     

    Armed with a solid track, strong vocals, confidence and the ability to block out all negativity, the fun-loving and patriotic Na-o-mi aspires to gain significant airplay for Waiting For Carnival and to showcase her talent in various upcoming carnival fetes and competitions.

     

    The determined, up and coming Soca songstress who desires to one day collaborate with the likes of Soca artistes Machel Montano, Fay-Ann Lyons, Voice and Pop star Lady Gaga remains thankful to all of her supporters for the motivation and endless encouragement.

     

    Check out ‘Waiting For Carnival’ on Youtube AND Follow Na-o-mi on Facebook. For more information on Na-o-mi Frederick please contact management via (E) indigenousmystic21@gmail.com, (P) 868-309-1415

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  • Queen Ifrica Announces New Album for 2017 + NYC Performance on Nov 16

    QUEEN IFRICA WILL RELEASE HER THIRD STUDIO ALBUM 

    CLIMB IN 2017 ON VP RECORDS

    Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley Featured on Opening Track 

     

    The Reggae Songstress Will Showcase New Album in NYC on Nov 16

     

    The Jamaican award-winning singer, songwriter and social activist Queen Ifrica returns with her new studio album Climb in January 2017 on VP Records.  The lyrical crusader calls for global change on the album and rallies comrades like Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley on the opening hip-hop tinged track “Truvosation.”

     

    She touches on key social issues throughout the album. The soul-tinged reggae track  “I Can’t Breathe” rails against ongoing police brutality in America; the ska flavored “Rebellion” name checks uprisings across several continents that have secured rights and improved the lives of many marginalized individuals. This sentiment is reinforced on “Battlefield”, which warns “we never yield, its war on the battlefield, if you nah hear you ah go feel.”

     

    She also continues to uplift the younger generation. Queen’s beautifully sung lyrics encourage perseverance during hard times on the title track and she reveals two of her greatest motivational sources, her mother and grandmother on “Ask Me Granny.”  On “Black Woman” she implores young ladies to know their worth and not be swayed by objectifying trends in popular culture.

     

    “These songs come to me as I am watching the world; I see myself as a social worker that uses music as my tool because music is the greatest weapon to impact societal change, to help young people to understand themselves more,” Ifrica says.

     

    On November 16, 2016 in NYC, Queen Ifrica will be performing select tracks from the album to give fans a taste of what is to come. The intimate live show will be held directly after the launch party for Jamaica’s renowned Rebel Salute music festival at Milk River in Brooklyn, NY.

     

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  • Reggae Artist Garnet Silk Jr. Exclusively Releases New Music Video ‘Lady Divine’ on Reggaeville.com

    Garnet Silk Jr. teams up with Sammy Wilk “Lady Divine” video released on Reggaeville

     

    Garnet Silk Jr. released his new video ‘Lady Divine’ on top reggae website Reggaeville.com.

     

    We all know the legendary Garnet Silk who passed away at a young age, leaving us with great memorable reggae music.

     

    His Son Garnet Silk jr has stepped in his Fathers footprints and is making great reggae Music since he was only 13 years old.

     

    Today I would love to share Garnets brand new video Lady Divine ft. Sammy Wilk with you and make you part of the journey we have ahead of us.  I hope you will enjoy the video and and please let me know if you would like to have an interview or a dubplate from Garnet Silk Jr. and I Will arrange that for you.

     

    Reggaeville.com is one of the world’s largest online reggae portals in the world. As an online reggae magazine, Reggaeville.com showcases the latest news, photos, concerts, videos, releases, reviews, interviews, articles, etc. Julian Schmidt is the founder of Reggaeville.com, which emerged from the photography based website reggaephotos.de and is now the world of reggae in one village

     

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    https://www.reggaeville.com/artist-details/reggaeville/videos/video/garnet-silk-jr-feat-sammy-wilk-lady-divine/

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  • Taj Weeks & Adowa – World Premiere Music Video

    WORLD PREMIERE – OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

    TAJ WEEKES & ADOWA

    LET YOUR VOICE BE AS LOUD AS YOUR SILENCE

     
     

    Roots reggae group Taj Weekes & Adowa is proud to announce the premiere of their second music video, “Let your voice be as loud as your silence” from their 5th album, “Love, Herb & Reggae.”  As a poet and a humanitarian, Weekes has always catered his music to the struggle of mankind against oppression.  The song, which is the first on the album, is an argument against passivity and a call to revolution.  “Love, Herb & Reggae” debut on the Reggae Billboard and CMJ charts.

     

     

    “In these current times, our voice is the strongest weapon against injustice. Whether we vote, take a knee or march in the streets with fists in the air, our collective voice can change the world.” – Taj Weekes

     

    “I will unite with anyone to do right, and with no one to do wrong.” – Frederick Douglass.

     

    Jatta, LLC ♦ Worldwide www.tajweekes.com ♦ info@tajweekes.com 

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  • Pan-Jam’s C.B. Facey Foundation endorses budding eight-y-o artist

    Kingston, Jamaica: It came as a surprise for eight-year-old Aljarno Patric Campbell and his family when his artwork ‘Radiant Earth’ was selected to be used as the graphic for tickets to the second staging of Mount Plenty Organics’ Farm to Table charity event: A Fusion of Food Art and Goodwill.

    “I’m just so proud of him,” says his grandmother Pamela Brown. “It’s a shame his mother never got a chance to see how talented he is.”

     

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    Eight-year-old artist, and student of Exchange Primary School, Aljarno Patric Campbell pauses in one of the spacious barns at the Mount Plenty Organic Farm, which hosted the 2016 Orange Hall summer school focused on children creating art.

     

    Aljarno’s mother succumbed to her cancer diagnosis less than three years ago. He currently lives with his grandparents in Union – a short distance from Laura Facey-Cooper’s Mount Plenty Farm in Orange Hall, both in St Ann. Facey-Cooper had hosted another of her annual Orange Hall summer schools in summer of 2016, where Aljarno attended for the first time. The third child of four to his mother, the bubbly young boy was excited to express his emotions on paper.

    “Auntie Laura gave me crayons and paint… My favourite colour is green and I used green, red, blue, orange and purple to colour ‘Radiant Earth’,” says Aljarno.

    Aljarno used crayons as his medium to represent the earth with spheres of definitive colours framed in red.

     

    “I feel glad”, is what he says when asked how he feels to have his work chosen to be on the tickets to the charity event.

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    Facey-Cooper explains that: “The summer programme is sponsored by the Cecil Boswell Facey Foundation. It’s about bringing the arts to children who don’t have it in their schools. We engage about 30 to 50 children from the surrounding environment and they do interesting things like tie-dying, drawing with crayons and pastels and paint and making costumes for Junkanoo Dancers. We dream up all sorts of exciting things.”

    According to Pamela Brown, she has every intention to send him to Facey-Cooper’s summer school in 2017 and beyond.

    “I don’t even think his school [Exchange Primary] knows how talented he is. They do not have an art program. Other people in the family are talented but I will support him,” says Brown.

    On Sunday, November 6, art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to acquire unique works from local artists; including the works of Facey-Cooper who is a renowned sculptor. Food-loving patrons will be treated to rustic, gourmet vegetarian dishes made from organic local produce; exquisite Jamaican offerings from Chef Jacqui Tyson; refined rural fare from Hermosa Cove’s Chef Conroy Arnold; and world-class offerings from Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Executive Chef Dennis McIntosh.
    Patrons will also enjoy, for their US$80 or JMD$10,000 contribution, the musical stylings of The Jolly Boys.

    The afternoon in Orange Hall, St Ann forms part of the fundraising activities for C.B. Facey Foundation, the charitable arm of Pan-Jamaican Investment Trust Limited. This year, C.B. Facey Foundation hopes to raise $10 million. Last year’s staging of Mount Plenty Organics’ Farm to Table event raised $5.8 million for the institution.

    Tickets are available at F&B Swiss Stores, Harbour Street, Kingston; Cannonball, Loshusan; Uncorked; Cellar 8, Upper Manor Park; Tea Tree Creperie as well as from cbfaceyfoundation.org and mtplentyorganics.com.

     

    About C.B. Facey Foundation at Boys’ Town

    The C B Facey Foundation has been the charitable arm of Pan-Jam for over 30 years. The Foundation is helping to shape the society by investing in the arts, the environment, and education.

    The main thrust at Boys’ Town Infant and Primary School, situated in the Trench Town community of Kingston, is to transform the quality of education at the school, making Boys’ Town a model school by 2020. This project will be an example for public and private partnerships within the Jamaican education system.

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  • #YardHype EXCLUSIVE Premiere: Reggae & Dancehall Artist Rob Diesel Releases “Ocean View”

    Reggae and Dancehall Rising Star Rob Diesel Releases “Ocean View”

     

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (MPR Consulting) – For rising recording artist Rob Diesel, the latter part of 2016 has been nothing but affirmative as the Rasta in America has seen the release of breakthrough single and video “My Love” received to positive feedback from music industry and rave reviews from his growing fans.

     

    Rob Diesel’s whose motto states “Bringing life to music with party vibes and positivity ” has followed up with yet another hit bound track with “Ocean View”. The dancehall single laid on a maximalist production effort never misses a beat. The rhythm never stops building, and remains upbeat and fun, while Rob’s distinctive voice paired with sexy lyrics is almost too infectious to not move too.

     

    Speaking on his latest release, Rob Diesel explained “Ocean View (Baby)’ expresses how the right woman can have the same effect of a beautiful ocean view, such as in the Caribbean. Though, it could really be any settings that puts ones life at ease for a moment.”, the artist added “The name of the riddim when I got it was ocean view. I freestyled to the riddim while I was driving and this is what came out of it.

     

    The single is premiering exclusively Wednesday, November 2nd at YardHype.comEntertaining Yaad & Abroad“. Written by Rob Diesel on the Ocean View Riddim and produced by Red Sq/Tallawah Records and Free Agent Music, “Ocean View (Baby)“, is available pre-order on iTunes and for sale on Friday, November 4th 2016 distributed by Zojak Worldwide. (http://tinyurl.com/RoobDieselOceanViewiTunes)

     

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