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  • St. Kitts Sets a High Standard at the Start of Caribbean Week

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  • Dominica hosts food and drink festival

    Dominica….Home of the Nature Island Food and Drink Festival

    Roseau, Dominica – Dominica presents the Nature Island Food and Drink Festival, 4 days of culinary excellence and passion. Organized by Vetivert Inc., the festival to be held from July 1st – 4th 2015 incorporates Island Chef Cook-Off Competitions, Mixologist Competitions, Culinary Arts and Ital Food Symposiums and expos and a Farm to Table experience for kids.

    The festival which has been in operation since 2012 is ideally placed within the summer months taking advantage of the summer tourism rush and prefacing other local festivals such as Dive Fest, held in July. In 2015, the festival will see the introduction of experiences for children, incorporation of health conscious foods, utilizing trends towards whole and raw foods, and fusion cuisine.

    Producer of the Festival, Carla Armour, explains that, “The festival seeks to excite persons about using local produce in new and interesting ways in fusion with international concepts and products, to raise the standard of food and drink offerings”. In doing so she explained that the culinary arts will be recognized as an internationally marketable heritage and tourism niche.

    This year, the Nature Island Food and Drink Festival features Toronto based Chef Carlos Laville and New York based Chef Stefan Shillingford. Health and wellness activities will also form part of the Festival, which culminates

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  • Salome Pacific Releases Single and Video, “Beautiful and Strong”

    Salome Pacific Releases Single and Video, “Beautiful and Strong”

    San Francisco, CA – Salome Pacific is making her U.S. premiere with the release of her single, and music video, “Beautiful and Strong.” The visually stunning music video displays the celebrating of her recent independence, deep appreciation of life, and perseverance. “Beautiful & Strong” is a gorgeous pictorial representation of what we can expect from the sophisticated artist. “Beautiful and Strong” is available on iTunes, along with the video now streaming onYouTube.

    Shot in the picturesque woods and along the coast of California, Salome Pacific relaxes leisurely as she sings about courage and self-acceptance. The video for “Beautiful and Strong” finds the artist communing with nature, relaxing and appreciating her surrounding. The song takes listeners on a journey of empowering self-discovery with the captivating hook, “I am beautiful, I am strong, I am everything you want to be.” As the artist rejoices her strength and self-love, a handsome man takes shape, emerging from trees and is immediately drawn to Salome. It is this liberation, the artist finds within herself, which attracts the mysterious tall, dark and handsome man toward her. Complete with a romantic happy ending, the music video is an amazing visual companion to Salome Pacific’s latest single. “Beautiful and Strong” was co-produced by Salome Pacific, Heather Holley, Rob Hoffmann,Brent Fischer and Jon Rezin. This latest release marks a new chapter in the catalogue of her artistry that is compelling, fresh and inspiring. Regarding the recording process, the artist commented, “I wondered, ‘How can I sing these lines when I’m not feeling this way?’ Jon Rezin, reminded me of my own words, ‘there is nothing you have to prove: you are beautiful and strong.’”

    Salome Kaniaru found her passion for music singing in church and gospel choirs in her birth country of Kenya. After joining in the Saint Stephen Choir, she knew that she was going to sing for the rest of her life. She would eventually relocate to Köln, Germany, where she signed with Sony Records and adopted the studio as her second home. Salome toured all over Europe in support of her music and was featured prominently in Vive Magazine. Music has taken Salome Pacific on an incredible journey across several countries and continues to pave a path of uncharted territory.

    “Beautiful and Strong” is Salome Pacific’s first single since her return to the studio and we can expect several new tracks by the refined, seasoned artist. Salome is just getting started, and is out to prove that she cannot be stopped. “Beautiful and Strong” is available now on iTunes with her new video on YouTube. For news and updates be sure to follow her atFacebook.com/SalomePacific.

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  • Exco Levi Breaks Canadian Barriers with Music in Film!

    Exco Levi Breaks Canadian Barriers with Music in Film!

    Toronto, ON, Canada

    Canada’s Exco Levi continues to break barriers with his music. From making history with Canada’s coveted JUNO Awards (for which he has won Best Reggae Recording 4 times consecutively), to being one of the first to tour Europe extensively, and now adds music in film to his list of impressive historic accolades.

    CAMELION, produced by Josh Ary and directed by Reza Dahya is a film about a group of undocumented workers who live together in an apartment in Toronto who face experiences of trying to survive which is juxtaposed by one member of the group who is from Ireland while the rest of the group are people of color. Of the hundreds of songs included in Exco’s discography, both producer and director chose his 2015 JUNO Award winning song “Welcome the King.”

    Speaking from his recording studio in Toronto, Exco shared “I am happy to have my music included in the film CAMELION. The storyline is something I’m a little familiar with which is coming to a new country and trying to make it. I can’t wait to see the movie to know if their outcome is like mine!”

    The screening for CAMELION will be June 9th at 7:30 pm the TIFF Bell Lightbox which plays host to the Toronto International Film Festival. “Welcome the King” is featured during the lead scene.

    “Welcome the King” was produced by Queens, New York based producer Kheilstone Music and engineered by Exco Levi for High Priest Records. Exco Levi’s album, Country Man is distributed by Pacific Arts & Music / Warner Music Canada and is available on iTunes and all leading digital retail outlets. Exco will be on tour from June to September across the Western United States, Europe and Canada.

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  • Caribbean WORDFest, Saturday June 6th

    Award-winning Authors for Caribbean Month WORDFest Tracey Baptiste,
    Cheryl Boyce-Taylor; Marlon James Saturday, June 6, 2015

    The Writers Are Coming! Bestselling novelist, Marlon James, celebrated poetess, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, and award-winning children’s book author, Tracey Baptiste, headline this year’s WORD! – A Caribbean Book Fest. This annual coming together of authors, readers and literary curious returns on Saturday, June 6 to the Medgar Evers College campus in Brooklyn, NY – the world’s largest Caribbean meeting.

    This star-studded celebration of the frequently overlooked literary legacy of the Caribbean’s cultural milieu is being held in observance of Caribbean American Heritage Month. The afternoon-long program, created for lovers of a good story for readers of all age groups, consists of workshops and panel discussions on issues as varied as diversity in children’s literature to publishing one’s first novel, storytelling and open mic sessions, author presentations for adult and younger readers, book exhibits, and spoken word performances.

    Produced by the Caribbean Cultural Theatre as part of the 9th season of the Poets & Passion literary platform, WORDFest is for the for the second consecutive year being hosted by Caribbean Research Center in association with the Medgar Evers College School of Liberal Studies and Education.

    With accolades and critical kudos from almost every major industry publication and literary festival, Jamaican novelist, Marlon James’, A Brief History of Seven Killings, has be dubbed “perhaps the best book of 2014.” (Gwaker) Based on the true events surrounding an assassination attempt on famed singer Bob Marley, the novel has garnered among other awards Trinidad and Tobago’s OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and been a finalist for the US National Book Critics Circle Awards. Other award-winning novelists appearing at the June 6 WORDFest are Haitian, Elsie Augustave, The Roving Tree, Guyanese, Rosalind McLymont, The Guyana Contract; Jamaican, Pamela Mordecai, Red Jacket, along with Cuban-American science fiction writer, Daniel José Older, Half-Resurrection Blues.

    Trinidadian poet, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, is the author of three collections of poetry: Raw Air, Night When Moon Follows, and Convincing the Body. She was recently recognized by the New York based poets & Writers, Inc. with its Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award for her efforts to strengthen the community of Caribbean-American poets. She heads a line-up of over a dozen poets and spoken word artists with roots from Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Puerto Rico and St. Lucia for this year’s program.

    Tracey Baptiste, who also hails from Trinidad & Tobago, heads the every growing roster of authors from the Caribbean diaspora specifically writing for younger readers. Baptiste’s debut novel, Angel’s Grace, was named one of the 100 best books for reading and sharing by NYC librarians and her latest novel, The Jumbies was recently named a Junior Library Guild Selection. Other scheduled writers and storytellers for the Young Readers Platform include Zetta Elliott (St. Kitts – Nevis), Kellie Magnus (Jamaica), and Ibi Zoboi (Haiti).

    This year’s WORDFest is under the joint patronage of New York State Assembly Member N. Nick Perry and New York City Council Member Mathieu Eugene.

    WORD! – A Caribbean Book Fest takes place at Medgar Evers College, 1650 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225 on Saturday, June 6, 2015 beginning at 12 noon.

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  • Jah Cure Announces New Album The Cure Out July 10

    JAH CURE
    BREAKS NEW GROUND WITH HIS EAGERLY-AWAITED STUDIO ALBUM

    THE CURE TO BE RELEASED JULY 10 ON VP RECORDS

    “a voice that sounds as if he’s wringing out passion from every note” – NPR.org

    On July 10, 2015, Jah Cure will release his new studio album The Cure (VP Records). Recently hailed by NPR as “a voice that sounds as if he’s wringing out passion from every note” and once described by the Los Angeles Times as “a brilliant crooner of Bob Marley-esque love-and-peace reggae,” the Jamaican-born singer has long been recognized as one of the island’s greatest voices. With his beguiling vocals and soulful conviction, Cure effortlessly blends street poetry and sufferer’s tales with beautiful love ballads into one cohesive collection. The 13-track set is a return to roots reggae and lover’s rock with R&B and pop-fused elements.

    Jah Cure co-produced the entire album with the help of reggae producers like Christopher “Sketch” Carey, Clive Hunt, Llmar “Riff Raff” Brown, Justin “Jus Bus” Nation and Trevor “Baby G” Washington James. The Cure features recent hits like his #1 reggae chart-topping John Legend cover “All of Me” (which received over 5 million YouTube views), “Rasta” (currently #1 on Clinton Lindsay’s NY reggae singles chart), “That Girl” and “Life We Live” as well as brand new singles including “No Friend of Mine” “Made In California,” “I Surrender” and many more.

    Jah Cure’s multi-faceted story of struggle and love is intertwined into The Cure. “My struggles made me who I am today. That’s why I sing with feelings, it comes from my heart cause I feel the pain. Who feels it knows it,” he states.

    Cure did not have the typical road to stardom. The Montego Bay native just began his musical career, with reggae veterans like Capleton, Sizzla and Beres Hammond taking him under his wing, when it came to a screeching halt after a controversial case that led to incarceration. However, Cure’s popularity rose to new heights during this time, becoming one of the fastest rising reggae stars worldwide. He was able to secure professional recording equipment and released multiple albums (Free Jah Cure, Ghetto Life and Freedom Blues) for worldwide distribution before his release in 2007. Since then, Cure has continued to top the reggae charts with hits and has released several albums True Reflections, The Universal Cure and World Cry. His latter album featured collaborations with Rick Ross and Jazmine Sullivan, blending hip-hop, pop and R&B into his sound.

    On his upcoming album The Cure, fans can also hear this multi-genre influence while he stays true to his roots. His evolved sound creates a well-rounded album that will resonate with roots reggae listeners and R&B lovers alike.
    https://twitter.com/TheRealJahCure
    https://www.facebook.com/TheRealJahCure
    http://instagram.com/TheRealJahCure
    http://www.jah-cure.com/
    TRACK LISTING
    1. No Friend Of Mine
    2. Corruption
    3. Life We Live
    4. I Surrender
    5. Set Me Free
    6. Made In California
    7. Show Love
    8. All Of Me
    9. Still Remains
    10. Other Half Of Me
    11. That Girl
    12. Rasta
    13. Stay With Me

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  • CTWD Highlights the Healing Power of Film at 2015 Caribbean Studies Conference

    CTWD Highlights the Healing Power of Film at
    2015 Caribbean Studies Conference

    New Orleans, Louisiana – CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD) presented an important panel discussion on the unique role of film and new digital technologies in healing the historical hurts created by our colonial past, that have fueled divisions between Africa and the Creole cultures of the Caribbean and the Americas. The presentation took place during the 40th Annual Conference of the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    Presenting on the panel were CTWD Chair, Dr. Keith Nurse; renowned filmmaker and Co-founder of Banyan Ltd., Christopher Laird; and filmmaker and ‘art-ivist’, Nicole Brooks. CTWD’s attendance at CSA was made possible by CTWD’s ‘3D Distribution Project’, financed by the ACP Cultures+ Program.

    Caribbean Studies is growing in popularity among scholars and universities worldwide. This educational field is a core market for CTWD’s catalog of over 300 titles, many of which are used effectively as curriculum tools on a range of subjects, including history, cultural studies, immigration, sociology, economics, politics, and gender studies.

    During the CSA Conference, CTWD also announced its landmark partnership with the Banyan Archives. This unparalleled Collection spans 4 decades and includes more than 3,000 high-quality documentary video recordings of Caribbean rituals, cultural festivals, and hundreds of interviews with celebrated Caribbean artists and icons. \

    Christopher Laird said : “After two presentations at the CSA and the enthusiastic response from those who attended and who heard about the existence of this remarkable entrance into the resources available for Caribbean enquiry and research – which one person described as ‘epic’ – I think the use of video/film as a research tool in a context heavily invested in text is at last getting some traction. The excitement generated was palpable”

    “Film records and documents our cultures, both past and living, and has the power to unite territories divided by distance, language and bodies of water. The synergies and similarities throughout the Diaspora are undeniable, haunting, resonant, and healing. Films on Caribbean subjects provide tools for education that did not exist before. They are invaluable for education, documentation and forward development, ” said Frances-Anne Solomon, Founder of CTWD.

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  • Raytid Delivers at STAR Awards & Featured In U.S Magazine

    Billed as one of the performers for last Saturday’s inaugural staging of the People’s Choice STAR Awards held at the Waterfront in Downtown Kingston; fast rising dancehall artiste Raytid gave a good account of himself delivering a commendable set to the hundreds in attendance [ WATCH HIGHLIGHTS ].

    Clad in an all-white ensemble the purple-hair deejay kicked off his performance in the wee hours of Sunday morning with the popular ladies anthem ‘Blah Daff’, and within minutes had a female on stage joining in the festivities as she demonstrated the new dance craze created by Sher Rumbaar and Shelly Belly. Singing several of his current chart bubblers Raytid quickly wrapped a concise set with the hit single ‘Forward’ before introducing fellow stable-mate Demarco to the stage.

    Coming on the heels of his exciting performance, Raytid was also the recipient of more good news on Monday afternoon as he’s featured in the June edition of ‘Birdie Magazine’, page 9 with an article titled ‘Raytid Blazes Charts with Blah Daff’. The U.S publication based in Washington D.C. and Maryland encapsulates the urban entertainment landscape of North American intertwined with the hottest acts and happening out of the Caribbean.

    Reacting to the news, Raytid said he very pleased with the feature as it marks another milestone in his burgeoning career, “I am very happy with the current state of my career, right now this magazine feature is a great look and will definitely help in exposing my talent to new fans and potential new markets.”

    With the official video and audio for Blah Daff amassing a combined 70,000+ views on VEVO in only three weeks, Raytid says he will be intensifying his promotional campaign heading into summer with increased street presence.

    The deejay has also released two new singles, ‘You A Mi Baby’ on the Playback rhythm for Frankie Music and ‘Wuk Wuk’ produced by Jay Crazie Records on the Blahdaff Nation rhythm.

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  • New Album (Jul 17) – REGGAE GOLD 2015

    REGGAE GOLD 2015 WILL BE RELEASED ON JULY 17, 2015

    reggae gold

    The Genre’s Top Selling Annual Compilation Features Today’s Hits in Pop, Reggae, Dancehall, Roots and Lover’s Rock

    Compilation Includes an Eclectic Mix of Artists Including
    Magic, Eddie Murphy, Beres Hammond, Spice ft. Vybz Kartel, Busy Signal, Gyptian, Romain Virgo, Dexta Dups, Inner Circle ft. Chronixx & Jacob Miller, Etana, Queen Ifrica, Ikaya, Toian, Jah 9, Jah Cure & Gully Bop

    For over 20 years, the world’s #1 Caribbean music compilation Reggae Gold brings the genre’s top hits into one must-have collection for the masses. 2015’s installment, out July 17, 2015 on VP Records, is filled with the season’s freshest sounds in roots, dancehall, lover’s rock and pop-fused reggae from a diverse group of talent.

    From the Canadian pop supergroup Magic’s #1 Billboard single “Rude” to comedian/actor/singer Eddie Murphy’s return to reggae on his latest single “Oh Jah Jah,” (following his 1993 Shabba Ranks collab “I Was A King”) – there is no shortage of crossover appeal on Reggae Gold 2015.

    This year’s installation features a multitude female artists reigning in reggae today – from emerging stars like the Rastafarian singer Jah9 (“Avocado”), reggae pop princesses’ Toian (“Love It”) and Ikaya (“My Man”) to Jamaica’s leading ladies, like dancehall diva Spice (“Conjugal Visit” ft. Vybz Kartel), the soulful songstress Etana (“I Rise”) and roots reality lyricist Queen Ifrica (“I Can’t Breathe”). The latter song carries a strong message to stop police brutality and racial profiling worldwide.

    The set also delves into exclusive new music from Jamaica’s top male artists. Jah Cure reveals his latest single “Made In California” off his upcoming album The Cure and the legendary crooner Beres Hammond delivers his stellar new anthem “Jamaican International Dance.” Singer-songwriter Christopher Martin turns heads with the island’s chart climber “I’m A Big Deal,” while overnight sensation Gully Bop proves ground with his popular tracks ” My God Dem Nuh Bad Like We” and “Body Specialist.” Dancehall star Busy Signal drops lyrical fire on the flirtatious fun track “Text Message,” and Gyptian unveils his latest steamy single “All On Me.” Every song counts on this collection.

    https://www.facebook.com/#!/ReggaeGold

    REGGAE GOLD 2015 TRACK LISTING
    Magic – Rude
    Jah Cure – Made In California
    Beres Hammond – Jamaican International Dance
    Christopher Martin – I’m A Big Deal
    Gully Bop – My God Dem Nuh Bad Like We
    Gully Bop – Body Specialist
    Busy Signal – Text Message
    Ding Dong – Syvah
    Gyptian – All One Me
    Dexta Daps – Morning Love
    Spice ft. Vybz Kartel – Conjugal Visit
    Toian – Love It
    Ikaya – My Man
    Jah 9 – Avocado
    Romain Virgo – Stars Across The Sky
    Yahsha – Karma
    Etana – I Rise
    Eddie Murphy – Oh Jah Jah
    Queen Ifrica – I Can’t Breathe
    Inner Circle ft. Chronixx & Jacob Miller – Tenement Yard (News Carrying Dread)

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  • Soca Gold 2015 (June 30) + Bunji Garlin & Fay Ann Lyons Perform at SummerStage & Release New EPs

    VP RECORDS GETS SUMMER SEASON
    STARTED WITH SOUNDS OF SOCA

    The Genre’s Top-Selling Annual Compilation
    Soca Gold 2015 Will Be Released on June 30

    Compilation’s Featured Artists Fay Ann Lyons & Bunji Garlin Will Perform at NYC’s Central Park SummerStage Concert to Celebrate VP Records 35th Anniversary on June 27

    New EPs From Both Artists Will Also Drop This Month

    VP Records gets the party started this summer with soca’s hottest sounds. To kick off the season, Soca Gold 2015 will be released on June 30 to deliver the genre’s top anthems. For over two decades, the top-selling compilation has been the ultimate Carnival soundtrack from the Caribbean islands and beyond.

    This year’s collection features the Grammy winning singer-songwriter Angela Hunte & soca champion Machel Montano on the EDM-influenced collab “Party Done,” the “Viking of Soca” Bunji Garlin on his uplifting anthem “Our Time,” Trinidadian superstar Fay Ann Lyons on her latest crowd pleaser “Raze,” Lead Pipe & Saddis on the smash hit “Ah Feeling” (which brought them to the finals of the International Groovy Soca Monarch Competition in Trinidad this year).

    The 18-track set will be accompanied with a DVD featuring music videos and exclusive performance and party footage that captures the vivacious energy from 2015 T&T Carnival.

    For more information on Soca Gold, listen to Spotify playlist smarturl.it/BSGSpotify and visit
    https://www.facebook.com/socagold.

    On June 27, the compilation’s featured artists Fay Ann Lyons and Bunji Garlin will also take the stage at SummerStage Central Park to celebrate VP Records’ 35th Anniversary along with the reggae stars Maxi Priest and Gyptian. Fans can expect upcoming EPs from both artists to be released later this month. More details to be announced.

    SOCA GOLD 2015 Track Listing:
    1. Fay Ann Lyons – Raze
    2. Lead Pipe & Saddis – Ah Feeling
    3. Angela Hunte & Machel Montano- Party Done
    4. Lyrikal – Cloud 9
    5. Bunji Garlin – Our Time
    6. Skinny Banton – Soak It
    7. King Bubba FM – Come Out To Win (Who Drinking Rum?)
    8. Ki & 3Veni – No Gyal Again
    9. Rikki Jai & Ravi B – CSM 20
    10. King Bubba FM & Kerwin Dubois ft. Jah Cure & Lil Rick – Partyak “Party People Anthem”
    11. Biggie Irie – Pankatang
    12. Shurwayne Winchester – Shake It
    13. Edwin Yearwood – How Ah Like It
    14. Mater Saleem & Shal – Next Man Wife (Remix)
    15. Iwer George – Red
    16. Patrice Roberts – Push Up On It
    17. Blaxx – Badness
    18. Chow Chow – Saga Boy

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  • SINGER JUDY MOWATT INVITED TO PERFORM AT GROOVIN’ IN THE PARK FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

    SINGER JUDY MOWATT INVITED TO PERFORM AT GROOVIN’ IN THE PARK FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR

    NY: Veteran reggae singer Judy Mowatt, who thrilled fans as part of the Marcia Griffiths & friends package at last summer’s Groovin’ In The Park concert in New York, has been invited to perform at the festival for the second consecutive year. Beres Hammond is the only artiste who has performed at the annual festival twice.

    “Based on Sister Judy’s outstanding performance last year when she was a guest of Marcia Griffiths and numerous fan requests, we were compelled to extend an invitation to her to return to the Groovin’ stage to deliver a full length performance” Christopher Roberts, founder and CEO of Groovin’ In The Park said.

    Mowatt will join Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter Michael Bolton, Billy Ocean, Morgan Heritage, Stitchie, Carleton Luciano and Cocoa Tea as confirmed acts at Groovin’ in The Park 2015 which unfolds at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY on Sunday June 28.

    The revered singer rose to prominence in the 70’s as a member of the I-Threes (which included original members Marcia Griffiths and Rita Marley) the backing vocalist for Bob Marley and The Wailers. She is the first female singer nominated for a Grammy Award in the reggae category for her ‘Working Wonders’ album which was nominated in 1985. Her ‘Black Woman’ album which was released in 1980 is considered one of the best reggae albums by a female artiste.

    As a solo act she is best known for songs like ‘Many Are Called,’ ‘Black Woman’ and ‘I Shall Sing.’

    In 1999 the Jamaican government awarded her the Order of Distinction for her contribution to Jamaica’s music industry.

    Presenting sponsor of Groovin’ In The Park is the Door Restaurant. Supporting sponsors include The Smoke House, TD Bank, SQPA, Nutrament, Caribbean Foods Delight Inc, BullZii Marketing, Groovin’ Radio, Laparkin Shipping, Tower Isle Patties and VP Records. Log on towww.groovininthepark.com orwww.groovinradiony.com for concert information.

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  • Montreal Celebrates 12 with Shabba Ranks, Beres Hammond, Lady Saw and Cocoa Tea!

    The Montreal International Reggae Festival
    Celebrates 12
    with Shabba Ranks
    Beres Hammond ~ Lady Saw and Cocoa Tea!

    Montreal is buzzing with excitement as organizers of the 12th annual Montreal International Reggae Festival announce 4 artists who will help them celebrate their 12th anniversary!

    Dancehall Icon and Emperor Shabba Ranks, Lover’s Rock Legend Beres Hammond, Dancehall Queen Lady Saw and Veteran Cocoa Tea have been confirmed as participants from Friday August 14th to Sunday August 16th, 2015 who will help the city of Montreal celebrate their love of good music.

    Headlining the festivities on Friday August 14th is Beres Hammond. Best known for his smooth voice and hits like “I Feel Good,” “Tempted to Touch” and “Rockaway,” fans have requested his return after seeing him perform at the 2011 staging in which he had patrons dancing in the rain!

    On Saturday August 15th, 2015, Shabba Ranks and Lady Saw bring Dancehall action to center stage. Both artists are seasoned veterans who have a career spanning more than 20 years; Shabba’s includes an arsenal of hits such as “Caan Dun,” “Gyal Yuh Good” and “Ting-a-Ling” while Lady Saw counters with “Man is The Least,” “Sycamore Tree” and “Heels On.” Dancehall night is going to be fire when these two Grammy Award winning artists take the stage!

    True to MIRF tradition, Sunday (August 16th) is the day Reggae is celebrated. Headlining the fest is Cocoa Tea whose music is known by generations of fans who rate him as one of the best who performs in the genre. Hits like “Rikers Island,” “Good Life” and “Pirates Anthem” (performed with Shabba Ranks) have been mainstays on the radio and fan favorites!

    Tickets for the Montreal International Reggae Festival 2015 will go on sale today May 8 at noon, online only on: Ticketpro.ca (514-790-1111 / 1-866-908-9090)

    * Friday: $30 at the door
    * Saturday: $65 in advance, $75 at the door
    * Sunday: $55 in advance, $70 at the door
    * Weekend pass for students: $120 in advance, limited quantities
    * Weekend pass: $130 in advance, $160 at the door
    * VIP Weekend pass: $300 advance purchase only, limited quantities

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  • Positive Shines Light on Gospel Reggae with New Album, ‘Stand And Be Counted’ (Music Inside)

    POSITIVE SHINES LIGHT
    ON GOSPEL REGGAE WITH NEW ALBUM,
    STAND AND BE COUNTED

    Album Debuts at #1 on iTunes Trinidad and Tobago,
    and at #25 on iTunes U.S.,
    Now Available Worldwide from FOX FUSE

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    New York, NY – Gospel reggae star Joel “Positive” Murray shines light on the niche genre with the release of his third studio effort Stand And Be Counted, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released on May 5, 2015), from FOX FUSE. Hailing from the twin island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, Positive has earned his reign at the forefront of Gospel reggae as a triple threat – an extraordinary singer, prolific songwriter and genre-bending producer. Stand And Be Counted showcases his seasoned vocals, lyrics and production skills as his divine talents shine on its 15 glorious tracks.

    The album debuts at #1 on the iTunes Trinidad and Tobago national Top Albums chart and bows at #25 on the iTunes U.S. Reggae Top Albums chart, on its day of release. It is also featured on the iTunes U.S. Reggae section, receiving a top banner on the Reggae page, along with being selected and listed in the New Music chart, thereby placing the international spotlight on this inspirational artist.

    “Standing for the Lord, which is being echoed in the title track of the album, is the theme for the album,” reveals Positive. “We live in a time where the days are evil and we want to represent God in all that we do. I am determined to stand till the end and be counted with the body of Christ. I pray that this album motivates its audience to make a stand.”

    Putting a positive spin on reggae music, fused with contemporary Gospel and a tinge of dancehall, Positive has earned acclaim from music critics and fans alike, ever since hitting the music scene eight years ago. He was the most-nominated artist (13 nominations) and top honoree (eight wins) at the 2014 Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards (held in Nassau, Bahamas in July 2014), where he received the top awards including Song of the Year for “Blessing After Blessing” and Album of the Year for Forever My King, released in December 2012 from FOX FUSE.

    This heavenly collection of new Gospel gems brings a kaleidoscope of flavors, including some new ones for the captivating artist. Such diverse sounds are delivered with the likes of new pop anthem “All Over The World” featuring Jonathan McReynolds (which is co-produced by pop-reggae heavyweight producer Dwayne “Supa Dups” Chin-Quee), one-drop reggae on “Two Man Army” and “Notice Of Eviction,” Afrobeat on “Identify,” dancehall on “Rise Again” featuring DJ Nicholas (which was produced by Grammy-nominated producer Jason “J-Vibe” Farmer), EDM on “Man On Fire,” soca and calypso on “Mighty Healer” and “Blessing After Blessing,” and contemporary Gospel on “Mountain Mover,” “Scars” featuring V. Rose and title track “Stand And Be Counted.”

    It sees production from stellar names in pop, Gospel, reggae and soca music, including aforementioned Grammy-winning Supa Dups and Grammy-nominated J-Vibe, soca heavy-hitter Precision Productions along with J Lab Pro and Deer Panteth Productions from Trinidad, and Barbwiya Music of Jamaica, all joining forces with Positive, who produced the majority of the album for his own imprint Bricksvale Records.

    Two years in the making, the joyous collection is a musical ministry from this profound artist, with each song bearing testament to his faith as he spreads sacred messages to each listener, through rhyme and rhythm. “Our time to make a stand is now and we are not too young or too old to do so. Right where this album finds you, respond to the call to Stand And Be Counted.”

    Stand And Be Counted is now available worldwide, both digitally and physically. For further information on Positive, including upcoming tour dates, log on to PositiveTNT.com, and follow his musical mission at Facebook.com/PositiveTNT, Twitter.com/PositiveTNT and Instagram.com/PositiveTNT. Please direct all press inquiries to the FOX FUSE Publicity Department at 1-212-300-3813 or contact@foxfuse.com.

    TRACK LIST

    1. Intro
    2. Stand And Be Counted
    3. Two Man Army
    4. Notice Of Eviction
    5. Identify
    6. Encounter
    7. Scars Featuring V. Rose
    8. Mighty Healer
    9. Blessing After Blessing
    10. All Over The World Featuring Jonathan McReynolds
    11. Lift The Praises
    12. All of My Heart
    13. Rise Again Featuring DJ Nicholas
    14. Man On Fire
    15. Mountain Mover

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  • Reggae legend Jose Wales and Blues Veteran Duke Tumatoe for Reggae meets Blues/Jazz at the 23rd Festival of Life, July 4th weekend

    JOSEY WALES LEGENDARY REGGAE DJ FOR
    REGGAE MEETS BLUES/JAZZ AT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF LIFE (IFOL) JULY 4TH WEEKEND, CHICAGO UNION PK.

    Colonel Josey Wales, one of Jamaica’s top reggae dancehall DJ’s and one of the founding fathers, building on the innovative DJ chatting of his mentor U-Roy and creating a highly influential style of his own, is added to perform at the 23rd African/Caribbean International Festival of Life, July 4th weekend in Union Park, 1501 West Randolph Street, downtown Chicago West Loop. Get tickets now at http://martinsinterculture.com/ifol/ifol-tickets.html.

    Josey Wales is regarded as one of Reggae music’s most influential artists. Heralded as a cornerstone “deejay” of Reggae music, Josey Wales’ mere existence helped define Rub-a-Dub music and culture and indisputably shaped the bustling sub-genre of Reggae Dancehall. While Wales entertained the masses with hits like “Leggo Mi Hand,” “Kingston Hot,” “Undercover Lover,” “Outlaw” and more, the iconic artist also played a major role behind the scenes in discovering talent and navigating through Jamaica’s tricky political landscape. Wales, who hails from St. Mary, Jamaica, is highly respected by old and new members of the Reggae music fraternity. Scores of Reggae Dancehall artists have revered Josey Wales as the deejay prototype, emulating and studying his unique style.

    Bursting onto the scene in the early 80’s, Josey Wales, born Joseph Sterling and known by fans and the Reggae music fraternity as “The Outlaw” and/or “The Colonel,” thrived as a lyrical giant, punishing every microphone that he touched. Rising to fame on the King Stur Gav sound system (owned and operated by Reggae pioneer U-Roy “The Teacher”) as a live performer, the legendary Wales put fear in competitor’s hearts with his crafty delivery and take on chanting. To this day and much to his credit, no one has quite mastered Wales’ style. While on King Stur Gav, Josey Wales entertained legions of fans with his infamous gruff, gravelly voice and half-spoken, half-sung delivery.

    As a solo act and along with sparring partners Charlie Chaplin “The Principal” and Brigadier Jerry “The General,” Josey Wales “The Outlaw” always rocked audiences with amazingly entertaining sets, predominantly grounded on cultural, social and political themes. The popular trio of deejays soared, going down in history as the most prominent voices of the Rub-a-Dub era. Josey Wales later garnered immense popularity when performing on Henry “Junjo” Lawes Volcano sound system. Whether impromptu toasting or belting out a slew of hits, the crowd always roars for Wales.

    The 23rd IFOL takes place Friday-Sunday, July 3-5 in Chicago’s popular Union Park, near the Bulls and Black Hawks Stadium- United Center. Wales will perform on the opening night, July 3rd, in what is called “Reggae Meet Blues/Jazz”, sponsored by the Kingston Mines Blues Club.

    Josey is joining more than 50 Reggae, R&B, Gospel, Pop and other world music acts; along with July 4th headliner Tessanne Chin, season 5 winner of “The Voice” (NBC TV); Lova Boy, Belize top Punta Rock Star and others on three stages/

    The IFOL is a festival of music, foods, arts, crafts and games. Under the banners of “Bringing Nations Together” and “Living Together As One”, IFOL showcases the heritage, culture and lifestyle of peoples of the Caribbean, Africa, Latin America and other parts of the world. A favorite part of the celebration is the “Carnival of Nations” with the representatives of more than 50 countries on stage with their countries flag as the year of their Independence is announced.

    ADVANCE ADMISSION TICKETS: General tickets are $15 (actual price $25). Children under the age of 6 are free; children under 12 are $5, but must be accompanied by an adult. Season tickets are $39 (actual price $75); VIP daily tickets are $75 each (actual price $100) and VIP Season tickets are $180 (actual price $300). Senior Citizens above 65 years pay $10, with a valid State ID. If tickets are purchased online, name and date of birth must match their IDs at the gate on day of event.

    The IFOL is sponsored by: Chicago Park District, NBC 5 Chicago, Nissan, Gift of Hope, Rogers Park Fruit Market, Kingston Mines, Blues Club, Rasta Love Punch, Chicago Crusader and others to be announced.

    Ticket http://martinsinterculture.com/ifol/ifol-tickets.html..
    All prices are subject to change.
    Visit www.festivaloflife.biz or email: festoflife@gmail.com.
    Phone 312-427-0266 or fax 312-427-0268 for complete information.

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  • Mavado will be presenting 40 scholarships to qualifying students in Haiti

    Haiti Live Fest Announces Scholarship Program
    Mavado will be presenting 40 scholarships to qualifying students in Haiti.

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    Delray Beach, FL: Executive Director of Haiti Live Fest, Inc. alongside Reggae/Dancehall Icon Mavado will be presenting 20 one-year scholarships for the 2016 – 2017 academic year to qualifying students in Haiti.

    Haiti Live Fest Inc. is comprised of private investors and artist with vast knowledge and contacts within the music/entertainment industry. The coordinators of Haiti Live Fest, Inc. use their experience to host benefit concerts, events & fundraisers for the Caribbean & South America Regions; raising awareness in the Caribbean & South America to help local communities grow as a society.

    The core business of Haiti Live Fest, Inc. is to conceptualize, program and deliver a unique experience for the Haitian Community. Working together with the Top DJ’s and artist in the world; aiming to deliver what most people have not experienced before. Haiti Live Fest is more than an event; it is an experience to be remembered as one of your best memories.

    A world class festival presented by world class sponsors all to position students to be able to obtain higher education and benefit their society by being a world class student.

    “Haitian youth come first to me” says first lady Sophia Martelly, aware that Haiti’s youth are the country’s future; Haiti Live Fest would like to create avenues to teach and mentor the younger youth for a better Haiti.

    What: Haiti Live Fest Announces Scholarship Program to students in Haiti
    Who: Haiti Live Fest & Mavado
    When: June 27, 2015
    Where: Centre Sportif Henfrasa, Delmas 33 Port-au-Prince, Haiti
    Contact: DMarie Blanchett | Dmarie@haitilivefest.com | 561-572-8901

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  • Saint Lucia to Host Third Annual “LOVE Elevated” Wedding Symposium

    Saint Lucia to Host Third Annual “LOVE Elevated” Wedding Symposium

    Five-Day Event for Travel Agents and Wedding Planners Showcases Saint Lucia
    as an Ideal Backdrop for Destination Weddings

    From September 23 – 27, 2015, Saint Lucia will host a roster of wedding experts during the third annual “LOVE Elevated” Wedding Symposium. New this year, a panel of real brides who were married on the island will share their destination wedding experiences and first-hand advice with attendees.

    “Recognized worldwide as the ‘Most Romantic Island in the Caribbean,’ Saint Lucia has a natural ambiance for weddings and romance,” said Louis Lewis, director of tourism for the Saint Lucia Tourist Board. “By providing truly useful information to attendees about destination weddings, the Wedding Symposium builds Saint Lucia’s reputation as a premier location for weddings as well as provides opportunities for our island partners to better understand the market.”

    Noted speakers will also address the latest trends and topics ranging from “What’s New and Trending in the Industry,” “Using Social Media to Enhance Destination Weddings and Increase Sales,” to “Why Saint Lucia” and “Surviving a Destination Wedding,” providing insights to planning and hosting the perfect wedding on the island.

    Panelists and speakers include:

    • Michelle Myers, chief revenue officer and publisher of BRIDES, launched Brides Live Wedding, a crowd sourced, live-streamed wedding curated by Brides, which garnered nearly one billion impressions and enabled her to successfully monetize social media. Prior to Brides, Ms. Myers served as vice president and publisher of Lucky magazine and was the founding publisher of People StyleWatch.
    • David Beahm, founder and president of David Beahm Design, has drawn from experience with New York’s top florists and special event designers, as well as formal training in theater, television and grand opera, to become one of New York’s top event designers. A favorite of celebrities, socialites and the fashion world, his work on Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas’s wedding was featured in magazines and news shows internationally and touted as the “The Wedding of the Century.” Town & Country magazine has called him “one of New York’s extremely design savvy” talents. His company, David Beahm Design, produces events the world over.
    • Alan Berg has been named “North America’s Leading Expert on the Business of Weddings & Events.” Berg’s experience ranges from publisher of two wedding magazines, to vice president of sales at The Knot, and now, a contributing Education Guru for WeddingWire, the leading wedding technology company. He also speaks and consults for WeddingsOnline in Ireland, Dubai and India, as well as Guides For Brides in the United Kingdom.
    • Andrea McDowell, previously a TV director for the BBC, is the founder and managing director of the wedding videography company Shoot it Yourself. The company launched five years ago and is the United Kingdom’s largest wedding videography company, producing over 350 wedding videos a year.

    The festivities include site visits to unique wedding destinations and hotels around the island, a showcase of island wedding vendors, and the opportunity for attendees to observe a sunset wedding abard the Pearl Pirate Ship. A picturesque sunset cruise and cocktail reception from the southern side of the island with views of the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Pitons round out weekend activities.

    Priced at US $250 per person, the five-day Symposium includes all seminars, social events, site inspections and transportation from select hotels. For a complete schedule and more information, visit http://www.stlucia.org/weddingsymposium/.

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  • Etana Kicks Off U.S. Tour Today / In June Joins Hawaiian Singer Anuhea for Queens Of The Islands Tour

    ETANA AND HER BAND RAW SOUL REBELS
    KICK OFF THEIR U.S. SPRING 2015 TOUR THIS WEEK
    IN SUPPORT OF LATEST ALBUM I RISE
    Following Her Recent Initiative to “Stop Ebola and Build For the Future”
    Jamaican Reggae Singer Joins Hawaiian Songstress Anuhea on
    June Dates for The Queen Of The Islands Tour

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    On the heels of Etana’s United Nations’ performance and the release of her “Better Tomorrow” single for the “Stop Ebola and Build For the Future” campaign, the reggae singer along with her band Raw Soul Rebels will embark on her Spring 2015 U.S. tour. The tour kicks off in Raleigh, NC on May 15, 2015, heads Northeast and covers Midwest and West. For the June portion of her tour, Etana joins forces with Hawaiian songstress Anuhea for the Queen Of The Islands Tour, a one of a kind musical experience starring reggae’s top female solo acts of this generation. See full schedule below.

    In addition to raising awareness for her most recent initiative to fight Ebola, Etana also continues to tour for her latest album I Rise (VP Records). These dates will be the second leg of her U.S. tour supporting the release.

    Purchase Etana’s I Rise now on iTunes:
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/i-rise/id928716950

    The soulful Jamaican vocalist who has been described as “reggae’s Jill Scott” (NPR) or”reminiscent of India.Arie” (Essence) – dropped her fourth album I Rise on Oct 28, 2014. The album was helmed primarily by the legendary Jamaican multi-instrumentalist and producer Clive Hunt (Stevie Wonder, Peter Tosh, Rolling Stones, The Wailers, Grace Jones, Jimmy Cliff). It hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album chart, making Etana one of the three Jamaican female artists ever and the first in nearly two decades (since Diana King and Patra in the mid-90s) to land this highly-coveted chart position. I Rise follows Etana’s critically-acclaimed albums Better Tomorrow (2013), Free Expressions (2011) and The Strong One (2008). With poised assurance, she continues to evolve spiritually, mentally, emotionally and musically and carry the torch as reggae’s leading lady.

    In conjunction with VP Records and led by United African Congress, Give Them A Hand Foundation and the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Etana recently became actively involved with the “Stop Ebola and Build For the Future” campaign. She performed at a special launch event held in the United Nation’s headquarters in NYC. Her song “Better Tomorrow” was also chosen as the initiative’s official anthem. She is donating the song, so that the proceeds go towards children orphaned by Ebola and rebuilding the communities affected in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The song was featured on the iTunes Music homepage and peaked at #2 on iTunes reggae singles’ chart. Purchase now: http://smarturl.it/BetterTmrwUNMEER Also, watch a series of online video shorts highlighting the issues and featuring “Better Tomorrow” as the theme song:
    http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBb9w0

    http://www.facebook.com/OneEtana
    http://twitter.com/etanastrongone
    http://instagram.com/etanastrongone
    http://www.etanathestrongone.com

    U.S. Tour Dates:

    May 15 @ Nuvo Lounge in Raleigh, NC
    May 17 @ Montego Caribbean Lounge in Virginia Beach, VA
    May 20 @ Howard Theatre in Washington D.C.
    May 21 @ The Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights, OH
    May 22 @ Kola Ultra Lounge in Farmington, MI
    May 23 @ The Wild Hare in Chicago, IL
    May 24 @ Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, MN w/ Ryan Daniels
    May 25 @ Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines, IA
    May 27 @ Bottleneck in Lawrence, KS w/ Gonzo
    May 28 @ Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins, CO w/ Gonzo
    May 29 @ Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO w/ Selassie & Family
    May 30 @ Cervantes in Denver, CO w/ Gonzo
    Jun 1 @ Liquid Joe’s in Salt Lake City, UT w/ Gonzo
    Jun 3 @ The Showbox in Seattle, WA w/ Anuhea
    Jun 4 @ Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR w/ Anuhea
    Jun 5 @ Arcata Theatre Lounge in Arcata, CA w/ Anuhea
    Jun 6 @ Mezzanine in San Francisco, CA w/ Anuhea
    Jun 7 @ Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, CA w/ Anuhea
    Jun 10 @ The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA w/ Anuhea
    Jun 11 @ The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA w/ Anuhea
    Jun 12 @ The North Park Theatre in San Diego, CA w/ Anuhea
    Jun 13 @ Reggae In The Desert in Las Vegas, NV w/ Anuhea
    Jun 14 @ Livewire in Scottsdale, AZ w/ Anuhea

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  • Smoke Season Unleash Psychedelic Video For “Bees”

    Smoke Season Unleash Psychedelic Video For Their Single, “Bees”
    Indie-electronic Duo Drop Trippy New Music Video

    Los Angeles, CA – The indie electro-Americana act, Smoke Season just released a stunningly, psychedelic music video for their latest single, “Bees.” They combine a spellbinding myriad of kaleidoscopic footage, custom-created neon light installations, and natural topography, continuing their breathtaking music video imagery that has become Smoke Season’s signature trademark. “Bees” is available for download on iTunes and currently streaming on YouTube.

    The single’s effortlessly sensual and hypnotically rhythmic undertones are only further enhanced by the spellbinding visuals of the music video. In line with the DIY identity that has become a part of Smoke Season’s brand, the pair constructed a one-of-a-kind honeycomb LED light installation for the shoot. The video also showcases projection mapping across an array of stunning settings – including the ocean, mountains and canyons – blurring the line between the beauty in nature and the man-made. The resulting combination makes “Bees” their most psychedelic and experimental video yet.

    The music video was directed by Scott Fleishman of APLUSFILMZ; a team notably known for their VMA nomination (SchoolBoy Q) and their work with Kendrick Lamar, Talib Kweli and Murs. Fleishman also directed Smoke Season’s previous videos for “Badlands” and “Opaque.”

    Smoke Season’s broke through with their sophomore EP release, Hot Coals Cold Souls EP, with notable singles, “Badlands” and “Opaque”. To date, the EP has accumulated over 2.5 million plays on Spotify – a number that continues to grow.

    Among their accolades, Smoke Season has been named AXS TV’s #1 LA Breakout Band of 2014, “Artist of the Month” by The Deli Magazine, “Hot 100 Artists of the Year” by Music Connection Magazine and have been featured in LA Record, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Magazine, Buzznet, and featured on Buzzfeed’s “11 Up and Coming Independent Musicians Making a Name For Themselves”. Notable performances include the Sundance Film Festival, CMJ 2014, Noise Pop 2015, Brokechella 2015, and San Diego CityFest. They have sold out shows at LA’s El Rey Theater, The Chapel in San Francisco, The Glass House in Pomona and more.

    “Bees” takes the duo further into their unique sound, finding a harmonious juxtaposition of heavy rock guitar riffs with hypnotic synth notes. Be sure to download “Bees” and check out the video on Youtube. For more information and upcoming shows, be sure to check Smoke Season out at www.Facebook.com/SmokeSeason or www.SmokeSeason.com!

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  • JAMAICA NOW PART OF GROOVIN’ IDOLS WITH RJR 94 FM

    JAMAICA NOW PART OF GROOVIN’ IDOLS WITH RJR 94 FM

    New York: The hypnotically popular Groovin’ Idols contest that allows extraordinarily talented rising stars to perform on the opening segment of premier New York City summer concert, Groovin’ In The Park has now moved to Jamaica, the home of Reggae music.

    Starting immediately, singers, DJs and other performing talent who are based in Jamaica can now participate in RJR’s Supreme Karaoke Singoff to win an all-expense paid trip to New York City to perform on Groovin’ In The Park, alongside legends like Michael Bolton, Billy Ocean, Lt. Stitchie, Morgan Heritage, Luciano, Coco Tea and Capleton.

    The ‘Jamaica Groovin’ Idols’ contest will be hosted on the popular afternoon entertainment show ‘The Two Live Crew’ with Markland ‘Action’ Edwards and Wesley ‘Burgerman’ Burger on RJR 94 FM on Tuesdays from 2 PM to 5 PM. Along with the assistance of guest DJ Quakie, the RJR team will seek to unearth the most riveting Jamaican talent from across an island that is famous for producing world-class performers.

    The show will proceed through the weekly Tuesday rounds from May 12 to June 2. Each performer will be going full force and from a process of elimination, the final three will be selected who will sing off at a Kingston club in front of a local team of judges and a hungry public who will be cheering them on to the nail-biting finishing line. The eventual ‘Jamaica Groovin’ Idol’ will travel to New York to perform on the June 28 concert at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.
    “I am thrilled that we will now have a Groovin’ Idol from Jamaica on the concert that will be selected through RJR 94 FM in Jamaica”, Christopher Roberts, founder and CEO of Groovin’ In The Park said. “I’ve been very passionate about the Groovin’ Idols contest, and I am very happy to see it take off in such a big way both here and in Jamaica”, Roberts continued.

    A parallel contest has been running in New York City for the past few weeks to select a ‘Groovin’ Idol’ from each borough of the city. The New York leg has been a radio contest as well, run on Groovin’ Radio 93.5 FM, and the listener response to the contest has been nothing short of astonishing, with hundreds of callers flooding the station with votes for their favorite talent. So far, the winners in New York include Jhaytea from Brooklyn, Press Fyah from the Bronx and Rooster Don from Queens. A wild card slot in New York leaves the gate open for one of the runners up to jump right on main stage.

    Presenting sponsor of Groovin’ In The Park 2015 is The Door Restaurant. Supporting sponsors include The Smoke House Restaurant, TD Bank, SQPA, Nutrament, Caribbean Foods Delight Inc., BullZii Marketing, Groovin’ Radio, Laparkan Shipping, Tower Isles Patties and VP Records. Log on to www.groovininthepark.com or www.groovinradiony.com for concert information.

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  • The Virginia Jerk Festival Kick Off Day Party

    Caribbean People Organization, Inc. Presents Virginia Jerk Fest 2015 Launch Party

    Caribbean People Organization Hosts a Kick-Off Event

    Caribbean People Organization, Inc. (CPO) is thrilled to present Virginia’s first food and music jerk festival kick-off event, Jerk Fest 2015 Launch Party. Offering a diverse multi-cultural experience for all ages, the Jerk Fest 2015 will fuse jerk, a traditional Caribbean style of cooking, with music, arts, crafts live entertainment and much more. The CPO will promote the upcoming festival with a launch day party on Sunday, May 31st, 2015 at Spades Restaurant. The launch event promises to be a fun-filled family friendly party day party with music, food and fun.

    WHO: Caribbean People Organization, Inc.

    WHERE: Spades Restaurant
    3601 Holland Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462

    WHAT: Launch Day Party for the Virginia Jerk Fest 2015

    WHEN: Sunday, May 31, 2015 from 3pm – 9pm
    Dinner: $10.00

    CONTACT: Michael Greene 757.779.3637

    For additional information please visit VirginiaJerkFest.com or email VaJerkFest@gmail.com.

    Founded in 2015, Caribbean People Organization is a non-profit organization dedicated to educate and increase awareness about domestic violence and abuse within the Hampton Roads and surrounding communities. The organization’s mission includes providing victims of domestic violence with the financial knowledge, skills and resources needed to be successful survivors. Additionally, CPO strives to provide fun, safe and family friendly events where Caribbean culture is fused with community fellowship. The culturally diverse organization strives to provide support for Hampton Roads citizens while educating the community on the many cultures of the Caribbean.

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  • New Album (June 9) – Byron Lee & The Dragonaires Uptown Top Ranking

    VP RECORDS PRESENTS

    BYRON LEE & THE DRAGONAIRES’ UPTOWN TOP RANKING

    A Collection of Rare Finds and Classics From the Iconic Band’s 50 Year Catalogue Available June 9, 2015

    On June 9, 2015, VP Records will release Byron Lee & The Dragonaires’ Uptown Top Ranking, a collection (available together for the first time) of 20 classics from the legendary Jamaican band. The group mastered multiple musical genres – including ska, rocksteady, soca and calypso – and played a key role in expanding its presence beyond the Caribbean. Culled from the extensive Dynamic Sounds catalogue, the selection demonstrates why Byron Lee was one of the most influential Caribbean recording artists for over 50 years. The songs, which are mostly rare gems and classic hits ranging in style and decade, are perfect for collectors of reggae, vinyl and oldies.

    The CD component will be accompanied by a double vinyl in gatefold packaging to celebrate the vitality of the LP format as well as these recordings. Filled with testimonials from the Byron’s widow Sheila Lee, Dragonaries’ band members and fellow artists like Bunny “Striker” Lee, the album has extensive liner notes documenting the band’s historical and significant importance in Caribbean music.

    Byron Lee and the Dragonaires played a crucial pioneering role in bringing Caribbean music to the world. Originally formed in 1950, the band got their start performing at the island’s local hotels, also incorporating American pop and R&B covers in their repertoire. The band appealed to the uptown “middle class” crowd of Kingston, Jamaica and tourists visiting the area. In the early 1960s, they were one of the first major ska bands to break on an international level – landing a on-screen performance role in the first James Bond film Dr. No. In 1964, they received another boost when they were selected by the former Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga (then the island’s head of Social Welfare and Economic Development) to perform as a backing band for a showcase of Jamaican talent (including Jimmy Cliff, Prince Buster, and Millie Smalls) at the New York World’s Fair.
    After this success, Lee took the band in a new direction, incorporating calypso. They began performing regularly at Trinidad & Tobago’s carnival and also touring the Caribbean and North America. Lee also bought WIRL studios from Seaga and turned it into Dynamic Sounds Recording Company. Dynamic became a major hub for recording not only local talent like Toots & the Maytals and John Holt, but also international acts like Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Roberta Flack. Byron’s two sons, Edward Lee and Byron Lee Junior, took over much of the day-to-day running of Dynamic Sounds in the 1990s, and Byron Lee & The Dragonaires never stopped touring. In October 2008, Bryon Lee passed away after battling cancer. On the day of his death, Bruce Golding, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, stated “Jamaica, and indeed the world, has lost another great music pioneer with the passing this morning of Byron Lee one of the greatest band leaders ever to grace the entertainment stages of the world.”

    TRACK LISTING
    1. Jamaica Ska
    2. Frankenstein
    3. Watermelon Man
    4. Bata Cha Cha Cha
    5. Dragon’s Paradise
    6. Dumplins
    7. From Russia With Love
    8. Goldfinger
    9. Ol’ Man River
    10. Soul Ska
    11. Last Night
    12. Rock Steady
    13. Slow Run
    14. Who Dunnit
    15. Hot Reggay
    16. We Five
    17. Squeeze Up Part 2
    18. Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey
    19. Apache
    20. Reggae Makossa

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  • Official Release – ZULU TRIBE RIDDIM Feat. Various Artists

    Zulu Tribe Riddim

    With the Rhythmic drums, bass and chants we invoke the musical spirits of Africa. We present the Zulu Tribe Riddim. This riddim was built to give love, peace and invoke the rhythm spirit in the souls of Soca lovers. Inspired by the chanting musical Tribes of Africa. It comes from a place of happiness and good vibes. So sit back, listen and enjoy as we carry you on a musical safari where the only enchantment is the sounds of sweet soca music.
    On this safari you can enjoy the sweet sounds chanted by : Fadda Fox & Preedy ,Biggie Irie, Lyrikal, Mikey, King Bubba & Nikita as they give you a tour from Africa straight into Crop Over.
    Brought to you as a collaborative production by Anson Soverall Productions & Star Blu Entertainment additional production by JABZ Music and mastered by Madmen Productions.
    #ZuluTribe

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  • Mally Mall ft. Eric Bellinger, Chinx, Too Short – Freak (clean/dirty) ***Download & Spin Now

    MALLY MALL
    ft
    Eric Bellinger, Chinx, Too Short
    “FREAK”
    Download DJ Pack
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    Listen on AudioMack

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    Online Website:
    http://www.mallymall.net/
    Social Media:
    Twitter:
    http://www.twitter.com/MallyMall

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  • Caribbean WORDFest, Saturday June 6th

    Award-winning Authors for Caribbean Month WORDFest Tracey Baptiste, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor; Marlon James Saturday, June 6, 2015

    The Writers Are Coming! Bestselling novelist, Marlon James, celebrated poetess, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, and award-winning children’s book author, Tracey Baptiste, headline this year’s WORD! – A Caribbean Book Fest. This annual coming together of authors, readers and literary curious returns on Saturday, June 6 to the Medgar Evers College campus in Brooklyn, NY – the world’s largest Caribbean meeting.

    This star-studded celebration of the frequently overlooked literary legacy of the Caribbean’s cultural milieu is being held in observance of Caribbean American Heritage Month. The afternoon-long program, created for lovers of a good story for readers of all age groups, consists of workshops and panel discussions on issues as varied as diversity in children’s literature to publishing one’s first novel, storytelling and open mic sessions, author presentations for adult and younger readers, book exhibits, and spoken word performances.

    Produced by the Caribbean Cultural Theatre as part of the 9th season of the Poets & Passion literary platform, WORDFest is for the for the second consecutive year being hosted by Caribbean Research Center in association with the Medgar Evers College School of Liberal Studies and Education.

    With accolades and critical kudos from almost every major industry publication and literary festival, Jamaican novelist, Marlon James’, A Brief History of Seven Killings, has be dubbed “perhaps the best book of 2014.” (Gwaker) Based on the true events surrounding an assassination attempt on famed singer Bob Marley, the novel has garnered among other awards Trinidad and Tobago’s OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and been a finalist for the US National Book Critics Circle Awards. Other award-winning novelists appearing at the June 6 WORDFest are Haitian, Elsie Augustave, The Roving Tree, Guyanese, Rosalind McLymont, The Guyana Contract; Jamaican, Pamela Mordecai, Red Jacket, along with Cuban-American science fiction writer, Daniel José Older, Half-Resurrection Blues.

    Trinidadian poet, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, is the author of three collections of poetry: Raw Air, Night When Moon Follows, and Convincing the Body. She was recently recognized by the New York based poets & Writers, Inc. with its Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award for her efforts to strengthen the community of Caribbean-American poets. She heads a line-up of over a dozen poets and spoken word artists with roots from Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Puerto Rico and St. Lucia for this year’s program.

    Tracey Baptiste, who also hails from Trinidad & Tobago, heads the every growing roster of authors from the Caribbean diaspora specifically writing for younger readers. Baptiste’s debut novel, Angel’s Grace, was named one of the 100 best books for reading and sharing by NYC librarians and her latest novel, The Jumbies was recently named a Junior Library Guild Selection. Other scheduled writers and storytellers for the Young Readers Platform include Zetta Elliott (St. Kitts – Nevis), Kellie Magnus (Jamaica), and Ibi Zoboi (Haiti).
    This year’s WORDFest is under the joint patronage of New York State Assembly Member N. Nick Perry and New York City Council Member Mathieu Eugene.

    WORD! – A Caribbean Book Fest takes place at Medgar Evers College, 1650 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225 on Saturday, June 6, 2015 beginning at 12 noon.

    For further information contact 718-783-8345 or 718-270-6218.

    Dream to Change the World, the theme for this year’s WORDFest, comes from celebrated Guyanese poet and philosopher, Martin Carter’s poem, I Will Not Still My Voice, and services as a call to radical activism and creative social involvement.

    A project of the Caribbean Cultural Theatre, WORD! – A Caribbean Book Fest is presented in association with Caribbean Research Center and Medgar Evers College (CUNY) School of Liberal Studies and Education with additional support from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts; Poets & Writers, Inc., and Friends of the Caribbean Cultural Theatre.

    Additional programming support is being provided by Akashic Books, Antillean Aruban Cultural Affairs Association, Brooklyn Caribbean Youth Festival, Caribbean Book Review, Caribbean Network Television, Caribbean Reads, Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library at Medgar Evers College, Friends of the Antigua & Barbuda Public Library, International Consortium of Caribbean Professionals Materials for the Arts, Mosaic Literary Magazine, People of the Sun Middle Passage Collective, Revolution Book Store, St. Martin/Sint Maarten Friendship Association, The Network Journal, Union of Jamaica Alumni Associations; University of the West Indies Alumni Association.

    Caribbean Cultural Theatre

    is a theatrical immersion experience presenting the work of Caribbean based and/or influenced writers, performers and other practitioners that both entertains and enlightens and honours a balanced rendering of Caribbean culture and the Caribbean-American experience.

    Caribbean Research Center is an integral academic component of Medgar Evers College and provides a multidisciplinary understanding of the New York social environment, the diverse social, cultural and economic characteristics of the Caribbean-American community and a comparative analysis of the immigration experience of this community in the context of the wider Caribbean Diasporas in the Americas and Europe.

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  • Download: LargeUp + Okayplayer present DJ Gravy + Corey Chase’s hip-hop x reggae mixtape, “Double Barrel”

    DOUBLE BARREL

    LARGEUP + OKAYPLAYER PRESENT A NEW MIXTAPE BLENDING HIP-HOP & REGGAE CLASSICS

    Download Here: http://www.largeup.com/2015/05/25/double-barrel-reggae-samples-and-hip-hop-classics/

    Reggae and rap are two sides of the same coin, and the history of hip-hop is deep with sounds borrowed from Jamaica. Premiered today via LargeUp.com and Okayplayer, DJ Gravy and Corey Chase’s Double Barrel mixtape brings this connection to the fore, blending classic hip-hop tracks with the classic reggae tunes that inspired them.
    Named for a 1971 single by Dave and Ansell Collins that was the first reggae song to top the UK charts— and later sampled by Special Ed for his 1988 classic “I’m the Magnificent”— Double Barrel features hip-hop staples from Nas, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mos Def and Talib Kweli, BDP, Ghostface, and the Diplomats. Experts in both genres, Corey Chase and DJ Gravy blend these tracks with reggae cuts sampled on those same records, from artists like Super Cat, Max Romeo, John Holt, Super Beagle, Sanchez and Toots and the Maytals.

    With original artwork from Spliffington and endorsements from the likes of King Yellowman, Sister Nancy, Beres Hammond and Junior Reid (each of whom appears on Double Barrel) as well as legendary Jamaican reggae selector Rory StoneLove, one thing is certain: nuh likkle sound bwoy ting dis!

    DOWNLOAD THE MIX + READ MORE ABOUT “DOUBLE BARREL” HERE:
    http://www.largeup.com/2015/05/25/double-barrel-reggae-samples-and-hip-hop-classics/

    About LargeUp

    LargeUp is the global platform for Caribbean music, arts and culture, capturing the unique sounds, styles, flavors, destinations and activities that define Island culture. Part of the Okayplayer Media Network, LargeUp’s daily-updated website delivers original content with in-depth reporting, striking photography, a distinct street sensibility, and a unique level of access to this highly influential but often overlooked cultural arena.

    About Okayplayer

    Launched in 1999 by ?uestlove of The Roots, Okayplayer is the original progressive urban music site and maintains its position as the premier digital destination for music connoisseurs worldwide. Okayplayer delivers the full spectrum of groundbreaking music to your fingertips (and earphones) everyday. Well-established as the gold standard in online hip-hop, Okayplayer–together with channel partners Okayafrica, LargeUp and Revivalist–also defines the cutting edge in African & Caribbean music, arts and style as well as soul, jazz and indie rock.

    About DJ Corey Chase

    Born and raised in Miami and Jamaica, DJ Corey Chase is a man of diverse musical interests. He’s laid down scratches for Britney Spears and Prince, produced tracks used by Frank Ocean, and worked with Damian and Ky-mani Marley. He recently partnered with famed selector Yaadcore to launch Dubwise Miami, a weekly US edition of the popular and influential Kingston dub/reggae session Dubwise Jamaica.

    About DJ Gravy

    DJ Gravy is the founder of LargeUp.com and the Rice and Peas Party. He’s collaborated with Slick Rick, Wyclef, The Roots and Sister Nancy as a DJ and musician, and produced landmark events with Chronixx, Shaggy, Beenie Man, Damian Marley and Machel Montano, to name a few. Behind the scenes, he’s helped everyone from Major Lazer to Matisyahu get their projects off the ground before you knew about them. He’s previously explored the connection between hip-hop and reggae on his B.I.G. Tings a Gwaan and Back in Time mixtapes.

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