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  • Trinidad Singer/Songwriter Dale Ryan Makes Big Statement Amid Packaged Release of Colors

    Trinidad and Tobago songwriter and vocalist, Dale Ryan is making some giant steps. He’s doing something hardly ever done in the Caribbean, but really, something that should always be done. Dale is releasing a brand new R&B/Pop single, complete with a video. The song, ‘Colors’ will hit the airwaves on Tuesday, April 16, but even with his method of marketing clear in his mind, Ryan is challenging the senior musicians and entertainers in T&T and the Caribbean, to share their knowledge, and work with budding entertainers to progressively make an impact in the global arena.

    His words may sting some but his feelings stem from his observations over the years. Having been striving to be seen and heard since the age of 17, the artiste who made some headway in 2012 when he delivered the hit single, ‘Incredibly High’, says he has faced many challenges, the most daunting of which has been the challenge to attain radio airplay. It’s a common cry and Dale Ryan is aware of it, however he attests to making some inroads, this of course after making the necessary connections in the past year. “Before, I wasn’t well known and that in itself was a challenge. I’m a little better off right now because I’ve networked in the industry a bit in the past year and people know me a bit more- people in the industry that is,” he said. Dale has co-written songs like Machel Montano’s ‘No Lie’, Benjai’s ‘Feter’. Denise Belfon’s ‘Wining Queen’. Ryan was also partly responsible for the lyrics penned on Patrice Roberts’ ‘Permission Granted,’ Machel Montano’s Life of the Party and Michelle Xavier’s ‘ If You Want To.’ Those songs alone- all hits that pierced the airwaves during Trinidad’s Carnival 2013 season, have placed Dale Ryan in a category that’s separate and apart from the unaccomplished artiste.

    Dale’s new method to better package his musical creations, has come after one year of hard thought. He realized that he’d erred when he released his 2012 single without the backing of a video, a proper public relations campaign and other things that would help the music. This time around, he’ll be marketing his music much harder, much stronger and with mindful strategies. “I want everyone to see and feel this song. On television, people should grasp what the song’s about and enjoy it and when they hear it on the radio, they must visualize the video after having seen it,” he explained.

    The new single, ‘Colors’, was produced by Madmen Productions in Trinidad. It’s a song that may hit home for some. Dale says it’s a song that speaks to men who realize they’ve ended up with, what he termed, ‘bad girls’, after a relationship has already gotten underway. The video for the single was directed by Denith McNicolls of D.Media and produced by Patrice Millien of A Millien Concepts. and will essentially offer a visual understanding of the lyrics- no doubt.

    Set to ultimately define himself as a strong, hard working musician, Dale Ryan is ready for what’s to come. He says he continues to look up to Trinidad and Tobago entertainer, Bunji Garlin, explaining that he feels Bunji is the most balanced entertainer in the country. “In my opinion while some artistes are capable of putting on a great stage show but they fall short in other areas, or vice versa- I think Bunji strikes the perfect balance. He’s got the performance and the lyrical ability.”
    Ryan also said he is ambitiously educating himself thoroughly on the business of music and the ins and outs of the global industry. This, he says he feels all artistes, from every walk of life should strive to do.

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  • The Performers For The 32nd International Reggae And World Music Awards (IRAWMA) Have Been Announced!

    Over 15 Top Reggae & World Music Acts to Perform at IRAWMA

    On Wednesday, April 10th voting to select the winners in the 32nd International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) ended. At the same time, some of the performers for the glamorous awards presentation and show, set for May 4, were announced at the event’s Press launch hosted by VP Records at Finger Lickin’ Restaurant and Bakery in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

    This Star-Studded lineup is not one to be missed.
    Featuring…….

     ■ Top nominee Mr. Vegas (6 nominations)
     ■ Romain Virgo (2 nominations)
     ■ Calypso Rose (2 nominations)
     ■ Half Pint
     ■ Richie Stephens
     ■ Macka Diamond
     ■ African Soukous Star: Top One-Frisson
     ■ Mutabaruka
     ■ Haitian/Compas emerging star: J-Beatz
     ■ South Florida’s rising stars & nominees: Sons of Mystro

    Popular Gospel Performers:
    * Rev. Dr. Norris Weir
    * Second Chance
    * Jonathan Laurince and True Worshippers

    Additional entertainers will be announced once they are confirmed. The awards show will be hosted by Freddie McGregor and Etana.

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    Ephraim Martin addresses media at the press launch, held at Finger Lickin Bakery & Restaurant in Pembroke Pines, Florida. The reception was hosted by VP Records. Photo credit: Uriah Bennett.

    The exciting evening begins with the celebrity red carpet arrival and reception starting at 6:00pm, followed by an electrifying awards ceremony at 8:00pm.

    This year’s IRAWMA is dedicated to Health Awareness and some 200 reggae and world music industry individuals, groups and others were nominated in 40 categories for their accomplishments and contribution.
    Lifetime/Hall of Famer awards will be presented to Derrick “Duckie” Simpson – Black Uhuru, Denver “JAMUSA” Silvera, The Honorable Edward Seaga, Lloyd Campbell of Joe Frasier Records and Inner Circle.

    Martin’s International-IRAWMA Award of Honor will be presented to producer Donovan Germain, event marketing specialist C. “Eddy” Edwards, controversial radio host Bevan “Duke of Earle” Earle and promoter Arthur Lugisse. The recipients for the South Florida Special Award for Extra-Ordinary Contribution to the music industry are: Willie Lindo, Vonnie McGowan, and Winsome “Lady C” Charlton.

    Advance admission tickets are available online at www.coralspringscenterforthearts.com, and www.irawma.com. Tickets can also be purchased at VP Records and Brawta Caribbean Cuisine in Miramar, and Reggae and Things in Coral Springs, Florida.

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  • Atlanta Caribbean Unity Festival (May 26)

    ATLANTA CARIBBEAN UNITY FESTIVAL

    ( A fusion of music & culture)

    With Unity Magic Happens!

    Rupee, Kerwin Du Bois, Demarco, Cool Sessions, Rebel Band and Special Guest to perform on Sunday May 26th.

    The Atlanta Caribbean Unity Festival (ACUF) is one of the grand finale events for the Atlanta Carnival taking place over Memorial weekend. This event will be an ultimate concert experience bringing people from all islands together for performances by top artistes from throughout the Caribbean. To complement the performances, there will be moko jumbie (stilt) dancers, steel-pan and a kids zone. The event also features various community building activities like football (soccer) games, a talent showcase & and an appreciation ceremony honoring those who have contributed to the success of Atlanta Carnival over the last twenty-five (25) years. It will be held at Wade Walker Park (5585 Rockbridge Rd, Stone Mountain, GA 30088) on Sunday May 26th from 1pm-10pm. Entrance Fee is $20 in advance, $25 at the door(Discounted fees for children under 12) available at urticketpro.com or by calling 404-465-3393.

    The concept of the Atlanta Caribbean Unity Festival was born from members of the team at H.C. Promotions and Literacy to Legacy who wanted to celebrate the achievement of Atlanta Carnival celebrating 25 years of existence. According to Henderson Charles of H.C. Promotions, ‘Twenty five years of Atlanta Carnival is no small feat and required tenacity and unity to be achieved. The Unity Festival gives us an opportunity to celebrate this success by bringing representatives from all the islands together in one place to enjoy activities that build a sense of community.’

    This event is a fusion of music and culture. The festival will be headlined by Rupee the Bajan singer/producer who brought several hits including the crossover smash “Tempted to Touch”. Rupee will be joined by Kerwin Dubois the Trinidadian singer/writer who has received several awards and is a staple on the Carnival circuit around the world because of his great performing ability and of course hits such as “Breathless”. Another Caribbean son who will be joining this amazing duo is the Dancehall sensation Demarco from Jamaica. Demarco has become a heavy weight in the very competitive Dancehall world scoring major hit songs throughout. Hits such as “I Love My Life” have endeared Dancehall crowds and crowds from other markets to this artist. The line-up is amped up by USVI’s newest sensational export: the Cool Session Band & The Rebel Band will be representing Haiti featuring such hits as ‘Bebe.’ Moko Jumbie (stilt) dancers, a steel-drum band, a kid zone and video game center will complement the day’s activities and add to the fun filled family day. Music will also be provided by the Award winning party machines of DJ Choice(St. Kitts), DJ Stephen (Trinidad & Tobago) and the Sound System Changez Disco (Jamaica). MC duties will be provided by one of Atlanta’s long standing MC and Radio Personality, Jason SkyWalker.

    The kick-off concert for the event is appropriately named “Fan De Fire”, and will take place on Saturday May 25th. This concert will be headlined by live performances from Antigua & Barbuda’s most famous band Burning Flames along with Virgin Islands’ newest and exiting band Cool Sessions at the Omega International House (3951 Snapfinger Road Lithonia, GA 30038). A portion of proceeds from these events will support the non-profit Literacy to Legacy. More information about this event can be found at www.facebook.com/AtlantaCaribbeanUnityFestival or by calling 404-465-3393.

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  • Piton Soca Starz 2013 Is Here!

    The fourth annual Piton Soca Starz was officially launched here on Wednesday April 10 with a press brief held at the WLBL offices, Vide Boutielle. The event was attended by past Piton Soca Starz, judges, the host for this year’s event, WLBL personnel and the media.

    Speaking about plans for Piton Soca Starz 2013, brand manager Rohan Lovence said that it was indeed with heightened anticipation that he was looking forward to the event, as he indicated that his audience would too, when he explained some of the new and exciting elements this year.

    Piton Soca Starz started here in 2010 as an initiative of WLBL, brewers of Piton Beer and forms part of activities for Saint Lucia carnival. Today the event is a major highlight on the calendar of activities for carnival.

    “Piton Soca Starz which we are here today to launch the 2013 edition, is a music talent search which seeks to scout and discover emerging talent in the genre of Soca during Saint Lucia’s Carnival season,” Lovence noted. “And whilst many of our Carnival events are Castries based, this event traverses the entire island in search of the next big Soca star and also offers persons the opportunity to be exposed to some of our more established acts who perform on the Piton Soca Starz train at various venues,” he pointed out. He went on to note the fact that the three winners of the event thus far have hailed from different parts of the island, to underscore his point.

    The first event in 2010 was won by Mongstar out of Castries, now a major Soca artiste here, Sergia from Micoud in 2011 and J Budz from Soufriere won in 2012.

    The winner of Piton Soca Starz 2013 it was disclosed on Wednesday, will receive more than EC$10,000 in cash and prizes. “The champion will also have the option to choose a recording studio of his or her choice with which to record a song which will be paid for by Piton as well as an accompanying music video,” the Piton brand manager said.

    This year, organizers of Piton Soca Starz will also be seeking to engage as many producers and songwriters here as a means of using the events platform to scout for emerging talent in the genre of Soca. Some of these individuals will also be utilized to mentor the performers through various workshops to be held ahead of the finals. The various stages of the event will also seek to engage the “live” audience even more this year, affording them greater opportunities to win prizes at each stop.

    Piton Soca Starz which kicks off earlier this year will see the first event being staged on Friday April 12 at Triple D’s on Jeremie Street in Castries from 7 PM. It will be hosted by popular female Soca performer Q-Pid and will feature performances by Soca Psycho, Mongstar and Ambi.

    The event then heads down to Soufriere, Club Whispers on Wednesday April 17, Anchors Bar in Piaye Friday April 19, Gros Islet Friday April 26 and Dennery Fish Fry Saturday April 27.

    The event will break during Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts and resume Friday May 17 at Richards Bar in Augier, Saturday May 18, Raymond’s Dennery Valley, Wednesday May 29th JJ’s Back in time Marigot and Friday May 31, Caribbean Cocktails Castries.

    Piton Soca Starz will continue in June with the first of two semifinals on Friday June 7, WLBL car park Vieux fort and the second on Friday June 14 Piton Party in De Yard, CSA grounds Sans Souci.

    The Grande finals of Piton Soca Starz 2013 will be held on Saturday June 29, at Fond D’or, Dennery and will feature a “live” band, guest performers and an international Soca act.

    Piton Soca Starz this year be recorded for broadcast by Choice TV and brought to the homes of the thousands who have made it a hit show on television as well.

    Interested performers can still register for the competition at www.pitonbeer.com or the Piton Soca Starz Facebook page. Entry forms can also be collected at WLBL offices Vieux Fort and Castries and at the various venues where Piton Soca Starz will be held.

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  • TCI Premier To Lead Delegation To Region’s Premier Sustainable Tourism Conference In Trinidad & Tobago

    The Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), Dr. Rufus Ewing will lead a three member delegation to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)’s 14th annual Sustainable Tourism Conference (STC-14), which opens in the Trinidad and Tobago capital, Port of Spain, next week.

    This will be Dr. Ewing’s first CTO event since he was elected Premier last November, and since he took the tourism portfolio late last month as part of a cabinet reshuffle.

    In addition to attending the various sessions, the TCI Premier will make a presentation on how the Turks and Caicos Islands and small developing states can continue to advance destination sustainability in the context of the ongoing economic downturn and with limited resources.

    “Rest assured that the Turks and Caicos Islands has a great presentation to make in this regard based on our experiences over the past five years,” Dr. Ewing said. The TCI hosted the 10th Sustainable Tourism Conference (STC-10) in 2008 and, at STC-11 in 2010, reported progress in a number of important areas.
    Dr. Ewing will be joined by the head of the secretariat in the Office of the Premier, Ronlee James and Brian Been, the senior product development officer at the Turks & Caicos Islands Tourist Board. Mr. Been is the deputy chairman of the CTO’s Sustainable Tourism Technical Committee.

    STC-14 begins with an official opening ceremony which is scheduled to start at 6:45 P.M. on Monday 15 April at the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain. Prime Minister Kamla Persaud Bissessar is scheduled to address the opening, with Carlos Vogeler, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)’s point man in the Americas, down to deliver the keynote address.

    Themed, “Keeping the Right Balance: Enhancing Destination Sustainability Through Products, Partnerships and Profitability,” the conference will explore ways the Caribbean can enhance destination sustainability and competitiveness in the current global environment by examining a number of critical issues.
    For more information on STC-14, including how to participate, visit www.caribbeanstc.com.

    About the Caribbean Tourism Organization
    The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with headquarters in Barbados and offices in New York and London, is the Caribbean’s tourism development agency comprising membership of over 30 countries and territories including Dutch, English, French and Spanish, as well as a myriad of private sector allied members. The CTO’s vision is to position the Caribbean as the most desirable, year round, warm weather destination by 2017, and its purpose is Leading Sustainable Tourism – One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean.
    Among the benefits to its members the organization provides specialized support and technical assistance in sustainable tourism development, marketing, communications, advocacy, human resource development, research and information technology.

    In addition the CTO, in partnership with the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, jointly and equally owns the Caribbean Tourism Development Company, a marketing and business development entity dedicated to promoting the Caribbean brand worldwide.

    The CTO’s Headquarters is located at Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados BB 22026; Tel: (246) 427-5242; Fax: (246) 429-3065; E-mail: CTObarbados@caribtourism.com.

    The CTO’s New York office is located at 80 Broad St., Suite 3302, New York, NY 10004, USA: Tel: (212) 635-9530; Fax: (212) 635-9511; E-mail: CTOny@caribtourism.com;

    The CTO’s London office is located at The Quadrant, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1BP, England. Tel: 011 44 208 948 0057; Fax: 011 44 208 948 0067; E-mail: CTOlondon@caribtourism.com;

    For more information on the Caribbean Tourism Organization please visit www.OneCaribbean.org.

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  • We Soca – Montserrat Groovy Monarch – Scrappy

    Montserrat Groovy Monarch, Scrappy has released his first 2013 single from SD Productions UK. The track titled “We Soca” is the first song for the 2013 season for the artiste. We Soca is a mid tempo/groovy type track which was written by Scrappy. Scrappy is currently looking to have his first ever headlining tour with his band Tropical Storm & supporting UK acts. The tour is has a series of dates across Europe which starts and finishes in London, UK. For more information on the artist & please

    www.scrappyonline.net

    www.facebook.com/scrappyonline

    www.twitter.com/scrappyonline

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  • Surinam Artist, Miriam Simone, Scores On IFE Top 10 Charts

    Miriam Simone is one of Europe’s hottest upcoming female Reggae artists, hailing from Amsterdam and Surinam. She is also now the first up-coming artist to win a position on IFE TOP 10 Charts for March, 2013, with her latest single – “Dem A chat” holding 5th position, marginally behind Rihanna’s – “Diamonds”, Snoop Lion’s – “Lighters up”, Damian Jr Gong’s – “Affairs of the heart” and Sean Paul’s – “How deep is your love”.
    Ms. Simone stated: “I feel honoured, as an up and coming artist to enter the IFE TOP 10 Charts, it gives me confidence to keep on spreading my music to the world”.

    The newly implemented chart program is designed to give up-coming artists greater exposure through a voting system. The artist with the most votes each month wins a placement on IFE TOP 10 and $1000 USD in promotions, with features in the press, radio airplay, interviews and street promotions, both locally and overseas.

    The chart program was developed by Karla Ashley, a British lady originally from Jamaica, who is also the owner of Island Fuse Entertainment (IFE). In a press statement Ms. Ashley stated: “We all know at least one very talented artist who is yet to be discovered. Maybe they don’t have a management team, the know-how or even resources to promote themselves. The IFE Top 10 Chart program is just one of many programs we will be implementing to give emerging artists a fighting chance in the music industry.”
    For more information on IFE TOP 10 Charts visit http://www.islandfuse.com or email IFETOP10@gmail.com

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  • “DREAMLAND” Produced By Studio 758 St.Lucia

    As We Gear Up Towards the St. Lucia Jazz Festival Studio 758 present to you another Smashing Track by Irvin “Ace” Loctar featuring Acclaimed hit-making producer Paul ‘Computer Paul’ Henton (Grammy Award Winner) out of Jamaica on Acoustic Guitar. This Track is Written By Irvin “Ace” Loctar & Produced By Thygeson “Penn” Joseph & Irvin “Ace” Loctar from Studio 758, St.Lucia.
    Please Listen & Enjoy as we Bring you, DREAMLAND!!

    Thygeson “Penn” Joseph

    A&R/ Director/ Producer/ Song Writer

    (Studio 758/ Slu Records Inc/ AP Publishing)

    Audio Commercials/ Music Production & Distribution

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  • Katchafire Announces U.S. Tour + New Album Best So Far (out May 21)

    NEW ZEALAND’S ROOTS REGGAE ROCKERS

    KATCHAFIRE ANNOUNCE HEADLINING U.S. TOUR THIS SPRING

    AND GREATEST HITS ALBUM BEST SO FAR

    AVAILABLE MAY 21 ON VP RECORDS

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    New Zealand’s Katchafire proudly announce their spring 2013 U.S. tour and the anticipated release of their greatest hits collection Best So Far, available on May 21, 2013 on VP Records.

    Throughout April and May, the seven piece collective will be rocking major festivals as well as headlining intimate venues across the West Coast, Midwest and South in over 28 U.S. cities. The band is no stranger to the road and has performed worldwide with international acts such as The Wailers, Maxi Priest, UB40 and Arrested Development. For the most up to date tour schedule, please visit www.facebook.com/katchafireband.

    From their humble beginnings in the late ’90s as a Bob Marley tribute band to one of New Zealand’s and the South Pacific’s most popular groups today, Katchafire have created a timeless hit-filled repertoire during this short time span. The band has carefully selected 16 of these must have tracks on their upcoming album Best So Far. The impressive best of collection will feature Katchafire’s breakthrough hits from their groundbreaking 2003 debut Revival – including “Get Away,” “Who You With” and “Giddy Up” (2003’s highest selling single in New Zealand) – all of which landed in the Top 10 of New Zealand’s Top 40 Singles Chart. Best So Far will also highlight the group’s most cherished tunes from their remaining independently-released albums, like “Frisk Me Down” off of 2005’s Slow Burning, “Working” and the title track from 2007’s Say What You’re Thinking as well as “Sweet As” and “Groove Again” off of 2010’s On the Road Again.

    www.katchafire.co.nz
    www.twitter.com/katchafire
    www.facebook.com/katchafireband

    BEST SO FAR TRACK LISTING:
    1. Irie
    2. Love Letter
    3. Who You With
    4. Giddy Up
    5. On The Road Again
    6. Say What You’re Thinking
    7. Get Away
    8. Seriously
    9. Collie Herb Man
    10. I And I
    11. Frisk Me Down
    12. Groove Again
    13. Meant To Be
    14. Sensimillia
    15. Working
    16. Sweet As

    TOUR DATES:
    Fri 04/12/13 Kapaia – Kauai, HI
    Sat 04/13/13 Aloha Tower Water Front – Oahu, HI
    Mon 04/14/13 MACC – Maui, HI
    Fri 04/19/13 The Rio – Las Vegas, NV
    Sat 04/20/13 Higher Grounds Music Festival – Santa Margarita, CA
    Sun 04/21/13 Mezzanine – San Francisco, CA
    Tue 04/23/13 Arcata Theatre – Arcata, CA
    Wed 04/24/13 El Rey Theatre – Chico, CA
    Thu 04/25/13 Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA
    Fri 04/26/13 Mystic Theater – Petaluma, CA
    Sat 04/27/13 Nokia Club – Los Angeles, CA
    Sun 04/28/13 Soho Restaurant & Music Club -Santa Barbara, CA
    Wed 05/01/13 Park City Live – Park City, UT
    Thu 05/02/13 Belly Up Aspen – Aspen, CO
    Fri 05/03/13 Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO
    Sat 05/07/13 Bottle Neck – Lawrence, KS
    Fri 05/10/13 Shank Hall – Milwaukee, WI
    Sat 05/11/13 Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
    Sun 05/12/13 Firebird – St. Louis, MO
    Wed 05/15/13 Bronze Peacock at House of Blues – Houston, TX
    Thu 05/16/13 House of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
    Fri 05/17/13 Ridglea Theater -Fort Worth, TX
    Sat 05/18/13 Antone’s – Austin, TX
    Tue 05/21/13 ENVY at Route 66 Casino Hotel – Albuquerque, NM
    Wed 05/22/13 Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
    Thu 05/23/13 Belly Up – Solana Beach, CA
    Fri 05/24/13 Belly Up – Solana Beach, CA
    Sat 05/25/13 House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
    Sun 05/26/13 Monterey Co. Fairgrounds – Monterey, CA

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  • Early Start for Piton Soca Starz 2013

    A new season of Piton Soca Starz will be unleashed on April 12, 2013 here in Saint Lucia. Now in its fourth year the annual Soca competition organized by WLBL’s Piton Beer, for up and coming Soca artistes, has become one of the major events on the calendar of activities for Saint Lucia’s Carnival, drawing large crowds at various venues all over the island. The event, which is recorded for re-broadcast each week, has also garnered an enormous fan base of television viewers following from the comfort of their homes or at their favourite bars and restaurants when it is being aired.

    The first ever Piton Soca Starz was won by Mongstar, who is now one of the island’s major recording, performing and touring Soca artiste. In 2011 the event was won by a female, Sergia, who last year made it onto the Groovy and Soca Monarch competition stages. J. Budz, who hails from Soufriere won in 2012. So who will it be for 2013? It is anyone’s guess and so far a number of aspiring Soca artistes from all over the island have expressed interest in this year’s event. And, there is still time for persons interested to collect a registration form at the WLBL office, Vieux Fort or Castries, Blazin FM, various bars across the island or at www.pitonbeer.com.

    Piton Soca Starz will kick off with a press launch on Wednesday, 10th April at 10 am at the WLBL office in Vide Bouteille. There, Piton Brand Manager Rohan Lovence will unveil the components of the event for this year which is expected to include some added features and attractions. This will be followed by the first rounds of preliminary competitions- April 12 at Triple D’s on Jeremie Street, Castries, Whispers in Soufriere on Wednesday April 17, Anchors Bar, Piaye April 19, Gros Islet Friday April 26 and Dennery Fish Fry on Saturday April 27. The event will break during Saint Lucia Jazz and resume from May 17-May 31, 2013, with more preliminary rounds across the island. The semi-finals and finals of Piton Soca Starz will then follow in June.

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  • Jamaican Music Producer, Broadcaster To Be Honored In NYC

    Irie Fashion Rave (IFR), the Diaspora’s premier fashion event will this year honor two industry pioneers, broadcaster Ken Williams and music producer Philip Smart. The tribute, which will form part of Irie Jam Radio’s 20th anniversary celebration, will be held at the posh Resort World Casino in Queens, New York on Sunday, April 28 starting at 6pm.

    “Ken and Philip have both achieved excellence in their respective careers and today we celebrate their innumerable contributions. We applaud them for their ongoing support of our Jamaican music and culture and look forward to an unforgettable evening with these two icons” Syntyche ‘Syn’ Dawkins VP of Irie Jam Media and co-producer of IFR said.

    Smart, a legendary music producer, engineer and arranger has enjoyed a successful career that span nearly five decades. As owner, operator of the successful HC&F Recording Studio in Long Island, NY, he worked with some of the biggest stalwarts in the reggae industry including Shaggy, Barrington Levy, Coco Tea, Sister Carol, Shelly Thunder, Johnny Osbourne, Augustus Pablo and Horace Andy. Among the most popular tracks he has produced are “Go Deh Yaka,” by Monyaka – which reached #14 on the UK charts – “Hot This Year” by DJ Dirtsman, “Rikers Island” by Coco Tea and “None Shall Escape” by Johnny Clarke. During the 1990’s, at the peak of reggae’s explosion in the USA, Smart recorded five albums for Shaggy, including “Hot Shot,” which was certified Diamond in the United States with an estimated 20 million sales worldwide.

    Broadcaster Ken Williams, who returned home last year to assume the position of CEO of Hot 102 FM and board member of CVM Television, is a media pioneer who has had a distinguished career in radio and television in the USA. In the 70’s, he served as Program Director at Inner City Broadcasting/WLIB and was responsible for introduced legendary acts like Bob Marley, Toot Hibbert and Jimmy Cliff to the New York radio listeners and for incorporating a Caribbean music format at the station. He later pioneered Caribbean programs on WNWK 105.5FM and later at WVIP 93.5FM where he hosted the popular Ken Williams Show. Ken has also had an eye for beauty and was instrumental in launching the long running Miss Jamaica/USA Beauty Pageant. He was also a successful business entrepreneur, owning and operating New York entertainment landmarks like Club Negril and Carib New York.

    Last year IFR honored Sirius Satellite radio Program Director/ radio host Pat McKay and artiste manager Robert Livingston with ‘Lifetime Achievement Awards’ for their outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry, while Jamaican rapper Heavy D and music producer Joel Chin were each honored posthumously for their contribution to the Jamaican music industry. Previously Kingsley Cooper, the man credited with launching the careers of international models Nadine Willis, Jaunel McKenzie, Gaye McDonald, Jeneil Williams and Carla Campbell, was honored.

    Dawkins also announced that Yandy Smith of VH1s Love and Hip Hop will be guest hosting and showcasing her jewelry line ‘Everything Girls Love.’ IFR will be hosted by DJ Roy (Irie Jam Radio, New York) and the ‘Fluffy Diva’ Miss Kitty (Jamaica) with music by Dubb Master Chris, Road International, Steelie Bashment and DJ Cali B.

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  • Caribbean Songbird Jalena Drops New Single and Video, “1 Night Stand”

    Caribbean songbird Jalena makes a splash with the new video for her provocative hit single, “1 Night Stand.” The song was officially released on Jalena’s Bad Reputation album, back in May 2012. It is the third full-length studio effort from this eclectic singer and songwriter from Tortola, British Virgin Islands, who effortlessly blends R&B and pop with reggae undertones, giving fans a taste of her diverse island heritage and fusion sound.

    “1 Night Stand” has tongues wagging with its suggestive title, and tackles a subject Jalena felt needed to be addressed. “I wrote this song because it’s a topic that hasn’t really been broached upon from a female perspective,” she reveals. “I can certainly relate to it and it was surprising to see how many other women also share similar experiences. It was a fun song to do.”

    The track showcases Jalena’s range and talent, lacing her sultry vocals over an easy-breezy island pop rhythm, which was produced by Platinum Sellers Beats. The “1 Night Stand” video was shot on location in Tortola and is directed by Gabriel A. Stephen, with the song’s writer, Jalena, at the helm of its tantalizing concept. “We wanted to capture the vibe of the song,” Jalena discloses. “I wanted the video to depict this delicate experience from my perspective, so I can hopefully add to an international dialog for ladies everywhere.”

    Hitting the musical scene since 2005, Jalena initially started out singing soca music, but has evolved over the years in her artistry, resulting in her reggae, pop and R&B blend. She is influenced by the likes of Shirley Bassey, Diana King, Patra, Pink and Jah Cure, and her music certainly reflects that melting pot and presents the global audience with a unique island-meets-international sound.

    “1 Night Stand” is now available on the Bad Reputation album from iTunes and all major digital retailers worldwide. Follow Jalena’s rise to stardom at www.facebook.com/JalenaMiko or twitter.com/JalenaRocks. Please direct all management and booking inquires to Sebastian Miko at jalenamusic@gmail.com.

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  • Bernice Brooks From Anguilla Winner Of Direct Music TV Americas 2012/2013 Caribbean Model Search @ Bliss Night Club St.Maarten

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    Bernice Brooks prize will be an all-expense paid trip to Model at the prestigious 2013 FASHIONISTA
    Hair, Fashion and Music showcase in St.Thomas US-Virgin Islands from July 25th-28th 2013.

    Maza Rombley won our Designer contest, she will also be showcasing her designs
    at the 2013 FASHIONISTA showcase in St.Thomas US-Virgin Islands from July 25th-28th 2013.
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    Trips & Prizes courtesy of ….MR ANTHONY ALEXANDER, WTN-TV Channel 10, X104.3FM St Maarten,

    SXM Fashion Week, BLISS NIGHT CLUB, The Tallahassee-St.Maarten Foundation Inc,

    Enjoy SXM shop, Lifestyles Magazine, Milani Cosmetics, MSR6 TV, PJD-2 Radio,

    PRfect Moments, Marilyna Boston Casual Behaviour Designs,

    IQ Events Group St.Thomas US-Virgin Islands and Direct Music TV America.

    “I am always happy to help new models and designers get added exposure and publicity in and outside of their own country”, stated Mr Anthony Alexander, Director of Direct Music TV America.

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    See below…Lifestyles Magazine Profiled

    Islands Of The World Fashion Showcase 2013

    May 3rd to the 5th Nassau Bahamas.

    Lifestyles Magazine..Special Edition

    CLICK ON LINK… http://issuu.com/lifestylesmagazine/docs/iwfw

    Email: lifestylesmagazines@gmail.com

    Thanks for your support, over the years.

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  • Taj Weekes & Adowa – A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen Video Gallery

    JATTA PRESENTS TAJ WEEKES & ADOWA IN THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THEIR VIDEO “YOU AIN’T READY FOR THE HEAVY (YARFTH)”.

    With only 2 weeks left until the release of their 4th CD, PARIAH IN TRANSIT, Taj Weekes & Adowa is sharing the last video from their internationally acclaimed album, A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen (AWLSK). As an added treat to their fans, the band celebrates the success of AWLSK with a gallery featuring some video singles from the album. Click through each image and enjoy Taj Weekes & Adowa at work.

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    SUNNY INNOCENTS
    This never before seen video, Sunny Innocents was recorded in a late night/early morning recording session.

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    ANTHEMS OF HOPE
    Shot in St. Lucia, this laid back tune features Taj Weekes, surrounded members of Adowa, friends and family by a cozy campfire on a beautiful beach.

    PEACE & LOVE, JANJAWEED, RAIN RAIN
    From commemorating the birth of Southern Sudan with Janjaweed, to lamenting the delayed and ineffectual action following Hurricane Katrina in Rain Rain, or asking the question of whatever happened to Peace & Love, Taj Weekes & Adowa solidified their place in music history as leading the renaissance of roots reggae music. In an interview with Reggaeville discussing the album, the band’s influence on reggae music today is summed up as such:

    You are truly a griot in that sense: a troubador, singing these songs of freedom, not to sell some sort of agenda but to teach things to people… things that I don’t think a lot of people have actually ever been taught in song. They may have scratched the surface in progressive radio or read a little bit in Mother Jones or thought about these things by watching Rachel Maddow, but you can give it to people on a higher level, an artistic level that is unique in its reggae form and certainly unique in mainstream pop. It’s Bob Dylan. It’s that time in music when people were taking risks. – Reggaeville, 2012

    Thank you for supporting the music, exchanging video links on social media, and coming to see the band live. A special thanks to all of the creators/directors of these videos – Digital Alchemy/Sidekick Creative (Janjaweed), Kevin O’Leary (YARFTH), Drew Renaud (Peace & Love, Anthems of Hope), and Monica Hoenig (Sunny Innocents).

    Until……let your vibes be high and your message mighty.

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  • Spragga Benz, Sizzla, Beenie Man & Flippa Moggla To Perform At Portmore Seafood Festival This Easter Monday

    The staging of the 5th annual Portmore Seafood Festival will take place April 1st 2013 at the Portmore Football Field in Portmore St.Catherine, Jamaica.

    Abuka Entertainment proudly presents a day of unity, food and music for one and all. This years event will feature some of the biggest name in dancehall and reggae music with a range of local and international artists. Grammy award winner Beenie Man, critically acclaimed reggae star Sizzla, international superstar Spragga Benz and artiste extraordinaire Flippa Moggla have been named as headliner for the festival.

    The one day Seafood Festival will give patrons various opportunities to experience the various delicacies and aphrodisiac from the sea, offer all day free rides for children and a high energy performance from artists such as Spragga Benz who hasn’t performed in Jamaica in quite a while. Sizzla and Beenie Man who are crowd favorites will also deliver superb artistry to the delight of their fans, unleashing a slew of hits. Many other artists are set to be announced in the upcoming weeks as part of this star studded dynamic lineup.

    Abuka Entertainment prides itself in being an intricate part of the community through various projects. Parts of the proceed for the “Seafood Festival” will go to the further development of the Portmore Football Field. The promoters would appreciate your assistance in any and every capacity to accomplish this feat. In keeping with this musical spirit, the promoters have decided to give young talents an opportunity to showcase their voices on the day of the event.

    Portmore comes alive this Easter Monday!

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  • Vpa Unleashes Spring Releases From Midnite, Konshens, Meta & The Cornerstones, Junior Kelly, Sanchez, Dubtonic Kru, Bryan Art

    VPAL UNLEASHES SPRING RELEASES FROM
    MIDNITE, KONSHENS, META & THE CORNERSTONES, JUNIOR KELLY, DUBTONIC KRU, SANCHEZ AND BRYAN ART

    VP Associated Label Group (VPAL), a subsidiary of VP Records that offers worldwide independent digital and physical distribution for artists and labels, will release a series of new releases throughout the 2013 Spring season.

    Bryan Art Bryan Art
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    Bryan Art, the husky-voiced singer and witty songwriter known for penning songs for Etana, Luciano and George Nooks, will release his self-titled album on Altafaan Records on April 16. The Firehouse Crew member and bandleader for Bushman’s backing band steps out on this 12 track solo effort, which features collaborations with Queen Ifrica, Warrior King, Capleton & Hawkeye.

    Sanchez Giving Praises [Live]
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    On April 23, Sanchez returns to the realm of reggae gospel on his upcoming inspirational album Giving Praises [Live]. Executive produced by Jason Sterling of JASFAR Records, the entire set was recorded live and mixed at the Church of Fort Lauderdale. The musical selection from one of Jamaica’s all time favorite performers ranges from soulful r&b to reggae and is balanced with religiously calming cuts.

    Meta & The Cornerstones Ancient Power
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    On April 30, Meta and The Cornerstones will release their sophomore album Ancient Power. The band consists of lead Senegalese vocalist Meta Dia, bassist Adrian Djoman, solo guitarist Shahar Mintz, keyboardist Andre Daniel, drummer Ian Josephand guitarist Daniel Serrato, who all bring their musical influences of the Caribbean, Africa, America and the Middle East into their own unique sound. Recorded in Kingston, Jamaica at the one and only Tuff Gong Studios, Ancient Power is executive produced by Meta Dia and Victor E. Lewis and co-produced by Sidney Mills. The album features guest collaborations with reggae vocalist Damian Marley and talented musicians like Dean Fraser, Julian Marley, Mikey Chung, Wayne “C-Sharp” Clarke and Wilburm “Squidly” Cole.

    April 30
    Junior Kelly Piece Of The Pie
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    One of reggae’s major musical forces Junior Kelly will release his 10th studio album Piece Of The Pie on April 30. The 15 track selection, produced by Anthony Senior, includes collaborations with Lion Face, Smiley and Mark Wonder. Junior Kelly’s music has always fought for social justice, economic equality and freedom for all. He feels everyone deserves a Piece Of The Pie.

    May 7
    Konshens Live In Uganda Africa DVD
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    In May, the next generation dancehall star Konshens will release a live DVD of his epic performance in Uganda, Africa, where he was greeted by more than 25,000 fans. This dvd follows his acclaimed solo debut album Mental Maintenance.

    Check a sneak peek from this surreal experience: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOnvcROOG_4

    May 14
    Midnite Be Strong
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    Hailing from St Croix, Virgin Islands — Midnite’s cutting-edge sound of modern roots music comes alive once again on their upcoming album Be Strong on May 14. The release follows In Awe, which was chosen by iTunes U.S. as one of the Best Reggae Albums for 2012. On Be Strong, their raw roots reggae style weaves cultural lyrics of old-school roots music with modern day. The album is filled unique production styles brought by Midnite and Fifth Son Records that boasts extensive dub remixes and live instrumentation from across the globe. Members of the well-known Playing for Change as well as African traveling musicians collaborated on the album. Together, they seamlessly blend sounds of the New Orleans jazz trumpet, Zimbabwe’s Shona guitar rhythms and piano (mbira) plus powerful percussion styles including marimba and hand drums from Mali and Congo. Midnite is currently touring the United States.

    May 28
    Dubtonic Kru Evolution
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    Hailing from Jamaica, Dubtonic Kru blends roots reggae, dub and rock on their new album Evolution, in stores May 28. On the 13-track set, the band merges heavy basslines, one drops, psychedelic guitar riffs, echoing keyboards, popping percussion and conscious lyrics into their distinct sound. The group is making a mark in their native country and internationally with their remarkable live performances and originality. In 2011, Dubtonic Kru earned the title Best New Band In The World at the Global Battle of the Bands World Finals in Malaysia.

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  • UK Beats- Trinidad & Tobago Flavor. Brent Anthony Eyes Global Market With Electrified

    Another Trinidad voice will soon be penetrating international airwaves. Brent Anthony is not a Soca artiste delivering that traditional islander’s melody. In fact his crossover appeal has caught the attention of producers in the United Kingdom.

    Anthony’s latest single, ‘Electrified’ was produced in London by Gregg X and Martin Raymond and he says he really wanted to get that authentic dance music sound so he decided to go to the source. Already, the track has peaked the interest of Right Recordings in the United Kingdom. The company is an independent music label distributed under the Universal Music banner. For Anthony, it’s a step up. He’s been working hard over the years and he’s hoping that this latest development would mean a breakthrough for his music.

    The elder brother of Wong and Sean Nebula of T&T’s Nebula868, Brent has been trying to garner the attention of the music industry’s execs locally and overseas- the people who will make his music matter to the world. He’s currently aligned with Boston’s On The Spot Entertainment and even with Electrified having only been recently released, the young vocalist isn’t sparing any chances. He’s already finished up another single called ‘This Pain I Feel’, which was produced by On The Spot Entertainment. That single will be released later on this year.

    ‘Electrified’ was written by Brent and his brother Wong Nebula while the yet to be released, ‘This Pain I Feel’ was written by Anthony and Saloi Chyn-Vun. Looking at music’s continuous transformation, Brent Anthony says he feels it’s now or never for him. His passion for music’s varying genres, particularly house music, dance and R&B has equipped him with an open mind when it comes to the infusion of collective melodies. “I’ll never be one dimensional. I really believe that music is the only universal language so why should any artiste from any country be boxed into one or two genres? Why shouldn’t music be fused and new sounds created? That’s what life is all about- creating new beginnings,” he said thoughtfully.

    At home in Trinidad, Brent Anthony is making the necessary links and marketing his sound internationally- a sound while may seem far from the norm at home, will ultimately be accepted across the seas. He promises to continue the hardwork. He believes that it’s the only way he’ll make the necessary inroads. His encouragement? A simple saying- “the race is not to the swift but to those who endure to the end.”

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  • New League Music Reaping Success With Purple Touch Rhythm

    Dancehall artiste Ajrenalin and Reggae crooner Christopher Martin are among several of the noted entertainers that have joined forces with established recording label New League Music for the release of their latest project titled the Purple Touch Rhythm.

    Despite not officially released to the Jamaican public, the Mediterranean influenced compilation is already gaining traction across several Caribbean territories including St. Lucia, Antigua, Martinique and Montserrat with Chris and Ajrenalin collaborative effort ‘New Gyal’ being touted as the possible breakout single based on radio play.

    Other featured acts on the project include international Reggae singer Gyptian with ‘The Way You Love’, Munga Honourable’s – ‘Bring It Gi Mi’, ‘Snake Charmer’ by Future Fambo, Richie Loop’s – ‘You A Di Baddest’, completed by Stein and Hollowpoint ‘Bad Man Loving’ and ‘Enough Love’ respectively.

    According to New League Music C.E.O, Michaelius Phipps the eight-track compilation will make its debut in Jamaica this week and will also become available to consumers via iTunes and other digital platforms very soon.

    “I am very happy with the current response the project is receiving” said Phipps, “The local leg of the campaign will begin this week with the release of the rhythm and then visuals a few weeks later. I hope the Jamaican people will be musically pleased with this project” – He added.

    Phipps further explained that plans are also afoot for a culture rhythm later in the year.

    Bursting onto the scene in 2003 with the Signal Rhythm, New League Music has worked with some of the biggest name in the local industry including: Buju Banton, Bounty Killer, Vybz Kartel, Macka Diamond, Kiprich, Cecile, Frisco Kid, Tony Matterhorn, I-Octane, Big Wayne, Ninja Kid and is best known for their 2011 effort the Winter-rage Rhythm.

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  • Wada Blood Assembles New Team and Shoots Video Dedicated To Mothers

    Less than two weeks after the much publicized split with brother Andrew; Dancehall & Reggae singer Wada Blood has assembled a new team of professionals to oversee the handling of his career.

    His management team believes this is necessary if Wada as a solo act is going to transcend his career to that next level.

    In a statement to the media the entertainer explained, “I am now on a new path musically. So being a solo act I have to take a different approach to the industry and in so doing I need people around me who understands all aspects of the business.”

    Over the weekend the ‘Rastafari Way’ singer released two new singles titled ‘Weh Mi Come From’ on the MGP imprint featuring younger sibling Juju Blood and ‘My Mother’. The latter a contemporary ballad dedicated to his and all the other devoted, hardworking mothers out there. ‘My Mother’ was produced by Jay Crazie Records best known for their contribution with Reggae stalwart I-Octane.

    On Monday, March 25th, Wada wrapped a two day video-shoot for ‘My Mother’, shot on location at Windward & Constant Spring Road among other locations throughout the Kingston and St. Andrew metropolis. The video depicts a tale of a son who becomes consumed by vanity and neglects his mother due to mounting tension with his significant other. The visual saga takes several twist and turns culminating with a surprising end that will be revealed upon its premier.

    Meanwhile, Wada Blood is booked to appear at Western Consciousness on April 13th at the Montego Bay Sporting Complex and ‘Colour Rain’ water party on April 27th at the Rollington Town Primary School.

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  • Morgan Heritage Reveal Behind the Scenes Footage From Their Highly Anticipated Video PERFECT LOVE SONG.

    Morgan Heritage Reveal Behind the Scenes Footage From Their Highly Anticipated Video PERFECT LOVE SONG.

    Shot in Miami, Fl and Directed by Spencer Antle
    The first single off their upcoming summer album
    Here Come The Kings

    On the heels of their recent U.S. Northeast tour spanning NYC, Albany, Boston and New Haven, Morgan Heritage give fans an exclusive look beyond the scenes of their latest music video, Perfect Love Song.

    Mojo, Gramps, Lukes, Una and Peetah Morgan take fans on the set of their first video in five years for a sneak peak.

    The visual for the first single off their upcoming summer album Here Come The Kings (VP Records) is directed by Spencer Antle of Island Company and was shot in the sunny Little Haiti neighborhood of Miami, Florida.

    Perfect Love Song has already hit #1 on iTunes Japan Reggae Chart, NMT Top 10 Chart in Atlanta and the Karma Reggae Chart in the UK respectively. It has held the top spot on the latter for 4 consecutive weeks thus far.

    It is currently #3 in Italy on the Top 20 Reggae Singles Chart and #14 on Choice FM’s Top 20 Reggae Chart in the UK. It also recently topped Radio Dubplate’s Hot Bubblers Chart before debuting at #10 on the weekly Reggae Charts in Canada.

    The single is available for purchase on iTunes worldwide.

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  • Kings of Kings & Lords of Lords

    Calling all domino players! May 23rd – 26th, 2013

    One of the biggest Domino invitational elimination

    Tournament with a grand prize of $100,000.00

    2nd runner- up $20,000 & 3rd place $10,000

    This Domino Tournament is to awards the best pair of Domino players;”Kings of Kings & Lords of Lords”
    It’s an opportunity to match – up against the greatest! If you are on the island during the tournament come out and prove your skills, Foreigners! Islanders if you think you have what it takes to win, register NOW! If you think you don’t have what it takes to win! Then tell a father, grandfather, brother, relative, friend, the maddest female demonologist, the wickedest man with 7 bones in his hands. “Entry deadline May 19th,” live coverage by RJR Hits 97 fm and RE Television Networks.

    “If you don’t enter you won’t win; be 1 of the winners”

    contact: Cash Global HQ,101 Newland Road Unit #5, Weetoms Plaza, Port more St. Catharine, Jamaica W.I. 354-5390, 278-7195, 858-5802. cashglobalrecords@gmail.com , cgrecords@rogers.com.

    Entries Forms can be filled out at www.cashglobalrecords.com, cut from news papers, apply by phone or drop by Cash Global HQ; Forms will be made available at various outlets, the link http://cashglobalrecords.wufoo.com/forms/z7x3p3/

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  • Fast Rising Dancehall/Reggae Artist Touchless

    “Success is a journey not a destination” says Fast Rising Dancehall/Reggae Artist Touchless

    Born and raised in Jamaica, Brandon Ryan Campbell knew from a young age that he needed to express himself through the arts. Learning to play the trumpet and saxophone in elementary came naturally to him and he reveled in stage performances throughout his school years. Brandon cites Spragga Benz, Bounty Killer, Super Cat, Ninja Man, Shabba Ranks, Tenor Saw, Nicodemus and Bob Marley as some of his musical inspirations and from each of them understood the importance of a message through music, whether political, love or just making one dance to feed the soul. Although music was in his blood, it wasn’t until his move to Toronto, Canada that Brandon took his God given talent more seriously and launched his fast rising career.

    Now residing in Canada and taking the stage name of Touchless, he spends countless hours writing music, honing his craft and performing throughout Canada. Touchless knew and understood that he needed the stamp of approval of his native land, after all the music within him was cultivated in the birth place of dancehall and reggae… Jamaica! Touchless did a promotional tour throughout the island, performing on various stage shows and interviews on several radio stations, re introducing himself to music lovers.

    As his life motto states “Success is a journey not a destination”, Touchless understands that the satisfaction and rewards he reaps from music must be shared, and that is why he dreams of building a center/home for the homeless children in Jamaican who are living on the streets. “I don’t want to take from music, I want to give through music” he states.

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  • Nonstop Dancehall Mix

    While she is busy laying tracks for her first studio album, Karamanti is encouraging her supporters to download her latest mix tape simply called “Karamanti’s Nonstop Dancehall Mix.” It was produced by Strike Dee out of Ghana, Africa and is to serve as a precursor for the upcoming album, “Dancehall Retaliates”. The mix tape is a collection of some of Karamanti’s biggest songs to date and can be downloaded absolutely free from the following platforms

    Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/karamantimusic

    TRACK LISTING:

    1. WHO YOU ARE
    2. AFRICAN SONG
    3. NOBODY CYAAH STOP WE {FT} 3 STAR
    4. STAY TRUE-HEART STRINGZZZ
    5. BAY BADNESS
    6. RIGHT NOW
    7. READ
    8. YU CAN DWEET
    9. JAMDOWN WE SAY
    10. DON’T IT!
    11. YOUR THING DAT
    12. SET THE TREND
    13. THIS MI A DO
    14. MY BABY
    15. WATS POPPIN PEOPLE
    16. X – FACTOR {FT} STONEBWOY BURNITON
    17. THE TRIBUTE SONG
    18. REAL STORY
    19. GONE UP
    20. FREE TONIGHT

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  • Caribbean Comedy Play In Brooklyn

    The comedic hit Caribbean play “Letter from Leonora” will be staged at the Brooklyn Music School Theater on Saturday, 13th April from 8pm.

    The play was written by the late accomplished Trinidadian Eric Roach and is being directed by Hemish Marlon Gervis of St. Lucia. It will feature an all-star cast of Caribbean actresses who will ignite its funny plot.

    Letter from Leonora is set in a village in the 1960’s. It is said to be one of the most humorous pieces ever written by Roach. The play has been staged to wide acclaim to Caribbean audiences, including before the Heads of Government of the O.E.C.S nations.

    Director Gervis laments that the staging of “Letter from Leonora” serves to expose the international audience to the fine work of our talented Caribbean artists. He wants everyone to come and laugh out loud while enjoying an evening of entertainment.

    Infused in this staging of cultural expression dubbed “Caribbean Night” will be an explosive session of African Drumming with accompanying dancers.

    Tickets cost $30 in advance and are available at JW Records on Church Avenue or online at www.eventbrite.com. The event’s HOTLINE is 1-347-692-9428.

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  • Tanya Carter Calls On Birch For Ex-Boyfriend

    The sultry voice from Belize meets authentic Reggae

    After more than two dozen performances across the world, Belizean songstress, Tanya Carter, has decided to spread her wings to Jamaica. Excited about crossing over to Reggae, she has been working closely with Christopher Birch of Birchill Records, who produced and co-wrote her newest single: Ex-boyfriend.

    Singing since the age of 5, Tanya takes her inspiration from Jamaican greats: Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, and Burning Spear; and discovered at an early age her passion for Reggae and Jamaica culture. The Belizean is no stranger to Jamaicans, having opened for Etana, Luciano, Lexxus and Morgan Heritage and decided to come to the home of Reggae music to get a better understanding of the culture around the genre she loves, and to work with some of the best producers in the business.

    With several years of performing under her belt, she is currently working on her second album, which contains Reggae, Jazz, Electro, Pop, Dancehall and R&B infusions. Her versatility knows no bounds and her passion for music has resulted in a number of accolades. The greatest of which is being named “Best Female Vocalist of the Year” at the Belize Music Awards three years in a row (2010, 2011 and 2012). Tanya’s debut album Daydreaming was named the best album in Belize upon its release in 2011 and tunes from the album graced the airwaves in Jamaica, Los Angeles, Africa, Mexico and even climbed to number 3 on the Lithuanian music charts.

    Now, on a path to making authentic Reggae music, Tanya’s new single Ex-boyfriend, produced by Birchill Records, is a one of a kind composition. The infectious beat and catchy lyrics make it impossible for you to listen to the song just once and fully captures the common emotions involved with having an ex-lover you are not quite over, something many ladies, and even some men, can identify with.

    Christopher Birch of Birchill Records says he was happy to work with Tanya:”She is a real artiste, a great singer with the full package, she writes, she harmonizes, she is very talented and it was a pleasure working with her. I think she can make it in this industry, Reggae is a very aggressive industry, so she has to put out the right energy, which I think she has. We have plans for more tunes, and the next one is very catchy, so Jamaica needs to watch for Tanya.”

    Tanya’s sultry voice and precise melody on the track allows for easy listening and in no time you realize you are singing along. Although several songs have been written about this relationship dilemma, Ex-boyfriend brings a fresh spin on the situation. She belts “I never knew this feeling that you’re giving me would take me to another place with your love, see I never knew the loving was so good that it scared me and it made me want to fly away with your love” in the first verse, telling a tale of the love she has for her ex-boyfriend despite being with a new beau.

    Tanya shows her command of patois in the chorus where she sings: “Although mi new man a treat me right, mi wah back mi ex-boyfriend”. And the story continues to unravel, after she confesses: “I must admit I’m not over you although we parted ‘bout a year or two, my new man he’ll never know, you’re the star of my show”.

    Get the full story by listening to Tanya’s first Jamaican-produced single Ex-Boyfriend.

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