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  • Chelavich Scores Big With IFE TOP 10 Voting Programme

    Christopher “Chellavich” Anthony Lee, having recently won the international IFE (Island Fuse Entertainment) TOP 10 Voting Programme, is experiencing a major turnaround in his career, with high-profile TV, radio and press features. His first prime-time feature was on TVJ’s Intense, hosted by Ashley, Talia and Sanjay.

    Working as a tailor in Portmore, Chellavich spent most of his days listening to music from his favourite artiste – Bounty Killer. He too aspired to be a hardcore lyricist, and spent his spare time honing his craft. Chellavich later released a couple singles independently such as “Say She Want”, and made multiple appearances at local stage shows, charity events and parties. In 2015 Chellavich caught the attention of CEOs at the True Legends Music Group, Pablo Murray and Rohan Calvin, who immediately signed him.

    Working with True Legends Music Group, Chellavich has amassed an impressive collection of hot singles, for which they were seeking the means to promote. By chance they entered the IFE up-coming artist voting programme with an earlier single release entitled “Bounce Like A Ball”, featured alongside Razor B and other local artistes on the Sleepover Riddim. The heated competition was very close against other hopefuls such as Milli Chab of Hungary, yet Chellavich won with 33% votes.

    Along with a feature on the IFE TOP 10 Charts (5th position), another prize was to receive free publicity services, for which Chellavich has been receiving high-profile features. Still in campaign mode Chellavich stated: “The IFE Charts programme took me from 0 to 90 in terms of making me get TV, press, radio interviews and airplay overseas. Being part of the IFE Chart programme was the best move I made for 2016 because of that 2017 is looking bright”.


    (FROM RIGHT) Talia, Chellavich and Ashley

    (FROM RIGHT) Talia, Chellavich and Ashley

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  • Celebrity Chef Levi Roots signs on to Jus’ Caribbean Festival

    After months of negotiations CaribDirect Multi-Media is pleased to announce Jamaican musician, celebrity chef and TV presenter Levi Roots will be participating in Grace Foods Jus’ Caribbean Festival 2017 by giving an inspirational speech at the Grace Foods Caribbean Food and Drink Conference 2017.


    Billed for Friday 18th August 2017 at Lambeth College in south London Grace Foods Caribbean Food and Drink Conference 2017 is intended to address several matters that affect trade and investment in both the Caribbean and UK Diaspora. Issues such as, Due diligence in food service; Getting the brand right; Reformulation to reduce sugar in food and drink; Seaweed: the ingredient to benefit weight management and tackle diabetes; implications of BREXIT to the Caribbean and other topics will be discussed by a team of expert speakers from a number of eminent institutions such as the University of Reading, University of the West Indies, University of Birmingham and the private sector.



    The ever focused and motivated Levi Roots, famous for his signature phrase, ‘‘Put some music in your food!’ will join the panel of experts to add a truly Caribbean flavour with his inspiring story and insights into setting up and succeeding in the food business. No doubt the 2006 Dragon Slayer will speak about the achievement of his lifelong dream, Caribbean Smokehouse restaurant which he proudly opened in Westfield Stratford City, United Kingdom in 2015.


    The Grace Foods Caribbean Food and Drink Conference will be followed by Grace Foods Jus’ Caribbean Festival on Saturday and Sunday 19th and 20th August at a popular park in south London. Grace Foods Jus’ Caribbean Festival is  a follow-up to Caribbean Food and Drink Expo 2015 held at Windrush Square, Brixton in south London, which has since modified its market to appeal to a more British / European audience; essentially selling the Caribbean to Europe. This is hoped will provide untold benefits to small to medium sized Caribbean businesses wanting to access the UK market as well as Caribbean businesses in the Diaspora wanting to trade with or invest in the Caribbean. The very best of the Caribbean in terms of its culture (food, drink, music, dance) and the many other characteristics that make the Caribbean unique including our love for laughter and comedy, will be showcased.



    Having Levi Roots on board is regarded by CaribDirect CEO and Jus’ Caribbean Festival founder, David F. Roberts as “a truly fitting addition to an event that is poised to become the biggest world foods event in the United Kingdom in three to five years; I can’t think of any other chef in the Caribbean community that could add greater credibility to this event, we’re honoured to have Levi’.

    School of Life Tour creator, Levi said of the opportunity, ‘I think the Jus’ Caribbean Festival is a great idea that will help Caribbean businesses to increase their competitiveness and value in the British market and I’m looking forward to sharing my journey in the hope that someone is inspired to succeed.’

    ABOUT  – CaribDirect Multi-Media Limited

    CaribDirect Multi-Media Limited uses information, education, entertainment and business as the principal media to engage the UK Caribbean Diaspora about matters critical to the development of Caribbean people on both sides of the Atlantic. Ultimately, CaribDirect aims to connect the global Caribbean community for trade and investment.


    ABOUT – Levi Roots

    British-Jamaican reggae musician, television personality, celebrity chef, businessman and multi-millionaire, creator of the famous Reggae Reggae Sauce and owner of Caribbean Smokehouse. Levi is also the author of six cookbooks and a business book. He has also released a new album ‘Rise Above.’

    For details on how to register for the Conference or buy stalls for the Festival contact CaribDirect Multi-Media at switchboard +44 (0) 844 357 9707, Direct Line +44 (0) 750 814 2478 Email: or visit  

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

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

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



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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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


    About C.B. Facey Foundation at Boys’ Town

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

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

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

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



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


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


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

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


    CLICK PLAY BELOW: The Lambsbread – World Peace Before 2021


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  • The spirit of the Caribbean to lift US east coast


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    To participate, please click on the following link:

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

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


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


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


    The nominees for this year’s SUNSHINE Awards includes:


    Father Richard Ho Lung – Jamaica

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


    Professor Ken Julien – Trinidad & Tobago

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


    Canute Spencer – Trinidad & Tobago

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


    Earl Crosby – Trinidad & Tobago (posthumously)

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


    Eddy Bourjolly – Haiti

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


    Jacouba Sissoko – Mali, Africa

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


    Pascual & Gema Nieto-Forteza – Spain

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


    Kirani James – Grenada

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


    Caldwell TaylorGrenada

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


    Sir Garfield SobersBarbados

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


    Lance Gibbs – Guyana

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


    David Cuffy – Trinidad & Tobago

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


    Samir Chatterjee – India

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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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






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

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



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


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


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


    For exact location contact:

    DJ’s & Tastemakers e-mail :

    Press & Media :



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





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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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  • Go DIY Records – License Press

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

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

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

    Google Play
    Amazon Music
    Apple Music

    And all other major online stores.

    For more information on bookings email

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  • Reggae Gospel Artiste Claudius England Takes Outreach Project to Scotland

    Conscious Reggae Gospel artiste Claudius England will be taking his international social outreach project, Reclaimed Territory, to Scotland this summer.


    The artiste, who has been executing this multi-faceted initiative since 2014, believes that projects to the prison populations, schools and churches—which seek to rehabilitate inmates and encourage and empower individuals to unearth their potential—provide hope for those persons to find their value of self and purpose.


    “I have always been interested in helping persons walk in their purpose and also to give them hope to become better people no matter the circumstances. This is a personal heart tug of mine”. England explained.


    ‘Reclaimed Territory’ has been making strides and gaining traction with many individuals and companies both here in Jamaica and overseas. Since 2014, the project has visited the United States and the United Kingdom and has been active in Jamaica.


    In Jamaica the initiative is focused on the juvenile detention and remand centers. It also involves community outreach in some of Jamaica’s most volatile inner-city communities, a project the Artiste will be expanding when he returns to the island.


    While in Scotland this August, Claudius will make over 25 stops at prisons, churches and schools as well as performing at a few select locations. A key ingredient to the Outreach project is using music to inspire and educate.

    “We also use music as a tool to have students express themselves through writing exercises. It has a very important role to the project because we use it as a medium to break the ice and bring about a comfortable vibe before we go into more soul searching activities”. England added.


    Claudius has been enjoying success with his single “Gonna Be More” featuring African artiste John Q, the conscious and inspirational track is available for purchase on all digital platforms worldwide. He recently released the official music video for the single which can also be viewed on his YouTube channel.


    Additionally Fans can get ready for Claudius England’s full length album which is scheduled for a December 2016 release.


    Claudius England ft John Q ‘Gonna Be More’ Official Video



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  • Jah9 Kicks Off U.S. Tour & Drops 9MM Vol 2: Pre-Album Groundings 


    Reggaeville Premieres 18-Track Mix Today

    A Precursor to her Eagerly-Awaited Sophomore Album 9 (VP Records/Steam Chalice Records)

    Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer Jah9 starts her Year of 9 (2+0+1+6) World Tour, spanning North America, Europe and Africa. Her North American portion kicked off this Sat. July 23 at the Northwest World Reggae Fest in Portland and in Seattle on Sunday. Jul 24. The cross-continent run continues in Vancouver, Philadelphia, New York City, Rochester, Ithaca, Toronto and Denver and closes at Cali’s renowned Reggae On The River festival in Humboldt County. Europe and Africa dates follow. See full tour schedule below.

    Today on the road, Jah9 drops 9mm Vol. 2: Pre-Album Groundings, a thought-provoking and intentional mix of originality and inspiration to gear up for her highly-anticipated sophomore album 9,  out 9/9 on VP Records/Steam Chalice Records and available for pre-order now.

    Download 9mm Vol 2: Pre-Album Groundings for free on


    With Jah9’s lioness lyrical dexterity and soulful rich production, her authentic spirit shines on Vol. 2. Her latest offering features original, never-before-heard music including “Unafraid” (a standout track from her upcoming album addressing child molestation) and pays homage to some of Jah9’s greatest influences, both spiritually and musically.

    She incorporates empowering speeches from Haile Selassie I, Ra Un Nefer Amen & Drunvalo Melcheziek, encouraging her listeners not only to journey into higher levels of consciousness, but seek out information and knowledge. She also celebrates some of her most beloved musical inspirations with one-of-a-kind covers of Nina Simone’s “Misunderstood” Tracy Chapman’s “She’s Got A Ticket,” Ras Micheal’s “New Name,” Dennis Brown’s “Blood City” and an invigorating medley of Sizzla Kalonji.

    The 18-track selection features original production from Jah9 and live instrumentation from her band The Dub Treatment including Sheldon Bernard, Janoy Ellis, Omar “Jalanzo” Johnson, Aeion Hoillet, Andrew “Chako” Edwards & Fanso Craig.  The collection is mixed & dubbed by Hasani ‘Snysh’ Williams. This part two installment follows Jah9’s 2012 9mm Vol 1: Message Music, a precursor to her debut New Name.

    9mm Vol. 2: Pre-Album Groundings is an introduction of what’s to come on 9 | 9 | 2 + 0 + 1 + 6 = 9. Her entirely self-produced sophomore album is a combination of intellectual rigor, real world activism and lyrical musicality.  The album’s first single “Humble Mi,” also featured on 9mm Vol 2., is available now on iTunes.


    For those who’ve been waiting for Rasta consciousness to mount a resurgence in contemporary reggae, Jah9 is a figure of revelation. She first caught the attention of many with a string of singles including “Avocado,” “Steamers A Bubble,” “Jungle” and “Gratitude,The singer-songwriter and producer boasts a soul and jazz inflected melodicism and possesses a fiery vigor in her dynamic live shows. Jah9 is also university graduate, a multidisciplinary yoga instructor, a youth at risk counselor and a celebrated poet.


    9MM Vol 2 Jah9

    9mm Vol. 2: Pre-Album Groundings – Track Listing
    1. Fire Slaughter
    2. Avocado *9 Grams Per Serving
    3. Marijuana (prod. by Biggy Music)
    4. This is NOT a mixtape “K’nife”
    5. Listen (prod by Steam Chalice Records)
    6. Drunvalo Melchezidek
    7. Humble Mi (prod. by Lost Ark Music / Steam Chalice Records)
    8. She’s got a ticket (Tracy Chapman cover)
    9. Feeling Irie (prod by VP Records)
    10. Feme9 “K’nife”
    11. Unafraid (prod by Shamala Prod)
    12. Misunderstood (Nina Simone Cover) (prod. by Steam Chalice Records)
    13. Sizzla Kalonji Medley (prod. by Steam Chalice Records)
    14. Bloody City (prod by VP Records)
    15. H.I.M Haile Selassie I
    16. New Name (Ras Micheal Cover) (prod. by Steam Chalice Records)
    17. Ra Un Nefer Amen
    18. Outro – 9 “K’nife”

    Tour Dates:

    North America
    July 23, 2016  ||  Portland, Oregon ||  NorthWest World Reggae Festival ||  Website
    July 24, 2016 || Seattle, Washington || Hale’s Ales Palladium || Website / Purchase Tickets
    July 26, 2016 || Vancouver, Canada || Fortune Sound Club || YOGA ON DUB || Website
    July 27, 2016 || Vancouver, Canada || Fortune Sound Club || Website / Tickets
    July 28, 2016 || Philadelphia, PA ||  One Arts Community Center w/ Akae Beka || Website
    July 29, 2016 ||  Rochester, NY || Abilene Bar & Lounge || Website
    July 30, 2016  ||  Toronto, Canada||  Island Soul Festival  || Website / Free
    July 31, 2016 || Ithaca, NY ||  Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Commons || FREE
    August 2, 2016 || Manhattan, NYC || SOB’s || Website
    August 3, 2016 || Denver, Colorado || Mi Yard || YOGA ON DUB
    August 4, 2016 || Denver, Colorado || The Roxy Theatre || Website
    August 5, 2016 || Humboldt, California || Reggae on the River || Website

    August 11, 2016 || San Vera, Italy || Dromos Festival
    August 12, 2016 || Wien, Austria || Afrika Tage Festival || Website
    August 13, 2016 || Ostroda, Poland || Ostroda Reggae Festival || Website
    August 16, 2016 || Benicassim, Spain ||  Rototom Sunspash || Website
    August 17, 2016 || Brescia, Italy || Festa di Radio Onda d’Urto
    August 19, 2016 || Geneva, Switzerland || Festival Plein Les Watts || Website
    August 26, 2016 || Hannovre, Germany || Pavillon Kulturzentrum w/ Sara Lugo
    August 27, 2016 || Anvers, Belgium || Antwerp Reggae Festival
    August 28, 2016 || Northhampshire, UK || Shambala Festival || Website
    September 3, 2016 || Chigwell, UK || One Love Sound Festival

    September 9, 2016 || Nairobi, Kenya || The Alchemist || Website
    September 16, 2016 || Diani Beach, Kenya || Website

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  • Kim Phillips, son of Reggae Legend Glen Adams, Released Songs from his Father’s Previously Produced Catalogue – Frankie Paul

    Kim Phillips, son of Glen Adams, has just released two powerful reggae songs, both performed by veteran reggae artist Frankie Paul and produced by Glen Adams prior to his death. The first track, titled “out in the deep,” is an inspirational record that deals with his – Frankie Paul’s – spiritual tenacity; While the second song, “too much guns” addresses the issue of gun control and/or the lack thereof.

    Frustrated by all the violence taking place all over the world, Kim Phillips decided that it was time to share unreleased records from his father’s extensive catalogue, which is filled with the type of message-music needed for this day and age. Both tracks are being released on his newly formed label, Capo-Landmark Music, which is a spin off from Glen Adams’ Capo label from the seventies. Both songs can be streamed via the YouTube links below and DJs are invited to email for promo mp3s.

    Frankie Paul – Out in the Deep:

    Frankie Paul – Too Much Guns:


    P.S. Persons wanting more info on Glen Adams’ catalogue may contact Kim Phillips at or +1 (876)537-8792


    frankie paul


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  • Barrington Levy Stole Sumfest 2016

    CEO Mr. Biggs of Platinum Camp Records in association with Reggae Sumfest presented for the first time in history, Barrington Levy and Beenie Man on stage in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Together they performed their mega hit single “Murderer” which sent the crowd in a mass frenzy after witnessing this historic performance.


    It became a diplomatic affair as CEO Daddy Biggs arranged for music ambassador Shyne to fly to Jamaica from Belize to join Barrington Levy aka mellow canary for a surprise collaboration of their number one hit records “Bad Boys” and Bonnie and Shyne. The crowd erupted as the hip hop/reggae duo performed. It was a night of sheer pandemonium to see the two bad boys walk on stage for a final showdown.


    Yet in another interesting move, Daddy Biggs of Platinum Camp Records has arranged a Latin American and a European tour for Levy in the final quarter of the year which commences in Chile in October 2016.


    Barrington Levy is also promoting his latest single G.S.O.A.T, which means “Greatest Survivor of All Time”. The song is an excellently crafted masterpiece that is set to be released on August 6th to commemorate the great survivors of Jamaica and its independence.


    For booking information contact Platinum Camp Records at 917 720 2267 or email You can also follow Platinum Camp records on Instagram at PlatinumCampRecords and BarringtonLevy 411.


    Barrington Levy and Daddy Biggs

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  • Emancipated Voices – New Generation of Caribbean Poets

    Emancipated Voices – New Generation of Caribbean Poets

    Reflections on 182 Years since the Formal End of Slavery in the British Caribbean


    Three provocative, talented wordsmiths lead a celebration of self-determination, identity, place and purpose as the Caribbean Research Center at Medgar Evers College hosts the inaugural program of Poets & Passion – A Caribbean Literary Lime 10th Anniversary Season.


    Vladimir Lucien

    St. Lucian Vladimir Lucien

    To commemorate the 1838 formalized end of chattel slavery in the British Caribbean the program features critically acclaimed poets, St. Lucian Vladimir Lucien, author of ‘Sounding Ground’, Samantha Thornhill from Trinidad & Tobago and author of ‘Odetta: Queen of Folk’, and Virgin Islander Tiphanie Yanique, author of ‘Wife’’.  These multiple award winning writers will take center stage on Wednesday, August 3 in a program of readings and discussion beginning at 7pm at the Central Brooklyn Campus of Medgar Evers College (CUNY), 1650 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.


    Emancipated Voices – New Generation of Caribbean poets echoes both the indomitable spirit of the descendants of those who resisted the institutions of slavery in the Caribbean and the struggle for social and economic justice throughout the Caribbean Diaspora.


    Lucien has been featured at the Miami Book Fair and the Read My World Festival in Amsterdam.  Most recently, he was Writer-in-Residence at the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus).  Described as “a collection that is alive with its conscious tensions: between divergent family visions of respectability and revolt, tradition and modernity”, Lucien’s debut collection, Sounding Ground, was the winner of the 2015 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature


    Thornhill has curated and produced poetry videos for Russell Simmons’ All Def Poetry and has performed her poetry internationally in a variety of contexts across the US, Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. Formally a lecturer at The Juilliard School, her ode to the folk legend Odetta in picture book form has been published by Scholastics.


    Yanique, a professor at the New School, is an award winning poet and novelist.  Her poetry collection, Wife, is the winner of the 2016 OCM Bocas Award for Caribbean Poetry.  Author Christian Campbell, describes Wife as an “urgent book in which each poem is a “blood wedding deftly express(ing) a tough ambivalence—the risk of intimacy, the utter strangeness of love”.


    A project of the Brooklyn-based Caribbean Cultural Theatre, Poets & Passion – A Caribbean Literary Lime platform has been a meeting place for Caribbean and Caribbean-American artists to share insights, creativity and heritage with immigrant audiences and the greater New York City community.  Designed for lovers of the magic of the written word, the platform has, over the past decade, featured over one hundred published writers in fiction and poetry in all the official languages of the region, Dutch, English, French; Spanish and related creoles.  Some of the more celebrated writers include Frost Medalist Kamau Brathwaite, Commonwealth Prize Winner Robert Antoni, and Man Booker Prize Winner Marlon James.


    Other writers to be featured during the 10th Anniversary Season include novelists Elizabeth Nunez (Trinidad), Olive Senior (Jamaica); Bernice McFadden (US/Barbados) and children’s book author, Carol Mitchell (St. Kitts).


    For additional information and reservations for Emancipated Voices – New Generation of Caribbean with Vladimir Lucien (St. Lucia), Samantha Thornhill (Trinidad & Tobago), and Tiphanie Yanique (Virgin Islands) contact Caribbean Cultural Theatre: 718-783-8345; Caribbean Research Center: 718-270-6218 or

    Consulate General of St. Lucia: 212-697-9360 ext 203


    The program is presented by the Caribbean Cultural Theatre and the Caribbean Research Center with additional support from the School of Liberal Studies & Education – Medgar Evers College (CUNY) and the Consulate General of St. Lucia in New York.  Poets & Passion – A Caribbean Literary Lime is made possible in part with public resources from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Material for the Arts, and Poets & Writers, Inc. and the support of Friends of the Caribbean Cultural Theatre.


    Emancipated Voices - New Generation of Caribbean Poets

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  • Media Alert: Tuff Nut Studio Delivers Conscious Reggae Gems on ‘Wake Up, The King Is Coming’

    New York, NY (FOX FUSE) – Tuff Nut Studio delivers a massive collection of conscious reggae anthems on its new compilation Wake Up, The King Is Coming, available worldwide from all major digital retailers on July 29, 2016, with pre-order available now, from FOX FUSE. Based in Febeau Village in San Juan, Trinidad, Tuff Nut Studio was established in 2006 by radio personality and producer Michael “Master Mike” Samuel, who has been crafting reggae gems for over a decade now. Integrating a spiritual, natural take on reggae, and birthing an extensive catalog of hits spawned from over 20 albums, have earned Tuff Nut Studio acclaim at home and abroad.

    Michael Master Mike Samuel

    Michael “Master Mike” Samuel

    Wake Up, The King Is Coming is a very spiritual album that was designed to let mankind know that our time is running out, that there is a God and that He is on His way,” reveals producer Master Mike. “Music is a very powerful tool and we, the members of Tuff Nut Studio, choose to use it to glorify the name of God and let the people of the world know to get on board. We’re calling all soldiers in Jah army to let’s put on the full armor of God and be a force for righteousness – wake up, the King is coming.”

    Jammed with 16 conscious reggae jams, Wake Up, The King Is Coming features reggae stars and rising sensations in the budding Trinidadian reggae scene. It includes Ziggy Ranking with “On My Mind,” Marley Palmer with “Guide And Protect Me” J Dot Manswell with “Jah Is Coming Soon,” Jaron Nurse with “Came To Make A Difference,” and Reuben with “Rooted,” just to name a few of the inspirational reggae offerings. The album is a best-of collection of hits from the Tuff Nut Studio catalog, from the past year.

    “We’re privileged to work alongside Tuff Nut Studio to deliver quality reggae music from Trinidad and Tobago-based artists,” discloses Rhona Fox, Founder of FOX FUSE. “We’re longtime fans of head producer Master Mike and it’s an honor to continue to bring his productions to the global audience,” adds Zack Cohen, CEO of FOX FUSE.

    For more information on Tuff Nut Studio, visit, or Please direct all media inquiries to the FOX FUSE Publicity Department at 212-300-3813 or


    1. Ziggy Ranking – On My Mind
    2. Fridge – Life Is Love Featuring Ziggy Ranking
    3. Reuben – Rooted
    4. Jaron Nurse – Came To Make A Difference
    5. Reuben – Peace
    6. J Dot Manswell – Jah Is Coming Soon
    7. Tumbler – Blood Ah Run
    8. Marley Palmer – Get Ready
    9. Fridge – I Want To Know
    10. Marley Palmer – Got No Love
    11. Prince Of Judah – Fear No Evil
    12. Patriotic – Judgement Time
    13. Natural Fire – Jungle Life
    14. Beckles – My Everything
    15. Marley Palmer – Guide And Protect Me
    16. Natural Fire – Moving On


    wake up the king is coming album cover

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  • BAZODEE – Machel Montano Releases New Music Video from his Feature Film Debut!

    In anticipation of the release of BAZODEE (in theaters nationwide August 5th), Machel Montano, the KING OF SOCA, has just released a NEW MUSIC VIDEO for his featured single, “I Forget.”


    Be sure to check out the video featuring clips from the film here:



    BAZODEE tells the story of Anita (Natalie Perera), the dutiful daughter of a deep-in-debt businessman (Kabir Bedi), who is about to marry a wealthy Londoner (Staz Nair), when a chance encounter with a local singer, Lee de Leon (Machel Montano) sets things askew.


    MUSIC AND PASSION COLLIDE when BAZODEE hits theaters on AUGUST 5, 2016!




    Anita Ponchouri (Natalie Perera), the dutiful Indian daughter of a deep-in-debt businessman (Kabir Bedi) is about to marry a wealthy Londoner (Staz Nair) when a chance encounter with local singer, Lee de Leon (Soca music star Machel Montano in his film debut) sets things askew. In search of a muse, de Leon agrees to perform at the engagement party for both families. Unable to deny their mutual attraction, and with the excitement of Carnival approaching, Anita must now choose between the answer to her family’s financial prayers and the possibility of real love. Set on the vivid, colorful island of Trinidad and pulsing with the sensuous dance rhythms of soca music, BAZODEE is a new style Bollywood musical with a distinctly Caribbean island flavor.


    RELEASE DATE: August 5, 2016



    Machel Montano

    Natalie Perera

    Kabir Bedi

    Teneille Newallo

    Rahul Nath

    Chris Smith

    Valmike Rampersad

    Staz Nair

    Kriss Dosanjh


    DIRECTOR: Todd Kessler

    WRITER: Claire Ince






    TWITTER: @BazodeeTheMovie

    INSTAGRAM: @BazodeeTheMovie




    Machel Montano Releases New Music Video from his Feature Film Debut

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  • Recording Artist Jessi Campo Releases La Pasión de la Lupe

    Recording Artist Jessi Campo Releases La Pasión de la Lupe

    New tribute album pays homage to late queen of Latin soul, La Lupe

    Miami, FL – July 20, 2016 – Jessi Campo, the Miami-based singer – songwriter who issued the digital-only single “Que Te Pedi” last week, has just released the accompanying full-length titled La Pasión de la Lupe. The album includes several remakes penned by the fiery Cuban performer La Lupe, who was known in the 1960s and 70s as the “Queen of Latin Soul”. The collection is now streaming on Spotify, and is available for purchase on and There are plans for a lyric video to accompany the first single “Que Te Pedi”, and a concept video for the single “Vivio La Vida”.

    Produced by Jose D. Velazquez, the La Lupe cuts are legacy pieces for Jessi, who identifies with the artist’s passionate delivery and fiercely independent attitude. Campo’s father Giovanni worked with Tito Puente, famed Puerto Rican band leader and La Lupe producer. Now, a second generation of performers has worked together, as Tito PuenteJr. co-produced “Que Te Pedi” and “Se Acabo”. Velazquez is credited as the musical arranger and producer for the album, especially for his conceptualization of the signature boleros so reflective of a period of timeless music.

    “This album was an amazing undertaking because it was a challenge to sing these boleros – I really had to step up my game,” says Jessi. “I’m a Latin-American, bilingual singer-songwriter used to recording my own original music. I had to improve my vocal prowess and Spanish articulation, and finally found my vocal mid-range. Velazquez was instrumental in helping me find the perfect key for these songs in order to achieve a warm and sultry sound. The whole process made me have to be a better musician.”

    Jessi says that for the first time she did not feel she was handling a project all alone. “I had some great people come on board and I am so grateful for their help and expertise, which resulted in me overcoming my challenges. This album captures the passion and emotional essence of all women, with songs so powerful that as I sing them, I feel they are mine, or maybe it is La Lupe transporting me back in time.”

    This album features another well-known La Lupe song called “La Tirana”. “Vivio La Vida”, co-written and produced by Michael NOMAD Ripoll (guitarist and musical director for Babyface), is an original song the artist wrote for her father. La Pasión was recorded during a five-month period at multiple locations, including Red Rock Studios, 42nd Street Studios, Big Wall Studios, and Nomads Place Studios.

    Additional musical credits include Isaac Velasquez on drums, Manuel Gamez, William SigsismondiJr., Juan Ibarra and Abel Pabon on keyboards, Mike Orta (piano), Daniel Berroa (percussion), trumpets by Jose Chacon and Fernando Pena PereiraJose Velazquez on electric and upright basses, guitars and tres by Michael NOMAD Ripoll, Jason Beach on saxophones, and background vocals by Tony Cruz.

    For more information, please visit  or email


    Born in New York of Latin descent, Jessi Campo first began singing and writing songs on her guitar at the age of 12. Jessi’s specialty is to capture a memorable moment through her lyrics and interpretations so that each person who is present feels her music. As a bilingual singer-songwriter and accomplished entertainer, Campo has toured Asia extensively, and had a performance role singing in Hebrew in the feature film Striptease during a scene featuring Burt Reynolds.

    Inspired by family, especially parents Giovanni and Nina, who performed with many famous Latin music icons such as Tito Puente, Perez Prado, Beny More, and more, Jessi has released four full-length recordings: How Can I (2000), 2013’s At LastCon Corazon in 2014, and La Pasión de La Lupe (2016). Seven of her songs earned placement in the 2016 Dream Act legislation feature film called El Sueño, which premiered May 26 in El Paso, TX.

    She produced a radio show called Straight from the Heart that webcast on iHeart Radio and, as well as on terrestrial radio in Boca Raton, FL on 1470 AM. She will soon be performing at venues such as Casabe 305 Bistro in Coral Gables, Piano Hollywood at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and at the end of August, she is off to New Orleans to perform at several venues including the House of Blues. An album release party is scheduled for Friday, September 9, 2016 at the Cubaocho Museum & Performing Arts Center (1465 SW 8th St, #106, Miami, FL 33135).

    Her new release titled La Pasión de La Lupe includes La Lupe classics like “Que Te Pedi” and “La Tirana”, plus other Cuban boleros and some original material, including a heartfelt tribute to her father called “Vivio La Vida”. The exceptional production work of Jose D. Velazquez captured the essence of the traditional Cuban sound, with a crossover fusion, featuring collaborations with musicians from Spain, Los Angeles and Miami.

    Staying true to her gift as a songwriter there are two original songs on this album which she called upon her longtime friend Michael NOMAD Ripoll to produce “Quiero Ser” and the song written for her father “Vivio La Vida“.

    For more information, please visit  or email

    jessi campo cover album

    jessi campo

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  • Caribbean Entertainer Ricardo Drue Stamps His ID, Commits to Giving Back

    Caribbean entertainer Ricardo Drue has certainly stamped his name and the ID brand in the minds of the youth of Antigua. His recently concluded ID children’s event hosted at the Merryland Amusement Park on the island, has left a mark in the minds of many, proving that Drue is indeed one to watch when it comes to the business of soca and carnival.


    The ‘Professional’ is carving his space in the industry. He says he’s bent on ensuring that even as his name solidifies, his business acumen allows him to expand his net worth; but amid even that, he sees this aspect of delivery as something necessary, something that connects him to the people in quite a different way.


    A father of four young boys, Ricardo believes that more must be done to preserve ‘youth’. “Kids are growing up way too fast in many instances. It’s our responsibility as adults to show them just how amazing it can be to be young. We have to make sure they enjoy every aspect of their childhood and give them really safe, clean, happy times,” he said. IDland, as the event was called, was Drue’s first in what will be an annual event in Antigua- the island of his birth. Some 5000 patrons attended and according to the reviews coming in, smiling faces and excited looks could be seen everywhere. “Parents really enjoyed themselves with their kids. It was hard to tell who had more fun,” said radio personality, TJ of Vybz FM radio in Antigua. These memories, the artiste says, are the ones he would like to cement in correlation with his name.


    Building the ID brand has been a journey. In the past three years, Ricardo Drue has carefully distinguished himself in the industry. He believes there is much more than meets the eye, when it comes to the business of carnival, a business that he feels all artistes can and should capitalize on. “This is just the beginning,” he explained, noting that a strong and sturdy brand, which he is building, should not be merely used for the satisfaction of one simple ideal. “I love performing. I love sharing my music, my passion, with fans, but I also think every entertainer or personality, should at some point, evolve into something bigger, something that assures economic sustainability for years,” said Drue.


    Drue’s single, ID, which was released post T&T carnival 2016, has been receiving favorable reviews across the region. Having backed up the track with the perfect video, the vibe of the song has emitted the energy of soca music in quite an endearing way and this too was realized at IDland on July 10th when the singer took the stage.


    In the past few months Ricardo and his team has toured the Caribbean without failure, delivering to fans, his usual energetic performance. At IDland on July 10th, Antigua’s young and vibrant were treated to numerous rides, and besides Drue himself, entertainment came from a number of local acts, among them, Kid Viscous, Baby Eve, magician Guerin Hunte and the Antiguan Dance Academy. “All proceeds of the event goes to charity,” said Drue. “I feel it’s simply part of my social responsibility as an artiste,” he added. He now looks forward to Antigua’s competitions and events, this as the island nears its carnival showcase.


    ID LAND 1 ID LAND 2 Ricardo Drue 4


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  • Nesbeth Ready To Conquer Reggae Sumfest

    PRISM MARKETING CONSULTANTS || JULY 18, 2016 || Fresh from a myriad of appearances in Toronto, New York , Tampa and Orlando, Reggae firebrand Nesbeth is back on local soil and fully focused on conquering the stage at this year’s Reggae Sumfest.


    Nesbeth Ready To Conquer Reggae Sumfest


    Despite an exhausting schedule the Rastafarian crooner who will be making his third appearance on the festival is very upbeat about his upcoming performance and promises fans something spectacular on Friday night (Dancehall Night – July 22nd).


    “Reggae Sumfest is one of those world renowned festivals where music lovers across the globe descend on Jamaica to see their favourite acts live in concert and so we can’t give the same performance that they’ve grown accustomed to, therefore on a platform such as this we have to showcase our best and even give a little more and that’s exactly what I intent to do this weekend in Montego Bay.” – says Nesbeth.


    Under the helm of new franchise owner Joe Bogdanovich, the festival now in its 24th year will see the introduction of a live 360-degree virtual reality streaming for the public to experience the festival on any device over high speed internet. Sumfest will commence with a beach party followed by a performance line up of local and internationally acclaimed Reggae and Dancehall acts. This year’s staging will also have two concert nights and see the introduction of ‘Sound Explosion’ on Thursday, July 21 at Pier 1. Sound Explosion will feature top tier sound systems  and selectors spinning the biggest hits of yester-year.


    Dancehall night will unfold on Friday, July 22, 2016 at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay with headliners Nesbeth, Beenie Man, Assassin, Spice, Popcaan among others. The festival will conclude on Saturday, July 23 with Reggae Night featuring stalwarts such as Barrington Levy, Sanchez, Tarrus Riley, and others.


    Following his Sumfest performance, Nesbeth amidst promoting his latest single ‘D.I.A.L’ (Devil Is A Liar) is scheduled to depart the island for a series of assignments in Bimini, Nassau, Freeport and Grand Cayman later this month before turning his attention to the U.K. in August.


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  • Media Alert: Olatunji ‘Awakening’ Debuts at #9 on Billboard (MUSIC INSIDE)

    July 14, 2016


    New York, NY (FOX FUSE) – Soca star Olatunji Yearwood makes a global splash on Billboard with his electrifying debut album Awakening, now available worldwide from all major digital retailers (released July 1, 2016), from FOX FUSE. Awakening debuts at #9 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart, for week of July 23, 2016.

    Awakening #9 on Billboard's Reggae Albums chart

    Awakening also peaked at #8 on the iTunes U.S. Reggae Top Albums chart, at #4 on the iTunes Trinidad and Tobago Reggae Top Albums chart, and garnered coveted features on the iTunes U.S. homepage, iTunes Trinidad and Tobago Reggae Section, as well as the the iTunes U.S. Reggae section, where it also scored a top banner, placing Olatunji and soca music in the mainstream spotlight.


    Awakening receives top banner on the iTunes U.S. Reggae section.

    Boasting 17 sizzlers that include long-time favorites and new hits, this collection of classics epitomizes the rebirth and awakening of Olatunji’s musical journey. “I give thanks to all my supporters worldwide, for all the love and support they’ve shown me on this journey, which helped me get from the Soca Monarch stage all the way to the Billboard charts,” states Olatunji.

    In addition to AfroSoca blockbusters “Ola” and “Oh Yay,” this definitive collection overflows with massive crowd favorites, including the groovy gems “Seasonally,” “Weekend” and “Call Me,” EDM party anthems “OLTL (One Life To Live)” and “Herbalistic” – both featuring System32, and the Indian, chutney-spiced “Wining Good (Bharatiya Larki).” “Where I’m From,” featuring soca king Machel Montano, and “Oh Yay (Remix),” featuring Nigerian pop star Runtown, add even more star power to the thrilling track list. Caribbean production heavy-weights pool their world-class talents for this soundtrack of the summer, including AdvoKit Productions, Stadic Music, Wetty-Beatz Productionz, Anson Productions, System32, Nu Generation Studios, Zig Boi Music, StarBlu Entertainment, 1st Klase Records and MillBeatz Entertainment. The official music video for “Ola” was recently shot on location in South Africa and will premiere soon on VEVO.



    Olatunji aptly teamed with the world’s largest soca label FOX FUSE, for his premier global studio effort. “We envisioned Billboard and global success for Olatunji, and we are so thrilled to help make this happen for him,” states Rhona Fox, Founder of FOX FUSE. “It’s our pleasure to work alongside such an eclectic artist to expand the soca genre and its reach around the world,” adds Zack Cohen, CEO of FOX FUSE. Awakening solidifies Olatunji as an international Caribbean music ambassador, and this arsenal of hits is bound to ignite playlists worldwide, just as it is currently impacting the Billboard charts, thereby securing Olatunji his rightful place in the global spotlight.

    For more information on Olatunji, follow his daily moves at, and Please direct all media inquiries to the FOX FUSE Publicity Department at 1-212-300-3813 or


    1. Ola
    2. Seasonally
    3. OLTL (One Life To Live) Featuring System32
    4. Wining Good (Bharatiya Larki)
    5. Wa Do
    6. Herbalistic Featuring System32
    7. Bang! Bang!
    8. Bam Bam
    9. Wha Yuh Drinkin?
    10. Oh Yay
    11. Call Meh
    12. What We Know
    13. With Meh
    14. Where Im From Featuring Machel Montano
    15. Tadow
    16. Oh Yay (Remix) Featuring Runtown
    17. Weekend


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  • ‘Lucian Carnival’ Reaches Fever Pitch This Week



    Thousands come to play or witness ‘The Mas’!


    Saint Lucia (July 13, 2016) – Saint Lucia’s premiere cultural spectacle dubbed ‘Lucian Carnival’ reaches its peak over the next few days with thousands of colorfully clad revelers expected to flood the streets of the Capital city, Castries for the two-day Parade of Bands on July 18 & 19, 2016.


    With Saint Lucia hotels offering travelers a variety of ways to celebrate Lucian Carnival with promotional deals up to 50 percent off standard rates, thousands are on island to take in the spectacle. Being the island’s third largest source market, The Saint Lucia Tourist Board, the island’s lead promotions and marketing agency has also made a special pitch to woo Caribbean carnival lovers from notably Barbados, Antigua, Grenada Trinidad and Tobago and the French Caribbean, as a means of drumming up interest in the sights, sounds and splendor of Lucan Carnival.


    Filled with parties, competitions and exhibitions, Saint Lucian Carnival is a rich display of artistry and cultural expression. “A visit during Carnival season is an experience unlike any other, where travelers have the opportunity to become immersed in the Saint Lucian culture one song at a time,” says Tracey Warner-Arnold, Deputy Director of Tourism.


    Saint Lucia Carnival commences in June and reaches its climax in mid-July. Some of the major events for the season are the early morning J’ouvert Jump-up, Junior Carnival, Carnival Queen Show Pageant, Calypso Finals, Panorama, the Groovy and Soca Monarch competitions and scores of highly popular parties put on by the various carnival bands. Carnival celebrations climaxes with the traditional Parade of the Bands.


    The festivities offer locals, annual revelers and visitors the opportunity to fête through the streets of Castries in true Caribbean fashion. Some 11 carnival bands are participating in ‘Lucan Carnival’ 2016 with an average of 6,000 registered costumed revelers expected to hit the streets for the two-day jump up. Meantime thousands of onlookers are expected to line city streets to witness the spectacle unfold.


    For more information on Saint Lucia Carnival visit

    For more information about the island of Saint Lucia call 1-800 456-3984, or 1-888 4STLUCIA or visit


    About Saint Lucia
    One of the Windward Islands of the West Indies’ Lesser Antilles, Saint Lucia (pronounced Saint LOO-sha) is nestled halfway down the Eastern Caribbean archipelago. The “Helen of the West Indies,” Saint Lucia is known for its natural beauty and diverse attractions, including the signature Piton Mountains – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – a tropical rainforest and one of the world’s few drive-in volcanoes. Culturally rich offerings include the bustling marketplace in the capital of Castries, quaint fishing villages along the coastline, and the annual Saint Lucia Jazz festival. Saint Lucia’s wide range of accommodations includes world-class five-star resorts, all-inclusive resorts, intimate inns and value-oriented properties. Saint Lucia also is home to world class cruise and yachting facilities.

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  • Miles Davis Band Percussionist Mino Cinelu Taps His Martinique Heritage For Bastille Weekend Concert Series


    Initial Le Monde de Mino performance to be held this Friday, July 15, at SuperFine, Brooklyn


    NEW YORK, NY (July 13, 2016) – Melodic echoes of Martinique will take center stage in New York for Bastille Weekend 2016 as renowned percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer Milo Cinelu debuts his new concert series entitled “Le Monde de Mino” (The World of Mino) at SuperFine Bar and Restaurant in Brooklyn. A former percussionist in the Miles Davis Band who has also collaborated with such headliners as Stevie Wonder, Sting, Kate Bush, and Lou Reed, Milo will showcase the full range of his personal musical journey in his new show, highlighted by his paternal heritage in Martinique.


    “There is rhythm in everything in Martinique; the waves gently lapping at the shores along our Caribbean coast, the steady breezes cooling our mountain peaks, lively commotion in our local markets – there is music in all of it,” said Muriel Wiltord, Director Americas for the Martinique Promotion Bureau. “Mino’s music captures the spirit of Martinique, infusing it across a wide range of musical forms. The effect is pure magic, transporting all who hear it to Martinique in their minds.”


    Cinelu’s credits include two acclaimed solo albums on the Universal label, Mino Cinelu (2000) and Quest Journey (2002). Film scores include the Oscar nominated Colors Straight Up (1997) and La Californie (2006), nominated for Best Film Score at Cannes. Most recently Cinelu headlined at The Blue Note, and was featured percussionist for Kate Bush’s Before the Dawn concert series and on Marcus Miller’s 2015 European tour.


    Superfine Bar & Restaurant is located at 126 Front Street (DUMBO). Doors open at 8 PM this Friday (July 15, 2016) for La Monde de Mino; the show starts at 9 PM. Admission is $20. To reserve a table for dinner ($25), call Superfine at 718-243-9005.


    For more on Milo, visit


    About Martinique (

    The Caribbean Island with French Flair, The Isle of Flowers, The Rum Capital of the World, The Isle of the Famed Poet (Aimé Césaire) – Martinique ranks among the most alluring and enchanting destinations in the world. As an overseas region of France, Martinique boasts modern and reliable infrastructure – roads, water and power utilities, hospitals, and telecommunications services all on par with any other part of the European Union.At the same time, Martinique’s beautifully unspoiled beaches, volcanic peaks, rainforests, 80+ miles of hiking trails, waterfalls, streams, and other natural wonders are the equal of neighboring Dominica to the north and St. Lucia to the south, so visitors here truly get the best of both worlds.

    The currency is the Euro, the flag is Le Tricolour, and the official language is French, but Martinique’s character, cuisine, musical heritage, art, culture, common language, and identity are of a distinctly Afro-Caribbean inclination known as Creole. It is this special combination of modern world conveniences, pristine nature, and rich heritage that has earned for Martinique several notable distinctions in recent years, including being ranked in the Top 16 Places to go in 2016 by Condé Nast Traveler, named as a “Must-Visit” destination for 2015 by Caribbean Journal, “Best Caribbean Destination” by, and “Top Caribbean Island for Delectable Dining” by Caribbean Travel + Life. The Bay of Fort-de-France, which fronts Martinique’s charming capital city, was also inducted into The Club of The Most Beautiful Bays in the World. Martinique’s storied history further stirs travel passions. Napoleon’s bride, Empress Josephine, was born and raised in Martinique, while the majestic Mt. Pelée volcano and St. Pierre, The Pompeii of the Caribbean, are found here.


    A special place, to be sure, with so much to offer – Martinique c’est magnifique!




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