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Reggae Sumfest 2018

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Jamaica's Largest Music Festival




as well as on both nights of the Main Event.

Global newsflash! By overwhelming popular demand, the 20th Anniversary Celebration and homecoming to
Pier One in Montego Bay, Jamaica, of
Irish & Chin's World Clash is now going to be LIVESTREAMED.


Click Here to Purchase Festival Tickets NOW register for Free Live Stream!

Reggae Sumfest returns to Catherine Hall Event Centre in Montego Bay, Jamaica with a heavy-hitting artist lineup featuring the world's
top reggae and dancehall artists.

Can't make it this year?
No problem, Mon....Join the party by viewing the Live Stream of
World Clash, plus two Main event nights.

Sign up now for free at to hear and see history on Thursday, July 19th at 10 pm Jamaica/EST.

3 great livestream events now for Reggae Sumfest:

~World Clash Thursday, July 19,
~Dancehall Night Friday, July 20
~Reggae Night Saturday, July 21

Check out Videos of World Clash Performers:

Mighty Crown Video

Chin Video

~To sign up for the Live Stream...Simply go to WEBSITE

Live Streaming page and sign up for all three nights.

~The sign up is easy and can be done through the viewers Facebook, Email, or Twitter Account. The viewer's device will be remembered, so return access will be automatic. Note: To watch all 3 nights, you need to sign up for each night.


Register today!

Don't Miss One Moment of Reggae Sumfest

Thursday, July 19 Live Stream

Irish & Chin's 20th Anniversary of World Clash

Friday, July 20, 2018 Live Stream

Friday night is the ultimate dancehall takeover with both emerging and iconic lyricists including Popcaan, Aidonia, Bounty Killer, Sizzla, Spice, Tommy Lee Sparta, Agent Sasco,
Ding Dong, I-Octane, Stonebwoy and more.

Saturday, July 21, 2018 Live Stream

Saturday night will feature show-stopping performances from reggae's biggest names like Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Cham, Capleton, Raging Fyah,
Jesse Royal, J Boog and many more.


The Global Reggae Community is gearing up for

Reggae Sumfest 2018 by registering for the the free Live Stream events ~ Join Us!


Online Merchandise Store


Reggae Sumfest/Downsound Entertainment has opened up a

web store for merchandise.


Access to the new store is through the

SHOP button on WEBSITE

or go to

The Online Store is located in North America

with worldwide service.

Reggae Sumfest merchandise is featured now,

and Downsound will soon, also be offering vintage Sumfest designs from shows over the 26 year history of Reggae Sumfest, plus individual artist merchandise, and Caribbean Lifestyle merchandise, to bring an authentic Caribbean vibe

to the world of merchandise.


YouTube Channel Facebook Instagram Twitter

Hard Tickets Now On Sale
At Local Jamaican Outlets and Online at
Reggae Sumfest Website
Must Be Legal Age to Drink ~ 18 & Over in Jamaica ~ ID Required

ipledge-to-drink-right.pngPlease Drink Responsibly

go-freddie-go-tour-with-freddie-mcgregor-and-wayne-wonder.jpgGO FREDDIE GO TOUR with Freddie McGregor

Friday July 20th

@ Center Stage

1374 West Peachtree Street

Atlanta, GA

Performing Live: Freddie McGregor, Wayne Wonder, Chino and Imani Ray

info: or Call Karen @770-490-3785



free-live-stream-live-thursday-july-19-at-10-pm-est-photo-1.jpgGlobal Newsflash... By Overwhelming Popular Demand, the 20th Anniversary Celebration and Homecoming to Pier One Montego Bay of Irish & Chin's World Clash is Now Going to be Livestreamed...

Sign Up Now at to Hear and See History on Thursday, July 19th at 10 PM Jamaica / EST Time.

Join The Party!

free-live-stream-live-thursday-july-19-at-10-pm-est-photo-2.jpgThree Great Livestream Events Now For Reggae Sumfest...

World Clash Thursday July 19th, Dancehall Night Friday July 20th, Reggae Night Saturday July 21st

Mighty Crown Video

Chin Video

Hookie Weekend scores big with attendees

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Washington, DC (Sonique Solutions) - The Hookie Life Entertainment team has once again unleashed another successful edition of its annual Hookie weekend in Washington DC.


Patrons came from various US & Canadian cities and Caribbean islands for the pool party of all pool parties 'Hookie DC'.

With 5 major events over the span of 4 days, the 2018 installment created memorable moments for its patrons complete with the very best of West Indian entertainment.

After what can only be described as an epic reunion of Caribbean culture lovers in the form of the Thursday night event 'Release Therapy', attendees from various US & Canadian cities and Caribbean islands descended upon the RFK Stadium in downtown DC for the pool party of all pool parties 'Hookie DC', which took place on the Friday afternoon.

The organizers transformed the stadium into a true pool/beach setting with huge inflatable pools, water slides and even a special sandy area close to the stage front.

Adding to Hookie DC's mix were energetic sets by top international DJs and performances from local brass band 'Dem Bad' and Soca artistes Fadda Fox and Motto who kept the 'Party Lit'.


Lion's Pride J'ouvert gave attendees the chance to let loose in paint and powder frenzy.

Lion's Pride J'ouvert gave attendees the chance to let loose in paint and powder frenzy.


Packed house for the return of Shine DC on Hookie Saturday night.

This signature Saturday morning Hookie weekend J'ouvert event did not disappoint its fans and set the bar high with an abundance of amenities. This event was followed later that evening by the return of Shine DC which truly morphed Hookie Saturday from dutty to swanky.

costumes-galore-at-riddim-road.jpgCostumes galore at Riddim & Road.

Sunday afternoon's Riddim & Road was the final event on the Hookie Weekend calendar and offered multiple music trucks, drinks trucks, live drummers on the road and drink ambassadors with backpacks who served masqueraders with specialty rum punch. This gave participants a chance to get additional usage of their previous regional and international Carnival costumes and also gave several of them the opportunity to release their inner designer as seen by the variety of original costume creations and Monday wear upgrades.


True Carnival culture on full display in the DMV at Hookie DC Weekend 2018.

Even the weekend's rainy/overcast weather could not stop these eager party-goers from leaving their inhibitions and hang ups at the door and leaving everything else on the floor.

One patron termed the exciting weekend of events as 'Socaholics Anonymous' and shared, "In this case nobody is trying to be cured of their addictions and instead of counsellors and sponsors we have the industry's biggest enablers in the DJs, artists and of course the awesome promoters."

Hookie Weekend 2018's sponsors included Courvoisier, Cruzan rum, Blu eCigs & Top Choice Transportation Services.

Up next on the Hookie Life Entertainment 2018 agenda is the all-inclusive affair 'Havana Nights' (Sept 22nd), 'Hookie Miami' (Oct 4th).

For additional information on Hookie Life's 2018 events please visit: OR OR

Packed house for the return of Shine DC on Hookie Saturday night.

NEW Festival Merchandise


Jamaica's Largest Music Festival
Catherine Hall Event Centre, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Click Here to Purchase Tickets NOW
or to register for Free Live Stream!

Reggae Sumfest returns to Montego Bay, Jamaica with a heavy-hitting artist lineup
featuring the world's top reggae and dancehall artists.




~Jet Blue comes onboard as Presenting Sponsor for

Reggae Sumfest Live Streams.

~Upgraded audio for Live Streaming....Reggae Sumfest is pulling out all the stops to deliver broadcast quality live streaming by bringing in huge studio mixing boards with record-quality live mix of the audio for Reggae Sumfest.

This is a first for Reggae Sumfest in its 26 years of festivals!

~ Reggae Sumfest has partnered with Dutch Streaming and Video gateway company, Cleeng, to provide a Free, High-Definition Multi-Track Audio Livestream on the Reggae Sumfest Streaming Platform to insure that all the content of the Reggae Sumfest Live Stream gets to customers live and uninterrupted.

~ Also, fans that sign up for this Free Live Stream will receive special access to premium ticketing, discounted online festival merchandise, and other special fan rewards.

~How you sign up...Simply go to WEBSITE Live Streaming page and sign up for both the Friday and Saturday Night

Live Streams.

~The sign up is easy and can be done through the viewers Facebook, Email, or Twitter Account. The viewer's device will be remembered, so return access will be automatic.

Note: To watch both nights, you need to sign up for both nights.

Reggae Sumfest 2018 is looking to bring a world class global party with the Live Stream. Register today!

Don't Miss One Moment of Reggae Sumfest

Here are direct links to sign up for the Live Streams

for each night...

(You can also just click the action buttons on the

Live Stream page on website)

Friday, July 20, 2018 Live Stream

Friday night is the ultimate dancehall takeover with both emerging and iconic lyricists including Popcaan, Aidonia, Bounty Killer, Sizzla, Spice, Tommy Lee Sparta, Agent Sasco,
Ding Dong, I-Octane, Stonebwoy and more.

Saturday, July 21, 2018 Live Stream

Saturday night will feature show-stopping performances from reggae's biggest names like Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Cham, Capleton, Raging Fyah,
Jesse Royal, J Boog and many more.

The Global Reggae Community is gearing up for

Reggae Sumfest 2018 by registering for the free Live Stream ~ Join Us!


Online Merchandise Store

Reggae Sumfest/Downsound Entertainment has opened up a

web store for merchandise.


Access to the new store is through the

SHOP button on WEBSITE

or go to

The Online Store is located in North America

and will service online orders world wide.

Reggae Sumfest merchandise is featured now,

and Downsound will soon, also be offering vintage Sumfest designs from shows over the 26 year history of Reggae Sumfest, plus individual artist merchandise, and Caribbean Lifestyle bring an authentic Caribbean vibe

to the world of merchandise.


YouTube Channel Facebook Instagram Twitter

Hard Tickets Now On Sale
At Local Jamaican Outlets and Online at
Reggae Sumfest Website
Must Be Legal Age to Drink - 18 & Over in Jamaica - ID Required -

ipledge-to-drink-right.pngPlease Drink Responsibly


Silent Morning sets sail for Summer 2018 tour

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Silent Morning Summer 2018 tour schedule.

Kingston, Jamaica (Sonique Solutions) - After unleashing unparalleled vibes in T&T's Carnival an amazing first time experience for Jamaica's Carnival, the Silent Morning party brand now embarks on a summer 2018 journey which will take its epic boat ride phenom to the masses with Carnival destinations such as St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada and New York City.


For summer 2018 the epic boat ride experience heads St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada and New York City.

Silent Morning, the annual 'breakfast boat ride party' and cooler cruise concept has experienced exponential growth, increased popularity and solidified a die-hard following of fete fanatics in the Caribbean, the US, Canada, the UK and even France, Switzerland, Germany and Japan.


The event brand has solidified a die-hard following from the Caribbean, US, Canada, Europe & beyond.

The promoters of Silent Morning, New York Caribbean Vibes.Com and Back to Basics Entertainment have positively contributed to Carnival circuits and industries in several territories within the region and diaspora for the last decade by producing top quality events.


The annual 'breakfast boat ride party' and cooler cruise concept showcases the beauty of the Caribbean.

The team aspires to bridge cultural gaps and foster more Caribbean unity with this upcoming 2018 summer festival tour.

the-silent-morning-team-aspires-to-foster-more-caribbean-unity-with-this-upcoming-2018-summer-festival-tour.jpgThe Silent Morning team aspires to foster more Caribbean unity with this upcoming 2018 summer festival tour.

Kicking off this impressive voyage is Silent Morning in St. Lucia on Saturday July 14th.

the-2018-silent-morning-summer-tour-kicks-off-in-st-lucia-on-saturday-july-14th-onboard-the-pearl.jpgThe 2018 Silent Morning Summer Tour kicks off in St. Lucia on Saturday July 14th onboard The Pearl

Known as the 'Helen of the West Indies', St. Lucia's beautiful island backdrop, sparkling waters and Carnival festivities will set the scene for the cruise which takes place onboard The Pearl.

Following this, Barbados will get a taste of Silent Morning flavor as the event sails into the 'wuk up' capital just in time for the island's annual Cropover celebrations.

This event happens on Thursday August 2nd on The Dream Chaser boat.


The summer tour promises festivity and excitement set to the backdrop of sparkling tropical waters.

On Friday August 10th, the Silent Morning expedition will travel to Grenada's Spicemas.

Taking place on the Rhum Runner II, this boat ride has already added value to Grenada's expanding Carnival landscape for the last three of years.

The summer 2018 voyage concludes on Sunday August 19th with the event's signature edition in New York City.

Even with the massive growth of the Silent Morning brand, the promoters are continually listening to their loyal fans and finding ways to maintain and upgrade their unique product.

The team looks forward to bringing the very best Caribbean DJs and an atmosphere of pure excitement to these various territories and festivals and to meeting new and old friends and supporters on this grand summer 2018 excursion.


Silent Morning will bring the very best Caribbean DJs and an atmosphere of pure excitement to these various territories.

For tickets, please visit: OR call NYC (347) 573-5166 | (917) 214-3647; TRINIDAD (868) 310-2487 | (868) 687-6871

For additional information on Silent Morning's 2018 summer tour, please visit: OR OR

Damian Marley Reggae Sumfest Video Drop

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GATFFest 2018 Film Night Schedule

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gatffest-2018.jpgThe sixth staging of GATFFEST, formerly known as the Greater August Town Film Festival, the event will unfold from May 26 to 23.

Thirty-six films from 16 countries will be aired across Kingston and Montego Bay.

The itinerary includes four community film nights, four workshops with speakers from Colombia and South Africa, and seven main event film nights.

Partners this year include the South African High Commission (first-time partner), the Japanese Embassy, Japan Foundation, the Colombian Embassy and the Bob Marley Foundation.

Since 2013, more than 300 people have graduated from the UWI Community Film Project, hailing from communities like Hannah Town, Maxfield Park, Jones Town, Granville, Trench Town and Flankers.


Due to Weather Warnings Best of the Best Music Festival has been moved to Mana Wynwood Convention Center located at 318 NE 23rd Street Miami Florida.

10,000 Sq Ft to stage this year's Best of the Best Music Festival.

"Safety has always been the first priority, therefore we have decided to take the concert indoors. We can't control Mother Nature, but cancelling the show was NOT an option either. We had to take into consideration all the persons who purchased tickets, purchased flights and booked hotels to be a part of this premiere event and therefore the show MUST GO ON" says co-promoter Steve "Jabba" Beckford.

General admission tickets start at only $52 online and VIP tickets are SOLD OUT. Visit for more information.

Get Tickets Now


Mana Wynwood Convention Center | 318 NE 23rd Street Miami Florida


This is a 100% Caribbean Concert

Visit for more details.


Australian Reggae and Dancehall producer Jake Savona's latest project brings the unique flavor of two Caribbean countries together. Havana Meets Kingston is a compilation project that focuses on bringing the "best of both worlds" through the music cultures of, Cuba and Jamaica, something that has never been done before.

Savona (aka Mista Savona) saw an opportunity to marry both islands' outstanding music styles by bringing a host of legendary and influential artistes together in one place to produce tracks in Spanish, English and Jamaican patois. The project features over 50 Cuban, Jamaican and International artistes such as Gaston Joya, Brenda Navarette, Julito Padron, Beatriz Marquez, Leroy Sibbles, Lutan Fyah, Randy Valentine, Micah Shemiah, Cali P and Glasford 'Porti' Manning & The Jewels. The main goal was to "bring Jamaican sound system and bass culture together with Cuba's electrifying and virtuosic Afro-Cuban and jazz traditions" and the end product was phenomenal.

The combination of Jamaican roots reggae, dub and dancehall with Cuban salsa, rumba and Afro-Cuban sounds has created a collaboration that, according to one of the contributors involved, is both fun and fresh. The dynamic duo Sly & Robbie, Bongo Hermon and Bo Peep have all contributed their music styles to this project and visited Cuba in order to record with musicians there.

Talking on the project Sly said "It was a great experience working on this musical venture; I got to work with some very talented people from here in Jamaica and in Cuba. This offering is something very new and at the same time deeply rooted, cultured and bold."

The first single off the album is Carnival which features British-Jamaican singer Randy Valentine and Cuban singer Solis.

Distributed by VPal Music, the album was released in in two parts - the first in November 2017 and the second in March 2018. Following its release, many of the musicians came together and embarked on a 3 week tour in Australia and New Zealand.

Upcoming promotional plans include an album launch to be done later on in Jamaica. A documentary capturing various aspects of the project's development in both Jamaica and Cuba has also been created, with contributions from filmmaker Rick Mereki, producer Lauren Rosa Beck and photographer Lara Merrington.

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Downsound Entertainment

July 15-22, 2018

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Advance Tickets Now

Online Tix Now


the-driven-women-awards-2018.jpgNew York, NY -- For the third year in a row Playbook MG will celebrate Women's History Month with an event recognizing the accomplishments of female trailblazers. The distinction of award recipients as "Driven Women" shines the spirit of the winners in an even brighter light. This year it will take place at Caribbean Social on March 31st.

As managing partner of Playbook MG, celebrity publicist Marie Driven & her team handpick finalists from an impressive compilation of key industry players and community leaders. Past hosts Peter Gunz and Tara Wallace welsomed special guests and announced performers. Previous honorees include Jennifer Cunningham Editor at Bossip, KC Orcutt Writer for BET, Dara Cook VP Strategic Development at VH1, Raven Carter Senior Producer Moguldom Media Group, Hello Beautiful Entertainment Editor Shamika Sanders, international columnist Mara the Hip-Hop Socialite, Source Magazine Content Director Simone Amelia, New York Post reporter Tashara Jones, Shade Room Editor Chinwe Ugoezi, and Syn Clarke Executive Vice President Caribbean Media Group plus Irie Jam Media Group.

Playbook Media Group formed in 2014 when brand managers Jean Jones and Marie "Driven" Theodore joined forces in launching modernized services for today's entrepreneurial culture. The duo has developed a system for helping to harness personal power, and with more than twenty years of combined experience, they make the process of promotions look effortless. The company is now an established multi-discipline creative branding agency headquartered in Brooklyn, NY.

22 Jerk Plus on Barbican Road - Mar 24th, 2018

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Kingston, Jamaica (Sonique Solutions) - After 8+ years of unforgettable events in Washington DC, Bermuda and Miami, the Hookie life team is taking its flagship event, 'Hookie' to Jamaica for its debut on Friday April 6th, 2018 as part of the island's Carnival's festivities.

Hookie, comes from the term 'playing hookie' and means to skip out on one's obligations in order to have fun, will bring its 'stay home from work to fete' concept to beautiful Jamaica in fine fashion.

This inaugural edition of Hookie Jamaica is a collaborative effort between the promoters Hookie Life Entertainment and Renaissance Disco, Jamaica's premiere DJ sound system and event connoisseurs. This year's incarnation of the event will take place in the form of an epic poolside breakfast party affair at the Constant Spring Golf Course.

The popular fete franchise known for its string of events such as the Hookie DC pool party, Lion's Pride J'ouvert and Hookie Miami has already generated a buzz within the Caribbean islands and diaspora due to its high standard of quality and undeniable entertainment factor.

The beloved brand will now deliver its unmistakable vibe and energy to the land of wood and water.

Carnival lovers in Kingston are in store for a one of a kind experience complete with a complimentary cross-Caribbean breakfast buffet and an all-star cast of local, regional and International DJs.

The event's amazing DJ line-up features Jamaica's own DJ Delano & DJ Smoke, T&T's top female selector Alicia The Duchess, the Soca Prince, Dr. Jay from Toronto, International Stephen (ATL), Freeze International (NYC) and DC's DJ Majestic and Mystic Vibes 6.0.

As one of the latest additions to the Jamaica Carnival event roster, Hookie will be the only breakfast and pool party on the Carnival Friday schedule.

The diligent organizers of Hookie Jamaica have put much effort into bringing forth a memorable experience for Jamaica's Soca Junkies and visiting Fete-a-holics alike.

In addition to complimentary breakfast, sizzling Soca music by top DJs, a fully stocked bar to satisfy a wide variety of drinking pleasures and an amazing venue, this famed event will bring together Carnival enthusiasts from various parts of the globe to revel in one place.

Experience the ultimate poolside breakfast party at 'Hookie Jamaica' on Friday 6th April 2018, at the Constant Spring Golf Course, Kingston, from 8am - 3pm for $30 USD ($3,720 JMD).

For additional information on Hookie Jamaica 2018, please visit: OR OR

For tickets, please visit:

this-crew-thoroughly-enjoyed-hookie-miami-2017.jpgThis crew thoroughly enjoyed Hookie Miami 2017.



Enjoying the poolside vibes at Hookie DC 2017



Alicia D Dutchess will add some Trini flavour to Hookie JA.

Vinyl Thursdays coming soon in Amsterdam

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Thursday 5 April 2018 - Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam - Holland) is the date to keep in mind.

Vinyl Thursdays will come to Amsterdam! The weekly Vinyl Thursdays event in Kingston (Jamaica) is one of their favorite parties, when the BLACK STAR crew is visiting Jamaica. Once a month they will bring the event to Amsterdam (Holland) now. Vinyl Thursdays Amsterdam will take place every first Thursday the month in the basement of Hill Street Blues Cafe in Amsterdam centre, starting from Thursday April 5th.

The concept of Vinyl Thursdays Amsterdam will be exactly the same as in Jamaica: every month (guest) DJ's who play strictly vinyl! Besides the DJ's/selectors, there is time for singers and toasters during the open mic. Everything will be streamed live!

Resident crew: BLACK STAR SOUND feat. Selector DEN-DEN, MC JAHFORTH and MICHELLE (MC/host and sound effects).

Free entrance + smokers friendly vibes!

Address: Hill Street Blues Cafe

Warmoesstraat 52 - 1012 JG Amsterdam - Holland

More info (English) / Meer info (Nederlands) / Facebook event

Facebook group Vinyl Thursdays For more upcoming events, see Black Star Foundation.

Sunday 18 March 2018 - Hill Street Blues Cafe (Amsterdam - Holland)

This Sunday BLACK STAR SOUND (Amsterdam) will bring you a full 6-hour roots reggae DJ set at Hill Street Blues Cafe in the city centre of Amsterdam. Selector DEN-DEN will play from old to brand new tunes and dubplates fresh outta Jamaica! He is assisted by MC JAHFORTH and MICHELLE (MC and sound effects). Come along to drink, smoke, dance and enjoy sweet reggae music!

From 19.00 till 01.00 - Free entrance and smokers friendly!

Address: Hill Street Blues Cafe

Warmoesstraat 52 - 1012 JG Amsterdam - Holland

More info (English) / Meer info (Nederlands) / Facebook event


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Sunday 15 April 2018 - Melkweg (Amsterdam - Holland)

On Sunday 15 April 2018 BLACK STAR FOUNDATION will be celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Black Star Foundation at Melkweg, Amsterdam (Holland)! There will be live performances and DJ's, a photo exhibition, Jamaican food, reggae decorations (in cooperation with DecoRoots) and lots of Black Star merchandise and CD's.

Besides BLACK STAR SOUND, many artists will perform with whom we have worked with over the years, like BACK-A-WALL MOVEMENT (Holland), MC JAHFORTH (Jamaica/Holland), Mr. AYA (France), RAPHA PICO (Surinam/Holland), TWOROOTS band feat. ASHER-E (Holland), LEAH ROSIER (Holland) and EXILE DI BRAVE (Jamaica).

Main act for the event will be Studio One veteran LONE RANGER (Jamaica)!

From 19:00 / Tickets € 15 + membership / Buy your tickets at Tickermaster

More info (English) / Meer info (Nederlands) / More info (Facebook event)


Red Stripe presents Reggae SumFest

Downsound Entertainment

Catherine Hall Event Centre

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Friday July 20, 2018

Popcaan, Aidonia, Bounty Killer, Sizzla, Spice, Tommy Lee Sparta, Agent Sasco, Ding Dong, I-Octane, J. Boog, Stonebwoy, Harry Toddler, Yanique, D-Major, Kemar Hicon, Tosh Alexander, Shano, Dovey Magnum, Hood Celebrity, Stushie, More to come plus special quest stars.

Saturday July 21, 2018

Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, Beresh Hammond, Maxi Priest, Cham, Capleton, Jesse Royal, Raging Fyah, Fanton Mojah, Kezmandi, Empress Ayeola, Naomi Cowan, More to come plus special quest stars

Tickets & Info at


Pepsi & Jamaica Tourist Board

Must be Legal Drinking Age

Enjoy Red Stripe Responsibly

Reggae SumFest - Thursday, July 19th, 2018

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reggae-sumfest-july-19-2018.jpgRed Stripe presents Reggae SumFest

Downsound Entertainment

Irish and Chin's

World Clash


Tony Matterhorn
2x World Clash Champion

Mighty Crown
5x World Clash Champion

Ricky Trooper
2x World Class Champion

Ping Panther
6x World Clash Champion

20 Years Celebration

Pier One
Montego Bay, Jamaica

A Downsound Entertainment Production

For all show and ticketing info please check:

Must be 18 years or older to drink. Please drink responsibly.

Jamhuri Reggae Festival 2017 Reloaded at KICC

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jamhuri-reggae-festival-2017-reloaded-at-kicc.jpgKenyatta Hill and Freddie McGregor

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Gates Open at 6 PM

Early Bird Tickets

Regular: 700 | Vip: 3500

Tickets available on

Reggae SumFest confirmed for July 15-21, 2018

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reggae-sumfest-2018-confirmed.jpgRed Stripe


Reggae SumFest

Downsound Entertainment


Montego Bay Jamaica - July 15-21, 2018

For all show and ticketing info please check

Must be 18 years or older to drink. Drink responsibly!

2018 grammy winner Damian Marley just confirmed for Saturday, July 21 at Reggae Sumfest (his Birthday) joining what will be an all star Festival lineup for both nights featuring Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Popcaan, Spice, Sizzla, Capleton, and many more.


Red Stripe presents

Reggae Sumfest

Downsound Entertainment

Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley

4 Time Grammy Winner


Montego Bay, Jamaica - July 15-21, 2018

For all show and ticketing info please check


Music Biz Entrepreneurship "Success Factors"

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Jamaica Reggae Industry Association

Reggae Open University

February 1, 2018

Music Biz Entrepreneurship

"Success Factors"


Gussie Clarke

Robert Livingston

Jerome Jamilton


Don McDowell

Weddy Wednesdays - Nov 15th, 2017

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Stur Guvand Stone Love Link Up - Nov 11th, 2017

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Performing Live :

Inner Circle

Damian "Jr Gong" Marley

Stephen "Ragga" Marley


Jah Cure


Bounty Killer

& many more


Jamrock Productions invites you to take a journey to Jamaica on the 4th Annual Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise. We are sailing November 13, 2017, out of Ft Lauderdale to Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, Jamaica on a 5-night cruise on board Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Sea! Come experience some of the World's top tier Reggae artists as they perform in multiple venues on the ship. In addition to the multiple live concerts there will be numerous Sound Systems blazing the vibes all day and all night throughout the cruise.


For more info :

Click below to watch the Official Recap Video of the Cruise from last year...



Sunday June 18 2017 | Jamming Festival 2017

Bogota, Columbia

Tuesday July 4 2017

Miami Beach, FL

Thursday July 13 2017 | Start of Europe Tour

United Kingdom to Holland

July 27 - 30 2017 | Iboga Summer Festival


Tuesday August 5 2017 | Feeling Festival

La Laguna, Tenerife, Canary Islands

August 18-20 2017 | Montreal International Reggae Festival

Old Port of Montreal | Montreal Canada

Saturday August 26 2017 | Reggae on the Rocks

Morrison, Colorado

Saturday September 9 2017


November 13 - 18 | Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise


Tuesday November 28 2017 | Start of Brazil Tour


More TBA...

trinidad-vs-jamaica-cover-1.jpgMother's Day Sunday May 14th

inside the

National Event Venue
1000 Finch ave E., Toronto

Jamaica National Group Presents:

Trinidad vs Jamaica Mothers Day Comedy Clash
& Fundraiser for Lupus

Team Trinidad:
Jean Paul, Sterling Scott & Saint
Team Jamaica:
Jay Martin, Christopher "Johnny" Daley, Kathy Grant

2 Shows: 2:00pm & 6:00pm

Ticket Price: $25 GA | $35 VIP

Ticket Locations:
Nicey's Brampton
Play De Record Toronto
Music Hut Scarborough
Lloyds 1 Hr Photography
Granny's Mississauga
Jamaica House Brampton
Shine Barbershop Brampton
Island Mix Pickering

Partial proceeds will go to the "Poochie" Lupus Foundation



Red Stripe presents 25th Reggae Sumfest

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sumfest-2017.jpgDownsound Entertainment

July 16 - 22, 2017

Montego Bay Jamaica

Jamaica's Premier Music Festival

Save $$$

Earlybird Tix Now!

Jamaica Tourist Board

saturday-night-main-2017.gifSean Paul


Jah Cure

Queen Ifrica

Christopher Martin

Dexta Daps

Richie Stephens & Ska Nation Band

Mad Cobra

Kabaka Pyramid


Deep Jahi



Special Guest Stars



Bounty Kiler

Tory Lanez


Beenie Man


Tommy Lee Sparta



Devin di Dakta



Ding Dong

Harry Toddler & Ikel Marvelous

Bucky Marshall

Tuffa Lie

John Hype

Shelly Belly

Shankle Dip & Blazzy



Special Guest Stars

Jamaica's Premiere Week Long Music Festival

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eventbrite-2017-banner.jpgRed Stripe presents Reggae Sumfest 25th edition.

Downsound Entertainment

July 16-22, 2017 @ Montego Bay, Jamaica

Must be legal Drinking Age. Enjoy Red Stripe Responsibly

Five Preview Events

Two Main Festival Nights

Jamaica Tourist Board

I Pledge to Drink Right

Sumfest Heavyweight Clash! 2017

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sound-clash-2017.gifThu, July 20

8PM - 4AM

Pier One Event Center

Sumfest Blitz: Retro Block Party 2017

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Wed, July 19

8PM - 4AM

Sumfest All White Party 2017

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Tue, July 18

8PM - 4AM

Sumfest @ Sunset 2017

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on the

Treasure Queen

Pier 1 Dock

Mon, July 17

5 PM open, boat leaves 7 PM

Back 11 PM

After Party 11 PM - 3 AM

Sumfest Beach Party 2017

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Adult Playground

Tropical Bliss Beach

9 Kent Avenue, Mobay

Sun, July 16

2pm - 2am

DJ's Chris Dymond, Team Shella, Dexta Pepper, Jigga & Coppershot

Reggae Sumfest 2017 Pre Events

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Sumfest Beach Party "Adult Playground"

Tropical Bliss Beach, 9 Kent Avenue, Mobay, Sun July 16 2PM-2AM

Sumfest @ Sunset - Treasure Queen Yacht

Pier 1 Dock, Mon July 17, 5PM, Boat 7PM-11PM

After Party 11PM - 3AM

Sumfest All White Party

Pier One Restaurant, Tue July 18, 8PM-4AM

Sumfest Blitz, Retro Block Party

Pier One Event Center, Wed July 19, 8PM-4AM

Sumfest Heavyweight Clash

Pier One Event Center, Thu July 20, 8PM-4AM

Rockhouse Foundation 2017 Raffle

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Win / Win

Support education in Jamaica and Rockhouse Foundation's special needs school project by buying a raffle ticket and the chance to win amazing prizes.

  • 1st Prize - A Week Long Getaway for two at Rockhouse Hotel including airfare from JetBlue (Balue $6000)
  • 2nd Prize - A Long Weekend Gateway for two at Rockhouse Hotel including airfare from JetBlue (Value $4000)
  • 3rd Prize - 5 Course Tasting Menu for 8 at Miss Lily's NYC (Value $1200)
  • 4th Prize - 5 Days of Wellness for 2 with Daily Spa at Rockhouse (Value $1100)
  • 5th Prize - 3 Days of Indulgence for 2 w/ Private Dinner at Rockhouse (Value $500)

All expenses related to the auction are fully underwritten by the Rockhouse Hotel. Every cent supports Jamaicans in need.

Support the construction of our New Special Needs School

Raffle Tickets $100 each

Maximum 10 per person - Only 1000 tickets sold

For ticket purchase please visit:

Buy Raffle Tickets

Raffle Drawing will take place at

The Rockhouse Foundation's Spring Fundraiser at Miss Lily's Soho, New York

June 6th, 2017

for which limited tickets are still available.

Winners need not be present at the drawing and will be published on

For any inquiries please email

Caribbean Hackathon on today

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International Telecommunications Union's Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day observed across the world

international-girls-in-ict-day.jpgKingston, Jamaica: Today girls and young women from 15 schools will gather to compete in a Caribbean Hackathon in observance of International Telecommunications Union's (ITU) Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Day.

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, the Spanish Court Hotel's Worthington Conference Centre will be filled with students from Wolmer's Girls', Hillel Academy, St Andrew High School, St Elizabeth Technical High School, Campion College, Manchester High School, Immaculate Conception High School, American International School Kingston, Hampton School, Excelsior Community College, University of the West Indies, Moneague Community College, Caribbean Institute for Media and Communication, University of Technology Jamaica, and Northern Caribbean University, vying for prizes at the Jamaican leg of the Caribbean Hackathon.

The girls and young women will be engaged in hands-on activities, guided by a tech mentor, using ICT to create, innovate and generate solutions to various challenges. The activities include mobile app building, animation, robotics, digital video production and digital art works, and web development.

A day-long immersion in ICT, the 'hackathon' will give the girls and young women, an opportunity to envision themselves, not only as users of technology, but creators.

The 'hackathon', led by a group of women consultants through a joint partnership between Cotton Tree Consulting and Change Makers Development Ltd, will take place simultaneously, in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago.

"Scotiabank is pleased to be part of an initiative that will inspire and excite our girls through their engagement with technology. This unique opportunity is one we are sure will not only encourage interest but ultimately galvanise the talent of Jamaican women in the development of the ICT industry," said Yanique Forbes Patrick, vice-president of marketing at Scotiabank, regional platinum sponsor of the hackathon.

The event is also supported regionally by Gold Sponsor LOOP in partnership with the University of the West Indies.

Let's Talk Tech

A number of local, regional and international role model tech speakers will also be streamed, giving inspirational messages of support to the participants as over 40 messages can viewed over the ITU portal URL:

Messages will come from Trinidad-born Aaerospace engineer Camille Wardrop Alleyne, who currently serves as an assistant programme scientist for the International Space Station, based at National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Centre in Houston in Texas. Assistant Professor of Technology and Operations Management at Bason College, Jennifer Bailey, whose speciality is identifying effective strategies for generating innovation breakthroughs, while mitigating innovation risks will also have a message.

The extended line-up includes Lloyd Carney, CEO of Brocade Communications Systems, Inc (USA); Leila Janah, founder of Samasource (USA); Dr. Zorica Pantic, President of Wentworth Institute of Technology, (USA); Wambui Kinya, chief strategy officer of Andela (Kenya); Dr. Cardinal Warde, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Interim Executive Director, Caribbean Science Foundation; Dr. Gunjan Mansingh, Business Intelligence Lecturer at the University of the West Indies (Jamaica); and Tricia Clarke Stone, co-founder and CEO of Narrative (USA).

Nadeen Matthews, National Commercial Bank (NCB) chief digital and marketing officer and CEO of the NCB Foundation expressed that the hackathon is part of an important global movement to increase female representation in ICT.

"Digitisation is a global shift and our ability to effectively compete as a nation and as a corporate entity requires that we generate a talent pool with the requisite skill set to meet the growing demands. It is exciting to see so many Jamaican companies collaborating to make this a reality in Jamaica. NCB, as local platinum sponsor, is delighted to be part of this movement," Matthews concluded.

The Hackathon is sponsored locally by Phase 3 Productions, and supported by the Inter-American Development Bank.

Simple Facts about Girls in ICT Day Worldwide

Over the last six years, over 240,000 girls and young women have taken part across 160 countries. Since the start of the initiative, the ITU Girls In ICT Twitter account has reached over half a billion people with the hashtag #GirlsinICT. In 2016, the hashtag reached 68.4 million, with over 237 million deliveries, representing the potential number of times that people saw a GirlsinICT tweet.

Supporting the global Girls in ICT movement empowers girls and young women to move from innovation to impact.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter:

@GirlsICTCbbnH,@ITUGirlsInICT, #GirlsinICT, #Girlsintech #WomeninTech

Feed Up Movements

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We are feeding the homeless on the following dates:
Mon, Jul. 4th / Mon. Sep. 5th
Sun, Oct. 9th / Sat. Dec 24th
Begin at 3 PM

If you would like to be a part of this movement, please don't hesitate to contact me at:

In the lobby of 425 2nd Street, NW Washington DC

For Immediate Release
Tuesday April 12th, 2016 - Toronto, ON Canada

judy-mowatt-photo-1.jpgReggae Legend, Icon and Queen Judy Mowatt will celebrate the release of Colin Levy's album Unleashed for two dates: Montreal on Saturday April 30th at Le Belmont (4483 Boulevard St. Laurent) at 10 pm and in Toronto on Sunday May 1st at the Opera House (735 Queen St. E.) at 7 pm.

The Living legend, who rose to fame as a backing vocalist for Bob Marley and member of the I-Threes, and after a successful solo career, will perform in Toronto at the infamous Opera House. Included in her early evening performance will be hit singles "Many Are Called," "Black Woman" and "Sister's Chant."

Ms. Mowatt's performance is a rare and an exclusive engagement, and supportive to Colin and his musical mission via Unleashed. "When Colin called and asked me to perform for his album launch, I said yes right away. He always makes positive music, and I gladly lend my voice to that movement. See you soon Montreal and Toronto!"


After taking 2 years off from making music, Colin Levy is ready to take center stage. Backed by the Hardcore band, Colin will perform the lead single from his album, "Smile" which was produced by Willie Lindo and Dean Fraser. Serviced to radio DJs around the world, it has become one of the most requested songs by fans. In addition to "Smile," fans in both cities will hear music produced by Stephen Marley ("Forever Praising Jah"), Willie Lindo ("Life") and Dean Fraser ""One Chance").

The 17 track disc features guest appearances by Marcia Griffiths ("One Chance"), Lady Saw ("Do It Again"), Heather Cummings ("Lover's Converse"), Anthony B ("West Best"), Lutan Fyah ("Bad Habit"), Turbulence and G. Forest ("Good Newz"). When asked about the recording with such greats, Colin shared "the vibrations we felt when making these songs together helped take the music to another level. We didn't just make music, we made an imprint that people can take with them to feel good - day or night" and fans agree! Feedback by way of comments on the artists social media pages suggest that not only do they like the lead single "Smile," they placed their pre-orders for the album feeling instinctively it has music they want to hear.

Joining Colin on stage to celebrate the launch of Unleashed in both Montreal and Toronto are JUNO Award winners Exco Levi and Mikey Dangerous, Leroy Gibbons, Fire Lion, Jah Cutta, Christini and Totally Blaze.


Distributed by VPAL (a division of VP Records), Unleashed is accessible to fans around the world through, and other favorite online music outlets.

As one of Canada's most recognized Reggae and Lover's Rock musicians, Colin Levy's has traveled the country and the world promoting Reggae. His commitment to fans has lead to the fans commitment to him, making Colin a mainstay on the radio, at stage shows and festivals.

About Colin Levy:

Born and raised in Jamaica and emigrating to Canada, Colin has been involved in music as a songwriter, producer and live entertainment producer. He has received several awards in music, and has an extensive discography with artists in Jamaica and Canada.

Fans can keep in touch with Colin online at or via his Fan page

Fans can purchase tickets to the 'Unleashed' album release party using these links:




Come party with the athletes!

March 19th, 2016

Barbican Beach | 7 pm - 3 am

Tickets Now available at Liguanea Drug & Garden Centre

$1,500 in advance & $2,000 @ the gate

Music by DJ Bambino

Guest appearance by Denyque

I.D. required for 18 and older

Drink Responsibly!


Firehouse Crew & Friends - January 29, 2016 @ 9 PM

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Kaya Fyah Productions Presents

Firehouse Crew & Friends

Performances by:
Luciano, Sizzla, Lukie D, Bryhan Art, Mikey General, Kaya, Andy Livingston, Jahbar-I

Special Guest:
Nambo and Desi Roots

Also featuring the video launch of the single "Live on Natty Dread" featuring Kaya & Macka B

Sweet Calabash Restaurant
8 A Kensington Crescent

January 29, 2016
Start Time: 9 PM

Donations in Aid of the Maxfield Pack Childrens Home

Hosted by:
Denise 'Isis' Miller

the-cannabiz-business-and-international-investors-conference-jamaica-2016.jpgTowards Green Gold Prosperity for Jamaicans

The Cannabiz Business and International Investors Conference Jamaica 2016

Please access link:

Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th February, 2016
Jamaica Conference Centre, Kingston
9:30 am to 5:00 pm daily


  • To appraise Jamaicans and international investors and interested parties about the possible regulatory framework of the cannabis industry to be established in Jamaica
  • To allow potential investors and interests to have a better understanding of the investment climate in Jamaica
  • To facilitate partnerships with local interests and potential cannabis business operators


  • Overseas Delegates / Participants: US$200 per person
  • Int. Companies: US $500 (maximum of four delegates / participants)
  • Jamaicans: Members, Ganja Growers and Producers Associatin and Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Research Institute: J$2,000 daily
  • Jamaicans / Non Members: J$3,000 daily

Wednesday 3rd February, 2016

Going Forward - Government Policy Framework

Thursday 4th February, 2016

Forging Partnerships with International Investors

National Alliance for the Legalization of Ganja
6 Cheriton Road, Kingston 2. Tel: 759-8901-2

Rebel Salute 2016 Live Pay Per View Stream

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rebel-salute-flyer-2016.jpgOrgano H.E.A.R.T Group of Companies has partnered with Kariblink Digital to bring Rebel Salute 2016 Live Pay Per View Stream for two nights to audiences around the globe from the comfort of any Internet enabled device. Rebel Salute is undeniably a masterpiece, which is now hailed today as a spiritual renaissance, it has become the bedrock for the exposure and celebration of Jamaican roots music.

Under the theme Preservation of Reggae, the Rebel Salute line-up this year features Tony Rebel, Beres Hammond, I-Octane, Sanchez, Queen Ifrica, David Brooks AKA Mavado, Luciano, Pinchers, Richie Spice and 'tune fi tune' between singers Pluto Shervington and Ernie Smith.

The live stream is primarily for the international audience, those unable to attend the event. The cost of the stream will start at US$22.99, but will increase, as the show's start time gets closer.

The live stream of the event starts at 9p.m. until the show ends.

Visit to sign up.

Dancehall Queen 2015

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Promoter Bighead stands besides the 2015 dancehall Queen finalist. First place Keisha Rodney aka Kiki seated, from St Ann, Second place Boom Boom (left) from Japan and 3rd place Joan from Guyana at rig.

Le Festival International Reggae de Montréal

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Du 14 au 16 août 2015 - Vieux Port de Montréal


Bob Marley 70th Birthday Celebration

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bob-marley-70th-birthday-celebration.jpgSunday 9th August, 10 AM to 6 PM, Fairmount Park

4300 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131
(Avenue of the Republic & West Memorial Hall Road)

The Cannabis Development and Promotions Secretariat

comprised and coordinated by

The Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Research Institute

The Ganja Growers and Producers Association

(formerly the Ganja Future Growers and Producers Association)

& The National Alliance for the Legalization of Ganja

in association with


Presents a Health and Medical Symposium

Introduction to Cannabinoid Science

Tuesday 30th June, 2015

9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Registration 8:00 am

Interfaculty Lecture Theatre

University of the West Indies

Admission: Members of the Public, $5,000 GFGPA / CCMRI Members, $3,000

Medical and Bio-Chemistry Students, $3,000 - Limited to the first 50 students only



Cannabis Development and Promotions Secretariat

Tel: 759-8901-3

Ganja Symposium June 30

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ganja-image-4.jpgThe Cannabis Development and Promotions Secretariat comprised and coordinated byThe Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Research Institute

The Ganja Growers and Producers Association (formerly the Ganja Future Growers and Producers Association) & The National Alliance for the Legalization of Ganja in association with Inline image Presents a Health and Medical Symposium Introduction to Cannabinoid Science. Tuesday 30th June, 2015

9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Registration 8:00 am

Venue: Interfaculty Lecture Theatre, University of the West Indies

Admission: Members of the Public, $5,000

GFGPA / CCMRI Members, $3,000

Medical and Bio-Chemistry Students, $3,000 - Limited to the first 50 students only

Contacts: CITIVA:

Cannabis Development and Promotions Secretariat


Tel: 759-8901-3

Family FunDay

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family-funday-2015-06-20.jpgSturridge Foundation
& Sturr Class Entertainment Record Label

In association with Father Sturridge, Polky Bless, Fat Bobby, Hopey & Family'Sturridge

Present their
Family FunDay Event

Saturday, 20th June 2015
@Tinson Pen Football Field
Greenwich Town, Kingston 13, Jamaica

Lorraine & Thandi Klaasen

From Sount Africa

Unite in Songs for Charity

Sount Africa Celebrates 20 Years of Freedom

Sunday Oct. 12, 2014

Pegasus Hotel

Proceeds in aid of Women's Charity


2014 Groove In The Park - A Day Of Reggae Rhythm & Blues
Location: Roy Wilkins Park
(Merrick & Baisley Blvd) QNZ NY

Performing Live In Full Concert:

-The Legendary Group, AIR SUPPLY.
-The New Face Of Reggae, CHRONIXX & Band
-The Reggae Hit Machine, BERES HAMMOND & Band
-The Reggae Group "L.U.S.T.'(Lukie D, Thriller U, Singing Melody & Tony Curtis)
-PERFORMING AS A GROUP: Marcia Griffiths & Friends (John Holt, Bob Andy, Judy Mowatt)

Gates open at 11:00 AM Sharp
General Tickets: $59.99

V.I.P Tickets: $149.99:
Separate entrance
Front, Center-stage Seating
Cold Beverage & Snack
Decorated Lounge w. Monitors
Inclusive Food: Jerk Chicken, Jerk Pork, BBQ Chicken, Fry Chicken, Salad, Fresh Fruits, Vege. Burger & More. More Info:  (347)980-2252

All Kids 12 & UNDER are free w. guardian, 
valid identification with proof of age MUST be presented. 

Ticket Pick Up Locations:

The Door Restaurant:
QUEENS, NY 11434

The Smokehouse Restaurant:

VP Records:

Silver Krust:
1695 PRESIDENT ST (Between Utica & Buffalo Ave)
#GrooveInThePark2014 #ReggaeRhythmBlues #RoyWilkinsPark #Chronixx #BeresHammond #AirSupply #LukieD #SingingMelody #TonyCurtis #ThrillerU #JohnHolt #MarciaGriffiths #Concert #ReggaeFestival #Julianspromos @Julianspromos #Reggae


Jazz and Blues Festival - Jan 30th - Feb 1st, 2014

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Sting - Dec 26th, 2013 | Photos by: Milton Raynor

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Car Sexy - Feb 17th, 2013 | Photos by: Milton Raynor

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Mojito Monday's - Oct 29th, 2012

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Miss Black Nude September event

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Popcaan Video shoot Pictures

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Popcaan and ZJ Chrome on set for the filming of the song produced by ZJ Chrome on his TNS rhythm titled 'She A Gwaan Good.'


Director Jay Will and crew on set during the filming of Popcaan's girl medley.


Popcaan and friends on set by the pool side for the party scene of the video.


Popcaan seems entranced while following this female on set by the pool side.


Jay Will, YVP producer Jamie Roberts and Popcaan on set for the filming of the song 'Whine Up' of the girls medley.

Wray & Nephew Contender - Apr 11th, 2012

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Witty Birthday Party - Feb 19th, 2012 | Photos by: Milton Raynor


International Superstar Celine Dion ignited the crowd at the Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny for her performance at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival.

The audience was mesmerized by the golden voice songstress as she delivered hits from her extensive catalogue.  There was loud applause as Dion took to the stage and spoke to her eager audience- 'Hello, Jamaica! It took me a few years to get here, but I will make up for lost time".

Dion had several outfit changes during her one hour and 45 minutes set and serenaded the crowd with hits such as 'Beauty and the Beast', 'It's All Coming Back to Me" and her 1990 hit 'Where does my heart beat now".

Celine was also joined on stage during her set by Diana King. Earlier in the night, patrons recived electrifying performances from siblings Tami Chynn and Tessanne Chynn, Jully Black, Bryan Art and Richie Stephens and Gentleman.

Critics of the festival hailed Celine Dion as one of the best Jazz and Blues performers to date, while others expressed disappointment at her song choices.

Reggae superstars, Shaggy and Richie Stephens were honored following strong performances of their own. After performing several of his classics alongside fellow artistes, Rayvon and Rik Rok, Shaggy received an award  honoring his contribution for promoting Jamaican culture worldwide. Meanwhile, Stephens, who performed Live Your Life alongside German Reggae star, Gentleman, copped an award celebrating his nearly two decades of contributions towards Jamaican music.

JR Gong closes Jazz and Blues on a superb note

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Damian 'Jr Gong' Marley gave a superb performance on the final night of the three day Jazz and Blues event. Marley closed the event with a scorching set when he took to the stage on sunday morning. 

Jr Gong was accompanied by a back up singer and a flag man and delivered hits from his catalogue as well as his father's catalogue.   

Marley shared the stage with saxophonist Dean Frazer and international artiste Bobby Brown. Marley and Brown performed their hit single 'Beautiful' and had the audience singing along to the words.  Jr Gong's mother, Cindy Breakspeare stood to the side of the stage and sang word for word during her son's performance. 

Jr Gong also called on his brother Stephen Marley to perform four songs with him. Stephen then called on his son Joseph aka Jo Mersa who gave a good performance as the new Marley generation. Black Am I also joined Jo Mersa on stage and thrilled the audience with a commendable performance. 

Artiste Cee Lo Green preceded Jr Gong on stage and gave a stellar performance. He belted out popular hits such as 'F You', 'Crazy' and 'Bigger City'. 

Trinidadian artiste Destra Garcia also gave a high energy performance. The soca queen showed her vocal range when she covered songs from Whitney Houston's catalogue.

Heads of State also took fans on an hour long musical journey and serenaded several women at the front of the audience with red roses. 

Overall the Jazz and Blues festival was a top notch event which delivered exceptional performances from the artistes.

Rumbar Chugit Anniversary Photos: by Ashon Williams

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Wet Sundaze Photos: by Milton Raynor

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Container Saturday Photos: by Milton Raynor

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Bounty Sunday's Photos: by Milton Raynor

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Goodaz Girls Link Up Photos: by Milton Raynor

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Shaggy & Friends 2012 Photos: by Ashon Williams

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Rebel Salute 2012 Photos: by Ashon Williams

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Donation line for Shaggy & Friends now open

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Persons wishing to donate to The Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation can now do so via text message, thanks to telecommunications firms Digicel and LIME. By sending a text message to Digicel 488-4175, anyone can donate $20 to the charity and for LIME text the number 444-4248 for a donation of $50 per sms, both will benefit the Bustamante Hospital for Children. The Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation are the producers of the annual Shaggy & Friends benefit concert, which also raises well-needed money for the Bustamante Hospital -- the only Children's hospital in the English-speaking Caribbean. Reggae superstar Shaggy, who is also the executive director of the foundation, said that the donation line helps people to be heroes in their own way. "Not every superhero wears a cape you know. People can donate to a fantastic cause and help save the lives of the countless children that need services at the Bustamante Children's Hosptial," he said. The diamond-selling artiste is reminding the public that all the proceeds from the donation line and the Shaggy & Friends Benefit Concert go directly to address the glaring needs of the Bustamante Children's Hospital. "Anyone with a phone on any network can just simply send a text to 488-4175 for Digicel donations of $20 and 444-4248 for LIME donations of $50 and help us continue the work that we have started. This year, our focus is on the cardiac unit of the hospital which is where needs the most help," Shaggy said. Now in its third year, the Shaggy & Friends benefit concert will see the likes of Shaggy, Lauryn Hill, Eve, Half-Pint, Coco Tea, Maxi Priest, I-Octane, Gyptian, Mr Vegas, Wayne Marshall, Tami Chynn, Deniece Williams, Assassin and Romain Virgo. Set for Saturday January 7, the concert will be held on the grounds of Jamaica House.
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Jamaica's Golden Jubilee gets jazzed up

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Music is one of the strongest elements of Jamaican culture, and in recognition of this, the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival - The Art of Music 2012 edition will feature a sterling tribute to the dynamic, energetic and riveting genres that have made up Jamaican popular music. Art of Music Productions (AMP), the producers of the Festival, have dedicated Thursday night, January 26, 2012 to Jamaica 50, when they will present an exciting journey through Jamaican music. The production company has co-opted a slew of Jamaica's best artistes to make an excellent event that will kickstart the celebration of the important anniversary. "Jazz is the first major event for Jamaica 50 and will therefore set the tone for the celebrations," explained Junior Taylor, Associate Producer with Art of Music Productions. "The idea is to showcase the music from the time we gained our independence to now," he said. Thursday night's tribute to the golden jubilee will therefore present a musical tapestry featuring some of Jamaican music's greatest from the different eras, showcasing the best of Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae and Dancehall. The impressive roster is a diverse mix that will surely sate the wishes of fans of all Jamaican genres. The multiple-platinum recording artiste and international sensation Shaggy, is sure to whet appetites with his magnetism, gravelly voice, and catchy witty tunes that will send waves of excitement through the audience. Dancehall's first king, Yellowman as well as the original raggamuffin, Half Pint, will have original dancehall fans rocking to the beat. Reggae's first empress Marcia Griffiths and the young lioness Etana, the poetic philosopher Luciano and Mykal Rose will delve into Reggae's more mystical and prophetic side. For those who wish to immerse themselves in the sounds of lovers rock, the timeless Freddie McGregor and the inimitable John Holt are guaranteed to please. The line-up will also feature George Nooks, Chris Martin, AJ Brown, Pluto Shervington, Lloyd Parks and the We the People Band and the Dragonaires. The extensive, solid line-up will deliver short, energetic performances that will create a visual kaleidoscope of Jamaican music, drawing from their own hits as well as other iconic songs. Additionally, the night's musical fare will be held together by a narrative that will guide the musical journey. Mr. Taylor explained that the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues' Thursday night leg has traditionally enjoyed the lowest turn-out of the three-night Festival. He noted that the lower attendance results from fewer people being able to take off from work to attend, on Thursday. It is however anticipated that this year's special line-up and other incentives will have more patrons flocking to the venue. Indeed, as though the fabulous line-up wasn't enough, Art of Music Productions is sweetening the incentives by lowering the ticket price for general admission. So, in tribute to Jamaica 50, general admission tickets for Thursday night will be only US$50.00. VIP tickets are priced at US$120. The JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival - The Art of Music 2012 is a historic 16th staging and will also feature international artistes Celine Dion, Cee-Lo Green, the Temptations, Richie Stephens, Gentleman, Jully Black, Nicole Henry, Tami and Tessanne Chin and Destra Garcia. The Festival takes place at the Greenfield Stadium, Trelawny, January 26 - 28, 2011.
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All systems go, tight security for 'Extravaganza'

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Show promoter GT Taylor has remained upbeat about this year's staging of the annual Jagra GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza. The Christmas Day event comes four days before the country goes to the poll to elect a new government and some are predicting that this will surely put a damper on the season's festivities. Although Taylor says he has some concerns, he emphasizes that the plusses outweigh the potential negatives. He is confident, for example, that all 40 acts will turn up to the Independence Park venue in Black River and deliver excellent performances. Taylor is almost bursting with enthusiasm about the high production quality of the show and the newly-introduced 'Party Zone'. He is happy with the unwavering commitment of the sponsors and, as a result, has been able to keep ticket prices 'reasonable'. "Currently we are looking into starting rehearsals and production manager Worrell King is expertly overseeing that aspect of the show," GT said. He added,"We are a bit excited about the Party Zone concept which will see us creating a dancefloor with a disco in the middle of the park. This will provide an option for those who prefer to chill out near a bar and just listen to music. Based on our observations over the years, we took a decision to experiment with this concept and depending on the response we will know whether or not to make a regular feature of Extravaganza." But is the promoter experiencing any nervousness with regard to the event being so close to Elections? "Initially, we were very concerned. We had been hoping for more breathing space, but we have accepted the things we cannot change and have moved full speed ahead with our plans. The bottom line is that it is Christmas and elections or no elections, people will want somewhere to go and enjoy themselves. Jagra GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza will be that perfect place," the Dancehall Master declared. Security tight Taylor also emphasized that security will be tight and that there will be adequate and safe parking for all patrons.. He noted that the police in Black River, under the supervision of Superintendent Robinson, have given the assurance that patrons will be able to come out and enjoy the event without fear. In an interview, Superintendent Robinson stated: "This is an annual event, which is always very well organized. Mr Taylor has always complied with our suggestions and we have never had any negative report. This year, we expect the same professionalism that we are used to." The Supe added, "Our only little concern is the elections, but we think that this event will actually unite the people. The people this side are hungry for entertainment and they know how to have a good time. We anticipate that it will be another incident-free event, but at the same time we are well prepared for the unexpected." Asked if he personally will be present, Superintendent Robinson admitted that he doesn't usually attend functions on Christmas Day. However, he noted that this year "things could be a little different. You could very well see me there". Jagra GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza takes place on December 25 at Independence Park, Black River, St Elizabeth. Among the artistes on the lineup are Bounty Killer, I-Octane, Coco Tea, John Holt, Romain Virgo, Khago, Hezron, Chuck Fenda, Twin of Twins, Wayne Marshall, Iley Dread, Lutan Fyah, Professor Nuts, Warrior King, Villa Dutch, Specialist and a host of others. Leading the charge for the females will be Spice, Macka Diamond, D'Angel and Toya. Sponsors of the event include Jagra, Irie FM, CVM, On Stage, Zip FM, Linkz FM, Downsound Records, Five Star Recording, Best of Jamaica TV, Spendless Night Club, Allen's Texaco, Lynch Auto Parts, Ward's Power Tools and Supplies, Bari Enterprise, Vision, Eezy Ice, Sealand Foods, Rum Cream, Red Label, Stone's Ginger Wine,, and Stampede Street Charts.
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Tiffa's Pretty in Pink s-e-l-l o-f-f!

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Not telling any lie, Tifa party did hot!!! Everybody who is anybody and all those wanting to be somebody did deh dere pon dem eyelash. Tifa, your thing is turned all the way up girl. Know you must have a had a great time. It was bare tingz!!! Mad up!

Jazz & Blues launched in fine style

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Jazz & Blues celine dion.jpgJazz & Blues  launched in fine style The Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival was launched in fine style last night inside the ballroom of the Wyndham Kingston Hotel in New Kingston. AMP (Art of Music Productions), the new entity which has taken over from TurnKey Productions, managed to bring out everybody and had a packed house at the Wyndham, including government ministers, corporate sponsors, the media, the entertainment fraternity and a host of well-wishers. Minister of Tourism, Ed Bartlett was quite upbeat about plans for next year's festival, which will see international artiste, Celine Dion as the headliner on Friday night. Other confirmed international acts include Cee Lo Greene, the Temptations and Shaggy. With the Jamaica Tourist Board on board again as one of the headline sponsors, the minister has a vested interest in the success of the event and was bursting with confidence that the festival will bring in the visitors in droves. It was announced that the hoteliers have already indicated their pleasure at the bookings and it is anticipated that the Trelawny Stadium will witness a crowd never seen before when the 2012 Jazz & Blues Festival unfolds January 26-28.
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A December to remember @ Hedonism II in Negril

With their 3 in 1 Pre Christmas bonanza event special

Men of Dreams, Got ASS & Exotic Body Art/Body painting exhibition week

December 5th - 12th

Hedonism II promises a December to remember this Christmas with something for one and all, over the age of eighteen that is.

The 2011 Men of Dream competition promises to be a buffet of unrestrained treats showcasing a 

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combination of awesome talent, magnetic charming personalities and 

characters as solid as a rock. In short, a variety of men with one a

im, to sweep all woman off their feet.

The twelve hot hunks will compete in a week-long series of contests that 

will culminate on Saturday December 10 when a winner will be chosen. Sectional competitions will run throughout the week and scores for events such as the sports challenge, the magic hands massage contest and the provocative pillow talk test will go towards final night totals.  The guys are mostly

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 from across the United States and Canada but this year there are

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 two entrants from Australia. One 

American entrant is a US Air Force veteran and a licensed pilot. Jamaica has three entrants competing as well, Apolo, Kenroy Larman and Andre Brown from Kingston and Romeo Mitchell 

from Portmore, St. Catherine.

The Friday before will see the staging of the international baby got back top model event to follow a week of erotic model shoots for the WET Calendar 

series and fashion showcase with the twelve sexy got ass girls wearing the new bikini line from Miss Pam Rodriguez of Los Angeles called pure Rodri swimwear.

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To top off the already 24 hot sexy guys and gals will be an additional 12 of the most gorgeous live body canvases eyes have ever behold for the Hedonism exotic body art exhibition body painting week with the Jamaican Me Crazy Bikini team. This includes nightly presentations of the girls body-painted by some of the world's most famous body painters to the resorts theme of that evening. At Hedonism II no two nights are the same hence there is a different theme night Monday through Sunday such as Naughty School Reunion, Pirates, Fetish, Rock Star, Mask Parade to list a few.

Hedonism 11 is an adult all-inclusive playground for pleasure that nourishes the body, the mind, the spirit and the soul. This trend-setting resort has shattered inhibitions and brought untold joys and fulfillment to hedonists from all corners of the globe. And everything you've heard about Hedonism is true! But why settle for hear say go and experience it for yourself.

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American Airlines Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- American Airlines and its parent company are filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, as they seek to cut costs and unload massive debt built up by years of high jet fuel prices and labor struggles. The nation's third-largest airline also said that CEO Gerard Arpey had stepped down and was replaced by company president Thomas W. Horton. AMR Corp. has continued to lose money while other U.S. airlines returned to profitability in the last two years. Horton said the board of directors unanimously decided to file for bankruptcy after meeting yesterday in New York and again by conference call on Monday night. American said it would operate normally while it reorganizes in bankruptcy. The airline said it would continue to operate flights, honor tickets and take reservations. It said the AAdvantage frequent-flier program would not be affected. Horton said, however, that as the company goes through a restructuring it will probably reduce the flight schedule "modestly," with corresponding cuts in jobs. The company will delay the spin-off of its regional airline operation, American Eagle, which was expected in early 2012. AMR Eagle Holding Corp. also filed for bankruptcy. American was the only major U.S. airline that didn't file for bankruptcy protection in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks that triggered a deep slump in the airline industry. The last major airline to file for bankruptcy protection was Delta in 2005.
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Lauryn Hill, Ne-Yo for Shagy and Friends concert

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Internationally renowned superstars, Ne-Yo and Lauryn Hill will join Shaggy on stage during his charity concert to be held on December 30. The two will headline this year's Shaggy and Friends Concert, a benefit concert to aid the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston. Lauryn Hill, who gave birth to a son earlier this year, is one of the headline acts on the benefit show Hill and Ne-Yo will join Deniece Williams as the international acts on the show. Local artistes for the show include reggae superstars Stephen Marley, Chino, Romain Virgo and Half Pint as well as dancehall artiste such as Wayne Marshall, Tami Chynn and Assassin. The benefit concert will also feature prominent soca couple, Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons from Trinidad. Proceeds will go towards furnishing the new cardiac centre and intensive care unit at the Bustamante Hospital for Children. Additionally, the Shaggy Foundation will partner with Chain of Hope, a group of volunteer doctors and nurses, who perform surgeries on children with heart disease.
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Feel good on Saturdays at the Purple Touch party

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Even though it got off to a late start, last week's Purple Touch party has the makings of becoming the breakout party for the holiday season in the Corporate Area. At least 80 persons, some of whom were dressed in purple, showed up at Club Riddim a.k.a The Building for the event. One of the Eye Candy models turned heads with a sexy lingerie outfit which showed off her bountiful assets. There have been several requests, mostly from males, for her to return this week and the organisers have assured us that she will be making another x-rated appearance this Saturday. Selectors DJ Rinse from Cash Flow, Teacha and Mackerel, and Hotta Ball kept the vibes flowing while patrons got a nice buzz from the popular intoxicating Purple Touch drink specials that glowed in the dark. "Dem sweet and dem mek you waan party," one male said, after knocking back one glass of the purple concoction. The swag meter was turned up as artistes G Whizz, Tiana, Savage, Charly Black, Posh, Sidra, Formila One and Flirtagious were all present, posing for photographs and swilling expensive drinks. There was a special appearance by New York's radio/mc Black Barbie who flew in for the event as well. Come experience this week's mad Purple Touch vibes this Saturday. You don't want to miss it.
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Jamaican audiences will receive a special Christmas treat this year when Digicel hosts a free Christmas concert on Thursday November 17, featuring international gospel artiste Tye Tribbett. The concert, which will be held at the National Stadium parking lot, begins at 6:30 p.m., with gates opening from 4 p.m. Other performances will include popular local artistes such as Digicel brand ambassador gospel artiste Jermaine Edwards, 2007 Digicel Rising Stars winner Romain Virgo, 2011 top-three Digicel Rising Stars - Tash, Latty J and Delando Colley, and the dynamic music minister, Carlene Davis. Shelly-Ann Curran, senior sponsorship manager, Digicel Jamaica, explained, "In keeping with the spirit and vibrancy of the holiday season, Digicel is pleased to be hosting this free Christmas concert. This is an added opportunity for us to bring families together in the spirit of love and family entertainment as we say thank you to our customers this holiday season. As the excitement mounts around the stellar line-up that we have planned, especially our announcement of the headline act, gospel singer, songwriter and producer Tye Tribbett, we are really anticipating a great turn out and an electrifying show." Tickets for the concert will be available in select Digi-Centres islandwide as of Friday. Patrons will be able to view the Digicel Facebook fan page at to find the most convenient location.
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Missy Kitty Book Launch - Good girls gone bad

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The year  2011 has been one in which recession has been the main profiler in the videolight and  the production of mammoth dancehall shows has declined significantly. However,  the promoters of the event  which has what is  arguably  the longest title  - Jagra  GT Taylor Christmas Extravaganza - have declared that recession or no recession, the show must go on.
Production is therefore  in high gear for this eagerly anticipated calendar event, held annually at Independence Park, Black River, St Elizabeth. Now celebrating its 12th staging, the show will continue with the theme that heralded its mega successful 10thanniversary, 'Caring and Sharing Through Music'.
The promoter is still savouring the success of last year's show, which pundits agree was the best show for the season, and which Taylor says was the best Christmas Extravaganza in the event's history. He had words of commendation for the sponsors, in particular title sponsor Jagra, the artistes, the band, the production team and, of course, the patrons.
 GT has promised that there will be lots of Christmas cheer  for 'Extravaganza' patrons come December 25, 2011. Asked if he would be jumping into his Santa Claus suit which is gathering dust, his answer was a decisive "No". He did point out, however, that Old St Nick comes in many forms and the sponsors will be sure to have goodies to give away, while the artistes will deliver special entertainment  packages to their  fans. 
As a matter of fact, the artiste line-up sports all the big - and not-so-big - names in reggae/dancehall  music. Among them are Mavado, Bounty Killer, I-Octane, Coco Tea, John Holt,  Spice, Romain Virgo, Hezron, Chuck Fenda, Twin of Twins, Macka Diamond, Wayne Marshall, Iley Dread, D'Angel, Lutan Fyah, Professor Nuts, Warrior King, Toya, Villa Dutch, Tiana, Specialist and a host of others.
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Miss Black Nude Beauty Pageant

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The Miss Black Nude Beauty Pageant was founded in Washington, DC by Husband and Wife team, Ron and Deloris Dickerson.. Mostly Deloris, Ron helped out a little bit. The 1st show was held at Club 55 in the summer of 1993. It was an instant success. It has over the years become something of a cult classic with people coming to see the show from all over the world. Ok, back to the beginning.. The concept for the pageant was created as Ms. Deloris and Ron were watching a Miss America Pageant.  Already having been in the Gentlemen's Club business for well over 20 years, Ms. Deloris had a vision of emulating that show, but with a twist. She decided to create a production, very similar to that show but allowing the ladies to be a little more creative in their dance moves and closing the show with a giant BANG!! The last category of the pageant was going to be TOTALLY NUDE. How cool is that?

The 1st production of the show featured 15 young ladies of African American Decent showcasing their swimwear, Evening Gowns and Lingerie. The categories of Talent and Totally Nude rocked the overflow crowd out of its seats and a yearly show was born.

During the ensuing years, several high profile television shows featured The Miss Black Nude Beauty Pageant. The most popular of all was HBO. HBO actually filmed the show live in DC but also traveled with the show for many years to its other home, Hedonism II in Negril, Jamaica.. Just a side bar about Hedonism II, It's the best damn place on earth. Sorry, back to my story. The Miss Black Nude Beauty Pageant has been featured at Hedonism II in Negril Jamaica for the past 17 years, only missing one year. It's always hosted by our trusted DJ & MC, "Mr. E" who also is one of the producers of the show. It is a staple for the last week of September. Visitors from all over The United States, Europe and Canada make their way to Hedo II the last week of September, every year to witness first hand, this fabulous show. 2011 will be no different, so if you know like we know, be wicked for a week along with the ladies of  Club 2046  and join us for a most exciting week of fun and delicious activities.

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All systems go for Houston's Swagg Jamz

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It is gearing up to be Houston's worst kept secret - the monthly Swagg Jamz which will have its kick-off on Friday, September 9, 2011.
A project of Crossroad Production and Entertainment Group, Swagg Jamz, will take place the second Friday of each month at Club Riddims and will consist of great music, exciting theme nights, along with a live  performer some Fridays.
"It's all about having fun - getting your swagger on and jamming to the musical mix of experienced deejays, while feeling a heightened sense of belonging by being part of the chosen theme for that Friday. For the first Jamz on September 9, we will have DJ Vibes and in October we will have Red Rat as the live performer," a representative from Crossroads Production explained.
"Right now, we know that in music circles it's all about 'tunning up di swagga'," promoter Brown said with a smile, as he added that the idea came to him after he saw the enthusiasm with which Houston embraced the Swag dance.
"We had two shows recently - one in Houston and the other in Dallas, and while Kip Rich was on stage, a Caucasian woman was dancing and he called her on stage and taught her the Swag dance. The audience loved it. Then I started thinking that perhaps it would be a good idea to offer person some kind of monthly entertainment and fill a void that now exists," said Mr. Brown, who has been involved in the music business for over 15 years.
The only name that came to his mind for the monthly event was the Swagg Jamz. He pitched the idea to a couple of persons, they liked it and Brown decided to run with it.
Formerly a record producer, Brown is now involved in promotions and is known for his annual, well-produced reggae show,  with many of the genre's top artistes. He brings his skills to the Swagg Jamz, which, he says will cater to the 18-35 age group and will be a heavy reggae jam. The music, Brown pointed out will be 90 percent reggae/dancehall, while the other 10 percent will be a mixture of soca, hip hop, R&B and other genres.
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The Miss Black Nude Pageant is unapologetically the most eye-popping pageant on the planet. This one-week extravaganza is a classy, jaw-dropping parade of the most sensationally beautiful black women alive and it takes place in Jamaica from September 25 to October 3, 2011. The venue is the hypnotically lush paradise resort of Hedonism 11 in Negril, located on the secluded end of the town's seven mile white sand beach. The Miss Black Nude Pageant is broadcast on the HBO Real Sex series and this year's staging will bring together twelve of the sexiest chocolate ladies from across the United States competing for cash prizes and the coveted crown. The event is one of the most requested and repeated shows on the HBO channel. The girls typically come from all walks of life. Some are college students, others are exotic dancers and a few from this year's bevy of beauties work in the private sector. They all are as supremely talented as they are irresistibly beautiful, but only one lucky lady can glide away with the crown. Pageant director Delores Dickson pointed out that this year is the eighteenth renewal of the pageant, and she said that over the years, the delegates have benefitted from the competition to educate themselves and finance their college education. She noted that a recent delegate graduated from Howard University as an ophthalmologist and another qualified as a medical doctor and is now enjoying a productive career in immunology in the Washington DC area. During this sizzling week, the twelve luscious ladies of color from multiple American cities will compete in several categories of competition: evening wear, swimsuit, talent showcase, a Burlesque routine and the all-important nude showcase. Hollywood, a celebrity choreographer from the Washington DC area will work with the girls to perfect their routines and a panel of judges will determine the eventual winner on the night of Saturday October 1. "We are very excited to be back in beautiful Jamaica with our first-class show", Dickson beamed. When Dickson is not doing the pageant or engaged in one of her other entertainment enterprises, she spends time raising funds for cancer research. She created the Miss Black Nude pageant after watching the Miss America pageant one night, and she wanted to do a similarly classy event for women of color, but with a daring twist. Over the years, the pageant has built a devout following of loyalists who travel to witness this thriller every year. "The Miss Black Nude pageant is my pied piper" Dicky Rockingham, a New York fan confessed. "Every year I go with my girlfriend and her friends, and to say the event is mesmerizing, magical and mouthwatering is to put it mildly. I think each year the girls are plucked from the Garden of Eden", he drooled. Hundreds of pageant fans are expected to converge on Negril during pageant week, and guests can participate in a number of activities including fashion shows, pajama parties, body painting, toga parties, wet t-shirt contest and nude volley ball playoffs. Or one can simply daydream under the soul-warming rays of the tropical sun. Hedonism 11 is an adult all-inclusive playground for pleasure that nourishes the body, the mind, the spirit and the soul. For over thirty years, this trend-setting resort has shattered inhibitions, pushed the limits of human endurance and brought untold joys and fulfillment to hedonists from all corners of the globe. And all the rumors, legends and myths you've heard about Hedonism are all true!
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Great performances at Sumfest 2011

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Johnny Gourzong and his team must take a bow, because this Sumfest high on entertainment value. 
All the artistes performed well (except Kartel) and although R Kelly was missing, Friday night was still a great night. Beres, Coco Tea, Bunny Wailer, Tanya Stephens, Half Pint, Prophecy and others were in fine form and gave patrons their money's worth. 
Jah B closed the show in fine style, despite the fact that many of the patrons had left the venue by then. But he put on a world class performance that turned Catherine Hall into a real dancehall.
We know the numbers weren't so right, but the vibes could not have been better. And when Beres call up Marion Hall, aka Lady Saw on stage for a collaboration, it was quite a show.
Dancehall Night was awesome and the outstanding performers were I-Octane, Assassin, Konshens and Beenie Man. 
One word of caution though, has to do with the flares and the fire crackers. It needs to be banned before somebody gets hurt. During I-Octane's peroformance the fire looked like it was getting out of control; the artistes need to stop buying these things and then pretend that it's their fans who are doing it spontaneously.
Nicki Minaj did what was expected on Saturday night but she had stiff competition from the likes of Wayne Wonder who performed right after her. Wayne Wonder was truly awesome. After the crowd disappeared following Nicki's performance, Wayne started singing and by his third song, people were standing should-to-shoulder, hands in the air, shouting and singing as they showed approval for reggae's golden boy.
Chalice closed the show doing all their hits and included in their segment was a tribute to the late Cool Ruler, Gregory Isaacs by none other than Geore Nooks. Well done George!
Next year marks 20 continuous years of Reggae Sumfest. Already the anticipation is running high.

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No R. Kelly for Sumfest

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R. Kelly has been hospitalized after emergency throat surgery in Chicago, forcing him to give up performing for an unknown period while he recuperates, the singer's spokesman said Wednesday.

Kelly, 44, had complained of throat pain and was rushed on Tuesday to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where surgeons the same day drained an abscess on one of his tonsils, spokesman Allan Mayer said.

The Chicago native will be "laid up indefinitely" as he heals, therefore making it impossible for him to perform at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay this weekend.

Kelly alluded to discomfort in his throat last week in a tweet, which was also posted on his official website, saying optimistically, "I feel like my throat is coming back. I've been in bed sweating like crazy."

Kelly won a Grammy in 1997 for his gospel-tinged "I Believe I Can Fly," and is also known for his musical melodrama "Trapped in the Closet," a multipart saga about an ever-expanding cast of characters.

The medical issue comes soon after reports that Kelly faces a $2.9 million foreclosure on his suburban Chicago mansion.

Kelly's spokesman has declined to discuss the home but has said the singer is not in financial trouble.

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