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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.
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.
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
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
from across the United States and Canada but this year there are
two entrants from Australia. One
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
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.
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.
A lucky consumer will be given the chance to build their Ultimate Dream Weekend party through a promotion by the world's most popular vodka, Smirnoff. The promotion dubbed the Smirnoff Build the Dream Competition is designed to give the opportunity to conceptualize a party and then implement that idea. This exciting promotion is a part of the many activities the brand will be doing to engage its consumers over the Summer.
Competitors are required to submit a three minute long video outlining in detail, their idea of the ultimate Dream Weekend party, to the Smirnoff Jamaica Facebook page.
The winning party plan will be determined based on the best ideas of theme, dress code, entertainment and of course Smirnoff signature mixes. The Ultimate Dream Weekend party planner will receive three Smirnoff Dream Weekend armbands valued at $45,000. The winning party concept will be executed on July 29 at Smirnoff Flavours, the first party slated for the Smirnoff Dream weekend party series.
Another element of Smirnoff Jamaica's consumer engaging activities which has been creating quite a stir on the web are the Smirnoff Summer Experience Webisodes orchestrated and hosted by Smirnoff's Student Brand Ambassador, Andy Heaven. The Smirnoff Summer Experiences is a short 3 to 4 minute long video that captures different elements of what the brand Smirnoff is all about, creating experiences that will last a lifetime in the memories of our viewers.
These audiovisual presentations depict the true Smirnoff experience and were filmed at various Smirnoff sponsored events as well as hot spots, highlighting the contributions of Smirnoff as a premium brand, to sophisticated night life and responsible drinking.
The Webisodes have become an instant hit since the recent posting of the first two episodes.
As Student Brand Ambassador, Heaven is enjoying the best of both worlds attending top ranked events as well as gaining hands on experience while learning from the best of the entertainment world.
"For me the past month has been filled with organizing creative social media strategies as well as promoting the brand at socials and parties. The experience has opened many portals for other business opportunities; also it has lead to networking with many influential persons," Heaven said.
Andy also speaks highly of his experience while working with Smirnoff and shares his desire to maintain his relationship with the brand in the future.
"I've been given the opportunity to work with talented people such as Marsha Lumley and Kamal Powell, both of whom I look forward to learning a lot from. Smirnoff Jamaica is a brand that breathes boldness, confidence and sophistication and to be honest everyone that works for Smirnoff has these attributes. I believe that it is one of the reasons why the company functions as a family. I really look forward to continue working with Smirnoff Jamaica after finishing my degree in Management Studies at the University of the West Indies, maybe even becoming Brand Manager in the future, who knows, because at Smirnoff anything is possible," he ended.
Andy's next big webisode will be around the Build the Ulitmate Dream party. This party will be featured online for fans to see and enjoy.
The brand known for creating
the most original experiences and best drink mixes, Smirnoff Vodka, is rewarding its consumers by giving them an opportunity to partake in the highly anticipated launch of the Smirnoff Dream weekend. The digital media promotion will be open to all Facebook and Twitter fans. The launch is set for next week and it is expected that the promoters will present details of the weekend events as well as disclose the early bird and regular band prices.
According to Marsha Lumley, Brand Manager Smirnoff, Smirnoff has experienced a revolution through social media over the past few months and with Smirnoff launching its biggest activation for the year, the brand wanted to celebrate the occasion with its consumers.
"We have been having great engagement with our consumers through Facebook and Twitter recently and this is an opportunity for our consumers to share in a Smirnoff experience with the brand," said Lumley.
"The launch will be a teaser to Smirnoff Dream Weekend and it promises to a be an event you wouldn't want to miss."
Persons interested in participating simply have to post a picture of themselves at a past Smirnoff-sponsored event to the Smirnoff Jamaica Facebook page, Facebook.com/Smirnoffjamaica. The picture must clearly show either a branded Smirnoff cup, armband or Smirnoff background. The name of the event must be posted with the picture.
The persons with the most 'likes' will be rewarded with an invite for them and a friend to attend the launch. Fifteen (15) persons will be chosen using this route. Tweeters are also being given an opportunity to post to their time lines a photo fitting the criteria mentioning @SmirnoffJamaica.
The top 10 twitter fans with the most re-tweets will also be rewarded with an invite to the Smirnoff Dream Weekend launch and will also be featured as 'Smirnoff Tweet Ambassadors'.
"Smirnoff Jamaica has seen the support of thousands of fans using Facebook and Twitter and this is a way in which we can show them that we are thankful for the support," Ms. Lumley added.
The winners of this digital promotion will be chosen before Wednesday June 15, so potential participants are encouraged to start posting their pictures and have their friends vote and tweet.
Smirnoff Dream Weekend is one of the staple events on the annual entertainment calendar and is scheduled for July 29-August 1. It boasts seven of the most premium events including Extreme Wet n Wild, Daydreams, Yush, Twisted Spirits, Smirnoff Xclusive, Smirnoff Flavours and Beer Vibes.
Featuring a slew of reggae, dancehall and hip hop acts, Best of the Best is also advertising the Gaza Don, Vybz Kartel. But everyone knows that Kartel has no US work permit so he can't possibly travel to Florida.
However, the poster says that Kartel will be performing live via satellite from Jamaica. Let's see how this works out.
As the demand for comedy increases, Unexpected Projexz will be hosting its annually held 'Mi Nah Laugh' comedy show on Sunday at the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston.
Promoter and slated comedian, Rohan Gunter, says he takes the business of comedy very seriously, and will continue to market the event internationally.
"I love stand-up comedy and I have been promoting the show for over four years now and the reviews have been great, despite not getting enough corporate sponsors on board, and I am still aiming towards continuous high quality entertainment," he said.
The line-up of comedians includes Christopher 'Johnny' Daley, Gunter, Elva, Dwight Samuels, Leighton Smith, Tubeless, Father and Son, The Hilarious Granny, Mixing Lab, Lecturer and Zimboo.
The Queen of Soca, Alison Hinds, will perform at this year's JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival scheduled to run from Thursday, January 27 to Saturday January 29.
She joins an impressive line-up which includes veteran singers Ron Isley, Regina Belle, SWV, Maroon Five and musical sensation Diana King.
The 15th edition of the festival will be held at the Greenfield Stadium in Trelawny.
Thursday, January 27, 2011:
§ Ron Isley
§ Dianna King
§ Brenda Russell
§ Allison Hinds
§ Phil Perry
§ Paul Peress
Friday, January 28, 2011:
§ Maroon 5
§ Regina Belle
§ Richie Stevens
Saturday, January 29, 2011:
§ Natalie Cole
§ Air Supply
§ Laura Izibor
§ Silver Birds steel Orchestra
Tickets for the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival 2011 are as follows: Thursday Night Silver is US$80.00; Thursday Night Gold is US$110.00. Thursday Night Platinum is US$160.00. Friday Night Silver is US$85.00 while Friday Night Gold is US$120.00. Friday Platinum tickets will be going for US$170.00.
Saturday Night Silver tickets are US$85.00 while Saturday Night Gold Tickets fetch US$120.00. Platinum Saturday tickets are US$180.00. Weekend (Fri & Sat) Silver tickets are US$170.00 while Weekend (Fri & Sat) Gold tickets are US$240.00. Weekend Platinum tickets are US$340.00.
Season Silver Tickets (Thu-Sat) are US$250.00 with Season Gold tickets going for US$350.00. Platinum season tickets will run for US$500.00.
Ticket Outlets are:
§ Fairview Texaco
§ Best Care Pharmacy
§ El Paso Records
§ Fontana Pharmacy
§ Jamaica Jazz and Blues Office, Half Moon
§ RJR Ticket Express
§ Acropolis Gaming Lounge
§ Jamaica Pegasus
§ LG Service Centre
§ Acropolis Gaming Lounge
§ Gifts Galore Docucentre
§ Reggae Yard, Island Village
§ Best Care Pharmacy
§ Fontana Pharmacy
Savanna la Mar
§ Fontana Pharmacy
For more information please visit the official website http://jamaicajazzandblues.com/jazz2011/ or Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/jamaicajazzandblues
American R&B, funk and soul music group Tavares have been added to the increasingly impressive 2011 JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival line up.
The now three member Cape Verdean brothers, who hail from New Bedford Massachusetts will be delivering the art of music to their many adoring fans as they rekindle memories with hits from their string of 70’s and 80’s collection such as She’s Gone, It Only Takes a Minute, Whodunit, Heaven Must be Missing an Angel and Penny For Your Thoughts.
The group is currently made up of Brothers Perry Lee “Tiny” Tavares, Arthur “Pooch” Tavares, Antone “Chubby” Tavares, and Feliciano “Butch” Tavares. They have produced eleven studio albums with various record labels, namely Capitol records and RCA. The group who were once known as Chubby and the Turnpikes signed their first major record deal with capitol Records back in 1967.
Tickets for the events are as follows: Thursday Night Silver Pre-sold US$80.00, Thursday Night Gold Pre-Sold US$110.00. Thursday Night Platinum Pre-sold is US$160.00. Friday Night Silver Presold is US$85.00 while Friday Night Gold Pre-sold are US$120.00. Friday Platinum Pre-sold tickets will be going for US$170.00.
Saturday Night Pre-sold Silver tickets are US$85.00 while Saturday Night Pre-sold Gold Tickets fetch US$120.00. Platinum Saturday pre-sold tickets are US$180.00. Weekend (Fri & Sat) Silver tickets are US$170.00 while Weekend (Fri & Sat) Gold tickets are US$240.00. Weekend Platinum tickets are US$340.00.
Season Silver Tickets (Thu-Sat) are US$250.00 with Season Gold tickets going for US$350.00. Platinum season tickets will run for US$500.00.
This year's staging of Rebel Salute will see David Brooks putting in an appearance and fans of Mavado won't be hearing any of the negative songs associated with that name.
It will be straight clean entertainment for the Rebel Salutes loyals.
David Brooks will be taking to the stage at the Port Kaiser Sports Complex in St Elizabeth on January 15 for the 18th staging of the event.
Speaking at the launch of the festival in Kingston last Thursday, Tony Rebel noted that many have questioned the inclusion of the popular deejay, known for his 'gangster for life' persona, on the festival known for its positive messages.
"Over the years we have been fearless explorers of the music business and this is just one way we are exploring the music of this artiste who does have good material. David Brooks does have a good side, and that's the side we want to encourage," he explained.
Tony Rebel added that there are other artistes including deejays Buju and Capleton who made a change for the better musically and have been embraced, therefore it is possible that the same could be said of David Brooks in the future.
This year's festival will also see two other top reggae artistes appearing on the Rebel Salute Stage for the first time. Tony Rebel announced that Reggae veteran and Grammy Award winner Toots Hibbert is billed for the festival, as well as singer and songwriter Tanya Stephens. The line-up has further been diversified by the inclusion of the Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars.
The eclectic line-up includes a mix of established, current and up-and-coming acts. The roster includes Beres Hammond, who returns after a seven-year absence, Tarrus Riley, Queen Ifrica, I-Octane, Ken Boothe, Khago, Chuck Fenda, Fantan Mojah, Nadine Sutherland, Dennis Alcapone, Jack Radics, AJ Brown and Tristan Palmer.
Beres Hammond will be hosting a New Year's Eve party concert, entitled 'A Private Moment with Beres - the Black ... White ... Gold edition,' at the Caymanas Golf Club.
The man long considered by many as a super reggae ambassador, is preparing to give his patrons an electrifying performance as they close out 2010 together.
His fans will have one full hour of Beres. While he does a medley of his hit songs, he is also expected to introduce a few new ones, including his latest lovers rock single More Time. He is set to grace the stage at approximately 11 p.m.
It is against this background that Beres decided not to go ahead and stage his annual 'Moment in Time Concert', that his production entity - Harmony House decided to produce the New Year's Eve party concert billed as an all-inclusive affair with dance music provided by musical maestros Donavon Dacres and DJ Inferno.
'A Private Moment with Beres Hammond' the New Year's Eve edition promises to be a magical affair. Presold tickets can be bought at Harmony House, 67 Dumbarton Avenue, Kingston 10 and LG Service Centre, corner of Dunrobin and Constant Spring roads. Limited tickets are available.
Bwoy since the news broke that Buju will be hitting the stage on January 16, it seems as if the date can't come soon enough for his fans. Yes man it's all the buzz on the streets. Yardflex sources say the way they are behaving it's as if they have never seen Buju perform before!
For real though it should be something to see.