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WELCOME TO JAMROCK REGGAE CRUISE

Performing Live :

Inner Circle

Damian "Jr Gong" Marley

Stephen "Ragga" Marley

Sizzla

Jah Cure

Pocaan

Bounty Killer

& many more

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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.

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For more info :

http://welcometojamrockreggaecruise.com/

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

UPCOMING SHOWS

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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

Spain

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

Russia

November 13 - 18 | Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise

Jamaica

Tuesday November 28 2017 | Start of Brazil Tour

Brazil

More TBA...





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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
vs
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
Ticketgateway.com

Partial proceeds will go to the "Poochie" Lupus Foundation

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Red Stripe presents 25th Reggae Sumfest

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July 16 - 22, 2017

Montego Bay Jamaica

Jamaica's Premier Music Festival

Save $$$

Earlybird Tix Now!

Jamaica Tourist Board





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Sizzla

Jah Cure

Queen Ifrica

Christopher Martin

Dexta Daps

Richie Stephens & Ska Nation Band

Mad Cobra

Kabaka Pyramid

Feluke

Deep Jahi

Meleku

Davianah

Special Guest Stars





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Mavado

Bounty Kiler

Tory Lanez

Aidonia

Beenie Man

Spice

Tommy Lee Sparta

Masicka

Patoranking

Devin di Dakta

Tifa

Jahmiel

Ding Dong

Harry Toddler & Ikel Marvelous

Bucky Marshall

Tuffa Lie

John Hype

Shelly Belly

Shankle Dip & Blazzy

Shenseea

TJ

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

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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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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

www.rockhousefoundation.org

For any inquiries please email raffle@rockhousefundation.org





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: http://www.itu.int/girlsinict.

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:

https://www.facebook.com/ITUGirlsInICT/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/209455356207693/

@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:
202.706.0645

cleveland.wedemire@gmail.com
facebook.com/firemondays

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!"

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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.

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Distributed by VPAL (a division of VP Records), Unleashed is accessible to fans around the world through VPReggae.com, iTunes.com 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 www.ColinLevyMusic.com or via his Fan page www.Facebook.com/IleyCharDavidMusic

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

Montreal
http://wantickets.com/Events/202889/Unleashed-Colin-Levy-Iley-Chardivd-Record-Release-Showcase/

Toronto
http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1135319-colin-levy-iley-chardavid-toronto/





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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!

Guardsman





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

Address:
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





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The Cannabiz Business and International Investors Conference Jamaica 2016

Please access link: www.nalgjamaica.com

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

Objectives

  • 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

Registration

  • 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
Email: legalize.it.ja@gmail.com





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 http://kariblinkdigital.com/ppv/ to sign up.





















Dancehall Queen 2015

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Queens

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

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Bob Marley 70th Birthday Celebration

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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

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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

Contacts:

CITIVA: www.CitivaMedical.com

Cannabis Development and Promotions Secretariat

Email: canpromo.sec@gmail.com
Tel: 759-8901-3





Ganja Symposium June 30

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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: www.CitivaMedical.com

Cannabis Development and Promotions Secretariat

Email: canpromo.sec@gmail.com

Tel: 759-8901-3





Family FunDay

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& 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













































































































































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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








































































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

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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)

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TICKETS ONLINE @
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. 

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Ticket Pick Up Locations:

The Door Restaurant:
163-07 BAISLEY BLVD
QUEENS, NY 11434
718-525-1083

The Smokehouse Restaurant:
200-05 LINDEN BLVD
718-527-1536

VP Records:
170-21 JAMAICA AVE
718-297-5802

Silver Krust:
1695 PRESIDENT ST (Between Utica & Buffalo Ave)
718-221-8380
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#GrooveInThePark2014 #ReggaeRhythmBlues #RoyWilkinsPark #Chronixx #BeresHammond #AirSupply #LukieD #SingingMelody #TonyCurtis #ThrillerU #JohnHolt #MarciaGriffiths #Concert #ReggaeFestival #Julianspromos @Julianspromos #Reggae

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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.'


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


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



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


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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
































































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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, Outaroad.com, one876entertainment.com 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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Boxing On the WaterFront Pier One Mobay Dec 4 2011

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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 www.Facebook.com/digiceljamaicafan 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.
Check out www.wowent.com for more info.

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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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The inaugural staging of the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in New York will take place on Sunday, July 24 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.

Local celebrities, professional chefs and amateurs will fire up their grills and compete for cash, prizes and bragging rights in the Jerk Cook Off, one of the many activities scheduled to take place at the event.

The producers of the highly successful and popular Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in Florida, Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, Inc. has partnered with VP Records to stage this exciting family-friendly festival in New York.

Participants are required to provide everything they need for cooking, and each entrant must prepare any three dishes from four categories jerk chicken and jerk pork, a seafood category, and a fourth that includes beef, mutton, lamb, vegetable or vegetarian items such as tofu or veggie meat.

Contestants will be awarded points on presentation, chef's appearance, neatness of work area, taste, texture and tenderness of their food, and the "want more factor."

The victor gets, US$500 in cash and the prestigious Dutch Pot trophy, runners up and third place finishers will be awarded US$250 and US$100 respectively.                                           

In the past, the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival has showcased menu items such as Jerk rice, jerk burgers, jerk tofu, jerk lobster, jerk ice cream and jerk popcorn and this year, patrons attending the event in New York will have an opportunity to sample some of the culinary treats.


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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.
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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.

 

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R Kelly confirmed for Sumfest

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AMERICAN R&B singer-songwriter, arranger, performer and record producer R Kelly will make his second appearance in Jamaica when he takes the stage at the popular Reggae Sumfest on July 22, International Night.

Kelly, a pillar of the neo-soul movement, joins rapper Nicki Minaj and reggae artistes Mavado, Beenie Man, Tanya Stephens and I-Octane on the five-day festival's line-up. Reggae Sumfest takes place in Montego Bay from July 17-23.

Johnny Gourzong, executive producer of the event, confirmed the Radio Message singer's appearance yesterday.

"The Reggae Sumfest team is excited to be presenting R Kelly on the Sumfest stage. We have been trying to contract him for the last five years and it is great to see that it is finally happening. We are expecting a spectacular performance from Mr Kelly," Gourzong said.

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Beres, Third World Band- Mavado - Studio One Legends Headline

Montreal, June 1, 2011The Montreal International Reggae Festival (MIRF) brings its wealth of Reggae greats to the Quays of The Old Port to wind up summer festival fun in MontrealAugust 20 and 21 are the new dates for calendar etching of MIRF and its headlining multiple award winners. Grammy winning Third World Band joins a legendary band from Studio One, The Soul Vendors; six time Billboard Top Reggae Album winner, Beres Hammond and MOBO, EME and Urban Music Award winning Mavado, to be part of what is - a 'Reggae Tradition' in MontrealCompleting the weekend will be a roster of outstanding Canadian Reggae masters that include: Jah Cutta, Iley Dread, Esco Leviand Orthodox Issachar. This year is marked for excellence 

"The emphasis has always been to create a safe and culturally vibrant space to celebrate Reggae music and its enlightening rifts, rhythms and lyrics; and 2011 will be staged with that approach. We have included the usual blend of genres, with first rate representations of each," says Janice Dayle, MIRF spokesperson.

 

The weekend of Reggae starts off with a sound system clash between: Kilamanjaro, Black Kat, Little Thunder and Crystal - on August 19 at EB Club Lounge. At the Quays of the Old Port Gyptian andJahvinci will be featured among Saturday night's dancehall performances and Wayne Wonder is also billed for Sunday's classics. 

Activities at MIRF will take place throughout each day, as a cultural marketplace is scheduled to unfold in that perfect spot beside the river. An event for all ages, MIRF has been designed as a program that is inclusive of every generation.

DATE: August 19, 20 & 21 - TIME: Friday: 10:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 pm

TICKET PRICES:

Friday pass $25.00

Saturday & Sunday Pass $45.00

Weekend Pass (3 days) $80.00

VIP Pass $200.00

Available at outlets outlined on www.montrealreggaefest.com; as well as the following:

Ma's Place - 514-488-9109

EB club Lounge - 514-482-7921

Boutique Buzz - 514-595-8181

www.ticketpro.com

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Miami readies for Best of the Best

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(Miami, FL - April 29, 2011) The City of Miami will be jumping May 26th-30th for
Best Of The Best Weekend 2011. Promoters Rocker's Island Entertainment, in
association with Radio One and XO Management, have confirmed a stellar list of
performers scheduled for back-to-back blockbuster concerts on Saturday, May 28th
and Sunday, May 29th at Bicentennial Park (1075 Biscayne Blvd).
Day one, dubbed Spring Fest, will feature the best of the best in contemporary
R&B, including Chris Brown, Keri Hilson, Lloyd, Jeremih, Miguel and Marsha
Ambrosius (formerly of the duo Floetry), Travis Porter and Big Sean. Nationally
syndicated radio personality and comedian Rickey Smiley will host with Russ Parr
and Jabba of Massive B.
Dancehall icon, Shabba Ranks, will perform on day two, alongside some of the
biggest acts in Reggae, Hip-Hop, Dancehall and Soca, including Stephen and
Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley, DJ Khaled, Vybz Kartel (who will appear with his band
live via satellite from Jamaica), Tarrus Riley, Alison Hinds, Trina, Assassin,
Etana, Sanchez, I-Octane, Ace Hood, Stephen McGregor, Chino, Richie Loop,
Demarco, Gappy Ranks, Romain Virgo, Tifa, Big A.C., Qwote, Danielle D.I., ZJ
Liquid.


Tickets for the Best Of The Weekend 2011 concerts can be purchased at
www.Ticketmaster.com 

and

Best Of The Best Weekend 2011 is presented by FEVER -- The World's 1st
Stimulation Drink (www.feverusa.com). Additional sponsors include Swift Kick
Sneaker Wipes
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Good Times goes to Mobay

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The long-running retro party Heineken Good Times, is scheduled to make its third appearance in the second city on Saturday April 2 at Pier One. According to Jerome Hamilton, executive member of The Quorum, Good Times will be held in that venue's interior to secure an intimate feel. This is the second Good Times event of the year, the first was held this month at the Chinese Benevolent Association in Kingston. It was first held in Montego Bay in 2000 at Pier One and returned four years later at The Brewery.

Hamilton said the decision to make it MoBay again stemmed from overwhelming fan demand. "We're looking to expand our base and Montego Bay is just one of the locations we will be playing. We will also be going to New York in April," Hamilton disclosed.

Heineken Good Times made its debut in the Big Apple last year at the Mingles Club in the Bronx and drew enthusiastic audience response, strong enough for promoters in the New York borough to request a follow-up.

 

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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.

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EME ARTISTE OF THE DECADE

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WILL IT BE SHAGGY, BEENIE MAN, JR. GONG, WAYNE WONDER, SEAN PAUL, LADY SAW OR BOUNTY KILLER ?




Kingston, JA: FOURTEEN of the most sought after reggae acts of the past decade, including current frontrunners Shaggy, Sean Paul, Damian Marley, Beenieman, Marcia Griffiths, Lady Saw, Bounty Killer and Wayne Wonder will do battle for the prestigious 'Artiste of the Decade' (2001-2010) award at the Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards, set to take place on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at The East Lawn of the historical Devon House site, Hope Road in Kingston, Jamaica.

The very competitive category was established this year to honour the reggae artiste who had the biggest impact as a hit maker, performer and as a touring act, event founder and CEO Richard "Richie B" Burgess said.

Platinum artiste Shaggy stormed out to an early lead in the online voting (www.emeawards.com). Shaggy's biggest success came at the turn of the millennium with singles It Wasn't Me and Angel. The subsequent album Hotshot was not only certified diamond by the RIAA but soared to the top spot on the Billboard 200 and UK album chart. He scored again with Lucky Day which went Gold in 2002 and his 2008 album Intoxication, which earned a nominated for Best Reggae Album at the Grammy Awards
Beside his on stage accolades, Shaggy has championed many philanthropic initiatives including raising funds for the Bustamante Children's Home in Kingston. He also teamed with his peers on a tribute song titled Rise Again, which become the anthem in Haiti after the recent earthquake. In 2007, Shaggy's musical accomplishment was recognised by the Government of Jamaica when he was awarded the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD).

Another frontrunner for the Artiste of the Decade award is Beenieman. He may not have the international record sales of Damian, Shaggy or Sean Paul, however, he has the streets locked and is arguably the most seasoned and accomplished entertainer in the industry. His album on Virgin Records, Art and Life was certified gold and won him the Grammy for Reggae Album of the Year in 2001. On stage the 'Doctor' has enjoyed many exceptional live performances including his memorable set at Reggae Sumfest 2008 in Montego Bay, Jamaica, that some say, firmly established him as the "King of the Dancehall". On the local charts, Beenieman has had an impressive catalogue of hits including his current chart banger Rum and Red Bull and he continues to have a major presence at all the major reggae festivals around the world.

Wayne Wonder, born Von Wayne Charles, recorded Bonafide Love (Movie Star) with Buju Banton, and wrote several early hits for the cultural DJ early in his career. In 2000, Wonder launched his own record label, Singso, and collaborated with international artistes, Foxy Brown, and Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes. His career achieved internationally success in 2003 with his Atlantic Records single No Letting Go. The single reached #11 in the US and #3 in the UK and was a major success on urban radio stations in the US.

Jr Gong Marley created mayhem in 2006 with his monster hit Welcome to Jamrock. The song sat atop charts in Jamaica, Europe, and Canada and created just as much fever state side, enjoying multiple spins on urban radio stations and cable channels like BET, MTV and VH1 TV. When the album was released in September 2005, it shot to #7 on the sales charts, making it the biggest opening for a reggae artiste in history. Two days after the 61st anniversary of his father's birth, Gong claimed another first when he became the first Jamaican artiste to win two Grammy awards at the same show -- the Best Reggae Album and Best Urban/Alternative Performance in the R&B category.

Sean Paul, who enjoyed unprecedented album sales with his debut album, Stage One in 2000, has had a string of successes including his song Gimme the Light that was a huge hit, and the multi-platinum album, Dutty Rock (2002), which earned him a Grammy award. Paul followed up with The Trinity in 2005, which also went platinum and won the American Music Award for Favourite Pop/Rock Male Artiste in 2006.

One only has to hear the punch line from monster tracks like -- She Loves Me Now, Step Aside, Tempted To Touch, Rockaway, Double Trouble, Putting Up Resistance or One Step Ahead to know that the "boss," Beres Hammond is in the house. On stage, whether it is at home in Jamaica or major markets like New York, Florida or London, Beres is in a class by himself.

The name Marcia Griffiths has always been associated with excellence. Dubbed the Queen of reggae music, Marcia has in the past decade, established herself as an Ambassador of Jamaican music. An original member of Bob Marley's legendary harmony singers, Marcia is credited with recording a number of big hits songs including Dreamland, I Shall Sing and the perennial favourite Electric Boogie. 
For the past 10 years, Grammy-nominated Bounty Killer has made a career of bussing young artistes such as Vybz Kartel, Mavado, Elephant Man and several members of his Alliance crew. He is a fearless performer who has waged numerous on-stage battles with his arch nemesis Beenieman. On the international scene, Bounty made his biggest mark in 2001 with a successful collaboration with No Doubt on the single Hey Baby. He also enjoy solo successes with albums such as Ghetto Dictionary Volume I: Art of War and Ghetto Dictionary Volume II: Mystery, the latter receiving a Grammy nomination.


Dancehall Queen Lady Saw is an accomplished international star who has the distinction of being 

the first female deejay to win a Grammy Award. Her international exploits also includes a gold certification for the single Smile with Vitamin C, a triple-platinum certification for Underneath It All for 

her 2003 collaboration with No Doubt. She has also earned a well-deserved Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Duo or Group for her featured performance on No Doubt's single 

Underneath It All, which reached number #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Other nominees for the Artiste of the Decade category includes Capleton, Elephant Man, Sizzla, Luciano and Buju Banton.

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'Mi Nah Laugh' Set For Sunday

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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.


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Alison Hinds to perform at Jazz & Blues

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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.





Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival

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Thursday, January 27, 2011:

§ Ron Isley

§ Dianna King

§ Brenda Russell



Also Featuring:

§ Allison Hinds

§ Phil Perry

§ Paul Peress

Friday, January 28, 2011:

§ Maroon 5

§ Regina Belle

§ Tavares

Also Featuring:


§ SWV

§ Richie Stevens

Saturday, January 29, 2011:

§ Natalie Cole

§ Air Supply

§ Laura Izibor

Also Featuring:


§ Committed

§ 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:

Montego Bay

§ Fairview Texaco

§ Best Care Pharmacy

§ El Paso Records

§ Fontana Pharmacy

§ Jamaica Jazz and Blues Office, Half Moon

Kingston


§ RJR Ticket Express

§ Acropolis Gaming Lounge

§ Jamaica Pegasus

§ LG Service Centre

Portmore


§ Acropolis Gaming Lounge

Ocho Rios


§ Gifts Galore Docucentre



§ Reggae Yard, Island Village

Falmouth


§ Best Care Pharmacy

Mandeville


§ 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





R&B Group Tavares Joins Jamaica Jazz Lineup

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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.
































Buju fans can't wait

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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.








 

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
vs
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
Ticketgateway.com

Partial proceeds will go to the "Poochie" Lupus Foundation

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Red Stripe presents 25th Reggae Sumfest

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July 16 - 22, 2017

Montego Bay Jamaica

Jamaica's Premier Music Festival

Save $$$

Earlybird Tix Now!

Jamaica Tourist Board