Entertainment (19)

Turks and Caicos to set up Film Commission

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Permanent Secretary for Tourism Cherylann Jones (l) and Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs, Transportation and Communication Clara Gardiner at the TCIFF.

Turks and Caicos will be establishing a film commission. Premier Sharlene Cartwright Robinson said seed funding is already available for the Tourist Board to set it up.

The Premier was speaking at the opening night of the Turks and Caicos International Film Festival on Friday.

This is the first year of the TCIFF and the Premier expressed hope that it would become a major platform to attract visitors. She also said the event, themed Blue and Green – the Oceans and the Environment, would also create more awareness about the environment. Cartwright Robinson revealed that the TCI recently signed a declaration to protect the oceans along with other countries in Europe.

The TCIFF is aimed at shining a light on environmental issues through film. The event opened with a screening of Tom Mustill’s short featuring environmental activists Greta Thurnberg and George Monbiot. Mustill, who is in TCI for the Festival, said when he made it he wondered if anyone would watch and if conservation and protecting the environment was too boring.

The movie, he said, now has over 50 million views. The feature film of the night was the Leonardo DiCaprio- produced movie Shadow of the Seas, a documentary that follows efforts of a Mexican journalist and environmental activists to save the Vaquita, a sea creature on the verge of extinction due to the illegal trade of the Totoaba swim bladder.

The Totoaba is a fish whose swim bladder is high in demand in China for its apparent healing properties. Fishermen in Mexico draw nets across the Sea of Cortez in an effort to catch the fish, the trade of which is controlled by the mafia. The fish is called the cocaine of the sea. Other sea creatures, including the dwindling population of the Vaquita, are often caught in the nets laid for the Totoaba and die as a result.

The documentary does only just highlight the urgency to save the Vaquita, of which there are about 15 left in the world, but shows how consumer behaviour, social issues, government policies, and law enforcement are intertwined in environmental issues.

The Festival continues today with panel discussions and more screenings.

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Holy Moly!! Fashion in the Cathedral

3738450911?profile=RESIZE_710xThese are images from the fashion show held on Sunday at the Holy Trinity Cathedral that have ignited a big debate. The show, held from Friday 1st  to Sunday 3rd November, was part of Style Week Trinidad and Tobago and organized by Zetick Caribbean.

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TOURISM AND ENTERTAINMENT MINISTER DR. WYKEHAM MCNEILL.

 

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday November 17, 2015 – Another US$200 million has been pumped into the tourism sector by international investors for the construction of two five-star hotels, and with it will come 10,000 jobs.

The new Trelawny-based hotels will provide 800 additional rooms, and 1,000 permanent jobs.

The investors are Ocean by H10 Hotels, a Spanish and Canadian joint venture group. Design work for the properties has commenced, and construction is slated to start in 2016, with the openings set for late 2018.

Speaking yesterday at a press conference where the announcement was made, Tourism and Entertainment Minister Dr. Wykeham McNeill said the investments will deliver over 10,000 spin-off jobs over the next two years.

“We are seeing a boom in the tourism sector now that is unprecedented. We are going to get new properties, we are creating linkages, so that Jamaicans, and Jamaican companies can benefit from the investments that are taking place,” he said.

In October, the international hotel chain, Karisma Hotels and Resorts, announced an investment of over US$900 million to add some 4,000 more hotel rooms over the next decade.

By December 2015, some 2,694 new rooms will come on stream, as a result of upgrading and expansion of existing properties, as well as construction of new hotels, from an investment of US$500 million.

The Tourism Minister said with the jobs flowing, his Ministry is working with agencies such as the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) and the National Housing Trust (NHT), to “ensure that the housing for the workers is all put in place.”

Investor with Ocean by H10 Hotels, Carlos Moleon, credited the measures being undertaken by the Government, which have made the country attractive for business.

He said the administration was doing a “great job with their reform towards bringing in foreign investors”.

“That is why H10 has decided to invest in Jamaica,” he said.

For his part, Chairman of the JTB Dennis Morrison said the agency will ensure that subsectors such as manufacturing and agriculture can seize opportunities from the investments.

“The agriculture sector will feel the impact of that and we are coordinating the efforts, so that investors in the economy, such as furniture manufacturers, can benefit fully,” he noted.



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With over 2000 talented Jamaicans Auditioned so far, Kingston is expected to carry the biggest crowd…


The seventh Season of  Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall is in full swing with the 5th and final auditions set to take place this Sunday (December 15) at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston.


With over 2000 talented Jamaicans Auditioned so far in Sav-La-Mar, Ocho Rios, May Pen and Portmore, Kingston is expected to carry the biggest crowd; attracting all those who have tried and failed to secure a place at the other four auditions as well as those who have waited until the last minute to show their talent.


Marketing Director, Wines & Spirits at J. Wray & Nephew Limited, Gary Dixon, says Kingston is the heartbeat of Dancehall so it is only natural for it to host the biggest and most exciting of the 5 auditions: “Every year Kingston continues to impress and this year we expect no different. Over the past 6 seasons some of the best talent to grace the Magnum stage were unearthed at the Kingston Auditions.  Kingston will be the last chance to get Into the competition this year and based on history people from all over Jamaica will be there to show the best of their talent.”


Judges Miss Kitty, Skatta and Professor Nuts select the best from each auditions.  These auditions’ finalists are placed in a pool for the Judges to then deliberate and select the Top 28 Live Show finalists (14 Princes and 14 Princesses) who will compete for the title of 2014 Magnum King and Queen of Dancehall.


The Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre will be buzzing with activity this Sunday December 15 between 9am and 3pm when talent from all corners of Jamaica will seek their final chance to Be the Boss by taking the first step towards Magnum stardom.


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 Come Wednesday Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Roger Clarke and Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr. Wykeham McNeil will be officiating at the launch of the Negril Agro-Tourism Farmers’ Market at the Norman Manley Beach Park, in Negril Jamaica.

 

The event begins at 9:30 a.m.

 

This Tourism Linkages project was conceptualized in an effort to bolster the advantages and opportunities which exist between the local agricultural and tourism sectors. This initiative also seeks to strengthen the partnership which is envisioned between various productive sectors as part of the Linkages Hub which has been established by the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment.

 

The re-branded Negril market is the first in a series of agro-tourism markets to be launched in other resort areas and builds on the successes achieved by the Rural Agricultural Authority (RADA) in the on-going promotion of the farmers’ market in Negril.

 

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Starting next week on MCTV on both to our Television screens nationally and our worldwide viewership via our website MCTV's new show JAMCITY a JAMCITY production starring Nena Simone - the woman of the innovative on screen anchor skills, JAMCITY is a new take on Jamaican Entertainment - Coz MCTV "bun a cliche" lol - the only way to access our fun and education and entertainment an dnews is to access us.

 

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For our western viewers in Jamaica (Maia Chung Television) MCTV is now on channel 391 Entertainment Plus!
Entertainment Plus is available through FLOW and represents the premier channel for Western Jamaica! 391 is a part of the basic FLOW package so if you have that package you have MCTV.
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The highly anticipated staging of Jamaica’s 49th Independence & Cultural Celebration (JICC) promises exhilarating entertainment, interactive activities, a variety of delicious Jamaican food, and enjoyment for the entire family.

The exciting event, is scheduled for Sunday, August 7 from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway and will showcase and celebrate Jamaica’s history and rich cultural heritage. The event is being sponsored by telecommunications giant LIME who has pledged its full support for the festivities as presenting sponsor. The celebrations will feature the music, food, lifestyle, and history of Jamaica during a fun-filled family day in the park.

The event aims to connect the rich history and traditions of Jamaican culture to the greater South Florida community, all in recognition of Jamaica’s Independence Day. In addition to cultural games including ‘dandy shandy’ and traditional sounds of the ‘mento’ band, a premiere line-up of international performers are scheduled to take the stage.

Included in the entertainment package is the venerable Fab 5, Jamaica’s most popular live band who have been topping charts and receiving international recognition for the more than 40 years. Sharing the stage with Fab 5 will be international artistes Kashief Lindo, Ed Robinson, Amblique, Nikesha Lindo, and many more.

“For the last 140 years LIME has been part of Jamaica’s history and we have been one of the biggest supporters of Jamaican culture,” said chief marketing officer, Chris Dehring.

“We are proud to be part of an event which allows Jamaicans abroad to keep connected with their history and culture and enjoy a taste of home although they are overseas,” he added.

Jamaica’s 49th Independence & Cultural Celebration will be hosted by veteran radio personality Jamusa of WAVS 1170 Radio, and is produced by NRS, Inc. and Riddims Marketing in association with United Friends of Highgate. Sponsors include Western Union, VP Records, WAVS Radio, Vita Malt, Jamaica National Money Transfer, The Law Office of Kirk A. Barrow and Grace Foods. The event will be streamed live on the internet by Irie Times.

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Jolly Boys to tour Europe with Sade

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PORT Antonio-based mento band The Jolly Boys are continuing their trendsetting ways under the guidance and direction of manager and head of Geejam Records, Jon Baker.

Following a personal invitation from international recording artiste Sade, The Jolly Boys have announced that they will join Sade on her European tour this spring.

This is another notch in the belt of the group, which was once referred to as the 'toast of Port Antonio' with their traditional 'mento' music, and have after five decades been enjoying a remarkable revival.

It was the legendary film star Errol Flynn who, having purchased a small swathe of northeast Jamaica, would stage wild parties at his home, and provide his favourite entertainment in the form of a local mento band, whom he nicknamed The Jolly Boys.

Mento originated as country folk music, with origins in African sounds, but with influences from European and especially Celtic music. It pre-dated and influenced everything from ska to reggae and dancehall. However the electrification of Jamaica and the gaining of Independence in the 1960s led to the decline of mento music and a new musical voice, reggae.

It was in 2009 music producer Jon Baker suggested The Jolly Boys record a new album featuring some surprising contemporary cover versions, including Rehab — originally recorded by Grammy-winning artiste Amy Winehouse. With that, mento music and The Jolly Boys were re-introduced to both Jamaica and the world. The album Great Expectation, released last year, went on to receive rave reviews.3665135580?profile=original

Since then The Jolly Boys have been taking their brand of Jamaican music across the globe, performing at some of the major international music festivals.

In their 60-year existence, a changing cast of at least 18 members has come and gone but now, with a combined age of 382, they make the Rolling Stones look like the Jonas Brothers'.

Since the release of their album, the band has performed on the BBC's Later with Jools Holland, as well as mesmerising audiences at the Cambridge Folk Festival, Secret Garden Party and The Big Chill. Now Sade's audiences will experience The Jolly Boys' special brand of Jamaican magic.

 

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CariMer Theatre Group to to perform Kumina
FORT LAUDERDALE - The beautiful Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida will become the Mecca of Jamaican culture for the highly anticipated 9th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival slated for Sunday, November 14.
The one-day, family-friendly event, which attracts over some 18,000 patrons, will offer an all- encompassing cultural experience with presentations that will take Jamaicans back home and give others a chance to feast, not only on succulent jerk foods, but on the offerings of authentic traditions. Plus, live sporting action will keep sports fans thoroughly entertained.

Showcasing Authentic Traditions on Cultural Stages

The Western Union and Digicel Cultural stages will dish out a generous helping of genuine Jamaican culture with presentations and performances that showcase the island's rich heritage, along with riveting tributes to Jamaican cultural icon and scholar, the late Professor Rex Nettleford.

According to Bridget Edwards, coordinator of the cultural stages, "The aim of the cultural stages is to feature as much local talent as we can from all age groups, making for good family fun, audience participation and entertainment through authentic folk songs, dances, Anancy stories and more."

The Western Union Cultural Stage comes alive at 12:00 noon with MC Andrene Bonner. This accomplished actress, educator, folk life specialist and founder and artistic director of Caribbean World Arts and Culture Inc. will also present her one-woman performance based on her novel Olympic Gardens.

The hilarious Chris "Johnny" Daley, Jamaican actor of Lime Tree Lane fame, will get the festivities going on the Digicel Cultural Stage, which kicks off at 1:00 p.m. Daley will also have the audience cracking up with his comedic offerings.


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Honoring Prof. Rex Nettleford

The festival's bid to celebrate traditions and honor cultural greatness will be on display this year, as participants pay tribute to cultural icon Prof. Nettleford through several pieces on both stages. The Fort Lauderdale-based CariMer Theater Dance Group, featuring master drummer, Congo Billy -- who performed with the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) during Nettleford's time -- will recreate arguably the icon's most famous choreography, "Kumina," while popular local dub poet, Malachi Smith, will perform his original piece "Kumina King." Andrene Bonner will also give tribute in spoken word (on the Western Union Stage) and on the Digicel Stage, Maxine Osbourne, Malachi Smith, and Chris Daley will bring to life Osbourne's short story "Anancy and the Yam Foot Ballet."

And what would our culture be without unique and imaginative fashion? That's where the Ashanti Fashion Show by Kulture Klothes comes in. Watch models show off bold Afrocentric designs from the Miami Gardens-based boutique in honor of Prof. Nettleford's Ashanti/Maroon heritage.

Other presentations including lively cultural expressions from the Miss Jamaica Florida Pageant Ambassadors; engaging book and poetry readings from Children's author, Judith Hudson, and songs by Dominique and Chris Levy, will be performed on both stages. Plus there'll be tons of giveaways from Western Union and Digicel.

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Fun For Everyone

At the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, patrons come for the food and stay for the culture. While the spotlight is on the gastronomical delights, the variety of cultural expressions, traditional sports and sizzling hot entertainment have become as important to the festival as the jerk itself.

The fun will begin from the moment the gates open 10:00 a.m. and continue until the Main Stage closes at 10:00 p.m. So come for the food, bring the family and invite your neighbors to delight in this melting pot of food, culture and entertainment at the 9th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival.

Patrons will be thoroughly entertained with the offerings on the Main Stage, which will feature world renowned Byron Lee's Dragonaires, John Holt, Ritchie Stevensand Nadine Sutherland. Local saxophonist, Bunny Bonito, Caribbean Music Farm and Code Red Band will all bring great Caribbean entertainment to thrill the audience with a mix of reggae, soca and other Caribbean rhythms; and the kids will be kept busy all day in the Kidz Fun Zone.

The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival is presented by Publix and Digicel and Sponsored by Western Union, Air Jamaica, The Jamaica Tourist Board, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, WAVS Radio, Hot 105, TeleAmerica, Jamaica National and VitaMalt. The event is produced by Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, Inc., in association with Jamaica Awareness, Inc.

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Ladies night out - Trini style

Beauties filled the precincts of the Trinidad Country Club in Maraval to witness the unveiling of Harts International Carnival 2011 portrayal Planet Rock designed by Gerald Hart. The launch, which was held on August 14, was a perfect reminder that Carnival is woman. There were 15 sections: Turquoise in Matrix, Andesine, Aquarmarine, Ametrine, Peridot, Moonstone, Howlite, Hematite, Heliodor, Goldstone, Citrine, Chrysocalla, Azurite, Sardonyx and Rhodochrosite. Cosmopolitan women represented the beauty and richness of the gems contained in Harts International’s collection. Of course, Miss Universe 1998 Wendy Fitzwilliam was the crown jewel. Patrice Roberts and the sultry HD dancers as well as Michelle Xavier of Imij & Company showcased their feminine wiles, while the promotional girls on locations weren’t undone at the cooler party which had the right ingredients for a night of unbridled fun.

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Richie Loop

At 23 years old, one of the newest rising artist Richard ‘Richie Loop’ Webb, has begun to make his audience sit up and take notice as he makes strides toward solidifying his name in the music history. With a budding catalogue, the singer, songwriter and producer, who already has three singles in rotation on radio within the Caribbean and abroad. Born and raise in the parish of Clarendon, Richie Loop attended Clarendon College but has always had a love affair with music and all that it embodies. An entertainer at heart, he dabbled in dancing and acting as a child. Later he pursued studies in Information Technology at Excelsior Community College and upon completion, worked at Gumption Recording studios as a composer. It was while working at the studio that he received the name Richie Loop. Wanting to further his growth, he ventured to Gal A Rush Recording Studios, where he spent five months fine tuning his craft. During that time he was afforded the opportunity to work with veteran reggae artist Derrek Morgan. It was while working with Derrek Morgan that Richie Loop got his big break when he was approached by Robert Livingston CEO of Scikron Entertainment, also known as Big Yard Music Label, and was instantly offered a contract. Richie Loop describes his experiences with Robert Livingston as a critical learning process in his career as a singer, songwriter, composer and producer. He goes on to say, "In my daily musical walk, I am able to learn from one of the greatest manager/producer of all time and continue the legacy of Scikron Entertainment." My main focus is to work on improving my skills by incorporating new styles of beats (a fusion of dancehall, disco, rock and hip hop) and songs that people will enjoy." One of the biggest riddim that consumed the airwaves in late 2009 to date the ‘Brainstorm’ rhythm produced by Richie Loop and D-Lynx, and has followed-up with ‘Maad a Road’ and ‘Sweat Shop’ rhythms. Additionally, he has produced songs on two of the rhythms he brought to life namely - ‘She Wants It Good’ on the ‘BrainStorm’ rhythm and ‘Gal Whine’ on the ‘Sweat Shop’ rhythm. The production of such captivating rhythms have not only gained Loop media attention but it has also allowed him the opportunity to work with notable artists such as Shaggy, Christopher Martin, D-Lynx, Iceman, D-Major, Ce'cile, Voicemail, Red Fox, Lukie D, Tony Matterhorn and upcoming female dancehall artist Rae Tay. In February 2010, Richie Loop stepped behind the mic and voiced what is setting it self up to be a party anthem, ‘My Cupp.’ The single has been an instant catch that garnered attention from radio, disc jocks and various media outlets. This multi-talented phenomenon shows no sign of slowing down as he hopes to work with other Jamaican artists as well as international acts.

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NEW YORK - Trinidad and Tobago is generating strong exposure in the American celebrity community and mainstream consumer market following Caribbean entertainment brand Antilia's successful promotion of its "2010 Carnival Experience VIP travel packages" to the twin-island nation last month. Antilia's CEO, Simon Khan reports that the campaign was a tremendous success: Trinidad and Tobago received top class exposure and accolades from the visitors and celebrities who Antilia welcomed to the island for the season, including supermodel/actor Tyson Beckford, NAACP Image Award-winning actor Malik Yoba, and Grammy winning R&B songstress Mýa.

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Grammy winning R&B singer Mýa (left) chats with Travelista Teri
at Antilia's "SUNSET" party.
In addition to playing host to dozens of visitors who took advantage of Antilia's travel packages to one of the greatest cultural celebrations on earth, Antilia also invited the popular daily syndicated entertainment magazine program, Extra, representing one of the largest television media establishments ever to participate in Trinidad
Carnival.

During Extra's visit, host AJ Calloway also covered the Beyoncé concert, teaching the R&B superstar how to "Palance" (a Trinidad Carnival Dance), a memorable addition to her show which sent the crowd into a frenzy, and which was also highlighted in the program.

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At left: Jason Williams (JW), singer of Trinidad's 2010 "Road
March" winning single "Palance," is interviewed by Extra's AJ Calloway
at the Carlton Savannah.

Extra also filmed Antilia's star-studded, invitation only Ash Wednesday "SUNSET" event at the Carlton Savannah's "Wow Suite", where Queen Elizabeth of England stayed during her visit to Trinidad last November.
Upon his return to New York, Calloway publicly thanked Antilia for hosting Extra's visit to Carnival in front of millions of viewers. The February 26 and 27 airings of the show were carried on WNBC in New York
among numerous other stations around the country.

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NAACP Image Award-winning actor Malik Yoba takes time for a "wine"
during Antilia's "Carnival Experience" in Trinidad this year.
Antilia welcomed many more taste-makers and notables, including acclaimed celebrity photographer Jonathan Mannion (who has worked alongside Jay-Z, Eminem, Notorious B.I.G., Lance Armstrong and David Beckham); Beyoncé's choreographer Zach Simmons; celebrity stylist Theo Faulkner; runner-up on Bravo's Make Me a Super Model Sandhurst Tacama-Miggins; NFL stars Edgerrin James and Clinton Portis; top New York radio personality Dahved Levy; and Travelista TV which is running eight webisodes about Antilia's "Carnival Experience."

Antilia offered special six-night packages, representing incredible value and convenience, including 4-Star luxury accommodation at the Hyatt Regency and Carlton Savannah hotels; VIP party tickets; airport transfers; chauffeur/ driver services; 24-hour concierge service, a costume and all-inclusive experience with top all-inclusive Carnival bands; and in-room costume fitting and tailoring.

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Supermodel/actor Tyson Beckford poses in the elevator at the
Carlton Savannah's rooftop during Antilia's "SUNSET" private party on
Wednesday, February 17.

"We're very pleased to have successfully introduced celebrities, media personalities and movers and shakers within the entertainment world to Trinidad and Tobago, and look forward to doing more of the same across
the Caribbean to promote sustainable tourism development and awareness of the region's unique attributes," remarked Simon Khan.

The entertainment brand is currently planning a series of VIP initiatives both in the Caribbean and North America which will similarlyintegrate star power and international media participation with Caribbean fashion, music and travel. Visit www.antilia.com for further details.
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“Tizzy” Sebastian returned to Antigua earlier this week from her first appearance in France where she headlined the Karibbean Bounce Carnival in Bordeaux. Bordeaux a city known internationally for its wine got its first taste of the “Tizzy Wine” on Saturday, March 6th. “We knew how popular ‘Expose’ was but I was surprised how well known her other hits like ‘Tizzy Wine’ and ‘Bounce’ are in France” said Tizzy’s manager Rohan Hector. Apparently a youtube video of Tizzy demonstrating her signature dance during a radio interview went viral spawning the dance craze in France.

 

Tizzy and her band El A-Kru have become fixtures on the entertainment circuit throughout the Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora since she received the award for “Best New Female Soca Artist” at the International Soca Awards in 2007. Having already performed in London, Saturday’s performance became Tizzy’s first in continental
Europe.

 

Her popularity in France was clear as she was approached by fans asking for autographs while sightseeing in Bordeaux prior to the show. “People were running up to me in the streets to show me their ‘Tizzy Wine’” Tizzy answered when asked about her reaction in France. “It was amazing being onstage and having people who do not even speak English, singing our songs word for word.”

The show was a success with an above capacity crowd turning out to see Tizzy’s energetic performance. Forced to improvise when her microphone stopped working in the middle of a song, Tizzy taught the crowd the ‘Tizzy Wine’ until her microphone was replaced. She received several encores, the promoter himself said “she was very good, they loved her.”


Tizzy and French Friends

“I believe Tizzy will be the first female artist to take soca Global,” says Brad Hemmings, CEO of Caribbean Entertainment Tizzy’s agency that has also booked reggae and soca artists to perform in exotic places such as Russia, Australia and the Middle East.

Tizzy is scheduled to return to other countries in Europe this summer on her De Road Show Tour which included stops in Guadeloupe and St. Thomas prior to France and continues on to Calgary, Canada this week.

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Una Morgan is the sole female sibling of the Reggae band of this decade, Morgan Heritage. Despite having ten studio albums under her belt with her family band, having performed for stadium-sized audiences across the world, and having garnered much of the success and longevity that many artistes can only hope for, Una took a step back from the limelight in 2006. “I wanted to take time to recreate and develop myself physically, mentally, and spiritually.”

 

 

During this time she also focused on building her production company, SIA Entertainment, strengthening family ties, improving her physical health and connecting with her spirituality. As a true performer, however, Una could not sit back idly. Now as a solo artist she has developed with her own distinctive sound. Una Morgan’s signature sound is a blend of Reggae, Dancehall, Pop, Hip Hop and Soul fused to be appropriately called Raggasoul.

 

With this distinctive sound, an excellent voice, and great studio production, Una’s single ‘Giving’, produced by Lenky ‘Diwali’ Marsden (producer of Sean Paul, Nina Sky etc.) perfectly captures her sound. She is also excited about her contribution made on the ‘Tribute to Haiti’ track produced by the great Handel Tucker (producer of ‘Close to You’ and ‘Just a Little Bit Longer’ by Maxi Priest, ‘House Call’ by Shabba Ranks and various hits with Sly and Robbie and Beenie Man).

 

Una is also working with acclaimed local and international producers on her debut solo album. She is very excited about working with multi Grammy Award winning producers Commission Gordon (credited with work for Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse and Joss Stone), a collaboration that was set up by Rubikon ENT, who list Gordon among their clients. Her solo album presents collaborations
with established and new names in the industry. On her album, she worked with other established producers and writers, such as Stephen McGregor, Jimmy Cozier, and Taj from the 90’s group The Boys. Una has also returned to her hometown of Springfield, Atlanta to work with rising stars such as Kiana India, ME, and producer “X”.

 

To address the rumors, Una ensures her fans that her solo venture is not signaling the breakup of Morgan Heritage. “We always knew that we would build as a group, use that foundation to take things to the next level, and then come back to the family.” You can even find some more Morgans on the credits, with brothers Mr. Mojo and Gramps assisting in mixing and production, a true testament to the strong bond that keeps their
family together.

Una performing in Charlotte, NC. Photo by: GBurkeImages

 

Looking to fully capitalize on her groups’ international success, Una has recently signed to Gary George Inc. (GGI) and Rubikon Entertainment management companies to use their pooled wealth of resources for management and legal services to propel her development. Rubikon is a UK-based management and legal firm that provide management and legal & business affairs to a slew of prominent artistes and producers amongst other entities.

 

Miss Morgan, even though blessed, has not let her accomplishments go to her head. She remains humble and has made it her personal mission to use her celebrity status and music to champion issues such as health, weight management, self-esteem, and other issues plaguing women around the world. “I’m very concerned that many young women today are doing things to please everyone else. We need to work on being one with the Creator first, and I hope my music can inspire young women to do that.”

The Raggasoul songstress, Una Morgan, hopes that with her new album, entitled ‘Just Me’, she can show her evolution in music, life, and spirituality, while continuing to uphold her family’s legacy.

 

Source: Gary George Inc/SIA Entertainment

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On CIAA weekend in Charlotte, NC. Elephant Man provided his many fans with an entertaining concert at the Neighborhood Theater. The event put on by Brightworks Promotions was well attended and Elephant Man had his fans especially the women rocking to his favorite beats.


To see many more photos of the concert and fans visit: gburkeimages.com

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Sean Paul wins Best Reggae Artist

Last night Sean Paul took home the award for Best Reggae Artist at the Soul Train Music Awards. The Soul Train Music Awards was held last night in Atlanta with honors going out to some of the best in the entertainment industry. The Best Reggae Artist catagory was a first this year for the award show. Nominees for the 2009 Soul Train Best Reggae Artist Award included Mavado, Serani, Tarrus Riley, and Ziggy Marley. Congrats to Sean Paul

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Japanese Reggae Group Signs Deal with Nike

Japanese reggae group, Mighty Crown, recently announced an endorsement deal with the athletic wear juggernaut, Nike. Set to hit stores this September, the sneaker will be labeled "Dynasty High". CWN "Sneaker deals with major companies are only given to high achievers," says Garfield "Chin" Bourne of Irish & Chin, Inc., Mighty Crown's manager. "I am proud that Crown is ranked among the celebrities who have received this honor...nevertheless, I will not allow it to let them lose focus." The Dynasty High sneakers will be distributed to all corners of the globe. Directly linked to the anniversary of Crown's Yokohama Reggae Festival, the sneaker indeed marks a special milestone for the group. Dynasty Crown is no stranger in taking the entrepreneurial route when it comes to producing merchandise, entertainment, and record labels. The band's clothing line, Nine Rulaz, has been successful since the official launch in 2002. The band is equally known for their unique style of playing dancehall music throughout the world.

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Gramps Morgan's Star Still Shining

Gramps Morgan performing in Charlotte N.C. GBurkeImages Photo Reggae’s fastest rising star Gramps Morgan has just achieved a rare enviable feat of moving over 12,000 units of his blazing hot debut album “2 Sides of My Heart Vol. 1” on the Dada Son Entertainment label in the first week of release. Morgan is a key member of the widely acclaimed reggae group Morgan Heritage and this album represents his first solo project. The album showcases sixteen sizzling roots reggae and lovers rock tracks that are mostly self-produced but supported with colla­bora­tions from Buju Banton, Kurt Riley and Kemar “Flava” McGregor. The album is currently the #5 disc on the Weekly Star Album Chart in the USA, while the lead single “Wash the Tears Away” has already earned Gramps the #1 spot on the Canadian Reggae and Dancehall Charts (Radio Dubplate) for three consecutive weeks on CHRY 105.5 FM. The single is also in rotation on stations in New York, Atlanta and South Florida, and the video clip from the first single also debuted at # 2 on Riddim, Jamai­ca’s weekly Top 12 video chart. Gramps is now on tour with R&B hit makers John Legend and India Arie and those major market tour opportunities have obviously helped to take Gramps and his music to new arenas, thereby driving album sales. His music is also clearly being embraced nationally as in January, TV viewers in the USA had the opportunity to watch him perform live alongside Arie on Good Morning America TV and VH1 Soul. “Being on tour with John and India has been a rewarding experience for me, performing for fans of different nationalities and different cultures. It has also given me a chance to realize just how powerful our music from the Caribbean is and just how much influence our culture has on the world,” Gramps com­mented. He is no stranger to touring as he has performed for sold out audiences of millions around the world with Morgan Heritage. In fact, he kicks off a fresh 35 city US tour with Buju Banton on September 12, a few days after his solo debut at Irie Jamboree 2009, slated for York College Outdoor Complex in Queens. The fall tour will cover all market regions and will include key cities of New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Salt Lake City and Atlanta. “My mission is to heal people through music”, Gramps opined. “I want to keep the pipeline of new music flowing, and I want my fans to know that everything will be alright. I want to reason with my fans and get personal with them with their problems. My music is about healing”, he continued. Gramps Morgan is also the CEO of Dada Son Entertainment, a full-fledged entertainment company with multi-media ventures that include film and Internet projects as well as a solid roster of artists.

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