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December, 2011

Major boost to Jamaica JazzFest

Music & Fashion: Across the Caribbean Diaspora, Jamaican promoter Walter Elmore’s Art of Music Productions (AMP) successful bid to attract mega star Celine Dion to the 2012 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival is being viewed as a boost for the festival and for the region. Comment.

BACK WITH A BANG

Music & Fashion: Richie Stephens is back! And, although still in what he says is “a healing process” the popular Jamaican music maker declared he is not just back, but “back with a bang.” Comment.

SOUL LEGENDS

Music & Fashion: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts celebrates its 31st season with the return of one the most important soul music groups of the past 40 years, The O’Jays, on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Comment.

Chucho Valdés on U.S. winter tour

Music & Fashion: Preeminent pianist and composer Chucho Valdés will embark on a U.S. tour with the Afro-Cuban Messengers in January and February 2012, featuring performances from the Grammy Award winning album, Chucho’s Steps. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Music & Fashion: Christmas Eve Services The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, between 120 & 122 streets, N.Y., presents Worship Service for Children & Families at 4:00 p.m. & Lesson & Carols Service following the basic service of nine lessons (scripture readings) alternating with nine carols, 8:00 p.m. featuring The Riverside Choir & The Riverside Ringers. For more information, call (212) 870-6784 or visit www.theriversidechnurchny.org. Comment.

SHAGGY DELIVERS

Music & Fashion: The Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival was hailed by a musical superstar as one of the remaining bastions in support of not just reggae music but other musical genres and culture as a whole. Comment.

Magnificent Martinique on the road

Music & Fashion: Recently the Martinique Magnifique Road Show arrived in mid-town New York. Comment.

Tropicalfete Countdown 2011

Music & Fashion: The second annual TropicalFete Countdown of the Top 100 International Caribbean Songs of 2011 (last year’s chart topper was “Hold You” by Gyptian) will be held on Dec. 17. Comments (5).

Holiday fun at Tropical Paradise

Music & Fashion: The holiday season ushers in another special time at Brooklyn’s Tropical Paradise Ballroom, including a Christmas party on Friday, Dec. 16 that offers complimentary buffet dinner and free admission. There will also be a New Year’s Eve ball with music by Lambert & The Matadors Orchestra, which promises a rollicking welcome to 2012. Comment.

Music World Gospel releases two albums

Music & Fashion: Mathew Knowles’ Music World Gospel released two highly-anticipated albums on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Comment.

JA govt concerned about convicted Buju

Music & Fashion: Acting on reports from attorneys for convicted Jamaican native Buju Banton, Olivia Grange, the island’s minister of youth, sports and culture said she is concerned about the conditions he must endure while incarcerated at a federal facility in Texas. Comment.

Betty White, Marley Brothers up for Grammy

Music & Fashion: Nominees for the 54th annual Grammy awards were recently announced and among them an eclectic mix of talents reflecting 78 categories and 30 fields of music. Comment.

November, 2011

‘Opera Is Hot’ in Harlem

Music & Fashion: “Opera Is Hot” will be presented during five performances at The Faison Firehouse on Dec. 3 and Dec. 4 in Harlem. Comment.

Caribbean actors assist Braata Folk

Music & Fashion: The second annual concert season of The Braata Folk Singers invited patrons to an evening of Caribbean music and in the process attracted supportive thespians and artists who banded to show solidarity for the company. Comment.

Marilyn’s Musical Thanksgiving

Music & Fashion: Last Saturday, Nov. 19, soprano Marilyn Oliver gave a Thanksgiving Celebration concert at the South Oxford Space in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Thomas Siklos accompanied her on the piano and steel panist Sheldon Rathan was a guest artist. Comments (3).

Sun Kulcha

Music & Fashion: Anniversary Dance The Montserrat Progressive Society of N.Y. is hosting its 97th Anniversary Dance at the Bishop Perry/Moore Hall, 57 West 138 St., Harlem, featuring music by Exclusive Vibes & Sounds of New York along with Montserrat favorite dishes of goat water, salt fish cake & johnny bakes, 9:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. For information & to obtain tickets, call Malika Barber, coordinator, at (646) 245-0301. Comment.

Three Salsa giants for one night only!

Music & Fashion: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts celebrates its 31st season with the return of Salsa Palooza, featuring three renowned Salsa singers -- Tito Nieves, La India and Michael Stuart – performing hit after hit from their spectacular careers on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. Comment.

IRAWMA returns to mid-west

Music & Fashion: After making an international outing to Trinidad & Tobago this year, the annual International Reggae & World Music Awards will return to the mid-west where it first started in 1982. Comment.

CHART-TOPPER OFF TO JAMAICA

Music & Fashion: The first of many blockbuster celebrations slated for Jamaica’s golden anniversary kicks off in January with the debut of a brand new festival headlined by Canadian superstar Celine Dion. Comment.

Winter cruise salute to music legends

Music & Fashion: Bartlett’s Celebration at Sea will begin its third decade of presenting great fun and phenomenal entertainment. The infamous Bartlett Brothers have booked passage on the fabulous Norwegian Gem, leaving New York January 29 and returning to New York on February 8. Comment.

Carib Catwalk at USVI Fashion Week in St. Thomas

Music & Fashion: After a two-year break, USVI Fashion Week founder and CEO Henry Marsham, returned to the helm for this year’s event, held Oct. 4-9 in the majestic Frenchman Resort in St Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands. Comment.

Festival of Culture and Resistance

Music & Fashion: A momentous transformation will occur on the grounds of a former penal colony in St. Laurent, French Guiana when the Transamazoniennes Festival, 6th edition, returns Nov. 10-13 Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Music & Fashion: Jazz for Young People Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis presents Jazz for Young People Family Concert exploring “Who is Duke Ellington,” 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. at the Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60 St, N.Y., featuring family friendly pre-concert activities from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. Young musicians (ages 8+) are invited to bring their instruments for a workshop. Tickets can be purchased thru jalc.org, CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or at the Box Office. Comment.

October, 2011

Brooklyn virtual fashion film festival

Music & Fashion: Exploring technology in creative endeavors, Tony-nominated choreographer Marlies Yearby of the hit Broadway musical RENT and fashionista-technology diva Bonnie Sandy introduce DANCEHACKIT™ a new virtual platform they’ve originated to share creativity and showcase fresh ideas. Comment.

GOSPEL SENSATIONS!

Music & Fashion: The multi-award-winning Gospel group Mary Mary, will make an exclusive NYC appearance at Lehman Center on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 7:00 p.m. Comment.

Shemekia Copeland starts Blues Series

Music & Fashion: Queen of the Blues Shemekia Copeland will feature in the inaugural concert of the Blues Series at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Thursday & Friday, Nov. 10 & 11, 2011, 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. Comment.

Great Women In Music honors Shirley Scott

Music & Fashion: Big fun was had by all as Great Women In Music celebrated Shirley Scott for her long standing contribution to business and community. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Music & Fashion: The Heart of Brooklyn centered on Grand Army Plaza & anchored by Prospect Park, is celebrating this haunted holiday, 10/28 - 31, encouraging children & adults to come out in their wackiest costumes & enjoy enchanted carousel rides & spooky animal encounters, a mummy tour, a zombie dance party, costume parade, Monster Mash bash. Local businesses will be offering tasty treats & fall flavors. For a full list of event highlights visit www.heartofbrooklyn.org/halloween. For information, call Heart of Brooklyn at (718) 638-7700. Comment.

Symphony for the 21st century

Music & Fashion: There are many different vocabularies when it comes to the arts. Violinist, composer, musical artist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) incorporates varied expressive techniques, a complex mélange of vocabularies, in his multi-multi genre latest work of musical art, “Symphony for the Dance Floor.” Comment.

REGGAE CULTURE SALUTE

Music & Fashion: Reggae Culture Salute returns to Nazareth Performance Center in Brooklyn on Saturday, Nov. 5 starting at 7:30 p.m. Comment.

Trin-i-tee 5:7 launches new video

Music & Fashion: Trin-i-tee 5:7 has launched their new video “Bring Your Praise” on ESSENCE.com on Wednesday, Oct. 12. It will soon be available to all video and online music outlets. Angel & Chanelle Deluxe marks the group’s seventh recording to date and the group’s transition from a trio to a duo. Comment.

HOT NIGHT OF LATIN MASTERS

Music & Fashion: Nine-time Grammy Award-winning saxophonist, clarinetist and composer Paquito D’Rivera will be performing at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. Comment.

Sharpe’s career continues to soar

Music & Fashion: To be passionate, simply put, is to be compelled or ruled by an overwhelming feeling or emotion. But so many of us set aside our passions and instead live our lives in safe mode. Not dynamic Jamaican entertainment artiste “Sharp.” Comment.

Local designers for Cayman Fashion Solstice

Music & Fashion: Fashion designer Roger Gary will join Cesar Galindo, finalist from Bravo TV’s “The Fashion Show,” and local designers Devon Scott and Johnny Vincent to bring international appeal, glamour and fashion forward collections to the runway of the second Cayman Fashion Solstice set for Oct. 20-23. Comment.

Petert Tosh birthday salute

Music & Fashion: Fans of militant Jamaican reggae singer Peter Tosh will pay tribute to one of the most significant Black singers of the 20th Century who would be 67 next week. Regarded as one of the great, militant musicians of all time, with songs such as ‘No Nuclear War’, the Grammy-winning activist, born Winston Hubert McIntosh in Grange Hill, western Jamaica on Oct. 19, 1944, He later went on to Kingston, where he met Robert Nesta (Bob) Marley and Neville O’Reilly “Bunny” Livingston, who had similar musical dreams. Comment.

Wheel and come again

Music & Fashion: The New York based Braata Folk Singers, under the Artistic Direction of Jamaican-born actor, singer and producer Andrew Clarke have scored the biggest success of their two-year existence with Wheel An’ Come Again - their 2011 concert season. Comment.

Elements of the Caribbean

Music & Fashion: Fashion designer to the stars Francis Hendy is prepping his exquisite menswear collection for the runway of the second Cayman Islands Fashion Solstice, scheduled for Grand Cayman on Saturday, Oct. 22. Comment.

Mary Mary bringing something big to Lehman

Music & Fashion: Tina and Erica Campbell (a.k.a. Mary Mary) had a day filled with schedules, interviews, family and music when they met with this journalist to talk about their latest CD MARY MARY: “Something Big.” Comment.

Randy Weston gets a music award

Music & Fashion: By Tequila Minsky Comment.

Jazz and Blues Festival in Jamaica

Music & Fashion: It is probably too early to announce the line-up for next year’s Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival. However, the organizers believe it is not too early to make travel plans for the Jan. 25 to Jan. 29, 2012 date. Comment.

September, 2011

Guyana designer to be honored

Music & Fashion: Governor of the United States Virgin Islands, John. P de Jongh, will present Guyana’s lady of fashion Sonia Noel with the Caribbean Fashion Ambassador Award, during a Fashion Week gala on Oct. 9, before a crowd of professionals and celebrities. Comment.

T&T’s Calypso Queen lauded with 3rd highest award

Music & Fashion: Congratulations are in order for calypsonian Denyse Plummer who was recently awarded Trinidad & Tobago’s third highest national award, The Humming Bird Medal (Gold). Comment.

DJ Lady Ann’s new single

Music & Fashion: Barbara Smith, aka Lady Ann who rose to prominence in Jamaica in the 80’s with the big dancehall hit “Informer” is back on the hit trail with her new single “Don’t You Burn.” Comment.

Tribute to Morehouse

Music & Fashion: The Maroon & White Fund, a 501(c)(3) support organization, will host a national tribute to the Morehouse College Glee Club’s “100 Years in Song” with a weekend celebration from Oct. 1-2 in New York. Comment.

Caribbean artistes showcase their talent

Music & Fashion: The Caribbean Cultural Conference which began on Sept. 21 ends today with an artist showcase at Webster Hall at 6:30 p.m. Webster Hall is located at 125 East 11th St. in Manhattan. Comment.

Reggae’s ‘M’ patriarch busted

Music & Fashion: One of reggae’s most popular family patriarchs was reportedly nabbed for drug-related crimes recently. Reportedly, on Sept. 14, 66-year-old Denroy Morgan was arrested and charged in the Bronx for criminal possession of marijuana after cops stopped him for running a stop sign. Comment.

SWEET CREOLE MUSIC

Music & Fashion: On the heels of their blazing performance in the popular city-wide ¡Sí Cuba! Festival last spring, Symphony Space continues its celebration of Latino culture with this season’s only New York appearance of the Creole Choir of Cuba on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre. Comment.

Jazz fest features great line-up

Music & Fashion: Houston Person, the tenor saxophonist, who is best known for his mastery of hard bop, has played every musical genre from gospel to disco and R&B to pop, with even some blues thrown in. Comment.

UP THE CHARTS

Music & Fashion: Soca and Reggae singing sensation Charmaine Blackman is no stranger to the Guyana music scene. For more than 20 years, the music diva has heated up the stage in the Caribbean at sold-out concerts, and topped the charts around the world with her infectious lyrics and tantalizing music videos. Comments (1).

Carnival violence unrelated to WIADCA Parade

Music & Fashion: The West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), organizers of the annual West Indian carnival parade in Brooklyn, says it’s unfair to blame a spate of shootings over the Labor Day weekend on the annual extravaganza on Eastern Parkway. Comments (3).

Le’Andria Johnson releases debut CD

Music & Fashion: Music World Gospel recording artist Le’Andria Johnson will release her debut album, “The Awakening of Le’Andria Johnson,” on Sept. 6, 2011. Comment.

August, 2011

‘All O’ We Is One Family’

Music & Fashion: On behalf of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association, I would like to bring greetings on this 44th staging of our cultural showcase. This year we have chosen cultural unity as our focus. With the strength and support of the Association, we have chosen as our carnival theme for 2011 – ‘One Caribbean Family’! Comment.

T&T music icon Pat Bishop is dead

Music & Fashion: The Caribbean entertainment industry has been plunged into mourning as one of Trinidad and Tobago’s leading icons in the arts and music, Pat Bishop, 71, died while attending a meeting of the High Level Panel to Guide the Implementation of Arts, Cultural and Entrepreneurial Projects at the Ministry of Planning and the Economy in Port of Spain last week. Comment.

The energy kings of soca

Music & Fashion: The sons of Grenada’s first female calypso monarch, Cynthia Ogiste a.k.a. Lady Cinty, Kellon and Kelson Ogiste, a.k.a. Luni Spark and Electrify, have already established themselves as the energy kings of soca with a Grenadian accent. Comment.

Sherzelle’s Dazzle Me; Dazzle You

Music & Fashion: Sherzel Productions Mas Camp at 504 Flatbush Ave. is stacked with a dazzling array of children’s carnival costumes. Comments (1).

REGGAE REVOLUTION

Music & Fashion: The historic “Reggae Revolution Tour” featuring reggae crooner Gramps Morgan and Ky-mani Marley which concluded recently at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angles, California was an overwhelming success, promoters say. Comment.

In full swing for Panorama

Music & Fashion: As the West Indian American Carnival in New York looms, preparations for the the much-anticipated steelband Panorama competition are going full steam ahead. Pan tuners, arrangers and players have been gearing for the big night on the grounds of the Brooklyn Museum. Comment.

Annette St.John lights up SMOKE Club’s Sunday afternoon music and brunch

Music & Fashion: Singer Annette St. John is presently appearing at the Smoke club in NYC every Sunday. Comment.

Love Within the Music tour

Music & Fashion: Lovers rock king Beres Hammond is coming to New York for a special performance at Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan. Comment.

July, 2011

Mandela, Lucky Dube hailed

Music & Fashion: More love was harnessed in one San Diego, California space on July 19 than on any June wedding day in the entire state. The love fest at the World Beat Center marked tributes to two South African legends – Nelson Mandela AKA Mandiba, the nation’s first Black president, and Lucky Dube, the nation’s pre-eminent reggae ambassador who was slain in 2007. Comment.

New York Celebrates International Reggae Day With Steel Pulse

Music & Fashion: Last year, Jimmy Cliff beckoned reggae fans to Central Park during this same period. Comment.

Sly Rankin promotes new single in N.Y.

Music & Fashion: Jamaican based Solja Life (SLR) recording artiste Sly Rankin, whose single “That’s Ma Car” was featured on the MTV realty show “My Super Sweet 16 - Supa 21” featuring Sean Kingston is in New York on a mini promotional tour. Comment.

Travel concierge service for carnival hunters worldwide

Music & Fashion: Carnival Hunters; Caribbean Passion, Inc.; Shola Thompson, Ethiopia Lane, NY Caribbean Vibes, travel concierge service, Jevante Qirashawn, Comment.

Taking control of Jamaican music

Music & Fashion: “Jamaica Music 50,” will be officialy launched on July 23 at the Coral Cliff Hotel in Montego Bay. Comment.

Bedingfield remixes Ovamarz song

Music & Fashion: New Zealand-born British singer-songwriter, Daniel Bedingfield, is in Jamaica making music. Comment.

Family fun days with City Parks and Disney

Music & Fashion: Now that summer is here, there are still plenty of opportunities for fun in city parks. City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage Kids presented by Disney, New York City’s first international family festival, offers over 95 free performing arts events at 34 locations citywide through Aug. 17 for over 25,000 New York City children and their families. Comment.

‘Single Ladies’ help Beyonce spark fireworks

Music & Fashion: Thousands of pop music fans camped out overnight at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield in order to snag a choice spot and share in the inaugural performance there of 16-time Grammy winner, Beyoncè. Comment.

Peter Tosh’s solo albums legacy edition

Music & Fashion: The first two solo albums by Peter Tosh on Columbia Records, cornerstones of the roots-rock-reggae movement, will be commemorated with the releases of Legalize It: Legacy Edition and Equal Rights: Legacy Edition. Comment.

June, 2011

‘SISTAS THE MUSICAL’

Music & Fashion: “Sistas The Musical” is a highly anticipated new musical from playwright Dorothy Marcic. Sistas will premiere at Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York on Monday, July 11. Comment.

History of Haiti thru drums and dance

Music & Fashion: Peniel Guerrier sweeps an engrossed audience wordlessly using only the rhythms of the drums and dance by his dance students through 600 years of Haitian history starting with the indigenous Taino Indians. The historical female chief Anacoana, the ruler of Hispaniola before Columbus, is introduced as she is respectfully carried high. Comment.

José Alberto ‘El Canario’ at Lehman

Music & Fashion: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts presents two Latin music greats, José Alberto “El Canario,” and Andy Montañéz, “El Godfather de la Salsa” on Saturday, July 9 at 8:00 p.m. Comment.

Fourth of July b-day celebration for Louis Armstrong

Music & Fashion: Monday, July 4, 2011 Comment.

Llng Island hosts another successful Carib-American Heritage Festival

Music & Fashion: Throngs of Caribbean-Americans and friends showed up on a recent blue-skied, sunny Saturday on June 18 for the second annual Long Island Caribbean–American International Festival (LICAIF) at the beautiful, landscaped Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, New York. Comment.

Terri Carrington’s jazz mosaic

Music & Fashion: The Mosaic Project – set for release on July 19, 2011 – assembles an all-female cast that includes Esperanza Spalding, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, Nona Hendryx and many others. Comment.

Buju Banton gets 10 years in drug case

Music & Fashion: TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge sentenced Grammy-winning reggae singer Buju Banton to 10 years in prison Thursday, the lowest sentence legally allowed for his role in a large cocaine trafficking deal in 2009. Comment.

Cocoa Tea on U.S. Tour

Music & Fashion: Camp Records legendary reggae recording artist, Cocoa Tea will be performing at The Brooklyn Children’s Museum, in conjunction with the NYPD initiative, in honor of Caribbean-American Heritage Month on June 29. Comment.

Community clamors to Im on historic Juneteenth

Music & Fashion: Cedric Im Brooks smiled and also shed a tear on the day the world celebrated fathers and a historic African-American landmark date. For a majority it was Father’s Day. For many African-Americans, June 19 also marked Juneteenth Day in 1865 when slaves were freed from white captivity in the south of the USA. It is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in America. Comment.

Nascimento at Lincoln Center   

Music & Fashion: Four-time Grammy Award winner and international superstar, Milton Nascimento, is a brilliant songwriter, guitarist and singer from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Well known within the Portuguese community, Milton is also world renowned. Comment.

Marie Claire’s treasury of gold

Music & Fashion: Not even completed, the Jamaica Observer already describes her debut album as nothing less than “groundbreaking.” The who’s-who of Reggae royalty have lent their wisdom and unquestionable talent to ensure that Marie-Claire’s Dreamland is a first-rate production. Comment.

Monty Alexander: Celebrated jazz musician

Music & Fashion: Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander celebrates 50 years on the music scene this year. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Music & Fashion: Comedy/Variety No Name producer Eric Vetter is hosting the Uptown Cabaret Show, an opportunity for musical talent to try out new material in a safe & fun place at the Indian Road Cafe, 600 West 218 St., N.Y., 7:00 p.m., with sign up at 6:45 p.m. Food & drinks available. No cover, no minimum. For information, call (212) 942-7451. Comment.

SWEET CREOLE MUSIC

Music & Fashion: After a very entertaining performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on June 4, The Creole Choir of Cuba is scheduled for international performances in Switzerland, France and England later this month. Comment.

Caribbean musical stars in concert

Music & Fashion: The first Annual Caribbean Brightest Stars Concert will take place on June 18 at Club Gravity 229 Empire Blvd., Brooklyn, N.Y. Comment.

Celebration of African arts

Music & Fashion: BAM’s 34th DanceAfrica festival during Memorial Day weekend packed dance, music, film, art, and community events from Africa and the diaspora into a celebration of African arts. Comment.

Diversity and Talent

Music & Fashion: Among the live music choices New Yorkers face in the upcoming months the most compelling may well be several artists that inspired the winds of change in the Middle East and Africa. From reggae music to soul, rap, punk inflected music from the Moroccan underground. Comment.

Pamela E. Jones’ NYC solo recital

Music & Fashion: New York City Opera soprano Pamela Jones will present her New York City solo recital debut on Thursday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. Comment.

Caribbean International Fashion Week

Music & Fashion: Diamond Noir Collective, in collaboration with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) will host the 2011 Caribbean International Fashion Week (CIFW). Comment.

May, 2011

What a Judgement Day with Mathis! Mathis brings the house down

Music & Fashion: Fans of Johnny Mathis knew doomsday would not fall on May 21, 2011. The predominant senior crowd that packed into Lehman College in the Bronx that day seemed convinced judgment day would have to wait until after their favorite singer made his New York appearance. Comment.

CBJC awards event turns into a jazz jam

Music & Fashion: Over 200 jazz enthusiasts and neighborhood residents crowded into the standing-room-only Shellens Gallery at Brooklyn Historical Society’s downtown headquarters in Brooklyn Heights Thursday, April 28, to witness the induction of Montego Joe and Wally “Gator’ Watson into the Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame. Comments (1).

REGGAE FOR JAPAN 

Music & Fashion: “Reggae 4 Japan” is a benefit concert being produced by Japanese sound system Mighty Crown and their management team Irish and Chin, in conjunction with VP Records, to support Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami relief on June 5, at York College Auditorium in Queens, New York. Comments (2).

Horn-punctuated Latin rhythms

Music & Fashion: Two-time Latin Grammy Award-winning El Gran Combo, one of the world’s most popular Salsa bands for nearly five decades will be performing at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 at 8:00 p.m. Comment.

Gloria Lynne in concert 

Music & Fashion: Gloria Lynne will kick off the first annual “Celebrating Legends In Music” Awards Night at Hostos Theater Saturday, June 18 starting at 7:30 p.m. Comment.

Sparrow sings ‘Something Positive’

Music & Fashion: For the second consecutive year, big names are coming out in support of the Brooklyn based Afro-Caribbean dance company, Something Positive, for a spectacular one-night performance titled “Ancestral Chant” on Saturday, June 4 at 8:00 p.m. at Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts (Long Island University Brooklyn Campus – Flatbush Avenue between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street). Comment.

Fredrix…LIVEnDIRECT!

Music & Fashion: Major label recording artist/guitarist Fredrix...LIVEnDIRECT! will officially launch his 2011 summer tour by giving an encore performance at Brooklyn’s own Micro Museum as one of the museum’s featured performers in their one-day music festival and art show “Music Made Easy” on June 4 at 7.00 p.m.. Comment.

Skatalites’ drummer dies in Jamaica at 80

Music & Fashion: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Lloyd Knibb, an influential Jamaican drummer who played with The Skatalites and helped develop the ska beat, has died, his wife said Friday. He was 80. Comment.

Haitian glitz and glamour

Music & Fashion: The Haitian community loves music and it should come as no surprise that they should have an awards’ ceremony – their version of the Grammys/Oscars with all the accompanying glitz and glamour, red carpet and all. Comment.

High School Jazz Festival 

Music & Fashion: More than 85 students from four high schools will perform at the Downtown Brooklyn High School Jazz Festival organized by the music program at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. Comment.

José James headlines Eco-Soul concert 

Music & Fashion: Weeksville Heritage Center, an organization dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century African-American community of Weeksville, presents critically acclaimed vocalist José James for its annual “Eco-Soul” concert on Sunday, May 15 at 3:00 p.m. (Gates open at 2 p.m.). Comment.

Sing It, Shout It, Send It!  

Music & Fashion: Alex Moncada of Alexandria, Virginia was recently announced as the grand prize winner of ‘Love in Any Language’ contest. Comment.

Sing It, Shout It, Send It!  

Music & Fashion: Alex Moncada of Alexandria, Virginia was recently announced as the grand prize winner of ‘Love in Any Language’ contest. Comment.

Sing It, Shout It, Send It!  

Music & Fashion: Alex Moncada of Alexandria, Virginia was recently announced as the grand prize winner of ‘Love in Any Language’ contest. Comment.

April, 2011

Intimate evening of Latin music

Music & Fashion: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts presents a special Mother’s Day concert produced by West Side Beat Productions in association with Latin Media Marketing -- an intimate evening of sublime, romantic music with the legendary Puerto Rican ensemble Cuarteto Los Hispanos on Saturday, May 7 at 8:00 p.m. The concert will also feature celebrated bolero singer Blanca Iris Villafañe, Trio Ideal and Grupo Típico Boricua. Comment.

Reggae ambassadors return to New York

Music & Fashion: After a whirlwind year capped by a stellar appearance at the Jamaica Jazz Festival earlier this year, reggae super group Third World is back on the touring circuit. On the first Tuesday in April, fans of the acclaimed reggae ambassadors were able to share in a double celebration with a performance that also marked the launch of the group’s 23rd CD. Comments (1).

Lonette McKee At the Oak Room     

Music & Fashion: The business of entertainment has changed over the years with fewer artistic men at the reigns. Hollywood and the music world find the decision makers making decisions based on finance rather than art. This leaves many of the artists between a rock and a hard place. If they do not have a gimmick or something that can guarantee to make money, artists are generally left out in the cold. Most artists now find themselves having to wear many hats within the industry. Comments (1).

New events added to Bronx Week 2011

Music & Fashion: Forget Will and Kate. The biggest celebration this side of the ‘Pond’ will be Bronx Week 2011. The 40th annual salute to the best of the Bronx begins May 12 through May 22. Comment.

Peter Tosh’s musical legacy released

Music & Fashion: The first two solo albums by Peter Tosh on Columbia Records, cornerstones of the roots-rock-reggae movement, will be commemorated with the releases of “Legalize It: Legacy Edition” and “Equal Rights: Legacy Edition.” Comment.

The Bahamas’ DeVINE Treasures 

Music & Fashion: “All Over This World,” the recently released single of The Bahamas’ multi-talented vocal group, The DeVINE Treasures, has made musical history for both The Bahamas and the Forbes family from which the youth are descended. Comments (1).

FABULOUS FASHIONS

Music & Fashion: Kittitian-American Eversley Liburd’s passion for fashion, and his exuberance to give emerging designers a space to showcasing their creations, was realized in fine form at the launch of Fabulous Fashions Weekend, in Harlem. Comments (1).

POP’s NEW EDGE

Music & Fashion: Fresh from several critically acclaimed performances at Carnival 2011 in Trinidad and Tobago, KES the Band -- featuring lead singer Kees Dieffenthaller (Trinidad’s reigning 2011 Groovy Soca Monarch), will appear live at Amnesia NYC, on Sunday, April 24, from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Showtime is at 7:00 p.m. Comment.

Biopic pays homage to pyromanic wizard ‘Scratch’ Perry

Music & Fashion: Inside a small space in Harlem, fans of Jamaican, music producer Lee “Scratch” Perry huddled recently to watch a film that took more than a decade to fully portray his life’s worth of eccentricities. Comment.

Candido Camero’s 90th Birthday Jam

Music & Fashion: Brooklyn Public Library presented NEA Jazz Master Candido Camero’s 90th Birthday Jam with special guests The Arturo O’Farrill Quintet on Thursday, April 7 as part of the Jazz Appreciation Month’s 10th anniversary and the Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Music & Fashion: Astoria Federal Savings & Neighborhood Housing Services is having a free Homebuying Seminar: Making The Process Easy For You, focusing on getting started, closing cost assistance, affordable mortgages, homebuyer education & more, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Astoria Federal Savings, 1045 Flatbush Ave., between Duryea Place & Tilden Ave., Brooklyn. To reserve space call (718) 469-4679. Comment.

‘Moore’ music at Café Carlyle 

Music & Fashion: Tony Award-winner (Purlie) Melba Moore will begin her debut engagement at the Café Carlyle,New York starting Tuesday, April 26 (and playing through Saturday, May 7). Comment.

Trini calypsonians kick off Easter 

Music & Fashion: As it has for the past couple of years, the Easter weekend will once again be cueing fans of first-rate entertainment for a Tropical Paradise smash presentation, when David Rudder, Black Stalin and Singing Sandra headline a show and dance Saturday evening, April 23 at the Tropical Paradise Ballroom. Comment.

March, 2011

Sun Kulcha

Music & Fashion: Jazz As part of the 2011 Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, Brooklyn Public library, Dweck Center, Eastern Parkway at Flatbush Ave., presents Drumming Workshop with Candido & Friends, 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., featuring Candido’s Brithday Jam with The Arturo O’Farrill Quintet at 7:00 p.m., Admission free. For information, call (718) 230-2100. Comment.

SOUTH AFRICAN HARMONIES

Music & Fashion: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College concludes its 2010-2011 World Stages series Comment.

Marvel with the Marvelettes

Music & Fashion: Paula Anderson, lead singer for the Marvelettes, took time out of her busy schedule to talk to this journalist about her upcoming show at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts as the opening act for Dennis Edwards and the Temptations Revue on Saturday, April 9 at 8:00 p.m. Comments (5).

Bluesman Pinetop Perkins dead at 97

Music & Fashion: Legendary bluesman and master piano player Pinetop Perkins died on Monday, March 21 at his home in Austin, TX. Comment.

AFRICAN MUSIC EXPLODES

Music & Fashion: African music, from the traditional to cutting edge is taking hold in New York as evidenced by the number of new venues embracing it. Below are listings from a few that have caught our attention. Comment.

Reggae star Smiley Culture dies at 48

Music & Fashion: The untimely death of reggae star Smiley Culture has been the topic of many conversations since police there released information that the cause was self-inflicted by a knife. Reportedly police were conducting a drug raid at his east Surrey home in England when the tragedy occurred. Comment.

Jazzing it up with Carlos Garnett

Music & Fashion: The 12th Annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival welcomes the return to Brooklyn of jazz great, tenor saxophonist Carlos Garnett. The Carlos Garnett Quintet will perform at the Gala Concert on Saturday, April 2, 2011 in Boys And Girls High School Auditorium, 1700 Fulton St. in the Bedford Stuyvesant section. Comment.

‘It’s All Jazz’ in Brooklyn

Music & Fashion: On Wednesday, March 2, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz joined the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium for a press conference at Brooklyn Borough Hall announcing the 12th annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival to run April 1-30. Comment.

February, 2011

Indashio’s flirtatious fall collection

Music & Fashion: In fine dramatic style, fashion designer Indashio filled the runway with a gush of smoke before unleashing his eye-popping Fall 2011 collection at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, to end New York Fashion Week. Comment.

TOUCH OF COLOR

Music & Fashion: The models walked the Foley Gallery runway in Chelsea on Feb. 7 with a backdrop of black and white paintings, completely simpatico with the color palette of the 11-piece fall collection of Trinidadian designer Keishel Williams – casual to elegant – mostly black or gray. There are some with a splash of color. Comment.

Jamaicans hold firm to Buju’s innocence

Music & Fashion: Supporters of popular, reggae, dancehall, deejay Mark Myrie AKA Buju Banton are sad but resolute that last week’s guilty verdict is tied to a campaign to quash his anti-homosexual stance. Comment.

Ricky Jai cops monarch title

Music & Fashion: Chutney singer Ricky Jai copped the first TT$2 million prize of the 2011 Carnival season when he took the Chutney Soca Monarch title at Skinner’s Park, South Trinidad last week. Comment.

Most watched Grammy awards

Music & Fashion: By Vinette K. Pryce Comment.

St. Lucian ‘Invader’ to headline ball

Music & Fashion: The St. Lucia House Foundation, an umbrella group of New York City-, Connecticut- and New Jersey based St. Lucian organizations, announced that legendary soca musician Ignatius “Invader” Tisin will headline its gala on Saturday, Feb. 26 to celebrate St. Lucia’s 32nd anniversary of independence. Comments (1).

Taj Mahal Trio at Lincoln Center

Music & Fashion: The Taj Mahal Trio comprising Taj (vocals, guitar, keys, banjo), Kester Smith (drums) and Bill Rich (bass) will be appearing at The Allen Room at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th Street, New York on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25 and 26, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Comment.

Prince funds next N.Y. generation

Music & Fashion: Prince is continuing his mission to pay toward the knowledge and pave the way for the next generation to attain its greatness. Comment.

TRIBUTE TO CEDRIC

Music & Fashion: As part of this year’s Black History and Reggae Month celebrations, New York based Caribbean Lifestyle TV, (CLM TV) - which air weekly on CIN TV, channel 73, WNYC TV in New York – will pay tribute to saxophone great Cedric “Im” Brooks at the station’s fourth anniversary gala and awards ceremony on Feb. 28 in Manhattan. Comment.

Gipsy Kings at Radio City

Music & Fashion: Radio City Music Hall and MSG Entertainment are proud to welcome The Gipsy Kings back to the great stage on Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 8:00 p.m. Comment.

Night of blues, rock & soul 

Music & Fashion: It is a new year and a new look for local favorites Renee and The Derelicts who will perform two sets of classic and original blues, rock and soul tunes at the P&G Cafe on Manhattan’s West side Saturday, Feb. 12 beginning at 10:00 p.m. with no cover. The Café is located at 380A Columbus Ave. (78th Street) (“B” or “C” subway to 81st St.) Comment.

‘Dream for One Bright World’    

Music & Fashion: It was shortly after the passing of her mother at age 94, that I first spoke to singer Cynthia Scott. She had recently finished the recording of her CD “Dream for One Bright World,” a poignant CD that I suspect was a labor of love. It may have also served as a catharsis for the loss of her mother who passed during the time Cynthia was recording the CD. Comment.

January, 2011

Bright future for reggae singer Casey

Music & Fashion: Legendary artist manager Copeland Forbes, managing director at Comar Productions Ltd. recently announced that he has signed talented Canadian female reggae singer Bonnie Casey to a five-year management contract. Comment.

Gramps sheds tears for Buju 

Music & Fashion: This past weekend, on a cool Sunday afternoon in Miami, Florida, scores of reggae performers came together to show love and support for cultural DJ Buju Banton at a benefit reggae concert in his honor billed “Before The Dawn.” Comment.

Jerk cuisine launches ‘January to Jamaica’

Music & Fashion: On one of the coldest days of the year, WPIX-TV launched an enticing campaign highlighted by food and an opportunity to win trips they branded – “January to Jamaica.” Comment.

Prince at Madison Square Garden

Music & Fashion: Prince announces one more night at Madison Square Garden on the heels of four extraordinary New York area shows last December and a sold-out show scheduled for Jan. 18. Comments (1).

Buju airs appeal ‘Before The Dawn’

Music & Fashion: Dancehall deejay Buju Banton appealed to radio listeners in the most populous Jamaican communities of Florida and New York to support his cause and concert by attending a fundraising concert set for Jan. 16. Comment.

LEGENDS OF BLACK JAZZ

Music & Fashion: The Black Jazz label was a pioneering jazz record label in the early 1970s. What I never thought was that in 2010, I would have the opportunity to hear a concert by some of the most influential and creative of the Black Jazz legends. Comment.

MUSICAL TRADITIONS

Music & Fashion: What happens when artists from remote regions interact with their urban peers, and the traditional and contemporary meet in creative minds? Or when artists revisit traditions familiar but misunderstood, such as vodoun, hula, belly dancing and gypsy music? Comments (1).

Hope And A Future Benefit Concert

Music & Fashion: Calling themselves, “The Joshua Generation,” Dickson Guillaume and The New York State Haitian Interdenominational Mass Choir (also known as Haitian Mass) have joined the “Friends for Haiti” performers for Brooklynbased nonprofit Community2Community’s (C2C) “Hope and A Future” benefit concert at the Apollo Theater, Jan. 12 – the anniversary of the tragic earthquake that claimed more than 300,000 lives. Comment.

December, 2010

Top music money earners for 2010

Music & Fashion: There are lists and lists for every single category of money earners for 2010. Sports has its own break-down from golf to baseball. In arts and entertainment the lists compile the biggest gainers in film, dance, theater and music. Here is one closest to the sound -- Music’s biggest top earners. Comment.

Reggae Grammy returns to basics

Music & Fashion: Last week, the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards went into effect with a television showcase on primetime television announcement of the finalists selected in various genres of the 108 categories of music. Comment.

Jamaican among Oprah’s entourage

Music & Fashion: Jamaicans claim a mantra -- “If ah egg we inna di red.” Comment.
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