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THIRD WORLD REIGNS

THIRD WORLD REIGNS

People: The title legend is not earned easily. This was proven, when “Third World,” the longest reigning Reggae band, enthralled thousands of Caribbean nationals, many who had travelled from the Bronx, Staten Island, and Queens to be entertained at Afro-Caribbean night at Wingate Park’s concert series. Comment

Jerk Fest returns to Queens

Food: New York’s grandest Caribbean food and music festival — Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival will take center stage, on Sunday, July 21, at Roy Wilkins Park, Merrick and Baisley boulevards to celebrate its nine years of revelry. Gates open at noon. Comment

CARIB RHYTHMS

CARIB RHYTHMS

Arts & Theater: Caribbean and other residents in South New Jersey and neighboring Philadelphia reveled in the rhythmic sounds of the Caribbean, took in the cornucopia of Caribbean colors and feasted on Caribbean delicacies, among other things, in picture perfect weather on Saturday during the 19h Annual South Jersey Caribbean Festival at Wiggins Park on the Camden, New Jersey waterfront. Comment

Ganja dispensary launches safe sensimilia registry in Kingston

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica — Advocates for the legal use of medicinal marijuana joined with recreational smokers and curiosity seekers last Wednesday for what was described as a soft launch of Itopia Life, an upscale facility, established to provide information and technical support to patrons wanting enlightenment about the once tabooed herb Jamaicans and others have maligned with felonious penalties a deterrent to usage. Comment

WINGATE CONCERT SERIES

WINGATE CONCERT SERIES

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L Adams, honored Angie Stone, Grammy Award nominated American singer, for her career that spans more than 40 years. The songwriter, who has released eight studio albums, one compilation album and more than two dozen singles, was presented with a citation and a key to the City of Brooklyn by Deputy BP, Ingrid Lewis-Martin. Comment

Carib Fest in South Jersey

Carib Fest in South Jersey

Arts & Theater: The South Jersey Caribbean Cultural and Development Organization (SJCCDO) this Saturday hosts its 19h Annual South Jersey Caribbean Festival at Wiggins Park on the Camden, New Jersey waterfront. Comment

HIGHWAY FOR A KING

HIGHWAY FOR A KING

Barbados: Campaigning since 1968, he began winning CropOver Road March competition — three in a row — between 1983 and 1985, and now with four more under his belt, Leo MacDonald Blenman, The Mighty Grynner, has had a main Barbados highway named after him. Comment

Shaggy inducted into ‘Wall of Fame’

Jamaica: The Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Caribbean Studies (ICS) has added Jamaican musician, singer, DJ and actor, Shaggy, into its “Wall of Fame.” Comment
Jamaica: It has been 26 years since Andrea Davis launched a July 1 celebration she declared International Reggae Day. From Kingston, Jamaica she helmed Jamaica Arts Holding (JAH) a company totally devoted to the preservation of reggae music. This anniversary she is collaborating with the British Black Music Congress to establish a prominent July One red, gold and green presence in Europe. Comment
Jamaica: Jamaican Dancehall Queen Spice over the weekend rocked the red carpet while representing the Caribbean community at the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Ca. Comment

FIRED UP

St Vincent: After highly impressing the audience at the launch of Vincy Mas in Brooklyn last month, Fya Empress was at it again Saturday night, as she was, unequivocally, the crowd’s favorite during the preliminary judging of Vincentian calypsonians in the Big Apple. Comment

RBRM at Kings Theatre this weekend!

One of the most legendary groups in pop / R&B history will return to the stage this Spring — with an explosive new twist: New Edition’s Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, and Michael Bivins are joining forces once again as RBRM. The iconic, multi-platinum performers are bringing the RBRM- 4 The Love Of It Tour to Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre on Saturday, June 8. Comment
Arts & Theater: Braata Productions will open its anniversary celebration year with the Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival, on Saturday June 8, at the St. Albans Park, 169 Street & Merrick Blvd., in Queens. Comment
British radio host and sound system selector Sir David Rodigan who caught the ‘reggae bug’ after watching Millie Small perform her 1964 hit “My Boy Lollipop” at the Ready Steady Go! TV show as a schoolboy, will perform at Groovin In The Park, New York City’s premier reggae and R&B concert on Sunday, June 30 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York. Comment
St Vincent: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says Vincentian soca artiste and Trinidad and Tobago carnival road march winner Skinny Fabulous will unleash the power of soca on “Rum & Rhythm” during CTO’s Caribbean Week New York (CWNY2019) in June. Comment

Tributes to ancestors – Prince, Michael Jackson

People: The king of reggae — Bob Marley, the king of pop — Michael Jackson, the queen of soul — Aretha Franklin and another entitled, music, royal named Prince all have something else in common. In life they were superstar achievers the world revered for their unrivalled talent. In death they are revered ancestors. Comment

Haitian songstress Emeline Michel

Haiti: Only a few performers earn acclaim for developing a unique sound. Emeline Michel can count herself among those few. Known for her fusion of traditional Haitian rhythms (kompa, rasyn, and twoubadou) with other musical genres (pop, jazz, and blues), Michel said she created a sound, which appealed to both traditional and contemporary listeners worldwide. Comment

HOUSE ON ‘FYA’

HOUSE ON ‘FYA’

St Vincent: Former St. Vincent and the Grenadines Calypso Monarch, Fya Empress brought the house down Saturday night during the launch of Vincy Mas in New York. Comment

Patti La Belle to kick off BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival concert, June 4

Brooklyn: The legendary, Patti LaBelle, known for electrifying performances, will kick off BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival, on Tuesday, June 4, at 8 pm. Comment

Reggae awards score trifecta on return to homeland

Jamaica: Jamaicans at home had at least three reasons to revel to reggae music last weekend when significant and historic events coincided for a celebration of the beat that was birthe on the island. Comment

World Music Institute celebrates Haitian Heritage Month

World Music Institute presents a collaboration between Haitian songstress Emeline Michel and one of the island nation’s most popular recording artists, Mikaben, in a concert celebrating Haitian Heritage Month. Comment

SUMMER TREATS

SUMMER TREATS

Be patient, Central Park Summerstage is almost ready to deliver more than 100 free outdoor concerts to 17 New York city neighborhoods. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Seventeen years ago, actor Robert DeNiro introduced a film festival that featured independent features, narratives, shorts and family friendly films. Panel discussions, celebrated personalities, original art works, a platform to showcase musical talent and other alluring enticements propelled the Tribeca Film Festival to what is now the premiere New York film event to experience. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Commissioner of Police of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), Gary Griffith has apologized to Jamaican reggae icon Mark “Buju Banton” Riley over a search carried out by the Organized Crime and Intelligence Unit (OCIU) of his Hilton Trinidad hotel room about 24 hours after he arrived in Trinidad on a private jet for “I am Legend Concert.” Comment

Peter Tosh honored

Jamaica: Peter Tosh, one of the three foremost Jamaican talents with Robert Nesta Marley and Bunny Wailer grouped as the Wailers, globalized reggae music and in the process also promoted Rastafari received posthumous honor and glory recently from Brooklyn’s State Senator Kevin S. Parker. Comment

REGGAE SUMFEST

REGGAE SUMFEST

Jamaica: The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) Reggae Sumfest, dubbed “the greatest reggae show on earth,” was launched in Brooklyn on April 17. JTB said reggae aficionados, industry icons, tastemakers, the Diaspora community and sponsors converged at the trendy Bogart House in East Williamsburg for the launching ceremony. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Last year Beyonce was named the first African-American female to headline the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California, boasting sold-out crowds of more than 70,000 it is arguably the biggest music festival in America. Comment
Jamaica: New Jamaican reggae artiste Humbleton has added to the mix of influential reggae artists in the Caribbean island. According to Tracy-Ann “Roxxi” Chung, public relations coordinator of the Brooklyn-based PlaybookMG, Humbleton hails from the parish of Hanover. Comment

Sound System Showcase

Jamaica: VP Records annual Record Store Day Sound System Showcase will be held this Saturday in Jamaica, Queens from 12-6 pm. This year, both VP Records retail stores (Jamaica, NY and Miramar, FL) have received the distinct designation as official Record Store Day Locations. Comment

READY TO REIGN

Jamaica: With great power comes great responsibility, and Dancehall powerhouse vocalist K’reema, daughter of Dancehall royalty, King Yellowman, says she is ready to take the reins over her father’s legacy. Comment
Harlem Stage, the legendary uptown venue that for over 35 years has promoted the creative legacy of Harlem and artists of color from around the corner and across the globe, is proud to present its Spring 2019 season of performances. Comment

Ja’s Dancehall fraternity welcomes ‘Prodigal Son’

Jamaica: Port St. Lucie, Florida — Last weekend, an exodus out of every county in Florida, recorded full flights departing from Miami International, Palm Beach International, Tampa International and Orlando International to Kingston, Jamaica where a “Long Road To Freedom” headliner invited fans to his first concert in almost a decad Comment

CULTURAL FEST

CULTURAL FEST

Arts & Theater: Several Vincentian and Garifuna artistes Saturday night brought the house down at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn, as the Brooklyn-based Garifuna Indigenous People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Inc. (GIPSVG) hosted its 4th Annual National Heroes Day Cultural Fest. Comment
Jamaica: Jamaicans attending the Ash Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRia) Awards in Kingston were privileged to greet Rita Marley, the avowed queen of reggae who suffered a setback in her musical career two years ago when a stroke ended her singing career. Comments (1)

BLAZE OF COLOR

BLAZE OF COLOR

Arts & Theater: Thousands of masqueraders paraded through the streets of Trinidad and Tobago during the two-day festival described as the “Greatest Show on Earth.” Comment

BELAFONTE’S MUSICAL LEGACY

Manhattan: Renowned activist and calypso legend Harry Belafonte will be celebrated with a birthday concert at Aaron Davis Hall on March 1. On what will be his 92nd birthday, members of the Belafonte Alumni Group — a collective of performers that toured with the entertainer in his heyday — will be honoring him with a musical show of some of his greatest songs. Comment

Young jazzman to lead concert

Young jazzman to lead concert

Manhattan: The Aaron Diehl trio will be performing a concert at Baruch Performing Arts Center next month. Made up of jazz pianist Aaron Diehl, and his trio which includes drummer Aaron Kimmel and bassist David Wong, are going to perform “Virtuoso at Play,” — a two-hour show as part of the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Series on March 28. Comment
Manhattan: t’s a musical trinity. A collaborative show featuring three standout musicians will take center stage at the Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center on March 9. Comment
People: The shortest month of the year bears a plethora of significance. With only 28 days on the calendar Valentine Day and Presidents Day are probably the most commercially celebrated here. Comment

ESTELLE EXPERIENCE

ESTELLE EXPERIENCE

Brooklyn: Singer and artist Estelle is slated to kick off an East Coast musical tour in Brooklyn next month. The first show of the “Estelle Experience” tour opens at Baby’s All Right in Bushwick on Feb. 6. Comment
Entertainment: They’re thinking big! A Caribbean restaurant in Park Slope welcomes jumbo jazz ensembles and oversized orchestras to play new tunes each Monday night. “The Living Large Ensemble Series” takes place at the Slope Lounge, opened last September by husband-and-wife Omari Clarke and Nicole Price-Clarke. Comment

VP celebrates 40 years

VP celebrates 40 years

Jamaica: The world famous VP records celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The Queens-based independent reggae music label is going to commemorate the milestone with a year of musical releases, and celebrations spanning from North America, the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom. Comment

What’s going on in 2019?

What’s going on in 2019?

People: For starters Rhythm & Blues singer Marvin Gaye who asked the musical query in a song titled “What’s Going On?” will be getting his own Forever postage stamp this year. According to the United States Postal Service, a commemorative Forever stamp will be introduced with his image to be added to the music icon series. Comment
Arts & Theater: Brooklyn’s cultural group, Tropicalfete, recently blew the audience away with its final production for 2018 that featured the organization’s various groups. Comments (1)
Trinidad and Tobago: While the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago is renowned for calypso and soca, infectious music that takes center stage during the country’s annual carnival, another type of music dominates during the Christmas season, according to National Public Radio’s (NPR) “Morning Edition.” Comment

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