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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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