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November, 2018



Guyana: Eddie Grant, a Guyana-born, world-renowned, phenomenal artist, was last Saturday conferred Doctor of Letters for excellency in music by Professor Eon Harris at the University of Guyana’s first such historic distinction, during the institution’s 52nd convocation ceremony at the National Cultural Center in Georgetown Comment
Brooklyn: She’s doing it for herself! Comment
Queens: A spectacular motorcade festooned with lights and colorful flowers, made its way along Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill, Queens last Saturday evening, to commemorate Diwali — the spiritual festival of lights observed by Hindus across the world, to honor goodness and prosperity. Comment

Brooklyn will cast Shadow among calypso greats

Trinidad and Tobago: Jamaicans who experienced “Soca Madness” in rural St. Mary in the 1980s will not soon forget the premiere performance of a calypsonian from Trinidad & Tobago known as Shadow. On a bill in 1987 with Rootsman, Baron, Bally and others Shadow managed to conquer music lovers partial to partying to reggae music. Comment



Brooklyn: The Coalition to Preserve Reggae is hosting its Reggae Culture Salute at Milk River on Nov. 3. The annual family-friendly event returns after a two-year hiatus to honor the new and legendary artists in the reggae genre. This year’s honorees include Canarsie-based family band, New Kingston, which will be bestowed with the Simba Award, which honors new artists and bands, said one of the show’s co-organizers. Comment

October, 2018

Queens: He’s back. Legendary Jamaican singer Beres Hammond celebrated the recent release of his latest album with fans at the VP Records Store in Queens on Oct. 17. Comment

Vincy calypsonians entertain opposition party meeting

St Vincent: While it is not unusual for Vincentian calypsonians to provide entertainment during political meetings, it is also not customary for many of them to significantly intersperse addresses with renditions and social commentaries. Comment

Mavado releases ‘Dancehall Prophecy’

Jamaica: International Dancehall star Mavado recently released his single titled ‘Dancehall Prophecy.’ Produced by Justus Arison, ‘Dancehall Prophecy’ is climbing on the Reggae iTunes Charts. Comment
St Vincent: Verna Arthur, the coordinator of a recent Vincentian cultural exposition in Brooklyn, has described as “a success,” her group, Club St. Vincent, Inc.’s, annual event at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

September, 2018

Haiti: She grew up singing and playing music in a Baptist church in Brooklyn, and in the years since has performed in venues around the globe. But this Sunday, Melanie Charles will once again perform in a setting much like the one where it all began, this time headlining the opening session of the seventh year of Jazz Vespers at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Clinton Hill. Comment

Brooklyn group to honor Vincy musical arranger

St Vincent: A Brooklyn-based group says it will bestow its Accolade Award on renowned Vincentian-born musical arranger and producer Franklyn “Frankie” McIntosh on Oct. 6 at the Russell’s Auditorium in Kingstown, the Vincentian capital. Comment



Manhattan: French-Caribbean blues band Delgres is performing the final New York show of their tour on Sept. 25. The concert at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan, will feature the three-member band playing tunes from their recently released album, “Mo Jodi,” and its a chance for them to showcase the diversity of the album, said the lead vocalist. Comment



Arts & Theater: The United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) on Saturday held another very successful cultural show in Brooklyn in its continuing efforts in raising funds to assist, with medical supplies, hospitals and health centers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

Father of the modern steelpan instrument dies

Trinidad and Tobago: Elliot “Ellie” Mannette, a Trinidadian-born musical instrument maker and steel pan musician, also known as the “father of the modern steel pan instrument,” died in Morgantown, W.Va. on Aug. 29. He was 90. Comment

‘Panomundo’ explores steelpan on 4 continents

Entertainment: The influence of Trinidad & Tobago’s steel pan music has been grossly under-documented. The history of the instrument and its impact on the world community seems to be under-reported and only partially documented until now. Comments (2)

August, 2018

Arts & Theater: “The organizers, exhibitors, talented performers, artisans and vendors who come together each year to make Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique Day in New York City, a reality, are all set to make this, the 10th anniversary, the biggest ever,” affirms project coordinator, Michael Vincent of GRENCAP UNITED, the organization responsible for staging this annual event. Comments (1)
Arts & Theater: Haitian cultural group Fanmi Asòtò teams up with NY’s Oldest House and Brooklyn Arts Council to bring an unprecedented festival celebrating the Lakou Souvenance tradition, including food, dancing, drumming, singing, and more. Comment
Arts & Theater: For the seventh successive year, thousands of Vincentians from all walks of life on Saturday descended on Heckscher State Park in East Islip, Long Is. for the annual Vincy Day USA Picnic. Comment
Jamaica: As many summer concert series fade into 2018 history, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival revs up for a free, Summerstage season at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. Comments (1)

National orders served in Jamaica

Jamaica: Distinguished Jamaican citizens were named by Gov. General Patrick Linton Allen for national honors on the 56th an Comment
People: Jamaica was never named by Jay-Z and Beyonce when they stopped into MetLife Stadium last week for two nights of their On The Run Tour 2. Comment

Another bombastic CropOver

Arts & Theater: Barbadians and visitors jumped, danced, drank and partied in other unimaginable ways along the streets Monday to wrap up another CropOver festival, the island’s biggest, and internationally renowned, annual celebration. Comment

JAH and music fraternity mourns

Jamaica: News of the passing on July 9 of Suzanne Couch had a sobering effect on Jamaicans acquainted with the finger-licking foods she often prepared for friends and celebrities who visited the island. The sudden and sad news travelled far and wide resonating with grief. Comment
Arts & Theater: On July 29 in Prospect Park, the D’Radoes Steel Orchestra opened an afternoon folk arts festival in Prospect Park, which through music, words, dance, puppets and theatrical presentations shared the cultural expressions of more than 10 ethnic communities, part of the cultural jambalaya that makes up Brooklyn. Comment
Brooklyn: Hundreds of music lovers packed Albee Square in Downtown Brooklyn to watch reggae band Meta and the Cornerstones perform on July 28. The band was the musical entertainment of Downtown Brooklyn Partnership’s pop-up beach party — a beach-themed outdoor event at the center of Fulton Mall. The event attracted coastline fanatics, music enthusiasts, and even passerby in the area, said one woman. Comment

Old School Fusion union

Old School Fusion union

Jamaica: Shinehead, the 80’s dancehall toaster who fused hip-hop with reggae to push Jamaica’s home-grown music into the most flourishing era for most Caribbean recording artist is back on the New York scene. Comment



Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams says the Wingate Concert Series will return at Wingate Park in East Flatbush next week. “Music is a celebration of life, love and the beauty of our diverse communities,” said Adams on Monday. “That’s why I’m excited to present the 2018 Wingate Concert Series.” Comment

July, 2018

Lil Rick, Mickey are Soca Royale champions

Barbados: Veteran performer Lil Rick delivered a fast-moving calypso rendition that embraced elements of the rhythm of Spouge, an indigenous Barbados music genre, to turn the combination into a Sweet Soca winning performance. Comment

Royale Barbados battle Sunday

Barbados: With Barbados’ Crop Over 2018 in full swing, thousands of party-crazy Bajans and visitors to the island will crowd Bushy Park Sunday to hear 17 young and not-so-young artistes compete for the Sweet Soca and Party Monarch titles. Comment

Bob Marley historian has ‘So much things to say’

Jamaica: As Jamaica’s premier summer reggae festival, Reggae Sumfest, culminated in the island’s tourist capital, Montego Bay, the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) said its booth provided “the perfect vantage point to observe the stellar performances and a wonderful ambience for those looking to bask in the essence of Jamaican culture.” Comment

Carnival in Queens

Carnival in Queens

Arts & Theater: It’s round two for Queens’ sole Caribbean carnival Far Rockaway’s first and only carnival is returning for its second year on Aug. 18. The “Caribbean Carnival in the Rockaways” comes back next month for another go after a successful debut last summer. The event, created by and spearheaded by State Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D–Far Rockaway), brings island culture to the borough’s southern tip, highlighting the various island diasporas that have shaped the neighborhood, he said. Comment

JTB takes Reggae Sumfest to the world

Jamaica: On the heels of the successful digital marketing campaign “Join Me In Jamaica,” the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) says it has deepened its footprint in the digital space by live streaming the 26th staging of Reggae Sumfest. Comment
Arts & Theater: The stage is set, and the streets are ready to welcome hundreds of masqueraders who will dazzle Jersey City, NJ, in a colorful costume parade, when the Jersey City West Indian Caribbean American Carnival Association Inc. (JCWICACAI) celebrates 23 years of revelry on Saturday, July 28. Comments (4)



Brooklyn: “A Taste of Hopetown” soiree marked the celebration of Guyana’s African history at Crystal Manor in Flatbush on July 14. Afro-Guyanese culture was on full display at the ancestral event from music to attire. Hundreds of partygoers attended the event, which was a shining presentation of what the country’s music scene can be and the artists, said the event’s co-organizer. Comment
Haiti: Haitian-American musician Okai Fleurimond will introduce the traditional drum rhythms of Haiti on July 29 at the Pelham Art Center in Pelham, New York. Open to all ages, the free performance starts at 1:30 pm at the center, a mere eight miles north of the Bronx. Comment

St. Kitts music fest ‘a rousing success’

St Kitts and Nevis: Tourism officials in St. Kitts have described as “a rousing success” the 22nd Annual St. Kitts Music Festival. The festival, which took place from Jun. 27 – Jul. 1, drew “record numbers of attendees and an amazing response to all the performers. Comment

Free reggae concert rocks Coney Island

Brooklyn: On the most comfortable day of the summer reggae supergroup Third World and “self-proclaimed original dancehall master” Barrington Levy sizzled inside the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island when City Parks Summerstage treated enthusiastic reggae fans to an unprecedented free concert inside the venue. Comment
Haiti: You didn’t need to be in Haiti at the Hotel Oloffson last Thursday night to hear the vodou-rock band RAM. For more 25 years, every Thursday night, when they’re not touring — RAM legendarily performs at the Oloffson in Port-au-Prince. But on Thursday, July 5, RAM played the grass-filled Springfield Park, located in the middle of Springfield Gardens, Queens. Comment

Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph onto Wall of Fame

Movies: The Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) has inducted Jamaican American actress Sheryl Lee Ralph into its “Wall of Fame” in commemoration of National Caribbean American Heritage Month celebrations. Comment

June, 2018

BP sponsors Central Brooklyn culture walk

Arts & Theater: Hundreds of revelers hit Eastern Parkway on June 24 to toast the cultural contributions of individuals and institutions hailing from neighborhoods in the heart of the borough, including a Bedford-Stuyvesant–born, award-winning performer honored at the bash who thrilled attendees with a surprise show. Comment

Free summer concerts return to Coney Island

Arts & Theater: Council Member Mark Treyger and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Monday joined City Parks Foundation in returning free summer concerts to Coney Island. Comments (1)
Barbados: While a large amount of creative talent continues to flow from the Caribbean bringing recognition and commerce to the region, territories in this group of islands are yet to harmonize copyright laws for protection of artistes. Comment
Arts & Theater: The Brooklyn-based Tropicalfete, Inc. will host its annual Caribbean Cultural Showcase on Sunday, June 24 in Brooklyn to unveil its 2018 costumes under the theme “The Carnival Jungle — Sweet Fuh Days Comment

Groovin’ returns with longer show, bigger lineup

Entertainment: The reggae and rhythm and blues music festival, Groovin’ in the Park returns to Roy Wilkins Park this weekend on June 24. The annual concert is debuting a few new additions to the program, and is also prolonging its runtime for an extended show, said the concert’s co-founder. Comments (1)

Inside Life

Inside Life

Jamaica: “Jamaica to UK, the Reggae Revolution” Themes IRD’s 2018 Celebration of 50 Years of Reggae & Synergy With England. Comment
St Vincent: The president of the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Nurses Association of New York, Inc. (SVGNANY), Dionne Crichton-Bailey, has described as a resounding success the group’s inaugural Tea Party, held on Saturday, June 9 at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment



St Vincent: Eleven calypsonians from the Dynamite Calypso Tent in New York, considered the sole Vincentian calypso tent in North America, gave a good account of themselves Saturday night in the preliminary judging in the National Calypso Competition in Vincy Mas 2018. Comment
St Vincent: The Resource and Finance Commission of the Brooklyn-based Independent United Order of Mechanics (IUOM), Friendly Society, Western Hemisphere, Inc., on Sunday hosted its grand annual luncheon at Sirico’s Caterers in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn. Comment

Trini soca star rising

Trinidad and Tobago: Young Trinidad and Tobago soca star Nailah Blackman has been nominated for one of the 2018 Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) Awards — the Viewers’ Choice: Best New International Act. To have a good chance, she would need the help of all Trindad and Tobago by voting and hashtagging her picture #ipicknailahb18. The awards show comes off on June 24 at 8 pm. Comment
Brooklyn: The color purple was in vogue last Saturday in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn where a free, mass concert / celebration of Prince Rogers Nelson billed “Purple People Party 3” hosted by actor / director Spike Lee marked the 60th anniversary birthday of the Minneapolis native who died three years ago from an opiod overdose. Comment
Brooklyn: It’s June. The month claimed by graduates, fathers, brides and grooms, the LGBT community, Black music and Caribbean nationals as well as numerous groups anxiously anticipating the hottest season of every calendar year. Comment



Arts & Theater: Memorial Day weekend saw DanceAfrica 2018 Bazaar filling the streets that wrap around the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Every May the dance festival celebrates Africa through music, dance and film, wrapping up an outdoor global market place Comments (1)

Reggae returns to Coney’s boardwalk

Brooklyn: The annual monthly reggae music event, “Reggae on the Boardwalk” returns to Coney Island starting June 3. Every month from June until September — reggae music deejays come to the historic boardwalk to play some tunes honoring the genre’s classics, said the organizer. Comment

May, 2018

Classical Antiguan cellist stars at Royal wedding

Antigua: Let’s face it, even Antiguans will concede that their most known export is their sweet, delicious Antigua Black pineapple. Acclaimed for being the world’s best, the fruit will have to take a backseat to a teenager named Sheku Kanneh-Mason who after a globally televised performance from England on May 19 is now all the rave. The 19-year-old secured the Eastern Caribbean’s coveted pride when he performed three songs at the much talked-about royal wedding of Prince Harry and his bride, the former actress Meghan Markle. Comment
Arts & Theater: Some may contend that Ethiopia’s Emperor Haile Selassie and his bride Empress Menem are distinguished to being Africa’s most acclaimed couple. However, in the 20th and 21st centuries most will regard South Africa’s Nelson and Winnie as the continent’s most renowned couple as well as the two fiercest freedom fighting union of the entire world. Comment
Arts & Theater: Caribbean Life’s Associate Editor Grenadian-born Kevin Williams was among three outstanding community figures honored last Sunday at the first award ceremony of the Brooklyn-based Grenadian cultural group Quake USA. Comment

Grammy winning artist Common will open BRIC 40th Celebrate Brooklyn fest

Arts & Theater: Grammy Award winning artist Common will headline opening night of the 40th anniversary gala and concert of Brooklyn Information & Culture (BRIC) Celebrate Brooklyn! festival June 5, at Prospect Park Bandshell. He will take the stage at 8 pm. Comment

Pols ramp up calls for a Little Haiti District in Brooklyn

Arts & Theater: A number of legislators in Brooklyn are calling for the creation of a Little Haiti Cultural and Business District. Brooklyn Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte will be joined by Assemblymember Nick Perry, State Senator Kevin Parker, Council Member Jumaane Williams, Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo, Borough President Eric L. Adams, and several Flatbush community leaders in a press conference calling on the New York City Council to officially make the designation. Comment



Haiti: An evening of Haitian culture and pride, starting at 8 pm, will take place May 20 at SOBs in Manhattan to commemorate the 215th anniversary of Haiti’s flag, the symbol of the first free Black Republic in the Western Hemisphere. Comment

Piers, parks & plazas ready for Concert Series

Arts & Theater: No sooner than daylight savings time dawned, so too did a plethora of summer concert series to brighten and lengthen the season of free, outdoor music and dance offerings. The annual five borough presentations of music, dance, spoken word, films and theatrical presentations encompassing jazz, reggae, hip-hop, pop, r&b, and country music offerings enable free, quality, outdoor entertainment for the asking. Comment
Arts & Theater: Sherill-Ann Mason-Haywood, the new head of the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora Committee of New York, has described as a success Saturday’s launch of Vincy Mas in New York. Comment


Jamaica: Jamaican gospel artiste Croswell Daily was the major act at the recent annual gala fundraising dinner of the Bronx-based Vincentian group, St. Matthias Charities, Inc. Comment

Reggae fans mark Marley’s passing in ‘81

Jamaica: May 11 marks 37 years since the untimely passing of the only Rastafarian, songwriter, legend, musician and world acclaimed superstar from the Caribbean. Comment

Ernie Smith to headline Caribbean Folk Fest

Jamaica: Jamaica’s Ernie Smith will headline a full day of Caribbean cultural presentations on May 12 at York College Performing Arts Center in Queens when Braata Productions, creator of The Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival hosts a free event. Comment

May is Garifuna Arts & Culture Appreciation Month

Arts & Theater: The Bronx-based Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. says it is celebrating Garifuna Arts & Culture Appreciation Month in New York City during the month of May in honor of the 17th anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) proclamation of the Garifuna Language, Dance and Music as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, on May 18, Comments (1)


Haiti: Time to mark your calendar! From mid-May through June, Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) is presenting its third biennial edition of a veritable feast-of-arts festival: Selebrasyon! Ayiti Angaje (Celebration! Haiti Engages). Comments (1)
Queens: The most diverse borough of the five that comprise New York City is jazzing up its attractions with a plethora of tributes to Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, one of Queens’ most iconic musicians and the song he is acclaimed for gifting in its honor — “What A Wonderful World.” Comment

April, 2018

Queens: Long live the vinyl record. Hundreds showed up for VP Records’ annual record store day at the flagship location in Jamaica, Queens on April 21. This was the store’s fourth annual recognition of the global event, which celebrates the vinyl record. Comment
Entertainment: Reggae artist Romain Virgo scored a number one on Billboard’s reggae charts last week with his album “Lovesick.” It is not the first time the artist’s project has charted, but this was his highest rank yet. The thrilled singer said his latest album is his best yet, and the outcome of this achievement is a huge win, especially since his earlier shots at the chart never went beyond that, he said. Comment
Manhattan: Almost two decades into providing an ideal location and reliable showplace for showcasing eclectic music, the Times Square club named for blues icon B.B. Kings will be closing their doors for the last time on April 29. Comment


Entertainment: Who knew that Jamaican dancehall deejay Shaggy would be among the select roster of artists invited to hail Queen Elizabeth II on her 92nd birthday. Comment
Jamaica: Last week, an 80-minute documentary titled “Two Beats One Soul” premiered in New York to a select crowd of insiders who witnessed first-hand, the making of an album on the island of Cuba. Comment

Shaggy and Sting collaborate

Shaggy and Sting collaborate

Entertainment: International reggae pop singer Shaggy, and legendary British rocker Sting have collaborated for a new musical project titled “44/486.” The singer and the former frontman of the band The Police, are putting out a mostly reggae-inspired and upbeat project. Comment

March, 2018


Entertainment: There’s a new Caribbean songstress on the block! And she is trying to maintain the island flavor in mainstream music. Trinidadian singer Arita, recently released her debut single and EP “Lovesick.” As a singer, she wants to reintroduce the music industry to its Caribbean influence. She said many artists of Caribbean heritage played a huge part in American music throughout the years — but going mainstream often erased that and now she wants to be one who challenges it. Comment

Sean Paul to perform at Kings Theatre

Brooklyn: He’s coming to Brooklyn! International reggae and dancehall artist Sean Paul is headlining his own concert at Kings Theatre on March 22. It will be his debut show at the historic venue, but not his first in Brooklyn, and he is thrilled to return to perform because the borough’s fanbase reminds him of Jamaica, and he can always count on them for feedback. Comment

Vincy heroes tribute

Vincy heroes tribute

Arts & Theater: Hundreds of Vincentians Saturday night joined the Brooklyn-based Garifuna Indigenous People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Inc. (GIPSVG) in celebrating National Heroes Day with a cultural extravaganza at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment
Cuba: The 75-member National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba will be performing at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 4 pm. Comment


Entertainment: What would be a more fitting tribute for the Apollo Theater to recognize Women’s History Month than presenting a musical tribute to the renowned musical artist, civil rights activist and Apollo legend Nina Simone. Comment


People: She’s on to bigger things. Jamaican dancehall artist Spice is making her reality television show debut on the seventh season of VH1’s hit show “Love and Hip-Hop: Atlanta,” which airs on March 19. The singer made a brief appearance on the show last season during an episode that was filmed in Jamaica. But as a avid-watcher of the series and now a cast member, the singer says this is the first step in one of many career goals she is aiming for. Comment



Manhattan: Calypso legend Harry Belafonte celebrated his birthday attending a tribute concert in his honor at City College on March 1. The 91-year-old was front and center at the “Turn the World Around: The Music and Legacy of Harry Belafonte,” as he was serenaded with a show of his classic hits. Comment



Arts & Theater: Barbara Atherly, consul general of Guyana to New York, told expatriates to be inspired by the vision of a united, democratic, and prosperous Guyana, during a magnificent, colorful 48th Republic Anniversary celebration, on Thursday, Feb. 23. Comment

Zimbabwe honors Marley with statue

Jamaica: A monument to Robert Nesta Marley has been approved by the Marley family and will be erected in Zimbabwe, the only African nation he performed during his brief lifetime. Comment

Alicia Olatuja to perform in Brooklyn

Entertainment: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2017-18 Kumble Theater season with jazz singer / songwriter Alicia Olatuja on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 8 pm. Comment

February, 2018

Africa’s new and improved sounds

Manhattan: They’re back with the Motherland’s newest sounds. The yearly music event celebrating the trendiest and popular sounds to come out of the African continent returns to Apollo Theater on March 3. The “Africa Now” concert spotlights African artists and the emerging sounds they are bringing to the African music scene. Organized by the famed theater and the World Music Institute, together they are giving the stage to show, said the co-curator. Comment

Concert to celebrate Belafonte on his birthday

People: The stellar career of famed Calypso artist and social activist Harry Belafonte will be celebrated in a musical tribute on his 91st birthday on March 1 at City College Center for the Arts in Manhattan. Comments (1)

Neo-soul songstress to perform at birthday bash

Brooklyn: Singer Olivia K and The Parkers will be performing at her birthday bash at The Knitting Factory on Feb. 22. The Caribbean-American songstress, who is of Guyanese descent, will take to the stage to perform songs from her EP “Power.” Her fusion of music styles and her stage presence makes her a standout among a lot artists and her team says she will deliver a good show, said her publicist. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Two soca legends Machael Montano and Austin “Superblue” Lyons have captured the 2018 Trinidad and Tobago Road March title. Their collaboration “Soca Kingdom” was played 336 times compared to Iwer George’s “Savannah” followed by Patrice Roberts’ Sweet Fuh So.” Comment

Bobby Digital releases two-part music collection

Entertainment: Grammy-winning Jamaican producer Bobby Digital recently released a new compilation mix. The hit-maker put together a two-part anthology series, “Volume 1: X-tra Wicked” and “Volume 2: Serious Times” — a collection of some of his greatest hits. He says he started assembling the project a few years ago to give his fans something reminiscent of classic reggae. Comment
Arts & Theater: BPTT Renegades celebrated their long-awaited tenth National Panorama Championship title at the Panorama finals at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain on Saturday night. Comment

St. Lucia to celebrate independence with concert, events

Brooklyn: The Consulate of St. Lucia is kicking off the island nation’s independence month with a gospel festival at the Advent Fellowship on Feb. 3. The annual concert brings together some of the best St. Lucian performers of the genre and other entertainers. On Saturday, returning artists like Emrand Henry will take the stage at the show, and some new and interesting ones, said vice consul. Comment


Jamaica: Damian Marley has won his fourth Grammy award. He previously won two Grammy Best Reggae Album trophies for ”Half Way Tree” and “Welcome To Jamrock,” compilations named from Jamaica’s landmark locations. Comments (1)

January, 2018

‘Singing Evangelist’ honored, brings house down

St Vincent: The Crown Heights, Brooklyn-based Attributes of Christ Ministries on Jan. 13 honored Evangelist Shirley Browne, otherwise known as “The Singing Evangelist,” at a memorial service for the church’s late pastor and founder, the Rev. Dr. William Muckett. Comment

Zap Pow reunites for new project

Entertainment: The band is back together again! Legendary 70s reggae band Zap Pow is reunited and releasing their first project in more than seven years. Some of the group’s original and current members came together to work on their new album titled “Zap-Pow Again.” The return is inspired by members retaining a presence on the music scene, and wanting to revive their influence on current trends, said the band’s founder. Comment

Morgan Heritage to host pre-Grammy party

Brooklyn: Grammy winning group Morgan Heritage will be hosting a pre-Grammy party celebrating reggae music at Suite 36 on Jan. 26. The musical family band is once again a Grammy-nominee for their 2017 album “Avrakedabra,” and their company Golden CBD Water is going to host the celebratory party honoring other reggae nominees, the company said in a statement. Comment


Arts & Theater: A new season is in session. The Harlem Stage performing arts theater has announced their lineup for their spring season, which started on Jan. 16 and kicked off with “Ella! A Centennial Celebration.” The new season has several shows and even some free forthcoming performances and workshops. Comment

Safaree to receive ‘Blue & Bougie Impact Award’

Entertainment: Hard work, a will to succeed and not being afraid of taking chances is helping Brooklyn based, Jamaican rapper Safaree succeed in the entertainment business. On Sunday, Feb. 18, Safaree will be presented with the “Blue & Bougie Impact Award” at Mingles Cafe, in the Bronx, New York for the fascinating year he had in 2017. Comment

The Musical now in its seventh year

Arts & Theater: With the arrival of 2018, the long-running smash SISTAS: The Musical had its seventh New Year’s celebration at St. Luke’s Theatre in the heart of the Theatre District. Comment


Jamaica: Rebel Salute, Jamaica’s iconic concert series, will stage its 25th annual showcase on a plantation in the parish of St. Ann on Jan. 12 and 13 Comment

Artists of color head to Harlem

Entertainment: Harlem Stage, the legendary uptown venue that for more than 30 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 2018 season of performances. Comment

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