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November, 2017

HAITIAN VIBES

Music: Haitian educators embracing their cultural background with others filled Kinanm Lounge on a cold Saturday night for the warmest vibes, immersed in an evening of Haitian musical heritage. Comment

Jamaican reggae artist Etana to be honored

Music: The Washington-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) says Jamaican Reggae singer Etana will be honored with the Excellence in the Arts Award at the 24th annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards (CARAH) on Friday. Comment

Jamaica’s Marathon Reggae Benefit to aid neighbours

Music: Jamaica’s creative community is mobilizing this week to stage a marathon concert to help neighbouring countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. An amalgam of all-genre recording artists – go Comment

Beres Hammond joins Jamathon benefit concert

Music: A legend is now part of the big show. Reggae legend Beres Hammond is officially in the lineup of the star-studded Caribbean Love Now Jamathon set for Nov. 22 in Kingston, Jamaica. The artist will be joining more than 30 other reggae, dancehall, and soca performers for the benefit concert. Comment

Trinidadian soprano brings joy with concert

Music: She sang her songs of joy. A Brooklyn-based soprano performed sacred and classic songs at her concert at the South Oxford Space on Nov. 4. Singer Marilyn Kim Oliver headlined her intimate show, “Classical and Contemporary Musical Gems,” and guests were thrilled by her singing. Comment

Multi-genre benefit show for US Virgin Islands

Music: A concert for the U.S. Virgin Islands is going to feature award-winning singers and Caribbean artists at Lehman College on Nov. 12. “A Benefit Concert For The Caribbean” is hoping to raise awareness for the hurricane-hit tri-island territory because it is being ignored, said the concert organizer. Comment

Gospel artiste wows audience during Clarke’s fundraiser

Music: Former Jamaican reggae super star-turned-gospel artiste Carlene Davis broke the house down Saturday, as she headlined the annual fundraising Gospel Concert and Prayer Breakfast for Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke. Comment

Star-studded concert to raise hurricane relief

Music: It’s a uniting moment for the Caribbean. A forthcoming benefit concert featuring some of the biggest names in reggae, dancehall, and soca is slated for Nov. 22 in Kingston, Jamaica Comment

Eddie Grant releases new album ‘Plaisance’

Music: Eddy Grant is a world-renowned singer, producer, songwriter, and founder of Ice Records, a recording studio in Barbados where mega Caribbean performers including the Mighty Sparrow, Calypso Rose, David Rudder and Lord Kitchener recorded hit records. Comment

October, 2017

MUSICAL CONNECTION

MUSICAL CONNECTION

Music: A jazz duo is set to perform the styles of Afro-French Caribbean music at the Jazz Standard in Manhattan Oct. 26-29. Cuban-American jazz saxophonist Yosvany Terry and French jazz pianist Baptiste Trotignon will perform compositions from their joint album “Ancestral Memories.” Comment

Police flavored entertainment

Music: Pamella Ferrari-Easter, chairperson of the Entertainment Committee of the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Police Association, USA, Inc., said that her group was on “a new high” after its inaugural “Evening of Entertainment” at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment
Music: A beaming Ellen Kodadek, executive and artistic director of Flushing Town Hall grabbed some video shots with her phone of the exuberant crowd dancing to Umalali and The Garifuna Collective at a recent performance in the Town Hall. If engagement with the community — the goal of the Global Arts for a Global Community performance series — is the measure of success, then this evening was triumphant. Comments (1)

Jamaica’s Octoberfest adds Tosh Festival & Awards to Reggae calendar

Music: Each year, Germans — particularly those in Munich — anticipate this month with the kind of fervor that exudes Oktoberfest, the world’s biggest fair. Comment

NEIGHBORING FUSION

Music: It’s a bilingual Caribbean music fusion. The musical styles of Jamaica and Cuba come alive in “Havana Meets Kingston,” the first ever full compilation album combining the sounds and rhythms of these two island nations. The creator — Australian dancehall deejay Mista Savona, was inspired to assemble a project after a 2013 trip to Cuba and hearing sounds that peaked his curiosity. That experience would light a bulb. Comment

Panamania!

Panamania!

Event: A man, a plan, a parade! Panama! Brooklyn’s 20th annual Panamanian Independence Parade will march through Crown Heights on Oct. 7, attracting thousands to celebrate the country’s culture and its sovereignty. The annual gathering attracts thousands to Franklin Avenue, and this year’s event will focus on the country’s second independence, said one of its organizers. Comment
Music: A Brooklyn-based Vincentian group recently honored former National Calypso Monarch D Man Age for 41 years of calypso and social commentary. Comment

September, 2017

Music: A generous concert for home. Several Caribbean artists performed at a hurricane relief benefit concert in Queens on Sept. 17. Headlining the show were soca artists Lyrikal and Kerwin Du Bois, and there were also appearances by other singers and performers. The concert was organized by the Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) and the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) to gather well-known entertainers from the region to for an effective fundraiser, said the executive director of CACNY. Comment

Celebrating community

Music: It’s a community award show! The red carpet will roll out for the fifth annual Image Entertainment Distinction (IED) awards show is slated for Sept. 30. This year the ceremony will be held at Kings Theatre in East Flatbush. The show is aimed at celebrating notable members within and outside of the Caribbean community and the work they have done, from leaders to entertainers, said its founder and CEO. Comment

Green music

Music: Taking a greener approach to music. British reggae musician Macka B’s forthcoming album “Health is Wealth,” is slated to come out next week on Sept. 29. The veteran artist’s new project will include his widely popular and viral internet song “Cucumba” — a funny pro-green tune that gained him new audiences worldwide. The artist says he always wanted to advocate healthy-eating in music to raise more consciousness. Comment

Vincentian cultural group honors icon

Music: The United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) on Saturday honored the cultural figure whose songs it has been using during its cultural performances in the past 14 years. Comment

RHYTHMS AND DANCE

Music: Flushing Town Hall has launched its fall season with something for everybody and for all ages. Latin roots and Cuban rhythms (Sept. 22), Garifuna music from Belize, Honduras and Guatemala (Oct. 6), Afro-Venezuelan rhythms and dance (Oct. 21), Mexican folk dances (Dec. 3), and rhythms and dance movements from the Ivory Coast (Dec. 9) are on the schedule of the Flushing Town Hall fall lineup. Comment

Lyrikal to headline benefit concert for Hurricane Irma victims

Music: Using their talents to help those in need. Caribbean musical artists Lyrikal and Kerwin Dubois will be performing at a Hurricane Irma benefit concert to help victims of the devastating cyclone in Queens on Sept. 17. Comment

ISLAND VIBES

Music: Some island vibes took over Coney. Labor Day weekend kicked off with one of the city’s biggest Caribbean music events on Sept. 1. Thousands of concert-goers attended “On Da Reggae and Soca Tip” at Ford Amphitheater on Coney Island Boardwalk for the annual concert hosted by radio station Hot 97. Comment

Billboard hit for IamStylezMusic

Music: He’s chart topping in style. Dancehall artist IamStylezMusic made his billboard debut last week with his album “Back to My Roots.” The musician who also goes by the name Stylez, said that the achievement on the Reggae Record Chart was an expected one given his efforts, and a long work in progress, he said. Comment

Sept. 11 – Happy time for some… Sad for others

Music: The ninth month of the year signals the unofficial end of summer conjuring emotions of variance to students returning to school or entering a learning institution for the very first time. Comment

Vincentian violinist wows audience

Music: Internationally-acclaimed Vincentian violinist Darron Andrews mesmerized patrons on Saturday at a massive cultural exposition, organized by the Brooklyn-based group Club St. Vincent, Inc., at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Grenadians have fun in Crown Heights

Music: A day for the Isle of Spice! Thousands came out to celebrate their heritage at the ninth annual Grenada Day celebration in Crown Heights on Aug. 27. Grenadian-Americans flocked to the Old Boys and Girls High School field to spend a day extolling their pride and partaking in their culture, and it was one of the biggest gatherings yet, said Grenada’s consul general to New York. Comment

Ecips fest promoters take blame for flop

Music: No one person is to blame. The inaugural Ecips Music Festival went on as scheduled on Aug. 20 and was set to be a multi-genre music event intended to unite fans of various artists from the Caribbean, Latin America, and New York natives. But some attendees said the festival did not deliver as promisein their advertisement and cheated them out of their money. Comment

August, 2017

Terry Gajraj wows Brooklynites

Music: There is no other like “Guyana Boboo,” a song made famous by Guyanese performer Terry Gajraj, whose dynamic music has crossed over all ethnic barriers, making him one of the most sought after singers in New York. Comment
Music: Call it a festive recalling of history. Several Caribbean-American cultural and dance groups performed the music and dances of their cultures for a day of celebrating the richness of the pre-dawn celebration J’ouvert, at Brooklyn Central Library in Prospect Heights on Aug. 19. Comment

Steel band prep for annual competition

Music: It’s the battle of the pans. The annual Steel Band Panorama competition returns on Sept. 2 gathering bands from all over the tri-state region in Brooklyn, for a musical match to crown one band as the best. About a dozen groups come to the grounds of the Brooklyn Museum to compete for title the best steel band in town, and many of the top groups are prepared to push for that gold star. Comment

New festival to debut in Queens

Music: Uniting together for a musical cause. A new festival is trying to bring the diverse communities of Queens together for a day of music. The inaugural ECIPS Music Festival will debut at Roy Wilkins Park on Aug. 20, showcasing a lineup of artists from varying genres and cultures. It will be the first time that the park — long considered a stronghold of Caribbean-centric events — will feature a multi-genre concert to including the once barred genre of hip-hop. The addition of it to the event will attract music fans that were never catered to the parks many concert, said organizers. Comment

A web and a prayer

A web and a prayer

Music: He won it in 2013, and 2014 and this year Ian Webster entered the stage with an entourage of angels, began to ‘Pray for the Souls’ and the divine message of this second song again earned him Barbados’ 2017 Pic-O-De-Crop title. Comment

Free Wingate Concert Series begins Monday

Music: In response to the significant interest in maintaining and expanding the range of free summer entertainment opportunities in Brooklyn, Borough President Eric Adams says the Wingate Concert Series, at Wingate Park in East Flatbush, will begin on Monday, Aug. 7. Comment

The masters dominate Soca Royale

Music: Veterans ruled the finals in last Sunday’s Barbados Soca Royale as Lil Rick romped home with his sixth Party Monarch delivering his lively piece ‘Energy’, and Red Plastic Bag brought waves to the Bush Park crowd to take the Soca Monarch for the second time with ‘Boat Ride’. Comment

FRANCOPHONE MUSIC

FRANCOPHONE MUSIC

Music: Call it a francophone music takeover! Legendary Haitian band Tabou Combo and Guadeloupean dancehall artist Admiral T took over Prospect Park at the Bric Celebrate Brooklyn Festival on July 29. Comment
Music: The music scene on the isle of the flying fish is just getting more explosive! The electronic music craze is on the rise in the Caribbean and the island nation of Barbados will be celebrating that shift in a huge way. The country will be the location of the weeklong Vujaday Music Festival next April — it is the first festival dedicated to house and techno music. The event is planning to bring some of the biggest house and techno music deejays to Barbados, which turns out is the ideal place for high-energy music based on the rise of it there, said the organizer of the festival Comment

July, 2017

JERK QUEEN

Music: It’s bigger than the jerk. Thousands attended the seventh annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens on July 23. The cultural gathering celebrating Jamaican culture is a staple of the borough for that many guests arrived before the noon event started, said the host of the festival and cook-off judge. Comment

Antigua’s panorama named ACB – George ‘Nugget’ Joseph Panorama Competition

Music: In recognition of the outstanding contribution to the development of the steelpan movement in Antigua and Barbuda, the Antigua & Barbuda Festivals Commission and the Antigua & Barbuda Pan Association have tagged The 2017 edition of the National Panorama Competition as the ACB – George “Nugget” Joseph Panorama Competition. Comment

Best reggae hits compiled for Reggae Gold

Music: It’s the best of the genre. The 2017 Reggae Gold was released on July 21 and is jam-packed with the best songs coming out of the music style over the course of a year. The compilation includes songs from Jah Cure, Queen Ifrica, Aidonia, Raging Fyah, Estelle, and Chronixx and Tarrus Riley, who both make two appearances on the track list with their own hits and as featured artists. Comment

Soca Gold

Music: The year’s hottest soca tracks and artists are featured in the annual compilation of the top soca songs. The recently released “Soca Gold 2017,” which hit stores and all music platforms on July 21, puts some of the current and previous year’s biggest songs from carnival to others that charted internationally. Comment

Annual jerk festival returns this weekend

Music: There’s going to be jerk and more. The Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival returns again this weekend to Roy Wilkins Park on July 23 from noon to 8 pm. The seventh annual food and music event celebrating Jamaican culture will feature all types of food, including the beloved jerk, and a cook off contest between Mayor DeBlasio and former Jamaica Miss World, Lisa Hanna. The two will be competing in the Celebrity Quick-Fire Challenge and the two-time winning mayor will defend his title against Hanna this Sunday. Comment

MUSIC NOTE

Music: Putting a different spin on sound. A Brooklyn-based musical trio is revolutionizing the way people see music producers. The Brook Brovaz, comprised of three friends — Shak-Trauma, Silver, and Belle Boy — are a group of producers and artists. Together the team produce and compose music, and also write and perform their songs that cover a wide range of melodies from their outlook, said one member. Comments (1)
Music: A new meaning for reggae. Grammy-nominated reggae band Raging Fyah has introduced their own strain of cannabis into the billion dollar marijuana industry in the United States. The group is the first musical band to join the industry, with their brand of mary-jane called “Everlasting Kush.” The entrance of the band into the business is not a first from Jamaican artists, and was inspired by Damian Marley’s hand in the business. Comment
Music: Art for all. Thousands of art enthusiasts packed the 46th International African Arts Festival at Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene on July 3. The annual festival celebrating the music and artistry of the African Diaspora attracts many people, particularly frequent visitors who always attend every year, and come to showcase their work, said one woman. Comment

Caribbean, New Orleans explore cultural links

Music: The New Orleans Center for the Gulf South helped highlight the links between the Caribbean and New Orleans during the annual US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Southern Regional Research Center’s Caribbean Cultural Heritage Month in June, according to Tulane University. Comment

First International Reggae Day in London

Music: Following the successful launch of the very first celebration of International Reggae Day in London, an amalgam of Black music devotees claim they are fully committed to making July 1 a hallmark event on the annual, British cultural calendar. Comment

Jazzy Jazz evenings

Music: The opening act of “Jazzy Jazz” at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College begins this Friday, July 7. The opening performance features Bashiri Johnson & Frances Elizee; Jazzmeia Horn; Alex Blake & Collective and others, according to organizers of the Dr. Mary Umolu Jazzy Jazz Festival. Comment
Music: Hundreds of people turned out to celebrate the end of Caribbean Heritage Month at Brooklyn Borough Hall on June 29. The indoor and outdoor festival turned the building’s vestibule and Columbus Park Plaza into a hub honoring Caribbean culture for a day-long event, featuring segments of island cuisine, a symposium and musical concert. Comment

‘Jamaica’ takes center stage in Harlem

Music: Once again, Jamaica is in the spotlight. This time shining the light on the Caribbean island/nation is the Harlem Repertory Theater with a 60th anniversary staging of the musical that launched the iconic actress Lena Horne into Broadway stardom. Comment

TRIBUTE TO GREENSLEEVES

Music: It was a landmark celebration! VP Records festively honored legendary label Greensleeves Records with a concert celebrating their 40th anniversary at B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill on June 21. The full-house concert featured reggae artists Addis Pablo, Alborosie, and Queen Ifrica, who performed several of their songs and classics, that best represented the quality of artists the British-based label produced, said a director at VP Records. Comment

June, 2017

REGGAE NIGHT

Queens-born singer heads to Essence Festival

Music: Singer Lydia Caesar is joining the stage with a lineup of artists at this year’s Essence Festival in New Orleans on June 30. Comment

Baby Cham releases new album

Baby Cham releases new album

Music: He’s back on the scene. Dancehall artist Baby Cham is making his return to the music with the release of his new album “Lawless.” The artist rose to fame in 2004 with his single “Ghetto Story” and soon after came out with an album of the same name. The hit scored him even more popularity with the remixed version of the song. Comment

Free boro-wide entertainment in City Parks

Music: One of the best bargains of the year comes every summer when City Parks announces its free, series of music, dance, films and theater. Already in full swing in many of the neighborhood parks in all five boroughs, the biggest and longest announced Brooklyn’s Celebrate Brooklyn Festival in Prospect Park. Comments (1)

Vincy calypso judging begins with NY’s Dynamite Calypso Tent

Music: Five judges from the homeland were on hand Saturday night at Café Omar in Brooklyn for the preliminary round of adjudication in the Dynamite Calypso Tent, the sole Vincentian-owned calypso tent in North America. Comment

SOUND MAKER

Music: He makes the sounds. A young Harlem-based music artist and producer Evan Brown is rising in the hip-hop music industry as a sound maker. He is no newbie to music, having began playing the piano since eight years old. He recently released his downloadable all-instrumental album, “E is for Excellence,” compiling a variety of his sound creations to introduce his work to the world and other artists, he said. Comment

Annual Rum and Rhythm crowns best chef, mixologist

Music: The sixth annual Rum and Rhythm benefit concluded Caribbean week at the Capitale in Manhattan on June 9. Guests sipped rum and dined on foods from different islands in celebration of Caribbean culture. Comment

Tribute to Afro-Cuban music diva

Music: The life of Afro-Cuban singer La Lupe, is going to be celebrated with a musical concert paying homage to her life at the City College Center for Performing Arts on June 9. Together City College, Pregones Theater, and the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute organized a series of events to celebrate the singer which will conclude with a concert. Because La Lupe was a trailblazer during a time when women were still restricted in the arts, she should be praised, said the founder of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute. Comments (1)

May, 2017

Music: A big welcome home! Songstress Lydia Caesar performed her first New York Concert at Milk River Lounge in Bedford-Stuyvesant on May 17. The Hollis, Queens–born singer returned to the city for a show to debut new songs from her newly released album “Queen of Hearts.” The singer was nervous about singing at her first home show but her audience’s positive reaction killed all her of her stage fears, she said. Comment

Lydia Caesar to debut new album at concert

Music: She’s coming back home. Singer and songwriter Lydia Caesar is opening a concert at Milk River on May 18. The Missouri-based artist, originally from Queens, is set to debut songs from her forthcoming album “Queen of Hearts,” in her first solo show in the city. The artist is going to perform a few of her well-known songs like “St. Louis” and “Through it All,” and some new ones, she said. Comment

Vincy cultural group launches first CD

Music: After singing and performing folk songs for 14 years ago, the United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) has finally produced and launched its first CD. Comment
Music: City kids got an interactive and cultural music learning experience to calypso, hip-hop, and traditional Armenian music at Carnegie Hall on May 12. Comment

The Purple Xperience: A Prince Tribute

Music: Vocalist and front man for The Purple Xperience, Marshall Charloff was a teenager when he first met Prince. Little did he know that 30 years later he would perform as Prince in The Purple Xperience, a tribute act fostered by Matt “Doctor” Fink, Prince’s Revolution band scrubs-wearing keyboardist. Comment
Music: Reaching a musical milestone. British reggae music label Greensleeves Records is celebrating its 40th anniversary this summer. Founded in 1975 as a record store in West London, the shop quickly grew into a go-to locale for Jamaican record producers two years later. Now 40 years later the label is thrilled to reach this landmark event, said a spokesman for the company. Comment

JAKIE UNSEATS HIBISCUS

Music: After years in the calypso wilderness without winning any major title, Kenroy “Jakie” Jack finally realized his dream Sunday morning in dethroning Michelle “Hibiscus” Hillocks by capturing the Vincy New Song Competition title at the Gallis Lounge in East Flatbush, Brooklyn Comment

Papa Biggy spreads love in new song

Music: Music for the motivation. Connecticut-based Jamaican artist Papa Biggy is spreading hope in his new song “Walk with God.” The popular calypso and soca-fused gospel song focuses on the failures of friendships and other relationships, and encourages finding faith in between it all, said the singer. Comments (1)

Community event to focus on Haitian culture

Music: A fun community event for action. The third annual Lakay Se Lakay conference returns on May 7 in Crown Heights. The event puts Haitian culture at the forefront for a daylong meeting with musical and creative workshops, dance, art galleries, and a panel Comment

Gospel singer to celebrate 40-year career with concert

Music: Award-winning vocalist Cora Williamson has planned a Cora Williamson Music Ministries Gospel concert in collaboration with Voices of Praise (VOP) to celebrate her 40 years in the ministry. Comment

MUSICAL INSPIRATION

Music: Jazz organist Lonnie Smith will be performing at the 17th annual CUNY jazz festival at City College Center for Performing Arts on May 5. The seasoned musician known for playing the Hammond B-3 organ has been making music for more than 70 years and said he was thrilled to return to the event to do what he loved —inspiring people with his music. Comment

April, 2017

Artist Jagwa challenges categorization in new EP

Music: He is coming out of the shadows. Jamaican-American artist and former ghostwriter Jagwa, has credits to the songs of popular Jamaican artists such as Bounty Killer under his belt. Now close to two decades of writing for big names, he is releasing his own music, which he expects to release in his first EP. Comment
Music: What do teachers do in their spare time? Most teachers would say that’s a contradiction in terms! Teachers who are also artists have in fact two vocations — like Brooklyn’s PS 138 middle school teachers Michèle Voltaire Marceline and Alix (Buyu) Ambroise and teaching artist Jessica St. Vil-Ulysse. Comment

Daddy U Roy to perform in NYC after 25 yrs

Music: Jamaican music pioneer Daddy U Roy, who ruled the charts in the 70s with hit singles, ‘Penny For Your Song’ (with Derrick Harriott); ‘Stop that Train;’ ‘Dread in a Babylon;’ ‘Wake The Town;’ ‘Rule The Nation’ and ‘Wear You To The Ball’ (with John Holt) is set to perform in Queens on Sunday, June 25. Comment

REGGAE AND POP

Music: Music runs in the family. Reggae pop singer K’reema is coming out with her first EP, which is set to be released later this month. The daughter of popular reggae musician King Yellowman, the young artist was always exposed to music and even recorded several songs and music videos. But now she is taking her craft to the next level and delving into the field that made her father a household name, she said. Comment

New Kingston wows hometown crowd at New York concert

Music: It was a taste of home cooking, reggae style. Comment

Barbados launches new music streaming service

Music: A new music streaming service Selecta Charts will be Barbados’ first to stream music for free. The platform, which is the brainchild of founder and creator Paul Husbands, was an idea that came to fruition after attending a Canadian cultural festival, which explored the popularity of soca music access in the country, he said. Husbands said after the national Crop Over festival, soca music dies down. Comment

Woodstock hosts pan festival

Woodstock hosts pan festival

Music: Woodstock, New York is renowned for the rockfest held in 1969 that attracted thousands of music-lovers hankering for an outdoor communal gathering of like-minded rock and roll aficionados. Comment

The Mama Foundation revives ‘ALIVE!’ musical for spring

Music: Vy Higginsen and The Mama Foundation for The Arts announces their Spring 2017 Season with the revival of the hit musical ALIVE! 55+ and Kickin’ at The Dempsey Theater in Harlem, New York on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 7 pm, followed by Saturday matinees on May 6, 13 and 20 at 1 pm. Comment

Vy Higginsen’s Mama Foundation to salute Cissy Houston

Music: In the tradition of excellence always associated with Vy Higginsen, The Mama Foundation for the Arts launches The Harlem Gospel Concert Series starring Vy Higginsen’s Gospel Choir from Harlem at The Dempsey Theater, 127 West 127th St. starting April 15 and continuing the first three Saturdays in May (6, 13 & 20). Comment

Flute and holler! Musician wants to change the flute’s image

Music: He’s all flute, no suit! A Trinidadian flutist is hoping to change the image of his instrument! At his concert at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music on April 7, David Bertrand plans to don a cool, casual outfit and demonstrate that the silvery woodwind can take a leading role in a jazz quartet. Comment

Tarrus Riley added to Groovin’ In The Park lineup

Music: Scores of New York City media representatives, artists, music industry executives, tastemakers and sponsors came out to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Queens, New York last Saturday morning for the 2017 launch of Groovin’ In The Park, New York City’s premier reggae & R&B summer concert. Comment

BREAK THE CHART

Music: Soca artist Fay-Ann Lyons’ aptly titled album “Break the World,” went on to smash the international world when it charted at number three on Billboard’s Reggae and Soca billboard after its debut. Comment

March, 2017

FROM CUBA TO SENEGAL

Music: Cuban pianist Elio Villafranca is returning with his Letters to Mother Africa series, this time with “Cuba – Senegal: Letters to Mother Africa II” at Aaron Davis Hall on March 31. The concert will be an extension of his first installment, this time highlighting African roots of Cuban music and connecting a relationship between Cuban and Senegalese music, he said. Comment
Music: Singer Richie Stephens & his Italian based Ska Nation Band are heading to Montego Bay, Jamaica this summer. The group is confirmed to headline Reggae Sumfest 2017, which unfolds at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay on July 16-22. Comment
Music: Brooklyn-based reggae band New Kingston is not only riding high on its success as one of the most sought after Urban Conscious Reggae bands in New York, the group is also gearing up to do cuts from its 2016, album, “Kingston Fyah,” at Manhattan’s Highline Ballroom, on April 15. Comment

‘FLYING FISH’ SYMPHONY

Music: He is not Wagner but it is his flight of the flying fish. Comment

Edi Fitzroy dead at 62

Music: Popular Jamaica reggae singer, Fitzroy Edwards better known by his stage name Edi Fitzroy has died at the age of 62 at a hospital in Kingston, Jamaica recently. Comment
Music: Barbados’ pop-singing sensation Rihanna has received Harvard University’s Humanitarian of the Year Award. “So, I finally made it to Harvard,” said the Grammy Award-winning artist — whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty — after receiving the Ivy League college’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year award. Comment

Guyanese pianist pays tribute to Gershwin

Music: For more than 20 years, commanding pianist, Hugh Sam has shared his talents and inspired many along his path of excellence. But on Feb. 17, many more had the great opportunity to experience his genius when he paid tribute to late, great, composer, George Gershwin, whose compositions spanned both popular and classical genres. Comments (1)

T&T gov’t to name plane after Calypso Rose

Music: The Trinidad and Tobago government has agreed to name one of the state-owned aircraft, Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) after Calypso Queen of the World Calypso Rose (McArthur Sandy Lewis, who recently won a French “Grammy”Award.” Comment

Ultimate Rejects ‘Full Extreme’ wins Road March title

Music: Ultimate Rejects “Full Extreme” featuring MX Prime (Edghill Thomas) created history by winning the 2017 Road March which was played an unprecedented 556 times at all competition points through Carnival Monday and Tuesday in Trinidad and Tobago. Comment
Music: The Guyana Consulate in New York City was a scene of comradely, and jollification, on Friday, Feb. 24, when compatriots joined hands to mark their homeland’s 47th Republic Anniversary, and Mashramani celebration. Comments (1)

Mighty Chalkdust makes history

Music: Veteran calypsonian the Mighty Chalkdust (Hollis Liverpool) created history when he beat 17 finalists to win the 2017 Calypso Monarch title for the ninth time at the Dimanche Gras show on Carnival Sunday night- breaking Sparrow’s (Slinger Francisco) record of eight National Calypso Monarch titles. Comment

Haitian singing duo open women’s month at BAM

Music: Two Haitian-American singers are opening BAM Cafe’s Women’s Month Celebration with a traditional Haitian music performance on March 3. Anie Alerte and Riva Nyri Precil, together form the pair Anie and Riva, will be honoring women with classic sounds from their homeland. Comment

Line up for Emeline: Haitian songstress plays Brooklyn Center

Music: She sings the songs that make the whole island sing! Comment

Rocking to Forever Freestyle 11 at Lehman Center

Music: Harlemite Rob Base put together a hip hop group in 5th grade called Sureshot Seven. “A bunch of us put together a little hip hop group. It was fun back then. We had a couple of DJs and MCs. In time we all branched out and did our own thing Comment

Rocking to Forever Freestyle 11 at Lehman Center

Music: Harlemite Rob Base put together a hip hop group in 5th grade called Sureshot Seven. “A bunch of us put together a little hip hop group. It was fun back then. We had a couple of DJs and MCs. In time we all branched out and did our own thing Comment

February, 2017

Mr. Vegas introduces new gospel music

Music: He got religion, and it shows in his music. Comments (1)
Music: Piano phenomenon Elio Villafranca will bring the next generation of his popular “Letters to Mother Africa” concerts, the second in his series on the African continent’s powerful influence on jazz and folk Cuban music, to Aaron Davis Hall at 7:30 pm on Friday, March 31. Comment

Calypso Rose gets French toast: Reports

Music: The undisputed Calypso Queen of the World, Calypso Rose, has received a French toast with a very special award, according to reports. Comment

Sista Zock to release CD

Music: Her unique sound straddles the fence between Spoken Word, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Soul, as her music brings together a generation or two. Sista Zock, is a Renaissance Woman in the truest form and on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 Roz Nixon Entertainment will present the CD release party at Gin Fizz in Harlem. Comment

Grammy winners set to boycott music awards

Music: Controversy and the prevalence of protests in sports, politics and entertainment will not be elusive to the Grammy Awards. Comment

January, 2017

From DJ to musician

Music: Emerging reggae and dancehall artist ZekeDon’s unique talent and love for music is rising him to the top. Comment

REGGAE TRAIN

REGGAE TRAIN

Music: Think of “Soul Train” with Caribbean music and you get the genius of the new and hopeful dance show, “International Reggae Train.” Comments (1)

The Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio at Kumble

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2016-17 Jazz series on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at 8 pm with 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dr. Lonnie Smith. Comment

REGGAE ROOTS

Music: Nigerian-American Reggae artist T-Kross is connecting the music genre back to its roots. The singer who released his single “Mama,” says he wants to showcase to fans of the genre, where the popular Jamaican sound got its roots. Comment

Mikey General & Karamanti release ‘Back Against The Wall’

Music: Dancehall artist Karamanti has joined forces with Reggae’s living legend, Mikey General, to send a powerful message to Africans at home and in the diaspora. The message is being sent in the form of a song entitled “Back Against The Wall.” Comment

CREOLE MUSIC

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2016-17 season on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 8 pm with Haitian singer-songwriter and Red Cross Ambassador Emeline Michel. Comment

VH1 star talks new music

VH1 star talks new music

Music: A newly recognizable face on VH1’s hit reality show “Love and Hip-Hop,” Brooklyn music producer Swift On Demand is making a buzz for his career, but now more so as a rapper. Comment

SALSA REUNION

Music: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is proud to present Larry Harlow and Ismael Miranda together for Abran Paso, a special historic reunion of Salsa concert on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at 8 pm. Comment
Music: There was laughter, tears and lots of “singing a long” on New Year’s Eve 2016 in Harlem, New York as Norman Connors and the regal Jean Carn performed the love sound track of a generation or two Comment

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