REGGAEXCLUSIVE NEWS CARIBBEAN AFRICAN CANADIAN SOCIAL SERVICES (CAFCAN)
COURTNEY STONE RELEASES NEW ALBUM
By Franklin Bailey
Members are being sought for the Board of Directors of Caribbean African Canadian Social Services (CAFCAN). These are volunteer positions. This is a newly constituted organization which has as its origin, the community and social services component of the Jamaica Canadian Association. As such, the inaugural Board members will be responsible for establishing the new organization. Expressions of interest would be welcomed from individuals with knowledge of one or more areas of Board governance: strategic planning, policy development, finance, programs, and/or human resources; ideally acquired through experience in the not-for profit sector. Resumes and expressions of interest in these directorship positions may be sent by E-Mail to: Director@jcaontario.org before applications deadline of Friday March 7, 2014. Ideal candidates will be able to make a time commitment of ten hours per month for Board duties; have experience governing an organization undergoing change; possess the ability to foster a positive working relationship with funders and other stakeholders; be knowledgeable about social issues affecting the Caribbean and African-Canadian community in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA); have a good understanding of the Social Services Sector and funding sources; Primary responsibilities will include establishing overall strategic direction, planning of the organization’s objectives and priorities and measurement of performance; recruitment, evaluation and succession planning for the Executive Director (ED) and appropriate oversight of senior staff; helping to ensure the financial accountability, viability, and sustainability of the organization. For additional information contact Director@jcaontario.org.
DUBPLATE SCAMMERS TAKE THE FOOD OUT OF ARTISTS MOUTHS With Reggae music on the rise worldwide the sound system (Disc Jockey) industry has grown in numbers. Reggae sound systems pride and joy Dubplates (special recording promoting the sound that is playing it) in the days of vinyl you had to take the artist into a studio then voice and cut the vinyl. Dub today, computer studios make that obsolete. Anyone can record or edit anything, thus opening the door to scanners.
Stone Music Production will be hosting the release of Courtney Stone’s 2nd album entitled ‘’Rise Up’’. With this new album fans can expect a mixture of conscious reggae music and love songs which this vibrant artiste is known for. This singer, songwriter and composer has raised the bar with his 14 tracks CD working with some of Toronto greatest producers and musicians. The album will be officially released in stores on April 14th 2014 after the CD Release Concert being held at Belleeny’s Martini Resto-Lounge on April 12th. With guest appearances by R&B Soca Diva Nikeisha Toussaint, Reggae sensation & award winner Mandy Woods also introducing Soul singer Yannick. With this line up this event will be electrifying for all the attendee’s. Courtney Stone has evolved into an amazing artiste who is also using his talent to raise funds for youths education in the community for C-RAC (Community Raising A Child) movement which he started due to the passing of his young son Omari in May of 2012. His passion for the success of the youths has led him to start a nonprofit organization to assist families in need of financial funding for their children’s future education. More details to follow on his organization as they grow with purpose and focus on youths and education, named after his son Omari the organization is called OYCETFO (Omari Youth & Children Educational Trust Fund Organization).
On Tuesday, I was chilling in the Bluntlife Media Centre editing some future releases and received a friend request on FaceBook from a Jimmy Riley Riley and accepted it. Then he hailed me saying he was Jimmy Riley the artist and asked if I had a sound system. I said yes and also a radio site. He said I would get a discount because I promote their music. He then went on to say he was in the studio with Terry Linen (another Reggae artist). At this point, the person said that if I sent $200.00 US, I would get 2 Jimmy Riley dubs and 2 Terry Linen dubs with jingles from both. Being in the industry for over 30 years I thought the price was too low so I decided to link Brian Kolter from Indie Roots Records in Montreal because I knew that Brian had just returned from Jamaica where he was recording Jimmy Riley. I asked Brian to contact Jimmy for me and line up an interview for the following night on Bluntlife Radio. On Wednesday the guy from FaceBook, Jimmy Riley Riley, messaged me asking me if I were going to send the money. On my show ”New Tunes Wednesday” I received a phone call from Brian Kolter (Indie Roots) and he had the real Jimmy Riley on three-way. I then informed Mister Riley that someone was trying to sell me Jimmy Riley dubplates. Jimmy’s response was “Yes I, we call them scammers, nuff of dem out there and police a look for them.” At this point I asked Jimmy if he had a pen and he said, “Yeah Man.”
I then proceeded to give the real Jimmy Riley the phone number of the scammer – 876 xxx-xxxx. Jimmy said, “Wait, is a Jamaican number this?” The following day the Jimmy Riley Riley FaceBook page was closed and when Jimmy called the number there was no answer. The criminal was not caught but he was stopped. I advise anyone getting Dubplates done to make sure they get a video clip with it assuring that it is the artist voicing the dub. REMEMBER; DON’T BUY PUSS IN A BAG
MASANI PRODUCTIONS CELEBRATES 34TH ANNIVERSARY Rastafari Arts & Kulcha Festival will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Downsview Park from 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Admission: Advance tickets $7:00, at the Gate $10:00 and VIP tickets are $20:00. Info line: 647-341-9031 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out Rastafest online at: rastafest.com; upfrontt.com; flexradio.net; masaniproductions.com Celebrate Masani Productions’ 34th anniversary on Friday, April 4th, 2014 at Upfront Studio Theatre located at 1290 Finch Avenue west, unit 17 (inside keele plaza). Show time is10:00 pm. Music, Skit & lots of entertainers passing through. Info line: 647341-9031. Check out: www.masaniproductions.com.
Carribbean Music announces a 24/7 Canadian reggae radio station
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