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Analyze The Music
Clive Williams, CEO/ Publisher Most avid music fans I know, felt a deep sense of betrayal, loss and disappointment over the decline of that genre of music that told their stories, stoked their passions and inspired their fantasies. Soul and R&B was that music; the lyrical, funky and sensuous rhythms that told human stories about love and loss, passion and pain, success and failure, inspiration and redemption. People fell in love while dancing to The Platters, The Drifters, Ben E. King, Percy Sledge, Solomon Burke, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Gladys Knight & The Pips and The Staple Singers. I could easily fill this entire publication with a list of the memorable, enduring and life-changing music of those who are truly icons. Almost every wedding, birthday or anniversary party resonated with the sounds of classic R&B/soul music; this was the music of love and celebration. Our children who listened to it were smitten by it, they strove to cherish and protect it. Yet despite our and their best efforts a new sound emerged. Some of it could be classified as music, much of it as spoken word, poetry accompanied by instrumentation. I am hard pressed to place this sound in the general category of music; however grandmasters of music like Quincy Jones and Stevie Wonder have validated that sound as a new musical expression. The voice of today’s disaffected youth striving to find their way in a world that they genuinely believe has rejected and abandoned them are influenced by that mistaken notion. Bling, Benjamins and more stuff are the raison de etre of the rap & hip-hop nation.
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This phenomenon is nothing short of paradoxical; on the one hand it has brought untold wealth to a new generation who were yesterday’s have- not’s , which beats forty acres and a mule anytime. Yet on the other hand wreaking havoc on black communities on both East and West coasts. When the Drifters and the Chilites went to perform they were accompanied by their groups to administer musical and lyrical joy and happiness; today’s entertainers travel with their crews to administer public beat downs on each other in non- lyrical language. In the inimitable words of Bob Dylan, “The Times They Are a Changing”; metaphorically speaking, the story of R&B versus rap/hip-hop provides us a keen insight into the melodrama of reggae versus dancehall. To its lovers, reggae is the authentic manifestations of the struggle and suffering of the black man, dominated by economic and political injustice in one of the most colorful and hospitable islands of the Caribbean. That piece of earth and rock called Jamaica has spawned a genre of music that has impacted every corner of the earth from Timbuktu to Tijuana. Driven by inspirational innovators such as Lee “Scratch” Perry, Bob Marley and The Wailers, King Stitch, Hugh Roy/U Roy, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Jimmy Cliff, Toots & The Maytals and John Holt; Reggae soared to the top of the charts all over the world, becoming the anthem for all those seeking liberation from oppression. To the more sophisticated music lover, reggae became and still is a priceless reminder of man’s inhumanity to man captured and ensnared in lyrics that promise freedom and redemption. Reggae is heavy, infectious and tantalizing music that causes dignified and proper up-town folk to abandon modesty and decorum and become grinding and writhing spectacles. The spiritual ethos of reggae is deeply grounded in the Rastafarian philosophy which reinforces Jamaican ties to Mother Africa. It is this ethos that has given reggae its foundation. In the words of Rastafari, “Its Groundation,” reggae will not be moved.
Then along came Dancehall, much like Rap/HipHop its proponents are for the most part selling sex, drugs and garrisons, carving out communities to enforce their personal fame, power and dominance. If that sounds like a hip/hop remake it is. Just as much as hip/hop is lyrically misogynistic, violent, abusive and demeaning dancehall follows suit, yet many Jamaicans and other fans fail to see the distinction with a difference between reggae and hip/ hop. One doesn’t have to be a purist or an elitist to hear and feel the difference. According to musicologist Donald Clive Davidson, “dancehall is a distinct genre of lyrical expression, much like in American music, where Bluegrass, Country, Soul and R&B are distinct genres that have evolved from a fundamental source.” So whereas reggae music is used as a symbol of peace by Bob Marley to quell the violence between political factions in Jamaica, the dancehall philosophy is rancorous, contentious and combustible, drama is always in the air, usually with tragic results. It’s almost as if a spiritual battle is being waged between two factions, one striving for salvation, while the other is courting damnation. For those who take offense with these observations, let me challenge your beliefs; why do you instinctively protect your children from the offensive lyrics of hip/hop and dancehall, could it possibly be that you want to protect their innocence? So why do you continue to support its content? The ascendancy of reggae music is assured by the following attributes: its spiritual and cultural foundation, its lyrical quest for liberation from oppression, while seeking equal rights and justice and lastly the enduring and unforgettable reggae legacy of Robert Nesta Marley.
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After 10 years of publication, WhereItzAt has managed to build a legacy of community service. Unlike the majority of free entertainment papers that target New York’s Caribbean community, WhereItzAt has presented exclusive in-depth interviews, and feature stories featuring Buju Banton, Stephen Marley, Beres Hammond, Sean Paul, Marcia Griffiths, Wyclef Jean, Sizzla, Shaggy, Mavado, Busy Signal, Elephant Man, Wayne Wonder, Richie Speice, Tyson Beckford, Luciano, Bunji Garlin, Morgan Heritage, Taurus Riley, Alison Hinds, Capleton, T.O.K, Lady Saw, Burning Spear,
by: Adika Butler , Editor in Chief and the Father of Hip Hop, DJ Kool Herc. to do the same once those thoughts are put to print. Every word that we write is a stimulant of hope and With its finger ever on the pulse of the Caribbe- a valiant triumph over mental death. However, today an people, it has also given up-and-comers in the marks a new epoch, a beautiful turning point in what worlds of music, television, movies, politics, busi- will one day be the celebrated story of WhereItzAt. ness, and literature an opportunity to share their thoughts, struggles and triumphs with the public To all college students with a passion for Caribbean before the editors of several mainstream publica- and/or African American culture, we would like for tions even knew who they were. In addition to all of you to know that WhereItzAt Magazine is looking for this, WhereItzAt has played an integral role in help- young scribes who are searching for a viable outlet ing Black entrepreneurs in the Caribbean commu- to showcase their talents and get their names out to nity understand the importance of doing business a large, and still growing, audience. To those talented, in the 21st century by stressing the proven benefits yet inexperienced specialists among you, the professional world is like a secret society and the only way to of advertising. gain entry is by building a strong body of work. As a founding member, and Editor-In-Chief of WhereItzAt for the last 10 years, I’ve been making So take some initiative and let WhereItzAt initiate you words work like William Wordsworth so that you into the art of entertainment journalism today. If you can appreciate a word’s worth. For me, writing isn’t consider yourself a candidate, please feel free to conjust the best way to talk without being interrupted. tact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Peace! It’s my passion. Through our thoughts, we writers transcend our earthly limitations and inspire others
voicemail Letter’s to the editor ness in the world, we need more reggae music and more reggae artists than the mediocre dancehall music being produced. I would love to see promoters producing more reggae focused shows and featuring artists like Morgan Heritage, because reggae, I feel, makes such a strong statement and sends such positive vibes for the times. Much respect WhereItzAt. Jah bless everytime. Ras D., Hempstead, NY
Death to the “N’ Word
Long Live the Kings Long live Reggae music. It’s a great thing to see this very talented musical family return to the charts. Morgan Heritage has long been one of my favorite reggae groups and I am glad they haven’t allowed anything to come between them. I feel like now, with all the crazi-
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It’s ridiculous to me that as a people who have endured so much and who still have to deal with racism and other forms of discrimination today, that we continue to use a word that has been the cause of so much pain. When I hear idiots like Jay-Z excusing his use of the word and other rappers defending their use of it with comments like “using the word gives it less power”, I can’t help but wonder if they know their (black history). If they knew their history, really knew who they are, where they came from and what we endured as Africans stolen from our land and brought to this country to be considered less than a man, to have to fight and defend this land and still have no value to the white man and then to fight continuously to gain respect, only for these uneducated, mislead, ignorant rappers, dancehall artists, young people
and even some grown people, to continue to let the word roll of their tongues like it’s cool. I say Death to the “N” word. Kill it, bury it and stop embracing it like it’s a friend. Mad Scientist, Mt. Vernon, NY I’m right there with you Mad Scientist. I continue to express my discontent frequently to my colleagues in the industry who use the word freely as though it were a representation of friendship or affection. The adage “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me” is a lie. So let’s begin to realize the power of the words we use. If we continue to see ourselves and refer to ourselves as N_ gg_ _s, then we will always be N_ gg_ _s. What are your thoughts? Do you believe that it’s okay to use the “N” word? Do you think we should stop using it? How would you feel if a Caucasian, Asian or Latino person called you a N_ gg_ _? Email your thoughts and feedback to editors@whereitzatmag. com or post your comments online at www.gowhereitzat.com.
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Fountain Pimento Oil
By Onissa Sancho These days it seems more and more of us are embracing the “natural lifestyle.” From the food that we eat, to the hair products we use. Do we also believe in natural healing of any ailment? For years Jamaican locals have been aware of the secluded tourist attraction, known as Bath Fountain. It is a very popular landmark and one of three main mineral springs in Jamaica. People travel from all over the world to get a taste of its “healing powers.” Those who experience it truly believe its properties can heal any ailment in the world, from cancer to leprosy. Through rocks the springs naturally release hot water on one end and soothing cool water on another end. Said to have been discovered in 1609 by a runaway slave named Jacob Stevenstene, who suffered from leprosy; he came across the spring and after a few days, his ailments began to heal. News spread throughout Jamaica of Stevenstene’s experience and soon Bath Fountain became a well known spot for healing, with locals as well as tourists. Sandra Gustard, better known as Lady English al-
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ways heard stories of Bath Fountain, especially since her parents are Jamaican. “My mom lived in the same parish as Bath Fountain, called St. Thomas, but she lived a drive away from the area.” Sandra decided to take a visit in 2008, to get relief from a pinched nerve she suffered from as a result of a car accident. The pinched nerve caused her shoulder and back pain. She enjoyed her time spent at Bath Fountain, but it was the Pimento Oil massage she would never forget. Pimento was discovered in the 16th century by Spanish explorers. It is the dried immature fruit of the Pimenta dioica plant. After receiving an unforgettable massage, Lady English was convinced of the Pimento Oil’s advantages. Best known for its ability to soothe pain in
arthritis, poor circulation, water retention, carpal tunnel syndrome and several other ailments, it can also be used as a massage oil. Sandra Gustard refers to it as the “instant anesthesia.” Created from a mixture of berries, leaves and oils all from Jamaica, Lady English’s Pimento Oil is also 100% all natural. Fermentation is the process by which the ingredients are extracted to make a liquid form. Its ingredients include peppermint, nutmeg, Jamaican black castor oil and lemongrass. Used separately, each of these elements can provide their own special pain-relieving benefits. Together they form the effective product known as Pimento Oil. To find out more about Fountain’s Pimento Oil visit www.fountainoil.com.
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NEWS Caribbean American teen the youngest to qualify as a Lawyer in Britain By STEVE NOLAN For those who think that all hope for the future is lost for today’s youth, think again. A Caribbean American teenager has become the youngest person in more than 600 years to become a qualified lawyer in England and Wales. “I am honored to be the youngest person to pass the Bar exams but, really, I was not aware at the time what the average age was,” says Gabrielle Turnquest, 18, during a recent interview. “I didn’t fully realize the impact of it.” Turnquest is not even old enough to buy an alcoholic drink in her home town of Windermere, Florida, but she has become the youngest person ever to pass The Bar exams. The average lawyer passes the Bar Professional Training Course at the age of 27, but Gabrielle was called to The Bar last month through the Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn after passing her Graduate Diploma in Law at the University of Law when she was just 17.
She doesn’t plan on using her success to work as a lawyer in the UK and instead plans on returning to the states in the autumn to carry on study as she hopes to forge a career as a fashion law specialist.
To work in the UK, Gabrielle would have to carry out a pupillage at a chambers for another year before being granted a tenancy. But she is also called to the Bahamas Bar, her parents’ place of birth, and hopes to work there. Gabrielle already made history at Liberty University in Virginia, where she became the youngest student to gain an undergraduate degree, in psychology, at the age of just 16. Trainee lawyers did have to be at least 21 to be called to The Bar before a change in the law in 2009. Now that she’s passed, Gabrielle is to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in a bid to break into the niche market of fashion law.Gabrielle also hopes to sit the multi-state Bar in the US. “Like Gabrielle, students from across the globe are recognizing the importance of having a legal qualification that is widely recognized in other legal jurisdictions,” says Nigel Savage, President and Provost at The University of Law. “The growing globalization of law firms and the need for more international expertise means that it is becoming increasingly more important for young legal professionals to have experience across different legal markets if they are going to maximize the number of job opportunities that are available to them.”
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JAMAICA NATIONAL MOVEMENT NY, INC.GALA BY: Marjorie Flash New York, NY…..The Jamaica National Movement NY, Inc. ( JNM) hosted their 29th Annual Awards Dinner Dance celebrating the 75th Anniversar y of the PNP on July 13th at the Robert Ross Johnson Catering Hall in St. Albans, NY. The illustrious Gala presented awards to several distinguished recipients including the Hon. Senator K.D Knight, Courtney A.B. Hamilton, Esq., Dr. Millicent Comrie, and Hon. State Assemblyman Nick Perr y. The evening was well attended when close to 300 notable guests and dignitaries came out in their finest black tie and gowns to enjoy an
evening of dinner and dance. Consul General Herman La Mont looked ver y well put together in his tux and gave a short but eloquent welcome speech. The highlight to the evening was the keynote address by speaker Senator K.D. “Starboy” Knight. The Jamaican Senator was extremely informative on Jamaican economic news but peppered his speech with jokes at his expense. He joked about his moniker “StarB oy” which he got from a tune made by dancehall artiste Mavado. K.D. spoke about the unrelenting lotter y scam rifling throughout Jamaica fueled
Does J’Ouvert have ancient Kemetic Roots
first took place on the island between 1834 and 1838. However, the event can also be said to take form when Trinidadian slaves dressed up like, and mocked, their French slave masters at various gatherings during the late 1700’s. By ADIKA BUTLER The very first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City back in 1882 when labor union leader, P.J. McGuire initiated a parade and picnic for the city’s workers. From then on, it was decided that the holiday would be honored throughout the nation on the first Monday of every September. By 1947, West Indians immigrating to the United States brought the mystique of carnival with them. For almost 20 years the colorful extravaganza was held in Harlem, the Mecca of Black art and culture. It was later moved to Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway in the late 60’s through the efforts of Pan Trinbago U.S.A consultant, Horace Morancie. As an administrative assistant to former Mayor John Lindsay, Morancie and his associates were successful in convincing the then Mayor to bring carnival to Brooklyn. The West Indian American Day Carnival, as it is known today, is an outgrowth of the carnival celebrations of Trinidad, which
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Today, Eastern Parkway’s Labor Day carnival has garnered worldwide recognition for its pulsating rhythms, and costumes that depict strange and unusual creatures. Celebration opens with the J’Ouvert procession, which begins early Labor Day morning, and it has made Brooklyn a perrenial summertime hot spot for fun seekers worldwide. J’Ouvert—which means “day’s opening” in French—is based on the concept of death and rebirth. It represents coming forth from darkness to the light of a brand new day. A day in which all can celebrate, and partake in the gift of life. Many Trinidadians will say that J’Ouvert is an expression of African culture, though few can actually link it to a specific culture on the continent. Those who believe they can, have said that ancient Kemet (Egypt) is the ultimate source of the cultural expression. Then again, it can be said that throughout history people have sought to trace the roots of their cultural expressions along the
by greedy persons in the U.S. and victims who fall prey to the scam are motivated by greed. He went on to say, “that victims fall in all age groups from all walks of life yet they fall prey knowing they did not buy a lotter y ticket and buy into the scam that they won something for nothing.” All in all he was quite entertaining and well received. Proceeds from the Dinner Dance has been dedicated to the organization’s goal of funding 14 Basic Schools in Jamaica. A goal, I’m sure, was a resounding success.
banks of the Nile under the assumption that it will garner greater legitimacy in the eyes of others. However, this may not be the case with J’Ouvert. In fact, the idea of J’Ouvert being a manifestation of ancient Kemetic culture is not only plausible, but probable. After a dip into my personal library I came upon a book that showed unmistakable parallels between the philosophies underlying J’Ouvert and the spiritual concepts of the ancient Nile Valley people. These parallels were found in one of the most recognized pieces of ancient Kemetic literature, the so-called “Book of the Dead.” It was incorrectly given this name by Arab traders ignorant of African culture. Centuries ago they found this collection of writings in Kemetic sarcophagi (coffins) and referred to them as ‘the book of the dead people.’ However it was known to Kemetians as the “Reu M Pert M Hru En Kher.” It’s English translation is “The Book of Coming Forth from Night by Day.” Ancient Kemetians believed that the physical world is a platform upon which we all have an opportunity to cultivate our spirits through the challenges of physical life. They also believed that when the physical body dies the soul, or “Ka” as they called it, gains entrance into a spiritual realm of love, light and life.
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Haitian Born, New York resident Anderson Noel, was not discovered by a scout or by going to an open call. Anderson sent a picture through email to a few agencies. His striking photo instantly grabbed the attention of agent/owner of VNY Models Lana Winters Tomczak, she called him in for an interview and he has been with her ever since. Andersonâ€™s career is one without limit, decorated with high end campaigns & runways among them Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, and countless editorials. Now that modeling is second nature to him, Anderson is setting his sights on the acting world and philanthropy. Mr. Noel is set out to aid his native country of Haiti and help bring opportunity and hope for as many as possible. Besides his charming looks he gets his inspiration from his mother, a hard working single mother who taught him to â€œnever to give up and keep God firstâ€?. To see more of Anderson Noel log on to www.andersonnoel.com. Courtesy RJ Media
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Caribbean Fever IRIE JAMBOREE Music Festival
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also hinted that many more artists are scheduled to be announced.
At Milk River In Brooklyn On Thursday August 8th 2013, the official Media Launch Party for the Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival was held at the Milk River nightclub in Brooklyn.
Double Grammy winner, Shabba Ranks, also known as the “Emperor of Dancehall” was in attendance at the media launch. Speaking to JAYBLESSED.com, he intimated that he felt honored to be a part of this unifying experience bringing all Caribbean people from near and far and that he is also looking forward to performing on the Barclays Center stage, along with the Caribbean’s leading musical ambassadors. Not one to disappoint his fans (with the assistance of DJ Calli B) Shabba Ranks even entertained those gathered at the launch party, wetting their palettes with a taste of the classic tunes he plans to deliver on Sunday September 1st, on the “Irie Jamboree” night.
Dancehall icon and two time Grammy Winner, Shabba Ranks, plants a kiss on Supermodel Rocky Heslop.
Check out some more photos from the media launch below: Specially invited guests and media personnel were greeted by every indication that Labor Day Weekend in New York city will never be the same after the inaugural Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival, at the worldrenowned Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, New York, on August 30th, 31st and September 1st, 2013. Popular WBLS 107.5FM radio personality and CEO of Caribbean Fever, Dahved Levy along with fellow media icon, Bobby Clarke, President of Irie Jam Media Group, eagerly spoke to the press about their historic partnership to co-produce and promote the ground-breaking Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival. The Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival will encompass the Caribbean’s culture with the most iconic and influential musical representatives for Reggae, Zouk, Dancehall, Calypso, Soca and Kompa. Friday August 30th is dubbed “International Night” with performances by Wyclef Jean, Kassav, Tabou Combo and Djakout #1. “Carnival Mania” will take place on Saturday August 31st with headliners Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons, Alison Hinds, Edwin Yearwood and Iwer George. The climactic finish to the festival is the “Irie Jamboree” featuring reggae and dancehall’s finest; Shabba Ranks, Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, Capleton, I-Octane and more… There were surprises revealed at the media launch, which included more artistes being added to the Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival including famous Grenadian Soca singer – Tallpree; five time Vincy Soca Monarch – Skinny Fabulous; and the undisputed Queen of Dancehall – Lady Saw! The organizers of the event
PR guru Anthony Turner with Irie Jam’s CEO Bobby Clarke, Senator Kevin Parker and Irie Jam’s Louie Grant
Scantily clad models in creative body paint and carnival headdresses, paraded around the ultra-chic Milk River.
During the evening, Dahved Levy even intimated to those gathered that he would be presenting a Carnival band with 1000 female masqueraders parading in body paint at this year’s Labor Day celebrations….. Three historic nights; two powerhouse brands in the number one arena in the U.S., all for the dynamic display of Caribbean unity and culture, during the biggest Caribbean weekend in the world. The Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival is preparing to etch its name in history as one of the greatest Caribbean concerts of all time.
Radio Personality Irwine Clare poses with Gina Hargitay, the newly Crowned Miss Jamaica World 2013
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All-Star International Night of French-Caribbean Artists to Kick Off the 2013 Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival Iconic artists from the French-speaking Caribbean Diaspora are slated to perform on the opening “International Night” of the Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival. The French-Caribbean musical genres of Zouk and Kompa will be taking center stage with powerhouse performers Wyclef Jean, Kassav, Tabou Combo and Djakout #1. Award-winning and multi-platinum musician and producer Wyclef Jean will headline the opening night’s festivities. One of the world’s most talented artists, Haitian-born Wyclef Jean has risen to the top of the American and international music scene over the past two decades as front man of the musical trio Fugees and during his solo career. Jean’s April Showers mixtape was released in April 2013 as fans await his upcoming album The Carnival Begins. Jean is guaranteed to electrify the Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival audience with his eclectic mix of world carnival rhythms, Hip-
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Hop and Caribbean island vibes. Hailed for their dynamic concert productions, the 2013 Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival will mark Kassav’s return to New York City after two years. For over 30 years, the beloved show-stoppers have popularized the Zouk-style of music originating from Guadeloupe and Martinique. With a new album released in May 2013 entitled Sonjé, Kassav’s French Antillean Creole lyrics and beats captivate loyal global fans. The showcase of legendary musicians will also include the original ambassadors of Haitian Kompa music – Tabou Combo. The internationally-renowned band has taken Kompa dance music to new heights as one of the most famous and successful bands from the Caribbean. This year, Tabou Combo commemorates its 45th anniversary and continues to sell out live shows and major festivals around the world.
Carnival will come alive on the Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival stage with Djakout #1, one of Haiti’s most sought-after music groups. A top band in Haiti for their high-energy performances, Djakout #1 is well-known among the younger generation of “Kompa Dirèk” contemporary music lovers. Most recently, Djakout #1 was crowned the winner of Haiti’s Carnaval des Fleurs (Flower Carnival) held in July 2013 in Port-au-Prince. The Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival’s “International Night” will also present master DJ’s to entertain avid concert-goers. New York’s most popular Haitian-American DJ Stakz Hi-Profyle will hit the stage as the main DJ for Friday’s sensational show. The historic “International Night” promises to deliver the best of the Caribbean’s music and culture to thousands of fans from across the United States and around the world.
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Labor Day Weekend Celebrations In Brooklyn To Sizzle With Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Concerts This year’s staging of Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn over Labor Day weekend will bring a brand new element of entertainment to Caribbean celebrations in Brooklyn this year. The three night music festival that features icons from different genres of Caribbean music each night at the ultra-luxurious Barclays Center in the heart of downtown Brooklyn is a first for the Caribbean celebrations here. While there has been a fair amount of soca music in the past, reggae music which is so vastly popular across New York City has never had its fans adequately serviced. This sizzling new event will raise the bar in a big way for all music lovers. It will also provide superlative, world-class entertainment for residents here as well as for the thousands who visit New York each Labor Day weekend from across the Caribbean Diaspora. This exciting, new
festival will effectively infuse fresh energies and breathe new life into Labor Day Caribbean celebrations in Brooklyn. “What we have done this year is to take a successful premium product that has been tried and tested, and we have placed it in the heart of the Caribbean celebrations in Brooklyn over Labor Day weekend”, Steven Williams, one of the event promoters said. “The response so far to the galaxy of stars on the concert lineup has been fantastic and we are looking forward to delivering first class entertainment in Brooklyn”, Williams continued. Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree will run from Friday August 30 to Sunday September 1. Friday night will feature extraordinary talent from the French Caribbean. Saturday night is sensational soca and Sunday night is an explosion of reggae rhythms from Jamaica. Ticket sales are pointing to a
interest in Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley on reggae night, following his mystifying performance at Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica recently. “Jr. Gong Marley’s performance at Sumfest was pure Marley magic and appeared turbo-charged by supernatural forces”, one seasoned critic said. “It was as if his father (Bob Marley) was performing there with him”, she added. Marley will be joined on the Irie Jamboree Sunday night by IOctane, Shabba Ranks and Capleton. Other Caribbean legends on Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree are Wyclef Jean, Kassav and Tabou Combo on Friday night and Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons, Edwin Yearwood, Alison Hinds and Iwer George on Saturday’s “Carnival Mania”. For more information, log on to www.iriejamradio.com
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Lady Saw For Final New York Show On Irie Jamboree 2013 The Dancehall Queen, an accomplished international star who has the distinction of being the first female deejay to win a Grammy Award, announced at her recent performance at Reggae Sumfest at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay that she will be leaving the dancehall genre to pursue gospel music. Her appearance at Irie Jamboree 2013 in Brooklyn is expected to attract massive hardcore fans eager to witness her last ultra-sexy performance in the city.
Marion Hall aka Lady Saw, the Queen of the Dancehall is the latest artiste that has been added to the impressive Irie Jamboree roster, night three of the Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival slated for the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Labor Day Sunday, September 1, 2013. The announcement was made by executives of the event at a press launch at the Milk River in Brooklyn, NY Thursday night.
Saw’s international exploits include a gold certification for the single “Smile” with Vitamin C and a triple-platinum certification for “Underneath It All” for her 2003 collaboration with No Doubt. She has also earned a well-deserved Grammy Award for “Best Performance by a Duo or Group” for her featured performance on No Doubt’s single “Underneath It All”, which reached number #3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Dancehall Emperor Shabba Ranks, who attended the Brooklyn launch, gave a very short, impromptu performance. He urged patrons to get their tickets early to ensure the festival is a sold out event. The three night Brooklyn festival, which will be the showpiece of the Labor Day weekend festivities in Brooklyn, will feature icons from different genres of Caribbean music each night at the ultra-luxurious Barclays Center in the heart of downtown Brooklyn. Lady Saw and Shabba will be joined on the Irie Jamboree Sunday night by Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, I-Octane and Capleton. Other Caribbean legends on Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree are Wyclef Jean, Kassav and Tabou Combo on Friday night and Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons, Edwin Yearwood, Alison Hinds and Iwer George on Saturday’s “Carnival Mania.” For more, log
Kassav, Hip Hop Star Wyclef Jean To Perform At Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival In NYC This sizzling music festival is a collaboration of two giant one day festivals: Irie Jamboree, North America’s premier reggae music festival and the popular Caribbean Fever Music festival, which has been a mainstay on the New York City calendar of events for years. Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival will take place for three consecutive nights at the attractive and luxurious Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, home of the NBA Nets basketball team. Under the new format, the three day music festival will showcase three Caribbean music genres: reggae, soca and French Creole music.
(L-R) media marketer Dave Rodney; Lexy Brooks, VIP Connected Entertainment; hip hop star Wyclef John and Steven Williams, Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival
This year’s all-new Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival will be the centerpiece and the showboat concert series during the upcoming world famous West Indian American Day Carnival and Parade in Brooklyn, New York from August 30 through September 1.
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French-Caribbean music flavors of zouk and kompa will blaze the stage during the festival’s opening “International Night” on Friday August 30 with powerhouse performers including Kassav, Wyclef Jean, Tabou Combo and Djakout #1. Award-winning and multi-platinum musician and producer Wyclef Jean has risen to the top of the international music scene over the past two decades as front man of the Fugees and during his solo career. Jean is guaranteed to electrify the Caribbean Fever Irie Jam-
boree Music Festival audience with his eclectic mix of world carnival rhythms, hip-hop and Caribbean island vibes. “I am thrilled to be a part of this truly amazing event and my fans can expect a barrage of hits from me on that Friday night”, Wyclef Jean said at an Irie Jamboree gathering in New York recently. Equally thrilling will be global zouk icon Kassav from Guadeloupe and Martinique as well as Haiti’s kompa ambassadors Tabou Combo. They will be joined by Djakout#1, one of Haiti’s most sought after groups. The festival will continue on Saturday August 31 (Soca Mania) and Sunday September 1 (Irie Jamboree) with big-names in soca and reggae. Production of the Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival weekend is led by a management team of prominent media and entertainment industry insiders: Robert “Bobby” Clarke, executive director and founder, Irie Jam Media Group; Dahved Levy, executive director, Devonish Productions and founder of Caribbean Fever Music Festival and Steven Williams, executive director and founder of Irie Jamboree. Tickets are available for sale via Ticketmaster. Log on to www.iriejamradio.com for more information.
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Safety a Big Priority as Countdown Begins to West Indian American Day Carnival
Safety a Big Priority as Countdown Begins to West Indian American Day Carnival On the heels of the death of 18-year-old Rueshad Grant at the Toronto carnival last weekend, organizers of North America’s largest carnival insist security will again be of utmost priority at the staging of the 46th annual West Indian American Day Carnival. Spokesperson Jean Alexander insists that the organizers remain proactive as they have in past years when it comes to security to ensure nothing like what happened at the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto happens this Labor Day weekend in Brooklyn, New York. Grant died after being dragged under a tractor trailer in the hours following the Caribbean Carnival parade on Lake Shore Blvd. in Toronto on Saturday, August 3rd. His mother, Shaundell Ramessar shared her pain on Facebook saying he is “frozen into a brick of ice” because of the tragedy. “ … the light is gone but wait at the end of the tunnel for me,” she added.
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Alexander insists: “No one is allowed on floats and trucks except the performer and the New York City Police Department monitors this closely.” “Additionally,” she said, “trucks and floats have to place long wooden guards on all wheels to ensure if someone falls they won’t get under the wheels.” This year’s carnival, under new management for the second consecutive year, is being presented under the theme: “Celebrating Caribbean Pride and Culture” and some three million are expected to participate in the five-day event which kicks off on Thursday Aug 29th at 8 p.m. with the new Caribbean Woodstock and Costume Competition at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn NY. The Woodstock is set to feature acts like Adrian Dutchin from Guyana, Mikey from Barbados, Trivia from Jamaica, Lover Man from Grenada and Latin Singer Jennie Sol while the Costume Competition will showcase ole mas, characters and individual costumes.
This will be followed by the Stay In School Youth Talent Show on Friday Aug 30th in the day time and Brass Fest with Machel Montano, Patrice Roberts and Farmer Nappy among others from 8 p.m. that night. The Kiddies Carnival will follow in the day on Sat. Aug 31st while a clash of the bands at Steelband Panorama will take place that night, including the NYU steel pan band that will open the panorama. Dimanche Gras or fat Sunday – which is a huge competition where the Kings and Queens of the Carnival Bands are paraded before judges, as well as the performances by top calypsonians is set for September 1st at 7 p.m. On Labor Day, September 2nd from 11 a.m., tens of thousands of costumed masqueraders, dancing spectators and politicians, will celebrate with an all-day presentation of the sights, sounds and taste of the Caribbean. For more log on to www.wiadcacarnival.org Courtesy NewsAmericasnow.com
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SayWhat.? Greetings dear readers,
Happy 51st Independence Anniversary Jamaica, and Trinidad n Tobago! I hope you are enjoying the summer as much as I am. As I mentioned last month, this is an exciting summer. So far we’ve had some great events which have been very entertaining; WhereItzAt’s B.I.G. Awards, Groovin’ in the Park, Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival and Singers In Action II – Beres and Luciano. Looking forward to the Caribbean Music Fest Irie Jamboree at Barclays Center coming up over the Labor Day Weekend, this should prove to be a spectacular Caribbean event. Promoters Irie Jam Media Group and Caribbean Fever Media Group hosted a Media party at the soon to be opened and very elegant Milk River Café on Atlantic Avenue, very close to the Barclay Center, to announce the much anticipated event. Spread over 3 nights the extravaganza will feature headliners Wyclef Jean, D’jakout, Kassav & Tabou Combo on Friday night, Alison Hinds, Bunji Garlin and Faye-Ann Lyons on Saturday night, and on the Irie Jamboree Sunday night, Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, Shabba Ranks, I-Octane and what is expected to be her last performance before crossing over to Gospel, dancehall diva, Lady Saw. So go out and get your tickets folks, let’s pack the house and show B.C. that not only Jay-Z and Beyoncé can do it!
Update on Vybz Kartel: The popular dancehall artiste has had a huge victory after he was found not guilty of murder charges of St. Catherine promoter Barrington “Bossie” Burton. The 12-member jury was instructed by Supreme Court Judge Bryan Skyes to return a verdict of not guilty after the prosecution informed the court they did not have further evidence to proceed when witnesses could not be located to testify. Kartel’s two co-defendants, Lenburgh McDonald and Nigel Thompson were also found not guilty and set free. However, Vybz Kartel remains behind bars pending another charge of murder for Clive “Lizard” Williams. Investigators declared they
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have video evidence tying Kartel and co-defendants Shawn Campbell, Kahira Jones, Andre St.John, Calvin Haye and Shane Williams with the death of Clive “Lizard” Williams. Apparently Williams’ body has still not been found and with no body, no DNA evidence, no video and no pictures the burden of proof lies heavily with the prosecution to prove that a murder has even been committed. The trial for the alleged murder of Williams is slated to start in November. Although Kartel has been in jail since 2011, it has not stopped him from releasing albums. Currently he is on the “Twerk it”remix with Hip Hop artistes Busta Rhymes and Nicki Minaj. Can you believe that while in Zurich to attend Tina Turner’s wedding a store clerk did not recognize the former queen of daytime television, Oprah Winfrey? Apparently, Oprah went into a boutique and asked to see a pocket book that attracted her attention. The store clerk refused to show her the $38,000 “Jennifer” bag by designer Tom Ford telling Oprah it was too expensive and tried to show her a cheaper bag. Oprah persisted with her request but the clerk again told her she couldn’t afford it whereupon the Forbes 500 multi-billionaire agreed with her and left the store. Oprah believes the clerk racially profiled her in assuming she could not afford the bag. Well, the store’s owner and the Swiss Tourist board are emphatically denying any racism and insist it was a misunderstanding due to a language barrier and have issued a public apology to Oprah. The store owner even went as far as to say she’s not racist because Tina Turner is one of her best friends! Rapper and actor 50Cent could again find himself in jail. The “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” actor pleaded not guilty to assault charges after an alleged attack on his exgirlfriend and vandalizing her Toluca Lake condo. If convicted, 50-Cent faces up to five years in jail and $46,000 in fines. The
woman told police that during a June 23 argument, Jackson began destroying property at her Toluca Lake condo before she locked herself in a bedroom. She says Jackson kicked open the bedroom door and kicked her, causing injury. Fifty has been ordered to stay 100 yards away from Daphne Joy and either turn in all of his firearms to law enforcement or sell them to licensed gun dealers. The couple has a 10-month-old child, Sire Jackson, together but Joy is concerned that 50-Cent might take the baby out of California. Her legal team tried to serve him papers after the hearing to prevent him from leaving the state with the child, but they were unsuccessful. The judge has ordered 50-Cent back to court Sept. 4.
Left to Right: Lyndon Taylor of Finn Partners, Chef Brian Lumley & Glenroy March, Creative Director of D’Marsh.
Jamaican Couture designer D’Marsh has added a new face to his prestigious and highly glamorous fashion line House of D’Marsh. Caribbean Chef of the Year Chef Brian Lumley has been added as a Brand Ambassador exhibiting through posters and personally wearing the very trendy and sophisticated men’s clothes. Both Creative Director Glenroy March and Chef Lumley are very enthusiastic at the collaboration which also includes marketing and affiliation with the Jamaica Tourist Board. These two very inspirational and aspiring artistic geniuses, still in their prime, have shown that creatively they have taken over the fashion and culinary scene in new and interesting techniques. I’m sure we can expect exciting things that will evoke our palate and fashionista senses. Watch out! So until next time readers, walk good!
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Irie Jamboree 2013 Media Party Photograpy Credit to Marjorie Flash
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Dâ€™ Marsh Couture Photograpy Credit to Marjorie Flash
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Dâ€™ Marsh Couture Photograpy Credit to Marjorie Flash
Jamaica National Movement Gala
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entertainment Jamaica’s International Jazz Pianist Brings
‘One Love’Vibrations To Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, NYC Monty Alexander, Jamaica’s legendary, international jazz pianist, will celebrate the 51st independence anniversary of his homeland with a return to Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York City from August 14 - 18, 2013. Alexander and his Grammy-nominated Harlem-Kingston Express band, will soar with his positive vibrations of “One Love and Upliftment” several stories above the expansive vista of Central Park at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in the Time Warner building, 10 Columbus Circle in New York City.
anniversary of independence and I look forward to seeing my Caribbean music fans in the house,” said Alexander. “My band and I will be celebrating the vibes of one love and positive upliftment.” Jamaica’s Commander of Distinction and ‘Luminary Award’ 2012 recipient, will next head to Ozawa Hall in Lenox, Massachusetts for an August 25th performance and celebrate Labor Day Weekend, August 29th to September 1st with the ‘Monty Alexander Jazz Festival’ in Easton, Maryland. About Monty Alexander
Show times each day are at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., respectively. The musician, whose 50th anniversary album, “Harlem-Kingston Express: Live!” was nominated for a Reggae Grammy and won rave reviews from The Wall Street Journal, The London Evening Standard and Jazz Times among dozens of other media houses, will return to his home state of New York from performances in Seattle, WA. Tickets for The Dizzy’s show are $40 - 45 and can be obtained by calling Dizzy’s at 212-258-9595 or by logging on to www.jalc. org/dizzys. “This is a celebration of my Jamaican roots and of Jamaica’s 51st
In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. In the process, he has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Ernest Ranglin, Barbara Hendricks, Bill Cosby, Bobby McFerrin, Sly Dunbar, and Robbie Shakespeare, among others. Alexander’s collaborations span multiple genres, styles, and generations. His projects have been as varied as assisting Natalie Cole in her tribute album to her father, Nat “King” Cole in 1991 (the
resulting album, Unforgettable, won seven Grammy awards), performing George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” under the direction of Bobby McFerrin at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, and recording the piano track for the film score of Clint Eastwood’s Bird, a movie about the life of jazz titan Charlie Parker. In August 2000, the Jamaican government awarded Monty Alexander the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador. Two collections were released in 2011 that capture the excitement of Monty Alexander’s live performances around the world: Uplift, a trio album on JLP Records, and Harlem-Kingston Express on Motema Music. “Harlem Kinston Express: Live!” was singled out by both the recording industry and fans and received a Grammy award nomination in 2012. In the summer of 2012 Monty Alexander was awarded the prestigious German Jazz Trophy, “A Life for Jazz” and in November 2012 he received the Caribbean American Heritage Luminary Award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Washington, D.C. For more on the Caribbean’s greatest jazz pianist and his music visit www.montyalexander.com.
Konshens & Lil Jon Release ‘Big & Sexy’ Remix
Dancehall superstar Konshens is set to make 2013 even more successful, as he teams up with international rapper and producer Lil Jon on ‘Big and Sexy’ remix. The track, produced by Mark ‘’Mark Hize’’ Collinder and Garfield ‘’Konshens’’ Spence for Subkonshus Music, has an up tempo vibe that compliments Lil Jon’s energetic hip hop style. Upon his return from a successful European tour, Konshens stated “I could not
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refuse the opportunity to have Lil Jon, the crump king, featured on one of my tracks. The Big and Sexy song already brought a vibe to the dance but with Lil Jon added to it gives the song another fire”. Lil Jon, known for producing many hits such as ‘YEAH’ by Usher and ‘Get Low’ Remix featuring Elephant Man and Busta Rhymes among others, has always been a supporter and lover of the Jamaican culture. “This song is crazy, I had to take the opportunity to jump on the track and the rest is history, just press play and you will feel the energy Konshens and I created” says Lil Jon. While Konshens and Lil Jon begin the promotion for Big and Sexy remix, Konshens is also getting ready to head to Africa where he is not only scheduled to perform at Pepsi’s Konshens & Alaine live in Uganda concert. While in Uganda Konshens will also take time out to donate the hundreds of books and school supplies he has received from his book drive to the students of Kololo Senior Secondary School. “I just want to say thank to everyone in the US and Jamaica who donated to my book drive for the students of Kololo Senior Secondary in Uganda, I appreciate it and I know the students will too” says Konshens Courtesy Destine Media
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An Urgent Appeal We need $5 M to purchase A Linear Accelerator Machine for Jamaica
am appealing to everyone especially our Caribbean brothers and sisters. I have been asked to purchase a Linear Accelerator Machine for Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, Jamaica costing approximately US $5 Million. I met with the Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson a few weeks ago. He asked if I can purchase two machines as Kingston needs one also. If 500,000 people give a one-time donation of $10, we will be closer to our goal.
Please send donations to Vincent HoSang Family Foundation (VHFF), 117 Route 303, Suite B, Tappan, NY 10983. Your donation is tax deductible. Thanks for your kind support Vincent HoSang Chairman, Caribbean Food Delights 117 Route 303, Suite B, Tappan, NY 10983 Phone: 845-398-3000 â€˘ Fax: 845-398-3001
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Profile of Service
Joan Flowers, Esq., is the best candidate for the 27th District. She has consistently worked on behalf of the down trodden. She has volunteered her time to make the community covered by the 27th a better place for its residents. She single-handedly stopped a slaughter house from being put in just barely 10 feet from some residentsâ€™ backyards. By doing so she allowed for a better environment for these families and lowered the risk of various diseases like bird flu and asthma, to name just two. The location of this slaughter house was to be on Farmers Boulevard, near Western Beef supermarket. She was an integral part of a team in getting the construction of a â€˜hot sheet motelâ€™ stopped. This hotel was slated to be constructed on the corner of North Conduit Avenue and Springfield Boulevard, almost directly across from Springfield Gardens High School. When a small shopping center was put in on that site, she fought, with others, to make sure no liquor license was granted to a proposed liquor store. She has worked with the Queens County Bar association, on a volunteer basis, on their foreclosure project. This project helps residents, who find themselves in foreclosure, to negotiate with their banks so that they may stay in their homes, thus making the community a more stable one. She has lived and worked, with her family, in the community for almost 40 years.
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The businesses owned by her and her husband, Neville Flowers, have provided well-paying jobs with good benefits for those who work with them. This puts her in the unique position of having personal experience with creating jobs to help make the lives of others better. Her personal, realistic experience will allow her to advocate for policies and legislation which would allow small businesses the flexibility to continue with their purpose of job creation. She will tirelessly advocate that the state send the funds determined by the Campaign for Fiscal Equities lawsuit, decided some ten years ago, be sent to the New York City Schools. This would allow us to hire competent educators, provide much needed supplies, reduce class size and invest in 21st century technology, so that our children can be made ready for the jobs of the future. She has conducted her law practice and her life, with integrity and honesty. She is one of the leading attorneys in Queens, and is known for her forthrightness and thoroughness. As a consequence of these attributes, she has been sought out to represent some of the most well-known citizens of the area. Joan is not driven by money, as such, she has passed up many a case where she thought the client may not have the purest of motives, and has resigned from representing others when they have chosen not to accept her stellar advice, bur choose to continue to conduct themselves in an untoward manner.
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