Friday, March 27, 2015

DESTINY HEADS TO THE U.S!

The award winning Grasshopper Productions produced film Destiny will have it's U.S premiere on Monday March 30 2015, in Miramar Florida. The U.S premiere will be hosted by Vice Mayor Yvette Colbourne, at the Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Miramar at 8pm, with a VIP reception at 6:30pm.

Following the film's record breaking run in Jamaica, the Tuff Gong Pictures co-produced film, will have releases in New York, South Florida, Chicago, Atlanta, DC and Hartford, before heading into other territories for 2015.
Destiny chronicles the story of Lisa Pullen, played by lead actress Karian Sang, as she journeys to find herself following the death of her parents and a tumultuous break-up with her boyfriend. A trip to Jamaica to sell land acquired through inheritance leads to much more, as Lisa not only uncovers truths about her family’s past, but also finds herself while falling in love.
The film features a host of popular Jamaican personalities including; recording artistes Christopher Martin, Spice, Tifa, Karian Sang, media personalities Miss Kitty, Debbie Bissoon, Scott Wilson, and actors Muniar Zacca, Kadeem Wilson, Kevoy Burton and others.
In addition to Destiny’s captivating storyline the film also boasts a dynamic soundtrack produced by Clive Hunt and features music from platinum selling artiste Busy Signal, Reggae artiste Chronixx, Paris based artiste Bazil, the dynamic duo Sly and Robbie, Christopher Martin, TIFA, Karian Sang and number of other top acts and is being distributed through Tuff Gong Internationals.
For more information on Destiny and ticket purchase visit www.miramarculturalcenter.org or at the Cultural Center Box office.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Cocoa Tea and Sizzla storm Trinidad on Easter Sunday


On Easter Sunday, April 5 Coco Tea and Sizzla Kolonji will lead an electrifying Reggae charge at the Escape to Jamdown “Voices of Reggae” event slated for The Zen Night Club in Trinidad.

The event also features Prophet Benjamin, Jah Melody and new Jamaican sensation D Quan. Tickets go on sale for three days only beginning Thursday March 19. Patrons can purchase tickets at Cache-Nationwide, Converse Store-Price Plaza Chaguanas, Dev’s Babershop- Cocoyea, Bazo’s Towne Centre Mall POS. The Original Diary Bar – Aripita Avenue, Woodbrook and the Zen Box Office.

The event is sponsored by Blink bmobile, Hennessy, Black Label, ache, Mackeson, Smirnoff and MIB.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Sean Paul Goes Full Speed in the Middle East

With countless number 1 record to his name, multi-platinum Grammy Award winning artiste Sean Paul will next perform in Bahrain at Klub 360 on Friday, April 17. Sean Paul’s concert will collide on the highly anticipated 2015 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.


Nestled to the west on the shores of the Persian Gulf and flanked by Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, Bahrain is referred to as a social and shopping mecca within the neighboring countries. Also known for their exceptional entertainment offerings, Bahrain’s Klub 360 will launch their elite entertainment series with a bubbling performance from Sean Paul. The series is geared to increase the profile of the island’s entertainment offerings and showcases their exclusive hospitality properties.

“This is the first of many high-profile acts that Klub 360 will be bringing to the country. We are making a bit of a statement with Sean Paul. What we are trying to do is elevate the reputation of not only the club and hotel but the country,” said Jonathon Sasson, Manager of Klub 360.

The artiste’s chart topping song Get Busy, released in 2003 is acclaimed as one of the longest charted reggae songs on the Billboard Charts and will be featured in the animated flick Home, set for release on Friday, March 27. The movie is an American 3D animation features the voice of Bajan born international artiste Rihanna, Jennnifer Lopez and more.

The international reggae star who now sports a new hair style, earlier this year rolled out a new production called the Full Speed Riddim. As a seasoned producer this is his fourth riddim production to come from the Dutty Rock Production Label. The Full Speed Riddim now available on iTunes features artiste such as Koshens, Mr. Vegas, J Capri and Cham alongside the Grammy Winner Sean Paul.

Sean Paul is set and ready to go Full Speed in Bahrain at Klub 360.



Monday, March 9, 2015

Ghetto Youths International Announces U.S. Spring Tour


Ghetto Youths International, the record label founded by Bob Marley's sons and musicians Damian, Stephen and Julian Marley, announces the U.S. Spring 2015 tour Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Volume 2, carrying the same name as their recently released compilation. The tour’s star studded reggae line up includes the GYI contingent - Wayne Marshall, Black-Am-I, Christopher Ellis and Jo Mersa – as well as Cham.  All of these artists are featured on the Set Up Shop Volume 2 compilation, which peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album chart.

As the GYI co-founder Stephen “Ragga” Marley told Billboard, "on this album, my brothers and I share our new music and also showcase a range of new talent that is uprising in reggae. My son Jo Mersa represents the next generation and has a universal sound -- blending different genres of music with reggae and dancehall. London-based singer Christopher Ellis inherited elements from his father Alton Ellis' Jamaican rocksteady era, while mixing it with modern day soul, R&B and reggae. Dancehall vet Wayne Marshall is so versatile and can deejay or sing on any track or riddim, and reggae newcomer Black-Am-I sings from the heart of St. Ann where my father hails from making some of realest roots music. We represent the full spectrum of reggae."
 

U.S. Tour Dates
Thu. Apr. 9 in Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts – Wolf Building 
Fri. Apr 10 in New York, NY @ S.O.B.'S

Sat. Apr 11 in Washington DC @ The Hamilton 
Mon. Apr. 13 in Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall in Boston, MA
Wed. Apr. 15 in Chicago, IL @ Double Door
Fri. Apr. 17 in Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Sat. Apr. 18 in Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon
Mon. Apr. 20 in Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
Tue. Apr 21 in Denver, CO @ Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom
Wed. Apr 22 in Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen
Fri. Apr 24 in Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Sat. Apr 25 in Portland, OR @ Alhambra Theatre
Mon. Apr. 27 in Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst -  Atrium
Tue. Apr. 28 in Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
Wed. Apr. 29 in Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
Fri. May 1 in San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Sat. May 2 in Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory – Constellation Room

Friday, March 6, 2015

Chronixx Capture Land JAMAICA Tour for March 13-15

Chronixx, the musical revolutionary, has announced a three parish TOUR featuring his Zincfence Redemption Band live in concerts scheduled for March 13 -15. The four hour concerts which form Part One of the “Capture Land JAMAICA Tour” kicks off in St. Elizabeth on Friday March 13, then goes on to Kingston Saturday March 14 and culminates in Portland on Sunday March 15.

With a vision for development and a purpose of being a change agent, the Reggae singer has also taken a novel approach to his musical tour of the island. Each concert, produced by the Chronixx Music Group, will be staged in venues that will ensure an intimate setting. The event is a full length feature concert from Chronixx and the Zincfence Redemption which will differ from the abbreviated performances delivered when the artiste is billed as part of larger shows with limited time allotted for performing.

The concept of the event is driven by the young musician’s belief that a movement is needed to catapult the music industry to priority for policy makers and development. Chronixx explained this view during an interview on Television Jamaica’s weekly entertainment programme Entertainment Report aired on February 13, “I am doing an island tour..., we are doing tours and events in makeshift venues, which means there is no form of movement that acknowledges the fact that we are the main export. It’s not bauxite, it’s not tourism. It’s music.” he stated.

With strong views and a militant approach to his faith, the artiste will share with patrons his way of life and as such notes that the event will be meat and alcohol free. Chronixx is excited about the upcoming event which will mark his debut performances in Portland and St. Elizabeth, giving him a chance to connect with a broader cross section of his fan base. The artiste steadily rose in popularity but in 2010 received mass approval with singles, Start A Fyah, Capitalist (featuring Infinite) and Behind Curtain; and continues to amass a strong international fan base.

Chronixx and Zincfence Redemption are currently in the United States on the Dread and Terrible West Coast tour which features Kelissa and Keznamdi with 12 stops between February 14 and March 1.  This is a testament to the artiste’s belief in building a movement. He explained “We don’t want to get in any form of competition and you find that when the industry gets as diverse as it is right now, that is a very good thing for any industry. You find yourself thinking competitive and for me that is not a natural thing.  Me is a youth love to share my space, I don’t want to ever feel like this space belong to me. Chronixx fi lock Jamaica, and we a lock down this. Mek every youth lock di place.”

Chronixx released the seven track, Dread and Terrible Project in 2014, to rave reviews from fans, which also peaked at number one on the Reggae Album Billboard charts. He also gave fans a sneak preview of the next single Ghetto People, which premiered on Television Jamaica’s Entertainment Report. The artiste notes that whilst he is always working and recording he is keen on pacing his releases in the market.

The Capture Land tour kicks off on March 13 in in St Elizabeth, then on to Kingston on March 14 and culminates in Portland on March 15

Jamaican-born actress Kimberly Huie makes director debut in “The Intervention”

Jamaican-born actress Kimberly Huie, renowned for roles in hit series such as Grey’s Anatomy, CSI and Andromeda, has embarked on a new project which sees her don the hats of screenwriter and director. Huie’s new project, The Intervention, which was premiered at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival in 2014, adds the title of filmmaker to her already impressive resume.

The Intervention is a short film which focuses on a protagonist, played by Huie, who struggles in denial. The female lead is then confronted by her closest friends who then stage an intervention to bring their struggling friend to the realization that her denial is crippling to her. The intervening then leads to a clash of the personalities of each friend which then unfolds in a surprising twist.

The short film is Huie’s directorial debut and it created quite a stir at its 2014 debut when Jonathan Ali, editorial director of the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival labeled it, “a pitch-perfect, hilarious short.”

Kimberly Huie has had memorable guest starring appearances in her acting career which include The Guardian, NYPD Blue, Any Day Now, Pensacola and Chicago Hope. Huie has performed in a wide range of roles for films including Never Get out of The Boat, Shoot (Sundance Film Festival 2001), Grahams Diner (Sundance 2000), Caller ID, Hairshirt and Just for Fun. She also appeared in the cult classic Wishmaster 4, and as Denzel Washington's wife in Deep Impact.

The Jamaican native also boasts an impressive TV track record having recurring roles on the series such as Philly, Leaving L.A., Push, The Great Defender, and Catwalk. Huie also appeared in the pilots Raising Dad, The Corsairs and D.O.A.