Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Portland Jerk Festival partners with Corporate Transport Services

Corporate Transport Services Ltd. will provide comfortable and affordable trips to the Portland Jerk Festival, slated for Sunday, July 5. The company’s Corporate Express bus service is also the official carrier for the Miss Jamaica World contestants to and from the event to be held at the Heritage Site at Folly Grounds in Port Antonio.

Corporate Transport Services’ round trip specials for patrons include; one special round trip rate for $2,700JMD, a package deal which includes a round trip ticket and a ticket to the event for $3,500JMD. Patrons who purchase tickets before June 27 will get the same package at a reduced rate of $3,200JMD.

Patrons will also be able to park their vehicles at the Corporate Express office located at the Oakland House on 5-7 Hagley Park Road, Kingston 10, while they shuttle to and from Portland Jerk Festival. The transport company has put in place special arrangements to accommodate comfortable travel to what is known to be the largest annual jerk and food festival in Jamaica.

To make ticket reservations, call 754-9014 or 754-7827, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm and on weekends between 10am and 3pm.

The Festival has also partnered with the Jamaica Urban Transit Company Ltd (JUTC) who will be offering patrons round trip transportation at a cost of $1,500JMD. Patrons can contact the JUTC at 1-888-CALL-JUTC to book their seat and for additional information. 

The Portland Jerk Festival is poised to be an affordable, inviting experience for Jamaicans and tourists alike. The Folly Grounds will be open from 10 a.m. and vendors will, as usual, offer samples of their specialty dishes, as well as local favourites like rice and peas, festival, breadfruit and yam.

The Festival will this year feature local and international gourmet chefs including Lorraine Fung, Gariel Ferguson and Judson Todd Allen ‘The Architect of Flavour’.  This year, the organisers promise to showcase how jerk has evolved over the years and how the world now interprets jerk. To complement the festival’s culinary experience, patrons can also expect a fulfilling entertainment package.

Patrons for the 2015 Portland Jerk Festival will benefit from a partnership with Corporate Transport Services for easy affordable transit to the event at Folly Grounds come Sunday, July 5. Tickets for the Portland Jerk Festival are now on sale for $1000JMD presold, $1200JMD at the gate and only $500JMD for children. Gates open at 10:00AM.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Denyque Three Steps Ahead

Young, talented songstress Denyque released her first album titled Her Name is Denyque on Tuesday, June 16 on iTunes. This highly anticipated collection of her work is a combination of old favourites as well as some new hit bound singles.

In addition to an album, the singer songwriter subsequently premiered the video for the Ring the Alarm single produced on Sean Paul’s Full Speed Riddim on Wednesday, June 17.

The video released on YouTube was directed by Jason ‘Jay Will” Williams and featured the Grammy award winning artiste Sean Paul alongside Ding Dong, Leftside, Future Fambo and selectors Copper Shaun and Supa Hype enjoying an exhilarating night inside Club 808.

To add more flavour to the mix, the dancehall star has also added an app to her brand. ‘Denyque’ is a free downloadable app that allows persons to navigate through the artiste’s social media, as well as listen to and purchase her music on iTunes.

Over the past year Denyque has honed her skills on the media landscape, being one of the voice and faces of Red Stripe Football Mondays. The entrepreneur and mastermind behind the WetSwim swimwear brand also stands out as a Pepsi Brand Ambassador, which landed her spot as a top performer on the Pepsi Refresh Tour.


Denyque continues on the Pepsi Refresh Tour with a performance on Saturday, July 4 at Hope Zoo before heading to Reggae Sumfest on International Night 2. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Third World Releases YimMasGan Single

Third World's first major song of the year, YimMasGan was released on Tuesday, June 16 on the Ghetto Youths International Label. 

The single produced by Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley is a fresh take on the 1974 original track by the Abyssinians. 'Yim Mas Gan' means let him be praised in the ancient Ethiopian Amharic language. This single joins Satta Massagana as songs covered by Third World, originally done by the Abyssinians.

Celebrating over 40 years in music, Third World  treated the media and friends to a preview of the music video for YimMasGan  at a viewing party on Thursday, June 11 at Chris Gayle's Triple Century Sports Bar. The preview party was hosted by Cindy Breakspeare and was supported by Ghetto Youths International artistes, Wayne Marshall and Black-Am-I as well as Tony Rebel, Kelissa and more.

Founding member of Third World, Cat Coore states, "This song is almost as if we have come full circle. When we recorded Satta Massagana, it was one of the very first recordings we did. In fact, it was the lead song on our first self-titled album. This song is giving praise and thanks to the most high Jah Rastafari for his presence, ever-guiding hand and inspirational vibration that we all feel within the Rasta community. Recording this song with Jr. Gong makes it even more special to us. With Damian's production skills mixed with his musicians that helped create the song, we feel it is one of the best covers not just done by Third World, but ever done by anyone."

Damian Marley holds the band in high esteem and was pleased to be able to work with Third World Band. "I'm honored to be working with some of my musical heroes. Third world has played a great roll in my development as an artiste and I am proud to be a part of their latest project," Damian said. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Reggae Ambassadors Third World Give Their Rendition of “YimMasGan”

The Damian-Marley Produced Track Will Be Available on Tuesday, June 16 on Ghetto Youths International Label

Celebrating over 40 years in music, one of the most pivotal reggae bands of all time Third World will release their first major song of the year YimMasGan on Tuesday, June 16 on Ghetto Youths International. The Damian Marley produced song, which will also be accompanied with a new music video directed by Jamaica’s own Ras Kassa, is a fresh take on the 1974 original track by The Abyssinians. Yim mas gan means let him be praised in the ancient Ethiopian Amharic language.  This is the second song written by The Abyssinians that Third World recorded. The first was Satta Massagana, released in 1975 on Chris Blackwell's Island Records.  

Founding member of Third World Cat Coore states, "this song is almost as if we have come full circle.  When we recorded Satta Massagana, it was one of our very first recordings we did. In fact, it was the lead song on our first self-titled album. This song is giving praise and thanks to the most high Jah Rastafari for his presence, ever-guiding hand and inspirational vibration that we all feel within the Rasta community. Recording this song with Jr. Gong makes it even more special to us. With Damian's production skills mixed with his musicians that helped create the song, we feel it is one of the best covers not just done by Third World, but ever done by anyone.”

Richard Daley of Third World adds “the record has a lot of meaning to Third World because its giving praises to Ethiopia and the King. The writing of the Abyssinians music was so spiritually high, that is like a prayer. It is like a chant and we just connect with it. Also, Damian Marley adding his touch to the whole thing brings a new light to the music and its meaning.”

“I'm honored to be working with some of my musical heroes. Third World has played a great roll in my development as an artist and I'm proud to be a part of their latest project,” expresses Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley.

With 10 Grammy nominations, sold-out tours worldwide, a loyal fan base and a catalogue of Top 40 Billboard charted smash hits (including Now That We Found Love, 96 Degrees in the Shade, Third World has been one of (if not the) most consistently successful reggae bands. Third World’s reggae fusion style mixes R&B, funk, pop, rock, dancehall and hip-hop into the genre, making them one of Jamaica's most popular crossover acts among international audiences. The band has toured and worked with the late great Bob Marley (including opening for Marley’s first world tour in 1978), Stevie Wonder (who produced 2 of their albums in the 80’s released with CBS), Santana and Jackson 5 (opening for their first concert in Jamaica). They have also shared the stage with the likes of Bono of U2, Sting, The Police, Whitney Houston, Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, Jimmy Buffet, Eric Clapton and Marc Anthony and landed national TV performances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, Arsenio Hall Show and many more.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Local Acts Complete Final Lineup of St. Kitts Music Festival

St. Kitts-Nevis top artists  were officially revealed on Friday to complete the full lineup of the 19th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival, which takes 25th to 27th June, 2015.


During the official launch of the Festival’s local promotional activities 12 local acts were revealed for the 2015 edition of the St. Kitts Music Festival.

Easily the Federation’s top act, Infamus, leads the dynamic  group of St. Kitts-Nevis based acts who will be performing on the International stage.

Other acts include Zemenfus Kiddus, Jah Fire, Nicha B, BBM, Footsy, Mod Stoney, Trebla, Mr Bagnall, Small Axe Band, Odisi Band, and the AZ-1 Band.

The full lineup of the 19th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival is as follows:

THURSDAY:
Roy Cape All Stars
Ricardo Drue
Blaxx
Patrice Roberts
Benjai
Kerwin Du Bois
Small Axe Band
Mr Bagnall
Toňo Rosario
T-Vice
Odisi Band

FRIDAY:
Bounty Killer 
Christopher Martin
Ciara
Aswad
Island Explosion featuring AZ-1 Band
·         Trebla
·         Zemenfus Kidus
·         Jah Fire
·         Footsy
·         Nicha B
·         Mod Stoney
·          BBM

SATURDAY:
Jason Derulo
Trey Songz 
Infamus
Arturo Tappin

Tickets to the 14th Annual St. Kitts Music Festival are US$40/EC$100 per night. Gates open at 5pm and performances begin at 8pm

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Sean Paul Thrills Moroccan Massive before Heading to Tampa Bay Carnival


Sean Paul showed great respect for the people of Morocco when he donned the stage at Mawazine International Music Festival in a Moroccan shirt and the fans showed him love in return.

The Jamaican Reggae superstar delivered a blistering 90 minute performance at the Olm Souissi on Sunday, May 31 to an interactive crowd of over ten thousand.  Global hits like Temperature, We Be Burnin’ and She Doesn't Mind were met with screams of delight.  Slower Jams like I'm Still In Love and Punkie were met with hands in the air and foundation tracks like Get Busy and Gimmi Di Light saw fans jumping into the air.

Backed by his own Baddabandz band, Sean Paul engaged the crowd on every level.  He sang he danced and he talked to the crowd about his experiences in Morocco; having visited the sites, the market and the local restaurants in the time leading up to the performance.

Much to the delight of his fans, Sean Paul delivered in his promise made at the official festival press conference; he performed new music from his own Dutty Rock Productions label.  

Closing the show dropped in a Moroccan national flag, Sean Paul took a moment to take a photo with fans in attendance before receiving a thank you bouquet from the festival organizers.  It was a fitting end to Sean Paul's second visit to the African nation.

On the heels of his Moroccan performance, the megastar will jet off to Florida to perform at the Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival on Sunday, June 7 before returning home for his Full Speed Riddim Tour.


Being his third production from his Dutty Rock Label, Sean Paul is slated to appear at Margaritaville Ocho Rios and Negril in the coming weeks as part of his Full Speed Riddim promotions. 

A Common Announcement for Reggae Sumfest

Organizers of the Reggae Sumfest Music Festival recently announced Oscar and Grammy-winner, rapper Common has been added to perform at its 20th staging at the summer music festival taking place from July 12-18 in Montego Bay.

"We are elated to have a performer of the magnitude of Common on the Reggae Sumfest stage. He is a versatile artiste, and undoubtedly he will add something very special that our audience will be able to appreciate. He has a unique and vibrant style that will excite patrons," explained executive director of Summerfest Productions, Johnny Gourzong.

The artiste comes as the first announced international act billed to take the stage at its Catherine Hall home on International Night 1 (July 17).

Common recently received an Academy Award win for the song Glory, a collaboration with singer John Legend which was featured in the film Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay and starring David Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina in May 2015 before delivering a compelling commencement speech at the graduation ceremony.

The superstar mega house will join a string of international artistes who have graced the Sumfest stage over the years to include Wiz Khalifa, Jason Derulo, Rihanna, Usher, Lionel Richie, Destiny's Child, Chris Brown, Kanye West, and many more.

"Patrons have come to expect only the best at Reggae Sumfest. Common is the first of our announcements on this year's line-up. I would say we are off to a great start," Gourzong declared.

The event will be held from Sunday, July 12 to Saturday, July 18 in association with sponsors Digicel, Iberostar, Secrets, The Gleaner, Pepsi, Jamaica Tourist Board, Red Stripe, and Red Bull.