Dynamq Is Crowned King Of U.S. Rumble Sound Clash

As the epitome of Jamaica’s competitive art form of  sound clash unfolded in the infamous Irish and Chin U.S. Rumble in the Bronx, New York on Saturday, May 5, 2018, the sweet taste of a historic lock off and victory was fate for the much deserving contender Dynamq Sound International’s Kennedy Lorya. Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri by way of Sudan, just as he has done in life, the determined selector overcame numerous obstacles to win the U.S. Rumble sound clash.

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Dynamq rejoices after an emotional U.S. Rumble victory.

In what was an unprecedented victory for U.S. Rumble, Dynamq mastered the art of music, execution and entertainment, defeating what many have hailed as the best set of contenders yet for the clash — including Revolution (Washington, D.C.), Jah Mikey One (California), Black Magic (Atlanta, GA), Webbzite (Rochester, NY), Banky Hype (New Jersey) and defending champions Platinum Kids (New York).

“The energy and adrenaline that I witnessed from the performers and patrons continues to intensify through the 2018 Rumble Series. And just when you thought the Rumbles Series had reached it’s climax, the latest stop on the Rumble train adds even greater entertainment value to the global 20th Anniversary World Clash competition,” says Garfield “Chin” Bourne of Irish and Chin.

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U.S. Rumble winner Dynamq and promoter Garfield “Chin” Bourne flex with the trophy.

Dynamq has had his heart set on sound clash going back to his days on the Shashamane sound system. Eyeing Irish and Chin and other viable sound clash stages for more than a decade, the African born sound came to win and win only. “I feel truly honored, happy, motivated but most of all ready to take on the world,” says Lorya.

Although sounds demonstrated sharp skills through out U.S. Rumble, the crowd had no mercy, effortlessly ousting them from the heated clash. Black Magic, Platinum Kids, Webbzite and Banky Hype were the first sounds to go. Despite a malfunctioning laptop and lost crates, the African attire adorned Dynamq rose to the occasion defeating sounds with wit, music and electrifying sets infused with a “Wakanda Forever” theme.

In the fourth “Mystery” round, Dynamq’s fate was sealed as he unleashed impromptu vocal selections, amidst hurling insults at remaining sounds Jah Mikey One and Revolution. While Jah Mikey One and Revolution boasted impressive performances through the fourth round, their “Dead Artist” and “Ganja Tunes” segment could not compete with that of Dynamq. In fact, Dynamq played so well that for the first time in U.S. Rumble history, a “lock off” happened, preventing the clash from entering a “tune fi tune” — securing Dynamq’s victory.

Upon winning the U.S. Rumble sound clash, the humble and grateful Dynamq displayed an outpour of emotion, as he was flocked by family and fans. Determination has been the story of his life. During a rather personal testimony on Sound Chat Radio the night before U.S. Rumble, Dynamq detailed his younger years in a Kenya refugee camp, where he was introduced to Reggae by listening to David Rodigan on a small radio. And It was Desmond Decker’s “Israelites” that spurred his determination to rise and overcome all challenges. In addition to being a sound man, Dynamq is also a rather good singer and producer.

U.S. Rumble is the third clash in Irish and Chin’s Rumble Series 2018 season, with Japan Rumble, Euro Rumble and U.K. Rumble slated for June 9, 23 and 30 respectively. Canada Rumble and Caribbean Rumble were held in March and April. Designed to bring rising talented selectors and sounds into the clash arena, winning sounds are bound to face off at the renowned World Clash in Canada later this year, which is celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary. A separate World Clash 20th Anniversary event is planned for Reggae Sumfest on Thursday, July 19, 2018 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

U.S. Rumble Audio:  https://soundcloud.com/irisha ndchin/us-rumble-2018


Venue Change: Best of the Best Goes Indoors – Mana Wynwood Convention Center

With only three days before the biggest Caribbean concert in North America, organizers of Best of Best have made the decision to move the concert indoors. Over the next few days there is tropical weather warning for the South Miami area, which is not conducive to having a concert of this magnitude outdoors.

“Safety has always been the first priority, therefore we have decided to take the concert indoors. We can’t control Mother Nature, but cancelling the show was not an option either. We had to take into consideration all the persons who purchased tickets, purchased flights and booked hotels to be a part of this premiere event and therefore the show MUST GO ON” says co-promoter Steve ‘Jabba’ Beckford.

Best of the Best will take place on Sunday May 27th at Mann Wynwood Convention Center, located at 318 NW 23rd st. Miami Florida. There will be more than enough space for the crowd anticipated, as this venue is over 10000 sq ft. All tickets purchased will be honored.

“Come out early and make sure bring your flags, we are going to celebrate and make history. We thank each and everyone for the continued support and look forward to seeing you this Sunday inside Mana Wynwood Convention Center” says Steve ‘Jabba’ Beckford.

The line-up, which consist of an array of acts, represents the current energy and love for music globally. The dancehall, soca and afrobeat scene has grown so much over the past 3 years, for the first time Best of The Best Music Fest has added an artist from Ghana to round off their star studded lineup.  Hood Celebrity, Shenseea, Ding Dong, Romain Virgo, Masicka, Richie Stephens, Ghost, Linky First, Stone Bwoy from Ghana, Bunji Garlin, Fayann Lyons, Kerwin Dubois, Aidonia, Capleton and Mavado make up the headliners for this years BOTB.

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Caribbean Media Entrepreneur For South Florida PR & Marketing Workshop

Caribbean-born media entrepreneur, Felicia J. Persaud, will partner with The Broward County Main Library in Fort Lauderdale for an informational workshop on PR & Marketing In The Digital Era during National Caribbean American Heritage Month.Caribbean Media Entrepreneur For South Florida PR & Marketing Workshop

Persaud, founder of the award-winning digital PR & AD agency specializing in the Caribbean and the African American markets, Hard Beat Communications, as well as CaribPR Wire, Invest Caribbean Now and the News Americas News network, will conduct the workshop on Tue, June 12, 2018 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The educational event is set for 100 South Andrews Avenue, Seventh Floor in Fort Lauderdale. The free course is designed to help entrepreneurs, non-profit heads, communications representatives and PR professionals adapt the good old press release to the digital world while understanding the keys to identifying what is newsworthy.

Persaud is a mass communications expert with over 20-years of experience. She is a former journalist and news editor who has worked at WSEE TV/ One Caribbean Television, the CBS of the Caribbean; the New York Daily News’ “Caribbeat In Focus;” WWRL Radio, PBS Television, The Queens Chronicle, Black Elegance Magazine, The New York Trend and freelanced for numerous Caribbean and African publications.  Her immigration column appears weekly in the Amsterdam News and on News Americas.

Registration and is a must and can be done here on Event Brite.


Kate Bronson

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2018 Festival Song Finalists Ready For The Road

The finalists in the 2018 Jamaica Festival Song Competition are in high spirits and full preparation mode, as they power along the journey to the Grand National Finals in July. Following on their successful completion of the second round of competition, where the 30 semi-finalists went head to head for one of the coveted top ten spots, the finalists, which includes a mass choir, have been in the studios working with various note-worthy and award winning producers to put the final touches on their entry songs. Up next on their journey will be a series of road shows across the island, beginning in the second city, Montego Bay in June.

We have pulled out all the stops to make this year’s competition bigger and better than before, including our renewed partnership with Tastee Jamaica, which has rejoined this year’s roster of sponsors with $7.5 Million. Thanks to the funding of our sponsors I am sure that this competition’s journey will be a life changing experience for all the finalists, especially the winners.” Said Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Hon. Olivia Grange.

In addition to the series of performances across the country, an official photo-shoot, media tour/courtesy calls and the anticipated 2018 album release are some of the other planned stops on the road of the Competition’s journey. The top ten songs will also be accompanied by music videos and vignettes which will be accessible by the public.

Also on the agenda of the top ten finalists is another in the series of coaching sessions on Wednesday, May 16 with renowned artist development consultants Conroy Wilson and Michael Holgate, both Executive and Artistic Director, respectively, of the Ashe Company, who will coach the finalists in artistic presentation and stage craft.

Organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Jamaica Festival Song Competition is the longest running song competition in Jamaica and has showcased myriads of artistes and numerous songs which have become the soundtrack to Jamaican life and culture.

The top ten finalists in the 2018 edition of the Jamaica Festival Song Competition


  • Strong Jamaican written by Patrick Kitson and performed by Escarpment Road New Testament Church of God
  • Jamaica A Wi Home written and performed by Oneil Scott, stage name: Nazzleman
  • Hands on your Heart written by Karel Wisdom, Bennett and G. Wright and performed by Karel Wisdom, stage name: Jah Wiz
  • The Type of Jamaica written and performed by Radcliffe Palmer, stage name: Radcliffe John
  • Jamaica Wi Rich written and performed by Victor Richards, stage name: Juke Box
  • I Love Jamaica written by Sheea-Ann Hewan and performed by Roger Mendez, stage name: Rojjah
  • Jamaica You Nice Enuh written and performed by Tanice Morrison, stage name: Reggae Soul Child
  • Jamaica’s Formula written and performed by Everton Pessoa, stage name: Pesso
  • Wi Big All Around written and performed by Dennis McKay, stage name: Mackie Conscious
  • Let’s Do It Jamaica written and performed by Courick Clarke, stage name: Koriq
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• Karel Wisdom, Jah Wiz (left) gets feedback from the studio engineer at Tuff Gong Studio, during his recording of “Hands on your Heart” written by M. Bennett and G. Wright and Karel Wisdom

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• Members of the Escarpment Road New Testament Church of God in the studio with their performance of “Strong Jamaican” written by Patrick Kitson

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Kristen Laing

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Tel: (876) 926-5726-9/ 897-5204, 436-7836

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South Florida Families Seek Out Love This Summer: At The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale with ‘The Self Esteem Doctor’

According to the National Education Association, it is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. Dr. Simone Alicia, certified N.L.P.(Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Practitioner and Motivational Coach looks to address with her third annual Self Esteem Summer Conference that will take place June 3, 2018, at the Ritz Carlton, on Hotel(1 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304) from 9am-5pm. The conference has inspired and helped over 400 students in the past two years.The conference will offer a limited number of FREE tickets to kids and teens. This is made possible by the support of local businesses. General entry is $0-$10. VIP Preferred seating is $25.South Florida Families Seek Out Love This Summer At The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale with The Self Esteem Doctor 1

Dr. Alicia looks to help raise the self-esteem, mindfulness, and communication at the of South Florida’s kids and teens. Also, knowns as the Self Esteem Doctor, Dr. Alicia’s mission has been to give young people an opportunity to address, boost or build their confidence, share their perspective and vocalize their needs.

“We are all living in a time now, where it has become more vital than ever to raise the collective consciousness about the true value and power of healthy self-esteem in the lives of children, teens and the family unit as a whole. It’s a fundamental key to shaping the future of our planet, and we need to start teaching it on purpose.”South Florida Families Seek Out Love This Summer At The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale with The Self Esteem Doctor 1 2

The conference is themed based on one of Dr. Alicia’s Mindset-based Teachings. This year, she is launching the T.SED TV channel on YouTube to highlight the power kids have to steadily improve their attitude and mindset using subconscious language, positive media programming, and empowerment games.

This community inspired event offers valuable information ways by including the use of activities, games, humor, and entertainment to be enjoyed by kids of all ages. The Self Esteem Summer Conference is once again giving kids and teens FREE access to real tools to help them believe in themselves, overcome negativity, like bullying and have the courage to grow into their real purpose. At the end of this conference, they’ll be one step closer to confidently contributing the best of themselves at school, at home, and to the world. 

For more information visit: http://www.TheSelfEsteemDoctor.com or call

Shawn Anderson-(754) 229-0029 or via email –[email protected]

About Dr. Simone Alica

The Self Esteem Doctor -Simone Alicia-Dr. Simone Alicia is a certified N.L.P. (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Practitioner and Motivational Coach known as The Self Esteem Doctor. She is based in Miami, Florida, and is a trusted source of empowerment for countless individuals, schools, small businesses, Non-Profit organizations and other groups. In addition to performing as a guest or keynote Speaker and corporate consultant, Dr. Simone Alicia offers one on one or group coaching sessions to men, women, teens, and children nationwide.

She is known for consistently delivering powerful results in self-development, such as improved performance, healthy attitudes, forgiveness of self and others, stress reduction and positive behavioral outcomes overall.

This University of Florida educated teacher, Honorary Doctorate holder and Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner is fueled by her passion to help kids, families, and educators. Her goal is to transform negative behaviors and limiting beliefs by improving the way people are thinking and feeling about themselves; that’s self-esteem.

Dr. Simone uses an authentic, high energy approach to her teachings both on and off the stage. You’ll find her charming audiences with a compassionate smile, captivating them with a home-made self-esteem song or fascinating them with an intensely vivid demonstration of an abstract concept.

“The world is my classroom, and it’s time for everyone to know that self-esteem begins with ourselves, but doesn’t end there. It’s about exploring our limitlessness, becoming our best selves and contributing magnanimously to others in this world.” -Dr. Simone Alicia, D.D, h.c.


American Caribbean Maritime Foundation Honors Shipping Industry Stalwarts

The prestigious annual Anchor Awards, upcoming this fall in New York, will honor three top leaders in the global maritime industry—Michael Bayley, President and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Caribbean International; Roland Malins-Smith, Founder and Retired President of Seafreight Line Ltd; and Rick Murrell, SVP Managing Director, Saltchuk Resources and Chairman Tropical Shipping.

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Michael Bayley, President & CEO, Royal Caribbean International

The event, sponsored by the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation (ACMF), will be held atthe historic New York Yacht Club in Manhattan on Thursday, October 18, 2018 under the Patronage of Jamaica’s Prime Minister, The Most Honorable Andrew Holness. The Anchor Awards acknowledges individuals and the companies they represent who have played a vital role in the growth and development of the maritime industry in the Caribbean. As the host country for the Law of the Sea Convention which serves as the legal framework governing the ocean, Jamaica has been pivotal in the development of the maritime sector over the last four decades. In 2018, Jamaica was voted on to the Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which puts it at the forefront of decision making on issues that will impact all industry stakeholders.

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Rick Murrell, SVP Chairman of Tropical Shipping

“I was thrilled to be asked to deliver the keynote address at the event, particularly in light of the fact that Jamaica is the host country of  The Convention on the Law of the Sea,” says Ambassador Marcia Gilbert-Roberts, Permanent Secretary in Jamaica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and

The ACMF, founded by former Consul General in New York, Dr. Geneive Brown Metzger, was established in 2016 to support scholarships and infrastructure development at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU).

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Roland Malins-Smith, Founder and Retired President of Seafreight Line Ltd

Anchor Awards Chair, Vincent DeOrchis, Esq., partner in the U.S. maritime law practice, Montgomery McCracken, Walker and Rhoads, and ACMF board members, says “the reputation of the CMU and the importance of the Caribbean maritime industry to the region’s economy make this a very worthy cause.”

For more information about the Awards or the ACMF, email [email protected] or go to the ACMF website www.acmfdn.org


Enjoy The Authentic Sights, Sounds And Flavors Of The Caribbean During The 2018 “Taste The Islands Experience” At The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society On June 2

Enjoy the authentic sights, sounds and flavors of the Caribbean during the 2018 “Taste the Islands Experience” on Saturday, June 2, at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. Food and spirits enthusiasts with a taste for island indulgences will enjoy an all-inclusive evening featuring celebrity cooking demos, an artisan shopping village, live music and more at the second annual celebration to take place on the Riverfront on the lawn of the New River Inn (231 Southwest Second Avenue) from 4 – 10 p.m.

Enjoy The Authentic Sights, Sounds And Flavors Of The Caribbean During The 2018 “Taste The Islands Experience” At The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society On June 2

Photo Credit: Richard Lecoin

“The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society is thrilled to present this tasteful celebration of all things Caribbean to residents and visitors in Downtown Fort Lauderdale,” said Patricia Zeiler, executive director of the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society. “Our diverse community continues to be shaped by the many cultures, flavors and influences to our south and we are proud to showcase them together at the festive ‘Taste the Islands Experience.’”

Attendees can explore the fine art of Caribbean cooking with celebrity chefs including “Taste the Islands” TV show hosts Cynthia “Chef Thia” Verna of Haiti, Hugh “Chef Irie” Sinclair of Jamaica and Chef Amit Raval, head chef of Amtar Fine Foods in Trinidad. This cadre of culinarians will sample their gourmet Caribbean creations in the “Taste the Islands” Pavilion and will present demonstrations on the event’s main stage.

For an even wider selection of Caribbean fare, Restaurant Row will host 15 local cafes and caterers representing multiple islands, each offering different menu selections while an open bar will serve island specialties. Other flavorful touches include a tropical drink and ice-cream bar and a signature Caribbean Culinary Museum and Culinary Theater, where guests can enjoy an immersive cultural foray into the regions’ histories.

DJs Nickymix and Richie D will create the audial atmosphere taking guests on a musical island journey while the incomparable Steve ‘Sir Rockwell’ Warner will emcee the event. A steel drum band and costumed carnival players will add to the exuberant island atmosphere.

Ultra-VIP treatment will include complimentary massages in the Goldson Spine massage studio, and complimentary refreshers in the Glam Studio with Makeup by Rory Lee and hair touch-ups by Miss Jessie’s. A 5-day, 4-night all-inclusive trip for two to Barbados (valued of $2,000 including hotel and air travel) will also be raffled-off with proceeds benefiting the Historical Society

The 2018 “Taste the Islands Experience” is presented by media and production company Island Syndicate whose directors include the visionaries behind the “Taste the Islands” television series and Island Origins Magazine. It is co-presented by the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, proud steward of our community’s past by making our heritage accessible and engaging to residents and visitors. Event partners include the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, Red Stripe Beer and the Jamaica Tourist Board.

Guests visiting from out of town can take advantage of special rates compliments of the Riverside Hotel. Please mention “Taste the Islands” when calling toll free (844) 467-0671, direct (954) 467-0671, or booking through the event website. Exclusive transportation partner Yellow Cab of Broward will ensure that even those who may overindulge can get home safely.

All-inclusive tickets for “Taste the Islands Experience” are $95 advance and $125 at the gate and are available at www.ttiexperience.com. Price includes gourmet and authentic Caribbean food and premium drinks. For more information about the 2018 “Taste the Islands Experience,” please visit www.ttiexperience.com.

 About Island Syndicate

Island Syndicate is a media, arts and entertainment company that produces unforgettable events and exceptional content, inspired by the Caribbean. The team offers publishing, video production, photography and other corporate creative services, and is passionate about delivering superior quality to their discerning clients. For more information, please visit www.islandsyndicate.com.

 About the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society (FLHS)

For 56 years, the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society (FLHS) has brought the stories of our diverse community to life through engaging educational experiences, innovative cultural exhibits, research and preservation of artifacts. Residents and visitors to Fort Lauderdale are invited to explore the city’s rich past that is housed in five historic buildings on a lushly landscaped campus – the 1907 King Cromartie House Museum, the History Museum of Fort Lauderdale situated in the 1905 New River Inn, the 1905 Philemon Nathaniel Bryan House, the 1899 Replica Ivy Cromartie Schoolhouse and the Hoch Research Library, South Florida’s foremost history center housing print resources and newspapers from 1910-present plus 400,000 archival photos, 2,500 maps and 5,000 architectural blueprints. The FLHS is located at 219 Southwest Second Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. Museum hours are Monday – Friday from noon – 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. General admission is $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and $7 for students (through age 22 with a valid student ID). Admission is free for members, military and children ages six and under. Group tours are available by request. The FLHS is a nonprofit agency supported by memberships, grants and charitable contributions. Click here to donate. For more information, please call (954) 463-4431 or visit us online at www.fortlauderdalehistoricalsociety.org and follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/ftlhistory on Instagram @ftlhistory and on Twitter @FLLhistory.

Calibe Thompson

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Award Winning Visual Artists to Launch Exhibition at the Jamaica Conference Centre – May 20th, 2018

The top three winners of the Jamaica Visual Arts Competition’s coveted 2017 Jury Prize will see their works exhibited at the Jamaica Conference Centre, Port Royal Street, Kingston, from May 21 to May 31. The exhibition, which will be launched on Sunday, May 20 beginning at 3:00 pm, will feature the works of outstanding artists Jermaine Morgan, Dwane Bailey and Michele Lee Lambert who received the first, second and third overall awards, respectively.

The competition’s coveted Jury Prize is given annually to the top three artists with the best overall work, who are selected by a Jury of adjudicators who are notable artists within the Jamaican Art Industry.Award Winning Visual Artists to Launch Exhibition May 20

The exhibition, which runs from Monday to Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily is free and open to the public.

According to Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the JCDC, Stephen Davidson, “We heartily congratulate the 2017 Jury Prize winners as what they have achieved is no easy feat. This exhibition promises to be an exceptional one and we encourage the public, not just art lovers, to come out and experience the best of what our emerging and professional talent have to offer.”

Davidson continued “The JCDC Jamaica Visual Arts Competition & Exhibition is a 55 year old platform and strong visual arts tradition, which has afforded the unearthing and development of Jamaican art and artists.  Part of the programme’s appeal is the unique showcase it provides in bringing together emerging, mid-career and professional artists.”

Organized by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Jamaica Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition continues to unearth, develop and showcase the creative talents of Jamaicans from all walks of life, giving them a platform for expression and contribution to the development of the local art industry. Some of the noted and respected talents who have participated in the competition include Osmond Watson, Dr. David Boxer, Colin Garland, George Rodney, Christopher Gonzalez, Cecil Cooper, Alexander Cooper, Norma Rodney Harrack, Fitz Harack, Maria la Yacona, Howard Moo Young, Donnette Zacca, Errol Harvey, Owen Minott and Dr. Warren Robinson.


Capleton Set For Best Of The Best As His First Performance Since Legal Encounter

Reggae star, Clifton Bailey, whose best known by his stage name, Capleton, has been given the green light to travel following his court appearance this past Monday in Jamaica. Scheduled to perform Sunday May 27th at the 12th annual Best of the Best Concert, Capelton assures his fans in recent interview with Jah Prince on Sunsplash Radio, that “All fans come out kings bring your queens, leave the machine and know say the same energy and the fire you love a dat me a come with” said Capleton.Capleton Set For Best Of The Best As His First Performance

Known for his high energy performance and extensive catalogue of hits, fans are anticipating the Prophets’ return to the Best of the Best stage. In 2015 Capleton performed at Best of the Best and fans could not get enough, “I remember him saying Tun it Up Tun it Up, Dash A fire Dash A Fire and the entire crowd was doing exactly what he requested. For me that was my first time seeing him perform live and I must say he is the reason I am returning to Best of the Best, I just know his performance is gonna be fire” says Shanice Dawson of Houston Texas.

Capleton’s music has spanned decades. Songs like ‘Critics’, ‘Jah Jah City’, “Who Dem”, ‘Jah is My Everything’, ‘That Day Will Come’, ‘Danger Zone’, and ‘Dem No Like Me’ just to name a few,  has kept the artist in demand internationally and was a no brainer for Best of the Best team when putting together the line-up. “One of the greatest performers out of Jamaica is Capleton aka the Prophet. If we could put him on the show every year we would, because he guarantees you a solid and entertaining performance, which is that the patrons want. So this year we had the opportunity to bring him back and we are happy that despite all that has taken place we give thanks that our brother is free and able to do what he loves” says Steve ‘Jabba’ Beckford, co-promoter.

Best of the Best will be Capletons’ first show since his recent legal encounters. Tickets for Best of the Best are going incredibly fast and organizers warn that persons get their tickets now. Also on this year’s show is Mavado, Aidonia, Ding Dong, Masicka, Ghost, Richie Stephens, Hood Celebrity, Shenseea, Bunji Garlin, Fayann Lyons, Kerwin Dubois, and Linky First. 

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Jamaica Nurses Of Florida (JNAF) Receives PM Medal Of Appreciation Award

Just in time for USA National Nurses Week (May 6 – 13), the Jamaica Nurses’ Association of Florida (JNAF) was one of eight recipients of the  Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Jamaica in recognition of their contribution in nation building.  JNAF President, Ms. Joan Howard was on hand to receive the prestigious award from Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Andrew Holness, MP., at the recent Awards Ceremony, held last Wednesday (Apr. 25) at Jamaica House, Kingston.

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JNAF President, Ms. Joan Howard (right) receiving the prestigious PM Medal of Appreciation Award from Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left) at the recent awards Ceremony

JNAF members began Nurses Week last Sunday (May 7) with a Thanksgiving Service at the Parkwood Baptist Church in Miami Gardens where the founding member, Ms. Joyce Wright and all past presidents were honored and had a chance to formally celebrate their National Honour.

JNAF members began Nurses Week last Sunday (May 7) with a Thanksgiving Service at the Parkwood Baptist Church in Miami Gardens where the founding member, Ms. Joyce Wright and all past presidents were honored and had a chance to formally celebrate their National Honour.2

JNAF founder of the 35 year old community association, Ms. Joyce Wright (seated) being honored by JNAF President, Ms. Joan Howard (left) at the Sunday Service. Looking on is Vice Consul at the Jamaica Consulate Office, Ms. Raquel Wilson (center) who participated in the Service.

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JNAF founder of the 35 year old community association, Ms. Joyce Wright (seated) being honored by JNAF President, Ms. Joan Howard (left) at the Sunday Service. Looking on are Ms. Claudette Parkin (seated) co-founder and former President; and Vice Consul at the Jamaica Consulate Office, Ms. Raquel Wilson (center) who participated in the Service.

Ms. Wilson congratulated the team of professionals and commended them for “their dedicated leadership and enthusiastic volunteer spirit”  to the South Florida community, the wider Diaspora community and their homeland Jamaica, since their establishment in 1983.

Expressing appreciation, Ms. Howard stated “it was a humbling experience to be bestowed with the prestigious public acknowledgement”  and conveyed that the nurses will selflessly “continue to give back of our time, resources, knowledge and expertise especially in building healthy communities.”  The nurses continue to enjoy a week of celebrating the pioneers in the profession throughout Nurses Week titled “Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence”.

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JNAF Nurses Choir performing at the Annual Nurses week Service on Sunday (May 7)

The Prime Minister presented a total of 65 awards to recipients in Jamaica and across the Diaspora for contribution to nation building and for service to the Diaspora.  Among the awardees were the Florida- based charitable and relief organization Food for the Poor, and Mrs. Beverly Ford, Jamaica’s former Honorary Consul, Houston, Texas.

Contact:  Cheryl Wynter
Consulate General of Jamaica
Miami, FL