Patrons attending the Fall 2018 presentation by Jamaican-born New York designer Glenroy March were effusive of praise for House of D’Marsh which unveiled its Fall 2018 collection during New York Fashion Week (NYFW), recently. The lobby of trendy and elegant Row NYC Hotel was transformed into an autumn setting with leaves strewn around area, serving as the perfect backdrop for Cygne de L’automne.According to the designer, the all-white Fall 2018 collection was inspired by his visit to China. “During my visit to China last year for my first show, I saw the swans for which I have an affinity. It was then that I received my inspiration to put together this year’s collection. I was moved by the grace and elegance of the long-necked birds and the manner in which they greeted each other and wanted to capture that along with the beauty of their feathers,” noted March.
Already humbled by his recent nomination for BEST NEW ENTERTAINER by Martin’s International, producer of the 36th Annual International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA), K’Coneil’s excitement and humbleness doubled this morning as he received the news of his nomination for a 2018 JUNO AWARD, REGGAE RECORDING OF THE YEAR!
This honor was bestowed for K’Coneil’s chart topping single “Love How You Whine” featuring Canadian multi-talented recording artist, model and actress Kreesha Turner. Having spent a great amount of time in Canada, From a successful promo tour in Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa; to filming the sexy steamy video “Loving You Right” (3rd single off his EP “Love/Lust”); to an exciting memorable stage performance with Kreesha Turner and the dance kids from Canada’s Jade’s Hip Hop Academy at the 2017 CUT HIP HOP AWARDS, one of Canada’s premier music awards; the northern country has become a second home to the Genre Fluid * recording artist.
“Canada is like a second home to me, I have made lots of fans and friends ever since my first promo tour in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. That is why I initially came back to film my videos and perform. From the amazing music and creative talents, to the beautiful landscape and the everyday people, Canada has made me feel welcome. I am looking forward to coming back for the awards ceremony and celebrating this nomination. I wanna take a moment to thank Keisha Turner for sharing this platform with me and for making this record sizzle! To everyone associated with the awards, Thank you for making me feel like a honorary Canadian” – K’Coneil
Hosted by Michael Bublé, the 47th annual JUNO Awards ceremeony will take place on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver and will be broadcast live will across Canada on CBC & CBC Radio and around the world on CBCMusic.ca/JUNOS
Directed by Canadian based filmmakers Fatty Soprano and Shutter, watch K’Coneil & Kreesha Turner “Love How You Whine” video and get the single smarturl.it/LoveHowYouWhine
Genre Fluid* “The ability to float in and out of different genres, in an attempt to create a palette of sonic perfection”
The #1 album this week on the Billboard Reggae Album Chart is ‘Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica.” The album comes in ahead of Grammy winning album Stony Hill by Damian “Jr Gong” Marley that sits at “2 and Chronology by Chronixx which sits at #7.
Among the popular tracks on the disc are ‘Paradise’ by Safaree (featuring Sean Kingston); Chances by Sean Kingston & Vybz Kartel; Regular Thing by Sean Paul and Real Life by Ed Sheeran.
To celebrate the success of the song, Safaree posted the video for Paradise (which was shot in Jamaica) on his Instagram page saying “#Paradise..1.5 million and counting with another smash on the way.”
Safaree, the one time ex of hip hop superstar Nicki Minaj had a break out year in 2017 landing starring roles on both of VH1s New York & Hollywood franchises of ‘Love & Hip Hop.’ The New York premier earned the second-highest spot of the night’s cable ratings among adults 18-49.
During a recent radio interview on WVIP, 93.5FM in New York, the rapper and VH1 TV star spoke candidly about representing Jamaica on the cable platform.
“When I first signed up to do the show, one of the things I said, I don’t feel like there is anyone out there who brings any of the Jamaican culture to TV…It is good to look at VH1 (now) and see the Jamaican flag up there. I am glad I am the one to do it” he shared.
This Sunday, February 18 at Mingles Cafe, in the Bronx, NY, Safaree will be up close and personal at the Black History Month / Blue & Bougie Valentine’s weekend celebrations.
“We are extremely proud of the positive exposure and visibility that Safaree is giving Jamaica on a national platform like VH1. You can’t pay for brand exposure like that!” Jerry McDonald an executive from Blue & Bougie NY noted.
The TV star who was recently crowned HelloBeautiful’s Sexiest Man Of 2017 is proud ambassador for Jamaica, the birthplace of his mom.
“The other day someone came up to me and said I’m a national treasure for the Jamaican community because I rep the flag so hard in everything I do on a national platform” Safaree posted on his Instagram page.
“I feel honored to be looked at like that..so to be getting an Impact Award is amazing to me.”
The American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI) will present renowned actress and activist Carol Christine Hilaria “CCH” Pounder with the prestigious AFUWI Bob Marley Award at the 21st Annual Legacy Awards Gala on Thursday, February 22, 2018 in New York City. The AFUWI Legacy Awards Gala is a prestigious annual event which seeks to raise well-needed funds to support scholarship programs at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and is the Foundation’s premier fundraising event in the United States.The AFUWI Bob Marley Award is a recognition granted to individuals whose contribution to the advancement of arts and culture on the global stage transcends boundaries of race, color, creed and geographies, uniting people throughout the world in a spirit that embodies the essence of the music and lyrics of the Hon. Robert Nesta Marley, OM. Previous honorees of this award include Danny Glover, Judith Jamison and Doug E Fresh.
This year’s event coincides with Black History Month and forms part of The University of the West Indies’ year-long celebrations in commemoration of its 70th anniversary. As such, the honorees each have a strong Caribbean connection and represent the best of who we are as a region.
Award winning Guyanese American actress CCH Pounder portrays “Dr. Loretta Wade” on the CBS series, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS. Pounder’s other recent television appearances include the Syfy series, WAREHOUSE 13 and SONS OF ANARCHY on FX. Other notable projects include the feature films MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, ORPHAN and AVATAR and the television shows, REVENGE, BROTHERS, LAW & ORDER: SVU and HBO’s THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY, which garnered Ms. Pounder her fourth Emmy nomination. For seven years, Pounder portrayed “Claudette Wyms” on the critically acclaimed FX series, THE SHIELD, which earned her many accolades including an Emmy nomination, the MIB Prism Award,” two Golden Satellite Awards and the “Genii Excellence in TV Award.” Other honors for Ms. Pounder include an Emmy nomination for her role as Dr. Angela Hicks on the NBC series ER and an Emmy nomination for her role in FOX’s The X-FILES. In addition, she received a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Spoken Word Album” for GROW OLD ALONG WITH ME, THE BEST IS YET TO BE and won an AUDIE, the Audio Publishers Association’s top honor, for WOMEN IN THE MATERIAL WORLD. Her film credits include HOME AGAIN, RAIN, PRIZZI’S HONOR, POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE, ROBOCOP 3, SLIVER, TALES FROM THE CRYPT: DEMON KNIGHT, FACE/OFF, END OF DAYS and her breakout role in BAGDAD CAFÉ. A graduate of Ithaca College, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the school and was their 2010 Commencement Speaker. Ms. Pounder serves on the Board of the African Millennium Foundation and was a founding member of Artists for a New South Africa.
The recipient of numerous awards for her arts advocacy, Ms. Pounder said, “I am honored to have been chosen to receive the Bob Marley Award. Through the numerous student scholarships provided by the organization, which pave the way for tomorrow’s thinkers and leaders, to the urgent needs of those affected by the recent Hurricanes, which includes UWI’s campuses, now is a truly important time to support the significant work of the AFUWI.”
“We are thrilled to celebrate Ms. Pounder for her trailblazing and groundbreaking achievements in film and television. She certainly embodies the spirit in which the award was created, and she continues to be a beacon as to the power of the arts in positively impacting the world,” said AFUWI Board Acting Chair, Gail Moaney.
The Legacy Awards are conferred on notable individuals who represent high levels of achievement within their respective fields of industry and enterprise as well as outstanding involvement in community service. The other honorees are: Yvette Noel Schure, Caribbean Luminary Award; Angela Yee, Vice Chancellor’s Achievement Award; June Ambrose, Women in Business Excellence Award; Patrick Hylton,Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Business Leadership and Marlon James, Pinnacle Literary Award
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Dr. Harry Belafonte and Former NYC Mayor Hon. David Dinkins will again serve as Honorary Patron and Honorary Dinner Chair respectively, with the legendary Doug E. Fresh as Gala Chair and George Willie as Dinner Chair. CBS TV anchor Maurice DuBois will continue in his long standing commitment to the mission of the Foundation and serve as master of ceremonies for the evening, co-hosting with Ms. Janell Snowden.
Tickets for the benefit are available for purchase at a cost of $2,500, $$1,000 and $500 per person. A new feature of the Gala this year is the AFTER PARTY @ 9:30 pm at the cost of $100 per person offering a full international open bar. Purchases may be made at the AFUWI in New York City by calling 212-759-9345 or on line at www.afuwi.org. Corporate packages are also available. For more information about making a contribution to the Foundation, please visit our website: www.afuwi.org
The Caribbean’s largest tourism marketing event will be held in Jamaica next year.
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) officially announced that the 37th edition of Caribbean Travel Marketplace will be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from January 29 to 31, 2019.
The event will be held in collaboration with the Jamaica Ministry of Tourism, the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association and the Jamaica Tourist Board.
Produced by CHTA, Caribbean Travel Marketplace brings together hotel and destination representatives; wholesalers and tour operators; online travel agencies; Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) planners; and members of the media for several days of business meetings, including a busy program of thousands of pre-scheduled appointments.
Chief Executive Officer and Director General of CHTA Frank Comito announced that after an incredibly successful 36th convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico last week, the trade association is delighted to return the event to Jamaica next winter. “Jamaica is synonymous with exceptional hospitality, world renowned culture and incredible beauty. We look forward to continuing to offer our participants a high quality program to engage with industry peers and promote travel to our region,” he said.
“I am very pleased to announce that Jamaica will once again play host to an important tourism event,” said Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett. “It is an incredible achievement for our country and I am certain we will reap significant benefits.”
This year’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace, which was produced by CHTA in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Convention Center District Authority, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Meet Puerto Rico, and the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association, exceeded organizers’ expectations.
The meeting received an exceptional billing and showcased the resilience of the people of Puerto Rico and other parts of the Caribbean, in particular those destinations which are rebounding from the impact of two Category 5 hurricanes.
CHTA President Karolin Troubetzkoy remarked at the opening of the convention: “It is indeed a very special Marketplace because it is a recognition of the courage and determination of the Puerto Rican people and our brothers and sisters from the other affected islands to overcome and rise above the many obstacles and challenges thrown at them.” She described local Puerto Rican tourism officials as “formidable partners” of whom CHTA could not have asked more.
About the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is the Caribbean’s leading association representing tourism interests for national hotel and tourism associations. For more than 50 years, CHTA has been the backbone of the Caribbean hospitality industry. Working together with 1,000 hotel and allied members and 32 National Hotel Associations, CHTA is shaping the Caribbean’s future and helping members to grow their businesses. Whether navigating new worlds like social media, sustainability, legislative issues, emerging technologies, data and intelligence or looking for avenues and ideas to better market and manage businesses, CHTA is helping members on matters that matter most.
For further information, visit www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com.
Roots of Creation (RoC) announce their highly anticipated coast-to-coast Grateful Dub 2018 tour dates! The band kicks off the tour appropriately at Garcia’s in Port Chester, NY for Deadcenter: a Bob Marley Birthday Celebration on February 7th.
Highlights on the 33+ date tour includes supporting Wyclef Jean (The Fugees) at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg. They are also set to return to Stratton, VT on March 24th for the band’s follow-up to supporting The Dirty Heads. Rounding out the tour, they head to the west coast, performing at the amazing Kaya Festival w/ The Marley Brothers (feat. Stephen, Ziggy, Damian, Julian) on April 28 – 29th in San Bernadino, California.
Joining RoC on select dates of the Grateful Dub 2018 Tour are hot, up and coming Reggae/Rock acts – Kash’d Out (Orlando, FL), who just released a new single and video for “One + Off” (on Pepper’s LAW records), and The Elovaters (Boston, MA), who just got out of the studio recording their new album with producer, Danny Kalb(The Movement, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Ben Harper).
RoC will be on tour supporting their new album, Grateful Dub, to be released worldwide March 9th, 2018 on the band’s label, Bombshelter Records, in collaboration with Controlled Substance Sound Labs (distribution: SRG-ILS via Caroline/Universal Music Group). The new record was record, mixed, and co-produced by Errol Brown (Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Rebelution), and features collaborations with Stephen Marley, G. Love, Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), and more!
Exciting options for fans at each show include a CD bundled with each advance ticket, special limited runs (100 each) of two exclusive signed posters on standard/foil paper by Nathaniel Dias (Bourbon Sunday) and Catt Gould, a new merch line designed by Catt Gould / Merchwide, VIP upgrades will be going on sale soon, and special bundles available at the merch run by Granite Lion Entertainment.
Roots of Creation will be bundling pre-sale Grateful Dub CDs with every advance ticket purchase. Be sure to get tickets in as these shows will sell out. Advance tickets are available here: https://rootsofcreation.com/shows). Current tour dates are listed below, and follow here for the up-to-date tour schedule:
::: GRATEFUL DUB 2018 TOUR DATES :::
w/ Kash’d Out + The Elovaters
supporting (on select dates)
• 2/7: Port Chester, NY | Garcia’s^
• 2/8: Virginia Beach, VA | Shakas Live
• 2/9: Wilmington, NC | The Whiskey
• 2/10: Charlotte, NC | Free Range Brewery
• 2/11: Durham, NC | Motorco Music Hall
• 2/13: Atlanta, GA | Smith’s Olde Bar
• 2/14: Gainesville, FL | High Dive
• 2/15: Sanford, FL | West End Trading Co.>
• 2/16: Jupiter, FL | Guanabanas#
• 2/17: Melbourne, FL | Debauchery#
• 2/18: St Petersburg, FL | Jannus Live^
• 2/19: Jacksonville, FL | Jack Rabbits
• 2/20: Asheville, NC | Salvage Station
• 2/21: Vienna, VA | Jammin’ Java
• 2/22: Baltimore, MD | The 8X10 (with Kash’d Out)
• 2/24: Stratton, VT | Grizzly’s^
• 3/9: South Burlington, VT | Higher Ground^
• 3/10: Albany, NY | The Hollow^
• 3/11: New Bedford, MA | The Vault^
• 3/13: Teaneck, NJ | Debonair Music Hall#
• 3/14: Asbury Park, NJ | Wonder Bar#
• 3/15: Brooklyn, NY | CEG Presents @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn#
• 3/16: New Haven, CT | Pacific Standard Tavern#
• 3/17: Somerville [Boston], MA | Thunder Road#
• 3/18: Philadelphia, PA | The Foundry @ The Fillmore#
• 3/21: Greenfield, MA | Hawks & Reed#
• 3/22: Portland, ME | Portland House of Music#
• 3/23: Hampton Beach, NH | Granite Lion Presents @ Wally’s#
• 3/24: West Dover, VT | Reggae Fest @ Mount Snow^
w/ The Original Wailers, Passafire, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad & more!
• 4/12: Canton, NY | Java Barn @ St. Lawrence University^
• 4/28 – 4/29: San Bernadino, CA | Kaya Festival^
w/ The Marley Brothers: Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley, Damian Marley, Julian Marley, Kymani Marley + Toots and the Maytals, Inner Circle, Third World, Indubious & more!
• 6/22 – 6/24: Starks, ME | Harry’s Hoedown^
• 8/3 – 8/5: Loveland, CO | ARISE Music Festival^
w/ Slightly Stoopid, Thievery Corporation, Trevor Hall, Pepper, Living Legends, Dumpstaphunk, Ethan Tucker & more!
^no Kash’d Out or The Elovaters | > Kash’d Out headlines
#The Elovaters supporting (no Kash’d Out)
Tickets —> https://rootsofcreation.com/shows
The Jamaica Children’s Gospel Song Competition is on the hunt for the island’s most talented junior Gospel singers. Organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) an Agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Jamaica Children’s Gospel Song Competition will begin its elimination this Friday, February 9, with the first of four regional eliminations slated to be held across the island.
The Western Region will see the first elimination being held at the St. John’s Methodist Church Hall, St. James on Friday, February 9 and will see participants from the parishes of Westmoreland, Hanover, St. James and Trelawny. Then on Friday, February 16, the Northern Region, which covers the parishes of St. Ann, St. Mary and Portland will see its elimination at the St. Mary’s Anglican Church Hall in Port Maria, St. Mary.
The Central Region, which covers the parishes of St. Elizabeth, Manchester and Clarendon, will follow, hosting its elimination on Friday, March 2 at the St. Mark’s Anglican Church Hall in Mandeville, Manchester. The final elimination will be on Friday, March 16 for the Eastern Region, which covers the parishes of St. Catherine, Kingston and St. Andrew and St. Thomas and will be held at the Eastwood Park New Testament Church in St. Andrew. All eliminations begin at 9:30 am.
According to Stephen Davidson, Director Marketing & Public Relations, “These four regional eliminations will select the most talented performers from across the island to compete in the competition’s semi-final round. Each year this competition unearths remarkable talents and we expect this year’s cream of the crop to be just as impressive.”
Davidson noted that persons who had missed the initial deadline for entry should still come out to their nearest elimination as on spot entries will be accepted.
“Not only will we be accepting on spot entries, but we are also inviting entrants who were not selected at their initial elimination to make their way to one of the other regional eliminations and try again.” Davidson said, adding, “The judges give excellent feedback, which entrants can use to better their craft and try again at another elimination.”
The Jamaica Children’s Gospel Competition has three categories: solo, ensemble and choir and two age classes: 6-10 years old and 11-15 years old. Entry forms, rules and other details are available online at www.jcdc.gov.jm , at the JCDC Head Office, 3-5 Phoenix Avenue, Kingston 10 and all JCDC parish offices island-wide.
Taville Henry, Winner of the 2017 Jamaica Children’s Gospel Song Competition 11 – 15 year-old Solo category.
For more information contact:
Public Relations Officer
Tel: (876) 926-5726-9/ 897-5204, 436-7836
Email: [email protected]
February is celebrated as the month of love, black history and it is also the birth month of Reggae’s greats Bob Marley and Dennis Brown. What better time is there to celebrate Jamaican culture while encouraging philanthropy?
Night of the Stars Benefit Concert is the brainchild of event planner Lamoy McLean, founder and CEO of IWE weddings and events. “Everyone who comes out to this event is a star in their own way,” McLean stated. The concert aims to increase awareness about some existing small businesses, community participation and expand on cultural perspectives while raising funds for the reconstruction of the Rock Hall Basic School.
This exciting benefit concert will be held on February 24, 2018 at 7:00 pm to 2: 00 am at the Kingston 10 Sports Bar and Grill. A variety of talented presenters, deejays and artistes such as Mighty Diamonds and Anthony Cruz as well as surprise performers will be in action on this night of fun and culture. “Patrons should come out to support a worthy cause, to be entertained and to enjoy a night of live music and Reggae month festivities,” McLean remarked. A photo booth will also be present at the venue where patrons can have their own mini photoshoots. Food and refreshments will also be on sale.
The Night of the Stars Benefit Concert is sponsored by Kingston 10 Sports Bar & Grill, JFK Music and Wow Moments. Tickets are $800 general admission, $1200 VIP and will be available pre sold at Kingston 10 Sports Bar & Grill, Music Mart and at the Rock Hall Basic School. Admission will be $1000 at the gate.
For more information and scheduling media interviews, contact:
Marketing and Communication Consultant
Email: [email protected]
On February 17, 2018 the short film Tagged, written/directed/produced by upcoming Jamaican Canadian filmmaker Jual Dacosta will have its world premiere at the 6th annual Toronto Black Film Festival.
Based on a true story, the film highlights the murder of a promising young black man and explores the grief of a family and community riddled with pain. As they deal with his loss, they are also battling to dispel stereotypes and tags suggesting their son died by the gun and so he must have also lived by the gun.“I was motivated to make the film after witnessing the hurt and pain the family endured after losing a young black male,” said Jual Dacosta.
“One of my goals with creating the film is to highlight common stereotypes attached to black men, and heighten awareness to the fact that not all black youth that is killed by the gun lived by the gun and the pain of mothers that don’t get to grieve,” said Jual. “The purpose is to educate the larger population of the strength and achievements of black youth when given the chance in a positive society.”
Jual is no stranger to entertainment, having appeared in music videos with Mya (Fallen), in the film The Freak and The Mighty acting alongside Sharon Stone, and interviewed Tim Burton at the Toronto International Film Festival as a member of their Next Wave committee.
Tagged will have its world premiere at the Toronto Black Film Festival on February 17 at 3:00 p.m. at Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton Street, Toronto.
Jual Dacosta (Writer/Director/Producer), Cj Byrd-Vassell (Tyler Nailen), Teisha Lockhart (Trish Nailen/mother) are available for advance interviews. They will be available for a limited number of interviews on February 17 as well at the screening.
To view production stills, click here to view online Media Kit
The Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) – Florida Representative Office, in partnership with renowned Jamaican Developer, Richmond St. Ann, invites the public to meet the Richmond Development Sales Team and VMBS Mortgage Specialists, who can assist and guide persons on their journey towards owning their dream home in Jamaica. The one-on-one meetings will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2018, and Friday, February 23, 2018, at the VMBS Florida Representative Office, located at: 2600 S University Drive, Miramar, FL 33025 between 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The Richmond Development Sales Team will interact with the Jamaican and Friends of Jamaicans Community in an effort to provide well needed information on Richmond St. Ann’s luxury properties and gated communities, namely “The Crest”, and “Fern Court”. These properties include Townhomes, Grand Farm Houses on 5-acre lots, and Apartments, which are being developed in phases, all with amenities including; brick pavers driveway; quartz counter tops in kitchen and bathroom; and solar water heaters, just to name a few.
During the two (2) days, the VMBS Mortgage Specialists will meet and provide step-by-step guidance on the mortgage loan process, as well as provide pre-qualification opportunities in order to purchase any of the Units available in Jamaica. One other important feature of the VM Mortgage Loan process is the Society’s Mortgage Portal which will allow mortgagors the ability to track their mortgage loan approval process on-line, from commencement to the disbursement of the mortgage loan.
According to Suzette Rochester Lloyd, “the Victoria Mutual, through its Florida Representative Office provides our Members the opportunity to purchase their first or second homes in Jamaica, with a VM Mortgage loan which boasts an interest rate as low as 4.25% p.a. on United States (US) Dollar mortgage loans. Therefore, we do encourage persons who are thinking of acquiring their homes in Jamaica for either retirement; vacation; family home, or real estate investment to contact our Office at 305-770-2643 for further information and / or register on-line at www.caribtix.com/vmbs to reserve their space for a one-on-one meeting with the Richmond Development Sales Team and Victoria Mutual Representatives”.
Light refreshments will also be served on both days.
Suzette Rochester Lloyd, M.A.
Chief Representative Officer
Victoria Mutual – Florida Representative Office