Romain Virgo’s “Lovesick” Out March 30 Embarks On The Lovesick European Tour

VP Records is proud to announce “LoveSick,” the upcoming album from rising reggae star Romain Virgo will be out on March 30th. The 17-track album takes listeners on a journey that explores every emotion felt when finding love, losing love and finding love again. In the many twists and turns of romance and relationships, Romain represents a young man who has experienced it all and now has a dynamic story to tell.

Executive produced by Niko Browne for Lifeline Music, with additional production by Sting International and Vikings Production, the album presents a new pop reggae sound traced with his signature lovers rock style woven throughout. The first single ‘Now’, released last Summer, was the introduction to an energetic dance groove on the Skank and Rave rhythm. Highly contagious, the song alludes to a transitional musical direction. On the other spectrum, “Trouble” is reminiscent of his popular songs “Soul Provider”, “Fade Away” and “Cry Tears For You”. The bluesy, smooth rhythm released in November, showcases the sick side of LoveSick, as he tells a tale of a woman who persists on breaking up his happy home after a one- night stand.Romain Virgo’s “Lovesick” Out March 30 Embarks On The Lovesick European Tour

The latest single “Still” is a passionate ballad over the upbeat Skyspraper Riddim by Richie Stephens, a forthcoming video is expected in March. The album also includes Romain’s stirring version of the Sam Smith smash “Stay With Me.” The song has become a fan favorite across the globe, rivaling popularity with the original version in Japan. The crooner will be embarking on a European tour at the end of March with special guest Sevana. The tour will include stops in Germany, The UK, Holland and Switzerland (all dates below). He will be setting up U.S. dates later this year.

Raised in a disciplined home in the rural town of Stepney in the parish of St. Annes, Romain first gained fame when he made history as the youngest winner of Television Jamaica’s (TVJ) popular “Rising Stars” talent competition at just 17-years-old and later by winning Artist of the Year by JaRIA (Jamaica Reggae Industry Association) in 2012. Growing up listening to the likes of Beres Hammond, Dennis Brown and Percy Sledge, he has modeled his musical style and career after these legends while still remaining true to who he is. Passion drips through every lyric and every note, as listeners can feel the love for his craft.

“I believe love is the one thing that’s going to save us, not just in terms of relationships, but in the broader human sense,” Romain says of the album’s title and content. “I personally believe that nothing forms a stronger bond than love. It cuts through race, religion, creed, everything. We need to put it at the center of our lives.”

LoveSick European Tour with Special Guest Sevana Tour Dates

03.28 – Berlin (Germany) @ ASTRA

03.29 – Munich (Germany) @ BACKSTAGE

03.30 – Hamburg (Germany) @ FABRIK

03.31 – Dortmund (Germany) @DKH

04.01 – Amsterdam (Holland) @ MELKWEG

04.04 – Birmingham (Uk) @ O2 INSTITUTE

04.05 – Manchester (Uk) @ BAND ON THE WALL

04.06 – Leeds (Uk) @ WARDROBE

04.07 – Cardiff (Uk) @ GLEE

04.08 – London (Uk) @ SCALA

04.10 – Den Haag (Holland) @ PAARD KZ

04.11 – Groningen (Holland) @ OOSTERPOORT Kz

04.13 – Basel (Switzerland) @ KASERNE BASEL

04.14 – Zurich (Switzerland) @ ROTE FABRIK

 

Largest Single Day Blood Donation Drive In Jamaica-Mandeville Hospital Collects 233 Units

Recently 233 units of blood were collected at the ‘One Love, One Blood’ donation drive, staged by the Mandeville Regional Hospital (MRH) in Manchester, the largest single day blood donation drive in Jamaica.

Following a successful blood drive in 2016 where the hospital collected 152 units; the hospital boosted its efforts with this year’s staging which attracted 335 donors; however, 233 persons were able to donate, exceeding the target of 200 units. The RideWise Safe Biking campaign for motor cyclists was also launched; it encourages safe use of the road and appropriate protective gear.

According to CEO of the MRH, Alwyn Miller, the donation drive was more than an effort to solicit blood and was “largely about behaviour change, encouraging consistent voluntary blood donation to improve supplies and reducing the demand for blood caused by preventable motor vehicle accidents and in particular motor cyclists. It was used as an opportunity to educate donors and the youth as the next generation to bring about a long term change in their perspective relating to these issues.”

“The RideWise campaign was launched with the premier of a short film, the “Young and the Reckless” which tells the story of the implications of motor cycle accident victims from a physical, financial and social perspective and the impact and challenges with blood inadequacies, resource requirements and considerations that impact the length of stay and general welfare of  hospital in-patients. We hope that the film through its circulation will serve as a motivation for behaviour change” Mr. Miller explained.

Turning to the importance of blood and its impact on public health

facilities, Chairman of the Southern Regional Health Authority, Wayne Chen pointed out that “if we were able to cut accident victims by just 30 percent, we would save the public health system almost $500 million annually and if we were able to have 45 fewer accident victims at the MRH, we would save $5 million in this hospital alone per year.”

Mr. Chen appealed to persons to develop a culture of regular blood donation and a culture that reduces the need for blood in cases where it involves vehicular accidents and victims of violence.

Mr. Miller expressed gratitude to the Manchester community for making the event successful. He commended the Northern Caribbean University for being the largest donor group, with more than 100 persons supporting the blood drive.

Meanwhile, Mr. Miller is encouraging the public to continue its voluntary blood donation, which has been made easier through extended opening hours at the MRH Blood Bank, which opens from Mondays to Thursdays 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Fridays, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Blood Bank is closed on weekends and on public holidays.

Several of the 233 donors who donated blood at the 'One Love, One Blood' donation drive. This represents the largest single day blood donation drive in Jamaica

Several of the 233 donors who donated blood at the ‘One Love, One Blood’ donation drive. This represents the largest single day blood donation drive in Jamaica

Technical Assistant and Phlebotomist at the National Blood Transfusion Service, Christopher Copeland (standing) assists Project Manager at the Power Services Company Ltd. Lisselle Bennett (left) and Medical Officer from the Mandeville Regional Hospital, Dr. Kharl Watkis in making their donation at the 'One Love, One Blood' donation drive

Technical Assistant and Phlebotomist at the National Blood Transfusion Service, Christopher Copeland (standing) assists Project Manager at the Power Services Company Ltd. Lisselle Bennett (left) and Medical Officer from the Mandeville Regional Hospital, Dr. Kharl Watkis in making their donation at the ‘One Love, One Blood’ donation drive

Bikers from the Jamaica Motor Cyclist Association demonstrating stunt riding. They encouraged motor cyclists to wear the required protective gear.

Bikers from the Jamaica Motor Cyclist Association demonstrating stunt riding. They encouraged motor cyclists to wear the required protective gear.

Sixth form students from the Belair High School in Manchester resting and getting refreshed after donating blood at the 'One Love, One Blood' donation drive.

Sixth form students from the Belair High School in Manchester resting and getting refreshed after donating blood at the ‘One Love, One Blood’ donation drive.

 

Consul General Franz Hall Bids Farewell to the Jamaican Dispora [Interview]

Franz Hall, the Consul General of Jamaica. completes his tour of duty on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. He penned an farewell open letter  to the Jamaican Diaspora in the Southeastern United States of America.

Dear Friends,

I am using this opportunity to advise that my appointment as Consul General of Jamaica will come to an end on 28th February 2018. It was an honour and a privilege to have served the Government of Jamaica in this capacity.

It is hard to believe that four years have gone by so quickly. However, during that time, I have come to appreciate the dynamism and the generosity of spirit that exists within the Jamaican community in the South East USA. As I transition to a new role in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in Kingston, I do so with the knowledge that the Jamaican community is not only alive and well, but flourishing, as it continues to make its undeniable mark on the communities in the United States of America.

Any positive impact that I may have had during my assignment is a reflection of the efforts of the team at the Consulate General, who continue to serve Jamaica and the Jamaican community, often under challenging circumstances. It is their commitment and dedication that sustain the work of the Consulate through changes at the diplomatic level.

Sincerest thanks for your engagement, friendship and partnership during my time at the Consulate General and I know that you will offer to my successor the same level of support that was so graciously extended to me during my tenure.

One love!

Yours sincerely,

Consul General Franz Hall


Conversation with Jamaica’s Consul General Franz Hall

Conversation with Jamaica’s Consul General for the S.E. USA, the Bahamas and Cayman Islands, Franz Hall as he demits office at the end of February 2018. Hall appeared on Caribbean Riddims, aired Saturdays on WZAB 880 AM in South Florida, hosted by Eddy Edwards, Cleve Osborne and Gillian Smart known as Three @ 3

 

The Re-Birth Project Returns For Phase 5

While every child has the potential to be great, the journey to discovery is as unique at one’s fingerprint. This journey is particularly arduous for students with behaviour challenges.

Thus in an effort to change maladaptive behaviours in order to unearth latent potential, and formalise its already existing internal mentorship approach to staff development, Maverick Communications Limited launched a programme to help transform the lives of some 20 young persons, and their parents. Created in 2013, The Re-Birth Project was designed as an annual eight-week life-changing, interactive, behaviour-modification programme for at-risk youth, aged 12-16. Additionally, The Re-Birth Project equips participants with skills, actionable techniques and information they can use to better navigate life’s challenges without succumbing to delinquency.

Having successfully staged four phases, the programme geared towards employing protective strategies to encourage youth to strive for excellence is now back for its milestone fifth anniversary staging. This year, under the theme “My Future… My Choices,” the project will again seek to help buffer youth against the many negative risk factors they face.

The focus for this year’s phase will be to help participants see the need to make decisions that contribute to their overall development and wellbeing, but at the same time, ensure that they secure the best possible outcome for their future.

“For this, our fifth staging we certainly look forward to providing these young ones with the guidance, coaching and tools they need to develop a sense of purpose and an attitude of excellence. Inspiring a child to work towards achieving self-regulated discipline is paramount to his/her becoming respectable adults in the future,” says Melody Cammock-Gayle, CEO at Maverick Communications Limited.

She says the role of parents is no less important either. “We aim to provide them with the training and information necessary to reinforce their child’s strengths and teach them better parenting techniques, much to the benefit of both them and the child,” she added.

Having started the project with students from the Norman Manley and Tivoli High School in Kingston, the project has also engaged students from Gaynestead,  Tarrant and will this year welcome Ardenne High School. But consistently involved has been Norman Manley High.

Steven Jackson, Attorney-at-Law, leading an interactive and powerful motivational session with parents and students from the Norman Manley and Tarrant High Schools

Steven Jackson, Attorney-at-Law, leading an interactive and powerful motivational session with parents and students from the Norman Manley and Tarrant High Schools at The Re-Birth Project.

This year’s staging is projected to be no less engaging than previous years, as the team continues to employ the use of motivational presentations, Edu-dramas, interactive sessions, dramatic presentations along with  one-on-one sessions with some of Jamaica’s leading CEOs and popular personalities. Weekly sessions open with a popular and achieved motivational speaker, before student and participants separate to workshops facilitated by trained personnel, on the same subject-matter. This even extends to individual counselling sessions as the need arises.

Karen Silvera (right) and Ann-Maria Deans-Clarke (left), of First Heritage Co-Operative Credit Union (FHC) and volunteers with The Re-Birth Project, share lens

Karen Silvera (right) and Ann-Maria Deans-Clarke (left), of First Heritage Co-Operative Credit Union (FHC) and volunteers with The Re-Birth Project, share lens with popular television personality and motivational speaker, Dahlia Harris. Under the theme, ‘Putting a Premium on Me’, Dahlia helped encouraged participants to never place limits on themselves and develop positive self-images.

The organisers say this format is effective as it allows for open discussions with both groups of participants in sessions about relevant issues like anger management and conflict resolution. For this staging, workshops will include topics like financial literacy and entrepreneurship executed by financial experts from First Heritage Co-operative Credit Union, as well as career management and acceptable social behaviour. As the students gain knowledge, inspiration; parents learn practical skills for supporting their children. Cammock-Gayle also noted that the motivational presentations are particularly well-received as participants hear from and interact with persons they have seen on television, or read about.

Marcus Steele, CEO, Carreras Limited, shares his inspirational life story with parent and student participants at The Re-Birth Project - Phase 4

Marcus Steele, CEO, Carreras Limited, shares his inspirational life story with parent and student participants at The Re-Birth Project – Phase 4.

“This builds aspirations,” she explained. “When the participants hear relatable life stories, they know that their own struggles can be overcome. We also have positively influential young persons coming in, talking with their peers. In this phase one of our special guests will be Mr. Teen United Nations 2017, Rodain Richardson of Ardenne High School.

“Overall, we are pleased with the reviews on the impact The Re-Birth Project has been making. We’ve had students tell us they feel important and their attitudes have changed. Parents have also said their conflict resolution skills have improved; and they are thankful for the programme because they get less calls from the school about their children.” Cammock-Gayle said.

Rohan Ambersley, CEO, Massy Gas Products, speaks candidly with Ronaldo Smith, a student participant from The Re-Birth Project after his motivational presentation during Phase 4 of the project at the Webster Memorial Church.

Rohan Ambersley, CEO, Massy Gas Products, speaks candidly with Ronaldo Smith, a student participant from The Re-Birth Project after his motivational presentation during Phase 4 of the project at the Webster Memorial Church.

Past speakers and presenters of the programme included: Dr. Glen Christian, CEO & Chairman, Cari-Med Limited; Rohan Ambersley, CEO, Massy Gas Products; Jerome Cowans, Youth Development Consultant; Marcus Steele, CEO Carreras Limited; Dahlia Harris, Actor & Television Personality; Benjamin Fraser, Youth Parliamentarian; Dr. Carolyn Jackson-Pinnock, Executive Clinical Director, Caribbean Tots to Teens and Wayne McKenzie, CEO, Jamaica Energy Partners, among others.

The project is slated to begin March 3 at Webster Memorial Church.

 

Festival Queen To Teach Youth To LEARN. EARN. RETURN

St. Elizabeth will be the first of four parishes to see a youth-based entrepreneurial initiative being undertaken by Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2017, Dainalyn Swaby as a part of her national project.  Learn. Earn. Return, launched by Swaby at the St. Elizabeth Parish Library in her hometown of Black River on Friday, January 19, aims to improve the capacity of youth to identify sustainable opportunities and develop complementary skills to build economic resilience.

“There is a lack of entrepreneurial skills and proficiency programmes for youth that could create sustainable income generating opportunities to address unemployment and boost community economic development.” Said Swaby during her address.

She continued, “This initiative will cultivate a culture where youth become job creators and not job seekers. Youth need to be equipped with the necessary entrepreneurial skills and develop business acumen for them to become self-sufficient and generate their own economic opportunities.”

State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and Member of Parliament for South-West St. Elizabeth, the Hon. Floyd Green who was the keynote speaker at the launch said in his address:

  “I think this is a wonderful project, any project that focuses on entrepreneurship is an area that we would want to see more of our young people focused on and I encourage you to grasp the opportunity.”

Minister Green continued, “This opportunity will give you tremendous training, in terms of interpersonal skills and leadership, because that is what Entrepreneurship is also about. It’s not just money management, which you will also learn, but it is how to work with people, how to gain confidence enough to make the decision to go out as an entrepreneur and learning  that even when the times get tough you have to keep going.”

LEARN. EARN. RETURN. will see its focus in the parishes of St. Elizabeth, Kingston Clarendon and St. Thomas, targeting 50 young persons between the ages of 17 and 30 years per parish. Its objectives include equipping youth with entrepreneurial skills to generate sustainable opportunities, hosting entrepreneurship sessions across select communities to develop business acumen, and identifying mentors to provide guidance and support to youth with startup businesses.

In addition to Minister Green, the launch, which was organized by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), was also attended by His Worship the Mayor of Black River, Councillor Derrick Sangster, who also brought remarks as well as students of various high schools within the parish. Youth Entrepreneur, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Bresheh Enterprises, a local manufacturer of customizable bags, Randy McLaren also gave an entrepreneurial testimony to the students in attendance.

Persons between the ages of 17 and 30 years who are interested in registering for the project may do so by sending an email with their name, age, contact number and address to [email protected]Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2017, Dainalyn Swaby (centre) and The Hon. Floyd Green, State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and Member of Parliament for South-West St. Elizabeth (right) pose with students who attended the launch of Swaby’s national project Learn. Earn. Return.

Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2017, Dainalyn Swaby (centre) and The Hon. Floyd Green, State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and Member of Parliament for South-West St. Elizabeth (right) pose with students who attended the launch of Swaby’s national project Learn. Earn. Return.

 

MBJ Sets New Annual Traffic Record with 4,284,648 Passengers in 2017

Sangster International Airport operator MBJ Airports set another annual traffic record in 2017 with 4,284,648 arriving and departing passengers, an 8.4% increase over the previous year.

“We are very pleased with the growth in passenger traffic in 2017 and commend our staff and partners for handling such a robust increase without a hitch,” said MBJ Airports CEO Rafael Echevarne. “We are spending USD 40m over the next few years to improve the infrastructure of our facility to sustain continued traffic growth well into the future and to ensure the best possible experience for our guests,” Echevarne added.

MBJ Airports CEO Rafael Echevarne tests out a Happy or Not terminal post security at Sangster International Airport

MBJ Airports CEO Rafael Echevarne tests out a Happy or Not terminal post security at Sangster International Airport

The strong demand for Jamaica’s hospitality product and the expanding local economy helped drive traffic beyond a preliminary estimate of 4.12% traffic growth at Sangster International Airport.

The greatest monthly increase of 2017 was recorded in August at 14.12%. Traffic grew by double digits in each month between July and December.

By sheer volume, the 421,506 passengers recorded in July came second only to the 423,465 recorded in December. The 248,989 arriving and departing passengers recorded in September was the lowest traffic volume recorded in any month of 2017, but represents a 10.4% increase over September 2016, nonetheless.

About MBJ Airports:

MBJ Airports Limited, operator of Sangster International Airport, connects Jamaica to more than 50 international destinations. MBJ operates the airport under a 30-year concession awarded in 2003 and provides employment to more than 150 Jamaicans. SIA has been named the Caribbean’s Leading Airport by World Travel Awards for the past nine years.

Media Inquiries:

Sharon Hislop, Manager, Commercial Development & Marketing

T: +1 876 952 3124 | E: [email protected] | www.mbjairport.com

 

International Reggae Artist I-Octane Teams Up With Twice GRAMMY Award-Nominated Jboog For Single And Selected Tour Dates

On the heels January 13th memorable and exciting performance at renowned stage show Rebel Salute in Jamaica, International reggae star I-Octane has premiered his new single “Pretty Loud” featuring two times nominated Reggae artist J Boog, and announced that he will join him for selected California tour dates.

The latter will be in support of I-Octane’s anticipated third full length album titled “Love and Life”, which is set to release on March 30th, 2018. Albeit much earlier performances will be announced, the California leg of JBoog’s L.O.E tour will introduce reggae star I-Octane to new fans, and deliver a dose of Jamaica’s steeped vibes to San Luis Obispo, Bakersfield, Fresno, Redway and Monterey.nternational Reggae Artist I-Octane Teams up with Twice GRAMMY award-Nominated JBoog for Single and Selected Tour Dates

Speaking on the song’s inspiration, I-Octane explained “I was in the studio talking with my brethrens about how we see some beautiful women that never can keep a man, or always change men. We all know some of them that think that because they are beautiful, they should be treated a certain way. It’s like that is all they have to offer, and they come with a certain attitude and expectations from men. Of course it’s not all women, I don’t want to stereotype, but it’s plenty of them. That basically was the inspiration. That is what the song Pretty Loud is about. The idea to work with JBoog came from my manager Wendy. We were talking about him and his accomplishments in reggae on the international front, and she suggested him for the record, and yeah he delivered as expected, his voice just fit in perfect. It’s one of my favorite collaborations. I get to introduce him to my audience, and i get to know his audience.We give thanks. 

Distributed by IDC, “Pretty Loud” will be available on February 9th, is now purchasable as a pre-order smarturl.it/IoctaneJboog

As a fan of reggae music, i have long admired and actually been a fan myself of I-Octane. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some great artists and now I can count him among those names. What makes it sweeter is not only our collaboration, but the fact that we will perform it together when he joins my L.O.E tour in Cali. One Love” – J Boog

 

Deejay Vettron Is Now An Official Reggae Larger Than Life Ambassador

Dancehall entertainer, Vettron, of “No Complaining” fame is now an official ambassador for Reggae Larger Than Life, the first ever fun and games book dedicated to Reggae and Dancehall music.  He will help to raise the profile of the book, which features some of the biggest artistes that have significantly contributed to the genre. It asks exciting and creative questions, presents compelling artiste features and fun-filled games that will keep the readers jumping up and down with glee.

Author, Shaun Cain, explains, “the Kingston based artiste will bring goodwill to this unique entertainment vehicle that is helping to spread Jamaica’s musical heritage worldwide. Vettron has done some inspirational songs that promote the ethos of working hard and constantly trying to improve one’s circumstances.  This makes him a good fit with the book.

Deejay Vettron Is Now An Official Reggae Larger Than Life AmbassadorThe entertainer, whose real name is Tevin Wong, has been receiving regular rotations on radio stations in Jamaica and abroad.  Among his notable recordings are “Hard Work”, “Jamaican A Di Best” and “No Complaining”, the latter of which was featured on Fame FM’s Full House Friday in Jamaica just days before Christmas. Vettron is excited about this new engagement. “I am proud to be an ambassador for Reggae Larger Than Life.  It is a unique and exciting product and I love the name and overall concept. I am convinced the book will do a lot to bring new fans to Reggae and Dancehall music. I am happy to be a part of history in the making,” the artiste has said.Reggae Larger than Life Book CoverIn the first major promotional campaign, the artiste will star in a video advertisement that will be promoted across different Social Media platforms. The aim is to help raise book’s profile and generate more interest among the target market. Reggae Larger than Life 3D PicReggae Larger Than Life – The Ultimate Fun and games book is currently available in Jamaica at Bryan’s Bookstores islandwide, Book and Stationery Place in the Portmore Mall, Angel’s Book and Variety Store in Spanish Town and Twlight Books and Stationery Supplies, Linstead. Worldwide distribution is through Amazon.

 

Director Joshua Coates signs Mark Lipsky as a producer on ‘So Enticing’ film to be shot in Jamaica

Los Angeles, California; Director, producer and screen play writer Joshua Coates of 20/20 Visions Entertainment Group out of Los Angeles has locked in billion dollar grossing film producer Mark Lipsky for the upcoming film So Enticing, to be shot on location in Jamaica later this year.

Joshua Coates Mark Lipsky

Joshua Coates (l), director, writer, producer and Mark Lipsky, president of WOF Films at the red carpet premiere of “Iniquity” at the Ritz East Theatre, Philadelphia back in 2012.

Lipsky, known worldwide for his role as executive producer for big screen hits Coming to America (1987), Another 48 Hrs (1990), Boomerang (1992), Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) and The Nutty Professor (1996) – along with other notable works; also produced flicks such as Harlem Nights (1989) and Vampire in Brooklyn (1995) – among others. He was also executive producer on 15 episodes from the original Arsenio Hall Show (1989). In fact, his motion picture exploits have grossed approximately US$1.5 billion at the worldwide box office level alone.

Joshua Coates Mark Lipsky 2

Mark Lipsky (l), president of WOF Films and Joshua Coates (r), director, writer, producer with young aspiring actress Brooklynn Evans after a table read for Coates’ motion picture “For Thine is the Kingdom” in 2015 In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

While taking on other producer roles in recent years, Mark Lipsky was also consulting producer on Iniquity (2012), directed and written by Joshua Coates. This was where the two developed a synergy which nurtured a great friendship and working relationship. Lipsky has also been instrumental in securing funding for Coates soon to be released film For Thine is the Kingdom.

“I feel honoured to have the opportunity to work with Mark a third time around. He has several motion pictures already in development but he has agreed to take on this additional project because he shares my vision and my passion and sincere love for Jamaica. We are focused on producing one of the best films Jamaica has seen,” shares Coates.

Lipsky, who is currently president of WOF Films based in New York, also managed the careers of Eddie MurphyChris Rock, Arsenio Hall, Dan AykroydJulia Louis-Dreyfusand managed the affairs of Saturday Night Live television show owner Loren Michael. He was also the head of Eddie Murphy Productions for over a decade.

Mark Lipsky’s connection to Jamaica goes as far back as 1993 when he assisted with the production of a musical collaboration between Shabba Ranks and Eddie Murphy titled “I Was a King”.

Excited about giving back to the Jamaican economy, the director/producer; guided by JAMPRO, Jamaica’s trade and investment promotion agency; is working with a 90 percent Jamaican cast and crew for the US$1.5 million budget film. Coates has also partnered with Jamaica’s Sharon Burke of Solid Agency to help produce the picture. Burke has already assisted with casting for the film – as Coates adds to the growing list of producers.

Of the many notable celebrities in talks with the producers, Coates is excited about the main character “Peaches”.

“We are pretty much just ironing out the details with dancehall star Shenseea for the leading role. I truly believe that young lady, along with some other very talented Jamaicans I have come across, will deliver beyond the box office standard and provide a true representation of Jamaica’s rich heritage and culture,” shares Coates. “What’s ironic is how muchBrooklynn Evans [who will play young Peaches] looks like Shenseea. Brooklyn is actually one of the first cast members I signed.”

According to Coates “We are in the process of wrapping up funding and casting and expect to shoot over two months during the third quarter of 2018 and hit the box office some time in 2019.”

Film Commissioner at Jamaica Promotions Corporation Renée Robinson and USA DirectorProducer at 2020 Visions Entertainment Group Joshua Coates

Film Commissioner at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Renée Robinson and USA Director/Producer at 20/20 Visions Entertainment Group Joshua Coates discuss elements of the upcoming film ‘So Enticing’ to be shot in Jamaica later this year. Members of the production team met with Robinson and her team on Monday, January 22 at JAMPRO’s New Kingston offices. The movie is an adaptation of the book ‘So Enticing’, written by first-time local author Colin Don Rose.

Jamaica’s Film Commissioner Renee Robinson says that JAMPRO is happy to facilitate the project and provide the agency’s usual assistance to produce the film. She believes the feature is a great opportunity for Jamaican talent, and that JAMPRO is looking forward to working with Coates and Lipsky to complete the movie for release in 2019.

So Enticing' Jamaican author Colin Don Rose; Film Commissioner at Jamaica Promotions Corporation

So Enticing’ Jamaican author Colin Don Rose; Film Commissioner at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Renée Robinson and USA Director/Producer at 20/20 Visions Entertainment Group Joshua Coates were in a celebratory mood on Monday, January 22 at JAMPRO’s New Kingston offices. The three met to discuss the upcoming film adaptation of Rose’s novel to be shot in Jamaica later this year.

The movie So Enticing is an adaptation of a sultry murder mystery written by Jamaican author Coil Don Rose. Coates’ highly anticipated February 2018 release of his movie But Deliver Us from Evil is expected to be a success benchmark for So Enticing.

 

As Life Imitates Art, Reggae Songstress Tosh Alexander Draws Inspiration from Personal Experience on her Latest Single “Light It Up”

Being named after the legendary Peter Tosh holds a spiritual weight for the namesake, and Tosh Alexander takes the honor to heart by conveying the spirit of their culture through music.

Tosh Alexander

Although by all accounts the songstress is a novice, her resume boasts work with some of the biggest names in music such as Grammy winning Pharrel, Busta Rhymes and Sean Paul among others. This path can be mired with ups and downs, and as life imitates art, Tosh Alexander drew inspiration from a personal experience on her latest hit bound single “Light It Up“. “I wrote this song at a time I was feeling discouraged …. and I realize that there are times when it just takes that one spark to create a burning flame to light the way. For me I wanted to encourage others not to give up but instead fan their flames and be the spark that lights it up for others” explained Tosh.

Distributed by digital giants 21st Hapilos Digital, “Light It Up” was produced by popular media personality/producer Tricia “ZJ Sparks” Spence imprint label Twelve 9 Records and Loud City the single, with additional production by Blaq Sheep Music and Elf Beats.

“I had gone to an event where they featured a lot of young artist, and that night I hadn’t heard Tosh yet, but someone in industry told me that they had a friend who was managing this rising female artist, and they were impressed with some previous work i did with Grammy nominated dancehall artist Devin Di Dakta, thought we could do something together. We hooked up, I went to the studio with a song in mind, but as I was about to leave, Tosh manager asked me to listen to a track she had started working on but that was shelved. I was impressed and agreed to produce it, of course had to make many changes.. This is now one of my favorite songs.  I actually really love because it is so inspirational and motivational. we all have down days, days we feel we cant make it, go in a dark place. Most of us have experienced bullying. I know I have, so this song gives you the feeling to reclaim your fighting spirit deep within yourself.” – ZJ Sparks.

As the single gathers steam via social media and worldwide airwaves, “Light It Up” is now available on all major digital outlets to add to your music collection.