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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Tobago Celebrates 50 Years of Independence!

Tobago, known as the Allure of the Caribbean offers a 3 day, 4 night exclusive holiday destination to international tourists and locals as the island readies to welcome the world in celebration of its Golden Jubilee!

Marking 50 years of independence from Great Britain, Tobago, the twin island to Trinidad plans a 3 day, 4 night extravaganza called the Plymouth Music, Culture and Trade Festival which includes a welcome reception for locals and visitors to the island on Thursday August 30th and Music performances as well as Pavilion presentations on Friday August 31st, Saturday September 1st and Sunday September 2nd, 2012.

In partnership with airlines, cruise ships and travel agencies, Tobago will offer visitors exceptional travel and accommodation packages designed to make Plymouth an annual travel destination!

The music festival, a culmination of the biggest, best and brightest talents in music will include popular contemporary artists as well as Spanish, French, and Dutch.  “We’re including music from all backgrounds which reflect the melting pot of culture and people here on the island” said Natasha Thomas, one of the events planners.

In addition to the welcome reception and Music Festival, organizers have incorporated activities for children which include art and craft workshops using material ancestors would have used at the time of British colonialism.  For parents, pavilions of French, Spanish and English influence will also be on display, highlighting each countries contribution to the culture of the island.

As for the location of the festival, the Plymouth Recreational Grounds is picturesque and sits slightly elevated above the Caribbean Sea, making the view and the back drop of artists’ performances stunning.  Locals say it is one of the most romantic locations in the Caribbean, thus making it alluring!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Machel Montano HD to Rock Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum!

On June 23rd, join popular NYC radio personality Dahved Levy and Caribbean Fever in association with Fever Eyes as they present Machel Montano 30/30, featuring Trinidad & Tobago’s reigning, three-time winning, 2012 Road March, Groovy Soca and Soca Monarch, celebrating his 30 year anniversary Machel Montano (Mr. Fete, In Charge, Vybez Cyah Done), Reggae crooner Barrington Levy (Too Experienced, Here I Come), Jamaica’s dancehall sensation Mr. Vegas (Life Is So Beautiful, Bruk It Down, Call Me), Soca princess Patrice Roberts (Slow Wine, I Am Soca), the talented Farmer Nappy (Flirt, Surrender), 3Canal (Blue, Good Morning), and Trinidad’s 2012 Chutney Soca Monarch, KI (Single Forever) aboard the famed Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum Complex (Pier 86 at West 46th Street & 12th Avenue, NYC).

Doors open 9pm for Platinum VIP patrons and 10pm for public. Showtime is promptly at 11:00pm.Hosted by, Dahved Levy and 107.5FM WBLS NY with music by Back2Basics, Natural Freaks, Elegance Sound, Platinum Sound, FBI Sounds and DJ Roy of Road International Sound.  Get your tickets today, visit

Creating a perfect fusion of camaraderie and culture, Machel Montano 30/30 showcases first-class Caribbean entertainment in grand style. Don't miss this unforgettable, summer kickoff complete with the flight deck party of a lifetime!   “It is a great feeling to be involved in such a celebration of history, culture and music.  Where we all can come together and enjoy quality time and entertainment, often times we miss out on these cherished moments.  This is all about people uniting, meeting and greeting,” says Dahved Levy – Founder/CEO Caribbean Fever.

Ammoye, Courtney John, Marcia Griffiths, Beenie Man and More Jump for Jamaica!

Artists unite to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence from Great Britain, encouraging listeners to ‘Jump for Jamaica.’

Produced by Courtney John for the FiWi Music label, “Jump for Jamaica” is a signature song released in commemoration of Jamaica’s jubilee anniversary.  Featuring artists such as Marcia Griffiths, Beenie Man, Kreesha Turner, Cherine Anderson, Mr. Lexx, Kardinal Offishall, Ammoye and more, the project is special in part because of its’ cross geographical reach.

As a first of its kind, the “Jump for Jamaica” song features premier artists from Jamaica (Marcia Griffiths, Courtney John, Mr. Lexx, T.O.K., Etana, Beenie Man and Cherine Anderson), as well as Canada.  Hip Hop Icon Kardinal Offishall adds his patois infused Bakardi slang, while Canada’s songbird, Ammoye, lends her smooth vocals singing “out of many people / we are one / come together / old and young ….” 

By participating on this song, Ammoye makes Canadian Reggae history as being the only female Reggae singer from Canada to perform with legendary artists Beenie Man, Marcia Griffiths, Cherine Anderson and Courtney John together on the same song.  Ammoye will also join the Gala event being held at the Sony Centre for the performing arts to perform the song with the legendary artists.

When asked about her contribution to the song, Ammoye said “this project reflects our pride as a people, our solidarity as a people, and the worlds’ recognition of our people!  This is our time to shine, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to do so with so many great Jamaicans!”

Included to represent the Jamaican Canadian voice are Steele, M’Lonie, Jay Douglas, Leontre and Leonardo Charmichael.  Collectively, the chorus of voices does the island proud!

“Jump for Jamaica” is available for preview via YouTube here:  

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Double Celebration for Gramps Morgan in New York!

With the official release of his album Reggae Music Lives, and his Earthstrong right around the corner, Gramps Morgan makes July 6th, 2012 a double celebration for fans in New York!

Hosted by CDF Sound, Culture Disciples and Akee & Dumplin Music, Gramps Morgan takes centre stage at Brooklyn’s Culture Barn where he will be backed by his band as well as special guest DJ’s.  In addition to the Grammy Award winning and International Reggae recording artists performance, rising Roots Reggae Empress Khalilah Rose will share the stage.

Khalilah, whose music has been featured in XXL, All Hip and L3 Magazine, as well as BBC Three Counties in the UK, Hot 98 FM in Guyana and 1430 AM in Atlanta, has been receiving international recognition in Media as well as on radio causing Gramps Morgan to say “I’m definitely looking forward to working with Khalilah.  I like the music she’s been releasing, and she’s definitely an artist I think will go far.”

Gramps released his second studio album Reggae Music Lives to critical acclaim as being one of the best releases for 2012.  It is noted as being an evolution of Gramps' professional and musical growth expressed through his singing, narratives, arrangements and compositions. His melodies and hooks are seasoned with mature, worldly lyrics that are delivered flawlessly. All of his experiences have culminated in the creation of a universal sound that he says stems from exposure.

Angelic harmonies, authentic compositions and a unique sound brand, Gramps calls "Rockaz," Reggae Music Lives is more than Reggae, it's world-beat, with a little bit of country, a taste of what Americans call rap-Jamaicans call it toasting; mix it with a hint of r 'n' b, a dash of blues synthesized with contemporary reggae that maintains the integrity of the original art form and you get a sense of the musical accents that help to make Reggae Music Lives complete.  Because of this, the album is being spoken of as a 2013 Grammy contender.

Additional music will be supplied by Vaughn All Star, DJ Gringo and Stateside Revolution, and complimentary CD’s will be given away to patrons who walk with a copy of the flyer for the event.  For more information about the show, fans can call 347-382-4295. 

Fans can purchase a copy of Reggae Music Lives here:

Cutty Ranks on Full Blast!

Cutty Ranks has released his new single, video and digital EP Full Blast under his own Philip Music Label in partnership with US based Independent Distribution Collective. Industry leading digital music outlet iTunes has given Full Blast a spotlight feature on the front of its Reggae page also.
The veteran artist gives a gritty take on the reality of living in the urban streets of Jamaica on the song “Full Blast” with Cutty bringing a strong message of non-violence and justice. “When I wake up in the morning I see dem….a pass. And when dem reach down the road I can hear the full blast. Then me hear another life lost….” from Full Blast. 

Other EPtracks on the EP include the lover’s rock track“In My Place” with up and coming singer HyhVolume plus the high energy dance infused “Take ItAway.” These three tracks are a sample of this evolvedartist’s journey in music and full album to come thissummer. Extensive schedules of live performances are alreadyset to support this new release.

Over hisstoried career, Cutty Ranks got his start at the famed Techniques and Penthouse labels where he dropped hits such as “Press the Trigger” and collaborated with other gifted artists including Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths and Wayne Wonder. He then released his greatest hit single, “The Stopper”(off the album of the same name), on the UK based Fashion label. The Stopper album became a certified gold selling record, and was picked up by Profile Records.He also released his classic hit singles such as “Limbby Limb” and “The Return” and “A Who Sey Mi Dun.” Cutty also produced his first album, Six Million Ways to Die, which got him signed to Priority Records, after which he went on to form his own label,Philip Music. In 2000, he released the album Back With A Vengeance produced by King Jammy that saw Cutty Ranks venture into other musical styles, including Hip Hop and Dancehall.