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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Artiste Management Music Business Conference - Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago based entertainment management group Ask Promotions will be undertaking the 2013 Artiste Management Music Business Conference (AMMBCON) from August 14th -17th 2013.

This particular music business conference is targeted at various stakeholders in the local and Caribbean industry i.e. recording and performing artistes, entertainment managers, music producers, songwriters, publishers and labels. The 4 day experience which is being called a ‘success-oriented event’ will offer registrants the opportunity to attend industry seminars as well as to take part in valuable workshops and showcases.

In addition, attendees will also be able to interact with and learn from global music industry decision-makers and professionals from Europe and North America who will be at the event. AMMBCON 2013 will feature executives from noted international music organizations such as VIP-Booking.Com, South by Southwest (SXSW), The Bellamy Group, CIDA, Platinum Productions and Media Inc, Miralex Entertainment and After Touch Music.

Ask Promotions in collaboration with T&T’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment, Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism and the University of Trinidad and Tobago aspires to utilize the annual AMMBCON to attract several local, regional and international industry enthusiasts, practitioners and professionals to Trinidad’s shores and to position the country as a top destination for music business.

Some of the objectives of AMMBCON are to deliver solutions for the Caribbean music market, to foster discussion re: the challenges facing the music industry in the digital era, and to formulate ideas for the creation and distribution of local music and other creative works.

According to Ask promotions principal Stephen Howard, “The goal is singular: to foster creativity and build a thriving music industry, through offering creators, academics, and industry professionals the opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns about the future, and by offering the global population the opportunity for involvement and education”.

Kes the Band News! KTBLIVE: The Concert Experience

Returning home in the midst of tours of the U.S. and Europe, Kes the Band will present #KBTLIVE The Concert on July 13, 2013 at O2 Park in Chaguaramas.

Designed as a one-day music festival, rather than your typical fete, #KTBLIVE The Concert is an afternoon show for youth, designed to allow the band’s fans to experience the Kes show they might have been otherwise unable to, due to time or location constraints. The concert follows the #KTBLIVE Career Sessions held at secondary schools around Trinidad, which saw the band visit each school and deliver a music workshop and discussion accompanied by a mini performance. It aimed to encourage more in Trinidad & Tobago's education system to get involved in music and pushed for the reintroduction of music development, facilities and the provision of music-learning opportunities in the classroom for young creatives.

#KTBLIVE The Concert will be held on Saturday, July 13, from 3pm-8pm at O2 Park (formerly Mobs 2) in Harts Cut, Chaguaramas. The concert will feature performances by Kes the Band coupled with guest performances by both established and emerging young acts, as well as other attractions on the grounds and information for those interested in pursuing their own music. "Going to different schools and sharing our life experiences was not only inspiring for the students, but for ourselves as well," said Kees Dieffenthaller, lead singer for Kes the Band.. "It reminded us of where it all began. #KTBLIVE The Concert gives us the chance to celebrate with this generation of thinkers, believers and dreamers. May they continue to be inspired to create change and progress." Doors open at 3pm. Early-Bird Tickets are available for $150 TT each.

Tickets can be purchased at locations around Trinidad or at the door on the day of the event. For all ticket locations please visit the Kes the Band Facebook page or website. Through a hashtag contest on social media platforms twitter and instagram fans will also have the opportunity to win VIP backstage passes and Limited Edition #KTBLIVE T-Shirts. Follow Kes The Band on Twitter and Facebook for more details.

Friday, June 28, 2013

L3 Magazine – July, 2013 Issue Featuring Sizzla Kalonji

L3 Magazine – July Issue Featuring Sizzla Kalonji
Etana ~ Demarco ~ Stephen Souza + Royal Wedding Attire ~ Music Charts ~ Tambu Recipes + More!

The July, 2013 issue of L3 marks a major milestone!  This year marks the 2nd anniversary of the re-launch of L3; we are officially 2!

Over the past 2 years, L3 Magazine has connected fans with the industries best personalities, and has balanced that with information on music news, fashion, beauty and as of late, great recipes.  There is no doubt that readers are clear, L3 Is the #1 Caribbean-Urban online publication!

This month, we celebrate our Earthstrong by featuring Sizzla Kalonji on the front cover.  With the release of his album ‘The Messiah’ on his own record label, and distributed by VP records, Sizzla energizes Reggae lover’s the world over as his voice returns to the roots of the music to deliver sonically stunning new material.  The album is so loved, Natasha Von Castle met with the artist for a one on one that revealed plans for August Town, as much as it revealed the planning for his album.  The artist was not shy to let Natasha know that we are all one, and whether an artist performs in the R&B, Hip Hop or Jazz genres, we all come from the same root.  The way Sizzla brings us to that conclusion is remarkable!

While in Toronto, Etana the Strong One paid us a visit to talk about her album Better Tomorrow and to give us insights on what it is to be 90% Mom, and 10% everything else!  Demarco spent some time with Tricia ‘ZJ Sparks’ Spence to share what it’s like to live with such a hectic travel schedule (Jamaica to Toronto to Dubai to Jamaica), create music and record music in one breath.  Rounding out the interviews, Jennifer Menster speaks to Stephen Souza who is one of the most promising upcoming artists!

Additional features include Kush I Krown, Shawnee, and SOJA.  Music Charts (Top Digital Downloads, Top Music Videos and Soca) are included as well as the Fashions of Tekay’s Ultimate Wedding Collection fit for Royalty.  Heike Dempster walks us through the art exhibit ‘Art Walk in Wynwood’ which highlights Art from some of the finest.  

As July is the month of birth of Haile Selassie, we pay tribute to the Emperor which includes words of significance from Kaisha Lee, King Ali Baba, Sophia Squire and Buju Banton.  Buju’s words are profound and moving.

All of this and more are available in the July issue of L3 Magazine which can be read exclusively at!

When you see this: you will definitely want to advertise!  Contact Rohan ‘Dilinga’ Beckford via email at or by calling 347-370-6829 for rates as low as $150 USD!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Protoje Releases Music From My Heart!

Protoje, lead singer for The Indiggnation band, has released a new mixtape called Music From My Heart. It has been available since June 14.

Protoje & The Indiggnation will head to the United States this week for multiple west coast events including California where they will perform at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival. The eight-member band will travel to Europe thereafter. 

Music From My Heart combines tracks from The 8 Year Affair album with additional tracks featuring Sizzla Kalonji, Kabaka Pyramid, Chronixx and Jah9. It is mixed by DJ Yaadcore, who is also responsible for Protoje's two previous mixtapes. Yaadcore is the selector for the I&I Worldwide sound system and also airs his radio program, Reggae Aroma, on HOT 102FM.



2.Music From My Heart
3.Burning Fire #MFMH
4.Hail Ras Tafari
5.Legitimate - Jah 9 ft. Protoje
6.8 Year Affair
7.Young General #MFMH
8. I&I
9. New Generation #MFMH
10. Reggae Revival ft. Romain Virgo
11. Shot By Love ft. Toi
12. Black Cinderella
13. Hold You Down
14. Someone Like You ft. Tessanne Chin
15. Come My Way
16. Around The World ft. Chris Watts
17. Who Dem A Program
18. Purple Like Ribena #MFMH
19. This is NOT a Marijuana Song
20. Evil Display
21. Warrior - Kabaka Pyramid ft. Protoje
22. Selassie Souljah - Chronixx ft. Kabaka Pyramid, Protoje & Sizzla
23. Where Is The Good News??? #MFMH
24. Kingston Be Wise
25. Militancy Riddim
26. I&I WorldWide #MFMH
27. Outro

Friday, June 14, 2013

CARIBANA™ Launches Flags and Colours 2013 Children’s Carnival at Jane and Finch!

CARIBANA™, founders of the annual Toronto Caribbean carnival in 1967, will launch the 13th annual children’s carnival at the Food Court of Yorkgate Mall on Tuesday, June 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Yorkgate Mall is located at 1 York Gate Boulevard (Jane and Finch) North York, ON M3N 3A1. 

At the launch, CARIBANA™ will team up with the management of Yorkgate Mall to announce plans for the 2013 children’s carnival that puts a positive focus on the Jane and Finch community. They will announce the date of CARIBANA™ Flags and Colours, the names of the Jane and Finch student recipients of the Caribana/Yorkgate Mall Scholarships, Yorkgate Mall's participation in the event and Caribana's new approach to reaching more children in the community. They will also unveil the theme and slogan for this year's festival. 

In addition to the formal announcements, there will be Caribbean-themed entertainment, which includes the Cedarbrae C.I. steel band quartet. Refreshments will be provided to our guests.

Invited guests include His Worship Mayor Rob Ford; Ward 8 councillor, Anthony Perruzza; York West MP, Judy Sgro; 31 Division Commander, Supt. Dave McLeod; area school principals and representatives from community centres and other groups in the area.

Now in its 46th year, CARIBANA™ focuses on the Caribbean carnival arts and their potential to create positive change in the lives of our children. This year one of the organization’s goals is to have 500 children in the parade that highlights the carnival.

CARIBANA™ continues to have a significant impact on the culture, economy and social development of Canadian society.

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