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Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival 2017 -- LIVE Music & Great Caribbean Food!

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By Jean Tolbert


The Annual Grace Jerk Festival in Roy Wilkins Park returns on Sunday, July 23, 2017 with gates opening at 11:30 AM for another year of excellent food, entertainment and great fun! The Festival holds the distinction of being “New York’s Biggest Caribbean Food Festival.”

Featured on the lineup are top artists Morgan Heritage, Barrington Levy, Konshens, Alison Hinds, Blakka Ellis, BRAATA Folk Singers with Ragashanti and the Platinum Kids!  

Not to be left out, a wide variety of Jerk Festival vendors will be on site, thirty in all, offering incredible food and non-alcoholic specialty drinks all totally pleasing to the palate!


*Please Visit this official link for additional information and tickets-->> JERK FESTIVAL NY



*Special activities are scheduled throughout the entire afternoon.



Competing Chefs put their culinary skills to the test and win cash, bragging rights and the coveted Dutch Pot Trophy in the Jerk Cook-off. The Champion Chef will be selected by a panel of distinguished judges and announced on the main stage, This is a serious contest where anyone can win and be declared the festival’s Jerk Champion.Local Celebrities duke it out against each other in a livelyQuick Fire Contest, while being cheered on by their fans and a very excited audience.

In 2017 the Celebrity Chef is Wenford Patrick Simpson


KIDS ZONE (Children 10 years of age and under are admitted to the Festival free of charge!)

Bounce house, rides, slides, cotton candy, popcorn, ice-cream, hot dog, rock climbing, face painting and games – Lots of fun for the kids.








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National TV Performance will kick off his U.S. Chronology Tour Commencing Mar. 2

Chronixx with Zincfence Redemption band will return to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this Friday (Feb. 24) to reveal a select song from his upcoming debut album, Chronology. This year's appearance by the 24-year-old Jamaican reggae artist follows his groundbreaking performance on Fallon in July 2014. Pivoting from TheTonight Show, on March 2nd, the Chronology Tour will steamroll through North America.

Headlined by Chronixx & Zincfence Redemption, the journey spans 40 cities across United States and Canada. It will also feature milestone performances by Jah9, Jesse Royal, Kelissa, the vibrant voices of today’s new generation of reggae. Tickets can be purchased here.


Chronixx has already revealed two singles from Chronology, due this spring on Soul Circle Music. "Majesty," the first single and video, was officially released in December. The song first appeared on Roots & Chalice, a mixtape collaboration between Chronixx and Federation Sound. On February 10th, Chronixx also dropped the new single "Likes," already buzzing in the reggae and dancehall community.


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The Love & Harmony Cruise featuring Beres Hammond, Shabba, Dexta Daps, & More

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On February 27th to March 3rd, Love & Harmony Caribbean Cruise will host performances from Reggae & Soca's most world renowned artists. The four-day concert will occur during the round trip voyage from Miami, Florida to Ocho Rios, Jamaica on the Norwegian Pearl cruise liner.

Love & Harmony Caribbean Cruise's four-day concert is produced by Rockers Island Entertainment in association with Best of the Best Entertainment and Massive B. This years performers include: Beres HammondShabba Ranks, and Third WorldQueen IfricaWayne WonderTony CurtisSinging MelodyElephant ManI-wayneEdwin Yearwood and Lurie D. Recently, new school artists Konshens and Dexta Daps were added to the bill.

During the "non-stop party" experience, attendees will be treated to late night dances with deejays: Stone Love Movement. Massive B. Sounds, Bobby Konders & Jabba, and DJ Calli B, Road International, DJ Roy, Ragashanti, and DJ Noah. Other deejays include New York's own Steele Bashment, Glamour Wayne, DJ Fergie & Springer, YGS SOund, KIng Waggy T, Jamusa, King Ferno and DJ Smallie.

The 5-day and 4-night cruise will include most meals onboard and family friendly curated programming. The Norwegian Pearl provides luxury amenities such as their chic bowling alley, dazzling casino, tranquil spa, and spacious Garden Villas.

Promoters of the event are heralding 2017's LOVE & HARMONY CARIBBEAN CRUISE as an absolute once-in-a-lifetime experience. "This one is going to be truly special" according to (Jabba). "We put a lot of effort in making this year's L&HCC, out of this world, and I think we delivered." The event is expected to sell-out as in pervious years.

DAY 1: Welcome Party Hosted By Beres Hammond, Ragashanti & DJ Roy

DAY 2: International Flag Night Soca Concert

DAY 3: Love & Harmony All White Concert

DAY 4: Dancehall Night Concert

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Kenny Omega Says He is Leaving Japan

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After being involved in what many have called the greatest match in professional wrestling history, Kenny Omega tweeted he is leaving Japan in his rearview mirror.

Omega came up short against Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Championship at NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom 11 on Jan. 4. The incredible bout between the two men was the first Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer scored six stars. Omega's star has been growing over the past few years in NJPW, especially when he assumed the role of leader of the Bullet Club and moved from the jr. heavyweight ranks to heavyweight.

Ahead of the Wrestle Kingdom bout with Okada, Omega was interviewed by Sports Illustrated. During the interview, Omega expressed a desire to not be "just a cog in the WWE machine," despite having a standing invitation to join up with NXT.

Omega is not a stranger to WWE developmental, however. From 2005 to 2006, Omega was a part of then-developmental territory Deep South. He eventually asked for his release and has not had kind words to describe his experience.

However, a pair of tweets from Omega have raised questions about what is next for the 33-year-old Canadian.


What would be next for Omega if he really leaves Japan behind is the big question.

Would he actually make his way to WWE? Would he travel the independent scene trying to build the next stage of his career? Or is this all a ruse ahead of a big return and another run at Okada's title??

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Theme Song "Real Life Superwoman" for a great cause in 2017

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PRESS RELEASE December 27, 2016
New York

Keisha Martin gifts “Real Life Superwoman” to Global Rising of Women (GROW) organization for theme song.

On December 4, 2016 New York based JamRoc Queen of Soul Keisha Martin’s new project “Real Life Superwoman” made its debut as the theme song for GROW the fledgling campaign headed by Stacy Lee Williams, who launched the website and revealed details of the upcoming three day retreat planned for December 1-3 2017. In attempting to create a safe community for women to be celebrated and lauded for their superheroic efforts in keeping home and hearth together, those women will have a chance to meet other likeminded women online at where women are encouraged to contribute to the blog by posting their inspiring stories of upliftment and encouragement.


Real Life Superwoman” produced by Dayne Edwards is slated for a 2017 general release, but in the meantime the song can be heard at the GROW website. When asked about the gensis of the song, Keisha Martin explained the song is intended to empower young women and girls wherever they are and to celebrate the unsung everyday heroines – the real life superwomen.


Contact: Sheron Pearson
Tel: 347 485 1154

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Chronixx Announces his North American Tour & Title of his Debut Album!

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Jamaican roots artist Chronixx, a pioneering force in the contemporary reggae movement, is proud to announce his biggest tour to date and his debut album title, both named Chronology.

This year alone, Chronixx & Zincfence Redemption Band headlined tours in Africa, Japan, Europe and North America and rocked major festival shows like Coachella (USA),Austin City Limits (USA), Lovebox (UK) and One Love (Italy) as well as supported the iconic UK rock band Stone Roses at Manchester City Football Club’s Etihad Stadium.

In 2017, the 24-year-old singer and his band expand on this success, kicking off their massive North American tour on March 2 in support of Chronixx's first full length album Chronology (slated for an early 2017 release). The Chronology Tour spans 39 cities across the U.S. and Canada. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday December 14, 2016. Dates below and here.

Chronixx reveals his first visual "Majesty" from Chronology. The song, a beautiful interpretation of Otis Gayle's 1971 Studio One classic "I’ll Be Around" (originally sung by the '70s soul group The Spinners), is also featured on Chronixx's most recent mixtape "Roots and Chalice" curated by NYC's Federation Sound. Majesty is about a spiritual vibration, the divinity within the woman and the balance that can be found within I&I. It’s celebrating that union,” explains Chronixx. In the visual, directed by Chronixx and Che Kothari, the singer serenades his love in a dreamy scenario, set on Jamaica's lush north coastal property Strawberry Fields Together in Robin's Bay, St. Mary.


About Chronixx

Born Jamar Rolando McNaughton on October 10, 1992, Chronixx was musically nurtured from an early age by his father, dancehall artist Chronicle, and grew up surrounded by the likes of Burro Banton and Gregory Isaacs. Chronixx's youthful voice carries the wisdom of generations of reggae singers before his time and holds a positive message for the youth of this generation. In 2014, his music propelled him into international stardom. His Dread & Terrible project, featuring hits like "Here Comes Trouble" and "Captureland," immediately topped the Billboard (U.S.) Reggae chart. He was lauded by the likes of VOGUE, Vice & New Yorker as the leader of the reggae revival and landed performances on major stages including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon(2014), NYC's Central Park Summerstage (2014), Governer's Ball (2015) and many more.

Chronixx & Zincfence Redemption - Chronology North American Tour 2017


3-02 in NEW HAVEN, CT @ Toad’s Place

3-03 in BOSTON, MA @ Paradise Rock Club

3-04 in NEW YORK, NY@ Irving Plaza

3-07 in DETROIT, MI @ El Club

3-09 in LOUISVILLE, KY @ Mercury Ballroom

3-10 in COLUMBUS, OH @ Al Rosa Villa

3-11 in CHICAGO, IL @ Metro

3-14 in LAWRENCE, KS @ Granada Theater

3-15 in DENVER, CO @ Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom

3-17 in SEATTLE, WA @ The Showbox

3-18 in VANCOUVER, BC @ Commodore Ballroom

3-19 in PORTLAND, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

3-21 in SACRAMENTO, CA @ Ace of Spades

3-23 in SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ The Fillmore

3-24 in REDWAY, CA @ Mateel Community Center

3-25 in SANTA CRUZ, CA @ The Catalyst

3-26 in RENO, NV @ Whitney Peak Hotel – Cargo Concert Hall

3-28 in FRESNO, CA @ Strummer’s

3-31 in SANTA ANA, CA @ The Observatory


4-01 in LOS ANGELES, CA @ The Fonda Theatre

4-02 in SOLANA BEACH, CA @ Belly Up

4-04 in TEMPE, AZ @ Club Red

4-05 in ALBUQUERQUE, NM @ Sunshine Theater

4-07 in HOUSTON, TX @Warehouse Live - Ballroom

4-08 in DALLAS, TX @ Trees

4-09 in AUSTIN, TX @ Euphoria Camping and Music Festival

4-10 in NEW ORLEANS @ Republic

4-13 in FT. LAUDERDALE, FL @ Revolution

4-14 in JACKSONVILLE, FL @ Mavericks at the Landing

4-15 in ATLANTA, GA @ Masquerade

4-16 in ASHEVILLE, NC @ The Orange Peel

4-18 in CARRBORO, NC @ Cat’s Cradle

4-19 in NORFOLK, VA @ The Norva

4-20 in SILVER SPRINGS, MD @ The Fillmore

4-21 in PHILADELPHIA, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts (TLA)

4-26 in MONTREAL, QUEBEC @ L’Olympia

4-27 in LONDON, ONTARIO @ London Music Hall

4-28 in TORONTO, ONTARIO @ Rebel Complex

4-30 in HUNTINGTON, NY @ The Paramount


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Opening Doors for Performing Artists with Every 2nd Wednesday Monthly in Brooklyn!

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Opening the right doors leading to such things as extended fan based recognition, record deals, tours and ultimately stardom are among the goals of serious up-and-coming artists, yet getting those doors opened is usually the most significant obstacle that they face. To support them in kick-starting their careers beginning on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 help is on the way with the launch of Open Mic Night, a professional platform sponsored by


Known for their popular fun networking and party events,  BuildUrBuzz is an entertainment news media outlet based in the NYC area; they host an internet web-television series, radio programs and most recently a cutting edge quarterly magazine by the same name. With strong credible ties to the Hip-Hop and World Music scenes their Open Mic Night is the ideal opportunity for artists to showcase their talent, gain exposure and acquire new contacts so that as the company name implies, artists can have a shot at "building their buzz".



Open Mic Night will be staged on the 2nd Wednesdays of every month hosted by MC "GameOver." Doors open at 7 PM on December 14th for an evening definitely tailor-made to shine a spotlight on some of the very best talent in the NYC area. Singers, spoken word specialists and artists of any musical genre are invited. Participants who stand out can expect promotional perks like exclusive interviews and video performance taping for future rebroadcast on the BuildUrBuzz network not to mention the added incentive of prizes for those who put their best foot forward.  It all happens at at the popular bar & grill Brooklyn Nights located at 497 Dekalb Avenue in Brooklyn, NY 11205. For everyone in attendance the venue offers a fully stocked bar with two-for-one drink specials "and" a two-bottle special that includes Hookah!



Save the 2nd Wednesday of every month for Open Mic Night and don't be late for what will be an exciting night of music entertainment and mingling! Admission is 21+, an easy $10 all night long to get through the doors and you can come as you are! For additional information write to and be sure to link the BuildUrBuzz website and join them on the FacebookTwitter and Instagram social networks!




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Turn Up The Volume on “Strictly The Best 2016” ft. Christopher Martin & Spice in NYC -- His View

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Written by Dat Guy NJ


Brooklyn NY – Eager to attend the showcase event called Strictly The Best Live NY (STBNY) the moment I heard about it, I still battled the inclination to bow out based on an entire day of gloomy chilly weather with rain continuously beating the sidewalks. All the same, I just didn’t want to miss an opportunity to hear veterans of the Reggae/Dancehall circuit Christopher Martin (whose performances I’ve seen a few times and thoroughly enjoyed) and Spice (who I'd never seen perform). The event was held at The Paperbox, a venue that's comfortably nestled off the beaten path in a fairly secluded neighborhood in East Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY. I thought I'd be walking into an underground dive but upon arriving the first sign that things were looking up happened as I stepped through the doors finding myself in a pristine concert venue spacious in size yet surprisingly intimate. For those of you who may not have heard, the November 29th STBNY event was free entry on the guest list hosted by pioneer leaders in Reggae and Caribbean music production and distribution VP Records. Since 1991 they’ve produced an epic series of numbered releases called Strictly The Best (STB) and it's the longest running CD compilation series of its kind that's released annually in time for the year-end holiday season.

This year saw the STB release of not one but two sizable editions. Volume 54, the “Singers Edition,” features the latest songs (2015 – 2016) of popular artists accompanied by a separate bonus CD featuring the music of Jamaican groups of the 1960's going forward and at the heart, classic Reggae music selections. Volume 55, the “Deejays Edition” strictly covers the very latest Dancehall music from veteran and popular emerging artists. The bonus CD attached to Volume 55 features carefully selected songs that are collaboration tracks between Deejays and singers. Here's where it gets good. In 2016 Volumes 54 and 55 have been bundled together whereby buyers receive not two but four really great CD sets with fantastic music by many of the biggest most important names in Reggae, at a reasonable price. 

Doors opened for the STBL show at 7 PM with early warm vibes and entertainment in-between acts in the hands of three DJ's although the only one I was familiar with is DJ Noah Power; he's been kicking the scene now for a good minute playing special events, putting out heavy hitting DJ remixes along the way earning a solid reputation. The other DJ's billed were Chromatic The Ultimate and the beautiful female selector Kitty Cash who did her thing and rived up the audience big-time. Moments before the show got started she invited guests to come up and dance pon di stage which many did leaving dancers and onlookers alike excited and fully pumped! The audience consisted of a diverse group of Reggae/Dancehall lovers from many different cultures and it was satisfying to experience everyone mingling and partying together. As The Paperbox continued filling, the early-warm juggling succeeded in warming the enthusiasm of attendees unified by the excellent Reggae music that filled the room as we anxiously awaited the main acts; it was a vibe that felt like total togetherness and the feeling lasted throughout the evening.

Then it happened, Christopher Martin touched the stage and the audience went insane as he opened up with his hit song "Don't Let Me Cheat." In great sound the air was filled with his strong voice and on-key melodies that created even more positive vibes that thickened the air. Early in the performance Martin was forced to sing without tracks but nobody seemed to mind because even then his voice was crisp, clear and right on key. As he progressed, his set seemed to intensify and the audience responded favorably. Enraptured by this magical feeling attendees sang along during most of Martin's set hardly ever missing a line. His time on stage was short but rammed with several of his excellent tunes that everyone wanted to hear. From STB Volume 55 he gave us his song “Pirate of the Caribbean” and went on to end his great set with “Mama” after about 30-minutes onstage. Other than the technical problem with his tracks Christopher Martin's flow was excellent and totally worth the trip to NY in the rain. A hard act to follow I hoped Spice would receive the same strong enthusiasm of Martin's opening reception but as they say, no worries.




Right from the start Spice strutted on stage with a sizzling air of confidence that everyone there could feel. However, before getting into her performance I must describe her appearance in a stunning sexy black body-fitting outfit (the top fitted with studs) that molded her tight voluptuous body and made it look like she'd been been poured into the outfit right before coming onstage. POW! Was it just me? I looked around for audience reaction and everyone that I could see had their eyes crazy glued to the stage. Still, it wasn't just about how appealing Spice looked (although I can tell you it was a huge bonus given that far too many artists hit the stage looking like they just rolled out of bed and put on street clothes, worn the day before). Spice's set put hardcore fire pon di mike giving out great sound, well performed songs like her latest 'suggestion song' called “Siddung Pon It” (translated for all those with only passing exposure to Jamaican patwah as 'Sit Down On It'). For a good minute the song went on in different phases driving the crowd wild especially after Spice invited a few ladies to join her on stage to show the dance moves to the song. Moving on to another selection a short time later, men where invited to the stage to dance with her and never having seen her handle an audience I quickly discovered that not only can Spice sing, she's a top-shelve entertainer and somewhat of an actress too. She sprinkled her act with daringly suggestive lyrics, interesting chat and facial expressions meant to intrigue her audience that taken together hit home. Her hot fire engine song you can find on STB Volume 55 is “Sight and Wine”...make sure you check it. A great performance all the way round only time will tell if she is indeed the new undisputed Queen of Dancehall as she is being hailed in a number of circles. Having finally seen her live in action vs- watching her videos on YouTube (which are subjected to editing), one thing for sure based on everything I heard and experienced that night, Spice's act is the real deal and, she is much more than just another hyped artist.




At the end of the night I was totally satisfied and interested in the STB compilations. My only displeasure is a common place flaw with Reggae in the NY area. The doors opened on a Tuesday night at 7 PM – a good time for a weeknight show - but performances didn't start for nearly four hours. Reggae people we have to do better! Start on time or much closer to it because it's a deterrent to fans who want to come out and enjoy great showcases like STBL and still get home in time to get a little shut-eye before work or school the next day. That aside, the night offered attendees a wonderful location and friendly hospitable staff at The Paperbox not to mention excellent entertainment throughout the evening making it a fun way to start off the week! And, as soon as you can make a point of filling in your music collection or making what will be a welcomed holiday gift stocking stuffer to a loved one of the STB 2016 special edition bundle Volumes 54/55 that as explained earlier, includes loads of bonus tracks. So that you see what I mean by great music I've listed below the selections you'll find on the STB compilations and encourage you to check out this link for a discount offer on your purchase of the volumes via the VP Records website!


Dat Guy NJ is a regular Reporter for the CatchTheVybz “Dat Guy” column covering all genres of music with a specialty in Reggae coverage. He also serves as the Director of Dancehall and Reggae Alliance on the network and Freelance Reporter for the Live Reggae NYC “Single in the City” column.

Photographer Winston Rodney is a seasoned fashion photographer and photojournalist. Traveling the world with his camera covering celebrity events, he is the CEO of Winston Rodney Photography.

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(STB. vol. 54)

1. Identify My Love – Mr. Vegas 2. LoveSick – Romain Virgo 3. Unfaithful Chronicles – Dalton Harris

4. Stuck in the Middle – Ikaya 5. Cool Me Down – Tarrus Riley 6. Lay You Down Easy – Magic feat. Sean Paul

7. Take Me Back (J. Vibe Reggae Mix) – Christopher Martin 8. Bad Mind – Sizzla feat. Jah Cure

9. Strolling – Alborosie feat. Protoje 10. Get Up – Raging Fyah 11. Natty Bald Head – Morgan Heritage

12. Trap Set – Sanchez 13. Calling – Freddie McGregor 14. Hello (Reggae Cover) – Conkarah & Rosie Delmah

15. Unafraid – Jah9


(STB vol. 54 Bonus Disc)

1. Penny Love You – Wailing Souls 2. Love Has Many Faces – Heptones 3. You don’t Care – Technique

4. Born to Love You – The Sensations 5. The Beatitude – The Uniques 6. Got to Get Away – The Paragons

7. Don’t Break Your Promise – The Tamlins 8. Pass the Kutchie – The Mighty Diamonds

9. Bullseye – Brian & Tony Gold 10. Single Life – Home T. 11. Footprints – T.O.K. 12. Just as I Am – L.U.S.T

13. Down By the River – Morgan Heritage 14. Playing Games – Voicemail


(STB vol. 55)

1. Mercy a God – Vershon 2. Great Man – Jahmiel 3. One More Time – Alkaline 4. Likkle More – Vybz Kartel

5. Dancehall Dab – Mr. Vegas 6. Roast or Fry (Breadfruit) – Chi Ching Ching 7. Sight & Wine – Spice

8. Culu Culu – Savage 9. Buck Fi Mi Back – Razor B 10. Hard Ball – Masicka 11. 3G – Dexta Daps

12. Ball a Fire – Aidonia 13. Big League – Mavado 14. Pirate of the Caribbean – Christopher Martin

15. Streets – Bulby York feat. Busy Signal


(STB vol. 55 Bonus Disc)

1. Twice My Age – Shabba Ranks & Krystal 2. Half Idiot – Marcia Griffiths & Cutty Ranks

3. Who Say – Beres Hammond & Buju Banton 4. Big Up – Shaggy & Ravon

5. Bonafide Love – Wayne Wonder & Buju Banton 6. Living Dangerously – Barrington Levy & Bounty Killer

7. Intimate Woman – Red Rose & Bounty Killer 8. Give It to Her – Tanto Metro & Devonte

9. Miss Goodie Goodie – Colin Roach & Galaxy P 10. Hot Gal Today – Mr. Vegas & Sean Paul

11. Bad Man No Pet Gyal – Alozade feat. Chico & Kiprich 12. New Millenium – Vybz Kartel & Wayne Marshall 13. One Girl - Not Me – Beenie Man feat. Tanto Metro & Devonte 14. Party Time – Danny English & Egg Nog




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An Insiders Take on “Strictly The Best Live" 2016 -- Her View

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Written by Ladie English


Photos by Winston Rodney


November 29, 2016 VP Records in cooperation with Ting & Ting hosted an impressive launch party for Strictly The Best Live at The Paper Box in Williamsburg Brooklyn NY. Despite being a rainy evening, a good showing of friends and fans came out to catch live performances by popular Reggae artistes Spice and Christopher Martin with early juggling by DJ's Noah Powa, ChromaticThe Ultimate and Kitty Cash who all got attendees ready for the dynamic showcase performances that followed.


I must begin by giving huge kudos to a DJ I've never heard of before namely Kitty Cash of Trini ancestry. While the other DJ's were definitely smashing, Kitty Cash caused the Paper Box crowd to catch-ah-fiya with her set! She invited dancers on stage and played a wide range of music from Reggae, Ragga and Soca  to Afrobeat and Hip Hop. DJ Kitty Cash has a get on the dance floor flow that is so nice that everyone trying to keep up broke into a heated sweat; music for all to enjoy you can bet that anywhere she is scheduled to play, I'll be there!


As attendees waited for the featured artistes to appear on stage, VP Records hosted CD giveaways lead by popular DJ Noah Powa; he kicked off playing a song from “STB 55” and the audience was given a chance to guess the name of the artist singing. Since I consider myself a Reggae music aficionado I marched up to the stage and said “Jahmiel” loudly into the mic ANNNK...wrong answer...I was mortified! Another young lady gave the correct answer (which was Vershon) and won. Noah Powa then played another song this time from “STB 54” and ready to reclaim my dignity I marched right back to the stage where he asked “are you sure you have the correct answer?” to which I replied “absolutely.” He then asked for the name of the artist and I replied “Romaine Virgo.” Was I right? YES – VICTORY and I left the stage with a copy of the STB 54 album I can't wait to play and, feeling vindicated. As they say, never give up!


Christopher Martin was the first featured artist to take the stage and after a few hiccups with his tracks we heard the hit song from his Cheaters Prayer album (2012) “Don't Let Me Cheat on my Girlfriend”. After realizing that the DJ was still struggling with his tracks he easily went acapela singing “Magic” from his upcoming album. Martin has a fantastic voice and I hold him in the same high esteem as top artistes Sanchez and Romaine Virgo; they all have in common the ability to belt out songs with or without background music with a purity of voice that needs no electronic synthesizers or echo machines to enhance the sound. Christopher Martin continued to give us a wonderful set with songs like “Make Love Under The Influence” and a track from STB 55 called “Pirate of the Caribbean.” With all the songs well performed my personal favorite for the evening was“Big Deal.” During his entire time onstage the crowd roared their approval but when he ended his set with the song "Mama" he told the audience to “buss a blank” for their Mama and at that point everyone went wild!



Last but not least Spice took the stage and living up to her stage name, her set was spicy! For longer than I can remember Lady Saw has been the Queen of Dancehall but now that she no longer sings racy commercial music and officially abdicated the throne, Spice was introduced to us by a VP Records representative as the reigning Queen of Dancehall. An entertainer to the core, last night Spice invited ladies in the audience to join her onstage and “Siddung Pon It” to her new song of the same name which naturally they did with great enthusiasm. She later sang her very first hit song made with VYBZ Kartel called “Romping Shop” which also went over well with the audience. I've actually only seen Spice on-stage twice and and now concluding that she is favorably naughty in the same vein as Allison Hinds and Saucy Wow Denise Belfon. Spice also invited men on stage and put them to the challenge of keeping up with her in dance to see what they could do. With lot's of nudging the first man bravely went onstage, gave it his best effort but just couldn’t manage to top the high-energy Spice and, was dismissed. The next gentleman that took the challenge gave his name as “Africa” and while he started out slow when challenged by Spice he stepped up his game making the entire African continent proud – that section was fun! All-in-all Spice gave us a combination of fun music and on-stage antics that together made her set so  HOT I'm looking forward to seeing her again in the future. Until then, see you on the inside of more great events!



Hailing from England with her British accent in tact, Ladie English is a freelance writer covering the NY area Reggae beat and, a new contributing writer to the Catch The Vybz website. She also serves as the Senior Writer for the Red Carpet Shelly blog.


Photographer Winston Rodney is a seasoned fashion photographer and photojournalist. Traveling the world with his camera covering celebrity events, he is the CEO of Winston Rodney Photography.


Edited by G. Vanriel


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Double Double Trouble Man Hits BB King NYC Dec 13, 2016

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Written by UKShasha

Barrington Levy cut his musical teeth at the age of 14 and progressed to recording a string of hits in the 70's through the 90's. Following a lull in his career, he got a much needed boost after being prodigiously sampled in the Hip-Hop and Pop genres. With an envious number of releases (both albums and singles) not to mention ‘unofficial’ outputs of his work, Levy has steadily been recording and making appearances in Europe and at select shows in America.

New York gets another chance to see this stalwart who is now a veteran in the Reggae industry having worked with some of the great producers, musicians and engineers who set the foundation for Reggae; that list includes revered names like Jah Life, Channel One, Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes, Errol “Flabba” Holt, Carlton “Santa” Davis, Prince Jammy, Earl “Chinna” Smith, Bo-Pee Bowen and Gladdy Anderson to name a few.

Coming from the Dancehall heyday and having toured almost non-stop in the 80's and 90's, Barrington Levy is a showman however if you need further proof, check out his 2016 Reggae Sumfest performance – he's an entertainer who knows how to read and please a crowd; the fact that he is still making quality music after 40-years is no mean feat but a testament to his endurance and work ethic. Whether in Jamaica, England or the USA, Barrington Levy has delivered hits that have stood the test of time. In 2015 he released "Acousticalevy" which received a Grammy Award nomination that same year.

On December 13, 2016 Barrington Levy & the Detour Posse with special guest Mighty Mystic will perform in Manhattan at the famed B.B. King Blues Bar & Grill located in an area that some call the center of the arts and entertainment world – Times Square. For tickets check Ticketmaster or the BB King box office. For additional information or table reservations call 212-997 4144.

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THE TAMLINS - Baltimore - Ting-A-Ling - Reasons

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The Tamlins are one of the best harmonizing vocal trio groups to emerge from Jamaica. Electrifying is the word which most adequately describes them. Their sparkling reputation is based on their solid record of noteworthy achievements and a string of golden hits like “Baltimore,” “Ting-A-Ling,” “My Whole World Is Falling Down,” “Reasons,” and “Go Away Dream”.

The Tamlins, consisting of Carlton Smith, Derrick Lara and Junior Moore, started out as a nightclub act in 1970 and by 1972 had won the “Most Outstanding Group” award in Jamaica. This quickly opened other doors and shortly thereafter they signed a recording contract with one of Jamaica’s then top studios, Dynamic Sounds. Out of this came “Thick And Thin,” a ballad that made a good impression locally and drew interest from foreign labels such as Atlantic and Polydor.

The Tamlins developed prominence in 1974 with “Eighteen With A Bullet,” and this paved the way for their first album titled “Black Beauty,” which was released by Dynamic Sounds and State Recording in England. The Tamlins went on to record for the famous Channel One which resulted in a chain of hits -– “Hard To Confess,” “That’s Life,” “Thinking” and “Sweat For You Baby,” and also the group’s second album, “Tamlins Greatest Hits.” In 1979, they released “Ting-A-Ling” on the Hawkeye Label in London. “Ting-A-Ling” became a No. 1 hit on the Black Echoes Chart and also made it to the Top 10 of several other chart.

Inevitably, numerous local artists were clamoring for the sweet harmony of the Tamlins as backing vocals. Willingly, they threw their musical weight behind performances of artists like Delroy Wilson, Pat Kelly, John Holt, Jimmy Cliff and Peter Tosh. They later toured the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, South America and the Eastern Caribbean Islands with Peter Tosh.

Out of the Tosh relationship developed a rapport with the famed ‘rhythm twins’, Sly and Robbie, of Taxi Productions. The Tamlins first single on the Taxi Label was “Star,” to be followed by “Laying Beside You Baby” and then the remake of Nina Simone’s “Baltimore,” which was also released internationally by EMI. “Baltimore” held the No. 1 spot for twelve weeks and, indisputably, it was judged the “Number One Record of the Year” in Jamaica on JBC’s “Top 100” for 1980. The group also won the “Best Group Award” from JBC, Radio Jamaica and the Daily News that same year…..

In 1986, the Tamlins performed on “Dancehall ‘86” at Cinema One with Half Pint, Josey Wales and Culture, among others. They not only got a standing ovation, but this was judged the “Best Performance of 1986” at the annual Rockers Awards Show. They also “tore the house down” at Sunsplash ’86 and the Taxi Connection Shows that same year.

Nineteen eighty-seven saw the Tamlins featured on the Freddie Jackson show at the Oceana Hotel, where they proved themselves in such stellar company, receiving thunderous applause and accolades. That year the Tamlins were nominated in several categories of media awards and won the award for “Best Performers.” In 1988 the Tamlins released their album, “I’ll Be Waiting” on the Live & Learn Label and a second album, “Love Divine” for SKD of Miami. A return engagement with Freddie Jackson was scheduled in 1989, this time at the Wyndham Hotel, and once again they stole the show. During that year they also participated in shows for the Hugo Hurricane Fund and the United Nation’s Benefit Show. The self-produced single, “Hurt So Good,” was also released that year, to critical acclaim.

Tours of Japan in 1987, performances at Madison Square Garden and in Washington, D.C. and the Detroit, Michigan award for “Top Jamaican Group” are some of the highlights and best held memories of this talented trio.

The nineties found the Tamlins celebrating two decades of success in the music industry, with gems still popping up on the charts. They also had a successful tour of Japan with artists such as the I-Threes, Admiral Bailey and Tiger. One of the high points of the Tamlins career was performing in an episode of “Miami Vice,” a popular television show during that decade. They wrote and performed several songs for an episode of the show entitled, “Soul On Ice.” They were the first Jamaican musical group to have been featured on a top-rated television series.

The Tamlins continue performing on stage shows in Jamaica such as the "Rebel Salute" and numerous vintage shows and festivals in Europe and the US. The Tamlins continue to stay in the spotlight and show their longevity. They also continue to put out solid reggae recordings decade after decade.


Ting A Ling

Go Away Dreams

Live Performances ~

Summer Splash 1989

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival 2014

Garance 2013

Reggae Jam 2013



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Nov 16, 2016 REBEL SALUTE LAUNCH in NYC ft. Queen Ifrica (VP Records)

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The Jamaican award-winning singer, songwriter and social activist Queen Ifrica returns with her new studio album Climb in January 2017 on VP Records.  The lyrical crusader calls for global change on the album and rallies comrades like Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley on the opening hip-hop tinged track "Truversation."

She touches on key social issues throughout the album. The soul-tinged reggae track  "I Can't Breathe" rails against ongoing police brutality in America; the ska flavored "Rebellion" name checks uprisings across several continents that have secured rights and improved the lives of many marginalized individuals. This sentiment is reinforced on "Battlefield", which warns "we never yield, its war on the battlefield, if you nah hear you ah go feel." 

She also continues to uplift the younger generation. Queen's beautifully sung lyrics encourage perseverance during hard times on the title track and she reveals two of her greatest motivational sources, her mother and grandmother on "Ask Me Granny."  On "Black Woman" she implores young ladies to know their worth and not be swayed by objectifying trends in popular culture.

 "These songs come to me as I am watching the world; I see myself as a social worker that uses music as my tool because music is the greatest weapon to impact societal change, to help young people to understand themselves more," Ifrica says.


 On November 16, 2016 in NYC, Queen Ifrica will be performing select tracks from the album to give fans a taste of what is to come. The intimate live show will be held directly after the launch party for Jamaica's renowned Rebel Salute music festival at Milk River in Brooklyn, NY.


*Milk River is located at 960 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11238.18 to enter, 21 to drink.

Join members of Live Reggae NYC on for "limited" discount tickets while available.


Queen Ifrica

Swooping in from Montego Bay, Jamaica, Queen Ifrica has taken the reggae scene by storm with hits like "Randy," "Boxers and Stockings,"  "Jus my Brethren," "Below the Waist" and "Daddy" as well as more recent singles like "Love Is Not Blind" and "I Can't Breathe." From her humble beginnings of winning talent contests to joining the Tony Rebel's Flames crew in 1998, she has blossomed into one of the genre's top cultural artists with her roots firmly secured in the Rastafarian faith.  Climb is Ifrica's third full-length album, following Montego Bay (2009, VP Records) and Fyah Muma (2007, Flames Productions). 


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Interview with Beenie Man

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*Credit: Reggaeville Interview by Angus Taylor

Beenie Man releases his first album in a decade, Unstoppable, this week. Comprising 22 tracks, featuring guest collaborations with old friends Akon, Jeremy Harding and Tristan Palmer, as well as former foe Bounty Killer, it's a heady mix of his past, present and future.

Beenie spoke to Angus Taylor on the phone from Kingston, Jamaica. In the spirit of the record, they touched on his early days deejaying as a 5 year old, the hot topic of hip hop’s dues to dancehall, and why he won't be playing Sting any time soon...

How is your health? You had the Zika virus recently. Are you all better now?

Yeah I'm good. 100%. I caught the Zika but I'm good now. That was like two months ago. Three days’ time I was over it. I have a strong immune system. If I catch flu it lasts two days, when for other people, it’s a week.

Did you celebrate Ethiopian New Year?
Yeah man, we do that every year because I am an Ethiopian Orthodox. We celebrated in the African way. We have seven days of drumming, we have a feast, and we have fasting.

How does it feel to get your album Unstoppable out to the people? There were a couple of delays in securing a release date.
This is an album I needed to release for the fans. Seriously, because it has been 10 years now that I haven't had an album out. The problem was I did a song with Akon and it never cleared. The song is called Unstoppable, the title track. But now it is cleared, everything is alright. The whole production. Akon, Bounty Killer, everybody on the album. Putting it all together, it is a great work.

A lot has happened since your last album, Undisputed. We’ve had the download thing, the streaming thing, the whole album format was called into question at one point. Do albums matter?
Yeah, it does matter because… Alright… when your fans want to listen to you, they want to listen to an actual 22 tracks or 12 tracks straight. So this album is a 22 track album, a double CD. It's just what the fans need today. An album is relevant to any artist that is doing music.

Did you find it easy to come up with 22 tracks for an album? 22 tracks is quite a lot.
Yes, very easy because I sang about 60 songs for the album. Every year an artist goes in the studio he will actually make an album you know? An artist is going to make 22 tracks, 30 tracks for the year so at least he has three, four, five singles released that will really shot the place to keep him relevant. Now you will have a bag of hit songs which are not relevant. You have to know what the fans want. This album is what the fans want.

You worked with Akon on the song Girls in 2006. Like you, he has a love of African and Jamaican culture – as heard in his reggae song Mama Africa. What brought you together?
I met Akon in New York when he had just sung Locked Up. I brought him to Jamaica with one song, before the album released. So when he went back to America he started to give me work. Like "This man is trying to do a remix and him need you upon it", "That man needs a remix and he needs you upon it". So he gave me a whole heap of work as my friend. When he first built his company I was the first man he signed. I said "Alright, me ago deal with this". But I am a man who can't deal with companies. Companies try to tell you what to do, when to do it, how to do what - I can't deal with that. Me and Akon are friends but me and companies are not friends like that. So I decided to come back to Jamaica, build a studio, sit down and do my thing.

Your own productions feature a lot on this project - as well as long-time producers like Dave Kelly and Jeremy Harding. Who is in your 357 crew?
is the label, MD entertainment is the company. My partners are Mario Campbell and Rohan Smith which is Blue - my brother. He is the man that manages everything. He is the man that controls the whole entire thing. Most of the productions on the album are produced by us. Cantana and CeeGee are two artists of mine that I signed to my company. So me and them write together.

Tristan Palmer is on the album, singing and producing the song Blue Lights featuring Bounty Killer. How long have you known Tristan Palmer?
I have known Tristan Palmer for 40 years. He is one of my oldest friends. The first time I met Tristan Palmer was at Gemini Soundsystem. The sound played in front of my yard one night. It was Tristan Palmer, Philip Fraser and Carlton Livingston. The three of them met me. And then I met Squiddly Ranking and Johnny Ringo at the same time. That night, when I walked up on the microphone I was like five years old. When I took the mic Johnny Ringo thought I was a kid that came out of the house and couldn't find my mother! So he gave me the mic to call out my mother’s name. And I said "Run the riddim now!" It was totally fun.

What made you leave the house and get on the mic that night?
I just did it! I made up my mind and said "Right, me ago over the dance". The problem was, my mother is Christian and I live in her house. So I had to wait until she dropped asleep and then just climb through the window and go to the dance. So to stop me from getting beaten by my mother Tristan Palmer had to come to my yard and tell her the reason why they needed me around them to do what I do. Because every man just laughed when I held the mic and mashed up the place. After that Tristan Palmer gave me my first number one song. Miss Angela. He is the one that produced the song. Him and Solidarity. He is the first man to give me a number one in my life. And now I have 187 to count.

You mentioned that you left your home to go to the dance at the age of five. You have Sizzla and Agent Sasco on the new record for the song Call The Crew. Sasco told me a similar story about leaving his home at age five and getting on the mic.
Yeah man, that's how it goes. You see, Jamaican artists we started out from kids. We just have to decide our lives and say we are going to do this or do that. I realise now that every artist did the same thing that we did. Do things to please the mother. So the school thing, we have to do that. Go to school and graduate, get the diploma. Just for mum’s sake so that she can be alright. But we as artists we know exactly what we're going to be from when we are five years old. We're not scared. We are Jamaicans. We’re afraid of nothing! (Laughs)

In the same song you mention being “young on Maxfield Avenue”. What did you used to do on Maxfield Avenue, location of the great Channel One studio?
Oh! Maxfield Avenue is my place. That's also how I got to know Tristan Palmer.

That's what I was thinking. He must have spent a lot of time at Channel One.
Yeah man, that is the connection! We’d go and check Tristan Palmer, Early B, Tenor Saw. Maxfield Avenue was my place to go and hang out in the daytime as a youth. I used to live across town so I would leave school, take the 15 bus, come off at Waltham and walk over to Maxfield.

Is that where you met Barrington Levy?
I met Barrington Levy at Jungle, right in the part that Volcano Sound comes from. I knew Barrington Levy from when he was young. He was a man who just looked older when he was young. He still looks the same way. Half Pint, Junior Reid, all of them I knew them from when I was a youth.

When you won the Tastee Talent contest in 1981, which songs did you sing and who did you beat? Nadine Sutherland told me she beat Yellowman in 1979.
I sang my first recordings, Too Fancy and Over The Sea. I beat everybody! It was like Junior Tucker, Nadine Sutherland, Chevelle Franklyn. I got beaten the first time by Yellowman. The first time I entered was me and Yellowman. Yellowman wore yellow shoes, a yellow hat and yellow glasses and sang a song about being yellow and I couldn't beat him. There was nothing I could do! (Laughs) But the next time I went back and I actually won.

As mentioned, Bounty Killer is on the song Blue Lights. Do you two laugh about the old days?
Yeah, of course. We have been in war for what… 22 years? So all we have to do is purely laugh about it because we were never nasty. We have never had a fight. We have never had a fuss more than lyrical fights and lyrical arguments. It is just lyrical confrontation.

Recently there's been confrontation over dancehall artists getting fair credit by hip-hop artists. Some of this focussed on your sample on Controlla by Drake. As somebody who knows the music, what is the exact relationship is between dancehall and hip-hop? Is reggae hip-hop's father? Are dancehall and hip-hop cousins?
Dancehall built hip-hop, man. Without dancehall, so there be no hip-hop, my lord. Some of the biggest hip-hop songs are taking from Jamaican songs. You know that and I know that too. For example, the first man who did hip-hop is Jamaican.

Kool Herc?
DJ Kool Herc
. The man who sang Kung Fu Fighting [Carl Douglas] is Jamaican. Busta Rhymes is Jamaican. Biggie Smalls is Jamaican. So the music is Jamaican influenced 100%.

Jamaica has also been very influenced by America since the 50s.
Yes man, since the 50s for true. The cars and the dressing and the gold chains and the big watches and all those things. Otherwise our music influences hip-hop music. There is no rapper’s house that you can go in right now that doesn't have a Bob Marley picture.

There is a desire, within elements of the industry, to try to copyright Jamaican musical forms. Is that realistic?
Not really. There is no copywriting dancehall. Dancehall music comes from everything else. If they copyrighted dancehall music then you’re copyrighting the next man’s style. Because dancehall music comes from the foundation. It never changes. Everything that we do, the youth that come after us will come and do it back. If you copyrighted dancehall everybody would be broke. Nobody would earn any money! (Laughs)

As someone who has performed at Sting many times, what do you think of Sting’s new international concept?
I am not involved with Sting. I don't have anything to do with Sting. I am done with Sting. I don't think it's any longer a ghetto show because of the price. $3000, $5000 to go in as a VIP. It is no longer a ghetto show. Ghetto people don't have that money. I have nothing to do with Sting. Notice I haven't done Sting for the past 10 years. I don't know anything about Sting or the concept or anything that they are talking about.

You recorded the song Three Against War with Tristan Palmer and Dennis Brown. You also recorded with Dennis’ daughter Marla Brown. What are your memories of Dennis?
Dennis Brown
was my greatest artist I've ever seen in my life. My memory of Dennis Brown is when the big artists busted Jamaica like Shabba Ranks and Ninjaman, Dennis Brown would close the show. When Papa San and Tiger ran the place Dennis Brown would close the show. He is one of our greatest artists, other than Bob Marley. We knew Dennis Brown. Dennis Brown was the nicest man you could ever know.


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King of the Dancehall review – Whoopi Goldberg on hand as Kingston gets giddy

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Article courtesy The Guardian written By: Jordan Hoffman
Photo credit: Maarten de Boer/Getty Images: "Rambunctious ... Nick Cannon, Kreesha Turner, Kimberly Patterson and Louis Gossett"
There’s plenty of flexing, flouncing and thrusting in Nick Cannon’s lighthearted tale of a New Yorker discovering Jamaica’s love for dance.

John Ford shot Monument Valley, Wes Anderson shoots highly stylized interiors and, if Nick Cannon continues to make films like King of the Dancehall, historians will note him for his worshipful appreciation of the female posterior. Shaking, gyrating, flexing and flouncing fundaments are front and centre of Cannon’s giddy Saturday Night Fever-goes-to-Kingston tale. Blessedly, they are in all shapes and sizes, and part of a Jamaican culture that revels in its people proudly displaying whatever junk is packed in their trunk. If you come from a sex-positive background, you’ll find this all to be a hell of a thing.

Cannon, who also wrote and stars in King of the Dancehall, narrates from the point of view of a Yankee foreigner, so his commentary (“all that ass should come with a seat belt!”) is a little coarse compared with the local attitude, but it’s all part of the cultural exchange. And adapting to a new culture is, to a degree, what this lighthearted and agreeable story is all about. Cannon’s Tarzan is a New Yorker just finishing a five year prison sentence. His ill mother (Whoopi Goldberg) has bills up to the wazoo, so Tarzan heads down to his cousin Toaster in Kingston (an almost unrecognisable Busta Rhymes) to work out a low-level drug running scheme.

But this is not a Scarface-like saga. Tarzan just wants enough money to make things right (Mum needs surgery, if you can believe it) but what he really needs is the love of his neighbour Maya (remarkable newcomer Kimberly Patterson). Maya is a Bishop’s daughter and steadfastly chaste, but that doesn’t mean she won’t get rambunctious at the dancehall. The way to her heart is to learn the moves, so Tarzan joins up with a crew of ridiculously buff guys, takes off his shirt and starts getting in rhythm.

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Once is Just Not Enough! Sizzla Returns to NY at B.B. King by Popular Demand!!

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By: Dat Guy NJ

American visa issues for Reggae sensation Sizzla Kalonji that resulted in an eight year absence from the US market recently ended for the fire brand DJ who performed in the area for the Labor Day holiday weekend.  Needless to say, the demand for additional performances by the critically acclaimed artist continues and its just been announced that Sizzla is returning to the area on Friday, October 21, 2016 at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, Manhattan; the venue continues to make excellent strides in presenting high-quality Reggae music events all year round that are suitable for all ages, and at affordable ticket prices.

Fans who may have missed Sizzla's recent NY performance and followers who just can't get enough of his music are strongly advised to purchase their tickets early. This upcoming appearance is expected to be a SOLD OUT event with people from all over the tri-state area scooping up tickets as fast as they are printed. And if you're feeling lucky, stay locked for the announcement of a chance to win a free ticket via our news alliance partners Live Reggae NYC on the Facebook network courtesy of B.B. King NY!


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Doors for Sizzla's performance at B.B. King NY open at 11 PM EST with a showtime of 11:59 PM. At this writing we just don't yet know who the early warm artists will be but no matter, Sizzla will be in the house and you can count on his characteristic high energy performance, outstanding repertoire of cutting edge music backed by fiery lyrics.

Advance tickets will be going for $39.50 and $45 on the day of the show; advanced reserved VIP seating will be made available at $75 per person at the spacious B.B. King as well as a limited number of first come first serve tables carrying a mere $10 food and/or drink minimum for early bird arrivals to the venue.

For additional information and to purchase tickets on-line please visit the B.B. King website via this link.  Get ready to sizzle with Sizzler on October 21st - see you there!


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The Pan African Film Festival is Seeking Submissions

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The Pan African Film Festival is seeking submissions

America’s largest and most prestigious black film and arts festival is currently accepting submissions for films made by or about people of African descent. paff

Held each February in Los Angeles, the Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF) screens films from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, the South Pacific, Europe and Canada. Past favorites include director Jahmil X.T. Qubeka’s “Of Good Report,” which marked the festival’s  opener in 2014 and in 2015, Kunle Afolayan’s “October 1” picked up the Festival Programmers’ Award for Narrative Feature. Competition categories include Best Narrative Short, Best Featurette, Best Documentary Feature, Best Director-First Narrative Feature and Audience Favorite Documentary and Feature. With the exception of Audience Favorites, an independent jury panel made up of industry professionals, judges all films in the official competition. There are a number of programmer’s and special festival awards.

The goal of this festival is to present the broad spectrum of Black creative works, particularly those that reinforce positive images, help to destroy negative stereotypes and depict an expanded vision of the Black experience.

PAFF was founded by Danny GloverAyuko Babu and Emmy Award-winning actress Ja’Net DuBois in 1992.

For submissions visit:

*CatchTheVybe Editors Note:The Festival takes place February 9 - 20, 2017

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Queens Fashion Week 2016 "Where Style Reigns Supreme!"

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On Thursday, September 8 and 10, 2016 the spectacular Queens Fashion Week (QFW) returns to the Jamaica Performance Art Center for another grand production of what has become over the years a signature event on the NY fashion scene.  As their name suggests QFW is a series of colorful events that both highlights and celebrates fashion industry professionals located in and around the borough of Queens, New York City.

In 2016 QFW it kicks off with an exciting networking event called "Come Meet The Designers" onThursday, September 8th that's a free night of fashion, networking and fun open to the public! You'll have a chance to meet the designers, models, makeup artists, hair stylists and others taking part in the production. Organizers suggest that you bring your business cards and info to share as you enjoy music and light refreshments. Doors open from 7PM - 9PM.

Next on Saturday, September 10th QFW continues its celebration of all that's fashion-forward in the borough of Queens with their signature "Red Carpet Runway Show" featuring the newest designer trends worn by stunning models. You'll also have an opportunity to experience their 'Queens Lifestyle Pop Up Shop' where you can purchase one-of-kind designer-made jewelry, clothing, bath and body products and much more.

Both presentations that make up QFW 2016 take place at the Jamaican Arts Center located at153-10 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432.
Remember, on September 8th admission is free and open to the public with donations in any amount accepted. On September 10 General Admission for the Red Carpet  presentation is $30. VIP admission is available for $50 and includes a catered private reception, front row seating and a chic goodie bag!
Tickets may be purchased in person at JAMAICA BREEZE located at 232-02 Merrick Blvd in Laurelton, NY 11413 , at their Meet The Designers gathering "or" at door on the day of the event. For additional information and tickets write to If you'd like to stay in contact all year round join the "official" QFW on Facebook.
You definitely owe it to yourself to come see why Queens Fashion Week is the 'Jewel In The Crown Of New York City!'
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NEW DATE October 23rd! Reminisce Reggae Sunday ft. Robin Andre & The Reggae Rockers

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Doors 3PM to 7PM / Showtime 4PM

Not to be missed the return of Reminisce Reggae Sunday tribute show ft. Robin Andre and The Reggae Rockers performing LIVE the music of: Bob Marley and the Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, Steele Pulse, Luciano, Berres Hammond, Shaggy, UB40, Adele and Cold Play.

Delicious Homemade Jamaican Patties, Specialty Drinks and more available on site.

Admission $10 in advance/ $12 at the gate: For additional information and tickets visit TicketWeb now!

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By: Dat Guy NJ

In Queens, New York on Labor Day Sunday,September 4, 2016 Irie Jam Radio celebrates their 23rd Anniversary with "The Return Of Sizzla" at Roy Wilkins Park making tickets for the event one of hottest in town.  Following an eight year absence from the NY scene you may have heard that Sizzla recently had his US visa re-instated; his performance at the anniversary celebration is the very first NY area appearance of this highly celebrated Roots and Culture Reggae artist which has the streets buzzing with fans anxiously awaiting this momentous occasion.

Irie Jam Radio well-known as producers of top notch events is pulling no punches and bringing their fans an incredible lineup of popular artists that in addition to Sizzla includes top celebrity artists Richie Spice, Bugle, Elephant Man, Anthony B, Mr Vegas, I-Wayne and newcomer Jahmiel.


Attendance at the Festival is suitable for all ages and I highly suggest that you purchase your tickets quickly to take advantage of the great $49.99 discount price (while it lasts). I also stongly suggest that you only make your ticket purchases from "official" outlets or by using your credit/debit card securely online via the website.


IrieJam's September 4th staging of the Return of Sizzla promises to be an historical event that you absolutely won't want to miss. Gates open at 11:30AM so arrive early to ensure that you get a great spot for what promises to be an excellent show not to mention an afternoon of delicious Caribbean food and specialty drinks from the many vendors who are sure to be on hand.

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Febuary 12 2015

1 Amid The Noise And Haste SOJA

2 Monk Monte Machel Montano

3  Fly Rasta Ziggy Marley

4 Count Me In Rebelution

5 Music Unites Vol. 4: Reggae Around The World Various Artists

6 Alter Ego Lady Saw

7 Hawai'i 13 The Green

8 Kingston City New Kingston

9 Strictly The Best, Volume 50 Various Artists

10 Soul Riot The Lions