Queens, NY, March 26, 2012 - Come Sunday July 22, 2012 New Yorkers will once again get their fill of the best in Caribbean jerk cuisine, music and cultural expressions with the second staging of the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival - New York. The one-day family-friendly food festival will bring together professional chefs, eager taste-testers, reggae and soca music lovers, dance aficionados, and cultural enthusiasts in the most anticipated event of the year at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens.
Miami ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Almost 50,000 people from all over the world attended what is being called "the BEST Jazz in the Gardens yet", on March 17th & 18th, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. The lucky 7th year enjoyed its highest attendance levels ever; perfect mild and sunny weekend weather; exotic foods including the festival favorite "Reed's Conch Salad"; and magical performances by A-list national artists Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Patti LaBelle, KEM, Ledisi, Kenny G, Doug E Fresh, Kevin Eubanks, Ramsey Lewis and Nicole Henry and celebrity sightings of singer/actress Queen Latifah, Minister Louis Farrakhan Muhammad, Sr., comedian Robert Townsend and actor Glenn Turman.
Brooklyn, NY: March 31 st - Almost 8 years after WLIB-AM dropped the Caribbean format, March 2004, in favor of a national progressive talk network (Air America) and subsequently to Gospel, the station is signaling a return to its Caribbean roots.
Starting Monday, April 1 st , WLIB-AM, (1190), will air 5 hours of Caribbean programming, "Gospel Reggae AM", 12Mid ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ 5am, EST , featuring Jamaican radio personality, Brother Gary and a host of other Caribbean professionals.
International Recording Artist "Defranco" releases new four (4) track EP titled "Journey" which showcases the range and diversity of the Jamaica-born musician who is best known for his stirring, conscience-raising ode "Got to Change."
KINGSTON, JA ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ April 23, 2012 - "Defranco - Journey," the new four (4) track EP from international recording artist Defranco, showcases the range and diversity of the Jamaica-born singer/songwriter/musician who is best known for his stirring, conscience-raising ode "Got to Change."
"Defranco - Journey" is a smooth mixture of soul and reggae laid over authentic reggae instrumentals. Defranco says these songs have special meaning to him as they detail various points in his life. "Got to change", it is a very personal song to me. I wrote it about someone I knew who was making bad decisions affecting their life and the lives of the people around that cared most. This is a song of warning and encouragement, a song that inspires life changes and positivity.
Released by Reggae Release, "Defranco - Journey," the album was written by Dwayne "Defranco" Francis and produced by Dean Fraser- Canon Productions, Romel Marshall - Marshal Arts Records, Andre Barnes & Dwayne Morris for Cahban Rekords and Leebert "Gibby" Morrison for Gibby Music. The album is a collection of songs whose themes range from the socially conscious, to personal insights, pain and love, to simply partying and having a bit of fun.
Two songs off the album "Got to change" and "Give what you want" has been getting heavy rotations on various radio stations throughout North America, Europe and the Caribbean. The songs has been featured on Kiss100 Fm & Choice Fm in the UK, The Joint - Sirius XM satellite radio, currently #7 on Toronto CHRY 105.5 FM reggae chart and # 2 on Reggae France top 10 songs.
Presenter "Mikey Biggs" of Tellstream Radio based in Birmingham, UK stated, "This has to be one of the best vocalist I have heard in a long time, reviving conscious and beautiful reggae music. His music reminds me of the legends and profound reggae artists, the likes of Dennis Brown, Garnet Silk, Micheal Rose and Richie Spice to name a few".
"Defranco - Journey" delivers authentic conscious and well composed reggae music. Says Defranco, "I am excited about sharing these song with my audience. Life is a journey and on that journey we experience all the emotions that comes with being alive; the essence of being human".
"Defranco - Journey" EP is available in 60 major digtial outlets worldwide, including iTunes, eMusic, Amazon, Spotify, Deezer etc. Mobile networks: T-Mobile, Virgin, Vodafone and Claro. Specialized Distributors: Satellite & Puretracks.
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