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Across the Caribbean Diaspora, Jamaican promoter Walter Elmore's Art of Music Productions (AMP) successful bid to attract mega star Celine Dion to the 2012 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival is being viewed as a boost for the festival and for the region.

Two years ago when the organization began its efforts to entice the musical icon to the festival, they had no idea how they could pull it off. "But I'm a firm believer that if you have an idea, you work at it. If you don't try you'll never succeed," says Elmore, AMP's chairman.

Kingston: After occupying the pole position on various reggae charts in Jamaica and stateside for much of summer 2011, the music video for Laza Morgan's hit single "One By One" featuring Mavado is finally completed and is be shipped to music channels in the USA, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa. The world premier of the video will take place in Jamaica this week.

Laza has been extremely busy on the road doing spot dates across the USA and recording new material. Following on the heels of 'One By One,' Laza has a soon to released single titled 'Gimme Little' that will hit the airwaves in 2012. I got a sneak preview of the song and I happy to report that it is blazing hot!

nicki20minajFemale stars Rihanna of Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago’s Nicky Minaj lead the Caribbean’s bid for 2012 Grammy awards with seven nominations between them in what are often referred to as the main categories.

Minaj was nominated for “Best New Artist”, where she will compete against The Band Perry, Bon Iver, J. Cole and Skrillex. She is also in line to win “Best Rap Performance” for “Moment 4 Life” with Drake.

celine-dionCeline Dion will headline next month’s three-day Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival. Art of Music Productions (AMP), the new producers of the annual event, last month announced that the Canadian-born singer will be the closing act at the festival, scheduled for Jan. 26-28 at The Greenfield Stadium, Trelawny.

“Bringing an act the magnitude of a Celine Dion is something I have dreamt since the day I started the jazz festival 16 years ago,” said Walter Elmore, the festival’s chairman.

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