Veteran reggae hit maker and "Pot Of Gold" label head Richie Stephens will be honored with a "Lifetime Achievement Award at the third annual Linkage Awards slated to take place on Sunday, March 11 at the Macedonia Center in Mt. Vernon, NY.
The announcement comes less than a month after he was presented with an 'Achievement Award' at the 16th annual Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival in Trelawny for his twenty seven year contribution to the reggae industry.
It is February and the "Worlaz" kicked of their 2012 year-long world tour in Hawaii with four unique performances. Though no strangers to the island, fans have been earnestly waiting for their visit and to see the band perform singles from their current album Patriots. The island was abuzz the minute their arrival was announced and in typically fashion, band members took to the airwaves to promote the shows and greet fans.
Prior to their performances, the band attended a meet and greet held in their honor at Tropics CafÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â© in Honolulu. Fans gathered at the venue to take photos with the band and musicians showed up to have their instruments signed. The apparent admiration and respect for a band now celebrating 39 years was overwhelming at times but the group remained humbled and spoke to everyone present. Band members Maurice Gregory (Keyboard) and Tony "Ruption" Williams (Drummer) joined local favorite Mike Love on stage for an impromptu jam session.
SoBe Institute of the Arts presents the World Premiere of Carson Kievman's HAMLET Soundtheater/Opera in the Little Stage Theater on Miami Beach. This provocative, sophisticated, and radically re-imagined musical setting of Shakespeare's masterpiece was the final commission by legendary producer Joseph Papp ("A Chorus Line," "Hair," etc.) for the New York Shakespeare Festival / Public Theater.
Due to Papp's tragic passing soon after the work was completed, HAMLET remained unperformed, until now. "I worked on HAMLET Soundtheater/Opera with Papp for four years, and his intention was to produce it at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park," Kievman remembers. The loss of Papp affected the composer deeply.
Established as a major fund raising event for the school in Jamaica as well as local charities, the Dinthill "Spring Ball" has consistently received strong community support and has always delivered first-class entertainment as well as prominent speakers who inspire and entertain patrons. This year is no different as Oliver Samuels, the King of Caribbean Comedy, will be hosting the event and is sure to have everyone laughing with his rib-tickling comedy.