PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad â€“ Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar has said that international soca star Machel Montano will have to â€œpayâ€ for breaking the law after he was convicted last month of five criminal offenses.
â€œI am very sorry for what has happened,â€ said Persad Bissessar. â€œI think he is a great musical icon. We all agree on that. We are very proud of his talent, but when you break the law, you have to pay for it.â€
The work of the late, but highly acclaimed Cuban American artist AgustÃn FernÃ¡ndez will be on display in the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International Museum this month and next.
FernÃ¡ndez, who ranks among surrealismâ€™s most discerning interpreters and is considered one of the masters of modern Cuban art, died in 2006. This exhibition, done in collaboration with the Snite Museum of the University of Notre Dame, presents drawings from the late 1960s to the 1990s that provide an overview of FernÃ¡ndezâ€™s most recognizable imagery.
For players in dancehall/reggae industry, 2012 is a year will want to forget in a hurry, as far as sales go.
Figures from the American sales tracking company SoundScan show dismal returns from some of the big names in Jamaican music.
While singjay Popcaan had a minor hit in the United States with â€œOnly Manâ€, no album by an artiste out of Jamaica had any significant impact in the U.S.
According to SoundScan statistics, as of Dec. 9, Sean Paulâ€™s â€œTomahawk Techniqueâ€ had sold 3,979 copies. The album was released in the U.S. in September by VP/Atlantic Records. It fared better in the European market.
â€œReggae Music Againâ€ by Busy Signal showed sales of 4,548, while Konshensâ€™s â€œMental Maintenanceâ€ had sold 1,263 copies. Romain Virgo, another of the much-touted young reggae acts, also did badly. His â€œThe Systemâ€ had sold 1,490 copies.
NEW YORK â€“ Barbadian star Rihanna is among the Caribbean nominees for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.
Rihannaâ€™s â€œWhere Have You Beenâ€ was nominated in the Best Pop Solo Performance category, while her â€œTalk That Talkâ€ was nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
Jimmy Cliffâ€™s â€œRebirthâ€, Sean Paulâ€™s â€œTomahawkâ€, The Original Wailersâ€™ â€œMiracleâ€ and Sly & Robbie & The Jam Mastersâ€™ â€œNew Legend â€“ Jamaica 50th Editionâ€, represented a Jamaican domination of the nomination for Best Reggae Album.