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In anticipation of the full slate of activities that will abound in 2012 as Jamaicans in the Diaspora celebrate our nation's 50th anniversary since independence, Dave Rodney, Media Marketer of IMAGES Media LLC said his company will re-brand the company's syndicated radio series - The NYC E-Report - which is currently heard on stations in Ontario, Canada, South Florida and New Jersey with a new name for 2012.

The series will also be picked up in markets that are not currently served. "2012 will be an extremely important year for Jamaicans in the Diaspora as we focus on the achievements of our people and country" Rodney said.

Reggae rising star Romaine Virgo, who made international headlines last year when he became the first ever reggae artist to perform on one of country music's most revered stages - the Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tennessee - is again in the spotlight, this time for securing a whopping 4 nominations for the 2011 Linkage Awards.

Other multiple nominees include Mavado who grabbed 3 nominations and I-Octane, Kiprich, Tony Matterhorn and Khago who nabbed two nominations each. The Linkage Awards will be staged on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at the Macedonia Center in Mt. Vernon, New York.

richie-stephensVeteran 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 Café 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.