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Jimmy CliffThe Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County proudly presents JIMMY CLIFF, the legendary reggae icon, music pioneer, Grammy Award winner, and recent inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For one night only, on October 15 at 8 p.m., the heartbeat of Jamaica will resound in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall, as theRivers of Babylon run through South Florida, celebrating the Wonderful World, Beautiful People of Miami!
In celebration of Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence, Sirius Satellite radio Program Director/ radio host Pat McKay and Indy label executive, artiste manager, record producer Robert Livingston - the man credited with pioneering the careers of platinum selling reggae artiste Shaggy, Rayvon and Super Cat - will each receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, for their outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry at New York's signature Caribbean fashion event -- Irie Fashion Rave. McKay and Livingston will join Fashion Mogul Kingsley Cooper who was honored at last year's event. Bobby Clarke, CEO of Irie Jam Radio and co-producer of Irie Fashion Rave, who made the announcement said, "Robert is a true ambassador of Jamaica and one of the most successful artiste managers in the history of our music. One only has to look at the accomplishments of Shaggy, Super Cat, Maxi Priest, Gregory Issacs, Rayvon and Chris Martin to understand the impact he has had on the reggae industry. His impact spans management, production, writing/publishing, groom artists, per-production, A&R, tours, rehearsals, marketing and promotions" Clarke said.
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 – 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. Follow Defranco on twitter for updates @RealDefranco & @reggaerelease. About Reggae Release Digital Distribution service dedicated to getting your music heard by DJ's, A&R's, Magazine's across the whole World like Europe, Asia, Japan, Australia and USA. Our job is to help you get your music out there. Media Contact: info @reggaerelease.com or www.reggaerelease.com Buy Onilne: http://itunes.apple.com/album/id521520922
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 – 5am, EST , featuring Jamaican radio personality, Brother Gary and a host of other Caribbean professionals.
Miami – 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.
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