The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honorable Olivia Grange, has announced the opening of entries online for Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) competitions.
Plantation, Florida - Heralding the new year with a bold step into the world of fine art, Island SPACE Caribbean Museum will kick off its 2022 calendar with a one-man show by world-renown fine artist Joel Gresham. Joel Gresham: Life as a Canvas will run from January 15th through March 13th, with an opening reception on January 15th from 6 to 9p.m. The collection of Gresham’s work spans the decades of his 42-year career.
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad (ET-CET-ERA The Company) - There was no major strategy in that which unfolds in the world of Soca on this day, Boxing Day. The only goal had been to help the people. Trinidad and Tobago, the home of the carnival festival the world anticipates annually, is under duress. Halted by a pandemic that has all but totally crippled the entertainment industry, Carnival 2022’s true status is still unknown, but in true Trinbagonian style, a major player in the world of Soca says the rebellion will not be stifled. ‘Look Trouble Again!’
Tarrytown, New York - Jamaican jazz veteran Monty Alexander, recognized as the fifth greatest jazz pianist ever in The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time (Hal Leonard Publishing) was on Thanksgiving Friday bestowed with a US Proclamation from Westchester County (NY) Executive George Latimer. The presentation took place at the Westchester Music Experience (WME) concert at the Tarrytown Music Hall where Alexander was the headline performer. Mayor of Tarrytown, Thomas Butler Jr made the presentation.
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad -Rhonda Knights is the undisputed female HipHop queen of Trinidad and Tobago and this incontestable fact facilitated her rise to acclaim in the 90’s in Trinidad and Tobago, but she’s far from done. As fierce as she’s ever been, Sistaron, as she’s popularly known, now delivers another hit single, this time with melody that’s intrinsically Soca.
Kingston, Jamaica - Minister Marion Hall (formerly Lady Saw) is in a reflective mode with her newest single, “If I Was Famous.” The self-produced track, which dropped December 17, 2021 on Zojak World Wide, paints a stark contrast between her present life as an ordained minister and her past career as a Dancehall artiste.
JAMAICA - Spotify today announced that its self-serve ad channel, Spotify Ad Studio, is now live in Jamaica following its entry into the market in February earlier this year. As digital audio consumption continues to grow worldwide, including in Jamaica, Spotify is making it easier for advertisers to connect with the platform’s engaged global audience and understand the impact of their campaign.
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad (ET-CET-ERA The Company) - Some artist's must work hard to perfect it, while others possess the package and merely take their place among the greats. For US based, Trinidad and Tobago born artist, Rane Blackman, artistry comes naturally and skill has been honed consistently. Now on active duty with the US Navy, the Maloney raised entertainer is more driven than she’s ever been and as 2022 stands on the horizon, Rane releases ‘Dutty’, a soca track that she believes will be the career launcher she’s been anticipating.
New York, NY - Love and togetherness have been the theme at the heart of Lover’s Rock since the genre’s inception. International recording artist Tarrus Riley is set to release his single “Love Salute”. A contemporary take on Roots Reggae, with an infectious yet familiar baseline. Appealing to younger audiences and traditional Reggae fans, “Love Salute” is a heart-warming track with a powerful meaning.