Blondie famously covered the singer’s “The Tide Is High,” but the Jamaican icon also leaves behind more than 40 albums of reggae, rocksteady and ska.
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John Holt, one of Jamaica’s most well-loved vocalists, died early Sunday morning in London at the age of 67. His death was confirmed by his manager Copeland Forbes via the Jamaica Observer. Holt, who was initially known for his career with the Paragons in the rocksteady era of the 1960s, had 40 albums under his belt alongside his reputation for strong live performances.
As a pre-teen, Holt was tremendously successful at local talent competitions in his native Kingston, quickly drawing the attention of equally legendary Jamaican singer and songwriter Bob Andy. Andy had begun performing as a duo with Tyrone Evans just after independence in 1962. Deciding that the field was flooded with strong twosomes, Andy and Evans decided to reach out to some potential singers, including Holt, that would eventually become The Paragons. Holt’s voice was “a velveted tone like Nat King Cole,” Andy tells Rolling Stone, and was just the thing for the mimicking of American and English hits popular in Jamaica at the time. “We became a national household name without having a recording,” recalls Andy. With songs including the Holt-penned “Ali Baba,” “Wear You to the Ball” and “I See Your Face,” the Paragons rose to fame, becoming one of the top groups in Jamaican music. Also recording on his own with the legendary producers of the time, Coxsone Dodd and Duke Reid, Holt had numerous hits throughout the 1960s. In 1967, however, the Paragons released the Holt-written “The Tide is High.” The B-side tune was popular in Jamaica, but ended up both a UK and US number one in 1980 after Blondie covered the song for their fifth album Autoamerican.
Truly the voice of the Paragons, Holt continued his fame after leaving the group in 1970. His 1973 album Stick by Me was a hit, as well as his series of unique covers of well-known pop songs, 1,000 Volts of Holt. Holt demonstrated talent for roots reggae in the 1980s, making “Police in Helicopter” a 1983 hit while continuing to steadily tour. He was also the first Jamaican artist, alongside fellow singer Freddy McGregor, to perform with London’s Royal Symphony Orchestra. More than anything, Holt will be remembered for his unmistakable tone. “He was a balladeer singing popular, uptempo music,” Andy says. “He had such a naturally good voice that he didn’t need to push the envelope. He has the most unique balladeer voice in Jamaican music. Across the board, he was the voice of our era.”
October 20, 2014

Blondie famously covered the singer’s “The Tide Is High,” but the Jamaican icon also leaves behind more than 40 albums of reggae, rocksteady and ska.

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John Holt, one of Jamaica’s most well-loved vocalists, died early Sunday morning in London at the age of 67. His death was confirmed by his manager Copeland Forbes via the Jamaica Observer. Holt, who was initially known for his career with the Paragons in the rocksteady era of the 1960s, had 40 albums under his belt alongside his reputation for strong live performances.

As a pre-teen, Holt was tremendously successful at local talent competitions in his native Kingston, quickly drawing the attention of equally legendary Jamaican singer and songwriter Bob Andy. Andy had begun performing as a duo with Tyrone Evans just after independence in 1962. Deciding that the field was flooded with strong twosomes, Andy and Evans decided to reach out to some potential singers, including Holt, that would eventually become The Paragons. Holt’s voice was “a velveted tone like Nat King Cole,” Andy tells Rolling Stone, and was just the thing for the mimicking of American and English hits popular in Jamaica at the time. “We became a national household name without having a recording,” recalls Andy. With songs including the Holt-penned “Ali Baba,” “Wear You to the Ball” and “I See Your Face,” the Paragons rose to fame, becoming one of the top groups in Jamaican music. Also recording on his own with the legendary producers of the time, Coxsone Dodd and Duke Reid, Holt had numerous hits throughout the 1960s. In 1967, however, the Paragons released the Holt-written “The Tide is High.” The B-side tune was popular in Jamaica, but ended up both a UK and US number one in 1980 after Blondie covered the song for their fifth album Autoamerican.

Truly the voice of the Paragons, Holt continued his fame after leaving the group in 1970. His 1973 album Stick by Me was a hit, as well as his series of unique covers of well-known pop songs, 1,000 Volts of Holt. Holt demonstrated talent for roots reggae in the 1980s, making “Police in Helicopter” a 1983 hit while continuing to steadily tour. He was also the first Jamaican artist, alongside fellow singer Freddy McGregor, to perform with London’s Royal Symphony Orchestra. More than anything, Holt will be remembered for his unmistakable tone. “He was a balladeer singing popular, uptempo music,” Andy says. “He had such a naturally good voice that he didn’t need to push the envelope. He has the most unique balladeer voice in Jamaican music. Across the board, he was the voice of our era.”

Fashion icon Oscar de la Renta dies

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Legendary fashion designer Oscar de La Renta has died, US media is reporting.
A report on ABC News said that a family member released the information. De La Renta, who was born in the Dominican Republic, was 82. 
De La Renta, who most recently designed Amal Clooney’s wedding dress, was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 the ABC News report a short while ago said.
October 20, 2014

Fashion icon Oscar de la Renta dies

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Legendary fashion designer Oscar de La Renta has died, US media is reporting.

A report on ABC News said that a family member released the information. De La Renta, who was born in the Dominican Republic, was 82. 

De La Renta, who most recently designed Amal Clooney’s wedding dress, was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 the ABC News report a short while ago said.

West Indies’ withdrawal from India tour over pay dispute threatens future of cricket in Caribbean
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THE latest impasse between players and officials in West Indian cricket has far-reaching repercussions that threaten the very future of the sport in the Caribbean, Fox Sports reports.
The West Indian players’ decision last Friday to pull out of their tour of India with a one-day international, a Twenty20 match and three Tests still to play because of a pay dispute with their board shocked the cricketing world but highlighted the diminishing power of a once great region.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) immediately replaced the abandoned matches with five ODIs against Sri Lanka next month, but still stands to lose more than $A54.10 million in revenue.
The BCCI is likely….[Full article HERE]
October 19, 2014

West Indies’ withdrawal from India tour over pay dispute threatens future of cricket in Caribbean

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THE latest impasse between players and officials in West Indian cricket has far-reaching repercussions that threaten the very future of the sport in the Caribbean, Fox Sports reports.

The West Indian players’ decision last Friday to pull out of their tour of India with a one-day international, a Twenty20 match and three Tests still to play because of a pay dispute with their board shocked the cricketing world but highlighted the diminishing power of a once great region.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) immediately replaced the abandoned matches with five ODIs against Sri Lanka next month, but still stands to lose more than $A54.10 million in revenue.

The BCCI is likely….[Full article HERE]

October 17, 2014

When Rodigan Met Bunny

Mysterious Hemorrhagic Fever Syndrome in Venezuela’s Caribbean Coast

Medical reports and autopsy data are being gathered by members of the Medical Association of Aragua state, central north Venezuela, where nine people have died in the last few days reportedly from a hemorrhagic fever syndrome. Another person died in Caracas on Sunday from the same condition.
To date, doctors do not know whether the disease is ………[Full Article HERE]
October 16, 2014

Mysterious Hemorrhagic Fever Syndrome in Venezuela’s Caribbean Coast

Medical reports and autopsy data are being gathered by members of the Medical Association of Aragua state, central north Venezuela, where nine people have died in the last few days reportedly from a hemorrhagic fever syndrome. Another person died in Caracas on Sunday from the same condition.

To date, doctors do not know whether the disease is ………[Full Article HERE]

October 4, 2014

NEW JAMAICAN MOVIE

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Finally! not a gangster or crime/music film from Jamaica. DESTINY directed by Jeremy Whittaker is a tale of love, family and music (in small amounts). Set for release in Jamaica on October 15th! SPREAD THE WORD and support (not download) the Jamaican film institution has some catching up to do.

Starring singers Christopher Martin and Karian Sang and Kadeem Wilson. Making cameo appearances in Destiny are Spice, Cathy Levy, Ity (of comedy duo Ity and Fancy Cat), veteran actor Munair Zacca and Kevoy Burton.

 

Launched: “Carnival—Trinidad and Tobago Style—The Blueprint (Draft)”
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Trinidad and Tobago has officially launched the draft model of its “blueprint” of Carnival for use by other countries. (I would love to get my hands on one of these!) The 47-page glossy publication, titled Carnival—Trinidad and Tobago Style—The Blueprint (Draft), was presented to the public yesterday by the ministry of arts and multiculturalism in Port of Spain.
Line minister Dr. Lincoln Douglas, however, noted that the ministry remains mindful that it does not give too much and risk promoting inaction. Douglas in a brief address to the gathering of stakeholders, noted his concern, “I give you a charge, to all those involved in the cultural industry, we have to be careful that while we are providing useful information, we are not at the same time promoting inaction”.
[…] The information gathered for the draft was put together through research and a final report conducted through the ministry, including field work and consultations with both the stakeholders in the industry as well as spectators…..[Full article HERE]
October 4, 2014

Launched: “Carnival—Trinidad and Tobago Style—The Blueprint (Draft)”

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Trinidad and Tobago has officially launched the draft model of its “blueprint” of Carnival for use by other countries. (I would love to get my hands on one of these!) The 47-page glossy publication, titled Carnival—Trinidad and Tobago Style—The Blueprint (Draft), was presented to the public yesterday by the ministry of arts and multiculturalism in Port of Spain.

Line minister Dr. Lincoln Douglas, however, noted that the ministry remains mindful that it does not give too much and risk promoting inaction. Douglas in a brief address to the gathering of stakeholders, noted his concern, “I give you a charge, to all those involved in the cultural industry, we have to be careful that while we are providing useful information, we are not at the same time promoting inaction”.

[…] The information gathered for the draft was put together through research and a final report conducted through the ministry, including field work and consultations with both the stakeholders in the industry as well as spectators…..[Full article HERE]

Advertisement starring Usain Bolt gets banned
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September 20, 2014

Advertisement starring Usain Bolt gets banned

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Do Jamaican Young women love the Beating?
September 17, 2014

When you loose your weed, and they know where it is!!! That 2-0 feeling

JAMAICA ALERT

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After coming back from Jamaica this story was dominating the news feeds. I even got a health warning card at the airport on arrival…
September 15, 2014

JAMAICA ALERT

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After coming back from Jamaica this story was dominating the news feeds. I even got a health warning card at the airport on arrival…

Cuba joins Ebola battle as virus spreads faster than capacity to manage it
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September 10, 2014

HAPPY 2007 ETHIOPIA

Famed US Hindu palm reader killed on vacation in Trinidad