BBC Radio 1Xtra - Robbo meets Alkaline
April 11, 2014

BBC Radio 1Xtra - Robbo meets Alkaline

March 24, 2014

Wizkid does Bob Marley….Destination Africa Live Lounges….

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British Freerunners Take on Jamaican Sprinter Yohan Blake
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Britain’s best freerunners have flipped and dived their way aroundJamaica and even taken on sprinter Yohan Blake in a special film (Dream Runners) created to celebrate Thomson Cruises’ new sailings from the Caribbean island. Here are excerpts; to read complete article and view film, see link below.
The world’s second-fastest sprinter may outrun 3RUN - the British group who have worked on Hollywood blockbusters like Casino Royale and World War Z - but the team certainly get their revenge as they flip over the Jamaican as he sets off from the starting blocks.
The stunt professionals met the sprinter while filming a freerunning video to showcase the best of Jamaica and even managed to convince him to strike his famous pose for the cameras.
The film sees the group - who are currently working on the latest Avengers film - taking in the island’s most famous sights, but not in the traditional way.
They scale Dunn’s River Falls, flip over market stalls in Ocho Rios and dive from the cliffs in Negril, before vaulting onto jet skis to chase Thomson Dream and scale its sides, James Bond style.
The video is a follow-up to one they created last year to mark the multi-million pound makeover of Thomson Dream. It was the first time freerunning took to the high seas.
This year the action movie - titled Dream Runners - celebrates Thomson’s presence in the Caribbean for the 2014/15 season, sailing from Jamaica to destinations including Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba, Honduras, Belize and Mexico.
Speaking at the launch of the video, freerunner Sam Parham told TravelMail that working with Blake was one of the highlights of the trip. ‘Yohan was the coolest guy, it felt like he was just one of our mates, now we talk on Twitter.’
Having never been to Jamaica before, the 3RUN team managed to squeeze the best of the island into 10 days’ filming to create the two-minute video……HERE
March 22, 2014

British Freerunners Take on Jamaican Sprinter Yohan Blake

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Britain’s best freerunners have flipped and dived their way aroundJamaica and even taken on sprinter Yohan Blake in a special film (Dream Runners) created to celebrate Thomson Cruises’ new sailings from the Caribbean island. Here are excerpts; to read complete article and view film, see link below.

The world’s second-fastest sprinter may outrun 3RUN - the British group who have worked on Hollywood blockbusters like Casino Royale and World War Z - but the team certainly get their revenge as they flip over the Jamaican as he sets off from the starting blocks.

The stunt professionals met the sprinter while filming a freerunning video to showcase the best of Jamaica and even managed to convince him to strike his famous pose for the cameras.

The film sees the group - who are currently working on the latest Avengers film - taking in the island’s most famous sights, but not in the traditional way.

They scale Dunn’s River Falls, flip over market stalls in Ocho Rios and dive from the cliffs in Negril, before vaulting onto jet skis to chase Thomson Dream and scale its sides, James Bond style.

The video is a follow-up to one they created last year to mark the multi-million pound makeover of Thomson Dream. It was the first time freerunning took to the high seas.

This year the action movie - titled Dream Runners - celebrates Thomson’s presence in the Caribbean for the 2014/15 season, sailing from Jamaica to destinations including Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba, Honduras, Belize and Mexico.

Speaking at the launch of the video, freerunner Sam Parham told TravelMail that working with Blake was one of the highlights of the trip. ‘Yohan was the coolest guy, it felt like he was just one of our mates, now we talk on Twitter.’

Having never been to Jamaica before, the 3RUN team managed to squeeze the best of the island into 10 days’ filming to create the two-minute video……HERE

Jamaica Pop Up

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Hurry before this pop up store closes. Brixton London
March 5, 2014

Jamaica Pop Up

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Hurry before this pop up store closes. Brixton London

  STUDIO ONE meets TREASURE ISLE

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·  EASTER REGGAE SHOWCASE
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·  O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON
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·  SAT 19th APRIL’14
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·  Studio One is one of Jamaica’s most renowned record labels and recording studios, having been described as the Motown of Jamaica. The record label was involved with most of the major music movements in Jamaica during the 1960s and 1970s including ska, rocksteady, reggae and dancehall and has been described as the most important label in the history of reggae, the list of artistes who have recorded at Studio One is literally a who’s who of Jamaican music. Synonymous with Studio One is Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd legendary producer and the founder of the label. Coxsone’s main competitor was Duke Reid, The Trojan. Duke Reid was a friend of Coxsone’s parents and the two’s friendly rivalry would continue up until the 1970’s with both men running their own labels as well as the sound system’s on which they both first made their names.


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·  Treasure Isle owner and producer -  Arthur “Duke” Reid was born in Portland, Jamaica. After serving ten years as a Jamaican police officer, Reid left the force to help his wife Lucille run the family business, The Treasure Isle Grocery and Liquor Store .He dominated the Jamaican music scene of the 1960s, specialising in ska and rock-steady, though his love of American jazz, blues and soul was always in evidence. Reid had several things going for him that helped him to rise to prominence. He made a concerted effort to be in the studio as much as possible, something his counterparts did not do. He was known as a perfectionist and had a knack for adding symphonic sounds to his recordings and producing dense arrangements. Furthermore, his records were considerably longer than those being produced by his rivals. His tunes often broke the four-minute barrier, while most ska songs were barely longer than two minutes. The material that Treasure Island issued exemplified the cool and elegant feel of the rocksteady era.


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·  This iconic show features- a stellar lineup of reggae artistes who became major international stars through these historic labels -


·  BOB ANDY, KEN BOOTHE, LEROY SIBBLES, JOHNNY OSBOURNE, PAT KELLY, DADDY U-ROY, DENNIS ALCAPONE, CHRISTOPHER ELLIS (singing the songs of his Father Alton).


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·  Tickets : £37 standing - £40 seated VIP available


·  Available online ticketweb.co.uk , ticket master, See ticket, Stargreen


·  Info: 08444 1000


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February 15, 2014

  STUDIO ONE meets TREASURE ISLE

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·  EASTER REGGAE SHOWCASE

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·  O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON

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·  SAT 19th APRIL’14

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· 

·  Studio One is one of Jamaica’s most renowned record labels and recording studios, having been described as the Motown of Jamaica. The record label was involved with most of the major music movements in Jamaica during the 1960s and 1970s including ska, rocksteady, reggae and dancehall and has been described as the most important label in the history of reggae, the list of artistes who have recorded at Studio One is literally a who’s who of Jamaican music. Synonymous with Studio One is Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd legendary producer and the founder of the label. Coxsone’s main competitor was Duke Reid, The Trojan. Duke Reid was a friend of Coxsone’s parents and the two’s friendly rivalry would continue up until the 1970’s with both men running their own labels as well as the sound system’s on which they both first made their names.

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·  Treasure Isle owner and producer -  Arthur “Duke” Reid was born in Portland, Jamaica. After serving ten years as a Jamaican police officer, Reid left the force to help his wife Lucille run the family business, The Treasure Isle Grocery and Liquor Store .He dominated the Jamaican music scene of the 1960s, specialising in ska and rock-steady, though his love of American jazz, blues and soul was always in evidence. Reid had several things going for him that helped him to rise to prominence. He made a concerted effort to be in the studio as much as possible, something his counterparts did not do. He was known as a perfectionist and had a knack for adding symphonic sounds to his recordings and producing dense arrangements. Furthermore, his records were considerably longer than those being produced by his rivals. His tunes often broke the four-minute barrier, while most ska songs were barely longer than two minutes. The material that Treasure Island issued exemplified the cool and elegant feel of the rocksteady era.

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·  This iconic show features- a stellar lineup of reggae artistes who became major international stars through these historic labels -

·  BOB ANDY, KEN BOOTHE, LEROY SIBBLES, JOHNNY OSBOURNE, PAT KELLY, DADDY U-ROY, DENNIS ALCAPONE, CHRISTOPHER ELLIS (singing the songs of his Father Alton).

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·  Tickets : £37 standing - £40 seated VIP available

·  Available online ticketweb.co.uk , ticket master, See ticket, Stargreen

·  Info: 08444 1000

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David Rodigan MBE ‘Masterpiece’
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Ministry of Sound have release their latest Masterpiece compilation, curated by SEG’s David Rodigan MBE. The legendary Reggae DJ and broadcaster has described the album as “a reflection of my life musically, including both the things I grew up listening to and the things I am currently enjoying.”
Signed copies of the album are available via Pledge Music, along with 7” vinyls of selected tracks and other unique products.
The Album is also available through iTunes and Amazon.
February 15, 2014

David Rodigan MBE ‘Masterpiece’

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Ministry of Sound have release their latest Masterpiece compilation, curated by SEG’s David Rodigan MBE. The legendary Reggae DJ and broadcaster has described the album as “a reflection of my life musically, including both the things I grew up listening to and the things I am currently enjoying.”

Signed copies of the album are available via Pledge Music, along with 7” vinyls of selected tracks and other unique products.

The Album is also available through iTunes and Amazon.

Scrappy Retains Montserrat Groovy Monarch Title

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UK based soca artist Scrappy (Garvin Johnson) captured the 2013/2014 Groovy Soca Monarch crown at the finals of the ‘Punch & Get Out’ Groovy Soca Monarch competition with his song “Guilty” (from the album We Soca).
When asked how he felt about winning the competition he said, “Winning the Groovy Monarch competition in Montserrat feels like a next major accomplishment. In the soca music industry, winning an award or a crown is something we all recognise, and is used as a way to mark our achievements, so I am very happy for it.” Scrappy also intends to defend his crown next year, as he says, “In honour of fair game, I have to. I am an artist, and until I step out of the arena I will always make the time to defend my crown.”
This is the second consecutive win for Scrappy within this category, and it was secured with the hit song “Guilty,” which can be found on Scrappy’s album We Soca, available for digital download from all major online music shops.
For more information about Scrappy, see his websitewww.scrappyonline.com
February 1, 2014

Scrappy Retains Montserrat Groovy Monarch Title

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UK based soca artist Scrappy (Garvin Johnson) captured the 2013/2014 Groovy Soca Monarch crown at the finals of the ‘Punch & Get Out’ Groovy Soca Monarch competition with his song “Guilty” (from the album We Soca).

When asked how he felt about winning the competition he said, “Winning the Groovy Monarch competition in Montserrat feels like a next major accomplishment. In the soca music industry, winning an award or a crown is something we all recognise, and is used as a way to mark our achievements, so I am very happy for it.” Scrappy also intends to defend his crown next year, as he says, “In honour of fair game, I have to. I am an artist, and until I step out of the arena I will always make the time to defend my crown.”

This is the second consecutive win for Scrappy within this category, and it was secured with the hit song “Guilty,” which can be found on Scrappy’s album We Soca, available for digital download from all major online music shops.

For more information about Scrappy, see his websitewww.scrappyonline.com

Britain’s crusader of soca music
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DJ Martin Jay speaks to Peter Ray Blood of Trinidad’s Guardian.
He may have been born in England but his heart is all Trini. This aptly defines Martin Abraham, popularly known in the UK as DJ Martin Jay.
Jay has been playing music since his early teens, the age of 13, in the 80s, with his older cousin, then 19. He recalls, “At 19, I got into the DJ business in a big way, my mentors then were men like (Caribbean promoters) Sonny Blacks, Smokey Joe, and (Notting Hill band) Cocoyea bandleader Dexter Kahn. I remember departed entertainer Odion “Skunkie” Cyrus telling me that if I really wanted to get into this thing seriously I had to go to Trinidad to get ‘baptised.’ I had to go to the source of soca music.”
Jay continues, …….[Full article HERE]
November 17, 2013

Britain’s crusader of soca music

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DJ Martin Jay speaks to Peter Ray Blood of Trinidad’s Guardian.

He may have been born in England but his heart is all Trini. This aptly defines Martin Abraham, popularly known in the UK as DJ Martin Jay.

Jay has been playing music since his early teens, the age of 13, in the 80s, with his older cousin, then 19. He recalls, “At 19, I got into the DJ business in a big way, my mentors then were men like (Caribbean promoters) Sonny Blacks, Smokey Joe, and (Notting Hill band) Cocoyea bandleader Dexter Kahn. I remember departed entertainer Odion “Skunkie” Cyrus telling me that if I really wanted to get into this thing seriously I had to go to Trinidad to get ‘baptised.’ I had to go to the source of soca music.”

Jay continues, …….[Full article HERE]

Bolt and Farah battle to be crowned IAAF Male Athlete of the Year

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Why are so many middle-class children speaking in Jamaican patois? A father of an 11-year-old girl laments a baffling trend 
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With her ear glued to her mobile phone, my 11-year-old daughter, Millie, was deep in conversation, her brow furrowed as she discussed some arrangement with a friend.
I listened in, as I made jam in the kitchen. ‘Lol, that’s well sick!’ Millie said. ‘DW, yolo!’
This indecipherable code-speak (‘sick’ means awesome, ‘DW’ is don’t worry and ‘yolo’ means you only live once) was delivered in an accent I could only place as somewhere between South London, downtown Los Angeles and Kingston, Jamaica.
It certainly isn’t indigenous to our home village of Ashtead, in the rolling……[Full article HERE]
October 12, 2013

Why are so many middle-class children speaking in Jamaican patois? A father of an 11-year-old girl laments a baffling trend 

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With her ear glued to her mobile phone, my 11-year-old daughter, Millie, was deep in conversation, her brow furrowed as she discussed some arrangement with a friend.

I listened in, as I made jam in the kitchen. ‘Lol, that’s well sick!’ Millie said. ‘DW, yolo!’

This indecipherable code-speak (‘sick’ means awesome, ‘DW’ is don’t worry and ‘yolo’ means you only live once) was delivered in an accent I could only place as somewhere between South London, downtown Los Angeles and Kingston, Jamaica.

It certainly isn’t indigenous to our home village of Ashtead, in the rolling……[Full article HERE]



September 16, 2013

Cool and mercurial music artist

Lianne La Havas is a 24-year-old mercurial jazz, folk, pop and soul singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from South London, England. Her 2012 debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough?, reached Nr 4 in the UK charts and won the iTunes Album of the Year 2012. She is often compared to Sade, Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Alicia Keys, Esperanza Spalding and Amy Winehouse but seems to have already made the transition from breakthrough act to established artist.

La Havas was born in London in 1989 to a Greek father and Jamaican mother. Her parents broke up when she was two, and her mother worked unholy hours as a postwoman, leading to La Havas living mainly with her Jamaican grandparents, which meant that she grew up hearing a lot of reggae.

London’s The Independent spoke to her recently; here is part of the interview.

TI: Describe your music in three words.

LL: Guitar and bee.

IT: If you owned a festival, what…….[Full article HERE]

Ricky Trooper Fallout From Gay Promoter Prank Call
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Famed Sound System selector Ricky Trooper is experiencing some fallout following prank call made by a member of the Playmaker Sound.
The prank call was made to book Trooper for a gay pride event in Germany last year.
But now Ricky Trooper and UK-based promoter, Scar Face, the head of Playmaker Sound, are at odds.
Scare Face claimed the Trooper backed out of a contractual agreement to play at a show at the Santa Cruz Bus Park in St Elizabeth on September 28 and its all over the prank call.
However, Ricky Trooper says he did not get paid for the booking and will no be playing at the show.
“How yuh fi honour an agreement for something that yuh neva get paid for?” Trooper asked.
Ricky Trooper, who is a 30-year veteran Sound System selector, built his career largely on the bashing of homosexuals.

However, the audio of the prank call was uploaded to YouTube and has caused Trooper a lot of fall out in dancehall in recent months, with other selectors mocking him.
Trooper can be heard talking to a female with a British accent about doing a show at a gay event. The veteran selector told her he has no problem doing the show if the money is right.
Listen HERE
September 15, 2013

Ricky Trooper Fallout From Gay Promoter Prank Call

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Famed Sound System selector Ricky Trooper is experiencing some fallout following prank call made by a member of the Playmaker Sound.

The prank call was made to book Trooper for a gay pride event in Germany last year.

But now Ricky Trooper and UK-based promoter, Scar Face, the head of Playmaker Sound, are at odds.

Scare Face claimed the Trooper backed out of a contractual agreement to play at a show at the Santa Cruz Bus Park in St Elizabeth on September 28 and its all over the prank call.

However, Ricky Trooper says he did not get paid for the booking and will no be playing at the show.

“How yuh fi honour an agreement for something that yuh neva get paid for?” Trooper asked.

Ricky Trooper, who is a 30-year veteran Sound System selector, built his career largely on the bashing of homosexuals.

However, the audio of the prank call was uploaded to YouTube and has caused Trooper a lot of fall out in dancehall in recent months, with other selectors mocking him.

Trooper can be heard talking to a female with a British accent about doing a show at a gay event. The veteran selector told her he has no problem doing the show if the money is right.

Listen HERE

Kareem Mortimer’s “Passage” to Premiere in the UK
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Dionne Benjamin-Smith writes that Bahamian filmmaker Kareem Mortimer’sPassagewill premiere on September 19 at the Encounters Short Film Festival in Bristol, England. Under the festival’s “Global Voices” category, the director will join filmmakers from New Zealand, Kenya, Barbados, and Canada to screen their films, “which highlight issues affecting them and their communities.” The festival takes place on September 17-20, 2013.
The films are the result of ‘Commonwealth Shorts’, a capacity building scheme to give emerging writers/directors the opportunity to make a film on the theme of relationships. The one documentary and four dramas explore migration, indigenous rights and same-sex relationships. ‘Commonwealth Shorts’ is a partnership between Commonwealth Writers, B3 Media and The…..[Full article HERE]
September 11, 2013

Kareem Mortimer’s “Passage” to Premiere in the UK

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Dionne Benjamin-Smith writes that Bahamian filmmaker Kareem Mortimer’sPassage
will premiere on September 19 at the Encounters Short Film Festival in Bristol, England. Under the festival’s “Global Voices” category, the director will join filmmakers from New Zealand, Kenya, Barbados, and Canada to screen their films, “which highlight issues affecting them and their communities.” The festival takes place on September 17-20, 2013.

The films are the result of ‘Commonwealth Shorts’, a capacity building scheme to give emerging writers/directors the opportunity to make a film on the theme of relationships. The one documentary and four dramas explore migration, indigenous rights and same-sex relationships. ‘Commonwealth Shorts’ is a partnership between Commonwealth Writers, B3 Media and The…..[Full article HERE]

September 3, 2013

There are still a few free tickets available for a very special afternoon with living legend Jesse Jackson.

Book Now - 020 8365 5450.

 

Reverend Jesse Jackson will join us at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre on Thursday 5th September (start 2pm) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. The event will last for one hour and 30 minutes.

 

For a reminder of Jesse Jackson’s outstanding contributions to political life and the civil rights movement, check out coverage of the event by the Evening Standard and also by the Tottenham and Wood Green Journal.
 

At the special occasion Jesse Jackson will talk about issues of social justice in the UK and US and will be introduced by the screening of a rare piece of archive footage which has recently come to light. Few people realise that Martin Luther King visited the UK and this fascinating footage features MLK giving a speech in Newcastle just a week before he died.

 

Tickets are free, but have to be booked through our box office on 020 8365 5450.

Notting Hill’s Carnival Roots
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The Voice Online looks back on the history of Europe’s largest street party in this article by Janelle Oswald.
MILLIONS OF revellers and proud Caribbean island flag bearers have been descending on West London to celebrate Notting Hill Carnival for over five decades.
Famed for the vibrant, flamboyant colours of a wide range of costumes and floats featuring calypso, mas and steel pan bands as well as multiple sound systems booming every type of music imaginable, Notting Hill Carnival (NHC) is a festival for the entire family to enjoy.
The largest European street party and the second major street festival in the world after Brazil’s Rio Carnival, NHC was first staged on August Bank Holiday in 1965 when Rhaune Laslett, a local resident, invited …..[Full article HERE]
August 26, 2013

Notting Hill’s Carnival Roots

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The Voice Online looks back on the history of Europe’s largest street party in this article by Janelle Oswald.

MILLIONS OF revellers and proud Caribbean island flag bearers have been descending on West London to celebrate Notting Hill Carnival for over five decades.

Famed for the vibrant, flamboyant colours of a wide range of costumes and floats featuring calypso, mas and steel pan bands as well as multiple sound systems booming every type of music imaginable, Notting Hill Carnival (NHC) is a festival for the entire family to enjoy.

The largest European street party and the second major street festival in the world after Brazil’s Rio Carnival, NHC was first staged on August Bank Holiday in 1965 when Rhaune Laslett, a local resident, invited …..[Full article HERE]