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I-Octane To Release New Album, 'My Journey'

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I-Octane My JourneyJamaican reggae star I-Octane reveals the track list and launch details for his highly-anticipated upcoming album My Journey, available worldwide in stores and online on March 4, 2014 from DJ Frass/Tad’s Records. Born Byiome Muir in Clarendon, Jamaica, I-Octane has been carving his niche in the reggae realm since hitting the scene over 5 years ago. A collaborative effort with his long-time friend and producer Andre “DJ Frass” Gordon, My Journey is a 16-track masterpiece that delves inside the soul and sound of this prolific artist, whose innate talents, conscious lyrical offerings and high-energy performances remain unparalleled.

 

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Jamaica's Capital City Takes Spotlight During Reggae Month 2014

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The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) is the organizer of the month-long activities which include its signature “Reggae Wednesday” series.  The series will highlight the social backdrop and genres of Reggae; from Mento to Dancehall, dramatically chronicling the evolution and dynamism of the Reggae experience. Each week live concerts will feature: Traditional Drumming, Folk, Mento, Jazz, Classical, Ska and Rocksteady, Reggae, Rockers, Dub and Dub Poetry, Dancehall, Gospel and Alternative music. Reggae Wednesdays will take place at Emancipation Park, except February 19 which will be held at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Center.    “Reggae Month provides us with another great opportunity to promote capital city Kingston and its rich cultural heritage,” said Jamaica’s Director of Tourism John Lynch. He continued, “With the various events being held throughout the month, reggae fans will be able to celebrate the life and music of legends such as Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh and Gregory Isaacs. A visit to Kingston during February is sure to delight true reggae fans from around the world.”    Highlights of Reggae Month include: Sunday February 2, 2014 GROUNATION SERIES – Music Museum, Institute of Jamaica    Thursday February 13, 2014  ReGGAE MONTH SYMposium – Jamaica Pegasus Hotel                           Saturday February 15, 2014 jaria honour awards – The Courtleigh Hotel Auditorium   Friday February 21, 2014 reggae trade fair – Emancipation Park    Saturday February 22, 2014 SOUND EXPLOSION - Red Stripe Oval                                                                                                                    On Sunday, February 23 a free public concert will be held on the Waterfront, Downtown Kingston, in tribute to Denis Brown, the Crown Prince of Reggae. This event will be a celebration of his prolific career through interpretations of his songs performed by leading reggae artistes.  Reggae Month 2014 is presented in partnership with the Jamaica Tourist Board and the Ministry of Youth and Culture and was officially declared by Sir. Kenneth Hall, then Governor General of Jamaica, on January 24, 2008.   For more information on Reggae Month go to www.jariajamaica.org or to book a Jamaica vacation, please go to www.visitjamaica.com. Jamaica’s capital city, Kingston, will again take the spotlight during February as part of the celebrations in observance of Reggae Month. Throughout the month a range of reggae-focused activities, under the theme The Journey Continues, will be held across the capital city. Now in its fifth year, Reggae Month kicks off with a Reggae Legends Roots Party featuring Mutabaruka, TTI Sounds, Mikey T and Pablo Soul.

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Multiple Grammy Award Winners To Perform At The 18th Annual Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival

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Tessanne ChinMultiple Grammy Award winner Toni Braxton will headline this year's Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival taking place January 30 - February 1, at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium. Braxton, well known for her 1996 single "Un-Break My Heart", will be joined by fellow Grammy Award winners Chrisette Michele, Aaron Neville, Chaka Khan, Crystal Gayle and Joe.

Reggae royalty Beres Hammond joins the impressive lineup of international superstars set to perform at the festival, which is now in its 18th staging. Other reggae acts include Beenie Man, Marcia Griffiths, Chalice, Protoje, Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, and Dre Island.

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Scotiabank and the Shaggy Foundation: Continuing to Make a Difference

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Shaggy & Friends 2014The January 4, 2014 staging of the biennial Shaggy and Friends benefit concert is set to wow patrons in its usual fine style on the lawns of Kings House. This years’ goal of furnishing the first catheterisation laboratory for children of in the English speaking Caribbean is its most ambitious yet and Scotiabank Jamaica is pleased to play its’ part in contributing towards this very worthy cause.

Scotiabank’s support of the fundraising event includes financial sponsorship as well as providing 100 ScotiaVolunteers to serve at the event in various capacities, but primarily to manage ticket collections. Scotiabank volunteers will also host a designated pledge tent, equipped with point of sale machines to accept donations via debit and credit card while at the event.

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Jamaican Songstress Tessanne Chin Visits New York City

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Tessanne ChinJamaican vocal dynamo Tessanne Chin visited New York City following her historic win on Tuesday night, capturing Season 5 of The Voice. An elated Chin made the media rounds in New York, with her first stop on NBC’s TODAY Show.

 
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