Jamaica’s 46th Independence Anniversary

Flag of Jamaica

Flag of Jamaica

This marks the 46th Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence from the British.  On August 6th 1962 Jamaica hoisted its own flag that represents the land, people and sun.

The Union of Jamaican Organizations in Atlanta will be hosting the following Independence activities: 

August 3rd at 4pm: Thanksgiving & Ecumenical Service (def.: of, relating to, or representing the whole of a body of churches www.m-w.com)

August 6th at 6pm: Cultural Extravaganza & Book Launch The Manley Memoirs

August 9th: The Annual Independence Ball

August 10th @1pm: Jamaica Day at Exchange Park

For More Info: 404-297-7696 9:30am-12:30pm

Travel Host Refers to B*tches While Describing Dancehall Music

 According to ReddingNewsReview.com, Bourdain referred to women as “b***ches” when describing dancehall music in the Jamaican-themed episode of the show. Bourdain makes the following statement in a narration as he and his crew head to a street performance in Kingston:

“There’s no rootsy, laid back Rasta vibe,” Bourdain narrates. “This ain’t about standing up for your rights or praising Jah or anything like that. Like Reggaetón, its mutant cousin, dancehall is the hardcore beat behind lyrics concerning, for the most part: acquiring possessions, getting respect on the street, beating down perceived enemies and enjoying the physical charms of varied, if not multitudinous, b***ches.”

 As a HUGE reggae fan from long time, and a woman I have to say I have never heard the word “B*tch” used but “Sketel” could easily replace it. I think dancehall does not want its dirty laundry aired in public and to have an outsider do it on TV makes it sting all the more.  Come to your own conclusion. I’ve included a link below so you can read the entire article and I found the video footage for you to see and hear for yourself.

http://www.jamaicans.com/news/announcements/controversy-7-2008-26.shtml

“Whose World Is This?” CD/DVD Drops Tuesday July 29th

  “Whose World Is This?” is being called a concept or compilation album that is being put out by VP Records. It will feature songs that revolve around themes of revolution and upliftment. This is sure to be the type of music we need to hear!

Sizzla

Capleton

 

Buju

Buju

 

The artists featured on the album include: Young Buck, Trey Songz, Kardinal Offishall, Buju Banton, Talib Kweli, Sizzla, Dead Prez, Papoose, Capleton, Busta Rhymes  and much more. The album and DVD will be in stores and online everywhere on July 29th through VP Records.
“Whose World Is This?” the DVD is a visual representation of the album with interviews and footage of K-Salaam, Beatnick, and various artists from the project. The DVD will be included with every copy of the CD.

Thanks to http://www.islandevents.com/ for the info!

St Lucia Ca’nival: Ricky T Wins Roadmarch Again!

Ricky T completes the triple crown by winning St Lucia Roadmarch for a third consecutive year
 
Ricky T performing on the Just 4 Fun Truck on Carnival Tuesday in Castries St Lucia
 
  Castries, St Lucia: Thursday July 24th, 2008– Not only has Ricky T managed to cop his 3rd consecutive St Lucia Road March title, the dynamic young Soca star did so in style, completing a triple-title; by also snatching up the St Lucia Soca Monarch about a week earlier, plus the Caribbean Soca Monarch title on Sunday night. Ricky T’s hit road song ‘WHEEL AND COME AGAIN’ edged out the other leading Road March contender ‘SUZETTE’ by Herb Black who coincidentally was also vying for a triple crown (2008 Groovy Soca Monarch and Calypso Monarch winner).
 
The triple crowning has catapulted Ricky T into Soca’s elite, and he is expected to tour the world vigorously over the next year. The winning song is another successful production by Penn & Ace (Studio 758).  For more information about Ricky T or to listen to his music visit www.myspace.com/rickytpressureboom
 
SLU Road March Results 2008:
1. Ricky T – Wheel and Come Again
2. Herb Black – Suzette
3. Isla Man – Mad So
Thanks to http://toronto-lime.com/ for all the latest in Carnival News!

Take 2 Sports Bar & Grill Now Open

Pantheah Hawes

Pantheah Hawes Performing at Take 2 Bar & Grill Tonight

 Tonight is the “Soft Opening” (what’s a Soft Opening? I don’t know) of Take 2 Sports Bar & Grill located at 4634 Rockbridge Rd. I was told that there is a full menu featuring some popular Caribbean dishes as well as traditional American Bar & Grill fare.  Patrons can expect Jazz artist Pantheah Hawes to perform live after 8pm.  I was told that this is for an upscale crowd who want to enjoy smooth, mellow music while dining. 

Take 2 Sports Bar & Grill is the brain child of a husband and wife team, him from Trinidad and her from America.  I will be attending and taking lots of pictures to give you the full experience but feel free to come out and join me there!  For more on tonight’s artist: arthttp://www.myspace.com/pantheahhawes

Diaspora Report: Child Slavery in Haiti

http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=5336644  (PART 1)

http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=5336634  (PART 2)

http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=5336628  (PART 3)

I stumbled across these 3 ABC News Nightline Investigation videos that demonstrate the SHOCKING ease in which a child in Haiti could be bought.  It sickened me to my core that for less than a pair of shoes one could buy a child.  It seems that US$150.00 is all it took for some “brokers”.  I couldn’t help it. It brought tears to my eyes after watching the children’s youth stolen. Don’t forget to leave a comment after you watch it.

Roots & Culture Reggae Forever 2008

Reggae Coalition Band

Last Saturday night I attended a Reggae show that was phenomenal! The show is called Roots & Culture Reggae Forever 2008.  It was held at Sugar Hill at the Underground here in Atlanta. The band that performed last, called Reggae Coalition Band is definitely one to watch.  They do private functions and you can check them out at http://www.myspace.com/thereggaecoalitionband.

They have a smooth sound and definitely moved the crowd.  They covered a lot of popular songs with their own flair that made me a believer.  I look forward to hearing them again in the near future, and from what my sources tell me, they will be performing at next month’s Roots & Culture Reggae Forever  which will be a 2nd Saturday of every month affair.  Despite the Undergrounds Security (which I’ll share in a later post) I will be going back for more. I am hooked.