‘Celebration Time’ 2017

‘Celebration Time’ 2017

By Murissa Barrington It’s “Celebration Time” for Band leader Louis Saldenah as he launches his Carnival presentation of the same name for 2017. Hundreds packed into the Chandi Grand banquet hall in Toronto Saturday night for the band launch. This year Saldenah’s  band will be celebrating  both Toronto Carnival’s 50th anniversary and Canada’s 150th birthday. […]

Durham Mas’ goes to church for Canboulay

Durham Mas’ goes to church for Canboulay

Durham Mas’, led by Jerrol “Stretch” Augustine,  presents Canboulay  for 2017  Toronto Carnival. Augustine introduced his costumes at his band launching at the Church of the Nativity in Scarborough on Saturday . Now in its third year, the  band   is ” bringing back “some of the old time carnival characters but  will also feature many […]

REVIEW – SOUSATZKA

REVIEW –	SOUSATZKA

A review by Meegan Scott Sousatzka, a delightful musical with a different kind of theatrical flow, has come to Toronto at the perfect time.  The way in which the Show listens as well as speaks to Toronto through Luca’s rewrite of the original story, “Madame Sousatzka” by Bernice Rubens, and the Drabinsky production is what […]

Grammy-wining star handcuffed by police in ‘mistaken identity’

Grammy-wining star handcuffed by police in ‘mistaken identity’

LOS ANGELES – Wyclef Jean, the Grammy-winning ex-member of the Fugees, said he was “appalled” after being handcuffed and questioned by police in Los Angeles. Haiti-born Jean, 47, came to the United States as a child with his family and grew up largely in New Jersey. That is where the rapper-singer played with a group […]

Drakes back with dancehall beat

Drakes back with dancehall beat

NEW YORK — Drake, the prolific hip-hop star who was last year’s top-selling artist, has returned with a song collection in which he ventures further into dancehall rhythms and taps fellow big names. The Toronto rapper, who has long challenged industry definitions, on Saturday dropped “More Life” and called it not an album or a […]

Jimmy Cliff releases ‘Life’

Jimmy Cliff releases ‘Life’

KINGSTON, Jamaica –  Reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff  released on Friday  his new single, Life, which will be made available to the public through iTunes and other downloadable formats. Written by Jimmy Cliff and produced by Steven ‘Lenky’ Marsden, the song is an affirmation of life, and the awesome beauty of mere existence in a sometimes […]

Winston ‘Merritone’ Blake to be celebrated annually

Winston ‘Merritone’ Blake to be celebrated annually

KINGSTON, Jamaica  – Winston ‘Merritone’ Blake was one of the awardees at the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Honour Awards, held  last Sunday at the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston. His was not the only posthumous award, as Alton Ellis was also honoured, with Dr Rita Marley, GT Taylor, Half Pint, and Kevin Downswell among the […]

Rihanna receives Harvard Humanitarian of the Year award

Rihanna receives Harvard Humanitarian of the Year award

Grammy award-winning singer Rihanna ( Robyn Rihanna Fenty)has been honoured by the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations for her philanthropic work to improve cancer treatment in her native Barbados and in support of education projects. Rihanna who has set up a college scholarship program to help students from the Caribbean further their studies […]

Chalkdust crowned 2017 calypso monarch

Chalkdust crowned 2017 calypso monarch

Chalkdust delivers his triumphant performance during the 2017 Dimanche Gras show at the Queen’s Park Savannah on Sunday. PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad  -Veteran calypsonian Chalkdust (Dr. Hollis Liverpool) broke the record which he held with the Mighty Sparrow ( Slinger Francisco) when he won  the calypso monarch 2017 competition at the Dimanche Gras show at […]

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