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 […]

Breath of fresh air with female power

Breath of fresh air with female power

The Trinidad Calypso Monarch 2017 competition By Carlton Joseph The ladies dominated Dimanche Gras 2017 and although Chalkdust won the Calypso Monarch title, the evening was a statement of the power of the female calypsonians, their consciousness, artistic development and overall rise in a once male-dominated genre. Interesting that this rise seems to be in […]

Attorney will be among the finalists at the 2017 Trinidad-Tobago calypso monarch competition

Attorney will be among the finalists at the 2017 Trinidad-Tobago calypso monarch competition

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad  – Rondell Donowa, a 30-year old attorney, is one of the 15 finalists who will be vying for the crown  in the Trinidad and Tobago Calypso Monarch competition at the Queen’s Park Savannah here on Sunday. Donowa who hails from South Trinidad, said that being in the final was the fulfilment […]

Chutney artistes tie for monarch title

Chutney artistes tie for monarch title

SAN FERNANDO, Trinidad – Veteran chutney artiste Omardath Maharaj has captured his first Chutney Soca Monarch (CSM) title, tying with three-time winner Ravi B to dethrone defending champion Kris Persad (KI). The 22nd CSM competition was held on Saturday night at Skinner Park with 20 performances by singers in two categories- the Chutney Soca Monarch […]

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