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Leading Film producers begin production on three new pilots

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CaribPR Wire, MIAMI, FL, Fri. February 24, 2017: Three of the Caribbean’s leading film producers will now develop pilots for their original TV series projects, via funding from Flow and CaribbeanTales Media Group.

With $40,000 funding for each project, production work will begin on Battledream Chronicle, a sci-fi/drama animated series created by Alain Bidard, which is based on his groundbreaking multi-award winning feature film; Heat, a sweltering crime/drama series filmed in Barbados from iconic filmmaker Menelik Shabazz  (Burning an Illusion, The Story of Lover’s Rock and more); and Caribbean Girl NYC, an ensemble female-driven sitcom from NY-based Guadeloupian filmmaker/producer Mariette Monpierre, whose award-winning film Elza won, among others, the prestigious NYT award.

Support for these pilots is part of CaribbeanTales Incubator Program (CTI), a year-round development and production hub for Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora Producers to create of strong, compelling and sustainable regional content for the global market.

Battledream Chronicle, a sci-fi/drama animated series.

Battledream Chronicle, a sci-fi/drama animated series.

“We recognise the significant hurdles that Caribbean Producers face in financing and producing their content, and getting it out to audiences,” said John Reid, CEO of Cable and Wireless, operator of Flow and lead sponsor of CTI. “We are honoured to help support this programme that is enabling the production and monetisation of this exciting emerging cultural industry.”

The pilots will premier at the twelfth annual CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF), of which Flow is also the lead sponsor. The festival celebrates the talents of established and emerging filmmakers of Caribbean heritage, and will be held in Toronto, Canada in September.

As an added bonus, an eight-part documentary series has been filmed and is currently in post-production. The series follows the ten teams of filmmakers who competed for this prestigious award, and will be shown on Flow1 later this year.

Frances-Anne Solomon, CEO of CaribbeanTales, states, “We are delighted that, together with Flow, we are able to provide the Caribbean’s top filmmakers with funding and a platform to produce top quality, local, content with the capacity to reach audiences across the region and the world.”

CTI is now accepting applications for its 2017 programme online.

About CaribbeanTales

The CaribbeanTales Media Group is a group of companies that produces, markets, and sells Caribbean-themed film and television content for global audiences. It includes CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD), a full-service distribution entity dedicated to the monetisation of Caribbean content; CaribbeanTales Inc a registered Charity based in Toronto, Canada; the CTFF, CaribbeanTales Flix, our production arm, CaribbeanTales-TV, a video on demand platform, and the CTI.

About C&W Communications

C&W is a full service communications and entertainment provider and delivers market-leading video, broadband, telephony and mobile services to consumers in 18 countries. Through its business division, C&W provides data center hosting, domestic and international managed network services, and customized IT service solutions, utilizing cloud technology to serve business and government customers.

C&W also operates a state-of-the-art submarine fiber network – the most extensive in the region.

Learn more at www.cwc.com, or follow C&W on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.

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CaribbeanTales Announces Its Annual Call For Submissions

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The winning pitch from the CaribbeanTales incubator of 2016. (CaribbeanTales image)

The winning pitch from the CaribbeanTales incubator of 2016. (CaribbeanTales image)

CaribPR Wire, TORONTO, Canada, Weds. Feb. 1, 2017: CaribbeanTales, a multi-faceted group of film production, marketing and distribution companies, has announced its annual Call for Submissions for the Film Festival and Producer Incubator programs that will take place in September 2017 in Toronto, Canada.  Applications for both programs will be open until March 31, 2017.

CTI Presented by Flow – Get Your Original Caribbean TV Series Made!

The renowned CaribbeanTales Incubator Program (CTI), now in its eighth year, has hosted over two hundred producers from across the Caribbean. Sponsored by Flow, the Caribbean’s leading telecommunications company, the CTI serves as a funnel for the creation of original TV Series.

CTI offers selected producers the opportunity to hone their creative and business skills within an international marketplace environment, producing compelling and sustainable content that increases the Region’s pool of world-class indigenous television content destined for the global market.

The CTI includes seven weeks of online tuition, and an intensive five-day workshop in Toronto that culminates in a Caribbean Pitch Breakfast at the TIFF Bell Lightbox attended by high-profile industry delegates.

There are several lucrative awards, including up to $30,000.00 USD in production funding for each of three (3) successful TV series pilots, that will be broadcast on Flow’s TV networks across the Region.

CTFF – Your Caribbean film on the international screen!

The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF), now in its twelfth year, showcases diverse, shared stories and cultures, and celebrates the talents of established and emerging Caribbean filmmakers.

The Festival will hold its Media Launch and Screening in early July, and a series of community screenings throughout August. The Festival’s main juried program of feature films and shorts will be held between September 6 and September 20, 2017.

CTFF will program films of all lengths and genres.  Please note that films considered for programming must be Toronto Premieres.

For more information about the two programs, email submissions@caribbeantales.ca.

To submit your films and projects visit the CTI website, and CTFF website.

For media inquiries contact marketing.caribbeantales@gmail.com.

ABOUT THE CARIBBEANTALES MEDIA GROUP:

CaribbeanTales is a group of companies that produces, markets, and sells Caribbean-themed film and television content for global audiences.

It includes CaribbeanTales Inc. a registered Charity based in Canada; the CTI; the CTFF; CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution (CTWD), the largest  full-service distribution entity dedicated to the monetisation of Caribbean content; CaribbeanTalesFlix, our production arm, and CaribbeanTales-TV, a video on demand platform.

ABOUT FLOW:

About C&W Communications

C&W is a full-service communications and entertainment provider and delivers market-leading video, broadband, telephony and mobile services to consumers in eighteen countries. Through its business division, C&W provides data center hosting, domestic and international managed network services, and customized IT service solutions, utilizing cloud technology to serve business and government customers.

C&W also operates a state-of-the-art submarine fiber network – the most extensive in the region. Learn more at www.cwc.com, or follow C&W on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.

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Grammy Nominated Legendary Jamaican Jazz Great Monty Alexander For Chicago’s Jazz Showcase

Legendary Piano Master And Jamaica's Commander Of Distinction, Monty Alexander

Legendary Piano Master And Jamaica's Commander Of Distinction, Monty Alexander

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Nov. 14, 2016: Grammy-nominated, Jamaican jazz pianist and band leader, Monty Alexander, is coming to the legendary Chicago Jazz Showcase later this month.

Alexander and the Harlem-Kingston Express band, whose blend of music combines jazz seamlessly with the reggae genre of his homeland, will play the Chicago Jazz Showcase from November 24-27, 2016. Show times are 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. nightly.

The Jazz Showcase is the oldest historic jazz club in Chicago, Illinois. It was founded in 1947 by Joe Segal and is now owned and operated by Wayne Segal, Joe Segal’s son.

Caribbean and other jazz fans who call Chicago home can see the award-winning Jamaican musician and his band by securing their tickets for the shows here or by logging on to the Chicago Jazz Showcase website. Tickets are $45 and $25, respectively, per show.

Alexander is an American classic. His performances have been called pure magic by many journalists and jazz fans around the world, and his sets are undoubtedly “a refined concept of groove.” This extraordinary musician continues to tour the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message. His energetic pieces, documented on more than 70 CDs, draws upon the timeless verities: endless melody-making, effervescent grooves, sophisticated voicings, a romantic spirit, and a consistent predisposition “to build up the heat and kick up a storm,” as Alexander puts it.

In the course of any given performance, Alexander applies those aesthetics to repertoire spanning a broad range of jazz and Jamaican musical expression – the American songbook and the blues, gospel and bebop, calypso and reggae. Like his “eternal inspiration” – Erroll Garner -  Alexander is cited as the fifth greatest jazz pianist ever in The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time (Hal Leonard Publishing) and mentioned in Robert Doerschuk’s ‘88: The Giants of Jazz Piano.’

For more on the Monty Alexander and his music visit him on YouTube or at montyalexander.com. You can also like him on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE.

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Grammy Nominated Legendary Jamaican Jazz Great Monty Alexander Is Coming To Miami Nov. 5th

Legendary Piano Master And Jamaica's Commander Of Distinction, Monty Alexander

Legendary Piano Master And Jamaica's Commander Of Distinction, Monty Alexander

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. Oct. 11, 2016: Monty Alexander, the Grammy-nominated legendary Jamaican jazz musician known for his spirited musical conceptions that can appeal to even the squarest civilian, is coming to Miami early next month.

Alexander along with his Harlem-Kingston Express Band will bring together the musical worlds of American jazz, calypso, bebop and the music of his native Jamaica into one grand show set for the main stage of the South-Miami- Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC), 10950 SW 211 Street Cutler Bay FL 33189, on November 5, 2016 from 8 p.m.

Caribbean and other jazz fans who call South Florida home can see the award-winning Jamaican musician and his band by securing their tickets for the one-night only show here or by logging to the South-Miami- Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) website. The Jamaica Tourist Board and representatives from the Jamaica Consulate in Miami are also set to be in attendance.

Alexander is an American classic. His personal history with Miami dates back to 1961 when he first migrated there from Jamaica. A year later, he began what he calls his “adventures” as a professional musician.

“I’m looking forward to being back in the city where it all got started and to sharing my musical journey with the fans,” said Alexander.

This extraordinary musician continues to tour the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message. His energetic pieces, documented on more than 70 CDs, draws upon the timeless verities: endless melody-making, effervescent grooves, sophisticated voicings, a romantic spirit, and a consistent predisposition “to build up the heat and kick up a storm,” as Alexander puts it.

In the course of any given performance, Alexander applies those aesthetics to repertoire spanning a broad range of jazz and Jamaican musical expression – the American songbook and the blues, gospel and bebop, calypso and reggae. Like his “eternal inspiration” – Erroll Garner -  Alexander is cited as the fifth greatest jazz pianist ever in The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time (Hal Leonard Publishing) and mentioned in Robert Doerschuk’s ‘88: The Giants of Jazz Piano.’

For more on the Monty Alexander and his music visit him on YouTube or at montyalexander.com. You can also like him on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE.

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Jamaica’s Legendary Jazz Great Monty Alexander To Mark 40th Anniversary Reunion Of One Of The Great Trios In Jazz

Jazz greats Monty Alexander, John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton will mark the 40th anniversary reunion of one of the great trios in jazz on July 10, 2016 in Hollywood, CA.

Jazz greats Monty Alexander, John Clayton and Jeff Hamilton will mark the 40th anniversary reunion of one of the great trios in jazz on July 10, 2016 in Hollywood, CA.

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. July 6, 2016: It’s the reunion that will have jazz lovers humming as Jamaica’s Legendary Jazz Great Monty Alexander returns to the stage with  Grammy-winning bassist John Clayton and renowned drummer Jeff Hamilton to mark the 40th anniversary reunion of one of the great trios in jazz.

The historic event is set for the prestigious Catalina Bar & Grill 6725 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, on July 10th from 7:30 P.M. PDT. On the same date, 40 years ago – July 10, 1976 – the trio of Alexander, Clayton and Hamilton, recorded the original classic album ‘The Monty Alexander Trio ‎– Montreux Alexander – Live! At The Montreux Festival.’

The original album was well received and featured some of Alexander’s finest recordings for the MPS label with Clayton and Hamilton. It was reissued on CD featuring Alexander playing “Satin Doll,” “Work Song” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and a version of “Feelings.”

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

MONTY ALEXANDER

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Pianist Monty Alexander is an American classic. At 71, he tours the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message. His spirited conception, documented on more than 70 CDs, draws upon the timeless verities: endless melody-making, effervescent grooves, sophisticated voicings, a romantic spirit, and a consistent predisposition “to build up the heat and kick up a storm,” as Alexander puts it.

In the course of any given performance, Alexander applies those aesthetics to repertoire spanning a  broad range of jazz and Jamaican musical expression – the American songbook and the blues, gospel and bebop, calypso and reggae. Like his “eternal inspiration” – Erroll Garner –  Alexander is cited as the fifth greatest jazz pianist ever in The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time (Hal Leonard Publishing) and mentioned in Robert Doerschuk’s ‘88: The Giants of Jazz Piano.’ He gives the hardcore jazz-obsessed, much to dig into while also communicating the message to the squarest “civilian.”

For more on the Monty Alexander and his music visit him on YouTube or at montyalexander.com. You can also like him on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE.

JOHN CLAYTON

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John Clayton is a natural born multi-tasker, excelling as a composer, arranger, conductor, producer, educator, and an extraordinary bassist. His skills have garnered him a number of challenging assignments and commissions. With a Grammy on his shelf and eight additional  nominations, artists such as Diana Krall, Paul McCartney, Regina Carter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Gladys Knight, Queen Latifah, and Charles Aznavour vie for a spot on his crowded calendar. Clayton is the co-founder of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and is a former bass teacher at Cal State Long Beach, UCLA, USC and the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music. Now, in addition  to individual clinics, workshops,  and private students as schedule permits, he also directs the educational components  associated with the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Centrum Festival, and Vail Jazz Party.

His career highlights include arranging the ‘Star Spangled Banner” for Whitney Houston’s performance at Super Bowl 1990, which went platinum;  playing bass on Paul McCartney’s CD “ Kisses On The Bottom;”  arranging and playing bass with Yo-Yo Ma and  Friends on “Songs of Joy and Peace;” arranging playing and conducting the 2009 CD  “Charles Aznavour With the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra,” and numerous recordings with  Diana Krall, the Clayton Brothers, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz, Orchestra, Milt Jackson, Monty Alexander and many others.

JEFF HAMILTON

Jeff-Hamilton

Originality is what versatile drummer Jeff Hamilton brings to the groups he performs with and is  one of the reasons why he is constantly in demand, whether he is recording or performing with his trio, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, the Clayton Brothers or co-leading the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Hamilton’s recording, ‘It’s Hamilton Time,’ (Lake Street Records), received enormous  airplay while reaching #5 on the Gavin national jazz radio chart.

His trio’s second release, ‘Jeff Hamilton Trio-LIVE!,’ (MONS) was nominated by critics for best jazz recording in Germany in 1997. The trio’s second MONS release was entitled, ‘Hands On.’ ‘Hamilton House-Live at Steamers,’ (MONS) was the trio’s 2000 release.

As well as recording and performing throughout the world, Hamilton also teaches, arranges and composes. He has received rave reviews for his dynamic drumming. In addition to his many recordings with Ray Brown, Hamilton has been on nearly 200 recordings with artists such as Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Milt Jackson, Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Streisand, Mel Torme, John Pizzarelli, Benny Carter, Lalo Schifrin, George Shearing, Dr. John, Clark Terry, Gene Harris, Toshiko Akioshi, Scott Hamilton, Harry “ Sweets”  Edison, Keely Smith, Bill Holman, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel and Mark Murphy. He is a frequent guest of the WDR Big Band in Cologne, Germany and has also appeared in Natalie Cole’s Great Performances PBS special, ‘Unforgettable’ and an Oscar Peterson documentary, ‘Life In The Key Of Oscar.’

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Hard Beat Communications

718-476-3616 (phone)

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Monty Alexander & Friends: Frank Sinatra at 100 With Kurt Elling in Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center – February 12-13, 2016, 8 p.m.

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Monty Alexander & Friends will perform from February 12-13, 2016 at the Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center. (Joe Martinez Image)


CaribPR Wire, New York, NY February 1, 2016 – At 17 years old, a serendipitous encounter with Frank Sinatra and his long-time pal Jilly Rizzo changed the trajectory of Jamaican-born pianist Monty Alexander’s career forever: Alexander would soon become the house pianist for the famed Jilly’s club in New York City and develop a unique relationship with its most famous patron.

Sinatra’s centennial elicits fond memories of Alexander’s time spent at the intimate hangout, and with the help of GRAMMY® Award-winning and DownBeat Critics Poll-dominating singer Kurt Elling, he will share stories and anecdotes from a treasured and rare perspective. A masterful pianist, Alexander’s career spans five decades and includes collaborations with some of the most important figures in jazz, like Milt Jackson, Miles Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie, as well as an illustrious recording career as a leader.

National touring artist Elling, referred to by The Guardian as, “a kind of Sinatra with superpowers,” will provide his vocal interpretation of the classic tunes, of which he is no stranger to. Joining the duo will be bassist Hassan Shakur, guitarist Frank Vignola, hand drummer Robert Thomas Jr., and drummer Dennis Mackrel. This early, nurturing period in which the young pianist and an iconic hero spontaneously mused on saloon songs up into the wee hours of the night is a Valentine’s weekend treat sure to satisfy both nostalgic and contemporary tastes.

Sinatra songs featured in the concert will include “Young at Heart,” “I’ve Got You Under my Skin,” “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning,” “Luck, Be a Lady Tonight,” “The Summer Wind” and “Fly Me to the Moon.”

Tickets to Monty Alexander & Friends can be purchased through at jazz.org, 24 hours a day, or via CenterCharge at 212-721-6500, open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, located on Broadway at 60th Street, ground floor. Box Office hours: Monday–Saturday from 10am to 6pm (or 30 minutes past curtain) and Sunday from noon to 6pm (or 30 minutes past curtain).

Hot Seats, $10 seats for select shows in Rose Theater, are available for purchase to the general public on the Wednesday prior to each performance. Subject to availability. Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Hot Seats Ticket Discount Program is supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Please visit jazz.org for more information.

Press Inquiries:
Danielle Bias
Assistant Director of Public Relations
Jazz at Lincoln Center
dbias@jazz.org
212-258-9807

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Fabian Is Not A Marley

DNA TESTS PROVIDE THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — A series of DNA tests prove definitively that the man who calls himself Fabian “Marley” is without question not related to Bob Marley. Instead, the tests demonstrate conclusively that Fabian is the natural born son of Othneil Stanford.

“The DNA tests show with scientific certainty that Fabian Marley is not the half-brother of either Rohan Marley, Stephen Marley or Robert N. Marley. In addition, similar DNA tests show the probability of Fabian Marley being the son of Othneil Stanford is 99.99%,” said Dr. Karl A. Reich, Scientific Director of Independent Forensics DNA Testing & Technologies. Independent Forensics is a fully accredited and well renowned DNA testing laboratory in Illinois.

The Marley family has repeatedly maintained that Fabian was an imposter who only asserted his familial relationship to Bob Marley in order to advance his music career. But for years Fabian had refused to undertake a DNA test with an accredited forensics laboratory. His most recent manager, Clayton Thomas, finally convinced Fabian to undergo the DNA test in October 2015 at an accredited DNA laboratory, and the results unequivocally demonstrate that Fabian cannot be the son of Bob Marley.

Fabian’s mother, Ms. Raphie Munroe, said about her son, “This is crazy talk. I never in my life told my son that Bob Marley was his father. I don’t know how he came up with this, but it is not true. It never happened. I don’t know where he got this from, but no one in the family ever said this even once.”

Fabian’s eldest sister, Sandra Stanford Walker, confirmed, “Something is wrong with him, this is not normal behavior. Everyone knows he is not a Marley. His family, his friends, everyone in our community knows he is not Bob Marley’s son. Fabian is troubled and we want to put an end to his lies.”

A spokesperson for the Marley family stated, “The Marley family is pleased to finally have this matter behind us. We have said repeatedly that this man who calls himself Fabian is not the son of Bob Marley. The tests now prove we were correct. We hope he can finally accept the truth of his own true heritage.”

Fifty-Six Hope Road Music, Ltd., is the company founded by Bob Marley’s wife and children and the legal entity holding the trademark, publicity, persona and other intellectual property rights to legendary reggae artist Bob Marley.

Contact: Lonnie Soury, Soury Communications, Inc. (212) 414.5857, Lsoury@soury.com

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Jamaica’s Legendary International Master Pianist For LA Performance

Jamaica Award-Winning Jazz Great Monty Alexander

Jamaica Award-Winning Jazz Great Monty Alexander

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Nov. 9 2015: Jamaica’s legendary award-winning international master pianist, Monty Alexander, fresh from a tour of Japan, will be taking his Harlem Kingston Express to Hollywood this weekend.

Alexander, who has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, will  bring ‘A Jamaica Reggae/Jazz One Love Party’ to Los Angeles, California this November 13th and 14th.

He and his Grammy-nominated band will perform at the popular Catalina Jazz Club at 6725 W. Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, CA  from 8:30 PST over the two nights where he will treat fans to his own version of contemporary jazz.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5995895&pl=cbg or by clicking here.

Alexander has over 70 recordings under his belt and has performed globally with renowned artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Ray Brown, Natalie Cole and Tony Bennett among numerous others.

He was awarded the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica in August 2000 by the Jamaican government and in 2012, ‘Harlem Kingston Express: Live!’ was singled out by both the recording industry and fans and received a Grammy award nomination.

In the summer of 2012, the freewheeling virtuoso  was also awarded the prestigious German Jazz Trophy, “A Life for Jazz,” while in November of the same year, he received the Caribbean American Heritage Luminary Award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Washington, D.C.

His ‘Harlem-Kingston Express Vol. 2: The River Rolls On,’ was released in April on the Motéma Music label and remained for weeks at number one the Jazz radio charts.  Last year, ‘Harlem Kingston Express Vol. 2’ was nominated for a Soul Train award.

Alexander maintains a rigorous touring schedule worldwide because of his unchained improvisational style – playing from jazz clubs to concert halls and top Jazz Festivals.

For more on the Caribbean’s greatest jazz pianist and his music visit him on YouTube or at montyalexander.com. You can also like him on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Felicia Persaud

Hard Beat Communications

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felicia@caribpr.com(email)

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Haiti will host the 12th edition of CARIFESTA, the Caribbean Festival of Arts, August 21 – 30, 2015

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CaribPR Wire, PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Weds. Aug. 12,2015: CARIFESTA, which is the largest cultural and artistic event in the Caribbean, has fused all forms of expression of Latin America and the Caribbean since 1972.

As a result, it has become a major multicultural and international event that increasingly attracts countries from other continents.

The Caribbean is a meeting place for people around the world, a witness of the crossroad of nations, of different migrations by will or force, of life invented a thousand times, shaped through the fusion of different cultures.

CARIFESTA celebrates diversity and similarity; talent and brotherhood. It gives artists the opportunity to discuss, share experiences, learn from one another and share their knowledge and traditions.

All men and women are alike in their beauty. Armed with this strong belief, Haiti opens its doors to welcome the Caribbean and the world from August 21st to August 30th, 2015.

CARIFESTA XII activities will be held in five (5) cities across the island: Port-au-Prince, Jacmel, Cap-Haitian, Gonaives, and Cayes.

All disciplines will be featured: dance, cuisine, fashion, cinema, visual arts, literature, music, theater, arts and crafts.

CARICOM

CARICOM (Caribbean Community) – the 14 member countries, including Haiti – has taken all the necessary steps to ensure that this 12th edition in Haiti continues to fulfill the legacy of CARIFESTA being a Great Cultural and Artistic event since 1972.

Accommodation

Haiti is able to accommodate its many guests at the 12th edition of CARIFESTA from August 21 to August 30, 2015.

Agreements have been made with the hotels for special packages and attractive rates for CARIFESTA season.

Impacts

Government funding has been allocated to make this great international event possible in Haiti. The event will also be supported by private sector sponsors.

CARIFESTA in Haiti is an incredible opportunity for our artists and creators.

CARIFESTA will have a positive impact on various sectors of national life.

We can rely on CARIFESTA to enhance our image, especially in the Caribbean.

The Grand Market

The Great Market is a giant space for exhibitions from a variety of artistic categories as well as a center of activities for the youth, which will take place in Champs de Mars for 10 days throughout the event will be among the flagship activities of CARIFESTA’s.

Our roots, our culture, our common future!

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Afrojack comes to Aruba for the first time

ORANJESTAD, Aruba, July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The rumors are true! Nick Leonardus van de Wall, commonly known by his stage name Afrojack, is set to perform at the third edition of Electric Festival amongst NERVO and Loco Dice Labor Day weekend. The DJ and producer performs at the main stage at the APA Arena in Oranjestad, Aruba.

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The Twins Maurice and Karim Neme, Entrepreneurs and Founder of Electric Festival, are proud to organize the third edition in conjunction with the Aruba Tourism Authority and Amsterdam Dance Event.

From Thursday, Sept. 3rd to Sunday, Sept. 6th, Aruba opens its gates for the electronic music industry and showcases for the world. The four day event will feature top international DJs as well as ADE Global Sessions. Tickets and travel packages are available at http://www.electricfestival.com/tickets.

Grammy award winning DJ and producer, Afrojack, is one of the most influential names in electronic dance music today. At only 27, he has played a large role in the worldwide explosion and popularity of dance music with The Hollywood Reporter calling him “a global icon” set “to conquer the world” and in 2014, Forbes placed him at #6 on its annual list of ‘The World’s Highest Paid DJs.’ A talented producer and artist, Afrojack is versatile and creative with his sound whether creating club hits or producing and remixing for the likes of Beyonce, Pitbull or Madonna. Afrojack is adept at shifting between genres and playing with his sound and it’s easy to see why his skills are some of the most sought after in the world. Nick also won an EBBA Award (a BUMA Initiative) in his home country, the Netherlands.

Given Afrojack’s immense popularity and influence on the music industry it is no surprise that many corporate brands have flocked to him for brand partnerships. Afrojack recently announced a partnership with globally celebrated fashion label ‘G-Star Raw’ for his own line of Afrojack inspired designs sold worldwide. He recently released his second capsule collection with the brand, after his first collection sold out in only 48 hours. He was also sought out by leading gaming company, Razer, to be a brand consultant on the development of its future products. Further, Nick’s single, ‘Ten Feet Tall,’ premiered as a part of Bud Light’s newest commercial during the 2014 Superbowl. He continues to collaborate with some of the world’s most legendary music artists, including his most recent appearance on “Good Morning America” with world renowned music artist Sting.

Afrojack has built a global brand that is recognized for influencing attitudes and championing new levels of change for the music world. It is clear from his exponential growth that there is no stopping him and at only 27 years old, this is just the beginning; now he touches Electric Festival for the very first time.

The first two editions of Electric Festival were attended by more than 15,000 people in both 2013 and 2014. With artists and speakers such as Chus & Ceballos, Dave Clarke, DJ Chuckie, Erick Morillo, Fellow, Knife Party, Lil John, Loco Dice, Maarten Vorwerk, Mike Henderson (ENDO), Nicole Moudaber,, Nutzbeatz, No Eat No Sleep, Partai, REVOLT TV, Slash, Stacey Pullen and many others.

Visitors in previous years came not only from neighboring ABC Islands, a strong following from the U.S., Venezuela, and Europe emerged.

With the addition of prominent new speakers and program items, Amsterdam Dance Event’s global touring platform, ADE Global Sessions, is also shaping its Aruba lineup for this year. During ADE Global Sessions Aruba there will be a host of exclusive industry meetings, strategy sessions, top notch Q&A’s, pop-up parties and more alongside Electric Festival.

The program of ADE Global Sessions Aruba focuses on the exploding electronic dance music market in the Latin American and Caribbean region. Exclusive business gatherings include an interactive series of powerful talks on the rise of electronic music festivals in the region with Leizer Guss (OCESA/EDC Mexico), Rodrigo Frutos (The Bullitt Agency) and Edo van Duijn (SFX South America) and Industry Inside: Spot on Latin America, with Brandon Bakshi (BMI) talking to Luis Estrada (Aftercluv Dancelab/Universal Music Latin Entertainment) about industry trends, sounds, possibilities and future visions for electronic dance music in and from the Latin American region.

With a diverse program that offers opportunities for a new generation, Aruba wants to get back in the driver’s seat and be the number one destination amongst millennials and attract not only with its flamingos, crystal clear waters and sandy beaches.

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CONTACT: Sami Michl, sami@electricfestival.com, 323-743-1117

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Hit U.S. Game Show, Family Feud, Hosted By Steve Harvey, Set to Premiere on Broadcast Television in the Caribbean

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Hit U.S. Game Show, Family Feud, Hosted By Steve Harvey, Set to Premiere on Broadcast Television in the Caribbean

CaribPR Wire, Port of Spain, Trinidad, Sun. July 26, 2015: The top-rated U.S. television game show, Family Feud, will now be shown on broadcast television exclusively across the English-speaking Caribbean. The move will significantly expand public access to the show across the region.

Since its premiere in 1976, Family Feud (U.S.) has remained one of television’s most popular and enduring game shows. The show features two families who compete for cash and cars by trying to guess the most popular answers to a survey-type question posed to 100 people.

Family Feud (U.S.) is hosted by the multi-hyphenate standup comedian, actor, author, deejay and Emmy® Award-winning talk show host Steve Harvey. As host, Harvey engages competing family members in hilarious repartee, and his honest reactions to their responses have brought a fresh appeal to the show. Family Feud (U.S.) continues to shatter ratings barriers with its widespread popularity and most recently rose to the top of the ratings charts for both syndicated game shows and all syndicated programs in the United States.

While piracy in the region for this type of programming has been an ongoing problem, the broadcast television rights to Family Feud (U.S.) have been officially acquired by Pavilion Entertainment from FremantleMedia International, authorizing broadcast stations across the English-speaking Caribbean to air the program. Currently in the Caribbean, broadcast television is the most widespread choice for content consumption. Therefore, with this new deal, the television audience for the already popular game show is expected to increase significantly.

“We are very happy to bring such fun and family-friendly programming to regional broadcasters,” said Colette Hosten, Corporate Communications Manager for Pavilion Entertainment. “Family Feud (US) has some of the highest ratings among all of daytime television. It is a hit, nationally syndicated game show and rates high among women, adults ages 25-54, and multi-generational families. Because of this extensive appeal, we expect that viewers and advertisers alike will fully embrace the game show once available on broadcast television across the Caribbean market.”

Taped in front of a live audience from its home in Atlanta, Georgia, Family Feud (US) is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Gaby Johnston and Jennifer Mullin are Executive Producers and Jim Roush is Executive in Charge of Production.

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For more information, contact:

Colette Hosten

Pavilion Entertainment

Manager, Corporate Communications

Tel: 868-705-7043

colette.hosten@hermanscott.com

Kristina Kirk

FremantleMedia

Executive Director, Communications

Tel: 818-748-2521

Kristina.kirk@fremantlemedia.com

About Pavilion Entertainment

Pavilion Entertainment a new media company incorporated in Trinidad and Tobago. It is dedicated to the original production of media projects and the regional distribution of both original and franchise programming. Pavilion Entertainment is led by a team of media professionals from Trinidad, Barbados, Jamaica and the United States.

About FremantleMedia International

FremantleMedia International (FMI) is the global distribution division of FremantleMedia, one of the leading creators, producers and distributors of television entertainment brands in the world. The division is responsible for global sales across Linear Television, Digital and Home Entertainment platforms of finished content, format sales in non-production territories as well as acquiring and developing new programmes for the international market. In addition to the world-class FremantleMedia production families around the globe, FMI works with the highest calibre creative talent, producers, channels, licensees and studios to create, finance and distribute the best content in the business.

FMI’s catalogue contains more than 20,000 hours of content; a diverse and exciting range of programming spanning drama, comedy, factual, lifestyle and entertainment. Managed by a powerful distribution network spanning nine international offices and supported by a best-in-class brand management team, FMI’s content has sold to more than 150 countries around the world. For more information please visit www.fremantlemedia.com.

About FremantleMedia North America

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is the U.S. arm of global media giant FremantleMedia, which includes a distribution arm, FremantleMedia International, a digital and branded entertainment division and a kids & family entertainment business. As one of the world’s largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of TV brands in the world, FremantleMedia’s comprehensive global network has operations in 28 countries, creating over 10,000 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 45 formats and managing over 350 individual titles.

The company also distributes more than 20,000 hours of content in over 200 territories. FMNA and its portfolio of companies, including Original Productions and 495 Productions, produce entertaining and innovative scripted and alternative programs for network, cable, syndicated and online platforms. Their slate includes a diverse range of both critically-acclaimed and award-winning successes including American Idol (FOX), America’s Got Talent (NBC), Family Feud (SYN), Let’s Make A Deal (CBS), The Price Is Right (CBS), The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC), Deadliest Catch (Discovery), Married to Medicine (Bravo), Party Down South (CMT), Ice Road Truckers (HISTORY), Storage Wars (A&E), Celebrity Family Feud (ABC), Celebrity Name Game (SYN), American Gods (STARZ) , among others.

Family Feud in the Media

Syndication Ratings: ‘Family Feud’ Staking Claim Atop Games: Leads genre for fifth straight week, followed by ‘Jeopardy!,’ ‘Wheel of Fortune’

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Ratings: ‘Family Feud’ Tops All of Syndication for First Time

“Family Feud” continues to dominate among syndicated originals in key demo categories, with its 2.6 rating in adults 25-54 easily besting “Judge Judy” (2.1), “Wheel of Fortune” (1.7) and “Jeopardy” (1.6). Similarly in women 25-54, its 3.2 rating put it comfortably ahead of “Judge Judy” (2.7), “Wheel of Fortune” (1.9) and “Jeopardy” (1.8), according to Nielsen.”

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Legendary Piano Master and Jamaica’s Commander Of Distinction, Monty Alexander Remembers Nat ‘King’ Cole

Jamaica Award-Winning Jazz Great Monty Alexander

Jamaica Award-Winning Jazz Great Monty Alexander

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs. July 9, 2015: Legendary piano master and Jamaica’s Commander Of Distinction, Monty Alexander, will lead a heartfelt exploration of one of his musical heroes, Nat ‘King’ Cole, later this month in Boston.

Alexander, along with special guests Caterina Zapponi, his lovely wife and singer, and Allan Harris who recorded a Cole tribute of his own entitled ‘Nat King Cole: Long Live the King;’ will lead the ‘Monty Alexander: Remembering Nat ‘King’ Cole’ salute at Scullers Jazz Club at the DoubleTree Guest Suites, 400 Soldiers Road in Boston, Massachusetts on July 25th.

Alexander, whose performances the Wall Street Journal describes as “an outrageously good time,” says Cole became an inspiration from the moment he heard his albums in his parent’s home as a little boy in Jamaica.

He later saw Cole perform live. That performance and music from his childhood left an indelible mark on Alexander. So much so that in 2009, he released his recording ‘Calypso Blues: The Songs of Nat ‘King’ Cole.’

Alexander later played on Natalie Cole’s classic tribute album to her father, ‘Unforgettable: With Love.’

“Non Dimenticar,” Cole’s Italian hit, was lovingly recreated with Zapponi helping Harris on vocals. On the tune, Alexander reprised the lovely, lilting Nat-like piano component that he played behind Natalie Cole on “Unforgettable: With Love.”

Show times on July 25th are 8 and 10 p.m., respectively and the Boathouse 400 Restaurant and Scullers Jazz Club are offering a dinner and show package at $75 per person. For Tickets log on to http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=6037235&pl=scullers or for more information call 617-562-4111 or email: info@ScullersJazz.com. For more on the Sculler’s show log on to scullersjazz.com

OTHER UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

Alexander will also play NJPAC in New Jersey on July 31st before coming to New York on August 1st where he will play the King’s Theatre in Brooklyn. On September 9th, he heads to St. Louis for a major performance at the Jazz Bistro. For more on the Caribbean’s greatest jazz pianist performance schedule see montyalexander.com.

ABOUT ALEXANDER

Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression. With more than 70 recordings under his belt, Alexander has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Bobby McFerrin, and many more.

In August 2000 the Jamaican government awarded Alexander the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador. And in 2012, ‘Harlem Kingston Express: Live!’ was singled out by both the recording industry and fans and received a Grammy award nomination.

In the summer of 2012, Alexander was also awarded the prestigious German Jazz Trophy, “A Life for Jazz,” while in November of the same year, he received the Caribbean American Heritage Luminary Award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Washington, D.C. His ‘Harlem-Kingston Express Vol. 2: The River Rolls On,’ was released in April on the Motéma Music label and remained for weeks at number one the Jazz radio charts.

In 2012 also, ‘Harlem Kingston Express: Live!,’ was singled out by both the recording industry and fans and received a Grammy nomination and last year, ‘Harlem Kingston Express Vol. 2’ was nominated for a Soul Train award.

Alexander maintains a rigorous touring schedule worldwide, from jazz clubs to concert halls and playing at Jazz Festivals. In Hal Leonard’s 2005 book ‘The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time,’ Alexander is listed among the top five Jazz pianists of all time.

You can like Alexander on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Felicia Persaud

Hard Beat Communications

718-476-3616 (phone)

felicia@caribpr.com(email)

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Photo Release — ArKay Beverages Announces the Possibility of Opening an ArKay Social Cafe With an Investment as Low of $10,000

CaribPR Wire, FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 28, 2015: Other cafe franchises may ask you to invest as much as $250,000 and pay upfront fees to open a coffee shop.

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ArKay Social Cafe is the best alternative to franchises because it is not asking for any fees, royalties, or entry tickets.

ArKay’s concept is unique and offers a brand new universe of integrating alcohol free liquor stores and gourmet cafes with high-end bakeries under the same roof.

The ArKay Universe features six areas, including a coffee shop, party shop, ice cream parlor, gourmet food store, cocktail bar, and alcohol-free liquor store.

You can socialize over a virgin liquor drink, while eating an alcohol free rum sponge cake or a delicious canape with smoked salmon.

Your investment may vary, depending on the size, location, and features of your ArKay Social Cafe, but it’s possible to open a small ArKay Social Cafe with an investment as low as $10,000. Later, you can open a larger ArKay Cafe, with all available features, for as little as $100,000, and profitability of as much as 50% ROI.

ArKay affiliates are free to decide the amount of their initial investment, depending on their budget. This is a plug and play opportunity; the more features are added to the cafe, the more it will cost.

ArKay will assist its affiliates in opening their ArKay Social Cafe, and they will never ask you for any fees, royalties, or commission on sales of any kind. The affiliate will only be required to buy all the products that ArKay produces — alcohol free liquors, cocktails, and beers, as well as ice cream, pastries, dressing, bakery products, etc.

Our affiliates will be able to re-invest their earnings in no time, expanding their ArKay Social Cafe with more features.

ArKay Social Cafe is the best choice available on the market. It’s a place for the family to enjoy, with no need for liquor permits, no fees, and no royalties. It’s the best place to hang out with people of all ages, from 9 to 99!

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CONTACT: ArKay Beverages Inc.

401 East Las Olas Blvd.

Suite 1400

Fort Lauderdale FL 33301

TEL (1-855) 416-2565

www.arkaysocialcafe.com

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Jamaica’s Legendary Music Great Monty Alexander For Toronto On April 25th

Jamaica Award-Winning Jazz Great Monty Alexander

Jamaica Award-Winning Jazz Great Monty Alexander

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. April 14, 2015: Fresh from a one night performance in The Windy City of Chicago, Jamaican-born award-winning jazz great, Monty Alexander and his Grammy-nominated band, the Harlem Kingston Express are heading to Canada.

Alexander and his band will take over the Royal Conservatory Koerner Hall in Toronto, Canada for a one night performance on April 25th as part of the 2014-2015 Season.

Toronto jazz fans, including Caribbean Canadians, are being urged to get their tickets now to ensure a seat for a night that will be truly unforgettable. “Our brand of jazz lets people get up and dance as we infuse traditional jazz with a dash of Caribbean culture that truly is a true representation of this beautiful region and its people,” said the award-winning musician.

Show time will be 8 p.m. sharp and tickets starts at CDN$35.  For tickets call the box office at 416.408.0208 or logging on here or at http://performance.rcmusic.ca/event/harlem-kingston_express

Alexander will return with his band to the U.S. for a performance in the Big Easy, New Orleans, on Thursday, April 30th. There he will play the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the New Orleans Fair Grounds. Tickets can be purchased here for the annual festival, that will feature others greats like Elton John, Ed Sheeran and No Doubt or by logging on directly at  http://www.ticketmaster.com/shoppinglist/1B004E2676E61721

Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica. With 70 recordings under his belt, he has performed globally with renowned artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Ray Brown, Natalie Cole and Tony Bennett among numerous others.

In August 2000 the Jamaican government awarded Alexander the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador. And in 2012, ‘Harlem Kingston Express: Live!’ was singled out by both the recording industry and fans and received a Grammy award nomination.

In the summer of 2012, Alexander was also awarded the prestigious German Jazz Trophy, “A Life for Jazz,” while in November of the same year, he received the Caribbean American Heritage Luminary Award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Washington, D.C. His ‘Harlem-Kingston Express Vol. 2: The River Rolls On,’ was released in April on the Motéma Music label and remained for weeks at number one the Jazz radio charts.

In 2012 also, ‘Harlem Kingston Express: Live!,’ was singled out by both the recording industry and fans and received a Grammy nomination and last year, ‘Harlem Kingston Express Vol. 2’ was nominated for a Soul Train award.

Alexander maintains a rigorous touring schedule worldwide, from jazz clubs to concert halls and playing at Jazz Festivals. In Hal Leonard’s 2005 book ‘The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time,’ Alexander is listed among the top five Jazz pianists of all time.

For more on the Caribbean’s greatest jazz pianist and his music visit him on YouTube or at montyalexander.com. You can also like him on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Felicia Persaud

Hard Beat Communications

718-476-3616 (phone)

felicia@caribpr.com(email)

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Jamaica’s Legendary Music Great Monty Alexander For Chicago April 11th

Jamaica Award-Winning Jazz Great Monty Alexander

Jamaica Award-Winning Jazz Great Monty Alexander

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Tues. April 7, 2015: Jamaican-born award-winning jazz great, Monty Alexander, will take his popular brand of jazz to The Windy City this Saturday for one night only.

Alexander will play Chicago on Saturday April 11th after a three year absence.  The Caribbean-born musician will take over the beautiful 400-seat Feinberg Theater, Venue Six10, at the Spertus Institute, 610 South Michigan Avenue, with the spectacular 17-piece Chicago Jazz Orchestra for a 7:30 performance.

Tickets are US$30 and $40, respectively and can be bought here or by logging on directly to  http://chicagojazzorchestra.org/store/cjomontyti/. Alexander is urging all jazz fans, including the many West Indians who call Chicago home, to make it a date and enjoy one night of his foot-tapping, hip swaying Caribbean-infused brand of jazz.

OTHER UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

Alexander and his Grammy-nominated band, the Harlem Kingston Express will then perform at the Royal Conservatory Koerner Hall in Toronto, Canada on Saturday, April 25th as part of the 2014-2015 Season. Show time will be 8 p.m. sharp and tickets starts at CDN$35.  For tickets call the box office at 416.408.0208 or logging on here or at http://performance.rcmusic.ca/event/harlem-kingston_express

He will return with his band to the U.S. for a performance in the Big Easy, New Orleans, on Thursday, April 30th. There he will play the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the New Orleans Fair Grounds. Tickets can be purchased here for the annual festival, that will feature others greats like Elton John, Ed Sheeran and No Doubt or by logging on directly at  http://www.ticketmaster.com/shoppinglist/1B004E2676E61721

Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica. With 70 recordings under his belt, he has performed globally with renowned artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Ray Brown, Natalie Cole and Tony Bennett among numerous others.

In August 2000 the Jamaican government awarded Alexander the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador. And in 2012, ‘Harlem Kingston Express: Live!’ was singled out by both the recording industry and fans and received a Grammy award nomination.

In the summer of 2012, Alexander was also awarded the prestigious German Jazz Trophy, “A Life for Jazz,” while in November of the same year, he received the Caribbean American Heritage Luminary Award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Washington, D.C. His ‘Harlem-Kingston Express Vol. 2: The River Rolls On,’ was released in April on the Motéma Music label and remained for weeks at number one the Jazz radio charts.

In 2012 also, ‘Harlem Kingston Express: Live!,’ was singled out by both the recording industry and fans and received a Grammy nomination and last year, ‘Harlem Kingston Express Vol. 2’ was nominated for a Soul Train award.

Alexander maintains a rigorous touring schedule worldwide, from jazz clubs to concert halls and playing at Jazz Festivals. In Hal Leonard’s 2005 book ‘The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time,’ Alexander is listed among the top five Jazz pianists of all time.

For more on the Caribbean’s greatest jazz pianist and his music visit him on YouTube or at montyalexander.com. You can also like him on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Felicia Persaud

Hard Beat Communications

718-476-3616 (phone)

felicia@caribpr.com(email)

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Jamaica Award-Winning Jazz Great Monty Alexander & The Harlem Kingston Express For Jazz Standard

Jamaica Award-Winning Jazz Great Monty Alexander

Jamaica Award-Winning Jazz Great Monty Alexander

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Mar 2, 2015: Fresh from a stellar appearance in Munich, Germany, Jamaican-born jazz maestro and Commander in the Order of Distinction, Monty Alexander, along with his Grammy-nominated Harlem Kingston Express band, will play New York City’s prestigious Jazz Standard later this month.

Alexander and his world class band will play the world class venue, which showcases only the best artists of today and the brightest of tomorrow, from March 26-29 at 7:30 and 10 p.m. nightly. “I’m urging all my fans, especially those from the West Indies, to come on down to The Jazz Standard and experience this unique marriage of Caribbean music served with a jazz twist,” said Alexander. “It will be a jazz party in the Big Apple as we explore both standard and contemporary jazz.”

The full show schedule and ticket prices per show at the Club at 116 E 27th St, New York, NY are as follows:

THU, MAR 26 – 7:30 PM — $35.00

THU, MAR 26 – 10:00 PM — $35.00

FRI, MAR 27 – 7:30 PM — $40.00

FRI, MAR 27 – 10:00 PM — $40.00

SAT, MAR 28 – 7:30 PM — $40.00

SAT, MAR 28 – 10:00 PM — $40.00

SUN, MAR 29 – 7:30 PM — $35.00

SUN, MAR 29 – 10:00 PM — $35.00

For tickets log on to http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5631975&pl=jazzstandard&REFID=jssite

Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica. With 70 recordings under his belt, he has performed globally with renowned artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Ray Brown, Natalie Cole and Tony Bennett among numerous others. In August 2000 the Jamaican government awarded Alexander the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador. And in 2012, ‘Harlem Kingston Express: Live!’ was singled out by both the recording industry and fans and received a Grammy award nomination.

In the summer of 2012, Alexander was also awarded the prestigious German Jazz Trophy, “A Life for Jazz,” while in November of the same year, he received the Caribbean American Heritage Luminary Award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies in Washington, D.C. His ‘Harlem-Kingston Express Vol. 2: The River Rolls On,’ was released in April on the Motéma Music label and remained for weeks at number one the Jazz radio charts. In 2012 also, ‘Harlem Kingston Express: Live!,’ was singled out by both the recording industry and fans and received a Grammy nomination and last year, ‘Harlem Kingston Express Vol. 2’ was nominated for a Soul Train award.

Alexander maintains a rigorous touring schedule worldwide, from jazz clubs to concert halls and playing at Jazz Festivals. For more on the Caribbean’s greatest jazz pianist and his music visit him on YouTube or at montyalexander.com. You can also like him on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE.

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Netflix Is Available in Cuba

Cubans Will Gain Access to A Broad Range of Original Series, Movies, Documentaries, Stand-up Comedy Specials and TV Shows Starting At $7.99

LOS GATOS, Calif., Feb. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX), the leading Internet film and TV subscription service, will offer a broad range of great global entertainment to Cuban consumers as Internet access improves and credit and debit cards become more widely available.

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Starting today, people in Cuba with Internet connections and access to international payment methods will be able to subscribe to Netflix and instantly watch a curated selection of popular movies and TV shows.

Among the premium and unique Netflix series available will be the Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award-winning series House of Cards and Orange is the New Black; the global adventure Marco Polo, great kids shows like DreamWorks Animation’s All Hail King Julien and The Adventures of Puss in Boots and Academy Award-nominated original documentaries including Virunga and The Square. Netflix will also offer a wide range of films, series and kids programming, as it does throughout Latin America.

“We are delighted to finally be able to offer Netflix to the people of Cuba, connecting them with stories they will love from all over the world,” said Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings. “Cuba has great filmmakers and a robust arts culture and one day we hope to be able to bring their work to our global audience of over 57 million members.”

Since launching its online service in 2007, Netflix has revolutionized the way people enjoy entertainment. With a constantly improving user experience, advanced personalization technology and a curated selection of films and TV series, members are able to create their own viewing experience and can easily discover new favorites, while reconnecting with popular characters and stories.

Netflix began offering its service in Latin America in 2011 and now counts over 5 million members, enjoying millions of hours of films and TV series for a low monthly price.

Netflix members with broadband connections can watch whenever, wherever they like and on any Netflix-ready device available in the market. Members can start watching on one device, pause and then pick up where they left off, at home or on the go. It is easy to sign up for a one-month free trial and to cancel anytime.

About Netflix
Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 57 million members in nearly 50 countries enjoying more than two billion hours of TV shows and movies per month, including original series, documentaries, and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause, and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

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‘Voice Mail’ releases “Next Level” Album to Introduce a New Genre in Jamaican Music

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Voice Mail

Voice Mail

CaribPR Wire, STUTTGART, Germany, Weds. Jan. 7, 21014: The Jamaican Duo “Voice Mail” has released a new album on Jan. 5th. Voice Mail is known for harmony-loaded vocals, to spread excitement for dancing and for a focus on the good things in life! The album is entitled “Next Level” and features 14 tracks of which 3 had been previously released.

Track List:

1. I’m Going Out

2. Party Commander

3. Do What I Wanna

4. Summertime

5. United

6. I Got Love

7. Party Is On

8. Spaceship

9. Here And Now

10. If I Could

11. Attention

12. Let Go

13. Jump Up

14. One Life to Live

For this record, we’ve decided to explore untapped territories,” said Craig Jackson of Voice Mail. “We wanted to do something different, something with influences from other countries and musical styles. That’s why we partnered with two overseas producers: Dave Edwards from Brooklyn, New York and The Titans from Stuttgart, Germany. There were no limitations as to what music genre to go with. We just went into the studio and experimented with different instrumentals to see where our creativity flowed. It was a very intuitive production process. I think the result can hardly be described in terms of a genre. I urge you to listen to the songs and tell us what you think it is?”

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“The production process for ‘Next Level’ was in a sense unique. We’ve tried to identify ‘white space opportunities’ between popular songs that exist today in order to drive innovation for tomorrow. Our approach to enable innovation & invention was based on giving both producers and artists creative freedom within the production process,” said Michael Freudenberger, CEO Captivate Music.

“Voice Mail frequently flew to New York or Germany and usually we spent a week in the studio, recording one song a day, every day. For those recordings we used random instrumentals from the Internet. Later, the producers screened the vocals to decide on which song they want to work. Once they were finished with a first mix that sometimes only featured a hook or verses, Voice Mail went back to the studio (in Jamaica) to record more material. The forth and back continued as long as it was necessary to get everyone satisfied. The end results were later mastered at Sterling Sound in NYC.

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“Next Level” stands for a reinvention of not only our music but also our image. Reinvention is crucial to capture people’s attention and have them remain interested,” said Kevin Blair of Voice Mail. “Our broader focus is more towards that than to fulfill every expectation of people that are familiar with the band. Since we lost one of our members, we’ve had to reposition “Voice Mail”. Our audience today is loyal but also in constant flux and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I think there are two categories of fans we can attract with this album.

“Over the past couple of years, pop and EDM music has become extremely popular in Jamaica. At many Jamaican parties today, DJs play a mix between music from local artists and that of global artists (such as Rihanna, Nicki Minaj or Flo Rida). Our intention here is to unite both worlds, the local with the global. I think Jamaica is ready for an act that bridges the gap.

“On the other hand, we see artists in the U.S. using Dancehall elements in their music. Every time I hear that I ask myself, why is Jamaica not delivering that music to international consumers? There are endless talents in Jamaica and there is the demand from international audiences for Dancehall drums, vocals etc. So our secondary target group are those fans.”

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The album is a joint venture between Scikron Entertainment Group, Captivate Music and The Royalty Network, Inc.

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For interviews, photos and other requests, contact:

Michael Freudenberger (CEO)

Captivate Music Label

Address: Otto-Hirsch-Str. 27

71686 Remseck, Germany.

Contact: mike@captivatemusic.com

Tel: 0049 163 6968 003

Fax: 0049 322 22488 287

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Legendary Jamaican Jazz Musician Monty Alexander Returns With A Holiday Tradition To Washington, D.C.

Monty Alexander's will ‘star’ in "Jazz around the West Indies" at the Dizzy's Club Coca Cola in New York City from Sept 17-21, 2014.

Legendary Jamaican Jazz Musician Monty Alexander.

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Dec. 19, 2014: In what has now become a holiday tradition at Washington, D.C.’s most jazz club, Grammy and Soul Train-nominated Jamaican jazz musician, Monty Alexander, will return to Blues Alley to ring out the old year and ring in the new.

Alexander returns to the famous jazz club at 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., for the third consecutive year, with a jazz performance that is certain to leave his audience yearning for more.

The legendary Caribbean Piano-man will be presenting his “Uplift” show from December 26th to the 29th. On December 30th and New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31st, he will be joined by his band “Harlem Kingston Express” to add some Caribbean flavor to the shows.

“If you are in the D.C. area you will want to make your New Year’s Eve date night at Blues Alley,” Alexander commented. “It’s going to be a jazz party that will undoubtedly leave you dancing and uplifted and ready for 2015, so ensure you get your tickets early.”

For reservations log on here or to http://bluesalley.com/events.cfm.

The Full Show Schedule Is As Follows:

Friday – 12/26 – 8 and 10 p.m.

Saturday – 12/27 – 8 and 10 p.m.

Sunday – 12/28 – 8 and 10 p.m.

Monday – 12/29 – 8 and 10 p.m.

Tuesday – 12/30 – 8 and 10 p.m.

Wednesday – 12/31 – 6:30 and 10:00 p.m.

In a career spanning five decades, Alexander has built a reputation exploring the worlds of American jazz, popular song and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression.

With 70 recordings under his belt, he has performed with renowned artists including Frank Sinatra, Ray Brown, Natalie Cole and Tony Bennett among numerous others.

In 2012, ‘Harlem Kingston Express: Live!,’ was singled out by both the recording industry and fans and received a Grammy nomination. In 2014 ‘Harlem Kingston Express Vol. 2’ was nominated for a Soul Train award.

Alexander maintains a rigorous touring schedule worldwide, from jazz clubs to concert halls and playing at Jazz Festivals.

For more on the Caribbean’s greatest jazz pianist and his music visit him on YouTube or at montyalexander.com. You can also like him on Facebook at facebook.com/officialmontyalexander or keep up to date on his performance on Twitter at @montyHKE.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Felicia Persaud

Hard Beat Communications

718-476-3616 (phone)

felicia@caribpr.com(email)

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Arthur Wylie and Rollins Family Commit $90 Million To Produce Epic Film Trilogy In Jamaica With Creator Of Final Destination

Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Rose Hall Estate, and the creator of the $650 million Final Destination franchise will bring the legendary story of the White Witch of Rose Hall to the silver screen.

LOS ANGELES and MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, Oct. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Arthur Wylie of Global Renaissance Entertainment Group and Michael Rollins, Director of Rose Hall Developments, Ltd., announced that they will partner with the island of Jamaica to produce an epic trilogy of films based on the legend of Annie Palmer – The White Witch Of Rose Hall.  Details were announced Friday, September 26th at a press conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The fact-based supernatural thrillers will be written and Executive Produced by Jeffrey Reddick, creator of the $650 million “Final Destination” franchise. The trilogy will be produced by CEO, Arthur Wylie and COO, Dale Godboldo for Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Inc., and Co-Executive Produced by Michael Rollins, owner of the Rose Hall Estate in Montego Bay. Stephanie Denton, former President of International Sales and Distribution for Lionsgate, will handle worldwide distribution for the films, leveraging her success with “Underworld,” “Saw,” and “Hostel.” The first film in the planned trilogy is in development with an estimated production budget of $20 million to $30 million, and will begin shooting next year in Jamaica. The trilogy adds to the catalogue of Global’s multi-picture deal with Reddick, which includes the upcoming “Superstition” franchise.

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“White Witch of Rose Hall” is based on a well known story in Jamaica about “Annie Palmer” – an English-Irish woman born in Haiti in the early 1800s. When her parents died of yellow fever, she was adopted by a nanny who taught her to practice witchcraft and voodoo. She moved to Jamaica and married John Palmer, owner of Rose Hall Plantation. Annie murdered Palmer along with two subsequent husbands and numerous male plantation slaves. Annie’s spirit is believed to haunt the Great House of Rose Hall to this day.

“I am honored to collaborate with Michael and his family on a project that pulls from such a rich culture and vivid history,” says Arthur Wylie. “We not only share a love for Jamaica and commitment to paying homage to this extraordinary tale, the Rollins also bring an unparalleled level of enthusiasm and business acumen that stems from building a billion dollar empire from industries as varied as real estate, casinos, and hotels.”

“Jamaica has been near and dear to my heart,” said Michael Rollins. “To have a project like this, from Jamaica, filmed in Jamaica, is something that our family has been working to realize for over fifty years now. I’m excited to be working with Arthur, Jeffrey, and Dale to finally make it a reality.”

The Producers are working hand in hand with JAMPRO, an organization that works closely with local and global entrepreneurs seeking to tap into the many investment and trade opportunities in Jamaica. Global’s goal is to bring additional film opportunities to Jamaica while providing employment opportunities for its residents.

“JAMPRO is pleased to be associated with a project of this magnitude,” says Carole Beckford, Film Commissioner at JAMPRO. “The impact it can have on the local industry is incredible, and we anticipate a great working relationship with the team. We look forward to the end result.”

To mark the announcement of the films, Global Renaissance invited both US and local media, business associates, investors, and other VIPs to a weekend filled with activities centered on the celebration of Jamaica. Guests were hosted at Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall in Montego Bay, led on island excursions by Chukka Tours, and treated to an exclusive finale party called “The Destination Experience: A Global Renaissance” at Goldeneye Resort. Sponsors included Visa Signature, Range Rover, Jaguar, Virgin Atlantic, and Magellan Jets. Transportation throughout the weekend was provided by JTL Tours.

For more information on Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Inc.: www.theglobalrenaissance.com. For media inquiries, contact: Shehawnee Prescod of Earth Angel PR at sprecod@earthangelpr.com or 404-889-1248. Connect with us on Facebook:  facebook.com/GlobalRenaissanceEntertainmentGroup and facebook.com/White-Witch-Of-Rose-Hall.

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About Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Inc.

Global Renaissance Entertainment Group (an Arthur Wylie Enterprises company) is a film and television production company joint ventured with the principals of Cherokee Investment Partners – a $2B investment firm. Managers attached to our upcoming projects have generated over $9B in worldwide sales. GR recently partnered with Lionsgate Films’ Codeblack division to launch movies adapted from Global’s catalog of novels by NY Times Best Selling author, Omar Tyree (8 million readers, and $30 million generated for Simon & Schuster).

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