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Alma de Samaná Announces Their Own International Film Festival in 2026 at Essence Fest

Celebrating the Magic of Movie Making in the Dominican Republic

ATLANTA and NEW ORLEANS and SAMANÁ, Dominican Republic, July 4, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Every summer the elite of black entertainment gather in New Orleans to share, to experience, to learn from one another and to engage with the community at the widely successful conference, Essence Festival of Culture. This year Essence Fest debuted their 1st Film Festival during the conference and invited Atlanta’s very own uber professional Dr. Diana Lynch, CEO & Founder of Alma de Samaná to lead a discussion on the film industry in the Dominican Republic as they aim to be the new “Hollywood in the Caribbean”, sought after film destination and announce that The Alma de Samaná International Film Festival will debut in 2026.

Largest development project in Samaná is coming in 2023. Alma de Samaná Golf Resort & Residences is a world-class resort destination located on the southern side of the Samaná Peninsula, nestled upon Samaná Bay. Let us be neighbors and enjoy being human and kind to one another while living in a tropical paradise.

A few popular block buster movies that were shot in the Dominican Republic were The Godfather 2, Jurassic Park and Fast & the Furious 4 & 7 and we are sure you remember the TV show Survivor when it was in the Dominican Republic. But the movies that were filmed in the Samaná area were:

  • XXX: Return of Xander Cage- in Samaná Bay
  • Shotgun Wedding- at Samaná Peninsula
  • Lost City- at Samaná Peninsula

Alma de Samaná and her luxury brand intend to have her own film festival called The Alma de Samaná International Film Festival in 2026 at our chic resort that will break the mold and create a festival that will put the audience in charge and connect you with the unique location. Alma de Samaná is the first Black-owned international luxury resort that will feature top-of-the-line amenities such as signature golf, professional sports training, rehabilitation, and medical campus.

The forethought of The Alma de Samaná International Film Festival is to collect film submissions from creators within the Dominican Republic and the rest of the Caribbean, the United States and Canada and showcase new movie releases that were created in the Dominican Republic.

The Alma de Samaná International Film Festival will provide unique opportunities for content creators to connect intimately with key stakeholders and a unique platform to connect with world audiences. Alma de Samaná is all about embracing real authentic connections both in its resort and in its film festival.

Film Producers that want to know more about The Alma de Samaná International Film Festival? Visit AlmadeSamana.com.

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Dancehall Legend Busy Signal To Headline Guyana Independence Celebration In Brooklyn On June 11 & Receive Congressional Honor

Carnival Association Chair, 17 Year Gold Medal Swimming Sensation, Georgetown Mayor, Top Lawyer to Be Grand Marshals of Independence Parade

CARIBPR Wire, Brooklyn, NY, Thurs. June 8, 2023: New Yorkers will join the Guyanese American community to celebrate Guyana’s 57th Independence Anniversary on Sunday, June 11, 2023, when the annual Guyanese Independence parade on Church Avenue in Brooklyn.

In a statement Tuesday, Kevin King, Vice Chairman of the Guyana Independence Celebration Committee New York announced that Jamaican dancehall superstar Busy Signal will headline the event. For his part, Reanno Vevon Gordon, whose stage name is Busy Signal, promised to bring the house down with a stellar performance.

King also announced that Busy Signal will also be honored by Jamaican American Congresswoman Yvette Clark and the Guyana Independence Committee for his outstanding contribution to dancehall music.

Appearing on Brooklyn’s Caribbean Power Jam Radio last Friday night, the obviously pumped dancehall legend said he was honored to be invited to perform at the Guyanese Independence celebration, as he sees himself as part of the One Caribbean family.

The parade kicks off at 11:30 A.M. on June 11, 2023, at Church and Albany Avenues. The parade will proceed East on Church Ave, North on Flatbush Avenue, East on Parkside Ave and into Prospect Park, for the grand independence concert at LeFrak Center. Over twenty-five Guyanese artistes will entertain the usually massive and jubilant audience. The celebration will feature a special tribute to the twenty-one school children who perished in the Mahdia Secondary School dormitory fire.

Adding star power to the landmark celebration will be seventeen-year-old swimming sensation, Raekwon Noel, who copped five gold medals at the 2023 CARIFTA Championship, popular Attorney at law Nigel Hughes, Georgetown Mayor Ubraj Narine, Chairman of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), Michelle Gibbs, and EmblemHealth Vice President, Ann Marie Adamson, all Grand Marshals of the parade.

The artistes line up include Eddie Neblett, Maji, Trevon Vibez, Denise Belfon, Big Red, Poonam Singh, Nesta Nelson, Denisha McCurchin, Gavin Mendonca, Supper Terry One Man Band, Granny Ivy, Mattic Queen, Jadel, Bollywood star Rohied Chan, Skinny Banton, Freezy, Odayne Rhoden, Linky First, Sabance, Chris Nelson, Jarel Bartholomew, Brandon Harding, Warchild, Pablo G, Zebuluon the Councilor, Thugy Lord, Kurtlee, Subance, Mandella Links, Hypasounds, Jorey, and Busyfreelandz

The Guyana Independence celebration in New York is the largest Guyanese celebration outside of Guyana and the second largest West Indian American celebration in New York City, after the Labor Day parade.

Democratic Leader in the US Congress Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, New York Governor Kathy Hochul, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, , New York  City Mayor Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and several other New Your State and City elected officials, will attend.

Other honorees include Attorney Keith Scotland, a member of parliament from Trinidad and Tobago Caribbean Airlines, Raekwon Noel; physician Dr. Keith Cummings; Director of the African Cultural Development Association (ACDA), Jean Violet Baptist; Georgetown Mayor, Ubraj Narine; health insurance executive Roger Singh; recording artiste Poonam Singh, EmblemHealth Vice President, Ann Marie Adamson; director of the Guyana Cultural Association (GCA), Claire-Ann Goring, folklorist/musician Gavin Mendoza, President of AscentCorp, Lawrence Fanfair; Queens Deputy Borough President, Ronda Binda, Founder and CEO of Caring for Others, Eslene Richmond Shockley, Rupununi Indigenous Youth Leader, Shavez Hendricks, Businessman Agaz Asgaraly, Physician, Dr. Gordon John, Poultry Nutritionist, Dr. Colwayne Morris, Guyanese reggae legend, Mortimer Sofyley (Natural Black), Savvy Bistro and Bar, Joshua House for Children founder Carlton Guilliams and Environmental Engineer, former EPA Head, Dr. Vincent Adams.

Tickets are available at Eventbrite, German’s Restaurant 410 Utica Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11203, Pam’s Bakery 4620 Church Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11203, Caribbean Vision Center 1012 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226, YRP Barbers 1086 Rutland Road, Brooklyn NY 11212, Sybil’s Restaurant 13217 Liberty Ave, Queens, NY 11419 and First Option Juice and Salad Bar 1832 E2nd street, Scotch Plains NJ 07076 and Spice N Thing Restaurant 442 Main Street, East Orange, NJ 07018.

For more information call 929-487-5095 or visit: www.celebrateguyananyc.com

Source: Guyana Independence Celebration Committee New York

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CAPTION: Jamaican dancehall superstar Busy Signal, l., will headline the Guyana Independence Celebration In Brooklyn On June 11, 2023 while seventeen-year-old swimming sensation, Raekwon Noel, r., will be among the Grand Marshals.

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Jamaican Born, Jazz Great Dr. Monty Alexander To Mark Caribbean American Heritage Month In D.C.

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. June 7, 2022: One of the Caribbean’s premier artiste, Jamaican-born, Grammy-nominated international musician, Dr. Monty Alexander, CD, will mark National Caribbean American Heritage Month in Washington, D.C., this weekend with his 51st annual performance at the famed Blues Alley Jazz Club.

Fresh from captivating audiences in France and Japan, Alexander returns to his loyal fan base in Washington, D.C. for a series of thrilling contemporary jazz performances at the iconic Blues Alley. The shows will kick off on Friday, June 9th and continue through Sunday, June 11th, with two shows per night at 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007.

Blues Alley, founded in 1965, is a jazz nightclub in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Musicians who have performed at Blues Alley include Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, John Abercrombie, Tony Bennett, Taj Mahal, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Sarah Vaughan, Grover Washington Jr., Mary Wilson, Nancy Wilson and dozens more.

Dr. Alexander, whose jazz album ‘Love Notes,’ was released last year as his first recording featuring his vocals, will not only mesmerize the audience but also celebrate his recent Order of Jamaica award from the Jamaican government, recognizing his significant contributions to Caribbean American and Jamaican music.

The showtimes for the Blues Alley performances are scheduled at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. EST, respectively, from June 9th to June 11th. Tickets priced at US$42 can be reserved now by selecting the desired date and time on the Blues Alley website at https://www.bluesalley.com/events.

Reflecting on the upcoming performances, Dr. Alexander, the Caribbean musical genius, shared: “At this special time my desire is to also pay musical tribute to a man with whom I enjoyed a wonderful friendship, fellow Jamaican, Harry Belafonte.” He also expressed his excitement to bring his timeless jazz artistry to the stage once again in the nation’s capital.

After almost six decades since his move from Kingston, Jamaica to the United States, Alexander remains an iconic figure in American jazz, delighting audiences worldwide with his vibrant personality and soulful message. Renowned for his endless melody-making, effervescent grooves, and sophisticated voicings, his performances encompass a repertoire that spans jazz, blues, gospel, calypso, reggae, and the American songbook.

With over 75 recorded albums and being recognized as one of the greatest jazz pianists of all time, Monty Alexander received the Jamaican government’s esteemed Commander in the Order of Distinction in 2000 and the national honor of the Order of Jamaica in 2022 for his exceptional contributions to Jamaican music and his global interpretations of the jazz genre. Furthermore, he was bestowed with an honorary doctorate (DLitt) from the University of The West Indies.

Monty Alexander’s virtuosic piano skills and unique blend of jazz and Caribbean musical influences continue to captivate global audiences. His performances are characterized by infectious energy, soulful improvisation, and an innate sense of groove. Whether interpreting jazz standards, reimagining popular tunes, or showcasing his own compositions, Alexander’s expressive playing leaves an indelible mark on listeners.

In addition to his musical achievements, Monty Alexander proudly represents Jamaican culture worldwide, incorporating the spirit and vibrancy of his homeland into his performances. As an esteemed figure in the jazz world, his music transcends borders and connects people, leaving a lasting impact on all who have the pleasure of experiencing his remarkable talent.

As he approaches his 80th birthday, the jazz maestro continues to tour the world, delighting audiences with his vibrant personality and soulful messages. His latest project, “The Monty Alexander Movie,” a documentary showcasing his life and music, is currently in production in Jamaica, the U.S., and Europe, directed by Academy Award© winning cinematographer Jefferson Miller and veteran filmmaker Arthur Gorson.

For more, 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 performances on Twitter at @montyHKE.

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SHAKA ILEMBE IS READY TO HIT GLOBAL SCREENS!

CARIBPR WIRE, Johannesburg, June 02, 2023:

  • MultiChoice Group, the largest producer of original content on the African continent, is set to debut SHAKA ILEMBE, its biggest ever primetime-drama series.
  • Created by the award-winning South African Emmy and Oscar nominated team at Bomb Productions, with global star Nomzamo Mbatha taking on double billing as lead actress and Executive Producer.

The Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed MultiChoice Group is about to debut it’s biggest ever prime-time drama series, Shaka Ilembe, an epic 12-part tale that follows the origins story of the legendary African monarch and military strategist, King Shaka. Six years in the making, the highly anticipated series boasts the talents of some of South Africa’s biggest stars, including Coming 2 America lead actress Nomzamo Mbatha.

With the epic series launching across sub-Saharan Africa on MultiChoice’s video entertainment service DStv this June, Shaka Ilembe is already attracting significant interest outside of the continent. MultiChoice Studios, the busy sales and distribution arm of the sub-Saharan business, is hard at work introducing the title to international buyers at film markets from Cannes to Los Angeles, building on a growing MultiChoice slate of original production exports including the Emmy nominated Reyka and the Deon Meyer penned Trackers.

For Nomsa Philiso, CEO of MultiChoice General Entertainment, Shaka Ilembe offers audiences worldwide the opportunity to immerse into a rich dynastic African story, set in the 1700’s.

“We are confident that this series will travel. It speaks, not only the heritage of the Zulu Nation, but to the fascination that the world has always had with King Shaka. It speaks to Africans owning the stories that their ancestors lived. And it celebrates that, long before colonialism, beyond the pages of history, there was a majestic ancient era of African Kings and Queens, warriors, healers, and leaders who lived, loved, ruled, battled, and above all, entrenched a legacy and culture that endures even today. Further, the series was filmed in isiZulu so it carries a distinct language identity, but it will be sub-titled in multiple languages so audiences from across the globe can enjoy it.”

Central to the Shaka Ilembe story is actress Nomzamo Mbatha, who balances her Executive Producer responsibilities with fulfilling a life-long ambition to play King Shaka’s beloved mother, Queen Nandi.

Speaking to her dual roles on Shaka Ilembe, Mbatha says, “This series is rich in depth, and was shot in 4K on a tremendous scale that fuels the narrative. From the fierce battlefield choreography and the meticulous accuracy of the wardrobe to the resonance of the script, it’s remarkable. And while this is a fictional story, it’s inspired by real events, people, and places. Already, ahead of our domestic launch audiences at home are very supportive because, they know like I do, that TV series like Shaka Ilembe transcends entertainment, and delivers representation, diversity, and progress.”

Mbatha leads off a top-flight ensemble cast featuring some of the country’s most charismatic leading men – Lemogang Tsipa, Senzo Radebe, Wiseman Mncube, Thembinkosi Mthembu and Mondli Makhoba alongside powerful character actresses Khabonina Qubeka, Sthandiwe Kgoroge, Dawn Thandeka King and rising star Hope Mbhele. Meanwhile, playing the boy destined to be King, is gifted young newcomer Ntando Zondi whose prodigious talent was unearthed during the filming of the series.

Filmed in South Africa, SHAKA ILEMBE features much of the country’s magnificent wildlife and scenery, including the mountains, savanna, and coastline of the lushly beautiful province of KwaZulu Natal, home to the majority of South Africa’s Zulu people. Key filming locations here included the towns of Eshowe, Nkandla Forest, Port Edward, Drakensburg, Mooi River and Zulu Falls.

Meanwhile other parts of the series were shot on a purpose-built backlot near the UNESCO World Heritage Site “The Cradle of Humankind” where Emmy and Academy nominated showrunners Bomb Productions hosted the King of the Zulu Nation, His Excellency Misuzulu kaZwelithini, during a special visit to the set for the Royal to see first-hand the level of detail and care that was employed to ensure that the authenticity of the set.

For Mauro Black, MultiChoice Studios Content, Sales, and Distributions Director, it is this credibility of intention and execution that makes SHAKA ILEMBE a powerful cultural export.

“International buyers are discerning about what they will bring their local audiences from the global TV marketplace. So, from inception, SHAKA ILEMBE was crafted to weld an immense depth of oral, written and illustrated Zulu history into the framework of a highly watchable prime-time drama. The result is a deeply meaningful but profoundly enjoyable title that should win fans in markets as diverse as Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and the Americas.”

With over 8000 people contributing their skills to create Shaka Ilembe, the series has already won the support of five of South Africa’s biggest brands (Telkom, LottoStar, Grant’s Whisky, Toyota SA and Santam) who all signed on as commercial partners within days of seeing an extended preview of the series.  In addition, it’s Academy Award and BAFTA nominated Creative Director Angus Gibson and Sundance winning Executive Producer Desiree Markgraaff have drawn from the best of South Africa’s talent, including acclaimed Zulu musician Mbuso Khoza whose skill and vision drives the series soundtrack.

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Remembering My Friend Harry Belafonte

By Dr. Monty Alexander

CARIBPR WIRE, Tues. May 23, 2023: On April 25, 2023, the world bid farewell to Harry Belafonte, a true icon of music, cinema, and activism. I not only mourn the loss of an extraordinary individual, but also a dear friend.

Growing up in Jamaica, my home, Harry played a significant role in my life. In 1956, his album “Jump Up Calypso” emerged, validating the heritage music of Jamaica. The delightful songs sung by Harry, such as “Banana Boat” and “Island in the Sun,” brought smiles to everyone’s faces.

Long before the rise of Bob Marley and the popularization of reggae, Harry was already putting Jamaica on the map with Calypso, or as we called it then, mento. He brought Caribbean rhythms and influences to the forefront of popular music, paving the way for generations of artists who followed in his footsteps.

Harry possessed both striking looks and a compelling voice. When he appeared in movies, his talent as an actor shone brilliantly. I recall watching him in the 1959 film “The World, The Flesh and The Devil,” and I distinctly remember my mother having a crush on him. In fact, Harry Belafonte was adored by many ladies of that era.

As I began my own journey in music, Harry became one of my influential figures. His attitude, grace, integrity, and warmth left a lasting impact on me. Our friendship flourished when I moved to the United States, as we shared a common Jamaican heritage. Despite being an American born in Harlem, his parents hailed from Jamaica, and he even attended high school there for a few years.

Harry always treated me with great kindness. Whenever he saw me, he would joyfully exclaim, “cousin!” Our bond grew stronger over time.

I also cherish the memory of Harry’s contributions to the civil rights movement in America. He leveraged his celebrity status and rallied his Hollywood friends, including Paul Newman, Tony Bennett, and his dear companion from The Bahamas, Sidney Poitier, to join Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in raising awareness for the cause before marching in Selma.

Harry’s activism extended beyond the borders of the United States. He utilized his fame and influence to shed light on human rights abuses in South Africa and other parts of the world. He embraced his platform as a performer to champion the issues closest to his heart, inspiring countless others to do the same. Harry Belafonte was not only an extraordinary entertainer but also an unwavering advocate for social justice and civil rights.

In recent years, I had the privilege of spending time with him on several occasions. Our last meeting occurred on December 16th, 2021, when Harry received the distinguished title of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor from the President of the Republic of France. I was honored to be among the select few non-family members present at the private ceremony held in his New York City home. Though time had passed, and Harry seemed quieter than usual, we shared a wonderful moment, exchanging smiles and embraces. During that special event, Mrs. Belafonte, Pamela Frank, took this lovely picture that I share with great honor and pride.

Losing him fills me with deep sadness. Harry, I will miss you and the tremendous difference you made as an activist for people of color and the less fortunate.

Harry’s legacy serves as a powerful reminder of the transformative power of music. His music brought joy and inspiration to millions around the world, while his activism fostered real and lasting change.

As we remember Harry, let us draw inspiration from his example and continue to utilize music and art as vehicles for promoting social justice and equality for all.

In closing, I would like to share a quote from Harry Belafonte that has always resonated with me: “The artist is the radical voice of society.” Let us all strive to be that radical voice, and to use our talents and platforms to make the world a better place.

Au Revoir Harry. God Bless, and Happy Journey Home.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Monty Alexander, C.D, is a Grammy-nominated, award-winning Jamaican-born, world renown musician who was recently awarded the Order of Jamaica (OJ) for sterling contribution to the promotion of Jamaican music and the Jazz genre interpretations globally. Hear his version of Harry Belafonte’s ‘Island In The Sun’ at youtube.com/watch?v=XSf96gDBMco

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Sashi Experience Returns After Two Decades with Expansion of a Caribbean Focused Streaming Platform

Sashi Launches a New Mobile App for Culture and Entertainment.

LOS ANGELES, March 28, 2023 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Sashi Entertainment, best known for the Sashi Experience, a world-renowned concert series and experiential festival, is expanding its brand portfolio with a new global streaming service called Sashi Entertainment Network (Sashi). The new mobile and OTT platform offers viewers a unique variety of premier Caribbean-focused content launching in over 176 countries including the U.S. Caribbean, Europe and Canada. At its core, the growing library features content from Caribbean filmmakers, creators, and artists as well as emerging talent. The catalog will also highlight the best moments in Caribbean culture with a variety of curated featured sections for movies, documentaries, music videos, lifestyle and travel.

Sashi Announces the Launch of New Mobile App.

Sashi Entertainment, Founder and music executive, Horatio Hamilton partnered with entrepreneur and brand architect, Lexi Chow.  Both Hamilton and Chow’s shared expertise will serve as dual Co-Founder and Co-CEO.  “The media industry is experiencing a transformation with deepening demands for a cultural connection. The growth of OTT networks and mobile apps have also increased demand for niche content and the need for a singular place for Caribbean-centric content.” – says Chow, Co-Founder.

Sashi is currently available on Apple devices including iPhone and iPad; Google platforms and devices including Android™, Chromecast and Chromecast built-in devices and releasing Android TV™ devices later this year. Sashi will offer a free tier subscription under the AVOD model and SVOD prices have not been revealed.

With an estimated 9.1 million Caribbean people living outside of their native country and a growing number of cultural enthusiasts worldwide, the platform is projected to have over 1.1 million subscribers by the end of 2024. Sashi’s curated catalog and original programming continues to grow with authentic content that will in turn fuel subscriber growth, viewership and retention. Sashi aims to keep the diaspora connected to the pulse of the Caribbean.

Reggae has always been at the helm of Caribbean culture globally and now we can bring a sense of identity across the diaspora. We want to provide a platform that magnifies the beauty, diversity, and inclusivity of our culture.” – says Hamilton, Co-Founder.

Sashi has also partnered with veteran filmmaker, director and writer, Cess Silvera (Shottas) for a slate of original content, including three projects that are currently in development. “Sashi is gearing up to revolutionize the entertainment and content space. Creatives like me will have an authentic voice and home where the narrative of our stories will be controlled by us and not some outside source. With several projects in the pipeline, I’m very excited for what the future holds for Sashi as a global player in media and entertainment.” – says, Cess Silvera, Filmmaker

For more information, please visit www.sashi.com and find Sashi on TwitterInstagram and Facebook.

ABOUT SASHI ENTERTAINMENT LLC

Sashi Entertainment LLC is a multi-media company with a portfolio of brands including Sashi Entertainment Network (Sashi), The Sashi Experience and the Caribbean Talent Agency.  Sashi Entertainment is a ecosystem of dynamic interconnected platforms across streaming, live events and international location-based entertainment.

ABOUT SASHI ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK

Sashi Entertainment Network (Sashi) is an OTT streaming service, a subsidiary of Sashi Entertainment LLC. Sashi is dedicated to championing Caribbean culture by entertaining, engaging, and empowering the Caribbean diaspora. The streaming services spans over 177 countries globally offering on demand content and live event streaming.

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Exploring Time and Color with Bulby York

New Album Takes A Comprehensive Look At The Career Of Award-Winning Producer & Engineer

New Album Takes A Comprehensive Look At The Career Of Award-Winning Producer & Engineer

CARIBPR WIRE, Kingston, JA/New York, NY, Thurs. Feb. 23, 2023: - From learning about recording from the iconic King Tubby to being an engineer for the likes of Sly & Robbie and Winston Riley to working with pop icons like Rihanna and Britney Spears, Collin ‘Bulby’ York has been a central figure in Jamaican music for more than 30 years. With his latest album Time & Color, Bulby is drawing from his expansive career with a variety of Caribbean and Latin-American flavors and a roster of talent that spans decades.

Set for release on his birthday, February 24thTime & Color is a reflection of the range and scope of work he has produced over the years with names ranging from Reggae legends Beres Hammond and Ali Campbell (of UB40) to Panamanian artist El Maleante and new vocalist Stacey Mirander.

“This album is a reflection of my career, in both time and what I call ‘color,’” explains Bulby. “It features timeless music with ageless artists like Beres, Ali, Bounty Killer, Tanya Stephens, Admiral Bailey, and Richie Spice.” Most people think color is what they see, but I am referring to sound. How music colors what we feel and how we see the world. The kind of music we listen to even colors our identity.”

Time & Color features 13 tracks colored with the sounds of Gospel, Reggae, Dancehall, and Latin music. The latest single “Good Time” by Richie Spice is a feel-good bass-heavy roots Reggae single that is currently streaming on all platforms. The album also features spiritually uplifting songs from

Jahvinci and Stacey Mirander, a smooth lovers rock single from Beres Hammond, and a remake of a pop music classic with Ali Campbell and Bounty Killer.

Previously released singles on the album include dancehall singles “Queen” with Tanya Stephens and Malica, “Ignorant” with Admiral Bailey and Christopher Martin, and “Race to Waste Your Life” with Spragga Benz, and the pop tinged “Want her Love” with Maxi Priest.

Bulby’s 30-plus-year journey in music began when he started following his uncle, George “Dusty” Miller of the famous Firehouse Crew band, to King Tubby’s studio in the Waterhouse area of Kingston. Bulby learned the art of recording and engineering from the master and even helped Tubby build his state-of-the-art studio, assisting with rewiring and soldering. Bulby eventually created the Fat Eyes label with Lynford ‘Fatta’ Marshall and produced classic hits like “Stop Live Inna Di Pass” (also known as

“Memories”) by Beenie Man, “Suspense” by Bounty Killer, “Down By the River” by Morgan Heritage, and “Want You Back” by Singing Melody. He has engineered tracks for No Doubt, Chaka Khan, Cyndi Lauper, Sinead O’Connor, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Sean Paul. He launched his own label Bulby York Music in 2016.

“To be honest, I can’t even remember all the albums I’ve worked on and all the people I’ve worked with,” Bulby chuckles. “I’ve been involved in music since I was very young. It’s been a long time and A LOT of

color!”

Time & Color is Bulby’s fourth studio album on the Bulby York Music imprint, following Epic & Ting (2016), Master Blaster (2018), and Heart Crafted (2020). Additionally, he has released juggling projects Padang Padang Riddim (2021) and Far East Riddim (2022).

Time & Color will be released on all platforms on Friday, February 24th.

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Jamaican-entertainer-Collin ‘Bulby’ York’s Time & Color drops on his birthday, tomorrow Feb. 24th. (Rohjay Anderson image)

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Grammy Nominated, Jamaican-Born Jazz Great Brings A ‘Love Note’ To West Palm Beach This Valentine’s Day

CaribPR Wire, FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, Fri. Feb. 3, 20223: On the heels of the release of his ‘Love Notes’ album and an Order of Jamaica from his native land, Grammy-nominated jazz great, Dr. Monty Alexander, is set to bring a Valentine’s Day performance to West Palm Beach, Florida this February 14th that will see the marriage of Jamaican rhythms and vibrations with the great American song book of love songs.

The world-renowned, international musician will perform ‘Love Notes’ at the Rinker’s playhouse at The Raymond F. Kravis Center, 701 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33401, on Feb. 14th, for two shows only – at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The intimate and romantic evening, according to Dr. Alexander, will feature songs from the greats he grew up with as a child in Jamaica, such as Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday, as well as Jamaican musicians from the era of ska and reggae, including Sly and Robbie.

Alexander was blessed to not only grow up on the music of the American greats he listened to as a child in Jamaica, but later to play with some in his early musical career, including the legendary Sinatra.

The Feb. 14th Valentine Show will also feature international vocalist, Caterina Zapponi, as well as Cleveland-born American jazz trumpeter, composer, and big band leader, Dominick Farinacci; acoustic guitar and talented Jamaican-born electric bass player, Joshua Thomas; world renown drummer on the Jazz scene, Jason Brown, and New York City-based jazz bassist, composer and teacher, Luke Sellick.

Fans will also be able to meet Dr. Alexander after the last set at a special CD signing of his ‘Love Notes’ album that’s available for sale on Amazon. Songs on the latest album include: ‘These Love Notes,’ ‘Moon River,’ ‘Faith Can Move Mountains,’ ‘As Time Goes By,’ ‘The Nearness of You’ and ‘Island in the Sun,’ among other.

Alexander says the show is also a celebration of his recent award from the Jamaican government and a tribute to his roots. Tickets for each show range from $39.00 – $69.00 and are available for purchase HERE only or on the Kravis Center website.

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Nearly sixty years after he moved to the United States from Kingston, Jamaica, his hometown, Alexander remains an American classic, touring the world relentlessly with various projects and delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful message. A perennial favorite at Jazz festivals and venues worldwide, including at the Montreux Jazz Festival where he has appeared 23 times since 1976, his spirited conception is one informed by the timeless verities: endless melody-making, effervescent grooves, sophisticated voicings, a romantic spirit, and a consistent predisposition. As Alexander accurately states: “to build up the heat and kick up a storm.”

In the course of any given performance, Alexander applies that aesthetics to a repertoire spanning a broad range of jazz and Jamaican musical expressions in what can only be dubbed “the American songbook and the blues, gospel and bebop, calypso and reggae.”

Documented on more than 75 recordings and cited as the fifth greatest jazz pianist ever in The Fifty Greatest Jazz Piano Players of All Time (Hal Leonard Publishing), the Jamaican government designated Alexander Commander in the Order of Distinction in 2000 and conferred on him the national honor of the Order of Jamaica in 2022 for “Sterling Contributions to the Promotions of Jamaican Music and the Jazz Genre Interpretations Globally.” In further recognition of his accomplishments, the University of The West Indies bestowed him with an honorary doctorate, (DLitt).

Alexander’s latest album, released August 19, 2022, is titled, ‘Love Notes,’ and is his first recording featuring his vocals. Also, in the works is “The Monty Alexander Movie,” a documentary on Alexander’s life and music. Directed by Academy Award© winning cinematographer Jefferson Miller, and veteran filmmaker Arthur Gorson, the project is currently in production in Jamaica, the U.S. and Europe.

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

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Hennessy Artistry Back in Barbados!

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados , Dec. 8, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — After a 3 year pause, the highly anticipated Hennessy Artistry took place last weekend with more than 10,000 attendees. Hennessy Artistry is the meeting point between music, art, and the most iconic cognac brand in the world; providing a high energy, ultra-premium, live musical experience.

From December 3 to 4, attendees sang and danced with the blazing performances by some of the best artists in R&B, reggae and dancehall, while enjoying Hennessy cocktails, great food and an energetic ambience ever experienced.

Hennessy Artistry main event took place December 3rd at Kensington Oval and featured headliners including Grammy award winner Ashanti, Mavado, Richie Spice, Skeng, Jashii, Sizzla and more!

The second event, Hennessy Artistry by the Beach, took place December 4th at Artistry Beach, Bay Street, featuring headliners including Jahlano, Pince Swanny, 10 Tikk, Laa Lee, Elephant Man, Mole and more!

To check out more content about what happened during the weekend, visit the Hennessy Artistry website hennessyartistry246.com and follow the Hennessy Barbados Instagram @hennessy246.

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Founded in 1765, the house of Hennessy has continually strived to create the World’s finest cognacs. Hennessy has mastered the art of blending fine aged cognac eaux-de-vie and has been creating fine cognac for 7 generations. This heritage and savoir-faire has earned Hennessy Cognac World-wide renown and the appreciation of today’s greatest cognac connoisseurs, making the brand the World’s #1 cognac and one of the world’s most sophisticated spirits.

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Caribbean Born Entrepreneur Lands In The Quarter Finals Of The 2022 FabOver40 Competition

CARIBPR WIRE, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Nov. 21, 2022: Caribbean immigrant entrepreneur and Florida resident, Felicia J. Persaud, is now a quarter finalist in the 2022 FabOver40 competition.

The Guyana-born founder of ICN, which owns the brands, CaribPR Wire, News Americas, Hard Beat Communications and Invest Caribbean, is now in the run for the semi-finals of the contest which focuses on women over 40.

Voting for the semi-final round begins today, Mon. Nov. 21st at 10 AM PST and the semi-finalists will be announced on Dec. 1st.

Vote to keep Felicia in the contest now at https://votefab40.com/2022/felicia-persaud and make her this year’s winner.

The top competitors from each Quarter-finals group will be divided into Semi-finals groups. Votes will be reset, and public voting will determine the top Semifinalist from each group who will then advance to the Finals. Finals begin December 9th and end December 15th. Votes will be reset, and public voting will determine which Finalist will be the winner of the 2022 Fab Over 40 Competition and the “Grand Prize Winner” on December 15, 2022.

Persaud says she is incredibly grateful for all those who have voted for her this far and look forward to their support now, which is critical to helping her stay in and win the contest for all of the Caribbean and Guyana.

Asked how she stays FabOver40, Persaud said she “works out, eats clean and is on a path of mindfulness and positivity. Her advice to her younger self? “Focus more on loving you and less on looking for love in all the wrong places.”

The winner of this year’s FabOver40 competition will receive a 2-page feature in NewBeauty Magazine, an unforgettable spa-cation in Scottsdale, Arizona, and $40,000.

Persaud says should she win, she will use some of the winnings to name a scholarship in honor of late friend and colleague, News Americas Now photographer Hayden Roger Celestin, who passed away after a stroke on Dec. 14, 2019.

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The Yutes and Tarrus Riley Link Up and Hope for “Better Days”

CARIBPR WIRE, NEW YORK, Oct. 04, 2022: The Yutes’ hot streak continues. Amidst their album rollout, they have dropped multiple singles featuring iconic Jamaican artists like Masicka and Govana; now, they return with Tarrus Riley on “Better Days,” the third single from their forthcoming album “Ghetto Yutes.” From the beginning, the Cin-Trax produced reggae-driven track embraces a positive message seeking to inspire people around the globe to create “Better Days.”

Tarrus Riley’s fan base spans across the globe: from the Caribbean to Europe, Africa, and the US, Tarrus has core audiences in almost every continent, evidenced by his highly touted collaborations. With “Better Days,” The Yutes and Tarrus Riley are positioned to reach new audiences and awaken a core reggae audience that hungers for a return to a refreshing positive outlook on life.

“It’s an honor to collaborate with the legendary Tarrus Riley, especially on a track with such a powerful, positive, and socially uplifting message,” The Yutes say of their new single. “There’s so much wrong with the world right now, from extreme poverty to extreme violence to inflation and natural disasters, we really believe that it’s a time for everybody to put humanity first and for the world to come together to get to work on real solutions to global problems. Right now, we have Puerto Rico and Cuba without power, and major damage in Florida as well. We urge everybody to come together and donate time, money, and resources to helping these communities rebuild.” The Yutes suggest organizations like Global Giving to help provide funding for hurricane relief efforts.

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Burna Boy and Omah Lay announced as artistes for Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival

ROSEAU, Dominica, Aug. 19, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Dominica’s Minister for Tourism, International Transport and Maritime Initiatives, Hon. Denise Charles, announced two new artistes to perform at Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival carded for October 28 – 30, 2022 at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium.  Grammy award winning Nigerian afrobeat sensation Burna Boy will be the headliner on the festival stage to crone his popular melodies such as “Last, Last” with his unique fusion of dancehall, reggae, afrobeat and pop music. Burna Boy recently released his sixth studio album Love, Damini which debuted at #14 on the Billboard Top 200 and continues to rank high on Apple Music in 47 countries.  Joining Burna Boy on stage will be rising Nigerian musical star Omah Lay with his catchy afrobeat tunes such as “Lo Lo”, “You” and “Do Not Disturb.”

The announcement came one week after the official launch of 21 artistes slated to perform at the World Creole Music Festival’s 22nd edition.  Minister Charles extended an invitation to visitors to “come to Dominica to have a cultural immersion, second to none for the entire month and for the week leading to the festival.”

Partners for the 22nd World Creole Music Festival include the National Bank of Dominica, Tropical Shipping, Coulibri Ridge, Tranquility Beach Resort, Digicel and DOWASCO.

Nightly tickets cost EC$150/ US$58 and season tickets cost EC$375/ US$144. The current special rate for Party VIP is EC$960/ US$369 season pass or EC$350/ US$135 nightly while stocks last. Village VIP tickets at the special rate are currently sold out but will be released at the new rate soon. Tickets can be purchased online at https://dominicafestivals.com/wcmf-home/ or at the box office.

For more information on Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival contact the Dominica Festivals Committee at 767 448 4833. Or visit the official website: www.DominicaFestivals.com or follow Dominica Fests on Instagramhttp://www.twitter.com/DominicaFests and Facebook.

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Jamaican Born Jazz Great Dr. Monty Alexander To Mark 50th Year Of Performance At Blues Alley, D.C.

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Mar. 4, 2022: The year was 1972 when Jamaica’s international musician, Monty Alexander, made his debut to rave reviews at the then 7-year-old Blues Alley jazz club in Washington, D.C. Next week, he returns for his 50th annual performance to mark his five-decade sojourn at the now famous club and a D.C. institution.

The world-renowned, Grammy-nominated international musician, Dr. Alexander, CD, is kicking off his 50th anniversary performance at Blues Alley for the first time since the pandemic began, on Thursday, March 10th.

Performances will continue through to Sunday, March 13th with two shows per night at 1073 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007.

Dr. Alexander, whose jazz album ‘Wareika Hill RastaMonk Vibrations,’ a tribute to his roots, reigned at number one on US Jazz and NACC radio for weeks after its release, is truly excited to perform live again, and especially to mark his 5-decade performance in the nation’s capital.

Show times are 8:00 p.m. and 10 p.m. between March 10th and 13th. Tickets are US$45 and US$50 and fans can reserve now by selecting the date and time here or at https://www.bluesalley.com/events and checking out.

In commenting on the upcoming performance, the Caribbean musical genius said: “It’s very hard to comprehend that 50 years later both Blues Alley and I are still rolling along, swinging and grooving, and bringing upliftment to the world.

ABOUT MONTY

Born Montgomery Bernard Alexander on D-Day in Kingston, Jamaica in 1944, the musical virtuoso has five decades of performances and over 70 CDs under his belt.  Alexander began his musical career at age four by playing Christmas carols by ear. He is now most widely known as an upper echelon master of the swinging piano trio function as he has demonstrated with several top-shelf groups, including iconic units with bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton, and with the legendary bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis.

Alexander also performs frequently with Harlem-Kingston Express, a double trio in which he coalesces his love for hard-swinging jazz with musical flavors that reflect his Jamaican heritage, shifting between an acoustic trio and master Jamaican practitioners of electric bass and drums.

At 78, the jazz maestro continues to tour the world despite the pandemic, with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful messages as he has done on ‘Wareika Hill RastaMonk Vibrations.’

For more, 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 performances on Twitter at @montyHKE.

ABOUT BLUES ALLEY

Blues Alley, founded in 1965, is a jazz nightclub in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Musicians who have performed at Blues Alley include Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, John Abercrombie, Tony Bennett, Taj Mahal, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Sarah Vaughan, Grover Washington Jr., Mary Wilson, Nancy Wilson and dozens more.

In 1975, during afternoons when the club was closed, Earl Hines spent a week in Blues Alley making an hour-long film for British television, featuring Frank Hart, Blue’s Alley’s “Clean-Up Man.” See more at bluesalley.com/.

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Denzel Washington to Discuss Hollywood and Faith at T.D. Jakes’ International Leadership Summit

Two-Time Oscar Winner to Attend Global Conference Just After Academy Awards

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 1, 2022 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Two-time Academy Award winner and 2022 nominee Denzel Washington will be speaking at the 2022 International Leadership Summit, which is taking place March 31 through April 2 in Charlotte. The annual conference was founded by T.D. Jakes and brings together aspiring and tenured entrepreneurs, leaders and influential change agents to revolutionize the future of leadership. At this year’s event, Washington will join Jakes for a master class discussing Hollywood, faith and life in the spotlight.

T.D. Jakes hosts the International Leadership Summit March 31 to April 2.

Washington, who is also a producer and director, is considered one of the greatest actors of his generation and holds the title as the most Oscar-nominated Black man of all time. Washington has 10 Academy Award nominations under his belt, including one this year for his work in The Tragedy of Macbeth. In 2019, Washington was honored with the AFI Life Achievement Award, one of the highest honors for a career in film. At the 2016 Golden Globe Awards, he received the Cecil B. deMille Award for lifetime achievement, which is bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.

In addition to the Academy Award nomination for The Tragedy of Macbeth, Washington expanded his directorial portfolio in 2021 with AJournal for Jordan, starring Michael B. Jordan. Washington has previously directed the films Antwone Fisher (2002), The Great Debaters (2007) and Fences (2016).

Denzel Washington’s career is unrivaled—both on and off the screen, his passion for impacting the world shines through,” said Jakes. “Denzel’s wisdom, business prowess, and ability to mentor and mobilize has indelibly influenced the world, and I am honored to welcome him to the International Leadership Summit.”

Jakes has spent the last 45 years serving and inspiring people on a global scale. In addition to his role as Bishop of The Potter’s House, Jakes is a philanthropist, an educator, a real estate developer and a respected leader in the international business community. The annual International Leadership Summit will provide visionaries and leaders with the tools they need to become “master builders” who can construct a solid foundation and revolutionize the way they lead in an ever-changing world. Guests from 19 countries have registered to attend the summit, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Namibia, Kenya, South Africa and Switzerland.

Other speakers at this year’s conference include Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, business tycoon Janice Bryant Howroyd, author and political commentator Van Jones, pastor Joel Osteen, and other key figures in business, entertainment, nonprofit and faith arenas. Registration for the conference is open at ThisIsILS.org. Attendees may join virtually or in person.

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About the International Leadership Summit
Founded by philanthropist, educator, real estate developer and global leader T.D. Jakes, the International Leadership Summit is an annual transformative conference. Since 2011, the conference has cultivated aspiring and tenured entrepreneurs and leaders with the tools to become successful in for-profit and not-for-profit industries. Previous speakers include Tyler Perry, John Maxwell, Byron Allen, Cynthia Marshall and David Steward III.

About Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington is an actor, director and producer. Washington received his first Academy Award for the historical war drama Glory (1987) and his second for his portrayal of the corrupt cop in the crime thriller, Training Day (2001). He won a Tony Award for his performance in Fences during his return to Broadway in 2010. Washington earned his first Oscar Nomination for Cry Freedom (1987), as South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko. He most recently was honored with the AFI Life Achievement award, one of the highest honors for a career in film.

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Fusion Heats Up with The 2021 Summer Series On-Location

Host DJ DLife brings his popular Synergy TV show to New York, Miami and the Caribbean as the world starts re-opening

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CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. June 9th, 2021: Synergy TV’s top-rated entertainment talk show Fusion hosted by DJ D-Life is the hottest culture show in the Caribbean and U.S jampacked with celebrity interviews, newsmakers and ordinary people with extraordinary talents. “This summer, we are taking it on the road,” says an excited DLife, who is also the Executive Producer. “We are kicking things off with the cast of Auntie Jillian – The Danfords – and my viewers will meet them first on Friday June 18th at 8pm – and then on a live show hosted by me following the premier on Sunday June 20th at 8pm. This is big!”

This summer’s Fusion guestlist includes Nigerian superstar Burner Boy, South African musician Master KG and Nigerian singer-songwriter Tekno. Fusion will tape live on the famous Valevibe Breakfast Yacht in New York on July 3rd – with all proceeds going toward COVID relief in Trinidad. Throughout the summer, there will be Fusion brand give-aways and a chance to win VIP upgrades to the 2021 Miami Carnival.

“DLife’s energy keeps our viewers tuning in week after week,” exclaimed O’Brian Haynes, General Manager of Synergy TV. “You never know what’s going to happen. Or who he will have on – from big name artists to people who are just doing remarkable. That’s what Fusion is about.”

DLife built a stellar career on Urban, Caribbean and Satellite radio – from New York’s Hot 97 to Sirius XM.  Since premiering in 2020, Fusion has welcomed Dancehall legend Mr. Vegas, Reggae pioneer Gramps Morgan, Soca superstars Nailah Blackman, Patrice Roberts and Lyrikal, Reggae legend Warrior King and Afrobeats star and Influencer MzVee, just to name a few.

“I’m the Features Editor at the Trinidad Express. I’ve also been an Entertainment Specialist for the past 27 years,” said Wayne Bowman “Just want to say, very good work on Fusion. Keep it up.”

New episodes of Fusion air Friday at 8pm EST and rebroadcast Sunday and Thursday at 7pm EST.

Synergy TV is one of the most popular television brands across the Caribbean. Available from South America to the U.S, it has a total market reach of 6.47 million people and transmits from: Air Link, DIGICEL, Direct TV and is available through the TEGO TV APP. For more than three decades, Synergy TV continues to be the channel of choice for Caribbean content.

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Canadian Director Frances-Anne Solomon’s HERO Takes Top Honours At L.A’s Pan African Film Festival

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CaribPR Wire, TORONTO, Canada, Thurs. Feb. 27, 2020: Following a sold-out Opening Night of the 28th Pan African Film and Arts Festival (PAFF), with more than 1,000 patrons at the Director’s Guild of America in West Hollywood,  and two subsequent packed screenings, Frances-Anne Solomon’s HERO was awarded the newly created Ja’Net Feature Narrative Award, renamed in honour of PAFF co-founder, Ja’Net Dubois.  The well-loved actress and songwriter, who sadly passed away unexpectedly  during this year’s  festival, was best known for her role as Willona in the TV series, Good Times.

“We are proud to be the recipient of this inaugural award in honour of Ja’Net. Hero is a film about a Pan African trailblazer and it  resonated deeply with audiences at  this festival,” says Frances-Anne Solomon, who wrote, produced and directed the film. “It spoke to the heart of what PAFF  is about, and connected the dots for many people who lived this history and were not aware of the pivotal role that many Caribbean professionals like Ulric Cross played in the Pan-African Liberation movements.”

(left to right) Executive Producer Lisa Wickham, Lead Actor Nickolai Salcedo, Director Frances-Anne Solomon

PAFF is the largest Black film festival in the United States and the largest Black History Month cultural event in the nation. It ran from February 11th to February 23rd. A record-breaking 225 films were selected for screening, representing 52 countries in 26 languages – that is, 86 feature films; 128 short films and 11 new media selection. Plus, ArtFest featured more than 100 fine artists from around the world. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has designated PAFF as an official qualifying film festival for live action and animation short films.

HERO is inspired by the extraordinary life and times of Trinidad and Tobago citizen, diplomat and judge Ulric Cross, the most decorated West Indian of World War II. He was a member of the highly decorated group of Caribbean pilots who flew combat missions for the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force (RAF) in World War II. After his service, Cross went on to play an active and important role in the Pan African Movement, which led to the Civil Rights movement in the United States, and the creation of the 28 modern Caribbean and 54 modern African nations.

Funded by Canada’s Telefilm and Trinidad’s Republic Bank, HERO boasts an all-star international cast that includes Trinidad and Tobago’s Nickolai Salcedo , in the lead role of Ulric Cross, alongside Canada’s Peter Williams ( Stargate SG1 ), UK stars Joseph Marcell ( Fresh Prince of Bel Air ), Fraser James ( Resident Evil ), Pippa Nixon ( John Carter ), and Ghanaian superstars John Dumelo, Adjetey Anang and Prince David Oseia. HERO’s Opening Night screening at PAFF, was supported by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts; Imagine Media; CaribbeanTales; and California Pictures.

A trailblazer in the film and television industry , Frances-Anne Solomon is an  award-winning filmmaker, writer, producer, curator and  entrepreneur. She is a  2019 Director member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. HERO is her third feature film and has received critical acclaim on its worldwide tour, that has included a theatrical run in the U.K. Following a successful career as a TV Drama Producer and Executive Producer with the BBC in England, Solomon launched the CaribbeanTales Media Group in Canada and Barbados that includes an international film festival and distribution company. Full bio: www.francesannesolomon.com

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CaribbeanTales (CTMG) is a group of media companies that producers, markets, exhibits and distributes Caribbean-themed films from around the world, including CaribbeanTales Inc. – a registered Charity in Canada and CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution.  Activities include The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF), now in its 15th year; the renowned CaribbeanTales Incubator Program (CTI) – a year-round development and production hub for Caribbean, Diaspora, and diverse Producers; CaribbeanTales-TV, a VOD streaming service; and CaribbeanTalesFlix, its production arm. More at www.caribbeantales.org

About California Pictures:

California Pictures was originally founded in 1944 by Howard Hughes and Academy Award winner Preston Sturges and reincorporated in 2008 by Steven Istock.  The company is focused on creating great movies and television content with dynamic characters, strong and personally identifiable themes and powerful journeys for a worldwide audience. California Pictures is an international production and distribution company, exhibiting and selling independent films across the world.  They produce and sell films at the Cannes, American, Berlin and Hong Kong film markets and represent a diverse group of filmmakers and projects from around the world including England, China, India, Jamaica, Mongolia, Canada, Denmark, Australia, South Africa, Scotland, Nigeria, Russia, Barbados, Columbia and Cambodia.

About Imagine Media

Imagine Media International Limited is an award winning, full-service, production company based in Trinidad and Tobago and South Africa. Founded by award-winning Producer-Director & Media Personality Lisa Wickham, the company provides content creation across all media platforms, event management, marketing & PR services, graphic design and training & consultancy.  Imagine Media has developed and coordinated projects in Europe, North America, Africa and several Caribbean countries.

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FRANCES-ANNE SOLOMON’S HERO OPENS LA’S 28th ANNUAL PAN AFRICAN FILM & ARTS FESTIVAL

Caribbean Film Hero To Open LA’s 28th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival

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CaribPR Wire, Weds. January 8, 2020 (Toronto, ON) – CaribbeanTales Media Group, California Pictures and Imagine Media International announce the screening of their feature film HERO: Inspired by The Extraordinary Life and Times of Ulric Cross directed by Canadian-Caribbean filmmaker Frances-Anne Solomon at the Opening Night of the Pan African Film & Arts Festival (PAFF) on Tuesday February 11th, 2020 at the Directors Guild of America Theater, 7920 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles.

“To be selected as the opening film for this prestigious festival is an honour,” says Solomon. “It’s a go-to event for Black Hollywood and to be recognized in this way by an audience of my peers is important to me as a Caribbean filmmaker of African descent.”

PAFF is the largest Black film festival in America with approximately 200 films from around the world and 100 fine artists participating in the largest Black History Month cultural event in the United States. The festival will be held from February 11 – February 23, 2020 at the Cinemark Rave 15 Theaters and the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza in Los Angeles. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) designated PAFF as an official qualifying film festival for live action and animation short films.

“We are very excited to screen HERO and share the triumphs and victories of Judge Ulric Cross and his Pan African brothers, which led to the creation of our modern world. It is truly an honour for me personally, as well as the Pan African Film Festival to present and create awareness about this great, important, enriching and entertaining story,” said Ayuko Babu, executive director of PAFF.

HERO is inspired by the extraordinary life and times of Trinidad and Tobago citizen, diplomat and judge Ulric Cross, the most decorated West Indian of World War II. He was a member of the highly decorated group of Caribbean pilots who flew combat missions for the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force (RAF) in World War II. After his service, Cross went on to play an active and important role in the Pan African Movement, which led to the creation of the 28 modern Caribbean and 54 modern African nations.

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“I first had the opportunity to see Hero in London’s Piccadilly Circus and was captivated by the depth and flavors of Ulric Cross’ life,” says Steven Istock of California Pictures. “I immediately knew I wanted to be involved in helping spread awareness of this great man’s story and impact around the world.”

Funded by Canada’s Telefilm and Trinidad’s Republic Bank, HERO boasts an all-star international cast that includes Trinidad and Tobago’s Nickolai Salcedo , in the lead role of Ulric Cross, alongside Canada’s Peter Williams ( Stargate SG1 ), UK stars Joseph Marcell ( Fresh Prince of Bel Air ), Fraser James ( Resident Evil ), Pippa Nixon ( John Carter ), and Ghanaian superstars John Dumelo, Adjetey Anang and Prince David Oseia.

“PAFF is an important platform in the US for our film HERO, which has captured the imagination of viewing audiences around the world,” said Executive Producer Lisa Wickham of Imagine Media International. “We are thrilled at the auspicious recognition it has received as the Opening Film for PAFF 2020.

An award-winning filmmaker, producer, curator and entrepreneur, Solomon is a 2019 member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences . HERO is her third feature film and has received critical acclaim on its worldwide tour, that has included a theatrical run in the U.K. Following a successful career as a TV Drama Producer and Executive Producer with the BBC in England, Solomon launched the CaribbeanTales Media Group in Canada and Barbados that includes an international film festival and distribution company. Full bio: www.francesannesolomon.com

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CaribbeanTales (CTMG) is a group of media companies that produces, markets, exhibits and distributes Caribbean-themed films from around the world, including CaribbeanTales Inc – a registered Charity in Canada, and CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution. Activities include The CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF), now in its 15th year; the renowned CaribbeanTales Incubator Program (CTI) – a year-round development and production hub for Caribbean, Diaspora, and diverse Producers; CaribbeanTales-TV a VOD streaming service; and CaribbeanTalesFlix, its production arm. More info at www.caribbeantales.org

About California Pictures

California Pictures was originally founded in 1944 by Howard Hughes and Academy Award winner Preston Sturges and reincorporated in 2008 by Steven Istock. The company is focused on creating great movies and television content with dynamic characters, strong and personally identifiable themes and powerful journeys for a worldwide audience.

California Pictures is an international production and distribution company, exhibiting and selling independent films across the world. They produce and sell films at the Cannes, American, Berlin and Hong Kong film markets and represent a diverse group of filmmakers and projects from around the world including England, China, India, Jamaica, Mongolia, Canada, Denmark, Australia, South Africa, Scotland, Nigeria, Russia, Barbados, Columbia, and Cambodia.

About Imagine Media

Imagine Media International Limited is an award-winning, full-service, production Company, based in Trinidad and Tobago and South Africa. Founded by award-winning, Producer-Director & Media Personality Lisa Wickham, the Company provides content creation across all media platforms, event management, marketing & PR Services, graphic design and training & consultancy. Imagine Media has developed and coordinated projects in Europe, North America, Africa and several Caribbean countries.

About The Pan African Film Festival

Over the past 27 years, The Pan African Film & Arts Festival has sought to increase cultural awareness and bridge diverse communities from the African diaspora by providing a creative safe space for the development and expression of the Black narrative through film, poetry, art and music.

PAFF’s legacy is evidenced by the success of storytellers and award-winning actors and actresses who’ve spotlighted their work at the festival, including such names as Denzel Washington, Kevin Hart, Jamie Foxx, Ryan Coogler, Alfre Woodard, Ava Duvernay and countless others. The festival’s platform proudly serves as a conduit for the careers of thousands of talented actors, actresses, directors, producers and executives; many of whom have gone on to win the industry’s top honors.

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Jamaican Born Jazz Great Dr. Monty Alexander Kicks Off New Decade In South Florida

Dr. Monty Alexander, CD. (Hollis King Image)

Dr. Monty Alexander, CD. (Hollis King Image)

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Jan. 6, 2020: Jamaica’s world-renowned, Grammy-nominated international musician, Dr. Monty Alexander, CD, is kicking off his exciting new season of performances this decade in sunny South Florida.

Dr. Alexander, whose new jazz album ‘Wareika Hill RastaMonk Vibrations,’ was number 1 spot on US Jazz and NACC radio weeks after its release as a tribute to his roots, will begin the New Year on January 18, 2020 at Bailey Hall at Broward College, 3501 Davie Road, Building 4, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314.

Show time is 8:00 p.m. Tickets are US$50, $45, $40 and $10 students under 25 with valid I.D. Get tickets here.

Dr. Alexander returns to Bailey Hall by popular demand and will perform along with JJ Shakur and Jason Brown. The Caribbean musical genius says he is excited to return to South Florida, home to many Caribbean immigrants, and looks forward to seeing many in the audience.

Born Montgomery Bernard Alexander on D-Day in Kingston, Jamaica in 1944, the musical virtuoso has five decades of performances and over 70 CDs under his belt.  Alexander began his musical career at age four by playing Christmas carols by ear. He is now most widely known as an upper echelon master of the swinging piano trio function as he has demonstrated with several top-shelf groups, including iconic units with bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton, and with the legendary bassist Ray Brown and guitarist Herb Ellis.

Alexander also performs frequently with Harlem-Kingston Express, a double trio in which he coalesces his love for hard-swinging jazz with musical flavors that reflect his Jamaican heritage, shifting between an acoustic trio and master Jamaican practitioners of electric bass and drums.

At 75, the jazz maestro continues to tour the world relentlessly with various projects, delighting a global audience drawn to his vibrant personality and soulful messages as he has done on ‘Wareika Hill RastaMonk Vibrations.’

For a sample from Dr. Alexander’s latest album or to hear the backstory, 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 performances on Twitter at @montyHKE.

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John Legend, Hafsat Abiola, and Gloria Steinem Selected as Honorees for National Civil Rights Museum’s Freedom Award

Award recipients join Oprah Winfrey, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Stevie Wonder and others on the list of changemakers during the 28th annual event

CaribPR Wire, Memphis, TN, USA, Sept. 23, 2019: JOHN LEGENDHAFSAT ABIOLA, and GLORIA STEINEM are the honorees selected for the National Civil Rights Museum’s 28th Freedom Award to held on October 30. Honorees are selected for their many achievements and contributions on a national and global scale in the name of equality, social justice and freedom for all.

John Legend is an award-winning entertainer, social justice activist and philanthropist. Legend has worked in music for over 20 years becoming the youngest artist to complete the prestigious EGOT as an Emmy, GRAMMY, Oscar and Tony Award winner. His musical work on films highlighting the Civil Rights Movements, such as Selma and advocacy for education have lauded national and international acclaim. He founded Show Me Campaign to break the cycles of poverty for children, and most recently, Let’s Free America campaign. He is also a former national board member for Teach for America. Legend continues to use his larger-than-life platform to inform and advocate on behalf of disenfranchised populations.

Hafsat Abiola, president and CEO of Women in Africa, is a noted Nigerian human and civil rights activist.  Since age 19, she has been working to ensure democracy and economic fairness in Nigeria in the name of her deceased mother and father. An evolving changemaker in both Nigeria and the United States, Abiola uses her global platforms to empower women through training and leadership development and strengthen civil society in Nigeria and other African countries through her founding organization, KIND.

Gloria Steinem is a feminist organizer, political activist and award-winning writer. The founder of Ms. Magazine and author of countless books, textbooks and essays, Steinem has dedicated decades to freedom for women, children and underserved populations globally. She co-founded foundations, including the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Ms. Foundation for Women and the Women’s Media Center in the United States. Most recently, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama and was the subject of the HBO documentary, Gloria: In Her Own Words. She was a member of the Beyond Racism Initiative, a three-year effort on the part of activists and experts from South Africa, Brazil and the United States to compare the racial patterns and to learn cross-nationally. She is currently traveling the globe on a book tour for her latest work, The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off.

“These three honorees have devoted themselves to lifting communities of women, protecting our youngest and most vulnerable and have effectively utilized the power of community organizing to promote change,” said Terri Lee Freeman, National Civil Rights Museum President. “They have drawn on the concept of peaceful protest, recognizing the freedom fighters and warriors that have gone before them.  We are excited to share their stories and recognize their achievements.”

Additionally, Freedom Award will pay tribute to the Green Book, also known as the Negro Travelers’ Green Book, that identified safe accommodations and services for African Americans traveling during the Jim Crow Era, which included the Lorraine Motel, the current site of the National Civil Rights Museum.

Over the past 27 years, the National Civil Rights Museum has presented The Freedom Award to some of the most lauded civil and human rights leaders and history makers in the world, including Coretta Scott King, President Nelson Mandela, The Dalai Lama, President Bill Clinton, President Jimmy Carter, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rosa Parks, Bono, Secretary of State Colin Powell, President Oscar Arias, President Mary Robinson, Paul Rusesabagina, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Tom Brokaw, Frank Robinson, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Bernard Lafayette, Marlo Thomas, Usher Raymond, Bill Frist, Dolores Huerta, Rev. James Lawson, Cicely Tyson, Rev. Samuel “Billy” Kyles, Kirk Whalum, Southern Poverty Law Center, Susan Taylor, Rev. C.T. Vivian, Alonzo Mourning, Danny Glover, Julius “Dr. J” Ervin, Eva Longoria Parker, Dr. Dorothy Cotton, Dr. Wangari Maathai, Vice President Al Gore, Diane Nash, B.B. King, John Hope Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Ava DuVernay, Swin Cash, Benjamin Crump, Tawakkol Karman, Soledad O’Brien, The Honorable Damon Keith, Rev. Bernice A. King, Hugh Masekela, Morris Dees, Vice President Joe Biden, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., Pitt Hyde and others.

The Freedom Award presenting sponsors are International Paper, FedEx Corporation, Hyde Family Foundations, Ford Motor Company and First Tennessee Foundation.

Tickets and sponsorships are available at freedomaward.org.

About the National Civil Rights Museum

The NATIONAL CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM, located at the historic Lorraine Motel where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, gives a comprehensive overview of the American Civil Rights Movement from slavery to the present. Since the Museum opened in 1991, millions of visitors from around the world have come, including more than 90,000 students annually. Serving as the new public square, the Museum is steadfast in its mission to honors and preserves the site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s assassination.  We chronicle the American civil rights movement and tell the story of the ongoing struggle for human rights, serving as a catalyst to inspire action to create positive social change.  A Smithsonian Affiliate and an internationally acclaimed cultural institution, the Museum is recognized as a 2019 National Medal Award recipient by the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS), the top national honor for museums and libraries.  It is a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Top 5% U.S. Museum, USA Today’s Top 10 Best American Iconic Attractions; Top 10 Best Historical Spots in the U.S. by TLC’s Family Travel; Must See by the Age of 15 by Budget Travel and Kids; Top 10, American Treasures by USA Today; and Best Memphis Attraction by The Commercial Appeal and the Memphis Business Journal.

About Smithsonian Affiliations

Established in 1996, Smithsonian Affiliations is a national outreach program that develops long-term collaborative partnerships with museums and educational and cultural organizations to enrich communities with Smithsonian resources. The long-term goal of Smithsonian Affiliations is to facilitate a two-way relationship among the Affiliate organizations and the Smithsonian Institution to increase discovery and inspire lifelong learning in communities across America. More information about the Smithsonian Affiliations program and Affiliate activity is available at www.affiliations.si.edu.

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Jamaican Born, Grammy Nominated Maestro Dr. Monty Alexander Spotlights On Rastafarian, Thelonious Monk And The West Indian Influences Of Jazz On New Album

Dr. Monty Alexander, CD. (Hollis King Image)

Dr. Monty Alexander, CD. (Hollis King Image)

CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Thurs.  Sept. 19, 2019: Jamaica’s world-renowned, Grammy-nominated international musician, Dr. Monty Alexander, CD, celebrated his 75th birthday in style this year, releasing his new album that has already grabbed the number 1 spot on US Jazz and NACC radio a mere 2 weeks after its release.

‘Wareika Hill RastaMonk Vibrations’ is an album unlike any that Dr. Alexander has released in his more than five decades in the music business. Perhaps it is the wisdom of getting older and reflecting on one’s own musical journey that has resulted in the Mountain View, Kingston-born, Caribbean immigrant taking fans on a historical stroll down the jazz alley he has trodden, which pays tribute to the West Indian musical influences and influencers of the genre in American history.

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As Dr. Alexander tells it, the album is a compilation that encapsulates the genres of roots, reggae, ska and jazz into one album – all of which have had significant impact on his musical psyche and made him into the West Indian jazz maestro he is today.

From a child of 8 observing Rastafarians going up Wareika Hill behind his house in Mountain View and hearing the sounds of their drums, to  sneaking into the Federal Recording Studios at age 14 to play piano rhythms with the musicians accompanying Jamaican singers like Keith and Enid Laurel Aitken and others recording for producers like Coxsone Dodd, Duke Reid and Chris Blackwell, and then learning of American Jazz musician Thelonious Monk from Rasta trumpeter Jackie Willacy to hearing and then meeting the North Carolina-born jazz musician, Alexander’s ‘Wareika Hill RastaMonk Vibrations’ captures it all, while paying the most profound compliment to Monk and Rastafarianism.

“Maybe it was just my childhood memories connecting the two, but I was left with a deep impression that the world of Monk and Rasta were one spirit,” commented Dr. Alexander.   “I always thought that Monk’s compositions naturally lent themselves to West Indian and Rastafarian rhythms, perhaps accidentally or perhaps because as a child in Jamaica I had unconsciously merged and fused Rastafarians with Thelonious Monk.”

The 14-track album is dedicated to Theodore Sonny Rollins and the memory of Melbourne Bob Cranshaw and includes Dr. Alexander’s adaptation of several songs written by Monk such as ‘Misterioso,’ ‘Rhythm a ning’ and ‘Nutty,’ as well as two songs Monk played but did not write: “Abide with Me,” a beloved Christian hymn, and “Bensha Swing,” which was written by Monk’s friend and drummer, the Barbadian-roots Denzil Best.

“This should have been spelled ‘Bimsha,’ which is how Barbadians refer to themselves,” said Dr. Alexander. “‘Bemsha Swing,’ Barbados and swing – the connection with Monk and Jazz and Island rhythms was there all along given that Monk vibrated with West Indian roots musicians like Herbie Nichols, Russel Procope, Matthew Gee, Blue Mitchell, Fats Navarro, “Tricky” Sam Nanton, Carmen McRae, Arthur Taylor, Leonard Gaskin and a host of others.”

Musicians Ron Blake, Wayne Escoffery, Andrae Murchison, Joe Lovano John Scofield, J.J. Shakur, Jason Brown, Obed Calvaire, Karl Wright, Leon Duncan, Courtney Panton, Junior Wedderburn, Abashani Wedderburn, Bongo Billy and Earl Appleton appear on Dr. Alexander’s new album, merging their talent with his to create an indomitable sound that is truly and distinctly ‘RastaMonk Vibrations.’

For a sample from Dr. Monty Alexander’s latest album or to hear the backstory, 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 performances on Twitter at @montyHKE.

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