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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

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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.


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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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.


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 You can also like him on Facebook at or keep up to date on his performances on Twitter at @montyHKE.

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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 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: or follow Dominica Fests on Instagram and Facebook.

For more information on Dominica, contact Discover Dominica Authority at +1 767 448 2045.

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Legendary Actor Richard Gant Pegged For A Role In Jamaica’s Denham Jolly Feature Film

The Wonder Years Star is in discussions to play Jamaican-Canadian Community worker Harry Gairey

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CaribPRWire, Toronto, Canada, Thurs. Nov. 11, 2021: Casting is underway for In the Black and popular American actor Richard Gant has been attached to the project to play the role of Jamaican-born Harry Gairey. Produced by CaribbeanTales Media Group and directed by Caribbean-Canadian Frances-Anne Solomon, the feature film is an adaptation of entrepreneur and activist Jamaican-Canadian Denham Jolly’s memoir of the same name.

In the newly re-imagined The Wonder Years (ABC), Gant guest stars as Granddaddy Clisby – the latest role for the 77-year-old actor who also plays grumpy Walter on CBS’s The Neighborhood. The veteran actor is known for his roles on Greenleaf (Percy Lee), The Mindy Project (Melville Fuller), Men of a Certain Age (Owen Thoreau, Sr.), General Hospital and NYPD Blue.

“I met Richard last year in Los Angeles at the premiere of Hero at the Director’s Guild of America Theater,” recalls Solomon. “So, when I was thinking about who would be the perfect actor to play the role of the legendary Harry Gairey, a Jamaican-born community leader and activist who worked as a railroad porter, Richard’s commanding presence and booming voice instantly came to mind. He will be phenomenal!”

In the Black focuses on Jolly’s journey from Jamaica to Canada, the enormous influence Jamaican political activist Marcus Garvey had on his life as well as Jolly’s fight to secure a license for a Black-owned Toronto radio station, Flow 93.5.

The film has received support from the Harold Greenberg Fund and Telefilm Canada. Producer Nicole Brooks has also recently signed onto the project. Brooks’ production work began with Frances-Anne as story editor for Lord Have Mercy (Vision TV/Showcase/APTN/Toronto One) and she has gone on to create and produce several critically acclaimed and groundbreaking television and theatre productions including Echo (SunTV), Divine Restoration (Vision TV/ TVOne), Obeah Opera and executive produced CaribbeanTales’ slate of international pilots through its flagship Incubator Training Program. Also on board are writer Andrew Burrow-Trotman - The Porter (CBC) Frankie Drake Mysteries (CBC) Utopia Falls (CBC/Hulu), Diggstown (CBC) and development executive Jamie Gaetz. Solomon’s recent feature film, Hero: Inspired by the Extraordinary Life and Times of Mr. Ulric Cross is now available on Showtime, Prime Video, Hulu and Cineplex Store.

Media Contact: Fennella Bruce | 647.290.7610 | [email protected]

CaribbeanTales Media Group (CTMG) is a multi-faceted group of media companies that produces, markets, and sells culturally diverse film and television content from the Caribbean and its wide Diaspora.  Founded by award-winning filmmaker and Academy Member Frances-Anne Solomon, CTMG includes: CaribbeanTales Inc, a registered Canadian Charity, CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution, a film distribution entity, CaribbeanTales International Film Festival; Caribbeantales-TV, a VOD streaming service; the Creatives of Colour Incubator, a year-round development and production hub, and CaribbeanTalesFlix, our production arm.


Actor Richard Gant, l, and CaribbeanTales Media Group founder and director  Caribbean Canadian Frances-Anne Solomon. (Photo courtesy of Caju Creative)

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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:

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About CaribbeanTales:

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

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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