Egbert Gaye

About the Author Egbert Gaye

Egbert is a graduate of Concordia University (Journalism/Political Science (International Relations) . He is the founder/ managing editor of Montreal Community Contact.

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Will release her latest single here on Feb. 19 Kaisha Lee comes back to her Sweet Spot with “My Love is Rare”

Egbert Gaye Toronto-born musician extraordinaire Kaisha Lee tells the story of moving to Montreal seven years ago, empty-handed, in search of work and fulfillment. Then this past December 31, making the trip back home, taking with her a lifetime of experiences, musical and otherwise. “I never meant to stay that long, but Montreal just wouldn’t let me go,” she told The CONTACT in a recent telephone interview. “The opportunities just kept opening up for me, one after the other. The city will always be special to me because of how much it helped me grow professionally and as a woman.” …

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Ana Stasia

Egbert Gaye With the much-anticipated release of her latest single, Hotel Key, from her debut EP, Best Life, Montrealer Ana Stasia continues her upward trajectory on the R&B/Pop music scene. The excitement around her continues to build because of the commotion her previous single, Shade, created being shortlisted in several of the major categories in the 61st Annual Grammy Awards ballot. The single is competing for Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Song and Record of the Year, while the EP, Best Life, is competing for Best R&B Album. The multi-talented singer/songwriter who honed her musical skills at The University of …

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Remembering the Sir George Williams “Affair” 50 years later

  Egbert Gaye These days, names such as Terrence Ballantyne, Rosie Douglas, Kennedy Fredericks, Valerie Belgrave, Lynn Murray, Hugo Ford, Rodney John, Bukka Rennie, or even Perry Anderson for that matter, do not mean anything to the average person in our community, or even the average Montrealer. But there was a time, about 50 years ago to be exact, when these individuals were front and centre in a struggle that laid bare the ugly underbelly of institutionalized racism and police brutality in Montreal, following a standoff between a group of Black and Caribbean students and administrators of Sir George Williams …

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Kamala Harris prepares to take on Donald Trump

The city is claiming her as “former Montrealer” Egbert Gaye There was a buzz around Montreal with the announcement by California Senator Kamala Harris on January 21, that she was joining the race to become president of the United States in 2020. You see, the woman who became only the second African-American female to be elected to the U.S. Senate spent much of her teenage years here, and was a student at Westmount High School while her mother taught at McGill University. As such, her presidential bid is generating much excitement not only at that school but also in media …

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For BHM 2019 the focus is on women’s voices

Egbert Gaye This year, the achievements and contributions of Black women are central to the celebration of Black History Month. The theme for 2019 is Voices of Emancipation. And according to Michael Farkas, head of the organizing body, The Round Table For Black History Month, it’s especially relevant because of the ongoing contributions and achievements of women and their role in empowering our community. « Nous avons choisi le thème Voix d’émancipation, car des femmes se sont levées et d’autres se mettent chaque jour en marche pour s’engager et réaliser leurs rêves afin de témoigner de leur expérience et de …

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Jamaica, meet Menelik Nesta Gibbons, call him “Don Dada.”

South African star with multi-platinum record. One of the first artistes on the continent signed by Tuff Gong Distribution   Egbert Gaye   This February, when much of Jamaica will be engulfed in events to mark what would be the 74th birthday of Bob Nesta Marley, the celebrations will hold special significance to Menelik Nesta Gibbons, a South African singer who carries a musical link with the reggae legend. Late 2018, Menelik, known as Don Dada, is a multi-platinum selling hip-hop artiste who lived much of his life in South Africa and recently became the first African artiste to join …

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Festival Queen: Fabienne Colas came, saw and conquered

BTW’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award 2019 goes to a cultural livewire Egbert Gaye The quotes on her website say it all. “It has taken Fabienne Colas five years to do here (in Quebec) what it would sometimes take most Haitians 30 years to accomplish.” — Dany Laferrière Those sentiments were compounded by bestselling author and entrepreneur, Stedman Graham who stated that: “Fabienne (Colas) is blessed with so many TALENTS and helpful to so many people. The world needs that energy and determination.” Today, 15 years since she planted her stake in Quebec, Fabienne, the young and enterprising go-getter …

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CBAC: Enhancing quality of life for Black seniors

Contact Staff Thirty years ago, The Council for Black Aging Community of Montreal Inc. (CBAC), was founded to provide emotional and social support to a demographic that has been prone to isolation, poverty and age-related depletion in their quality of life. Over the years, the organization evolved into a vibration institution that, according to its public profile, has been able “to create opportunities for seniors”, helping them “to engage in social, recreational, cultural and educational activities” preventing social isolation and fostering their continued engagement in the community. Today, members participate in stimulating activities such as computer lessons, arts and crafts, …

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New OFC online Directory opens up endless possibilities

Support community business. Help build wealth. Fight Racism Egbert Gaye Pharaoh Hamid-Freeman is too troubled by the increasing incidences of police abuse and other discriminatory acts that can be traced to anti-Black racism in Quebec of late. “It’s up to us to stand up to racism,” he says in a recent sit-down at the CONTACT office. “And we have the power to do so in a positive way. But it means we have to come together as a collective and start building wealth. Only then we’ll be able to stand up for ourselves.” When it comes to community empowerment Pharaoh, …

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Meet Fatima Wilson: Hands-on Musically

Musician, teacher and expert pannist Egbert Gaye It’s not by chance that Fatima Wilson stands as the leading woman of steelpan music in Quebec. Thirty-one years ago, she came into the world, surrounded by the sound of the instrument, and as the child of iconic ‘pan-man’ Salah Wilson, she and her five siblings were immersed in it for all their lives. Today, with her father now based in Toronto, not only is Fatima one of the leading proponents of the steelband in the city, she is also a highly capable musical arranger, teacher, and of late an in-demand soloist. She …

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