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Soca adds heat to Reggae Fest

Three top Soca acts, MX Prime, Linky First and Ricky T at MIRF It’s a fact that Soca music is touching people in places one would find difficult to even believe. Many are unaware that in the past most people had an ignorant mentality when it comes to having Soca acts in a Reggae Festival; Soca wasn’t openly welcomed. But as times have changed so has that anti-Soca stigma as well. Today, promoters understand that having Soca acts in these festivals is both financially beneficial and opens doors to new patrons. This year, the Montreal International Reggae Festival has taken …

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The Queen still loves her “bruk out”

With over 20 years of hits under her belt, Tanya Stephens is a dancehall and reggae legend Melissa Murphy Though she still sees herself as that little girl from St. Mary’s, Jamaica, the veteran performer was all laughs as she spoke with the Community Contact via a telephone interview for a bit of girl-talk about life, and of course, music, as she prepares to make her way to Montreal for this year’s International Reggae Fest. Making her dancehall debut with the now classic, “Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis”, which was featured on Reggae Gold 1996, Tanya made sure audiences learnt …

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You know when international Soca artists like Bunji Garlin, Uncle Ellis and others re-post a video clip of Montreal Carifiesta it’s not something to overlook.

Ray-Tay-Tay, Ray-Tay-Tay, Ray-Tay-Tay, is the chant  heard on the streets by the Jab Army masqueraders at the recent Montreal Carifiesta. The video clip went viral all over social media. Montreal 2017 Carifiesta Parade is done, but of course we are left with some sort of bacchanal, as a few trucks were unable to play music. Few band leaders claimed they were provided with a malfunctioning generator as others suffered the wrath of the heavy rain that damaged there music systems during the parade. Again, I would like to limit my comments to the Montreal Carifiesta parade, and my point was …

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An overload of talent at this year’s jazz fest

Melissa Murphy Running from June 28 to July 8, lovers of jazz, blues, rock, reggae, electronica and world music will all come together to be a part of the world’s largest jazz festival. With over 500 performances—most of which are free—over 11 days and nights, and across 20 stages, this year’s Jazz Festival will feature some of your favourite acts from today and yesteryear. Located in the heart of downtown Montreal, audiences are in for a treat with performances by two legendary groups, The O’Jays and The Four Tops, on July 6 at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier. These incomparable acts have been …

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Linky First fuses his J’can heritage with his passion for Soca

J’ca’s first mega Soca star Melissa Murphy With a hit song already under his belt, Linky First wants you to know that he’s a Soca artist, first and foremost. Hailing from Jamaica, this newcomer to the Soca scene grabbed the attention of worldwide fans with the release of his first Soca track, “Rock and Come In.” Though he delved in several genres before the success of his breakout hit, he found himself always immersed in Soca culture through the many parties he attended. But with influences like Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin and Lyrikal from Trinidad, and even Lil Rick from …

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It’s A Soca Frenzy

Montreal Carnival is around the corner and everyone is wondering which event they should attend. There are three artistes events this year, but I’m happy to say that Soca Rama is back after a three-year break. This year the reigning International Soca Monarch King “Voice”, the reigning Chutney Soca Monarch king “Omardath Maraj”, as well as the former 2x Soca Monarch King “Ronnie McIntosh and others will be performing with a live band under one roof for the return of Montreal Carifiesta’s biggest fete, “Soca Rama.” Let’s not fool ourselves; the main reason people leave Toronto and Ottawa and come …

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HOW MUCH JERK CAN YOU HANDLE IN ONE DAY?

There are always two sides to a story, and on St. Jean Baptiste Day Montreal will have to decide which “Jerk fest” they should attend. Saturday, June 24, is what I call the big Jerk Off! As for the first time in Montreal two Jerk Fests will be held on the same day. I wish I could say I’m “Jerking your chain”, but this year one will be held at Park De La Savane in Cote-des-Neiges, and the other at SoccerPlexe parking lot in Lachine. The annual Jerk Fest takes place every year on June 24, St. Jean Baptiste Day …

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On the Record June 1, 2017

“The World Is Mind” – KRS-One –  Bandcamp The Blastmaster himself is back with one of the hardest-hitting joints of the year. On “The World Is Mind”, KRS-One touches all the subjects that you would want him to. Back in the late 80s, KRS-One and his group Boogie Down Productions were accused of being bad beat-pickers. Critics said KRS was one of the most incredible lyricists ever with an intense and terrifying flow that married both hip-hop and reggae cultures. But the beats, they said, were lacking. Not so on “The World Is Mind”, courtesy of producers DJ Desue, Paul …

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YOLO… Enjoy Summer

Before getting into some of the events we can expect this summer in Montreal. Let me first say that I am deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Trinidadian beloved calypsonian, Samuel Brigo Abraham and the gifted Jamaican singer, Frankie Paul whose real name was Paul Blake. The year 2017 marks the 150th Anniversary of Canada.  Most Montreal partygoers and promoters in our  community are gearing up to make this Carnival season the biggest ever. Carifiesta will be held in the streets of St. Catherine on Saturday July 8th. As summer approaches, it will soon be time to …

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Celebrating Hot with Soca

We are one month away from summer, the season of warm… hot weather, outings, Caribbean festivals and parties in our community. We all know that it’s almost impossible to have a summer in Montreal without hearing Soca music in any community event. So it’s time to get familiar with all the Soca hits, and if you’re looking for a Soca mix to jam to in your car, home or iPod with all the 2017 Soca hits this summer, you’re definitely reading the right article, as my annual Soca mix titled “Flight Soca Sessions Vol 4” is finally completed, packaged and …

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