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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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On the record May 4, 2017

“The Party’s Over”  – Prophets Of Rage –  Caroline Records This writer, who is a die-hard socially-conscious hip-hop fan, has always contended that rap music at its core is not and does not have to be “political”. Rap music though, is at its “BEST” when it “IS” political. The conscious community at times, has been guilty of trying to re-write history which makes them no better than the machine they’re raging against. “Hip-Hop, you don’t stop” is essentially party music. But anything conceived by Black people in America by nature is political at its core because America for Black people …

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May brings Cooler Experience and Army Fete

Let’s welcome the month of May. It’s the month when partygoers gear up for huge and important celebrations before the big summertime events like Carifiesta. Two mega deejays Ding Dong from Trinidad and Riggo Suave from NYC will be touching Montreal for the first time in two big events (Fetes) on Saturday, May 13, Soca vs Dancehall (Cooler Experience) and Saturday, May 20, for Army Fete pt 3. Let me first explain the definition of a “FETE”, a word loosely used when describing a huge festival, party or celebration. One of the biggest fetes to be introduced to the Montreal …

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On the Record April 23, 2017

“1969” – Andre Cymone – Blindtango Records When Prince’s parents divorced in the late 60’s, he tried his hand at living with his mother Mattie and his sister Tyka, until his abusive step-dad Hayward became too much for the young musical genius to endure. A failed attempt at living with his jazz pianist father John, who was caught in a world of music/eccentricity and rigid religious beliefs that could be bended at times when he played behind strippers in cabarets clubs, also proved too much for the teenage Prince Rogers Nelson, who was named after his Louisiana born dad’s stage …

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Chronixx is the new face of reggae

In Montreal on April 26 “O I met a girl this morning She was love at first sight Oo I met a girl this morning     And she was beauty to my eyes I ask her where she from She tell me in the Tropics     She asked me what’s my name     I tell her I am Chronixx     And I said girl tell me what’s your name and     She tell me that her name is Jamaica.”     This is a verse from the popular hit single “Smile Jamaica” by reggae artist Chronixx, who will be in Montreal …

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On The Record April 6, 2017

“Tremaine” – The Album – Trey Songz –   Atlantic Records The entire history of soul music, since Ray Charles in the late 40s and early 50s, sang of the virtues of feminine beauty, virtues and sexuality has been the sacred meets the sensual. The Genius, as Charles was simply known, blended the sacred music of Negro spirituals and hymns with lyrics of love, romance and carnal pleasures, which caused many church folk to accuse him of musical blasphemy. But like many of his contemporaries Charles was musically skilled, enough to understand the art of seduction and musical foreplay to …

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The bands are ready for Carifiesta 2017

Summer is coming. And as the temperature rises it brings us a little closer to the many events that add color and flavor to Montreal. Carifiesta is one of them. Those of you who have been reading my articles already know that I am not happy to see the decline of costume bands on the streets of Montreal during the Carifiesta parade. It is my responsibility not only as a journalist, but also as a defender of my culture, to make sure costume bands do not become extinct during Montreal Carifiesta. So let me shed light on the first two …

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