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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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Welcome to 2019. My Top Ten Stories for 2018

First and foremost I would like to wish all the Community Contact readers a Happy and prosperous New Year.  I believe 2019 is definitely the year of hope and good things to come, as life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. So lets recap the entertainment highlights of 2018.  What a year it has been. In the Caribbean entertainment sector, there has been a lot going on. There are a few stories that stood out to me during last year. So here are my Top 10 stories for 2018. 1. It was a shock to …

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All about the music and taste of the season

As we approach one of the most significant days of the year, remember the joy of Christmas can be found in the music of the season. That said, remember to tune in to my annual Christmas Day Show on CKUT 90.3fm. on December 25 for the 12th annual “Island Riddims” Christmas  Show, which features six hours of pure Soca/Parang and other Caribbean vibes from 8am to 2pm. I do it as my contribution to our Christmas tradition in Montreal. In the previous issue I talked about how our Caribbean Christmas traditions are slowly disappearing. Traditions that provide an important connection …

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Setting the stage for Vision celebrations 2019

Rosie Awori Black Theatre Workshop’s annual Vision Celebration Gala has become one of the signature events of the winter in Montreal. The gala not only kicks off Black History Month celebrations but is also an opportunity for BTW to pay homage to  artists and aspiring artists  who have made notable contributions to the arts in Canada. The celebration gala  is carded for  February 2, 2019 at the OMNI Hotel. And one of the highlights will be the presentation of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Awardee  to Fabienne Colas an award award-winning actress, filmmaker, speaker and entrepreneur  who is …

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Preparing for the Holiday Season with music

As we approach the year’s end, here’re some of the  things that  has been going on in the Montreal Caribbean entertainment scene. It’s full compliment from  my 12th annual Christmas show  “ISLAND CHRISTMAS RIDDIMS” on CKUT 90.3fm December 25, (remember to tune in) to  Jamaican singer win The X Factor UK 2018 and the death of another  calypsonian,”The Mighty Composer”. In Trinibago’s dialect we would say “Wey D Parang Gone”, A phrase  that we shouldn’t take likely. Parang is a popular folk music  originating out of Trinidad and Tobago, this Christmas season genre  was brought to Trinidad by Venezuelan migrants  …

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Montreal Icon Releases a Masterpiece Album

Ladies and Gentlemen… Jah Cutta Egbert Gaye Never one to hold back on his emotions, Montreal reggae icon, Jah Cutta is offering a piece of his musical soul to music lovers in the city. It’s packaged in his soon-to-be released album: Ladies and Gentlemen… Jah Cutta. “To me, it’s a gift from God because I see it as a manifestation of what’s in me and the love I have for music,” is the way he describes it. “I think all the work I’ve done over the past 40-something years, have come together on this album.” Also, he says this project …

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A Soca Success: Touch of Red 6

Hard work does pay off. The success of my annual event, Touch Of Red, is evidence of that. After six successful years, Touch Of Red has become a must-attend annual event that focuses on giving Montrealers an end-of-season Soca fix. This year the event was held on Saturday, November 10, 2k18 and featured Trinidadian Dj/artist “International Stephen” for the first time in Montreal. Montreal people surely welcomed him with open arms, and he had the crowd in a frenzy. This one was by far my most successful event with constant vibes and a capacity crowd of 300-plus partygoers. So I …

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Three of T&T cultural icons gone in less than two months

Have you ever heard the saying: Death comes in threes? Skeptics say its superstition. But here’s a pretty good example: in Trinidad & Tobago, we lost three cultural icons within the space of eight weeks. On September 30, the nation virtuoso panman, composer and arranger Ken “Professor” Philmore died at the age of 58 from severe internal injuries suffered in a crash on the Republic Day holiday. He sustained broken ribs and his lungs had collapsed. Philmore was driving his Toyota Hilux north along the Solomon Hochoy Highway when he skid near Claxton Bay at around 8.45 AM. The vehicle …

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International Stephen and Shadow in the news

The Soca Community has been on an emotional roller coaster  couple weeks ago Social media. From witnessing the Soca wedding of the  decade to the passing of a legendary calypso icon. On October 13, world-renowned Soca Dj International Stephen married the love of his life, St Lucian mas bandleader and attorney, Zinaida McNamara. The two got engaged last year  aboard the Uber Soca Cruise while Soca artist Kes serenaded them. Their wedding was dubbed carnival/Soca royalty. It took place at the Biltmore Resort in Coral Gables, Miami and was attended by so many celebrities of the international Soca fraternity such …

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Staying True to Hip Hop

Consciousness is key by Rosie Awori &  Egbert Gaye After 24 years on the scene, Dominic Laforce, known on the hip-hop circuit as DaForce, is not happy with the way the music is going. In a recent CONTACT interview, he talks about being disheartened by how commercial music has become and hopes the culture of music consumption can change. “These days people are not interested in the message, they consume too fast, they don’t care about content and it reflects on our society,” DaForce says. “Some artists take advantage of ignorance and tailor their music towards that instead of trying …

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