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Lyttle comes with legends for the ball

SVG’s Lyttle, Barbados’ Shirley Stuart, and Guyanese Aubrey Mann on one stage. One of the biggest dance events in the community in years Contact Staff Since he burst on the scene in 2004 with his mega hit, Turn Me On, Vincy superstar Kevin Lyttle continues to hold the attention of fans around the world with a steadily expanding repertoire of chart busters, all carrying his signature fusion of dancehall soca and R&B. In November last year, he released “Slow Motion,” which was written by Lyttle himself and produced by a California-based trio of musicians known as Bad Royale. The song …

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T&T in Mind. Miami jamming

As soon as fall season hits, I start searching  for cheap flights to Trinidad and  Tobago for the 2018 carnival. While I focus on  T&T, others are preparing for their final North American carnival fix in  Miami. Hurricane Irma was not enough to stop this year’s Miami Broward  One Carnival. The Carnival is set to take place on Sunday, October 8,  2017 and the weekend promises it’s usual treats of Caribbean food,  music and people. Miami Carnival is also the stepping-stone for many  Soca artists introducing their new music for 2018. After  the hurricane, anticipation is building and people are …

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A taste of FLAVOUR N’ABANIA

Contact Staff On October 6, at the Telus Theatre (Berri) downtown, Montreal will get a taste of an artist that has emerged as one of Africa’s most exciting in the past decade or so. Nigerian-born Flavour N’Abania got his start like many popular musicians have – as a teenager in his church choir, playing drums. From there, he learned the keyboard, then started dabbling in music production. Soon enough, he was playing shows with a local band before striking out on his own. He burst on the scene in 2005 but it wasn’t until 2010 that he took the continent …

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Selector Pro in Montreal for Firemania

Will also tour Ottawa and Toronto It is well known that music can alter your emotions, attitude and mindset. Sad songs do make you cry, while catchy, upbeat songs can make you  excited and energetic. On the other hand music can also send you on a journey back in time. Let me introduce to you a young DJ who’s the son of a well-known musical pioneer  in Trinidad. Jovaughn Primus aka Selector Pro, is my little Brother,  and another offspring of Trinidad legendary deejay Production Sounds. Many Montrealers are aware of Production Sound’s musical contributions and the  role he played …

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A taste of FLAVOUR N’ABANIA

Contact Staff On October 6, at the  Telus Theatre (Berri) downtown, Montreal will get a taste of  an artist that has emerged as  one of  Africa’s most exciting in the past decade or so. Nigerian born  Flavour N’Abania burst on the scene in 2005 but it wasn’t until 2010 that he took the continent by storm with a mega album,  Uplifted. A singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, he is the most exciting Afrobeats performer to hit the scene in decades, with massive followings in Africa, Europe, The Caribbean and North America. He has won multiple awards  including  Artist of the Year …

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Continuing Visa woes for Dancehall­ Reggae Artists

Popular Jamaican Dancehall artist “Elephant Man” was scheduled to perform in Montreal on Labor Day weekend but the show was cancelled a few days prior. The explanation for the cancelation was: “Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Elephant Man concert is cancelled”. This announcement created uproar on social media, as fans were angry and outraged and many speculations were brought to light. Many were asking: “Why do Reggae\Dancehall acts always seems to have visas problem”. We all know that Dancehall and reggae acts have always relied on concert dates, rather than record sales, to generate income. The inability to …

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While Summer 2017 seeps away… there’s Labor Day in New York

They say the official end of summer is September 22, but I would say as soon as the Montreal International Reggae Festival happens, summer is coming to a close. To me the MIRF is considered to be Montreal’s official end-of- summer event, and that’s when you know the freedom of time spent outdoors in the warm weather is almost over. For partygoers looking for the last summer party festival fix, I recommend you head south of the border to the New York City carnival. The New York Labor Day Parade (or West Indian Carnival) is an annual celebration held on …

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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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