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Miami, FL-May 24, 2017 - The Griots’ Art Gallery invites the public to the opening of In the Spirit of Collaboration: Sam Gilliam and Lou Stovall exhibition on Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 1 – 4 pm with brief remarks at 2 pm.  Griots’ Art Gallery is located at 8260 NE 2nd Ave, inside the Center for Haitian Studies. The show will feature jointly made silkscreen prints by master artists Sam Gilliam and Lou Stovall from their collaboration ...

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. May 22nd, 2017 - Penetrating the music market in the Caribbean is harder than it sometimes seems.  Consistency and persistence are required. K Kay Joseph understands this more than many. He’s been on the grind, persistently delivering new music with faith that his sound will give him the passage needed to be among the top music creators of his time.

Miami, FL-May 8, 2017 - Miami Carnival is Mas. Miami Carnival is Steel Pan. Miami Carnival is Pageantry. The cultural Miami backdrop of the beach, perfect weather and heritage neighborhoods is a massive draw for those on the Carnival circuit.  Miami Carnival is a celebration of Caribbean culture. Each year in May, the Miami Broward ...
Admittedly, I went to Carnival in Jamaica for one reason only. Because my friend Winston Williams told me to go in order to experience the Sunrise Breakfast Fete. He informed me that this breakfast fete was one of the best service and fetting experiences on the planet. So quite honestly, I booked my trip to Jamaica on the strength of that urging, alone.

Port of Spain, Trinidad - May 10 2017 - Roy Cape All Stars did not disappoint with its "Season of Brass" tour stop during the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival celebrations last weekend in the vibrant city of Nassau. Fans who traveled far and wide for the festivities were treated to stellar performances from the band's resident artistes - Blaxx, Ricardo Drue, Teddyson John and reigning International Soca Monarch King, Voice - over three nights of entertainment. Other live band performances included Bunji Garlin & Fay-Ann Lyons with the Asylum Band and Machel Montano (also known as Monk Monté) and his full band.

Port of Spain, 9th May 2017 - Three of Trinidad and Tobago's finest vocalists, Edward Cumberbatch, Raymond Edwards and Nigel Floyd joined together to prove that good music can be 'Quite Exquisitely Done'. The group's individual members have made quite a name for themselves over the years as solo artistes. As friends, they decided to come together to make an even more beautiful sound.

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. May 8th, 2017 - Globally, strife and anarchy present hardship for millions. For many, the challenges of life present overwhelming realities, and the ability to relate to a person’s journey, although thousands of miles away, shows how connected the world’s people truly are. Trinidad and Tobago’s Matthew Greenidge has been on quite a life journey himself. He says he can now speak to the challenges faced by millions, and even in so doing, he can share the positive outcome that is a reflection of who he is today.

St. Lucia (May 8, 2017) - Celebrated Trinidadian chef Richardson Skinner asserts firmly that the Caribbean can do much more to promote its cuisine to attract interest and travel to the region. "In the past, visitors came to the Caribbean for sand, sun and sea and the food was just simmering on the back burner," reflects Richardson Skinner, the executive chef at Ti Bananne Caribbean Bistro and Bar, located at the award-winning Coco Palm hotel in Rodney Bay Village in St. Lucia.

Port of Spain, Trinidad - May 4 2017 - It was far from business as usual for Darryl "Farmer Nappy" Henry in Nassau, The Bahamas last evening. The Soca superstar, responsible for such Soca hits as "Chippin'", "My House" and "Big People Party" was treated to a surprise birthday celebration at Mario's in Nassau on Wednesday evening, which was organised by New York-based DJ Giselle D'Wassi One and friends.

After getting off of my flight and through customs on Friday, quite honestly all I wanted to see was the back of my eyelids.


As I made my way through customs and then outside, I saw the driver holding up the sign "Ferg."

I hailed him up and said, "I'm Ferg." And then he summoned my ride and to my surprise my friend, Chauncie who had arrived an hour before me, was in the car. Instead of going to the hotel and resting, she decided to stay in the taxi and stop by a jerk chicken spot. So when I got in the taxi she handed me that wrapped up aluminum foil with that chicken inside and it gave me life.

God bless Chauncie!!

That is what I said in my mind. What came out of my mouth was, "Thank you."

As we rode to the Marriott, Chauncie and I were swapping stories about how tired we were and how all we wanted to do was go the the hotel and lie down.

After an eventful taxi ride where I could have swore the driver was trying to kill us by the way he was bending the corners, we reached the Courtyard Marriott hotel.

Just so that you know, Carnival in Jamaica was a wonderful experience and I cannot recommend it enough. And although I can most certainly recommend it, recommending it without providing the appropriate direction and advice is pretty nonsensical.

Any carnival goer knows how difficult it is to plan for a carnival that they've never been to. The first thing that we do is get on Google and start searching for the dates and then we look to our carnival veteran network and find out who has been to the particular carnival that we want to go to and then we piece things together from there.

Washington, D.C. - April 2017 - The countdown to Hush Weekend is officially underway! Serving as the only Caribbean and African-themed destination event in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area (aka the DMV), Hush Weekend is set to draw thousands of revelers to the Nation's Capital over the course of Memorial Day Weekend, May 26th - May 29th, 2017. With a wide array of 5 fun-filled activities that span 4 days, Hush Weekend will offer party goers a unique ....

P.O.S. Trinidad (Sonique Solutions) – In this current era where Caribbean nations have collectively put tourism at the forefront of their efforts for economic stability, independent media & production company Fu Family Films is gearing up to take viewers on a fantastic voyage throughout the islands with its latest travel series entitled ‘Mira’.

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. April 25th, 2017 - One of the Caribbean’s most celebrated, young gospel stars is this year being touted as the must-see act for all mothers on Mother’s Day. The anticipated date- May 13th, promises to be like nothing experienced in Trinidad and Tobago for some time, this as mothers across the country are guaranteed a night they’ll never forget.

After missing TNT 2017, I am looking forward to Jamaica Carnival this weekend for more than a few reasons. One of them being.... I just really want to be inna fete during carnival when that song "Full Extreme" drops so I cyan "hold dem and wuk dem."

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. April 9, 2016 - Behind every dark cloud there is a silver lining and with that understanding, Irvin Blackman, the man best known in the world of entertainment as Blackie, has revealed plans to fill the void recently left behind when ‘De Du Pub” formerly, “The Mas Camp” in Woodbrook, was burnt down.

Xhosa Barbados launches their Barbados Crop Over Masquerade Band for 2017 with its signature Cooler Party at the Drill Hall of the Barbados Defence Force Headquarters’ St. Ann’s Fort, in the Historic Garrison District.

This year’s theme ‘Pure’ explores the contrasts in the world we exist with a plethora of regional creative talent’s interpretations. Starting at 4p.m. eager revelers and party...

P.O.S. Trinidad (Sonique Solutions) – The brand new musical offering by budding artiste Nassy entitled “D Tourist” has become the latest viral sensation to come out of the twin island republic of Trinidad & Tobago. With a simple yet catchy beat and infectious hooks the song has been gaining attention with the music loving masses and places a special spotlight on Tobago’s many tourism attractions.

After an impressive entrance at #3 on the Billboard Reggae chart with his debut album "Big Deal", soulful crooner Christopher Martin is headed on his first major North American tour to deliver what he calls “real-life music”: Earnest, honest songs about everyday realities.

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (March 28, 2017) - The head of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) called on the region to work together to ensure the Caribbean remains one of the world's leading destinations. Delivering the keynote at the Annual General Meeting of the U.S. Virgin Islands Hotel and Tourism Association earlier this month, CHTA President Karolin Troubetzkoy noted that...

American R&B artistes, Mario and Bobby Valentino have been added to the international cast for the May 26-28 Borders Festival, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain. Mario will perform on Electric Saturday. The 30-year-old singer/songwriter is best known for his single “Let Me Love You”. The popular song earned Mario two Billboard Music Awards, as well as a ...

Shannon Hutchinson is a pilot with Caribbean Airlines who loves nature hikes and a touch a body building. We caught up with this free spirit for some of her secrets on health and a "BEST BODY".

When you are the birthplace of Reggae, home of Dancehall & the most recognizable international entity of the country is Bob Marley, people aren’t normally going to associate Jamaica as a hotbed for the expansion of Soca & the Carnival culture. Which is why when you say “Carnival” you don’t automatically think of Jamaica..... and that is why Jamaica Carnival has been under the radar for awhile (not anymore) & possibly the best value Carnival in the Caribbean, honestly dare I say the world..... 

Look at the bigger picture and it makes sense why JA is on a trajectory to be MASSIVE in the world of Carnival - with the size of Jamaica, population density & major infrastructure already in place to handle a massive amount of tourism at any time, the level of service is high & extremely affordable rates during Carnival season, which clearly isn’t the case for the airfare & hotel rates for many other islands come Carnival season where demand exceeds supplies and prices go through the roof.

Port of Spain, 22 February 2017, In spite of amassing over 60,000 views on Facebook alone and attracting positive interest from the Ministry of Works and Transport, the comical and informative song by entertainer, Rodell “Ro’dey” Cumberbatch entitled ‘Hole In D Road’ has been denied airplay by some local radio stations.

Trinidad & Tobago never falls short when it comes to producing extraordinary talents. Azaryah, in the past three years would have been known for the success of his hit singles “Doh Tell Meh Dat”, “Far Away” “Her Love” & “Oh Gosh”.

On the heels of collaborating with International acts Major Lazer for the remix of “Doh Tell Meh Dat”, the artiste the world may have once known as Flipo has been blessed with overwhelming amounts of opportunities.

Port Of Spain, Monday 13th March 2016: After several years abroad, Candice Harry, International Hair Stylist returned to T&T last year and founded her own brand of hair care and a salon under the brand, 'House of Kathy' located in Woodbrook, Port of Spain. While in New York, she was on the cutting edge of “short hair-don’t care” movement having worked on the hair of notable reality TV stars and film actors. Getting back into the local hair care scene has opened Harry's eyes to a new passion - sharing her knowledge and giving back to the ...

P.O.S. Trinidad (Sonique Solutions) – As Carnival 2017 came to a head in sweet Trinidad and Tobago, the chic, trendy ambiance of Estate 101 in Maraval, Trinidad offered the perfect location for memory-making with its ultra premium, annual all-inclusive Carnival fete experience. The Estate 101 All Inclusive, delivered on all levels and gave several patrons (both local and foreign) the opportunity to bask in the excitement of T&T’s Carnival culture, top notch festival entertainment and an unmatched stock of ...

I was talking to my friend Shannon and seeing some of her pictures when I was caught up with Vanessa Grace Gilkes.  As you can see from the photos she is clearly an inspiration to anyone seeking to improve their body image and overall health.  We at TJJ caught up with this mother of 2 children and creative director at BeSocial an advertising agency in Barbados to get some insider secrets.  Join our conversation to explore the inner workings of this “BEST BODIES” series.

Port of Spain, Trinidad - March 8 2017 - Caribbean singing sensation Joel "Positive" Murray has once again made his indelible mark at the Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards on Saturday February 25th 2017.

Hosted at the Atlantis Theatre on Paradise Island in The Bahamas this year, the Marlin Awards marked its 20th anniversary in the music industry with a star-studded cast of nominees. When the dust settled, the Tobago-born Positive walked away with a massive eight (8) wins - including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Praise and Worship Recording of the Year and Reggae Recording of the Year.

Port Of Spain, Trinidad (March 8, 2017) - The legacy of one of the world's greatest cricketers and exemplary human beings, Sir Frank Worrell of Barbados, will be honored in Trinidad and Tobago this weekend.

Launched by the Sir Frank Worrell Memorial Committee, the year of celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the former West Indies cricket captain's passing will be centered around a lecture by legendary Trinidadian broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald, who was himself knighted in 1999 for his services to journalism.

As Soca has become more of a global phenomenon it's not just the artists creating the music that have helped impact spreading the culture, the DJ's have become a mainstay circling the globe - mixing music, serving as Soca Ambassadors & masterfully reading the pulse in fetes and elevating vibes. It's time to learn a bit more about these International Renowned DJ's by going behind de turntables.....

DJ Richie R.A.S. comes from the land of Wood & Water, the home of Reggae & Dancehall yet has walked his own path to become the premiere Soca DJ leading the way in Jamaica.  As Trinidad Carnival season is now officially over (don't worry blink your eyes and it'll be band launch season once again) we turn our attention to the next big International Carnival ....... it's time to get ready for Jamaica & the man you'll see spinning at fete after fete after fete.

People look for outlets of many kinds – alcohol, sex, drugs, music, fitness, food, relationships, religion as their remedy to what ails them…. for others it’s Carnival.

Not just Carnival, but the process/lifestyle of being a Carnival Chaser/Masquerader/Feteran has been the medicine for many people with various ailments, including me.  Carnival is our antidote. 

The full gamut of emotions is often experienced by all Carnival Junkies over the course of pre, during & post-carnival.   The difference is for many this scale is part of normal adrenaline rushes, normal highs and lows of day to day, month to month, year to year life --- and for others, it serves as our lifeline.

The stigmas of society have often caused the delay and general acceptance of so many issues – religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.  Well, there’s another that still remains a topic that almost no one wants to discuss & leaves people feeling uncomfortable seeking out help, never mind come to terms with their internal struggles – it’s the topic of................

Jhené Aiko on Borders Festival cast

Jhené Aiko is coming to Trinidad and Tobago. The American R&B star will perform at the inaugural Borders Festival, which takes place between May 26 and 28 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain.

With her music focusing on relationship issues, Aiko is particularly popular among women. The 28-year-old singer/songwriter will be the feature act on the main stage on Saturday May 27, day two of the highly anticipated Borders Festival.

C'est La Vie 2017 Owned Carnival Thursday

P.O.S. Trinidad (Sonique Solutions) – The final stretch to the “greatest show on Earth” (T&T’s Carnival) signaled the arrival of several Soca addicts who descended upon the “Bacchanal Capital” to partake in the festivities before the two days of mas on the streets. Even with a plethora of party options and events taking place, the famous C’est La Vie All Inclusive stood supreme on Carnival Thursday and offered its patrons a unique mix of culture, entertainment and ...

Bayview Cooler Fete 2017 Review

Me Say ... Coming Home! Coming Home! Coming Home! I do not care what you say, Bayview Cooler Fete is The Best Trinidad Carnival Party Oh Yeah Oh Yeah!

Machel brings the heat to Cooler Park 2017

P.O.S. Trinidad (Sonique Solutions)  –  Hot on the heels of its ultra-premium inclusive event ‘Finesse’, Green House Entertainment ignited Central T&T with the 2017 edition of its annual cooler fete ‘Cooler Park’ which this year featured a fiery performance by Soca King Machel Montano.

The event which took place at the National Cricket Centre in Couva has grown exponentially over the last few years and continually attracts several party goers from various parts of the country to its one of a kind cooler experience.

Carrying on her family's famed musical legacy, Trinidadian-based singer and songwriter Fay Ann Lyons begins a new chapter with the launch of her VP Records debut "Break The World" available worldwide on March 3rd.

The album is a cumulative body of work that brings together 15 years of original songwriting, versatile vocal range, and genre-defying production. The album features production work by the likes of Richie Beretta, Stadic Sound Productions, Keron “Sheriff Mumbles” Thomas, Dwain Antrobus, Kevin Marshall, and Draien Bailey.

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. February 16th - “The people need music to make them move all day. The same two songs cannot be played over and over.”- Devon Matthews. 

Devon Matthews and producer extraordinaire, Kernal Roberts are today sending a strong message to road DJs in Trinidad and Tobago. The duo has collaborated on a single called, “Victory” for Carnival 2017, and it’s been making the rounds.

P.O.S. Trinidad (Sonique Solutions) – The famous Central Bank All Inclusive Fete celebrated its 2017 edition in fine style with a sold-out status and true premium festivity for the massive crowd in attendance.

Under the patronage of the Governor of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, the event which in 2017 celebrates its 17th anniversary was aptly titled ‘17’.

California-based Jamaican singer Olaf Blackwood has made a breakthrough on the international music scene. The St. Elizabeth born entertainer recently collaborated with top European EDM DJ, Armin van Buuren, and Lady Gaga’s songwriter, Fernando Garibay, to record and release the hit single titled I Need You.
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