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New York, NY (Sonique Solutions) – Caribbean-American Mental Health Advocate Hazell McKenzie is set to release her new book ‘Suitcase of Dreams’ to the masses. These memoirs aim to be a beacon of hope to those who are struggling through the various stages of mental illness and to provide real insight and spark constructive conversation about the trials and tribulations which lead to and are caused by these situations.

STUDIO 17: THE LOST REGGAE TAPES tells the story of the birth of reggae music in Kingston Jamaica, and of one man’s quest to rescue a treasure trove of tapes that were abandoned in 1977. There are hundreds of reels featuring many unheard and unreleased songs. Artists on the reel include The Wailers, Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, The Skatalites, Alton Ellis, Gregory Isaacs and many more that survived decades of neglect including looting, Hurricane Gilbert and intense tropical heat.

Erphaan Alves GRATEFUL Concert

The youngest veteran in Soca music is reminding us and all of his fans to remember to always be "Grateful". So its fitting that "Grateful" is again the title for the second annual birthday concert event hosted by Mr. Erphaan Alves at the Anchorage, Harts Cut, Chaguaramas on Friday 22nd November 2019. However, after the 2018 success of the first event, Erphaan and tEAM (pronounced Team EA) added  the subtitle of 'Bienveniedo' which in English translates to 'Welcome'.

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. October 1st, 2019 -- It’s official. There’s a brand new carnival concierge service operating out of Trinidad and Tobago this past Saturday, September 28 th , the 1One Nation Carnival outfit revealed its small but effective catalogue of designs for Carnival Monday and Tuesday.

South Florida's youth will showcase pageantry, vibrancy, and pride at the annual Miami Carnival Jr. Carnival. This annual Caribbean family-friendly event fosters Caribbean pride, Carnival tradition, and artistic expression. With multiple Jr. Carnival bands, young masqueraders will be judged based on their creativity, presentation, originality, and craftsmanship of their vibrant and colorful masquerade costumes.

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. September 27 th , 2019 - Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival is mere months away. A new concierge mas band launches at the Bungalow, in Woodbrook, on Saturday night. All systems are set for the grand reveal of some incredible costumes, being produced by new carnival outfit, 1One Nation Carnival.

Miami, FL - (September 23, 2019) - On Sunday, October 13, 2019, the Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee will host the 35th annual Miami Carnival celebration at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds, from 11 am-11 pm. Named one of the Top 100 Events of South Florida by, Miami Carnival continues its long-standing tradition of providing a kaleidoscope of Caribbean cultures under one umbrella.

MIAMI (September 24, 2019) - Working with public and private sector tourism partners in the Caribbean, The Bahamas and South Florida, the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and its counterpart the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) have launched "Tourism Jobs for Bahamians" to secure temporary employment for these industry professionals.

New York, New York — September 2019 (Sound Chat Radio) Upon wrapping up the first leg of their multi-continent spanning international “Loyalty Tour” in New York City (Sony Hall), the Grammy-Award winning Morgan Heritage will descend upon Sound Chat Radio Live on Thursday, September 26 at Sandz in Queens, NY to present their new album “Loyalty.”

NEW YORK, NY –  Out October 4th on VP Records, the long-awaited, new studio album Parts of the Puzzle, from dancehall reggae star Busy Signal will be available worldwide for streaming and purchase on CD and vinyl LP.

The new album features popular singles 'Stay So' (30+ million views on YouTube), 'One Way', 'Dolla Van' and 'Got To Tell You'. The four tracks have amassed millions of social media impressions to date, weekly streams in the hundreds of thousands and active rotations on mix-show radio in the US, as well as massive street credibility.

Multiple Band Mega Launch

While the large Carnival mas bands, especially the all inclusive ones, seem to be thriving, hosting elaborate launches and attracting premium corporate sponsors, the small and medium bands don’t fare as well.

President of the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Bands Association (TTCBA), Rosalind Gabriel who founded the most successful children’s Carnival mas band, said the small and medium bands struggle to survive and stay alive from one year to another.

MIAMI (September 12, 2019) - From Aruba to Jamaica and The Bahamas to Bermuda, hotels and resorts have joined with the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) to launch an online action to help support the long-term recovery of the northwestern islands of the Bahamas.

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. September 5th, 2019 - Hold on tight, it’s about to get wild. New soca music, complete with a fresh face and unbridled vibe, emerges this September. No mater how you look at it, the evolution of the soca game continues to flourish and by all accounts, the young trendsetters have upped the anti, delivering smash hit singles consistently.

Lauderhill Florida –The CEO of SAO Soca Awards Ltd, Mr. Colin Jackman, has committed half of the proceeds from the 16th Annual International Soca Awards to help fund recovery and rebuilding efforts in the Bahamas. The island nation suffered significant damage from HurricaneDorian which left thousands homeless and took several lives.

MIAMI (September 4, 2019) - The Caribbean tourism industry and its many friends around the world are responding to the call for support for the storm ravaged islands of the northwestern Bahamas - The Abacos and Grand Bahama.

CARIBBEANTALES announces the twenty-one (21) filmmakers that will take part in the Tenth Annual CaribbeanTales Market Incubator (CTI) in partnership with The Caribbean Development Bank, Ontario Creates and Telefilm Canada, and with support from the National Film & Video Foundation of South Africa.  At the annual Big Pitch, they will compete for prizes that will include an award of $10,000 for Best Caribbean Project.

Tropical Storm Dorian has now passed, and Saint Lucia has been given the ALL-CLEAR by the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO).

To this hour, our hotel partners as reported on by the St. Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association (SLHTA) have fared well with no damages to plant and property. All guests are properly cared for and are safe within their respective resorts.

Miami, Fl-September 4, 2019 - Committed to celebrating and promoting diverse cultural roots through the arts and culture activities, and by promoting African American and Caribbean artistic talent, Hampton Art Lovers(HAL) once again will open another exhibition September 5, 2019 at the Historic Ward Rooming House(249 Northwest 9th Street Miami, FL, 33136).

AUGUST 20, 2019 – Montego Bay, Jamaica – Four of the most influential individuals in the cannabis industry, Bruce Linton, Cam Battley, Steve DeAngelo and Vicente Fox will deliver keynote addresses at the CanEx Jamaica Business Conference and Expo 2019 taking place at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, September 26-28.

ESPN2 Caribbean Presents the 2019 US Open

Exclusive Coverage Starts Monday, August 26 at 12 p.m. ET and includes more than 130-hours of live television coverage and comprehensive digital coverage from all 16 courts
2019 US Open players include tennis legends Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, as well as Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep and Serena Williams

Charlie living in America understood what was needed to make the music more marketable. He decided to get involved with the recording and distribution of Calypso.  Like every great entrepreneur, his first productions experience some failure but he quickly learned from his mistakes.

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (August 19, 2019) - Virgin Islander heroes Kashief Hamilton and Randolph Donovan, Jr. were honored today by Carnival Cruise Line, The West Indian Company Limited (WICO) and local officials for rescuing a wheelchair-bound cruise passenger who accidentally fell off the WICO dock on St. Thomas last week.

ESPN presents exclusive coverage beginning today of the 2019 Men’s Specsavers Ashes Series. Following a 4-0 victory in the 2017/18 Ashes, the Aussies will look to defend the world’s most prestigious Test trophy against their English hosts in the five-match series. Action bowled off today on the ESPN2 Caribbean television network.

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. August 6th, 2019 - An economic boost for Trinidad and Tobago; this is the overall anticipation of a new carnival band that is setting itself apart from the dynamic of all other bands in the carnival business. 1One Nation Carnival’s concierge style, intimate offering ahead of Carnival 2020, launches at the Hilton Hotel in Trinidad, on August 24th.

Toronto, Ontario (Sonique Solutions) – The Canada Day long weekend gained an extra dose of spice as Toronto Raptors assistant coach and team ambassador Jamaal Magloire recently held his annual all-inclusive extravaganza entitled “ESCAPE”.

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. July 24 th , 2019 - Entertainment’s a mainstay for Caribbean people. Music’s the language we all speak and no matter the genre, the rhythms have a way of making the world know it’s uniquely Caribbean. In Trinidad and Tobago, the entertainers come a dime a dozen but there are some who fall off the grid sooner than others.

Toronto, Ontario (Sonique Solutions) – The diligent team at Epic Events, which is known for its seamless execution of corporate and multi-cultural productions, has once again delivered with the recent inaugural installation of ‘The Epic Lifestyle Event’.

On The Riddim (OTR) is a monthly series, highlighting the best of VP Records. From recent album releases, videos and events; viewers will be taken on a journey every episode. 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of VP Records, the world's largest reggae and soca label in the world. Paving the way for many legendary reggae artists, the label has become an icon in the reggae music industry.

Toronto, Ontario (Sonique Solutions) – The Durham Region of the Greater Toronto Area will be illuminated on July 20 th 2019 by a new high-end Caribbean event entitled ‘Dusk All Inclusive Party’. This new event experience falls on the lead-up to North America’s largest Caribbean festival, the Toronto Caribbean Carnival commonly known as ‘Caribana’ and its organizers promise to deliver a diverse, top quality event to Durham as well as to add their...

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. July 10th , 2019 - Even fashion can play a pivotal role in the lives of Caribbean youth. Trinidad and Tobago menswear designer Ecliff Elie, concerned about the uphill battle faced by so many young men in T&T, for yet another year opened his heart to do something he felt would uplift a few of them, shining the spotlight on them, if only for one special night in 2019.

The Show Stopper at SAPA

In the months since C2K19 the band, Dil-E-Nadan has not slowed down after the hectic season they had.

Dil-E-Nadan has been touring the US, Europe, Guyana, Suriname and when at home, they’ve performed at several events including lead vocalist, Raymond Ramnarine’s own annual major production, “Everyboday Loves Raymond,” which saw it final run this year to a sold out audience.

Thank YOU From The Bermuda Carnival Team!

According to our visitors, there is Carnival, which is always a good time; and then there is Bermuda’s Carnival, which for them was a master-class in premium customer service and sensational events all served up in stunningly scenic surroundings.

Atlanta, GA, (July 4, 2019) - Banton returns to Bermuda – just 1.5 hours from the east coast – after 12 years with a concert that is expected to sell out. With pink sand beaches and azure water, Bermuda is the perfect island for a summer weekend getaway.

20 years! In cooperation with Pepito Sangria and with the support from the Government of Canada, FACTOR, and the City of Montreal,   TOTC is proud to showcase the colorful variety of the Caribbean Culture: Food, art, dance, music and sports now! This July 11-14 TOTC returns to a new, more available rental on the hand walk of the Old Port!

NEW YORK, NY – Launching this July on VP Records YouTube page, On The Riddim (OTR) is a monthly series, highlighting the best of VP Records. From recent album releases, videos and events; viewers will be taken on a journey every episode.

New York, NY (Sonique Solutions) – On Sunday July 14 th 2019 the Big Apple of New York City will be rocked to its core with the pulsating sounds of island rhythms and the soothing aromas of Caribbean cuisine as the upcoming Caribbean Yacht Week will be introduced at the appropriately titled launch event, “Ashore NYC”.

Trinidad and Tobago, WI: Akeem “Preedy” Chance is no stranger to delivering attention grabbing messages through music. Truth is, every bit of his interactions with crime, poverty, loss, relationships, stereotype and triumph has influenced the music he creates. Therefore, it should not come as a surprise to anyone that the Maloney born and raised singer/songwriter/performer would release an empowering and motivational track titled ‘Pray.’

TRIBE Jamin Summer Review

As the sun set over the horizon, it seemed like Carnival Monday and Tuesday all over again (night edition). Girl Crews made their way into the stadium. The guys flocked in with their posse with cups in hand, on a mission. 

MIAMI (June 26, 2019) - Barbados was named the Caribbean National Culinary Team of the Year, while Jason Thomas Ao of the Cayman Islands was crowned Caribbean Chef of the Year when the 2019 Taste of the Caribbean competition results were announced last night at Hyatt Regency Miami.

Soca Gold 2019 Celebrates Women

NEW YORK, NY – Summer after summer, VP’s Soca Gold compilation has long been the premiere platform for curating the very best songs of the genre. In tandem, It’s iconic album art, featuring tropical motifs and vibrant mesmerizing hues, have become a hallmark of Soca culture and the muses that inspire it. While capturing the narrative of Caribbean people through Soca music and stunning imagery, VP’s Soca Gold continues to influence & curate the sounds of soca-reggae.
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