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30Jun/09

Jamzone Summer Break Weekend Update

Busy, Machel, Karma Band confirmed for Jamzone
Pageant to spotlight climate change, low Carbon initiative  
 
Plans are accelerating and promises much Caribbean spices that cater to entertainment seekers at all levels.  Promoters HITS & JAMS are reporting that they have secured several international acts to offer live performances at the Guyana National Stadium and the Splashmins Fun-Park.

From a private national perspective the Hits and Jams Promotions group notes  “the idea of making the event into a four day affair was birthed after a meeting with President Bharrat Jagdeo earlier in the year that included promoters as well as officials from the private sector, airlines and Corporate Guyana.”

Director Rawle Fergusson said “in previous years, our one day event, Jamzone has been on the National tourism calendar but following the meeting with President Bharrat  Jagdeo we have upped it to four days with much more on the entertainment/leisure platter for domestic and international tourists.”
The final day will be at the resort in the form of a grand beach party with all the major offerings in sports, aquatic and leisure entertainment and will conclude with the crowning of the 9th Miss Jamzone Queen.

Director Kerwin Bollers explaining the four day concept said the three additional nights will be memorable and will boost international leisure seekers interest and over time could see more tourists flocking to Guyana like they do for other Summer Fest, internationally.
President Bharrat Jagdeo had encouraged those at the meeting to create and promote events that can be used as a tourism attraction to the local shores.
Bollers said the environment, preserving Guyana’s standing forest and climate change will be among our main focus for the pageant where the delegates will be tasked with creating costumes with various message. They will also have to research those topics for presentation. So far more than 75 applications have been distributed and the promoters are asking that those who still have forms in their possession to fill them out and return them on or before July 3.

Mega Entertainment guaranteed for Jamzone summer Break Weekend Fergusson says as momentum builds HITS and JAMS in its quest to offer mega concerts like those experienced for CARIFESTA the group is pursuing several contracts with some major artistes. “Already we have secured contracts with Caribbean soca sensation Machel Montano and Jamaican dancehall artiste Busy Signal as well as Karma the number one chutney band in the region,” Ferguson said. He assures too that “this release of names is just the beginning of the proposed line up of artistes heading to the local shores.”

Mondale Smith for Hits and Jams

For more information contact: Kerwin Bollers 227-0580

20Jun/09

Digicel launches Summer Flex promotion

Elephant man, Tanya Stephens, Tessanne Chin to headline concert

Digicel Guyana, along with corporate sponsors Banks DIH and Caribbean Airlines, promises to set the National Stadium ablaze again with another multi-million-dollar ‘summer’ promotion.

In 2008, the companies entertained Guyana with the Morgan Heritage family concert to conclude of its summer sizzle promotion, now on June 26, next, the company is set to offer entertainment seekers and subscribers to its ‘D’Summer Flex’ promotion with a mega international ‘Free’ concert.

Incorporating the events, the management skills of Wild Fire Productions the company yesterday announced that Guyana would enjoy, as part of the launch, mega performances from international acts Elephant man and Tanya Stephens while Tessanne Chin will be making her local debut.

Guyana’s star performers X2 and B-52 will add to the excitement.

Jonathan Beepat, Wildfire CEO/ Creative Director, at yesterday’s press conference said, “The international lineup was selected based on their popularity and abilities to provide a night of entertainment from their great musical repertoire.”

Jerome Softleigh, the Promotions Director assures that the event will be nothing short of excellence, as “sound, stage and lights will be provided by Traveller’s Sounds while the evening’s entertainment will be Trendsetters and Slingerz sounds.

Through a Digicel initiative, Beepat guarantees that entrance to the event is free and Donovan White Digicel’s head of marketing said much will be on the offer to patrons from his company and Banks DIH.

At that event Banks DIH will be launching its Power Stout and its new RYDA Wine, said Carlton Joao, Banks DIH Sales and Marketing Executive.

Explaining that a grand surprise awaits Whyte said that tickets are free with every purchase of $1,500 Top up at Digicel outlets.

By Mondale Smith

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20Jun/09

Timeka Marshall signs Oakley Endorsement deal, Hush/ Secrets now at number 3 on REtv charts

Even as she has released two new songs  in Jamaica and is working on a Gospel and a dance party/dance hall singles Guyanese rising star, Timeka Marshall, under the Pyramid Entertainment group, has signed an endorsement deal with the eyewear and apparel giant, Oakley.

Reports from Jamaica are that Timeka's blossoming musical career caught the attention of Oakley's Caribbean representative, Nicholas Alleyne. The report also says that she is sure to bring not only regional attention to the brand but also international attention as her music is added to rotation on several radio stations.

The Guyana-born singer is the company's latest signing for the Oakley brand. This follows on the huge success of her latest singles "All Night" and "Hush."

Hush is currently number three on the RETV charts while she has completed two new songs titled “the way you love me” on the penthouse lable and “doesn’t matter” on the Grease Monkey Riddim.

Timeka has been creating quite a stir in the music industry as one of the Caribbean's rising female stars and is poised to roll out yet another single "Feel Fah" that features dancehall star, Busy Signal.

The one can be sure to see Timeka wearing the Oakley branded eyewear in what promises to be yet another sizzling music video from the young songstress.

Timeka, on the local shores endorses King's Jewelry and also continues to represent GT&T’s Cellink Plus whose jingle competition made her a household name back in 2006.

Generally known for having athletes promote their brand, these recent artist endorsements signal a new direction for Oakley as they seek to widen their appeal and promote their brand in the Caribbean.

By Mondale Smith

20Jun/09

Guyanese Ace Producer Wins Canada Reggae Music Achievements Awards

Guyanese producer Ernie Trelfall once again was voted top producer at the 3rd annual Reggae Music Achievements Awards held Sunday in Toronto, Canada.

Ernie,  who was musically trained in Guyana by the late Edith Pieters, produced most of the top reggae songs recorded in Canada for the given period. He also won handsomely last year , an award that gave him international recognition and has started to work with artistes as far as from Africa , Europe , North America and the Islands on his new riddim called the Harp Riddim.

The Royal Schools of Music Grade 8 musician, who is frequently in Guyana scouting new talent has also kick started careers of many top artistes including Timeka Marshall Separate, Jessica Xavier’s Baby Don't Cry and the inaugural Carib Soca monarch Compton Coody Hodge’s Umbrella Party and Ballons.

His next goal is to form an international music label that will include members everywhere his music is played. He disclosed that this is essential because piracy has gone very deep and some of the new beats produced has lots of sampling.

As for Guyana he claims that he has seen a lot of potential talent that needs international exposure. He has also learnt that there seems to be a lot of fighting amongst Guyanese musicians which he finds very strange, and stated that the only thing that Guyanese musicians should be fighting for is music copyright laws.

He encourages Guyanese disc jockeys to help promote Guyanese music on radio and tv, and for the promoters to include Guyanese acts on the big shows.

When not in his studio Ernie is busy at his piano tuning classes , an art which he has a recent passion for. Ernie has also arranged and produced songs for Mingles Sound Machine Band , Pamela Maynard ,Aretha Fraser, Mark Holder, Cyd Hooper, Young Bill Rogers, Lady Tempest , Eddie Neblett , Jumo ( X2 ) , CBU contest winner Ian Fraser , Beverly Williams (Little B) , Kenneth (Small vMan) Nurse, Alwin (Negus ) Nurse and Carifesta 2008 singer Lisa Punch.

When in Guyana Ernie's produces music at Kingdom Friends Studio which is owned by his longtime friend Danley Major.

Photo Caption: Second time around: Canada based Guyanese music producer Ernie Trelfall voted top music producer at the 3rd annual Reggae Music Achievements Awards clutches his plaque Sunday last in Toronto, Canada.

By Mondale Smith

18Jun/09

Jamzone Summer Break Weekend 2009

In keeping with a mandate to ensure that leisure lovers enjoy quality entertainment on the local shores during the August holidays we, the Hits and Jams group announces that the event is definitely happening again this year but on a larger scale.

Entering our 9th year, we have upped our game yet again to make the event bigger and better. As such this year’s event dubbed “Jamzone Summer Break Weekend” will be held in four stages starting August 27 and ending, August 30.

This year, borrowing from the CARIFESTA concept, the group proposes that the event will include a concert night for Dance Hall and Reggae as well as a night for Soca and Chutney that will feature the best artistes in Guyana, the Caribbean and the world.

Jamzone Summer Break Weekend will culminate with the fun-day/ Beach Jam that climaxes with the crowning of the 9th Miss Jamzone queen on August 30 at the Splashmins Fun Park.

We have already secured most of the artistes for the events and more details will be released as plans progress.

Note: Each event will be affordable individually and as a package deal through the purchase of season tickets.

Pageant

Our recruitment drive has commenced to select local beauties to contest the ninth Miss Jamzone crown from which the queen walks away with a multi-million dollar car. The runners up will take home a scooter among other prizes.

Closing date for applications is June 30. Interested ladies aged 18-26 can pick up applications at Nanda’s Boutique, Street Styles, Lifestyles, changing Room, Fusion Taxi service and at HJtv-72.

PRO Mondale Smith
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