Kingston,Jamaica; Twenty-three lucky Caribbean Nationals will attend the Arthur Guinness Celebration in honour of the distinguished founder of the brew, Arthur Guinness. Winners from the countries: St Kitts, Barbados, Guyana, Haiti, Trinidad, St Vincent, Antigua and St Lucia will be flown to Jamaica on all-expense paid trips for performances from Reggae and Dancehall favourites Shaggy, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Lady Saw, Wayne Wonder and Mavado. The event to be held on Saturday October 23, at the National Stadium in Kingston Jamaica represents what has become a yearly tradition of celebrating Arthur Guinness Day through live performances and celebrations globally.
Arthur Guinness Day, Thursday September 23 will be celebrated worldwide with various activities. The success of the Guinness brand was made possible through one man’s dream to operate his own brewery. Arthur Guinness was no stranger to the process involved in the brewing of beer. He supervised the production of brews at a fairly young age on a large estate under the guidance of his father. With his £100 inheritance he started a brewery with his brother only to break away three years later to establish what would become his leap into greatness. He seemed to be certain of what would be his brand's success when he leased the property he used to brew his ales and ports for 9000 years. From there on, the rest is history.
It is estimated that at least 5.5 million pints of Guinness are drank worldwide, per day. Arthur Guinness' impressive legacy has survived for more than two centuries. People from all over the world are united in celebration of the man, the pioneer and the genius behind the “black stuff”.
The Caribbean is set to host a grand celebration of culture music, food and great entertainment. Some of Jamaica's greatest musicians will celebrate the work and life of a man who embodied all the qualities of greatness. The Arthur Guinness Celebration takes place on Saturday October 23 at the National Stadium Kingston, Jamaica. Admission to this event is only through the Guinness Under the Cap promotions.
Caught on Camera
They say a picture can speak a thousand words; well this one certainly speaks Guinness. From the Guinness girls lined up, their Guinness bottles and the Guinness bus, it was definitely celebration of greatness.
West Indies Team Captain Chris Gayle is about to celebrate his 31st Birthday and while he's all out Jamaican and a true Caribbean man, he has chosen Guyana to party hard this year. "I always wanted to do something different for my special day plus my son is in Guyana and he always wanted me to come spend sometime with his family and because I believe that the GT people are also my people I will be there so get ready to party hard" were his uttering in an exclusive interview. Speaking from his hometown in Jamaica he says on Saturday September 25 all roads will lead to the Tower Hotel pool side for the Ultimate Caribbean Party his Birthday bash dubbed "lifestyle of the rich and famous."
Promising patrons the experience of a Caribbean Lifestyle of the rich and famous night out the show's organizer, hard hitting batsman Orin Forde through his Jam-yard Production team reiterated that "Chris is a born Jamaican and a Caribbean man at heart but to him Guyana is the ideal place to party at this time, Forde said. He also notes that he (Chris Gayle) has a large Guyanese following that is always supportive so that's why we are having this party for him and it is going to be a most memorable experience as cricketers from various international teams will be here for the event to socialize at a different level."
The event has the support of RRT Enterprise, HJtv, Digicel, Lifetime Realty and Linden Holding Inc. amongst others as sponsors and Forde also notes that "We will also see in attendance several West Indies cricketers such as Sulieman Benn, Kemar Roach and Fidel Edwards and a host of others".
Forde assures that "Chris Gayle will definitely be here for this event and he's expecting all of Guyana to come out and support." We will also see Chris in his entertainer's mode not as a cricketer but as true Jamaican Dancehall artiste singing on the Microphones and he will also further be flexing his DJ muscles while spinning a few hits for
the crowd. Tickets are already on sale at the Tower Hotel for the all inclusive party where once you purchase a ticket you get all you can drink from the top of the line bar offers as well as finger foods.
"I'm a hardworking individual who is straight up and hate negative and false people," Says Guyanese model and Singer Edmon Johnson age 32. The Former Guyana Prison services rank now resides in Trinidad and has won several model and singing competitions in the Twin Island Republic and has also strutted his stuff for events such as Guyana fashion weekend and the Fashion Week Trinidad 2010.
As a positive youth who loves positive people Johnson who goes by the singing name Ejo has several songs to his name such as " Karma (the seeds you sow) and naked as well as Secrets has just completed two more songs to ad to his growing musical Repertoire. He says the two new releases are titled 'money junkie' and 'the way you feel' and both are self written and composed. Of the recordings he said "I'm known for soca vibes but these two songs are being done with a dancehall and soca vibe."
He also let up that while he is contemplating a return to Guyana for the 2011 soca Monarch clash he said he's about to hit the studios to complete his power soca and groovy soca songs for the 2011 Trinidad's carnival season. He told this publication that it is his wish that he could be hired "to come home and perform and be compensated like the other artistes are from the region and on the international scene." As a point of note he says "I'm coming strong for the Trinidad and Tobago soca monarch! I'm still considering to come for the Carib soca monarch but as a judge". The songs can be heard on you tube.
By Mondale Smith
The Guyana Musical Arts Festival is set for staging on April 26-30, 2011, at the National Cultural Centre where a multitude of local talent will be competing for recognition and a series of prizes. This festival has it origins from 1952 and will be held under the patronage of Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. Frank Anthony, in collaboration with the Guyana Musical Arts Festival Inc, the Guyana Music Teachers Association, the Woodside Choirs International M.S. and the Partners Program of the Lutheran Church of Tulsa in Guyana.
The Festival was officially launched on August 13 at the Pegasus International Hotel. As a prelude the stage is being set for Music teachers and participants in the upcoming Guyana Musical Arts Festival to be granted the opportunity to receive training for the event at a series of workshops to be conducted during September.
These 'training for trainers' workshops are organized by the Planning Committee of the Guyana Musical Arts Festival and will be staged on September 11 and 12 at the Bishops' High School, Carmichael Street, Georgetown, and September 18 and 19 at St. Theresa's Pastoral Centre, Pope Street, New Amsterdam, East Berbice. All workshops will begin at 09:00hrs and conclude at 18:00hrs.
Training will be provided for vocalists, choir directors, verse and choral speakers and poets (dramatic poetry). Persons interested in participating are asked to contact the Festival Office, Dewar's Music School, 221 Charlotte Street, Bourda, Georgetown, telephone; 223-1069 or 226-3052.
By Mondale Smith
Hot on the heals of the Just concluded FUSE party the stage is being
set for yet another show and this time the focus is likely to be on
entertainment for soca lovers.
Speaking with Show coordinator DJ Casual he has confirmed that plansare in train for an all soc showcase. Entertainer has heard from sources that the show may not be held at the Tower Hotel Poolside but at a popular sports ground in the Nation's capital. The event from what entertainer has heard may feature one of the veteran soca singersthat could be Sparrow or Shadow as the headliner and a current soca band that might be Krossfyah. While DJ Casual has neither denied or consented to the names he said that the Show will also feature Guyana's three times soca monarch Adrian Dutchin and Jumo as well as three times road march Queen Melissa Vanilla Roberts. We also heard that another Fuse show would be planned for Christmas that could see the live performance from an American international artiste. For the soca show Casual said he is still working on Logistics and contracts for the October event.
The Krosfyah band is no stranger to the local shores but has not
beeen to Guyana for more than five years. it is reportedly the hottest band to have ever come out of Barbados. The unique blend of soca, reggae and calypso is thrilling fans all over the world and the music is characterized by a fresh, innovative sound and positive, conscious messages. Krosfyah is popular for songs such as the Ultimate Party, Pump Me Up, 'On the Road Again', 'No Behavior', and 'Oil Pumping'.
By Mondale Smith
Christopher Martin, D Major ignite Tower Poolside, Guyana - Kudos to DJ Casual
Even as some are thinking that a Guyanese promoted party 'ain't popping' locally unless it has Hits and Jams or Wildfire attached to it; here comes food for though. Praises are being heaped on Radio DJ turn promoter Casual this follows the successful staging of FUSE at the Tower Hotel pool Side two Saturdays ago. Fuse is s string of parties that feature live performances by the crème de la crème of Guyanese acts and International artistes. The first show that filled the Tower Hotel pool Side and lobby area to capacity featured performances from reigning Road March queen Vanilla, Guyanese star entertainer Jumo and Jamaican artistes Christopher Martin and D Major. This we understand
is the first of several Digicel sponsored entertainment offerings before 2010 concludes and from what we hear it promises to get even better and better with each promotion.
Talks of Second serving: If all goes well Guyanese Christopher Martin fans might be treated to a second serving of the Jamaican artiste and his team member D Major before year end... the most recent information from sources close to the last promotion. Entertainer understands that the second serving idea is being discussed and that it might be on Old year's night possibly at a bigger venue. This talk was heard as more than 2000 patrons were celebrating the Digicel sponsored FUSE show live hosted by radio DJ Casual at the Tower International Hotel poolside.
The very humble and focused Martin, came to prominence in 2005 after winning the Digicel Rising Star competition in Jamaica and is popular for hits such as Driver, Real Friends and Christopher Giving it. More than a year ago Martin was advertised as one of the featured acts along Side Sizzla but that show never came off and he was most
apologetic as he told Entertainer "that was not my fault but I will make up for it." He certainly did make up by arriving in Guyana one day ahead of the show with team member D Major. They hit up several night spots as well as the Guinness Bar on the Plaisance Line Top as part of their pre-show schedule and were celebrated on every occasion making friends at every location. Then on show night as part of his first live Guyana stage show he dished songs from his ever growing musical repertoire and aside from gaffing up fans, he along with D Major dished some back in time covers that attracted screams mostly from the overwhelming majority of women folk in attendance.
Aside from the excited capacity crowd there were the over enthusiastic ladies who took every opportunity to paw and claw at the 23-year-old crooner's crotch and legs. Of the lot two in attendance.lucky women join him on stage at separate intervals. (One was celebrating her birthday while the other represented for the Guyanese women as the envy of every woman Both had more than enough body mass but the petite yet sculpted artiste took them on in a most entertaining but sexually charged way. At one point the artiste got more than he bargained for and enlisted the assistance of Guyana's Rubber waist Jumo to entreatingly offer a human game of tennis with a lustful lady patron at the center. Martin is probably still getting over the spine tingling experience of the tongue that brushed his left ear which saw him blushing uncontrollably while clasping his face and looking to the heavens. It was D major's rendition of "girl you know I, I, I ..." that started the segment of hot cover songs such as unchained melody etc... Setting the tone for what can best be described as an excellent promotions start event were Guyana's own Vanilla who dished her regular vibes with songs such as High etc.
Jumo Primo who is promising to bring the Byron Lee's Dragonaires Band to Guyana for Christmas was his usual self that included him teaching the crowd to wine Guyanese style in comparison to the citizens of other Caribbean Countries. At the show's conclusion there was hardly a person with dry clothing and there was no murmuring from fans who did express their desire for more shows of such a nature. Up beat about Guyana/ Florida show Chris Martin told one of Urban Islandz website representatives in Jamaica that he is still on a high after his hugely successful show in Guyana and in Florida. The former digicel rising stars winner rocked a huge crowd in Guyana at the Fuse -Hotel Tower. The young reggae singer dished out his huge catalog of old and new hits to a screaming crowd at his feet. "It was truly a pleasure being in Guyana, myself and D-Major felt as if we were right at home and the response of the fans was truly overwhelming. The crowd was somewhere between 2000 and 2,500 but they made me feel like they where 70,000 the entire experience was pure love an I truly appreciated it," Chris told Urban Islandz rep.
By Mondale Smith
Through efforts on the part of Vizion Sounds recording studios CEO Walter Fraser aka Wally Several of Guyana's top artistes are carded to entertain in England shortly. This Publication understands that after much planning and meetings In London several of Guyana's top acts will be taking Guyana in Music to London on November 7 live to Entertain patrons at the Jazz Cafe in London. That lot includes Trinidad based artiste Fojo of Woman fame, First Born, Shelly G, Timeka Marshall and Alabama. New of this line up getting the Out of Guyana experience has been meet with much celebratory commendation from fans both local and abroad.
Fojo migrated to Trinidad more than a year now after he was nominated for more than eight Accolades- the music awards of Guyana but did not win any of the crystals. Subsequently Fojo penned and recorded a song that categorically stated "Keep yah Accolade me don't need it fuh dinner... i'm the ladies choice, the ladies voice." He is now earning a living in the Twin Island republic. While speculation has been rife that First Born has split up group members have stated that such a statement is furthest from the truth and that they would be available if the gig was financially lucrative. Shelly G the lone Female Guyana soca Monarch winner to date is caught between raising her daughter and musical. She is elated and plans to make full use of the opportunity to showcase even as she decides on if she will return to the soca monarch competition circuit for Mash 2011. Timeka Marshall recently returned from Canada where she is now testing her musical wings in search of her Mainstream music break. she recently released a song titled wining pro and also opened for Neyo at the just concluded Jamzone international night. Her song 'One more day is constantly making rounds on regional television stations. Over the past few months not much has been heard form Alabama who is popular for the 'dem don't care' hit single. Aside from working on this planned London show the members of First born have also launched their solo careers.
By Mondale Smith