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Fastball premier this Saturday along with Dancehall stars Konshens and Jory!



On Saturday July 2 the Mining Town, Linden will get the first taste of the newly introduced Fastball game as the tournament kicks off at Mackenzie Sports Ground. The action starts at 15:00hrs with several thrilling matches during which fans who wear the Fastball official T-Shirt will be eligible to win over one million dollars and many other great prizes!


When the Fastball excitement ends the party begins with mind-blowing performances by chart-topping Jamaican Dancehall singer Konshens and Guyanese megastar Jory. Earlier this year, Cricket enthusiasts were treated to a successful 10/10 tournament however, this time around, GTT is offering Football lovers a chance to be a part of this new, fun exciting game which will definitely change the way we play local football! Each match lasts a period of 30 minutes and several other changes have been altered to the original format to create Fastball.


Tickets are available for $500 at all GTT Offices and the Major Sports Center in the Leap Building. Patrons can also grab their official 'Fastball' T-shirts for $1000 for a chance to win fantastic prizes!




2011 Set to be the Greatest Jamzone Summer Break Ever!

It's that time again, when we prepare our minds and wardrobes for the annual event that we so eagerly look forward to every year! If you're Guyanese, then you know we're referring to the upcoming 2011 Jamzone Summer Break Weekend billed for August 12-21 with an extended ten days of epic events that will hopefully gratify our avid supporters!

As you many have observed through consistent ventures, the Hits and Jams team has no desire for stagnation, and is ever advancing their efforts to achieve the unattainable and further put Guyana on the map! Armed with this aim and a strong, driven team, the organizers have decided to make Jamzone even more inclusive by creating an extensive roster of events, suitable for people of every age and varying personal interests.

Jamzone Summer Break 2011 now includes the Jamzone T/20 tournament (twenty, twenty), Kids Zone, the Food and Jazz Festival, Chutney, Dancehall and Soca Super Concerts, the anticipated International Night and the annual Beach Jam and Miss Jamzone International pageant. Bookings for artistes are still in progress but a terrific lineup has already been confirmed as well as the delegates for the Miss Jamzone International Pageant, all of whom have already been selected.

They are also currently exploring a multiplicity of avenues to ensure that Jamzone attains International standards and recognition. This year, for the first time ever, Hits and Jams will be introducing the limited edition Jamzone Summer Break line of apparel which includes t-shirts, male and female beach shorts, swimsuits and hats among many other items. These items will be available exclusively at the 'Style Zone' booth in the Ashmins Mall and the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.

The team will also be presenting the first issue of their 'In da Zone' magazine which will treat fans to exclusive entertainment info and updates including Jamzone related events and a wide array of other topics.In a few days, Jamzone Summer Break 2011 will be officially launched via a black tie event where patrons will be treated to great entertainment and dinner. The Hits and Jams team will also be releasing detailed information on the upcoming Jamzone events. However, if you're not in the mood for the formal scene, you can head down to the Club Mojo's this Sunday July 3rd for the 'Summer Ting' concept party which will officially mark the commencement of the upcoming 'August Holiday' festivities.

"We are always looking to elevate our standards and this year will be no different. This year Jamzone will be nothing short of amazing with back-to-back action, fun and great entertainment", said Hits and Jams director, Kerwin Bollers.Jamzone Summer Break has been endorsed by the Tourism Ministry as an annual calendar event aimed at attracting an influx of domestic and international tourists. This year, in its eleventh year of existence, the organizers have raised the bar with an addition of incredible activities to commemorate this special occasion. Hits and Jams Entertainment continues to strive diligently to provide the best in entertainment for the Guyanese public.


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Vanilla Tops UWI

Vanilla and Crew Members at UWI

Three time Road March Queen Melissa "Vanilla" Roberts and Kross Kolor Label artiste has topped the class of the 2011 Motion Picture Arts course at The Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Studies UWI Cave Hill Barbados campus. Vanilla who was offered a scholarship at the institution commenced studies in January this year and completed the six months full time certificate course ahead of everyone else. In addition to being the best graduating student, she was the only student to have completed and handed in all assignments. Her screen play entitled "The Broken Triangle" was judged the best screen play submitted and the silent movie "The Fight" in which she played the leading role and edited was adjudged the best silent movie.

In addition to the above she was second AD (Assistant Director) for the movie "Sweet Bottom" shot as part of this year's program and second Assistant Director and actress in the sizzle reel for “Bajan Blue” a television series to be shot at the end of this year in Barbados.

Kross Kolor Records takes this opportunity to congratulate Vanilla on her achievements and to acknowledge that she is continuing the tradition of excellence at the label. kross Kolor Records would also like to say a great big thank you to Digicel and the Ministry of Public Service Management for their significant contribution towards Vanilla’s attendance.



Dalton continues losing streak at 15th Friday Night Fights

"Deadly" Denny Dalton suffered his 3rd consecutive loss on June 24th during the Pro/Am card hosted by the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sport in collaboration with the Guyana Boxing Board of Control Dalton came up against Joel "Mr. Majestic" McRae in Friday Nights professional session. From the beginning of the fight Dalton attacked the slimmer but visibly fit and comfortable McRae but was unable to convert his aggression into a solid performance. The first sign of danger appeared during the 2nd round when a combination put Dalton on the canvas. He survived the 8 count but McRae failed to capitalize on the weakened Dalton and dragged the fight out into the 6th and final round when he was awarded a split decision thus causing Dalton his 3rd consecutive loss in as many appearances.

The highlight of the night was the matchup between Simeon Hardy and Eversley Brown. The bout had bearly gotten underway when a hard right from Hardy put Brown down causing doctors to rush to his aid. Even after the decision was announced Brown was unable to stand on his own causing him to be rushed to a city hospital for medical attention. The lightweight title of Guyana was on the line in the feature bout of the night with Mark Austin Squaring off against Revlon Lake. Lake lost his previous meeting with Austin and as such was eager to avenge that upset. The match was evenly match for the majority of the bout with both boxers landing power punches but unable to convert them into knockouts. Austin was however unable to go the distance in the 12 round encounter.

This could be explained since most local fighters are conditioned for 6 round boxing matches and as such encounter difficulties past the 8th round. Exhaustion showed on the part of Austin from the 9th round and Lake took advantage to deliver a blistering attack giving the impression that he had a bust of energy. The full toll of the exhaustion showed in the 11th round when Lake was placed flat on his back from a volley of punches. Lake therefore avenged his loss and silenced critics and lifted the lightweight title. The other results for the night saw Ray Sandiford overcoming "the Pocket Rocket" Rogers in the other professional bout of the night. Marvin Ageday, Imran Khan from Berbice defeated Richard Williamson and Stephan Goveia triumphed in the amateur bouts of the night.

It must be noted that crowd attendance to the Pro/Am cards is poor and as such apart from the in ring performances, it would be difficult to gauge the success of the monthly fight card.

-Andrew Ross


Guyana go down 11-0 to Bermuda in NACRA 15′s finals


A small but appreciative crowd turned out in support of local rugby side at the National Stadium Providence on Wednesday night. Very early in the match the physically larger Bermuda tested the Guyanese defense. Thomas Greenslide secured the first breakthrough by scoring a try. Emboldened by the early penetration into the Guyanese half the visitors launched a relentless attack which saw them scoring two penalties.

The second half saw a better defensive game by the Claudius Butts led side. Despite this they were still unable to convert defensive stops into tries against their larger opponents. Though Guyana was the faster side poor ball handling, a few bad calls by the referee and an impenetrable Bermuda defensive line all conspired against them on Wednesday. Bermuda had not won a 15's title in over ten years and the victory will increase the team's international rating and morale. Guyana is ranked 57th in the world and Bermuda is ranked 51st.
- Andrew Ross


Scotiabank/Pepsi Schools Football Academy Semi Finals

Tucville, North Georgetown and East Ruimveldt advance to finals of Scotiabank/Pepsi Schools Football Academy

Attacking Striker

The emergence of young talented football players from across the country continued on Saturday as the Georgetown leg of the Scotiabank/Pepsi Schools Football Academy semi finals got underway at the NIS Ground Carifesta Avenue.

Althea Holligan, building on her solid performances in the competition thus far, dominated by scoring 4 of her team’s 5 goals against Queen’s College in the first game of the day. QC was forced on the offensive practically from the opening whistle and it was not long before Holligan showed why she is considered by some as the tournament’s most efficient striker. Just 8 minutes into the game she struck the first blow followed by goals in the 20th, 27th and 42nd minutes to round off her tally. QC was unable to develop an effective offensive response. When those in attendance though the game was all wrapped up, Mariska Corbin added her name to the scorers’ sheet in the 55th minute.

Team Line Up

In the second game of the day it appeared to be an evenly matched encounter between Tucville and Lodge. Alex Alexander scored an early goal to put Tucville on top just 4 minutes into the encounter. Stiff defense from Lodge however prevented further damage to their goal deficit. The effort was however hampered by the loss of Kareem Sanagon in the 26th minute after he was sent off for a dangerous tackle. The weakened side allowed Alexander to strike again in the 54th. A late goal was scored by James Fraser in an effort to renew some hope penetrated in the 57th minute to make the score line 2-1. Randy Layne sealed the victory for Tucville by scoring the final goal of the match in the 70th minute.

Free Kick

The final semi final match of the day saw a previously impressive looking Christ Church Secondary losing to a resilient East Ruimveldt Secondary. Nyron Joseph and Travis Fitzpatrick put CCSS on top early by scoring goals in quick succession during the 29th and 30th minutes. Trevil Prepont and Shabaka Welch however equalized in the 41st and 70th minutes respectively to send the game into extra time. Craig Hughes was the author of the East Ruimveldt victory when he penetrated in the 77th and 79th minutes to send his team into the final round.

The finals will be contested at grounds around the country on Saturday.
- Andrew Ross


John Fernandes Insurance Service Second Division Hockey Tournament

All Stars humble Under 21's; Old Fort dominate Airbenders as 2ND Division Hockey continues

Damon Woodruff passes to Allan Fernandes

Azad DeAbreu, highly regarded as a top goalkeeper for Hikers and the national hockey team, showed his skillfulness as a player when he netted 4 goals in a one sided affair against the Male National Under 21 team at thirst park on Saturday afternoon. DeAbreu led the Carib All Stars, a team comprising or players over the age of 35, looked organized from the start. Though the U-21 squad had speed on their side it was not enough to convert into goals. After a 4-0 run by the veteran players Shaka Assanah managed to slip one past the goalkeeper to score the lone goal of the U-21 team. However in the end it proved not to be enough to overcome the experience and skill of the All Stars. Colin Aaron, Phillip Fernandes and Dexter Wyles also contributed to the 7-1 thrashing of the U-21 side.

Jason DeSantos secures ball from Airbender Defenders

In another mismatch of the day Old Fort defeated the Airbenders 4-1. Jason De Santos scored a hat-trick while Kevin Melville sealed the victory in the 63rd minute against the female side; securing their first victory in the tournament thus far. The only player to score for the Airbenders was national player Chantelle Fernandes in the 43rd minute. The John Fernandes Insurance Service Second Division Hockey Tournament continues at various venues around the city.


- Andrew Ross


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Machel Sell Awwf!

Machel Montano and HD Band at Advantage Concert

When you woke today and saw all the media avenues talking about the Machel Montano Show last night at the National Stadium and you realized that you were not there, and you started feeling bad, it served you right! It was absolutely the most fun the team has had in a while. Hands down!

The atmosphere was fantastic, with lights and stage settings that would make your jaw drop. There were bars and food stalls at every convenient location. Even the portable toilets were strategically placed! After taking in the ambience and being hyped by the juggliang skills of the Fusion Sound Company, the night's first entertainer was Spiderman. Even though the crowd did not seem to be completely feeling his vibe he held his own. Then we were pleasantly surprised when we knew that Militant was our next performer. The guy that brought us songs like "Passion" took us down memory lane and paved the way nicely for the next big local artiste. Jory, with his clever play on words and great ability to ride on any rhythm, made us laugh, shout and scream to all of his hits. Even an old controversial favorite rocked the crowd without pause. After Jory's amped performance Fusion continued to wow us with their smooth track selections while we waited with glee for the King of Soca and his entourage.

Gyrating Crowd

Then, as if we could have prepared for it anyway, Machel Montano was on stage blowing us away with just his mere presence. It was an extremely wonderful collage of soca hits, calypso tunes, classics and hot new road marches. He definitely proved to the lucky citizens of this country that he is indeed the King of Soca (sorry Rupee). The HD Band did not miss a beat as they backed up Mr. Montano, nor any of the other performers for that matter. Farmer Nappy was on next to continue the soca fete with hits like "belly dancer" that had the ladies "screwing the bulb" all night. Then Patrice Roberts ensured that our waists were completely gyrating when she tore the place down with her sexy voice and sultry moves. Some men could not keep their eyes glued from the stage. Zan, though his act was short and sweet, made sure that there was never a dull moment in last night's festivities. Let us also say, in no uncertain terms, that the HD Dancers were fabulous! They did not even seem tired even though they danced non-stop for hours with choreographed and spontaneous sessions.

Patrice Roberts performing at Advantage Concert

The beautiful Patrice Roberts and a dancer named Whitney showed us time and time again how to shake a backside, move a waist and tremble thighs like it was a dance class for beginners. They were exceptional!

However, they cliché that reads "nothing good lasts forever" was unfortunately proven again. There were audio problems that endured for what seemed like an eternity. We at understand that these things happen and sometimes they are uncontrollable, but that did not help when the crowd became frustrated and started to depart in small increments. Eventually, the sound was restored but at a mediocre level and it was too late. Patrons were using profanity to describe their disgust while they walked to exits. After quite some time the sound was properly restored and the jams resumed like there was never a problem to begin with. Machel and his crew did a job well done and made it seem effortless. If that isn't entertainment then we don't know what is. Thank you H&J for making our nights, and our weekends. We socanites cannot wait for the next concert!

By Patrice Wishart



No More Excuses, They are Here

Yes soca fans, you heard it exclusively from that Machel Montano and the HD Band are in Guyana to rock your world come Saturday June 18, 2011 at the National Stadium. was there at the VIP Lounge of the Timehri International Airport when the Soca King and his posse entered. They were pumped and ready to please the thousands of fans that would fill the stadium with their tantalizing melodies and eye opening performances. Every band member (Machel Montano, Patrice Roberts, Farmer Nappy and Zen) promises a stellar show and said that they would be very appreciative for a large turn - out.

The media flocked the group and bombarded them with questions about their past and future performances, their plans and ambitions and even their take on fathers of the world, but was particularly impressed when the band spoke of their determination to succeed, their drive to entertain not just the Caribbean, but the world, their quest to not be categorized and their spiritual and humble beliefs that get them through each day. After a few photo ops we allowed them to hop on their bus and get to their hotel because we all know that they have a lot of work to do on Saturday night.

Additionally, also managed to grab a few words with the reigning Ms. Guyana Jamzone, Jovan Wilson, who said that she is simply enjoying being queen. Her ultimate passion is to be actively involved in local tourism and she is working towards that but she is currently preparing for another pageant in Antigua, and then to return Guyana to compete for the Ms. Jamzone International Crown. We at wish her nothing but the best.

Unfortunately, there are two issues that we at have to stress on. First, please remember to put your mobile phones on vibrate when you are in a press conference. It is very distracting to everyone to hear a phone ring during such an event. Second, it was very unprofessional of the H&J Team to promise media personnel refreshments and not follow through on their promise. Not only did we have to endure that, but we were told last minute to make alternative travel arrangements to return to the capital city (at their expense of course). Bottom line? Treat your media colleagues better in the future.
Oh, before we forget, all you socanites can follow Machel Montano on Twitter @machemontanohd

By Patrice Wishart