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21Nov/12

Chris Brown pulls out of Guyana Show over protest concerns, Replacement acts being negotiated

The Hits and Jams Entertainment Group regrets to inform the public that the Management of International Artiste Chris Brown has decided to pull the artiste from his performance in Guyana which was scheduled for Boxing Day, December 26, 2012 at the Guyana National Stadium.

Chris Brown's Management team expressed concerns over recent media reports about protests over the artiste's intended visit to Guyana and his performance here. The management team in a correspondence to HJ Entertainment said they do not feel comfortable at this stage allowing the
multi award winning singer to come to Guyana as they have been following reports in the local and international press about the protests over his Guyana appearance.

Over the weekend, the singer's performance in Europe was smeared with widespread protests. His team appears to be making efforts to avoid similar protests. His management team has indicated that they remain interested in having the singer perform in Guyana but just not at this time under the current circumstances.

Hits and Jams Entertainment intends to still host the "Unforgettable II" show on December 26 but with a different headline act. Already negotiations have started with a number of leading American R&B artistes and we will keep the media and the public up-to-date with the developments.

20Nov/12

Conscious Minds November to Remember 2 – Night of Divas

Soca Queen Destra Garcia

Soca Queen Destra Garcia

Divas, both big and small (and fluffy and slim) congregated at the Guyana National Stadium for Conscious Minds' "November to Remember 2 - Night of the Divas" concert last Saturday, November 17, 2012.

I understand that with November being the month to raise awareness for Domestic Violence, head of Conscious Minds thought it wise and timely to hold an event showcasing Caribbean Dancehall & Soca Divas. However, he neglected to include his own Guyanese divas but I guess we'll discuss that later, first let me tell you about the show.
The show was hosted by Lisa Punch and Mondale Smith. Lisa, though not slated to perform opened up with a song (a song the DJ took forever to find) before she introduced the first act of the evening. Rags up! Flags up! If you're not a soca loving diva then you would really find it hard to appreciate Destra Garcia's music. Bringing the revelry and excitement of Carnival, Destra took us from hits to hits of her sweet sweet soca music. Many of the stiletto wearers decided to forego their ridiculous heels for flats to jump and frolic around to hits such as Max It Up, In D Air, Carnival, Jumpin' and many more. She had patrons moving from one side of the stadium to the other. She even called a young lady from the crowd to represent for the Guyanese ladies. No one from the VIP opted to represent so a very willing young girl from General jumped the barricade to join Destra on stage. Her jumping did not go in vain because she surely didn't disappoint.

Denise "Saucy" Belfon

In the middle of her performance Destra introduced on stage with her another one of Trinidad's soca sensations, Denise 'Saucy Wow' Belfon. Saucy wasted no time in getting down to business and displaying her agility as she did the bicycle and many other gyrations. She even schooled the divas on what to do to their men when they got home, I hope many took notes. Saucy Wow's energetic performance featured hits such as "Saucy Baby" and one of the best impersonations of Tina Turner's song, "Private Dancer". Destra got back on stage and the soca duo performed "Obsessive Winers" together before Destra finished off her performance and culminated the soca aspect of the show. Yes, I can tell you that many persons were dripping at the end of all that wining.

Tanya Stephens

Tanya Stephens

From Trinidad to Jamaica, from soca to dancehall, from the revelry of Carnival to stimulating social commentary, from the soca queen to the dancehall queen, from Destra to Tanya Stephens. The ladies (and surprisingly some men) all rushed to the front of the stage to get a little closer to Tanya. Women respect Tanya because they can relate to each and every one of her songs, some of the few she shared included "Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet", "Tek Him Back", "Boom Wuk", "It's a Pity", "What a Day", "Good Ride", "These Streets" and many more. A for Amazing Tanya!

Spice

The show got a little hyper when dancehall diva Spice came on stage, the very vulgar Ms. Jim Screechie , who looked much better in her outfit last night then the clown suit she wore in August belted out the few tracks she has and then invited fluffy Pamputae on stage with her. Pamputae might be fluffy but she can move thus her recent single Slim vs. Fluffy which she sang with help from Spice and two girls, one fluffy and one slim from the crowd. The fluffy girl outdid the slim girl just like the song says. LOL. Pamputae ended her performance with her signature "Pat Yuh Pu$$y" and left Spice on stage who did an amazing but very raw rendition of the Power of Love.

Dancehall Queen Lady Saw

Dancehall Queen Lady Saw

The last diva to grace the stage was the Queen of Dancehall, the one, the only Lady Saw who got right down to business by taking off her heels and belting out hits such as "If Him Lef", "Woman Mi Name", "Sycamore Tree", "Gal No Worry", "Wife a Wife", "Hardcore (It's Raining)", "It's a Pity", "Push

Over" and concluded with her very recent "Heels On".
The show was an epic one I must say. Kudos to the Divas!
But I would have really liked to have at least two Guyanese divas on stage maybe Timeka Marshall & Jackie Hanover (sticking to the dancehall genre) and one last thing before I go, why was the show so scarcely attended?

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16Nov/12

Timeka Marshal teams up with Konshens for ‘Come over’ single

Timeka Marshall

Timeka Marshall

In the past years we've seen and heard Timeka Marshall alone and with other regional acts and then a brief silence followed but at present she's teamed up with Jamaican sensation Konshens and the combination is electrifying.

Fans can look out for the new projects such as the Under Cover lady Video with a prequel to follow. It tells the all too familiar reality story for some women who have played the secret role of mistresses... The songs tells the story of a woman being tired f being the best kept secret while the video contradicts the message where an exotic dancer is heartbroken...the rest is to be seen in the prequel coming soon.

But that's just the tip of the ice berg in the world of Timeka as she's also got a few new songs such as the dancehall Caribbean up tempo Si (see) How MI Hot on the Love Bug rhythm by producers Washroom entertainment out of Jamaica. That song is already tearing up the hot 97 airwaves in New York. Then she has a song titled 'I'll be there for you' on the focus rhythm, Kisses softly on the 9.58 rhythm, Steeling feeling on the Sweet ride rhythm and the new single titled 'Come over' produced by the subkonshus label. The later has been doing great on various charts and the video shoot is set for Timeka's return to Jamaica. The director for that video is Gareth Cobran whose work with Timeka in the past include Feel fah and Secretes/ Hush with Timeka and Peeth Morgan.
As the year draws to a close and the New Year dawns Timeka is working to release several videos that will certainly leave tongues wagging with requests for more.

What started out as a by chance entry into the GTT Jingle competition in 2006 and a follow up release of the separate song has come full circle for Timeka Marhall. This Guyanese eye candy with countless releases to her name is not just in the music for singing but also is a writer who has co-wrote hits not just for herself. Her collaborative sojourns have seen her pairing up with Busy signal, Peetah Morgan and Skinny Fabulous. And word is she's already done recording collaborations with Romain Virgo, Laza Morgan of 'one by one' fame, D'Major and Konshens.

The six years ride thus far in the industry has been good for me and I know for a fact that its definitely been about growth... I've grown and the name as well as the accomplishments has been many as I've been able to take kind the council the years from producers and artistes alike that I've encountered. She has worked in Jamaica, Barbados, Antigua, Canada, the USA and Trinidad.
Ultimately Timeka is based in Jamaica these days and as she progresses she says 'Sky is the limit not just for me but for the work I do.

13Nov/12

Seaboard Marine Race of Champions

Group 4 Racers

Group 4 Racers

The South Dakota circuit was bursting with excitement as motor racers and bikers from all across the Caribbean and North America converged for the electrifying staging of the November fixture of the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship last Sunday, November 11, 2012.

I am not a motor racing enthusiast but I can definitely say that motor racing is a big deal. Spectators from near and far gathered to see their favourite race car driver or superbiker on display. The day featured motor car races in four groups (Groups 1-4); motorcycles and superbikes races and also shifter karts races. The thrills and stunts made for a very exhilarating day.

Kevin Jeffrey

Kevin Jeffrey

Drivers from Guyana, Jamaica and Barbados dominated all the main events. The most exciting race for the day would have to be the race in which Kevin Jeffery came out victorious after a very big scare from Summerbell who edge passed him at the finish. Unfortunately Summerbell did not complete the turn and as such did not space. Yikes!

 

Stephen Vieira

Stephen Vieira

Guyanese Stephen Vieira led the superbikers by winning the overall title. The biker boys were fierce in their races, stunts and all. The Go Kart race featured both young and very old karters a clear indication that motor racing knows no age.
It's all thrills and stunts until one biker goes down and we weren't short of that at this event. But luckily, the young man, Leroy Cort has no broken bones and is doing quite well.
Moving away from the competitions and rivalries, the actual Sunday at the races activity is a very enjoyable family event for people of all ages. The turnout is usually massive. And when the older ones are engrossed in the races, the little ones can be seen running around having their own activities.
Rent –A-Tent, owned by veteran racer Jad Rahaman, offered the ultimate VIP experience (for all who were willing and able to pay $22000 for the day). Food and drinks were provided and the very fortunate patrons got a superb view of the track.

Sunday at the races was quite an enjoyable event, congratulations to Jamaican David Summerbell Jnr. who recaptured the Caribbean Champion Driver Title and to Jamaica as well for capturing the Country Title. Well done to Mark Vieira who won the final leg of the Caribbean Race of Champions and Stephen Vieira for coming out as the top biker in the competition.
I'm already ready for the next race meet!

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8Nov/12

11 make Inaugural Miss Region 3 Shortlist – Pageant set for December 21

Delegates for Miss Guyana Region 3 Pageant

After tedious assessing of applications and interviews the Miss Region 3 committee has arrived at a shortlist of 11 beauties who shall contest the coveted title for a chance to take home in excess of $800,000 in cash and prizes.

The training and grooming of the delegates has started under the guidance of Classique dancer Paul Charles and efforts are in train to have the delegates sponsored. The saching ceremony is set for Tuesday at the Aracari Resort. It is the delegates have joined the pageant with the main purpose of winning the pageant and ultimately entering the Miss Guyana Universe or Miss Guyana World pageant to prove that Guyana also has beauty ambassadors who are capable from Region 3.
Aged 17-25 they describe themselves as pretty, intelligent, outgoing and having the drive to be a beauty ambassador. They all hail from region3 and answered the call for the opportunity to shine, win fabulous prizes valued at more than $800,000.

The road to the staging of the first Miss Guyana region 3 pageant started several weeks ago under the stewardship of Extreme Entertainment headed by businessman Terrence Evans of number one canal. His team includes Onetta Chisholm Administrator, Classique ace dancer Paul Charles who is the artistic director and Stefan Granville and another businessman. "Our aim is to find that one young lady from one of the many villages in region three and motivate her to pursue her dreams to hopefully be a true region three representative at any of the national pageants while rewarding her with lucrative prizes at the same time, says Charles.
Explaining the rationale Evans says he is investing in excess of $2.5m because he is sure that region 3 has beautiful, talented and educated enough women who also should be recognized and possibly groomed into being a national representative at the two main local pageants to win and be a Guyanease beauty ambassador Internationally. "We have found 11 beauties who have began to go through their paces with Mr.Charles to compete for the title because too often we see women from other parts of Guyana winning pageants and region 3 is not represented. We want to change that while bringing some entertainment to the region and if all goes well we will make this an annual affair so that other regions can join the train to take pageantry to the next level where each region would want to have their best beauty ambassador step up to the plate and have a real national pageant to select Guyana's best to the international arena."
For further information persons can also contact the Artistic director Mr. Charles on 6632750 or Mr. Terrence on 6936748. The team is specific in stating that this is a serious venture that would see the young women being respected, trained and celebrated and they are specific in stating that parents have no need not fear anyone on the committee with their daughters for this life changing opportunity to be the Miss Guyana Region 3 Queen as all involved have integrity.

8Nov/12

Chow Pow Comedy Jam Face Off Inevitable

Comedians

KERWIN "SIR MARS and MR. CHOW POW will finally FACE OFF at the garage bar and grill tomorrow night in what is anticipated as the biggest comedy showdown ever to be staged. The Local comedy scene was transformed into a "war zone "of jokes when the two first performed at the second staging of the now popular "uncensored two” show. It started when CHOW POW, in his routine stated that he will never send his son to SIR MARS class. Mars responded by saying he don’t teach HIMS he teaches HERS. And the audience loved every minute of their respective performances.

While Chow Pow can boast that he is the most popular actor/comedian In Guyana, Sir Mars has quite a huge following of his own. He first tried his hand at stand up comedy back in November last when he entered the” Uncensored” comedy competition. His super performance won him the title of best uncensored comedian and since then his stand up comedy career is one that he is proud of. He however states that he is in no competition with chow pow and is looking forward to the event and doing what he loves
best, making people laugh.

The COMEDY JAM will also feature, MIRANDA AUSTIN, LEZA SINGH, CHUBBY and, for the first time out of the theatre guild, actors TASHANDRA INNIS, KIJANA LEWIS, SEAN THOMPSON AND MARK LUKE EDWARDS with support from GRANNY IVELAW and special host MONDALE SMITH.

Party fans that are coming out for the "after party” will also be enthused to know that the fusion DJ’s will be in attendance. The show gets underway at 20;00hrs and the "GARAGE” management and staff is ensuring fans that tight security will be in place. The actors are set, the stage is set and all is in place for CHOW POW’S COMEDY JAM. Ya’ll will need treatment when this one done.

1Nov/12

Pulse Entertainment: Thriller Halloween Party

Out of a possible 10 points for conceptualizing, bringing to fruition and executing while sticking to a proper theme party with relevant décor Pulse entertainment would score 9 ½ for the masses supported Halloween 'Thriller' Party.

Saturday last the group managed to pack almost to capacity the Princess Poolside as the pirates of the world, mermaids, goons, goblins, sexy fairies, mummies, Princesses et al assembled in full costume for a magical night of make believe. So creative was the concept party that patrons such as Sexy vampires and werewolves abandoned their parties at other venues and showed up to enjoy the 'pirate' themed concept party. But this should not be a surprise as the group is noted for staging some of the most creative events in Guyana such as cooler fete, summer fete etc. Amongst those in attendance were local celebrities such as media operatives: Michael Younge who was a sexy blood thirsty vampire with pink make up while Mondale Smith was dressed as a pimp and designer Trevor Rose was a freaky pirate. The events coordinator was rock star pirate.
Thriller was born four years ago and has since grown into a tradition of Guyanese party goers, Halloween is a celebration derived centuries ago as a Celtic Festival also known as the day of the dead and beliefs that the soul of the deceased would be available and roaming, this festival was mostly celebrated in the north Americas. However apparently there was not too many who celebrated that concept.

 

Pulse entertainment has taken this dark festival and converted it into an annual event that everyone looks forward to, being able to dress in costumes of all characters, this year's theme: Pirates was inspired by the movies Pirates of the Caribbean. Pulse Entertainment's Chief Executive Mr. Robbie Singh clung to the concept months ago and called on Three (3) times Costume Designer of the year Mr. Trevor Rose to bring his vision to reality, they both wanted to make patrons feel like they were a part of the movie Pirates of the Caribbean so work commenced on Monday October 22, just five days before the event it would seem like a miracle was needed to pull off the construction of a sixty (60) plus feet Black Pearl Pirate ship and convert the princess poolside into a breathtaking masterpiece.

Pirate girls and Swappi

Pulse Entertainment opened the doors of princess poolside to patrons around 20:00hrs (8PM) as party lovers were amazed by the life sized props. Some even commented saying it was the most creative work ever done by an entertainment group leaving patrons spellbound.
Patrons was also treated to Mermaids swimming in the pools and painted characters from the movie created by Bravo arts, the venue was almost to capacity in less than two hours after the doors was opened as everyone danced to the music by Pulse Entertainment's Dj Ryan Ramroop and Trinidad Dj Marcus Williams; not long after soca sensations Swappi and Shal Marshal of Trinidad graced the stage and sent the crowed poolside into a frenzy, it was indeed an experience that will have patrons talking for a long time.

Pulse entertainment would like to thank our Production team at Image Marketing: Gaitri Roopnaraine, Andrew Mendes and many other too numerous to name. Also without the support from our sponsors this event would not have been such a success so thanks to Banks DIH limited under the Banks Beer and XM Rum Brands and GT&T Blackberry Service, Gizmos and Gadgets, Glamour Designer Brands, Purple Dash Boutique, Computer High Tech, Hallmark, Lifestyles, Charisma Styles, BM Soat Auto Sales, Zoon Online Shopping, Giftland OfficeMax and Princess Hotel & Casino. The next Pulse event: TEASE this Saturday November 3rd at Palm Court.