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16Jul/14

Meet Miss British Virgin Islands – Shona Rogers

Miss British Virgin Islands -  Shona Rogers

At just 19-years-old, Shona Rogers has already copped two beauty titles; Miss Teen British Virgin Islands and Miss Earth British Virgin Islands! This ambitious young woman has no room for stagnation as she continues to reach for the stars with her next stop at the Miss Jamzone International Stage where she plans on promoting the strong people of her country and the fact that BVI is the sailing capital of the world.

However, Shona noted that her country has many historical buildings that show the influence of generations before but these are not showcased on a major platform. "I would like to see those sites restored and displayed in such a way that the tourists can appreciate the BVI for much more than our beaches and hotels," she pointed out. Rogers dreams of a career as a lawyer and is currently pursuing this dream at the University of Brighton where she is studying Business Law.

16Jul/14

Meet Miss Bahamas – Lexi Wilson

Miss Bahamas - Lexi Wilson

Miss Bahamas - Lexi Wilson

23-year-old Lexi Wilson is the definition of the 'Three Bs’ – Beauty, Brain and Body! This young woman graduated with her Bachelors in Biology and received special awards in Geography, Combined Science, Biology, Religious Knowledge and also track and field awards. She’s made the Dean’s Honor roll numerous times and is pursuing a career in dentistry. While she enjoys her rise on the academic ladder, Lexi found a new love in pageantry when she got her first taste in the 2013 Miss Bahamas Pageant which she managed to walk away with not only the award for best body but the crown as well!

Miss Wilson says she is looking forward to meeting the other delegates of the Miss Jamzone International Pageant and is excited about gaining knowledge of the different cultures she will be exposed to. Of course, she said she is also excited about visiting Guyana for the very first time! Lexi plans on promoting Bahamas’ main tourism product; the largest indoor aquarium in the world at Atlantis, one of the country’s best hotels.

10Jul/14

Meet Miss Barbados – Dannyele Leslie

Miss Barbaods - Dannyele Leslie

Miss Barbaods - Dannyele Leslie

This vibrant 25-year-old has an impressive line of special awards she have received for accomplishments she managed to reach including Valedictorian 2004, Most outstanding debater (Gavel Club President) 2002, 2003, 2004; Outstanding Academic Achievement 2004, winner of the National and Regional Optimist Oratorical Competitions 2004, highest exam mark in Barbados in the Royal Schools of Music Theory Exam 2001, Principal’s Award of Excellence 2005 and the list goes on. She can also be considered a ‘Pageant Girl’ having competed in several including Miss Carnival which she won in 2013, Miss Jaycees Caribbean Queen 2009, Miss Barbados World in which she placed first runner up, etc. Having consider herself an "old soul" Dannyele enjoys music from the Bee Gees, Air Supply and Whitney Houston and even enjoys singing herself.

This young lady says she dreams of being successful in life, making her parents, community country and herself proud and ultimately build a legacy for those who follow. "A legacy which impresses and you must seize each and every opportunity, whether it comes with its value stamped on it, or whether it comes in disguise, so that they too may be successful".

10Jul/14

Meet Miss St. Lucia- Amy Stephen

Miss St. Lucia - Amy StephenAt 20 years old, Amy Stephen is a full time teacher while pursuing a degree in theatre and marketing as she dreams of working in these fields either regionally or internationally. With a passion for singing and theatre, this young lady says she enjoys her leisure time improving her singing, violinist and flutist skills. Asked what she would like to see happen in the area of tourism in her country, Stephen said "I would like to see the industry become more holistic in terms of the partners involved...". She continued to say that her fellow St. Lucians make her most proud and would promote the country’s human resources as "mountains and tress can’t make you feel as welcomed as a gesture from someone you’ve never met.

11Jun/14

Classique Dance Company joins the Jamzone NYC cast!

Classique Dance Group

Highly acclaimed dance group, Classique Dance Company, has been confirmed to perform at the Jamzone Summer Break 2014, New York Edition!
The Classique Dance Company is known to be one of Guyana's most successful and well known contemporary dance companies, founded in 2000 by dancer and choreographer Mr. Clive Prowell. The company's mission has since been to empower young people through dance and creative collaboration in the performing arts, building self esteem and inspiring self-expressive community action. The company has traveled throughout Guyana. Their repertoire of major events also includes CARIFESTA 10 of which the company was selected to lead the opening ceremony and represent as the CARIFESTA logo.

The Company also performed for the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) held at the National Cultural Center on the 25th of November, 2010. Details of their major performances include performances at the Guyana Folk Festival 2010-2012 held in Brooklyn, NYC of which 8 out of 16 of the company members participated and in the year 2012, the Classique dance company was awarded best dance production/dance Company in the Caribbean at the West Indian Music Award Ceremony. On the other hand, Classique usually hosts three shows per year at the National Cultural Center to show the company's growth which is divided in three quarters throughout the year.

The Company has built a loyal audience base and has received accolades for its kinetic, high-energy performances, technical acuity, and generous personality. Since its inception, the Classique dance company has received international acclaim from audiences throughout South America, the Caribbean and the United States.

This group will perform live at The Village, Brooklyn, New York City on August 09, 2014 when Jamzone Summer Break is hosted.

4Jun/14

Soca Giant Bunji Garlin and the Vikings for Jamzone Guyana 2014

Bunji Garlin and Fay Lyons

Bunji Garlin and Fay Lyons

Explosive Ragga Soca artist Bunji Garlin and the Vikings Band will perform live at the Jamzone Summer Break 2014 concert come August 23 in Guyana!
Garlin, whose real name is Ian Alvarez, is one of several artists who have been booked to perform at this year's concert which has been known to attract thousands.

With hits like 'By D Bar', 'Jump Up', 'Plenty Gal, 'Tun Up' and more recently songs that have been sending shockwaves throughout the Caribbean and other parts of the world 'Red Light District', 'Carnival Tabanca', 'Truck on the Road and 'Differentology', Garlin is sure to rock the venue!

Known to be one of the Caribbean's most adroit lyricists, Garlin is considered to be an unstoppable performer as this quality is paired with his astounding vocal flair leaving fans mesmerized long after he leaves the stage.
Bunji is one of the few artistes that have successfully bridged the generation gap as well as broken through the social strata, creating songs that explore and address a wide spectrum of issues including crime, discrimination, prejudice, poverty, sexual deviation and political pandering. Of course Bunji also explores the lighter side of living through his songs created just for dancing and romancing the ladies.

Bunji has won Trinidad's Soca Monarch/International Soca Monarch) competition on several occasions; in 2002 with "Down in the Ghetto", 2004 with "Warrior Cry", 2005 with "Blaze the Fire" and 2008 with "Fiery". He also placed second in the International Soca Monarch 2009 with "Clear De Road", while his pregnant wife Fay Ann Lyons came in at first place with "Meet Super Blue".

He has been gaining major recognition on the international scene after the release of his 2013 hit 'Differentology' which won a 2013 Soul Train Award for Best International Performance, defeating tracks be Eminem and DJ Khaled in New York hip-hop station Hot 97's Battle of the Beats, was featured in an episode of ABC's Grey's anatomy, and earned Garlin an enviable slot on Hot 97's annual Summer Jam's main stage alongside artists like 50 Cent, The Roots and Nas. Garlin and his wife also recently appeared and performed on BET's 106 & Park.
Garlin's ability to captivate his audience with heart-throbbing, flag-waving and nonstop-gyrating tunes makes him a sure pick for the Jamzone Summer Break 2014 Concert!

21May/14

Skinny Fabulous confirmed for Jamzone N.Y.C.

Skinny Fabulous

Skinny Fabulous

We behaving the worst on August 09, 2014 when Jamzone Summer Break will be hosted in New York City!
Creating quite a buzz with his 2014 release 'Behaving the Worst', Skinny Fabulous is the most recent artist to be added to the Jamzone N.Y.C. edition lineup! Already, set to perform at the much anticipated event is Mavado, Timeka Marshall and x2.

Gamal Doyle, better known by his stage name Skinny Fabulous, is the unquestionably talented soca artist from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. This versatile artist demonstrates his passion for his work with his quick wit and the capacity to mesmerize the crowd when on stage. Skinny Fabulous is always willing to push the boundaries of Caribbean music with energetic performances and with his own twist to the art; his style may sometimes be considered soca-dancehall, two genres that are sure to invigorate any crowd!
Skinny Fabulous is both a singer and songwriter but it was in 2008 that he made a major impression on the soca arena with the release of “Head Bad' for Vincy Mas of that year. With that release, the St. Vincent Soca Monarch was named and Skinny Fabulous' career skyrocketed since. He later collaborated with some of the top soca artists such as Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons, Peter Ram, Kevin Lyttle, etc.

Among some of the songs Skinny Fabulous is highly recognized for are 'De Beast Leh Go', 'Summer Body', 'Badder than Everybody' and 'Fetting On'.
Jamzone NYC, which is slated for August 09, 2014 at The Village, Ralph Avenue, Brooklyn, is promised to be nothing less than adrenaline-charged and plans have definitely kick-started in this direction with the first set of bookings and what's more exciting, other performers are yet to be announced.
While this will be the first year for Jamzone to be hosted in the U.S., the event is in its fourteenth year in Guyana where it is established as the greatest calendar event. Promoters are aiming for Guyana's most anticipated event to make a similar impact on the international scene.

15May/14

Timeka Marshall confirmed for Jamzone N.Y.C.!

Timeka Marshall

Timeka Marshall

Guyanese songstress Timeka Marshall will be performing live when Hits and Jams Entertainment takes Guyana's greatest event to New York City!
Jamzone NYC, which is slated for August 09, 2014 at The Village, Ralph Avenue, Brooklyn, is promised to be nothing less than adrenaline-charged and plans have definitely kick-started in this direction with the first booking of Mavado and now Timeka!

This talented young woman launched a music career in 2005 when she emerged as the winner of the first GT&T Jingle and Song Competition. She has since rose to stardom and is currently working diligently to improve her craft while residing in 'Dancehall-Reggae Nation' Jamaica. Her most recent singles are 'Come Over', 'Take it Easy' and 'Undercover Lady'

More acts are yet to be added to the Jamzone NYC lineup.
While this will be the first year for Jamzone to be hosted in the U.S., the event is in its fourteenth year in Guyana where it is established as the greatest calendar event. Promoters are aiming for Guyana's most anticipated event to make a similar impact on the international scene.

7May/14

Mavado confirmed as first act for Jamzone N.Y.C.!

Mavado

Mavado

As excitement spread after the announcement of the hosting of Jamzone in New York City, promoters have started unraveling details about the event beginning with the announcement that 'Gully God' Mavado has been confirmed to perform at the event.

Jamzone NYC, which is slated for August 09, 2014 at The Village, Ralph Avenue, Brooklyn, is promised to be nothing less than adrenaline-charged and plans have definitely kick-started in this direction with the booking of Mavado!
The artist, whose real name is David Constantine Brooks, is no stranger to Jamzone and nor is he to Brooklyn so when those two are brought together, what do you get? The ultimate Brooklyn shutdown, Guyanese style!

Mavado over the years skyrocketed on charts across the Caribbean with hits like 'So Special', 'Settle Down', 'Star Bwoy', 'Hope and Pray', 'Last Night', 'Pepper', 'Caribbean Girls', 'Mr. Tek Weh Yuh Gal', 'Delilah', etc. Now U.S. based and signed with We the Best Music Group, Mavada was able to expand his fan base and released under this label 'Emergency' featuring Ace Hood and 'Survivor' featuring Akon. Other popular collaborations are 'Give it all to me' with Nicki Minaj and 'Take it' with Karian Sang.

More acts are yet to be added to the Jamzone NYC lineup.
While this will be the first year for Jamzone to be hosted in the U.S., the event is in its fourteenth year in Guyana where it is established as the greatest calendar event. Promoters are aiming for Guyana's most anticipated event to make a similar impact on the international scene.

7Nov/13

Is there a Rihanna Concert in the making for Guyana?

From left to Right: Kerwin Bollers, Robyn "Rihanna" Fenty and Rawle Ferguson

Guyana and Barbados share a special bond, a bond that Pop songstress Rihanna is obviously the living proof of!
Since this little sun-kissed beauty touched the international music scene in 2004, rising to stardom and now being described as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, she has proudly owned her Bajan and Guyanese roots.
This was most recently exhibited on social media over the weekend when Rihanna celebrated her grandfather's birthday in the sunny island of Barbados where she grew up. The Directors of Hits and Jams Entertainment, Kerwin Bollers and Rawle Ferguson, were pleased to have been invited to the private function which was hosted at the songstress' mother's home for relatives and close friends on Sunday, November 03. During their visit, they used the opportunity to speak with Rihanna and her team about a possible concert in Guyana.

From left to right: Kerwin Bollers, Jay Brown and Rawle Ferguson.

Rihanna's Manager, who is also the Co-Founder and President of Roc Nation, Jay Brown, was also present at the Birthday celebration and discussed with Directors of Hits and Jams Entertainment Rihanna's interest in performing in Guyana. Brown said that he is very opened to the proposal especially since Rihanna is thrilled to perform here.

It was gratifying to discover that Rihanna and her family are still very much in tune with Guyanese culture and are proud of their heritage. In honour of her grandfather's birthday, Rihanna posted on Instagram "Happy Birthday Grandfadda Bravo!!!!! You are so special to all of us!!! If it wasn't for you buying out the whole tray of mangoes from gran gran Dolly that one day you got off your ship in Guyana, and charmed her with that smile laced with a gold cap, NONE of us would be here!! So I'm saying a special thanks to you for having a heart of a lion, my Scorpio Kind, Legend!!! They will never know what it took for you to get us here!! I love you way past unconditional!!! You're true as steel BRAVO!!!!"

The Pic-Collage Rihanna posted on her official Instagram page of herself and Grandfather Bravo.

Rihanna's mother, Monica Braithwaite, took pride in the Guyanese dishes she prepared for the birthday function which included pepperpot and curry. "She said she cooked this curry the real Guyanese style with the Guyanese spices aggi and geera," Bollers recalled with a smile.

Monique Braithwaite dishes out Kerwin Bollers a mean curry and dhal puri!

Meanwhile, Rawle spoke about his encounter with the megastar and stated that she struck him as a "very calm, very down to earth and very natural person".
Rihanna is one of the leading Pop artists with a total of 238 awards from 540 nominations. Apart from awards for her work, Rihanna has also received awards as an artist, including 22 Billboard Music Awards, 17 Barbados Music Awards, six NRJ Music Awards, three MOBO Awards and two BRIT Awards. She was also named the most liked celebrity on Facebook at one point, ranked as one of Forbes Magazine's top-earning women in music and even third most googled woman!
Earning herself some of the biggest acknowledgements this generation of artists have ever seen, Rihanna definitely lives by a demanding schedule. However, a concert headlined by Rihanna is foreseen in Guyana! "The perfect time has to be set but a performance in Guyana is not too farfetched," Bollers said.

Hits and Jams Entertainment has worked with international Grammy Award winning artists such as R. Kelly, Rick Ross, Neyo, Trey Songz, Akon and Eve and is in the process of organizing a January 04, 2014 concert with John Legend and Beres Hammond.
Rihanna and her family have not returned to Guyana in several years and are looking forward to returning soon for a huge celebration in the form of a concert with the Guyanese fans.
Hits and Jams Entertainment is very optimistic and excited about the possibility of bringing yet another, and one of our own, back to Guyana! The entertainment giant also believes that this can possibly be the artist's biggest Caribbean concert since Guyana is located in South America and bordered by countries which are home to a large portion of Rihanna's fan base! This will therefore result in a large influx of tourists benefitting this sector greatly.