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.
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!!!!"
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.
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.
R&B Icon John Legend, who recently released his fourth album 'Love In the Future', will be performing in Guyana on January 04, 2014 alongside Reggae genius Beres Hammond!
This concert, which is dubbed 'Night of Love', will see the fusion of R&B and Reggae but what is for certain, both Legend and Hammond are strong advocates of love and their music surely identifies with this trait.
The news of this grand event came soon after the conclusion of the 'Redemption Concert' which was also referred to as 'The Night of Legends' Concert which was hosted on October 19, 2013. Headlining that show was R&B King R. Kelly. Also performing were Morgan Heritage, Kes the Band, Karma the Band, Jumo and Rkhty. On this evening, R&B, Reggae, Soca, Chutney and Dancehall were fused together. The response was overwhelming. As a result, Hits and Jams Entertainment and McNeal Enterprise decided to team up once again for the 'Night of Love' event.
John Roger Stephens, who is better known by his stage name John Legend, has recently resumed his position within the eye of the public with the successful launch of his fourth studio album 'Love in the Future'. The third single off the album, 'All of me' impacted American mainstream urban radio and became the highest charting song of the album.
Meanwhile, Hammond, being no stranger to the Guyanese audience, was unquestionably a sure pick for the 'Night of Love' concert. With songs like 'Tempted to Touch', 'Sweet Lies', 'Sweetness', 'They gonna Talk' and 'Angel Eyes', Beres can be described as the Reggae voice of love in his own right.
The organizers promise yet another unforgettable evening with quality entertainment that most would be able to witness only once in a lifetime!
Hits and Jams Entertainment is pleased to announce that popular radio host and entertainer Malcolm Ferreira has been added to the 94.1 radio team! Malcolm will be joined by Deejay Ackeemon on "The Wickedee Show",which will premiere on October 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
Malcolm has been in broadcast radio for over 10 years but has catapulted to the scene in recent years with his racy topics on love, sex and relationships. Also an entertainer, Malcolm has various hit songs under his belt: "Wickedee" (a collaboration with Lisa Punch), "Independent Ladies" (a collaboration with Tennicia De Freitas) and "Popular" (a collaboration with GTT Jingle and Song 2011 winner Brandon Harding).
When asked about the move to HJ 94.1, Malcolm said it was "bitter-sweet"since his stint at the previous radio station was very fruitful;he continued "I am extremely excited about joining the Hits and Jams team and I promise to provide listeners with a high quality show that will keep them on the edge of their seats."
"The Wickedee Show" will deal with hot topics that include (but is not limited to) relationships and social issues. Fans of the show will be given the opportunity to initiate discussion, defend their points, share life lessons and find solutions with guidance from a panel of specialists. Deejay Ackeem promises to maintain the trend of the boom deejays by mixing hit songs from the past, present and future.
Tune into for "The WickedeeShow" with Malcolm and DeejayAckeem on Monday through Friday from 2:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m on 94.1 Boom FM. For more updates you follow the boom station on twitter - @hj94radio, on instagram- @hj94radio or like us facebook- Hits and Jams 94.1 Boom FM
With October comes National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Hits and Jams Entertainment is pleased to join in this fight and assist in making persons more alert about this deadly disease.
Breast cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer among Guyanese women being only second to cervical cancer. This form of cancer can affect women of all races and can occur at any age, even as young as 16 years old.
Hits and Jams Entertainment, under the Keem Foundation umbrella, would like to join this fight and is inviting the public to join as well when they lead a walk against breast cancer on Sunday, October 27.
Also, the organization will soon release its very own breast cancer awareness infomercial which features it’s most popular radio and television personalities. Included in this brief infomercial are radio hosts Feliz Robertson, Lisa Punch and Macaela Fernandes as well as TV Personality Christine Gooding. Also, Miss Guyana Jamzone 2013, Alicia Bess, makes an appearance in the infomercial.
Hits and Jams Entertainment is asking Guyana to pledge pink with the Keem Foundation to raise awareness.
Guyana's very own Timeka Marshall kicks off a two week tour in Tokyo, Japan this weekend when she will be opening for Jamaican group, L.U.S.T.!
The Guyanese songstress told Hits and Jams Entertainment that she is completely ecstatic about the tour which officially begins Saturday, October 05, 2013 in Tokyo.
Vocal group, L.U.S.T., is made up of Tony Curtis, Singing Melody, Lukie D and Thriller U. During the late 90s, the performers made their way on to the music scene as a group with the intention of putting the "flava back into reggae". The group is known for song 'Sweetness of your Love' and covers 'Stay' and 'Just as I am' and many others. However, the four solo artists that make up this band are more recognized for their individual singles and covers.
The concerts scheduled under this tour will see Marshall, L.U.S.T. and popular Japanese acts sharing the stage!
Timeka 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 'Lying Lover' and 'No One but you'.
Gear up and get set for the biggest party of the year, Hits and Jams Construction Party 2013 Edition!
Back by popular party demand, this year's construction party is themed 'Work Hard, Play Hard'.
Partygoers get creative and come decked out in your constructive look and let us build the ultimate fun party! Also, you can look forward to free party construction gear such as reflector vests, helmets and much, much more!
So come out this Friday, October 4, 2013 and enjoy this event to the maximum. Gear up, let's fix it; gear up, let's party up. Hits and Jams Construction Party 2013; work hard, play hard; work hard, party hard!
Music will be provided by Fusion and Hits and Jams 94.1 Boom FM DJs!
Here is your final chance to get out those sexy bikinis and come frolic in the sun as we party with Guyana's leading DJs and officially say goodbye to one heck of a summer!
The Bikini Fest is happening this Sunday at the Celina's Beach Resort and partygoers can also look forward to the big Miss Beach Body competition in which only the finest and fittest young ladies will be competing! The winner, second and third place contestants will walk away with a rewarding cash prize.
This event is perfect for the entire family with bouncy castles on site for kids to have fun absolutely free of charge. There will also be tons of games for the entire family to enjoy.
Gates will be opened from 12 noon.
Music will be provided by Fusion's Gully Ras and Diamond, Hits and Jams 94.1 Boom FM's DJ Energy and Stereo Sonic's Akilo!
As eight young ladies compete for the Miss Guyana Universe 2013 title come October 6, there will also be a ninth beauty making an appearance on stage, however, she will be coming to serenade the audience with her soulful music!
This is none other than American-Jamaican singer and songwriter Alaine Laughton who is known by her first name.
The pageant will be hosted at Le Meriden Pegasus hotel and patrons can now look forward to a mind-blowing performance from one of Jamaica's leading ladies as she takes to the stage on October 6, 2013 before one beautiful and equally intelligent young lady is selected to represent Guyana at the Miss Universe Pageant in Russia come November 09.
Alaine's most popular solo singles are 'No Ordinary Love', 'Forever More' and 'Sacrifice'. More recently, this songstress released 'Bye, Bye, Bye', 'What a lot of Love' and 'Stay With Me'.
The contestants in this year's pageant are Alicia Bess, Carla Browne, Tiffanie Nieuenkirk, Ayanna Whitehead, Kenwa Cho Quan Yi, Katherina Roshana, Shyon Hoppie and Carlea Chapelle
R. Kelly, Morgan Heritage, K.I and the JMC 3Veni band and now Trinidadian Soca sensation Kes the Band has been added to the lineup to perform at the Guyana National Stadium come October 19, 2013!
Now dubbed the 'Night of Legends', patrons will see some of the most remarkable talents in the R&B, Reggae, Soca and Chutney genres all packed in one concert for one memorable experience.
Kes, the group popularly known for what is described as Island Pop or Caribbean Pop, has graced stages around Guyana several times since their establishment in 2005. The band is recognized largely for songs 'Wotless', 'Precision Wine', 'Where yuh from', 'Stressaway' and 'Coming over'.
The band consists of founding members Kees Dieffenthaller (lead vocals), Hans Dieffenthaller (drums), Jon Dieffenthaller (guitar) and Riad Boochoon (bass guitar). Kees, Hans and Jon are brothers.
With a unique blend of soulful vocals and calypso-inspired melodies, over a fusion of rock riffs and island beats, hints of soca and reggae coupled with electric and high energy performaces, Kes the Band has comfortably transitioned into a common household name across the region, the U.S. and Canada making them a sure pick for the Night of Legends Concert.
The International Concert which was scheduled for August 24 with headlining act, R&B legend R. Kelly, has been postponed to October 19, 2013!
This delay is due to the artiste falling ill following a recent tour in South Africa for which he is expected to issue an official statement.
Promoters are currently in the process of organizing an even better package with additional artistes and are dubbing the new concert ‘A Night of Legends’.
Tickets are still valid but refunds will be available to interested parties. A date and location for refunds will be announced.