Chronixx Set To Tour With Lauryn Hill and Nas

Chronixx will join Nas and Ms. Lauryn Hill on tour in the USA this fall.
In what is set to be a show of the year contender, Nas and Ms. Lauryn Hill just announced a headline tour. The ‘If I Ruled The World’ pair will embark on a 17-date tour across the USA. With neither being stranger to reggae, the hip hop and soul artists’ call Chronixx to set pace before they touch the stage.
Ms. Lauryn Hill recoded much of her classic The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in Jamaica, while Nas collaborated with Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley for the critically-acclaimed Distant Relatives album.
Tickets go on sale Friday, June 2 at Live Nation.
Lauryn Hill and Nas co-headlining tour:
9/7/17 — Chicago, IL — Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island ^
9/8/17 — Sterling Heights, MI — Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill ^
9/10/17 — Toronto, ON — Budweiser Stage ^
9/12/17 — Boston, MA — Blue Hills Bank Pavilion ^
9/14/17 — Camden, NJ — BB&T Pavilion *
9/15/17 — Bristow, VA — Jiffy Lube Live *
9/20/17 — Raleigh, NC — Red Hat Amphitheater ^
9/22/17 — Miami, FL — Bayfront Park Amphitheater*
9/23/17 — Jacksonville, FL — Daily’s Place ^
9/27/17 — Houston, TX — Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land ^
9/28/17 —Dallas, TX — The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory *
9/30/17 — Austin, TX — Austin360 Amphitheater ^
10/3/17 — San Diego, CA — Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU *
10/5/17 — Los Angeles, CA — Hollywood Bowl ^
10/7/17 — Mountain View, CA — Shoreline Amphitheatre *
10/10/17 — Seattle, WA — WaMu Theater *
10/11/17 — Vancouver, BC — Pacific Coliseum ^
^with Chronixx
*with Hannibal Buress and Chronixx

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Minister of Tourism Lauds Positive Impact of Reggae Sumfest

Reggae Sumfest marks 25 year of stellar Jamaican entertainment in Montego Bay when the event opens. Having contributed significantly to the brand affinity and the economy, The Honourable Edmund Bartlett Minister of Tourism, lauded the Festival organisers and charged them to stage another phenomenal event.

Speaking at the Montego Bay launch of the week-long Festival, on Thursday May 18, at the Iberostar Rose Hall Suites Hotel, Minister Bartlett revealed that market research shows that the three words associated with Destination Jamaica are food, music and love. He outlined that the Festival encapsulated these attributes and lauded its continued economic contribution.
“Reggae Sumfest has been great for Jamaica over the years; it has brought thousands of visitors to this country; millions of dollars into the economy of Montego Bay and Jamaica; and this year we are expecting you to do greater exploits. I expect that the results of this year will be phenomenal,” he posited.

Reggae Sumfest begins on Sunday, July 16 with the Beach Party. The staple All-White Party at Pier One happens on Tuesday, July 18. Sumfest Blitz happens on Wednesday, July 19 and the exciting Sumfest Heavyweight Clash happens on Thursday, July 20 at Pier-One. The festival climaxes at the historic Catherine Hall on Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 with live music featuring Mavado, Tory Lanez, Queen Ifrica, Jah Cure, Sizzla and Christopher Martin among many others.

Early bird tickets and travel packages are on sale exclusively on http://www.eventbrite.com, patrons can look forward to more updates on the line-up and events for Reggae Sumfest 2017.

Josef Bogdanovich CEO of Downsound Entertainment and organiser of Reggae Sumfest (l) stands with Tifa and Tommy Lee as they take a look at the Reggae Sumfest 25 magazine at the Montego Bay staging of the festival's launch held at the Iberostar Rose Hall Suites on Thursday May 18. Josef Bogdanovich CEO of Downsound Entertainment and organiser of Reggae Sumfest (l) stands with Tifa and Tommy Lee as they take a look at the Reggae Sumfest 25 magazine at the Montego Bay staging of the festival’s launch held at the Iberostar Rose Hall Suites on Thursday May 18.

Facebook partners with Jamaica on ‘Amber Alert’ style system to find missing children.

The murder of 11-year-old Ananda Dean, who disappeared after school in 2008, still haunts Jamaica almost a decade later.

The tiny Caribbean nation named its missing children’s alert in her memory — the Ananda Alert — and on Monday launched a historic partnership with social media giant Facebook to help expand the reach of the alerts with the help of local Jamaican users.

“The reality is every child is our child. We all have a responsibility,” said Floyd Green, minister of state for education, youth and information in Jamaica. “You have to keep refreshing the conversation so that people know when a child is missing, you don’t have to wait.”

Green, who noted that May is Child Month in Jamaica, said the Facebook partnership is ultimately “about strengthening our child protection system,” and acting quickly on social media to increase the odds of finding the 10 percent of missing children who never return home. The country’s Ananda Alert works similar to the AMBER Alert emergency response system in the United States.

“We have seen that the number of missing children is trending down, and the number of murdered children,” he said. “That is something we want to keep going down.”

Last year, 1,725 children were reported missing in the English-speaking nation, according to the Missing Person Monitoring Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. Of them, 1,456 returned home, but 269 did not.

That’s too many, said Nathalee Ferguson, head of the Ananda Alert Unit.

“No government would ever be satisfied with even one child unaccounted for,” Ferguson said.

Jamaican child advocates say that while the Ananda Alert, the first such missing children’s system in the Caribbean, has been a great tool since it began in 2009, it still faces public awareness challenges. They hope that by harnessing Facebook users in Jamaica, they will make the public more aware of the alert system and recruit users to help in the effort to find abducted and missing kids.

“I see this as an impressive step forward for Jamaican advocacy and action for children,” said Mark Connolly, the representative of UNICEF Jamaica.

Facebook, working in partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, first introduced the AMBER-style alert in people’s news feeds in January 2015. They currently distribute the alerts in 10 countries including the United States, Mexico and now its 10th — and first Caribbean nation — Jamaica, a Facebook spokesperson said.

Emily Vacher, Facebook’s trust and safety manager, who traveled to Kingston for the launch, said every moment is precious when a child goes missing.

“We hope we will contribute to kids coming home faster with this new system,” Vacher said in a video clip tweeted out by UNICEF Jamaica. “But it really all comes down to community and that’s what matters in these cases.”

Vacher explained that once a missing child alert is activated by Jamaica’s child protection agency, the Office of the Children’s Registry, Facebook will quickly create a posting. That post, which can be updated as new information becomes available, will then automatically show up in the news feeds of Jamaican users near the location of the missing child.

A 2017 study by Hootsuite of internet, social media and mobile use throughout the Caribbean region shows that of Jamaica’s 2.8 million citizens, 1.2 million are active on social media, and the number is growing. The number of monthly Facebook users, according to the study, is also about 1.2 million.

“Over the past five to 10 years, Facebook has gotten tremendously popular in Jamaica,” Green said. “The mothers, the grandmothers are all on Facebook. It’s reaching in rural Jamaica and a lot of other demographics. We believe this will help us expand the reach of the Ananda Alert system.”

Facebook’s Emily Vacher was in Jamaica Monday to launch the social media site’s new missing children alert partnership with the Caribbean nation’s child protection unit. Vacher is demonstrating hour Ananda Alerts, similar to AMBER Alerts, will work on its site. Courtesy of UNICEF Facebook’s Emily Vacher was in Jamaica Monday to launch the social media site’s new missing children alert partnership with the Caribbean nation’s child protection unit. Vacher is demonstrating hour Ananda Alerts, similar to AMBER Alerts, will work on its site. Courtesy of UNICEF

Chronixx on Jamaica’s music and its influence on Drake and Diplo

Reggae artist Chronixx has been heavily connected to a recent “roots revival” in Jamaica and while he isn’t too bothered by that, he does want to clarify that he’s not bound to labels, trends or, as he describes it, waves.

“I don’t ride waves because it’s very harmful,” he says. “When that wave is done, you’re just waiting out there for the next wave. For me, it’s more about my purpose as a musician than living up to a certain slogan or whatever.”

Chronixx also isn’t that bothered by artists who take influence from his country’s culture and sound, such as Drake or Diplo, so long as it’s authentic.

“I did my first mixtape with Major Lazer, and just the depth of musical knowledge with each and every one of those members, it’s amazing,” he explains, of Diplo’s project Major Lazer. “I can only imagine it’s the same for Drake.”

Chronixx’s new album, Chronology, is expected to drop some time this summer.

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Jamaica hockey team wins Bobsled to Blades battle in Dartmouth

Former Boston Bruin player Graeme Towsnhead is hoping to coach Jamaica’s national hockey team all the way to the Winter Olympics.

“I remember saying many times the only chance I’d ever have of playing the Olympics is if Jamaica had a team,” Townshead told CTV News Channel.
Now Townshead is the head coach, assistant coach, trainer, water boy, and a stand-in during a power play for the Jamaican Under 20 National Ice Hockey Team.
While the thought of the Jamaican hockey team brings to mind the 1988 “Cool Runnings” bobsled team who competed in the Calgary Games, this team has a bit more experience.
The players are from Canada and the U.S., but they all share Jamaican heritage. Unlike the iconic bobsledders, these guys have been playing hockey their whole lives, many of them playing in the OHL.
This weekend the team is in Dartmouth, N.S. for a training camp and pair of exhibition games.
“We want to wear the jersey with pride and, you know, show we can play with anyone at the highest level,” said player Jaden Lindo.
But even though they have a hockey team, they are missing a few crucial elements to get full membership and start competing in the world championships.
For example, they still need some home ice.
“Currently an arena in Jamaica does not exist. That is our job, to make that a reality so that’s what we’re working towards,” said Townshead.
The road to the Olympics may be long for this underdog team but as Townshead said: “You’ve got to start somewhere.”

Courtney Pine to Headline Dominica’s Jazz ‘n Creole Festival 2017

Dominica’s Jazz ‘n Creole Festival 2017 is expected to live up to the expectations of its patrons.  The 8th annual event kicks off with a week of fringe events from May 28th  – June 3rd, with the anticipated main stage event on Sunday June 4th, 2017.  The festival continues to gain interest island wide and throughout the region, and securely places Dominica as a destination of choice for festivities.

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For the main stage event, carded for Sunday June 4 at Fort Shirley in the Cabrits National, Park Discover Dominica Authority is proud to announce that this year’s headliner is Courtney Pine!
No musician more embodies the dramatic transformation in the British jazz scene over the past thirty years than saxophonist Courtney Pine. The ground breaking, multi- instrumentalist has led a generation of exciting and innovative players who have broadened their styles to take jazz out to a wider audience.
He has released 16 studio albums to date and continues to tour worldwide with his award winning band playing clubs, concert halls and festivals from Glastonbury to Fuji Rock, Montreux to Cape Town.  With his popular “House of Legends” set, Courtney is sure to thrill the Jazz ‘n Creole fanatics with its true creole island flavour.

Along with Courtney, Jazz ‘n Creole patrons are expected to see the stage come alive with Michele Henderson, Breve and Ti Orkest.

In just 8 years, Dominica’s Jazz n Creole Festival has already featured two Grammy award winning artists and numerous artists of local, regional and international acclaim, which all
bears testament to future growth of the festival.

For more information on Dominica’s Jazz n Creole, contact Discover Dominica Authority at 767 448 2045. Or, visit Dominica’s official website: http://www.DiscoverDominica.com, or http://www.DominicaFestivals.com, or follow Dominica on Twitter and Facebook and take a look at our videos on YouTube.

HBO FILMS’ THE WIZARD OF LIES, STARRING ROBERT DE NIRO AND MICHELLE PFEIFFER

In 2008, stockbroker, investment advisor and financier Bernie Madoff made headlines around the world when he was arrested for perpetrating one of the largest financial frauds in United States history. Premiering on Saturday, May 20 at 20hrs AST*, HBO Films’ The Wizard of Lies examines Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme – his deception, lies and cover-up – as the financier’s wife and sons are catapulted into a harsh and unrelenting spotlight.

Robert De Niro (Oscar® winner for Raging Bull and The Godfather II) stars in his first HBO production as family patriarch Bernie Madoff. Also on HBO for the first time, Michelle Pfeiffer (Golden Globe® winner for The Fabulous Baker Boys) stars as Ruth Madoff, Bernie’s longtime spouse and unwitting partner during the events that would lead to financial ruin for countless people and institutions, as well as his and his family’s destruction.

The Wizard of Lies is directed by Barry Levinson, whom also executive produced and directed HBO Films’ You Don’t Know Jack, and executive produced Phil Spector, both of which earned him Emmy® nominations.  The screenplay is by Sam Levinson, John Burnham Schwartz and Samuel Baum. The film is based on Diana B. Henriques’ 2011 New York Times bestselling book “The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust,” which featured more than 100 interviews including unprecedented access to Madoff’s first interviews for publication since his arrest. Author Laurie Sandell’s book, “Truth and Consequences,” is additional source material.

The film also stars Alessandro Nivola as Mark Madoff, Bernie and Ruth’s oldest son, and Nathan Darrow as Andrew Madoff, their youngest son, both of whom worked with their father at his investment firm. Other cast members include: Kristen Connolly as Stephanie Madoff, Mark’s wife; Lily Rabe as Catherine Hooper, Andrew’s fiancée; and Hank Azaria as Frank DiPascali, Bernie’s right-hand man in the Ponzi scheme. Diana B. Henriques, the first writer to ever visit Madoff in prison, plays herself.

The Wizard of Lies is a Tribeca Production and a Levinson/Fontana Production of a Barry Levinson Film; executive producers, Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro, Berry Welsh, Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana; Jason Sosnoff co-executive produces; Joseph E. Iberti produces.

All of HBO’s original films are available exclusively for subscribers on HBO GO, the premium digital entertainment platform, following their premiere on the channel. Subscribers can access HBO GO by visiting the website www.hbogoca.com on any desktop or laptop computer (PC or Apple) or by downloading the mobile app on devices with iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPad Touch) or Android (OS 2.3+) operational systems. The platform is now available with Chromecast, allowing subscribers to transmit their favorite content on HBO GO to their TV screens.