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Shaggy: SugarCane (Audio)

Definitely a summer tune or chune as we say in the Caribbean…Shaggy‘s single ‘Sugarcane’ off of his highly anticipated ‘Summer in Kingston’. The single has been featured in iTune’s top 10 on the Reggae charts for several weeks. The track is produced by Teflon Don. Available for download at iTunes (, Amazon ( and other major digital outlets.  The album will be released on Tuesday, August 19th, 2011 and will be available for a limited time for just $2.99 with digital retailers.

The album features a total of 8 tracks with songs such as ‘Sugarcane‘, ‘Fired Up’ and collaborations with some of reggae’s elite including Tarrus Riley on ‘Just Another Girl‘ and Assassin aka Agent Sasco on ‘Feeling Alive.’

Shaggy made an appearances on the Jay Leno show and premiered the video for ‘Sugarcane‘ in Knutsford Square in Kingston, Jamaica.  Fans were treated to performances by Shaggy, wh0 was joined by Agent Sasco, Chino, Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor and more…Look out for Shaggy on Lopez Tonight on July 26th airing at 12 am on TBS.

Listen to the single below:

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Bob Marley: The Legacy Wanes but the Cult Lives On

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AFP) — Bob Marley’s musical legacy may be waning 30 years after his death as Jamaica’s youth prefers dancehall to reggae, but the singer remains a cult, if highly commercialised, figure.

Marley has become a merchandiser’s dream, with everything from shoes to snowboards bearing his image, but his friends say it would be tragic if his message of justice for the oppressed gets lost to corporate greed.

“He was never about commercialism,” one friend, Herbie Miller, told AFP. “Money was not his greatest motivation.”

For loyal fans of the Third World’s first pop superstar, who died from cancer at the age of 36 on May 11 1981, this year’s milestone anniversary is not about grieving but about celebrating.

“His music was so full of life, it doesn’t seem right to mourn him,” 24-year-old Bernadette Hellwanter of Vocklabruck, Austria told AFP as she toured the Bob Marley Museum in the Jamaican capital Kingston.

Nickia Palmer stopped briefly to peer at a photo of the dreadlocked legend playing his trademark Gibson guitar.

“The first performance I ever did was at Mount Vernon high school in Fairfax, Virginia and it was No Woman No Cry,” recalled the 33-year-old Jamaican singer, who has spent most of his life in the United States.

Fans flock to the museum, an English-style building where Marley lived and wrote many of his songs.

Tours are also conducted daily in the village of Nine Mile in the rural St Ann parish where Marley was born in February 1945 and where a mausoleum now provides his final resting place.

But despite all the T-shirts, the mugs and the many iconic images of the pot-smoking, football-loving Rastafarian, there is a sense his star could be beginning to fade.

The Marley Foundation, which oversees the singer’s estate, says no events are planned to mark the 30th anniversary of his death.

Music from the rebel who introduced reggae to an international audience gets only token play nowadays on the local radio and his message appears lost on today’s Jamaican youth.

Feel-good songs like Three Little Birds and One Love are preferred to more militant tracks such as Exodus or The Heathen.

According to Miller, the ubiquitous One Love has reduced Marley’s revolutionary message to a catchphrase for Jamaica’s tourism industry.

“This is a man who took a bullet for his country. The powers that be in Jamaica are trying to make him soft,” he said.

In Trench Town, the Kingston ghetto that inspired some of Marley’s most memorable songs, there are few visitors to the tenement where he once lived during the 1960s.

Artefacts include the shell of a Volkswagen van that Marley used to sell his records and a bed he slept on.

“As someone who was born in Trench Town, ‘Gong’ (Marley’s nickname) had a big impact (on me),” 48-year-old roots-reggae singer I-Cient-Cy Mau told AFP.

“Him always had time for the youths an’ that’s something missing from reggae today.”

But the sounds Marley made during the 1970s appear almost foreign to today’s Jamaican youth, more caught up with flamboyant dancehall acts like Vybz Kartel and Movado.

Overseas, perhaps, there is more room for nostalgia.

Marley performed twice in his life in Belgium, but according to Brice DePasse, a Belgian journalist with the Nostalgie television station, he left an indelible mark.

“He’s been big in Belgium since 1977 when he first performed there. There’s not a day that his music is not played,” said DePasse.

To commemorate his death, Nostalgie will air the hour-long documentary In The Footsteps of Bob Marley today.

Source: Jamaica Observer 

CaribPress: Milica Pesic Young Designer from Italy – Caribbean Fashionweek

Jamaica has a way of luring people to its shores not only for sand, sea and sun. The magnetism of the island, boasting rich sounds of its intrinsic reggae beats and the complementing culture has been a major draw for foreigners for several years and, for the past decade, fashion has firmly become part of this allure through the Kingston-based Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW).

Come June 8-13, Pulse will stage the 11th installment of its flagship fashion and beauty extravaganza and each year, the event attracts a growing number of talented new designers.

This year is no exception and Milica Pesic is one young Italian designer planning to make an ‘Everblazing’ first impression on the global fashion scene.

For Pesic, Caribbean Fashionweek was the perfect showcase to launch her fashion line.

“My inspiration comes from self-confident people with attitude and I find the Jamaican people to be bold and expressive, they have a certain energy that boasts confidence and my brand is all these things and more,” said the designer.

Passion for art

Pesic, who also goes by the moniker ‘Mima’, was born in Serbia but moved to Italy at an early age where her passion for art and high fashion flourished. Armed with a strong drive to become a successful designer, she studied fashion design at the University of Florence.

Having been immersed in fashion since she was 14, after leaving University, Pesic worked as a stylist and for a number of other design labels before she decided to launch her own line.

In fact, Everblazing is not just a single clothing collection; Pesic was recently in Paris working on her men’s fragrance which is going to be part of her larger brand thrust.

“At CFW, I will present two collections, one focused on the women and also the men. This is my time on the international stage and I am going all out, to put on a terrific show,” said Mima.

According to the designer, her collection will incorporate a bold mix of colours from the finest Italian fabrics and leather and she is positive that Kingston will be enthusiastic about her line.

“My brand is assertive, sexy and luxurious,” and from all accounts the designer’s inspirations, edgy sass along with her symbolic colour palette (including animal prints) as well as her bold signature-statement accessories will be in full view at CFW.

The launch of the young designer’s collection at Caribbean Fashionweek will also coincide with the opening of her Everblazing boutique in Kingston. The line will also be available online. Pesi is set to join a stellar line-up of new and established designers from Europe, America and our own Caribbean stalwarts.

View pieces from the Everblazing line below:

For more information on Caribbean Fashion Week connect with Anna Gordon of Pulse Model Management (876) 968-1089.

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Celebrities ‘Chill” out in Jamaica

Published on December 28, 2010
by Global News Staff

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A number of celebrities have been spotted in Jamaica, “chilling out” in the tropical island, seeking to escape the snow and cold weather in the United States and Europe.

A-listers Jay Z and his wife of two years, Beyonce, along with her sister Solange, as well as actress and singer Queen Latifah, are vacationing in the island, the Observer reported.

Ralph and Ricky Lauren are also here, as well as British actor Alan Rickman and NBC’s Today Show co-host Meredith Vieira. Enjoying Kingston’s renowned social life before heading to the North Coast has been English art mogul, Jay Jopling.

Jamaica has this past year attracted quite a few celebrities, including power couple Will and Jada Smith, American male model and actor Tyson Beckford, acclaimed interior designer, Michael Smith, as well as Essence magazine fashion editor, Eliana Placas.

American actress Scarlett Johansson, who recently filed for divorce from Ryan Reynolds, spent Thanksgiving in Portland.

Reprinted from Caribbean News Now!