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Caribbean Entertainment News Roundup

By NAN ET Editor

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Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019:
Here are the top headlines
making news on the Caribbean entertainment scene for this week:

It’s Carnival Time In Brooklyn, NY

Some of the region’s top Caribbean musicians will
join some of the best pannists from the New York Caribbean Diaspora and some of
the top mas bands for another West Indian American Day Carnival in Brooklyn,
NY.

While this year’s pre-promotion for what is dubbed
as North America’s largest Caribbean carnival has been largely low-key, some of
the top reggae and soca artists from the region are set to thrill fans this
weekend. The pre-carnival showcase got into high gear last night at the grounds
of the Brooklyn Museum with ‘Unda Di Stars’ featuring artists like Ding Dong
and Wayne Wonder.

Tonight, Aug. 30th, Caribbean soca artists like Lyrikal, Farmer Nappy, Skinny Fabulous and Patrice Roberts will take the heat up higher at Brassfest 2019.

On Saturday night, August 31st, it’s the
clash of the pannists as Panorama 2019 takes center stage featuring bands like
Despers USA, CASYM and D’Radoes.

World famous Calypsonian, Calypso Rose, leads the
performances Sunday night, Sept. 1st, as Dimanche Gras rolls into
town, backed by the Sunshine Band. And of course on Sept. 2nd, Labor
Day, it will be over to the mas bands and mas players who will add color and
pizazz to Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, beginning at Schenectady Avenue.

To see the full line up or secure tickets log on to wiadcacarnival.org/

Cuban Born Designer Passes On

Cuban designer, Isabel Toledo, who came to fame for
the inauguration dress crated for former First Lady Michell Obama, has died
after a battle with breast cancer. She was 59. Toledo was revered by other
designers for her ability to combine precise geometric construction with
extreme grace.

Born Maria Isabel Izquierdo in Camajuani, Cuba, she
began sewing at age 8. She emigrated with her parents and two sisters to the US
and in 1968 the family settled in West New York, N.J., where she met fellow
Cuban Ruben Toledo. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and later
transferred to Parsons School of Design. She left in 1979 before graduation to
intern for Diana Vreeland at the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum
of Art. She left in 1979 before graduation to intern for Diana Vreeland at the
Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She and Toledo married in
1984.

Guyanese Singer Dead At 82

Guyanese singer
Johnny Graff, who made famous songs like “It Burns Inside” and “I Don’t Care” has
passed away age 82 at the Georgetown Public Hospital in Guyana.

Braff
recorded a number of hits in the 1960s left Guyana in the 1970s and was awarded
the Medal of Service for his musical contribution. Sadly, he had spent the last
three months of his life at the Palms Geriatric Home and before that lived at
the Night Shelter.

Southern Oregon Group Tops Billboard Reggae Charts

Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley reggae group,
Indubious, has claimed the coveted top spot this week on the Billboard Reggae
Charts with its alum, ‘Beleaf.’ It is the highest-ranking debut for the group. ‘Hybrid’
by Collie Budz which rose one spot this week to claim the number two spot. At
number three is ‘More Work To Be Done’ by Third World while at fourth is ‘Local
Motion,’ by Pepper, which dropped from number one last week. Rounding out the
Top 5 this week is the self-titled album from the group Iration.

Reggae Greats For Labor Day Performance
In Westchester

Tomorrow,
Labor Day Saturday, August 31st, entrepreneur and CEO of Bullzii Marketing LLC,
Andrea Bullens will seek to expand her portfolio to include concert
producer/promoter of the inaugural Westchester Reggae Music Festival.

The event
set for the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York will be headlined by
female performers Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt, Princess Menen and the
International Women In Reggae. Veteran singer Ken Boothe is the lone male
headliner. All acts will be backed by Derrick Barnett’s Statement Band.

The Westchester festival comes just weeks after Oland Roots created history in
Sweden as the first-ever all-female festival line-up of reggae superstars that
included Marcia Griffiths, Koffee, Ce’cile, Etana and Ikaya.

“I’m very passionate about ensuring that our female talent is well
represented in the male dominated reggae music business and this mostly female
lineup was deliberately packaged” Bullens said. “I am very happy with
the response we have been getting so far. It’s a phenomenal lineup if I must
say so myself! as these women represents partly the harmonies of the most
celebrated harmony group in reggae music for over five decades singing with Bob
Marley and the Wailers and each has continued on to successful solo
careers” she shared.

For more information log onto www.WestchesterMusicFestival.com  

Usain Bolt “Olympe
Rosé” Video Passes 34,000 Views

The video
medley for Usain Bolt’s “Olympe Rosé” was only released on Wednesday on his
Vevo page in collaboration with Billboard. But its already surpassed 34,000
views. The “Olympe Rosé” riddim features songs from Dexta Daps‘ “Big Moves,”
Munga Honorable’s “Weekend,” Ricardo “Bibi” Gardner’s “Mount A Gyal,”
Christopher Martin‘s “Dweet” and Ding Dong’s “Top A Di Top.” The video
transitions from artiste to artiste but is seamless and smooth. It was produced
by Rajah Karanja Nelson and distributed by 21st Hapilos Digital. Catch it here.

XXXTentacion’s Post-Humous Album To
Include Vybz Kartel

Jamaican roots rapper XXXTentacion, who was murdered
last year, will live on in a second new album set to be released this fall. ‘Bad
Vibes Forever,’ is set to feature currently incarcerated Jamaican dancehall
star, Vybz Kartel. The album is also said to
have collabs from Mavado, Ky-Mani Marley, Stefflon Don and more. Born Jahseh
Onfroy, the rapper was shot and killed outside a Florida motorcycle dealership
in June 2018.

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