Machel Montano Releases Album 34

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Soca music fans and music lovers worldwide who want to experience the very best in Caribbean music will revel in the latest album release from the genre’s most celebrated artiste, Machel Montano, titled ALBUM 34. The prodigiously gifted Trinidadian, whose debut vinyl album Too Young To Soca arrived in record shops in 1985, has once again created a magical brew of sweet soca rhythms on this, his 34th career release. ALBUM 34 is now available throughout Trinidad & Tobago, with worldwide distribution scheduled for later this month.

NEW MUSIC

Fans have come to expect from Montano a rich array of hit songs every year, jam-packed with explosive, driving rhythms that he produces for Trinidad & Tobago’s Carnival celebrations. Surely this new batch of 15 tracks comprising ALBUM 34 will not disappoint his vast legion of followers – in T&T and throughout the Caribbean Diaspora – and its many gems are bound to attract many new listeners as well.

One of the new songs presently heating up the airwaves and blasting at every Carnival fete in Trinidad is “No Behavior,” a fast-paced, volatile soca track with Montano’s trademark style that every soca fan instantly recognises. The artiste urges everyone to “get behind the big truck…start jumpin’ up, start waving up!” Next up is a groovy soca number, a song infused with a romantic vibe and a gentle rhythm called “Slow Wine.”

Also on tap are Montano’s newest hit singles “Bumper to Fender,” “Thiefin’ ” and “Awrite” (Ramajay). Each of these tunes have found great favour with partygoers of every race and age at Carnival 2010. The Trinidadian has once again captured that quintessential Caribbean vibe – a scintillating mix of rhythms full of warmth, love, and good humour.

FAMOUS COLLABORATIONS

Machel Montano has been a driving force behind Caribbean musical integration for more than a decade, with a multitude of important collaborations to his credit, including features with Pitbull, Lil Jon, Shaggy, Wyclef Jean, Beanie Man, Busy Signal, Vybz Kartel, Alison Hinds, Ricky T, Tallpree, just to name a few. Montano’s vision of Caribbean unity forged though music and culture is beautifully underscored in the delivery of ALBUM 34, as this exciting mix of new music includes collaborations with leading singers, musicians, and producers from Barbados, Grenada, Antigua, St. Vincent, Jamaica, B.V.I., Cuba, and USA.

On ALBUM 34, Montano has joined forces with Pitbull for an electrifying remix of “Awrite” (Ramjay). The remix not only celebrates the fusion of reggaton and soca rhythms but also the resilience of the Haitan people following the catastrophic earthquake that affected Haiti on January 12.

Jamaican dancehall superstar Busy Signal is also in the mix on 34, making a mesmerising spin with Machel on “Wooeeii Gyal Wooeeii,” an African-influenced riddim that’s punctuated by magnificent drumbeats. Both productions are fascinating examples of Montano’s experimental approach to music-making in the studio, which no doubt is why his work is the most original and most eagerly-anticipated music in this genre.

Other savory collaborations on ALBUM 34 include “Hot Like” featuring dancehall star Serani, “Fetting On” with Skinny Fabulous, and “Really Hot” with Wildfire, an upcoming Trinidadian-American artiste. Also, get a good listen to Machel on “Not Going Home,” an uplifting, inspirational song about the power of Carnival to bring people together and to celebrate joyously their common humanity.

CARIBBEAN FUSION

In addition to the various artistes mentioned above, Montano has ensured the success of his newest endeavour by collaborating with many of the Caribbean’s leading producers, including his close friend and award-winning songwriter, Kernal Roberts, Dwain “Dwaingerous” Antrobus, Shawn “Roots” Mitchell, Jason “Nutron” Carter, Kasey Phillips, among many others. On the album liner notes, the artiste also sends out thanks to the HD Family, a close-knit cadre of performers and musicians who have been by his side over the past four years at carnivals and concert stages around the world.

RECORD ALBUMS

Montano fans will also marvel at the CD cover art for ALBUM 34, which consists of cover images of all the artiste’s previous 33 albums. This truly prodigious recorded output, a wonderful achievement in itself, clearly makes Montano the most productive and enduring artiste in the history of soca music.Young fans of soca and other music lovers will be well-advised to delve into Montano’s extensive catalogue, not only to discover a great deal of exciting music but will to also get an appreciation of the evolution of the genre over the past three decades.

CARNIVAL 2010 AND BEYOND

After the ALBUM 34 release, there is already that next mountain to climb for Montano. He has decided to take a short break from live performances at this year’s Trinidad Carnival in order to execute many new projects that are engaging his attention. These projects include a Bollywood film production, as well as new music, which he will be releasing throughout the year.

MACHEL & BEYONCE

Machel is also eagerly looking forward to seeing all of his fans again next week Thursday, February 18th at the Queens Park Savannah, Port of Spain, when he will be appearing as the opening act for Beyoncé. This is the first ever appearance in the Caribbean for the world’s ‘Queen of Pop,’ 16-time Grammy award-winning artiste, and promises to be a night of great music and amazing performances by both Machel and Beyoncé.

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

Montano is no stranger to award ceremonies as his work has been receiving worldwide acclaim for decades. Already this year, he continues his streak of success by racking up five nominations in the 2010 International Reggae & World Music Awards set for May 2 in New York. Montano previouly walked away with the top IRAWMA award back in 2008 when he won the ‘Bob Marley Entertainer of the Year,” and is a front-runner for it again this year.

ALBUM IN STORES NOW

Get your copy of Machel Montano’s ALBUM 34, in stores now, and celebrate Carnival 2010 with the soca superstar.Also check your local music and book stores and other retail outlets for the ALBUM 34 2010 calendar, another collector’s item from this soca icon.

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Dancehall Now Episode 34 – The Ladies Edition

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This is the latest episode of the syndicated Dancehall Now podcast produced by Highlanda Sound System for October 20, 2009 featuring the very latest dancehall music in a full stereo radio broadcast format.

This episode includes live footage from Highlanda’s Dancehall Now Radio Show (Tuesdays 6pm – 9pm EST) on Da Flava Radio.

The Ladies Edition featured the music of artists including the following: Raine Seville, Etana, Cherine Anderson, Alaine, Queen Ifrica, Phylissia, Alison Hinds, Marcia Griffiths, Jodain Pantry, D’Angel, Tifa, Cecile, Lady Saw, and Spice.

On DANCEHALL NOW, Top Rated Highlanda features new and pre-release dancehall music that we deem the best of the best and bound to become hits along with established chart toppers and records getting radio and club spins in current rotation. Dancehall Now also includes artist features and delivers news pertinent to the dancehall community.

Dancehall Now is in keeping with Highlanda Sound’s stated mission to entertain and promote reggae music world wide. This show may contain language that may be considered by some to be offensive. Views expressed by artists and guests on this show are not necessarily shared or endorsed by Highlanda Sound.

Please download the entire mp3 file or just click to listen to the audio stream now. We sincerely hope you enjoy the selections. Please send your comments, feedback, and requests to kahlil.wonda@gmail.com or feel free to comment here. If you like what you hear please subscribe and become a fan to get automatic updates when new shows are added.

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THE FIRST ANNUAL ATLANTA CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL (CARIFEST)

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The promoters of Atlanta Carifest want everyone to know that their goal is to promote unity in the Atlanta Caribbean community. Performers in the line up include Etana, Machel Montano, Freddie McGregor, Alison Hinds, Chino, Laden, Tessanne Chin, and Kiprich.

At Adams Stadium, 2415 N. Druid Hills Rd, Atlanta, GA on Sunday, August 23rd, 2009…A D’va Promotion. To Purchase TICKETS www.atlantacarifest.com or www.eventlinks-atlanta.com

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The 2009 IRAWMA Honors the Best in Caribbean & World Music

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IRAWMA Finale

The 2009 IRAWMA saw a star-studded affair at the York College
Performing Arts Center in Queens, New York on Sunday, May 3, 2009.

– Photography by Khayyam Pitts –

Rainy weather and cold temps did not put a damper on the 28th Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards, which took place at the state-of-the-art York College Performing Arts Center in Queens, New York on Sunday, May 3, 2009.

Celebrities filed into the venue hours before the show began, to walk the red carpet and give media their undivided attention. Then the curtains went up and the show was first emceed by Copeland Forbes, pinch hitting for Tony Rebel, who later turned up to take over his hosting duties.

The audience was entertained all night with exciting performances from some of the top names in Caribbean music, including Tarrus Riley, Calypso Rose, Beenie Man, Machel Montano, Alison Hinds,Tony Rebel, D’Angel, Gramps Morgan, Duane Stephenson and Barbee, all backed by the Dean Fraser Band.

The awards presentation saw some funny moments as fans screamed their choices and awardees teased each other. Beres Hammond, Mavado, Machel Montano, Queen Ifrica and Etana all walked away with two trophies each. Tarrus Riley won “Best Male Vocalist,” Beenie Man took away the “Best Male Deejay” prize, Alison Hinds scored “Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer,” Stephen McGregor nabbed “Producer of the Year,” and Shaggy was honored with the “Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award.”

“I first want to extend a note of thanks to each and everyone for your hard work,” stated Ephraim Martin, president of Martin’s International & Associates and producer of the IRAWMA. “I value and appreciate all of your hard work and effort in making the 28th IRAWMA a success.” As the curtains closed on the 28th IRAWMA, everyone present at the awards applauded, paying respect to one of the longest running awards ceremony in the world that honors reggae and world beat music.

2009 IRAWMA Winners

Bob Marley Award for Entertainer of the Year
Beres Hammond

Recording Artist of the Year
Mavado

Best Male Vocalist
Tarrus Riley

Best Female Vocalist
Queen Ifrica & Etana (TIE)

Best Song
Mavado – “So Special”

Best Album
Etana – Strong One

Best Crossover Song
John Legend & Buju – “Can’t Be My Lover”

Best Gospel Song
Stitchie & Elephant Man – “What A Mighty God”

Best Female D.J./Rapper
Queen Ifrica

Best Male D.J./Rapper
Beenie Man

Best New Entertainer
Serani

Best Calypso/Soca Entertainer
Alison Hinds

Best Reggaeton Entertainer
Daddy Yankee

Best Latin Entertainer
Shakira

Best Compas Entertainer
Nu-Look

Best African Entertainer
Alpha Blondy

Best Soukous Entertainer
Awilo Longomba

Best Hip Hop/R&B Entertainer
Lil Wayne

Outstanding Contribution to World Music
Wyclef Jean

Most Outstanding Stage Personality
Machel Mantano

Best Music Video
Stephen & Damian Marley – “The Mission”

Best Poet
Mutabaruka

Most Educational Entertainer
Morgan Heritage

Most Outstanding Show Band
Machel & HD Band

Most Consistent Entertainer
Calypso Rose

Most Promising Entertainer
Lutan Fyah

Most Improved Entertainer
Tanya Mullings

Best Instrumentalist
Dean Fraser

Best Backing Band
New Kingston Band

Most Popular Selector
Stone Love

Concert of the Year
Irie Jamboree

Promoter of the Year
Sumfest

Producer of the Year
Steven McGregor

Songwriter of the Year
Beres Hammond

Award for Spiritual Service through Music
Lutan Fyah

Community Service Award
Ziggy Marley, U.R.G.E.

Marcus Garvey Humanitarian Award
Shaggy

Best Song in Tribute to Barack Obama
Cocoa Tea – “Barack Obama”

SPECIAL: Int’l Reggae & World Music Hall of Fame/Lifetime Inductee
Clive Hunt, King Short Shirt, Sweet Honey in the Rock

SPECIAL: Master of the Caribbean Award
Mighty Sparrow

SPECIAL: Martin’s International/Inter-Culture Award of Honor
Granville Straker

SPECIAL: Award for Contributions to Music, Arts & Culture
Hon. Olivia “Babsy” Grange
SPECIAL: Producer’s “Respect” Award
Usain Bolt
SPECIAL: Awards of Appreciation for Contributions to Music Industry
Owen Dalhouse, Brigadier Jerry, Road Int’l, Heavy D

For more information, please log on to www.irawma.com
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