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Our goal is to reach people across the globe, not only those who are aware of the beauty and sounds of our culture & heritage, but those who can also gain, appreciate and become a part of what we are so very proud of. RAS FM Reggae And Soca Freedom Movement. The Freedom to create, produce and promote without restriction. So that the Movement of Reggae and Soca music will continue to the grow and help unite the world.

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  • Groovy Sunday afternoon in Queens, New York
    Posted on June 30, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – Last Sunday's Groovin In The Park show in Queens, New York was reportedly the most successful in its six-year history. Christopher Roberts, CEO of Groovin Inc – promoters of the event – said a record crowd turned out at Roy Wilkins Park to see outstanding performances by a diverse cast, led by Beres Hammond. "It proved to be our most successful year yet. We don't have the official police estimates as yet but based on our initial reading, we are confident to say this is our biggest," Roberts told the Jamaica Observer. He said Hammond, a perennial favourite, stole the show. "We had great performances from all the acts but Beres proved once again that he is indeed reggae's reigning monarch. We booked him based on consumer demand and he delivered in superlative style. Enough cannot be said about how great he was." Toots And The Maytals, Tessanne Chin, Duane Stephenson, Peabo Bryson, Brian McKnight, Regina Belle, and guest artistes Tiger and Johnny P also did well, Roberts reported. Toots and Chin were honoured with congressional proclamations for their accomplishment in music. Howard Campb […]

  • Di Dakta gets Sept 5 court date
    Posted on June 30, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Dancehall deejay Devin Di Dakta had his bail extended when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday. He was answering to charges of sexual assault. He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges and is slated to return to court on September 5. Reports are that on January 18, Devin Di Dakta inappropriately touched a dancer at Taboo Nightclub in St Andrew, owned by businessman Corey Todd. The complainant filed a report with the police on January 23. Meanwhile, Todd is set to stand trial on August 22 stemming from a separate incident involving Devin Di Dakta. It is alleged that in January the entertainer was taken to the parking lot of the Taboo Nightclub and beaten by several members of Todd’s security team because of a song done by the artiste which was perceived to be disrespecting the businessman. Todd was reportedly pointed out during an identification parade. He pleaded not guilty to the assault charges when he appeared in court earlier this month. He is facing charges of malicious destruction of property and assault occasioning bodily harm. — Simone Morgan-Lindo […]

  • Luciano gives Sumfest nod
    Posted on June 30, 2016 at 12:00 am

    REGGAE singer Luciano is a giving thumbs up to the revamped Reggae Sumfest, which will, for the first time, feature an all-Jamaican line-up. The event, which is part sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board, is scheduled for Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, St James, from July 17-23. “It’s a great way to attract tourists and nationals alike. It’s like a new light, a vision. Honestly, nuff props to Mr Joe,” said the singer. ‘Mr Joe’ refers to Downsound Records CEO Josef Bogdanovich, who assumed chairman of Summerfest Promotions — producers of the event in March. In addition to an all-Jamaican cast, Bogdanovich also condensed the festival’s live performance segment from three nights to two — discarding International Night. Luciano contends the revamp will allow people to experience not just the music but also Jamaican cuisine and the people of “reggae country”. At the festival’s launch recently, deejay Bounty Killer, who, while praising the festival, called for the resumption of International Night. “This year, they say it is going to be different. They say no International Night. I want to know why, because we have a lot of international artistes in Jamaica. Mi nuh have no problem with the foreign artiste dem, but we have some great international artistes from Jamaica who can make International Night more international. So, I suggest that you get a group of international reggae and dancehall artistes. So mi seh get the international artistes who make it from Jamaica to the international shores. We have OMI, who a go on great; we have Sean Paul; we have Steel Pulse; we have Shaggy; we Have Jimmy Cliff ... we have all these great international, Jamaican reggae and dancehall artistes, so we need an International Reggae/Dancehall Night as well. “This year is a new direction and we have to leave room to ‘teethe’, so mi nuh want everyone gwaan like it nah go work. It started with we Jamaicans, so mi nuh want nuh bad mouth ting. So, jus want the people fi come out and support. We not giving the music the real exposure what it must get in Jamaica,” said Bounty Killer, real name Rodney Price. First held in 1993, Reggae Sumfest has rostered dancehall’s elite including Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Lady Saw and Capleton. High-profile pop acts, including rappers TI, Common, Usher, Chris Brown, Snoop Dogg, R Kelly, Ne-Yo, Mary J Blige, and Alicia Keys have also performed at the festival. […]

  • Ed Robinson returns with The Blame Game
    Posted on June 30, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Singer Ed Robinson returns to the music scene with The Blame Game , which he believes is one of his best songs to date. It was co-produced in 2009 by Steely and Clevie, shortly before Steely’s death that year. Luciana Maneri, Robinson’s manager, is also a co-producer. “I’m not one of those musicians who like to beat my chest and say that every song I make is going to be a hit. I just like to make the music as best as I can for the people. After it’s released, it’s up to them to decide if it’s a hit,” said Robinson. The Blame Game is scheduled to be released on July 8. It will be part of Robinson’s seventh album which is currently in production. “I’ve recorded several tracks already and I still have some more to work on. We’re not rushing the process as I want to maintain a certain standard with my music,” he said. Robinson started his career on the north coast hotel circuit before relocating to New York in the 1980s. His breakthrough came in the early 1990s with a cover of Bob Dylan’s classic Knocking On Heaven’s Door. […]

  • Fans flock Square for Pan Jazz experience
    Posted by alexk on June 30, 2016 at 6:28 am

    As happened last year, Adam Smith Square in Woodbrook was overflowing with people last Saturday night for the second staging of the Mayor’s Pan Jazz Experience. Presented as part of celebrations in observance of the 102nd anniversary of the Port-of-Spain Corporation, the event featured performances by pan players Ray Holman, Ken “Professor” Philmore, and Len “Boogsie” Sharpe; vocalists Mavis John and Vaughnette Bigford; steel orchestras Newtown Playboyz, CAL Invaders, Massy Trinidad All Stars, and Desperadoes; and the Terry Shaw Jazz Ensemble. Admission was free, a bargain price when you considered the combination of worthy cause and exquisite entertainment on show. Interestingly, a number of high profile figures were present, including US Ambassador John Estrada, former prime minister of Antigua/Barbuda Baldwin Spencer, Speaker of the House Bridgid Annisette-George, former Minister of Tobago Development Delmon Baker, and former Minister of Culture Joan Yuille-Williams. Holman opened the playbill at 7 pm, showcasing some of his musically-rich compositions. He was followed by Mavis John, one of the world’s best female singers, whose varied and entertaining repertoire included an inspiring rendition of Lifeline, composed by GB (Gregory Ballantyne) and vocalised by Anne Marie Inniss in the 1980s; and the late Kitchener’s (Aldwyn Roberts) The Carnival is Over, a calypso that only gets more alluring as it progresses, so that when Mavis sang the final chorus, weeping would not have been an unreasonable response from those who take Carnival seriously. Professor’s contribution included a foot-stomping arrangement of the Mighty Sparrow’s (Slinger Francisco) Jane, sung in 1968. This is a musically-constructed song in which intricate section parts are criss-crossing all the time, but in delivering the work Professor and the musicians of Shaw’s Ensemble never got in each other's way. With every appearance, ever-smiling and affable jazz vocalist Bigford delivers effortlessly on some of the most timeless standards and ballads. Standing out from her choices on the occasion were interpretations of Junior Byron’s Crying’s Easy (1985) and Can You Love Me, originally sung by Alsop “Steelo” David with music band Kalyan in 1977. In an interview with writer Nasser Khan in this newspaper in April 2013, Bigford was asked what inspired her to do what she does. Her reply was: “I love being on stage. I think it’s such a gift to be able to move people with your interpretation and expression via song. I tell people that I am always more concerned with whether someone was touched after a performance than how ‘good’ I sounded. I think that’s what makes it special, that people are moved.”  That intention was successfully accomplished on Saturday. New kid on the block, Newtown Playboyz Steel Symphony had folks dancing joyfully to its rhythmic renditions of a slew of old-time calypsoes, opening its set with the late Richard “Nappy” Mayers’ Old Time Days, and including Colin Lucas’ Dollar Wine, Brother Marvin’s Jahaji Bhai, Melody’s Ice Man, and a medley of Baron’s and other calypsonians’ popular selections. Stellar performances by the other steel orchestras on the programme kept the large audience rooted in the Square until after the midnight hour. […]

  • Glow Fest promises wholesome entertainment
    Posted by alexk on June 30, 2016 at 6:25 am

    Two shows, 12 artistes, one fun-packed, spirit-filled event. That’s what patrons can look forward to at this year’s instalment of Glow Fest—the number one gospel affair in T&T. Now in its seventh year, the event which is hosted by Glow Entertainment, will be held at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, on July 9.  Organiser and founder of Glow Fest, Kern Cowan, says this year’s tagline is Experience the Glow and he wanted to offer something “exceptional” so that patrons can not only enjoy clean fun and wholesome music but leave the venue feeling refreshed, renewed and restored.  “This time around it’s all about the Glow experience. It will be intuitive, exciting and an opportunity for people to praise and worship together and really connect with God. We want it to be more than just a concert. With the current state of our country, there is need to give people encouragement and let them know that despite what’s going on around them, God is still in charge and there’s always a need to give Him thanks and praise,” he says. “We need to give the light more opportunities to shine because when the light shines it eliminates the darkness. We need to bring healing in a major way to the entire nation and that overall is what gives events like these strength. It’s not only about the music but about touching lives and really reaching out to people.” Headlining the concert is industry heavyweight and Grammy Award winner, Deitrick Haddon—an American gospel recording artiste, songwriter, music producer, pastor and actor, who’s best known for his progressive gospel and contemporary styles of music. The Be Like Jesus and Well Done singer is also currently part of the reality television show, Preachers of LA, which chronicles the lives of six preachers. In 2011, Haddon released the much-anticipated Church on the Moon, his fifth album with Verity Records which debuted at number one on the Billboard’s Top Gospel charts and number 65 on the Billboard 200. Also performing at Glow—which stands for God’s Lyrical Offering of His Word—will be T&T’s very own Positive, DJ Nicholas, Curtis Jordan, Nehilet Blackman and Sherwin Gardner—just to name a few.  Positive, real name Joel Murray, who’s now signed to Bricksvale Records, says he’s excited to once again be a part of the Glow Fest cast and notes that fans can look forward to hearing some of the biggest tracks of his career. “I want people to get a taste of the journey of Positive over the last decade. God has been really good to me during my journey and I want to share from the pipelines. It’s always a privilege to be a part of Glow Fest. “This lineup is a group of people that I love and respect and it’s a great feeling to stand in the midst of colleagues in the ministry,” said the Tobagonian singer, who shot into the spotlight with his 2008 hit, Never Let Go. Nehilet Blackman, daughter of late cultural icon, Garfield Blackman, known in the music world as Ras Shorty I, shares similar sentiments.  “This is the first time that I’ll be performing as a solo artiste without my band. I did the band life for over 30 years so singing tracks for me is a new thing and I’m scared but excited at the same time. I’m definitely looking forward to it. Fans can also look out for my performance with another top local gospel artiste who will be joining me on stage.” Cowan adds that a new element to the 2016 event is a 45-minute pre-show showcasing five up-and-coming local gospel artistes who will also perform for the crowd. “So it’s like two shows for one ticket. We really wanted to do something special this year and we feel it’s important to give young talent a chance to shine. We have also introduced a kids zone and an all-inclusive VIP section to make the experience an enjoyable one. “Last year we had a great show with about 6,000 people and we are hoping to surpass that this year and put on a superb production,” he said. […]

  • 2 Guitars to electrify Kaiso Blues Cafe on Sunday
    Posted by jbirch101 on June 24, 2016 at 3:11 am

    One of the country’s most renowned guitarists, Michael Boothman, will combine with the fast rising Dean Williams for a one-night-only performance tomorrow evening, titled 2 Guitars, at Kaiso Blues Café on Woodford Street, Newtown.  Both men are awesome in their skills on the guitar and a superb show is expected as the two guitarists searching for common ground as they explore their respective songbooks, and fuse their individual talents and experience to create the new.  Boothman has a storied career as a musician in Trinidad, the Caribbean and internationally. Beginning as a teenager in the 1960s with his band Rockafellas, then moving onto the Family Band, Boothman was evolving the sound and songs in the local music industry before that was the buzz word of modern political administrations. Pioneering his kysofusion brand of music, and moving Caribbean jazz on to the global stage, Boothman is reconnecting with his fans and new audiences in 2016.  Back in 1977, he released his classic album Heaven on the Tabu label. Since that time, Boothman has been a regular on the Caribbean jazz festival circuit trailblazing and performing at almost every festival from Jamaica to St Lucia, to Anguilla and Barbados and Tobago. At present, he performs weekly at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port-of-Spain.   Williams, a musician a generation after Boothman, seizes the mantle and continues into the new century as a composer and performer for a variety of artistes in pop, rock, reggae, jazz, soca and calypso. While honing his onstage skill, he started a studio recording career which to date has covered hundreds of tracks with many artistes including those of soca, rapso, world beat, pop and reggae also adding gospel to his bag most recently, together with quite a few television and radio jingles. These experiences with artistes foreign and local alike encouraged Williams to produce songs alongside local producers and in time he went on to record acts on his own. Music has taken him on tour all through most of the Americas, Europe and parts of Asia. Over the years, though performing heavily, he has continuously written his own compositions either on the guitar or keyboard.  Backed by Clint DeCoteau (bass); Simon Mendoza (keyboards); and, Jonathan Hensley (drums), Williams and Boothman will merge jazz, blues, calypso, kysofusion, Caribbean jazz, R&B and soul in 2 Guitars, one night only. […]

  • Rejoicing at Adam Smith
    Posted by jbirch101 on June 24, 2016 at 3:07 am

    Under the theme A City in Adoration, Port-of-Spain Give Praise, the Port-of-Spain City Corporation—in collaboration with Radio Isaac 98.1FM and its parent company, the Family Focus Broadcasting Network—hosted a Gospel Night at Adam Smith Square, Woodbrook on Saturday. The concert was one of the many events planned under the theme A City in Positive Transformation in observance of the 102nd anniversary of the restoration of the Port-of-Spain Corporation as a municipal authority in the city of Port-of-Spain. The evening’s programme, which was free to the public, featured a number of local gospel performers including Kern Tyson, Rev Angela Williams, Sean Daniel, Blessed Messenger, Christianne Elcock, Franz Lamkin (Delamo), Christopher “Tambu” Herbert, Denyse Plummer and the Woodbrook Pentecostal Church Ambassadors for Christ Steel Orchestra.  Among the specially invited guests were Dr Lutz Hermann Gorgens, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, and former government ministers Joan Yuille Williams and Donna Cox.&nbs […]

Music is like water. Let it flow,
Like the rivers that flows to the seas.
Like the sea flow into oceans.
Like the oceans that contact the world.
Let RAS FM connect you.
 
 
Blazing Reggae and Soca everyday. Just press play!

The Movement

Our goal is to reach people across the globe, not only those who are aware of the beauty and sounds of our culture & heritage, but those who can also gain, appreciate and become a part of what we are so very proud of. RAS FM Reggae And Soca Freedom Movement. The Freedom to create, produce and promote without restriction. So that the Movement of Reggae and Soca music will continue to the grow and help unite the world.

News & Entertainment

  • Groovy Sunday afternoon in Queens, New York
    Posted on June 30, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – Last Sunday's Groovin In The Park show in Queens, New York was reportedly the most successful in its six-year history. Christopher Roberts, CEO of Groovin Inc – promoters of the event – said a record crowd turned out at Roy Wilkins Park to see outstanding performances by a diverse cast, led by Beres Hammond. "It proved to be our most successful year yet. We don't have the official police estimates as yet but based on our initial reading, we are confident to say this is our biggest," Roberts told the Jamaica Observer. He said Hammond, a perennial favourite, stole the show. "We had great performances from all the acts but Beres proved once again that he is indeed reggae's reigning monarch. We booked him based on consumer demand and he delivered in superlative style. Enough cannot be said about how great he was." Toots And The Maytals, Tessanne Chin, Duane Stephenson, Peabo Bryson, Brian McKnight, Regina Belle, and guest artistes Tiger and Johnny P also did well, Roberts reported. Toots and Chin were honoured with congressional proclamations for their accomplishment in music. Howard Campb […]

  • Di Dakta gets Sept 5 court date
    Posted on June 30, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Dancehall deejay Devin Di Dakta had his bail extended when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday. He was answering to charges of sexual assault. He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges and is slated to return to court on September 5. Reports are that on January 18, Devin Di Dakta inappropriately touched a dancer at Taboo Nightclub in St Andrew, owned by businessman Corey Todd. The complainant filed a report with the police on January 23. Meanwhile, Todd is set to stand trial on August 22 stemming from a separate incident involving Devin Di Dakta. It is alleged that in January the entertainer was taken to the parking lot of the Taboo Nightclub and beaten by several members of Todd’s security team because of a song done by the artiste which was perceived to be disrespecting the businessman. Todd was reportedly pointed out during an identification parade. He pleaded not guilty to the assault charges when he appeared in court earlier this month. He is facing charges of malicious destruction of property and assault occasioning bodily harm. — Simone Morgan-Lindo […]

  • Luciano gives Sumfest nod
    Posted on June 30, 2016 at 12:00 am

    REGGAE singer Luciano is a giving thumbs up to the revamped Reggae Sumfest, which will, for the first time, feature an all-Jamaican line-up. The event, which is part sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board, is scheduled for Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, St James, from July 17-23. “It’s a great way to attract tourists and nationals alike. It’s like a new light, a vision. Honestly, nuff props to Mr Joe,” said the singer. ‘Mr Joe’ refers to Downsound Records CEO Josef Bogdanovich, who assumed chairman of Summerfest Promotions — producers of the event in March. In addition to an all-Jamaican cast, Bogdanovich also condensed the festival’s live performance segment from three nights to two — discarding International Night. Luciano contends the revamp will allow people to experience not just the music but also Jamaican cuisine and the people of “reggae country”. At the festival’s launch recently, deejay Bounty Killer, who, while praising the festival, called for the resumption of International Night. “This year, they say it is going to be different. They say no International Night. I want to know why, because we have a lot of international artistes in Jamaica. Mi nuh have no problem with the foreign artiste dem, but we have some great international artistes from Jamaica who can make International Night more international. So, I suggest that you get a group of international reggae and dancehall artistes. So mi seh get the international artistes who make it from Jamaica to the international shores. We have OMI, who a go on great; we have Sean Paul; we have Steel Pulse; we have Shaggy; we Have Jimmy Cliff ... we have all these great international, Jamaican reggae and dancehall artistes, so we need an International Reggae/Dancehall Night as well. “This year is a new direction and we have to leave room to ‘teethe’, so mi nuh want everyone gwaan like it nah go work. It started with we Jamaicans, so mi nuh want nuh bad mouth ting. So, jus want the people fi come out and support. We not giving the music the real exposure what it must get in Jamaica,” said Bounty Killer, real name Rodney Price. First held in 1993, Reggae Sumfest has rostered dancehall’s elite including Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Lady Saw and Capleton. High-profile pop acts, including rappers TI, Common, Usher, Chris Brown, Snoop Dogg, R Kelly, Ne-Yo, Mary J Blige, and Alicia Keys have also performed at the festival. […]

  • Ed Robinson returns with The Blame Game
    Posted on June 30, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Singer Ed Robinson returns to the music scene with The Blame Game , which he believes is one of his best songs to date. It was co-produced in 2009 by Steely and Clevie, shortly before Steely’s death that year. Luciana Maneri, Robinson’s manager, is also a co-producer. “I’m not one of those musicians who like to beat my chest and say that every song I make is going to be a hit. I just like to make the music as best as I can for the people. After it’s released, it’s up to them to decide if it’s a hit,” said Robinson. The Blame Game is scheduled to be released on July 8. It will be part of Robinson’s seventh album which is currently in production. “I’ve recorded several tracks already and I still have some more to work on. We’re not rushing the process as I want to maintain a certain standard with my music,” he said. Robinson started his career on the north coast hotel circuit before relocating to New York in the 1980s. His breakthrough came in the early 1990s with a cover of Bob Dylan’s classic Knocking On Heaven’s Door. […]

  • Fans flock Square for Pan Jazz experience
    Posted by alexk on June 30, 2016 at 6:28 am

    As happened last year, Adam Smith Square in Woodbrook was overflowing with people last Saturday night for the second staging of the Mayor’s Pan Jazz Experience. Presented as part of celebrations in observance of the 102nd anniversary of the Port-of-Spain Corporation, the event featured performances by pan players Ray Holman, Ken “Professor” Philmore, and Len “Boogsie” Sharpe; vocalists Mavis John and Vaughnette Bigford; steel orchestras Newtown Playboyz, CAL Invaders, Massy Trinidad All Stars, and Desperadoes; and the Terry Shaw Jazz Ensemble. Admission was free, a bargain price when you considered the combination of worthy cause and exquisite entertainment on show. Interestingly, a number of high profile figures were present, including US Ambassador John Estrada, former prime minister of Antigua/Barbuda Baldwin Spencer, Speaker of the House Bridgid Annisette-George, former Minister of Tobago Development Delmon Baker, and former Minister of Culture Joan Yuille-Williams. Holman opened the playbill at 7 pm, showcasing some of his musically-rich compositions. He was followed by Mavis John, one of the world’s best female singers, whose varied and entertaining repertoire included an inspiring rendition of Lifeline, composed by GB (Gregory Ballantyne) and vocalised by Anne Marie Inniss in the 1980s; and the late Kitchener’s (Aldwyn Roberts) The Carnival is Over, a calypso that only gets more alluring as it progresses, so that when Mavis sang the final chorus, weeping would not have been an unreasonable response from those who take Carnival seriously. Professor’s contribution included a foot-stomping arrangement of the Mighty Sparrow’s (Slinger Francisco) Jane, sung in 1968. This is a musically-constructed song in which intricate section parts are criss-crossing all the time, but in delivering the work Professor and the musicians of Shaw’s Ensemble never got in each other's way. With every appearance, ever-smiling and affable jazz vocalist Bigford delivers effortlessly on some of the most timeless standards and ballads. Standing out from her choices on the occasion were interpretations of Junior Byron’s Crying’s Easy (1985) and Can You Love Me, originally sung by Alsop “Steelo” David with music band Kalyan in 1977. In an interview with writer Nasser Khan in this newspaper in April 2013, Bigford was asked what inspired her to do what she does. Her reply was: “I love being on stage. I think it’s such a gift to be able to move people with your interpretation and expression via song. I tell people that I am always more concerned with whether someone was touched after a performance than how ‘good’ I sounded. I think that’s what makes it special, that people are moved.”  That intention was successfully accomplished on Saturday. New kid on the block, Newtown Playboyz Steel Symphony had folks dancing joyfully to its rhythmic renditions of a slew of old-time calypsoes, opening its set with the late Richard “Nappy” Mayers’ Old Time Days, and including Colin Lucas’ Dollar Wine, Brother Marvin’s Jahaji Bhai, Melody’s Ice Man, and a medley of Baron’s and other calypsonians’ popular selections. Stellar performances by the other steel orchestras on the programme kept the large audience rooted in the Square until after the midnight hour. […]

  • Glow Fest promises wholesome entertainment
    Posted by alexk on June 30, 2016 at 6:25 am

    Two shows, 12 artistes, one fun-packed, spirit-filled event. That’s what patrons can look forward to at this year’s instalment of Glow Fest—the number one gospel affair in T&T. Now in its seventh year, the event which is hosted by Glow Entertainment, will be held at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain, on July 9.  Organiser and founder of Glow Fest, Kern Cowan, says this year’s tagline is Experience the Glow and he wanted to offer something “exceptional” so that patrons can not only enjoy clean fun and wholesome music but leave the venue feeling refreshed, renewed and restored.  “This time around it’s all about the Glow experience. It will be intuitive, exciting and an opportunity for people to praise and worship together and really connect with God. We want it to be more than just a concert. With the current state of our country, there is need to give people encouragement and let them know that despite what’s going on around them, God is still in charge and there’s always a need to give Him thanks and praise,” he says. “We need to give the light more opportunities to shine because when the light shines it eliminates the darkness. We need to bring healing in a major way to the entire nation and that overall is what gives events like these strength. It’s not only about the music but about touching lives and really reaching out to people.” Headlining the concert is industry heavyweight and Grammy Award winner, Deitrick Haddon—an American gospel recording artiste, songwriter, music producer, pastor and actor, who’s best known for his progressive gospel and contemporary styles of music. The Be Like Jesus and Well Done singer is also currently part of the reality television show, Preachers of LA, which chronicles the lives of six preachers. In 2011, Haddon released the much-anticipated Church on the Moon, his fifth album with Verity Records which debuted at number one on the Billboard’s Top Gospel charts and number 65 on the Billboard 200. Also performing at Glow—which stands for God’s Lyrical Offering of His Word—will be T&T’s very own Positive, DJ Nicholas, Curtis Jordan, Nehilet Blackman and Sherwin Gardner—just to name a few.  Positive, real name Joel Murray, who’s now signed to Bricksvale Records, says he’s excited to once again be a part of the Glow Fest cast and notes that fans can look forward to hearing some of the biggest tracks of his career. “I want people to get a taste of the journey of Positive over the last decade. God has been really good to me during my journey and I want to share from the pipelines. It’s always a privilege to be a part of Glow Fest. “This lineup is a group of people that I love and respect and it’s a great feeling to stand in the midst of colleagues in the ministry,” said the Tobagonian singer, who shot into the spotlight with his 2008 hit, Never Let Go. Nehilet Blackman, daughter of late cultural icon, Garfield Blackman, known in the music world as Ras Shorty I, shares similar sentiments.  “This is the first time that I’ll be performing as a solo artiste without my band. I did the band life for over 30 years so singing tracks for me is a new thing and I’m scared but excited at the same time. I’m definitely looking forward to it. Fans can also look out for my performance with another top local gospel artiste who will be joining me on stage.” Cowan adds that a new element to the 2016 event is a 45-minute pre-show showcasing five up-and-coming local gospel artistes who will also perform for the crowd. “So it’s like two shows for one ticket. We really wanted to do something special this year and we feel it’s important to give young talent a chance to shine. We have also introduced a kids zone and an all-inclusive VIP section to make the experience an enjoyable one. “Last year we had a great show with about 6,000 people and we are hoping to surpass that this year and put on a superb production,” he said. […]

  • 2 Guitars to electrify Kaiso Blues Cafe on Sunday
    Posted by jbirch101 on June 24, 2016 at 3:11 am

    One of the country’s most renowned guitarists, Michael Boothman, will combine with the fast rising Dean Williams for a one-night-only performance tomorrow evening, titled 2 Guitars, at Kaiso Blues Café on Woodford Street, Newtown.  Both men are awesome in their skills on the guitar and a superb show is expected as the two guitarists searching for common ground as they explore their respective songbooks, and fuse their individual talents and experience to create the new.  Boothman has a storied career as a musician in Trinidad, the Caribbean and internationally. Beginning as a teenager in the 1960s with his band Rockafellas, then moving onto the Family Band, Boothman was evolving the sound and songs in the local music industry before that was the buzz word of modern political administrations. Pioneering his kysofusion brand of music, and moving Caribbean jazz on to the global stage, Boothman is reconnecting with his fans and new audiences in 2016.  Back in 1977, he released his classic album Heaven on the Tabu label. Since that time, Boothman has been a regular on the Caribbean jazz festival circuit trailblazing and performing at almost every festival from Jamaica to St Lucia, to Anguilla and Barbados and Tobago. At present, he performs weekly at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Port-of-Spain.   Williams, a musician a generation after Boothman, seizes the mantle and continues into the new century as a composer and performer for a variety of artistes in pop, rock, reggae, jazz, soca and calypso. While honing his onstage skill, he started a studio recording career which to date has covered hundreds of tracks with many artistes including those of soca, rapso, world beat, pop and reggae also adding gospel to his bag most recently, together with quite a few television and radio jingles. These experiences with artistes foreign and local alike encouraged Williams to produce songs alongside local producers and in time he went on to record acts on his own. Music has taken him on tour all through most of the Americas, Europe and parts of Asia. Over the years, though performing heavily, he has continuously written his own compositions either on the guitar or keyboard.  Backed by Clint DeCoteau (bass); Simon Mendoza (keyboards); and, Jonathan Hensley (drums), Williams and Boothman will merge jazz, blues, calypso, kysofusion, Caribbean jazz, R&B and soul in 2 Guitars, one night only. […]

  • Rejoicing at Adam Smith
    Posted by jbirch101 on June 24, 2016 at 3:07 am

    Under the theme A City in Adoration, Port-of-Spain Give Praise, the Port-of-Spain City Corporation—in collaboration with Radio Isaac 98.1FM and its parent company, the Family Focus Broadcasting Network—hosted a Gospel Night at Adam Smith Square, Woodbrook on Saturday. The concert was one of the many events planned under the theme A City in Positive Transformation in observance of the 102nd anniversary of the restoration of the Port-of-Spain Corporation as a municipal authority in the city of Port-of-Spain. The evening’s programme, which was free to the public, featured a number of local gospel performers including Kern Tyson, Rev Angela Williams, Sean Daniel, Blessed Messenger, Christianne Elcock, Franz Lamkin (Delamo), Christopher “Tambu” Herbert, Denyse Plummer and the Woodbrook Pentecostal Church Ambassadors for Christ Steel Orchestra.  Among the specially invited guests were Dr Lutz Hermann Gorgens, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, and former government ministers Joan Yuille Williams and Donna Cox.&nbs […]

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