Archive | November, 2014

Lady Saw hits Billboard

28 Nov

LADY Saw’s latest album Alter Ego debuts at number six on Billboard’s Reggae Album chart with first-week sales of 110 copies.

This is Saw’s fifth entry on the chart. Her last album, 2010’s My Way failed to enter, while 2007’s Walk Out peaked at number eight.

Alter Ego features collaborations with American rapper Flo Rida, Beres Hammond and UB40 singer Ali Campbell.

Elsewhere on the Billboard Reggae Album chart, I Rise by Etana is at number three for the third consecutive week. The album was number one for one week and has sold 1,100 copies to date.

American reggae band SOJA has the number one album with Amid the Noise and Haste. Released in August, it has sold over 22,347 copies.

Canadian reggae band Magic! continues to hold the number one spot on Billboard’s Digital Reggae Singles chart with Rude. The single sold over 19,000 copies last week to bring its haul to just over 2.8 million.

Source: Jamaica Observer

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St Lucia, Argentina Talk Tourism

28 Nov


A delegation from Argentina’s Ministry of Tourism is visiting St Lucia this week.

The delegation, which is visiting for the second straight year, Continue reading

Trinidad Launches Tilapia Project

28 Nov


Trinidad’s Ministry of Food Production has launched a new tilapia project.

The Tilapia Floating Raft Cage Culture Project in Ste Madeline, South Trinidad at a cost of around $34,910 USD.

According to Minister Devant Maharaj, Continue reading

Capleton fires up Sting launch

28 Nov

BASED on his fiery performance at Wednesday’s launch of Magnum Sting at Triple Century Sports Bar in New Kingston, Capleton expects to be a hit at the Boxing Day event.

“A long time mi nuh represent fi Sting yuh nuh. Da part a di show ya name Continue reading

Travel like an A-lister! The converted Caribbean sugar mill where Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, the Beckhams and Kate Moss holiday

28 Nov

Cotton House’s main buildings were originally a warehouse and sugar mill before being transformed by theatre designer Oliver Messel. Of the hotel’s 17 rooms and suites, the garden cottages are the cheapest (although this is a relative term), while the sea-view rooms, with plunge pools, are the most popular.

The two-bedroom residence is the most private – with its own butler and a large private swimming pool.

The Veranda restaurant cements its seriousness with sashimi alongside a world-class wine list; Prince William and Kate regularly eat here on their stays.

The beach cafe is more family-friendly and Basil’s Bar – the least manicured part of Mustique – is where everyone ends up for rum punches and beer.

Kate Moss limbered up for her 40th birthday celebrations here.

LOCATION REPORT: A short hop from Barbados, on an island that mixes classic Caribbean charm (white-sand beaches, palm trees) with about 100 souped-up villas belonging to celebrities, hedge-fund managers and fashion magnates.

Surrounded by perfect grass lawns, the hotel also houses tennis courts, riding school and a dive centre. A fleet of golf carts get guests around the island.

KEY ATTRACTION This is entry level for Mustique – staying here is a taster before plunging into renting a villa (or, like Mick Jagger and Bryan Adams, buying one).

Kate’s family, the Middletons, stayed here before upgrading to the Aurora villa.

Recently given a face lift by hotelier Grace Leo, the Cotton House has stayed true to its Caribbean roots with white furniture, overhead fans and a studied informality.

Homeowners and guests turn up for the weekly drinks parties in the barn-like Great Room, with its squashy sofas and a bar with every spirit known to mankind.

IN THE NEWS X Factor judge Cheryl Cole took on the slightly more unwieldy moniker of Fernandez-Versini when she married on Macaroni Beach in July.

The spa has recently been given a makeover by cult British brand ila, and its founder Denise Leicester held a retreat here earlier this month.

GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE REST OF US? It’s never going to be cheap; a pizza at the Beach Cafe is £17 and the food prices rise like a pop star’s ego after that.

Day-trippers are discouraged unless they are set to inherit a nation or two, or frequently grace the covers of the world’s glossiest magazines.

GETTING THERE A seven-night break with Virgin Holidays and Hip Hotels starts at £2,999 per person, including flights and B&B accommodation based on travel in May 2015.

Source: Daily Mail

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Top 10 Carnival 2015 Singles You Gotta Know

27 Nov

Top 20 Carnival 2015 Singles You Gotta Know – Editor’s Picks - Part 1

Carnivalians! The time has finally come to begin the process of relieving your Carnival tabanca. If you are anything like me and live in a cooler climate city, these fall months are the hardest to get through when all you find yourself thinking about is the heat and warmth that Carnival boasts.

Not to worry! We have created this list of the top soca singles you should know before Carnival in Trinidad. While we cannot do anything about the cool air, we can give you the sounds to get your mind off the cold and focused on the festivities to come.

(1) “Just Wanna Jam” by Kes the Band

(2) “Burning Up” by Lil Bitts

(3) “Loosen De Chain” by Farmer Nappy

(4) “Motivation” by Shal Marshall

(5) “Blame It” by Preedy

(6) “Dance Like My Daddy” by Nathanael

(7) “Untamed” by 5Star Akil ft. Lyrikal

(8) “Born to Win “ by Problem Child ft. Patrice Roberts

(9) “Pandemonium “ by Sedale ft. Wildfire

(10) “We Pumpin’” by Shurwayne Winchester


Source: CoCo Magazine

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Gospel legend feels ‘honoured’ by invitation

27 Nov

Excited: Dottie Peoples is to perform in the play Joy in the Morning at the Ruth Seaton James Centre of the Performing Arts next Friday

Dottie Peoples is considered a legend in the gospel music scene.

The Atlanta-based singer has done and seen it all throughout the past 30 years — including people brought to tears through her music and hearts turned towards God.

But she will experience a brand new Continue reading