By The NAN Editorial Team
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Friday, May 17, 2019: Here are the top headlines making news on the Caribbean entertainment scene for this week:
Billboard Reggae Chart
Jamaican-born artist, Christopher Martin, has taken the number one spot this week on The Billboard Reggae Chart with his album ‘And Then.’ The album was released May 3rd and has debuted at Number One on The Chart. And Then is the follow up to Martin’s debut full length-album, “Big Deal,” which reached the top 5 on the Reggae Billboard Charts in 2017.
Shaggy, UB40To Play North Carolina
Grammy-winning star, Shaggy, will join UB40, featuring Ali Campbell and Astro, in Greenboro North Carolina this September. Shaggy will be a special guest on the “40th Anniversary Tour: A Real Labour of Love” concert, set for the White Oak Amphitheatre of the Greensboro Coliseum on Sept. 13.
Tickets are $59.50, $79.50, $99.50. Call 800-745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com
South Africa’s Hyenah For USVI Performance
World renowned South African electronic music maestro, Hyenah, who is known for his elusive identity, top charting tracks on ‘Resident Advisor,’ and his performances at top clubs across the globe, is set for make his debut performance in the USVI tomorrow, Saturday, May 18th, 2019.
The event is part of a benefit for music students at the University of The Virgin Islands who were directly impacted by the disaster that is being presented by Intellectual Global Concepts, (IGC), in collaboration with Title Sponsor Vaya, along with The Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis, The RTPark, The University of The Virgin Islands, (UVI); the US Virgin Islands Department of Tourism and Grammy-Award winning Jazz Drummer, Dion.
Additionally, the event will showcase USVI’s own Cool Session Brass Band and the SHUT Down Band along with DJ Mike Swells of NYC and local fire dancers and a drum circle.
The free event is set to get underway at 5 p.m. on May 18th and run through 12:30 a.m. on May 19th at the St. John Bayfront at The Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis, 10-41 Estate Carolina in Coral Bay, St. John. Three free after-hour ferries will be available as well as over 10 food and drink vendors. For more information see Facebook at facebook.com/musicislifeusvi/ and Eventbrite at usvimusicislife.eventbrite.com
This Reggae Star Releases A New Video
The new video for “Lights Out” by Grammy Award-winning entertainer Estelle is out. The sultry reggae track is off of her 2018 album Lovers Rock.
Directed by Estelle and Denzel Williams, the video was filmed in Australia and showcases Estelle in an intimate hotel room as she sings the song’s flirty lyrics. Filmed with sensual lighting and a decadent aesthetic, the visual perfectly matches the songs smooth and erotic vibe.
Prior to the release of “Lights Out”, Estelle recently completed the West Coast leg of her ‘Estelle Experience’ tour with dates in Las Vegas, Sacramento and Oakland following her East Coast run back in February where she hit New York, Philadelphia, DC, Atlanta and Nashville.
Check it out here.
Soca Star Patrice Roberts For NYC
Soca superstar Patrice Roberts will headline this year’s New York celebration of Guyana’s 53rd Anniversary of Independence from June 2-3, 2019 in Brooklyn.
Other performers will include celebrated Guyanese artiste Onyolla Phillips, aka “Stitchie The One Man Band,” Guyana’s Chutney monarch Steven Ramphall, Guyana’s Calypso Monarch Kenroy Fraser – the Mighty Believer, Carib Soca Monarch Brandon Harding, Soca Artistes Nessa Preppy and Freezy; Guyanese-American Hip Hop artiste Lia Givenchy; Guyana’s soca monarch runner-up Vintage, Trevon Vibez, Adrian Dutchin, chutney legend Terry Gadraj, former calypso monarch Diana Chapman, rapper Kelsy More, gospel artistes Saiku, dancer Jonnel Shury, reggae artiste Omaje, Mahindra Ramkellawan, dancehall artiste Jory and Blaze Anthonio. The artistes will be accompanied by the Angel Caribbean Band and DJ Mix Master Tony. For more log on to www.celebrateguyanainnyc.com.
Las Vegas Taste of the Caribbean
The annual cultural and Southern Nevada’s celebration of exquisite Latin, Caribbean, West Indian, diaspora cuisine, food and music known as Las Vegas Taste of the Caribbean, is tomorrow Saturday May 18 in Las Vegas Arts District. The event features music and food from countries including Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Barbados, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Panama, Venezuela, Guyana, Grenada, Dominica and the United States including the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Celebrating its 4th year, the Taste of the Caribbean is one local event that brings Latino, West Indians and Nevada’s diaspora residents to celebrate the community’s presence, rich heritage and identity.
Celebrating Haiti and Guyana
A celebration of Haiti and Guyana is being planned for Saturday May 25, 2019 at the L. Charles Gray Theatre at 190-04 119th Avenue in Saint Albans, Queens from 3 p.m.
Artists such as Shanto Rhythms featuring master drummer Baba Mpho, aka Menes de Griot; Rick Dalgetty & Tropical Rhythms; actor/writer Rudolph Shaw andfolklorists Marlon Jardine, Florence Jean, Alla Lisa, Lisa Dole, Bo Manbo with Imamou Lele Dancers and Courtney Noel, will perform.
Admission is free.