RDX SHELLS Europe….again!!!
Dynamic Due RDX is pleased with the success so far of their first of two European Tours that they will be embarking on this year. So far, for the France based ‘Ride It’ tour, they have performed at the “Jump Party” at Mango Club in Renne and “Turn Your Swag Up” at Next Club in Forges les Eaux. They will be ending the tour with stints at Redlight in Paris and 3D Club in Tours.
Performing for a diverse audience of French Caraibe and African fans, RDX gave rowdy performances to packed clubs at both locations. With especially the female fans exploring their wild sides to the fast paced high energy tracks of the Reggae Dancehall Duo.
“Performing may be the best part of our job as Artistes. The impact our music has on people is always an amazing sight. It’s not just a “buss blank” for the first few lines, it’s an ongoing plethora of excitement. And just the happiness we bring to people makes our job that much more satisfying.” Renigade explained
One thing the duo considers ‘uncool’ though is when men get jealous of how their women react to RDX and get disrespectful when the females join the duo on stage.
“We say all the time “there’s no party like a RDX party” and it’s not arrogance, but people come to a RDX concert with the mindset to have a good time. So with the RDX experience, there is never a dull moment, especially for the ladies” Delomar added
Both Renigade and Delomar enjoy performing for the French audience and have been to France every year since 2009. They return to Europe in August for the ‘Bum’ Tour before returning to Jamaica to prepare for the release of their Reggae Album ‘Soul Poetry’ this Fall.
Currently they are putting some energy behind their ‘Summer Time’ Refix Single and accompanying video while putting the finishing touches on their video for the ‘Hold Yuh Lane’ Dancehall project. They will also be performing in Turks and Caicos on June 6.
International Reggae Singer Sanchez Honored at Unifest May 17th Officially Sanchez Day in Miramar, Florida
As 2014 continues to be an exciting and prosperous year for the international reggae singer Sanchez, the promoters of Unifest took the time out to honor him and recognize him for his contribution to reggae music and his career accomplishments. On Saturday May 17th, commissioner Alexandra Davis on behalf of Mayor Lori Mosley and fellow commissioners of the city of Miramar, presented Kevin Jackson aka Sanchez with a proclamation; stating that May 17th, 2014 will be officially known as Sanchez Day in the City of Miramar.
Unifest, which is promoted by the GCACC (Greater American Cultural Coalition) focuses on bringing various Caribbean countries and islands together to highlight their rich cultural heritage. Unifest is a multicultural festival celebrating 20 years of bringing cultures together. Honoring Sanchez this year was so fitting with their mission statement because of what Sanchez stands for. With his contribution to music and the reggae industry for the past two decades, Sanchez has been embraced by a wide array of cultures and placed the Caribbean culture to the forefront in so many ways. With a fan base expanding from Europe, to Africa, North America, Asia and the Caribbean, it is evident why Sanchez was honored.
Moved beyond words to tears, Sanchez was honored to receive this proclamation in front of thousands of his screaming fans.
“As an artist, I perform and sing because I love it. I don’t sing with the expectation that I must get an award for this, I do it for the love of my fans, music and the mercy of the Almighty. But! I must say to receive such a high recognition from a city I love and embrace as another home, I say thank you. To the Commissioner and Mayor Daisley, Unifest members I thank you again from the bottom of my heart and to God be the glory” says Sanchez.
To top of the weekend Sanchez gave his fans a remarkable performance. Starting his set with a crowd favorite ‘Here I Am’ you heard the screams and roar from the men and women in the crowd of several thousands. As the rhythm dropped, they began to sing in unison and Sanchez embraced every moment of it. He continued to sing his hits like ‘Praise Him’, ‘Chronic’, ‘Loneliness’, ‘One in a Million’ and ‘Frenzy’ and each song the crowd wanted an encore. But it was ‘Amazing Grace’, that rought the crowd to a tumultuous round of applause, leaving Sanchez so grateful and humbled.
With a jam pack summer schedule Sanchez gets ready for the Redemption Concert, which will be held on Saturday May 31st at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Trinidad. Sanchez will headline the event along with Beres Hammond, Gyptian and Duane Stephenson. The anticipation in Trinidad for Sanchez performance is tremendous, as his fans have not seen him in several years.
“We know Sanchez always brings his A+ performance any time he touches the stage, but we also know that his recent performance at the Barbados Reggae Festival last month was exceptional and we cannot wait to see him” says Joycelyn McIntosh of Trinidad
Upon his return Sanchez will head to the studio, where he will continue to do what he loves the most next to his family and that is pleasing his fans. Sanchez will head in the studio with some of the industries top producers like Shane Brown of Jukeboxx, Don Corleon and Bobby Digital.
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The concert which seeks to promote Hope, Peace and Unity will be Stephenson’s first appearance in the twin island republic since the start of the year.
Currently promoting his latest singles “African Queen” and “Rastafari Way” alongside singer Mackeehan, Duane Stephenson is advising his fans of the new release date for his 3rd official studio album “Dangerously Roots”.
“Well right now we have a new release date for the album and it is late September. We had to push the album back to support the proper legal process before the release but this just means more time to promote. I will be release 2 new videos in August and of course we have a few shows coming up with one of the bigger being Monty Alexanders Birthday Showcase at BB Kings in New York next month”.
Dominica’s Michele Henderson wins CARICOM song competition
“Celebrating CARICOM” is regional body’s official anthem
AGSelectPR, Roseau, Thursday, May 29, 2014: Dominican, jazz, fusion singer Michele Henderson is the winner of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) song competition, and her winning entry “Celebrating CARICOM” is now the regional body’s official anthem. Henderson beat out 57 semi-finalists and ten finalists to emerge winner in the competition which was announced last year.
She says she screamed in disbelief when she first heard the news, and she is “happy and proud” for the accomplishment.
“I want to thank CARICOM for the honour. I want to thank my husband (Roland Delsol Jr.) from the bottom of my heart for believing I could do it and for producing the song; Earlson Mathew for his arrangement; Michael Ferrol for his drumming skills and the St. Alphonsus Choir for their choral input.”
According to the competition rules, the song should reflect a strong Caribbean cultural identity, have versatility and lend itself to be played by various instruments, have a strong Caribbean cultural flavour and rhythm and inspire a sense of regional pride and unity.
Irwin Laroque, General Secretary of CARICOM (a Dominican himself) shares that the regional panel of judges considered her composition “an excellent reflection of the culture, identity and aspiration of the Caribbean Community engendering regional unity and pride and a fitting tribute to the 40th anniversary of CARICOM.”
The win is rather timely as next year will mark 20 years since Henderson burst on the music scene with her winning composition “My Pride”- a song she penned for the 1995 DOMFESTA (Dominica Festival of Arts) song competition. Much like that song, “Celebrating CARICOM” is a rallying cry for unity.
Henderson states that while keeping the rules of the competition in mind, her main goal was to create a song that would cause a groundswell and impact Caribbean people in a genuine way.
“In addition to its use at official functions, it’s my hope that “Celebrating CARICOM” will cause people from member islands to come together and build on our strengths. Regular rotation on local radio and a corresponding video on TV would go even further to encourage persons from all over the region to see that we really are more similar than we are different,” she says.
Henderson hails from Grand Bay, a community often times referred to as the cultural capital of Dominica and sings in English, French and French Creole. No stranger to the Regional stage, she has performed at the CBU Song competition in Barbados, Trinidad’s Jazz Artists on the Green, St. Lucia Jazz Festival, Carifesta in St. Kitts and Trinidad, St. Bart’s Music Festival, Spice Jazz in Grenada, the World Creole Music Festival in Dominica and numerous concert events in the French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe. The seasoned flutist has six albums to her credit including her most recent Home (Chez Moi). She also successfully writes for competitors across a range of genres from pop to cadencelypso to calypso.
The powerful vocalist has been honoured by the government of Dominica for her contribution to culture and the development of the French Language; and as of 2004 appointed Goodwill ambassador to the Eastern Caribbean island.
Dominica’s Minister of Culture Hon. Justina Charles and parliamentary representative for the Grand Bay community shared the government’s pride at her most recent achievement.
“I want to as Minister of Culture extend congratulations to Michele for emerging winner of the CARICOM song competition and as parliamentary representative of her community I must say that I am extremely elated about her win. Michele has been doing wonderfully well nationally, regionally, internationally. I think that her mother, her sisters and her family must be very proud of her and we in the Grand Bay constituency and Dominica by extension are very proud that such a prestigious honour has been earned by one of our own. Her example confirms to us her potential. We wish her all the best in her future creative pursuits.”
The results were first announced to CARICOM Heads of Government at the twenty-fifth Inter-Session Meeting held in March 2014 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Henderson’s first official performance of “Celebrating CARICOM, the official CARICOM song will be at the opening ceremony for the thirty-fifth Regional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government to be held Tuesday 1st July, 2014. There she will also be presented with her winning cheque of US$10,000.00.
CARICOM was established on 4 July 1973 by the Treaty of Chaguaramas on the principle of regional integration for national and regional development. The grouping comprises 15 full member states (Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago) and 5 associates (Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands). The Secretariat is headquartered in Georgetown Guyana