Author Archives : Natasha Von Castle

Protoje, Lila Iké, Romain Virgo &Christopher Martin and More at Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival New York

  An entrée of seasoned performers and hot new sensations are on the menu for the 10th anniversary celebration of the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival New York. This year’s amazing lineup will satisfy Reggae lover’s pallets which will feature Protoje, Lila Ike, Romain Virgo, Christopher Martin, Laa Lee (in his first New York performance) amongst other entertainers. On Sunday July 31st, fans will gather at Roy Wilkins Park (Merrick Blvd…

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Peer to Peer with KerryAnn Brown

  Promotions is a role that all artists need, yet it cannot be filled by just anyone.  KerryAnn Brown has made a name for herself in promotions.  Connecting the right people to the right platforms is just a part of the reason why she is so effective. VP:  How did you get your start in the business? KAB:  I got started in the music entertainment industry in 2010 by promoting…

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Peer to Peer with Ben Bell of Lion Vibes Record Shop

  In music, we spotlight musicians, singers and producers; today we spotlight a stalwart in the record store field, and that is Ben Bell of Lion Vibes Records. VP:  How did you get your start in the business? BB:  Buying records initially, then selling a few to buy other records! Also starting my own label Horus Records in 2013. My first job in a record shop was with Simon at…

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Peer to Peer with David Muir

  One of the most requested photographers covering Reggae, Culture and the Caribbean is David I Muir. His breathtaking photos have been featured by The Jamaica Tourist Board and The Ft. Lauderdale Tourist Board; and his photos of performing artists while on stage have been shared by fans who cannot get enough of his view of music in action. His coffee table book Pieces of Jamaica (co-authored with Sean Henry…

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July 1st is International Reggae Day

International Reggae Day is celebrated each year on July 1, 2021. The music genre finds its roots etched in Jamaica and is an integral part of the country’s culture. Reggae is a mix of rhythm and blues, calypso, African, and Latin American music. The music is characterized by a heavy four-beat rhythm, which is carried out by drums, congas, bass guitars, and electric guitars. Reggae music also uses a scraper,…

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