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Peer to Peer with Raul Dunkley

  VP:  How did you get your start in the business? RD:  I initially started doing illustrations/screen printing for various clients at age eight (8) and those skills quickly upgraded/matured to designs and multimedia projects incessantly over the years. I eventually went on to produce art as a business while juggling/doing my secondary level education of which I had a successful pass (Grade 1) in the ordinary level CXC examinations…

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Congratulations to Shaggy on His Honorary Doctorate

  Congratulations are in order for music star Shaggy who will be conferred with one of nine honorary doctorates, by one of the United States’ leading Ivy League research universities – Brown University. On Saturday, May 28th, Shaggy, whose real name is Orville Burrell, will receive a Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the prestigious institution during the Undergraduate Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony, which is being staged for students…

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Generation Z Dancehall – Unapologetically Authentic

  There is a common thread that weaves through the pulse of the music being made by ‘Gen Z’ Dancehall artists; they are unapologetic and authentic.  Picking up some of the cries of their Reggae forefathers, these artists are performing lyrics detailing their resistance to poverty.  Adding to their warrior chant, they are embracing a greater life filled with riches, women and unlimited travel. Gone are the days of hearing…

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The Return of Best of the Best

Best of the Best returns to Bayfront Park on May 29th after a 2-year absence due to the pandemic.  The 2022 edition of the show features Beres Hammond, Christopher Martin, Cham, Mr. Vegas, Yaksta, 10Tik, Laa Lee, Patrice Roberts, Majah Hype and more. Beres Hammond, whose career spans four decades, will thrill the BOTB audience with classics such as “Rock Away,” “I Feel Good” and “One Dance.”  The crooner recently…

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Jamaicans.com – Premiere Destination for Music and Culture

  From its inception in 1995, Jamaica’s music has been an important part of Jamaicans.com, the premier online community for those interested in all things Jamaica. In 2021, reflecting its importance, Jamaicans.com was recognized for preserving and promoting Jamaica’s music with an award from the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA}. Founder Xavier Murphy was also honored by the City of Miami Gardens in Florida in 2021 at the city’s Reggae…

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Peer to Peer with Emma Mathurine

You can’t think Mas in the UK and not think about Emma Mathurine! One of the prominent makers of costumes and Ambassadors for Dominican and Caribbean culture in the UK, Emma has made it a mission to educate fans on the importance of costumes, their significance in the UK and the connection it maintains with our heritage. VP:  How did you get your start in the business? EM:  My Caribbean…

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