Top 5 Caribbean Music Moments (week ending 01/26/20)
Caribbean Music Moments is a weekly summary of the Top Five ( 5 ) newsworthy events that happened in the Caribbean music world. The list is curated weekly by Jason Walker and 2BKaribbean. Feel free to send us stories for consideration.
Koffee Wins Grammy For Best Reggae Album (Jamaica)
Reggae artiste, Koffee, made history on Sunday night becoming the youngest reggae artiste and first female to win the Best Reggae Album Award at the 62nd Grammy Award Ceremony. The event took place at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Koffee was nominated for her EP entitled ‘Rapture’ which included five powerful songs, the most popular being ‘Toast.’ (More at http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Koffee_takes_Reggae_Grammy?profile=1228 )
Music Mentorship and Artiste Development Programme Kicked Off at UWI (St Kitts and Nevis)
The OECS Competitive Business Unit’s (CBU) Music Mentorship and Artiste Development Programme featured a strong panel of well-known music professionals representing various aspects of the music industry in St. Kitts and Nevis, along with a guest presenter from Martinique. The OECS Music Talk is a programme conceptualised by the OECS CBU that targets emerging musical talent in the OECS and connects musicians 30 years and under with well-established and experienced music professionals in a series of discussions across Member States
Digicel Names 2020 Brand Ambassadors including Nadia Batson, Nailah Blackman And Voice The Artiste (Trinidad)
The new brand ambassadors are popular host Rome and soca artistes Aaron ‘Voice’ St Louis, Patrice Roberts, Sekon Sta, Preedy, Nailah Blackman, Swappi, Nessa Preppy and Nadia Batson. The company has bet on a bigger spread of up-and-coming talent for the 2020 Carnival season. This is a different strategy from previous years which focused on a select few artistes. (More at: https://technewstt.com/digicel-carnival-2020/ )
Wyclef Jean Raises $25M To Finance Music Publishing Services In Africa And Developing Countries (Haiti)
The generous charitable initiatives established by three-time Grammy Award winner Wyclef Jean, in his native Haiti and other developing countries in Africa, are a significant part of his legacy. Jean hopes to see these regions continue to thrive and, more recently, has turned his attention to the fast-growing music genre of Afrobeats, which has had a burst of commercial success globally, in 2018 and 2019.
One Love 2020: Sean Paul, Shaggy, Etana, Third World and Toots & The Maytals help pump millions into Tauranga economy (Jamaica)
Headlined by Jamaican dancehall legend Sean Paul and Mr. Boombastic himself, Shaggy, the iconic reggae and dancehall festival brought together OGs of reggae Toots and the Maytals, Polynesian legends FIJI and New Zealand headliners Sons of Zion for the first time for Australian audiences.
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Bonus: Junior Panorama Results in Trinidad and Tobago (Source: https://www.panonthenet.com/tnt/2020/results/2020-junior-panorama-results.htm )
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|Bishop Anstey & Trinity College East (B.A.T.C.E.) Steel Orchestra||This Is De Place|
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|St. Francois Girls’ College Steel Orchestra||Soca Global|
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