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“Mighty Crown Meets Suns of Dub”

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As the dancehall and reggae scene is constantly changing in jamaica and all over the world , we have been hearing great dub mix tapes from sound systems such as yaadcore , major lazer and walshy fire and now  mighty crown brings one of the most anticipated mixtapes for this year . The collaboration between the far east rulaz and suns of dub boasts pre-released songs from suns of dub,mighty crown dub plates and remixs. This mix tape features artists such as chronixx , jesse royal , midnight ,prince ala and much much more. Mighty Crown co-founders Masta Simon and Sami couldn’t have been happier when Suns of Dub head honchos Addis Pablo and Ras Jammy approached them about doing a mix. “I couldn’t have thought of a more innovative group of people to create this mixtape with…there was a natural flow,” says Masta Simon, who describes the effort as “all about dubs, roots and reggae.” Mighty Crown’s management team Irish and Chin adds, “This is a really good look for Mighty Crown. This project inevitably allows Mighty Crown to further exhibit their passion for Reggae music and culture, while aligning their brand with a dynamic music industry collaborator, Suns of Dub.”

I’M TOO HOT! CHAM

From “WOW  the story” till now , this guy has been in the forefront of dance hall music , Born and raised in Kingston Jamaica, young Damian Beckett survived his share of rough times along the way from Sherlock Crescent to Waterhouse. His love of music outweighed his talent for football and from his teenage years he devoted himself to developing his microphone skills. Working closely with the Mad People Gang, a.k.a. Madhouse Productions, Cham blazed a trail of hardcore classics like Many Many, Boom Tune, and Man & Man, which were collected on his impeccable 2000 debut album Wow: The Story. “That album opened a whole heap of doors”, Cham reflects. “But at the same time a lot of doors were closed on me”. “We had the biggest song in dancehall but at the time some industry heads were claiming that dancehall cant do this and dancehall cant do that.” Any such doubts were laid to rest in 2003 by Cham’s crossover hit Vitamin S, a boisterous bedroom boast bouncing to the beat of Madhouses irresistible Fiesta riddim. The tune jumped from Jamaican sound systems to worldwide radio and club play, mesmerizing the hip-hop massive and proving beyond question that the raw uncut sounds of Kingstons dancehalls could rock the world. Cham soon signed a deal with Atlantic Records, home to Jamaican hitmaker Sean Paul and Yankee rap stars like Lil Kim and Fat Joe. But his story was just beginning. Six years after “Wow The Story ” the world’s musical landscape had changed. Drawing inspiration from daily life in their troubled homeland, Cham and The Stranger created a dancehall masterpiece called Ghetto Story which hit the streets like a bomb at the end of 2005, Jamaicas bloodiest year on record with over 1,600 slain. Blending the vivid street narrative with trenchant political analysis and Chams emotional delivery, Ghetto Story became an instant classic, summing up all the pain and loss. “You cant say we were inciting violence”, says Cham. “Its just a memory. If I grew up any different I would have a nicer memory.” Every street dance, country bus, and radio seemed to be blasting Madhouse’s nasty new digital throwback riddim, the 85, and the number-one tune for that year and the next was Cham’s survival story. Now 2015 cham is dropping his long anticipated 3rd album. The first single “i’m too hot” has one of the sickest bass line flowing neatly in sinc with cham’s unique stlye of melodies enticing both male and female listeners at the same time. The track blazes that battle cry “wow wow” at the start that takes the day one listeners automatically back to previous hits and this is surely one to be on that hit list. A juggernaut in the dancehall arena Mr.WOW or WOW is back with I’m Too Hot.  

Tanya Carter

From 2005 as Best Female Vocalist at Belize’s Entertainment Awards hosted by Global Promotions to now having songs produced in Jamaica ,Tanya Carter has certainly paid her dues. We have have seen Tanya blossom and grow through the stages of her career just as a butterfly from egg to adult . She has arrived ; and with a series of hits under her belt combining hard core lyrics laced with a nonchalant demeanor , she definately is here to stay. As years ago she mentioned “My eyes are on the throne” ; she is definately headed for it with her pretty lil shottas to back her up. In her most recent performance at the Damian Marley concert  , she proved to the masses that she’s much more than just a pretty face with a well scripted performance featuring her DJ Mistah Gee the Mad Arab and her back up dancers . It was short and sweet and got rave reviews from the audience. Belize has so much talent and Tanya Carter is definately one in the forefront pushing up her Belizean Flag for the world to see. For more on this artist log on to www.iamtanyacarter.com . For Bookings : Carlo Habet
Management
Tanya Carter Music

“Women in Art Exhibit”

The National Institute of Culture and History through its Institute of Creative Arts (ICA) announces the launch of its annual “Women in Art Exhibit”.

Each year in March in accordance with the celebration of a month long activity to celebrate the women of Belize, the Institute of Creative Arts puts together a one of a kind showcase. This year the exhibit will celebrate the work of twenty (20) women.

It features art pieces, mostly paintings ranging from abstract to realism and includes a few surprises, all being creatively displayed by curator Rachael Heusner.

The exhibit opens on Wednesday March 12th and will be open to the public until the end of March, 2015. A special feature of the opening will be a performance showcase starting at 6:00 p.m.

The exhibit will be housed at the Belisle Art Gallery inside the Bliss Centre on Southern Foreshore.

All are invited to drop in at the Bliss during normal working hours to view the works of our ‘Women in Art’

For further information please contact 227-2110 or ica@nichbelize.org.

Shari Williams

Communications Officer

National Institute of Culture and History

Belize City

tel: 227-2110

cell: 605-7572

email: shari.williams@nichbelize.org

web: www.nichbelize.org

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Bryan Art

The name Bryan Art describes a witty songwriter, meticulous producer, renowned guitarist and multifaceted artist specializing in music with a positive message. A graduate of  the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts where he majored in guitar (Caribbean Latin American & Jazz Studies),  Bryan first came to prominence as a guitarist and  touring  member of the Legendary Fire House Band. With Firehouse, Bryan gained immeasurable experience, supporting top flight Artistes including  Luciano, Mikey General and Sizzla for  several years and later with Bushman as band leader and guitarist of his Grass Roots Band.   The multi-dimensional Bryan Art who in his college years, balanced guitar duties with photography and graphic art, also spent invaluable time teaching music in Jamaican Schools. He took the bold decision to add a further dimension as recording Artiste and in 2001,  released his first single titled Soon Come Back, produced by himself and Courtney Morrison for FIWI Music Label. He would later go on to record and release several hits including Rock and Come In in 2004 and Get Itin 2005 that would go a far way in making Bryan Art a household name.   Since becoming more devoted to a career as a recording artiste, he has been named Best New Artiste for the year 2002 by ER (Entertainment Report) on TVJ and has given outstanding performances on several local and international shows including Jamaica. Jazz and Blues, Rebel Salute, ATI, Fully Loaded, St. Mary Mi Come From ,Unity Splash, and several  Reggae Month events, among others. His international appearances include extensive tours of the Caribbean, the  United States, Canada and Europe. As a prolific and witty songwriter he has penned songs for Artistes such as Etana, George Nooks, Singing Melody, Bushman, and  Luciano, and has also been the creator of numerous instrumental tracks receiving local and international penetration.   In 2012, Bryan Art registered his record label, Junction Files Muzik his first major step to creating an independent organizational structure.  Later in 2013 he decided to seek a new management team in order to execute his re energized vision . He has assembled  a  group of  young , skilled and talented local musicians who are now known as the File 13 Band which ,  as a unit  has  been supporting Bryan Art  live performances and  winning over the hearts of local and international music lovers.  He also released his self-titled album in April 2013, making it an overall productive year.   Born in St. Ann, Jamaica, Bryan Grant, recalls playing the guitar before the tender age of eight. His keen interest in music was ignited by his eldest brother, but it was his mother who taught him his first three primary chords on which he learned to  improvise and build for years to come. His major sources of inspiration continue to be, Dennis Brown, Beres Hammond, Toots Hibbert as well as Stevie Wonder and Al Green.Today Bryan Art continues to bring a fresh voice, image and attitude to the industry gaining him thousands of fans as well as the respect of the music fraternity.