Things to do in New York – Jamaica Award-winning Jazz Great Monty Alexander & the Harlem Kingston Express for Jazz Standard, New York

Fresh from a stellar appearance in Munich, Germany, Jamaican-born jazz maestro and Commander in the Order of Distinction, Monty Alexander, along with his Grammy-nominated Harlem Kingston Express band, will play New York City’s prestigious Jazz Standard later this month.

Alexander and his world class band will play the world class venue, which showcases only the best artists of today and the brightest of tomorrow, from March 26-29 at 7:30 and 10 p.m. nightly.
“I’m urging all my fans, especially those from the West Indies, to come on down to The Jazz Standard and experience this unique marriage of Caribbean music served with a jazz twist,” said Alexander. “It will be a jazz party in the Big Apple as we explore both standard and contemporary jazz.”

The full show schedule and ticket prices per show at the Club at 116 E 27th St, New York, NY are as follows:
THU, MAR 26 – 7:30 PM  – $35.00
THU, MAR 26 – 10:00 PM  – $35.00
FRI, MAR 27 – 7:30 PM  – $40.00
FRI, MAR 27 – 10:00 PM  – $40.00
SAT, MAR 28 – 7:30 PM  – $40.00
SAT, MAR 28 – 10:00 PM  – $40.00
SUN, MAR 29 – 7:30 PM  – $35.00
SUN, MAR 29 – 10:00 PM  – $35.00


Jamaican Movie Destiny to Make U.S. Premiere

The award winning Grasshopper Productions produced film “Destiny” will have it’s U.S premiere on Monday March 30 2015, in Miramar Florida. The U.S premiere will be hosted by Vice Mayor Yvette Colbourne, at the Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Miramar at 8pm, with a VIP reception at 6:30pm.

Following the film’s record breaking run in Jamaica, the Tuff Gong Pictures co-produced film, will have releases in New York, South Florida, Chicago, Atlanta, DC and Hartford, before heading into other territories for 2015.

Destiny chronicles the story of Lisa Pullen, played by lead actress Karian Sang, as she journeys to find herself following the death of her parents and a tumultuous break-up with her boyfriend. A trip to Jamaica to sell land acquired through inheritance leads to much more, as Lisa not only uncovers truths about her family’s past, but also finds herself while falling in love.

The film features a host of popular Jamaican personalities including; recording artistes Christopher Martin, Spice, Tifa, Karian Sang, media personalities Miss Kitty, Debbie Bissoon, Scott Wilson, and actors Muniar Zacca, Kadeem Wilson, Kevoy Burton and others.

In addition to Destiny’s captivating storyline the film also boasts a dynamic soundtrack produced by Clive Hunt and features music from platinum selling artiste Busy Signal, Reggae artiste Chronixx, Paris based artiste Bazil, the dynamic duo Sly and Robbie, Christopher Martin, TIFA, Karian Sang and number of other top acts and is being distributed through Tuff Gong Internationals.

A limited number of tickets for the U.S. Premiere are available for purchase online at or at the Cultural Center Box office.


Jamaican Motion Picture “Destiny” Comes to the USA, Starring Christopher Martin, Spice, and More

A breath of fresh air! That’s the phrase that best describes Jeremy Whittaker’s breakout film, Destiny. The film now holds the record of the “Longest running film at the Box Office in Jamaican history.” The film features a host of local talent, and boasts a captivating story line and a dynamic soundtrack.

The film, chronicles the story of Lisa Pullen, played by lead actress Karian Sang, as she journeys to find herself following the death of her parents and a tumultuous break-up with her boyfriend. A trip to Jamaica to sell land acquired through inheritance leads to much more, as Lisa not only uncovers truths about her family’s past, but also finds herself while falling in love. Destiny masterfully and artistically portrays Jamaican culture and music.

Destiny features Christopher Martin, comedian Ian ‘Ity’ Ellis and female entertainer Spice. Destiny is one of those must-see films. No violence, no bloodshed, just clean, fun, wholesome entertainment.


Nikki Z and Esco Da Shocker to Heat Up Hot 102 as Newest DJs starting March 30, 2015

Radio will never be the same again, as popular disc jockey, Nikki Z and popular dancehall artiste Esco, make their way to Hot 102FM to host two of the stations most popular segments, starting March 30, 2015.

Nikki Z will host the station’s 6 am to 10 am morning segment, while will host the 2 pm to 5 pm afternoon segment.

Following her leave from Zip FM in 2009, the media maven blazed the trail in Connecticut as host of Reggae Ride to Work and Reggae Riddims on WZMX Hot 93.7FM.

According to Nikki, she is very excited to be returning to her fans in Jamaica and to the Jamaican airwaves: “Jamaica made me, and it’s just a better place for me,” said the versatile disc jockey.

“When I look at the bigger picture, this opportunity to return to the Jamaican airwaves is a great fit for me and my career. I missed my Jamaican fans and I’m looking forward to this new and exciting move to Hot 102 FM,”Nikki Z continues.


Manchester to Crown Festival Prince and Princess

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Manchester Parish office will stage its fourth Manchester Festival Prince & Princess Grand Coronation on Sunday, March 29, 2014. This will be held at the Cecil Charlton Hall, Mandeville commencing at 6:00 p.m.  Admission is adults pre-sold $500, at the gate $600 and Children under 12 is $300.

Fourteen (14) boys and girls from across the parish of Manchester will vie for the respective titles to represent their parish for 2015.  This competition is the premier forum for boys and girls to showcase their skills and talents and to secure their positions as the Child Cultural Ambassadors for Manchester and by extension, Jamaica. They will also have the chance to win cash, trophies and other gift packages.

According to Vivien Morris-Brown, JCDC Parish Manager, “the competition encourages the development of Cultural Awareness, Self-esteem, Confidence, Performance Techniques, Research and Documentation Skills and Creativity in children between the ages of 9 and 12 years”.

Morris-Brown also stated that prior to the Parish Coronation the children will participate in training and development workshops, seminars, courtesy calls, as well as fun and educational outings. Additionally, each participant is required to conduct a research on an assigned community or person of interest from Manchester. This information will be incorporated in their talent piece.

The JCDC continues to fulfill its mandate by finding innovative ways to unearth, develop and showcase the creative talents of our people. Since the inception of this competition, it has produced outstanding young Cultural Ambassadors, who have gone on to make a positive impact in high schools, their communities and across the island.

The exposure and training that they received have also help them to perform better academically and in other areas of their personal life.


Festival Song Finalists to Be Chosen on Thursday

It will be a “Bam Bam” at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Thursday, March 26, 2015, when the thirty seven semi-finalists in the Jamaica Festival Song Competition will face-off for one of the top ten spots and a chance to be the 2015 winner. This round of the competition organized by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Youth & Culture will select the top ten songs that will rock the nation for the 2015 Independence Celebrations.

The competition which commences at 6:00 p.m. will see the semi-finalists from across the island pulling all the stops to impress the judges. The songs that will be selected should primarily capture the spirit and the essence of the festivities associated with the Emancipation and Independence celebrations and be popular with the people. The finalists have the chance to win over a million dollars in cash and prizes.

The Jamaica Festival Song Competition is one of the longest song competitions in Jamaica that continues to unearth and showcase several talented individuals each year. This competition which started in 1966 has been the driving force behind some of Jamaica’s acclaimed singers and song writers.

Admission is free and the public is invited to be a part of this exciting semi-final round as well as get a chance to see their favorite artiste for the competition.


Billboard Producer and Artist Ricky Blaze Kicks Off Spring with New Single “Mighty”

Undoubtedly the key to his success comes from the fusion of his Jamaican Reggae and Dancehall roots meshed with the urban sounds of Hip Hop and R&B from the Brooklyn streets where acclaimed billboard producer Ricky Blaze made his name.

A triple threat, the producer, song writer and artist has achieved international recognition by his numerous hits. From productions for some of the biggest names in music of all genres, to himself as a renowned artist. As spring turns into summer, Ricky Blaze donned his artist hat and is ready and armed with an arsenal of hit bound music starting with his latest release “Mighty”. The feel and vibe of “Mighty” encompasses all that Ricky is as an artist and producer in terms of rhythm “If you ask me to put Might in a genre category I just can’t do that, it’s just me, call it Blaze genre, Its just a heavy bass trap beat with some conscious lyrics  just talking about reality and life”. According to Ricky “Mighty” is just a teaser of what is to come for the summer.


Carnival Corporation Names Jamaican-American, Marie McKenzie, to New Global Destinations Services and Sourcing Role

Carnival Corporation and plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world’s largest travel and leisure company, today announced that Marie McKenzie has been named vice president of global destinations services and sourcing, a new role and function for the company.

As part of this new function, McKenzie will lead a team of brand experts who will assume responsibility for geographical regions on behalf of all nine brands, while also maintaining their reporting lines into the leadership structure of their respective brand. Together, they will coordinate and manage processes and relationships with tour operators and port services officials around the globe to deliver the best possible tour excursion and port experiences for the nearly 11 million guests who sail every year on the company’s 100 ships visiting hundreds of ports across the globe.

“We are excited to have Marie take on this new role, and with her proven track record in her past 19 years at Carnival, we know she will lead this team to great success,” said Alan Buckelew, chief operations officer for Carnival Corporation. “Having had global responsibilities in her previous role and partnering with the global strategy team, we know she will bring to this new role extensive knowledge of our operating companies and a deep understanding of our overall vision to work together across our nine brands to consistently exceed guest expectations.”

In addition, a primary focus for McKenzie will be to leverage Carnival Corporation’s collective scale and expertise to continue creating unique and exciting shore excursions and port experiences as part of the company’s goal to consistently exceed guest expectations.

Buckelew added: “We strive to ensure our guests enjoy shore excursions and ports as part of our overall goal to create a great vacation experience. Our business has become increasingly global, with over 20,000 shore excursions a year offered at 725 ports around the world. With this move, we are taking steps to ensure we continue to have deep local expertise working with tour operator partners large and small who offer a wide range of options for our guests.”

McKenzie will report to Josh Leibowitz, chief strategy officer for Carnival Corporation.

“Our brands already work with local tour operators and port facility officials to make sure we provide a positive experience and great portfolio of popular shore excursions that consistently earn high satisfaction marks from our guests,” said Leibowitz. “With our new process our tour operators and port facility partners will now have an opportunity to participate in offering services for all nine of our brands. Most importantly, by leveraging the collective expertise of our brands, tour operators and port facility partners, we can continue to offer our guests popular and unique shore excursions and port experiences. And in some cases, we will use our collective creativity to develop exciting new excursions, or new twists to already popular excursions.”

McKenzie previously served as vice president of global financial planning and analysis, where she played an integral part in interpreting and engaging all nine brands to prepare the company’s executive team for the quarterly earnings guidance and position the overall strategy and financial direction of the company. She also led the process of capturing, consolidating and analyzing data from the nine brands as well as the corporation’s annual planning process that was key to the execution of the company’s overall long-term strategy.

McKenzie, who started her career with Carnival Corporation in 1996, has held a number of roles of increasing responsibility. This included her time with the Carnival Cruise Line brand where she served in various leadership roles, including vice president of fleet accounting where she led a team of nearly 200 people working closely with the shipboard operations team in supporting execution of the overall onboard guest experience.

McKenzie started her career with Arthur Andersen LLP in Washington, D.C., in 1992. Originally from Jamaica, West Indies, she is a graduate of Howard University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting. She also attended Florida International University where she earned a master’s degree in international business.

McKenzie serves on the board of directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida and Honey Shine Inc.


Introducing reggae recording artiste ‘Malkia’

Malkia is a self-made woman who has made a comfortable place for herself in this world and uses her strength to uplift women and enlighten men through her music.  In fact, the release of her debut album “Angela Latti” from start to finish, was choreographed independently and released on her own Malkia Entertainment label. Malkia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science

Her music mixes a number of genres and the self-penned lyrics, by all accounts, are moving! Several of her songs carry the theme of empowering women, yet many of her songs are simply fun and uplifting.  Through her music, Malkia aims to encourage women to have pride, confidence and ambition, but, at the same time, have a sense of humour and not take themselves too seriously.


The Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller Jamaica’s Prime Minister Visit New York, March 26, 2015 – Kick off the 6th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference.

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, will be in New York City on March 26, 2015 to kick off the 6th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference.

PM Simpson Miller will address the Jamaican community in New York at a meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Georges Episcopal Church, 209 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003.

The event is the first in a series of Jamaica Diaspora launches for the Conference at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from June 13-18, 2015.
What: The Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller Jamaica’s Prime Minister Visit New York

When: Thursday, March 26, 2015 @ 6:00 PM

Where: St. Georges Episcopal Church

Address: 209 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003