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​Jam Link Intl. Shares The Official Poster For The 2017 One Love Poetry Festival

On April 5th a slew of poets and story tellers will gather at Atlas Aarhus in Denmark for the 2017 One Love Poetry Festival. Earlier today Jam Link shared the official poster which was designed by MJE.

Confirmed poets are: Tahir Mirza, Line Hassall Thomsen, Judy Wanderi, Camilla Sydel, Janis Lynn Franko, Wael, Jefferys and Annette Vogel. There will also be musical entertainment from soul singer Pearl, Rony and John & James.

Additionally, patrons will be treated to finger food courtesy of foodfein, coffee from Marley Coffee and haircuts by Adel. Entry fee is only 50Kr.

For more information persons are encouraged to visit the event’s FB page.

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Calabar’s Green and Black Weekend – Kingston, Jamaica

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Calabar Old Boys Association, popularly known as Sons of Rabalac, will be hosting their Green & Black party in Jamaica on April 1st. The event will be held at Susie’s (1 Southdale Plaze, 10 Constant Spring Road in Kingston).

Entertainment – music – will be provided by the world immortal sound; Stone Love, alongside DJ Smurf and Coppershot. Proceeds from this event will go to various soccer and educational programs at Calabar High School.

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JAMMS – Jamaica Music Society – to Begin Managing Artists and Musicians Rights (@JAMMS4music)

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JAMMS is about to enter another important phase in its growth as a rights management organization.

They have been managing the rights of Record Producers for the past 10 years; however, they are now about to cover a wider range of rights-owners.

In a short while, JAMMS will begin managing the rights of Performers alongside their current management of Record Producers Rights. Performers as used here means Artists and Musicians.

They know that that there are some persons who may wear more than one cap where music is concerned and so for example there may be Record Producers who are also Performers. This means very soon JAMMS will be able to cover that individual as both a Producer and Performer.

It is necessary to point out however that some persons roles may or may not extend into other areas of music, for example, a Record Producer may also be a Composer or an Artist may also be a Songwriter.

JAMMS however WILL NOT be managing rights for ALL these various different rights-owners. The law does not allow a Collecting Society to manage rights which another Collecting Society is established to manage.

To be very clear, by JAMMS now taking on the management of Artists and Musicians Rights, it WILL NOT affect the rights managed by JACAP.

JACAP manages the rights of Songwriters, Composers and Publishers. Under the copyright laws these are different rights-owners from Artists and Musicians. In other words, persons who wear the cap of Artists and Musicians will come to JAMMS for representation while persons who wear the cap of Songwriters and Composers will continue to go to JACAP for representation. For more information please visit their official website via the following link: http://www.jammsonline.com

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Nikki Z to Assume Role as VP of Client Projects & Content for 21st Hapilos Digital (@NikkiZOfficial @21sthapilos )

nikki-zHapilos Entertainment Group announces that Nicole Duhaney better known as Nikki Z, will assume the duties of Vice President of Client Projects and Content effective immediately. Her role, according to the company’s president, will entail securing clients and projects, on hand interaction with clients regarding projects and content, market and promotion.

Over the weekend, an humble and honored Nikki Z sat down with Winford Williams on OnStage TV to make the announcement and talk of the task ahead.

Nikki Z will continue hosting and dj’ing at major events, and will reprise her syndicated “Nikki Z Hot 20” at a soon to be announced date.

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Jam Link Intl. Announces Date & Location for the 3rd Annual “One Love Poetry Festival”

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Jam Link Intl and Line Hassall Thomsen are proud to present a unique evening of poetry and music. Join them on April 13th at Atlas Aarhus (Vester Alle 15, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark) for the staging of the 3rd Annual One Love Poetry Festival.

This year they are promising an amazing lineup of poets and musicians (full program will be shared shortly). Atlas will be transformed into a tropical relaxing atmosphere in keeping with the one love theme. Join the FB event page for additional info.

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In Honor of Black History Month we are highlighting Patrice Lumumba – Civil Servant, Prime Minister, Activist (1925–1961)

patrice-lumumba-1925-1961-first-prime-everettPatrice Lumumba was the first prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, calling for national unity and overall African independence.

Synopsis
Born on July 2, 1925, in Onalua, Belgian Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), Patrice Lumumba was a writer and civic organizer before co-founding the Congolese National Movement. He became the first prime minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo with the country’s independence; yet massive unrest followed with other leaders’ uprisings, along with U.S. and Belgian involvement. Lumumba was killed on January 17, 1961.

Background and Early Career
Future Prime Minister Patrice Émery Lumumba was born Élias Okit’Asombo on July 2, 1925, in the Kasai province of Belgian Congo (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), in the village of Onalua. He was able to hone his love for literature and learning while attending missionary school and borrowing books to read.

After some travels within his country and acquiring different languages, Lumumba became a postal service clerk during the mid-1940s in what is now Kinshasa, later working as an accountant in another region. He also wrote poems and essays for publication, earning acclaim, and became increasingly involved in political movements, keeping in mind the oppression endured by Africans from the Belgian colonial system.

After having established himself as a leader in organizing unions, Lumumba co-established the Congolese National Movement in 1958. He called for countrywide unity, bringing together different ethnic backgrounds, and freedom from colonial atrocities, with major links to Pan-Africanist movements as well.

Becomes Prime Minister
On June 30, 1960, the Democratic Republic of Congo officially took its independence from Belgium, and, at 35 years old, Lumumba became the country’s first prime minister. However, nationwide disarray was to follow with various leaders vying for power, including a Belgian-fortified secession of the region of Katanga, headed by Moise Tshombe.

Lumumba called for United Nations aid to no avail and turned to the Soviet Union for military intervention, with the Congo thus caught in Cold War politics and Lumumba perceived by the U.S. as having communist ties. Years later it was revealed that a C.I.A. operative in the field during the Eisenhower administration was instructed to poison Lumumba; the agent recounted in a 2008 New York Times article he secretly chose not to do so, though some accounts clash with this.

Death and Legacy
With the country falling under the control of military leader Joseph Mobutu, Lumumba was captured and, though at one point escaping, was eventually taken to Katanga, where he was beaten and killed on January 17, 1961. His death ignited international outrage and years later continues to provoke dialogue on foreign investment in creating the turmoil seen after his rise to power and African independence in general. Congo soon endured the decades-long, highly-damaging reign of Joseph Mobutu, who would become known as Mobutu Sésé Seko.

Lumumba, his story and vision have been chronicled in a number of literary works and films, including the 2001 book The Assassination of Lumumba, by Ludo De Whitte, and the Raoul Peck movie released the same year, Lumumba. Peck had also directed a documentary on the leader.

Source: Biography.com

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Karamanti is now the Official Brand Ambassador for Trinidad’s GT Network

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Trinidad’s new network, GT (Great Things), which can be viewed on the Gayelle platform, has just contracted recording artist Karamanti to act as the company’s Brand Ambassador for Jamaica. Karamanti’s commitment to the organization will include, but are not limited to, ensuring that the GT brand gets maximum visibility on and in some cases, off the island.

GT’s CEO, Ancil Harris, approached Karamanti with the idea a few days ago and she accepted. The two have been friends for a while as Karamanti was the featured artist on the Vault – a TV show produced by one of Ancil’s production company – a couple years ago and has also collaborated with one of his artist (JB) on a soca track.

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Nikki Z Nominated for Favorite Media Personality – YVAs (@RiseAndBlaze95 @YouthViewAwards)

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2017 has started off well for media personality Nikki Z, as she is recognized for her hard work and professionalism with a Youth View Awards nomination for Favorite Media Personality (TV or Radio).

Regarded as Jamaica’s premiere award show, the YVAs is the voice of the people. Born in 2008 out of appreciation for Jamaica’s culture of music, dance and entertainment, the Youth View Awards allows fans a voice on who they want to nominate and ultimately want to win. Voting is now open to the public, please visit www.YouthViewAwards.com

The Youth View Awards will take place February 18th, 2017 at the National Indoor Stadium, in Kingston Jamaica

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New TV Station In Trinidad And Tobago Seeking Jamaican Content

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A new network, called GT (Great Things) TV, will begin broadcasting in Trinidad, Barbados, St. Lucia and Curacao via the Flow platform as of January 7, 2017. CEO and Director of Operations, Ancil Harris, has made it clear that they have full intentions to expand to all the Islands in the Caribbean, as the station will serve as a unifying platform that promotes West Indies culture, music and lifestyle.

Currently they are seeking content from Jamaican visual producers. Submissions can include anything, ranging from: animated series, music videos, soap operas, comedies to movies. Submissions should be made to their representative in Jamaica, MJE (www.mjent.net). For more information persons can Call, Text or WhatsApp 1.876.313.6319.

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Ville Venture Films Launches New TV Station In Trinidad And Tobago (@villeventures)

gt-logoVille Ventures, a Trinidad based film company that was designed to provide content for the growing local digital media industry, will launch its own network on Saturday January 7th, 2017.

The new network, which will be called GT TV, will broadcast in Trinidad, Barbados, St. Lucia and Curacao via the Flow platform. CEO and Director of Operations, Ancil Harris, has made it clear that they have full intentions to expand to all the Islands in the Caribbean, as the station will serve as a unifying platform that promotes West Indies culture, music and lifestyle.

There will be programs for all age group and demographic: animated series, music videos, soap operas, comedies, movies etc. GT TV also intends to serve as a training facility for young talent. They are committed to fostering and encouraging innovation and creativity among the youths from all over the globe.

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The Jamaicans Abroad Helping Jamaicans At Home Foundation to Host Mission for Change 2017

jahjah-foundationFrom Jan. 16 to 21, 2017, the JAHJAH Foundation will host Mission for Change 2017, a six-day event to help provide better care for under served Jamaicans. With over 20 American medical volunteers available for support, the organization hopes to raise money to support the Mission For Change 2017. We are asking for support to raise $12,000 for young athletes from local high schools to receive free premium, life-saving medical screening procedures.

“Bob Marley was one of the first men who said … ‘my life is for everybody. And if my life is only for me, then I wouldn’t like my life.’ And I can say that I feel the same way. My life is for everybody,” passionately says Trevor Dixon, MD, RDMS, Founder/CEO of JAHJAH Foundation.

Following recent sport-related fatalities among young Jamaican athletes with undiscovered heart conditions, the One Love One Heart project provides free echocardiogram and EKG tests for these students. The JAHJAH Foundation is looking for sponsors to help these athletes receive critical tests. The organization hopes to fund 100 tests, each costing $120, all proceeds will go to cover the cost of the free echocardiogram and EKG test.

Click here to sponsor a student and donate to Mission for Change 2017:
http://jahjahfoundation.org/causes-category/health-screening/.
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Jamaica Flag Flown Half-Mast Today In Tribute To Fidel Castro

Fidel Jamaica.pngThe Jamaican flag will fly at half-mast today (Dec. 2nd), on all government offices and national buildings as a tribute to the late former President of the Republic of Cuban Fidel Castro Ruz who died on Friday, November 25.

Jamaica will join the rest of Caricom in the symbolic gesture of condolence to mark Mr. Castro’s passing and mourn with the people of Cuba.

Prime Minister Holness expressed condolences to the people of Cuba and Mr. Castro’s family as he led a Jamaican delegation on Tuesday, November 29 to attend the official private mass for the former President in Havana, Cuba.

The Prime Minister said Mr. Castro was an outstanding leader who though coming from a Caribbean island developing state, has had the greatest impact on world history. He added that Castro will be remembered for his passionate speeches in defence of the right to self-determination.

Cuba is observing a period of national mourning which will end on December 4.

Jamaica and Cuba have strong bilateral relations particularly in the areas of education and health.