JAMAICA TOPS BEST SMALL HOTELS IN THE CARIBBEAN LIST

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Negril’s Rock House Hotel

Coming on the heels of Jamaica being named third best island in the world on the Trip Advisor 2016 awards list, the island also dominates the category of Best Small Hotels in the Caribbean 2016. Jamaica not only tops the list but she also holds down the number 2, 4 and 6 slots on the best of 25. Amazingly, three of these four properties are located in Port Antonio. They are #1. Trident Hotel in Port Antonio, # 2. Resort At Wilks Bay, Port Antonio, #4. The Spa Retreat Boutique Hotel, Negril and #6. Geejam, Port Antonio.

Other beautiful and outstanding Jamaican hotels too have been included on other top 25 lists for the Caribbean. Among them, Rock House in Negril, voted as the # 5 on the Best Hotel in the Caribbean category, and Iberostar Grand in Montego Bay, Sandals Royal Plantation and Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios voted as top regional luxury resorts.

Jamaica scored very well too on the section of Best Bargains in the Caribbean with the inclusion of Seastar Inn, Negril, Blue Cave Castle, Negril, Travellers Beach Resort, Negril, Negril Yoga Centre and Chrisanns Beach Resort, Ocho Rios all listed among the best value for money bargains in the Caribbean.

Special mention must be made of The Spa Retreat Boutique Hotel in Negril. In addition to being the #4 Best Small Hotel, the property is also #2 on the list of hotels providing the best service in the Caribbean and #5 for the Most Romantic Hotel in the Caribbean!

The spectacular showing of Jamaica as the third best island in the world competing against 32 Caribbean destinations and thousands of exotic places globally is a declaration of the strength of Jamaica’s tourism product. Still, I was a little disenchanted that the island did not appear on the list of top restaurants, with gems like The Sugar Mill in Montego Bay and Push Cart in Negril building a loud in buzz.

If the beautiful island of Tobago does not appear on any of the rankings, the new rising star is Grenada, sitting pretty in the top half of several lists. Nevis is in the mix too, as is Antigua & Barbuda with the exciting Galley Bay Resort. Surprisingly, Puerto Rico is barely on the radar of excellence and Cuba is just beginning its journey up the all-inclusive charts with great promise for the Varadero region for next year.

By Dave Rodney, Travel Specialist

Jamaica’s Famed North Coast Singer, Kappo, Releases Catchy Reggae Single (@kappomuzic)

Jamaica’s Famed North Coast Singer, Kappo, Releases Catchy SingleKappo, the artist that is known for his amazing performances in various tourist hotels/resorts around Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Negril, has recently released a catchy reggae track that is getting a lot of attention. The song is entitled “sensimillia” and it is already in heavy rotation on various radio shows in the U.S.A and Jamaica. Persons may stream “sensimillia” via MJE YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/watch?v=40bXUnlvvu0 and DJs are invited to send an email to mariajacksonent@gmail.com for the mp3.

Nikki Z Brings Her Popular “Nikki Z’s Hot 20” Countdown Show To Television (@DivaNikkiZ)

00-Nikki ZHaving gained worldwide recognition for both blazing the airwaves and hosting of some of the world’s biggest stage shows, multi-media personality Diva Nikki Z is breathing new life in her popular “Nikki Z’s Hot 20” countdown show by bringing it to television.

Nikki Z’s Hot 20 will debut mid April on Jamaican TV every Thursday Nights on RETV at 9pm and can be watched worldwide on 1spot Media www.1spotmedia.com

The cutting edge countdown program will use the power of social media to engage fans of Caribbean music and culture. Hosted by the Queen of Caribbean media, the “Diva Nikki Z”, Hot 20 will build loyal viewers through constant interaction. Each week Nikki Z will countdown her top 20 music picks, leaving the last week of the month open for a random ‘pick of the week’. This ‘pick of the week’ will replace the ‘Music Countdown” and instead Nikki Z will countdown a randomly picked subject (i.e top 20 stage show moments, top 20 artists, top 20 stories of the month, year, top 20 selectors). The viewing audience will aid in selecting these charts by submitting their votes to the shows facebook page as well as via textline. In addition to having their votes heard for the “HOT” 20, viewers can get interactive by submitting a 30 sec video bigging up the show as well as requesting a video of their choice. By allowing the viewer to see themselves on television Nikki Z’s Hot 20 encourages viewers to continually watch as well as encourage their friends and family to watch to seize the moment.

Prezident Brown’s Boy Baby (@PrezidentBrown)

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Acclaimed Jamaican roots reggae virtuoso Prezident Brown ignites the reggae scene with his latest hit, “Boy Baby,” available from Tad’s Record. Born Fitz Cotterell in Clarendon, Jamaica, Prezident Brown embarked on his musical journey over three decades ago and has since transcended international borders to bring his brand of socially-conscious messages, packaged through sweet reggae music, to the global audience.

“Boy Baby” is a smooth, melodic gem that showcases a more personal side of Prezident Brown and perfectly illustrates his brand of lover’s rock. This surprising turn and welcomed take on lover’s rock from the roots reggae impresario is bound to thrill reggae fans. “This time around, I hope to bring the best of my love to the fans,” states Prezident Brown. “This song is about making love while the rain is falling and procreating a son, a boy baby.” The song is the first release from Prezident Brown’s highly-anticipated new album, slated for release from Tad’s Record.

The “Boy Baby” music video also makes its worldwide debut, bringing the rare sight and sounds combination for this international release. The video was shot on location in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, with the pool and apartment scenes filmed at Villagio Del Sol, while the performance scenes were filmed at Mongoose restaurant in downtown Ocho Rios. It was directed by Jordan Bailey aka Rivah Jordan of SoundKillaz TV, who also composed the music and co-produced the track, alongside Prezident Brown. Cookie The Herbalist, a reggae artist from Switzerland and good friend of Prezident Brown, makes a special cameo and secures this video as a classic for reggae video playlists.

Tad’s Record reunites with Prezident Brown, after releasing his previous album I Sound Is From Creation, back in on November 2012. “Prezident Brown, as an artist, is one of those silent but deadly gems of reggae music,” states Tad Dawkins, President of Tad’s Record. “His songs are both entertaining as well as powerful in message and we look forward to his upcoming album and more masterpieces such as ‘Boy Baby.’” Now armed with this new lover’s rock hit, Prezident Brown gives fans an even more intensive feel of who he is as a man, and will undoubtedly draw even more ears to his remarkable music.

Buy on I-Tunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/boy-baby-single/id917512886

See the video here: 

SOPHIA BROWN WINS AWARD IN CONNECTICUT (@sophiabrownsb)

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It was a big night on Saturday, November 22nd for Jamaican reggae songbird Sophia Brown at the inaugural Lady Flava Radio Network Awards Show in Hartford, Connecticut. Brown, who was elegantly dressed in a pink ‘Tribal Print’ gown by Daniela Stone of DTS Design, won the award for ‘Best Female Lovers Rock Singer.’

During her acceptance speech, she thanked those who made 2014 such a successful year for her.

‘I am thrilled to have won this prestigious award. I worked extremely hard this year and I am very happy that my work is being recognized internationally. I must thank radio for playing my music. I also thank my fans in Jamaica and around the world, the producers of this event and my family for the support they have given to me” she said.

Brown also performed and had fans rocking and grooving as she crooned ‘Tonight,’ ‘Gimme That Good Love’ and a medley of songs that included Rita Marley’s ‘One Draw’ and Marcia Griffiths’ ‘Feel Like Dancing.’

Other winners at the award show which honored stars in the arts were American film maker, director, producer Stephen Stix Josey who received an ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award in film and music. Josey has worked with Mobb Deep and has released several films including ‘Angels Around Me.’ Tena Williams won the award for ‘Best Female Author,’ while Keri Singleton was judged ‘Best Male Author.’

This is the second big award for the ‘Gimme That Good Love’ singer, who was honored in May with a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ at the 2014 Linkage Awards in New York. Her summer release ‘Wide Awake,’ a lovers rock ballad about falling in love charted in the US. In September, she dropped a sizzling R&B flavored single titled ‘Rain Over Me’ that is currently #12 on the New Style Radio, 98.7 FM chart in Birmingham, England.