“SHAKE DEM OFF” Music Video is now live on Youtube!

“I am still simmering down from a great night and the abundance of love from all the people who supported my video release party at Lula Lounge last month, Thank you!” said Donna Makeda.

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Donna Makeda & Marlon “Tygon” Cowan (Director)

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Angele Smith, Donna Makeda & Mary-Ann “Sugar” Scott

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Zukie Joseph & Donna Makeda

Click below and watch the “Shake Dem Off” video

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Special Thanks from the TEAM to all the Sponsors for their support and stay tuned for more on Donna Makeda….

Rebel Vibez host Carrie Mullings as MC at Calgary’s ReggaeFest 2013

Carrie Mullings, much more than a popular Canadian radio personality for Rebel Vibez Radio

Carrie Mullings, much more than a popular Canadian radio personality for Rebel Vibez Radio

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Good day, reggae massives! I’m honoured to be working in cooperation with Toronto’s Carrie Mullings, the popular and professional host of the Rebel Vibez radio show that airs every Monday from 10AM – noon EST (7AM – 9AM in Vancouver) on Toronto’s CHRY,http://www.chry.fm/index.html. Last week her co-host was Richie Spice; stay tuned, as you never know which celebrity will be joining her on the airwaves next.

Rebel Vibez host Carrie Mullings as MC at Calgary’s ReggaeFest 2013.

To say Carrie is a radio host is just the tip of the Rebel Vibez iceberg. She is an artist manager, promoter, travels across Canada as an events MC, and is deeply rooted in music business activities, the likes of which the average listener doesn’t even realize are necessary to develop an artist and produce all types of material, publicity, networking, bookings, recording collaborations, studio time, sponsorship.

Somewhere in there she, and I, and so many lovely, talented and strong women I work with in the music industry find personal down time and energy to deal with our children and the rest of our family, go shopping, cook dinner, and WHAT? Actually sit and relax, read a book, do a Sudoku puzzle, or get going on those crochet ideas?

Those are some of the things I made time for this weekend, but my mind was still running on the blog, knowing I’d planned to keep it updated more often. It’s my innate nature to promote events I figure are musically worthwhile and like to encourage people to attend. Carrie’s weekend was a little different- road trip managing Rebel Vibez Records artist & Vancouver homegirl Elaine Lil’Bit Shepherd as she shared the stage with Luciano for three of his Canadian dates in Brantford, Toronto, and Montreal.

I will be doing this week’s Rebel Vibez West Coast Events calendar tonight, but for now Vancouver has two major reggae shows this week- Mad Professor with Ras Nikhilesh, DJ Capn rEdEyEzz & DJ Lt. Irie at Fortune on Thursdayhttps://www.facebook.com/events/517327855010705/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar; and Spragga Benz on Sunday with Fredlocks Asher & The UltraFlex Crew, E-Spliff, Wassawa, Gisto, OSC, and DJs Tank Gyal, LT. Irie, & Aremshttps://www.facebook.com/events/518447624899527/?ref_dashboard_filter=calendar.

Tiffie successfully showcases her world at her recent EP launch

Tiffie has released her self-titled EP, featuring singles such as 'So Soft' and 'Wine Up Miself.'.

Tiffie has released her self-titled EP, featuring singles such as ‘So Soft’ and ‘Wine Up Miself.’.

by Jodee Brown

With the recent release of her self-titled EP, Dancehall/Pop diva, Tiffie pulled off a successful EP launch party in the heart of Toronto late last month.

Spotted at Tryst Nightclub the night of her launch was covered by media outlets such as IETVTooRude MediaReggae Exclusive and CHRY amongst others. The club was filled with Toronto`s top media personnel, family, friends and most importantly her fans. Tiffie would like to thank all those who supported the event overall.

Seeing many new faces has shown her that she has a growing fan base and Tiffie commits to keep putting herself out there so that her fans and supporters can follow her progress.

The Diva has a music video that is to be released soon to the end of 2013, and has started working on her 2014 campaigns already. Meanwhile her team has lined up with producers and artists from Toronto, Montreal, Atlanta, and Jamaica for fresh collaborations to be released in the New Year.

Check out these photos of Tiffie’s official EP launch and support here music by buying the EP here.

Bob Marley statue vandalized following World cup qualifier in Jamaica

bob marley statueby Jodee Brown

The famous bronze statue dedicated to Reggae legend,Bob Marley, which was been defaced following a 2014 World Cup qualifier in Kingston between Jamaica and Costa Rica has now been cleaned, according to reports Friday.

Red paint was discovered all over Marley’s statue by security personnel the morning following Tuesday night’s soccer match at the National Stadium following Jamaica’s 1-1 draw vs. ‘Los Ticos.’ The Alvin Marriott-created statue, which lies inside Celebrity Park at the stadium, had paint from hands to feet, as well as the trademark guitar Marley held during many of his live performances.

Stephanie Marley, the managing director of the Bob Marley Museum described the incident as sad upon hearing of the news and conceded that it could be hard to clean the paint off the statue.

However, on Thursday, Marley’s statue had been cleaned by members of the Jamaica National Heritage Trust. No one has been arrested for the incident.

The statue is one of many landmarks in Jamaica dedicated to Marley for his worldly contributions to Reggae music, with the aforementioned museum, located in Liguanea, and the Bob Marley Beach in St. Thomas, showcasing memorabilia and other features remembering the iconic singer.

Despite a stoppage time equalizer by Jermaine ‘Tuffy’ Anderson Tuesday night’s result confirmed Costa Rica as a participant in next summer’s World Cup in Brazil while it left the Reggae Boyz with just 4 points from 8 qualifying matches. Jamaica’s qualifying hopes in tatters as they are five points out of an intercontinental spot with two matches to play in the final round.

Vybz Kartel book endorsed by American universities

TorontoDeejays.comby Jodee Brown

Despite an apparent hesitance by some Jamaican bookstores and universities to facilitate it, Vybz Kartel’s debut book, Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto has now received strong endorsements from prestigious American universities, according to co-author, Michael Dawson.

According to reports this past weekend, Prominent Ivy League school, Princeton University as well as Duke University in North Carolina and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee now have Voice of The Jamaican Ghetto  in their respective libraries. This adds to attention Kartel’s book has received from major international media outlets such as HOT 97FM as well as sales in places such a Germany, Chile, Austria, Holland and many other countries.

While Dawson is pleased with the universal exposure Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto has received, he believes the book still has not received full appreciation from the Jamaican public.

“All major book stores – Sangster’s, Kingston Book Shop, LMH, both airports, I-Nation, Bookophilia and Bookland – have carried the book,” Dawson told the Jamaica Gleaner. “Uptown stores and religious book stores refused it out of ignorance, I believe, and we expected that,”

There has been much debate as to whether or not Jamaican schools will adopt Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto in their curriculum, with University of the West Indies (UWI) professor, Carolyn Cooper calling for the book to be introduced to Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) readings this past May.

Dawson believes the reason for the education system’s reluctance to circulate the book within its channels comes down its challenging of the historical data taught throughout schools for years.

“I think the main problem with the Jamaican education system is that they would have to find a way to rationalize the inaccuracies, distortions and omissions in the traditional history books that our book highlights,” Dawson told the Jamaica STAR. “The reality is that the book factually discredits some of our traditions – from Jonkonoo to the dominance of Euro-Christianity.”

He continued, “How will the education system handle a book that explains with facts and empirical data that much of what they have taught children is a lie? The book states that ‘Baa, Baa, Black Sheep’ is abusive to black children. So I think the book is, at a minimum, disruptive to the traditional education system. Add to that the fact that Vybz Kartel has the ear of the youth, I’m not sure if the education system can come to terms with that. No surprise there.”

Vybz Kartel remains incarcerated in a Spanish Town jail as he awaits the beginning of the Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams murder trial in November. He, along with five other men are charged with the August 2011 murder of Williams. Additionally, Kartel and two other co-accused face conspiracy charges in connection with the case.