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Toni Braxton, Chaka Khan and more confirmed for Jamaica Jazz and Blues

Toni Braxton and Chaka KhanIconic singer and six-time Grammy-winner, Toni Braxton will be one of this year’s headliners for the upcoming Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, set for Jan. 30 – Feb. 1 in Trelawny, according to reports Sunday.

Braxton, known for several classics such as Un-break My HeartSpanish Guitar, among others, is no stranger to Jamaican music. She was one of the headline international acts who performed at Reggae Sumfestin 2009 and once collaborated with fellow Grammy-winning artist, Shaggy for the single, Christmas in Jamaica.

Joining Braxton on this year’s Jazz and Blues bill will be another iconic singer, Chaka Khan, who herself is a 10-time Grammy-winner and is known for classics like Through The Fire and Ain’t Nobody. Additionally, fellow Grammy-winning artists such as country singer,Crystal Gayle has been confirmed for the show as R&B singer, Chrisette Michelle.

This year’s Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival will begin at the end of January this year as to avoid bookings clashes with next year’s Grammy Awards, set to be staged on Jan. 26 in Los Angeles. Several patrons in Jamaica and overseas have reportedly made advanced ticket purchases.

For more information on this year’s festival and how to get tickets, visit their official website:

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Sean Paul wins first Reggae Award At Soul Train Awards


It was a historic night and historic moment in Atlanta, Georgia at the Georgia World Congress Center. Not only was it the first major event presented by the newly formed Centric (A network created by Viacom combining BET J and VH1 Soul), not only did the show do tributes to such legends like Chaka Khan, Charlie Wilson, L.A. Reid and the late great Michael Jackson, not only is this the first staging, after a tow year hiatus of the annual event, but this was the first time that the prestigious award ceremony had included the category of best Reggae artist. As a matter of fact the award for Best Reggae Artist was the first award given out.

The nominees for this category were strong contenders. Tarrus Riley a winner of such awards as album of the year, song of the year and new artist of the year in other award ceremonies. Tarrus Riley, son of legendary singer Jimmy Riley and now the protégé of legendary saxophonist and producer Dean Fraser, has been seen by many as a wonderful addition to Reggae music through his music, voice, lyrics and performances. Ziggy Marley needs no introduction; he is an international superstar that has been providing quality Reggae music and performances for decades, as the eldest son of the King of Reggae music Bob Marley he has won probably every prestigious award that a musician can win. Movado is currently one of the most popular artists in the Dancehalls of Jamaica and around the world, the Dancehall artist has crossover and underground hits that have been chart toppers for the past few years. Serani has produced and been a musician on many major hits; recently he became a vocal artist and has enjoyed several hits as a vocalist. The Wolmer’s alum currently enjoys crossover success with two of his hits and has recently dropped an album “No Games”.

The tweets and social media messages were flying all over the internet naming the nominee though that walked away with the prize. He is actually another Wolmer’s alum, the multiplatinum selling artist, Sean Paul! Sean Paul over the past seven years has easily become one of the most recognizable Jamaican artists worldwide scoring hit after hit in the mainstream landscape. Paul showed his appreciation on winning such a prestigious award and said it was a good thing for Reggae to be recognized, something that is long overdue. His latest album “Imperial Blaze” is his most successful international effort to date, charting number one in several countries around the world. He has had a very successful tour in different countries and continues to be an ambassador for Jamaican music. Paul has stayed committed also to using Jamaican producers who are very relevant. The next single off of his album will be “Hold My Hand” featuring Keri Hilson who was also nominated for three awards.

The Soul Train Music Awards was a star studded event and well produced. Production was done by Sunseeker Media. A Haitian American producer from Sunseeker was the show producer of the 2009 Soul Train Awards Red Carpet Show. Junia Joseph, the producer, ran a tight ship as she skillfully executed this extremely intricate and formidable task. When asked about the inaugural inclusion of the Best Reggae Artists Category Joseph said that, “I feel that the inclusion of the Best Reggae Artist category in the 2009 Soul Train Awards speaks to the influence of Caribbean music and culture in the world of mainstream music and culture. Credit must also be given in large part to Centric and its programming, which in its prior form always maintained a healthy dose of Caribbean rich programming content.”

Congratulations to Sean Paul and all the nominees for the Reggae and other Categories of the Centric Presents: Soul Train Awards 2009. It is a positive that the long overdue recognition is being given to Reggae music; it opens opportunities and doors for the Caribbean culture. The taping of this historic occasion will be aired on Centric on November 29 2009 it will show performances by Toni Braxton, Trey Songz, Erykah Badu, Robin Thicke, Fantasia, Ryan Leslie, Raheem DeVaughn, Karyn White, Boyz II Men, Ledisi, Chico Debarge, Angie Stone, Brian McKnight, Ginuwine, Melanie Fiona, and Johnny Gill. The broadcast will be hosted by Academy Award-nominated actors Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. So until next time LOVE, HAPPINESS and SOUL!
Jason Walker


Best new artist
• Drake
• Jazmine Sullivan
• Keri Hilson
• Ryan Leslie
• Solange

Best R&B/Soul Artist Female
• Beyonce
• Chrisette Michele
• Jennifer Hudson
• Ledisi
• Whitney Houston

Best male R&B/Soul male
• Charlie Wilson
• Maxwell
• Musiq Soulchild
• Raphael Saadiq
• Robin Thicke

Song of the year
• “God in Me” – Mary Mary
• “Pretty Wings” – Maxwell
• “Single Ladies (Put a ring on it)” – Beyonce
• “Spotlight” -Jennifer Hudson
• “Turnin Me On” -Keri Hilson/ ft Lil Wayne

Album of the Year
• Beyonce – I am… Sasha Fierce ( Platinum) Sony Music
• Jamie Foxx- Intuition (Platinum) J Records
• Kanye West-808s & Heartbreak (Platinum) Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam
• Maxwell -Blacksummer’s Night ( Gold ) Sony Music
• Ne-Yo – Year of the Gentleman

Record of the year (songwriter award)
• Beyonce – “Single Ladies (Put a ring on it)”
• Drake – “Best I ever had’
• Jamie Foxx Ft/T-Pain – “Blame it”
• Keri Hilson – “Knock You Down”
• Maxwell – “Pretty Wings”

Best Reggae Artist award
• Movado
• Sean Paul
• Serani
• Taurus Riley
• Ziggy Marley

Centric award – soul approved/underground
• Corneille
• Eric Roberson
• Laura Izibor
• Maysa
• The Knux

• BeBe and CeCe Winans- “Close To You”
• Fred Hammond f/John P Kee- “They That Wait
• Marvin Sapp-”Praise Him in Advance”
• MaryMary- “God In Me”
• Smokie Norful– “Justified”

• Keri Hilson featuring Kanye West & Ne-Yo “Knock you Down”
• Keyshia Cole featuring Monica -”Trust”
• Mario featuring Gucci Mane and Sean Garrett – “Break up”
• Mary Mary featuring Kierra (KiKi) Sheard – “God In Me”
• Trey Songz featuring Drake – “Successful”

Entertainer of the year
• Michael Jackson

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Shaggy to perform at Champions League T20 Opening Ceremony


The Garden City of Bengaluru will be the epicentre of cricket fans as the Airtel Champions League Twenty20 kicks-off this week. The cricketing quotient aside, fans will be treated to an eye-catching line-up of entertainers at the Grand Opening Ceremony at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

The Opening Ceremony promises to be a breath-taking visual extravaganza which will showcase world-class international acts and the global nature of the tournament. Just prior to the commencement of the Opening Ceremony, the 12 team captains participating in the inaugural edition of the Airtel Champions League Twenty20 will exchange team flags and take the “MCC – Spirit of Cricket” oath to respect their opponents, their teams and their umpires. The captains will then leave their handprints in clay, as an attestation to play the game within the spirit of cricket. Meanwhile 200 school children will perform a choreographed sequence to the Airtel Champions League Twenty20 theme song before revealing the team logos and releasing balloons.

The Opening Ceremony’s entertainment will then kick-off in earnest with 12 world-renowned Japanese drummers electrifying the atmosphere within Chinnaswamy Stadium. This will be followed by international dancers in “Michelle Ferranti’s” costumes.

Legendary Grammy award winner CHAKA KHAN will then take centre stage to entertain the crowd and viewing audience with her hit single “I FEEL FOR YOU”.

Chaka Khan will be followed by the acrobatic Cube Artists. Next on from China, will be a choreographed group of Shaolin Monks displaying Tai Chi, Kung Fu and powerful Chi Kung movements in an adrenalin-packed sequence, surrounded by the agile Kalaripayattu Artists using an ancient South Indian art form. The weaponry, choreography and fast-paced techniques by these Indo-Chinese performers will leave the audience spellbound as it will depict the aggression and spirit with which the Airtel Champions League Twenty20 will be played.

World renowned reggae artist and Grammy Award winner SHAGGY will then perform his hit single “FEEL THE RUSH”, accompanied by a multi-coloured laser show which will encase the entire stadium. To complement this, eight wind dancers will engulf the stadium to give fans a surreal effect.

British pop star JAMELIA will then take over with her international super hit song “SUPERSTAR”.

For the grand finale, all the artists, including the children, will converge onto the field to a synchronized segment of lights, laser, concert sound and a display of fireworks that will come together to make for a spectacular climax.

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