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THURSDAY JANUARY 15th 2004

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WHAT'S HAPPENING By Todd Mangatal

Greetings To All My On-Line Family and Friends

  We at Arious hope you had a joyous and fun filled holiday, and we wish you lots of success and happiness for the New Year – 2004.

  We spent the holidays “chilling” with family and good friends in the Sunshine state, which was absolutely great.  We are now trying to get ourselves back into the “swing of things”, and it’s hard since the weather here is so cold. 

  Unfortunately, over the holidays my wife tragically lost one of her uncles from Tunapuna, Trinidad, Mr. Claudius James.  Clydie (as he is better known) lost his life on New Years morning in a tragic car accident, which was the first fatality in Trinidad for 2004.  I also lost one of my cousin’s here in DC Mr. Gerard Joseph Queen, and a few other folks lost their loved ones.  Our heartfelt sympathy and condolences is extended to the James and Yallery family as well as the Joseph and Harding family (sisters of Claudie) in Trinidad and DC.  The Queen family here in Washington, DC.  The Caribbean Delight Restaurant family in Maryland on the loss of Lynn, and the Vanzant family in Maryland.  May you feel comfort in your time of loss.

  My sister Shana Mangatal still supports Michael Jackson 100%, and as promised I must update you on the issue with Shana and Michael.  You may recall in my previous e-mails I indicated that my sister was busy with helping coordinate the celebration at Michael’s Never Land Ranch in Santa Barbara.  Yes, two weeks prior to Christmas she was asked to contact and invite many of her celebrity friends as well as Michaels’ to attend the celebration.  Of course, she was glad to help and immediately got busy inviting folks.  Needless to say, she did a great job, because many of the celebrities were thrilled to receive an invitation, and many attended.  As for the day of the event, her responsibility was to take care of all the Jackson family needs, therefore she coordinated everything that involved the Jackson family, the photos, the place they would be seated, and whatever they needed, etc.   As Shana and I talked I asked her to give me some details about the day of the event.  She pointed out that she was very pleased to assist with the coordinating, and felt the event was very successful.  She was happy that her good friend Tommy Davidson had agreed to host the event, and was a bit distracted and embarrassed the day of the event when he gave her a loud “shout out” on the Mic.  Being as personal as she is, she didn’t go in much detail about the day’s activities, except that she was very busy making sure everything she was responsible for was handled properly and correctly.  I asked if she had time to mingle with the celebrities and she stated she really didn’t have much time, but was able to say hi to many.  At the end of the day she did spend a little time with Michael, who expressed his appreciation to her for “being there for him”, for her help with the event and it’s success, and most importantly for all her support.  Of course, this touched her dearly. To all the folks from the MJJ Forum who have expressed their appreciation to Shana, and who are very pleased with her support of Michael.  She truly thanks you from her heart, and we the family thank you for your support as well.  If you have any more questions comments or discussions, feel free to hit us up on our Message Board at www.ariousentertainment.com.

 Now, back to my world!

Over the holidays, we had the wonderful opportunity to see Capleton in concert, and that was a great experience.  My wife and I saw Capleton many years ago while working with the folks over at the Crossroads, and back then working was all that was on our mind, so we didn’t have the opportunity to enjoy this conscious brother, as we did this time.  Yes, all his music is good, but it’s even better hearing and seeing him perform it live.  We were taken to another world by his performance, and it really knocks us off our feet when we witness the crowd taking over, and singing all of the artists’ songs.  Capleton would sing two words from his song, and the crowd took over and finished the entire song. You could tell how thrilled Capleton was from this by his performance.  Of course, many people who attended the concert including myself was very disappointed about the time the show began, and we were able to converse with many “big wigs” at the show about this problem.  After being asked by many folks “what time the show would begin”, I decided to voice my opinion about this problem and question why?  From the many conversations I had with these “big wigs”, “who’s who” in the Caribbean community here in DC, and promoters, I was told that the artist is to blame.  However, we all know that is not the case.  How could anyone pay an artist to do a show, and that artist dictate the time they feel like or want to come on?  That is not correct! Let’s analyze this for a moment.  Lets say you decided to bring an artist to town, you did all your research, contacted the management company, obtain the cost for bringing them/band into town.  At this point you have reviewed and thought over all the details about this particular show and all responsibilities are spelt and written out in the contract and rider.  When that artist or his people sign on the dotted line, everything is set, the time the artist gets into town, transportation, accommodations, food, salary and time performance begins.  How then I am being told that the artist begins his performance so late because he chooses to.  No way, I believe this is the promoter’s fault.  It seems the promoters are so interested in making as much money as they can, that the show is normally held up in order to stuff as many people in the venue as possible.  So, I won’t accept the “bull” about the artist.  That’s completely incorrect!  Anyway, other than the many complaints and grumbling about how late the show began, everything was IRIE.  I know many suffered the next day since Monday was not a holiday.

  A word to the promoters.  I’ve noticed this is becoming a trend with reggae shows in the DC area, as reggae music moves into the mainstream things like this will not be tolerated by the fans.  Please remember that the fans are paying for this, and supporting you and the artists, and you must do everything in your power to accommodate them and start the show in a timely manner.  Remember without the people, where will you the promoter be, or the artist.  They are your main support!

Look out for DC’s 7th Annual Reggae Awards; this will take place on March 5, 2004.  I have received a copy of the nominations, and will share them with you in our weekly e-mails.  Please join Tony Java as he awards all those who have contributed to the promotion of reggae music in Washington, D.C.

PEACE OUT TILL NEXT WEEK

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Shout Outs:

Special Congratulations to Sprang International and his lovely wife on the birth of their son “Tristin”.  Sprang always mentions he never gets enough sleep, well I don’t think he’ll be getting any now…laugh!  We are all proud that you (Sprang) are a new daddy!

  We would like to extend Special Birthday wishes to Joy Barnes.  Joy…we hope you enjoyed the special surprise party your husband Roland (Trinirollo) organized for you last week.  It was a pleasure celebrating with you, your husband and the many family and friends that attended. 

  Congratulations Qadree El Amin!  You’ve done it again!  As always we are very happy for you and always very happy to see your advancements in this wonderful entertainment industry.  We wish you lots of luck!

  A special greeting is being sent to the Bromley family and the Black family in Orlando Florida.  Gilly you are more than just a good friend to Susan and I, you are our extended family and we always enjoy the times we spend with you and Denise, throughout these 17 years, but this Christmas was very special.  What was most pleasurable was witnessing the joy your grand kids experienced when they opened all of their gifts…so many gifts!  Michelle and Anthony…we are very proud of you and extremely proud to see what wonderful parents you are.  We remember so fondly when you were the kids.  Keep up the good work!

Most importantly we want to send very special wishes to my family in Florida, and my Sister Shana in Los Angeles.  Spending these special holidays with you is always great!  Even though it’s never enough time, we enjoyed ourselves very much!  Also, to my in-laws in Trinidad, may your year be full of love, success and happiness, and we promise we will spend Christmas 2004 with you.

  Congratulations to Vera Schnur on the mansion she just finished building in Florida.  It was a joy visiting the huge, beautiful place…it’s truly a mansion!  Hope your schedule permits you to leave IOWA more frequently so you can spend lots of time in it. 

  We were just informed that Mike from Island Session lost his grandmother this week.  Please join me in extending sincere condolences to him and his family for his loss.

 

This Weekend In

WASHINGTON DC

 

This & Every Friday

Zanzibar on the Waterfront

Invites you

To the Re-Introduction of the 

Original International Happy Hour

Yes, Zanzibar's Original International Happy Hour is Back!!!!

FREE BEFORE 7pm           Doors open at 5pm

2 for 1 Drink Specials

Dance to DC's best International DJ's as they play your favorite Hits

Zanzibar on the Waterfront

700 Water St. SW Washington DC

For More Info Call 202-554-9100

www.zanzibar-otw.com

While you're at Zanzibar Check Out their New International Menu Featuring some  favorites from around the globe in a casual but exotic setting

Open for Lunch & Dinner

 

 

NO WORK OR SCHOOL ON MONDAY

SUNDAY JANUARY 18th 2004

DANCEHALL SUNDAY'S

Martin Luther King Birthday Celebration

Featuring

STONE LOVE

along side New York's # 1

Libra Love

plus 

Jason Steele & Andy G

IN CLUB II

DJ. Q (WPGC 95.5 FM)

PLAYING NON STOP HIP HOP

IN CLUB III

SPRANG INTERNATIONAL

along side Next Generation

2004 T & T Carnival Mix

Hosted By

EZ STREET (WPGC 95.5FM)

18 to Party, 21 to Drink

@

The Crossroads Entertainment Complex

4103 Baltimore Ave. Bladensburg Md. 301-324-2401

www.crossroadsclub.com 

 

 

COMING IN MARCH

FRIDAY MARCH 24th 2004

7th ANNUAL DC REGGAE MUSIC AWARDS

SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO BOB MARLEY & DENNIS BROWN

DOORS OPEN @ 9PM     AWARDS CEREMONY BEGINS @ 10PM

FEATURING

LENNY KURLOU & MONSOON

SOLDIERS OF JAH ARMY

WILLIE PAUL & COLORMAN

HOSTED BY

JEANIE JONES (WKYS 93.9)

RANE (WPGC 95.5)

CATERING BY 6 TIME AWARD WINNER 

"JUICY"

AFTER PARTY BEGINS @ 12:30AM

FEATURING

STONE LOVE

PLUS

DESTINY

EMPEROR

@

THE KING SOLOMON LODGE

2245 RHODE ISLAND AVE.  NE WASHINGTON DC

ADMISSION $20.00

www.dcreggaeawards.com 

 

New York City

Saturday February 14th 2004

BluePassion 

presents

Diva For A Day & Pamper & Spoil Showcase

11:00 am to 2:00pm

Free Admission

@

Stepping Out Studios

37 West 26th St. 9th Floor/Studio 2(Between Broadway & 6th Ave.

Ladies!!!   Ladies!!!    Ladies!!!!  Ladies!!!

FOR MENU SERVICES PLEASE RSVP TO mquick@akingump.com OR CALL 718-574-4221 ASK FOR MICHELE PLEASE LEAVE CONTACT #

REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED

MENU

FREE SPA BAG FILLED WITH GIFT FOR THE DIVA WITH ALL PURCHASES

30 MINUTE MASSAGE                                $25.00

FACIAL                                                           $15.00

BACKCIAL                                                     $15.00

FOOTBATH (DELUXE PEDICURE)                               $15.00

PAMPERED HANDS (DELUXE MANICURE)         $15.00

EXHIBITOR SPACE AVAILABLE CONTACT 718-574-4221 OR mquick@akingump.com

 


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