by Susan Mangatal - 

  Greetings Online Family:

I was celebrating too hard with Todd last week for a week long birthday celebration and was unable to connect with you as I do every week.  Forgive me for that!  My  head is finally starting to feel good again, it was bad all last week.  First off I want to send a special Thank you to a friend Mr. AMG who really made Todd's birthday a happy one.  Todd really had no intentions on celebrating his birthday, his words to me was "at my age, there is nothing to celebrate, I'd rather forget it", but Mr. AMG came along and said "let's celebrate" and made it happen.  Thanks Friend (sorry for "putting you out there" like this)!!!!


Well, it's Carnival time again!

Yes, the Carnival Season is heating up here in Washington DC.  All the Mas men and women are back from Trinidad's Carnival with fresh ideas, beautiful costumes and all hyped up for DC Carnival.  As usual DC Caribbean Carnival, Inc. (DCCC) is planning and working very heard on bringing this successful yearly event.  Of course nothing successful comes easy and without challenges, but as dedicated as this Carnival organizing body is, this 13th Carnival is sure to be the best!!!!  

DCCC will be hosting their first fundraiser on Saturday, March 26th, 2005.  Their Annual Glorious Saturday Fete @ The Caribbean Style Restaurant.  Check the Events page for all the details.


Bands/Bandleaders who intend to participate in this years' Carnival, a mandatory meeting is being held on Tuesday, March 15th at the DC Carnival Office in Washington DC.  For details contact their office at 202-726-2204

Look out for Upcoming Band Launchings, I heard from Washington Rampage who indicated they will be launching in Early April.  I had an opportunity to get a sneak peek of their costumes, and they are gorgeous!

Pan Masters Steel Orchestra is also gearing up for Carnival.  On April 10, 2005, they will be celebrating their 20th Anniversary by performing at  the Publick Playhouse for the Performing Arts, 5445 Landover Road., Cheverly Maryland, along with guest Artist Robert Greenidge (world renowned pannist from Trinidad and Tobago).  More details are listed below or contact Pan Masters Headquarters/Pan Yard 301-864-2610 or the Public Relations Office of Caribbean Festivals, Inc. - Mr. Roland Barnes @ 301-249-1028 (h) or 202-255-1987 (c). Tickets are $20.00 each and are available at Pan Masters Steel Orchestra.


Grammy Winner Shabba Ranks in Washington DC this weekend!

Lots of excitement is in the air because it's been 10 years since we, and lots of folks in this area have not had the opportunity to see Reggae Superstar Shabba Ranks live!  Oh yes, 2 time Grammy winner Reggae Superstar Shabba Ranks will be performing live in our area.  The wait is finally over, he will be in Washington DC this Saturday, March 12, 2005.  This will surly bring back lots of great memories.  Before Shabba won several Grammy's and put out many mainstream hits, Shabba was the foundation of the dancehall in the Mid 80's.  It surprised us that he has been off the scene for such a long time and hasn't had any major hits since the late 90's, but that's the business...though!  When you are on top they love you, and when you slip or say the wrong thing they forget about you, and it seems this is what happened to Shabba.  We love all of Shabba hits, but the 3 we most like are "The Pirates Anthem" with Coco Tea and Home Tea, "Shine Eye Gal" and "Golden Touch".

By the way does anyone know what's up with Petra!  She was as hot as Shabba in the 90's, with many crossover hits.  It's amazing everything all abruptly stopped from both of these artists.  If anyone has any insight on why, please let us know.

Again, this Saturday Shabba Ranks will be performing live in Washington DC.  

For all the details check 

Shabba Ranks born Rexton Rawlston Dernando Grodon in 1966, was the most popular dancehall artist in the world during his "hay day".  He crossed over to the mainstream in the US and around the world.  Due to the collaboration of reggae and hip-hop, and also due to his duet partners such as Maxi Priest (House Call), Johnny Gill (Slow and Sexy), Eddie Murphy (I was King) and event KRS-One, he became one of the hottest Reggae Artists, and all of this brought Shabba several hit singes and albums on the R&B Charts.  In the early 90's he was the first dancehall artist to win a Grammy.  His voice was distinctive, and his lyrics were pretty sexual, and "slack" which brought him lots of criticism, but that was what made Shabba special.  He actually was known as one of dancehall's hottest sex symbols.  Shabba certainly helped pave the way for bigger crossover hits by artists of today such as Shaggy and Sean Paul.

Shabba's Bio (below) is supplied by Steve Huey - All Music Guide

Shebba Ranks was born in 1966 in Sturgetown, Jamaica, but when he was eight years old, his family moved to the Kingston ghetto of Trenchtown, where Bob Marley had grown up. By age 12, he was fascinated by the sound system DJs who spun records in local clubs, and often chatted on the mic over the backing tracks. His early inspirations included Charlie Chaplin, General Echo, Brigadier Jerry, Yellowman, and especially Josey Wales. He soon tried his hand at performing as a toaster, and spent the early '80s working under Admiral Bailey at the Roots Melody sound system. Paired with a record selector dubbed the Navigator, Ranks initially called himself Co-Pilot. Under that name, he cut his first single, "Heat Under Sufferer's Feet," in 1985. He soon changed his name to Shabba Ranks, and caught the attention of his idol Josey Wales, who took the young toaster under his wing.

Wales introduced Ranks to some of the producers at King Jammy's studio, and Ranks soon began recording there, debuting with the single "Original Fresh." He collaborated with Chaka Demus, and recorded a large quantity of singles, none of which gave him a breakout hit. The 1988 single "Needle Eye Punany" marked the beginning of his notorious sexual explicitness, which he would soon ride to tremendous popularity in Jamaica. More crucial, though, was his move to King Jammy engineer/producer Bobby Digital's new studio and label, Digital B, in 1989. Having known each other for some time, the duo's chemistry was immediate, and Ranks quickly vaulted to stardom that year with a series of hit singles and an electrifying stage show (at one point, Ranks arrived on-stage via helicopter).

From 1989-1991, Ranks recorded some 50 singles, mainly with Bobby Digital but also with producers Gussie Clarke and Steely & Clevie. He scored hit after hit, including the massive "Wicked Inna Bed," "Roots and Culture," "Live Blanket," "Mama Man," and "Peeny Penny," among others. His album Rappin' With the Ladies featured covers of songs by female reggae artists, and gave him another big hit with a new version of J.C. Lodge's smash "Telephone Love"; it was also one of his first successes overseas, proving quite popular in the U.K. Gussie Clarke produced his 1989 LP Holding On, which spawned major hits in "Pirates' Anthem" (a collaboration with Cocoa Tea and Home T), "Twice My Age" (a duet with Krystal), and "Mr. Loverman" (a new version of Deborah Glasgow's "Champion Lover"). He also cut several other tracks with Cocoa Tea and Home T, including "Who She Love," "Stop Spreading Rumours," and "Your Body's Here With Me." A subsequent album, Golden Touch, proved to be another U.K. success.

Ranks' burgeoning popularity led to a major-label deal with Epic in 1991, and it was clear from the start that he aspired to crossover stardom. His Epic debut, As Raw as Ever, featured a high-profile duet with the then-hot Maxi Priest, "Housecall." "Housecall" made the Top Five on the R&B charts, sending As Raw as Ever all the way to number one on the R&B album listings. Another duet, "The Jam" -- this time with rap legend and reggae enthusiast KRS-One -- topped the hip-hop singles chart in 1992. As Raw as Ever was awarded a Grammy for Best Reggae Album, making Ranks the first dancehall artist ever to notch a win. Later in 1992, "Mr. Loverman" was re-released as a single in the States, following its appearance in the film Deep Cover; it went all the way to number two on the R&B charts. Ranks released his follow-up album, X-Tra Naked, the same year, and notched yet another duet hit with the Johnny Gill collaboration "Slow and Sexy," his third R&B Top Fiver. X-Tra Naked also featured other minor hits: "Muscle Grip," "Ting-a-Ling," and a duet with Queen Latifah, "What 'Cha Gonna Do?"; it also won Ranks his second straight Best Reggae Album Grammy. Ranks was so popular that two compilations of his earlier Jamaican hits, Rough & Ready, Vol. 1 and Mr. Maximum, both charted in the U.S. in 1992 as well.

1994 brought Ranks another decent-sized hit in the Addams Family Values soundtrack contribution "Family Affair," a rap/reggae version of the Sly & the Family Stone hit. He completed his third Epic album, A Mi Shabba, in 1995, and it produced several minor hits in "Ram Dancehall," "Let's Get It On," and "Shine Eye Gal." However, it didn't match the phenomenon of its predecessors, and Ranks fell mostly silent afterwards. He did return to Jamaica to record some more material for King Jammy during the late '90s, some of which was released on the hodgepodge album Get Up Stand Up in 1998. However, no new major-label offerings appeared, and Sony issued several compilations around the turn of the millennium. 


Thanks to all who wrote with nice comments regarding the Black History Segment I did last month.   I was especially touched by on-line family member who indicated they were unaware of some of the powerful black women I featured, and they took the time to do some research on  each and learned a lot.  They even requested that I continue featuring a powerful black person each month.  Which I think I will!   Thanks again for all the encouraging words, I truly appreciate it and all your support!

Please support the T&T Women's Committee of Washington DC Sunday Brunch this Sunday, March 13, 2005.  Scroll down to Events to see the details or Check the "Events Page".

In closing don't forget to continue helping out the people of Guyana from recovering from "The Floods of Guyana".  Many are trying to put their lives back together from the homelessness and are in need.  So contribute and help whatever you can by contacting your Local Guyanese Embassy and your Local Red Cross Office, or any of the below agencies. Or

Until next week, please have a safe and wonderful weekend!; 



Caribbean Vibes Radio (Internet 24-7 radio)

SIZZLING THURSDAYS!!!  Be sure to join the rejuvenated &  energized maestro "Fabulous" for "Sizzling Thursdays". Showtime Thurs. 9:00pm-12 midnight.  Join DJ Fabulous as he celebrates his birthday!  Share the link with friends and family across the globe.  Email your requests, shout- outs to or toll free 1-866-ONE-VIBE

REMEMBER Wednesday from 9:00pm for "Under Pressure" with DJ Gusma from outta Italy.  Nuff vibes and sweet melodies for one HOT hour. Show repeats on Thursdays 1pm-2pm.

2005 Carnival


Virginia Beach Carnival - June 10th-12th

DC Caribbean Carnival - June 25th & 26th

March 26, 2005 - Glorious Saturday Fundraiser Fete 

Boston Carnival 


Now called Boston Carnival Village - The Carnival now includes all those things associated with Boston Carnival, not just those of the administrative body "The Caribbean American Carnival Association of Boston Inc." (CACAB)

This year (2005) Features: (1) Carnival band: See the years new offering and when bands will be launching; (2) Jouvert Committee: Register your "Old Mas Ban"; (3) Applications: A very powerful feature- Vendors, Bands, etc. (4) Advertise: Online, Carnival magazine, bands, etc; (5) Village News: - want to know what's up, you to can submit an article for online publication. 300-500 words & photo; and (5) Market Place: Purchase T-shits, Caps, Mug, Calendars, etc. 

CaribNation TV

WHUT - TV  - Ch.32,  6pm - Monday, March 14th, 2005: The Caribbean-American Heritage Awards Gala - By popular demand, CaribNation TV is please to re-broadcast the Institute of Caribbean Studies’ 2004 Annual Caribbean-American Heritage Awards Gala, hosted by Principal Anchor Derrice Deane

WHUT - TV  - Ch.32,  6pm - Monday, March 21st, 2005: The COORE Foundation - is an international organization with the purpose to design, implement, monitor, and evaluate individual, family, community, and provider- specific health and education promotion and intervention activities. The Foundation also seeks to enhance behavioral lifestyle changes among at-risk communities. The Foundation’s focus is on preventive health (primary, secondary and tertiary) and literacy.  The Foundation (1) serves as a gateway agent for change practices incorporating diverse cultural belief systems and preferences; (2)  develops community-based comprehensive market entry health and educational programs to address target market needs (i.e. disease prevention strategies and library services); (3)  serves as a devout advocate of the belief that a healthy and educated community and country is a productive community and country; and (4) serves as a cathedral for human capital (health, education & career training). We open our doors to assist all in:
L    Lifelong Learning
E    Educating, Enhancing, Empowering
A    Accessing health and educational materials and services
R    Responding to behavior change
N    Navigating worlds of information

WHUT - TV  - Ch.32,  6pm - Monday, March 21st, 2005: CaribProfile: Trinidadian Artist/Musician David Boothman - A celebrated artist/ musician from Trinidad and Tobago has been involved in the arts for over thirty-five years.  “As a colorist, I am moved by color relationship – the subtleties of texture, nuances of line and shape, creating forms from abstract to figurative, from impressionism to cubism, from expression to quasi-realism.”  As a musician, he is compelled to explore the relationship of color and sound from a mystical sense.  This exploration has influenced his values and selection of icons and motifs for his music and his art. David, a composer, artist, musician and teacher has received numerous awards for arts in education and multi-media arts production.  His works are included in numerous private collections as well as in international corporate buildings in Europe and Latin Amer.



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Invites you to A Sunday Morning Brunch 

@ CROWN UNDERGROUND (Crown Bakery) 5329 Georgia Avenue, NW

From 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.





DONATION: $10.00 per plate (TAX-DEDUCTIBLE)

For More Information contact: Brenda Samuel: 301-891-3756Pat St. Hill: 301-574-2253; Annette: 301-879-8449; Deanne Samuels: 301-499-3158; Pat Phillip: 301-439-9107; Jennifer Blackman: 202-529-1644; Lucille Herring: 202-723-8269Crown Bakery: 202-291-3009


Senegal's Legendary ORCHESTRA BAOBAB Returns 

Specialists of the Afro-Cuban Style

 An African-Latin Dance Party at the Birchmere

Senegal's ORCHESTRA BAOBAB returns to the Birchmere to perform for one show only at the Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va.  Show time: 7:30 pm. Doors: 6:00 pm.  

Check the Events Page for the Contact Information 

CeeC Promotions Presents

"Reggae meets Go Go"

"Ras Lidj" meets "Lil Benny"

at The Market Lounge, 1309 5th Street, N.E., Washington DC

on Monday, March 21, 2005 for Moet Mondays

For More info. contact

Free until 8, and ladies free until 9pm.  Doors open at 6pm with Free buffet by Tropicana Eateries.  Mature Audience (21 & over)

 Click The Star Above to enter the "EVENTS" Page and scroll down for More Details or Click Here!


DC Caribbean Carnival presents it's annual Glorious Saturday Fundraiser (Fete) @ Caribbean Style Restaurant.


I.C.E. Entertainment & Radio Boyz 

Presents "Bare As Your Dare"

Featuring: NYC, DC & B-More Mix Masters: Mix-a-Lot Crew, Demolition Dex & Spinnaz, Inc

@ T&T Clubhouse, 5123 Georgia Ave., NW, Washington DC.

Sunday April 10, 2005

Caribbean Festivals, Inc., a non-profit, tax exempt organization will stage a performance at the Publick Playhouse for The Performing Arts featuring Pan Masters Steel Orchestra, Washington DC preeminent steel band  in concert with Robert Greenidge, world renowned pannist from Trinidad and Tobago.

Caribbean Festivals, Inc. Presents

 Pan Masters Steel Orchestra 20th Anniversary

With A Special Performance by Pan Masters

@ Publick Playhouse for The Performing Arts, 5445 Landover Rd. , Cheverly, Md.

with Guest Artiste: Robert Greenidge

Performance: 6:30pm

Check The Events Page for Additional Details or click the STAR Above



Shout Outs

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Happy Belated Birthday Mr. Herman Samuels!

Get Well "Bob The Wiz", our thoughts are with you, and we pray that your have a speedy recovery.


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