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Celebrate June - National Caribbean-American Heritage Month
- In the 109th Congress both
the House and Senate unanimously approved H.Con.Res.71, a measured
introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland), on June 5, 2006
President George W. Bush issued a proclamation designating June as
Caribbean - American Heritage Month. This proclamation acknowledges the growing political and economic influence of the
Caribbean Diaspora and its importance and contribution to the
development of the cultural diversity of the United States.
Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we celebrate the great
contributions of Caribbean-Americans to the fabric of our Nation,
and we pay tribute to the common culture and bonds of friendship
that unite the United States and the Caribbean countries" by
George W. Bush
past Memorial weekend was pretty nice. They say it's the
beginning of summer, and it certainly was for us. The
weather worked out just fine, and for the first time in a number of
years we decided to hang out at home and do the traditional BBQ
thing, which we enjoyed immensely.
started out the Memorial Day weekend early last Thursday with the drinking and
drinking with friends, so of course by Friday I was through with
drinking. However, I was reminded that Jamaica's Top Soca DJ
was in town, so we had to check out this young man's DJ-ing
ability...and so the drinking started again.
I...myself have become very bored with the DJs in our area, they
simple seem to be playing music as if they are mainstream radio
(20 songs in a row). It's pathetic when you know the order
of the songs they play, and exactly what is going to be played
that Todd is a DJ, has managed DJs, and have managed DJ Companies
including his own, one of the things we found ourselves doing
(which just comes naturally) is checking out different DJs, their
styles and skills. Of course, Todd (especially) is very
critical of DJs, and I have found myself critiquing and comparing
them to the many who came into our world/life over the years, and
who mainly reside in Florida or Trinidad.
believe Todd would agree with me when I say I have not seen any
DJ in this area who can top some of the DJs we worked with in
Florida. Don't get me wrong, the DJs in this area
have skills, but it seems some of the younger ones are afraid to change the music or
play new music. You go to the club or dance and it's the
same old "20 jams in a row", no diversion...no
mixes...absolutely nothing different from what you heard the night
before or the week before. It's just sad, because there are
so much new music being released and hitting the airwaves on a
daily basis...just log on the internet to a few out of state radio
stations or internet radio stations and you will hear all the
latest music, rhythms, etc., but the DJs around our area never
play them, which is really strange to me. As for the mature
DJ's I have no problem with them they are "seaasoned"
and know exactly how to play the music.
at times I wish someone would host a good old "Sound Clash", so that the DJs who
are clashing can really perform and show their skills. I've
witnessed when an out of town DJ comes to our area, the local DJs
are "itching" to get on the set to play, instead of
chilling out and tuning into the out of town DJ to get a few
pointers. Guys...I hate to be so critical, so don't be upset
with me or hate me. Actually, in my opinion any criticism is
good...you then know what you are doing wrong and can fix it or
this leads me into my night out at the Dance witnessing Jamaica's Top Soca DJ - Mr. Kurt Riley
(known as "The Party Animal" from FAME FM in
Jamaica.) I must say Mr. Riley was
pretty incredible, not only with the soca but with all the genre
of music he played. Of course, this comes naturally to
Mr. Riley since he has been around music all his life being that
his dad is Producer Winston Riley (one of the original
members of the rock steady group from Jamaica called the
"Techniques", best know for their hit song "Queen
say Kurt Riley was born to play music, and that I must agree with,
because he was really good. His selections were "off
the hook", and his mixing was fantastic. From the
moment we walked into the club Riley was on the set playing, and we witnessed him building and building the crowd as well as the
vibe. Once Mr. Riley transitioned into soca he took me to
another level, he was as good as any soca DJ. (Actually, Mr.
Riley is very respected in Trinidad, he joined Trinidadian
selector "Lynch Man" for the 2006 Carnival and played for
one of the top Mas Bands on the road "Poison". Mr.
Riley's performance and wonderful reception earned him
another invited this year to play at the 2007 Carnival for the mas
of the times at a club or venue I rarely dance, but this night I
went non stop, and so did everybody in the venue.
Throughout Mr. Riley's set, between his mixes he would
"pull up" for a minute to hear if the crowd was
responded, and they certainly were. I was extremely impressed and I noticed many of the
more mature DJs giving the thumbs up and doing a few steps to his
mixes. As for Todd it's hard to impress him, but he couldn't
walk away to make his "rounds" or have his cigarette as he always
does, he indicated to me he didn't want to leave to miss what
Riley would mix/play next. For me and friends it was
surprising that Mr. Riley got Todd moving to his music, that is something very
Riley never stopped throughout the night, except for a minute or 2
break. It was no 45 minute set, he just played from the time
we walked into the club until a few minutes before close.
Actually, "management" was vibing so much that they
turned the lights back off for folks to party after shut down
time...you know it must have been a good night.
Ups" to Kurt Riley and Maximum respect. To me he is a
fabulous soca DJ and he has earned his name "JA's Top Soca
DJ" and "Party Animal".
Sunday earlier in the day we started off by attending the Grand
Opening celebration of BJ's Int'l Market, where we picked up some
Jerk chicken seasoning and Hardo bread to continue our holiday
weekend BBQ-ing. Mr. Jacob (the owner) was pleased to see us pass through and he was excited to be
open. He had the selves stacked with lots of food items as
well as products from the Caribbean. Stop by and check out
BJ's Int'l Market, you are sure to find anything from the islands
BJ's specializes in Caribbean,
African, Hispanic and American Groceries - Located at:
5208 Baltimore National Pike (Caring Cross Shopping Center) in
Baltimore, MD - : 410-455-9925. Directions: log on to www.bjsinternationalmarket.com
& click the "Location Page". M-Sat.: 8am-9pm &
Sun:10am to 6pm. Click
Here to view and Print flyer - take Flyer to Market to
receive a 10% discount on your order. Offer good on food
items only and expires June 30, 2007.
Steel Orchestra held their 9th annual Pan Jamboree this past
Sunday, and we did not
leave the house on time to attend the show, but the reports from
our friends and organizers was very positive, despite downpours of
rain, it was a nice turnout and folks enjoyed themselves.
"When Steel Talks Everyone Listens" out of New York did a wonderful
review on this event, as well as captured some of the performances
at the show which we feel must be shared with you.
Masters Does it Again!
Steelband Jamboree a Success by "When Steel Talks Everyone
The place to be
this past Memorial weekend was at the annual Pan Masters Steelband
Jamboree. The show attendees were treated to high level
steelband music performances by a variety of steel orchestras from
across the US North east regional area. This year was
particularly special as steelbands traveled from as far as Ohio to
participate in the show.
performers included Pantonic Steel Orchestra (Brooklyn, NY), St.
Veronica's Youth Steel Orchestra (Baltimore, MD), Positive
Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra (Hyattsville, MD), Walnut Hills
High School Steelband (Cincinnati, OH), Rhythm Project All Stars
(Hampton, VA), DC Pan Jammers (Washington, DC), Harbor Knights
Youth Steel Orchestra (Baltimore, MD), Michael George, the One Man
Band (Maryland) and Pan Masters Steel Orchestra (North Brentwood,
Pan Masters steel orchestra, in addition to performing at the
event played host, organizer and producer to the entire
affair. The theme of this year's event was "One
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We want to thank our good friends
Gwen and John for Memorial Monday's BBQ get together. It was
really nice, the many drinks, the fantastic food and the wonderful
conversations!!!! THANKS GUYS!
Father's Day will be celebrated in
a few weeks, so
I urge you to begin your shopping now. Click Here for our
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great gifts for your dad.
closing I want to say a big hello to "Sun" one of our
on-line family who made it a point to introduce herself to me and
share some of the exciting things she is doing with her charity
events. Also, hello to Ms. Adams and good luck on your
Marvin Gaye Festival next week. (Details are listed below).
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