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The lead singer of the veteran reggae
group Culture, suddenly took ill and passed away in
Berlin, Germany last week while the group were in the
middle of an European tour.
Hill, born January 22, 1949 in Linstead, began his
career at the legendary Studio One as a percussionist
with the Soul Defenders and also played on Freddie
McKay's classic, Hanging On The Wall.
Hill, his cousin Albert Walker and Kenneth Dayes formed
the original line-up beginning in 1976, but Dayes
subsequently left and was replaced by Telford Nelson.
He had over 22 albums to his credit, issued on various
labels, including Heartbeat, Shanchie and Virgin.
Hill was the lead voice behind the epochal 1977 hit,
Two Sevens Clash, a reference to the numerological
coincidence of July 7, 1977 (7/7/77), as well as other
roots staples like Natty Never Get Weary, Stop The
Fussing And Fighting, I'm Not Ashamed, Jah See Them A
Come, and Jah Alone[Can Give I Satisfaction]. The dub
side of the latter song formed the basis for Dread No
Have No Forty Leg, which helped establish the career of
The artiste enjoyed a lengthy career in reggae music and
will be greatly missed by both fans and peers.
Reports are that the group plans to finish its current
European tour and honour all other commitments with
Hill's son Kenyatta standing in on lead vocals as a
tribute to his father. His last Jamaican appearance was
at Reggae Sunsplash in St Ann.
He is being hailed by his peers as an inspiration to
many and as an artiste who represented reggae at the
"I would like to say that Culture made a great
contribution to the development of reggae music,"
veteran crooner, Ken Boothe said. "He was truly
among the greats when it comes to reggae music. The
music has lost a stalwart, and my condolences to his
family," Ken Boothe added.
"I'm saddened to hear of the passing of Culture. He
was really one of the more important contributors to
reggae music, which he carried far and wide," said
singer Ras Karby who recalled growing up with Culture in
Homestead in Spanish Town, St Catherine. Another old
school entertainer, Strangejah Cole said he and Culture
were more than just friends.
"As you know, we go back a very long way. Due to
the music, we were more than just friends really. He
(Culture) started 1972 and I started 1962, so I was like
a 10 year period ahead of him. But I happened to meet
him at Coxsone's studio, and everywhere else where music
would be and he was one of the nicest persons. He was
one of Jamaica's truly international artistes," was
how Strangejah Cole remembered his musical brother and
Veteran percussionist, Bongo Herman, said that Culture
was a good man whose steps were ordered by God.
"I'm saddened to know that Culture really pass on,
to know that me and him always de pon tour, yuh nuh. He
is a man weh really tour hard and perhaps him needed
some rest, yuh understand. Fah everybadi want him all
over di world. As one tour dun, him take on a next one.
Mi ah goh miss him. He is a great man whose steps is
ordered by God, mi a tell yuh straight up," Bongo
Leroy Sibbles, himself a musical stalwart, who along
with the Heptones helped to lay the foundation of reggae
music, said while extending condolences to the late
singer's family: "Joseph Hill was the culture of
the music business. Its a great loss to the music, and
I'm sorry to hear."
We at Arious extend our sincere condolences to the
family of Mr. Hill. We will certainly miss
his conscious lyrics!!!!
to all of you. This weekend started off pretty
cool. We were planning to check out Destra with
"the roads", but her show was postponed/canceled
again, so we ended up chilling at home. Saturday
we ventured out to DC to support The Original Baltimore
Carnival's fundraiser over at Zanzibar-OTW,
and that turned out to be very nice. On Sunday we
briefly passed through DC Caribbean Carnival's Awards
Ceremony, and it was
extremely nice to see all the awards the bands we
sponsored received. We are so proud of all their
winnings, and as a tribute/ commemoration to them I have
pulled together a 10 minute video clip which includes their
performances on the road on Carnival Day (June 24,
the TV Screen to view this video clip on
about DC Caribbean Carnival...hum...! Well all I
can say is: "...and the hating
continues..."!!! On-Line Family, I know this may
not be important to some of you, but abide with me for a
minute, I have to speak about what transpired over this
Oh Yes, the
hating certainly continues with these folks!
Instead of me finishing/completing my Caribbean story I
have to respond to yet another hateful move on the
part of DC Caribbean Carnival Inc.
To my amazement and disbelief, I received a
“Cease and Desist” letter initiated by 2 members of the DC
Caribbean Carnival, Inc., misrepresenting the entire
say “2 members” and “misrepresenting” because I
discovered (1) several other members were unaware of
this; (2) was not included in
such an important decision or discussion; or (3) received a
call to be informed about
this “Cease and Desist” Letter.
Here it is right before everyone eyes, maximum
disrespect being conducted to not only me, but to those
members who were not included in this decision. This is
one of the reasons I stated this organization is
dysfunctional, because if this was a functional
organization, before an important decision such as this
(to bring legal action against someone who has supported
this event for the last 8 or 9 years in some form or
another))...such a decision would have been discussed
and all members should have agreed with the action that
has taken place. This could be detrimental to the entire organization, and
besides if I speak I should be able to do so freely
without being threatened, because of the "Freedom
of Speech Act"
Also, this is a
prime example of mismanagement, because if there were
proper management these leaders/managers would have
realized that the statements I made on my “What’s
Happening” e-mail blast 2 weeks
ago, were very vague
and unclear. Unless
one was aware of the situation I was referring to, one
would have been lost by my statements.
However, the leaders of this Organization must be
afraid of something, and assumed that I/we may expose
something they are afraid to face up to, and clearly
feels must stay hidden (whatever this may be).
Really, this only
shows guilt, if “everything is everything” there
would be no reason for me to cease and desist, because
these 2 members would know there would be nothing to
say, and would agree with “letting the truth be
thank God that we have developed a means to communicate
with our community and no longer can these issues be
pushed aside and hidden.
Again, truly, this organization feels some kind
of guilty (which they should), and has flown of the
handle AGAIN, and have done something stupid and
importantly disrespected me, and there other board
members by taking it upon themselves without consulting
the other members on the board before doing such a
terrible thing. If
you are interested in reading more of my comments
regarding this problem feel free to click here, and
please click here also to get a glimpse of the
"Cease and Desist" Letter.
you will notice Susan did talk/write her experiences
during her tenure with DC Caribbean Carnival, Inc.
Please read on, it's pretty interesting!!!!
member of DC Caribbean Carnival Executive Board
Yup...as all of you know by
now I have resigned from this organization, DCCC
(which I just realized is now called DCCI from
the "Cease & Desist"
Letter). I resigned in early July, not because I
wanted to, but because I was pushed, along with
accused, disrespected and verbally abused to the
point that it would have become physical.
I must first start by
saying to the band leaders here in DC that have faithfully
participate in this Carnival for so many
years…you are right, you are all so right!!!!
I must apologize to all of you for taking
so long to see the truth.
From the first day we got involved with
Carnival while working on our promotional
campaign for Crossroads, many of you stressed
how difficult it was to work with the Organizing
committee of Carnival, but being new to this
Carnival, I was unable to absorb what you were
saying at the time (even though I saw it.)
Now, I’ve lived it, and I’m sorry to
say all that I’ve heard throughout the years,
but just couldn’t grasp how these things could
be happening, were true. They
all are true!!!!
I must proceed with this
even though I have mix feelings...I just have
to...but deep down inside I still feel very committed
to this Organization. Thanks to many of you
(On-Line family and many local friends and
acquaintances) who have sent me correspondences
convincing me it's ok to talk about these
you have indeed made me see what I have to say
will only help solve some of the problems (maybe
all, but some).
Well, the only way to begin
is by sharing with you what led me to resign.
It all began with some questions,
actually 5 questions I submitted to the board
via e-mail and requested that they be discussed
at an upcoming meeting.
I was actually responding to a plea from
a PR Committee member who needed a problem
resolved (one involving the PR Committee member and
a business owner/performer/big supporter of DC
Carnival). This PR Committee member had sent
a letter to the leaders of our board detailing
and explaining what had transpired with a
situation (that had went bad), and had asked
the 2 leaders to discuss it and help solve the
problem. It came to me and the other board members after no response
was received by the PR Committee member.
Therefore, the letter was forwarded to the entire board in
order for it to be discussed and resolve.
I had responded to the entire board
requesting that some time be allotted at our
upcoming meeting to discuss this problem as well
as some issues that I needed to get resolved
here to see my e-mail response to all our
members regarding this important issue & my 5
Actually, my resignation
letter to the members of the DC Carnival board
members pretty much covers a lot of why I had to
move on, so click here
to read why I was pushed to leave something I
love so dearly (My Resignation Letter via
Also, as you read you will see how and
why Todd became upset and disgusted with this
As you must have read by
now, in response to my questions, instead of
receiving answers I was verbally abused in the
most profane and vulgar way, so much so that
after the meeting the members of the board joked
“girl…you are brave boy, that man almost
jumped over the table to buss your _ _ _”.
To me this was not a joking matter,
because here it is they saw what almost
happened, where it was going, and never even
tried to stop it.
Not only that, but the President did not
even intervene or tried to answer the questions
himself, he just sat there without saying a word
about this disgraceful behavior, nor requested
that it be stopped immediately.
Clearly this shows he agreed with this
after things calmed down, he pulled out the
Corporation (DCCC/DCCI) By-Laws and read the
duties of this member and stated “I don’t
see him doing anything wrong.” I wondered at the time what did that have to do with my
You tell me (on-line
family) now that you have read these questions,
were they not warranted an answer, civil
these question something a board member needed
to know? I
know I was not out of place for asking these
questions because I am a board member, and these
are things we all (board members) should be
As you see from my
resignation letter this board member was very
pleased and proud of himself by calling an
outsider of our group (a bandleader of one of
the 4 bands we had sponsored in this years’
Carnival) and relaying his nasty outburst to him
“word for word” not realizing that this band
leader was (1) appalled by this whole situation,
(2) by receiving the call (where he seemed to be
proud of “cussing out” one of his team), and
most importantly (3) by him belittling me, the
little position I held, along with my business
Of course, Todd was called immediately by
this band leader with this information and Todd instantly got extremely upset, and made the
necessary calls, over and over and over to this
member, without getting an immediate response.
He didn’t have the common courtesy to
call Todd right away, only when he was good and
ready, and when he did he couldn’t explain to
Todd why he had done this, and didn’t even
seemed to care.
I want you (on-line family) you please
tell me, didn’t Todd have the right be upset
and expressed his disgust about the
unprofessionalism on his e-mail?
To make a long story short,
this member had the “nerve” to call me to
apologize, but upon the advise from a friend and
a supporter of the Carnival, I didn’t accept
the calls nor the apology. As my friend explained to me, “you cannot accept this
man’s apology because you will be accepting
and condoning the disrespect he has shown you
from his verbal profane abuse, most importantly
you will be condoning the physical abuse you
almost endured at this meeting in his attempt to
“jump across the table”" (as the other
board members put it)”
Honestly, this board member
needs help and really should have been removed for misconduct!
Per Article 5 (Membership) - Section 5 of DCCC/DCCI By-Laws.
However, at the time since none of the
board members had the (excuse my phrase)
“balls” to intervene, I felt I would have
been alone in this fight (as I always am.).
Oh yes, I knew I needed to take the
necessary steps to ask for the removal of this
individual, but I felt alone, and from past
experiences I know the rest of the members of
this board did not have the “back-bone” to
stand up with me to put a stop to this
However, even though everyone who were at
this meeting were appalled by this behavior
(except for the President and maybe one other
member), stated it after the meeting, but
didn’t do anything to correct it, once again
another major issue was “swept under the
rug” and overlooked.
Now silly me, as dedicated
to DC Carnival and to the projects I had
started, stayed on and tried to finish the year,
even though it was the most difficult decision I
made and the most difficult time I ever had
working with this Organization.
Anyway, a week after
Carnival ended at our regular meeting, I again was
approached in a negative manner by this member
over a report I could not complete due to the
Treasurer not forwarding to me some information
that was needed to complete the report.
Even though the Treasurer apologized to
me and to the board for not forwarding the
information, this member began his verbal abuse
again, with the unwarranted accusations, and
nasty remarks towards my character. It was clear now that it really wasn’t worth it being a
part of this board,
so I didn’t say a word, I just took his insults and knew
this was it for me, and I absolutely had to go.
Now, after all the
responses Todd received from his e-mail 2 weeks
ago, and from all that I received this week. It is my duty as all of you encouraged for me to share with
you some of the issues that I experienced.
What I experienced may help someone who
is currently on a board that is experiencing the
same issues, or it may help the person who will
take my place on DC Caribbean Carnival.
you wish to continue reading about my
experiences, please click here to continue or
the button below.
by Susan Mangatal
As I stated on my 2nd page (continuation page) of my comments, "I’m done talking about DC Caribbean
Carnival, Inc. and it’s issues, we at Arious have more
important things to deal with in our quest to take
Caribbean music to the mainstream, and create a thriving
organized, respected Caribbean music industry. What
happens now is in the hands of you the Community, you
will soon know some of the facts, what’s actually
going on with the leaders of this Organization, and may
be able to take the steps that’s needed to make this a
successful and long lasting Caribbean event in the
So I say to the
leaders of this group, go on my brothers, do what you
must, because I have nothing to hide, however it seems
you have lots to hide and is afraid for something to be
exposed. Yes, I will fight you to the top on this one, because in this
case everything will eventually have to be exposed,
which is something you seem not to want happen, but you
have taken it to a level of sending “Cease and
Desist” letter. I
know for a fact, this is what the community has wanted
all along, and they will finally see what has been going
on with a non-inclusive organization. So go forth and do what you wish!!!!
intend to continue to speak the truth through my
commentary as I have done for the many years on my
weekly What’s happening” e-mail, and you are not
going to stop me, because I have said nothing false or
harmful, only to help you grow and the community gain a
long lasting and successful cultural outlet!!!
to more positive issues at hand!!! What did you think of
S.T.O.R.M Reggae Band? Don't you agree they are good, at
least the single that is featured on their video is real good and so is the video? Truly,
they are one of the best local Reggae Bands here in Washington
DC/MD/VA. As for Monsoon (the DJ), for years I have seen his talents, and
believed in is potential from day one. He will go a long
way, and Lenny Kurleu is a good singer, actually both of these
very talented, and in my opinion are beginning to really
didn't get much response about their video, so if you didn't
have a chance, check it out again and let me know your
Let me give them a "plug", if you are
in the Baltimore Area this Sunday the 27th, I understand they
will be performing at the Eden's Lounge, so you might want to
stop by and check them out live.
the TV Screen to check it out their song and video Hola Hola, and let me know what you think
Caribbean Carnival 2k6 DVD
montage of The "Sights and Sounds of DC Caribbean
Carnival" as I witnessed and experienced
Here To View the Video Trailer, or TV Screen below
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not gotten word regarding these 3 missing people, so we have
included the announcements this week once again! If any
of them are found, please inform us!!!
Ta'Niya McFalin and her grandmother, Melinda Threatt
were last seen 08/12/06 in Upper Marlboro, MD.
McFlarlin is 4 feet tall weighing 80 lbs, light brown
skin, dark brown eyes, with dark brown hair. She
was wearing a black shirt with yellow, pink and blue
writing on it, the words on her shirt said "you
know what I mean Jellybean?", with A blue jean
skirt that stops at her knees, with green sandals.
Ta'Niya's hair is in corn rows with white and clear
beads at the ends of her hair.
Melinda Threatt, is about 5 feet and 6 inches, weighing
about 180 lbs, light brown skin, dark brown hair.
She was wearing green capris with a green shirt.
Melinda's hair is in long individual braids.
Melinda was driving a 2000 Toyota Camry 4 door the car
is gold and the tag # is 648710.
If you have any
information, please contact Breya Threatt at
301-249-0571 or 202-422-8355, or Joe McFarlin (father of
Ta'Niya) at 301-316-2097 or 301-316-8284.
McFlarlin - Click on Photos for larger view
grandmother, Melinda Threatt
New York City
member of our on-line family is missing one of their family
members. As of yesterday (8/2/06) Ms. Jemma Owens
of New York is still missing and has been missing since JULY
Owens is listed as a missing person since July 13, 2006, from
the New York City tri-state area. She was last seen
traveling from the Bronx (University Avenue) to Brooklyn
(Flatbush). The police and the center for Missing and
Exploited Children are involved.
on-line family member feels THE MORE PEOPLE KNOW WHAT THIS
YOUNG LADY LOOKS LIKE THE BETTER CHANCE SHE WILL BE
FOUND. So Please
click Ms. Owens picture below for a larger view and
circulate to all of your colleagues, especially all of our
on-line family in the New York City, New Jersey, and
Please forward all phone calls to either Detective Gianni at
(212) 473-3762 or Mr. Jaime Owens at (917) 346-5531
for larger view!!!
Next Week, and have a safe and wonderful weekend!!!
2006 Island Fire
August 31st, 2006 is
the deadline for CONTESTANTS AND ENTERTAINERS FOR THE
2006 ANNUAL ISLAND FIRE PAGEANT
scheduled to take place on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24,
Deadline for Registration in the 2006 Island Fire
Pageant as a contestant or an entertainer is August
31st. Get an electronic copy of the applications
today by replying to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The men, women, boys and girls compete separately in
The age range for contestants is
8 - 12 yrs (Prince & Princess)
13 - 17 yrs (Jr. Mr. & Jr. Miss)
18 - 35 yrs (Mr. & Ms.)
Contestants DO NOT have to be born on a Caribbean
island/country; however, they should have had some form
of EXPOSURE to the Caribbean culture.
The competitive categories are Introduction,
Island/Caribbean Wear, Talent, Formal Wear, Question & Answer. Winners
receive a cash
prize, crown, trophy and sash.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BEING A CONTESTANT OR ENTERTAINER
IN THE 2006 ANNUAL ISLAND
*****DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS AUGUST 31, 2006*****
September 5 - September
The Adinkra Group
Da Souls of Black Folk
"STOP THE VIOLENCE
Washington will be exposed to something new, something
many have never before experienced live -- Krump
Dancing. The Adinkra proudly presents an
unforgettable week of community events called Da Souls of
Black Folk featuring the world's best Krump dancers, the
KRUMP KINGS. Youth in the nation's capitol will have
an exciting opportunity to channel their energy in a
healthy and positive direction through discovering and
exploring the expressive art of "Krumping".
Each event is designed to introduce alternative means to
violence through music and dance. Also featured
during the week is FARAFINA KAN a local West African
percussion orchestra whose mission is to help young people
find purpose and overcome societal obstacles by connecting
with the spirit of their enriched African legacy through
drum and dance.
For more details check out www.theadinkragroup.com
and click flyer below for large view.
8 - 10th 2006, Druid Hill
CARNIVAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
oRiGiNaL BaLtImOrE cArNiVaL eXtRaVaNgAnZa
OF SUMMER JAM
JUST A FETE”
support of the
STUDENTS SCHOLARSHIP FUND
SEPTEMBER 16, 2006
PM —2:00 AM
CLUB at Andrews Air Force Base
Entrance off Allentown Road)
by Bobby’s Music Machine & DJ Brian
$20 in advance
/ $25 @ the door - ID
REQUIRED - Cash Bar - Hors
St. Hill: 301-523-1787;
Deanne Samuels: 301-499-3158;
Ryan Bascombe: 301-221-7788;
St Clair Wyre: 301-873-4011; Annette
Hosted by T&T Working Women’s
Committee & West Indian American Military Members
Sunset Films International's movie
Will open to the public for the first time
PLACE: CRAMPTON AUDITORIUM - HOWARD UNIVERSITY
DATE: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2006
Info: 301.891.4900 - Sunset Films
202.806.7194 - Box Office
Annual Las Vegas
of Rasta Reggae Festival
September 23rd & 24th 2006
The Annual Bob Marley Festival Tour
County Government Center
Amphitheater, 500 S. Grand Central
Pkwy Las Vegas, NV 89106,
the Airport take I-215 W toward Las
Vegas/Los Angeles/Salt Lake City,
I-15 N via EXIT 10 toward Las Vegas,
Take the Charleston Blvd. East exit-
EXIT 41A. onto W Charleston
Blvd./NV, turn Left onto S Grand
Central Pkwy. Takes about 13
Outlets including Smith's Food &
Drugs, Robinson's May, and Tower
also available on the Internet at www.Ticketmaster.com
the spirit of Reggae Music,
Universal Love, Peace & Unity,
Fans can get from Noon
to 2:00 PM, first 400
donation or $8
Big Ups & Congratulations
Happy Birthday Ava, Dexter, Wendy, Lydia
Big "Shout out" to Quillybee and
Donna, what a pleasure hearing from you. Hope you are
enjoying Florida. Susan and I thank you for your
Roger and Allison, we are very happy for
both of you. You are blessed to have each other. We
look forward to seeing you in October.
Ms. Princess we hope you have a nice flight
back to Trinidad.
Greg congratulations to you and Rhonda on
your engagement and you wedding announcement (date). We
are looking forward to seeing you "jump the broom".
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