Saturday, 31 December 2016

NEWS FEED: Seth Ramocan appointed UK high commissioner + Top gospel acts for First Fest + Chronixx announces Chronology tour and album

ON TOUR: Chronixx says time will tell! The top-flight reggae star will release his long-awaited full-length debut album, Chronology (via VP Records), in early 2017. Next to Damian Marley’s Stony Hill, Queen Ifrica’s Climb and Chris Martin’s Big Deal, it’s one of the most highly anticipated reggae albums of the upcoming year. In support of the effort, the 24-year-old artiste and his Zinc Fence Redemption Band will kick off a massive North American tour on March 2 at Tod’s Place in New Haven, Connecticut. The 39-city Chronology Tour, hitting venues large and small across the United States and Canada, climaxes on April 30 at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. Tickets are now on sale. Meanwhile, the first single off Chronology is a breezy, radio-ready track called “Majesty,” which samples Otis Redding’s classic jam “I’ll Be Around.” “[The song] is about spiritual vibration,” Chronixx (nĂ© Jamar McNaughton) explains, “the divinity within the woman and the balance that can be found in I and I. It’s celebrating that union.” Watch the “Majesty” video HERE

ON DUTY: From 2009 to 2014, he served as Jamaica’s Consul General to Toronto. Come January, Seth George Ramocan will officially assume the role of High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, succeeding Aloun Assamba, who has returned to the COK family. Ramocan will serve as non-resident high commissioner to the kingdoms of Norway, Denmark and Sweden, the republic of Finland and the republic of Cyprus. Hailed by foreign affairs minister Kamina Johnson-Smith for his contributions to diplomatic service, politics, education and civil society, Ramocan is also an ordained pastor and is a former Vice Chairman and interim Executive Director of the HEART Trust/NTA. He holds a Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies and an Associate degree in Business Administration. 

ON STAGE: After a brief dalliance in the secular world, Prodigal has made his return to the gospel scene official. The ace deejay is among a cadre of heavyhitters who will rock the stage at AIM First Fest on Monday, January 2, at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, kicking off the brand New Year with a night of praise, thanksgiving and festive celebration. American gospel sensation Deitrick Haddon, the main draw at GoSplash in August, is the show’s international headliner. In addition to Prodigal, Haddon will share top billing with Kevin Downswell, Jabez, Carey Sales and Perpetual Praise, among several others. Markland ‘Action’ Edwards will emcee the concert, alongside Basilia Barnaby-Cuffe and Nadine Blair.

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