Carib A&E


Today, VP Records/17 North Parade has released “Havana Meets Kingston.” The innovative, culture-centric album pairs legendary and emerging Cuban and Jamaican musicians to re-imagine classic songs and create new compositions, infused with Jamaican reggae and dancehall and traditional Cuban and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Produced by Australia’s leading reggae and dancehall producer Mista Savona (aka Jake Savona), ‘Havana Meets Kingston’ is the first full-length project to present the blended sounds of these two distinct island nations supported by an allstar cast of musicians. The album has debuted at No.1 World Music album for iTunes Canada and No.2 World Music album for iTunes US. See more here: havana-meets-kingston-expertly-blending-thesounds- of-two-distinct-islands/ Photo by Lara Merrington. BRT WEEKEND AND VP RECORDS’ “STRICTLY THE BEST” DJ CONTEST Beach Road Trip Weekend (BRT) will take place starting today (November 3-6) in Riviera Beach, FL. Inspired by Caribbean culture, the all-inclusive party weekend inspired by Caribbean culture is back after 5 prosperous years and successful 2017 runs in Dominican Republic, California and NY Tri-state area. This time around #BRTweekend is partnering with VP Records iconic annual compilation series “Strictly the Best.” To celebrate volumes 56 & 57, the partnership will bring Strictly the Best themed parties to life with branding and visuals throughout the different venues as well as featured music from the compilations played by BRT DJ’s. Events include the V Maui Wowi: Beach Bonfire which includes celebrity guests Ishawna and Masicka who has the song “Roll Clean” on Strictly the Best 57. Other popular parties include the Xtreme Wet N Wild “Water Party”, the BRT Glow Wonderland, the Jouvert Breakfast Party and the BRT “All White!” Grand Finale. The partnership has also included a DJ contest that gave contestants the opportunity to join the team as a DJ on BRT’s 2018 tour. The top 5 mixtapes were judged by followers of the BRT Page via Soundcloud, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and the website. Titan Boyaka Smash, pictured above, won the contest with a mix that caught the attention of BRT fans. Connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The winning mix can be heard here. See more here: brt-and-vp-records-strictly-the-best-team-upfor- riviera-beach-2017/