Monday, November 29, 2010

The Jamaica Tourist Newspaper Features Irie Latino

Thank you so much to The Jamaica Tourist newspaper for publishing a great article on my Irie Latino promotions. I really appreciate that you considered it to be a worthwhile story for your publication. My goal has always been to enhance the offerings of our north coast tourist landscape and bring Jamaica and other cultures together. Click the link below for the article which covers the birth and development of Irie Latino over the past few years. The story can be found by scrolling down to page 17 of the link.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

United Colors of Copacabana with Tami Chynn

The theme of the night on November 19th was "United Colors of Copacabana" on this very special Copacabana Friday in Bluebeat. It was about national pride, wearing your national colors or something that represented your country. Thanks to all the national groups who came out to make it special, especially the Colombians and Indians who kept us going till four in the morning. I saw Venezuelans, Cubans, Jamaicans, Americans, British, Spanish, Trinidadians and Canadians all coming together for that special night where Latin rhythms meet World Beat and International jams every Friday.

But the sweet surprise of the night was a free concert from Jamaican pop and reggae diva Tami Chynn who won over the crowd with her well-known songs and her effervescent charm. It was a last minute promotion which still managed to pull her fans from far and wide. She was the talk of Twittter the following day. Thanks Tami for a lovely performance. Once again the pics are a bit too many to post this time so just follow the link to Facebook for the pics. You may be asked to log in to Facebook first.

Irie Latino Window: 16 Campeonato Nacional de Sonido Sobre Ruedas en Bogota

"Irie Latino Window" contributions are made by Irie Latinos (friends of Irie Latino) in Latin America.

Last weekend was the 16th staging of Colombia's National Car Audio Competition in Bogota. Thanks to a special Irie Latina for sending in these great pics from what was a hugely entertaining event. Her company, LINK Entertainment produced the live broadcast of the show in association with "cerveza Costena (Costena beer)". The competition featured many cars packed full of speakers and the latest in car stereo technology, the beautiful "chicas Car Audio(Car Audio girls), a talented and acrobatic BMX bike team and a concert to close the event featuring top Colombian reggaeton superstar, J Balvin. It was exciting, it was cutting edge and it was a huge success. Here are some pics from the weekend.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Irie Latino Window: Dia De La Chinita in Maracaibo

"Irie Latino Window" contributions are made by Irie Latinos (friends of Irie Latino) in Latin America.

This Irie Latino Window contribution comes to us on "El Dia de la Chinita (Day of the Chinita)", an annual celebration which takes place in Maracaibo, Venezuela every year on November 18th. The Blackberry picture above of a massive crowd celebrating outside the Basilica de Chiquinquirá, also known as the Iglesia (Church) of the Chinita, was taken last night by a friend of an Irie Latina. The roots of the celebration surround a story in which a lady living in Maracaibo found a wooden slab with an image of the Virgin Mary on November 18, 1709 which later glowed miraculously in her house. The virgin glowed with tanned skin and almond shaped eyes and the people of the city referred to their new queen as the "Chinita".

The Chinita's fair officially begins on October 27th but the last two days, the 17th and 18th of November, are the most spectacular. Parties begin all around the city on the 17th with concerts and traditional "gaita" bands singing in discos and bars. Multitudes of people celebrate into the dawn of the 18th enjoying what is known as an "amanecer gaitero (gaitero daybreak)".

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Revolucion, Tabaco Y Ron!

So I was feeling in the mood for a revolution on Friday, November 20th at Copacabana in Bluebeat and you can't have a revolution without "tabaco y ron (tobacco and rum)". So a couple of cigars came out and we had some fun the Irie Latino way. Thanks to the Spanish revolutionary who arrived with cigar in hand and directed operations all night lol and thanks to the Venezuelan revolutionary in black who cooked breakfast for the "rebeldes" after the party. That is how revolutionaries do it. Viva la vida, baby!

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Sunday, November 07, 2010

Copacabana Fridayz at Bluebeat in Montego Bay featuring DJ Irie Latino...Friday, November 5th, 2010

On Friday the sea was so rough that Bluebeat had to close the terrace because large waves were splashing on the rocks causing the entire area to be soaked. Blame it on the lingering rains from the tail of hurricane Tomas and the cold weather coming from up north. But the weather has never stopped a Copacabana party in Bluebeat so we got the fiesta going in the lounge. Thanks to everyone who turned out to fill the room and keep each other warm on a wet night. It was a very cozy and intimate vibe.