Garfield McCook Kicks Off Festival Competition for the Jamaican Diaspora

Kingston, Jamaica — April 2021 (Powerhouse Global Media/Acclaim PR) — Garfield McCook has launched the Jamaica International Independence Festival Song Competition (JIIFSC) as a way of continuing Jamaican cultural events abroad. The inaugural staging of the USA-based competition is set to bring more opportunities for overseas Jamaican artists, who do not typically have a chance to participate in the events being hosted in Jamaica.

McCook, an artist who goes by the name of Gary G and hails from Harbour View, migrated to the United States in the late 80’s. He says, “In 2017, I enquired about entering the Jamaica Festival Song Competition. However, the rules and regulations stated that an entrant must be living in Jamaica 2 years prior to entering the competition. Since I was residing in the USA, the rule automatically eliminated me.”

“I reached out to the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission via email asking them to explain the rationale behind the rule, but I received no response. I reached out again in 2018 and received no response.  I then investigated the possibility of having a competition that Jamaicans living abroad could enter,” McCook explained.

JIIFSC will be an annual event and is open to Jamaicans, 18 years and older, who reside outside of Jamaica. Artists can get involved, by completing an application on the website by May 15, 2021. When submitting the application artistes are required to pay a non-refundable entrance fee of US$150. They must upload their song in a MP3 format, and email a lyrics sheet to

Slated to take place on July 31, 2021, the premier competition will be broadcasted virtually from 7pm to 10pm EST across multiple digital platforms. There will be a limited live audience, including guest appearances, judges and promoters, at the venue, which is Caribbean Life TV Studios (CLTV Studios) in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Artists who may not have an MP3 ready can submit the application and fee by May 15, 2021. An MP3 can follow and be submitted by May 31, 2021. Groups can be 2-4 members and songs should be no longer than 4 minutes in length. Top participants can expect grand incentives, with the first, second and third prizes being US $8,000, US $4,000 and US $1,000 respectively.

“The aim of this competition is to provide Jamaican artistes residing overseas, who still have a penchant for the culture and the music, with a platform that allows them to showcase their talents. Our motto is, ‘Loving You From Afar.’ Part proceeds from profits received will go towards the enhancement of the cultural activities in Jamaica,” McCook added.





Flair Lindsey
Acclaim PR

International Acts Shatta Wale and Stylo G Join Badda General and ZJ Liquid for Explosive ‘Barrel Remix’

As if the “Barrel” couldn’t get anymore packed with treats, Badda General and ZJ Liquid have been joined by international acts Shatta Wale and Stylo G — respectively the Ghanaian and British “Kings of Reggae Dancehall” — for the new “Barrel Remix,” which embodies music greatness!

The April release, produced by Gold Up Music, exemplifies the power of fours stars joining music forces for a collabo, which fans only dream about. The music collective exceeds expectations by far. Imagine the original smash, already a banger, on steroids.

Bonus verses from Stylo G and Shatta Wale are seamlessly weaved into the “Barrel Remix.” Certainly, listeners will be thoroughly entertained by the witty lyrical offerings of the international acts. While Stylo G declares he knows the thugs dem want Clarks, Shatta Wale insists on king soap, shampoo, sorrel and food in his “Barrel.” The Ghanaian luminary even instructs Badda General to say and send “Banku” — a traditional dish made from corn. The “Barrel Remix” is fully loaded.

Shatta Wale and Stylo G join Badda General and ZJ Liquid on the “Barrel Remix.”

Badda General and ZJ Liquid are proving that their timely, reality-style and humorous collabos are just what the masses need to lift spirits amidst the gravity of  unprecedented times.

Produced by Gold Up Music, this duo has sparked a major buzz with songs including “Curfew,” “State of the Union” and “Barrel” of course. The recent releases boast an uber social media presence, in tandem with massive local and international support from fans, radio, DJs, sound systems, and a wide spectrum of media outlets.

Shatta Wale is a multi-award winning music giant and actor who has amassed millions of fans across social media platforms. No stranger to Reggae Dancehall collabos,  the high profile act is currently enjoying his recent effort “Glow Up” with music hot shot Skillibeng. Shatta Wale has made an  amazing contribution to building a vibrant African Dancehall genre. His appearance on the infectious “Already” from the landmark “Lion King: The Gift” album, alongside Beyonce and Major Lazer, thrust Shatta Wale to mainstream audiences.

Stylo G is not only one of the faces of Clarks Fall 2020 campaign, but also a dope artist who brings a wow factor to the industry. Proudly waving the flag of Reggae Dancehall music for England and Jamaica, Stylo G is a force to be reckoned with. The top act is abuzz with his recent single “Oh Lawd” (Chimney Records), which has raked in nearly 1 million You Tube views in just a few short weeks. Known for a string of hits, the accomplished act won over the ears and hearts with “Touch Down” in 2020.

“The sky is the limit,” says Badda General. “The key is making music the masses enjoy.”

The “Barrel Remix” is available on ALL digital platforms. A visual is slated to drop soon.




Flair Lindsey, Publicist
Acclaim PR

Soca and Dancehall Artist Annie Love Makes TV Breakthtough in ‘Carib Life ATL’

ATLANTA, GA – March 2021 (Carib Life Media/Acclaim PR) — An amazing cast of Caribbean influencers in Atlanta appear in the “Carib Life ATL” reality TV series, including the lovely St. Lucian starlet Annie Love. The budding Soca and Dancehall artist is featured as a primary cast member on the show, which airs on One Caribbean Television (

Currently, you can catch Annie Love up-close-and-personal with Dancehall’s First Lady D’Angel during “The Weekly Recap” on @dangelmusic IG. Certainly a must watch, as the bubbly personality recounts exciting moments of “Carib Life ATL” episode 5 and gets to know viewers.

Annie Love, who migrated to the U.S. as a teen, currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. The burgeoning talent gives all a look into her life on “Carib Life ATL.”

“I am working extremely hard,” says Annie Love. “Fans see me striving for exposure and growth of my music career on ‘Carib Life ATL’…..many can relate to my grind.”

But that’s not all that fans see on “Carib Life ATL” of Annie Love, as she is also host of the “Wild Wednesday” radio program. And naturally, Annie Love is a carnival enthusiast. Most importantly, however, viewers get to see Annie Love’s vibrant Caribbean family life, which genuinely unfolds in Season 2, which is due late spring.

Annie Love’s passion for Caribbean culture shines through her role on “Carib Life ATL.” The starlet indicates that she maintains ties to her island through her family and friends back home, music and continual display of cultural pride. Moreover, Annie Love is heavily involved in an Atlanta based St. Lucia association, which has events throughout the year.

With a love of music that spawns from childhood (even placing 3rd in a secondary school calypso competition), Annie Love decided to pursue music professionally after the life changing passing of her uncle. She released her first song “Ready for Mass” in 2016 and has since gained a huge buzz for follow up releases. Her current single is “My Man.”

“Carib Life ATL” hails from Executive Producer Damon “Bware” Vanzant! Following in the footsteps of his mother, literary giant and TV star Iyanla Vanzant, Damon Vanzant has proudly ventured into the world of reality TV.  Vanzant has eyes set on launching an app and expanding to several other markets, including Jamaica.
For now, you can catch an encore of his “Carib Life” Season 1 on One Caribbean Television.

One Caribbean Television airs in 19 Caribbean countries on Digicel and Flow. In the U.S., One Caribbean Television is available on Roku, Fire TV and Apple TV streaming platforms and cable provider RCN. 



Flair Lindsey

Publicist, Carib Life ATL

Acclaim PR


Badda General and ZJ Liquid’s ‘Barrel’ Sparks a Huge Buzz

Gold Up Music Produced Single a Hit with DJs, Fans and Challenge

It’s official! The “Barrel” has shipped and dancehall fans are going crazy over the new hit collabo from Badda General and ZJ Liquid! Produced by Gold Up Music, this musical team has sparked a major buzz, which emanates from a collection of sound system and DJ support, local and international airplay, fan love and even a hilarious challenge.

Partners-in-music Badda General and ZJ Liquid deliver a comedic lyrical exchange from the moment the infectious riddim drops on “Barrel.” The opening lyrics are so funny that every DJ literally has to pull it up and play it twice. Essentially, in good humor, but in all seriousness, ZJ Liquid challenges nearly every item Badda General has packed in the “Barrel.”

As the song continues, so do the punch lines. However, the biggest joke of all is that everyone who has ever packed and shipped a barrel to family and friends understands how selective the requests can be, along with the costs and hustle to purchase the items.

” ‘Barrel’ is doing well because it’s relatable and different than what dancehall fans are used to,” says Badda General.

“Overall, my goal is to bring content to dancehall, which ‘inna real life’ resonates with wide audiences in many ways.”

Garnering airplay in local and international marketplaces (song premiered on Hot 97 this week), from yard to abroad,  listeners are vibing to “Barrel.” As a result, many have flooded social media with their “Barrel Challenge” videos, catapulting the song to a whole different level of funny. The reenactments and skits to “Barrel” are hilarious, generating an abundance of likes and shares.

The behind-the-scenes chemistry of the music team has certainly contributed to “Barrel’s” appeal. Badda General has collabora⁶ted with both ZJ Liquid and Gold Up Music previously. Also in 2021, Badda General and Gold Up Music joined forces for “The Message.”

Known for witty, reality dancehall, red-hot deejay Badda General took 2020 by storm with a slew of smashes that kept virtual places and spaces raving. The seminal “I Wish” ranked atop DJ and fan playlists and still causes a frenzy everytime it is played. Badda General’s acclaimed debut EP “Money App PROJECT” solidified his position as one of the genre’s top acts, spawning the likes of “Money App,” “Outside” and other gems. 

ZJ Liquid is without  question one of Jamaica’s most influential and innovative impresarios, who has helped redefine the dancehall. Whether donning the hats of DJ, recording artist or producer, he wears them all well. The creative dropped his 4th album “Point A View” to rave reviews in 2020, heavily relying on social media and music visuals to promote his content amidst the pandemic.

Based in Kingston, Jamaica, Gold Up Music is led by Raph (of Sativa Sound) and  popular dancehall composer Zack Ariyah. The record
label made its debut in 2018 with the release of their single “Belong With Me” featuring Jamaica’s international sensation Shenseea, which amassed over 2 million views on YouTube. The duo has produced for a who’s who of artists including Shatta Wale, Iba Mahr,  Mr. Lexx, Chronixx, Konshens, Aidonia, Chronic Law and counting.

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Shawn Ice’s ‘Studios & Stages’ Returns with Special Guests I-Octane and Dovey Magnum to Close Out ‘Reggae Month’

It’s Reggae Month in Jamaica and artists throughout the diaspora are turning up the heat for the powerhouse genre, which has paved the way and impacted them beyond measure. The super talent Shawn Ice is celebrating his explosive brand of Reggae Dancehall music for the occasion with the return of his “Studios & Stages” IG performance series! This time around, special guests “Diamond” crooner “I-Octane and “Taxic” sensation Dovey Magnum will join him.

Shawn Ice is musically armed and dangerous, ready to deliver top flight entertainment in a genre he loves. Since the “Studios & Stages” launch, the St. Mary, JA bred artist has been enjoying a treasure trove of red-hot releases, including the motivational collabo “Times Like These” with I-Octane, “The Rise,” “Old Murdara” and “Yowww,” among others. He also celebrated a joint management deal with Acclaim PR and Brown Gang management in the process.

Promising an amazing mix of songs from his impressive catalogue, Shawn Ice confirms, “Looking forward to ‘Studios & Stages’ this weekend. Covid-19 may have cramped the live performance scene for a while but as long as we have content and drive, we can maximize online entertainment experiences.”

The unplugged event will capture Shawn Ice in an intimate studio setting. In this installment, the firebrand will be accompanied by DJ Fif of Lion Vibes Sound. The event, which will broadcast on @shawn_ice_music IG, is being filmed at My Time Studio — owned by fellow artist Ras Slick.

Shawn Ice launched the Studios & Stages IG live performance series in May 2020 as an online entertainment platform amidst the pandemic.

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Shinehead Brings the Heat This Winter with New Music

Legendary Artist Drops Sought-after ‘The Makings of You’ Single

On Valentine’s Day, music luminary Shinehead (@kingston12hifi @original_shinehead) dropped the long awaited “The Makings of You” single. The powerhouse release, which caused ramblings amongst Reggae music lovers far and wide when teased a few months ago by select DJs, is another fine musical union of Shinehead and the legendary @peckings UK label.

An awesome offering of Lover’s Rock, “The Makings of You” sees Shinehead’s vocals flawlessly peak in a falsetto that holds listeners captive from start to finish. Although the “The Makings of You” was released February 14, the famed artist declares that February was chosen for the release as his musical homage to both Reggae Month and Black History Month.

There’s no question that “The Makings of You” has the “Makings” of a hit. The beautiful song is an ideal follow up to “Never Had a Dream Come True,” which is enjoying success on multiple charts and serves as one of 2020’s best Reggae music releases. Music fans, DJs and industry elite still can’t get enough of the heartfelt Reggae Soul tune, which served as quite the launching pad for Shinehead and Peckings collaborations.

With two great songs circulating music spaces, the forthcoming 30th Anniversary of the anthem “Strive” (with plans for a commemorative re-release), and a number of songs getting the green light from Peckings, Shinehead’s 2021 is truly looking bright. On a constant mission to entertain the masses with quality music, the legendary artist declares, “There is work to be done.”

Without question, Shinehead is one of the most diverse artists to ever uphold the torch of Reggae and Dancehall music. Actually, his musical force extends to Hip Hop and R&B. Throughout his interviews, the humble artist constantly salutes his contemporaries and predecessors, rarely acknowledging his vital role in exposing Reggae and Dancehall music to mainstream audiences. But as time displays, with timeless rock solid music that warms the ears and hearts of listeners and a tenure that spans 4 decades, Shinehead is undeniably a music icon.

In addition to a flurry of traditional media and social media presence surrounding “Never Had a Dream Come True,” Shinehead and DJ Papalotl via their Kingston 12 Hi Fi sound system wow listeners on Reggae Global Radio several days a week. Notably, their shows are syndicated across a wide spectrum of stations.


Flair Lindsey
Acclaim PR

Dancehall Star D’Angel’s Got ‘Carib Life ATL’ Fever

Atlanta, Georgia — February 2021 — Dancehall’s First Lady D’Angel has caught the Carib Life ATL fever!! The “Talk  About” singer will be hosting three installments of the explosive TV show’s Weekly Recap, starting February 7 on the @dangelmusic and @cariblifeatl instagram pages. Well known in entertainment and social media circles, there’s no doubt that D’Angel will be a hostess with the mostess, as she kicks off her stint interviewing Carib Life ATL cast member Patricia Tonge Edigin (nee Henry).   

Carib Life ATL is a reality TV series from Executive Producer Damon “Bware” Vanzant, son of TV personality (“Fix My Life”) and literary giant Iyanla Vanzant. The series trails an amazing cast of leading Caribbean influencers in Atlanta, as they gear up for the Atlanta and Dekalb Carnivals, which are now split. 

The buzz of Carib Life ATL was so nice, they had to air it twice. Audiences can now catch the Encore of Carib Life ATL Season 1 on One Caribbean Television every Monday at 9:30 PM ET and throughout the week. In Jamaica and other Caribbean islands, One Caribbean Television airs on Digicel and Flow. In the U.S., One Caribbean Television is available on Roku, Fire TV and Apple TV streaming platforms and cable provider RCN. 

Patricia, who impressively doubles as President of Atlanta Caribbean Carnival and D’Angel’s manager, is one of Carib Life ATL’s most no nonsense cast members. Throughout Season 1 of Carib Life ATL, Patricia dishes her sentiments straight with no chaser as she deals with the communal and logistical pressures that come in tow with producing the massive economic driving Atlanta Caribbean Carnival. 

There’s no question that there is a natural chemistry between the Antigua & Barbuda born business woman and D’Angel, so one can only imagine quite the candid, classy and possibly raw discussion.  Following Patricia’s inaugural guest spot, a new member of Carib Life ATL’s vibrant cast will be featured on each Weekly ReCap installment, including Marlon Revo, Martine, Red Carpet Shelley, Annie Love and Alex and Brandon of Unique Soundz. Capitalizing on the show’s growing buzz, Carib Life ATL has also enlisted the likes of an additional Caribbean entertainment personality to host some of the post shows. 

D’Angel’s bubbly personality, on air personna and position in the world of Dancehall entertainment make her an ideal interim host of the Carib Life ATL Recap. 

There’s a lot more in store for the Carib Life Media franchise suggests Vanzant, who has eyes set on launching an app and expanding to several other markets, including Jamaica. But for right now, audiences can enjoy an Encore of Carib Life ATL Season 1 and get ready for Season 2 this spring.



Flair Lindsey

Publicist, Carib Life ATL

Acclaim PR


Mr. Easy ‘Conquers The World’ with New Music

Fresh off the heels of his 4th studio album “Legendary,” Mr. Easy proves that he has the formula for a timeless sound and appeal. The robust Reggae project sees the singer at his vocal best with songs that spark the music lover in everyone who listens.

The late 2020 release is garnering attention from the masses, spawning a frenzy from fans, DJs and media alike. Garnering airplay on a cross-section of radio stations, including core and mainstream markets, Mr. Easy’s “Conquer The World” has clearly got next!

“Conquer The World” is an ideal follow up to the festive “Guarantee,” which was written during the pandemic blues to enable the masses to live out their “outside” cravings vicariously.
While “Guarantee” fills a “social” void  during these trying times, the upbeat “Conquer The World” offers much needed inspiration.

On the feel good, second single from the “Legendary” album,  Mr. Easy takes fans to far places. Whether the powerful hook “Conquer The World, Take on the Globe” is interperted literally to traveling the world or takes on a more figurative meaning of achieving goals with no limits,  the song is motivational. Frankly, that’s what the world needs right now, a bit of encouragement.

“I make music that is my truth, which I believe wide listening audiences can relate to well,” says Mr. Easy. “Part of the reason I believe my music resonates with fans is because its based on real life stories.”

“I don’t stray away from my formula,” says the “Drive Me Crazy” crooner.

Mentored by the legendary Beres Hammond, the vocal and content maturity of Mr. Easy peaks on “Legendary.” With an amazing 9-track listing, every song on “Legendary” is stellar and can stand on its own. The Hammon produced “Always Be There” is also quickly becoming a fan and DJ favorite.

Since the arrival of “Legendary,” Mr. Easy has amassed dozens of interviews and support for the project. A heightened media presence has connected the diverse talent to fans around the world — all from the very comfort of his home and studio. Like other entertainers, Mr. Easy has spiked his digital presence since touring and in person activities (at least in most places) have come to a hault.


Edley Shine’s New Visual and Single ‘BIG MON TING’ Boasts Grown Up Music and Vibes

International artist Edley Shine has perfected an Adult Contemporary Dancehall space with his music, style and vibes. The amazing artist, notably dubbed “Da Big Voice,” once again proves that he can deliver grown up and entertaining music with the self reflecting “BIG MON TING.”

While “BIG MON TING” is personal to Edley Shine, penned upon finding out he was having a daughter, the song is bound to genuinely resonate with audiences far and wide. Without question, anyone who is orchestrating their evolution and next life moves will connect to the Riddim Boss produced “BIG MON TING” Video & Maxi Single, which includes an 8 Bar Intro and Acoustic Piano Live version on all video and streaming platforms.

When discussing current music and life movements, the legendary artist says, “My main concern is being the best family man I can be and making art to the best of my ability.”

Throw all that wisdom over a badddd riddim and you’ve got yourself a tune worthy of you rocking out to all year long and beyond. Consider “BIG MON TING” the newest addition to Edley Shine’s growing arsenal of timeless classics.

“BIG MON TING” is a highly cinematic video shot by Lapo of Lapography with motion graphics and editing by Studio G.O.A.T from Brazil. It serves as the ideal visual companion to Edley Shine’s “BIG MON TING” single.

” ‘BIG MON TING’ is a visual representation of my mindset in music and life,” says Edley Shine sincerely.  “I live in my own world of creativity unshackled by the pressures of fame and social media hype.”

“BIG MON TING” hails from Edley Shine’s “Based on Talent” EP, which was released in May of 2020 during the height of the pandemic. Notably, the EP (on his Shinealous Records imprint) has amassed a wealth of media attention and thousands of streams across DSPs. This is an incredible feat, as the release was totally independent without any features or financial backing from a major recording company.

“Based on Talent” is not the only exciting project hailing from “Da Big Voice,” as he worked with Studio G.O.A.T on the international and powerful “We Can’t Breathe” for Brazilian Artist Monkey Jhayam. Much to his credit, Edley Shine appeared in a Walmart commercial that aired during the 2020 B.E.T. Soul Train Awards. The legendary artist has been writing and recording for several Cali Roots projects including Pepper, Producer’s Jungle Josh & David Forel (Left Coast Riddim) and Philippian’s based Peace Band to be released in 2021.



Jazzy Lei Takes Listeners on a Reggae High with Debut EP ‘Satya’

Out now is the delightful debut EP from Jazzy called “Satya.” A sanskrit word for “The Truth,” the beautiful singer, songwriter and musician who hails from France, upholds every bit of it on her new Reggae effort. In fact, trans 6 mind blowing tracks, the chanteuse croons her truths, complete with  messages of positivity, enlightenment, social consciousness and reflection.

Stunning vocals adorn powerhouse riddims, infused with elements of dub, soul and world music on “Satya.” The musically magical EP was co-produced by Jazzy Lei and Jamaican artist and producer Roe Summerz, who she connected with via the legendary Edley Shine.

In the hook, she croons, “We can’t run away from ourselves.” Jazzy Lei explains,   “Ultimately, just like Jonah, we can do whatever we like, try to flee, try not to look at ourselves in the mirror, filling our time with all sort of hobbies and entertainment, but we’re just loosing time because our destiny is our destiny and we must be God’s tool at any cost.”

The balance of songs on “Satya” are equally powerful, invoking us to look within and take steps to recognize our power and purpose in this journey called life. Impactful messages over signature Reggae grooves provide the ideal pandemic playlist.

It’s safe to say that absolutely every track on this stellar effort is a banger, literally! While “Bang Bang” may have you ready for a revolution, improvising lick shots inna the air, “Burning” and “Break Free” will move you to spread your wings and soar!  “Satya” will take you away unapologetically. Whether it’s Jazzy Lei’s amazing vocals, guitar riffs, incredible productions or inspirational lyrics, “Satya” will  leave an indelible mark on Reggae music.

Jazzy Lei’s love of music manifested during childhood as a resident choir singer, soloist and musician. With a craft and musical passion impressively evolving over the years, by 2007, the France native joined the Creole Hip Hop group “Sked Skwad,” where she was officially crowned Jazzy Lei.  The amazing artist’s entry into the Reggae world culminated with the digital and vinyl 2014 release “Change” on Dub Livity Sound System’s Frenchtown HiFi Vol. 1. Released in the U.S., “Change” has been a top pick  among international DJs and music lovers.

01 – Jazzy Leï – Bang Bang (3:45)
02 – Jazzy Leï – One (3:13)
03 – Jazzy Leï – Burning (3:52)
04 – Jazzy Leï – Relax Yourself (3:59)
05 – Jazzy Leï – Break Free (3:15)
06 – Jazzy Leï – Nineveh (3:55)



Flair Lindsey