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DJ Rekha spins into Jamaica, Queens

NEW YORK (March 25, 2011) – An internationally known musician from Queens is ready to rock her hometown with the infectious rhythms of South Asian music at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC) this Saturday, March 26.

The respected Rekha Malhotra, one of the most influential South Asians in the United States, is a DJ, producer, curator, lecturer and founder of the long-running Basement Bhangra™ parties at Manhattan’s storied downtown music club, SOB’s.

The popular British-born, New York-bred Rekha is excited about performing in her home borough and at such a history-filled location.

“No matter where my travels take me, Queens will always be home. Expect a night of non-stop Bhangra dance music. The dance lesson will warm us all up and then I will keep everyone going through the night,” DJ Rekha promised as she was preparing to return to New York from Florida this week.

Bhangra, the infectious music and dance form that originated in Punjab, has in recent years drawn on hip-hop, reggae and dance music to become an international phenomenon.

DJ Rekha is one of the most influential South Asians in the United States. Photo Credit Brad Hodge.

The eclectic DJ Rekha, who also lectures at New York University’s Department of Recorded Music, fuses traditional folk with contemporary forms of music to create an infectious sound that compels attendees to dance.

“DJ Rekha is representative of the diversity of creative artists who perform regularly at the newly renovated JPAC,” said Phillip Willis, executive director of Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, managers of JPAC. “Her music appeals to wide audiences, transcends culture, ethnicity and age, and we are looking forward to a grand old time this weekend.”

 

DJ Rekha is set to spin her musical melodies at 8 p.m. at JPAC which is located at 153-10 Jamaica Avenue (at 153rd Street). Not familiar with Bhangra dance style? No problem, because doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the group dance lesson.

For tickets, visit www.jamaica-performingartscenter.org or call 718 618-6170 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 718 618-6170 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. General admission tickets are $22, while the charge for World Music Institute Members is $18.

About Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL)
For almost 40 years, the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) has served as an arts oasis in a section of New York City where cultural opportunities are extremely limited. Created in 1972 as part of an effort to revitalize Jamaica, JCAL has earned a reputation for inspiring youth to take an interest in the arts, showcasing the talents of up-and-coming local artists and performers, and creating dynamic multicultural programs and workshops that have been embraced by the community. Each year, tens of thousands of visitors of all ages, backgrounds and skill sets pass through its doors to attend classes and workshops, view art exhibitions, attend
performances or immerse themselves in an art residency.

Montserratian attorney to premiere season two of the Warren Cassell Show in Antigua

Warren Cassell

BRADES, Montserrat – Noted entertainment attorney and author Warren Cassell has inked an exclusive deal with Antigua and Barbuda’s Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications, Science and Technology to produce and air season two of the Warren Cassell Show.

The television show is scheduled to premiere live on the Antigua and Barbuda Broadcasting Service (ABS TV) at 8:00 pm on February  6th, 2011 and will be seen live in Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis as well as live on the Internet via ABS TV.

A statement from Immaculate Productions, the producers of the show said “the new arrangement will see the two entities working together to produce a total of twelve live episodes of the entertainment variety show, which will  give Caribbean artistes, manufacturers, producers and musicians a forum to promote their products and services and to establish or increase their brand recognition.

“Season Two of the Warren Cassell Show will feature stars and celebrities, country leaders and entertainment industry VIPs appearing as guests on the show. The magazine style programme will also feature human interest stories and highlight the positives aspects of West Indian life and culture.

The show will subsequently be rebroadcast on sixteen television channels across the Caribbean to an estimated audience of over four million viewers, and also in the United Kingdom on BEN Television and OBE TV on the Sky platform to a combined total of sixteen million viewers.

Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications, Science and Technology, Honourable Dr Edmond Mansoor says that “the Caribbean is a diverse and rich cultural mecca”.

“The Warren Cassell Show will provide an excellent platform to showcase our leaders, artistes and producers, and the Government of Antigua is excited about partnering with Immaculate Productions and Warren Cassell to provide a stage for the expression of our Caribbean genius,” Minister Mansoor declared.

Show host Warren Cassell explains that he’s encouraged by the new partnership with ABS, which gives the show its first ever opportunity to be broadcast live in front of a studio audience.

“We will be reaching millions with the various messages in each of our episodes, which will entertain, engage, empower and educate our audience, thereby giving them the tools they want to make changes in their own lives. With the exceptionally high levels of enthusiasm the team at ABS TV are bringing to the production, we are all excited at the prospect of working on Season Two of the show.”

The first season of the Warren Cassell Show was shot on Montserrat in 2008 and can still be seen around the Caribbean and on BEN TV in the UK. Cassell heads Cassell and Lewis law firm and also authored O’Habits: 40 Success Habits of Oprah Winfrey and the One Bad Habit She Needs to Stop” in 2010.

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Clé up for second Gemini for HBO role

Canadian actor Cle Bennett

TORONTO, CanadaOn November 3rd the ‘Gemini Industry Awards’ gala was held, honoring Canada’s best. Clé Bennett took home one of the coveted awards. The talented artist won ‘Best Performance by an Actor’ in a featured supporting role for the CBC miniseries ‘GUNS’.

Clé will walk the Red Carpet on Saturday, November 13th when the ’25th Anniversary Gemini Awards’ is telecast from Toronto.   Clé will join Canada’s industry elite at the marquee awards show, as both a presenter and nominee for the evening.

It’s been non-stop busy for the popular artist, with a role in the feature film, ‘Barney’s Version’ starring Paul Giamatii and Dustin Hoffman, his performances on Global TV’s ‘Shattered’, the new hit Showcase series ‘Lost Girl’, upcoming features on CBC’s ‘The Republic of Doyle’, A&E’s ‘Breakout Kings’, CTV’s ‘The Listener’, Hallmark’s ‘The Night Before The Night Before Christmas’ as well as Clé’s 2010 Gemini nominated role of Carlos Powell in HBO’s ‘The Line’.
Clé Bennett’s reputation as a serious performer extends beyond TV, Feature Film and Theatre.  The versatile actor is well known for his voice-over work, (Coca-Cola, Ford, Wrigley’s) and animated programs, (‘Total Drama’ franchise for Teletoon, CBC’s Razzberry Jazzberry Jam).

Tre Armstrong takes her place at the judge’s table

TORONTO, Canada – The “So You Think You Can Dance Canada” Season four audition tour began it’s five-city road trip, November 6.  And the multi talented Tre’ Armstrong, took her place as one of the permanent judges.

Tré Armstrong has channeled her passion for dance into a successful career.  A choreographer, actress and TV personality, Tre’ is a proven entity in the industry.  Technically trained in ballet, tap and jazz, Tre’ later fell in love with urban dance and hip-hop, bringing out the inner teacher in the artist.    She has travelled the world sharing her experience through workshops, seminars and classes in hip-hop, urban and freestyle dance.

Along with her judging duties on So You Think You Can Dance Canada (CTV), Tre’ is the choreographer behind MTV’s film ‘Turn the Beat Around’, the feature film, Repo the Genetic Opera, Break In:  The Making of a Hip Hop Dancer (NFB) and A Raisin in the Sun (ABC).  Also performing on Top O’ the Pops (BBC) Saturday Night Live (NBC) and numerous award shows.   The versatile choreographer recently showed her acting skills in the film “How She Move” and will appear in the up coming feature film “Sons 2 The Grave” being shot in Toronto.

Tre’ has worked with various artists, including Megan Fox, Neyo, Sarah Brightman, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Rihanna and Ludacris, having just completed choreography for Ludacris’s new Breakaway music video, directed by Director X.

Tre is actively involved in giving back to the community, supporting local and international charities, encouraging youth to “get active.”   She is passionate about the urban dance program she started, called ‘D-Tour’, a nurturing 12 week program focusing on using urban dance to promote life-skill building in young girls aged 15-19 in the Parkdale community.

Montserrat gives ‘Arrow’ a rousing send off

A member of the Antigua & Barbuda police band plays a tribute to Arrow during the funeral service on Friday, October 1, 2010 at the Montserrat Cultural Centre as His Excellency the Governor Peter Waterworth looks on.

LITTLE BAY Montserrat – Tears were few and merriment much as Montserrat, with visiting family and friends from near and far, bid farewell to the Soca King of the World Alphonsus ‘Arrow’ Cassell MBE on Friday, October 1, 2010.

The estimated 2000 people at the funeral included many dignitaries and entertainers from around the Caribbean. Antigua & Barbuda was well represented with the presence of the Prime Minister Mr. Baldwin Spencer, Minister of Culture, Carnival & Independence Eleston “Namba” Adams, Mr. Vaughn Walters, Chairman of Antigua’s Carnival, Member of Parliament Mr. Gaston Browne, Dr. Prince Ramsey – Head of Arrow’s medical team, Calypsonians ‘Swallow’, ‘Short Shirt’, ‘Slane’, Clarence ‘Oungku’ Edwards and many others. Continue reading