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PHILIP “Casanova” ANTOINE

Philip Antoine known in the bartending fraternity as “Casanova,” is a flamboyant Bartender/ mixologist hailing from the Caribbean island of Barbados. Philip is recognized as one of the top Bartenders/ mixologists on the island within the Caribbean and on the international stage. Interestingly, bartending was not his first choice for a career. He is actually certified in Interior Design and decorating, his introduction to the world of bartending came in 2006, while after frequenting what was then the island’s number one night club was given a job as a bartender in the club, this opened his eyes to bartending. After the closure of the club he moved on to the world famous “T.G.I. FRIDAYS” restaurant. Having enjoyed two years of fun and cocktails at “FRIDAYS”, he ventured off to spread his wings as a mixologist. 

 

Captivated by the world of cocktails and mixology, Phillip has competed in several bartending competitions hosted by some of the biggest brands in the industry, he has appeared in several magazines and newspapers around the Caribbean as well as being featured in several commercials and Tv shows both regionally and internationally, few of those being E! entertainment television Canada and a father’s day feature on ABC 7 Good morning America show . His titles range from being Barbados bartender of the year 2015/2016 , A member of The Award Winning Barbados Culinary Team, Gold Medal Award winner Taste of the Caribbean bartender of the year, he also holds the title as the undefeated champion of “The Barbados Food and Rum Festival”, his cocktails at the festival has impressed many celebrity guests, including reality TV star/ Actress kenya Moore who was so captivated by his creations gave him a special feature on her Instagram social media page. In addition to being the Angostura Ambassador of Barbados , He is also a Culinary Ambassador of Barbados travelling the globe showcasing the islands culinary culture and excellence through his Mixology skills. 

 

He recently captured the Pepsi Best Beverage award at the annual Embassy Chef challenge held in Washington D.C. a title which makes him the Embassy Chef challenge bartender of the year 2018 emerging from a field of 40 entrants to capture that title. Then a week later also captured The C.T.O Rum & Rhythm 2018 Mixologist of the year award. Ambitious, confident and hard working with a unique style, flair and a keen drive to become one of the best in the world Philip “Casanova” Antoine is definitely one who continues to take Barbados and The Caribbean on the international stage, showing the vast talents and creativity the Caribbean has to offer.

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CHEF CREIG GREENIDGE

Chef Creig Greenidge, owner and Executive Chef of CM Catering, is the 2016 Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Rum & Rhythm Chef of the Year and the 2016 Embassy Chef Challenge winner and 2018/2019 (CTO) Rum & Rhythm  people’s choice Chef of the year.  On his first try in 2005, at the age of 25, he was then the youngest chef to win the Barbados Culinary Competition, copping the title of Barbados Chef of the Year. 

 

This very talented Chef has achieved an almost meteoric rise in his career, moving from chef apprentice to Executive Chef in a few short years.  He has worked at some of the island’s best restaurants and now owns both a catering company and a restaurant, providing gastronomic experiences for some of the most prestigious events in Barbados.   A veteran on the Barbados Culinary Team, he has won numerous awards locally, regionally and internationally.  As a Culinary Ambassador for Barbados, Chef Creig’s passion has also taken him worldwide, including places such as Brazil, Ireland, Scotland, Belgium, England, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles, California, New York and Puerto Rico, conducting cooking demonstrations, presenting cuisines at food festivals and promotional events.  He has also hosted Living Well Caribbean − an eight episode series for a Caribbean television cooking show.

 

Chef Creig knew from the age of 12 that he wanted to be a chef when he discovered his love of cooking in his mother’s kitchen.   Upon finishing school, he gained his formal entry-level education at the Barbados Community College and did his internship under the tutelage of Chef Peter Edey, where he refined his knowledge of Caribbean cuisine.    Chef Creig rose from Commis Chef to Head Chef at La Careenage Restaurant.   He then moved on to become Sous Chef and quickly rose to Head Chef at Mosaic Restaurant.   He was whisked away to take the post of Executive Chef at a south coast hotel and eventually moved to the west coast as Executive Chef for two hotels on the Gold Coast. 

 

As Chef Creig continued to win awards and gain accolades, he made the move to realise his dream of owning his own restaurant and ventured into catering.  With his style of Caribbean cuisine and his uncanny ability to create exciting and innovative culinary masterpieces, Chef Creig’s journey into entrepreneurship quickly became as meteorically successful as his culinary career.  Recognised as one of Barbados’ top chefs, Chef Creig has achieved his goal of being at the top of his profession − an achievement he made with dedication to the preservation and elevation of Caribbean cuisine.     

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ELAN TROTMAN

Saxophonist Elan Trotman, has quickly become one of jazz’s most thrilling and emotive performers as he continues to stand out and push boundaries as a composer, performer, teacher and recording artist. Trotman’s playing, though inspired by Grover Washington, Jr., Kirk Whalum and Najee, displays his own fresh ideas and distinctive tone. So much so that the New England Urban Music Awards, and The Barbados Music Awards both named him Jazz Artist of The Year on multiple occasions.

Trotman is also the Executive Producer and host of the Barbados Jazz Excursion, a jazz and golf weekend getaway which brings over 300 music lovers to the island every Columbus Day Weekend. Past performers include Jeff Lorber, Javier Colon, Gerald Veasley, Brian Simpson, Althea Rene, Marcus Anderson, Peter White and Jeffrey Osborne. Elan is also the founder of the Never Lose Your Drive Foundation – a Non-Profit which directly funds the Headstart Music Program. Headstart Music provides FREE weekly instrument instruction to students ages 7-11 on saxophone, trumpet, flute, clarinet and percussion. In 2016, over $6,000.00 was raised at the Jazz Excursion Weekend and Golf Tournament. All proceeds go towards tutor salaries, instrument maintenance and supplies for the program.

Born and raised in Barbados, the native island of pop star Rihanna, and educated at the world-renowned Berklee College Of Music in Boston,Trotman approaches jazz in his own way. Blending Caribbean rhythms from his roots with skillful horn textures, his playing is full of surprises.

Trotman has recorded and performed with a number of world-class musicians, including Michael McDonald, Roberta Flack, Jonathan Butler, Keiko Matsui, Johnny Gill, Jeffrey Osborne, Sheila E, Marcus Miller, Will Downing, Earl Klugh, Jeff Lorber, Peter White, Peabo Bryson, Brian Simpson and many others. A huge sports fan, Trotman has performed the National Anthem on numerous occasions for such teams as the Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers. As an avid sports fan, Elan has provided entertainment for numerous celebrities including The Bronson Arroyo Band, Cold Pizza on ESPN with Woody Page,  Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity Golf Classic, Chris Tucker Charity Golf Tournament, Ray Allen Golf Tournament, Hot Stove Cool Music with Peter Gammons and Theo Epstein.

As a recording artist Elan has topped the Billboard Radio Charts over 10 times. As a solo artist charting songs include “Heaven In Your Eyes” feat. Brian Simpson, “Tradewinds” feat Peter White, “Master Blaster”, “As” feat. Lin Rountree, “Thoughts of Sumer” feat. Will Downing, and “Smooth N Saxy”. Collaborations that have topped the charts include “Magic Men” (Marion Meadows), “Groove Me” (Greg Manning), “Just What You Need” (Brian Simpson), “Smooth (Cal Harris) and “Ride Along” (Julian Vaughn).

Guyana

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THE SINGING CHEF

We are all about food and adventure. So we can take you to experience the wonderful indigenous communities and the fabulous breathtaking scenery of Region 2 . In Georgetown, we can take you on the amazing 7 Curry Tour where we gather the water lilies, shop for the ingredients in a local market tour a spice factory and come back to a wonderful open-air restaurant where you help prepare the delicious 7 Curry lunch Then Eon will serenade you with his guitar as you eat. For further details on the tours call 6959065 or email us at singingchefproductions@outlook.com

We are also catering for events such as small dinner parties, corporate events,birthday shindig s, and weddings Call us on 6959065 and we would be happy to help you.

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OMAJJE

Ominelle ‘Omajje’ Joseph is a Guyanese jazz/reggae singer/song writer.  She was born on the May 16, 1982 in the mining town of Linden located 65 miles up the Demerara River in Guyana, South America.    

 As a child, she attended the Christian Brethren Church where she participated in the arts (poem recitals, acoustics and drama). Her mother soon discovered her natural talent and passion for singing and created a choir in the church to channel and nurture her daughter’s gift. Omajje became the lead singer. 

Omajje's melodious vocals quickly made her the church favourite, and she was often asked to sing solo.  She was soon performing at church concerts and conventions.  It was at one of these events that songwriter Michael James spotted her.  The duo collaborated and Omajje released her first album “You brought me through”.  The album was moderately successful. 

At the age of sixteen Omajje' migrated to the capital city, Georgetown, to complete her schooling. The move facilitated her introduction to the genre of reggae. While resident in Georgetown, Omajje met and worked with several producers including Cody from Ruff Cut Studio, Ken ‘the Beatmaker’ of Brutal Tracks and Vijay’s studio.  These connections provided opportunities for her to share the stage with renowned artists such as Chronixx, Denise Belfon, Natural Black, First Born, and many others.

Omajje’s career has continued to advance and she has performed in the USA on the Caribbean Power Jam Guyana Day Concert at Coney Island, The Aubreyman Concert at Tropical Paradise and several other events. 

Omajje endeavours to produce music that connects to global audiences.

Jamaica

DJ DUTTI JUICE

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Born in Spanish Town, Jamaica and now living in Brooklyn NY where I develop my skills in being one of the most versatile DJs on the Planet. I specialize in Reggae/Dancehall, R&B, Soca, Pop, Jazz, Afrobeats, Hip-Hop, Gospel and even some Country Music. My passion for music and entertaining an audience is what constantly drives me to produce quality energetic performances to any venue I'm booked.

 

 @ Dutti Juice on Instagram or Facebook. Thank you.

CHEF AL

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Andrane Cummings attended Shortwood Teacher’s College in Kingston, Jamaica with major in Food and Nutrition. His passion for cooking started at an early age, he adopted the Food and Nutrition path at St Jago High School, in addition to finishing a year-long prestigious program at Boys Town Vocational Training Center HEART, Completing a certificate program in Commercial Food Preparation where he earned the top honors. Andrane i has worked with  Patina Restaurant Group in NYC where he prepares meals for the executives at Century 21 Fox Network and also at The world Trade Center. He also serves as head chef at Jamaican Restaurants in New York, specializing in Jamaican cuisine and often spicing it up with an Asian fusion. He is currently the co-owner of a catering and event planning business , Flair Food Events which allows him to experiment with traditional Jamaican recipes as well as other cultures. His passion for cooking is constantly praised by his customers/clients. Andrane ease with manipulating different flavors comes from a wide range of skills as a chef. He worked at at Twitter NYC and Restaurant Associate at Google NYC. He has a cosmopolitan experience, having worked in different states such as the Legend Bar and Grill in Wisconsin and Paradise Inn Hotel, Mont Rainier, in Washington State, learning about the customary American flavors. Andrane’s was highly influenced by his time at Door Restaurant, his first exposure to New York working in a  restaurant. He won second place in Mott’s Apple Juice Baking Competition in 2008 in Kingston Jamaica and  also took part in the Grace Jerk Festival celebrity chef cook off in 2018 In NYC. He looks forward to entering many more competitions where he can display his craft. He also worked in corporate hospitality at the 2017 US open preparing food for the Broadcasting team. Giving back is a huge thing for Chef Al and During this Pandemic Flair Food in partnership NYSFE Magazine was able to donate 100 lunch boxes and 100 snack pack to the Radiology Department at Brookdale Hospital and meal to families affected by Covid19. Andrane Cummings, also known as Chef Al Cummings “  My main goal is to become an international recognize celebrity chef, sharing my talent with the world. I want to share recipe ideas and give back to society. The  food industry has become a big thing and a lot of people are taking on to the culinary path. I wish to mentor young talent an  teach them   new stuff” Chef Al takes pride in his work and do it to the best of his ability to as he always look forward to a WOW effect.

IG: @flairfoodevents

GENAROOTS BAND

Genaroots Band was established in 2017 which consists of 5 talented musicians.  Known for its Reggae Urban Contemporary style, their eclecticism entwined has created a sensational vibe that is felt during performances.  Genaroots versatility allows them to fuse various musical genres harnessing a sound of their own.  

 

This unique group has been making waves across the Tri-state,  the Mid West, The West Coast, etc.  Genaroots is currently working on their debut EP entitled ‘Curfew’, a compilation of 5 refreshing tracks.  

 

Genaroots Band social media handles are as follows: 

FB: GenarootsBand

IG: @GenarootsBand / GenarootsMusic

Trinidad

DJ JAYRON "Rawkus" REMY

DJ, Television Show Host, Event Producer, Music Producer, Sound Engineer. These are the skills that Jayron "Rawkus" Remy has gathered over his 16 years in the entertainment industry. Popularly known for hosting Vintage Unplugged, he currently guest hosts on The Now Morning show on TTT and has his own radio show on Talk City 91.1fm. He is also the dj/sequencer for Freetown Collective and 3canal. Some of the events he has been responsible for producing include, iHeart TT, the concerts at New Fire Festival 2017-2019, Freetown's last major concerts; Free The Carnival, FTC Black, Born in Darkness album launch and FTC. Currently pursuing a post grad diploma in Arts and Cultural Enterprise Management at UWI, the journey continues.

 

IG: @mrrawkus

FB: DJ Rawkus Remy

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FREETOWN COLLECTIVE

Undergirded by a philosophy and belief that all persons are worthy of love and dignity, our music often seeks to explore themes related to what it means to be human. The music of Freetown Collective is not only profound and meaningful; but catchy, energizing and deeply satisfying. Within the last few years, the band has steadily been growing its global appeal and reach. After a brief international tour in 2015 that saw them grace stages in Rotterdam, Edinburgh, London and Toronto, in 2016 one of the Band’s more famous compositions entitled “Believer” (formerly known as Good Swimma) was released globally and remixed by Major Lazer and Showtek, (https://goo.gl/P2UexK). In 2017, “Believer” received Gold Certification in France and exceeded 20 million views on YouTube. Moreover, after years of hard work and preparation, in 2018 Freetown Collective released its Debut Album entitled “Born in Darkness” amidst overwhelmingly positive and critical acclaim. The band’s latest single with renowned DJ Private Ryan entitled “Feel The Love” occupied the #2 spot on Apple Music’s Top 100 songs (in Trinidad and Tobago) list for 4 weeks in February and March 2020.

IG: @wearefreetown

Grenada

DANNEAL "DJ Ice" Antoine

Danneal ‘Dj Ice’ Antoine was born in Gouyave, Grenada, the town that never sleeps. Ice started his musical career in 2010 under the guidance of fellow Gouyave native Mr Killa. In 2019 he became the program director and featured DJ on Rebel Nation FM, Grenada’s newly launched station.  Outside of the doors of R Nation, Dj Ice can be found in music studios and participating in other activities associated with media and entertainment. He is inspired and influenced by many djs and artists especially Bob Marley and Mr Killa.
 

Favorite Quote: Progress Youth Must Strive.

Isra Gordon

Isra Gordon a highly trained Chef Certified Holistic and Metabolic Health coach, Pastry Chef and pioneer for healthy lifestyle change. She has over thirty years of experience in the culinary industry. 

Her personal recipes have been featured in cookbooks and magazines. Mint Porch is the culmination of Isra's passion and years of experience in the culinary world of Holistic Health  care.

 

Visit www.mintporch.com for more information

IG: MintPorchMeals

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MR. KILLA

Hollice Mapp, better known as Mr Killa is a versatile soca artist and an exceptional entertainer. His unique sound incorporates elements of EDM, dancehall and other genres while remaining authentically soca. His electrifying stage presence defies explanation; it must be experienced to be truly understood.

 

A favorite in his native Grenada for many years, Mr Killa won his country's first ever National Teen Talent Search Competition at the age of 15 performing original dancehall compositions. He would explore soca 2 years later eventually winning his first National Soca Monarch title in 2004 with "Thunder Rags." This earned him a place in Trinidad and Tobago's International Soca Monarch competition in 2005 where he finished in the top 5. In 2006 Killa won Grenada's Groovy and Soca Monarch titles. He pulled another double-win three years later by winning the Soca Monarch and Road March titles in 2009.

 

While other regional hits and titles followed "Rolly Polly," Mr Killa's tribute to plus-plus-sized women went viral in 2014 making him a household name throughout the Caribbean. The popularity of the song and its accompanying music video led to performances throughout the diaspora and by the end of the season Mr Killa was widely considered the best stage-performer in the Caribbean.

 

"Oil It" (2018) and its #oiitupchallenge became a trending phenomenon when dancers and their crews from as far away as Korea, Russia, Chile and Norway posted their choreographed videos online. In 2019 Killa would go viral again with the song "Run Wid It" and it’s corresponding "Pick Up Something...Anything" call to action which had fans picking up anything they could get their hands on including other fans and running with it. Several celebrities and influencers participated including Usain Bolt and Drake who shared the song with his millions of Instagram followers after the Toronto Raptors secured their place in the NBA Finals.

 

On Friday, March 1st, 2019, Mr Killa would perform “Run Wid It” in position number 6 out of 8 competitors vying to win the International Soca Monarch title, the ultimate prize in soca music. The competition, which takes place in Trinidad annually, had never been won by a foreigner. Killa went in as the clear favorite and while “Run Wid It” was widely recognized as the #1 song of the season, it was his performance that would seal his victory. There was controversy throughout the competition, with Iwer George, the runner-up telling the audience that it would be wrong for a Grenadian to walk away with the prize money, ahead of a Trinidadian. Undeterred by the few naysayers, Killa boldly confronted the controversy during his historic performance by not only calling out Iwer, but beckoning on Grenada’s Prime Minister to “open the port” as he was bringing the title to Grenada. Mr Killa openly shed tears of joy when he was announced as the Soca Monarch.

 

In 2019, Mapp fulfilled a life-long dream to launch a state-of-the-art recording studio, multimedia facility and a radio station in his hometown of Gouyave. He also launched the Go-Carnival APP, a hub of information and connectivity for Carnivals worldwide. Wanting to give back to the island which nurtured him, Mapp also introduced the MK songwriting competition to provide a platform for Grenadian youths to showcase their musical talent.

 

In 2020 Mr Killa collaborated with the world renown EDM trio Major Lazer to release the “Soca Storm EP” which featured Killa on two songs including the title track “Soca Storm” and “King of the Party”. The EP was not only Major Lazer’s first release of the year but their first exclusively soca EP or album. “It’s a big deal, soca is poised to be a broader bigger thing and we are working hard to push the culture forward,” explained Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire. “Mr Killa is just one of those incredible artists bringing new sounds and new energy to the forefront and he’s and important part of what we’re doing.”
 

In addition to being one of the most in-demand performers in the Caribbean and its diaspora, Mr Killa has also performed in China, Europe, Central America and other regions you would not expect to hear soca. He is widely considered as the King of Jab-Jab music, a sub-genre of soca native to Grenada. Not only is he widely considered as the #1 performer in the Caribbean, fans throughout the region anticipate that Mr Killa will be the artist most likely to become the first global soca superstar. Mr Killa, is an exceptional entertainer with a penchant for creating unforgettable songs and mesmerizing performances, he is steadfastly focused on his purpose to serve as Grenada and the Caribbean's musical and cultural ambassador.

IG: @mrkilla1

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