Tiffanie Anderson, attorney and founder of Away to Africa, is a graduate from Florida A&M University and St. John’s University School of Law. Ms. Anderson works as a college professor teaching law and is preparing to teach at UWI in January 2017. Between working as a professor and a licensed attorney she makes time for her love of reggae music by managing artistes such as Dre Island, Silkki Wonda, Tippy I Grade Dub and Lutan Fyah. On behalf of her company, Away to Africa, Ms. Anderson organized and produced successful reggae events such as Chronixx in Brooklyn and Atlanta and the musical event series, Midnite in Kingston.
There seems to be no power on earth that will stand in the way of ultimate success for Paul Barclay, who after releasing his first Chart Toping single ‘NO Power on Earth’ by George Nooks, under his KatsJam Records label, is now being recognised as one of Jamaica’s bright songwriters and producers and publishers. Having gleaned the right experience and exposure over the years by being the musical director or band leader for world renowned talents like, Grace Thrillers, Carlene Davis, Papa San, Judy Mowatt, among others, Paul was ready to explore the world of music and to heighten the consciousness of many through the language and dynamism of reggae music. Recalling his love of chemistry from high school days, the meaning of one word seemed to have left an indelible mark on his mind – Catalyst – that which has the ability to instigate change without itself being transformed. Katalys Crew was the next major project embarked upon by Paul. This is a Reggae group dubbed by industry insiders as on of Jamaica’s premier Roots Inspirational Reggae Band and the Caribbean.
The groups has released three CD entitled Open Your Eyes, Christmas Inna Jamdown and the latest, 4 A Reason which was produced by Katsjam Records, a production company owned and managed by him. Paul was responsible for all the live music for the entire Gospel Festival series including Kiddies Festival’s and the grand finals for three consecutive years. With the assistance of the Katalys Crew members and its Management team this task was accomplished successfully ending 2005. This is an annual event run by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).
Seen as one of the bright sparks of up coming producers in Jamaica, Paul was the Co Producer for the winning song in the popular festival competition in 2003. In 2004 Paul again holds the coveted title as Producer and Co Producer for the winning songs in both the Gospel Festival and Popular Song Competition respectively, for the JCDC. The only such achievement by any producer in the history of the competition. As if that achievement was not enough, Paul in 2005 and 2007 also captured the coveted prize as producer of the winning song again in the gospel festival competition. In 2008 Cant Stop Now a song that Paul co-wrote and produced got the award for Best Gospel Song in the first staging of the Reggae Academy Awards.
Among other things, Paul holds a diploma in Entertainment Management, is a past member of the board at The Record Industry Association of Jamaica. While there, Paul sat on a steering committee that was eventually responsible for the birth of JAMMS (The Jamaica Music Society), also former member of the steering committee for gospel at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission. Paul was instrumental in the formation of and a founding board member of the JGMN, (Jamaica Gospel Music Network) also a boardmember of JaRIA. In 2012 after being a member of the board of directors at JACAP for over 10 years Paul was appointed Chairman and also holds the position of President of ACCS – The Association Of Caribbean Copyright Societies.
While she was introduced to most of the world as a contestant on season five of The Voice, singer Tessanne Chin already had a successful career back home in Jamaica, charting with the reggae hit “Hideaway” and touring the globe with the legendary Jimmy Cliff. Tessanne launched her career a few years earlier, at first leading the rock-reggae group Mile High and then joining Jimmy Cliff’s band for a worldwide tour. In 2007, her hit Jamaican single “Hideaway” kicked off her solo career in earnest, but she was more known for her collaborations in the following years, releasing the single “Never Let Go” with superstar Shaggy, while mixing genres with the soca group Kes on their hit single “Loving You.” After releasing the indie album In “Between Words” in 2010, old friend Shaggy encouraged her to compete on the U.S. televised singing competition The Voice. She made the cut after auditioning with her version of P!nk’s “Try,” and as the season progressed, she joined Adam Levine’s team, topped the digital charts with her versions of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” and finally won the competition with contestant Jacquie Lee as runner-up. Late in the year she released the competition’s winning song, “Tumbling Down,” written by Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic. Her first album for the Republic label, “Count on My Love”, was released in July 2014. Her hit single “Fire” debuted, May 5, 2015 on iTunes, and her new single “Love Suicide, released February 2016 is blazing up the Billboard Adult R&B National Airplay Chart and has been at the top of Sirius XM Radio‘sHeart & Soul music chart since it’s debut.
Philip Clarke has been a writer, Actor and Principal choreographer of Eagles Theatre Troupe (Kingston) and of its most recent musical drama “Jamaica Alive!” which just completed a tour in Florida. Mr. Clarke wrote this musical about the discovery of Jamaica as he felt Jamaican students did not know enough of their history.
Mr. Clarke founded and became Artistic Director of Dance Spirit (2003), a performing arts company based in Montego Bay, which is effectively training youth to develop themselves in the art of drama, dance and musical performance.
He has performed at Fairfield Theatre in Errol Hill’s ‘Man Better Man”; a Methuen Award nominee for his lead role in David Heron’s “Redemption”; as the convincing “Judas” in David Tulloch’s, The Narrative.
He also performed in the four-time Actor Boy nominated musical revue “Bay Vibez” directed by Douglas Prout and in 2010 won the Actor Boy Award for Best Actor in a supporting role in the world premiere musical “White Witch” also directed by Douglas Prout. He played Taku , Annie Palmer’s lover.
Mr. Clarke has been an ambassador with the Meet the People Programme with responsibility for the arts in Montego Bay in collaboration with the Jamaica Tourist Board. He is currently the Director of Arts and Culture at Centre for the Arts, UTech, Jamaica.
Michael Epstein, Esq. is a Miami-based entertainment attorney [ChaseLawyers.com] focusing his practice on music, sports, and film. He graduated from New York University College of Arts and Sciences, summa cum laude, and University of Miami School of Law, cum laude. With an extensive history in music performance, he serves as a founding Deejay [“Dj Mixx”] of the Immense Music Squad [New York City], resident selector on the Reggaeboyz Sound System [New York City/Jamaica], and recording artist in the musical group, Kingz & Pharaohz [KingzAndPharaohz.com]. Drawing from both backgrounds, Mr. Epstein bridges the creative and analytic to provide well rounded solutions for the modern celebrity. He also has experience as the co-founder of an independent record label, a lifestyles marketing group, and a music-related business endeavor, "Instant Record Label" [InstantRecordLabel.com], which presents affordable legal solutions (by way of editable documents) for the empowerment of today’s independent artist.
Dr. Ashley George Hamilton-Taylor is founder of the Web, Animation, Visualisation and E-Learning (WAVE) Research Laboratory, Department of Computing, University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica. He has been deeply involved in the development of computing curricula at UWI and other tertiary institutions for over twenty years. His research and design interests include Educational Technology, Multimedia, Animation, Computer Science Education, Software/Information Visualization, User-centered Software Design, Human-Computer Interaction, and the role of internet-based media in Social Development.
His wider interests include Sustainable Development, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in developing countries, Cultural Computing, African Diaspora development issues, Environmental/Green Technologies, and the role of ICT is these areas.
Dr. Hamilton-Taylor is a graduate of the UWI, with a B.Sc. in Computer Science. He holds a Masters degree in Computer Science with a minor in Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was a LASPAU-Fulbright scholar, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Georgia, where he developed the SKA algorithm animation system.
Dr. Hamilton-Taylor was consultant-evaluator on the first comprehensive study of educational technology conducted in Jamaica, the UNDP/Government of Jamaica Computer-Assisted Instruction in Secondary Schools Pilot Project.
As Senior Research Scientist with Isadra International of Palo Alto, California, he helped to establish the first freezone software development enterprise in Jamaica. He was Computer Specialist at the Planning Institute of Jamaica with the UNDP BACHUE-Jamaica project, the goal of which was to develop a simulation of the Jamaican economy and the socio-demographic effects of government policies.
The Web, Animation, Visualisation and E-learning (WAVE) research group, spearheaded by Dr. Hamilton-Taylor, is actively encouraging the positive use of local culture in the design of e-learning, animation, and games for social upliftment. The WAVE Research Laboratory, funded by a New Initiative Grant from the UWI, aims to facilitate research and advanced education on the frontiers of computing in interactive visual computing, mobile computing and new media technology.
Allen Johnston has More than three decades of progressive experience in all aspects of music product development, licensing, sales, promotion and distribution for national and international markets.
Mr. Johnston provides business operations back office services in the areas of publishing administration, licensing, royalty recovery, business affairs, label operation, business administration and the digital marketplace.
THE MUSIC SPECIALIST for a period of over ten years was co-owner of Joeyboy Records, J.R. Records, On Top Records, American Faith Records, Joeyboy Publishing BMI, Beam of Light Publishing ASCAP, To Soon To Tell Publishing SESAC, and Bazooka Film works.Mr. Johnson consults new and existing entertainment businesses, increasing their revenue streams while making them technically astute. With over four decades of progressive experience in all aspects of music product development, licensing, sales, promotion and distribution for national and international markets, he has worked with labels including Ariola, Arista, Capital, EMI America, Fantasy, Island, K-Tel, Mercury, Sony, Stax and Warner Bros. Records. As Industry Consultant, he provides business operations back office services for many music industry clients. Independent labels and publishers rely upon his expertise in the areas of publishing administration, licensing, royalty recovery, business affairs, label operation, business administration and the digital marketplace.
Mr. Johnston is an accomplished speaker and has lectured for numerous international conferences in Africa, China, and the UK. Within the United States he has recently been a featured lecturer on publishing, royalty matters and international licensing plus the Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee Bar Associations Continuing Legal Education Divisions, where he has written several position papers for the American Bar Association.
Mannin Marsh started out his entrepreneurial career while studying Computer Science at the University of Technology where he designed premium logos for several companies across
Jamaica and North America. He was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation for Designing
Jamaica's Geographical Indication by the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office in May 2015.
In November 2013 he Co-Founded the local web design and development freelance studio called Project Grapevine. The following year, he and his team started working on The
Vinelist where he currently wears the title; CEO and Co-Founder. In June 2015 Mannin won the Caribbean Innovation Award for his work at The Vinelist and was acknowledged as Latin America’s Entrepreneur of the month for the month of October 2016.
Musically Mannin is also a self developed singer and songwriter who has worked
underground with artistes and musicians from Pakistan, Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Jamaica. Mannin has used his background in technology as a way to make up for his lack of
resources and has managed to record several songs on his own using only his computer, smartphone and USB microphone. He is currently working on a project called Sexy Reggae which fuses the sounds of Jazz and Reggae music with his neo soul - Jamaican style.
Michie Mee is known within the music industry for her unique rap style of combining reggae and dancehall with hip-hop. Many successful artists have followed in Michie’s footsteps using this gifted technique. With over two decades in the entertainment industry, the Juno nominated rapper and actress is not only an inspiration for female musicians, but also all artists nationwide.
Aside from her life as an entertainer, Michie is also a mother who makes it one of her duties to keep involved with today’s youth. Knowing first hand the twists and turns artists often face in entertainment, Michie is an avid supporter of children striving to achieve a good education. Michie herself left university after her music career began to soar and has always spoken openly about the importance of education. Michie continues to enhance her abilities to attract diverse roles on television and film. She was featured in the 2011 CBC Hip-Hop documentary “Love, Props and the T. Dot,” this trailblazer’s saga still continues. Michie Mee’s reign as Queen is far from over.
Michie is the 1st Canadian Hip-Hop Recording Artist to sign an American Major Record deal and is the recipient of the 2012 DJ Stylus Hall of Fame Award, 2013 CUMC Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014 Black Canadian Award for Best Female Rap Act, and most recently made History winning the Toronto Arts Council ‘Roy Thomson Hall Award’ of $10K. The Roy Thomson Hall Award recognizes creative, performing, administrative, volunteer, or philanthropic contributions to Toronto’s musical life by a person, ensemble or organization. Ms. Mee is the CEO of MBM Publishing , MBM Inc. looking forward to NEW music in 2016.
Masani Montague is a playwright, novelist, journalist and youth worker active in the Rastafari and Black community in Toronto for the past 39 years. She has written, directed and produced several plays, radio plays, documentaries, and the author of the novel, Dread Culture. She co-coordinated the First International Rastafari Conference held in Toronto in 1982 and co-coordinated the Second International Rastafari Conference held in Jamaica in 1983. She has a diploma in Journalism from Humber College, BA(Hons) in Creative Writing and MES in Environmental Studies from York University. She is currently completing her Masters degree in Education at York University. Owner of Masani Productions for the past 36 years Masani is the coordinator of the annual reggae music festival, Rastafest for the past 15 years and the artistic director of Upfront Theatre Foundation for the past 16 years where she uses the arts as tools of resiliency to engage and connect children and youth through planned programs. Masani has received many awards for her work in the Rastafari community in Toronto including the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 and the Order of York, Centre Award in 2015.
The inaugural Rhodes Trust Rex Nettleford Fellow in Cultural Studies (2005) and a Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI) at Mona, Sonjah Stanley Niaah currently heads the UWI's Institute of Caribbean Studies, and is a leading author, teacher and researcher on Black Atlantic performance geographies, popular culture and the sacred, and Caribbean Cultural Studies more broadly. She is the author of Reggae Pilgrims: Festivals and the Movement of Jah People (forthcoming Rowman and Littlefield Int'l), Dancehall: From Slave Ship to Ghetto (2010, University of Ottawa Press), and editor of "I'm Broader than Broadway: Caribbean Perspectives on Producing Celebrity' (Wadabagei, Vol. 12: 2, 2009). Dr Stanley Niaah currently serves as Vice Chair of the international Association for Cultural Studies for which she coordinated the first conference held in the Southern Hemisphere at the UWI (2008). A Jamaican nationalist and Caribbean regionalist at heart, she is involved in efforts to promote national and regional development through her past work as Assistant Chief Examiner for the Caribbean Examination Council Advanced Proficiency Examination in Caribbean Studies, service in the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture and recent service on boards such as that of the Museums Division of the Institute of Jamaica. This continued in her recent secondment to JAMPRO (2014/15) where work on the State of the Music Initiative she commenced in 2014 was advanced in the Creative Industries Unit. Her contribution to the areas of culture and entertainment continues also in her service as a director / board member on the National Entertainment Advisory Board, Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts, and the Monitoring and Content Committee of the Broadcasting Commission, Jamaica. Dr Stanley Niaah currently serves on the boards and editorial collectives of numerous academic associations, journals and institutions including Cultural Studies and DanceCult. She is also a member of the selection committee of the Rhodes Trust Rex Nettleford Fellowship in Cultural Studies. Having developed a keen interest in social media as a significant area influencing how culture is produced and consumed, Stanley Niaah is an active tweeter (@culturedoctor) and gives occasional talks on building communities using social media. She is also a blogger at dancehallgeographies.wordpress.com.
Renee Robinson is the Film Commissioner of Jamaica, and a multi-lingual cultural industry strategist and thought-leader. She has worked in Canada, Europe, South Africa, and the Caribbean - within the verticals of film, television, digital media, arts and culture, entertainment, and communications. With over a decade of senior management experience in content programming, regulation/policy, strategic planning, and industry intelligence, she has held in leadership roles at the Ministry of Culture in Jamaica, the ReelWorld Film Festival, the Harbourfront Centre, Women in Film & Television, and with the Toronto International Film Festival. Renee is a member of the international Maytree Leadership Network, and serves on the board of the Campion College Alumni Association and StartUp Jamaica. She holds a MA in Communications and Culture with a specialization in the Management of Telecom Innovation from York University, and a BA in Art Studio and Art History from Williams College.
John Vilanova is a third-year Ph.D. student at the Annenberg School for Communication. His broad research and writing agenda focuses on the production, reception, and consumption of African American and Afro-diasporic music. His current research examines the contemporary Jamaican music industry, cultural industries development, and the coloniality of media systems and industrial organizations. John holds a master’s degree in American Studies from the University of Kansas and an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also an accomplished journalist who has contributed in various written and research capacities to a multitude of publications including Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, and Paste. He is a producer at Annenberg’s 3620 Podcast and the managing editor of MusiQology, the blog of esteemed music scholar Dr. Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr.
Natasha Von Castle is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is the Editor-in-Chief forL3 Magazine. In her role, Natasha oversees a team of writers and music enthusiasts who interview and showcase the talents of the best musicians in the Caribbean, and around the world. Natasha is also the Communications Director for the Montreal International Reggae Festival, managing the festivals Social Media, and shaping the experience fans of the festival have throughout the year. In addition to L3 Magazine and the Montreal International Reggae Festival, Natasha promotes new music releases from artists such as Busy Signal, Cham, Duane Stephenson, Exco Levi, Ammoye and more to her network of just over 5,000 radio and live event DJs.
Natasha is your go to source for information about the industry, and will take your music from local to international!