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Press Release - Winter Reggae In Paradise

Posted by Daniel 
Press Release - Winter Reggae In Paradise
December 09, 2005 07:21PM


Winter Reggae In Paradise

Date: January 8, 2006

Time: 4:00 p.m. until

Location: Cramer’s Park - St. Croix, U.S.V.I.

Artists: Midnite, Dezarie, Ikahba, Ronnie Benjamin, Sr., Army, Abja, NiyoRah, Ancient King, Asher, Massiah, Volcano, Daddy Locks & More artists TBA


Tickets: $20.00 – Children Under 5 - Free

Come celebrate life to the fullest at the first annual Winter Reggae In Paradise Festival. This musical communion will showcase some of St. Croix’s finest roots reggae artists including Midnite, Dezarie, Ikahba, Ronnie Benjamin, Sr., Army, Abja, Ancient King, NiyoRah, Massiah, Volcano, Asher, Daddy Locks and more artists TBA.

January 8, 2006, is the date for this one day musical extravaganza that will be held on the beach in paradise. Tickets will be available at the gate, or may be purchased in advance from Natural Mystic located in Sunny Isle (across from Western Auto). (340) 772-1848.

This event will feature no less than five (5) hours of music from Midnite and the Afrikan Roots Lab crew. Below is some information on getting to and staying in paradise. For additional information, please contact Natural Mystic (340) 772-1848. Blessed love, and I look forward to meeting all of you in paradise next month.

TRANSPORTATION:
Getting to paradise is easy with the assistance of Global Tours. Ms. Daniel is just a phone call or email away and is ready to assist you with all your needs regarding travel and accommodations:
Global Tours- Travel Agent
Contact: Celia Daniel or Sonia Martinez
Telephone: (340) 778-6600
E-Mail: globaltoursstx@yahoo.com
Hours: 8:30- 5:00 (M-F)
9:00-1:00 (Sat.)

CAR RENTAL:
If you’ve already secured your ticket to paradise, you may want a means to get around the island once you arrive. Mrs. Shillingford works at Budget Rent A Car, and has a car waiting for you (but you better grab it soon). Make sure to mention that you are coming to paradise for some winter reggae:
Budget Rent A Car- St. Croix
Telephone: (340) 778-9636
(888) 264-8894
E-Mail- budgetstx@hotmail.com

FERRYS:
Ferry transportation to this event will be available from neighboring islands. Stay tuned for more information on getting to paradise from St. Thomas, St. John and Tortola.

A web site for this event will be up and running in the next few days.... Stay tuned for more CRUZial information
Re: Press Release - Winter Reggae In Paradise
December 09, 2005 07:23PM
Here are Bios of some of the artists that will appear at WRIP:

MIDNITE
Hailing from the Island of St Croix, Midnite is one of the most promising roots reggae bands of the millennium. They are vanguards of conscious reggae who represent the King's and Queen's music to the fullness of Jah. Midnite's profound and innovative lyrics are sincere and deeply rooted to present the other half of the story. Their CD recordings and live performances will have reggae and non reggae listeners open to the messages they bring.

Lead singer Vaughn Benjamin's electrifying voice seems an amalgamation of many great voices in reggae--soulful, chanting, edgy. Vaughn's potent lyrical style and his brother Ron's exquisite keyboards, background vocals and musical directorship form the nucleus of this musical quintet which includes Ryan Wilson on bass, Jerry Simon on guitar and Puerto Rico’s Christian 'Sly' Molinna-Curet on drums. Midnite weaves the cultural lyrics of "old school" roots music with modern day experiences to create a unique listening encounter. Reggae - naked and raw is an apt description for Midnite's musical style, in which they forgo the frills of extensive remixes, overdubbing and other musical refinements. Formed in the late 80's, Midnite returned to STX in 2000, after having spent some years in Washington D.C. Since then, roots music has not been the same.

DEZARIE
There is refreshingly clean and pure new sound sweeping across the Caribbean. Emerging from the Virgin Island of St. Croix comes Dezarie, the roots artist whose hypnotic and tantalizing voice are featured on her critically acclaimed 2001 debut album FYA. This collaboration between I Grade Records and the Midnite band features 15 killer tracks that resonate with pure consciousness. Dezarie has a mesmerizing voice that is more reminiscent of music originating from Africa than reggae.

After receiving Atlanta's "Best New Female Reggae Artist" award in 2001, Dezarie returned to her native island of St. Croix. Since that time, she has been working closely with Midnite, the fruits of which can be heard on "Gracious Mama Africa". Released on the Afrikan Roots Lab label in 2003, this album further germinates the lyrical seeds planted on FYA.

Gracious Mama Africa transports the incredible voice of Dezarie to a whole new level - the highest heights. Midnite's trademark sound is fully displayed on this album, which was given Ireggae’s award for “Best Album of 2003”. Momentous bass lines, classic one-drop drumming and the bubbling of Ron Benjamin on keyboards prevail throughout, accentuated by charismatic guitar playing. This will be the first time Dezarie sings for the people of St. Croix in over two years.

IKAHBA
Ikahba is the latest artist to emanate from the roots caldron currently bubbling on the island of St. Croix. His debut album ‘Troddin To Zion' was released in January of 2004 on the Afrikan Roots Lab label. Like all ARL releases, "Troddin" features the preeminent roots band Midnite laying down some wicked bass lines and rhythms. Add a heavy dose of conscious lyrics along with Ron Benjamin’s unique engineering skills and you’ve got the recipe for a real cruzial album.

What distinguishes Ikahba is his ability to intersperse his cool soothing vocals (that many people find similar to Tenor Saw) with some chanting in which Ikahba throws down lyrics fierce and hard. Fellow Afrikan Roots Lab recording artist Mash joins Ikahba on the selection "Dem Skylarkin", with Dezarie sharing vocals on the title track. The outstanding harmonies and subtle background vocals give the entire album an ‘easy-listening’ roots feel to it, yet the lyrics are piercing and spellbinding.

RONNIE BENJAMIN
Ronnie Benjamin, Sr. is a well rounded craftsman that is skilled in song writing, musical arrangements and all production aspects of music. He is President of Sunburst Productions Ltd., based in Antigua, and has been playing music for over 35 year. This will be his first performance in St. Croix in 16 years.

Ronnie Benjamin has released numerous albums on vinyl, including 'Celebration Time' in 1983 and 'Changes' in 1985. His first CD 'Reggae Fever' was put out by Nesak International in 1991. Several hurricanes later, Ronnie Benjamin released Life Is Like A Maze. Some of Ronnie Benjamin's older materials are gathered together on The Early Sounds. In 2000, he journeyed to St. Croix to record Second Chance with his sons: Midnite's Vaughn and Ron Benjamin at Afrikan Roots Lab.

ARMY
Army (Fritzmaurice Williams) was born and raised on St. Croix, Virgin Islands. He began his musical journey at the age of five as a member of the youth choir at the church his family attended. Little did he know that he was laying the foundation for what would become a very promising musical career. Determined to explore a variety of styles, he learned to play the saxophone, became a member of a jazz band and sang in various local bands. After relocating to the New York City, completing his education, and serving in the US Army (which is how he got his name), Army returned home and became deeply involved in the local reggae scene.

In the early 70's, Jamaica was bubbling with an incredible amount of untapped musical and vocal talents. That same level of energy, enthusiasm and potential is present today in the Virgin Island of St. Croix. Army is to be counted among the many conscious singers and players of instruments from St. Croix who are worthy of international recognition. The voice of Army first surfaced several years ago on the famously vital (though obscure) compilation “Eastbound”. Soon after, Army contributed several selections to the “Homegrown” compilation album. In 2000, Army's first album -”Yesterday's News” - was released on Glamorous Records, with production provided by Dean Pond. In 2002, Army linked up with Dub Rise Records who released his second album, “Struggler”, along with a re-release of “Yesterday's News.” 2003 saw Army releasing the single “Calling Jah Army”, a powerful duet with Luciano. This year, Army's song, “I Don't Know” is included on Bambu Station's acclaimed compilation, “Talkin' Roots II.”

With this solid foundation of tunes under his belt, Army embarked on the recording of his highly anticipated third album, “Rasta Awake.” Largely produced by legendary guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Tuff Lion (of Bambu Station), ”Rasta Awake” is a masterpiece of all-live instrumentation roots reggae. The 13 tracks on the album capture Army at previously unseen creative heights. His poetic songwriting touch and challenge the listener in a way that few other songwriters are able. Army's voice - while influenced by such artists as Nat King Cole, Dennis Brown and Freddie McGregor - is unique in all of contemporary reggae with its amazing ability to be both deeply soothing and intensely energizing.

With a voice as invigorating and free as the wind, and with word sound utterances that penetrate hearts and minds, Army's mission is clear. He is firmly committed to using his music as a weapon in the war for spiritual renewal and justice for all peoples. As Army describes: “I want to send positive universal messages to people through my music, without the commercialism we see so much today… For me the music is a healing. I feel that the music healed me, took me to places where I could have not necessarily have been without it. I also feel that if someone could walk away with some type of healing, (that) they could be touched in some kind of way, they could associate themselves with some aspect of the music and then say 'wow,' maybe I'll make it after all. If I could shine some light some how, I would know that I have done something.” Army continues to do something special for all those with ears to hear this unique and much-needed voice.

ABJA
Abja is a multi-talented singer, singjay, songwriter, and producer hailing from St. Croix in the Virgin Islands. While Inna Red I Hour is Abja's first full-length release, he has been polishing his studio skills and sharing his gifts with audiences in NYC for several years, as a former vocalist and producer with the Survival Soundz crew out of Brooklyn. Abja also appeared on I Grade Records' first compilation album, Weep Not, released in November, 2002. His tune - “Crucial Confessions” - received widespread acclaim and radio play throughout the US, Caribbean and Europe.

Abja continues to redefine the meaning of Rebel Music and erase the boundaries placed on true reggae. Abja creates music that lifts the spirit and the mind. His voice possesses the qualities necessary to convey emotions ranging from love to revolution. Rebel Music is the focus, and freedom and upliftment of African people is the mission

Abja is a powerful performer whose spirit and energy transmits to everyone around him. He sings with a strength of purpose, with a dynamic and confident, yet humble, stage presence. Performing with his backing band, Blackfoot, Abja has graced the stage at numerous venues around NYC, including the world famous SOB's in Manhattan. Upcoming tours are in the works to bring Abja's messages to audiences across the country and around the world.

ANCIENT KING
Ancient King, born Wendell Francois, hails from St. Croix in the Virgin Islands. In 2002, he was featured on I Grade Records' acclaimed compilation, Weep Not (recording under the name, Willow). Tunes like “Manage” and “Ancient of Days” were well-received by listeners, DJ's and reviewers around the world. Since that time, Ancient King has sharpened his craft through recording and stage show work in the Newport News, VA area with the King Lion Crew. He is known for his high energy stage performances and has shared the stage with many different artists including Yellowman and Capleton. Ancient King also released two songs on Indigo International's compilation album, The B Sides.

On Ancient's first full-length release, Conquering Sound, he again teams up with I Grade Records to create one of the most innovative albums by a conscious chanter in this current time. Like most of the messages in the VI's roots reggae movement, Ancient King's songs are firmly rooted in the tradition of Rastafari rebel music. The musical soundscapes provided by the I Grade production team consist of the thunderous bass lines, rock solid drums and rootsy guitars and keys for which I Grade is well known. Conquering Sound features guest appearances by Prince Pankhi, Empress Michel and Vaughn Benjamin of Midnite. Conquering Sound was released in April 2005.

Bringing forth words of truth with a tongue of fyah, Ancient King blazes his own trail unlike any other chanter in modern reggae music. His powerful and unique delivery combines with intensely relevant lyrics that stand firm on principles of truth and right. One listens to Ancient King's songs and it is clear that he takes very seriously and honorably the opportunity to share his word sound with the nations.

NIYORAH
Nigel "NiyoRah" Olivacce was born on October 9, 1980 in the coastline village of Pointe Michel, Dominica. At age 4, he moved to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, with his family, and cultivated an interest in music through listening to artists in his father's and uncle's roots reggae collections, including Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, Burning Spear and Lucky Dube. By age 16, NiyoRah began chanting on the streets about the life experiences of the Savan ghetto in downtown Charlotte Amalie.

At age 18, NiyoRah decided to pursue a career in reggae music. "Reggae had one of the greatest influences on my life. It's the type of music I cling to for some mystical reason," he says. "The most high guided me more than me myself." He took on the name NiyoRah - a combination of his nickname growing up and out of respect for the omnipotent power of the sun. Music was a natural career choice because of his musically gifted family. His grandfather is an award-winning vocalist who sings Negro spirituals and gospel, while his aunt, Ophelia Olivacce Marie, is an international French-speaking artist heralded as "Dominica's Songbird" for her style of cadence and calypso. In 1998, he was introduced by local reggae radio personality Ras Manny to Black Juice Records, a Virgin Islands-based recording company. He joined with six other reggae artists under the company to co-found Star Lion Family. His voice can be heard on Star Lion Family's EP Brighter Days released in November 2003.

NiyoRah's songs delve into a wide range of issues, including cultural living, love for nature, strengthening of all peoples, especially Africans, and spiritual growth. In concert, NiyoRah has performed in front of thousands, sharing the same stage with artists such as Sizzla, Capleton, Junior Reid, Buju Banton, Bunny Wailer, Glen Washington, Eve of Rough Riders, Midnite Band, Dezarie and Junior Kelly. NiyoRah's debut solo album - A Different Age - was released in May of 2005 on I Grade Records.
Lori
Re: Press Release - Winter Reggae In Paradise
December 11, 2005 04:14AM
Anyone who is able to attend, will be blessed!
IRIEST VIBES!
Ranking Yoni
Re: Press Release - Winter Reggae In Paradise
December 11, 2005 12:20PM
Woah, this sounds huge! Will be a blessing ...


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[www.OzReggae.com]
Re: Press Release - Winter Reggae In Paradise
December 11, 2005 05:39PM
wished it was in Paradise Ca. then I could go -----well at least I could go ---
well second thoughts,,,, I forgot Paradise Ca. Sucks, its a wart of Chico so oops bad idea --never mind!
Killer show fo-sure
have fun Danielwinking smiley
Re: Press Release - Winter Reggae In Paradise
December 28, 2005 02:45PM
Web site now up and running......

[www.wripfestival.com]
Re: Press Release - Winter Reggae In Paradise
January 11, 2006 01:57PM
(this is a copy of a post from Midnite Yahoogroups, apologies for cross posting)

eyes of the world,

the 1st, and best, ever WRIP is complete and successful. Great vibes
to see so many from around the globe gather to witness the WRIP
niceness. Hail up new fleshy friends and much raspects to the massive
turnout of artists. Mutabaruka was in attendance to witness. Nice to
see that.

I am hopeful the other eyes here in attendance will also share
their "ovahs" of their experience. Maybe I am biased, as some of
these brethren and sistren are I friend or neighbor. Nuff said...

Glad I wasn't blazing when I arrived, as the babylon presence hit as I
came around the corner to Cramer's park. VIPD every 50 ft on the way
in. Cruzian ting though, As I passed I got yes-i or bless icharlie
from dem. Coppers greeting with yes-I or Bless!! Again some are I
friend or neighbor. They enjoyed tings and let tings flow. (Saw no
hassles all night). The show was to kick off at 4pm, but busted out
large at 6:30. I've got some notes for eyes here and look forward to
any additions others have:

6:30 Asher
Mosiah
Volcano
Daddy Locks
Ancient King
Niyorah
(Pressure came on for a No Limitations bit with Niyo)
8:30 Abja
9:00 Army
Mada Nile
Sister Joyce
Ron Benjamin, Sr.
Ikahba
11:50 Dezarie
-hail jah
-gone down
-Woe/African Chant
-Real Love
-Strengthen Your Mind
-Calling on Jah
-Poverty
-Jah Words are the Truth
-Set the Flame
-(for the people, by the people??)
1:00am Midnite Band
-Zion Pavillion
-Proceed
-Breathing Scrolls
-Love the Life you Live
-I Chant> Pagan, Pay Gone>I Chant
-New Life
-Batter Ram Sound
-Late Night Ghetto
1:50 -Grapes of Wrath/Merciless
-Lion's Eye
-Zimbabwe Walls
-Mama (I Belong)
-Respect Dem Een
-Meditation
-Bushman
-House of Gun
3:00am -Ring Out a Chant>
Xcaliba: United States of Ethiopia>
>Ring Out a Chant>
Daddy Locks: ??
-Wrickter Scale
3:20ish -Champion the Cause of Love (Vaughn accapella and rushed to
get off stage)

At the show I got to pick up one of the new Midnite CDs, Current. A
collaboration of Midnite and Mystic Vision (naturalvibes1.com). Also
from them I picked up a sweet complilation called Itinualjah with Ras
Calle, Midnite ("Sang Real"winking smiley, Xcaliba, Jah Rubel ("Daddy Locks"winking smiley,
Mosiah, Jah Youth, Lava, and Little Judgement. Good tings to pick up!

InI expect some live audio recordings will flow from these works, to
continue the spread of WRIP 1.

bless and love,
ic
trinitymlk
Re: Press Release - Winter Reggae In Paradise
January 11, 2006 04:04PM
Give Thanks for that review I Charlie.

One of my good friends made it down from Cali for the festivities, and his reports were equally as high. He reported that everything was done proper..with the sound and lighting being on par with any Cali festival.

He described walking down the street and seeing Iba walking with his family, Xcaliba out hustling CDs, checking Abja, NiyoRah and Ancient with Red I Band at Culture Night in Fredricksted, seeing Bambu playing for free on the street, walking out of a restaurant and hearing Batch...the stories go on and on.

Its a beautiful thing to see the music being embraced on the island, and I know that if the festival goes on again, more and more people will come down to check the vibes.

I imagine that more Cruzians would identify with the conscious roots music coming from labels like I Grade, SoundV.I.zion and Afrikan Roots Lab if they knew the impact that these artists are having on reggae music worldwide.

More Respect and More Love, MK

Daniel...I'm still waiting on your review of the events..

Re: Press Release - Winter Reggae In Paradise
January 11, 2006 06:45PM
trinity,

your friend did experience STX, as it is. We had folks from all over the globe visit for the event, and most likely found it as did your friend. A quick last stop at UCA before departing to Vermont, I friend got to link with Batch and Senator Terrance "Positive" Nelson. Small island vibes, for true.

I think the only way more Cruzians will identify with conscious roots music coming from here is by accepting Jah as the way to life, through love. I'm upful that this recent "popularity" will open more eyes, too.

I think Daniel returns tonight. Saw him last night, still inna daze...

Bless Daniel and the diverse crowd that came for the show.

ic
Re: Press Release - Winter Reggae In Paradise
January 11, 2006 10:17PM
Blessings to each and everyone from Puerto Rico. I am sitting right now in the studio of Roots Natty listening to the forthcoming album of Malika Madremana. Be on the lookout for this BIG release in the next few months. Between "Rampage" and the excellent Dezarie project I was fortunate to hear, 2006 will be a banner year for the sistren.

I'll be returning to San Francisco tomorrow night, and will resume my hounding of this board shortly thereafter. Full review to come, but all i can say is pure nicenss throught the island of st. croix and WRIP. Massive respect to all who were in attendance, whether in the flesh or in the spirit....
Re: Press Release - Winter Reggae In Paradise
January 11, 2006 10:36PM
Can't wait to hear all about it and we expect to see pictures Dan!
Re: Press Release - Winter Reggae In Paradise
January 11, 2006 11:03PM
great to hear the fest was nice ... good reviews ... lots of good people ...

i wanted to bring up a point that stuck out to me ... i have heard st. croix referred to as st. cry a few times ... probably more ... and even though i don't know a lot about st. croix i thought i recalled people saying there was some pretty bad violence happening there ... guns etc. ... not that that doesn't happen everywhere ... but my point is the fest was called winter reggae in PARADISE ... does anyone see using paradise as kind of odd ... or is it just me ... kind of like how jamaica is seen from the outside or from resorts on the island ... paradise ... but that's not the real or complete jamaica ... and i haven't met a whole lot of jamaicans (though they love JA) that have seen it as paradise ... does this seem to be the case with st. croix as well ?

i'm sure there's things we all would like to change about the areas we live in but they are still home and that's always where the heart is at the root of it ... even though we grow or come to love other places ... this is in no way meant to disrespect the people or island or festival ... just merely raising a point i thought worth reasoning ... give thanks ...

also ... if anyone's in the area ...

Humble Ark & I Grade Records present ...
V.I. Roots Explosion
featuring
Army, Abja & NiyoRah
backed by The Red-I Band
Friday March 3rd, 2006 @ The Jewish Mother (757)422-5430
Located 31st & Pacific in Virginia Beach
All Ages / No Smoking
Doors @ 8PM / Show @ 9PM
Tickets are $15 Advance / $20 Day of Show
Re: Press Release - Winter Reggae In Paradise
January 12, 2006 01:40AM
You got it jahboo...

so much so, not long ago the locals voted to remove "America's Paradise" from the liscense plate. We now have: "U.S. Virgin Islands, Our Islands, Our Home."

As for the conditions, seems perfect grounds for spreading roots. 26 murders this year, population 50,000.

On the other hand many who live here do consider home "Paradise" and don't mind the name in this case.

WRIP,
ic
Re: Press Release - Winter Reggae In Paradise
January 12, 2006 02:28AM
A lot of Carribean people describe their islands as "paradise".

Maybe they dont mean it literally...they certainly have the potential.

I know Trinis who describe their island as paradise in spite of the rising and outta control crime wave.

I guess if you overlook the crime and social problems it is pretty close to paradise, but those issues are pretty hard to ignore.
Re: Press Release - Winter Reggae In Paradise
January 12, 2006 09:27AM
LOL - I live in Paradise (California)! Musta missed the Winter Reggae Fest somehow though..

Daniel, eagerly awaiting a run down!
Re: Press Release - Winter Reggae In Paradise
January 12, 2006 02:38PM
Aquaponics sey: As for the conditions, seems perfect grounds for spreading roots. 26 murders this year, population 50,000.

Wow, that is a very high homicide rate for a small island...that works out to be a murder rate of about 52 per 100,000 people. And likely, other types of serious crimes like assault and robbery are probably high as well. Does everyone have bars on their windows? Looks like "Paradise" lost.

In comparison, of the biggest English-speaking Caribbean islands, Jamaica had
a murder rate last year of about 60 and Trinidad about 30. So, St. Croix is right up there with Jamaica.

BTW, about 80% of the crime in Jamaica occurs in the Kingston area so the rest of the country is relatively peaceful.

Typically, homicide rates in the Caribbean are in the neighborhood of 20 per 100,000 which is considered high and double the world average.

When I visited the US Virgin islands a long time ago they had a reputation then for a much higher crime rate then other Caribbean islands of similar size. Many at that time attributed this to the influence of gangster elements from the States(primarily NYC) since they are US citizens and can and do move back and forth freely.
Re: Press Release - Winter Reggae In Paradise
January 12, 2006 03:34PM
Rhythm,

I'd say a result of the shitzdom. Unemployment here is double the average in the US, and costs of living keeps rising. Seems like we have as many ghettos (government assisted housing) as nice neighborhoods in STX. And the influence of stateside does play out here. Nuff copycat rude boys trying to emulate the gangstas they see on the tele.

Also, a reputation of so-called "reverse" discrimination. Rudeness toward whitey visiting from away. From years of colonialism, many are done tired of seeing folks come from foreign with money in dem pocket, buying up all the good land and causing all prices to climb. While some islands welcome tourism and the influx of $$$ to the local economy, most in STX don't wanna serve a stranger. Many are trapped in Welfare bondage and don't know any other way. It's harsh to see so many frowns in "Paradise". What most dem don't realize is the truth to what these artists are trying to preach and teach. I pray in these hard times that more eyes here continue to see Jah's light and promote righteousness in St. Croix.

As for this black against white racism, there was a historical slaughter in St. Croix back about 1972. Known as the Fountain Valley massacre, a handful of rude black men charged to the golf/country club area and murdered nuff whitey in a day. Bout 8 deaths.

[www.pulitzer.org]
"The massacre destroyed the world's impression of St. Croix as a tropical paradise and plunged the island's tourism economy into a two-decade-long tailspin."

When I travel in the Caribbean, to this day, I still hear the negative impression of race relations in St. Croix as a result of Fountain Valley Massacre. We still haven't rebounded from that tragedy.

In addition to the Fountain valley massacre (in which offspring of the murderers still plague STX with violence), Hurricane Hugo also crushed the crucian spirit. Hugo was in 1989 and stopped over STCroix for 15 hours as a Cat 5 hurricane. Not a blade of grass, or leaf on a tree was left. In addition, if you thought the aftermath of Katrina was not handled adequately, St. Croix after Hugo was as bad. Not as many deaths, but the military and government did not serve St. Croix, many believe because of our poverty and racial status. Military ships actually arrived West to remove tourist (mostly white) while no offer of assistance was given to the locals. No fresh water, housing, food, medical, nothing for a loooong while. Nuff is written about this mockery. This is also a contributing factor the the conditions on St. Croix today.

As Vaughn says, "you must believe Jah will send down the rain...to flood out dem guns...." i say, let it rain...

ic
Re: Press Release - Winter Reggae In Paradise
January 13, 2006 07:18PM
"so much so, not long ago the locals voted to remove "America's Paradise" from the liscense plate. We now have: "U.S. Virgin Islands, Our Islands, Our Home."

so quick to strike! As of last month all new plates have "America's Caribbean".
I suppose as long as the Feds pay the bills to keep tings running, and driving, they call the shottas. Whatever, as for now, it is the United States Virgin Islands and the US Feds run tings here.

ic
Re: Press Release - Winter Reggae In Paradise
January 13, 2006 07:52PM
thanks for the reasonings and for not taking the question the wrong way ... thanks for shedding even more light on the situation ... i'll tell you one thing ... the VI artists sure have caught on and continue to catch on around here in my area (Virginia Beach, VA) ... there is a pretty good west indie community here ... but they seem to only make up 1/4th to 1/3rd of the crowds at the I Grade/Midnite/Mt Nebo shows ... seems most of the west indie crowd here gravitate to the caplteon sizzla beenie man elephant man type shows ... things seem to be shifting slowly i guess ... hopefully they continue so these artist can live and maybe even help st croix in the process ... once again ... thanks for the reasoning ... bless ... jahboo
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