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Atlanta Caribbean Carnival All Set for 36th Year this Memorial Weekend.



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In the USA, this upcoming 2023 Memorial Day Weekend (May 26th – 29th) the sights, sounds and vibrancy of the West Indies will energize the southern USA as the famous Atlanta Caribbean Carnival makes its return for its 36th edition.

Following a landmark 2022 event, which saw several of the Georgia state capital’s popular mas bands return to the city’s downtown core, the organizing team – the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival Bandleaders Association (ACCBA),  has put a full-court press on preparations and strategy for the annual cultural extravaganza that many consider to be North America’s fastest growing Carnival.

For 2023, the weekend of events, also known as the unofficial kick-off to the US summer festival season has undergone several adjustments in terms of logistics, venues and flow, to better cater to the increased popularity and interest for the carnival from patrons, masqueraders, spectators and stakeholders.

Some of these adjustments include a new time for the popularACCBA J’ouvert event, which will now take place at Atlanta’s Silverbacks Stadium Park on Friday May 26th from 9AM to 3PM. The official downtown Atlanta Caribbean Carnival will also have a revamped 2023 parade route on May 27th, along with a new accompanying post-parade concert venue, the Westside Park.

The ACCBA team members have taken into consideration all challenges faced in previous years and have created solutions.

ACCBA President Patricia Tonge Edigin said, “We have gotten overwhelming support from everyone. Atlanta wants to see one untied and inclusive Caribbean Carnival. With the big bands returning we look forward to having one carnival. It is only fair to our patrons and masqueraders.”

In emphasis of the Atlanta Caribbean Carnival theme ‘All AhWe Carnival’ the ACCBA has confirmed an all-encompassing Antillean cast, which includes St. Vincent’s Skinny Fabulous, T&T’s Farmer Nappy and Shal Marshall, Barbados’ Alison Hinds, Lil Rick and DJ Cheem, Antigua’s Burning Flames and Kenne Blessin, USVI’s Pumpa, Dominica’s Asa Banton and St. Lucia’s Motto (who will also serve as the 2023 Parade Grand Marshal) and many more to come.

With several tourists already carded to fly in from the region, the diaspora and beyond to participate in the 2023 Atlanta Caribbean Carnival, the festival continues to gain steady patronage from local Atlanta residents as well as support from regional tourism boards and corporate America.

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Marley Magic. Stephen Remixes Old Soul.



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Stephen Marley, the acclaimed 8x GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer, announces the release of a new remix of his single “Old Soul,” the title track of his latest critically- acclaimed album by DJ Delano of Renaissance Disco titled (DJ Delano Renaissance Santa Barbara Mix).

The remix also features a sample of the classic ‘Santa Barbara’ riddim created by the legendary Grammy Award-winning Jamaican drummer, Sly Dunbar (Sly & Robbie).

The new “Old Soul” remix release coincides with the resumption of the second leg pf Stephen’s Old Soul Tour (Unplugged) dates starting this Saturday, May 25th at the Cali Roots Festival in Monterey, California with his brother Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley.  Both the remix and tour are a continuation of Stephen Marley’s support of his landmark album Old Soul that was released last fall. 

“I was invited to play at Stephen Marley’s daughter’s wedding reception and wanted to play ‘Old Soul,’ my favorite song from the album, while people were dancing.  I decided to drop a riddim on the spot to create a remix doing it live.  They loved the mix and vibe from ‘the remix king” and this how the remix came about.” shared DJ Delano of Renaissance Disco.


Stephen Marley is an acclaimed singer and producer. He has worked closely with his brother Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley on the massive crossover hit Welcome To Jamrock. In addition, he continues to champion charitable endeavors centered in Jamaica as a co-founder of the Ghetto Youths Foundation, along with his brothers Damian and Julian Marley.

In 2017, Stephen established Kaya Fest, the annual music festival, which features special guests and rare family performances, all with the larger purpose of raising awareness around the benefits of cannabis, guided by the mantra “Education Before Recreation.” This summer, Stephen embarked on his annual, hugely successful Babylon By Bus Tour, and this week, he commences his Old Soul Tour Unplugged across the US.

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Sizzla Kalonji Is Ready to Take The Stage, At Redemption 9. Promoters Conscious of Social Responsibility.



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Organisers, Tropix Entertainment, Java Nation and Johnny Q Limited, have made a major commitment to presenting the people of T&T with an elevated level of entertainment, the likes of which will see Steel Pulse, Collie Buddz, Christopher Martin, SuperCat, Jamelody and Mr. King, hit the stage, alongside Kalonji. 

SuperCat is ready to deliver.

This year’s concert follows a 2023 show, which was headlined by Buju Banton. “Reggae music is powerful and resolute in its affirmations of positivity,” said Java Nation’s Ian Pantin. The team’s unwavering effort to bring Trinidad and Tobago back to a place of peace, comes from a place of personal compassion for country. “There is no denying the fact that society’s moral compass has shifted somewhat and we see this in the news headlines daily. As partners in the entertainment business, we believe it is our social responsibility to direct our people onto a more positive path,” said Pantin. 

Each year, the tone for the show is depicted in the artistes chosen. Over the years, Tarrus Riley, Anthony B, Jah Cure, Sanchez, Luciano, Glen Washington, Beres Hammond, Morgan Heritage and countless others, have brought a variation of sweet reggae music. It is anticipated that this year, the addition of Super Cat will add some momentum – the artiste well known for hit dancehall tracks like, ‘Dolly My Baby’, ‘GirlsTown,’ ‘Cry Fuh De Youth,’ ‘My Girl Josephine’ and many others. 

Collie Buddz

Patrons, confident in the Redemption brand, have already expressed excitement for ‘The Way Forward,’ indicating their loyal support for the concert that has certainly stood the test of time. “We are truly pleased and humbled by the support shown to Redemption over the years- by both patrons and sponsors who we consider partners. Executing a show of this magnitude annually, is no easy or simple feat. We work dedicatedly behind the scenes, trying our best to accommodate every partner, while presenting live entertainment that is purposeful and enjoyable. It’s never easy,” said Pantin. 

Together with the team, Pantin says each year, patrons’ views are taken into consideration and efforts made to return one year later, with a show that is better than previously experienced. This year, one lucky patron will be the winner of a signature, gold and ruby encrusted, Redemption pendant, worth approximately $20,000TTD. 

Christopher Martin will be there.

For further details, persons can follow Redemption the Concert on Facebook and Instagram or call 780-SHOW (7469). 

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