Estelle

Estelle truly conquerors it all. She first burst onto the scene in 2008 with her double-platinum, international chart-topping hit song “American Boy” featuring Kanye West, transforming her into a pop and R&B sweetheart and earning her a Grammy. Bringing her career full circle Estelle has released her latest album, True Romance, via her own imprint Established 1980 Inc./BMG. The album features the inspirational anthem “Conqueror,” which skyrocketed even further after her special duet version aired on FOX’s Empire. Performed by Estelle and Jussie Smollett, “Conqueror” became the highest-charting song from Empire. The album has garnered her praise from the likes of New York Times, Rolling Stone, People, NPR, Elle, Oprah Magazine, Cosmo, InStyle and Entertainment Weekly. In addition to her music, she has also ventured into the world of animation, voicing a lead character, Garnet, on Cartoon Network’s hit show Steven Universe. In the world of fashion, her Scarves by Swaray line is yet another outlet for Estelle’s endless creativity. Made from the finest quality silk and inspired by Estelle’s heritage and global travels, these versatile pieces can be worn in many ways. However, out of all of her accomplishments Estelle is most proud of her foundation All of Me. The foundation focuses on educating and expanding the horizons of young people through college scholarships and volunteer opportunities abroad. Estelle, through music or whatever form she chooses, is determined inspire and uplift the world.

Estelle Swaray was born and raised in West London, England. Her mother's family came from the West African nation of Senegal, and her father is from the Caribbean island of Grenada. Estelle now resides in Los Angeles, California.

GLENELG Sponsors Pure Grenada Music Festival

Local bottler of spring water named major sponsor for music festival

St. George’s Grenada, October 19, 2015: The Pure Grenada Musical Festival is proud to announce yet another Grenadian business entity - Glenelg Spring Water - as a major sponsor.

The agreement comes just six months shy of the scheduled dates for what is being billed as “the-first-of-its-kind, one-of-a-kind” activity to be held in Grenada from April 5th to 10th, 2016. A distinguished line up of artistes – international and local – including soul singer Joss Stone (UK) and international reggae band Steel Pulse (UK) will be part of a magical, musical experience over 6 days in distinctly picturesque locations across the island.

Bottlers of local spring water via Managing Director, Mrs. Afia Joseph, proudly presented the cheque to Chair of Steering Committee Jana Caniga. Mrs. Joseph confirmed her company’s early interest in the event saying, “Pure Grenada, Pure Glenelg goes hand in hand”. Mrs. Joseph further commended the organizing team and pledged her organisation’s continued support to guarantee the event’s success.

As the first major initiative of Music and Beyond – the non profit organisation created with the objective of developing musical talent in Grenada – festival organisers continue to appeal to music lovers everywhere and especially Grenadians at home and abroad to get involved not only to ensure the success of the event, but, also the future of Grenadian musicians.

ZARA MCFARLANE

Zara McFarlane’s debut album, 2011’s Until Tomorrow, came garlanded with rave reviews and a Mobo award nomination, and heralded a major new talent in the world of British jazz. The follow-up, also recorded for Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings, is a more ambitious collection that draws from many more influences: from the deep spiritual jazz of Pharoah Sanders to dub and reggae.

“With the first album,” says Zara, “I was trying to create a cohesive sound, one that used the same line up and the same instrumentation throughout. This time the focus is on the song writing, and the arrangements are tailor-made to suit each song. There’s a lot more variation – around half of the tracks are duets, and I use more than one band. If there is a unified, cohesive theme, it’s in the lyrics: the songs represent a journey through a woman’s life.”

Gilles Peterson has been a key figure in Zara’s career. They first met when she was performing with the house music project Bopstar at the Southport Weekender in May 2010, where she gave him an EP of acoustic jazz songs she’d recorded. Within a few months, an impressed Peterson had signed Zara to his Brownswood Recordings label, and that EP eventually provided the basis for her debut album until tomorrow.

“Gilles has been an incredibly enthusiastic person to work with,” says Zara. “with the first album, I’d recorded most of it before he’d signed me, but this time he’s been more involved in its creation and made suggestions. He’s passionate about all kinds of music, not just jazz, which has allowed me to experiment with different sounds.”

Zara McFarlane was born 30 years ago into a Jamaican family in Dagenham, on the borders of Essex and London. She grew up in a household that loved reggae (“we played it all the time – parties, social gatherings, weddings, funerals, you name it!”), as well as the R&B of Michael Jackson and Luther Vandross. Her tv debut came at the tender age of 14, when she did a Lauryn Hill impression on Stars In Their Eyes against a line-up of grown ups.

She was educated at a local comprehensive before moving to the Brit School in Croydon in her sixth-form to study musical theatre. “I fell in love with musicals and learned tons of old showtunes,” says Zara. “I quickly realised that they were also jazz standards, and I always preferred the jazz versions.” After a BMus degree in popular music performance from the tech music school in Acton (part of the university of West London) she started to pursue her love of jazz, studying jazz and improvisation at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

When not working on her own material, Zara has performed as a featured vocalist in Gary Crosby’s SKA Orchestra Jazz Jamaica, and performed with esteemed British Jazzers such as Orphy Robinson, Denys Baptiste and Soweto Kinch. She’s made house music with Bopstar and paid tribute to Tammi Terrell with Norwegian DJ/producer Dalminjo. Her tracks have been remixed and reworked by the likes of Viennese Techno duo Ogris Debris, Ninja tune’s floating points, afro-funker Osunlade and Space-Jazzers Emanative. She’s fronted Italian DJ Nicola Conte’s big band, performed at a Nina Simone tribute concert in Amsterdam and played support for South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela and American singer Gregory Porter. At the upcoming London Jazz Festival she’ll be appearing opposite Dianne Reeves (Queen Elizabeth Hall, 20 November). She also maintains a role in education, teaching workshops in vocals and improvisation around Britain and Europe.

“i love all areas of this work – the teaching, the performing – but this album showcases what i’m most into at the moment, which is writing,” she says. “these songs on this new album are more personal than anything i’ve ever written. It’s me opening up, taking listeners on a journey.

Eddie Bullen

Since his move to Toronto in 1980 from Grenada, Eddie has worked with major Caribbean, Canadian and American artists.  To date Eddie Bullen has produced over 150 albums.

Juno award winning pianist, songwriter, arranger and producer Eddie Bullen is, in every way, a standout amongst the latest generation of multi-talented artists.

Eddie's lengthy career has yielded an abundance of awards and recognition for his outstanding talents. From his first album, 'Nocturnal Affair' to his most recent 'Desert Rain', Eddie gives his audience a taste of contemporary jazz, flavoured with Caribbean and Latin rhythms.

"Eddie Bullen keeps audiences in Canada and throughout the Caribbean on their feet and begging for more with his distinctive style. His compositions are audacious and sexy, titillating the senses.... " New York Daily News

Eddie tours north American and the Caribbean as a member of his own Eddie Bullen Band and as a pianist in the renowned ensemble NEWA which includes

Eddie with Nicholas Brancker, Wilson Laurencin and Arturo Tappin. Eddie is also a member of the improvisational Jazz/Electronica collective called KUSH lead by Etric Lyons.

Eddie has been nominated for Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards and a National Jazz Award. He has been Musical Director of many jazz and music Festivals in Canada and the Caribbean.

Eddie is in demand as a producer, having worked with such artists as Liberty Silver, Demo Cates, Deborah Cox, Fefe Dobson, Kingley Ettienne, Marisa Lindsay, Glen Lewis, to name a few. He also composes and arranges for CityTV, YTV, CBC, and TMN* the Movie Network.

Westerhall Rums Grenada Sponsors Pure Grenada Music Festival

High quality producer of branded rum products named event sponsor of Reggae Night

St. George’s Grenada, September 15, 2015: The Pure Grenada Music Festival today announced it’s official sponsorship agreement with Westerhall Rums Grenada. The cheque was presented to Steering Committee member, Mr. Dieter Burkhalter by Managing Director, of Westerhall Rums Grenada, Mr. Graham Williams.

“The partnership is as complementary as it is strategic, based on common beliefs and values of quality and excellence, which allows for collaboration that will add to the thrill of the festival experience”, Mr. Williams stated.

As the Reggae Night Event Sponsor on Friday 8th April, 2016, Westerhall Rums Grenada will create audience experiences at the Festival aimed at consumer engagement. In addition, as an international award winning brand, Westerhall Rums Grenada will also leverage the sponsorship with support for the presentation of Grenada and its musical offerings to the world, through both their brand and festival related social channels. This expansion of opportunities to engage fans and artistes seeks to amplify the festival experience at every opportunity and capitalise on the driving force that is music, to bring together people with a passion for the art form.

The Pure Grenada Music Festival will, over 6 days, showcase the island of Grenada via 4 distinct locations. The Festival Village and Main Stage will be located on the spacious green at Port Louis; the VIP Stage at the exquisite Calivigny Island; the Floating Stage in the picturesque St. George’s Harbour - the Carenage; and the Mobile Stage which will feature free concerts in the towns of Grenville and Gouyave located North East and West of the island respectively.

Local artistes will perform alongside those more internationally renowned to include soul singer Joss Stone (UK); folk band Madison Violet (Canada); reggae superstar Etana (Jamaica); international reggae band Steel Pulse (UK); rising phenomenon, Jesse Royal (Jamaica); world music sensation Angélique Kidjo (Benin); contemporary jazz artist Eddie Bullen (Grenada/Canada); jazz/soul singer and songwriter Zara MacFarlane (UK); steel pan extraordinaire ; and acclaimed musician Hendrix Ackle.

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