Atlanta, GA & New York, NY – May 3, 2011 – Through a mutually beneficial strategic partnership, the Caribbean Tourism Organization Foundation (CTO) and Ryff Music have teamed up to create the ‘Love the Music’ Compilation CD project. The project features vibrant music that represents the best of the Caribbean culture presented by artist from CTO member countries. The compilation project promotes aspects of Caribbean culture through music & spoken word. The CD will be made available in stores and on-line in June during Caribbean Heritage Month. A series of promotional activities to help promote the CD will take place during Caribbean Week in NY, June 7th –12th. Portions of the proceeds from the CD sales will go to support the CTO Foundation.
The CD includes a respected roster of the Caribbean’s best artist including: Dollarman (Grenada) who is the featured artist on the songs ‘Rock this Party’ and ‘Soundz of Freedom’ both reached # 1 on the Billboard Dance Chart; Singing Melody (Jamaica) whose single ‘Want You Back’, reached 3 and 1 respectively on the New York Reggae Top 30 and the Star Top 40; Kamau Georges (British Virgin Islands) one of the BVI’s most talented artist and producers; KB (Bahamas) one of the Bahamas most popular artist; Dudley (Bermuda) whose song ‘Bermudian Gal’ was a big radio hit and still enjoys radio play on Bermuda’s Hot 107.5’s; Aloe Blacc (Panamanian) whose song ‘I Need a Dollar’ is the theme song for the HBO hit show ‘How to Make it in America’; Lazo (Dominica) won a Juno Award in 2000 for Best Reggae Recording for ‘Heart and Soul’; Fae Simon (Carriacou and Jamaica) the UK’s upcoming artist and several other artist top out the roster of the Caribbean’s best; Giles (Bermuda) whose song ‘Bermudian Gal’ was a big radio hit and still enjoys radio play on Bermuda’s Hot 107.5’s; Adrian Dutchin (Guyana) the number one Soca artist from Guyana. Adrian won the soca monarch three times and the road march twice. He has worked with people such as Jumo Primo of Bryon Lee & The Dragonaires, Peter Ram, Terry Gajraj and the Hit Man. He is one of the lead singers of well known Bajan band Krosfyah and is a member of X2(times two) from Guyana.; Jovi Rockwell (Jamaica) is a singer, songwriter from Kingston, Jamaica. has Collaborated with Bruno Mars, Flo Rida, Mims, Akon and Ne-Yo. She also released a number of singles in Jamaica and the US, singles which includes the Caribbean and European hits “Party On,” “Dance Floor,” featuring dancehall artist Zumjay “All About Love,” “Hey,” with Courtney ‘Yogie’ John and “Need Me” featuring Mr. Vegas.
Producers that contributed to the project include Albert ‘Dvo’ Desilva (Guyana), Herbert Alexander (USVI), Kamau George (BVI), Max Tannone (USA) and several other talented Caribbean musicians.
The project is distributed through Redeye distribution, the leading independent distributor for both physical and digital music around the world. Their retailers in the U.S. include chains such as Best Buy, Borders, f.y.e. and independent stores throughout the country. Redeye also exports records to Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and provides a digital distribution service that delivers content to iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody and many other digital music stores. Redeye currently distributes such labels as Daptone Records, Alive Records, Bella Union Records, Revelation Records and artist such as Widespread Panic, The Donnas, Sun Public Enemy and Au Revoir Simone, to name a few.
CARIBBEAN TOURISM ORGANIZATION FOUNDATION
The CTO Foundation is a Not-for-Profit Corporation, formed to provide scholarships and study grants to students and industry personnel who are Caribbean nationals, from CTO-member countries, who wish to pursue studies in the areas of tourism/hospitality and language training. The Foundation supports individuals who demonstrate high levels of academic achievement and leadership potential and who express a strong interest in making a contribution to Caribbean tourism.