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Published:Friday | December 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM
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Coconut Kabanas in Mandeville New Year's Eve

Coconut Tree Productions and Jahnai Productions will be putting on a New Year's Eve ball with a difference - Coconut Kabana, Mandeville, under the distinguished patronage of former Custos of Manchester, Dr Gilbert Allen, JP, and Mrs Allen. The event is also part of the 200th anniversary celebrations for Manchester.

Coconut Kabana takes place on Wednesday, December 31, from 8 p.m. to about 3 am on New Year's Day 2015, at Ingleside Badminton Club and Poolside.

Music will be provided by Collin 'The Captain' Hines, DJ Rude Boi of New York and New Jersey fame and HI-fashion, featuring Sean at the controls. Special pre and post-midnight performances will be done Petal. There will be giveaways throughout the night, including best dressed, grab bag and dancing prizes.

Tickets cost are presold regular $1,500, at the door $2,000.00, students with ID $1,500. Tickets outlets in Mandeville are Haughton Pharmacy at Caledonia Courts Plaza, Stephenson's Flower Shop in Manchester Shopping Centre, and Mandeville Hotel, 5 Hotel Street. In Kingston, outlets are Reve Jewellery at Devon House, Hope and Waterloo Road. In Spaulding, Mid-Island Technology on Main Street has tickets. In Santa Cruz the are at Santa's Record Mart Electronics and Gifts, Santa Plaza Main Street.

Cocoa Tea added to R&B Reggae Concert

Veteran reggae singer, Cocoa Tea has been added to the line-up of the R&B Reggae Concert on December 27 at LIME Golf Academy. New Kingston. The headline act is Atlantic Starr. The concert will also showcase Ken Boothe and Derrick Harriott.

"From the planning stages, we had Cocoa Tea as one acts who we definitely wanted to sign for this event. However, he wasn't available initially, but he was subsequently able to work something out. When Cocoa Tea called to say he could do the show, we were ecstatic," a member of the organising committee disclosed.

Rounding out the line-up are Noddy Virtue, Nickiesha Barnes, Jodian Pantry, T-Rizzy, Breezy McKenley and Roc Riva. All the artistes will be backed by Lloyd Parkes and We the People Band.

Cocoa Tea's smooth, easy-going vocal presentations have become his trademark, earning him wide international acclaim with songs like Lost My Sonia, Tune In and Rocking Dolly becoming anthems.

The R&B Reggae Concert is sponsored by the RJR Communications Group, Kool 97 FM, KLAS FM, Newstalk 93 FM, Suncity 104.9, Beaumont's Car Rentals, Supermed Pharmacy, Mighty I Entertainment, Champion Customs Brokers and Border Patrol Security.

Q is the Key extended

Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum's Q Is The Key promotion has been extended by 18 days until Sunday, January 18, with additional prizes. The new date for the jackpot prizes of two WIHCON homes is Friday, January 23.

From January 1-18, consumers will still have the chance to win $200 phone credit every day (with over 200 winners daily). In addition, on Friday, January 9, two lucky Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum consumers can win big with an extra jackpot of $500,000 each.

Cecil Smith, group brand manager for Rums at J. Wray & Nephew Limited, said, "With persons literally winning in the thousands and demanding more, we gave the people what they wanted and extended the time period of the Wray Q Is The Key promotion for persons to continue winning with Wray."

"It is the dream of many Jamaicans to own a home, so a large number of our consumers see the Wray Q Is The Key promotion as an opportunity to reach that milestone in their adulthood. We also know that 2014 has been a very challenging year financially for most, so we have now added two huge cash prizes of $500,000, so that persons can start their New Year with a smile," Smith said.

In Wray's Q Is The Key promotion persons buy a 200ml-sized Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum Q, peel the back label, locate the seven-digit code and text this code to 444-WRAY. As of Sunday, December 14, 8,893 Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum consumers have won a share of $7.15 million cash and $1.64 in mobile credit.

Aidona making C'bean trek

With his 2014 European tour behind him, hardcore lyricist, Aidonia, is gearing up for a series of performances across the Caribbean and Central America. Tomorrow, the Bad People deejay will be in St Kitts, headlining the Cane Juice Cooler FĂȘte at Pulse Arena, Victoria Avenue. The event also features soca sensation Farmer Nappy and a cadre of local talent.

Aidonia then return to Jamaica for performances numerous events throughout the Corporate Area ahead of the much publicised Sting on Boxing Day and Galiday Bounce at the Dinthill Sports Club, Linstead, St Catherine, on December 28.

He ends the year of performances in Panama.

The Jag One Productions (JOP) head honcho has released a new single, Lightening, on the Wul Dem Again riddim produced by Yellow Moon Records.

On Tuesday evening, Aidonia and his team performed at the exclusive launch party for TeenVybe, where the guest speaker was government minister Lisa Hanna.

Richie Stephens impresses at One Caribbean Festival

The One Caribbean Music Festival, which took place recently at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida, saw a strong performance from Richie Stephens. He took fans on a musical stroll down memory lane with Tougher Than Before, Trying To Get To You, Fight Back and True Believer.

He upped the ante with Real Reggae Music before going into Winner and Spanish Harlem, then delved into the inspirational A Change Is Gonna Come, which he dedicated to Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin and others in the USA who have died at the hands of the police.

A lively gospel medley followed, then the new ska tech single, Everybody Dance.

"To be honest, I had no plan to perform Everybody Dance with dancers. When I realised just how popular the song is in Florida, I had to scramble to find a competent group in less than 24 hours, and what a spectacular job the Lime Light Squad did," Stephens remarked.

Stephens' next big performance will be at the 19th annual Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival set for January 29-31, 2015, in Trelawny.