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On Sunday, October 16, at 8:00 p.m., Miami’s premier Early-Music presenting and performing organization, the Miami Bach Society, opens its annual concert series.  Spain’s Baroque music icon, gambist, Jordi Savall, will appear with his son Ferran, a tenor who plays the theorbo, guitar and lute.  They will perform at the area’s newest, most spectacular musical venue, the New World Center. In a rare joint appearance, the duo will perform a program, FOLIAS & VARIATIONS, Music Dialogues from Orient & Occident. In cooperation with Risë Kern Presents, and with the support of Miami’s Spanish Consul General, Ambassadora Cristina Barrios, the duo from Barcelona will highlight this year’s celebration of Spanish History Month.

It is with great sadness that VP Records must announce the passing of Joel Chin at the age of 35. Joel was shot last night (Tuesday, August 16) outside his home in Stony Hill, St. Andrew in Jamaica. The cause was not immediately known.

The grandson of VP Records founder Vincent Chin, son of famed Reggae producer Clive Chin and nephew of the owners of VP Records, Chris and Randy Chin, Joel literally grew up in the Reggae business and put his vast knowledge and connections at the service of the music he loved passionately.

Joining the company in the 90s, Joel was instrumental in launching and fostering the careers of international Reggae stars such as Sean Paul, T.O.K., Beres Hammond, Wayne Wonder, Beenie Man, Sizzla, Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley and Etana while creating the top Reggae compilations in the world: "Reggae Gold" and "Strictly The Best". Joel was loved by the creative community in Jamaica and around the world, and has a long standing relationship with some of the top producers in the island such as Dean Fraser and Steven "Lenky" Marsden. Joel's signings helped VP Records become the largest Reggae label in the world and bring Reggae into the mainstream music market culminating with Sean Paul's "Dutty Rock" album which sold over 7 million units worldwide.

Revealing the economic power of the Caribbean's overseas communities, a new documentary will be screened at the 2011 CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase and Market Incubator Program at Harbourfront Centre from September 7 to 17, 2011.

The half-hour documentary "Forward Home" will have its world premiere on Wednesday, September 7 at 8 p.m. on the opening night of the sixth annual film showcase.

The film's executive producer is economist and creative industries specialist, Dr. Keith Nurse, chairman of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution and director of the Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, Policy and Services at the University of the West Indies.

On July 1, 2011, Third World headlined at the 3rd annual Keti Koti Festival.  With over 15,000 people of Surinamese, European, African and Dutch background in attendance, the festival marked the end of slavery in Suriname.  Keti Koti which means (cut chain), celebrates the abolition of slavery that took place in 1863 by the Netherlands in Suriname, however, due to a mandatory ten year transition period, Suriname did not become fully free until 1873.  Since 2008 several cities in the Netherlands host various activities, making July 1 a day of national celebration and remembrance throughout the country and Third World was on hand to participate in the festivities.

Third World was hand picked to perform at Keti Koti as a result of the award they received at their April 5, 2011 NYC Album launch from Unchained Forever, Inc.  The Corporation will assist the "Middle Passage Commission Corp" to raise funds to build a Permanent Memorial to Honor the Victims of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, as envisioned by the United Nations.  The timing of this festival could not have been better with the kick-off of the 96 Degrees showcase on Sirius XM Radio also on July 1, 2011 through July 3, 2011.  The Joint, SiriusXM's reggae music channel, paid tribute to the iconic reggae band by featuring the band's music, an in-studio performance, interviews and more.  All weekend, SiriusXM listeners heard the band's international hits as well as Third World's legendary members sharing their personal insights on their career and music. Additionally, The Joint presented a special encore of the band's exclusive in-studio performance and interview recorded earlier this year.

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