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MEET BENJY MYAZ
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"A fine line separates musicians who play music to live and those who live to play music. I live to play music...it is my life...Therefore, excellence is not an act, but a habit" - BM My' Werks Music/Productions™
 
Benjy Myaz was born in a little town called Haddington, Hanover, on the island of Jamaica. He and his other seven musical siblings were exposed to music at an early age, playing with the band in their father's church. Benjy quickly learned the guitar and was always eager to play at devotions in primary school and do rehearsals with the church groups. He went on to study music at Herbert Morrison Technical High School in Montego Bay. After leaving school in 1984, Benjy taught music for two years at the high school level and began further studies with private tutors earning tertiary accreditation from the London Royal School of Music.

Benjy's professional musical career began when he started working in Jamaica's tourist industry, playing in most of the north-coast hotels for nearly eight years. During that time, Benjy applied and received a scholarship to Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Faith, in its divinity, wouldn't have it that way. He, however, went on to develop skills in bass playing, arranging, songwriting, and music production; and his career as a musician is credited to his vast knowledge about music.

This musician has command of at least seven instruments, with his first love being the Bass. This he owes to diligent studies and an innate love for music. According to Benjy, "When a musician is formally trained, it allows him or her to appreciate the origin and growth of music. It gives you deeper perspective about your craft."

As a producer, he got his first big break in 1986 when he arranged and produced a remake of Brooke Benton's classic, "So Many Ways", performed by Dennis Malcolm, which went to the number one position in Jamaica, England, and New York. With hopes of touring as a bassist, Benjy became a member of the Rhythm Kings Band, touring with several artistes including: Jimmy Cliff, Culture, Toots and the Maytals, Shinehead, and J.C. Lodge. His other credits include appearing as a bassist for the chorale, Sounds of Blackness and also Jimmy Cliff.

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According to Benjy, "I am about chasing creativity, not the competition."
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Ethlyn Cowan-Grant is a registered nurse with a Masters Degree in Global Health. She is committed to volunteerism and the welfare of the under-privileged and has volunteered in medical missions in Ghana, Jamaica, Panama, Kenya and Haiti. Ethlyn is currently partnering with a group of women to build an orphanage in Kenya, named Ethlyn's Hope Children's Resource Center. At present, she is busy organizing a medical mission to Kenya in June 2012 where she will lead a team of medical professionals to care for a Village for a week.

 

For more on Ethlyn, listen to tonight's PEP Talk Radio interview or email 2010gmu@gmail.com.



ABOUT PRESIDENTS' DAY
Monday, February 20
Presidents' Day is observed on the third Monday each year.  It is a Federal holiday in the USA and is observed in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States.

Today, the February holiday has become well known for being a day in which many stores, especially car dealers, hold sales. Until the late 1980s, corporate businesses generally closed on this day, similar to present corporate practices on Memorial Day
or Christmas Day.

Happy long weekend to all who will be getting the day off!!

Weekly e-Newsletter
February 16, 2012
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Hanging with Reggae singer/songwriter Romain Virgo at Crossroads Club on 02/11/12
This past Saturday many of you were shocked (as I was) when news of Whitney Houston's death surfaced.  In fact, many of us are still hoping that someone will come out and say it is a big hoax, but unfortunately we have to deal with the sad reality.  Instead of going on and on, I am personally thankful for Whitney's music which spans generations and which has comforted me and many others when dealing in particular with issues of LOVE and the heart.  May her soul rest in peace and may we dwell more on her special gift of that incredible voice, and not so much on the personal struggles she had over the years (we all struggle).  Here is one of MY all-time favorite songs and LIVE performances from Whitney.  SUCH a gifted lady...brings tears to my eyes.  Let's just hope she is free now.
Whitney Houston - One Moment In Time (Grammy Awards Live) 
Whitney Houston - One Moment In Time (Grammy Awards Live)
Also on this past Saturday, I braved the weather and fought a bug I was catching to go and see Romain Virgo perform LIVE at the Crossroads Club.  This young man has been very special to me since he won the Digicel Rising Star competition back in 2007 when he was 17, so I felt like it was my civic duty to go and check him out.  I was not disappointed (well, I was by the handfuls of people who attended) and I just felt very happy to see such a young man (22) perform songs which are so lyrically rich with such passion and gratitude.  It was a beautiful experience for me and I just HAD to share that.  Please research him and check out some of his songs.  He is a great singer and performer and such a nice young gentleman off stage too.  Please stay tuned for my interview with him on next Thursday, February 23.


Just in case you have not seen my interview on Global Culture TV, please check it out at the link below. 

Global Culture - Rosie Peppy Parke, PEP Talk
Global Culture 02/07/12 - Rosie Peppy Parke, PEP Talk
Give thanks again for all the many wonderful Black people I am meeting and spending time with during this month.  Black is indeed beautiful and I am so in love with my people.  Speaking of Black and Love, many of you did not know about BLACK LOVE DAY (February 13) despite me sending out information on it in the past.  I took it for granted that you would remember, but now I know that I have to keep reminding you.  Click HERE to learn more about it, and even though the day is past, the message is always relevant  -- show LOVE every day for the Creator, for Self, for the Family, within the Black Community and for the Black Race.  Even more of you spent this past Tuesday celebrating Valentine's Day and all I am saying is now that after the love (DAY) is gone, I hope that we are still in love with the idea of LOVE, and learning new ways to show love to others around us.

Peace & Blessings and Happy birthday to my son, Khani, Jr. who celebrates his birthday this Saturday.  In the words of my guest tonight, Benjy Myaz "Khani, I love you higher than anyone can count."

More love,

Yaa Gyasi Peppy Parke
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Tonight, we will be rapping with BENJY MYAZ (in celebration of Reggae Month).  Benjy is one of those rare and special talents who likes to be out of the spotlight, but whose musical genius is to be admired and oftentimes keep him in the spotlight.   Also on the Radio (and in celebration of Black History month) with me will be ETHLYN COWAN-GRANT, a registered nurse who is a firm believer in giving back to those who are less fortunate.  Ethlyn is spearheading a medical mission trip to Kenya in July of this year, and we want YOU to hear her story as we do our part in helping her to raise funds and awareness for the trip.

'HOOKED ON YOU' Benjy Myaz (New Vocal Single)

Tune in to www.harambeeradio.com to hear PEP Talk Radio tonight and join the conversation in the Chat Room if you feel so inclined.  All night, we will be sharing old and new music from Beny Myaz so if you are a true lover of authentic Reggae music, tune in and join us.  Benjy would LOVE to hear from you!

PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF OUR RADIO SCHEDULE:

Thursdays from 9pm to 10pm EST
Fridays from 9pm to 10pm EST
Tuesdays from 4pm to 5pm EST

Up next on PEP Talk TV is pepisode 11a which features LIVE interviews from our Launch Party which was held on 01/01/11 and pepisode 11b with Brothers Karl and Roy from The Shashamane Settlement Foundation.  Also go to our Vimeo Page to see tons of extras which will not make formal shows.

We are still waiting for our CaribVision viewers to be on the same schedule with us so pardon our progress. 
PEP Talk Season 2, pepisode 11 Teaser 
PEP Talk Season 2, pepisode 11 Teaser
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YaaDi The Series *JAMAICAN CARTOON* - Episode 1 :  He Returns
YaaDi The Series *JAMAICAN CARTOON* - Episode 1 : He Returns
GARNET SILK - GONE TOO SOON!

 garnettGarnet Silk, born Garnet Damion Smith in Bromelia, in the parish of Manchester, Jamaica, on the second day of April 1966, became one of reggae's most promising cultural artists from the moment this singer turned deejay made a serious impact with his debut album "It's Growing" and his first major hit "Hello Africa."

 

At a very young age - when he was still in elementary school - Garnet dreamed of becoming an entertainer. Family and friends encouraged him and at the tender age of 12 Garnet Silk entered music business when he started deejaying as Little Bimbo with a local sound system called Soul Remembrance. Thus this youth discovered an outlet for his thought-provoking lyrics, an audience outside of his schoolmates and family, and there was no turning back. In the years that followed he got involved with other sound systems like Destiny Outernational, Pepper's Disco and Stereophonic. While working with these sounds Garnet developed his vocal and lyrical delivery further. Drawing inspiration from the words and music of Bob Marley and Burning Spear he started his recording career in 1985. It was actually dub poet Yasus Afari who hooked up Garnet with Delroy "Callo" Collins who produced his first single, "Problem Everywhere," then still under the name of Bimbo.   

 

Fast forward...By the beginning of 1994, Garnet Silk was rested and ready to continue his musical quest. He signed with Ocho Rios-based Kariang Productions and also secured his first major label deal with Big Beat/Atlantic. The release of the Steely & Clevie produced album "Love Is The Answer" featuring the 1990 recordings and single releases like "Harder," "Complaint" and "Fight Back," a combination tune with good friend Richie Stephens, soon put Garnet Silk back on the international Reggae charts. His triumphant return was highlighted at Jamaica's two premier international festivals in the summer of 1994. Reggae Sunsplash and Reggae SumFest were charged with emotional energy during Garnet Silk's mesmerizing musical display. Garnet's final performance was at the Mirage nightclub in Kingston where he was part of Richie Stephens' birthday celebration on the Tuesday night before the tragedy took place. Garnet Silk was staying at his sister's house, together with his wife - who was six months pregnant - and his three children, when he left to see his mother. From this point there's no-one to tell exactly what happened on that night as all the survivors were sleeping and woke up only with the explosion which occurred at his mother's one-room wooden house around midnight. It is told that a friend was showing Garnet how to use a shotgun when it accidentally went off, striking a nearby cooking gas cylinder. Along with his growing fame, Garnet had become increasingly concerned about security at the house - though he was a true novice when it came to firearms. That night, the errant gun blast ignited the gas cylinder, effectively giving rise to a lethal blowtorch. Garnet Silk, his two brothers and two friends managed to escape. However, when Garnet realized his mother was still trapped inside, he re-entered the inferno. Neither of them survived. READ MORE HERE. 

 

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