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Taste Of The Caribbean & Jerk Festival
P.O. Box 1604
Hartford, CT 06144-1604

Phone: (860) 306-1693


Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival 2016 Festival Entertainers.

Live Entertainment - Dance into the night with live Caribbean rhythms from local, national and international musical artists.

Children Village - Talent Competition – This year's festivities include a Children's Village with bounce stations, face painting, jewelry-making and much more. Children will also be showing off their talents in the inaugural TOC Children Talent Competition.

Caribbean Travel Village – Plan your next Caribbean getaway with island travel experts. Learn how you can enjoy the beautiful world class destinations and pristine azure beaches that the Caribbean has to offer.

Healthy Body Pavilion – Learn how you can get island fit and bikini ready with experts in our Healthy Body Pavilion. Consult with health care professionals and nutritionists from Hartford’s Community Health Services on healthy diets for a healthy body.

2016 Performers Include:


Luciano - Jamaican Born Reggae Artist

An inspirational songwriter and recording artist, a brilliant performing star and international ambassador of Jamaican popular Reggae music, Jepther W. McClymont aka Luciano was born in Davey Town, near Mandeville in the parish of Manchester, Jamaica. He grew up singing in the Adventist church choir while learning to play the guitar at home. He says, "I fell in love with the guitar from my youthful years."
In his teens he started to sing on local sound systems at parties and dances. In his early twenties, he relocated from rural Jamaica to live in Kingston, where he had always aspired to pursue a career in music. He did odd jobs to earn a livelihood when times were really tight in this new environment where he had to trod the sidewalks to visit many studios seeking that tough first break. Following the suggestion of his mentor, Homer Harris, he changed his name to Luciano and further energized his attempt to secure the recording opportunities he was hungrily pursuing.

With a new name and the new decade of the ‘90s, Luciano began recording for a few producers but remained unrecognized until he recorded ‘Shake It Up’ for Freddie McGregor’s Big Ship label. ‘Shake It Up’ became a number one hit on the U.K. Reggae chart in 1993 and proceeded to start the recording career of Luciano rolling. His next label stop was X-Terminator Records with producer Philip ‘Fattis’ Burell at the controls. Here Luciano recorded his formative album Where There is Life released by Island Jamaica Records; it brought him instant world wide acclaim as the reggae messenger and a roots and culture icon. His lyrical themes are the quintessential Rastafarian anthem that sings praises to equality and justice for all of mankind.
Luciano is constantly working to advance and preserve Roots and Culture Reggae and maintains the integrity of the music by expressing spirituality and conscientiousness with sincerity. He remains a leader among those next-generation reggae artists who’ve held fast to the music’s original intentions. As such, his songs have the power to touch the soul, to communicate spiritual truths and uplift our hearts

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Elan Trotman - Barbadian Contemporary Jazz Saxophonist

Saxophonist Elan Trotman has quickly become one of contemporary jazz’s most thrilling and emotive performers, and continues to stand out and push boundaries as a composer, performer and recording artist.

Rihanna may be the most famous Barbadian making worldwide headlines, but sax-man Elan Trotman is another gifted Islander who is quickly becoming one of the fastest rising stars on the jazz scene. A former Boston Public Schools Educator and Berklee College of Music graduate, Trotman continues to define his brand as a young lion as he continues to perform at major jazz festivals, cruises and jazz clubs in the US, Europe and The Caribbean. Elan was heavily influenced by the smooth sounds of Grover Washington Jr as a child, but upon his arrival in Boston, MA in 1998, he discovered the world of bebop and immediately fell in love with the sounds and styles of the jazz legends. A rich tenor sax sound has always been his trademark, and he’s often compared to fellow sax-man Kirk Whalum with an instantly identifiable playing style that is vocallike.

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Saga Dee - Trinadad & Tobago Soca Recording Artist

Clint Mc Coy who goes by the artiste name (Saga Dee) served as a soldier in the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment for eight years before migrating to the United States. During his military career he performed and sang as a hobby and it was there he earned the name "Saga Dee". In 2009, while living in the US he started writing his own songs. He entered his first contest in Washington DC and went on to perform in various contests in Washington, New York and Atlanta.

Saga Dee writes and performs all of his own lyric ranging from Social Commentary, Soca, Soca Parang and Reggae. He displays an original and unique form of lyrics in his songs. Saga Dee recently launched two new videos on Trinidad and Tobago Synergy television station for the songs ‘Gih Meh’ and "You done Know". These videos can viewed on YouTube and the official Facebook page, "Sagadog aka Saga Dee" Saga Dee is by all means the real deal, bringing music to make you jump and wine, song to make you sing your heart out and also to stimulate and educate the mind. His music can be found on iTunes and Amazon and you can also check him on YouTube.
For further information please contact Esther Daniel at 868-741-1706 or

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J.Cee - Jamaican Born Gospel Recording Artist

Jermet aka J.Cee is a strong, energetic and warm individual who grew up on sound Christian principles. She started singing in church at the age of three. Children’s choir, youth choir, other singing groups -to soloist is the sequential progress of this Psalmist. Through her grandfather’s guidance and teachings, she was infused with the purpose of ministry and thus choose singing and preaching as the mediums to act. Over seventeen years ago she started her Christian journey which has its challenges, but, being an overcomer she beats all obstacles.

Her ministry is taking the world by storm as an Ordained Minister, Praise and Worship Leader, Actress, Youth Leader, Motivational Speaker, Dance Instructor, Choreographer, Project Planner, Designer, Multidimensional Singer (English and Spanish), Jazz, R&B, Reggae, "the whole works". On October 21, 2006, she launched her career as a professional Gospel Artiste with the mission to spread her message across the world. Bishop Dr. Joseph Ade-Gold gave her apostolic covering and blessing to minister to nations. On Sunday December 13, 2009, she was ordained as a Minister of Abundant Life Christian Church. Her ministry has taken her to the United States and major Caribbean territories including her home Jamaica. She shared stage with Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin, Canton Jones and Dr. Bobby Jones.

Some of the major events she ministered include: Conventions(USA), Genesis Festival, Fun In The Son, Caribbean Gospel Fest in Miami, YFC Mission Project in Arizona, Bahamas Famfest, Antigua Gospel Fest, Summer Sizzle, Portland Jerk Festival and Sister to Sister Media-ton.

MANAGEMENT : Mark Campbell
TELE : (876) 896.4058
TELE : (718) 594.1091

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Laree Salmon

Laree Salmon is a truly talented singer and well sought-after performer from Hartford, CT. Her unique sound and singing style ranges from sultry to soulful and is projected in the vast musical genres from Jazz, Gospel, Soul, R&B and Pop. She is passionately inspired and credits her sound to the influence of many artists, old school, new school and from across the global music spectrum. With over 14 years’ professional experience, Laree has performed at many private, social, charitable and fundraising events.


Dorette Sterling

Dorrette Sterling, born in Kingston Jamaica, migrated fo US in late 70's as a young child. Dorrette, the only girl in family of boys, discovered her vocal talent at a young age singing in church. Growing up in the US she felt the need to embrace her culture and Reggae music allowed her to do so, with it's many influences. A hardened fan of Reggae, she was inspired by Bob Marley ,Marcia Griffith, and Dennis Brown just to name a few. Performing for the last 20 years locally and around the New England area, she is known for her smooth, mesmerizing vocals, performing with the Island Rhythm Band, now known as the Caribbean Planet Band. She also lends her beautiful weddings, birthdays, and other special events .


Amandla Band

The AMANDLA POWERLINK CD RELEASE PARTY @ THE BUTTONWOOD TREE PRESS RELEASE The Buttonwood Tree welcomes Amandla, an original roots reggae ensemble moving and shaking the hearts and hips of listeners along the East Coast and around the world. Amandla features five internationally renowned reggae artists: YahKali, Ras Iba, Toussaint the Liberator, Tuff Lion, and Burnie T. This collaboration of seasoned musicians brings the culture of roots reggae music into a whole new light. While staying true to the foundation of roots reggae, Amandla incorporates a variety of famed musical styles ranging from lover’s rock and soul to jazz and world music that meld into an uplifting chorus of rhythms to which your body can’t stop moving.

YahKali, founder of Amandla and the nonprofit organization Amandla Awethu Africa (, is a reggae veteran of 15 years who has performed around the world, moving audiences with his thought-provoking lyrics, soothing voice and ground shaking bass lines. Legendary lead guitarist and lyrical poet, Tuff Lion, has produced 20 plus albums contributing to his status of long-standing pioneer in St. Croix’s roots-renaissance movement, having worked with well-known artists such as Midnite and Niyorah while touring throughout the world. Hailing from the island of Dominica, Amandla’s drummer, Burnie T, often called reggae’s Barry White, enraptures listeners with his sweet, yet poignant songs of love. Another front man from the St. Croix reggae camp, Ras Iba, is an empowering lyricist with high energy whose gift of song resounds throughout the nations. Toussaint the Liberator with his husky tenor that is the epitome of soul has toured worldwide, sharing the stage with renowned artists such as Isaac Hayes, the Rolling Stones, John Legend and Dave Matthews Band. On Friday June 15th Amandla will announce the release of its debut album, POWERLINK, performing at the Buttonwood Tree in Middletown kicking off their tour of the Northeast. POWERLINK, embodies Amandla’s message of unity, spiritual awakening and the power of love. This unique and intimate performance from a roots-reggae powerhouse is sure to capture you in a wave of inspiration that won’t let go. This new anthology of reggae rhythms and explosive performances is sure to have you declaring Amandla, Awethu! (Power to the People)

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New Release Band

Formed in the early 1990’s, the New Release Band is owned and managed by Earlin Henderson, who plays the saxophone in the band. A Belizean, Henderson and the founding band members wanted to present a unique blend of music that represents the culture of the West Indian and Caribbean communities. The band’s distinctive flavor of music does just that, and does it in a way that distinguishes the new Release Band from other Caribbean bands.

Composing and arrangements are created by Henderson and the band members. The band has recorded two albums which are available as CD’s or cassettes. The New Release Band will electrify any stage with energy and sounds of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Merengue, Punta and R&B/Soul music. They are a talented and versatile group of musicians who are able to satisfy all musical tastes. You are guaranteed a high-energy multicultural treat!

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