2nd Annual Remembering Karl Mullings

 

 

 

On Sunday July 29, 2007, I.M.O.K. Promotions is pleased to present the second annual Remembering Karl Mullings Tribute.  The evening is a Tribute to his accomplishments in the Canadian Music Industry, production and management of Reggae & Ska Artists, and contributions to Caribbean cultural communities throughout Canada.

 

The Remembering Karl Mullings Tribute is a rare opportunity to enjoy the diverse talents of artists whom Karl has mentored, managed or produced.  The Tribute will present an evening of exciting, dynamic entertainment suitable for a wide range of clientele hosted by Delroy Sterling and Carrie Mullings (CHRY 105.5 FM).  The award winning artists planned  for July 29th at Club Revival, 783 College Street West, Toronto includes: Glen Ricks, The Sattalites, China Town Vibes, Tasha T, Carlos Morgan, Kenny B, Exco Levi, Steele, & Tanya Mullings!

 

See attached flyer below for ticket information.

 

 

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Background

The Reggae Legacy in Canada:  A Glimpse of Karl Mullings

 

Karl Winston Mullings was born on March 11, 1942 in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, graduating from Cornwall College.  Mullings managed artist such as the late Jackie Mittoo, Lynn Taitt , Hopeton Lewis, The Fabulous Flames and bands like, The Cavaliers, The Sheiks, and The Cougars.  At the end of a North American tour with Jackie Opal & The Sheiks that ended in Toronto, Karl Mullings,  and members of the Sheiks, loved the Canadian city and stayed on to start a new life.   The Cougars were created, based on the talents of the late Jackie Mittoo.

 

That move was the first major step in bringing his professional and personal life  to a new level, becoming an integral part of a vibrant developing community, and starting his own family as well as helping new local artists on their own paths.

 

As a manager and promoter, Karl opened various clubs along the way:  Club Jamaica, West Indian Federation (WIF) Club and finally the Caribana Club.  He began promoting Jamaican artists throughout Canada.  If God created anyone as what we refer to as a ‘people person’ and a man of honour, he did so in Karl Mullings.  In addition to his knowledge of the industry, he was also quite skilled in negotiation techniques and networking and quickly became an advisor to many others in the industry, including artists, promoters, producers and radio programmers. 

 

Throughout his intense career in Canada, the soft-spoken Karl was a man of vision.  His vision included his creative participation as co-founder of the cultural event that became Caribana.  Karl was later involved in the creation of Jamaica Day in Toronto, an annual community festival celebrating Jamaica’s Independence featuring international and local based artists, an extensive range of vendors and family activities.  

 

Over the years, Mullings managed artists such as the late Jackie Mittoo, Lynn Taitt, Hopeton Lewis, The Fabulous Flames and bands like, The Cavaliers, The Sheiks, and The Cougars.  As one could expect from a man whose life was ingrained with music, Karl’s lovely daughters became involved in the industry as well.  Carrie developed her talents in radio broadcasting, promotions, event hosting and production, and the smooth voiced Tanya evolved into a dynamic international artist blessed not only with talent and style, but blessed with Karl’s management skills in guiding her career.

 

Rightly so, in 1994, he was awarded the Peter Tosh Memorial Award by the Canadian Reggae Music Awards.  In January 2005 he was awarded the Circle of Distinction Award by the radio program, "Caribbean Crucible" for his service to reggae music. Affectionately called "Mullo" and "Mayor of Brampton" Karl Mullings will be remembered as a reliable and trustworthy colleague and genuine friend.

Info: courtesy of: Sistah D
Email: dominoes@sympatico.ca

  

 

 

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